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July 25, 2014

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2:49 AM | A Face Only the Pliocene Could Love
The unique facial features of Semirostrum ceruttii tell scientists that this Pliocene porpoise had an interesting hunting technique.
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2:26 AM | Sloths Once Swam For Food
As land leaves grew scarce, sloths headed into open waters to search for nutrition.
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1:56 AM | Cambrian Predator Helps Scientists Decipher Ancient Family Trees
Discovered in southwest China, the three specimens of L. unguispinus were almost completely preserved – muscles, brain, and digestive tract traces were all found in incredibly good shape.
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1:16 AM | Genius and Einstein: From 'Great Man' to 'Every Man'?
Einstein is the poster child for genius because he was a geniusThe American organic chemist Robert Burns Woodward was a genius; the craft at which he excelled better than anyone else was making molecules, some of which were so complex that nobody before him thought they could be made. While little known to the general public, the perception of Woodward as an authentic genius was widely shared by his students and colleagues, several among whom counted themselves among the leading chemists of […]

July 24, 2014

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10:39 PM | Here Be Giants
If you follow this blog,  you’ve probably already heard about the OMG LARGEST AQUATIC INSECT FOUND IN CHINA!!!1! that’s been making the rounds this week. If not, take your pick of news outlets covering this random and bizarre press release. As is the case whenever insects break into the mainstream news cycle, I’ve had various [...]
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9:55 PM | Do Animals Really Create Art?
Creativity: The weird and wonderful art of animals http://t.co/Bs6HsZsAKG my latest at @BBC_Future on whether animals truly create art.— Jason G. Goldman (@jgold85) July 24, 2014Maybe some do...sometimes.
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8:13 PM | University of Chicago Innovation Fund to Support Genomic Prescribing System
The University of Chicago Innovation Fund has awarded Mark Ratain, MD, and Peter O'Donnell, MD, $100,000 to support their work on the Genomic Prescribing System.
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7:36 PM | The appeal of textures (an improvised tutorial)
Memories © EEGReaching for the Sky © EEGGratitude © EEGI just got back from a trip to Europe, where I definitely re-bonded with my camera. One thing I discovered in this trip are textures. I'm really grateful for photographers like Karen Waters (I used one of Karen's textures for the image in the middle, Reaching for the Sky), Joel Olives and Brooke Shaden, who are so generous to regularly share their textures (check their websites to see what awesome textures they […]
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7:00 PM | Postdoctoral Positions in Cell Biology- Anand Lab/OHSU
The Anand lab is broadly interested in identifying and characterizing non-coding RNAs, especially microRNAs, in the regulation of developmental and pathological angiogenesis. Our work involves molecular biology techniques (Expression profiling, functional genomics, qPCR, cloning), cell biology (Confocal imaging, 3D cell culture, flow cytometry, bioluminescence assays) and uses in vitro, in vivo model systems. Our goal […]
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6:39 PM | Flump – Defaunation, Beta diversity, LDG, Marmoset genetics,
It’s Friday and that means that it’s time for our Friday link dump, where we highlight some recent papers (and . . .
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6:00 PM | Humans Caused 322 Animal Extinctions in Past 500 Years
Some 322 birds, mammals and reptiles all went extinct in just the past 500 years due to people, research shows.
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5:03 PM | Journal of Child Neurology Review of ‘The First Brain’
I am happy to share that my book, ‘The First Brain’, was reviewed in the Journal of Child Neurology. (:-) *****Note: The review may be behind a paywall (not mine)… The author of the review is a prestigious pediatric neurologist, Dr. Harvey Sarnat, of the University of Calgary Faculty of Medicine and Alberta Children’s Hospital. …
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5:03 PM | DNA Barcoding the oriental latrine fly
 Male and female adult of Chrysomya megacephalaThe oriental latrine fly (Chrysomya megacephala), is a blowfly that prefers warmer climates. This fly can be a nuisance to humans and even cause accidental myiasis. Myiasis is a parasitic infestation by maggots growing inside a host while feeding on its tissue. The species originates from tropical forests on the South Pacific islands, like Samoa but has spread across vast regions of the world. It is particularly prevalent in the […]
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5:00 PM | Summer* Reading
*Or winter reading for our followers in the better hemisphere. In the northern hemisphere, the summer break is upon us. If you’re looking for some light reading to take with you on holiday, what would you recommend? Kirkus Reviews has a short article on recent ecological science fiction, Seeders by A.J. Colucci looks like it […]
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4:40 PM | Why Do Birds Fly Into Glass?
The Minnesota Vikings' glass-filled football stadium raises concerns over bird strikes. So why do birds fly into windows?
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4:28 PM | Researchers identify a key molecule in flies that adjusts energy use under starvation conditions
  Scientists at IRB Barcelona have observed that, when deprived of food, flies that do not express p53 show poor management of energy store. The study, published today in Cell Reports, further supports the involvement of this molecule—traditionally associated with tumour suppression—in metabolism. The researchers provide new insights to study p53 function in metabolic diseases […]
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4:23 PM | I Brain You
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4:22 PM | It’s Sensitive – a simple Mr. Wizard Experiment
It’s summer in Kansas, and although the weather has been mild and rainy all year, it has recently turned into the hot, humid days that I’ve come to expect since moving here five years ago. As part of our effort to escape the sun, my son and I decided to do an experiment today on the […]
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4:13 PM | Peacock Composition Revisited
Most viewed Russlings post was a photo, title and credits.Check out more by oc girl.
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4:00 PM | Neuroparasiten – sind sie schon in Dir?
Wer erinnert sich noch an den Kleinen Leberegel (Dicrocoelium dendriticum) aus dem Bio-Unterricht? An diese fast unglaubliche, gruselige Geschichte von einem kleinen Wurm, der über zwei Zwischenwirte, Schnecke und Ameise, von Endwirt zu Endwirt (z.B. Kühe oder Schafe) reist, unter anderem, indem er in das „Hirn“ der Ameise eindringt und deren Verhalten kontrolliert, so daß…
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4:00 PM | Science Snaps: what can fluorescent fish teach us about skin cancer?
We explore some images and video from a new study revealing how groups of melanoma cells may work together to spread around the body.
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3:57 PM | FC Bayern Munich: Too Jewish for the Nazis
Konrad Heitkamp was taken aback by the extraordinary ordinariness present in the lobby of the Zurich hotel. In November of 1943, life in Zurich seemed unperturbed by the fact that the countries surrounding Switzerland were embroiled in one of the most devastating wars in the history of the world. Heitkamp realized that as the coach of the FC Bayern München soccer team, he was one of the privileged few who could bask in this oasis of normalcy for a few days before he would have to head back […]
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3:50 PM | Is Internet-Centrism a Religion?
On the evening of March 3 in 1514, Steven is sitting next to Friar Clay in a Nottingham pub, covering his face with his hands."I am losing the will to live", Steven sobs, "Death may be sweeter than life in this world of poverty, injustice and war.""Do not despair, my friend", Clay says, "for the printing press will change everything."*******Let us now fast-forward 500 years and re-enact this hypothetical scene with some tiny modifications.On the evening of March 3 in 2014, Steven is sitting […]
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3:33 PM | A Mother’s Testimony in Support of The Prenatal and Neonatal Congenital Toxoplasmosis Prevention and Treatment Act
Dana Morel suffers from toxoplasmosis. Janet, her mother, testified before the Illinois State Senate accompanied by Rob and Dana, in support of Senate Bill 3667, the proposed Prenatal and Neonatal Congenital Toxoplasmosis Prevention and Treatment Act.
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3:15 PM | Rosy-Lipped Batfish
Rosy-Lipped BatfishCredit: Michael PolizaKingdom: AnimaliaPhylum: ChordataClass: ActinopterygiiOrder: LophiiformesFamily: OgcocephalidaeGenus: OgcocephalusSpecies: Ogcocephalus porrectusConservation Status: Least Concern (Not Threatened)Common name(s): Rosy-Lipped Batfish, Cocos batfishA couple years ago, I made a post about the red-lipped batfish (Ogcocephalus Darwini), a weird looking fish that is best known for its bright red lips and for its highly adapted fins, that allow it to walk on the […]
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3:13 PM | Why Has This Really Common Virus Only Just Been Discovered?
The most common viruses in your body don’t make you ill. Instead, they infect the legions of microbes …
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3:02 PM | Ecco le origini molecolari dell'Alzheimer
Buone notizie sul fronte della lotta all'Alzheimer: uno studio tutto italiano, pubblicato su Nature Communications, ha individuato per la prima volta il meccanismo alla base della malattia neurodegenerativa. La ricerca è stata coordinata da Antonino Cattaneo, direttore del laboratorio sulle malattie neurodegenerative dell'Istituto Europeo per la Ricerca sul Cervello (Ebri) e docente alla Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa. Gli scienziati hanno studiato, in una cellula di criceto, il sito […]
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3:01 PM | Depenalizzare la prostituzione per combattere l'Hiv
Ci sono sei posti vuoti sulle poltrone della 20ma Conferenza Internazionale sull'Aids in corso in questi giorni a Melbourne.. Sono i posti che avrebbero dovuto occupare Pim de Juijer, Joep Lange, Lucie van Mens, Martine de Schutter, Glenn Thomas e Jacqueline van Tongeren, i sei scienziati che erano a bordo delBoeing 777 Malaysia Airlines abbattuto pochi giorni fa. Il modo migliore per onorarne la memoria, dicono i loro colleghi, “è proseguire con il nostro lavoro e con la […]
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3:00 PM | How camouflage may make better pacemakers
Nature has had millions of years to come up with solutions to biological problems. We can learn a lot from nature if we just stop and look. Squids and octopuses are masters of camouflage – they can change shape and colour in seconds. That ability is, in part, thanks to a protein called reflectin, which […]
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2:00 PM | You call yourselves nerds?
Last Thursday (or as Thursday was migrating into Friday), I was revelling in the Frazetta covers collage posted at BoingBoing and discussing how Conan the Barbarian (1982) was a truly great swords & sandals movie with Natalie Willoughby (Leia Shot First, … Continue reading →
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