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Cornell and Stanford are continuing their competition to see which institution will win land being offered for free by New York City, reports The New York Times. Along with the free land — either on Roosevelt Island, Governors Island, or the Brooklyn Navy Yard — Mayor Michael Bloomberg is offering incentives worth up to half a billion dollars to create a school of applied science that will lead a surge of business to the city.

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Two researchers have found that behavioral genetic defenses in criminal cases don't tend to affect outcomes, according to Popular Science.

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Pandas' gut microbiomes change as what they eat changes with the seasons, writes Discover's Inkfish blog.

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