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Hold Off on Valentine’s Canoodling

By | February 14, 2013

A healthcare professional warns that cold and flu seasons peak in mid-February, so it may be wise take a rain check on kissing, cuddling, and pillow sharing today.

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Open-Review Journal Launched

By | February 13, 2013

A new journal that publishes peer review comments alongside its manuscripts goes live.

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Spiders Fill the Brazilian Sky

By | February 12, 2013

A video of the colonial arachnids taken by a local man has gone viral.

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EU Plans Research Budget

By | February 12, 2013

Under new plans to reduce the European Union’s overall spending, science funding did relatively well, but research leaders want more—and they may well get it.

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The Understanding Dog

By | February 12, 2013

Man’s best friend is better able to grasp their human owners’ points of view than previously realized.

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German Minister Resigns

By | February 12, 2013

The minister of education and research has stepped down after being stripped of her doctorate following accusations of plagiarism.

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Genetic Privacy for Suspects?

By | February 12, 2013

In an upcoming hearing, the US Supreme Court will decide on whether police can take DNA samples from suspects who have not been convicted.

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Placental Ancestor Found

By | February 11, 2013

A small insect-eating animal is the common ancestor of whales, elephants, dogs, and humans.

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Robo-Eye to Enter US Market

By | February 11, 2013

A retinal prosthesis, already available in Europe, can restore partial sight to people with a genetic disorder that causes blindness.

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Ice Lake Home to Life

By | February 8, 2013

Researchers have found evidence of microbial life in samples taken from a lake hidden beneath 800 meters of Antarctic ice, but it’s not yet clear how the bacteria survive.

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