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March 29, 2015

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2:33 AM | To Sleep: 2015 Cannon Award #ExpBio
The American Physiological Society portion of Experimental Biology officially opened Saturday evening with the Cannon Lecture. This year's recipient of the award, Masashi Yanagisawa, addressed his work in understanding sleep. Solving the mystery of sleep: from orphan receptors to forward genetics started with studies of the orexin knock-out mouse. They thought the mouse would have […]
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12:47 AM | Field Report from Mars: Sol 3971 - March 26, 2015
Opportunity reaches a marathon milestone—in more ways than one. Larry Crumpler reports on the current status of the seemingly unstoppable Mars rover.
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12:44 AM | These Walls Have Ears
In season 5, episode 10 of Fringe, the Observers, hot on the trail of Walter and the gang, use an “LQ-7 unit” in Nina’s office to reconstruct the conversation she had a few minutes earlier. The Observers stick sensors to … Continue reading →
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12:40 AM | Facing Early Death, on Their Terms
A national push and a new guide are giving critically ill young patients a voice in end-of-life discussions.
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12:35 AM | NASA Astronaut and Russian Cosmonaut Take Flight for Historic Year-Long Space Mission
On Friday (Mar. 27), NASA astronaut Scott Kelly and Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko boarded a Russian Soyuz TMA-16M spacecraft and blasted off to the International Space Station, beginning a historic yearlong expedition in space. The pair was joined by cosmonaut Gennady Padalka, who will stay on the space station for the typical six-month mission. Padalka, who is now on his fifth long-duration flight, will become the new world record holder for most days spent […]
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12:31 AM | To Read Is To Grow: Literacy in Cuba
I was very fortunate to have spent eight days of my spring break in Cuba! Americans still need a reason (other than pure tourism) to be allowed to visit Cuba, and  I went on an educational research tour, during which we visited schools, clinics and the Cuban Literacy Museum in Havana. “To Read Is To […]
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12:20 AM | The neurobiological underpinnings of suicidal behavior
When you consider that so much of our energy and such a large portion of our behavioral repertoire is devoted to ways of ensuring our survival, suicide appears to be perhaps the most inexplicable human behavior. What would make this human machine--which most of the time seems to be resolutely programmed to scratch, claw, and fight to endure through even the most dire situations--so easily decide to give it all up, even when the circumstances may not objectively seem all that desperate? Suicide […]
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12:16 AM | 5 Lessons from the Neuroscience of Art and Aesthetics
The packed CNS 2015 keynote on the neuroscience of art and aesthetics was full of big ideas. Here are 5 to ponder: 1. Beauty exists within the realm of aesthetics but also doesn’t always overlap with art. #CNS2015 — Nick Wan (@nickwan) March 28, 2015 To kick off his keynote lecture, Anjan Chatterjee of the […]
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12:01 AM | Shots of Science: genes and open health data
Icelanders DNA sequenced Researchers have analysed the DNA data of the whole island of Iceland. The Researchers sequenced the whole genomes of 2,636 Icelanders and carried out less detailed genotyping for SNPs (DNA sequence variation occurring commonly within a population) on 104,220 individuals, one third of the population of Iceland. Iceland’s population is 325,000 and [...] The post Shots of Science: genes and open health data appeared first on HeadStuff.

March 28, 2015

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11:30 PM | Finding home
Spring is out in full force on the West Coast, punctuated by pink cherry blossoms, yellow forsythia, and the delicately sculptured white blooms of sweet-scented magnolia. Red-winged blackbirds are puffing up to squeeze out their buzzing marsh song, and the nighttime frog chorus has become deafening, like those rocky Atlantic cliffs shown on British nature…
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11:19 PM | Title: 5th ward media: govt ink pen. Probations dept.
Title: 5th ward media: govt ink pen. Probations dept.
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11:15 PM | off to New York
I am off to New York City for two days, giving a seminar at Columbia tomorrow and visiting Andrew Gelman there. My talk will be about testing as mixture estimation, with slides similar to the Nice ones below if slightly upgraded and augmented during the flight to JFK. Looking at the past seminar speakers, I […]
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11:12 PM | randdmag:Rice Univ. bioengineers are teaming with colleagues...
randdmag:Rice Univ. bioengineers are teaming with colleagues from Baylor College of Medicine and MD Anderson Cancer Center to apply the latest techniques in tissue engineering toward the study of one of the most common and deadly human illnesses: the stomach flu. The bacteria and viruses that cause acute gastroenteritis often come from contaminated food or water and result in cramps, nausea, diarrhea and vomiting.  Read More - […]
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11:08 PM | On the “clientèle-based” logic in redefining academic units
Are we just a service department? I don’t believe Princeton’s Mathematics department thinks so, neither does any Chemistry department on this continent. Yet, a Vice-President of the Canadian Mathematical Society wants us “to come to the realization that in almost … Continue reading →
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11:00 PM | Drunk on Geology - Lithology Beer (Kickstarter Campaign)
The next up on the Drunk on Geology series is the Lithology Beer by the Lithology Brewing Company from Long Island, New York. This beer is unique in my Drunk on Geology series because it is not an established brewery. Yet. This is from an old friend of mine who is currently searching for the funds through a Kickstarter Campaign to help establish their award winning brew into an official brewing company.How often do you say to yourself, "I just wish there were more geological […]
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10:55 PM | Deep earthquake activity in Bárðarbunga and Öræfajökull volcano
Today (28-March-2015) there has been deep earthquake activity in Bárðarbunga volcano. This suggest that there is a fresh injection of magma into Bárðarbunga volcano system. If this is going to result in new eruption remains to be seen. … Continue reading →
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10:45 PM | 5 Questions about Auras Answered by a Person Who Is Able to See Energy
Every person I meet who I let know that I can see energy tends to ask similar questions. So, I presume our readers here at Learning Mind may have similar questions. The answers to these questions may astound some of you, as they completely defy conventional understandings and “preachings” from … READ MORE
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10:38 PM | How the Medical Profession Supports Alternative Medicine
One of the things we often hear from proponents of alternative medicine is that they like alternative practitioners because of their holistic approach – and some of the bloggers here have previously countered by saying that medical practitioners do the same. For example, I feel that my GP takes a holistic approach to my health [...]
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10:35 PM | The Cautionary Tale Of A Big-Time Bracket Bust
In 2010, police arrested a New Jersey man running an football pool — with a payout totaling nearly $900,000. If you're the one holding money in your office's college basketball pool, take heed.
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10:08 PM | Poor peer-review – a case study
Many scientists are not impressed with the peer-review processes scientific journals use. Like democracy, this peer-review is better than all the available alternatives but it certainly doesn’t guarantee published scientific papers are problem-free. Sure, peer-reviewed sources are better than others which … Continue reading →
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10:08 PM | Poor peer-review – a case study
Many scientists are not impressed with the peer-review processes scientific journals use. Like democracy, this peer-review is better than all the available alternatives but it certainly doesn’t guarantee published scientific papers are problem-free. Sure, peer-reviewed sources are better than others which … Continue reading →
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10:02 PM | Geo 1095: March 28, Day 817: Over the Rivers and Through the Woods
The sign above and to the right of Dana's head reads "Entering Over the Rivers and Through the Woods Oregon Scenic Byway." Here's some information on that route, and I won't argue with its scenic nature... but behind us, and to the left (we're looking more or less west, here), are some of the most scenic routes in the state. See numbers 5 and 6 at that last link. In the mid-distance, you can see an abrupt transition from bouldery ground and sparse vegetation to a large, uniform stand of old […]
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9:55 PM | 4 Warning Signs Marriage Therapists Use to Predict Divorce
Fix these things or get ready to say goodbye. Well-trained marriage therapists have most likely studied the work of Drs. John and Julie Gottman. The Gottmans have done the most extensive research on marriage and what predicts divorce. He discovered four main predictors, which he terms the “Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse” and they are […]
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9:45 PM | ¡Mueve tus neuronas!
Desde hace mucho se sabe los beneficios de practicar ejercicio físico de manera cotidiana, de hecho oímos a la gente decir que realiza ejercicio para tener una mejor condición física, contar con una… Sigue leyendo →
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9:41 PM | What's the Word for "Species Genocide"?
MT @96Elephants: #Botswana meeting news: Must scale up war on #elephant poaching @sslieberman http://t.co/IbkL6Klp4i pic.twitter.com/MOE5m4VDZF— Nat Moss (@natmoss) March 28, 2015
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9:22 PM | What Is The Mystery Goo That Killed Seabirds In The Bay Area?
More than 200 birds died earlier this year. Now, scientists and federal agencies are running forensic tests and looking for clues to the goo as part of a national investigation.
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9:22 PM | Nigerians Go To The Polls
NPR's Arun Rath speaks with correspondent Ofeibea Quist-Arcton, who's been at a polling station in the capital, Abuja, where they're counting votes.
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9:22 PM | Assessing The Ellen Pao Verdict
NPR's Arun Rath talks with Wired.com's Davey Alba about the outcome of the landmark gender discrimination case against a Silicon Valley venture capital firm.
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9:22 PM | An Update On Yemen's Escalating Crisis
NPR's Arun Rath speaks with Iona Craig, a freelance journalist who's spent the last four years reporting from the country, about this week's airstrikes and prospects for a ceasefire.
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9:06 PM | Did a Volcanic Eruption Kill Off the Neandertals? Science Determines: Sorta
Is "sorta" an appropriately scientific conclusion?In this case yes.Most people think that competition between homo sapiens and Neandertals finally brought an end to that fascinating species.  Well, sorta.It seems that there was a volcano that went off in a massive eruption some 40,000 years ago.  It would be easy to conclude that this eruption put the nail in the Neandertals' coffins, but according to this research, the eruption didn't help, but wasn't the final blow to their […]
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