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September 19, 2014

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7:26 PM | Now!
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6:34 PM | My tribute to Scotland
My City © EEGEdinburgh Castle © EEGAs always, prints available here.
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6:08 PM | LabBook September 19, 2014
Gut microbes, fecal transplants, vaccinations and more in this week’s rundown of recent research publications of note from University of Chicago scientists and physicians.
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6:08 PM | How slippery is a banana peel? Very basic, award-winning research
Everyone has seen the slip on a banana peel gag in cartoons or old slap stick movies, but what kind of an inquisitive mind decides to actually measure just how slippery a banana peel is?  Well, here's a report on this award-winning research. And the award?  Why the Ignoble, of course! Highly coveted you may be assured. 
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6:07 PM | Pedal the Cause San Diego gears up for its second annual ride
Team Sanford-Burnham is gearing up for the big Pedal the Cause San Diego ride this Saturday and Sunday (Sept. 20 & 21). Pedal the Cause San Diego, the only multiday cycling fundraiser to support cancer research in San Diego, provides critical funding to the community’s three NCI-designated cancer centers.
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6:01 PM | Botox utilized as a medical prevention of abnormal joint adhesion.
Botox is famous for being used for cosmetic reasons and it is largely used an anti-ageing treatment to try and reverse fine lines and wrinkles on the face. It’s also known to get rid of migraines and headaches caused by possible uncontrollable muscle spasm; Botox inhibits muscle spasms and therefore causes muscle paralysis thus relieving the headache/migraine. Although Botox has a reputation for
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5:50 PM | #FollowFriday
#FF @96Elephants for a year of getting the word out about #Ivory #poaching and the daily losses to a wonderful species.— russwilliamsiii (@russwilliamsiii) September 19, 201496 Elephants are killed every day in Africa. No need for "clarification".
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4:39 PM | A social media experiment
Boxes waiting to be picked upThe School Malaise Trap Program is up and running again!Last week boxes filled with Malaise traps and supplies went out to 60 schools across Canada. Starting next week classrooms will collect insects on their school yards and we will be helping them by barcoding some of their finds. It is the 4th run of this very successful educational program and this time we were seriously oversubscribed. For the 60 slots we have available over 150 schools applied and our […]
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4:35 PM | While you’re waiting for the bus
Verifiability, truth, and hearsay: feminist point of view on the Geek Feminism wiki After a Puzzling Pause, the Gender Revolution Continues. Interesting point about overwork fueling the wage gap Abstract Parisian Rooftops Photographed by Michael Wolf Artist Hinke Schreuders Alters … Continue reading →
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4:00 PM | Q: What is "Assisted Migration"?
A: Cure for climate change:RT @bjkingape: Assisted migration for #trees: Moving the whitebark pine in face of #climatechange and disease http://t.co/KsD8NniozT— russwilliamsiii (@russwilliamsiii) September 19, 2014
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3:08 PM | Tutti in marcia per salvare il clima
“Per cambiare tutto abbiamo bisogno di tutti”. Questo è lo slogan che il 21 settembre 2014 accompagnerà la People's Climate March, giornata mondiale di mobilitazione organizzata dalla e-community Avaaz.org in vista del Summit ONU contro i cambiamenti climatici che si svolgerà a New York il 23 settembre prossimo. In Italia hanno aderito di più di 20 organizzazioni tra cuiil Coordinamento Power Shift Italia, […]
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3:06 PM | These adorable giant African rats detect land mines and TB for a living
So yesterday, I adopted an unborn land-mine-detecting African giant pouched rat (Cricetomys gambianus) from Tanzania. Did I spend 20 minutes figuring out what I was going to call it, as one of my... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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3:00 PM | Best. Broader impact. Ever.
Like everyone with an Internet connection, earlier this month I heard a fair bit about U.S. 7th Circuit Court Judge Richard Posner’s ruling striking down bans on same-sex marriage in Indiana and Wisconsin. As Mark Joseph Stern put it at Slate, “Posner … sounds like a man who has listened to all the arguments against […]
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2:44 PM | #CpQuito4, día 2
Texto y fotos: Daniel Romero-Álvarez (@Vakdaro)Muchas de las coberturas del día de hoy se realizaron en este escenario. El mismo será protagonista de la presentación de Roberto Vallejo (R_rococo) sobre astronomíaEl segundo día de Campus Party se ha vivido intensamente. Es casi imposible seguir el inconmensurable acúmulo de información que de un lado a otro se maneja alrededor del campus. Dividido en 7 zonas (Emprendimiento, […]
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2:28 PM | Nel 2015 la cannabis terapeutica prodotta in Italia
Finalmente c’è un accordo: entro il 2015, racconta l’Ansa, i malati italiani affetti da malattie neurodegenerative e che necessitano di terapia del dolore, potranno aver accesso a farmaci a base di cannabis terapeutica prodotti in Italia. Che quindi costeranno molto meno rispetto a quelli attualmente importati dall’estero, il cui prezzo è di circa 15 euro al grammo. Un bel risparmio, insomma. I termini della collaborazione siglata […]
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2:23 PM | Zoo Welcomes Baby Elephant
The first African elephant born in Arizona is at the Reid Park Zoo, Tucson. (Three great photos and story at link.)The NC Zoo has been seriously working toward this outcome since early 2008 (or, one could argue, around 2001*), with the opening of Watani Grasslands and its new exhibits and holding facilities created for breeding rare African elephants and southern  white rhinos.     *The NC Zoo Society's Project: Pachyderms began accepting donor funding for the Zoo's […]
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2:17 PM | What Slipped Disks Tell Us About 700 Million Years of Evolution
There’s a unity to life. Sometimes it’s plain to see, but very often it lurks underneath a distraction …
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2:00 PM | “…baking is a science”
Editor’s Note: A strip from Danielle Corsetto’s Girls with Slingshots reminded us of Ben’s inaugural post here at The Finch & Pea. Excerpt from post originally published 30 August 2012. Good food, sexy food is the result of passion and science. We … Continue reading →
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2:00 PM | On the no-miracle argument for scientific realism
In the last decades, the most popular philosophical defence of scientific realism has been what is known as the ‘no miracle argument’ (NMA; Putnam […] Read more The post On the no-miracle argument for scientific realism appeared first on Mapping Ignorance. Related posts:Searching for the lost causes Deflating truth (3) Intelligence testing: a history of a fierce debate
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1:26 PM | No, no, no, no, no - Goldenrod doesn't cause hayfever!
The fall allergy season is here, almost. The harvest season kicks up lots of dust and mold spores, and ragweed comes into flower soon. The local newspaper had a nice sidebar article about allergies and they mentioned all of these factors, BUT then some moron put a picture of goldenrod in bloom above the article! Now maybe they think goldenrod is ragweed, or that goldenrod causes allergies; wrong and wrong. Here's the problem: they both flower at about the same time, and most people see and […]
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1:08 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 @girlscientist: Will be watching! RT @ivanoransky: A new partner for Retraction Watch: PRE (Peer Review Evaluation) […]
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1:00 PM | Stuff online, endless waves edition
This week, at Nothing in Biology Makes Sense! Can we make the future more prosperous and healthy by steering evolution? And, at The Molecular Ecologist: A genomic scan for adaptation that probably misses a lot of the genome. Hope Jahren … Continue reading →
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1:00 PM | Science for the People: Mental Health Myths
This week, we’re listening to “Mental Illness Myths,” a panel discussion about public perceptions of mental health  at CONvergence 2014. Panelists Megan Press, Miri Mogilevsky, Julia Burke and Olivia James discuss misconceptions about diagnosis, treatment and symptoms, and the harm … Continue reading →
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12:53 PM | IgNobel, le ricerche più improbabili del 2014
Secondo un antico proverbio toscano, più che appropriato quando si parla di IgNobel, “la scienza è follia, se il senno non la governa”. E sembrerebbero folli e fuori di senno (ma che fanno anche riflettere) le dieci ricerche scientifiche premiate ieri al Sander Theatre dell’Università di Harvard durante la cerimonia organizzata dalla rivista Annals of Improbable Research, che dal 1991 assegna un premio simbolico alle ricerche più “strane, […]
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12:41 PM | TWiM #86: Blurring the Line Between Organelle and Endosymbiont
Vincent, Elio, Michael, and Michele consider whether our eating behavior is manipulated by gastrointestinal microbiota, and an aphid gene of bacterial origin whose gene product encodes a protein that is transported to an obligate endosymbiont.
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12:33 PM | No Fair!
Monkeys, too, Reject Unequal Pay: Human sense of fairness evolved to favor long-term cooperation http://t.co/Yao8SXwore— Brian Kurilla (@briankurilla) September 19, 2014And here is a video of the research capuchin monkeys from a blog i put up on "unfairness" in January.
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12:31 PM | FLUMP – ESA Baltimore, regime shifts, the sixth extinction 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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12:00 PM | Polyploidy and the evolution of flax
A previous and hitherto unknown whole-genome duplication event also occurred in cultivated flax 20–40 MYA.
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11:50 AM | How Anoles Respond to Toucans and Other Birds
James Christensen, a fabulous nature photographer and keen naturalist, made the following comment on the recent post about how anoles react to bird calls. However, the points are so important that they deserve a post of their own, so I’m reprinting them here: I have spent many hours photographing wild anoles, especially here in Ecuador, and […]
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11:38 AM | Nuovi segni per la materia oscura
Vi ricordate l’Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (Ams)? Be’, il cacciatore di antimateria (e non solo, qui un ripassino sulle caratteristiche della missione), dopo i segnali resi noto lo scorso anno infatti, potrebbe aver visto ancora qualcosa di interessante. Ams  – sostanzialmente un rivelatore di particelle provenienti dai raggi cosmici, montato sulla Stazione spaziale internazionale – avrebbe rivelato nuovi indizi […]
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