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Do scientists self-censor in politically charged grant applications?

If you study prostitutes, would you tell the NIH?

Half of scientists whose federally funded research — most of it about sex and AIDS — was subjected to extra scrutiny by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in 2003 after conservative members of Congress questioned its merits say they now censor wording in their grant applications that might raise "red flags" at the agency, according to a new survey...

November 18, 2008 — Jordan Lite

Mars Lander was way popular on Twitter, Facebook

Like many an unsung artist or writer, the late Mars Phoenix Lander's fame has increased since the robot expired last week — thanks to social-networking tools that gave it a human voice...

November 17, 2008 — Jordan Lite

RFID in the hospital: Not so private eyes are watching you

You’ve been tagged.

Hospitals are increasingly using electronic-monitoring equipment to track patients, employees and medical devices to prevent them from going the way of the Junior Mint Seinfeld ’s Kramer infamously dropped into an open surgical patient...

November 12, 2008 — Jordan Lite

RIP, Mars Lander: NASA declares the end of the Phoenix mission

So long, Mars Lander.

The NASA robot’s $475-million mission is over, after increasingly cold weather and diminishing sun on Mars got the better of the lander, which relied on sunlight to recharge its solar battery, scientists said yesterday...

November 11, 2008 — Jordan Lite

Census of Marine Life: What lurks under the sea?

There are some unusual things living in the world’s oceans: A "city" made up of tens of millions of brittle stars (relatives of starfish) living on the peak of a seamount (see photo to the left), or underwater summit north of the Antarctic Circle; a huge, 16-inch (407 millimeter) long by quarter-inch (10 millimeter) wide mollusk, Chaetoderma felderi, discovered deep in the Gulf of Mexico near Louisiana; and enormous bacteria in the eastern South Pacific that may help clean polluted ocean floors, a concept known as bioremediation...

November 10, 2008 — Jordan Lite

Obama administration would create new "new media"

One of the first questions batted about in political, tech and media circles after Barack Obama won the presidential election last week was what he was going to do with the massive, wired network of supporters he’d built over his two-year campaign...

November 10, 2008 — Jordan Lite

Does a much-hyped cancer treatment actually make tumors get bigger?

Turning off a protein that helps grow blood vessels that feed tumors actually makes cancers get bigger, not smaller, according to two new studies. These studies raise questions about why certain drugs that try to decrease blood vessel growth around tumors to starve them of oxygen and nutrients have been disappointing when used by themselves—and why they may need to be combined with traditional chemotherapy...

November 9, 2008 — Jordan Lite

Tainted heparin seized from Ohio company

Federal drug regulators have seized batches of the tainted blood thinner heparin from a Cincinnati manufacturer that used a Chinese-made ingredient linked to 81 U.S.

November 7, 2008 — Jordan Lite

Pet food making people sick

Some 79 people in 21 states have been sickened with a bacterial infection linked to contaminated pet food — the first time human Salmonella enterica illness has been traced to a contaminated animal food plant...

November 6, 2008 — Jordan Lite
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