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$32K to Swim in Polluted River

By | February 19, 2013

A Chinese businessman offers a government official a large monetary reward to take a dip in a river that runs through the town of Ruian.

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Braking for Whales

By | February 19, 2013

Fossils of four new cetacean species have been discovered at a road construction site in California.

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Obama to Back Brain Mapping

By | February 18, 2013

A new project to map the activity of the human brain could receive more than $3 billion dollars in federal funds in President Obama’s upcoming budget proposal.

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Appendix Not Totally Useless

By | February 15, 2013

The small organ evolved too many times for it to be an accident, but it’s still unclear what it does.

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MIT Lab Retracts Paper

By | February 15, 2013

A paper describing a new method for imaging synapse formation has been retracted after it emerged that the first author falsified data to prove its effectiveness.

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Prions Involved in Learning

By | February 15, 2013

Properly folded prions aid in normal brain development.

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Stem Cell Trial Nearly Approved

By | February 15, 2013

The first human trial of a treatment using induced pluripotent stem cells has received conditional approval from an institutional review board in Japan.

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Dogs Cured of Type 1 Diabetes

By | February 15, 2013

Beagles no longer showed diabetes symptoms following a single course of gene therapy.

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Bigfoot DNA is Bunk

By | February 15, 2013

The group that last year claimed to have sequenced the Sasquatch genome has finally published its data in a brand new “journal,” and geneticists are not impressed.  

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Relationship Stress May Lower Immunity

By | February 14, 2013

Anxiety about rejection is associated with fewer infection-fighting T-cells.

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