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Stem-Cell Cocktail Given Green Light

By | March 27, 2013

Italy’s outgoing health minister allows patients to receive an unproven stem cell cocktail at the government’s expense.

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Brain Activity Predicts Re-arrest

By | March 27, 2013

Researchers demonstrate that brain activity in response to a decision-making challenge predicts the likelihood that released prisoners will be re-arrested.

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Opinion: Life as a Target

By | March 27, 2013

Attacks on my work aimed at undermining climate change science have turned me into a public figure. I have come to embrace that role.

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New Down Syndrome Protein Found

By | March 26, 2013

Researchers identify a protein involved in the chromosomal disorder that could explain its characteristic learning deficits.

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Congress Finishes Spending Bill

By | March 25, 2013

Federal science agencies get some relief from the harsh cuts to their 2013 budgets instituted by the recent sequester.

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Brain Activity Breaks DNA

By | March 24, 2013

Researchers find that temporary double-stranded DNA breaks commonly result from normal neuron activation—but expression of an Alzheimer’s-linked protein increases the damage.

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Disputes Over Text-Mining

By | March 21, 2013

Computer programs that trawl research papers can reveal important large-scale patterns and facilitate further research, but publishers are wary.

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Fish Brain on Film

By | March 19, 2013

Improvements in light-sheet microscopy enable real-time activity imaging of almost every neuron in the brain of zebrafish larvae.

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Gov’t Science and the Media

By | March 15, 2013

Federal research agencies, such as the NIH, EPA, and NSF, are improving communication between their scientists and journalists, but most can do better.

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Gov’t Science Integrity Measures Lackluster

By | March 11, 2013

A new analysis finds that while some federal agencies have made strides in safeguarding the validity of their research, more work needs to be done.

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