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Adapting to Climate Change

By | September 1, 2011

Indigenous populations are especially vulnerable to the effects of global climate change. A new research project aims to help them adapt.

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Capsule Reviews

By | September 1, 2011

Art + Science Now, Signs of Life, Perceptions of Promise, Green Light

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Piggyback Pathogen

By | September 1, 2011

Editor’s Choice in Immunology

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The Cytokine Cycle

By | September 1, 2011

The initiating cause of Alzheimer’s disease is still unknown. However, from our studies it’s clear that many types of neuronal damage—­­from traumatic brain injury, to epilepsy, infection, or genetic predisposition—­can activate brain immune cells—microglia and astrocytes-- promoting them to produce IL-1 and S100 inflammatory cytokines.

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What Price Kindness?

By | September 1, 2011

Exposing the life and work of a visionary and troubled scientist opens a window onto the evolution of altruism.

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The Happiness of English

By | August 31, 2011

There are more positive words than negative ones in the written English language.

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Role of Nurture in Spatial Abilities

By | August 29, 2011

In matriarchal societies where women receive equal education, there is no difference in spatial abilities between men and women.

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Black Death Pathogen Extinct?

By | August 29, 2011

The Yersinia pestis strain extracted from the bones of Black Death victims may no longer exist.

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Missing Mosquitoes

By | August 29, 2011

Tanzanian mosquito populations are declining, and scientists don’t know why.

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Climate Stirs Civil Conflict

By | August 26, 2011

Civil unrest is twice as likely during warm El Niño years.

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