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Industry Donates Big This Election

By | November 6, 2012

Biotech, pharmaceutical, and insurance companies have spent a record-breaking amount this election—nearly $200 million.

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The Biology of Politics

By | November 6, 2012

A number of studies have linked genes and hormones to political attitudes and behaviors, though the evidence remains controversial.

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NYC’s Bloomberg Endorses Obama

By | November 6, 2012

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announces his support for President Barack Obama's reelection, citing concern over climate change.

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Dangers of Second-Generation Smoke

By | November 5, 2012

Nicotine leaves epigenetic marks on the rat genome that make offspring and grand-offspring more prone to asthma.  

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Sandy’s Impact on Science

By | November 5, 2012

More stories surface about how last week’s super storm is affecting research up and down the coast—and how science is fighting back.

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Serious Flooding Predicted for DC

By | November 5, 2012

Models of the impact of expected sea level rises on the nation’s capital forecast serious flooding and billions of dollars of damage in the coming decades.

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Breast Cancer Screening Saves Lives

By | November 2, 2012

An expert panel finds that the benefits of breast cancer screening outweigh risks that the procedure will lead to unnecessary treatments.

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Do Innocent Errors Cause Most Retractions?

By | November 2, 2012

Contrary to previous studies, a new publication finds that most retractions from scholarly literature are not due to misconduct.  

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Gingers More Prone to Skin Cancer

By | November 2, 2012

Researchers identify an unexpected molecular explanation for the higher incidence of skin cancer in redheads.

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Retraction Backlash

By | November 1, 2012

Retracting a paper from the scientific literature can lead to fewer citations for related studies.  

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