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In his State of the Union address last night, US President Barack Obama urged Congress to "undo the damage done by last year's cuts to basic research." He noted that federally funded research provided the underpinnings to things like Google and smartphones, and that in the future, new products like vaccines to head off drug-resistance bacteria or new materials could be developed.

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Berkeley researchers have engineered yeast to make the molecule behind the hoppy taste of beer, Quartz reports.

King's College London researchers examine the influence of school type and genetics on academic achievement.

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