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NSF Warns That State Cuts Hurt Education, Research

With budgets shrinking and enrollments on the rise, schools in states like Virginia are offering a diminished education experience to their students and risk a drop-off in the quality of research.

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Misdeeds, Not Mistakes, Behind Most Scientific Retractions

Biomedical researchers believed that most retractions of published studies were the result of honest errors. An analysis of retractions over four decades finds that's not the case.
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Do You Know Where Your Children Are? Is That Always A Good Thing?

Decades ago, kids were encouraged to play outside and explore the outdoors. Nowadays, protective parents have reined in their children, leading to strictly structured (and supervised) playtime. The kids don't seem to be fighting it, but do these new rules stymie childhood creativity?
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A Tiny Ocean World With A Mighty Important Future

Tiny ocean organisms known as plankton are vital to life on Earth, generating enough oxygen to account for every other breath you take. As climate change alters the temperature and acidity of our waters, these mysterious ocean creatures may be in jeopardy.
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Scientist Cleared In Polar Bear Controversy

Charles Monnett's 2006 report on drowning polar bears became a rallying cry for environmentalists. Then he was accused of scientific misconduct. On Friday, he learned he had been cleared.
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Holy Bat Virus! Genome Hints At Origin Of SARS-Like Virus

Virologists have published the genome sequence of the new coronavirus, which has killed one man and hospitalized another. The mystery virus is most closely related to coronaviruses that infect bats in Southeast Asia. But this doesn't necessarily mean that the men caught the virus directly from bats.
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Grieving Pet Owners Want Imported Dog Treats Pulled From Shelves

Angry pet owners who believe contaminated Waggin' Train chicken jerky strips killed their pets are targeting the stores that sell them. Meanwhile, the FDA says it doesn't have enough evidence to issue a recall.

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