April 16, 2014

12:59 PM | STEM Fair: Why Talking to Children about Research is Important
Outreach is important in improving the public's understanding of animal research. A school STEM fair offers the perfect opportunity. Continue reading →
10:01 AM | Travelling Fellowships- deadline approaching!
  Do you need to learn a new technique? Are you planning a collaborative visit?   Then The Company of Biologists and Development can help! We offer Travelling Fellowships of up to £2,500 to cover the costs of travel, accommodation, subsistence and visa fees. The next deadline for applications is the 30th of April! Find more information about how […]
12:15 AM | Chocolate bytes with virtual mouth this Easter
Here’s something to chew over. Easter chocolates, along with our favourite everyday foods, could taste just as good but be healthier in future, thanks to new technology that is revealing the science of chewing. CSIRO’s 3D mastication modelling, demonstrated for [...]testThe post Chocolate bytes with virtual mouth this Easter appeared first on Australian Science.
12:10 AM | California Trails Texas in Wind Power, Says New Report
Despite some of the strongest renewable energy incentives in the country, California produces less than half the wind energy generated in the Lone Star State.

April 15, 2014

9:30 PM | A Week in Science - Global Population Growth Our population...
A Week in Science - Global Population Growth Our population recently hit 7 billion- that’s a lot of people! This week we look at how humans compare to other species including bacteria, ants and rodents. Plus a sobering look at how we impact wild mammal populations. via RiAus.
4:37 PM | Eating rice boosts diet quality, reduces body weight and improves markers for health
New research, partially funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the USA Rice Federation, shows that consumers can improve their diets simply by enjoying white or brown rice as part of their daily meals. In a study published online in the peer-reviewed journal Food and Nutrition Sciences, lead author Theresa Nicklas, DrPH, of Baylor College
3:05 PM | Health Trackers May Be the Rage, But How Useful Are They?
Low battery life, bulky appearance and lack of integration are some of the obstacles in the way before health trackers become the next gadgets we can’t live without.
1:30 PM | Speaking of Addiction Research
Addiction in animals involves very similar physiological changes in the brain as it does in humans. Prof Jentsch explains. Continue reading →
12:39 PM | Testing stem cells in the clinic – a role for publicly funded trials?
> In February this year, the biggest stem cell trial for heart attack patients was begun and will involve over 3000 patients from 11 different countries in Europe. The BAMI trial (the effect of intracoronary reinfusion of Bone marrow-derived mononuclear cells on all course mortality in Acute Myocardial Infarction) aims to demonstrate whether or not...Read more

April 14, 2014

11:53 PM | Bad news, good news, bad news.
So, the bad news is that it is looking increasingly likely that the world will experience a very strong El Nino event this 2014-2015 winter (winter in the N. hemisphere, summer down under).  There is even talk of a super-El Nino, one to rival 1998′s phenomenal event.  Lots of good information on that here at…
7:39 PM | The Moon Goes Red Tonight Are you in North, Central, or South...
The Moon Goes Red Tonight Are you in North, Central, or South America? Do you like staying up late and staring up at the sky? Yes? Then I have good news! You can catch a total lunar eclipse Monday night, in all of its dusty-red glory, from just about anywhere in North America with a clear view of the night sky. The moon will enter the darkest part of Earth’s shadow (the “umbra”) at 1:58 AM ET, and remain there until 4:24 AM ET. At 3:06 ET, the moon will be completely darkened […]
7:18 PM | Monday’s SpaceX Launch Cancelled; Next Opportunity is April 18
SpaceX is launching a rocket to the International Space Station this afternoon. The live webcast begins at 12:45 PST and the launch itself is scheduled for 1:58.
3:12 PM | Better Mice, Better Research, Better Results
Perrin recently discussed some difficulties of translational mouse research in Nature. He is right, there are issues, but many of them come down to human error. Continue reading →
1:55 PM | Another Week of Global Warming News, April 13, 2014
This weekly posting is brought to you courtesy of H. E. Taylor. Happy reading, I hope you enjoy this week’s Global Warming news roundup skip to bottom Confronting a New Age of ConsequencesApril 13, 2014 Chuckles, COP20+, COP15, WG3 Report, WG3 Comments, WG3 Leaks, WG2 Carbon Limit, Statistics, Energiewende Bottom Line, Subsidies, World Bank, CookFukushima:…
1:30 PM | Chevron Tries Again With Richmond Refinery Revamp
Chevron is looking to launch a billion-dollar construction project at its Richmond refinery. It’s a slimmed down version of a project that environmentalists stopped with a lawsuit a few years ago.
1:00 PM | Once upon a time – guest blog by Sue Malcolm
Making data widely available doesn’t always mean that it can be widely understood. In this guest blog post, Sue Malcolm considers the vast information we have about different species’ genomes, compared to how very few people know how to interpret this information. Malcolm is Faculty Member for F1000Prime, and Emeritus Professor of Molecular [...]
12:00 PM | Briefing: banana disease
10:10 AM | Wellcome Trust Research Round-up
The Wellcome Trust research round-up brings you news from our research community every fortnight. Young male smokers could have fatter sons Men who start smoking in their childhood could be more likely to have fat sons, according to new research published in the European Journal of Human Genetics. The sons of men who started smoking before […]
12:15 AM | Years of Living Dangerously – the New Series on Climate Change
Ever since Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth came out to critical accolades, Conservative scorn and a handful of Oscars, there has been no shortage of well meaning documentaries about the perils of climate change. Most feature a Hollywood celebrity or [...]testThe post Years of Living Dangerously – the New Series on Climate Change appeared first on Australian Science.

April 13, 2014

10:40 PM | And Now the Good News №79 “Gravity Measurements Confirm...
And Now the Good News №79 “Gravity Measurements Confirm Subsurface Ocean on Enceladus” “NIST Launches a New U.S. Time Standard: NIST-F2 Atomic Clock” “Erasing a genetic mutation” via Steve Shives.
9:00 PM | (Developmental) Biology around the internet- April 2014
Here is our monthly round-up of some of the interesting content that we spotted around the internet:   News & Research: - This year’s Waddington Medal was awarded by the British Society for Developmental Biology to Prof Phil Ingham! - Are you a budding science writer? The Wellcome Trust launched their 2014 Science Writing Competition, and are […]
6:46 AM | Weekly Science Picks
Well, it’s Sunday again. It’s our time to recapitulate all the scientific contributions, ideas, events and discoveries that have occurred in this week. To be honest, the job was quite challenging, since the science and technology market is highly competitive [...]testThe post Weekly Science Picks appeared first on Australian Science.

April 12, 2014

10:40 PM | Space Fan News 132 NASA suspends Russian collaborations,...
Space Fan News 132 NASA suspends Russian collaborations, Enceladus’s oceans, “El Gordo” galaxy cluster weighed Astronomers detect an ocean under the surface of Enceladushttp://sci.esa.int/cassini-huygens/53937-inside-enceladus/http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.php?release=2014-103http://www.caltech.edu/content/gravity-measurements-confirm-subsurface-ocean-enceladus Largest known galaxy cluster “El Gordo” is weighed with Hubble […]
9:59 AM | Detailed regional data reduce warming-drought link doubts
In Portugal and Spain climate change has already driven over 2°C of warming in summer, and new findings from Sergio Vicente-Serrano from the Pyrenean Institute of Ecology are dispelling uncertainties that the temperatures are making drought more severe and widespread.

Vicente-Serrano, S., Lopez-Moreno, J., Beguería, S., Lorenzo-Lacruz, J., Sanchez-Lorenzo, A., García-Ruiz, J., Azorin-Molina, C., Morán-Tejeda, E., Revuelto, J., Trigo, R. & Coelho, F. (2014). Evidence of increasing drought severity caused by temperature rise in southern Europe, Environmental Research Letters, 9 (4) 44001. DOI:


April 11, 2014

10:40 PM | Turtle surgery, octopus births & a monster croc Good news:...
Turtle surgery, octopus births & a monster croc Good news: no more orangutan shows at Universal Studios. Bad news: Cincinatti Zoo has lost a rare Sumatran rhino. Add monster croc relocations, pioneering tumour treatments for turtles and a death-defying pigeon and that’s your roundup of the week’s nature news. via Earth Touch.
10:09 PM | California Wildfire Study: Spend on Prevention to Save on Disasters
A new study finds that investing in forest management could shrink the size of wildfires and save California hundreds of millions of dollars.
7:01 PM | Cadets Contribute to Research at Raffles Institute in Singapore
#NetworkScience During Spring Break, Tyree Meadows and I were given the opportunity to participate in a social network research project in Singapore with the Raffles Institute. The Raffles Institute, which is an elite government funded school, educates children and young … Continue reading →
4:29 PM | Diamonds from Pelé’s hair
We had an unusual request to the Chemistry World office this week. A producer from Simon Mayo’s BBC Radio 2 drivetime programme wanted to know if it’s possible to make a diamond from human hair. The query was prompted by the news that Brazilian football legend Pelé had announced a range of diamonds, each made [...]
2:28 PM | Background Briefing on Animal Research in Canada
Background briefing on the facts of animal research in Canada Continue reading →
9:00 AM | Evaluating knockdown within single cells – Interview
We recently indexed an article by Shin-ichiro Kojima and Gary Borisy, about a method they developed that allows cell biologists to evaluate within single cells whether their RNA interference method is working. One of the current challenges in cell and molecular biology is to determine the biological function of genes, now that we know [...]
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