Rand Paul takes a poke at U.S. peer-review panels

Senator Rand Paul (R–KY) Gage Skidmore/Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0) Rand Paul takes a poke at U.S. peer-review panels Senate Republicans have launched a new attack on peer review by proposing changes to how the U.S. government funds basic research. New legislation int...

How gut bacteria saved ‘dirty mice’ from death

Gut microbes from wild mice help make lab mice healthier. blickwinkel/Alamy Stock Photo How gut bacteria saved ‘dirty mice’ from death Even if you’re a clean freak, it’s hard to escape a decade of discoveries that some of the microbes naturally residing in your body...

Spider genes put a new spin on arachnids’ potent venoms, stunning silks, and surprising history

Spider genes put a new spin on arachnids’ potent venoms, stunning silks, and surprising history For a display of nature’s diabolical inventiveness, it’s hard to beat spiders. Take the reclusive ogre-faced spider, with its large fangs and bulging, oversized middle eyes. Thr...

Spiders, up close and personal

Spiders, up close and personal Consider the spider. True, they can be terrifying to some squeamish humans—they all have venom of some sort and fangs to inject their poisons. And the only earthly refuge for an arachnophobe is Antarctica, the sole continent on which the eight-legged cri...

Why haven’t we had alien contact? Blame icy ocean worlds

Geysers shoot from Saturn’s icy moon Enceladus, providing evidence for a global subsurface ocean. NASA Why haven’t we had alien contact? Blame icy ocean worlds Might ET be buried under too much ice to phone Earth? That’s what planetary scientist Alan Stern of the So...

LIGO spots merging neutron stars, scholarly questions about a new Bible museum, and why wolves are …

Public Domain This week we hear stories about the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory’s latest hit, why wolves are better team players than dogs, and volcanic eruptions that may have triggered riots in ancient Egypt with Online News Editor Catherine Matacic. Sar...

This jaw bone bolsters the case for human contact with saber-toothed cats in Europe

Natural History Museum Rotterdam This jaw bone bolsters the case for human contact with saber-toothed cats in Europe DNA from a 28,000-year-old saber-toothed cat is shaking up the feline family tree. The fossil jaw bone (above), found in 2000 by a trawler in the Nort...

NIH emails reveal divisions over renewal of gun research program

Customers examine sporting rifles at The Bullet Hole, a gun shop in Sarasota, Florida, in January 2013. BRIAN BLANCO/REUTERS NIH emails reveal divisions over renewal of gun research program For weeks, questions have swirled around the U.S. National Institutes of Hea...

Proposal to ban EPA grantees from agency science advisory boards stirs controversy

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt Gage Skidmore/Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0) Proposal to ban EPA grantees from agency science advisory boards stirs controversy Originally published by E&E News U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administ...

Analysis of China’s one-child policy sparks uproar

A new controversy has erupted over estimates of how many births China’s one-child policy avoided.  IMAGINE CHINA/NEWSCOM Analysis of China’s one-child policy sparks uproar A new study of China’s one-child policy is roiling demography, sparking calls for t...
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