Posts

July 25, 2014

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4:50 PM | How did life begin? I’ve been thinking a lot...
How did life begin? I’ve been thinking a lot about abiogenesis this week, the process of life arising from non-life, that oh-so-important series of events that occurred here on Earth about 3.5 billion years ago. (If you’re wondering “Does this mean he’s making a video about it?” the answer is yes!) Scientists have a fair amount of information about how that might have occurred on the level of geology (terrestrial and extraterrestrial), chemistry, and […]
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2:10 PM | generalelectric: Pictured above is the world’s largest indoor...
generalelectric: Pictured above is the world’s largest indoor farm illuminated by LEDs, which opened this month in Japan. Inside, 18 cultivation racks reach 15 levels high, and are outfitted with 17,500 GE LED light fixtures developed specifically for this facility. The indoor farm can grow lettuce two-and-a-half times faster than an outdoor farm, and is already producing 10,000 heads of it per day. Read more about this breakthrough in modern farming at GE Reports.    Can you […]
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2:00 PM | Where did these hybrid fish come from?
Study of swordtails in Mexico may offer a new way to think about cross-species mating
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12:02 PM | The Quest for Invisibility
Since long before Harry Potter, scientists have been searching for a way which can allow things to pass us by unnoticed. The invisibility cloak which features in J.K. Rowling’s books may seem magical and otherworldly, but in fact devices which have the effect of making objects completely disappear are much more tangible than you’d think. While they may not look like a silky blanket, cloaking devices are very effective at manipulating signals and jamming detectors so as to obscure […]
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12:00 PM | Where’s the site for the parasite?
I’ve had the good fortune to have a glut of papers appear, thanks in part to the publication of symposium proceedings I helped organized with Kelly Weisnersmith. One of the papers in the symposium proceedings is the follow-up to Carreon and colleagues (2011), which I described here. (My goodness, was that three years ago already?)In our previous paper, we showed that living inside the neural tissue of shrimp were these little baby tapeworms:After Nadia Carreon (pictured) finished her […]
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12:00 PM | In search of Kenya's elusive wild dogs
A Science reporter tries to track down these mysterious canines
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10:46 AM | Terrified of Twitter? Social Media for Marine Conservation
Terrified of Twitter? Social Media for Marine Conservation: How many times have you heard, or even...
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10:41 AM | Death Penalty Expert On Why Lethal Injection Is So Problematic
In the wake of Arizona's botched execution, Steve Inskeep talks with Amherst professor Austin Sarat, author of the recent book Gruesome Spectacles: Botched Executions and America's Death Penalty.
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10:18 AM | Nexavar fails late-stage breast cancer trial
Bayer’s oncology drug unable to improve progression free survival in new indication
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10:11 AM | Simulare il viaggio nel tempo con un fotone
Cosa succederebbe se tornaste indietro nel tempo, e uccideste vostro nonno prima che incontrasse la nonna? Si tratta del cosiddetto paradosso del nonno, uno scenario ipotetico proposto per la prima volta dallo scrittore francese René Barjavel, che è stato spesso utilizzato per sottolineare l’impossibilità dei viaggi nel tempo (ma anche come spunto per girare classici della fantascienza come Ritorno al Futuro). La teoria delle relatività e la fisica quantistica […]
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9:50 AM | GSK seeks approval for first malaria vaccine
Submits marketing application to European Medicines Agency
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9:43 AM | FDA approves pain drug that has reduced risk of abuse
Purdue’s Targiniq ER developed to deter snorting and injection
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9:32 AM | Neupogen will be first biologic on FDA biosimilars pathway
US regulator will review Novartis’  version of Amgen's Neupogen (filgrastim) over the coming months
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9:27 AM | L'età del primo ciclo è controllata da oltre 100 geni
Fra i 10 e i 15 anni: è questo l’intervallo di età in cui compare il primo ciclo mestruale (almeno nella maggior parte delle ragazze europee). E il meccanismo che regola questa “sveglia” è molto più complicato di quanto non si immaginasse finora. Sono più di 100, infatti, i geni coinvolti nel controllo di questo fenomeno, e alcuni sono sottoposti a “imprinting genomico”, cioè hanno un effetto diverso a seconda che siano […]
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8:58 AM | What's The Outlook For Nigerian Girls Kidnapped By Boko Haram?
Renee Montagne talks with former U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria John Campbell for an update on the 200 Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped in April by the extremist group Boko Haram.
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8:58 AM | Honduran Foreign Minister: U.S. Should Address Root Causes Of Migration
Steve Inskeep talks with Honduran Foreign Minister Mireya Aguero de Corrales, who's in Washington to help find a solution to the thousands of Central American children arriving at the U.S. border.
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8:39 AM | Genentech’s Sunil Agarwal joins rare disease firm
He will serve as chief medical officer at Ultragenyx
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8:29 AM | Antarctic Tipping Points - the fate of the Amundsen Sea glaciers
This is a guest post by Richard J. Blaustein , a freelance science and environ...
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7:08 AM | Cosa guida i movimenti degli storni?
Anche per chi vive in città non è difficile osservare nel cielo le coreografie disegnate dagli stormi di storno (e perdonateci il Calembour), un uccello gregario diffuso in quasi tutto il mondo. Ma cosa guida gli storni nei loro movimenti? Come si coordinano con i compagni di volo? In uno studio pubblicato di recente sui Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, tre ricercatori inglesi dell’Università di Warwick suggeriscono che questi uccelli si muovono in modo […]
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6:40 AM | Sea moth (Family Pegasidae) In honour of National Moth Week, I...
Sea moth (Family Pegasidae) In honour of National Moth Week, I give you this cutie pie - spotted in Malapascua, Philippines.
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6:33 AM | Verschleiss von nanokristallinen Metallschichten
Forscher vom Fraunhofer-Institut für Werkstoffmechanik IWM in Freiburg haben nun mit einer aufwendigen Computersimulation gezeigt, dass nanokristalline Schichten die Reibung zwar reduzieren, dass es aber dennoch zum Verschleiss kommen kann.
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6:26 AM | Modeling the heart of the atom
The first supercomputer simulations of 'spin-orbit' forces between neutrons and protons in an atomic nucleus open the door for numerical modeling of nuclear interactions.
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6:19 AM | New class of materials could power memory devices
A new phase of matter known as topological insulators, until recently known only for esoteric quantum-mechanical properties, might have a practical use in controlling magnetic memory and logic devices.
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6:16 AM | Atomic structure of key muscle component revealed
Adding to the growing fundamental understanding of the machinery of muscle cells, a group of biophysicists describe how actin filaments are stabilized at one of their ends to form a basic muscle structure called the sarcomere.
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5:04 AM | Pretty pictures of the Cosmos: Perception
Astrophotographer Adam Block shares two recent images of star clusters, along with a pair of depth perception-defying galaxies.
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4:49 AM | Glaciologists luck out with seismograph and video
VIDEO: Against all odds, while researchers helicoptered over Svalbard and filmed a calving glacier, a seismometer recorded the activity. The data they
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4:09 AM | Oh no, he loves belly rubs! Help me name him.
Oh no, he loves belly rubs! Help me name him.
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4:00 AM | #275 Perv (Rebroadcast)
This week, we're listening back to a discussion of taboo sexual practices, and whether they're really as unusual as we think. Psychologist and author Jesse Bering talks about his book, "Perv: The Sexual Deviant in All of Us." And we'll speak to Nicole Prause, Principal Investigator at UCLA's Sexual Psychophysiology and Affective Neuroscience (SPAN) Laboratory, on her neurological perspective that raises doubts about self-reported sex addiction.
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3:55 AM | Stop Trying to Plan the Campus for the Future
One of the big trends in policy journalism has to do with discussing college “in the future.” You know, when robot teachers instruct multiethnic superstar children in their bedrooms on Jupiter, or something. We’re never quite sure what’s going to happen, but it’s pretty clear it’s going to involve a lot of amazing new technology. Sometimes institutions attempt to plan for this, and design buildings for technology that doesn’t exist. This is maybe […]
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3:19 AM | Fisheries Law Enforcement Team formed in Daanbantayan
Fisheries Law Enforcement Team formed in Daanbantayan: savephilippineseas: (Daanbantayan, Cebu—July...
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