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July 28, 2014

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7:40 PM | New on F1000Research – 28 July 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: Epiphyte response to drought and experimental warming in an Andean cloud forest [v2; ref status: indexed, http://f1000r.es/3le] Previously titled: Epiphyte response to drought and experimental warming PUBLISHED: 06 June [...]
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5:13 PM | A New Hepatitis C Treatment offers Hope
Well this might seem weird, but today is world hepatitis day. I guess I should qualify weird with the fact that it’s only weird because no one really knows. What […]

Lawitz, E., Sulkowski, M., Ghalib, R., Rodriguez-Torres, M., Younossi, Z., Corregidor, A., DeJesus, E., Pearlman, B., Rabinovitz, M., Gitlin, N. & Lim, J. (2014). Simeprevir plus sofosbuvir, with or without ribavirin, to treat chronic infection with hepatitis C virus genotype 1 in non-responders to pegylated interferon and ribavirin and treatment-naive patients: the COSMOS randomised study, The Lancet, DOI: 10.1016/S0140-6736(14)61036-9

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7:22 AM | The TREE of plant science education
Aurora Levesley is the Project Officer for the Gatsby Plant Science TREE. The TREE grew out of the Gatsby Plant Science Summer Schools as a means of sharing the valuable resources produced for and during the Schools. Here she discusses the value of the TREE’s online lectures, which are the subject of a current New[...]
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7:01 AM | New Clinics in California Seek to Stop Schizophrenia Before it Starts
A psychotic break can lead to social isolation, hospitalization or medications with sometimes disabling side effects. Now some clinics are taking a controversial approach and trying to intervene earlier.
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12:15 AM | Map Showing Where Today’s Countries Would Be Located on Pangea
The supercontinent of Pangea formed some 270 million years ago, during the Early Permian Period, and then began to break up 70 million years later, eventually yielding the continents we inhabit today. Pangea was, of course, a peopleless place. But […]test The post Map Showing Where Today’s Countries Would Be Located on Pangea appeared first on Australian Science.

July 27, 2014

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6:17 PM | Holy Grail of Battery Design: A lithium anode
Technology has been racing forward at an ever increasing rate. Unfortunately, anyone who owns a smartphone will tell you that the battery life doesn’t match the advancements. That is probably […]

Liu N, Lu Z, Zhao J, McDowell MT, Lee HW, Zhao W & Cui Y (2014). A pomegranate-inspired nanoscale design for large-volume-change lithium battery anodes., Nature nanotechnology, 9 (3) 187-92. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24531496

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12:15 AM | Weekly Science Picks
It seems we came to the end of one more impressive and fascinating week. Just to summarise in brief – it was so exciting and amazing. For instance, did you know that Australia got so unique and special wildlife? Something […]test The post Weekly Science Picks appeared first on Australian Science.

July 26, 2014

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5:18 PM | Save the Neurons: Fighting the Effects of Parkinsons
Possibly one of the most famous cases of parkinson’s is Michael J. Fox. More than just the “shakes” parkinson’s can cause a whole host of other problems mentally and physically […]

Barnum CJ, Chen X, Chung J, Chang J, Williams M, Grigoryan N, Tesi RJ & Tansey MG (2014). Peripheral Administration of the Selective Inhibitor of Soluble Tumor Necrosis Factor (TNF) XPro1595 Attenuates Nigral Cell Loss and Glial Activation in 6-OHDA Hemiparkinsonian Rats., Journal of Parkinson's disease, PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25061061

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3:00 PM | A Quest for Vegan Cheese That Actually Tastes Like Cheese
A team of Bay Area scientists is biohacking baker's yeast, in an effort to produce proteins that are just like milk proteins, only they're aren't from milk.
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12:53 PM | No country for new journalism
(Formatting issues fixed.) Through an oped in Nieman Lab, Ken Doctor makes a timely case for explanatory – or explainer – journalism being far from a passing fad. Across the many factors that he argues contribute to its rise and persistence in western markets, there is evidence that he believes explainer journalism’s historical basis is more relevant than … Continue reading →
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9:59 AM | Temperatures make our global warming opinions change like the weather
Our experience of current warmth can override our scientific knowledge in driving beliefs about climate change, which is part of the reason we struggle to take the resulting risks seriously, underlines Columbia University’s Elke Weber.

Weber, E. (2006). Experience-Based and Description-Based Perceptions of Long-Term Risk: Why Global Warming does not Scare us (Yet), Climatic Change, 77 (1-2) 103-120. DOI: 10.1007/s10584-006-9060-3

Li, Y., Johnson, E. & Zaval, L. (2011). Local Warming: Daily Temperature Change Influences Belief in Global Warming, Psychological Science, 22 (4) 454-459. DOI: 10.1177/0956797611400913

Zaval, L., Keenan, E., Johnson, E. & Weber, E. (2014). How warm days increase belief in global warming, Nature Climate Change, 4 (2) 143-147. DOI: 10.1038/nclimate2093

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12:15 AM | Australia’s ageing population poses budget risks
Australia’s public and private economy-wide deficit could blow out to more than $400 billion by 2050 due to the nation’s ageing population, a new Australian National University report has found. The report by the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence […]test The post Australia’s ageing population poses budget risks appeared first on Australian Science.

July 25, 2014

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8:12 PM | California’s Wandering Wolf Now Has Puppies in Oregon
OR-7 has at least three pups that he and a mate are raising in the Cascade Range of southern Oregon.
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6:57 PM | How do you share your New York Times?
My op/ed about math teaching and Little League coaching is the most emailed article in the New York Times today.  Very cool! But here’s something interesting; it’s only the 14th most viewed article, the 6th most tweeted, and the 6th most shared on Facebook.  On the other hand, this article about child refugees from Honduras […]
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5:47 PM | Fighting the Obesity Epidemic with X-box [No, not that one]
Despite all the efforts, people are losing the war on obesity. There is probably a number of factors involved, genetics, underlying medical problems, most of all diet, but in any […]

Williams KW, Liu T, Kong X, Fukuda M, Deng Y, Berglund ED, Deng Z, Gao Y, Liu T, Sohn JW & Jia L (2014). Xbp1s in Pomc Neurons Connects ER Stress with Energy Balance and Glucose Homeostasis., Cell metabolism, PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25017942

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3:49 PM | Open Science News – 25 July 2014
What was new in open science this week? Hack your PhD has produced a series of flyers representing various individuals who benefit from open science. See the PhD student image below, and all the rest (including journalist, citizen, librarian, etc.) on their website. If you missed the F1000Research/Harvard open science event in Boston [...]
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3:00 PM | California Leans Heavily on Thousands of Inmate Firefighters
More than 4,000 low-level offenders making $2 a day are a crucial component in how the state battles wildfires.
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11:30 AM | To Chemistry World... and beyond!
I've started a new gig guest blogging for Chemistry World. Over there I'll be doing that thing where I praise (or poke fun at) academic journal cover art. So head on over there now and check out my first post about a crazy colour explosion in Chem Soc Rev.
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12:15 AM | WHO welcomes global momentum on viral hepatitis
On World Hepatitis Day, 28 July, WHO welcomes new progress in tackling one of the world’s most serious diseases. Viral hepatitis – a group of infectious diseases known as hepatitis A, B, C, D, and E – affects millions of […]test The post WHO welcomes global momentum on viral hepatitis appeared first on Australian Science.

July 24, 2014

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11:24 PM | Salmon and Spinal Cod Regeneration, er… Cord
Fish might not be the first thing you think about when we talk spinal cord injury but that is exactly what scientists are doing. Don’t ask where they got the […]

Lewandowski, G. & Steward, O. (2014). AAVshRNA-Mediated Suppression of PTEN in Adult Rats in Combination with Salmon Fibrin Administration Enables Regenerative Growth of Corticospinal Axons and Enhances Recovery of Voluntary Motor Function after Cervical Spinal Cord Injury, Journal of Neuroscience, 34 (30) 9951-9962. DOI: 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.1996-14.2014

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10:39 PM | Here Be Giants
If you follow this blog,  you’ve probably already heard about the OMG LARGEST AQUATIC INSECT FOUND IN CHINA!!!1! that’s been making the rounds this week. If not, take your pick of news outlets covering this random and bizarre press release. As is the case whenever insects break into the mainstream news cycle, I’ve had various [...]
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5:34 PM | Background TV and Children don’t Mix
Coming from a, to put it gently, very broken home, my babysitter was the television. Yep, so now that you are feeling nice and awkward let’s talk television. New research, […]

Linebarger DL, Barr R, Lapierre MA & Piotrowski JT (2014). Associations Between Parenting, Media Use, Cumulative Risk, and Children's Executive Functioning., Journal of developmental and behavioral pediatrics : JDBP, 35 (6) 367-77. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25007059

Lapierre, M., Piotrowski, J. & Linebarger, D. (2012). Background Television in the Homes of US Children, PEDIATRICS, 130 (5) 839-846. DOI: 10.1542/peds.2011-2581

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4:46 PM | Despite All the Depressing News, The World Is Not Getting Worse, It’s Getting Much, Much Better
Today, I woke up and skimmed the world news headlines. 80% of the stories were about the Israeli-Palestinian crisis or the Malaysian aircraft shot down in Ukraine. The other 20% was mostly news on the Air Algerie flight which disappeared earlier this morning and ISIS’s exile and persecution of the Christians in Mosul. It was a very depressing […]
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4:30 AM | Cattle industry swings behind safety gate
Cattle yards play a huge part in our local farming industry. In fact, with over 28 million head of cattle grazing on our big brown land, there are more cows in Australia than people. Not only are our cows big in numbers, they are also big in size. Weighing in at up to 450kg, the risk of our bovine friends […]
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4:00 AM | Drought Becomes Top Environmental Priority for Californians
Those surveyed say they favor mandatory restrictions on water use.
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1:49 AM | Feds Propose New Safety Rules for Oil Trains
There have been several fiery oil train derailments in other parts of the country in the past year. The new rules include lower speed limits, better brakes and safer rail cars.
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12:15 AM | “The Black Man in the Cosmos”
A pioneer of “Afrofuturism,” bandleader Sun Ra emerged from a traditional swing scene in Alabama, touring the country in his teens as a member of his high school biology teacher’s big band. While attending Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University, he […]test The post “The Black Man in the Cosmos” appeared first on Australian Science.

July 23, 2014

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11:30 PM | Harnessing the power of waves
Ocean waves are one of the most powerful natural forces on our planet. Dense with energy, they pack a lot of punch and travel enormous distances across our oceans.  What’s more, they’re very reliable - it is very easy to predict which way a wave will move. It’s for these reasons that waves are being touted […]
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9:33 PM | Richmond Nearly Ready to Approve Chevron Refinery Project
The Richmond City Council is considering Chevron's plans for a $1 billion project at its refinery there. If it's approved, this is one of the last steps before construction on the project would actually begin.
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5:21 PM | Voyager has hit interstellar space…. maybe?
Poor Voyager, he just can’t catch a break. We’ve said it’s hit interstellar space more times than we want to admit and in 2012, the Voyager mission team announced that […]

G. Gloeckler & L. A. Fisk (2014). A test for whether or not Voyager 1 has crossed the heliopause, Geophysical Research Letters, Other:

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