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July 26, 2014

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12:26 PM | Sauerkraut: bacteria making food
Last week my husband needed some jars for cooking purposes. Tesco sell jars for somewhere around £3 each. However they also sell large jars full of sauerkraut for £1 each. Which means that last... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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11:20 AM | 6 Things You Might Not Know About Bees
From shouting to imbibing in caffeine to making good use of plastic, bees can do a lot more than just sting and pollinate.
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8:35 AM | Una molecola che intrappola i gas radioattivi
Nell’aria che respiriamo, nel suolo, nell’acqua, ma anche nostro corpo, sono normalmente presenti elementi radioattivi. Una delle fonti principali di questa radioattività naturale è costituita dal radon, un gas nobile presente in piccole quantità nel suolo e nell’aria, ma che può accumularsi all’interno degli ambienti chiudi e risultare nocivo se inalato. Solo negli Stati Uniti si contano 21.000 decessi l’anno per tumore ai polmoni […]
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8:00 AM | News digest – breast cancer radiotherapy, fluorescent fish, DIY sunscreen and more
A new radiotherapy technique for breast cancer, fluorescent fish and melanoma, plus worrying reports of DIY sunscreen - here's the week's news.
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7:00 AM | The True Story Behind The Legendary Death Of ‘Fargo’
Ever seen the movie Fargo? If the answer isn’t “Yah, you betcha,” then you should probably check it out. Widely hailed as one of the best films of the '90s, Fargo won multiple awards and was inducted into the US National Film Registry. It also inspired one of the weirdest legends in cinema history . . . a story that’s almost completely untrue. The post The True Story Behind The Legendary Death Of ‘Fargo’ appeared first on KnowledgeNuts.
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6:00 AM | PHOTO DU BoB-184
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3:39 AM | Friday 5: Staying Up WAY Too Late This Week
It’s National Moth Week!  Woo!  I’ve been up late every night this week watching moths and have been averaging about 5 hours of sleep nightly, so I’m a wee bit tired this late in the week.  It’s been quite the adventure too!  I started the week with my big, public moth viewing event for the museum where […]
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3:09 AM | Biocrusts in El Malpais National Monument, New Mexico
It's that time again…photo dumps from trips taken months ago! Last Spring I joined my graduate student Jesse, and two collaborators from the National Park Service on a trip to El Malpais in New Mexico.  Jesse is working on establishing an array of monitoring plots for "unique plant communities" which are important reservoirs of biodiversity in the National Park System. El Malpais is a National Monument built around a series of lava flows. One cool thing about it is that the […]
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2:44 AM | Collective Blame
My NPR post (Thurs.) highlights #anthropology and #climatechange. Deniers deny (comments) but it's good ethnography! http://t.co/WxloZeRvvW— Barbara J King (@bjkingape) July 25, 2014

July 25, 2014

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7:00 PM | Pair of Rare Amur Leopard Cubs Born in U.K. Zoo
With only some 50 left in the wild, the animal faces extinction without captive-breeding programs in zoos.
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6:33 PM | LabBook July 25, 2014
This week’s rundown of recent research publications of note from University of Chicago scientists and physicians.
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6:09 PM | Help create Nature Methods’ 10 year anniversary cover
Our October 2014 issue will be a celebration of our 10 year anniversary and we want you to help us celebrate by contributing to the creation of the anniversary issue cover.  Read more
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6:00 PM | The Story of Mr. Bisbing, Part V: Tag Recovery from Colombia
This is the last chapter of our story about a great egret that we gave a GPS tracking device on the Outer Banks of North Carolina in spring 2013 (see photo). We followed his movements for about 8 months and reconstructed his story with his GPS and ACC data (see parts I, II, III and […]
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5:41 PM | These trees don’t mind getting robbed
Desert teak trees in India produce more fruit after they’ve been visited by nectar robbers.
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5:36 PM | Sanford-Burnham hosts Pedal the Cause Forums Event
Pedal the Cause San Diego held the third installment of their Forums lecture series at our La Jolla campus Wednesday, July 23. Pedal the Cause Forums are an exciting and understandable TED-like lecture series focused on the future of cancer research, life sciences, health and wellness, and more. Over 40 local biotechnology community members andRead More
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5:17 PM | These trees don’t mind getting robbed
Wild ThingsPlants,Animals,Ecology by Sarah Zielinski 1:41pm, July 25, 2014 Purple sunbirds rarely consume the nectar of a desert teak flower through its opening (right), preferring to rob the flowers by piercing through the base (left). V.K. Singh et al/PLOS ONE 2014Plants don’t make flowers just to make me happy, and they don’t make nectar just to feed bees, hummingbirds and […]
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4:44 PM | Mysterious Tiles from a Time When Art and Science Were Friends
Forces in society of late have lots of us longing for the days of the Enlightenment, smallpox, powdered wigs, ridiculously uncomfortable clothing and all. It must have been nice to live in an era... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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4:35 PM | I like this hypothesis
But we have to be clear that it is only a hypothesis at this point. I was reading about domestication syndrome (DS) — selecting animals for domestication has a whole collection of secondary traits that come along for the ride, in addition to tameness. We are selecting for animals that tolerate the presence of humans,…
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4:30 PM | Bucksbaum Institute names two new master clinicians
Douglas Dirschl, MD, and Jessica Kandel, MD, join the ranks of faculty to serve as role models for student scholars and faculty scholars in the delivery of superior clinical care and excellent doctor-patient communications.
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4:16 PM | University of Chicago opens first Passive House-certified laboratory in North America
UChicago's new ecological field station in Southwestern Michigan raises the bar for sustainable and energy-efficient educational facilities.
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4:03 PM | Fossil hunting with the Brain Scoop
We’re big fans of Emily Graslie’s natural history video series The Brain Scoop. The latest episode goes right to the source of the museum specimens that usually take center stage—a fossil hunting expedition. Watch the whole thing, and you’ll learn some nifty paleontology jargon, like: “It’s called the 18-inch layer.” “Is it because it’s 18 […]
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4:00 PM | Can epigenetics decode a cell’s history? Linking somatic DNA methylation, DNA repair, and gene expression
Mammalian Genomic DNA (mainly cytosines, in the doublet CpG) can be covalently modified by methylation, which is layered on the primary genetic information and alters gene expression. There are two patterns of DNA methylation. The first is stable methylation, called imprinting. Imprinting is inherited in a sex-specific fashion and is invariant among individuals and cell […] The post Can epigenetics decode a cell’s history? Linking somatic DNA methylation, DNA repair, and gene […]
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3:55 PM | Massive Mayfly Invasion Marauds Midwest: Photos
A massive hatching of mayflies wreaked havoc across Wisconsin, Iowa and Minnesota.
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3:40 PM | A year of research – and 13 milestones you helped fund
To coincide with the publication of our Annual Review, here are some of the key research milestones that our amazing supporters have helped fund.
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3:03 PM | Fun Friday: Western Blot Cartoon
As a fun followup to Wednesday’s blog, here is a cartoon for all you protein scientists out there. IF you would like to see more science cartoons by Ed Himelblau, you can find them in the Cartoon Lab section of the Promega PubHub.
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2:55 PM | Cargo bikes in service
Why it was just 3 weeks ago that TPP did a blog about cargo bikes in Germany, and now here's an article about Whole Foods in Brooklyn NY delivering groceries by cargo bike. Where do they get those bikes?   
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2:48 PM | Parking spaces - bikes vs. cars
Our local municipality did a pretty neat thing.  It constructed a big bicycle rack, one big enough for a dozen or so bikes and placed it in a parking space right in front of our favorite coffee shoppe.  How cool is that?  Does TPP have to tell you that car drivers, most of whom now lack the skill to parallel park anyways, complained.  That's right, take away one car parking space and the complaints came rolling in even though in the process a dozen or more people get to park […]
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2:27 PM | Epigenomics of Common Diseases 2014
The 4th Wellcome Trust Epigenomics of Common Diseases conference will bring together leading scientists from the fields of epigenomics, genetics and bioinformatics to discuss the latest developments in this fast-moving field. Epigenetic variation plays an important role in all disease processes in addition to cancer. Technological advancements have revealed significant associations between changes to the […]
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2:23 PM | Rosetta cattura nuove immagini della sua cometa
Quando pochi gironi fa erano arrivate nuove immagini della cometa inseguita dalla sonda dell’Esa Rosetta si era parlato di una sorpresa. Infatti quanto visto dagli occhi della navicella appariva come una cometa doppia, a quantomeno bilobata (che in molti hanno ribattezzato paperella spaziale, rintracciando somiglianze col giocattolino di gomma giallo). Oggi nuove immagini arrivano da Rosetta che confermano la strana forma di 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.Ma non solo. A sorprendere stavolta […]
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2:20 PM | Contaminazioni alimentari anche nei prodotti dietetici e negli integratori
L’allarme di contaminazione alimentare non risparmia i prodotti “salutistici” come gli alimenti dietetici e gli integratori. È quanto emerge dall’analisi delle segnalazioni del primo semestre 2014 pubblicate nella banca dati del Sistema Rapido di Allerta per alimenti e mangimi della Comunità Europea - Rasff, Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed - che quest’anno festeggia 35 anni d’attività di garante della sicurezza alimentare. Non […]
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