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July 25, 2014

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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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4:31 AM | Getting science from CSIRO isn’t just about start-ups
By Jan Bingley, general manager of business development and commercial at CSIRO I learned a long time ago that “commercialisation” is a greatly misunderstood activity. Most often, it is interpreted narrowly as the process of developing IP, protecting it in the form of patents and licensing them for royalties or equity in start-ups. It’s not […]
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12:15 AM | Stephen Fry Explains the Rules of Cricket in 10 Animated Videos
Founded in London in 1787, The Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) began publishing The Laws of Cricket in 1788, and later became the governing body of the game. More than two centuries later, the MCC has passed governing responsibilities to The […]test The post Stephen Fry Explains the Rules of Cricket in 10 Animated Videos appeared first on Australian Science.

July 22, 2014

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10:47 PM | When Crazy becomes a Crime
My friend has a glass eye, you would never notice and unless you knew the story you might not think anything of it. His older brother did it. Yes, you […]

Dana Goldman,, John Fastenau,, Riad Dirani,, Eric Hellend,, Geoff Joyce,, Ryan Conrad, & Darius Lakdawalla, (2014). Medicaid Prior Authorization Policies and Imprisonment Among Patients With Schizophrenia, The American Journal of Managed Care, 20 (7) Other:

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5:13 PM | Optical Cables, from Thin Air!
It’s a project that would make Tesla proud. Just imagine being able to instantaneously run an optical cable or fiber to any point on earth, or even into space. That’s […]

Rosenthal, E., Jhajj, N., Wahlstrand, J. & Milchberg, H. (2014). Collection of remote optical signals by air waveguides, Optica, 1 (1) 5. DOI: 10.1364/OPTICA.1.000005

Jhajj, N., Rosenthal, E., Birnbaum, R., Wahlstrand, J. & Milchberg, H. (2014). Demonstration of Long-Lived High-Power Optical Waveguides in Air, Physical Review X, 4 (1) DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevX.4.011027

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3:00 PM | 150 Neurons Mapped in EyeWire!
We’ve come so far since the days of 1 cell a week! Today we celebrate the 150th neuron mapped in EyeWire. Check out the video of 50 cells mapped by you, rendered in OMNI: Also, to say thanks for all your hard work, we’ll be rewarding you with a 1.5 …
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1:15 PM | Mass disasters – Disaster Victim Identification
  In mass disasters, such as the MH17 ‘crash’, there are many bodies of victims often over a wide area to be recovered and identified.  This is a small look into the...
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12:30 PM | This picture captures why “no sugar added” is a meaningless concept
It seems that every time I go to the grocery store I see more products proudly announcing that they have “no sugar added”.  Typically these claims are seen on juice and other products that contain a high sugar content. As Yoni …
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5:15 AM | Five uses for WiFi even we didn’t see coming
Remember the internet of the 90s? When browsing online meant being stuck at your desk with your whiz-bang 56k modem. It was an era without smartphones, without tablets – some might say, without freedom. Luckily the clever folks in our labs came up with a little something called WiFi using the same mathematics that astronomers […]
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12:15 AM | New material puts a twist in light
A team from the Research School of Physics and Engineering have uncovered the secret to twisting light at will. It is the latest step in the development of photonics, the faster, more compact and less carbon-hungry successor to electronics. A […]test The post New material puts a twist in light appeared first on Australian Science.

July 21, 2014

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7:17 PM | As far as the moral high-ground is concerned...
...the earth is flat. [sorry, just watched the evening news, couldn't help myself.]
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6:51 PM | California Fire Season: Threat of Dry Lightning Looms
Weather experts say the next couple of weeks could be some of the worst in state history for wildfires caused by lightning strikes.
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5:27 PM | Autism and Parents: Reducing stress
Raising an autistic child can be a gift. Unfortunately it can also be challenging and stressful. Let’s be real, it’s stressful just being a parent, throw in a disability that […]

Dykens E.M. & Fisher M.H. (2014). Reducing Distress in Mothers of Children With Autism and Other Disabilities: A Randomized Trial, Pediatrics , DOI: doi: 10.1542/peds.2013-3164

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2:12 PM | Background Briefing on Animal Research in the UK
Background briefing on the use of animals in research in the UK. This provides facts, laws and statistics about animal testing in the UK. Continue reading →
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11:44 AM | New on F1000Research – 21 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: Colonoscopic polyp detection rate is stable throughout the workday including evening colonoscopy sessions [v1; ref status: indexed, http://f1000r.es/3cf] David Thurtle, Michael Pullinger, Jordan Tsigarides, Iris McIntosh [...]
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7:01 AM | California Has Little Say Over Oil Train Safety
The state can't set speed limits on trains. It can't tell railroads to choose less hazardous routes. It can't tell oil companies not to bring trains carrying volatile crude through cities.
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7:00 AM | Wellcome Trust Research Round-up: 21/07/14
Our fortnightly round-up of news from the Wellcome community..  Same genes drive maths and reading ability Around half of the genes that influence how well a child can read also play a role in their mathematics ability, say scientists from UCL, according to a collaborative study published Nature Communications as part of the Wellcome Trust Case-Control […]
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4:13 AM | Climate models – why they’re not just hot air
We rely a lot on climate models. They not only help us understand our present climate, but also allow us to understand possible future conditions and how different regions of our planet are likely to be impacted by climate change. Having access to this information is vital for the community, government and industries to make […]
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2:58 AM | Why Tattoos Are Permanent?
For the last three decades my right ankle has been the site of a deeply botched tattoo. It was supposed to be a yin yang, but with every passing year, it looks more and more like a cancerous mole. The […]test The post Why Tattoos Are Permanent? appeared first on Australian Science.
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