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October 23, 2014

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11:30 AM | Regular Hours
I’ve been on my internship for almost three weeks now, and I have to say that working regular hours is marvellous. As a PhD student, it can be difficult to work regular hours when you have the freedom and flexibility … Continue reading →
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11:29 AM | 1º torneo de Proyectos de biotecnología de Atacama (Chile)
El Departamento de Ciencias Básicas de la Universidad Santo Tomás sede Copiapó (Chile) invita a los estudiantes a participar en la Primera Versión del Torneo de Proyectos Biotecnológicos. ¿En qué consiste? El torneo se enfoca en permitir, a través de la investigación metódica, que los estudiantes y sus profesores de ciencias desarrollen propuestas teóricas de investigación en Biotecnología que puedan ser […]
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11:13 AM | Anche i pattini diventano smart
Salti e piroette sul ghiaccio, in futuro, potrebbero essere più sicuri per gli atleti. Pattini con una lama “intelligente”, capaci di misurare le forze esercitate sul ghiaccio, potrebbero infatti aiutare a progettare nuovi tipi di stivaletti in grado di ridurre il rischio di lesioni e traumi fisici durante le perfomance. A creare il prototipo di questi pattini high-tech sono stati i ricercatori della Brigham Young University e dell’Ithaca Collage, negli Stati Uniti, […]
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11:02 AM | Celebrating 25 Years of the KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Project
  The KEMRI Wellcome Trust Research Programme (KWTRP) in Kenya began life in a single building beside the county hospital in Kilifi. 25 years on, this thriving research centre has a string of research breakthroughs under its belt, and is home to an international team of researchers working to improve health in Africa. Professor Kevin […]
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11:02 AM | Happy Mole Day from the CSN!
co-authors: Mimi Hang & Marco Torelli The word mole is one of those crazy words that have multiple meanings that can sometimes lead to confusion.  Perhaps your first thought after hearing the word is a cute little animal that burrows in the ground.  Or maybe your mind jumps to the small growths on your chin.  […]
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11:00 AM | Talmudic Question #114
The year is 2124. Thanks to new improvements in teleportation, the Intergalactic Research Institute has gathered 1000 biological samples from each of 1000 habitable planets in 1000 galaxies. The samples were analyzed with new model Instant Analyzers capable of determining the nucleotide sequence bases (to use old quaint terminology) of…
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9:29 AM | Primi indizi del sesso tra Neanderthal e Sapiens
Nel 2008, un femore umano quasi integro è stato rinvenuto lungo le rive dell’Irtysh, il fiume bianco, nella Siberia occidentale. Che si trattasse di un osso antico era chiaro da subito, perché spuntava in mezzo a fossili risalenti al medio-tardo pleistocene. Per scoprire esattamente quanto però ci sono voluti un team di ricerca internazionale capitanato da Svante Pääbo, uno dei fondatori della paleogenetica, e cinque anni di lavoro, ma i […]
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9:07 AM | incontriAMOilMARE
Sei istituti e 560 studenti coinvolti in un mese di dibattiti, confronti, presentazioni di studi sul mare con ricercatori impegnati in missioni scientifiche internazionali: il progetto IncontriAMOilMARE giunge al termine con un appuntamento conclusivo il 31 ottobre a Città della Scienza. In programma, la proiezione in anteprima assoluta del film “I Vagabondi del mare alla ricerca della diversità nascosta del plancton”, prodotto dal Forum Universale delle […]
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9:00 AM | What is this 'risk variant' shared by 40% of people with Type 2 Diabetes?
I heard a surprising statistic the other day.  At least it was surprising to me.  The Oct 9 episode of the excellent BBC Radio 4 program "Inside Science" covered a new treatment for type 2 diabetes (T2D). The blurb about the segment said this:In 2010, a particular gene variant was associated with around 40% of Type 2 diabetics - not directly causal, but this so-called 'risk variant' increases the chance of developing the condition if you have the wrong lifestyle.The focus of the […]
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7:52 AM | Così lo pneumatico è più "verde"
Il liquido lattiginoso, sotto forma di minuscole goccioline, compare non appena si spezzano le radici del tarassaco, il comune dente di leone che cresce rigoglioso nei prati europei. Radici preziose, perché potrebbero rappresentare una nuova fonte di lattice in grado di sostituire quello estratto dall’albero della gomma, nella produzione di pneumatici. Questo almeno è l’obiettivo cui stanno lavorando i ricercatori dell’Istituto Fraunhofer di Biologia Molecolare […]
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7:32 AM | Ageing and DNA damage
This post is part of a series on What Causes Ageing. DNA inside our cells is constantly being damaged by products of metabolism such as reactive oxygen species and environmental factors like UV light, radiation, and smoking. DNA damage changes the basic chemical structure of DNA. This happens between 10 000 and 1 000 000 times […]
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7:02 AM | 'Mitoflashes' indicate acidity changes rather than free radical bursts
As we've written about before, mitochondria generate the energy required by our cells through respiration that involves using an "electrochemical gradient" as an energy store (a bit like pumping water up into a reservoir for energy storage to then harness it flowing down the gradient of a hill to turn a turbine), and produces superoxide (free oxygen radicals) as a by-product (a bit like sparks when the pumps are running hot). The fundamental importance of this machinery which not only delivers […]
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7:00 AM | The Strange Story Of Lord Minimus, Dwarf To King Charles I
Only 48 centimeters (19 in) tall, by all accounts perfectly proportioned, and the son of a man in the employ of the Duke of Buckingham, Jeffrey Hudson made his first court appearance when he was served to Charles I and his queen, Henrietta, in a pie. Quickly becoming a favorite of the queen, Jeffrey traveled with her on her trips between England and France, was captured by pirates more than once, lived for some time as a slave, and is said to have later served England as a spy. More about his […]
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6:00 AM | PHOTO DU BoB-272
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3:36 AM | Well-Nigh Wordless Wednesday: On Mammals and Insects… on Mammals!
Well, life keeps getting in the way of blogging, but I really wanted to get SOMETHING up today!  So, I bring you the noble cotton rat: One of my coworkers at the natural history museum where I work live traps small mammals to monitor their population at the museum’s field station.  I finally had an […]
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3:04 AM | Microscopic observation in live tissue, awesome! But don’t ignore the methods
It has been far too long since I wrote a blog post. Look out internet, I have a blogging itch that needs scratching, and it’ll probably cause a rash! …I apologize for that mental image. The NIH sent me an email this week (via the various government listservs I’m enrolled in) that was proudly declaring […]

Weigert R, Porat-Shliom N & Amornphimoltham P (2013). Imaging cell biology in live animals: ready for prime time., The Journal of cell biology, 201 (7) 969-79. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23798727

Natalie Porat-Shliom, Yun Chen, Muhibullah Tora, Akiko Shitara, Andrius Masedunskas & Roberto Weigertemail (2014). In Vivo Tissue-wide Synchronization of Mitochondrial Metabolic Oscillations, Cell Reports, Other:

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2:11 AM | Maestre Lab: Behind the scenes of the Maestre lab (V): Miguel B...
Maestre Lab: Behind the scenes of the Maestre lab (V): Miguel B...: We continue with the series of posts describing the “behind the scenes” of the research presented in the articles we publish (you can ...
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12:11 AM | Comet’s Mars Buzz - NASA Scientist’s ‘Need To...
Comet’s Mars Buzz - NASA Scientist’s ‘Need To Know’ NASA scientist Dr. Michelle L Thaller tells Space.com’s @MiriKramer what you need to know about comet Siding Spring’s fly-by, its implications for the Red Planet and how humans will be able to observe it. Full Coverage: http://goo.gl/0cnCEb By: Video From Space.

October 22, 2014

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11:22 PM | The Election of 1896 Explained If you are in a United States...
The Election of 1896 Explained If you are in a United States history course and you don’t know about this critical election between William McKinley and William Jennings Bryan then come test day, you best be staying home son. By: Keith Hughes.
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10:33 PM | Linear Momentum Paul Andersen explains how the linear momentum...
Linear Momentum Paul Andersen explains how the linear momentum is equal to the product of the mass of an object and the velocity of the center of mass. He uses video analysis software to calculate the velocity of an object and therefore the linear momentum of the object. By: Bozeman Science.
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9:43 PM | The Microwave: Where did it come from? Today, microwave ovens...
The Microwave: Where did it come from? Today, microwave ovens are a common sight in kitchens across the world — but who invented them? Tune in to learn how Percy Spencer accidentally struck upon the Stuff of Microwaving Genius. By: How Stuff Works.
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8:54 PM | The Rise of the West and Historical Methodology: Crash Course...
The Rise of the West and Historical Methodology: Crash Course World History №212 by thecrashcourse: In which John Green talks about the methods of writing history by looking at some of the ways that history has been written about the rise of the West. But first he has to tell you what the West is. And then he has to explain the Rise of the West. And then he gets down to talking about the different ways that historians and other academics have explained how the West became dominant in the […]
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8:39 PM | Top Notch Photorealistic Invertebrate Illustrations by Carim Nahaboo
London-based illustrator Carim Nahaboo knocked my socks off this afternoon with his fantastic invertebrate illustrations. At first glance, it would be easy to mistake many of his illustrations for photographs.  The level of […]
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8:06 PM | Ideas don’t just grow on trees
They come from underfoot, like weeds.
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8:05 PM | Heartland Heritage: A Pirate’s Life! In this video Aaron...
Heartland Heritage: A Pirate’s Life! In this video Aaron discusses why the wreck of the Queen Anne’s Revenge is so important for our understanding of a pirate’s life. Link: http://www.qaronline.org/ Welcome to Heartland Heritage, in this series Aaron Colgrove explores the archaeological and cultural heritage of the Mid West, the US and other parts of the world. By: Archaeosoup Productions.
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7:27 PM | Wellcome Trust Science Writing Prize 2014: The winners are…
  The winners of the fourth Wellcome Trust Science Writing Prize were announced this evening at a ceremony held at Wellcome Trust HQ in London. With over 600 entries to choose from, picking a single winner in each category was no simple task… “Communicating with the public in getting their insight into the work you […]
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7:20 PM | Lounging Lion Pride Wins Wildlife Photo of the Year
Veteran photojournalist captures the fierce hunters in a quiet moment that harkens back to a bygone era for the big cats.
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7:16 PM | Artificially Designed There are not much naturally produced...
Artificially Designed There are not much naturally produced foods. If you plant it, is not natural. Artificial selection Man made propagation GMOs By: JOLULIPA.
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6:41 PM | US supported Japan’s Secret Nuclear Weapons Programs
I recently found a  post by Joseph Trento about the collaboration between the highest levels of government of Japan and the United States to allow Japan to develop nuclear weapons through the dual program of Atoms for Peace.  The post says: The United States deliberately allowed Japan access to the United States’ most secret nuclear weapons facilities […]
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6:27 PM | The Chemistry of Pizza Whether it’s a plain cheese, a deep-dish...
The Chemistry of Pizza Whether it’s a plain cheese, a deep-dish stacked with meats or a thin-crust veggie delight, there’s just something about pizza that makes it delicious. There’s a lot of chemistry that goes into everything from dough to sauce to toppings to, of course, cheese. There’s also a very specific chemical reaction at work on every single slice, no matter what toppings you choose. It’s called the Maillard Reaction, and it’s what causes the […]
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