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March 23, 2015

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2:00 PM | "Writing has always been a life plan, never a second thought": international bestselling author Daniel Arthur Smith talks about books, traveling, and his new novel, Hugh Howey Lives.
Today my guest is a world traveler and the international bestselling author of the Cathari Treasure and the Somali Deception, featuring veteran Légionnaire Cameron Kincaid. I met Daniel Arthur Smith through the Apocalypse Weird project and was instantly impressed by his amazing writing and the breadth of his work. I was so thrilled when he accepted to come over to the blog to talk about his travels, his books, and his latest release in particular, Hugh Howey Lives, where yes, Hugh […]
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1:47 PM | From the inbox: NEAT
Just found this letter in my email inbox and thought it is worth to be shared:Dear colleagues and friends, Most of you have already heard about this new academic network on arctic terrestrial/ freshwater arthropods, which we will from now on refer to as:NEAT – NEtwork on Arthropods of the Tundra.It has taken a while to get back to you all. One reason for this is that CBMP – the Circumpolar Biodiversity Monitoring Program asked us to form the official network on invertebrates […]
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1:10 PM | L’autopalpazione per prevenire il tumore ai testicoli
L’autopalpazione è una procedura poco diffusa nel nostro paese, ma fondamentale. Ecco le 5 regole individuate dalla Società Italiana di Urologia
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1:00 PM | The youngest cancer researcher? – Oscar’s story
Oscar Sawyer is on his way to become a promising young researcher after suggesting a clever idea to tackle cancer.
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1:00 PM | Animals That Could Become Extinct in Your Lifetime: Photos
Fifteen species are on the brink of extinction, and could die out during our lifetimes, finds new research.
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12:30 PM | Garden Stories: A Celebration of Gardening
Friday we celebrated the March equinox (and, incidentally, a total solar eclipse!), when the sun appears to cross the celestial equator heading northward. In the northern hemisphere, this is also known as the vernal equinox. For those in the southern hemisphere, it means that autumn is upon them, and cold days are ahead. But for those of us in the northern hemisphere, it means that Spring is officially here!The coming of spring is therapeutic for many - a time for new life, a break from the […]
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12:00 PM | When Antibiotic Resistance in vitro Does Not Tell You What You Need To Know
by Terry Roemer | Increasingly, it is becoming apparent that there is a deep difference between what happens in vivo and in vitro. The idea that one can comfortably extrapolate from the bench to, say, the bedside, is receding rapidly. Living things, not even the smallest ones, are no agar plates, however convenient and inexpensive these may be.
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11:34 AM | The Social Life of Lizards Revealed: Lizard Social Behavior Research in Gainesville
If you’re in Gainesville and come across a site like this, odds are you’re not at a crime scene, but rather Ambika Kamath’s study site, where she’s investigating the social organization of brown anoles. The standard view of anole social structure is that a male brown anole defends a large territory, excluding all other males […]
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9:00 AM | Germline gene therapy: Frankenstein or Frankincense?
Science, like any other human enterprise, is largely reactionary.  People in established positions of influence like to have their own way but perhaps even more, like their ways to stay basically the same: change is threatening.  For that general reason, new ideas that promise to be transformative are often faced with reactionary opposition. A few decades ago we had the recombinant DNA revolution.  Changing DNA in bacteria for experimental reasons was seen as a potential global […]
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8:42 AM | No, il porno non fa male
Uno studio americano dimostra che il consumo frequente di materiale pornografico non ha effetti negativi per la salute sessuale maschile, come ritenuto invece fino ad oggi da molti esperti
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8:37 AM | Perché l’Italia è all’avanguardia nella robotica
Roberto Oldani ci guida nel mondo della robotica nazionale e internazionale proponendoci considerazioni e riflessioni molto stimolanti, a volte entusiaste, a volte problematiche
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7:00 AM | How To Take Your Own Funeral For A Test Drive In Japan
Various cultures approach their rituals of death differently. In the US, some Americans use prepaid funeral contracts to ease the financial burden on loved ones, although these contracts may fall short of expectations or result in outright fraud. In the Ukraine, coffin therapy may be used to prepare anxious individuals for the afterlife. But the Japanese take a more lighthearted approach with a Shukatsu festival that lets you take a test run of your death with coffins, clothes, makeup, […]
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7:00 AM | Photo 421 : Otocolobus manul
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7:00 AM | Puzzles posed by a chilly northern winter
Scientists disagree over the cause of the massive US snowstorms.
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7:00 AM | How the chameleon glows in technicolour
Chameleons employ a masterful trick of nanotechnology.
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7:00 AM | Latest from our blog
The most read articles from the Cosmos news blog over the past week.
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7:00 AM | Pulling back the curtain on the Universe
The James Webb Space Telescope will be able to look further back in time than we have ever seen.
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7:00 AM | Evolution of an icon
The "March of Progress" was first published 50 years ago and has become a meme.
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7:00 AM | Caffeinated flowers give bees a buzz
Flowers lace their nectar with caffeine because bees like it.
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4:41 AM | "Fluorescence might be the most misinterpreted spectroscopic assay used in chemistry"
“Fluorescence might be the most misinterpreted spectroscopic assay used in chemistry” - Shawn Burdette, chemist at Worcester Polytechnic Institute — Metal sensing malarkey: (or the expected virtue of ignorance) This is an interesting piece of writing not just for the bioinorganic chemistry, but the misgivings on [scientific journal article commenting site] PubPeer: an overall “opportunity to examine both pre- and post-publication peer review" in Burdette’s […]
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2:00 AM | You Never Hear Much About Shrew-Opossums
You never really hear much about shrew-opossums or rat-opossums, the small group of living, South American marsupials properly called caenolestids or caenolestoids. Small (c 20-30 cm long in total),... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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1:57 AM | Un local de ensayo con músicos a 2.700 kilómetros de distancia
Hacer posible conciertos con músicos separados por grandes distancias con un mínimo de latencia –retardo entre una interpretación musical y la escucha o grabación– es el objetivo de un proyecto conjunto del Centro de Supercomputación de Galicia y la Universidad de Santiago de Compostela. Para ello han realizado experimentos de demostración en vivo con tecnologías musicales pioneras en Europa y músicos profesionales. Gracias a […]
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12:41 AM | While you’re waiting for the bus
Stuff worth reading Female amputees grapple with prosthetics for men Good examples of how designing for non “default” identities is good for everyone. A subtle way to over-fit Roxane Gay: Margaret Sanger, a Women’s Fighter – NYTimes.com Nancy Drew and … Continue reading →

March 22, 2015

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9:45 PM | Prime Placement
.@GreensboroSC #NCAATournament TV ads! #Duke— russwilliamsiii (@russwilliamsiii) March 22, 2015 Primate placement? A gibbon named Duke.
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8:34 PM | the sonorous war cry of a very angry frog
I've always liked frogs. I remember, when I was probably around 4 years old, being fascinated by the tadpoles that Dad brought home in a big jar from a farm pond. Mum explained about how they'd gradually metamorphose (thought...
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3:00 PM | MI weekly selection #121
Deep aurora in Mars seen by Maven spacecraft. NASA’s Maven spacecraft spotted a strange aurora that lasted for five days and stretched deep into […] Read more The post MI weekly selection #121 appeared first on Mapping Ignorance. Related posts:MI’s 2014: the ten most read articles MI’s 2014: Editors’ Picks MI weekly selection #113
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3:00 PM | Multi-imaging approach to study the root–soil interface
Combining neutron and fluorescence imaging allows study of the spatiotemporal patterns of oxygen, pH and water content distribution in lupin rhizospheres.
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1:45 PM | "Cupid's Arrow Is No Metaphor"
When mating, snails often fire tiny limestone darts at each other as part of the preliminaries http://t.co/wTiGvyx9Nk pic.twitter.com/0rHphvyONM— The Economist (@TheEconomist) March 22, 2015 "Till Death Do Us Dart"
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1:00 PM | Not BFFs
Hmmm...here's something that deserves a double take: a tree frog hitching a ride on a python! http://t.co/e3swsjRM3k #weirdnature— Earth Touch (@EarthTouch) March 22, 2015 "...undoubtedly a case of cohabitation rather than animal BFFs..."
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11:55 AM | Cellular Mechanism of Tail Regeneration in Anolis carolinensis
Lorenzo Alibardi is conducting detailed studies of what the cells are doing as the tail regenerates. His latest work is now available online in the Journal of Morphology. Here’s the abstract: Using an antibody against a lizard telomerase-1 component the presence of telomerase has been detected in regenerating lizard tails where numerous cells are proliferating. Immunoblots showed telomerase positive bands […]
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