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January 27, 2015

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10:04 PM | Integrating social media into researcher careers
Following my post on measures of success on social media I read a paper on 'A critical evaluation of science outreach via social media: it's role and impact on scientists' published on the F1000 website which is well worth a read.The authors come to a similar conclusion my previous blog post, that the measurement of social media success needs to reach beyond simple number metrics in order to fully understand how beneficial (or not) social media channels are to academic researchers for outreach […]
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10:02 PM | Easter Island Mystery: What Really Happened To Rapa Nui Society?
In 1722, when Europeans arrived on Easter Island, nearly 2,300 miles off the west coast of Chile, the native Polynesian culture known as Rapa Nui were already in a demographic tailspin from which they would not recover. Pick a fad belief of the moment, and someone has correlated it to Easter Island. Environmental damage? Easter Island. Climate change? Easter Island. Add in political partisanship and lifestyle diseases and you can also find a correlation-causation arrow being abused. Will […]
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9:50 PM | Giant salamander served as dinner at police banquet in China
I guess I just have one question…. Was this really worth it? Chinese police alleged to have eaten endangered giant salamander at banquet. Chinese officials feasting on critically endangered giant salamander turned violent when journalists photographed the luxury banquet, according to media reports. The 28 diners included senior police officials from the southern city of… Source: Doubtful News Related posts:Man thinks house is being robbed when dog calls cell phone Chicken […]
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9:47 PM | Outsourcing: 3 Ways To Stop Medical Research Brain Drain
Throughout the 20th century, medical research and public health science was primarily done by corporations - the United States, with 5 percent of the population, generated more than 50 percent of the money and a whole lot more of the science.No more. Medical research has declined in the United States. It's a win for multiculturalism and a win for globalization but a loss for the U.S.  Yet we have no one else to blame. We are not being out-competed by China when it comes to science, we are […]
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9:34 PM | A Pointer for Microbiology
Today, in microbiology, we talked a bit about protein translation in Eukaryotes and how this may involve the Endoplasmic Reticulum (ER) and Golgi Apparatus. I saw some blank faces and promised to point to a place where I discussed it before on this blog and had a video as well. You can find that here.
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9:25 PM | The FBI Is Claiming That They’ve Caught A Russian Spy In New York City
This week the FBI announced that it had busted a “spy ring” that they say was trying to obtain economic information about US markets and sanctions on Russian banks. The FBI also claims that the spy ring was attempting to recruit New Yorkers into service for Russia’s Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR). According to The Guardian… “Federal officers arrested 39-year-old Evgeny Buryakov – “aka Zhenya” – in the Bronx on Monday and […]
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9:24 PM | Soup From A Can Does Not Create Risk From BPA
Coating the mouth with foods stored in containers that used bisphenol A (BPA), like soup, does not lead to high levels of BPA in blood.BPA is used to make some plastics and to seal canned food containers against bacterial contamination. Food which picks up trace amounts of BPA from packaging is the major source of human exposure, according to environmental critics, and the health concerns about BPA center on potential to mimic certain hormones at really high exposures. read more
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9:16 PM | Consciousness speed-dating
Why can’t we solve the problem of consciousness? That is the question asked by a recent Guardian piece. Subject:  Brain & Behavior
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9:02 PM | Spacecraft captures best-ever view of dwarf planet Ceres
NASA's Dawn spacecraft has returned the sharpest images ever seen of the dwarf planet Ceres. The images were taken 147,000 miles (237,000 kilometers) from Ceres on Jan. 25, and represent a new milestone for a spacecraft that soon will become the first human-made probe to visit a dwarf planet. "We know so little about our vast solar system, but thanks to economical missions like Dawn, those mysteries are being solved," said Jim Green, Planetary Science Division Director at NASA […]
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8:28 PM | Fantastic Four | Official Teaser Trailer
Fantastic Four | Official Teaser Trailer: FANTASTIC FOUR, a contemporary re-imagining of Marvel’s original and longest-running superhero team, centers on four young outsiders who teleport to an alternate and dangerous universe, which alters their physical form in shocking ways. Their lives irrevocably upended, the team must learn to harness their daunting new abilities and work together to save Earth from a former friend turned enemy.
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8:22 PM | Study finds babies do learn from videos
Click here if video does not appear on screen.By Megan McRaineyChildren under two years old can learn certain communication skills from a video, such as how to use signs in sign language, and perform similarly in tests when compared to babies taught by their parents, according to a new paper in the journal Child Development.Led by researchers at Emory, the study is the first to isolate the effects of purportedly educational commercial videos on infant learning. The results contradict previous […]
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8:13 PM | What are the oldest known snake fossils?
Fossilized remains of four ancient snakes between 140 and 167 million years old are changing the way we think about the origin of snakes, and how and when it happened. The discovery by an international team of researchers, including University of Alberta professor Michael Caldwell, rolls back the clock on snake evolution by nearly 70 million years. Subject:  Animal Research
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8:08 PM | Food Chemistry – The Maillard Reaction
There’s one chemical reaction that, whether you have an interest in chemistry or not, we all carry out on a regular, maybe even daily, basis. That reaction? The Maillard Reaction. This is a process that takes place whenever you cook a range of foods – it’s responsible for the flavours in cooked meat, fried onions, […]
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7:25 PM | Why Climate Scientists Shouldn't Testify Before Congress
Climate scientists will be either ineffectual or counter-productive if they testify before Congress. EPABy Mathis Hampel, University of East AngliaWestern liberal democracies believe that in difficult political decisions science serves as a referee and arbiter of truth. read more
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7:16 PM | Adult Stem Cells Used To Grow New Hair
Researchers have used human induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) to generate new hair, the first step toward the development of a cell-based treatment for people with hair loss. In the United States alone, more than 40 million men and 21 million women are affected by hair loss. The research team developed a protocol that induced human pluripotent stem cells to become dermal papilla cells. They are a unique population of cells that regulate hair-follicle formation and growth […]
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7:00 PM | How Has Technology Changed Exploration?
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6:48 PM | What happened on Easter island?
Long before the Europeans arrived on Easter Island in 1722, the native Polynesian culture known as Rapa Nui showed signs of demographic decline. However, the catalyst has long been debated in the scientific community. Was environmental degradation the cause, or could a political revolution or an epidemic of disease be to blame? Subject:  Brain & Behavior
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5:46 PM | Labyrinths as crucibles of life
Water-filled micropores in hot rock may have acted as the nurseries in which life on Earth began. An LMU team has now shown that temperature gradients in pore systems promote the cyclical replication and emergence of nucleic acids. Subject:  Biology & Aging
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5:41 PM | The Most Radioactive Places on Earth
Who on Earth is exposed to the most ionizing radiation?
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5:33 PM | Munchausen syndrome by proxy — factitious or fiction?
  Jury selection began yesterday in the Westchester County, New York, case of Lacey Spears, 27, a mother accused of killing her child, Garnett, by dosing the 5-year-old boy with salt. As the child's condition deteriorated, requiring multiple hospitalizations, Spears posted about the boy's medical status on social media, garnering much attention and sympathy. Spears is facing charges of second-degree murder and manslaughter in the death of her son. It's alleged that, even as Garnett […]
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5:32 PM | Does creativity depend on where you're from?
With the "creative class" on the rise, many businesses are trying to capitalize on imagination and innovation. But when it comes to creative juices, some societies have a faster flow than others. That's because, as new research from Concordia University suggests, creativity is tied to culture. Subject:  Brain & Behavior
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4:59 PM | Leren zitten en lopen geeft de taalontwikkeling een boost
Ora Oudgenoeg-Paz van de Universiteit Utrecht ontdekte dat motorische mijlpalen zoals leren zitten en leren lopen invloed hebben op de taalontwikkeling van een kind. “Kinderen die vroeg zelfstandig kunnen zitten hebben als tweejarige een grotere woordenschat dan hun leeftijdsgenootjes die pas later zelfstandig kunnen zitten”, zegt Oudgenoeg-Paz. “En nadat kinderen hebben leren lopen, groeit hun... Lees meer op www.sciencepalooza.nl
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4:41 PM | Ghrelin Hormone Supplement Increases Sex Drive
New studies have found that a supplement of ghrelin - the "appetite hormone" - increased the sexual activity of mice. Ghrelin is a gastrointestinal hormone that is released from the stomach, and is involved in the stimulation of our appetite by activating the brain's reward system. Since the brain's reward system also motivates us to seek a partner and to have sex, a group of researchers at the Sahlgrenska Academy decided to investigate whether ghrelin may also affect sexual […]
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4:37 PM | A wave of missing dog reports from Texas
Is this suspicious or a normal rate of runaways and theft? Wise Co. residents on edge as more dogs go missing. Jack, a two-year-old black lab, has been missing from the Lewis family’s backyard since Dec. 27. Two dogs from her neighbor Jana’s yard went missing on the same day. Around the same time, Cassidy… Source: Doubtful News Related posts:Employees and customers succumb to mystery illness It’s crystal clear this claim is unBelizeable (UPDATED: Awe wants out) […]
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4:23 PM | Heroin Users 6X As Likely To Die Prematurely
In the largest study of opioids users done to-date, scholars analyzed records of 198,247 people in England who had been involved in drug treatment or the criminal justice system between 2005 and 2009. They found that opioid users were six times more likely to die prematurely than people in the general population. Almost one in ten of these deaths were due to suicide, more than four times the rate in the general population. The data recorded 3,974 deaths and their causes during this […]
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4:03 PM | Multiculturalism Is Not Dead
Multiculturalism was once a good thing - people learned about the world outside their own neighborhoods - but it has become bad. Instead of being a positive, multiculturalism is often invoked by people with an agenda; people who want to promote division among their constituents note that the majority will homogenize their beliefs while people against immigration complain about pockets of foreign nationals with unknown motivations inside their cities.read more
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4:00 PM | What Is Science Journalism Worth? (Part II)
Last week, we walked through the sad economic state of affairs in science journalism and the impact it has had on writers’ and editors’ ability to do our jobs. It […] The post What Is Science Journalism Worth? (Part II) appeared first on The Science Writers' Handbook.
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3:35 PM | Drone Crashes At White House Sparking New Security Concern (Video)
Around 3 A.M. yesterday morning (1/26) a small drone crash-landed on White House grounds.The crash led to a brief security frenzy, as White House authorities scrambled to assure security and investigate the situation. According to Yahoo News… “A man later came forward to say he was responsible for the mishap in the middle of the night and hadn’t meant to fly the drone over the complex, officials said. “Initial indications are that this incident occurred as a result […]
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3:24 PM | Green beans as seen on TV were just a scheme
Oopsie, someone over stated their claims! Another link in the green coffee bean weight loss debacle got smacked by the FTC. Thanks Dr. Oz for doing such a bang up job checking the (flawed) study that this company representative marketed on your show leading people to snap up this product as a weight loss “miracle”. You’re… Source: Doubtful News Related posts:FDA and FTC send nastygrams to makers of homeopathic HCG diet products FTC shuts down fake news sites […]
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2:30 PM | Carhacking: Computerized Vehicles Are More Vulnerable Than Ever
Who's really driving your car? Saad Faruque, CC BY-SABy Andrew Smith, The Open University and Blaine Price, The Open University read more
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