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July 19, 2014

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3:40 PM | Even Trees Need Their Mothers
We tend to think of trees as individual entities, each one with its leafy or needled top and its own underground collection of roots. We now understand that the trees of some forests are linked below ground through networks of mycorrhizal fungi which serve to bridge the gap between one tree’s roots and another. In […]
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2:00 PM | Science Caturday: All the Artz
Michele is busy this weekend presenting her art to “hoomins” at Artscape (18-20 July in Baltimore). Your regular Science Caturday service will resume next week.Filed under: Science Caturday Tagged: Art, Artologica, Artscape
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2:00 PM | Writing, science and photography merge in the works of F.C. "Chip" Etier
My last author interview was with scientist, writer and Navy Commander, Ann Christy. Today, I feel equally excited as my guest is a scientist, writer, and an award winning photographer. F.C., a.k.a. "Chip", Etier began writing essays, and music and book reviews as a freelance several years ago. Today, he is a regular blogger at VentureGalleries.com and the author of The Barry-Hixon Conspirecy series. Welcome to the blog, Chip!EEG: You are a pharmacist, a published writer, and an award-winning […]
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1:41 PM | First Horned Anole Hatched in Captivity: the Video
We first reported on the blessed event a couple of weeks ago. Now here’s some video of the darling newborn.
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1:02 PM | End of Zoos? (cont.; see below)
End of zoos? MT @nytimesscience: What if u could hold tiny elephant in ur hands? One day virtual reality might let u. http://t.co/zrirogfTnT— russwilliamsiii (@russwilliamsiii) July 19, 2014
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12:59 PM | End of Zoos?
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9:25 AM | Apollo 11, 45 anni fa sulla Luna
Quel 24 luglio 1969 il cerchio si chiudeva. Ad aprirlo era stato sette anni prima l’allora presidente degli Stati uniti d’America, John F. Kennedy, quando alla Rice University proclamò ILdiscorso. Quello col quale prometteva al suo popolo la Luna.“Abbiamo deciso di andare sulla Luna. Abbiamo deciso di andare sulla Luna in questo decennio e di impegnarci anche in altre imprese, non perché sono semplici, ma perché sono ardite, […]
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8:00 AM | News digest – Australian smoking rates, bowel cancer genes and more
It's been a busy week for cancer stories in the news - our bloggers highlight the pick of the bunch.
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7:30 AM | HIV baby cure: One year on
With over 30 million sufferers worldwide, HIV remains the world’s leading infectious killer. The human immunodeficiency virus attacks the immune system, leaving it unable to fight infections, resulting in AIDS. Improving HIV care is one of the top 10 global … Continue reading →
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7:00 AM | The Theory That Says Some Depressed People Might Be Right
In traditional psychology, it's believed faulty thinking can keep people stuck in depression or cynicism. For instance, a depressed individual may worry an inordinate amount about future events, distort facts in a negative way, or be chronically pessimistic. In this psychological school of thought, the only way to truly escape the "blues" is to change the depressed person's habits of thinking. While that might be the leading perspective, there is another theory, known as depressive realism, […]
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6:00 AM | PHOTO DU BoB-177
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4:31 AM | Friday 5: Light Sculptures and Other Fun Things
Well, I haven’t been able to keep up with the ol’ blog here very well this week, but I’m getting a post up today if it kills me!  It’s Friday (which is no longer the last day of my workweek, incidentally), so it’s time for me to share some cool insect related things from the […]
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1:35 AM | "Stop Everything"
#ff Stop everything & follow the @sdzsafaripark. Because this => RT @sdzsafaripark: Tag! You're it... #lol http://t.co/ayVeEw73FD— San Diego Zoo (@sandiegozoo) July 19, 2014

July 18, 2014

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10:45 PM | Barbarians and their enablers
You give a kid a BB gun, and sooner or later he'll shoot it at some windows. It's a given of human nature. You give rebels, terrorists, or even some other type of militia under limited central control some big boom-booms, and sooner or later they'll shoot at something they shouldn't have.  And of course giving an implement of destruction to anybody who is more likely to shoot than to think makes you partly responsible for the outcome. This means you really have to think […]
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7:15 PM | Where are they now? (Veterinary edition)
Back in 2006, I wrote:In another one of those still-not-quite-sure-how-this happened events of the summer, I spent this afternoon meeting with various people about a summer internship program with high school students. I’ll have a student, Amanda, working with me for six weeks starting next Monday. Not quite sure what I'll have her do yet. Will have to spend some time sorting out project ideas next week.What happened after that? I came up with a project, Amanda rocked it for six weeks, […]
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6:46 PM | Must Watch...and Watch...AND Watch
Pangolins Walk Just Like T. Rex http://t.co/g4jWF7UoNa (h/t @sarahkeartes @earthtouch)— Jason G. Goldman (@jgold85) July 18, 2014
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6:07 PM | LabBook July 18, 2014
This week’s rundown of recent research publications of note from University of Chicago scientists and physicians.
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6:00 PM | The Story of Mr. Bisbing, Part II: Fatherhood
This is part two out of five of our story about a great egret that we tagged at the Outer Banks in Spring 2013. We followed his movements for about 8 months and reconstructed his story with his GPS and ACC data (see part I). The exact position of the lines in the ACC graph […]
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5:52 PM | Bioluminescence from the Sky to the Ocean Depths
It is nearly one month past the summer solstice and here in southern Wisconsin, the glow of fireflies at dusk and into darkness is a summertime pleasure not to be missed. Fireflies employ the substrate luciferin and the enzyme luciferase, to produce their bioluminescence. The flash of a firefly lantern is designed to attract a […]
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5:35 PM | Bread Wheat Genome Contains “Shocking” Plot Twist
“Wheat P1210892” by Copyright © 2007 David Monniaux – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons. Yesterday scientitsts announced in a quartet of papers in the... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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5:31 PM | Drones in Biodiversity Research
Ecologists require spatially explicit data to relate structure to function. To date, most of such data came from remote-sensing instruments mounted on spacecraft (satellites) or manned aircraft. However, the spatial and temporal resolutions of those data are quite often not suitable for smaller local-scale investigations.Relatively cheap and portable, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) better known as drones fill a gap between satellite and manned aircraft imagery and on-the-ground observations. […]
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5:15 PM | Dr. Randal Kaufman, one of the world’s most influential scientific minds
Dr. Randal Kaufman named as one of the most influential scientists by Thomson Reuters
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4:43 PM | Just Filling a Need
Your Friday needs a video clip of a #zoo baby #gorilla + her birthday cake of ice cream, fruit, veggies, no? http://t.co/7uUGB2PZdZ #apes— Barbara J King (@bjkingape) July 18, 2014
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4:00 PM | Gene Transcription: Not Always Dictated by Histone Modifications!
The proper regulation of gene expression is of fundamental importance in the maintenance of normal growth and development.  Misregulation of genes can lead to such outcomes as cancer, diabetes and neurodegenerative disease.  A key step in gene regulation occurs during the transcription of the chromosomal DNA into messenger RNA by the enzyme, RNA polymerase II. […] The post Gene Transcription: Not Always Dictated by Histone Modifications! appeared first on EpiBeat.
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4:00 PM | Both these drawings are better than my drawings of a whale
There are two things that I love about digital artist Telmo Pieper recreating drawings from childhood. One is that the images are beautiful and fantastically odd in the uninhibited way children capture so well. The second is that Pieper’s childhood drawings look … Continue reading →
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3:40 PM | Dogs Were a Prehistoric Woman's Best Friend, Too
Women and dogs were so close 8,000 years ago that they ate the same foods, suffered from the same illness and were buried in the same cemetery.
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3:01 PM | Baboons Trade Morning Favors for All-Day Payoffs
Primates basically invented “You scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours.” Baboons, for example, trade grooming for favors from other troop members. Social relationships are important to the monkeys. But it seems they put more effort into certain relationships depending on the time of day: in the morning, lower-ranking baboons invest more energy in grooming […]The post Baboons Trade Morning Favors for All-Day Payoffs appeared first on Inkfish.
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3:00 PM | Scientists at work among the Joshua trees
When he’s not dismantling racist pseudoscience, Chris Smith studies the evolutionary ecology of species interactions. Willamette University sent along a videographer on Chris’s last field trip to study Joshua trees and the moths that pollinate them in central Nevada, and the result is now posted on Vimeo. It’s mainly geared toward showcasing how Willamette undergraduate […]
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2:27 PM | Sloppy-Eating, Mixed-Up Antelope
And "really sloppy eaters"MT @mattsoniak: Lifestyle of "elephant shrews may be more like really mixed-up antelopes." http://t.co/ZoqaIHMc8R— russwilliamsiii (@russwilliamsiii) July 18, 2014
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2:07 PM | Two recent workshops organised by The Company of Biologists
As you probably know, The Company of Biologists (the not-for-profit publisher behind the Node and Development) funds a variety of meetings and conferences every year, and since 2010 that it also organises its own series of workshops. The workshops are generally interdisciplinary in nature, aiming to bring together researchers who do not necessarily meet otherwise. The […]
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