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September 01, 2014

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7:37 PM | Polar Bear Slips, Falls into Moat
Luna takes a fall at Buffalo Zoo.The exhibit from which she fell "is a temporary home for the polar bears until their new "Arctic Edge" habitat is completed next year."
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7:30 PM | What Makes Grow Lights Different From The Lamps In Your House?
How do lamps make, shall we say, pretty flowers grow? And what's the difference between these lamps and the ones that light your house?Read more...
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7:23 PM | Update on Bárðarbunga volcano and eruption at 19:23 UTC
This is a short update on current status in Bárðarbunga volcano and the eruption. This information is going to get outdated quickly. Current status in Bárðarbunga volcano Earthquake activity remains reactively high at the moment. Strongest earthquakes today … Continue reading →
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7:18 PM | 3 Americans Detained In North Korea Urge U.S. To Secure Their Release
The State Department said the men should be released out of humanitarian concern and asked that Kenneth Bae, who has been held for two years, be granted amnesty.
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7:12 PM | Inhibiting Inflammatory Enzyme After Heart Attack Does Not Reduce Risk Of Subsequent Event
In patients who experienced an acute coronary syndrome (ACS) event (such as heart attack or unstable angina), use of the drug darapladib to inhibit the enzyme lipoprotein-associated phospholipase A2 (believed to play a role in the development of atherosclerosis) did not reduce the risk of recurrent major coronary events, according to a study published by JAMA. The study is being released early online to coincide with its presentation at the European Society of Cardiology Congress.read more
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7:10 PM | How to Perform RT-qPCR Directly from Cultured Cells
Bio-Rad Laboratories announced the launch of new rapid cell lysis kits that allow researchers to obtain reverse transcription quantitative PCR (RT-qPCR) data directly from cultured cells without the need for a separate RNA purification step. Bio-Rad’s SingleShot™ family of cell lysis RT-qPCR kits provide high-quality gene expression results in less than two hours. Available column […]
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7:09 PM | Just Let It Rest
National Blog Posting Month – September 2014 – Healing Prompt – Do you find it more helpful to talk things out or to let things quietly rest? —— I admit it tend to fall silent when something is troubling me. … Continue reading →
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7:09 PM | The hope behind climate change: adaptation strategies for coastal regions
Happy Labor Day!  In honor of a day traditionally taken off (except for retail employees, unfortunately) to enjoy grilling and relaxing outside, I thought I’d discuss something a bit more upbeat.  Climate change research can often be gloomy.  It is … Continue reading →

Brown, S., Nicholls, R., Hanson, S., Brundrit, G., Dearing, J., Dickson, M., Gallop, S., Gao, S., Haigh, I., Hinkel, J. & Jiménez, J. (2014). Shifting perspectives on coastal impacts and adaptation, Nature Climate Change, 4 (9) 752-755. DOI: 10.1038/nclimate2344

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7:07 PM | Vintage Dinosaur Art: The Doctor Who Dinosaur Book
It's a very good day for those interested in palaeoart - its history, trends over time, the current consensus on restoring certain animals, and where it might be going. Firstly, there's Mark Witton's article in Palaeontology Online, in addition to one on the 'new' Spinosaurus on his own blog. Secondly, Darren Naish's latest blog post is also a look at the changing appearance of dinosaurs in art (what, again?).Here at LITC, we like to think we do our bit in aiding public understanding of the […]
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7:02 PM | A Labor Day look back at the year in worker health and safety
Our Labor Day tradition continues with the third edition of "The Year in US Occupational Health & Safety: Fall 2013 - Summer 2014." Section I of the report recaps happenings over the last 12 months at the federal level.
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7:00 PM | Gut Microbes Take Over Your Body When You Die
Catching Killers With Gut Microbes Via Scottsdale Community College You have around 100 trillion bacteria living in your gut — and that’s a good thing. Known as gut flora or the gut microbiome, these microorganisms help your body digest certain foods, aid the immune system, and maintain a healthy gastrointestinal tract, all in exchange for a constant food supply. But when you die, your friendly gut flora quickly become your gut foe. Without food, the microbes escape your GI […]
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6:59 PM | Meet Staci Goddard in Los Angeles on Tuesday
Categories: Activism Events Feminism Random AsidesHello friends! This is a quick shout-out to let you know that my fabulous group The Los Angeles Women’s Atheist and Agnostic group (LAWAAG) is meeting tomorrow night and we ...(Read more...)
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6:50 PM | Engineers develop new sensor to detect individual nanoparticles as small as 10 nm
Researchers have developed a new sensor that can detect and count nanoparticles, at sizes as small as 10 nanometers, one at a time. The researchers say the sensor could potentially detect much smaller particles, viruses and small molecules.
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6:35 PM | American Southwest has 80% chance of decade-long drought this century
It has happened before, and warming won’t help.
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6:32 PM | Summer Highlights
For folk who are interested in the ways that art and science relate to one another, this has been a wonderful summer to live in or pass through London. So without further ado, here are some of the highlights, all of which you can still catch if you’re quick!…The post Summer Highlights appeared first on At the Interface.
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6:25 PM | These 5 Crops Are Still Hand-Harvested, And It's Hard Work
Saffron, vanilla, palm oil, cacao and cottonseed oil are still picked by hand in some parts of the world. Sometimes that manual labor shows up in the price of the food; sometimes it doesn't.
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6:19 PM | Hey, I’ve moved!
I’m here now.
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6:15 PM | The Flight Of The Passenger Pigeon, Now 100 Years Extinct
Passenger pigeons were once the world's most abundant bird, but they were also the cheapest protein available. The last passenger pigeon, Martha, died exactly a century ago at the Cincinnati Zoo.
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6:15 PM | Major quarantine and experimental vaccines to curb Ebola
With the Ebola outbreak in West Africa doubling by the month, the World Health Organization is pushing more extreme measures to contain the virus
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6:12 PM | Assemblages: 50 Years Later, We Know Nothing About Them
You would think we learn about every part of a cell in biology, but we really don’t. Case in point, about 50 years ago, electron microscopy revealed the presence of […]

Toretsky, J. & Wright, P. (2014). Assemblages: Functional units formed by cellular phase separation, The Journal of Cell Biology, 206 (5) 579-588. DOI: 10.1083/jcb.201404124

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6:10 PM | New Creature Feature: Meet the Thorny Devil
The thorny devil has spikes, camouflage, and a false head to protect it from predators. Plus, it can survive in its desert habitat by concentrating and drinking dew. But do they live up to their devilish name? Read my latest Creature Feature to find out: The Creature Feature: 10 Fun Facts About the Thorny Devil .
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6:00 PM | New Cancer-Hunting 'Nano-Robots' To Seek And Destroy Tumors
Nano-robots have cancer in their sights. Credit: StephenMitchell/Flickr, CC BY-NC-NDBy Dr. Jason Liu, Monash UniversityIt sounds like a scene from a science fiction novel – an army of tiny weaponized robots traveling around a human body, hunting down malignant tumours and destroying them from within. read more
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6:00 PM | Back to School B.C.
For children growing up in ancient Sparta, India or China, back to school had an entirely different meaning than it does today.
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6:00 PM | Have Humans Already Conquered The Threat Of Extinction?
The Great Filter theory suggests that all advanced civilizations eventually destroy themselves before acquiring the capacity to colonize space — a notion that could explain why we've never been visited by aliens. But there may be another reason for the celestial silence. Yes, the Great Filter exists, but we've already passed it. Here's what this would mean. Read more...
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6:00 PM | First Neanderthal etching is a #stoneagehashtag
More than 40,000 years ago, a Neanderthal scratched a pattern into the floor of a cave in Gibraltar. Is it a doodle, a message or a work of art?
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5:55 PM | To Model Manhood, Immigrant Dads Draw From Two Worlds
Many immigrant men in the U.S. work hard to hold onto definitions of masculinity from their native countries — while also rejecting more rigid gender roles that may be the norm in their homelands.
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5:54 PM | The Role of Social Media in Wiping Out Passenger Pigeons, and Conserving Species Now
Social media helped push the passenger pigeon to extinction. Now they may help forestall some species' vanishing.
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5:52 PM | Neuronal man, Neuronal Worm
A couple of posts ago, I showed you a picture of one of my notebooks with some scribbles about the idea for a blog. I also found some notes on my early ideas for ‘The First Brain': Credit: Baldscientist Those of you bored enough to read my posts (yes, I am in **that** mood today). …
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5:51 PM | Cutting Back On Carbs, Not Fat, May Lead To More Weight Loss
A new diet study concludes that a low-carbohydrate diet leads to almost three times more weight loss than a traditional low-fat diet where carbs made up 40 to 45 percent of calories.
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5:34 PM | Messier Monday: A Titan in a Teapot, M69 (Synopsis)
“Ancients knew that you need guidance, patronage and protection as you move from one place or state to another, whenever you cross a bridge.” -Richard Rohr When you think about the stars in the sky, it takes some study to realize that the bluest, brightest stars are also the shortest lived. So when we look…
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