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October 02, 2014

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1:37 PM | Arabidopsis Research Round-up
Apologies there hasn’t been an Arabidopsis Research Round-up for a few weeks, I’ve been on annual leave getting married! Here’s a catch up of the newest Arabidopsis research papers from the UK community over the last month, including one from a GARNet committee member, and one from a former GARNet PI.   Schatlowski N, Wolff P, Santos-González[...]
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9:07 AM | When will BLAST get its Nobel Prize?
It’s Nobel Prize Season and there is inevitable speculation on who will get one. I have a negative prediction: The Prize will not be award to the creators of BLAST. However, I think the creators of BLAST should get a Nobel Prize. … Continue reading →
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9:00 AM | Ignore this study!
A piece in the New York Times reports that a new study shows that working long hours causes type 2 diabetes, but only in people of lower socioeconomic status.  The study is a meta-analysis of 4 previous studies and analysis of 19 unpublished studies, and is published in The Lancet: Diabetes and Endocrinology ("Long working hours, socioeconomic status, and the risk of incident type 2 diabetes: a meta-analysis of published and unpublished data from 222 120 […]
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9:00 AM | Peanuts are not nuts
On Saturday I will be travelling to The Gambia, West Africa to spend three weeks working on a Girlguiding community project. I’m one of a team of 6 UK Girlguiding adult volunteers who will be training sessions with The Gambia … Continue reading →
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8:56 AM | Factsheet of the month: October – Preventing weeds in cassava
This month sees the return of World Food Day which is celebrated annually on the 16th October, the day the Food and Agricultural Organisation was founded in 1945. This year’s theme, Family Farming, has been chosen to raise awareness of the role that family and smallholder farmers play in providing food security and achieving sustainable […]
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8:09 AM | Il segreto per andare bene a scuola? Lo sport
Per i bambini fare sport non è solo una questione di salute fisica. Un gruppo di ricerca dell’Università dell’Illinois ha infatti confermato quanto sostenuto da precedenti studi: fare esercizio fisico per almeno un ora al giorno migliora l’apprendimento scolastico. I risultati, pubblicati su Journal of Pediatrics, focalizzano ulteriormente l’attenzione sul connubio sport-intelletto, sottolineando ancora una volta l’importanza […]
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7:52 AM | Make your own invisibility cloak
Joseph Choi and John Howell from the University of Rochester have published a paper showing how to create an invisibility cloak using four standard optical lenses which can be purchased for a hundred dollars. The invisibility cloak is a staple in science fiction and fantasy. Scientists have taken stabs at making this fiction become reality, […]
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7:19 AM | Prevedere il rischio frane con la luce
Se i sensori a fibra ottica sono oggi noti nel monitoraggio di infrastrutture come ponti, dighe o ferrovie, in futuro potrebbero diventare uno strumento utile anche nel controllo dei movimenti del suolo, dislocati all’interno dei versanti in canali poco profondi. A suggerirlo è un gruppo di ricercatori italiani che presenterà la propria idea in occasione del meeteng Frontiers in Optics della The Optical Society (OSA), in programma dal 19 al 23 ottobre a Tucson (Arizona), […]
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7:16 AM | Barash’s Talk
University of Washington biology professor David Barash published this op-ed in The New York Times recently. The title: “God, Darwin and My College Biology Class.” Intriguing! Let’s have a look. EVERY year around this time, with the college year starting, I give my students The Talk. It isn’t, as you might expect, about sex, but…
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7:00 AM | The Killer Lunatic Who Helped Write Your Dictionary
Compiling the dictionary is no easy task---especially when it's the Oxford English Dictionary. It wasn't just definitions that were needed, but sentences as well. A massive project ultimately passed down to editor James Murray, the project was ultimately assembled by an impressive display of 19th-century crowdsourcing. One of the most prolific contributors with tens of thousands of submissions was a man named Dr. William C. Minor. Murray struck up a friendship with the man, and eventually found […]
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6:51 AM | 7º Festival de Aves de Chile 2014
El 7º Festival de Aves de Chile, Viña del Mar 2014, invita a todas las personas a participar en las distintas actividades que ha preparado bajo la línea temática “La primavera de las aves, atracción y cortejo”. En el mundo existen más de 10 mil especies de aves y cerca de 2 millones y medio de personas practican su observación. La región de Valparaíso es una de las de mayor diversidad de aves en Chile, con más de […]
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6:00 AM | Kurz notiert: Gamer sind die besseren RNA-Designer
So mancher schätzt den Beitrag, den Gamer, so nennt man Personen, die viel und leidenschaftlich zumeist Video-Spiele spielen, für die Gesellschaft leisten, als eher überschaubar ein und faßt stundenlanges Herumdrücken auf vage bananenförmigen Plastikgriffen und verbissenes Herumschubsen hochgezüchteter Computermäuse als geist- und niveaulose Zeitverschwendung auf. Kürzlich jedoch stellte sich heraus, daß Gamer besser als jeder…
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6:00 AM | PHOTO DU BoB-251
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3:41 AM | One Mole
by Elio If you multiply the number of bacteria thought exist in one human being, say 1 x 1014 by how many humans there are, about 6.6 x 109, you get close to a familiar number. And who was Avogadro anyway? Some eponyms fail to do justice to the éponymee....
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3:30 AM | Sweeping carbon under the carpet!
A Grave Problem  Image source: www.breitbart.com  Global warming is a term that is unknown to a very few. Time and again, we come across various effects of the warming of our Earth and vow to do something about it. It might be to reduce usage of plastic in our daily lives, adopt more greener modes of transport or even fix a small solar cell or windmill to harness some of the renewable
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2:30 AM | Hands up for superheroes!
At the front entrance of Science Centre Singapore recently is a colourful Young Learners’ Festival (YLF) banner decorated with these cute cartoon characters. They caught my attention the day the banner was put up – a perfect backdrop for phototaking (for children). I mean, I would love to pose beside one of them (if I… Continue reading »
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1:11 AM | Well-Nigh Wordless Wednesday: Sometimes It’s Okay to Be Blurry
Ever have this happen: you take a photo of something that’s moving quickly in low-ish light and it’s super blurry, but you kinda like it anyway?  That’s what happened with this millipede: No idea what kind of millipede this is, but it was pretty and I wanted a photo.  This is not a clear photo by any […]
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12:35 AM | Botanical Wednesday: What’s with this peculiar craze?
Allspice, cloves, nutmeg, ginger, and cinnamon — they don’t actually look all that appetizing.
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12:11 AM | Finding Tutankhamun Aaron introduces us to the discovery, made...
Finding Tutankhamun Aaron introduces us to the discovery, made by Howard Carter and Lord Carnarvon, of the famous boy king - Tutankhamun. Uploaded by: Archaeosoup Productions.

October 01, 2014

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11:50 PM | The Central Park Zoo Hidden From View
In 2003, an army of 350 scientists and volunteers swept out across Central Park. Their mission, called a …
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11:47 PM | An "Arctic" Without Polar Bears
Sounds like another climate change story, but this is Sea World Orlando's "Wild Arctic". The exhibit lost a couple polar bears recently and now the "threatened species" status of wild polar bears makes it unlikely Sea World will get more."In place of polar bears, Sea World plans to redesign the exhibit to feature other animals of the Arctic including harbor seals."
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11:22 PM | Peculiar ‘Island’ On Saturn Moon - New Imagery...
Peculiar ‘Island’ On Saturn Moon - New Imagery Snapped By Cassini The strange feature that appeared on the shoreline of Titan’s Ligeia Mare sea was imaged by NASA’s Cassini probe in July 2013 and again in August 2014. Uploaded by: VideoFromSpace.
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11:03 PM | Gardasil – and the Jenny Thompson video
A student in my Microbiology class brought up some new information running about the internet about the Gardasil vaccine against Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) and concerns about its safety. I have to admit that my first reaction was suspicion. There are a lot of ‘Anti-vaxxers’ out there who have made it their mission (for unknown […]
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11:02 PM | Fear of terrorists put to good use
Oh, boy, does TPP love Tom Tomorrow! One of the worst aspects of USA culture is its fear of what might happen, no matter how remote, or how unlikely they are to be harmed.  TT nails it.
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10:33 PM | Do I Only Use 10% of My Brain? via scishow: SciShow debunks the...
Do I Only Use 10% of My Brain? via scishow: SciShow debunks the myth that you only use 10 percent of your brain. So, how much do you really use? And how do we know? Support on Subbable: https://subbable.com/scishow
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10:30 PM | How 100-year-old research could help patients with HIV
In his winning article for the Max Perutz Science Writing Award 2014, Dr Christoffer van Tulleken tells us what a chicken has got to do with HIV, and how his […]
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9:44 PM | If matter falls down, does antimatter fall up? Like positive...
If matter falls down, does antimatter fall up? Like positive and negative, or debit and credit, matter and antimatter are equal and opposite. So if matter falls down, does antimatter fall up? Chloé Malbrunot investigates that question by placing two atoms — one made of matter, and the other antimatter — in the cockpit of a plane, ready to jump. What do you think will happen? View full lesson: […]
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9:30 PM | Wordless Wednesday, October 1
Tagged: Ecology, fungi, nature, photography, Wordless Wednesday
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8:54 PM | Where Does the $ sign come from? - The Big Question (Ep.5) A...
Where Does the $ sign come from? - The Big Question (Ep.5) A weekly show where we endeavor to answer one of your big questions. This week, Varun Dabral: “Where does the $ sign come from?” Uploaded by: Mental Floss. Store: http://store.mentalfloss.com/ (enter promo code: “YoutubeFlossers” for 15% off!)
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8:41 PM | The great UTRGV mascot debate continues
“It’s like Springfield versus Shelbyville.” I was chatting over the weekend about the still undecided mascot for The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. I’d heard that Edinburg city council had passed a resolution in support of keeping the current mascot, the bronc. What I hadn’t known was that Edinburg’s resolution had prompted counter resolutions, by a lot of local organizations and councils, either supporting or condemning the Edinburg resolution. And […]
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