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Brain Scans Predict Reading Skills

By | October 9, 2012

New research shows that the growth of long-range connections between brain regions predicts how well a child will learn to read.

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Cracking Down on Vaccinations

By | October 9, 2012

A handful of US states are enacting laws that make it harder for parents to opt out of vaccinating their children against infectious diseases.

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Happiness by Numbers

By | October 9, 2012

Psychologists and economists identify key aspects in work and life to achieve optimal wellbeing.

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Slime Mold Smarty Pants

By | October 9, 2012

A form of spatial memory helps a brainless slime mold navigate complex environments, hinting at the possible origins of memory in higher organisms.

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Cell Reprogramming Work Wins Nobel

By | October 8, 2012

John B. Gurdon and Shinya Yamanaka jointly take home this year’s Nobel Prize in Medicine for turning back the developmental clock. 

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American Chestnut to Rise Again

By | October 5, 2012

The American chestnut tree, almost wiped out by a fungus from Asia, could soon be resurrected in blight-resistant form.

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Anti-GMO Study is “Inadequate”

By | October 5, 2012

The European Food Safety Authority is unconvinced by a study linking genetically modified crops to cancer and early death.

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Australian Panel Recommends Science Revamp

By | October 5, 2012

A government-created committee suggests that Australia reinvigorate its biomedical research enterprise.

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Anticlimactic Debate

By | October 4, 2012

Science, environmental, and health experts were left wanting by the first presidential debate.

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Quick Genome Screen for Baby

By | October 4, 2012

A new streamlined method for sequencing and analysing whole genomes could help physicians quickly diagnose children with genetic diseases.

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