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April 01, 2015

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2:41 PM | What Makes Dan Graur So Angry? @BioMickWatson
judgestarling: Mick Watson, ‏aka @BioMickWatson, would “really” like to know “what makes Dan Graur so, so angry.” He guessed correctly that the reason for the anger cannot be found in the general moral decline of Western society or today’s youth. The issue of Big Science draining the research budgets in the United States cannot be the root of the anger. Nor can it be that I am simply angry at the shoddy, unprofessional, and misleading articles published in […]
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10:07 AM | Merck adds another immuno-oncology tie-up
Firm to test Keytruda with Syndax’s entinostat in melanoma and NSCLC
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9:26 AM | Amgen gets quick US review for Kyprolis
To be considered as a second-line therapy for multiple myeloma
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9:12 AM | UCB and MRC join forces on novel antibody discovery platform
Will provide UK scientists with access to up-to-date technologies
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9:06 AM | Bowel Cancer UK launches research initiative
Announcement for its R&D commitment comes during Bowel Cancer Awareness Month
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8:59 AM | PRC Clinical makes key management appointments
And launches operation in the East Coast of the US
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8:00 AM | Reader offer: Save 20% on Lubera's exciting plants
Lubera’s new ‘Sunset’ edible dahlia variety The paperback version of Jade Pearls and Alien Eyeballs will be out later this month. It’s a jaunt into the world of unusual edible plants, and the people who grow them, touching on topics such as forgotten vegetables, perennial pleasures, unusual herbs and Andean crops. Heritage/ heirloom varieties are discussed in the book, but so too are the new varieties that result from ongoing breeding efforts, so it seems like a good […]
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5:00 AM | Cargill Expands Non-GMO Omega-3 Portfolio
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5:00 AM | Fish Oil, Multivitamins Still Most Used Supplements
Use of magnesium and probiotics gaining popularity while weight loss products decline.
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4:25 AM | Cosmic dust change our understanding of the birth of the universe
A new study opens up for entirely new understanding of what the early universe looked like.
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3:56 AM | Linkage
Non-uniformly-random playlists sound more random than random ones (G+)Is it a good thing that science is monolingual? Is it even true? (G+)Bringing Wikipedia to a school without electricity (G+)Erik Demaine presents the MAA Centennial Lecture (G+)What if we held elimination tournaments based on the strength of math departments? (G+)Mathematical equations as architectonic forms (G+)Persi Diaconis on good and bad ways to shuffle cards (G+)Open problems in topological graph theory from the late […]
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3:07 AM | Membrane transport - A molecular 'straw'
Powered by a proton gradient, a world-first helical molecule transports water across membranes.
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3:01 AM | Smart micelles for marine environments
A polymeric material that changes its structure when immersed in salt water could help protect ships and marine structures.
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2:54 AM | Promising thermo-magnetic data-storage technology with nanoislands
Detailed experiments reveal the operational parameters for a promising thermo-magnetic data-storage technology.
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2:48 AM | Thermal properties of nanowires - Follow the heat
Calculations reveal how mixtures of different elements can control the thermal properties of nanowires.

March 31, 2015

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11:55 PM | There’s a lovely review in Nature Methods this week from...
There’s a lovely review in Nature Methods this week from James Fraser (UCSF) and Henry van den Bedem (Stanford). It’s about time — the time course of protein motions (their pun not mine!), acknowledging “that dynamically exchanging networks are a macromolecule’s evolutionary unit”. Recent advances in X-ray crystallography, nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy and other techniques are helping us realize the dream of seeing—in atomic […]
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11:17 PM | Ogilvy CommonHealth releases pharmacy report
The Power of Pharmacy debates its role and the change it faces
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11:12 PM | Working in the space between disciplines
nationalsciencefoundation: In honor of Women’s History Month, we’re highlighting #WomenInSTEM, including NSF Graduate Research Fellows in fields where women are underrepresented. In her own words, #GRFP Fellow Krista Gabrielle Freeman describes her interdisciplinary work in physical virology.I am a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Physics at Carnegie Mellon University. I am an interdisciplinary scientist working at the crossroads of physics, biology, and chemistry by performing […]
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11:05 PM | Songbird crosses the Atlantic in a nonstop flight
Using light-sensing geolocators, researchers confirm an iconic songbird’s impressive transoceanic migration.
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11:01 PM | Werewolf plant waits for the light of the full moon
A conifer relative that only produces a nectar-like liquid when the moon is full is the first plant ever to sync its pollination to the lunar cycle
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11:01 PM | 12-gram songbird flies for days non-stop over Atlantic
The blackpoll warbler migrates up to 2770 kilometres south from North America every year in an epic oceanic three-day flight
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11:00 PM | The art and science of local KOLs
Marketers can stay ahead of the curve with regional knowledge
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9:30 PM | Wandering Jupiter cleared path like a wrecking ballJupiter may...
Wandering Jupiter cleared path like a wrecking ballJupiter may have swept through the early solar system destroying a first generation of inner planets before retreating into its current orbit, according to a new study. The findings help explain why our solar system is so different from the hundreds of other planetary systems that astronomers have discovered in recent years."Now that we can look at our own solar system in the context of all these other planetary systems, one of the most […]
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9:00 PM | AI interns: Software already taking jobs from humans
People have talked about robots taking our jobs for ages. Problem is, they already have – we just didn't notice
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8:38 PM | Lady Scientist Spotlight: dainty-cat, Electrical Engineering
scientific-women: Cool, I never knew this was a thing. So, to begin I came out this year as a transwoman in the midst of my sophomore year at the University of Minnesota in the electrical engineering program. I love my digital systems design labs. I had the biggest smile when my lab partner and I debugged our “hand built” 2 bit adder. Now in the same lab I’m working on building a binary multiplier using the shift and add algorithm. And let me tell you it is difficult but so […]
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8:08 PM | Watch: Ancient Potion Against Infection Seems To Work - And Work...
Watch: Ancient Potion Against Infection Seems To Work - And Work Really Well!You want to hear amazing: This 1,000 year old concoction even kills MRSA “superbugs”! This is some mindblowing stuff. Really makes me rethink my impressions of medieval medicine; and really, now I’m so curious to learn more! (Like how on earth did they discover/invent this?!) Fantastic collaborative project ::internal applause::More info at engadget
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8:05 PM | New Data on Heightened Cash Monitoring and Accountability Policies
Earlier this week, I wrote about the U.S. Department of Education’s pending release of a list of colleges that are currently subject to heightened cash monitoring requirements. On Tuesday morning, ED released the list of 556 colleges, thanks to dogged reporting by Michael Stratford at Inside Higher Ed (see his take on the release here). My interest lies in comparing the colleges facing heightened cash monitoring (HCM) to two other key accountability measures: the percentage of students […]
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8:00 PM | Fire ants kill and eat baby caimans as they hatch
Tiny insects can overcome young crocodilians in Argentina – and the invasive ants could be an even bigger threat to turtles, birds and deer in the US
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7:00 PM | I believe: Your personal guidebook to reality
Belief is central to science as well as religion – but we rarely stop to think how bizarre it is. Find out what your core values are really built on (full text available to subscribers)
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6:40 PM | Texas City Opts for 100 Percent Renewable Energy—to Save Cash,...
Texas City Opts for 100 Percent Renewable Energy—to Save Cash, Not the PlanetTom Dart, citylab.com… As solar and wind reach equal (or better) costs compared to fossil fuel energy, we’re gonna start to see a lot of places that are agnostic or indifferent to environmental concerns adopting alternative energy. Which is really good news. Though I’m one of those sustainability liberals, I do understand - and it’s important to understand - that for many people and […]
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