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October 17, 2014

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12:00 PM | Heterozygosity–fitness correlations in pedunculate oak
Various transpiration and growth traits of seedlings of pedunculate oak, Quercus robur, are correlated with their multilocus heterozygosity (MLH).
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11:30 AM | FLUMP – Shipwrecked amphipods and underdog journals
It’s Friday and that means that it’s time for our Friday link dump, where we highlight some recent papers (and . . .
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11:26 AM | Image of the Week: Celebrating science
Last night the grounds of Crick Institute played host to an event celebrating scientific ambition and global humanitarianism in the capital. Supported by the Wellcome Trust and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation alongside the Crick Institute, this year’s Evening Standard list of the 1000 most influential Londoners had a special focus on science. Sir […]
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11:01 AM | Anoles and Hummingbirds
Posted by Lorie on Birds and Blooms.
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11:00 AM | No ‘No-bel’ Burnell
The Nobel prize train has left the station for another year and – oh well – yet again myself, and admittedly many others, are left standing on the station platform looking forlornly as Science-fame chugs off over the horizon. Keep on dreaming eh? Inevitably there is focus on the winners this year, but what about those who […]
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11:00 AM | TWiM #89: Microbial Handoffs
Vincent, Michele, and Michael discuss how a gene from bacteria protects a tick from plant cyanide poisoning, and enhanced transmission of Streptococcus pneumoniae by influenza virus co-infection in mice.
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10:49 AM | Le 12 regole per prevenire il cancro
La prevenzione contro il cancro? Un impegno quotidiano, fatto di regole precise. Lo ricorda la Agenzia internazionale per la ricerca sul cancro (Iarc) dell’Oms, che ha appena rilasciato la quarta edizione del Codice europeo contro il cancro, un lavoro condotto in collaborazione con la Commissione europea che, basandosi sulle migliori evidenze scientifiche ad oggi disponibili, riassume i 12 comportamenti da adottare – […]
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9:21 AM | Hendrick van Anthonissen’s Long Lost Whale
Something about the painting was peculiar…not necessarily ‘wrong’, but certainly peculiar.  At face value, Scheveningen Sands by Hendrick van Anthonissen (1641) appeared to be just another fine Dutch Golden Age landscape, […]
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9:07 AM | Quando il canguro camminava (e non saltava)
I canguri? Postura quasi eretta e solo due arti per camminare. No, non ci siamo sbagliati: prima ancora di imparare a saltare i canguri avrebbero camminato, in modo non molto diverso da quanto non facciano gli esseri umani. A farlo sarebbero stati gli Stenurini, una famiglia di canguri ormai estinta, secondo quanto ipotizzato da un gruppo di ricercatori della Brown University di Providence, Rhode Island, che ha pubblicato i risultati del proprio studio su Plos One. I canguri moderni, come […]
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9:00 AM | BigData: scaling up, but no Big message
As technology has advanced dramatically during the past few decades, we have been able to look at the relationship between genotypes and phenotypes in ever more detail, and to address phenogenetic questions, that is to search for putative genomic causes of traits of interest on an ever and dramatically increasing scale. At each point, there has been excitement and a hope (and widespread promises) that as we overcome barriers of resolution, the elusive truth will be found. The claim has been […]
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8:39 AM | Per curare il fegato si punta sul microbioma intestinale
Il King's College di Londra ha lanciato British Gut, il più grande progetto scientifico europeo open-source (in collaborazione con America Gut) per studiare tutti batteri che popolano l'intestino umano, ad oggi in gran parte sconosciuti, e scoprire come il microbioma sia influenzato dalla dieta, dallo stile di vita e dalle malattie. E viceversa. I cittadini del Regno Unito (ma non solo) sono inviati a partecipare con una donazione, grazie alla quale riceveranno un kit per raccogliere […]
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7:46 AM | Iris svela i segreti del Sole
È stato lanciato nello Spazio poco più di un anno fa. E sta già facendo più che egregiamente il proprio dovere. Parliamo dell'Interface Region Imaging Spectroscope, o, più familiarmente, Iris, il grande telescopio spaziale che la Nasa ha mandato in orbita attorno al Sole per studiarne in dettaglio l'atmosfera e farci comprendere meglio i suoi misteri. In particolare, Iris si sta occupando della cosiddetta regione dell'interfaccia, la zona tra la superficie […]
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7:02 AM | De ojos, lupas y microscopios
Nuestros sentidos son los que hacen posible que nos relacionemos con el entorno, que seamos capaces de recibir información de nuestro alrededor y actuar en consecuencia. Uno de estos sentidos es la vista, cuyo órgano encargado de detectar la luz es el ojo. La capacidad de resolución del ojo es limitada. Por ejemplo, el ojo humano solo es capaz de percibir objetos de un tamaño mayor a 0,1 mm (es decir 0,0001m o 1×10-4 m). Para que te des una idea de lo que […]
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7:00 AM | How A Gunshot Wound Cured One Man’s OCD
It was reported in 1988 that a 19-year-old man attempted suicide by shooting himself in the head. Not only did the man survive the brain injury, but it cured him of his debilitating obsessive-compulsive disorder without causing any other permanent brain damage. He went on to be a straight-A college student and live a relatively normal life. The post How A Gunshot Wound Cured One Man’s OCD appeared first on KnowledgeNuts.
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6:00 AM | PHOTO DU BoB-266
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2:30 AM | Animatronics!
If you’ve all watched movies like Star Wars, Harry Potter, Clash of Titans, to name a few, then you’ve all seen animatronics – even if you did not recognise it! Animatronics are simply put – special effects come to life! Indeed they bring together 2 of the unlikeliest fields – engineering and arts – in… Continue reading »
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12:29 AM | Terror skinks, social skinks, crocodile skinks, monkey-tailed skinks… it’s about skinks (skinks part II)
October 2014 continues – for no particular reason at all – to be Lizard Month here at Tet Zoo and right now it’s time for more skinks. The previous article is a sort of general introduction to the... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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12:15 AM | Beauty is in the In-Group of the Beholden
Attraction is more than physical traits. Find out what else counts.
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12:11 AM | Water Doesn’t Freeze at Zero! Did you know that water...
Water Doesn’t Freeze at Zero! Did you know that water doesn’t freeze at zero? Maddie Moate reveals some astonishing science about H2O. By: Earth Unplugged.
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12:04 AM | Postdoctoral Position in Developmental Genetics
Postdoctoral Research Position: This is a funded position in the Extavour lab at Harvard University (Departments of Organismic & Evolutionary Biology/Molecular and Cellular Biology). The project aims to understand how growth and patterning of distinct cell types are coordinated during organ development, using the Drosophila melanogaster ovary as a model. The successful candidate will participate […]

October 16, 2014

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11:22 PM | 30 Unusual Wills This week, John discusses some rather odd...
30 Unusual Wills This week, John discusses some rather odd wishes of the recently deceased. By: Mental Floss. Support: http://store.mentalfloss.com/ (enter promo code: “YoutubeFlossers” for 15% off!)
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10:36 PM | ‘paleo’ diet? or paleofantasy?
The 'paleo' diet story on Campbell Live tonight spurred me to finish my review of one of the most entertaining popular books on genetics that I have read for some time. Entertaining, and informative, in equal measure. I wonder...
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10:33 PM | Dr. Madhav Chavan: Technology Alone Won’t Reform...
Dr. Madhav Chavan: Technology Alone Won’t Reform Education Dr. Madhav Chavan describes how technological innovations are inherently non-linear, and therefor don’t easily transpose to the linear world of education. Read more at BigThink.com: http://bigthink.com/think-tank/dr-madhav-chavan-tech-ed By: Big Think.
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9:44 PM | Meet Scott McVay: A Pioneer in Arctic Exploration In 1973,...
Meet Scott McVay: A Pioneer in Arctic Exploration In 1973, Scott McVay and a team of scientists were the first to document the bowhead whale. Dr. McVay shares some of the key findings and exciting moments from that expedition, including the moment they captured footage of the reticent sea creature. By: World Science Festival.
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8:54 PM | Why Can You Sometimes See the Moon During the Day? Have you...
Why Can You Sometimes See the Moon During the Day? Have you ever noticed that sometimes you can see the moon, even though it’s daytime? That’s crazy, huh? By: Stuff You Should Know.
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8:09 PM | UEG Week 2014
The United European Gastroenterology (UEG) Week 2014 in Vienna is just around the corner. The conference kicks off on Saturday the 18th of October and judging from the program it will be a very interesting and inspiring event with so much to choose from that you will hardly be able to make up your mind about what to attend.The general UEG website has now changed to the UEG Week Live site, which can be accessed here; however, you can still access the regular site here. The programme for the […]
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8:05 PM | The 2014 L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Fellows...
The 2014 L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Fellows - Being a mother and a scientist Our 2014 L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Fellows explain us how to be a MOTHER and a SCIENTIST at the same time. Obviously, this is totally possible. By: For Women in Science.
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7:47 PM | Nothing to fear but the daily news keeps trying
Our morning newspaper led off with a headline "Ebola crisis in USA continues". Yes, the number of cases of ebola in the USA doubled, a 100% increase; now there are two. Now in west Africa there is a crisis, but here in the USA?  Not so much. To put this in some perspective, you have a better chance of getting bubonic plague than ebola at present, especially if you go camping in the western USA.  Yet you don't hear alarmist headlines, "Black death still alive".  If this is naught […]
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7:41 PM | When your name changes
People change their names for all sorts of reasons. Marriage is only one. What can you do to make sure people can find your scientific papers if you change your name?When you’re talking about your own CV or website, the task is trivial. All it takes is a note mentioning the name change.The problem is that many people look for papers through search engines: Google Scholar, Web of Science, PubMed, and so on. If they only know you by one name, they will not find papers you authored under the […]
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7:23 PM | Enhancing the birds’ eye view of glass
Every year up to a billion birds are killed in North Am […]
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