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January 25, 2015

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12:22 AM | Nothing Is What It Seems - Zoo La La You’ll need to do a...
Nothing Is What It Seems - Zoo La La You’ll need to do a double take on these animals, as Maddie reveals why even creatures at opposite ends of the earth might look incredibly similar. By: Earth Unplugged.

January 24, 2015

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11:33 PM | Field Notes: Saddle-billed Stork by wildkingdom: In today’s...
Field Notes: Saddle-billed Stork by wildkingdom: In today’s Field Notes, we look at a tall, graceful wading bird with long legs, a long bill and a striding gait, the saddle-billed stork.
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9:55 PM | The Beaver Slayers of Patagonia In 1946, importing 25 pairs of...
The Beaver Slayers of Patagonia In 1946, importing 25 pairs of beavers from Canada to Chile in order to foster a fur trade in an economically lackluster territory of Patagonia seemed like a smart idea. However, no one would have imagined these incisor-toothed vermin would one day lay waste to Patagonia’s forests. Today, there are roughly 100,000 beavers in the region and their environmental destruction has allegedly led to the most transformative destruction of its southern ecosystem […]
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8:16 PM | Managing Hawai’ian Fisheries — A Food Security Story...
Managing Hawai’ian Fisheries — A Food Security Story from Kiholo The mission of Conservation International (CI) Hawaiʻi is to “hoʻi i ke kai momona”, or return to an abundant ocean that will feed Hawaiʻi’s people for generations to come. CI empowers community groups across Hawaiʻi to restore and manage their coastal fisheries in collaboration with the state of Hawaiʻi. This video tells the story of Hui Aloha Kīholo, a group of people […]
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7:27 PM | E.O. Wilson on Pheromones and the Hidden World of Other...
E.O. Wilson on Pheromones and the Hidden World of Other Senses Biologist Edward O. Wilson takes us through several natural stimuli that humans don’t understand, yet are used by various animals to navigate and communicate within communities. Examples include infrared sensing, echolocation, electrical perception, and pheromones. As the world’s leading expert on ants, Wilson explains how entire colonies structure their societies around the senses of smell and taste via pheromones. […]
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7:00 PM | The connections in autistic brains are idiosyncratic and individualized
Each autistics' brain is distinct; non-autistics' brains are remarkably uniform.
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6:39 PM | Lucid dreaming: The similarities between dreaming and wakefulness
To control one’s dreams and to live out there what is impossible in real life — a truly tempting idea. Some people — so-called lucid dreamers — can do this. Researchers have discovered that the brain area which enables self-reflection is larger in lucid dreamers. Thus, lucid dreamers are possibly also more self-reflecting when they […]

Filevich E, Dresler M, Brick TR & Kühn S (2015). Metacognitive mechanisms underlying lucid dreaming., The Journal of neuroscience : the official journal of the Society for Neuroscience, 35 (3) 1082-8. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25609624

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3:36 PM | Morsels For The Mind – 23/01/2015
Every day we provide you with Six Incredible Things Before Breakfast to nibble away at. Here you can fill your brain with the most intellectually stimulating “amuse bouches” from the past week – a veritable smorgasbord for the cranium. They’re all here for you to load up your plate – this week’s “Morsels for the mind”. Enjoy! If you do nothing else, make sure to check out the “Reads / views / listens of the week”. **** Feather, fur […]
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3:36 PM | Morsels For The Mind – 23/01/2015
Every day we provide you with Six Incredible Things Before Breakfast to nibble away at. Here you can fill your brain with the most intellectually stimulating “amuse bouches” from the past week – a veritable smorgasbord for the cranium. They’re all here for you to load up your plate – this week’s “Morsels for the mind”. Enjoy! If you do nothing else, make sure to check out the “Reads / views / listens of the week”. **** Feather, fur […]
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12:16 AM | Mothers don’t speak clearly to their babies
People have a distinctive way of talking to babies and small children: We speak more slowly, using a sing-song voice, and tend to use cutesy words like “tummy”. While we might be inclined to think that we talk this way because it is easier for children to understand, new research suggests that, surprisingly, mothers may actually […]

Andrew Martin, Thomas Schatz, Maarten Versteegh, Kouki Miyazawa, Reiko Mazuka, Emmanuel Dupoux, and Alejandrina Cristia. (2015). Kouki Miyazawa, Reiko Mazuka, Emmanuel Dupoux, and Alejandrina Cristia. Mothers Speak Less Clearly to Infants Than to Adults: A Comprehensive Test of the Hyperarticulation Hypothesis., Psychological Science, Other:

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12:16 AM | Mothers don’t speak clearly to their babies
People have a distinctive way of talking to babies and small children: We speak more slowly, using a sing-song voice, and tend to use cutesy words like “tummy”. While we might be inclined to think that we talk this way because it is easier for children to understand, new research suggests that, surprisingly, mothers may actually […]

Andrew Martin, Thomas Schatz, Maarten Versteegh, Kouki Miyazawa, Reiko Mazuka, Emmanuel Dupoux, and Alejandrina Cristia. (2015). Kouki Miyazawa, Reiko Mazuka, Emmanuel Dupoux, and Alejandrina Cristia. Mothers Speak Less Clearly to Infants Than to Adults: A Comprehensive Test of the Hyperarticulation Hypothesis., Psychological Science, Other:

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12:16 AM | Mothers don’t speak clearly to their babies
People have a distinctive way of talking to babies and small children: We speak more slowly, using a sing-song voice, and tend to use cutesy words like “tummy”. While we might be inclined to think that we talk this way because it is easier for children to understand, new research suggests that, surprisingly, mothers may actually […]

Andrew Martin, Thomas Schatz, Maarten Versteegh, Kouki Miyazawa, Reiko Mazuka, Emmanuel Dupoux, and Alejandrina Cristia. (2015). Kouki Miyazawa, Reiko Mazuka, Emmanuel Dupoux, and Alejandrina Cristia. Mothers Speak Less Clearly to Infants Than to Adults: A Comprehensive Test of the Hyperarticulation Hypothesis., Psychological Science, Other:

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January 23, 2015

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10:20 PM | This Is The Fish Researchers Found Living Underneath 2,400 Feet Of Ice
After drilling down through almost half a mile in solid ice on a glacial shelf in Antarctica, scientists found something surprising. There was something alive swimming in the just over 30 feet of water: this strange, clear fish.Read more...
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7:03 PM | Scientists Find Fish, Crustaceans under 740 Meters of Antarctic Ice
Researchers from the Whillans Ice Stream Subglacial Access Research Drilling (WISSARD) project have uncovered a unique ecosystem of fish and invertebrates living in an estuary deep beneath the Antarctic ice. The discovery stems from the WISSARD project’s investigation of the grounding zone of Whillans Ice Stream of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet, 850 km from [...]
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5:34 PM | Fossil ankles indicate Earth’s earliest primates lived in trees
Earth’s earliest primates have taken a step up in the world, now that researchers have gotten a good look at their ankles. A new study has found that Purgatorius, a small mammal that lived on a diet of fruit and insects, was a tree dweller. Paleontologists made the discovery by analyzing 65-million-year-old ankle bones collected … Continue reading →
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3:30 PM | Human 'Atlas' Reveals Where Proteins Are in Body
The map reveals exactly which proteins are special to organs, and which ones are common across all tissues in the body.
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4:00 AM | Oldest Primates Lived in Trees
A new study from the University of Florida suggests that humans’ earliest primate ancestor was a tree-dwelling creature. Named Purgatorius, scientists believe it looked like a cross between a squirrel and tree shrew, and weighed less than a deck of playing cards. This ancient animal was previously known only by its teeth. The shape of […] The post Oldest Primates Lived in Trees appeared first on EH Science.
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4:00 AM | Oldest Primates Lived in Trees
A new study from the University of Florida suggests that humans’ earliest primate ancestor was a tree-dwelling creature. Named Purgatorius, scientists believe it looked like a cross between a squirrel and tree shrew, and weighed less than a deck of playing cards. This ancient animal was previously known only by its teeth. The shape of […] The post Oldest Primates Lived in Trees appeared first on EH Science.
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12:22 AM | Could a blind eye regenerate? We tend to think of blindness as...
Could a blind eye regenerate? We tend to think of blindness as something you’re born with, but with certain genetic diseases, it can actually develop when you’re a kid, or even when you’re an adult. But could blind eyes possibly regenerate? David Davila explains how the zebrafish’s amazing regenerative retinas are causing scientists to investigate that very question. View full lesson here: http://ed.ted.com/lessons/could-a-blind-eye-regenerate-david-davila Lesson by […]
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12:15 AM | A Year in the Life of the Bowhead Whale
Ever wonder what Bowhead whales, the only baleen whale that spends it’s entire life in the Arctic and sub-arctic, do all year round? Well now you can find out by watching this gorgeous new movie put together by Native Alaskans, marine scientists and the Museum of the North at the University of Alaska. I just watched the […]
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12:15 AM | A Year in the Life of the Bowhead Whale
Ever wonder what Bowhead whales, the only baleen whale that spends it’s entire life in the Arctic and sub-arctic, do all year round? Well now you can find out by watching this gorgeous new movie put together by Native Alaskans, marine scientists and the Museum of the North at the University of Alaska. I just watched the […]
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12:00 AM | Researchers Engineer 'Kill Switch' To Keep GM Bacteria In Check
As we venture deeper into the era of GMOs and synthetic life, it's critical that we develop safeguards to prevent the contamination of natural systems. To that end, researchers have devised a clever solution to ensure this never happens – at least in GM bacteria.Read more...

January 22, 2015

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11:06 PM | Should Cold Sufferers Wear Medical Masks?
From KQED Education Do Now: Every year, millions of Americans come down with a case of the common cold, resulting in many missed days of school and work. Should cold sufferers wear medical masks to help prevent spreading germs? Would you wear one the next time you have a cold?
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10:50 PM | Belief’s effect on biochemistry in cases of addiction
Ever wonder what makes people susceptible to addiction? Think about it, some people can stop addictive painkillers without a problem and others, well others are not so lucky. So the big question is are there more than biophysical factors at play in addiction? A new study shows that cognitive beliefs play a significant role in a […]

Gu, X., Lohrenz, T., Salas, R., Baldwin, P., Soltani, A., Kirk, U., Cinciripini, P. & Montague, P. (2015). Belief about nicotine selectively modulates value and reward prediction error signals in smokers, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 201416639. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1416639112

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10:50 PM | Belief’s effect on biochemistry in cases of addiction
Ever wonder what makes people susceptible to addiction? Think about it, some people can stop addictive painkillers without a problem and others, well others are not so lucky. So the big question is are there more than biophysical factors at play in addiction? A new study shows that cognitive beliefs play a significant role in a […]

Gu, X., Lohrenz, T., Salas, R., Baldwin, P., Soltani, A., Kirk, U., Cinciripini, P. & Montague, P. (2015). Belief about nicotine selectively modulates value and reward prediction error signals in smokers, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 201416639. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1416639112

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10:50 PM | Belief’s effect on biochemistry in cases of addiction
Ever wonder what makes people susceptible to addiction? Think about it, some people can stop addictive painkillers without a problem and others, well others are not so lucky. So the big question is are there more than biophysical factors at play in addiction? A new study shows that cognitive beliefs play a significant role in a […]

Gu, X., Lohrenz, T., Salas, R., Baldwin, P., Soltani, A., Kirk, U., Cinciripini, P. & Montague, P. (2015). Belief about nicotine selectively modulates value and reward prediction error signals in smokers, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 201416639. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1416639112

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10:50 PM | Belief’s effect on biochemistry in cases of addiction
Ever wonder what makes people susceptible to addiction? Think about it, some people can stop addictive painkillers without a problem and others, well others are not so lucky. So the big question is are there more than biophysical factors at play in addiction? A new study shows that cognitive beliefs play a significant role in a […]

Gu, X., Lohrenz, T., Salas, R., Baldwin, P., Soltani, A., Kirk, U., Cinciripini, P. & Montague, P. (2015). Belief about nicotine selectively modulates value and reward prediction error signals in smokers, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 201416639. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1416639112

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10:43 PM | Sex-Linked Traits: It Takes Two to Tango Learn about sex-linked...
Sex-Linked Traits: It Takes Two to Tango Learn about sex-linked traits and how to complete problems involving sex-linked traits with the Amoeba Sisters! Traits on the sex chromosomes can change everything. By: Amoeba Sisters.
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10:20 PM | Watch Jumbo Squid Turn Into Strobe Lights When They Communicate
By attaching "Crittercams" onto the backs of jumbo squid, marine biologists have captured unprecedented video showing how these brazen sea creatures flash in red and white as they attempt to communicate with each other. Read more...
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9:54 PM | Fact Checking March Against Monsanto Protesters #2 Myles, once...
Fact Checking March Against Monsanto Protesters #2 Myles, once again, talks about one of the speeches he heard whilst attending the March Against Monsanto protest last year. This time he fact-checks a speech given by Sue Mallender who, unlike others, was not only speaking for herself - but on behalf of her political party, The Green Party. Later, he interviews her to ask her some questions about the claims she was making in her speech. By: Myles Power. Support on: […]
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