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What Made Human Brains So Big?

By Ashley Yeager | May 24, 2018

Ecological challenges such as finding food and creating fire may have led the organ to become abnormally large, a new computer model suggests.

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Congress Passes “Right to Try” Bill

By Jim Daley | May 23, 2018

Medical groups have criticized the legislation, which will give terminal patients access to experimental treatments, as dangerous and unnecessary.

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The agency says it has taken various steps to ensure the privacy of participants’ data. 

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Book Excerpt from The Power of Rare

By Victoria Jackson and Michael Yeaman | May 1, 2018

In chapter 4, “Building a Cure Machine,” author Victoria Jackson reveals the challenges in launching a foundation focused on funding research on a rare disease.

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Ten-Minute Sabbatical

By The Scientist Staff | May 1, 2018

Take a break from the bench to puzzle and peruse.

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Marching On

By Shawna Williams | April 12, 2018

Rush Holt, CEO of AAAS, discusses what’s changed as a result of the March for Science—and what hasn’t.

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A Neuroscientist’s Journey Through Madness

By Barbara Lipska with Elaine McArdle | April 1, 2018

After I was diagnosed with brain cancer and started to lose my mental health, the importance of my job came into clear focus.

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In 2017, the agency began posting redacted records, but Congress is now demanding full transparency.

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Proposed US Spending Bill Boosts Science Funding

By Shawna Williams | March 22, 2018

NIH, NSF, and the DOE’s Office of Science will be among the agencies with budget increases if the omnibus bill is passed.

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Louise Slaughter, Scientist and Congresswoman, Dies

By Kerry Grens | March 19, 2018

Trained in microbiology, Slaughter championed science, women’s health, and consumer protections as a member of the US House of Representatives.

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