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Opinion: The Pitfalls of Uncertainty

By | April 14, 2014

How to successfully inform policy when scientific evidence is not plainly evident.


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Sebelius Out at HHS

By | April 11, 2014

President’s budget chief set to take over as the US Department of Health and Human Services secretary resigns after ushering the launch of Obamacare.


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Capsule Reviews

By | April 1, 2014

Cancer Virus, A Window on Eternity, Murderous Minds, and The Extreme Life of the Sea


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Dermatologically Derived

By | April 1, 2014

Inspired by turkey skin, researchers devise a bacteriophage-based sensor whose color changes upon binding specific molecules.


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Funders Fight Re-Identification

By | March 25, 2014

Four UK research funding agencies firm up their stance against deliberate attempts by researchers to re-identify supposedly anonymous study participants.


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Python Auto-Pilot

By | March 20, 2014

Invasive snakes in Florida show evidence of a compass sense they use to navigate back to home territory.


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Gut Microbes Gobble Cocoa

By | March 19, 2014

Commensal bacteria that populate the human gastrointestinal tract help digest dark chocolate, releasing anti-inflammatory compounds, researchers report.

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Old-School Fish Guides

By | March 18, 2014

Experienced fish may be critical for keeping migrating populations on track, a study finds.


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Ancient Moss Reincarnated

By | March 18, 2014

Antarctic moss beds that have been frozen for more than 1,500 years yield plants that can be brought back to life in the lab.

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Top US Scientific Misconduct Official Quits

By | March 14, 2014

The director of the Office of Research Integrity, the federal agency that investigates scientific misconduct, resigns after two years on the job.

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