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Stem cell researchers: ‘Stop Hyping up stem cells’

Stem cell researchers: ‘Stop Hyping up stem cells’

Hyperbole is the current that runs through much of the public discourse on scientific research. Though research results almost always involve uncertainty, scientific studies are often presented (in the media and elsewhere) as conclusive — especially when they’re “promising.” This…

New satellite to study space weather

New satellite to study space weather

Just like that, a flotilla of NASA spacecraft has plumbed one of the deeper mysteries of space physics: what causes “magnetic reconnection,” the process that allows energy from the sun’s magnetic field to leak into Earth’s, triggering potentially damaging space…


Zika virus causes microcephaly in mice

Zika virus causes microcephaly in mice

By far the most alarming feature of the Zika virus now marching across South America and the Caribbean is its threat to fetuses. Last month the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention declared that “a causal relationship” exists between…