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October 22, 2014

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7:55 PM | Converting Skin Cells to Neurons: A Fight Against Huntington’s
Neurological diseases are some of the hardest to fight against (in my opinion). The big reason is the brain, we still know so little about it and treatment for anything […]

Victor, M., Richner, M., Hermanstyne, T., Ransdell, J., Sobieski, C., Deng, P., Klyachko, V., Nerbonne, J. & Yoo, A. (2014). Generation of Human Striatal Neurons by MicroRNA-Dependent Direct Conversion of Fibroblasts, Neuron, 84 (2) 311-323. DOI: 10.1016/j.neuron.2014.10.016

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6:49 PM | Teachers: Sign up TODAY to Bring a Nifty Fifty Speaker to Your School!
Teachers in the D.C. Metropolitan area- we are now accepting applications for the Nifty Fifty (x4) Program! Click here to apply NOW to host a speaker at your school during the 2014/2015 school year. Nifty Fifty talks will take place during the months of February, March and April of 2015. The deadline to apply is Friday, November…
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6:42 PM | Whistleblower Who Exposed White House Tampering with Climate Science Dies
Rick Piltz passed away last Saturday. He spent decades working in the federal government and state government in Texas, and was a prominent whistleblower during the Bush administration. He later... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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6:00 PM | How The Hot Zone Created the Worst Myths About Ebola
As an infectious disease epidemiologist and a science communicator in the midst of the biggest Ebola outbreak in history, The Hot Zone is one of the banes of my existence. Read more...
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5:46 PM | How Do Artificial Sweeteners Trick Us Into Tasting Sugar?
We know they're not sugar, but artificial sweeteners still have a way of making us taste sugar (or at least something close to it). But just how do they do that?Read more...
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5:20 PM | Breakthrough: Scientists Use Sound To Breach The Blood-Brain Barrier
For the first time ever in humans, neuroscientists have penetrated the stubborn barrier that protects the brain from toxins in the bloodstream. The breakthrough means that doctors can now deliver drugs to previously inaccessible parts of the brain, making it easier to treat cancer and neurodegenerative disorders. Read more...
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5:00 PM | Deinocheirus Exposed: Meet The Body Behind the Terrible Hand
For 50 years, the dinosaur was just a pair of arms. But what arms! Each was eight feet …
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4:45 PM | The Sky Is Not Blue – So Why Does It Look Blue?
The latest installment of MinutePhysics tackles the enduring question of why the sky appears blue, and the less common (albeit related question) of why the sun appears yellow.Read more...
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4:30 PM | Update: Sunspot 2192’s X-Class Flare
Just a quick update: Sure enough, as predicted, the freakishly huge sunspot AR 2192 blew out a powerful X-class flare today around 14:00 UTC. The picture above shows the view from the Solar Dynamics Observatory; in the far ultraviolet it’s very sensitive to solar activity. Note the Earth for scale there, in case you need the Universe to crush your feeling of self-importance under its heel. Flares are massive explosions on the Sun associated with sunspots. You can read about them in detail […]
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4:05 PM | Mars orbiter snaps close up of comet Siding Spring
NASA's spacecraft are giving astronomers a good look at a comet from the Oort cloud.
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3:59 PM | Should you buy a hybrid car?
Last summer we were driving up north, in our Prius, and one of those coal rollers tailgated us for a while, then passed us. On the right. On the median. Jerk. When we were trying to decide whether or not to buy a Prius, last winter, I looked into the usual things one looks into.…
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3:40 PM | Why It Pays To Be A Small Male If You're Going To A Snake Orgy
In nature, it usually pays to pack on the pounds, especially if you're male and competing for a female. But a treasure of a paper explains why male anacondas have to fight for their ladies while staying small.Read more...
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3:30 PM | Dark matter signal points to exotic black-hole origins
If our best sign yet of dark matter is what it seems, then the supermassive black hole at the centre of our galaxy is a complex beast
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3:16 PM | MSU Fall Flower and Garden Fest 2014 — Presentation on Fruit Crops
Last week, I gave a presentation on Fruit Crops for your Yard at the MSU Fall Flower and Garden Fest that was held in Crystal Springs.  This is a big event, with over 5,000 attendees each year.  You can find more info on this event at this link: Fall Flower and Garden Fest As for … Continue reading →
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3:00 PM | Five Microscopic Images That Will Blow Your Mind
By Micaela Jemison From bizarre bugs to penis spines on bats, our world is infinitely expanded when we look down the microscope! Check out the […] The post Five Microscopic Images That Will Blow Your Mind appeared first on Smithsonian Science.
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2:30 PM | Monster Sunspot Will Make Thursday’s Eclipse That Much Cooler
Right now, a truly ginormous sunspot is turning its baleful eye toward Earth. The spot, called Active Region 2192, is a bit hard to wrap your brain around: Its dark core is easily big enough to swallow the Earth whole without it even coming close to touching the sides, and the whole region is several times larger than that, easily more than 100,000 kilometers across. It’s the biggest sunspot we’ve seen this solar cycle (bigger than one I reported on in January that was also […]
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2:30 PM | Canadian Family Finds 102 Snakes Seeking Refuge In Their Home
Call it "snakes on the plains." A Canadian wildlife rescue group recently collected — get this — 102 garter snakes from a single Regina, Saskatchewan home after the serpents sought shelter there for the winter. The largest snake was about three feet long — and there are still more inside the house. Read more...
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2:00 PM | The Art of Science: Claire Moynihan’s Beautiful Bugs
British textile artist Claire Moynihan riffs on traditional insect collections with her “bug balls” – tiny hand-embroideries of insects on felted wool balls. Moynihan uses a variety of embroidery techniques and materials which allow her to produce highly dimensional effects. … Continue reading →
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2:00 PM | As More Crude Oil Rolls In, a Push for Better Track Inspection
In response to concerns about the risks of crude by rail, Union Pacific has begun to boost its rail inspection program by dispatching vehicles with lasers that can find tiny track imperfections.
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1:43 PM | Atmospheric things – especially balloons
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1:30 PM | “Editors are pleased to receive death threats on the third Thursday of the month:” A new journal launches
There’s a new journal in town. Inference’s first issue includes a lengthy review of a laboratory by a tennis instructor, a set of caricatures, and an exchange of emails from 1996 that is “perhaps, less remarkable for what it says than for the fact that it took place at all.” In short, its editors — […]
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1:11 PM | To defeat trolls, we need to do more than jail them
Changing entrenched attitudes that trivialise cyber-harassment against women will take more than harsh sentences, says law professor Danielle Citron
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1:00 PM | Quickies: More Gamergate, the Pentagon has a Transgender Ban, and Class Issues
Categories: QuickiesWhy #Gamergaters Piss Me The F*** Off – “Chris Kluwe played in the NFL for eight years, but he’s been a gamer for 26 — and he’s sick and tired ...(Read more...)
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1:00 PM | Tuberculosis toll greater than previously estimated, says WHO
9 million new cases and 1.5 million deaths in 2013
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12:40 PM | Week 22: Back on the Road and into Arizona
Astro-sculpture sighting: Urania, the Muse of Astronomy in Salt Lake City (All photos by the author). They say that you can never go home again, but sometimes, you can still visit those old stomping grounds. This past week we’ve been heading in just such a direction as we crossed the border from Utah back in [...]
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12:40 PM | Behind the Mask: The Life of Vita Sackville-West
Rachel Trethewey in The Independent: In the famous image of Vita Sackville-West, Lady with a Red Hat, the writer is the embodiment of the confident young aristocrat. Exuding a languid elegance, her heavy-lidded Sackville eyes gaze out from beneath the...
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12:34 PM | Are we free? Neuroscience gives the wrong answer
Daniel C. Dennett in Prospect: For several millennia, people have worried about whether or not they have free will. What exactly worries them? No single answer suffices. For centuries the driving issue was about God’s supposed omniscience. If God knew...
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12:29 PM | This Gorgeous Sculpture Creates Instant Architecture in an Empty Room
Kristin Hohenadel in Slate: Held annually since 2009 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, ArtPrize is a democratic art competition open to anyone in the world over age 18, with generous cash prizes awarded by both a jury of experts and popular...
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12:24 PM | The White Racial Slur We’ve All Been Waiting For
Michael Mark Cohen in Medium: I am a white, middle class male professor at a big, public university, and every year I get up in front of a hundred and fifty to two hundred undergraduates in a class on the...
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12:19 PM | What is the Evidence for Evolution?
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