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December 22, 2014

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8:45 PM | Slight update – Nice things people have said about “The First Brain”
Originally posted on Baldscientist:If you have read The First Brain, I would ***really*** like to hear from you, especially what can I do better. If you have any questions about it just leave a comment or send me an email at orpagan@yahoo.com. A review at the place that ends in “-azon” would be great!…
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8:32 PM | Free Ranging Cats, Wildlife & New Studies About Management
I miss the birds. For most of my adult life I have fed wild birds, and watching them has added immeasurably to my life. In some places, like here at the farm, there have been 8 or 10 feeders up, overflowing with creamy, white suet and shiny, black sunflower seeds. They attracted a multitude of […]
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5:49 PM | Large or Aggressive Parrots Jessi shows you how to handle...
Large or Aggressive Parrots Jessi shows you how to handle larger birds like macaws, how to safely work with aggressive parrots, and understanding some of the most common basic problems people have with their pet birds. by animalwondersmontana: snarkyfern: New Animal Wonders!  The three birds in this video are our most difficult to handle. I’ve worked so hard to get to where I am in our relationships, but we’re not completely trusting of each other yet. Sometimes parrots get […]
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4:09 PM | Makey Christmas and a Hacky New Year!
Our homes are full of technology that we typically take for granted and understand little. Your average smartphone or tablet, for example, is a “black box”, that deliberately discourages modification by tinkering and hacking. This Christmas, Danielle George takes three technologies we routinely take for granted – the light bulb, the telephone and the motor – and […]
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4:07 PM | 2014 vs. 1964: Numbers speak louder than words
It’s that time of year when people look back at over the year that was 2014 (1-5). The place where I work, celebrated it’s 50th anniversary. Colleagues put together a little booklet of facts and figures with an some accompanying web pages to mark the occasion. My personal favourite factoid compares computing in 2014 with 1964. The Atlas Computer represented the […]
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3:40 PM | Una stazione spaziale sopra le nubi di Venere
Un nuovo progetto della Nasa, nome in codice Havoc, esplora la possibilità di inviare astronauti su Venere grazie ad una sorta di dirigibile, sospeso al di sopra delle nuvole di acido solforico che circondano il pianeta
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3:38 PM | Open house etiquette
It was a busy weekend socially and the internet connection was flaky, even more than usual so no blogs. Since the Martha Stewart fairy dusted our home with decorations, some one volunteered to host a church open house. This can present several questions of etiquette. Do you serve a jar of home canned sweet pickles that were dated 1999?  OK, that's pretty easy. No, and they weren't that good even when young. Do you serve a bottle of wine that you don't like to get rid of it? Rieslings are […]
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3:15 PM | Harry Fozzard, pioneer in understanding heart muscle cells, 1931-2014
Fozzard, the Otho S.A. Sprague Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus in the Department of Medicine at the University of Chicago, helped lay the foundation for modern clinical electrophysiology.
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3:00 PM | What I Don’t Know About Flyingfish
Steve N. G. Howell’s The Amazing World of Flyingfish plays with the concept that eveyone “knows” about flyingfish as a way to highlight the huge gaps in our knowledge about these iconic fish. Those areas of ignorance can have dramatic and direct impacts on conservation and … Continue reading →
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2:18 PM | NO! I CAN do that.
Today’s blog is written by guest blogger Jessica Laux, a production scientist at Promega Corporation. Jessica spends most of her time in clean rooms. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a B.S. in Natural Science-Animal Sciences. I was always a very stubborn, defiant child. This is evidenced by the fact that my very […]
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2:15 PM | The Bone-house Wasp
This brief post will be the last of the year on Accumulating Glitches. We're tak...
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2:10 PM | Orangutan in Argentina Zoo Wins Right to Freedom
A court rules that the 29-year-old female is entitled to more desirable living conditions.
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2:02 PM | Starving mantis females lie to make a meal of a male
When in desperate straits, a female false garden mantid turns into a femme fatale, emitting false chemical cues that lures in a male to eat.
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2:01 PM | Eureka!
Watchin' #chimps? MRT @BBCEarth: Wild #gorilla seen using a tool to eat food for #first time: http://t.co/jmw6SgGGqX pic.twitter.com/OO2SPt2A1A— russwilliamsiii (@russwilliamsiii) December 22, 2014 Gorilla seems to have "discovered" a tool use technique long famous for being utilized by chimpanzees.
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2:00 PM | Where did your cells come from?
Where did your complex cells come from? A new model literally turns an old theory inside out.
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1:59 PM | Starving mantis females lie to make a meal of a male
Wild ThingsAnimals by Sarah Zielinski 9:02am, December 22, 2014 Does this female false garden mantid look hungry? A male wanting to mate might not notice the danger if she deceives him with fake chemical cues.Donald Hobern/Flickr (CC BY 2.0)Despite common lore, most female praying mantises — any one of several species of the insects — don’t cannibalize their male mates. Among […]
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1:53 PM | Struggling with numbers can affect people’s attitudes to screening
We look at recent research about how understanding numbers can help have an impact on people's views on cancer screening.
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1:46 PM | Embrace the Wild: Migration Defined
#EmbraceTheWild RT @BBCEarth: Wildebeest on the move in the Mara, on location in Africa #EarthOnLocation pic.twitter.com/VHfs0PeG5n— russwilliamsiii (@russwilliamsiii) December 22, 2014
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12:57 PM | Gardening with ME: A bit about ME
I've been wanting to write about my experience of ME for a while now and thanks to Gwenfar's Garden I have been inspired to get started! I'm joining her #GardeningWithME meme and future posts will be specifically about the trials and tribulations of gardening while managing ME. I have lots of ideas for future posts and will probably post around 1 every month or so. This first post is an introduction to how it all started with me. One day during January 2012, everything stopped. I was getting […]
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12:40 PM | Science and Christmas [Video]
When it comes to Christmas and Santa Claus there are so many questions that we don't seem to have answers to. Being a skeptic can sometimes take the fun out of the whole festival.  Well the guys at AUT University (Aukland University of Technology) have tried to answer a few of those baffling questions, so that we (the skeptic) can lay back and enjoy the very things that make Christmas the
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12:16 PM | Così nasce un aurora theta
Il meccanismo responsabile della formazioni di questi spettacolari fenomeni va ricercato nella plasma caldo intrappolato nella magnetosfera terrestre
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12:00 PM | We’re taking a break …
MRC Insight is having a rest over Christmas and the New Year, and we won’t be moderating comments until we’re back in the week beginning 5 January 2015. We hope […]
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11:50 AM | Our highlights from 2014
We look back over 2014 and pick out a selection of highlights from our groundbreaking research and policy and campaigning work.
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11:00 AM | Top 20 Pick of the Sci-Pops
  Greetings Pop Pickers!! Welcome to ‘Pick of the Sci-Pops’…. your favourite Rock & Pop groups and songs re-imagined as Humungous Hits direct from the Lab bench Off we go then peeps…..hold on to your tips…because just ejected into the Top 20 are – at 20, Gladys Knight and the (filter) Tips…. At 19…..are you […]
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10:00 AM | Seasonality of cooperative behavior in a large population of juvenile primates
My Grandpa used to read this on Christmas Eve, and most years we keep up the tradition.  It's an important first-person ethnographic account of the adaptive cooperative behavior displayed seasonally by many juveniles of our species. Enjoy...Jest 'Fore Christmasby Eugene Field (1850-1895)FATHER calls me William, sister calls me Will,Mother calls me Willie but the fellers call me Bill!Mighty glad I ain't a girl---ruther be a boy,Without them sashes curls an' things that's worn by […]
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8:29 AM | Los protagonistas de la ciencia en 2014
Las dos revistas científicas de mayor impacto, Nature y Science, han hecho su balance de final de año. Mientras que Nature ha seleccionado las diez personalidades que han marcado los avances más importantes, Science hace referencia a las investigaciones más relevantes. Sin embargo, ambas coinciden en que el aterrizaje del módulo Philae de Rosetta en el cometa en noviembre ha sido la noticia del año. El final del año suele ser momento de hacer […]
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8:29 AM | Dimagrire, che fine fanno i chili persi?
Uno studio pubblicato su Bmj mostra come la maggior parte dei chili che smaltiamo lascino il nostro corpo tramite l’espulsione di anidride carbonica dai polmoni
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8:24 AM | Have a holly jolly Christmas
In Europe holly is a spiky, festive plant that gets an annual spotlight in wreaths and garlands at Christmas. But taxonomically holly is a genus, Ilex, of 400-600 species. Ilex aquifolium (‘holly’) is the dominant species in the UK and Europe but worldwide the genus includes evergreens, deciduous trees, shrubs and climbing plants. One holly[...] The post Have a holly jolly Christmas appeared first on Weeding the Gems.
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8:19 AM | Can biological computers become a reality?
This post is the first in a series exploring whether it is possible to replace our current computers with biological computers. Of course, you could argue that every living creature is a biological computer. My question is whether we can take the tools our bodies use to store, transmit and decode information and produce more […]
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8:00 AM | How Eating Corn Can Turn You Into A Vampire
Beginning in the early 1700s, the folklore of eastern Europe was filled with stories of vampires, the undead creatures of the night sucking the blood of the living. Most dismiss these as fanciful legends, but science has since demonstrated that a very real wasting disease is behind the vampire tales. And the root cause of the dread disease is something seemingly harmless: eating corn. The post How Eating Corn Can Turn You Into A Vampire appeared first on KnowledgeNuts.
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