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August 26, 2014

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4:00 AM | Was ist Krebs? – Ausweitung der Kampfzone: Invasion und Metastasierung
Wenn ein bösartiger Tumor für sich genommen nicht tödlich ist, z.B. indem er so groß wird, daß er das Gewebe oder Organ, aus dem er stammt, verdrängt und zerdrückt, so kann er dennoch zu einer tödlichen Gefahr werden. Nämlich dann, wenn er beginnt, sich auszubreiten, benachbartes Gewebe zu durchwuchern und zu infiltrieren (Invasion) und zuletzt…
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3:11 AM | XI Feria Antártica Escolar -FAE- (Chile)
La XI Feria Antártica Escolar (FAE) se trata de un encuentro científico escolar que reunirá a las más destacadas investigaciones polares, realizadas por estudiantes de enseñanza media de todo Chile. Es organizada por el Instituto Antártico Chileno (INACH). Este 2014 la FAE se desarrollará en la ciudad más austral del mundo, Punta Arenas, entre los días 6 y 9 de noviembre en el marco de las celebraciones del Día de la […]
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2:07 AM | Blog for kids
Only intermittent posting these days as I have a few day off - well deserved vacation.Today just an announcement - Last week I started a new blog. One bug a day is made for kids. Every weekday a new bug, starting with the ones I find in my backyard, on walks or hikes, or simply at home. The idea is certainly not new and that's why added a little twist to it. Every post has about 150-200 words which is equivalent to about one minute of reading. The idea is to engage kids in their natural […]
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1:24 AM | Top Secret Ebola serums, how do they work?
One wonderful thing that has come two US citizens being infected Ebola (and successfully treated for the disease) is *education* the general public is getting about this, frankly, ‘scary’ virus. Im not talking about the bizarre nonsense/missed opportunity posted by Sanjay Gupta and his ‘producer’ Danielle Dellorto. Of course science bloggers have capitalized on this opportunity to educate people (its…
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12:46 AM | Dog Food Logic: The Science of Canine Nutrition
A few days ago I told Jim that we needed to cut down on Tootsie’s food because she was getting pudgy. Easy and obvious, right? Dog getting fat, feed less food. Less obvious, but equally important, is that if we cut back too much on her food she might not get the level of nutrients, […]

August 25, 2014

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10:54 PM | Nuthatch Empire
Today I’d like to focus on passerine birds again, and this time on a group that I don’t think I’ve ever blogged about before: the certhioids. Scrap that. This article ended up being devoted entirely... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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10:49 PM | Mary’s Monday Metazoan: How can you not love an extravagant worm?
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10:43 PM | Weekly Wallpaper #2 – Polar Bear in the Hudson Bay
This photograph was the Grand Prize Winner in National Geographic’s Photo Contest 2013.  Photographer Paul Souders captured this polar bear peering up from beneath melting sea ice on Hudson Bay. […]
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9:38 PM | The last year
This is my iPad cover:By this time next year, I’m going to need a new cover. The University of Texas-Pan American won’t exist any more. It will be abolished and replaced by University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. (And that name won’t fit on an iPad cover, either, darn it.)Today is the first day of the fall semester, and it is a little bittersweet knowing that this is the start of the last year for this university. I’ve heard quite a few people already talking about it. […]
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8:24 PM | Gut bacteria that protect against food allergies identified
UChicago researchers have identified a common gut bacteria that prevents sensitization to allergens in a mouse model for peanut allergy, paving the way for probiotic therapies to treat food allergies.
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7:53 PM | And Sometimes I'm the Danger
"Bird calls sometimes signal danger is nearby", Charlotte Observer, Piedmont Birding by Taylor Piephoff.'...an abrupt change in the tone of your local bird calls...may be alerting you to something interesting..."As a long-time trail jogger turned hiker, I have often heard American crows, other birds and squirrels warn each other about my approaching their habitat.Hat tip: Hacky Pitts
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6:52 PM | Sample Size
In class last week, we talked about the scientific method and how one might put together an experiment to ask a simple question. Students selected one of a group of about a dozen superstitions and imagined that no one ha ever done any experimentation to determine whether these superstitions were true or not. The exercise […]
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6:17 PM | 'Pig Perfume' Stops Dogs From Behaving Badly
A steroid and pheromone produced by male pigs has been shown to stop dogs from barking incessantly. Continue reading →
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6:06 PM | Coming Soon to a Habitat Near You
Invasive Species. [Time, July 28, 2014] Hat tip: Hacky Pitts
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5:32 PM | Plagues and Peoples: Why MRSA hasn’t gone away
UChicago Medicine is hosting an international conference on MRSA, with nearly 500 physicians, scientists and others from 31 countries in attendance. In this summer of Ebola, we asked Robert S. Daum, MD, chair of the organizing committee for the conference: Why does this meeting have such global appeal?
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5:14 PM | Announcing the launch of the GENERA beta test
We are proud to announce the launch of the new GENetic Engineering Risk Atlas (GENERA) website and the public beta test of our system. Today, for the first time ever, the public will be able to see what we have been working on for so long. Check out our press release and let us know what you think about the new GENetic Engineering Risk Atlas! In addition, scroll to the bottom to see infographics made by the Genetic Literacy Project to illustrate some of the important preliminary findings […]
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3:57 PM | "...human [& animal] lives at risk"
So sad that so many humans [& animals] in Gaza [&Israel] live lives constantly at risk: "Wild Welfare has been saddened to hear about the extremely distressing conditions for the animals caught in the conflict between the crossfire of Israel and Hamas conflict at Gaza zoo. Alongside North Carolina Zoological Society we managed to source a small donation to buy food for the animals, and have been investigating possible options to get aid to these […]
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3:28 PM | Promising Treatment for Marburg Virus Hemorrhagic Fever
I admit to some trepidation about the diseases that may be harbored in my backyard. For example, do the mice in my yard and, despite my and my cats’ efforts, in my house carry deer ticks that harbor the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi, which causes Lyme disease? Should I be keeping an eye on the vitality […]
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3:05 PM | Island Gigantism in a Mexican Anole
In a recent paper in the Italian Journal of Zoology, Senczuk and colleagues report an interesting finding on the clouded anole, Anolis nebulosus. On the mainland, the species is fairly petite, with males averaging 40 mm SVL. However, on a very small, offshore islet, only half a kilometer from the mainland, males grow to an average of […]
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3:03 PM | Aperte le iscrizioni al Master on-line in “Giornalismo e comunicazione istituzionale della scienza”
Master on-line in “Giornalismo e comunicazione istituzionale della scienza” Aperte le preiscrizioni per l’anno accademico 2014-15 Formare specialisti della comunicazione scientifica per i media e per le istituzioni. A questo settore professionale è orientato il Master universitario attivato con modalità didattica on-line dall'Università di Ferrara per l'anno accademico 2014/2015. Più di 400 studenti hanno già concluso il Master. Da […]
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3:01 PM | XI edizione del Festival della Mente
Da venerdì 29 a domenica 31 agosto si svolgerà a Sarzana il primo festival in Europa dedicato alla creatività e ai processi creativi, promosso dalla Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio della Spezia e dal Comune di Sarzana ( www.festivaldellamente.it ) . La manifestazione apre venerdì 29 agosto alle 17.45 in piazza Matteotti, con la lectio magistralis del giornalista e scrittore Mario Calabresi “Ritrovare la ragione per non fare […]
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2:58 PM | Limbo, storie di attesa, rabbia, speranza e paura
mercoledì 27 agosto alle 23.50 andrà in onda, in anteprima nazionale su RAI 3 - DOC 3, il film documentario LIMBO (Italia 56', 2014, di Matteo Calore e Gustav Hofer, soggetto di Matteo Calore , Gustav Hofer e Andrea Segre, produzione ZaLab & HIQ , con il sostegno di Open Society Foundations, produttori associati Ohpen! Italia e Relief. Dopo i racconti dei respingimenti coatti di “Come un uomo sulla terra” e “Mare Chiuso”, ZaLab torna a parlare del […]
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2:52 PM | Al via le iscrizioni per il Novartis Biocamp Italia
Ideato sulla base dell'esperienza del Novartis International Biotechnology Leadership Camp, che si svolge ogni anno presso l’headquarters di Basilea, il workshop è riservato a 30 giovani talenti della ricerca, italiani e stranieri residenti in Italia, provenienti dalle facoltà scientifiche delle università del nostro paese. Il termine ultimo per inviare la propria candidatura è il 30 settembre 2014. Il programma del Novartis BioCamp 2014 ha lo […]
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2:30 PM | Una nuova tecnica diagnostica per la Sla
Nuove speranze per i malati di sclerosi laterale amiotrofica. Dopo il successo della campagna icebucketchallenge (che sta funzionando, vi piaccia o meno), la buona notizia è che i ricercatori dell'Istituto di scienze e tecnologie della cognizione del Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (Istc-Cnr) di Roma sono riusciti a dimostrare, per la prima volta al mondo, che è possibile diagnosticare precocemente la malattia con un esame di tomografia a emissione di positroni (Pet) e un […]
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2:25 PM | 50,000 Bees Found in New York Apartment
More than a dozen honeycombs were discovered inside the ceiling.
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2:17 PM | Zoo View
How many #Zoo have view like this? @NCZoo has two entrance lakes. #NorthAmerica (this) & #Africa. pic.twitter.com/KaQRuJntUk— russwilliamsiii (@russwilliamsiii) August 25, 2014
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2:06 PM | Stamina, altro stop alle infusioni
Per qualcuno è un accanimento. Per altri è l'unico modo per impedire la prosecuzione di attività delittuose: la Procura di Torino, nell'ambito dell'inchiesta condotta dal pm Guariniello su Stamina Foundation e il suo fondatore Davide Vannoni, ha disposto lo stop delle infusioni somministrate agli Spedali Civili da Marino Andolina e il sequestro delle cellule staminali conservate nei laboratori dell'ospedale. “Sembra che ormai sia reato ottemperare alle sentenze dei […]
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2:00 PM | The golden goose effect in corruption cases
In Economics, an efficiency wage is defined as a wage above the equilibrium price paid to obtain a more efficient job from the employee. […] Read more The post The golden goose effect in corruption cases appeared first on Mapping Ignorance. Related posts:The coffee-ring effect Mandela was right: the Foreign Language Effect What are we talking about when we talk about glass ceilings?
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1:55 PM | Requiescat: Richard Attenborough
Richard Attenborough died Sunday, aged 90. Most of my generation probably know him best for Jurassic Park, but I’ve always favored his role as the mastermind of the Great Escape:
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1:48 PM | Do free energy magnetic motors really work?
Magnetic Generator (source: topmagneticgenerator.com)  The internet is rife with websites that promote generators that are capable of providing electricity without using any fuel. Built largely with magnets, these 'free energy generators' promise to cut your electricity bills and provide a much greener alternative to the electricity that is largely generated out of fossil fuels. Elaborate
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