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Lacking Funding, Some Scientists Turn to the Crowd

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Scientists frustrated by a lack of research dollars are turning to crowdfunding.

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Horns, Claws, and Teeth: The Animal Weapons Arms Race

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Doug Emlen, author of “Animal Weapons,” unpacks the evolutionary arms race that pushes horns, claws, teeth and other animal defenses to the extreme.

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Here Kitty, Kitty: The Genetics of Tame Animals

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Researchers discuss the possible genetic underpinnings that make certain cats and rats tame.

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The First Touchdown on a Comet

Thursday, November 13, 2014

The European Space Agency’s Philae lander is the first probe to touch down on a comet.

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‘New Environmentalism’ Moves Beyond Pollution and Climate Change

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Gus Speth, a longtime Washington insider, says it’s time to consider consumerism, economic instability, and a functional democracy as core environmental issues.

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Mining Wikipedia Data to Track Disease

Thursday, November 13, 2014

By analyzing access to specific health-related pages on Wikipedia, researchers may be able to identify—or even forecast—potential disease outbreaks.

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George Washington Carver: Renaissance Man

Thursday, November 06, 2014

Carver was a painter, singer, and piano teacher, taught farmers the virtues of crop rotation, and developed hundreds of recipes for peanuts, sweet potatoes, soybeans and pecans.

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U.S. High-Speed Internet Lags Behind on Price, Cost

Thursday, November 06, 2014

For less than $40 a month, residents of Seoul, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Bucharest, and Paris can enjoy lightning-fast Internet download and upload speeds of 1,000 Mbps.

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Spilling Our Guts: Decreased Diversity in the Human Microbiome

Thursday, November 06, 2014

How can hospital stays and the evolution from apes to humans change the diversity of our microbiome?

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Apple Science, From American Beauty to Zestar

Thursday, November 06, 2014

Between new crosses and old heritage varieties, there’s a world of apples beyond the Red Delicious.

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Opening Up the Synthetic Biology Toolkit

Thursday, November 06, 2014

Synthetic biologist Christopher Voigt and biotechnologist Stephen Streatfield discuss current trends in synthetic biology.

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Piecing Together the Puzzle of Insect Evolution

Thursday, November 06, 2014

One hundred researchers studied 144 insect species to fill in the blanks of insects’ evolutionary history.

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Doctors ‘Unwrap’ a 3,000-Year-Old Mummy

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Radiologists use CT scans to piece together the life, and death, of Egyptian mummies.

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Ebola Vaccines Fast-Tracked As Outbreak Slows

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Jon Cohen, a staff writer covering the outbreak for Science magazine, says that despite the vaccines’ success in monkeys, their efficacy in humans is far from guaranteed.

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A Haunted House Turned Scientists’ Lab

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Scientists turn Pittsburgh’s ScareHouse into a real-world lab to discover why some brains thrive on fear.

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Could This 3-D Printer Print Itself?

Thursday, October 30, 2014

This week, HP announced its new 3-D printer, which it claims can print materials strong enough to lift up a car—and do it 10 times faster than anything on the market today.

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Behind the Monster Music: Why Some Tunes Scare Us

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Neuroscientist Daniel Levitin and Sound Opinions co-host Jim DeRogatis discuss the neuroscience of spooky songs.

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Scientists Sniff Smelly Comet

Thursday, October 30, 2014

The Rosetta spacecraft has detected the scent of a comet...and it stinks.

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Countering Memory Loss With Cocoa Compounds

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Researchers try to counteract age-related memory decline with cocoa flavanols.

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Creature Double Feature

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Witness two tales that will make your skin crawl and your mind reel with fear and curiosity.

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