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Million-Dollar Teaching Award

By | March 15, 2013

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute is inviting natural science professors to apply for a grant to fund innovative undergraduate education.

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Disputed Research Ends in Tragedy

By | March 14, 2013

A biomedical researcher whose Nature paper was called into question was found dead in his lab.  

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Roller Derby Players Share Germs

By | March 14, 2013

Team member and opponents exchange microbes by slamming into each others’ shoulders during the game.

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Curiosity Finds Clay on Mars

By | March 14, 2013

NASA’s rover has identified clay in its first drilled sample, signaling that the planet once had a wet and hospitable environment.

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Life in Lake Vostok?

By | March 13, 2013

Researchers analyzing samples from Antarctic subglacial lake confirm they have found unknown bacteria, and claim the microbes come from the lake rather than contaminants.

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Interim NSF Director Announced

By | March 13, 2013

Current NSF Deputy Director Cora Marrett will take over as acting director of the agency at the end of next week when Subra Suresh steps down.

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DNA Is a Flame Retardant

By | March 13, 2013

Cotton cloth coated with DNA from herring sperm does not burn.

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Great Ape Research Decision

By | March 12, 2013

The NIH will decide what to do with its research chimpanzees by the end of this month.

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Teasing Out New Teeth

By | March 12, 2013

Researchers mix cells from human adult gum tissue with tooth-inducing cells from mouse embryos to grow new hybrid teeth complete with roots.

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Bee Venom for HIV Prevention

By | March 12, 2013

Nanoparticles coated with a toxin found in bee venom can destroy HIV while leaving surrounding cells intact.

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