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July 23, 2014

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5:56 PM | Peculiar Jurassic Parasite Discovered
The fossil of the fly larvae Qiyia jurassica has been found amongst the rubble of China’s Daohugou rock beds.
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5:51 PM | Interactive Patient Care Conference Visitors Tune Into UCM’s Get Well Network
The University of Chicago Medicine’s on-demand patient TV system garnered a prime-time audience of visiting nurses and hospital leaders during a trip to the Center for Care and Discovery.
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5:40 PM | Cultural Competence Training Sessions Set For Fall
A new six-session course on cultural competence is being offered to all employees in a new effort to advance the University of Chicago Medicine’s commitment to diversity and inclusion. The training is part of the five-year, enterprise-wide strategic plan.
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5:36 PM | Schadenfreude starts young
Children as young as 2 feel joy at another’s misfortune, showing jealousy’s deep roots Gory DetailsPsychology by Erika Engelhaupt 1:58pm, July 23, 2014 PLEASURE IN PAIN  The word is German, but the feeling of schadenfreude is universal. Even two-year-olds showed joy in another’s misfortune during a recent study.ia_64/ISTOCKPHOTOJust like us adults, […]
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5:32 PM | Emergency Department Teamwork Prompts Changes, Slashes Diversion Time
University of Chicago Medicine’s Adult Emergency Department is dramatically reducing ambulance diversion thanks to a cultural shift that’s taken place following three years of teamwork.
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5:19 PM | Approaching "Catastrophic Levels"
Report: Climate Change Skeptics Could Reach Catastrophic Levels By 2020 http://t.co/tCg70VrEKU pic.twitter.com/JnzOafYZrJ— The Onion (@TheOnion) July 23, 2014Is this National Make Fun of Climate Deniers Day?
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5:15 PM | Focus on Skin Care Drives Down Hospital-Acquired Pressure Ulcer Rates
A closely watched quality metric, high hospital-acquired pressure ulcers (HAPU) rates have been an organizational focus and one of the challenges in the medical center's march to Magnet status from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. But thanks in part to a new multidisciplinary approach to treatment and education, HAPU rates fell 70 percent by the end of last year.
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5:05 PM | New Professional Practice Model Sets Foundation for Exemplary Care
After more than a year of thoughtful consideration of evidence-based practices and input from hundreds of nurses, the University of Chicago Medicine Nursing Professional Practice Model (PPM) is now complete.
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5:00 PM | So what ARE the 7 most important plants?
A while back Annals Editor Pat Heslop-Harrison was asking what ten plants should botanists know about. I’ve taken it a bit further with a Buzzfeed post on the 7 Plants That Changed Your Life. I’ve tried to pick seven plants with global consequences, but I’m not entirely happy with the list. The seven plant limit […]
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4:57 PM | Un sistema laser avrebbe potuto salvare il volo MH17?
Sono ancora molti i misteri che avvolgono il disastro aereo del volo MH17 della Malaysia Airlines. Quello che si sa è che l’aereo è stato colpito da un missile S-300 o da un Buk, anche se non si hanno ancora certezze sugli autori dell’attacco. Per ora la compagnia ha deciso di evitare lo spazio aereo ucraino, spostando i suoi voli sulla Siria (una scelta che suscita non poche perplessità), ma sono in molti a chiedersi cosa si può fare oggi per migliorare […]
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4:44 PM | From Debi’s Desk: Looking Back UCM Nursing’s History-making 2014
In many ways, the last several months have been history in the making for University of Chicago Medicine Nursing. In this issue of Nursing Edition, we look back at some of the significant accomplishments that made fiscal 2014 a milestone year.
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4:41 PM | They don’t understand allometry!
I think the engineers are just trying to wind me up, again. Joe Felsenstein tackles a paper published in an applied physics journal that redefines evolution and tries to claim that changes in aircraft design are a good model for evolution. It’s a terrible premise, but also, the execution is awful. But permit me a…
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4:10 PM | Ecco l'idrogeno ecologico ed efficiente
Come si produce idrogeno in maniera pulita e sicura? Partendo da alcoli rinnovabili estratti da biomasse (ad esempio gli scarti agricoli). A scoprirlo è stato un team di ricercatori dell’Istituto di chimica dei composti organometallici del Consiglio nazionale delle ricerche (Iccom-Cnr) di Firenze, in uno studio pubblicato su Nature Communications. “Comunemente l’idrogeno si ottiene dal metano, un metodo che produce CO2 e quindi inquina”, spiega Francesco Vizza, […]
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4:04 PM | Enthusiastic Compassion
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3:58 PM | Why Were Pigeons on Malaysia Airlines Flight 17?
Pets were on board Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 that crashed last week, but why did the manifest list include 4 live pigeons? Continue reading →
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3:45 PM | Record-Setting Bug Is Bigger Than Your Hand
A giant dobsonfly found in China has a wingspan of more than 8 inches and is now the largest-ever aquatic insect ever documented.
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3:22 PM | Fundamentalists try to set those godless Unitarian-Universalist heathens straight
In a total and absolute reversal of the golden rule, a group of fundamentalist Christians (they come in other flavors) invaded a UU church, well known to be a “Synagogue of Satan", during a service to "witness" to that congregation of godless heathens that they were all bound for Christian hell (hell comes in other flavors too).  This is sort of sadly amusing.  Amusing because TPP can readily imagine the confusion and bewilderment such an intrusion would make upon a UU […]
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2:49 PM | That's one strange Thai temple
TPP has been to Thailand several times, and in the process traveled the country from top to bottom and side to side. Somehow TPP missed (?) this temple, Wat Rong Khun, a contemporary religious study in white with some pretty strange features. It's one of those things that you simply have to say is "interesting".  Another "interesting" modern place is the aptly named Ancient City (now called Ancient Siam) outside of Bangkok, which is a huge (couple of hundred acres) outdoor museum […]
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2:44 PM | Computer Viruses… as art
Computer Virus Catalog, provides us with an illustrated history of the worst computer viruses in history. It also has an artistic interpretation of each virus, which look really cool! Below are some of my favorites!  
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2:33 PM | Il segreto della felicità nei geni dei danesi
Stando al World Happiness Report del 2013 delle Nazioni unite, la Danimarca è la nazione con i cittadini più felici del mondo. Sarà per il clima? Sembra difficile. Il merito, in effetti, potrebbe essere tutto della genetica. A sostenerlo sono i ricercatori del Centre for Competitive Advantage in the Global Economy della University of Warwick, in uno studio apparso tra i discussion paper del tedesco Institute for the Study of Labor (Iza). I risultati dimostrerebbero […]
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2:26 PM | "*heads explode*"
But WHY would 98% of scientists lie about global warming? Could it be science...doesn't even EXIST? *heads explode*— donni (@donni) July 23, 2014
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2:22 PM | Arachnophobia!
Yes Grandma, I'm almost positive Arachnophobia is not the fear of people from Iraq— Super Girl (@AphroditeAfter5) September 1, 2013
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2:16 PM | Rare Old Book Print
RT @ResObscura: Hand colored print of a bull from Conrad Gesner's "Historiae Animalium," 1551, at @rarebookschool pic.twitter.com/wze3DEc3l2— Thony Christie (@rmathematicus) July 23, 2014
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2:12 PM | "Mornin'"
Good morning from some #local #wildlife at the @MNZoo! #frog #riseandshine pic.twitter.com/Ch9GPoD8Wf— Minnesota Zoo (@mnzoo) July 23, 2014
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2:00 PM | The Art of Science: Lie Back and Think of Extinction
Humans are a successful species. But the growth of the human population has caused tremendous strain on many other species, causing thousands of extinctions through hunting and habitat loss. The Center for Biological Diversity came up with a novel idea to … Continue reading →
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2:00 PM | What does a molecular living fossil look like?
The idea of a living fossil is rather intuitive. We think that a kind of organism deserves that denomination if it has been living […] Read more The post What does a molecular living fossil look like? appeared first on Mapping Ignorance. Related posts:Living beings: systems all the way back to their chemical origins Grasshopper mouse mighty powers against evil bark scorpion: a molecular tale Bears and riddles
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1:59 PM | How to Lose a Finger, and Other Things I Learned from Darwin’s Library
It’s always a good idea to bring reading material on your trips, whether you plan to have some airport downtime or you’re spending five years floating on the ocean. When Charles Darwin departed in 1831 for his trip around the world on the HMS Beagle, he had a well-stocked library. But the collection wasn’t saved, and […]The post How to Lose a Finger, and Other Things I Learned from Darwin’s Library appeared first on Inkfish.
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1:38 PM | Video Tip of the Week: Nowomics, set up alert feeds for new data
Yeah, I know you know. There’s a lot of genomics and proteomics data coming out every day–some of it in the traditional publication route, but some of it isn’t–and it’s only getting harder and harder to wrangle the useful information to access the signal from the noise.  I can remember when merely looking through the […]

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1:36 PM | Discovering the Complexity of the Human Proteome
I should preface this blog by stating that I am a nucleic acids gal. My years in the lab were spent with tubes of DNA and RNA. In fact my one and only tentative foray into the field of protein resulted in a Western Blot so ugly that those who witnessed it have been sworn […]
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12:30 PM | "Superior Smellers"
African elephants smell well...even when they don't smell good. (Little English major joke; elephants probably think we smell bad...and I don't mean poorly.)This really comes from serious genome research.
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