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December 17, 2014

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1:51 PM | A simple guide to Tropical "cushion stars"! Halityle vs. Culcita spp.!!
From Wikipedia.. they are GREAT! Go give them some money! Today.. a short instructional on tropical "cushion stars" which is a common name I HATE because it just describes so many different types of sea star species..  BUT if any one starfish species COULD be the "rightful" bearer of THIS common name, its the one called Culcita.Why?  Because its name is LITERALLY translated as "pillow or cushion" but for comparison, there's another similar looking beast called Halityle regularis. […]
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1:30 PM | We Need Books to…Identify New Species
This month, we’re publishing a series of blog posts outlining the importance of biodiversity literature, made available for free and open access through the Biodiversity Heritage Library, to today’s scientific research and conservation initiatives. With your help, we can help save biodiversity. The Science of Identifying Life on EarthThere are an estimated 8.75 million species on earth, of which almost 2 million have been described. Scientists classify about 18,000 new species […]
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1:28 PM | Egnor babbles some more
Michael Egnor has replied to my dismissal of his claims that memories can’t be stored in the brain with a curiously titled post, Understanding Memories: Lovely Metaphors Belong in Songs, Not Science. I was a bit confused, at first…I don’t recall using any song lyrics or poetic metaphors in my post on the subject, but…
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1:00 PM | Christmas Greenery - Friend Or Foe?
Biology concepts – toxin, botany, cancer chemotherapies, pregnancy, evergreen Noche de Rábanos (Night of the Radishes) is celebrated in Oaxaca, Mexico on December 23. The townspeople carve radishes into shapes, characters or scenes and then they are judged.  It began as a suggestion by a couple of monks to bring people in to the market to buy the produce that the farmers had raised, so it’s a Christmas plant tradition that really has little to do with […]

Liu, B., Zhou, J., Li, Y., Zou, X., Wu, J., Gu, J., Yuan, J., Zhao, B., Feng, L., Jia, X. & Wang, R. (2014). Hederagenin from the leaves of ivy (Hedera helix L.) induces apoptosis in human LoVo colon cells through the mitochondrial pathway, BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 14 (1) 412. DOI: 10.1186/1472-6882-14-412

Tröger W, Galun D, Reif M, Schumann A, Stanković N & Milićević M (2014). Quality of life of patients with advanced pancreatic cancer during treatment with mistletoe: a randomized controlled trial., Deutsches Arzteblatt international, 111 (29-30) 493. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25142075

Tsui, K., Wang, J., Wu, L. & Chiu, C. (2012). Molecular Mechanism of Isocupressic Acid Supresses MA-10 Cell Steroidogenesis, Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 2012 1-12. DOI: 10.1155/2012/190107

Earl, E., Altaf, M., Murikoli, R., Swift, S. & O'Toole, R. (2010). Native New Zealand plants with inhibitory activity towards Mycobacterium tuberculosis, BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 10 (1) 25. DOI: 10.1186/1472-6882-10-25

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12:58 PM | You never travel Alone!
If you are quite the traveller who likes visiting different countries and posting Instagram pictures of historic sites and tourist places you have been to, this is the probably the right time to tell you this 'YOU ARE NOT TRAVELLING ALONE' Well, this is not about some stalker following you or the government that keeps an eye on each and every one of us. Instead, this is about the
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12:39 PM | Three Conservation Success Stories
With rising sea levels, continued deforestation of the rainforests, and an ever-increasing list of animals at risk of endangerment or extinction, a casual observer of today’s media would not be at fault for presuming that the state of our world ecosystem is all doom and gloom. Yet for every disappeared species, every illegal logging project in the Amazon, there is another story of success by conservationists around the world. These stories are often underplayed and under-appreciated by […]
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12:36 PM | (Developmental) Biology around the internet- December 2014
Here is December’s round-up of some of the interesting content that we spotted around the internet!   News & Research: - Masayo Takahashi was the winner of the 2014 Stem Cell Person of the Year award, while the STAP story was chosen as the Stem Cell Story of the Year, in an open vote in Paul Knoepfler’s blog. […]
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12:26 PM | Una firma batterica contro i crimini sessuali
L'analisi dei microorganismi presenti sui peli pubici potrebbe diventare la nuova arma a disposizione degli investigatori. Lo riporta una ricerca australiana
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12:11 PM | Humpback Whales Sing Tick-Tock Songs For Supper
Humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) are known to employ group foraging techniques, however details on how individuals coordinate with each other still remain a mystery. A new study by Susan Parks, assistant professor of biology in the College of Arts and Sciences, in collaboration with a consortium of other researchers examined the importance of specific auditory cues that these whales emit

Parks SE, Cusano DA, Stimpert AK, Weinrich MT, Friedlaender AS & Wiley DN (2014). Evidence for acoustic communication among bottom foraging humpback whales., Scientific reports, 4 7508. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25512188

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11:52 AM | Eating Your Way To Longevity
With so many diets in the market these days, which one is the real deal? ...
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11:21 AM | Update: Plant Health News (17 Dec 14)
Here’s a taste of some of the latest stories about plant health, including small-scale women farmers delivering pioneering efforts in food security in Tanzania, Witches’ Broom Disease affecting cassava in Cambodia and an initiative in Africa which is strengthening food systems while raising awareness of Ebola. Click on the link to read more of the latest […]
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11:00 AM | The 300th article at Tet Zoo ver 3 is very weird
Welcome to the 300th article to be published here at Tet Zoo ver 3 (note: not at Tet Zoo as a whole). I feel that this momentous occasion should be marked in some way, so here we are. The 200th... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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10:57 AM | Job: Postdoc position in proteome bioinformatics
I currently have an opening for a two-year postdoc position in my group Cellular Network Biology at the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Protein Research. The project primarily relates to on computational analysis of mass-spectrometry-based proteomics data. This includes developing new, improved methods for analyzing spectra, optimization of analysis protocols, and application of these to […]
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10:40 AM | Electricity – depicting epilepsy in a feature film
The Wellcome Trust’s first drama feature film co-funded with the BFI was released in cinemas nationwide last week. Starring Agyness Deyn as Lily O’Connor, a young woman with temporal lobe epilepsy, the film explores the condition through her eyes as she goes in search of her long lost brother. Producer Clare Duggan and Director Bryn […]
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10:28 AM | Managing a Research Team: A Dissection
How do I manage my team of 10+ researchers without losing my mind <ahem> or otherwise having things fall apart? I’m often asked this, as I was today (10 December; I ruminated before posting this as I worried it was too boring). Whether those undesirable things have truly not transpired is perhaps debatable, but I’m […]
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10:10 AM | Practical science: the lab technician
Pat Edwards is a Research Support Technician in the Structural Studies Division at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology (LMB) in Cambridge. She spoke to The Long+Short about her job. […]
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10:00 AM | Are we still doing 'beanbag' eu(genetics)? Part III. Culpably ignored nuances?
Part I of this series was about the particulate view of genes and their role in evolution and the determination of traits that are here because they were screened by evolution.  Many view all traits as being in this category, and genetic determinism of those traits to be very strong and specific.  But the data are less clear by far than the commitment to that idea.Ernst Mayr criticized the one-gene-at-a-time focus of much of population genetics as 'beanbag' genetics.  Mayr said […]
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10:00 AM | Lower Wood: the changing face of an ancient woodland
Lower Wood in Ashwellthorpe is one of the few remaining ancient woodlands in Norfolk. Today, the wood is about 100 acres in size, which is only a small remnant of its recorded size in the Domesday Book of 1086. Having been managed for centuries to produce wood for local industry, the last 50 years have seen the […]
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8:58 AM | Curiosity trova metano su Marte: segno di forme di vita?
Grazie alle osservazioni effettuate dal rover, gli scienziati hanno ottenuto informazioni sulla presenza di metano e di acqua su Marte, entrambi indizi della potenziale presenza della vita su un pianeta
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8:44 AM | Angelo Vulpiani: ecco i segreti della probabilità
Angelo Vulpiani, fisico teorico alla Sapienza Università di Roma e autore del libro "Caso, probabilità e complessità", discute di paradossi, determinismo e casualità
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8:11 AM | The Slave Who Ended The Revolutionary War
In 1781, a British invasion of Virginia prompted a slave named James Armistead to join the colonial army against them. The colonials used Armistead as a spy and sent him into the redcoats' camp to gather secrets. He could have accepted the British offer of emancipation and never again spent another day as a slave. Instead he forwarded vital information back to the Americans. In July, Armistead sent them arguably the most important piece of intelligence of the war: General Charles Cornwallis […]
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7:00 AM | PHOTO DU BoB-327
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12:05 AM | Wifi Brain Implants For Robot Arms
For many paralyzed people, their problem is a communication gap. They can generate the signals in their brain …

December 16, 2014

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9:50 PM | One Word:
Hybrid RT @HuffPostScience: Electric cars may not be better for the environment in places where power comes from coal http://t.co/wOEQNc1NVP— russwilliamsiii (@russwilliamsiii) December 16, 2014
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9:40 PM | Do we still need science journals? What are the functions of science journals anyway?
In my latest Pacific Standard column, I write about Nature Publishing Group’s new read-only access policy, allowing subscribers and select media outlets to share links that tunnel through the paywall. I argue that it’s time to get back to basics: … Continue reading →
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9:29 PM | Zoo Offers New Polar Bear Photos
Buffalo Zoo has released some off-exhibit photos of Luna the polar bear who suffered a recent fall.
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9:18 PM | Patchy Baldness in Some Polar Bears
"Stressed out polar bears in the southern Beaufort Sea are losing some of their hair, but the precise cause of that stress is yet to be determined..." - Journal of Wildlife Diseases study "The incidences peaked in 2012, when 28 percent of the examined polar bears had the problem."
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9:07 PM | it’s the season for ‘best-of’ science compilations…
... and so here are a couple of compilations. The first is Sciencealert's top 10 animal videos for this year. They include a lone porcupine seeing off a pride of 17 (!) lions; an octopus 'walking' on land (which...
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9:05 PM | Tangled Up With You Written by Nick Goodwin Sung by Eliza...
Tangled Up With You Written by Nick Goodwin Sung by Eliza Shea From The Secrets of Quantum Mechanics: Einstein’s Nightmare Uploaded by: Tim Usborne.
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8:50 PM | Zoo Attendance 12.6% Higher YTD
Columbus Zoo's attendance is running 12.6 percent above 2013 year-to-date, despite a zoo-levy defeat earlier in the year. "The previous record year was 2009, when attendance hit 2.2 million."
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