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Stress, Bacteria Trigger Heart Attack?

By Jef Akst | June 12, 2014

A study implicates the breaking up of bacterial biofilms on fatty plaques in arteries as causing stroke or heart attack following stress.

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Scientists generate tumor-targeting molecules that can be used for imaging and treatment.


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MERS Double Publication?

By Jef Akst | June 11, 2014

Two papers on the same Middle East respiratory syndrome victim hint at uncouth scientific competition and possible laboratory contamination, plus illuminate potential issues within the Saudi Arabian health ministry. 


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Faces for Fighting?

By Jef Akst | June 10, 2014

Scientists propose that hominin facial bones evolved for protection against the powerful blows of combat.


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Breathing Life into Lung Microbiome Research

By Rina Shaikh-Lesko | June 9, 2014

Although it’s far less populated than the mouth community that helps feed it, researchers increasingly appreciate the role of the lung microbiome in respiratory health.


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New Antibiotics to Combat Resistant Bugs

By Rina Shaikh-Lesko | June 6, 2014

Two new drugs—one a single-dose antibiotic—have been developed to treat skin infections, including methicillin-reistant Staphylococcus aureus.


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Book Excerpt from The Drunken Monkey

By Robert Dudley | June 1, 2014

In Chapter 3, "On the Inebriation of Elephants," author Robert Dudley considers whether tales of tipsy pachyderms and bombed baboons have any basis in scientific truth.

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By Rina Shaikh-Lesko | June 1, 2014

Meet some of the people featured in the June 2014 issue of The Scientist


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Digesting Dietary Data

By Christopher Gardner and Michael Stanton | June 1, 2014

Why are there so many contradictory nutrition studies, and how can they be improved?


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Drunks and Monkeys

By Robert Dudley | June 1, 2014

Understanding our primate ancestors’ relationship with alcohol can inform its use by modern humans.  


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