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In disease outbreaks, researchers call for openness and sharing -- something akin to the "Bermuda Principles" that led to the human genome project being made public in real time. These are the kind of #openaccess  measures that can establish norms in research. 
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“Our sense of risk is probably skewed. Even collectively, over generations, we haven’t seen hurricane activity like the sediment record suggests happens,” said Jeffrey Donnelly, a paleoclimatologist at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, who led the work. “We have a lot of focus on human-induced climate change. Here’s an instance where, without human intervention, prior to the industrial age, we had hurricanes like we’ve never experienced. The risk is potentially much greater than we appreciated.” #hurricanes   #climatechange  
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So much for seeing an upside to climate change: global warming won't prevent massive snowstorms. 
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We all know the friends who will help us out without thinking twice and the ones who will ask how big the favor is first. Evolutionary theorists find a mathematical basis for "authentic altruism."
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Bruins' goalie Tuukka Rask to have an eponymous wasp. #entomology   #Bruins   #NHL  
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This summer, I wrote a brief story about the teams that were going to build the science instrument on the next NASA Mars rover. Something that I learned about the MIT team really made me think there must be a fun and interesting story to do here - a behind-the-scenes of who these people are and why they want to build this instrument to generate oxygen. I just loved writing this story and meeting this team. #NASA #Mars  #SpaceCowboys  
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A lucky few can say their work helped spur a fundamental shift in the economic model of modern societies. If all goes well, Robin Chase may get to do it twice. A decade before Airbnb and Uber, Chase helped kickstart the "collaborative eco...
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One way to map the brain: instead of zooming in, MIT researchers tried enlarging the tissue. #neuroscience  +Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) +McGovern Institute for Brain Research at MIT 
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New nat'l report on solving the postdoc problem. “The notion the postdoc is there to do whatever the principal investigator wants them to needs to be reconsidered. This is a training period for advanced research,” said Gregory Petsko, an emeritus professor of biochemistry at Brandeis University who headed the report. “We’ve gotten into a trap where I think a lot of the values that drove the profession for a long time are being eroded by careerist concerns.” 
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A step toward personalized cancer treatments: blasting a patient's own tumor cells with drugs to find the best therapies.
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