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April 24, 2014

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6:00 AM | Science Writing Prize 2014: How to avoid common mistakes in science writing
With the deadline for the Wellcome Trust Science Writing Prize fast approaching, we thought we’d continue our “How to” series with some tips on how to avoid common mistakes. Akshat Rathi is the science and data editor of The Conversation UK and has seen his fair share of writing submitted for publication. Here he identifies some of […]
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2:28 AM | Eugenics in film: GATTACA
Tomorrow in class, where we have recently been discussing Mendelian Genetics and its twisted perversion,Eugenics; we will be watching the dystopian film, GATTACA. The story is good enough, but what I find compelling is the way that society has become the way it is. The population has been recently ‘improved’ by the production (?) of ‘designer […]
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2:20 AM | Spring field work
Well, it's been a late spring, and our field work has finally begun. This sort of sounds silly, but the first job is to actually find our study plots. Yes, they are marked, and yes, we've been using these plots, a long-term study, since 2006, but the markers must be able to survive prairie burnings, so they are metal and not too big. Our numbered tags got well scorched, dirty, and buried in ash, again. At times you can be standing just inches from a tag and not be able […]
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12:00 AM | Virtual Star Party - April 6, 2014: Saturn...
Virtual Star Party - April 6, 2014: Saturn Rising Tonight’s Views: Moon M42 Orion Nebula M101 Sunspots Jupiter Large and Small Magellanic Clouds with Venus and zodiacal light from Cory M4, Antares and Ophiuchus from Cory Tarantula Nebula from Cory Lunar surface detail Horsehead Nebula and Flame Nebula M51 Rosette Nebula M81 Mars M104 Sombrero Galaxy Surface of the Sun Saturn (blurry) Triffid Nebula and Lagoon Nebula California Nebula (top and bottom) M42 Orion Nebula Scorpio M108 Hosts: […]

April 23, 2014

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11:00 PM | How Can People Do This to Each Other Dr Joseph Chuman discusses...
How Can People Do This to Each Other Dr Joseph Chuman discusses the Rewanda genocide and other mass atrocities. Duration: 44:22 via NYS Ethical Culture.
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10:30 PM | ¿Qué es la Ciencia? - Apreciaciones Equivocadas Explica que es...
¿Qué es la Ciencia? - Apreciaciones Equivocadas Explica que es la ciencia y trata sobre las formas equivocadas en que muchos ven a la ciencia hoy en dia, basados usualmente en prejuicios religiosos y suposiciones sin bases, ni evidencias. Video originalmente publicado por Qualiasoup. Adaptado, traducido y re-grabado por JOLULIPA.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_lQKYhWpwvg por Jolulipa.
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10:15 PM | Lecturer position in Developmental Biology/Reproduction in New Zealand
Applications are now invited for a lecturer in the Department of Anatomy, University of Otago, New Zealand. Job details: https://otago.taleo.net/careersection/2/jobdetail.ftl?lang=en&job=1400800     Department of Anatomy: http://anatomy.otago.ac.nz/   I’m happy to answer any questions you have about working at Otago. Dr Megan Wilson meganj.wilson@otago.ac.nz @DrMegsW Developmental Biology laboratory, Department of Anatomy.
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10:01 PM | Neil deGrasse Tyson - Flora & Fauna Neil deGrasse Tyson is...
Neil deGrasse Tyson - Flora & Fauna Neil deGrasse Tyson is an American astrophysicist, author, science communicator and agnostic. via SkeptiSketch.
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9:30 PM | Space Fan News - 133 - Yuri’s Night with Ron Garan &...
Space Fan News - 133 - Yuri’s Night with Ron Garan & Space Shuttle Endeavour! Astronauts and a space party? Sounds like the place for Space Fans! Yuri’s Night is a celebration of the man that gave humanity that first step off of this planet and into space. Yuri Gagarin made the first orbit around our Earth on 12 April 1961 and on this day, Space Fans from across the world get together to celebrate this amazing accomplishment! Scott went out to the California Science Center in […]
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9:22 PM | Could the menstrual cycle have shaped the evolution of music?
Sexual selection theory posits fertility role in complex music Gory DetailsHuman Evolution,Psychology by Erika Engelhaupt 5:35pm, April 23, 2014 PIANO MAN  Women may have a stronger preference for musical and other talents around the time of ovulation, which one researcher suggests could have even helped drive the evolution of musical ability.Cody Davis/Flickr (CC […]
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9:11 PM | How Bionic Plants Will Change Everything! Robots seem to be...
How Bionic Plants Will Change Everything! Robots seem to be becoming more and more popular, as they make our lives easier and more efficient. Robots surrounded by organic material have made their way into pop culture with movies like Robocop. What would happen if we made a bionic plant? Trace reports on some new research showing how these genetically engineered plants will change the world! via DNews Channel.
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9:08 PM | Blogroll: Inviting ire and iron
Editor’s note: As we continue to invite bloggers out there in the wild to compose our monthly Blogroll column, Tien Nguyen penned the May 2014 column.  Read more
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9:08 PM | Blogroll: Inviting ire and iron
Editor’s note: As we continue to invite bloggers out there in the wild to compose our monthly Blogroll column, Tien Nguyen penned the May 2014 column.  Read more
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9:08 PM | Blogroll: Inviting ire and iron
Editor’s note: As we continue to invite bloggers out there in the wild to compose our monthly Blogroll column, Tien Nguyen penned the May 2014 column.  Read more
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9:00 PM | Used Tips – ‘Planet of the Apes’
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8:49 PM | "A Fred Sanger would not survive today's world of science."
Somehow I missed last year's obituary for double Nobel laureate and bench scientist extraordinaire Fred Sanger by Sydney Brenner in Science. The characteristically provocative Brenner has this to say about a (thankfully) fictional twenty-first century Sanger:A Fred Sanger would not survive today's world of science. With continuous reporting and appraisals, some committee would note that he published little of import between insulin in 1952 and his first paper on RNA sequencing in […]
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8:30 PM | Your Brain is Plastic Hank explains the gift that your brain...
Your Brain is Plastic Hank explains the gift that your brain gives you every day: the gift of neural plasticity — the ways in which your brain actually changes at the cellular level as you learn. via SciShow. Subbable: https://subbable.com/scishow Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/scishow Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/scishow Tumblr: http://scishow.tumblr.com
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8:02 PM | Ukraine's Zoo Animals at the Brink
Ukraine's problems have dramatically impacted its zoo animals."...they were just two days away from totally running out of food for the carnivores when we found out about this and began providing meat." [Barbara Wiseman of Lawrance Anthony Earth Organization, speaking of the estimated 5,700 animals at the 104-year-old Nikolaev Zoo]"Starvation is also a looming threat for some of Ukraine's other zoo animals." [HuffPostGreen]"This isn't the first time the Earth Organization, founded by famed […]
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8:00 PM | Love Letter to Food MinuteEarth provides an energetic and...
Love Letter to Food MinuteEarth provides an energetic and entertaining view of trends in earth’s environment — in just a few minutes! Alex’s Issue Brief:http://www.foodpolicy.umn.edu/prod/groups/cvm/@pub/@cvm/@fprc/documents/content/cvm_content_477272.pdf via Minute Earth. Subbable - https://subbable.com/minuteearth
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7:45 PM | Things I Learned as a Field Biologist #411
The fieldwork don’t matter if you don’t tell people about it. Preferably through a strongly vetted process of statistical inquiry followed by equally strong peer-review. Publications: they’re important. I know this is not news to any of us in the academic realm, but it may be for those of you out there who are a little less familiar with field biology. ‘Publish or perish’ isn’t just bland pabulum, it’s the truth about any academic endeavor. And so, dear […]
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7:30 PM | Carbon Dioxide Cannon (scientists make mistakes!) Three fails...
Carbon Dioxide Cannon (scientists make mistakes!) Three fails and then success with our carbon dioxide cannon. via Periodic Videos. Carbon Dioxide Cannon - Extra Shot 2000 frames per second recording via Nottingham Science.
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7:00 PM | Mars Diffracts! X-ray Crystallography and Space Exploration An...
Mars Diffracts! X-ray Crystallography and Space Exploration An epic journey into the role of X-ray diffraction in space! Astrobiologist and intrepid science communicator Lewis Dartnell reveals the crucial role that x-ray crystallography is playing in understanding the formation and history of our planetary neighbour, Mars. Explaining the techniques used by the Curiosity Rover to analyse the Martian surface, Lewis reveals what the discovery of clay might mean for the possibility of life on the […]
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6:47 PM | NAD: A Renaissance Molecule and its Role in Cell Health
NAD is a pyridine nucleotide. It provides the oxidation and reduction power for generation of ATP by mitochondria. For many years it was believed that the primary function of NAD/NADH in cells was to harness and transfer energy  from glucose, fatty and amino acids through pathways like glycolysis, beta-oxidation and the citric acid cycle. Today, […]
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6:30 PM | Bill Nye on Humanity’s Biggest Engineering Challenge When...
Bill Nye on Humanity’s Biggest Engineering Challenge When a fan asks what is the most revolutionary engineering challenge humanity will face in the coming decades, former engineer Bill Nye the Science Guy doesn’t hesitate to tell co-host Eugene Mirman that it’s climate change. But NASA astronaut Mike Massimino suggests a few other issues that engineers will need to solve as well. via Star Talk Radio.
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6:09 PM | Cancer: what’s Down syndrome got to do with it?
Trisomy 21 (having 3 copies of chromosome 21) is most well known as the cause of Down syndrome. But as you can imagine, having an entire extra copy of a chromosome has other negative consequences as well. For one, people with Down syndrome are 20 times more  likely than the average person to develop a severe form of leukemia, B cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (B-ALL). Two recent studies have helped further our understanding of the molecular disturbances that take place in […]
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6:09 PM | Cancer: what’s Down syndrome got to do with it?
Trisomy 21 (having 3 copies of chromosome 21) is most well known as the cause of Down syndrome. But as you can imagine, having an entire extra copy of a chromosome has other negative consequences as well. For one, people with Down syndrome are 20 times more  likely than the average person to develop a severe form of leukemia, B cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (B-ALL). Two recent studies have helped further our understanding of the molecular disturbances that take place in […]
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6:09 PM | Cancer: what’s Down syndrome got to do with it?
Trisomy 21 (having 3 copies of chromosome 21) is most well known as the cause of Down syndrome. But as you can imagine, having an entire extra copy of a chromosome has other negative consequences as well. For one, people with Down syndrome are 20 times more  likely than the average person to develop a severe form of leukemia, B cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (B-ALL). Two recent studies have helped further our understanding of the molecular disturbances that take place in […]
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6:05 PM | David Frim, MD, to receive Gary Lichtenstein Humanitarian Award
David Frim, MD, Chief of the Section of Neurosurgery, will receive the second Gary Lichtenstein Humanitarian Award on May, 4.
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6:00 PM | Gloria Ophthalmologist Geoff Tabin has performed thousands of...
Gloria Ophthalmologist Geoff Tabin has performed thousands of cataract surgeries and has created systems to facilitate many thousands more through the Himalayan Cataract Project. In this ​video, courtesy of the Himalayan Cataract Project, Dr. Tabin ​helps a young woman with a damaged cornea, and witnesses an unforgettable transformation. via NOVA’s Secret Life of Scientists and Engineers. Web: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/secretlife/ Facebook: […]
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5:30 PM | Realizing when proteins go bad
Just as some plastics warp when left out in the heat and sun, some proteins are destroyed under suboptimal conditions. Knowing when changes in proteins are caused by poor conditions and not disease is a critical distinction to make. In a paper recently published in the journal Molecular & Cellular Proteomics, researchers have demonstrated that […]
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