Posts

October 27, 2014

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3:03 PM | Birdbooker Report 344
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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3:00 PM | Stand By Your Maine: Country Music's Northern Roots
Country music's soaring popularity in the Northeast isn't so much a novelty as it is a rebirth. Image: US NavyBy Clifford Murphy, University of Maryland, Baltimore County read more
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2:26 PM | 10 Million Suns: That Bright Pulsar May Not Be Alone
A team of astronomers recently reported discovering a pulsating star that appears to shine with the energy of 10 million suns. A pulsar is a type of rotating neutron star that emits a bright beam of energy that regularly sweeps past Earth like a lighthouse beacon. What are the odds finding another one so bright? According to one of the paper's authors, quite good.  Professor Deepto Chakrabarty of the Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research at the Massachusetts Institute of […]
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2:25 PM | If you're over 60, drink up: Alcohol associated with better memory
www.purpleclover.comTo quote Lewis Carroll, "damn, that's good news." Actually, I think he said something like, "Frabjous day, etc., etc," but I think it what I wrote is closer to the point.This means the older author can continue to follow Ernest Hemingway's advise, "Write drunk, edit sober."  Well, no, not a good idea.  I mean editing sober is always a good idea, but writing drunk?  Not so much. But a glass of wine or a highball before?  Perhaps.Here's the story:For people […]
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2:07 PM | 4 Things Needed To Make The Perfect Cup Of Coffee
There are four factors to making the perfect cup of coffee. Credit: Andy Ciordia/Flickr, CC BY-NC-NDBy Don BrushettIt’s hard to get a bad coffee these days. Plenty of baristas have fine-tuned the process of making espresso, but really there are only a handful of variables they can control: read more
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2:00 PM | Antivaccine wingnuts, stay away from my Halloween Kit Kats and Reese’s!
Grant deadline today, which means I didn’t have time to produce yet another scintillating epic for my not-so-super-secret other blog. I did, however, have time to take note of a highly annoying thing on Facebook that was brought to my attention last night and is worth a brief mention here, so that the blog doesn’t…
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1:50 PM | New CMS Results
The Large Hadron Collider at the CERN laboratories in Geneva is currently in shutdown, finalizing the upgrades that will allow it to restart next year at the  centre-of-mass energy of 13 TeV - over 60% more than the last 8 TeV run. ATLAS and CMS have collected no more proton-proton collisions since almost two years ago; yet the collaborations are as busy as ever producing physics results from the analysis of the 2012 data.Rather than focusing on any single result, below I give some […]
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1:37 PM | When It Comes To Ebola, How Much Risk Is Too Much?
How much risk can health workers be asked to take on? Mike Segar/ReutersBy Catherine Womack, Bridgewater State UniversityTaking care of sick people has always involved personal risk. From plague to tuberculosis to smallpox to SARS, health-care workers have put themselves in danger in the course of fulfilling their duties to care for others. Many have lost their lives doing just that. read more
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1:12 PM | How do trees change the climate?
Guest commentary from Abby Swann (U. Washington) This past month, an op-ed by Nadine Unger appeared in the New York Times with the headline “To save the climate, don’t plant trees”.  The author’s main argument is that UN programs to address climate change by planting trees or preserving existing forests are “high risk” and a […]
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1:00 PM | Cocoa Flavanols Reverse Age-Related Memory Decline
A new study has found that  age-related memory decline in healthy older adults can be reversed by dietary cocoa flavanols, the naturally occurring bioactives found in cocoa. read more
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12:55 PM | It's better for memory to make mistakes while learning
Making mistakes while learning can benefit memory and lead to the correct answer, but only if the guesses are close-but-no-cigar, according to new research findings from Baycrest Health Sciences. Subject:  Brain & Behavior
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12:52 PM | The Ebola epidemic: Is there a way out?
Not everyone who contracts the Ebola virus dies, the survival rate is around 30% suggesting that some kind of immunity to the disease is possible. Experimental treatments and vaccines against Ebola exist but have not yet been tested in large groups for safety and efficacy (phase 2 trials). The International Union of Immunology Societies (IUIS) published a statement today in its official journal, Frontiers in Immunology calling for urgent and adequate funding of vaccine candidates in […]
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12:40 PM | The Hendo hoverboard
Hendo is introducing the world's first REAL hoverboard and hover developer kit. They are putting hover technology in YOUR hands. The magic behind the hoverboard lies in its four disc-shaped hover engines. These create a special magnetic field which literally pushes against itself, generating the lift which levitates our board off the ground. Subject:  Technology
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11:54 AM | Horrorstör by Grady Hendrix | review
Anyone who’s ever worked retail knows that creepy feeling when the store is closed at night. A space just a few hours ago teeming with people all of a sudden empty. Lights are off and shadows dare you to cross them, the slightest sound amplified, the hairs on the back of your neck standing up […] The post Horrorstör by Grady Hendrix | review appeared first on HeadStuff.
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9:07 AM | The Controversy of the Birth of the Modern Cell
In secondary school I remember being told wen being taught about the cell that the mitochondria, which has its own DNA and produces the energy that is required in the […]
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8:58 AM | “I fight monsters. I can’t fight physics.”
Sometimes this blog languishes a little because I don’t know what to write. I’ve got a stock of articles written, but it’s hard to know what’s topical and others will find interesting, so I don’t post a lot of what I write. Sometimes, though, things become topical and I get the excuse I wanted to […]
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8:00 AM | Guest Post: Affair of the Heart. IV: Day of Reckoninig
My wife Anne and I arrived at Johns Hopkins’s gleaming new Sheikh Zayed Tower at 5:15 AM on September 8.  I knew I would soon be on an operating table with my breastbone split  and my ribcage cranked open, exposing my heart and the aortic aneurysm that had brought me here.  A  heart-lung machine would […]
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7:36 AM | Science Communication = Choosing Your Terminology Carefully
I was channel surfing yesterday and caught the end of a science piece on graphene and its’ use in flexible computer screens. The story was on the programme “On the Money” a financially focused programme on CNBC, and was showing on one of the Sky channels. It was an interesting piece but I had to [...]
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7:09 AM | América Latina y el Caribe pierden a sus vertebrados
La variedad de especies animales y vegetales sufre un retroceso en todo el mundo, pero algunos estudios acentúan el problema en América Latina cuando analizan el caso de los vertebrados. Los investigadores llaman la atención sobre factores como la destrucción de hábitats o el cambio climático y sobre las consecuencias que tienen para una de las zonas más ricas en biodiversidad del planeta. La biodiversidad retrocede en todo el planeta a pasos […]
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5:25 AM | Best of the news blog this week
A selection of our daily blog over the past week.
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5:25 AM | Is Lockheed’s fusion project breaking new ground?
Some are sceptical about claims of a fusion reactor in the works that could fit on the back of a truck.
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5:25 AM | The ancient fish that first had sex
Ancient fish challenge what we know about the evolution of reproduction.
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5:25 AM | Tracking melanoma’s deadly path
Knowing how the disease spreads may improve treatment.
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5:25 AM | I, Robot – you, an unsuspecting patient
The advent of medical robots is a mixed blessing
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5:25 AM | Learning to live with robots
Ethics, love, the future of work. Will humans will be superseded?
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5:23 AM | Oldest human genome reveals a story of sex and migration
The world's oldest known human genome has been mapped and provides key dates and insight into human history.
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5:12 AM | Few really boost health with alcohol
Only about 15 percent of the population can use their health as an excuse for enjoying a couple of glasses of red wine daily.
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4:47 AM | Sciencey Stuff You May Have Missed: Week 43
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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3:59 AM | Remains of the Weekend 25-26 October 2014
Haunted Houses and the Law: The Requirement of a Home Owner to Disclose Hauntings Prior to a Sale What it feels like to … be a parapsychologist | Herald Scotland. The Science (and Non-Science) of the Ouija : Discovery News. T.B Joshua: Send ‘Miracles’ to Victims’ Families or Be Held to Account By Leo Igwe… Source: Doubtful News
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2:58 AM | Prophecies that Really Come True
The self-fulfilling prophecy is an idea that’s really bugged me for a while, so I thought I should share it with you. I first thought of it when thinking about my favourite juice store. They have ranked their juices in order of popularity so there’s a big poster that says “#1 House Special” that describes their […]
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