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How computers help biologists crack life's secrets

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imageIt's a lot for a person to puzzle out... call in the computers!Shaury Nash, CC BY-SA

Once the three-billion-letter-long human genome was sequenced, we rushed into a new “omics” era of biological research. Scientists are now racing to sequence the genomes (all the genes) or proteomes (all the proteins) of various organisms – and in...

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Latest Star Wars film may be 'biggest movie of all time' – just not at the box office

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imageSay cheese!Reuters

This weekend, the newest Star Wars movie will start playing in cinemas throughout the world. Pundits in places like Forbes and the International Business Times are already predicting it will be the “biggest movie of all time.”

The headlines and superlatives about this movie’s box office records will dominate...

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Experts weigh in on Fed hike: it was the right call, but will it work?

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imageTraders reacted to the news.Reuters

Editor’s note: The Federal Reserve’s policy-setting committee decided to raise its target interest rate – known as the Fed funds rate – for the first time in nine years. It increased the rate from a range of zero to 0.25% to a range of 0.25% to 0.5%. We asked a few of our experts –...

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Seven market signals that business needs before it embraces the Paris Climate Agreement

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imageWill the Paris Agreement lead to real changes in where investment goes? petrick/flickr, CC BY

Historic! Landmark! Monumental! These are the words being used to describe the Paris climate accord, recently negotiated under the auspices of the United Nations. As an agreement, the words are apt.

But, as hard as this deal was to reach, now the real...

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Fat-burning fat exists, but might not be the key to weight loss

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imageTip the scale. Scale image via www.shutterstock.com., CC BY-NC-ND

When you think about body fat, it’s probably white fat that comes to mind. That’s where our bodies store excess calories, and it’s the stuff you want to get rid of when you are trying to lose weight.

But white fat isn’t the only kind of fat in the body –...

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Does it matter that Greenpeace journalists lied in order to expose academics-for-hire?

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imageA Greenpeace undercover investigation revealed that academics agreed to receive payments from fossil fuel companies – without disclosing the funding. Aly Song/Reuters

Earlier this fall, Greenpeace announced it was hiring a team of journalists and making investigations a pillar of its advocacy work.

Now the public is beginning to see the fruits...

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A win for air quality in Paris summit, but climate-smart agriculture still lags

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imageAided by expanded farming in Asia, there's been a global increase in greenhouse gases from farming. asiandevelopmentbank/flickr, CC BY-NC-ND

Environmental problems are usually multifaceted and complex. This is especially true for climate change. As a result, over time researchers and policymakers have learned the importance of a comprehensive and...

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For pro athletes on the cusp of retirement, what psychological challenges lie ahead?

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imageAtlanta Hawks fans honor Kobe Bryant after the first quarter of a game on December 5 2015.USA Today Sports/Reuters

Some of the biggest names in professional sports are facing retirement. David Ortiz and Kobe Bryant recently announced that they’ll be calling it quits in 2016. Meanwhile, Tiger Woods is openly talking about the possibility of...

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Pass or fail? Profs grade GOP foreign policy debate

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imageRound 5 of the GOP debates was full of tough talk. Mike Blake/Reuters

Two weeks after a terrorist attack in California, the GOP candidates for president met to discuss foreign policy. We asked two national security experts to grade the ideas they expressed.

Henry Kissinger, how I’m missing you

Bear F Braumoeller, Ohio State University

In the...

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