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April 21, 2014

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4:28 PM | Balancing Science, Family and Social Media: One Researcher's Story
We’ve heard many scientists say that they simply don’t have the time for social media...
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4:24 PM | Troglodita
wing’d neotrogla penetrates her mate’s chamber everyone’s aghast!
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4:12 PM | Install Windows 7 on VirtualBox – Status: error 0xc0000225
Originally posted on Blog about cooking, technology and something else:When I try to install Windows 7 on Virtual Box 4.1, I get this error: Windows failed to start. A recent hardware or software change might be the cause. To fix this problem: [...] Status: 0xc0000225 Info: An unexpected error ahs occurred. Status: 0×0000225 To…
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4:08 PM | 10 Edible Chinese Flowers That Work As Well As Any Other Antioxidant
The latest fad in implied health benefits that can slip under the regulatory radar are edible flowers from China.  Why implied? Because they are rich in phenolics and have good antioxidant capacity.  What will that do? No one knows. Antioxidants haven't been shown to help anyone at all and phenolics claims were how the rationalization that organic food was healthier arose - and then debunked. To maintain a level of credibility the key phrase "may be partly responsible" is […]
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4:04 PM | A pointer into the past
Opps – post removed to alternate blog.
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4:01 PM | Quantum Turbulence - A Mystery Of Physics Without A Public Relations Campaign
The confirmation of the Higgs boson and what it can tell us about the origins of mass is getting all of the attention but there are scientific mysteries about less-understood forces that may also be keys to figuring out natural laws. Among these is quantum turbulence, the chaotic motion - at very high rates - of fluids that exist at temperatures close to zero. Observers as far back as Leonardo da Vinci have studied turbulence, a complex state of fluid motion. He observed that water […]
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3:45 PM | A poignant and important video on how much we waste in the...
A poignant and important video on how much we waste in the edible journey from farm to table (and to the trashcan). Great stuff from MinuteEarth and friends: Watch “Love Letter To Food”
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3:38 PM | How Horseshoe Crabs Are Saving Human Lives
I spent spring break down at Slaughter Beach, Delaware. Away from the board-walk, outlet mall, bar-heavy Rehoboth, Slaughter is a little bit in-the-middle-of-nowhere for some people’s taste. While it was a pain to drive for 20 minutes to stop by the grocery store, a chance to commune with nature was just what I needed. The […]
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3:30 PM | In-Group Or Out-Group: The Status Of The Other May Influence What Is An Atrocity
Why is Edward Snowden a villain to some people while the same people regard Bradley Manning as a hero? Why do so many people say they never thought it could happen if someone they know commits a crime? When is an atrocity not remembered that way at all? An in-group portrayal may make the difference. read more
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3:30 PM | AP poll has experts lamenting science literacy – It’s more complicated
Should we be surprised by this? No, I’m not. Disappointed, maybe. But, we should be used to these results by now. Poll: Big Bang a big question for most Americans. Few Americans question that smoking causes cancer. But they express bigger doubts as concepts that scientists consider to be truths get further from our own… Source: Doubtful News
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3:01 PM | ActiPatch - Randomized, Double Blind, Placebo Controlled Trial Significantly Relieves Knee Pain
Preliminary results of a randomized, double blind, placebo controlled trial on osteoarthritis of the knee using ActiPatch Therapy have been announced.BioElectronics Corporation says the initial interim analysis showed statistically significant results for the primary and secondary outcomes measures. The study is being led by Doctor Gianluca Bagnato, Division of Rheumatology, University Hospital Gaetano Martino, Messina, Italy. The final analysis of the full study data set will be carried out […]
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3:01 PM | Alcoholism Saps Muscle Strength - Here's Why
In high school and college, your coach told you to avoid alcohol. And for good reason; alcohol saps muscle strength and it's lingering lethargic effects aren't welcome either. The lack of muscle strength really becomes evident when studying long-time alcoholics but it is also evidence in patients with mitochondrial disease.  A new study on mitochondria that are unable to self-repair may mean a new way to diagnose mitochondrial disease, and a new drug target. read more
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3:00 PM | The Perfect 46: The Future is Near
Visit theperfect46.com, and it looks like any business web page. The Perfect 46 purports to be a company that uses the power of genomics, the information stored in the entirety of your DNA–your... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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2:50 PM | The worst seat on the plane – there’s no oxygen and it’s bitter cold
This is big news today. How is it possible? Teen survives flight in wheel well of Hawaiian jet – Hawaii News Now – KGMB and KHNL. The FBI says a teenager stowed away on a Hawaiian Airlines flight to Maui from San Jose, California. The 16-year-old boy was attempting to run away from his home… Source: Doubtful News
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2:41 PM | The Mystery Of Ancient Animal Domestication - Why Not Zebras?
We know that around 12,000 years ago, a fundamental thing began to happen all around the world - plants were cultivated and animals were domesticated for transport, food and fiber. read more
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2:30 PM | Tunable Coupling For Genetic Circuits - FM Radio For Bacteria
The ability to program living holds tremendous potential for energy, agriculture, water remediation and medicine, and synthetic biology is on the case.Researchers have already designed a 'tool box' of small genetic components that act as intracellular switches, logic gates, counters and oscillators but wiring those components together to form larger circuits that can function as 'genetic programs' has been difficult, because of the small number of available wires.read more
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2:03 PM | Better Donor Transport - Organ Care System FDA Pivotal Trial
At the International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation (ISHLT) 34th Annual Meeting in San Diego, TransMedics announced results of the PROCEED II heart transplant Food and Drug Administration (FDA) pivotal trial results using the Organ Care System (OCS™) platform.PROCEED II Trial is a large international, multi-center, clinical trial designed to evaluate the ability of the OCS Heart Technology to preserve donor hearts compared with cold storage.read more
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1:48 PM | In honor of today’s Boston Marathon, and in remembrance of...
In honor of today’s Boston Marathon, and in remembrance of last year’s, check out all the amazing evolutionary adaptations and biological wonders that let us run marathons: The Science of Marathons!
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1:42 PM | Tantalum Isomer Blurs The Boundaries Of Existence
Identifying the full extent of the nuclear landscape, essentially how many isotopes exist, is vital for nuclear physics. There is a lot left to learn. Beyond the stable nuclei that we find on Earth, there are many unstable nuclei that are formed in stellar events such as supernovae, but which are short-lived. There is a limit to how many protons and neutrons a nucleus can hold – too many and the excess will literally ‘pop out’. These limits are known as the proton and neutron […]
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1:29 PM | Dignity, Impudence, And General Relativity
A Star that seems Brighter when Eclipsed1: Variable StarThis paradoxical phenomenon was brought to my attention by a recent article in Physics World.  Quite an informative article, but like some bard of old, with legendary tales of kings and heroes, I would like to tell the story in my own way. read more
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1:00 PM | ReferralPlus Increases Match Rate For Clinical Trial Volunteers By Over 66%
ReferralPlus is a tool to match patients who disqualify for one study with others they might qualify for, using a geo-therapeutic matching algorithm with other studies, similar to how OpenTable matches people with the restaurants they are interested in by using demographic and time availability algorithms. It was created because 95% of patients who respond to a trial recruitment advertisement do not qualify and/or enroll in that study. Most of those patients never enroll in another […]
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1:00 PM | Life of a Cancer Cell
This entry is mirrored from the author’s blog, The Magical World of Simona Giunta.  by Simona Giunta Cancer, a word that has more than 700 million hits on Google, that features in 100 million news articles and affects, directly or indirectly, the majority of the world population, still remains a mystery to us. So, what […]
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12:46 PM | Birdbooker Report 317
SUMMARY: Books, books, beautiful books! This is a list of biology, ecology, environment, natural history and animal books that are (or will soon be) available to occupy your bookshelves and your thoughts. “Words in leather and wood”. Bookshelves in the “Long Room” at the old Trinity College Library in Dublin. Image: Nic McPhee from Morris, MN, USA. 2007. (Creative Commons.) Books to the ceiling, Books to the sky, My pile of books is a mile high. How I love them!... Read […]
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12:34 PM | Father blames himself for birth defect
A baby born with extra limbs from a malformed twin receives surgery in China. But the underlying story is the guilt felt by the father. This Baby Was Born With 4 Feet And 4 Arms (Video) | Yahoo Health. A baby born on April 2 in China’s Guangdong Province with four arms and four feet… Source: Doubtful News
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12:00 PM | NOAA Commits To Developing A National Recreational Fishing Policy
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries has decided to adopt a national recreational fishing policy, a move greeted enthusiastically by sportfishing and boating enthusiasts, who have been urging efforts by the National Marine Fisheries Service to advance and protect saltwater recreational fishing.Small, independent businesspeople want more centralized, remote decision-making? Absolutely, when the alternative is up different states all being lobbied by activists. read
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12:00 PM | WhatsApp – Why I don’t use it
Having been repeatedly asked by friends and colleagues at work about having WhatsApp I decide to write a short post about my reasons for not using WhatsApp as my main medium of communication. These reasons also apply to other similar and non-similar services but given that WhatsApp is most popular I have chosen to write about it. My reasons […]
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11:33 AM | Richard Feynman: “high, real good physics” requires “solid lengths of time” and “concentration”
In an interview Richard Feynman says: To do high, real good physics work you do need absolutely solid lengths of time, so that when you’re putting ideas together which are vague and hard to remember, it’s very much like building a house of cards and each of the cards is shaky, and if you forget […]
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11:30 AM | EyeBox CNS - National Space Biomedical Research Institute Funds Eye Tracking Technology
The National Space Biomedical Research Institute (NSBRI), based at Baylor College of Medicine, is a consortium of biomedical institutions that study the health risks related to long-duration spaceflight and developing the technologies and countermeasures needed for human space exploration missions.The EyeBoxCNS, a diagnostic device developed to assess brain health through tracking eye movement, and eFormulations, software enabled therapeutics which combine prescription medicines with customized […]
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10:22 AM | Read my thesis and let's chat about sharing research
So my thesis has been published online on the University of Aberdeen Library page. You can read it by clicking here. It has the very snappy title 'GPR30 and ERα36 and their potential role in breast and endometrial cancers'This is my lay abstract:Oestrogen is a hormone that is mostly associated with the development of sexual organs and the female monthly menstrual cycle. However, it is also known to play a role in breast cancer. The presence of oestrogen can make some breast […]
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8:28 AM | Swimming with Viruses
You can find viruses everywhere: in the soil, in the clouds and in animals. According to scientists from the University of Oldenburg in Germany, there are also a ridiculous number of viruses buried at sea, in the sediments of the oceans. These sedimentary viruses don’t lie dormant on the seabed, but actively replicate down in the fathoms, even in the gyres of the ocean where most forms of life can’t be sustained since organic carbon is a scarce commodity. By... Read more
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