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Farewell, pygmy rabbit? Officials may give up on an endangered species

Farewell, pygmy rabbit? Officials may give up on an endangered species

It may be the end of the road for an endangered species of rabbit. After eight years and several million dollars, federal officials will likely halt a program by the end of this year designed to save the Columbia basin pygmy rabbit from extinction, according to the Associated Press.

February 3, 2009 — Ivan Oransky
Skin check for cancer? You may not need one

Skin check for cancer? You may not need one

Do you obsessively scrutinize your skin for unusual blemishes and visit your doc for an annual whole-body check for cancer? It may not do you any good, a panel of government experts says.

February 2, 2009 — Jordan Lite
A blood test for predicting postpartum depression?

A blood test for predicting postpartum depression?

Identifying women at risk for postpartum depression might be as easy as measuring hormone levels in the blood during pregnancy, suggests a study published today in the Archives of General Psychiatry .

February 2, 2009 — Coco Ballantyne
Darwin 200 years later: Evolution by selection of quotations

Darwin 200 years later: Evolution by selection of quotations

Editor's Note: This post is also appearing at the American Institute for Biological Sciences' Year of Science 2009: Celebrate Evolution. For more on Darwin's 200th birthday, see our January 2009 issue on evolution.

February 2, 2009 — Steve Mirsky
India promises $10 laptops for students

India promises $10 laptops for students

Can a laptop be manufactured for $10? The One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project created by Nicholas Negroponte and the MIT Media Lab has struggled to keep its promise to provide $100 laptops to school kids in developing countries (In fact, the cheapest one goes for around $188).

February 2, 2009 — Larry Greenemeier
Obama orders review of FDA in wake of salmonella outbreak

Obama orders review of FDA in wake of salmonella outbreak

Pres. Obama says he's ordering a “complete review” of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) after state and federal inspectors failed to detect and crack down on  a Georgia plant that knowingly sent out tainted peanut butter products that have sickened 529 people in 43 states and may have killed eight.

February 2, 2009 — Jordan Lite
Groundhog Day: It's about sex, not the weather

Groundhog Day: It's about sex, not the weather

Bad news for all you cold-weather wimps: Punxsutawney Phil saw his pudgy shadow this morning, foretelling six more weeks of winter—if you believe the Groundhog Day legend.

February 2, 2009 — Jordan Lite
RIP: The <i>Medscape Journal of Medicine</i>, an open-access pioneer, stops publishing new papers

RIP: The Medscape Journal of Medicine, an open-access pioneer, stops publishing new papers

A pioneering medical journal has fallen victim to the dramatic and wrenching changes that are overtaking the publishing industry: The Medscape Journal of Medicine (MJM) , the first electronic-only open access general medical journal,* will no longer publish new papers, Editor in Chief George Lundberg and colleagues announced yesterday.

January 31, 2009 — Ivan Oransky

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