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April 16, 2014

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2:42 AM | Another Puzzle – about the interaction of host and pathogen
Ok, I realize that some of the past puzzles I’ve made either had errors or were simply too obscure in their clues (again, I’m a crossword novice). I tried to be a little more clear with this puzzle and also did my best to force as many clues into actually ‘crossing’ as possible. Let me […]
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2:35 AM | If You Missed The Blood Moon You Can Watch The Whole Thing Here In Just 9 Seconds (Gif)
You may have heard people talking about the “blood moon” that happened last night. If you missed it, not to worry! Here’s the entire event (which took just under two and a half hours) in just 9 seconds: To learn more about what caused the blood moon checkout our post about the event from yesterday. […]
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2:31 AM | April 15th Summary – LCDs!
This session was a continuation of where I ended off last week working with the Hello World example for LCDs. I had rewired all the pins and changed the code to fit the LCD, however the LCD still would not display the words. When I arrived, Andrew had bought new character LCDs, which are simpler […]
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2:01 AM | The first victim!
It is well established that the first victim in war is truth. Mind you the dispatch of truth usually comes well before the shooting starts. I have a personal interest in Ukraine and the dispatch of truth occurred for me … Continue reading →
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2:00 AM | Jenny McCarthy claims she’s not anti-vax
McCarthy tries to save face by pulling back on her anti-vax stance. She fails. Former Playboy model, Jenny McCarthy, pens op-ed: ‘I am not anti-vaccine’. Former playmate and current hostess of The View, Jenny McCarthy got the opportunity to “clarify” her thoughts on vaccines and autism Saturday in an Op-Ed published in the Chicago Sun-Times.… Source: Doubtful News
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1:36 AM | New Study Shows Surgical Checklists In Operating Rooms Are Less Effective Than Assumed
The patient has verified his or her identity, the surgical site, the type of procedure, and his or her consent. Check. The surgical site is marked on a patient if such marking is appropriate for the procedure. Check. The probe measuring blood oxygen content has been placed on the patient and is functioning. Check. All members of the surgical and anesthesia team are aware of whether the patient has a known allergy? Check. These were the first items on a... Read more

Urbach DR, Govindarajan A, Saskin R, Wilton AS & Baxter NN (2014). Introduction of surgical safety checklists in Ontario, Canada., The New England Journal of Medicine, 370 (11) 1029-38. PMID:

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1:00 AM | Hiding dead babies. It’s happened before.
This is a shocking story. How and why did she do this? Many questions about mom accused in infant deaths – SFGate. Investigators are reconstructing a mysterious decade from Megan Huntsman’s life as they try to figure out how she concealed seven pregnancies before allegedly strangling or suffocating her newborns. Utah investigators are examining DNA from the… Source: Doubtful News
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12:49 AM | This Mind-Blowing Skin Gun Is Revolutionizing How We Treat Burn Victims! (Video)
The skin cell gun was created by Jörg C. Gerlach of the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine, along with colleagues at Stem Cell Systems GmbH in Berlin. It takes stem cells from healthy skin and puts then in a solution with water. This solution is then sprayed onto the burned area using the specialized cell gun. […]
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12:30 AM | Antibiotics Improve Health Of Children In Developing Countries
Antibiotics improve growth in children at risk of undernourishment in low and middle income countries, according to a literature review in the British Medical Journal. Malnutrition in early childhood, reflected in poor growth, is the cause of nearly half of all mortality worldwide in children less than five years old. Antibiotics are currently recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) for severely malnourished children, and those infected or exposed to HIV, to reduce mortality. But […]
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12:15 AM | Chocolate bytes with virtual mouth this Easter
Here’s something to chew over. Easter chocolates, along with our favourite everyday foods, could taste just as good but be healthier in future, thanks to new technology that is revealing the science of chewing. CSIRO’s 3D mastication modelling, demonstrated for [...]testThe post Chocolate bytes with virtual mouth this Easter appeared first on Australian Science.
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12:11 AM | Gut-busting meal for snakes
Well, this is an unplesant case of food “poisoning”. Last Supper: Centipede Dies Eating Way Out of Snake Belly – NBC News.com. A Serbian herpetologist was out snake-tagging in Macedonia when she came across a bizarre find: A young viper, with a centipede’s head poking out of its abdomen. The snake, a juvenile female nose-horned viper… Source: Doubtful News
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12:07 AM | Prolonged Heavy Bleeding During Menopause Is Common
Women going through menopause most likely think of it as the time for an end to monthly periods - and it will be, but not without some false alarms. Researchers at the University of Michigan say it's normal for the majority of women to experience an increase in the amount and duration of bleeding episodes, which may occur at various times throughout the menopausal transition. The scholars offer the first long-term study of bleeding patterns in women of multiple race/ethnicities who were going […]
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12:00 AM | Fialuridine Redux: New Mouse Model Would Have Predicted Fatal Outcome In Human Clinical Trial
In 1993, five people died in a clinical trial of fialuridine, a nucleoside analogue to treat hepatitis B virus infection. An analysis by the US National Academy of Sciences of all preclinical fialuridine toxicity tests, which included studies in mice, rats, dogs, and monkeys, concluded that the available animal data provided no indication that the drug would cause liver failure in humans. So it's been a 21 year search to try and find ways to make trials safer. read more

April 15, 2014

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11:54 PM | Thanks for running this blog, it makes me so certain I've chosen the right life path in becoming a scientist.
No, thank YOU! The wonderful thing about becoming a scientist is that you don’t have to become a scientist to become a scientist.
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11:50 PM | nevver: Means of Reproduction, Svjetlana Tepavcevic Seeds of...
Copyright © Svjetlana Tepavcevic Copyright © Svjetlana Tepavcevic Copyright © Svjetlana Tepavcevic Copyright © Svjetlana Tepavcevic Copyright © Svjetlana Tepavcevicnevver: Means of Reproduction, Svjetlana Tepavcevic Seeds of wonder. Want more? Check out this amazing collection of seeds, painted with electrons through an SEM.
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11:30 PM | Antifungal Drug Amphotericin: Potent, Puzzling And Now Less Toxic To Humans
Invasive fungal infections kill about 1.5 million people in 3 million cases each year, more than are killed by malaria or tuberculosis. That half of the patients who enter a hospital with an invasive fungal infection in their blood die anyway makes it a medical crisis that isn't going away.   Amphotericin is the most effective broad-spectrum antifungal drug available, but its use is limited by its toxicity to human cells.  Scientists have long sought to make amphotericin less toxic, […]
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11:30 PM | Ménière's Disease: New Insight Into Rare Inner Ear Condition
Ménière's Disease is a rare condition affecting the inner ear.  It can cause tinnitus, hearing loss, vertigo attacks and a feeling of pressure deep within the ear and is a long term but non-fatal illness, making it low profile in scientific community. But 160,000 sufferers in the UK are getting some help from the University of Exeter Medical School, which has been able to suggest what goes wrong in the body when people develop the disease, and provide an insight into factors […]
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11:14 PM | Police Are Testing a Powerful New Surveillance System Dubbed The “Live Version of Google Earth” (Poll)
Don’t forget to let us know how you feel by responding to the poll questions at the end! Many thanks! Last year, police in the infamously crime-ridden city of Compton in south-central Los Angeles began testing out a new system which allowed them to do something Big Brother himself would be jealous of: watch the movements of […]
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11:00 PM | In Deaf People, The Language They Learned As Kids Affected Brain Structure
People who are deaf and those with hearing differ in brain anatomy, no surprise in that. But studies of individuals who are deaf and use American Sign Language (ASL) from birth aren't telling the whole science story. 95 percent of the deaf population in America is born to hearing parents and use English or another spoken language as their first language, usually through lip-reading. Since both language and audition are housed in nearby locations in the brain, understanding which differences […]
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11:00 PM | CHRONO: The Missing Piece In The Mammalian Circadian Clock Puzzle
All organisms, from mammals to fungi, have daily cycles controlled by a tightly regulated internal clock called the circadian clock. The circadian clock is influenced by exposure to light and dictates the wake-sleep cycle. At the cellular level, the clock is controlled by a complex network of genes and proteins that switch each other on and off based on cues from their environment and most genes involved in the regulation of the circadian clock have been characterized, but a key component was […]
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10:24 PM | Casual Marijuana Use Linked To Brain Abnormalities
Young adults who used marijuana recreationally show significant abnormalities in two key brain regions that are important in emotion and motivation, according to a study in the Journal of Neuroscience. The authors document how casual use of marijuana is related to major brain changes and showed the degree of brain abnormalities in these regions is directly related to the number of joints a person smoked per week. The more joints a person smoked, the more abnormal the shape, volume and density […]
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10:17 PM | Samuel Hopkins Adams, Articles on the Nostrum Evil and Quackery
As part of related research into consumer protection, I recently scanned in a copy of Samuel Hopkins Adams’ seminal articles on the patent medicine industry. These articles, which appeared in Collier’s magazine starting in 1905, helped build the record for the 1906 Pure Food and Drugs Act, and for amendments to that law in 1912.…
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10:11 PM | New Research Shows Asian Soot Cloud Affecting Pacific Storms
A group of researchers from Texas A & M University have a paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) this week that is getting a lot of attention. Cloud droplets and rain drops need something to form on, and without dust and other aerosols in the atmosphere we would see a lot less of both. Sometimes though, the addition of particulates can cause tiny cloud droplets …
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9:57 PM | The Human Food Relationship: It's Complicated
Home can sometimes literally be in the kitchen. A Puerto Rican community - in Connecticut of all places - creates cuisine authentic it has caught the attention of scientists. Like immigrants throughout history who ventured forth with their favorite plants in tow, the Puerto Ricans of Hartford maintain cuisine as an important component of their identity. But this strong relationship to food has had a profound impact on human health by reshaping environmental biodiversity, influencing the diets […]
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9:26 PM | Bill Nye’s Own Take on the Nye-Ham Creationism Debate
Bill Nye’s Own Take on the Nye-Ham Creationism Debate: Read Bill’s full account here. Perhaps there was no winner, as this was not a scored debate. Nevertheless by all, or a strong majority of, accounts, I bested him. The fundamental idea that I hope all of us embrace is, simply put, performance counts as much or more than the specifics of the arguments in a situation like this. I admit that, for me at least, it took tremendous concentration. I was and am respectful of Ken […]
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9:24 PM | Rock Paper Scissors - How Biological Mutation Wins
Without knowing it, organisms search for the next “winning” strategy in evolution. Mutation plays a key role in the evolution of new, and sometimes successful, traits. It's a lot like rock-paper-scissors - roshambo.(1)read more
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9:20 PM | Boulders, graffiti and an industrial past
Growing a little tired of the crowds at Brimham and Almscliffe, it was time to try somewhere new. “This small crag is about as remote as you could wish for” [1]. Perfect. After a laborious drive across the moors, we arrived at the parking spot for Crag Willas. You follow a track up to the Old Gang Smelt Mill: if you visit, take a bit of time to explore the ruins (Photo 1) that worked for about 200 years [2] before grinding to a halt.   Photo 1. Old Gang Smelt Mill on the […]
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9:00 PM | Pollution Ghettos? Study Finds Minority Neighborhoods Have Worse Air Than White Ones
A study by has determined that, on average nationally, minorities are exposed to 38 percent higher levels of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) outdoor air pollution compared to white people.Nitrogen dioxide comes from sources like vehicle exhaust and power plants. Breathing NO2 is linked to asthma symptoms and heart disease. The Environmental Protection Agency has listed it as one of the seven key air pollutants it monitors. The researchers studied NO2 levels in urban areas across the country and compared […]
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8:36 PM | This is one shell of a weird lobster
We like freaky lobsters here at DN. See our collection of stories. Here is another. Rare two-toned lobster intensifies coloration | GrindTV.com Harley Quinn, a star attraction at the Scarborough Sea Life Center in Britain, added to its legacy recently when it shed its shell and emerged with newer, more vibrant colors, leaving the crustacean… Source: Doubtful News
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8:30 PM | After The Blood Moon: Do Some Post-Apocalypse Science
Since the Blood Moon - whatever that is, it sounds Biblical - was last night, and it spells the beginning of our doom, according to a guy trying to sell some books, it's time to start prepping for the days of ultimate holy war. That means no more Southern blots and particle colliders, it's back to basics.In preparation, this weekend the kids and I decided to see what kind of life we could make for ourselves while the Four Horsemen duke it out with the Holy Ghost in what would arguably be the […]
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