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Learning During Sleep

By | August 26, 2012

Information picked up while we slumber can stay with us when we awake, even if we aren’t aware of it.


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Curiouser and Curiouser

By | August 23, 2012

A review of the new book Curious Behavior, which delves into the quirks of human conduct.


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Court Rules Gene Patents Valid

By | August 17, 2012

Myriad Genetics can hold patents on the BRAC1 and BRAC2 oncogenes, but not on tests comparing DNA sequences.


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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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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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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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Neuroscientist Falsifies Data?

By | August 9, 2012

An investigation of a well-known Dutch brain researcher finds evidence that she misrepresented data in 15 papers, but she is refuting the findings.


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Opinion: Bias Is Unavoidable

By | August 7, 2012

Simply disclosing conflicts of interest is not enough.


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Boosting Antipsychotic Drugs

By | August 5, 2012

Chemicals that change the way DNA is packaged could improve the effects of current antipsychotics.


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Opinion: The Postdoc Challenge

By | August 1, 2012

Financial hardships of young scientists in training are forcing many talented researchers to find new careers.



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