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Holdren Defends NSF Grant Review

By | May 6, 2013

Presidential science advisor argues against draft legislation that would change how the National Science Foundation judges grant proposals.  

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“Anonymous” Genomes Identified

By | May 3, 2013

The names and addresses of people participating in the Personal Genome Project can be easily tracked down despite such data being left off their online profiles.

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Birdwatcher Fights Off Bear

By | May 3, 2013

Toby Burke, 48, defended his family from a brown bear in Alaska using a birdwatching telescope.

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Week in Review: April 29 – May 2

By | May 3, 2013

The brain’s role in aging; tracking disease; understanding the new flu virus; no autism-Lyme link; one drug’s journey from bench to bedside

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H7N9’s Lineage

By | May 2, 2013

An analysis of the novel virus indicates it’s descended from at least four different bird flu strains.

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image: Jamestown Settlers Practiced Cannibalism

Jamestown Settlers Practiced Cannibalism

By | May 2, 2013

Newly discovered remains provide the first hard evidence that the ill-fated colonists of the 17th century resorted to eating human flesh when their food supply ran out.

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Release of Drug Data Blocked

By | May 2, 2013

A court ruling that stops the European Medicines Agency from releasing data from two US companies calls into question the agency’s push for transparency.

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Obama Backs Science

By | May 1, 2013

In a recent speech, the President defended spending on science and the peer-review process.

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Toddler Gets Synthetic Windpipe

By | May 1, 2013

Doctors culture a custom-made trachea from plastic fibers and human cells, and successfully implant it into a child who was born without the organ.

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Website Tracks Happiness Using Twitter

By | May 1, 2013

The day of the Boston Marathon bombings scored lower on the index than any other day since measurements began nearly 5 years ago.

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