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November 26, 2008

There are two kinds of people: those who think that physics’ biggest experiment, the Large Hadron Collider, is a waste of money, and those who don’t. OK, that might be […]

November 18, 2008

If friends, family, and stuffed turkey aren’t reason enough to thank your lucky stars this Thanksgiving, you can add one more thing to the list – enzymes. Enzymes speed up […]

October 31, 2008

After more than six years as director of the National Institutes of Health, Dr. Elias Zerhouni will step down at the end of October. Zerhouni presided over the nation’s primary […]

October 29, 2008

In the last few months there has been a downpour of discoveries in the area of stem cell research. Three of the latest findings reveal new ways to turn back […]

October 9, 2008

Certain odors can bring back memories of birthday parties past or help us gauge the freshness of last week’s leftovers. Recent research into smells, however, reveals the other impacts they […]

September 26, 2008

The economy is in a tail spin and the weather here in the Northeast today is wet, windy and miserable. Fortunately, today’s blog tidbit takes us to tropical climes and […]

September 15, 2008

As we flip through newspaper and magazine pages, blogs and TV channels, why are we attracted to some stories and not others? Why does the story about a young woman […]

July 6, 2008

Presidential and Congressional wannabees, take note: A new poll published last week indicates that voters in both parties support the notion of using science and technology to solve the nation’s […]

March 12, 2008

Knowing that our dear Scienceline readers may be wondering what’s new in the world of male reproductive fluids, we bring you this: Semen ain’t just sperm. In two recent papers, […]

March 4, 2008

It’s a catchy title, isn’t it? Somewhere between that and the full-page advertisement in the New Scientist, I was persuaded to buy the book How to Fossilize your Hamster: And […]

March 3, 2008

Bacteria get a bad rap. Sure, the bubonic plague and cholera have killed untold millions of people, but a lot of other bugs do things we appreciate. They keep our […]

February 13, 2008

I’m officially hooked on the presidential election. And as a science enthusiast, I rank scientific policy as a major issue in deciding which candidate to support. Unfortunately, I rarely hear […]

January 28, 2008

Say what you will about proponents of Creationism and Intelligent Design, at least they seem to understand how science works. Rather than simply pointing to the Bible whenever asked to […]

January 25, 2008

I see a flowering plant; a botanist sees a growth of poison hemlock, in the genus Conium and with typical foliation. This flora contains a potent neurotoxin, administered by the […]

January 17, 2008

Darwin famously wrote in the Origin of Species “If it could be demonstrated that any complex organ existed which could not possibly have been formed by numerous successive slight modifications, […]


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