Daily Archives: October 14, 2013

The Week: Nobel Prizes and an Astronaut Mourned

Recent developments in health and science news. This week: A long lost moon of Neptune was spotted, as was a lizard thought to be extinct.
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A Rare Open House Lets Visitors in the Herbarium at Kew Gardens

A rare open house in London allows visitors a peek into the Herbarium at Kew Gardens, a vast collection of plant specimens and other treasures, some from Darwin and Livingstone, others more recent.
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A Maryland Hill’s Prehistoric Secret

On a Maryland hilltop, what is believed to be an ancient ceremonial site offers a tantalizing view into prehistoric gatherings.
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Breaking Through Cancer’s Shield

The recent discovery that cancers can evade the immune system by wrapping themselves in a protective shield offered a bonus: a way to try to thwart the disease.
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Letters: A Solution for Zoo Penguins

A letter to the editor.
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Letters: A Belief in Books on Paper

A letter to the editor.
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Moose Die-Off Alarms Scientists

Populations across the continent are experiencing a sharp decline, and the exact cause is a mystery. But there is a common thread among possible factors: climate change.
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Observatory: Female Meerkat: Will Nurse for Rent

Rather than facing possible eviction, some female meerkats will nurse the dominant female’s offspring to remain in the community.
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Observatory: A Feeding Instinct Starts in the Womb

Opening the mouth to feed is an important element of nursing, an instinct fetuses develop in the womb.
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Books: ‘The Compatibility Gene’ Offers Insights to Immunology

Daniel M. Davis writes with an insider’s perspective, not only on how our immune systems do and don’t work, but on the scientists who study them.
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Q&A: Analyzing the Sweet Tooth

Craving something sweet is primarily biological, an expert says, but the choice of a particular sweet is a learned behavior.
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In Indonesia, Environmentalists See a Disaster in the Making

Conservationists say rapid clearing of virgin forest in Aceh Province, which had one of the world’s richest ecosystems, threatens endangered species and could trigger flooding.
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A Bridge Between Western Science and Eastern Faith

A small band of Tibetan monks and a team of translators have been working to bring Western science to the monastic education system in India.
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France Upholds Ban on Hydraulic Fracturing

The highest court ruled against an American company that had challenged a ban on the controversial drilling technique known as hydraulic fracturing, known informally as fracking.
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