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Book excerpt from The Philosophical Breakfast Club

By | May 31, 2011

In Chapter 8, “A Divine Programmer,” author Laura J. Snyder explains how Darwin’s own ideas on evolution may have been influenced at lavish parties hosted by one of the club’s members, Charles Babbage.

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2010's best new species

By | May 26, 2011

This Monday (May 23), which happens to be the birthday of famed naturalist and species namer extraordinaire Carolus Linnaeus, researchers at Arizona State University listed their picks of the top 10 newly-described species of 2010. 

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Foundation money pulled from China

By | May 26, 2011

A major international funder of research and public health efforts on debilitating infectious diseases has frozen hundreds of millions of dollars in grant money to China amidst questions about the country's use of the funds. 

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Speaking of Science

By | May 26, 2011

May 2011's selection of notable quotes

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Wanted: Another Scientific Revolution

By | May 26, 2011

In the 19th century, four friends changed the way scientists viewed themselves. It’s time for another shake-up.

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Capsule Reviews

By | May 25, 2011

Biopunk, The Belief Instinct, Biology Is Technology, Medical Muses

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Medical Posters, circa 1920

By | May 25, 2011

William Helfand began buying medically themed collectibles in the 1950s when he started working for Merck & Co. 

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Primal Fashion

By | May 20, 2011

Two sisters -- a developmental biologist and high-end fashion designer -- team up to develop a couture collection inspired by the first 1,000 hours of embryonic life.

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Extremophiles explore galaxy

By | May 19, 2011

This past Monday, the Endeavor space shuttle was launched into space carrying six astronauts, brand new equipment for studying the universe and... a bobtail squid and a pack of extremophile bacteria.

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National plan save bats

By | May 19, 2011

In light of the looming threat of extinction of North American bat populations brought on by the lethal and rapidly spreading disease known as white nose syndrome, the US Fish and Wildlife Service unveiled this week a national plan for coordinating efforts for combatting the disease at the loca, state, and federal level.

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