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October 09, 2014

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3:40 PM | Why Ebola Won't Spread in the United States
Isolation, contact tracing, protection and hydration are the keys to beating the spread of Ebola.
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2:29 PM | Explainer: Are Pro-Life Groups Setting Up Fake Abortion Clinics?
For women seeking information on abortions, crisis pregnancy centers may seem like legitimate establishments to go to for guidance. Yet recent reports indicate that many of these clinics are deliberately lying to women about pregnancy termination.
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9:00 AM | Introductie tot Islamitische Staat: Ontstaan, Organisatie en Ideologie
Een introductie op het ontstaan, de structuur en de ideologie van Islamitische Staat.
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9:00 AM | Hiding behind technicalities to avoid having to change
Lots of people commented or tweeted about our post yesterday on the latest stature genomics paper.  It is true that we think that tons of money are being thrown into chasing rainbows such as the genomic basis of stature.  We said what we felt about that yesterday.But people often defend current practice reflexively, including on Twitter and avoid having to face up to the serious need for new and actually creative thinking.I'm pretty clumsy at Twitter, and too verbose, but I think the […]
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7:00 AM | The Worst Gambler In Las Vegas History
In the worst losing streak in history, Terrance Watanabe lost a staggering $127 million at Las Vegas casinos. After he paid $112 million, it was determined that he’d actually been allowed to continue gambling after he was drunk and on pills. Eventually, the casinos were fined $225,000 for their handling of the situation. The post The Worst Gambler In Las Vegas History appeared first on KnowledgeNuts.

October 08, 2014

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5:57 PM | DNews: Is Enterovirus D68 Worse Than Ebola?
Enterovirus is currently causing panic in the United States. What exactly is enterovirus D68, and just how much should we be worried? Tara is here to explain.
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4:00 PM | Ebola Patient in Texas Dies
A Liberian man who was diagnosed with Ebola in Texas has died.
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1:50 PM | Spanish Officials Obtain Order to Kill Ebola Nurse's Dog
The husband of the Spanish nurse who contracted Ebola is denouncing the decision by health officials as cruel and unnecessary.
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8:00 AM | The height of folly: are the causes of stature numerous but at least 'finite'?
In 1926, geneticist Thomas Henry Morgan wrote this about stature:A man may be tall because he has long legs, or because he has a long body, or both. Some of the genes may affect all parts, but other genes may affect one region more than another. The result is that the genetic situation is complex and, as yet, not unraveled. Added to this is the probability that the environment may also to some extent affect the end-product.                  […]
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7:23 AM | A Pill That Could Get You Drunk
David Nutt, a neuropsychopharmacologist at Imperial College London, has identified molecules that emulate the effects of alcohol consumption. His pill affects GABA, a chemical found in the brain, in a way that produces a feeling of inebriation. Unlike alcohol, however, which affects other areas of the brain negatively, the pill only affects GABA receptors. Additionally, there is an antidote pill that reverses the effects on the brain, sobering the individual immediately. Nutt asserts that the […]

October 07, 2014

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11:00 PM | City Prints: Cities Take Four Main Shapes: Photos
Some Americans live as Europeans do, while other people around the world live in cities with very eccentric layouts.
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10:01 PM | Weight Discrimination Is Surprisingly Rare, Study Finds
Weight discrimination, while serious, is rarer than most people assume, new research suggests. Continue reading →
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7:17 PM | Simple Suppers: Dairy-free creamy pasta
I don’t have photos of these recipes because… well, they were tasty and we ate them. So feast your eyes on my new route to work instead :) One of the great challenges, during our summer of waiting to move, has been feeding ourselves. We packed away a lot of the ‘unnecessary’ cooking equipment for a few weeks, only to find it was out of action for a few months. With numerous false starts, I kept running down the cupboards and the freezer, in anticipation of a move date […]
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6:00 PM | 1976 Ebola Outbreak's Lesson: Behaviors Must Change
Altering traditional burial practices so that people could avoid catching the virus from dead patients was critical in 1976.
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5:30 PM | Genes Determine How Coffee Affects You
Eight genes influence our preferences for a cup o' Joe.
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3:43 PM | My Master’s Work – Research on the Harris Line
I have created a page that  will discuss the work and findings that I conducted as a Master’s student at Bristol University. This work investigated a feature of human bone, called a Harris Line (HL), using a new perspective: a micro-CT scanner. Before continuing to read this page I strongly suggest reading my page entitled My […]
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2:02 PM | DNews: Why Does Everyone Hate Eye Contact?
Have you ever accidentally made eye contact with someone, and you immediately felt uncomfortable? Tara and Trace are here to explain why that is.
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9:00 AM | "The Book that Saves the World": When is a book legitimate science?
Yesterday in the mail, I received a copy of a book called Is It To Be: Terminal Alienation or Transformation for the Human  Race, written by one Jeremy Griffith, described in the book as an Australian biologist of unspecified (if any) professional affiliation.  This book arrived at my office address without my having ordered it (or paid for it), and the material included an advertising poster for the book and a long letter to me (clearly addressed from some mailing list because […]
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7:00 AM | The Experiment To Preserve An Anatomically Correct Crucifixion
There have been countless depictions of Christ on the cross, but members of the Royal Academy of Arts had noticed something---none of them seemed anatomically accurate. So they decided to figure out how to get a good look at just what a crucified body would become. They approached a London physician for his help and procured the body of James Legg, a convicted murderer. His body still warm, they nailed him to a cross and let the body settle, flaying it and taking a plaster cast for their […]

October 06, 2014

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9:18 PM | Which girl? Witch girl!
Today's news brings word of the skeleton of a 13-year-old adolescent unearthed from a cemetery in Italy that dates to the 5th-16th centuries AD.  From what I can glean from the report in Discovery News, the burial stands out because the adolescent was buried prone (face-down), which is abnormal for this cemetery.  I don't have time or energy at the end of a long Monday to thoroughly dissect this, so here are the highlights:First, the news media is calling this a "Witch Girl," in spite […]
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6:50 PM | Nurse Contracts Ebola in Spain
An assistant nurse at a Madrid hospital where two Ebola patients died has contracted the virus herself.
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5:37 PM | Explainer: Why Is the Secret Service Failing Obama?
The Secret Service is currently under fire for multiple security breaches and downright scandals. Threats to President Obama are particularly high these days, so why is the Secret Service failing so hard at their job?
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5:00 PM | How Do Doctors Test for Ebola?
Ebola is difficult to diagnose when a person is first infected because the early symptoms are also symptoms of other diseases, such as malaria and typhoid fever.
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1:38 PM | DNews: Why Are Peanut Allergies Becoming So Common?
Peanut allergies are becoming more and more common, and researchers are trying to find the cause. Trace is here to discuss this unique allergy, and how we might have finally found a cure.
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1:28 PM | Texas Ebola Patient Takes 'Turn for the Worse'
The man's condition is declining as officials monitor people he has come in contact with for signs of the Ebola virus.
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1:07 PM | How Science Discovered Different Types Of Blood
It's fairly common knowledge that we have different blood types and that those blood types dictate what we need when it comes to a blood transfusion. The idea of different blood types was only confirmed in 1900 by Austrian Karl Landsteiner, although earlier doctors had their suspicions when human-to-human transfusions failed. Until then, the idea of giving blood transfusions was a complicated one, and it was even tried with animal blood, although it ended badly. The post How Science […]
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9:00 AM | Big Data and its rationale - why are we still at it?
We're in the era of Big Data projects.  This is the result of a fervor of belief that more data, essentially comprehensive and completely enumerative, will lead to deeper or even complete understanding.  It is an extension of the idea of reductionism and induction that was a major part of the Age of Science, ushered in about 400 years ago with the likes of Bacon, Newton, Galileo and other iconic figures. Examples in physics include huge collider studies and very costly space […]

October 05, 2014

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5:34 PM | Moving forward
Ryan and I have been away for the weekend, a last minute break booked on Thursday evening when it looked – again – like the purchase of our new house* was going to fall through. We have been to Hayling Island, and seen the Tangmere Military Aviation Museum, Fishbourne Roman Palace and Gardens, and West Dean Gardens. More on those last two later in the week. It was gone 5pm on Friday when we finally heard that the contracts had all been exchanged, and that we will be moving in the […]
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7:00 AM | The Holy Thug: Robin Hood Of Venezuela
The next time you need help getting out of prison or kicking a drug habit, why not offer a prayer to the Holy Thugs of Venezuela? Known in Caracas as the Santos Malandros, the Holy Thugs are real-life crooks who died in the ‘60s and ‘70s but are today revered as saints. And it isn't just criminals who worship these thugs. Even law-abiding citizens bring gifts for Ismael and his pistol-packing posse. The post The Holy Thug: Robin Hood Of Venezuela appeared first on KnowledgeNuts.
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2:30 AM | Bones Review - Season 10, Episode 2
The Lance to the HeartEpisode SummaryBooth and Brennan are desperate for answers to Sweets' murder but get nowhere on the phone.  At the Jeffersonian, Brennan, Daisy, and Edison examine his remains. Brennan notes a linear fracture to the right femur and Edison points out fractures on the greater cornua of the hyoid as well as crushing injuries to the thyroid cartilage.  The neck trauma makes Brennan think Sweets' killer was military trained. But Sweets' cause of death was an aorta […]
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