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April 17, 2014

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5:39 PM | New MRSA Superbug In Brazil
An international research team has identified a new superbug that caused a bloodstream infection in a Brazilian patient. The new superbug is part of a class of highly-resistant bacteria known as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus or MRSA, which is a major cause of hospital and community-associated infections. The superbug has also acquired high levels of resistance to vancomycin, the most common and least expensive antibiotic used to treat severe MRSA infections worldwide. read m
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5:38 PM | On Money, Power, and How John Roberts Forged One More Link In The History Of White Supremacy In America
Yesterday  an essay I wrote appeared over at the Atlantic’s joint. (Originally on Ta-Nehisi Coates’ blog, the editors there moved it over to Politics after a bit.)  It’s attracted a fair amount of comment over there, including severe disdain from some folks that I infer are somewhat more right of center than your humble blogger. In […]
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5:00 PM | Without Science Leadership, Food Shortages Could Be Critical World Issue By 2050
The world could be less than 40 years away from a food shortage that will have serious implications for people and governments, according to a senior science advisor at the U.S. Agency for International Development. It's not Paul Ehrlich/John Holdren Doomsday Prophet levels of gloom, but it's a sign we need to keep science advancing.read more
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4:42 PM | Tourette Syndrome - Brain Training Overcomes Tics In Study
Children with Tourette syndrome may unconsciously train their brain to more effectively control their tics.How so? A recent study found that teenagers diagnosed with  Tourette syndrome   were slower than typical peers when asked to perform a task that involved them simply moving their eyes to look at targets but buterr when the task was more demanding and required them to choose between looking at or away from targets. They were as fast as their peers but made fewer eye movements […]
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4:08 PM | Tesla On The Horizon: Wireless Power Now Works Over 15 Feet
Researchers have reported a big improvement in the distance of wireless power.   Their "Dipole Coil Resonant System (DCRS) boosts the extended range of inductive power transfer up to 5 meters between transmitter and receiver coils.  It's not quite the rumors about Nikola Tesla but if you think that's not a lot, ponder that Bluetooth is only slightly greater after 15 years in progress.read more
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3:53 PM | Lab Grown Organs and Artistic Computers in Fifty Years?
The Pew Research Center released the 2014 survey of U.S. adults (1,001 participants, surveyed by land-line or cell phone interviews) regarding their views on technological advancements in the next 50 years. Over eighty percent of the participants said that "People in need of an organ transplant will have new organs custom made for them in a lab" and roughly half of the participants felt that "Computers will be as effective as people at creating important works of art such as... Read more
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3:31 PM | Is Nick Szabo The Creator Of Bitcoin? Linguists Say They Have The Answer
A recent Newsweek article claimed that the mystery of the brains behind Bitcoin had been solved - and Dorian S. Nakamoto was the guy.The primary author of the celebrated cryptocurrency Bitcoin paper has remained unknown. Bitcoin is an Internet-based virtual currency which allows users to buy goods and services online. The payment system, introduced in 2009, is supposedly easier and safer than sending money via more traditional means. Using Bitcoin to pay for items also means avoiding credit […]
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3:25 PM | The Suicide Epidemic Among India’s Marginalized Farmers
A statistical analysis determines that in India’s agriculture sector following the liberalization of the nation’s economy during the 1990s,  suicides among small, debt-ridden farmers - who are clinging to tiny holdings, less than one hectare - and are trying to grow cash crops, such as cotton and coffee, that are highly susceptible to global price fluctuations - have been the result.By contrast, areas such as Gujarat, in which cash crops are mainly cultivated on large-scale […]
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3:19 PM | Help Build the Definitive List of Science-Inspired Songs
Search the web for ‘science songs’ and you’ll be disappointed. I certainly was....
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3:06 PM | Mystery blob that appeared after Australian rain likely isn’t “jellyfish”
Man in Australia finds gelatinous blob after rain. He assumes it’s a jellyfish. That’s probably not correct. With obligatory “baffled” experts. Is this a jellyfishnado? Possible jellyfish remains found after Smithfield “mini tornado” | News.com.au. MYSTERIOUS blobs of slime have been found in a park on a quiet, suburban Cairns street and even experts are… Source: Doubtful News
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3:04 PM | Jumping Cholla
Cholla The jumping cholla‘s branches have silver-ochre stings which grey with age.   Flowers are white and rose and smudged with tinges of blue; its fruit green barrels.   Baby chollas jump; cling to desert animals. Vela de coyote!  
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3:02 PM | On-The-Spot Malaria Detector
A portable malaria detector could provide test results in seconds. Originally published:  Apr 17 2014 - 9:45am By:  Marsha Lewis, ISTV Contributing Producer Science category:  Biology News section:  Inside Science TV Tags:  malaria […]
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2:50 PM | Today’s shoot involves a sword. #scienceiscoming
Today’s shoot involves a sword. #scienceiscoming
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2:40 PM | Sex Reversal: In Brazilian Cave Insects, Females Have The Penises
Researchers have discovered little-known cave insects, four distinct but related species in the genus Neotrogla, with rather novel sex lives - the first example of an animal with sex-reversed genitalia.read more
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2:06 PM | Does Recreational Cannabis Change the Brain in Young People?
Yesterday a paper was published online in the Journal of Neuroscience which showed that even recreational cannabis smoking may affect the shape and size of certain regions of the brain. Of course this study got widespread attention in the media and I’ve seen headlines raging from the conservative “Casual marijuana use linked with brain abnormalities” […]The post Does Recreational Cannabis Change the Brain in Young People? appeared first on HeadStuff.
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1:30 PM | Stanislaw Burzynski publishes 42.5% of one clinical trial
Damn it. After hearing the horrible news that Laura Hymas had died on the same day that I found out that the pro-quackery “health freedom” Alliance for Natural Health (ANH) was supporting a federal “right to try” bill, I thought it would just be a one-off post about Burzynski, his allies, and the human toll…
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1:24 PM | 3er Concurso Estatal de Ciencia y Tecnología 2014 (Baja California Sur, México)
El Instituto Sudcaliforniano de la Juventud (ISJ), una entidad de gobierno, organiza el 3er Concurso Estatal Juvenil Ciencia y Tecnología 2014 en el Municipio de Los Cabos. Se trata del evento más esperado de año, para que los jóvenes expresen, mediante la ciencia y creatividad, invenciones que solucionan inmediatamente las necesidades de la sociedad. El concurso ha sido creado con la meta de despertar el interés de la sociedad estudiantil, docente y al […]
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12:57 PM | 9/11 truther Ruppert dead
Author, political commentator and conspiracy theorist Michael Ruppert died from suicide on April 13, 2014. Sheriff: Author Michael Ruppert dies of self-inflicted gunshot wound Nationally known author Michael Ruppert died Sunday of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound in Calistoga where he had lived for a few months on a friend’s property. He was 63. A former… Source: Doubtful News
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12:24 PM | The biggest problem on the planet
A couple months ago the National Science Foundation released some surprising stats about what Americans do (and don’t) know. One in four of us, apparently, believes that the sun revolves around the Earth. That made me cry a little on the inside when I first read it. But in a lecture on science, society, and education on Tuesday, […]
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11:32 AM | Cannabis use and structural changes in the brain
  “One or two spliffs a week could mess up your brain” – Metro, 16 April 2014 Spark your interest? This headline caught the eyes of the Antisense team, so […]

Gilman, J., Kuster, J., Lee, S., Lee, M., Kim, B., Makris, N., van der Kouwe, A., Blood, A. & Breiter, H. (2014). Cannabis Use Is Quantitatively Associated with Nucleus Accumbens and Amygdala Abnormalities in Young Adult Recreational Users, Journal of Neuroscience, 34 (16) 5529-5538. DOI:

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10:45 AM | Tobacco industry-funded research, peer review, and nannying | Richard P Grant
Another journal bans research funded by the tobacco industry. It's time to stop treating us like childrenAside from the occasional cigar (once every five years or so), I'm one of those smug "never smoked" gits. You then might think that I'm all for plain packaging, not publishing tobacco industry-funded research, and completely against the "normalization" of smoking via the evidently evil medium of e-cigarettes.The truth is, as I've said before in this column, as long as I'm not forced to […]
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8:56 AM | Mitigation of Climate Change – Part 3 of the new IPCC report
      Guest post by Brigitte Knopf             Global emissions continue to rise further and this is in the first place due to economic growth and to a lesser extent to population growth. To achieve climate protection, fossil power generation without CCS has to be phased out almost entirely […]
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8:00 AM | A Hometown Hero, A Foreign Flag
Last Saturday, my daughter and I went to the opening day of Little League season. In our small town of White Salmon, Washington, it’s a day for classic Americana: The players chase their coaches around the bases, the Boy Scouts raise the Stars and Stripes, we sing the Star-Spangled Banner, and a local celebrity throws […]
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5:45 AM | Research Shows That Bacteria Survive Longer In Contact Lens Cleaning Solution Than Thought
Each year in the UK, bacterial infections cause around 6,000 cases of a severe eye condition known as microbial keratitis – an inflammation and ulceration of the cornea that can lead to loss of vision. The use of contact lenses has been identified as a particular risk factor for microbial keratitis. New research, presented today at the Society for General Microbiology Annual Conference in Liverpool, shows that a bacterial strain associated with more severe infections shows enhanced […]
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5:44 AM | Creative Activities Outside Work Can Improve Job Performance
SAN FRANCISCO -- Employees who pursue creative activities outside of work may find that these activities boost their performance on the job, according to a new study by San Francisco State University organizational psychologist Kevin Eschleman and colleagues. Creative pursuits away from work seem to have a direct effect on factors such as creative problem solving and helping others while on the job, said Eschleman, an assistant professor of psychology.read more
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5:44 AM | Key Milestone For Brown Fat Research With A Ground-breaking MRI Scan
The first MRI scan to show 'brown fat' in a living adult could prove to be an essential step towards a new wave of therapies to aid the fight against diabetes and obesity. Researchers from Warwick Medical School and University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust used a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) based method to identify and confirm the presence of brown adipose tissue in a living adult. Brown fat has become a hot topic for scientists due its ability to use energy and burn […]
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5:44 AM | Sprifermin Offers Benefit For Cartilage Loss From Knee Osteoarthritis
In a new study in patients with osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee, at 12 months, total femorotibial cartilage thickness loss was reduced in sprifermin (recombinant human fibroblast growth factor 18)-treated knees compared to placebo-treated knees, with effects being significant in the lateral femorotibial compartment but not in the central femorotibial compartment. Results published in Arthritis & Rheumatology, a journal of the American College of Rheumatology (ACR), showed that sprifermin […]
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4:45 AM | The More Variables, the Better?
Ideas from algebraic geometry and arithmetic complexity Hyman Bass is a professor of both mathematics and mathematics education at the University of Michigan, after a long and storied career at Columbia University. He was one of the first generation of mathematicians to investigate K-theory, and gave what is now the recognized definition of the first […]
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4:43 AM | Suffering morphs into cosiness in Easter celebrations
Anyone who wishes to be faithful to old Norwegian Easter traditions should eat salted herring and black pudding on Long Friday.
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3:59 AM | The Strange remains the Same for 16 April 2014
The electric chair was invented by Alfred Southwick, a dentist. Excellent work! When you’re not here to create an encyclopedia, your Wikipedia statistics show it | Skeptical Software Tools. German Shepherd called to jury duty in New Jersey. Vendors wanted for Bigfoot-themed fest. (Oh, no, Bigfootery is serious! Serious business, that is.) Cryptozoologists hunt sasquatch in… Source: Doubtful News
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