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Father of medical genetics, Victor McKusick, dies at 86

Though not a household name, the impact that Victor McKusick had on medicine is profound: He was a pioneer in the field of genetics, showing the role that genes play in inherited diseases and abnormalities, ranging from Marfan's syndrome to dwarfism...

July 25, 2008 — Adam Hadhazy

Oil spill tars Mississippi River

A barge full of more than 400,000 gallons of fuel and a heavy tanker collided in New Orleans on Wednesday, spreading a rainbow sheen of oil across 100 miles of the Mississippi River down to the Gulf of Mexico...

July 25, 2008 — David Biello

Robot dragonfly takes flight

Researchers at Delft University of Technology in The Netherlands today unveiled a small, remote-controlled aircraft weighing just 0.11 ounces (three grams) and with a four-inch (10-centimeter) wingspan--just large enough to accommodate an onboard camera...

July 23, 2008 — Larry Greenemeier

NASA plans GPS-like system for return to the moon

NASA has coughed up $1.2 million for a navigation system that will help astronauts find their way around the lunar surface when they return in 2020. The Lunar Astronaut Spatial Orientation and Information System (LASOIS) is designed to function  much the same way as a global positioning system (GPS)...

July 22, 2008 — Larry Greenemeier

Meet Makemake, the fourth dwarf planet

Astronomers have upgraded a distant rock discovered in 2005 to the category of dwarf planet, the controversial designation created two years ago by the International Astronomical Union (IAU) to deal with planetlike bodies far out in the solar system...

July 21, 2008 — JR Minkel

Journalists + Facebook = Scoops

Should journalists be hanging out on Facebook? I only joined about two months ago, after some prodding from other reporter friends. My answer, though, is an emphatic yes, because I got a story within about 20 minutes of signing up...

July 21, 2008 — Ivan Oransky

NIH official nixes large HIV vaccine trial

The U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) this week canceled plans for a large clinical trial of an experimental vaccine to combat the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).

July 18, 2008 — Nikhil Swaminathan

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