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October 02, 2014

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7:52 AM | Make your own invisibility cloak
Joseph Choi and John Howell from the University of Rochester have published a paper showing how to create an invisibility cloak using four standard optical lenses which can be purchased for a hundred dollars. The invisibility cloak is a staple in science fiction and fantasy. Scientists have taken stabs at making this fiction become reality, […]
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1:53 AM | Goodbye
I started this blog for no reason other than thinking the title would be hilarious. A couple of years (and not all that many posts) later, I managed to do so much with it. I love it, but it's time to let it go. I'm now a full time science writer, and this blog, well, would basically be work.I'm not taking anything down, so feel free to wander around, read at your leisure, anything you like. I'm still around on email, Google+, Facebook, and so forth.So--thanks for listening for the past few […]

October 01, 2014

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11:31 PM | Chemia appoints network manager
Ellie Duncanson-Hunter joins from PMGroup where she was events director
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11:30 PM | M3 Europe appoints new business director
Paul Townley-Jones joins the group of online physician networks
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11:15 PM | Valeant adds Jeffrey Ubben to board
CEO of ValueAct supports takeover of Allergan
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11:01 PM | Investing in the future of R&D
Roch Doliveux on UCB’s research plans and paying for innovation
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8:57 PM | Using acupuncture to treat knee pain–no evidence
Let’s start right from the beginning–there is no evidence that acupuncture has any significant clinical benefit for any condition. And because there is a small, but significant, risk associated with the acupuncture, the risk to benefit ratio is huge (if not infinity, since there is no benefit). There is simply no reason to accept, even a […]Continue reading «Using acupuncture to treat knee pain–no evidence»
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5:21 PM | Transforming World Health With Cuban Medicine
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4:18 PM | I’ve Never Been On a Top Twitter Science List
I've never been on a 'top scientists to follow on Twitter' list. (I might now be on a #WomenTweetScienceToo list on Twitter somewhere, but not any published articles featuring a 'list' of science people to follow on Twitter, that I know of). When I was a 'younger Tweeter', I would quickly look over new lists I saw popping up in published articles and science blogs, just to see if, in some crazy alternate reality, I might be included. But of course I... Read more
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3:46 PM | 3D Chromatin Organization, Transcription, and Behavior
The chromosomes of differentiated cells contain heterochromatic and euchromatic compartments. Heterochromatin is highly condensed and associated with repressed transcription, whereas in euchromatin  transcription is generally active. Spatial organization of heterochromatin can vary vastly among different differentiated cell types1. In contrast to differentiated cells, embryonic stem cells contain only sparse heterochromatic ... The post 3D Chromatin Organization, Transcription, and […]
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2:49 PM | Opportunities for High School Students to Learn at the BTC Institute
Paul Simon famously sang about what it was like to engage as a learner in a high school environment—though his lack of education certainly hasn’t hurt him any, I do wonder about reading the “writing on the wall”. Frequently, in Education, we talk about the challenges of preparing students for careers that have yet to […]
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1:58 PM | Nimbus looks to Merck for CEO
Donald Nicholson spent 26 years at US pharma giant
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1:46 PM | Video Tip of the Week: MEGA, Molecular Evolutionary Genetics Analysis
This week’s tip of the week highlights the MEGA tools–MEGA is a collection of tools that perform Molecular Evolutionary Genetics Analysis. MEGA tools are not new–they’ve been developed and supported over many years. In fact, on their landing page you can see the first reference to MEGA was in 1994. How much computing were you […]

Tamura K., G. Peterson, N. Peterson, G. Stecher, M. Nei & S. Kumar (2011). MEGA5: Molecular Evolutionary Genetics Analysis Using Maximum Likelihood, Evolutionary Distance, and Maximum Parsimony Methods, Molecular Biology and Evolution, 28 (10) 2731-2739. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/molbev/msr121

Tamura K., G. Stecher, D. Peterson, A. Filipski & S. Kumar (2013). MEGA6: Molecular Evolutionary Genetics Analysis Version 6.0, Molecular Biology and Evolution, 30 (12) 2725-2729. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/molbev/mst197

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12:55 PM | Adaptive Trials Offer Potent Weapon Against Phase 3 Failures
A failed phase 3 drug trial is one of the worst possible outcomes for a pharmaceutical company and for patients, both in terms of financial resources spent as well as time sunk into an unproductive research path. A recent article published by Roche describes how that company had to deal with several recent Phase 3 ... continue reading
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12:10 PM | Of seismic waves and closing days: take home messages
. With contributions from James Smith, a recent Oxford University graduate and current SENS Research Foundation Summer Scholar working at the Harvard Stem Cell Institute. There were two momentous events on the night of August 23, 2014. First, the inaugural Rejuvenation Biotechnology conference drew to a close. Second, the largest earthquake in nearly 25 years...Read more
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11:46 AM | Janssen backs NHS diabetes challenge
Will provide £200,000 to spread innovation across UK
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10:48 AM | GSK expands bioelectronics efforts with $5m challenge fund
Will support academics and small companies working to stimulate and block neural signals in organs
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10:12 AM | Trial suggests Sanofi's asthma drug works in sinusitis
Dupilumab able to reduce polyp size in sinusitis patients
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9:41 AM | FDA awards $19m in rare disease grants
US regulator supports 15 orphan drug projects

September 30, 2014

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11:31 PM | Sanofi opens new Shanghai R&D headquarters
China-based hub for Asia Pacific will create 1,400 jobs
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11:30 PM | Johnson & Johnson to acquire Alios BioPharma for $1.75bn
Will gain access to the biopharma's portfolio of viral infection candidates
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11:30 PM | ADC Therapeutics expands team
Appointments preceed its first antibody drug conjugate trials
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11:05 PM | Cancer pain: opioids set to dominate
But much work is being done to improve the delivery systems of these drugs
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10:05 PM | El gigante de Paruro
"El Gigante de Paruro" de Martín Chambi, 1925.Se llamaba Juan De La Cruz Sihuana y nació alrededor de 1875 en Llusco, Provincia de Chumbivilcas, Departamento de Cusco. Estatura 2.10 m y peso de 136 Kg. Fotografiado en 1925 por Martín Chambi, aparece en el diario Variedades el 04 de octubre de 1925. http://100peru.blogspot.com/2013/05/01-el-gigante-de-paruro-de-martin-chambi.html
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8:37 PM | Good practice in blood clot care recognised at awards
First winners of QiC Anticoagulation programme announced
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7:03 PM | Fluorescent Imaging Made Easy, Fast, and Intuitive
Bio-Rad Laboratories announced the launch of the ZOE™ Fluorescent Cell Imager, one of the first cell imaging systems able to deliver the power of microscopy in a system that is as easy to use as a tablet. The system includes three fluorescent channels and brightfield to simplify fluorescence imaging for cell culture applications. Fluorescence microscopes […]
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4:01 PM | Premiata Una Catanese Tra Gli Ingegneri Italiani Vincitori Di Un Progetto Di Ricerca In Nord America
La neolaureata Loredana Pagano vincitrice della borsa di studio Cni-IssnafRead more →
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3:56 PM | Da oggi a Roma i primi taxi d’Italia 100% elettrici, primo passo verso l’era della mobilità green
URI, 3570 e Nissan hanno presentato le prime vetture a impatto 0. Presto la sperimentazione coinvolgerà anche Firenze, Milano e altre città italiane.Read more →
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3:53 PM | La statua di San Michele Arcangelo e del Drago posta in sicurezza nel Museo del Duomo di Orvieto su basi antisismiche dell’ENEA
La statua di bronzo  di San Michele Arcangelo e del Drago, originariamente collocata sulla facciata del Duomo di Orvieto *, dopo il suo recente restauro è stata posta in sicurezza all’interno del Museo dell’Opera del Duomo di Orvieto su un…Read more →
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3:40 PM | Scoperta la vera età del lago più antico d’Europa
Lo studio, pubblicato sulla rivista Eos, è stata realizzato da un team internazionale con l’importante contributo dei ricercatori dell’Università di PisaRead more →
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