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  • [Report] Low Mid-Proterozoic atmospheric oxygen levels and the delayed rise of animals
    [Oct 2014]

    Oxygen levels in Earth’s early atmosphere were often less than 1% of modern levels. Authors: Noah J. Planavsky, Christopher T. Reinhard, Xiangli Wang, Danielle Thomson, Peter McGoldrick, Robert H. Rainbird, Thomas Johnson, Woodward W. Fischer, Timothy W. Lyons
    Categories: Journal Articles
  • [Report] A bump-and-hole approach to engineer controlled selectivity of BET bromodomain chemical probes
    [Oct 2014]

    Chemical probes may help assign functions to individual members of an important family of epigenetic regulator proteins. Authors: Matthias G. J. Baud, Enrique Lin-Shiao, Teresa Cardote, Cynthia Tallant, Annica Pschibul, Kwok-Ho Chan, Michael Zengerle, Jordi R. Garcia, Terence T.-L. Kwan, Fleur M. Ferguson, Alessio Ciulli
    Categories: Journal Articles
  • [Report] A Spaetzle-like role for nerve growth factor β in vertebrate immunity to Staphylococcus aureus
    [Oct 2014]

    Cystine-knot proteins play an evolutionarily conserved dual function in nerve development and antistaphylococcal immunity. Authors: Lucy Hepburn, Tomasz K. Prajsnar, Catherine Klapholz, Pablo Moreno, Catherine A. Loynes, Nikolay V. Ogryzko, Karen Brown, Mark Schiebler, Krisztina Hegyi, Robin Antrobus, Katherine L. Hammond, John Connolly, Bernardo Ochoa, Clare Bryant, Michael Otto, Bas Surewaard, Suranjith L. Seneviratne, Dorothy M. Grogono, Julien Cachat, Tor Ny, Arthur Kaser, M. Estée Török, Sharon J. Peacock, Matthew Holden, Tom Blundell, Lihui Wang, Petros Ligoxygakis, Liliana Minichiello, C. Geoff Woods, Simon J. Foster, Stephen A. Renshaw, R. Andres Floto
    Categories: Journal Articles
  • [Report] A Y-chromosome–encoded small RNA acts as a sex determinant in persimmons
    [Oct 2014]

    The Y chromosome in date plum encodes a small RNA involved in male sex determination. Authors: Takashi Akagi, Isabelle M. Henry, Ryutaro Tao, Luca Comai
    Categories: Journal Articles
  • [New Products] New Products
    [Oct 2014]

    A weekly roundup of information on newly offered instrumentation, apparatus, and laboratory materials of potential interest to researchers.
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  • [Podcast] Science Podcast: 31 October Show
    [Oct 2014]

    On this week's show: The changing psychology of charitable giving and a news roundup.
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  • [Working Life] On the ground in Sierra Leone
    [Oct 2014]

    Authors: George F. Gao, Yong Feng
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  • [Editorial] Five years of translation
    [Oct 2014]

    In October 2009, the Nobel committee awarded prizes for basic research on ribosomes and telomeres. In the same month, AAAS launched a new journal with a different focus—Science Translational Medicine (SciTM)—staking out a clear role for the organization in advancing clinical medicine. One year later, awards at the pinnacle of science also recognized more translational achievements.* Authors: Katrina L. Kelner, Marcia McNutt
    Categories: Journal Articles
  • [In Brief] This week's section
    [Oct 2014]

    A roundup of weekly science policy and related news.
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  • [In Depth] Stem cell recipe offers diabetes hope
    [Oct 2014]

    Researchers coax stem cells into becoming long-sought insulin-producing β cells. Author: Gretchen Vogel
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  • [In Depth] Brain's GPS finds top honor
    [Oct 2014]

    “Place” and “grid” cells help explain how we navigate. Author: Emily Underwood
    Categories: Journal Articles
  • [In Depth] Physicists change the light bulb
    [Oct 2014]

    Blue light-emitting diodes, critical to white LED lighting, win this year's prize. Author: Dennis Normile
    Categories: Journal Articles
  • [In Depth] A call for NIH youth movement
    [Oct 2014]

    Wariness greets congressman's proposal to require agency to reduce average age at first grant. Author: Jocelyn Kaiser
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  • [In Depth] Imagining Ebola's next move
    [Oct 2014]

    As containment efforts fall short, scientists look beyond the models to envision how the epidemic might unfold. Author: Kai Kupferschmidt
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  • [In Depth] Congress, NSF spar on access to grant files
    [Oct 2014]

    Grantees wonder what House science panel will do with private award details. Author: Jeffrey Mervis
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  • [Feature] Don't blame the beetles
    [Oct 2014]

    Bark beetles have devastated western forests, but that may not mean more severe fires. Author: Cally Carswell
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  • [Feature] Racing the thaw
    [Oct 2014]

    Archaeologists scramble to recover artifacts emerging from alpine ice. Author: Andrew Curry
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  • [Perspective] Of snakes and robots
    [Oct 2014]

    How can snakes and robots move up sandy slopes? [Also see Report by Marvi et al.] Author: John J. Socha
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