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March 04, 2015

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2:34 AM | Study: Napa Quake Should Spur Retrofits to Older Buildings
The Bay Area's worst shaker in 25 years revealed -- once again -- where the vulnerabilities are.

March 03, 2015

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8:50 PM | From Drifter to Dynamo: The Story of Plankton
Most plankton are tiny drifters, wandering in a vast ocean. But where wind and currents converge they become part of a grander story… an explosion of vitality that affects all life on Earth, including our own.
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7:41 PM | Early life stress may result in a serotonin deficit later
If you have experienced — or are experiencing — mood disorders like anxiety or depression, you know about SSRI’s and chances are they didn’t do much for you. In fact studies indicate that the majority of people with mood and anxiety disorders who receive Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRI’s) are not helped by these medications. Sadly, they […]

Coplan, J., Fulton, S., Reiner, W., Jackowski, A., Panthangi, V., Perera, T., Gorman, J., Huang, Y., Tang, C., Hof, P. & Kaffman, A. (2014). Elevated cerebrospinal fluid 5-hydroxyindoleacetic acid in macaques following early life stress and inverse association with hippocampal volume: preliminary implications for serotonin-related function in mood and anxiety disorders, Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, 8 DOI: 10.3389/fnbeh.2014.00440

Coplan, J., Gopinath, S., Abdallah, C. & Berry, B. (2014). A Neurobiological Hypothesis of Treatment-Resistant Depression -- Mechanisms for Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor Non-Efficacy, Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, 8 DOI: 10.3389/fnbeh.2014.00189

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4:43 PM | Il quark top ‘compie’ 20 anni!
Vent’anni fa, i fisici degli esperimenti CDF e DZero entrambi al Fermilab annunciavano la scoperta di una nuova particella: il quark-top. Con questo risultato monumentale, gli scienziati confermarono l’esistenza dell’ultimo membro del sestetto di quark del modello standard. Dal 9 al 10 Aprile prossimi, la comunità dei fisici delle particelle commemorerà, si fa per dire, l’evento … Continue reading Il quark top ‘compie’ 20 anni! → […]
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2:15 PM | Number of sons contributes to inflammation in old age
The rate of inflammation increases in elderly individuals. This low-grade inflammation (inflammaging) is associated with many degenerative diseases, such as atherosclerosis, dementia, the frailty syndrome and even life expectancy. A...
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1:03 PM | Fossil Calibration Database
Last week, the Fossil Calibration Database was launched. We spoke to Dr. Dan Ksepka, one of the leads on the project about it –“A team of over twenty paleontologists, molecular biologists, programmers, and computer scientists spent the last four years designing and testing the database and collecting data on over 120 key fossil calibrations spread [&hellip
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12:13 PM | Annual Podcast Awards
GREAT NEWS: We’re finalists in the 10th Annual Podcast Awards! We’re humbled to hear that you’ve nominated us as your favourite educational podcast and can’t believe we made the top 10! We’re in some esteemed company and whilst we know we can’t compete with the stats or quality of these more established shows (‘Stuff You [&hellip
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12:00 PM | Standing desks in the classroom
Today’s post is an interview with teacher Adam Aldred, a teacher who has incorporated standing workstations into his classroom.  You can find more on Adam below.  Detailed instructions on how he built his standing desks can be found here. Who … Continue reading »
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10:00 AM | 30 days: February in Aberdeen
A round-up of February’s news, and science events coming up in March. Compiled by Vanessa De Mello. Tuberculosis: identifying those susceptible Research led by Professor Gordon Brown at the University of Aberdeen has uncovered a receptor involved in the control of tuberculosis (TB). TB is a worldwide killer and affects nine million people with 1.5…
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9:22 AM | Alien cells could live without oxygen in Titan’s icy, methane seas
Scientists have modeled a methane-based life-form that could exist without oxygen and theoretically thrive in the hostile environment of Titan, one of Saturn’s icy moons. Titan has a highly pressurised nitrogen and methane atmosphere, and is the only other planetary body in our Solar System with naturally occurring liquid on its surface. It has three methane seas near its northern pole, a feature that was confirmed after the Cassini spacecraft made a flyby in 2006. […]
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8:53 AM | Food additives linked to obesity and gut inflammation
From the new study it reveals that two common emulsifiers - the "detergent-like" compounds that stop foods such as mayonnaise from separating - could increase the risk of obesity and irritable bowel syndrome in mice.The emulsifiers in question, carboxymethycellulose and polysorbate-80, are frequently added to processed western foods, and the research found that they could drastically disrupt the gut bacteria of mice - even in extremely low concentrations.Over the past year, numerous […]
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2:02 AM | Announcing the 10th Annual Wisconsin Stem Cell Symposium: Engineering Limb Regeneration
On April 22, 2015, the BTC Institute and Promega Corporation will host the 10th Annual Wisconsin Stem Cell Symposium — Engineering Limb Regeneration: Recapitulating Normal Development and Regeneration? Our colleagues at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have put together an outstanding list of presenters who will address advances – and challenges – associated with this field […]

March 02, 2015

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9:45 PM | How our 3D print tech led to jet-set success
Behold the 3D printed jet engine. Our team at the Lab 22 manufacturing facility have been busy working with Monash University’s Centre for Additive Manufacturing and Deakin University to create this manufacturing marvel.
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9:43 PM | Drug already on the market could help treat MS and other neurological diseases
Multiple sclerosis, unless you suffer from nerve damage it is a pain you (thankfully) will never have to feel. In most cases, treating the brutal pain caused by this (and other neurological diseases) is the only help that can be offered to people. The pain is caused by damage to myelin, the fatty insulator that […]

Abiraman, K., Pol, S., O'Bara, M., Chen, G., Khaku, Z., Wang, J., Thorn, D., Vedia, B., Ekwegbalu, E., Li, J. & Salvi, R. (2015). Anti-Muscarinic Adjunct Therapy Accelerates Functional Human Oligodendrocyte Repair, Journal of Neuroscience, 35 (8) 3676-3688. DOI: 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.3510-14.2015

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5:31 PM | A New, Stronger Tunnel to Bring Hetch Hetchy Water to the Bay Area
The San Francisco Public Utilities opened on Friday a new cement-encased, steel-lined tunnel that runs from Sunol Valley to Fremont. It will carry an average of 265 million gallons of water a day for customers of the Hetch Hetchy Water System Improvement Program, which consists of more than 80 projects to seismically retrofit and upgrade an 80-year-old water system serving 2.6 million people in the Bay Area.
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2:00 PM | Can Technology Make a Dent in East Bay Traffic?
Engineers are betting they can ease a notoriously congested stretch of freeway in the East Bay. But only time will tell how "smart" the I-80 SMART Corridor can be.
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1:34 PM | Woods Hole images 2014 round 3- the winner
And the winner of the latest round of images from the Woods Hole embryology course is… the skate embryo!   Here are the full results: - SEM of butterfly scale: 93 votes - Drosophila embryos: 37 votes - Skate embryo: 241 votes - Swallowtail wing: 79 votes     Many congratulations to Mary Colasanto (University of […]
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12:49 PM | New on F1000Research – 2 March 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 Referee Report Since our refereeing is open and transparent, we can feature some of the great comments we get. This is a quote from a
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7:38 AM | Our brain's pattern of wavelengths to store memories
Neuroscientists have found evidence that brain waves of different frequencies play a crucial role in storing memories by getting separate brain regions to work together.It’s part of a growing body of research that suggests that our brain waves - long thought of as simply a byproduct of neuronal activity - play a crucial role in allowing our brains to communicate internally. Intrigued by previous research in the area, a team led by Earl Miller and Scott Brincat, both from MIT, […]
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3:00 AM | Focus sull’Universo primordiale
Il satellite Planck ha trascorso più di quattro anni nello spazio per catturare la luce più antica che siamo in grado di osservare: stiamo parlando della radiazione cosmica di fondo. Essa riempie tutto lo spazio e ci offre una sorta di istantanea di come appariva l’Universo circa 380 mila anni dopo il Big Bang. I … Continue reading Focus sull’Universo primordiale →

March 01, 2015

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9:33 PM | The Node survey- the results
The Node is almost 5 years old, and it is now time to revise its design and functionalities. To help us with this, during the last month we asked you to fill in a survey and give us your feedback. In total 169 people completed the survey, and many of you left comments and suggestions. Thank […]
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8:20 PM | Science shows intermittent fasting diet could extend life
Think of it as interval training for the dinner table. Proponents of fasting style diets will be first to tell you there are health benefits, heck we’ve even covered some of the science here at the labs. Well new research shows that putting people on a intermittent fasting (or IF) diet may mimic some of the benefits of […]

Wegman, M., Guo, M., Bennion, D., Shankar, M., Chrzanowski, S., Goldberg, L., Xu, J., Williams, T., Lu, X., Hsu, S. & Anton, S. (2014). Practicality of Intermittent Fasting in Humans and its Effect on Oxidative Stress and Genes Related to Aging and Metabolism, Rejuvenation Research, 2147483647. DOI: 10.1089/rej.2014.1624

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12:23 PM | This Week in Chemistry: Blocking Alcohol’s Effects, & Recovering Palladium
Here’s the weekly summary of both new chemistry research and studies that have been in the news. This week features a hormone that minimises the effects of drunkenness in rats, a non-metal-based catalyst for creating hydrogen from water using sunlight, and more. As always, links to further articles and original research papers are provided below, as well […]

February 28, 2015

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11:08 PM | Heady suggestions
Assertions by the Italian neuroscientist, Sergio Canavero of the Turin Advanced Neuromodulation Group, have caught the media’s attention this past week. In fact, head transplants were first proposed by him in 2013, as a means to “extend the lives of people whose muscles and nerves have degenerated or whose organs are riddled with cancer”. Canavero […]
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8:21 PM | Science360’s Super Science News Show: Ep 3 In this week’s...
Science360’s Super Science News Show: Ep 3 In this week’s wrap-up of NSF Science360, we talk road tripping on lithium-air batteries, the super-compact carnivorous plant – the bladderwort – and new ways to treat water and waste water sustainably and off the grid. By: National Science Foundation.
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7:46 PM | Life, NOT as we know it
Life as we know it, when we peer deep into the vastness of space we look for someone — or something — that resembles ourselves. Carbon based, needs water lifeforms, but what if we’re being narrow-minded? A new type of methane-based, oxygen-free life form that can metabolize and reproduce similar to life on Earth has […]

James Stevenson,, Jonathan Lunine, & Paulette Clancy (2015). Membrane alternatives in worlds without oxygen: Creation of an azotosome, Science Advances, Other:

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9:29 AM | Each pair of smartphones has exactly one Dobble app in common
Card game fans might be familiar with the game of Dobble, in which a set of cards featuring symbols is laid out on the table, and family members tear each other’s hands off/eyes out in order to find the one symbol a given pair of cards has in common. Well, it’s now also available virtually! As discussed at the... Read more »
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2:04 AM | New obesity medication now available in Canada
The very first Obesity Panacea post was written back in November 2008. The topic of that post was the removal from the European market of an obesity medication that had been previously heralded as a potential panacea (but was never … Continue reading »

February 27, 2015

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10:23 PM | New compounds protect nerves from the damage of MS
Autoimmune diseases are tough to live with, frankly we don’t really understand the reasons they start at all, how to treat them, or even where to start in forming a cure. Well there might be some good news — as far as a treatment goes anyway — a newly characterized group of pharmacological compounds block […]

Haines, J., Herbin, O., de la Hera, B., Vidaurre, O., Moy, G., Sun, Q., Fung, H., Albrecht, S., Alexandropoulos, K., McCauley, D. & Chook, Y. (2015). Nuclear export inhibitors avert progression in preclinical models of inflammatory demyelination, Nature Neuroscience, DOI: 10.1038/nn.3953

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6:06 PM | Scientists found a black hole 12 billion times more massive than our Sun
Astronomers have detected an ancient black hole that's so incredibly massive and luminous, it defies our understanding of the early Universe. It’s so big, we need new physics to explain it.In fact its quasar, the shining object produced by a supermassive black hole, is 420 trillion times more luminous than our Sun - despite forming only around 900 million years after the birth of the Universe. This makes it the brightest object ever spotted in the ancient Universe. It's so […]
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