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Placental Ancestor Found

By | February 11, 2013

A small insect-eating animal is the common ancestor of whales, elephants, dogs, and humans.

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Robo-Eye to Enter US Market

By | February 11, 2013

A retinal prosthesis, already available in Europe, can restore partial sight to people with a genetic disorder that causes blindness.

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Ice Lake Home to Life

By | February 8, 2013

Researchers have found evidence of microbial life in samples taken from a lake hidden beneath 800 meters of Antarctic ice, but it’s not yet clear how the bacteria survive.

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Virologist Dies

By | February 8, 2013

The editor-in-chief of the open access journal Retrovirology has passed away unexpectedly.

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Oil Additive Harming Seabirds

By | February 8, 2013

Scientists have identified the sticky substance that is damaging the feathers of hundreds seabirds washed ashore in England as an additive for lubricant oils.  

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Unethical Stem Cells?

By | February 8, 2013

Some of the 200 or so human embryonic stem cell lines approved for federal funding may have been derived from sperm or eggs of unconsenting donors.

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Japan’s Nuclear Reboot Stalled

By | February 7, 2013

Regulators are warning that the Asian country’s nuclear power infrastructure may still be vulnerable to earthquakes.

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German Politician’s PhD Revoked

By | February 7, 2013

The German minister for science and education has been stripped of her PhD after she was found guilty of plagiarizing chunks of the dissertation she wrote in 1980.

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NSF Director to Leave the Agency

By | February 6, 2013

Engineer and materials scientist Subra Suresh will become president of Carnegie Mellon University.

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Puppy Born from Frozen Embryo

By | February 6, 2013

Developing assisted reproductive technologies may help endangered canids.

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