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January 29, 2015

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9:29 PM | Mental illness treatment, there’s NOT an app for that
It’s more socially acceptable to talk about mental illness, which is important since the number of people who have it — or should we say, are getting treatment for mental illness — has steadily increased over the years. While it still may be taboo to talk about, mental illness is a very real thing needing […]

Campbell, B., Caine, K., Connelly, K., Doub, T. & Bragg, A. (2014). Cell phone ownership and use among mental health outpatients in the USA, Personal and Ubiquitous Computing, 19 (2) 367-378. DOI: 10.1007/s00779-014-0822-z

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8:59 PM | Shrinking Sierra Snowpack Heightens Drought Worries
'Frozen reservoir,' source of a third of California's water, is far below historical average.
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5:56 PM | Political gridlock: Blame the men
It feels like the government moves at a snails pace sometimes, it takes forever for any change to come about and even then it is typically not even “change.” This couldn’t be more evident than during the political gridlock that led to the 2013 US federal government shutdown, the leading voices for compromise were the […]

Miller, P. & Conover, P. (2014). Why partisan warriors don't listen: the gendered dynamics of intergroup anxiety and partisan conflict, Politics, Groups, and Identities, 1-19. DOI: 10.1080/21565503.2014.992795

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4:01 PM | Three Sticks
The nice chaps at Kitki, an educational board game company based in India, have come up with a cool idea for a mathematical board game. They’re funding it through IndieGoGo (which if you haven’t heard of it is a bit like Kickstarter), and they’re looking for your help. The game, called Three Sticks, is based... Read more »
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3:42 PM | World Science News - (Real Time): Zoology, Botany, Natural History.
World Science News - (Real Time)The best of Zoology, Botany, Natural HistoryAccessWAS-Archives.orghttp://www.WAS-Archives.org
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2:30 PM | F1000 Oxford meet-up on February 10
(cross-posted from the F1000 Naturally Selected blog) Are you based in Oxford, UK? We’re having a meet-up there on February 10 – everyone is welcome! F1000 meet-ups are a chance for researchers to meet others working in the same city, and to talk to F1000 and F1000Research staff, or meet their local
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1:30 PM | Leading figures express support for mitochondrial donation
In a letter to The Times today, leading figures from science and academia express their support for the approval of a legal amendment to allow mitochondrial donation, a technique that could prevent babies being born with debilitating illnesses. Five Nobel laureates (Prof Sir John Sulston, Prof Sir John Gurdon,  Prof Sir John Walker, Prof Sir Tim Hunt and Prof Sir […]
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12:25 PM | How does a doctor train to break bad news?
How does a doctor train to break bad news? By acting the part.
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9:44 AM | CHENG!!!!!!
This post popped into our news queue just before Christmas, and was forgotten about thanks to the seasonal good cheer. Well, it’s 2015 now, and our Nonsense Formula Disapprove-o-Matic is beeping angrily. We still can’t muster up enough enthusiasm to properly dig into this, so I’ve just tidied up the links I collected earlier on. Eugenia Cheng... Read more »
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5:27 AM | Protecting our privacy parts in the online identity crisis
How we are using clever tech to protect our data and let our scientists collaborate securely.
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4:00 AM | Uno strano lampo radio di origine extragalattica
I radioastronomi hanno osservato uno strano fenomeno “colto in flagrante”: stiamo parlando di un cosiddetto radio burst veloce (Fast Radio Burst, FRB). L’evento può essere descritto come una sorta di lampo di onde radio, ben definito e di brevissima durata, che si ritiene provenga da una sorgente ignota di origine extragalattica. Questo ‘nuovo’ fenomeno, che dura qualche … Continue reading Uno strano lampo radio di origine extragalattica […]
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3:15 AM | When you lose weight, where does the fat ACTUALLY go?
The answer to this question may surprise you. In fact, according to a recent British Medical Journal article discussing this issue, few health professionals, including doctors, dieticians, and personal trainers know the correct answer. First, let’s back up for a … Continue reading »

January 28, 2015

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11:47 PM | Building on our ASSETS in Indigenous education
A group of 28 talented Indigenous students were selected to take part in our Aboriginal Summer School for Excellence in Technology and Science (ASSETS) camp in Adelaide last month. Here's their story.
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8:08 PM | Everyday chemical exposure leads to early menopause
Seems like everything is killing us these days. Well ladies, you have one more thing that is causing you problems. New research has shown that women whose bodies have high levels of chemicals found in plastics, personal-care products, common household items and the environment experience menopause two to four years earlier than women with lower […]

Grindler, N., Allsworth, J., Macones, G., Kannan, K., Roehl, K. & Cooper, A. (2015). Persistent Organic Pollutants and Early Menopause in U.S. Women, PLOS ONE, 10 (1) DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0116057

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7:08 PM | Amazing Amphibians
Here’s the life cycle of frog as taught to you at school: the frog lays frogspawn in the pond and the frogspawn hatches into tadpoles which then metamorphose into an adult frog. But as the seasoned Bio Detectives amongst us know by now, life has a funny of way of not sticking to the rules, […]
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3:34 PM | Supporting science: NIH answers PETA
The National Institutes of Health released a statement Monday in support of a well-respected and long-standing primate research program within the NIH intramural program that has been the subject of an ongoing PETA campaign. The focus of the research program, … Continue reading →
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2:40 PM | American Psychological Association supports NIH primate researcher Stephen J. Suomi
Research conducted within the National Institutes of Health (NIH) intramural program has been the focus of a PETA campaign over the past several months. Elements of the campaign mirror tactics PETA has used elsewhere to generate media coverage, fundraising, and … Continue reading →
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2:14 PM | Will New Legislation Mean No New Orcas in Ontario?
The Ontario Ministry of Community Safety and Correction […]
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1:45 PM | NASA Satellite Could Help Weather Forecasts, Drought Management
Newest Earth science mission could extend the accuracy range of weather forecasts, fine-tune flood forecasts.
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4:00 AM | Gli oceani delle super-Terre
Affinchè la vita si sviluppi su altri mondi alieni, almeno così come noi la conosciamo, quei pianeti extrasolari devono avere acqua allo stato liquido sulla superficie, o meglio dei veri e propri oceani. Una evidenza di tipo geologico suggerisce che gli oceani sulla Terra siano esistiti per quasi l’intera storia del nostro pianeta. Ma questo … Continue reading Gli oceani delle super-Terre →
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2:04 AM | Death to the 529 / long live the 529
Obama flip-flops faster than I can blog!  Prezzo has already walked back his proposal to change the 529 college-saving tax break, but I have a post about it queued up, and by gum I’m gonna publish it. Here’s the plan that just got shelved.  From now on, capital gains on contributions you stow in a 529 plan […]

January 27, 2015

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9:18 PM | Climate projections show Australia is heading for a much warmer future
Australia is on track for up to 1.7C of warming this century IF the world curbs its greenhouse emissions. Working with BOM, we've released the most comprehensive climate change projections to date.
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8:05 PM | The Top 5 Science Stories of 2014 - A Week in Science This week...
The Top 5 Science Stories of 2014 - A Week in Science This week we look back at the top 5 science stories from 2014. What will be number 1? For more information visit http://riaus.org.au/podcast/a-week-in-science-23-january-2015/ By: RiAus TV.
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6:55 PM | Your brain is hardening your arteries, but not on purpose!
Your brain might just be killing you slowly. Atherosclerosis — or hardening and narrowing of the arteries — can be caused by fat buildup that causes plaque deposits, and is one of the main causes of cardiovascular disease. What does that have to do with the brain? Well new research has shown a link between how […]

Yue JT, Abraham MA, LaPierre MP, Mighiu PI, Light PE, Filippi BM & Lam TK (2015). A fatty acid-dependent hypothalamic-DVC neurocircuitry that regulates hepatic secretion of triglyceride-rich lipoproteins., Nature communications, 6 PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25580573

Ginsberg, H. (2002). New Perspectives on Atherogenesis: Role of Abnormal Triglyceride-Rich Lipoprotein Metabolism, Circulation, 106 (16) 2137-2142. DOI: 10.1161/01.CIR.0000035280.64322.31

Duez, H., Lamarche, B., Valero, R., Pavlic, M., Proctor, S., Xiao, C., Szeto, L., Patterson, B. & Lewis, G. (2008). Both Intestinal and Hepatic Lipoprotein Production Are Stimulated by an Acute Elevation of Plasma Free Fatty Acids in Humans, Circulation, 117 (18) 2369-2376. DOI: 10.1161/CIRCULATIONAHA.107.739888

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5:07 PM | A Heart-to-Heart with Rob Dunn
We’re excited for the upcoming release of Rob Dunn‘s new book, The Man Who Touched His Own Heart, on February 3! After taking on the parasites, microbes, mutualists and predators that shape our human selves in his last book, The Wild Life of Our Bodies, Rob has moved on to explore the history and science of our most vital organ, the heart. Get a sneak preview of the book in this Q & A: Interviewer: I’d like to ask you more about the story behind the story of your heart […]
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4:00 AM | Due ‘nani’ al di là di Nettuno
Gli astronomi hanno speso decenni a discutere l’esistenza di qualche pianeta trans-plutoniano nel nostro Sistema Solare. Oggi, però, dopo una serie di simulazioni numeriche, gli scienziati hanno trovato degli indizi che punterebbero all’esistenza di almeno due pianeti nani ben nascosti al di là di Plutone la cui influenza gravitazionale influenzerebbe le orbite e la strana … Continue reading Due ‘nani’ al di là di Nettuno →

January 26, 2015

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10:36 PM | You can’t unboil an egg? Well… now you can.
There is a saying, “you can’t unboil an egg.” Usually this is just illustrating cause and effect; you can’t turn back time, or what’s done is done. Well now scientists have successfully unboiled an egg, so suck it thermodynamics. An international team of chemists have accomplished this feat – an innovation that could dramatically reduce costs for cancer treatments, […]

Yuan, T., Ormonde, C., Kudlacek, S., Kunche, S., Smith, J., Brown, W., Pugliese, K., Olsen, T., Iftikhar, M., Raston, C. & Weiss, G. (2015). Shear-Stress-Mediated Refolding of Proteins from Aggregates and Inclusion Bodies, ChemBioChem, DOI: 10.1002/cbic.201402427

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10:32 PM | Meet the next generation of Aussie scientists and engineers
Meet three of the young Aussie scientists and engineers, competing for this years BHP Science and Engineering Awards.
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4:02 PM | la tartaruga che disegna sulla sabbia
I laboratori svizzeri del programma Disney Research, dopo la ricerca sugli occhi continuano a sfornare innovazioni. In questo caso ecco un piccolo robottino a forma di tartaruga in grado di disegnare sulla sabbia varie forme e in maniera completamente autonoma, partendo da alcuni modelli caricati nella sua memoria.via Popular Science
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12:46 PM | New on F1000Research – 26 January 2015
A selection of new content on F1000Research from the past week. To receive notification of all new articles, sign up for our table of contents alerts.   Featured article Binding of a fluorescence reporter and a ligand to an odorant-binding protein of the yellow fever mosquito, Aedes aegypti [v2; ref status: indexed,
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