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March 26, 2015

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8:40 PM | Scenes from the White House Science Fair
At the fifth annual White House Science Fair on March 23, 2015, some 30 students shared their hard work on their research projects and collected insights. It was striking how many of these young... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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8:00 PM | Antibiotic Use In Livestock Could Increase 67 Percent - What Impact On Effectiveness?
Antibiotic consumption in livestock worldwide could rise by 67 percent from 2010 levels by 2030. What will that mean for the effectiveness of antimicrobials in humans?Five countries - Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa - will experience a growth of 99 percent in antibiotic consumption, compared with an expected 13 percent growth in their human populations over the same period. In the United States, antibiotic consumption in animals represents is the overwhelming majority of total […]
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7:09 PM | Milk and Parkinson's - what's the story?
Milk and Parkinson's - what's the story? 26 March 2015 We get to the bottom of claims in the papers today that drinking milk is the new way to stave off Parkinson's and Alzheimer's. This post has been generated by Page2RSS
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7:03 PM | “Open Source, Open Science” Meeting Report – March 2015
On March 19th and 20th, the Center for Open Science hosted a small meeting in Charlottesville, VA, convened by COS and co-organized by Kaitlin Thaney (Mozilla Science Lab) and Titus Brown (UC Davis). People working across the open science ecosystem attended, including publishers, infrastructure non-profits, public policy experts, community builders, and academics. Open Science has […]
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6:29 PM | Dark Matter - Now With More Darkness
Dark matter is an umbrella term for matter that no one has directly detected but must be out there or physics at the very large scale makes even less sense than it makes now. Since it does not reflect, absorb or emit light, it is invisible, so whatever it 'is' is only known to exist via its gravitational effects on matter as we know it.read more
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6:00 PM | Picture of the Week: Capsizing Iceberg
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6:00 PM | From Animal House to Prufrock House: Memories of Caltech in the '60s
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5:44 PM | 15 Breeds Of Dog In England Killed By Mystery Kidney Disease 
At least 30 dogs in England have been killed in less than 18 months by an unknown disease which causes skin lesions and kidney failure, reveals research published in Veterinary Record. The disease is believed to be Alabama rot (cutaneous and renal glomerular vasculopathy), a condition which has been seen in the USA in greyhounds for almost 30 years. While there have been occasional reports of the disease in individual dogs outside of the USA, this is the first report of a series of cases […]
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5:43 PM | Got Fresh Milk? Now You Do, Without Being On The Grid
Milk is a key element for household food security and provides a stable income to farmers including women, who are usually in charge of taking care of the milk-producing animals in the low-income countries. Currently pathogen growth in milk is managed with refrigeration or with chemicals. Although bacterial growth in milk is managed with refrigeration in the high-income countries, a high cost of infrastructure and a demand for a permanent electricity supply prevent milk refrigeration in the […]
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5:24 PM | We are still too far from thinking machines
A while back I felt like I have been put to sleep for a decade or so and I have missed out on innovations in AI (artificial intelligence) -- innovations that long-time AI enthusiasts like me have always been dreaming of. Subject:  Artificial Intelligence
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5:15 PM | Thousands of atoms entangled with a single photon
Physicists from MIT and the University of Belgrade have developed a new technique that can successfully entangle 3,000 atoms using only a single photon. The results, published today in the journal Nature, represent the largest number of particles that have ever been mutually entangled experimentally. The researchers say the technique provides a realistic method to generate large ensembles of entangled atoms, which are key components for realizing more-precise atomic clocks. […]
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4:53 PM | Ancient Martian lake system records two water-related events
Researchers from Brown Univ. have completed a new analysis of an ancient Martian lake system in Jezero Crater, near the planet’s equator. The study finds that the onslaught of water that filled the crater was one of at least two separate periods of water activity in the region surrounding Jezero. Subject:  Astronomy/Cosmology
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4:46 PM | Testing of software adds to urgency in race for driverless cars
In the race to build a self-driving car, German automakers are hitting a road block in their efforts to test vehicles so complex they need more than 10 times the amount of software found in a fighter jet. German laws currently place limits on testing on public roads. Automakers fear this is allowing U.S. competitor Google to pull ahead in developing software, specifically programs that will give cars the correct reflexes in real-life traffic situations. Subject:  […]
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4:39 PM | The Mediterranean Diet Will Reduce Global Warming
The Mediterranean diet became a health fad when epidemiologists looked at a region in Europe and determined that their lower heart disease was due to more fish.A new paper uses a debunked claim "it takes a gallon of gas to make a pound of beef" and uses that to declare that a new diet would reduce global warming. The authors from the University Hospital Complex of Huelva, Jaume I University of Castellón and the University of Huelva compared the daily menus in Spain, based […]
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4:33 PM | All the Science That’s Fit to Blog – #MySciBlog Dissertation Talk
Below is a presentation that I recently gave to my peers at Louisiana State University, on the topic of #MySciBlog research. You may enjoy the information and a summary of the research I've conducted with the help of Experiment.com and generous science crowd-funders. (I'll post here when my dissertation manuscript is up at LSU for public to read!) Let me know if you have any questions! For more information, visit my figures at figshare.    
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4:33 PM | All the Science That’s Fit to Blog – #MySciBlog Dissertation Talk
Below is a presentation that I recently gave to my peers at Louisiana State University, on the topic of #MySciBlog research. You may enjoy the information and a summary of the research I've conducted with the help of Experiment.com and generous science crowd-funders. (I'll post here when my dissertation manuscript is up at LSU for public to read!) Let me know if you have any questions! For more information, visit my figures at figshare. [slideshare […]
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4:17 PM | Roseroot Herb For Depression - Randomized, Double-blind, Placebo-controlled Trial
Rhodiola rosea (R. rosea), or roseroot, may be a beneficial treatment option for major depressive disorder, according to a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, comparison trial of oral R. rosea extract versus conventional antidepressant for mild to moderate major depressive disorder.read more
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4:07 PM | Who is Most Likely to Plagarize?
My father once told me, "Plagiarism is the purest form of theft." How right he was. Plagiarism is a concern not only for teachers, but editors, publishers and producers as well.  It seems that every few days a news piece appears about a scientist, musician, author or a journalist being busted for plagiarism.  Sometimes it's for a lack of references, sometimes it's simply blatant theft of someone else's intellectual property. Movie producers are so afraid of […]
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3:20 PM | braincraft:NEW VIDEO! The Strange Location of Your Second Brain…...
braincraft:NEW VIDEO! The Strange Location of Your Second Brain… The trillions of bacteria in your gut have more of a relationship with your brain than you may realise. My recommendation? Just go with your gut and watch this cool video about the brain in your belly.
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3:19 PM | Intelligent robots must uphold human rights
The common fear is that intelligent machines will turn against humans. But who will save the robots from each other, and from us, asks Hutan Ashrafian. There is a strong possibility that in the not-too-distant future, artificial intelligences (AIs), perhaps in the form of robots, will become capable of sentient thought. Whatever form it takes, this dawning of machine consciousness is likely to have a substantial impact on human society. Subject:  Artificial […]
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3:14 PM | pbsdigitalstudios:How many stars are in the sky?  “My God, it’s...
pbsdigitalstudios:How many stars are in the sky?  “My God, it’s full of stars!”If you’re in need of a mind-blowing adventure of cosmic scale, check out this week’s new It’s Okay To Be Smart! 
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3:11 PM | How lifeforms know to be the right size
Shakespeare said "to be or not to be" is the question, and now scientists are asking how life forms grow to be the correct size with proportional body parts. Subject:  Biology & Aging
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3:10 PM | The Lit Review |20| 1916 Easter Rising
Commemorations for 1916 Centenary O’Brien Press has launched 16 Lives, a series of biographies which chronicle the lives of the sixteen men executed following the 1916 Easter Rising. This concept was devised and co-edited by Dublin man Lorcan Collins, who founded the 1916 walking tour in 1996, to honour those who gave their lives for [...] The post The Lit Review |20| 1916 Easter Rising appeared first on HeadStuff.
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3:06 PM | Ebola vaccine announced
A cytomegalovirus (CMV)-based vaccine provides long-lasting protective immunity against Ebola virus, and has potential for development as a disseminating vaccine strategy to prevent ebolavirus infection of wild African ape populations. A new study shows the durability of a novel 'disseminating' cytomegalovirus (CMV)-based Ebola virus (Zaire ebolavirus; EBOV) vaccine strategy that may eventually have the potential to reduce ebolavirus infection in wild African ape species. […]
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2:44 PM | Meet the Newsflo Team
At the beginning of this year, Elsevier acquired Newsflo, a unique media monitoring tool to allow academics to get additional “impact” metrics, in additional to the traditional citation metrics, on your Mendeley profiles. Since then, co-founders Freddie Witherden and Ben Kaube have moved into the Mendeley offices, with all our glory of unlimited coffee and […]
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2:30 PM | Goldilocks Scaling - How Organisms Know Just The Right Size
Animal development has an intriguing puzzle - scaling, the proportionality of different body parts. Whether you have an elephant or a mouse, organ and tissue sizes are generally proportional to the overall size of the body.Clearly evolution determined 'just right' but how? Some new clues from fruit flies show the size and patterning accuracy of an embryo depend on the amount of reproductive resources mothers invest in the process before an egg leaves the ovary.read more
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2:17 PM | When Is It Dementia Rather Than Just Old Age?
As we age, our bodies biologically are going to perform less efficiently. There are no 60-year-old shortstops in major league baseball, we can injure more easily and our brains slow down as well. We often won't have the memory or cognitive processing ability we used to have, but that doesn't mean it is dementia.A new paper outlines a risk factor scoring system for dementia. The downside to risk factors is people really do not understand them, if Angelina Jolie continues to get genetic tests and […]
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1:30 PM | Orthorexia Nervosa: The Righteous Health Food Obsession
Orthorexia nervosa, the “health food eating disorder”, gets its name from the Greek word ortho, meaning straight, proper or correct. This exaggerated focus on food can be seen today in some people who follow lifestyle movements such as “raw”, “clean” and “paleo”.American doctor Steven Bratman coined the term “orthorexia nervosa” in 1997 some time after his experience in a commune in upstate New York. It was there he developed an […]
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1:00 PM | Will New Antibiotics Reduce The Resistance Problem?
Most savvy citizens and policy makers are concerned about the departure of the world's best and brightest researchers from antibiotic discovery - regulations are up and everyone wants generic prices from the moment products are approved - but a paper in BMJ takes the contrarian approach and argues new antibiotics probably wouldn't help with antibiotic resistance anyway.Associate Editor and Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy Peter Doshi, like many […]
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12:30 PM | Sweat The Small Stuff
I feel like I’ve been really busy lately but somehow haven’t accomplished anything significant. I’ve let a few weeks slip by without the intended weekly blog posts, but behind the scenes I’ve been up to a lot. I’ve written a few blog posts that I ultimately didn’t post, I’ve sat through some really boring meetings, […]
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