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Europe joins observation satellite race

Apr 12, 2014

Europe joins observation satellite race

by Victoria Bryan and Maria Sheah

Europe on April 3 launched the first satellite of its multibillion-dollar Copernicus Earth observation project that will supply valuable images in the event of natural disasters or even a plane crash. The Sentinel-1a satellite, which blasted off into Earth’s orbit from Europe’s spaceport in ...

Stem-cell row 'a blow for science'

Apr 5, 2014

Stem-cell row 'a blow for science'

by Elaine Kurtenbach

National The finding that a lead researcher falsified data in a widely heralded stem-cell research paper is a setback for Japan’s efforts to promote its advanced research, but also a symptom of the pressure for breakthroughs in the field, experts say. The government-funded Riken ...

Apr 1, 2014

High-profile stem cell papers contain fraudulent parts: Riken

Some portions of purportedly trailblazing stem cell research papers by Riken researchers and others were fraudulent, the government-backed institute acknowledged Tuesday. A Riken panel investigating allegations leveled at the papers on so-called STAP cells found that two sets of images used in the papers ...