1. Humans

    I do solemnly swear. . .

    An international science organization is surveying codes of ethics from around the world as a first step towards considering whether scientists globally need an analog of the Hippocratic Oath.

  2. Humans

    High court gives EPA a partial victory

    The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Environmental Protection Agency can implement tougher controls on tiny airborne particulates that can get deep inside people's lungs.

  3. Health & Medicine

    Making Sense of Centenarians

    The number of centenarians is expected to double every ten years, making this formerly rare group one of the fastest-growing in the developed world. Researchers are turning to studies of the oldest old to determine how genes, lifestyle, and social factors contribute to longevity.

  4. Health & Medicine

    New drug to treat blood poisoning

    For the first time, a drug has reduced deaths from severe sepsis, a life-threatening immune reaction occurring in 750,000 people in the United States each year.

  5. Health & Medicine

    Less morphine may be more

    In mice, very low doses of morphine combined with even lower doses of a drug that usually blocks morphine's effect can give greater pain relief than higher doses of morphine alone.

  6. Anthropology

    Yanomami inquiry moves forward

    The American Anthropological Association has launched a formal inquiry into the highly publicized allegations of scientific misconduct by anthropologists and others working in South America among the Yanomami Indians.

  7. Anthropology

    Chimps grasp at social identities

    Researchers contend that neighboring communities of wild chimpanzees develop distinctive styles of mutual grooming to identify fellow group members and foster social solidarity.

  8. Health & Medicine

    Two genes tied to common birth defect

    Researchers report that defects in either of two specific genes may be responsible for DiGeorge syndrome, the second most common cause of congenital heart defects in newborns.

  9. Health & Medicine

    Sedentary Off-hours Link to Alzheimer’s

    People who have Alzheimer's disease in old age were generally less active physically and intellectually between the ages of 20 and 60 than were people who don't have the disease.

  10. Health & Medicine

    Stress-prone? Altering the diet may help

  11. Health & Medicine

    Surveying the Swiss: The eyes have it

    Magnetic resonance imaging can help determine the health of a wheel of cheese.

  12. Health & Medicine

    The Good Trans Fat

    One arcane family of fats may be tapped to treat or prevent a host of diseases.