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January 29, 2015

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4:00 PM | Portable mind-reader gives voice to locked-in people
Once only possible in an MRI scanner, vibrating pads and electrode caps could soon help locked-in people communicate on a day-to-day basis
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3:55 PM | Zoologger: Judo spider finds armoured foe's Achilles heel
The armoured harvestman is too hard a nut for most predators to crack. But the recluse spider uses a martial arts move to sting it where it hurts
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3:31 PM | Second blow to the head for effects of brain zapping
It's a trendy field but is transcranial direct current stimulation really all that? For the second time, a review of studies has failed to find the claimed results
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2:13 PM | Mismatched ants show size doesn't matter to friends
These two ants seem to get along even though one is more than three times the size of the other. Turns out it's ants of the same stature that end up as rivals
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2:00 PM | Multibillion-dollar race to put internet into orbit
The next-generation internet could come from above, with fleets of satellites delivering broadband to under-served areas of the world
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12:00 PM | Plant chemical weaponry may offer ammunition for pesticides
Chemicals produced by two plant species disrupt insect hormone pathways and could be developed in to efficient, safe pesticides.
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11:40 AM | S. A. Kauffman (1968) Metabolic Stability and Epigenesis in...
S. A. Kauffman (1968) Metabolic Stability and Epigenesis in Randomly Constructed Genetic Nets. J. Theoret. Biol. 22, 437-467  I’ve discovered this a little late, but there’s a free seminar on the Henry Stewart Talks site until the end of this month from Professor Marc Vidal - founding director of Center for Cancer Systems Biology at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute and professor of genetics at Harvard Medical School. His slides are dense with further reading material, but the […]
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8:00 AM | sussexwildlifetrust: A brilliant explanation why deep sea...
sussexwildlifetrust: A brilliant explanation why deep sea trawling is bad. From Bloom Association https://protectourheritage.org/
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8:00 AM | Twinkle telescope to check out exoplanet climate
If all goes to plan, the UK will launch a telescope to find out more about known exoplanets' atmospheres in four years
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8:00 AM | Obama precision medicine plan would create huge U.S. genetic biobank
Researchers would use cohort of 1 million Americans pooled from smaller studies to study disease-gene links, improve personalized medicine
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5:25 AM | Scientists catalogue all human proteins
New protein catalogue will be key instrument in the development of new types of medicine.
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5:19 AM | Are we growing overweight from baker’s yeast?
The type of yeast that is used to leaven bread is also used to fatten animals. A new study points toward a possible link between human obesity and yeast.
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2:45 AM | blunt-science: "When the main rockets go off you may not know...
blunt-science: "When the main rockets go off you may not know where you’re going, but you know you’re going somewhere". - Anna L. Fisher, Chemist, Doctor and Astronaut. A true renaissance woman. (Image via National flight academy,Information via NASA) One of our favorite photos — UCLA alum Anna Fisher.
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1:10 AM | How to become a better person It sounds normal to say...
How to become a better person It sounds normal to say one’s out to become a fitter person; but it sounds weird to say one would like to be a nicer or better person. It shouldn’t - so here is a guide to 10 virtues of a nice person. By: The School of Life.
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12:58 AM | 2015 SkS Weekly News Roundup #5A
As inequality soars, the nervous super rich are already planning their escapes Climate and population are linked — but maybe not the way you thought Climate change could impact the poor much more than previously thought Climate change responsible for super-charging winter storms Climate change will hit Australia harder than rest of world, study shows Global warming spells disaster for tropical Andes glaciers Greenland’s melting ice sheet mapped in unprecedented 3D […]
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12:27 AM | Diving. Cure to all manner of problems. Don’t you agree?
Diving. Cure to all manner of problems. Don’t you agree?
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12:19 AM | Field Notes: Chimpanzee Sharing 98.6% of our DNA, a chimpanzee’s...
Field Notes: Chimpanzee Sharing 98.6% of our DNA, a chimpanzee’s senses of sight, taste and hearing are similar to those of humans. By: Wild Kingdom.
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12:16 AM | New deputy commissioner at US FDA
Robert Califf is a vice chancellor at Duke University

January 28, 2015

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11:30 PM | Commercial Crew Rivalries: Fun to Watch, Everybody Wins
Now that Boeing and SpaceX have won the high-profile privilege of carrying astronauts to the ISS, they must start making public appearances as reluctant equals.
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11:28 PM | Is Your Biggest Fantasy Normal? Science Has The Answer We all...
Is Your Biggest Fantasy Normal? Science Has The Answer We all have a secret sex fantasy, and a group of scientists have figured out how common different peoples’ particular kinks are. How did the men and women in the study differ, and was your favorite fantasy listed? It’s the special sex study episode of Nerd Alert this week with Kim Horcher, Sandra Daugherty (Sex Nerd Sandra), and Brett Erlich (Viral Video Film School, Pop Trigger) discuss! Read more on the study: […]
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10:37 PM | 26 Fascinating Founding Fathers Facts This week, John looks at...
26 Fascinating Founding Fathers Facts This week, John looks at 26 facts about the founding fathers of the United States. By: Mental Floss. Store: http://store.mentalfloss.com/ (enter promo code: “YoutubeFlossers” for 15% off!)
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10:28 PM | Ebola vaccine performs well in U.K. human trial
A vaccine that protects against the Zaire strain of Ebola turns in promising preliminary results from a human trial.
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10:26 PM | In 'The Americans,' Art Imitates Real Life Lies
Robert Siegel talks to Joe Weisberg, creator of the FX television series, The Americans, about the similarities between his show and recent real-life spy-related events in New York and Argentina.
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10:17 PM | Super Bowl Coaches More Alike Than You Might Think
Bob Ryan former, long-time columnist for the Boston Globe joins Robert Siegel to talk about the two very different men, Bill Belichick and Pete Carroll.
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10:11 PM | "Irrespective of one’s political orientation, one thing should be clear: In this brave new world, in..."
“Irrespective of one’s political orientation, one thing should be clear: In this brave new world, in which formulas and equations play a much bigger role than ever before, our ignorance of mathematics is being abused by the powers that be, and this will continue until we start taking math seriously for what it is: a powerful weapon that can be used for good and for ill.” - Edward Frenkel, Don’t Let Economists and Politicians Hack Your Math
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10:06 PM | Yes, Your Toilet Paper Squares And Rolls Are Shrinking
Robert Siegel talks to Steven Chercover, a research analyst who studies the paper and forest industries, about the trend of shrinking toilet paper rolls.
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10:00 PM | Cells from stressed-out mice act as an antidepressant
Lethargic mice unexpectedly perk up when injected with immune cells from bullied mice, a discovery which could point to new depression treatments
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9:57 PM | othmeralia: The Othmer Library recently received a wonderful...
othmeralia: The Othmer Library recently received a wonderful donation of 17 various editions of the works of Paul De Kruif.  One of the most amazing things about this comprehensive set of books is that they all have different covers or dust jackets spanning the 1920s to the 1990s.  Two editions of Microbe Hunters and Hunger Fighters are illustrated by wood cut artist Betrand Zandig.  You can see how striking his black and white art is in this selection of covers and […]
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9:57 PM | othmeralia: The Othmer Library recently received a wonderful...
othmeralia: The Othmer Library recently received a wonderful donation of 17 various editions of the works of Paul De Kruif.  One of the most amazing things about this comprehensive set of books is that they all have different covers or dust jackets spanning the 1920s to the 1990s.  Two editions of Microbe Hunters and Hunger Fighters are illustrated by wood cut artist Betrand Zandig.  You can see how striking his black and white art is in this selection of covers and […]
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9:46 PM | Why Carrots Taste Sweeter In Winter via ucresearch: UCLA’s Liz...
Why Carrots Taste Sweeter In Winter via ucresearch: UCLA’s Liz Roth-Johnson explains why carrots have more sugar when it’s cold outside. Because plants are immobile, they must develop defense techniques against predators and the severe cold in winter. For example, carrots have developed the physiological response of increasing their sugar content when it’s cold outside. This helps stop ice crystal formations and prevents damage to the carrot’s cells. Frost can do a lot […]
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