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July 22, 2014

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8:14 PM | Spider silk as a high-performance material If you’re one of the...
Spider silk as a high-performance material If you’re one of the nation’s experts on spiders and the properties of their silk, you best not have a hint of arachnophobia. Fortunately for us, UC Riverside’s evolutionary biologist Cheryl Hayashi does not have this problem.  Spiders actually produce more than one kind of silk.  For example, a spider uses a different type of silk to capture prey vs. building a web.  Hayashi’s research focuses on this […]
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8:12 PM | Congressional briefing highlights climate adaptation, mitigation efforts in Midwestern United States
On July 17th, the Environment and Energy Study Institut […]
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8:03 PM | I Read This Book Cover To Cover But I Don't Remember A Thing About It
What book have you read, cover to cover — but for the life of you cannot recall a single detail from within its pages? The question itself may be a paradox, but we'd like to see if you can remember what you've forgotten. Read more...
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8:00 PM | Bacteria's bodies do whirlies to help them swim
Kidney-shaped Caulobacter crescentus bacteria swim with both their corkscrew propellers called flagella and their bodies, scientists say.
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7:45 PM | Every Butt in Every Hercules Movie, Ranked
Here is a short (but fairly complete) list of things that I am into: magic, heroes, quests, monsters, Ancient Greece, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, thighs, chins, muscles, loincloths, and butts. So IMAGINE MY EXCITEMENT about Hercules, the new Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson vehicle opening this Friday! Read more...
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7:40 PM | This Molecule Can Prove You're a Supertaster (Or a Caffeine Junkie)
This is 6-n-propylthiouracil, otherwise known as PROP. It once had a conventional medical purpose. Now it's being shoved into people's mouths to see if they're genetically gifted (or cursed) with the power of supertaste.Read more...
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7:34 PM | Is Eating Kosher Seafood Better for the Environment?
In some ways, absolutely yes. That's the conclusion reached by researchers from NOAA and California State University, Channel Islands. And it mostly has to do with the distance that seafood travels from the ocean to your plate.Read more...
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7:26 PM | Kepler-421b: Astronomers Discover Exoplanet with Longest Known Year
A year on the newly discovered Uranus-sized exoplanet Kepler-421b lasts for 704.2 days, making it the longest orbital period exoplanet yet found. Its parent star, Kepler-421, is a G9/K0 dwarf star located in the constellation Lyra, about 1,000 light-years from Earth. Kepler-421b orbits the star at a distance of about 177 million km. As a [...]
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7:25 PM | Post #1: Introducing SentioScribe
I told a friend that I had started a new blog here on SciLogs; he seemed interested enough, so I told him the name: SentioScribe. He sort of turned away from me and laughed a bit. Welp. But after my naming-scheme's pride was hurt, he turned back and told me, "No, no, no. It's just that the name reminds me if this:" And he kept giggling. Now, I've no real idea how to relate this "effect" to what my blog's... Read more
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7:23 PM | Places, Experiences and Objects to Dream About
This post is the first in the series Places, Experiences and Objects to Dream About, which profiles marvelous locations, unique life experiences and objects of interest to modern explorers that Kike discovers during his travels.   The idea for this new column came up as I was staring at a small fur seal puppy playing…
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7:18 PM | 2-Minute Neuroscience Videos
I have published the first couple in a series of short neuroscience videos I plan to create. They will each be two minutes or less and focus on a particular topic in neuroscience. Check them out below and feel free to subscribe to my youtube channel to get regular updates as I post new videos!
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7:00 PM | James Gunn On The Movies You Must Watch Before Guardians Of The Galaxy
Earlier this month, Marvel released a Guardians of the Galaxy mixtape loaded with tunes from the '70s that will also serve as half of the film's soundtrack. It really helps set the tone for the film, so we asked director James Gunn to do the same thing with movies people should watch. Read more...
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7:00 PM | We've locked up carbon dioxide by turning it to stone
How can we get rid of excess CO2? Geologist Juerg Matter knows how to stash it in rock so it can't leak out again – the next step is to go big (full text available to subscribers)
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6:59 PM | Sixth-Grader May Have Stolen Credit For Marine Biologist's Lionfish Research
There's a new development in the story about 12-year-old Lauren Arrington's remarkable science fair project about the invasive potential of lionfish . A marine biologist is now claiming that the project was based on published work he did back in 2011 — and that the girl is the daughter of his former supervisor's best friend.Read more...
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6:57 PM | MERS Virus May Be Able To Spread Through The Air
Dromedary camels, which can carry MERS. Wilson44691 via Wikimedia Commons Research strongly suggests that camels carry Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), a viral illness that has sickened nearly 700 and killed at least 209 people as of early June, according to the latest update from the World Health Organization. For this reason, the government of Saudi Arabia recently warned people to stay away from close contact with camels, at least those that appear to be sick, which […]
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6:52 PM | Could we feed an extra 3 billion people right now?
Could we feed an extra 3 billion people right now? A new study takes a comprehensive look at where our agricultural resources go and concludes that by changing some global farming practices, including raising fewer cattle and cutting crop waste, we could be feeding billions more a year.Read more...
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6:48 PM | Fasting Improves Recovery of Bone Marrow Stem Cells after Chemotherapy
[Note: This is a guest post by Tauseef (@CellSpell)] Fasting is defined as either completely abstaining from or minimizing food intake for a defined period time - ranging from about 12 hours to even a few weeks. Calorie restriction, on the other hand, refers to an overall reduction in the daily calorie intake by about 20%-40% without necessarily reducing the meal intake frequency. Although calorie restriction is well-suited for weight loss and thus also reduces the risk of chronic diseases... […]

Cheng, C., Adams, G., Perin, L., Wei, M., Zhou, X., Lam, B., Da Sacco, S., Mirisola, M., Quinn, D., Dorff, T. & Kopchick, J. (2014). Prolonged Fasting Reduces IGF-1/PKA to Promote Hematopoietic-Stem-Cell-Based Regeneration and Reverse Immunosuppression, Cell Stem Cell, 14 (6) 810-823. DOI: 10.1016/j.stem.2014.04.014

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6:42 PM | The Turtles Are Making Wu Tang References In The Newest TMNT Trailer
Rocket-powered skateboarding. Sewer-surfing. Pleasant surprise at being bulletproof. This newest TMNT trailer features the Turtles doing a lot of ridiculous things, perhaps none so insane as making a flat-out Wu-Tang Clan reference. I... I think I may love this movie.Read more...
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6:33 PM | Did you say proboscis?
By Kate Davison, Living Conservatory Specialist, the Living Conservatory is an immersive exhibit similar to a Central American dry tropical forest. The permanent exhibit features live turtles, snakes, butterflies and even a two-toed sloth.  ************************************************************ Moths, and butterflies, are both part of the Order Lepidoptera, being scaled, flying insects. Moths comprise roughly 90% of the known species […]
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6:29 PM | The World Health Organization Wants to Legalize Sex Work and Drugs
Earlier this month, the World Health Organization (WHO) released guidelines for helping to prevent the spread of HIV in key populations. The group, which also monitors the globe for pandemic outbreaks, says we have to decriminalize sex work and drugs if we want to stop HIV.Read more...
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6:00 PM | A bird in the hand: The tale of one woman and her hawk
This pulse-quickening story of a woman's obsession with training a female goshawk makes H is for Hawk a modern classic in a nature-writing renaissance
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6:00 PM | Picture of the Week: Io Moth Caterpillar
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5:59 PM | The Night Belonged to Ozzie
The world’s largest land creature stood on me last night—two giant feet over my head, putting me at a disturbing eye-level vantage with a dripping elephant phallus in the dark. It has occurred to me over the course of my research that an untimely end could happen to anyone studying these larger-than-life animals, but it’s not something I ever thought I’d live to tell about.
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5:50 PM | This Is The Space-Faring Lilo & Stitch Sequel We'd Love To See
Artist Diana Barron has an idea for a Lilo & Stitch sequel set in space. She imagines an adult Lilo training to become an officer in the Galactic Armada, with Stitch along for the ride.Read more...
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5:48 PM | Is Matt Entenza really from outstate Minnesota? No, he is not.
This is a followup on my earlier post (see “How do you say “Surprise” in Norwegian? The word is “Entenza.” I am not making that up” also reposted here) on Matt Entenza’s bid for the DFL (Democratic Party) Primary candidacy for Minnesota State Auditor. Entenza claims he is from Greater Minnesota, and thus, would do…
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5:25 PM | The Expansion of Antarctic Sea Ice and Self Correcting Science
One of the things climate change science deniers say, to throw you off, is that Antarctic sea ice is expanding. They even claim that the amount of expansion of Antarctic sea ice offsets the dramatic retreat of Arctic sea ice (see this for the latest on the Arctic). I’ve even seen it argued, in that…
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5:15 PM | How To Watch An Animal Develop Cell By Cell
2,458 Cells Fernando Amat et al., "Fast, accurate reconstruction of cell lineages from large-scale fluorescence microscopy data," Nature Methods, 2014 What is this fuzzy creature? Sadly, it's not pettable. This is a microscope image of a fruit fly embryo, showing the individual cells within it. That's 2,458 cells, to be exact. The bottom image shows each cell in a different color, with lines to show how those cells moved around. The image comes from a new technique scientists developed to […]
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5:13 PM | Optical Cables, from Thin Air!
It’s a project that would make Tesla proud. Just imagine being able to instantaneously run an optical cable or fiber to any point on earth, or even into space. That’s […]

Rosenthal, E., Jhajj, N., Wahlstrand, J. & Milchberg, H. (2014). Collection of remote optical signals by air waveguides, Optica, 1 (1) 5. DOI: 10.1364/OPTICA.1.000005

Jhajj, N., Rosenthal, E., Birnbaum, R., Wahlstrand, J. & Milchberg, H. (2014). Demonstration of Long-Lived High-Power Optical Waveguides in Air, Physical Review X, 4 (1) DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevX.4.011027

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5:11 PM | Current Status of Arctic Sea Ice Extent
As it does every summer, the Arctic Sea ice is melting off. Over the last several years, the amount of sea ice that melts by the time it hits minimum in September has generally been increasing. So, how’s it doing now? The graph above shows the 1981-2010 average plus or minus two standard deviations. Before…
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5:07 PM | If at First You Don’t Succeed, Sit Back and Listen
The post If at First You Don’t Succeed, Sit Back and Listen appeared first on EveryONE.
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