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March 02, 2015

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4:42 PM | Virtual reality film revolution puts you in the scene
The virtual reality boom is about more than just gaming. Total immersion could radically change how we watch and interact with films
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4:33 PM | Two New Species of Peacock Spiders Discovered in Australia
Biologists Dr Jurgen Otto and Dr David Hill have described two new species of spiders in the genus Maratus. Members of the genus, commonly referred to as peacock spiders, belong to the jumping spider family Salticidae. These spiders are extremely tiny – 4 to 6 mm in length, and are most noted for their spectacular [...]
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4:32 PM | Share your enthusiasm! Teaching Tools submission competition
For years we’ve been asking people how they define a great teacher. One trait that repeatedly comes up is “enthusiasm.” Nobody enthuses about plants better than plant scientists, so we’re offering you a chance to “share your enthusiasm”.Have you got a passion for plant science? Do you have a favorite paper, experiment, topic, or method that you like to share with undergraduates? Have you found a clever way to engage students and stimulate their curiosity?We […]
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4:30 PM | The generalized Lasso with non-linear observations
The generalized Lasso with non-linear observations by Yaniv Plan, Roman Vershynin We study the problem of signal estimation from non-linear observations when the signal belongs to a low-dimensional set buried in a high-dimensional space. A rough heuristic often used in practice postulates that non-linear observations may be treated as noisy linear observations, and thus the signal may be estimated using the generalized Lasso. This is appealing because of the abundance of efficient, specialized […]
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4:21 PM | Genetically speaking, mammals are more like their fathers
You might resemble or act more like your mother, but a novel research study from UNC School of Medicine researchers reveals that mammals are genetically more like their dads. Specifically, […]
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4:21 PM | Why place matters
From an anonymous reader, a Boston-area Amgen recruiting billboard. I have seen this for coders, but never for "biotech professionals."(Of course, I've only lived in one of BioSpace's "hotbeds.")(12 "hotbeds"?!?!? You gotta be kidding me.) 
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4:20 PM | SfN journal retracts paper, bans UPenn researchers over “data misrepresentation”
The Journal of Neuroscience has yanked an Alzheimer’s paper and banned three University of Pennsylvania authors from publishing there temporarily, following conflicting investigations by the university and the publisher, the Society for Neuroscience, into the data. The 2011 paper looked into the cellular makeup of the characteristic plaques that develop in the brains of people with Alzheimer’s disease. […]The post SfN journal retracts paper, bans UPenn […]
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4:20 PM | Google Glass shows promising uses in plastic surgery
The “wearable technology” Google Glass has a wide range of possible applications in plastic surgery–with the potential to enhance surgical training, medical documentation, and patient safety, according to a special […]
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4:18 PM | Restoring ability to halt cell division may protect lung cells from cancer
Researchers led by a team at the University of Illinois at Chicago, have identified a novel role for a signaling mechanism in lung cells that permanently places them into a […]
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4:13 PM | Nice to see
This past August, I took a day to visit national ACS meeting in San Francisco; I was badged as press, even! I sat in on a portion of the Sunday meeting of the Committee on Economic and Professional Affairs. I thought it was interesting to watch the committee members discuss and debate the ACS policy statement on retirement security. Here's a portion of the final statement: ...A concern is that small companies and businesses, such as chemical or high-tech start-ups, can be […]
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4:10 PM | Practicing Non-Attachment: How to Live in the Now
“Live in the now!” Garth exhorts Wayne as he fawns over a beautiful guitar he can’t afford in the film Wayne’s World. This is a message that we get over and over again in many Eastern philosophies: live in the present moment, not for the past or the future. Further, we learn to practice non-attachment: […]
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4:03 PM | Does Thinking About God Increase Our Willingness to Make Risky Decisions?
There are at least two ways of how the topic of trust in God is broached in Friday sermons that I have attended in the United States. Some imams lament the decrease of trust in God in the age of modernity. Instead of trusting God that He is looking out for the believers, modern day Muslims believe that they can control their destiny on their own without any Divine assistance. These imams see this lack of trust in God as... Read more
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4:00 PM | Weather forecast for early Earth involved iron rain
Put iron under pressure and it vaporises – much more readily than previously thought. This means meteorite impacts on early Earth could have created iron rain
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4:00 PM | March 2015 Desktop Calendar
Some mosses in the genus Bryum from my travels to Chile. Happy March!  1 - Single click on the image to open it up in a new window. (If you use the image directly from the blog post you will lose a lot of resolution.) 2 - Right-click (or ctrl-click) on the image, and chose the option that says, "Set as Desktop Background" or "Use Image as Desktop Picture" or "Save Image As...". The
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3:58 PM | Oh, that's all
From the letters to the editor in this week's C&EN:I don’t know why there was such a flurry of indignant letters about the review of the book “The Birth of the Pill” (C&EN, Sept. 22, 2014, page 32). This is a book for a popular audience by an author whose claims to fame are books about baseball and Al Capone. It might better have been titled “Politics, Religion, and the Pill,” but it certainly was not designed to explore the intricacies of organic […]
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3:55 PM | Webinar this week: World Tour of Genomics Resources II
One of our really popular seminars has been the “World Tour of Genomics Resources“. One time we gave it at the NIH they had to lock the room because we had hit capacity–in a pretty decent sized room that had been reserved for us. But our goal with the talk is to give a lightweight […]
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3:54 PM | An octopus hunts on land, the cutest red pandas and another...
An octopus hunts on land, the cutest red pandas and another SeaWorld fail Controversial Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe puts elephant on his birthday party menu, a beluga whale dies at SeaWorld, Amur leopard numbers are on the rise and feast your eyes on the most adorable red panda video you will ever see! Get these stories and more in this week’s blast of nature news! By: Earth Touch.
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3:53 PM | This week's C&EN
Plenty of interesting tidbits in this week's C&EN:Long feature today about persistent organic pollutants by Stephen Ritter; I had never heard of the Kepone story. Yikes. I see NIH is wanting more peer reviewers for grants. (by Andrea Widener)Stu Borman covers the discovery of the protein targets of englerin A - I confess I had not heard of this natural product. Marc Reisch looks at a carbon nanotube startup called Molecular Rebar Design. (I did not know that global demand for […]
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3:45 PM | Choosing Mates Wisely Is All The More Important When They Try To Eat You
A praying mantid pair. Photo by Oliver Koemmerling at Wikimedia Commons.Choosing our mates is among the most important decisions of our lives. We agonize over finding "the one", and for good reason. If we are going to spend the rest of our lives with one person and depend on that person to help create and raise our children, the stakes of choosing that person well are high. But at least we don't have to worry that if we choose wrong our partner will bite our head off... not literally, […]
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3:38 PM | IDCC 15 – Part 2 (It’s a big conference)
Last week in her blog post, Margaret discussed the twitter feed from the International Data Curation Conference (IDCC) that took place on Feb 9th to the 12th. I was fortunate enough to be able to attend and participate this year, …read more
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3:20 PM | A Baby Star Pierces Through Its Blanket Of Interstellar Dust
Behold V1331Cyg, a young star located 1,800 light-years from Earth. This object, which is illuminating the dark cloud around it in spectacular fashion, is in the process of contracting as it becomes a main sequence star similar to the Sun. Read more...
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3:16 PM | PHILOSOPHY - Augustine The philosopher and theologian Augustine...
PHILOSOPHY - Augustine The philosopher and theologian Augustine had fascinating things to say about success and failure. By: The School of Life.
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3:14 PM | Recovery is Everywhere!
In our final blogs on the invaluable insights into the Recovery process given by the research and experience of William White we finish by looking at the rise of recovery communities in the US in particular and discuss whether this … Continue reading →
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3:12 PM | Ultra-cold mirrors could reveal gravity's quantum side
The quantum Casimir effect is a slight attraction between two metal plates. Superconducting versions could finally show us quantum gravity at work
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3:08 PM | Mostly Mute Monday: A GLIMPSE of the Galaxy
The Spitzer Space Telescope has imaged our entire galactic plane in the infrared, and it’s a 180,000 pixel spectacular.Continue reading on Medium »
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2:55 PM | Extroverts Come In Two Different Types, Brain Scans Reveal
There are two types of extroverts, each with distinct brain anatomies. 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:Brain Scans Reveal Why Up To One in Six People Get SAD in Winter How The Brain Works During The Two Main Types of Meditation Brain Scans Can Predict The Best Type of Depression Treatment For an Individual Meditation’s Widespread Effect on How The Brain […]
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2:54 PM | New Creature Feature: The Coelacanth
The coelacanth (pronounced SEEL-uh-kanth) is an enormous, bottom-dwelling fish that is unlike other living fishes in a number of ways. They belong to an ancient lineage that has been around for more than 360 million years. Coelacanths can reach more than six feet long and weigh about 200 pounds, and they’re covered in thick, scaly armor. It’s estimated they can live up to 60 years or more. Read about what makes them so unique here: The Creature Feature: 10 Fun Facts About the […]
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2:38 PM | All Creatures Great and Smart Does your dog really think and...
All Creatures Great and Smart Does your dog really think and feel like a human? Do our closest primate relatives have brains and emotions similar to ours? What about the storied intelligence of dolphins and singing humpback whales? And do other species hold surprises for us if we’re willing to look closely? What can we learn from pin-sized brains that can count, categorize, and hold a grudge against those who’ve tried to swat them? When one examines the current research, some lines […]
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2:30 PM | Ob-gyn prof up to 7 retractions, latest due to “substantial data misrepresentation”
Two more retractions have popped up for Nasser Chegini, the former University of Florida professor currently under investigation by the Office of Research Integrity (ORI). Both retractions appear in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, though — in opposition to guidelines from the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) — they’re behind a paywall. The notices indicate that […]The post Ob-gyn prof up to 7 retractions, latest due to […]
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2:30 PM | How Radiation Nearly Broke Physics
It was the heady days of the early 1900s, and radiation was all the rage. Researchers had just found a kind of radiation called "beta decay," and they discovered that it did something that seemed to smash one of the basic tenets of physics. Here's how the lowly neutrino saved the entire field.Read more...
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