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April 24, 2014

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12:17 AM | U.S. Border Patrol Has Become A Part-Time Record Label to Discourage Illegal Immigration
It all started back in 2006 when the U.S. Border Patrol Agency was searching for new ways to combat illegal immigration from Mexico. An increasing number of Mexicans were trying to cross the border illegally, and Border Patrol was finding it more and more difficult to combat the issue. So the agency paid an undisclosed sum to […]
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12:15 AM | Deregulation of student contributions
Vice-Chancellor Professor Ian Young and Chancellor Professor Gareth Evans have called for the deregulation of student contributions so Australian institutions can offer courses which better compete with those on offer from the world’s best universities. In an opinion piece published in The Australian,  they [...]testThe post Deregulation of student contributions appeared first on Australian Science.

April 23, 2014

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11:57 PM | Male Or Female? Once Upon A Time, It Was Less Clear
Man or woman? Male or female? Modern sociological woo about gender aside, in humans and other mammals, the difference between the sexes depends on one single element of the genome: the Y chromosome. It is present only in males, where the two sexual chromosomes are X and Y, whereas women have two X chromosomes. Thus, the Y is ultimately responsible for all the morphological and physiological differences between males and females.read more
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11:53 PM | Citizen Scientists Match Research Tool When Counting Sharks
Shark data collected by citizen scientists may be as reliable as data collected using automated tools, according to results published April 23, 2014, in the open access journal PLOS ONE by Gabriel Vianna from The University of Western Australia and colleagues.read more
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11:53 PM | Scientists Discover A New Shape Using Rubber Bands
Cambridge, Mass. – April 23, 2014 – While setting out to fabricate new springs to support a cephalopod-inspired imaging project, a group of Harvard researchers stumbled upon a surprising discovery: the hemihelix, a shape rarely seen in nature. This made the researchers wonder: Were the three-dimensional structures they observed randomly occurring, or are there specific factors that control their formation? The scientists answered that question by performing experiments in which they […]
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11:53 PM | Microbes Provide Insights Into Evolution Of Human Language
Big brains do not explain why only humans use sophisticated language, according to researchers who have discovered that even a species of pond life communicates by similar methods. Dr Thom Scott-Phillips of Durham University led research into Pseudomonas aeruginosa, a type of bacteria common in water and soil, which showed that they communicated in a way that was previously thought to be unique to humans and perhaps some other primates.read more
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10:41 PM | Why Are American Eggs Illegal In Britain and British Eggs Illegal In America?
It all comes down to the debate over whether or not it’s a good idea to wash eggs before putting them on the shelves. In the United States, USDA standards require that all eggs must be washed before being sold to consumers. The standards specify that American eggs must be washed with an odorless detergent and water that […]
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9:31 PM | Anti-fluoridation advertising deceptive
 Looks like the scientific fight-back against the misinformation coming from anti-fluoridation groups is having some success. This press release from the on-line Making Sense of Fluoride group. The complaints and decisions can be found at: FANNZ Newspaper Advertisement FANNZ Quiz #3 … Continue reading →
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8:56 PM | Study Shows Aspirin Can Reduce Colorectal Cancer Risks For Those With Specific Gene
The humble aspirin may have just added another beneficial effect beyond its ability to ameliorate headaches and reduce the risk of heart attacks: lowering colon cancer risk among people with high levels of a specific type of gene. The extraordinary finding comes from a multi-institutional team that analyzed data and other material from two long-term studies involving nearly 128,000 participants. The researchers found that individuals whose colons have high levels of a specific gene product […]
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8:55 PM | Study: Iron Consumption Can Increase Risk For Heart Disease
A new study from the Indiana University School of Public Health-Bloomington has bolstered the link between red meat consumption and heart disease by finding a strong association between heme iron, found only in meat, and potentially deadly coronary heart disease. The study found that heme iron consumption increased the risk for coronary heart disease by 57 percent, while no association was found between nonheme iron, which is in plant and other non-meat sources, and coronary heart disease.read
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7:51 PM | New drug therapies show promise for Parkinson's
New drug therapies show promise for Parkinson's 23 April 2014 We highlight recent results of the diabetes drug Exenatide test in people with Parkinson's and how a novel drug delivery method could reduce 'off periods'. This post has been generated by Page2RSS
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7:46 PM | For A Good Time On The Intertubes Today (And Forever): Annalee Newitz Takes Survival To Extremes
Very short notice this time, folks, but once again, I’m doing the funny intertube-radio thingee.  Today’s broad/podcast brings io9 founding editor Annalee Newitz in to talk about her book Scatter, Adapt, And Remember.* We’ll be talking at 5ET, 2PT (about an hour and half from now).  Listen live or later on Virtually Speaking Science, or […]
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7:45 PM | Meteoroid Caught Free-Falling On Video ?
A meteor caught on film during its non-luminous free fall at terminal velocity ? Or an elaborate hoax ? Or something else ? I must admit that when I saw the video posted in the internet a few weeks ago I was intrigued, and operated a willful suppression of disbelief. The footage showed a free-falling black stone that really looked like a meteoroid, passing by the owner of the camera hanging on a parachute, on the skies of Norway. I wanted to believe!Above: sum of frames from the video shot by […]
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6:54 PM | Don't Bogart that joint: Casual marijuana use linked to brain changes?
"Using marijuana a few times a week is enough to physically alter critical brain structures," wrote Karen Weintraub wrote on April 15 in USA TODAY. That might be true. Then again, maybe not. The problem is that Weintraub doesn't know whether it's true, and neither do the authors of the study on which her story was based. Sadly, the lead author of the study, which appeared in the Journal of Neuroscience, thinks he knows. Hans Breiter of […]
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5:27 PM | Guest post: The AHCJ's Brenda Goodman on press releases that don't get proper vetting.
[Editor's note: The following is republished with permission from the Covering Health blog of the Association of Health Care Journalists. This post was written by Brenda Goodman, AHCJ's topic leader on medical studies, who writes blog posts and edits tip sheets and articles intended to help AHCJ members cover medical research. It appeared on April 22.] Recently, an editor sent me a study to cover on concussions in teenagers.  At […]
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5:20 PM | Human Neural Stem Cells Transplanted Into Primate Brains Survive Long-Term - And Differentiate
Researchers have transplanted human neural stem cells (hNSCs) into the brains of nonhuman primates and assessed cell survival and differentiation. The results: After 22 and 24 months the neural stem cells had differentiated into neurons and did not cause tumors.read more
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5:00 PM | Sea Level Shifts Helped Shape Galapagos' Biological Diversity
Changes in sea level repeatedly connected the Galapagos Islands and affected biodiversity. Originally published:  Apr 23 2014 - 12:45pm By:  Ker Than, ISNS Contributor Science category:  Biology Earth/Weather Environment News section:  Inside Science News […]
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4:49 PM | Bio-Duck? What Is That Mysterious Sound In The Southern Ocean?
There has been a unique rhythmic sound emanating for decades from the Southern Ocean. It was first described and named by submarine personnel in the 1960s who thought it sounded like a duck, and since then sailors and scientists alike have called it the "bio-duck."  It's source has been a mystery.read more
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4:47 PM | Meet our April Advisor of the Month!
Congratulations and thank you to Godfred Darko! Godfred is not only a fairly new Advisor, but a fairly new user of Mendeley. However, he has dived right into the role and impressed us with his energy. It’s not just the nearly two dozen workshops and seminars he has organized since becoming an Advisor two months […]
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4:08 PM | Science on Screen
You know, I’m pretty happy with the present state of science on the small screen. This week, we had the opportunity to choose between three excellent shows with real scientists explaining fundamental principles to a wide audience. These shows are: Cosmos with Neil Tyson Your Inner Fish with Neil Shubin Wonders of Life with Brian […]
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3:55 PM | The Amazing Snakeheads
THE AMAZING SNAKEHEADS – Here It Comes Again Hailing from Glasgow, the Amazing Snakeheads – Dale Barclay, William Coombe & Jordan Hutchison – look like they sound. The poise is part bike gang, part all-seasons barfly; all pomade, shades, denim, leather and signet rings. On stage, they are uncompromised, truly a force of nature. Dale […]The post The Amazing Snakeheads appeared first on HeadStuff.
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3:27 PM | Gallipoli ‘ghost’ solved: A lesson in non-paranormal persistence
Here is a great lesson for paranormalists: Don’t exhaust all the avenues of “normal” before you conclude “paranormal”. In almost all cases, you CAN get to a sound explanation. Gallipoli ‘ghost’ an open and shutter case. Fairfax photographer Joe Armao spent an entire night studying the strange, hair-raising blur on one of his pictures before… Source: Doubtful News
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3:01 PM | What It Looks Like to Base Jump From the Burj Khalifa, the World’s Tallest Building (Video)
“We don’t like to scare ourselves- that’s not the goal. People think you base jump because you are crazy or you like to get scared…but, I mean, we like to fly, you know? We like to have fun.” From the video description on YouTube: “Skydive Dubai sponsored Soul Flyers World Champions Vince Reffet and Fred […]
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2:51 PM | Nick and Tesla’s Secret Agent Gadget Battle – Review
SUMMARY: The third installment in a children's book series that follows the adventures of twin amateur sleuths who build several science-y spy gadgets to aid them in their quest to solve a mystery. The summer holidays are only two weeks along but 11-year-old Nick Holt already misses his parents. In Nick and Tesla's Secret Agent Gadget Battle by Bob Pflugfelder and Steve Hockensmith [Quirk Books, 2014; Amazon UK; Amazon US/kindle US], we learn that Nick is convinced that someone is... Read more
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2:25 PM | Illustrating the Epic Battle Between Cells and Viruses Using a Sweet Cartoon (Video)
If you’re not familiar with the TED organization, you really ought to be. TED, which stands for technology, education and design, is a series of conferences where great minds give presentations (known as TED talks) on the topics I just mentioned. While browsing videos of these presentations on their website, TED.com, I stumbled upon this awesome […]
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2:16 PM | PLAIN LANGUAGE TESTING
If you don’t have empirical data on how users interact with your communications, you simply don’t know — even though you may think you do — if what your audience understands is what you are in fact trying to communicate. Plain language … Continue reading → The post PLAIN LANGUAGE TESTING appeared first on Plain Language Science.
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2:07 PM | Liquid Spacetime - The Fluid Flow Of General Relativity?
Quantum mechanics is able to effectively explain three of the four fundamental forces of the Universe - electromagnetism, weak interaction and strong interaction - but it does not explain gravity, which is currently only accounted for by general relativity, which is classical physics. Identifying a plausible model of quantum gravity - a description of gravity within a quantum physics framework - is one of the major challenges physics is facing today. Despite many, many, many hypothetical models […]
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1:56 PM | What Do You Do With 1 Million Feral Camels?
Feral camels in the Australian outback are reviled as pests. Yet they thrive, totaling some one million strong. How did they go from historic helper to overbearing invader? As usual, numbers make the difference.  The deserts of the Australian outback are a notoriously inhospitable environment where few species can survive - but camels can. The dromedary camel (Camelus dromedarius) prospers where others perish, eating 80% of native plant species and obtaining much of their water through […]
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1:45 PM | Sprouting horns
It’s strange but it’s not unknown or mysterious to have a horn-like growth. Man saws down horn growing from neck. An [sic] man who has lived with a thick horn growing from his neck for over 30 years said his greatest wish is to know what caused it, the Chutian Metropolis Daily reported. Li Zhibing,… Source: Doubtful News
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1:34 PM | The Anatomy Of A Storage Tube
The quality of your biospecimen is only as good as the container you store it in. So, make sure you consider these three key features when you select storage tubes for your precious samples. 1.Storage tube quality High-quality storage tubes are:        Contamination-free. The sterility level of your storage tubes must be one of your top concerns. Read the rest of this article The post The Anatomy Of A Storage Tube appeared first on Accelerating […]
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