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Bones Get in Her Eyes

By | December 20, 2012

After undergoing untested cosmetic surgery that uses stem cells to rejuvenate skin, a woman grew bone fragments in the flesh around one of her eyes.

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Genetic Clues in the Newtown Massacre

By | December 20, 2012

Investigators are calling on scientists to comb Adam Lanza’s DNA for potential drivers of his violent behavior last week in Connecticut.

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More Polio Vaccine Violence

By | December 20, 2012

Just three days after five people involved in the polio vaccine effort in Pakistan were shot by unidentified assailants, three more are killed.

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Spider Sculpts Fake Spider

By | December 19, 2012

A putative new species of spider found in the Peruvian Amazon uses forest debris to weave sculptures that resemble a giant spider into its web.

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Vaccines Workers Killed in Pakistan

By | December 19, 2012

Five workers at anti-polio campaigns were shot at close range this week, creating a major setback for efforts to prevent the crippling disease.

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Failing Alzheimer’s Test?

By | December 19, 2012

Two new studies claim that a shoddy test may have caused Alzheimer’s drugs to fail in clinical trials.

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New Biological Pacemaker

By | December 18, 2012

In guinea pigs, the insertion of a single gene can transform ordinary heart cells into pacemaker cells that regulate cardiac rhythm.

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Science’s Reproducibility Problem

By | December 18, 2012

A recent roundtable discussion identifies challenges facing the scientific community regarding a lack of reproducible results in the literature.

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Ancient Pharaoh Was Murdered

By | December 18, 2012

DNA samples and CT scans reveal that Ramesses III likely had his throat slashed by his son and other conspirators.

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Italian Scientists Protest Evaluations

By | December 17, 2012

A scheme introduced by the Italian government to evaluate the country’s researchers and universities has come under fire from critics who say the criteria are too crude.

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