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February 28, 2015

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3:17 AM | Health department links undercooked and reheated barbecue linked to Salmonella illnesses
Growing up in Canada, barbecue was an event, or an outside cooking appliance. In North Carolina barbecue is a food. And for some, sort of a religion. Barbecue is made by slow cooking pork (often a whole hog) in a smoker for hours until the meat … Continue reading →
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3:14 AM | Arizona favorability rises in mining industry perceptions
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3:10 AM | Pink Clouds and Science Reruns
A pink cloud was reported in the early morning, (pre-sunrise), sky over Arizona on Wednesday[1]. NASA and the DOD soon thereafter took credit for the cloud.  They had launched a rocket into the ionosphere where it released a vapor that created the cloud.  The purpose of the experiment was to study the effects of the vapor on the ionosphere itself.  The article, referenced above from ABC, said:"The experiment, which also involved using ground stations to take measurements of the […]
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3:00 AM | One White Dolphin
By Gill Lewis (Author) and Raquel Aparicio (Illustrator) Synopsis: A mother dolphin and her albino calf are in peril in this heart-pounding adventure from the author of the acclaimed ecological novel Wild Wings. Kara is not sorry she […]
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2:58 AM | Rheumatoid arthritis is a cash-cow for big pharma!  
Rheumatoid arthritis is a cash-cow for big pharma!  
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2:37 AM | What are the bright spots on dwarf planet Ceres?
Dwarf planet Ceres continues to puzzle scientists as NASA's Dawn spacecraft gets closer to being captured into orbit around the object. The latest images from Dawn, taken nearly 29,000 miles (46,000 kilometers) from Ceres, reveal that a bright spot that stands out in previous images lies close to yet another bright area. Subject:  Astronomy/Cosmology
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2:34 AM | Have spacecraft, will travel: planning the first manned Mars mission
As a space travel enthusiast since I was knee-high to a grasshopper it took me many years to appreciate robot probe missions with anything like the zeal engendered by manned spaceflight. As a schoolboy I watched the first space shuttle mission launch in 1981; no doubt like a multitude of others I initially considered this the start of the ‘casual' rather than pioneering phase of astronautics.
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2:32 AM | Researchers achieve 5G wireless speeds of 1Tbps
5G speeds of 1Tbps have been achieved during tests at the University of Surrey, far in excess of anything before. Professor Rahim Tafazolli, director of the 5G Innovation Centre (5GIC) at the university, told V3 that it was the first time in the world that such speeds had been achieved, far faster than any other tests such as Samsung's 7.5Gbps results. He explained that the 5GIC has been working on new technologies to support 5G services, which have been instrumental in producing the […]
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2:25 AM | murE mutagenesis planning
I want to create a pool of cells with random point mutations in the H. influenzae murE gene, and to select and screen this pool of cells for hypercompetent mutants.  I'm going to do this by mutagenizing the DNA with the chemical mutagen ethyl methanesulfonate (EMS) in vitro and then transforming it into cells, rather than mutagenizing cells.One unanticipated benefit of the in vitro method is that the mutation spectrum is better.  With in vivo mutagenesis, EMS produces mainly  […]
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2:21 AM | Figures and Figure Legends
This is part of a series of tutorials I’m putting together for my students. So, you have collected some interesting data from your experiments. Since no one but you will be reading your lab notebook (but hopefully people could if they wanted to), you need to present that data in figures so the rest of […]
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2:19 AM | The Tet Zoo Guide to Gazelle Camels
Some of you will know that I’m putting together a giant textbook on the vertebrate fossil record… and, oh god, it isn’t easy. If you want sneak-peeks on how things are going, please consider... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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2:18 AM | An Icon and Life
Today, as anyone on any form of social media has heard […]
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2:16 AM | New Food Safety Infosheet: Hepatitis A illnesses linked to frozen berries in Australia
Australian public health officials have identified an outbreak of hepatitis A and linked illnesses to consuming Nanna’s frozen berries sold by Patties Foods. Food safety infosheet highlights: –  Health officials have confirmed 20 illnesses to date. – The berries were … Continue reading →
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2:16 AM | Sixth Sense, the platypus
Consider our five senses of perception which allow us to interact and perceive our environment: smell, touch, hear, see, and taste.  But what about a six sense that would give us an extra range of perception, perhaps electroreception?  Groups of animals known to use electroperception, or the ability to perceive electric stimuli, include elasmobranches (sharks, […]
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2:15 AM | American Meteorological Society Criticises Congressional Investigation of Climate Researchers
More on this from Jason Samenow at the Washington Post.  This seems to be related to the disclosure last week, that Dr. Willie Soon did not disclose that he received funding from fossil fuel corporations. This appears on the surface to be  a serious ethical violation, and I would not be surprised to see action taken by the journals in which these papers were published. It’s worth noting that EVERY …
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2:12 AM | A Dragonfly Story
I’ve been sick the last several days and I’m not up to writing a whole Friday 5 blog post today, but I still wanted to get SOMETHING up today.  So, I’m going to tell you a story.  It’s a story about this dragonfly: That’s a blue dasher (Pachydiplax longipennis) and it is a largely unremarkable […]
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2:04 AM | New obesity medication now available in Canada
The very first Obesity Panacea post was written back in November 2008. The topic of that post was the removal from the European market of an obesity medication that had been previously heralded as a potential panacea (but was never … Continue reading »
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1:50 AM | After Second Round Of Talks, Cubans, Americans Emerge Upbeat
Roberta Jacobson, the American diplomat leading the talks, said the talks were "productive and encouraging" and a U.S. embassy could open in Havana by April.
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1:44 AM | Survivable IPCC projections are science fiction – the reality is much worse
Even to non-specialists, there is glaring incongruity between potential disaster and promised political action. Nick Breeze dissects the issue with interviews and data. Continue reading →
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1:18 AM | A Cool Thing - Objectivity #7 Brady and Keith unbox a very...
A Cool Thing - Objectivity #7 Brady and Keith unbox a very special orrery that dates back to the 1760s and depicts the Transit of Venus. By: Objectivity.
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1:08 AM | Live Long and Prosper, Leonard Nimoy
Long before being nerdy was cool, there was Leonard Nimoy.  Leonard was a lifelong lover of the arts and humanities, a supporter of the sciences, generous with his talent and his time.  And of course, Leonard was Spock.  Cool, logical, big-eared and level-headed, the center of Star Trek’s optimistic, inclusive vision of humanity’s future. I loved Spock. In 2007, I had the chance to meet Leonard in person.  It was only logical …
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1:05 AM | Starving Sea Lion Pups and Liquified Starfish — How We’ve Turned the Eastern Pacific into A Death Trap for Marine Species
Warming ocean with falling oxygen level may explain this growing disaster. Maps in evidence are included. Continue reading →
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1:00 AM | One Of The Hazards Of The 1700s Was Death By Rouge
The late 1700s were not known for their long life-expectancy. One of the many sources of death, at the time, was a nasty little thing with the incongruously pleasant name of "cinnabar." We'll show you how fashion trends combined with chemistry to kill people off.Read more...
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12:35 AM | This Is Your Brain On Extreme Weather MinuteEarth provides an...
This Is Your Brain On Extreme Weather MinuteEarth provides an energetic and entertaining view of trends in earth’s environment — in just a few minutes! By: Minute Earth. Support on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/minuteearth
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12:20 AM | Highlights from our reddit Space Policy AMA
The space policy and advocacy team at The Planetary Society held an AMA (ask me anything) on reddit, here are some of the highlights.
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12:19 AM | The stupidity of politicians never ceases to amaze me…
The ignoramus of the week (so often bestowed upon politicians) goes not to Inhofe who brought a snowball into congress, or the representative from Idaho who thinks you can do a gynecological exam by swallowing a camera, but to New York’s Thomas J. Abinanti who has NO CLUE how vaccines work and just strung a few whiz… Source: Doubtful News Related posts:Government does not know best: Vaccine Safety Studies – completely unnecessary Texas politics still mired in […]
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12:05 AM | New York’s Anti-Prison Rape Videos Ignore One of the Biggest Problems: Prison Staff
Over the next few months, the state of New York will begin to implement a new initiative aimed at reducing some of the sexual violence that has plagued the state’s prison system for years. Incoming inmates — both male and female — will be shown an orientation video that offers advice on how to identify and avoid sexual predators while in jail. The videos were funded through a federal grant under the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) and are directed […]
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12:04 AM | ME/CFS is real: confirmation if it is needed...
"Scientists discover robust evidence that chronic fatigue syndrome is a biological illness" went the title of the press release for the study by Mady Hornig and colleagues [1] (open-access) detailing an immune 'signature' and also possible staging of the illness.I couldn't help but wince at some of the media headlines reporting on this study as 'proof' that chronic fatigue syndrome / myalgic encephalomyelitis (CFS/ME) is a real illness. As I've indicated before on this blog (see here) […]

Mady Hornig, José G. Montoya, Nancy G. Klimas, Susan Levine, Donna Felsenstein, Lucinda Bateman, Daniel L. Peterson, C. Gunnar Gottschalk, Andrew F. Schultz, Xiaoyu Che & Meredith L. Eddy (2015). Distinct plasma immune signatures in ME/CFS are present early in the course of illness, Science Advances, 1 (1) Other:

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12:00 AM | Nutricosmetics Market by Ingredient (Carotenoids, Vitamins, Omega 3 Fatty Acids, Others), Application (Personal Care, Health Care) & Region—Global Trends & Forecast to 2019..., Market Research Report: MarketsandMarkets
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February 27, 2015

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11:55 PM | 3 Stress-Busting Tips to Free Your Mind
Need to pull yourself back together super QUICK? Here are 3 fixes to ease your mind in no time. Are you like me? Whenever I read the paper or watch the news and see stories about war, starvation, killing rampages, rape, and other atrocities, I feel anxious and worried. In addition to worrying about the […]
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