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Detecting New Synthetic Drugs

By | September 1, 2011

Forensic labs in the United States should be better equipped to identify a new crop of recreational drug mimics.

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Oil Spills: Research and Protests

By | September 1, 2011

Millions are pumped into research on the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, and high-profile arrests are made amid demonstrations fighting the construction of a new pipeline.

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Moody Mice Soothed by Bacteria

By | August 31, 2011

A common dietary supplement alters neurotransmission to ease anxiety.

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Velcro Helps Muscles Grow

By | August 31, 2011

Stretching muscle cells as they grow helps promote the expression of growth factors.

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The Happiness of English

By | August 31, 2011

There are more positive words than negative ones in the written English language.

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Lessons From Past Unethical Experiments

By | August 30, 2011

A bioethics commission announces the completion of an investigation into unethical US government-led experiments with STDs in Guatemala in the 1940s.

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The Promise of Panda Poop

By | August 30, 2011

The dung of the bamboo-loving bears contains bacteria that could be the next best thing for biofuels production.

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Role of Nurture in Spatial Abilities

By | August 29, 2011

In matriarchal societies where women receive equal education, there is no difference in spatial abilities between men and women.

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An Animal Area in the Human Brain

By | August 29, 2011

Part of our brain is dedicated to reacting to animals.

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Bird Braves Irene

By | August 29, 2011

A shorebird flies into the teeth of the massive hurricane that hit the US East Coast…and lives to tell about it.

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