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Researchers have been hot on the trail of the elusive Denisovans, a type of ancient human known only by their DNA and...
Thousands of scientists in the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) are about to lose their jobs as a result of the...
Dyslexia, a learning disability that hinders reading, hasn't been associated with deficits in vision, hearing, or...
Exotic, elusive, and dangerous, snakes have fascinated humankind for millennia. They can be hard to find, yet their...
Researchers have sequenced and analyzed the first two snake genomes, which represent two evolutionary extremes. The...
Snake venoms are remarkably complex mixtures that can stun or kill prey within minutes. But more and more researchers...
At age 30, Dutch biologist Freek Vonk has built up a respectable career as a snake scientist. But in his home country,...
Since arriving on the island of Guam in the 1940s, the brown tree snake ( Boiga irregularis ) has extirpated native...
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Science's new policy blog, ScienceInsider, continues to bring our readers scoops, breaking news, and analysis from the world of science policy. Here are some of the highlights from the past week:
Obama, Obama, Obama. The president-elect keeps making waves in the scientific community even before he has entered office. Yesterday, we were the first news outlet to report that Barack Obama has selected physicist John Holdren as his science adviser. We also explored the impact that Obama's pick for secretary of education is having on the science education community--and what it means for the future of science in the classroom. And Obama seems to be getting advice from everyone. This week, a congressman recommended that the president-elect not fire the current NASA administrator, and the Institute of Medicine warned Obama not to forget about global health.
On the other side of the pond, U.K. universities began nervously poring over a report to see how they rank, scientifically, among their peers. Some schools will be sleeping easier than others. ScienceInsider also explored a burgeoning controversy in Sweden over whether a collaboration between a biotech company and the Nobel Foundation has tainted this year's prize in physiology or medicine.
Back in the States, the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology is dealing with a controversy of its own. Archaeologists condemned the museum for laying off 18 researchers, including a world-famous archaeobotanist, but now the museum's director says there was a misunderstanding. Get the full story here.
As always, for the latest and greatest in science policy, set your sights on ScienceInsider. Chances are you heard it here first.