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Finches Seek Out Sick Dining Companions

Finches Seek Out Sick Dining Companions

A study in the journal Biology Letters finds that male finches prefer dining next to a sick bird despite the risk of infection, probably because the lethargic companion is less likely to engage in food fights. Karen Hopkin reports

February 19, 2010
Stimulating Science: Following the Recovery Money

Stimulating Science: Following the Recovery Money

One year ago, Congress passed and President Barack Obama signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act into law, which handed out billions of dollars for science, health, energy and other research. How is that money being spent?

February 17, 2010
King Tut's Tough Life

King Tut's Tough Life

New analysis of the mummy of King Tut, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, shows that the boy king had severe bone disease and malaria. Christopher Intagliata reports

February 17, 2010
Whaddaya Do with a Dead Whale?

Whaddaya Do with a Dead Whale?

Scientific American magazine Editor in Chief Mariette DiChristina talks with podcast host Steve Mirsky about some of the articles in the February issue, including one on the ecosystems that arise around the carcasses of whales that die and fall to the ocean floor; the warfare between our cells, our allied microbes and disease-causing organisms; and ways to improve the internal combustion engine

February 10, 2010 — Steve Mirsky
Asexual Solution to a Parasite Problem

Asexual Solution to a Parasite Problem

A report in the journal Science explains how bdelloid rotifers, which reproduce asexually, clear parasitic infections by drying out to kill the freeloader. Karen Hopkin reports

January 29, 2010
Cleopatra's Eyeliner: Peeper Health Keeper

Cleopatra's Eyeliner: Peeper Health Keeper

A study in the journal Analytical Chemistry finds that the black eyeliner worn by ancient Egyptians may have had properties that helped ward off eye-damaging bacterial infections. Cynthia Graber reports

January 22, 2010
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