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March 01, 2015

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3:59 PM | TWiV 326: Giving HIV a flat tyr
On episode #326 of the science show This Week in Virology, the sternutating TWiVers discuss preventing infection of cells and animals by a soluble CD4-CCR5 molecule that binds to HIV-1 virus particles. You can find TWiV #326 at www.twiv.tv.
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3:18 PM | Episode 41: Insects
Insects are the most abundant and diverse group on animals on the planet today. Would they therefore also be expected to have the richest fossil record? When did they first evolve and how rapid was their diversification? Do we give enough attention to the evolution of insects? To get answers we spoke to Dr. David [&hellip
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3:12 PM | Taking a short break--no post this week
I'm taking a short break this week and next and expect to post again on Sunday, March 15.
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3:06 PM | February was exceptionally cold
There was a piece today in the New York Times entitled twilight of an ice age.   Early versions mentioned that records were being set.  I have been monitoring the ice on the Connecticut River and noted more icing.   I then looked at the average daily temperature for the entire month of February since […]
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3:05 PM | Intranasal Radiology Treatment Breaks The Migraine Cycle
After an interventional radiology intranasal treatment, migraine patients report using less pain-relief medicine for headaches, according to a paper at the Society of Interventional Radiology's Annual Scientific Meeting. Clinicians used a treatment called image-guided, intranasal sphenopalatine ganglion (SPG) blocks to give patients enough ongoing relief that they required less medication to relieve migraine pain.read more
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3:00 PM | Help Us Start a SciArt Tweet Storm
In addition to being artists ourselves, the Symbiartic team hopes to help advance the presence of images in science communication and culture. To that end, we would like to invite people making... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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3:00 PM | MI weekly selection #118
Why racism is not backed by science. As we gather more information about the genomes of more people a conclusion seems more and more […] Read more The post MI weekly selection #118 appeared first on Mapping Ignorance. Related posts:MI’s 2014: the ten most read articles MI’s 2014: Editors’ Picks MI weekly selection #113
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2:56 PM | Depressed People Take Social Rejection Harder, Here’s Why
There's a good reason why depressed people find it much harder to deal with social rejection. 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:Social Rejection Triggers Release of Natural Painkillers in the Brain The 5 Biggest Reasons People Get Anxious or Depressed How People Use Social Media to Manage Their Emotions Male or Female Bosses? The Sex Which Gets More Depressed From […]
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2:49 PM | Where Emperor Penguins Survived The Last Ice Age Interglacial
Too cold for a penguin? An Ice Age brought on by global warming so severe penguins had to move?Indeed. During the last interglacial, what is colloquially called an ice age though it has been such non-stop for a few million years, only three populations of emperor penguins may have survived, because much of the rest of Antarctica was uninhabitable due to the amount of ice. read more
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2:45 PM | Another Zoo Stops Exhibiting Elephants
Another #zoo stops exhibiting elephants: http://t.co/9SvovOt6rv @woodlandparkzoo #Seattle Moving to @OklahomaCityOK Zoo.— russwilliamsiii (@russwilliamsiii) March 1, 2015
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2:38 PM | Cyberbystanders: Most Don't Try To Stop Online Bullies
In a new study, 221 college students participated in an online chat room in which they watched a fellow student get "bullied" right before their eyes. Only 10 percent of the students who noticed the abuse directly intervened, either by confronting the bully online or helping the victim. The abuse wasn't real - the bully and the victim were part of the experiment - but the participants didn't know that. "The results didn't surprise me," said Kelly Dillon, lead author of the study and a doctoral […]
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2:38 PM | Methods To Multiply Pluripotent Cells For Potential Therapies Raise Worries About Cancer
The therapeutic promise of human stem cells is indisputably huge, but the process of translating their potential into effective, real-world treatments involves deciphering and resolving a host of daunting complexities. Writing in the February 25 online issue of the journal PLOS ONE, researchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, with collaborators from The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI), have definitively shown for the first time that the culture conditions in which […]
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2:30 PM | Danceroom Physics: Seeing The Atomic World Through Art
by Marsha Lewis, Inside Science(Inside Science TV) – Scientists often examine matter that is invisible to the naked eye. This hidden atomic world is a mystery for most people, but now a scientist created a way for people to imagine what they might see as their own bodies interact with the atoms that surround them. read more
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2:20 PM | “Precise Answers to the Wrong Questions”
Our friend K? (not to be confused with X) seeks pre-feedback on this talk: Can we get a mathematical framework for applying statistics that better facilitates communication with non-statisticians as well as helps statisticians avoid getting “precise answers to the wrong questions*”? Applying statistics involves communicating with non-statisticians so that we grasp their applied problems […] The post “Precise Answers to the Wrong Questions” appeared first on […]
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2:16 PM | A Sad Report
.@WildWelfare: Update on your work with #GizaZoo? A sad new report: http://t.co/KXRgvv0bSt #Cairo— russwilliamsiii (@russwilliamsiii) March 1, 2015 Some background on "Cairo Zoo"/Giza Zoo. NC Zoo Director David M. Jones is Founder/Chair of Wild Welfare; its mission: "Wild Welfare works to improve conditions for captive wild animals in severe distress around the world."
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2:00 PM | The Diversity Challenge Facing Universities
Academia could take some lessons from Silicon Valley about diversity. Credit: WikimediaLast week, MIT released a report that closely examines the state of diversity within the university.The report considers MIT’s diversity not just in terms of students and faculty, but also looks at the Institute’s non-faculty research staff who represent approximately 28% of the institution as a whole. read more
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2:00 PM | ISS Spacewalkers Perform Tricky Cable, Antenna, Installation
Two American astronauts at the Space Station are outside the craft for the last of three jobs aimed at paving the way to receive a new generation of crew modules beginning in 2017.
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1:59 PM | Ownership of the Means of Adjudication
Back on Thursday when I was waiting to be annoyed by a speech, one of the ways I passed time was reading stuff on my phone, which included This Grantland piece about Charles Barkley and “advanced stats”. In it, Bryan Curtis makes the argument that while Barkley’s recent comments disparaging statistical tools seem at first…
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1:58 PM | Reaction to an imagined feminist dating partner
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1:56 PM | Hong Kong Notified Of 2 More H7N9 Cases In Guangdong
Credit Wikipedia   # 9771   Although there are doubts we are getting the full story from all of Mainland China’s provinces, Guangdong Province has taken a sizable lead in the number of  H7N0 cases reported.  All the more impressive given they didn’t report any human cases during the first wave (spring of 2013).     CHP notified of two additional human cases of avian influenza A(H7N9) in Guangdong The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of […]
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1:43 PM | Zoo Re-evaluating Exhibiting of Elephants
The Lee Richardson Zoo is evaluating its elephant program. "Because of a scarcity in captive elephants, zoos are trying to increase their numbers through breeding programs. As a result, it’s more difficult for zoos with non-breeding animals, like Lee Richardson Zoo, to obtain additional animals." Project:Pachyderms was an NC Zoo investment in an African elephant breeding program. There have been no reported pregnancies to date. The first donations to what became known as Project: […]
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1:43 PM | Media: WHO H5N1 Mission To Egypt
# 9770   The Egyptian (Arabic & English) press is filled this morning with reports that the World Health Organization will send an expert envoy (led by Dr Keiji Fukuda) to Cairo later this month to assist the MOH in dealing with their H5N1 outbreak.   Aside from the news that Egypt has invited the WHO in, these reports provide some interesting insight on how the MOH continues to `manage’  the outbreak news information.   First, the English language […]
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1:30 PM | Sun's Impact On Climate Is Greater In Cool Periods
The activity of the Sun is an important factor in the complex interactions that control our climate. We don't really even understand the impacr of the sun - it is not constant over time, but has greater significance when the Earth is cooler, according to a new paper in Geology.There has been discussion as to whether variations in the strength of the Sun have played a role in triggering climate change in the past, but more and more research results clearly indicate that solar activity - i.e. the […]
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1:18 PM | Elephants: "Terribly Wrinkly, You Know"
Elephants' wrinkles serve good purpose, trapping moisture and helping keep the animals cool.
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1:17 PM | In Israel, Jewish Divorce Is Only Granted By Husband's Permission
An Israeli film now playing in the U.S. shows how rabbinical rules regulating Jewish divorces in Israel can trap women. Rabbinical judges have taken the highly unusual step to see the film themselves.
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1:10 PM | Opposition Rally In Moscow To Mourn Boris Nemtsov
The Russian opposition leader was gunned down in Moscow in Friday in what many of his supporters believe was a directed political assassination.
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1:07 PM | Israelis See Netanyahu's U.S. Speech As Last-Ditch Pitch For Votes
Benjamin Netanyahu will address Congress just before Israeli elections. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks to Chemi Shalev, the U.S. editor of Haartz, about how the controversial visit is playing back home.
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1:07 PM | Thousands March In Moscow In Memory Of Murdered Putin Critic
Thousands of people gathered on Sunday in Moscow to mourn opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, who was killed on Friday. NPR's Rachel Martin talks with Corey Flintoff, who was at the march.
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1:07 PM | Who Fails To Pay Child Support? Moms, At A Higher Rate Than Dads
The number of dollars of unpaid child support each year in the U.S. is well into the billions. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with data expert Mona Chalabi of FiveThirtyEight.com about the numbers.
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1:07 PM | ISIS Destroys Objects That Record Region's History Of Cultural Diversity
Video has surfaced of ISIS militants smashing ancient artifacts on display in the Mosul, Iraq, museum. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks to Axel Plathe, UNESCO's Iraq director, on the huge loss.
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