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November 19, 2014

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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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3:57 AM | Slurstorm, and the flaws in “Shirtstorm” arguments
I hate writing posts like this.  I prefer to write about fun physics, history of science and cool horror fiction.  But some things are so appalling and disgusting that one must speak up, especially if one’s friends are attacked. You … Continue reading →
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3:55 AM | #SfN14: Art of Neuroscience, with Megan McGlynn
Image credit: Megan McGlynn This is part of a series of interviews with artists participating in #SfN14’s Art of Neuroscience exhibit. For my introductory post with Michele...
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3:53 AM | Effective Strategies for Increasing Citation Frequency by Nader Ale Ebrahim
Effective Strategies for Increasing Citation FrequencyNader Ale Ebrahim University of Malaya (UM) - Department of Engineering Design and Manufacture, Faculty of Engineering; University of Malaya (UM) - Research Support Unit, Centre of Research Services, Institute of Research Management and Monitoring (IPPP)Hadi Salehi Islamic Azad University, Najafabad BranchMohamed Amin Embi Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia - Faculty of EducationFarid Habibi University of Economic SciencesHossein Gholizadeh […]
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3:48 AM | Western New York Buried By Lake Effect Snow Blizzard
You could hardly put together a better synoptic weather set-up for a HUGE lake effect snow event than what happened today in Buffalo. A mid-January type outbreak of Polar air rushing across the Great Lakes (that are still “November warm”), and the result is nearly 4-5 feet of snow in Western New York.Travel is totally stopped to the South (and southeast) of Buffalo this evening, and heavy lake effect is …
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3:38 AM | A medium amount of physical activity can lower the risk of Parkinson's disease
A new study, published online in Brain: A Journal of Neurology today, followed 43,368 individuals in Sweden for an average of 12.6 years to examine the impact of physical activity on Parkinson's disease risk. It was found that "a medium amount" of physical activity lowers the risk of Parkinson's disease. Subject:  Health & Medicine
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3:19 AM | SfN14 blogging: Careers Beyond the Bench with Dr. Sally Rockey from the NIH
This is a guest blog post by Bruce Felts, PhD candidate at the University of North Dakota. On the opening morning of SfN 2014 I had the pleasure of attending a workshop entitled "Careers Beyond the Bench." The tone was set right away to start the morning by the fact that even prior to the session getting started at 9 AM, the conference room was completely packed with graduate students and
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3:04 AM | SfN Art of Neuroscience: Greg Dunn Designs
This post is part of my coverage of the Art of Neuroscience Exhibit held from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm through Wednesday. The artists are located in the Convention Center’s L Street Bridge. Two Pyramidals Greg Dunn has a doctorate in neuroscience and an interest in "exploring the fusion of art and science through designs in gold leaf". He began his art career with minimalist neurons painted in
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3:00 AM | The Knowledge: How to Rebuild our World from Scratch
By Lewis Dartnell Synopsis: How would you go about rebuilding a technological society from scratch? If our technological society collapsed tomorrow, perhaps from a viral pandemic or catastrophic asteroid impact, what would be the one book […]
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2:55 AM | Journal Watch - round-up of influential open-access articles from the scientific and medical literature
Journals unite for reproducibilityNature editoralA rice ABC transporter, OsABCC1, reduces arsenic accumulation in the grainSong et al. PNAS.Tumor sequencing takes off, but insurance reimbursement lagsNature Medicine. $FMIReversal of diabetes with insulin-producing cells derived in vitro from human pluripotent stem cellsRezania et al. Nature Biotechnology.High-Cost Generic Drugs — Implications for Patients and PolicymakersAlpern et al. New England Journal of Medicine. [...]
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2:52 AM | #SfN14: Art of Neuroscience, with Kathleen Childress
Image credit: Kathleen Childress This is part of a series of interviews with artists participating in #SfN14’s Art of Neuroscience exhibit. For my introductory post with Michele...
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2:43 AM | This Week’s Rain Unlikely to Dent Drought
Rain systems so far this season have been on the wimpy side. This next series is likely to continue the trend.
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2:42 AM | Steak tartare is the food porn dish of the moment
I’ll take food safety advice from Vogue when I start dressing hipster or listen to Madonna. Yet according to Vogue, steak tartare appeals to a sophisticated kind of adult who knew where to find his or her pleasure. Raw meat … Continue reading →
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2:26 AM | Eliminating correlations from evolutionary ecology
De novo creation of olfactory receptor genes clearly links food odors via amino acid substitutions to cell type differentiation in mosquitoes, and in nematodes, flies, honeybees, etc. It would be surprising if cause and effect did not extend to vertebrates...Read more
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2:17 AM | Is There Such a Thing as ‘Facebook Murder’?
Investigators recently set out to consider whether homicides involving social networking sites were unique and worthy of labels such as ‘Facebook Murder’, and to explore the ways in which perpetrators had used such sites in the homicides they had committed. The cases they identified were not collectively unique or unusual when compared with general trends […] The post Is There Such a Thing as ‘Facebook Murder’? appeared first on Wiley Asia Blog.

Yardley, E. & Wilson, D. (2014). Making Sense of ‘Facebook Murder'? Social Networking Sites and Contemporary Homicide, The Howard Journal of Criminal Justice, DOI: 10.1111/hojo.12109

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2:12 AM | UK student needs second kidney transplant 20 years after eating E. coli O157 contaminated cheese
A student who almost died after eating a contaminated cheese sandwich as a toddler has been told she needs a second kidney transplant. Lois Reid fell desperately ill when she was two years old. But a transplant at the age … Continue reading →
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2:07 AM | SfN14 blogging: Successful Career Advancement Through Networking: Is it Who You Know?
Organizer/ Moderator: Dr. Mark Baxter and Dr. Rebecca Shansky What Networking is Not and What it is Dr. Rebecca Shansky, Assistant Professor at Northeastern University Dr. Shansky started the session off by explaining what networking is NOT. She says “Networking is not meeting famous people just to meet them.” Instead, networking is about meeting people who will help your career. Dr.
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2:06 AM | Wanted: Dead or Alive
I came across an interesting poster that’s been put up on a few lampposts on my street.  It rather pathetically offers a $2,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of George Welch for operating a bucket shop in New York. This got me thinking about the notion of vigilante justice and the failure of […]
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2:03 AM | Biosimilarz podcast (16 November 2014)
BiotechDueDiligence is pleased to continue an occasional collaboration with The Biosimilarz Blog by hosting the latest edition of Dr. Duncan Emerton's podcast highlighting recent developments in the world of biosimilars. Click here to access the podcast audio for this and prior editions of the podcast.Featured companies: $AMGN, Epirus Biopharma, Celltrion, $PFE, $NVS Sandoz, $HSP, Dr. Reddy's [...]
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2:00 AM | Interstellar Is A Dangerous Fantasy Of US Colonialism
A new America? Warner Bros. PicturesBy Peter Bloom, The Open University"Interstellar" has been praised for its attempt to make the “hard science” of astrophysics both accessible and exciting to a popular audience. Through cutting-edge special effects, it takes audiences on a journey through space and time. It does so by drawing on groundbreaking scientific theories involving relativity, wormholes, black holes and the power of gravity. read more
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1:58 AM | New Studies Show Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Helps Treat Concussion, but no more than Placebo Treatment
I’ve written previously about the evidence concerning hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT). There are a few specific conditions for which there is reasonable evidence HBOT is a useful therapy. Unfortunately, it is becoming something of a fad treatment in veterinary medicine, … Continue reading →
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1:57 AM | Tis The Season For A Plank Streak
The holiday season is upon us….no better time to go streaking, right? Yes! Then join the holiday #plankstreak !  No it’s not planking naked (unless you really want to!), it means planking once a day EVERYDAY between Thanksgiving and New ...
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1:56 AM | Indian cricket team gives Australia food for thought in bid to take spice out of test series
Cricket may be more boring than baseball, but at least the wealthy team from India knows what it wants in food safety, and will bring a private chef to Australia this summer. Only mild curries such as butter chicken are … Continue reading →
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1:52 AM | Scientists’ Emotional Response to Environmental Decline
Original advice is appearing for people burned out on environmental degradation. [more]
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1:51 AM | Bill Limiting NSA Surveillance Practices Fails In Senate
The USA Freedom Act had the support of not only the White House and Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy but also that of Republican Sen. Ted Cruz. The House had already approved it.
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1:46 AM | The #ShirtStorm and Its Double Standard
I was a bit distracted and didn’t notice Matt Taylor’s shirt until today.  Now that I have seen it and thought about it, I’d like to say that I think the people who are upset are wrong.  Here’s why: How many women get picked on because of the clothes they wear or how they do their […]
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