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[Report] Complete Mitochondrial Genomes of Ancient Canids Suggest a European Origin of Domestic Dogs
Ancient DNA suggests that dog domestication was complex and likely originated in Europe. Authors: O. Thalmann, B. Shapiro, P. Cui, V. J. Schuenemann, S. K. Sawyer, D. L. Greenfield, M. B. Germonpré, M. V. Sablin, F. López-Giráldez, X. Domingo-Roura, H. Napierala, H-P. Uerpmann, D. M. Loponte, A. A. Acosta, L. Giemsch, R. W. Schmitz, B. Worthington, J. E. Buikstra, A. Druzhkova, A. S. Graphodatsky, N. D. Ovodov, N. Wahlberg, A. H. Freedman, R. M. Schweizer, K.-P. Koepfli, J. A. Leonard, M. Meyer, J. Krause, S. Pääbo, R. E. Green, R. K. Wayne
[New Products] New Products
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[Podcast] Science Podcast: 15 November Show
Listen to stories on the origin of domestic dogs, tracking adaption over 50,000 generations, ramping up solar power with perovskites, and more.
[Business Office Feature] Culturing Patient Cells for Cancer Immunotherapy: Challenges and Opportunities
This Week in Science
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[Editorial] Science Demystified
We are pleased to announce a new resource from science for exposing pre-college and university students to the nature of science as a fascinating and powerful way of knowing about the world. The need to do so is by no means new.* “Being well informed about science is not the same thing as understanding science…What is needed is methods for importing some knowledge of the tactics and strategy of science to those who are not scientists.”† Our new initiative, Science in the Classroom (SitC), is designed to help demystify how scientists build a basis for understanding the world. It is freely available (http://scienceintheclassroom.org) as a resource to enable more effective teaching and understanding of the sciences. Authors: Bruce Alberts, Marcia McNutt
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[News of the Week] This Week's Section
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[News of the Week] Around the World
In science news around the world, a chemical weapons watchdog group wins the Nobel Peace Prize, NASA offers previously banned Chinese scientists another chance to register for an upcoming meeting at Ames Research Center, Italy blocks clinical trials of a controversial stem cell therapy, and more.
[News of the Week] Random Sample
CreatureCast, a series of video shorts based at Brown University that often features little-known invertebrates, hits the big time with a partnership with The New York Times, which may feature a video each week on its online science page.
[News of the Week] Newsmakers
South Korean science minister Choi Mun-Kee answers three questions about the country's plans to increase innovation among scientists.
Protein Pathway Links Exercise to Brain Health | Potential Bioweapon Kept Secret
The most complete early Homo skull ever found, from Dmanisi, Georgia, gives our genus a new look. Author: Ann Gibbons
Three researchers shared the 2013 Nobel Prize in chemistry for advances in computer modeling of complex molecules, and three academic economists shared the economics prize for studies of why stock prices are so hard to predict. Authors: Robert F. Service, Yudhijit Bhattacharjee
The U.S. government shutdown, even if it ends soon, could have long-term effects on long-term ecological research. Author: Jeffrey Mervis
One of the core purposes of sleep may be to clear metabolic trash from the brain, according to a paper published in Science this week. Author: Emily Underwood
Backers say that South Korea's fledgling Institute for Basic Science will lead the country to a new economic model built on homegrown innovations. Critics blast the institute as a "black hole" that will suck resources from existing grant programs. Author: Richard Stone
An institute in Hawaii is ramping up efforts to disseminate breadfruit to countries with shaky food security. Author: Sarah Zielinski
[News Focus] Roving Into Martian Waters
Will the Curiosity rover discover an early Mars that was warm and wet and life-friendly or cold and icy and inhospitable? Author: Richard A. Kerr
[News Focus] Dr. Cool
David Keith has helped usher geoengineering into the mainstream. Actually testing a way to cool the planet is his next big challenge. Author: Eli Kintisch