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September 29, 2014

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10:48 PM | ucresearch: Building a better cup of coffee The brave new world...
ucresearch: Building a better cup of coffee The brave new world of coffee? Think genetics. UC Davis geneticist Juan Medrano is known for his research on the genetics of milk (and the effect it has on humans), but recently has turned his research efforts towards coffee. The goal is to understand the variability of coffee genes at the DNA level. This would allow Medrano and others to accurately identify genetic forces that contribute to certain flavors as well as the crucial factor of disease […]
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10:48 PM | Open up
Well I don’t think for pleasure It’s just hard not to do My thinking is a measure of how much I need a clue I’m still flying blind Hoping I might find A way to stop my thinking and open … Continue reading →
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10:47 PM | New in NIF! Find your MRI images in NeuroVault
New to NIF this week is NeuroVault. NeuroVault is a public repository where researchers can publicly store and share unthresholded statistical brain activation maps produced by MRI and PET studies. Many of the data are also accessible from OpenfMRI. There are currently 369 images, and we anticipate many more in the coming months. If you […]
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10:44 PM | Interns Summer in Review, Part 3: What’s an Imaging Science student doing at NEON?
NEON is quite the unexpected place for an Imaging Science student to do an internship. NEON is all about Ecology, so where am I supposed to fit in here? My internship is in FIU, which is the Fundamental Instrumentation Unit. FIU is a science department whose purpose is to facilitate the instrument-based collection of abiotic … Continue reading »
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10:43 PM | More hatching chick associated salmonellosis
You see a cute baby chick, I see a Salmonella factory. The other parents hate me at school. Scott Wesse writes in his Worms & Germs blog that the salmonellosis outbreak in the US associated with hatching chicks continues to … Continue reading →
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10:42 PM | Vets Face Rising Worry Over Fleas
Anecdotal reports suggest fleas are getting harder to control, but vets and product makers said the products still work.
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10:35 PM | Pudding hysteria
My migraine brain is strange and frustratingly emotional. One aspect of this is state I now dub “pudding hysteria.” Sometimes after a migraine when I am still feeling terrible I have incredible cravings for particular foods that I do not … Continue reading →
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10:35 PM | After Surgery, Predicting a Speedy Recovery
In a small study, researchers found that certain activity in patients’ immune systems correlated to different recovery times.
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10:33 PM | Sleep Drunkenness Explained Do you feel really disorientated...
Sleep Drunkenness Explained Do you feel really disorientated when you wake up? 1 in 7 people suffer from ‘Sleep Drunkenness’. BrainCraft is written and hosted by Vanessa Hill (https://twitter.com/nessyhill) for PBS Digital Studios Uploaded by: BrainCraft.
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10:30 PM | Uncertainty Improves The Math Of Fluid Flow
Mathematicians have introduced a new element of uncertainty into an equation used to describe the behavior of fluids, which might make it possible to better reflect the inherent uncertainties of the natural world.read more
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10:30 PM | Should Norway Be Paying Liberia To Stop Cutting Down Forests?
Norway to the rescue? Credit: Travis Lupick, CC BY-NC-SABy Steffen Böhm, University of Essex and Katharine Rockett, University of Essex read more
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10:26 PM | Nosestretcher alert: no studies showing impact of diseases spread to customers from animals in petting zoo, but NY requires handwashing anyway
New York now requires petting zoos to provide for hand washing. The new law says establishments providing an area where animals are grouped so visitors can view, touch or fondle them must provide appropriate facilities for washing. They should be … Continue reading →
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10:24 PM | The Fourth International Palaeontological Congress starts well
MENDOZA, ARGENTINA–After an excellent opening lecture last night by Dr. Beatriz Aguirre-Urreta (“Palaeontology in the Southern Hemisphere: Benchmarks in the History of Discovery and Research”), we got down to the technical talks today in the Mendoza Sheraton for the 4th International Paleontological Congress. There were many presentations to choose from, as usual, so I had […]
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10:18 PM | Syntax Eases Communication (Well duh)
Yesterday I posted [here] a description of Maggie Tallerman's retort [abstract here] to the thought-firsters' idea that language evolved as a means of improved thought by allowing concepts to combine; we only later developed a way to externalize the thought...
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10:17 PM | Can Your Favorite Song Make You Smarter?
Your brain functions better when listening to music you like, reports a new study. Continue reading →
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10:14 PM | The Unimaginable Mathematics of Borges’ Library of Babel [book review]
This is a book I carried away from JSM in Boston as the Oxford University Press representative kindly provided my with a copy at the end of the meeting. After I asked for it, as I was quite excited to see a book linking Jorge Luis Borges’ great Library of Babel short story with mathematical […]
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10:11 PM | Black eyed kids of Cannock Chase is a spooky myth
The Birmingham Mail cites a 2013 unconfirmed story to scare people. Spooky but very contrived – a modern urban legend with no sound evidence that the events related even occurred. Black Eyed Child returns to haunt Cannock Chase. A leading paranormal investigator has scoured a Staffordshire beauty spot following chilling sightings of a spectre known locally… Source: Doubtful News
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10:01 PM | The Glaciers Of Mars
Planetary geologists have speculated for decades that glaciers might once have crept through Valles Marineris, the 2,000-mile-long chasm that constitutes the Grand Canyon of Mars. Using satellite images, astronomers have identified features they say might have been carved by past glaciers as they flowed through the canyons but those claims have remained highly controversial and contested. Now, a joint team from Bryn Mawr College and the Freie Universitaet Berlin has identified what could […]
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10:00 PM | Some Patent Examiners Could Go To Prison.
Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.), A senior House Republican asked the Department of Justice to open a criminal investigation into reports that some federal patent examiners are getting pay and bonuses for time they didn’t work. In a statement Rep Wolf said that  the reports of time and attendance fraud could undermine the government’s expanding use of … Continue reading →
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10:00 PM | The Arduboy Bracelet Plays Tetris
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9:56 PM | Wonder Why
This 8 year-old blog post I did about the publishing of research on reptiles which eat their own shed skin by NC Zoo herpetologist John Groves has received 36 page views this week!?!
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9:44 PM | Do Periods Actually Make Women Moody? Ft....
Do Periods Actually Make Women Moody? Ft. iiSuperwomanii Menstruation is amazing and we explain why! Every man and woman needs to watch this! Are women actually more moody on their period? We break down the biggest myths about menstruation, periods, and PMS with the help of iiSuperwomanii. Uploaded by: AsapSCIENCE.
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9:41 PM | Why do scientists always forget about luck?
You get the data when you get the data, but the information we get from this study would have been useful several years ago: Persistence of Virus Reservoirs in ART-Treated SHIV-Infected Rhesus Macaques after Autologous Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant The Berlin Patient– Guy gets HIV, develops a blood cancer, gets radiation and chemo for the cancer,…
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9:40 PM | California's Ongoing Drought Linked To Climate Change
Using a sophisticated combination of computer simulations and statistical techniques, scientists at Stanford University have shown that the extreme atmospheric conditions associated with California's lengthy drought are likely caused by today's global warming conditions. Read more...
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9:40 PM | Washington Post: White House Intruder Made It To Doorway Of Green Room
The Secret Service had originally said Omar Gonzalez was apprehended shortly after he burst through the front door after jumping a fence.
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9:36 PM | Ten years of Methods
Our tenth anniversary is an occasion to celebrate methods development!  Read more
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9:30 PM | Millennium Promise Team to Join Battle Against Ebola in Guinea
Locally based community health workers, who bring vital primary health care to underserved populations across sub-Saharan Africa, will join the battle against the deadly Ebola virus through a partnership between the government of Guinea and The Earth Institute.
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9:30 PM | Will The True Voice On Climate Change Please Stand Up?
Just don't forget to listen scientists too. Credit: EPABy Toby Miller, Cardiff UniversityWho should political leaders follow when it comes to climate change: environmental scientists, powerful corporations, or a million marchers? Sometimes the three groups disagree, sometimes they concur; but even then, their claims to authority are based on different and frequently conflicting ideas. The recent United Nations climate summit highlighted the confusion over how best to make progress. read m
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9:30 PM | Statistician Creates Model To Predict What's Next In Game Of Thrones
Call it the ultimate spoiler: Richard Vale, a lecturer in the Statistics Department at the University of Canterbury, has developed a mathematical model to predict the fates of the characters in the next two Game of Thrones novels.Read more...
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9:27 PM | Images come down as MAVEN and MOM get to work on Mars
The first photos from the red planet's new orbiters.
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