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Toxicology: The big test for bisphenol A

After years of wrangling over the chemical's toxicity, researchers are charting a new way forwards. Brendan Borrell investigates how the debate has reshaped environmental-health studies.

April 21, 2010

The Most Exciting Moment of My Scientific Career

Thumbi Ndung'u left Kenya 1995 to study medicine at Harvard. He later returned to Africa on a mission to exploit HIV's vulnerabilities. Now the head of the HIV Pathogenesis Program at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa, Ndung'u spoke with Scientific American contributor Brendan Borrell about a research breakthrough early in his career that helped set the pace for the Kenyan's ongoing study of genes in the immune system that may help to fight AIDS and lead to a vaccine.

May 15, 2012 — Brendan Borrell
Tiny Opossum Could Be Farmers' Friend

Tiny Opossum Could Be Farmers' Friend

A small mammal that likes to feast on a soybean pest in Brazil's Cerrado illustrates how preserving this savanna landscape is good for farms as well as biodiversity

April 10, 2015 — Brendan Borrell and

Indonesia gets debt relief for preserving Sumatran forests

The United States has agreed to cut what Indonesia owes Uncle Sam by nearly $30 million over eight years in exchange for increased protection of Sumatran forests that are home to endangered rhinos, tigers and orangutans.

July 1, 2009 — Brendan Borrell

Tropical storm Andres heading toward Baja

Surfers take note: Tropical Storm Andres could hit the resort town of Cabo San Lucas at the tip of Mexico’s Baja California later this week.

The U.S.

June 22, 2009 — Brendan Borrell

Purported dodeca-mom delusional, probably not pregnant, authorities say

Sorry, folks. No multiple birth records are likely to be broken this month. The Tunisian woman who claimed to be carrying six boys and six girls is unlikely to even be pregnant, a British newspaper reported today.She has refused to undergo a medical examination and has gone into hiding, The Daily Telegraph reports.

August 19, 2009 — Brendan Borrell

Powerful quake rocks Honduras, 4 confirmed dead

A powerful earthquake struck off the Caribbean coast near Honduras this morning, leaving four or more dead on shore, and injuring 40 others.

The magnitude 7.1 earthquake was centered 75 miles north of La Ceiba at 3:24 a.m.

May 28, 2009 — Brendan Borrell

Gravity's Tug

The first black holes are almost as old as the universe itself

August 1, 2010 — Brendan Borrell

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