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April 22, 2014

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1:25 PM | Our Earth Day stories…What’s yours?
At CABI we spend a lot of time researching some of the most extreme challenges facing the environment, and supporting livelihoods that depend on the environment with programmes like Plantwise. Each year the international community celebrates Earth Day on April 22nd, to draw public attention to some of these challenges like climate change, food insecurity, loss […]
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1:15 PM | Animals with Bigger Brains Have More Self-Control
Big-noggined animals have better impulse control compared to lesser-brained creatures, a new study argues.
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1:00 PM | Giving drought the cold shoulder: A relationship between drought tolerance and fall dormancy in an agriculturally important crop
Fall dormant/freezing tolerant plants often also exhibit superior tolerance to drought conditions compared to their non-fall dormant/freezing intolerant counterparts.   In a recent article published in AoB PLANTS, Pembleton and Sathish report the results of an experiment aimed to investigate this phenomenon in an agriculturally important crop.  Seven alfalfa cultivars with varying levels of fall dormancy/freezing […]
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1:00 PM | Can You Open A Bottle Of Wine With A Shoe? Yes, But It...
Can You Open A Bottle Of Wine With A Shoe? Yes, But It Ain’t Pretty A YouTube video makes it look so easy: Nine swift strikes against a wall and voila! Your cabernet is ready for pouring. We weren’t as successful. But we did figure out the physics behind the trick. via NPR.
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1:00 PM | Meet our team: Carol Cox
This is the first Beaker post in a new series to introduce the members of our External Relations team. Today, we spoke with Carol Cox, who joined Sanford-Burnham as Senior Vice President of External Relations a few weeks ago.
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1:00 PM | This is How You Study The Evolution of Animal Intelligence
There are many scientists who study the mental abilities of animals. As intelligent animals ourselves, we’re keen to …
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1:00 PM | Used Tips – ‘wood’
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12:53 PM | First Song Meant to Go Extinct...
...unless its reproduced...unless its reproduced...
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12:44 PM | What If...?
What happens if a song disappears forever? What if instead of a song, it was the #SumatranTiger? #EndangeredSong http://t.co/P6FQRhc8Jr— National Zoo (@NationalZoo) April 22, 2014
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12:30 PM | Counting Eagle Chicks From The Sky Mithcell Byrd, Captain Fuzzzo...
Counting Eagle Chicks From The Sky Mithcell Byrd, Captain Fuzzzo Shermer and Bryan Watts record the breeding success of eagles during a productivity flight by going from nest to nest and counting the young along the Rappahannock River. via Live Science Videos.
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12:26 PM | The Tale of a Tubeworm and a Biofilm
by Jordan Kesner, Bryan Hancock, and Nicole Nalbandian The oceans of our world harbor an incredible diversity of life, the vast majority of which has yet to be observed or characterized. This is part of what makes the study of marine biology so exciting; there is, in essence, an endless sea of new and exciting underwater discoveries to be made. When a biologist thinks of the creatures that inhabit our oceans, one of the prominent examples that often comes to mind is the tubeworm, a metazoan […]
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12:21 PM | What’s The Answer? (GMOD resources training)
BioStars is a site for asking, answering and discussing bioinformatics questions and issues. We are members of the community and find it very useful. Often questions and answers arise at BioStars that are germane to our readers (end users of genomics resources). Every Thursday we will be highlighting one of those items or discussions here […]
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12:16 PM | Uncertain Future for the Jamaican Iguana
A few months back, we had a post on the conservation situation in Jamaica with particular emphasis on the Hellshire Hills, last redoubt of the Jamaican iguana. Now in the journal Oryx, Rick Van Veen and Byron Wilson of the University of the West Indies, along with Tandora Grant and Richard Hudson, of the San Diego […]
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12:14 PM | James Wong's Homegrown Revolution by James Wong
This book has introduced me to so many different food plants. Some I've known forever, but hadn't realised that they had edible parts, such as the berries of Fuchsia or tubers of Dahlia. Others I'd never heard of before this book such as electric daisies and Peruvian mint marigold.I really like the layout of the book, which I think flows really well. with food groups split into separate chapters such as: leaves and greens, fruiting veg and grains buried treasure, experimental herbs, spices and […]
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12:01 PM | Ask Peggy Mason Anything!
Join Peggy Mason, PhD, professor of neurobiology on Reddit as she answers questions about empathy in rats, her massively open online course in neuroscience and neuro-evangelism.
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12:00 PM | Potentially Habitable Earth-Size Planet Discovered
Just last week, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) announced the discovery of the first Earth-sized planet we’ve found that may be habitable. Specifically, the planet is called Kepler-186f and it’s thought to be potentially habitable because it’s within the “habitable zone” of its solar system, or just the right distance from the star … Continue reading »
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12:00 PM | The Search for Earth-like Planets Get the latest from the...
The Search for Earth-like Planets Get the latest from the planet-hunting frontier. Find out what we are learning about our place in the cosmos from the search for earth-like planets. This journey started tens of thousands of years ago, when humans began to fan out across the planet, following unknown pathways, crossing unmeasured distances. We traced coastlines, and sailed uncertain seas. We crossed ocean straits drained by an ice age. Into every corner of Earth we ventured, looking for places […]
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12:00 PM | The secret life of cells
In collaboration with the BioVisions program at Harvard, Xvivo Scientific Animation has created some amazing animations of the insides of cells. The first one was made in 2006 and entitled The Inner Life of the Cell.You can watch DNA and RNA zipping and unzipping and proteins busily going about their business in their internal metropolis. Now there's a new video (Inner Life of a Cell/ Protein Packing) which gives people a better idea of just how crowded it is within a cell: In both videos, […]
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12:00 PM | Tuesday Crustie: “Wait... that’s no coconut!”
It would be quite a shock to be walking along in a forest, then look up...Not a coconut, but a coconut crab, which is featured in this Wired piece a few months back.External linksAbsurd Creature of the Week: Enormous Hermit Crab Tears Through Coconuts
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11:58 AM | In Development this week (Vol. 141, Issue 9)
Here are the highlights from the new issue of Development:   Hemogenic endothelium flexes some muscle Mesoangioblasts (MABs) are progenitor cells of embryonic derivation with mesodermal potential. They have been successfully used to restore skeletal muscle loss in dystrophic mice, but despite the clinical potential of these cells, their origin and role during development has […]
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11:57 AM | 'Cause There May Only Be 400 Left
Only 400 copies of @NationalZoo's 'Sumatran Tiger' song released on records that degrade with each spin. http://t.co/cMXjeafBiF— 99.1 WNEW  (@WNEW) April 22, 2014Another cool idea offered by our National Zoo. The Sumatran tiger population may be down to 400.
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11:56 AM | US betrays its troops
There was a recent blog about how the US government has treated those who have been injured while serving in the Armed Forces.  The article says: “You always hurt the one you love, the one you shouldn’t hurt at all” If there’s any truth to that pop standard’s message, then America must surely love its heroes. […]
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11:55 AM | The fruit, the whole fruit, and everything about the fruit
This free review article focuses on two morphologically distinct and evolutionary distant fruits: the capsule of opium poppy, and the grain of cereals.
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11:41 AM | Book signing
If you are near the West Chester, PA area, we are planning a booksigning event at my local independent bookstore. Stay tuned! (:-D) Filed under: Blogging
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11:23 AM | Film on scientists gets national award
Featured on this blog earlier for its powerful narration of the life and science of India’s celebrated scientist triad Bose-Raman-Saha, The Quantum Indians has now won India’s National Film Award as the best educational film of 2013.  Read more
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11:23 AM | Film on scientists gets national award
Featured on this blog earlier for its powerful narration of the life and science of India’s celebrated scientist triad Bose-Raman-Saha, The Quantum Indians has now won India’s National Film Award as the best educational film of 2013.  Read more
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11:23 AM | Film on scientists gets national award
Featured on this blog earlier for its powerful narration of the life and science of India’s celebrated scientist triad Bose-Raman-Saha, The Quantum Indians has now won India’s National Film Award as the best educational film of 2013.  Read more
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11:00 AM | Used Tips – ‘delicious’
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10:55 AM | No forest is an island? Except, maybe, the ones that are.
Advice to new graduate students in ecology: the Equilibrium Theory of Island Biogeography will almost undoubtedly appear on your general . . .
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10:39 AM | Tweet: When does the “I can’t believe they let me have a…
When does the “I can’t believe they let me have a lab” phase wear off?
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