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Death in the lab

As a scientist, I spend my days in the lab trying to tease out little truths about how the cells in our bodies behave. The full picture is still unknown and, along with hundreds of thousands of others like me, I’m gradually filling in the pieces.As a novelist, I spend my nights spinning about scientists, writing in a genre I call “lab lit” – not science fiction, but mainstream novels featuring scientists plying their trade...

December 19, 2011 — Jennifer Rohn

Congress strips funding for efficient lighting standards

A bit of news from the end of last week. The U.S. Congress slipped in a provision to the omnibus spending package, passed last Friday, that strips funding for the Department of Energy to enforce a more efficient standard for light bulbs...

December 19, 2011 — David Wogan

I'm Oklahoma bound!

I'm packing up my office, and crying intermittedly. Today is my last official day at the University of Missouri-St. Louis Department of Biology. I'm packing up my life and departing St Louis at the first of the new year...

December 19, 2011 — DNLee

The Best Christmas Gift Ever: Saving Santa from the Watery North Pole

In one of the cleverest Christmas campaigns I’ve seen, the David Suzuki Foundation has taken a very tongue-in-cheek approach to fundraising. Renowned the world over for its actions on environmentalism and climate change, the foundation has recently come under fire for ‘dashing the hopes of children’ by telling them that Santa is homeless (no joke)...

December 19, 2011 — Carin Bondar

The Psychology of Dictatorship: Kim Jong-Il

As long as there have been political dictators, psychologists have been fascinated with them. While many psychologists try to understand what happens in normal, rational people that leads them to follow such clearly dangerous leaders, some psychologists have been more interested in characterizing the personality profiles of dictators themselves...

December 19, 2011 — Jason G. Goldman

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