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Drug company swag sways med students

Can something as small as the logo on a pen sway a doctor to write a prescription for one drug over another? You bet. Medical students, at least, fall prey to the influence of drug company trinkets, says a study published today in Archives of Internal Medicine ...

May 11, 2009 — Katherine Harmon

Islands of species richness

New Caledonia, a French territory in the South Pacific, is the hottest spot on Earth for biodiversity, says a study in the latest issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA ...

May 11, 2009 — David Biello

Space shuttle Atlantis sets off safely for Hubble

The space shuttle Atlantis lifted off without event just after 2:00 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time from Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

Atlantis is carrying seven astronauts on the final scheduled servicing mission to the Hubble Space Telescope...

May 11, 2009 — John Matson

Bear market for swine flu

Just as the media chatter about H1N1 influenza reached a fever pitch, traders were expressing a more sober outlook.

At least that's the word from the Iowa Electronic Health Markets, which opened H1N1 futures contracts on April 28th to assess the breadth, speed and severity of the outbreak...

May 11, 2009 — Brendan Borrell

Copepods, everywhere you look (and even where you don't)

Editor's Note: Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution oceanographer and photographer Chris Linder and science writer Helen Fields are taking part in a six-week cruise of the Bering Sea, a scientific expedition to study the effects of climate change on this polar ecosystem...

May 11, 2009 — Helen Fields

More questions for NASA's manned spaceflight programs

The White House yesterday announced that it will convene a 10-member independent panel to thoroughly review NASA's plans for human spaceflight. The announcement calls into doubt the agency's current cornerstones for manned missions, including the planned replacement for the soon-to-be-retired space shuttle and the stated goal of returning humans to the moon by 2020...

May 8, 2009 — John Matson

H1N1 hullabaloo: Overreaction or prudent caution?

School closures, canceled proms, and emergency rooms flooded with people panicking over run-of-the-mill coughs and sore throats. Have people gone hog wild over the so-called "swine flu," and is the media to blame for fanning the flames of fear?...

May 8, 2009 — Coco Ballantyne

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