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December 16, 2014

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12:00 PM | DNA Sequencing from Formalin-Preserved Specimens
It’s common wisdom that formalin-preserved samples can’t be DNA sequenced because formalin degrades DNA beyond use . However, a paper recently appeared in Genome Research, describing successful whole genome sequencing of formalin-prepared samples. If it is possible to sequence DNA from formalin-fixed specimens, then that opens up a world of genetic studies through space and time […]
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11:39 AM | The demise of SciAmBlogs
So I hear that SciAmBlogs is undergoing a radical overhaul and shedding no less than half of its bloggers, many of whom have been with the network since its inception. This includes many whose thought-provoking writings I respect - even though I don't always agree with them - like Janet Stemwedel and Eric Michael Johnson.It's a shame really, because I think the network had really distinguished itself as one of the few blogging networks in the world whose bloggers had vibrant, independent voices […]
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10:00 AM | Are we still doing 'beanbag' eu(genetics)? Part II. History's unlearned lessons?
Yesterday we discussed some of the ways in which particularized views of genomic control and evolution were controversial and that, despite much more knowledge now than when the issues first surfaced nearly a century ago, they are still with us in largely unchanged form--even if with massive amounts of data and lots of chest-thumping about how modern our current view is.One consequence of a genomic causation as highly deterministic and specific is that one comes to believe that once a person is […]
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9:47 AM | Cute Tiny Baby Bats Rolled Into Bat-Burritos
It's true that most people don't like bats. They regard them as disgusting flying creatures. May be you are one of those people. If you are, then I guarantee you that the video you are about to see will change your mind. Bats are super cute, especially baby bat-rritos: The video was shot by Adam Cox, of the Wakaleo Animal Channel at the Australian Bat Clinic & Wildlife Trauma Centre
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9:19 AM | The (plant) science of Christmas
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9:00 AM | OMT 2
Liebe BeOMTe, da der Original-OMT inzwischen recht viele Kommentare mit Links und Videos angesammelt hat (was natürlich gut ist), ist das Laden und Scrollen in diesem Behemoth von einem Thread inzwischen recht schwerfällig geworden. Deshalb würde ich bitten, daß alle BeOMTe hierhin übersiedeln und sich ansonten im Musikgeplauder nicht stören lassen Danke.
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8:37 AM | Un avatar cellulare (italiano) per combattere l’autismo
Si chiama “disease modeling”: è una tecnica che usa le cellule staminali per studiare l'evoluzione genetica delle malattie. Un'équipe di ricercatori italiani ha applicato la tecnica allo studio dell'autismo: ecco cosa ha scoperto
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8:14 AM | Insetti come mangimi, l’idea è made in Italy
Si chiama Diptera ed è una delle start-up che hanno vinto l'ultima edizione del Premio Nazionale per l'Innovazione. Il suo ideatore ci spiega meglio come e perché trasformare gli insetti in cibo per animali
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8:00 AM | How A Moldy Burrito Saved A Man From A Wrongful Conviction
On a September night in 1988, there was a gun battle in a central Los Angeles alley. When it was over, one man was dead, another wounded. Despite his claims that he was just a bystander, the wounded man was arrested for murder. For two years, the defendant asserted his innocence. Few believed him, especially after he signed a confession to the murder. And, during the trial, the jurors found it hard to swallow his story. But at the last minute, even as the jurors were about to decide his […]
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7:03 AM | Descent into Siberia's mystery crater
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7:00 AM | PHOTO DU BoB-326
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6:00 AM | Comments for first half of December 2014
The Guardian is collecting doctoral dissertation dedications. I contributed mine. Small Pond Science looks at reference managers. Indispensable for any academic, in my opinion.Jacquelyn Gill has become one of the latest in the online science community to have a crack at crowdfunding. She had one of the bigger successes I’ve seen, successfully raising over $10,000. She summarizes her experience here.I make a cameo in Kelly Weinersmith's thesis. Shucks. You rock, Kelly.
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5:47 AM | Het academische systeem in Amerika versus Nederland: wat we van elkaar kunnen leren (deel 4)
Het begint een beetje een cliché te worden: Nederlandse universiteiten willen en moeten steeds meer op Amerikaanse gaan lijken. Het moet allemaal excellenter, internationaler en sneller net als grote voorbeelden als Harvard, Princeton en Stanford. Maar welke delen van het Amerikaanse universiteitssysteem moeten we dan overnemen en welke liever niet? Ik heb sinds ongeveer een jaar het privilege... Lees meer op www.sciencepalooza.nl
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4:17 AM | Return home from SciAm Blogs
Greetings and welcome to this particular pond of microbes.I'm back! My wonderful time at Scientific American at The Ocelloid has come to a close, as I am currently not in the right place in life for semi-professional blogging. The pressure of having someone else's brand name associated with the blog actually made it hard for me to write, as all sorts of anxiety issues crawled out of the woodwork at the sight of that. It may take me some time to get back into regular blogging again -- while […]
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3:46 AM | Unusual Cambrian Animal Found in China
520 million years ago in the Yunnan Province of China, a tiny, peculiar animal that resembles a balloon was navigating ancient seas.
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3:25 AM | are ‘alternative medicines’ really free of side effects?
Not necessarily. OK, most homeopathy's just water (or sugar pills), but if a non-self-limiting disease goes untreated because someone is relying on homeopathy then, yes, this 'remedy' could be said to have side effects. Similarly, using powdered rhinoceros horn...
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2:36 AM | The story of Acheta domesticus Densovirus in the US: an outbreak which resulted in the illegal import of invasive species.
I’m trying to to get back into the tarantula breeding hobby, and decided to set up a cricket colony to help me feed the animals for cheap. I’m not thrilled about using crickets, because they’re not the best feeders for reasons I’m about to discuss in this post. Cockroaches are considered to be the best […]Read Post ›
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2:24 AM | Cells of the century
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1:39 AM | The dinosaurs in the backyard
Chickens are some of the closest dino relatives Wild ThingsAnimals,Evolution by Sarah Zielinski 8:30am, December 16, 2014 Chickens look pretty harmless, but add teeth and a tail, and you might come out with “chickenosaurus,” as noted paleontologist Jack Horner has proposed.S. ZielinskiSYDNEY — Last week, scientists published a new bird “family […]
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1:11 AM | On Mars, What Was A Lake Is Now A Mountain Data from...
On Mars, What Was A Lake Is Now A Mountain Data from NASA’s Curiosity rover indicates that lake bottom sediment formed the lower layer­s of Mount Sharp over approximately million yea­rs. By: Video From Space.
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12:22 AM | The Smell of Green Thunder: How Does Synesthesia Differ from...
The Smell of Green Thunder: How Does Synesthesia Differ from Hallucination? In a condition called synesthesia, the signals between the senses are often crossed. It manifests itself in a variety of fashions and in varying intensities. Synesthetes often report hearing colors or smelling sounds, which to some is an infinite source of amusement, and for others, a source of annoyance. But are these experiences hallucinations? Or are they just as real as the rest of the world around them? By: World […]

December 15, 2014

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11:33 PM | Peter the Great: Tsar of Russia Peter the Great ruled Russia at...
Peter the Great: Tsar of Russia Peter the Great ruled Russia at the turn of the eighteenth century and launched several reforms to transform Russia into a modern absolutist state on the European model. As tsar, Peter reformed the military, the calendar, the Russian Orthodox Church, and the civil service system (Table of Ranks). Most of Peter’s reforms were targeted toward his two main goals: Westernization and Warm Water Ports. Peter, who spent several months building ships in Amsterdam […]
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10:43 PM | A Simpler Cancer Test Researchers are experimenting with a way...
A Simpler Cancer Test Researchers are experimenting with a way to bring cancer screening to remote, rural areas. Learn more at http://www.insidescience.org/content/simpler-cancer-test/2341 By: Inside Science.
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9:55 PM | Playmates on the Moon The wrist checklists were designed to...
Playmates on the Moon The wrist checklists were designed to keep astronauts on track during lunar EVAs, but they were also ways for backup crews to sneak in some jokes. For more on the story, check out the latest article on Vintage Space: http://www.popsci.com/nsfw-lunar-eva-checklists By: Amy Shira Teitel.
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9:49 PM | Hunt them varmints & vermin
Well, good old Bobcat Bill got his bobcat hunting bill (HB4226) through both houses of the Lincolnland legislature without even considering or allowing biological or ecological testimony. Here's a little background on this purely stupid action. Bobcat hunting was banned in Illinois in 1972 after the species became threatened.  Bobcat populations have recovered in several counties - a recent SIU study found significant recovery in 17 counties in Southern Lincolnland, but there is no data to […]
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9:20 PM | ‘Tis the season to be jolly…
Five days ago, a new article was published in Nature in which scientists tried to combine reliable sources to take “stock of how much life exists today and how quickly it will vanish in the future”. Of all the species that have populated the Earth during the last 3.5 billion years, more than 95% have […]
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9:06 PM | Robots in a Human World From disaster recovery to caring for...
Robots in a Human World From disaster recovery to caring for the elderly in the home, NSF-funded scientists and engineers are developing robots that can handle critical tasks in close proximity to humans, safely and with greater resilience than previous generations of intelligent machines. Roboticists Julie Shah of MIT, Michael Peshkin of Northwestern, Allison Okamura of Stanford, and Lynn Parker of NSF talk about the challenges and benefits involved in the creation of cooperative robots. By: […]
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8:55 PM | Tommy Loves the Season!
#EmbraceTheWild "@Gotham3: Tommy is getting in the Christmas spirit. pic.twitter.com/ZVbnpww3uI"— russwilliamsiii (@russwilliamsiii) December 14, 2014 "Fa lala lala la la sss sss."
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8:54 PM | Molecular modelling is one of my favourite parts of protein...
Molecular modelling is one of my favourite parts of protein science theoretically, but by far the most infuriating practically. These are some screengrabs trying to align the PDB structure 1t4f to reproduce an image in a publication. The white 3D surface is HDM2, human Mouse Double Minute 2 (MDM2) Homolog. When p53 (green) slots in, it’s inhibited (as a tumour suppressor, this inhibition acts to stimulate cancer progression). The paper by Grasberger et al. describing the […]
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8:51 PM | "Hello"
Hello I'm a blue-footed booby pic.twitter.com/q6bKFlGugR— Gautam Trivedi (@Gotham3) December 15, 2014
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