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[News & Analysis] Japan: Utility Sacrificed for Speed, Supercomputer Critics Say

As Japan’s K computer, which made headlines in June 2011 as the world’s fastest supercomputer, is put to work on real-world problems, some scientific users say it was too narrowly built for speed.<br><br>Author: Dennis Normile

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[News & Analysis] Climate Change: Researchers Struggle to Assess Responses to Ocean Acidification

Scientists met last week to discuss how to build a better crystal ball to gauge the effects of rising CO2 emissions on ocean acidity.

Author: David Malakoff

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[News & Analysis] Chemistry: ‘Awesome’ Synthesis Could Boost Protein-Based Drugs

Synthetic chemists reported last week that for the first time they had synthesized erythropoietin with a uniform coating of sugar chains that decorate the outside of the natural molecule.<br><br>Author: Robert F. Service

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[News & Analysis] Biomedicine: Pharma Firms Push for Sharing of Cancer Trial Data

A consortium of pharmaceutical companies hopes to improve the success rate of experimental cancer therapies by getting cancer researchers to share data from clinical trials.<br><br>Author: Yudhijit Bhattacharjee

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[News Focus] Mysteries of the Brain

<br><br>Authors: Leslie Roberts, John Travis

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[News Focus] Mysteries of the Brain: How Are Memories Retrieved?

New work suggests that memory is far more fluid than neuroscientists thought, and that memory retrieval plays a crucial role in shaping memory over time.<br><br>Author: Greg Miller

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[News Focus] Mysteries of the Brain: Why Is Mental Illness So Hard to Treat?

The human brain is complex and difficult to study, which has impeded development of drug treatments for mental illnesses. But new tools and new ways of thinking could help the field gain new traction.<br><br>Author: Greg Miller

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[News Focus] Mysteries of the Brain: Why Are Our Brains So Big?

The leading hypothesis for why humans have such large brains is that we live in large social groups, which requires considerable processing power. But which came first, the big groups or the big brains?<br><br>Author: Michael Balter

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[News Focus] Mysteries of the Brain: Why Are You and Your Brain Unique?

Recent work has provided clues about the neural basis of individual differences in behavior, cognition, and even personality, but there’s still much we don’t know.<br><br>Author: Greg Miller

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[News Focus] Mysteries of the Brain: Can We Make Our Brains More Plastic?

Neuroscientists have begun to understand a few of the factors that govern the flexibility of certain parts of the maturing brain, which may one day make it possible to rewire the adult brain.<br><br>Author: Gretchen Vogel

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