Posts

October 24, 2014

+
5:30 PM | Biological litmus paper detects Ebola strains
Litmus paper embedded with DNA from jellyfish and other organisms has the potential to identify any biological molecule – changing how infections are diagnosed
+
5:29 PM | The very first photo of Earth from space
These days we see photos of our planet taken from space literally every day. Astronauts living aboard the International Space Station, weather and Earth-observing satellites in various orbits, even distant spacecraft exploring other planets in our Solar System… all have captured images of Earth from both near and far. But there was a time not that long ago when there were no pictures of Earth from space, when a view of our planet against the blackness of the cosmos was limited […]
+
5:29 PM | 2 OPEN-RANK TENURE-TRACK FACULTY POSITIONS IN SPEECH AND HEARING SCIENCE AT ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY
The Department of Speech and Hearing Science at Arizona State University, Tempe Campus, invites applicants with expertise in communication disorders and related disciplines to apply for two open-rank tenure-track faculty positions starting August, 2015. For the first position, we are seeking candidates whose areas of expertise will complement and augment our current research strengths in psychoacoustics, cochlear implants, auditory neurophysiology and pediatrics. Candidates with research […]
+
5:26 PM | Celebrating Alfred Russel Wallace with … a symposium of straight white men?
2014 marks a century since the death of Alfred Russel Wallace, who is recognized as co-discoverer, with Charles Darwin, of evolution by natural selection. Appropriately, the University of California Los Angeles is holding a symposium of biologists and natural historians to celebrate Wallace’s life and work. Unfortunately, the panel of speakers chosen for the symposium […]
+
5:25 PM | Powerful Solar Eruptions Caused by Huge Magnetic 'Ropes'
Eruptions on the sun's surface are probably caused by giant, unstable magnetic plasma arches, a new study reports — a discovery that brings scientists one step closer to predicting solar outbursts that can wreak havoc on Earth.
+
5:22 PM | ROCing the Boat: When Replication Hurts
Though failure to replicate presents a serious problem, even highly-replicable results may be consistently and dramatically misinterpreted if dependent measures are not carefully chosen. This sentence comes from a new paper by Caren Rotello,Evan Heit, and Chad Dubé to be published in Psychonomic Bulletin & Review. Replication hurts in such cases because it reinforces artifactual results. Rotello and colleagues marshal support for this claim from four disparate domains: […]
+
5:19 PM | Biotech Tweets of the Week (October 20-24)
You know the drill by now - enjoy the latest batch of biotech-themed tweets that captured the week that was, courtesy of @23aloha. Featured tickers: $ABBV $ACAD $ACHN $ADHD $AGIO $BLUE $CELG $CERS $EXAS $GILD $KITE $NLNK $NPSP $RGLS $SHPG $TGTX $VRTX This is one of those days where it's worthwhile to look at your red stocks and seriously think about if there is something wrong with them.— Brad Loncar (@bradloncar) October 20, 2014 $ABBV and $SHPG kaput. $1.64B breakup fee. […]
+
5:14 PM | Fish Want to Play Too
Yes, fish. These aquarium lap-swimmers and pursuers of flaked food aren’t known for their joie de vivre. Yet in one hobbyist’s tanks, scientists say they’ve captured a rare instance of fish playing around. James Murphy is a herpetologist at the Smithsonian National Zoological Park. Although he professionally studies reptiles and amphibians, he keeps fish as […]The post Fish Want to Play Too appeared first on Inkfish.

Burghardt, G., Dinets, V. & Murphy, J. (2014). Highly Repetitive Object Play in a Cichlid Fish (Tropheus duboisi). , Ethology, DOI: 10.1111/eth.12312

Citation
+
5:00 PM | Will the future run out of technology?
If you haven’t seen it, this opinionated, provocative, and forceful essay by Bruce Gibney at Founder’s Fund is a great read. Starting with the question of why venture capital return has generally sucked over the past two decades, he delves … Continue reading →
+
5:00 PM | Asteroid miners to launch first private space telescope
Private company Planetary Resources, which one day hopes to mine asteroids, is preparing to launch a prototype of a telescope designed to find them
+
4:57 PM | SEVERE CHRONIC HYPONATREMIA: A Pathophysiological Rumination (Part 3)
PART 3: THE DANGERS OF "DEPLETION"In my previous post concerning chronic severe hyponatremia, I explained how over corrections of serum sodium of large magnitude required a dilute large volume diuresis, often precipitated by resolution of a transient source of ADH secretion.  In this post I will discuss two phenomena which are particularly dangerous as they carry significant risk of producing large volume water diuresis.1.  Subclinical Volume Depletion: As mentioned in my previous […]
+
4:50 PM | The pig-like Aardvark
Adult and juvenile AardvarksCredit: By Scotto Bear from North Beach, MD, USA (aardvarks) [CC-BY-SA-2.], via Wikimedia CommonsKingdom: AnimaliaPhylum: ChordataClass: MammaliaSuperorder: AfrotheriaOrder: TubulidentataFamily: OrycteropodidaeGenus: OrycteropusSpecies: Orycteropus aferConservation Status: Least Concern (Not Threatened)Common Name(s): Aardvark, African antbear, Cape anteaterMeet the Aardvark, a medium-sized, burrowing, nocturnal mammal from […]

Lehmann, T. (2009). Phylogeny and systematics of the Orycteropodidae (Mammalia, Tubulidentata), Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, 155 (3) 649-702. DOI: 10.1111/j.1096-3642.2008.00460.x

Taylor, W. & Skinner, J. (2003). Activity patterns, home ranges and burrow use of aardvarks (Orycteropus afer) in the Karoo, Journal of Zoology, 261 (3) 291-297. DOI: 10.1017/S0952836903004217

Taylor, W., Lindsey, P. & Skinner, J. (2002). The feeding ecology of the aardvark Orycteropus afer, Journal of Arid Environments, 50 (1) 135-152. DOI: 10.1006/jare.2001.0854

Mutlow AG & Mutlow H (2008). Caesarian section and neonatal care in the aardvark (Orycteropus afer)., Journal of zoo and wildlife medicine : official publication of the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians, 39 (2) 260-2. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18634220

Tabuce, R., Asher, R. & Lehmann, T. (2008). Afrotherian mammals: a review of current data, mammalia, 72 (1) DOI: 10.1515/MAMM.2008.004

White, J., Williams, G., Samour, J., Drury, P. & Cheeseman, P. (1985). The composition of milk from captive aardvark (Orycteropus afer), Zoo Biology, 4 (3) 245-251. DOI: 10.1002/zoo.1430040305

Citation
+
4:49 PM | What Makes Food Taste Sweet? Ever wonder why your favorite...
What Makes Food Taste Sweet? Ever wonder why your favorite sweets taste, well, sweet? Whether they’re made with sugar or artificial sweeteners, it all comes down to chemistry, and a very special shape known as the “sweetness triangle”. Let Darcy Gentleman, who has a Ph.D. in chemistry and snappy dressing take you through the science of sweetness. Special thanks to Professor Matt Hartings of American University for his help with this episode. By: ACS Reactions.
+
4:48 PM | How To Fast-Track An Ebola Vaccine
A Doctor Prepares a Measles Vaccine in Guinea, 2014 Photo by UNICEF Guinea on Flickr, CC BY-NC 2.0 The World Health Organization said it will have Ebola vaccines ready to give to hundreds of thousands of West Africans by the middle of next year, Reuters reports. Right now, there's no approved vaccine for Ebola. Researchers worked on vaccines before, but trials stalled because the disease is rare and because it mostly afflicts poor countries, so companies haven't been […]
+
4:42 PM | A better strawberry There is a 50/50 chance that the variety of...
A better strawberry There is a 50/50 chance that the variety of strawberry at your local market was originally developed at UC. In fact the university has released more than fifty varieties since the 1930s.  UC’s research has also influenced other types of produce that we eat every day. You can read more about it here.
+
4:39 PM | Genetic soothsaying: predicting chemotherapy effectiveness
New method analyzes whole-genome gene expression to predict whether tumors respond to chemotherapy
+
4:31 PM | Florida Lizards Evolving Rapidly: Visible Change in 15 Years, 20 Generations
Scientists working in Florida have documented the high-speed evolution of a native lizard species, in as little as 15 years, in response to pressure from an invading lizard species.Left hind foot of a green anole, with enlarged toepads(Yoel Stuart)After contact with the invasive brown anole lizards, the native green anole lizards began perching higher in the trees. With each generation, their feet have changed to become better at gripping the thinner, smoother branches found higher up.According […]
+
4:30 PM | Cutting off the Ebola zone would be a mistake
Travel bans aren't the answer: distancing ourselves from countries and people afflicted with Ebola could prove tragic for the world
+
4:30 PM | Today on New Scientist
All the latest on newscientist.com: humanity's next 1000 years, future Ebola explosions, slumdog mapmakers, seeing brain chatter, Interstellar and more
+
4:27 PM | Ebola's evolutionary roots are more ancient than previously thought
A new study is helping to rewrite Ebola's family history. The research shows that filoviruses — a family to which Ebola and its similarly lethal relative, Marburg, belong — are at least 16-23 million years old. Filoviruses likely existed in the Miocene Epoch, and at that time, the evolutionary lines leading to Ebola and Marburg had already diverged, the study concludes. Subject:  Evolution
+
4:26 PM | Another Round on Energy Rebound
Two analysts of energy trends expand on their view that efficiency's climate and energy benefits have been overstated.
+
4:25 PM | Polar-orbiting satellite captures amazing X-ray footage of solar eclipse
By Micaela Jemison The moon passed between the Earth and the sun on Thursday, Oct. 23. While avid stargazers in North America looked up to watch […] The post Polar-orbiting satellite captures amazing X-ray footage of solar eclipse appeared first on Smithsonian Science.
+
4:25 PM | Pokemon Fractals
If you are following my Facebook page, you probably already know my love for Fractals. The math behind these is not as easy as expected, but the result is extremely beautiful. In case you don’t know what a fractal is … Continue reading →
+
4:25 PM | There Will Be Blood
The pressure to reach for a gun to help save one animal from another is stronger than ever. And it has triggered a conservation problem from hell.
+
4:24 PM | DNews: Does a Super Sunspot Have Earth's Name on It?
Julian gives a primer on sunspots -- what causes them, how often they happen, and most importantly: whether or not an enormous one is set to fire straight at Earth.
+
4:24 PM | The Future Will Not Be Dry
The most resilient cities aren't the ones that fight the water back—but the ones that absorb it.
+
4:22 PM | Please Step Out of Your Car
With imaginative, green ways of getting around the city, cars may finally go the way of the horse and buggy.
+
4:22 PM | Confirmed: Death of girl IS NOT vaccine-related
The medical examiner says that the HPV vaccine she was administered was safe and not the cause of her death that same day. Instead, it appears she suffered an overdose of antihistamines. Medical examiner: Girl’s death not caused by HPV vaccination A much-touted vaccine given to teens and preteens to prevent cancers caused by a… Source: Doubtful News
+
4:20 PM | DIY Glaciers
In a desert 13,000 feet above sea level, a remarkable man is taking on the global warming challenge—and winning.
+
4:20 PM | Add a Few Species. Pull Down the Fences. Step Back.
Brandom Keim reviews George Monbiot's Feral
5678910111213
11,074 Results