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August 28, 2014

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10:24 AM | Nigerian Setback: Two More Ebola Cases
  # 9012   Two days ago the Nigerian Ministry of Health was all but proclaiming victory over the introduction of Ebola to his country (see media report  Nigeria Has Contained Ebola, Minister of Health Says), but this morning is now facing fresh challenges as two new cases have been reported in the port city of Harcourt.   These two cases involve a doctor (now deceased) who treated a contact of the index case Patrick Sawyer, and his wife.  The MOH […]
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10:15 AM | Foster Farms, forget the soundbites and PR; market food safety at retail so consumers can choose
According to state-sponsored jazz, Foster Farms, California’s biggest chicken producer, has been accused of poisoning people with salmonella bacteria. After an outbreak last fall, the U.S. Department of Agriculture threatened to shut down three of the company’s plants. Since then, though, the … Continue reading →
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10:01 AM | WHO Ebola Update – August 28th
    # 9011   It has been more than a week since the last World Health Organization update on the Ebola situation in Africa, and so as one might expect, today’s catch-up report presents some pretty big numbers.   Between the 20th and 26th, nearly 600 new cases have been reported, and just over 200 additional deaths.   The situation in Liberia and Sierra Leone remains chaotic and confused, and these numbers should not be perceived as a full […]
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9:44 AM | Mackay On The NEJM MERS-CoV Transmission Study
Coronavirus – Credit CDC PHIL     # 9010     Last night the NEJM published a study looking at the transmission of the MERS coronavirus to secondary contacts within a household, penned by such notables as Dr. Christian Drosten and Dr. Ziad Memish. The study focused on 26 index cases and their 280 household contacts, and found a relatively low (12 cases, 4%) incidence of household transmission.   Additionally, of the 26 index cases, only 6 (23%) appeared […]
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9:24 AM | Wales to close only public food safety lab
I’m big on my Welsh heritage as I get older, but not sure I understand this. UK food safety go-to-person, Groundhog Day’s Hugh Pennington, says the closure of Wales’ only publicly-run food testing laboratory due to cuts mean councils may … Continue reading →
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9:13 AM | Food safety takes a hit in Danish budget proposal
At a time when a listeria outbreak continues to claim new victims – 13 people have died and a 29th person was confirmed as infected on Thursday – salmonella fears caused an egg recall and a steep increase in MRSA has been recorded, the government’s budget … Continue reading →
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8:30 AM | Hundreds sick: that egg problem in Europe; apparently came from Germany
Sporadic or outbreak cases of Salmonella Enteritidis reported by Austria, France, Germany and the United Kingdom, in addition to one case reported in Luxembourg in a patient residing in France, appear to be linked by time of symptom onset and … Continue reading →
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8:24 AM | Mars to set up food safety center in China
Mars Inc, whose brands include M&M and Dove, is building a global food safety center in China to help further expand knowledge and understanding of effective global food safety management. Scheduled to open in the summer of 2015 in Huairou, … Continue reading →
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8:19 AM | Food safety is crucial in China deal for baby milk
Six years ago, when tainted infant formula killed six babies in China and sickened 300,000, one of the biggest foreign investors in the sector was caught by surprise. The investor, the Fonterra Cooperative Group of New Zealand, one of the … Continue reading →
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7:58 AM | Would you eat off a subway platform? This guy in Canada did
A vacuum brand manager is so confident in his product’s cleaning power that he decided to eat his lunch straight from the floor of Toronto’s busiest subway station, and to record the experience on video. Ravi Dalchand, brand manager at … Continue reading →
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7:13 AM | Carbapenem-Resistant Enterobacter cloacae Isolates Producing KPC-3 in North Dakota, USA.
A recent letter in the Emerging Infectious Diseases journal discussed the emerging threat of Carbapenem-Resistant Enterobacter cloacae (CRE) in the "far-flung" land of North Dakota (ND). CRE infections are usually mediated by acquisition of Klebsiella pneumoniae carbapenemase (KPC) expressed by Klebsiella spp. Klebsiella pneumoniae on a MacConkey Agar PlateAfter reporting of CRE infections became mandatory in ND in 2011, 20 CRE cases were noted in 12 of 53 counties. Most cases occurred in Cass […]
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4:32 AM | Nosestretcher alert: ‘no salmonella on basil from decent companies’
Research from earlier this month from a bio-scientist from Gent University shows that certain intestinal bacteria, such as E. coli and Salmonella, can survive at 22 degrees on basil leaves and therefore can cause health risks. According to John Van … Continue reading →
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4:25 AM | L. monocytogenes in a cheese processing facility: Learning from contamination scenarios over three years of sampling
The aim of this study was to analyze the changing patterns of Listeria monocytogenes contamination in a cheese processing facility manufacturing a wide range of ready-to-eat products. Characterization of L. monocytogenes isolates included genotyping by pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) and … Continue reading →
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3:56 AM | Self-Assembly For Me
by Elio | I have the grating feeling that the subject of self-assembly of complex biological structures may not always amass the level of respect it deserves. I reckon that its importance is generally appreciated but, as topics go, it tends at times to be set aside. Yet, this is one of the most magnificent aspects of biology, one that...

August 27, 2014

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9:10 PM | How Big Is Rosettas Comet 67p?
After more than 10 years travelling 6.4-billion kilometres on a road trip around the solar system, the spacecraft Rosetta has “arrived” at its destination, a distant comet named 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. About 7pm local time on Wednesday, the European…The post How Big Is Rosettas Comet 67p? appeared first on Just Science.
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9:09 PM | How to Study to Remember
Want to learn how to make your studying time more effective? Make things stick faster to your brain? Well this is the post for you. Let’s begin! Your memory works in three stages: Attention Encoding : Storing/associating with other info Retrieval…The post How to Study to Remember appeared first on Just Science.
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9:09 PM | What if your feelings were scientifically measurable?
When I walked into the historic, townhouse storefront in downtown Frederick, the smell of essential oils immediately relaxed me. Kileigh handed me two, sky-blue, plastic foot coverings to slip over my shoes. She then guided me to the salt cave in the…The post What if your feelings were scientifically measurable? appeared first on Just Science.
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9:09 PM | 10 George Orwell Quotes that Predicted Life in 2014 America
Written by Justin King | The Anti-Media George Orwell ranks among the most profound social critics of the modern era. Some of his quotations, more than a half a century old, show the depth of understanding an enlightened mind can have about the future….The post 10 George Orwell Quotes that Predicted Life in 2014 America appeared first on Just Science.
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9:08 PM | First 3D Printed Vertebrae Implanted at Peking University
Doctors at Peking University in China, one of the top universities in the country, have successfully implanted the world’s first 3D printed vertebrae. The patient is a young 12 year old boy who had a milignant tumor in his spinal cord. Ouch! Sounds like…The post First 3D Printed Vertebrae Implanted at Peking University appeared first on Just Science.
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9:08 PM | Voyager: A History
When they embarked on an epic adventure, the Voyager 1 and 2 spacecraft launched humanity on a bold new era of exploration.The post Voyager: A History appeared first on Just Science.
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9:07 PM | 15 Catchy Quotes About Creativity and Thinking Outside the Box
Being creative is a muscle that is strengthened with freedom, choice, confidence and even failure! Some of society’s most influential people have been creative beyond measure! Let’s see what they had to say! Here are … 15 Catchy Quotes…The post 15 Catchy Quotes About Creativity and Thinking Outside the Box appeared first on Just Science.
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9:07 PM | The Underground In America
In May 1970 thousands of students converged on New Haven to protest the trial of Black Panther leader Bobby Seale, on charges that he was involved in the killing of a suspected informant. Written by David Slater We can not deny the violence of the state,…The post The Underground In America appeared first on Just Science.
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8:58 PM | Defend Your Dream: 8 Things You Can Do Now To Live Without Limits
Ronda Rousey has had to defend her dream numerous times in her life. She has overcome tragedy and stayed focused and persistent.   Don’t you love that rush you get when you cook up a potentially life-changing idea? I’m talking about those visions…The post Defend Your Dream: 8 Things You Can Do Now To Live Without Limits appeared first on Just Science.
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6:52 PM | What is the Human Brain Project?
Yesterday we asked whether or not the Human Brain Project (HBP) was in trouble, however, we then realized that not everyone might know what the HBP represents. Here’s a great video explanation by Dr. Sean Hill, co-director of Neuroinformatics for the Human Brain Project. Tweet This Post
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6:32 PM | Good News: We’ve all got mites!
Over the last year and a half, hundreds of you volunteered to have your faces scraped for science. In looking at the contents of your face goop, we’ve uncovered some of the mysteries of the tiny, some might even say charming, arthropod that lives within the hair follicles and glands of your skin — your Demodex mites. Today we’re pleased to announce the publication of our first research paper from the Meet Your Mites project: Thoemmes MS, Fergus DJ, Urban J, Trautwein M, Dunn […]
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6:25 PM | Is the European Human Brain Project in Trouble?
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6:04 PM | Could chunks of Earth be spawning life throughout space?
  If you’re a science fiction fan, you’ve probably encountered the notion of alien rocks bringing life to Earth. But could Earth rocks bring microbial life to alien worlds? Check out my Motherboard piece on lithopanspermia to find out! http://motherboard.vice.com/read/lithopanspermia-chunks-of-earth-seeding-life-throughout-the-solar-system
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2:45 PM | Ebola: Air France Suspends Service To Sierra Leone
Source OCHA   # 9009   Although the the World Health Organization has been urging airlines to continue to service Ebola-stricken regions, and to reassure that the risks of flying to these countries is low, this morning the French government urged all French nationals residing in Sierra Leone and Liberia to leave, and urged Air France to temporarily suspend flights to Sierra Leone’s capital, Freetown (see Reuters France tells citizens, Air France to avoid Liberia, […]
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12:51 PM | WHO Statement on DRC Ebola Outbreak
  # 9007   While we still don’t know which species of Ebola (Sudan, Zaire, etc.) has recently emerged in a remote region of the Democratic Republic of Congo,  we do have an early epidemiological report that provides some details on the outbreak.  The index case appears to have contracted the virus from butchering bush meat, and there are now 24 suspected cases and 13 fatalities. At this time there is no evidence to suggest this outbreak is linked to the Ebola […]
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12:13 PM | Branswell On Canada’s Lab Team Evacuation From Sierra Leone
Credit CDC PHIL     # 9006   There is a lot we still don’t know about how a WHO deployed technician came to be infected with the Ebola virus in Kailahun (see WHO Statement On Temporary Pull Back From Kailahun, Sierra Leone), but last night Canada’s PHAC announced that they would be withdrawing their three-man mobile laboratory team from the same area as well.   A move apparently spurred by safety concerns after additional infections were identified at […]
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