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July 24, 2014

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11:02 PM | Kids as Young As Five Hunt Giant Bird-Eating Goliath Tarantulas in the Venezuelan Jungle (Video)
Children in the Piaroa tribe in Venezuela are taught at a young age how to fend for themselves, including how to find food while on their own in the jungle. One of the youngsters’ favorite jungle snacks comes right out of most people’s nightmares: the goliath birdeater tarantula, the world’s largest spider. These huge tarantulas can reach up […]
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11:00 PM | Not Just Wine: Sake Brewery Has Its Own Microbial Terroir
A sake brewery has its own microbial terroir, meaning the microbial populations found on surfaces in the facility resemble those found in the product and help create the final flavor. This is the first time investigators have taken a microbial census of a sake brewery.  Many sake makers inoculate with both bacteria and yeast, says corresponding author David A. Mills of the University of California, Davis, but he and his colleagues investigated a sake brewery where inoculation is restricted […]
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10:59 PM | USA Today tackles Burzynski again – His lawyer makes ludicrous assertion
Earlier this month, we posted the story of how controversial cancer doctor Stanislaw Burzynski was under fire once again from the Texas state medical board citing a long list of complaints regarding his practice in Houston using a dubious, unproven cancer treatment. Now, USA Today, who did a huge expose on Dr. B, is back… Source: Doubtful News
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10:35 PM | Female Triathletes At Risk For Pelvic Floor Disorders, Other Complications
Female triathletes are at risk for pelvic floor disorders, decreased energy, menstrual irregularities and abnormal bone density, according to researchers at Loyola University Health System (LUHS). These data were presented at the American Urogynecologic Society 2014 Scientific Meeting in Washington, DC. The study found that one in three female triathletes suffers from a pelvic floor disorder such as urinary incontinence, bowel incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse. One in four had one […]
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10:23 PM | Like The Bahamas' Great Bank? Thank Dust From The Sahara
A new study suggests that Saharan dust played a major role in the formation of the Bahamas islands. Researchers from the University of Miami (UM) Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science showed that iron-rich Saharan dust provides the nutrients necessary for specialized bacteria to produce the island chain's carbonate-based foundation.read more
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9:14 PM | Angelina and Brad having a psychic dustup?
Yes, I KNOW this is from the National Enquirer but whenever a psychic gets bad publicity, it makes me smile! It also sounds somewhat plausible as I’ve looked up the psychic in question. The fact that this piece gives the psychic bad press is news in itself. ANGIE TELLS BRAD: DITCH YOUR PSYCHIC! – The National… Source: Doubtful News
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7:54 PM | Comment réagir à l'État-surveillance
Un an après les premières révélations sur l’espionnage électronique à grande échelle, ça devrait maintenant être un minimum pour chacun de nous que d’utiliser un logiciel d’encodage de courriels, disait Edward Snowden, l’auteur du plus grand déballage de secrets de l’histoire récente, dans une de ses rares entrevues à un média, la semaine […]
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7:05 PM | Whopping Big Insect
megaloptera largest aquatic insect from Chengdu mountain (Managed to resist the mammoth-, the monstrous-, the mountainous-, the mighty-; oh my!) These are worth a squiz: Patrice de la Tour du Pin (discovered via BibliOdyssey) H/T to Ecns.cn (It looks unreal!)   Related … Continue reading →
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6:25 PM | Lucy: Debunking the 10 percent brain myth
If video does not appear on screen, click here."It is estimated most human beings use only 10 percent of the brain’s capacity.” Morgan Freeman pronounced it in his God-like voice so it must be true, right?Definitely not, says Emory neurologist Krish Sathian. The premise of the new sci-fi movie “Lucy,” starring Freeman and Scarlett Johansson, is based on a widespread, lingering myth that we tap into only a tiny fraction of our neurons.“We are probably using all of […]
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6:19 PM | Tuberculosis: A rising concern on U.S. southern border
Click here if video does not appear on screenCases of tuberculosis have been steadily decreasing in the United States – except along the southern border and within the Mexican-born population where cases are on the rise.“Most alarming is the increase in multi-drug-resistant tuberculosis on both sides of the border,” says Polly Price, an Emory law professor and an expert on immigration. “Multi-drug-resistant tuberculosis is very expensive to treat. It’s a very […]
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6:18 PM | Calling all scientists: Artify your Abstracts!
Abstracts are the quintessential means of getting the gist of your research out there to other scientists. But what if you want to reach a broader audience? What if you want to give your abstract that extra oomph that will combine its scientific rigor with some artistic creativity? Why, in that case you artify your abstract!
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6:00 PM | Want to support #education? Donate to Tumblr Teachers' Classrooms!
positivelypersistentteach: Dear Tumblrverse, Before the explanation part of this post, I need to say this so it will be in posts that are shortened by a reblog: More than anything I ask that you reblog this post so that kind millionaires  more people will see it and more support can be given.   All the Amazon wishlists and blogs are linked below the read more link! As the new school year approaches, we are obviously in denial teachers are mentally figuring out […]
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5:33 PM | Meet the Science in Action Finalists, Part 1: Preventing damage from earthquakes, modular house plan for water conservation, and a frictionless electricity generator
On August 6, the winner of the third annual $50,000 Scientific American Science in Action Award powered by the Google Science Fair, will be announced. In this blog series we ask the students behind... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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5:30 PM | Ghost hunting at the museum with XBOX LASER technology!
The Laurel Museum in Laurel, Maryland is supposedly haunted. A group of ghost hunters was called and did some investigating. Or did they? I wouldn’t call it investigating… Is the Laurel Museum haunted?. The Laurel Museum is operated by the Laurel Historical Society out of a restored 19th-century mill worker’s house adjacent to Riverfront Park.… Source: Doubtful News
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5:09 PM | Using The Common Cold To Kill Cancer
New cancer treatment using a common cold virus gives hope. Originally published:  Jul 24 2014 - 1:00pm By:  Karin Heineman, Executive Producer Science category:  Biology Human Body News section:  Inside Science TV Tags:  […]
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4:50 PM | From High School Nerds to STEM Celebrities: The Story of The Wannabe Scientist
They were bored and they were nerds. So they did what bored nerds do, they started a...
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4:46 PM | Despite All the Depressing News, The World Is Not Getting Worse, It’s Getting Much, Much Better
Today, I woke up and skimmed the world news headlines. 80% of the stories were about the Israeli-Palestinian crisis or the Malaysian aircraft shot down in Ukraine. The other 20% was mostly news on the Air Algerie flight which disappeared earlier this morning and ISIS’s exile and persecution of the Christians in Mosul. It was a very depressing […]
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4:44 PM | It’s Time For An ISO For Biobanks And CCB Is Helping Lead The Way
This blog post is part of a series based on information presented at a biobank networking event hosted by Thermo Fisher Scientific earlier this year in the UK. Biobankers around the world are clamouring for an international standard for biobanks. International standards are developed and published by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). An ISO Read the rest of this article The post It’s Time For An ISO For Biobanks And CCB Is Helping Lead The Way appeared first on […]
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4:22 PM | It’s Sensitive – a simple Mr. Wizard Experiment
It’s summer in Kansas, and although the weather has been mild and rainy all year, it has recently turned into the hot, humid days that I’ve come to expect since moving here five years ago. As part of our effort to escape the sun, my son and I decided to do an experiment today on the […]
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3:01 PM | Newly Found Gut Virus CrAssphage In Half The World's Population
A newly discovered gut virus, crAssphage, probably isn't new at all, it was just discovered. But it's in half the world's population, according to estimates.  A new paper in Nature Communications says crAssphage infects one of the most common types of gut bacteria, Bacteroidetes. This phylum of bacteria is thought to be connected with obesity, diabetes and other gut-related diseases.  Robert A. Edwards, a bioinformatics professor at San Diego State University, and colleagues […]
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2:40 PM | Bird Intelligence May Be More Fact Than Fiction
In Aesop's fable about the crow and the pitcher, a thirsty bird happens upon a vessel of water, but when he tries to drink from it, he finds the water level out of his reach. Not strong enough to knock over the pitcher, the bird drops pebbles into it — one at a time — until the water level rises enough for him to drink his fill. Highlighting the value of ingenuity, the fable demonstrates that cognitive ability can often be more effective than brute force. It also characterizes crows […]
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2:19 PM | Chemist Develops X-ray Vision For Quality Assurance
It is seldom sufficient to read the declaration of contents if you need to know precisely what substances a product contains. In fact, to do this you need to be a highly skilled chemist or to have genuine X-ray vision so that you can look directly into the molecular structure of the various substances. Christian Grundahl Frankær, a Postdoc at DTU Chemical Engineering, is almost both, as he has developed a method that allows him to use X-rays to look deep into biological samples. The […]
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2:19 PM | Voice For Radio? New Research Reveals It's In The Cords
New research from the University of Sydney Voice Research Laboratory has discovered unique vocal cord vibration patterns might be the secret behind a good radio voice. The world-first study filmed the vocal folds of 16 male radio performers, including announcers, broadcasters, newsreaders and voice-over artists and found their vocal folds move and close faster than non-broadcasters. Speech pathologists, Dr Cate Madill and Dr Samantha Warhurst from the Faculty of Health Sciences, said the […]
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1:11 PM | This problem has teeth, lots of them
Oh my gosh, this poor kid! Surgeons remove 232 teeth from Indian teenager – Yahoo News. Surgeons in Mumbai have removed 232 teeth from the mouth of an Indian teenager in what they believe may be a world-record operation, the hospital said Thursday. Ashik Gavai, 17, sought medical help for a swelling on the right… Source: Doubtful News
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12:30 PM | A sweaty crowdfunded misfire of science
“Team aerobic” by Berner Kantonalturnfest 2010 (Utzenstorf, Bätterkinden, Kirchberg, Koppigen). Original uploader was Equilibrium suisse at de.wikipedia – Transferred from de.wikipedia; transferred to Commons by User:Boteas using CommonsHelper. (Original text: http://www.ktf2010.ch). Licensed under CC-BY-SA-3.0-de via Wikimedia Commons. Few people know better than I that times are tough in the world of biomedical research. It’s been…
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12:10 PM | Policy or Academia?
The policy world and academia offer widely different opportunities for early career researchers. The research career offers a variety of opportunities across sectors. Rachel Glennerster weighs up the differences between the policy world and academia for early career researchers looking at their options. Whilst both may be intellectually challenging environments, the reward structures, collaborative potential […]
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11:02 AM | Helena Grimes | visual artist
Helena Grimes’ work is well-known for the distinctive detailed linear style and she is deeply engaged with drawing as her primary medium. In her artwork, she illustrates her emotions, interactions and ideas inspired by society and culture. The non-human form is a subject she is deeply involved with as an agency to understand and examine […]The post Helena Grimes | visual artist appeared first on HeadStuff.
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11:00 AM | Feeling the Heat: the Science of Sunburn
No matter how careful we are, at some point in all of our lives we will develop sunburn.  Despite all of the NHS campaigns and warnings that sun damage can […]
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10:18 AM | Ten Days at a Silent Buddhist Retreat
In a secluded spot in the south of Thailand, not too far from the port town of Surat Thani, is the Suan Mokkh International Dharma Hermitage Center. Founded in 1989, Suan Mokkh has been home to a silent retreat, which over the last few decades has seen more than twenty-five thousand visitors who go to […]The post Ten Days at a Silent Buddhist Retreat appeared first on HeadStuff.
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9:55 AM | Guardian Political Science Blogs: The Politics of Science in Social Media
Cheating on my usual blog. But it was only to write a little report on an event I organised. It was just a one-off and everything will be back to normal and fine after this honest. http://www.theguardian.com/science/political-science/2014/jul/22/the-politics-of-science-in-social-media
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