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Book Excerpt from Lucky Planet

By David Waltham | March 1, 2014

In the book's prologue, author David Waltham compares a fictitious planet to Earth, highlighting the biologically supportive luck that our planet has enjoyed.

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Capsule Reviews

By Bob Grant | March 1, 2014

The Sixth Extinction, Joy, Guilt, Anger, Love, Ha! The Science of When we Laugh and Why, and Ten Thousand Birds

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Contributors

By Abby Olena | March 1, 2014

Meet some of the people featured in the March 2014 issue of The Scientist.

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Early Evidence

By Abby Olena | March 1, 2014

Fossilized structures suggest that mat-forming microbes have been around for almost 3.5 billion years.

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Is Earth Special?

By David Waltham | March 1, 2014

Reconsidering the uniqueness of life on our planet

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Speaking of Science

By The Scientist Staff | March 1, 2014

March 2014's selection of notable quotes

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Hwang Convictions Upheld

By Jef Akst | February 28, 2014

Just two weeks after discredited stem cell scientist Woo Suk Hwang received a US patent for his fraudulent work, his luck runs short as his convictions of embezzlement and bioethics violations are upheld.

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Week in Review: February 24–28

By Tracy Vence | February 28, 2014

New PLOS data sharing rules; mouse cortical connectome published; reprogramming astrocytes into neurons and fibroblasts into hepatocytes

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A Wine Bacterium’s Proteome

By Abby Olena | February 26, 2014

Scientists map the partial proteome of a common lactic acid bacterium.

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More Evidence of Stem Cell Errors

By Kerry Grens | February 25, 2014

A committee at the University of Düsseldorf finds misconduct in cardiologist Bodo-Eckehard Strauer’s work.  

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