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October 31, 2014

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2:13 PM | Ten real-life Halloween horrors in the natural world
Vampires and witches are nothing compared to mind-controlling parasites, nose ticks and antibiotic-resistant superbugs.
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2:12 PM | Science for the People: Bodies Everywhere
This week, Science for the People is looking at the morbid and fascinating history of our attempts to grapple with disease and death. We’re joined by medical historian Richard Barnett to talk about his book The Sick Rose: Disease and the … Continue reading →
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2:03 PM | Ten real-life Halloween horrors in the natural world
Wild ThingsAnimals,Microbes by Sarah Zielinski 10:13am, October 31, 2014 Halloween is full of supposedly scary things that aren’t real. Why look to imagination, though, when nature has provided us with plenty of true frights?Alex Mestas/Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)Most of the things that make Halloween scary aren’t real — witches, vampires, stumbling mummies, ghosts. I find this […]
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2:01 PM | Il carisma è nella voce
Tralasciando rare eccezioni, da sempre i grandi capi di stato sono, oltre che acuti strateghi, anche abili oratori. Una recente ricerca della University of California DI Los Angeles (Ucla) presentata al 168° Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America (Asa) ha rivelato le basi scientifiche di questo legame, mostrando come il carisma esercitato dipenda fortemente dalla frequenza della propria voce. Se si pensa a Martin Luther King, si torna subito indietro con la propria mente al 28 agosto […]
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2:01 PM | Plant Skulls
If you didn’t know this was a plant science blog, you might think these were macbre trophies of some ancient tribe. This isn’t so much an appropriate plant costume for Halloween as it is an interesting confluence of floral anatomy and human propensity for recognizing facial forms. Snapdragons or Antirrhinum sp. are a colorful staple […]
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1:41 PM | Friday SNPpets
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 @dgmacarthur: Awesome stuff in the latest GATK release: https://t.co/CDqTkZa4mb Also, I always love @gatk_dev version […]
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1:07 PM | Re Re-Tweet tweet
MRT @russwilliamsiii: Trick or ReReTweeting! MT"@sylvanheights: Make plans 2 join us 4 Trick or TWeet! http://t.co/Omhg6FYWOy" #TrickOrTreat— russwilliamsiii (@russwilliamsiii) October 31, 2014
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1:00 PM | Stuff online, Phobos and Demos edition
This week, at The Molecular Ecologist: Tracking pollinators’ fungal hitchhikers and talking preprints at Haldane’s Sieve. Get a grip, people. How to respond to Ebola in the U.S. productively; and how not to. I’m shocked, shocked! The “Ark Encounter” creationist … Continue reading →
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12:45 PM | TWiM #90: Think Globally, Act Locally
Vincent meets up with Laurene and David at the Annual Meeting of the Southern California Branch of the American Society for Microbiology, where they discuss how the Los Angeles County Department of Health is preparing for an outbreak of Ebola virus infection, and Cepheid’s game-changing, modular PCR system for the diagnosis of infectious diseases.
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12:34 PM | A day in the life of a shark lab
Hi! I am Nuria, a PhD student. I work in the Department of Cell Biology at the University of Santiago de Compostela (Spain). Our group, the BRAINSHARK group, has been working in the evolutionary changes occurring during the development of the nervous system of a small shark (Scyliorhinus canicula) for many years. Our work mostly […]
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12:09 PM | Friday [Frightening!] Fiction Facts: Halloween Edition
Welcome to Friday Fiction Facts: sciency things that fi […]
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12:06 PM | For Halloween, Gory Details favorites and farewell
Gory Details by Erika Engelhaupt 12:00pm, October 31, 2014 A post on a study of the microbes that live inside human cadavers kicks off Erika Engelhaupt's list of favorite Gory Details posts.Martin Kenny/FlickrHalloween is a Gory Details goldmine. Each October, science writers find their e-mail inboxes stuffed with tips on the science of spiders, “zombies” and other creepy-crawlies. […]
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12:06 PM | Perché mangiare cachi fa bene
È originaria della Cina, ma pare avere trovato il suo habitat ideale anche sulle sponde del Mediterraneo. Si tratta della pianta di cachi (Diospyros kaki l.) che oggi, non a caso, viene ampiamente coltivata in Spagna: nel 2012 ben 9.560 ettari sono stati dedicati al frutto dal caldo colore rosso aranciato, di cui oltre l’80% coltivati nella regione di Valencia. Forse è per questa ragione che l’Università di Valencia ha condotto uno studio sui benefici del […]
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12:00 PM | The Beautiful Monster: Mermaids
In 1492, Christopher Columbus sailed out from Spain with a mission to find a western trade route to Asia. Instead, he found a whole “New World”…and something altogether more mysterious.On January 9, 1493, near the Dominican Republic, Columbus spotted three “mermaids.” How did he describe them? “They are not as beautiful as they are painted, since in some ways they have a face like a man.”The myth of a marine human extends as far back as 5,000 BCE, when […]
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11:53 AM | Image of the week: ‘ferning’ saliva
The beautiful branching structure of these crystal formations may remind you of minature ferns. If so, you aren’t alone – our image this week depicts of a phenomenon known as “ferning”!  What you are looking at here is a microscope image of human saliva. The ferning pattern of crystallization is used to identify when a woman is at their most […]
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11:53 AM | Biologically Accurate Halloween Cards
      Earlier: Biologically Accurate Valentines. Spider-tailed horned viper photo by Omid Mozaffari (video and more information here). Crab spider photo by Lynette Schimming (via Flickr). Big brown bat photo by Matt Reinbold (via Flickr).The post Biologically Accurate Halloween Cards appeared first on Inkfish.
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11:44 AM | Happy Flumpaween!
It’s Friday and it’s October 31, so you are in store for a super spoooooky edition of our weekly list . . .
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11:34 AM | Non perdiamoci la vista. Campagna per le maculopatie
Le maculopatie sono malattie progressive che determinano una gra­ve compromissione della visione centrale fino all’ipovisione e alla ce­cità. La più diffusa è la Degenerazione Maculare Legata all’Età, che generalmente può presentarsi dopo i 55 anni. Rappresenta una delle cause principali di ipovisione e cecità nel mondo occidentale. Già dai primi sintomi è possibile rallentarla. Una diagnosi precoce è di […]
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11:27 AM | Battle of the Lilliputian Brown Anoles
We periodically post pictures, videos and stories of male anoles duking it out with each other [e.g., 1,2], but over on Daffodil’s Photo Blog is evidence that such squabbling starts at a young age. Check out how the little fellas, with barely a dewlap to speak of, nonetheless behave just the same as their elders.
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11:19 AM | Artrite psoriasica, cinque cose da sapere
L’artrite psoriasica è una patologia infiammatoria cronica che colpisce le articolazioni, associata alla psoriasi. È una malattia progressiva che porta piano piano al blocco delle articolazioni e alla perdita di tessuto osseo. In Italia colpisce l'1% della popolazione, circa 600mila persone. Che spesso arrivano a essere diagnosticate, e quindi curate, con un ritardo di 3-4 anni rispetto all'esordio dei primi sintomi. Insieme a Ignazio Olivieri, presidente della […]
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11:05 AM | More than meets the eye!
The largest Transformers exhibition in Asia has made landfall in Singapore – smack in the jewel of Jurong East – Science Centre Singapore! Celebrating 30 years of evolution of the beloved and Transformers series, the Transformers 30th Anniversary Exhibition presents a snapshot of the history of Transformers and the scenes and robots of the Transformers… Continue reading »
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9:49 AM | Pesticides-L mailing list: creating a global conversation on pesticides issues
Written by Melanie Bateman, Integrated Crop Management Adviser, CABI Switzerland As has been mentioned before in this blog, there are a staggering number of chemicals in the world – estimates go as high as 2 million different preparations for sale. This is a lot for regulators in any given country to assess and monitor for […]
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8:48 AM | C'è un nuovo legame chimico
La sua esistenza era stata ipotizzata quasi trenta anni fa, ma fino ad oggi era considerato una sorta di mito scientifico. Ora invece un team di ricercatori della Freie Universität di Berlino e dell’Università cinese di Shanxi ritiene di averlo finalmente identificato, almeno sul piano teorico: un nuovo tipo di legame tra molecole, che viola alcune delle leggi fondamentali della chimica tradizionale. La loro […]
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8:06 AM | La reazione all'ebola è scritta nei geni
È la peggiore epidemia della storia. 10mila contagi, 5mila morti. Cifre che, purtroppo, sembrano destinate a salire. Ebola fa ancora tanta, tantissima paura. Ma qualcosa, fortunatamente, si muove: gli scienziati italiani di Okairos stanno cercando di mettere a punto un vaccino, e sempre in Italia si sta sperimentando un farmaco per bloccare le terribili emorragie provocate dal virus. Ma non basta. Bisogna conoscere bene il proprio nemico, come ammoniva Sunzi: un'équipe di […]
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7:25 AM | The Science of Fear
Think of Halloween and FEAR comes to mind. From the scary horrors of the darkest of our imagination to just the thought of pestering children knocking on your door! We’ve all been there. Facing our worst nightmares. Heart starts racing. … Continue reading →
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7:00 AM | PHOTO DU BoB-280
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7:00 AM | The Difference Between Occultism And Mysticism
Both practices involve the alleged ability of the human mind to reach out and experience that which is beyond our regularly experienced senses. Mysticism often exists within the context of organized, established religion, while the same religion condemns occultism. Occultism is an experience of conflict whereby the person practicing it is attempting to control something or learn something that they shouldn't know, while those who practice mysticism are striving to exist in harmony and peace […]
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5:40 AM | Cuentacuentos científico en la Casa de la Ciencia (Sevilla, España)
Una particular narradora, Verdina Zampacuentos, transportará a niñas y niños a un mundo fantástico. A través de sus narraciones discurrirán historias sobre ecología, interculturalidad y respeto, desarrollo personal y otros contenidos donde se unirá de forma divertida el conocimiento científico con el encanto propio de los cuentos. Verdina Zampacuentos se transformará en una auténtica científica para deleitar al […]
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3:53 AM | The only solution for polar bears: ‘stop the rise in CO2 and other greenhouse gases’
I recently had the opportunity to interview one of the most amazing scientists I know – and his story continued to wow me, the more I spoke with him. His utter dedication to his work, his ability to have studied one of the most intriguing creatures in a really desolate landscape, and the determination to stick […]
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3:49 AM | Meet the newest enemy to India’s wildlife
A boom in infrastructure and population has forced India’s wildlife to eke out a creative existence in an increasingly human-modified environment. Big cats such as the leopard are often spotted within large cities, on railway tracks, and sadly, on India’s burgeoning and sprawling road network. Read the full article at MongabayFiled under: Subcontinent Specials Tagged: […]
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