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Awarding Science Defense

By | November 9, 2012

A psychiatrist and a science writer win the first John Maddox Prize for promoting science despite opposition.  

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Epigenetics Armed German E. coli

By | November 9, 2012

The 2011 outbreak in Germany that caused some 50 deaths was caused by a strain of E. coli with a complex mechanism of gene regulation.

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Pigs Raise Blood Pressure

By | November 8, 2012

Residents surrounding strongly smelling hog farms experience higher blood pressure levels as the stench worsens.

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Science and the 2012 Election

By | November 8, 2012

From education to space, science fared well at the polls on Tuesday.

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Extra Vaccine Halts Mumps Outbreak

By | November 8, 2012

A third dose of the MMR vaccine given during an intense outbreak appears to have provided herd-immunity to control the spread of the disease.

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With No Methane, Life on Mars Unlikely

By | November 7, 2012

Hopes of finding life on the Red Planet have been deflated after NASA announced that Curiosity has yet to detect notable amounts of methane in the Martian atmosphere.

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Connectome Makes Some Noise

By | November 7, 2012

NIH Director Francis Collins touts the project to map neural connections in the human brain as recording the mind’s “symphony.”  

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How Mole Rats Fight Cancer

By | November 6, 2012

Blind mole rats resist cancer by killing cells that proliferate in a similar way to tumor cells.

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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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