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From Plants and Fungi to Clouds

By | August 31, 2012

Salt compounds produced by plant and fungus species help form organic aerosols that form clouds and produce rain.

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Glass Shape Speeds Drinking

By | August 31, 2012

The shape of the glass holding your favorite brew can affect how quickly you get drunk.

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Stalking Sharks

By | August 30, 2012

Researchers monitor the movement of the Pacific’s largest predators and share the information with the world in real time.

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Clinical Trial Misfortune

By | August 28, 2012

A human trial of a hepatitis C treatment is shut down after one of the participants died.

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Orphan Drugs Lucrative

By | August 24, 2012

The market for drugs that target rare diseases is expected to rival big pharma blockbusters in the coming decades.

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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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Mothers-In-Law and Menopause

By | August 23, 2012

Competition for resources between mothers- and daughters-in-law having children at the same time could have been a driver for the emergence of menopause.

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Zoo Virus Swap

By | August 17, 2012

A polar bear in a German zoo dies after contracting a virus normally found in zebras.

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Hope for Male Contraception

By | August 16, 2012

A small molecule that inhibits a protein important for chromatin organization can cause reversible sterility in male mice.

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Pharma Whistleblower

By | August 16, 2012

A former manager at Genentech claims the company bypassed ethical and clinical guidelines in order to rush a promising drug through clinical trials.

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