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October 22, 2014

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10:47 AM | Update: Plant Health News (22 Oct 14)
Here’s a taste of some of the latest stories about plant health, including a study on the use of predator beetles as biocontrol for the destructive coffee berry borer, a look at the role of Ethiopia’s seedbanks in food security and turning barren land into banana orchards in Bangladesh. Click on the link to read […]
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10:44 AM | #ScienceBulletChallenge, la sfida per liberare la ricerca
Vi ricordate le secchiate d’acqua dell’Ice Bucket Challange? Bene, dopo la campagna per la raccolta fondi a favore della ricerca sullasclerosi laterale amiotrofica, è di nuovo tempo di sfide virali sul web. Stavolta lo scopo è quello di denunciare le condizioni precarie in cui versano i ricercatori pubblici italiani, attraverso la#ScienceBulletChallenge, iniziativa lanciata da tre scienziati (precari, neanche a dirlo) della Sapienza […]
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10:16 AM | Gut reaction: the impact of intestinal infections on polio vaccination
Could gut infections be making the standard polio vaccine ineffective in children in low-income countries? Edward Parker, a PhD student at Imperial College London is trying to find out, as […]
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9:17 AM | Open access alla Royal Society
Per celebrare la Open Access Week, la Royal Society consente il libero accesso alle sue pubblicazioni. Per non perdere l'occasione, cliccate qui  
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9:17 AM | Viagra: un toccasana anche per il cuore?
La famosissima pillolina blu (il Sildenafil o meglio noto Viagra) utilizzata per risolvere problemi di impotenza, potrebbe rivelarsi utile non solo nell’intimità. Infatti, assumere questo farmaco giornalmente farebbe bene anche al cuore nelle persone che soffrono di ispessimento dei muscoli del ventricolo sinistro o di insufficienza cardiaca precoce. Quasi un ritorno alle origini potremmo dire, per il farmaco inizialmente pensato per il trattamento di problemi cardiovascolari […]
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9:00 AM | Was John Snow more of an empiricist than the miasmatists?
If you know anything about epidemiology, you know that the iconic Broad Street pump in the Soho district of London is the site of what is considered to have been the first modern, epidemiological study.  This is where the man remembered as the first epidemiologist, John Snow, in the first empirical study of its kind, demonstrated that cholera is a waterborne disease.  Or at least that's the legend. John SnowThe story is well-known in the field of epidemiology, but also beautifully […]
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8:46 AM | Al Gran Sasso il metro cubo più freddo dell'Universo
Ai Laboratori Nazionali del Gran Sasso è record del mondo. L'esperimento Cuore dell'Infn ha infatti portato una struttura di rame di un metro cubo alla temperatura di 6 millikelvin, guadagnando il podio per la massa più grande e voluminosa mai portata ad una temperatura così prossima allo zero assoluto (0 Kelvin). La struttura di rame, del peso di circa 400 kg, è stata dunque per 15 giorni il metro cubo più freddo dell’Universo. Cuore (acronimo per […]
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7:00 AM | Why Early Christians Revered Pontius Pilate As A Saint
Calling Pontius Pilate a saint would sound incongruous to modern Christian ears. How can this man, the Roman prefect who ordered Jesus to be flogged and handed him over to be crucified, be considered a saint? Yet, that was exactly how some early Christians viewed him---a Christian convert who was ultimately martyred for his faith. The post Why Early Christians Revered Pontius Pilate As A Saint appeared first on KnowledgeNuts.
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6:30 AM | Jeffrey Kahn’s Odd Views on Animal Research
Professor Jeffrey Kahn visited UW Madison to discuss the use of monkeys in medical research. He is the Robert Henry Levi and Ryda Hecht Levi Professor of Bioethics and Public Policy and the Deputy Director for Policy and Administration at … Continue reading →
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6:00 AM | PHOTO DU BoB-271
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5:05 AM | No, Drinking Your Own Urine Will Not Cure Ebola (Or Anything Else)
Fear does strange things to people. The fear du jour currently permeating the US is, of course, the Ebola virus disease. Despite the august efforts to reassure and educate from CDC and the WHO, there has spread a modicum of panic (often with tragic results); we have seen Ebola response become a political issue, and as pointed out recently by that redoubtable scienceblogger, Orac, a ghastly profusion of conspiracy theories and quackery has crawled out of nooks and crannies, feeding... Read more
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4:14 AM | New trailer for 2001: A Space Odyssey because yes please
Via io9.
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3:00 AM | El Museo Argentino de Ciencias Naturales exhibe sus criaturas misteriosas (Buenos Aires)
Gatos negros, serpientes, lechuzas, búhos, ratas, lobos, animales teratológicos, murciélagos, insectos y arañas han despertado sentimientos negativos a lo largo de los siglos y han sido vinculados con las brujas, el mal y el mundo misterioso de la noche. Bajo la consigna “¿Existen los monstruos?”, el Museo Argentino de Ciencias Naturales “Bernardino Rivadavia” (MACN, CONICET) invita al público en general a recorrer una […]
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1:02 AM | Hidden in Plain Orange – How this harlequin bug’s orange coloration makes it both conspicuous and invisible
Aposematic coloration is the technical term for the coloration phenomenon found in such illustrious animals as poison dart frogs (Family: Dendrobatidae) and skunks.  The rationale is that the animal makes itself very conspicuous […]
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12:11 AM | Is it Unhealthy to Stand in Front of a Microwave While it is...
Is it Unhealthy to Stand in Front of a Microwave While it is Cooking? This week, “Mystifying Card Magic” asks: “Is it unhealthy to stand in front of a microwave while it is cooking?” By: Mental Floss. Support: http://store.mentalfloss.com/ (enter promo code: “YoutubeFlossers” for 15% off!)

October 21, 2014

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11:22 PM | Engineer Chris Mattson - ScienceLives Brigham Young University...
Engineer Chris Mattson - ScienceLives Brigham Young University engineer Christopher Mattson designs technology that targets the needs of the world’s poorest populations. He and his students have produced new water-well designs for villages in Africa and new tools for farmers in Guatemala. By: National Science Foundation.
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11:14 PM | Sex? Sex? Oh, please. It's copulation.
In higher organisms, sex, gender, and copulation are all neatly tied up together such that to the less well informed (read science correspondent) they are one and the same. So when some science reporter says "Sex emerged in an ancient Scottish lake", and it turns out to be fossil fish copulating, it just sends the wrong message.  To be fair it's the headline that's wrong. The article clearly states this is about copulation. Sex is when parents of two different genotypes combine […]
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11:04 PM | Translation: A New Episode of Radiolab
The good folks at Radiolab have a new episode out. It’s on the many different senses of the …
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11:00 PM | Our Ancestor Snoozed Through Dino Extinction
Our ancestor's ability to survive the mass extinction event that wiped out the dinosaurs could have important medical applications that one day could help a manned trip to Mars.
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10:32 PM | What Does The Earth Look Like From The Moon? If you could stand...
What Does The Earth Look Like From The Moon? If you could stand on the Moon and look back at the Earth, what would you see? How would it compare from our familiar vantage point? By: Fraser Cain.
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9:57 PM | A to Z of the Human Condition: N is for Natural Curiosity
Originally posted on Wellcome Collection blog:We invited you, as fellow experts on the #HumanCondition, to add your own idiosyncrasies to our current exhibition by submitting photographs on Instagram for…
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9:43 PM | A Mysterious Glow in the Pacific Ocean & Colorado’s...
A Mysterious Glow in the Pacific Ocean & Colorado’s Pot Brownies A pilot photographed a strange and beautiful glow in the middle of the Pacific and no one’s quite certain what it is. Plus, Colorado’s putting dosage guides on its pot products. By: Stuff You Should Know.
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9:39 PM | PPE for Ebola: This is how Emory does it
Remember how I said my lab wanted to do a PPE response video to Sanjay Guptas terrifying attempt? But we couldnt for liability reasons? Now there is an even better option! We can all take a peek into how Ebola patients are treated at Emory University, and get to see their protocols for putting on/taking off PPE:…
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9:33 PM | Canine Aggression Case Study – Fall 2014
Recently a blog reader wrote in after one of her dogs snapped at her. The incident generated a lively conversation in the comment section, and I thought it was worth writing a post about it. So many of us have been in a similar situation that I thought it would be a valuable discussion for […]
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8:55 PM | Giant Spiders to Freak You Out: Photos
These spiders have super leg-spans and cunning attitudes to match their size.
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8:54 PM | 4 Terrifying Parasites Found in Humans Parasites aren’t just...
4 Terrifying Parasites Found in Humans Parasites aren’t just weird – some of them are downright frightening (and might be living inside you right now). 4 Rare Parasites Found in the Human Body: http://www.howstuffworks.com/diseases-conditions/infectious/5-rare-parasites.htm Parasites are organisms that survive by mooching off of a living host body – like yours. From single-celled protozoa that exist harmoniously within us, to fleas that suck our blood, to tapeworms that set […]
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8:05 PM | You Should Get a Flu Shot One of the arguments you hear most...
You Should Get a Flu Shot One of the arguments you hear most often by people who don’t want to get immunized against influenza is that the flu just isn’t a big deal; it’s just a bad cold. It’s not. There are lots of other things people often get wrong about flu shots, too. For those of you who want references or more information, go here: http://theincidentaleconomist.com/wordpress/?p=58721 By: Healthcare Triage.
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7:16 PM | Can Plants Be Albino? Albinism is quite prevalent in the animal...
Can Plants Be Albino? Albinism is quite prevalent in the animal world, but can plants have it too? What the consequences of that and which plants can actually survive this way? By: Think Fact.
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6:27 PM | Walrus Flash Mob & 20 Years of Pot Research scishow: 35,000...
Walrus Flash Mob & 20 Years of Pot Research scishow: 35,000 walruses all hanging out at the same beach in Alaska? Why? Does global warming have anything to do with it? And what have we learned after 20 years of studying the effects of marijuana? SciShow News explains. Support on Subbable: https://subbable.com/scishow
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5:40 PM | Discoveries of the week
It is Tuesday again, time for some new species accounts.Bumba lennoniWe propose the name Bumba as a new name for Maraca, preoccupied by Maraca Hebard, 1926 (Orthoptera). We describe and illustrate Bumba lennoni, a new theraphosid species from Caxiuanã, Pará, Brazil. This species differs from the other species of the genus in the extremely reduced keel on male palpal organ and in the higher number of labial and maxillary cuspules. Females additionally differ in the spermathecal […]
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