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July 30, 2014

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6:00 PM | Narcolepsy Paper Retracted
Well, this is disappointing. Last December, I wrote a story for Nature News about a new paper, published …
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6:00 PM | Octopus Cares For Her Eggs For 53 Months, Then Dies
In April of 2007, Bruce Robison sent a submersible into a huge underwater canyon in California’s Monterey Bay. …
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6:00 PM | Octopus Broods Eggs For Record 4.5 Years
The animal kingdom's bravest and most vigilant mother could be a deep sea octopus who has just broken the world record for egg brooding. Continue reading →
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5:42 PM | The complex truth about "smart" drugs
In 'Limitless', a cognitive enhancement pillenables Bradley Cooper's character to finishhis novel in four days, learn to play the pianoin three and make millions on the stock marketin two weeks.There is a comprehensive and very thought-provoking article on "smart" cognitive "enhancer" drugs like Ritalin and modafinil in Mosaic Magazine that's well worth your time. The very fact that I am putting "smart" and "enhancer" in quotes tells you where the article's coming from. The problem with these […]
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5:41 PM | World's Appetite for Palm Oil Threatens Great Apes
The growing push to clear forests for palm oil cultivation in Africa may spell doom for that continent's great apes. Continue reading →
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5:40 PM | writing #rstats bindings for bwa-mem, my notebook.
I wanted to learn how to bind a C library to R, so I've created the following bindings for BWA. My code is available on github at :https://github.com/lindenb/rbwaMost of the C code was inspired from Heng Li's code https://github.com/lh3/bwa/blob/master/example.c. A short description of the C codeIn https://github.com/lindenb/rbwa/blob/master/rbwa.c: struct RBwaHandler This structure holds a
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5:24 PM | Will NICE’s proposed reforms actually work?
Our thoughts on the new proposals to reform the the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE).
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4:49 PM | The deep ocean
"... the only other place comparable to these marvelous nether regions, must surely be naked space itself, out far beyond atmosphere, between the stars, where sunlight has no grip upon the dust and rubbish of planetary air, where the blackness of space, the shining planets, comets, suns, and stars must really be closely akin to the world of life as it appears to the eyes of an awed human being, in the open ocean, one half mile down." William Beebe, 1934.As fishing and the harvesting of […]
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4:16 PM | Are we paying US$3000 per article just for paywalls?
This is an easy calculation: for each subscription article, we pay on average US$5000. A publicly accessible article in one of SciELO’s 900 journals costs only US$90 on average. Subtracting about 35% in publisher profits, the remaining difference between legacy […] ↓ Read the rest of this entry...
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4:00 PM | "I Got This"
Above ground? I got this. The #meerkat pup in the Kopje is getting more adventurous. Pic by Ion Moe. pic.twitter.com/2R5v5G0Boc— San Diego Zoo (@sandiegozoo) July 30, 2014
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3:58 PM | Take My Word
Never looked better..@NCZoo #Marsh lovely...tho you'd never kno fm my pix. pic.twitter.com/4z5BhPAuwO— russwilliamsiii (@russwilliamsiii) July 30, 2014
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3:41 PM | "Grab a Friend"
Grab a friend for a trip over the bridge to Manteo and the Aquarium! We'd love to see you today! pic.twitter.com/0eD8Z0HKDJ— NC Aquarium on RI (@NCAquarium_RI) July 30, 2014
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3:24 PM | Update: Plant Health News (30 Jul 14)
Here’s a taste of some of the latest stories about plant health, including the effects of typhoons in Taiwan and China, a new strategy for almond irrigation in California and a crackdown on fake seed sellers in Kenya. Click on the link to read more of the latest plant health news! Agricultural losses from Typhoon […]
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3:12 PM | Woods Hole images 2014 round 2- the winner
We can now announce the winner of this year’s 2nd round of images from the Woods Hole embryology course: the ‘zebrabow’ zebrafish! The full results were as follow: - Short-tailed fruit bat; 264 votes - Butterfly ovariole: 90 votes - Mouse embryo: 32 votes - ‘zebrabow’ zebrafish: 272 votes     Many congratulations to Brijesh Kumar (Indian Institute of […]
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3:01 PM | Did Harry Potter Have Psychosocial Short Stature?
By: Jordan Gaines Lewis, 4th year PhD candidate in the Neuroscience Graduate Program “Perhaps it had something to do with living in a dark cupboard, but Harry had always been small and skinny for his age…[he] had a thin face, knobbly knees…and wore round glasses held together with a lot of Scotch tape because of all the…
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3:00 PM | Increase the Impact of Your Research Paper in One Step
Annals of Botany had an editorial meeting recently one of the topics that came up was how can authors increase the readership of their paper? One place that can have a surprisingly large impact is the abstract. If you’ve spent an age trying to get all the details of your research right, it can be […]
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3:00 PM | Old Amber Collection Reveals Locust Evolution in Action
A chunk of 20-million-year-old amber rediscovered from an old collection reveals a locust with remnants of wings that the insect has since lost. Continue reading →
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2:50 PM | Come sarà la fibra ottica del futuro
Per aumentare la potenza della fibra ottica basta renderne più disordinata la struttura interna. L'intuizione arriva da un team di ricerca internazionale coordinato dall’Istituto dei sistemi complessi (Isc-Cnr) e dall’Istituto per i processi fisico chimici (Ipcf-Cnr) del Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, e sfrutta un fenomeno fisico noto come localizzazione di Anderson, in base al quale la normale diffusione delle onde è inibita dalla presenza di un forte disordine, […]
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2:49 PM | Arriva lo Stregatto quantistico
Ricordate lo Stregatto? Il simpatico e misterioso felino che Alice incontra nel bosco del Paese delle Meraviglie? I fisici della Vienna University of Technology ne hanno appena ricreato un equivalente quantistico. Proprio come lo Stregatto, nel romanzo di Lewis Carroll, scompare lentamente lasciando a mezz'aria soltanto il suo ghigno, i ricercatori sono riusciti a separare un neutrone da una delle sue proprietà fisiche, il momento magnetico, che è rimasto a fluttuare lontano dalla […]
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2:26 PM | Hyde Park Hunting [Video]
They usually study exotic butterflies from far-away lands, but this summer, Marcus Kronforst, PhD, Neubauer Family Assistant Professor of Ecology & Evolution, and his lab are hunting for butterflies right here in Hyde Park.
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2:22 PM | Post-doc job announcement in Barger Lab, University of Colorado Boulder
Post-Doctoral Research Associate – University of Colorado Boulder – Department of Ecology and Evolutionary BiologyA two-year post-doctoral research associate position will be available in Nichole Barger’s lab at the University of Colorado – Boulder. The successful candidate will work on a newly funded project to examine plant and soil responses to biological soil crust restoration. The post-doctoral research associate will oversee field research at Hill Air Force […]
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2:12 PM | R.I.P.: Her Name Was ThelmaandLousie
Tiny, beloved, San Antonio Zoo turtle ThelmaandLouise has died. She lived 13 months and grew little, but had "lots of energy".She had her own Facebook page. "“The first day I saw her and held her, she seemed like she had a split personality,” reptile curator Craig Pelke told the Associated Press. “The right side was looking around and very curious, and the left side was trying to bite me.”" [ThelmaandLouise was actually unseparated twins.]
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2:07 PM | More Research on Female Back Pattern Polymorphisms
The confusing conundrum of the polymorphic females continues. We’ve written about this phenomenon in previous posts [e.g., 1,2]. Within and between populations, female back patterns vary, including lines, stripes, diamonds, blotches, and nothing at all. What is the significance of this variation? In some cases, but not others, females with different patterns use different microhabitats–higher, […]
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2:07 PM | Tracy Banghart guest posts on Alloy Entertainment purchasing her new book, Shattered Veil
Tracy Banghart is a guest on CHIMERAS today, with a big announcement about her forthcoming book. Please join me in congratulating Tracy and a chance to win an Amazon gift card (see details below). FINALLY!!!!! I can spill my freaking awesome news! WHOO HOOOO!!!!!! So here it is....Shattered Veil was bought by Alloy Entertainment! Here's the official press release (because I've never been in a press release before! Whee!!): Alloy Entertainment Launches New Digital-First Imprint with […]
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2:00 PM | The Art of Science: Drink in the Science
The Finch & Pea has, from its inception, been a labor of love by Mike and myself. The labor of that love has been spread to several other individuals over the past few years. In some ways, Mike & I are … Continue reading →
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2:00 PM | Finding new things about extinct species… at the bottom of a cave
Tens of thousands of animals fell to their deaths in a giant cave in Wyoming. They have been doing this for 100,000 years. And now scientists are venturing into the cave to exhume their preserved remains. Check it out!    
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2:00 PM | Cardiac lycopene – Tomatoes for your heart
That the so-called “Mediterranean diet” is good to keep a healthy heart is well known. However, how the eating habits of this population help […] Read more The post Cardiac lycopene – Tomatoes for your heart appeared first on Mapping Ignorance. Related posts:Tumor Killer Viruses Shear-driven drug delivery service Diabetes, a road paved with unfolded proteins
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1:50 PM | There is much we could and should learn from the Ebola outbreak
The current outbreak of Ebola in West Africa is the worst since the virus was first identified in 1976. Wellcome Trust Director Dr Jeremy Farrar, explains why we mustn’t underestimate the huge challenges presented by this deadly infectious disease… It is easy to think of Ebola as an outlier, a rare and exotic disease that […]
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1:50 PM | We must learn lessons from this Ebola outbreak
The current outbreak of Ebola in West Africa is the worst since the virus was first identified in 1976. Wellcome Trust Director Dr Jeremy Farrar, explains why we mustn’t underestimate the huge challenges presented by this deadly infectious disease… It is easy to think of Ebola as an outlier, a rare and exotic disease that […]
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1:41 PM | Video Tip of the Week: PhenDisco, “phenotype discoverer” for dbGap data
The dbGaP, database of Genotypes and Phenotypes, repository at NCBI collects information from research projects that link genotype and phenotype information and human variation, across many different types of studies, providing leads on variation that may be important to understand clinical issues. Some of the data is publicly available de-identified patient information, and some of the […]

Doan S., Lin K.W., Conway M., Ohno-Machado L., Hsieh A., Feupe S.F., Garland A., Ross M.K., Jiang X. & Farzaneh S. & (2013). PhenDisco: phenotype discovery system for the database of genotypes and phenotypes., Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association : JAMIA, PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23989082

Tryka K.A., A. Sturcke, Y. Jin, Z. Y. Wang, L. Ziyabari, M. Lee, N. Popova, N. Sharopova, M. Kimura & M. Feolo & (2013). NCBI's Database of Genotypes and Phenotypes: dbGaP, Nucleic Acids Research, 42 (D1) D975-D979. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/nar/gkt1211

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