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  1. Some chimpanzees infected with AIDS virus may harbor protective, humanlike geneRead the original story w/Photo

    15 hrs ago | Science

    When Peter Parham's postdoc first showed him data suggesting a gene in some wild chimpanzees infected with the AIDS virus closely resembled one that protects humans from HIV, he was skeptical. The postdoc, Emily Wroblewski, had joined Parham's microbiology and immunology group at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California after doing behavioral studies of wild chimpanzees at Gombe Stream National Park in Tanzania.


  2. Announcing the 2015 'Dance Your Ph.D.' contestRead the original story w/Photo

    Friday May 22 | Science

    So what was your Ph.D. research about? No, please put away the PowerPoint and the conference posters. We want you to boil your research down to its pure essence: We want you to dance.


  3. Misleading sugar structures produce bitter result for protein sleuthsRead the original story w/Photo

    Apr 27, 2015 | Science

    Structure determines function. It's the canon among biologists who seek to understand a protein's role in the body by mapping the positions of its atoms and so deducing the molecule's three-dimensional shape.


  4. Plants may not protect us against climate changeRead the original story w/Photo

    Apr 20, 2015 | Science

    Plants are one of the last bulwarks against climate change. They feed on carbon dioxide, growing faster and absorbing more of the greenhouse gas as humans produce it.


  5. Magnetic 'rust' controls brain activityRead the original story w/Photo

    Mar 12, 2015 | Science

    Deep brain stimulation, which now involves surgically inserting electrodes several inches into a person's brain and connecting them to a power source outside the skull, can be an extremely effective treatment for disorders such as Parkinson's disease, obsessive compulsive disorder, and depression. The expensive, invasive procedure doesn't always work, however, and can be risky.


  6. Researchers nearly double the size of worker antsRead the original story w/Photo

    Mar 11, 2015 | Science

    Researchers have changed the size of a handful of Florida ants by chemically modifying their DNA, rather than by changing its encoded information. The work is the latest advance from a field known as epigenetics and may help explain how the insects-despite their high degree of genetic similarity-grow into the different varieties of workers needed in a colony.


  7. Billionaires for basic researchRead the original story w/Photo

    Feb 27, 2015 | Science

    After 42 years of doing atomic physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, and 16 years as an MIT administrator, Marc Kastner knows intimately both the value of basic research-and how to convince rich people to foster its growth at a premier research institution. Yesterday he announced he was leaving MIT for a job that will give him the chance to make the case on a national scale.


  8. Are earthquakes triggered by oil and gas production becoming deadlier?Read the original story w/Photo

    Feb 13, 2015 | Science

    Over the past several years, a torrent of small earthquakes has accompanied the glut of oil and gas produced by industrial operations across the central United States. In 2014, Oklahoma saw three times as many earthquakes magnitude 3.0 or greater than California.


  9. Goodbye chronic fatigue syndrome, hello SEIDRead the original story w/Photo

    Feb 10, 2015 | Science

    A committee convened by the Institute of Medicine has proposed a new name for a condition known variously as chronic fatigue syndrome or myalgic encephalomyelitis. The unwieldy new moniker: systemic exertion intolerance disease, or SEID.


  10. U.S. should make it easier to study marijuana, pediatrics group saysRead the original story w/Photo

    Jan 26, 2015 | Science

    The American Academy of Pediatrics today urged that federal restrictions around marijuana be loosened to facilitate research on the drug's potential medical benefits. In a statement published online in Pediatrics , the organization walked a tightrope between strongly discouraging recreational marijuana use among teenagers while acknowledging that medical applications, including in young children, have grown more popular and that more research is needed to better understand when and how the drug might help.


  11. Environment, more than genetics, shapes immune systemRead the original story w/Photo

    Jan 15, 2015 | Science

    Why did you get the flu this winter, but your co-workers didn't? The answer, according to a new study of twins, may have less to do with your genes and more to do with your environment-including your past exposure to pathogens and vaccines. Our immune system is incredibly complex, with diverse armies of white blood cells and signal-sending proteins coursing through our veins, ready to mount an attack on would-be invaders.


  12. A 100-year study of artificial intelligence? Microsoft Research's Eric Horvitz explainsRead the original story w/Photo

    Jan 9, 2015 | Science

    It's challenging enough to sustain any scientific study for a decade. Now Eric Horvitz, managing director of the Microsoft Research lab in Redmond, Washington, is launching a project he wants to last a century.


  13. in the spotlight as New York state bans frackingRead the original story w/Photo

    Dec 19, 2014 | Science

    Scientific findings-and a lack of them-played a starring role in a controversial decision earlier this week by Democratic New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to essentially ban the natural gas extraction technique known as fracking in the Empire State. The 17 December decision rested heavily on a state health department report that reviewed dozens of studies of the potential human health impacts of oil and gas development and found cause for concern.


  14. Clocking the hot gas gushing from the Milky Way's coreRead the original story w/Photo

    Dec 19, 2014 | Science

    Many galaxies are shooting material out of their cores, and in 2010 astronomers were surprised to discover that our galaxy was one of them, giving us a front-row seat on the phenomenon. They used the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope to detect two huge lobes of gamma ray-emitting gas that extend far above and below the Milky Way's center.


  15. NIH cancels massive U.S. children's studyRead the original story w/Photo

    Dec 12, 2014 | Science

    Federal officials are pulling the plug on an ambitious plan hatched 14 years ago to follow the health of 100,000 U.S. children from before birth to age 21. The National Children's Study , which has struggled to get off the ground and has already cost more than $1.2 billion, has too many flaws to be carried out in a tight budget environment, advisers today told National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins. He announced he is dismantling the study immediately.


  16. U.S. Senate approves new DOE science undersecretaryRead the original story w/Photo

    Dec 4, 2014 | Science

    After a yearlong wait, Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz is one step closer to having his science leadership team in place at the Department of Energy . This morning, the U.S. Senate confirmed chemical engineer Franklin "Lynn" Orr, a professor and administrator at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, to fill the new position of undersecretary for science and energy.


  17. Stem cells show potential for treating rare skin diseaseRead the original story w/Photo

    Nov 26, 2014 | Science

    Researchers have taken several steps toward using stem cells to treat a rare genetic disease that leaves people with skin so fragile it blisters at the slightest touch. A trio of lab and animal studies reported today could help pave the way for a clinical trial for the disorder, called epidermolysis bullosa .


  18. A new way to coolRead the original story w/Photo

    Nov 26, 2014 | Science

    Brilliant white roofs have been used to reflect sunlight and cool homes since ancient times in Greece. Now, researchers in California have added a modern spin to the strategy.


  19. Gecko-inspired adhesives allow people to climb wallsRead the original story w/Photo

    Nov 18, 2014 | Science

    In the 2011 movie Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol , Tom Cruise climbs the exterior of the world's tallest building, Dubai's Burj Khalifa, using nothing more than a pair of gloves. Now, scientists have invented the real deal: hand-sized, gecko-inspired adhesives that can lift a human up glass walls-and that one day may even catch space junk.


  20. Neuroscientists speak out against brain game hypeRead the original story w/Photo

    Oct 22, 2014 | Science

    Aging baby boomers and seniors would be better off going for a hike than sitting down in front of one of the many video games designed to aid the brain, a group of nearly 70 researchers asserted this week in a critique of some of the claims made by the brain-training industry. With yearly subscriptions running as much as $120, an expanding panoply of commercial brain games promises to improve memory, processing speed, and problem-solving, and even, in some cases, to stave off Alzheimer's disease.


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