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November 28, 2014

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10:56 AM | Surviving Black Friday: a scientific guide | Dean Burnett
Today is Black Friday, the busiest shopping day of the year for many. But the mad rush for bargains can be hazardous to your health, so here is some scientific advice for staying safeBlack Friday UK: live blogTraditionally an American occasion, Black Friday is fast spreading overseas, and is seemingly already well entrenched here in the UK. If you’ve been living in a small cave in the middle of the wilderness with only a limited 3G signal for the past few years, you may not know what […]
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10:53 AM | Boehringer’s Vargatef approved in the EU for lung cancer
Marks company’s second oncology drug to hit market
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10:45 AM | Novartis' heart failure drug on EMA's fast track
Candidate is the first cardiovascular drug to get accelerated review in the EU
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10:45 AM | Image of the Week: New homes for old laptops
The Wellcome Trust is keen to ensure that we reduce the amount of waste that gets sent to landfill, and the Wellcome Trust Centre for Molecular Parasitology in Glasgow, has found an innovative way of recycling computer equipment that is no longer needed. Working with Malaptop, a Scottish charity that was set up in 2012, […]
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10:41 AM | NICE overturns negative Glivec guidance
Recommends drug for reimbursement in GIST four years after rejection
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10:37 AM | Researchers at Tampere universities examine neonatal cry for markers of child development and health
A new study at the Tampere Center for Child Health Research investigates whether the analysis of the acoustic properties of neonatal cry reveals information that could be used in the...
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10:27 AM | WHO On Ebola In Semen Of Convalescent Men
Credit CDC PHIL   # 9381   One of the more unusual aspects of an Ebola virus infection is that even after a man has recovered, he can shed the virus in his semen for up the three months.   This is a topic that we’ve looked at in the past, most recently in Lancet: Mackay & Arden On Ebola In Semen Of Convalescent Men, and prior to that in a pair of VDU blogs Ebola virus in semen is the real deal.... &  Ebola: Blood, sweat and tears. While […]
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10:23 AM | Biosynthesis, regulation, and domestication of bitterness in cucumber
From Science - this is a good article to read with students. It's a straightforward use of genomics and biochemistry to map bitter flavor traits, and it reveals something about selection during domestication.See it on Scoop.it, via Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education)
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10:08 AM | How Is The Internet Changing Education? | Edudemic
Mary Williams's insight:Did you know that the UK Open University started broadcasting lectures on TV in 1971, and is currently the UK's largest university with 250,000 students?Did you know that by 2019 it is expected byat 50% of all classes taught will be delivered online (that's 5 years from now...). It's clear to me that how we teach is changing rapidly, with both good and bad effects. I'm contributing to a conference in London mid-December and we're going to try to sort out the good from […]
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10:07 AM | Viral Videos Show Kenyan Women Assaulted For Wearing Miniskirts
A woman in Kenya has been publicly stripped and molested nearly every day for two weeks for so-called "indecent dress." Cellphone video of the assaults have ignited condemnation, and copycat attacks.
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10:01 AM | English Communication for Scientists- Free eBook
Chapters include: Unit 1 Communicating as a Scientist Unit 2 Writing Scientific Papers Unit 3 Writing Correspondence Unit 4 Giving Oral Presentations Unit 5 Interacting During Conferences Sessions Unit 6 Communicating in the ClassroomSee it on Scoop.it, via Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education)
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9:42 AM | Is addiction an Attachment Disorder?
Here we cite and use excerpts from an interesting article (1) that suggests addiction is the consequence of insecure attachment to our caregivers in early childhood and that as the result addicts often learn to consume substances, or behave in … Continue reading →
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9:42 AM | A shocking result - people are more willing to hurt themselves than others for profit
You wait in a cubicle, electrodes strapped to your body. In a room nearby, a stranger is confronted with a series of decisions. They can choose a smaller cash reward and avoid an electric shock, or a larger sum that comes together with an unpleasant zap. The twist is that in half of the trials, the stranger knows the associated shock punishment is for them, but in the others they know it’s you who will suffer. You glance nervously at the electrodes.It's a tough spot. Surely you will […]
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9:08 AM | Matrix Completion on Graphs - implementation -
Vassilis Kalofolias just sent me the following:Dear Igor, I am a student of Pierre Vandergheynst at EPFL and we recently had our paper on "Matrix Completion on Graphs" accepted at NIPS workshop on robustness of high dimensional data.We have published Matlab code for our algorithm here, I think it could fit nicely somewhere in your blog space :)https://lts2research.epfl.ch/software/matrix-completion-on-graphs/I am also attaching the tar file with the code.Thanks!best regards,Vassilis […]
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9:06 AM | How Dogs Understand What We Say
Dogs pay close attention to the emotion in our voices, but what about the meaning of words? A clever experiment with 250 canines shows that dogs understand more of our speech than previously thought.
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9:04 AM | Pentagon Expected To Release More Detainees From Guantanamo
Since the midterm elections, there has been a new batch of transfers from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and more releases are in the works. But a new GOP Congress could stall the drive to empty Guantanamo.
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9:00 AM | The Most Important Thing to Happen in the History of the World Was … Panama?
Last weekend, as a part of a much-needed vacation to Colombia, my wife and I took a long layover in Panama City. Also known as “home to that canal that the entire world needs to do business,” Panama City is a lovely town. Lately, people have taken to calling it the Dubai of Latin America because […]
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9:00 AM | The Most Important Thing to Happen in the History of the World Was … Panama?
Last weekend, as a part of a much-needed vacation to Colombia, my wife and I took a long layover in Panama City. Also known as “home to that canal that the entire world needs to do business,” Panama City is a lovely town. Lately, people have taken to calling it the Dubai of Latin America because […]
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8:50 AM | Electron quantum states set free
A vortex of electrons provides unprecedented information on magnetic quantum states in solids.
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8:44 AM | Scanning tunnelling microscopy: Computer simulations sharpen insights into molecules
The resolution of scanning tunnelling microscopes can be improved dramatically by attaching small molecules or atoms to their tip. The resulting images were the first to show the geometric structure of molecules and have generated a lot of interest among scientists over the last few years.
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8:44 AM | Die OPEC hat den längeren Atem – Warum der niedrige Ölpreis den Saudis zuletzt schadet
Die Entscheidung, der OPEC, die maximale Fördermenge von 30 Millionen Barrels pro Tag vorerst unverändert zu lassen, ist kein Zeichen der Schwäche des Ölkartells. Es ist ein Test des längeren Atems und ein Versuch, konkurrierende Ölproduzenten trocken zu legen. Der Marktpreis pro Barrel liegt aktuell bei etwa 70 Dollar, die Kosten um rentabel zu fördern…
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8:35 AM | New material makes water and oil roll off
Car finish, to which no dirt particles adhere, house fronts, from which graffiti paints roll off, and shoes that remain clean on muddy paths - the material 'fluoropore' might make all this possible.
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8:31 AM | Interview : Dr Sara Goodacre on Spiders
NSB was hugely chuffed to have the opportunity recently to interview Dr Sara Goodacre about Spiders and the UoN Spider lab. Below is a summary of the best bits of the talk, together with some added linkage. Enjoy!....Q: How did you get interested in Biology.Sara commented that she had looked back at her University application forms and found that she had simply stated "I've always been interested in Biology", adding that "it was just this underlying fascination with the world around me and I […]
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8:29 AM | Il dna sopravvive nello Spazio
Campioni di dna sintetico sono sopravvissuti a un viaggio nello Spazio con temperature che al rientro nell’atmosfera hanno superato i mille gradi
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8:26 AM | Arabidopsis PHOSPHATE TRANSPORTER1 genes PHT1;8 and PHT1;9 are involved in root-to-shoot translocation of orthophosphate
BackgroundIn plants, the uptake from soil and intercellular transport of inorganic phosphate (Pi) is mediated by the PHT1 family of membrane-spanning proton : Pi symporters. The Arabidopsis thaliana AtPHT1 gene family comprises nine putative high-affinity Pi transporters. While AtPHT1;1 to AtPHT1;4 are involved in Pi acquisition from the rhizosphere, the role of the remaining transporters is less clear.ResultsPi uptake and tissue accumulation studies in AtPHT1;8 and AtPHT1;9 knock-out mutants […]
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8:15 AM | Global diversity and geography of soil fungi
Fungi play major roles in ecosystem processes, but the determinants of fungal diversity and biogeographic patterns remain poorly understood. Using DNA metabarcoding data from hundreds of globally distributed soil samples, we demonstrate that fungal richness is decoupled from plant diversity. The plant-to-fungus richness ratio declines exponentially toward the poles. Climatic factors, followed by edaphic and spatial variables, constitute the best predictors of fungal richness and community […]
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8:15 AM | IRRI - The benefits of safe and responsible use of modern biotechnology
IRRI is a nonprofit research and education center established to reduce poverty and hunger, improve the health of rice farmers and consumers, and ensure environmental sustainability.See it on Scoop.it, via Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education)
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8:09 AM | Our World in Data — Visualising the Empirical Evidence on how the World is Changing
Visualised in graphs I am presenting the long-term data on how we are changing our world. This is the Empirical View on How We Are Making Our World a Better Place. Topic by topic I cover the decline of violence and the increase of tolerance and political rights. Improving living standards, health and well-being; population changes and associated success in preserving our environment. Increasing knowledge about our word and spreading education.Mary Williams's insight:This is an excellent set of […]
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8:03 AM | In the Spirit of Choosing Wisely
Oh, loneliness and cheeseburgers are a dangerous mix. - Comic Book Guy Same can be said of viral syndromes and Thanksgiving. My brain has been in an interferon-induced haze for the last week that is not lifting anytime soon. Tell me about the rabbits, George. But no excuses. I have been reading the works of […]
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8:01 AM | A Mildly Promising View of Mt. Shasta...It Has Snow!
Shasta from the vicinity of Dunsmuir from the southA short note from the highway tonight. We were on a long road trip into central Oregon today and followed Interstate 5 through northern California. One of the real treats of following I-5 is the chance to see Mt. Shasta from many different directions.Mt. Shasta has to be one of the most dramatic volcanic sights in the world. Rising to an elevation of 14,179 feet (4,322 m), it is the second highest volcano […]
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