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March 31, 2015

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8:00 AM | Want to Learn More? Take a Short Biobanking Course
Want to learn more about biobanking? Need to evaluate your existing procedures and practices? The University of Minnesota’s Biopreservation Core Resource is offering what amounts to short courses in biobanking on May 19 and 20, 2015. Attend in person, or participate via webcast. Biobanking can seem like a “cold black box” process. Samples are processed, labeled, stored and retrieved. For Read the rest of this article The post Want to Learn More? […]
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7:57 AM | Temperature trend biases due to urbanization and siting quality changes
The temperature in urban areas can be several degrees higher than their surrounding due to the Urban Heat Island (UHI). The additional heat stress is an important medical problem and studied by bio-meteorologists. Many urban geographers study the UHI and ways to reduce the heat stress. Their work suggests that the UHI is due to a reduction in evaporation from bare soil and vegetation in city centers. The solar energy that is not used for evaporation goes into warming of the air. In case of […]
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7:45 AM | Hacking the brain, one cell at a time
Scientists recruit hackers and supercomputers to create a digital library of neurons’ 3D structures
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6:04 AM | A cracking eggs-plainer
Getting eggs-cited about the amount of chocolate you're going to consume this weekend? Before we lose you to a sugar high, we wanted to share some nifty little egg facts from the 'real world' and a sweet animation of the 'top 5 eggs' from our collection of 20,000. It will leave you egg-ar for more.
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5:00 AM | Is Climate Change Causing the Seasons to Change? Citizen Scientists in the UK Help Find Out with Nature’s Calendar
Interested in more spring themed citizen science projects? Check out the ones the SciStarter team has handpicked for you here! Or use SciStarter’s project finder to find one that piques your curiosity! In 1998 Tim Sparks, a research biologist at … Continue reading »The post Is Climate Change Causing the Seasons to Change? Citizen Scientists in the UK Help Find Out with Nature’s Calendar appeared first on CitizenSci.
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4:30 AM | Cards Against Humanity's New Pack Will Pay For Women To Study Science
Cards Against Humanity's New Pack Will Pay For Women To Study Science:   Cards Against Humanity, the self-described “party game for horrible people,” announced Monday it has released a new “science pack” that will fund a scholarship for women studying in scientific fields.
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3:20 AM | SIN Series – Death: What Happens After?
Imagine for a moment that you live about 10,000 years a […]
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3:00 AM | Themed Issues in the British Journal of Pharmacology from Year 2007 to 2015
Read the themed issues featured in the British Journal of Pharmacology from Year 2007 to 2015. The post Themed Issues in the British Journal of Pharmacology from Year 2007 to 2015 appeared first on Wiley Asia Blog.
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3:00 AM | Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus
By Mary Shelley Synopsis: A terrifying vision of scientific progress without moral limits, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein leads the reader on an unsettling journey from the sublime beauty of the Swiss alps to the desolate waste of […]
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2:06 AM | Venezuela Cuts Oil Subsidies To Caribbean Nations
For a decade, Venezuela offered cheap oil at favorable rates to 13 neighbors, including Cuba. But tumbling oil prices have hit Venezuela's economy hard, forcing it to trim those subsidies.
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2:00 AM | Glow-In-The-Dark Tampons Are Being Used To Fix Broken Sewers
The UK has a problem: thanks to bad plumbing and a groaning sewer system, 'grey water' — the stuff that comes out of your dishwashers and washing machines — is ending up in rivers, bringing all sorts of contaminants with it. Hi-tech solutions exist to monitor the problem, but a much cheaper (and more amusing) option exists: tampons. Read more...
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1:51 AM | The smell of rain: how our scientists invented a new word
Have you ever noticed that fresh smell of earth in the air just before it starts to rain? Well, there's a word for it - and it's got a lot to do with us.
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1:05 AM | Despite Protestation From Brazil, Trial For 840-Pound Emerald Will Continue
The Bahia Emerald has been hotly contested for years. A judge in California has decided to continue with a trial about its ownership even though Brazil says it was illegally exported.

March 30, 2015

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11:48 PM | Jane Goodall On InstinctI love this video featuring Dr. Jane...
Jane Goodall On InstinctI love this video featuring Dr. Jane Goodall speaking beautifully about her journey in science, the love affair with Tarzan that inspired her as a child, and how instead of doing what all the other scientists said was “right”, she followed her instincts and curiosity in her historic research on chimpanzees. She also does some mean chimpanzee impressions!People like Jane Goodall have used the study of animals to inject a beautiful sort of humility into the […]
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11:23 PM | Pharmacists Group Votes To Discourage Members From Providing Execution Drugs
The measure could make it harder for states using made-to-order execution drugs to buy them. The American Pharmacists Association voted on the policy at its annual meeting.
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11:12 PM | girl-museum:Today’s STEM Girl is Alexandra Bryant Morton....
girl-museum:Today’s STEM Girl is Alexandra Bryant Morton.  Alexandra helped create the first photo catalog of dolphins.  She also fights to protect wild salmon populations from the impact of farm fishing.  She maintains a blog at http://alexandramorton.typepad.com Our next exhibit, STEM Girls, has launched.  Visit our exhibitions page to view it now!
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9:59 PM | Mass Tax Foreclosure Threatens Detroit Homeowners
Tuesday is the deadline to begin what many call the largest U.S. mass tax foreclosure. With the city counting on tax revenue, the owners behind on payments may be forced out of their homes.
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9:57 PM | Close Out Women’s History Month With Photographer Jodi Cobb
A legendary pioneer in photography answers questions about her career, inspirations, world travel, and her new tour.
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9:50 PM | 3D-Printed Weather Stations Could Save Lives In Developing Countries
Weather is free, of course, but predicting it, and anticipating changes like sudden storms or flash floods--that takes technical equipment and sensors. Thanks to 3D…
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9:48 PM | Professor Flegr interviewed on Swedish radio
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9:42 PM | Welcome to the wikipedia for neurons
While the brain might not have more connections than stars in the universe (sorry guys), it is still complex. In fact, someone I respect defined a neuroscientist as “someone who knows how little we know about the brain.” Despite the decades worth of data that has been collected about the billions of neurons in the […]

Tripathy, S., Burton, S., Geramita, M., Gerkin, R. & Urban, N. (2015). Brain-wide analysis of electrophysiological diversity yields novel categorization of mammalian neuron types, Journal of Neurophysiology, DOI: 10.1152/jn.00237.2015

Tripathy, S., Savitskaya, J., Burton, S., Urban, N. & Gerkin, R. (2014). NeuroElectro: a window to the world's neuron electrophysiology data, Frontiers in Neuroinformatics, 8 DOI: 10.3389/fninf.2014.00040

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9:40 PM | NEW VIDEO!  %$?# Allergies!!!!Springtime is the season for...
NEW VIDEO!  %$?# Allergies!!!!Springtime is the season for sneezin’… and this week’s It’s Okay To Be Smart is all about why we get allergies. Bonus realism: I am currently under the influence of allergies in this very video!Allergies are weird. Our immune system apparently has nothing better to do than unleash snotty hell all over perfectly harmless things like pollen, dust, pet dander, and even some foods. So, thanks for that, T-cells! Interestingly, richer […]
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9:34 PM | California's Death Row, The Nation's Largest, Runs Out Of Room
The death-row population in the state is growing because no one has been put to death in nearly a decade. Gov. Jerry Brown is asking for more money to open 100 more cells.
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9:29 PM | Airstrikes In Yemen Intensify, Hit Refugee Camp
Airstrikes intensified as Houthi rebels advanced on the port city of Aden. Aid agencies say one airstrike killed dozens at a refugee camp, while Yemeni officials blamed rebel shelling.
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9:00 PM | Opossum Peptides Are A Promising New Antivenom
Though some may consider them a nuisance, opossums are amazingly hardy and opportunistic eaters, feeding on everything from the contents of a garbage can to fruits or…
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8:50 PM | Watch This CD Rip Apart –  At 170,000 FPS
The Slow Mo Guys filmed a CD spinning up to 23,000 rpm at a genuinely incredible 170,000 frames per second. It's the highest frame rate they've ever employed on the channel, and it's pretty spectacular to watch. (For reference, the footage up top was shot at "only" 28,500 FPS.)Read more...
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8:46 PM | Why Are Chinese Artists Representing Kenya At The Venice Biennale?
Kenya will participate in the Venice Biennale, the prestigious art show that opens on May 9. But only two of the artists representing Kenya will be Kenyan. Most aren't even African — they're Chinese.
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8:43 PM | Natural Selection Drives Evolution of Bird Colors, Say Scientists
In a worldwide study of the evolution of bird plumage coloration, a team of scientists led by Prof Peter Dunn of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee found that while male birds often have brighter feathers than females, the two sexes have come closer together in color over time to blend into their surroundings and hide from [...]
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8:40 PM | Tiny 'Nanoneedles' Could Help Your Damaged Organs Repair Themselves
In a trial involving mice, an international team of researchers used microscopic "nanoneedles" to coax the body into generating new blood vessels. Applied to humans, the technology could eventually be used to get organs and nerves to repair themselves.Read more...
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8:24 PM | In the Agulhas
On board with Lindblad Expeditions Southern Africa and Indian Ocean tour. March 27, 2015 – The Agulhas current flows down the east coast of Africa from the north. It’s described as “narrow, swift, and strong” on our briefing material aboard National Geographic Orion. As it reaches the southern tip of Africa at Cape Agulhas (Cape of…
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