Posts

November 17, 2014

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5:35 AM | Rosetta: ‘At the limit of what humankind can do’
The perils and triumphs of the audacious mission to land a probe on a comet.
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5:35 AM | Lone stars: Half of the stars in the Universe may lie outside galaxies
Caltech scientists may have found some of the missing matter in the Universe.
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5:35 AM | Best of the blogs
Highlights from our daily blog over the past week.
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5:35 AM | The crystals that can clean the planet
Matthew Hill’s work with ultra-porous crystals has earned him an Australian Prime Minister’s science prize.
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5:35 AM | Let’s bring on the brave new world
Fear about robots taking our jobs is misplaced.
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5:35 AM | Blood test may be key to Alzheimer’s treatment
Early warning may offer patients the best chance.
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5:35 AM | Slide collection opens a door on America’s past
A look at hand-coloured slides from the early days of photography.
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5:35 AM | Rosetta: ‘At the limit of what humankind can do’
The perils and triumphs of the audacious mission to land a probe on a comet.
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5:35 AM | Lone stars: Half of the stars in the Universe may lie outside galaxies
Caltech scientists may have found some of the missing matter in the Universe.
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5:35 AM | Best of the blogs
Highlights from our daily blog over the past week.
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5:35 AM | The crystals that can clean the planet
Matthew Hill’s work with ultra-porous crystals has earned him an Australian Prime Minister’s science prize.
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5:35 AM | Let’s bring on the brave new world
Fear about robots taking our jobs is misplaced.
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5:35 AM | Blood test may be key to Alzheimer’s treatment
Early warning may offer patients the best chance.
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5:16 AM | SfN Day 2 highlights
First poster session of the day! Today ned learns about audition! pic.twitter.com/klmGANBZtZ — Ned The Neuron (@NedTheNeuron) November 16, 2014 Day 2: Big day. Tweets will have covered most of this. While “SfN” has been “cracking down” on the livetweeting, … Continue reading →
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4:40 AM | Killing cancer by protecting normal cells
Although radiation treatments have become much more refined in recent years, it remains a challenge to both sufficiently dose the tumor while sparing the surrounding tissue. A new anti-cancer drug, already in clinical development, may help address this issue by protecting normal cells - but not the cancer - from the effects of radiation. The research, published November 14th in Molecular Cancer Therapeutics, further suggests this drug may also be useful in treating accidental […]
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4:33 AM | How does the brain develop in individuals with autism?
New mouse model for autism: Mutated gene causes parts of the brain to degenerate, leading to behavioral deficits, geneticists from Heidelberg publish study in Molecular Psychiatry, better understanding can help deal with disease. Subject:  Brain & Behavior
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4:30 AM | Children of older mothers face greater risk of hereditary disease
Children of older mothers face greater risk of developing diabetes, dementia and heart disease. New research has revealed that this is due to mutations in the
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4:28 AM | Warmest oceans ever recorded
"This summer has seen the highest global mean sea surface temperatures ever recorded since their systematic measuring started. Temperatures even exceed those of the record-breaking 1998 El Niño year," says Axel Timmermann, climate scientist and professor, studying variability of the global climate system at the International Pacific Research Center, University of Hawaii at Manoa. Subject:  Earth Science
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4:25 AM | Lactose intolerance lowers cancer risks
People with lactose intolerance run a lower risk of several types of cancer. A Swedish researcher attributes this benefit to their diets.
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3:49 AM | Ebola cases likely to enter UK and US through airport screening
Researchers at the University of Liverpool have found that screening for Ebola at airports could be an effective method for preventing the spread of the disease into the UK and US, but due to the long incubation period of the virus, screening won't detect all cases. Published in the Lancet medical journal, the study used a mathematical model to test the probability of infected travellers from West Africa entering the UK and US. Subject:  Health & Medicine […]
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3:45 AM | 80 million bacteria sealed with a kiss
As many as 80 million bacteria are transferred during a 10 second kiss, according to research published in the open access journal Microbiome. The study also found that partners who kiss each other at least nine times a day share similar communities of oral bacteria. Subject:  Health & Medicine
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3:42 AM | Effective stress and FDL science
"It's a very dynamic slope," Margaret Darrow said, standing in front of frozen debris lobe -A. FDL-A is a slow landslide; among the frozen debris lobes documented it's the closest to the Dalton Highway and the Trans-Alaska Pipeline. Although the lobes likely began their life as debris left over when Pleistocene glaciers disappeared 10 to 14 thousand years ago, their speed has recently increased. Now when Darrow describes FDL-A she states truly: "It moves so fast that you can watch it... […]
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3:41 AM | Single protein influences how the brain manages stress
The brain's ability to effectively deal with stress or to lack that ability and be more susceptible to depression, depends on a single protein type in each person's brain, according to a study conducted at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and published November 12 in the journal Nature. The Mount Sinai study findings challenge the current thinking about depression and the drugs currently used to treat the disorder. Subject:  Brain & Behavior […]
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3:41 AM | SfN Day 1: Saturday highlight
Rats on bath salts This is going to be a short post. After the marathon that was Friday, it was all I could do to say hello to everyone in the aisles at the poster sessions, take in a single talk, … Continue reading →
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2:11 AM | Here’s a sneak peek at tomorrow’s episode of...
Here’s a sneak peek at tomorrow’s episode of It’s Okay To Be Smart! I am super excited for you all to see this one. I’ve been researching this one for a couple months, it’s beautiful and sad at the same time. Wanna know what it’s about? Hint: The subjects of these illustrations all have one thing in common.  Want another random fact? One of our favorite science YouTubers got her Instagram username from one of these animals. Be on the lookout
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1:30 AM | Marcescence – the art of not letting go
I was in Denmark, Maine, this weekend doing very Maine things. Shoving sclerotized sunshine (wood) into the belly of an iron wood stove. Walking alongside a mountain brook with moss-covered rocks licked with a verglas (ver-glaze) of ice. The verglas an art of steely-eyed primeval monsters frozen in time or a hundred fingers overlapping each […]
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12:15 AM | Ocean primed for more El Niño
The ocean is warming steadily and setting up the conditions for stronger El Niño weather events, a new study has shown. A team of US, Australian, and Canadian researchers sampled corals from a remote island in Kiribati to build a […]test The post Ocean primed for more El Niño appeared first on Australian Science.
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12:13 AM | Emergency Room Visits For Irregular Heartbeat Up, Deaths Have Gone Down
A generation ago, there were awareness campaigns to tell people with an irregular heartbeats to go to the emergency room to prevent possible heart attacks. It worked. People now go to the emergency room as they have been told but with the gradual government takeover of health care there is sudden concern about the costs of these visits. Atrial fibrillation is the most common kind of arrhythmia or irregular heartbeat and can lead to blood clots, stroke, heart failure and other heart-related […]
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12:01 AM | Tittererer’s Digest #2
Good Monday and welcome back to Tittererer’s Digest – your weekly round up of all things comedy and comedy adjacent. I’m your Headstuff Humour Editor, let’s get digesting!   CLIP OF THE WEEK If you continue to read Tittererer’s Digest, you’re gonna hear me bang on about SNL quite a bit. I absolutely adore it. […] The post Tittererer’s Digest #2 appeared first on HeadStuff.

November 16, 2014

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11:53 PM | Contagious Holiday Spirit
Our 3D printed virus ornaments are ready! We are selling these ornaments to raise money for science outreach. We have: Last week, I shared our first few prints on Twitter and they were well received. We had plans to add glitter, but I learned that I should be nowhere near a spray can – and […]
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