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October 28, 2014

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12:11 AM | Leveraging the immune system to fight cancer – Biotech’s...
Leveraging the immune system to fight cancer – Biotech’s future Inventors are using small-scale biology and engineering to find ways to use the body’s natural defenses to effectively treat cancer. NSF-funded small business GigaGen uses microfluidics, bioinformatics and genome sequencing to look for antibodies that may be good candidates for new therapies. GigaGen’s David Johnson explained how at the 2014 BIO International Convention. By: National Science Foundation.

October 27, 2014

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11:22 PM | How Nigeria Avoided An Ebola Outbreak Nigeria and Senegal have...
How Nigeria Avoided An Ebola Outbreak Nigeria and Senegal have been able to keep themselves free of the fatally dangerous ebola disease spread, stopping a massive urban outbreak in one of the largest cities in the entire continent of Africa. How? It wasn’t a quick-fix, but constant vigilance. Kim Horcher, John Iadarola, and Andy Riesmeyer (Host of Dweebcast) discuss! Read more: http://io9.com/how-nigeria-stopped-ebola-dead-in-its-tracks-1648390740 By: Nerd Alert.
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10:59 PM | Breaking Bio Episode 70 – Mistaken sex and rapacious spiders with Dr Emily Burdfield-Steel!
This week, we talk to Dr. Emily Burfield-Steel of the University of Jyvaskyla in Finland about her work with species who get confused in the bedroom, how scientists introduce drama into spider sex, and moth farts. Kinda. Show notes: Horny & confused fur seal story & original paper. Emily explains what sexual interference is and(...)
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10:33 PM | World’s Most Asked Questions: How Much Water Should I Drink a...
World’s Most Asked Questions: How Much Water Should I Drink a Day? by scishow: People ask Google everything under the sun. One of the most commonly searched questions in the world is “How much water should I drink a day?” SciShow has the answer! Support on Subbable: https://subbable.com/scishow
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9:54 PM | Join us for the second cancer center open house – November 6
Sanford-Burnham’s NCI-Designated Cancer Center and the Cancer Center’s Community Advisory Board will host the second annual Cancer Center open house for cancer survivors, their families and friends, and research advocates on November 6 at 4:30 p.m. in La Jolla, Calif. The open house, titled “The Science Behind Melanoma,” will focus on revealing the latest discoveriesRead More
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9:43 PM | Shaking the Saturn 500F - Vintage Space Sometimes even rocket...
Shaking the Saturn 500F - Vintage Space Sometimes even rocket science needs some elbow grease. For more on the story, check out the latest article on Vintage Space: http://www.popsci.com/blog-network/vintage-space/rocking-rocket-saturn-500f-shake-test By: Amy Shira Teitel.
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9:28 PM | pechaflickr, connected courses – education in the future?
Recently I had a blast, attending an inspirational workshop by Alan Levine (I grab professional development opportunities like these with both hands!). The workshop gave me some ideas for new things to try with my students next year, and I thought...
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9:15 PM | Virus May Be the Cure for Deadly Honeybee Disease
BYU undergrad looking for the right phage to seek and destroy deadly American Foulbrood bacteria.
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8:54 PM | Telling a Scary Story: history of prose horror (with Critical...
Telling a Scary Story: history of prose horror (with Critical Lit) The history of a scary story formula… There’s a Halloween horror checklist for the prose narrative of movies, novels and video games we love to fear. It’s a focused use of language that took centuries to develop. By: NativLang.
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8:23 PM | GSA Award Essays
Check out the GSA award winners' essays in this month's issue of GENETICS! GENETICS SOCIETY OF AMERICA MEDAL Unanticipated Success Stories: An Interview with Angelika Amon Angelika B. Amon "I would argue that under some circumstances, studying yeast cells is … Read More The post GSA Award Essays appeared first on Genes to Genomes.
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8:13 PM | Who Is Wearing the Pants in this Family?
Here’s my proudest moment in life (so far): It’s 1967, when the idea of women wearing pants was still a tad radical. But “pants suits” had just came out–dressy outfits that put trousers on your legs instead of a skirt, even for eveningwear. I worked as a salesgirl in a boutique in Scottsdale, AZ, and […]
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8:10 PM | Sciencebloggers and SIWOTI – A Science Communication Research Project
A couple of days ago, Paige Brown Jarreau, my Scilogs co-blogger ("From the Lab Bench") and our intrepid, supportive, Scilogs-Community Manager, launched her own crowdfunding project on experiment.com to fund her research work on science communication. It is a worthy effort, and her results will be Open Access, which is an awesome plus. Please do visit her blog as well as the project page to support her endeavor if possible. In her survey (duly approved by the IRB of her institution),... […]
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8:05 PM | Telling A Scary Story: Poetry and The Uncanny (with...
Telling A Scary Story: Poetry and The Uncanny (with NativLang) Poetry haunts. Prose scares. Telling a Scary Story: history of prose horror (with Critical Lit). NativLang’s Channel. By: Critical Lit.
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7:59 PM | Invasion drives quick evolution of lizard feet
After Florida islands were invaded by the Cuban anole, indigenous Carolina anoles quickly evolved feet better suited for climbing high.
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7:48 PM | Immune dysfunction as a risk factor for long-term mortality from staph infections
Each year, more than 25 percent of patients who acquired a staph infection in the hospital die within the first year. UChicago fellow Jared Greenberg is trying to find out who's at highest risk.
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7:16 PM | Eight-Eyed Horror: Peering Into Jumping Spiders’ Explosive...
Eight-Eyed Horror: Peering Into Jumping Spiders’ Explosive Brains It’s difficult to study the jumping spider’s brain, but researchers have found a new technique that lets them analyze the spider’s neural activity. Credit: Cohen lab (Cornell University), Tsevi Beatus, Paul Shamble, Gil Menda By: Live Science Videos.
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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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