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September 01, 2014

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8:57 AM | hey! i just joined tumblr and found you looking through the 'ocean science' tag! i'm from puerto rico and am going to plymouth uni to study ocean science! finding this blog made me as happy as a clam :)
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8:57 AM | hey! i just joined tumblr and found you looking through the 'ocean science' tag! i'm from puerto rico and am going to plymouth uni to study ocean science! finding this blog made me as happy as a clam :)
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8:34 AM | A feathered river across the sky by Joel Greenberg - review | @GrrlScientist
This comprehensive book meticulously documents much that is known about the iconic extinct passenger pigeon.One hundred years ago today, the last passenger pigeon, a captive-bred adult named Martha, died at the Cincinnati Zoo. Since we knew that she was the last of her kind, her body was frozen into a 300-pound block of ice before she was shipped by train to the Smithsonian Institution, where she was skinned, dissected and preserved as a mount. History suggests that few things stimulate human […]
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8:34 AM | Students with more autistic traits make fewer altruistic choices
Most people with autism have difficulties socialising and connecting with others. It's generally agreed that part of this has to do with an impairment in taking other people's perspective. More specifically, an emerging consensus suggests that autism is associated with having normal feelings for other people, but an impaired understanding of them. Little explored before now is how this affects the behaviour of people with autism towards others who need help.Leila Jameel and her colleagues […]

Jameel L, Vyas K, Bellesi G, Roberts V & Channon S (2014). Going 'Above and Beyond': Are Those High in Autistic Traits Less Pro-social?, Journal of autism and developmental disorders, 44 (8) 1846-58. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24522968

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8:28 AM | Tracking the Daily Microbiome
Humans are essentially 90% bacteria. These bacteria pepper our skin and hang out in our digestive tracts, helping to break down complex carbohydrates and keeping bad bugs in check. We know how the human microbiome (our collection of bacteria) gets seeded during the birth process, and we know how bacterial populations change in the aftermath of a biological apocalyse, such as their human host taking a course of antibiotics. Yet we know very little about how the microbiome changes on... Read more
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8:28 AM | Tracking the Daily Microbiome
Humans are essentially 90% bacteria. These bacteria pepper our skin and hang out in our digestive tracts, helping to break down complex carbohydrates and keeping bad bugs in check. We know how the human microbiome (our collection of bacteria) gets seeded during the birth process, and we know how bacterial populations change in the aftermath of a biological apocalyse, such as their human host taking a course of antibiotics. Yet we know very little about how the microbiome changes on... Read more
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8:26 AM | Care plans and care planning: a rare event?
Have you seen a care plan recently? Despite a massive effort, we didn't see many in our national evaluation of care plans and care planning. Our new paper reports the findings of this work, summarised here.
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8:22 AM | Librarians Are A Luxury Chicago Public Schools Can't Afford
Librarians are being reassigned to classrooms. In Illinois, librarians must also have teaching certifications, and most have endorsements to teach specific grades and subjects.
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8:10 AM | Simulations for better transparent oxide layers
Touchscreens and solar cells rely on special oxide layers. However, errors in the layers' atomic structure impair not only their transparency, but also their conductivity. Using atomic models, researchers have found ways of identifying and removing these errors.
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8:08 AM | Science is So Sexy - the launching pad
My Dear Sexy Readers,Fantastic and exciting news coming up very on Science is So Sexy!!!!First of all, I'd like to apologise for not updating you on all things amazing and Sciencey for the past 2 months!!!! The reason is I have found a job in medical communications and with a little monster approaching the Terrible Twos, life is a bit hectic!!!But fear not, Science is So Sexy will keep on living: I will try to keep up with your requests and MOST IMPORTANTLY, Science is So Sexy is welcoming new […]
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8:00 AM | Sounds of Summer
After my voice lesson Sunday afternoon, I heard bells. Eight bells, ringing on and on. My voice lessons are in the bowels of Washington National Cathedral – a real live Gothic cathedral, hand-carved over the last 107 years by bearded Englishmen, or at least the group included one bearded Englishman who lives in my neighborhood. […]
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8:00 AM | Sounds of Summer
After my voice lesson Sunday afternoon, I heard bells. Eight bells, ringing on and on. My voice lessons are in the bowels of Washington National Cathedral – a real live Gothic cathedral, hand-carved over the last 107 years by bearded Englishmen, or at least the group included one bearded Englishman who lives in my neighborhood. […]
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8:00 AM | North Pole Weather 9/1/14
The sun will rise this morning at 6:31, and set 14 hours and 36 minutes later at 9:08 this evening. We’re now losing about 6 minutes 43 seconds a day. It’s starting to feel like fall, though, if not quite like winter. The official airport temperature hasn’t dropped below freezing yet, though it reached 33 […]
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8:00 AM | Glutbusters: September 2014
Stunning autumn foliage In the gardening calendar, September in the UK is ‘early autumn’. It comes before the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness, and (depending on the weather) is frequently a period when harvesting of summer crops can continue. There’s usually a few more weeks of frost-free weather, and the mad dash to harvest everything safely and clear everything away for the winter hasn’t started yet. Most people are sick of the sight of courgettes and runner […]
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7:32 AM | Lithium for mood disorder symptoms in autism?
Modern classroom? @ Wikipedia The paper published by Matthew Siegel and colleagues [1] talking about some preliminary observations on the use of lithium where symptoms of mood disorder might be present in cases of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) caught my eye recently. Concluding that: "lithium may be a medication of interest for those who exhibit two or more mood disorder symptoms, particularly mania or euphoria/elevated mood" the sentiments of more research-to-do in this area […]

Siegel M, Beresford CA, Bunker M, Verdi M, Vishnevetsky D, Karlsson C, Teer O, Stedman A & Smith KA (2014). Preliminary Investigation of Lithium for Mood Disorder Symptoms in Children and Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder., Journal of child and adolescent psychopharmacology, PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25093602

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7:30 AM | Monstruos
Desde la noche de los tiempos tanto el sabio como el ignorante han creído en monstruos. Para muchos los monstruos constituían una parte necesaria de la historia natural, ya fuese porque representaban el castigo por el pecado o la […] Leer más La entrada Monstruos fue escrita en Experientia docet. Entradas relacionadas:La ciencia romántica Una broma de carnaval Vida alienígena inteligente, una historia terráquea
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7:18 AM | Breakthrough in the understanding of plant growth and development
Plants grow through cell division, cell elongation and differentiation of cells within tissues. These processes provide the structure of the plant. At the same time, plants can react very quickly to stimuli: the shoot bends towards light, and roots respond to gravity. “For the first time, we begin to understand how those quick responses can combine with the processes that preserve the structure of the plant, in an interplay between the hormone auxin and regulatory proteins”, says […]
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7:18 AM | Amazon's German Workers Push For Higher Wages, Union Contract
Amazon has thousands of workers in Germany and many are unhappy that they're classified as lower-paid logistics workers. The company says they're well compensated for unskilled labor.
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7:17 AM | Our Use Of Little Words Can, Uh, Reveal Hidden Interests
When we talk, we focus on the "content" words — the ones that convey information. But the tiny words that tie our sentences together have a lot to say about power and relationships.
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7:16 AM | Ghanaian Mystery Writer Says, 'It's Easy To Get Murdered In Accra'
And, author Kwei Quartey adds, "The police may not find you for a little while." That's why he chose to set his second Detective Inspector Dawson book in Ghana's capital.
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7:15 AM | A Political Family, Funding And Running On Both Sides Of The Aisle
The wealthy Ricketts family includes conservatives and a liberal, activists and a candidate. Between them, they raise and spend a lot of political money — and exemplify how the system has changed.
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7:14 AM | Una mappa per le strade del futuro
Sulle strade viaggiano le persone sì, ma soprattutto lo sviluppo socioeconomico dei Paesi. Fare nuove strade però non significa solo creare nuovi collegamenti, e dare nuovo slancio all’economia, soprattutto nei paesi in via di sviluppo, ma anche fare i conti con l’ambiente. Dunque, come e dove realizzarle? Per rispondere alla domanda un gruppo di geologi su Nature ha elaborato delle mappe, con l’intento di fornire un punto di partenza per la pianificazione delle […]
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7:14 AM | Pretending To Be A Medical Patient Pays Off For This Teen
Gabrielle Nuki hopes to be a doctor someday. So when the 16-year-old found out that she could work as a fake patient helping to train medical students, she jumped at the chance.
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7:12 AM | Sprinter and sprummer: scrap the four seasons (in Australia at least)
Spring starts on the first day of September, right? Not if Dr Tim Entwisle, director of the Royal Botanic Gardens in Melbourne and the author of 'Sprinter and Sprummer', has anything to do with it. Here he argues we should scrap the European approach and adopt a five season model.See it on Scoop.it, via Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education)
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7:11 AM | La OMS presenta su plan para frenar el ébola
La Organización Mundial de la Salud ha presentado su hoja de ruta para coordinar la respuesta internacional frente al brote de ébola en África Occidental. Según el recuento oficial, el virus ya ha afectado a 3.096 personas de las que 1.552 han fallecido. La Organización Mundial de la Salud (OMS) ha presentado su esperada hoja de ruta para coordinar los esfuerzos internacionales con el fin de acabar con el brote del virus del Ébola que afecta a […]
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7:10 AM | Così i brutti ricordi diventano belli
Ricordate la trama del film Se Mi Lasci Ti Cancello? Nella storia, Clementine, dopo la turbolenta fine di una relazione, si rivolge a una particolare clinica in grado di rimuovere dalla mente di una persona specifici ricordi. Ebbene, uno studio pubblicato su Nature, mostra come il desiderio di Clementine non sia così irrealizzabile in fondo. Alcuni esperimenti condotti sui topi, infatti, mostrano come i circuiti del cervello sono (e possono essere) coinvolti nella modifica dei ricordi. […]
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7:09 AM | How The British Stole Their Way Into The Tea Business
For years, England got their tea from China. With the end of the Opium Wars, though, one of their major trade venues had been shut down. They needed another way to get tea, and they needed to know China's secrets to do it. They sent in Robert Fortune, a Scottish botanist, to tour tea factories, discover just how it was prepared, and steal some seeds---which Europeans had never seen. It worked, and he brought tea seeds to India to start their rise to the top of the tea-producing world, after he […]
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7:08 AM | Bad memories made good at the flick of a switch
How quickly our memories of people, things and places can change from good to bad if something like a break up happens. Now scientists have worked out how these memories change. And perhaps more importantly, they have turned bad memories into good memories. This builds on previous work showing it is possible to create and […]
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7:01 AM | Drought Myth-Busting: Why El Niño Is Never A Good Bet
The peculiar set of ocean conditions are known as a California rainmaker -- but El Niño's reputation has been greatly exaggerated.
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7:00 AM | ESRC Festival of Social Science – Tipping Points in Health and Society
Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience Blog - Making a difference to how we live with hazard and risk. 6th November 2014, 19:30 to 21:00, Durham Town Hall, Market Place, Durham City. Presenters: Prof Michael Goldstein and Dr Camila Caiado, Dept of Mathematical Sciences Health problems, from cardiovascular disease to the AIDS epidemic, present major social challenges that require [...] The post ESRC Festival of Social Science – Tipping Points in Health and Society appeared first on […]
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