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July 30, 2014

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2:26 PM | Hyde Park Hunting [Video]
They usually study exotic butterflies from far-away lands, but this summer, Marcus Kronforst, PhD, Neubauer Family Assistant Professor of Ecology & Evolution, and his lab are hunting for butterflies right here in Hyde Park.
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2:22 PM | Post-doc job announcement in Barger Lab, University of Colorado Boulder
Post-Doctoral Research Associate – University of Colorado Boulder – Department of Ecology and Evolutionary BiologyA two-year post-doctoral research associate position will be available in Nichole Barger’s lab at the University of Colorado – Boulder. The successful candidate will work on a newly funded project to examine plant and soil responses to biological soil crust restoration. The post-doctoral research associate will oversee field research at Hill Air Force […]
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2:12 PM | R.I.P.: Her Name Was ThelmaandLousie
Tiny, beloved, San Antonio Zoo turtle ThelmaandLouise has died. She lived 13 months and grew little, but had "lots of energy".She had her own Facebook page. "“The first day I saw her and held her, she seemed like she had a split personality,” reptile curator Craig Pelke told the Associated Press. “The right side was looking around and very curious, and the left side was trying to bite me.”" [ThelmaandLouise was actually unseparated twins.]
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2:07 PM | More Research on Female Back Pattern Polymorphisms
The confusing conundrum of the polymorphic females continues. We’ve written about this phenomenon in previous posts [e.g., 1,2]. Within and between populations, female back patterns vary, including lines, stripes, diamonds, blotches, and nothing at all. What is the significance of this variation? In some cases, but not others, females with different patterns use different microhabitats–higher, […]
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2:07 PM | Tracy Banghart guest posts on Alloy Entertainment purchasing her new book, Shattered Veil
Tracy Banghart is a guest on CHIMERAS today, with a big announcement about her forthcoming book. Please join me in congratulating Tracy and a chance to win an Amazon gift card (see details below). FINALLY!!!!! I can spill my freaking awesome news! WHOO HOOOO!!!!!! So here it is....Shattered Veil was bought by Alloy Entertainment! Here's the official press release (because I've never been in a press release before! Whee!!): Alloy Entertainment Launches New Digital-First Imprint with […]
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2:00 PM | The Art of Science: Drink in the Science
The Finch & Pea has, from its inception, been a labor of love by Mike and myself. The labor of that love has been spread to several other individuals over the past few years. In some ways, Mike & I are … Continue reading →
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2:00 PM | Finding new things about extinct species… at the bottom of a cave
Tens of thousands of animals fell to their deaths in a giant cave in Wyoming. They have been doing this for 100,000 years. And now scientists are venturing into the cave to exhume their preserved remains. Check it out!    
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2:00 PM | Cardiac lycopene – Tomatoes for your heart
That the so-called “Mediterranean diet” is good to keep a healthy heart is well known. However, how the eating habits of this population help […] Read more The post Cardiac lycopene – Tomatoes for your heart appeared first on Mapping Ignorance. Related posts:Tumor Killer Viruses Shear-driven drug delivery service Diabetes, a road paved with unfolded proteins
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1:50 PM | There is much we could and should learn from the Ebola outbreak
The current outbreak of Ebola in West Africa is the worst since the virus was first identified in 1976. Wellcome Trust Director Dr Jeremy Farrar, explains why we mustn’t underestimate the huge challenges presented by this deadly infectious disease… It is easy to think of Ebola as an outlier, a rare and exotic disease that […]
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1:50 PM | We must learn lessons from this Ebola outbreak
The current outbreak of Ebola in West Africa is the worst since the virus was first identified in 1976. Wellcome Trust Director Dr Jeremy Farrar, explains why we mustn’t underestimate the huge challenges presented by this deadly infectious disease… It is easy to think of Ebola as an outlier, a rare and exotic disease that […]
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1:41 PM | Video Tip of the Week: PhenDisco, “phenotype discoverer” for dbGap data
The dbGaP, database of Genotypes and Phenotypes, repository at NCBI collects information from research projects that link genotype and phenotype information and human variation, across many different types of studies, providing leads on variation that may be important to understand clinical issues. Some of the data is publicly available de-identified patient information, and some of the […]

Doan S., Lin K.W., Conway M., Ohno-Machado L., Hsieh A., Feupe S.F., Garland A., Ross M.K., Jiang X. & Farzaneh S. & (2013). PhenDisco: phenotype discovery system for the database of genotypes and phenotypes., Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association : JAMIA, PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23989082

Tryka K.A., A. Sturcke, Y. Jin, Z. Y. Wang, L. Ziyabari, M. Lee, N. Popova, N. Sharopova, M. Kimura & M. Feolo & (2013). NCBI's Database of Genotypes and Phenotypes: dbGaP, Nucleic Acids Research, 42 (D1) D975-D979. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/nar/gkt1211

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1:24 PM | TWiM #83: Illuminating Tuberculosis and Cryptococcosis
Vincent, Michael, Elio and Michele review a new fluorogenic diagnostic test for tuberculosis bacteria, and the role of a metalloprotease in helping a fungus invade the central nervous system.
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1:16 PM | El expolio y destrucción del patrimonio sirio
No andamos precisamente escasos de tragedias humanitarias con las que horrorizarnos. Se suceden tan deprisa que las nuevas pasan a ocupar las portadas acumulándose sobre otras que continúan desarrollándose sin que parezca verse desenlace alguno. Aunque ahora estemos, inevitablemente, pendientes de lo que pasa en Gaza, los sirios están ya en su cuarto año de […]
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1:00 PM | When the Amazon River Flowed Backwards
The Amazon is, to put it simply, huge. In some places, the river’s width can be measured as up to 11 km- during the dry season. During the wet season, when the river floods, it can stretch to 40 km. That’s… Read more › The post When the Amazon River Flowed Backwards appeared first on Ricochet Science.
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12:32 PM | Pic of Yesterday @ NC Zoo
Pic of the day! Elephant walked right up before the pic and posed lol! #nczoo http://t.co/eDvKY3gzwN— Jennifer King (@JenniferKing5) July 29, 2014
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12:00 PM | Meet the voice cast of Sharknado 2!
My parents are Sharknado 2: The Second One.Sharknado 2 ran a crowdfunding campaign to finance a scene. I initially kicked in because a fraction of the money would go to support shark research by the Abess Center at the University of Miami, who treated me nice during my #SciFund expedition.One of the incentives was “Scream like you mean it!”, which gave people a chance to become a sound effect in the movie. I got that for my dad’s birthday.I was initially a bit worried, because […]
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12:00 PM | Does Life Come In XXXS?
Biology concepts – characteristics of life, archaea, bacteria, mycoplasma, synthetic biology, symbiosis, parasitism, nanobacteria, genomeAs part of this blog, we have talked about some pretty small life. Wolffia globosa is the smallest flowering plant, only 0.6 mm long. We also talked about archaea, a different kingdom than bacteria, but still on the smallish side of life. The tardigrade is the toughest animal, but is also one of the smallest, at 100 µm (0.00394 inch).The organism […]

Manhart LE (2013). Mycoplasma genitalium: An emergent sexually transmitted disease?, Infectious disease clinics of North America, 27 (4) 779-92. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24275270

Wu CY, Young L, Young D, Martel J & Young JD (2013). Bions: a family of biomimetic mineralo-organic complexes derived from biological fluids., PloS one, 8 (9) PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24086546

Gibson DG, Glass JI, Lartigue C, Noskov VN, Chuang RY, Algire MA, Benders GA, Montague MG, Ma L, Moodie MM & Merryman C (2010). Creation of a bacterial cell controlled by a chemically synthesized genome., Science (New York, N.Y.), 329 (5987) 52-6. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20488990

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11:23 AM | The Rotulidae: Strangest of the Sand Dollars
Leave it to echinoderms to take even the best known of animals, like a sand dollar, and make it even STRANGER than you could have thought!!But first things first. Sand dollars are highly modified SEA URCHINS that live on sandy bottoms, mostly in shallow tropical to temperate water places. Please make a note of it. (or go read this post here!)Most sand dollars are either kind of disc-shaped such as this Pacific Dendraster excentricus.              […]
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11:15 AM | The way academic publishing should be
Today, our most recent paper got published, before traditional peer-review, at F1000 Research. The research is about how nominally identical fly stocks can behave completely differently even if tested by the same person in the same lab in the same […] ↓ Read the rest of this entry...
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11:04 AM | Stamina, denuncia per gli Spedali di Brescia
Stamina e Spedali Civili di Brescia. Fare il punto sulla travagliata (a dir poco) vicenda del trattamento a base di cellule staminali(come rivendicato dai suoi promotori) significa necessariamente passare dai suoi protagonisti. Come la struttura ospedaliera che ha ospitato i discussi trattamenti promossi da Davide Vannoni eMarino Andolina. Perché mentre il nuovo comitato, incaricato di valutare la metodica, tarda a esprimersi sulla vicenda, le infusioni […]
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11:00 AM | Ebola's Deadly Jump From Animal to Animal
Ebola has been detected in at least 10 different types of animals and researchers suspect even more could become infected with the deadly virus.
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10:56 AM | Zika virus: una nuova minaccia dalla zanzara tigre
Le zanzare tigre sono fastidiose, ma non solo: possono trasmettere virus che provocano febbri tropicali, come febbre gialla, dengue e chikungunya, che ha colpito oltre duecento persone anche in Italia (con un picco nel 2007). E all'elenco ora si aggiunge un'altra malattia infettiva: uno studio pubblicato su PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases mostra che anche lo Zika virus – meno noto e tenuto degli altri due – può essere trasmesso dalla zanzara tigre. Lo Zika virus, […]
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9:20 AM | Cosa fare con le staminali del cordone
Casi come quello di Stamina possono farci dimenticare che le cellule staminali sono una risorsa preziosa, su cui la medicina (quella seria) ripone grandi speranze. E non solo per il futuro: già oggi infatti le staminali, realizzate con protocolli rigorosi, sono terapie salvavita per malattie come la leucemia e i linfomi, e non mancano inoltre le applicazioni innovative già in fase di sperimentazione. Alla Duke University, negli Stati Uniti, si […]
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9:00 AM | Two-eyed cyclops -- the plasticity of the brain
The brain is a remarkable thing.  Part of what's so remarkable about it is how it responds to and molds itself around experience.  Alfred Wallace exempted humans from the march of evolution because we are able to do so many things that can't be attributed to natural selection: calculus, the invention of televisions and robots, smell tar and Twinkies, none of which are abilities that we specifically can thank natural selection for since they are all recent.  We can do them because […]
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8:00 AM | Meet our new research fellows
A new arrival is an exciting time for any family. But rather than the patter of tiny feet, we’re welcoming the fully-grown footsteps of our latest additions.
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7:38 AM | Così si trasmette la paura
Come fanno i neonati a imparare cosa temere e cosa no? Secondo uno studio, pubblicato su Pnas, questo avverrebbe principalmente tramite l'odore emesso dalla madre spaventata, che, percepito dalla prole, insegnerebbe loro di cosa aver paura, anche se si tratta di qualcosa che la madre ha iniziato a temere prima della gravidanza. La scoperta (che fa il paio con quella di qualche mese fa) è stata effettuata da un team di ricercatori della University of Michigan Medical School e della […]
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7:00 AM | The Worst Traffic Jam In History
While cities all over the world struggle with traffic issues, Beijing, China holds the title of having the worst traffic jam to date. In 2010, the China National Highway 110, which runs from Beijing to Yinchuan was clogged for an astounding 12 days over a 100-kilometer (62 mi) stretch of road. Travelers were stuck in their cars for up to five days, and a mini-economy of overpriced food, water, and cigarettes sprang up instantly. The post The Worst Traffic Jam In History appeared first on […]
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6:00 AM | PHOTO DU BoB-188
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3:52 AM | Replies to Smith and Klinghoffer
Wesley Smith and David Klinghoffer have now replied to yesterday’s post, here and here respectively. Smith’s reply simply ignores all of the main points that I made. He’s mostly sore that I did not discuss two specific cases from his original essay, of people who faced great physical suffering but overcame it to live long…

July 29, 2014

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10:18 PM | Putting his money where his mouth is on gender equality in science
Doing it right. UC Davis microbiome researcher Jonathon Eisen not only turned down an endowed lectureship because the series was too male dominated, but also engaged the lecture series leadership and suggested replacements (hat tip to Evelyn Padilla). For a … Continue reading →
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