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August 31, 2014

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8:00 PM | Abortions Don’t Cause Cancer Any More Than Parties Do
Research that found links between abortion and breast cancer also found men who had 'much opportunity to participate in parties' were more likely to have stomach cancer. Credit: burningmax/Flickr, CC BY-NC-SABy Louise Keogh, University of Melbourne read more
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7:57 PM | Should kids be allowed to wash hands at school? Or is sanitizer enough?
Someone wrote me this morning and said at their U.S. elementary school, the 5th graders are not permitted to wash hands after mandatory bathroom times and the teacher stands outside of the bathroom with hand sanitizer squirting it as each … Continue reading →
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7:35 PM | Death of sea life on Pacific West Coast
There was a recent post (h/t Anja) about the death of sea animals on the Pacific coast of Canada. The author shows dozens of photographs of the shoreline, commenting that there is no longer the sea life that he would typically expect. There are no bugs on the windshield of his car, and few birds […]
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7:30 PM | The Marathon Conspiracy by Gary Corby
Digital Review: 1. The Marathon Conspiracy is the fourth outing for ancient Greek proto-sleuth Nicolaos, and the first since his debut to spend much time in Athens. I was interested to see how this went as the first time I thought Gary Corby’s Athens wasn’t quite as grim as I’d imagined it. Either I’ve lightened…
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7:24 PM | New species of “glass frogs” discovered in Peru
Researchers in Peru have discovered four new species of tiny so-called “glass frogs” (family: Centrolenidae). Centrolene charapita: with the yellow splotches on its back, this species was aptly named after little yellow chili peppers. Their hindlegs also had fleshy little zigzag-like protuberances whose purpose is unknown. Cochranella guayasamini: This species is mostly green with yellow encircling its…
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7:13 PM | Bacterial occurrence in kitchen hand towels
People don’t use dryers much in Brisbane. It hardly rains, so people use clotheslines, and electricity is expensive. And it’s so natural. My clothsline can usually be found with an abundance of hand (or tea) towels. I use them all … Continue reading →
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7:10 PM | “Ukrainian Spider-Man” Uses Stalinist Tower In Daring Anti-Putin Protest
An urban free-climber who calls himself “Mustang Wanted” has admitted to a very creative form of protest vandalism. A little over a week ago, Mustang Wanted (who is based out of the Ukrainian capital, Kiev) visited Moscow to make a political statement. In the early morning hours of Wednesday, August 20th, he scaled the Kotelnicheskaya Embankment, one of Moscow’s most iconic Stalin-era skyscrapers. At the top of the building is a massive Soviet star emblazoned with […]
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7:00 PM | Untapping the Potential of Science-Government Partnerships to Benefit Urban Nature 
Promoting urban nature is a significant challenge for local governments. As demonstrated by so many posts on this blog, it is evident that it consists of much more than simply protecting areas of high biodiversity from human activity; it is … Continue reading →
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7:00 PM | The Personality Test That's All About Hand Gestures
Here's a personality test that is based on how we interpret vague hand gestures. Take a look at what people can tell from what is essentially a drawing exercise, and decide if you want to contribute a hand gesture of your own.Read more...
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6:55 PM | The Juneau Tour: Scientific American Alaska Cruise, Part 3
Scientific American Bright Horizons Cruise 22 arrives in Anchorage, Alaska, on August 31st, which allows us to post audio from a fascinating taxi trip through Juneau on August 28th. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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6:53 PM | Coast Guard Calls Off Search For Small Plane That Crashed In Ocean
The apparently unconscious pilot of the single-engine aircraft drifted into restricted airspace over Washington, prompting F-16s to be scrambled.
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6:47 PM | Endosomal generation of cAMP in GPCR signaling. [Nat Chem Biol. 2014]
Endosomal generation of cAMP in GPCR signaling. [Nat Chem Biol. 2014] : Abstract: It has been...
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6:38 PM | New Synthetic Amino Acid for a New Class of Drugs
Creating new drug molecules is challenging, developing drugs that are highly effective against a target, but with minimal (or no) toxicity and side-effects to the patient can be an exercise in […]

Chen S. Gopalakrishnan R, Schaer T, Marger F, Hovius R, Bertrand D, Pojer F, Heinis C (2014). Di-thiol amino acids can structurally shape and enhance the ligand-binding properties of polypeptides, Nature Chemistry, Other:

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6:37 PM | Raw and risky, sprout food porn sandwich edition
Raw sprouts: it’s the stealth ingredient in this California chicken and avocado sandwich with bacon. No thanks.
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6:35 PM | Single & Surviving as a Woman
Being 34 and single, the last 10 years have been a time of a lot of emotional stress for me. I had been a very successful student in my younger days. So I used to take praise for granted. In the extended family I was touted as someone that the children should emulate. However, as […]
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6:29 PM | Raw and risky, crypto with your raw milk
As raw goats milk from a Treasured Sunrise Acres in Parma tested positive for cryptosporidium and has been put on hold by the Idaho Department of Agriculture, others continue to hucksterize the safety of raw milk. Enjoy that crypto, and other … Continue reading →
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6:14 PM | Raw and risky: do rewards outweigh risks?
U.S. President Obama may want to think again about those burger outings he does. Obama likes Five Brothers Burgers and Fries, where, “kitchen rules include no timers in the kitchen (because good cooks know when food is done).” Maybe use a … Continue reading →
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6:00 PM | Ethno-Psychiatry: How The British Treated "Hardcore" Women In The Mau Mau Rebellion
New research on the treatment of 'hardcore' female Mau Mau prisoners by the British in the late 1950s sheds new light on how ideas about gender, deviancy and mental health shaped colonial practices of punishment.The treatment of the Mau Mau by the British has led to compensation claims in the courts. Last year the British government agreed to pay out £19.9m in costs and compensation to more than 5,000 elderly Kenyans who suffered torture and abuse during the Mau Mau uprising in the 50s. […]
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6:00 PM | Cut Greenhouse Gases Using Microbes
Nitrous oxide (N2O) is a potent greenhouse gas that is also responsible for destroying the ozone layer.  INRA researchers in Dijon have shown that the ability of soils to eliminate N2O can mainly be explained by the diversity and abundance of a new group of micro-organisms that are capable of transforming it into atmospheric nitrogen (N2). The results underline the importance of microbial diversity to the functioning of soils and the services they deliver. read more
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6:00 PM | Learning CPR from YouTube: maybe not a great idea
Only a fraction of the videos posted on the website met health guidelines.
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5:47 PM | China arrests six from OSI unit in food scandal
Chinese authorities have formally arrested six employees from a unit of US food supplier OSI Group, the parent company over a scandal involving expired meat sold to fast food giants. Authorities have previously announced the detention by police of six … Continue reading →
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5:46 PM | Epigenetic Shaping of Sociosexual Interactions
Epigenetic Shaping of Sociosexual Interactions: From Plants to Humans “…is the first attempt to interpret the higher social functions of organisms. This volume covers an extraordinarily wide range of biological research and provides a novel framework for understanding human-specific brain...Read more
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5:45 PM | How The Higgs Became The Target Of Run 2 At The Tevatron
Until the second half of the nineties, when the LEP collider started to be upgraded to investigate higher centre-of-mass energies of electron-positron collisions than those until then produced at the Z mass, the Higgs boson was not the main focus of experiments exploring the high-energy frontier. The reason is that the expected cross section of that particle was prohibitively small for the comparatively low luminosities provided by the facilities available at the time. Of course, one could […]
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5:44 PM | Corvette-Eating Sinkhole Will Be Filled In, Museum Says
When a gaping hole opened up under a clutch of classic cars at the National Corvette Museum in Kentucky, the disaster became a favorite exhibit. But the museum's board has decided to fix it, anyway.
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5:44 PM | Las dunas y yo
Hace unos días leí: La influencia de la arena. Comentario de Ramiro Sanchíz en Kundra #13 sobre Jodorowsky´s Dune. Además de los comentarios y elucubraciones sobre las películas involucradas, Ramiro hace un raconto personal sobre su relación con estas obras. Yo había hecho algo similar con Blade Runner (se puede leer aquí) y El Eternauta (no publicado) y estaba con ganas de escribir algo sobre el documental Jodorowsky´s Dune. […]
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5:40 PM | What’s complex and what’s simple in an exponential model?
In the post on estimating the rate of spread in the current ebola epidemic, a commenter stated that using a monthly rate of disease spread in Liberia was a “simpler” model than what I had done, which was based on … Continue reading →
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5:37 PM | Weekend Diversion: Sharing your Art (Synopsis)
“If you can’t share, we’ll have to take it away.” -Myla Hendricks, age 4 One of the most difficult things for any creative person to do is to let someone else into their creative space, into their projects and into the work that they’re most passionate about. But sometimes, that’s really the best thing you…
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5:37 PM | Weekend Diversion: Sharing your Art
What happens when an artist decides to share her sketchbook with her four-year-old daughter?Continue reading on Medium »
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5:33 PM | This is what happens in your brain when you hear your favorite song, whether it’s Bieber, Biggie or The Beatles
Originally posted on Quartz:In 1973, the British rock star Peter Frampton posed an important scientific question via a killer talkbox solo: “Do you feel like I do?” According to a new study, when it comes to our reactions to…
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5:09 PM | Dehumanization Of Women? Jack The Ripper's Forgotten Victims
Jack The Ripper is famous - everyone in the Western world has heard of the unsolved case of the Whitechapel serial killer who preyed on prostitutes for a few months in 1888.There were only five (or six) of those murders almost 130 years ago yet today there are 17 different grisly tours in London's East End about them. read more
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