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40 Years of Health Care for Women-Including Access to Abortion Services

Today’s political rhetoric in the U.S. makes it easy to fall into the trap of viewing abortion services as outside the realm of women’s health care—but a recent event in Manhattan belied that logical flaw, just as Scientific American did in an editorial in its May 2012 issue.

January 22, 2013 — Robin Lloyd

Quails Demonstrate Mastery of Camouflage to Protect Their Colorful Eggs

A quail egg is like a protein-filled, free lunch, waiting on the ground to be spotted—and devoured—by a predator. But the Japanese quail ( Coturnix japonica ) seems to have mastered an impressive level of camouflage-manipulating behavior to keep her eggs off the menu.Female Japanese quails tend to lay distinctive eggs that are specific to each individual quail.

January 17, 2013 — Katherine Harmon
Transplanted Bacteria Turn Up Testosterone to Protect Mice against Diabetes

Transplanted Bacteria Turn Up Testosterone to Protect Mice against Diabetes

Anyone still laboring under the mistaken assumption that genes are the most important factor in determining destiny should take a look at research that is being reported in this week’s Science about a particular strain of mice that have a genetic predisposition to develop type 1 diabetes.

January 17, 2013 — Christine Gorman

Cassini Spacecraft Reveals Unprecedented Saturn Storm

Just as regions of our planet have monsoon season, or tornado season, so too does Saturn have its own stormy season.Once every Saturn year or so—which corresponds to roughly 30 Earth years—a giant, churning storm works its way through the clouds of Saturn's northern hemisphere, sometimes encircling the entire planet like a belt.

January 17, 2013 — John Matson

Docs Frequently Fail to Sniff Out Boozers

Height? Weight? Any changes in your health? Do you smoke? Simple screening in the doctor's office can help clinicians pick up on potential health problems.

January 15, 2013 — Katherine Harmon

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