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  1. Scientists Find Link Bait As Addictive as Oreos

    Which would you rather eat right now: a rice cake or an Oreo cookie? Be honest.

    You picked the Oreo, didn’t you? Me too. On the one hand, there’s a chocolaty, sweet, fatty treat that lights up all those taste buds. On the other hand, there’s a ...

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  2. Alzheimer’s Disease Research Hits the Wires

    A few decades ago, some small, preliminary studies hinted that aluminum might be linked to Alzheimer’s disease. Headlines immediately screamed about this newly discovered danger, people threw away aluminum cookware, and everyone from deodorant manufacturers to food producers began advertising “aluminum free” formulations to assuage public fears.

    It was ...

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  3. Sequencing HeLa the Right Way

    About five months ago, researchers at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) in Heidelberg, Germany published a complete genome sequence for the famous laboratory cell line known as HeLa. The work spurred vociferous shouting that went on for weeks, ultimately spurring the authors to apologize and take the sequence data ...

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  4. Universal Flu Vaccines: Already Here?

    Public health is a thankless job, and influenza vaccination campaigns are among most thankless projects within it. Every year, legions of doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and public officials browbeat everyone to get a flu shot. These well-meaning folks fling themselves against deeply entrenched fears of injections and doctors, general public paranoia ...

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  5. Welcome to The Turbid Plaque

    In 1915, the director of a veterinary hospital in London was trying to grow viruses in his lab. At the time, researchers had a general idea that viruses were some kind of ultra-small microbes. They caused diseases, but could pass through filters fine enough to remove all known bacteria. Unfortunately ...

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  6. On “Leaving Science”

    I follow news about the science job market pretty closely, but perhaps the most reliable indicator I have of it isn’t in my RSS folder or Twitter feed. It’s my inbox. When graduate students and postdocs start to think their future is especially bleak, I start getting more ...

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  7. The DSM-5: What’s Your Alternative?

    Last week, Thomas Insel, Director of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) made an announcement that set science bloggers and medicine-watchers atwitter:

    In a few weeks, the American Psychiatric Association will release its new edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5). This volume will tweak ...

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