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April 14, 2015

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7:00 AM | William Cimillo, The Runaway Bus Driver
William Cimillo was a New York City bus driver back in the 1940s. He was a hard-working guy, never complained, and was even recognized for his exemplary work ethic. But eventually, the daily grind was just a little too much for Mr. Cimillo, and in 1947, he left his route and drove south, heading straight for Florida in his bus. The post William Cimillo, The Runaway Bus Driver appeared first on KnowledgeNuts.
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6:00 AM | Photo 443 : Le scarabée arc en ciel
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5:24 AM | Infographic: Plantwise progress in Malawi
Filed under: Agriculture, Extension, Food security, Plant clinics, Plant health, Plant pests and diseases, Plantwise Tagged: Africa, agriculture
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3:16 AM | When a spider loses a leg, does its whole hydraulic system lose pressure?
@BugQuestions whenever a spider loses a leg, does its whole hydraulic system loses pressure as well? My ghost spider lost a leg and froze. — Katzider (@katzider) April 10, 2015 This question came to us from Twitter, from user Katzider. … Continue reading →
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3:16 AM | When a spider loses a leg, does its whole hydraulic system lose pressure?
@BugQuestions whenever a spider loses a leg, does its whole hydraulic system loses pressure as well? My ghost spider lost a leg and froze. — Katzider (@katzider) April 10, 2015 This question came to us from Twitter, from user Katzider. … Continue reading →
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2:40 AM | Postdoc: Oslo Fungal molecular ecology
Three year position as Postdoctoral Research Fellow in fungal molecular ecology available at the University of Oslo, Norway: Soil fungi play important functional roles in forest ecosystems; while saprotrophic taxa are essential for organic matter decomposition; mycorrhizal root-associated fungi mediate the link between living plants and the below-ground community. Recent studies indicate that plant-fungi interactions … Continue reading Postdoc: Oslo Fungal molecular ecology →
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2:30 AM | Iguanodon vs. Utahraptor, from Walking With Dinosaurs Episode 4:...
Iguanodon vs. Utahraptor, from Walking With Dinosaurs Episode 4: Giant of the Skies. 
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2:04 AM | Press Council rules on knowing readers minds?
Today the New Zealand Press Council released it’s rulings on complaints filed by Mark Hanna and the Science Media Centre about an article on homeopathy in the Wairarapa Times-Age. Mark and Peter have already covered the back story and how these rulings would seem to ‘allow’ newspapers to write inaccurate or unbalance coverage on the [...]
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1:20 AM | Beyond the myth of ERMES Lang et al. write in Current Opinion...
Beyond the myth of ERMES Lang et al. write in Current Opinion in Cell Biology this week about the “myth of ERMES” - that is, the protein complex in yeast (ER-mitochondria encounter structure) associated with actively replicating mitochondrial DNA nucleoids. Linking ER and mitochondria, these complexes have been implicated in transfer of phospholipids and calcium, as well as coordinating mitochondrial genome replication. Also known as the Mdm complex (‘mitochondrial […]
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12:57 AM | Childcare Center Director Drops Own Toddler...
...into cheetah exhibit. #NotTheOnion MRT"@NBCNews: Mom who dropped child in2 cheetah exhibit is Dir. of childcare ctr http://t.co/fDnDIpaVBM pic.twitter.com/rQkWsTjXyI"— russwilliamsiii (@russwilliamsiii) April 13, 2015

April 13, 2015

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11:17 PM | Flight delayed: There’s a coyote on the runway
Survey tallies up airport incidents involving carnivores Wild Things by Sarah Zielinski 9:00am, April 14, 2015 This fox was spotted outside the fence of the Louisville Airport in Kentucky in 2010. A new study finds that foxes are the third most-common carnivore to plague U.S. airports.laserbub/Flickr (CC-BY-NC 2.0)In February 2007, two planes headed for Chicago’s […]
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10:28 PM | Butterfly Gardening With Children: The Basics
The butterfly is a flying flower, The flower a tethered butterfly. ~Ponce Denis Écouchard Lebrun Butterflies are colorful, interesting insects. Many children find them fascinating. In fact, butterflies have become so popular that over the last few decades, butterfly houses … Continue reading →
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9:38 PM | Lowe's to Stop Selling Bee-Killing Plants
Neonics, pesticides shown to be deadly to bees, will be gone from Lowe's by 2019. Continue reading →
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8:20 PM | http://walkaboutem.com/2015/04/13/176083533/
I am a geneticist, and I study…
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8:19 PM | http://walkaboutem.com/2015/04/13/176083530/
This next segment, is a genetics themed parody of one of my son’s children’s books, The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse by Eric Carle. It’s also a great introduction to common model organisms. http://www.eric-carle.com/bluehorse.html
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7:49 PM | Why can’t I cite Mythbusters?
I’m sorry, Adam and Jamie. I tried.In our most recent paper on nociception, one of the major points is that not all animals react to potentially nasty stimuli the same way. And it turns out that there’s a very nice demonstration of that idea on Mythbusters. In the 2008 Shark Week “Jawsome Special,” the Mythbusters did a segment called “Spicy Salsa Shark Shield.” They showed that sharks were not deterred by the presence of capsaicin-laden material.I included […]
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7:47 PM | Hay Fever Makes Your Brain Go Out of Control; So Don't Drive When You Have An Allergic Reaction
(Image: Aldo Sperber/picturetank - from New Scientist )Thirty per cent of the adult population experience seasonal allergies, especially hay fever. The eyes start watering and reddening and noses start running, making you looking and feeling like a big mess. But did you know that these are not the only effects of allergies? Did you know that it affects your brains reaction time to driving too?Hay fever or allergic rhinitis can be aggravated by anything from pollen, mould, dust, fungal […]
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7:41 PM | Can Fake Dogs Help Real Dogs?
Can we learn anything about a dog’s behavior around unfamiliar dogs with the use of a fake, stuffed dog? That is the question asked by a team of researchers in Massachusetts, who did a study comparing the responses of 45 shelter dogs to a live dog and a fake, plush, stuffed dog. The real dogs […]
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6:25 PM | Gigantic Marine Lizard's Origin Story Gets a Rewrite
Researchers have new ideas in mind about the way in which baby mosasaurs came into the world.
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5:55 PM | Nature wants to eat you
I’m trying to work out which is the more terrifying image.This:Or this:The lion’s face is perhaps the purest expression of fury I have ever seen. The penguin picture is shocking because it is completely unexpected. It’s also a vivid reminder that birds are the direct descendents of meat-eating dinosaurs.
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5:32 PM | The pan-genome of Emiliania huxleyi
Emiliania huxleyi has more going for it than just a beautiful name. Despite bei...
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5:25 PM | It's a miracle! It's chocolate!
This recent revelation explains a lot about the Easter bunny. As a kid, there were a couple of German chocolate makers in our little town who came out of hiding once a year to fill their soda fountain shop with chocolate rabbits like you only dream about because no matter how big none of them were hollow! This was definitely a spiritual thing to receive one of these bunnies. Theologically some more time spent with the Chronicles of Cadbury are definitely in order.  […]
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4:26 PM | Spotlight on 2014 research
From animal domestication to human genome variation, from loblolly genomes to lager genomes, from wild zebrafish sex to untangled metagenomes, last year brought plenty of high points for the GSA journals. So gathering a small selection of those high points … Read MoreThe post Spotlight on 2014 research appeared first on Genes to Genomes.
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4:22 PM | Mary’s Monday Metazoan: Do you still think they aren’t dinosaurs?
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4:13 PM | Science Snaps: exposing melanoma’s ‘safe haven’ to help tackle drug resistance
We explore new research showing how healthy cells surrounding a melanoma may help the cancer cells become resistant to targeted cancer drugs.
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3:55 PM | The deadline for the Summer School at Angers approaches
If you want to attend the Plant Science Summer School at the University of Angers, you’ll have to be fast. The deadline for applications is April 15.
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3:25 PM | The Pull of Social Media: Resistance is not Futile
To be a blogger means to write blog posts. But to be a […]
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3:23 PM | Among the traits presented as most important for scientists,...
Among the traits presented as most important for scientists, there’s one kind that doesn’t get a great deal of lip service. Science is competitive, it’s irreverent, it’s combative, it’s stressful - but as a scientist your most appreciated colleagues are the ones that transcend this high pressure reality. David Brooks writes in the NYT this week: About once a month I run across a person who radiates an inner light. These people can be in any walk of life. They […]
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3:20 PM | Puppy Love: Meet Milo, a Portuguese Water Dog with a nose for research
Meet Milo, a shaggy, 2-year-old service dog who is helping University of Chicago researchers study how pets can reduce stress levels in patients.
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2:50 PM | Nature's double-blind review. The opposite of what we need.
Nature Publishing Group just announced that they will begin experimenting with double-blind peer review. I am thrilled to see that they are going to experiment. Their announcement is thoughtful and this effort is clearly carefully considered by them. It is also meant to address a key and serious bias problem in the current review system. I look forward to the outcome of the experiment, but I bet it will be a failure. The bias problem has been called "the junior faculty" problem by Arjun Raj. As […]
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