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April 23, 2014

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2:56 AM | All Your Base Are NNNNNNNNNN
A: I don't think I have the funding to get this sequenced. I wish I had a Genomics Fairy Godmother.B: I've got a Genomics Fairy Godmother. She waves her Illumina HiSeq and out drops three gigs of FASTQ reads. The only problem is, at midnight, all the sequences turn into@PUMPKINATCGATCGATCGATCGATCGATCGATCGATCGATCGATCGATCGATCGATCGATCG+HAHA_SUCKER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

April 22, 2014

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10:50 PM | Happy Earth Day!
April 22nd marks Earth Day, the annual U.N.-sponsored event to celebrate our planet and raise awareness of the impact that human activity has on our environment. TheWorldPost looks into some of Earth’s natural wonders that face the possibility of destruction. Additionally, the Huffington Post has captured the incredible diversity of Earth’s biomes landscapes in a […]
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10:50 PM | Learning about Luidia! 5 Things about The OTHER Sand Star!
Luidia clathrata from the Wikipedia page! thank you!Probably one of the most frequently encountered but unappreciated of starfish is Luidia, a genus of seastar that occurs in tropics all throughout the world. Often times, in shallow-water and seen by MANY but known by few.Some species, such as this Luidia alternata from the Southeast United States were recently mistaken for brittle stars by some, no-doubt, well intentioned but misinformed journalists! (here) Just to clarify: these are NOT […]
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10:30 PM | Debunking the AIDS Denialist Movie House of Numbers - Part 6 -...
Debunking the AIDS Denialist Movie House of Numbers - Part 6 - HIV James from the History of Infection talks about HIV replication and the evidence we have for its existence. JimtheEvohttps://www.youtube.com/user/JimtheEvo via Myles Power. Website: http://www.mylespower.co.uk Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/#!/powerm1985 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/powerm1985
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9:30 PM | A Week in Science- Chocolate Coated Science Could chocolate be...
A Week in Science- Chocolate Coated Science Could chocolate be good for your health? We look at why our favourite sweet treat may be good for us, in moderation of course! You can follow A Week in Science throughout the week on Twitter, and join the discussion, by following @RiAus For more information visit http://riaus.org.au/podcast/a-week-in-science-18-april-2014/ via RiAus.
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8:30 PM | The Milk-Industrial Complex Readers of Aaron’s blog know...
The Milk-Industrial Complex Readers of Aaron’s blog know of his beef with the milk industrial complex. Why does milk, of all beverages, get a pass in our efforts to reduce everyone’s caloric intake? Why is it encouraged, when all others are shunned? Is it because you need the calcium? Is it because it makes your bones stronger? Watch, and learn why the milk emperor has no clothes. References can be found here: […]
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7:00 PM | Science Friction №24 - Command Your Own Undersea Army The...
Science Friction №24 - Command Your Own Undersea Army The creatures of the ocean could be yours to command, just like Aquaman. Find out what the U.S. Navy and Ukraine are able to train dolphins, sea lions and whales to do. And find out what the military has planned for Sharks! Links to sources. via Science Friction.
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5:30 PM | Snack Time with Jabba the African Pixie Frog Jabba is an african...
Snack Time with Jabba the African Pixie Frog Jabba is an african pixie frog. They are one of the largest frog species in the world, second only the goliath frog! These guys are fantastic eaters, snacking on anything that they can fit in their mouth. They are ambush predators and snatch up anything that comes near. Once the prey is inside their mouth, they use their enormous eyes to push the meal down their throat. Yes, they swallow with their eyeballs. via Animal Wonders Montana. Youtube: […]
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4:30 PM | Vaccines Do NOT Cause Autism! What Does? Everyone loves a good...
Vaccines Do NOT Cause Autism! What Does? Everyone loves a good conspiracy theory! Even if you don’t believe one, it can still be interesting to learn about. However, sometimes it can lead to some harmful misinformation. Join Trace as he talks about conspiracy theories in the medical world and why they can be harmful for adults and children. via DNews Channel.
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4:00 PM | Alzheimer’s? Forget about it!
Let’s face it, diseases that affect the brain are some of the hardest to deal with. Anyone who’s lost someone to alzheimer’s knows exactly what I am talking about. Looking […]

Acharya S., Safaie B.M., Wongkongkathep P., Ivanova M.I., Attar A., Klarner F.G., Schrader T., Loo J.A., Bitan G. & Lapidus L.J. & (2014). Molecular Basis for Preventing  α-synuclein Aggregation by a Molecular Tweezer, Journal of Biological Chemistry, 289 (15) 10727-10737. DOI:

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4:00 PM | Alzheimer’s? Forget about it!
Let’s face it, diseases that affect the brain are some of the hardest to deal with. Anyone who’s lost someone to alzheimer’s knows exactly what I am talking about. Looking […]

Acharya S., Safaie B.M., Wongkongkathep P., Ivanova M.I., Attar A., Klarner F.G., Schrader T., Loo J.A., Bitan G. & Lapidus L.J. & (2014). Molecular Basis for Preventing  α-synuclein Aggregation by a Molecular Tweezer, Journal of Biological Chemistry, 289 (15) 10727-10737. DOI:

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3:30 PM | Wolverine In Real Life This little mouse has super healing...
Wolverine In Real Life This little mouse has super healing powers just like wolverine from X-Men! Well, kinda… via Animalist Network.
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3:00 PM | How Does A Dog Drink Water? Dogs don’t have the same cheek...
How Does A Dog Drink Water? Dogs don’t have the same cheek muscles as humans so they can’t sip water like we do. Instead they scoop water with their tongues and make a huge mess in the process! via Animalist Network.
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2:50 PM | Scientists Trace Origins of Domesticated Chili Pepper to Central-East Mexico
Linguistic, ecological, archaeological and genetic evidence show that the domesticated chili pepper, Capsicum annuum, originated in central-east Mexico more than 6,500 years ago. “Identifying the origin of the chili pepper is not just an academic exercise. By tracing back the ancestry of any domesticated plant, we can better understand the genetic evolution of that species [...]
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2:28 PM | Does the Octopus Really “Fart” Ink?—and Other Strange Facts [Video]
It’s true that the octopus is super weird. These animals have blue blood and three hearts. And as online personality and humorist Ze Frank points out in his latest video creation, it seems that... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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2:22 PM | Frogs Survive Subzero Temperatures by Living as Ice Cubes
No matter how rough a winter you think you had, it was nothing compared to what a wood frog survives every year. Some of these little amphibians are still waiting for spring, when they’ll thaw out and turn from frog-shaped blocks of ice back into animals. Recently, scientists took a close look at wood frogs […]The post Frogs Survive Subzero Temperatures by Living as Ice Cubes appeared first on Inkfish.

Larson DJ, Middle L, Vu H, Zhang W, Serianni AS, Duman J & Barnes BM (2014). Wood frog adaptations to overwintering in Alaska: New limits to freezing tolerance., The Journal of experimental biology, PMID:

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1:54 PM | No link between STAP cells and acid reflux, except for paper’s authors
> If you’ve stayed current with the STAP cell fiasco you know it’s been a wild ride. STAP cells, or Stimulus-Triggered Acquisition of Pluripotency cells, caught the imagination of many in late January through their sheer simplicity: You hit cells with a shock of acidic conditions, and they become pluripotent. That’s it. No Yamanaka factors...Read more

Chen X., Qin R., Liu B., Ma Y., Su Y., Yang C., Glickman J., Odze R. & Shaheen N. Multilayered epithelium in a rat model and human Barrett's esophagus: similar expression patterns of transcription factors and differentiation markers, BMC Gastroentereology, 8 (1) DOI:

Wang X., Yang S., Zhao X., Guo H., Ling X., Wang L., Fan C., Yu J. & Zhou S. (2014). OCT3 and SOX2 promote the transformation of Barrett's esophagus to adenocarcinoma by regulating the formation of tumor stem cells., Oncology reports, PMID:

Wang X., Ouyang H., Yamamoto Y., Kumar P.A., Wei T.S., Dagher R., Vincent M., Lu X., Bellizzi A.M. & Ho K.Y. & Residual embryonic cells as precursors of a Barrett's-like metaplasia., Cell, PMID:

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1:54 PM | No link between STAP cells and acid reflux, except for paper’s authors
> If you’ve stayed current with the STAP cell fiasco you know it’s been a wild ride. STAP cells, or Stimulus-Triggered Acquisition of Pluripotency cells, caught the imagination of many in late January through their sheer simplicity: You hit cells with a shock of acidic conditions, and they become pluripotent. That’s it. No Yamanaka factors...Read more

Chen X., Qin R., Liu B., Ma Y., Su Y., Yang C., Glickman J., Odze R. & Shaheen N. Multilayered epithelium in a rat model and human Barrett's esophagus: similar expression patterns of transcription factors and differentiation markers, BMC Gastroentereology, 8 (1) DOI:

Wang X., Yang S., Zhao X., Guo H., Ling X., Wang L., Fan C., Yu J. & Zhou S. (2014). OCT3 and SOX2 promote the transformation of Barrett's esophagus to adenocarcinoma by regulating the formation of tumor stem cells., Oncology reports, PMID:

Wang X., Ouyang H., Yamamoto Y., Kumar P.A., Wei T.S., Dagher R., Vincent M., Lu X., Bellizzi A.M. & Ho K.Y. & Residual embryonic cells as precursors of a Barrett's-like metaplasia., Cell, PMID:

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1:54 PM | No link between STAP cells and acid reflux, except for paper’s authors
> If you’ve stayed current with the STAP cell fiasco you know it’s been a wild ride. STAP cells, or Stimulus-Triggered Acquisition of Pluripotency cells, caught the imagination of many in late January through their sheer simplicity: You hit cells with a shock of acidic conditions, and they become pluripotent. That’s it. No Yamanaka factors...Read more

Chen X., Qin R., Liu B., Ma Y., Su Y., Yang C., Glickman J., Odze R. & Shaheen N. Multilayered epithelium in a rat model and human Barrett's esophagus: similar expression patterns of transcription factors and differentiation markers, BMC Gastroentereology, 8 (1) DOI:

Wang X., Yang S., Zhao X., Guo H., Ling X., Wang L., Fan C., Yu J. & Zhou S. (2014). OCT3 and SOX2 promote the transformation of Barrett's esophagus to adenocarcinoma by regulating the formation of tumor stem cells., Oncology reports, PMID:

Wang X., Ouyang H., Yamamoto Y., Kumar P.A., Wei T.S., Dagher R., Vincent M., Lu X., Bellizzi A.M. & Ho K.Y. & Residual embryonic cells as precursors of a Barrett's-like metaplasia., Cell, PMID:

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1:54 PM | No link between STAP cells and acid reflux, except for paper’s authors
> If you’ve stayed current with the STAP cell fiasco you know it’s been a wild ride. STAP cells, or Stimulus-Triggered Acquisition of Pluripotency cells, caught the imagination of many in late January through their sheer simplicity: You hit cells with a shock of acidic conditions, and they become pluripotent. That’s it. No Yamanaka factors...Read more

Chen X., Qin R., Liu B., Ma Y., Su Y., Yang C., Glickman J., Odze R. & Shaheen N. Multilayered epithelium in a rat model and human Barrett's esophagus: similar expression patterns of transcription factors and differentiation markers, BMC Gastroentereology, 8 (1) DOI:

Wang X., Yang S., Zhao X., Guo H., Ling X., Wang L., Fan C., Yu J. & Zhou S. (2014). OCT3 and SOX2 promote the transformation of Barrett's esophagus to adenocarcinoma by regulating the formation of tumor stem cells., Oncology reports, PMID:

Wang X., Ouyang H., Yamamoto Y., Kumar P.A., Wei T.S., Dagher R., Vincent M., Lu X., Bellizzi A.M. & Ho K.Y. & Residual embryonic cells as precursors of a Barrett's-like metaplasia., Cell, PMID:

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1:30 PM | Fin Patterns Meet University of Chicago Professor and Field...
Fin Patterns Meet University of Chicago Professor and Field Museum Research Associate Dr. Mark Westneat, and watch as he amusingly re-enacts how the five types of fins work together to help fish balance their bodies in the water, swim fast, and maneuver accurately. via The Field Museum.
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12:30 PM | Counting Eagle Chicks From The Sky Mithcell Byrd, Captain Fuzzzo...
Counting Eagle Chicks From The Sky Mithcell Byrd, Captain Fuzzzo Shermer and Bryan Watts record the breeding success of eagles during a productivity flight by going from nest to nest and counting the young along the Rappahannock River. via Live Science Videos.
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11:41 AM | Muscle weakness seen in alcoholism linked to mitochondrial repair issues
Muscle weakness from long-term alcoholism may stem from an inability […]
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9:00 AM | Saffron: the brightly coloured spice from crocus flowers
Saffron is the world’s most expensive spice by weight. Its vibrant orange-red colour means that as well as being used for flavouring food, it can also be used to dye fabric. Saffron comes from the stigmas (female part) of Crocus … Continue reading →
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1:37 AM | Living on the Edge – Extremophiles
Extremophiles, in essence, are organisms that can survive, thrive, and reproduce in unforgiving geochemical conditions. These incredible life forms can be found inside rocks up to 1900 feet below the sea floor and on the surface of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant. The most famous of extremophiles are thermophiles, which live in hydrothermal vents and […]

April 21, 2014

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10:30 PM | Interviews: Ep 9 - Ed Clint A fascinating discussion with Ed...
Interviews: Ep 9 - Ed Clint A fascinating discussion with Ed Clint on evolutionary medicine. He discusses stress, sanitation and fever and the importance they have in our evolution. via Michael Greiff.
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7:00 PM | Rare turtle cruises over reef, snacks on a jelly Hawksbill...
Rare turtle cruises over reef, snacks on a jelly Hawksbill turtles might be critically endangered, but they’re thriving on this reef off Thailand’s coast. This youngster casually cruises through his underwater neighbourhood before finding a jellyfish snack. And when dinner is done, he becomes just a little infatuated with his reflection in the camera lens, forcing cameraman Stewart Whitfield to retreat. via Earth Touch.
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6:56 PM | Easter Chocolate Cravings: The Power of Polyphenols
With the Easter weekend over for another year and the family festivities drawing to a close, we can sit and contemplate one thing…just how much chocolate have I eaten the […]

Katz, D., Doughty, K. & Ali, A. (2011). Cocoa and Chocolate in Human Health and Disease, Antioxidants & Redox Signaling, 15 (10) 2779-2811. DOI:

Franco R, Oñatibia-Astibia A & Martínez-Pinilla E (2013). Health benefits of methylxanthines in cacao and chocolate., Nutrients, 5 (10) 4159-73. PMID:

Selmi C, Cocchi CA, Lanfredini M, Keen CL & Gershwin ME (2008). Chocolate at heart: the anti-inflammatory impact of cocoa flavanols., Molecular nutrition & food research, 52 (11) 1340-8. PMID:

Ellam S & Williamson G (2013). Cocoa and human health., Annual review of nutrition, 33 105-28. PMID:

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6:56 PM | Easter Chocolate Cravings: The Power of Polyphenols
With the Easter weekend over for another year and the family festivities drawing to a close, we can sit and contemplate one thing…just how much chocolate have I eaten the […]

Katz, D., Doughty, K. & Ali, A. (2011). Cocoa and Chocolate in Human Health and Disease, Antioxidants & Redox Signaling, 15 (10) 2779-2811. DOI:

Franco R, Oñatibia-Astibia A & Martínez-Pinilla E (2013). Health benefits of methylxanthines in cacao and chocolate., Nutrients, 5 (10) 4159-73. PMID:

Selmi C, Cocchi CA, Lanfredini M, Keen CL & Gershwin ME (2008). Chocolate at heart: the anti-inflammatory impact of cocoa flavanols., Molecular nutrition & food research, 52 (11) 1340-8. PMID:

Ellam S & Williamson G (2013). Cocoa and human health., Annual review of nutrition, 33 105-28. PMID:

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6:56 PM | Easter Chocolate Cravings: The Power of Polyphenols
With the Easter weekend over for another year and the family festivities drawing to a close, we can sit and contemplate one thing…just how much chocolate have I eaten the […]

Katz, D., Doughty, K. & Ali, A. (2011). Cocoa and Chocolate in Human Health and Disease, Antioxidants & Redox Signaling, 15 (10) 2779-2811. DOI:

Franco R, Oñatibia-Astibia A & Martínez-Pinilla E (2013). Health benefits of methylxanthines in cacao and chocolate., Nutrients, 5 (10) 4159-73. PMID:

Selmi C, Cocchi CA, Lanfredini M, Keen CL & Gershwin ME (2008). Chocolate at heart: the anti-inflammatory impact of cocoa flavanols., Molecular nutrition & food research, 52 (11) 1340-8. PMID:

Ellam S & Williamson G (2013). Cocoa and human health., Annual review of nutrition, 33 105-28. PMID:

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