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November 19, 2014

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8:12 AM | Protein-engineered cages aid studies of cell functions
Researchers at Tokyo Institute of Technology have engineered protein cages for delivering an important signalling molecule, carbon monoxide, into cells.
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8:04 AM | Scientists get to the heart of fool's gold as a solar material
Theoretically, iron pyrite could do the job, but when it works at all, the conversion efficiency remains frustratingly low. Now, a research team explains why that is, in a discovery that suggests how improvements in this promising material could lead to inexpensive yet efficient solar cells.
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8:03 AM | Totally Insane! Buffalo Suburbs May Have Set a Record for 24-Hour Snowfall in a Populated Area
The national record for snowfall in a 24-hour period is 76 inches, up in the mountains of Colorado. Some suburbs of Buffalo approached that amount on Tuesday — “possibly the highest 24hr snow in a populated area,” the National Weather Service Tweeted late Tuesday night. Unfortunately, four people have lost their lives as a result […]The post Totally Insane! Buffalo Suburbs May Have Set a Record for 24-Hour Snowfall in a Populated Area appeared first on ImaGeo.
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8:00 AM | Genetics and education policy
Philip Ball has an article in the December issue of Prospect (ungated on his blog) arguing that consideration of the genetic basis to social problems is a distraction from socioeconomic causes. The strawman punchline for the Prospect article is “It’s delusional to believe that everything can be explained by genetics”. The article has drawn a […]
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7:57 AM | To Baltimore!
On Thursday I’ll be heading up to Baltimore to give a talk at Johns Hopkins University. I’ll be discussing an old favorite: The Monty Hall Problem! Actually, it’s been about two years since I’ve given a talk on that particular subject, so it will be nice to have an excuse to revisit it. From there…
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7:56 AM | Study suggests light may be skewing lab tests on nanoparticles' health effects
It turns out that previous tests indicating that some nanoparticles can damage our DNA may have been skewed by inadvertent light exposure in the lab.
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7:39 AM | Lighting up tumors with fluorescent nanoprobes
A fluorescent nanoprobe could become a universal, noninvasive method to identify and monitor tumors.
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7:34 AM | A hollow promise for better batteries
Flat, diamond-shaped plates of lithium iron phosphate improve discharge voltages.
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7:30 AM | Online and social networking interventions for depression in young people
Nikki Newhouse reports on a recent systematic review that brings together 22 studies which investigate a range of online CBT and social networking interventions designed to help young people with depression. The post Online and social networking interventions for depression in young people appeared first on The Mental Elf.
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7:25 AM | Feed round-up
Dew baubles Today, for a change, I thought you might like a glimpse of the things that have appeared in my feed reader (Feedly) that have caught my eye and been saved to read later….Nature’s Poisons has been pondering how people come to eat poisonous plants, and advises you not to eat anything with death in its name. A perennially-useful reminder that not all plants are benign (but that taking reasonable precautions mean we don’t need to fear them).I follow From the Kitchen […]
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7:19 AM | Alice Lee, Sister Of 'Mockingbird' Author, Dies At 103
Alice Lee, the sister of To Kill a Mockingbird author Harper Lee and an influential Alabama lawyer and church leader in her own right, died Monday at age 103.
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7:17 AM | Tested In-Depth: Apple iPad Air 2
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7:02 AM | Learn about regulation of GMOs
Anyone interested in how genetically engineered organisms are regulated in the US should check out the Stakeholder meeting presented by the USDA’s Biotechnology Regulatory Services (BRS) happening on November 19 from 8:30am to 12:00pm EST. You can find registration information for the webinar and the agenda at the BRS website. The agenda includes highlights such as “Coexistence of Agricultural Sectors: A USDA Perspective” and “Global Trade and Acceptance of GE […]
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7:00 AM | PHOTO DU BoB-299
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6:45 AM | Turbulent week for global climate policy leaves many questions
They came, they saw, they cuddled koalas and world leaders then largely ignored the Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s instructions to ignore the global, intergenerational and morally challenging kerfuffle over climate change. All in all the last seven days have proven to be momentous for climate change policy - both at the Brisbane G20 summit in Queensland and elsewhere. Suspicions were confirmed, deals were announced and positions were galvanized, but there are still major […]
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6:42 AM | CEEOL Marketing From Information to Decision , Issue 7 /2014
Assessing Perceived Corporate Social Responsibility: A Literature Review     Translated Title: Assessing Perceived Corporate Social Responsibility: A Literature Review Publication: Marketing From Information to Decision (7/2014) Author Name: Moisescu, Ovidiu Ioan; Language: English Subject: Economy, Business and Management Issue: 7/2014 Page Range: 161-169 […]
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6:07 AM | Both Beautiful and Disturbing, a New NASA Visualization Shows Carbon Dioxide Emissions Swirling Around the World
The following is a guest post from Paul McDivitt, a second-year master’s student studying journalism and mass communication research at the University of Colorado-Boulder. He is taking a course in journalistic blogging from me there. This is his second post at Discover. His first was at Keith Kloor’s Collide-a-Scape blog. Follow Paul on twitter @paulmcdivitt. In the wake […]The post Both Beautiful and Disturbing, a New NASA Visualization Shows Carbon Dioxide […]
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6:00 AM | Root caries: review suggests potential benefits from 5000ppm fluoride, chlorhexidine and silver diamine varnishes
The prevalence of root caries is expected to risk and this review looked at a range of agents for non-invasive management. While 30 studies were identified they consider a large number of agents. While the review suggested that 5000ppm fluoride dentifrice was effective the number of available trials for this and the other agent was small and of limited quality. The post Root caries: review suggests potential benefits from 5000ppm fluoride, chlorhexidine and silver diamine varnishes appeared […]
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6:00 AM | How to Scale Up Kernel Methods to Be As Good As Deep Neural Nets
How to Scale Up Kernel Methods to Be As Good As Deep Neural Nets by Zhiyun Lu, Avner May, Kuan Liu, Alireza Bagheri Garakani, Dong Guo, Aurélien Bellet, Linxi Fan, Michael Collins, Brian Kingsbury, Michael Picheny, Fei Sha In this paper, we investigate how to scale up kernel methods to take on large-scale problems, on which deep neural networks have been prevailing. To this end, we leverage existing techniques and develop new ones. These techniques include approximating kernel functions […]
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5:46 AM | Work Out Loud Week
For this week’s Work Out Loud week, I’ve answered some questions about – you guessed it – working out loud! 1 How should someone start out working out loud I think that all comes down to the individual. Pick a medium and dip your toe in the water! Start small – sharing a thought on Twitter […]
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5:19 AM | This Phrase Will Help Your Kids Love Brushing
Getting kids into the habit of brushing and flossing isn't easy, but it's perhaps one of the most important habits you instill in your child as a parent -- up there with always using a seat belt and always wearing sunblock. The post This Phrase Will Help Your Kids Love Brushing appeared first on Ask the Dentist.
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5:01 AM | Does Exercise Really Make Us Smarter?
A new study asks whether the apparent cognitive benefits from exercise are real or just a placebo effect.
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4:59 AM | The Strange remains the same for 18 November 2014
It’s been a few days since Leftover Links showed up here. I’ve been quite exhausted and collapsed on my way to posting them. But here you go, all caught up. MH17 photo of fighter jet released in Russia slammed. Neil Harbisson: The man who hears colour. Facebook “like inflation” exaggerates the scope of Internet hoaxes… Source: Doubtful News
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4:55 AM | SfN2014: Day4 – Presenting a poster, Parties and Reunions
So today was showtime. Today I presented my poster. I think it went well. A good amount of traffic.  Great questions.  Made some good connections that may lead to possible … Continue reading →
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4:53 AM | I'm at it again. #drawing another #brain #sciart #science #neuroscience #art #artistsofinstagram #education
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4:34 AM | ASHG Meeting Report: A guide to the Exome Aggregation Consortium data
With genomic data from hundreds of thousands of people accumulating, geneticists are now able to mine these data for very rare, but very informative genetic variants, including loss-of-function alleles. For example, across the enormous “reference set” of human exomes announced at the 2015 American Society for Human Genetics Meeting, on … Read MoreThe post ASHG Meeting Report: A guide to the Exome Aggregation Consortium data […]
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4:30 AM | Scandinavians are the earliest Europeans
Scientists have sequenced a 37,000-year-old genome. The results show that present-day Scandinavians are the closest living relatives to the first people in
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4:25 AM | More democracy support for developing countries
Scientists believe that we should give more money to projects that support democracy in developing countries. However, past projects have produced limited
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4:01 AM | Along the Murray-Darling in a ‘bot
It’s a big place, the Murray-Darling Basin. Over a million km2 – about one-seventh of the whole of Australia. There’s a lot to know about it, and we’re helping students find out more for themselves, using a novel CSIRO innovation. The National Museum of Australia and the Murray-Darling Basin Authority have teamed up to let […]
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4:00 AM | LMT svela le regioni oscurate di formazione stellare nelle galassie distanti
Un gruppo di astronomi, interessati a stimare il tasso di formazione stellare nelle galassie distanti, in particolare quelle che sono avvolte in nubi di polvere che oscurano le regioni più centrali, rendendole perciò difficili da osservare, hanno pubblicato i risultati delle loro ricerche fornendo un quadro alquanto accurato di ciò che è accaduto circa 4 miliardi di […]
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