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  • Newsmakers

    This week's Newsmaker is physicist and radio astronomer Bernard Lovell, founder and first director of the Jodrell Bank Observatory in Cheshire, U.K., who died at the age of 98.

  • Random Sample

    Computer researchers are helping viewers take in the world's largest piece of community folk art, the AIDS Memorial Quilt. Artist Heather Dewey-Hagborg has been printing three-dimensional masks, or approximations, of people's faces based on DNA sequenced from their hair. And this week's numbers quantify two grants to treat HIV and malaria and tonnes of global emissions of carbon dioxide in 2011.

  • Around the World

    In science news around the world this week, the European Commission wants to tighten its oversight of deep-sea habitat in the Northeast Atlantic, Europe is poised to approve its first gene therapy, the U.S. National Science Board has given the go-ahead to construct the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope, U.K. police have ended the Climategate investigation, and a new estimate of deaths likely to result from the Fukushima nuclear disaster has been challenged by radiation experts.

  • Cancer Genetics With an Edge

    Their lab helped reveal how faulty genes cause cancer, but Bert Vogelstein and Kenneth Kinzler sometimes irk colleagues with their “reality check” comments on genomic medicine.

  • Similarities Despite Separation

    In addition to charting the history of the Minnesota Study of Twins Reared Apart, Segal reviews the project's conclusions and their impact.

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