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October 31, 2014

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10:12 AM | BMS' PD-1 blocker Opdivo aces lung cancer trial
41% of treated patients alive after 12 months
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10:00 AM | The Future of 4K TV
Televisions have come a long way since 1926 when Scottish inventor John Logie Baird publicly demonstrated his new invention. The first colour broadcast took place 50 years ago on 1st Janurary 1954, however the technology wasn’t cheap, and so many people didn’t have access to a colour TV until the mid to late 1960s. 4K […]
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10:00 AM | Antivaccinationists versus Jonas Salk’s centennial
One thing that happened this week that I didn’t get around to writing about is the 100th anniversary of the birth of Jonas Salk, which was October 28. In the annals of medicine, few people have had as immediate a positive effect as Jonas Salk did when he developed the inactivated polio vaccine (IPV). At…
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9:54 AM | International students think Finland is the best country to study in Europe
Information gathered by the StudyPortals website in the Netherlands shows that international students think Finland is the best country to study in Europe. The University of Tampere scored 9 out...
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9:51 AM | Novo Nordisk profits up 4%, buoyed by Victoza and Levemir
But expects net loss for 2014 from currency impact
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9:49 AM | Pesticides-L mailing list: creating a global conversation on pesticides issues
Written by Melanie Bateman, Integrated Crop Management Adviser, CABI Switzerland As has been mentioned before in this blog, there are a staggering number of chemicals in the world – estimates go as high as 2 million different preparations for sale. This is a lot for regulators in any given country to assess and monitor for […]
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9:44 AM | Three Cheers For The Instant Replay
The end of the World Series allows us to revisit baseball's experiment with instant replay. Commentator Alva Noë argues it has been a success — not because it makes the game more fair, but more fun.
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9:34 AM | Science in a Box
“Where did dinosaurs come from?” “How are black holes created?” “How big is the Universe?” “If we use mud wraps for our skin, why can’t we use mud as shampoo for our hair?!” These are just some of the interesting (and very diverse) questions I’ve received from enthusiastic primary school students over the past couple of weeks. They’re testimony to the curiosity and imagination that’s unleased when you encourage children to […]
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9:15 AM | A week of links
Links this week: A good Jared Diamond interview. The 10,000 hours rule – the best you can do is find the peak of your own ability. Tinder works because a picture is “worth that fabled thousand words, but your actual words are worth… almost nothing”. (HT: Razib) Dumb incentives, although economists would be the first to point […]
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9:06 AM | Caesarean section births and autism risk?
It was a familiar story. Big media headlines such as: Caesarean sections 'may increase risk of autism' appearing all over, but when it came to finding the study behind the headlines, the publishing journal seemed to be trailing a little way behind. We've been in a similar situation before."As the flames rose to her Roman nose"Anyhow, the paper by Eileen Curran and colleagues [1] (open-access) has finally made it to the research table and hence is fodder for today's ramblings with the […]

Curran EA, O'Neill SM, Cryan JF, Kenny LC, Dinan TG, Khashan AS & Kearney PM (2014). Research Review: Birth by caesarean section and development of autism spectrum disorder and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder: a systematic review and meta-analysis., Journal of child psychology and psychiatry, and allied disciplines, PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25348074

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9:00 AM | Images of Guatemala (4) – Fiesta at Lake Atitlan
Fiesta at Lake Atitlan, Guatemala. Guatemala is a country with many volcanic hazards, as shown in some of the previous images in this series, but also a country rich in culture and traditions. The image above was taken at the annual fiesta in San Pablo, a small town on the edge of Lake Atitlan. During the […]
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8:57 AM | Tol throws toys out of pram
It looks like Tol has joined the <cough> illustrious <cough> ranks of those who publish their review comments: the commentary could be made substantially more balanced and contemplative – for example, as proof of “truth” the author cites himself and a series of mostly social media sources, with little reference to the academic literature and…
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8:57 AM | Why Deflation Is Such A Big Worry For Europe
Some of the weakest countries, such as Spain and Italy, are experiencing a broad drop in incomes and asset values. Deflation is a painful process that can be hard to reverse once it starts.
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8:57 AM | Virus Sleuths Chip Away At Ebola Mysteries
Big questions have bedeviled virus hunters for 38 years: Why do people differ in their response to Ebola? Is it becoming more or less dangerous? There's now more evidence about who gets sick and why.
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8:57 AM | Look Here: Phone App Checks Photos For Eye Disease
Bryan Shaw showed it was possible to detect early signs of eye cancer from a family photo album. Now, he and his research team have made an iPhone app.
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8:57 AM | Cash For Halloween Candy? Dentists' Buyback Program Is Booming
If you're like many parents, by tomorrow morning you'll be facing a candy glut. One possible solution? Sell it to a dentist participating in a program that sends candy care packages to troops.
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8:48 AM | C'è un nuovo legame chimico
La sua esistenza era stata ipotizzata quasi trenta anni fa, ma fino ad oggi era considerato una sorta di mito scientifico. Ora invece un team di ricercatori della Freie Universität di Berlino e dell’Università cinese di Shanxi ritiene di averlo finalmente identificato, almeno sul piano teorico: un nuovo tipo di legame tra molecole, che viola alcune delle leggi fondamentali della chimica tradizionale. La loro […]
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8:30 AM | Understanding springs at the nanoscale: a step towards nanorobots
Inspired by nature's ingenious biological designs, researchers have persistently attempted to mimic these biofunctionalities to bring technological breakthroughs. One of these morphologies - the unique shape of a helical coil - is not only interesting from a scientific standpoint but also pivotal, offering DNA its distinctive properties and propelling flagella in viscous fluids, to name a few. With the advent of personalized medicine on the horizon, researchers are now trying to use tiny […]
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8:29 AM | The Mannen rockslide: still standing
The Mannen rockslide in Norway continues to actively deform but has not, as yet, failed. There continues to be a great deal of interest in Norway in this event, putting the monitoring team under great pressure
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8:28 AM | As Crimea's Borders Change, So Do Lives
Russia's annexation of Crimea is reshaping the lives of residents throughout the peninsula. Some find comfort in Russian rule, while others equate Moscow's control with intimidation and persecution.
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8:27 AM | "Modified Stage-Gate: A Product Development Process" by Nader Ale Ebrahim
Modified Stage-Gate: A Product Development ProcessNader Ale Ebrahim, Department of Engineering Design and Manufacture, Faculty of Engineering, University of MalayaAbstractIn today’s dynamic marketplace, manufacturing companies are under strong pressure to introduce new products for long-term survival with their competitors. Increased competition and reduced product life cycles put force upon companies to develop new products faster. In response to these pressing needs, there should be […]
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8:14 AM | Salt is great for French fries but not for fields - Water, Land and Ecosystems
Around 5,000 acres of farmland in arid and semi-arid regions are lost every day to damage caused by salt, according to a recent UN report with contributions from scientists at the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) and WLE.See it on Scoop.it, via Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education)
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8:06 AM | La reazione all'ebola è scritta nei geni
È la peggiore epidemia della storia. 10mila contagi, 5mila morti. Cifre che, purtroppo, sembrano destinate a salire. Ebola fa ancora tanta, tantissima paura. Ma qualcosa, fortunatamente, si muove: gli scienziati italiani di Okairos stanno cercando di mettere a punto un vaccino, e sempre in Italia si sta sperimentando un farmaco per bloccare le terribili emorragie provocate dal virus. Ma non basta. Bisogna conoscere bene il proprio nemico, come ammoniva Sunzi: un'équipe di […]
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8:00 AM | Jarn’s Journal Year 54 Day 33
Year 54 Day 33 I begin to suspect a conspiracy on the part of the women shamans. Four groups led by women had arrived by yesterday, and all of the leaders agreed on the idea of a direct transfer of power. Today the first male-led group arrived, and the shaman, whose wife I slept with […]
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8:00 AM | Evidence to guide treatment of dementia in people with learning disability may be lacking, but new areas of research might help
As people with learning disabilities are living longer, then they are also experiencing age related disorders such as dementia, where they have been shown to have a higher risk than the general population. Here we look at a review of the current state of knowledge which looks at a range of issues, from prevalence, assessment, treatment and future directions for research. The post Evidence to guide treatment of dementia in people with learning disability may be lacking, but new areas of […]
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8:00 AM | Guest Post: The Three Quarks of Life
This is a tough post to read, tougher to look at.  Some background might help. In 1993 Chris Arnade got a PhD in physics and then went to work on Wall Street.  Starting in 2007, Chris started taking long walks with his camera through New York City, where he found a lot of ambiguity and unsolvable […]
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8:00 AM | Guest Post: The Three Quarks of Life
This is a tough post to read, tougher to look at.  Some background might help. In 1993 Chris Arnade got a PhD in physics and then went to work on Wall Street.  Starting in 2007, Chris started taking long walks with his camera through New York City, where he found a lot of ambiguity and unsolvable […]
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7:55 AM | The Airliner Chronicles: the San Andreas Fault in Southern California
The San Andreas fault at Cajon Wash and Lone Pine Canyon at the eastern end of the San Gabriel MountainsOh how I love flying. I don't get all that many chances to do it, and flying on days with clear weather happens even less often, but sometimes it works out. One of my first blog series was called the Airliner Chronicles, and in it I featured geology from an aerial perspective. I haven't flown in a number of years, but I had a brief trip to Southern California last month, I scored a window […]
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7:30 AM | Bipolar disorder, suicide and criminality
Elena Marcus summarises a double case-cohort study, which investigates the risk of suicide and criminal behaviours in people with bipolar disorder and their siblings, compared with the general population. The post Bipolar disorder, suicide and criminality appeared first on The Mental Elf.
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7:30 AM | The stereotype of scientist as crazy genius does no favours to the mentally ill
People who suffer from mental health issues also suffer from its stigma. Portraying mental illness as a good thing helps no one It is not funny or cool to have a mental disorder. Unless, however, youre a a scientific genius: then it appears to be quite all right, and sometimes even lauded. But in the same way that laughing with your pals at the online quiz flagging you as a schizophrenic adds to mental health stigmatization, so does praising madness as the root of genius. The Mental Health […]
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