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Poecilia formosa, an all-female fish species, has a surprisingly robust genome. 

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NSF Will Require Reporting of Sexual Harassment

By Jim Daley | February 9, 2018

The agency could demand institutions it funds to remove researchers who are found guilty of misconduct from NSF-supported projects.  

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Reductions from the budget passed today and a $750-million shift of funds to the Children’s Health Insurance Program add pressure to public health initiatives, including immunizations and outbreak responses.

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Canada Plans to Boost Basic Science Spending

By Catherine Offord | February 9, 2018

The federal budget, expected before the end of March, may substantially raise funding for research.

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Contributors

By Katarina Zimmer | February 1, 2018

Meet some of the people featured in the February 2018 issue of The Scientist.

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Researchers Catalog Earth’s Microbiome

By Katarina Zimmer | February 1, 2018

The new database includes data from 27,000 samples collected at sites ranging from Alaskan permafrost to the ocean floor.

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Puerto Rico’s Cayo Santiago has hosted decades of research in cognition, primatology, immunization, and other areas.

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Ten-Minute Sabbatical

By The Scientist Staff | February 1, 2018

Take a break from the bench to puzzle and peruse.

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Book Excerpt from Swearing is Good for You

By Emma Byrne | January 24, 2018

In chapter 1, “The Bad Language Brain: Neuroscience and Swearing,” author Emma Byrne sets the scene for her book by telling the story of the hapless and potty-mouthed Phineas Gage.

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Thousands of federal employees go on furlough during the shutdown, which could put a stop to research.

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