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December 19, 2014

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9:58 PM | Next Napa Quake Could Be Bigger, Stronger
New research indicates the fault that triggered the August quake is 20 miles longer than scientists realized, which could produce more powerful earthquakes in the future.
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7:56 PM | Beagle Freedom Project Uses Former Research Dogs to Spotlight its Anti-Research Campaign
Today’s guest post  is by Dr. Cindy Buckmaster, chair of Americans for Medical Progress. Activists at the Beagle Freedom Project (BFP) continue to gather support for their agenda to end animal-based research – and some in the research community are … Continue reading →
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7:06 PM | Why “fat shaming” makes the problem worse
Thanks to the internet age we have lost touch with the fact that there is a human out there reading these words. Because of this, the golden rule –treat others […]

LOGEL, C., STINSON, D., GUNN, G., WOOD, J., HOLMES, J. & CAMERON, J. (2014). A little acceptance is good for your health: Interpersonal messages and weight change over time, Personal Relationships, 21 (4) 583-598. DOI: 10.1111/pere.12050

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5:53 PM | Open Science News – 19 December 2014
Interview with Github’s Arfon Smith on OKCast, about open source and open science The Christmas 2014 Open Source Malaria shortlist of the most-needed molecules to be synthesized in the fight against malaria. Contribute to the Open Glossary – a list of “open” definitions. Almost 2.5 million of the National History [...]
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1:46 PM | Dear Parents/Grandparents: Your Toddler Does Not Need a Screen for Christmas
Christmas is upon us.  If you are a parent/grandparent/relative, you are likely scrambling for that last minute item that your child will love.  One thing I urge you to avoid: screens, and toys that incorporate screens.  Your toddler does not … Continue reading »
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4:00 AM | Quando due galassie collidono
Durante il periodo natalizio, sappiamo che le luci sono le protagoniste assolute che allietano le serate notturne. Ma anche nel cosmo, da qualche parte a circa 130 milioni di anni-luce dalla Terra nella direzione della costellazione del Cane Maggiore, possiamo assistere ad uno spettacolo simile: stiamo parlando di una coppia di galassie a spirale interagenti … Continue reading Quando due galassie collidono →

December 18, 2014

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8:19 PM | Save the Tasmanian Devil
  The Tasmanian devil is famed for its shrieking call and fierce temperament, which reportedly terrified Europeans colonising Australia back in the 19th century. Tasmanian devils are now endangered in the wild. One of the reasons for this is the spread of devil facial tumour disease (DFTD), an aggressive transmissible cancer. DFTD has a 100%…
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7:35 PM | Gene fragments linked to brain development and autism
While the anti-vaccine movement enjoys the simple (and very wrong) answer to the cause of autism, there are people who want the actual truth. This drive had lead to a […]

Irimia, M., Weatheritt, R., Ellis, J., Parikshak, N., Gonatopoulos-Pournatzis, T., Babor, M., Quesnel-Vallières, M., Tapial, J., Raj, B., O’Hanlon, D. & Barrios-Rodiles, M. (2014). A Highly Conserved Program of Neuronal Microexons Is Misregulated in Autistic Brains, Cell, 159 (7) 1511-1523. DOI: 10.1016/j.cell.2014.11.035

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4:00 PM | 2014 article picks to appear on Twitter
It’s the end of the year again, and like last year, we will be tweeting some of our favourite articles published in F1000Research this past year. They’re the articles that our readers liked, articles that made the news, and articles that might not have that many views yet, but that we thought you should [...]
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2:50 PM | 3 tricks for preventing holiday weight gain
Although only 1 in 10 individuals will gain 5 lbs or more during the holidays, most of us will put on some weight that tends to stay with us during the course of the following year. Thus, to help you … Continue reading »
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10:28 AM | We’re Number One! We’re Number One!
Some great news this week – the joint SRUC and University of Edinburgh submission to the UK’s Research Excellence Framework was ranked as number one in the UK for agriculture and veterinary sciences. There’s a lot of very happy and … Continue reading →
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7:35 AM | Obesity causes inflammation
Hormones produced by the adipose tissue can cause diseases. The risk of arthritis is much higher among the obese than people of normal weight, and one reason for this is...
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4:59 AM | All I want for Christmas is a good night’s sleep…
A solution for sleep apnoea is on the horizon and it is called the 'Oventus Clearway Device'. It's a mouthguard which promotes clear breathing.
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4:00 AM | Rivelato un possibile segnale dalle particelle di materia scura
Dopo aver analizzato attentamente i dati nella banda dei raggi-X, un gruppo di scienziati dell’EPFL’s Laboratory of Particle Physics and Cosmology (LPPC), in collaborazione con i colleghi dell’Università di Leiden, ritengono di aver identificato un segnale emesso da particelle di materia scura. Questa sostanza, che finora è considerata puramente ipotetica, non è descritta da nessuno … Continue reading Rivelato un possibile segnale dalle particelle […]
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3:44 AM | Storms a Boon for Rain Water Harvesters
More Northern California residents are harnessing winter storms and cashing in on local rebate programs for rainwater harvesting.

December 17, 2014

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7:54 PM | Epigenetic changes and autism
Despite what you may think, the supposed “explosion” of children diagnosed with autism can directly attributed to better diagnosing techniques and — more importantly — the change of definition to […]

Gao, Z., Lee, P., Stafford, J., von Schimmelmann, M., Schaefer, A. & Reinberg, D. (2014). An AUTS2–Polycomb complex activates gene expression in the CNS, Nature, 516 (7531) 349-354. DOI: 10.1038/nature13921

Ntziachristos, P., Tsirigos, A., Welstead, G., Trimarchi, T., Bakogianni, S., Xu, L., Loizou, E., Holmfeldt, L., Strikoudis, A., King, B. & Mullenders, J. (2014). Contrasting roles of histone 3 lysine 27 demethylases in acute lymphoblastic leukaemia, Nature, 514 (7523) 513-517. DOI: 10.1038/nature13605

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5:37 PM | Ebola virus disease: Interactive Real Time Map.
Ebola virus diseaseThe Ebola virus causes an acute, serious illness which is often fatal if untreated. Ebola virus disease (EVD) first appeared in 1976 in 2 simultaneous outbreaks, one in Nzara, Sudan, and the other in Yambuku, Democratic Republic of Congo. The latter occurred in a village near the Ebola River, from which the disease takes its name. The current outbreak in west Africa, (first cases notified in March 2014), is the largest and most complex Ebola outbreak since the Ebola virus was […]
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4:00 PM | The Jury is in on the 2014 Canadian Weblog Awards!
I just had the privilege of serving as a juror for the […]
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12:36 PM | (Developmental) Biology around the internet- December 2014
Here is December’s round-up of some of the interesting content that we spotted around the internet!   News & Research: - Masayo Takahashi was the winner of the 2014 Stem Cell Person of the Year award, while the STAP story was chosen as the Stem Cell Story of the Year, in an open vote in Paul Knoepfler’s blog. […]
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12:05 PM | The truth about holiday weight gain
Today I’d like to revisit an issue which is becoming a bit of a holiday tradition here at Obesity Panacea. How much weight do people gain over the holidays?   If you ask many people, they will say that the … Continue reading »
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6:19 AM | Assessing the Asteroid Impact Threat: Are We Doomed Yet?
“Watch therefore, for ye know not the day nor the hour,” could be still an actual description of our ability to predict asteroid threats to Earth. The sentence from the Bible (Matthew 25:13) sound like a reminder of a vast […]test The post Assessing the Asteroid Impact Threat: Are We Doomed Yet? appeared first on Australian Science.
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4:30 AM | The science to being crowned king of the crackers
With the festive season in full swing, many of us will soon find ourselves sitting around a dinner table, tugging on a Christmas cracker then poring over the goodies found within. Traditionally, cracker etiquette dictates that the person left holding the larger portion is dubbed the cracker king (with flimsy paper crown to prove it). However, […]
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4:00 AM | NGC 3227, l’emissione di radiazione multipla del buco nero centrale
Grazie ad una serie di osservazioni nella banda dei raggi-X riguardanti il buco nero supermassiccio nella galassia NGC 3227, Hirofumi Noda del RIKEN Nishina Center for Accelerator-Based Science e colleghi sono stati in grado di rivelare vari processi multipli che sono responsabili delle emissioni di radiazione. I risultati di questo studio sono pubblicati su Astrophysical … Continue reading NGC 3227, l’emissione di radiazione multipla del buco nero centrale →

December 16, 2014

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4:46 AM | In defense of Santa’s weight
“Santa’s behaviour and public image are at odds with contemporary accepted public health messages,” argues a British Medical Journal editorial written by Dr. Scrooge and colleagues. Given Santa’s tremendous popularity, particularly among children, the authors of the editorial argue the … Continue reading »
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4:00 AM | Messaggeri dell’Universo ‘invisibile’
Abbiamo detto varie volte che la materia ordinaria rappresenta quasi il 5% dell’Universo, tutto il resto è qualcosa di invisibile a cui gli scienziati hanno dato il nome di materia scura ed energia scura. Oggi, un gruppo di ricercatori che lavoreranno ad un nuovo esperimento che sarà condotto presso il Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility … Continue reading Messaggeri dell’Universo ‘invisibile’ →

December 15, 2014

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10:07 PM | The Palaeontological Association 58th Annual Meeting
Welcome to our coverage of the Palaeontological Association’s 58th Annual Meeting, this year hosted by the University of Leeds, UK. The conference take place between the 16th and 18th December. All times displayed are UTC. if there are any problems with the live stream please refresh the page, if this does not resolve the issue, [&hellip
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9:48 PM | Astrochemistry in Action: The Rosetta Observation
Last Wednesday, the European Space Agency (ESA) released the results of measurements conducted by the Rosetta space probe, currently in orbit of a 2.5-mile wide comet designated as 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. The measurements are the newest development in the quest to determine the origins of Earth's water - specifically, whether it was delivered by impacts from comets or asteroids. The findings revealed that the chemical composition of the water on the comet 67P was significantly different than […]
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8:07 PM | Finding the neurons that deal with distraction
What’s that over there!? The next time you are around people, count how many people are on their phone? Distractions invade every aspect of our lives. Status updates, text messages, […]

Ahrens, S., Jaramillo, S., Yu, K., Ghosh, S., Hwang, G., Paik, R., Lai, C., He, M., Huang, Z. & Li, B. & (2014). ErbB4 regulation of a thalamic reticular nucleus circuit for sensory selection, Nature Neuroscience, DOI: 10.1038/nn.3897

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4:00 PM | F1000 Specialist of the Year 2014
For the past few weeks, the F1000 Outreach Directors have looked at lists of all of your past activities to figure out who deserved to be crowned this year’s F1000 Specialist of the Year. The decision was much harder than last year because so many of you have done so much this past [...]
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2:00 PM | Designing the Interstellar Doorbell (Or How to Talk to ET)
Humans have been sending messages into outer space for decades, hoping some intelligent extra-terrestrial might come upon them. Now, for the first time in history, we have addresses. So, what should we say?
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