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April 24, 2014

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9:30 PM | And Now the Good News №80 “SU professors test boundaries...
And Now the Good News №80 “SU professors test boundaries of ‘new physics’ with discovery of 4-quark hadron” “NASA’s Hubble Extends Stellar Tape Measure 10 Times Farther Into Space” “Scientists Grow Cartilage to Reconstruct Nose” “Laboratory-Grown Vaginas Implanted in Patients, Scientists Report” via Steve Shives.
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6:27 PM | Hikers Use Smartphones to Capture Fire Recovery on Mt. Diablo
A citizen science group is asking hikers to use their smartphones help study how Mt. Diablo State Park is recovering from last year's Morgan Fire.
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4:00 PM | Quantum Gravity Coming Soon… Maybe.
Don’t like quantum mechanics? Don’t worry Einstein didn’t either. In fact, not only did Einstein not like quantum mechanics, neither did his general theory of relativity. Which was okay… sort […]

Lee S.S. (2014). MAPPING THE ROAD TO QUANTUM GRAVITY, Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, Other: Link

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12:55 PM | A culture of asking questions
When I worked at ConocoPhillips, I was quite involved in their knowledge sharing efforts (and I still am). The most important part of the online component is a set of 100 or so open discussion forums. These are much like the ones you find all over the Internet (indeed, they're a big part of what made the Internet what it is — many of us remember Usenet, now Google Groups). But they're better because they're highly relevant, well moderated, and free of trolls. They are an important part of […]
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12:15 AM | Deregulation of student contributions
Vice-Chancellor Professor Ian Young and Chancellor Professor Gareth Evans have called for the deregulation of student contributions so Australian institutions can offer courses which better compete with those on offer from the world’s best universities. In an opinion piece published in The Australian,  they [...]testThe post Deregulation of student contributions appeared first on Australian Science.

April 23, 2014

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10:28 PM | Historic Shipwreck in San Francisco Bay Rediscovered
A long-lost 19th century shipwreck on the bottom of San Francisco Bay is again on the map. Scientists recently re-discovered it using sonar.
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9:30 PM | Space Fan News - 133 - Yuri’s Night with Ron Garan &...
Space Fan News - 133 - Yuri’s Night with Ron Garan & Space Shuttle Endeavour! Astronauts and a space party? Sounds like the place for Space Fans! Yuri’s Night is a celebration of the man that gave humanity that first step off of this planet and into space. Yuri Gagarin made the first orbit around our Earth on 12 April 1961 and on this day, Space Fans from across the world get together to celebrate this amazing accomplishment! Scott went out to the California Science Center in […]
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6:00 PM | Mantis Shrimp, is there anything you can’t teach us?
A big tenant for starting Loony Labs was an idea that nature provides us with answers to some of the biggest technical problems. So I am proud to announce some […]

Grunenfelder L.K., Suksangpanya N., Salinas C., Milliron G., Yaraghi N., Herrera S., Evans-Lutterodt K., Nutt S.R., Zavattieri P. & Kisailus D. & (2014). Bio-inspired impact-resistant composites, Acta Biomaterialia, DOI:

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5:04 PM | Speaking on Reddit
Reddit is an increasingly important social network, and it is another place where you can discuss and share information about animal research. Continue reading →
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4:00 PM | Is being human conservationist selfish?
Earth day, it’s a lot like new years. You make resolutions that you will never follow, promise yourself you will attempt to do things you really don’t want to, and […]
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2:15 PM | Newsblast Volume 4 Issue 5
#NetworkScience In the current issue of the Network Science Center Newsblast COL Kevin Huggins, Dr. Cyril Cassagnes, and Dr. John James discuss their research using tactical mobile clouds and dismounted troops to solve ‘big Army problems that Army science and … Continue reading →
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10:00 AM | What is open access?
This is the first in a series of posts in which we go into more detail about some of the concepts that F1000Research is based on. In this first instalment, we look at open access. What is open access exactly? And what are some common misconceptions about open access? A short history of open access [...]
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3:33 AM | ‘Botox of plastic’ to freeze power costs
What do the Real Housewives of Melbourne and plastic have in common? You’ll be surprised to hear that it’s botox. We’ve developed a new material that prevents plastic from ageing, acting like a shot of botox. And how will that freeze power costs? When applied to plastic lining (like those used in power generators) this ‘botox […]
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1:42 AM | In California Drought, Desperation May Make Water Flow Uphill
A 47-mile section of the California Aqueduct, the main artery of the state's water system, could be engineered to flow backward this summer.
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12:15 AM | ‘Botox of plastic’ to freeze power costs
A new material that prevents plastic from ageing has been developed by CSIRO – offering huge environmental and cost savings for the energy industry. When applied to plastic lining this ‘botox for plastic’ can clean up exhaust gases from power [...]testThe post ‘Botox of plastic’ to freeze power costs appeared first on Australian Science.

April 22, 2014

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9:30 PM | A Week in Science- Chocolate Coated Science Could chocolate be...
A Week in Science- Chocolate Coated Science Could chocolate be good for your health? We look at why our favourite sweet treat may be good for us, in moderation of course! You can follow A Week in Science throughout the week on Twitter, and join the discussion, by following @RiAus For more information visit http://riaus.org.au/podcast/a-week-in-science-18-april-2014/ via RiAus.
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7:26 PM | Celebrating Earth Day in 2014
Me and milkweed fruit - my #NatureSelfie for #EarthDay. Nash Turley, a naturalist, photographer, musician, and PhD student in evolutionary ecology at the University of Toronto, snapped this shot in Ithaca, NY, in 2011. He tweeted, "Everyday is Earth Day; the fact that the calendar says today is 'Earth Day' doesn't really mean anything to me. Sort of like how aboriginal cultures don't have a word for 'nature' because they didn't see themselves as separate from nature….the fact that we […]
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4:00 PM | Alzheimer’s? Forget about it!
Let’s face it, diseases that affect the brain are some of the hardest to deal with. Anyone who’s lost someone to alzheimer’s knows exactly what I am talking about. Looking […]

Acharya S., Safaie B.M., Wongkongkathep P., Ivanova M.I., Attar A., Klarner F.G., Schrader T., Loo J.A., Bitan G. & Lapidus L.J. & (2014). Molecular Basis for Preventing  α-synuclein Aggregation by a Molecular Tweezer, Journal of Biological Chemistry, 289 (15) 10727-10737. DOI:

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1:59 PM | Another Week of Climate Disruption News, April 20, 2014
This weekly posting is brought to you courtesy of H. E. Taylor. Happy reading, I hope you enjoy this week’s Global Warming news roundup skip to bottom Sipping from the Internet Firehose… April 20, 2014 Chuckles, Invective, Pix, COP20+, Post WG3, Wang et al., Murder, Energiewende Bottom Line, Subsidies, World Bank, EcoCrime, Cook Fukushima: Note,…
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1:54 PM | No link between STAP cells and acid reflux, except for paper’s authors
> If you’ve stayed current with the STAP cell fiasco you know it’s been a wild ride. STAP cells, or Stimulus-Triggered Acquisition of Pluripotency cells, caught the imagination of many in late January through their sheer simplicity: You hit cells with a shock of acidic conditions, and they become pluripotent. That’s it. No Yamanaka factors...Read more

Chen X., Qin R., Liu B., Ma Y., Su Y., Yang C., Glickman J., Odze R. & Shaheen N. Multilayered epithelium in a rat model and human Barrett's esophagus: similar expression patterns of transcription factors and differentiation markers, BMC Gastroentereology, 8 (1) DOI:

Wang X., Yang S., Zhao X., Guo H., Ling X., Wang L., Fan C., Yu J. & Zhou S. (2014). OCT3 and SOX2 promote the transformation of Barrett's esophagus to adenocarcinoma by regulating the formation of tumor stem cells., Oncology reports, PMID:

Wang X., Ouyang H., Yamamoto Y., Kumar P.A., Wei T.S., Dagher R., Vincent M., Lu X., Bellizzi A.M. & Ho K.Y. & Residual embryonic cells as precursors of a Barrett's-like metaplasia., Cell, PMID:

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1:00 PM | California Edging Closer to Regulating Groundwater for the First Time
Power players in California water policy seem to agree for once: it's time to get serious about groundwater.
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12:15 AM | Two Artificial Intelligence Chatbots Talk to Each Other & Get Into a Deep Philosophical Conversation
The folks at the Cornell Creative Machines Lab are “interested in robots that create and are creative.” Here’s one such example of robots getting creative. Above, the lab lets two chatbots (essentially computer programs designed to simulate an intelligent conversation) [...]testThe post Two Artificial Intelligence Chatbots Talk to Each Other & Get Into a Deep Philosophical Conversation appeared first on Australian Science.

April 21, 2014

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9:00 PM | Space Fan News Live! №133 In this special edition of SFN Live,...
Space Fan News Live! №133 In this special edition of SFN Live, Scott will be on location at the California Science Center, which is hosting Yuri’s Night for Los Angeles. If you’re in the LA area and are attending the local Yuri’s Night celebration, let us know and we’ll try to have a hangout in real life (HIRL) with Scott! Duration: 46:56 via Space Fan News. Twitter: http://twitter.com/spacefannews Facebook: http://facebook.com/spacefan
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8:40 PM | A history of the mind in 25 parts
BBC Radio 4 has just kicked off a 25-part radio series called ‘In Search of Ourselves: A History of Psychology and the Mind’. Because the BBC are not very good at the internet, there are no podcasts – streaming audio only, and each episode disappears after seven days. Good to see the BBC are still […]
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5:43 PM | Another New Earth… Or Not. You may have heard the news last week...
Another New Earth… Or Not. You may have heard the news last week that astronomers discovered the best candidate to date for an Earth-like planet. Kepler-186f is a rocky planet that is, like other so-called “second Earths”, the right distance away from its parent star to have liquid water on its surface and maybe have the right conditions for maybe having life if that’s the kind of thing that maybe exists somewhere else… maybe. As Adam Mann writes for WIRED, […]
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4:00 PM | Biofuels better for Nature? Maybe not!
Depending where you are in the world you might notice signs touting the 5% ethanol in the gasoline you are buying. The idea is that biofuels [currently primarily made from […]

Liska A.J., Yang H., Milner M., Goddard S., Blanco-Canqui H., Pelton M.P., Fang X.X., Zhu H. & Suyker A.E. (2014). Biofuels from crop residue can reduce soil carbon and increase CO2 emissions, Nature Climate Change, DOI:

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1:00 PM | Drones: The Newest Water-Saving Tool for Parched Farms
Farmers are looking to the sky for the latest water-saving tool. But will aviation authorities allow it?
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12:15 AM | Research leads to food and sport deals
The commercialisation of CSIRO research and technology reached an important milestone last week with agreements being signed in the food, sport and surveying industries. CSIRO has now created more than 150 companies and currently hold interests in around 30. It [...]testThe post Research leads to food and sport deals appeared first on Australian Science.

April 20, 2014

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5:00 PM | New Discovery turns Neuroscience Upsidedown
Sometimes finding out that something established isn’t true is more groundbreaking than finding something new. That is exactly what happened this week when it was found out that the covering that […]

Tomassy G.S., Berger D.R., Chen H.H., Kasthuri N., Hayworth K.J., Vercelli A., Seung H.S., Lichtman J.W. & Arlotta P. (2014). Distinct Profiles of Myelin Distribution Along Single Axons of Pyramidal Neurons in the Neocortex, Science, 344 (6181) 319-324. DOI:

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5:05 AM | Weekly Science Picks
Indeed, it’s Sunday again. But, it’s not only Sunday. It’s Easter for all Christians all over the globe. Happy Easter to everyone! Also, it’s our time to recapitulate what have happened in this week. To be honest, the task was [...]testThe post Weekly Science Picks appeared first on Australian Science.
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