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Blue Whales Get Tans

By | September 2, 2013

The large mammals alter the levels of melanin in their skin depending on sun exposure, helping them to avoid DNA damage.

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Mea Culpa Retractions

By | August 30, 2013

Researchers earn applause after recalling two papers containing misinterpreted findings.

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Week in Review: August 26–30

By | August 30, 2013

New model for neurodevelopment; more biotechs going public; how a virus jumped from mammals to birds; statin side effect linked to genetic variant

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Gut Microbe Diversity, Weight Linked

By | August 29, 2013

A genetic mapping study of intestinal bacteria shows that people with fewer and less diverse bacteria are at greater risk of obesity and associated diseases.

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NFL Settles Concussion Case

By | August 29, 2013

The National Football League will pay a total of $765 million to help cover the medical expenses of more than 4,500 former players and to fund research on head injuries.

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Money Troubles Tax the Brain

By | August 29, 2013

Financial concerns are tied to poorer performance on cognitive tasks.

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Electric Fish Kin Wired Differently

By | August 29, 2013

Two new species of closely related electric fishes discovered in the Amazon produce very different electrical signals: one AC, the other DC.

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Virus Blamed for Dolphin Deaths

By | August 29, 2013

Since July, hundreds of the marine mammals have washed up on mid-Atlantic beaches.

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Pioneering Neurologist Dies

By | August 27, 2013

Neuroscientist and pediatric neurologist Peter Huttenlocher, who discovered that synapse growth peaks in early childhood, has passed away at age 82.

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UK Badger Cull Begins

By | August 27, 2013

British officials hope that killing badgers will slow the spread of bovine tuberculosis.

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