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August 21, 2014

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2:57 AM | Postdoctoral Position in Left-Right Asymmetric Organ Morphogenesis
NIH-funded postdoctoral position is available in the Nascone-Yoder laboratory at North Carolina State University (NCSU) to study left-right asymmetric organ morphogenesis. The successful applicant will utilize both Xenopus and the emerging amphibian model, Lepidobatrachus (Budgett’s frog), to elucidate the cellular and molecular basis of gut and/or heart looping. We are seeking a self-motivated individual with […]
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1:09 AM | Aaron on Apes
NC Zoo keeper Aaron Jesue could have a career on TV, but he's already doing what he always wanted:
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1:02 AM | Museum work and another post
I've just returned to Fayetteville after a week spent in Raleigh, North Carolina at the Museum of Natural Sciences Research Lab. I was there working with Rowland Shelley, one of the world experts on millipedes. I made a similar trip last fall--a whirlwind of looking at as many millipede specimens as I could to get acquainted with the North American diversity. This trip was more focused, but still as intense as last fall.Despite sitting in front of a microscope for what was easily over 30 hours, […]
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12:39 AM | USA Nuclear Regulatory Commission the victim of cyber attacks
Originally posted on nuclear-news:U.S. government’s nuclear watchdog victim of cyber attacks -report, Yahoo7 News  August 20, 2014, By Jim Finkle BOSTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission was “successfully hacked” three times in recent years in attacks involving tainted emails, according to an internal investigation on cyber attacks at the agency, Nextgov.com reported on…
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12:30 AM | Counting on Stormy
The NC Zoo is hopeful a new male rhino, Stormy, will cause breeding success here. He brings the southern white rhino numbers back up to seven and the number of males back up to the desired two (as he joins our "retired" male).The Watani Grasslands opened here in early 2008 with the double goals of adding endangered southern white rhinos and African elephants to dwindling world populations. If Stormy is a quick success, we could see our first pachyderm birth in 2016. (Elephants and rhinos are […]

August 20, 2014

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9:47 PM | Video Reveals Gaza Zoo Worse than Kabul's
There is video now and it is clear how bad the situation is (but be advised it is hard to view):Gaza's zoo animals caught in crossfire of Israel-Hamas conflict http://t.co/AUJCnBefJu— liu wai  ling   (@liuwailing) August 20, 2014In the rather recent past, both the Kabul and Baghdad Zoos have found "themselves" in the middle of other battle zones.
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9:15 PM | Accelerated Frogs: Developmental Biology meets Particle Physics
I previously wrote a post about the development of a 4-D X-Ray Tomography technique for imaging early Xenopus embryos. Frog embryos are opaque due to their yolky composition and this has proved a challenge for traditional optical microscopy of events in the early stages of Xenopus embryo development. However Julian Moosmann, Ralf Hofmann and Jubin […]
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9:00 PM | "Patches, May We Introduce Your New Exhibit?"
The $8.5 million in additional exhibit and holding spaces, including a nursing den,  were created for a breeding group of polar bears and their young. Looking forward to that!Just as Project: Polar Bears funded holding and exhibit expansions aimed at larger, breeding collections of these endangered species, the earlier Project: Pachyderms did the same for the breeding of rare African elephants and southern white rhinos. (Collection numbers are up here, but births have proven problematic to […]
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8:47 PM | Back to School: Zombies, Ebola and some cool tunes
Ebola is in the news a lot right now. Could this be The Coming Plague that Laurie Garret warned us about in 1994? By the late 1980s, with the world shaken by the strangest and deadliest arrival of all – HIV and AIDS – Garrett traveled widely in search of understanding: Why did new viruses and bacteria […]
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8:45 PM | Effectively Promoting "Big Bugs"...
at Minnesota Zoo:Promotion! "@mnzoo: Why not start your day with some giant tarantula #enrichment? Our snow monkeys did... #BigBugs pic.twitter.com/5YlMRqBoP4"— russwilliamsiii (@russwilliamsiii) August 20, 2014
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7:48 PM | Postdoc position – Cell and Developmental Biology, John Innes Centre, UK
A 3-year postdoctoral position is available in the Sablowski lab at the Cell and Developmental Biology Dept., John Innes Centre, Norwich, UK. The successful candidate will work on a project that combines genome-wide association mapping and quantitative image analysis to reveal novel genes that control stem architecture in Arabidopsis. Plant architecture depends in large part […]
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7:30 PM | Tiny Jurassic Mammals Were Picky Eaters
Two of the earliest mammal groups of the period likely were discerning about the types of insects they ate.
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7:00 PM | The hidden cost of frankincense
A while back we covered a paper in Annals of Botany on tapping frankincense for resin. The mapping of the canals in the tree promised to improve the efficieny of tapping. Now in Tree Physiology Mengistu et al. have a paper Frankincense tapping reduces the carbohydrate storage of Boswellia trees, that’s recently become free access. […]
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6:00 PM | Some Spiders Grow Bigger in Urban Areas
Bigger, beefier spiders are emerging because, as a new study has found, some spiders love city and suburban living. Continue reading →
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5:00 PM | Seals May Have Carried Tuberculosis To The New World
Very few people suspected the seals. Kirsten Bos from the University of Tubingen certainly didn’t when she and …
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4:46 PM | Deacon’s Neo-Aristotelian Complication of Simple Action/Motion
Jared Diamond: We Could Be Living in a New Stone Age by 2114
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4:17 PM | Doing the things that a particle can…
Particle Clicker is a simple and addictive click-based game developed by undergrads at CERN Webfest. You are cast as the head of a particle accelerator lab striving to make breakthroughs in physics, without all the grant writing and begging governments … Continue reading →
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2:59 PM | Sei narcisista? Per scoprirlo basta rispondere
“Io sono un narcisista (Nota: la parola “narcisista” indica una persona egoista, egocentrica e vanesia)”. È sufficiente indicare su una scala a sette punti quanto questa semplice affermazione sia vera per noi per completare il Sins (Single Item Narcissism Scale), un esame che valuta il livello di narcisismo di una persona attraverso un'unica domanda. Un test rapido, è vero, ma estremamente preciso. Uno studio pubblicato su Plos One, che descrive 11 […]
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2:50 PM | In vino veritas
Italy makes a whole bunch of wine, a bundle bunch, and most of it is quite good, and astoundingly quite reasonable in price. To investigate the Tuscan wine scene a bit more thoroughly, a field trip was organized to a family run boutique winery called Campo del Monte (www.campodelmonti.it) near Terranuova Bacciolini, about 50 km away. Images of pineapples kept intruding, but a wine tasting was arranged for our party of six. This family makes some very good wine, and who […]
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2:35 PM | ABS 2014: Camouflaged Gliding In Draco cornutus
When I think of colour and pattern in lizards, I tend to think about showy visual displays. An example that springs to mind is this fantastic footage of Draco lizards using multiple appendages as colourful signals. But despite all the effort an individual lizard puts into signalling to conspecifics, it must constantly remain wary of predators. Mimicry […]
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2:30 PM | A summer of learning and research
With summer ending, we take a closer look at a group of high school summer interns and their experiences learning fundamental lab techniques and research methods in various labs on our Lake Nona campus.
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2:27 PM | Chikungunya Virus and the Promise of a Virus-Like Particle Vaccine
My family and I just returned from a week-long camping trip along the North Shore of Lake Superior in Minnesota. It is beautiful country, filled with lakes, rivers, ponds—and mosquitoes, lots and lots of mosquitoes. We went prepared for the worse. We had a screen tent, head nets and tubes and tubes of insect repellent […]
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2:07 PM | How Humans Are Helping Ravens and Hurting Hawks
You’ve already picked a side in the bird wars, whether or not you know it. As humans carve up formerly empty expanses of the western United States with our roads, electrical towers, and power lines, we’re inadvertently giving a boost to ravens. Meanwhile, the birds of prey that once ruled the land are being left […]The post How Humans Are Helping Ravens and Hurting Hawks appeared first on Inkfish.

Coates, P., Howe, K., Casazza, M. & Delehanty, D. (2014). Landscape alterations influence differential habitat use of nesting buteos and ravens within sagebrush ecosystem: Implications for transmission line development, The Condor, 116 (3) 341-356. DOI: 10.1650/CONDOR-13-126.1

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2:00 PM | Intelligence testing: a history of a fierce debate
Author:. Annette Mülberger is a professor of History of Psychology at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and Secretary of the History of Science Centre (CEHIC) at […] Read more The post Intelligence testing: a history of a fierce debate appeared first on Mapping Ignorance. Related posts:History and legend in the origins of Islam (and IV) Plumage evolution: testing hypotheses in tanagers History and legend in the origins of Islam (I)
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2:00 PM | What’s wrong with peer review? Us. The reviewers.
Peer review is often criticized for it’s lack of efficiency and frequently for making a paper… worse. An article over at Code and Culture does a good job of summarizing the issue, complete with cool little videos that aptly describe how I think peer review feels.
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1:50 PM | Update: New Pest & Disease Records (20 Aug 14)
We’ve selected a few of the latest new geographic, host and species records for plant pests and diseases from CAB Abstracts. Records this fortnight include 2 new phytoplasma species infecting apple trees in Iran,  the first report of Colletotrichum asianum causing anthracnose on Willard mangoes in Sri Lanka and the first report of Groundnut ringspot virus in cucumber fruits in Brazil. Click […]
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1:38 PM | Video Tip of the Week: Immune Epitope DB (IEDB)
This week’s tip was inspired by the recent NHGRI workshop of the future directions for funding and resourcing of genomics-related projects. Titled “Future Opportunities for Genome Sequencing and Beyond: A Planning Workshop for the National Human Genome Research Institute” brought together a lot of influential folks on this topic, and had them noodle on the […]

Vita R., J. A. Greenbaum, H. Emami, I. Hoof, N. Salimi, R. Damle, A. Sette & B. Peters (2010). The Immune Epitope Database 2.0, Nucleic Acids Research, 38 (Database) D854-D862. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/nar/gkp1004

Kim Y., Z. Zhu, D. Tamang, P. Wang, J. Greenbaum, C. Lundegaard, A. Sette, O. Lund, P. E. Bourne & M. Nielsen & (2012). Immune epitope database analysis resource, Nucleic Acids Research, 40 (W1) W525-W530. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/nar/gks438

Lundegaard C. & M. Nielsen (2008). Accurate approximation method for prediction of class I MHC affinities for peptides of length 8, 10 and 11 using prediction tools trained on 9mers, Bioinformatics, 24 (11) 1397-1398. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/bioinformatics/btn128

Bhattacharya S., Linda Gomes, Patrick Dunn, Henry Schaefer, Joan Pontius, Patty Berger, Vince Desborough, Tom Smith, John Campbell & Elizabeth Thomson & (2014). ImmPort: disseminating data to the public for the future of immunology, Immunologic Research, 58 (2-3) 234-239. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s12026-014-8516-1

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1:28 PM | The Discoverability Challenge – How Can We Make Research Data Easier to Find and Use?
Enhancing the discoverability of public health and epidemiology research data is a key to ensuring that it gets more widely used. This was the topic of a recent workshop hosted by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, where researchers and data experts explored the findings of a recent Wellcome Trust report on data […]
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1:28 PM | Golden Tickets in the NOAA Photo Library! Rarely seen Pelagic Sea Cucumber!
From NOAA Photo Library here. HOLY CARP!! So, as you know, I've been going through and finding some GREAT stuff in the NOAA Photo Library (see this post from a few days ago) but every once in awhile you find one that is especially... striking!This is the "golden ticket" so to speak.. from Charlie & the Chocolate Factory! that moment when Charlie finds that rare golden ticket from millions of chocolate bars! That special ticket to the rare tour of the chocolate factory! From MANY, […]
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1:24 PM | Rising Ocean Acidity Weakens Hunting Ability in Sharks
Sharks, the ocean’s top predators, renowned for their impressive hunting abilities, rely extensively on their keen sense of smell to hunt prey located miles away—earning themselves the label “swimming noses.” But a new study reveals that high levels of seawater acidity expected due to climate change can diminish their ability to track prey through sensing […]
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