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Book Excerpt from Lucky Planet

By | March 1, 2014

In the book's prologue, author David Waltham compares a fictitious planet to Earth, highlighting the biologically supportive luck that our planet has enjoyed.

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Capsule Reviews

By | March 1, 2014

The Sixth Extinction, Joy, Guilt, Anger, Love, Ha! The Science of When we Laugh and Why, and Ten Thousand Birds

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Contributors

By | March 1, 2014

Meet some of the people featured in the March 2014 issue of The Scientist.

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Is Earth Special?

By | March 1, 2014

Reconsidering the uniqueness of life on our planet

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Speaking of Science

By | March 1, 2014

March 2014's selection of notable quotes

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For Whom the Biomarkers Toll?

By | February 27, 2014

Study finds that a handful of biological indicators can predict a healthy person’s risk of dying within five years.

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MERS Common in Camels

By | February 25, 2014

Study suggests many camels in Saudi Arabia are infected with the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus at some point in their lives.

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Paper-Based Cancer Test?

By | February 25, 2014

Nanoscale agents that detect disease-associated synthetic biomarkers in urine could one day streamline the diagnosis of tumors, heart disease, and more.

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Next Generation: Sensor-Laden Sheath to Monitor the Heart

By | February 25, 2014

A flexible, sensor-loaded membrane that fits snugly around the heart provides high-resolution monitoring of multiple cardiac health markers.

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Paralyzing Illness

By | February 25, 2014

Health workers in California have identified cases of polio-like paralysis in children.

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