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Should publicly funded research be free and available to the public?

...e exorbitant access fees charged by publishers who claim the research reports they publish as their private...e standard by which theirs or ours can lay special claim to the moral high ground. Donald Kennedy, editor-in-chief of Science magazine, is president emerit...

Intelligent design: The new 'big tent' for evolution's critics

...st decade or so, yet another movement has forged a claim in the high-stakes contest for intellectual primac... theistic and naturalistic evolution and, instead, claim evidence of the hand of an unknown "intelligent designer" in the genesis of life. But for Ron Number...

Human embryonic stem cells may promise medical advances

...at began to spontaneously divide? To support their claim that the resulting stem cells came from the transplanted nucleus, Hwang's team completed DNA fingerprinting analysis, and also checked the expression of imprinted genes. The results were consistent with stem cells resulting from transplantation. Many...

Down that long dusty trail

While Mars can claim some unique features the largest volcano and the deepest canyon in the solar system its rocky, dusty, cold landscape has yet to yield signs of the ultimate prize: life. Three simple words follow the water have become the mantra of astrobiologist...

Does shade coffee help or hinder conservation?

...fication," they say, noting that several retailers claim their coffee is shade-grown and bird-friendly but lack rigorous certification programs. The problem is that simply being grown in the shade is not enough to make coffee bird-friendly. Besides the traditional farms where shade is provided by a diverse...

Plans finalised for satellites to help safeguard gorilla habitats

...here are settlers who are living within a park who claim they are in fact outside it. Accurate maps will significantly assist the authorities in discussing the boundaries with local communities to settle current disputes." Agreement was also reached on what kind of vegetation classes will be derived from...

Awareness of GM foods increasing, while overall support slipping

...opinion about it." While the majority of Americans claim to know "very little" (55%) or "nothing at all" (22%) about biotechnology, only about 10% of Americans report being unsure of their opinion of GM foods. When asked directly, about half (49%) of Americans report that they approve of plant-based GM foo...

One-third of women feel distant from partner post-miscarriage

...all the actual miscarriage as a devastating event, claim they had "lost a baby," and feel more isolated. "Those whose interpersonal relationship was more distant feared trying [to get pregnant] again, were unable to share the loss with their partners and experienced more tension, and less love, communicati...

Laboratory 'theme park' re-creates RNA world for study

...to divide and thus evolve. Proponents of this view claim the key factor in early evolution is the garbage bag rather than the molecule. For University of California, Santa Cruz, chemistry professor David Deamer, it's inconceivable that RNA could have catalyzed and evolved outside the barrier of a cell memb...

Nanotechnology: sink or swim?

...t physics and chemistry. Nanotechnology supporters claim that the machines and materials it may produce will mean faster computers, less pollution and cheaper energy, and longer and healthier lives. Critics, however from Prince Charles to Jurassic Park author Michael Crichton fear that nanomachines coul...

Breast fluid a better option for detecting cancer

...indicators, of breast cancer, which is expected to claim the lives of approximately 40,000 American women this year. "We believe this fluid could be the best alternative for discovering biomarkers for early-stage breast cancer," said Rick Zangar, a Battelle principal investigator at PNNL. "With further an...

Science historians ponder naming 'enemies' in science literature

...in nature, which is utterly nonsense." "Scientists claim that they are continually misunderstood, but we should examine how much they contribute to potential misunderstanding. Using this as an example, it seems disingenuous for them to complain." In the article, the authors note that ecology is filled with...

University of Pittsburgh scientists awarded for outstanding cancer research contribution

...compromised immune system. "Few scientists can lay claim to have truly found the cause of a cancer," said Ronald B. Herberman, M.D., director of UPCI and the UPMC Cancer Centers. "Drs. Chang and Moore not only found the long-sought cause for a very common cancer in AIDS patients, but they also used their d...

New range of antibiotics may present a threat to public health

...idence and theoretical arguments suggest that this claim is doubtful,according to their paper. "It is claimed that bacteria will be unable to evolve resistance to them because they attack the "Achilles' heel' ofbacterial cell-wall structure," explains Dr. Bell. However, if this istrue, "the introduction ...

Is run-off wrecking the Great Barrier Reef

...ersity in recent years. On the other hand, farmers claim that shoddy science is being used to sway public opinion and bulldoze them into adopting uneconomic practices. Scientists fall into both of these camps (New Scientist, 4 January, p 8). The trouble is a direct link is very hard to prove. The water qua...

UCLA study finds clues to diabetes puzzle

...ibe now diagnosed as diabetic, the Pimas today lay claim to the world's highest diabetes rates. Diamond's theory would also explain another disparity in diabetes rates that have puzzled researchers: why white Americans and Australians of European extraction are three to four times more likely than European...

Hebrew University excavations strengthen dating of archaeological findings to David, Solomon

...t decade various scholars criticized this view and claim that the United Monarchy of David and Solomon should be dismissed as a real historical period of any value in the history of Israel. Indeed, it has even been argued by these critics that the findings described by Yadin were only from the 9th century ...

New technique gives scientists clearest picture yet of all the genes of an animal

...ng blocks of genes are arranged. Even the frequent claim that there are about 30,000 genes within the human genome is only an estimate." Gaining a more accurate picture of the genome is crucial to future advances against cancer and other diseases. One of the goals of cancer research, for example, is to di...

Chimpanzees with little or no human contact found in remote African rainforest

... the closest village at 34 miles away, claim that they had not visited the Goualougo Triangle until initial surveys were conducted in 1993 by Michael Fay, a conservationist with the New-York based Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS). At the time, Fay, who rec...

University of New Hampshire to help US gain $1.3 trillion in ocean resources

...in territory and resources if they can prove their claim to the sea floor. While the US has not yet formally approved the Law of the Sea Treaty, it is moving to protect potential US interests. But to make that claim, they need a map providing critical information such as seismic data (to determine sedime...

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