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March 24, 2015

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12:24 PM | Zoo School is 20 Years Old
"Apple Valley's 'Zoo School' marks 20 years of keeping it real" - http://t.co/Zshnn5c0ip (via @PioneerPress @chris_magan) #education— Minnesota Zoo (@mnzoo) March 23, 2015
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12:16 PM | Question Of The Month- developmental biology funding
In our recent survey many of you told us that you like the Node to be even more a place where the community can discuss and share ideas. We totally agree, but to make this happen we need your help and participation! To encourage more discussions we decided to launch a new feature called Question of the […]
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11:34 AM | ‘Open Source, Open Science’ meeting report – March 2015
On March 19th and 20th, the Center for Open Science hosted a small meeting in Charlottesville, VA, convened by COS and co-organized by Kaitlin Thaney (Mozilla Science Lab) and Titus Brown (UC Davis). People working across the open science ecosystem attended, including publishers, infrastructure non-profits, public policy experts, community builders, and academics. The post ‘Open Source, Open Science’ meeting report – March 2015 appeared first on GigaBlog.
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11:23 AM | Angelina Jolie, perché si è fatta rimuovere le ovaie
Dopo la mastectomia preventiva, l’attrice ha scelto di rimuovere anche ovaie e tube di Falloppio. Qual era il rischio per lei di ammalarsi di cancro?
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11:19 AM | In Development this week (Vol. 142, Issue 7)
Here are the highlights from the current issue of Development:   ActivinA-ting spiny neuron production from hPSCs The medium-sized spiny neurons, the main projection neurons of the striatum, are generated in the lateral ganglionic eminence (LGE) and degenerate in the early stages of Huntington’s disease (HD) – for which no pharmacological treatment is yet available. […]
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11:10 AM | Help Identify a Large Costa Rican Anole
I was just curious if any one could help me identify an anole I found in central Costa rica, near San Ramon in the Alberto Manuel Brenese Biological Reserve. It appears to be a male, and I’m assuming in the Dactyloa genus. My guess would be the Dactyloa casildae, but I am family uncertain. It […]
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10:37 AM | World TB Day: what next for prevention and treatment?
TB remains a global problem with 1.5 million deaths and 9 million cases per year. On World TB Day, Wellcome Trust Senior Science Portfolio Developer Marta Tufet looks back at the history of TB prevention and treatment, explains what the Wellcome Trust is doing to support research in this area, and asks what more needs […]
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10:00 AM | Royal honours for Canadian student!
Eloise Rowland, graduate of the Gries Lab of Simon Fraser University was recently recognized by the Royal Entomological Society for the best paper published in the journal Physiological Entomology in 2013 and 2014. This paper, part of Eloise’s MSc work, examines the role of sound in the sexual communication of the gypsy moth, Lymantria dispar. […]
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9:52 AM | Infarto: il cuore si rigenera in sette giorni
Una ricerca americana ha indotto la rigenerazione del tessuto muscolare cardiaco in alcune cavie attraverso la somministrazione di microRna sintetico
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9:00 AM | Bordello U's
It is no secret that universities are now operating on the 'business' model.  This self-flattering term applies to all of their operations, not just their research component which has by now long been in bed with private interests and empire-building in regard to public funding sources.  It also applies to athletics, which is nothing new, though seemingly more out of control than ever.  Finally, it's swept like a pandemic across the academic sides of things as well.A good […]
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8:37 AM | Antibiotici, quanti se ne usano negli allevamenti?
L’aumento del consumo di carne comporterà un incremento degli allevamenti, e dell’uso di antibiotici, e di qui il rischio delle antibiotico-resistenze. Combatterle significa prima capire quanti di questi medicinali si usano
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8:09 AM | Vuelta a la casilla de salida / Back to square one
Este post está dedicado a @DiabeticFury   Debo confesar que mi entrada anterior, Cargo cult science, surgió por casualidad. En realidad, lo que pretendía era hacer un seguimiento de uno de los prometedores avances que se han producido en el … Sigue leyendo →
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8:03 AM | John Urschel Does Math
My main line of research is in algebraic graph theory. In particular I am interested in the eigenvalue spectra of Laplacians on graphs. Those don’t often get mentioned over at HuffPo, so I raised an eyebrow when I saw this: A mathematician by the name of John Urschel recently published a complex paper in the…
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7:00 AM | Argentina’s Completely Bogus Attempt At Nuclear Power
Following World War II, prosperous Argentina wanted a top nuclear physics program that would rival the superpowers and provide cheap, unlimited energy for the nation. Having hired Dr. Ronald Richter, an unknown Austrian/German national and nuclear physicist, they instead achieved international embarrassment, mounting debt, and a military junta replacing Juan Peron, whom Richter (a total fraud) had misled. Only in recent decades has Argentina salvaged its reputation in nuclear physics. The […]
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7:00 AM | Photo 422 : Une salamandre qui hésite sur les couleurs
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5:23 AM | Prehistory | An introduction
This week I’ll be covering some of the weirder animals of prehistory, most of which are relatively unknown (sorry, no T-rex’s here!) but just as awesome. **Prehistory will be a three-part […]
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3:45 AM | A detailed update on readership for the first 200 posts
It is time — this is the 201st article on TheEGG — to get an update on readership since our 151st post and lament on why academics should blog. I apologize for this naval-gazing post, and it is probably of no interest to you unless you are really excited about blog statistics. I am writing […]
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1:28 AM | New Problem Of the Week
As you might have noticed, Sunday Chess Problem had the week off. If you really need to get your fix, though, you can have a look at this web page I made for my chess problems. You’ll recognize a few of them from the Sunday Chess Problem series. I did, however, manage to get the…
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12:01 AM | Car-Sized Salamander Had 'Toilet Seat' Head
The huge amphibian from what is now Portugal used to clamp its toilet seat-shaped head around the ancestors of dinosaurs.

March 23, 2015

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10:53 PM | Mantids and cannibalism: a surprisingly complicated affair.
Post written by Joe Ballenger Mantises, as we’ve seen, are interesting animals with a lot more going on than what it seems. They’re efficient predators which have an evolutionary history that many wouldn’t suspect, and they have their own weird … Continue reading →
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10:53 PM | Mantids and cannibalism: a surprisingly complicated affair.
Post written by Joe Ballenger Mantises, as we’ve seen, are interesting animals with a lot more going on than what it seems. They’re efficient predators which have an evolutionary history that many wouldn’t suspect, and they have their own weird … Continue reading →
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9:42 PM | Zinc Lozenges Soothe Cold Symptoms
Click info-graphic to enlargeWinter is coming to an end and last Friday was officially the first day of spring  (but if you're in England you probably didn't notice a difference; maybe the odd daffodil here and there but the weather is pretty much the same). So with the changes in weather comes cold & flu season, where it seems as if everyone's got a cold, and taking sick-days off school/work. Two scientists at the university of Helsinki studies the effects of zinc […]
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8:56 PM | Health care workers and the flu: When checking for a fever isn’t enough to decide who stays home from work
The CDC says health care workers with respiratory symptoms but no fever can go to work. But mandatory testing at UChicago Medicine last year showed that half of workers who did have the flu never had a fever.
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8:31 PM | What did the earliest skulls on land look like?
As one of the earliest tetrapods, Acanthostega gunnari can tell us a lot about...
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8:14 PM | All About Dog Poop
Because it isn’t necessarily a fun topic, I thought I’d start off with my favorite story about dog poop. Imagine being at a sit-down lunch at two-day seminar I was giving on canine behavior and training. Picture a large room, with 150 people or so, sitting at round tables covered in white table cloths, the […]
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8:00 PM | Nature Protocols prize for 2nd placed poster at VIZBI
The journal Nature Protocols have geneously agreed to offer a prize for the 2nd placed Scientific Poster at VIZBI 2015. The prize includes a year’s free online subscription to the journal plus £250 (US$373) cash. Many thanks Nature Protocols!
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7:41 PM | Pauling vs Woodward: It's on
Some day they will hopefully make a video about this along the lines of Einstein vs Hawking or Hayek vs Keynes. For now an imperfect beginning will have to suffice (with apologies to Gilbert and Sullivan, of course. Oh, and Tom Lehrer too).Pauling:I am the very model of the greatest chemist ever...I've information vegetable, animal, and mineral,I know the bonds of aluminum, and I quote the distances dihedral,From quantum to quark, in order categorical;I'm very well acquainted too with matters […]
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7:29 PM | http://walkaboutem.com/2015/03/23/176083494/
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7:24 PM | Pretty Sure I Nailed this Answer
A bread box? MRT @sylvanheights: What's larger than an ostrich egg? Mike & Brent Lubbock & Matilda Goose brought ... http://t.co/SQfx5qKmYp— russwilliamsiii (@russwilliamsiii) March 23, 2015
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7:03 PM | Research tidbits - AJB March 2015
The American Journal of Botany is a publication of the Botanical Society of America. Highlights of several interesting articles is a new feature of each month's volume; this is vol. 102 (3).  Mostly these are brief, non-technical descriptions of a study and they include a nice image. They give you some idea of the types of research, the diversity of scientific interests, and the kinds of questions that interest botanists these days.  You can also access the […]
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