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August 20, 2014

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7:01 AM | Drought-Stricken California Town Struggles to Keep the Water Flowing
From heavy machinery to hand-held flour sifters, this town is pulling out all the stops to save its water.

August 19, 2014

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7:00 PM | On due dates (Or: why confidence intervals are often better than means)
As regular readers will know, my wife is pregnant.  In fact, today is the due date.  As of this writing (2:30 EST), labour has yet to commence. Throughout the pregnancy, my wife and I have constantly reminded ourselves that …
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6:17 PM | Hobby Lobby and the War on Race and Women
There is a war going on and it’s not on foreign soil. This war is the fight for the status quo, a war where you are only worth your skin color, a […]

Weisman CS & Chuang CH (2014). Making the Most of the Affordable Care Act's Contraceptive Coverage Mandate for Privately-Insured Women., Women's health issues : official publication of the Jacobs Institute of Women's Health, PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25128037

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4:30 AM | Ghostbusting in the Gulf
By Eamonn Bermingham The Gulf of Carpentaria off Australia’s northern coast has one of the highest rates of abandoned fishing nets, or so-called ghostnets, anywhere in the world.  In fact, up to three tonnes of netting washes ashore each year for every kilometre of coastline. Unfortunately, all of these nets can have a big impact on […]
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12:04 AM | Sorry Nanna: Study focuses on draughts those snakes can’t keep out
As much as we love those draught-busting door snakes our nannas knit, it is safe to say they aren’t the most scientific solution when it comes to stopping draughts coming through windows or doors. But in the spirit of keeping wintry draughts out, we are launching Australia’s first study of air leakiness in Australian homes. […]

August 18, 2014

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5:21 PM | We can Build it Better: The First Artificial Cell Network
  How does the old saying go? Imitation, is the sincerest form of flattery? Well that is what we’ve been trying to do for a very long time, but mimicking the […]

Karzbrun E, Tayar AM, Noireaux V & Bar-Ziv RH (2014). Programmable on-chip DNA compartments as artificial cells., Science (New York, N.Y.), 345 (6198) 829-32. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25124443

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3:00 PM | Life saving tobacco (with a mouse and virus assist)
Ebola virus currently has no licenced vaccine or cure, however several potential therapies are in development. Why does this merit mention on a blog about botany? For one good reason; scientists used plants in a bio-pharming approach to produce the potential Ebola treatment which was recently given to 3 patients infected with the virus. Bio-pharming […]
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1:15 PM | Update from the Clinic: July
. Welcome to your Update from the Clinic for the month of July. The cancer stem cell companies were back in the news last month. OncoMed initiated its ALPINE clinical trial of Tarextumab for pancreatic cancer, while Stemline Therapeutics announced an investigational new drug (IND) for SL-401 and initiation of clinical trials in two blood...Read more
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1:10 PM | New on F1000Research – 18 August 2014
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: Immunoprecipitation and mass spectrometry identify non-cell autonomous Otx2 homeoprotein in the granular and supragranular layers of mouse visual cortex Namsuk Kim, Dario Acampora, Florent Dingli, Damarys Loew, [...]
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11:10 AM | What can be achieved by Data Science?
This is a guest post by Sophie Chou, who recently graduated from Columbia in Computer Science and is on her way to the MIT Media Lab. Crossposted on Sophie’s blog. “Data Science” is one of my least favorite tech buzzwords, second to probably “Big Data”, which in my opinion should be always printed followed by a […]
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11:01 AM | Short Course: GENE REGULATORY NETWORKS FOR DEVELOPMENT
Applications are still being invited for this exciting course, to be given at MBL October 12-24, 2014.   This is the 7th edition of an advanced Course oriented around the central conceptual foci of the field. Gene regulatory networks lie at the conceptual nexus of development, evolution and functional regulatory genomics. The Course is open […]
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7:01 AM | A Year After Rim Fire, Debate Sparks Over Replanting Trees
Reforestation is common after large fires in the West, but some scientists say it’s time to rethink how forests are replanted.
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12:15 AM | River red gum – more than just a tree
So much more than just a tree, the river red gum has been central to the tensions between economic, social and environmental values of rivers and floodplain landscapes in Australia – perhaps more so than any other Australian plant or […]test The post River red gum – more than just a tree appeared first on Australian Science.

August 17, 2014

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11:35 PM | Kids raid caves in virtual classroom
Remember when going on a school excursion meant a trip to the bowling alley? Or, for a really special occasion, perhaps a visit to the local fun park? Well, things have certainly changed since I was at school. Today, we’re launching what could be Australia’s biggest (and arguably coolest) school excursion ever. In classrooms around […]
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6:36 PM | Schizophrenia and the Twilight Zone
You are now entering the Twilight Zone. You may remember the television show, with it’s odd twists and turns, but for people with schizophrenia it means something just a little […]

Morris RW, Quail S, Griffiths KR, Green MJ & Balleine BW (2014). Corticostriatal Control of Goal-Directed Action Is Impaired in Schizophrenia., Biological psychiatry, PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25062683

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12:15 AM | Weekly Science Picks
What an amazing week! A lot of things have happened over the last 7 days. For instance, did you know that a woman won an outstanding Fields Medal in mathematics for the first time after 50 years? How brilliant is […]test The post Weekly Science Picks appeared first on Australian Science.

August 16, 2014

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5:00 PM | Is your Stomach… Controlling your Mind?
Close the blinds, lock the doors, and find a safe place to hide. Are you alone? No, no you aren’t and you may not even be in control of your […]

Alcock J, Maley CC & Aktipis CA (2014). Is eating behavior manipulated by the gastrointestinal microbiota? Evolutionary pressures and potential mechanisms., BioEssays : news and reviews in molecular, cellular and developmental biology, PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25103109

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3:26 PM | The 3SUM Assumption Is Wrong?
A new result on our three body problem Allan Grønlund and Seth Pettie are leaders in algorithm design and related problems. Today I want to give a quick follow up on our discussion of 3SUM based on a recent paper of theirs. I had planned to report on the accepted papers that will soon appear […]
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12:15 AM | Cuckoos trick other cuckoos in the race to own the nest
Australian native cuckoos are engaged in an arms race, competing with each other to take over other species’ nests. The finding by Research School of Biology scientists gives new insights into the deceptive habits of cuckoos, which lay their eggs […]test The post Cuckoos trick other cuckoos in the race to own the nest appeared first on Australian Science.

August 15, 2014

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10:08 PM | Gardening in the Drought: What Makes a Plant ‘Drought-Tolerant’
Plants have evolved all sorts of ways to survive the dry times in California.
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5:29 PM | Swamp Thing and Plant Communication
Maybe I’m dating myself here, but ever see the swamp thing movie, television show, or even the comic? Call me picky, after all we are talking about a human/plant hybrid, […]

G. Kim,, M. L. LeBlanc,, E. K. Wafula,, C. W. dePamphilis, & J. H. Westwood. (2014). Genomic-scale exchange of mRNA between a parasitic plant and its hosts, Science, Other:

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4:52 PM | Open Science News – 15 August 2014
What was new in open science this week? Rumours surfaced that Google is working on “Google Science”, but there doesn’t seem to be any more evidence than a single document of unknown source. Notes from yesterday’s Mozilla Science call are up. The big news is that next week is the deadline to
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11:41 AM | (Developmental) Biology around the internet- August 2014
Here is August’s round-up of some of the interesting content that we spotted around the internet:   News & Research: - An interesting article considers the impact of the Great War in women in science. - Alan Turing’s contributions to developmental biology featured in an excellent article in Mosaic. - Do you use Research Gate? […]
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7:27 AM | Wiley Announces Continued Growth in Titles with Impact Factor
John Wiley & Sons, Inc., today announced a continued increase in the proportion of its journal titles indexed in the 2014 release of Thomson Reuters Journal Citation Reports® (JCR). A total of 1,202 Wiley titles (approximately 70%) were indexed, up from 1,193 in the 2012 JCR, and including 13 titles which have been indexed for […] The post Wiley Announces Continued Growth in Titles with Impact Factor appeared first on Wiley Asia Blog.
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3:03 AM | Crystal clear water
  The UN estimates that 780 million people worldwide have no clean water, and that number goes up if you include those who have been affected by natural disasters like floods, earthquakes and tsunamis. Cara Doherty, who has just won L’Oreal’s 2014 Women in Science Award, is working to change that. Using crystals. A very […]

August 14, 2014

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7:35 PM | Bringing the Fight to hidden HIV
We’ve got even more news for the HIV cure front. Yesterday we talked about broadly neutralizing antibodies, today we are going to be touching on that yet again,so if you […]

Ariel Halper-Stromberg, Ching-Lan Lu, Florian Klein, Joshua A. Horwitz, Stylianos Bournazos, Lilian Nogueira, Thomas R. Eisenreich, Cassie Liu, Anna Gazumyan, Uwe Schaefer, Rebecca C. Furze, Michael S. Seaman & Rab Prinjha, Alexander Tarakhovsky (2014). Broadly Neutralizing Antibodies and Viral Inducers Decrease Rebound from HIV-1 Latent Reservoirs in Humanized Mice, Cell, Other:

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5:29 PM | California Isn’t Just Dry — It’s Hot
California's average temperature for January through July was the highest on record.
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2:00 PM | Open science advocacy tweetchat recap
This past Wednesday, August 6th, we hosted the latest installment of the #F1000Talks tweetchats; we discussed Open Science Advocacy as an Early Career Researcher. We had a fantastic turnout and a fast-paced discussion, full of great testimonials and advice on transforming Open Science from the exception to the norm. Couldn’t make it to the tweetchat? [...]
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1:27 PM | We’re Stuck! Help develop mathematical theatre
Just when you thought you’d seen enough mathematical theatre projects, here’s another one. We’re Stuck! is an Arts Council funded piece of interactive theatre aimed at children aged 7-12 and their families. The project will explore the idea that getting stuck is part of doing maths, and not something to be feared. The aim is to promote... Read more »
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8:29 AM | Bringing researchers and the public together for science
This an an article I wrote for SciBraai about The Science Awareness Day at UCT on Wednesday 6 August. Bringing researchers and the public together for science    
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