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November 18, 2014

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5:59 PM | RNA-mediated species specificity
Species-Specific Scientists uncover striking differences between mouse and human gene expression across a variety of tissues. By Jyoti Madhusoodanan | November 17, 2014 Excerpt: “…results published today (November 17) in PNAS reveal widespread differences between human and mouse gene expression,...Read more
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12:00 PM | Why Conservation? Communicating Applied Biodiversity Science
You might have a favorite science writer. Mine are David Quammen, Bill Bryson, Carl Sagan, and Tim Flannery. Others may . . .

November 17, 2014

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8:00 PM | Antimicrobial in Soaps Causes Liver Cancer in Mice
Liver cancer is only the latest possible ill side effects found to be caused by the antibacterial agent, triclosan. Continue reading →
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8:00 PM | Antimicrobial in Soaps Causes Liver Cancer in Mice
Liver cancer is only the latest possible ill side effects found to be caused by the antibacterial agent, triclosan. Continue reading →
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7:10 PM | A Quick Kiss Could Trade 80 Million Bacteria
A 10-second kiss means the exchange of millions of bacteria -- and that could be a good thing. Continue reading →
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3:00 PM | ‘Honest Signals’ as Our Mating Mentor
My latest favorite read is called “Wild Connection: What Animal Courtship and Mating Tell Us About Human Relationships.” Written by scientist Jennifer L. Verdolin, the book’s fundamental query is simple: What can studying animal relationships teach us about our own? Right from the start I identified with the author, who described her early experiences with the […]
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11:24 AM | Lack of Sleep Linked to Firefighter Deaths
Sleep issues might be at the root of many firefighter accidents.

November 16, 2014

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7:38 PM | Honor Veterans by Acquiring Support Skills
Is there a military veteran in your life living with an untreated mental health condition? Are you uncertain whether your support is actually hurting more than helping? If so, you are not alone. Most of us are not inherently equipped with the skills to understand what our loved ones experienced while serving their country through […]

November 14, 2014

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7:50 PM | Man Hears Wi-Fi Via Hacked Hearing Aids
Partially deaf writer and sound artist collaborate on a system to make Wi-Fi signals audible. Continue reading →
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2:58 PM | Ancient DNA shows earliest European genomes weathered the Ice Age
A genome taken from a 36,000 skeleton reveals an early divergence of Eurasians once they had left Africa, and allows scientists to better assess the point at which ‘admixture’ — or interbreeding — between Eurasians and Neanderthals occurred. The latest research also points to a previously unknown population lineage as old as the first population … Continue reading →
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11:00 AM | Did 'Mother's Intuition' Prevent a Kidnapping?
News reports claim that a 'mother's intuition' helped rescue a Utah girl from an abductor, but a closer look raises questions. Continue reading →

November 13, 2014

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6:12 PM | 5,000-Year-Old Footprints Found in Denmark
The Stone Age prints were found alongside a system of fishing weirs. Continue reading →
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6:12 PM | 5,000-Year-Old Footprints Found in Denmark
The Stone Age prints were found alongside a system of fishing weirs. Continue reading →

November 12, 2014

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7:00 PM | World's Oldest People Are Genetically Superior
Reaching a ripe old age seems to have little to do with lifestyle and a lot to do with genes, concludes a new study on 17 of the oldest people on the planet. Continue reading →
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7:00 PM | World's Oldest People Are Genetically Superior
Reaching a ripe old age seems to have little to do with lifestyle and a lot to do with genes, concludes a new study on 17 of the oldest people on the planet. Continue reading →
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12:00 AM | How a Virus Spreads From Bats to Humans in 10 Steps
Deadly contagious viruses can infect multiple animals, including humans.

November 11, 2014

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4:29 PM | Veteran's Day: History of the Salute
The salute probably developed as an alternative to raising a hat. Continue reading →
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12:00 PM | Chances Are You'll Live Longer Than You Think
Most Americans guessed wrong, when asked in 1992, how likely it was they'd live to be 75. Continue reading →

November 06, 2014

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7:46 PM | Could Sideline Robots Diagnose Concussions?
VGo is a four-feet-tall robot with a screen and camera for a head, and can be controlled by brain specialists from miles away. Continue reading →
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5:00 PM | Do Ghosts Live in Our Brains?
The sensation some people get of a foreign presence in a room can be recreated in a lab. The research could help patients with schizophrenia. Continue reading →
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12:00 PM | Ebola Researchers Can't Get Samples
Demand for Ebola samples is high among scientists developing treatments, but fear of exposure is holding up transportation of samples. Continue reading →

November 05, 2014

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11:33 PM | Why the Pope Shuns Creationism But Supports Exorcism
Pope Francis disses creationism but embraces exorcism. Here's why. Continue reading →
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7:35 PM | Traditional stories highlight how ancient women survived
Through the ages, women have suffered greatly because of wars. Consequently, to protect themselves and their offspring, our female ancestors may have evolved survival strategies specific to problems posed by warfare. Scalise Sugiyama studied a sample of forager and forager-horticulturalist societies by looking at archaeological and ethnographic research on lethal raiding. This helped her to … Continue reading →
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7:20 PM | Population boom, droughts contributed to collapse of ancient Assyrian Empire
In the 9th century BC, the Assyrian Empire of northern Iraq relentlessly started to expand into most of the ancient Near East. It reached its height in the early 7th century BC, becoming the largest of its kind in the Near East up to that time. The Assyrian Empire’s subsequent quick decline by the end … Continue reading →
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6:44 PM | Why People Decide to Disappear
Every month people choose to suddenly disappear and walk away from their lives. Here's a look at some reasons why. Continue reading →
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1:30 PM | How Many Dogs is Enough for Canine Science?
And does it matter which dogs they are?Photo: Julia Remezova / ShuterstockThe number of dogs that take part in each research study is variable. Often, the sample size is small, because of the difficulty of recruiting dogs and their owners. And while scientists know how many are needed for statistical analysis, there are other things to take into account too.For example, breed may or may not be relevant. If only ten dogs take part in a study and they are all Australian Shepherds, the […]

Berns, G., Brooks, A. & Spivak, M. (2014). Scent of the familiar: An fMRI study of canine brain responses to familiar and unfamiliar human and dog odors, Behavioural Processes, DOI: 10.1016/j.beproc.2014.02.011

Berns, G., Brooks, A. & Spivak, M. (2012). Functional MRI in Awake Unrestrained Dogs, SSRN Electronic Journal, DOI: 10.2139/ssrn.2047085

Lofgren, S., Wiener, P., Blott, S., Sanchez-Molano, E., Woolliams, J., Clements, D. & Haskell, M. (2014). Management and personality in Labrador Retriever dogs, Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 156 44-53. DOI: 10.1016/j.applanim.2014.04.006

McGowan, R., Rehn, T., Norling, Y. & Keeling, L. (2013). Positive affect and learning: exploring the “Eureka Effect” in dogs, Animal Cognition, 17 (3) 577-587. DOI: 10.1007/s10071-013-0688-x

Ottenheimer Carrier, L., Cyr, A., Anderson, R. & Walsh, C. (2013). Exploring the dog park: Relationships between social behaviours, personality and cortisol in companion dogs, Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 146 (1-4) 96-106. DOI: 10.1016/j.applanim.2013.04.002

Rooney NJ, Morant S & Guest C (2013). Investigation into the value of trained glycaemia alert dogs to clients with type I diabetes., PloS one, 8 (8) PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23950905

Savvides, N. (2013). Living with dogs: Alternative animal practices in Bangkok, Thailand, Animal Studies Journal, 2 (2) 28-50. Other:

Westgarth, C., Christley, R. & Christian, H. (2014). How might we increase physical activity through dog walking?: A comprehensive review of dog walking correlates, International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 11 (1) 83. DOI: 10.1186/1479-5868-11-83

Westgarth, C., Christley, R., Pinchbeck, G., Gaskell, R., Dawson, S. & Bradshaw, J. (2010). Dog behaviour on walks and the effect of use of the leash, Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 125 (1-2) 38-46. DOI: 10.1016/j.applanim.2010.03.007

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1:30 PM | How Many Dogs is Enough for Canine Science?
And does it matter which dogs they are?Photo: Julia Remezova / ShuterstockThe number of dogs that take part in each research study is variable. Often, the sample size is small, because of the difficulty of recruiting dogs and their owners. And while scientists know how many are needed for statistical analysis, there are other things to take into account too.For example, breed may or may not be relevant. If only ten dogs take part in a study and they are all Australian Shepherds, the […]

Berns, G., Brooks, A. & Spivak, M. (2014). Scent of the familiar: An fMRI study of canine brain responses to familiar and unfamiliar human and dog odors, Behavioural Processes, DOI: 10.1016/j.beproc.2014.02.011

Berns, G., Brooks, A. & Spivak, M. (2012). Functional MRI in Awake Unrestrained Dogs, SSRN Electronic Journal, DOI: 10.2139/ssrn.2047085

Lofgren, S., Wiener, P., Blott, S., Sanchez-Molano, E., Woolliams, J., Clements, D. & Haskell, M. (2014). Management and personality in Labrador Retriever dogs, Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 156 44-53. DOI: 10.1016/j.applanim.2014.04.006

McGowan, R., Rehn, T., Norling, Y. & Keeling, L. (2013). Positive affect and learning: exploring the “Eureka Effect” in dogs, Animal Cognition, 17 (3) 577-587. DOI: 10.1007/s10071-013-0688-x

Ottenheimer Carrier, L., Cyr, A., Anderson, R. & Walsh, C. (2013). Exploring the dog park: Relationships between social behaviours, personality and cortisol in companion dogs, Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 146 (1-4) 96-106. DOI: 10.1016/j.applanim.2013.04.002

Rooney NJ, Morant S & Guest C (2013). Investigation into the value of trained glycaemia alert dogs to clients with type I diabetes., PloS one, 8 (8) PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23950905

Savvides, N. (2013). Living with dogs: Alternative animal practices in Bangkok, Thailand, Animal Studies Journal, 2 (2) 28-50. Other:

Westgarth, C., Christley, R. & Christian, H. (2014). How might we increase physical activity through dog walking?: A comprehensive review of dog walking correlates, International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 11 (1) 83. DOI: 10.1186/1479-5868-11-83

Westgarth, C., Christley, R., Pinchbeck, G., Gaskell, R., Dawson, S. & Bradshaw, J. (2010). Dog behaviour on walks and the effect of use of the leash, Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 125 (1-2) 38-46. DOI: 10.1016/j.applanim.2010.03.007

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November 04, 2014

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7:52 PM | Waking Up During Surgery: Nightmare or Reality?
It doesn't happen often, but a new study finds that occasionally people wake up during surgery. Continue reading →
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5:09 PM | Republicans More Likely to Let Kids Play Football: Poll
Voting Democrat or Republican? Well, would you let you your kid play football...? Continue reading →
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4:47 PM | Costa Concordia: Last Victim Found
The remains of missing Indian waiter Russel Rebello are found, three years after the ship went aground. Continue reading →
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