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Worldwide brain-mapping project sparks excitement - and concern

nature.com — Cary Wolinsky/Aurora/Getty In recent years, brain-mapping initiatives have been popping up around the world. They have different goals and areas of expertise, but now researchers will attempt to apply their collective knowledge in a global push to more fully understand the brain.

US Toughens Rules for Clinical-Trial Transparency

nature.com — Dan Kitwood/Getty The disappointing results of clinical trials will no longer be able to languish unpublished, thanks to rules released on 16 September by the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the US National Institutes of Health (NIH).

US toughens rules for clinical-trial transparency

nature.com — Dan Kitwood/Getty The disappointing results of clinical trials will no longer be able to languish unpublished, thanks to rules released on 16 September by the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the US National Institutes of Health (NIH).

US science agencies face budget limbo

nature.com — ITER Another year, another round of budget roulette for US science agencies. When Congress returns from its summer break on 6 September, it will have just three weeks to pass a new government funding bill before the 2017 budget year begins on 1 October.

Brain's chemical signals seen in real time

nature.com — Kleinfeld Lab, UC San Diego Neuroscientists have invented a way to watch the ebb and flow of the brain's chemical messengers in real time. They were able to see the surge of neurotransmitters as mice were conditioned - similarly to Pavlov's famous dogs - to salivate in response to a sound.

Mosquito guns and heavy fines: how Cuba kept Zika at bay for so long

nature.com — Desmond Boylan for Nature As soon as the rain stops, mosquitoes flood the guard house of an upscale tourist resort near Cuba's Bay of Pigs. Without hesitation, one of the guards reaches under his desk to pull out a device that looks like a very large hair dryer. "Mosquito gun," he says.

US agency to lift ban on funding human-animal hybrids

nature.com — Mauricio Lima/AFP/Getty Since September 2015, researchers have been banned from receiving funding from the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) for adding human stem cells to animal embryos, creating blends called chimaeras. But a proposal by the NIH released on 4 August would lift the funding moratorium, except for certain situations.

US agency lifts ban on funding human-animal hybrids

nature.com — Mauricio Lima/AFP/Getty Since September 2015, researchers funded by the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) have been banned from adding human stem cells to animal embryos, creating blends called chimeras. But a proposal by the NIH released 4 August would lift the funding moratorium, except for certain situations.

Welcome to the Cyborg Olympics

nature.com — Eric Kayne for Nature Vance Bergeron was once an amateur cyclist who rode 7,000 kilometres per year - much of it on steep climbs in the Alps. But in February 2013, as the 50-year-old chemical engineer was biking to work at the École Normale Supérieure in Lyons, France, he was hit by a car.

Welcome to the Cyborg Olympics

nature.com — Eric Kayne for Nature Vance Bergeron was once an amateur cyclist who rode 7,000 kilometres per year - much of it on steep climbs in the Alps. But in February 2013, as the 50-year-old chemical engineer was biking to work at the École Normale Supérieure in Lyons, France, he was hit by a car.
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Sep 26, 2016

RT @plutokiller: Don't know why people are surprised by possible sighting of plumes on Europa. How else would the Europa whales exhale?

Aug 24, 2016

@raminskibba What do you mean, "little more than microbes"? Eukaryotic supremacist swine.


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