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Holdren Defends NSF Grant Review

By | May 6, 2013

Presidential science advisor argues against draft legislation that would change how the National Science Foundation judges grant proposals.  

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Release of Drug Data Blocked

By | May 2, 2013

A court ruling that stops the European Medicines Agency from releasing data from two US companies calls into question the agency’s push for transparency.

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Obama Backs Science

By | May 1, 2013

In a recent speech, the President defended spending on science and the peer-review process.

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Speaking of Science

By | May 1, 2013

May 2013's selection of notable quotes

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Viruses on the Brain

By | May 1, 2013

Viral infections of the central nervous system may trigger cytokines that induce seizures.

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Europe to Ban Neonicotinoids

By | April 30, 2013

In the midst of an ongoing debate over the role of the pesticides in the deaths of bees, the European Union will restrict their use for 2 years.

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Visual Consciousness Emerges

By | April 22, 2013

A new study of brain activity patterns suggests that babies as young as 5 months old have the neural mechanisms to register that they’ve seen a face.  

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Measuring Consciousness

By | April 17, 2013

Researchers are identifying distinctive brain activity patterns that can be used to monitor patients under anesthesia and assess consciousness in “vegetative” patients.

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Bad Stats Plague Neuroscience

By | April 16, 2013

A new study blames the unreliable nature of some research in the field on underpowered statistical analyses.

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Beer Tastes Intoxicating

By | April 15, 2013

Just the flavor of beer is enough to boost dopamine in brain areas related to reward—especially in men with alcoholic relatives.

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