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April 16, 2014

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4:45 AM | Mapping social responsibility in science
Most scientists want their research to be valuable to society – they just disagree about the definition of what is valuable, new research reveals.
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4:25 AM | Charitable Donation Discrepancies: Why Are Some Countries More Generous Than Others?
When it comes to charitable giving, some countries open their collective wallets more than others. According to a new study in the Journal of Consumer Research, people who live in countries that promote equality in power and wealth are more likely to donate money than those who live in societies that expect and accept inequality. "Our research examines whether cultural values can explain the different levels of charitable giving between different countries," write authors Karen Page Winterich […]
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4:25 AM | Predicting Bioavailable Cadmium Levels In Soils
New Zealand's pastoral landscapes are some of the loveliest in the world, but they also contain a hidden threat. Many of the country's pasture soils have become enriched in cadmium. Grasses take up this toxic heavy metal, which is then eaten by the cattle and sheep that graze them. The problem is not unique to New Zealand; cadmium-enriched soils being reported worldwide. The concern is that if cadmium concentrations rise to unsafe levels in meat and dairy products, human health and New […]
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4:24 AM | Study Examines Vitamin D Deficiency And Cognition Relationship
WINSTON-SALEM – April 15, 2014 – Vitamin D deficiency and cognitive impairment are common in older adults, but there isn't a lot of conclusive research into whether there's a relationship between the two. A new study from Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center published online ahead of print this month in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society enhances the existing literature on the subject.read more
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3:59 AM | The Strange remains the same 15 April 2014
“All we are is dust in the wind’ Ick Ick ICK! Murder Victims Get the Final Word in Investigation Discovery’s “Cell Block Psychic” | TheFutonCritic.com. The Skeptic’s Boot.: A Demon Debunked! Residents panic after chicken begins talking before being slaughtered. NeuroLogica Blog » Why We Need a Skeptical Movement. Chinese Thunder God Herb Works as… Source: Doubtful News
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3:56 AM | I had to show this to my wife
Some symptoms of hypoglycemia include headaches, weakness, nervousness, trembling and unclear thinking. Another thing you might notice is when you are hypoglycemic, it’s not a good time to talk with you spouse about finances. A recent article, published (ahead of print) in the Proceedings of the National Academy of the Sciences by Brad Bushman, et […]
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3:46 AM | How Pathogenic E. Coli O157:H7 Binds To Fresh Vegetables
Food-poisoning outbreaks linked to Escherichia coli are often associated with tainted meat products but up to 30% of these are caused by people eating contaminated vegetables, and that has risen with the popularity of the organic process, as was seen in the 2011 outbreak in Europe that caused 53 deaths. A new presentation at the Society for General Microbiology's Annual Meeting in Liverpool showed that disease-causing E. coli O157:H7 interacts directly with plant cells, allowing it to […]
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3:12 AM | El pez hoja
Observa detenidamente y por unos minutos la siguiente foto… ¿qué es lo que ves? ¿una hoja? Pues no, no es una hoja, es un pez. Este pequeño impostor mide alrededor de 8 centímetros, es de agua dulce y es nativo de la cuenca del río Amazonas, Brasil, América de Sur. Es Monocirrhus polyacanthus y pertenece a la familia Polycentridae, un grupo de peces que está asociado a un comportamiento depredador. Es llamado el “pez […]
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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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2:01 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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