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Biomarkers and ageing: The clock-watcher

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Biomathematician Steve Horvath has discovered a strikingly accurate way to measure human ageing through epigenetic signatures.

Female insect uses spiky penis to take charge

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Brazilian cave creatures's marathon sex sessions extract nourishment along with sperm from reluctant male.

Beware of backroom deals in the name of 'science'

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The term 'sound science' has become Orwellian double-speak for various forms of pro-business spin, says Colin Macilwain.

Seven days: 11–17 April 2014

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The week in science: Japan reapproves use of nuclear power, second sighting of an exotic tetraquark, and biotech stocks plunge.

Biologist defiant over stem-cell method

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Japanese author of controversial papers denies wrongdoing and stands by results as testing of her protocol begins.

Heartbleed Shows Government Must Lead on Internet Security

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When the White House said it knew nothing of the Internet's worst security flaw, many felt more relief than anger—and that’s a terrible sign

Toxicology: The plastics puzzle

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When toxicologists warned that the plastics ingredient BPA might be harmful, consumers clamoured for something new. But problems persist.

Power from the oceans: Blue energy

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After years in the doldrums, the quest to harvest energy from the oceans is gathering speed.

Ancient Mars probably too cold for liquid water

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Planet’s atmosphere was too thin to keep its surface consistently warm, analysis suggests.

Heartbleed Software Snafu: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

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The ramifications from the years-long security hole are both better and worse than we initially thought

Hepatitis C drugs not reaching poor

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Treatment guidelines for virus highlight challenge of paying for expensive drugs in low-income countries.

Nanoparticles make turkey eggs tough to crack

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Naturally occurring coating helps to fend off microbial invasion.

White dwarf acts as cosmic magnifying glass

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Planet-hunting telescope sees long-predicted gravitational lensing of star in binary system by its companion.

Why sleep?

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Article in Frontiers for Young Minds, a scientific journal edited by and for kids.

Female insect uses spiky penis to take charge

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Brazilian cave creatures's marathon sex sessions extract nourishment along with sperm from reluctant male.

IPCC report under fire

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Critics attack panel’s lack of specific guidance on how countries should lower emissions.

Earth-sized exoplanet spotted in star’s habitable zone

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New-found world orbits a cool, dim star, and might even contain water.

Toxicology: The plastics puzzle

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When toxicologists warned that the plastics ingredient BPA might be harmful, consumers clamoured for something new. But problems persist.

Mini satellites prove their scientific power

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Proliferation of ‘CubeSats’ offers fresh and fast way to gather space data.

US health secretary's legacy goes beyond Obamacare

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Kathleen Sebelius oversaw a pandemic flu response, the expansion of Medicaid — and, yes, the flubbed health care website rollout.

Scientists find protein that unites cell and egg

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Newly discovered molecule plays crucial role in conception.

Beware of backroom deals in the name of 'science'

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The term 'sound science' has become Orwellian double-speak for various forms of pro-business spin, says Colin Macilwain.

Publishing: Credit where credit is due

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Liz Allen, Amy Brand, Jo Scott, Micah Altman and Marjorie Hlava are trialling digital taxonomies to help researchers to identify their contributions to collaborative projects.

Funders punish open-access dodgers

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Agencies withhold grant money from researchers who do not make publications openly available.

The democracy carousel

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European law has allowed citizens to force a debate on human embryonic stem cells less than a year after the previous one.

Mummy's Hair Reveals Signs of Arsenic Poisoning

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The arsenic was within the mummy's hair, showing that Chileans dating back to 1,000 to 1,500 years ago likely drank arsenic-contaminated water

James Lovelock reflects on Gaia's legacy

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Scientist who features in an exhibition opening today in London, talks about Gaia, climate change and whether peer review is necessary.

Sperm RNA carries marks of trauma

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Stress alters the expression of small RNAs in male mice and leads to depressive behaviours in later generations.