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August 28, 2014

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6:07 AM | The Greatest Chess Tournament in the History of Chess Tournaments
The start of the school year, coupled with the looming deadline for the book I’m coediting, has left little time for blogging. I do, however, feel compelled to point out that six of the world’s top ten chess players have gathered in St. Louis for what is arguably the greatest chess tournament in the history…
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6:00 AM | PHOTO DU BoB-217
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5:38 AM | Sci fi short – Abiogenesis
I think it’d be fair to suggest many scientists are sci fi fans. Hopefully some of my non-scientist readers are too! You might enjoy this short (4-5 minute) sci fi film by New Zealand animator, Richard Mans. Titled Abiogenesis it was backed by the New Zealand Film Commission, and has won a number of awards [...]
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4:03 AM | Postdoc positions at Duke University & MMTP
Postdoc positions in the Heitman lab and through the Molecular Mycology Training Program at Duke University, NC State, and University of North Carolina are available as of December 1, 2014. The Heitman lab at Duke University is seeking Postdoctoral Fellow applicants. The lab focuses on molecular determinants of development and virulence in the pathogenic basidiomycetes Cryptococcus neoformans and Cryptococcus […]
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3:56 AM | Self-Assembly For Me
by Elio | I have the grating feeling that the subject of self-assembly of complex biological structures may not always amass the level of respect it deserves. I reckon that its importance is generally appreciated but, as topics go, it tends at times to be set aside. Yet, this is one of the most magnificent aspects of biology, one that...
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2:54 AM | THE Darwin Fish.
Looks like this guy: Is the cartoon version of this guy: It walks. It breathes air. And apparently it can adapt to terrestrial life relatively “easily”. The scientists raised groups of bichir on land for eight months to find out how they would differ from bichir raised in the water. They found that the land-raised fish […]
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2:48 AM | Notes from a quantum mechanics boot camp: day 1
I have the good fortune of attending this year’s Nordita workshop for science writers, which is focused on quantum mechanics. …Continue reading →
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2:43 AM | What can gin and sperm farming tell us about animal rights?
Inspired by badly behaved boyfriends and a general disillusionment in mankind, several friends and I recently drunkenly devised a hypothetical ‘man-farm’ in which women reared men in specially constructed enclosures and harvested their sperm. I’d like to interject before launching into the specifics of our vision that our conversation isn’t usually quite as sinister and bizarre (although it is far too frequently fuelled by gin), and that none of us are of the […]
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2:40 AM | Nostalgia – The origins of my blog
A couple of days ago I was organizing my home office, which makes me feel like Indiana Jones trying to cross a thick forest.  I did find a couple of notebooks and just out of curiosity opened one.  I found the origins of my blog!  My very first blogpost was posted in Dec 10, 2010 …
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2:21 AM | Botanical Wednesday: Probably not the best place for a stroll
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12:30 AM | Goodbye, Maria
My colleague Maria Pereyra died today.I was on the search committee that helped hire her, and I was happy to have her in the department. She was usually in a good mood, with a smile on here face.This was a bit of a shock. She had seemed healthy, no obvious health problems. But now she is gone. It's very sad.
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12:04 AM | IN A WORLD… where telling the truth is a CRIME…. SHE became an OUTLAW!
You all might remember, Judy Mikovits and Age of Autism contributor Ken Heckenlively, were releasing a book on ‘their side’ of the XMRV fiasco (the scientific side of the XMRV fiasco). Plague: One Scientist’s Intrepid Search for the Truth about Human Retroviruses and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Autism, and Other Diseases Yes, that is really the…
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12:00 AM | Reading the new map of breast cancer
In 2012 a landmark study produced a new genetic 'map' of breast cancer - today, the same researchers reveal one way to read it.

August 27, 2014

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11:17 PM | Enjoy.
Vintage Shark Illustrations Are Jaw-Droppingly Gorgeous http://t.co/bq622ZYZyb #sciart— Jason G. Goldman (@jgold85) August 27, 2014
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10:40 PM | Fish that 'Walks' Holds Clues to Animal Evolution
Unusual fish that walk and breathe air turn out quite differently when raised on land, rather than in water.
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10:37 PM | Wordless Wednesday August 27
Tagged: Ecology, light, nature, photography, trees, Wordless Wednesdays
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10:19 PM | NC Zoo Bobcat Kitten
The NC Zoo bobcat kitten has completed quarantine and will soon go on exhibit, according to Senior Staff Meeting Notes from today. [Photo by Valerie Abbott]
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9:53 PM | Concentrate Organic Matter at Surface to Improve Soils
Organic matter is the key to soil quality, but building soil organic matter levels can be slow and expensive. There is an alternative. Research shows (Franzluebbers, 2002) many soil functions improve when organic matter is concentrated in the top 2-3″ of the soil, and that, for many soils and environments, this may be the most effective way to improve soil quality. Soil organic matter (SOM) is crucial for many soil functions, and so has been a primary indicator of soil quality. The % […]
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9:06 PM | Lasting impressions: an epigenetic imprint of past viral infection
Christine E. Birdwell and Rona S. Scott Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Center for Molecular and Tumor Virology, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center-Shreveport, Shreveport, LA 71130 Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) is a prevalent human herpesvirus affecting over 90% of the adult population worldwide. Most individuals harbor EBV asymptomatically as lifelong ... The post Lasting impressions: an epigenetic imprint of past viral infection appeared first on EpiBeat.
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8:27 PM | La levitazione magnetica per oggetti non magnetici
Sembra paradossale, ma è più facile sollevare un treno che muovere una bolla di sapone – almeno usando un campo magnetico. Ma le cose potrebbero presto cambiare: i ricercatori della Harvard University, infatti, hanno appena messo a punto un sistema basato sul principio della levitazione magnetica, con il quale è possibile ruotare e orientare con delicatezza oggetti fragili in qualsiasi direzione. Gli scienziati, che hanno pubblicato la loro scoperta sulla rivista […]
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8:17 PM | "Economics of Wildlife Tourism"
How can whale shark tourism be kept sustainable? http://t.co/EmBkOABgAA The economics of wildlife tourism, in my latest at @conservationmag— Jason G. Goldman (@jgold85) August 22, 2014
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7:48 PM | Contraceptive Equity Summit grapples with family planning changes under Obamacare
The summit comes as public health officials across the country address changes in insurance coverage for patients following the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.
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7:20 PM | Fossilized Creature Has World's Oldest Muscles
The specimen, approximately 560 million years old, contains fibrous bundles that appear to be muscle tissue, an important evolutionary adaptation.
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6:34 PM | Don't Wanna Wait!
Can't wait! MT @NCZooSociety: Snips, snails AND sugar & spice 2 girl & 2 boy lion cubs doin well! On exhibit in fall! pic.twitter.com/bQR5jRQXf5— russwilliamsiii (@russwilliamsiii) August 27, 2014
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6:26 PM | Helen Beatrix Potter: Author, Illustrator and Scientist
You may be forgiven for thinking of Beatrix Potter as the talented author and illustrator of a large number of children’s books, including The Tale of Peter Rabbit, but she is much more than that. For Beatrix Potter was a … Continue reading →
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6:07 PM | Advocating FOR grads and postdocs: the Future of Research symposium
You may have noticed a recent trend in the perception of the graduate and postdoctoral experience, be it in the state of our mental health; or perceived career goal of “academia-or-bust”; or maybe you’re just keeping your pulse on leading US academics warning of the imminent dangers of a flawed biomedical research system or the […]
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6:07 PM | H2SO4Hurts - TwitterOauth API delete tweets
If you're using the twitteroauth php library from Abraham Williams and trying to delete old tweets/retweets you need to construst the post() query as such: $response = $connection->post('statuses/destroy/'.$tweetID, array()); ->Curl url output = statuses/destroy/$tweetID.json This will NOT work:$response = $connection->post('statuses/destroy/', array('id (read more) Source: Brian Krueger, PhD - Discipline: Technology
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6:00 PM | You Almost Certainly Have Mites On Your Face
Think of all the adults you know. Think of your parents and grandparents. Think of the teachers you …
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5:12 PM | Cancer policies: Still room for improvement in Illinois
How did Illinois measure up in the American Cancer Society's new report on legislative activity to fight cancer? There's good news and bad news.
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5:01 PM | Protein Kinase Inhibitors Show Promise in Malaria Study
A paper published in on August 8 in ChemBioChem has identified a number of small molecule kinase inhibitors that may have potential as antimalarial drugs. The authors, Derbyshire et al from Duke University, used a panel of human kinase inhibitors to screen for activity against malaria parasites. Using a high-throughput screening approach, they were able […]
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