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April 22, 2015

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11:01 PM | Can we do more?
Using behavioural framing to market desirable behaviours
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8:29 PM | Autism and MMR vaccines – still not linked
The Skeptical Raptor, stalking pseudoscience in the internet jungle. A new study was published recently that showed, once again, that there is no link between autism and MMR vaccines. Are we still wasting good research dollars on showing that there is not one single link between autism and MMR vaccines (to prevent mumps, measles and rubella)? Apparently, we are going to do this until the evidence … Continue reading Autism and MMR vaccines – still not linked →Continue […]
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8:28 PM | nrdc: Forty-five years ago today, millions rallied in streets...
nrdc: Forty-five years ago today, millions rallied in streets across the United States for the first-ever celebration of Earth Day. We’ve come a long way since then, but we’ve also experienced significant setbacks.Here’s to throwing down in bigger and badder ways over the next 45 years to protect planet Earth! cool!
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6:38 PM | salon: Oklahoma started fracking with abandon around 2008,...
salon: Oklahoma started fracking with abandon around 2008, initiating a boom of natural gas and oil production. In 2009, earthquakes stopped being a rarity, as they were in the past. And by 2014, the state had become the new earthquake capital of the U.S., with three times as many magnitude 3 and above quakes than the former record holder, California. Tuesday, state officials finally acknowledged the connection.The state geological survey officially “considers it very likely” that […]
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6:28 PM | E-Waste Facts and ThoughtsA recent report found that in 2014,...
E-Waste Facts and ThoughtsA recent report found that in 2014, humans tossed out 92 billion pounds of e-waste! That got me wondering - and googling. Here’s some interesting info I found:1) Toxic: “Electronics are complex devices which are made of a wide variety of material constituents. Some of the constituents, such as lead, nickel, cadmium, and mercury, could pose risks to human health or the environment if mismanaged at their end-of-life…” (- […]
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4:55 PM | "I love Elizabeth Warren, but she’s just wrong."
“I love Elizabeth Warren, but she’s just wrong.” - Barack Obama hits back at critics of controversial trade deal (via salon)I kinda wonder if Obama’s criticism will increase Warren’s respect amongst conservatives.
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4:48 PM | nubbsgalore: between 1970 and 2010, the world’s total wildlife...
nubbsgalore: between 1970 and 2010, the world’s total wildlife population declined by 52 percent. it’s disappearing fast. (photos from the wwf and ifaw). (see these posts for more on conservation efforts around the globe)
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4:29 PM | osmium: okkultmotionpictures: Happy OKKULT Earth...
osmium: okkultmotionpictures: Happy OKKULT Earth Day>| One world or none
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3:46 PM | Rapid Evolution in Response to Rapid Climate Change?
In celebration of Earth month, Environmental Education Week, Earth Day and National DNA Day (celebrated this week in many nations),  we have a Science 360 video that highlights the work of Drs. Bradshaw and Holzapfel to explore climate change-driven genetic shifts in the Pitcher Plant Mosquito. It’s a fascinating and thought-provoking question these scientists are trying to […]
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3:31 PM | Chewing Over Salivary Diagnostics and the Epigenome
Michael Wren, Elizabeth Shirtcliff, Stacy Drury Over the last decade there has been substantial advances in salivary biomarker development and diagnostics. Unlike blood draws, saliva collection is noninvasive, inexpensive, and convenient for repeated sampling, making it especially useful for research in vulnerable populations, such as young children, the sick, and ... The post Chewing Over Salivary Diagnostics and the Epigenome appeared first on EpiBeat.
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3:28 PM | The Life Cycle of a Plastic Bottle
teded: We’ve all been told that we should recycle plastic bottles and containers. But what actually happens to the plastic if we just throw it away? Here are the life cycles of three different plastic bottles.Bottle One, like hundreds of millions of tons of its plastic brethren, ends up in a landfill. This huge dump expands each day, as more trash moves in and continues to take up space. As plastics sit there being compressed, rainwater flows through the waste and absorbs the water […]
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3:19 PM | scientiflix: Where did the oil go? Five years into the...
scientiflix: Where did the oil go? Five years into the Deepwater Horizon disaster, leading scientists tell NRDC science scribe Perrin Ireland what happened to BP’s oil and what they know about its impact on the Gulf. Learn more: http://www.onearth.org/gulf By: NRDCflix. Support at: http://j.mp/DonateToNRDC
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3:00 PM | business-and-technology:How to Make a Solar Usb Charger from Old...
business-and-technology:How to Make a Solar Usb Charger from Old garden Lights With that charger you can charge every device that uses the usb port to charge like : (mp3 player, iphone,psp’s etc.) my solar charger i put some led’s to be able to use it as a torch). Step 1: What you will neeed 1) two solar panels from garden lights 2) 4AA rechargable baterys 3) 4AA baterry holder 4) one female usb connector 5) a small button 6) a case 7) some wires 8) three 3.6v […]
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3:00 PM | Festo: Robo-Grippers!So this new gripping device, based on how...
Festo: Robo-Grippers!So this new gripping device, based on how the tongue of a chameleon works, is pretty amazing. And as robots increasingly become part of our daily lives, could prove really helpful, and perhaps easier to implement than hand-shaped grippers. (What about a hand composed of 5 of these grippers? hmmm..)Either way, check out this awesome, short video.
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2:36 PM | Pharma growing its use of social media - report
New data also highlights who leads the way in integrated social media marketing
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12:26 PM | Video Tip of the Week: TargetMine, Data Warehouse for Drug Discovery
Browsing around genomic regions, layering on lots of associated data, and beginning to explore new data types I might come across are things that really fire up my brain. For me, visualization is key to forming new ideas about the relationships between genomic features and patterns of data. But frequently I want to take this […]
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12:00 PM | What drives research in the field of biomaterials?
. By Hamideh Emrani It always feels amazing to find a solution to a problem or challenge. I think this huge sense of accomplishment is what drives many people in the research community. During my academic career, I have come across some remarkable scientists and researchers who thrive on problem solving. I find it intriguing...Read more
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10:27 AM | Amgen starts shipping Corlaner in US
Firm also reports healthy financial growth in the first quarter
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10:13 AM | Teva offers $40bn for Mylan as Perrigo backs away
Generic drug industry could be shaken up if deals go through
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8:15 AM | Astellas signs up to immuno-oncology deal
Japanese firm the latest pharma company to buy into the next-gen cancer therapy area
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8:09 AM | New study suggests soon softwoods to have Easier-to-Process Lignin
New Study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences proves that engineering can make it possible for softwoods to have easier-to-process lignin which is a characteristic of hardwoods. Lignin is made up of G and S monomers of binding molecules. While the lignin present in  hardwoods contains both the  monomers, the softwood lignin is made up of only G monomer. As the S monomer is responsible for easy degradation of lignin, its absence is responsible for hard […]
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7:38 AM | Creston acquires How Splendid
Agency looks to bolster its digital offering with new buy
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2:38 AM | Guarding the last male northern white rhino on Earth
Guarding the last male northern white rhino on Earth: climateadaptation: Sudan the rhino and 2 females of his subspecies are under constant surveillance in Kenya, but it may not be enough to save the creatures from extinction.There’s a fundraiser to help protect him.

April 21, 2015

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11:41 PM | Richard Dawkins or how he became a product of postmodernism
I am going to say it before I start. I don’t like Richard Dawkins as a person. And I have a personal rule to avoid his twitter account and comments. He definitely has an image problem, and Declan Fahy knows … Continue reading →
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11:00 PM | This makes me uncomfortable.
This makes me uncomfortable.
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11:00 PM | Reaching beyond adherence
To truly achieve patient engagement you also need to engage those influencing them
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10:42 PM | laughingsquid: A 10-Piece Set of Stackable Brain Specimen...
laughingsquid: A 10-Piece Set of Stackable Brain Specimen Coasters This is a bit too macabre for me, but still pretty awesome
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8:52 PM | asapscience: Nope, the blood in your veins isn’t blue. Sorry!...
asapscience: Nope, the blood in your veins isn’t blue. Sorry! Source: http://bit.ly/1PcsI9y  Reading (/learning) this is a good reminder of how little I really know.
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8:05 PM | How Much Land Would it Take to Power the US via Solar?
How Much Land Would it Take to Power the US via Solar?: I’ve seen some pieces in the media lately questioning this, so allow me to point to some facts based on real-world data.  We’ll probably never power the world entirely on solar, but if we did, it would take a rather small fraction of the world’s land area: Less than 1 percent of the Earth’s land area to provide for current electricity needs. I thought the article was pretty good.And for those itching for the […]
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7:50 PM | Multiple vaccinations weakens the immune system – a myth
The Skeptical Raptor, stalking pseudoscience in the internet jungle. Updated 21 April 2015 If you explore the dark and myth filled back alleys of the antivaccination movement, you will find a wide variety of myths that try to convince people that vaccinating children is dangerous. I’ve covered and refuted many of the myths, although the vaccine deniers tend to rely on zombie myths that … Continue reading Multiple vaccinations weakens the immune system – a myth →Continue […]
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