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Cutting-edge UK science facilities going unused

Scientific instruments that cost millions of pounds are standing idle in the UK because of a lack of money to run them, a new parliamentary report has revealed. There is a “damaging disconnect” between funding to build new facilities and the funding to actually run them, it concluded. This includes spending nearly £40 million on high performance computers, without budgeting for the electricity they use.  Read more

Immunologist calls on university to disclose details of misconduct claims

An immunologist accused last year by the National University of Singapore (NUS) of “serious scientific misconduct” relating to 21 research papers says he refutes the accusations, and is calling on the university to make public its report into the matter.  Read more

Student projects interrupted by US shutdown

It was to have been an exciting three-month research visit. Siddharth Hegde, a PhD student at the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy in Heidelberg, Germany, had lined up a trip to NASA’s Ames Research Center near San Francisco. Hegde is an astronomer who models atmospheres on extrasolar planets, and he was planning to study the optical properties of extremophiles — organisms that thrive in extreme environments — during his California sojourn.  Read more

Court upholds need for export permits for risky flu research

The researcher who created mammalian-transmissible strains of the H5N1 avian flu virus, raising fears they could cause a pandemic, has failed in an attempt to overcome government restrictions on the publication of his papers. See Nature News Mutant Flu special  … Read more

‘Liberated’ mice from Italian lab now housed in poor conditions

Mice removed by protestors from a Milan lab arw

Two months after animal-rights activists broke into an animal facility at the University of Milan and removed hundreds of animals, photographs of many of the mice have appeared on the facebook page of one of the protestors’ supporters who uses the pen-name, Jooleea Carleenee.  Read more

Strapped Texas cancer centre built pricey office suite for president’s wife — UPDATED

Strapped Texas cancer centre built pricey office suite for president's wife — UPDATED

The financially stressed MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston appears to have invested at least US$1.5 million in capital funds in a new ‘corporate’ office suite that will be home to Lynda Chin, the wife of MD Anderson president Ronald DePinho.  The revelations come in an article in The Cancer Letter, published today.  Read more

Gairdner Foundation honours two of three prizewinners for hepatitis C research

As they sipped an Ontario sauvignon blanc and munched on Canadian lobster and tuna tartar, guests gathered last night at the Canadian Embassy in Washington, DC for the presentation of the prestigious Canada Gairdner Awards. But one key guest was missing.  Read more