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Mothers-In-Law and Menopause

By | August 23, 2012

Competition for resources between mothers- and daughters-in-law having children at the same time could have been a driver for the emergence of menopause.

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Zoo Virus Swap

By | August 17, 2012

A polar bear in a German zoo dies after contracting a virus normally found in zebras.

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Cancer-Causing Gut Bacteria

By | August 17, 2012

Mice with inflammatory bowel disease harbor gut bacteria that damage host DNA, predisposing mice to cancer.

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Do That Again

By | August 15, 2012

A new initiative offers gold stars to researchers willing to have their studies replicated by other labs, but will it fix science’s growing irreproducibility problem?

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More Mutations in Fukushima Butterflies

By | August 15, 2012

Researchers have found an increase in butterflies with unusual wing shapes, legs, and antennae than before the nuclear disaster.

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Sanctioned Psychiatrist Off Restriction

By | August 14, 2012

Charles Nemeroff, who was barred from receiving grants for 2 years in 2008, snags $401K from the NIH to study PTSD.

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Gene Variation within a Tree

By | August 13, 2012

The root system of a tree species is genetically different than the leaves of that individual, potentially modifying scientists’ understanding of evolution.

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The Eternal Digital Dance

By | August 9, 2012

Choreographer Merce Cunningham achieved a kind of immortality by employing technology to capture a solo dance that he never taught to his pupils.

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Drinking Better Bacteria

By | August 9, 2012

Researchers analyzing the bacteria in municipal drinking water find simple measures can increase beneficial bacteria while reducing pathogenic strains.

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School Teachers Release Invasives

By | August 9, 2012

As many as 1,000 different non-native organisms used in the classroom are being released into the wild by school teachers.

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