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August 26, 2014

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2:03 PM | Researcher Spotlight: Dr Faith Osier
Dr Faith Hope Among’in Osier is a Clinical Research Fellow and Group leader at the KEMRI-Wellcome Research Institute in Kenya. She holds a Wellcome Trust Intermediate Fellowship in Public Health and Tropical Medicine and was recently awarded the Royal Society Pfizer Prize, one of the most prestigious prizes for African science. Here, Dr Osier shares […]
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2:00 PM | The #IceBucketChallenge, and iced-up budgets for scientific research
Well, it had to happen some time, I guess. A friend tagged me on Facebook in the “ice bucket challenge” to raise funds for the ALS Association. It’s gone massively viral: post a video of yourself getting soaked in ice water, donate to ALSA, and nominate more folks to do the same. So far, it’s […]
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2:00 PM | Nursing Announcements, Accolades and Presentations, August 2014
Read more about nursing colleagues’ news, presentations and awards from across the UChicago Medicine nursing community.
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1:13 PM | michaelhoeweler: Tiger Beetle, for The Nature Conservancy...
michaelhoeweler: Tiger Beetle, for The Nature Conservancy Magazine AD Katie Lesser
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1:08 PM | "Spotted Owl Never Had It this Good"
"Frack Quietly, Please: [Greater] Sage Grouse Is Nesting" - New York Times, Diane Cardwell & Clifford Krauss (Hat Tip: Hacky Pitts)"...a chickenlike bird known for its flamboyant courtship strut — has seen its numbers plunge far and fast.""Every year, males return to relatively open areas called leks, splaying their tail feathers and puffing up their chests as they waddle and call to attract hens. Vulnerable to predators like coyotes and eagles, the grouse depends on vast expanses […]
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12:30 PM | BHL joins the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF)
The Biodiversity Heritage Library has joined the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) as an Associate Participant. GBIF operates through a network of global nodes to develop and maintain an open data infrastructure for sharing digital biodiversity data. As an Associate Participant, BHL will encourage open access and use of biodiversity data among its stakeholders and actively participate in the implementation of the GBIF Work Programme.“BHL provides open and free access to over […]
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12:00 PM | The Science of ALS and the Irony of the Ice Bucket Challenge
With the ALS ice bucket challenge going viral, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) has been getting a lot of attention. But what exactly is ALS? It is essentially a poorly understood neurodegenerative disease that kills relatively quickly — with people usually dying within 3–5 years after onset of the first symptoms — and is responsible for … Continue reading »
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12:00 PM | Sequencing Finnish Population Isolates (SISu)
If you compare any individual’s genome to the human reference sequence, you’ll find around 3 million differences. Most of these (95%) area already known, and have been catalogued in databases like dbSNP. Many are common, and shared by 5% or more of human populations. They may still have biomedical relevance, of course; genome-wide studies of […]
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11:58 AM | Watch This Week in Virology Episode 300 Live from ASM HQ tonight at 7 pm ET
This Week in Virology, the podcast about viruses, celebrates its 300th episode on Tuesday, August 26, 2014 with a live recording at the Washington, DC headquarters of the American Society for Microbiology. This special episode will be part of the ‘Microbes after Hours’ series, and will feature the TWiV hosts
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10:57 AM | Invertebrate of the Week #8 – Golden Tortoise Beetle (Charidotella sexpunctata)
Today we are featuring the beautiful metallic beetle Charidotella sexpunctata, also known as the Golden tortoise beetle.  These North American beetles are small, measuring approximately 5 – 7 mm in length and are […]
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10:23 AM | Left-right asymmetry, embryonic development, and more
Hello there, first time posting on The Node! Every so often Wiley compiles a small selection of recent research on a particular topic, and the most recent is on the topic of developmental biology. This includes some special issues from journals with reviews on: Left-Right asymmetry Embryonic development Cell proliferation and development The first two special […]
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10:20 AM | Book Review: The First Eden by David Attenborough
This book is my souvenir from our recent trip to Brownsea Island. Along with a new NT shop, there is also a room of second hand books being sold for charity, and this is where I found this book.This book (a companion to a television series of the same name) takes us on a journey around the Mediterranean, from the Gibraltar Straits at the western end all the way through to the eastern edge including Egypt and Turkey. From pre-history to modern times and encompassing a great deal of human and […]
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10:14 AM | Botanical Geek Tour - Italian edition continues
Our Italian Botanical Geek Tour continues with a changing cast of characters, some not so garden oriented, so the Phactors soldiered on to visit the Giardino Boboli and Giardino Bardini, which are right next to each other, almost.  Both gardens are of the formal nature, and in places both provide panoramic views of Florence, especially Bardini.  Giardino Boboli is the formal gardens behind the Palazzo Pitti.  From the Palazzo entry, the Boboli is all up, and fairly steep; it has […]
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8:55 AM | L'energia arriva dalla finestra
Le finestre sono gli occhi delle nostre case, la vita scorre oltre i vetri, vediamo chi passa e chi arriva, fanno entrare l'aria e il sole. E in alcuni casi possono anche trattenere qualcosa. Infatti, per catturare l'energia proveniente dalla luce solare un team di ricercatori del Michigan ha sviluppato un nuova tecnologia in grado di preservare la “visibilità” delle finestre garantendo nel contempo la produzione di energia pulita negli edifici che le ospitano. Si tratta di […]
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8:32 AM | Announcement: Two New Categories on the Home Menu
Just a general announcement:  I’ve  cleaned up the blog a bit and added two new categories to the menu.  The Invertebrate of the Week and Weekly Wallpaper features are now filed under their own eponymous categories […]
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8:30 AM | Sugar helps plants to tell the time
Plants can harness light energy to produce their own sugars from carbon dioxide and water in a process known as photosynthesis. Much of the sugar produced during the day is stored as starch to be used as an energy source overnight … Continue reading →
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7:28 AM | How Agriculture Nearly Destroyed Human Civilization
It's long been thought that when mankind switched from a nomadic lifestyle to the stability of agriculture, we also experienced something of a blossoming society. Contrary to that belief, though, researchers have found that after an initial upswing in population numbers and community size, the farming lifestyle then brought with it a massive death toll, similar to the numbers of dead seen in some of Europe's great plagues. Now, it's thought that man's inability to farm sustainably originally […]
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7:03 AM | Satelliti Galileo, l'orbita è sbagliata
E' stato effettuato quasi senza problemi il lancio di due dei satelliti del sistema di navigazione dell'Esa Galileo, avvenuto il 22 agosto dalla base europea di Kourou, nella Guyana Francese: l'Arianespace, la società che si occupa di gestire i lanci, ha infatti annunciato che i due veicoli spaziali sono finiti su un'orbita diversa da quella prevista. Al momento, i ricercatori dell'Esa e delle altre agenzie coinvolte nella missione stanno analizzando i dati del lancio per cercare di […]
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6:00 AM | PHOTO DU BoB-215
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4:00 AM | Was ist Krebs? – Ausweitung der Kampfzone: Invasion und Metastasierung
Wenn ein bösartiger Tumor für sich genommen nicht tödlich ist, z.B. indem er so groß wird, daß er das Gewebe oder Organ, aus dem er stammt, verdrängt und zerdrückt, so kann er dennoch zu einer tödlichen Gefahr werden. Nämlich dann, wenn er beginnt, sich auszubreiten, benachbartes Gewebe zu durchwuchern und zu infiltrieren (Invasion) und zuletzt…
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3:11 AM | XI Feria Antártica Escolar -FAE- (Chile)
La XI Feria Antártica Escolar (FAE) se trata de un encuentro científico escolar que reunirá a las más destacadas investigaciones polares, realizadas por estudiantes de enseñanza media de todo Chile. Es organizada por el Instituto Antártico Chileno (INACH). Este 2014 la FAE se desarrollará en la ciudad más austral del mundo, Punta Arenas, entre los días 6 y 9 de noviembre en el marco de las celebraciones del Día de la […]
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2:07 AM | Blog for kids
Only intermittent posting these days as I have a few day off - well deserved vacation.Today just an announcement - Last week I started a new blog. One bug a day is made for kids. Every weekday a new bug, starting with the ones I find in my backyard, on walks or hikes, or simply at home. The idea is certainly not new and that's why added a little twist to it. Every post has about 150-200 words which is equivalent to about one minute of reading. The idea is to engage kids in their natural […]
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1:24 AM | Top Secret Ebola serums, how do they work?
One wonderful thing that has come two US citizens being infected Ebola (and successfully treated for the disease) is *education* the general public is getting about this, frankly, ‘scary’ virus. Im not talking about the bizarre nonsense/missed opportunity posted by Sanjay Gupta and his ‘producer’ Danielle Dellorto. Of course science bloggers have capitalized on this opportunity to educate people (its…
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12:46 AM | Dog Food Logic: The Science of Canine Nutrition
A few days ago I told Jim that we needed to cut down on Tootsie’s food because she was getting pudgy. Easy and obvious, right? Dog getting fat, feed less food. Less obvious, but equally important, is that if we cut back too much on her food she might not get the level of nutrients, […]

August 25, 2014

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10:54 PM | Nuthatch Empire
Today I’d like to focus on passerine birds again, and this time on a group that I don’t think I’ve ever blogged about before: the certhioids. Scrap that. This article ended up being devoted entirely... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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10:49 PM | Mary’s Monday Metazoan: How can you not love an extravagant worm?
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10:43 PM | Weekly Wallpaper #2 – Polar Bear in the Hudson Bay
This photograph was the Grand Prize Winner in National Geographic’s Photo Contest 2013.  Photographer Paul Souders captured this polar bear peering up from beneath melting sea ice on Hudson Bay. […]
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9:38 PM | The last year
This is my iPad cover:By this time next year, I’m going to need a new cover. The University of Texas-Pan American won’t exist any more. It will be abolished and replaced by University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. (And that name won’t fit on an iPad cover, either, darn it.)Today is the first day of the fall semester, and it is a little bittersweet knowing that this is the start of the last year for this university. I’ve heard quite a few people already talking about it. […]
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8:24 PM | Gut bacteria that protect against food allergies identified
UChicago researchers have identified a common gut bacteria that prevents sensitization to allergens in a mouse model for peanut allergy, paving the way for probiotic therapies to treat food allergies.
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7:53 PM | And Sometimes I'm the Danger
"Bird calls sometimes signal danger is nearby", Charlotte Observer, Piedmont Birding by Taylor Piephoff.'...an abrupt change in the tone of your local bird calls...may be alerting you to something interesting..."As a long-time trail jogger turned hiker, I have often heard American crows, other birds and squirrels warn each other about my approaching their habitat.Hat tip: Hacky Pitts
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