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November 28, 2014

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6:19 PM | A billion holes can make a battery
Researchers have invented a single tiny structure - a nanopore - that includes all the components of a battery that they say could bring about the ultimate miniaturization of energy storage components. Subject:  Technology
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6:17 PM | Sexual Transmission of Ebola: Fact or Fear-Mongering?
The WHO has come out with a message regarding the potential of sexual transmission of the Ebola Virus. In its statement, titled: “Ebola virus in semen of men who have recovered from Ebola virus disease“, the WHO has categorically stated that though sexual transmission has not been noted, certain precautions need to be adopted by…
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6:13 PM | Fossil Friday – turkey
It’s the day after Thanksgiving in the US, so for today’s Fossil Friday we have a probable turkey bone from south of Diamond Valley Lake. I found this bone by accident last week while looking for good examples of packrat … Continue reading →
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6:13 PM | Another human footprint in the ocean
Human-induced changes to Earth's carbon cycle - for example, rising atmospheric carbon dioxide and ocean acidification - have been observed for decades. However, a study published this week in Science showed human activities, in particular industrial and agricultural processes, have also had significant impacts on the upper ocean nitrogen cycle. Subject:  Earth Science
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5:49 PM | How Quickly Do Black Holes Form? A star can burn its hydrogen...
How Quickly Do Black Holes Form? A star can burn its hydrogen for millions or even billions of years. But when the party’s over, black holes form in an instant. How long does it all take to happen. By: Fraser Cain.
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5:30 PM | Golden Ratio Of Space-Time?
The golden ratio is known as the divine proportion because it is found so often in nature. It has fascinated mathematicians since Euclid. A golden ratio is when the ratio of two numbers is the same as the ratio of their sum to the larger of the two quantities.Credit: WikipediaRepresented by the Greek letter phi (φ), its value is 1.61803399.read more
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5:30 PM | Christmas Party Good News: Drug Reduces Side-Effects Of ‘Binge Drinking’
Good news for Christmas party season: A new compound has been shown to reduce the harmful side-effects of ‘binge drinking’. It also has the potential for new ways to treat Alzheimer’s and other neurological diseases that damage the brain but showing that would take $1 billion in clinical trials and 10 years of approval and then some generic company would just poach it a few years later anyway. If they simply go the alternative medicine route, the inventors could save […]
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5:30 PM | Philae May Have Collided With A Crater During Its Second Touchdown
Analysis of the comet lander's data suggests it bounced at least three times, and not twice as earlier reported.Read more...
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5:27 PM | Texas Man Killed After Firing At Government Buildings
The gunman fired more than 100 rounds at a federal courthouse, a bank and the Mexican consulate before trying to set the consulate on fire. He died during a shootout with authorities.
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5:21 PM | A Green Deal for Black Friday
It’s Black Friday. The blog may have been dark for the last couple of weeks while I’ve been busy with my day job, but today I have a special deal for all my readers. I’ve been writing about the holiday plants we use in our celebrations for the past year and now you can have […]
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5:21 PM | For Thanksgiving, I made PIE
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5:12 PM | Fragmented nature
When you think of nature, what is it that comes to mind? For most westerners it could be epic, unspoilt, wild beauty. For those of a slightly more pessimistic mindset it may be something less idyllic, perhaps mother earth being slowly devoured by her ungrateful children. The fact is that in the west we tend […]
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5:08 PM | Biotech Tweets of the Week (November 24-28, 2014)
A belated Happy Thanksgiving to all. Here is the collection of the best biotech tweets of the low volume / abbreviated week that was. Curated in large part by @23aloha as always. Featured tickers: $ABBV $ARNA $AVNR $BLUE $BMRN $BMY $CNAT $DVAX $FLML $FMI $FOLD $FPRX $GALE $GILD $GSK $IPH.PA $JUNO $KITE $MGNX $OXYS $NPSP $QURE $RNA $SRPT $TKMR $VYRX WOZA!! RT @adamfeuerstein: $BMRN buying $RNA for $17.75 per share. $680M deal— Bio Stocks™ (@BioStocks) November 24, 2014 […]
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5:04 PM | Fun Science FRIEDay – Beauty Sleep
Happy Fun Science FRIEDay!!! It’s the Turkey Holiday, and aside from eating and socializing, I suspect quite a many of you have also been getting lots of sleep! Despite how little of it some of us get during our normal routine, sleep is important… right? We know that sleep has tons of benefits for the […]
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5:01 PM | (NOT) Five African novels to read before you die
Aaron Bady in The New Inquiry: University of Leeds professor Brendon Nicholls made a list of the “Five African Novels to Read Before You Die” yesterday, and it’s a fine list, if your best-case scenario is that literate first-world types...
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5:00 PM | Paperthin Sheet Gives Light, Needs Purpose
Lightpaper looks like a tear in reality, or a handheld computer glitch. Rohinni, a technology company with roots in both Idaho and Austin, Texas, created a paper-thin…
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4:56 PM | New discovery sheds light on the forming brain
The cerebral cortex, which controls higher processes such as perception, thought and cognition, is the most complex structure in the mammalian central nervous system. Although much is known about the […]

Toma K. & C. Hanashima (2014). The Timing of Upper-Layer Neurogenesis Is Conferred by Sequential Derepression and Negative Feedback from Deep-Layer Neurons, Journal of Neuroscience, 34 (39) 13259-13276. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1523/jneurosci.2334-14.2014

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4:56 PM | Through Mike’s Window
My friend Mike did what most people only dream of doing; he crated up his life and shipped out to Thailand. He and his wife aren’t on a recent-grad-backpack-see-the-world adventure; theirs is a YOLO downshift and a why-are-we-working-in-Canada-when-we-could-be-working-anywhere adventure. Mike sent this picture from his temporary home in Hua Hin the other day; it’s a […]
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4:54 PM | Watch Snowflakes Form Right Before Your Eyes In This Enchanting Time-Lapse Video
If you went to elementary school in the United States, it’s pretty likely that you made a paper cut-out snowflake at some point. As a kid, these elaborate craft projects didn’t really seem to resemble real snowflakes – until you actually see a real snowflake up close, that is. To the naked eye they may look like little puffs of white powder, but snowflakes actually have very complex and intricate crystalline patterns, a result of the way in which they are […]
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4:48 PM | Listen to this environmentalist on how we need to deal with climate change
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4:47 PM | Wie funktionieren Klimamodelle?
Wenn das Thema Klimawandel in den Medien auftaucht, kommen zwangsläufig auch Klimamodelle darin vor. Doch was sind diese Klimamodelle, und wie funktionieren sie. Wie kann man mit Hilfe eines Rechenmodells das Klima der Zukunft vorhersagen?   Dieses Video von der Max Planck Gesellschaft erklärt, wie das funktioniert.  
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4:46 PM | America's Black Friday Craziness Has Crossed The Pond
The wild discount shopping that once was only a U.S. phenomenon has caught on in the U.K. and elsewhere, thanks largely to online retail giant Amazon.
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4:42 PM | Quickies: Girls and science, the right to restrooms, and no one wants Julien Blanc in their country
Categories: QuickiesOn getting girls interested in science – “Here’s the big misconception: girls don’t need help getting interested in science, the scientific fields need help retaining girls in science. We are ...(Read more...)
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4:41 PM | Don’t Let the Empty Hallways Fool You!
Ever wonder what’s life really like for the Penn Medicine employees who care for patients while most of us are asleep? We were curious so we dropped into the nighttime shifts at three Penn Medicine hospitals to find out. On first glance, the hospitals seem almost deserted at night. The...
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4:32 PM | To Halt Ebola’s Spread, Researchers Race for Data
The Ebola virus has consistently stayed several steps ahead of doctors, public officials and others trying to fight the epidemic. Throughout the first half of 2014, it spread quickly as international and even local leaders failed to recognize the severity of the situation. In recent weeks, with international response in high gear, the virus has […]The post To Halt Ebola’s Spread, Researchers Race for Data appeared first on The Crux.
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4:30 PM | Plagiarism charge bites authors of oral pain paper
The Journal of International Oral Health has retracted a 2014 paper on dental pain by a group from India. Although the ostensible reason was plagiarism, we wonder if the offending authors might gone a bit further. The article, “Sniffing out pain: An in vivo intranasal study of analgesic efficacy,” purported to be a study of […]
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4:28 PM | Group conflict and risk perceptions: two accounts
This is just the first post in a series to address a very small question that I’m sure we can quickly dispose of. But here’s the question: I’m sure the vast majority of you need no further explanation.  But for newbies, this is a “tweet” from “Fearless Dave” Ropeik, the public risk perception expert who correctly believes it is irrational to worry about anything.  Likely you all remember the discussion we recently about how Fearless Dave had […]
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4:24 PM | H7N9 Case In Guangdong Province
Credit Wikipedia   # 9384   Although there have been local media reports suggesting a couple of other H7N9 cases in China over the past week, so far only today’s case – announced by Hong Kong’s CHP – that of a 31 year old woman hailing from Guangdong province, has been officially announced.   Wed don’t seem to be seeing near the detail (or timeliness) of case reporting in recent months that we grew accustomed to during the first two waves. […]
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4:12 PM | PD James: She was fascinated by death all her life
Jake Kerridge in The Telegraph: PD James had, to quote the title of what is probably her finest novel, A Taste for Death. Only last month she attended the launch party for CJ Sansom’s latest Shardlake mystery. Picking up the...
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4:12 PM | The 11 Most Important Cats Of Science
[Special thanks to materials scientist Joe Spalenka for letting us use his photoshopped image of Watson And Crick Plus Chloe The Cat.]…
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