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All aboard the Fukushima cruise

By Cristina Luiggi | June 6, 2011

Scientists take to the seas to study the effects of Fukushima radiation on local marine life.

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Top 7 in vaccination

By Edyta Zielinska | June 6, 2011

A snapshot of the most highly ranked articles in vaccination and related areas, from Faculty of 1000

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Controversial climate study retracted

By Megan Scudellari | June 6, 2011

A controversial 2008 climate study is retracted due to plagiarism.

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Drugs target cancer stem cells

By Bob Grant | June 6, 2011

New compounds are showing promise in targeting subpopulations of cancer stem cells.

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Approaching Universality

By Rino Rappuoli | June 5, 2011

Pitfalls and triumphs on the way to complete vaccine protection.

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In Chapter 9, "We Were Hunted, Which is Why All of Us are Afraid Some of the Time and Some of Us are Afraid All of the Time," author Rob Dunn explains how predators shaped our evolution as we cowered and ran from their ravenous maws.

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The Anatomy of a High

By Thomas Kosten | June 3, 2011

When someone snorts or smokes cocaine, which is composed of small crystalline alkaloid molecules, the drug enters the bloodstream and from there eventually crosses into the heart, brain, and other organs. 

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Part Human, Part HIV

By Gene M. Shearer and Adriano Boasso | June 3, 2011

Like other enveloped viruses, HIV exits its host cell enshrouded in the cell’s membrane, which contains membrane molecules such as the human leukocyte antigens (HLA). 

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Italian scientists on shaky ground

By Cristina Luiggi | June 3, 2011

Italian seismologists are accused of manslaughter after failing to predict an earthquake that killed 309 people near the Italian city of L'Aquila.

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Biodegradables not environmentally friendly

By Cristina Luiggi | June 2, 2011

The breakdown of landfill trash by microorganisms may cause significant harm to the environment through the release of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas, researchers at North Carolina State University claim.

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