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March 30, 2015

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5:00 PM | National Center for Victims of Crime
The National Center values education and training as a mechanism to improve the way crime victims are treated and understood. Tremendous progress has been made at the federal and state levels in securing rights, resources, and protections for victims of crime.
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4:00 PM | OpenHelix Unveils New Online Training Site, Subscriber Services
OpenHelix, a division of Bio-IT World, the provider of online and onsite training on some of the most popular and powerful open-access bioinformatics resources, announced the release of a new and enhanced website, as well as expanded subscriber services for both academic and commercial research institutions. OpenHelix.com currently offers over 100 tutorial suites on popular […]
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11:48 AM | Peer-Review Scandal
Biomed Central, a UK company that publishes 277 peer-reviewed journals, announced that it is retracting 43 articles because of “fabricated” peer-review. Peer-review is a process that may scientific journals use to vet submitted articles. Typically an editor will review the article but also send it out to two or three experts in the subject matter [...]

March 26, 2015

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3:10 AM | Lydia Hales Reviews 100 Essential Things You Didn’t Know You Didn’t Know About Maths and the Arts
Review by Lydia Hales 100 Essential Things You Didn’t Know You Didn’t Know About Maths and the Arts By John D Barrow Before opening 100 Essential Things You Didn’t Know You Didn’t Know About Maths […]
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3:00 AM | 100 Essential Things You Didn’t Know You Didn’t Know About Maths and the Arts
By John D Barrow Synopsis: What can maths tell us about art and design? Professor John D. Barrow has all the answers. In 100 Essential Things You Didn’t Know You Didn’t Know About Maths and the Arts, […]

March 25, 2015

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10:04 PM | Was early crocodile a top predator among dinosaurs?
It’s widely-accepted that dinosaur ruled the Earth (unless you believe that the Earth is only 6,000 years old and magically sprang into existence). For around 200 million, roarin’, stompin’, Jeff Goldblum-chasin’ years they were the unquestionable tyrants of the land. Or were they? Scientists from the US claim to have found an early ancestor of…

Zanno LE, Drymala S, Nesbitt SJ & Schneider VP (2015). Early crocodylomorph increases top tier predator diversity during rise of dinosaurs., Scientific reports, 5 9276. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25787306

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5:58 PM | What Doesn’t Kill You . . .
In the words of Bernard Black, this is fantastic. There’s a great article on Vox.com talking about science reporting and why most news reports claiming there’s a new cure for X, or that Z causes cancer, are wrong. And I … Continue reading →

March 20, 2015

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3:00 AM | Why Is Snot Green?: And Other Extremely Important Questions (and Answers)
By Glenn Murphy Synopsis: Why is snot is green? Do rabbits fart? What is space made of? Where does all the water go at low tide? Can animals talk? What are scabs for? Will computers ever […]

March 18, 2015

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10:34 PM | How alien cell membranes could form in methane seas
What might aliens look like? If Star Trek is to be believed, they would mostly look like jobbing actors with plasticene on their faces. But the environment which enabled a warm-blooded, two-legged ape to become the alpha organism is very specific to Earth – a myriad of different creatures could evolve on planets with a…

Stevenson, J., Lunine, J. & Clancy, P. (2015). Membrane alternatives in worlds without oxygen: Creation of an azotosome, Science Advances, 1 (1) DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1400067

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10:34 PM | How alien cell membranes could form in methane seas
What might aliens look like? If Star Trek is to be believed, they would mostly look like jobbing actors with plasticene on their faces. But the environment which enabled a warm-blooded, two-legged ape to become the alpha organism is very specific to Earth – a myriad of different creatures could evolve on planets with a…

Stevenson, J., Lunine, J. & Clancy, P. (2015). Membrane alternatives in worlds without oxygen: Creation of an azotosome, Science Advances, 1 (1) DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1400067

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March 16, 2015

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11:17 AM | FOIA Requests to Biotech Scientists
On the SGU this week we interviewed Kevin Folta, who is a biotechnology scientist at the University of Florida. His specialty is strawberries – he is trying to identify which genes are responsible for the intense flavor of wild strawberry varieties. Some of this flavor was inadvertently lost over decades of cultivating strawberries to be [...]
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12:00 AM | Science Book a Day Interviews John O’Brien
  Special thanks to John O’Brien for answering 5 questions about illustrating the recently featured book – Mistakes That Worked: 40 Familiar Inventions and How They Came to Be John O’Brien was born in Philadelphia, PA in […]

March 15, 2015

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11:18 PM | Biochemistry Casino: Glycolysis Black Jack
“Money won is twice as sweet as money earned.” The Color of Money Teaching has kept me busy since my last post. The days leading up to midterms, the grading and the office visits by concerned students in the aftermath have been too full for blog writing. In my biochemistry lecture course, the students and […]

March 09, 2015

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6:54 PM | On animal cognition
Inspired by Roy Mason’s lecture at WSC last Thursday I decided to republish this post from my old blog. This was originally published at my old blog, “Updates from the Paleontology Lab” on April 6, 2011 under the title “And … Continue reading →

March 08, 2015

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3:15 AM | The Ten Most Beautiful Experiments
By George Johnson Synopsis: A dazzling, irresistible collection of the ten most ground-breaking and beautiful experiments in scientific history. With the attention to detail of a historian and the story-telling ability of a novelist, New […]

March 07, 2015

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3:03 PM | How radiation from space affects the Earth’s climate
Cosmic rays are a form of radiation from space consisting of particles such as protons and atomic nuclei that are very high in energy. These particles have the ability to electrically-charge (ionise) water molecules in the Earth’s atmosphere. These water ions can act as the starting points (nucleation points) of clouds in the lower atmosphere,…

Tsonis, A., Deyle, E., May, R., Sugihara, G., Swanson, K., Verbeten, J. & Wang, G. (2015). Dynamical evidence for causality between galactic cosmic rays and interannual variation in global temperature, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 201420291. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1420291112

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3:03 PM | How radiation from space affects the Earth’s climate
Cosmic rays are a form of radiation from space consisting of particles such as protons and atomic nuclei that are very high in energy. These particles have the ability to electrically-charge (ionise) water molecules in the Earth’s atmosphere. These water ions can act as the starting points (nucleation points) of clouds in the lower atmosphere,…

Tsonis, A., Deyle, E., May, R., Sugihara, G., Swanson, K., Verbeten, J. & Wang, G. (2015). Dynamical evidence for causality between galactic cosmic rays and interannual variation in global temperature, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 201420291. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1420291112

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3:03 PM | How radiation from space affects the Earth’s climate
Cosmic rays are a form of radiation from space consisting of particles such as protons and atomic nuclei that are very high in energy. These particles have the ability to electrically-charge (ionise) water molecules in the Earth’s atmosphere. These water ions can act as the starting points (nucleation points) of clouds in the lower atmosphere,…

Tsonis, A., Deyle, E., May, R., Sugihara, G., Swanson, K., Verbeten, J. & Wang, G. (2015). Dynamical evidence for causality between galactic cosmic rays and interannual variation in global temperature, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 201420291. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1420291112

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March 04, 2015

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5:00 PM | I’m a Tetrachromat – And Other Tales of Bad Science
I have some wonderful news, readers – my amazing skill at being able to see both colours in the dress is down to the fact I’m a tetrachromat – a marketer says so. Firstly I’ve always known I was special. … Continue reading →

March 03, 2015

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8:36 AM | Genetically-modified mice resistant to frostbite
The chilling spectre of winter has fallen upon those of us in the higher latitudes of the Northern Hemisphere, and we humans are fortunate enough to have a number of ways of coping with the cold. But for creatures that don’t have electric heaters, hot chocolate and fleece onesies, there are many ways to survive…

Heisig, M., Mattessich, S., Rembisz, A., Acar, A., Shapiro, M., Booth, C., Neelakanta, G. & Fikrig, E. (2015). Frostbite Protection in Mice Expressing an Antifreeze Glycoprotein, PLOS ONE, 10 (2) DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0116562

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8:36 AM | Genetically-modified mice resistant to frostbite
The chilling spectre of winter has fallen upon those of us in the higher latitudes of the Northern Hemisphere, and we humans are fortunate enough to have a number of ways of coping with the cold. But for creatures that don’t have electric heaters, hot chocolate and fleece onesies, there are many ways to survive…

Heisig, M., Mattessich, S., Rembisz, A., Acar, A., Shapiro, M., Booth, C., Neelakanta, G. & Fikrig, E. (2015). Frostbite Protection in Mice Expressing an Antifreeze Glycoprotein, PLOS ONE, 10 (2) DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0116562

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8:36 AM | Genetically-modified mice resistant to frostbite
The chilling spectre of winter has fallen upon those of us in the higher latitudes of the Northern Hemisphere, and we humans are fortunate enough to have a number of ways of coping with the cold. But for creatures that don’t have electric heaters, hot chocolate and fleece onesies, there are many ways to survive…

Heisig, M., Mattessich, S., Rembisz, A., Acar, A., Shapiro, M., Booth, C., Neelakanta, G. & Fikrig, E. (2015). Frostbite Protection in Mice Expressing an Antifreeze Glycoprotein, PLOS ONE, 10 (2) DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0116562

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8:36 AM | Genetically-modified mice resistant to frostbite
The chilling spectre of winter has fallen upon those of us in the higher latitudes of the Northern Hemisphere, and we humans are fortunate enough to have a number of ways of coping with the cold. But for creatures that don’t have electric heaters, hot chocolate and fleece onesies, there are many ways to survive…

Heisig, M., Mattessich, S., Rembisz, A., Acar, A., Shapiro, M., Booth, C., Neelakanta, G. & Fikrig, E. (2015). Frostbite Protection in Mice Expressing an Antifreeze Glycoprotein, PLOS ONE, 10 (2) DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0116562

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