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DNA Sequencer Sales Going Down

By | November 2, 2011

Expecting significant cuts to the federal research budget, scientists are scratching expensive DNA sequencers off their wish lists.

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Proposals in for NYC Research Campus

By | November 1, 2011

With bids due last week, the city of New York City will now proceed to choose which university will get to build a high-tech research facility in the city.

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Marriage Affects Crop Diversity?

By | October 31, 2011

Nuptial arrangements between members of African farming communities could have influenced the genetic diversity of the staple crop cassava.

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World Population Hits 7 Billion

By | October 31, 2011

Sometime today, Earth’s 7 billionth person was born.

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Ladybug Zombies

By | October 31, 2011

Wasps inject their larvae into ladybug abdomens, where they feast on the bugs’ insides.

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Spider Bites for Cures?

By | October 31, 2011

Researchers scan the molecules in spider venom for anti-cancer effects in tissue culture.

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Super Sensitive Spider Sensilla

By | October 28, 2011

Researchers measure the responsiveness of a spider’s slit sensilla, sensory organs embedded in the exoskeleton that sense vibrations.

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Snake Heart Balloons After Meal

By | October 28, 2011

The Burmese python’s heart triples in size after a nice big meal, thanks in part to a special blend of fatty acids.

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Free Speech of Scientist Tested

By | October 28, 2011

A judge says a Louisiana State University scientist should not have been fired for speaking out against New Orleans levee construction.

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Mummy Cancer

By | October 28, 2011

Researchers diagnose the second oldest known case of prostate cancer in a two-thousand-year-old-Egyptian mummy.

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