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Drought ‘that divided homes’ keeps hunger’s grip on Turkana–February 8, 2013

Droughts have become more frequent and longer over the last three decades. For the most vulnerable, like Ana Mana, the absence of rainfall means the constant threat of hunger.

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‘Waste’ Fuels Scientists Efforts–February 3, 2013

For decades, the logistics of moving equipment and people to remote deserts hindered Richard and Meave Leakey’s paleoanthropological research. They needed a better way to hunt fossils.

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Fossil Hunter Leakey Searches for Fuels of the Future–February 3, 2013

Beyond allowing the institute to function at lower cost and become self-sufficient in energy, another goal of the projects is to help the surrounding Turkana community.

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Unraveling Environmental Issues with Genetics–December 20, 2012        

The tiny western flowered thrip is an insect as translucent as ale that looks like a cross between a grasshopper and a maggot.  But its small parenthesis-like size doesn’t fool farmers. It’s costing them millions of dollars as the bug chomps its way through hundreds of thousands of acres of fruits, vegetables and flowers in Southern and Western United  States.

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Restoring the Bobwhite–May 11, 2012

The Northern Bobwhite quail flap their copper-colored wings and expand their speckled bellies to bellow out a distinct two-part whistle. If you listen closely, they sound like they’re calling “bob white.”
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Third Primate Death for Harvard–January 25, 2012

The death of a third primate at Harvard draws more attention to the ongoing debate over the future of primate research.

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Diffraction before Destruction–January 11, 2012

For years, researchers have struggled with crystallizing samples to determine the structure of biological molecules via X-ray diffraction. But a new breed of free-electron lasers that generate intense, pulsed light beams is changing that. Ansa Varughese reports.

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Clinical Trials Remain Unpublished–January 18, 2012

Why do a third of completed clinical trials that are funded by the NIH remain unpublished?

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XMRV Paper Retracted–January 11, 2012

Two papers that reported a link between a retrovirus and chronic fatigue syndrome have been retracted, reducing the data that supports such a link.

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Spineless Microscopy–January 12, 2012

With a tetrahydrofuran-based clearing procedure, German researchers have turned a mouse spine invisible to study the neurobiology hidden within.

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Naming Names–December 22, 2011

Going forward, Canada’s federal research agencies will publicly disclose the names of researchers who breach research conduct policies.

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Stumped–December 21, 2011

While researchers still don’t understand the blastema’s role in regeneration, the preliminary data on the clot’s role after mice digit amputation is opening their eyes.

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Abandoning the Stem Cell Clinical Trail Ship–December 13, 2011

Last month, the first FDA-approved stem cell clinical trial in the US was prematurely terminated. Ansa Varughese asks whether other stem cell clinical trials in the US and abroad will follow and why.

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Mighty Mouse–December 7, 2011

By removing a transcription coregulator, researchers have boosted the muscle mass and metabolism of mice.

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Mayo Clinic Posthumous Retraction–November 30, 2011

After the death of a researcher, the institute has retracted one of his final papers because of questionable methods and data.

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Big Apple Genomics–November 25, 2011

A new genome research center is scheduled to open next year between the upscale boutiques on Madison Avenue, creating about 500 new research positions in New York.

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Peer-Review Game–November 22, 2011

A peer-review video game demonstrates that transparency increases accuracy in the process.

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Early Bird Catches Worm–November 15, 2011

Caenorhabditis elegans is a central model for neurobiologists, but until now no technique has imaged the worm’s neurodevelopment during embryogenesis in vivo and in real time. Ansa Varghese takes a look at early career researcher Hari Shroff, whose team has just developed a technique that is bringing C. elegans neurodevelopment into focus.

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Genomics Paper Un-retracted–November 18, 2011

After clearing up an authorship issue, a journal undoes the retraction of a paper.

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New Innovator: Erin Carlson, Chemical Biologist–November 8, 2011

The Indiana University assistant professor discusses her 2011 NIH New Innovator Award project that seeks to identify natural antibacterial agents for drug development.

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Venter’s New Hope: Synthetic Algae for Biofuels–November 7, 2011

Craig Venter changes his tune on biofuel source, shifting his focus from natural algae oil to synthetic biology.

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Future Methods in PCR–October 26, 2011

Leroy Hood, Carl Wittwer, Roopom Banerjee, Anna Berdine, and Junko Stevens discuss the current limitations and opportunities in the development of PCR techniques.

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Naked-Mole Rat’s Genetic Secrets Revealed–October 26, 2011

By sequencing the genome of the naked mole rat, researchers have gained insight to its unusual longevity and cancer resistance.

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2011 MacArthur Fellow: Sara Otto, Theoretical Biologist–October 19, 2011

Theoretical biologist Sarah Otto discusses winning the 2011 MacArthur Fellowship and her research in population genetics and evolution.

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Washington U. Genome Institute to Lay Off 54 Workers–October 13, 2011

Because of a reduction in federal funding, the institute will lose about 17% of its staff.

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Partial XMRV Retraction, Group Leader Leaves Institute–October 7, 2011

Following a partial retraction of a paper linking XMRV with chronic fatigue syndrome, the group leader has left her institute.

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Alan Alda and Brian Greene on Communicating Science—September 29, 2010

On Thursday night, the Center for Communicating Science welcomed award-winning actor, Alan Alda, and world-renown string theorist, Brian Greene, for a conversation titled “Why Communicating Science Matters.” Both Alda and Greene told a telling critique about scientists’ lack of ability to communicate their works and how that is going to change.

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Stony Brook PowerPlayer: Dr. Yacov Shamash—November 29, 2010

Stony Brook residents might need to drop by his office in the engineering building to catch a glimpse of Yacov Shamash, the dean of Engineering and Applied Sciences, whereas others can access him through forbes.com.

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Energy Leaders Look To Achieve Clean Energy—November 22, 2010

Elected officials, business leaders and energy experts convened at the Advanced Energy Conference, held at the Manhattan Hilton  to discuss the changing face of energy, with many presenting technological innovations, bringing questions and wanting answers. Stony Brook’s Advanced Energy Research and Technology Center, or AERTC, hosted the conference from Monday, Nov. 8 to Tuesday, Nov. 9.

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Stony Brook Scientists Develop Nanosensor Device—October 26, 2010

For years, scientists have been trying to improve detecting diseases while they are in their beginning stages.  But, an affordable nanosensor device has developed right in our own backyard. All one needs to do is just breathe.

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Roth Pond Receives Makeover—September 13, 2010

A lot has changed for Roth Pond, a memorable Stony Brook landmark, which features the annual Roth Pond Regatta.  The university decided to replace the liner of the pond this summer, following a deep winter freeze that possibly contributed to the death of the pond’s fish last year.

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