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January 26, 2015

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12:22 PM | Egil Skallagrimsson, Warrior Poet
The story of Egil, the son of bald (”skalla”) Grimr, blurs the line between fact and legend. While we know he was a real person, the details of his life come to us from saga and song. Historians generally distrust oral traditions, as opposed to the written word – a ridiculous prejudice, really, as both [...] The post Egil Skallagrimsson, Warrior Poet appeared first on HeadStuff.
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12:12 PM | Tittererer’s Digest #10 (feat. Monty Python)
Compadres, welcome. How have we all been? Christmas and New Year’s are long gone yet I’m still living like Henry VIII. Eating and drinking a huge amount of artery clogging, decadent crap. I’m genuinely concerned I may have gout. Usually I find I’m too special, interesting and unique to begin my health kick in January [...] The post Tittererer’s Digest #10 (feat. Monty Python) appeared first on HeadStuff.
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10:00 AM | A Journal to Advance Citizen Science: an Interview with Caren Cooper
Science communication and citizen science have a lot in common – namely, the desire to engage with people both inside and outside of the traditional science community. But where science communication is often seeking only to educate or to get folks interested in science, citizen science is trying to get people actively involved in the scientific process. Citizen science can take many forms – from “games with a purpose,” such as Phylo, to projects that have people […]
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10:00 AM | A Journal to Advance Citizen Science: an Interview with Caren Cooper
Science communication and citizen science have a lot in common – namely, the desire to engage with people both inside and outside of the traditional science community. But where science communication is often seeking only to educate or to get folks interested in science, citizen science is trying to get people actively involved in the scientific process. Citizen science can take many forms – from “games with a purpose,” such as Phylo, to projects that have people […]
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9:30 AM | Thesis: Beginning of the End
“The more you learn, the more you realize how little you know. Still, the struggle itself is worthwhile.” – Joe Abercrombie, The Blade Itself As I write this, I’m sitting here in my room in Oxfordshire, thinking about the future. Tomorrow I travel back to St Andrews again and in the immediate future I’m wondering […]
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9:11 AM | EDWARDS'S BOTANICAL REGISTER: 34 Volumes with "New Series", 11,200 Pages, by LINDLEY.
EDWARDS' S BOTANICAL REGISTEROR ORNAMENTAL FLOWER-GARDEN AND SHRUBBERY COLOUREDFIGURES OF PLANTS AND SHRUBS, CULTIVATED IN BRITISH GARDENS34 Volumes with "New Series", 11,200 PagesBy JOHN LINDLEY, Ph.D. F.R.S. LS. and G.S.The Botanical Register, subsequently known as Edwards's Botanical Register, was an illustrated horticultural magazine that ran from 1815 to 1847. It was started by the botanical illustrator Sydenham Edwards, who had previously illustrated The Botanical Magazine, but left […]
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9:08 AM | The naturalist's library: 42 Volumes, 10,500 Pages, by Lizars and Jardine.
The naturalist's library42 Volumes, 10,500 Pages Edinburgh, W. H. Lizars, 1833, Conducted by Sir William JardineContent:V1: Ornithology v. 1 (Birds of Great Britain and Ireland, Part 1; Memoir Sir Robert Sibbald)V2: Ornithology v. 2 (Birds of Great Britain and Ireland, Part 2; Memoir William Smellie)V3: Ornithology v. 3 (Birds of Great Britain and Ireland, Part 3; Memoir John Walker, D.D.)V4: Ornithology v. 4 (Birds of Great Britain and Ireland, Part 4; Memoir Alexander Wilson)V5: […]
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9:06 AM | Boletin de la Sociedad Entomológica de España: 6 Volumes, 1,500 Pages.
Boletin de la Sociedad Entomológica de EspañaFundada el 9 de Enero de 1918Librería Editorial de Cecilio Gasca, Coso, 31 - Zaragoza, España6 Volumes, 1,500 Pages (Spanish)FUNDACIÓN DE LA SOCIEDAD EXTOMOLÓGICA DE ESPAÑA (Extract):Puestos de acuerdo los individuos de la Junta organizadora sobre los puntos principales de la proyectada Sociedad y conferidos los Estatutos de la misma, se envió a algunos entomólogos de […]
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9:00 AM | Rainforest Drop In
I didn’t intend to fall in love with the rain forest. It crept up on me, imperceptibly at first, because the West Coast was never a place I had intended to stay. My roots were nurtured in the farmland, lakes and forests of Ontario before transplantation to the West, an alien habitat of strangely mild […]
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8:30 AM | Quackademic medicine tightens its hold on the Cleveland Clinic
It’s no secret to my regular readers that it’s highly unlikely that I’ll ever be getting a job at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation (CCF) any time soon. After all, I’ve written posts about the CCF in which I’ve criticized its promotion of reiki, its establishment of a traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) herbal medicine clinic, complete…
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7:47 AM | The Leatherman Tread: A Multi-Tool That Can Be Worn On The Wrist
Leatherman Tool Group, most famous for their multiple function tools, just announced that they’ll be releasing a new tool this summer called the Leatherman Tread. The makers consider their new creation to be “an industry first”: a multi-tool that can be worn on the wrist, offering convenience and variety to the user in the form of a bracelet. The design, which has been tested for comfort, offers the consumer at least two tools per link. Leatherman also gives […]
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7:33 AM | The largest fruit in the world is a pumpkin
The largest fruit in the world is a pumpkin, and it weighs over 1000 kg. BBC Earth
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6:23 AM | Reaching 4,000 Twitter Followers… for Science Plus
One of my favorite quotes from a blogger I recently interviewed for my dissertation research describes science blogging as something more than just science: "...it’s science plus. Science plus character, science plus atmosphere, science plus... description." - #MySciBlog Interviewee I realized that this is exactly what Twitter has become for me. It's about science, and science communication, in what I tweet, what I retweet, and who I follow. But it's about so much MORE than science. It's […]
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6:23 AM | Reaching 4,000 Twitter Followers… for Science Plus
One of my favorite quotes from a blogger I recently interviewed for my dissertation research describes science blogging as something more than just science: "...it’s science plus. Science plus character, science plus atmosphere, science plus... description." - #MySciBlog Interviewee I realized that this is exactly what Twitter has become for me. It's about science, and science communication, in what I tweet, what I retweet, and who I follow. But it's about so much MORE than science. It's […]
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5:37 AM | Sciencey Stuff You May Have Missed: Week 4
Digging through the web this week, I uncovered all this geeky goodness. You can find the thousands of links from …Continue reading →
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5:25 AM | Our bodies are riddled with useless genes
New study finds abundance of "junk" genes in the human genome.
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4:59 AM | Remains of the weekend 24-25 January 2015
Astrobiology Has Not Made the Case for God – The New Yorker. Ageing research: Blood to blood : Nature News & Comment. (Sounds like a horror movie plot!) BBC News – Terrifying time loop: The man trapped in constant deja vu. Apocalyptic beliefs may explain why Francis is a pope in a hurry | Crux.… Source: Doubtful News No related posts.
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4:40 AM | Think Mosquitoes Bite You More Than Other People? Here's Why You May Be Right
There are up to 400 chemical compounds on human skin that could play a role in attracting mosquitoes. sookie, CC BY-SABy Cameron Webb, University of SydneyThere’s always one in a crowd, a sort of harbinger of the oncoming mosquito onslaught: a person mosquitoes seem to target more than others. What is it about these unlucky chosen few that makes them mosquito magnets? read more
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4:32 AM | CohBar Completes IPO To Develop Mitochondrial-Derived Therapeutics
CohBar, Inc., a biotechnology company focused on discovering mitochondrial-derived peptides and developing them into therapeutics, completed an Initial Public Offering (IPO) of 11,250,000 units at a price of $1.00 each. All units consist of one share of CohBar's common stock and one-half of one common stock purchase warrant.  read more
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4:08 AM | Why is Congruence Hard to Learn?
Gears and rings… Flickr source: Denys Fisher was a British engineer and maker of board games and other toys. In 1965 he invented the Spirograph toy. Some speculate that he was influenced by the designs of the artist, composer, and film animator John Whitney, whose opening sequence for Alfred Hitchcock’s 1958 film “Vertigo” is considered […]
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3:43 AM | Protein Kinase C Enzymes Believed To Promote Cancer Actually Suppress It
Upending decades-old dogma, researchers say enzymes long categorized as promoting cancer are, in fact, tumor suppressors and that current clinical efforts to develop inhibitor-based drugs should instead focus on restoring the enzymes' activities. Protein Kinase C (PKC) is a group of enzymes that act as catalysts for a host of cellular functions, among which are cancer-relevant activities, such as cell survival, proliferation, apoptosis, and migration. The discovery that they are receptors for […]
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3:33 AM | Clear video of a black cat: Absolutely lovely
This is simply a beautiful thing… Group spots rare predator in river – CNN Video. The CEO for the World Wildlife Fund spotted a rare black jaguar in Brazil’s Juruena National Park. There are only an estimated 600 of these melanistic cats on the planet and they found one swimming and captured this lovely video.… Source: Doubtful News Related posts:Jackalope spotted in Minnesota Bigfoot video could mean big bucks – $100 per second Pythons on patrol: Big […]
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3:21 AM | Proyecto Resiliencia: en busca de héroes inesperados
Luego de los diversos intentos biomédicos por resolver las claves de las enfermedades de origen genético ¿Por qué no hacer un cambio de estrategia? Es decir, estudiar a los que, a pesar de poseer una herencia genética desfavorable, están sanos, para saber qué les protege. He aquí el Proyecto Resiliencia, qué busca entre la población a esos héroes inesperados. Todos llevamos variaciones en nuestro ADN que nos […]
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2:07 AM | Canine Politics in Mauritius
On the beginning of my third week in Mauritius, HSI senior project manager Kelly and I went to Port Louis, the capital city, to meet with the ministry and the heads of MSAW, the quasi independent government agency responsible for animal (dog) control. With us was the head of PAWS, the local animal welfare agency, Moira. We were on the verge of setting up a free-standing spay and neuter clinic in a local shopping mall. We had found a mall... Read more
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1:40 AM | Study: There’s Millions of Dollars Worth of Gold, Silver and Other Metals in Our Sewage
Lots of things flow into our sewers – food, drinks and whatever else we throw down the sink, runoff from storms, chemicals from industrial processes, and of course, human waste. But our sewage also contains something you might not expect: millions of dollars worth of copper, silver, gold, platinum and other valuable metals. After sewage is processed in a treatment facility, it leaves behind a think goo known as sludge. By running this sludge through a spectrometer (an […]

January 25, 2015

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11:26 PM | Episode One Hundred And Nintety Three – On The Unholy Trinity Downunder
The Atheist Foundation of Australia is bringing The Unholy Trinity to Australia. The Unholy Trinity Downunder Tour brings together three atheist activists for an amazing event. Matt Dillahunty, AronRa, and Seth Andrews take the stage to share stories, interact with a live audience (and with each other), and address some ...
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11:26 PM | Episode One Hundred And Ninety Three – On The Unholy Trinity Downunder
The Atheist Foundation of Australia is bringing The Unholy Trinity to Australia. The Unholy Trinity Downunder Tour brings together three atheist activists for an amazing event. Matt Dillahunty, AronRa, and Seth Andrews take the stage to share stories, interact with a live audience (and with each other), and address some ...
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8:43 PM | Reducing Myc Gene Activity Extends Healthy Lifespan In Mice
A team of scientists based at Brown University has found that reducing expression of a fundamentally important gene called Myc significantly increased the healthy lifespan of laboratory mice, the first such finding regarding this gene in a mammalian species. Myc is found in the genomes of all animals, ranging from ancestral single-celled organisms to humans. It is a major topic of biomedical research and has been shown to be a central regulator of cell proliferation, growth, and death. It is of […]
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8:30 PM | Meth-Laden Drug Smuggling Drone Crashes In Mexican Border Town
This past Wednesday (January 21), Mexican authorities in a border town near the United States recovered a six-propeller drone carrying six one-pound bags of methamphetamine. According to CBS News… “Tijuana police spokesman Jorge Morrua said Wednesday that police were alerted after the drone fell Tuesday night near the San Ysidro crossing at Mexico’s border with California.” Authorities believe the drone crashed because it was carrying too much weight. However, an […]
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6:30 PM | An Intricate 3D-Printed Dress, No Assembly Required
One of the most inspired design studios working at the intersection of science, art, and technology today is Nervous System, a Massachusetts-based team led by Jessica Rosenkrantz and Jesse... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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