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September 22, 2014

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6:17 PM | Autism and the Low Iron Connection
The topic of autism is a charged one. Maybe it’s because it isn’t a simple diagnosis; there are many roads to autism. Most of them are probably genetic, some of […]

Rebecca J. Schmidt et al (2014). Maternal intake of supplemental iron and risk for autism spectrum disorders, American Journal of Epidemiology,

Schmidt, R., Tancredi, D., Ozonoff, S., Hansen, R., Hartiala, J., Allayee, H., Schmidt, L., Tassone, F. & Hertz-Picciotto, I. (2012). Maternal periconceptional folic acid intake and risk of autism spectrum disorders and developmental delay in the CHARGE (CHildhood Autism Risks from Genetics and Environment) case-control study, American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 96 (1) 80-89. DOI: 10.3945/ajcn.110.004416

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1:22 PM | Rare disease tweetchat: September 29
To mark the upcoming launch of our Rare Diseases article collection, we will be talking with three researchers in a special rare disease themed tweetchat next week. Join us September 29 to discuss the challenges of rare disease research. We’ll start at 1PM EST. Follow the #F1000Talks hashtag, or our @F1000Research Twitter [...]
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1:00 PM | Finding Faults: Scientists Close in on Napa Quake Origins
The South Napa Earthquake revealed how much we've yet to learn about seismic faults in the Napa Valley.
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9:14 AM | New on F1000Research – 22 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. Feature article: Strategies of the honeybee Apis mellifera during visual search for vertical targets presented at various heights: a role for spatial attention? [v1; ref status: indexed, http://f1000r.es/3yb] Linde [...]

September 21, 2014

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11:05 PM | Night Life! Friday 26th Sept
This Friday, members of EcoEvo@TCD, as well as others from the Botany and Zoology departments and Trinity Centre for Biodiversity Research will present Night Life! in the Zoology building at Trinity College Dublin. The event is FREE to attend and we will be open from 6pm-10pm with the last entry at 9.30pm. Night Life! is an opportunity to meet researchers and to find out the kinds of things we do. Prof. Yvonne Buckley will give you a taste of our research highlights, Kevin Healy will wow you […]
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10:18 PM | Global carbon report: emissions will hit new heights in 2014
By Pep Canadell, CSIRO and Michael Raupach, Australian National University As heads of state gather in New York for tomorrow’s United Nations climate summit, a new report on the state of the world’s carbon budget tells them that greenhouse emissions hit a new record last year, and are still growing. The Global Carbon Project has […]
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6:33 PM | Move over Carbon nanotubes introducing Diamond nanothreads
Carbon nanotubes, the wave of the future. Our hopes and dreams for the future have been firmly placed in using the unique material for everything from electronics to engineering. Unfortunately […]

Fitzgibbons, T., Guthrie, M., Xu, E., Crespi, V., Davidowski, S., Cody, G., Alem, N. & Badding, J. (2014). Benzene-derived carbon nanothreads, Nature Materials, DOI: 10.1038/nmat4088

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4:41 PM | KaTeX is a (partial) alternative to (some of) MathJax
Khan Academy has released a new library to typeset mathematical notation on webpages, called KaTeX. “But we already have MathJax!” you say, perhaps a little too enthusiastically. Well, Khan Academy has a lot of pages about maths, and they have a fairly rare set of requirements: the maths they use is relatively simple, they usually have a... Read more »
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12:15 AM | Weekly Science Picks
It’s amazing how diverse this week has been. It brought us a lot of exciting stories, but, for this occasion, we choose only several of them. For example, what especially attracted our attention are some news from physics, the science […]test The post Weekly Science Picks appeared first on Australian Science.

September 20, 2014

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7:43 PM | Lengthen Telomeres and Turn Back Aging
Want to live longer and healthier? Of course you do, well science may just have the answer! Scientists have discovered an on-and-off “switch” in cells that may hold the key […]

Tucey, T. & Lundblad, V. (2014). Regulated assembly and disassembly of the yeast telomerase quaternary complex, Genes & Development, DOI: 10.1101/gad.246256.114

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12:15 AM | What the Science of “Sleep Paralysis” Reveals About How the Brain Works
How a neurological nightmare illuminates the wondrous workings of the brain-body connection. “In both writing and sleeping,” Stephen King wrote in his meditation on “creative sleep” and the art of wakeful dreaming, “we learn to be physically still at the […]test The post What the Science of “Sleep Paralysis” Reveals About How the Brain Works appeared first on Australian Science.

September 19, 2014

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11:28 PM | Nanosponges Clean up Antibody-mediated Autoimmune Disease
What does lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, type I diabetes, multiple sclerosis, and rheumatic heart disease have in common? All of these (and many other) apparently unrelated disorders are caused by autoimmunity, […]

Copp JA, Fang RH, Luk BT, Hu CM, Gao W, Zhang K & Zhang L (2014). Clearance of pathological antibodies using biomimetic nanoparticles., Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 111 (37) 13481-6. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25197051

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5:21 PM | New test for Diagnosing Alzheimer’s Early
Alzheimer’s diagnosis is important, like the famous slogan “with a stroke, time lost is brain lost,” detecting alzheimer’s is important in order to stave off cognitive decline. A just like […]

Hawkins KM & Sergio LE (2014). Visuomotor Impairments in Older Adults at Increased Alzheimer's Disease Risk., Journal of Alzheimer's disease, PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24919768

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2:20 PM | Right Turn: Get an earful of stem cells
> There are a multitude of ways to stay informed about research trends and advances in the field. Obvious ones, for a researcher or trainee are lab or journal club meetings, conferences, or journal subscriptions. Then there’s the online world, including any number of news aggregators, blogs and twitter — Science recently published an article of...Read more
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12:30 PM | Open Science News – 19 September 2014
This week’s buzz in Open Science: Introducing OpenTrons: easy to use biotech tools that you can connect together to make a modular lab automation system so you can do more science than ever before! Looking for tips on how to write a winning grant? Check out these sample applications and summary statements provided [...]
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6:00 AM | Image of the Week: Ebola vaccine trial
This week’s image of the week is shows Dr Felicity Hartnell administering the first dose of a trial Ebola vaccine to volunteer Ruth Atkins. Ms Atkins, who has previously worked as a nurse in the NHS, said: “I volunteered because the situation in West Africa is so tragic and I thought being part of this […]
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2:16 AM | Celebrating our heroes of science
The winners of the 2014 IgNobel prizes have just been announced, and there’s an Australian among them. Peter K. Jonason from the University of Western Sydney shared the IgNobel for Psychology with Amy Jones and Minna Lyons, for providing evidence that people who habitually stay up late are, on average, more self-admiring, more manipulative, and […]

September 18, 2014

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3:18 PM | Let’s Mention Foundations
Congratulating Dick on the 2014 Knuth Prize Cropped from source Dick Lipton is of course the founder and driving writer of this weblog. He is also a computer scientist with a great record of pathbreaking research. The latter has just been recognized, I am delighted and proud to say, with the award of the 2014 […]
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12:15 AM | Australian museums must innovate or risk becoming ‘digital dinosaurs’
Australia’s cultural institutions risk losing their relevance if they don’t increase their use of digital technologies and services, new research has shown. Released today by CSIRO, an analysis of Australia’s galleries, libraries, archives and museums (or GLAM industry) has revealed […]test The post Australian museums must innovate or risk becoming ‘digital dinosaurs’ appeared first on Australian Science.

September 17, 2014

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10:47 PM | Queensland survey reveals lukewarm view of coal seam gas
By Andrea Walton, CSIRO; Rod McCrea, CSIRO, and Rosemary Leonard, CSIRO Residents in Queensland’s Western Downs region have mixed feelings towards coal seam gas (CSG) development taking place in their midst, according to our CSIRO survey. More than two-thirds of locals described themselves as “tolerating” or “accepting” CSG, while only 22% had openly positive attitudes. […]
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9:21 PM | What to Know About California’s New Groundwater Law
Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation Tuesday that will require the first-ever rules for pumping groundwater in California. Here's why lawmakers and the governor acted, and what the new laws mean.
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6:27 PM | Stanford Psychologist Who Studies Racial Profiling Wins ‘Genius Grant’
A professor whose research is helping a California police department improve its strained relationship with the black community and a lawyer who advocates for victims of domestic abuse are among the 21 winners of this year's MacArthur Foundation 'genius grants.'
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5:24 PM | Biofilms: Using Bacteria for new Designer Nanomaterials
For most people biofilms conjure up images of slippery stones in a streambed and dirty drains. While there are plenty of “bad” biofilms around – they are even the same […]

Peter Q. Nguyen,, Zsofia Botyanszki,, Pei Kun R. Tay, & Neel S. Joshi (2014). Programmable biofilm-based materials from engineered curli nanofibres, Nature Communications, Other:

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1:00 PM | The Science of Empathy
By Danielle Sonnenberg Ever since I can remember I have been very aware of the suffering of the people around me. I am cognizant of their facial expressions, body language, and tone of voice. The first time I remember being empathetic was when my parents paid a stranger ten dollars to thank him for getting […]
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12:05 PM | Bring Back Our Girls? Boko Haram and the Forgotten Captives
Five months after the abduction of nearly 300 schoolgirls in Nigeria, the prospects for their safe return seem more remote than ever. Here's why. Continue reading →
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12:15 AM | New data show child mortality rates falling faster than ever
New data released today by the United Nations show that under-five mortality rates have dropped by 49% between 1990 and 2013. The average annual reduction has accelerated – in some countries it has even tripled – but overall progress is […]test The post New data show child mortality rates falling faster than ever appeared first on Australian Science.

September 16, 2014

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10:33 PM | What’s in your porcini packet? You may find a new species … or three
By Nai Tran-Dinh, CSIRO and David Midgley, CSIRO Mycologists – scientists who study fungi – estimate there are up to five million species of fungi on Earth. Of these, only about 2%, or 100,000 species, have been formally described. So where are the other 98% of fungi hiding? At least three, it seems, were hiding […]
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5:14 PM | New Cocktail Turns Adult Cells into Stem Cells
For those of us who were following stem cell news, recently the field had a huge setback when a paper, that offered a cheap and novel way to create stem […]

Buganim Y, Markoulaki S, van Wietmarschen N, Hoke H, Wu T, Ganz K, Akhtar-Zaidi B, He Y, Abraham BJ, Porubsky D & Kulenkampff E (2014). The Developmental Potential of iPSCs Is Greatly Influenced by Reprogramming Factor Selection., Cell stem cell, 15 (3) 295-309. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25192464

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2:00 PM | Is British Animal Rights Extremism Back? A Profile of National Operation Anti-Vivisection
Is British Animal Rights Extremism Back? National Operation Anti Vivisection is a new campaign targeting students in Cambridge which looks surprisingly similar to campaigns run by SHAC before they closed operations in August 2014. Speaking of Research take a closer look. Continue reading →
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12:22 PM | Christian Rudder’s Dataclysm
Here’s what I’ve spent the last couple of days doing: alternatively reading Christian Rudder’s new book Dataclysm and proofreading a report by AAPOR which discusses the benefits, dangers, and ethics of using big data, which is mostly “found” data originally meant for some other purpose, as a replacement for public surveys, with their carefully constructed data […]
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