Increase is $1 billion more than the House of Representatives has proposed
News from ScienceA Senate spending panel has released a draft 2020 spending bill containing a hefty $3 billion increase for the National Institutes of Health that would bring the agency’s total budget to over $40 billion.
National policy may have incentivized researchers to excessively cite themselves and their compatriots
News from ScienceCompared with other countries, Italy has seen a faster rise in “inwardness,” the percentage of citations to a country’s scientific articles that came from authors in the same country.
No matter how quickly you speak, you still share the same amount of information
News from ScienceItalians can speak up to nine syllables per second, while Germans deliver five to six syllables in the same tick of a watch.
Yet, they transmit a similar amount of information, according to a new study.
Still, researchers caution that genes can’t predict who might be gay, bi, or straight
News from ScienceAs with other behavioral traits such as personality, there is no single “gay gene.” Instead, same-sex sexual behavior appears to be influenced by perhaps hundreds or thousands of genes, each with tiny effects, according to new research.
The 539 C.E. eruption triggered crop failure, famine, and disease
News from ScienceThe sixth century was a rough time to be alive, thanks to two back-to-back volcanic eruptions that played a role in sparking crop failure, famine, and maybe even the onset of bubonic plague.
Study may resolve long-standing debate about origin of Africa’s “Pygmies”
News from ScienceAfrican rainforest hunter-gatherers are among the smallest humans on the planet. Now, the largest ever genetic analysis of this group may have fingered the gene responsible—and settled a mystery that has vexed scientists for decades.
Cancer-fighting gene called LIF6 died and rose again during elephants’ evolutionary history
News from ScienceElephants have startlingly low rates of cancer, a fact that has puzzled scientists for decades. Research from last year suggests it's because of a "zombie" gene. fcld.ly/1egws09 #WorldElephantDay
Twelve-year effort to grow odd microbe found in seabed mud finally succeeds
News from Science“This is the work that many people in the field have been waiting for:” a team of researchers has grown an organism from mud on the seabed that they say could explain how simple microbes evolved into more sophisticated eukaryotes.