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April 24, 2014

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3:45 PM | Don't Ask, Don't Tell
By Susan Cosier Rail cars are carrying a lot more crude through Oregon these days thanks to the U.S. fracking boom—250 percent more last year than the year before. The intrepid reporters at the Oregonian newspaper wanted to know if that increase in rail traffic poses a risk. After all, at least one rail car on average slips off the tracks in this country every day, and an oil train derailment in Canada last year killed 47 people and incinerated the […]
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3:41 PM | Landslide losses – raising the profile in the USA
Landslide losses in the USA The two dramatic landslides of the last few weeks in the USA has undoubtedly raised the profile of this natural hazard.  The Oso landslide in Washington State remains high on the news agenda, and was even visited by the President earlier this week.  Meanwhile, the fascinating East Gros Ventre Butte […]
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3:41 PM | New Labor Department rules to improve broken system for black lung prevention
The Labor Department announced new regulations to better protect coal miners from developing coal mine dust lung diseases. The are a step in the right direction, but not as stringent as proposed.
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3:39 PM | Research Digest post #2
My time in the BPS Research Digest hotseat continues. Today’s post is about a lovely study by Stuart Ritchie and colleagues which uses a unique dataset to look at the effect of alcohol on cognitive function across the lifespan. Here’s the intro: The cognitive cost or benefit of booze depends on your genes, suggests a […]
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3:37 PM | Antarctica Enjoyed California Climate After Dino Demise
Antarctica enjoyed California-like temperatures 50 to 40 million years ago. This temperate climate shows us how the greenhouse effect can alter the Earth. Continue reading →
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3:31 PM | Now *that's* #altchemjobs
From Medium, the need for a French-speaking B.S. chemist graduate to do a little work for the Marine Corps:All you have to do is pretend to be an Al Qaeda terrorist for a week or so. 
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3:30 PM | The Real Reason Your Cat Is A Picky Eater Cats only have about...
The Real Reason Your Cat Is A Picky Eater Cats only have about 500 taste buds, while humans have around 9,000. However, their sense of smell is much stronger than ours, so cats typically enjoy the smell of their food more than the actual taste. via Animalist Network.
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3:30 PM | Wrong cell line leads to retraction of kidney cancer study
A group of authors in China has retracted their December 2013 paper in PLoS ONE after realizing that they’d been studying the wrong cells. The paper, “Up-Regulation of pVHL along with Down-Regulation of HIF-1α by NDRG2 Expression Attenuates Proliferation and Invasion in Renal Cancer Cells,” came from Lei Gao, of the Fourth Military Medical University, […]
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3:30 PM | Are Med School Grads Prepared to Practice Medicine?
Each July at teaching hospitals across the country, freshly minted M.D.s take their place as interns at the bottom of the ladder. Are they ready to practice medicine?
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3:30 PM | Global Vaccination Week: Are You Up to Date?
Are you up to date with your vaccinations? That’s the theme of this year’s Global Vaccination Week (Apr. 24–30, 2014), a big health effort by the World Health Organization. The goal: Save millions of lives, many if not most being children’s. Yes, you read that right. Estimates are that vaccines save about 8 million lives every year. Measles alone kills more than 100,000 people every year worldwide … and that number was a terrifying 2.6 million deaths before 1980, […]
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3:30 PM | A Video on the Moss Life Cycle
Take a break from your regularly scheduled program to check out this video on the moss life cycle. I would definitely recommend this video to students learning about mosses or bryophytes in class or for anyone who wants to brush up on their plant life cycles. Overall I think that it is a nice video with accurate information. There was only one typo that I saw. The maternal gametophyte cap
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3:27 PM | Anomaly on camera zips across stadium seating in Bolivia
Can we figure out what could be causing this curious anomaly? This video showing a shadow moving quickly across stadium bleachers has been labeled a “ghost” and of course other stories arise of strange events at the location. I have a feeling this is not a shadow person but a plain old shadow. But I’m… Source: Doubtful News
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3:25 PM | Intensive Care: You Survived, Now What?
Critical care specialist JP Kress looks at the consequences of long stays in intensive care with deep sedation and limited mobility.

Kress J.P. & Hall J.B. (2014). ICU-Acquired Weakness and Recovery from Critical Illness, New England Journal of Medicine, 370 (17) 1626-1635. DOI:

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3:20 PM | Genetic Researchers Sequence Genome of Rainbow Trout
Scientists led by Dr Yann Guiguen from the French National Institute for Agricultural Research have successfully sequenced the genome of the rainbow trout, Oncorhynchus mykiss. The rainbow trout, an elongated fish with sides that fade from green below the dorsal fin to yellow and white, belongs to Salmonidae, a family of fishes that also includes [...]
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3:17 PM | The Enterprise Ethane Terminal Is Quite Large
As you may have heard, Enterprise Products Partners plans to build an ethane export terminal in Texas. It will have a capacity of 240,000 barrels of ethane per day. Let’s convert that number from the oil perspective into the petrochemical one. According to John Stekla, formally the olefins guru at IHS and now with Williams […]
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3:14 PM | Grantwriting: You Should Already Be Done Thinking.
At my last institution I had, like I do now, a weird position. I was hired to be the concierge systems engineer for the chief of staff, who was a physician and chemist and university professor of medicine and of chemical engineering. He had about a 20 year uninterrupted history of R01-level funding. He treated […]
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3:09 PM | Grant Review Site Visits
...need to be ended. They represent a huge risk for bias dependent on the personal characteristics of the investigators to rule the day. Are you an older, white-haired, heteronormative appearanced, able-bodied picture of "Scientist and Professor"? Great! Are you overweight? Do you stutter? Express unexpected gender presentation? Nonwhite? Female? Are your language skills less than […]
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3:09 PM | Saudi MOH Announces 12 New MERS Cases
    # 8523   The Saudi MOH has released a new MERS-CoV update this morning, listing 12 new cases, and introducing new levels of sophistication in their report.  Gone are the parsimonious and vague 1 line summaries of each case that have caused so much ire over the past year, replaced by some very impressive detail, including onset dates and cases listed by hospital. A very welcome change.   Once again, Jeddah (Grandmother) leads with 6 cases, […]
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3:08 PM | One articulated Sauroposeidon to go, hold the perspective distortion, with a side of stinkin’ mammal
Order up! Sauroposeidon is stitched together from orthographic views of the 3D photogrammetric models rendered in MeshLab. Greyed out bits of the vertebrae are actually missing–I used C8 to patch C7, C7 to patch C6, and so on forward. The cervical ribs as reconstructed here were all recovered and they are in collections, but they’re […]
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3:07 PM | EyeWire Wins First Place in the NSF International Visualization Challenge!
  EyeWire has taken first prize in the National Science Foundation’s International Visualization Challenge – Games and Apps Category! We’re honored to receive this award and it wouldn’t be possible without our amazing developers, Will Silversmith and Katya Radul, and designer, Alex Norton. Check out coverage on NBC and National …
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3:07 PM | A Drop of Value – Wine Additives
As alcoholic beverages go, wine would seem to be among the simplest to produce, requiring little more than grapes, water and time; after all, humans have been producing the potable for over 6,000 years. But the modern, industrial-scale wineries of makers such as E&J Gallo, the company behind the Carlo Rossi and Barefoot brands, have […]
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3:07 PM | Hallucinations by Oliver Sacks | book review | @GrrlScientist
Written by a neurologist and shortlisted for the 2014 Wellcome Trust Book Prize, this is a collection of personal anecdotes that reveal the tremendous variety of hallucinations experienced by normal everyday people. Hallucinations are much more common than most people realise and in fact, may be a universal part of the human experience. This is the main premise in Oliver Sacks' newest collection, Hallucinations [Picador/Pan Macmillan, 2013; Guardian Bookshop; Amazon UK/audiobook CD UK; Amazon […]
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3:06 PM | Spitzer Space Telescope Observations of Bennu
What can studying the thermal emission of Bennu with the Spitzer Space Telescope tell us about its physical properties?
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3:05 PM | /^ah{2,62}/ Coca-Cola
As part of The Ahh Effect advertising campaign, The Coca-Cola Company own the domains ahh.com, ahhh.com and every one after that up to, and including, ‘a’ followed by sixty-two ‘h’s. WHOIS entries: ahh.com ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.com (HT Popbitch)Filed under: Miscellany
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3:01 PM | Happy DNA Day: Genetic Results From New York City Students Reveal Microcosm of the World
Fifty-one years ago tomorrow, James Watson, Francis Crick, Maurice Wilkins, and Rosalind Franklin published a landmark paper on the structure of DNA. Since then, April 25 has been recognized as DNA Day, a day for celebrating all that we know about genetics, including what DNA tells us about our ancient past. Today, Genographic Project scientists…
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3:01 PM | Happy DNA Day: Genetic Results From New York City Students Reveal Microcosm of the World
Fifty-one years ago tomorrow, James Watson, Francis Crick, Maurice Wilkins, and Rosalind Franklin published a landmark paper on the structure of DNA. Since then, April 25 has been recognized as DNA Day, a day for celebrating all that we know about genetics, including what DNA tells us about our ancient past. Today, Genographic Project scientists…
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3:00 PM | Sea Turtles Can Cross Entire Oceans Sea turtles live in almost...
Sea Turtles Can Cross Entire Oceans Sea turtles live in almost every ocean basin throughout the world, nesting on tropical and subtropical beaches. via Discovery World Safari.
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3:00 PM | Lost 1800s Shipwreck Found Near Golden Gate Bridge
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced the discovery of the remains of the SS City of Chester, a passenger steamer that went down in 1888 near the Golden Gate in San Francisco.
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2:56 PM | Is Jason Padgett a genuine savant? Yes, but …
A couple of people have asked me for my thoughts about a group of stories that are currently making the rounds in the popular science media, concerning Jason Padgett, who supposedly became a “math genius” as a result of brain damage suffered during a mugging.  For reference, here is a link of Salon‘s version of … Continue reading »
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2:56 PM | Effective Presentation in Medical Education and Research
On March 13, I gave a two-hour faculty development workshop, “How to Talk the Talk: Presenting to Diverse Audiences.” The audience: an interesting mix that included clinical faculty, faculty with research programs, senior M.D. and Ph.D. postdoctoral fellows and principal investigators in basic science laboratories. Ironically, the diversity of the attendees (aka the “audience”) made [...]
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