Monogamy May Have Evolved to Prevent InfanticideHuman males and females have a strong tendency to live together in monogamous pairs, albeit for highly varied periods of time and degrees of fidelity. Just how such behavior arose has been the topic of much debate among researchers. A new study comes to a startling conclusion: Among primates, including perhaps humans, monogamy evolved because it protected infants from being killed by rival males.Obama’s Nominee for NSF Director Explains Why She Said YesSign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)President Barack Obama this week nominated France Córdova, a 65-year-old astrophysicist, to become the second woman, and first Latina, to lead the $7 billion National Science Foundation. In an exclusive interview with ScienceInsider, she’s refreshingly candid about why she decided to add another chapter to her illustrious career as an academic scientist, university administrator, and public servant.Déjà Vu: Second Probe Finds Problems With Hypertension Drug TrialsClaims made for the beneficial effects of a leading hypertension drug continue to unravel. A second medical school in Japan has found data manipulation and an undisclosed conflict of interest in a paper resulting from a large clinical trial of valsartan, which was originally approved in Japan for the treatment of high blood pressure in 2000. However, an investigative committee later found that a substantial amount of data from postmarketing clinical trials did not match patient records, indicating deliberate manipulation.Waking Up Tired? Blame ElectricityOur internal clocks are drifting out of sync, and indoor lighting may be to blame. A new study suggests that just a few days in the great outdoors puts us back in tune with the solar cycle, and reconnecting with the sun could make us less drowsy.’Llullaillaco Maiden’ May Have Been Drugged Before SacrificedMore than 500 years ago, three children climbed Llullaillaco volcano in Argentina and never came down, the probable victims of human sacrifice. Since their well-preserved mummies were discovered in 1999, scientists have studied them in hopes of reconstructing the last months of their lives. New evidence shows that all three regularly ingested coca and alcohol and suggests that the drugs might have played a more-than-ceremonial role in their deaths.
Sebelius Talks The Health Law Talk In Virginia — A Battleground State As the campaign for women’s votes spreads, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius meets with women in Richmond, Va., to discuss how the health law helps them. Meanwhile, Planned Parenthood attacked GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney as he visited Texas, where support of the organization is a hot issue. The Associated Press/Washington Post: Obama Secretary Sebelius Appeals To Women In Battleground Of Virginia With Health Care MessagePresident Barack Obama’s Health and Human Services secretary brought a defense of the administration’s health reforms to the electoral battleground of Virginia Tuesday with a direct appeal to women. In a stage-lighted living room chat with a half dozen women, Kathleen Sebelius heard stories Tuesday of how Obama’s embattled Affordable Care Act had benefitted middle class women and children, an indirect complement to the Democrats’ focus on women (6/5).Richmond Times-Dispatch: Sebelius Talks Health Care In RichmondKathleen Sebelius, surrounded by a half dozen women in a West Avenue living room, listened to them share their personal health care stories — from mothers worrying about insurance for their children, to a nurse struggling to cover her medication costs. … Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, who filed a challenge to the law the day that President Barack Obama signed the bill in March 2010, said in a statement Tuesday that Sebelius should “explain why they have put a cadre of unelected bureaucrats like her in charge of determining what is and what isn’t sufficient health insurance for each and every American” (Meola, 6/6).Los Angeles Times: Women Push To Make History Again In ElectionWomen’s votes are particularly sought-after this year. … On Tuesday, Senate Democrats tried to advance paycheck equity legislation, which would prohibit private companies from retaliating against workers who share pay and salary information. … The outcome of the day’s vote produced another entry in the Democratic narrative that Republicans are engaged in a “war on women.” First there was the Republican-led attack on President Obama’s new contraceptive rules under the healthcare law. Then there was the all-male panel that was convened to discuss the issue by House Republicans and the GOP-led vote in the Senate against the contraceptive regulations (Mascaro, 6/5).The Hill: Planned Parenthood: Romney Would Slash Women’s Health FundsPlanned Parenthood attacked presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney on women’s health issues Tuesday as he visited Texas, a state embroiled in a court battle with the group. Texas’s dispute began when conservative officials barred public health funds for all of the state’s Planned Parenthood clinics, whether they provide abortions or not. Planned Parenthood Action Fund President Cecile Richard said Tuesday that the move foreshadows what Romney would do in the White House (Viebeck, 6/5).Texas Tribune: A Closer Look At UT-TT Poll On Planned ParenthoodAs the fight between Texas and Planned Parenthood continues this week in the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, public opinion of the reproductive health organization and abortion provider remains fiercely split along partisan lines, according to a recent University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll. The poll also showed favorability splits for Planned Parenthood based on race and gender (Tan, 6/6).The New York Times: Abortion Qualms On Morning-After Pill May Be UnfoundedLabels inside every box of morning-after pills, drugs widely used to prevent pregnancy after sex, say they may work by blocking fertilized eggs from implanting in a woman’s uterus. Respected medical authorities, including the National Institutes of Health and the Mayo Clinic, have said the same thing on their Web sites. Such descriptions have become kindling in the fiery debate over abortion and contraception (Belluck, 6/5).In related news – Des Moines Register: Dave Loebsack Beats Fellow Democrat Joe SengU.S. Rep. Dave Loebsack fended off fellow Democrat Joe Seng in the 2nd District. … Seng said he decided to run against Loeback because Seng took offense to elements of the federal health care law that required religious institutions to offer insurance plans that provide birth control (Jacobs, 6/5). This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.