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January 31, 2015

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7:47 PM | Science Problems: Scientists fault education and media, but should they?
When it comes to problems for science today, scientists largely fault deficits in K-12 STEM education, public and media interest in science. But scientists should be asking themselves the hard questions. What have you done to advance the conversation? I'm going to keep this commentary brief, because dissertation writing calls my name. What I really want is for other science communication scholars to weigh in here on some of the Pew results concerning scientists' perceptions of public and […]
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4:30 PM | bogleech: did-you-kno: Giant tarantulas keep tiny frogs as...
bogleech: did-you-kno: Giant tarantulas keep tiny frogs as pets. Insects will eat the burrowing tarantulas’ eggs - so the spiders protect the frogs from predators, and in return the frogs eat the insects. Source This has blown my mind for years. It’s so unreal. It’s almost the same exact reason humans and cats started living together. Tiny frogs are tarantula housecats. A science fact seldom gets to sound that much like meaningless word salad. Pretty rad.

January 30, 2015

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8:10 PM | Rob Carlson Q&A Recap
Thanks to everyone who joined us today to watch our conversation with Rob Carlson. If you missed it, want to pass it along to friends, or want to go back...
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8:10 PM | Rob Carlson Q&A Recap
Thanks to everyone who joined us today to watch our conversation with Rob Carlson. If you missed it, want to pass it along to friends, or want to go back...
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7:40 PM | Ask: Hololens vs Glass
crombienator replied to your post :Hololens + “The Floor is Lava!” = Awesomenessso you think the hololens will actually amount to something, unlike google glass?I have no idea which immersive or augmenting headsets will succeed, and I expect they will evolve a lot more before they gain wide public acceptance. But I do think they’re on the way to everyday use, and I’m psyched about the fun, inventive, and out of the box ways they’ll affect our lives.
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6:44 PM | Death in the Stars: A Virus Decimates Sea Star Populations Along the Pacific Coast
A killer is lurking in the waters off the pacific coast. Silent and lethal, it leaves its decimated victims in tidal pools. They first began to appear in the early summer of 2013. Limp and curled, missing some or all of their limbs, the bodies were little more than globs of slimy tissue.  They were […]
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4:30 PM | Hololens + "The Floor is Lava!" = Awesomeness
This seems like a relatively easy app to make for something like the HoloLens. Let’s make this happen. Also, I don’t think the HoloLens and similar stuff I’ve seen have emphasized enough its use for peering along the vertical-axis. I wouldn’t mind a virtual aquarium underneath me, for instance, or a gorgeous moon when none is out.
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1:00 PM | Biosimilars: 2014 Year in Review and 2015 Outlook
Editor's note: I am thrilled once again to present a guest post from Dr. Duncan Emerton, author of the Biosimilarz blog. Enjoy Duncan's wrap up of the busy year 2014 and his look ahead at what is in store for 2015.Don't miss the Biosimilarz Twitter feed and podcast series as well.You can also revisit Duncan's "2013 Biosimilars in Review"  John Simpson, World Affairs Editor at the BBC, once said that trying to predict the future is a mug’s game. He, like many of us, write […]
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12:28 PM | Friday SNPpets
Welcome to our Friday feature link collection: SNPpets. During the week we come across a lot of links and reads that we think are interesting, but don’t make it to a blog post. Here they are for your enjoyment… RT @genetics_blog: Biological interpretation of GWAS using predicted gene functions. Paper: http://t.co/MnefxWAmxG Software: http://t.co/NER1n40x3z (src on […]
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11:43 AM | Biogen Idec plans phase III Alzheimer's trial before year-end
And MS drugs drive 2014 sales
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11:27 AM | Imbruvica gets FDA OK for rare lymphoma
Cancer drug available in US to treat Waldenström's macroglobulinaemia
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11:10 AM | NICE consults on reducing melanoma cases
New guidance set to focus on diagnosing and managing the skin cancer
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10:22 AM | Roche's newer breast cancer drugs gain traction
Perjeta and Kadcyla boost 2014 revenues
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10:07 AM | Biogen Idec enlists son of NFL star for MS campaign
Tyler Campbell’s own career was cut short by neurological disease
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9:31 AM | Patrick Meier and the rise of the Digital Humanitarians
Crowdsourced activism. Those two words don’t often find themselves in the same sentence. Crowdsourced tech, sure. Even crowdsourced science. But activism? I can hear you scoff. Likes don’t feed starving Africans. But believe it or not, real activism is coming straight to your screen. And it’s thanks to one incredibly driven man, digital humanitarian Patrick […]
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9:24 AM | The FDA will not regulate your Apple Watches and Fitbits
US regulator clarifies its health wearables stance in draft guidance
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12:34 AM | New associate director at Packer Forbes
Samantha Bremner joins from Wave Healthcare Communications
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12:00 AM | Algeta execs join Targovax
Anna-Kirsti Aksnes and Tina Madsen join the firm

January 29, 2015

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11:44 PM | funnyordie:via Bill Nye The Science Guy Tackles...
funnyordie:via Bill Nye The Science Guy Tackles DeflateGate This guy!
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10:41 PM | Index of articles by guest author, Professor Dorit Rubinstein Reiss
Dorit Rubinstein Reiss, Professor of Law at the University of California Hastings College of the Law (San Francisco, CA), is a frequent contributor to this blog, providing in-depth, and intellectually stimulating, articles about vaccines (generally, but sometimes moving to other areas of medicine) and social policy and the law. Her articles usually unwind the complexities of legal issues with […]Continue reading «Index of articles by guest author, Professor […]
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9:51 PM | Surveying the Genomic Landscape of Modern Mammals
A study published today in Cell  compares regulatory DNA sequences among 20 species of modern mammals, showcasing how mammalian genomes have found new uses for ancient genes. The evolution of mammals has been ongoing for about 180 million years, with a … Continue reading »The post Surveying the Genomic Landscape of Modern Mammals appeared first on DNA Science Blog.
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9:05 PM | The Hate Debate of the antivaccination cult
  Originally published 24 April 2014. Updated 29 January 2015. Last week, an antivaccine propagandist, who goes by the nom de dunce of Megan, published a blog post called the Hate Debate, which was filled with all of the tropes, myths and outright lies of the antivaccine cult. In other words, nothing new. Except, she made […]Continue reading «The Hate Debate of the antivaccination cult»
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6:42 PM | laughingsquid:A Man in a Karate Gi Alternates Between Playing an...
laughingsquid:A Man in a Karate Gi Alternates Between Playing an Electric Guitar and Chopping Through Flaming Boards The real “Johnny Karate”?
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4:30 PM | First Public Lighting System that Runs on Solar and Wind...
First Public Lighting System that Runs on Solar and Wind Energy …This system, developed after four years of research, is designed for inter-urban roads, motorways, urban parks and other public areas. It is unique in the world and reduces the cost by 20% compared with conventional public lighting systems Gotta say, I think this is pretty rad. One more step for alternative energies, and distributed power systems. And the publicity and awareness of alternative energies it offers. (That […]
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4:00 PM | Happy 40th birthday to the hybridoma
Hybridomas represent possibly the biggest impact of B-cell biology and the technology to generate these immortal antibody-producing cell lines has reached the grand old age of 40 this year. In 1975 Georges Köhler and César Milstein at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge, UK published a paper in Nature describing their success inRead More
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2:44 PM | What’s the Answer? (zoomable browser)
Biostars is a site for asking, answering and discussing bioinformatics questions and issues. We are members of the community and find it very useful. Often questions and answers arise at Biostars that are germane to our readers (end users of genomics resources). Every Thursday we will be highlighting one of those items or discussions here […]
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10:40 AM | Ampliato l’impianto fotovoltaico dell’oasi WWF Stagni di Casale – Conergy Italia è intervenuta per installare nuovi moduli
Vicenza, 29 gennaio 2015 – Conergy Italia, azienda leader nella fornitura di servizi e di soluzioni complete per il fotovoltaico, è intervenuta nell’ampiamento del sistema fotovoltaico dell’Oasi WWF Stagni di Casale (VI) “Alberto Carta”. L’Oasi è formata da circa 24…Read more →
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10:28 AM | NICE backs first ‘ultra-orphan’ drug Soliris
Final guidance backs Alexion’s treatment for very rare blood clot condition
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10:17 AM | Global pledge to immunise 300 million children
Commitment made at GAVI Pledging Conference follows criticism of high vaccine prices
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10:15 AM | Products over pipeline in Pfizer's acquisition targets, hints CEO
Sale forecasts for 2015 are down by up to $5bn compared to last year
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