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Dispatches from the US (3)

(November 25th, 2014) The month of November saw the announcement of the Breakthrough Science Award winners and the first anniversary of BioRxiv. In Washington, the 44th international Society for Neuroscience (SfN) meeting was held and the White House released its new immigration policy.

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The new COMPADRE for Plant Ecologists

(November 21st, 2014) Ecology has a new star: the COMPADRE Plant Matrix Database. The engine comprises demographic information on 598 plant species worldwide. It’s becoming an invaluable tool in analysing big amounts of data and decreasing redundancy between original research data.

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When Evidence becomes a Nuisance

(November 18th, 2014) The new European Commission is no longer interested in retaining a Chief Scientific Advisor, CSA. This not only silences Anne Glover’s plainly audible voice in Brussels, it also means there will be no successor. It’s a catastrophic loss, thinks Brynja Adam-Radmanic.

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Love is in the Air (or Water)

(November 14th, 2014) Not only human males put on the best perfumes if they want to impress the ladies, tilapia fish pursue the same strategy. Portuguese and German researchers identified and characterised one of the fish’s pheromones.

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Back to the Roots

(November 11th, 2014) History can be complicated, especially if it’s the evolutionary history of intracellular parasites. Studying a newly discovered parasite of water fleas, Swiss scientists found an answer to one of the notorious “what came first” riddles.

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Science on the Dance Floor

(November 7th, 2014) The popular “Dance your PhD” contest recently announced this year’s winner. But winning isn’t everything. We spoke with the two finalists in the biology category about the artistic side of research.

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Living in a Bubble of Work

(November 4th, 2014) What’s wrong with the life scientist profession? Science sociologist, Ruth Müller, studies professional culture in a highly competitive environment.

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Old Weapons Re-discovered

(October 31st, 2014) Antimicrobial peptides, AMPs, are ancient weapons activated by multicellular organisms against their single-celled bacterial enemies. Are they our glimmer of hope against the looming fears of antibiotic resistance?

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The Enemy Inside

(October 28th, 2014) War is a bad thing, no matter how you look at it. But recent research shows that in the trenches of World War I, soldiers had to fight  not only against their human enemies on the other side but also against parasites infesting their guts.

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Cold Case Heating Up

(October 24th, 2014) Those who thought that after 126 years, modern science would finally reveal the true identity of Jack the Ripper, will have to wait a little longer. A small error absolves a Polish emigrant from the brutish crimes, for now.

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Most Precious Things

(October 22nd, 2014) On October 1st, a new exhibition called Precious Things opened at the Natural History Museum of Denmark. How it all began with two kids digging up a dinosaur and ended with a gift from Charles Darwin – Lab Times reporter, Karin Lauschke, tells the story.

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Dispatches from the US (2)

(October 17th, 2014) Among the past month’s top stories are: The US declares war on Ebola; the White House invests in improved antibiotic testing; the NSF takes stock of postdoctoral unemployment rates and US universities install napping stations in libraries.

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