Posts

November 18, 2014

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12:25 PM | Out Damned Spot! Or, How They’d Be Loving If They Weren’t Fighting
My colleagues and I recently published a paper documenting character displacement in Anolis carolinensis following the invasion of A. sagrei into Florida. The former moved up into the trees and evolved larger toepads. We did a lot of work in that paper to show with a high degree of certainty that the interaction between the […]
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12:00 PM | Why Conservation? Communicating Applied Biodiversity Science
You might have a favorite science writer. Mine are David Quammen, Bill Bryson, Carl Sagan, and Tim Flannery. Others may . . .
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12:00 PM | Hawaiian Marine Refuge Now Filled With Garbage
The Marine National Monument in Hawaii has become a catch-all for the massive amount of garbage that humans dump into the oceans. Continue reading →
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11:24 AM | Incoming European Commission President scraps Chief Scientific Adviser role
Last week European science reveled in landing a spacecraft on a comet, a triumph reported quietly in New Zealand. Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield—who famously performed Bowie’s Space Oddity on the International Space Station—alluded to the long arc of scientific progress on Facebook, writing “Last night I held in my hands original works of Galileo & Newton. Today we landed on [...]
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11:01 AM | Four ways to tackle antibiotic resistance
It’s European Antibiotics Awareness Day today, and the MRC, BBSRC and EPSRC have produced a new timeline looking at progress in tackling antibiotic resistance over the past few decades. Here […]
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11:00 AM | Used Tips – ‘sparkle’
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10:26 AM | Molecole organiche sulla cometa di Rosetta
Dopo le fatiche dell’atterraggio (complicato dal malfunzionamento di alcuni dispositivi), i problemi con le batterie e infine l’ingresso in uno stato di ibernazione, da Philae ora ci si aspetta di capire cosa ha scoperto durante le 60 ore circa in cui ha lavorato sulla sua cometa, la 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko. E qualcosa comincia già ad arrivare a 500 milioni di km di distanza. L’agenzia spaziale tedesca fa infatti sapere che la […]
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10:00 AM | Industry: old friend of woodlands
Like many of the environments we call “natural”, woodlands in the UK and Europe have actually been shaped and changed by humans. Most have been carefully managed for centuries to produce wood, a valuable resource with many uses. In many regions, … Continue reading →
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10:00 AM | Darwin and the evolution of my brain
 My drawing ability stalled out at the second grade level.  To wit, this drawing of an imaginary place that I did in reply to a request from my daughter just 3 months ago. It is embarrassingly bad, and it perfectly illustrates why I didn't draw for my entire life.  At least by hand.  (What are those green blobs in the pond? Frogs? Lily pads?)  Ok, yes, somehow I did manage to produce illustrations for two different, 'serious' books, but I thought of that as 90% Adobe […]
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9:46 AM | Director’s Update: Simple, flexible funding
Having listened to our grantholders, colleagues at the Wellcome Trust and others in the UK and international research communities, Wellcome Trust director Jeremy Farrar now introduces a new way of understanding the Trust’s funding framework. At our best, funders of medical research provide support that brings the right people together in the right places with […]
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9:00 AM | More closely related plants have more distinct mycorrhizal communities
Neighbouring plants are known to vary from having similar to dissimilar arbuscular mycorrhizal fungal (AMF) communities. One possibility is that closely related plants have more similar AMF communities than more distantly related plants, an indication of phylogenetic host specificity. However, in a new study published in AoB PLANTS, Reinhart and Anacker observed that mycorrhizal communities […]
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8:47 AM | VARIABILIDAD GENÉTICA
                 Los individuos de una misma especie son parecidos pero no idénticos porque presentan variabilidad genética, es decir, tienen variaciones.Estas variaciones las podemos observar en  nosotros mismos, somos humanos, Homo sapiens, pero no idénticos.                                      […]
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8:00 AM | When 11 Days Were Erased From Time (In The British Empire)
In 1752, Britain and all its colonies adopted the Gregorian calendar, which was already widely used across most of Western Europe. To get its dates in alignment with neighboring countries, Britain had to remove 11 days, September 3--13, from both its calendar and history. These are now ghost days that forever haunt historians and genealogists as they deal with the confusion of “Old” and “New” dates. The post When 11 Days Were Erased From Time (In The British Empire) […]
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7:58 AM | I giochi di prestigio li inventa il computer
Come nasce un gioco di prestigio? Normalmente servono un illusionista esperto, un'intuizione interessante e tante ore di lavoro per perfezionarla. In questo caso invece possiamo proprio dire che il trucco c'è, e si vede. Si tratta di un'intelligenza artificiale (Ia) realizzata dai ricercatori della Queen Mary University of London,in grado di sviluppare autonomamente trucchi e giochi di prestigio. Come descritto sulle pagine della rivista Frontiers in Psychology, il programma ha […]
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7:57 AM | Scoperta l’origine del “Dna Frankenstein” dei tumori
In alcuni tipi di tumori si osservano enormi molecole di Dna, denominate neocromosomi, responsabili della loro crescita e sopravvivenza. Un gruppo di ricercatori australiani, coordinati dal Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre di Melbourne, ha finalmente scoperto come si formano questi cromosomi giganti, non presenti nelle cellule sane. Come descritto sulle pagine della rivista Cancer Cell, i cromosomi sani “esploderebbero” spontaneamente, provocando un riassemblamento casuale del […]
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7:00 AM | PHOTO DU BoB-298
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6:19 AM | Job: Senior Lab Tech in Microbial Ecology at UNM
The Taylor Lab in the Department of Biology at the University of New Mexico is seeking a Senior Lab Tech in Microbial Ecology. The lab investigates fungal biodiversity and the evolutionary ecology of plant-microbe interactions, particularly mycorrhizae and biological nitrogen fixation, using field and molecular methods. This position will involve molecular analyses related to two […]
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4:13 AM | Help GENERA by submitting links to outside analyses!
In August, we launched the Beta release of the GENetic Engineering Risk Atlas (GENERA). This is our long-term project to make it easier to find and understand the scientific literature on genetically engineered crops. When we released the beta version of GENERA we knew there was still a lot of work to be done, including adding and correcting citation information, funding, and outcomes for studies. We also got some feedback on its functionality (please take our survey!) and we are planning the […]
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3:24 AM | Chemical warfare in terrestrial flatworms – OUP blog
Did you know that some terrestrial flatworms contain a pretty nasty toxin? Read about it in my latest OUP blogpost! ~~ Want to see more of the things I write? Go here for some other posts. By the way, I wrote a book! TFB is available as an ebook (Kindle, Nook, as well as in iTunes). …
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1:48 AM | Desgranando Ciencia 2014 (Granada, España)
Desgranando Ciencia No es un conjunto de charlas aburridas, tampoco pretende ser un show de monólogos sobre ciencia. No es un simposium, no es un congreso, ni el día del espectador de ningún cine. ¿Entonces, qué es? Es un evento de divulgación científica donde el público podrá ver, oír, experimentar, hablar, disfrutar, y visitar la ciencia. Ver, porque proyectaran todos los documentales de Hablando de Ciencia en formato de […]
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1:21 AM | Molecular modeling and physics: A tale of two disciplines
For its development physics relies both on time for understanding and on multiple other disciplines that make tools like the LHC possible (Image: Universe Today)In my professional field of molecular modeling and drug discovery I often feel like an explorer who has arrived on the shores of a new continent with a very sketchy map in his pocket. There are untold wonders to be seen on the continent and the map certainly points to a productive direction in which to proceed, but the explorer […]
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1:11 AM | Composting Dead Bodies What do you guys think? Would YOU be...
Composting Dead Bodies What do you guys think? Would YOU be composted? By: Ask a Mortician. Support on Patreon: http://www.patreon.com/thegooddeath:
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12:22 AM | Shelf Life Episode 1 - 33 Million Things From centuries-old...
Shelf Life Episode 1 - 33 Million Things From centuries-old specimens to entirely new types of specialized collections like frozen tissues and genomic data, the Museum’s scientific collections (with more than 33,430,000 specimens and artifacts) form an irreplaceable record of life on Earth, the span of geologic time, and knowledge about our vast universe. Shelf Life is a collection for curious minds—opening doors, pulling out drawers, and taking the lids off some of the incredible, […]

November 17, 2014

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11:38 PM | MBARI Reports “Big Changes in the Sargasso Sea”
Spanning an area of roughly 4 million km², the Sargasso Sea is an enormous swirling pool in the subtropical North Atlantic.  Without any land boundaries, the dynamic borders of this vast […]
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11:33 PM | The Modern Calendar: Where did it come from? Nowadays...
The Modern Calendar: Where did it come from? Nowadays it’s easy to take the calendar for granted — nations across the world have agreed that (for business purposes) each year is twelve months long. But how did we get this calendar in the first place? By: How Stuff Works.
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11:06 PM | weapons-grade foolishness from the ‘food babe’
Today, we move on to just plain, flaming, weapons-grade foolishness. Foolishness that is, unfortunately, spread to a rather wide audience.  Vani Hari is the self-described 'Food Babe', on a mission to 'make America's food safer'. According to Ms Hari,...
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10:44 PM | Could We Actually Live On Mars? by asapscience: Do we actually...
Could We Actually Live On Mars? by asapscience: Do we actually have what it takes to survive on Mars? We break down the science in our new video!
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10:43 PM | Applications of homologous recombination-mediated genome engineering
We recently demonstrated an improved method for homologous recombination (HR)-mediated genome editing using TALEN (Transcription activator-like effector nuclease) in zebrafish (Shin et al., 2014). In the study, we identified that a total of 3kb of homology in the targeting construct, 1kb of one arm and 2kb of the other arm, is sufficient to induce HR-mediated knock-in. […]
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10:22 PM | Donald Steiner, MD, pioneer of insulin production, 1930-2014
Donald F. Steiner, MD, was a pioneer whose research improved lives for millions of diabetic patients worldwide, and revolutionized thinking about how the body produces insulin.
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9:54 PM | We Land on a Comet! by scishow: SciShow Space News gives you...
We Land on a Comet! by scishow: SciShow Space News gives you the update of the historic mission that has, for the first time ever, landed a spacecraft on the surface of a comet! Support on Subbable: https://subbable.com/scishow
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