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September 02, 2014

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4:06 AM | Science scholarships – a vocation vacation
Those long summer holidays are getting closer. Some people go somewhere exotic, some chill out at home, and some come and do science with us. Applications for our vacation scholarships are now open. Every year we make about 200 offers to promising undergraduates who are in the advanced stages of their degrees. The successful applicants […]
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1:53 AM | Interview with Alain Prochiantz
How can you tell the difference between two proteins if the antibodies are not specific? This was a problem that researchers studying the cortex came across when determining the function of Otx2. In a recent F1000Research article, researchers from France and Italy found a solution. In this interview, one of the study’s authors, Alain [...]

September 01, 2014

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11:56 PM | Our 3D thermal scanner is so hot right now
By Emily Lehmann If you’re feeling a bit under the weather, you might bring your hand to your forehead and take note of your temperature. Just like your mama used to do. Running a high temperature is an age-old giveaway that you’re sick with a fever and that you better check in with your doc […]
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6:12 PM | Assemblages: 50 Years Later, We Know Nothing About Them
You would think we learn about every part of a cell in biology, but we really don’t. Case in point, about 50 years ago, electron microscopy revealed the presence of […]

Toretsky, J. & Wright, P. (2014). Assemblages: Functional units formed by cellular phase separation, The Journal of Cell Biology, 206 (5) 579-588. DOI: 10.1083/jcb.201404124

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3:32 PM | New on F1000Research – 1 September 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. First of all, we hope you’ve all had time to check our our brand new homepage design. This new design includes not just the weekly featured article, but also regularly [...]
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11:16 AM | Wellcome Trust Research Round-up: 1/9/14
Our fortnightly round-up of news from the Wellcome Trust research community… Genes linked to development of glaucoma A new study funded by the Wellcome Trust and Fight for Sight has identified four new gene locations associated with glaucoma, an eye condition that can lead to blindness and visual impairment. It is hoped the finding could […]
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7:01 AM | Drought Myth-Busting: Why El Niño Is Never A Good Bet
The peculiar set of ocean conditions are known as a California rainmaker -- but El Niño's reputation has been greatly exaggerated.
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3:25 AM | August lives up to its definition: respected and impressive
The things we noticed in and around canine science over the past two weeks, Storified in one neat location for your convenience:[View the story "Do You Believe in Dog? [16-31 August 2014]" on Storify] Further reading:Feuerbacher E.N. (2014). Shut up and pet me! Domestic dogs (Canis lupus familiaris) prefer petting to vocal praise in concurrent and single-alternative choice procedures, Behavioural Processes, DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.beproc.2014.08.019 Gygax L. (2014). The A to Z of […]

Gygax L. (2014). The A to Z of statistics for testing cognitive judgement bias, Animal Behaviour, 95 59-69. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.anbehav.2014.06.013

Arnott E.R., Claire M. Wade & Paul D. McGreevy (2014). Environmental Factors Associated with Success Rates of Australian Stock Herding Dogs, PLoS ONE, 9 (8) e104457. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0104457

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12:34 AM | The Shark-o-meter
Counting sharks isn’t quite like counting sheep – you can’t just sit underwater going ‘One, two, three …’ and hope for an accurate result. But it’s something that has to be done. It’s important for measuring the condition of the marine ecosystem and it informs policies about conservation or harvesting of sharks. The counting sheep […]
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12:15 AM | Singing astronaut inspects space engineering projects
Astronaut Chris Hadfield has inspected projects to clean up space junk, and space engineering projects, at the University’s advanced Instrumentation and Technology Centre at Mount Stromlo. Commander Hadfield shot to fame when a film clip of him singing David Bowie’s […]test The post Singing astronaut inspects space engineering projects appeared first on Australian Science.

August 31, 2014

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6:38 PM | New Synthetic Amino Acid for a New Class of Drugs
Creating new drug molecules is challenging, developing drugs that are highly effective against a target, but with minimal (or no) toxicity and side-effects to the patient can be an exercise in […]

Chen S. Gopalakrishnan R, Schaer T, Marger F, Hovius R, Bertrand D, Pojer F, Heinis C (2014). Di-thiol amino acids can structurally shape and enhance the ligand-binding properties of polypeptides, Nature Chemistry, Other:

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12:15 AM | Weekly Science Picks
New Sunday, new editor’s selections stories. Well, let us see what would be the most promising and exciting news of this week. This weekly presentation covers many different areas from Australia’s biodiversity, over the idea of artificial human blood, until […]test The post Weekly Science Picks appeared first on Australian Science.

August 30, 2014

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6:23 PM | Predictor of Sudden Death helps identify ICD candidates
New guidelines for patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) identifies candidates for implantable cardioverter defibrillators. These devices help protect patients from arrhythmias (an irregular heartbeat) which can limit blood flow to vital organs, like the […]

Perry M. Elliott, (Chairperson) (UK)*, Aris Anastasakis, (Greece), Michael A. Borger, (Germany), Martin Borggrefe, (Germany), Franco Cecchi, (Italy), Philippe Charron, (France), Albert Alain Hagege, (France), Antoine Lafont, (France), Giuseppe Limongelli, (2014). 2014 ESC Guidelines on diagnosis and management of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy The Task Force for the Diagnosis and Management of Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC), European Heart Journal , Other:

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12:12 PM | 1833 Meteor Storm Started Citizen Science
Crowdsourcing astronomy discoveries goes back a ways, to 1833, and a truly remarkable meteor shower.
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3:13 AM | Landmark Groundwater Reform Headed to Governor’s Desk
The era of unlimited groundwater pumping in California could be ending. A package of bills would require local agencies to restore over-pumped aquifers.

August 29, 2014

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8:58 PM | Smuggled Giant Millipedes Seized at SFO
Twenty squirming foot-long millipedes in a falsely labeled package from Germany were seized at San Francisco International Airport last month, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection official said Friday.
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7:10 PM | The Ever Mutating Ebola Virus
Ebola has a nasty reputation for the way it damages the body. It’s rightfully earned when you look at the death rate. But when you look at the actual details of an […]

Gire, S., Goba, A., Andersen, K., Sealfon, R., Park, D., Kanneh, L., Jalloh, S., Momoh, M., Fullah, M., Dudas, G. & Wohl, S. (2014). Genomic surveillance elucidates Ebola virus origin and transmission during the 2014 outbreak, Science, DOI: 10.1126/science.1259657

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2:40 PM | Open Science News – 29 August 2014
This week’s round-up of open science news: It’s Back To School season, and you, too, can get back in the (virtual) school benches with two free online courses that cover open science: Open knowledge: changing the global course of learning (Stanford OpenEdX, Sept 2 – Dec 12) Open Research (P2PU.org, registration closes Sept [...]
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9:58 AM | Cadet Impressions: Tech Entrepreneurs in Tanzania Part 3
During our visit to Dar es Salaam, the cadets on my team, Molly Prins, Jake Moffatt, and Charlie Braman, spent time interacting with, and interviewing young tech entrepreneurs. These interviews are the raw data input for our “Developing Network Models … Continue reading →
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12:15 AM | Robots to ResQu rainforests from purple plague
Australia’s rare and precious rainforests, like the iconic Daintree, could have an unexpected aerial ally in the battle against weeds – autonomous helicopters. Two Project ResQu helicopters developed by CSIRO completed trial flights near Cairns, locating weeds like the dreaded […]test The post Robots to ResQu rainforests from purple plague appeared first on Australian Science.

August 28, 2014

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8:53 PM | This is your Brain. This is your Brain on Drugs
Drugs are bad for the brain. That is (excuse the horrible pun) a no-brainer, but while scientists have seen the after effect drugs have on the brain, we have never […]

You, J., Du, C., Volkow, N. & Pan, Y. (2014). Optical coherence Doppler tomography for quantitative cerebral blood flow imaging, Biomedical Optics Express, 5 (9) 3217. DOI: 10.1364/BOE.5.003217

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7:54 PM | Oil Transport by Train Continues to Climb
Sixty-six percent more oil came into California by rail in the first half of this year, compared to the first half of last year.
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7:31 PM | Buzz Hoot Roar News: Check out Our Art Exhibition!
Get off your computers, folks! Buzz Hoot Roar has its first real-live exhibition! Some of our amazing artists’ work spans the walls at Raleigh, North Carolina’s Cameron Village Regional Library through the month of September! With this show, we’re getting the SciArt word out in hard copy to bibliophiles, lonely people looking for dates, four year olds, and the rest of the Cameron Village Library crowd.  You may remember such greats as Heather Copley’s decoding […]
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5:24 PM | Leaky Pipes Lose Billions of Gallons of Water Every Year in the Bay Area
On top of the drought, the South Napa Quake damaged dozens of water pipes and last month a ruptured pipe ruptured on the UCLA campus leaked about 20 million gallons of water. So how strong is California's water infrastructure?
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4:52 PM | The Things Living on your Toothbrush…
Did you remember to brush? I hope you did, but you may be throwing away your toothbrush soon. Get ready for your daily amount of gross, because have I got […]

Morris DW, Goldschmidt M, Keene H & Cron SG (2014). Microbial contamination of power toothbrushes: a comparison of solid-head versus hollow-head designs., Journal of dental hygiene : JDH / American Dental Hygienists' Association, 88 (4) 237-42. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25134956

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1:59 PM | Website redesign
Today we launched a new design of part of our website, including the homepage and navigation menu. Please have a look, and let us know in the comments below what you think. A few of the changes: Chinese-language homepage. If you’re accessing our website from China or other Chinese speaking countries, you [...]
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12:15 AM | Everyday Economics: A New Course by Marginal Revolution University Where Students Create the Syllabus
In 2012, Tyler Cowen and Alex Tabarrok, two econ professors at George Mason University, launched Marginal Revolution University (otherwise known as MRUniversity) which delivers free, interactive courses in the economics space. During its early days, MRUniversity created courses on The […]test The post Everyday Economics: A New Course by Marginal Revolution University Where Students Create the Syllabus appeared first on Australian Science.

August 27, 2014

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10:46 PM | Feds Will Allow Logging in Some Areas Burned by Rim Fire
A U.S. Forest Service decision will allow loggers to remove dead trees from 52 square miles of forests blackened last year in a massive central California wildfire, a move contested by environmentalists.
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7:23 PM | The Learning Brain Unravelled
As an engineer you would think math would come easy to me, it didn’t. Funny thing though, science in general and biology in particular came very easy to me. The […]

Patrick T. Sadtler,, Kristin M. Quick,, Matthew D. Golub,, Steven M. Chase,, Stephen I. Ryu,, Elizabeth C. Tyler-Kabara,, Byron M. Yu, & Aaron P. Batista (2014). Neural constraints on learning, Nature, Other:

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6:09 PM | Round trip ticket to the science of psychedelics
The latest edition of The Psychologist is a special open-access issue on the science and social impact of hallucinogenic drugs. There’s an article by me on culture and hallucinogens that discusses the role of hallucinogenic drugs in diverse cultures and which also covers how cultural expectations shape the hallucinogenic experience – from traditional Kitanemuk society […]
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