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October 23, 2014

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12:15 AM | Lynda Barry, Cartoonist Turned Professor, Gives Her Old Fashioned Take on the Future of Education
With college tuitions ballooning to the point of implosion, and free educational content proliferating online, the future of education is a scorching hot topic. So where are we heading? Coursera and Khan Academy? Video game-based curricula? Experience-driven microlearning? Or school […]test The post Lynda Barry, Cartoonist Turned Professor, Gives Her Old Fashioned Take on the Future of Education appeared first on Australian Science.

October 22, 2014

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10:01 PM | Cognitive bias in Forensic Science
Forensic evidence needs to be considered impartially and without prejudice. Recently cognitive bias has become somewhat a buzzword in FS circles… Recently I read a slightly tongue in cheek tweet from an […]
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7:55 PM | Converting Skin Cells to Neurons: A Fight Against Huntington’s
Neurological diseases are some of the hardest to fight against (in my opinion). The big reason is the brain, we still know so little about it and treatment for anything […]

Victor, M., Richner, M., Hermanstyne, T., Ransdell, J., Sobieski, C., Deng, P., Klyachko, V., Nerbonne, J. & Yoo, A. (2014). Generation of Human Striatal Neurons by MicroRNA-Dependent Direct Conversion of Fibroblasts, Neuron, 84 (2) 311-323. DOI: 10.1016/j.neuron.2014.10.016

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2:57 PM | What, Me Worry? According to a recent Gallup poll, Americans are...
What, Me Worry? According to a recent Gallup poll, Americans are now believe that Ebola is a bigger problem in the U.S. than poverty/hunger, terrorism, and racism. But at least it tied with family decline! When it comes to Ebola (in the U.S., mind you, remember that this remains a serious threat in west Africa) according to our old friend science, that trusted harbinger of truth and knowledge, we have nothing to fear but fear itself.  This comes on the heels of another recent poll […]
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2:00 PM | As More Crude Oil Rolls In, a Push for Better Track Inspection
In response to concerns about the risks of crude by rail, Union Pacific has begun to boost its rail inspection program by dispatching vehicles with lasers that can find tiny track imperfections.
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6:30 AM | Jeffrey Kahn’s Odd Views on Animal Research
Professor Jeffrey Kahn visited UW Madison to discuss the use of monkeys in medical research. He is the Robert Henry Levi and Ryda Hecht Levi Professor of Bioethics and Public Policy and the Deputy Director for Policy and Administration at … Continue reading →
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3:20 AM | Want to see what we collect?
We collect things. Lots of things. You might have heard about our major collections – the National Wildlife Collection, National Fish Collection, National Insect Collection, National Herbarium. You might even have heard of the Cape Grim Air Archive. But what about the National Soil Archive? Let alone the Fungus Collection or the Algae Collection. The […]
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12:15 AM | Australian volcanic mystery explained
Scientists have solved a long-standing mystery surrounding Australia’s only active volcanic area, in the country’s southeast. The research explains a volcanic region that has seen more than 400 volcanic events in the past four million years. The 500 kilometre long […]test The post Australian volcanic mystery explained appeared first on Australian Science.

October 21, 2014

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8:51 PM | Dude, wheres my Hover Car? Oh wait…
We all (of a certain age) remember the Jetsons, a futuristic family with hi-tech gadgets and gizmos. However, nothing said, “the future is here” quite like things hovering. Even in […]

Hendo Hover (2014). Hendo Hoverboards - World's first REAL hoverboard, Kickstarter, Other:

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5:31 PM | News Round-up, 21/10/14
Here’s some quick stories from the world of maths this week. Samuel Hansen’s Relatively Prime Kickstarter has been funded You may have noticed us banging on about this, but Aperiodical editor Peter Rowlett’s former podcasting partner in crime, Samuel Hansen, is up to his usual tricks, crowdfunding an excellent series of podcasts telling stories about... Read more »
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9:07 AM | Paralyzed man walks again after olfactory cell transplant, thanks to animal research
Today, almost 30 years after Prof. Geoffrey Raisman first identified their potential to repair nerve damage in mice, the BBC reports that olfactory ensheathing cell transplantation has been successfully used to enable Darek Fidyka, who was paralyzed from the chest … Continue reading →
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3:34 AM | The ankle bone’s connected to the … 3D-printed titanium implant
Surgery has come a long way since the days when it consisted of either cutting things out or cutting them off. But there are still conditions where amputation is the only alternative. One of them, until recently, was bone cancer. Len Chandler was facing the prospect of having his leg off below the knee when […]
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12:15 AM | WHO tobacco treaty makes significant progress despite mounting pressure from tobacco industry
The sixth session of the Conference of the parties (COP6) to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) concluded recently in Moscow. Several landmark decisions were adopted in the course of the six-day session, regarded as one of the […]test The post WHO tobacco treaty makes significant progress despite mounting pressure from tobacco industry appeared first on Australian Science.

October 20, 2014

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10:19 PM | Next-gen technologies get down to Robo-business
By Emily Lehmann  A world in which robots and humans live side-by-side is no longer just stuff dreamed up in fantastical sci-fi movies (thank you very much James Cameron). ‘Cos if we’re talking about industry, the smart machine era is already here. Next-gen technologies like self-driving vehicles, remote augmented reality and fully-autonomous robots are now being used to […]
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8:50 PM | A Venusian Mystery Explored Once More
Venus, the place where women are from… supposedly. To say Venus has a harsh climate would be an understatement, this is one of many reasons why we will never (or […]

Harrington, E. et. Al (2014). The puzzle of radar-bright highlands on venus: a high-spatial resolution study in Ovda regio, Geological Society of America, Other:

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1:00 PM | Drought-Stressed Crops May Be Better For You
Scientists in California's Central Valley are testing the nutrient content of fruits grown with less-than-normal amounts of water. And the findings so far are raising a question: will consumers buy fruits that are just as nutritional, or sometimes higher in antioxidants, if they aren't as pretty?
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1:00 PM | A new set of Node postcards!
Every year we give you a chance to choose from sets of beautiful images taken by the students at the MBL Woods Hole embryology course. The most voted image then feature in the cover of Development. The images from Woods Hole are always beautiful, and to showcase them last year we produced a set of four Node […]
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12:00 PM | University of Wisconsin responds to dishonest petition attacking psychiatric research
What do you do if your university is the target of an aggressive publicity campaign that distorts and misrepresents the work of one of your most highly respected scientists? What do you do if hundreds of thousands of people sign … Continue reading →
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11:31 AM | New on F1000Research – 20 October 2014
Happy Open Access Week! Make sure to check out what we have planned this week, and join us later today for our Google Hangout. Featured article Commercial antibodies and their validation [v2; ref status: indexed, http://f1000r.es/4jp] JLA Voskuil This week’s featured article is about the validation of commercial antibodies. [...]
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12:15 AM | The ancient mountains that fed early life
Scientists have found evidence for a huge mountain range that sustained an explosion of life on Earth 600 million years ago. The mountain range was similar in scale to the Himalayas and spanned at least 2,500 kilometres of modern west […]test The post The ancient mountains that fed early life appeared first on Australian Science.

October 19, 2014

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10:30 PM | We need your help! The Total Wellbeing Diet online trial
We’re looking for 5,000 Australians (from ages 18 to 74) to participate in a trial of a new online diet program based on our award-winning and bestselling Total Wellbeing Diet. It’s easy as – by following a simple, customised eating plan and weighing in on the website once a week over a 12 week period, you […]
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5:43 PM | DNA Nanotech: The First Large DNA Crystals
DNA is the stuff of life as we know it, but it is the potential as a programmable material platform that could spawn entire new and revolutionary nanodevices in computer science, microscopy, […]

Ke, Y., Ong, L., Sun, W., Song, J., Dong, M., Shih, W. & Yin, P. (2014). DNA brick crystals with prescribed depths, Nature Chemistry, DOI: 10.1038/nchem.2083

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12:09 PM | Ebola- Face The Fear
Ebola, the emerging threat from Africa, is without doubt a lethal killer. This serious threat has a grossly high mortality rate; the fatality rate for Ebola’s haemorrhagic fever (now known […]
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12:15 AM | Weekly Science Picks
New Sunday, new editor’s choices! In comparison with the previous one, which brought us heaps of Nobel awards, this one seems as quite peaceful and usual. But, is it? Throughout today’s selection, we will hear more about the future of […]test The post Weekly Science Picks appeared first on Australian Science.

October 18, 2014

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6:55 PM | New Genetic Test to help Solve Rare Disease Diagnosis
My sister suffers from a rare disease which causes small fiber polyneuropathy, or the killing of nerves in her hands and feet. As it progresses she has trouble standing or […]

Lee, H., Deignan, J., Dorrani, N., Strom, S., Kantarci, S., Quintero-Rivera, F., Das, K., Toy, T., Harry, B., Yourshaw, M. & Fox, M. (2014). Clinical Exome Sequencing for Genetic Identification of Rare Mendelian Disorders, JAMA, DOI: 10.1001/jama.2014.14604

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12:31 PM | A New Provable Factoring Algorithm
Factoring, factoring, the whole day through, keeps on my mind—apologizes to Hoagy Carmichael and Stuart Gorrell Waterloo Mathematics source Michael Rubinstein is an expert on number theory, who is on the faculty of the University of Waterloo. He is one of the organizers of a 61-birthday symposium being held December 15–19 in Princeton for my […]
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12:15 AM | What Happens When You Take a Nobel Prize Through Airport Security
Winning a Nobel Prize has its perks. When you talk, people listen. And you end up doing a lot of talking. And travelling. Reflecting on how the Nobel Prize changed his life, Walter Gilbert (1980 winner in Chemistry) commented, “You […]test The post What Happens When You Take a Nobel Prize Through Airport Security appeared first on Australian Science.

October 17, 2014

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8:02 PM | A look at Air Pollution and Your Body
We have all probably seen stories from China on the horrid air pollution there. Accompanying those reports of course are the statistics for air pollution that deaths have caused. For […]

Gamon LF, White JM & Wille U (2014). Oxidative damage of aromatic dipeptides by the environmental oxidants NO2˙ and O3., Organic & biomolecular chemistry, 12 (41) 8280-7. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25207524

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2:42 PM | Open Science News – 17 October 2014
Due to a small technical issue, we missed last week’s round-up of open science news, so this one is a bit longer. It’s also a very busy time of year for open science, with both Open Access Week and MozFest just days away! Read on for this, and more news. Next week is Open [...]
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2:13 PM | Five Star review for Speaking of Research website
A few months after the Speaking of Research website got full marks in a recent review we’ve done it again. In Lab Animal Europe‘s Website of the Month, Speaking of Research got an overall score of five out of five … Continue reading →
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