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[News & Analysis] Science and the Law: Prison Terms for L’Aquila Experts Shock Scientists

A judge in the central Italian town of L’Aquila has handed down manslaughter sentences of 6 years to each of seven experts who gave advice ahead of the deadly earthquake that struck here in 2009.<br><br>Author: Edwin Cartlidge

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[News & Analysis] Scientific Integrity: Questions About Japanese Researcher Go Back Years

A groundbreaking stem cell experiment by an unknown researcher with what has turned out to be a faked Harvard affiliation is raising questions about the research enterprise.<br><br>Authors: Jennifer Couzin-Frankel, Dennis Normile

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[News & Analysis] Neuroethics: When a Brain Scan Bears Bad News

Experts gathered last week to hash out new guidance on so-called incidental findings: MRI scans performed for research that turn up abnormalities that have nothing to do with the study.<br><br>Author: Emily Underwood

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[News Focus] 2012 Election: Congratulations! Now Get to Work

Regardless of his margin of victory, the president will need all the help he can get in dealing with several intractable problems.

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[News Focus] 2012 Election: For Once, Science Is an Issue in Race for a Seat in Congress

A physicist takes on a longtime friend of science in a tight Illinois race in which research matters.<br><br>Author: Adrian Cho

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[News Focus] 2012 Election: Food Labeling Issue Tops State Ballot Questions

Scientists say California’s Proposition 37 would send a misguided message to the public about genetically modified foods.<br><br>Author: Meghna Sachdev

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[News Focus] 2012 Election: Want to Tear Down Your Rival? Here’s What Might Work Best

A new study of negative political ads shows that timing and audience may be the keys to success.<br><br>Author: Eliot Marshall

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‘Adoption activity days’ can help children find new families

Children’s parties or activity days, where prospective adopters meet children awaiting adoption, could be part of the solution to the current adoption crisis, according to new research.

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Clearer picture of how assassin bugs evolved: Entomologists reconstruct the evolutionary history

Assassin bugs, which lie in ambush for prey they attack with speed and agility, are found all over the world. But scientists’ understanding of their evolutionary history is made difficult by access to incomplete data and only a limited number of young fossils. Entomologists have now produced a clearer snapshot of the entire evolutionary history of assassin bugs by integrating molecular, paleontological, behavioral and ecological data into their analyses.

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New study brings a doubted exoplanet ‘back from the dead’

A second look at data from NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope is reanimating the claim that the nearby star Fomalhaut hosts a massive exoplanet. The study suggests that the planet, named Fomalhaut b, is a rare and possibly unique object that is completely shrouded by dust.

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