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Scientists Take Charles Darwin on the Road

"I want to send our scientists to rural schools and communities around the U.S. to talk about evolution for Darwin Day 2011." Jory Weintraub's words hung undigested in the silent air of the management meeting at our North Carolina center last July.

from Miller-McCune

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UNC Study Finds Way to Slow Spread of HIV

CHAPEL HILL -- A multinational study headed by a UNC-Chapel Hill researcher has led to a discovery that could help slow the spread of HIV...

from the (Raleigh, NC) News and Observer

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Setbacks at Japan Nuclear Plant

A reactor at Japan's crippled nuclear plant has been more badly damaged than originally thought, operator Tepco has said. Water is leaking from the pressure vessel surrounding reactor 1--probably because of damage caused by exposed fuel rods melting, a spokesman said...

from BBC News Online

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Scientists Identify Possible Human Lung Stem Cell

NEW YORK (Associated Press) -- Scientists believe they've discovered stem cells in the lung that can make a wide variety of the organ's tissues, a finding that might open new doors for treating emphysema and other diseases...

from the Boston Globe (Registration Required)

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Bedbugs With 'Superbug' Germ Found

(Associated Press) -- Hate insects? Afraid of germs? Researchers are reporting an alarming combination: bedbugs carrying a staph "superbug." Canadian scientists detected drug-resistant staph bacteria in bedbugs from three hospital patients from a downtrodden Vancouver neighborhood...

from the Seattle Times

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NIH Director: Fewer Than One in Five Grant Applications May Get Funded This Year

At a Senate hearing Thursday, National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director Francis Collins warned that the fraction of grant applications that are funded this year could drop below 20% for the first time. Lawmakers also quizzed the NIH chief about his plan to create a new center for translational research...

from ScienceInsider

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New Fungi the Dark Matter of Mushrooms

Images of little dots, some wriggling a skinny tail, give scientists a first glimpse of a vast swath of the oldest, and perhaps oddest, fungal group alive today...

from Science News

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Test Measures Spark of Consciousness

Consciousness is not all or nothing: some people languish for months or years in a middling state. A person could have some sense of and interaction with the world, or could be completely unconscious of their surroundings. But today in Science, researchers report a test that can distinguish between states of consciousness using a simple electroencephalogram (EEG) and some mathematics...

from Nature News

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