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An Animal Area in the Human Brain

By | August 29, 2011

Part of our brain is dedicated to reacting to animals.

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Bird Braves Irene

By | August 29, 2011

A shorebird flies into the teeth of the massive hurricane that hit the US East Coast…and lives to tell about it.

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Missing Mosquitoes

By | August 29, 2011

Tanzanian mosquito populations are declining, and scientists don’t know why.

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Climategate documents released

By | August 26, 2011

Data and other files connected to the work of climatologist Michael Mann have been released to a conservative think tank that sued to gain access.

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Vaccines are Safe

By | August 26, 2011

The Institute of Medicine has released a report saying that vaccines are safe and not linked to autism.

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Climate Stirs Civil Conflict

By | August 26, 2011

Civil unrest is twice as likely during warm El Niño years.

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NIH Finalizes Conflict Rules

By | August 25, 2011

America's key federal biomedical research agency officially releases its new policy on conflicts of interest.

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Religion and Disease

By | August 25, 2011

Deadly epidemics can have a profound impact on people’s choice of religion.

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86 Percent of Eukaryotes Undiscovered

By | August 24, 2011

A new estimate of eukaryotic diversity suggests a total of 8.7 million species. So far, scientists have discovered only 1.2 million of them.

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Protecting Government Whistleblowers

By | August 24, 2011

New draft policies for safeguarding government research from political influence—and protecting those who bring such misconduct to light—could be improved, according to advocacy groups.

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