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October 20, 2014

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4:56 PM | Keeping cancer on the political agenda – this year’s Party Conferences
We look back on this year's Party Conferences, highlighting our work to keep cancer on the political agenda ahead of the next General Election.
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4:49 PM | The Secrets of Sleep - A Week in Science We delve into the...
The Secrets of Sleep - A Week in Science We delve into the secrets of sleep and find out why some people are night owls and others early risers. By: RiAus.
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4:42 PM | Rosetta: scegli tu il nome del sito di atterraggio
J: per il momento si chiama così il sito di atterraggio del lander Philae, la navicella spaziale che il prossimo 12 novembre atterrerà sulla cometa 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko nell’ambito della missione Rosetta. All’Agenzia spaziale europea (Esa) e agli altri partner della missione, però, quest’appellativo non piace: secondo loro serve infatti un nome memorabile, adatto a sottolineare l’importanza dell’evento. Per questo hanno deciso di chiedere […]
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4:25 PM | Science of the Lambs
To help get us in the mood for Halloween, our most recent SCInema target was the psychological thriller The Silence of the Lambs. Some participants may have found the ease with which they could put their thesis advisor’s words into … Continue reading →
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4:20 PM | Ahmed Zewail and the challenges of intercultural chemistry
A few days ago I was reading the fine biography of the Caltech chemist Ahmed Zewail who won the 1999 Nobel Prize in chemistry for his wonderful work on laser femtosecond spectroscopy which allows us to literally peer into the secret lives of molecules.The book and the associated Nobel Prize website biography are instructive because they document in fond detail the inculturation of a highly talented and aspiring immigrant in the United States - an experience that has been shared by hundreds of […]
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4:09 PM | We have a new toy in my laboratory…
We have a new toy in my laboratory! It is a rather cool contraption that can link a variety of smartphones to virtually any kind of light microscope to take high quality photomicrographs. It’s called the Skylight and it looks like this: And like this when attached to a microscope. Credit: skylightscope.com And it looks like …
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4:00 PM | Demnächst: Science Slams in Wuppertal, Bonn und Bochum
1. Kommenden Donnerstag, am 23.10., trete ich auf bei einem Science Slam in der Färberei in Wuppertal. Ort: Färberei in Wuppertal, Peter-Hansen-Platz 1,  42275 Wuppertal. Beginn: 20:15 Uhr. Hier ein Link mit den Details.   2. Nächste Woche Dienstag, am 28.10,  trete ich auf bei einem Science Slam im Pantheon Theater in Bonn. Ort: Pantheon Theater, Bundeskanzlerplatz 2-10,…
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3:14 PM | Eeek! Dozer blight!
Wow, these developments outside of Las Vegas are so remarkably vile. This is some of the worst dozer blight TPP has ever witnessed. This is what happens when you have government by development speculators, where everything is available for transformation into someone's profit. Of course, no one is going to pay for the environmental cost. You can quite imagine that part of the argument for doing this was "nothing is out there, just desert."  Hard to believe, but Las Vegas […]
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2:58 PM | Dieci borse di studio per la comunicazione e la didattica della scienza
E' stato pubblicato il bando per il conferimento di dieci borse di studio per la comunicazione e la didattica della scienza che Fondazione Giangiacomo Feltrinelli in partnership con Società Expo ha deciso di finanziare nell'ambito di Laboratorio Expo, il progetto di ricerca coordinato dal professor Salvatore Veca sui temi di Expo Milano 2015.Laboratorio Expo è una Temporary Accademy che coinvolge cinque Università lombarde e più di ottanta centri di ricerca […]
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2:53 PM | Convegno: Trova le differenze. La diversità di genere fra scienza e società
Il dibattito sul rapporto tra natura e cultura a proposito delle differenze di genere è antico, ma ancora oggi problematico. Quanto la differenza tra i sessi è biologicamente determinata e quanto invece è socialmente costruita e perpetuata nella pratica quotidiana dagli individui e dalle istituzioni? La scienza in particolare è chiamata a riflettere su questi temi: non solo perché recentemente discipline quali la genetica e le neuroscienze stanno fortemente […]
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2:38 PM | Perché ebola ci fa più paura dell'influenza?
Con circa 9.000 contagi in Africa, un numero di morti intorno ai 4.500, la prima vittima in Germania, e i contagi negli Usa, ebola è di fatto diventata una paura globale. Ma non lo ha fatto solo raggiungendo numeri preoccupanti, lo ha fatto soprattutto uscendo dall’Africa, anche se è lì che ancora rappresenta una vera emergenza. Perché le probabilità che negli Usa o […]
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2:24 PM | A slick, musical (and sometimes funny) history of NHGRI (video)
Maybe it’s just me, but I laughed when Collins and Clinton walked out…  And I was only mildly carsick when all the meetings and labs were spinning around. Via: New video gives overview of NHGRI history: http://t.co/Aw9lG8j1ra #genomics — Francisco SV (@fsanchezvega) October 20, 2014
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2:20 PM | Moral Time: Does Our Internal Clock Influence Moral Judgments?
Does morality depend on the time of the day? The study "The Morning Morality Effect: The Influence of Time of Day on Unethical Behavior" published in October of 2013 by Maryam Kouchaki and Isaac Smith suggested that people are more honest in the mornings, and that their ability to resist the temptation of lying and cheating wears off as the day progresses. In a series of experiments, Kouchaki and Smith found that moral awareness and self-control in their study subjects decreased... Read […]
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2:08 PM | Il sesso ha 385 milioni di anni
Curiosando oziosamente in una scatola di fossili custodita nell’Università estone di Tallinn, il paleontologo John Long, della Flinders University di Adelaide (Australia) si è imbattuto in una scoperta inaspettata: l’invenzione del sesso. A stabilire questo invidiabile primato sarebbero stati i Microbrachiusdicki, piccoli pesci che 385 milioni di anni fa nuotavano nei laghi della Scozia, dell’Estonia e della Cina, e che appartenevano alla classe dei placodermi, […]
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2:00 PM | Richard Dawkins and Nightwish
October 2012, I got to see Nightwish at a small venue in OKC. 1– This was one of the first nights Floor Jansen was officially the New Singer for Nightwish. She blew me away. 2– This was a *tiny* venue. Nightwish fills huge stadiums and auditoriums all over the world, but OKC? Teeny venue. And that…
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2:00 PM | Can a Nitrate Transporter help to reduce the contamination associated to excessive fertilization in agriculture?
Nitrogen (N) is an essential nutrient for plant growth and most plants require 20-50 g of N taken up by their roots to produce […] Read more The post Can a Nitrate Transporter help to reduce the contamination associated to excessive fertilization in agriculture? appeared first on Mapping Ignorance. Related posts:Cellulose conversion to starch, a promising strategy for future global food demand Nomadic plastics Non-trivial biological quantum effects
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2:00 PM | Rare White Rhino Dies, Breed Close to Extinction
Only six of the creatures left, having been hunted by poachers in central and east Africa for their horns.
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1:46 PM | Stored product beetles
For farmer storing harvested food grains these names strike fear into them: Rusty grain beetle, flour mill beetle, flat grain beetle. These beetles can be found feeding on grain and cereal products, but also other dried material of plant origin, as well as packaged and processed goods. They have been recorded in wheat, corn, rice, barley, flour, oilseeds, cassava root, dried fruits and even chilies. Their larvae feed preferentially on the germ of the whole kernels, but sometimes they hollow out […]
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1:30 PM | Wonderful Things: The Starry Night Beneath the Caribbean Sea
One of the most astounding events of my life was immediately preceded by one of the scariest: I turned out my dive light in the ocean at night. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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1:30 PM | Puppy-Sized Spider Romps in Rainforest
Known as the South American Goliath birdeater (Theraphosa blondi), the colossal arachnid is the world's largest spider.
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1:00 PM | A new set of Node postcards!
Every year we give you a chance to choose from sets of beautiful images taken by the students at the MBL Woods Hole embryology course. The most voted image then feature in the cover of Development. The images from Woods Hole are always beautiful, and to showcase them last year we produced a set of four Node […]
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12:06 PM | Find the Anole: Squamates Versus Archosaurs
Regular readers of Anole Annals may remember the “Find the Anole” series that has been popular over the last few years. It has been a while since we enjoyed such fun times, so I wanted to breathe new life into this classic challenge. Earlier today I visited Dinosaur World in Plant City, Fl. and enjoyed the contrast between […]
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12:00 PM | Accumulation of ferruginol in heartwood-forming xylem
Time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometry & quantitative analyses are used to study distribution of ferruginol in a 30-yr tree of Cryptomeria japonica.
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12:00 PM | The Zen of Presentations, part 66: What do you want your audience to feel?
A common piece of advice for technical presentations is to figure out what your “take home message” is. People will only remember one or two things, to you should figure out what those will be.This is good advice, but it is typical of academics: it focuses on the “head.” It’s a question about information. Lots of people who have thought about presentations have come to the conclusion that if all you are doing is relaying information, there is no point to having a […]
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12:00 PM | University of Wisconsin responds to dishonest petition attacking psychiatric research
What do you do if your university is the target of an aggressive publicity campaign that distorts and misrepresents the work of one of your most highly respected scientists? What do you do if hundreds of thousands of people sign … Continue reading →
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11:44 AM | Aliens
Some floral forms make you wonder if they know something we don’t. Take Calceolaria uniflora for example. When photographed at just the right angle, these slipper-shaped blooms look like the face of an alien wearing beats headphones and holding an empty white tray as a peace offering. Calceolaria is native to the southernmost portion of […]
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11:24 AM | WWF: cresce il mercato globale del bracconaggio
Un corno di rinoceronte può arrivare a costare fino a 500.000 euro quindi non è difficile capire perché pochi giorni fa, all’Aeroporto di Francoforte, è stato arrestato un giovane che stava contrattando con due clienti la vendita di altrettanti corni. Il fattaccio di Francoforte non fa altro che confermare come l’Europa sia al centro del commercio illegale di parti di animali, un fenomeno in costante aumento che è stato analizzato dettagliatamente […]
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11:17 AM | Seeking help for her amaranthus crop in India, Sarathambal finds a local plant clinic
A Plantwise experience from Tamil Nadu. Writing and reporting by Kavya Dashora, CABI India 50-year-old Sarathambal lives with her husband and son, in Pooncheri village near Iluppakkorai, in Thanjavur district. The family engages in diversified cropping systems in their 2 acre land, to expand the source of subsistence and income, to increase yield, and to […]
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10:46 AM | Data Mining with iPlant: Published
We have a new paper published! Lisa is first author on the report from last year’s Data Mining with iPlant workshop, published last week in the Journal of Experimental Botany. As noted in the abstract, the paper ‘provides an overview of the workshop, and highlights the power of the iPlant environment for lowering barriers to using[...]
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10:14 AM | In which scientists behave like rats in a Skinner box
Skinner used the term “schedules of reinforcement” to describe broad categories of reward patterns which come to reliably control the behavior of his experimental animals. For instance, when he rewarded rats for pressing a lever at a given interval after […] ↓ Read the rest of this entry...
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