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February 28, 2015

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10:31 PM | "Shhhh…. stay very still.”
"Shhhh…. stay very still.”
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10:30 PM | Illustrated timeline of anti-fun moral panics
Illustrated timeline of anti-fun moral panics: mostlysignssomeportents: Tor.com has republished a great chart from Bad for You: Exposing the War on Fun! The chart details the central thesis of the book: that “the long-standing campaign against fun” is a recurring story in which anxious, killjoy grownups make up stupid explanations for why the stuff their kids…Read the rest… I really enjoyed this, lends some perspective on nay-sayers nowadays, but I’d like […]
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5:30 PM | startalkradio:Teen Girls Take Swipe At World Hunger With Google...
startalkradio:Teen Girls Take Swipe At World Hunger With Google Science Fair Idea, Remind Us All To Dream BigThree teen girls from Ireland had an idea, and it was a big one. They believed they had found a way to boost cereal crop yields and could help solve the world’s hunger crisis. But the adults in their lives cast doubt on their vision. Their scheme wouldn’t work, they were told.Fortunately for us, the girls refused to be discouraged. They started conducting extensive research […]
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4:43 PM | Climate change brings new infectious diseases to farms, new urgency in breeding resistance
Several reports from researchers around the globe predict the emergence and spread of infectious diseases as the result of climate change. Some of these diseases are new; others are not but they’re showing up in new places creating a new threat for those areas. This unfortunate development has created a new urgency in genetically modifying farm plants and animals specifically for disease resistance. The search for disease-resistant livestock has been underway for many years since […]
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1:25 PM | Día Mundial de las Enfermedades Raras
28 Febrero 2015http://www.rarediseaseday.org/http://www.genomicseducation.hee.nhs.uk/supporting-patients-and-families-with-a-rare-disease/
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1:03 PM | Actions speak louder than words: dTALEs for gene activation in fundamental research
Quick update for anyone who’s been living in a cave for the last five years: technologies for easily programmable precision DNA targeting are available and ready to go. This started with the TALEs: modular repeat proteins with one repeat binding one base with sequence specificity determined reliably by a single residue in each repeat. Then […]

February 27, 2015

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6:45 PM | Biotech Tweets of the Week (February 23-27, 2015)
Another fast-paced week on the biotech Twitter stream. Catch up on all the highlights with the latest edition of the Biotech Tweets of the Week. Thanks as always to @23aloha for collecting most of these! [...]
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6:31 PM | "Last year Keurig produced 9.8 billion of their branded cups, up from 2013 when the figure was 8.3..."
“Last year Keurig produced 9.8 billion of their branded cups, up from 2013 when the figure was 8.3 billion. After years of non-biodegradable plastic K-Cups being discarded, there could be as many as 60 billion small plastic cups filling landfill sites across the world. Approximately 95% of the non-biodegradable K-Cups end up in landfill because they are made of No.7 plastic which is non-recyclable and it is estimated that in 2013, enough of the plastic cups were discarded to create a […]
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5:30 PM | kateoplis:"In America [alone] we discard over 146 billion cups...
kateoplis:"In America [alone] we discard over 146 billion cups from coffee consumption annually. Even when we think we are recycling and doing a good deed, the paper itself within these products can only be reused 2-3x before the fibers are unusable and discarded into local landfills without consumer’s knowing.We have developed a post consumer paper based cup which will be able to extract over 1 ton of CO2 out of the atmosphere annually once planted. We have taken those fibers from […]
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3:26 PM | Right Turn: A lesson in blood development
Hematopoiesis is a long word, but in essence it describes a pretty straight-forward concept: The formation of our blood system, including all of its components. It’s a multi-step process beginning with stem cells and ending with mature, specialized ones like red blood cells, white blood cells, lymphocytes and others. I won’t go into great detail...Read more
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3:08 PM | teded:The assumption that sadness has an external cause outside...
teded:The assumption that sadness has an external cause outside the self is a relatively new idea. Ancient Greek doctors didn’t view sadness that way. They believed it was a dark fluid inside the body. Melaincholia comes from melaina kole, the phrase for ‘black bile.’From the TED-Ed Lesson A brief history of melancholy - Courtney StephensAnimation by Sharon Colman Graham That’s probably why I got such a good sense of humor.
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2:48 PM | Jinarc recommended for European approval in rare kidney disease
Positive opinion for Otsuka comes just before rare disease awareness day
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2:48 PM | Jinarc backed for European approval in rare kidney disease
Positive opinion for Otsuka comes just before rare disease awareness day
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2:19 PM | Friday SNPpets
This week’s SNPpets include a new cancer Data Catalog from NCI, Avianbase for bird genomics, a couple of variant calling tools, and someone trying to genotype the color assessment of “the dress” using 23andme data. Heh. [But at least no llamas were harmed in the making of this post.] Welcome to our Friday feature link […]
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2:06 PM | UCB boosted by core medicines growth
Firm’s new chief executive 'excited' by his company’s next batch of medicines
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1:29 PM | Did You Ever Run Out of Reagent on a Weekend? Try Smart, On-Site Stocking
You know the scene: you are working on a key experiment on a weekend or after hours–finishing up before an upcoming meeting or before a grant update or proposal submission. You go to the laboratory freezer for that enzyme or protease, or worse to the shelf for the nucleic acid extraction kit for all those samples […]
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11:43 AM | BMS and Gilead antivirals cure hep C in co-infected HIV patients
Phase III trial cured 97% of patients
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11:01 AM | Bayer's Eylea cleared for wider use in Europe
Macular oedema treatment reached €759m in sales last year
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10:50 AM | Sanofi joins WHO-backed diabetes mHealth programme
Becomes sole pharma partner for Be Healthy, Be Mobile's diabetes arm
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9:50 AM | Russian innovation at the crossroads
Despite improvements, investors face rising risks
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6:53 AM | tastefullyoffensive:Randall Munroe settles the “Dress Color...
tastefullyoffensive:Randall Munroe settles the “Dress Color Debate" (The dress colors are the same in the two pictures. In the dark background they look white and gold. In the bright background they look blue and black).Simplist explanation of this I’ve seen so far.
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6:27 AM | Ask: Discouraging Meat?
I agree that this is important, people will not stop eating meat. But I don’t understand, what’s your counterpoint? How will better science and “legislation” change things? Better research is always useful but the science is already clear here, and I don’t know what you mean by legislation, but the issue seems to be people eating meat, not an absence of laws. I think the long-term solution is to convince people to eat less meat. First not every day, and then […]
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5:07 AM | scienceyoucanlove:Big Beef’s jig is upFederal dietary committee...
scienceyoucanlove:Big Beef’s jig is upFederal dietary committee recommends eating less red meat. Will science finally trump politics?February 26, 2015Michele SimonYou almost have to feel sorry for the beef industry. After enjoying decades of popularity as a staple of the all-American diet, the harsh realities behind unsustainable beef production and excessive consumption are finally coming to light…read more Chats from the Environmental Working Group’s Meat Eaters […]
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5:01 AM | rtamerica:Environmental chair throws snowball on Senate floor to...
rtamerica:Environmental chair throws snowball on Senate floor to rail against global warming Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) does not believe that humans contribute to global warming, and on Thursday he took to the Senate floor with some hard evidence in tow: a snowball. Then he threw it.  In a speech criticizing  the “hysteria” around global warming, Inhofe – who  chairs the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works –  pointed to a particular […]
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4:29 AM | mindblowingscience:Weight-loss injection helps rainbow mouse...
mindblowingscience:Weight-loss injection helps rainbow mouse keep trimAn injection and a dash of exercise could be the secret to keeping trim. These rainbow mice, imaged in infrared to reveal how much energy they are burning while on a treadmill, are revealing how a shot can boost a muscle’s ability to burn calories.Red body parts show where lots of energy is being used. The mouse on the right has a red patch on its left hind leg, which corresponds to the spot where it received an […]
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1:12 AM | contemplatingmadness:iamamaiden:last-snowfall: amroyounes: Beli...
contemplatingmadness:iamamaiden:last-snowfall: amroyounes: Believe it or not, the present is not as gloomy as you think Please memorize the second one. This is so important to me Well, yeah, ww2 was raging in the early to mid 1940s. Not really a good period to compare rates of violent death to. I love this kind of historical perspective on progress.
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12:01 AM | 2015: A year of promise and connectivity
How could technology impact healthcare in this year and what will be the key trends to follow?
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12:00 AM | Mapping KOL relationships
Network maps can deliver a wealth of information

February 26, 2015

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11:57 PM | And the Skeptical Raptor has returned from internet hell
For fans, haters, and those looking for information, you probably knew that this website and blog wasn’t working for the last 7 days. Obviously, we’re back. I won’t give you the long story, but the short one was that I was stressing out the servers for the old web host, because so many people were […]Continue reading «And the Skeptical Raptor has returned from internet hell»
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10:23 PM | comaniddy:Being a scientist has nothing to do with gender or...
comaniddy:Being a scientist has nothing to do with gender or race. Science is all about methodically seeking the truth. Take your curiosities and get your science on.Watch this Science Rap and more on my YouTube Channel: Coma Niddy University. Fun seeing people I worked with pop up on my blog, and glad to see they’re up to cool things!
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