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April 16, 2014

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1:21 PM | Animals in Spaaaaaaace
              Editor’s note: While we commend these brave creatures on their orbital journeys and appreciate the valuable job they do for us humans, we’d like to point out that many other animals went into space before and after them. Animals like monkeys, apes, dogs, mice, cats, goldfish, and chimpanzees. Some returned fine, and others suffered extreme conditions. Outer space is littered with the corpses of more than half a century of our […]
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1:20 PM | The Effects of Vitamin E on Alzheimer’s and Age-Related Memory Problems
Day-to-day living is one of the greatest challenges for those with Alzheimer's.→ Dr Jeremy Dean is a psychologist and author of PsyBlog. His latest book is "Making Habits, Breaking Habits: How to Make Changes That Stick" Related articles:Family Problems In Childhood Affect Brain Development Autism: Vital Link Found Between Vitamin D and Serotonin Production Heavy Drinkers Lose Memory Faster With Age Memory Enhanced by a Simple Break After Reading 20 Wonderful Effects Exercise Has on the […]
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1:17 PM | Journal Club: What’s old is new again: newly discovered songbird family is ancient
SUMMARY: Scientists analysing songbird DNA discovered that the spotted wren-babbler is neither a wren nor a wren-babbler, nor even a babbler. Instead, it represents an old evolutionary family that has no close living relatives. Spotted wren-babbler, Elachura formosa (previously Spelaeornis formosus). Image: Per Alström/SLU [doi:10.1098/rsbl.2013.1067]. A newly published study has uncovered a previously unknown family of songbirds that is represented by just one species. After analyzing one […]

Alström P., Hooper D.M., Liu Y., Olsson U., Mohan D., Gelang M., Hung L.M., Zhao J., Lei F. & Price T.D. & (2014). Discovery of a relict lineage and monotypic family of passerine birds, Biology Letters, 10 (3) DOI:

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1:17 PM | Journal Club: What’s old is new again: newly discovered songbird family is ancient
SUMMARY: Scientists analysing songbird DNA discovered that the spotted wren-babbler is neither a wren nor a wren-babbler, nor even a babbler. Instead, it represents an old evolutionary family that has no close living relatives. Spotted wren-babbler, Elachura formosa (previously Spelaeornis formosus). Image: Per Alström/SLU [doi:10.1098/rsbl.2013.1067]. A newly published study has uncovered a previously unknown family of songbirds that is represented by just one species. After analyzing one […]

Alström P., Hooper D.M., Liu Y., Olsson U., Mohan D., Gelang M., Hung L.M., Zhao J., Lei F. & Price T.D. & (2014). Discovery of a relict lineage and monotypic family of passerine birds, Biology Letters, 10 (3) DOI:

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1:17 PM | Journal Club: What’s old is new again: newly discovered songbird family is ancient
SUMMARY: Scientists analysing songbird DNA discovered that the spotted wren-babbler is neither a wren nor a wren-babbler, nor even a babbler. Instead, it represents an old evolutionary family that has no close living relatives. Spotted wren-babbler, Elachura formosa (previously Spelaeornis formosus). Image: Per Alström/SLU [doi:10.1098/rsbl.2013.1067]. A newly published study has uncovered a previously unknown family of songbirds that is represented by just one species. After analyzing one […]
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1:17 PM | Referral: Dr. Mackay Gets Graphic On MERS Trends & Developments
    # 8483   Dr. Ian Mackay brings not only the expertise of a Virologist to Flublogia, but the eye of a graphic artist as well, as evidenced by a pair of graphics he has posted in the past couple of hours on his VDU blog.  The graphic above, showing the steep climb in MERS cases this month,  comes from his latest blog:   MERS-CoV case accumulation chart continues to ascend steeply...   Earlier this morning (my time, late evening his time) Ian […]
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1:12 PM | DNews: When People are More Likely To Attempt Suicide
Millions of Americans suffer from depression and some choose to end their lives. When are people more likely to commit suicide, and what can we do to prevent it? Tara discusses how you can seek help if you're struggling with suicidal thoughts.
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1:11 PM | Building Better Soybeans for a Hot, Dry, Hungry World
A new study shows that soybean plants can be redesigned […]
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1:09 PM | New Study Outlines ‘Water World’ Theory of Life’s Origins
Life took root more than four billion years ago on […]
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1:08 PM | Gene panel screens dozens of genes for cancer-associated mutations
As many as 10 percent of women with a personal […]
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1:07 PM | Dating tips from the animal kingdom
The first and hopefully last time that I ever write something about "penis fencing."
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1:06 PM | More should be done for female parolees
As the female prison population grows, a new study funded […]
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1:00 PM | Hair from infants gives clues about their life in the womb
Like rings of a tree, hair can reveal a lot […]
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1:00 PM | You're Not Highly Evolved
Flickr/spidermandragon5 As humans, it’s tempting to think of ourselves as the pinnacle of evolutionary progress. But evolution can only work with what’s available, resulting in a body that’s a bundle of compromises.  FEET Our ankles and feet started out as flexible tree-climbing tools made of many small bones. But all of those tiny pieces amount to lots of opportunities to tear or twist something. And the way our shinbones and ankles are oriented to meet the demands of […]
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1:00 PM | Is US biomedical research heading for a breakdown?
Senior researchers who helped build the system now think it's unsustainable.
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1:00 PM | How Social Media Overload Can Lead to Break-Ups
People who spend more time on social networking sites report more conflict in their relationships and are more likely to break up.
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1:00 PM | Slow-motion tremors make Tokyo megaquake more likely
Increasingly frequent slow-slip earthquakes, coupled with the after-effects of the 2011 Tōhoku megaquake, may be pushing the Tokyo area towards disaster
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1:00 PM | The Science of Caffeine
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12:59 PM | STEM Fair: Why Talking to Children about Research is Important
Outreach is important in improving the public's understanding of animal research. A school STEM fair offers the perfect opportunity. Continue reading →
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12:59 PM | The key to easy asthma diagnosis is in the blood
Using just a single drop of blood, a team of […]
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12:59 PM | Iron Supplements and VO2max
Boosting iron levels boosts performance, but not for everyone.
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12:58 PM | Turitella in Buda Formation limestone
Back to Texas, today. Here’s a cross-sectioned Turitella snail from the Buda Formation limestone: It’s exposed in a block of rock on the north side of Mt. Cristo Rey. You can explore these GigaPanned blocks of the Buda in search of your own Turitella… How many can you find? link link link
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12:57 PM | Gamma rays shed light on dark matter’s shrouded life
Gamma rays pouring from the center of our galaxy are […]
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12:55 PM | Stem cell research findings may lead to osteoporosis, bone tissue treatments
Stem cells in bone marrow need to produce hydrogen sulfide […]
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12:53 PM | Floating nuclear plants could ride out tsunamis
New power plant design could provide enhanced safety, easier siting, […]
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12:50 PM | Investigating infant formula’s possible role in preventing diabetes
Researchers at the University of Tampere are exploring whether early nutrition has an effect on the incidence of type 1 diabetes. The EDIA project explores ways of preventing childhood diabetes....
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12:49 PM | Excitons observed in action for the first time
Technique developed at MIT reveals the motion of energy-carrying quasiparticles […]
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12:49 PM | A Fundamental Question About Kids, Survival and the Zombie Apocalypse
I was at a party this weekend, a phrase that used to mean one thing and now means something else entirely. While my 7-year-old boy stared blissfully into the light breeze having his face painted by a classmate and his … Continue reading →The post A Fundamental Question About Kids, Survival and the Zombie Apocalypse appeared first on Author Garth Sundem.
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12:37 PM | Frogs Shrinking and Squeaking as Climate Warms
The tweets of Puerto Rico's unofficial mascot, the common coqui frog, became higher pitched during the past two decades, while the animals grew shorter. Continue reading →
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12:34 PM | Driving policy by headlines introduces c
Driving policy by headlines introduces controversy without direction or momentum. http://ow.ly/vQBTi #LostOpportunitiesFiled under: Uncategorized
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