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Sandy’s Impact on Science

By | November 5, 2012

More stories surface about how last week’s super storm is affecting research up and down the coast—and how science is fighting back.

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Serious Flooding Predicted for DC

By | November 5, 2012

Models of the impact of expected sea level rises on the nation’s capital forecast serious flooding and billions of dollars of damage in the coming decades.

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Breast Cancer Screening Saves Lives

By | November 2, 2012

An expert panel finds that the benefits of breast cancer screening outweigh risks that the procedure will lead to unnecessary treatments.

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Do Innocent Errors Cause Most Retractions?

By | November 2, 2012

Contrary to previous studies, a new publication finds that most retractions from scholarly literature are not due to misconduct.  

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Gingers More Prone to Skin Cancer

By | November 2, 2012

Researchers identify an unexpected molecular explanation for the higher incidence of skin cancer in redheads.

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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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