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Complaints About Government Contest

By | July 24, 2013

Contestants criticize the organization and scoring of a Pentagon competition challenging scientists to detect bioterrorism threats by analyzing DNA sequences.

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Another Super Shrew

By | July 24, 2013

A newly discovered sister species to the hero shrew shares its spine of steel, hinting at the evolution and function of the super-strong anatomical structure.

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Keeping Up with Climate Change

By | July 24, 2013

In order to adapt to this century’s changing temperatures, vertebrates will need to evolve much faster than in previous eras.

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Loss of Bees Bad for Plants

By | July 23, 2013

Removing just a single bee species from an ecosystem can decrease the ability of the remaining species to pollinate plants.

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Measles Races Through Anti-Vax Haven

By | July 23, 2013

More than 1,200 people have been infected with the preventable disease in Wales, where health officials are blaming parents who refused the MMR vaccine for their children.

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Identifying Wolves by Their Howls

By | July 23, 2013

Researchers can tell wolves apart by analyzing the pitch and volume of their vocalizations.

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Senate Boosts NSF Funding by 8%

By | July 22, 2013

The Senate proposes increasing funding to the National Science Foundation by $542 million for 2014, while questioning initiatives launched by the agency’s former director.

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New Giant Viruses Break Records

By | July 22, 2013

Two newly discovered giant viruses are bigger than many bacteria and carry massive and largely unique genomes that hint at new branches of life.

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Chemical Reprogramming of Stem Cells

By | July 22, 2013

A new method for producing pluripotent stem cells using just small molecules, without the need for inserting genes, could yield safer therapies.

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First Ever iPS-Cell Trial a Go

By | July 22, 2013

The Japanese government will allow a study of stem cell therapy using patients’ own cells, reprogrammed to be stem cells, to treat vision loss.

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