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November 20, 2014

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9:21 PM | Designing a better flu vaccine
We all hate getting sick and the flu can be the seasonal flu vaccine can help prevent a time of serious illness. Unfortunately the vaccine is usually an educated guess […]

Fonville, J., Wilks, S., James, S., Fox, A., Ventresca, M., Aban, M., Xue, L., Jones, T., Le N. M. H., ., Pham Q. T., . & Tran N. D., . (2014). Antibody landscapes after influenza virus infection or vaccination, Science, 346 (6212) 996-1000. DOI: 10.1126/science.1256427

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November 19, 2014

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7:28 PM | Reinventing Shelters for Humans and Pets
Sponsor Content: This content is brought to you by Purina Better With Pets.  Rita Garza considers herself very fortunate. In the past 18 months, she has been able to combine her “two passions: improving services and increasing awareness for victims of domestic violence” with her “deep love for animals.” Rita works for Urban Resource Institute (URI) in…
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7:24 PM | How gut microbiota changes the blood-brain barrier
Don’t be alarmed, but we are outnumbered. When figuring out what makes us, “us” we need to remember that there are far more bacteria genes in us than human genes, […]

Viorica Braniste, Maha Al-Asmakh, Czeslawa Kowal, Farhana Anuar, Afrouz Abbaspour, Miklós Tóth, Agata Korecka, Nadja Bakocevic, Ng Lai Guan, Parag Kundu & Balázs Gulyás (2014). The gut microbiota influences blood-brain barrier permeability in mice, Science Translational Medicine, Other:

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5:44 PM | DVDs on Sale!
If you are a regular reader you know that I avoid marketing on this blog, but readers have asked me to alert them when there is a sale–all the world not being on Facebook all the time. So here you go: All of our DVDs are on sale at 25% off today and tomorrow. The […]
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5:40 PM | Supernova Shock Waves, Neutron Stars, and Lobsters
A supernova that signals the death of a massive star sends titanic shock waves rumbling through interstellar space. An ultra-dense neutron star is usually left behind, which is far from dead, as it spews out a blizzard of high-energy particles. Two new images from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory provide fascinating views - including an enigmatic lobster-like feature - of the complex aftermath of a supernova. When a massive star runs out of fuel resulting in a supernova explosion, the central […]
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5:28 PM | Physician Activism May be Bad for Healthcare
The growing trend of physician-backed legal challenges against patient and family health decisions is not good healthcare.
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5:17 PM | Obama Expected To Unveil Immigration Plan On Thursday
The president will then address the issue in a speech at a Las Vegas high school on Friday, a source familiar with the process tells NPR.
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4:52 PM | Island Parks Envisioned for Melbourne and NYC
Two city projects -- one in Melbourne, Australia and the other in New York City -- will bring nature to the urbanite.
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4:49 PM | Wilskrachtige werknemers
COLUMN – In de serie Kiezen en Delen kijken Joël en Eva met een gedragseconomische blik naar alledaagse beslissingen. Deze column verschijnt ook op Sargasso.nl. Dat de robots komen om onze banen te stelen is nu duidelijk. In een strip wordt het probleem als volgt samengevat. Werkgever zegt tegen werknemer: “U werkt één uur per dag en surft zeven uur per dag op internet.. we hebben nu een... Lees meer op www.sciencepalooza.nl
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4:43 PM | Highlighting the Health-protective Properties of Alaskan Berries (your Elders already knew)
November is Native American Heritage month. Throughout the month, we will be featuring blogs related to Tribal Science.  By Mary Ann Lila I was ecstatic when the EPA Science to Achieve Results (STAR) Program put out the request for applications for the study of tribal resources and climate change. My office mate was a rural sociologist, so we […]
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4:43 PM | Toilets 'R' Him: Jack Sim Wants A Potty In Every Pad
The Singapore activist created World Toilet Day in 2001, got U.N. sponsorship last year and posed for us on a toilet outdoors on a freezing day. That's how committed he is to bringing toilets to all.
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4:37 PM | Cat Craze
Do cats make you crazy? This was the question posed at last week’s Science on Tap, a monthly science café held at the Philadelphia bar National Mechanics. By the end of the talk, the answer was clear. “Probably not, but you should still be careful.” The world’s felines have something in common, a trait shared by both domestic housecats and lions in the African savannah: they carry the parasite Toxoplasma gondii, a highly infectious protozoan that can […]
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4:36 PM | U.K. To Deny Entry To Controversial U.S. Dating Guru
The Home Office said Julien Blanc's presence wasn't conducive to the public good. Blanc, a dating coach, makes racist and derogatory references to women, and appears to condone violence toward them.
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4:34 PM | The Rosetta lander detects organic matter: the seeds of life?
Scientists working with data sent back by the now-slumbering Philae lander have announced the discovery of organic molecules on the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Subject:  Astronomy/Cosmology
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4:33 PM | Saudi MOH Reports Al-Kharj MERS Case (Fatal)
    # 9344   The Saudi MOH has announced another MERS case from Al-Kharj, already a fatality, that of a 99 year-old with apparently history of animal exposure.   Yesterday’s case announced case from the same region has also died.    This makes the third MERS fatality from Al-Kharj in less than a week.    
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4:28 PM | Marriage Equality | Referendum Registration Closing Soon
There’s less than a week left to register to vote for the forthcoming marriage equality referendum, with registration closing on November 25th. Once this time lapses, it will only be possible to join the Supplemental Register of Electors after the 1st of February 2015. This is a little bit more hassle, probably best avoided by […] The post Marriage Equality | Referendum Registration Closing Soon appeared first on HeadStuff.
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4:25 PM | High heels may enhance a man's instinct to be helpful
If it's help a woman needs, maybe she should wear high heels. That's the message from Nicolas Guéguen of the Université de Bretagne-Sud in France, after he observed how helpful men are towards women in high heels versus those wearing flat, sensible shoes. The study, published in Springer's journal Archives of Sexual Behavior, is the first ever to investigate how the height of a woman's shoe heel influences how men behave towards her. Subject:  Brain […]
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4:23 PM | Watch As A Wall of Snow Hits Buffalo, NY (Time-Lapse Videos)
Tuesday morning was the coldest November morning in the United States since 1976, with more than 85% of the surface area of the contiguous 48 states experiencing below-freezing temperatures. According to Dr. Ryan Maue at WeatherBell models… “ Compared to normal, temperatures over the past several days have dropped off a cliff—to 10°C below climate normal—more anomalous than even during the Polar Vortex of early January 2014. November is shaping up to be a […]
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4:18 PM | You Can Monitor Your Baby's Vital Signs 24/7, But Should You?
A new generation of baby monitors lets new parents track their child's heartbeat and other vital signs. But they're not health devices, a pediatrician warns, and could give a false sense of security.
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4:17 PM | How stress aids memory
Retrieving memory content under stress does not work very well. However, stress can be helpful when it comes to saving new information—especially those that are emotionally relevant in stressful situations. At the Ruhr-Universitat Bochum, a team of cognitive psychologists headed by Prof Dr Oliver T. Wolf study these correlations. The RUB's science magazine RUBIN reports on the results. Faked Job Interview Triggers Stress Subject:  Brain & Behavior […]
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4:17 PM | 15 Hours of Science on a Comet
Early on Wednesday morning the European Space Agency completed another milestone in a ten year journey to study Comet 67P know as Churyumov-Gerasimenko by successfully dropping a laundry machine size lander from an orbiting satellite. ESA has been touting…The post 15 Hours of Science on a Comet appeared first on Just Science.
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4:13 PM | Giving LEDs a cozy, warm glow
When the 2014 Nobel Prize in physics was awarded this October to three Japanese-born scientists for the invention of blue light emitting diodes (LEDs), the prize committee declared LED lamps would light the 21st century. Now researchers from the Netherlands have found a novel way to ensure the lights of the future not only are energy efficient but also emit a cozy warmth. Subject:  Technology
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4:00 PM | Un nuevo alótropo del silicio promete revolucionar la industria fotovoltaica
Este texto es una colaboración del Cuaderno de Cultura Científica con Next. Que la estructura cristalina es fundamental para las características físicas que va a presentar una sustancia química es de todos conocido. Ahí está el clásico ejemplo del grafito de la mina de los lápices y el diamante, ambos con idéntica composición química (carbono puro), pero diferente estructura cristalina. […] Seguir […]
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3:59 PM | WATCH: How Carbon Dioxide Travels Around The Globe
A NASA computer model visualizes in detail where carbon dioxide is released, how it moves across the globe and how it's affected by the seasons.
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3:56 PM | The Exhibitionist (Week c/17 Nov) Pull Bite Rally
There are some interesting happenings this week in the art world. Dublin City Council’s Vacant Space scheme is back and they have a few new venues to offer for ‘creative groups to use for cultural purposes’. It’s a fairly open scheme with reduced rent an incentive for cash-strapped artistic types. Obviously it’s a big undertaking […] The post The Exhibitionist (Week c/17 Nov) Pull Bite Rally appeared first on HeadStuff.
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3:53 PM | Malaysia’s Prime Minister Says Fast-Growing Nations Have Role in Curbing Warming
The prime minister of gas-rich Malaysia sees a climate-friendly path ahead.
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3:53 PM | Why I (probably) Won’t Catch Ebola
This post is mirrored from the author’s blog The Frawlicking Rambler. by Robert Frawley There is a lot of concern about Ebola and rightfully so. It is a terrible disease, spreading exponentially in three West African countries, and to contain the spread we must bring aid to West Africa. The threat is less imminent here in […]
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3:33 PM | Video: Seals Caught Raping Penguins !
Someone's having a really bad day!In a study published a few days ago, researchers from the Mammal Research Institute at the University of Pretoria, South Africa reported three incidents of fur seals (Aptenodytes patagonicus) sexually harassing and coercing with king penguins!The authors even took footage of the large mammals forcefully putting the birds to the ground and attempting to mate with them! The incidents took place at the sub-Antarctic Marion Island, on Goodhope Bay and Funk […]

de Bruyn, P., Tosh, C. & Bester, M. (2008). Sexual harassment of a king penguin by an Antarctic fur seal, Journal of Ethology, 26 (2) 295-297. DOI: 10.1007/s10164-007-0073-9

Haddad, W., Reisinger, R., Scott, T., Bester, M. & de Bruyn, P. (2014). Multiple occurrences of king penguin (Aptenodytes patagonicus) sexual harassment by Antarctic fur seals (Arctocephalus gazella), Polar Biology, DOI: 10.1007/s00300-014-1618-3

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3:25 PM | The Ghosts and Gains of Waziristan
Operation Zarb-e-Azb is a military offensive being conducted by Pakistani military forces against various militant groups in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas bordering Afghanistan. Up to 30,000 Pakistani soldiers are involved in Zarb-e-Azb, described as a "comprehensive operation" to flush...
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3:13 PM | Fountain of youth underlies Antarctic mountains
Time ravages mountains, as it does people. Sharp features soften, and bodies grow shorter and rounder. But under the right conditions, some mountains refuse to age. In a new study, scientists explain why the ice-covered Gamburtsev Mountains in the middle of Antarctica looks as young as they do.
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