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Apparent ‘pay to cite’ offer sparks Internet outrage

Apparent ‘pay to cite’ offer sparks Internet outrage

Scientists are erupting in outrage on this otherwise sleepy August day. The cause? Cyagen, a purveyor of transgenic research mice, is seemingly offering its scientist customers cash if they cite one of their products in a published paper. But a company spokesman says it’s all a misunderstanding. The saga began late this past June, according […]

Scientists say air pollution is killing more than 1.6 million annually in China

Scientists say air pollution is killing more than 1.6 million annually in China

China’s air pollution is no secret. Thick banks of smog regularly envelop its major cities and spill into the countryside. Earlier this year, the documentary Under the Dome described many of the dirty details. Now, scientists estimate that outdoor air pollution is contributing to the deaths of about 1.6 million people in China every year, […]

Top stories: A new planet for the early solar system, the ecological impact of meat-eaters, and sounds that may have universal meaning

Top stories: A new planet for the early solar system, the ecological impact of meat-eaters, and sounds that may have universal meaning

Our early solar system may have been home to a fifth giant planet A cluster of icy bodies near Pluto suggests that our solar system may have housed a fifth giant planet. The mystery planet may have “bumped” into Neptune 4 billion years ago, causing the icy giant to jump into its current orbit and […]