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  • Microbes, Cause Mass Extinction 252 Million Years Ago

    iSains, Science Blog
    16 Apr 2014 | 10:50 pm
    In the history of the Earth, mass extinction is estimated to occur 252 million years ago, where 90 percent of Earth's species suddenly disappeared and is known as the largest mass extinction ever happened. Scientist has yet to determine the actual cause of mass extinctions, they are difficult to predict and various scientists expressed a controversial opinion. Researchers from the
  • Chronic inflammation may be linked to aggressive prostate cancer

    EurekAlert! - Breaking News
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The presence of chronic inflammation in benign prostate tissue was associated with high-grade, or aggressive, prostate cancer, and this association was found even in those with low prostate-specific antigen levels, according to a study published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research.
  • To Hades and Back: Exploring the Deepest Part of the Ocean

    Scientific American Content: Global
    17 Apr 2014 | 11:38 am
    Humans have been to every corner of the planet and built either an Internet café or a Starbucks in almost every city. You can find plastic in the middle of the ocean and Mt. -- Read more on
  • Innovative Axe Chops Through Wood Like It's Butter

    17 Apr 2014 | 11:03 am
    Archimedes would love this axe, which is not a wedge, but a lever. Continue reading →
  • Where White Supremacists Breed Online

    Digg Science News
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:59 pm
    In the wake of the Kansas City shootings, a new study by the Southern Poverty Law Center sheds light on the rampant violence that has been perpetrated by users of right-wing extremist sites.
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  • Toddlers have ‘an ear’ for accents

    Dominic Ali-Toronto
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:16 pm
    By two years of age, children are remarkably good at comprehending speakers who talk with regional accents that the toddlers have never heard before. Even more striking, say researchers, children as young as 15 months who have difficulty comprehending accents they’ve never heard before can quickly learn to understand accented speech after hearing the speaker for a short time. Related Articles On FuturityUniversity of Texas at AustinRobot frog woos ladies despite bad whineUniversity of MichiganLoudest threat to hearing: MP3 playersPenn StateLow verbal skills linked to kindergarten…
  • Brains don’t recover during football’s off-season

    Leslie Orr-Rochester
    17 Apr 2014 | 11:31 am
    Six months off after regular season play may not be long enough for the brains of football players to completely, putting them at even greater risk of head injury the next season. “I don’t want to be an alarmist, but this is something to be concerned about,” says Jeffrey J. Bazarian, associate professor of emergency medicine at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry and lead author of the study, published in PLOS ONE. Related Articles On FuturityUniversity of QueenslandFor tennis elbow, steroids may be a long shotJohns Hopkins UniversityDiscovery hints at…
  • Poop app could save newborns’ lives

    Ekaterina Pesheva-Johns Hopkins
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:33 am
    Parents on the lookout for a liver disease afflicting newborns have two new tools: a printed guide and a mobile application to interpret the color of their infants’ poop. Yes, it’s true: There is even an app for that. The rare liver-ravaging disorder biliary atresia is heralded by white or clay-colored stool, but new parents are rarely warned to watch for this abnormality. Related Articles On FuturityUniversity at Buffalo'Early-term' babies are still immatureVanderbilt UniversityTurn off TV and talk to babiesUniversity of California, DavisDebate app captures real-time reactions To…
  • Land for ‘green’ shade-grown coffee shrinks

    Marc Airhart-Texas
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:38 am
    The proportion of land used to cultivate shade-grown coffee, relative to the total land area of coffee cultivation, has fallen by nearly 20 percent globally since 1996. The global shift toward a more intensive style of coffee farming is probably having a negative effect on the environment, communities, and individual farmers, researchers say. Related Articles On FuturityBrown UniversityToo much information turns some consumers offPenn StateRiver dredging may lower fish diversityMichigan State UniversityA 'whole-picture' approach to freshwater “The paradox is that there is greater public…
  • Fruit fly antennae kick in for ‘cruise control’

    Jessica Stoller-Conrad - Caltech
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:31 am
    Scientists have discovered that fruit flies regulate their flight speed by using both vision and wind-sensing information from their antennae. Michael Dickinson, professor of bioengineering at California Institute of Technology (Caltech) is interested in how such tiny insects are capable of something we humans can only dream of: autonomous flight. In a report on a recent study that combined bursts of air, digital video cameras, and a variety of software and sensors, Dickinson and his team explain a mechanism for the insect’s “cruise control” in flight—revealing a…
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    Science 2.0

  • Some Fish In Remote National Parks Show Elevated Levels Of Mercury

    News Staff
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:38 am
    Mercury levels in excess of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency health thresholds for potential impacts to fish, birds, and humans have been detected in fish in some of the most remote national park lakes and streams in the western United States and Alaska. Mercury is harmful to human and wildlife health. It arises from natural sources, such as volcanic eruptions, and from human sources such as burning fossil fuels in power plants. Mercury is distributed at local or regional scales as a result of current and historic mining activities. Human activities have increased levels of…
  • Deadly Human Pathogen Cryptococcus Fully Sequenced

    News Staff
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:20 pm
    DURHAM, N.C. – Within each strand of DNA lies the blueprint for building an organism, along with the keys to its evolution and survival. These genetic instructions can give valuable insight into why pathogens like Cryptococcus neoformans -- a fungus responsible for a million cases of pneumonia and meningitis every year -- are so malleable and dangerous. read more
  • Our Brains Are Hardwired For Language

    News Staff
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:20 pm
    A groundbreaking study published in PLOS ONE by Prof. Iris Berent of Northeastern University and researchers at Harvard Medical School shows the brains of individual speakers are sensitive to language universals. Syllables that are frequent across languages are recognized more readily than infrequent syllables. Simply put, this study shows that language universals are hardwired in the human brain. LANGUAGE UNIVERSALS read more
  • Malaria Pathogen's Cellular Skeleton Gets A Super-Microscope Look

    News Staff
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:19 pm
    The tropical disease malaria is caused by the Plasmodium parasite. For its survival and propagation, Plasmodium requires a protein called actin. Scientists of the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research (HZI) in Germany used high-resolution structural biology methods to investigate the different versions of this protein in the parasite in high detail. Their results may in the future contribute to the development of tailor-made drugs against malaria–a disease that causes more than half a million deaths per year. read more
  • Better Thermal-imaging Lens From Waste Sulfur

    News Staff
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:19 pm
    Sulfur left over from refining fossil fuels can be transformed into cheap, lightweight, plastic lenses for infrared devices, including night-vision goggles, a University of Arizona-led international team has found. The team successfully took thermal images of a person through a piece of the new plastic. By contrast, taking a picture taken through the plastic often used for ordinary lenses does not show a person's body heat. "We have for the first time a polymer material that can be used for quality thermal imaging – and that's a big deal," said senior co-author Jeffrey Pyun, whose lab at…
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    Sciencebase Science Blog

  • What is Protomyxzoa Rheumatica?

    David Bradley
    16 Apr 2014 | 12:14 am
    A contact on Twitter mentioned an apparently newly discovered parasitic disease which goes by the name of Protomyxzoa Rheumatica or the “Fry bug”, named for its apparent discoverer Fry Laboratories of Scottsdale, Arizona. The discoverers have published no scientific papers about this organism as far as I can tell. Although (registered in September 2012) says Fry has a PCR test for the pathogen and the person running the site says they were diagnosed by the labs in February of that year. No reference to Protomyxzoa Rheumatica comes up with a search of the Fry…
  • Planetary cakes

    David Bradley
    1 Apr 2014 | 12:17 am
    Who wouldn’t want a spongy Jupiter or a vanilla Earth with tectonic icing? I do wish they’d not misspelled concentric, but never mind. Can I have a slice of Jupiter with the spot? Planetary cakes is a post from the science blog of David Bradley, author of Deceived Wisdom Subscribe to our Email Newsletter
  • First World Problems

    David Bradley
    26 Mar 2014 | 6:53 am
    First-world Problems…you know the kind of thing…and the biggest most self-referential of them is worrying that that the phrase is itself not politically correct! There ain’t no problem that’s too small For us to gripe and moan and bawl There ain’t a thing we can’t complain We even groan when it don’t rain Sunshine’s warm but that’s not all We have the food, we live the life But little things they give us strife The time we have we often waste We move too fast, less speed more haste The angst it cuts you like a knife First world problems…
  • 10 cancer myths busted

    David Bradley
    24 Mar 2014 | 6:55 am
    Cancer Research UK has an interesting post busting ten of the most irritating and persistent pieces of deceived wisdom about cancer: Myth 1: Cancer is a man-made, modern disease Myth 2: Superfoods prevent cancer Myth 3: ‘Acidic’ diets cause cancer Myth 4: Cancer has a sweet tooth Myth 5: Cancer is a fungus – and sodium bicarbonate is the cure Myth 6: There’s a miracle cancer cure… Myth 7: …And Big Pharma is suppressing it Myth 8: Cancer treatment kills more than it cures Myth 9: We’ve made no progress in fighting cancer Myth 10: Sharks don’t get cancer Don’t believe…
  • Sciencebase first tweets

    David Bradley
    21 Mar 2014 | 2:45 am
    I’ve been on Twitter since June 2007, I wasn’t particularly active early on, as you can see from the frequency of tweets in my archive. But for those of you worried that I changed over the years, here’s a screengrab from my archive showing the first clutch of tweets and their relevance then to what I still post about now – Songs, Snaps, Science. Not that, as far as I know, anyone cares…but you were warned early on. ;-) Incidentally, there is a quick way to reveal your very first tweet here. You could put my twitter handle in there if you really want to see my…
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    Newswise: SciNews

  • Oil Spill Anniversary: FSU Experts Available to Discuss Impact of Spill Four Years Later

    Florida State University
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:00 pm
  • Innovation Acceleration: GE Selects Louisville for First Micro-Factory

    University of Louisville
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:15 pm
    A partnership among GE, the University of Louisville and Local Motors plans to open a micro-factory in Louisville. The goal of the facility is to design and produce appliances more quickly and efficiently.
  • More, Bigger Wildfires Burning Western U.S.

    University of Utah
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Wildfires across the western United States have been getting bigger and more frequent over the last 30 years - a trend that could continue as climate change causes temperatures to rise and drought to become more severe in the coming decades, according to new research.
  • WUSTL's Moon Receives National Science Foundation CAREER Award

    Washington University in St. Louis
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Scientists often use things in nature as a model to make new things, such as using birds as models for airplanes. One engineer at Washington University in St. Louis is using a basic cell as a model to make genetically engineered bacteria that would produce biofuel or pharmaceuticals. Tae Seok Moon, PhD, has received a prestigious Faculty Early Career Development Award from the National Science Foundation for his project, "Engineering Biological Robustness through Synthetic Control."
  • On the Brink of Extinction: ASU Researchers Urge Alternative Identification Methods for Threatened Species

    Arizona State University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Researchers at Arizona State University and Plymouth University in the United Kingdom want to change the way biologists think about the "gold standard" of collecting a "voucher" specimen for species identification. They suggest that current specimen collection practices may actually pose a risk to vulnerable animal populations already on the brink of extinction.
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  • Science Graphic of the Week: 5.3 Million Years of Sea Level Change on One Cliff Face

    Brandon Keim
    17 Apr 2014 | 11:41 am
    It's not often that we think about deep time. Lucky to live for a century, humans flitter like mayflies across Earth's surface, our own epoch an eyeblink in a planetary history that's largely hidden from everyday consciousness. Every now and then, though, that history punches right through into the present.
  • New Exoplanet Could Be Earth’s Cousin — Or Something Totally Alien

    Adam Mann
    17 Apr 2014 | 11:00 am
    Astronomers are one step closer to discovering Earth Two. They have found an exoplanet slightly larger than our own, orbiting a star at a distance where it could have liquid water on its surface.
  • Scientists Discover Bugs With Sex-Reversed Genitalia Doing It for 70 Hours

    Matt Simon
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:30 am
    Writing today in Current Biology, researchers for the first time describe a critter that has traded sex organs. Females are equipped with a penis-like structure called a gynosome, which “deeply penetrates” the duct leading to the male’s sperm storage organ.
  • What It’s Like to Spend 20 Years Listening to Psychopaths for Science

    Greg Miller
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:30 am
    Kent Kiehl has been interviewing psychopaths for more than 20 years. More recently he's acquired a mobile MRI scanner and permission to scan the brains of New Mexico state prison inmates. He talked with WIRED about what's different in the brains of psychopaths and why he views psychopathy as a preventable mental disorder.
  • People Like Their Music Served Medium Funky

    Betsy Mason
    16 Apr 2014 | 2:57 pm
    For all but the shyest of wallflowers, moving to music is a natural human response. But what is it about a catchy tune that makes us groove? Scientists think they've figured out at least part of the recipe: just the right mix of regular rhythms and unexpected beats.
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  • Why You Are a Complete Idiot If You Don’t Google Yourself

    Roger Dooley
    16 Apr 2014 | 10:37 am
    The other day, I read a story at Fast Company titled Why You Should Google Yourself And Not Feel Guilty About It. I agreed with the reasoning of the author, Lindsay Lavine (@lindsaylavine), but was slightly puzzled by the “guilty” part. The headline was underscored by the opening sentence, “Admit it. You’ve Googled yourself, and [...]
  • Repped: 30 Days to a Better Online Reputation by Andy Beal

    Roger Dooley
    15 Apr 2014 | 8:36 am
    Book Review: Repped: 30 Days to a Better Online Reputation by Andy Beal In these days of heavy business books laden with theory, we still encounter a few that are short, action-oriented, and eminently practical. Andy Beal’s Repped is one such book. Beal offers readers a 30-day program to evaluate a company or individual’s online [...]
  • Killer Headlines: 3 Must-Read Posts, and More – Roger’s Picks

    Roger Dooley
    11 Apr 2014 | 8:07 am
    Here’s the best content we found this week! Want to help thousands of fellow readers? Share your own great find in a comment! 3 Ways To Create Killer Headlines Email is still the most reliable and effective way to reach your customers or prospects, but most emails don’t get opened. Even when they do get [...]
  • The Popcorn Effect: When Do Brand Ads Fail?

    John Carvalho
    7 Apr 2014 | 6:51 am
    Guest post by John Carvalho Neuromarketing readers are likely to be familiar with the idea of fluency, and its importance in how we target, craft, and deliver marketing messages that resonate with our audiences. Recall that human brains are wired to prefer things that are simple for us to process and we prefer that which [...]
  • How to Turn a Thank You into Higher Sales, and More: Roger’s Picks

    Roger Dooley
    4 Apr 2014 | 7:15 am
    Here’s some of the interesting stuff we’ve gathered during the last 7 days… add your own find in a comment! Have you ever arrived at a website and struggled to figure out what was going on, or what you were supposed to do? It can be hard to predict how visitors will react to your [...]
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    Mind Hacks

  • It’s your own time you’re wasting

    16 Apr 2014 | 3:15 pm
    British teachers have voted to receive training in neuroscience ‘to improve classroom practice’ according to a report in the Times Educational Supplement and the debate sounded like a full-on serial head-desker. The idea of asking for neuroscience training at all sounds a little curious but the intro seemed like it could be quite reasonable: Members of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) at the union’s annual conference narrowly voted for a motion calling for training materials and policies on applying neuroscience to education and for further research on how…
  • The biases of pop psychology

    15 Apr 2014 | 12:45 am
    I just found this great piece at Scientific American that makes a fascinating point about how pop psychology books that inform us about our biases tend not to inform us about our most important bias – the effect of making things into stories – despite the fact that they rely on it to get their message across The piece starts by quoting economist Tyler Cowen: “There’s the Nudge book, the Sway book, the Blink book… [they are] all about the ways in which we screw up. And there are so many ways, but what I find interesting is that none of these books identify what, to me, is…
  • Spike activity 11-04-2014

    13 Apr 2014 | 11:28 am
    Quick links from the past week in mind and brain news: Things I’ve learned since being sectioned. Good piece on the appropriately named Sectioned blog. The New York Times covers the latest in rising fads in proposed psychiatric diagnoses: sluggish cognitive tempo. Don’t Throw Out The Baby With The Dead Salmon. Neuroskeptic discusses critiques of fMRI. Slate has a eulogy to a man with amnesia taught us how memories become personal through scientific studies where he was known as ‘KC’ – now known to be Kent Cochrane. Suspect in the disturbingly weird ‘selling…
  • Coma alarm dreams

    13 Apr 2014 | 3:35 am
    Intensive Care Medicine has published a wonderfully written and vivid account from a teenager who spent time brain injured and hallucinating in an intensive care unit. The writer describes how he was admitted to intensive care at the age of 15 after suffering a head injury and had intense and bizarre hallucinations which are, as we know now, surprisingly common in critical care patients. My experience of the time under sedation can be split into two. There was what I could perceive of the real world around me, and then there was my dream world. In the real world, the most constant feature was…
  • Circumstances of the life and brain

    13 Apr 2014 | 2:40 am
    Neurosurgeon Henry Marsh has written a philosophical, incisive and exasperated book about brain surgery called Do No Harm. It’s a hugely entertaining read as Marsh takes us through the practical and emotional process of operating, or not operating, on patients with neurological disorders. He does a lot of moaning – about hospital management, computerisation, administration – sometimes quite enjoyably it must be said, but in some ways he does reflect the stereotype of the bellowing “I’ve got lives to save!” surgeon that stalks hospital corridors. Most…
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  • The Bottleneck Years by H.E.Taylo – Chapter 88 [A Few Things Ill Considered]

    17 Apr 2014 | 8:59 pm
    The Bottleneck Years by H.E. Taylor Chapter 87 Table of Contents Chapter 89 Chapter 88 Going North, June 15, 2060 I was worried about going North and leaving Edie alone while she was pregnant. She had another opinion. “Don’t be silly. I’m a big girl, Luc.” She took my hand and held it to her barely showing stomach. “I can take care of myself, besides I have Anna and my friends to protect me. You go and do what you have to do.” She had that look about her. I knew it would be no use arguing. We compromised by arranging for Mark, the share-crop gardener, to…
  • Throwback Thursday: Top 5 Signs of New Physics (Synopsis) [Starts With A Bang]

    17 Apr 2014 | 6:41 pm
    “Other than the laws of physics, rules have never really worked out for me.” -Craig Ferguson When you think about the Standard Model of particle physics, you very likely think about all the matter, energy, particles, antiparticles, forces and interactions of the Universe. And you might legitimately worry that this is all there is. Image credit: Fermilab, modified by me. Never fear; it can’t be! The Standard Model may be wonderful for what it does predict, but we know with absolute certainty that it can’t be everything. Image credit:the BICEP2 collaboration, via…
  • Google Search Terms That Would Also Make Good Song Titles [Greg Laden's Blog]

    Greg Laden
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:05 pm
    The following is a selection of Google search terms that brought people to my sit today that I think would make good song titles, or perhaps, in some cases, a good name for a band. what happens if you eat mold vocal fry fish bigger than a whale with a m witches in europe if you hit a brick wall at 45 killing spiders indian women doodh feeding child with boobs is blood blue a bittersweet history things the same in every culture do we have blue blood holocene brain shrink richest man in d world smiling chimp killed by grizzlies boobs word origination what can cause green poo? nude nuns i dumped…
  • Thou shall not steal: Houston’s wage theft ordinance in action [The Pump Handle]

    Celeste Monforton, DrPH, MPH
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:28 pm
    Going to a job and getting paid appropriately for your time is how it is supposed to work. Doing your job and getting gipped out of you pay is wrong and illegal. The economic consequences of wage theft for the victims and their families are profound: the threat and reality of losing utilities, food and housing. One of the single biggest risk factors for ill health is poverty. That makes wage theft a public health problem. But catching and punishing employer-thieves is difficult. The federal and state enforcement agencies are under resourced and the laws weak. It’s also one thing to have a…
  • Meet the USA Science & Engineering Festival Youth Advisor Board! Join our Twitter Chat Tonight! [USA Science and Engineering Festival: The Blog]

    17 Apr 2014 | 12:25 pm
    You could call them child or teen prodigies – wunderkinds, who at remarkable young ages have already begun making their mark upon science and technology as innovators and visionaries. The USA Science & Engineering Festival not only applauds such young achievers, but is recruiting some of the best of them to serve on its new Youth Advisory Board. The achievements of these recently-appointed board members will not only help us further excite, inspire and reach out to more students during the Festival next week, but will also call attention to the impressive cadre of young talent that is…
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    EE Times

  • Bagels: Official Food of Test & Measurement

    Martin Rowe
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:10 pm
    A bagel is the perfect food to eat at your lab bench as long as you keep seeds from getting everywhere.
  • Max's BADASS Display, Part 3

    Max Maxfield
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Now we come to consider the various ways in which we can filter the audio stream to extract its spectral data.
  • Smartphones, 28nm Tech Drive TSMC 1Q Revenue

    Ismini Scouras
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:40 pm
    Thanks to demand for high-end smartphones and investment in technology such as 20nm manufacturing, TSMC posted first-quarter net income of $1.59 billion. That momentum is expected to continue in the second quarter.
  • Quantenna Speeds Up WiFi

    Jessica Lipsky
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:10 pm
    As several major companies roll out 802.11ac solutions with multi-user, multiple input-multiple output (MU-MIMO), local startup Quantenna Communications has announced chip that's a step ahead.
  • Samsung Patent Leaks Point to Google Glass Competitor

    Kevin Fogarty
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:05 pm
    In a series of leaked patent documents from South Korea, Samsung is proposing a one-ear "earphone" design that seems to be a response to Google Glass sales. This many replace a two-ear design that came to light during CES in January.
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    PLOS Biology: New Articles

  • A Novel Protein, CHRONO, Functions as a Core Component of the Mammalian Circadian Clock

    Akihiro Goriki et al.
    15 Apr 2014 | 2:00 pm
    by Akihiro Goriki, Fumiyuki Hatanaka, Jihwan Myung, Jae Kyoung Kim, Takashi Yoritaka, Shintaro Tanoue, Takaya Abe, Hiroshi Kiyonari, Katsumi Fujimoto, Yukio Kato, Takashi Todo, Akio Matsubara, Daniel Forger, Toru Takumi Circadian rhythms are controlled by a system of negative and positive genetic feedback loops composed of clock genes. Although many genes have been implicated in these feedback loops, it is unclear whether our current list of clock genes is exhaustive. We have recently identified Chrono as a robustly cycling transcript through genome-wide profiling of BMAL1 binding on the…
  • The Powers of Participatory Medicine

    Barbara Prainsack
    15 Apr 2014 | 2:00 pm
    by Barbara Prainsack
  • Chronos: Stress Makes the Clock Tick

    Richard Robinson
    15 Apr 2014 | 2:00 pm
    by Richard Robinson
  • Machine Learning Helps Identify CHRONO as a Circadian Clock Component

    Ron C. Anafi et al.
    15 Apr 2014 | 2:00 pm
    by Ron C. Anafi, Yool Lee, Trey K. Sato, Anand Venkataraman, Chidambaram Ramanathan, Ibrahim H. Kavakli, Michael E. Hughes, Julie E. Baggs, Jacqueline Growe, Andrew C. Liu, Junhyong Kim, John B. Hogenesch Over the last decades, researchers have characterized a set of “clock genes” that drive daily rhythms in physiology and behavior. This arduous work has yielded results with far-reaching consequences in metabolic, psychiatric, and neoplastic disorders. Recent attempts to expand our understanding of circadian regulation have moved beyond the mutagenesis screens that identified the first…
  • Correction: Exocytosis of ATP From Astrocytes Modulates Phasic and Tonic Inhibition in the Neocortex

    14 Apr 2014 | 2:00 pm
    by The PLOS Biology Staff
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    PLOS Computational Biology: New Articles

  • Wikipedia Usage Estimates Prevalence of Influenza-Like Illness in the United States in Near Real-Time

    David J. McIver et al.
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:00 pm
    by David J. McIver, John S. Brownstein Circulating levels of both seasonal and pandemic influenza require constant surveillance to ensure the health and safety of the population. While up-to-date information is critical, traditional surveillance systems can have data availability lags of up to two weeks. We introduce a novel method of estimating, in near-real time, the level of influenza-like illness (ILI) in the United States (US) by monitoring the rate of particular Wikipedia article views on a daily basis. We calculated the number of times certain influenza- or health-related Wikipedia…
  • The Influence of Spatiotemporal Structure of Noisy Stimuli in Decision Making

    Andrea Insabato et al.
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:00 pm
    by Andrea Insabato, Laura Dempere-Marco, Mario Pannunzi, Gustavo Deco, Ranulfo Romo Decision making is a process of utmost importance in our daily lives, the study of which has been receiving notable attention for decades. Nevertheless, the neural mechanisms underlying decision making are still not fully understood. Computational modeling has revealed itself as a valuable asset to address some of the fundamental questions. Biophysically plausible models, in particular, are useful in bridging the different levels of description that experimental studies provide, from the neural spiking…
  • How the Brain Decides When to Work and When to Rest: Dissociation of Implicit-Reactive from Explicit-Predictive Computational Processes

    Florent Meyniel et al.
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:00 pm
    by Florent Meyniel, Lou Safra, Mathias Pessiglione A pervasive case of cost-benefit problem is how to allocate effort over time, i.e. deciding when to work and when to rest. An economic decision perspective would suggest that duration of effort is determined beforehand, depending on expected costs and benefits. However, the literature on exercise performance emphasizes that decisions are made on the fly, depending on physiological variables. Here, we propose and validate a general model of effort allocation that integrates these two views. In this model, a single variable, termed cost…
  • Impact of Different Oseltamivir Regimens on Treating Influenza A Virus Infection and Resistance Emergence: Insights from a Modelling Study

    Laetitia Canini et al.
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:00 pm
    by Laetitia Canini, Jessica M. Conway, Alan S. Perelson, Fabrice Carrat Several studies have proven oseltamivir to be efficient in reducing influenza viral titer and symptom intensity. However, the usefulness of oseltamivir can be compromised by the emergence and spread of drug-resistant virus. The selective pressure exerted by different oseltamivir therapy regimens have received little attention. Combining models of drug pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, viral kinetics and symptom dynamics, we explored the efficacy of oseltamivir in reducing both symptoms (symptom efficacy) and viral load…
  • Computational Prediction of Alanine Scanning and Ligand Binding Energetics in G-Protein Coupled Receptors

    Lars Boukharta et al.
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:00 pm
    by Lars Boukharta, Hugo Gutiérrez-de-Terán, Johan Åqvist Site-directed mutagenesis combined with binding affinity measurements is widely used to probe the nature of ligand interactions with GPCRs. Such experiments, as well as structure-activity relationships for series of ligands, are usually interpreted with computationally derived models of ligand binding modes. However, systematic approaches for accurate calculations of the corresponding binding free energies are still lacking. Here, we report a computational strategy to quantitatively predict the effects of alanine scanning and ligand…
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    PLOS Genetics: New Articles

  • Genome-Wide Diet-Gene Interaction Analyses for Risk of Colorectal Cancer

    Jane C. Figueiredo et al.
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:00 pm
    by Jane C. Figueiredo, Li Hsu, Carolyn M. Hutter, Yi Lin, Peter T. Campbell, John A. Baron, Sonja I. Berndt, Shuo Jiao, Graham Casey, Barbara Fortini, Andrew T. Chan, Michelle Cotterchio, Mathieu Lemire, Steven Gallinger, Tabitha A. Harrison, Loic Le Marchand, Polly A. Newcomb, Martha L. Slattery, Bette J. Caan, Christopher S. Carlson, Brent W. Zanke, Stephanie A. Rosse, Hermann Brenner, Edward L. Giovannucci, Kana Wu, Jenny Chang-Claude, Stephen J. Chanock, Keith R. Curtis, David Duggan, Jian Gong, Robert W. Haile, Richard B. Hayes, Michael Hoffmeister, John L. Hopper, Mark A. Jenkins,…
  • Evolutionarily Diverged Regulation of X-chromosomal Genes as a Primal Event in Mouse Reproductive Isolation

    Ayako Oka et al.
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:00 pm
    by Ayako Oka, Toyoyuki Takada, Hironori Fujisawa, Toshihiko Shiroishi Improper gene regulation is implicated in reproductive isolation, but its genetic and molecular bases are unknown. We previously reported that a mouse inter-subspecific X chromosome substitution strain shows reproductive isolation characterized by male-specific sterility due to disruption of meiotic entry in spermatogenesis. Here, we conducted comprehensive transcriptional profiling of the testicular cells of this strain by microarray. The results clearly revealed gross misregulation of gene expression in the substituted…
  • A General Approach for Haplotype Phasing across the Full Spectrum of Relatedness

    Jared O'Connell et al.
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:00 pm
    by Jared O'Connell, Deepti Gurdasani, Olivier Delaneau, Nicola Pirastu, Sheila Ulivi, Massimiliano Cocca, Michela Traglia, Jie Huang, Jennifer E. Huffman, Igor Rudan, Ruth McQuillan, Ross M. Fraser, Harry Campbell, Ozren Polasek, Gershim Asiki, Kenneth Ekoru, Caroline Hayward, Alan F. Wright, Veronique Vitart, Pau Navarro, Jean-Francois Zagury, James F. Wilson, Daniela Toniolo, Paolo Gasparini, Nicole Soranzo, Manjinder S. Sandhu, Jonathan Marchini Many existing cohorts contain a range of relatedness between genotyped individuals, either by design or by chance. Haplotype estimation in such…
  • Epigenetic Regulation by Heritable RNA

    Reinhard Liebers et al.
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:00 pm
    by Reinhard Liebers, Minoo Rassoulzadegan, Frank Lyko Genomic concepts are based on the assumption that phenotypes arise from the expression of genetic variants. However, the presence of non-Mendelian inheritance patterns provides a direct challenge to this view and suggests an important role for alternative mechanisms of gene regulation and inheritance. Over the past few years, a highly complex and diverse network of noncoding RNAs has been discovered. Research in animal models has shown that RNAs can be inherited and that RNA methyltransferases can be important for the transmission and…
  • A Synthetic Community Approach Reveals Plant Genotypes Affecting the Phyllosphere Microbiota

    Natacha Bodenhausen et al.
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:00 pm
    by Natacha Bodenhausen, Miriam Bortfeld-Miller, Martin Ackermann, Julia A. Vorholt The identity of plant host genetic factors controlling the composition of the plant microbiota and the extent to which plant genes affect associated microbial populations is currently unknown. Here, we use a candidate gene approach to investigate host effects on the phyllosphere community composition and abundance. To reduce the environmental factors that might mask genetic factors, the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana was used in a gnotobiotic system and inoculated with a reduced complexity synthetic bacterial…
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    PLOS ONE Alerts: New Articles

  • IL-3 and CSF-1 Interact to Promote Generation of CD11c+ IL-10-Producing Macrophages

    Kuo-Ching Sheng et al.
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:00 pm
    by Kuo-Ching Sheng, Lara J. Herrero, Adam Taylor, Andrew J. Hapel, Suresh Mahalingam Unraveling the mechanisms of hematopoiesis regulated by multiple cytokines remains a challenge in hematology. IL-3 is an allergic cytokine with the multilineage potential, while CSF-1 is produced in the steady state with restricted lineage coverage. Here, we uncovered an instructive role of CSF-1 in IL-3-mediated hematopoiesis. CSF-1 significantly promoted IL-3-driven CD11c cell expansion and dampened basophil and mast cell generation from C57BL/6 bone marrow. Further studies indicated that the CSF-1/CSF-1R…
  • Regulator of G Protein Signaling 2 (RGS2) and RGS4 Form Distinct G Protein-Dependent Complexes with Protease Activated-Receptor 1 (PAR1) in Live Cells

    Sungho Ghil et al.
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:00 pm
    by Sungho Ghil, Kelly L. McCoy, John R. Hepler Protease-activated receptor 1 (PAR1) is a G-protein coupled receptor (GPCR) that is activated by natural proteases to regulate many physiological actions. We previously reported that PAR1 couples to Gi, Gq and G12 to activate linked signaling pathways. Regulators of G protein signaling (RGS) proteins serve as GTPase activating proteins to inhibit GPCR/G protein signaling. Some RGS proteins interact directly with certain GPCRs to modulate their signals, though cellular mechanisms dictating selective RGS/GPCR coupling are poorly understood. Here,…
  • Role of TNF in the Altered Interaction of Dormant Mycobacterium tuberculosis with Host Macrophages

    Uma S. Gautam et al.
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:00 pm
    by Uma S. Gautam, Smriti Mehra, Muhammad H. Ahsan, Xavier Alvarez, Tianhua Niu, Deepak Kaushal Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb) persists within lung granulomas, despite being subjected to diverse stress conditions, including hypoxia. We hypothesized that the response of host phagocytes to Mtb experiencing hypoxia is radically altered and designed in vitro experiment to study this phenomenon. Hypoxia-stressed (Mtb-H) and aerobically grown Mtb (Mtb-A) were used to infect Rhesus Macaque Bone Marrow Derived Macrophages (Rh-BMDMs) and the comparative host response to Mtb infection studied.
  • Attenuation of Experimental Colitis in Glutathione Peroxidase 1 and Catalase Double Knockout Mice through Enhancing Regulatory T Cell Function

    Hyung-Ran Kim et al.
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:00 pm
    by Hyung-Ran Kim, Anbok Lee, Eun-Jeong Choi, Jeong-Hae Kie, Woosung Lim, Hyeon Kook Lee, Byung-In Moon, Ju-Young Seoh Reactive oxygen species (ROS) have been implicated in the progression of inflammatory diseases including inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD). Meanwhile, several studies suggested the protective role of ROS in immune-mediated inflammatory diseases, and it was recently reported that dextran sodium sulfate (DSS)-induced colitis was attenuated in mice with an elevated level of ROS due to deficiency of peroxiredoxin II. Regulatory T cells (Tregs) are critical in the prevention of IBD…
  • Identification of cis-Acting Elements and Splicing Factors Involved in the Regulation of BIM Pre-mRNA Splicing

    Wen Chun Juan et al.
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:00 pm
    by Wen Chun Juan, Xavier Roca, S. Tiong Ong Aberrant changes in the expression of the pro-apoptotic protein, BCL-2-like 11 (BIM), can result in either impaired or excessive apoptosis, which can contribute to tumorigenesis and degenerative disorders, respectively. Altering BIM pre-mRNA splicing is an attractive approach to modulate apoptosis because BIM activity is partly determined by the alternative splicing of exons 3 or 4, whereby exon 3-containing transcripts are not apoptotic. Here we identified several cis-acting elements and splicing factors involved in BIM alternative splicing, as a…
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    PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases: New Articles

  • Leishmania-HIV Co-infection: Clinical Presentation and Outcomes in an Urban Area in Brazil

    Gláucia F. Cota et al.
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:00 pm
    by Gláucia F. Cota, Marcos R. de Sousa, Andrea Laender Pessoa de Mendonça, Allan Patrocinio, Luiza Siqueira Assunção, Sidnei Rodrigues de Faria, Ana Rabello Background Visceral leishmaniasis (VL) is an emerging condition affecting HIV-infected patients living in Latin America, particularly in Brazil. Leishmania-HIV coinfection represents a challenging diagnosis because the clinical picture of VL is similar to that of other disseminated opportunistic diseases. Additionally, coinfection is related to treatment failure, relapse and high mortality. Objective To assess the clinical-laboratory…
  • Recombinant Paracoccin Reproduces the Biological Properties of the Native Protein and Induces Protective Th1 Immunity against Paracoccidioides brasiliensis Infection

    Ana Claudia Paiva Alegre et al.
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:00 pm
    by Ana Claudia Paiva Alegre, Aline Ferreira Oliveira, Fausto Bruno Dos Reis Almeida, Maria Cristina Roque-Barreira, Ebert Seixas Hanna Background Paracoccin is a dual-function protein of the yeast Paracoccidioides brasiliensis that has lectin properties and N-acetylglucosaminidase activities. Proteomic analysis of a paracoccin preparation from P. brasiliensis revealed that the sequence matched that of the hypothetical protein encoded by PADG-3347 of isolate Pb-18, with a polypeptide sequence similar to the family 18 endochitinases. These endochitinases are multi-functional proteins, with…
  • Air Travel Is Associated with Intracontinental Spread of Dengue Virus Serotypes 1–3 in Brazil

    Marcio R. T. Nunes et al.
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:00 pm
    by Marcio R. T. Nunes, Gustavo Palacios, Nuno Rodrigues Faria, Edivaldo Costa Sousa, Jamilla A. Pantoja, Sueli G. Rodrigues, Valéria L. Carvalho, Daniele B. A. Medeiros, Nazir Savji, Guy Baele, Marc A. Suchard, Philippe Lemey, Pedro F. C. Vasconcelos, W. Ian Lipkin Dengue virus and its four serotypes (DENV-1 to DENV-4) infect 390 million people and are implicated in at least 25,000 deaths annually, with the largest disease burden in tropical and subtropical regions. We investigated the spatial dynamics of DENV-1, DENV-2 and DENV-3 in Brazil by applying a statistical framework to complete…
  • Diagnostic Performance of Schistosoma Real-Time PCR in Urine Samples from Kenyan Children Infected with Schistosoma haematobium: Day-to-day Variation and Follow-up after Praziquantel Treatment

    Natalie V. S. Vinkeles Melchers et al.
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:00 pm
    by Natalie V. S. Vinkeles Melchers, Govert J. van Dam, David Shaproski, Anthony I. Kahama, Eric A. T. Brienen, Birgitte J. Vennervald, Lisette van Lieshout Background In an effort to enhance accuracy of diagnosis of Schistosoma haematobium, this study explores day-to-day variability and diagnostic performance of real-time PCR for detection and quantification of Schistosoma DNA compared to other diagnostic tools in an endemic area before and after treatment. Methodology Previously collected urine samples (N = 390) from 114 preselected proven parasitological and/or clinical S. haematobium…
  • Opportunity Cost for Early Treatment of Chagas Disease in Mexico

    Janine M. Ramsey et al.
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:00 pm
    by Janine M. Ramsey, Miguel Elizondo-Cano, Gilberto Sanchez-González, Adriana Peña-Nieves, Alejandro Figueroa-Lara Background Given current neglect for Chagas disease in public health programs in Mexico, future healthcare and economic development policies will need a more robust model to analyze costs and impacts of timely clinical attention of infected populations. Methodology/Principal Findings A Markov decision model was constructed to simulate the natural history of a Chagas disease cohort in Mexico and to project the associated short and long-term clinical outcomes and corresponding…
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    Sciencetext Tech Talk

  • LastPass saves you from HeartBleed

    David Bradley
    14 Apr 2014 | 1:53 am
    If you sensibly use a password manager, whether an online (LastPass) or offline (KeyPass) tool you will probably have heard of the security bug that was uncovered in OpenSSL, the encryption system that underpins security on countless websites. The bug, which goes by the catchy name of HeartBleed, has now been demonstrated as problematic for much of the web and the recommendation is that you change your passwords urgently. But, how do you know which site to reset first? Lastpass has usefully added a scan to their security tools that will work through all your registered logins and tell you…
  • WolframAlpha gets all in your Facebook

    David Bradley
    5 Mar 2014 | 9:30 am
    I heard about this tool many years ago, but they recently updated it and now WolframAlpha can analyze your Facebook profile. It throws up lots of interesting data about how many photos you’ve posted, how many tags, likes and all that stuff. It also gives you a breakdown of the demographic of your circle of friends. It turns out that my friends Mike and Dek are well into their 100s (fake birthdays methinks!). There’s nobody I know on Facebook in their 90s, but I do have three friends who are genuinely in their 80s. Nice one! By some weird coincidence 43% percent of my Facebook…
  • The digital activist

    David Bradley
    1 Mar 2014 | 10:47 am
    It’s perhaps not surprising that the advent of free information and communication channels has opened up easier routes to activist activity, whether in the consumer, political, environmental, patient advocacy and many other areas. Now, Vivek Shah, Marcos Sivitanides and Mayur Mehta of Texas State University, in San Marcos, USA, have laid down a framework for research into the online, technologically driven form of social activism we might call digital activism. Writing in the International Journal of Information Technology, Communications and Convergence, the three specialists in…
  • Who not to follow back

    David Bradley
    19 Feb 2014 | 9:50 am
    When you’ve been on Twitter a while, you get a feeling for who not to follow back. I encapsulated my thinking in a twitter flowchart some time ago, but also having scanned recent new followers it made sense just to mock a profile (name changed) to show you what to look out for: The warning signs are any combination of the following: default “egg” avatar, default header background image, no bio, misspelled username, username with silly number at the end, no tweets, very few followers but following a huge number of accounts. Maybe one or two of these alone is fine, not…
  • Getting more out of your laptop display

    David Bradley
    13 Feb 2014 | 12:10 am
    Ever since I switched down to a 15″ laptop (1366×768) from a 17″ (1600×900) I’ve been frustrated by the lower number of pixels that fit vertically on the screen, meaning more scrolling when web browsing…so…why has it only just occurred to me to reduce the font size in my browser to 90% to make more fit without losing readability? Post from: David Bradley's Sciencetext Tech TalkGetting more out of your laptop display Subscribe to our Email Newsletter Related Posts:Make any website comfortably readableMaking your lithium battery last longerKeeping your…
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  • A principal component analysis step-by-step

    Nathan Yau
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:28 am
    Sebastian Raschka offers a step-by-step tutorial for a principal component analysis in Python. The main purposes of a principal component analysis are the analysis of data to identify patterns and finding patterns to reduce the dimensions of the dataset with minimal loss of information. Here, our desired outcome of the principal component analysis is to project a feature space (our dataset consisting of n x d-dimensional samples) onto a smaller subspace that represents our data "well". A possible application would be a pattern classification task, where we want to reduce the computational…
  • Analysis of Bob Ross paintings

    Nathan Yau
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:40 am
    As a lesson on conditional probability for himself, Walt Hickey watched 403 episodes of "The Joy of Painting" with Bob Ross, tagged them with keywords on what Ross painted, and examined Ross's tendencies. I analyzed the data to find out exactly what Ross, who died in 1995, painted for more than a decade on TV. The top-line results are to be expected — wouldn't you know, he did paint a bunch of mountains, trees and lakes! — but then I put some numbers to Ross's classic figures of speech. He didn't paint oaks or spruces, he painted "happy trees." He favored "almighty mountains" to…
  • Weird stacked area map thing

    Nathan Yau
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:02 am
    This chart-map-looking thing from Nightly News is making the rounds, and it's not good. I'm opening the comments below for critique so that you can release your angst. Signed copy of Data Points goes to a randomly selected commenter the end of this week. Have at it.
  • Mapping a century of earthquakes

    Nathan Yau
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Earthquakes are in the news a lot lately. A quick search shows a 7.6 off the coast of the Solomon Islands, a 6.6 in Nicaragua, and a 7.1 off the southwest coast of Papua New Guinea, and this was just last week. Not good news at all, but just how common are these earthquakes? Can we look back farther? Yes. In addition to a real-time feed of earthquakes, the United States Geological Survey maintains an ever growing archive of earthquakes detected around the world, and they make it easy to query and download. The map above shows the past century of known earthquakes with a magnitude of at least…
  • Five decades of warm and cold weather anomalies

    Nathan Yau
    14 Apr 2014 | 8:18 am
    This year's polar vortex churned up some global warming skeptics, but as we know, it's more useful to look at trends over significant spans of time than isolated events. And, when you do look at a trend, it's useful to have a proper baseline to compare against. To this end, compared warm weather anomalies against cold weather anomalies, from 1964 to 2013. That is, they counted the number of days per year that were warmer than expected and the days it was colder than expected. An animated map leads the post, but the meat is in the time series. There's a clear trend towards more warm.
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    Science Daily

  • More, bigger wildfires burning western US over last 30 years

    17 Apr 2014 | 12:12 pm
    Wildfires across the western United States have been getting bigger and more frequent over the last 30 years. The total area these fires burned increased at a rate of nearly 90,000 acres a year -- an area the size of Las Vegas, according to the study. Individually, the largest wildfires grew at a rate of 350 acres a year, the new research says.
  • Fish consumption advisories for expecting mothers fail to cover all types of contaminants

    17 Apr 2014 | 11:19 am
    Fish consumption advisories for expecting mothers are ineffective in reducing infant exposure to contaminants like persistent organic pollutants. The researchers' model estimates that women who stop eating fish shortly before or during their pregnancy may only lower their child's exposure to POPs by 10 to 15 per cent.
  • First potentially habitable Earth-sized planet confirmed by Gemini and Keck observatories

    17 Apr 2014 | 11:19 am
    The first Earth-sized exoplanet orbiting within the habitable zone of another star has been confirmed by observations with both the W. M. Keck Observatory and the Gemini Observatory. The initial discovery, made by NASA's Kepler Space Telescope, is one of a handful of smaller planets found by Kepler and verified using large ground-based telescopes. It also confirms that Earth-sized planets do exist in the habitable zone of other stars.
  • Thinnest membrane feasible has been produced

    17 Apr 2014 | 11:19 am
    A new nano-membrane made out of the 'super material' graphene is extremely light and breathable. Not only can this open the door to a new generation of functional waterproof clothing, but also to ultra-rapid filtration. The new membrane just produced is as thin as is technologically possible.
  • Alternative identification methods for threatened species urged

    17 Apr 2014 | 11:19 am
    With global climate change and rapidly disappearing habitat critical to the survival of endangered species, there is a sense of urgency to confirm the return of animals thought to be extinct, or to confirm the presence of newly discovered species. Researchers want to change how biologists think about collecting 'voucher' specimens for species identification, suggesting current specimen collection practices pose a risk to vulnerable animal populations nearing extinction.
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    The Why Files

  • Fruit fly study finds long-term impact of sleep deprivation

    17 Apr 2014 | 12:03 pm
    Fruit fly study finds long-term impact of sleep deprivation Fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster. Shutterstock Most of us know more about sleeping babies than snoozin’ fruitflies, but most young animals need buckets of sleep. Today, a study published in Science offers a comprehensive picture of why newborns sleep so much, and what difference it makes — at least to a fruit fly. The goal “was to show that sleep early in development is required for normal structural growth of the brain,” says first author Matthew Kayser, a physician in the department of psychiatry at the…
  • Lies and liars: Can you catch them?

    10 Apr 2014 | 1:27 pm
    Lies and liars: Can you catch them? ENLARGEOscar Pistorius at a bail hearing on Feb 20, 2013, in Pretoria, South Africa. Pistorius is accused of murdering his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, on February 14, 2013. Pistorius, who faces a minimum of 25 years in prison if convicted of premeditated murder, is accused of lying by the prosecution. Cropped photo from original by Gallo Images / City Press / Herman Verwey at Flickr As sprinter Oscar Pistorius, charged with murdering his girlfriend a year ago, takes the witness stand in self-defense, we’re forced once again to do the impossible:…
  • The Age of Radiance

    8 Apr 2014 | 10:43 pm
    The Age of Radiance The Epic Rise and Dramatic Fall of the Atomic Era Craig Nelson • Scribner, 2014, 438 pp. If you’ve read and reread the history of a century of physics, the atom bomb, and quantum theory, you yawn at the prospect of plowing the same ground one more time. And then you open The Age of Radiance and read the personal history of the fascinating characters who discovered X-rays, created radium, the first artificial element, and began to cope with the myriad mysteries and far-reaching implications of the discovery of atomic energy. Witness: The loves of Madame Curie,…
  • Fundamental facial expressions: are there really 21?

    3 Apr 2014 | 9:34 am
    Fundamental facial expressions: are there really 21? All face photos this page courtesy of Ohio State University. For centuries, psychologists have studied six basic facial expressions: happy, angry, sad, surprised, fearful and disgusted. But as cognitive scientist Aleix Martinez of the Ohio State University studied those six, a heretical question flitted through his mind: Could the human face be capable of registering a much wider variety of emotions? “Something struck me as odd,” says Martinez, an associate professor of electrical and computer engineering. “Why would we…
  • Ancient filter-feeder was a “gentle giant”

    27 Mar 2014 | 9:43 am
    Ancient filter-feeder was a “gentle giant” ENLARGE An artist’s conception of T. borealis in the ancient sea. Courtesy Jakob Vinther, University of Bristol, UK Extraordinary fossils from the northern tip of Greenland provide a better picture of a dynamic period in early animal life. The fossils date to 520 million years ago, shortly after the simple organic soup of the Precambrian epoch gave way to the explosive biodiversity of the Cambrian era. The fossil described in Nature this week is a filter feeder, one of the many aquatic animals that earn a living by “raking…
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  • Venture investments jump to $9.5B in 1Q

    18 Apr 2014 | 2:30 am
    Funding for U.S. startup companies soared 57 percent in the first quarter to a level not seen since 2001, as venture capitalists piled more money into an increasing number of deals, according to a report due out Friday.
  • Japan to continue scientific whaling in Pacific: reports

    18 Apr 2014 | 2:20 am
    Japan has decided to continue its whaling programme in the Pacific Ocean, reports said Friday, despite losing a United Nations court case on its other "research" hunt in the Antarctic.
  • Microsoft reports strong sales of XBox One

    18 Apr 2014 | 2:06 am
    Microsoft said Thursday it has sold more than five million XBox One consoles since they were launched in November.
  • White House updating online privacy policy

    18 Apr 2014 | 2:03 am
    A new Obama administration privacy policy out Friday explains how the government will gather the user data of online visitors to, mobile apps and social media sites. It also clarifies that online comments, whether tirades or tributes, are in the open domain.
  • Scientists tether lionfish to Cayman reefs

    18 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    Research done by U.S. scientists in the Cayman Islands suggests that native predators can be trained to gobble up invasive lionfish that colonize regional reefs and voraciously prey on juvenile marine creatures.
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  • In a cloning first, scientists create stem cells from adults

    17 Apr 2014 | 3:36 pm
    By Sharon Begley NEW YORK (Reuters) - Scientists have moved a step closer to the goal of creating stem cells perfectly matched to a patient's DNA in order to treat diseases, they announced on Thursday, creating patient-specific cell lines out of the skin cells of two adult men. The advance, described online in the journal Cell Stem Cell, is the first time researchers have achieved "therapeutic cloning" of adults. Technically called somatic-cell nuclear transfer, therapeutic cloning means producing embryonic cells genetically identical to a donor, usually for the purpose of…
  • Wikipedia beats Google in helping researchers track flu season

    17 Apr 2014 | 2:50 pm
    By monitoring the number of times people look for flu information on Wikipedia, researchers may be better able to estimate the severity of a flu season, according to a new study. Researchers created a new data-analysis system that looks at visits to Wikipedia articles, and found the system was able to estimate flu levels in the United States up to two weeks sooner than the flu data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention were released. The new system examined visits to Wikipedia articles that included terms related to flulike illnesses, whereas Google Flu Trends looks at searches…
  • New Ragweed Allergy Pill Clears FDA

    17 Apr 2014 | 2:16 pm
    A new oral medication to treat ragweed allergies has been approved by the Food and Drug administration, the agency announced today (April 17). The medication, called Ragwitek (a drug from Merck and Co.), is a tablet taken once a day by placing it under the tongue, where it dissolves. Patients should start taking the medication 12 weeks before ragweed season, and use it throughout the season, the FDA said. The drug is an alternative to allergy shots or medications that relieve allergy symptoms, the FDA said.
  • Scientists find Earth-sized world in orbit friendly to life

    17 Apr 2014 | 12:49 pm
    The discovery, announced on Thursday, is the closest scientists have come so far to finding a true Earth twin. The star’s outermost planet, designated Kepler-186f, receives about one-third the radiation from its parent star as Earth gets from the sun, meaning that high noon on this world would be roughly akin to Earth an hour before sunset, said astronomer Thomas Barclay, with NASA’s Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, California. “This planet is an Earth cousin, not an Earth twin,” said Barclay, who is among a team of scientists reporting on the discovery in the journal Science…
  • Flight 370: Oil in Indian Ocean Not from Missing Jetliner

    17 Apr 2014 | 12:07 pm
    The ongoing search for the missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner has suffered yet another setback, as officials confirmed today (April 17) that an oil slick discovered earlier this week in the southern Indian Ocean did not come from the plane. An Australian ship, called Ocean Shield, spotted the slick on Sunday (April 13), and investigators collected a sample of the water to try to determine the oil's origin. "Preliminary analysis of the sample collected by [Australian Defense Vessel] Ocean Shield has confirmed that it is not aircraft engine oil or hydraulic fuel," officials from…
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    Science: This Week's News

  • [News & Analysis] Epigenetics: Ancient DNA Holds Clues to Gene Activity in Extinct Humans

    Elizabeth Pennisi
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Using the two high-quality genomes that exist for Neandertals and Denisovans, researchers find clues to gene activity in these long-gone species by computationally mapping where a chemical modification called methylation occurred in the DNA during the lifetime of the individual. The method takes advantage of how DNA degrades through time. When compared with methylation in modern humans, these methylation maps revealed a possible explanation for the skeletal differences between Neandertals and modern humans. Many more ancient methylomes must be mapped to determine which methylome is…
  • [News of the Week] This Week's Section

    Stewart Wills (
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Follow the links below for a roundup of the week's top stories in science, or download a PDF of the entire section. Around the WorldFindingsNewsmakersRandom Samples
  • [News of the Week] Around the World

    Stewart Wills (
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    In science news around the world, the National Park Service decides not to introduce mainland wolves to rescue the declining wolf population on Lake Superior's Isle Royale, Japanese researchers plan to resume controversial whaling in 2015, Australia's Antarctic research program faces budget cuts, and more.
  • [News & Analysis] Astronomy: Almost-Earth Tantalizes Astronomers With Promise of Worlds to Come

    Yudhijit Bhattacharjee
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Astronomers have discovered an Earth-sized planet in the habitable zone of a red dwarf—a star cooler than the sun—500 light-years away. Because such stars make up three-quarters of all stars in the Milky Way, the finding could open a wide new hunting ground for extraterrestrial life. Author: Yudhijit Bhattacharjee
  • [News of the Week] Newsmakers

    Stewart Wills (
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Molecular biologist Feng Zhang wins the National Science Foundation's Alan T. Waterman Award for young researchers, President Barack Obama nominates White House budget office director Sylvia Mathews Burwell to replace outgoing Health and Human Services head Kathleen Sebelius, physicist Stuart Parkin wins the 2014 Millennium Technology Prize, and more.
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    Nerdy Science Blog

  • The Health Risks of Wearing A Bra

    12 Apr 2014 | 8:23 pm
    Recent research studies have shown that women might actually be putting their health at risk by wearing a bra. As shocking as this may sound, it is true. What sort of health risks are we talking about? Well, women who wear a bra have been found to be more prone to suffer from frequent breast pain, and even breast cancer in the long run. Research based evidence The one thing that needs to be mentioned here is that there is growing evidence that women who belong to cultures that do not deem it necessary for them to wear bras do not largely suffer from breast cancer. A number of researches have…
  • The Health Benefits of Bra

    29 Mar 2014 | 7:09 pm
    With the passage of time, experts have come to the conclusion that the breasts of a woman continue to change sizes all through life. On average, it is believed by experts that breasts have the potential to change sizes an average of five times throughout the life of a woman. What would that mean for a woman? Well, to begin with, this means that the bra that you are wearing at the moment will not be a perfect fit in years to come. You would need to purchase a new bra to make sure that it fits you well. If truth be told, all this can easily happen in just a year’s time so you need to keep an…
  • Who Invented The First Bra?

    15 Mar 2014 | 7:08 pm
    Bras, as we all know, are commonly worn by women across the world. However, what do we know about this clothing item’s history? Who invented it? Well, let’s help you learn about its history a bit. The very first modern brassiere to have ever received a patent was the one that was invented by Mary Phelps Jacob, a New York socialite in the year 1913. Details about the invention of bras The events that lead to the invention of the first bra are rather interesting. What basically happened is that Mary Phelps Jacob had recently bought an exquisite looking evening gown that she wanted to wear…
  • Cats vs Dogs Superpower: Ultraviolet Vision

    22 Feb 2014 | 7:25 pm
    When I read the report that house pets are able to see UV lights that human can’t see, I immediately thought of howling dogs.  One of the superstitious belief that dogs cried when they see or sense supernatural figure, such as ghosts or spirits.  Although scientists believe that dogs howl to have long-range communication with other dogs, it is also proven they howl because of anxiety. Back to the topic, with the ‘superpower’ of seeing ultraviolet wavelengths, the house pets are able to see dried puddles or urine (or sperm stain) which are usually used by animals in marking…
  • First Dinosaur Fossil Found in Malaysia

    22 Feb 2014 | 12:44 am
    Scientists from University of Malaya, Waseda University and Kumamoto University unveiled a 75 million-year-old tooth in the central state of Pahang, Malaysia.  The one inch long Spinosaurid tooth is the first dinosaur fossil found in Malaysia after digging for nearly two years.  The Spinosaurids are fish-eating predator and their fossils have been found in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, and South America. (news)
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  • Western Blot, ELISA or PCR; which technique should I use?

    Ellen Moran
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:54 am
    A pretty standard experiment in a molecular biology laboratory is where a scientist stimulates some cells/tissue with a stimulus of interest i.e. cytokine. They can then analyse the cellular response to the external stimulus and investigate what intracellular signalling pathways have been activated/deactivated or what proteins have been secreted from the cell as a result. There are a number of different methods that can used to analyse such responses. The most appropriate method depends on what aspect of the response being analysed and what questions you are asking as a researcher. The…
  • When Glycogen is not Your Friend – Isolating RNA from Glycogen-Rich Tissues

    Suzanne Kennedy
    16 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    Bitesize Bio has had a lot to say about RNA isolation, mainly because it is one of the most anxiety-producing requirements for molecular biology; especially when you are first starting out (although isolating proteins from complex samples like soil and stool is far more difficult, let me tell you.  But that’s a future post.)  We’ve discussed how to work RNase-free, how to troubleshoot your preps, how to check the purity of your RNA preps and 5 ways to really screw things up (in case you weren’t sure). Well, recently we were asked about isolating RNA from a very specific tissue type…
  • Verhoeff-van Gieson Stain: A Special Histology Stain for Elastic Fibers

    Nicola Parry
    15 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    What is Verhoeff-van Gieson’s stain? Ira Van Gieson first described the Verhoeff-van Gieson (VVG) staining protocol in 1889 as a method of evaluating collagen fibers in neural tissue. Frederick Herman Verhoeff, an American surgeon and pathologist, then modified the stain in 1908, as a method to differentiate collagen and other connective tissues, and highlight elastic fibers in particular. What does it stain? Elastic fibers are connective tissue fibers that allow tissues to stretch, and are abundant in the aorta, for example, where they provide flexibility to this large blood vessel.  They…
  • You did a Co-IP…now what?

    Ashleigh Miller
    15 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    Silver staining: One way to detect the proteins in your Co-IP. You spent the last few weeks tweaking your Co-immunoprecipitation conditions, testing different antibody/bead combinations, and sampling a panaply of solutions and FINALLY! You have your Co-immunoprecipitation (Co-IP) elution… Now what? Well, you have a few choices. It really all depends on what you need know about the proteins in your elution. Do you need to identify the proteins in your elution? Or merely confirm their presence?  Do you need to know how the proteins have changed with a treatment? Read below to learn what you…
  • Herzenberg and the Invention of the FACS Machine

    Catriona Paul
    15 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    The flow cytometer that we have all grown to know and love may have only come into its own in the 1990’s, but who would have known that the first cell sorter was invented as early as the 1950’s? With the recent death of one of the key developers of fluorescence activated cell sorting (FACS), Leonard Herzenberg, it seems like a good time for an article revisiting his contributions to the invention of the FACS* machine. But first, we’ll start with a quick overview of the process before we delve into the history lesson. A quick overview of FACS FACS is a specialized type of flow cytometry…
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    PHD Comics

  • 04/14/14 PHD comic: 'Talking to Mom'

    16 Apr 2014 | 12:29 pm
    Piled Higher & Deeper by Jorge Cham title: "Talking to Mom" - originally published 4/14/2014 For the latest news in PHD Comics, CLICK HERE!
  • 04/09/14 PHD comic: 'Defending'

    12 Apr 2014 | 2:26 am
    Piled Higher & Deeper by Jorge Cham title: "Defending" - originally published 4/9/2014 For the latest news in PHD Comics, CLICK HERE!
  • 04/07/14 PHD comic: 'Announcement'

    8 Apr 2014 | 12:10 pm
    Piled Higher & Deeper by Jorge Cham title: "Announcement" - originally published 4/7/2014 For the latest news in PHD Comics, CLICK HERE!
  • 04/04/14 PHD comic: 'So Typical'

    4 Apr 2014 | 11:43 am
    Piled Higher & Deeper by Jorge Cham title: "So Typical" - originally published 4/4/2014 For the latest news in PHD Comics, CLICK HERE!
  • 04/02/14 PHD comic: 'Neil Armstrong on Being a Nerd'

    1 Apr 2014 | 3:38 am
    Piled Higher & Deeper by Jorge Cham title: "Neil Armstrong on Being a Nerd" - originally published 4/2/2014 For the latest news in PHD Comics, CLICK HERE!
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  • Embryonic stem cells cloned from adults

    17 Apr 2014 | 9:35 am
    Skin cells from two men turned into embryos using the somatic cell nuclear transfer technology that produced Dolly the sheep in 1996
  • Charity tests new kind of drug trial

    16 Apr 2014 | 4:01 pm
    New approach will see several experimental treatments tested simultaneously in one trial in ‘Simon Cowell’ style search for talent
  • A French mix of exotic high-tech

    15 Apr 2014 | 8:16 am
    From 3D printers to undersea crawlers, Raphaël Gorgé is updating his family’s industrial knowhow and expanding into new areas
  • ‘Internet of things’ at London City

    14 Apr 2014 | 12:54 pm
    Possibility of sending messages to passengers telling them when to set off from a railway, or alerting border staff before big queues form
  • UK stem cell blood set for human trials

    14 Apr 2014 | 9:18 am
    Wellcome Trust says its £5m Blood Pharma programme has made enough progress turning stem cells into red blood cells for patient tests by late 2016
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    NASA Earth Observatory

  • A Chip Off the Old Block

    17 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Over the course of five months in Antarctic spring and summer, NASA’s Terra and Aqua satellites captured a series of images of ice island B31.
  • New posts in the Notes from the Field blog - Sampling the Global Ocean and a Note on Ocean Acidification

    15 Apr 2014 | 8:38 am
    One of the greatest tools used by oceanographers today for measuring ocean processes is the CTD. CTD stands for Conductivity, Temperature and Depth. Conductivity is a measure of ocean salinity. The parameters collected and analyzed during CLIVAR campaigns includes, but is not limited to: salinity, oxygen, nutrients, chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), dissolved inorganic carbon (DIC), total alkalinity, pH, dissolved organic carbon (DOC), helium, and tritium.
  • Five Volcanoes Erupting at Once

    14 Apr 2014 | 2:23 pm
    Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula may be the fieriest place on Earth.
  • Wildfire Burns Valparaiso, Chile

    14 Apr 2014 | 2:04 pm
    Thousands of wooden homes burned when strong winds blew a forest fire into the Chilean port city on April 12 and 13, 2014.
  • Flooding in Mississippi

    11 Apr 2014 | 1:06 pm
    The Terra satellite acquired this false-color image of the swollen Pearl and Big Black rivers after passing storms triggered flooding.
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  • Make Every Day Earth Day: Tips for Being an Eco-conscious Consumer

    31 Mar 2014 | 5:10 pm
    (Family Features) Whether stopping in for a daily to-go cup of coffee or running your weekly grocery store trip, you likely have many purchases throughout the day. With Earth Day right around the corner, it’s a great time to reflect on your own personal impact on the environment and the world around you. Because so many consumer habits can have a negative effect on the planet, it’s important to take steps to reduce this trend. “There are many ways to support the green movement,” said Hillary Femal, vice president of marketing for IFCO, the world’s leading…
  • Health News: A Healthier Home Makes for Happier Families

    26 Mar 2014 | 6:15 pm
    (BPT) – If you’ve ever made a decision not to eat a certain food because it was bad for you, then you’re like most Americans who are increasingly more health-conscious. As you consider what not to put in your body, there are simple ways to improve your health by examining what’s in your home. Here are four tricks to help reduce your risk for headaches, fatigue, allergies, respiratory illnesses, heart disease, and other serious long-term conditions, and make your home healthier. Clean green with DIY cleaning supplies Basic housecleaning can improve your air quality as…
  • Homeowner Alert: Your Home Could be Attracting Termites

    16 Mar 2014 | 12:54 am
    Termites live up to their nickname of the “silent destroyer” very well as they can munch away at your home, virtually undetected. And, it’s not just the critical support beams that they feed on. Termites can chew up floors, walls and even wallpaper. According to a study by the National Pest Management Association, termites cost U.S. homeowners approximately $5 billion in damage, which is not typically covered by homeowners insurance. Worker termite (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Early spring is a critical time to be on the lookout for termite infestations. When the ground warms…
  • Homeowner News: Are Ice Dams Damaging Your Home?

    14 Mar 2014 | 1:45 am
    (Family Features) The Midwest and Mid-Atlantic have been plagued with above average snowfall and below average cold temperatures throughout the 2013-2014 winter season. As the meteorological winter’s three coldest months of the year finally come to a close, homeowners may find that the wrath of this winter has left long-term damage in its wake.   In regions hit hard this winter, the seemingly harmless icicles dangling from rooftops may actually signal potential ice dams. An ice dam is a wall of ice along the edge of the roof that forms when melting snow continually thaws over…
  • The Management Advantage: Environmental Scanning

    12 Mar 2014 | 1:07 am
    What You Need to Know About Environmental Scanning, An Analysis of What people really want! Introduction Looking ahead, many concepts make up the marketing strategy of environmental scanning. Environmental scanning takes a closer look at a corporation’s Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats through different concepts such as the SWOT analysis and the STEEP analysis. When scanning the environment many factors are studied such as the natural and societal environment taking a closer look at the long-run decisions for a company. Scanning systems are a positive way to look ahead…
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    Brain And Consciousness Research

  • New research suggests connection between white matter and cognitive health

    18 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    The Sanders-Brown Center on Aging recently published findings from a small cohort of participants suggesting a connection between the health of the brain tissue that supports cognitive functioning and the presence of dementia in persons with Down syndrome.
  • Green tea boosts your brain

    18 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    Green tea is said to have many putative positive effects on health. Now, researchers at the University of Basel are reporting first evidence that green tea extract enhances the cognitive functions, in particular the working memory. The Swiss findings suggest promising clinical implications for the treatment of cognitive impairments in psychiatric disorders such as dementia. The academic journal Psychopharmacology has published their results.
  • Feelings of failure, not violent content, foster aggression in video gamers

    18 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    The disturbing imagery or violent storylines of videos games like World of Warcraft or Grand Theft Auto are often accused of fostering feelings of aggression in players. But a new study shows hostile behavior is linked to gamers' experiences of failure and frustration during play -- not to a game's violent content.
  • Scientists identify part of brain linked to gambling addiction

    17 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    Researchers believe hyperactivity in the insula could lead to problem gambling; future treatments could focus on reducing this hyperactivity.
  • The social circuits that track how we like people and ideas

    17 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    Whether at the office, dorm, PTA meeting, or any other social setting, we all know intuitively who the popular people are even if we can't always put our finger on why. That information is often critical to professional or social success. Yet until now, scientists have not understood how our brains recognize these popular people. In new work, researchers say that we track people's popularity largely through the brain region involved in anticipating rewards.
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    ZME Science

  • Grand Canyon Geology Lesson – brought to you by NASA

    Mihai Andrei
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:59 pm
    The Grand Canyon is a favorite for tourists all over the world – but if you think it’s cool to see it from the ground level, you haven’t seen it from above – the Grand Canyon in northern Arizona is also a favorite for astronauts shooting photos from the International Space Station. Image credits: NASA. The Grand Canyon is part of the Colorado River basin which has developed over the past 40 million years. However, the canyon was formed much more recently, and all the erosion took place in a very short period of time. It’s still being discussed, but the origin…
  • Scientists get paralysed patients to move again by zapping the patients’ spine with electricity

    Mihai Andrei
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:24 pm
    For people who become paralyzed after a spinal cord injury, the result is usually a life sentence of paralysis. However, science is here – once again – to save the day, as researchers report that they helped paralyzed patients regain movement after zapping their spine with electricity during physical training. Credit: Photo courtesy of the University of Louisville Previously, they reported that one individual who had a motor complete, but sensory incomplete spinal cord injury regained voluntary movement after 7 months of epidural stimulation and stand training. Now, they…
  • Scientists discover the animal kingdom’s first ‘female penis’

    Mihai Andrei
    17 Apr 2014 | 4:17 pm
    A female insect has developed a spiky penis which it uses to get in charge . It’s a role reversal, basically: not only do the females have a penis, but the males have a vagina. The males still have sperm, but the female extracts it from the male vagina using its penis. Sounds strange, doesn’t it? Researchers thought so too. When Neotrogla curvata insects mate, the female (top) penetrates the male. What is the decisive factor when it comes to deciding if some animal is a male or a female? Hint: it’s not the existence or absence of genitalia. Another hint: it’s not even…
  • NASA reports the first Earth-sized Exoplanet in the Habitable Zone

    Mihai Andrei
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:03 pm
    Artist’s rendition of Kepler-186f – just 10% larger than Earth. Remember a few days ago, when I was telling you about the big conference NASA had planned for today? Well, they sure didn’t disappoint! The team of astrophysicists from the SETI Institute and NASA’s Ames Research Center have just reported a major milestone: for the first time, they have found an Earth-sized planet at the right distance from its star – right enough to potentially sustain water, in the so-called habitable zone. “This is a historic discovery,” says Geoff Marcy, an…
  • NASA spots 5 volcanoes erupting at the same time in Russia

    Mihai Andrei
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:39 pm
    Shiveluch Remote, cold, rugged, and fiedy – that’s the Kamceatka Peninsula for you! Out of all the 1,550 volcanoes that have erupted in the recent geologic past, 113 are found on Kamchatka. Of those, 40 Kamceatkan volcanoes are active, either erupting now or capable of erupting anytime, without any notice. The Operational Land Imager (OLI) on the Landsat 8 satellite captured activity at five of them during a single satellite pass on April 14, 2014. Klyuchevskaya The volcanoes you see in this page, are, from North to South: Shiveluch, Klyuchevskaya, Bezymianny, Kizimen, and…
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  • Celebrate Earth Day 2014 with environmental documentary Trashed at its Houston premiere

    Amy P
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:43 pm
    The beauty of Earth from space stands in stark contrast to the view from the ground. There is now more human detritus across the globe than ever before. Industrialization, coupled with exponential population increases, pose a serious threat to the life and health of humans and ecosystems across the world. A scene from the documentary Trashed, making its Houston premiere on Thursday, April 24 at 6:30 p.m. at the Houston Museum of Natural Science in celebration of Earth Day 2014. Vast landscapes in China are covered in tons of rubbish. The wide waters of the Ciliwung River in Indonesia are now…
  • Everything at HMNS is yours, Houston, so OWN IT!

    15 Apr 2014 | 1:01 pm
    Texans know big. We’ve got a big state where they say everything’s bigger. Of course, there are the stereotypes about big hair, big portions, big hearts (OK, these are rooted in some truth) — but there are also a lot of big families. The HMNS family definitely fits into that category. Everyone who walks through our doors is a part of our family, so, in fact, we’re a very, very big family. We’re a family that grows every day! While we’re at it, you should know that we love having y’all as our family. Houstonians are a great bunch, what with their drive, ingenuity and…
  • A total eclipse over Houston: What color was last night’s ‘blood Moon’?

    Carolyn S
    15 Apr 2014 | 9:24 am
    I hope you saw the eclipse last night and didn’t lose too much sleep. The weather was perfect and the Moon performed as predicted. The press excitedly dubbed it a ‘blood Moon,’ but we didn’t know what color the Moon would actually be. Here’s the Moon entering eclipse and fully in the Earth’s shadow (taken from my front yard). Is it a ‘blood Moon’ after all? You be the judge. Photo by Gary Young. All rights reserved. Photo by Gary Young. All rights reserved. These photos were taken by my husband, Gary Young. (I was the frozen assistant.) We used…
  • Stay up late for a great cosmic show: The first eclipse of April 2014 is tonight!

    14 Apr 2014 | 11:52 am
    Don’t forget: there’s a lunar eclipse tonight! The eclipse will begin shortly before midnight and continue until 4:30 in the morning on April 15. You’ll be able to see the eclipse from just about everywhere in Houston, but especially well at the George Observatory, where you can watch through telescopes away from city lights. We’ve been getting a lot of people asking, “What exactly is a lunar eclipse?” Well, a lunar eclipse is when the Moon passes into the Earth’s shadow, or umbra. For this to happen, the Sun, Earth, and Moon have to be perfectly aligned. For those who have…
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    Harvard Gazette

  • ‘The Temptation of Despair’

    17 Apr 2014 | 1:49 pm
    It is one thing to survive a war — a consequence of luck, perhaps, or skill. It is another thing to survive the aftermath of a war — an interval marked by death, ruin, guilt, the irony of survival itself, and the hubris of the triumphant that follows an uneasy peace. War’s aftermath, in this case the late 1940s in Germany, is the subject of a new book by Werner Sollors, “The Temptation of Despair,” out this month under the Belknap Press imprint of Harvard University Press. The author, who was a child in the ruins of the Germany he describes, spoke Wednesday night in Sever Hall…
  • MRI, on a molecular scale

    17 Apr 2014 | 1:02 pm
    For decades, scientists have used techniques such as X-ray crystallography and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) imaging to gain invaluable insight into the atomic structure of molecules. Such efforts have long been hampered by the fact that they demand large quantities of a specific molecule, often in ordered and crystalized form, to be effective — making it all but impossible to peer into the structure of most molecules. Harvard researchers say those problems may soon be a thing of the past. A team of scientists, led by Professor of Physics and of Applied Physics Amir Yacoby, has developed…
  • Physics Department wins $1M award

    17 Apr 2014 | 12:15 pm
    Harvard was recently named a winner of the EPiQS (Emergent Phenomena in Quantum Systems) theory competition sponsored by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. The EPiQS initiative aims to help scientists understand quantum materials in new ways, with a focus on technological applications. Harvard’s Department of Physics will receive about $1 million over five years, which will fund four Moore Postdoctoral Theory Scholars for appointments of up to three years each. Harvard is one of six universities to be awarded EPiQS grants. The others are the Massachusetts Institute of Technology,…
  • The context of health care for all

    17 Apr 2014 | 10:59 am
    Drawing on the experience of four nations, experts described how crises and fundamental transitions often prove the catalysts behind universal health care systems during a panel event Tuesday at Harvard’s Longwood campus. In Turkey, it took an earthquake and thousands of deaths to galvanize reform of an unequal system. For Mexico and Thailand, it took a democratic transition, coupled with constitutional guarantees of citizens’ right to health care. In China, it took an outbreak of SARS — and the global attention that accompanied it — to call attention to the flaws in a market-based…
  • Art for viewers’ sake

    16 Apr 2014 | 2:53 pm
    On a recent afternoon, three Harvard conservators perched on ladders and scaffolding to apply final touches to an artistic treasure that has been largely unseen for decades. Soon that will change. When the renovated and expanded Harvard Art Museums reopen this fall, the evocative 10- by 5-foot fresco will be displayed for all to see in a first-floor gallery. “To have the opportunity to tell the story of what is fresco — and this moment in art history, and this social statement — because we have a work like this … was important to us as a teaching museum,” said Mary Schneider…
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    Chemical Heritage Foundation

  • Tumblr Topic: Alchemy in Art

    16 Apr 2014 | 5:29 am
    Follow the ChemHeritage Alchemy in Art board on Pinterest. Our April 2014 Tumblr Topic explores the colorful history of pigments, painters, and the conservators who save this legacy from the ravages of time and accidental chemistry. Participate in our webcast on April 16 using the hashtag #SciCulture and follow us here for more blog posts on the topic. We’d enjoy hearing your thoughts on this topic. Share the theme using this url:
  • Art and Science: Two Parts of a Whole

    15 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    By Michal Meyer Are art and science ying and yang, essential yet opposite parts of our world? We can trace the origins of material science to the first cave drawings made thousands of years ago. The artists who left these pictures likely began with trial and error attempts made with burned wood and colored dirt. Even then art and science were mingling, taking physical form through pigment. Art and science also meet in fascinating ways in the Dutch alchemical paintings that were so popular in the 17th century. Not only did these paintings show alchemists at work, they required the skills of…
  • painting like it's 1699

    11 Apr 2014 | 1:50 pm
    How did 17th-century painters create their masterpieces without Dick Blick, tupperware, or modern conveniences like paint in tubes? To explain the matter Elisabeth Berry Drago, a PhD candidate in Art History at the University of Delaware and a fellow at CHF, takes us on an artistic tour of Philadelphia. This video will screen as a part of our live webcast with Elisabeth Berry Drago and Mark F. Bockrath, a paintings conservator for Barbara A. Buckley and Associates Painting Conservation. View "Alchemy’s Rainbow: Pigment Science and the Art of Conservation" at at…
  • You Got your Alchemy in my Art! You Got your Art in my Alchemy!

    3 Apr 2014 | 8:55 am
    Plate IV in William Salmon’s Polygraphice (Roy G. Neville Historical Chemical Library, CHF) By Elisabeth Berry Drago Art and alchemy, science and painting. They’re kind of a delicious combination. And not as bizarre as it sounds, I promise. For a modern reader, William Salmon’s Polygraphice might seem like a strange jumble, a hodgepodge of unrelated things shoved into one overstuffed Hot Pocket of a book. Published in 1685, the Polygraphice is at first glance an instruction manual for artists on the best ways to grind colors, prepare a canvas, and study the proportions of the human…
  • Upcoming Live Webcast: “Alchemy’s Rainbow: Pigment Science and the Art of Conservation”

    31 Mar 2014 | 11:23 am
    On April 16 the Chemical Heritage Foundation will present a live webcast exploring the colorful (and sometimes risk-filled) history of pigments and painters, and the conservationists who save paintings from the ravages of time and accidental chemistry. “Alchemy’s Rainbow: Pigment Science and the Art of Conservation” will feature art conservator Mark F. Bockrath and art historian Elisabeth Berry Drago. Our guests will discuss (and show) the messy and occasionally dangerous process of making paints from pigments and the transition to using paints from tubes. Find out how conservators…
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  • Cannibalism, Zombies & Suicidal Cells: The Latest In Cancer Research

    12 Apr 2014 | 9:51 am
    Cannibalism, Zombies & Suicidal Cells: The Latest In Cancer Research Hank shares some developments in cancer research, from new insights into the behavior of zombie cancer cells, to a new method that uses nanotechnology to kil... From: SciShow Views: 247785 8530 ratings Time: 04:07 More in Education
  • Why Do Cats Knead?

    8 Apr 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Why Do Cats Knead? SciShow tackles one of the cutest questions ever: Why cats knead. You might have heard the theory, but do you know what adult cats would hold on to kitten-li... From: SciShow Views: 396999 10273 ratings Time: 02:33 More in Education

    1 Apr 2014 | 11:27 am
    VELOCIRAPTORS In which John allows his four-year-old son to choose a topic for today's video. And the topic is velociraptors, which turn out to be a surprisingly interesti... From: vlogbrothers Views: 400412 21081 ratings Time: 03:25 More in People & Blogs
  • Can Video Games Make You Smarter?

    19 Jan 2014 | 9:00 am
    Can Video Games Make You Smarter? Are video games good for you? SUBSCRIBE! It's Free: Follow us! (Links Below) What If You Stopped Going Outside? (and the negative effec... From: AsapSCIENCE Views: 2921022 42132 ratings Time: 04:14 More in Science & Technology
  • How The Desolation of Smaug Should Have Ended

    How It Should Have Ended
    15 Jan 2014 | 9:35 am
    How The Desolation of Smaug Should Have Ended A Hobbit, some Dwarves, and a Wizard walk into a mountain... well not the wizard, he likes to bail on everyone at a time where him staying would make the que... From: How It Should Have Ended Views: 8765858 93781 ratings Time: 03:51 More in Film & Animation
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    NOVA | PBS

  • Nature's Time Capsules

    17 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    By studying bogs, scientists can uncover thousands of years of Earth's history.
  • Escape from Nazi Alcatraz

    10 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    A crack team rebuilds a glider that POWs hoped to catapult off the top of Colditz Castle.
  • The Mysteries of Optic Flow

    10 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    Birds use a trick of the eye called "optic flow" to zip through forests without colliding.
  • Five Dogs with Crazy Résumés

    10 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    Learn about the traits we most prize in dogs, and the bizarre jobs they were bred for.
  • D-Day's Sunken Secrets

    10 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    Dive teams, submersibles, and robots explore a massive underwater WWII archeological site.
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    Sara Bellum Blog

  • Reflecting on Experiences as a NIDA Fall Intern

    Carl M. Letamendi, M.B.A., Ph.D. (ABD)
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:41 am
    I am finishing my Ph.D. in May 2014 in a field housed under the umbrella of social sciences, called conflict analysis and resolution. The field provides the foundation and skills necessary to identify areas of conflict and resolve them without the need for taking legal action. The goal is to ensure that there is a win-win outcome for the parties in dispute. I have always been interested in conducting research in the field of health sciences as well and had planned to attend medical school after my Ph.D. program is complete. Last fall, I had a chance to intern with NIDA, where I had a…
  • Video Game Addiction—Is it Real?

    Sara Bellum
    9 Apr 2014 | 5:54 am
    Doodle Jump. Candy Crush. FarmVille. Angry Birds. Cut the Rope. Fruit Ninja. Words With Friends. Nearly everyone with a smartphone or tablet has played one of these video games. It’s easy to get swept up in the bright colors, cutesy characters—and the satisfaction you feel when you finally complete a difficult level. So you keep playing, and playing, and playing. Lots of people say games like these are “addictive.” But, are they, really? Maybe. Addiction Science Award Winner Ethan Guinn definitely thought so. Dopamine: Sweet Rewards for the Brain Rewards in video games, such as…
  • The Connection Between Pain Medications and Heroin

    Sara Bellum
    2 Apr 2014 | 6:32 am
    More and more young people are using heroin these days, and sometimes they start using it because they’ve gotten addicted to prescription painkillers. One study showed that people who abuse painkillers like OxyContin are 19 times more likely to start using heroin. The study also found that 8 out of 10 people who started using heroin abused painkillers first. Heroin and painkillers belong to the same class of drugs: Opioids. Opioids attach to specific molecules called opioid receptors, which are found on nerve cells in the brain, spinal cord, intestines, and other organs. When painkillers or…
  • Legal Marijuana and Driving: A Public Safety Problem

    Sara Bellum
    26 Mar 2014 | 7:59 am
    When you’re driving down the highway at 60 miles per hour, you need a clear head. Driving while distracted by your phone or driving under the influence of alcohol both can lead to crashes and tragedy. Driving under the influence of marijuana is also dangerous, because of the way the drug affects the brain and body. Recent news reports have talked about how drugged driving crashes and deaths have surged since medical marijuana has become legal in more states. Now that marijuana is legal for those over age 21 in Colorado and Washington, the rates of drugged driving are likely to increase even…
  • High School Seniors Are Taking Up the Hookah

    Sara Bellum
    19 Mar 2014 | 6:31 am
    NIDA’s 2013 Monitoring the Future study reported that more than 20%—that’s 1 in 5—high school seniors have used a hookah to smoke tobacco. A hookah is a pipe that burns flavored tobacco and passes the smoke through water before it is inhaled. It can have one stem to smoke from, or several stems so multiple people can smoke from the same pipe. Hookah bars, frequently found near college campuses, are gaining popularity with young adults. The exotic flavors of “shisha” (a mixture of tobacco, molasses, and fruit used in hookahs) appeal to teens. There are dozens of flavors, including…
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    Mr Science Show

  • arXiv trawl: March 2014 - Astrobiology

    30 Mar 2014 | 2:49 am
    This month's arXiv trawl brings us to astrobiology.The Habitable Epoch of the Early UniverseIn recent weeks, the world of cosmology has been buzzing with the news that gravitational waves - remnants of the Big Bang - may have been detected by the BICEP2 experiment. But did life come not long afterwards?Abraham Loeb from Harvard University has posited in his paper The Habitable Epoch of the Early Universe that conditions were rife for life just 10 million years after the Big Bang. Life on Earth is about 3.5 billions years old, and it took about 1 billion years to first appear after the Earth…
  • Copper Nanotubes

    17 Mar 2014 | 8:57 pm
    It's not often a chemistry journal article will make you laugh out loud. From Structural and electronic properties of chiral single-wall copper nanotubes - enjoy.Abstract:The structural, energetic and electronic properties of chiral (n, m) (3⩽n⩽6, n/2⩽m⩽n) single-wall copper nanotubes (CuNTs) have been investigated by using projector-augmented wave method based on density-functional theory. The (4, 3) CuNT is energetically stable and should be observed experimentally in both free-standing and tip-suspended conditions, whereas the (5, 5) and (6, 4) CuNTs should be observed in…
  • Cricket is a matter of life and death

    17 Mar 2014 | 8:44 pm
    A guest post by Bernard KachoyanEver thought of batting as a life and death struggle against hostile forces? It always seemed that way when I batted. Well you might be more accurate than you think. The experience of a batsman can be described as a microcosm of life: when you go out to bat you are “born”, when you get out you “die”. But what happens when you are Not Out (NO)? More subtly, when you are Not Out you simply leave the sample pool, that is you live for a while then you stop being measured. In the parlance of statistics, this becomes “censored” data. In medical research…
  • What to do with old swimming caps

    14 Mar 2014 | 4:58 am
    Since the start of the 2013/2014 ocean swimming season, around 20,000 swimming caps have been handed out to competitors at the various ocean swims in NSW. If you are a regular ocean swimmer, it doesn’t take too long before you have more caps than you know what to do with. Some may be used again in the pool, and some given to friends and family, but the vast majority of these caps will end up in land-fill having spent most of the season at the bottom of your swimming bag.This year at the 2014 Coogee Island Challenge, we are running a swimming cap “amnesty”. Bring down your old caps that…
  • Ep 153: Complex Network Analysis in Cricket

    11 Mar 2014 | 4:06 am
    Complex network analysis is an area of network science and part of graph theory that can be used to rank things, one of the most famous examples of which is the Google PageRank algorithm. But it can also be applied to sport. Cricket is a sport in which it is difficult to rank teams (there are three forms of the game, the various countries do not play each other very often etc.), whilst it is notoriously difficult to rank individual players (for how the ICC do it, see Ep 107: Ranking Cricketers).Satyam Mukherjee at Northwestern University became a bit famous when The economist picked up his…
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    EurekAlert! - Breaking News

  • Chronic inflammation may be linked to aggressive prostate cancer

    17 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The presence of chronic inflammation in benign prostate tissue was associated with high-grade, or aggressive, prostate cancer, and this association was found even in those with low prostate-specific antigen levels, according to a study published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research.
  • Chronic inflammation linked to 'high-grade' prostate cancer

    17 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Men who show signs of chronic inflammation in non-cancerous prostate tissue may have nearly twice the risk of actually having prostate cancer than those with no inflammation, according to results of a new study led by researchers from the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center.
  • Study finds adverse respiratory outcomes for older people with COPD taking benzodiazepines

    16 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    A group of drugs commonly prescribed for insomnia, anxiety and breathing issues 'significantly increase the risk' that older people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, need to visit a doctor or emergency department for respiratory reasons, new research has found
  • Chickens to chili peppers

    16 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Suddenly there was a word for chili peppers. Information about archaeological remains of ancient chili peppers in Mexico along with a study of the appearance of words for chili peppers in ancient dialects helped researchers to understand where jalapenos were domesticated. Special issue of PNAS on plant and animal domestication.
  • A cross-section of the universe

    16 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    An image of a galaxy cluster taken by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope gives a remarkable cross-section of the universe, showing objects at different distances and stages in cosmic history. They range from cosmic near neighbors to objects seen in the early years of the universe. The 14-hour exposure shows objects around a billion times fainter than can be seen with the naked eye.
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    The Daily Galaxy --Great Discoveries Channel: Sci, Space, Tech

  • Epic Discovery! NASA Announces First Earth-Size Planet Found That Could Support Life
    17 Apr 2014 | 11:43 am
    “This is really a tip-of-the-iceberg discovery,” said study co-author Jason Rowe, an astronomer at the SETI Institute in Mountain View, Calif., who spent a year analyzing data gathered by NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope that led to finding the planet known as Kepler-186f. "We can infer that other ones are likely to exist. And that’s going to be the job of future missions to find [them].” Scientists have discovered the alien planet, Kepler-186f, slightly bigger than Earth, in the habitable zone of its host star, a dim red dwarf star about 490 light-years from Earth, that might have…
  • "Getting Closer and Closer" --Kepler Mission Findings Reveal Alien Star Systems in a Milky Way Teeming with Planets
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    Five years ago today, on March 6, 2009, NASA's Kepler Space Telescope rocketed into the night skies to find planets around other stars within a field of view 1/400th the size of the Milky Way in search of potentially habitable worlds. Since then, Kepler has unveiled a whole new side of our galaxy -- one that is teeming with planets. Because of Kepler we now know that most stars have planets, Earth-sized planets are common, and planets quite unlike those in our solar system exist. "This is the biggest haul ever,” says Jason Rowe of the nasa Ames Research Center, who co-led the research. The…
  • New Kepler-Mission Discovery Livestreamed by NASA Today 2 PM EDT --Is It a Twin Earth?
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:30 am
    NASA will host a news teleconference at 11 a.m. PDT (2 p.m. EDT) Thursday, April 17, to announce a new discovery made by its planet-hunting mission, the Kepler Space Telescope. The journal Science has embargoed the findings until the time of the news conference. For a detailed background briefing, see our post "Getting Closer and Closer" --Kepler Mission Findings Reveal Alien Star Systems in a Milky Way Teeming with Planets. The briefing participants are: -- Douglas Hudgins, exoplanet exploration program scientist, NASA's Astrophysics Division in Washington -- Elisa Quintana, research…
  • Diverging Evolution of Early Earth and Mars Revealed by Meteorites
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:14 am
    Geologists who analyzed 40 meteorites that fell to Earth from Mars unlocked secrets of the Martian atmosphere hidden in the chemical signatures of these ancient rocks. The results will help guide researchers’ next steps in understanding whether life exists, or has ever existed, on Mars and how water—now absent from the Martian surface—flowed there in the past. Their study shows that the atmospheres of Mars and Earth diverged in important ways very early in the 4.6 billion year evolution of our solar system. The researchers measured the sulfur composition of 40 Mars meteorites—a much…
  • "The Universe May be Permeated by an as Yet Unknown Field"
    16 Apr 2014 | 11:15 am
    "Perhaps empty space is not completely empty after all, but permeated by an unknown field, similar to the Higgs-field", says Professor Hartmut Abele of the Vienna University of Technology, director of the Atominstitut. These theories are named after Aristotle's "quintessence" – a hypothetical fifth element, in addition to the four classical elements of ancient Greek philosophy. All the particles we know to exist make up only about five per cent of the mass and energy of the universe. The rest – "Dark Matter" and "Dark Energy" – remains mysterious. A European collaboration lled by…
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    Science and Enterprise

  • Health Care Accelerator Raises $7M for New Initiatives

    17 Apr 2014 | 1:53 pm
    Nina Nashif ( 17 April 2014. Healthbox Global Partners LLC, a Chicago-based business accelerator in the health care industry, says it raised $7 million to fund its operations in six cities in the U.S. as well as support new business models for encouraging innovation. Healthbox is a joint venture of Intermountain Healthcare, a health delivery system in Utah; Health Care Service Corporation, a health insurance company operating several Blue Cross Blue Shield plans in the U.S.; and health care investment company Chicago Pacific Founders that contributed to the financing, along with…
  • Football Head Hits May Need More Than Off-Season to Heal

    17 Apr 2014 | 8:56 am
    Diffusion tensor image of brain showing white matter connections (NIBIB/NIH) 17 April 2014. Researchers at University of Rochester in New York found college football players may need more than the standard six months from the end of one season to the start of the next for their brains to recover from blows to the head. The team led by Rochester’s Jeffrey Bazarian, a professor emergency medicine, published its findings yesterday on the online journal PLoS One. A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury caused by blows to the head or even the body — typical in the course of…
  • Early Trial Shows Immunotherapy Evidence With Some Tumors

    16 Apr 2014 | 3:29 pm
    Lymphocyte (National Cancer Institute) 16 April 2014. A clinical trial of a cancer vaccine developed by biopharmaceutical company Celldex Therapeutics Inc. in Hampton, New Jersey shows it generated an immune response which affected the growth of tumors in some patients with advanced stages of cancer. The early-stage trial, conducted with researchers from seven university or research institute labs appears in today’s issue of the journal Science Translational Medicine (paid subscription required). The clinical trial tested the safety and tolerability of Celldex’s vaccine code-named…
  • IT Firm, University Partner on Alzheimer’s Research Platform

    16 Apr 2014 | 9:13 am
    (National Institute of Drug Abuse) 16 April 2014. Parabon Computation in Reston, Virginia is creating a crowd-sourced computer network to provide the analytical power for two research studies on Alzheimer’s disease conducted in-house and with George Mason University in nearby Fairfax. The initiative, called Compute Against Alzheimer’s Disease, aims to tap into unused capacity of idle computers donated for this effort. Compute Against Alzheimer’s Disease will support two research projects developing genetic diagnostics and simulations of chemical activity in the brain…
  • Blood Glucose Control Drug Approved for Type 2 Diabetes

    15 Apr 2014 | 2:00 pm
    (National Institutes of Health) 15 April 2014. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the drug albiglutide to help adults with type 2 diabetes control their blood glucose levels. Albiglutide is marketed in the U.S. under the brand name by Tanzeum by the global pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline. Diabetes is a chronic condition where the pancreas does not create enough insulin to process the sugar glucose to flow into the blood stream and cells for energy in the body. Type 2 diabetes is a disorder where the pancreas produces some, but not enough insulin, or the body cannot process…
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    Lake Scientist | Lake Scientist

  • Study: Fish in Pristine Lakes Contain Mercury

    Daniel Kelly
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:50 am
    Fish in even the most pristine and secluded lakes contain mercury, according to a recent study completed by the National Park Service and U.S. Geological Survey that examined lakes and streams in 21 U.S. national parks. More than 1,400 fish were collected from 2008 to 2012 in high-elevation lakes and streams in Alaska and the western United States, areas that are largely removed from human impacts. Scientists looking at mercury levels detected them in every single fish. Alaska’s Lake Clark. (Credit: Ryjil Christianson via Wikimedia Commons) The concentrations found varied widely between…
  • Tasmania’s Lake St. Clair is Australia’s Deepest

    Daniel Kelly
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:58 am
    North America’s Lake St. Clair is famously shaped like a heart. But Australia’s Lake St. Clair, more famous for its depth, is shaped like a boomerang. Lake St. Clair as seen from space. (Credit: NASA) It sits in the heart of Tasmania, a wilderness area subjected to intense glaciation in the past, leaving large areas of flatland and steep gorges. The process also deepened the valley that would fill to become Lake St. Clair, and sealed it with glacial debris. Lake St. Clair. (Credit: Jörn Brauns via Wikimedia Commons) Today, Lake St. Clair is nearly 700 feet deep, making it Australia’s…
  • Lake Taupo is New Zealand’s Largest

    Daniel Kelly
    15 Apr 2014 | 9:29 am
    Like many magnificent lakes, New Zealand’s largest lake is a crater lake. Formed by volcanic eruption, Lake Taupo sits in a caldera on the country’s North Island. This island has gained notoriety as of late due to its role in the Lord of the Rings movies. The famous “Mount Doom” in many scenes is actually Mount Ruapehu, which sits beside Mount Tauhara, source of the lava flow that formed Lake Taupo’s caldera. Mount Tauhara as seen from Lake Taupo. (Credit: Wikipedia User Pseudopanax via Wikimedia Commons) Rolling mountains surrounding Lake Taupo make the lake a tourist hot spot.
  • Circumarctic Lakes Observation Network Begins Summer Season

    Daniel Kelly
    14 Apr 2014 | 11:20 am
    Researchers based in Alaska are gearing up to visit some 60 lakes that are part of the Circumarctic Lakes Observation Network. They are starting their work near Toolik, Alaska, where a field station owned by the University of Alaska serves as homebase. During the expedition, their experiences will be shared via a blog and by a writer with the Alaska Science Forum who is tagging along. Researcher Chris Arp deploys a lake buoy. (Credit: Ned Rozell via Describing the scene so far, Ned Rozell writes about work on the first six lakes: “They drilled soccerball-size holes in each…
  • Friday Five: Lakes of East Africa

    Daniel Kelly
    11 Apr 2014 | 8:50 am
    In geological terms, a “rift” is an area of Earth where the planet’s crust is separating from the mantle beneath. One of the most extensive rift systems is found in East Africa, where a series of large fissures in Earth’s crust appear. This area is known as the East African Rift System and geologists believe part of it will break off from the African continent within 10 million years and form a new ocean basin. Because of the tectonic activity in the region, East Africa is home to some of the world’s greatest lakes. Lake Nyasa Also called Lake Malawi, it is the third largest body of…
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    Frontier Scientists

  • Predicting the effect of anomalous sea ice loss and increasing sea surface temperatures on global storm systems

    Azara Mohammadi
    15 Apr 2014 | 2:46 pm
    Azara Mohammadi – To become a PhD candidate at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, Soumik Basu moved from his home in Kolkata, India to a region infamous for its “below zero” weather: Interior Alaska. Basu left warm weather and his family (not to mention his mother’s cooking) because “The climate is changing, so I wanted […]
  • The ground changing under our feet – Thermokarsts

    8 Apr 2014 | 12:59 pm
    Laura Nielsen for Frontier Scientists – Jason Dobkowski stands on the shores of Wolverine Lake. His research site is located in the North Slope of Alaska, nestled near the remote foothills of the Brooks Range. “I’m here studying permafrost thaw slump which is depositing silt and material into the lake behind me. And that material, […]
  • Snowy Owl Irruption

    1 Apr 2014 | 10:30 am
    Laura Nielsen for Frontier Scientists – This winter snowy owls were on the move; unusually large numbers of the magnificent birds made their way to the Lower 48 United States. With a wing span greater than four feet and distinctive plumage, snowy owls are a glorious sight. The birds’ winter migrations normally take them to […]
  • Tram Powered International Tundra Experiment

    25 Mar 2014 | 11:00 am
    Liz O’Connell for Frontier Scientists – Multiple instruments, configured along a tram-like platform, sense the tundra below and gather detailed data while traveling along a 50 meter transect.  “We are gathering measurements that we don’t know exactly how they will be used,” said Steven Oberbauer, professor of biological sciences at Florida International University. The high […]
  • Modeling shifting oceanscapes; a collective pursuit

    Azara Mohammadi
    18 Mar 2014 | 8:25 am
    Azara Mohammadi for Frontier Scientists – In 1996, Dr. Kate Hedstrom travelled to Norway to “Sit on Paul Budgell’s steps,” as she says. She went there to get a piece of code recently improved by Paul Budgell. “He promised his model and I went to Norway to get it!” says Kate. Hedstrom is an Oceanographic […]
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    Midwest Labs Blog | Omaha

  • Soil Temps Continue to Stay Low

    Pohlman Brent
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:42 am
    Check out the most current soil maps and see how soil temperatures have not moved over the last few weeks. It is making for a very late spring season in 2014. Have you noticed your grass is fighting to come up. It really has to do with soil ground temperatures. Hopefully, temperatures will go up […]
  • Egg Science

    Pohlman Brent
    16 Apr 2014 | 4:55 am
    Want a change to coloring eggs? Check out this experiment which looks at “naked eggs”. See eggs in a whole new light. The experiment is really interesting and easy to setup. photo credit: I Believe I Can Fry via photopin cc
  • 2014 Spring Soil Testing

    Pohlman Brent
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:21 am
    This spring has seen a bumper year for soil sampling and soil testing. Many people are collecting soil samples in their yards, gardens and fields. Over the next few weeks, it appears the ground temperature will continue to get warment and hopefully temperatures will follow suit. It has been quite a winter to remember, record […]
  • Cover Crops Explained

    Pohlman Brent
    14 Apr 2014 | 4:39 am
    Cover crops are the new buzzward. Cover crops are not new, but the term is getting a lot of publicity because of its relationship with soil health. Many farmers use cover crops to add back nutrients to the soil after harvest. In addition, some cover crops like radishes can help aerate the ground to help […]
  • Dirty Ice

    Pohlman Brent
    11 Apr 2014 | 5:08 am
    You have to see this report. This is why many Packaged ICE Companies are certified through IPIA because it works with the FDA and recognizes ice a as food. At Midwest Laboratories, we work with many packaged ice companies to insure quality. Bacteria testing is a  part of this testing package. Check out this news […]
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    EcoTone: news and views on ecological science

  • ESA’s 2nd annual Science Cafe Prize — take your science out of the box (Katie Kline)
    15 Apr 2014 | 3:44 pm
    Have a science story you want to tell? Send in your pitch for our public pub talk at the Ecological Society's 99th Annual Meeting this summer. Contest deadline: Friday, 30 May 2014.
  • Sage grouse struts his stuff (Katie Kline)
    7 Apr 2014 | 3:19 pm
    Like gyms or bars, lekking grounds are social performance spaces, where males spread their tail-feathers, inflate their impressive chests, and strut about, calling amorously to the lady birds. Ecologist Gail Patricelli of UC Davis captured this video of a lek near Hudson, Wyoming. US Fish and Wildlife Service named the grouse’s habitat, the Great Plains sage-steppe, one of the most imperiled ecosystems in America.
  • Sage grouse losing habitat to fire as endangered species decision looms (Katie Kline)
    3 Apr 2014 | 2:50 pm
    Wildfire is the predominant cause of habitat loss in the Great Basin. Reseeding burned land to stabilize soils has not restored sagebrush habitat for the endangered greater sage grouse, according to a report in the journal Ecosphere. The US Fish and Wildlife Service is considering protecting the grouse under the Endangered Species act, which could affect the management of 250,000 square miles of land in the western US.
  • ESA Policy News, March 28, 2014: NSF funding reviewed, new climate change intiatives, EPA releases draft water rule (Katie Kline)
    2 Apr 2014 | 12:28 pm
    Here are some highlights from the latest ESA Policy New […]
  • Strawberry poison frogs feed their babies poison eggs (Katie Kline)
    20 Mar 2014 | 2:24 pm
    The Strawberry poison frog lavishes care upon its offspring. It’s just that kind of frog. In the March issue of Ecology, Stynoski et al. report that it also feeds its progeny poison. Also in this issue: P value debates, arctic warming, and estimating the success of biological invasions.
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  • Primer vistazo a la microbiota de los senos revela intrigantes resultados

    Francisco P. Chávez
    25 Mar 2014 | 11:26 am
      La mama de la mujer contiene una población única de microorganismos en relación con el resto del cuerpo, esto de acuerdo con el primer estudio del microbioma de la mama. Ese estudio trata de sentar las bases para la comprensión de cómo esta comunidad bacteriana contribuye a la salud y la enfermedad. La investigación fue publicada en línea en la revista Applied and Environmental Microbiology. Según los autores las Proteobacterias fueron el phylum dominante en el tejido sano del pecho. Esto a pesar de que este Phylum sólo se encuentra en pequeñas proporciones en otros sitios en…
  • Científicos regeneran tejidos ortopédicos dentro del cuerpo humano

    Francisco P. Chávez
    3 Mar 2014 | 8:21 am
      Mediante la combinación de un material de andamiaje sintético con técnicas de suministro de genes, los investigadores de la Universidad de Duke están más cerca de ser capaces de generar cartílago de reemplazo donde más se necesita en el cuerpo humano. La reparación de los tejidos con células madre normalmente requiere la aplicación de grandes cantidades de proteínas del factor de crecimiento, una tarea que es muy cara y se vuelve difícil una vez que el material a desarrollarse se implanta dentro de un cuerpo. Sin embargo, en un nuevo estudio científicos encontraron una…
  • Regeneran células pilosas que son afectadas durante la sordera

    Francisco P. Chávez
    1 Mar 2014 | 7:47 am
      Una de las principales causas de la pérdida de la audición en los mamíferos es el daño a las células pilosas que detectan el sonido en el oído interno. Durante años, los científicos han pensado que estas células no son reemplazados una vez que se pierden, pero una nueva investigación que aparece en la revista Stem Cell Reports revela que el apoyo a las células en el oído se puede convertir en células pilosas en ratones recién nacidos. Si los hallazgos se pueden aplicar a otros mamíferos, pueden ayudar a estimular el reemplazo de células en los adultos humanos y para el…
  • Nuevo método de células madre puede eliminar la necesidad de las donaciones de sangre para mantener el suministro de plaquetas

    Francisco P. Chávez
    28 Feb 2014 | 6:53 am
      Las plaquetas, cuya función principal es la de evitar el sangrado, son vitales para el tratamiento de varias formas de trauma y enfermedades de la sangre. Sin embargo, en la actualidad sólo se pueden obtener a través de las donaciones de sangre. Recientemente investigadores informaron en la prestigiosa revista Cell Stem Cell que encontraron una manera de crear plaquetas sin la necesidad de la sangre donada, un avance que podría borrar la escasez de suministros y garantizar tratamientos de plaquetas para todos los pacientes que lo necesiten.   El suministro de las plaquetas…
  • ¿Por qué el chocolate negro es bueno para el corazón?

    Francisco P. Chávez
    27 Feb 2014 | 6:08 am
      Puede parecer demasiado bueno para ser cierto, pero el chocolate negro es bueno para usted y los científicos ahora conocen el por qué. El chocolate negro ayuda a restaurar la flexibilidad de las arterias y al mismo tiempo evita que las células blancas de la sangre se peguen a las paredes de los vasos sanguíneos. Tanto la rigidez arterial y blanco de adhesión celular de la sangre son factores conocidos que desempeñan un papel significativo en la aterosclerosis. Incluso, los científicos también encontraron que el aumento del contenido en flavonoides del chocolate oscuro no…
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    Science + Technology – Articles – The Conversation

  • The Easter Bunny tale: fun fiction or harmful myth?

    Victoria Metcalf, Lecturer in Genetics at Lincoln University, New Zealand
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:53 pm
  • Animating life: bringing science to the YouTube generation

    Seán I. O’Donoghue, Group Leader at the Garvan Institute and OCE Science Leader at CSIRO
    16 Apr 2014 | 10:03 pm
    Telling science stories often involves explaining complex interactions between a cast of molecular “actors”, on a set smaller than the wavelength of light, so scientists are increasingly using animation to communicate such stories to the broader public. This is part of a global shift in how knowledge is communicated, reflected in the rapid rise of online video content – more than 1 billion people view videos on YouTube each month. It is important that key scientific discoveries and insights are communicated well in this new medium, especially when they can lead to improved health…
  • Searching underwater for MH370 is a shot in the dark

    Robin Robertson, Senior Lecturer at Australian Defence Force Academy
    16 Apr 2014 | 1:30 pm
    The ongoing search for missing flight MH370 has shown how finding objects such as debris on the ocean is difficult, but finding them underwater in the deep ocean is much more challenging. As of Tuesday, the search for the Malaysian Airlines Boeing 777 went underwater with the Bluefin-21 autonomous unmanned vehicle put into action. Already there have been problems on both days of operation, with the vehicle reaching its maximum operating depth of 4,500m. What data the search authorities were able to download from the vehicle’s first mission – which lasted only six hours – has been…
  • Fear not the hipster beard: it too shall pass

    Rob Brooks, Professor of Evolutionary Ecology; Director, Evolution & Ecology Research Centre at UNSW Australia
    15 Apr 2014 | 4:58 pm
    Beards are back, baby! Juan Luis/Flickr If you haven’t been outdoors in a few years, you might not have noticed that beards are back. Back in such a big way that apparently many New York hipsters are paying north of US$8,000 for “facial hair transplants” to embellish their patchy beards. While the hipster subculture appears to be ground zero for the latest swerve toward beardedness, men who would not be seen dead in skinny jeans or thrift-shop cardigans are letting the whiskers grow in a way that hasn’t been fashionable for decades. Why are beards sprouting from the unlikeliest faces?
  • What are the chances that your dad isn't your father?

    Rob Brooks, Professor of Evolutionary Ecology; Director, Evolution & Ecology Research Centre at UNSW Australia
    15 Apr 2014 | 1:37 pm
    How confident are you that the man you call dad is really your biological father? If you believe some of the most commonly-quoted figures, you could be forgiven for not being very confident at all. But how accurate are those figures? Questions of paternity are built over the deepest well of human insecurity, for children searching to know who they are, for fathers wanting to know whose kids they are raising and for mothers uncertain about the strength of the bonds holding their families together. I consulted on an episode of SBS’s Tales of the Unexpected documentary series, “Who’s Your…
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    Sciencebase Science Blog

  • What is Protomyxzoa Rheumatica?

    David Bradley
    16 Apr 2014 | 12:14 am
    A contact on Twitter mentioned an apparently newly discovered parasitic disease which goes by the name of Protomyxzoa Rheumatica or the “Fry bug”, named for its apparent discoverer Fry Laboratories of Scottsdale, Arizona. The discoverers have published no scientific papers about this organism as far as I can tell. Although (registered in September 2012) says Fry has a PCR test for the pathogen and the person running the site says they were diagnosed by the labs in February of that year. No reference to Protomyxzoa Rheumatica comes up with a search of the Fry…
  • Planetary cakes

    David Bradley
    1 Apr 2014 | 12:17 am
    Who wouldn’t want a spongy Jupiter or a vanilla Earth with tectonic icing? I do wish they’d not misspelled concentric, but never mind. Can I have a slice of Jupiter with the spot? Planetary cakes is a post from the science blog of David Bradley, author of Deceived Wisdom Subscribe to our Email Newsletter
  • First World Problems

    David Bradley
    26 Mar 2014 | 6:53 am
    First-world Problems…you know the kind of thing…and the biggest most self-referential of them is worrying that that the phrase is itself not politically correct! There ain’t no problem that’s too small For us to gripe and moan and bawl There ain’t a thing we can’t complain We even groan when it don’t rain Sunshine’s warm but that’s not all We have the food, we live the life But little things they give us strife The time we have we often waste We move too fast, less speed more haste The angst it cuts you like a knife First world problems…
  • 10 cancer myths busted

    David Bradley
    24 Mar 2014 | 6:55 am
    Cancer Research UK has an interesting post busting ten of the most irritating and persistent pieces of deceived wisdom about cancer: Myth 1: Cancer is a man-made, modern disease Myth 2: Superfoods prevent cancer Myth 3: ‘Acidic’ diets cause cancer Myth 4: Cancer has a sweet tooth Myth 5: Cancer is a fungus – and sodium bicarbonate is the cure Myth 6: There’s a miracle cancer cure… Myth 7: …And Big Pharma is suppressing it Myth 8: Cancer treatment kills more than it cures Myth 9: We’ve made no progress in fighting cancer Myth 10: Sharks don’t get cancer Don’t believe…
  • Sciencebase first tweets

    David Bradley
    21 Mar 2014 | 2:45 am
    I’ve been on Twitter since June 2007, I wasn’t particularly active early on, as you can see from the frequency of tweets in my archive. But for those of you worried that I changed over the years, here’s a screengrab from my archive showing the first clutch of tweets and their relevance then to what I still post about now – Songs, Snaps, Science. Not that, as far as I know, anyone cares…but you were warned early on. ;-) Incidentally, there is a quick way to reveal your very first tweet here. You could put my twitter handle in there if you really want to see my…
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  • Do Water Pollution Tests Lead to "Dead Zones"?

    Robert McClure
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    Photo Credit: Brenda Culler, ODNR Coastal Management Reported by Robert McClure, InvestigateWest Waterways across the country are beset by a disturbing pattern: Polluted water discharged from sewage treatment plants carries with it vast amounts of phosphorus and nitrogen, which are known as “nutrients.” The nutrients feed massive algae blooms. Those in turn spur the growth of microbes — teeny-tiny bugs — that suck out of the water the oxygen that’s needed by fish and other aquatic creatures. The result is aquatic “dead zones” like the one off the coast of Louisiana,…
  • Picturing the Invisible: A Conversation with Artist Chris Jordan

    Lisa Landers
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    Facts and figures may help us quantify our collective footprint on the world, but they don’t necessarily make us care about it. Spurred by this sense of detachment, photographic artist Chris Jordan struck out on an impassioned quest to imbue some of these cold, hard numbers with deeper meaning. If I allow myself to feel something for the subject that I’m working with, somehow that feeling is embedded in the image itself. Through photographs that are eye opening or heartbreaking — or both, Jordan depicts the collective impacts of human activities on our society and environment. In…
  • QUEST TV – Back to the Wild: Wolves, Seeds and Snapshots

    QUEST Staff
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    Episode Description Discover why wolves in Washington state and other feared predators are an essential part of any ecosystem; find out how saving seeds in the Midwest is preserving food diversity; and meet a Great Plains photographer documenting the wild nature of our iconic landscapes. Also, tag along with a Wisconsin scientist encouraging native bees to pollinate crops. Segment Details Watch the full 1/2 hour television episode above or watch individual segments and read accompanying articles, as they become available: Wolves and the Ecology of Fear Saving Our Seeds Meet the Natives: Wild…
  • Saving Our Seeds

    Eleanor Nelsen
    15 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    "Saving Our Seeds" was produced by Quest Wisconsin's Andy Soth. Cicero believed that all you really need in life is a garden and a library. He would have really liked a new program at the public library in La Crosse, Wisconsin: heirloom seeds available for checkout. The La Crosse Public Library has joined a handful of libraries around the country in a quiet rebellion against a rising tide of genetic homogeneity in our food. Instead of grabbing an anonymous green pepper in the grocery store, the library’s members borrow seeds of old, storied varieties to plant in their own…
  • Getting Up Close with Cranes

    Ariana Brocious
    10 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    Central Nebraska may look like nothing but flat cornfields from a car speeding down Interstate 80, but it’s an incredibly important stopover point for millions of migrating birds, whose wings and cries fill the skies each spring. One of the most studied and iconic of these species is the sandhill crane, which has been making this annual migration for centuries. Roughly 500,000 cranes travel through Nebraska in the spring, where they descend upon the shallow Platte River, its sandbars, and nearby wetlands to rest and feed before continuing north to breed. Cranes use these wet meadows to…
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    As Many Exceptions As Rules

  • Using Pain To Stop Pain

    16 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Biology concepts – desensitization, habituation, counter irritation, cautery, heat sensing, pain, chronic, acute, analgesia Gout usually attacks middle-aged men and the big toe joint is a favorite spot. But it can occur anywhere and in anyone. The accretions or urates build up and clog the joint, causng poor function and intense pain, painful enough that even the weight of a sheet on it at night is too much. Usually the acute attacks are far worse, and become less painful gouty arthritisas they become chronic.Sometimes people use pain to combat pain, as silly as it may sound. Gout is an…
  • Capsaicin – Adding To Or Taking Your Pain

    9 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Biology concepts – hyperalgesia, allodynia, analgesia, sensitization, potentiation, desensitization, habituation, burning mouth syndrome Apparently this is how people shovel snow in the cold climates. I agree with the form; always bend with your knees not your back. But the bikini? Really? I feel like kind of a wimp for talking about my fingers hurting when I stay out too long.You know that intense pain you get in your fingers when you've been out in the cold for a while? Why does that happen, and why does it get worse when your hands start to warm up or when you run them under lukewarm or…
  • It’s Not Just Chili Peppers That Are Hot

    2 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Biology concepts – cinnamaldehyde, nasal hyperreactivity, piperine, allyl isothiocyanate, eugenol, gingerol, tinyatoxin, osmotic stress, agonist/antagonistThe last few years have seen the rise and fall of The Cinnamon Challenge. I can’t tell you why it came, but I can explain why it went. And the reason relates to the capsaicin receptors we have been talking about. Don’t think cinnamon candy can be hot. Your unbearably hot cinnamon bears from Jelly Belly and your Atomic Fireballs are both flavored with cinnamon oil. Fireballs have been around since the 1950’s which explains the atomic…
  • Naked Mole Rats Don’t Feel The Burn

    26 Mar 2014 | 5:00 am
    Biology concepts – thermoregulation, heat sensing, TRPV1, evolution, neurotransmitters, birds, ectothermy, diet-induced thermogenesis BBC television has a very nice Sherlock Holmes show running nowadays, but it has ticked off some mental health professionals. Sherlock describes himself as a high functioning sociopath. I have read several angry letters from those in the profession saying that he should stop doing so, he is using a mental disorder as an excuse for just plain rude behavior.Diseases of the mind are often more bizarre and more tragic than diseases of the body. Medicine and…
  • Maybe We Do Taste The Burn

    19 Mar 2014 | 5:00 am
    Biology concepts – capsaicin, TRPV1, heat sensing, thermoregulation, taste, ligand Eating spicy food can seem like having fire in your mouth. Interestingly enough, some people do that. Fire eaters do not use “cold flames” or anything in their mouths other than spit. One fire eater famously said that the key to being a good fire eater is the ability to endure pain.Early in our dating experience, my wife and I visited a Thai restaurant in our old college town. As part of the ordering process, you were allowed to tell them just how hot you would like your food. Eager to impress, I asked…
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  • Refrigerant replacement highly toxic on combustion

    17 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    EU regulations suggest refrigerants in car air conditioning systems are replaced with a more environmentally friendly version, but scientists are urging a rethink after studies showed the recommended replacement releases toxic chemicals upon combustion. Guidelines suggests that R1234yf – 2,3,3,3-tetrafluropropene – should be used as the refrigerant in car air conditioning systems, replacing R-134a (1,1,1,2-tetrafluroethane). However, the compound is inflammable, and in the event of a fire, the cooling agent would form the highly poisonous carbonyl fluoride said researchers from…
  • Brain dictionary and road map created

    16 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    An international team of neuroscientists has not only tripled the number of identified insect brain structures but created a simple dictionary to talk about them. The team – which included researchers from America, Japan, Germany and the UK – have produced a comprehensive atlas of neuroanatomical centres and computational centres of the insect brain and in the process identified many previously unknown structures. “This effort provided a three-dimensional road map for describing structures for all insect brains and enables comparisons with other arthropods,” said Nick Strausfeld, from…
  • Antidepressants affect aquatic life

    15 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    The presence of antidepressants in our aquatic ecosystem is threatening wildlife, affecting its behaviour and biological make-up. A researcher from the University of Portsmouth has discovered that lower than expected concentrations of the prescription drugs are necessary to cause these changes. Just as antidepressants affect hormones such as serotonin in the human brain, many biological functions within invertebrates are also under serotonin’s the control. “Many invertebrates such as amphipod shrimp become more active and increase their speed of movement while freshwater snails display…
  • Antimony batteries a possibility

    14 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    Scientists probing new materials for batteries have succeeded in producing uniform antimony nanocrystals which could one day be used as alternative anode materials in high-energy-density batteries. These nanocrystals are able to store large quantities of lithium and sodium ions, the ETH Zurich and EMPA researchers say in Nano Letters, making them suitable for rechargeable batteries. Sodium is of particular interest as a low-cost alternative to lithium. Antimony has long been regarded as a promising anode material for high-performance lithium-ion batteries thanks to its high charging capacity…
  • Quantum standard for amp achieved

    11 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    A quantum standard for the ampere can now join the ranks alongside the volt and ohm thanks to research from the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB). The research team – led by Professor Hans Werner Schumacher – have successful developed a current standard which not only generates a single-clocked electron current, but simultaneously measures this current independently. A quantum standard for the ampere could only be made possible by controlling the capture and release of single electrons in an electronic nano-circuit. Scientists from PTB developed an optimised single-electron pump…
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  • Male Vagina and Female Penis - Insects of Brazilian Caves with Reverse Sex

    Robert Freeman
    17 Apr 2014 | 4:04 pm
    A sea slug discards its penis after copulation, the fish, Phallostethus cuulong, has its penis sprouting from its head. However in some insects from Brazilian caves, females are equipped with the penis and vagina in the males, according to a new more
  • Older women with gumption score high on compassion

    Science News Desk
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:57 pm
    Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine report that older women, plucky individuals and those who have suffered a recent major loss are more likely to be compassionate toward strangers than other older adults. The study is published in this month’s issue of the International Journal of Geriatric more
  • Survival hope for melanoma patients thanks to new vaccine

    Science News Desk
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:29 am
    University of Adelaide researchers have discovered that a new trial vaccine offers the most promising treatment to date for melanoma that has spread, with increased patient survival rates and improved ability to stop or reverse the cancer. The vaccine, known as vaccinia melanoma cell lysate (VMCL), was given regularly as a treatment to 54 South Australian patients with advanced, inoperable melanoma over a 10-year period. The long-term results of the study have now been published online in the Journal for ImmunoTherapy of more
  • Osteoporosis Risk Heightened Among Sleep Apnea Patients

    Science News Desk
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:24 am
    A diagnosis of obstructive sleep apnea may raise the risk of osteoporosis, particularly among women or older individuals, according to a new study published in the Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism (JCEM). Sleep apnea is a condition that causes brief interruptions in breathing during sleep. Obstructive sleep apnea, the most common form, occurs when a person’s airway becomes blocked during sleep. If sleep apnea goes untreated, it can raise the risk for stroke, cardiovascular disease and heart more
  • Potential therapy for Fragile X syndrome suggested by studies on fruit flies

    Marie-Therese Walsh
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:24 am
    Fragile X syndrome is the most common inherited form of mental retardation, caused by loss of function of the gene for a protein called fragile X mental retardation protein (FMRP). A new study in the fruit fly (Drosophila melanogaster) indicates that the normal function of this protein is to bind directly to the ribosomes, which are the structures in the cell on which proteins are synthesised, and selectively inhibit translation of more
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  • Samsung's Take on Smart Glass Technology

    17 Apr 2014 | 8:07 am
    Samsung Galaxy Glass (or Gear Glass, official name still pending) has been teased by a recent patent filed in the Korean Patent Office which shows a compact heads-up display in front of a would be user's right eye. The patent describes the technology as being constructed from "a transparent synthetic resin" with a device to offer "wearable augmented reality and real life experience of being able to listen to a variety of sources." Samsung patents Google Glass...
  • Kaspersky Patents Cloud Protection System

    15 Apr 2014 | 11:25 am
    The USPTO has issued US Patent 8,661,547 to antivirus and internet security software provider Kaspersky Lab. The patent describes a technology, which is currently deployed in Kaspersky Security Network, that safeguards cloud services against false information that could be sent to them. Kaspersky Lab Patents Method, System for Protecting Cloud Services | Talkin' Cloud content from Talkin' Cloud Kaspersky Lab has obtained a patent for a method and system for protecting cloud services from...
  • April 10th - USPTO Roundtable on the Use of Crowdsourcing

    10 Apr 2014 | 8:32 am
    From 12:30 - 5:00 PM EDT today (4/10) the USPTO will be holding a roundtable event to solicit public opinions regarding the use of crowdsourcing and third-party preissuance submissions to identify relevant prior art and enhance the quality of patent examination. If you were able to register by the deadline you can simply webcast and listen in on the presentations. Patexia's very own Pedram Sameni will be among the presenters so be sure to keep your ears open for that. Roundtable on...
  • Lenovo Continues the Shopping Spree

    8 Apr 2014 | 8:03 am
    Lenovo announced last week that it has purchased a mobile technology portfolio of over 3,800 patent families, including standard essential patents for 3G and LTE technologies, from Tokyo based NEC Corporation. This deal comes on the heels of the PC maker's $2.91B acquisition of Google's Motorola Mobility handset business and a purchase of 21 patent families owned by Unwired Planet for $100M. Lenovo buys mobile, 3G, LTE technology patent portfolio | ZDNet The PC maker has purchased...
  • Apple Patents Transparent Texting

    3 Apr 2014 | 8:15 am
    A patent originally filed by Apple in 2012 has gained some recent media attention alongside the oftentimes hilarious outcomes of the situation that it is seeking to address. By placing a text box over a live video screen the company hopes to help its customers avoid falling into fountains or bumping into poles while reading and writing messages. Prolonged use of the rear-facing camera is very battery intensive so the technology has not yet been built into existing iPhones...
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  • Citizen science games: the ultimate list

    Chandra Clarke
    1 Apr 2014 | 11:50 am
    Play games for science!  Screenshot Credit: FraxinusThis week, by request: a huge list of games you can play and enjoy while contributing to the greater good. Go have fun!Astro Drone – Created by the European Space Agency, fly your Parrot AR drone in virtual space and compare yourself with real-life astronauts. Data from your successful flights will be used to train robots on how to navigate their environment. Website: iTunes: – Run over a landscape and then choose the door with…
  • Sites mentioned in the citizen science TEDx talk

    Chandra Clarke
    21 Mar 2014 | 7:44 am
    By popular request: many of you have written to ask me to do a summary post of all the sites I mention in this TEDx talk, and I’m only too happy to oblige. Here they are in one convenient (and clickable!) place.The crowdfunding site is (lots of web-based citizen science projects) Weather: Explorer:…
  • Citizen science explained

    Chandra Clarke
    16 Mar 2014 | 4:58 pm
    Last month, I had the pleasure of speaking at a TEDx conference, where I explained the concept of citizen science to a very receptive and enthusiastic audience. Check it out, and please share it with your networks!The post Citizen science explained appeared first on Citizen Science Center.
  • TED Talk: Massive-scale online collaboration

    Chandra Clarke
    12 Mar 2014 | 5:50 pm
    Found this TED talk earlier today, which provides an excellent overview of some of the creative ways crowdsourcing and online collaboration is changing how we do things… just like with citizen science. The post TED Talk: Massive-scale online collaboration appeared first on Citizen Science Center.
  • Rainy weather: Fluke or climate change?

    Chandra Clarke
    7 Mar 2014 | 9:16 am
    Cars or boats? (Photo credit: Wikipedia)England has a reputation for being a damp country, but these last few months have been especially trying for people in the UK. January was England’s wettest winter month in almost 250 years. Approximately 146 mm of rain fell in January, a new record, according to the Radcliffe Observatory in Oxford. Much of Southern England and Wales was deluged as well, and there was major flooding as a result.The question everyone is asking, of course, is whether this is a chance occurrence or related to climate change. It’s not as easy to answer as one…
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  • 2.7-Million-Year-Old Forested Landscape Discovered under Greenland Ice Sheet
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:57 pm
    U.S. geologists have discovered what they say is a Pleistocene landscape preserved about 3 km beneath the Greenland Ice Sheet. “We found organic soil that has been frozen to the bottom of the ice sheet for 2.7 million years,” said Dr Paul Bierman, a geologist with the University of Vermont and the lead author of [...]
  • Eocasea martini: Scientists Discover Oldest Known Ancestor of Land Herbivores
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:38 am
    Eocasea martini, a carnivorous animal that lived in what is today Kansas during Carboniferous period, about 300 million years ago, is the oldest known ancestor of terrestrial herbivores, say paleontologists from the University of Toronto Mississauga. “The evolution of herbivory was revolutionary to life on land because it meant terrestrial vertebrates could directly access the [...]
  • Ozarcus mapesae: Fossil Species Reveals Sharks aren’t Living Fossils
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:01 am
    Paleontologists from the American Museum of Natural History have described a shark species that lived during Carboniferous period, about 325 million years ago. The analysis of its fossilized skull shows that living sharks are actually quite advanced in evolutionary terms, despite having retained their basic ‘sharkiness’ over millions of years. “Sharks are traditionally thought to [...]
  • Astronomers Capture New Image of Nebula Gum 41
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:14 am
    Astronomers using the MPG/ESO 2.2-m telescope at the La Silla Observatory, Chile, have captured a new image of the little-known nebula Gum 41. Gum 41lies in the constellation of Centaurus, about 7,300 light-years away. In the middle of Gum 41, hot young stars are giving off energetic radiation that causes the surrounding hydrogen to glow [...]
  • Doahugou Biota: Study Describes 30 Species from Jurassic of China
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:33 am
    A new paper published in the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology describes 30 Jurassic creatures – five salamanders, one anuran, two lizards, 13 pterosaurs, five dinosaurs, and four mammals – of the so-called Daohugou Biota, a fossil assemblage named after a village near one of the major localities in Inner Mongolia, China. Over the last two [...]
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  • Siachen: World’s Highest Battleground, Where it’s ‘Cold War’ for the Indian Army

    3 Apr 2014 | 12:52 am
    Siachen Glacier situated at the altitude of 6,500 metres is the highest battlefield in the world where perpetual subzero temperature and frequent blizzards are the order of the day in the rarefied atmosphere. Read the article to know how Indian soldiers race this daily ordeal in the natural cold storage One cannot imagine having to pay in restaurant 550 rupees for just one tandoori roti even in the present day high inflation. Similarly, it is impossible to believe that transportation cost of a 25 kilogram bag of wheat from the market to one’s home can be as much as 50,000 rupees! In the…
  • Best Erotic Scenes of French Movies

    29 Nov 2012 | 10:50 pm
    The French are a great believer in non-artificial sex when it comes to cinema or any other place. And when it comes to erotic film projects from a French studio, you can be rest assured about the most steamy scenes shot, edited and produced in the most educated connoisseurs. For the squeamish, I must declare that enjoying French eroticism on film could take time. French Movie Masculin Féminin Here are the top scenes I would always love watching – Masculin Féminin (1966) – The scene where the protagonist’s (Paul, played by Jean-Pierre Leaud) secretary describes her encounter with…
  • International Refugees in India

    11 Nov 2011 | 3:30 am
    The lack of specific refugee legislation in India has led the government to adopt an ad-hoc approach to different refugee influxes. The status of refugees in India is governed mainly by political and administrative decisions rather than any codified model of conduct. The ad hoc nature of the Government’s approach has led to varying treatment of different refugee groups. Some groups are granted a full range of benefits including legal residence and the ability to be legally employed, whilst others are criminalized and denied access to basic social resources. The legal status of refugees in…
  • Tibetan Refugees in India

    11 Nov 2011 | 3:23 am
    Country of origin background Tibetan Refugees in India As recently as 1914, a Peace Convention was signed by Britain, China and Tibet that formally recognized Tibet as an independent country. Representatives from the major monasteries governed the country with the Dalai Lama heading the government. The Tibetan people have a deep-seated faith in religion and Buddhism ruled every aspect of their lives. In 1949 China invaded Tibet. Two years later Chinese troops forcibly occupied Tibet; killing, detaining and arresting thousands of Tibetan citizens. Reason for flight Following the Chinese…
  • Sri Lankan Refugees in India

    11 Nov 2011 | 3:17 am
    Country of origin background Sri Lankan Refugees in India For the past 20 years Sri Lanka has been embroiled in conflict between the Sri Lankan army and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) who are fighting for independence for the minority Tamil population. The conflict has left as many as 70,000 people dead and one million people displaced. Tamils from Sri Lanka have been fleeing their home country for India since 1983 when the conflict began. There are no signs of the conflict abating in the immediate future. The armed conflict has escalated since the beginning of 2006 and in March…
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  • Siachen: World’s Highest Battleground, Where it’s ‘Cold War’ for the Indian Army

    3 Apr 2014 | 12:52 am
    Siachen Glacier situated at the altitude of 6,500 metres is the highest battlefield in the world where perpetual subzero temperature and frequent blizzards are the order of the day in the rarefied atmosphere. Read the article to know how Indian soldiers race this daily ordeal in the natural cold storage One cannot imagine having to pay in restaurant 550 rupees for just one tandoori roti even in the present day high inflation. Similarly, it is impossible to believe that transportation cost of a 25 kilogram bag of wheat from the market to one’s home can be as much as 50,000 rupees! In the…
  • Best Erotic Scenes of French Movies

    29 Nov 2012 | 10:50 pm
    The French are a great believer in non-artificial sex when it comes to cinema or any other place. And when it comes to erotic film projects from a French studio, you can be rest assured about the most steamy scenes shot, edited and produced in the most educated connoisseurs. For the squeamish, I must declare that enjoying French eroticism on film could take time. French Movie Masculin Féminin Here are the top scenes I would always love watching – Masculin Féminin (1966) – The scene where the protagonist’s (Paul, played by Jean-Pierre Leaud) secretary describes her encounter with…
  • International Refugees in India

    11 Nov 2011 | 3:30 am
    The lack of specific refugee legislation in India has led the government to adopt an ad-hoc approach to different refugee influxes. The status of refugees in India is governed mainly by political and administrative decisions rather than any codified model of conduct. The ad hoc nature of the Government’s approach has led to varying treatment of different refugee groups. Some groups are granted a full range of benefits including legal residence and the ability to be legally employed, whilst others are criminalized and denied access to basic social resources. The legal status of refugees in…
  • Tibetan Refugees in India

    11 Nov 2011 | 3:23 am
    Country of origin background Tibetan Refugees in India As recently as 1914, a Peace Convention was signed by Britain, China and Tibet that formally recognized Tibet as an independent country. Representatives from the major monasteries governed the country with the Dalai Lama heading the government. The Tibetan people have a deep-seated faith in religion and Buddhism ruled every aspect of their lives. In 1949 China invaded Tibet. Two years later Chinese troops forcibly occupied Tibet; killing, detaining and arresting thousands of Tibetan citizens. Reason for flight Following the Chinese…
  • Sri Lankan Refugees in India

    11 Nov 2011 | 3:17 am
    Country of origin background Sri Lankan Refugees in India For the past 20 years Sri Lanka has been embroiled in conflict between the Sri Lankan army and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) who are fighting for independence for the minority Tamil population. The conflict has left as many as 70,000 people dead and one million people displaced. Tamils from Sri Lanka have been fleeing their home country for India since 1983 when the conflict began. There are no signs of the conflict abating in the immediate future. The armed conflict has escalated since the beginning of 2006 and in March…
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  • Cosmic eye flashes and flash phenomenon
    30 Mar 2014 | 5:33 pm
    It seems like I’m hearing more and more patients describe light streaks occurring in their eyes. It could just be chance though. The way they describe these effects pretty much tells me what’s happening (helps me diagnose) and rarely is it anything serious (there are other vascular problems that could cause strange vision problems like(...) The post Cosmic eye flashes and flash phenomenon appeared first on Right Eyes.
  • Vision misbeliefs won’t die
    13 Mar 2014 | 11:36 am
    I’m still reading my book, The Eye: A Natural History, and finally in the last chapter. Wow, the information in it isn’t something that I can just take with a grain of salt. The reason it’s taking so long to finish is because I’m looking up so much about what I read in it. Vision(...) The post Vision misbeliefs won’t die appeared first on Right Eyes.
  • What can a paleobiologist do with a Trilobite eye?
    10 Feb 2014 | 6:07 pm
    I’m still reading this book, The Eye: A Natural History, by Simon Ings. I keep getting sidetracked by all the interesting things I find in it and so my wish list is getting longer with books I want to read. So, the trilobite, what an ancient critter. There were huge numbers of them, a prolific species(...) The post What can a paleobiologist do with a Trilobite eye? appeared first on Right Eyes.
  • Honey bee optic flow and road stripes
    30 Jan 2014 | 11:32 am
    I found out about this visual effect called optic flow and how it helps a Honey bee (aka honeybee) determine it’s speed and relative position to objects. This all makes sense….the faster you are going, the faster objects near you move by. That sensation is called optic flow and there are all kinds of mathematical(...) The post Honey bee optic flow and road stripes appeared first on Right Eyes.
  • Crowd-sourcing citizen science
    7 Dec 2013 | 1:51 pm
    Crowd sourcing citizen science is awesome! Scientists need you to help them figure things out and it’s very easy and free and fun. Do you realize how much data they are collecting and how little time they have to analyze what they’ve collected? Take this for example….how many galaxies there are in the visible universe……billions.(...) The post Crowd-sourcing citizen science appeared first on Right Eyes.
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    Just Science

  • Caring for Crohn’s and UC

    Matthew Russell
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:02 pm
    The following is a guest post from Rebecca Kaplan.   Rebecca’s husband has Crohn’s disease and Rebecca writes a very informative blog: Caring for Crohn’s & UC which can be found here:     Clearing the Air… The post Caring for Crohn’s and UC appeared first on Just Science.
  • Dr. Seuss’s First Book Was Rejected 27 Times

    Matthew Russell
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:55 pm
    If there was ever an example of why you should never give up, this would have to be it. Dr. Seuss is one of the best known authors to have ever lived. His fame among children is renowned the world over. One of his most famous creations is The Cat In… The post Dr. Seuss’s First Book Was Rejected 27 Times appeared first on Just Science.
  • 5 Reasons Homework Destroys Learning

    Matthew Russell
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:44 pm
    By Mark Barnes I have blasted homework for many years in many places, yet this awful practice continues in schools worldwide, stirring a hatred of learning in many children. This article explains  why I stopped assigning homework . Meanwhile, here… The post 5 Reasons Homework Destroys Learning appeared first on Just Science.
  • Smart is the new dumb

    Matthew Russell
    17 Apr 2014 | 4:02 pm
    Note: This essay was first published in Paleo Magazine “Computers are useless. They can only give you answers.” Pablo Picasso “The production of too many useful things results in too many useless people.” Karl Marx       This will come…The post Smart is the new dumb appeared first on Just Science.
  • F.E.A.R. :False Evidence Appears Real

    Matthew Russell
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:55 pm
    In a 2011 article published in the Harvard Business Review, Peter Guber, former Chairman and CEO of Sony Pictures Entertainment, tells the story of how he made the case to Loews theater group (owned by Sony) to build a 16 or 20 movie screen multiplex…The post F.E.A.R. :False Evidence Appears Real appeared first on Just Science.
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  • Testosterone Therapy: Is It Worth The Risk?

    30 Mar 2014 | 7:02 am
    We have all seen the ads. The commercials that come on in between your favorite Breaking Bad episodes, your adrenaline rushing and bravado showing. How about during your online browsing [...]The post Testosterone Therapy: Is It Worth The Risk? appeared first on Wondergressive.
  • Your First Real Heartbreak, Can it be Fatal?

    3 Mar 2014 | 2:50 pm
    Heartbreak, happens, all the time. We have all been there before. We have all bled our hearts out, hurt until we couldn’t bear it anymore, and cried ourselves to sleep [...]The post Your First Real Heartbreak, Can it be Fatal? appeared first on Wondergressive.
  • Lucid Dreaming: A Step by Step Guide to Dream Control

    27 Feb 2014 | 2:02 pm
    A lucid dream is a dream where you know you’re dreaming and have full control over the dream. Lucid dreaming is a natural phenomenon, a science, and an art. As a [...]The post Lucid Dreaming: A Step by Step Guide to Dream Control appeared first on Wondergressive.
  • Internet Trolls: Why They Prosper From Your Grief

    19 Feb 2014 | 2:12 pm
    Internet trolls are a force to be reckoned with. Have you ever played an online video game? Entered a chat room? Posted a topic? Wrote a blog? Of course you [...]The post Internet Trolls: Why They Prosper From Your Grief appeared first on Wondergressive.
  • State Nullification and the Tenther Movement: Fight the Fed

    13 Feb 2014 | 3:38 pm
    State nullification is a term you will be hearing more and more often in the coming years.  It is taking place all across the nation as states fight to take [...]The post State Nullification and the Tenther Movement: Fight the Fed appeared first on Wondergressive.
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  • Star Wars Episode 7 Leak: Is that what I think it is?

    Tommy Seilheimer
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:54 am
    Who’s hungry for something, anything, Star Wars?! What’s that you say? You’re hungry enough to pull the ears off a Gundark Well, then good news for you! The first set photos out of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • This Is What Snake Venom Does To Your Blood

    Tommy Seilheimer
    16 Apr 2014 | 1:08 pm
    So amazing yet so frightening. This is exactly what happens when snake venom enters your blood stream… The post This Is What Snake Venom Does To Your Blood appeared first on Tommylandz ツ. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • The Haunted Island of Poveglia Could Be Yours!

    Tommy Seilheimer
    16 Apr 2014 | 12:19 pm
    Strange Geographies: the Happy, Haunted Island of Poveglia A quarantine station, a dumping ground for plague victims, a mental hospital—and it could be yours! In 2010, Ransom Riggs visited the island... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • The Life Of Cute Milky Boxes by Anastasy Andrianova

    Tommy Seilheimer
    16 Apr 2014 | 12:01 pm
    My name is Anastasy Andrianova and I’m a Russian photographer and illustrator. My photo project, Milky Photo, has been posted on my Deviantart account. I started to take these milky photos in 2011... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Missing 3-year-old Found Inside Arcade Claw Machine

    Tommy Seilheimer
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:47 am
    A missing 3-year-old boy was found playing with the toys inside a claw machine at a bowling alley Tuesday. A customer at Madsen’s Bowling and Billiards in Lincoln, Neb., spotted the toddler and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    iSains, Science Blog

  • Microbes, Cause Mass Extinction 252 Million Years Ago

    16 Apr 2014 | 10:50 pm
    In the history of the Earth, mass extinction is estimated to occur 252 million years ago, where 90 percent of Earth's species suddenly disappeared and is known as the largest mass extinction ever happened. Scientist has yet to determine the actual cause of mass extinctions, they are difficult to predict and various scientists expressed a controversial opinion. Researchers from the
  • Domestication Of Cattle Was First Originated From Middle East

    16 Apr 2014 | 10:17 pm
    How does the history of the domestication of cattle for meat and milk of mankind? Genetics team and anthropologists suspect that ancient man has brought the domestication of cattle in Africa almost 10,000 years ago. Scientists trying unmasked genetic history of 134 cows throughout the world, where they discover that the history of ancient African cattle originated from the 'Fertile Crescent', a
  • Discovered 2012 VP113, New And Farthest Planet In Solar System

    16 Apr 2014 | 9:28 pm
    Carnegie Scott Sheppard and Chadwick Trujillo of the Gemini Observatory have discovered a new member of the dwarf planet in the solar system called the 2012 VP113. This new planet at the edge of the solar system, the farthest orbit after the planet Pluto and Sedna, may be one of the thousands of distant objects that make up the Inner Oort Cloud. The size of the planet is estimated very large,
  • Scientists Discovered Ring System On Asteroid Chariklo

    16 Apr 2014 | 8:25 pm
    It's not just the planet Saturn has a ring system, but recent observations of a team of astronomers in South America including the ESO La Silla Observatory has discovered Asteroid Chariklo surrounded by two solid rings and narrow systems. The origin of the asteroid ring is still a mystery, maybe two ring systems are formed from collisions that are not directly create debris disks. The results
  • The Future Of Electric Generator Will Be Getting 30 Percent Of Energy

    26 Mar 2014 | 9:36 pm
    In the midst of rising demand for electricity, scientists continue to look for a way out for the industry that still uses an electric generator technology. Magnetide project is the development of a new type of generator which converts mechanical energy, which is generated from tidal energy into electricity, such as wind power generator and water.  Scientists modify the design of electric
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  • Heartbeat caused HeartBleed bug

    11 Apr 2014 | 2:10 am
    On April 7th 2014, security researchers disclosed a new security bug called Heartbleed,one of the worst security holes in recent internet history.Heartbleed can reveal the contents of a web server's memory, where the most sensitive data is stored. That includes private data such as username, passwords or even credit card numbers.The researchers have tested the flaw out for themselves, and discovered that they were able to steal private  information without leaving any trace of their attack.This bug was independently discovered by Neel Mehta of Google Security, who first reported it to…
  • 20 useful IPhone tips

    8 Apr 2014 | 6:49 am
    1. Airplane mode gives a faster recharge   By activating airplane mode on your phone, you are turning off the WiFi, Bluetooth and network reception of the device and this will ensure a faster charging time. This can be very useful when you are in a hurry and find that your battery is going to die.2. Format text in mail.   Double-tap on any word to bring up the options menu, tap the arrow, and select the B/I/U options to bold, italicize, or underline your text.3. Stop the music with a timer   Many of us like to listen a song while going to sleep but often forget…
  • 10 amazing chemical reactions

    2 Apr 2014 | 3:01 am
    In this article, we present 10 chemical reactions that will keep you amazed for a couple of minutes. 1) Explosive Polymerization of p Nitro Aniline .  Spontaneous explosive polymerization of p Nitro Aniline by dehydration using concentrated sulphuric acid.    2) Liquid Nitrogen + 1500 Ping Pong balls.    3) Elephant toothpaste.   Decomposition of hydrogen peroxide catalyzed by potassium iodide.    4) Iodine Clock Reaction.   5) Mercury(II) thiocyanate decomposition .  6) Chameleon Chemical Reaction.  7) Decomposition of hydrogen…
  • Basics of Cloud Computing

    18 Mar 2014 | 10:13 am
    Imagine you have a computer with only one special software installed. Whether you need to edit an excel sheet or you need to play a movie or you need to send an email, all these can be done via this special software. Using this software, you login to a web-based service hosted on a remote machine and remote machine runs all the required softwares for you. Well, this  model is called cloud computing and it will change the way we are using computers nowadays.In a cloud computing environment, local computers no longer have to run all the applications. The network of remote computers that…
  • Useful tips for Windows 8 and 8.1

    7 Mar 2014 | 10:37 am
    Microsoft has released a new version of Windows8, named as Windos8.1 . Anyone using windows8 can upgrade to 8.1 free of cost. Here we list some of the shortcuts which helps you in working with the new versions of Windows.1) You can move any tile by clicking and dragging the tile. While moving a tile, if you need a larger view of the Start screen, move the tile towards the top or bottom of the screen.2) If you want to move a tile to taskbar, right-click the tile and choose Pin to taskbar.3) If you’re using a touch display, squeeze the Start screen with two fingers to receive a bird’s eye…
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  • Fuelling our Lust for Copper – Mining in Afghanistan…

    9 Apr 2014 | 9:35 am
    Versatile Copper: Connecting Us for Generations Copper occurs naturally in rocks, as native copper, and the history of its use by the oldest civilizations dates back to at least 10,000 years.  These days, copper is in ever increasing demand for its extraordinarily versatile conductive and ductile properties, highly sought-after by the power generation, electronics and communications industries.  Remote barren war-torn Afghanistan harbours great stores of the mineral...  Copper is a ductile metal with a very high thermal, as well as electrical, conductivity.  Pure copper is soft…
  • Global Weirding: Why The World Must Acclimatise

    4 Apr 2014 | 1:23 pm
    Loading Up the Dice for Extreme Climate Events The impacts of climate change include a higher risk of flooding and changes to crop yields and water availability.  No single country causes climate change, and no one country can stop it.  We need to match the urgency of our response with the scale of the science. Steady inexorable floods affected the south of the British Isles earlier this year.  Extraordinary amounts of rain fell over a couple of months.  Unrelentingly.  Elsewhere, why not take your pick from the devastating effects on your living environment of a polar…
  • Meanwhile Major Tim has been Training for Space in Cologne, Germany…

    29 Mar 2014 | 9:14 am
    Space Training in Kölnisch Waters Major Timothy Peake has been training for space underwater in Germany to prepare for work in zero gravity.  The British astronaut who is set to go into space next year said that learning how to live and work in space will be essential to the future survival of our species.  Tim Peake will be spending six months on the International Space Station I.S.S. in November or December of next year.  He will travel on a Soyuz rocket from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan... and could eat a meal chosen by the public.  With nearly two decades as an Army…
  • The Enduring Mystery of Earthquake Lights – What Makes a Miracle?

    25 Mar 2014 | 1:10 pm
    Earthquake Lights in the Sky Mysterious flashes of light and clear-sky lightning, blue flames?  Glowing orbs and fireballs?  Will-o'-the-wisps?  Stand-alone rainbow clouds and light pillars?  How could this be...? Scientists in the United States now say that earthquake lightning flashes appearing to precede earthquakes, are likely to be sparked by movements within the ground below.  This phenomenon could be used to trigger alarms and help warn millions of an impending danger... According to the Encyclopedia of Solid Earth Geophysics, the earliest known account of earthquake…
  • Quantum Physicists in Disguise…

    14 Mar 2014 | 10:19 am
    Celebrities you Thought you Knew Everything About This blog isn't really "trendy"...  "Physicists aren't cool, and you never meet them anywhere anyway because they are all lesser known characters, some of them shady, who spend all their time toiling in obscurity on things no one does understand."  Really?  And they're shady, are they?  In obscurity...  Rolls eyes.  Sigh!  Anyhow...  I never thought I'd see some "celebs" on this website, but there you are.  How's that for trendy!! If you are a regular reader, you know this blog does not usually contain tabloid-worthy material. …
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  • Tornado Season Is Off to a Slow Start, But There’s No Predicting What’s Next

    Matt Lanza
    15 Apr 2014 | 6:45 am
    Tornado season has started quietly this year, continuing a trend that began in 2012. Through March 31, the United States had only 70 reported tornadoes even though the first quarter has averaged more than 170 a year over the last 10 years. April has remained quiet, with 36 preliminary tornado reports as of Sunday. Oklahoma hasn’t seen an intense tornado1 since May 31, the longest such stretch on record. The small tornado seen there on Sunday was the first of any kind since Aug. 7.Many people have written about the possible causes, from drought to persistent cooler weather in places that…
  • Are Mammograms Worth It?

    Emily Oster
    10 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    A Canadian study published in February reignited the years-long debate over breast cancer screening methods, arguing fairly strongly against mammography, or the use of X-rays to detect tumors. The study’s authors say mammograms have no survival benefit relative to physical breast exams and in fact lead to significant over-diagnosis. In their words: “The data suggest that the value of mammography screening should be reassessed.” Predictably, not everyone agreed with them.The debate over mammograms centers on two questions. First, how many lives are saved by mammography? Or…
  • El Niño Probably Won’t Quench California’s Thirst

    Stephen Stirling
    3 Apr 2014 | 8:30 am
    Hope is a hot commodity in drought-stricken California these days. When the Climate Prediction Center last month issued an El Niño watch for next winter, the media jumped on news of the weather phenomenon as possible salvation for the Golden State. “Thirsty California pins hopes on El Niño’s return,” one headline on SFGate read. “So long California drought?” Businessweek asked in another. The rush to identify El Niño, characterized by the periodic warming of surface water temperatures off the northwestern coast of South America, as California’s savior was based in part on…
  • MIT Climate Scientist Responds on Disaster Costs And Climate Change

    Kerry Emanuel
    31 Mar 2014 | 9:13 am
    As someone who has spent some time looking at changes in the incidence of hurricanes around the planet, I have been asked to provide a response to Roger Pielke Jr.’s article “Disasters Cost More Than Ever — But Not Because of Climate Change,” published at FiveThirtyEight earlier this month.Let me begin by saying that I am sympathetic to Pielke’s emphasis on the role of changing demographics in increasing damages from natural disasters. This is a serious problem that could be addressed by wiser policies. For example, in the United States, policies regulating insurance and…
  • Reports of a Drop in Childhood Obesity Are Overblown

    Emily Oster
    28 Mar 2014 | 4:39 am
    It is no secret that the United States has a weight problem. Roughly 30 percent of American adults are clinically obese, or have a body mass index of at least 30. That’s more than 175 pounds for someone who’s 5 foot 4, the average height of an American woman; or more than 203 pounds for someone who’s 5 foot 9, the average height of an American man. Obesity is associated with a whole host of health issues — diabetes, sleep apnea, stroke, heart attack and on and on — meaning that for many of us, diet is the real killer.Obesity rates have risen over time, especially in…
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  • Solar Water Disinfection

    Prasun Barua
    27 Mar 2014 | 12:44 pm
    We know that water is an important element in our life. Our lives are survived by water. Indeed, our body contains huge amount of water. Purified water can save our life. On the other hand, germ infected water can destroy our life. So, we need to drink water which is disinfected. We can make our water disinfected by utilizing various systems. Solar Water Disinfection is one of the significant system to make our water disinfected.Solar Water Disinfection is a system which utilizes solar energy to remove biological agents like bacteria, protozoa, viruses and worms from water and makes it…
  • Biomass

    Prasun Barua
    26 Mar 2014 | 4:37 am
    What is Biomass?Biomass is the biological component which is obtained from living organisms of nature. It is also referred as plant based material when energy is produced from biomass. At the same time, biomass is also applicable for both animal and vegetable resultant components.Biomass is a renewable energy source and it can re-grow quite quickly. Sun's energy is captured by plants' chlorophyll through the photosynthesis process. Here, carbohydrates are created by converting carbon dioxide from the air and water from the ground. They are complex combination of carbon, hydrogen and oxygen.
  • Hygroelectricity

    Prasun Barua
    20 Mar 2014 | 6:42 pm
    For long time, It has been a great mystery how electricity appears in the atmosphere. But, recent research says that atmospheric water vapor can turn into electrical charge. They are calling it hygroelectricity which means humid electricity.Now, it is realized that hygroelectricity is one kind of static electricity which appears on water droplets and can be moved from droplets to small dust particles. It is a common phenomenon in the earth's atmosphere. Hygroelectric charge exists in thunderstorms volcanic eruptions and some   dust storms which creates lightning. Once, scientists…
  • BIPV

    Prasun Barua
    19 Mar 2014 | 11:46 am
    What is BIPV?Full abbreviation of BIPV is Building Integrated Photovoltaic. This is a technology which integrates photovoltaic modules into the roof or exterior of a building. By concurrently serving as building, a BIPV system serves as both envelope material and electrical power generator. It contributes to save materials and electricity costs as well as minimize the dependency on fossil fuels. It reduces carbon emission and enhances the architectural value of a building.Most of BIPV systems are connected with available grid power. We can also use them as stand-alone, off-grid systems. A…
  • Eco Friendly Printing

    Prasun Barua
    17 Mar 2014 | 4:41 pm
    Everyday, we use printers in our home and offices. Now a days, printers become an important device for documentation. Typically, printers consume huge amount of power and also printers have significant impact on our environment. So, we need to make our printers more environmental friendly or eco friendly. Listed below are some techniques to make our printers eco friendly.Reusing and recycling printer cartridgesIt is obvious that most of expense in a large office or organization is printer cartridges. Huge amount of printing can quickly increase printing cost per year. So, it should be…
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  • Schedule of Indian Premier League (IPL) 7 2014

    17 Apr 2014 | 3:23 pm
    Here we provide the schedule of most awaited T20 league of the year - IPL 7: Date Match Venue Time (IST) Result April 16 Mumbai Indians vs Kolkata Knight Riders Abu Dhabi 8pm KKR won by 41 runs April 17 Delhi Daredevils vs Royal Challengers Bangalore Sharjah 8pm RCB won by 8 wickets April 18 Chennai Super Kings vs Kings XI Punjab Abu Dhabi 4pm April 18 Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Rajasthan Royals Abu Dhabi 8pm April 19 Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Mumbai Indians Dubai 4pm April 19 Kolkata Knight Riders vs Delhi Daredevils Dubai 8pm April 20 Rajasthan Royals vs Kings XI Punjab Sharjah 8pm April…
  • Samsung Galaxy S5 Specifications

    17 Apr 2014 | 3:31 am
    Also known as Samsung GS 5Available as:Samsung SM-G900F - for EuropeSamsung SM-G900I - for AsiaSamsung SM-G900K/G900L/G900S - for KoreaSamsung SM-G900M - for VodafoneSamsung SM-G900A - for AT&TSamsung SM-G900T - for T-MobileSamsung SM-G900V - for VerizonSamsung SM-G900R4 - for US CellularSamsung SM-G900P - for SprintGENERAL2G NetworkGSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 19003G NetworkHSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 21004G NetworkLTE (market dependent)SIMMicro-SIMAnnounced2014, FebruaryStatusAvailable. Released 2014, AprilBODYDimensions142 x 72.5 x 8.1 mm (5.59 x 2.85 x 0.32 in)Weight145 g (5.11 oz)-…
  • Thousands of tiny robots cluster developed to carry out tasks

    17 Apr 2014 | 2:50 am
                                    This shows the puck robots used in the research.                                   Credit: University of Sheffield, UKThe team, operating within the metropolis Centre for artificial intelligence (SCentRo), within the University's college of Engineering, has programmed very simple robots that are able to built a dense cluster without any necessity for advanced computation, in a very similar work…
  • Filter that lets light only from one direction pass through

    16 Apr 2014 | 3:55 am
    A new filter lets light pass through — but only if it's coming from just the right angle. Here, a light ray coming in at the 1-o’clock position reflects off the filter. But the other beam streaks straight on through.Scientists have simply created a replacement reasonably diffusing screen that is exceptionally fastidious. Engineered from a stack of clear materials, it solely permits lightweight that comes from a specific direction. Everything else can simply mirror off of it.Such a tool may improve cameras by reducing glare from the sun. The new filter may increase the sensitivity of…
  • Direct Hydrocarbon Indicators

    15 Apr 2014 | 1:49 am
    Seismic Methods & Hydrocarbon DetectionExplorationists have long dreamed of a device or technique that they could use at the earth's surface to get direct indications of deeply buried hydrocarbons. Over the years, scientists, inventors, entrepreneurs -- and not a few eccentrics -- have used tools ranging from divining rods to gas sniffers to "black boxes" in pursuit of this dream. They've analyzed soil samples, studied vegetation and taken pictures of the earth. They've walked, driven, flown and even sent up satellites. But their efforts have generally gone unrewarded. True, there are…
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