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April 19, 2014

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7:32 AM | Killer sponges
Sounds kind of like an oxymoron doesn’t it? Who knew sponges could be carnivorous? Scientists have described four new species of carnivorous sponges in a newly published article in Zootaxa. Check out this video from the lead author of the study, Lonny Lundsten who is a Senior Research Technician at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research…
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7:08 AM | I CANNOT believe this was published
Via Egon Willighagen, a truly bizarre article in Drug Discovery Today that appears to have been accepted for publication:In drug discovery, de novo potent leads need to be synthesized for bioassay experiments in a very short time. Here, a protocol using DrugPrinter to print out any compound in just one step is proposed. The de novo compound could be designed by cloud computing big data. The computing systems could then search the optimal synthesis condition for each bond–bond […]
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7:07 AM | Experimental Biology
I am very excited about the upcoming Experimental Biology conference that starts next weekend. I just looked through the Spring newsletter for the Comparative and Evolutionary Physiology section of the American Physiological Society. Check out the exciting programming in comparative physiology at this year’s conference: Monday, April 28 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM Featured Topic: Abstract-Driven Trainee Session…
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7:00 AM | When Al Capone Was Literally Stabbed In The Back
Al Capone might be the most notorious mobster in American history, but he wasn't a match for James "Tex" Lucas. This 22-year-old bank robber wasn't afraid of anybody. And when the Texas crook met the Chicago gangster in Alcatraz, they didn't exactly get along. The post When Al Capone Was Literally Stabbed In The Back appeared first on KnowledgeNuts.
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6:54 AM | Brain oscillations bind smell to memory
Image credit: Pixar As a foodie, one scene in Pixar’s Ratatouille particularly resonated with me: Anton Ego, the acerbic food critic, takes one bite out...
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6:51 AM | Music Therapy: Religious Music Helps Seniors Reduce Anxiety
A new article reports that listening to religious music is associated with a decrease in anxiety about death and increases in life satisfaction, self-esteem, and sense of control over their lives among older Christians.  The associations are similar for blacks and whites, women and men, and individuals of both low- and high-socioeconomic status.read more
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6:44 AM | Nuove memorie magnetiche per abbattere i consumi
Una nuova tecnica promette di rivoluzionare il funzionamento delle memorie digitali (come i dischi rigidi dei computer), aumentandone incredibilmente l'efficienza e diminuendo di conseguenza i consumi energetici. La scoperta arriva dal centro di ricerca Elettra Sincrotrone Trieste di Area Science Park, ed è frutto del lavoro di un gruppo di ricerca internazionale, a cui hanno partecipato il Consiglio nazionale delle ricerche (Cnr) e il Politecnico di Milano. L’esperimento, […]
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6:12 AM | A thought for those who are mindful about their legacy in their discipline.
It is possible that, once you shuffle off this mortal coil, people will remember you for your scholarly contributions to your field. However, it is also possible that they will remember you for your consistently inappropriate behavior, your thoroughgoing lack of respect for the boundaries of the students you were supposed to be nurturing rather […]
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6:00 AM | PHOTO DU BoB-086
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5:01 AM | It's Algorithmic Indulgence for the Masses (or the niche market)
Introducing the latest addition to the Synthetic Daisies blog: Popular Algorithmics. Popular Algorithmics (a takeoff on Popular Mechanics) is a collection of posts originally presented as a series on Tumbld Thoughts. Each entry is a take-off on an established algorithmic approach from the scientific literature. Of particular interest are lesser known algorithmic approaches from the standpoint of both theory and application.
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5:00 AM | 11° IBWS INTEGRAL/BART Workshop
IBWS 2014 is 11th in the series of successful workshops dedicated to high energy astrophysics and supporting ground-based experiments (e.g. robotic telescopes). The workshop will be held in Karlovy Vary […]
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5:00 AM | Saturday Morning Video: Learning Visual Representations at Scale, Vincent Vanhoucke
Learning Visual Representations at Scale by Vincent Vanhoucke (another presentation that features Deep ConvNets; "Astounding" baseline for vision )in the meantime, ccv 0.6 open sources near state-of-the-art image classifier under Creative Commons Join the CompressiveSensing subreddit or the Google+ Community and post there ! Liked this entry ? subscribe to Nuit Blanche's feed, there's more where that came from. You can also subscribe to Nuit Blanche by Email, explore the Big Picture in […]
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4:46 AM | Energy Expenditure (Calories Burned) in Anorexia Nervosa Patients
How many calories do patients with anorexia nervosa need to eat to gain a kilo (2.2 lbs)? It seems like a simple question and one that we should have figured out a long time ago, given the importance (err, necessity) of refeeding and weight restoration in recovery from anorexia nervosa. Unfortunately, research in this area has often led to contradictory results (see Salisbury et al., 1995 and de Zwaan et al., 2002 for reviews). Fortunately, a paper by Stephan Zipfel and colleagues […]

Zipfel S, Mack I, Baur LA, Hebebrand J, Touyz S, Herzog W, Abraham S, Davies PS & Russell J (2013). Impact of exercise on energy metabolism in anorexia nervosa., Journal of Eating Disorders, 1 (1) 37. PMID:

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4:40 AM | Gruel ups the odds of overweight toddlers
Six-month-old infants who are given gruel instead of breast milk are more often overweight a year later.
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4:28 AM | An Epidemiological Method: Using RFLP to Identify Strains of Pathogens
An excellent classroom resource for a case study in epidemiology is presented by the CDC. This study walks students through an outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 in Michigan. The purpose of this study is to provide student investigators with the opportunity to walk through the procedures and rationale behind investigating the etiology and to develop […]
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4:20 AM | Edge States: Wendover Launch
residency support unit and Exhibition Hall 2, CLUI Wendover, UT We’re happy to announce the opening of Look Only at the Movement in Wendover, Utah.  Wendover is located 2,292 miles west of New York City via Interstate 80. The  work can be found in Exhibition Hall 2 of the CLUI Wendover complex, directly next door to the […]
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3:59 AM | The Strange remains the same for 18 April 2014
The world’s shortest war was between Zanzibar and Great Britain. It happened in 1896 and lasted a total of 38 minutes. ~Mental Floss Dirty Creek, Old Purse Solve Four-Decade Mystery – ABC News. The New UFO Hunters | Motherboard. Rat Poison Harms Famous California Cougar | LiveScience. Police solve Brampton car damage mystery. Drunken Trees:… Source: Doubtful News
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3:43 AM | Alcohol
As a college student I often hear stories from friends and classmates that involve lots and lots of alcohol. Not one to drink, I didn’t really know much about alcohol and its effects, other than what kids are told in grade school. After doing some searching I found out that, not only was there a […]
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3:29 AM | Save the World by Not Working So Hard
Workers of the world, relax! [more]
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3:03 AM | De-Extinction: Bay Area Researcher Hopes to Bring Back the Passenger Pigeon
Researchers are working to revive the passenger pigeon, once the most abundant bird in the world, and the woolly mammoth, which they say could slow down the melting of Arctic permafrost. It may be possible, but is it right to turn back the clock?
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3:02 AM | 1,000,000
By the way, sometime yesterday this blog received its millionth visit.
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3:01 AM | Astro-Vid of the Week- Captured: Venus Occults a Naked Eye Star
Our chart of the passage of Lambda Aquarii behind Venus on April 16th. Created using Stellarium. We love it when backyard observers rise to the challenge. We wrote recently about the prospects for catching the occultation of the +3.7 magnitude star Lambda Aquarii by the planet Venus on the morning of April 16th. Most occultations [...]
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3:00 AM | If you want to convince someone, get a friend to disprove what you’re saying
It turns out evidence is not always a help.
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3:00 AM | Pulse flow, from outer space
I’ve apparently got more time on my hands than skill, but I figured out, somewhat crudely, how to downland LANDSAT maps and make some pictures. Here’s the largely dry bed of the Colorado River on February 27. Apologies for the large file size, but it should have enough resolution to click and zoom if you’re ...Continue reading ‘Pulse flow, from outer space’ » Related posts:a boy and his river Pulse flow slows A pickup, stuck in the Colorado River sand
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2:57 AM | Meeting myself at 17
For something I’m writing I looked up a newspaper article I was interviewed in in, from June 7, 1989.  Here’s what I had to say: Ellenberg on mathematics: “I always think of it — this is kind of crazy — as a zoo. There are a million different mathematical objects. They are like animals. Some […]
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2:07 AM | The uncertain life of a squirrel
“Things as certain as death and taxes, can be more firmly believ’d.” from The Political History of the Devil by Daniel Defoe (1660-1731) As Benjamin Franklin said, “in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes”. For squirrels, taxes are no certainty. Death, on the other hand, is. The chance encounter with the small corpse of a black squirrel was an affecting reminder of the fleeting nature of life – of the certainty of death.... […]
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2:07 AM | The uncertain life of a squirrel
“Things as certain as death and taxes, can be more firmly believ’d.” from The Political History of the Devil by Daniel Defoe (1660-1731) As Benjamin Franklin said, “in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes”. For squirrels, taxes are no certainty. Death, on the other hand, is. The chance encounter with the small corpse of a black squirrel was an affecting reminder of the fleeting nature of life – of the certainty of death.... […]
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2:00 AM | Astro-Vid of the Week- Captured: Venus Occults a Naked Eye Star
Our chart of the passage of Lambda Aquarii behind Venus on April 16th. Created using Stellarium. We love it when backyard observers rise to the challenge. We wrote recently about the prospects for catching the occultation of the +3.7 magnitude star Lambda Aquarii by the planet Venus on the morning of April 16th. Most occultations [...]
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1:50 AM | ‘Seed and Soil’: an epidemiological parable
I’ve been thinking about the ‘seed and soil’ metaphor used by turn of the century by physicians who accepted germ theory but only had environmental medicine to combat infections. All classically trained physicians, whether religious or not, would have been familiar with the biblical parable of the sower. It also works well as an epidemiological […]
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1:45 AM | Reconstruyen por primera vez el epigenoma de un neandertal
Una investigación con participación de la Universidad de Oviedo y publicada por la revista Science describe, por primera vez, la reconstrucción de los epigenomas de un neandertal y de un denisovan. Un equipo internacional de investigadores, en el que participa el Instituto de Oncología de la Universidad de Oviedo, publica hoy en la revista Science un método novedoso que ha permitido desentrañar el patrón de metilación del ADN de dos […]
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