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April 22, 2014

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10:39 AM | My year with the real wonks: how academia enriches journalism
I stepped out of a chemistry lab to receive a shiny doctorate a little more than two years ago. Then, against the...
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10:03 AM | Un selfie per la giornata mondiale della Terra
Un colibrì rosso, uno stercorario, due macachi giapponesi, una medusa quadrifoglio e un pesce palla. Sono questi gli animali che oggi Google ha deciso di ospitare nel suo doodle per celebrare l’Earth Day 2014, la Giornata mondiale della Terra, nata nel 1970 per celebrare e salvaguardare il nostro pianeta. Quest’anno l’evento, celebrato in più di 190 paesi in tutto il mondo, è dedicato alle Green City, ovvero punta a sensibilizzare chiunque nel mondo a […]
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9:00 AM | Saffron: the brightly coloured spice from crocus flowers
Saffron is the world’s most expensive spice by weight. Its vibrant orange-red colour means that as well as being used for flavouring food, it can also be used to dye fabric. Saffron comes from the stigmas (female part) of Crocus … Continue reading →
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9:00 AM | Microbiomes and complexity
Obesity -- the more we know, the less we seem to know -- or, at least, the more complicated it gets.  But, have heart!  Because this is turning out to be true of much of biology.  The more we learn about cellular mechanisms, how genes work, gene networks, the effects of medications, the relationship between diet and disease, the effects of environmental exposures on risk, and so much else, the better we understand that reductionist science is not necessarily the best way to […]
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7:55 AM | Norman Borlaug Ringtone
It has been almost a month since we released the Play it Hard music video with Nobel laureate Dr. Norman Borlaug, and the video has received over 9,000 views (when you count CIMMYT’s channel as well as ours)! We’re really pleased to hear that people enjoy the video, and we hope that it draws attention to the series of articles and interviews that we will be publishing on the Biofortified Blog throughout the coming year. Now you can get Norman Borlaug on your cell phone! We have […]
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7:02 AM | Tra moglie e marito metti un candito
Diciamoci la verità. Che aver fame fosse collegato con l’essere più irritabili non era una grande novità. Ma, si sa, nella scienza tutto va dimostrato: lo hanno appena fatto gli psicologi della Ohio State University, che hanno messo in correlazione i livelli di zucchero nel sangue di 214 coniugi (107 coppie, dunque) con grado di fastidio e aggressività nei confronti del partner. Come c’era da aspettarsi, gli scienziati hanno scoperto che le persone con […]
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7:00 AM | There Is A Spider That Is Almost Completely Vegetarian
We think of spiders as viciously predatory, injecting venom into their prey and sucking out the liquefied innards. However, there is one species of spider, called the Bagheera kiplingi, that subsists almost entirely on nutrient-rich leaf tips. Scientists are somewhat baffled as to how this spider developed a vegetarian diet or even how it manages to digest plant matter in the first place. The post There Is A Spider That Is Almost Completely Vegetarian appeared first on KnowledgeNuts.
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6:57 AM | Così uovo e spermatozoo si riconoscono
Quando Izumo incontra Juno: così nasce un embrione. È quanto suggerisce uno studio effettuato presso il Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute di Cambridge nel Regno Unito e pubblicato su Nature. Usando un metodo messo a punto nel loro laboratorio su cellule germinali di topo, gli autori hanno dimostrato che la proteina-recettore Juno presente sulla membrana degli ovociti interagisce con Izumo, presente sugli spermatozoi. È il legame tra queste due proteine a permettere il […]
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6:00 AM | PHOTO DU BoB-089
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5:30 AM | ‘Ferns have not bowed to the ages’
When I started my undergrad, botany was something of an afterthought – I just needed a third course to go along with chemistry and zoology, which had been my mainstays in A Levels. But once I sat down in Dr … Continue reading →
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4:15 AM | Battle royale, hippo-style
The latest from Huff Post: “Massive Herd of Hippos Faces Off with Hundreds of Crocodiles In Epic Battle Of The Beasts (PHOTOS)” via http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/04/19/hippos-have-epic-battle-against-crocs_n_5170405.html?ncid=fcbklnkushpmg00000063 It looks like Zambia’s 140-strong croc crowd claimed victory on this one, but it’s interesting from a behavioral perspective to see how hippos react in the face of loss. We don’t often think […]
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3:13 AM | Epidemiology: Should farmers try to do more work near noon?
The CDC has a wealth of classroom information (case studies, discussion material) regarding epidemiology. No surprise there. It’s what they do. In my Microbiology class we’re starting a unit on epidemiology that students are working on in their free time either alone or in groups. We will talk about the project as questions come up, […]
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2:45 AM | What's on a cat's mind?
No one really knows, especially what's on this one's mind. Mind? This is an interesting article about people who study animal intelligence, and they say cats are just really, really difficult to work with.  People like to think that dogs are smarter than cats, but in TPP's opinion this is largely because humans and dogs understand each other better.  Communicating with a cat is more like trying to figure out an alien life form. Humans just don't think […]
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2:30 AM | Dehydrated Jack Daniels?
One of my colleagues always used to kid around about having packed dehydrated Jack Daniels for field work. And now someone has invented a powdered alcoholic beverage?  OK, based on what TPP knows about chemistry, you can separate the water and alcohol, but then you still have to carry the same weight to rehydrate it later, and alcohol doesn't dry out; gas, liquid, solid, but not a dry powder. Something doesn't make sense. This powdered alcohol is called Palcohol, and when first this […]
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1:00 AM | Discovering the Atomic Structure of the World Around Us -...
Discovering the Atomic Structure of the World Around Us - Katharine Page The Santa Fe Science Café for Young Thinkers presents Katharine Page, materials physicist from Los Alamos National Laboratory, discussing “Discovering the Atomic Structure of the World Around Us” Date: February 26, 2014. The Café is sponsored by the Santa Fe Alliance for Science, the Santa Fe Public Schools, the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, the Fractal Foundation and the Santa Fe […]
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12:24 AM | Mary’s Monday Metazoan: Well, I wouldn’t eat it
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12:00 AM | Weekly Space Hangout - April 18, 2014 This week’s...
Weekly Space Hangout - April 18, 2014 This week’s stories: Jason Major (@JPMajor, LightsInTheDark.com): First Habitable Earth-sized exoplanet found (finally!) Casey Dreier (@exploreplanets, Planetary.org): The End of Opportunity and LRO? Current status of NASA funding Brian Koberlein (@briankoberlein, briankoberlein.com): How CERN’s Discovery of Exotic Particles May Affect Astrophysics BICEP2 inflation results may be due to radio loops David Dickinson (@astroguyz, […]

April 21, 2014

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11:00 PM | SkeptiCamp Winnipeg 2013 - Finding Goodness "Finding Goodness:...
SkeptiCamp Winnipeg 2013 - Finding Goodness "Finding Goodness: How A Simple Idea Can Bring Together A Community" by Scott Burton Scott Burton is a professional motivational speaker and corporate entertainer. His hobby is participating in ultra-marathons; any running race over 42.2 Kms in length, while continually testing his abilities. Scott believes that we can all benefit from reaching for big goals and by challenging our self-limiting beliefs. The Winnipeg Skeptics is a community […]
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10:57 PM | Tweet: Well, that’s not a good start to the day. http://t…
Well, that’s not a good start to the day. http://t.co/yb4x4JI7xm
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10:40 PM | SkyWeek April 21 - 27, 2014 Magnificent Leo the Lion, one of the...
SkyWeek April 21 - 27, 2014 Magnificent Leo the Lion, one of the few constellations that really resembles its name, is high in the south. Regulus, its brightest star, is important in history and science. via Sky & Telescope.
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10:39 PM | Cuando la naturaleza manda a callar a las mujeres
La teoría cromosómica de la herencia establece que los genes están ubicados en los cromosomas y que éstos son los vehículos de esos genes cuando se realiza la meiosis para formar los gametos. En los individuos con sexos diferentes existen dos tipos de cromosomas, los autosomas y los cromosomas sexuales. Los primeros son iguales para ambos sexos, mientras que los cromosomas sexuales son diferentes justamente porque determinan si el individuo es macho o hembra. […]
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10:30 PM | Interviews: Ep 9 - Ed Clint A fascinating discussion with Ed...
Interviews: Ep 9 - Ed Clint A fascinating discussion with Ed Clint on evolutionary medicine. He discusses stress, sanitation and fever and the importance they have in our evolution. via Michael Greiff.
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10:00 PM | AmputeeOT: Amputee Blade Runners Running Leg Grant! via...
AmputeeOT: Amputee Blade Runners Running Leg Grant! via amputeeot: I recently was awarded a grant from the nonprofit Amputee Blade Runners to get a running leg! I spent a week in Savannah, GA building my leg, and will have the final version soon! If you’d like more info about Amputee Blade Runners, watch this video. They are a new charity and not a lot of people know about them yet, but they are AWESOME beyond words. Please share this video with anyone you now who is interested in […]
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9:00 PM | Space Fan News Live! №133 In this special edition of SFN Live,...
Space Fan News Live! №133 In this special edition of SFN Live, Scott will be on location at the California Science Center, which is hosting Yuri’s Night for Los Angeles. If you’re in the LA area and are attending the local Yuri’s Night celebration, let us know and we’ll try to have a hangout in real life (HIRL) with Scott! Duration: 46:56 via Space Fan News. Twitter: http://twitter.com/spacefannews Facebook: http://facebook.com/spacefan
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8:41 PM | It’s “lift off” for space-bound flies
FalxonX Rocket launches Bodmer's flies for cardiovascular research.
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8:38 PM | Developing Gain Control in Single Cortical Neurons
If you are reading this sentence, it is quite likely that you have heard of “gain control” in a neuroscience context. You may notice that the picture provided above has very little to do with the context in which this blog post shall discuss “gain control”. You may also notice that this blog post has […]

Mease R.A., Famulare M., Gjorgjieva J., Moody W.J. & Fairhall A.L. (2013). Emergence of Adaptive Computation by Single Neurons in the Developing Cortex, Journal of Neuroscience, 33 (30) 12154-12170. DOI:

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8:33 PM | Don't Disrespect the Hippo
Hippos Are The Most Underappreciated of African Megafauna http://t.co/BcZv867fad— Jason G. Goldman (@jgold85) April 21, 2014"The chompers on a mature, fully grown hippo can bite a three-meter-long crocodile in half."
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8:30 PM | First Kisses and Spring! Hank explores the science behind the...
First Kisses and Spring! Hank explores the science behind the first kiss — and all the kisses that come after it — and also sets you straight about the vernal equinox, what it is, and why this year’s is special! via SciShow. Subbable: https://subbable.com/scishow Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/scishow Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/scishow Tumblr: http://scishow.tumblr.com
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8:22 PM | Cougar Kittens Stretch EGG STRAVAGANZA
Some animals @NCZoo are still participating in EGG STRAVAGANZA events. Our cougar kittens had a blast this morning http://t.co/8Kobk8OBJz— North Carolina Zoo (@NCZoo) April 21, 2014
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8:00 PM | Why Are Babies So Cute? via asapscience: What about those little...
Why Are Babies So Cute? via asapscience: What about those little bundles of joy do we find so compelling? Are we hard-wired to like “cute” things? Find out in our latest VIDEO. 
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