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September 16, 2014

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3:12 PM | From the American Association for Cancer Research—what you should know about cancer in 2014
AACR 2014 Progress Report
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3:00 PM | BHL-Australia is back!
The first published illustration of the Duck-billed Platypus, from The Naturalist's Miscellany, or Coloured figures of natural objects, Vol. 10, George Shaw, 1799.For the past year, BHL-Australia has been very quiet. So quiet, in fact, you would be forgiven for forgetting we exist (unless of course you read about our contribution to the new BHL website).Why the silence? Because, in 2013, we ran out of funding.Our digitisation work didn’t stop, however. Deep in the Museum Victoria library, […]
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2:57 PM | Uomini più bravi in matematica: lo stereotipo che si avvera
Gli uomini sono più portati delle donne per la matematica: lo si sente dire spesso, eppure non esistono evidenze sperimentali forti a sostegno di questa tesi. Si tratterebbe infatti di uno stereotipo di genere fortemente radicato nella nostra società, che ha la capacità di influenzare negativamente le prestazioni delle bambine e delle ragazze, facendo sì che il pregiudizio si avveri. A dimostrarlo è una ricerca condotta dalle Università di Triste e […]
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2:25 PM | Pressione alta, se lo zucchero è peggio del sale
Lo sappiamo, no? Contro ipertensione e rischio cardiovascolare meglio ridurre il consumo di sale. Eppure, secondo una nuova ricerca, pubblicata su The American Journal of Cardiology per la pressione alta sarebbe più pericoloso lo zucchero del sale (in parte, ve lo avevamo già raccontato). Perché? Il consumo di zucchero agirebbe sull’ipotalamo accelerando il battito cardiaco e facendo innalzare la pressione. […]
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2:14 PM | Discoveries of the week
Spasskia brevicarinataThe genus Spasskia Belokobylskij, 1989 (Hymenoptera: Braconidae: Helconinae) is reported for the first time from China. Two species, namely Spasskia brevicarinata Yan et Chen sp. n. and Spasskia indica Singh, Belokobylskij et Chauhan, 2005 are described and illustrated. A key to the species of this genus is updated to include the new species.The new species is rather small - adults are less than one centimeter long. It is similar to a previously described […]
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2:00 PM | Apenheul
Last month I went to the Netherlands to visit family. I didn’t just get to see my immediate family, but also some more distant relatives: the inhabitants of Apenheul Primate Park. Here’s a selection of the many photos I took … Continue reading →
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2:00 PM | Is British Animal Rights Extremism Back? A Profile of National Operation Anti-Vivisection
Is British Animal Rights Extremism Back? National Operation Anti Vivisection is a new campaign targeting students in Cambridge which looks surprisingly similar to campaigns run by SHAC before they closed operations in August 2014. Speaking of Research take a closer look. Continue reading →
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1:35 PM | Il contraccetivo per lui? Nel 2017
Nel prossimo futuro (forse già dal 2017) il condom potrebbe perdere lo status di anticoncezionale per eccellenza a favore di un gel che emula, e migliora, gli effetti di una vasectomia senza necessità di ricorrere alla chirurgia. La ricerca su anticoncezionali maschili più pratici, e sicuri, va avanti ormai da anni puntando a soluzioni di tipo ormonale, come la pillola femminile. Tuttavia il Vasalgel, parente non troppo lontano dell’indiano “Reversible […]
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1:34 PM | Curiosity verso la vetta del monte Sharp
Si chiama Curiosity il lander marziano della Nasa arrivato il 6 agosto 2012 sul Pianeta rosso: da quel giorno, nomen omen, ha cominciato a curiosare su Marte, analizzando campioni e scattando foto del paesaggio (oltre 154 mila immagini), nel cratere in cui è atterrato. Ora però, oltre due anni dopo il suo atterraggio, la sonda ha completato il suo primo incarico ed è finalmente arrivata alle pendici del monte Sharp (5500m), da dove partirà la seconda fase […]
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1:25 PM | Science for the People: Cities of the Future
This week, we’re listening to “Cities of The Future,” a panel discussion about the future of human living spaces recorded live at CONvergence 2014. Panelists Jamie Bernstein, Ryan Consell , and Shawn Lawrence Otto discuss how cities can adapt to accommodate … Continue reading →
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1:15 PM | Thai Woman Throws Herself Into Crocodile Pond
Depressed woman commits suicide at a crocodile farm on the outskirts of Bangkok.
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12:55 PM | Earth images in 4K [Coffee-byte]
4K displays made quite a furore at tech shows this year and there are many models of 4K TVs that are available in the market to buy. For the uninitiated, 4K resolution, also called Ultra High Definition (UHD), is the next big thing after HD. But what is the use of these TVs or displays when you do not have the content to see. Well, the European Space Agency has recently released a video of
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12:48 PM | "Can Elephants Survive...Ivory Trade Ban?"
National Geographic offers another's very different opinion on "a continued ivory trade ban"."Already these restrictions have resulted in skyrocketing ivory prices, which along with other factors has spurred an elephant-killing spree. Sadly, as long as these factors remain in place, this will continue.""The NC Zoo is awaiting State clarification" to proceed with its plans to destroy elephant ivory and rhino horn to educate and model behavior regarding trade in both.  
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12:13 PM | Polar Bear Breeding Plan: Step 1
Step 1: Bring an adult male and female together.Highland Wildlife Park, a Scottish zoo, will soon have an adult female polar bear to introduce to one of its adult males.A new enclosure is being built to hold the adult female. "Engineers from the British Army's 71 Engineer Regiment and a contingent from the South Dakota National Guard have started work on the building of the enclosure."[Note: I'd be interested in reading the story behind the South Dakota National Guard's involvement at the […]
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12:06 PM | Mirror spiders (Amazing Photos)
Thwaitesia Sp. in SingaporeCredit: Nicky BayKingdom: AnimaliaPhylum: ArthropodaClass: ArachnidaOrder: AraneaeFamily: TheridiidaeGenus: ThwaitesiaCommon Name(s): Mirror spider, sequined spider, twin-peaked Thwaitesia Spiders are one of the biggest and most diverse groups of arthropods. Some are small, some are big, some are harmless and some are deadly. Others are creepy and many are really beautiful.Today's post is about a genus of spiders that is so […]
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12:00 PM | First Transplant using Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells: Treating Blindness
Induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) have enormous potential for being used in tissue transplants and therapies. Why is this? It’s because iPSCs can be made using virtually any cells from a person’s body — such as skin or fat samples that wouldn’t be missed. (And since they’re the patient’s own cells, the immune system should … Continue reading »
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12:00 PM | Tuesday Crustie: Be free!
This is what victory looks like:I know, you probably expected it to look a little less muddy.Photographer Steve Severinghaus wrote, “A gull at Dead Horse Bay abandoned this crab for some reason.” Photo by Steve Severinghaus on Flickr; used under a Creative Commons license.
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11:43 AM | Do a postdoc with eNanoMapper
CC-BY-SA from Zherebetskyy @ WP.Details will still have to follow as they are being worked out, but with Cristian Munteanu having accepted an associate professorship, I need a new postdoc to fill his place, and I am reopening the position I had almost a year ago. Do you like to works in a systems biology group (BiGCaT), are pro Open Science, like to work on tools for safe-by-design nanomaterials, and have skills in one or more of bioinformatics, chemoinformatics, statistics, coding, […]
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10:27 AM | "I feel weird about eating these days or leaving the house, or existing in a material form at all,..."
“I feel weird about eating these days or leaving the house, or existing in a material form at all, because having a body that talks too much and sweats and makes mistakes is exhausting…”
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9:21 AM | At a loss: the daily challenges of a hearing aid user
Think that hearing aids solve all hearing problems? Think again. As the MRC and the EPSRC launch a package of funding worth £3.5m to improve hearing aid technology, Jean Straus […]
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9:00 AM | Akenfield, and lessons for now-age sustainability movements?
In the 1960s I was stationed as an Air Force weather officer in eastern England (Suffolk, or East Anglia).  I had my off-base lodgings in the intellectual town of Aldeburgh, on the shingle-beach of the North Sea coast.  Aldeburgh is a North Sea fishing town, but more notably the home of the distinguished composer Benjamin Britten, and was a long-time or passing-through place of many notable artists, writers and scholars in the early 20th century.  But Aldeburgh is something of an […]
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8:43 AM | HPV: the whole story, warts and all
In the latest instalment of our cancer and infections series, we explore the history behind the cancer-causing human papillomavirus.
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8:42 AM | De beste hardloopstrategie
Eén voordeel van de intredende herfst is dat het prima temperaturen zijn voor een fris rondje hardlopen aan het eind van de middag. Bent u aan het trainen voor een wedstrijd? Probeer dan eens uw snelheid tijdens het lopen te variëren. Wiskundigen hebben het onderzocht en toonden aan: met de juiste variatie in snelheid verbruiken renners minder energie en kunnen ze uiteindelijk een betere tijd... Lees meer op www.sciencepalooza.nl
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8:32 AM | All'origine degli elementi chimici
Idrogeno, elio e un po’ di litio. Erano solo questi gli elementi presenti nell’Universo 14 miliardi di anni fa, subito dopo il Big Bang. Come si è arrivati quindi agli oltre cento elementi che si trovano oggi in natura? Per scoprirlo, alcuni dei più avanzati laboratori di fisica americani hanno deciso di unire le forze, in un nuovo progetto che ha già ricevuto oltre 11,4 milioni di dollari di fondi dalla National Science […]
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7:03 AM | Un terribile terremoto potrebbe colpire Istanbul
Per evitare spiacevoli equivoci, è bene ribadirlo dall’inizio. I terremoti, purtroppo, non si possono prevedere. Checché ne dicano i vari Raffaele Bendandi, Luke Thomas e Giampaolo Giuliani, la scienza è chiara in merito. Al momento – e forse per sempre – non è possibile costruire un modello attendibile in grado di stabilire con precisione dove e quando la Terra deciderà di svegliarsi. Quello che si […]
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7:00 AM | The Thai Beauty Pageant That Compares Women To Elephants
There are quite a number of odd and bizarre events you might encounter when you visit Thailand. You could opt to eat fried creepy-crawlies on street corners, for example. Even more bizarre is Thailand's annual Jumbo Queen Beauty Pageant, where any lady can join provided she's healthy ... and we mean really healthy. The post The Thai Beauty Pageant That Compares Women To Elephants appeared first on KnowledgeNuts.
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6:02 AM | Nanoparticles in Prosthetics & Bionics
During my time in the Marine Corps I met several people that lost limbs in the war. I made the decision to leave the service to get my degree. Inspired by my fellow soldiers, my ultimate goal is to start a company making prosthetics and bionic limbs, hopefully making their lives a little bit easier. […]
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6:00 AM | PHOTO DU BoB-236
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5:18 AM | Expo “La costa de los dinosaurios” (Casa de las Ciencias de Logroño, España)
“La Costa de los Dinosaurios” es una exposición realizada por el Museo del Jurásico de Asturias-(Consejería de Educación, Cultura y Deporte del Principado de Asturias), que llega a la Casa de las Ciencias de Logroño dentro del programa conmemorativo del 15º aniversario. El público podrá conocer la enorme riqueza geológica y paleontológica que aportan las rocas jurásicas de la denominada “Costa de los […]
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5:00 AM | Comments for first half of September 2014
Rene Bekkers talks about only reviewing for journals that publish open access. I’ve heard that one before.
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