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Retraction Backlash

By | November 1, 2012

Retracting a paper from the scientific literature can lead to fewer citations for related studies.  

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3-Year-Old Report Predicted NYC Flooding

By | November 1, 2012

A New York City climate change brain trust warned of severe damage to the city that bears a striking resemblance to the chaos recently wrought by Hurricane Sandy.

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DNA for the Masses

By | October 31, 2012

An Israeli company plans to synthesize DNA on demand for anyone, including those outside of research labs.  

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AAAS: Don't Label GM Foods

By | October 30, 2012

The American Association for the Advancement of Science says labeling genetically modified food products would be misleading.

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Fair Flu Viruses Closely Matched

By | October 30, 2012

A study finds that the genomes of swine and human flu viruses associated with a county fair in Ohio are almost perfectly matched, suggesting interspecies transmission.

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Hurricane Sandy Blows Through

By | October 30, 2012

Floods, downed trees, and power outages greet the East Coast this morning.

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A Reprogramming Histone

By | October 29, 2012

The scientist who pioneered cloning has found that a histone may act as a cellular reset button.  

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Bacterial Cocktail Treats Infection

By | October 29, 2012

Mice fed a mix of six strains of bacteria were able to fight a C. difficile infection that causes deadly diarrhea and is resistant to most types of treatment.

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Can Magnesium Magnify Brain Power?

By | October 29, 2012

A magnesium supplement thought to improve brain functioning gets a small clinical trial.

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Meet the Lady Gaga Ferns

By | October 26, 2012

Culturally conscious researchers name a new plant genus after the reigning queen of pop.

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