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The Father of Trial Randomization Dies

By | August 15, 2011

Statistician Paul Meier, who championed the random assignment of patients to treatment groups in clinical trials, changed the way the researchers test experimental drugs.

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Love and Crickets

By | August 12, 2011

A new exhibit at the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia celebrates the work of an artist who is also the world’s authority on grasshoppers and crickets.

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Chasing Grasshoppers

By | August 12, 2011

A conversation with Dan Otte, a South African artist and curator of entomology at the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia. Otte also happens to have discovered around 20 percent of the cricket species known to date.

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Fair Trade at Plant Roots

By | August 11, 2011

Plant and fungal symbionts swap more resources with partners that provide a greater return of nutrients.

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Next Generation: Hundreds of Cell-Analyses at Once

By | August 11, 2011

A new microfluidics chip lets researchers analyze the nucleic acids of 300 individual cells simultaneously.

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Arsenic-Based Life, Open to Critique

By | August 10, 2011

A researcher is repeating the controversial experiments that suggested a bacterium used arsenic rather than phosphorus in its DNA—with the world watching.

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Turmoil at Brazilian Research Center

By | August 9, 2011

More than 100 researchers have left a neuroscience institute in Brazil in the last couple of weeks, protesting managerial problems they say are thwarting their work.

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UK Reforms Copyright Laws

By | August 4, 2011

The United Kingdom is revamping its intellectual property laws for published research.

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Science Education Shift

By | August 3, 2011

A new educational framework swaps breadth of scientific disciplines for depth and emphasizes the process of science.

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In Chapter 6, "Research and Teaching at the All-Administrative University," author Benjamin Ginsberg describes the perils of pursuing scholarship and teaching in the industrial environment of today's American institutions of higher learning.

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