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November 28, 2014

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12:00 AM | Science Book a Day Interviews David Casarett
Special thanks to David Casarett for answering 6 questions about his recently featured book – Shocked: Adventures in Bringing Back the Recently Dead David Casarett, M.D., is a physician, researcher, and tenured professor at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School […]

November 27, 2014

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8:16 PM | Man’s Best Friend, Saving Africa’s Wildlife -...
Man’s Best Friend, Saving Africa’s Wildlife - Anatolian Shepherd Dogs Conservation South Africa is working with farmers and researchers to find solutions to the conflict between farmers and predators so that people and nature can thrive together. Human wildlife conflict is as old as humanity and in Namaqualand in South Africa sheep and goat farmers are losing an estimated R1.4 billion rand annually through livestock to depredation, Conservation South Africa (CSA) is working with […]
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5:49 PM | Diagnosing Asthma with a Single Drop of Blood A single droplet...
Diagnosing Asthma with a Single Drop of Blood A single droplet of blood can tell the doctor whether you have a mild or severe case of asthma. More information on this story at http://www.insidescience.org/content/diagnosing-asthma-single-drop-blood/2331 By: Inside Science.
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5:40 PM | Fragile X and a new autism treatment
There are many roads to autism, none of them involve vaccination. I get tired of saying that, but it’s simple science, vaccines do not cause autism. Thankfully science knows this and […]

Gkogkas, C., Khoutorsky, A., Cao, R., Jafarnejad, S., Prager-Khoutorsky, M., Giannakas, N., Kaminari, A., Fragkouli, A., Nader, K., Price, T. & Konicek, B. (2014). Pharmacogenetic Inhibition of eIF4E-Dependent Mmp9 mRNA Translation Reverses Fragile X Syndrome-like Phenotypes, Cell Reports, DOI: 10.1016/j.celrep.2014.10.064

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5:40 PM | Fragile X and a new autism treatment
There are many roads to autism, none of them involve vaccination. I get tired of saying that, but it’s simple science, vaccines do not cause autism. Thankfully science knows this and […]

Gkogkas, C., Khoutorsky, A., Cao, R., Jafarnejad, S., Prager-Khoutorsky, M., Giannakas, N., Kaminari, A., Fragkouli, A., Nader, K., Price, T. & Konicek, B. (2014). Pharmacogenetic Inhibition of eIF4E-Dependent Mmp9 mRNA Translation Reverses Fragile X Syndrome-like Phenotypes, Cell Reports, DOI: 10.1016/j.celrep.2014.10.064

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1:57 PM | Best of Thanksgiving 2: Let's Talk Stuffing--Your Face!
Cornell University's Brian Wansink talks about eating behavior and how mindless eating has us consuming way more calories than we suspect.     -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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1:55 PM | Best of Thanksgiving 1: Let's Talk Turkey!
Turkey scientist Rich Buchholz of the University of Mississippi talks about the turkey on your plate and his own turkey research.     -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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9:55 AM | FC is a technique that has no validity
FC, by the way, refers to Facilitated Communication, a controversial technique which as the name suggests relies on a facilitator to support "the hand or arm of a communicatively impaired individual while using a keyboard or other devices with the aim of helping the individual to point and thereby to communicate." The quote for the title of this post comes from the paper by Ralf Schlosser and colleagues [1] who following systematic review, found "unequivocal evidence for facilitator […]

Schlosser RW, Balandin S, Hemsley B, Iacono T, Probst P & von Tetzchner S (2014). Facilitated Communication and Authorship: A Systematic Review., Augmentative and alternative communication (Baltimore, Md. : 1985), 1-10. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25384895

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November 26, 2014

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10:03 PM | ​It's 2.4 Miles Across, 8,650 Years Old, and It Lives in Oregon
No, it's not hipster Cthulhu. Known as "honey fungus," this huge underground organism is the world's biggest living thing. And its life cycle is incredible.Read more...
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9:54 PM | Cockroaches, Alligators & Other Weird Sources of New...
Cockroaches, Alligators & Other Weird Sources of New Drugs Some of humanity’s favorite antibiotics are starting to lose their mojo, in the face of smart, sneaky, and rapidly-evolving bacteria. To find new drugs to combat these superbugs, scientists are looking in some weird new places, like cockroaches’ brains, the blood of alligators, and more. By: SciShow. Support on Subbable: https://subbable.com/scishow
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8:20 PM | Need to turn off the pain? Well now we can!
 My sister suffers from chronic pain issues. I’ve written several posts about how her autoimmune disease is a special brand of pain that you will thankfully (almost certainly) never have […]

Little JW, Ford A, Symons-Liguori AM, Chen Z, Janes K, Doyle T, Xie J, Luongo L, Tosh DK, Maione S & Bannister K (2014). Endogenous adenosine A3 receptor activation selectively alleviates persistent pain states., Brain : a journal of neurology, PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25414036

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8:20 PM | Need to turn off the pain? Well now we can!
 My sister suffers from chronic pain issues. I’ve written several posts about how her autoimmune disease is a special brand of pain that you will thankfully (almost certainly) never have […]

Little JW, Ford A, Symons-Liguori AM, Chen Z, Janes K, Doyle T, Xie J, Luongo L, Tosh DK, Maione S & Bannister K (2014). Endogenous adenosine A3 receptor activation selectively alleviates persistent pain states., Brain : a journal of neurology, PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25414036

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8:20 PM | Need to turn off the pain? Well now we can!
 My sister suffers from chronic pain issues. I’ve written several posts about how her autoimmune disease is a special brand of pain that you will thankfully (almost certainly) never have […]

Little JW, Ford A, Symons-Liguori AM, Chen Z, Janes K, Doyle T, Xie J, Luongo L, Tosh DK, Maione S & Bannister K (2014). Endogenous adenosine A3 receptor activation selectively alleviates persistent pain states., Brain : a journal of neurology, PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25414036

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6:45 PM | Centipede’s genes reveal how life evolved on our planet
Centipedes, those many-legged creatures that startle us in our homes and gardens, have been genetically sequenced for the first time. An international team of over 100 scientists today reveals how this humble arthropod’s DNA gave them new insight into how life developed on our planet. Centipedes are members of the arthropods, a group with numerous … Continue reading →
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6:45 PM | Long-Lost Turkey Bacteria May Bring New Antibiotics
'Good' bacteria inside the holiday food favorite produces medicine that can kill roughly half of all infectious bacteria.
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6:16 PM | Molecules that came in handy for first life on Earth
For the first time, chemists have successfully produced amino acid-like molecules that all have the same ‘handedness’, from simple building blocks and in a single test tube. Could this be how life started. On Earth? Or in space, as the Philae lander is currently exploring? Some molecules are found in two chiral variants that, just … Continue reading →
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6:00 PM | Why lizards have bird breath: Iguanas evolved one-way lungs surprisingly like those of birds
Biologists long assumed that one-way air flow was a special adaptation in birds driven by the intense energy demands of flight. But now scientists have shown that bird-like breathing also developed in green iguanas – reptiles not known for high-capacity aerobic fitness. The finding bolsters the case that unidirectional bird-like flow evolved long before the … Continue reading →
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5:49 PM | Extinct earwigs, a shark rescue & Angry Birds help save...
Extinct earwigs, a shark rescue & Angry Birds help save pangolins Antarctic fur seals get a little too friendly with penguins, lionfish in Florida continue to take over, a breakthrough with Starfish Wasting Syndrome & divers rescue an injured shark! Get these stories and more in this week’s recap of nature news! By: Earth Touch.
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5:39 PM | Darwin 2.0: New theory on speciation, diversity
It has long been thought that dramatic changes in a landscape like the formation of the Andes Mountain range or the Amazon River is the main driver that initiates species to diverge. However, a recent study shows that speciation occurred much later than these dramatic geographical changes. Researchers have found that time and a species’ … Continue reading →
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3:00 PM | Millie Hughes-Fulford: Scientist in Space
Former astronaut Millie Hughes-Fulford is sending an experiment into space that could one day help travelers going to Mars and aging people here on Earth. She seeks to understand how a lack of gravity impacts our immune system.
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2:35 PM | Illusion Makes People Speak with the Voice of Their Avatar
Think you’re in control of your own body? A simple virtual-reality session could not only make you feel like an avatar’s body is your own, but make you speak more like the digital character. First there was the rubber-hand illusion, a classic experiment that showed syncing up someone’s touch perceptions with what they see happening […]The post Illusion Makes People Speak with the Voice of Their Avatar appeared first on Inkfish.

Banakou D & Slater M (2014). Body ownership causes illusory self-attribution of speaking and influences subsequent real speaking., Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25422444

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12:12 PM | Thanksgiving week, light posting. One holiday genome (cranberries).
There’s nobody reading the blog this week each year, everyone is traveling or napping, at least in the US. So I’ll just bring a holiday genome I came across recently. Cranberries. This fruit is one of very few native North American fruits that are widely cultivated. I went looking to see if a genome paper […]

Polashock J., Diego Fajardo, Juan Zalapa, Laura Georgi, Debashish Bhattacharya & Nicholi Vorsa (2014). The American cranberry: first insights into the whole genome of a species adapted to bog habitat, BMC Plant Biology, 14 (1) 165. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1471-2229-14-165

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9:54 AM | The gut microbiome in Down Syndrome
The recent preliminary findings from Elena Biagi and colleagues [1] (open-access) reporting on the constitution of the gut microbiome - the collected bacteria which reside in the deepest, darkest recesses of our gastrointestinal (GI) tract - in a small number of cases of Down's syndrome caught my eye recently.It's a funny feeling being taken under the wing of a dragonPerhaps a little bit unusually looking at the gut microbiome because of the link between premature ageing in Down's syndrome […]

Biagi E, Candela M, Centanni M, Consolandi C, Rampelli S, Turroni S, Severgnini M, Peano C, Ghezzo A, Scurti M & Salvioli S (2014). Gut Microbiome in Down Syndrome., PloS one, 9 (11) PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25386941

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1:30 AM | Evolving bacteria to produce more of all sorts of useful chemicals
Pushing evolution to get cells to make more of specific chemicals.

November 25, 2014

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11:36 PM | Is Jurassic World Violating CITES Protections?
Have you seen the new Jurassic World trailer?  As if I even have to ask…  Of course you have.  And of course you are amazed by the scene featuring what appears to be either a short-necked species of pliosaur (maybe a Kronosaurus?) or a super-sized version of a mosasaur, (an extinct marine reptile, not a […]
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11:36 PM | Is Jurassic World Violating CITES Protections?
Have you seen the new Jurassic World trailer?  As if I even have to ask…  Of course you have.  And of course you are amazed by the scene featuring what appears to be either a short-necked species of pliosaur (maybe a Kronosaurus?) or a super-sized version of a mosasaur, (an extinct marine reptile, not a […]
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11:33 PM | Misconceptions about Pets This week, Elliott discusses some...
Misconceptions about Pets This week, Elliott discusses some misconceptions about pets. By: Mental Floss. Support: http://store.mentalfloss.com/ (enter promo code: “YoutubeFlossers” for 15% off!)
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9:54 PM | Religion Vs Evolution (ft. the Messianic Manic) Can you believe...
Religion Vs Evolution (ft. the Messianic Manic) Can you believe in both evolution and God? Let me and the Messianic Manic help you out! Messianic Manic’s Half of the Collab: http://tinyurl.com/pko4vnr Ockham’s Razor: http://tinyurl.com/pauxqo7 Was the Universe Designed? http://tinyurl.com/pxea4pc By: Philosophy Tube. Support on Patreon: http://www.patreon.com/PhilosophyTube
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9:50 PM | Join me and the ASAPscience guys tonight for #ASAPbookclub
jtotheizzoe: I’m joining Mitch and Greg on November 25 at 6 EST to talk about this month’s asapscience book club pick: The Hot Zone by Richard Preston Keep your eyes here or on the ASAPscience page for details on how to join in on tomorrow’s Google hangout. Reposting since this is happening tonight! Who’s joining us? Send in your questions about The Hot Zone/Ebola here or on Twitter! Keep a look out here or on Twitter for details on how to join in and watch the […]
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9:05 PM | Human’s 10 Bizarre Behaviors That Can’t Be...
Human’s 10 Bizarre Behaviors That Can’t Be Explained We do these so frequently that we don’t even realize what a remarkably quirky species humans are… What do you think is the most typical human behaviour, in this list or in general? By: Hybrid Librarian. Support on Patreon: http://www.patreon.com/hybridlibrarian
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