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October 19, 2014

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7:16 PM | Victims of the trade: Gibbon rescue in Thailand It’s no holiday...
Victims of the trade: Gibbon rescue in Thailand It’s no holiday for the gibbons of Thailand. Habitat loss, poaching for traditional medicine and the cruel capture of baby gibbons for both the pet and tourism trade have left all but one species threatened or endangered. Luckily the Gibbon Rehabilitation Project in Phuket is looking to change this. Join us as we tour the sanctuary and meet the gibbons that have been saved from the cruel fate of the tourism trade. By: Earth Touch.
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7:16 PM | Dracula (Orchids)
If you thought we were done talking about plant costumes, you were wrong. While the title may lead you conjure images of vampires with fangs and dark cloaks, orchids of the Dracula genus look decidedly like something else- an adorable monkey face! I admit it’s a strange nexus of nomenclature and form; nevertheless, today’s post […]
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6:27 PM | The Moth: Call to Public Service by Lisa P. Jackson Former EPA...
The Moth: Call to Public Service by Lisa P. Jackson Former EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson tells how the disaster in New Orleans shaped her as a civil servant. Scientists, writers, and artists take to the stage to tell stories about their personal relationship to science. The result is a collection of poignant, hilarious and unpredictable tales sure to intrigue and surely hard to forget. Presented in collaboration with The Moth. Watch them all in The Moth at WSF Series. By: World Science
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5:38 PM | A New Comet’s Very, Very Near Miss This week, a new comet...
A New Comet’s Very, Very Near Miss This week, a new comet will make its first visit to the inner Solar System, just barely missing Mars (we hope). SciShow Space News takes you there! By: SciShow Space. Support on Subbable: https://subbable.com/scishow
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5:00 PM | First Sex Happened Between Square-Dancing Fish
What was the first sexual intercourse like? A new study finds it involved fish and looked a lot like a square dance.
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4:49 PM | The Cone of Invisibility Invisibility - it’s something...
The Cone of Invisibility Invisibility - it’s something we’ve sought after for years, not just as Harry Potter and Klingon enthusiasts, but for practical purposes of concealment. But is there a way to hide something without the use of camouflage? Is there such a thing as cloaking? As the University of Rochester shows— yes! Kim Horcher and Bryan Forrest (Video Game High School, Man at Arms) discuss! Watch the video from The University of Rochester: […]
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3:57 PM | Kama and Zorro, the surfing pigs
Meet Kama, short for Kamapua'a*, a pet pig that routinely surfs the beautiful waves of Hawaii along with his owner Kai Holt. Kama came into the hands of Kai’s life by accident, when Kai found him as an abandoned piglet on Bellows Beach in Oahu.Soon after, another accident happened. Kama fell into the family pool and Kai saw that Kama could swim. This should not surprise us as most mammals instinctively know how to swim.A while later, the two of them were heading to Sandy Beach and Kama […]
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3:00 PM | Ten years into the making, the HIV-1 mosaic vaccine finally goes into human trial
© Bette Korber et al. I hope you will all forgive me if this week I'm gushing over my amazing mentor Bette Korber, as last week she shared some awesome news on Facebook:"A landmark in my life happened yesterday, a major step in a long story. A decade ago I had an idea for making an HIV vaccine that had the potential to work globally. After a struggle (in my first 2 failed proposals, reviewers declared what I proposed was impossible), I got an internal grant from Los Alamos to develop the […]

Fischer W, Perkins S, Theiler J, Bhattacharya T, Yusim K, Funkhouser R, Kuiken C, Haynes B, Letvin NL, Walker BD & Hahn BH (2007). Polyvalent vaccines for optimal coverage of potential T-cell epitopes in global HIV-1 variants., Nature medicine, 13 (1) 100-6. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17187074

Nkolola JP, Bricault CA, Cheung A, Shields J, Perry J, Kovacs JM, Giorgi E, van Winsen M, Apetri A, Brinkman-van der Linden EC & Chen B (2014). Characterization and immunogenicity of a novel mosaic M HIV-1 gp140 trimer., Journal of virology, 88 (17) 9538-52. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24965452

Barouch DH, Stephenson KE, Borducchi EN, Smith K, Stanley K, McNally AG, Liu J, Abbink P, Maxfield LF, Seaman MS & Dugast AS (2013). Protective efficacy of a global HIV-1 mosaic vaccine against heterologous SHIV challenges in rhesus monkeys., Cell, 155 (3) 531-9. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24243013

Santra S, Muldoon M, Watson S, Buzby A, Balachandran H, Carlson KR, Mach L, Kong WP, McKee K, Yang ZY & Rao SS (2012). Breadth of cellular and humoral immune responses elicited in rhesus monkeys by multi-valent mosaic and consensus immunogens., Virology, 428 (2) 121-7. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22521913

Barouch DH, O'Brien KL, Simmons NL, King SL, Abbink P, Maxfield LF, Sun YH, La Porte A, Riggs AM, Lynch DM & Clark SL (2010). Mosaic HIV-1 vaccines expand the breadth and depth of cellular immune responses in rhesus monkeys., Nature medicine, 16 (3) 319-23. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20173752

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2:00 PM | MI weekly selection #97
Breaking waves provide some warmth to surf zones. Breaking waves warm the water in the surf, and in some cases may provide more heat […] Read more The post MI weekly selection #97 appeared first on Mapping Ignorance. Related posts:Satellite based quantum cryptography Selective ignorance in science The Oxford Questions on the foundations of quantum mechanics
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2:00 PM | Science Denial Then and Now
George Herbert’s “Vanity (I)” (1633) Science has always made people uncomfortable. Witness the recent comments from the U.S. House Science (Denial) and Technology Committee: We’ve had climate change since the day the earth was formed, whenever that was, depending on … Continue reading →
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1:56 PM | Communal Nesting in Anolis angusticeps
Previous posts have discussed communal nesting behavior among a number of anole species, whereby females deposit eggs in the same cavity. A new paper by AA‘s own Michele Johnson and friends extends this growing body of observations, stretching all the way back to Stan Rand’s 1967 work. This behavior has been previously reported for the […]
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12:00 PM | Cambial reactivation and formation of earlywood vessels in oak
The continuous formation of earlywood vessels is crucial for the growth of ring-porous hardwoods. Kudo et al. study Quercus serrate seedlings and find that a combination of localized heating and disbudding of dormant stems results in earlier cambial reactivation and differentiation of first vessel elements than in non-heated seedlings. A few narrow vessel elements are […]
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9:13 AM | The Fractal Factor: Patterns in Nature – The Building of the MegaMenger at this year’s Manchester Science Festival
Aristotle once said “In all things of nature there is something of the marvellous.” Living in a world brimming with technology, it is easy to forget the beauty and wonder of the world around us -unless it is accompanied by … Continue reading →
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8:17 AM | Rita Levi-Montalcini, “più artista che scienziata”
Cristiana Pulcinelli e Tina Simoniello Rita Levi-Montalcini L'Asino d'oro edizioni, 2014, pp. 136, 11.90 euro  Ordina su Ibs Un’immagine insolita e frivola della “regina della scienza” viene presentata all’inizio della prima biografia di Rita Levi-Montalcini pubblicata dopo la sua morte, scritta da Cristiana Pulcinelli, giornalista scientifica, e Tina Simoniello, giornalista pubblicista esperta di scienza e biomedicina, per la collana Profilo di donna edita da […]
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7:00 AM | The Difference Between Being Anal-Retentive And Having OCD
We all know those people who need to have things just so. Their tendencies might be the target of jokes, but those with real obsessive-compulsive disorders can find that their need to have things just right or their need to repeat things over and over again can ruin their lives. When habits become time-consuming, cause a person mental or emotional distress because they can't stop their thoughts, and when their compulsions---which they do in order to try to alleviate that distress---only make it […]
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6:00 AM | PHOTO DU BoB-268
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2:17 AM | Sybra punctatostriata
Sybra punctatostriata, from here.Just a very brief post today, because once again I've drawn a species that I haven't been able to find too much about. Sybra punctatostriata is a member of the Cerambycidae, the longicorn beetles, a diverse but (usually) fairly distinctive group of beetles whose larvae burrow into wood and plant stems. This species was first described by H. W. Bates in 1866 as part of a collection of beetles from Taiwan. Since then, it has been recorded over a wide area […]
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12:24 AM | The exceptions of biology: square “bacteria”
This is a very short post with something curious that I found… Whenever we think “bacteria”, most of us immediately think of diseases, or, if you are a biologist or have ever taken a biology course, you immediately think about roundish-, corkscrew- or “stick-like”- shaped microorganisms. Click here for a good blogpost on these forms… …
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12:11 AM | The 15th Amendment Explained: The Constitution for Dummies...
The 15th Amendment Explained: The Constitution for Dummies Series Wrap your head around the 15th Amendment and its effect on the nation. By: Keith Hughes.

October 18, 2014

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11:22 PM | Are Possible Worlds Real? Modal Realism Part 1 What are...
Are Possible Worlds Real? Modal Realism Part 1 What are possible worlds? What does it mean to say something might have been true? Watch Part 1 of our discussion on David Lewis’ modal realism to find out! By: Philosophy Tube. Support on Patreon: http://www.patreon.com/PhilosophyTube
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11:04 PM | Fall color finally arrives
Fall has been rather slow developing this year probably because of the ample rain and mild temperatures. Today really felt like fall, a bit cold with a possible frost tonight, and finally fall color is beginning to develop in our gardens. This is a favorite Japanese maple positioned at the north end of the lily pond in a clear line of sight from our breakfast nook. Not only does this tree develop some great fall color, but then it gets reflected in the lily pond when the light is just right. […]
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10:33 PM | Dr. Strughold’s Flight with a Numbed Bum Hubertus...
Dr. Strughold’s Flight with a Numbed Bum Hubertus Strughold shot his buttocks full of novocaine in the name of science. For more on the story, check out the latest article on Vintage Space: http://www.popsci.com/blog-network/vintage-space/dr-strugholds-flight-numbed-bum By: Amy Shira Teitel.
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9:44 PM | Camel cams, gorilla relocation and a manta ray mystery Gold...
Camel cams, gorilla relocation and a manta ray mystery Gold mines in Panama mean trouble for poison dart frogs, training sharks to hunt lionfish, the first-ever aerial orca cam, and a critically endangered gorilla gets a new home! These stories and more in your weekly wildlife news brief! By: Earth Touch.
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8:55 PM | Misconceptions You Learned in School A weekly show where we...
Misconceptions You Learned in School A weekly show where we debunk common misconceptions. This week, Elliott Morgan discusses some misconceptions you might have learned in school. By: Mental Floss. Support: http://store.mentalfloss.com/ (enter promo code: “YoutubeFlossers” for 15% off!)
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8:52 PM | A very simple introduction to machine learning…
Machine learning quite simply refers to the use of algorithms to make predictions and solve problems involving properties of things and how they behave in response to an outcome. The nature of problems Properties themselves can take a variety of … Continue reading →
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8:05 PM | World’s Most Asked Questions: How Old is Earth? by...
World’s Most Asked Questions: How Old is Earth? by scishow: People ask Google everything under the sun. One of the most commonly searched questions in the world is “How old is Earth?” SciShow has the answer! Hosted by: Caitlin Hofmeister Support on Subbable: https://subbable.com/scishow
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7:39 PM | Morsels For The Mind – 17/10/2014
Every day we provide you with Six Incredible Things Before Breakfast to nibble away at. Here you can fill your brain with the most intellectually stimulating “amuse bouches” from the past week – a veritable smorgasbord for the cranium. They’re all here for you to load up your plate – this week’s “Morsels for the mind”. Enjoy! If you do nothing else, make sure to check out the “Reads / views / listens of the week”. **** Feather, fur […]
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7:16 PM | Contagious Infections, Free Birth Control, and Unregulated...
Contagious Infections, Free Birth Control, and Unregulated Supplements: HCT News How infectious is that virus? How good is free birth control? How much should you worry about supplements? Watch and learn! For those of you who want to read more, go here: http://theincidentaleconomist.com/wordpress/?p=58849 By: Healthcare Triage.
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6:38 PM | Does Literary Fiction Challenge Racial Stereotypes?
A book is a mirror: if a fool looks in, do not expect an apostle to look out.                                                                Georg Christoph Lichtenberg […]

Johnson, D., Huffman, B. & Jasper, D. (2014). Changing Race Boundary Perception by Reading Narrative Fiction, Basic and Applied Social Psychology, 36 (1) 83-90. DOI: 10.1080/01973533.2013.856791

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6:27 PM | The Science Taste Challenge by asapscience: We took one for the...
The Science Taste Challenge by asapscience: We took one for the team and ate gross stuff to teach you about the science of taste!
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