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January 29, 2015

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11:40 AM | S. A. Kauffman (1968) Metabolic Stability and Epigenesis in...
S. A. Kauffman (1968) Metabolic Stability and Epigenesis in Randomly Constructed Genetic Nets. J. Theoret. Biol. 22, 437-467  I’ve discovered this a little late, but there’s a free seminar on the Henry Stewart Talks site until the end of this month from Professor Marc Vidal - founding director of Center for Cancer Systems Biology at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute and professor of genetics at Harvard Medical School. His slides are dense with further reading material, but the […]
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11:39 AM | Oakham, Rutland Earthquake 28/01/15 Recorded at Keele, UK.
A moderate (for the UK) M3.8 earthquake occurred last night near Oakham in Rutland, England. The recording above made at the University of Keele on our 6TD seismometer shows the three-components of ground motion (up-down; north-south; east-west) and nicely shows the arrival of P-waves and S-waves. Our record from our SEP-1 school’s seismometer is not [...]
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11:39 AM | Oakham, Rutland Earthquake 28/01/15 Recorded at Keele, UK.
A moderate (for the UK) M3.8 earthquake occurred last night near Oakham in Rutland, England. The recording above made at the University of Keele on our 6TD seismometer shows the three-components of ground motion (up-down; north-south; east-west) and nicely shows the arrival of P-waves and S-waves. Our record from our SEP-1 school’s seismometer is not [...]
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11:30 AM | Lab-safe, professional shoes for women
A query from chemistry reddit: Good lab shoes? I’ […]Related Posts:Boost your lab ergonomics IQSafety compliance as a route to better safety cultureHave a fireworks-safe Fourth of JulyFriday chemical safety round-upA caution on procedures in organic synthesis journals
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10:43 AM | Lizard Olympians Benefit from Training Just Like Their Human Counterparts
  AA contributor Jerry Husak has just published a great paper in The Journal of Experimental Biology on the effect of training (=practice) on the sprinting and endurance capabilities of green anoles. The Inkfish blog on Discover magazine’s website has written a brilliant description of the study: Athletes don’t normally need to be chased down the track to get their training mileage in. […]
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10:40 AM | Ampliato l’impianto fotovoltaico dell’oasi WWF Stagni di Casale – Conergy Italia è intervenuta per installare nuovi moduli
Vicenza, 29 gennaio 2015 – Conergy Italia, azienda leader nella fornitura di servizi e di soluzioni complete per il fotovoltaico, è intervenuta nell’ampiamento del sistema fotovoltaico dell’Oasi WWF Stagni di Casale (VI) “Alberto Carta”. L’Oasi è formata da circa 24…Read more →
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10:25 AM | At what moment are you dead?
But is resurrection really possible? And what is the actual difference between a living creature and a dead body?
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10:07 AM | Weird stuff! One of the starfish I described will be a....TOY???? #EchinoblogInJapan2015
Back in 2003,  I described this very ODD deep-sea starfish. Astrosarkus idipi, a weird and HUGE sea star which had a pretty weird body plan.. You can read my full post about it here.  It occurs in relatively deep-water and is pretty big. About the size of a pumpkin. This species was honored by Quentin Wheeler & Sara Pennak as one of the world's most amazing 100 species! You can get the scientific description here.My Japanese colleagues discovered more specimens of this […]
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10:00 AM | The Fountain of Youth, or, Monkey Glands Revisited?
Remember Serge Voronoff?  No?  He was the guy who wanted to use surgery to mimic a slurp from the Fountain of Youth.  At around the turn of the 20th century the idea became very popular among those socialites with resources to burn and not enough religion to really believe they were going somewhere after death (or, speaking of burning, perhaps given their wealth that that 'somewhere' might be rather warm), that you could extend youthful life by receiving a transplant of 'glands', […]
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9:45 AM | Rich Folk, Poor Folk & Bob Dylan’s First Steps
Bob Dylan first appeared in 1961 at Gerde’s Folk City in Greenwich Village while later that year a review in The New York Times described him as ‘Resembling a cross between a choir boy and a beatnik.’ This was a time and place which saw the foundations of youth rebellion being laid in the many [...] The post Rich Folk, Poor Folk & Bob Dylan’s First Steps appeared first on HeadStuff.
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9:44 AM | CHENG!!!!!!
This post popped into our news queue just before Christmas, and was forgotten about thanks to the seasonal good cheer. Well, it’s 2015 now, and our Nonsense Formula Disapprove-o-Matic is beeping angrily. We still can’t muster up enough enthusiasm to properly dig into this, so I’ve just tidied up the links I collected earlier on. Eugenia Cheng... Read more »
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9:38 AM | Autism spectrum symptomatology in individuals with Down syndrome
I was not surprised to read the findings of the paper from Marie Moore Channell and colleagues [1] (open-access) who "identified patterns of ASD [autism spectrum disorder] symptomatology, measured by the SRS [Social Responsiveness Scale], in individuals with DS [Down syndrome] who do not have comorbid ASD."You're not going Turbo, are you?Harking back to the paper by Georgina Warner and colleagues [2] discussed not-so-long-ago on this blog (see here), the idea that […]

Marie Moore Channell, B Allyson Phillips, Susan J Loveall, Frances A Conners, Paige M Bussanich & Laura Grofer Klinger (2015). Patterns of autism spectrum symptomatology in individuals with Down syndrome without comorbid autism spectrum disorder, Journal of Neurodevelopmental Disorders, Other:

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9:19 AM | The anti-aging benefits of environmental enrichment
Aging is not just an irreversible disturbance of homeostasis but it can also be considered as a process where biological and functional complexity is progressively diminishing. With the passage of […]
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9:14 AM | Reef Roulette
Isn’t coral reef conservation hard enough without having to also constantly re-invent yourself for every swing of the funding pendulum? Well your friends here at Deep Sea News sympathize, so we’ve come up with this handy online answer to your restricted funding woes! Simply spin the wheels below to select your Reef Threat, your Brand […]
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9:06 AM | Unprofessional endeavours: amateur paleontology in New Zealand
There is currently an exhibition touring around New Zealand called Dinosaur Footprints: A Story of Discovery, which as its name suggests concerns traces of our much-beloved prehistoric beasts. Besides being the nation's first dinosaur footprints (known to science, that is) the story of their discovery is all the more interesting for their having been found by accident. In this particular case the
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9:00 AM | Sam Sells Seashells By the Seashore
There’s a popular myth about Dutch last names that goes like this: When Napoleon occupied the Netherlands and instituted a family name registry, only the upper classes had such names already in use. A significant subset took the opportunity to protest foreign rule by registering under silly names like “Born Naked,” “The Criminal” and “Little […]
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8:53 AM | Why you might want to beware the introvert on your team
Introverts have received a lot of positive press in recent years thanks to the run-away success of Susan Cain's book Quiet: The Power of Introverts. Cain tells us these are people who like their own space, but also happen to be empathic and sensitive and deep-thinkers. A new paper on peer appraisals by team-members bucks this hug-an-introvert trend.Amir Erez and his co-authors report that introverts tend to give especially low performance ratings to their team-mates who are extravert and […]
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8:52 AM | The History of Ammonia
Ammonia has been known to mankind since ancient times. Historians believe Romans named the ammonium chloride that was collected around the Temple of Ammon, situated in Libya, as ‘sal ammoniacus’ or Salt of Ammon due to the proximity of the important temple. This term appears for the first time in the writings of Pliny, although [...]
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8:30 AM | ncea & university entrance – numbers & interpretations
January has again been a very busy month those of us involved in the student enrolment process. This year we noticed that a reasonably large number of students hadn't achieved university entrance, and while there are very definitely options...
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8:27 AM | Stand Up and Be Counted
There are times in one’s life when it is important to stand up and be counted. This is a view expressed neatly in a recent blogpost by Hilda Bastian about 7 Tips for Women at Science Conferences  with her sub-heading … Continue reading →
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8:16 AM | The Great, Great White Shark
Great White Sharks (Carcharodon carcharias) are amazing creatures. After catching a short but insightful IMAX film in The Omni-Theatre, titled ‘Great White Shark’, we now have a deeper understanding and appreciation of the creature that lurks beyond our shores. Narrated by Bill Nighy, the film dives straight into the ocean, bringing viewers on an underwater… Continue reading »
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8:04 AM | The Pakyong Airport landslide issue in India
In Northern India, landsliding is occurring upslope of the Pakyong airport construction site, which has used extensive slope cutting during construction
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8:00 AM | sussexwildlifetrust: A brilliant explanation why deep sea...
sussexwildlifetrust: A brilliant explanation why deep sea trawling is bad. From Bloom Association https://protectourheritage.org/
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8:00 AM | sussexwildlifetrust: A brilliant explanation why deep sea...
sussexwildlifetrust: A brilliant explanation why deep sea trawling is bad. From Bloom Association https://protectourheritage.org/
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8:00 AM | Twinkle telescope to check out exoplanet climate
If all goes to plan, the UK will launch a telescope to find out more about known exoplanets' atmospheres in four years
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8:00 AM | Obama precision medicine plan would create huge U.S. genetic biobank
Researchers would use cohort of 1 million Americans pooled from smaller studies to study disease-gene links, improve personalized medicine
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7:30 AM | E-therapy for eating disorders: review finds lack of evidence for digital treatment or prevention
Helen Bould summarises a new systematic review that finds a lack of evidence for the digital treatment or prevention of eating disorders. With so many new websites and apps popping up every week, why is there no reliable evidence of positive effect? The post E-therapy for eating disorders: review finds lack of evidence for digital treatment or prevention appeared first on The Mental Elf.
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6:54 AM | Many religious people view science favorably, but reject certain scientific theories
A new study finds that many U.S. adults—roughly one in five—are deeply religious, know a lot about science, and support many practical uses of science and technology in everyday life, but reject scientific explanations of creation and evolution. Subject:  Atheism & Religion
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6:45 AM | A New Way to Kill Multidrug-Resistant Bacteria
ByThe Toombst The time of multidrug-resistant super-bacteria might be coming to an end. New research have found a small protein in viral toxin-resistant bacteria that can kill multidrug-resistant bacteria. Using antibiotics breeds resistance by introducing a so-called selection marker into a population of bacteria. This is bad news for us since we’ve become dependent on being able to kill disease-causing bacteria in the last 60 years. Until very recently finding new effective antibiotics […]
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6:10 AM | 0.8 Amps of Happiness
This is the title of an impressive documentary of treatment with Electroshock or ECT. Three patients are portrayed as they’re being treated with Electro Shock Therapy (ECT) for their depressions. This documentary was made by Saskia Gubbels and her crew. ‘There will come a moment when I decide to lie down in the snow to […] Related posts:Is Facebook the path to happiness? 2008 Conference on Happiness and Its Causes Electroshock in Mass Media
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