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September 14, 2014

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2:26 PM | By Dr. Sonja Pyott Department of Biology and Marine Biology...
By Dr. Sonja Pyott Department of Biology and Marine Biology University of North Carolina, Wilmington Wilmington, NC, USA Specimen: Cochlea and Hair Cells Technique: Confocal This confocal microscopy image of the organ of Corti is just stunning. Judges at the Olympus Bioscapes Digital Imaging Competition thought so too, and awarded Dr. Sonja Pyott 4th prize in the contest. For an even larger, more hi-res version, go here. Winners receive Olympus microscopes and other prizes! Guess who the 1st […]
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2:00 PM | MI weekly selection #92
Long extinct squirrel-like creatures hold clues to earlier mammal evolution. Mammals may have evolved much earlier than previously thought, according to researchers who’ve been […] Read more The post MI weekly selection #92 appeared first on Mapping Ignorance. Related posts:MI weekly selection #86 Private health insurance: adverse or propitious selection? You have to learn how to die
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1:55 PM | Big Cats Eating Dogs, Leopard Poop Reveals
The predators seem to prefer eating domestic dogs in areas where cows, goats and other farm animals are plentiful.
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12:33 PM | Il wifi viaggia sulle frequenze televisive
Novità nel mondo delle telecomunicazioni: gli scienziati del Wireless Network Group della Rice University hanno appena messo a punto un sistema per sfruttare lo spettro Uhf, una porzione dello spettro radio tradizionalmente riservato alle trasmissioni televisive, per passare dati internet lungo hotspot wireless distanti centinaia di chilometri tra loro. Con la nuova tecnologia, racconta Edward Knightly, direttore del […]
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12:10 PM | Beautiful Sunday: Full Moon Silhouettes
It is indeed a Beautiful Sunday, so to put yourself in a quiet mental space for today, take a moment to appreciate this incredible moonrise over the Mount Victoria Lookout in Wellington, New Zealand. Photographer, Mark Gee took this in a single, uncut shot filmed in real time. Watch it full-screen, sound on for full […]
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12:00 PM | Regulation of a Solanum Double-B box gene
Kiełbowicz-Matuk et al. investigate variations in a Solanum DBB protein, SsBBX24, in S. tuberosum and S. sogarandinum and find evidence of trafficking from the nucleus to the cytosol during the light period.
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11:28 AM | THE MUSCLE EDITION
The muscle editionEsta infografía nos describe como funciona el musculo esquelético, es decir el tejido que construye a los músculos que forman nuestro sistema esquelético encargado del movimiento y desplazamiento de nuestro cuerpo; no funcionan ni están constituidos de la misma manera el musculo cardíaco y el musculo liso que se dedican a otro tipo de movimientos. Espero que os guste porque lleva muchísima información muy bien […]
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9:24 AM | Nudge: how science is being used to influence our behaviour
Do you ever feel you are being influenced by things beyond your control? Well you’re not alone. In 2009 the UK government put together a special unit (the Behavioural Insights Team AKA the Nudge Unit), dedicated to using insights from … Continue reading →
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8:30 AM | Senegal bichir, Polypterus senegalus.Illustrations - Shared Copy...
Senegal bichir, Polypterus senegalus.Illustrations - Shared Copy folder
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7:00 AM | The Strange And Troubling Art Of Rick Gibson
When most people think of performance artists, they usually imagine weirdos who enjoy grossing out their audience. That describes Rick Gibson perfectly. Throughout his career, Gibson thrived on breaking taboos and quite often found himself on the wrong side of the law . . . and the occasional angry mob. The post The Strange And Troubling Art Of Rick Gibson appeared first on KnowledgeNuts.
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6:00 AM | PHOTO DU BoB-234
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3:30 AM | Defining empathy, sympathy, and compassion
When discussing the evolution of cooperation, questions about empathy, sympathy, and compassion are often close to mind. In my computational work, I used to operationalize-away these emotive concepts and replace them with a simple number like the proportion of cooperative interactions. This is all well and good if I want to confine myself to a […]
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1:15 AM | Mystery CT 13: Zounds, It’s Round!
Here’s an image that struck me as cool and possibly perplexing. And so we have another Mystery Anatomy post! Brought to you by some free time on my current trip to Gondwanaland. Stomach-Churning Rating: 1/10; simple CT scan slice… of something. Mystery Anatomy 2014: same rules as before; remember that the scoreboard has been reset. Identify the […]
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1:00 AM | Snippet Sunday: Gene Cards
From GENE CARDS, Chapter 14:Guarded by firewalls, connected by underground tunnels, nourished by stocks of bioengineered food and the lake’s twenty cubic miles of water, the city of Liasis was an unbreakable fortress to the outside world. Yet pockets of underworld existed within the city, too. Dark alleys where you could trade a joint for cheap sex, where eyes had no color and faces no mouth. Here, the QNet warped into black holes of solitudes: Internet games, cybersex, virtual worlds […]

September 13, 2014

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8:14 PM | Spider Catches Knight Anole
We’ve seen photos of spiders eating anoles before, but this takes it to another level, a nasty golden orb weaver spider taking down the King himself. Admittedly, King, Jr., but still. Whoa. The photo is online with no information.
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8:00 PM | Morsels For The Mind – 12/09/2014
Every day we provide you with Six Incredible Things Before Breakfast to nibble away at. Here you can fill your brain with the most intellectually stimulating “amuse bouches” from the past week – a veritable smorgasbord for the cranium. They’re all here for you to load up your plate – this week’s “Morsels for the mind”. Enjoy! If you do nothing else, make sure to check out the “Reads / views / listens of the week”. **** Feather, fur […]
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6:25 PM | How A Guy Who Failed Physics Is Reinventing Higher Education
As a freshman at the Indian Institute of Technology Madras in the late 1970s, Anant Agarwal was one...
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6:21 PM | sciencenote: Dr. David Maitland Feltwell, Norfolk, United...
sciencenote: Dr. David Maitland Feltwell, Norfolk, United Kingdom Specimen: Cocoa nut palm (Cocos comosa) stem with xylem vessel “eyes” in vascular bundle “faces.” Technique: Differential interference contrast
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6:20 PM | This is an evolutionary tree of vertebrates highlighting the...
This is an evolutionary tree of vertebrates highlighting the bichirs, a basal lineage of ray finned fishes (thick blue line above). The Senegal bichir Polypterus senegalus was used as a model for the evolution of terrestrial locomotion in a recent study (reference below). This tree is meant to illustrate the phylogenetic perspective I thought was missing a bit from that study, and especially from a write-up of the study in National Geographic - Evolution’s Baby Steps. The simple […]
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3:44 PM | A dose of dark chocolate a day will keep the doctor away!
Since we are talking about chocolate, this is a very serious matter and needs to be treated with care. I’m not talking about the processed dark chocolate with copious amounts of sugar in it, but the dark chocolate with at least 50% cacao within it, which has been manufactured in a way such that the flavonol concentration inside it is not depleted.Flavonol content depends on the processing of the cacao beans and raw cocoa. Within dark chocolate there is a 50-85% cocoa content, however […]
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3:14 PM | Lo spray alla cannabis migliora le difficoltà motorie nella sclerosi multipla
La ricerca è firmata Italia e viene presentata l'ultimo giorno della conferenza internazionale sulla sclerosi multipla di Boston: lo spray orale a base di cannabis migliora spasmi e rigidità motoria legati a questa patologia autoimmune che colpisce la mielina, la guaina che ricopre gli assoni. Lo studio è stato condotto dai ricercatori dell'Istituto di neurologia sperimentale del San Raffaele di Milano guidati da Letizia Leocani, e ha valutato dal punto di vista neurologico […]
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2:00 PM | Science Caturday: Made it!
It was a long week, wasn’t it, kittens? But we made it through. Filed under: Science Caturday, Uncategorized Tagged: caturday, portal cat, science lolcat
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1:19 PM | 5 Crazy Ways Social Media Is Changing Your Brain Right Now With...
5 Crazy Ways Social Media Is Changing Your Brain Right Now With social media being used by a third of the world’s population, connection through the internet is clearly important to the human species. But could this be making big changes to us physically? Should we be worried about the effects of social media? 
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1:01 PM | La coltivazione del pesco ha 8 mila anni
La prima pesca coltivata fu assaggiata in Cina, precisamente nella provincia dello Zhejiang, e prima di 7.500 anni fa. Questa è infatti la datazione più antica, ad oggi, stimata per la domesticazione dell'albero di pesco, come riporta uno studio su PLoS One.  Domesticare una pianta significa individuare una specie selvatica interessante e iniziare a coltivarla, selezionando le caratteristiche che la rendono più adatta alle esigenze dell'essere umano. In questo modo, […]
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12:14 PM | Dr. David Maitland Feltwell, Norfolk, United Kingdom Specimen:...
Dr. David Maitland Feltwell, Norfolk, United Kingdom Specimen: Cocoa nut palm (Cocos comosa) stem with xylem vessel “eyes” in vascular bundle “faces.” Technique: Differential interference contrast
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11:02 AM | Time for a predictable, just and independent surveyor of government and politics
This is about Australian politics, so please ignore it if you do not care. In New South Wales there is a quasi-judicial investigative organ called the Independent Commission against Corruption, or ICAC (which a certain news empire’s rags insist upon calling “Icac” to avoid focusing on the meaning of the acronym). It has uncovered extensive […]
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10:22 AM | CDK 1.5.8, Zenodo, GitHub, and DOIs
Screenshot from John blog post.John released CDK 1.5.8, which has a few nice goodies, like a new renderer. The full changelog is available. Interesting aspect of this release is, that it uses one ZENODO to make the release citable with a DOI. And that is relevant because it simplifies (making it a lot cheaper!) to track the impact of it, e.g. with #altmetrics. And that matters too, because no one really has a clue on how to decide which scientist is better than another, and which scientist […]
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8:00 AM | News digest – NHS cancer services struggling, 3D-printed tumour, burnt toast and more
Concerns over struggling NHS cancer services, a man 3D prints versions of his own tumour, plus does burnt toast cause cancer?
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7:23 AM | A small image I made to illustrate bioinformatic sequence...
A small image I made to illustrate bioinformatic sequence analysis and phylogenetic tools.
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7:00 AM | The First Commercial Jingle Saved A Cereal Icon
Long before jingles on TV commercials became mainstream, these short, memorable tunes made their debut on radio stations. Of course, advertisements, and even musical ads, were around since the very beginning of radio, but it wasn't until 1926 that General Mills introduced the first, legitimate commercial jingle. The ditty was promoting Wheaties breakfast cereal and was so successful that it saved the brand and motivated businesses everywhere to create their own jingles. The post The First […]
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