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September 10, 2014

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2:30 PM | Roasted Barley tea
Barley (Hordeum vulgare) is rich in dietary fiber and nutrients such as starch, protein, fat, vitamins B1 & B2, calcium, phosphorus, iron, and phenolic compounds. Roasted barley tea is very popular in Japan and Korea where it is believed to contribute to the digestion of greasy food and to be beneficial for the stomach after long term alcoholism. Roasted barley tea, known in Japanese as mugicha or in Korean as boricha, is available as loose grains, in tea bags or as prepared tea drinks […]
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2:00 PM | Don’t Pet the Fuzzy Caterpillar
Keeping up my posting of interesting organisms, this little guy has been getting a ton of press lately. Adorable, looks like a tribble, and makes you want to cuddle them. But these little guys might be the most venomous insect in the US. So don’t pet the fuzzy caterpillar.    
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2:00 PM | When cycling, wear a helmet...or maybe don’t
If you have a bike, most surely you will own a helmet too. If you fall off the bike your helmet might avoid some nasty […] Read more The post When cycling, wear a helmet...or maybe don’t appeared first on Mapping Ignorance. Related posts:The perfect armour Getting the best grip: how ridged surfaces affect finger pad tribology
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2:00 PM | Ancient 'Toothy' Dolphin Fossils Found in Peru
Pisco-Ica desert along the country's coast yields remains of rare species, with well-preserved skulls.
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1:54 PM | Health Tecnology and Telemedicine Competition for Young Innovators 2014
Si svolgerà a Roma il 7 e 8 ottobre 2014 presso l’Hotel Parco dei Principi la seconda edizione della European Telemedicine Conference (ETC 2014). La conferenza rientra nel programma del Semestre Italiano di Presidenza UE ed è l’occasione per discutere di come la telemedicina possa migliorare le prestazioni sanitarie in termini di qualità a beneficio dei pazienti, tenere sotto controllo le spese per le cure mediche, ridurre […]
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1:36 PM | Video Tip of the Week: #Docker, shipping containers for software and data
Breaking into the zeitgeist recently, Docker popped into my sphere from several disparate sources. Seems to me that this is a potential problem-solver for some of the reproducibility and sharing dramas that we have been wrestling with in genomics. Sharing of data sets and versions of analysis software is being tackled in a number of […]

Baggerly K. (2010). Disclose all data in publications, Nature, 467 (7314) 401-401. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/467401b

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1:09 PM | Extremism is Not the Only Threat to Medical Research
In the last decade there has been a large, and long overdue, crackdown on animal rights extremism. While positive, thisis not enough. Unless scientists take advantage of this new found safety by speaking up in support of their research, important research will be forced out by activists. Continue reading →
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1:02 PM | Oms, come prevenire i suicidi
La chiamavano “Attrice della nazione”. Era considerata una delle migliori interpreti della Corea del Sud. Il suo vero nome era Choi Jin-sil, e aveva recitato in 18 film, 20 serie televisive e 140 spot pubblicitari. Gloria e ricchezza non le servirono: Choi si suicidò nella sua casa di Seoul il 2 ottobre 2008, a soli 39 anni. Un gesto estremo che, purtroppo, ebbe conseguenze ancora più drammatiche, come ha appena svelato uno studio dei ricercatori della Chung-Ang […]
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1:00 PM | The Venomous Cocktail in a Fisherman’s Bait
Anglers often use bloodworms as bait, and aquarists use them as fish food. These small squirming creatures are …
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1:00 PM | Did All Dinosaurs Have Feathers?
It seems that the line between dinosaurs and birds is getting more and more blurred with each passing day. While birds and dinosaurs have been known to be closely related for years, Dinosaurs have always been portrayed as lizard like and reptilian, a view popularized and sensationalized by the 1993 blockbuster Jurassic Park.  In fact, before the first dinosaur with feathers was discovered in China in 1996, the commonly held belief was that dinosaurs and birds had […]
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12:53 PM | Elephant Conservationist Apparently Killed by Elephant
A Maine man who dedicated his life to caring for ailing elephants was apparently accidentally stepped on by an elephant after falling and knocking his head. Continue reading →
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12:30 PM | Sad @NBC News
Veterinarian who cared for retired circus elephants was crushed to death in accident http://t.co/pvcOiOTfJQ— NBC News (@NBCNews) September 10, 2014
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12:00 PM | Return of Results from Next-gen Sequencing
The rapid adoption of next-gen exome and genome sequencing for clinical use (i.e. with patient DNA) raises some difficult questions about the return of results to patients and their families. In contrast to traditional genetic testing, which usually checks for variants in specific genes, high-throughput sequencing has the potential to reveal a number of secondary […]
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12:00 PM | Combining FISH and chromosome modelling in Typhonium
Sousa et al. combine cytogenetics, using fluorescent in situ hybridization (FISH), and modelling of changing chromosome numbers in a maximum-likelihood framework to study Typhonium, a genus of Araceae with 2n = 24 and 2n = 8, the lowest known count in the family.
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11:42 AM | Indian Purple Frog (Pignosed Frog)
Indian Purple FrogCredit: Karthickbala at ta.wikipedia (CC-BY-SA-3.0)via Wikimedia CommonsKingdom: AnimaliaPhylum: ChordataClass: AmphibiaOrder: AnuraFamily: SooglossidaeGenus: NasikabatrachusSpecies: Nasikabatrachus sahyadrensisConservation Status: EndageredCommon name(s):  Indian purple frog, Pignosed frog, Indian purple frogMeet the Indian puple frog, an endangered and odd-looking species of frog from the mountains of India’s Western Ghats.The species was formally […]

Biju SD & Bossuyt F (2003). New frog family from India reveals an ancient biogeographical link with the Seychelles., Nature, 425 (6959) 711-4. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14562102

Thomas A, Suyesh R, Biju SD & Bee MA (2014). Vocal behavior of the elusive purple frog of India (Nasikabatrachus sahyadrensis), a fossorial species endemic to the Western Ghats., PloS one, 9 (2) PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24516517

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11:40 AM | “Vive ConCiencia”: concurso Interuniversitario de Ciencia y Tecnología (México)
Vive conCiencia es un concurso donde se trata de asociar uno de los diez retos de la Agenda Ciudadana a un problema cotidiano para resolverlo a través de la ciencia y la tecnología. La Agenda Ciudadana de ciencia, tecnología e innovación dio una fotografía de los retos científico-tecnológicos que los mexicanos tienen que afrontar: 1. Educación: Modernizar el sistema educativo con el enfoque humanístico, científico y […]
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11:31 AM | Make Up Your Own Story: Owl and Anole
This was tweeted by Gretchen. What’s the story?
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11:04 AM | How to return to a research career after a break from the lab
The Wellcome Trust Research Career Re-Entry Fellowships (RCREF) support people who want to return to science following a substantial break (2 years or more). Getting back to a career in research is not just a matter of funding, and it may be hard to know where to start. With this in mind, the Trust has created […]
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11:01 AM | Update: Plant Health News (10 Sep 14)
Here’s a taste of some of the latest stories about plant health, including some homegrown news of Plantwise data used to study the global spread of crop pests, cassava brown streak disease wreaking havoc in Rwanda, and fireblight hitting Canadian apple orchards hard. Click on the link to read more of the latest plant health […]
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11:00 AM | Kellogg’s plasmid preps
I’ve been thinking about Bioscience branding and logos – I had a fleeting thought about the style of the ‘Life Technologies’ brand and its [albeit tenuous] similarity with the Kellogg’s brand logo. Molecular bioscience research is no longer the realm of privileged academics e.g. the RNA Tie club of the 1950’s – more ‘Tied’ to the […]
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10:56 AM | Una svolta nella caccia alle balene
La caccia alle balene è stata proibita dalla Convenzione Internazionale sulla Caccia Baleniera (International Whaling Commission, IWC) nel 1986; nonostante questo, continua a far parlare. La moratoria consente la caccia solamente per il sostentamento (per alcune popolazioni indigene di Islanda e Groenlandia) e per le ricerche scientifiche, una clausula sfruttato in particolare dal Giappone. Lo scorso marzo, però, la Corte Internazionale di Giustizia dell'Aja ha stabilito che il […]
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10:55 AM | L'Ebola non è arrivata in Italia
L’ebola non è arrivato in Italia. Se prima erano solo previsioni e congetture, adesso è ufficiale: la paziente nigeriana 42enne ricoverata agli Ospedali riuniti di Ancona è affetta da malaria e non da ebola, come si era sospettato negli ultimi giorni. A confermarlo, racconta l’Ansa, le analisi effettuate dall’Ospedale di Torrette e dall’Istituto Spallanzani di Roma: gli accertamenti hanno evidenziato […]
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9:55 AM | Archaeologists Unearth Massive "Super-Henge" Near Stonehenge
Credit: Ludwig Boltzmann InstituteAn archaeological project utilizing new technology has revealed new monuments belonging to the ancient ritualistic landscape that is home to the famous Stonehenge. Perhaps the most startling of these new monuments is a "super henge" several times larger than Stonehenge itself.The Stonehenge Hidden Landscape Project, a joint venture by the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute and the University of Birmingham, took four years to complete its surveys. The impressive results […]
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9:54 AM | "It is not birth, marriage, or death, but gastrulation which is truly the most important time in your..."
“It is not birth, marriage, or death, but gastrulation which is truly the most important time in your life” - Lewis Wolpert (via icantbelieveitsnotscifi) I had the great pleasure of sharing a dinner table with Lewis Wolpert after a Darwin bicentennial seminar in 2009. A fantastically entertaining storyteller. I told him about the mites that live on our skin and in our follicles, like Demodex, and he listened with great astonishment and surprise. Goes to show everyone has their […]
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9:43 AM | Footless urbanite pigeons
Foot deformities are ubiquitous in urban pigeons – why? As you’ll know if you’ve spent any time watching the pigeons of towns and cities, something like one in every ten (or more) has missing or... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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9:38 AM | Rosetta Update: Landing site options not very safe [Coffee-byte]
In an interesting turn of events, scientists at the European Space Agency are having a difficult time determining the perfect landing spot for Rosetta's probe, Philae. An earlier update from the agency at the beginning of the month had revealed that 5 landing spots had been shortlisted from the the probable list of 10 chosen first.  Comet 67P.Image source: www.dailymail.co.uk But further
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9:12 AM | The Weird Case Of The Electric Sugar Fraud
The late 1800s were a time of industrial innovation, so we can almost understand why investors would be eager to believe that one man had come up with a way to revolutionize sugar refining. They invested hundreds of thousands of dollars, and the whole thing went on for years before they finally realized it was all a massive hoax, and the owners of the company were simply swapping out refined sugar for raw, with no machinery or technology whatsoever. The post The Weird Case Of The Electric […]
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9:00 AM | The Turner Oak effect: unexpected explanations
We are just catching up on a backlog of reading after three weeks away, which means that while the immediate subject of this post may be a bit dated, the topic certainly is not. The August 15 special issue of Science, which we're just now reading, is so fascinating that we can't let it go unremarked.  The issue, called "Parenting: A legacy that transcends genes," provides example after example of the effects of environmental factors on development, taste preferences, the way […]
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8:57 AM | Andrew Biankin: We need a “We can do this!” attitude to pancreatic cancer
We speak to our pancreatic cancer expert Professor Andrew Biankin about how he's trying to change the picture for people with the disease.
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7:05 AM | Riprodotta al computer l'origine della vita
Come ha avuto origine la vita? I primi scienziati a tentare di rispondere furono Stanley Miller e Harold Urey, due fisici statunitensi che nel 1953 dimostrarono in laboratorio la possibilità che si formassero spontaneamente aminoacidi, cioè le molecole base della vita, sottoponendo a intense scariche elettriche le semplici molecole inorganiche presenti nel cosiddetto “brodo primordiale”. Oggi, un nuovo esperimento realizzato da due fisici italiani, Franz Saija […]
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