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Speaking of Science

By | March 1, 2011

March 2011's selection of notable quotes

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Taking Time for Baby

By | March 1, 2011

Having a child changes everything. But it doesn’t necessarily have to disrupt your research while you’re out on leave.

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Book excerpt from The Wisdom of Birds

By | March 1, 2011

In Chapter 9, “Darwin in Denial,” author Tim Birkhead explains how Darwin’s failure to recognize avian female promiscuity resulted in a century of misconceptions about sexual selection

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Capsule Reviews

By | March 1, 2011

Asleep, The Restless Plant, Genetics of Original Sin, Disease Maps

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The Birds and the Bees

By | March 1, 2011

A recent book exposes what Darwin got wrong about sexual behavior in birds, and what his error tells us about the evolution of scientific knowledge.

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Alternative Agriculture

By | February 1, 2011

The debate over genetically engineered crops rages on, but other technologies offer new hope for sustainable farming.

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Losers Fight Back

By | February 1, 2011

Editor's choice in developmental biology

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Death or Damage of Dopamine Neurons

By | February 1, 2011

The hallmark pathology of Parkinson’s disease is the damage and death of dopamine producing neurons in the brain. 

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The Genes of Parkinson’s Disease

By | February 1, 2011

The minority of Parkinson’s cases now known to have genetic origins are shedding light on the cellular mechanisms of all the rest, bringing researchers closer to a cause—and perhaps a cure.

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Book excerpt from Everyday Practice of Science

By | February 1, 2011

In Chapter 3, “Credibility: Validating Discovery Claims,” author Frederick Grinnell details the difficulty in making discoveries that buck current scientific paradigms.

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