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Web site shows how a tumor grows in 3-D

Ever wondered what it looks like when tumor cells grow inside the body? Drug maker Amgen is hoping to sate this morbid sort of Fantastic Voyage with a new Web site that takes viewers through the various stages of tumor angiogenesis in 3-D...

June 4, 2010 — Larry Greenemeier

The 2010 Kavli Prizes honors eight scientists in astrophysics, nanotech and neuroscience

Eight scientists will share three million-dollar Kavli Prizes for their contributions in the fields of astrophysics, nanoscience and neuroscience. The announcement was made today in Oslo, Norway, by Nils Christian Stenseth, president of the Nor­wegian Academy of Science and Letters, and broadcast live at the opening of the World Science Festival in New York City...

June 3, 2010 — Katie Moisse

What's next for synthetic life?

COLD SPRING, N.Y.— J. Craig Venter and his colleagues recently announced that they had created the first cell to run on a fully artificial genome.

June 3, 2010 — Katherine Harmon

Old oyster shells reveal dry, salty details of Jamestown settlers' hardships

What can a handful of old oyster shells reveal about the trials some of the New World's early European settlers? A lot, it turns out.

As a prevalent resource in the Chesapeake Bay, eastern oysters ( Crassostrea virginica ) ended up being a crucial food source for the first full-time European settlers in North America, who arrived in 1607, the second year of a seven-year drought that was the worst the region had seen in some 800 years...

May 31, 2010 — Katherine Harmon

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