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April 21, 2014

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8:00 AM | How I learned to stop worrying and love the radioactive spiderwebs
This was first published on December 23, 2011.  But microbes seem hot these days — though an astronomy writer doesn’t know why or in what way — so we hope this will add to your knowledge about their manifold wonders, which apparently include a nuclear defense against radioactive spiders?  Not sure.  Last week, the Augusta […]
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7:56 AM | When Bad News Are Good News For Neurodegenerative Diseases
Some genetic diseases caused by an abnormal repeat in the DNA are known to become more severe with each new generation - this dreadful trait is called anticipation. Now a study by Portuguese researchers from Porto University has proved, for the first time, the existence of anticipation in diseases caused by a different type of errors that not a DNA repeat, in this case in the fatal neurodegenerative disorder Familial Amyloid Polyneuropathy (FAP).  read more
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7:00 AM | Bill and Hillary Clinton embrace the quackery that is functional medicine
This might look somewhat familiar to people, but I have a good excuse. Yesterday was Easter, and, although by no stretch of the imagination can I be accused of being particularly religious, we still did have family to visit. Add to that the fact that I have a two talks to give today that as…
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4:47 AM | Researchers take tourism to a higher level
When research hooks up with the travel business, tourists can expect much more meaningful experiences. This is seen in research on whale safari tourism.
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4:23 AM | More About The Guy Who Almost Poisoned The Planet (As Seen on COSMOS Sunday Night)
If you saw COSMOS Sunday night, (20 April) then you might be fascinated by the story of Thomas Midgley who invented lead additives for gasoline, and formed the Ethyl Corporation. Neil deGrasse Tyson used the entire episode to tell the story Clair Patterson who discovered the age of the Earth. In doing so, he also discovered that the lead additives in the gasoline were burning slowly poisoning all plant and …
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4:17 AM | Nerds and Words: Week 16
Digging through the Internet this week, I uncovered all this geeky goodness. You can find the thousands of links from …Continue reading →
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3:59 AM | The Remains of the weekend April 19-20, 2014
A word to the wise ain’t necessary – it’s the stupid ones that need the advice. ~Bill Cosby Metro woman believes her stroke was related to chiropractic manipulation of neck | fox4kc.com. Couple’s love story spans decades | Zanesville Times Recorder | zanesvilletimesrecorder.com Outrage: Library to Host UFO and Bigfoot Lecture! Say No to UFO… Source: Doubtful News
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2:11 AM | XBiotech Announces Phase I/II Study Results Of Xilonix Anti-tumor Therapy
XBiotech, a company involved in commercializing biological therapies, has published the results from its Phase I/II oncology study conducted at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. The study describes the outcome in 52 advanced cancer patients treated with their Xilonix™ non-cytotoxic, anti-tumor therapy. The so-called true human antibody therapy was reported to have an excellent safety profile and the report describes comprehensive measures of patient performance during […]
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2:08 AM | Gold blocks don’t pass through the digestive system…Now you know
No one said criminals were smart. Gold biscuits found in the abdomen of a businessman | The Indian Express. In a bizarre case, doctors of a city hospital found 12 gold biscuits each weighing 33g inside the abdomen of a 63-year-old businessman. The businessman had come to the hospital for surgery, stating that he had… Source: Doubtful News
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1:46 AM | Genetic Factors Suggest Link For Pain Tolerance
Chronic pain is an unknown issue with unknown causes and a subjective definition but some people clearly have it. Researchers recently analyzed 2,721 people, all taking prescription opioid pain medications, for genes COMT, DRD2, DRD1 and OPRK1. The participants also rated their perception of pain on a scale from zero to 10. People who rated their pain as zero were not included in the study. Low pain perception was defined as a score of one, two or three; moderate pain perception was a score of […]
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12:27 AM | I’d call this blind faith because there ain’t a thing to see here
People claim to see Jesus in a tree stump. This is SO OBVIOUSLY wishful thinking. ‘Treesus’ shows his face days before Easter in Orlando – Orlando Sentinel. Jesus Christ is everywhere during Holy Week, but one Orlando woman thought she was going crazy when she saw his image in the bark of a dead tree… Source: Doubtful News
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12:15 AM | Research leads to food and sport deals
The commercialisation of CSIRO research and technology reached an important milestone last week with agreements being signed in the food, sport and surveying industries. CSIRO has now created more than 150 companies and currently hold interests in around 30. It [...]testThe post Research leads to food and sport deals appeared first on Australian Science.

April 20, 2014

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11:35 PM | Baffling Balloon Behavior Not only does Destin have one of the...
Baffling Balloon Behavior Not only does Destin have one of the best YouTube channels on this fair planet, but he is also a wizard.  Just kidding, he just has an eye for science in everyday life. In the latest Smarter Every Day, Destin and his two adorable assistants make a helium-filled balloon do something very, very strange inside their accelerating minivan. So strange, in fact, that you might feel like his family car is a secret portal to a land where physics is broken. Here’s an […]
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11:09 PM | NASA Discovers Most Earth-Like Planet Yet
NASA’s half a billion dollar Kepler telescope mission launched in March of 2009, with the primary goal being to answer the question: “What fraction of the stars you see in the night sky have planets that are not only Earth-sized, but also lukewarm in temperature, allowing water to exist in liquid form?” (liquid water is one of the biological prerequisites […]
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10:27 PM | Exposición “Cajal y las Neuronas” (Málaga, España)
La exposición “Cajal y las Neuronas” llega a Málaga. Está organizada por la Real Academia de Medicina de Andalucía Oriental, el Parque de las Ciencias de Granada y la Universidad de Málaga. Tiene por objeto divulgar la importante aportación española al conocimiento del sistema nervioso, junto a las bases conceptuales y estructurales en las que se asienta la moderna investigación en neurociencia. La contribución […]
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9:58 PM | Hunters, Fishers Object To Weakened EPA Rules In Alaska
Environmentalists generally regard people as the enemy, but that is a mythology only held by urban fundraisers working for environmental corporations. In actuality, sportsmen are some of the biggest protectors of the environment. They are even more protective of the environmental than the US Environmental Protection Agency, they are just more practical and not motivated by the latest political fads.Photo credit: Brendan Burns. Link: Sportsman's Alliance for Alaska.read more
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9:10 PM | Earth Day: Illegal Immigration Is Killing The Environment, Says Group
Between 2000 and 2010, native-born Californians had fewer children and a giant chunk of the middle class fled the state, but California's population still grew by 3,390,000.read more
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8:11 PM | Holy Houdini! This Honey Badger Is the ULTIMATE Escape Artist (Video)
I always knew that honey badgers were intelligent animals, but Stoffel here just took it to the next level! Watching this badger outwit his owner at every turn is almost as funny as it is impressive! Honey badgers are one of only a handful of species with the ability to recognize and use tools to solve problems.
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7:23 PM | This Cell Is The Source Of Most Cases Of Invasive Bladder Cancer
A new study conducted in mice has implicated a single type of cell, in the lining of the bladder, as responsible for most cases of invasive bladder cancer. The study is the first to pinpoint the normal cell type that can give rise to invasive bladder cancers and the first to show that most bladder cancers and their associated precancerous lesions arise from just one cell, which would also explain why many human bladder cancers recur after therapy.read more
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7:21 PM | Defense looks to minimize faith in the faith healing death of child
Another case of a faith healing death to be tried. The parents want to exclude mention of the foundation behind the child’s suffering and death – their religion. Couple accused in death of daughter, 12, seek to exclude mention of faith healing. Defense attorneys for Travis and Wenona Rossiter, an Albany couple accused of manslaughter… Source: Doubtful News
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7:20 PM | Bulletproof Nuclei? Stem Cells Exhibit Unusual Absorption Property
Stem cells – the body's master cells – demonstrate a bizarre property never before seen at a cellular level, according to a study published today from scientists at the University of Cambridge. The property – known as auxeticity – is one which may have application as wide-ranging as soundproofing, super-absorbent sponges and bulletproof vests.read more
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6:58 PM | The Slow Decline Of Biofuels - Corn Stover Inclusion Won't Help
Biofuels - ethanol - were trumpeted as being a renewable alternative to fossil fuels for decades. Finally, in 2005, it got the mandates and subsidies environmentalists insisted were necessary to make inroads against a mature industry like petroleum. Immediately, what scientists knew became evident - they were more resource intensive to produce, were no better for emissions, and subsidies insured there was no reason to get more efficient. Worse, the gold rush of government money drove up corn […]
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6:45 PM | Cameras in the Classroom: Good or Bad Idea? (Poll)
The National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers (NASUWT) recently surveyed 7,500 teachers in the UK about the growing trend of using closed-caption (CCTV) video cameras to record classrooms. The cameras were installed in the hopes that they would increase both student and teacher safety and help deter misbehavior amongst the students. However, it seems […]
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6:24 PM | Genetic Anticipation: Bad News Is Good News For Familial Amyloid Polyneuropathy
In biology, anticipation is the term for genetic diseases caused by an abnormal repeat in DNA that becomes more severe with each new generation. Now there is a twist. A study has found the existence of anticipation in diseases caused by different errors - not a DNA repeat - in fatal neurodegenerative disorder Familial Amyloid Polyneuropathy (FAP).read more
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4:41 PM | Wha’d You Bring Him In Here For?
Sad news: Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, the former boxing champion whose conviction for a triple murder was overturned after he served nearly 20 years in prison, has died of prostate cancer. Carter, whose story inspired a Bob Dylan song and a Denzel Washington film, was 76. Too soon gone; too much life stolen. Carter fought the […]
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4:19 PM | Één ei is geen ei…
Voor wie nog niet genoeg eieren heeft gezocht vandaag heeft het Sensory Ecology departement van de Universiteit van Exeter een leuke paasactiviteit: een online eierzoektocht, waarbij uw deelname helpt de om de camouflage van de eieren langzaam te optimaliseren. In het spel worden de fictieve eieren van drie soorten nachtzwaluwen random op een bijbehorende achtergrond geplaatst, en is het aan u om... Lees meer op www.sciencepalooza.nl
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2:42 PM | Reproduce Or Conquer The World? Bacterial Adventures In Theoretical Biophysics
The bacterium Bacillus subtilis is quite adaptable, it moves about in liquids and on agar surfaces by means of flagella and alternatively, it can just stick to an underlying substrate. The bacteria proliferate most effectively in this stationary state, while motile bacteria reproduce at a noticably lower rate.In order to sustain and extend the colony, bacteria primarily require sufficient nutrients. Moving slowly means that nutrients are soon used up, but adventurous bacteria that decide […]
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1:36 PM | Cohort Study - Avoiding Foods Early Leads To More Allergies
A long-term study of a cohort of young people, 12,000 people now six years old, from Iceland to Greece, who have been tracked from birth and whose diets and allergies have been recorded, is evaluating maternal diet’s impact on food allergy in later life is expected to uncover causes of allergy in children.Some pointers are already evident, they note. Compared to the UK, Israeli children typically eat nuts at an earlier age and have fewer allergies, which suggests that such dietary habits […]
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5:05 AM | Weekly Science Picks
Indeed, it’s Sunday again. But, it’s not only Sunday. It’s Easter for all Christians all over the globe. Happy Easter to everyone! Also, it’s our time to recapitulate what have happened in this week. To be honest, the task was [...]testThe post Weekly Science Picks appeared first on Australian Science.
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4:44 AM | Sperm whale language under scrutiny
Using the latest acoustic technology, a new project aims to decode the sperm whale’s language and its various dialects.
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