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December 18, 2014

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2:08 PM | 7 Surprising Things Penguins of Madagascar Gets Right About Octopuses—And 4 It Gets Wrong
It’s not very often that a movie comes out that features an octopus as one of the main (speaking) characters. (And they only occasionally become the star of a video game.) So if you... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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2:00 PM | Why Does This Weird Insect Flash Warnings After An Attack?
Kate Umbers was hiking through Australia’s Snowy Mountains in the autumn of 2008, when she saw her first …
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1:53 PM | Top 2014 Evolution and Development Books
Jump to General Biology; Zoology; Invertebrates; Vertebrates; Human Biology; Systematics and Phylogenetics; Palaeontology; Geology; Historical Geology; Ecology; Environmental; Climate Change; Botany; Microbiology; History; Philosophy.  Because of sheer volume of evolution books this year, my own tastes and biases are on full display in this top 5. Check the runners up to find something more relevant for […] The post Top 2014 Evolution and Development Books appeared first on […]
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1:30 PM | Fun with Seeds
Seed and Nursery Catalogs at The New York Botanical GardenThanks to a generous grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), The New York Botanical Garden’s The LuEsther T. Mertz Library, the most comprehensive botanical and horticultural library in the Americas, has recently cataloged all 58,000 items in its Nursery and Seed Trade Catalog Collection. The grant also funded the digitization of public domain pre-1923 American nursery catalogs and their publication to the […]
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1:22 PM | Remember It Well
Most effective video ad for Bronx Zoo some years back. Porcupine and YouTube saved the zoo budget that year!
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1:00 PM | Evolution shaped the internal beauty of plants
As plants embraced the terrestrial lifestyle, they underwent a range of adaptations to increase their size and stature as well as to facilitate transport of water and/or solutes. These vegetative innovations, which include the development of vascular and mechanical tissues, increased the anatomical complexity of plants. Such specialization is reflected in the design of the […]
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1:00 PM | New uses for the pubic microbiome?
A few weeks ago I posted that 80,000,000 bacteria may be transferred when you make-out with someone for greater than 10 seconds. Perhaps it’s no surprise then that a bacterial signature may also be transferred during other intimate activities. At one point in the study, the two people who lived together suddenly had more similarity […]
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12:57 PM | Ebola, i sopravvissuti possono aiutare a combattere l’epidemia
Si chiama More ed è la strategia proposta da un gruppo di ricercatori su Nature: creare un sistema centralizzato per impiegare i sopravvissuti all'infezione nelle attività di assistenza, sfruttando la loro (potenziale) immunità acquisita
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11:39 AM | Top 2014 Systematics and Phylogenetics Books
Jump to General Biology; Zoology; Invertebrates; Vertebrates; Human Biology; Evolution and Development; Palaeontology; Geology; Historical Geology; Ecology; Environmental; Climate Change; Botany; Microbiology; History; Philosophy.  A clear top 5, these books are all excellent, and each comes with a clear audience. If I had some money, I would spend it all on them and be happy […] The post Top 2014 Systematics and Phylogenetics Books appeared first on Teaching Biology.
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11:13 AM | Six Citizen Science milestones from 2014 – number four is out of this world
From vast lengths of DNA to years of collective teamwork, we look back on the achievements of our 300,000 Citizen Scientists in 2014.
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11:00 AM | Creatures That Have Sex in Your Coffee: Photos
As you sip your morning cup of Joe just know that one or more creatures likely had sex in it.
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10:46 AM | Wellcome Trust Science Writing Prize 2014: The Complete Shortlist
Are you travelling over Christmas? Looking for something to read while you digest your Christmas dinner? Or perhaps just wanting to expand your knowledge to impress your friends… Well we’ve got the answer – twenty brilliant articles about science, nicely packaged into a downloadable pdf for you to savour.. it’s the Science Writing Prize 2014 […]
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10:00 AM | (Other) lessons of the Broad Street pump: understanding causation isn't so easy
The iconic John Snow, often referred to as the "father of epidemiology," is commonly credited with discovering the cause of cholera after his careful, empirical examination of the 1854 outbreak of the devastating disease in the Soho neighborhood of London.  But I think it's only with hindsight that we can say this, and I think it's not quite right.Snow was nothing if not a detail man.  A physician, he was very much an empiricist, experimenting and observing to test his ideas about […]
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9:15 AM | Memory of seasons past controls germination
In research published this week in PNAS, Steve Penfield (formerly Exeter, now John Innes Centre) and Ian Graham (CNAP, York) and collaborators have shown that ‘mother’ plants remember seasons and use this memory to program germination time into their seeds. Working on Arabidopsis thaliana, Penfield found that the mother plant plays an important role in sensing temperature and forms[...] The post Memory of seasons past controls germination appeared first on […]
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9:01 AM | Invasive ants march on the West Coast
Invasive ants are generally a phenomenon of warmer climates. Argentine ants, red imported fire ants, and electric ants are all major economic problems in places like Florida, New Caledonia, and Australia. But what is to stop European and Asian ant species from damaging invasions of Canada? It turns out, not much. Ken Naumann and Rob Higgins, […]
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8:39 AM | Studiare musica per aver maggior successo a scuola
Le ore di musica infatti favorirebbero lo sviluppo di aree del cervello legate al linguaggio nei giovani che provengono da situazioni socioeconomiche più svantaggiate
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8:23 AM | Le 10 personalità scientifiche del 2014
In cima alla lista di Nature c’è l’italiano Andrea Accomazzo, responsabile delle operazioni della missione Rosetta
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8:00 AM | You Really Can Buy Happiness
If money could buy happiness it seems that our society, which is practically obsessed with consumption, would have the happiest people on Earth. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case. However, it doesn’t mean that money is incapable of buying happiness; we just have to spend it the right way. According to psychologists, we’re far happier when we purchase experiences as opposed to things. And the more we can involve other people in those experiences, the more content we will […]
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7:00 AM | PHOTO DU BoB-328
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5:13 AM | The Demise Of The New Republic
While it’s hardly the most important thing going on in the world right now, we should take a moment to note the effective demise of The New Republic. There was a time when TNR was one of the best liberal journals of opinion to be found. In the late seventies and eighties, when the magazine…
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4:21 AM | Pictures Considered #22. Viva La Resolución!
by Christoph Weigel | Why should we consider this year's Nobel Prize in chemistry, and why in our 'Pictures Considered' section in the first place? A hint comes from one of the many press releases: "... for improving the resolution of optical microscopes." Aha! Microscopes are at the heart of microbiology since...
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3:59 AM | One More Post For the Endless Discussion
Well, it seems the big discussion is still going strong, even after six weeks. Incredibly, the comments still seem to be substantive and interesting. So here’s another post to continue the discussion. Plus with my own ongoing blog lethargy, it’s nice that there’s any activity going on around here at all! So feel free to…
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2:27 AM | In the matter of Walter Lewin, MIT goes medieval
By now most people must have heard the unpleasant news that Walter Lewin, the beloved and world-renowned physics teacher at MIT whose legendary video lectures drew comparison with the Feynman Lectures on Physics has been barred from campus and stripped of his emeritus professor title in response to charges of sexual harassment of a student in one of his MITx courses. Unfortunately, considering the very public fame that Lewin achieved, MIT has been frustratingly silent on divulging the details […]
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2:26 AM | Here’s how pearlfish call to each other from inside the bodies of other living animals
A new study has revealed how marine pearlfish communicate with each other from the confines of their very safe and comfy homes inside oysters – they use the internal structure of the shell to... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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1:11 AM | The Lord of the Rings Mythology Explained Before you see the...
The Lord of the Rings Mythology Explained Before you see the final Hobbit Movie, learn about the mythology of The Lord of The Rings universe. By: CGP Grey . Support: http://www.patreon.com/cgpgrey
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12:22 AM | World of Dig Craft: Greenpeace vs. Nasca Lines? Today, Liv...
World of Dig Craft: Greenpeace vs. Nasca Lines? Today, Liv reflects upon Greenpeace’s impact on the Nasca lines. Links: Links for the video:http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/dec/10/peru-press-charges-greenpeace-nazca-lines-stunthttp://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/earth/11286570/Peru-to-press-charges-over-Greenpeace-Nazca-lines-stunt.htmlhttp://io9.com/this-greenpeace-stunt-may-have-irreparably-damaged-peru-1669728616 Welcome to World of Dig Craft. In this series Liv Westring […]
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12:13 AM | Climate Reason
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12:00 AM | SFS leaders in the seat of science power
SFS at the Council of Scientific Society Presidents meeting

December 17, 2014

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11:33 PM | Why Do I Twitch When I Fall Asleep? "Hypnic jerk" might sound...
Why Do I Twitch When I Fall Asleep? "Hypnic jerk" might sound like a pretty good insult, but it’s actually a common sleep-related phenomenon. Perk up and let Josh explain. By: Stuff You Should Know.
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11:00 PM | Fish Converts Oyster Shell Into Speaker, Blasts Noise
In a pinch, oyster shells function as speakers for an industrious, communicative fish.
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