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Some termites skip the sex, make babies anyway

Spring is in the air, but that doesn't have all termites looking for love. New research published this week in Science says that some queen termites can reproduce both sexually and asexually, depending on the kind of baby they're making (workers or queens)...

March 27, 2009 — Katherine Harmon

Three Mile Island three decades later

It will be exactly 30 years tomorrow since the nation's worst commercial nuclear accident occurred on a three-mile (five kilometer) slip of land in the Susquehanna River in the shadow of Harrisburg, Pa...

March 27, 2009 — Lisa Stein

Psychotherapists trying to "treat" patients for homosexuality

One in 25 British psychiatrists and psychologists say they would be willing to help homosexual and bisexual patients try to convert to heterosexuality, even though there is no compelling scientific evidence a person can willfully become straight, and trying to force them to do so can cause serious psychological damage, researchers report this week in BMC Psychiatry ...

March 26, 2009 — Coco Ballantyne

Solid catalyst simplifies turning algae into biodiesel

As home biodiesel brewers know, it's a time-consuming and chemically intensive process to transform French fry grease into a fuel. And then there's the problem of burning something in your truck that could have fed people; canola oil can be used for food or fuel, for example...

March 26, 2009 — David Biello

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