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April 15, 2014

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8:41 PM | Highlights from the Keystone Symposium on Stem Cells & Reprogramming
I recently attended the joint Keystone Symposium “Stem Cells & Reprogramming” and “Engineering Cell Fate & Function” at the beautiful Resort at Squaw Creek. In addition to gorgeous weather, there was an amazing lineup of talks demonstrating the power and promise of stem cells and cell/tissue engineering. Here are just a few of the highlights from the meetings:  … Read more
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8:41 PM | Highlights from the Keystone Symposium on Stem Cells & Reprogramming
I recently attended the joint Keystone Symposium “Stem Cells & Reprogramming” and “Engineering Cell Fate & Function” at the beautiful Resort at Squaw Creek. In addition to gorgeous weather, there was an amazing lineup of talks demonstrating the power and promise of stem cells and cell/tissue engineering. Here are just a few of the highlights from the meetings:  … Read more
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8:41 PM | Highlights from the Keystone Symposium on Stem Cells & Reprogramming
I recently attended the joint Keystone Symposium “Stem Cells & Reprogramming” and “Engineering Cell Fate & Function” at the beautiful Resort at Squaw Creek. In addition to gorgeous weather, there was an amazing lineup of talks demonstrating the power and promise of stem cells and cell/tissue engineering. Here are just a few of the highlights from the meetings:  … Read more
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8:40 PM | A Look Behind Low Vaccination Rates in Chicago-area Schools
Pediatric infectious disease expert Allison Bartlett talks to NBC 5 about the surprisingly low vaccination rates in Chicago-area schools.
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8:30 PM | Five Second Rule Debunked! Does anyone really think...
Five Second Rule Debunked! Does anyone really think there’s something magical about five seconds when it comes to food and the floor? There’s a press release out this week (I still can’t find the study) that claims that the five second rule is “real”. It isn’t. If bacteria are going to transfer, they do it fast. Plus, there is no evidence at all that actual health is affected by the time food sits on the floor. Watch Aaron recoil at both bologna and the […]
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8:01 PM | Brownian Motion Brownian Motion is the random motion of dust...
Brownian Motion Brownian Motion is the random motion of dust motes and other brownian particles that are suspended in a gas or a liquid. The Lab: http://labs.minutelabs.io/Brownian-Motion/ MinutePhysics on Brownian Motion: http://youtu.be/nrUBPO6zZ40 Music: “Monkeys Spinning Monkeys” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 via MinuteLabs.io.
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7:33 PM | If I’m to be skeptical of open access publishing, I’d like to have good reasons
A.A. Agrawal (whose alliterative name I envy) has penned a letter saying the people should be skeptical of open access publishing. In brief, his reasons are:1. “Some are for profit!” Just like most traditional scientific publishers. WHile Agrawal says this creates a conflict of interest, the profit incentive can also move journals to provide more and better services for authors at lower prices; see this interview with open access publisher Ahmed Hindawi.Hindawi’s argument […]
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7:30 PM | Epic Circles - Numberphile Pappus chains, circle inversion and a...
Epic Circles - Numberphile Pappus chains, circle inversion and a whole lot more in this EPIC video with Simon Pampena. Numberphile is supported by the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI): http://bit.ly/MSRINumberphile Videos by Brady Haran via Numberphile. Website: http://www.numberphile.com/ Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/numberphile Twitter: https://twitter.com/numberphile Google Plus: http://bit.ly/numberGplus Tumblr: http://numberphile.tumblr.com
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7:00 PM | The Science of Dust via jtotheizzoe: Wanna get dirty with...
The Science of Dust via jtotheizzoe: Wanna get dirty with me? From star stuff to microscopic fluff to skin cells that slough while you’re in the buff, the universe of dust is curious enough to turn your mind into a cream puff. May this week’s episode spread like dust on the wind. Enjoy this video? Subscribe to It’s Okay To be Smart on YouTube!
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6:30 PM | Baby assassin bug lures deadly ants with a wave The nymphs of...
Baby assassin bug lures deadly ants with a wave The nymphs of feather-legged assassin bugs are the only predators known that encourage their prey to physically attack them first. Full story: http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn25240#.U00BrlcU9xM via New Scientist Video.
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6:00 PM | The Science of Caffeine: The World’s Most Popular...
The Science of Caffeine: The World’s Most Popular Drug It’s not just in coffee anymore. From drinks to jerky to gum, caffeine is everywhere. In our latest video, we take a look at the science behind the world’s most popular drug, including why that little molecule keeps you awake and reveal just how much caffeine is too much. Video directed by Kirk Zamieroski Series created by Adam Dylewski Produced by the American Chemical Society via ACS Reactions.
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5:30 PM | Bite Sci-zed - Blue Eggs?! Why are blue eggs blue, and what does...
Bite Sci-zed - Blue Eggs?! Why are blue eggs blue, and what does a retrovirus do? Original Paper Here:http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0071393#pone.0071393-Gorchein1 Sound effects used with a CC license, found at:http://www.freesound.org/people/joshenanigans/sounds/128902/ via Alex Dainis. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BiteSciZed Twitter: https://twitter.com/AlexDainis Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+bitescized/posts
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5:29 PM | [Video] Broad Bean Story – A year in the life of Vicia faba
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5:23 PM | BioCoder
Regular readers of my blog might have noticed that I have a weak spot for the DIY movement especially in biology and biotechnology. I try to follow the news in this sector and secured them a spot in the DNA Barcoding Bulletin that we produce quarterly. That being said, I was surprised that I didn't find out about the BioCoder newsletter that is published by O’Reilly.O'Reilly is an american media company that mostly publishes books on computer technology topics. Their distinctive […]
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5:14 PM | NBA and WNBA players perform differently with age
Life-history traits are often shaped by a balance between somatic maintenance and reproductive investment. That is, an individual wants their own cells to be active, but also needs to invest in making offspring. This tension between natural and sexual selection can generate age-related physiological trajectories that differ between organisms, environments and populations. In simpler terms, […]

Lailvaux S.P., Wilson R. & Kasumovic M.M. (2014). Trait comparison and sex-specific aging of performance in male and female professional basketball players, Evolution, DOI:

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5:00 PM | New UK Culture Secretary: An Analysis With the departure of...
New UK Culture Secretary: An Analysis With the departure of Culture Secretary Maria Miller, there is a new Minister responsible for archaeology and heritage in the much of the UK. We take a few minutes to reflect on Sajid Javid and analyze the potential impact of his appointment in the run up to an election year. via Archaeos0up.
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4:59 PM | Ferns have it made in the shade
Here's a great bit of research just reported by my colleague Emily over at the No seeds, no fruits, no flowers: no problem blog.  Everyone knows that ferns grow well in the deep forest shade, but this is no easy trick because that leaf canopy overhead captures most of the sunlight, especially at the blue end of the spectrum. Ferns have a neochrome pigment that allows them to use both red and blue light more efficiently.  This isn't news in and of itself, but the real news is […]
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4:35 PM | Here’s something else oppressing Ken Ham
He hates Tiktaalik. He hates it so much he even has a hard time spelling its name correctly. Tikaalik is again being popularized through the new PBS series "Your Inner Fish.” it’s really a desperate con job on the part of evolutionists who can’t defend their evolutionary fictional story. He actually surprises me a little…
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4:30 PM | Can You Have A Brain Orgasm? There’s a weird phenomenon...
Can You Have A Brain Orgasm? There’s a weird phenomenon here on YouTube called ASMR. Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response creates a tingly and calming sensation, and no one knows why! Laci takes a look at a recent study to shed some light on the mystery behind these videos. via DNews Channel.
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4:00 PM | Chimps Beat Humans at Video Games A recent study has shown that...
Chimps Beat Humans at Video Games A recent study has shown that certain chimpanzees can play a video as well as, or better than humans! via Animalist.
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3:37 PM | Science conspires to make me feel really old now
Virginia Hughes tells us about techniques to look inside the zebrafish brain. The gang at HHMI are using two photon imaging and clever image analysis to get very clear, sharp images of fluorescent neurons. Oy, that’s pretty. This old codger did some of that stuff, many years ago, but you know what we had to…
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3:30 PM | Weirdest Animal Sex Some animals have the weirdest mating...
Weirdest Animal Sex Some animals have the weirdest mating rituals that include vomiting, biting the male’s penis off, and even dying right after fertilization! via Animalist.
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3:19 PM | What is Color and How Can It Help Kill Cancer Cells?
Spring is officially here and I don’t know about you, but I’m excited to welcome back COLOR: the bright rays of sunshine, the baby blue sky, the lively green grass, and of course, the plethora of vibrantly colored flowers.   But have you ever wondered what is color?  To understand the marvels of color and how […]
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3:03 PM | Your Brain on Fiction
By: Lina Jamis, 1st year student in the Anatomy Graduate Program People love stories—we build social networks around them, we recount them to our friends and families at the end of our day, we whisper them in the dark to our…Read more ›
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3:00 PM | Why Do Whales Breach? We take a look at why real whales breach....
Why Do Whales Breach? We take a look at why real whales breach. Surprisingly, it may be for the same reason we imitate it! via Animalist.
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3:00 PM | First Look at the Microbes of Modern Hunter-Gatherers
It is now abundantly clear that the microbes that live in our bodies are critical parts of our …
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2:30 PM | The case of the vanishing honeybees In the past decade, the US...
The case of the vanishing honeybees In the past decade, the US honeybee population has been decreasing at an alarming and unprecedented rate. While this is obviously bad news for honeypots everywhere, bees also help feed us in a bigger way — by pollinating our nation’s crops. Emma Bryce investigates potential causes for this widespread colony collapse disorder. View full lesson: http://ed.ted.com/lessons/the-case-of-the-vanishing-honeybees-emma-bryce Lesson by Emma Bryce, animation […]
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2:11 PM | We Trust Technology That Talks to Us
Siri doesn’t need your love (sorry). But she does need your trust. At least, she does if you’re going to use her in the way Apple intends. For us to make artificially intelligent technologies like smartphones and self-driving cars a part our routines, we have to be willing to turn over important parts of our […]The post We Trust Technology That Talks to Us appeared first on Inkfish.
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2:08 PM | Zijn wij wel ons brein?
Afgelopen week verscheen er in de Volkskrant een column van de hand van een psychiater en voormalig rechter waarin zij beargumenteren dat vrije keuze en menselijke autonomie niet bestaan. Zij beroepen zich daarbij op hersenonderzoek dat aantoont ‘dat wat wij doorgaans aanduiden met mentale processen in feite fysische processen in onze hersenen zijn, die een deterministisch verloop hebben’ en... Lees meer op www.sciencepalooza.nl
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2:00 PM | Phases of Mitosis Paul Andersen explains the importance of...
Phases of Mitosis Paul Andersen explains the importance of mitosis and details the major steps in the cell cycle. He explains the importance of Interphase, Prophase, Prometaphase, Metaphase, Anaphase, Telophases, and Cytokinesis. via Bozeman Science.
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