Vol 332, Issue 6034
This Week in Science
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News of the Week
In science news around the world this week, a judge has decided that seven Italian earthquake scientists and technicians will be tried on charges of manslaughter, Germany and Switzerland have nixed nuclear energy, NASA's next medium-class science mission will bring back dirt from an asteroid, an amended forest law favorable to ranchers and loggers has brought an outpouring of concern from Brazil's environmentalists, and public health experts in Germany are scrambling to bring the world's deadliest outbreak ever of enterohemorrhagic Escherichia coli under control.
NASA officially announced on 24 May that it would cease its efforts to re-establish contact with its Spirit rover on Mars. An underwater opera now playing in Berlin gives audiences a chance to hear from one of the most extreme environments on Earth: underneath Antarctica's Eckström ice shelf. And this week's numbers quantify finalists in the 2011 Intel Science Talent Search whose parents entered the country on temporary H-1B visas and the amount spent by UNICEF on vaccines in 2010.
News & Analysis
Seven scientists and technicians who analyzed seismic activity ahead of the devastating earthquake that struck the Italian town of L'Aquila on 6 April 2009 will indeed face trial for manslaughter, a judge announced last week.
The debate that erupted 5 months ago over whether a bacterium could thrive on arsenic, even incorporating the element in its DNA, is finally being aired in the scientific literature rather than on blogs.
The Wellcome Trust, the world's largest research charity, this week announced the first winners of a program of large single-investigator awards to prominent biomedical researchers.
A group of 500 scientists has just released the first-ever assessment of the status of ecosystems in the United Kingdom, evaluating their ability to provide food, sustain biodiversity, and perform many other services.
After years of trying—and failing—to use DNA's ability to store and manipulate information to build a DNA computer, the field is finally advancing by going back to DNA's biochemical roots.
A second experiment may have spotted hypothetical dark matter particles called WIMPs, but its leader's take-no-prisoners attitude has competitors steaming.
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Emphasizing the importance of scientific research in early 20th-century British Antarctic expeditions, Larson argues for a new interpretation of the Scott-Amundsen race to the pole.
Interactions between genes reduce the benefits of a mutation and decrease the rate of fitness gain during adaptation.
An intermediate structure provides insight into how a transport substrate allosterically activates adenosine triphosphatase activity.
Ligand-independent Notch signaling promotes blood cell survival during normal development and under hypoxic stress.