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In science news around the world, five Asian countries gained observer status to the Arctic Council, the Kepler spacecraft can no longer point in a specified direction, and a new report says that the risk H7N9 avian influenza virus poses to humans is "unusually serious."
Scientists have now confirmed a long-held suspicion: Penguins prefer to swim because being both a diver and a flyer is costly and inefficient. And researchers have determined that French King Louis XVI carried genetic risk factors for diabetes, obesity, and bipolar disorder.
Two researchers who coined the phrase mental time travel, using past memories to construct visions of the future that may never come true, insisted that animals couldn't do it. But now, one of them is changing his tune.
The National Science Foundation rebuffed a request from the chairman of the House of Representatives science committee for reviewer comments that helped the agency decide to fund five projects in the social sciences.
Authors: Karthikeyan Veeraraghavalu, Can Zhang, Sean Miller, Jasmin K. Hefendehl, Tharinda W. Rajapaksha, Jason Ulrich, Mathias Jucker, David M. Holtzman, Rudolph E. Tanzi, Robert Vassar, Sangram S. Sisodia
A rare human disorder, characterized by the absence of a spleen at birth, is associated with mutations in a ribosomal protein.
Authors: Alexandre Bolze, Nizar Mahlaoui, Minji Byun, Bridget Turner, Nikolaus Trede, Steven R. Ellis, Avinash Abhyankar, Yuval Itan, Etienne Patin, Samuel Brebner, Paul Sackstein, Anne Puel, Capucine Picard, Laurent Abel, Lluis Quintana-Murci, Saul N. Faust, Anthony P. Williams, Richard Baretto, Michael Duddridge, Usha Kini, Andrew J. Pollard, Catherine Gaud, Pierre Frange, Daniel Orbach, Jean-Francois Emile, Jean-Louis Stephan, Ricardo Sorensen, Alessandro Plebani, Lennart Hammarstrom, Mary Ellen Conley, Licia Selleri, Jean-Laurent Casanova
A surface protein of Plasmodium falciparum ookinetes allows them to evade the complement-like responses of Anopheles gambiae. [Also see Perspective by Philip and Waters]
Authors: Alvaro Molina-Cruz, Lindsey S. Garver, Amy Alabaster, Lois Bangiolo, Ashley Haile, Jared Winikor, Corrie Ortega, Ben C. L. van Schaijk, Robert W. Sauerwein, Emma Taylor-Salmon, Carolina Barillas-Mury