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Extremophiles explore galaxy

By Cristina Luiggi | May 19, 2011

This past Monday, the Endeavor space shuttle was launched into space carrying six astronauts, brand new equipment for studying the universe and... a bobtail squid and a pack of extremophile bacteria.

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National plan save bats

By Cristina Luiggi | May 19, 2011

In light of the looming threat of extinction of North American bat populations brought on by the lethal and rapidly spreading disease known as white nose syndrome, the US Fish and Wildlife Service unveiled this week a national plan for coordinating efforts for combatting the disease at the loca, state, and federal level.

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Tibetan medical paintings

By Cristina Luiggi | May 15, 2011

Seventeenth-century Tibet witnessed a blossoming of medical knowledge, with the construction of a monastic medical college and the penning of several influential medical texts. Perhaps most striking was a set of 79 paintings, known as tangkas, which

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Skeleton Keys

By Lewis Wolpert | May 14, 2011

There are a surprising number of unknowns about how our limbs come to be symmetrical.

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Gays have higher cancer risk?

By Jef Akst | May 14, 2011

Gay men are nearly twice as likely to report that they've had cancer as heterosexual men, according to a US health survey published in Cancer.

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Billion dollar babies of the human genome

By Jef Akst | May 14, 2011

The Human Genome Project has generated nearly $800 billion in economic output and hundreds of thousands of jobs in genomics and related industries.

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Micro Farmers

By Cristina Luiggi | May 1, 2011

Columbia University evolutionary ecologist Dustin Rubenstein explains just why it's so interesting and important to find slime molds that engage in a form of agriculture.

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Lobster-Pot Science

By Richard P. Grant | May 1, 2011

Building tiny houses to study how bacteria behave in natural environments

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Wrestling with Recurrent Infections

By Gayatri Vedantam and Glenn S. Tillotson | May 1, 2011

Clostridium difficile is evolving more robust toxicity, repeatedly attacking its victims, and driving the search for alternative therapies to fight the infection.

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Best Places to Work Industry, 2011

By Hannah Waters | May 1, 2011

By forging new relationships and finding novel uses for existing technologies, this year’s top companies are employing creative ways to advance their science.

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