Classified genetics (Nature, Discover Magazine)
Some bright lads have discovered a few simple mutations that would make a new strain of bird flu contagious in mammals. Normally, research like this gets published, but should it, when the subject is how to make diseases worse? It’s being intensely debated.
Grails and gravity (BBC, Nature, Science Daily)
The twin probes GRAIL-A and GRAIL-B have gone into orbit around the Moon and will be making detailed maps of its gravitational field.
Numerical birds (ScienceNOW)
Pigeons, surprisingly, have some kind of numerical sense. They were taught to put sets with one, two, and three objects in numerical order, and then, when presented with set of one to nine objects, knew enough to continue the principle.