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The new head of the National Center for Science Education promises to "fight the good fight" against attacks on...
Analyses of the H7N9 strains isolated from four new cases show that the virus is evolving rapidly, heightening anxiety...
In 2009, Jack Szostak shared a Nobel Prize for his part in discovering the role of telomeres, the end bits of...
Science has exposed a thriving academic black market in China involving shady agencies, corrupt scientists, and...
Paper-selling agencies flourish in the aura of reputable businesses. For some scientists, it may be difficult to tell...
Data collected by satellites and floating probes have chronicled a 2-decade rise in the temperature and thickness of a...
Cholesterol, the artery-clogging molecule that contributes to cardiovascular disease, has another nasty trick up its...
Until recently, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) kept its plans for its $70 million portion of the...
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Top Stories: Necessary Naps, Forests in Peril, and More
27 September 2013 4:00 pm
Naps provide a few hours of much-needed peace and quiet for parents and kids alike … but do children really need them? They sure do! A new study provides the first evidence that daytime sleep is critical for effective learning in young children.
The U.S. Senate has finally ended a protracted pingpong match over the future of the helium market. Senators voted yesterday to approve legislation allowing the U.S. government to continue selling helium from a national reserve that plays a key role in U.S. and world supplies. Much to the relief of scientists, the bill prevents a major disruption in a system that is scheduled to end on 1 October.
Medical experts have been powerless to stop the rise of antibiotic-resistant bacteria and are increasingly desperate to develop novel drugs. But a new study finds that smarter use of current antibiotics could offer a solution. Researchers were able to keep resistant bacteria from thriving by alternating antibiotics to specifically exploit the vulnerabilities that come along with resistance—a strategy that could extend the lifespan of existing drugs to continue fighting even the most persistent pathogens.
The Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory has announced a plan to pare up to 475 positions from its staff of 4500 researchers, technicians, and support personnel. Officials hope to meet the target through voluntary buyouts, and there are no immediate plans for layoffs. The buyouts follow similar staffing cuts in 2010 as the lab anticipates the need for further reductions to cope with sequestration.
As forests shrink around the world, ecologists have pinned their hopes of preserving biodiversity on the isolated patches of forest often left behind. But mass extinctions on Thai islands suggest that these precious habitats face serious threats. According to new research, small mammal species native to these forest fragments are at greater risk of dying out than previously thought.