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  • This Week in Science
    [Apr 2014]

    Designer Chromosome | Designer Embryo | Deep, Driving Temperatures | Engineering Larger DNA Structures | Inside Enceladus | Constructed for Deconstruction | Optogenetics Applied to Motorneuron Control | Wearable Monitors | Migration Monitor | Completing the Set | Cyanide Hitches a Ride | Old Gradients | Backward or Forward | Dissecting SRP
    Categories: Journal Articles
  • [Editorial] The New Patrons of Research
    [Apr 2014]

    The news is not all bad on the science funding front. Despite the fact that many U.S. researchers face increasing competition in chasing after federal support that has not kept pace with inflation (see the News special section on p. 24), private support is on the rise. Of course, such investments are not a new phenomenon: Nobel, Carnegie, and many others attached their names to major gifts to science more than a century ago. Today, a growing number of billionaires are likewise investing in scientific research as their personal philanthropy, choosing areas that reflect their deeply held passions. These patrons of science bring a refreshing new perspective to the projects they support, because they are typically unafraid to take risks, abhor bureaucracy, and nimbly cross disciplinary boundaries. Many are directly involved in the foundations they support, putting their personal imprimatur on the direction and operation of the ventures that bear their names. With all of this good news, it is somewhat surprising that this influx of private money has been viewed with some skepticism.* Author: Marcia McNutt
    Categories: Journal Articles
  • Editors' Choice
    [Apr 2014]

    Islet Epigenetics | Printable Hydrogels | Big Break for Boron | Confined Stability | Data Driven Decision-Making | Rheumatoid Rescue? | Regulating DNA Repair
    Categories: Journal Articles
  • [News of the Week] This Week's Section
    [Apr 2014]

    Follow the links below for a roundup of the week's top stories in science, or download a PDF of the entire section. Around the WorldNewsmakersRandom Samples
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  • [News of the Week] Around the World
    [Apr 2014]

    In science news around the world, the upgraded Alvin deep-sea submersible prepares to return to scientific service, researchers urge the Spanish government to rescind approval of a drug linked to vulture deaths, and more.
    Categories: Journal Articles
  • [News of the Week] Newsmakers
    [Apr 2014]

    Neuroscientist Huda Zoghbi wins the March of Dimes' developmental biology prize, the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters selects Princeton mathematician Yakov Sinai for its Abel Prize in mathematics, and theoretical physicist William Goldstein takes the helm at California's Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.
    Categories: Journal Articles
  • [News of the Week] Random Sample
    [Apr 2014]

    NASA engineers make a foray into fashion with three outlandish designs for the new Z-2 space suits, and encourage the public to vote on which will become a prototype.
    Categories: Journal Articles
  • [News & Analysis] Even for Slide-Prone Region, Landslide Was Off the Chart
    [Apr 2014]

    While some experts have suggested that the deadly Oso landslide in Washington on 22 March could have been foreseen, others argue that it was an extreme event that could not have been anticipated. Authors: Richard Stone, Robert F. Service
    Categories: Journal Articles
  • [News & Analysis] Cassini Plumbs the Depths of the Enceladus Sea
    [Apr 2014]

    Suspicions that Saturn's icy moon Enceladus harbors an internal ocean—one that could host life—have hardened into near certainty with exquisitely precise observations from the Cassini spacecraft. Author: Richard A. Kerr
    Categories: Journal Articles
  • [News & Analysis] Kurdistan Offers an Open Window on the Ancient Fertile Crescent
    [Apr 2014]

    This week, archaeologists from around the world will gather in the ancient city of Erbil to discuss its long history and the suddenly promising future for archaeological research in surrounding Iraqi Kurdistan. Author: Andrew Curry
    Categories: Journal Articles
  • [News & Analysis] The Morning After, Inflation Result Causes Headaches
    [Apr 2014]

    As evidence mounts for cosmic inflation, theorists must confront a bedeviling conceptual problem in the theory. Author: Adrian Cho
    Categories: Journal Articles
  • [News & Analysis] In New Report, IPCC Gets More Specific About Warming Risks
    [Apr 2014]

    In a new report, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has gotten much more specific on the impacts of climate change and how nations can adapt. Author: Eli Kintisch
    Categories: Journal Articles
  • [News & Analysis] Court Slams Japan's Scientific Whaling
    [Apr 2014]

    The United Nations' highest court dealt a blow to Japan's scientific whaling program in the Antarctic, saying it isn't science. Author: Virginia Morell
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  • [News & Analysis] RIKEN Panel Finds Misconduct in Controversial Paper
    [Apr 2014]

    Fabrication and falsification raise further concerns about claims for a new and easy way to create stem cells. Author: Dennis Normile
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  • [News Focus] Chasing the Money
    [Apr 2014]

    As constraints take hold in biomedicine, scientists are forced to adapt. Author: Jennifer Couzin-Frankel
    Categories: Journal Articles
  • [News Focus] The Vulnerable: Talene Yacoubian
    [Apr 2014]

    A young Parkinson's researcher struggles to establish herself, a task made much harder by the challenge of landing her first big grant. Author: Jocelyn Kaiser
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  • [News Focus] The Veteran: Russ Hille
    [Apr 2014]

    After a long and successful career, a biochemist is shocked when his grants aren't renewed—and he seeks alternatives to stay in the game. Author: Eliot Marshall
    Categories: Journal Articles
  • [News Focus] The Adapter: Rachel Brewster
    [Apr 2014]

    Her funding tight, a biologist adapts her work on early brain development as she strives to keep training young scientists. Author: Jennifer Couzin-Frankel
    Categories: Journal Articles
  • [News Focus] The Administrator: Jay Walsh
    [Apr 2014]

    A vice president for research enjoys a healthy budget and strategizes to pull more dollars in. Author: Jocelyn Kaiser
    Categories: Journal Articles
  • [News Focus] The Well-Heeled: Donald Bowden
    [Apr 2014]

    A geneticist with nearly $3 million in grants considers what's behind his financial success. Author: Kelly Servick
    Categories: Journal Articles