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October 29, 2014

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12:11 AM | White Blood Cells Learn about white blood cells! By: Sci...
White Blood Cells Learn about white blood cells! By: Sci Files.

October 28, 2014

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11:22 PM | Archaeo-Scope: Vandalism Today, inspired by a broken window, I...
Archaeo-Scope: Vandalism Today, inspired by a broken window, I consider the ‘visibility’ of vandalism in archaeology. By: Archaeosoup Productions.
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10:33 PM | Why We Need Philosophy Why is philosophy even important? It...
Why We Need Philosophy Why is philosophy even important? It helps us overcome our natural limits of thinking, for one, and it’s depressingly rare for two. By: Philosophy Tube. Support on Patreon: http://www.patreon.com/PhilosophyTube
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10:04 PM | iPhone Apps for Naturalists
With today’s BBC coverage of upcoming birdsong recognition app Warblr, I thought it might be nice to highlight some of the other great iPhone apps available to complement any naturalist’s handheld […]
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9:44 PM | Hyperglycemia: Treating High Blood Sugar This 3D medical...
Hyperglycemia: Treating High Blood Sugar This 3D medical animation shows how to treat and manage high blood sugar, called hyperglycemia, for patients with diabetes. By: Nucleus Medical Media.
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9:39 PM | How *not* to tear your ACL when celebrating
J. Martin Leland, MD, Orthopedic Sports Surgeon, explains the best way for athletes caught up in excessive celebration to avoid season-ending ACL injuries.
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8:55 PM | Fighting the fur trade, giant spiders & a devastating rhino...
Fighting the fur trade, giant spiders & a devastating rhino death Time to catch up on some devastating rhino news, give your arachnophobia a boost, add your voice to an anti-fur campaign, get a little dose of sloth cuteness and stand a chance to win a sparkly prize. By: Earth Touch.
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8:41 PM | Epic battle of wills
An epic battle of wills is shaping up here in the Phactor household.  Mrs. Phactor purchased a small throw rug to place at the bottom of the stairs leading to our basement. Every time she goes by she says, "Who crumpled up this rug?" And she straightens it. Every time a certain cat goes by, she says, "Who straightened out my play rug?" And she crumples it up to her liking. Some things are just more interesting in 3D than 2D. Note the milk bottle ring, always a favorite cat toy. Thousands […]
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8:20 PM | Galapagos Island Giant Tortoises Stage a Comeback
Population deemed secure after large creatures rebound from just 15 to more than 1,000 on Espanola.
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8:05 PM | Green Coffee Extract Doesn’t Reduce Weight, and Travel...
Green Coffee Extract Doesn’t Reduce Weight, and Travel Bans Won’t Stop Ebola Research fails to show that green coffee extract works. It also fails to show travel bans are a good idea for Ebola. For those of you who want to read more, go here: http://theincidentaleconomist.com/wordpress/?p=58938 By: Healthcare Triage.
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7:16 PM | Resistance is Futile for M54 Why does Messier 54 conjure up...
Resistance is Futile for M54 Why does Messier 54 conjure up images of The Borg for Professor Paul Crowther? By: Deep Sky Videos.
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6:30 PM | Reptiles That Wait for Sex Live Longer
Reptiles that have sex early and frequently in life and feast on meat tend to live fast, die young.
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6:27 PM | Autonomous Robot Surgery: Performing Surgical Subtasks without...
Autonomous Robot Surgery: Performing Surgical Subtasks without Human Intervention via kqedscience: New Research Center Aims to Develop Second Generation of Surgical Robots “With funding from the National Science Foundation and two private donors, scientists at the University of California, Berkeley, will establish a research center intended to help develop medical robots that can perform low-level and repetitive surgical tasks, freeing doctors to concentrate on the most […]
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5:38 PM | Misconceptions About Food This week, Elliott discusses some...
Misconceptions About Food This week, Elliott discusses some misconceptions you might have about food. By: Mental Floss. Support: http://store.mentalfloss.com/ (enter promo code: “YoutubeFlossers” for 15% off!)
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5:33 PM | Ebola: Facts Not Fear
The latest WHO figures put the current death toll of the on-going Ebola outbreak at almost 5000, with over 10,000 cases reported in eight countries, mainly those in West Africa. In a series of three posts this week we will be answering some of the most important and frequently asked questions on Ebola. Experts at […]
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5:00 PM | Sponsor a genome…?
Crowdfunding is being used to help sequence the genome of Azolla filiculoides by a team fromProfessor Kathleen Pryer’s Seed-Free Vascular Plants laboratory.
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4:49 PM | Ash The Chinchilla’s Rescue Story by...
Ash The Chinchilla’s Rescue Story by animalwondersmontana: Ash the Chinchilla had a rough start to life. I’m happy to be able to provide him a good home where he can live his life in comfort and also be an educational ambassador teaching about chinchilla adaptations and why they are endangered in the wild. Support on https://subbable.com/anmlwndrs
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4:45 PM | Rare Blue Frog Hopping in Massachusetts
The leopard frog with a blue hue is a 1 in 300,000 rarity.
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4:05 PM | Il robot che muove gli oggetti con l'elettricità statica
Avete mai provato a strofinare una bacchetta di plastica - una penna, per esempio - su un panno di lana e ad avvicinarla a un pezzo di carta? È il più classico degli esperimenti scientifici delle scuole elementari. La bacchetta, come per magia, attira a sé la carta: tutto merito dell'elettricità statica, ovvero l'accumulo (nel nostro esempio, dovuto allo sfregamento) di cariche elettriche su un corpo isolante. Se sollevare un po' di carta vi sembra poco, […]
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3:38 PM | Turning on proteins with light
Just like for married couples, communication is fundamental for cells. When an embryo is developing, its cells need to tell one another who and where they are, so every tissue and organ grows in the right place and at the right time. Our neurons are constantly talking to each other to control our thoughts, feelings and behaviours. Even single-cell organisms like bacteria can exchange information to decide, for example, how many times they should multiply.But how do cells communicate? Scientists […]

Grusch M., R. Riedler, E. Reichhart, C. Differ, W. Berger, A. Ingles-Prieto & H. Janovjak (2014). Spatio-temporally precise activation of engineered receptor tyrosine kinases by light, The EMBO Journal, 33 (15) 1713-1726. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15252/embj.201387695

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3:36 PM | Wad genoeg voor zoutwinning in de Waddenzee
Er zit geld in de bodem. Drie kilometer onder het oppervlak van Noord-Nederland ligt een dikke laag zout. Frisia Zout delft dit zeer zuiver zout al jaren. Het is perfect als grondstof voor medicijnen of plastic. Maar met elke gewonnen kilo zout, zakt de bodem rondom het wingebied een beetje in. Nu verplaatst de boorput naar de Waddenzee. Is dit een probleem?  Bodemdaling door zoutwinning In... Lees meer op www.sciencepalooza.nl
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3:31 PM | Discoveries of the week
Ingolfiella maldivensisA new species of marine interstitial wormshrimp, Ingolfiella maldivensis, is described from coral sand on the inner and outer reef off Magoodhoo island, Faafu atoll, Maldives. Six females were found and compared to other species from the Maldives and those bordering the Indian Ocean and beyond. Morphological resemblance ties it to a species from the Caribbean island of Curaçao. Both species are found in shallow sublittoral interstitial spaces.Obviously this new […]
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3:19 PM | Thank You
Our fireplace with a lovely cross stitch from my sister-in-law and a rose picked today from our garden. Last week I found out that I'd won a blog award from Notcutts Garden Centres. I don't know who nominated me for the Wildlife blog award, but I wanted to say thank you!This is the first award I've been nominated for or won, so it's a really nice feeling. Especially the £50 voucher I received for winning the Wildlife category - which led to a flutter of bookmarking!As some of you will […]
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2:28 PM | Congratulations to Emily Willingham & David Grimes
It makes me very happy to share the announcement that our friend Dr. Emily Willingham is joint winner of the 2014 John Maddox Prize for Standing Up for Science. Emily is brave. That isn’t an adjective that one gets to use … Continue reading →
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2:28 PM | Tuesday Crustie: Yeti crab crushes Kremlin!
It’s fair to say I’m a fan of yeti crabs, since I’ve had the yeti crabs on this feature a few times before. (And then there’s the dancing yeti crabs playlist...)I’m also a big fan of the SyFy series FaceOff, which has its season finale tonight. Last week, make-up artist Cig got into the finals with this kaiju creation:Cig had never seen a yeti crab before, and decided to make something decidedly more simian than crustacean, keeping in the giant monster tradition […]
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2:07 PM | Thank You Doctor Salk! (and Drs Enders, Bodian, Landsteiner, Sabin…)
Today’s Google Doodle honours Dr Jonas Salk, who in 1954 created the world’s first effective polio vaccine, which was responsible for launching a campaign that has seen this terrible disease become an increasingly distant memory in most  – though sadly … Continue reading →
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1:51 PM | Tagged Dolphins Adjust by Swimming Slowly
Scientists love the data they get by attaching electronic tags to animals, but these devices can be a literal drag. For animals that fly or swim, tags can mess up their mechanics and force them to spend more energy. That’s what scientists expected to see when they studied dolphins with data loggers suction-cupped to their […]The post Tagged Dolphins Adjust by Swimming Slowly appeared first on Inkfish.

van der Hoop JM, Fahlman A, Hurst T, Rocho-Levine J, Shorter KA, Petrov V & Moore MJ (2014). Bottlenose dolphins modify behavior to reduce metabolic effect of tag attachment., The Journal of experimental biology, PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25324344

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1:32 PM | All-expenses-paid networking in Thailand, Mexico, Brazil or Turkey …
Do you fancy an all-expenses-paid trip to a meeting where you can present your work, network with senior researchers in your field, get inspired and eat good food in the sun? If you’re a UK-based early career researcher (of any nationality), it might be closer than you think. And if the days of your ‘early[...]
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1:31 PM | La memoria migliora davvero col cioccolato?
Anno dopo anno, col passare del tempo, non è solo il corpo a cambiare ma anche la mente invecchia e la memoria potrebbe iniziare a giocare qualche scherzo: ricordare il volto di una persona appena conosciuta o il posto in cui si è parcheggiata l’auto diventa più faticoso. Ma a risollevare gli animi, specialmente dei più golosi, ci prova oggi uno studio dei ricercatori del Columbia University Medical Center pubblicato su Nature Neuroscience, suggerendo che […]
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1:31 PM | Five Invertebrates that would be Terrifying if they were Bigger!
The secret of the big terrifying jaws is #1 below! HALLOWEEN! Every year, I like to use the season's festive theme to try and highlight some cool invertebrate diversity! Last year I did an overview of creepy worms and the year before that, I did an overview of spooky things that echinoderms (my research focus & subject of this blog's love) are known to do. So, note that I actually am using REAL aspects of these animal's biology that make them, creepy, terrifying, spooky, whatever. […]
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