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Prehistoric Pollen

By | October 2, 2013

Scientists discover fossilized remnants of a flowering plant about 100 million years older than the oldest previously found.

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Geron’s Stem Cell Program Sold

By | October 2, 2013

The company, which launched the first ever clinical trial for a human embryonic stem cell therapy before shuttering its stem cell arm, has finally struck a deal with BioTime.

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Bacteria Trade Genes

By | October 1, 2013

Extremophiles living in Antarctica’s salty Deep Lake exchange genes much more often than previously observed in nature.

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Centipede Venom Tops Morphine

By | October 1, 2013

The substance targets the same ion channel that's mutated in people who don't feel pain.

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Government Shutdown to Impact Science

By | October 1, 2013

The failure of the US Congress to reach consensus on a stopgap spending plan threatens to hobble research at federal agencies and beyond.

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A Hole in the Head

By | September 30, 2013

Scientists show that the position of the foramen magnum, the hole in the skull through which the spine connects to the brain, is correlated with locomotion and posture in mammals.

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Pondering Photosynthesis

By | September 30, 2013

New research uncovers previously unappreciated insights into the evolution of the well-studied energy-producing process.

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Ballet Brain

By | September 30, 2013

The areas corresponding to balance in the brains of trained ballet dancers differ from those of non-dancers.

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Steroids Stick Around

By | September 29, 2013

Body-building steroids used to beef up cattle can regenerate themselves in the environment.

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Science Salaries Lag Behind

By | September 27, 2013

Of the STEM fields, biology and chemistry positions tend to pay less than jobs in technology, engineering, and math, according to a new survey.

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