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Kim Jong Un's half-brother Kim Jong-Nam was assassinated – with a poison. No one knows what it was, but that hasn't stopped chemists from speculating. Here are a few of the intriguing possibilities. They are almost certainly wrong.
Among the conclusions from a newly-released study focusing on women's military service during the Vietnam War – both in uniform and as civilians – one is rather eye-catching: That longer service corresponded to greater happiness and life satisfaction decades later. 
Who knew that you would wake up one day, only to find that you have 79 organs – rather than the 78 you went to sleep with? It didn't exactly happen this way, but the classification of the mesentery as an organ is an important discovery with many medical implications. 
Human genome editing, like self-driving cars or drone delivery, may become part of our everyday lives faster than we realize it. A panel discussion entitled "The Future of Gene Editing" brought together four experts to tackle the challenges, as they apply to humans, from different approaches and perspectives.
President Trump recently received a letter from the American Academy of Pediatrics, with one message: vaccines are safe. The letter was in response to an ongoing concern that Mr. Trump is not only personally against vaccines, but is actively starting to investigate, and make changes in, our nation's vaccination policies.
In Part 1 we discussed the RO1 grant, the bread and butter of academic research funding. Here, in Part 2, we delve into what happens to a grant after it is submitted – and how select grants are awarded funding.
Recently, doctors pulled a live, one inch cockroach from a woman's head. EW, right? Turns out, it's not entirely novel for critters to get lodged IN our bodies... They must really like the dwelling! 
Our findings indicate that the congestion tax in central Stockholm reduced ambient air pollution by 5 to 10 percent. This policy induced change in pollution has been associated with a significant reduction in the rate of urgent care visits for asthma among children 0 to 5 years
Results of a recent "right track-wrong track" poll of Americans aren't just negative; they are overwhelmingly and embarrassingly negative. Moreover, the idea that the nation has been heading in the wrong direction has been holding sway for years. Pessimism is in high gear, and at the center of this perfect storm is social media.
Scientific research is not cheap. But what is the process that academic scientists go through in order to receive funding for their work? This article – the first of a two-part series – describes this stressful and highly competitive procedure. 
GNC is screaming mad over a late decision by the Fox network to reject its commercial from the Super Bowl broadcast. This shifty purveyor of supplements, vitamins and all sorts of unsavory stuff is saying it was blindsided by the move as is threatens to sue. Instead, here's a better idea: Stop selling dangerous products – and get off the NFL's banned list of companies.
While a march to support science sounds like a good idea, given the agenda our Alex Berezow has decided to skip it. He had misgivings that the event, now scheduled for April 22 in Washington, DC, would be hijacked by the kind of political partisanship it should instead be concerned about – and that has indeed come true.