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October 30, 2014

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12:29 PM | Björk: Biophilia Live
Plans this evening? Tonight’s your final chance to catch Björk: Biophilia Live at the IFI in Temple Bar. It’s an awe-inspiring spectacle and if at all possible, best viewed on a large screen in commune with others. Even if you’re not a major Björk fan (yet) Biophilia is worth the price of the ticket. Yes, your mind will […] The post Björk: Biophilia Live appeared first on HeadStuff.

October 29, 2014

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9:44 PM | World Youth Rhino Summit: Future conservationists rally for...
World Youth Rhino Summit: Future conservationists rally for rhinos From Jane Goodall to Bear Grylls, high-profile figures in the world of wildlife conservation shared their voices for the first-ever World Youth Rhino Summit in South Africa to inspire a new generation of conservationists-in-the-making to fight for the future survival of the world’s remaining rhino species. This powerful video shown at the summit was the call to action for those attending. For more on the summit, please […]
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8:29 PM | Microbial Diversity: sometimes you have it, sometimes you don’t
This past January I wanted to see what would happen to my gut flora if I adopted a hunter-gatherer diet for a week – eating the plants, animals and drinking the same water as the Hadza hunter-gatherers of east Africa that I was working with. Among other hypothesis I wanted to test, would immersing myself [...]The post Microbial Diversity: sometimes you have it, sometimes you don’t appeared first on Human Food Project.
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5:49 PM | Teeth, sex and testosterone reveal secrets of aging in wild mouse lemurs
A brown mouse lemur in the wild. Mouse lemurs, weighing a mere 30 to 80 grams, are the world's smallest primates. Photos, above and below, by Jukka Jernvall.By Carol ClarkMouse lemurs can live at least eight years in the wild – twice as long as some previous estimates, a long-term longitudinal study finds.PLOS ONE published the research on brown mouse lemurs (Microcebus rufus) led in Madagascar by biologist Sarah Zohdy, a post-doctoral fellow in Emory's Department of Environmental […]
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4:18 AM | Ecological Restoration of an Indigenous Community on the US-Canadian Border
Environmental justice concerns in Native communities across the Americas have been a source of continuing social conflict. Addressing the injustices of the past and rebuilding trust between companies, governments and communities remains a challenge. In this guest article, Kim McRae, a doctoral candidate at the University of Vermont with twenty years of community advocacy experience…
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1:46 AM | We need pattern recognition, not proclamations
Two days after serious scientists report that there is no such thing as the evolution of antibiotic resistance in bacteria, see: Team discovers how microbes build a powerful antibiotic Pope Francis declares evolution and Big Bang theory are right and...Read more

October 28, 2014

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10:40 PM | We need pattern recognition, not a prologue
Prolegomenon “a preliminary discussion…; a prologue.” “… we need a mapping from genotype to phenotype, from phenotype to what is selected, and from what is selected to the new genotype (Lewontin, 1961). — cited in Prolegomenon to patterns in evolution...Read more
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10:06 PM | Rapa Expedition: Diving the Marotiri Maelstrom
Kike Ballesteros and Alan Friedlander dive the dangerous and unpredictable Marotiri Shoals, battling the elements to collect scientific data. Curious onlookers, in the form of large predators, come to join them.
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8:59 PM | Rapa Expedition: Human Impacts on Wild Sharks
With many sharks sighted in Marotiri with fishing hooks protruding from their bodies, it seems that almost nothing is untouched by man. However, human impact can also be positive—will the Expedition be able to help these sharks?
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8:56 PM | Rapa Expedition: What Do Sharks Do When We’re Not Looking?
To film animal behavior out of the view of human eyes, the team deploys cameras to drift in the open ocean and record whatever comes their way.
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8:55 PM | Fighting the fur trade, giant spiders & a devastating rhino...
Fighting the fur trade, giant spiders & a devastating rhino death Time to catch up on some devastating rhino news, give your arachnophobia a boost, add your voice to an anti-fur campaign, get a little dose of sloth cuteness and stand a chance to win a sparkly prize. By: Earth Touch.
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8:11 PM | Scientists resurrect 700-year-old viruses, Just in time for Halloween!
You know how some zombie movies start with a discovery of a virus, it gets loose, and things quickly spiral out of control from that? Well in breaking news a […]

Ng, T., Chen, L., Zhou, Y., Shapiro, B., Stiller, M., Heintzman, P., Varsani, A., Kondov, N., Wong, W., Deng, X. & Andrews, T. (2014). Preservation of viral genomes in 700-y-old caribou feces from a subarctic ice patch, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1410429111

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8:11 PM | Scientists resurrect 700-year-old viruses, Just in time for Halloween!
You know how some zombie movies start with a discovery of a virus, it gets loose, and things quickly spiral out of control from that? Well in breaking news a […]

Ng, T., Chen, L., Zhou, Y., Shapiro, B., Stiller, M., Heintzman, P., Varsani, A., Kondov, N., Wong, W., Deng, X. & Andrews, T. (2014). Preservation of viral genomes in 700-y-old caribou feces from a subarctic ice patch, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1410429111

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8:00 PM | Groove is in the hive
Bees have long been famous for their “waggle dance”, a series of moves telling other bees where good food can be found. But do you know just how intricate this dance is? It turns out bees have a complex language and we know how to eavesdrop onto their conversations.
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6:50 PM | Bird-friendly coffee plantations are mammal friendly as well, study shows
Scientists have long known that in the tropics shade-grown coffee plantations provide critical habitat for migratory and resident birds. Now a new survey conducted in […] The post Bird-friendly coffee plantations are mammal friendly as well, study shows appeared first on Smithsonian Science.
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6:50 PM | Don't Let Your Halloween Candy Kill Orangutans
Sumatra and Borneo are the only places in the world where orangutans – the so-called "red apes" – live in the wild. Both species are endangered, the Sumatran one critically so. And your Halloween candy could be, at least in part, to blame.Read more...
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5:12 PM | NEON releases a higher education video on photosynthesis
Did you ever wonder how scientists measure photosynthesis? Check out the latest NEON educational video, developed in collaboration with David Moore (University of Arizona), Ankur Desai (University of Wisconsin) and Pat Morgan (LiCOR). This video is the second in a series of data-science focused videos hosted on YouTube. Also be sure to check out our … Continue reading »
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1:51 PM | Tagged Dolphins Adjust by Swimming Slowly
Scientists love the data they get by attaching electronic tags to animals, but these devices can be a literal drag. For animals that fly or swim, tags can mess up their mechanics and force them to spend more energy. That’s what scientists expected to see when they studied dolphins with data loggers suction-cupped to their […]The post Tagged Dolphins Adjust by Swimming Slowly appeared first on Inkfish.

van der Hoop JM, Fahlman A, Hurst T, Rocho-Levine J, Shorter KA, Petrov V & Moore MJ (2014). Bottlenose dolphins modify behavior to reduce metabolic effect of tag attachment., The Journal of experimental biology, PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25324344

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1:51 PM | Tagged Dolphins Adjust by Swimming Slowly
Scientists love the data they get by attaching electronic tags to animals, but these devices can be a literal drag. For animals that fly or swim, tags can mess up their mechanics and force them to spend more energy. That’s what scientists expected to see when they studied dolphins with data loggers suction-cupped to their […]The post Tagged Dolphins Adjust by Swimming Slowly appeared first on Inkfish.

van der Hoop JM, Fahlman A, Hurst T, Rocho-Levine J, Shorter KA, Petrov V & Moore MJ (2014). Bottlenose dolphins modify behavior to reduce metabolic effect of tag attachment., The Journal of experimental biology, PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25324344

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11:17 AM | 3D printing for environmental research
For Manchester Science Festival I have been demonstrating an exploration of using 3D printing (additive manufacturing) to support environmental and ecology research and teaching. Apart from the practical benefits I think 3D printing is an important development for open research because it allows us to share hardware more easily than ever before, simply by sharing …

October 27, 2014

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7:40 PM | Real Zombie-Making Parasites Among Us
The mummified cat and the rat in the crypt of Christ Church in Dublin. Photo by Adrian Grycuk at Wikimedia Commons.The Happening, M. Night Shyamalan’s worst panned movie of all time, is a science fiction thriller about people going into a mysterious trance and committing suicide as a result of other mind-hacking species. One of the leading criticisms raised against this movie is the ridiculousness of the premise. One species can’t cause another to willingly commit suicide! […]

Kaushik, M., Knowles, S. & Webster, J. (2014). What Makes a Feline Fatal in Toxoplasma gondii's Fatal Feline Attraction? Infected Rats Choose Wild Cats, Integrative and Comparative Biology, 54 (2) 118-128. DOI: 10.1093/icb/icu060

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5:56 PM | Rapa Expedition: The Untamed Ocean Hits Marotiri
The Pristine Seas team finally arrives at the rocky islets of Marotiri, a violent melee of rocks and waves, hiding a stark environment below.
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4:25 PM | From spines to tequila and heavy-metal music — admit it, bats are cool
By Micaela Jemison Like most icons of cool, bats are highly complex and the often-misunderstood rock stars of the animal kingdom. Check out these seven […] The post From spines to tequila and heavy-metal music — admit it, bats are cool appeared first on Smithsonian Science.
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3:40 AM | Pharmacogenomics
“The gene, cell, tissue, organ, organ-system pathway is a neuroscientifically established link between sensory input and behavior. Marts and Resnick (2007) stress the importance of this pathway in the context of a systems biology approach to pharmacogenomics.” (Kohl, 2012) “Naftolin...Read more

October 26, 2014

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9:12 PM | These Are a Few of My Favorite Species: Spotted Porcupine Fish
As scientific mariners, we spend an inordinate amount of shore time on sleezy docks and seedy piers around the world, from the gritty shipyards of Callao, to the bustling ports of Capetown, and the rowdy embarcaderos of Barbados. These landings provide a chance to shake off the sea legs on tierra firma, and sample the […]
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9:12 PM | These Are a Few of My Favorite Species: Spotted Porcupine Fish
As scientific mariners, we spend an inordinate amount of shore time on sleezy docks and seedy piers around the world, from the gritty shipyards of Callao, to the bustling ports of Capetown, and the rowdy embarcaderos of Barbados. These landings provide a chance to shake off the sea legs on tierra firma, and sample the […]

October 25, 2014

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9:35 PM | Can science and evolution be reconciled?
Biology Professor Tells Students: Science and Religion Cannot Be Reconciled Excerpt 1): “Biology is probably the one science where God’s creation is the most obvious and where evolutionary development makes the least sense.” That fact appears to support teaching the...Read more
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9:35 PM | Can science and evolution be reconciled?
Biology Professor Tells Students: Science and Religion Cannot Be Reconciled Excerpt 1): “Biology is probably the one science where God’s creation is the most obvious and where evolutionary development makes the least sense.” That fact appears to support teaching the...Read more
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9:16 PM | Sexual differentiation of cell types in plants
Antheridiogen determines sex in ferns via a spatiotemporally split gibberellin synthesis pathway Excerpt: “Homosporous ferns have evolved a mechanism to favor cross-fertilization by controlling the sex ratio among individuals or prothalli within the population with the aid of antheridiogens. Antheridiogens...Read more
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6:59 PM | The Oceans Link to Climate Change
Hold on to your hats folks, we can all agree that most of the concerns about climate change have focused on the amount of greenhouse gases that have been released […]

Woodard SC, Rosenthal Y, Miller KG, Wright JD, Chiu BK & Lawrence KT (2014). Antarctic role in Northern Hemisphere glaciation., Science , PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25342658

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