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  • Brain ‘architecture’ differs in kids with dyslexia

    Joan Brasher-Vanderbilt
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:53 pm
    The brains of children with dyslexia may be structured differently, according to neuroimaging of the thalamus, the part of the brain that serves as its connector. The behavioral characteristics of dyslexia—a reading disorder that affects up to 17 percent of the population—are well documented, including struggling to recognize and decode words as well as trouble with comprehension and reading aloud. Related Articles On FuturityUniversity of California, Santa BarbaraStudents who feel stereotyped fail to performUniversity of North Carolina at Chapel HillHeart 'wear and tear' looks like…
  • Ebola Exacerbates West Africa’s Poverty Crisis

    Scientific American
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    The virus spreading in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone has led to food shortages and neglect of other devastating tropical illnesses -- Read more on
  • World's most advanced flying car unveiled in Austria

    ScienceAlert - Latest Stories
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:44 am
    Ladies and gentlemen, the future is now. A Slovakia-based technology company has unveiled its new flying car, and it looks so awesome.
  • A Murderer Lives Next Door

    OMNI Reboot
    Esther Kim
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:32 am
    The post A Murderer Lives Next Door appeared first on OMNI Reboot.
  • Rating Chili Peppers On A Scale Of 1 To Oh Dear God I’m On Fire

    FiveThirtyEight » Science | FiveThirtyEight
    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…
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  • Brain ‘architecture’ differs in kids with dyslexia

    Joan Brasher-Vanderbilt
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:53 pm
    The brains of children with dyslexia may be structured differently, according to neuroimaging of the thalamus, the part of the brain that serves as its connector. The behavioral characteristics of dyslexia—a reading disorder that affects up to 17 percent of the population—are well documented, including struggling to recognize and decode words as well as trouble with comprehension and reading aloud. Related Articles On FuturityUniversity of California, Santa BarbaraStudents who feel stereotyped fail to performUniversity of North Carolina at Chapel HillHeart 'wear and tear' looks like…
  • Team makes spiny neurons without stem cells

    Julia Evangelou Strait-WUSTL
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:37 pm
    Scientists have figured out how to convert human skin cells directly into a specific type of brain cell without passing through a stem cell phase, which avoids the production of multiple cell types. The researchers demonstrate that these converted cells survived at least six months after injection into the brains of mice and behaved similarly to native cells in the brain. “Not only did these transplanted cells survive in the mouse brain, they showed functional properties similar to those of native cells,” says senior author Andrew S. Yoo, assistant professor of developmental…
  • Can pumpkins ward off diabetes?

    Lindsay Brooke-Nottingham
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:32 pm
    Pumpkins may or may not fend off evil spirits on Halloween, but scientists suspect they do possess medicinal properties that could help treat diabetes. The materials inside pumpkins such as the fruit pulp, oil from ungerminated seeds, and protein from germinated seeds have hypoglycemic properties. Related Articles On FuturityMcGill UniversityPlant biologist weeds through ‘junk’ DNAUniversity at BuffaloShort sleepers face health risksMcGill UniversityBiodiversity loss leaving us high and dry These biologically active ingredients—polysaccharides, para-aminobenzoic acid, vegetable oils,…
  • Drugs and tourism combine to raise HIV risk in Caribbean

    Christopher James-NYU
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:32 pm
    New research shows how drugs in the Dominican Republican’s touristy areas present barriers to preventing HIV. The Caribbean has the second highest global HIV prevalence in the world outside of Sub-Saharan Africa, with HIV/AIDS as leading cause of death among people aged 20–59 years within the region. Particularly hard-hit are the Dominican Republic (DR) and Haiti, on the island of Hispaniola, which account for approximately 70 percent of all people living with HIV in the Caribbean region. How the intersection of drugs and tourism as contributing factors to the region’s elevated…
  • Heart drug keeps ‘ALS’ mice alive longer

    Michael Purdy-WUSTL
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:22 pm
    A medication used to treat heart failure, called Digoxin, could be adaptable for treating amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), the paralyzing condition known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. ALS destroys the nerve cells that control muscles. This leads to loss of mobility, difficulty breathing and swallowing, and eventually death. Riluzole, the sole medication approved to treat the disease, has only marginal benefits in patients. But in a new study conducted in cell cultures and in mice, scientists showed that when they reduced the activity of an enzyme or limited cells’ ability to make…
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    Science 2.0

  • Is It Possible To Build A Spacesuit Or Spaceship To Travel Through The Sun?

    Robert Walker
    31 Oct 2014 | 6:16 am
    Nothing material will work that we know of.  The sun's temperature of 26 million degrees is far too hot, and the most refractory substances we know of met at a few thousand degrees. But there are a few things to explore.HEAT - NEEDS REFRIGERATION read more
  • Does Max Tegmark Kill A Daughter In A Parallel World ?

    Sascha Vongehr
    31 Oct 2014 | 3:51 am
    The popular description of virtual particles “borrowing” energy and popping in and out of existence all the time is very misleading. There are no such processes “really happening” in the way of a naïve, classically mechanistic physicalism. Instead, all potential partial processes consistent with the observations are together what the observation supervenes on. read more
  • Sexual Fantasies: Threesomes Are Normal, Golden Showers Not So Much

    News Staff
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:36 pm
    Fantasizing about sex with two women is common but fantasizing about being urinated on - called a golden shower - is not. That's just one of the findings from a research project on sexual deviation undertaken by scholars at Institut universitaire en santé mentale de Montréal and Institut Philippe-Pinel de Montréal. Deviant sexual fantasies are addressed in numerous speculations and conjectures by psychologists but atypical fantasies (paraphilias) are so subjective they aren't really defined. The fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) refers to…
  • Coulrophobia: Are Clowns Scary? Ha Ha Aaaargh

    The Conversation
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:13 pm
    In the realm of pop culture, 'killer clowns' have really proliferated and fostered coulrophobia – the fear of clowns. Mark CrossfieldBy Fiona Gregory, Monash UniversityWhen Australian singer and TV personality Mark Holden appeared as a clown recently on Channel 7’s "Dancing with the Stars", his supposedly “bizarre” behavior sparked furious debate and complaints to the network, demonstrating the problematic nature of the clown figure today. read more
  • Scared Out Of Your Mind: Halloween, Fear And The Brain

    The Conversation
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:28 pm
    Larger than life or small time? Herval, CC BYBy Kira Shaw, University of SheffieldChildren and adults alike are digging out those spooky costumes ready for a celebration. We’ve reached that time of year again: Halloween. October 31 is dedicated to remembering the dead.We’ve all experienced fear, but Halloween is the particular time of year when we look for that rush that usually accompanies feeling scared. Are you in need of a “scare-specialist” for this year’s Halloween celebrations? Then you need not look further than your very own brain. read more
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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

  • Tough Electronics Based on Bullet-Proof Kevlar

    AVS: Science & Technology of Materials, Interfaces, and Processing
    31 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    A group of North Carolina State University researchers is exploring novel ways to apply semiconductor industry processes to unique substrates to "weave together" multifunctional materials with distinct capabilities. During the AVS 61st International Symposium & Exhibition, they will describe how they were able to "weave" high-strength, highly conductive yarns made of tungsten on Kevlar -- aka body armor material -- by using atomic layer deposition, a process commonly used for producing memory and logic devices.
  • Nuclear Waste Viewed in New Light

    AVS: Science & Technology of Materials, Interfaces, and Processing
    31 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Britain's nuclear reactors, stainless steel drums, contain metal-clad spent uranium embedded in concrete, and they are highly radioactive. The only way to handle them safely is from behind 2-to-3-meter-thick concrete walls and leaded glass windows using automated equipment. Yet a very small number of these drums have begun to bulge after many years in storage, raising questions about what is happening within. The only way to know for sure is to sneak a peek inside.
  • The Digital Therapist

    Acoustical Society of America (ASA)
    31 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    A program that analyzes your speech and uses it to gain information about your mental health could soon be feasible, thanks in part to research from the University of Maryland showing that certain vocal features change as patients' feelings of depression worsen.
  • New Step Towards Eradication of H5N1 Bird Flu

    University of Adelaide
    31 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    A University of Adelaide-led project has developed a new test that can distinguish between birds that have been vaccinated against the H5N1 strain of avian influenza virus or "bird flu" with those that have been naturally infected.
  • Himalayan Viagra Fuels Caterpillar Fungus Gold Rush

    Washington University in St. Louis
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Overwhelmed by speculators trying to cash-in on a prized medicinal fungus known as Himalayan Viagra, two isolated Tibetan communities have managed to do at the local level what world leaders often fail to do on a global scale -- implement a successful system for the sustainable harvest of a precious natural resource, suggests new research from Washington University in St. Louis.
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  • Science’s Favorite Deep-Sea Explorer Gets High-Tech Upgrades

    Jeffrey Marlow
    31 Oct 2014 | 3:30 am
    After 50 years of cutting-edge seafloor exploration, the Alvin submersible—renegade deep-sea explorer for the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute—just got a long-deserved makeover. Alvin is the United States’ only deep-diving manned submersible used for science, so its upgrades will have a serious impact on the discoveries we can pull off in the deep. To make a […] The post Science’s Favorite Deep-Sea Explorer Gets High-Tech Upgrades appeared first on WIRED.
  • Absurd Creatures of the Week: Real-Life Animal Zombies That Are Way Cooler Than Your Costume

    Matt Simon
    31 Oct 2014 | 3:30 am
    A staggering number of creatures out there (and even some fungi) have figured out how to mind-control their unfortunate hosts. In Absurd Creature of the Week, I’ve covered quite a few of these. But today I present to you my five favorites: Real-Life Zombies That I’m Sorry to Say Are Cooler Than Your Zombie Halloween Costume That You Really Just Phoned In. First up… The post Absurd Creatures of the Week: Real-Life Animal Zombies That Are Way Cooler Than Your Costume appeared first on WIRED.
  • 20 Incredible Photos of a World Too Tiny to See

    Betsy Mason
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    The winner's of Nikon's annual Small World microscope photography contest this year include images of transgenic kidneys, a cricket's tongue, spider eyes, and a scarlet pimpernel. The first-place photograph was chosen out of more than 1,200 entries from 79 different countries. Rogelio Moreno, a computer programmer and self-taught microscopist from Panama, managed to capture an image of a tiny creature known as a rotifer with its mouth open. The post 20 Incredible Photos of a World Too Tiny to See appeared first on WIRED.
  • Why It Took 23 Years to Link Amelia Earhart’s Disappearance to This Scrap of Metal

    Marcus Woo
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Researchers had tried for 23 years to connect this piece of metal to Amelia Earhart's disappearance. They finally think they've proven it was part of her plane. The post Why It Took 23 Years to Link Amelia Earhart’s Disappearance to This Scrap of Metal appeared first on WIRED.
  • Science Graphic of the Week: How Magic Mushrooms Rearrange Your Brain

    Brandon Keim
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:30 am
    A new way of looking at the mind's activity may give insight into how psychedelic drugs produce their consciousness-altering effects. The post Science Graphic of the Week: How Magic Mushrooms Rearrange Your Brain appeared first on WIRED.
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  • New Brainfluence Translations

    Roger Dooley
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:33 am
    I’m happy to say that there are (or will be) two new translations of Brainfluence – one in simplified Chinese, and (finally!) one in Spanish. Simplified Chinese Brain Surgery The simplified Chinese version is already in print and shipping. As [...]
  • How to Scare Your CMO, Brain Upgrades, More – Roger’s Picks

    Roger Dooley
    27 Oct 2014 | 8:30 am
    Ease into the week off with some reading material, mostly about the brainy side of marketing and sales! My Stuff In digital marketing, we constantly refer to the sales funnel. Scott Stratten, in his book Unselling: The New customer Experience [...]
  • 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 [...]
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    Mind Hacks

  • Social psychology has lost its balance

    30 Oct 2014 | 5:11 pm
    The New Yorker has an interesting article about a lack of political diversity in social psychology and how that may be leading to a climate of bias against conservative researchers, ideas and the evidence that might support them. Some of the evidence for a bias against conservative thinking in social psychology goes back some years, and the article gives a good account of the empirical work as well as the debate. However, the issue was recently raised again by morality researcher Jonathan Haidt leading to a renewed reflection on the extent of the problem. There is a case to be made that,…
  • Quasi-stability

    29 Oct 2014 | 8:45 am
    Yesterday, before I got here, my dad was trying to fix an invisible machine. By all accounts, he began working on the phantom device quite intently, but as his repairs began to involve the hospice bed and the tubes attached to his body, he was gently sedated, and he had to leave it, unresolved. This was out-of-character for my father, who I presumed had never encountered a machine he couldn’t fix. He built model aeroplanes in rural New Zealand, won a scholarship to go to university, and ended up as an aeronautical engineer for Air New Zealand, fixing engines twice his size. More…
  • Spike activity 24-10-2014

    24 Oct 2014 | 12:26 pm
    Quick links from the past week in mind and brain news: A Victorian lunatic asylum begins to reveal its secrets. The Wellcome Library now has the first of many digitised asylum records online. Narratively has an excellent piece on legendary San Francisco eccentric Emperor Norton. The marketers latest fad – make it seem it’s a feminist social campaign – has been taken on as an attempt to sell a rejected antidepressant as a treatment for the invented ‘female sexual dysfunction’. In-depth and important article in the BMJ. Time magazine has a special features that…
  • 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…
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  • Antivaccinationists versus Jonas Salk’s centennial [Respectful Insolence]

    31 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    One thing that happened this week that I didn’t get around to writing about is the 100th anniversary of the birth of Jonas Salk, which was October 28. In the annals of medicine, few people have had as immediate a positive effect as Jonas Salk did when he developed the inactivated polio vaccine (IPV). At the time the IPV became available in 1955, annual epidemics of polio were a regular feature of American life, causing panics and closing public swimming pools with a distressing frequency, causing thousands of cases of paralysis per year and many deaths. Indeed, in 1952 one particularly bad…
  • Tol throws toys out of pram [Stoat]

    William M. Connolley
    31 Oct 2014 | 1:57 am
    It looks like Tol has joined the <cough> illustrious <cough> ranks of those who publish their review comments: the commentary could be made substantially more balanced and contemplative – for example, as proof of “truth” the author cites himself and a series of mostly social media sources, with little reference to the academic literature and with little evidence of neutrality in his selection of “evidence”. There is a more unfortunate and confrontational aspect to the tone of this submission when the author makes his final unsubstantiated reflections… [not]…
  • Throwback Thursday: Most Planets in the Universe are Homeless (Synopsis) [Starts With A Bang]

    30 Oct 2014 | 2:37 pm
    “You cannot be lonely if you like the person you’re alone with.” -Wayne Dyer We like to think of our Solar System as typical: a central star with a number of planets — some gas giants and some rocky worlds — in orbit around it. Yes, there’s some variety, with binary or trinary star systems and huge variance in the masses of the central star being common ones, but from a planetary point of view, our Solar System is a rarity. Image credit: NASA / JPL-Caltech. Because even though there are hundreds of billions of stars in our galaxy for planets to orbit, there are most…
  • Wayne Farms slammed by OSHA for gaming system on poultry worker injuries [The Pump Handle]

    Celeste Monforton, DrPH, MPH
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:49 am
    OSHA proposed serious and repeat violations yesterday to Wayne Farms for a variety of safety hazards, including those that led to musculoskeletal injuries among the company’s poultry processing workers. By my calculation, it was the first time in more than a decade that the Labor Department used its “general duty clause” to cite a poultry company for ergonomic hazards. OSHA conducted the inspection in response to a complaint filed six months ago by the Southern Poverty Law Center on behalf of a group of workers. The complaint described the harsh working conditions in the Jack, Alabama…
  • R.I.P., McKenzie Lowe. Stanislaw Burzynski failed you. [Respectful Insolence]

    30 Oct 2014 | 12:50 am
    R.I.P., McKenzie Lowe. Unfortunately, Stanislaw Burzynski was no more able to save you than anyone else, his claims of great success treating pediatric brain tumors notwithstanding: HUDSON — Thirteen-year-old Hudson resident McKenzie Lowe died Friday evening after a 2-year-battle against an aggressive and inoperable brain stem tumor. McKenzie died at 10:27 p.m. in her own bed at her home in Hudson. McKenzie was diagnosed on Nov. 28, 2012 with Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma, or DIPG, a brain tumor located on the brain stem. Patients with DIPG typically survive for less than a year. Months…
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  • Lava Flow In Hawaii Spares Homes, But Threatens To Cut Off Community

    Scott Neuman
    31 Oct 2014 | 4:47 am
    The state has sent National Guard troops to the town of Pahoa to assist with a road block and security.» E-Mail This
  • Parasite Turns Bees Into Zombie-Like Creatures

    31 Oct 2014 | 1:57 am
    Biologists are reporting signs of a possible zombie apocalypse. Well, at least for the honeybee population. A parasite that has been turning bees on the West Coast into zombie-like creatures has started infecting bees in the East, and biologists are still puzzled as to how it all works.» E-Mail This
  • Virus Sleuths Chip Away At Ebola Mysteries

    Nell Greenfieldboyce
    31 Oct 2014 | 1:57 am
    Big questions have bedeviled virus hunters for 38 years: Why do people differ in their response to Ebola? Is it becoming more or less dangerous? There's now more evidence about who gets sick and why.» E-Mail This
  • Ebola Researchers Banned From Medical Meeting In New Orleans

    Jason Beaubien
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:06 pm
    One of the top scientific conferences on tropical diseases will take place without the people who have the most recent and direct experience with Ebola in West Africa.» E-Mail This
  • Saving The Amazon Will Take More Than Stopping Loggers

    Lourdes Garcia-Navarro
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:40 pm
    In order to save the Amazon, it's not enough for deforestation to stop; areas that have been denuded also need recuperation. A Brazilian research scientist has released a report with the World Wildlife Fund that suggested actions to curb the effect of humans on the world's largest rainforest.» E-Mail This
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    PLOS Biology: New Articles

  • DEAD-Box Helicase Proteins Disrupt RNA Tertiary Structure Through Helix Capture

    Cynthia Pan et al.
    28 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    by Cynthia Pan, Jeffrey P. Potratz, Brian Cannon, Zachary B. Simpson, Jessica L. Ziehr, Pilar Tijerina, Rick Russell DEAD-box helicase proteins accelerate folding and rearrangements of highly structured RNAs and RNA–protein complexes (RNPs) in many essential cellular processes. Although DEAD-box proteins have been shown to use ATP to unwind short RNA helices, it is not known how they disrupt RNA tertiary structure. Here, we use single molecule fluorescence to show that the DEAD-box protein CYT-19 disrupts tertiary structure in a group I intron using a helix capture mechanism. CYT-19 binds…
  • No SOS Needed: A Second Bacterial Checkpoint System Stops Cell Division

    Richard Robinson
    28 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    by Richard Robinson
  • Structural Study Reveals That Disabling a Kinase Can Increase Sensory and Signaling Fidelity

    Richard Robinson
    28 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    by Richard Robinson
  • Recommendations for the Role of Publishers in Access to Data

    Jennifer Lin et al.
    28 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    by Jennifer Lin, Carly Strasser As appeals for public access of research data continue to proliferate, many scholarly publishers—alongside funders, institutions, and libraries—are expanding their role to address this need. Here we outline eight recommendations and a set of suggested action items for publishers to promote and contribute to increasing access to data. This call to action emerged from a summit that brought together data stewardship leaders across stakeholder groups. The recommendations were subsequently refined by the community as a result of public input gathered online and…
  • Cell Fate Regulation Governed by a Repurposed Bacterial Histidine Kinase

    W. Seth Childers et al.
    28 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    by W. Seth Childers, Qingping Xu, Thomas H. Mann, Irimpan I. Mathews, Jimmy A. Blair, Ashley M. Deacon, Lucy Shapiro One of the simplest organisms to divide asymmetrically is the bacterium Caulobacter crescentus. The DivL pseudo-histidine kinase, positioned at one cell pole, regulates cell-fate by controlling the activation of the global transcription factor CtrA via an interaction with the response regulator (RR) DivK. DivL uniquely contains a tyrosine at the histidine phosphorylation site, and can achieve these regulatory functions in vivo without kinase activity. Determination of the DivL…
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    PLOS Computational Biology: New Articles

  • Multiscale Approach to the Determination of the Photoactive Yellow Protein Signaling State Ensemble

    Mary A. Rohrdanz et al.
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    by Mary A. Rohrdanz, Wenwei Zheng, Bradley Lambeth, Jocelyne Vreede, Cecilia Clementi The nature of the optical cycle of photoactive yellow protein (PYP) makes its elucidation challenging for both experiment and theory. The long transition times render conventional simulation methods ineffective, and yet the short signaling-state lifetime makes experimental data difficult to obtain and interpret. Here, through an innovative combination of computational methods, a prediction and analysis of the biological signaling state of PYP is presented. Coarse-grained modeling and locally scaled diffusion…
  • Deducing the Kinetics of Protein Synthesis In Vivo from the Transition Rates Measured In Vitro

    Sophia Rudorf et al.
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    by Sophia Rudorf, Michael Thommen, Marina V. Rodnina, Reinhard Lipowsky The molecular machinery of life relies on complex multistep processes that involve numerous individual transitions, such as molecular association and dissociation steps, chemical reactions, and mechanical movements. The corresponding transition rates can be typically measured in vitro but not in vivo. Here, we develop a general method to deduce the in-vivo rates from their in-vitro values. The method has two basic components. First, we introduce the kinetic distance, a new concept by which we can quantitatively compare…
  • FamSeq: A Variant Calling Program for Family-Based Sequencing Data Using Graphics Processing Units

    Gang Peng et al.
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    by Gang Peng, Yu Fan, Wenyi Wang Various algorithms have been developed for variant calling using next-generation sequencing data, and various methods have been applied to reduce the associated false positive and false negative rates. Few variant calling programs, however, utilize the pedigree information when the family-based sequencing data are available. Here, we present a program, FamSeq, which reduces both false positive and false negative rates by incorporating the pedigree information from the Mendelian genetic model into variant calling. To accommodate variations in data complexity,…
  • Phosphate Sink Containing Two-Component Signaling Systems as Tunable Threshold Devices

    Munia Amin et al.
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    by Munia Amin, Varun B. Kothamachu, Elisenda Feliu, Birgit E. Scharf, Steven L. Porter, Orkun S. Soyer Synthetic biology aims to design de novo biological systems and reengineer existing ones. These efforts have mostly focused on transcriptional circuits, with reengineering of signaling circuits hampered by limited understanding of their systems dynamics and experimental challenges. Bacterial two-component signaling systems offer a rich diversity of sensory systems that are built around a core phosphotransfer reaction between histidine kinases and their output response regulator proteins, and…
  • Establishing and Managing a Global Student Network

    Avinash Shanmugam et al.
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    by Avinash Shanmugam, Geoff Macintyre
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    PLOS Genetics: New Articles

  • Foxf Genes Integrate Tbx5 and Hedgehog Pathways in the Second Heart Field for Cardiac Septation

    Andrew D. Hoffmann et al.
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    by Andrew D. Hoffmann, Xinan Holly Yang, Ozanna Burnicka-Turek, Joshua D. Bosman, Xiaomeng Ren, Jeffrey D. Steimle, Steven A. Vokes, Andrew P. McMahon, Vladimir V. Kalinichenko, Ivan P. Moskowitz The Second Heart Field (SHF) has been implicated in several forms of congenital heart disease (CHD), including atrioventricular septal defects (AVSDs). Identifying the SHF gene regulatory networks required for atrioventricular septation is therefore an essential goal for understanding the molecular basis of AVSDs. We defined a SHF Hedgehog-dependent gene regulatory network using whole genome…
  • The Listeria Small RNA Rli27 Regulates a Cell Wall Protein inside Eukaryotic Cells by Targeting a Long 5′-UTR Variant

    Juan J. Quereda et al.
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    by Juan J. Quereda, Álvaro D. Ortega, M. Graciela Pucciarelli, Francisco García-del Portillo Listeria monocytogenes is a bacterial pathogen whose genome encodes many cell wall proteins that bind covalently to peptidoglycan. Some members of this protein family have a key role in virulence, and recent studies show that some of these, such as Lmo0514, are upregulated in bacteria that colonize eukaryotic cells. The regulatory mechanisms that lead to these changes in cell wall proteins remain poorly characterized. Here we studied the regulation responsible for increased Lmo0514 protein levels in…
  • Telomeric ORFs (TLOs) in Candida spp. Encode Mediator Subunits That Regulate Distinct Virulence Traits

    John Haran et al.
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    by John Haran, Hannah Boyle, Karsten Hokamp, Tim Yeomans, Zhongle Liu, Michael Church, Alastair B. Fleming, Matthew Z. Anderson, Judith Berman, Lawrence C. Myers, Derek J. Sullivan, Gary P. Moran The TLO genes are a family of telomere-associated ORFs in the fungal pathogens Candida albicans and C. dubliniensis that encode a subunit of the Mediator complex with homology to Med2. The more virulent pathogen C. albicans has 15 copies of the gene whereas the less pathogenic species C. dubliniensis has only two (CdTLO1 and CdTLO2). In this study we used C. dubliniensis as a model to investigate the…
  • COE Loss-of-Function Analysis Reveals a Genetic Program Underlying Maintenance and Regeneration of the Nervous System in Planarians

    Martis W. Cowles et al.
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    by Martis W. Cowles, Kerilyn C. Omuro, Brianna N. Stanley, Carlo G. Quintanilla, Ricardo M. Zayas Members of the COE family of transcription factors are required for central nervous system (CNS) development. However, the function of COE in the post-embryonic CNS remains largely unknown. An excellent model for investigating gene function in the adult CNS is the freshwater planarian. This animal is capable of regenerating neurons from an adult pluripotent stem cell population and regaining normal function. We previously showed that planarian coe is expressed in differentiating and mature…
  • TIF-IA-Dependent Regulation of Ribosome Synthesis in Drosophila Muscle Is Required to Maintain Systemic Insulin Signaling and Larval Growth

    Abhishek Ghosh et al.
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    by Abhishek Ghosh, Elizabeth J. Rideout, Savraj S. Grewal The conserved TOR kinase signaling network links nutrient availability to cell, tissue and body growth in animals. One important growth-regulatory target of TOR signaling is ribosome biogenesis. Studies in yeast and mammalian cell culture have described how TOR controls rRNA synthesis—a limiting step in ribosome biogenesis—via the RNA Polymerase I transcription factor TIF-IA. However, the contribution of TOR-dependent ribosome synthesis to tissue and body growth in animals is less clear. Here we show in Drosophila larvae that…
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    PLOS Pathogens: New Articles

  • Densovirus Is a Mutualistic Symbiont of a Global Crop Pest (Helicoverpa armigera) and Protects against a Baculovirus and Bt Biopesticide

    Pengjun Xu et al.
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    by Pengjun Xu, Yongqiang Liu, Robert I. Graham, Kenneth Wilson, Kongming Wu Mutualistic associations between symbiotic bacteria and their hosts are common within insect systems. However, viruses are often considered as pathogens even though some have been reported to be beneficial to their hosts. Herein, we report a novel densovirus, Helicoverpa armigera densovirus-1 (HaDNV-1) that appears to be beneficial to its host. HaDNV-1 was found to be widespread in wild populations of H. armigera adults (>67% prevalence between 2008 and 2012). In wild larval populations, there was a clear negative…
  • Social Motility of African Trypanosomes Is a Property of a Distinct Life-Cycle Stage That Occurs Early in Tsetse Fly Transmission

    Simon Imhof et al.
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    by Simon Imhof, Sebastian Knüsel, Kapila Gunasekera, Xuan Lan Vu, Isabel Roditi The protozoan pathogen Trypanosoma brucei is transmitted between mammals by tsetse flies. The first compartment colonised by trypanosomes after a blood meal is the fly midgut lumen. Trypanosomes present in the lumen—designated as early procyclic forms—express the stage-specific surface glycoproteins EP and GPEET procyclin. When the trypanosomes establish a mature infection and colonise the ectoperitrophic space, GPEET is down-regulated, and EP becomes the major surface protein of late procyclic forms. A few…
  • Identification of the Microsporidian Encephalitozoon cuniculi as a New Target of the IFNγ-Inducible IRG Resistance System

    Marialice da Fonseca Ferreira-da-Silva et al.
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    by Marialice da Fonseca Ferreira-da-Silva, Helen Maria Springer-Frauenhoff, Wolfgang Bohne, Jonathan C. Howard The IRG system of IFNγ-inducible GTPases constitutes a powerful resistance mechanism in mice against Toxoplasma gondii and two Chlamydia strains but not against many other bacteria and protozoa. Why only T. gondii and Chlamydia? We hypothesized that unusual features of the entry mechanisms and intracellular replicative niches of these two organisms, neither of which resembles a phagosome, might hint at a common principle. We examined another unicellular parasitic organism of…
  • Mycobacterium tuberculosis Lipoprotein LprG Binds Lipoarabinomannan and Determines Its Cell Envelope Localization to Control Phagolysosomal Fusion

    Supriya Shukla et al.
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    by Supriya Shukla, Edward T. Richardson, Jaffre J. Athman, Libin Shi, Pamela A. Wearsch, David McDonald, Niaz Banaei, W. Henry Boom, Mary Jackson, Clifford V. Harding Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb) virulence is decreased by genetic deletion of the lipoprotein LprG, but the function of LprG remains unclear. We report that LprG expressed in Mtb binds to lipoglycans, such as lipoarabinomannan (LAM), that mediate Mtb immune evasion. Lipoglycan binding to LprG was dependent on both insertion of lipoglycan acyl chains into a hydrophobic pocket on LprG and a novel contribution of lipoglycan…
  • Host Cofactors and Pharmacologic Ligands Share an Essential Interface in HIV-1 Capsid That Is Lost upon Disassembly

    Amanda J. Price et al.
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    by Amanda J. Price, David A. Jacques, William A. McEwan, Adam J. Fletcher, Sebastian Essig, Jason W. Chin, Upul D. Halambage, Christopher Aiken, Leo C. James The HIV-1 capsid is involved in all infectious steps from reverse transcription to integration site selection, and is the target of multiple host cell and pharmacologic ligands. However, structural studies have been limited to capsid monomers (CA), and the mechanistic basis for how these ligands influence infection is not well understood. Here we show that a multi-subunit interface formed exclusively within CA hexamers mediates binding…
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    PLOS ONE Alerts: New Articles

  • Know Thy Neighbor: Costly Information Can Hurt Cooperation in Dynamic Networks

    Alberto Antonioni et al.
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    by Alberto Antonioni, Maria Paula Cacault, Rafael Lalive, Marco Tomassini People need to rely on cooperation with other individuals in many aspects of everyday life, such as teamwork and economic exchange in anonymous markets. We study whether and how the ability to make or break links in social networks fosters cooperate, paying particular attention to whether information on an individual's actions is freely available to potential partners. Studying the role of information is relevant as information on other people's actions is often not available for free: a recruiting firm may need to call…
  • Unintended Consequences of Incentive Provision for Behaviour Change and Maintenance around Childbirth

    Gill Thomson et al.
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    by Gill Thomson, Heather Morgan, Nicola Crossland, Linda Bauld, Fiona Dykes, Pat Hoddinott, on behalf of the BIBS team Financial (positive or negative) and non-financial incentives or rewards are increasingly used in attempts to influence health behaviours. While unintended consequences of incentive provision are discussed in the literature, evidence syntheses did not identify any primary research with the aim of investigating unintended consequences of incentive interventions for lifestyle behaviour change. Our objective was to investigate perceived positive and negative unintended…
  • Molecular Epidemiology of HIV-1 in Jilin Province, Northeastern China: Emergence of a New CRF07_BC Transmission Cluster and Intersubtype Recombinants

    Xingguang Li et al.
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    by Xingguang Li, Xihui Zang, Chuanyi Ning, Yi Feng, Cunxin Xie, Xiang He, Yutaka Takebe, Liuyan Sun, Qi Guo, Hui Xing, Marcia L. Kalish, Yiming Shao Objective To investigate the HIV-1 molecular epidemiology among newly diagnosed HIV-1 infected persons living in the Jilin province of northeastern China. Methods Plasma samples from 189 newly diagnosed HIV-1 infected patients were collected between June 2010 and August 2011 from all nine cities of Jilin province. HIV-1 nucleotide sequences of gag P17–P24 and env C2–C4 gene regions were amplified using a multiplex RT-PCR method and sequenced.
  • Characterization of Severe Fever with Thrombocytopenia Syndrome in Rural Regions of Zhejiang, China

    Lei Zhang et al.
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    by Lei Zhang, Ling Ye, David M. Ojcius, Xiuyu Lou, Chengwei Wang, Cen feng, Yi Sun, Zhongfa Wang, Shibo Li, Yanjun Zhang Severe fever with thrombocytopenia syndrome virus (SFTSV) infections have recently been found in rural regions of Zhejiang. A severe fever with thrombocytopenia syndrome (SFTS) surveillance and sero-epidemiological investigation was conducted in the districts with outbreaks. During the study period of 2011–2014, a total of 51 SFTSV infection cases were identified and the case fatality rate was 12% (6/51). Ninety two percent of the patients (47/51) were over 50 years of…
  • Protective Role of Plant Sterol and Stanol Esters in Liver Inflammation: Insights from Mice and Humans

    Jogchum Plat et al.
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    by Jogchum Plat, Tim Hendrikx, Veerle Bieghs, Mike L. J. Jeurissen, Sofie M. A. Walenbergh, Patrick J. van Gorp, Els De Smet, Maurice Konings, Anita C. E. Vreugdenhil, Yasmin Dias Guichot, Sander S. Rensen, Wim A. Buurman, Jan Willem M. Greve, Dieter Lütjohann, Ronald P. Mensink, Ronit Shiri-Sverdlov The inflammatory component of non–alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) can lead to irreversible liver damage. Therefore there is an urgent need to identify novel interventions to combat hepatic inflammation. In mice, omitting cholesterol from the diet reduced hepatic inflammation. Considering the…
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    PLOS Medicine: New Articles

  • PLOS Medicine at 10 Years: Two Imperatives

    28 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    by The PLOS Medicine Editors
  • The Causal Effect of Vitamin D Binding Protein (DBP) Levels on Calcemic and Cardiometabolic Diseases: A Mendelian Randomization Study

    Aaron Leong et al.
    28 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    by Aaron Leong, Waheed Rehman, Zari Dastani, Celia Greenwood, Nicholas Timpson, Lisa Langsetmo, Claudie Berger, METASTROKE , Lei Fu, Betty Y. L. Wong, Suneil Malik, Rainer Malik, David A. Hanley, David E. C. Cole, David Goltzman, J. Brent Richards Background Observational studies have shown that vitamin D binding protein (DBP) levels, a key determinant of 25-hydroxy-vitamin D (25OHD) levels, and 25OHD levels themselves both associate with risk of disease. If 25OHD levels have a causal influence on disease, and DBP lies in this causal pathway, then DBP levels should likewise be causally…
  • Sex-Specific Differences in Hemodialysis Prevalence and Practices and the Male-to-Female Mortality Rate: The Dialysis Outcomes and Practice Patterns Study (DOPPS)

    Manfred Hecking et al.
    28 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    by Manfred Hecking, Brian A. Bieber, Jean Ethier, Alexandra Kautzky-Willer, Gere Sunder-Plassmann, Marcus D. Säemann, Sylvia P. B. Ramirez, Brenda W. Gillespie, Ronald L. Pisoni, Bruce M. Robinson, Friedrich K. Port Background A comprehensive analysis of sex-specific differences in the characteristics, treatment, and outcomes of individuals with end-stage renal disease undergoing dialysis might reveal treatment inequalities and targets to improve sex-specific patient care. Here we describe hemodialysis prevalence and patient characteristics by sex, compare the adult male-to-female mortality…
  • Developmental Profiles of Eczema, Wheeze, and Rhinitis: Two Population-Based Birth Cohort Studies

    Danielle C. M. Belgrave et al.
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    by Danielle C. M. Belgrave, Raquel Granell, Angela Simpson, John Guiver, Christopher Bishop, Iain Buchan, A. John Henderson, Adnan Custovic Background The term “atopic march” has been used to imply a natural progression of a cascade of symptoms from eczema to asthma and rhinitis through childhood. We hypothesize that this expression does not adequately describe the natural history of eczema, wheeze, and rhinitis during childhood. We propose that this paradigm arose from cross-sectional analyses of longitudinal studies, and may reflect a population pattern that may not predominate at the…
  • How to Make More Published Research True

    John P. A. Ioannidis
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    by John P. A. Ioannidis
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  • Boeing exec says NASA crash underscores need for new U.S. engine

    30 Oct 2014 | 7:26 pm
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The crash of an unmanned Orbital Sciences Antares rocket is a "wake-up call" to the U.S. space community about the need to develop a new U.S. rocket engine, the head of Boeing Co's defense division said on Thursday.
  • Gray wolf reported at Grand Canyon for first time in decades

    30 Oct 2014 | 7:06 pm
    (Reuters) - A gray wolf was recently photographed on the north rim of the Grand Canyon in Arizona in what would be the first wolf sighting in the national park since the last one was killed there in the 1940s, conservation groups said on Thursday.
  • Gray wolf reported at Grand Canyon for first time in decades

    30 Oct 2014 | 4:47 pm
    (Reuters) - A gray wolf was recently photographed on the north rim of the Grand Canyon in Arizona in what would be the first wolf sighting in the national park since the last one was killed there in the 1940s, conservation groups said on Thursday.
  • New U.S. rockets include crew launch-escape systems

    30 Oct 2014 | 2:29 pm
    CAPE CANAVERAL Fla (Reuters) - Heeding a lesson from history, designers of a new generation of U.S. rockets will include escape systems to give crew members a fighting chance of surviving launch accidents such as the one that felled an unmanned Orbital Sciences Antares rocket on Tuesday.
  • Probe of Virginia rocket blast begins; space station supplied

    30 Oct 2014 | 1:01 pm
    WALLOPS Va./CAPE CANAVERAL Fla. (Reuters) - Authorities on Wednesday started investigating what caused an unmanned U.S. supply rocket to explode in a fireball moments after liftoff from a Virginia launch pad, destroying cargo and equipment bound for the International Space Station.
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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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  • Relative size of astronomy stuff

    Nathan Yau
    31 Oct 2014 | 4:25 am
    Look! More size of very big things with large numbers, compared against things that you're kind of familiar with. Does this ever get old? The answer is no. Because measurements of planets might as well be random large numbers without anything to scale, John Brady placed things from space on Earth and vice versa. The image above shows six Earths placed adjacent to each other to show the scale of Saturn's rings. The one of Earth versus the sun is my favorite. For more on gaining a sense of scale, see the true size of Africa, Olympic events, fictional and real-life spaceships, or the entire…
  • Prostitution, GDP, and £1.7 billion due

    Nathan Yau
    31 Oct 2014 | 12:32 am
    David Spiegelhalter, professor of public understanding of risk, does some back-of-the-napkin math to describe why recent prostitution estimates for the UK are problematic. As always, it's best to do a simple reality check. The ONS assumptions come to around 61,000,000 visits a year. Let's say 50,000,000 are from locals rather than foreign visitors. There are around 27,000,000 men between 18 and 50 in the UK (taking an arbitrary upper limit), so this would mean that on average each of them buys sex twice a year. In fact the latest Natsal survey found that 3.6% of men reported paying for sex in…
  • Decline of women in computer science

    Nathan Yau
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:21 am
    NPR spent some time on the subject of the decline of women in computer science. Whereas the the percentage of women in other technical fields rose, the percentage of women in computer science declined, as shown in the chart above. Although it's tough to pinpoint a single factor, the time of decline coincides with when computer were mostly marketed towards boys in the 1980s. In the 1990s, researcher Jane Margolis interviewed hundreds of computer science students at Carnegie Mellon University, which had one of the top programs in the country. She found that families were much more likely to buy…
  • Chess piece survival rates

    Nathan Yau
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:32 am
    On Quora, someone asked, "What are the chances of survival of individual chess pieces in average games?" Oliver Brennan answered by looking at the moves from 2.2 million games. The situation with the c-d-e pawns is very interesting. The most survivable central pawn is the White c-pawn (42%), while White's d-pawn is the most doomed of all the chessmen (24%) - more so even than the knights (~26%). There's a pleasing symmetry in the survival rates of the White and Black c- and e-pawns that suggests they're frequently exchanged on the d-file. Bishops survive around 35% of the time, with the…
  • Statistically ignorant

    Nathan Yau
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Ipsos MORI, primarily a marketing research group I think, released results of their study on public perception of demographics versus reality, on numbers such as immigration, religion, and life expectancy. The key takeaway is that out of the people they polled from fourteen countries, the average person typically over- or underestimated — by a lot. This grows to be an issue as officials form policies driven by public perception, which is a similar takeaway from the Gapminder Foundation's Ignorance Project. The Ipsos MORI study also provides an index of ignorance, placing Italy at the…
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    Science Daily

  • Himalayan Viagra fuels caterpillar fungus gold rush

    30 Oct 2014 | 1:50 pm
    Overwhelmed by speculators trying to cash-in on a prized medicinal fungus known as Himalayan Viagra, two isolated Tibetan communities have managed to do at the local level what world leaders often fail to do on a global scale -- implement a successful system for the sustainable harvest of a precious natural resource, suggests new research.
  • New optimal screening threshold for gestational diabetes in twin pregnancies: Ideal 1-hour 50-g glucose challenge test cutoff ≥135 mg/dl

    30 Oct 2014 | 1:49 pm
    A common complication, gestational diabetes affects approximately 6-7% of pregnant women. Currently, screening is done in two steps to help identify patients most at risk; however, the suggested levels for additional testing were based on singleton pregnancy data. Now investigators have analyzed data from twin pregnancies and have determined that the optimal first step cutoff for additional screening appears to be a blood sugar level equal to or greater than 135 mg/dL for women carrying twins.
  • They know the drill: Leading the league in boring through ice sheets

    30 Oct 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Hollow coring drills are used to extract ice cores that can analyze the past atmosphere. Scientists have now documented carbon dioxide in the atmosphere between 23,000 and 9,000 years ago, based on data from an 11,000-foot hole in Antarctica.
  • Take a walk in the sun to ease time change woes, sleep expert says

    30 Oct 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Daylight saving time ends at 2 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 2. As clocks turn back one hour, we gain an hour of sleep but often still feel groggy and sluggish. A sleep expert says this change in sleep schedule is exacerbated by our tendency to alter our sleep patterns on the weekends anyway.
  • Lord of the microrings

    30 Oct 2014 | 12:08 pm
    Researchers report a significant breakthrough in laser technology with the development of a unique microring laser cavity that can produce single-mode lasing on demand. This advance holds ramifications for a wide range of optoelectronic applications including metrology and interferometry, data storage and communications, and high-resolution spectroscopy.
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    The Why Files

  • Cold-War exclusive: Cuban lizards invade Florida

    23 Oct 2014 | 3:05 pm
    Cold-War exclusive: Cuban lizards invade Florida A new study of lizards along Florida’s Atlantic Coast shows that a long- lasting genetic change — evolution — can occur in just 20 generations. Scientists have seen evolution among microbes or fruitflies in the lab, but demonstrating a change in gene structure is more difficult for larger organisms living beyond the lab. For decades, native Anolis carolinensis lizards have lived on islands built of sediment dredged during construction of the Intracoastal Waterway. In the 1940s, the closely related Cuban brown anole lizard…
  • 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…
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  • Reddit launches crowdfunding platform Redditmade

    30 Oct 2014 | 3:50 pm
    Reddit launched a crowdfunding tool Wednesday that gives users of the popular online forum a tailor-made alternative to Kickstarter and Indiegogo.
  • Google execs discuss regulation, innovation and bobble-heads

    30 Oct 2014 | 3:40 pm
    Eric Schmidt and Jonathan Rosenberg help run Google, one of the world's best-known, most successful - and most controversial - companies. They've just published a new book, "How Google Works," a guide to managing what they call "smart creatives," the technically proficient, innovation-savvy workers whom companies in every industry are trying to recruit and retain.
  • Developing the battery of the future

    30 Oct 2014 | 3:20 pm
    The search for the next generation of batteries has led researchers at the Canadian Light Source synchrotron to try new methods and materials that could lead to the development of safer, cheaper, more powerful, and longer-lasting power sources, to be used in almost everything, from vehicles to phones.
  • Gamers' funding fuels meteoric rise of 'Star Citizen'

    30 Oct 2014 | 3:10 pm
    Chris Roberts' brain spun out a grand vision: a rich, immersive galaxy; exquisite spaceships traversing between infinite star systems with thousands of computer gamers manning the cockpits, racing, dogfighting and defending humanity.
  • FCC chief proposes opening the pay-TV industry to tech firms

    30 Oct 2014 | 3:10 pm
    Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler wants to open the pay-TV industry to technology companies.
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    Science News Headlines - Yahoo News

  • 5 Spooky Space Views for Halloween

    31 Oct 2014 | 5:16 am
    Halloween on Earth usually brings out the ghouls and werewolves in neighborhoods around the United States, but what are some of the most unsettling sights in space? In honor of Halloween, here are five of's favorite creepy space images: The conjurer even has green skin, a crooked nose and a pointy chin in this photo taken by NASA's Wide-Field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) and release on Halloween 2013. If you want to try to spot the Witch's Nebula this Halloween, look to the constellation Orion's "knee" to possibly spot the cosmic witch.
  • 'Ghost Light' of Long-Dead Stars Haunt NASA's Hubble Telescope

    31 Oct 2014 | 5:16 am
    NASA is adding a cosmic twist to Halloween with an unexpected find by the Hubble Space Telescope: eerie "ghost light" from the remains of a multi-galaxy massacre. NASA unveiled Hubble's false-color view of the "ghost light" Thursday (Oct. 30), just in time for Halloween. Stars from those galaxies, now ripped from their cosmic homes, were seen emitting a "faint, ghostly glow" by the Hubble Space Telescope. "The Hubble data revealing the ghost light are important steps forward in understanding the evolution of galaxy clusters," Ignacio Trujillo of The Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias…
  • Ancient Stone Circles in Mideast Baffle Archaeologists

    31 Oct 2014 | 4:17 am
    Huge stone circles in the Middle East have been imaged from above, revealing details of structures that have been shrouded in mystery for decades. Archaeologists in Jordan have taken high-resolution aerial images of 11 ancient "Big Circles," all but one of which are around 400 meters (1,312 feet) in diameter. Why they are so similar is unknown but the similarity seems “too close to be a coincidence" said researcher David Kennedy. The Big Circles (as archaeologists call them) were built with low stone walls that are no more than a few feet high.
  • Vlad the Impaler: The Real Dracula's Dark Secrets

    31 Oct 2014 | 4:15 am
    Count Dracula might be a fictional character who makes the blood curdle on Halloween, but his historical namesake is not. Vlad III, known in his heyday as Dracula — or Dr?culea, in old Romanian — was a medieval prince with a figurative thirst for blood. As his other nickname, "Vlad the Impaler," suggests, Vlad had a penchant for brutally punishing his enemies. Was Vlad III a monster, or a medieval ruler like any other?
  • Racist Costumes to Egging Hazards: The Science of Halloween

    31 Oct 2014 | 4:14 am
    Halloween isn't just an occasion to put on zombie makeup and binge-eat candy. From an analysis of racist costumes to an assessment of the hazards of egg throwing, here are a few strange chapters from the annals of Halloween science. They made her watch clips from "The Ring," "The Shining," "The Silence of the Lambs" and other horror movies.
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    Science: This Week's News

  • [Special Issue News] The Aging Brain: Starting young

    Emily Underwood
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    In 1932 and 1947, Scottish education researchers hoping to measure and track the nation's intelligence required nearly every 11-year-old in the country to take an IQ test, a rare nationwide assessment called the Scottish Mental Surveys. About 50 years later, more than 1000 surviving members of this group, called the Lothian Birth Cohort, were invited by cognitive psychologist Ian Deary to take the same test, to see whether they had maintained their youthful wit or had begun to exhibit cognitive decline. After readministering the test and a range of other cognitive and physical evaluations…
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    Bitesize Bio

  • Digital Pathology – why you need it and how to choose the best camera for it

    Jennifer Redig
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:01 am
    Yup, we really are in the digital age…even the pathology is digital. Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr. It has never been easier to take pictures and share them. The digital revolution is upon us and nothing is safe, even your pathology samples. Digitizing your pathology samples can help you better organize and manage pathology for later. And is essential for telepathology (pathology over long distances). But if you want to digitize your pathology you need to consider your camera equipment carefully. The Case for Digitizing Your Pathology Here is the deal: research, good research, and most…
  • Using Word to Write your Thesis: Creating a Master Document

    Lauren Tebay
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Wow – your thesis is really coming along. First, you created an outline to help you organize your chapters. Second, you made a Table of Contents and learned how to insert captions and how to cross-reference within the document. Now it’s time to combine your chapters into a single master document, so that you can either work on the whole thesis at once or concentrate on individual chapters. Separate or together? When putting together a thesis, it is useful to keep the chapters in separate documents because it keeps the files smaller (which means they will open and close faster). You also…
  • Your Supervisor Wants You to Apply for Funding

    Kirsten Hogg
    27 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Whether you’re a grad student or a post-doc, the decision to apply for external funding should be a no-brainer. It is in both your boss’s and your own interests to do this and will undeniably help you in future career pursuits. But before you even sit down to write, it’s important to do your research and know the steps involved. Here are some useful tips for applying for funding: Choose the right funding source Is it a good fit? Obvious! No one is going to bother applying to a cancer agency if they actually do psychiatric research. But it is worth taking time to research funding…
  • Thermal Asymmetric Interlaced PCR (TAIL-PCR)

    Olwen Reina
    26 Oct 2014 | 9:34 am
    What do bunnies, coins and PCR have in common? They all have tails! (ha ha!) Thermal asymmetric interlaced PCR or TAIL-PCR is used to sequence and analyse unknown DNA fragments that are adjacent to known sequences. Think of it as being rather like networking. You know you want to get to know someone so you ask a mutual friend to introduce you. This technique is great for finding out the regulatory sequences of a gene and to identify insertion sites in large genome tagging populations. TAIL-PCR makes use of “nested” or “specific” primers. These primers are not so-named because of a…
  • Polymerase chain reaction-enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (PCR-ELISA)

    Karen O'Hanlon Cohrt
    26 Oct 2014 | 6:50 am
    As researchers, we are constantly on the lookout for new and improved ways to analyze, detect and quantify our favorite protein or gene. Luckily, we don’t always need to reinvent the wheel! PCR-ELISA is a good example of where two commonly used techniques have been merged together to create a very powerful analytical tool. What is PCR-ELISA? As the name suggests, PCR-ELISA combines an immunological method (ELISA) to detect and quantify specific PCR products directly after immobilization of DNA on a microtiter plate. PCR-ELISA is also less commonly known as PCR-ELOSA (polymerase chain…
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    ScienceAlert - Latest Stories

  • A new type of brain cell has been discovered

    30 Oct 2014 | 11:52 pm
    Researchers have described a never-before-seen brain cell shape, which appears to have evolved to transmit signals more effectively.
  • Scientists now know why scratching makes you more itchy

    30 Oct 2014 | 6:54 pm
    New research suggests that the "feel-good" hormone that makes scratching so satisfying also traps us in a never-ending cycle of intensifying itching.
  • FEATURE: WATCH: The Science of Beer

    30 Oct 2014 | 2:39 pm
    Discovered around 8,000 years ago in ancient Egypt, beer is humanity's first biotechnology venture. RiAus's A Week in Science is here to tell you why it's more nutritious than wine, and what the ancient Greeks and Romans did with it (hint: they didn't drink it).
  • FEATURE: WATCH: Why I'm Scared of Spiders

    30 Oct 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Arachnophobia affects around 6 percent of the global population. That's 420 million people. And yet, even in Australia - the land of deadly spiders - there hasn't been a recorded death from a spider bite since 1979. What's going on here? The latest episode of It's Okay To Be Smart investigates.
  • World's most advanced flying car unveiled in Austria

    30 Oct 2014 | 4:44 am
    Ladies and gentlemen, the future is now. A Slovakia-based technology company has unveiled its new flying car, and it looks so awesome.
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    PHD Comics

  • 10/29/14 PHD comic: 'Not write'

    29 Oct 2014 | 4:43 am
    Piled Higher & Deeper by Jorge Cham title: "Not write" - originally published 10/29/2014 For the latest news in PHD Comics, CLICK HERE!
  • 10/22/14 PHD comic: 'Written Estimate'

    24 Oct 2014 | 5:46 am
    Piled Higher & Deeper by Jorge Cham title: "Written Estimate" - originally published 10/22/2014 For the latest news in PHD Comics, CLICK HERE!
  • 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!
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    NASA Earth Observatory

  • Retreat of the Columbia Glacier

    30 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Recent retreat of the glacier’s West Branch took scientists by surprise.
  • Volcán Copahue

    29 Oct 2014 | 2:47 pm
    Volcán Copahue, a stratovolcano on the border of Chile and Argentina in the Andes, was active during October 2014.
  • October Haze

    29 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Thick haze hung over northern India in the latter part of October 2014.
  • Notes from the Field: Operation IceBridge: Antarctic 2014

    28 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    In October and November 2014, NASA's Operation IceBridge will fly its sixth Antarctic field campaign. This year’s campaign returns to Chile, giving researchers a view of how land and sea ice has changed in the past two years around West Antarctica and the Antarctic Peninsula.
  • Kilauea Lava Flow Reaches Hawaiian Town

    28 Oct 2014 | 12:45 pm
    After advancing through forest for months, the June 27th lava has started to damage residential properties in Pahoa.
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    Brain And Consciousness Research

  • Neural activity predicts the timing of spontaneous decisions

    31 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Researchers have discovered a new type of brain activity that underlies the timing of voluntary actions, allowing them to forecast when a spontaneous decision will occur more than a second in advance. 'Experiments like this have been used to argue that free will is an illusion, but we think that this interpretation is mistaken,' says Zachary Mainen, a neuroscientist at the Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown, in Lisbon, Portugal, who led the research, published on Sept. 28, 2014, in the journal Nature Neuroscience.
  • Falling asleep: Revealing the point of transition

    31 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    How can we tell when someone has fallen asleep? To answer this question, scientists at Massachusetts General Hospital have developed a new statistical method and behavioral task to track the dynamic process of falling asleep.
  • What happens in our brain when we unlock a door?

    31 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    People who are unable to button up their jacket or who find it difficult to insert a key in lock suffer from a condition known as apraxia. This means that their motor skills have been impaired -- as a result of a stroke, for instance. Scientists in Munich have now discovered that there is a specific network in the brain for using tools. Their findings have been published in the Journal of Neuroscience.
  • Pathological gambling is associated with altered opioid system in the brain: Reduced feeling of euphoria when compared to healthy volunteers

    31 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    All humans have a natural opioid system in the brain. Now new research, presented at the ECNP Congress in Berlin, has found that the opioid system of pathological gamblers responds differently to those of normal healthy volunteers. The work was carried out by a group of UK researchers from London and Cambridge, and was funded by the Medical Research Council. This work is being presented at the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology congress in Berlin.
  • Brain activity provides evidence for internal 'calorie counter'

    31 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    As you think about how a food will taste and whether it's nutritious, an internal calorie counter of sorts is also evaluating each food based on its caloric density, according to findings from a new neuroimaging study. The findings are published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science.
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    ZME Science

  • Google plans Magnetic Nanoparticle pill that detects diseases like Cancer

    Tibi Puiu
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:56 am
    On Tuesday, Google’s head of life sciences inside the company’s Google X research lab reported a new exciting project that involves using nanoparticles that magnetically attach to key molecules and cells in the bloodstream to detect diseases, including cancer. The particles – ingested under the form of a pill – would later be gathered, scanned and monitored through a non-invasive wearable device, which in theory would dramatically speed up disease diagnosis.Google: searching your bloodstreamCredit: GoogleAndrew Conrad, Head of Google[X] Life Sciences. Credit: GoogleThe…
  • Hawaii: then, now and the future of its Geology illustrated in a Fantastic Comic

    Tibi Puiu
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:57 am
    Right now, flowing rivers of bubbling lava are crossing the Hawaiian countryside well through residential areas, where it devastated roads, a cemetery and a private property. The slow-moving lava from the erupting Kilauea volcano has been advancing on the town of Pahoa for weeks, with officials warning it is hot enough to incinerate any homes, roads and businesses in its path. While authorities have taken all the necessary precautions, Hawaiians themselves aren’t too stressed – they’ve been used to this kind of events all their lives. Their whole group of islands was made…
  • A ‘Ying Yang’ binary system that can sustain Planetary Formation

    Tibi Puiu
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    A group from the Laboratory of Astrophysics of Bordeaux, France, and the National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) has made a most exciting discovery. The astronomers found that an odd binary system – a solar system comprised of two stars – actually behaves like a double star, with two disks of matter encircling the system in a beautiful dance of gas and dust exchange. The breakthrough came after observations showed that that two disks – a wheel inside a wheel –  transfer matter from the outside to the inside, thus sustaining the smaller disk and aiding in…
  • Poor Countries install Renewable Energy two times faster than the Rich

    Tibi Puiu
    29 Oct 2014 | 1:32 pm
    Developing countries are catching up fast and there’s a lot the rich can learn, especially in terms of energy. A study of 55 nations found that developing countries like China, Brazil, South Africa, Uruguay and Kenya are installing renewable energy projects at almost twice the rate of developed nations. In many of these countries renewable energy is actually cheaper than conventional fossil fuel energy, and hopefully the same can be said on a global scale in the coming years.Poorer countries are eating up renewablesCredit: National Energy Regulator of South AfricaAdmittedly, however,…
  • Heart Disease affects Urban and Rural Dwellers Alike

    livia rusu
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:09 am
    According to a study from Women’s College Hospital and the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES), Canada, it doesn’t matter whether you live in a rural or urban setting when it comes to heart disease – the risk if the same for both environments. The general consensus is that those living in rural areas are at a disadvantage as far as heart disease treatment is concerned, since they have less access to specialized facilities and turn out less regularly for checkups. The findings, however, show once a patient leaves the hospital their overall health outcomes are…
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  • Archaeology in Houston? Uncovering Memorial Park’s History

    30 Oct 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Did you know that the US Army set up camp on the banks of Buffalo Bayou — where Houston’s beloved Memorial Park is today? Yes, Camp Logan was built as an emergency training center in World War I built in 1917 with the capacity to house 44,899 troops at a time. “As you walk or run through Memorial Park now, it’s hard to imagine a huge sprawling military base on its grounds, but historic photographs of the camp depict row after row of tens on raised wooden platforms along graded streets near mess halls and latrines – and many of those foundation features are still visible in the…
  • Attention Movie Lovers: Now you too can spend a “Night at the Museum” with overnights at HMNS!

    Guest Contributor
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:05 pm
    Editor’s note: This post was written by Julia Russell, HMNS Overnight Program Coordinator and Curator of Education Collections. Movies have the power to entertain and transport us, and yes, maybe even teach us a thing or two. We laugh, we cry, we… go to museums? Over the past decade, movies have increasingly inspired moviegoers to follow their intellectual curiosity out of the theater and into the museum. With the release of movies like Lincoln, National Treasure, Night at the Museum, and Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian, museums across the country have seen a fairly…
  • Howdy, Y’all! Meet some cool critters in the new Farish Hall of Texas Wildlife

    27 Oct 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Looking for a fun way to explore the new Farish Hall of Texas Wildlife?! Check out our Farish Hall of Texas Wildlife Scavenger Hunt! Whether you’re bringing students on a field trip or you’re just a kid at heart, visitors to the new hall will be astounded by the amazing natural diversity on display. With over 200 species on display and over 400 specimens, this is the most species-rich collection of Texas wildlife in the world! Dan Brooks, HMNS Curator of Vertebrate Zoology in the new Farish Hall of Texas Wildlife. Want to learn more about the Farish Hall of Texas Wildlife at…
  • Quick, To The Bat Cave: Four Reasons to Celebrate Bats This Week

    Amy P
    27 Oct 2014 | 10:38 am
    This week is an important week for the winged mammals! The Rafinesque’s big-eared bat is making its debut in the new Farish Hall of Texas Wildlife at HMNS (Hint: you have to look up to find it) Houston’s Batgirl Dr. Cullen Geiselman is speaking at HMNS about what makes bats so important on October 27 (More info below.) Halloween is the battiest holiday around! An epic move to help conserve the world’s largest bat colony will also take place on October 31. Over 15 million Mexican free-tailed bats make their summer home at the Bracken Cave outside of San Antonio—making Bracken Cave the…
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    Chemical Heritage Foundation

  • ucsdspecialcollections: Images from the Jonas Salk Papers,...

    28 Oct 2014 | 10:53 am
    ucsdspecialcollections: Images from the Jonas Salk Papers, 1926-1991 Dr. Jonas Salk was born on this day in 1914 Dr. Jonas Salk is best known for his development of the world’s first successful vaccine for the prevention of poliomyelitis, licensed in the U.S. in 1955. He has also conducted important research in the prevention and treatment of influenza, multiple sclerosis, cancer, and acquired immune deficiency syndrome. The Salk Papers constitute an exhaustive source of documentation of Dr. Salk’s professional activities, but very few materials relating to his personal life can be found…
  • Adopt-a-Book

    24 Oct 2014 | 6:46 am
    Old books need help. Left to their own devices, they fall apart, get moldy, and decompose.  CHF recently launched an Adopt-a-Book program which asks donors to “adopt” one of the Othmer Library’s many books in need of preservation, essentially paying for their medical care. One side benefit of this program is that images of these beautiful tomes are now available online. Anyone can look at the covers and at some of the pages of these old texts, including some alchemical ones. Check them out on CHF’s Flickr page; maybe you’ll even figure out how to make a Philosopher’s Stone.
  • 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…
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    NOVA | PBS

  • Spinosaurus vs. Alligator

    16 Oct 2014 | 3:00 pm
    A tame alligator named Bubba betrays the secrets of the largest predator that ever lived.
  • Killer Landslides

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

    18 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Take cybersecurity into your own hands by thwarting a series of increasingly sophisticated cyber attacks.
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    Drugs & Health Blog

  • Stay Safe This Halloween

    The NIDA Blog Team
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Halloween is a time when ghosts and goblins of all ages go out to play. Before your night turns dark and stormy, keep this in mind:  Stick with apple cider and soda or pop. Binge drinking alcohol can lead to lead to some very scary outcomes. Alcohol in any amount is dangerous for teens to drink because it can change the developing brain (which is why it is illegal). But binge drinking—five or more drinks for guys and four or more for girls—has the potential for more immediate terrors—it contributes to alcohol poisoning and car crashes. Need some stats? In 2010, approximately 189,000…
  • Be a Friend to Man’s Best Friend: Keep Marijuana Away from Your Dog

    The NIDA Blog Team
    27 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    As more communities allow medical marijuana, or decriminalize illicit marijuana, veterinarians are seeing an alarming trend. More and more dogs are arriving in emergency animal hospitals with marijuana toxicosis, or marijuana poisoning. A recent study in Colorado showed that 4 times as many dogs were treated for marijuana poisoning in 2010 than in 2005. Sadly, two dogs identified in that study died. Similarly, from 2008 to 2013, the Pet Poison Helpline—a poison control hotline for animals—has seen a 200% increase in calls related to pets eating marijuana. Most times, dogs ingest marijuana…
  • 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…
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    Naked Science Articles

  • Trick or treat!

    24 Oct 2014 | 3:03 am
    Just in time for Halloween, a look at nature's spooky animal imitators which play their very own version of trick-or-treat.
  • 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?
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    EurekAlert! - Breaking News

  • ESA Frontiers November preview

    30 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Connectivity cost calculations for conservation corridors, crop companions, jellyfish and human well-being and micromanaging microbes.
  • Countries can learn from Cyprus' 2013 economic crash, according to Imperial report

    30 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Countries can learn lessons from Cyprus' economic crash and subsequent bailout package in terms of preventing future financial crises, according to a report out today.
  • Synthetic lethality offers a new approach to kill tumor cells, explains Moffitt researcher

    30 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The scientific community has made significant strides in recent years in identifying important genetic contributors to malignancy and developing therapeutic agents that target altered genes and proteins. A recent approach to treat cancer called synthetic lethality takes advantage of genetic alterations in cancer cells that make them more susceptible to certain drugs. Alan F. List, MD, president and CEO of Moffitt Cancer Center, co-authored an article on synthetic lethality featured in the Oct. 30 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.
  • Efficient genetic editing

    30 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Led by Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology David Liu, a team of Harvard researchers have developed a system that uses commercially-available molecules called cationic lipids -- long, greasy molecules that carry a positive charge -- to efficiently deliver genome-editing proteins into cells, and have even demonstrated that the technology can be used to perform genome editing in living animals.
  • NYU research: Majority of high school seniors favor more liberal marijuana policies

    30 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The study analyzed adolescents' positions toward marijuana decriminalization and legalization. In the analysis, Palamar identifies how positions toward various marijuana policies differ by gender, race, political affiliation and religion. He also examined how lifetime and recent marijuana use relate to such positions.
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    The Daily Galaxy --Great Discoveries Channel: Sci, Space, Tech

  • "Earth was Formed as a Wet Planet with Oceans in Place" --Life Could Have Started Very Early
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:53 am
    Earth is known as the Blue Planet because of its oceans, which cover more than 70 percent of the planet's surface and are home to the world's greatest diversity of life. While water is essential for life on the planet, the answers to two key questions have eluded us: where did Earth's water come from and when? While some hypothesize that water came late to Earth, well after the planet had formed, findings from a new study led by scientists at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) significantly move back the clock for the first evidence of water on Earth and in the inner solar…
  • Kepler Mission Findings Reveal Planetary Systems Vastly Different from Earths
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:39 am
    A team of planetary scientsts have compared their findings to data gathered from NASA’s planet-hunting Kepler Space Telescope and have concluded that the atmospheric mass of the planets Kepler found is, in some cases, far greater than the thin veneer of air covering Earth. Co-author Christoph Mordasini, who studies planet and star formation at the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy, cautioned there is likely an observational bias with the Kepler data. “Kepler systems are so compact, with the planets closer to their star than in our solar system,” said Mordasini. “Maybe some of these…
  • "Down Under" Physicists Propose a Radical Parallel Universes Theory
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:34 am
    Australian physicists are challenging the foundations of quantum science with a new, and of course, unfalsifiable, theory based on the existence of, and interactions between, parallel universes. The team proposes that parallel universes really exist, and that they interact. That is, rather than evolving independently, nearby worlds influence one another by a subtle force of repulsion. They show that such an interaction could explain everything that is bizarre about quantum mechanics. In a paper published in the journal Physical Review X, Howard Wiseman and Michael Hall from Griffith…
  • "Hot" Quote of the Day: The Search for Advanced Intelligent Life
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:17 pm
    Looking for radio signals (at least those used for communication) makes about as much sense as looking for evidence of telegraph poles on other planets. Considering many star systems out there may be millions (billions?) of years older than our own planet, certainly any advanced civilization would have long ago moved past using modulated radio frequency as a form of communication. So at best SETI seems to be a big distraction, something the establishment can point to as proof that they are taking the issue of intelligent alien life seriously while actually ignoring what is obvious to the…
  • ISS-Bound Antares Explosion --Space X's Elon Musk: Rocket's Outdated Technology "A Joke"
    29 Oct 2014 | 1:33 pm
    An Orbital Sciences rocket operating under a NASA contract exploded shortly after launch on Tuesday evening, much to everyone's surprise — except, perhaps, PayPal founder Elon Musk. Musk, today the the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, trash-talked Orbital Sciences for using outdated Russian engines during a 2012 Wired interview: "One of our competitors, Orbital Sciences, has a contract to resupply the International Space Station, and their rocket honestly sounds like the punch line to a joke. It uses Russian rocket engines that were made in the ’60s. I don’t mean their design is from the…
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    Science and Enterprise

  • Drug/Device Therapy Trial Shows Fast Migraine Relief

    30 Oct 2014 | 3:40 pm
    (R. Nial Bradshaw, Flickr) 30 October 2014. A late-stage clinical trial shows a medical device designed to deliver migraine drugs deep into nasal cavities achieved headache relief in as little as 30 minutes among patients, and sustained that relief for as long as 48 hours compared to a placebo. The biopharmaceutical company Avanir Pharmaceuticals Inc. in Aliso Viejo, California licensed the drug delivery technology last year from OptiNose, which led the trial. The findings appear today online in the journal Headache. Migraine is a neurological syndrome causing severe headaches along with…
  • Synthetic Blood Thinner Antidote Developed

    30 Oct 2014 | 8:42 am
    (National Institutes of Health) 30 October 2014. Medical and biochemical researchers at University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada designed a polymer antidote for heparin that in lab animals neutralizes anti-coagulant activity and appears to be well tolerated. The team led by chemistry and pathology professor Jayachandran Kizhakkedathu published its findings yesterday in the journal Science Translational Medicine (paid subscription required). Heparin is an anti-coagulant drug given to patients with medical conditions that lead to blood clots or to prevent formation of clots during…
  • Taking a break

    26 Oct 2014 | 6:58 pm
    (A. Kotok) 26 October 2014. Science & Enterprise is taking a break from blogging for a few days. We’ll return on Thursday, 30 October.
  • Costs to Support Stroke Survivors Stay High for 10 Years

    24 Oct 2014 | 2:13 pm
    Dominique Cadilhac (Monash University) 24 October 2014. Researchers at Monash University in Australia calculated long-term costs to stroke patients, finding the financial burden on patients and their care givers remains significant for 10 years following the stroke episode. The team led by Monash medical school professor Dominique Cadilhac reported its findings in yesterday’s issue of the journal Stroke (paid subscription required). Cadilhac, with colleagues at Monash and affiliated institutions in Australia, sought a longer-term estimation of financial burdens faced by stroke patients…
  • Paper-Based Synthetic Bio Sensors, Circuits Developed

    24 Oct 2014 | 9:44 am
    Paper strip with color-indicated proteins (Wyss Institute, Harvard University) 24 October 2014. Biomedical engineers at Harvard University designed systems with simple sensors applied on paper to detect complex cellular reactions that can speed use of point-of-care diagnostics in the field. Findings from the team at Harvard’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, with colleagues from Boston University and Howard Hughes Medical Institute in Chevy Chase, Maryland, appear in two articles published yesterday in the journal Cell (paid subscription required). Both papers, from…
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    Lake Scientist | Lake Scientist

  • Changing Chlorophyll Levels Show Lake Mendota’s Fall Turnover In Action

    Daniel Kelly
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:43 am
    A graduate student at the University of Wisconsin’s Center for Limnology has captured the fall turnover of Lake Mendota in action, according to a blog post from the school. The rearranging waters were captured using chlorophyll measurements. In Lake Mendota, this fall turnover coincided with an algae bloom that affected most of the lake’s shoreline waters. And so it was clear that nutrients trapped in cooler thermoclines during the summer were making their way to the surface. Lake Mendota. (Credit: Wikimedia Commons User Archbob via Creative Commons) A multi-parameter sensor attached to a…
  • Lake Shoreline Habitats Critical To Monarch Butterfly Winter Migration

    Daniel Kelly
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:10 am
    Next to fish and recreation on the water, birds get a lot of attention around lakes. From songbirds like the cuckoo to birds of prey like hawks, whole societies are set up to track their movements. All of these birds are of course sensitive to environmental changes and are monitored accordingly. Still, they are not the most sensitive lifeform to climatic changes. Butterflies are probably more so, as they have no control over their external environments and can really only adjust by finding new habitat for survival. For example, the well-known monarch butterfly is currently in the midst of its…
  • Temporary Lakes: Is Antarctic Melt Water Weakening Ice Shelf Density?

    Daniel Kelly
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:21 am
    On Antarctica’s Larsen Ice Shelf, researchers from Aberystwyth University will use warm water drills to study the effects that shallow, temporary lakes have on ice there, according to a release from the school. The lakes, which have been spotted on satellite images as large dark spots, have yet to be seen by humans. Scientists with the university hypothesize that the temporary formation of the meager water bodies each year, typically in January or February, is weakening ice layers below. Their investigation will confirm or dispute that notion and reveal whether or not the lakes’…
  • 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…
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    Frontier Scientists

  • Droughts and fish highways

    Laura Nielsen
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:13 pm
    “I grew up on the shores of Connecticut looking into tidal pools and wondering about the plants and animals living there: where they move to when the tide goes out, and from when the tide comes in, and why. Once I even tracked my cat out my 3rd floor window and onto the roof to […]
  • 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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    Midwest Labs Blog | Omaha

  • Learn a Bit of Halloween History

    Pohlman Brent
    31 Oct 2014 | 5:39 am
    Do you know where Halloween originated? Check out this article and see and learn a little more about this particular day. Be Safe and Have Fun!
  • What is in my food?

    Pohlman Brent
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:50 am
    Ever wondered exactly what the makeup of your food is? How many calories are contained in that cappuccino?
  • Total Coliform in Water

    Pohlman Brent
    29 Oct 2014 | 4:56 am
    What level of coliform is safe in drinking water? I really like the Vermont Department of Health Coliform in Water Webpage. It takes this topic and give you straight-forward water. (Any levels of coliform in water are cause for concern and action should be taken) – This is really what you need to know when […]
  • Harvest 2014 – Dealing With Issues

    Pohlman Brent
    28 Oct 2014 | 5:55 am
    Harvest time always occurs around October and November time frames, but each year presents its own issues depending upon the weather. It is interesting to see how growers deal with these conditions and always find a way to persevere. Check out this news story regarding harvest in Illinois and dealing with the wet field conditions. […]
  • What is a Soil Health Test?

    Pohlman Brent
    27 Oct 2014 | 7:27 am
    Soil Health has been heavily promoted in 2014. Learn more about what this type of analysis looks like and how it can help you manage your own soil.
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  • Blogging U.’s Photo 101 Course: Post a Photo a Day

    Cheri Lucas Rowlands
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    On The Daily Post, we host the popular Weekly Photo Challenge each Friday, and we’re always excited to see your snapshots from all over the world. We thought a free photoblogging course mixing the spirit of these photo challenges with bite-sized shooting tips would be a fun way to get you taking pictures and meeting your daily posting goals. Introducing Blogging U.’s Photography 101 course Photography 101 is an intro-level course, open to all. You might be a totally new blogger, an amateur photographer, a veteran photo challenge participant, or a pro-shooter. Or, you may be…
  • 2014 Midterm Elections, Get Out The Vote!

    Peter Slutsky
    27 Oct 2014 | 10:15 am
    Since 2004, WordPress has set out with an ambitious goal in mind — to democratize publishing and put state-of-the-art tools in front of publishers both large and small across the planet. We believe strongly in this vision because when more people have access to powerful tools on the web, that in-turn empowers them to do great things and publish amazing content. We feel the same way when it comes to democratizing, well, democracy — and in just a few weeks, citizens across the United States will have a unique opportunity to flex their political muscle and vote in the 2014 Midterm…
  • The NaMos are Coming! The NaMos are Coming!

    Michelle W.
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    November is one week away, and that means NaNoWriMo and NaBloPoMo are, too! If you’ve been thinking about reinvigorating your blogging or are finally ready to stop procrastinating on that book you’ve always wanted to write, these two great events (and communities) can give you the jolt of motivation you need. NaMo what now? NaNoWriMo and NaBloPoMo are short for “National Novel Writing Month” and “National Blog Posting Month,” respectively. In the first, writers commit to writing a 50,000-word novel between November 1 and November 30; in the second, to…
  • New Themes: Minnow and Cols

    Tammie Lister
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    We’re happy to introduce two brand new free themes today! Minnow Designed by Mel Choyce, Minnow is a light, simple theme that puts your social presence front and center. A social links menu is displayed prominently below the site title and logo, so readers can easily find you on your favorite social networks. When activated, the optional Custom Menu or Widget area appear in a slide-out sidebar, making secondary content accessible while keeping the focus on your content. Learn more about the free Minnow theme at the Theme Showcase, or preview it by going to Appearance → Themes. Cols…
  • 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…
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    Science + Technology – Articles – The Conversation

  • Chile won the Homeless World Cup, but the benefits are global

    Fiona Crawford, PhD candidate at Queensland University of Technology
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:27 pm
    The 2014 HWC Chilean men's team loft the trophy after defeating Bosnia and Herzegovina in the final. Homeless World Cup, Author providedChile won both the men’s and women’s Homeless World Cups (HWC) last Sunday, with the men defeating Bosnia and Herzegovina by more than five goals and the women defeating Mexico by a solitary goal in a tense, physical encounter. But those on-pitch results are less significant than the wider HWC goal of using football to address homelessness and marginalisation. A number of former players returned to the 2014 event, but one particularly stood out.
  • Five ways to fight online abuse with good manners

    David Rowe, Professor of Cultural Research, Institute for Culture and Society at University of Western Sydney
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:02 pm
    The abuse unleashed online can be devastating at times. Flickr/Spyros Papaspyropoulos , CC BY-NC-NDOnline and social media’s capacity to enable anyone to communicate their ideas and views is much celebrated. So why do so many people feel nervous about getting involved with online debate? Too often, the reason is they have had vitriol poured all over them, or seen that happen to others. This was the experience of one of this article’s authors (Helen), who recently wrote an opinion piece for a popular Australian website, Mamamia, which ran with the headline Why I’d never be with a man who…
  • Trick or treating this Halloween? Know your group behaviour

    Zenobia Talati, Associate lecturer at Murdoch University
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:07 pm
    Go with the group on trick or treat this Halloween. Sean Locke PhotographyHalloween is upon us tonight and it’s all just a bit of harmless fun, right? Or is there truly a dark side to Halloween? What should we make of kids getting together in groups, wearing costumes that hide their identity, and going from house to house asking for treats at the threat of a “trick”? One dark Halloween night many years ago, some researchers decided to find out by hiding in houses throughout suburban Chicago, in the United States, and observing the behaviour of 1,039 children who were trick-or-treating…
  • Horses for courses: the science behind Melbourne Cup winners

    David Evans, Adjunct Associate Professor in Equine Exercise Science at Charles Sturt University
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:07 pm
    Trainer Gai Waterhouse with 2013 Melbourne Cup winning horse Fiorente. AAP/Julian SmithIt’s the race that stops a nation … and is worth a cool A$6.2 million. So what goes into the raceday preparation for the equine stars of the show? Thoroughbred racehorses have unique anatomy and physiology that suits them well for racing at high speeds. There are very few 3,200m Thoroughbred races in Australia, and the horses that make it to the final 24 in the Melbourne Cup are truly elite equine athletes. They have superior oxygen transport and an ideal mix of muscle fibre types, and are able to…
  • Turnbull outlines the plans for new laws on metadata retention

    Philip Branch, Senior Lecturer in Telecommunications at Swinburne University of Technology
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:42 pm
    Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull outlines his metadata plans. AAP Image/Alan PorrittCommunications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has finally presented proposed legislation to the Australian Parliament regarding the Abbott Government’s plans for the retention of metadata. The proposed legislation, as he detailed in the Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Amendment (Data Retention) Bill 2014, specifies six categories of metadata to be retained. They are: account or subscriber details source of communication destination of communication date and time of communication type of…
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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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  • Should Fracking Be Banned?

    QUEST Staff
    29 Oct 2014 | 11:52 am
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  • California Voters to Decide $7.5 Billion Water Bond Measure

    Sheraz Sadiq
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
      At three years and counting, one of the worst droughts in California history shows little sign of abating. So it’s no surprise that water has become a hot issue this election year. In fact,a recent poll conducted this month by the non-partisan Public Policy Institute of California found that water and the drought rank as high as the economy and jobs when voters were asked what they thought is the most important issue facing the state. Proposition One, a $7.5 billion water bond measure on the November ballot, would pay for building new water storage facilities. On Nov. 4,…
  • On GMO Labeling, Oregon and Colorado Learn from California Ballot Defeat

    Gabriela Quirós
    28 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
      Voters in Oregon will head to the polls Nov. 4 to decide whether to require foods made with genetically engineered ingredients to be labeled. In doing so, they’ll be voting on an initiative shaped in part by the experience of activists in California, who watched a similar measure fail two years ago. Oregon’s Measure 92 would require manufacturers, distributors and grocery owners to label raw and packaged foods produced entirely or partially through genetic engineering. If it passes, the measure will go into effect in 2016. Colorado also is voting on a labeling initiative Nov. 4. If…
  • Three California Counties Vote on Fracking Bans this November

    Gabriela Quirós
    27 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Video reported by Gabriela Quirós and Lauren Sommer, who narrates. Three California counties – Santa Barbara, Mendocino and San Benito – will decide this November on ballot initiatives that ask voters to ban hydraulic fracturing, the controversial oil- and gas-extraction technique known as “fracking.” San Benito activists were the first to qualify an anti-fracking initiative in the state, in response to Governor Jerry Brown’s decision to allow the technique to move forward. Additional Links Anti-Fracking Activists in California Take Fight to County Ballots KQED Science coverage of…
  • 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…
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    As Many Exceptions As Rules

  • Almost This Or Almost That? Must Be The Other

    29 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Biology concepts – Protista, taxonomy, phylum, kingdom, monophyletic, paraphyletic, cladistics, algae, diatom, dinoflagellate Euglena gracilis is an organism in the Kingdom Protista. It has one long flagellar undulipodium, but it can also move by amoeboid movement. It has chloroplasts and can do photosynthesis, but it also can eat other organisms. Is it any wonder that classifying protists is so hard?Classifying living organisms is self-perpetuating job. Imagine if the dentist sold candy in his/her office, “Here’s your root canal and your Laffy Taffy.” Scientists try their best, but…
  • 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…
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    Laboratory News » News

  • Huddle! Cells secret communication clusters

    30 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Cells cluster together to communicate within restricted groups, just like a sports team huddle discusses secret tactics, say scientists from the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL). Using developing zebrafish, scientists showed that the way cells organise themselves influences their ability to communicate. This strategy could affect processes like wound repair, organ formation and cancer. “Everybody can speak, everybody can listen, but what’s said in the group stays in the group,” said PhD student Sevi Durdu. “By huddling together, these cells trap and concentrate a signal to…
  • Weather forecasting set to improve

    29 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    A new £97m supercomputer could put an end to the complaints about weather forecasting accuracy. The computer – to be housed at the Met Office headquarters in Exeter and the Exeter Science Park – will be 13 times faster than the current system and have 120,000 times more memory than a top-end smartphone. The facility’s processing power will be 16 petaflops, meaning it can perform 16 quadrillion calculations every second. The Cray XC40 will have 480,000 central processing units. “It will allow us to add more precision, more detail, more accuracy to our forecasts on all times scales…
  • Step closer to stem cell treatment for diabetes

    29 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Using embryonic stem cells as a starting point, Harvard researchers have produced human insulin-producing beta cells in massive quantities. These cells – equivalent to normally functioning beta cells in almost every way – could be used in cell transplantation or pharmaceutical purposes. Doug Melton, who has two children with type 1 diabetes, hopes to have human transplantation trials using the cells underway in a few years. “We are not just one preclinical step away from the finish line,” said Melton, lead author of the work published in Cell. “You never know for sure that…
  • Genetic mutation prevents weight gain on high-sugar diet

    28 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    A team of researchers from the University of Southern California have found a way to suppress the obesity that accompanies a high-sugar diet by regulation of a particular gene. The team, led by Assistant Professor Sean Curran of the USC School of Gerontology, have focused their study on the worm Caenorhabditis elegans and they have discovered that certain genetic mutations – those with a hyperactive SKN-1 gene – could be fed incredibly high-sugar diets without gaining any weight, while regular C. elegans significantly increased in size. “The high-sugar diet that the bacteria ate was the…
  • Jumping spiders’ visual system revealed

    27 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Scientists have solved one of the toughest problems in spider biology – how the arachnids’ visual system works. An interdisciplinary team from Cornell University have for the first time made recordings of neurons associated with visual perception inside the brain of the Phidippus audax, overcoming a problem unique to the jumping spider. “They are carrying high pressure in their body and whenever you poke them, they explode and die,” said Gil Menda, neurophysiologist and postdoctoral researcher. Researchers realised that if their incision was small enough, the spider’s self-healing…
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  • BCG vaccine and trained immunity: not just a TB vaccine

    Marie-Therese Walsh PhD
    31 Oct 2014 | 6:17 am
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  • Seizures and migraines are linked by physics

    Marie-Therese Walsh PhD
    31 Oct 2014 | 5:46 am
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  • European salamanders and newts vulnerable to fungal disease from Asia

    Science News Desk
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:54 am
    A skin-eating fungal disease brought to Europe by humans now poses a major threat to native salamanders and newts, scientists have warned. The previously unknown fungus Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans was discovered last year by researchers investigating a huge crash in the population of fire salamanders in the Netherlands.  read more
  • Scientists Make Enzyme that Could Help Explain Origins of Life

    Science News Desk
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:53 am
    Mimicking natural evolution in a test tube, scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have devised an enzyme with a unique property that might have been crucial to the origin of life on Earth. Aside from illuminating one possible path for life’s beginnings, the achievement is likely to yield a powerful tool for evolving new and useful more
  • Critical role of the AMPA receptor in cocaine addiction revealed

    Science News Desk
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:42 am
    A study led by investigators from Massachusetts General Hospital and the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania  has identified a potential target for therapies to treat cocaine addiction.  In their study receiving advance online publication in Molecular Psychiatry, the investigators find evidence that changing one amino acid in a subunit of an important receptor protein alters whether cocaine-experienced animals will resume drug seeking after a period of cocaine abstinence.  Increasing expression of the enzyme responsible for that change within the…
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    Citizen Science Projects

  • Reverse The Odds… On Cancer

    Chandra Clarke
    28 Oct 2014 | 7:08 pm
    Screenshots courtesy of Cancer Research UK Lots of us play computer games; indeed, according to the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB), 67% of US households play video games, and the average gamer spends 8 hours a week playing them. Given how addictive and compelling some games can be, it’s nice to know there are lots of citizen science games available to make enjoying your screen time less of a guilty pleasure. On that note, Cancer Research UK has just released a new game called Reverse the Odds. Available on iOS, Android, and through Amazon, your goal is to help the Odds –…
  • 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…
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  • Three New Species of Skinks Discovered in Australia
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:16 pm
    Australian scientists have described three new lizard species, hidden from humans for millions of years in remote areas of the country. One of the three new species, the Cape Melville Rainbow Skink (Carlia wundalthini), belongs to a skink genus found in Australia, New Guinea and the Wallacea region of Southeast Asia. The other two, the [...]
  • Nearly Extinct Hood Island Giant Tortoises Have Made Comeback from 15 to 1,000
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:49 am
    A population of Hood Island giant tortoises, which once dwindled to just over a dozen, has recovered on the Galapagos island of Española, says a team of scientists led by Prof James Gibbs of the State University of New York’s College of Environmental Science and Forestry. The Hood Island giant tortoise (Chelonoidis hoodensis or Chelonoidis [...]
  • Zaraapelta nomadis: New Armored Dinosaur Discovered in Mongolia
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:03 am
    Paleontologists have discovered a new genus and species of ankylosaur that roamed what is now the Gobi Desert in Mongolia during the Upper Cretaceous, between 100.5 and 66 million years ago. The new dinosaur is named Zaraapelta nomadis. It belongs to Ankylosauridae, a family of herbivorous dinosaurs with armored plates on their back. The genus [...]
  • Astronomers Examine Ezekiel-like ‘Wheel in a Wheel’ in Binary System GG Tauri-A
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:25 am
    For the first time, astronomers have detected a streamer of gas flowing from a massive outer disc of planet-forming material toward the inner, smaller disc of a double star system. The star system in question, GG Tauri-A, is part of a more complex multiple-star system called GG Tauri. It is only a few million years [...]
  • Rana kauffeldi: New Cryptic Species of Frog Discovered in New York City
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:48 pm
    A team of U.S. scientists headed by Dr Jeremy Feinberg of Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ, has described a new cryptic species of leopard frog from the New York City metropolitan area and surrounding coastal regions. Dr Feinberg encountered the frog in 2008 on Staten Island, not far from the Statue of Liberty. In [...]
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  • Impact of Open Data Movement on Data Management and Publishing

    Amy Kallmerten
    28 Oct 2014 | 1:42 am
    “If I have seen a little further it is by standing on the shoulders of Giants.” When Sir Issac Newton wrote this in a letter to his rival, he actually had borrowed the phrase itself. Whether or not this quote predates John of Salisbury in the 12th century is not known, but the most commonly used version is: “We are like dwarfs sitting on the shoulders of giants. We see more, and things that are distant, than they did, not because our sight is superior or because we are taller than that, but because they raise us up and by their great stature add to ours.” The open access movement…
  • 4 Ways to Reliably Reproduce Research

    Josh Phillipson
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:34 am
    Copyright Recent studies indicate that at least 70% of certain types of research (particularly around life sciences) is not reproducible. Funders, reviewers, and researchers are increasingly demanding improved processes to improve reproducibility rates. Rather than just talking about the problem, we'd like to share some practical effective tips for improving your lab's research reproducibility. Click below to view the webinar recorded Oct. 29, 2014, and join the discussion! Watch the webinar now!
  • 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…
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    Just Science

  • How to Be An Involved Parent at School

    Matthew Russell
    27 Oct 2014 | 1:40 pm
    Why and How to Get Involved in Your Child’s School   Want to know what’s going on at your child’s school? Getting involved with some of their everyday and special events is a great way to immerse yourself in your child’s school world. However, for…The post How to Be An Involved Parent at School appeared first on Just Science.
  • This app turns your text messages into comic strips

    Matthew Russell
    27 Oct 2014 | 1:38 pm
    There seems to be a million ways to send an SMS message these days. There are Google Hangouts, Apple’s iMessage, WhatsApp. I can go on for days, but that’s not what you’re here for. I stumbled across a really fun way to text with your friends and it…The post This app turns your text messages into comic strips appeared first on Just Science.
  • Gamification in Education

    Matthew Russell
    27 Oct 2014 | 1:35 pm
    Gamification of Teaching Learning   “Gamification is the process of using game thinking and game mechanics to engage audiences and solve problems” Gabe 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.
  • Six Public School Alternatives

    Matthew Russell
    27 Oct 2014 | 1:34 pm
    Our kids have been going to public school for years. Some kids, though, don’t learn well in that environment. Mine are great examples of kids who don’t thrive in the public school setting. For parents whose child struggles in traditional schools, they…The post Six Public School Alternatives appeared first on Just Science.
  • 3D Printers are coming to a Best Buy near you

    Matthew Russell
    27 Oct 2014 | 1:22 pm
    3D technology has come a long way in the past couple of years. In the past, buying a 3D printer meant dishing out some serious bucks. Now they’re pretty affordable and you can get them just about anywhere on the internet. Heck, even Home Depot’s are…The post 3D Printers are coming to a Best Buy near you appeared first on Just Science.
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  • Mike Tyson Tries to Beat Mike Tyson in Punch-Out

    Tommylandz ツ™
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:49 am
    Last year, Mike Tyson played the old-school boxing game named after him, purportedly for the first time. He beat Glass Joe in that effort. This time, he's facing a lot somebody tougher: himself.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Just what did the X-37B do up there for 674 days? The Air Force isn’t telling.

    Tommylandz ツ™
    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

    Tommylandz ツ™
    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

    Tommylandz ツ™
    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! ]]
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  • Four Minutes and 27 Seconds of Freefall Fun – Two Years after Baumgarten, a New Record!

    25 Oct 2014 | 11:11 am
    Falling from Outer Space Since October 24, 2014, Alan Eustace holds the World Records for vertical speed reached during freefall with a peak velocity of 1,321 kilometres per hour 822 mph and total freefall distance of 123,414 feet - lasting four minutes and 27 seconds. The Google executive - a veteran pilot and parachutist - had been planning this jump for several years, working in secret with a small group of people trained in parachute and balloon technology.  He set off from an abandoned runway in Roswell, New Mexico, at 07:00 connected to a balloon module, which…
  • Ebola NOW! The Exponential Growth of a Deadly Outbreak

    21 Oct 2014 | 1:52 pm
    The Ebola Crisis is Growing Exponentially "The West Africans 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…
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  • Is 21 Days Long Enough For Ebola Quarantine?

    Carl Bialik
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:04 am
    In Dallas this week, 43 people who came in contact with Thomas Eric Duncan after he contracted Ebola were released after 21 days of quarantine. In Madrid, people who were exposed to an infected nurse could be released from isolation soon if they get through 21 days without showing symptoms. The paramedics who brought Craig Spencer, the New Yorker diagnosed with Ebola this week, to the hospital will have their temperatures taken twice a day for 21 days.Why 21 days? And is 21 days enough?Both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization say Ebola’s…
  • 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…
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  • Tomorrow’s Spacecraft Will Fly On “Coffee Can” Engines

    Alakananda Mookerjee
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:13 am
    As your eyes roll over these words, Dawn, an unmanned NASA probe, is coursing away from us, heading into the hinterlands of an asteroid belt, a region of roving rocks that lies between Mars and Jupiter. It’s en route to the rocky ice ball of Ceres, one of the two dwarf planets in the solar system—the other is Pluto—and is expected to arrive there, its second destination, sometime in April, 2015. For a little over a year, from July, 2011 to September, 2012, it aerially perambulated over Vesta—the other massive celestial body in that neck of the cosmic woods—taking in its dry vista;…
  • Why is Antarctic sea ice increasing ?

    Ellie Pownall
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:56 am
    Over the last century there has been no lack of evidence related to the extent in which the breakdown of the ozone layer has damaged the sustainability of the earth. The assessment of Antarctic Climate Data states; “Climate change in polar regions is expected to be among the largest and most rapid of any region on the Earth, and will cause major physical, ecological, sociological, and economic impacts, especially in the Arctic, Antarctic Peninsula, and Southern Ocean” This suggests potential decline in sea ice and therefore a rise in sea levels around the Globe.   However, Antarctic…
  • 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…
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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)]

    Viputheshwar Sitaraman
    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

    Viputheshwar Sitaraman
    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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  • [Video] Diseases Science Cannot Explain Yet

    Anupum Pant
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:35 am
    By Anupum Pant From weird allergies to mad laughing diseases, Matthew Santoro shares with us 10 of the most mysterious and rare diseases doctors have ever encountered. The post [Video] Diseases Science Cannot Explain Yet appeared first on AweSci - Science Everyday.
  • Chinese Restaurant Syndrome

    Anupum Pant
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:35 am
    By Anupum Pant Monosodium Glutamate (MSG) is a salt of Glutamic acid and is common among natural products like tomatoes, potatoes and mushrooms. MSG is also a popular flavour enhancer used to enhance the umami spectrum of a particular dish. In it’s artificial powder form MSG looks like a bunch of white crystals (powder). Also, like Gluten, everybody is scared of MSG. The scare has been around for a long time and almost everybody knows this. It’s called “monosodium glutamate symptom complex” or the “Chinese restaurant syndrome”. This term, actually an…
  • Homer Vs Fermat

    Anupum Pant
    28 Oct 2014 | 10:35 am
    By Anupum Pant In two episodes of Simpsons, Homer Simpson seems to have found a perfectly valid solution, which shouldn’t have existed. But since that shouldn’t be possible, Numberphile proves how Homer does it. The post Homer Vs Fermat appeared first on AweSci - Science Everyday.
  • Carrot Addiction is Real

    Anupum Pant
    27 Oct 2014 | 10:35 am
    By Anupum Pant Apparently, it’s been known for about a hundred years that excessive consumption of carrots can cause your skin to turn orange/yellow. I didn’t know that. Well, now I know. Also, carrots don’t make your eyesight better. I’ve written about that in the past. But here’s another thing that’s really interesting about carrots. Carrots are addictive! In the year 1992 Czech researchers Ludek Cerný and Karel Cerný  published a paper in the British Journal of Addiction (BJA) described 3 cases in their paper. All of these cases involved men and…
  • Why Are Chillies Hot

    Anupum Pant
    26 Oct 2014 | 10:35 am
    By Anupum Pant We’ve had chillies for more than 6000 years. Over time, by using clever growing techniques people have come up with chillies that are absurdly hot. While others like bell peppers are not hot at all. Capsaicin is the chemical that is present in chillies which makes them feel hot and we found that out only recently (as compared to its 6000 year history). Capsaicin in theory is actually a neurotoxin which is inherently unpleasant to humans. Most of us who’ve tried quelling the heat from a pepper using water know that Capsaicin doesn’t dissolve in water. On…
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  • Highly Efficient Laser-Ablation Propulsion System At Supersonic Speeds

    29 Oct 2014 | 9:31 pm
    Conventional rockets and aircraft exploit a combination of conservation of momentum and Newton’s third law to generate thrust via the expulsion of propellant mass from a nozzle to escape Earth’s atmosphere or travel through the atmosphere or space.  However, the expense and difficulty of the technique has prompted engineers and scientists to devise alternative methods […] The post Highly Efficient Laser-Ablation Propulsion System At Supersonic Speeds appeared first on Neomatica.
  • World Losing 2,500 Hectares Of Irrigated Land Per Day To Salt Damage

    28 Oct 2014 | 9:41 pm
    A study by scientists at the UN University’s Institute for Water, located in Ontario, Canada, revealed that 17 million hectares of arable land has been lost to salinization in the period from 1995 to 2013.  The loss rate is computed at a staggering 2,500 hectares per day, or equivalently 4,600 American football fields.  Viewed another […] The post World Losing 2,500 Hectares Of Irrigated Land Per Day To Salt Damage appeared first on Neomatica.
  • Clinical Trial Shows Cocoa Diet Reverses Age-Related Memory And Cognitive Decline: 60 Year Old Cognition Reverted to 30-40 Year Old

    26 Oct 2014 | 8:24 pm
    A new study and clinical trial by scientists at Columbia University Medical Center has shown that in healthy human adults, a diet of cocoa that is rich in flavanols is able to reverse the effects of age-related memory decline.  Imaging reveals one region of the brain that is responsible for the improvement in cognition.  The […] The post Clinical Trial Shows Cocoa Diet Reverses Age-Related Memory And Cognitive Decline: 60 Year Old Cognition Reverted to 30-40 Year Old appeared first on Neomatica.
  • 21 Year Study Of Danish Olympic Rower Shows Remarkable Two Decade Maintenance Of Peak Physical Performance

    26 Oct 2014 | 7:03 pm
    Aging is associated with physical decline.  Previous studies have pointed out in average people, the maximum heart rate, the amount of oxygen carried by each beat of the heart, and maximum blood oxygen saturation all drop over the course of years.  But what if the decline is not inevitable?  Scientists have now studied a case […] The post 21 Year Study Of Danish Olympic Rower Shows Remarkable Two Decade Maintenance Of Peak Physical Performance appeared first on Neomatica.
  • Biofuels Advancement: Cress Plant Engineered To Yield 150-Fold More Energy-Dense Biodiesel Molecules

    25 Oct 2014 | 12:17 pm
    Biodiesels are fuels used in standard combustion engines and usually are generated from an esterification reaction combining an alcohol with vegetable oil and animal fat among other biolipids.  Vegetable oils in turn are extracted from plants, in particular their seeds, as the lipid content of leaves, stems and stalks are low in oil. Now scientists […] The post Biofuels Advancement: Cress Plant Engineered To Yield 150-Fold More Energy-Dense Biodiesel Molecules 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

    Morgans Lists
    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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  • Scientists grow miniature human stomachs from stem cells

    30 Oct 2014 | 7:18 pm
    Miniature stomachs – gastric organoids – will help in study of ulcers and could be used in future to repair patients’ stomachs. Scientists have grown miniature human stomachs from stem cells as a way of studying gastric diseases such as ulcers and stomach cancer and in the future creating tissue to repair patients’ stomachs. The mini-stomachs are grown in petri dishes from stem cells. Fully formed, they are the size of a pea and shaped like a rugby ball. They are hollow with an interior lining that is folded into glands and pits like a real stomach. Subject:  Health &…
  • Link found between seizures and migraines in the brain

    30 Oct 2014 | 6:24 pm
    Seizures and migraines have always been considered separate physiological events in the brain, but now a team of engineers and neuroscientists looking at the brain from a physics viewpoint discovered a link between these and related phenomena. Subject:  Brain & Behavior
  • Hubble sees 'ghost light' from dead galaxies

    30 Oct 2014 | 4:53 pm
    NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has picked up the faint, ghostly glow of stars ejected from ancient galaxies that were gravitationally ripped apart several billion years ago. The mayhem happened 4 billion light-years away, inside an immense collection of nearly 500 galaxies nicknamed "Pandora's Cluster," also known as Abell 2744. Subject:  Astronomy/Cosmology
  • Novel tinnitus therapy helps patients cope with phantom noise

    30 Oct 2014 | 4:48 pm
    Patients with tinnitus hear phantom noise and are sometimes so bothered by the perceived ringing in their ears, they have difficulty concentrating. A new therapy does not lessen perception of the noise but appears to help patients cope better with it in their daily lives, according to new research. Subject:  Health & Medicine
  • Giant tortoises gain a foothold on a Galapagos Island

    30 Oct 2014 | 4:27 pm
    A population of endangered giant tortoises, which once dwindled to just over a dozen, has recovered on the Galapagos island of Española, a finding described as "a true story of success and hope in conservation" by the lead author of a study published October 28th. Some 40 years after the first captive-bred tortoises were reintroduced to the island by the Galapagos National Park Service, the endemic Española giant tortoises are reproducing and restoring some of the ecological damage caused by feral goats that were brought to the island in the late 19th century. Subject:  Animal Research
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  • DARPA Creates The World's Fastest Circuit

    29 Oct 2014 | 12:32 pm
    Yesterday, DARPA announced that it has been recognized as the new world record holder for the world's fastest circuit. They have develop circuitry that can operate at 1 terahertz, or one trillion…
  • Testing A Business Idea

    23 Oct 2014 | 7:32 am
    In a previous post, I discussed how to come up with a good business idea based on problems encountered in your everyday life. But before you go and risk a bunch of money on your idea, you have…
  • 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…
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  • Which President of the United States Was a Lowly Shoemaker’s Son?

    Monica Song
    31 Oct 2014 | 3:05 am
    Abraham Lincoln’s father was a shoemaker. When Lincoln became President of the United States in 1861, many people were offended by his lowly status. As Abraham Lincoln entered to give his inaugural address, a senator tried to humiliate him. He said: “Mr. Lincoln, you should not forget that your father used to make shoes for my family.” And the whole Senate laughed. Lincoln looked at the man and said: Sir,I am very grateful to you for reminding me of my father just before I give my address to the Senate. My father was so beautiful, and such a creative artist—there was no other man…
  • A Different Kind of Beauty. Digital Animation of the ‘Tsar Bomba’, the Largest Nuclear Detonation in History

    Ben Grinberg
    31 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    “The largest nuclear bomb ever tested …October 30, 1961… The Tsar Bomb.. Soviet era 50 megaton = 50 millions tons of TNT.” Total destruction within a  15 mile radius. Third degree burns in a 64 mile radius. Visible 600 miles away. Original design was to be 100 megaton. “According to the Center for Defense Information, there are approximately 30,000 intact nuclear warheads worldwide. All but about 200 are retained by the United States and Russia.”
  • Careful … Speech Is Easy to Censor, Hard to Free. Cyberbullying Fever and the Right to Say What You Please

    Ben Grinberg
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:00 pm
    As parents and kids feel the brunt of mean little snot wipes who ought to get corporally punished, politicians and parents are hitting the ceiling to see who can come up with cyber-bullying laws faster. But be careful what you wish for. Not trying to bite the hand that feeds me, but this video is pretty darn obtuse about what they’re so gleefully cheering on. Some of the proposed laws that would have targeted cyber-bullying would have basically outlawed any free speech. I kid you not. “Anything that’s possibly offensive.” Are you kidding me? But Europe, always ahead…
  • The Future Hellscape Has Never Looked More Attractive—Models Strut Their Stuff in Sporty Gas Masks

    Ben Grinberg
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    If you ever thought that China’s unbreathable air will put a crimp in it’s style—you’re most certainly right, but … … despite China becoming the world’s #1 lung cancer nation, their trendy and fashionable will not suffer in frumpiness. These sports gas masks look so good I almost want to take one out for a run myself. The masks were displayed by a sportswear designer during China Fashion Week in Beijing on October 28, 2014. This sportswear line finally allows Beijing’s rich and fashionable to match their track suite, sneakers, and gas mask!
  • Police Call This the ‘Ghost Car’? Teleportation or Optical Illusion? [Police Footage]

    Ben Grinberg
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    The police footage of the car chase shows the suspect swerving wildly in his vehicle. All of a sudden, the car swerves to the right and the tail lights are seen speeding straight off. But when the police car follows, they hit a chain link fence. Teleportation or optical illusion?
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    Evolution Talk

  • The Beginning: Cyanobacteria

    Rick Coste
    27 Oct 2014 | 3:09 am
    Evolution Talk Evolution Talk - The Oldest Story Ever Told 3.5 billion years ago microbial organisms appeared on the earth. These organisms combined, split, and combined some more, until the formation of microbes and single-celled algae. One of these single-celled algae-like organisms were cyanobacteria. The post The Beginning: Cyanobacteria appeared first on 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.
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  • மர்மமான பிங்க் நிற ஏரி

    Niroshan Thillainathan
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:01 am
    நண்பர்களே, இந்த அதிசயத்தைக் கேளுங்கள்! மேற்கு ஆஸ்திரேலியாவில் உள்ள லேக் ஹில்லியர் என்ற ஏரியின் நிறம் என்ன தெரியுமா? அந்த ஏரி முழுவதும் பிங்க் நிறத்தில் உள்ளது! இது செயற்கையாக செய்யப்பட்டது அல்ல, இயற்கையாகவே பிங்க் […] The post…
  • ஒரு நாளுக்கு 40 நிமிடங்கள் நமக்கு கண் தெரிவதில்லை

    Niroshan Thillainathan
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:01 am
    ஒரு நாளுக்கு நமக்கு 40 நிமிடங்ககளுக்கு கண்கள் தெரிவதில்லை என்று நான் உங்களிடம் கூறினால், அதை நம்புவீர்களா? ஆனால், அது தான் உண்மை! இதற்கு நமக்கு கண்கள் தெரியவில்லை என்று ஒன்றும் அர்த்தம் இல்லை, நண்பர்களே! […] The post ஒரு நாளுக்கு…
  • உடலின் திசுக்களை எலும்புகளாக மாற்றும் நோய்

    Niroshan Thillainathan
    26 Oct 2014 | 7:59 am
    “Fibrodysplasia ossificans progressiva” என்று ஆங்கிலத்தில் அழைக்கப்படும் நோய் தான் திசுக்களைக் கூட எலும்புகளாய் மாற்றும் மாயத்தினைச் செய்கிறது. இதனை “Stone Man Syndrome” எனவும் அழைக்கின்றனர். இதை நீங்கள் கேள்விப்பட்டதே இல்லையா? அப்படியென்றால் கட்டாயம்…
  • மர்மச் சுரங்கப்பாதைகள்

    Niroshan Thillainathan
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:30 am
    ஐரோப்பாவில் புதைபொருள் ஆராய்ச்சியாளர்கள் கண்டறிந்த ஒரு சுரங்கப்பாதை 1000 வருடங்களுக்கு முந்தைய காலத்தினைச் சேர்ந்தது. ஏறத்தாழ நூறுக்கும் மேற்பட்ட எண்ணிக்கையில் இருக்கும் இவை யாரால் எப்போது உருவாக்கப்பட்டது என்பது…
  • 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…
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