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February 27, 2015

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1:29 PM | Did You Ever Run Out of Reagent on a Weekend? Try Smart, On-Site Stocking
You know the scene: you are working on a key experiment on a weekend or after hours–finishing up before an upcoming meeting or before a grant update or proposal submission. You go to the laboratory freezer for that enzyme or protease, or worse to the shelf for the nucleic acid extraction kit for all those samples […]
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1:22 PM | Over 30 Years of Leadership
Todd Miller of the NC Coastal Federation gets more deserved recognition. He "has won a prestigious Peter Benchley Ocean Award for his lifelong work in protecting and restoring the natural resources of the N.C. coast. Todd Miller will receive the award May 14 at a ceremony at the Carnegie Institution of Science in Washington." "Miller is one of eight award recipients, who were nominated by ocean conservationists from around the globe and selected by a committee that included [Mrs.] Benchley, […]
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1:15 PM | La sauna fa bene al cuore
Uno studio pubblicato su JAMA Internal Medicine correla per la prima volta il rischio di morti cardiache con quest’antica pratica finlandese, mostrando che frequenti sedute di sauna fanno bene al nostro cuore
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1:11 PM | When Humans Accidentally Invent Natural Products
Juvenile hormones are probably the single most important hormone in insects, playing crucial roles in development, especially in molting and metamorphosis. To underline their importance, a specific class of synthetic insectide, the insect growth regulators, is devoted only to messing around with juvenile hormone levels of target insects. Two enzymes are involved in the natural deactivation of juvenile […] The post When Humans Accidentally Invent Natural Products appeared […]
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1:10 PM | Still Talking About the Weather
The NC Zoo Society offices are open should you need member services from our good staff. (I say it that way because I'm off, as I was yesterday; working three-day weeks as I gradually retire; it will be two-day weeks starting April 1.) Proud this old man moved as much snow as he did yesterday (another day off) from our cars, driveway, sidewalk and the sidewalks of neighbors left and right. Yesterday morning's snow was easy to shovel (or for snowball and snowman making)...although heavy and […]
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11:21 AM | Fully funded PhD Studentship, The Universities of Liverpool and Szeged
Understanding fundamental roles of the cytoskeleton downstream of Wnt/PCP signalling in neurodegeneration A fully funded studentship open to home/EU students is available. We are seeking a highly motivated and collaborative individual to join the dual PhD studentship of the Universities of Liverpool (UK) and Szeged (Hungary). The successful candidate will work under the supervision of […]
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11:08 AM | New Book on the Anoles of Honduras
McCranie and Köhler have just published an authoritative account of the 39 species of Honduran anoles. Rich in detail and thorough in coverage, this volume will be of interest to anyone interested in neotropical herpetology. Harvard University Press’s description says it all: Caribbean members of this group have been intensively studied and have become a model system […]
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10:23 AM | A look back at Peter Medawar
Peter Medawar, Nobel Laureate and Director of the MRC National Institute for Medical Research (NIMR) in the 1960s, was born 100 years ago on 28 February. Here Frank Norman, Head of […]
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10:02 AM | a mantis? or a fly?
So, which is it? A mantis? Or a fly? (Image by kind permission of Daniel Llavaneras) In fact, the creature shown in this gorgeous image by Daniel Llavaneras is neither mantis nor true (Dipteran) fly, although its common name is 'mantisfly'. Instead, it...
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10:00 AM | The story of a rare disease
By Ellen WeissDespite being the product of  two of the authors of this blog – two people skeptical about just how many of the fruits of genetic testing that we've been promised will ever actually materialize  – I have been involved in several genetic studies over the years, hoping to identify the cause of my rare disease.February 28 is Rare Disease Day (well, Feb 29 technically; the last day of February which is, every four years, a rare day itself!); the day on which […]
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9:39 AM | Un’erba cinese per bloccare il virus dell’ebola
Una molecola di origine orientale sembra proteggere i topi dal virus, bloccando l’inizio dell’infezione. Restano dubbi sulla sicurezza
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9:00 AM | Collaboration between grass seedlings and rhizobacteria to scavenge organic nitrogen in soils
Plants require nitrogen to make proteins, nucleic acids and other biological molecules. It is widely accepted that plants absorb inorganic forms of nitrogen to fill their needs. However, recently it has become clear that plants also have the capacity to absorb organic nitrogen from soils. In a new study published in AoB PLANTS, White et […]
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8:45 AM | Dying for a tan?
Sun worshippers, beware – serious skin damage may be occurring even after you seek refuge in the shade, proving once and for all that there’s nothing healthy about a tan*. Australia has one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world, so Aussies take note – Bondi bronzing sessions continue to fry your […]
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8:00 AM | Our Pollution Is Creating A New Type Of Rock
Plastics are filling our oceans at an ungodly rate. Incredibly difficult to get rid of, researchers are now finding that Mother Nature is taking some strange steps of her own. In some areas, especially those where plastic pollution is covered by sand and dirt, plastics are undergoing a change in which they are becoming compressed into the rock record, forming a new type of rock that's being called “plastiglomerate." It's not known how long this plastic-rock hybrid will last, but it's […]
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8:00 AM | Image of the Week: The Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death
This unsettling image of a doll meeting her untimely end, carries a deadly serious purpose. It is a close up portrait of one the twenty miniature crime scenes created by American heiress and criminologist Frances Glessner Lee in the 1940s and 50s. Termed ‘The Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death’, each of these macabre dollhouse scenes […]
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7:48 AM | Stop all’abuso di antibiotici: in palio 1 milione di euro
L’Horizon Prize for better use of antibiotics premierà la soluzione più innovativa per un test in grado di stabilire velocemente se un paziente può beneficiare o meno di un trattamento antibiotico
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7:00 AM | PHOTO DU BoB-399
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5:15 AM | Fry On the Problem Of Evil, Part Two
There’s lots of good blog fodder out there, but I don’t want to let too much time go by before finishing my discussion of Stephen Fry’s presentation of the Problem of Evil. See Part One for the full context. Of all the responses I’ve seen to Fry’s interview, there was one that was so bizarre…
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2:50 AM | Mejoramiento, Cacao y Rock and Roll
El ingeniero agrónomo venezolano Joad Jiménez es cantante de Heavy Metal y formó parte de prestigiosas bandas como Arkángel y Sexto Sonar. Además es tenor del Coro “Voces Oscuras” perteneciente a la Universidad Central de Venezuela. Fue en esa misma institución que Joad decidió dar sus primeros pasos científicos en el área de mejoramiento genético de cacao, cultivo de invaluable tradición y que fue base de […]
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1:46 AM | Stabilizing Atherosclerosis with Nanoparticles
Scientists from Columbia University and Harvard Medical School have found a possible new solution for atherosclerosis. ...
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1:21 AM | Cutting-edge influenza research frozen
This past weekend I hung out at a brand-spanking new con, the Atlanta SciFi and Fantasy Expo. Made a bunch of new friends– including the proud owner of an actual T.A.R.D.I.S. Randy and I had a marvelous time talking about ghosts, yetis, and vaccines/viruses. I sent him a link to my FreeOK talks including this one:…
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1:17 AM | Why Do Whales Beach Themselves? Recently, 200 whales washed up...
Why Do Whales Beach Themselves? Recently, 200 whales washed up on a beach in New Zealand, and many died from dehydration before they were rescued. Why do whales do this to themselves? Read More:Almost 200 whales stranded on New Zealand beachWhy Do Whales Beach Themselves?Why Are Dolphins Beaching Themselves?Smithsonian Scientists Solve “Sudden Death at Sea” Mystery By: DNews.
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12:35 AM | Field Notes: Flamingo Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom Field...
Field Notes: Flamingo Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom Field Notes are a fun and informative peek into the lives of animals. By: Wild Kingdom.

February 26, 2015

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11:53 PM | How Strong Is A Human Hair? We take a (very) close look at human...
How Strong Is A Human Hair? We take a (very) close look at human hair and the strength of it. By: Earth Unplugged.
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11:10 PM | 7 Weird Facts About Blood Blood keeps you alive, but do you know...
7 Weird Facts About Blood Blood keeps you alive, but do you know very much about it? Here are 7 insanely interesting facts about blood we bet you didn’t know. Read more: http://io9.com/15-things-you-probably-didnt-know-about-blood-1685190021 By: Think Tank.
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10:33 PM | Despite Closure "World Renowned Scientist" @NCZoo Friday...
...says newest NC Zoo media advisory: "On International Polar Bear Day, Friday, Feb. 27, the...Zoo will host Dr. Steven C. Amstrup, ...chief scientist, Polar Bears International (PBI)...and adjunct professor, U. of Wyoming, Laramie. Before joining PBI, Amstrup was a research wildlife biologist with the United States Geological Survey at the Alaska Science Center, Anchorage, where he led polar bear research in Alaska for 30 years....Dr. Amstrup will be available for media interviews between 9 […]
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10:30 PM | American Kennel Club Names Top Dogs for 2014: Photos
The American Kennel Club counts down the pups with its list of last year's most popular canine friends.
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10:28 PM | Type A vs. Type B Personalities What is the science behind being...
Type A vs. Type B Personalities What is the science behind being Type A vs. Type B? By: AsapTHOUGHT. Get the AsapSCIENCE book! http://asapscience.com/book
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10:15 PM | 12th of Last 13 Days
.@NCZoo closed Friday.— russwilliamsiii (@russwilliamsiii) February 26, 2015 NC Zoo media release suggests visitor pathways not yet cleared.
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9:46 PM | The Lifestraw: Where did it come from? | Stuff of Genius In a...
The Lifestraw: Where did it come from? | Stuff of Genius In a world where millions of people don’t have access to clean water, entrepreneur Mikkel Frandsen saw a simple solution: the Lifestraw. Listen in and learn how this invention is changing lives across the developing world. By: How Stuff Works.
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