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October 31, 2014

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6:17 PM | Build-A-Monster From the Inside Out
Spongelab has taken their popular Build-a-Body educational anatomy app and given it a Halloween makeov- umm, makeover is the wrong word. Halloween skin?  No, that’s not it. Ew. Build-a-Monster!... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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5:40 PM | Watching any scary movies tonight? Here’s the science of...
Watching any scary movies tonight? Here’s the science of why things sound scary. Also features my very best Rod Serling impression. They call it an “impression” because you’re going to be impressed.
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5:14 PM | Weekly Beat | 3 | Feat. José González
It’s been quite the week. Firstly, I was informed that I’m double-jointed. Wonderful news. Secondly, leaves on the paths near my house have reached optimum levels of crunch and are responding excellently to my kicks and twists on walks home. Even more wonderful news. As for things to listen to, it’s also been pretty fab. Gothenburg […] The post Weekly Beat | 3 | Feat. José González appeared first on HeadStuff.
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4:37 PM | The Guarantee | review
The Guarantee is often an infuriating experience. Based on the play ‘Guaranteed‘ by Colin Murphy, Ian Power’s film tells the story of the banking collapse of 2008. We all know it was a time when the stakes were high but does it make for good drama?   The movie never really settles into itself. It […] The post The Guarantee | review appeared first on HeadStuff.
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3:59 PM | Statistics Prove The Scariest Movie Ever Made In History Is The Shining
What is the scariest movie ever made in history? You might have a personal favorite, but science has not only determined which horror film is king, but also the most spine chilling scene. Disappointingly the most terrifying scene isn’t a part of the…The post Statistics Prove The Scariest Movie Ever Made In History Is The Shining appeared first on Just Science.
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3:57 PM | 5 Ideas to Keep the Kids Entertained in Bad Weather
It’s happened to the best of us. You have planned a fun-packed day out in the great outdoors with the family and then the weather plays spoilsport. You become distressed and frantically try and think of something that will keep the children occupied…The post 5 Ideas to Keep the Kids Entertained in Bad Weather appeared first on Just Science.
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3:48 PM | Halloween Special: The Drosophila Halloween Genes
In the movies, spooks and phantoms are often undead humans with unfinished business. But would you be afraid of a ghostly fruit fly? In 1995, fruit fly researchers Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard and Eric Wieschaus were awarded a Nobel Prize for their research on development. They were interested in understanding how a fertilized egg develops into a complex […]

Gilbert L.I. (2008). Drosophila is an inclusive model for human diseases, growth and development, Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology, 293 (1-2) 25-31. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.mce.2008.02.009

Gilbert L.I. (2004). Halloween genes encode P450 enzymes that mediate steroid hormone biosynthesis in Drosophila melanogaster, Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology, 215 (1-2) 1-10. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.mce.2003.11.003

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3:24 PM | The Hellfire Clubs – decadence, with a whiff of brimstone
No organisation quite captures the air of genteel decay that pervaded English society in the Georgian era quite like the Hellfire Club. The 18th and early 19th century was a hard time for England. A succession of wastrel princes became weak kings. The former colonies of America revolted. They were dragged into wars over matters […] The post The Hellfire Clubs – decadence, with a whiff of brimstone appeared first on HeadStuff.
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3:18 PM | The secret to the science on 'Frankenstein, M.D.'
The secret to the science on 'Frankenstein, M.D.': Guys, the Frankenstein M.D. finale is today! I can’t believe (season 1) is already over… Check out this interview from The Daily Dot where I, creator Bernie Su, and head writer Lon Harris discuss how we mixed modern science into this classic tale. Balancing art with science is an amazingly fun challenge, especially when you’re dealing with such a well-known story that’s such a cornerstone of pop culture. So proud I got […]
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2:50 PM | Data: Do You Care? The DLM Survey
We all know that data is important for research. So how can we quantify that? How can you get credit for the data you produce? What do you want to know about how your data is used? If you are a researcher or data manager, we want to hear from you. Take this 5-10 minute […]
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2:16 PM | Efficient genetic editing
As potential next-generation therapeutics and research tools, few life sciences technologies hold more promise than genome-editing proteins – molecules that can be programmed to alter specific genes in order to treat or even cure genetic diseases. There's at least one catch though – getting genome-editing proteins into cells, where they need to be to access the genome, is a major challenge, especially in live animals or human patients. Subject:  […]
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2:14 PM | Sexual fantasies: Are you normal?
Hoping for sex with two women is common but fantasizing about golden showers is not. That's just one of the findings from a research project that scientifically defines sexual deviation for the first time ever. Subject:  Biology & Aging
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2:00 PM | Unsettling Blood
Fine artist Elaine Whittaker is challenging us to see ourselves through the eyes of one of humanity’s greatest killers. Take a close look. The Swarm, a work made up of encaustic and over 1500... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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2:00 PM | Tribes Report: The Group
Having just returned from the largest tribal gathering of all at ScienceWriters2014 in Columbus, Ohio, my enthusiasm meter hit its annual high. I am always surprised there are so many […] The post Tribes Report: The Group appeared first on The Science Writers' Handbook.
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1:54 PM | Re-thinking Science Communication in Plain English
We all know, or at least have a hunch: abstractions don’t explain — they themselves need to be explained. A word — whether a pompous scientific term like Micropachycephalosaurus (a dinosaur) or a more over-the-counter and down-to-earth Acetaminophen— is not the thing it … Continue reading → The post Re-thinking Science Communication in Plain English appeared first on Plain Language Science.
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1:37 PM | Science Blogging and Citations
Paige Brown Jarreau, author of the SciLogs blog From The Lab Bench, recently wrote a lengthy post on the science of science blogging. The post included a lengthy list of related journal articles, and one of them caught my eye: “Do blog citations correlate with a higher number of future citations?” With Paige’s blessing, I decided to unpack that particular paper a bit. The full title of the paper is “Do blog citations correlate with a higher number of future... Read more
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1:34 PM | Raggedy Ann and Andy in The Pumpkin Who Couldn’t Smile
Being a nineties baby, Hocus Pocus will always be the film I most associate with Halloween. I can almost taste mini bars (of the chocolate variety) mixed with remnants of monkey nuts hanging out in my milk teeth when thinking of Bette Midler scaring me to bits. Yet, my earliest memory of a Halloween-themed film is Raggedy […] The post Raggedy Ann and Andy in The Pumpkin Who Couldn’t Smile appeared first on HeadStuff.
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12:40 PM | Trick or Treat - A UNICEF Halloween initiative
My Dear Sexy Readers,I'm sure I don't need to remind you that today is Halloween!!!If you are in the US, this is a great alternative to the unhealthy trick or treat tradition:Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF began in 1950 as a way to help kids who need more than candy. Since then, children all over America have gone door-to-door on Halloween with UNICEF collection boxes, calling out, "Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF!" They have raised more than $170 million for the U.S. Fund for UNICEF since 1950.Trick […]
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11:54 AM | 15 Horror Films to Watch this Halloween | 3
Part three in our list of alternative horror films to watch this Halloween. Here’s part one and part two.   Cabin in the Woods (Drew Goddard, 2012)   Drew Goddard’s directorial debut is now a Halloween must for me, Cabin in the Woods simply turns the horror genre on it’s head. Big words, I know. Five college friends head […] The post 15 Horror Films to Watch this Halloween | 3 appeared first on HeadStuff.
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10:51 AM | Does Max Tegmark Kill A Daughter In A Parallel World ?
The popular description of virtual particles “borrowing” energy and popping in and out of existence all the time is very misleading. There are no such processes “really happening” in the way of a naïve, classically mechanistic physicalism. Instead, all potential partial processes consistent with the observations are together what the observation supervenes on. read more
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10:43 AM | New Music Friday | 20 [feat. Sinead O'Connor]
Featuring new music and videos from: Sinead O’Connor | Tim Wheeler | OK Go | GANGS | Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds | The Afghan Whigs | The Parrots | Kagoule | Slim Twig |   Artist: Sinead O’Conner Song: 8 Good Reasons   Artist: Tim Wheeler Song: Vigil   Artist: OK Go Song: I […] The post New Music Friday | 20 [feat. Sinead O'Connor] appeared first on HeadStuff.
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10:00 AM | The Future of 4K TV
Televisions have come a long way since 1926 when Scottish inventor John Logie Baird publicly demonstrated his new invention. The first colour broadcast took place 50 years ago on 1st Janurary 1954, however the technology wasn’t cheap, and so many people didn’t have access to a colour TV until the mid to late 1960s. 4K […]
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10:00 AM | Antivaccinationists versus Jonas Salk’s centennial
One thing that happened this week that I didn’t get around to writing about is the 100th anniversary of the birth of Jonas Salk, which was October 28. In the annals of medicine, few people have had as immediate a positive effect as Jonas Salk did when he developed the inactivated polio vaccine (IPV). At…
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8:00 AM | Guest Post: The Three Quarks of Life
This is a tough post to read, tougher to look at.  Some background might help. In 1993 Chris Arnade got a PhD in physics and then went to work on Wall Street.  Starting in 2007, Chris started taking long walks with his camera through New York City, where he found a lot of ambiguity and unsolvable […]
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7:30 AM | The stereotype of scientist as crazy genius does no favours to the mentally ill
People who suffer from mental health issues also suffer from its stigma. Portraying mental illness as a good thing helps no one It is not funny or cool to have a mental disorder. Unless, however, youre a a scientific genius: then it appears to be quite all right, and sometimes even lauded. But in the same way that laughing with your pals at the online quiz flagging you as a schizophrenic adds to mental health stigmatization, so does praising madness as the root of genius. The Mental Health […]
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5:55 AM | Swedish glass production 300 years older than historians believed
A large lump of glass is shedding new light on the history of glass production in Sweden.
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5:40 AM | Cuentacuentos científico en la Casa de la Ciencia (Sevilla, España)
Una particular narradora, Verdina Zampacuentos, transportará a niñas y niños a un mundo fantástico. A través de sus narraciones discurrirán historias sobre ecología, interculturalidad y respeto, desarrollo personal y otros contenidos donde se unirá de forma divertida el conocimiento científico con el encanto propio de los cuentos. Verdina Zampacuentos se transformará en una auténtica científica para deleitar al […]
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5:36 AM | Sexual Fantasies: Threesomes Are Normal, Golden Showers Not So Much
Fantasizing about sex with two women is common but fantasizing about being urinated on - called a golden shower - is not. That's just one of the findings from a research project on sexual deviation undertaken by scholars at Institut universitaire en santé mentale de Montréal and Institut Philippe-Pinel de Montréal. Deviant sexual fantasies are addressed in numerous speculations and conjectures by psychologists but atypical fantasies (paraphilias) are so subjective they […]
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5:23 AM | Your tweets reveal future iPhone sales
Researchers set new standards for how precisely the sale of a product can be predicted based on what people write in the social media.
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3:59 AM | The Strange remains the same for 30 October 2014
When Spirits ‘Dictate’ Books: What’s to Believe? : Discovery News. Do skeptics kill Halloween fun? Ask ‘The Shining’ hotel paranormal investigators – Faitheist. Magic May Lurk Inside Us All – NYTimes.com. Ghosts in the machine? Using the Kinect to hunt for spirits | Polygon. Liberians fast, pray for three days to break Ebola ‘curse’ |… Source: Doubtful News
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