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April 18, 2014

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11:32 AM | Se le femmine (d'insetto) hanno il pene
La femmina introduce il suo pene nella vagina del maschio. No, non ci siamo sbagliati a invertire i sessi e i relativi organi sessuali: su Current Biology infatti un gruppo di ricercatori giapponesi, svizzeri e brasiliani mostra il caso di animali, insetti in questo caso, con genitali a sesso invertito, in cui le femmine hanno il pene, e i maschi l’equivalente di una vagina. Gli insetti studiati dai ricercatori sono quattro specie del genere Neotrogla, sono sati scoperti in Brasile e […]
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11:30 AM | The biotech industry with Rob Carlson
In this interview, I speak to Dr. Rob Carlson, a Principal at Biodesic, an engineering and strategic consulting firm in Seattle that provides services to governments and corporations around the globe. At the broadest level, Dr. Carlson is interested in the future role of biology as a human technology. He is the author of the book Biology is Technology: The Promise, Peril, and New Business of Engineering Life, published in 2010 by Harvard University Press; it received the […]
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11:30 AM | The biotech industry with Rob Carlson
In this interview, I speak to Dr. Rob Carlson, a Principal at Biodesic, an engineering and strategic consulting firm in Seattle that provides services to governments and corporations around the globe. At the broadest level, Dr. Carlson is interested in the future role of biology as a human technology. He is the author of the book Biology is Technology: The Promise, Peril, and New Business of Engineering Life, published in 2010 by Harvard University Press; it received the […]
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11:30 AM | The biotech industry with Rob Carlson
In this interview, I speak to Dr. Rob Carlson, a Principal at Biodesic, an engineering and strategic consulting firm in Seattle that provides services to governments and corporations around the globe. At the broadest level, Dr. Carlson is interested in the future role of biology as a human technology. He is the author of the book Biology is Technology: The Promise, Peril, and New Business of Engineering Life, published in 2010 by Harvard University Press; it received the […]
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11:30 AM | Friday Links – Hydrothermal vents as a nursery for early life?
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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9:00 AM | One year of blogging at Plant Scientist
Today is the first Birthday of Plant Scientist Blog. Hooray! When I started blogging my biggest worry was that after a few weeks I might run out of ideas and stop, so I’m pretty chuffed to have reached the one … Continue reading →
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9:00 AM | Another way to look at the university research budget sand castle problem
Yesterday we noted that a clear awareness of a crunch-time for university based science and graduate training is 'in the air'.  This is the result of an oversupply of doctoral graduates and a shrinking level of research funding.  It's leaving young people and even some older ones high and dry.  It's associated also with the loss of societal support for higher education as a general societal gain--legislators are backing away from providing funds to state universities.  One […]
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8:46 AM | Education, breastfeeding and gender affect the microbes on our bodies
Trillions of microbes live in and on our body. We don’t yet fully understand how these microbial ecosystems develop or...
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8:30 AM | Society of Biology calls for investment in UK plant science
Larger image Larger image UK Plant Sciences Federation report: UK Plant Science: Current status & future challenges
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8:00 AM | Science Snaps: designer drugs
In the latest instalment of Science Snaps we explore some science illustration and research looking at targeted cancer treatments.
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7:00 AM | The Bizarre Sewing Needle Bomb Of World War II
The military scientists of World War II were quite creative . . . in a scary sort of way. One of their weirdest inventions was the deadly sewing needle bomb, a device meant to drop poisonous darts on Nazi troops. And while the bomb never saw any action, it did kill quite a few sheep. The post The Bizarre Sewing Needle Bomb Of World War II appeared first on KnowledgeNuts.
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6:42 AM | Taurine (and also cysteate) are described as “amino acids” in...
Taurine (and also cysteate) are described as “amino acids” in the literature, even though their acid group is a sulphonic, not carboxylic one. Both are derived from the essential but interconverted Cys & Met. It’s odd to notice, as I guess it’s something I would just take for granted. Similarly, there are phosphonic amino acids. A large part of this oversight is that the amino acids making up proteins are all carboxylic, but in the living cell these building blocks […]
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6:34 AM | Kepler-186f, il nuovo gemello terrestre
Si chiama Kepler-186f, è leggermente più grande della Terra, ed è l’ultimo pianeta individuato dal telescopio Kepler della Nasa, nella zona abitabile (ossia a una distanza a cui è possibile trovare acqua liquida sulla superficie) attorno alla stella Kepler-186, da cui appunto prende il nome. Ma Kepler-186f, presentato in uno studio pubblicato su Science, non è solo: altri quattro pianeti orbitano attorno alla stella, tutti individuati tramite il metodo […]
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6:23 AM | Così si spiega il morbo di Parkinson
Dietro la morte delle cellule neuronali all’origine del morbo di Parkinson si sa da tempo che si nascondo (anche) alcune mutazioni genetiche, ma il meccanismo con cui queste causino da ultimo la degenerazione cellulare non è ben noto. Oggi però uno studio, pubblicato su Cell, risponde in parte a questa domanda, aprendo le porte a nuove ipotesi terapeutiche. Un gruppo di ricercatori della John Opkins University di Baltimora, guidato da Ted Dawson del John Opkins Institute for […]
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6:00 AM | Image of the Week: Easter fun with the Game of the Golden Goose
We scoured the Wellcome Image collection to bring you a special Easter treat this week. No chocolate eggs, but golden ones instead with the game of the golden goose to keep you and your family entertained. Published in 1848, the object of this board game is to get your counter to land exactly on number 63. […]
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6:00 AM | PHOTO DU BoB-085
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3:07 AM | Virus one billion times
Just released on YouTube: video of Drew Berry’s awesome Virus one billion times installation, created for Melbourne’s White Night. Drew gave a short talk on this work at VIZBI 2014.
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2:09 AM | Walt Disney at Dawson Lake
This poem was written by James McGowan and read at a memorial service in celebration of this life.  In a real coincidence, Mrs. Phactor called the poem to my attention today, the day that the second stanza was observed for real by my taxonomy class out in the field (finally).  Enjoy it. Jim did.He's grab his sketch book              go in April, […]
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1:00 AM | Who owns the moon? In this episode we talk about cosmic property...
Who owns the moon? In this episode we talk about cosmic property rights. Who owns the moon? What about Mars? Can a company legally mine an asteroid? In space news: ULA and SpaceX go head to head at a Senate hearing committee, how tensions with Russia can negatively impact the US space programs, COSMOS, a new space plane is being developed and the original space shuttle wooden mockup is moving. You can watch the full Senate sub-committee video […]

April 17, 2014

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11:20 PM | Expo ‘Cuerpos de cera. El arte de la anatomía’ en el MEH (Burgos, España)
El Museo de la Evolución Humana de la cuidad de Burgos (España) expone de forma temporal ‘Cuerpos de cera. El arte de la anatomía’. Esta colección es parte de modelos de anatomía en cera de la Universidad Complutense de Madrid, heredera del Real Colegio de Cirugía de San Carlos. La muestra está compuesta por esculturas anatómicas de cera del siglo XVIII realizadas por Juan Cháez y Luigi Franceschi con gran valor […]
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8:49 PM | How a chimp goes mattress hunting
Chimpanzees prefer firm beds made of ironwood, a new study finds.
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8:38 PM | How a chimp goes mattress hunting
Wild ThingsAnimals by Sarah Zielinski 4:49pm, April 17, 2014 Chimpanzees can’t go to a mattress store when they need a bed. They have to create one each night from tree branches.Francesco Veronesi/Flickr (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)Note: The following scene is fiction (probably). Stay tuned for the real story below.Two chimps, a mother and daughter, are touring a mattress store. They’re […]
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8:32 PM | http://walkaboutem.com/2014/04/17/swaddle-jpg/
  Swaddle blankets with hand block-printed microorganisms, insects and fossils. I’ll have plenty of time to make all of this stuff, right?
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8:29 PM | http://walkaboutem.com/2014/04/17/bassinet-jpg/
  And this fanciful bassinet… Every kid needs a bassinet with teeth, right? Because sleep is more restful if you think your bed is trying to eat you…
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8:25 PM | http://walkaboutem.com/2014/04/17/wash-puppets-jpg/
So I have a kid now… He’s three months old. When I was pregnant I had images in my head of all of the beautiful creative things that I would get to make for a nursery. Like handmade clothes and…Read more ›
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7:37 PM | Tiny Tyrannosaur Becomes Big News
Long before the Napoleon Complex became a common way to refer to those of us who are small but strong, the Nanuqsaurus hoglundi sauntered Alaska’s North Slope, unaware history would identify her as the smallest of the great tyrannosaurids.
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7:27 PM | Stream Bioassessment with DNA Barcodes
Bioassessments measure both the physical condition of a water body, and the integrity of the associated biological communities. Adding such physical and biological metrics to standard chemical and toxicological assessments provides a more comprehensive evaluation of the condition of a given body of water. Resident organisms can be better indicators of overall environmental health than measurements of individual stressors (such as toxic chemicals or other pollutants) or more general […]
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6:00 PM | Respekt muß verdient sein
Morgen ist es wieder einmal an der Zeit, sich u.a. vom Land NRW (gem. Gesetz über die Sonn- und Feiertage (Feiertagsgesetz NW) in der Fassung der Bekanntmachung vom 23. April 1989, §6 (Fn4)) u.a. die   „Vorführung von Filmen, die nicht vom Kultusminister oder der von ihm bestimmten Stelle als zur Aufführung am Karfreitag geeignet…
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6:00 PM | Organic seed is patented too, but now come Open Source Seeds
It’s not just GMOs that are patented. Most seeds have patents attached. The Open Source Seed Initiative is launching seeds with something like a Creative Commons Share-Alike licence, so people can freely use seeds.
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6:00 PM | 10 Ways to Find a New Species
Would you like to discover a new animal? Here are 10 ways animal experts currently search for and document new species.
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