Posts

January 30, 2015

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9:31 AM | Image of the Week: Medicine Corner India
Our image of the week shows an old Hakim (a practitioner of traditional medicine) as he looks out of his shop at the hustle and bustle of the street outside. The photograph was taken near Jama Masjid, Old Delhi, India. India has a long history of traditional medical knowledge systems such as Ayurveda and Unani […]
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9:24 AM | Pinholes are pitfalls for high performance solar cells
The most popular next-generation solar cells under development may have a problem - the top layer is full of tiny pinholes, researchers have found.
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9:18 AM | DNA nanoswitches reveal how life's molecules connect (w/video)
An accessible new way to study molecular interactions could lower cost and time associated with discovering new drugs.
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9:17 AM | Could This Virus Be Good For You?
Scientists studying HIV and Ebola have noticed another virus hitching along for the ride in some blood samples. Now they're trying to figure out whether the lurker helps the body fend off disease.
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9:14 AM | Russian Economic Woes Hit France's Ski Slopes
For the past decade, wealthy Russians have flocked to the fabled slopes in the French Alps. But the drop in the ruble is now keeping them away, and the region's economy is starting to feel the effect.
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9:10 AM | Van afval naar designobject
Schimmels zijn koningen van de metamorfose: paardenmest wordt champignons, een simpele kaas wordt een delicatesse. En, ok, een lekker potje zelfgemaakte jam wordt afval, en een watermeloen een groene soep. Maar schimmels zijn veelzijdiger dan onze voedselvoorraad: in de natuur zijn het de belangrijkste recyclers van allerhande materiaal, onmisbaar voor de doorstroom binnen de voedselkringloop. Ze... Lees meer op www.sciencepalooza.nl
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9:03 AM | 4 Reasons Why It's Veto Season At The White House
In his first six years in office, President Obama issued just two vetoes, the fewest of any president going all the way back to James Garfield. But that's about to change.
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9:00 AM | What Does Today’s Possible Rocket Launch Have to Do With Japanese Pop Music? (I’ll Tell You: Very Little)
Friday morning, if all goes well, NASA is launching a satellite with the name SMAP. As I write late Thursday night, it’s perched atop a Delta II rocket an hour up the California coast from Santa Barbara. It was supposed to launch this morning, but high-altitude winds got in the way. Like so many things […]
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9:00 AM | Initial success of native grasses is contingent on multiple interactions among exotic grass competition, temporal priority, rainfall, and site effects
Throughout the western United States, native perennial grasses are being supplanted by aggressive non-native annuals.
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8:57 AM | I pulcini contano come noi
Già appena nati, i pulcini sono in grado di "ordinare" i numeri: più piccoli a sinistra e più grandi a destra, proprio come gli esseri umani. Lo studio italiano su Science
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8:56 AM | BODC quoted in The Observer
A recent NERC research cruise, on which the British Oceanographic Data Centre (BODC) provided on-board data management, was featured in The Observer last Sunday (25 January). The article, 'The secrets of the shelf seas – one of Earth's most important ecosystems' discussed Shelf Seas Biogeochemistry (SSB), a major UK research programme that aims to improve our understanding of how nutrients and carbon dioxide are cycled in the shelf seas surrounding the UK and […]
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8:32 AM | Death Row Records Co-Founder Involved In Fatal Hit-And Run
The attorney for Marion Knight says his client plans to turn himself in to police after he accidentally ran over and killed a friend and injured another man as he fled attackers in Compton, Calif.
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8:30 AM | Hot-Zone Schools and Children at Risk: Shedding light on outbreak-prone schools
PEDIATRICS Volume 135, number 2, February 2015 The subject of parental vaccine refusal and the impact that has on disease outbreaks has been covered many times on SBM and elsewhere. I apologize to our readers who are growing tired of the subject, but there is perhaps no subject more deserving of focus and repetition. There’s […]
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8:00 AM | A week of links
Links this week: We see skill where none exists and are happy to pay for transparently useless advice. No evidence of the effect of parenting on criminal behaviour. Doug Kenrick on testosterone and the rationality of taking risks. Pulling apart the recent paper on perceptions of ability and the gender gap. The human guinea pig. […]
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8:00 AM | Would You Trade Your Identity For A Cookie?
We're often warned that we need to work on keeping our personal information secret. While it might seem pretty obvious that you shouldn't be just giving out things like your social security number to complete strangers, one experiment shows that that's just what people will do---as long as they're offered a tasty, tasty cookie. It's a surprising amount of people that will be willing to tell strangers just about anything and even to allow their pictures and fingerprints to be taken, as long as […]
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8:00 AM | Managing the care of adults with Down syndrome
Down syndrome is the most common cause of learning disability in the UK and life expectancy has shown a dramatic increase in the last fifty years. However, people with Down syndrome face significant health issues. In this blog, GP Matt Hoghton looks at a recent clinical review published in the BMJ, which provides advice and guidance on managing care and support for people with Down syndrome. The post Managing the care of adults with Down syndrome appeared first on The Learning Disabilities Elf.
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8:00 AM | Colorful corals protect the algae inside
Study reveals why some reefs look different from others
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7:43 AM | Cartoonised Periodic table
If you are having difficulty remembering the periodic table and properties of the elements, here is something to help you out! The artist behind these adorable element flashcards is Kacie D, here is a link to here website. Enjoy.... Click here for more.
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7:30 AM | Long working hours are associated with increased alcohol use
Sally Adams summarises a new BMJ systematic review and meta-analysis of working hours and alcohol use, which finds a link between longer working hours and risky alcohol consumption. The post Long working hours are associated with increased alcohol use appeared first on The Mental Elf.
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7:20 AM | Keys for Supporting Hispanic Dual Language Learners in Early Education
As I discussed in yesterday’s post, Hispanic dual language learners (DLLs) are a large and growing share of the American population under the age of five. And while there is considerable political interest in expanding public pre-K programs, policymakers rarely design these new programs with DLLs’ (Hispanic or otherwise) needs in mind. Policy always lags schools’ needs, of course. The critical, proverbial Policy Reforms of Minerva fly only at dusk. It’s hard enough to […]
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7:10 AM | Calculating The Future Of Solar-fuel Refineries
The process of converting the sun's energy into liquid fuels requires a sophisticated, interrelated series of choices but a solar refinery is especially tricky to map out because the designs involve newly developed or experimental technologies. This makes it difficult to develop realistic plans that are economically viable and energy efficient. In a paper recently published in the journal Energy & Environmental Science, a team led by University of Wisconsin-Madison chemical and biological […]
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7:10 AM | Genetic Links To Size Of Brain Structures Discovered
Five genetic variants that influence the size of structures within the human brain have been discovered by an international team that included a Georgia State University researcher. In the study led by Drs. Sarah Medland, Margie Wright, Nick Martin and Paul Thompson of the QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute in Australia, nearly 300 researchers analyzed genetic data and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans from 30,717 individuals from around the world. They evaluated genetic data from […]
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7:10 AM | 'Smear for smear' campaign leaves many uncomfortable | Vicki Jamieson
The current #smearforsmear campaign may be well intended but risks overlooking and even trivialising the seriousness of the situation for many women. Let’s change the way we do this It’s Cervical Cancer Prevention week in the UK at the moment, however Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust campaign, #SmearForSmear, doesn’t seem to have taken off in quite the same way as other cancer awareness campaigns. The idea behind the hashtag is to smear your lipstick across your face, post a […]
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7:08 AM | Pond and Debris Flow: Beavers or Snow and Ice
This has been a week of contemplating beavers and the landscape. This first post is field work related. I hope to have another a policy aspect of beavers later. On Monday I ventured up a steep stream drainage in effort to assess the risk of debris flows that might come down the drainage. Assessing debris flow risk entails assessing the geomorphic features of the drainage - How stable are the slopes? What types of failures should be expected? How steep is the drainage? How much […]
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7:00 AM | PHOTO DU BoB-371
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6:08 AM | Early registration extended to Feb 7
Two updates re. VIZBI 2015: First, the early registration deadline has been extended to February 7, 23:59 PST. Second, the program for the tutorial day has been finalised, now including 13 compelling tutorials to choose from. The tutorial rooms have limited capacity, so book soon to ensure your place.
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6:00 AM | Third molars: risk of future extraction when retained estimated
This review of asymptomatic retained third molars included 7 prospective studies and found that the cumulative incidence for M3 extraction varied from 5 to 64% and was associated with the follow-up duration. The post Third molars: risk of future extraction when retained estimated appeared first on The Dental Elf.
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6:00 AM | The story of computing - podcast
Tony Hey talks to Ian Sample about the Computing Universe, his book with Gyuri Papay, on the evolution of computers Continue reading...
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6:00 AM | Unbiased Bayes for Big Data: Paths of Partial Posteriors / Computing Functions of Random Variables via Reproducing Kernel Hilbert Space Representations
 Today, we use Random Features:Unbiased Bayes for Big Data: Paths of Partial Posteriors by Heiko Strathmann, Dino Sejdinovic, Mark Girolami Bayesian inference proceeds based on expectations of certain functions with respect to the posterior. Markov Chain Monte Carlo is a fundamental tool to compute these expectations. However, its feasibility is being challenged in the era of so called Big Data as all data needs to be processed in every iteration. Realising that such simulation is an […]
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5:30 AM | Wooster’s Fossil of the Week: A stromatoporoid from the Silurian of Estonia
Stromatoporoids are extinct sponges that formed thick, laminated skeletons of calcite. They can be very common in Silurian and Devonian carbonate units, sometimes forming extensive reefs. The stromatoporoid above is Densastroma pexisum (Yavorsky, 1929) collected from the Mustjala Member of the Jaani Formation (Silurian, Wenlock) exposed on Saaremaa Island, Estonia. It was part of Rob […]
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