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Sidestepping the Synthetic Drug Ban

By | July 16, 2012

Chemists are already finding ways to circumvent a new federal law cracking down on marijuana and methamphetamine mimics.

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Robots vs. Radiation

By | July 13, 2012

A trial comparing the effectiveness of robotic surgery and radiation for the treatment of throat cancer has begun in Canada.

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Another Victim of Suspicious Data

By | July 13, 2012

The researcher who raised questions about the studies by social psychologist Dirk Smeesters flags dodgy data from another scientist.

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Flies Evolve to Count

By | July 12, 2012

Researchers breed fruit flies that, after 40 generations of conditioning, have acquired the ability to react to numbers.

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Small-Brained Fish Make More Babies

By | July 12, 2012

Guppies with experimentally shrunken brains produced more offspring than guppies bred for larger noggins, confirming a long suspected tradeoff of bigger brains.

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Genetic Shift in Salmon

By | July 12, 2012

A new study finds that an Alaskan population of the fish has quickly evolved in response to warming temperatures.

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Scorpion Venom Kills MRSA

By | July 12, 2012

Peptides extracted from scorpion venom fights off drug-resistant bacterial infections in mice.

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New Genome Resource

By | July 11, 2012

Members of the Personal Genome Project have created software aimed at helping researchers tease apart genetic differences between individuals.

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Obama Signs FDA Bill

By | July 11, 2012

The new law reauthorizes fees charged to drug and device makers, creates new fees for the approval of generic drugs.

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Sex Selection Not So Simple

By | July 10, 2012

Revisiting a classic study could overturn the idea that male competition rules reproductive choice.

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