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September 16, 2014

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12:13 PM | Polar Bear Breeding Plan: Step 1
Step 1: Bring an adult male and female together.Highland Wildlife Park, a Scottish zoo, will soon have an adult female polar bear to introduce to one of its adult males.A new enclosure is being built to hold the adult female. "Engineers from the British Army's 71 Engineer Regiment and a contingent from the South Dakota National Guard have started work on the building of the enclosure."[Note: I'd be interested in reading the story behind the South Dakota National Guard's involvement at the […]
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12:06 PM | Mirror spiders (Amazing Photos)
Thwaitesia Sp. in SingaporeCredit: Nicky BayKingdom: AnimaliaPhylum: ArthropodaClass: ArachnidaOrder: AraneaeFamily: TheridiidaeGenus: ThwaitesiaCommon Name(s): Mirror spider, sequined spider, twin-peaked Thwaitesia Spiders are one of the biggest and most diverse groups of arthropods. Some are small, some are big, some are harmless and some are deadly. Others are creepy and many are really beautiful.Today's post is about a genus of spiders that is so […]
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12:00 PM | First Transplant using Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells: Treating Blindness
Induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) have enormous potential for being used in tissue transplants and therapies. Why is this? It’s because iPSCs can be made using virtually any cells from a person’s body — such as skin or fat samples that wouldn’t be missed. (And since they’re the patient’s own cells, the immune system should … Continue reading »
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12:00 PM | Tuesday Crustie: Be free!
This is what victory looks like:I know, you probably expected it to look a little less muddy.Photographer Steve Severinghaus wrote, “A gull at Dead Horse Bay abandoned this crab for some reason.” Photo by Steve Severinghaus on Flickr; used under a Creative Commons license.
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11:43 AM | Do a postdoc with eNanoMapper
CC-BY-SA from Zherebetskyy @ WP.Details will still have to follow as they are being worked out, but with Cristian Munteanu having accepted an associate professorship, I need a new postdoc to fill his place, and I am reopening the position I had almost a year ago. Do you like to works in a systems biology group (BiGCaT), are pro Open Science, like to work on tools for safe-by-design nanomaterials, and have skills in one or more of bioinformatics, chemoinformatics, statistics, coding, […]
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10:27 AM | "I feel weird about eating these days or leaving the house, or existing in a material form at all,..."
“I feel weird about eating these days or leaving the house, or existing in a material form at all, because having a body that talks too much and sweats and makes mistakes is exhausting…”
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9:21 AM | At a loss: the daily challenges of a hearing aid user
Think that hearing aids solve all hearing problems? Think again. As the MRC and the EPSRC launch a package of funding worth £3.5m to improve hearing aid technology, Jean Straus […]
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9:00 AM | Akenfield, and lessons for now-age sustainability movements?
In the 1960s I was stationed as an Air Force weather officer in eastern England (Suffolk, or East Anglia).  I had my off-base lodgings in the intellectual town of Aldeburgh, on the shingle-beach of the North Sea coast.  Aldeburgh is a North Sea fishing town, but more notably the home of the distinguished composer Benjamin Britten, and was a long-time or passing-through place of many notable artists, writers and scholars in the early 20th century.  But Aldeburgh is something of an […]
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8:43 AM | HPV: the whole story, warts and all
In the latest instalment of our cancer and infections series, we explore the history behind the cancer-causing human papillomavirus.
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8:42 AM | De beste hardloopstrategie
Eén voordeel van de intredende herfst is dat het prima temperaturen zijn voor een fris rondje hardlopen aan het eind van de middag. Bent u aan het trainen voor een wedstrijd? Probeer dan eens uw snelheid tijdens het lopen te variëren. Wiskundigen hebben het onderzocht en toonden aan: met de juiste variatie in snelheid verbruiken renners minder energie en kunnen ze uiteindelijk een betere tijd... Lees meer op www.sciencepalooza.nl
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8:32 AM | All'origine degli elementi chimici
Idrogeno, elio e un po’ di litio. Erano solo questi gli elementi presenti nell’Universo 14 miliardi di anni fa, subito dopo il Big Bang. Come si è arrivati quindi agli oltre cento elementi che si trovano oggi in natura? Per scoprirlo, alcuni dei più avanzati laboratori di fisica americani hanno deciso di unire le forze, in un nuovo progetto che ha già ricevuto oltre 11,4 milioni di dollari di fondi dalla National Science […]
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7:03 AM | Un terribile terremoto potrebbe colpire Istanbul
Per evitare spiacevoli equivoci, è bene ribadirlo dall’inizio. I terremoti, purtroppo, non si possono prevedere. Checché ne dicano i vari Raffaele Bendandi, Luke Thomas e Giampaolo Giuliani, la scienza è chiara in merito. Al momento – e forse per sempre – non è possibile costruire un modello attendibile in grado di stabilire con precisione dove e quando la Terra deciderà di svegliarsi. Quello che si […]
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7:00 AM | The Thai Beauty Pageant That Compares Women To Elephants
There are quite a number of odd and bizarre events you might encounter when you visit Thailand. You could opt to eat fried creepy-crawlies on street corners, for example. Even more bizarre is Thailand's annual Jumbo Queen Beauty Pageant, where any lady can join provided she's healthy ... and we mean really healthy. The post The Thai Beauty Pageant That Compares Women To Elephants appeared first on KnowledgeNuts.
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6:02 AM | Nanoparticles in Prosthetics & Bionics
During my time in the Marine Corps I met several people that lost limbs in the war. I made the decision to leave the service to get my degree. Inspired by my fellow soldiers, my ultimate goal is to start a company making prosthetics and bionic limbs, hopefully making their lives a little bit easier. […]
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6:00 AM | PHOTO DU BoB-236
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5:18 AM | Expo “La costa de los dinosaurios” (Casa de las Ciencias de Logroño, España)
“La Costa de los Dinosaurios” es una exposición realizada por el Museo del Jurásico de Asturias-(Consejería de Educación, Cultura y Deporte del Principado de Asturias), que llega a la Casa de las Ciencias de Logroño dentro del programa conmemorativo del 15º aniversario. El público podrá conocer la enorme riqueza geológica y paleontológica que aportan las rocas jurásicas de la denominada “Costa de los […]
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5:00 AM | Comments for first half of September 2014
Rene Bekkers talks about only reviewing for journals that publish open access. I’ve heard that one before.

September 15, 2014

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10:59 PM | Natural value: Pricing ecosystems, and its implications for conservation policy
You don’t have to look far to find stories of species or ecosystems under threat. Whether it’s the critically endangered black rhinoceros in Africa, or the local wetlands under threat from urban sprawl, our collective failure to protect the world’s natural heritage can seem exasperating. But in a world where resources to put toward protection […]
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10:38 PM | Ribosomes: Unlocking the secrets to your cellular protein factories
If I were to say the word ‘protein’, you’d probably think of a juicy steak, or perhaps a muscle-building protein shake. But in our bodies, proteins give us far more than just muscular bulk. They’re the enzymes that carry out cellular reactions — the microscopic sensors that allow us to detect the smell of a […]
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10:25 PM | Look!
Post by North Carolina Zoo.
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10:22 PM | The Big Zoo Gamble
Giant pandas - if they have a baby, the zoo wins; if they don't, the zoo director's toast.Pandas: #zoo equivalents of Premier League footballers. Cost a fortune to buy, maintain; guaranteed to draw crowds. http://t.co/soR8RRNIUY— Barbara J King (@bjkingape) September 15, 2014
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10:06 PM | Quartet of Cute Curious Cubs @ NC Zoo
Curious cubs, @NCZoo's 4 lion cubs explore the lion exhibit for the first time http://t.co/dAogi5WyEp  They're not on exhibit full-time.— North Carolina Zoo (@NCZoo) September 15, 2014
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9:53 PM | Always looking for bargains
There are certain things in life that you continue to seek, for example, an excellent wine under $10 a bottle and great bargain plants. This is the time of year when big box stores heavily discount their plants to empty out their garden centers. Mostly the plants are  not worth the effort, however, it doesn't cost anything but a little time to take a quick look. TPP was pleasantly surprised to see a number of small shrubby magnolias that were in particularly good shape for late summer. […]
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9:08 PM | Things to Know about Ebola
The recent outbreaks of Ebola in Africa have focused  media attention on viruses and the science of epidemiology. Let’s  take a look at some questions about the Ebola virus: What is the Ebola virus and what is happening in Africa? Ebola is a virus that is part of the Filovirus family which includes Ebola and Marburg viruses. The genus Ebolavirus consists of five distinct viral species: Zaire ebolavirus (EBOV) Bundibugyo ebolavirus (BDBV) Sudan ebolavirus (SUDV) Taï Forest […]
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8:42 PM | How the brain finds what it’s looking for
A new study reveals how the brain processes color and motion, providing a new understanding of attention.
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8:10 PM | Wild Chinese Sturgeon on the Brink of Extinction
State media reports that none of the rare fish were detected reproducing naturally in the polluted and crowded Yangtze river last year.
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8:01 PM | Humanized FoxP2 and the timing of habits
Last week, Elizabeth Pennisi asked me to comment on the recent paper from Schreiweis et al. entitled “Humanized FoxP2 accelerates learning by enhancing transitions from declarative to procedural performance”. Since I don’t know how much, if anything, of my answers […] ↓ Read the rest of this entry...

Schreiweis, C., Bornschein, U., Burguiere, E., Kerimoglu, C., Schreiter, S., Dannemann, M., Goyal, S., Rea, E., French, C., Puliyadi, R. & Groszer, M. (2014). Humanized Foxp2 accelerates learning by enhancing transitions from declarative to procedural performance, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1414542111

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7:33 PM | Happy Birthday to the man with five brains
Today is Murray Gell-Mann's birthday. John Brockman calls him "the man with five brains, each one of which is smarter than yours". We are thankful he is still with us and holding forth on a variety of important problems. Gell-Mann of course is famous as the man who, inspired by a line from a book which he predictably would be the right person to have read, invented quarks. Nobody has observed an isolated quark yet, but there have been plenty of Nobel Prize-winning experiments confirming their […]
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5:00 PM | Wasps Build Colony on a Window, Create Amazing View
Rare chance to glimpse the internal structure of a bee's nest.
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4:56 PM | Anole Apartment Invasion: What Can Be Done?
AA reader Katharine from southern Florida writes: “I live on the 4th floor of a 4-story concrete constructed condominium building (6 units to a floor) with catwalks in S.E. Fl.  In front of the ground floor walkway of our building there is landscaping & ligustrum trees that reach up to the 2nd floor with catwalks with overhead lights on in […]
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