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October 27, 2014

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7:00 PM | The Early Chimp Gets The Fig
At my supermarket, I can buy strawberries in winter and pears in summer. Every fruit is available all …
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6:55 PM | Het academische systeem in Amerika versus Nederland: wat we van elkaar kunnen leren (deel 1)
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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6:33 PM | A new vision for the NHS: what does it mean for cancer?
We take a look at what the recently published NHS 'Five Year Forward View' means for cancer care within the health service in England.
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6:27 PM | Ebola from Dead Bodies? The question you’ve all been...
Ebola from Dead Bodies? The question you’ve all been asking the last two weeks. Center for Disease Control Guidelines: http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/hcp/guidance-safe-handling-human-remains-ebola-patients-us-hospitals-mortuaries.html By: Ask a Mortician. Support on Patreon: http://www.patreon.com/thegooddeath
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6:15 PM | Cannabis Will Make You Free
Hemp or Cannabis sativa is probably the oldest non-food crop of all. It has been cultivated in Asia to produce ropes, fabrics and oil-seed since Neolithic times. It spread as far as Europe by 1500 BC but took another 2000 years before it became a significant fibre crop in the continent. The narcotic properties of […]
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6:06 PM | Good chronic pain and illness management
I’ve warned you off potentially bad chronic pain management programs and asked you to join a project improving a widely used program in North America. But if you’re looking for help right now, that isn’t very useful. So, here are … Continue reading →
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5:58 PM | Invasion drives quick evolution of lizard feet
Wild ThingsAnimals,Evolution by Sarah Zielinski 3:59pm, October 27, 2014 After their Florida island homes were invaded by Cuban anoles, Carolina anoles moved higher into the tree canopy and developed feet better suited for taking them there.Dr. Todd CampbellEvolution is often thought of as being such a slow process that it can’t be observed. That’s not true, but to happen quickly, […]
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5:38 PM | How to make a comet | At-Bristol Science Centre via...
How to make a comet | At-Bristol Science Centre via rossexton: What is a comet made of? Where do they come from? Ross and Sarah show you how to make a miniature comet using dry ice and Worcester sauce! By: At-Bristol.
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5:12 PM | How bad is the NIH budget really?
In the blowback to Francis Collins’ comments about budget cuts delaying an Ebola vaccine, there is a lot of confusion going around about just how much the NIH budget declined. The worst offender is the usually very good Sarah Kliff … Continue reading →
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5:05 PM | Pufferfish Paralyzes 11 Family Members in Brazil
Family dines on poisonous gift from a friend.
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4:49 PM | Rubik’s Cube: Where did it come from? | Stuff of...
Rubik’s Cube: Where did it come from? | Stuff of Genius As a professor in Budapest, Erno Rubik had a pretty swell day job — but his hobby was even more fascinating. Learn how Erno Rubik’s hobby became the brain-teasing game that baffles millions in this episode. By: How Stuff Works.
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4:00 PM | Hydrometeorology and ecophysiology of cloud forests
The links between hydrometeorological conditions and vegetation distribution, functioning and survival.
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3:21 PM | Aspettando la Sindone
 “L’enigma della Sindone. Scienza e storia si interrogano sul misterioso Lenzuolo di Torino” è il titolo dell’incontro promosso dal dipartimento di Chimica della Sapienza, alla vigilia della lunga ostensione che si terrà a Torino dal 19 aprile fino al 24 giugno 2015. L’appuntamento sarà l’occasione per un confronto tra i maggiori studiosi del settore sullo stato dell’arte delle ricerche condotte in ambito interdisciplinare da […]
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3:15 PM | A Look Inside a Jumping Spider's Explosive Brain
Famed for its excellent vision and pouncing skills, has long been an enigma to neurobiologists.
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3:14 PM | Ebola, cosa sappiamo del virus
Ebola è arrivata anche in Mali e i casi di infezione da virus hanno ormai superato quota diecimila (circa la metà le vittime). Ma a oltre otto mesi dallo scoppio dell’epidemia, si fa ancora fatica a capire quali sia davvero la situazione in Africa, e il mondo occidentale, colpito con casi sporadici, fatica a contenere l’isteria da ebola. Anche a livello istituzionale, con i governatori New York, New Jersey e […]
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3:14 PM | The Giant Kangaroos That Didn't Hop
Ask anyone to describe a kangaroo and the word 'hopping' is likely to feature in...
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3:04 PM | Genome Editing and Reporter Technologies Enable Endogenous Pathway High-Throughput Assays
This article review was written by guest author, Amy Landreman, in the Cellular Analysis and Proteomics Group at Promega. Charcot-Marie Tooth (CMT) disease is one of the most common inherited neurological disorders affecting approximately 2.8 million people worldwide. The most common form of CMT, CMT Type 1A, is caused by a 1.5Mb genomic duplication on […]
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3:04 PM | 17 foods Americans like that furiners find disgusting and much needed commentary
This is one of those mostly stupid www click bait lists, but inquiring minds just had to know.  Here they are in no particular order.  1. Grits – TPP finds them to be tasteless fodder. To be fair, other cultures have their versions of tasteless fodder too.  So don’t be too quick to point your spatzle/dumpling/yuca stained fingers at grits.  Actually TPP likes yucca better than grits.   2-3. Velveeta cheese/Cheese Whiz – Both of these were counted […]
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3:00 PM | Boron and other triel elements as strong Lewis acid centers
Boron, in the periodical table situated in the 13 group (group III according to the former nomenclature), is a semiconductive element with properties between […] Read more The post Boron and other triel elements as strong Lewis acid centers appeared first on Mapping Ignorance. Related posts:Laser spectrochemistry beyond Earth’s boundaries: Curiosity’s Chemcam C2 molecule, doubly or quadruply bonded? Carnivorous plants inspire novel liquid repellent surfaces
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2:28 PM | I video finalisti di Dance Your Ph.D.
Chi ha mai detto che la scienza è noiosa? Stando ai 12 lavori finalisti del contest Dance Your Ph.D., anzi, sembrerebbe proprio il contrario. Organizzato e sponsorizzato da Aaas e Science, il concorso è una sfida a raccontare la propria ricerca di dottorato “senza PowerPoint o jargon – anzi, proprio senza parlare”: i partecipanti si sfidano a colpi di passi di danza e coreografie per aggiudicarsi i mille dollari in palio e un viaggio gratis in California, oltre […]
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2:13 PM | A Roma si parla di Caso, probabilità e complessità
Presentazione del nuovo libro di Angelo Vulpiani della collana Fondamenti dedicata alla divulgazione scientifica alla scoperta della teoria della probabilitàL’autore ne parla con Roberto Petrini, la Repubblica, e Francesco Sylos Labini, CNR.Nonostante il ruolo fondamentale che occupa in molte scienze, la probabilità rimane una delle branche della matematica quasi sconosciuta in ambito non specialistico. I testi divulgativi la liquidano in poche pagine, discutendo spesso […]
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2:00 PM | #ShakesPeerReview
It has oft been our wont on a Friday to indulge in a bit of sciencing of movie quotes – a practice we have saddled with the Twitter sobriquet #SCInema. This Friday, however, was not like most Fridays. For, on … Continue reading →
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1:30 PM | Barcoding Diatoms
Diatoms are microscopic algae living in both fresh and salt water.  They are unicellular organisms with silica impregnated cell walls. Living diatoms are among the most abundant forms of plankton and represent an essential part of the food chain in the ocean. Diatoms are responsible for at least 25% of global carbon dioxide fixation. Once dead, their shells accumulate on the seabed and eventually form siliceous sediment deposits.Given that diatoms are photosynthetic algae, they are […]
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1:15 PM | Mary’s Monday Metazoan: Best name ever
It’s the Bone Eating Snot Flower Worm. As a bonus, it’s also one of those species where the large adult forms are all females, and the males have been reduced to a tiny bag of sperm attached for life to a Bone Eating Snot Flower Worm.
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1:00 PM | Monsters Are Real…
They just look a little different in the light of day. “HIC SUNT DRACONES.”This phrase translates from the Latin as “here are dragons.” It is etched on the eastern coast of Asia on one of the oldest terrestrial globe maps, the Lenox Globe, dating to 1510.Though the phrase itself is found on only one other historical artifact, a 1504 globe crafted on an ostrich egg, the depiction of monsters and mythological beasts are common on early maps. They crop up most commonly […]
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12:10 PM | Conservation concern for South America’s remarkable endemic dogs
Last year the Grzimek’s Animal Life Encyclopedia volume titled Extinct Life appeared in print. I was asked to cover South American mammals, perhaps because they wanted me to write about borhyaenoids,... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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11:22 AM | Un collare hi-tech per salvare i koala
È sempre più emergenza per il koala, con il macabro record di 4.000 esemplari uccisi ogni anno, su una popolazione che ormai ne conta appena centomila. Complici la scomparsa progressiva dell’eucalipto, di cui il marsupiale australiano si nutre, e la distruzione delle foreste in cui vive, a causa delle temperature in costante aumento, degli incendi e del commercio di legname. Anche gli automobilisti e i cani paiono voler infierire. Tra le misure che cercano di contrastare […]
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11:20 AM | Guest Blog: The 2014 Ebola Epidemic: Approaches and resources to slow the spread of infection
The Ebola pandemic presents one of the most terrifying world health crises in modern times, with devastating consequences in Western Africa [as this goes to press there are now over 10,000 infections and almost 5,000 deaths]. There is a vast amount of data on this crisis available in rapidly published articles and on the internet (check out PLOS Currents: Outbreaks in particular), including past and current numbers of infected; death and infection rates; predicted outbreak expansion; number of […]
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10:30 AM | #RiLates
Last Friday saw the premiere of The Royal Institution’s latest public event series: Ri Lates. These adult-only events aim to bring hands-on science to adults – because why should kids have all the fun?! This debut edition was titled Ri Lates: … Continue reading →
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9:55 AM | Wellcome Trust Research Round-Up: 27.10.14
Our fortnightly round-up of research news from the Wellcome Trust community… Treating diabetes with light-activated drugs A new method of treating type 2 diabetes has been developed by researchers at Imperial College London and LMU Munich. They have adapted currently used drugs so that they can be selectively activated using blue light. The hope is […]
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