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March 02, 2015

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2:54 PM | New Creature Feature: The Coelacanth
The coelacanth (pronounced SEEL-uh-kanth) is an enormous, bottom-dwelling fish that is unlike other living fishes in a number of ways. They belong to an ancient lineage that has been around for more than 360 million years. Coelacanths can reach more than six feet long and weigh about 200 pounds, and they’re covered in thick, scaly armor. It’s estimated they can live up to 60 years or more. Read about what makes them so unique here: The Creature Feature: 10 Fun Facts About the […]
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1:39 PM | Studying migratory connectivity of shorebirds on the Texas coast
Scientists from the Migratory Bird Center of the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute are using transmitters to track the movements of shorebirds–the long-billed curlew, red knot, […] The post Studying migratory connectivity of shorebirds on the Texas coast appeared first on Smithsonian Science.
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9:25 AM | Phylogenetic relatedness and the determinants of competitive outcomes
Pigot & Eitenne 2015 Phylogenetic relatedness and the determinants of competitive outcomes. Ecology Letters 18(2) 153-163 As if by magic, the ‘new’ approaches I hoped would appear last post have done so. It’s almost as if I know the posting schedule ahead of time!… Alex Pigot and Rampal Etienne have produced an analytical framework within which we […]

March 01, 2015

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5:54 AM | The Dress, Color Perception, and What is Real?
So between llamas and a technicolor dress, the internet kind of exploded on Feb 26. The dress in question is a lovely shade of … white and gold or blue and black. Or there was a popular third option. Who cares? … Continue reading →
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12:11 AM | Morsels For The Mind – 27/02/2015
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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12:11 AM | Morsels For The Mind – 27/02/2015
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 […]

February 28, 2015

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7:46 PM | Life, NOT as we know it
Life as we know it, when we peer deep into the vastness of space we look for someone — or something — that resembles ourselves. Carbon based, needs water lifeforms, but what if we’re being narrow-minded? A new type of methane-based, oxygen-free life form that can metabolize and reproduce similar to life on Earth has […]

James Stevenson,, Jonathan Lunine, & Paulette Clancy (2015). Membrane alternatives in worlds without oxygen: Creation of an azotosome, Science Advances, Other:

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7:46 PM | Life, NOT as we know it
Life as we know it, when we peer deep into the vastness of space we look for someone — or something — that resembles ourselves. Carbon based, needs water lifeforms, but what if we’re being narrow-minded? A new type of methane-based, oxygen-free life form that can metabolize and reproduce similar to life on Earth has […]

James Stevenson,, Jonathan Lunine, & Paulette Clancy (2015). Membrane alternatives in worlds without oxygen: Creation of an azotosome, Science Advances, Other:

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7:46 PM | Life, NOT as we know it
Life as we know it, when we peer deep into the vastness of space we look for someone — or something — that resembles ourselves. Carbon based, needs water lifeforms, but what if we’re being narrow-minded? A new type of methane-based, oxygen-free life form that can metabolize and reproduce similar to life on Earth has […]

James Stevenson,, Jonathan Lunine, & Paulette Clancy (2015). Membrane alternatives in worlds without oxygen: Creation of an azotosome, Science Advances, Other:

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5:01 AM | RNA-mediated repurposing in microbes and adapations in primate brains
Human-specific gene ARHGAP11B promotes basal progenitor amplification and neocortex expansion Excerpt: “…the C-terminal 47 amino-acids of ARHGAP11B (after lysine-220) constitute not only a unique sequence, resulting from a frameshifting deletion (fig. S10), but also are functionally distinct from their counterpart...Read more

February 27, 2015

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8:21 PM | The Scary Truth About Plastic We dump 8 million tons of plastic...
The Scary Truth About Plastic We dump 8 million tons of plastic into the trash every year, so where does it all go? We have the awful truth about all that plastic and the Pacific Garbage Patch. By: Think Tank.
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4:53 PM | RNA-mediated “repurposing” is nutrient-dependent and pheromone-controlled
 Evolutionary resurrection of flagellar motility via rewiring of the nitrogen regulation system Excerpt: The fast-spreading strain AR2F had acquired an additional point mutation in the σ54-dependent EBP gene ntrC, which alters an amino acid (R442C) within the DNA binding domain...Read more
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3:37 PM | Fun Science FRIEDay – Ocean Acidification, More Than Just pH
You have probably heard that as the global climate changes due to human influence the sea surface is going to rise and the oceans will get warmer and more acidic. The bit about the oceans increasing in acidity is particularly troubling because it implies calcium carbonate based organisms (oysters, snails, corals, etc.) will simply dissolve […]

February 26, 2015

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8:34 PM | Blue Halo Initiative Expands to Montserrat and Curaçao!
VERY EXCITING NEWS! The Waitt Institute has expanded its Blue Halo Initiative to Montserrat and Curaçao, building on the recent success in Barbuda. The new partnerships with these two innovative island governments and communities will help envision, design, and implement sustainable ocean policies for their waters. With the launches of Blue Halo Montserrat and Blue…
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1:01 PM | A naturalist and his moquitoes
This is another in the “meet the lab” series – here’s a feature by MSc student Chris Cloutier: I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t fascinated by the world of creepy crawly things. For as long as I have been able to grasp and crawl I have been collecting and observing insects and spiders. […]
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5:55 AM | Through the Compound Eye
Eyes are remarkable structures that have evolved independently at least three times. The most obvious advantage of eyes is that they help us understand the world around us by absorbing what is essentially data, which our brains then decode to tell us there’s … Continue reading →
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4:27 AM | From 3-D to epigenetically-effected 4-D genome make-up
Discoveries in 3-D Genome Make-Up and Genetic Changes: Clarification of differences amidst chromosome pairs and how gene expression is effected by chromosome folding Excerpt: “…offers a useful guide for future studies of the epigenome’s function in our evolution and diseases...Read more

February 25, 2015

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9:43 PM | A Bat-tastic Beginning for 2015!
After catching bats all night, I crawled into my tent at 11:59 PM and counted down to the New Year, listening to lions call in the distance and a hyena whooping nearby ...

February 24, 2015

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9:38 PM | Move over oil, new pretreatment could cut biofuel costs by 30 percent or more
Alternative fuels have a few large problems making them horrible options over oil (which is already a horrible choice). However, researchers may have finally eliminated one of those problems, cost. The team has invented a novel pretreatment technology that could cut the cost of biofuels production by about 30 percent or more by dramatically reducing […]

Nguyen, T., Cai, C., Kumar, R. & Wyman, C. (2015). Co-solvent Pretreatment Reduces Costly Enzyme Requirements for High Sugar and Ethanol Yields from Lignocellulosic Biomass, ChemSusChem, DOI: 10.1002/cssc.201403045

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9:38 PM | Move over oil, new pretreatment could cut biofuel costs by 30 percent or more
Alternative fuels have a few large problems making them horrible options over oil (which is already a horrible choice). However, researchers may have finally eliminated one of those problems, cost. The team has invented a novel pretreatment technology that could cut the cost of biofuels production by about 30 percent or more by dramatically reducing […]

Nguyen, T., Cai, C., Kumar, R. & Wyman, C. (2015). Co-solvent Pretreatment Reduces Costly Enzyme Requirements for High Sugar and Ethanol Yields from Lignocellulosic Biomass, ChemSusChem, DOI: 10.1002/cssc.201403045

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9:38 PM | Move over oil, new pretreatment could cut biofuel costs by 30 percent or more
Alternative fuels have a few large problems making them horrible options over oil (which is already a horrible choice). However, researchers may have finally eliminated one of those problems, cost. The team has invented a novel pretreatment technology that could cut the cost of biofuels production by about 30 percent or more by dramatically reducing […]

Nguyen, T., Cai, C., Kumar, R. & Wyman, C. (2015). Co-solvent Pretreatment Reduces Costly Enzyme Requirements for High Sugar and Ethanol Yields from Lignocellulosic Biomass, ChemSusChem, DOI: 10.1002/cssc.201403045

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9:38 PM | Move over oil, new pretreatment could cut biofuel costs by 30 percent or more
Alternative fuels have a few large problems making them horrible options over oil (which is already a horrible choice). However, researchers may have finally eliminated one of those problems, cost. The team has invented a novel pretreatment technology that could cut the cost of biofuels production by about 30 percent or more by dramatically reducing […]

Nguyen, T., Cai, C., Kumar, R. & Wyman, C. (2015). Co-solvent Pretreatment Reduces Costly Enzyme Requirements for High Sugar and Ethanol Yields from Lignocellulosic Biomass, ChemSusChem, DOI: 10.1002/cssc.201403045

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9:38 PM | Move over oil, new pretreatment could cut biofuel costs by 30 percent or more
Alternative fuels have a few large problems making them horrible options over oil (which is already a horrible choice). However, researchers may have finally eliminated one of those problems, cost. The team has invented a novel pretreatment technology that could cut the cost of biofuels production by about 30 percent or more by dramatically reducing […]

Nguyen, T., Cai, C., Kumar, R. & Wyman, C. (2015). Co-solvent Pretreatment Reduces Costly Enzyme Requirements for High Sugar and Ethanol Yields from Lignocellulosic Biomass, ChemSusChem, DOI: 10.1002/cssc.201403045

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9:38 PM | Move over oil, new pretreatment could cut biofuel costs by 30 percent or more
Alternative fuels have a few large problems making them horrible options over oil (which is already a horrible choice). However, researchers may have finally eliminated one of those problems, cost. The team has invented a novel pretreatment technology that could cut the cost of biofuels production by about 30 percent or more by dramatically reducing […]

Nguyen, T., Cai, C., Kumar, R. & Wyman, C. (2015). Co-solvent Pretreatment Reduces Costly Enzyme Requirements for High Sugar and Ethanol Yields from Lignocellulosic Biomass, ChemSusChem, DOI: 10.1002/cssc.201403045

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9:38 PM | Move over oil, new pretreatment could cut biofuel costs by 30 percent or more
Alternative fuels have a few large problems making them horrible options over oil (which is already a horrible choice). However, researchers may have finally eliminated one of those problems, cost. The team has invented a novel pretreatment technology that could cut the cost of biofuels production by about 30 percent or more by dramatically reducing […]

Nguyen, T., Cai, C., Kumar, R. & Wyman, C. (2015). Co-solvent Pretreatment Reduces Costly Enzyme Requirements for High Sugar and Ethanol Yields from Lignocellulosic Biomass, ChemSusChem, DOI: 10.1002/cssc.201403045

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6:15 PM | Island’s Invasive Species Wreak Havoc: How Did They Get Here?
Invasive cats, rats, and lizards are wreaking havoc on the native species of Fernando de Noronha. How did they all get here?
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4:07 PM | Sunken ships, pirate problems & the search for the loneliest...
Sunken ships, pirate problems & the search for the loneliest whale Actor Adrian Grenier teams up with marine biologists on a search for the loneliest whale, the Indonesian government sinks a poaching ship, spider venom viagra, and the U.S. navy unveils a new piece of ice-exploring tech! Get these stories and more in this week’s roundup of nature news! By: Earth Touch.
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1:04 AM | Let there be anti-entropic light (1)
Summary: Light-induced amino acid substitutions link cell type differentiation in plants to nutrient-dependent pheromone-controlled reproduction in animals via the biophysically constrained chemistry of protein folding. Protein folding is perturbed by mutations that limit the ability of organisms to adapt to...Read more
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12:35 AM | Stewardship with Vision: Jeff Laszlo Stewardship with Vision is...
Stewardship with Vision: Jeff Laszlo Stewardship with Vision is a series of short films profiling conservation-minded landowners in the American West. The first episode of the series follows Montana cattle rancher Jeff Laszlo of Granger Ranches as he restores one of the largest wetlands in the West. Produced by: Eddie Roqueta By: Life On TERRA.

February 23, 2015

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7:06 PM | An epigenetic trap (the prequel)
See also: An epigenetic trap (the sequel) Excerpt: “Support for the link from one epigenetic trap to cell type differentiation was included in the molecular epigenetics section of our 1996 review, which detailed how RNA-mediated chromatin remodeling occurs.” My comment:...Read more
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