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Vaccines Workers Killed in Pakistan

By | December 19, 2012

Five workers at anti-polio campaigns were shot at close range this week, creating a major setback for efforts to prevent the crippling disease.

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Failing Alzheimer’s Test?

By | December 19, 2012

Two new studies claim that a shoddy test may have caused Alzheimer’s drugs to fail in clinical trials.

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New Biological Pacemaker

By | December 18, 2012

In guinea pigs, the insertion of a single gene can transform ordinary heart cells into pacemaker cells that regulate cardiac rhythm.

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Science’s Reproducibility Problem

By | December 18, 2012

A recent roundtable discussion identifies challenges facing the scientific community regarding a lack of reproducible results in the literature.

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Ancient Pharaoh Was Murdered

By | December 18, 2012

DNA samples and CT scans reveal that Ramesses III likely had his throat slashed by his son and other conspirators.

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Italian Scientists Protest Evaluations

By | December 17, 2012

A scheme introduced by the Italian government to evaluate the country’s researchers and universities has come under fire from critics who say the criteria are too crude.

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Scientists Against Sequestration

By | December 17, 2012

Advocacy groups are petitioning Congress to avoid sequestration, which could leave funding for science billions of dollars short in 2013.

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Thoughts Control Robotic Hand

By | December 17, 2012

Researchers develop a mind-controlled, prosthetic hand for a quadriplegic patient.

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Longer Lives, More Disease

By | December 14, 2012

A comprehensive global health study finds that although life expectancy has increased in most countries, the burden of chronic disease is also on the rise.

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Smoking, Taxes, and Genes

By | December 14, 2012

New research suggests that some smokers may carry a gene variant that makes them less likely to quit simply because cigarette taxes are raised.

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