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Meet H. psychedelica, a new species of fish

We wouldn’t mind swimmin' with these fishes.

Check out Histiophryne psychedelica , a new species named for its crazy tan and peach stripes, and lackadaisical style of getting around the seafloor, which resembles hopping more than swimming.

February 27, 2009 — Jordan Lite

Will Facebook let members vote on proposed changes?

Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg has invited members of his social networking Web site to review and comment on a proposed statement of rights and responsibilities (which will replace the original terms of use) as well as its governing principles (which define members' rights).

February 27, 2009 — Larry Greenemeier

Obama to change Bush "right to conscience" rule

Reproductive rights groups are cheering President Obama's intention to rescind a "midnight regulation" issued in the waning days of the Bush administration that blocks federal funding of healthcare facilities that don’t allow their employees to bow out of medical procedures, such as abortion, to which they have moral objections.

February 27, 2009 — Jordan Lite

The body politic: Can we tell from pols' faces if they're competent?

We really do judge a book by its cover—and, it seems, the competence of politicians by their faces. What's more, adults and kids see the same competence—or, as the case may be, ineptitude—in a person's visage, which helps explain why children can accurately predict presidential elections, according to new research published today in Science .

February 26, 2009 — Jordan Lite

Fruit fly research, maligned by Sarah Palin, bears fruit

Remember when Republican VP candidate Sarah Palin dissed research on fruit flies? Well, the little buggers—a favorite of scientists who like studying their genome and the bane of kitchens everywhere—are back in the spotlight, this time with news that technology could one day spot olives spoiled by the flies.

February 26, 2009 — Jordan Lite

James Watson disses today's high school teachers

Last night in a room with a double helix woven in the carpet, the cantankerous geneticist James Watson, Nobel Prize winner and provocateur—made clear his opinion of today's high school teachers: They're not too bright.

February 26, 2009 — Brendan Borrell

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