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December 19, 2014

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2:38 PM | Parrot Grooms and Plays with Cat (Videos)
I am sure this video will make your day: The caption reads: My cat Marley and his best pal, Tiko the cockatiel! And here's another one: Caption: Tiko harassing my cat Marley, again. And another one! Caption: Grumpy cockatiel protecting his friend You may also like 9 strange Interspecies adoptions Cat Loves Chihuahuapaok
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2:37 PM | Embrace The Wild: Mongooses Under the Porch
#EmbraceTheWild and each other. RT @TheBronxZoo: King-of-the-Hill | Wild View http://t.co/gj8V5b6xFw via @TheWCS— russwilliamsiii (@russwilliamsiii) December 19, 2014
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2:32 PM | Nice cc: @bjkingape
So cool: Migrant songbirds evacuated their territories to circumvent a severe tornado outbreak http://t.co/GdEbl7x5rW cc @JimCantore #birds— Barbara J King (@bjkingape) December 19, 2014
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2:28 PM | FLUMP- Keystone Species, Climate Change and Coffee, Basic Science and More
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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2:22 PM | Cover illustration for the latest special issue of General and...
Cover illustration for the latest special issue of General and Comparative Endocrinology on Peptide hormone-binding GPCR evolution. It represents the meeting between modern technology and the evolutionary principles that go back more than a hundred years - using Charles Darwin’s famous tree sketch to set Darwin’s evolutionary principles in a current molecular biology context.
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2:15 PM | Friday Cephalopod: “In His House at R’lyeh Dread Cthulhu waits dreaming”
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2:00 PM | Un gene che aumenta il rischio di Sla
I ricercatori della Thomas Jefferson University hanno scoperto una mutazione genetica che, nei portatori di Sla, favorisce la produzione di una proteina che causa danni ai neuroni motori
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1:38 PM | Friday SNPpets (with special holiday oomycete song)
Welcome to our Friday feature link collection: SNPpets. During the week we come across a lot of links and reads that we think are interesting, but don’t make it to a blog post. Here they are for your enjoyment… RT @drugmonkeyblog: Supplementary Materials practices rob authors of citation credit http://t.co/9R6qxDjqlG #ICYMI RT @dgmacarthur: Sad to […]
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1:00 PM | Draco volans: Real Life Dragon
Now it just needs to breathe fire! Credit: Reddit user Biophilia_curiosus Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Chordata Subphylum: Vertebrata Class: Reptilia Order: Squamata Suborder: Iguania Family: Agamidae Subfamily: Agaminae Genus: Draco Species: Draco volans Common Name(s): Flying dragon, Flying Lizards No, its not a baby dragon! Meet Draco volans, an arboreal lizard found in Indonesia.
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12:14 PM | Making water lily flowers and tomatoes – this week in Annals of Botany
Making water lily flowers and tomatoes - this week in Annals of Botany.
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11:51 AM | When Threatened By Worms, Bacteria Summon Killer Fungi
When you’re the size of a human, you worry about lions and tigers and bears. But if you’re …
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11:41 AM | Ecco il microscopio senza lenti
Lo hanno messo a punto gli scienziati della University of California, Los Angeles: ha prestazioni fino a cento volte migliori rispetto ai microscopi “tradizionali”. Ed è molto più economico
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11:38 AM | Cool Old Drawings of Anolis punctatus
The Biodiversity Heritage Library just tweeted this figure from Title Abbildungen zur Naturgeschichte Brasiliens / Title Variants: Alternative: Recueil de planches coloriées d’animaux de Brésil By Wied, Maximilian, Prinz von, 1782-1867 It’s Plate 44, labelled, as you can see, as Anolis viridis and A. gracilis, but according to the tweet, they are both A. punctatus, male above and female below.
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10:00 AM | Survivorship bias and genetics
I was a mathematics major as an undergraduate.  However, not then or since have I been anything that one could call a mathematician.  At least, I hope I learned something about trying to think logically about life even if I never do equations.  But this interest led me to read a new book I was told of, called How Not to be Wrong: the Power of Mathematical Thinking, by Jordan Ellenberg (2014, NY, Penguin Press).This is a popular rather than technical book, but it shows in […]
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9:56 AM | The Science of Christmas
Christmas is renowned for being a magical time of the year, and with Santa flying around the whole world delivering presents to every child in just one night, magic it must be. As Christmas is nearly upon us here’s a quick look at the science behind some of our Christmas traditions. Can Santa really deliverRead More
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9:24 AM | Update: The BuzzCloud for 2014
It has been almost two years since the last BuzzCloud update. So this update is well overdue: As you can see two of the biggest buzzwords in the cloud are computational proteomics and precision medicine. I am obviously quite happy to see that, considering that I currently have an open postdoc position in proteome bioinformatics […]
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8:30 AM | Image of the Week: Glycerine and Cucumber
In our image of the week this week, Carly Dakin looks at how to achieve soft, smooth complexion free from redness – the 19th century way. Just reach for “the queen of toilet preparations for all seasons” and save yourself from chapped skin with Beetham’s glycerine and cucumber! This image above is a 19th century […]
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8:00 AM | The Other Line Really Is Moving Faster Than Yours
We've all been there; we get in line, hoping that we'll be out of the store in no time, and we stand and wait and watch everyone else get waited on first while we're held up. It turns out, it's not your imagination---you really do keep picking the slow lane. Your chances of picking a problem-free lane are slim, and with the randomness of problems that can crop up ahead of you, it's likely that you're going to watch people pass you---all the time. There's a way around that, but our perceptions […]
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7:46 AM | La migliore scienza del 2014
Come Nature anche Science riconosce in cima alla classifica i traguardi raggiunti dalla missione Rosetta. Ma c’è spazio anche per dinosauri, batteri alieni e robot nella top ten della rivista
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7:21 AM | Intelligent Design: Still Dead
Actually, I wrote that last post partly because I wanted to comment on this one, from David Klinghoffer. He likens the plight of TNRs former staff to the situation of ID proponents: I identify with TNR’s ex-staff, too, in a more fundamental way. In the evolution controversy, it’s supporters of intelligent design who stand for…
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7:16 AM | Controlling Neurons Using Light
I hoped I would never have to say this, but we don't use only 10% of our brains...
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7:00 AM | PHOTO DU BoB-329
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3:06 AM | Ciencia, Filosofía y Rock and Roll
La ciencia y la música no están tan alejadas como parecen. Son disciplinas que nos apasionan a muchos, pero solo unos pocos afortunados pueden presumir del doble título: ser músicos y científicos. Gregory Graffin, cofundador y vocalista de la banda punk-rock californiana Bad Religion, es Doctor en Biología y se especializa en biología evolutiva. Esta disciplina estudia las causas del origen y diferenciación de las especies. Graffin, en su […]
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2:12 AM | Study: Why Do Cameroon's Elephants Raid Farms
The four authors measure food supplies in Waza National Park to try to determine if they are, or could be, sufficient to keep African elephants in the Park and safe from interactions with farmers (outside the Park) protecting their livelihoods. These authors, I know, have long been risking their lives to try to keep elephants and Cameroonians from killing each other. I know at least three of the four authors have come close to losing their lives in the effort. One of those is NC Zoo lead […]
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1:11 AM | NASA’s First Mission Patch We’re all familiar with...
NASA’s First Mission Patch We’re all familiar with NASA’s mission patches, but they weren’t part of the first missions. By: Amy Shira Teitel.
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12:22 AM | Pioneer 10 Meets Jupiter - It Happened in Space №24 In December...
Pioneer 10 Meets Jupiter - It Happened in Space №24 In December 1973 Pioneer 10, NASA’s first spacecraft to the outer planets and first to achieve escape velocity from the solar system, reached Jupiter. The probe took the first close-ups of the gas giant and its red spot, as well its moons Callisto, Ganymede and Europa. The craft was last heard from in 2003. By: Scientific American Space Lab.

December 18, 2014

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11:34 PM | Male Praying Mantids Have a Strategy For Not Being Eaten by Their Mates
We usually think about male and female mates getting along pretty well (that’s ‘mate’ in the biological sense, not your friendly British/ Australian friend). Often after mating, male and females have... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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11:33 PM | Are Those Really My Mother’s Ashes? HOW DO YOU KNOW?...
Are Those Really My Mother’s Ashes? HOW DO YOU KNOW? Well, there are ways, my pretties. By: Ask A Mortician. Support on Patreon: http://www.patreon.com/thegooddeath
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11:03 PM | New Issue of the Barcode Bulletin
We've just published our newest issue of the Barcode Bulletin. Once again packed with interesting news and findings. Everything DNA Barcoding - the perfect read for any seasonal holiday :-)Just click on the cover photo and you will be redirected to the pdf file.
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10:44 PM | Is MSG Bad For You? - A Week in Science Is MSG really the evil...
Is MSG Bad For You? - A Week in Science Is MSG really the evil food additive we’ve been told, or is it one big myth? By: RiAus.
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