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Staying in Touch

By | January 1, 2013

Searching for life beyond our teeming planet has led to some innovative collaborative approaches to generating knowledge right here at home.

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The End of Days for H5N1 Moratorium?

By | December 21, 2012

Experts in Washington have reached an agreement over how to fund avian influenza research.

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Science and Politics in 2012

By | December 19, 2012

This year, US politics was dominated by the run-up to October elections, with science policy issues playing a role here and elsewhere around the world.

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Scientists Against Sequestration

By | December 17, 2012

Advocacy groups are petitioning Congress to avoid sequestration, which could leave funding for science billions of dollars short in 2013.

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Opinion: Is America Ready to Listen?

By , and | December 12, 2012

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, climate scientists should make their consensus about climate change known to all who care to listen.

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Soil Bacteria May “Eat” Antibiotics

By | December 10, 2012

Long-term exposure to antibiotics from agricultural run off may encourage the evolution of soil bacteria that break down and consume the antibacterial agents.

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STEM Bill Passed by House

By | December 5, 2012

A bill that would increase visas for foreign-born, US-trained science and engineering graduates passes in the House, but is unlikely to get through Senate.

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The Plastic Genome

By | December 1, 2012

The poxvirus stockpiles genes when it needs to adapt.

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Opinion: Learning from Transcriptomes

By | November 28, 2012

In the largest microbial eukaryote genetic sequencing effort ever attempted, researchers are investigating the transcriptomes of 700 marine algae species.

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Microbial Life Beneath the Ice

By | November 27, 2012

Researchers uncover a diverse microbial community living beneath 27 meters of ice in Antarctica’s Lake Vida.

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