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August 29, 2014

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7:00 AM | Census analysis shows numbers of people with learning disabilities in in-patient beds falling from 2010-13
Following the uncovering of abuse at Winterbourne View by the BBC’s Panorama team, the Government committed to a programme of action to address what were recognised as system wide failures in the care and support of adults with learning disabilities described as having complex challenging behaviours. (Transforming Care) The Transforming Care document set out a [read the full story...] The post Census analysis shows numbers of people with learning disabilities in in-patient beds falling […]
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7:00 AM | Why mitochondrial donation is not about making ‘designer babies’
The UK Government is considering legalising a specialised form of IVF called mitochondrial donation, which aims to prevent potentially fatal mitochondrial disease. As Parliament prepares to debate the issue on […]
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7:00 AM | Bárðarbunga briefly shows its fiery side
Iceland cancels flight alert after eruption ends
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7:00 AM | Let's talk about the weather to revive climate debate
Explaining how climate change is affecting today's weather will be tricky, but it might bring home to the public the everyday reality of global warming
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7:00 AM | U.S. agency says 20 coral species are threatened
NOAA whittles down initial list of 66 species to be covered by Endangered Species Act
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6:57 AM | Breakthrough in light sources for new quantum technology
One of the most promising technologies for future quantum circuits are photonic circuits, i.e. circuits based on light (photons) instead of electrons (electronic circuits). First, it is necessary to create a stream of single photons and control their direction. Researchers around the world have made all sorts of attempts to achieve this, but now scientists have succeeded in creating a steady stream of photons emitted one at a time and in a particular direction.
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6:51 AM | Intracellular imaging gets interactive
A so-called bioparallel chemistry approach is successfully used to image and activate an essential metabolism compound inside a cell.
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6:51 AM | The future body: An exhibit in the Science Centre Singapore
While walking along the rows of exhibits in the Science Centre Singapore, my gaze fell upon a small, interesting exhibit called the Future Body. Intrigued, I took a few steps closer and I started reading the description of it (on the info panel) and I watched the accompanying short video. The exhibit delved into the… Continue reading »
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6:48 AM | Precision control of the timing, structure and functions in molecular self-assembly
New technology for the materials production method essential to the organic electronics field.
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6:47 AM | Friday Fabulous Flowers - Italian Renaissance Edition
Several thoughts came to TPP while perusing the Uffizi Museum. Could there really be that many works of art featuring the Madonna and Child? (Yes!) You really had to have some big houses to commission some of those paintings. (Yep!) Some of the small details of paintings are their most interesting feature. And lastly,TPP is certain that one of the portraits was of Sansa Stark. So putting some of this together, and getting the most out of the museum's new no flash photography policy […]
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6:30 AM | People with mental illness are more likely to be victims of homicide than perpetrators of homicide
Dave Steele reports on a recent observational case series published in the Lancet Psychiatry, which concludes that patients with mental illness are two and a half times more likely to be victims of homicide than the general population. The post People with mental illness are more likely to be victims of homicide than perpetrators of homicide appeared first on The Mental Elf.
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6:00 AM | PHOTO DU BoB-218
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6:00 AM | WISE J0304, una ‘palla gigante’ gassosa di tipo gioviano
Un gruppo di astronomi hanno identificato un pianeta gigante gassoso che potrebbe avere avuto una origine particolarmente diversa, trascorrendo gran parte delle sue fasi iniziali come una stella calda fino ad arrivare oggi con una temperatura molto bassa tipica di un pianeta. L’attuale temperatura è di circa 100-150°C, intermedia a quella che caratterizza Venere e […]
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6:00 AM | Libertarian ideology is the natural enemy of science | David Robert Grimes
Whether the issue is climate change, healthcare or gun control, libertarians are on a permanent collision course with evidenceThe observation that science and politics make uneasy and often treacherous bedfellows is hardly revelatory. In science, all hypotheses must withstand the trial-by-fire of experiment; its methodology is self-correcting and objective, unconcerned with petty prejudices or personal conviction. Politics, by contrast, is deeply entangled with ideology it is not bound to […]
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6:00 AM | Zin en zotheid in evolutie
Er is een bekende stelling van de bioloog Dobzhansky: Nothing in biology makes sense, except in the light of evolution. Ik vind dit een mooie uitspraak, en ben het er roerend mee eens. Maar helaas kan alles overdreven worden, dus ook dit idee. Want dat iets meer ‘sense’ heeft in een evolutionaire schijnwerper, betekent niet dat die verklaring ook automatisch toepasselijk is. Dat klinkt... Lees meer op www.sciencepalooza.nl
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5:46 AM | Flattening things that aren't already flat
The last of my Graph Drawing preprints is also the first of the papers to see daylight from the workshop last spring in Barbados: "Flat Foldings of Plane Graphs with Prescribed Angles and Edge Lengths" (arXiv:1408.6771, with Zachary Abel, Erik Demaine, Martin Demaine, Anna Lubiw, and Ryuhei Uehara).It's part of what has become a long line of research on trying to understand which shapes can be squashed flat, starting with Maekawa's theorem (every vertex of a flat-folded sheet of paper has to […]
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5:43 AM | Through the Looking Glass of Science
  “The whole secret of the study of nature lies in learning how to use one’s eyes.” ―George Sand “To see a world in a grain of sand, And a heaven in a wild flower, Hold infinity in the palm of your hand, And eternity in an hour.” ―William Blake, “Auguries of Innocence” “If you’re […]
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5:30 AM | Experimental Ebola drug saves monkeys, but will this translate to humans?
New study of ZMapp antibody cocktail shows remarkable effects in macaques
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5:29 AM | Nordita Workshop for Science Writers, Day Two
The second day of the “Quantum Boot Camp” was much lighter on talks. The only speaker was Ray Laflamme from the Institute for Quantum Computing in Waterloo, who gave a nice introduction to quantum technologies. While he did spend a bit of time at the start going through Shor’s algorithm for factoring numbers (following up…
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5:14 AM | Wooster’s Fossils of the Week: Orthid brachiopods from the Middle Devonian of New York
On the first day of the Invertebrate Paleontology course at Wooster, I give all the students a fossil to identify as best they can. Everyone gets the same kind of specimen, and they can use any means to put as specific a name on it as possible. Most students struggle with the exercise, of course […]
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5:10 AM | The Berger Inquiry
The normal course of action would have been to collect reports from biologists, anthropologists and sociologists – all hired by the gas company – to assess the environmental, economic and social impacts of the pipeline. But this was to be the largest project ever undertaken anywhere by private enterprise, in the history of the world. […]
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5:10 AM | The Berger Inquiry
The normal course of action would have been to collect reports from biologists, anthropologists and sociologists – all hired by the gas company – to assess the environmental, economic and social impacts of the pipeline. But this was to be the largest project ever undertaken anywhere by private enterprise, in the history of the world. […]
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5:00 AM | ERSP Recommends Obesity Research Institute Modify Claims for Lipozene Supplement
Company said it will adjust claims in future advertising.
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5:00 AM | FDA to Strengthen Program to Assess Safety of Chemicals in Foods
Agency reviews its internal evaluation processes.
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5:00 AM | Universal Streaming
This is simply fascinating: Universal Streaming by Vladimir Braverman, Rafail Ostrovsky, Alan RoytmanGiven a stream of data, a typical approach in streaming algorithms is to design a sophisticated algorithm with small memory that computes a specific statistic over the streaming data. Usually, if one wants to compute a different statistic after the stream is gone, it is impossible. But what if we want to compute a different statistic after the fact? In this paper, we consider the […]
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4:50 AM | Manipulating memory in mice: What to do when a sexy neuroscience story is (almost) too complex to explain
Science writers sometimes ask readers to trudge through rough intellectual terrain. One way you risk losing those readers is to lead them to think some skipped step should be obvious, when in fact you don’t even understand it, or you can’t figure out how to explain it in a reasonable number of words. In many stories, it’s impossible to explain everything, but a good science writer can signal to readers when they should be able to connect the dots themselves, and when those […]
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4:29 AM | The lichen that only likes Galdhøpiggen
The lichen species Altissima has never been found anywhere else than the summit of Norway’s highest mountain – Galdhøpiggen.
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4:11 AM | Publication of the week, number 40, 29th August 2014
The synthesis of olefins belongs to the fundamental group of organic chemistry methods. Lots of ways are available to achieve olefin synthesis, the Wittig reaction and the phosphonate equivalent, the Horner-Emmons reaction, are amongst the most utilised in synthesis. Now these methods are not catalytic, they utilise strongly basic conditions, which may cause problems elsewhere […]
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4:00 AM | Lise Meitner: A Life in Physics
By Ruth Lewin Sime Synopsis: Lise Meitner (1878-1968) was a pioneer of nuclear physics and co-discoverer, with Otto Hahn and Fritz Strassmann, of nuclear fission. Braving the sexism of the scientific world, she joined the prestigious […]
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4:00 AM | #280 Hypatia and Women in STEM (REBROADCAST)
This week, we're revisiting an episode looking back in history and to the modern day, to discuss women who defend and advance science and learning. We speak to author Faith Justice, about her book "Hypatia: Her Life and Times," which examines the literary myths and primary sources on the life of the famous philosopher. And we're joined by Professor Zahra Hazari, to discuss her work on gender issues in science education.
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