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  • Dark matter signal points to exotic black-hole origins

    New Scientist - Online news
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:30 am
    If our best sign yet of dark matter is what it seems, then the supermassive black hole at the centre of our galaxy is a complex beast
  • Touch a receipt and you’ll absorb tons of BPA

    Nathan Hurst-Missouri
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:20 am
    You may want to think twice about handling a cash register receipt, especially if you’ve just slathered on some hand sanitizer or lotion. Most receipts contain high levels of the chemical BPA (Bisphenol A), which acts like a hormone and can cause birth defects and cancer. “Store and fast food receipts, airline tickets, ATM receipts, and other thermal papers all use massive amounts of BPA on the surface of the paper as a print developer.” Researchers found a rapid increase of BPA in the blood of people who used a skin care product and then touched a store receipt with BPA.
  • The Science Behind Renée Zellweger's New Face
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:39 pm
    Though Renee Zellweger looks dramatically different than she used to, her facial transformation could be the result of relatively minor cosmetic surgery, weight loss and aging, experts say.
  • A Breath Test for Marijuana Is Around the Corner

    Drugs & Health Blog
    The NIDA Blog Team
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    You already know the dangers of using marijuana before driving: Marijuana seriously impairs your motor skills and clouds your perception and judgment, all of which you need to safely operate a car. That’s why it’s illegal to drive high. But lots of people don’t know this … or they know it, but figure it’s okay “just this one time.” Whatever the case, it’s breaking the law, just like driving after drinking alcohol. Driving under the influence of marijuana is a big problem. A 2007 study by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration found that 8.7 percent of people…
  • Your Taste in Music Might Reveal How Dumb (or Smart) You Are

    ZME Science
    Andrew Kays
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:30 am
    Virgil Griffith, a student at Caltech, embarked on a most interesting project to seek whether there’s any connection between the music you enjoy and, uhm, your intellectual abilities.  Griffith used aggregated Facebook data about the favorite bands among students of various colleges and plotted them against the average SAT scores at those schools. This allowed him to make a very rough connection between musical taste and intelligence.The favorite musician of the smartest students was Beethoven, with an average SAT score of 1371. Also on the “smart” end of the scale were Sufjan…
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  • What the 1918 ‘Spanish flu’ tells us about Ebola

    Kristen Parker-Michigan State
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:59 am
    The 1918 influenza virus killed 50 million people worldwide, and now scientists are hoping to apply the lessons learned to fight diseases like Ebola. The pandemic, also known as the “Spanish flu,” claimed 675,000 lives in nine months in the United States alone. Of the total killed, as many as 20 million were in India. Related Articles On FuturityUniversity of RochesterTainted ink guilty in tattoo infection outbreakMichigan State UniversityWhy Germany's E. coli outbreak was so deadlyUniversity of SheffieldHuman enzyme could neutralize nerve agents “If we get another flu…
  • Touch a receipt and you’ll absorb tons of BPA

    Nathan Hurst-Missouri
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:20 am
    You may want to think twice about handling a cash register receipt, especially if you’ve just slathered on some hand sanitizer or lotion. Most receipts contain high levels of the chemical BPA (Bisphenol A), which acts like a hormone and can cause birth defects and cancer. “Store and fast food receipts, airline tickets, ATM receipts, and other thermal papers all use massive amounts of BPA on the surface of the paper as a print developer.” Researchers found a rapid increase of BPA in the blood of people who used a skin care product and then touched a store receipt with BPA.
  • Not all scientists are great at sharing

    Layne Cameron-Michigan State
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:12 pm
    Astronomers and geneticists are good at sharing, report researchers, who say ecologists may need a brush-up on the concept. A study in the current issue of Bioscience explores the paradox that although ecologists share findings via scientific journals, they do not share the data on which the studies are built, says Patricia Soranno, a fisheries and wildlife professor at Michigan State University and coauthor of the paper. “One reason for not sharing data is the fear of being scooped by another scientist; but if all data are available, then everyone is on the same playing field, there…
  • When hospitals merge, patients often pay the price

    Sarah Yang-Berkeley
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:05 pm
    While more and more US hospitals are consolidating medical groups and physician practices to be more efficient, a new study finds the practice often backfires and increases the cost of patient care. “This consolidation is meant to better coordinate care and to have a stronger bargaining position with insurance plans,” says lead author James Robinson, professor and head of health policy and management at University of California, Berkeley’s School of Public Health. “The movement also aligns with the goals of the Affordable Care Act, since physicians and hospitals…
  • Does toxic air raise a child’s risk for autism?

    Allison Hydzik-Pittsburgh
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:22 am
    Children exposed to certain types of air pollution during pregnancy and early in life are more likely to develop autism, according to a study of families living in Pennsylvania. “Autism spectrum disorders are a major public health problem, and their prevalence has increased dramatically,” says Evelyn Talbott, professor of epidemiology at University of Pittsburgh Public Health. “Despite its serious social impact, the causes of autism are poorly understood. Very few studies of autism have included environmental exposures while taking into account other personal and behavioral…
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    Science 2.0

  • Drink Up, Baby Boomer: Alcohol Associated With Better Memory

    News Staff
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:39 pm
    A new study found that people ages 60 and older who do not have dementia benefit from light alcohol consumption; it has been associated with higher episodic memory, the ability to recall memories of events.  Moderate alcohol consumption was also linked with a larger volume in the hippocampus, a brain region critical for episodic memory. The relationship between light alcohol consumption and episodic memory goes away if hippocampal volume is factored in, providing new evidence that hippocampal functioning is the critical factor in these improvements.   read more
  • Will Holding Thermal Printer Paper Really Send Your BPA Levels Soaring?

    The Conversation
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:30 pm
    Structure of Bisphenol A. Credit: Ian MusgraveBy Ian MusgraveBisphenol A is in the news again. A paper just published in the Public Library of Science with the alarming title of “Holding Thermal Receipt Paper and Eating Food after Using Hand Sanitizer Results in High Serum Bioactive and Urine Total Levels of Bisphenol A (BPA)” is bound to ratchet up anxiety levels about this chemical yet again. read more
  • Why Do We Find It So Hard To Write About Ourselves?

    The Conversation
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:30 pm
    Credit: The ConversationBy Jordan Gaines Lewis, Penn State College of MedicineIf you’ve ever applied for a job, you know how hard it is to write the perfect cover letter that will make you stand out above all the other applicants. It’s a competitive job market, and more often than not, career seekers find themselves face-to-face with blank computer screens in an attempt to pen that one short masterpiece. read more
  • The Comets Of Beta Pictoris

    News Staff
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Beta Pictoris is a young star, only about 20 million years old, located about 63 light-years from us. It is surrounded by a huge disc of material, a very active young planetary system where gas and dust are produced by the evaporation of comets and the collisions of asteroids. read more
  • Cancer Mutations, Now With Faster Modeling

    News Staff
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:31 pm
    By sequencing the genomes of tumor cells, thousands of genetic mutations have been linked with cancer. Sifting through this deluge of information to figure out which of these mutations actually drive cancer growth has proven to be a tedious, time-consuming process but MIT researchers have now developed a new way to model the effects of these genetic mutations in mice. Their approach, based on the genome-editing technique clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR) is much faster than existing strategies, which require genetically engineering mice that carry the…
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  • Who was Gerry Mander?

    David Bradley
    7 Oct 2014 | 1:12 pm
    Moving the political goalposts – Gerrymandering is the deliberate design of voting districts to achieve a specific outcome other than fair representation in a governmental election. It is named for US Governor Elbridge Gerry of Massachusetts, who signed the Massachusetts Senate Redistricting Bill of 1812 that included several “creatively” drawn districts designed to ensure his political party’s continued majority in the state senate. This less than ethical approach to democracy continues unabated in many parts of the world to this day. In 1973, political scientist PJ…
  • Spiders on drugs

    David Bradley
    28 Sep 2014 | 9:25 am
    Back in the day, when I was freelancing regularly for New Scientist, the magazine covered the story of the errant webs created by spiders that had been exposed to (THC) from marijuana, LSD, speed and various other drugs including caffeine and alcohol . This was an issue in 1995, if I remember rightly. There was a follow up a “humourous” video many years later, which you can watch here: As you can see the spiders don’t do their best work when they’re stoned on various psychoactive drugs and the social outcomes are not optimal it has to be said. The original New…
  • Liquid energy

    David Bradley
    22 Sep 2014 | 6:07 am
    My latest news story for Chemistry World is on the topic of stationary energy storage and a rather unique concept – liquid metal batteries. Researchers at MIT have developed such a device, which could allow electricity generated by intermittent, but renewable sources, such as wind, solar and wave power. Such a battery could lower the overall costs of energy storage while also having the advantages of small physical footprint and mechanical simplicity. Stanford University materials scientist Robert Huggins was very positive of the development: “There is currently a large amount of…
  • A simple flowchart for trolls

    David Bradley
    22 Sep 2014 | 2:09 am
    The end of all name-calling arguments during childhood is often the intervention of an adult with a phrase such as: “If you’ve got nothing nice to say, don’t say anything at all”. If only we could apply parental rule #4.6/d to the childish online, the twitter trolls, the youtube haters, the blog spammers and others. Here’s a handy flowchart you may cut out and keep and pin to your computer screen so that next time you are making a decision regarding a Twitter reply, a Facebook update or are commenting on a blog, a video or some other creative output, you will…
  • Did you fake your password?

    David Bradley
    18 Sep 2014 | 1:37 am
    It’s an evergreen news story in the tech world: the top 25 idiotic passwords we use. Every tech magazine reports it and trumpets our global stupidity in the face of hackers. The articles usually beseech us to think about security, to batten down our virtual hatches, to make sure we use a good strong password like 6z!!jciBAOdGEy5EHE&6 or something equally unmemorable. The surveys and roundups of passwords usually show that simple alphanumeric strings are in widespread use purportedly protecting our Hotmail, GMail, Facebook, Twitter, Xbox, Sony and every other online account, even…
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    Newswise: SciNews

  • Department of Environmental Quality Awards $1.6 Million Grant to OU Scientists to Continue Water Cleanup

    University of Oklahoma, College of Engineering
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:00 pm
    For the past decade, professor Robert Nairn and his team of students at the University of Oklahoma College of Engineering have worked to begin cleaning mineral contamination from the waters at the Tar Creek Superfund site. The cost-effective, low-effort passive water treatment process designed by Nairn and his team is proving successful, and the Department of Environmental Quality recently awarded Nairn a $1.6 million grant to continue his work in northeast Oklahoma.
  • Sustainable Food Production Practices Topic of Lecture

    American Society of Agronomy (ASA), Crop Science Society of America (CSSA), Soil Science Society of America (SSSA)
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:10 pm
    A common vision to define, measure, and communicate about sustainability in U.S. agriculture
  • Organic Molecules in Titan's Atmosphere Are Intriguingly Skewed

    National Radio Astronomy Observatory
    22 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    While studying the atmosphere on Saturn's moon Titan, scientists discovered intriguing zones of organic molecules unexpectedly shifted away from its north and south poles. These misaligned features seem to defy conventional thinking about Titan's windy atmosphere, which should quickly smear out such off-axis concentrations.
  • Superstring Theorist at University of Florida Wins 2015 Heineman Prize for Mathematical Physics

    American Institute of Physics (AIP)
    22 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    The American Physical Society (APS) and the American Institute of Physics (AIP) announced today, on behalf of the Heineman Foundation for Research, Educational, Charitable, and Scientific Purposes, that theoretical physicist Pierre Ramond, director of the Institute for Fundamental Theory at the University of Florida, has won the 2015 Dannie Heineman Prize for Mathematical Physics -- one of the highest honors for scientific investigators in that field.
  • WVU Geography Professor Investigates Risks to North America's Largest and Rarest Bird

    West Virginia University - Eberly College of Arts and Sciences
    22 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Planned wind turbine farms in California --- intended to create new, renewable energy resources --- are endangering the lives of rare birds of prey populations. A geography professor at West Virginia University is monitoring the birds' flight patterns to protect them and preserve the efforts to harvest wind energy.
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    Digg Science News

  • Does Slacktivism Really Drive Science Forward?

    22 Oct 2014 | 7:32 am
    Plus, how copper could lead to a cure for ALS.
  • Women In Data Science Are Invisible. We Can Change That

    22 Oct 2014 | 5:23 am
    I have to admit that I never really gave the number of women in data science much thought until recently.
  • What Happens To A Brain On MDMA

    17 Oct 2014 | 10:10 am
    We already know what happens to your dance moves on molly, but ASAP Science breaks down why MDMA makes you feel good, and shortly thereafter, pretty damn awful.
  • Losing 58.3 Pounds For Science

    13 Oct 2014 | 4:12 pm
    This morning was my final data collection for a randomized diet experiment I have been participating in for the last year.
  • A View From Nowhere

    12 Oct 2014 | 4:45 am
    "As with the similarly inferential science s like evolutionary psychology and pop-neuro science , Big Data can be used to give any chosen hypothesis a veneer of science and the unearned authority of numbers. The data is big enough to entertain any story."
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  • Striking Portraits Bring the Bizarre Beauty of Marine Invertebrates to Life

    Greg Miller
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:30 am
    In her new book, Spineless: Portraits of Marine Invertebrates, The Backbone of Life, Susan Middleton gives jellyfish, nudibranchs, and anemones (among many others) the type of photographic treatment usually reserved for sports stars and heads of state. Shot against plain black or white backgrounds, the weird beauty of these creatures---many of them rare species seldom seen by human eyes---really stands out. The post Striking Portraits Bring the Bizarre Beauty of Marine Invertebrates to Life appeared first on WIRED.
  • How Building a Black Hole for Interstellar Led to an Amazing Scientific Discovery

    22 Oct 2014 | 3:30 am
    Kip Thorne looks into the black hole he helped create and thinks, “Why, of course. That's what it would do.” This particular black hole is a simulation of unprecedented accuracy. It appears to spin at nearly the speed of light, dragging bits of the universe along with it. (That's gravity for you; relativity is superweird.) In theory it was once a star, but instead of fading or exploding, it collapsed like a failed soufflé into a tiny point of inescapable singularity. A glowing ring orbiting the spheroidal maelstrom seems to curve over the top and below the bottom simultaneously. The post…
  • Software That Can Measure Your Athleticism Just by Watching You Jump

    Robert Capps
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:30 am
    What can you tell from a jump? Quite a bit, according to Sparta Performance Science, the Menlo Park, California, athletics-lab-meets-software-startup that developed the tech. The post Software That Can Measure Your Athleticism Just by Watching You Jump appeared first on WIRED.
  • How the Super Bowl and Sizzling Fajitas Manipulate You With Sound

    Nick Stockton
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:30 am
    The Super Bowl isn’t just a game, it’s a cinematic experience. Minutes before kickoff, trumpets blare, as though armies were charging towards each other for a clash. During the game, sounds herald the appearance of onscreen statistics and instant replays. Depending on your reason for watching the game, the signature tune that segues to a commercial break […] The post How the Super Bowl and Sizzling Fajitas Manipulate You With Sound appeared first on WIRED.
  • Fantastically Wrong: The Scientist Who Thought That Birds Migrate to the Moon

    Matt Simon
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:30 am
    In the classic millennial film The Mighty Ducks, which was so awesome it convinced me and my frail pre-teen body to become a roller hockey goalie (to predictable ends), the team makes use of the iconic “Flying V” formation when in a pinch. The power of such a formation is of course proven in migrating […] The post Fantastically Wrong: The Scientist Who Thought That Birds Migrate to the Moon appeared first on WIRED.
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  • Do You Suffer From Funnel Vision?

    Roger Dooley
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:02 am
    They say if you have a hammer, everything looks like a nail. One of the favorite tools of marketers, the sales funnel, may produce the same kind of myopia, according to Unmarketing’s Scott Stratten. Stratten’s new book, Unselling: The New [...]
  • Packaging Power, Imaginative Imagery, More – Roger’s Picks

    Roger Dooley
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:14 am
    Here’s my latest content for the week, and hand picked items both I and my readers liked, too. My Stuff Brands often think about the retail packaging of their product, since they know it reflects on their brand and product. [...]
  • Weird Mood Effects, Psycho Trolls, Unselling, and More – Roger’s Picks

    Roger Dooley
    10 Oct 2014 | 10:02 am
    Here’s the most compelling stuff we found all week, plus what I published. I hope that’s compelling, too! My Stuff Internet trolls are toxic to communities, and their antics can drive away productive and helpful members. The common assumption has [...]
  • Do Twitter And TV Shrink Your Brain?

    Roger Dooley
    7 Oct 2014 | 4:02 am
    Media multitasking, watching TV while using Twitter on a phone, for example, is becoming extremely common. A new study finds, however, that these multiple screen users have less gray matter in a specific area of the brain.
  • The Two-Pizza Rule, Costco’s Sampling Secrets, More… Roger’s Picks

    Roger Dooley
    3 Oct 2014 | 4:12 am
    Diverse topics this week include a one-word motivator that boosts effort and results, why Costco gives you free food, how to create a call to action that gets results, the psychology behind Jeff Bezos's "two pizza" team rule, how music makes your brain work better, and more.
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    Mind Hacks

  • A Rush of Blood to the Brain

    15 Oct 2014 | 5:36 am
    An article from Culture, Medicine, and Psychiatry that discusses the concept of ‘moral disability’ and brain trauma in Victorian times includes a fascinating section on what was presumably thought to be the science of ‘knocking some sense into the brain’. The piece is by medical historian Brandy Shillace who researches Victorian scientific ideas and how they affected society. Sadly, the article is locked (quite rightly, humanities can kill if not used correctly) but this is the key section: While eighteenth-century French philosopher François Bichat had suggested that…
  • Hallucinating astronauts

    5 Oct 2014 | 1:28 am
    I’ve got a piece in The Observer about the stresses, strains and mind-bending effects of space flight. NASA considers behavioural and psychiatric conditions to be one of the most significant risks to the integrity of astronaut functioning and there is a surprisingly long history of these difficulties adversely affecting missions. Perhaps more seriously, hallucinations have been associated with the breakdown of crew coherence and space mission stress. In 1976, crew from the Russian Soyuz-21 mission were brought back to Earth early after they reported an acrid smell aboard the Salyut-5…
  • Spike activity 05-10-2014

    4 Oct 2014 | 4:48 am
    Quick links from the past week in mind and brain news: Dropping science: neuroscientists throw down epic / excruciating rap battle on Twitter. Bring the line noise. The New Yorker has an interesting piece on the neuroscientific legacy of the Vietnam War. In neuroscience terms, it was America’s World War One. The latest edition of Nature NeuroPod is particularly good: psychosis, detecting animacy, network theory for brains. Livescience covers an interesting study finding that the uncanny valley effect is affected by loneliness. The US Government spend $300 million on BRAIN initiative…
  • A review of Susan Greenfield’s “Mind Change”

    2 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    I was asked to write a review of Susan Greenfield’s new book “Mind Change” for the October edition of Literary Review magazine which has just been published. You can read the review in the print edition and I did have the full text posted here but the good folks at the magazine have also put it online to read in full, so do check it out at the link below. Mind Change marshals many published sources to address these claims. However, this provides little scientific insight owing to Greenfield’s difficulty with synthesising the evidence in any meaningful sense, while she also…
  • Buggin’ Out

    27 Sep 2014 | 9:06 am
    Sociology journal Transition has a fascinating article giving a history of the surprisingly frequent appearance of schizophrenia in rap music. In psychiatric circles, schizophrenia is considered a serious mental illness that causes delusions, hallucinations, and social withdrawal. But in rap, schizophrenia means something else: a mode of defiance, a boast, or a threat. The term appears frequently when describing competition between rappers. In “Speak Ya Clout,” the duo Gang Starr rhymes that they are “schizophrenic with rhyme plus we’re well organized” as a way of warning that they…
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  • Brian Hooker and Andrew Wakefield send a complaint to the CDC about its vaccine research. Everyone yawns. [Respectful Insolence]

    22 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    The antivaccine movement and conspiracy theories go together like beer and Buffalo wings, except that neither are as good as, yes, beer and Buffalo wings. Maybe it’s more like manure and compost. In any case, the antivaccine movement is rife with conspiracy theories. I’ve heard and written about more than I can remember right now, and I’m under no illusion that I’ve heard anywhere near all of them. Indeed, it seems that every month I see a new one. There is, however, a granddaddy of conspiracy theories among antivaccinationists, or, as I like to call it, the central conspiracy theory…
  • How the Big Bang’s alternatives died (Synopsis) [Starts With A Bang]

    22 Oct 2014 | 7:22 pm
    “We were marching down the street, & we were at the head of the troops. We went on marching, & the troops went off to the left.” -Geoffrey Burbidge It’s such a part of our cosmic and scientific history, that it’s difficult to remember that it’s only been for the past 50 years that the Big Bang has been the leading theory-and-model that describes our Universe. Image credit: Edwin Hubble, 1929. Ever since the 1920s, when Edwin Hubble discovered the apparent expansion of our Universe, we’ve recognized that it’s a much bigger place than simply…
  • When was the last 17 year long hiatus (pause) in global warming? [Greg Laden's Blog]

    Greg Laden
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:39 pm
    Some time in the 1970s. I keep hearing about this 17 year long pause in global warming. So I went and looked. I did a regression analysis of the last 17 full years of surface temperatures from the GISS database. There is an upward trend in warming during this period and it is statistically significant. Then I calculated a “running slope” over 17 year long periods from the beginning of the record (plus 8 years) to the end of the record (minus 8 years). For each slope I tested to see if the slope was less than +0.1 (the average slope across the record is 0.75). If a year centered on…
  • Teachers: Sign up TODAY to Bring a Nifty Fifty Speaker to Your School! [USA Science and Engineering Festival: The Blog]

    22 Oct 2014 | 11:49 am
    Teachers in the D.C. Metropolitan area- we are now accepting applications for the Nifty Fifty (x4) Program! Click here to apply NOW to host a speaker at your school during the 2014/2015 school year. Nifty Fifty talks will take place during the months of February, March and April of 2015. The deadline to apply is Friday, November 21, 2014. Submit your application by following this link and select your top speaker choices. Speakers are available for middle and high schools in Washington D.C. and surrounding areas. Some of the new speakers joining our program include: Deborah Bass, Ph.D.
  • Should you buy a hybrid car? [Greg Laden's Blog]

    Greg Laden
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:59 am
    Last summer we were driving up north, in our Prius, and one of those coal rollers tailgated us for a while, then passed us. On the right. On the median. Jerk. When we were trying to decide whether or not to buy a Prius, last winter, I looked into the usual things one looks into. I learned from the internet and various people that we’d never recover the extra cost of buying a Prius, because they were so expensive. So I got a little information together and called a dealer. “I’m thinking of buying either a Subaru Forester to replace our old and beat up Forester, or a Prius.
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  • Is There Really Such A Thing As A 'Trophy Wife'?

    Shankar Vedantam
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:47 am
    The idea of a "trophy wife" is common in popular culture: Attractive young women trade beauty for status by "marrying up" and finding wealthy husbands. NPR's Shankar Vedantam questions whether the belief is a real phenomenon.» E-Mail This
  • Sunken U-Boats Off North Carolina Coast A Significant Find For Historians

    22 Oct 2014 | 1:31 pm
    The North Carolina coast may be the last place you'd think to find a sunken German submarine from World War II. But that's what Joe Hoyt — a nautical archeologist — found on a recent expedition to the ocean floor. Robert Siegel talks to him about the underwater battle site there.» E-Mail This
  • Bigger Than A T. Rex, With A Duck's Bill, Huge Arms And A Hump

    Christopher Joyce
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:31 pm
    Scientists first figured the claw-tipped, giant arm bones found in 1965 belonged to an ostrichlike dinosaur. But its recently recovered skull looks more like a dino designed by a committee — of kids.» E-Mail This
  • A 45,000-Year-Old Leg Bone Reveals The Oldest Human Genome Yet

    Geoff Brumfiel
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:39 am
    The DNA in this ancient Siberian leg bone shows that the man had Neanderthal ancestors — yet more proof that humans and Neanderthals interbred. And he lived much farther north than expected.» E-Mail This
  • Banned Drugs Still Turning Up In Weight-Loss Supplements

    Allison Aubrey
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:49 am
    Just because the Food and Drug Administration recalls a supplement because it contains dangerous substances doesn't mean the product disappears from the market.» E-Mail This
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    EE Times

  • Sensors for Wearables Market to Double in 2015

    Peter Clarke
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:30 pm
    Market analysis and forecast organization IHS thinks that Apple's Watch will stimulate and set a standard for fitness and health monitoring features on wearable electronics devices.
  • World's Wireless Record Breaks 40 Gbit/s

    R. Colin Johnson
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    A whole world of engineers is shooting for the next speedup in wireless communications beyond the LTE Advanced 1 Gbit/s ceiling. Now researchers have demonstrated 40 Gbit/s wireless speeds to be used for backhaul for now but for commercial users someday.
  • Intel, Partners Reveal Privacy Survey

    Jessica Lipsky
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:55 pm
    The average person's device ecosystem is expanding, exponentially increasing the amount of data and security risks. Intel and several of its partner organizations recently discussed big data and ways to mollify users who are uneasy about access to their information.
  • Big Data & IoT Incite Complexity in Semi Industry

    22 Oct 2014 | 3:53 pm
    Moving forward, semiconductor industry trends can be predicted by the 3V model of Big Data -- Velocity, Variety, and Volume.
  • Vetinari Clock: Decisions, Decisions, Decisions …

    Max Maxfield
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:58 pm
    Many actions are proceeding apace, but decisions need to be made with regard to the layout of the front panel.
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    PLOS Biology: New Articles

  • Occipital Alpha Activity during Stimulus Processing Gates the Information Flow to Object-Selective Cortex

    Johanna M. Zumer et al.
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    by Johanna M. Zumer, René Scheeringa, Jan-Mathijs Schoffelen, David G. Norris, Ole Jensen Given the limited processing capabilities of the sensory system, it is essential that attended information is gated to downstream areas, whereas unattended information is blocked. While it has been proposed that alpha band (8–13 Hz) activity serves to route information to downstream regions by inhibiting neuronal processing in task-irrelevant regions, this hypothesis remains untested. Here we investigate how neuronal oscillations detected by electroencephalography in visual areas during working memory…
  • Building Blocks of Temporal Filters in Retinal Synapses

    Bongsoo Suh et al.
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    by Bongsoo Suh, Stephen A. Baccus Sensory systems must be able to extract features of a stimulus to detect and represent properties of the world. Because sensory signals are constantly changing, a critical aspect of this transformation relates to the timing of signals and the ability to filter those signals to select dynamic properties, such as visual motion. At first assessment, one might think that the primary biophysical properties that construct a temporal filter would be dynamic mechanisms such as molecular concentration or membrane electrical properties. However, in the current issue of…
  • Adaptive Management and the Value of Information: Learning Via Intervention in Epidemiology

    Katriona Shea et al.
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    by Katriona Shea, Michael J. Tildesley, Michael C. Runge, Christopher J. Fonnesbeck, Matthew J. Ferrari Optimal intervention for disease outbreaks is often impeded by severe scientific uncertainty. Adaptive management (AM), long-used in natural resource management, is a structured decision-making approach to solving dynamic problems that accounts for the value of resolving uncertainty via real-time evaluation of alternative models. We propose an AM approach to design and evaluate intervention strategies in epidemiology, using real-time surveillance to resolve model uncertainty as management…
  • A Homeostatic Sleep-Stabilizing Pathway in Drosophila Composed of the Sex Peptide Receptor and Its Ligand, the Myoinhibitory Peptide

    Yangkyun Oh et al.
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    by Yangkyun Oh, Sung-Eun Yoon, Qi Zhang, Hyo-Seok Chae, Ivana Daubnerová, Orie T. Shafer, Joonho Choe, Young-Joon Kim Sleep, a reversible quiescent state found in both invertebrate and vertebrate animals, disconnects animals from their environment and is highly regulated for coordination with wakeful activities, such as reproduction. The fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster, has proven to be a valuable model for studying the regulation of sleep by circadian clock and homeostatic mechanisms. Here, we demonstrate that the sex peptide receptor (SPR) of Drosophila, known for its role in female…
  • A Synaptic Mechanism for Temporal Filtering of Visual Signals

    Tom Baden et al.
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    by Tom Baden, Anton Nikolaev, Federico Esposti, Elena Dreosti, Benjamin Odermatt, Leon Lagnado The visual system transmits information about fast and slow changes in light intensity through separate neural pathways. We used in vivo imaging to investigate how bipolar cells transmit these signals to the inner retina. We found that the volume of the synaptic terminal is an intrinsic property that contributes to different temporal filters. Individual cells transmit through multiple terminals varying in size, but smaller terminals generate faster and larger calcium transients to trigger vesicle…
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    PLOS Computational Biology: New Articles

  • Canonical Correlation Analysis for Gene-Based Pleiotropy Discovery

    Jose A. Seoane et al.
    16 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    by Jose A. Seoane, Colin Campbell, Ian N. M. Day, Juan P. Casas, Tom R. Gaunt Genome-wide association studies have identified a wealth of genetic variants involved in complex traits and multifactorial diseases. There is now considerable interest in testing variants for association with multiple phenotypes (pleiotropy) and for testing multiple variants for association with a single phenotype (gene-based association tests). Such approaches can increase statistical power by combining evidence for association over multiple phenotypes or genetic variants respectively. Canonical Correlation…
  • Correction: Inferring on the Intentions of Others by Hierarchical Bayesian Learning

    16 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    by The PLOS Computational Biology Staff
  • Likelihood-Based Gene Annotations for Gap Filling and Quality Assessment in Genome-Scale Metabolic Models

    Matthew N. Benedict et al.
    16 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    by Matthew N. Benedict, Michael B. Mundy, Christopher S. Henry, Nicholas Chia, Nathan D. Price Genome-scale metabolic models provide a powerful means to harness information from genomes to deepen biological insights. With exponentially increasing sequencing capacity, there is an enormous need for automated reconstruction techniques that can provide more accurate models in a short time frame. Current methods for automated metabolic network reconstruction rely on gene and reaction annotations to build draft metabolic networks and algorithms to fill gaps in these networks. However, automated…
  • Linking Myometrial Physiology to Intrauterine Pressure; How Tissue-Level Contractions Create Uterine Contractions of Labor

    Roger C. Young et al.
    16 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    by Roger C. Young, Peter Barendse The mechanisms used to coordinate uterine contractions are not known. We develop a new model based on the proposal that there is a maximum distance to which action potentials can propagate in the uterine wall. This establishes “regions”, where one action potential burst can rapidly recruit all the tissue. Regions are recruited into an organ-level contraction via a stretch-initiated contraction mechanism (myometrial myogenic response). Each uterine contraction begins with a regional contraction, which slightly increases intrauterine pressure. Higher…
  • Reactive Searching and Infotaxis in Odor Source Localization

    Nicole Voges et al.
    16 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    by Nicole Voges, Antoine Chaffiol, Philippe Lucas, Dominique Martinez Male moths aiming to locate pheromone-releasing females rely on stimulus-adapted search maneuvers complicated by a discontinuous distribution of pheromone patches. They alternate sequences of upwind surge when perceiving the pheromone and cross- or downwind casting when the odor is lost. We compare four search strategies: three reactive versus one cognitive. The former consist of pre-programmed movement sequences triggered by pheromone detections while the latter uses Bayesian inference to build spatial probability maps.
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    PLOS Pathogens: New Articles

  • APOBEC3D and APOBEC3F Potently Promote HIV-1 Diversification and Evolution in Humanized Mouse Model

    Kei Sato et al.
    16 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    by Kei Sato, Junko S. Takeuchi, Naoko Misawa, Taisuke Izumi, Tomoko Kobayashi, Yuichi Kimura, Shingo Iwami, Akifumi Takaori-Kondo, Wei-Shau Hu, Kazuyuki Aihara, Mamoru Ito, Dong Sung An, Vinay K. Pathak, Yoshio Koyanagi Several APOBEC3 proteins, particularly APOBEC3D, APOBEC3F, and APOBEC3G, induce G-to-A hypermutations in HIV-1 genome, and abrogate viral replication in experimental systems, but their relative contributions to controlling viral replication and viral genetic variation in vivo have not been elucidated. On the other hand, an HIV-1-encoded protein, Vif, can degrade these APOBEC3…
  • Expression Profiling during Arabidopsis/Downy Mildew Interaction Reveals a Highly-Expressed Effector That Attenuates Responses to Salicylic Acid

    Shuta Asai et al.
    16 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    by Shuta Asai, Ghanasyam Rallapalli, Sophie J. M. Piquerez, Marie-Cécile Caillaud, Oliver J. Furzer, Naveed Ishaque, Lennart Wirthmueller, Georgina Fabro, Ken Shirasu, Jonathan D. G. Jones Plants have evolved strong innate immunity mechanisms, but successful pathogens evade or suppress plant immunity via effectors delivered into the plant cell. Hyaloperonospora arabidopsidis (Hpa) causes downy mildew on Arabidopsis thaliana, and a genome sequence is available for isolate Emoy2. Here, we exploit the availability of genome sequences for Hpa and Arabidopsis to measure gene-expression changes in…
  • The Host Protein Calprotectin Modulates the Helicobacter pylori cag Type IV Secretion System via Zinc Sequestration

    Jennifer A. Gaddy et al.
    16 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    by Jennifer A. Gaddy, Jana N. Radin, John T. Loh, M. Blanca Piazuelo, Thomas E. Kehl-Fie, Alberto G. Delgado, Florin T. Ilca, Richard M. Peek, Timothy L. Cover, Walter J. Chazin, Eric P. Skaar, Holly M. Scott Algood Transition metals are necessary for all forms of life including microorganisms, evidenced by the fact that 30% of all proteins are predicted to interact with a metal cofactor. Through a process termed nutritional immunity, the host actively sequesters essential nutrient metals away from invading pathogenic bacteria. Neutrophils participate in this process by producing several…
  • MicroRNAs Suppress NB Domain Genes in Tomato That Confer Resistance to Fusarium oxysporum

    Shouqiang Ouyang et al.
    16 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    by Shouqiang Ouyang, Gyungsoon Park, Hagop S. Atamian, Cliff S. Han, Jason E. Stajich, Isgouhi Kaloshian, Katherine A. Borkovich MicroRNAs (miRNAs) suppress the transcriptional and post-transcriptional expression of genes in plants. Several miRNA families target genes encoding nucleotide-binding site–leucine-rich repeat (NB-LRR) plant innate immune receptors. The fungus Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. lycopersici causes vascular wilt disease in tomato. We explored a role for miRNAs in tomato defense against F. oxysporum using comparative miRNA profiling of susceptible (Moneymaker) and resistant…
  • Interaction with Tsg101 Is Necessary for the Efficient Transport and Release of Nucleocapsids in Marburg Virus-Infected Cells

    Olga Dolnik et al.
    16 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    by Olga Dolnik, Larissa Kolesnikova, Sonja Welsch, Thomas Strecker, Gordian Schudt, Stephan Becker Endosomal sorting complex required for transport (ESCRT) machinery supports the efficient budding of Marburg virus (MARV) and many other enveloped viruses. Interaction between components of the ESCRT machinery and viral proteins is predominantly mediated by short tetrapeptide motifs, known as late domains. MARV contains late domain motifs in the matrix protein VP40 and in the genome-encapsidating nucleoprotein (NP). The PSAP late domain motif of NP recruits the ESCRT-I protein tumor…
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    PLOS ONE Alerts: New Articles

  • Active Ultrasound Pattern Injection System (AUSPIS) for Interventional Tool Guidance

    Xiaoyu Guo et al.
    22 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    by Xiaoyu Guo, Hyun-Jae Kang, Ralph Etienne-Cummings, Emad M. Boctor Accurate tool tracking is a crucial task that directly affects the safety and effectiveness of many interventional medical procedures. Compared to CT and MRI, ultrasound-based tool tracking has many advantages, including low cost, safety, mobility and ease of use. However, surgical tools are poorly visualized in conventional ultrasound images, thus preventing effective tool tracking and guidance. Existing tracking methods have not yet provided a solution that effectively solves the tool visualization and mid-plane…
  • Correction: Small-Size Circulating Endothelial Microparticles in Coronary Artery Disease

    22 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    by The PLOS ONE Staff
  • Reassessing the Impact of Smoking on Preeclampsia/Eclampsia: Are There Age and Racial Differences?

    Jen Jen Chang et al.
    22 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    by Jen Jen Chang, Jerome F. Strauss, Jon P. Deshazo, Fidelma B. Rigby, David P. Chelmow, George A. Macones Objective To investigate the association between cigarette use during pregnancy and pregnancy-induced hypertension/preeclampsia/eclampsia (PIH) by maternal race/ethnicity and age. Methods This retrospective cohort study was based on the U.S. 2010 natality data. Our study sample included U.S. women who delivered singleton pregnancies between 20 and 44 weeks of gestation without major fetal anomalies in 2010 (n = 3,113,164). Multivariate logistic regression models were fit to estimate…
  • Correction: Cross-Talk-Free Multi-Color STORM Imaging Using a Single Fluorophore

    22 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    by The PLOS ONE Staff
  • Prognostic Role of Common MicroRNA Polymorphisms in Cancers: Evidence from a Meta-Analysis

    Lingzi Xia et al.
    22 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    by Lingzi Xia, Yangwu Ren, Xue Fang, Zhihua Yin, Xuelian Li, Wei Wu, Peng Guan, Baosen Zhou Background The morbidity and mortality of cancer increase remarkably every year. It's a heavy burden for family and society. The detection of prognostic biomarkers can help to improve the theraputic effect and prolong the lifetime of patients. microRNAs have an influential role in cancer prognosis. The results of articles discussing the relationship between microRNA polymorphisms and cancer prognosis are inconsistent. Methods We conduct a meta-analysis of 19 publications concerning the association of…
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  • The beast with the behemoth arms: A dinosaur mystery is solved

    22 Oct 2014 | 2:12 pm
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In July 1965, two gigantic fossilized dinosaur arms replete with menacing claws were unearthed in the remote southern Gobi desert of Mongolia. Measuring 8 feet (2.4 meters), they were the longest arms of any known bipedal creature in Earth's history.
  • Cosmonauts breeze through spacewalk outside space station

    22 Oct 2014 | 11:05 am
    (Reuters) - Two Russian cosmonauts wrapped up a speedy, 3 -1/2-hour spacewalk outside the International Space Station on Wednesday to replace science experiments and jettison two unneeded antennas.
  • Greek archaeologists unearth head of sphinx in Macedonian tomb

    21 Oct 2014 | 12:44 pm
    ATHENS (Reuters) - Archaeologists unearthed the missing head of one of the two sphinxes found guarding the entrance of an ancient tomb in Greece's northeast, as the diggers made their way into the monument's inner chambers, the culture ministry said on Tuesday.
  • 23andMe, MyHeritage partner to combine DNA and family trees

    21 Oct 2014 | 6:06 am
    TEL AVIV (Reuters) - Personal genetics company 23andMe and Israel's MyHeritage said on Tuesday they would collaborate to enable people to discover their heritage based on genetic ancestry and documented family history.
  • Cell transplant helps paralyzed man walk with frame

    20 Oct 2014 | 4:11 pm
    LONDON (Reuters) - A Bulgarian man who was paralyzed from the chest down in a knife attack can now walk with the aid of a frame after receiving pioneering transplant treatment using cells from his nose.
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    Dave Bradley's Tech Talk

  • Top 10 Facebook updates to make me unfollow you

    David Bradley
    8 Oct 2014 | 1:32 am
    I seem to have accrued a fairly large number of “friends” on Facebook over the years. Many of them are, of course, actual friends, family members, business contacts, acquaintances, fellow musicians and photographers and a few bands, many others are just people who asked to be my friend and are either trolls, spammers, bots, or saddos. Over the years I’ve unfriended nobody, but I had “unfollowed” a few people to cut down on the speed at which my timeline passes. I say, a few, in fact, of the 1026 friends, I’d “unfollowed”, but not unfriended, 623…
  • DropBox to SD card on Android

    David Bradley
    1 Oct 2014 | 9:25 am
    The new version of DropBox for Android has a useful feature that lots of users have apparently been asking for for some time: Exporting Dropbox files to your SD card gives you an easy way to transfer all your stuff — meeting agendas, trip photos, shopping lists, and more — as you move between Android devices, even without an Internet connection. And, it’s a great way to have important files with you offline when you can’t save any more favorites directly to your device. More details
  • WD 1TB My Passport Wireless

    David Bradley
    22 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    A neat package just arrived from Western Digital’s rep containing a one terabyte (1 TB) “My Passport” Wireless. Wi-Fi Mobile Storage with USB 3.0 and an SD slot. The company website tells me that I can connect up to eight devices via my Wi-Fi network (the packaging says five, but I assume the latest firmware has upped that number since printing), backup an SD card while out and about (the battery is long lasting – 6 hours (continuous video streaming) and 20 hours standby are claimed – which is a real boon when you’re traveling). There’s also the…
  • Take two steps to better security

    David Bradley
    17 Sep 2014 | 7:27 am
    To be more secure than is possible even with a “clever” password, you need to enable two-factor authentication (also known as multi-factor authentication) that uses a text message to your phone or a 3rd party app like Google Authenticator to create a second login layer. Fundamentally, this means that even if someone steals or guesses your password for a particular site they still won’t be able to login and abuse your account unless they have also stolen your phone or device on which you run Authenticator (such as an iPad or other tablet). UPDATE: Following the…
  • Simple modern-day timesaver

    David Bradley
    16 Sep 2014 | 8:06 am
    I have discovered a simple trick that is so easy to implement it will leave you short of breath but raring to go and wondering why nobody has told you about it before. The trick costs nothing, will take mere seconds to implement and could change your life. Seriously, it will save you many hours of pointless, fruitless, soul-destroying hours of wasted time. The trick will also reduce the power demands of the wireless chip in your smart phone, the CPU grind and cut down on your data plan overhead. The battery will last so much longer you won’t need to charge up the phone anywhere near as…
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  • Moving Past Default Charts

    Nathan Yau
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:25 am
    Customizing your charts doesn't have to be a time-intensive process. With just a teeny bit more effort, you can get something that fits your needs.Continue reading →
  • F1 racing winners and age

    Nathan Yau
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:05 am
    So here's a sport I don't see or hear much about. F1 racing, which requires a different sort of strength and agility than say football or basketball, has a wide range of ages. Drivers can be in their teens. Some are in their late 40s (and successful). Peter Cook visualized the ages and races of drives through F1 racing history, since 1950. Each row represents a driver's career, and each color-coded dash in a row represents a race. Colors indicate wins, a trip to the podium, and a top 10 finish. My favorite part is the tour on initial load. The interactive points out highlights in the data,…
  • Cynthia Brewer profile

    Nathan Yau
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:05 am
    Wired wrote a short profile for Cynthia Brewer, best known for Color Brewer, a tool that provides visually apt color schemes for maps (and charts). Brewer has been thinking about these issues since her graduate days at Michigan State. But the idea for Color Brewer grew out of a sabbatical she did with the U.S. Census Bureau, overseeing the atlas that accompanied the 2000 Census. "We were trying to be really systematic with color throughout the atlas," she said. Other mapmakers liked the color sets they developed and began asking for them, and Brewer set up Color Brewer to make them more…
  • Your life on Earth

    Nathan Yau
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:44 am
    The BBC has a fun piece that shows changes over your lifetime. Enter your date of birth, gender, and height, and you get personalized data nuggets, categorized by how you changed, how the world changed, and how people changed the world during your years on this planet. For me: 161 major volcano eruptions, 72 solar eclipses, and a 2.7 billion increase in global population. Naturally, as with most global numbers, these are based on estimates from a wide range of sources, so keep that in the back of your mind as you scroll. Tags: BBC, personalization, time series
  • A healthy versus unhealthy office environment

    Nathan Yau
    21 Oct 2014 | 1:26 am
    In an interesting use of the before-and-after slider, this Washington Post graphic by Bonnie Berkowitz and Laura Stanton contrasts an unhealthy office environment against a healthy one. As a whole, the graphic represents a full office, and the section is broken into categories for an unhealthy environment on the left and a healthy one on the right. For each section, slide all the way to the left or right to see a fuller picture of the respective habit, covering topics such as ergonomics, hygiene, and air quality. FYI: Rats and dead plants send the wrong message to your employees. Tags:…
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    Science Daily

  • Titan glowing at dusk and dawn

    22 Oct 2014 | 2:01 pm
    New maps of Saturn's moon Titan reveal large patches of trace gases shining brightly near the north and south poles. These regions are curiously shifted off the poles, to the east or west, so that dawn is breaking over the southern region while dusk is falling over the northern one.
  • Finally: Missing link between vitamin D, prostate cancer

    22 Oct 2014 | 1:40 pm
    A new study offers compelling evidence that inflammation may be the link between vitamin D and prostate cancer. Specifically, the study shows that the gene GDF-15, known to be upregulated by vitamin D, is notably absent in samples of human prostate cancer driven by inflammation.
  • Real-time tracking system developed to monitor dangerous bacteria inside body

    22 Oct 2014 | 1:40 pm
    Combining a PET scanner with a new chemical tracer that selectively tags specific types of bacteria, researchers working with mice report they have devised a way to detect and monitor in real time infections with dangerous Gram-negative bacteria. These increasingly drug-resistant bacteria are responsible for a range of diseases, including fatal pneumonias and various bloodstream or solid-organ infections acquired in and outside the hospital.
  • Paralyzed patients have weaker bones, higher risk of fractures than expected

    22 Oct 2014 | 1:39 pm
    People paralyzed by spinal cord injuries lose mechanical strength in their leg bones faster, and more significantly, than previously believed, putting them at greater risk for fractures from minor stresses, according to a study by researchers. The results suggest that physicians should begin therapies for such patients sooner to maintain bone mass and strength, and should think beyond standard bone density tests when assessing fracture risk in osteoporosis patients.
  • Bipolar disorder discovery at the nano level

    22 Oct 2014 | 12:47 pm
    A nano-sized discovery helps explain how bipolar disorder affects the brain and could one day lead to new drug therapies to treat the mental illness, researchers report.
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    The Why Files

  • Ebola on the march!

    16 Oct 2014 | 12:28 pm
    Ebola on the march! UNITED NATIONS — Schools have shut down, elections have been postponed, mining and logging companies have withdrawn, farmers have abandoned their fields. The Ebola virus ravaging West Africa has renewed the risk of political instability in a region barely recovering from civil war, United Nations officials said Tuesday, hours after the World Health Organization reported that new cases could reach 10,000 a week by December — 10 times the current rate. New York Times, Oct. 14, 2014 Ebola has spread to a second Texas health care worker, and the World Health Organization…
  • Secrets of the sidewinder

    9 Oct 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Secrets of the sidewinder Not science fiction: this robot snake charges up hill and spills a snake’s secrets. Photo: Nico Zevallos and Chaohui Gong By now, you know about robots that roll, fly, swim and walk, insect-like, on six legs. Are you ready for a robot that climbs a sandy hill in the fashion of the sidewinder rattlesnake? In research in this week’s Science, Daniel Goldman and company described using a robot to explore exactly how the sidewinder achieves the rare feat of climbing a steep, sandy slope. “For years, we’ve spent a lot of time on problems involving…
  • Smokin’ hot! Altered tobacco plants point toward race-car photosynthesis

    2 Oct 2014 | 2:46 pm
    Smokin’ hot! Altered tobacco plants point toward race-car photosynthesis This tobacco plant was engineered to use a high-efficiency enzyme from cyanobacteria to transform carbon dioxide in the atmosphere into sugar. The researchers are not trying to spread lung cancer; tobacco, in fact, is a favorite “model” plant that is easy to manipulate. Credit: Rothamsted Research Solar-powered photosynthesis — the creation of sugars in plants — is the basic key to virtually all life on earth. You can — and should — say a lot of good things about photosynthesis,…
  • Population rising with no end in sight!

    25 Sep 2014 | 11:35 am
    Population rising with no end in sight! Rising populations in Africa = more crowding. Could Africa be as dense as China in 2100? Beijing 2010, Mauricio Pizard If the world is seeming crowded, you ain’t seen nothing yet. While many estimates foresee population growth running aground long before 2100, a new study drowns that idea by projecting that 9.6 to 12.3 billion people will cohabit the third rock from the sun by 2100. Current population is 7.26 billion, and rising fast. If you think more is better, that’s good news. But you worry if you think population growth feeds shortages…
  • The Fantastic Laboratory of Dr. Weigl

    18 Sep 2014 | 8:11 pm
    The Fantastic Laboratory of Dr. Weigl Arthur Allen • 2014, Norton, 384 pp. Science books often tell how a scientist has explored one bit of the world. Medical stories tell how a valiant doctor struggled to cure one disease. But this scientific-medical history tells us how one courageous scientist beat the odds and saved hundreds of scientists from deportation and death. The scene in Arthur Allen’s new book was World War II Poland, a country wracked by oppression, occupation and deportation. In the city of Lwow, Rudolf Weigl’s lab made vaccine against typhus, a dreaded…
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  • Megalodon shark became extinct 2.6 million years ago

    23 Oct 2014 | 3:45 am
    ( —A new University of Florida study dismisses claims that megalodon is still alive by determining a date of extinction for the largest predatory shark to ever live.
  • Coping with water scarcity: Researchers evaluate effectiveness of water policies aimed at reducing consumption

    23 Oct 2014 | 3:40 am
    ( —As California enters its fourth year of severe drought, Southern California water agencies have turned to new pricing structures, expanded rebate programs and implemented other means to encourage their customers to reduce consumption.
  • Study examines effects of credentialing, personalization

    23 Oct 2014 | 3:21 am
    Chris Gamrat, a doctoral student in learning, design and technology, recently had his study—completed alongside Heather Zimmerman, associate professor of education; Jaclyn Dudek, a doctoral student studying learning, design and technology; and Kyle Peck, professor of education—published in the British Journal of Educational Technology. The study findings supported a professional development design that focuses on decision-making and customization of experiences.
  • Microscopic "walkers" find their way across cell surfaces

    23 Oct 2014 | 3:20 am
    Nature has developed a wide variety of methods for guiding particular cells, enzymes, and molecules to specific structures inside the body: White blood cells can find their way to the site of an infection, while scar-forming cells migrate to the site of a wound. But finding ways of guiding artificial materials within the body has proven more difficult.
  • New evidence on Neanderthal mixing

    23 Oct 2014 | 3:19 am
    New research on a 45,000-year-old Siberian thighbone has narrowed the window of time when humans and Neanderthals interbred to between 50,000 and 60,000 years ago, and has shown that modern humans reached northern Eurasia substantially earlier than some scientists thought.
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    Science News Headlines - Yahoo News

  • Americans' Trust in Doctors Is Falling

    22 Oct 2014 | 7:11 pm
    Americans' trust in the medical profession has plummeted in recent years, and lags well behind public attitudes toward doctors in many other countries, according to a new report. That lack of trust comes from how Americans' perceive doctors' motivations, said Robert Blendon, a professor of health policy and political analysis at the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston and co-author of the new report. While physician leaders elsewhere in the world often take public stands on key health and medical issues, Americans perceive the medical profession as looking out for itself, not advocating…
  • Huge Magnetic 'Ropes' Drive Powerful Sun Explosions

    22 Oct 2014 | 12:45 pm
    Known as magnetic flux ropes, coronal loops and solar prominences, these structures possess spiraling magnetic field lines, as if a huge bar magnet had been twisted into a corkscrew. Scientists have long thought magnetic flux ropes drive powerful solar explosions such as coronal mass ejections (CMEs), which can spawn geomagnetic storms that damage satellites in space and disrupt power grids on Earth. Two models for how magnetic flux ropes are involved have emerged. In the first model, a magnetic flux rope exists before the eruption.
  • Cosmonauts Breeze Through Speedy Spacewalk at Space Station

    22 Oct 2014 | 12:45 pm
    Two Russian cosmonauts breezed through a spacewalk outside the International Space Station Wednesday (Oct. 22) on a mission to collect old experiments and inspect their orbital home. Clad in bulky Orlan spacesuits, cosmonauts Max Suraev and Alexander Samokutyaev planned to spend about six hours performing maintenance on the station, work that included tossing obsolete gear out into space. The instrument, which was installed on the Russian Zvezda service module in 2011, was no longer in operation, and the cosmonauts jettisoned the device toward the rear of the space station.
  • Cosmonauts breeze through spacewalk outside space station

    22 Oct 2014 | 11:05 am
    By Irene Klotz (Reuters) - Two Russian cosmonauts wrapped up a speedy, 3 -1/2-hour spacewalk outside the International Space Station on Wednesday to replace science experiments and jettison two unneeded antennas. Station commander Maxim Suraev and flight engineer Alexander Samokutyaev quickly completed the first task on their to-do list, removing and jettisoning a defunct science experiment known as Radiometriya. The device, which was installed in 2011, was used to track seismic activity on earth, NASA mission commentator Rob Navias said during a live broadcast of the spacewalk on NASA TV.
  • Wacky Humpbacked Dinosaur Looked Like 'Star Wars' Creature

    22 Oct 2014 | 10:49 am
    About 70 million years ago, a humpbacked, duck-billed dinosaur with monstrous front limbs and "mudding hooves" tramped through rivers hunting fish. Though the odd-looking creature, named Deinocheirus mirificus, was discovered nearly 50 years ago, almost nothing was known about the mysterious creature until two new skeletons were unearthed in Mongolia recently. "Deinocheirus was a peculiar humpbacked form with a duckbill-like skull," that could grow to the size of a T. rex, said study lead author Yuong-Nam Lee, a researcher at the Korea Institute of Geoscience and Mineral…
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    Bitesize Bio

  • Understand and troubleshoot PCR with The BitesizeBio Guide to PCR

    Kirsten Hogg
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:31 am
    Over the years, I’ve had my fair share of ups and downs in the lab. The latter quite often centering on a failed or plainly weird PCR experiment. As I’ve gone on and become ever more fastidious about my lab practices I’ve realized that the majority of these little calamities were perfectly avoidable. In my new e-book, The Bitesize Bio Guide to PCR, I aim to impart much of my hard-earned and entrenched wisdom with readers, who like me, prefer a simple PCR life. Standard PCR revolutionized our ability to study a small fragment of DNA or RNA by replicating its number thousands-fold. This…
  • Using Word to Write your Thesis: Making a Table of Contents, Inserting Captions, and Cross-referencing

    Lauren Tebay
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    In the last post I showed you how to make an outline for your thesis in Word. You should now have a document outline with a list of headings for your sections (maybe even a few sections filled in if you were feeling motivated to make a start!). From here, we can move on to: Setting up a Table of Contents, Learning to insert captions which will make compiling a List of Figures/Tables at the end a painless process Learning how to cross-reference your document, so that figures or paragraphs that you refer to in the body text are always numbered correctly, even when you move things around.
  • Insane in the Membrane! PVDF vs. Nitrocellulose – Which One Comes Out on Top?

    Michelle van Geldermalsen
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    When it comes to Western blotting, there’s no denying it: Your membrane is a key player. After all it is the physical scaffold that holds your precious samples and it needs to be up to the challenges you throw at it. But depending on your protein’s properties and your downstream detection steps, finding the optimal membrane may take a bit of trial and error. To help you choose, I will pit two membrane heavyweights against each other, PVDF vs. Nitrocellulose. Find out which one comes out on top:  NitrocellulosePVDF What is it?Nitrocellulose (either alone or attached to an inert…
  • Part 2: The Who’s Who of Super Resolution Microscopy – Single Molecule Localisation techniques

    Kathryn Lagrue
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    In part 1 of The Who’s Who of Super Resolution Microscopy I discussed one way to overcome the diffraction limit of light: ensemble technique. In this article I discuss another way to improve resolution: single particle localisation techniques. Single particle localisation techniques works by pin-pointing single molecules by reconstructing a super-resolution image from multiple frames (usually hundreds!). The concept behind the single molecule localisation techniques is that a single fluorophore, even though it is subject to the same diffraction limit as confocal microscopy, can be…
  • Where Are My Cells: Part 2

    Rachael Walker
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    The golden rule of flow cytometry, especially cell sorting is: ‘Put good cells in and get good cells out’. When you sort you might not get good cells out and you may not get the numbers you were expecting. In my previous article I  touched on a few reasons why your cell numbers might be low after sorting, and in this current article I mention a couple more reasons why. Poor Viability As discussed in the article on how a sorter works, sorting has little effect on your cells. However, if they are poorly to start with, then they are unlikely to survive sorting. It’s important to use a…
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    PHD Comics

  • 10/20/14 PHD comic: 'Percentage of your day you spend in meetings'

    21 Oct 2014 | 2:25 pm
    Piled Higher & Deeper by Jorge Cham title: "Percentage of your day you spend in meetings" - originally published 10/20/2014 For the latest news in PHD Comics, CLICK HERE!
  • 10/17/14 PHD comic: 'Tenure Means'

    17 Oct 2014 | 3:21 pm
    Piled Higher & Deeper by Jorge Cham title: "Tenure Means" - originally published 10/17/2014 For the latest news in PHD Comics, CLICK HERE!
  • 10/15/14 PHD comic: 'Teeming with Meetings'

    15 Oct 2014 | 12:32 pm
    Piled Higher & Deeper by Jorge Cham title: "Teeming with Meetings" - originally published 10/15/2014 For the latest news in PHD Comics, CLICK HERE!
  • 10/08/14 PHD comic: 'The Netflix Effect'

    9 Oct 2014 | 11:23 pm
    Piled Higher & Deeper by Jorge Cham title: "The Netflix Effect" - originally published 10/8/2014 For the latest news in PHD Comics, CLICK HERE!
  • 10/06/14 PHD comic: 'Inevitable'

    8 Oct 2014 | 1:07 am
    Piled Higher & Deeper by Jorge Cham title: "Inevitable" - originally published 10/6/2014 For the latest news in PHD Comics, CLICK HERE!
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    Brain And Consciousness Research

  • Selectively rewiring the brain's circuitry to treat depression

    23 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    On 'Star Trek,' it is easy to take for granted the incredible ability of futuristic doctors to wave small devices over the heads of both humans and aliens, diagnose their problems through evaluating changes in brain activity or chemistry, and then treat behavior problems by selectively stimulating relevant brain circuits.
  • Adolescent exposure to thc may cause immune systems to go up in smoke

    23 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    When it comes to using marijuana, new research, involving mice and published in the October 2014 issue of the Journal of Leukocyte Biology, suggests that just because you can do it, doesn't mean that you should. That's because a team of Italian scientists have found that using marijuana in adolescence may do serious long-term damage to the immune system.
  • Make precise strategic decisions even when the unexpected happens

    23 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Being able to react to the unexpected by taking a strategic change of course can prove to be the salvation of a company and its leaders. Leveraging Flexibility, a new book written by four business experts, reveals the significance of uncertainty and flexibility in strategic decision-making and demonstrates the extent to which these factors influence the value of a strategy or an asset.
  • Is expressive suppression effective in reducing negative emotion?

    22 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    It is a prevailing conclusion in European-American population that expressive suppression is unable to effectively reduce negative emotion and physiological arousal. A recent study in Chinese people showed that expressive suppression is not only capable of reducing negative emotion but also dampens negative emotion faster than reappraisal. This may be related to the Chinese culture which highlights 'relational harmony and self-discipline.'
  • Study reveals new clues to help understand brain stimulation

    22 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    A new study from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center suggests that brain networks -- the interconnected pathways that link brain circuits to one another -- can help guide site selection for brain stimulation therapies.
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    ZME Science

  • Over half of 2007-2012 published research is now available for free

    Mihai Andrei
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:19 am
    More than half of all peer-reviewed studies published between 2007 and 2012 are now available, for free, on the internet, for everyone to access. The results were published in a report made by the European Commission. The report is part of the European Commission’s effort to monitor the evolution of scientific data availability.“A substantial part of the material openly available is relatively old, or as some would say, outdated,” writes Science-Metrix, a consultancy in Montreal, Canada, who conducted the study, one of a series of reports on open access policies and open data.The…
  • Tractor beam smashes existing records

    Henry Conrad
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:18 pm
    A team of scientists has managed to develop a tractor beam which can pull and push objects over 20 cm – 100 times more than previous records. There are a myriad of potential applications for this kind of research, including studying atmospheric pollutants or retrieving delicate particles of material for examination.Drs Shvedov (L) and Hnatovsky used a doughnut-shaped laser beam to push and pull small glass spheres“Recent advances in lightwave technology have already led to small-scale experimental demonstrations of tractor beams. However, the realization of long-range tractor…
  • Texas chief toxicologist: No need for smog regulations, just stay indoor

    Mihai Andrei
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:50 pm
    Dr. Michael Honeycutt, the top toxicologist in the state of Texas argued that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) shouldn’t tighten smog rules because there would be little to no health benefit.“Ozone is an outdoor air pollutant because systems such as air conditioning remove it from indoor air,” he argues on a blog post on the TCEQ website. “Since most people spend more than 90 percent of their time indoors, we are rarely exposed to significant levels of ozone.”I don’t even know where to start – so I’ll try to take it slow. The overwhelming majority of…
  • Your Taste in Music Might Reveal How Dumb (or Smart) You Are

    Andrew Kays
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:30 am
    Virgil Griffith, a student at Caltech, embarked on a most interesting project to seek whether there’s any connection between the music you enjoy and, uhm, your intellectual abilities.  Griffith used aggregated Facebook data about the favorite bands among students of various colleges and plotted them against the average SAT scores at those schools. This allowed him to make a very rough connection between musical taste and intelligence.The favorite musician of the smartest students was Beethoven, with an average SAT score of 1371. Also on the “smart” end of the scale were Sufjan…
  • More than 23,000 Ebola Cases in 2014, According to Estimates

    livia rusu
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:51 am
    A Doctors Without Borders health worker in protective clothing holds a child suspected of having Ebola in Paynesville, Liberia. Image: GettyThis year the world saw the worst Ebola outbreak on record with more reported cases than in all the past years combined. Much more. The latest update from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports 9,178 patients, of which 4546 have died. The actual number of people infected with Ebola is actually much larger, in part because the report is missing recent data from Liberia and largely because most people refuse to go hospitals and Ebola…
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  • STEM & GEMS: Stephanie Thompson Swims With Sharks

    22 Oct 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Editor’s Note: As part of our annual GEMS (Girls Exploring Math and Science) program, we conduct interviews with women who have pursued careers in science, technology, engineering, or math. This week, we’re featuring Stephanie Thompson, Animal Care Technician at HMNS.  Make sure you mark your calendars for this year’s GEMS event, February 21, 2015! Stephanie Thompson with a Great White Shark model in HMNS’ SHARK! Touch Tank Experience HMNS: Tell us a little bit about yourself.Thompson: I have always wanted to become a marine biologist and work with sharks. I got my…
  • Empathy, Ethics and Bonobos: Distinguished Lecture Tonight at HMNS

    21 Oct 2014 | 12:37 pm
    Why do we have empathy? Why do we rush to another’s aid? Why do we put our arm around others to support them?  Empathy comes naturally to a great variety of animals, including humans. In his work with monkeys, apes and elephants, anthropologist Dr. Frans de Waal has found many cases of one individual coming to another’s aid in a fight, putting an arm around a previous victim of attack, or other emotional responses to the distress of others. By studying social behavior in animals — such as bonding and alliances, expressions of consolation, conflict resolution, and a sense of…
  • There’s a Partial Solar Eclipse Happening October 23: Here’s what you need to know to see it!

    20 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
      There’s a partial solar eclipse happening Thursday, October 23 and you can see it all from Houston*!  The New Moon of Thursday, October 23, 2014, aligns with the Sun and the Earth well enough to cast its shadow towards Earth. However, no one will see a total eclipse for two reasons. First of all, the Moon was at apogee (greatest distance from Earth) on October 18, and is therefore smaller than usual in our sky. As a result, it is not quite big enough to cover the Sun, and the only eclipse possible would be an annular eclipse. Also, the Moon shadow is aligned to a point in space…
  • HMNS in the Classroom: Amazing arthropods model for middle schoolers

    16 Oct 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Editor’s Note: This post was written by HMNS Outreach Presenter Sahil Patel. Those expecting a typical runway show were in for a surprise; the models all had at least six legs, nobody was showing off the latest fall collection, and the paparazzi consisted of a group of art students at Johnston Middle School. A student concentrates while sketching one of the eight legs on Peanut, the Costa Rican Curly Hair Tarantula. Peanut was very cooperative and stood still the whole day for the classes. HMNS’ LyondellBasell Bugs On Wheels traveled to Christina Gutierrez Gonzalez’s art class October…
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    Chemical Heritage Foundation

  • Fogs of War: the Chemical Weapons Podcast

    22 Oct 2014 | 7:20 am
    Chemical weapons have played a chilling role in human history ever since they were first used in World War I.  As reports of more recent use continue to cycle through the news, we decided to take a deeper look.  We wanted to understand why chemical weapons were created in the first place, the ethical dilemmas inherent in their use, and the complicated process of getting rid of them. The story begins in Belgium, where reporter Helena de Groot visits a farm in Flanders Fields—the frontline during World War I—and discovers that for some people the war isn’t yet over. Then we talk to…
  • The 2014 Nobel Prize in Physics was given to three Japanese...

    17 Oct 2014 | 12:22 pm
    The 2014 Nobel Prize in Physics was given to three Japanese researchers for developing the first commercial blue light-emitting diode (LED), but the original technology for a blue LED was developed in the early 1970s in Princeton, New Jersey.   In this video Benjamin Gross (fellow at CHF and curator of the Sarnoff Collection at the College of New Jersey) and Jonathan Allen (a retired physicist) attempt to turn on the original blue LED built in 1972 at RCA’s laboratories in Princeton. Do they succeed? For more information, check out this article onWHYY’s The Pulse. By Mariel Carr
  • When modern microscopy was still in its infancy in the 1870s, a...

    17 Oct 2014 | 8:41 am
    When modern microscopy was still in its infancy in the 1870s, a German physicist and microscope manufacturer named Ernst Abbe stated that optical microscopes would never be capable of showing something smaller than 0.2 micrometers in size. He calculated this limit based on how small a glass lens could be built that still focused the wavelength of visible light. That’s small enough to let us see really tiny things, such as the main structures inside animal cells like mitochondria, but not small enough for us to see DNA and proteins. While Abbe’s calculations were accurate, his prediction…
  • The images in Louis Simonin’s Mines and Miners: or, Underground...

    15 Oct 2014 | 10:01 am
    The images in Louis Simonin’s Mines and Miners: or, Underground Life (1868) provide a fascinating glimpse into the lives of miners just after the middle of the 19th century. As Simonin puts it (the book was translated from the French and adapted by H. W. Bristow) In the following pages we purpose to describe the struggle of the miner in its reality, without exaggeration of any sort. We shall follow him to the field of his labours, observe him in his subterranean life, and describe his habits in various countries; and as we would not only amuse, but instruct, we shall speak of the countries…
  • skunkbear: You can learn more about this immortal animal in our...

    13 Oct 2014 | 2:38 pm
    skunkbear: You can learn more about this immortal animal in our latest video.
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    NOVA | PBS

  • Zombies and Calculus

    25 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    The zombie apocalypse is here, and calculus explains why we can't quite finish them off.
  • Zombies and Calculus, Part 2

    25 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    You're being chased by zombies, and understanding tangent vectors may save your life.
  • Killer Landslides

    25 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Explore the forces behind deadly landslides—and the danger zones for the next big one.
  • The Cybersecurity Lab

    18 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Take cybersecurity into your own hands by thwarting a series of increasingly sophisticated cyber attacks.
  • Emperor's Ghost Army

    18 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Explore the buried clay warriors, chariots, and bronze weapons of China's first emperor.
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    Drugs & Health Blog

  • The Swiss Cheese Model of Addiction

    The NIDA Blog Team
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Why doesn’t everyone who is exposed to drugs become addicted? You can’t get addicted just from using a drug once. But some people who try drugs go on to take more and more, and become addicted as a result. Others don’t. Scientists now know drug addiction is a disease and that there are lots of things that can contribute to your risk for getting that disease—what are called risk factors. These include your genes, what kind of neighborhood you live in, what kind of school you attend, and what kinds of people you hang around with. These same factors can also protect you from getting the…
  • A Breath Test for Marijuana Is Around the Corner

    The NIDA Blog Team
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    You already know the dangers of using marijuana before driving: Marijuana seriously impairs your motor skills and clouds your perception and judgment, all of which you need to safely operate a car. That’s why it’s illegal to drive high. But lots of people don’t know this … or they know it, but figure it’s okay “just this one time.” Whatever the case, it’s breaking the law, just like driving after drinking alcohol. Driving under the influence of marijuana is a big problem. A 2007 study by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration found that 8.7 percent of people…
  • It’s Time to Commit to Stopping the Spread of HIV

    The NIDA Blog Team
    15 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    October 15th is National Latino AIDS Awareness Day. This year the organizers are using the slogan, “It’s time 'To End AIDS, Commit to Act'/ 'Para Acabar con el SIDA, Comprometete a Actuar.'    Why an HIV Awareness Day for Latinos?   Despite making up only 16% of the U.S. population, Hispanic/Latinos account for 21% of the 50,000 new HIV infections in this country every day. What does that mean in real numbers?  It means that 1 in 36 Hispanic/Latino men and 1 in 106 Hispanic/Latina women will be diagnosed with HIV in their lifetime. Is HIV really MY problem? Lots of people don’t…
  • Award-Winning Teens Hope To Improve Lives Through Research

    The NIDA Blog Team
    9 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    The winning projects of NIDA’s Addiction Science Award 2014, part of the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, tackled emerging topics in addiction science. While their projects impressed the judges, it is the teens’ passion and desire to help improve lives that makes them winners. First Place: Lily Wei Lee, a high school senior from New York, found that e-cigarettes left significant nicotine residue on glass, vinyl floors, wood, and other household surfaces—also known as third-hand exposure. Her study was recently published in the journal Nicotine & Tobacco Research.
  • Colorado’s Answer to Marijuana’s Makeover

    The NIDA Blog Team
    6 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Marijuana has long been seen as an “alternative” drug. It was illegal for everyone, and those who used it regularly were seen as “stoners” or “hippies” or “partiers” and were somehow different than “regular” people. There was a stereotype of people who used marijuana and most people didn’t think much about it. And then came the rise of medical marijuana, and that began to change marijuana’s reputation. It was seen, by some, as medicine, and in some states people were able to get a prescription for it and use it to help them with specific health problems. Marijuana…
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    Naked Science Articles

  • App, app and Away

    17 Oct 2014 | 6:33 am
    Our new Naked Scientists App places our news stories, the answers to science questions you always wanted to ask, science articles and our extensive catalogue of audio and video podcasts at your fingertips. After you download it for free from the Play Store, your Naked Scientists App keeps tabs on our content to let you know when we've published something new.
  • Why we ignored Ebola...

    9 Oct 2014 | 8:48 am
    This week the scientific Nobel prizes have been awarded, just as the Ebola death toll passes 7000.
  • Naked Scientists Training for Engineers

    7 Oct 2014 | 9:08 am
    Supported by The Royal Academy of Engineering, the Naked Scientists are offering candidates an opportunity to join their award-winning team to learn how to communicate science to broad audiences.
  • Fish schools: Not all seats in the class are equal

    25 Sep 2014 | 8:34 am
    Like our classrooms, fish tend to have their own place in the school, but what factors decide which fish gets the best spot?
  • No room in the Ark?

    9 Sep 2014 | 9:03 am
    With thousands of species going extinct how do we choose which ones to try and save?
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    EurekAlert! - Breaking News

  • 'Breath test' shows promise for diagnosing fungal pneumonia

    22 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Many different microbes can cause pneumonia, and treatment may be delayed or off target if doctors cannot tell which bug is the culprit. A novel approach -- analyzing a patient's breath for key chemical compounds made by the infecting microbe -- may help detect invasive aspergillosis, a fungal infection that is a leading cause of mortality in patients with compromised immune systems, according to a proof-of-concept study now online in Clinical Infectious Diseases.
  • New test could identify infants with rare insulin disease

    22 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    A rare form of a devastating disease which causes low blood sugar levels in babies and infants may now be recognised earlier thanks to a new test developed by researchers from The University of Manchester.
  • Two days later: Adolescents' conflicts with family spill over to school, vice versa

    22 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Family conflict and problems at school tend to occur together on the same day. A new study has found that these problems spill over in both directions for up to two days after. The study found that teens with more pronounced mental health symptoms, anxiety and depression, for example, are at risk for intensified spillover. The study followed over a hundred 13 to 17 year olds and their parents over a 14-day period.
  • New policymaking tool for shift to renewable energy

    22 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Multiple pathways exist to a low greenhouse gas future, all involving increased efficiency and a dramatic shift in energy supply away from fossil fuels. A new tool 'SWITCH' enables policymakers and planners to assess the economic and environmental implications of different energy scenarios. It is presented today at the congress Global Challenges: Achieving Sustainability, hosted by the University of Copenhagen.
  • Children in high-quality early childhood education are buffered from changes in family income

    22 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    A new Norwegian study shows that while losses in family income ought to predict increases in behavior problems for many children, attending high-quality early childhood centers offered protection against economic decline. The study looked at 75,000 children from birth through age 3, in addition to their families. In Norway, publicly subsidized high-quality early childhood education and care is available to all children, from low-income to affluent, starting at age 1.
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    The Daily Galaxy --Great Discoveries Channel: Sci, Space, Tech

  • Colossal Burst from a Neutron Star Detected --"At a Frequency Never Seen Before and Which We Still Do Not Understand"
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:53 am
    NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope detected a rapid-fire "storm" of high-energy blasts from a highly magnetized neutron star, also called a magnetar, on Jan. 22, 2009. Now astronomers analyzing this data have discovered underlying signals related to seismic waves rippling throughout the magnetar. A rupture in the crust of a highly magnetized neutron star can trigger high-energy eruptions. Fermi observations of these blasts include information on how the star's surface twists and vibrates, providing new insights into what lies beneath.  Such signals were first identified during the…
  • "Brain" of James Webb Space Telescope Emerges Unscathed from Interstellar Freeze Test
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:15 am
    After 116 days of being subjected to extremely frigid temperatures like that in space, the heart of the James Webb Space Telescope, the Integrated Science Instrument Module (ISIM) and its sensitive instruments, emerged unscathed from the thermal vacuum chamber at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. Teams of engineers and technicians have been on heart-monitoring duty around the clock since this complicated assembly was lowered into the chamber for its summer-long test. The Webb will be the most powerful space telescope ever built. Engineer Mike Drury, the ISIM Lead…
  • Signals from the Edge of the Observable Universe
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:49 am
    It is extremely difficult to gather information about galaxies at the edge of the Universe: the signals from these heavenly bodies "dilute" in the course of their billion-year journey through space toward earth, making them difficult observational targets. Estimating how much molecular hydrogen is present in these galaxies is particularly challenging: the molecule emits almost no radiation. Nevertheless, Astrophysicists are keen to map the abundance of this element: molecular hydrogen is the fundamental building block for new stars; the more of it contained within a particular galaxy, the…
  • Solar Winds Could Stymie Manned Space-Age Missions
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Crewed missions to Mars remain an essential goal for NASA, but scientists are only now beginning to understand and characterize the radiation hazards that could make such ventures risky, concludes a new paper by University of New Hampshire scientists. In a paper published online in the journal Space Weather, associate professor Nathan Schwadron of the UNH Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space (EOS) and the department of physics says that due to a highly abnormal and extended lack of solar activity, the solar wind is exhibiting extremely low densities and magnetic field…
  • Searching Kepler Mission's 4,000 Planets for Hints of Habitable Moons
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:48 am
    A wealth of moons exist in our own solar system that could host life. Icy Europa, which is circling Jupiter, was recently discovered to have plumes of water erupting from its surface. Titan, in orbit around Saturn, is the only known moon with an atmosphere, and could have the precursor elements to life in its hydrocarbon seas that are warmed by Saturn’s heat. Other candidates for extraterrestrial hosts include Jupiter’s moons Callisto and Ganymede, as well as Saturn’s satellite Enceladus. But René Heller, an astrophysicist at the Origins Institute at McMaster University, belives some…
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    Science and Enterprise

  • Clinical Trial Proposals Sought for ALS Treatments

    22 Oct 2014 | 1:22 pm
    3-D brain wiring illustration (NIH) 22 October 2014. A group of U.S. organizations promoting research on therapies for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or ALS are seeking proposals from academic-industry research teams for intermediate stage clinical trials to test treatment candidates for the disease. The organizations — ALS Association, ALS Accelerated Therapeutics or ALS ACT, and Northeast ALS Consortium — plan to award up to $1.5 million in research support, with letters of intent due by 9 January 2015. Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a…
  • Graphene Sensor Offers Clear Optical Access to Brain Cells

    22 Oct 2014 | 9:37 am
    Blue light shines through a clear sensor implanted in the brain of a lab animal. (Williams research group, Univ of Wisconsin – Madison) 22 October 2014. Engineers at University of Wisconsin in Madison developed an implanted transparent sensor made with graphene that allows for imaging and diagnostics in the brain requiring line-of-sight access. The team led by electrical engineering professor Zhenqiang Ma and biomedical engineering faculty Justin Williams published its findings this week in the journal Nature Communications. A continuing problem with current implanted sensors to measure…
  • Project Developing DNA Antibodies for Infectious Diseases

    21 Oct 2014 | 1:52 pm
    3-D image of MRSA bacteria (Melissa Brower, CDC) 21 October 2014. The biotechnology company Inovio Pharmaceuticals Inc. and partners are developing synthetic antibodies based on DNA that generate an immune reaction to prevent infectious diseases, a project funded by Department of Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency or DARPA. The $12.2 million DARPA grant is supporting the work of Inovia, in Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania, with the MedImmune division of pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca, and University of Pennsylvania medical school. The study aims to design and test monoclonal…
  • Genomic Data Analysis Service Launches, Hosts Autism Data

    20 Oct 2014 | 2:52 pm
    (Wikimedia Commons) 20 October 2014. NextCode Health, a start-up informatics company in Cambridge, Massachusetts, unveiled its NextCode Exchange, a shared online genomics database and analysis service for diagnostics and research with sequencing data. The 1 year-old company also is hosting a genomics database of people with autism for online access to researchers. NextCode Health says its databases have data from 350,000 whole genomes representing some 40 million known variants, which can be accessed from ordinary Web browsers. The company, begun in October 2013 as a spin-off from deCode…
  • FDA Exemption Sought for Ebola Blood Plasma Device

    20 Oct 2014 | 8:52 am
    Scanning electron micrograph of Ebola virus (National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases) 20 October 2014. Cerus Corp., a developer of blood safety devices, is asking the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to allow its system for removing pathogens from blood plasma be used to treat patients in the U.S. with Ebola, while the device is under review. The provision, called a Compassionate Use Investigational Device Exemption, allows physicians to allow the use of medical devices still under review in cases of serious or life-threatening conditions, and where no other alternatives are…
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  • Is The Chupacabra Real?

    29 Sep 2014 | 9:51 am
    Is the Chupacabra real? The video below explains the possible species connections the Chupacabra could have. For example, is it a rat/kangaroo mix? Or what? Is the Chupacabra a new species all together? Is it a cross between two species?Many of the sightings that are hyped in the media are always proven false. That doesn't mean the Chupacabra isn't real. Nature can do weird things, and the idea of strange mutations isn't a crazy one. Until caught, the Chupacabra will remain reclusive, and mythological. The truth is out there.
  • The Real Sounds Of Hell

    28 Sep 2014 | 7:05 pm
    Researchers from a remote part of Siberia claim to have recorded real sounds from hell. They drilled a hole roughly 14 kilometers deep into earth's crust. The researchers noted an unusual amount of heat coming from the hole. After dropping ultra-sensitive microphones into the hole--to measure the earth's movements--they discovered strange feedback coming into the mics. The video below is a sample of what they recorded. It's the real sounds of hell. Maybe...If you get scared easily, don't watch the video. I warned you.'The last discovery was nevertheless the most shocking to our ears, so much…
  • Cold Weight Loss Benefits Without The Cold

    7 Jun 2014 | 8:26 pm
    Brr-brr-brr! Scientists have discovered a way to make the body of mice burn calories as if they were exposed to the freezing cold. A potential future treatment for obesity in humans!White fat to brown fat Humans are born with a decent amount of brown fat. Brown fat is the fat best used for insulation from the cold. White fat stores energy, while brown fat is the energy burner--which comes in really handy when you want to lose some weight. Sadly, as we humans get older, brown fat seems to disappear. Ajay Chawla (UC), San Fran, and his team injected obese mice with interleukin-4 (a…
  • Most fascinating science news of the week (Dec 15, 2012)

    15 Dec 2012 | 5:04 pm
    Here are some of the most fascinating science news stories of the week:CU-Boulder team develops swarm of pingpong ball-sized robotsUniversity of Colorado Boulder Assistant Professor Nikolaus Correll likes to think in multiples. If one robot can accomplish a singular task, think how much more could be accomplished if you had hundreds of them. Read more: discover 'missing link' of black holes The discovery of a bingeing black hole in our nearest neighbouring galaxy,…
  • Geminid meteor shower live stream

    13 Dec 2012 | 6:34 pm
    The Geminid meteor shower occurs on an annual basis, when the extinct comet 3200 Phaethon sprinkles the Earth with its debris tail. Get outside tonight between midnight and 3 a.m. to catch a glimpse of this amazing spectacle.Expect to see roughly 100+ meteors per hour during the peak at 2-3 a.m.If you can't get out to see Geminid, NASA will be live streaming the event via a camera at Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. Below is the embedded live stream:If you would like to go directly to the NASA live stream event, here's the link:…
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    Lake Scientist | Lake Scientist

  • Research Summary: Lake Sediments Provide A Natural Seismometer For Earthquakes On A Plate Boundary Fault

    Guest Submissions
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:39 am
    1Department of Active Landscapes, GNS Science, PO Box 30-368, Lower Hutt, New Zealand 2Department of Geography, University of Otago, PO Box 56, Dunedin, New Zealand The Alpine Fault is one of the longest and fastest slipping plate boundary transform faults on Earth and represents the largest source of seismic hazard for New Zealand’s South Island (Berryman et al., 2012; Fig, 1). Despite its high seismic hazard, little is known about the spatial extent of rupture and magnitude of earthquakes that occurred before the last Mw>8 earthquake in 1717 A.D. Traditional paleoseismic approaches…
  • Experimental Lakes Area Study Charts Estrogen’s Negative Effects On Freshwater Ecosystems

    Daniel Kelly
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:43 am
    Lakes take a lot of pollution from areas surrounding them, including runoff from farms, city streets or mining activities. One investigation, a statewide study looking at Minnesota lakes, charted contaminants from wastewater treatment plants. It found lakes containing the bug repellent known as DEET, BPA and even cocaine. Those substances have been shown to impact lakes and their ecosystems in a host of ways. For example, scientists at the U.S. Geological Survey found that runoff from mountaintop mining sometimes causes fish living in nearby waterways to switch genders. In a similar…
  • Stronger Lake Erie Phosphorus Targets Could Reduce Harmful Algae Susceptibility

    Daniel Kelly
    16 Oct 2014 | 8:58 am
    Results of a study by scientists at the University of Michigan and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration indicate that solving Lake Erie’s harmful algae problem may be more difficult than conventional solutions would suggest, according to a release from U. Mich. Researchers have found that nutrient-reduction targets for the lake, which is very susceptible to the blooms, may be inadequate. “Our results suggest that current phosphorus loading targets will be insufficient for reducing the intensity of cyanobacteria blooms to desired levels, so long as the lake remains in a…
  • Japan’s Lake Mashu Losing Its Famous Clarity

    Daniel Kelly
    14 Oct 2014 | 10:30 am
    Japan’s Lake Mashu, which has long reigned as one of the world’s clearest, is losing some of its transparent wake, according to The Asahi Shimbun. Changes in water circulation patterns, as well as the introduction of foreign fish appears to have created conditions that don’t support its clarity. At its clearest, the crater lake reached secchi depth measurements of 40 meters in 1930. According to scientists with the country’s National Institute for Environmental Studies, that depth measurement has dwindled to about 22 meters in 2014. Lake Mashu (Mashuko Lake). (Credit: Flickr User…
  • Five Lakes In New Zealand’s Bay Of Plenty Region Meet Water Quality Targets

    Daniel Kelly
    9 Oct 2014 | 7:53 am
    Five lakes in New Zealand’s Rotorua Te Arawa lake district have met long-term water quality goals, according to Radio New Zealand News. They include Lakes Rotorua, Rotoiti, Okaro, Rerewhakaaitu and Rotomahana. Officials with the Rotorua Te Arawa Lakes Programme are pleased with the outcomes, but more work is needed in some spots, they say. For example, dosing streams that run into the lakes with alum has reduced algae blooms, but farmland runoff needs to be mitigated for improvements to be truly sustainable. Lake Rotorua, as seen from the air. (Credit: Wikimedia Commons User Follash)…
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    Frontier Scientists

  • Droughts and fish highways

    Laura Nielsen
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:13 pm
    “I grew up on the shores looking into the tidal pools and trying to figure out where the animals were moving to and from and why. I even once tracked my cat out the window on the 3rd floor to see how she was getting to my bedroom at night. So I’ve always been curious […]
  • The chemical map of otoliths

    Laura Nielsen
    15 Oct 2014 | 12:08 am
    It’s about the size of a diamond and comes from the inner ear of a fish. This tiny construction holds a treasure trove of information, a calcium carbonate microchip made of bone and accessed by a laser. Let’s take a look at the science of otoliths. An otolith is a fish ear bone (from oto- […]
  • The Frontier Scientists TV series is premiering October 6th!

    Laura Nielsen
    6 Oct 2014 | 12:17 pm
    The Frontier Scientists TV series is premiering October 6th! Frontier Scientists programs will be featured weekly on 360 North, streaming online at and available in Alaska over the air in Anchorage and Juneau, and on GCI Cable, DirectTV, & Dish Network. Mondays at 8pm {5am UTC} Oct.6th – Dec.8th 2014, catch ten installments of […]
  • Grayling and the great commute

    Laura Nielsen
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:16 pm
    I remember vivid visuals which manage to compress something immense into the space of seconds: the cosmic force of a big bang flinging matter across the universe, Ice Age glaciers clamoring down from the north then retreating again, time-lapse footage of the tides’ rhythmic breathing. Even commuters dancing the stop-and-go of a traffic light. An […]
  • How to catch an Arctic ground squirrel – for science!

    Laura Nielsen
    24 Sep 2014 | 9:44 am
    At Atigun River, north of the Arctic Circle, the sandy soil is run through with an interlaced network of burrows. The Arctic ground squirrels which call those burrows home have encountered something mundane to you or me, but no-doubt wondrous to them: big tasty taproots, stunningly orange. Carrots! Trapping squirrels The carrots are bait, placed […]
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  • Longreads’ Best of WordPress, Vol. 7

    Mark Armstrong
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:08 am
    Here it is! A new collection of our favorite stories from across all of WordPress. As always, you can find our past collections here. You can follow Longreads on for more daily reading recommendations, or subscribe to our free weekly email. Publishers, writers, you can share links to your favorite essays and interviews (over 1,500 words) on Twitter (#longreads) and on by tagging your posts longreads. 1. What Happens When a Veteran High School Teacher Becomes a Student for the Day Grant Wiggins “I waited fourteen years to do something that I should have done my…
  • A New My Sites Section

    Andy Peatling
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:10 pm
    My Sites just got a new look, but more importantly, it got a technical overhaul, making the page dramatically faster and more powerful. From one central location, scan and select any of your WordPress sites or create new ones with the support of a more visual interface. Head directly to the posts or pages of a particular WordPress or launch stats to glimpse trends and get inspiration for blog or website content.  Access themes, user settings, and sharing options with a click to make WordPress your own. The new My Sites page is a small piece of a larger effort to make faster,…
  • New Theme: Penscratch

    Caroline Moore
    16 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    Today we have a brand new free theme especially for writers and bloggers! Penscratch Penscratch is a clean, sophisticated theme for sharing your writing. Whether you’re working on an analytical essay, an anthology of poems, or a piece of long-form fiction, Penscratch makes for a pleasant reading and writing experience all around. Choose between a one- or two-column layout by adding widgets, add links to your favorite social networks, customize your home on the web with a site logo or header image, or add fancy pull quotes throughout your content. Penscratch is also responsive, ensuring…
  • Starting Next Week: Blogging 201

    Ben Huberman
    15 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Blogging 201: Branding and Growth starts Monday, October 20. If you’re a recent alum of Blogging 101 looking to build on the skills you’ve developed so far, or a blogger looking for new ways to grow your site and its audience, this is the course for you. What will Blogging 201 cover? We’ll introduce tools to increase your traffic within as well as through other platforms, discuss ways to develop a coherent, effective brand for your blog, and show how to use your archives and your site’s stats to build your readership. During this two-week course…
  • Around the World in Nine Photos

    14 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Do you love stories from around the world? Check out the work of the following nine photographers on and allow your imagination to take you away… Nathanael‘s monochrome photo of the Star Lite Motel in Mt. Airy, North Carolina, conjures images of wayward romances and clandestine meetings. We loved the marquee’s message, “Forgive and forget its human to err.” (sic) which offers an almost haunting absolution. For more of Nathanael’s work, check out his blog, G’Nat’s Eye View. Photo by P. Nathanael Gough The image below, by UK…
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    Science + Technology – Articles – The Conversation

  • The Great World Wide Star Count

    Tanya Hill, Honorary Fellow of the University of Melbourne and Senior Curator (Astronomy) at Museum Victoria
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:49 pm
    How many stars can you see at night? Right now people all over the world are being asked to go out and count them! It’s part of a dark-sky awareness campaign that’s been held each October for the past seven years. The motivation behind the Great World Wide Star Count is to raise awareness of the impact light pollution has on the night sky, and also on our health and the environment. Thankfully you don’t have to count every single star you can see. Our target in the southern hemisphere is the constellation of Sagittarius. Its bright stars form the shape of a teapot that can be seen high…
  • Visits to Australia's museums rise on the back of a digital experience

    J Patrick Greene, Chief Executive Officer at Museum Victoria
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:03 pm
    Spotswood primary school students build their future city using touch screen technology in Scienceworks’ Think Ahead exhibition. Museum Victoria, Author providedVisits to websites of Australia’s museums now exceed the number of visitors attending exhibitions, events or programs at actual bricks and mortar museums. Across the 62 museums that make up the Council of Australasian Museum Directors (CAMD), we know that 70% of the 51 million visits in 2013/14 financial year were online. But since 2008/09, visitors through the doors of CAMD’s museums also rose by 13%. This tells us that as more…
  • The Homeless World Cup isn't immune to Ebola fear-mongering

    Fiona Crawford, PhD candidate at Queensland University of Technology
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:55 pm
    The Namibian team was tested for Ebola, despite the country being free of the disease. Fiona Crawford, Author providedConvenience stores in Santiago, Chile still stock Coca-Cola bottles adorned with 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil branding. It’s a small reminder of the ubiquity and overhang of the world’s largest football event, which played out under some controversy on the eastern side of the continent three months ago. Taking place amid less fanfare and with far, far less budget and branding, the Homeless World Cup (HWC) kicked off on the other side of the South American continent on…
  • Comet families similar to our own are found around another star

    Tanya Hill, Honorary Fellow of the University of Melbourne and Senior Curator (Astronomy) at Museum Victoria
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:19 pm
    Artist’s impression of exocomets around Beta Pictoris. ESO/L. Calçada, CC BYA detailed study of comets orbiting the young nearby star Beta Pictoris is published today in the journal Nature, and it reveals striking similarities to the comets found in our solar system. Over the past 30 years, 11 stars have been identified that appear to have comets orbiting around them, known as exocomets (akin to exoplanets). In this new work, a team of French astronomers has discovered that most of Beta Pictoris' exocomets can be separated into two distinct families – a group of old, decrepit comets and…
  • Explainer: what is a solar eclipse?

    Tanya Hill, Honorary Fellow of the University of Melbourne and Senior Curator (Astronomy) at Museum Victoria
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:02 pm
    Eclipse at sunrise over Richmond, Virginia, USA in November 2013. Sky Noir (Bill Dickinson)/Flickr, CC BY-NC-NDA couple of weeks ago, we were treated to a total lunar eclipse – and on Thursday afternoon, North America will see a partial solar eclipse. Each month, at the time of new moon, the sun and moon are together in the daytime sky. Most of the time the moon passes by unnoticed. But at least twice a year, somewhere on Earth will see the moon pass in front of the sun and the spectacular phenomenon of a solar eclipse occurs. (You can check when your part of the world will next see one on…
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  • Who was Gerry Mander?

    David Bradley
    7 Oct 2014 | 1:12 pm
    Moving the political goalposts – Gerrymandering is the deliberate design of voting districts to achieve a specific outcome other than fair representation in a governmental election. It is named for US Governor Elbridge Gerry of Massachusetts, who signed the Massachusetts Senate Redistricting Bill of 1812 that included several “creatively” drawn districts designed to ensure his political party’s continued majority in the state senate. This less than ethical approach to democracy continues unabated in many parts of the world to this day. In 1973, political scientist PJ…
  • Spiders on drugs

    David Bradley
    28 Sep 2014 | 9:25 am
    Back in the day, when I was freelancing regularly for New Scientist, the magazine covered the story of the errant webs created by spiders that had been exposed to (THC) from marijuana, LSD, speed and various other drugs including caffeine and alcohol . This was an issue in 1995, if I remember rightly. There was a follow up a “humourous” video many years later, which you can watch here: As you can see the spiders don’t do their best work when they’re stoned on various psychoactive drugs and the social outcomes are not optimal it has to be said. The original New…
  • Liquid energy

    David Bradley
    22 Sep 2014 | 6:07 am
    My latest news story for Chemistry World is on the topic of stationary energy storage and a rather unique concept – liquid metal batteries. Researchers at MIT have developed such a device, which could allow electricity generated by intermittent, but renewable sources, such as wind, solar and wave power. Such a battery could lower the overall costs of energy storage while also having the advantages of small physical footprint and mechanical simplicity. Stanford University materials scientist Robert Huggins was very positive of the development: “There is currently a large amount of…
  • A simple flowchart for trolls

    David Bradley
    22 Sep 2014 | 2:09 am
    The end of all name-calling arguments during childhood is often the intervention of an adult with a phrase such as: “If you’ve got nothing nice to say, don’t say anything at all”. If only we could apply parental rule #4.6/d to the childish online, the twitter trolls, the youtube haters, the blog spammers and others. Here’s a handy flowchart you may cut out and keep and pin to your computer screen so that next time you are making a decision regarding a Twitter reply, a Facebook update or are commenting on a blog, a video or some other creative output, you will…
  • Did you fake your password?

    David Bradley
    18 Sep 2014 | 1:37 am
    It’s an evergreen news story in the tech world: the top 25 idiotic passwords we use. Every tech magazine reports it and trumpets our global stupidity in the face of hackers. The articles usually beseech us to think about security, to batten down our virtual hatches, to make sure we use a good strong password like 6z!!jciBAOdGEy5EHE&6 or something equally unmemorable. The surveys and roundups of passwords usually show that simple alphanumeric strings are in widespread use purportedly protecting our Hotmail, GMail, Facebook, Twitter, Xbox, Sony and every other online account, even…
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  • In Rare Sea Snail, Scientists Find Compound That Could Help Cancer Patients

    Lindsey Hoshaw
    16 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
      PORT HUENEME — Frank Oakes is betting his future on a snail. Thousands are suctioned onto the walls of 19 outdoor aquaculture tanks behind his office in Port Hueneme, California, south of Santa Barbara. Shaped like oblong cinnamon rolls, the black, tan, and striped snails may live up to 60 years, although their population may be dwindling. “This fragile California resource could be the basis of multiple life-saving drugs,” said Oakes, who is the CEO of Stellar Biotechnologies Inc., a biomedical company. Giant keyhole limpets contain a valuable protein called KLH, or keyhole…
  • Is Project-Based Learning the Way to Go?

    QUEST Staff
    14 Oct 2014 | 6:14 pm
    Source: DoNow Science Tags: featured, full-image
  • Will Recycling Phosphorus Help Stop Algae Blooms?

    Eleanor Nelsen
    7 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Excess phosphorus in lakes can cause destructive algae blooms big enough to be seen from satellites. NOAA image. We depend on big farms for our food. For crops, that means a lot of fertilizer; for animals, that means a lot of waste. For the lakes near these farms, that means a lot of phosphorus. Phosphorus washes into lakes with manure and fertilizer and the erosion of phosphorus-rich, fertilized soil. Cyanobacteria feast on that glut of nutrients and their populations explode, with dramatic consequences for the aquatic life in the lake and the people who depend on it. The toxic bloom of…
  • Glowing Plants? City Streets Lit by Trees

    Lindsey Hoshaw
    2 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    San Francisco-based Glowing Plants hopes to engineer  trees that can light city streets. For now, the team is working with smaller plants. (Lindsey Hoshaw/KQED) In the basement of a startup lab in San Francisco, scientist Kyle Taylor stands in a dark, windowless room. “I kind of like to have a big reveal,” he said, taking out a small plant that shined like a nightlight. The mouse-ear cress had been injected with firefly DNA so it emitted a soft green glow. “It looks like it’s getting brighter, but actually your eyes are adjusting,” he said, “although one day we hope to make the…
  • How Do We Prioritize Protecting Species in the Face of Climate Change?

    Andrea Aust
    1 Oct 2014 | 11:34 am
    Source: DoNow Science Tags: Climate, climate change, Environment, featured, full-image
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    As Many Exceptions As Rules

  • Death By Haunted House

    22 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Halloween is a time when fear is invited. The rush of adrenaline in a controlled environment is life-affirming. Not much else to comment on here, except that he seems to have excellent oral hygiene for a chainsaw-wielding maniac.A big man with the chainsaw and the gaping wound on his face jumps out from around the corner and growls. You leap backward and scream, your heart pounding in your ears. You’re ready to either take that power tool and teach him a lesson or to run like the kid from Home Alone. Sure you're scared, but could it kill you?Haunted houses are great examples of stimuli that…
  • Frankenstein Meets Genetic Modification

    15 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Biology concepts – Frankenstein, asystole, ethics, genetically modified organisms, genetically modified foods, synthetic biology, decomposers, electroconvulsive therapy Mary Shelly was wedded to Percy and friend to Lord Byron, one of the great poets of the early 19th century. But she was a fair writer on her own. Note the bolts on the monster's neck. These were added by make-up artist Jack P. Pierce. He said they were electrodes, not bolts, even though Mary Shelly never actually wrote that the good doctor used electrodes on the body.Can you think of anything scarier for Halloween than an…
  • A Tale Of Two Tails

    8 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Biology concepts – flagella, bacteria, prokaryotes, eukaryotes, undulipodia, axoneme, basal body, centriole Everyone has the dream where you show up for a class that you didn’t know was on your schedule, only to be having a test. But in second place is the dream where you are back in elementary school, or maybe the principal’s office. Above is a picture of every teacher I had in elementary school.You find yourself transported back to sixth grade grammar class. You barely fit in the desk and your clothes are out of style.... again. You don’t know how you got there, but the immediate…
  • One Thing Is Just Like The Other – Sort Of

    1 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Biology concepts – undulipodia, convergent evolution, parallel evolution, homologous structures, re-emergent evolution, atavism, flagella, eukaryote, prokaryote This represents the evolution of cell phones over the last couple of decades. The latest models aren’t there since things are changing so fast. Evolution in biology doesn’t always work this way, one thing leading directly to another, sometimes you have to go back to a rotary phone go forward to an iPhone, and sometimes two phones (species) will look exactly alike although they were designed in secret by different companies.Two…
  • Chase The Good, Evade The Bad

    24 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    Biology concepts – motility, flagella, bacteria, chemotaxis, magnetotactic, monotrichous, amphitrichous, lophotrichous, peritrichous, run and tumble, coccus The Princess Bride had everything – good guys, bad guys, rodents of unusual size, ex-professional wrestlers. Vizzini was supposed to be brilliant, so why didn’t he cure his own speech impediment? Inconceivable!Proximity is a good relative indicator of danger or benefit. As Vizzini said to Wesley in The Princess Bride, “As a student you must have learned that man is mortal and you would therefore put the poison as far from you as…
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    Laboratory News » News

  • Liquid DNA behind virus attacks

    22 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    New studies show viruses convert their DNA into liquid form to be injected into host cells, findings which could lead to new therapies that avoid resistance. In a previous study Dr Alex Evilevitch – a researcher at Lund University and Carnegie Mellon University – and his team found that DNA pressure inside a virus is five times higher than in an unopened champagne bottle. This pressure serves as a trigger that enables the virus to eject its DNA into a cell in the host organism. The same team of researchers, led by Evilevitch, have now successfully observed a phase transition from…
  • Fire at UEA chemistry lab

    21 Oct 2014 | 4:37 am
    A fire has broken out in a third floor chemistry laboratory at the University of East Anglia. This is the second time this year that the Fire Service has been called to the Chemistry section of the Teaching Wall at the University. A hazardous substance officer is also believed to be at the scene say EDP24. A UEA spokesperson said: “The Fire Brigade is currently dealing with a fire in the Chemistry Section of the Teaching Wall. The building has been evacuated,” while a second reports that there were no injuries. The BBC report 12 fire engines were in attendance following the 999 call at…
  • Floppy proteins linked to ALS

    21 Oct 2014 | 1:07 am
    A loss of protein stability has been linked to muscle-destroying disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) by American researchers. Mutations in a gene coding for protein superoxide dismutase SOD is linked to the more severe forms of the disease, which destroys muscle-controlling neurons, the PNAS study states, providing evidence that these proteins are structurally less stable and more prone to form clusters or aggregates. “Our work supports a common theme whereby loss of protein stability leads to disease,” said John A. Tainer, professor of structural biology at The Scripps Research…
  • ‘Breadcrumb trail’ helps melanoma spread

    20 Oct 2014 | 12:55 am
    Just like Hansel and Gretel followed the trail of breadcrumbs to the witch’s house, melanoma cells follow the trail of a naturally-occurring molecule allowing it to metastasise in the body. Melanoma cells are able to move through the body using a fatty chemical lysophosphatidic acid (LPA), a team from the Cancer Research UK Beatson Institute at the University of Glasgow found. “Our exciting findings show that skin cancer cells create their own ‘green light’ signal to start spreading, and are lured to travel around the body by a trail of these fatty molecules,” said…
  • Parkinson’s gut origin given boost

    17 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    A disputed hypothesis which pinpoints the gut as the origin of Parkinson’s disease has gained support thanks to new research from Lund University. In 2003, German neuropathologist Professor Heiko Braak suggested that Parkinson’s disease (PD) was triggered by a slow, hard-to-detect virus which infects the gastrointestinal tract via eating and drinking, or via the nose or saliva. From here, the virus is able to spread via the vagus nerve to the dorsal motor nucleus and other brain regions. Braak’s hypothesis is supported by the fact that symptoms associated with PD – poor digestion and…
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    Breaking Science News from SciGuru Science News

  • Bipolar Disorder Discovery at the Nano Level

    Science News Desk
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:30 pm
    A nano-sized discovery by Northwestern Medicine® scientists helps explain how bipolar disorder affects the brain and could one day lead to new drug therapies to treat the mental illness. read more
  • Light alcohol consumption in older people increases episodic memory and hippocampal brain volume

    Science News Desk
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:13 pm
    Researchers from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, University of Kentucky, and University of Maryland found that for people 60 and older who do not have dementia, light alcohol consumption during late life is associated with higher episodic memory — the ability to recall memories of more
  • Climate-change puzzle Karakoram anomaly understood

    Science News Desk
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:21 pm
    Researchers from Princeton University and other institutions may have hit upon an answer to a climate-change puzzle that has eluded scientists for years, and that could help understand the future availability of water for hundreds of millions of more
  • Hand-reared African penguin chicks fare well on release into the wild

    Marie-Therese Walsh PhD
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    The world’s seabirds have a poor conservation status, with the population of 47% of species in decline and 28% of species on the International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List’s threatened categories. The status of the African penguin Spheniscus demersus is currently ‘Endangered’ and its population has declined by greater than 70% between 2001 and 2013. Thus, conservation strategies for this species are a priority for the Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds (SANCCOB).read more
  • NIST's Cloud Computing Roadmap Details Research Requirements and Action Plans

    Science News Desk
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:42 am
    The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has published the final version of the US Government Cloud Computing Technology Roadmap, Volumes I and II. The roadmap focuses on strategic and tactical objectives to support the federal government’s accelerated adoption of cloud computing. This final document reflects the input from more than 200 comments on the initial draft received from around the more
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    Citizen Science Projects

  • Guest Lecture: University of Miami

    Chandra Clarke
    10 Oct 2014 | 8:56 am
    Late last month, I had the pleasure of speaking to the fine students at the Exploration Science Program Abess Center for Ecosystem Science and Policy at the University of Miami. In a wide-ranging discussion about citizen science, led by the center’s director, Keene Haywood, Ph.D, we explored the state of citizen science and what may be in its future. The talk has been posted online at the Exploration Science Program’s site, and you can listen to the whole thing via SoundCloud. The post Guest Lecture: University of Miami appeared first on Citizen Science Projects.
  • Hang Out With Penguins (Hot Chocolate Optional)

    Chandra Clarke
    23 Sep 2014 | 7:23 am
    What you lookin’ at? Photo credit: Ben Tubby  via Wikimedia Commons Project: Penguin Watch It’s cold in Antarctica. I mean really cold. The mean temperatures of the coldest months are −20 to −30 °C on the coast and −40 to −94 −40 to −70 °C in the interior; the best summer time temperature you can hope for on the coast is around 0°C. As you can imagine, it’s not an easy place to do research; in addition to the extreme temperatures and remoteness, it’s also very ecologically sensitive. That’s why scientists want to make the most out of information…
  • How to Become an Archeologist

    Chandra Clarke
    14 Sep 2014 | 11:06 am
    “20091105 Belfort (0013)” by Donar Reiskoffer – via Wikimedia Commons Even before the Indiana Jones movies came out, archeology had broad popular appeal. The tools of the trade seemed simple, and the possibilities it held out (Maybe I’ll find a fortune in treasure! Maybe I will make a famous discovery!) were seductive. Add to the mix the allure of exotic destinations, and you have a hard-to-resist package. I am sure that archeology departments worldwide were inundated with calls from Jones wannabes after that first movie hit the silver screen. Of course, in this now…
  • Citizen Science Funding

    Chandra Clarke
    2 Sep 2014 | 5:01 pm
    Funding agencies are slowly catching up with the citizen science movement. In today’s post, I round up some sources for citizen science grants and other funding sites to help you or your organization get a project off the ground. If you have additional US grant sources, or grants available in other regions around the world, please contact me and I’ll add them here! Bush Foundation Community Innovation Grants Community Development Block Grant Program – CDBG…
  • August is For the Birds

    Chandra Clarke
    20 Aug 2014 | 5:38 pm
    Birdwatchers are kind of the original citizen scientists, at least as far as the Audubon Society is concerned: the Annual Christmas Bird Count, a grassroots effort to monitor bird populations, has been going on since the early 1900s. So, it shouldn’t come as a surprise to note that there are several citizen science initiatives that focus on birds. This week, I round up several taking place across the US this month. Grab your binoculars! Vaux’s Happening Named after Sir William Vaux, this bird is a member of the swift species, and is…
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    Breaking Science News |

  • 500 Exocomets Found Orbiting Nearby Star Beta Pictoris
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:56 pm
    French astronomers using the HARPS instrument on the ESO 3.6-m telescope at the La Silla Observatory in Chile have discovered nearly 500 comets around the nearby star Beta Pictoris and have found that they belong to two distinct families: old comets that have made multiple passages near the star, and younger comets that probably came [...]
  • 6,000-Year-Old Temple Unearthed in Ukraine
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:52 pm
    A team of archaeologists led by Dr Mykhailo Videiko of the Kyiv Institute of Archaeology has discovered the remains of a 6,000-year-old temple at a Trypillian culture village near modern-day Nebelivka, Ukraine. Trypillian culture derives its name from the village of Trypillia in Kyiv region, Ukraine, where artifacts of this ancient civilization were first discovered [...]
  • Iso-Propyl Cyanide Detected in Star-Forming Region Sagittarius B2
    21 Oct 2014 | 1:39 pm
    Astronomers using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array have detected an unusual carbon-based molecule called iso-propyl cyanide (i-C3H7CN) in Sagittarius B2, a giant molecular cloud of gas and dust located 27,000 light-years from Earth and just 390 light-years from the center of our Milky Way Galaxy. The search for molecules in space began in the 1960s, [...]
  • Scientists Build ‘Long-Distance’ Optical Tractor Beam
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:04 am
    A team of researchers led by Dr Vladlen Shvedov of the Australian National University’s Laser Physics Center in Canberra, Australia, has built what they say is the first long-distance optical tractor beam. “Demonstration of a large scale laser beam like this is a kind of holy grail for laser physicists,” said Prof Wieslaw Krolikowski of [...]
  • NASA’s HI-SEAS Team Training in Hawaii for Manned Mars Mission
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:29 am
    Six astronaut-like members of NASA’s Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation (HI-SEAS) team have embarked on the longest dedicated space travel simulation ever conducted in the United States. On October 15, 2014, HI-SEAS members closed the door to their faux Mars habitat and shut out the rest of life on Earth. In so doing, they [...]
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    Labguru Blog

  • Super Mario, Minions, and Labguru

    Josh Phillipson
    5 Oct 2014 | 2:39 am
    Earlier this week, we released a new plate element to Labguru's experiments and protocols modules. We claimed it's versatile and powerful. Did we mention it's also fun? Check out Stas's plate art: Want to try your hand at plate art? Signup for a Labguru trial, open a project, add a plate to an experiment procedure, then share your results in the comments below!
  • Labguru Steps up to the Plate

    Josh Phillipson
    30 Sep 2014 | 11:29 pm
    Though Jeter is no longer stepping up to the plate, we're just getting started. In close consultation with customers including Victoria Yoon from Gladstone's Huang Lab and Alexander Chamessian from Duke's Ji Lab we've rolled out the ability to add a plate element to your protocol and experiment layouts. You may select the plate size, and quickly define the contents of each well. Here's a short video to see it in action:Well, well, well. Researchers may now easily and intuitively define the contents of each well in their plates, and link each sample and plate to its experiment. As always,…
  • Annotate Images on @labguru

    Jonathan Gross
    19 Feb 2014 | 12:27 am
    Requested by many users, Labguru now supports image annotations. No matter where your image belongs - whether in a document, milestone, protocol or an experiment's result - you can now quickly annotate it. Draw attention and better document what is seen. We know that you generate tons of images, now it is easier to embed these and draw / write on them, highlighting key features. Once you annotate your images, you can download the annotated file or the original: Also annotated images will appear on your timeline, pdf reports for projects and experiments. If you've already uploaded…
  • Lenny and ZappyLab: His Twisted Path to Science Start-Up Success

    Josh Phillipson
    26 Jan 2014 | 10:08 am
    A college math major isn’t the most likely candidate to help establish a growing and successful suite of products supporting life science research. And hearing him describe it, the twisted path from math to biology start-up seems like an adventurous hike up a mountain. In the early days of millennium, Lenny Teytleman was a math major at Columbia with a serious disdain for biology. His path began to warp in his final year of college. While picking up a CompSci minor on the side, he “accidentally took a computational biology class,” and realized…“Oh crap! Biology is what I want to…
  • Romance in the Lab

    Chen Guttman
    12 Dec 2013 | 12:25 am
    Reflecting on my Ph.D studies, I realize how much time I spent in the lab, in the presence of my lab colleagues. In effect, I spent more time with my colleagues than with my spouse and son! Considering the life style of scientists, working long hours with more frustrations than happiness, sometimes a lab colleague can understand your predicament better than your friends back home. With so much time at the lab and a common interest at hand, it is not surprising that you hear about scientists finding love in between their experiments and classes. Whither Love or Science?Many ponder whether to…
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    Just Science

  • The Air Umbrella is the Umbrella of the Future

    Matthew Russell
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:49 am
    Umbrella technology hasn’t changed much in the past 25 years, but a crouwdfunding campaign on Kickstarter is looking to change that. The Air Umbrella is a real”invisible umbrella”, which takes advantage of the air flow it produces as shelter from…The post The Air Umbrella is the Umbrella of the Future appeared first on Just Science.
  • Winnie The Pooh’s Real Name Is Edward Bear

    Matthew Russell
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:49 am
    Winnie the Pooh’s real name is Edward Bear. Though it’s probably something that most people are unfamiliar with, he was named after the real Christopher Robin’s (that’s right, there was a real life Christopher Robin)  teddy bear . But surprisingly,…The post Winnie The Pooh’s Real Name Is Edward Bear appeared first on Just Science.
  • Gamification in Education

    Matthew Russell
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:50 pm
    Gamification of Teaching Learning   “Gamification is the process of using game thinking and game mechanics to engage audiences and solve problems” Gave Zichermann [i] Teaching is a command and control mechanism. It is one way communication and lacks…The post Gamification in Education appeared first on Just Science.
  • Tricks to putting your toddler to bed

    Matthew Russell
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:48 pm
    Putting my three year old toddler to bed can sometimes be an exercise in frustration. If you have experienced this, you might want to consider one of the following techniques to make bedtime a peaceful time. Be consistent about bed times and waking times….The post Tricks to putting your toddler to bed appeared first on Just Science.
  • Tricks to putting your toddler to bed

    Matthew Russell
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:46 pm
    Putting my three year old toddler to bed can sometimes be an exercise in frustration. If you have experienced this, you might want to consider one of the following techniques to make bedtime a peaceful time. Be consistent about bed times and waking times….The post Tricks to putting your toddler to bed appeared first on Just Science.
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  • Misshapen Food Waste: It’s What’s Inside That Counts

    Jessica S
    25 Sep 2014 | 6:00 pm
    When I was strapped for cash and working in a little town on the East-coast of Australia, I found ways to cut my budget. On my way to the local [...]The post Misshapen Food Waste: It’s What’s Inside That Counts appeared first on Wondergressive.
  • Study Identifies Gene Potentially Responsible for Human Language

    Livia Rusu
    23 Sep 2014 | 6:00 pm
    A recent study in neuroscience suggests that a gene mutation which arose over half a million years ago could be the key to the unique ability that humans have to [...]The post Study Identifies Gene Potentially Responsible for Human Language appeared first on Wondergressive.
  • Mind Over Body: Can Meditation Help Cure Cancer?

    Jessica S
    10 Sep 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Cancer is no stranger to the list of common health concerns present in today’s society.  With 1 in 3 people in the UK alone developing some form of cancer during [...]The post Mind Over Body: Can Meditation Help Cure Cancer? appeared first on Wondergressive.
  • My Beautiful Western Face: The Rise in De-racialisation Surgery

    Jessica S
    29 Aug 2014 | 6:30 pm
      The pressure to look beautiful has become increasingly present in today’s society. With TV shows, movies and magazines flaunting some of the best looking people in the world, it’s [...]The post My Beautiful Western Face: The Rise in De-racialisation Surgery appeared first on Wondergressive.
  • Testosterone Therapy: Is It Worth The Risk?

    30 Mar 2014 | 7:02 am
    We have all seen the ads. The commercials that come on in between your favorite Breaking Bad episodes, your adrenaline rushing and bravado showing. How about during your online browsing [...]The post Testosterone Therapy: Is It Worth The Risk? appeared first on Wondergressive.
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  • Just what did the X-37B do up there for 674 days? The Air Force isn’t telling.

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    17 Oct 2014 | 12:25 pm
    Mysterious X-37B Space Plane Returns to Earth After Nearly Two Years one seems to know much about the Air Force’s X-37B secret space plane except that it appears to be working exactly as... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • You Won’t Believe What You Support When You Eat At Jimmy Johns

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    16 Oct 2014 | 8:52 am
    The man in the photos smiles broadly as he poses behind the hulking carcass of an elephant, and, in another picture, he wears the same grin as he hoists a leopard's limp body for display. Repulsed, I... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Smartphones Turn These Masks Into Incredible Animated Halloween Costumes

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    9 Oct 2014 | 9:46 am
    Mark Rober, the guy who made the gaping hole in your gut costume using two iPads a few years ago, is back with even more easy but impressive costume ideas. And that includes a line of Halloween masks... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Watch: Guy Pranks Girlfriend By Pretending Her Cat Fell Out A Window And Died

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    7 Oct 2014 | 11:57 am
    "In this prank, Jesse pretended to drop Jeana’s beloved cat out of a window. He accomplished this by making a life-like cardboard cutout of the cat. Jeana fell for it hook, line and sinker. " The... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 25 Clever Inventions To Make Your Life Easier

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    6 Oct 2014 | 4:47 am
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  • Ebola NOW! The Exponential Growth of a Deadly Outbreak

    21 Oct 2014 | 1:52 pm
    The Ebola Crisis is Growing Exponentially "The West African are scared" said Ban Ki-moon at a meeting of the United Nations in Washington U.S., discussing the growing threat of Ebola.  And you could feel the sense of urgency as World leaders discussed the Ebola crisis.  Not enough money has been put forward to tackle the disease.  We are late in our response.  And the clock is ticking...   The "good" thing about Ebola is that the virus is unlikely to mutate into a version that can spread through the air, as other viruses have done.  And infected…
  • “Looks Like a Great Day, Scotland!”

    14 Oct 2014 | 2:07 pm
    #BlueDot This beautiful image of Scotland was tweeted by a German astronaut from the International Space Station today, as it drifted over Europe.  Alexander Gerst is a European Space Agency geophysicist and a volcanologist spending six months aboard the I.S.S.  His Blue Dot mission includes experiments to help prepare humanity for greater exploration of the Solar System.  The German astronaut tweeted from the ISS: "Greetings to #Scotland - looks like a great day down there! #BlueDot".     The mission is called Blue Dot after US astronomer Carl Sagan's…
  • CRISPR, the New Antibiotics Generation – Resistance is Futile!

    7 Oct 2014 | 8:45 am
    Seek-and-Destroy Antibiotics Forget about the threat of Ebola for a moment and consider something much closer to home...  Meet MRSA - a "superbug", the bacterium of the decade, the Nemesis of hospitals and operating theatres.  A single cell organism that can colonize the living tissues and have a devastating or even fatal impact on the human body.  Now.  Meet CRISPR - also bacteria.  A friend that can potentially help you fight and repel an otherwise deadly bacterial invasion... Surprisingly perhaps, the human body houses ten times more…
  • Leviathan: The Energy Giant that Sleeps under the Mediterranean

    28 Sep 2014 | 9:32 am
    The Leviathan Natural Gas Field The Leviathan is a large natural gas field located in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea.  Together with the nearby Tamar gas field, the Leviathan has been seen as an opportunity for Israel to become a major energy power in the Middle East.  This is the Leviathan - a giant gas field with the titanic potential to change Israel's foreign relations towards a closer collaboration with Turkey and Egypt.  Good news in an uncertain energy security climate... Off the coast of Israel, about 47 kilometres 29 miles south-west of the Tamar gas field, the Leviathan gas…
  • The Perfect Hollandaise Sauce – More Science in the Kitchen…

    19 Sep 2014 | 12:48 am
    Make the Perfect Hollandaise Sauce Eggs Benedict!  The perfect breakfast item.  Probably.  If both you and I love this indulgent breakfast staple, it's down to that wonderful creamy and tangy garnish that is really the glue that holds the eggs benedict together.  The perfect Hollandaise sauce... My liking for eggs benedict is tantamount to an obsession, I confess!  If I'm out for brunch, and they are on the menu, I become oblivious to the other dishes on offer.  Now I suspect the scientists who undertook the following research may suffer from the same... erm... "condition".  Judge…
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  • Rating Chili Peppers On A Scale Of 1 To Oh Dear God I’m On Fire

    Anna Maria Barry-Jester
    15 Oct 2014 | 1:02 pm
    As I traveled the country this summer in search of America’s Best Burrito, I heard time and time again that the chiles in the United States weren’t spicy enough. It was an odd complaint, given the headlines last year about world-record-setting peppers from South Carolina. A Mexican family in Kentucky complained they couldn’t make the food they had in Zacatecas. In El Paso, a restaurateur told tales of crossing the border to Juarez just to get a burrito that packed some heat. I wondered, why were certain peppers spicier in some places than others?I’d been victim to dud…
  • We Still Can’t Predict Earthquakes

    Carl Bialik
    14 Oct 2014 | 6:54 am
    Twenty-five years ago, millions of baseball fans around the country turned on their televisions expecting to watch a World Series game — and saw live footage of a deadly earthquake instead. The San Francisco Giants and the Oakland A’s, and the 62,000 fans watching them in Candlestick Park in San Francisco, felt the ground under them shake. The baseball commissioner thought it was a jet flying overhead. Oakland’s manager thought the crowd was stomping its feet. Then a section of the right-field stands separated in two by a few inches. Players ran to gather their family…
  • Which Diet Will Help You Lose The Most Weight?

    Emily Oster
    14 Oct 2014 | 3:01 am
    Almost 70 percent of American adults are overweight or obese. At any given time, 51 percent of Americans say they’d like to lose weight, and 25 percent say they’re actively trying to lose weight. It’s not surprising, then, that diets abound.In fact, it can sometimes seem like there are as many ways to lose weight as there are people trying to lose it — whether with named diets (Atkins, South Beach, Zone, Weight Watchers), generic diets (low fat, low carb, paleo) or fad diets (grapefruits, cabbage soup). In a very broad sense, these all work the same way: They decrease caloric…
  • How Many People Really Showed Up To The People’s Climate March?

    Hayley Munguia
    30 Sep 2014 | 11:14 am
    The People’s Climate March in New York City on Sept. 21 promised to be “the largest climate march in history.” If media coverage is any indicator, it was. According to Google Trends, news headlines in September mentioned the phrase “climate march” more than any time in the history of the service’s data collection.But how many people attended the event? We don’t exactly know. A LexisNexis search shows that 2,021 articles written on or after Sept. 21 mention the words “People’s Climate March.” The New York Times wrote that 311,000 people were there. The Wall Street…
  • You Don’t Need 8 Glasses Of Water A Day

    Emily Oster
    30 Sep 2014 | 5:14 am
    Some central tenets of good health: more vegetables, less soda, lots of exercise. And let’s not forget water: at least eight glasses a day. Much ink is spilled over the first three of these recommendations, but the last sometimes seems to be taken for granted by all the people lugging around Nalgene bottles. Is drinking so much water necessary? Is reaching eight glasses per day crucial to good health?The short answer — at least to the specific question of eight glasses versus, say, seven or nine — is no, there is nothing special about eight. This threshold appears to be a…
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  • World’s Worst Environmental Disasters

    Ellie Pownall
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:33 am
    Recently there has been a far higher level of environmental disasters. Areas particularly affected being the Gulf of Mexico, Bhopal and New York. It seems that whilst some natural factors such as the flooding in Bhopal are unavoidable there are also social problems which the government are yet to face.   Love Canal A protest by Love Canal residents, ca. 1978. The love Canal in New York caused hundreds of families to evacuate the area and sell their property due to the 21,000 tons of industrial waste flooding from underground into their homes. According to state experts, landfills were…
  • Making The Energy Of The Sun, On A Truck

    Alakananda Mookerjee
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:26 am
    Lockheed Martin’s Skunk Works, America’s most secret aerospace lab—which gave us the U-2 spy plane and the stealth fighter—has unveiled a ground-breaking design for a fusion reactor that can fit on a truck. The device isn’t the first of its kind, but when ready, will be the most compact built to date. The largest of these machines, known as ITER (short for International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor), under construction in southern France, is, well, very large. When completed, in 2020, it’ll weigh 23,000 tons and stand about 100 feet tall and would generate 500 megawatts. For…
  • 68 Days On Mars

    Alakananda Mookerjee
    18 Oct 2014 | 11:16 am
    Building a human colony on Mars is easier said than done, says a team of engineers at M.I.T., who’ve studied the technical feasibility of a human settlement of Mars, as envisioned by the “Mars One” project, led by a Dutch non-profit. The ambitious mission aims to establish an outpost on Mars by 2025. A crew of four astronauts would migrate to the new cosmic neighborhood on a one-way trip and spend the rest of their lives there, building it up into a base. “We’re not saying, black and white, Mars One is unfeasible,” study co-author, Olivier de Weck, professor of aeronautics…
  • Syringes, Crosses, And Cylinders, In Bram Stoker’s “Dracula”

    Alakananda Mookerjee
    13 Oct 2014 | 10:37 am
    Sherlock Holmes is about as old as Dracula is, in terms of their literary birth. The curved pipe-smoking detective made his appearance in “A Study in Scarlet,” in 1887 and the dark aristocrat in all-black, in 1897. Both these personages have been made wildly famous by a plethora of reel adaptations, even reincarnating as action figures. Sure, that helps to keep them alive in our 21st century pop culture and beyond. But does it not as well eclipse some of the aura of their true fictional selves? Few realize that “Dracula” is a Victorian gothic horror classic, written by Bram…
  • Electricity, By Way Of The Moon

    Alakananda Mookerjee
    7 Oct 2014 | 10:56 am
    The population clock is ticking away. By 2050, the number of people, who call Earth home, is projected to reach 9.6 billion. Together, they’ll use some 20 terawatts of electricity. More people, more consumption. More consumption, more depletion. We can’t run on fossil fuels forever. Oil will dry out by 2049. Our caches of coal will be gone by 2054. To keep the mammoth economic machinery from coming to a grinding halt, silent but substantial research is being done in the area of exploring a new source of energy to power the future. Nuclear fusion—a process that occurs deep down in…
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    Viputheshwar Sitaraman
    12 Oct 2014 | 6:50 pm
    Viputheshwar SitaramanFounder, BloggerDraw Science.Article: Qiu, X., Wong, G., Audet, J., Bello, A., Fernando, L., Alimonti, J., Fausther-Bovendo, H., Wei, H., Aviles, J., Hiatt, E., Johnson, A., Morton, J., Swope, K., Bohorov, O., Bohorova, N., Goodman, C., Kim, D., Pauly, M., Velasco, J., Pettitt, J., Olinger, G., Whaley, K., Xu, B., Strong, J., Zeitlin, L., & Kobinger, G. (2014). Reversion of advanced Ebola virus disease in nonhuman primates with ZMapp Nature, 514 (7520), 47-53 DOI: 10.1038/nature13777[Full Text (PDF)]

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    6 Oct 2014 | 4:12 am
    Viputheshwar SitaramanFounder, BloggerDraw Science.Article: Lin, H., Abad, G., & Loeb, A. (2014). Detecting industrial pollution in the atmospheres of earth-like exoplanets The Astrophysical Journal, 792 (1) DOI: 10.1088/2041-8205/792/1/L7 [Full Text (PDF)]

    Viputheshwar Sitaraman
    28 Sep 2014 | 3:39 pm
    Emily GallowayColumnistThe Wannabe ScientistViputheshwar SitaramanFounder, BloggerDraw Science.What if the majority of patients could walk into hospitals before they are sick rather than after they have suffered from disease symptoms? What if oncologists could be confident that each of their patients’ conditions will be improved after therapy? What if physicians could design unique treatments for patients? Soon, all this may be possible thanks to the combination of rapidly-advancing technology and a burgeoning, new medical philosophy:Personalized medicine uses genetic profiling to create…

    Viputheshwar Sitaraman
    14 Sep 2014 | 8:25 pm
    Viputheshwar SitaramanFounder, BloggerDraw Science.Article: Grau C, Ginhoux R, Riera A, Nguyen TL, Chauvat H, Berg M, Amengual JL, Pascual-Leone A, & Ruffini G (2014). Conscious Brain-to-Brain Communication in Humans Using Non-Invasive Technologies. PloS one, 9 (8) PMID: 25137064 [Full Text (HTML)]Suggested By: Adithya Nott

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    7 Sep 2014 | 10:10 pm
    Viputheshwar SitaramanFounder, BloggerDraw Science.Article: Ghareeb, P., Bourlai, T., Dutton, W., & McClellan, W. (2013). Reducing pathogen transmission in a hospital setting. Handshake verses fist bump: a pilot study Journal of Hospital Infection, 85 (4), 321-323 DOI: 10.1016/j.jhin.2013.08.010 [Full Text (PDF)]Suggested By: Samarth Rawal
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  • Cosmic Ray Detector at Home

    Anupum Pant
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:35 am
    By Anupum Pant Cosmic rays are a very interesting form of radiation. They are a stream of extremely high energy particles, travelling at almost the speed of light, originating from very high energy events in our universe. It is believed that supernovae are a major source of cosmic rays. However, a lot about these particles is still a mystery. An incredible three million of these particles, each with energy as much as a fast baseball, go through you every day. And yet, we are never aware of something like that happening. The earth magnetic field protects us from the full brunt of these rays,…
  • Rivers That Meet But Do Not Mix

    Anupum Pant
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:35 am
    By Anupum Pant Manaus is the capital city of the state of Amazonas in northern Brazil. The city is situated at about a 10 kilometre distance from the confluence of the Negro and Solimões rivers – two big tributaries of the Amazon river. While these are two names which you must haven’t probably heard of, the place where they meet is a very interesting place. The first river, Rio Solimões is a water body full of sediments that wash down with it from the Andes mountains. Thanks to the sand, mud and silt that comes washing with it, the river looks muddy, the colour is light brown,…
  • Ice Circles

    Anupum Pant
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:35 am
    By Anupum Pant Perfect circles of ice have been seen spinning on top of water bodies for quite some time. They aren’t perfectly round most times. Recently, in the month of November last year, a huge 17 meter spinning ice disk was spotted on the river Sheyenne in North Dakota. Several such ice disks have also been seen in the past in Canada, England and Sweden. Similar ice swirls were also seen in the Charles river, Boston. Some times they are huge, other times you see a number of tiny clusters of such ice swirls. As always, even ice circles aren’t the work of aliens or…
  • Mathematician Died on The Predicted Date

    Anupum Pant
    19 Oct 2014 | 10:35 am
    By Anupum Pant Abraham de Moivre was a famous French mathematician who’s known even today for his  de Moivre’s formula. Besides that he’s also known for his work in  normal distribution and probability theory. Moivre’s another area of interest involved making mortality tables. He spent a considerable amount of time connecting death with numbers and was said to have formulated a theory that could predict the day on which a person would die. When he was 87 years old he noticed a slight change in his sleeping duration. He found that he had started sleeping for 15…
  • The IKEA Effect

    Anupum Pant
    18 Oct 2014 | 10:35 am
    By Anupum Pant Believe it or not, the liking you have for something is not objectively based on just what the thing is. A great part of it comes from the amount of effort you put in it. The more effort you put in, the more you like something. To test this out, scientists gave a group of people one sheet each, with instructions on it, teaching them how to fold an origami crane. The people followed instructions well, and did the best they could. Of course, since these people hardly had any experience with origami, their paper cranes didn’t come out too well. The researchers then showed…
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  • Human Skin Contains An Odor Receptor That Responds To Sandalwood Smells By Enhanced Healing

    22 Oct 2014 | 7:47 pm
    The skin is an important major organ, the function of which includes acting as a protective covering against injury for underlying tissue, as well as a sensing, cooling, and water retention among others.  Now German researchers have discovered that there is an odor receptor expressed in at least one major skin cell type, and that […] The post Human Skin Contains An Odor Receptor That Responds To Sandalwood Smells By Enhanced Healing appeared first on Neomatica.
  • Noncovalent, Self-Assembled, Robust, Porous Material That Adsorbs Greenhouse Gas

    21 Oct 2014 | 9:10 pm
    Researchers from the Department of Chemistry at the University of Houston have created “noncovalent organic frameworks”, a new type of porous material that overcomes barriers holding back development of porous material technologies.  The material is highly processable, self-assembled, possessing of a true superstructure with large, 16 angstrom pores.  The material has a high affinity for hydrocarbons, […] The post Noncovalent, Self-Assembled, Robust, Porous Material That Adsorbs Greenhouse Gas appeared first on Neomatica.
  • Dark Matter X-Ray Signature From Beyond The Standard Model Revealed By Space Observatory

    20 Oct 2014 | 8:52 pm
    Astronomers analyzing 12 years worth of X-ray data from the European Space Agency Multi Mirror Mission (XMM-Newton) have found excess detected emissions comparing between two locations around the Earth.  In one location, at the Sun-side, more emissions were detected versus in the other location, at the far side.  Ruling out known sources of X-rays such […] The post Dark Matter X-Ray Signature From Beyond The Standard Model Revealed By Space Observatory appeared first on Neomatica.
  • Gut Bacteria Found To Be Causal Factor In Weight Gain

    19 Oct 2014 | 8:15 am
    Metagenomic sequencing of gut microbiota in previous studies have shown over-representation of Clostridium bacteria species in people with Type 2 diabetes, and obese adults (the studies were performed by Swedish scientists led by Fredrik Backhed and a consortium including MetaHIT, both published in Nature, see references below). Now a research team from the German Institute […] The post Gut Bacteria Found To Be Causal Factor In Weight Gain appeared first on Neomatica.
  • Novel Molecule For Anti-Obesity Genetic Therapy Improves Metabolic Profile And Significantly Reduces Weight 

    17 Oct 2014 | 8:59 pm
    Bioengineers from the Institute for Bioengineering and Biopharmaceutical Research in Hanyang University, Korea, have created a new therapeutic molecule that can target a fat cells and attenuate the activity of fatty-acid uptake genes that cause a disease condition.  The heart of the biotechnology is a complex oligopeptide molecule made up of both protein peptides and RNA.  The […] The post Novel Molecule For Anti-Obesity Genetic Therapy Improves Metabolic Profile And Significantly Reduces Weight  appeared first on Neomatica.
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  • Images of the Most Beautiful Cockroaches From Around the Internet

    Morgans Lists
    9 Oct 2014 | 10:17 am
    Trilobite CockroachYellow Porcelain RoachNeotropical CockroachBlue CockroachCanopy CockroachBlue-lined CockroachTrilobite CockroachDomino CockroachEllipsidion CockroachBush CockroachForest CockroachBlattodea CockroachBlattodea CockroachTropical CockroachBlattodea CockroachBlattoptera CockroachRainforest CockroachGreen Banana CockroachEucorydia aenea dasytoides CockroachWasp-Mimic CockroachPerisphaerus CockroachCloud Forest Cockroachbeautiful cockroaches, beautiful roaches, cockroaches, colorful cockroaches, Neotropical Cockroach, roaches, Trilobite Cockroach, Cloud Forest…
  • 60 Examples Of Real Medieval Clothing - An Evolution Of Fashion

    Morgans Lists
    24 Sep 2014 | 1:48 pm
    Linen tunic with embroidered "jewelry" from grave of Queen Bathildis. (d. 680; buried at Chelles Abbey)Leggings from the 8th century A.D.Photograph of Skjoldehamn decorated trouserlegs. (Skjold harbor, Norway, ca 1050-1090)Hose belonging to German Emperor Heinrich III., Speyr Dom, 1056.Caftan of a chieftain, covered with Syrian silk featuring senmurvs Early 9th century Moshchevaya Balka burial ground, North-Western Caucasus, Stavropol Region Silk (samite), squirrel fur.Tunic belonging to Heinrich II, first half of the 11th C. Abegg-Stiftung Foundation, Bern.A tunic of the infante Don García…
  • 5 Modern Reptiles That Give Birth To Live Young

    Morgans Lists
    17 Sep 2014 | 12:20 am
    A female Adder giving birth to live young.Ovoviviparous is the term used for reptiles that give birth to live young, which only represents about 20 percent of the modern scaled reptile population. Ovoviviparous species are similar to viviparous species, in that there is internal fertilization and the young are born live, but differ because the young are nourished by egg yolk, as there is no placental connection. Most reptiles give birth to live young, but there are some reptiles that do have placenta like structures capable of transferring nutrients and are therefore considered…
  • When Predators Become Prey - 4 Animals That Twist The Food Chain

    Morgans Lists
    10 Sep 2014 | 1:40 pm
    #1 Frog Devours SnakeNear Queensland, Australia Ian Hamiliton of Australia's Daily Mercury captured these photos of what several articles identify as a Cane Toad, but what may actually be a type of Tree Frog (Litoria), devouring a Brown Tree Snake or a Keelback snake, in a bizarre twist of the normal food chain. The non-venomous Brown Tree Snake usually feeds on birds and even amphibians, so it was a surprise and a treat for many interested parties. A veterinary surgeon interviewed in one newspaper commented, "We have seen snakes eating frogs here but not the other way around. We have…
  • 6 Organisms That Can Survive The Fallout From A Nuclear Explosion

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    29 Aug 2014 | 2:13 pm
    An animal's ability to survive the fallout from a nuclear explosion is usually dependent on its ability to withstand radiation, otherwise know as radioresistance. Radioresistant life forms or ionizing-radiation-resistant organisms (IRRO) are a group of organisms that require large doses of radiation, 1000 gray (Gy), to achieve a 90% reduction in their survival rate. To put it in perspective, a human would need anywhere between 4-10 (Gy) to achieve the same result and a dog could withstand even less, about 3.5 (Gy). Gray, with the symbol of (Gy), is a unit of measurement used to describe the…
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  • Suffering from chronic post nasal drip ?

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    3 Oct 2014 | 6:25 am
    Understanding of the causes of chronic post nasal drip is important before learning how to deal with the condition. At the same time, the most basic thing to know is what the condition is. Every day, the wall linings of the stomach, nose and the intestinal tract produce mucus. The purpose of the mucus is […]The post Suffering from chronic post nasal drip ? appeared first on .
  • Can celebrex be taken with ibuprofen?

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    1 Oct 2014 | 1:54 pm
    Can I Use Celebrex with Advil or Tylenol? Interaction with Celebrex and IbuprofenThe post Can celebrex be taken with ibuprofen? appeared first on .
  • How is your blood pressure during heart attack

    Paid Clinical Study
    1 Oct 2014 | 10:19 am
    Ever wondered what is your blood pressure during a heart attack?   More ressources on blood pressure can be found here wikipediaThe post How is your blood pressure during heart attack appeared first on .
  • Cymbalta and Imitrex adverse reactions

    Paid Clinical Study
    1 Oct 2014 | 6:55 am
    Can Cymbalta and Immitrex be used together? It is highly recommended to speak with a physician before combining SUMAtriptan together with DULoxetine. It has been reported that a serious but rare condition called serotonin syndrome (hallucinations, seizure, change in blood pressure, fever, heart beat change, excessive sweating) can be contracted while combining these 2 drugs. […]The post Cymbalta and Imitrex adverse reactions appeared first on .
  • Can abilify cause lupus symptoms?

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    1 Oct 2014 | 6:05 am
    Can Abilify cause lupus symptoms? What is Abilify? Abilify is a medicine often use to treat severe or mild depression. It contains a compound called aripiprazole. Interaction with Lupus Since the cause of Lupus is unknown it is hard to tell with accuracy if Abilfy can cause lupus. A recent study from the FDA on […]The post Can abilify cause lupus symptoms? appeared first on .
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  • Elon Musk on SpaceX winning multi-billion contract from NASA

    22 Oct 2014 | 7:07 pm
    Elon Musk is looking happy following the $2.6B bid the SpaceX just won from NASA - against all odds! "Free education and increased space program fundings will guarantee our success in progression towards a better future and as of now we are doing the opposite" - Elon Musk
  • Two families of comets discovered around nearby star

    22 Oct 2014 | 6:58 pm
    Biggest census ever of exocomets around Beta Pictoris. Subject:  Astronomy/Cosmology
  • Is dark matter coming from the sun?

    22 Oct 2014 | 6:53 pm
    For decades, astronomers and cosmologists have postulated that the Universe is filled with an invisible, mysterious mass known as “dark matter.” For decades, the search for this elusive matter has dominated the field of cosmology. Precise measurements were obtained over 20 years ago when dark matter was first mapped in galaxy halos. Only recently has the existence of dark matter over much larger scales than even galaxy clusters been detected. Subject:  Astronomy/Cosmology
  • Earliest modern human genome sequenced

    22 Oct 2014 | 6:46 pm
    Researchers discover fragments of Neandertal DNA in the genome of a 45,000-year-old modern human from Siberia. A research team led by Svante Pääbo of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany, has sequenced the genome of a 45,000-year-old modern human male from western Siberia. Subject:  Genetics
  • Original Star Wars movie models revealed

    22 Oct 2014 | 6:37 pm
    Before the days of computer graphics, film industry model makers constructed incredibly detailed, hand-made spaceship models for science fiction films. These models helped shape our collective vision of the future, and continue to do so today. Here are 140 up-close photos of ship and vehicle models constructed by ILM for the Original Star Wars Trilogy (1977-1983). Subject:  Technology
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  • How Climate Change Happens

    20 Oct 2014 | 8:48 am
    Climate change is a global change in climate that is being caused by rising levels of greenhouse gases in Earth's atmosphere. Greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide and methane trap heat near the surface…
  • Lockheed Claims A Breakthrough In Fusion Reactor Technology

    16 Oct 2014 | 10:45 am
    On Wednesday, Lockheed Martin Corp announced that they have made breakthroughs in nuclear fusion technology, and that they expect to have a fusion reactor available within 10 years.
  • Finding A Business Idea

    15 Oct 2014 | 9:01 am
    In a previous post, I discussed the reasons why you should consider starting a business. If the idea of entrepreneurship sounds intriquing to you, then it is time to start learning how to do it. The…
  • The 2014 Nobel Prize In Chemistry

    8 Oct 2014 | 11:08 am
    The 2014 Nobel Prize in Chemistry was awarded today to Eric Betzig, Stefan W. Hell, and William E. Moerner for their breakthroughs in the field of fluorescent microscopy. Using their techniques, scientists…
  • Now Is The Time To Teach Entrepreneurship

    7 Oct 2014 | 4:06 pm
    Research done by Gallup has shown that young people have a desire to start businesses, but our education system does not prepare them to do so. This comes at a time when new businesses are exactly…
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  • 9 Waterspouts Spotted Twisting Over Lake in China (Photos)

    Jane Tseng
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:15 am
    Not one, not two, but a total of nine waterspouts were seen at Qinghai Lake in North China on Oct 20. The bizarre columns of water appeared one after another in the space of about 40 minutes, linking the lake to the clouds. Traditionally waterspouts are described as dragons, and many Chinese people think they are omens. Some netizens said it’s a message from the gods, and that these watery Chinese dragons signal the arrival of either a great blessing or tragedy. According to scientists, it’s just a natural phenomenon that happens when small tornadoes form above water.
  • This Is What Your Used Cardboard, Plastics, and Paper Get Turned Into (Carpet and Egg Cartons!) [Infographic]

    Ben Grinberg
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Ever wonder what happens to all that recyclable junk? Does it just reappear in the same form? Do magazines and plastic bottles just get recycled into the same things? Does everything eventually end up as toilet paper? You’d be surprised, but that Coke bottle may actually be the carpet you’re standing on now. Or part of the chair you’re going to buy at Ikea. Here’s how it breaks down:   Source:
  • Top Secret Air Force Shuttle Returns From 2-Year Space Mission

    Ben Grinberg
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:29 pm
    A top-secret U.S. Air Force unmanned “space plane” completed a classified mission lasting 674 days in-orbit. The x-37B aircraft, one of two, is similar to a mini-spaceship, about 1/5th the size of a space shuttle. Once in orbit, the plane unfurled solar panels to charge its batteries. The plane landed at the air force’s Vandenberg Airbase on southern California’s coast. Experts have theorized that the mission might have had spying objectives and that it carried a payload of spy gear in its cargo bay. There are also James Bond-sounding theories, such as that the…
  • Sophisticate Your Gaming Habit: Turn Your PS4 or Xbox One Into a Laptop

    Colin Fredericson
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:15 pm
    For all you video game addicts, who wish you had a laptop, or computer geeks who wish you had a game console, your solution has arrived. Introducing the Playbook 4 and Xbook One, the laptop solutions to your gaming needs. Ed Zarick creates these modifications from home. He pulls the pieces out from the console case and puts them in his custom cases with an attached 22-inch screen. The deal killer is that there is no portable battery for these things. You’ll have to sit at home and use them. I don’t know why anyone would want an Xbox that simply looks like a laptop, without that…
  • Beijing Smogathon: Brave Runners Compete in Gas Masks (Video)

    Cassie Ryan
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:05 am
    Around 25,000 people ran in the 34th Beijing International Marathon on Oct. 19, despite warnings of hazardous pollution. Starting in Tiananmen Square, many of the runners were seen wearing face masks, and some even had gas masks. Ethiopia’s Girmay Birhanu, the defending champion, took the men’s title in 2 hours, 10 minutes, and 42 seconds, while fellow countrywoman Fatuma Sado won the women’s race in 2 hours, 30 minutes, and 3 seconds. Some runners reportedly gave up because the conditions were so bad  
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    Evolution Talk

  • Contest Winner October 2014

    Rick Coste
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:52 pm
    Evolution Talk Evolution Talk - The Oldest Story Ever Told First off, thank you to all who left feedback on iTunes and who sent in emails.  Second, thank you to the listeners who download the show on an Android device and still sent in feedback even though they were not able to leave comments in iTunes (I entered them into the contest as well). All of […] The post Contest Winner October 2014 appeared first on Evolution Talk.
  • The Beginning: Life

    Rick Coste
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:06 am
    Evolution Talk Evolution Talk - The Oldest Story Ever Told In the beginning the Earth wasn’t exactly a hospitable place. It was hot, volcanic, and oxygen was a rare commodity. So the question now is how did life emerge from these conditions? We are still asking this 4.6 billion years later. Darwin proposed a primordial pond that was teeming with the just the right materials for life to form. If so, what happened in this little pond 3.9 billion years ago set the stage for everything the followed. The post The Beginning: Life appeared first on Evolution Talk.
  • Only A Theory

    Rick Coste
    13 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Evolution Talk Evolution Talk - The Oldest Story Ever Told Charles Darwin had a hypothesis was that animals evolved due to a process he called natural selection. He strengthened his hypothesis with tests and observation. Evolution by natural selection has held up to every test. It is because of this that it long ago graduated from being a hypothesis to being a theory. It is a valid explanation for the fact of evolution. The post Only A Theory appeared first on Evolution Talk.
  • Alfred Russel Wallace

    Rick Coste
    6 Oct 2014 | 3:08 am
    Evolution Talk Evolution Talk - The Oldest Story Ever Told In 1858, Charles Darwin received a paper authored by a young naturalist named Alfred Russel Wallace. In it, Darwin found that the young man had reached the same conclusions about evolution that he had been working to prove for the previous two decades. The post Alfred Russel Wallace appeared first on Evolution Talk.
  • Why Darwin Matters

    Rick Coste
    29 Sep 2014 | 2:05 am
    Evolution Talk Evolution Talk - The Oldest Story Ever Told Over the last 150 plus years there is one subject which has caused its advocates and detractors to butt heads, often with incredulity at their opponents stance, and sometimes with animosity. That subject of course is evolution by natural selection. But what does it mean? The post Why Darwin Matters appeared first on Evolution Talk.
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  • அழுவது உடலுக்கு நல்லது

    Niroshan Thillainathan
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    நமக்கு ஏதாவது எதிர்மறையாக நடக்கும் போது நாம் பெரும்பாலும் அழுவதுண்டு. ஆனால், அழுகை என்பது எவ்வளவு ஓர் முக்கியமான செயல் என்பது உங்களில் எத்தனை பேர்க்குத் தெரியும், நண்பர்களே? ஓர் ஆராய்ச்சியின் படி பெண்கள் சராசரியாக […] The…
  • ஃபேஸ்புக் எனும் நாடு

    Niroshan Thillainathan
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    டிஜிட்டல் உலகில் நாடு, மதம், மொழி, இனம் என எந்தவித பேதங்களும் இல்லை. இதனால் தான் தற்போதைய இணையத்தின் வலிமைமிக்க சமூக வலைதளங்களில் ஒன்றான ஃபேஸ்புக் (Facebook) எண்ணிலடங்கா மக்களை வாடிக்கையாளர்களாகக் கொண்டுள்ளது. இதில் ஆச்சரியம்…
  • உட்கார்ந்த இடத்திலே வேலை பார்த்தால் அது உங்களைக் கொல்லும்

    Niroshan Thillainathan
    18 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    பெற்றோர்கள் தங்களது ஆற்றல் மிக்க குழந்தைகளிடம் அடிக்கடி சொல்வது ”ஒரு இடத்தில் அமைதியாய் இரு” என்று. ஆனால் அவர்கள் அதைக் கேட்பதில்லை. அதுவும் ஒருவகையில் நல்லது தான், ஏனென்றால் உடல் உழைப்பு அல்லது உடலால் வேலைகளைச் […] The post…
  • உலகின் மிகப்பெரிய குடும்பம்

    Niroshan Thillainathan
    17 Oct 2014 | 8:05 am
    நம்முடைய வாழ்க்கை முறையும், குடும்ப வாழ்க்கையும் நாளுக்கு நாள் மாறிக்கொண்டே வருகிறது. அந்தக் காலத்தில், நமது முன்னோர்கள் வீட்டில், குறைந்தபட்சம் 4 முதல் 8 குழந்தைகள் வரை இருந்தனர். பின்னர் படிப்படியாகக் குறைந்து ‘நாம்…
  • OK என்றால் என்ன?

    Niroshan Thillainathan
    14 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    உலகில் வாழும் எல்லோருக்குமே புரிகின்ற ஒரு வார்த்தை இருக்கிறது. அது வேறு ஒன்றுமே இல்லை, “OK” என்று நாம் சாதாரணமாகப் பயன்படுத்தும் ஆங்கில வார்த்தை தான். ஆனால், உண்மை சொல்லப் போனால், இந்த வார்த்தைக்குப் பின்னால் […] The post OK…
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