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Chair of Chemical Safety Board to Step Down

ISTOCK, DSZCVanessa Allen Sutherland will resign next month as chair of the US Chemical Safety & Hazard Investigation Board. With the vacancy, the board will drop to having only three members—two short of the standard five, C&EN reported earlier this...

/ May 25, 2018
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Arizona Moves to Alter Wording About Evolution in Education

ISTOCK, ALTMODERNArizona’s Department of Education is considering new school science standards that would replace or alter references to evolution. School officials behind the change have argued that the wording of the standards, which are available in draft form for public...

/ May 25, 2018
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Cynical or Savvy? Having Learned That Red Art Sells Best, Artists Created an All-Red Booth for the ArteBA Art Fair

Some people say art fairs are not just about sales. These ritual gatherings, proponents claim, can also help dealers meet important curators, provide valuable exposure for artists, and offer an introduction to clients in unfamiliar regions. But UV, a Buenos Aires-based...

/ May 24, 2018
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In Hawaii, Georgia O’Keeffe Found a Curious New Way to Look at Nature. An Immersive Show Lets You Mirror Her Journey

Georgia O’Keeffe wasn’t particularly interested in visiting Hawaii, but when she was offered an all-expenses paid trip there in 1939, she couldn’t turn it down. Though the artist only spent nine weeks visiting the island paradise, tasked with making two...

/ May 24, 2018
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Who Shops at ArteBA? Meet 9 Art-Lovers (and One Baby) at Argentina’s Premier Fair

ArteBA, founded in 1991, welcomed art lovers to its preview day on Wednesday, with a marching band greeting visitors at the start of its VIP opening. Inside, after filling up on empanadas and Malbec—naturally—the well heeled crowd took to the...

/ May 24, 2018
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Bioluminescent Bacteria in a Wifi Pill Track Gut Health in Pigs

The ingestible biosensorLILLIE PAQUETTE, MITBioengineers have come up with a pill containing engineered bacteria and electronics that can read and wirelessly transmit information as a means of monitoring gut health. The prototype of this ingestible-micro-bio-electronic (IMBED) capsule was used to...

/ May 24, 2018
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Present-Day Arboreal Birds Have Ground-Dwelling Past

This illustration shows a hypothetical bird fleeing a burning forest in the aftermath of the asteroid strike that eliminated dinosaurs and destroyed global forests. PHILLIP M. KRZEMINSKI When an asteroid slammed into Earth 66 million years ago, it drove dinosaurs to...

/ May 24, 2018
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Plunging response rates to household surveys worry policymakers

ON A nippy January evening, Clare walks the streets of north London, armed with a file of addresses and maps. She wants to interview people for Britain’s Labour Force Survey (LFS), which is the basis for a host of important...

/ May 24, 2018
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Right of asylum: ‘The crisis of today’s Europe is not a Schengen crisis but a Dublin crisis’

Gianfranco Schiavone, president of the Italian Consortium of Solidarity (ICS), talks about the ongoing reform of the so-called Dublin process that regulates the asylum granting process in the EU, which has been widely criticised for playing a negative role in...

/ May 24, 2018
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Family planning: Even where abortion is legal, access is not granted

In several European countries though abortion laws are not necessary when the lack of available gynecologists makes it almost impossible for women to access abortion. Paola Tamma for VoxEurop Ireland will hold a referendum on 25 May, asking voters whether...

/ May 24, 2018
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Deep Brain Stimulation Boosts Insulin Sensitivity

WIKIMEDIA, CRAIG HACKING AND A. PROF FRANK GAILLARDElectrical stimulation of the brain’s ventral striatum increases the body’s sensitivity to insulin, apparently by boosting dopamine levels, researchers reported yesterday (May 23) in Science Translational Medicine. As Science reports, the finding began...

/ May 24, 2018
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What Made Human Brains So Big?

FLICKR, _DJ_Finding food and lighting fires might explain why humans have such big brains, researchers report yesterday (May 23) in Nature. Humans’ brains are six times as large as those of similarly sized mammals, an observation that has led scientists...

/ May 24, 2018
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BMW M Teaches You How To Use A Dual-Clutch Gearbox

How to activate the parking mode? How to get the car rolling at low speed? Here are the answers. Have you ever wondered why the dual-clutch transmission of BMW’s performance M models has no parking position? The automaker says it...

/ May 24, 2018
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Congress Passes “Right to Try” Bill

WIKIMEDIA, ANDREW BOSSI On Tuesday (May 22), the US House of Representatives passed controversial legislation that will allow patients with life-threatening illnesses to use experimental medications without the approval of the Food and Drug Administration. The Senate already passed the...

/ May 23, 2018
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Ebola Update: Funding, Vaccines, and More Deaths in DRC

World Health Organization workers deployed medical kits in response to reports of Ebola cases in DRC in 2017.FLICKR, MONUSCOThe US government has committed another $7 million in funds to fighting Ebola in Democratic Republic of Congo, bringing its total contribution...

/ May 23, 2018
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Nissan Easy-Fill Tire Alert System Makes Filling Tires A Breeze

Add this to the list of things you never knew you wanted. We’ve all been there. You'll be driving along when the check tire pressure light illuminates, or you come out to your car to notice one tire looks a...

/ May 22, 2018
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Nipah Virus Kills 10 in India

ISTOCK, CRAIGRJDSince last Friday (May 18), health officials in the southern Indian state of Kerala have confirmed 10 fatalities from Nipah virus, a disease harbored by fruit bats and spread by infected bats and pigs to humans. “This is a...

/ May 22, 2018
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Prevalent Form of Childhood Leukemia May Be Preventable

ISTOCK, FATCAMERAAn analysis of more than 30 years of research has revealed the underlying cause of the most common form of leukemia in children. Research compiled in Nature Reviews Cancer on May 21 suggests that acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) occurs...

/ May 22, 2018
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Kendrick Lamar Denies Ripping Off the Artist Who’s Suing Him Over His ‘Black Panther’ Music Video

The recent Pulitzer Prize-winning rapper Kendrick Lamar is denying artist Lina Iris Viktor’s claim that his music video for “All the Stars,” from the soundtrack for the film Black Panther, copied her “Constellations” series of black and gold paintings. The musician and...

/ May 22, 2018
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Conservation Biologist Ben Collen Dies of Bone Cancer

UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDONBen Collen, a University College London PI whose research spanned ecosystems from Antarctica to Brazil, died on Saturday (May 19), according to the university. He was 40 years old. His wife writes on a fundraising page for bone...

/ May 22, 2018