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October 24, 2014

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9:20 PM | The Genetics of Congenital Heart Defects Slowly Emerge from Down Syndrome Study
Down syndrome, of all the genetic defects people are born with, is the most common (as far as chromosomal abnormalities go). Down syndrome involves having a third copy of all […]

Ramachandran D, Mulle JG, Locke AE, Bean LJ, Rosser TC, Bose P, Dooley KJ, Cua CL, Capone GT, Reeves RH & Maslen CL (2014). Contribution of copy-number variation to Down syndrome-associated atrioventricular septal defects., Genetics in medicine : official journal of the American College of Medical Genetics, PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25341113

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1:24 PM | Right Turn: New StemCellShorts illuminates cancer stem cells
> Just over one year ago, we launched the pilot phase of an animation project titled StemCellShorts here on Signals blog. Funded by a Stem Cell Network Public Outreach Award, the project was very much an experiment for us to see what would happen when you tasked a team of talented creatives, expert faculty and...Read more
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1:00 PM | Open science news – 24 October 2014
Andres Delgado thinks some of the features of Medium would be perfectly suited to writing scientific articles. F1000Research Advisory Board member Victoria Stodden gave a seminar about reproducibility in computational science. A summary of the highlights of last week’s Open Science Days at the Max Planck Institute. Today is the first day [...]
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3:24 AM | Four ways to lose weight and feel ‘electric’ this summer
As the mercury rises and our focus turns to hitting the gym and shedding those cuddly winter kilos, we thought we’d take a look at a few ways we could be making our workouts really count. While the idea of working up a sweat and electricity might sound like a recipe for disaster, you’d be […]
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12:15 AM | CSIRO produces 3D heel in world first surgery
CSIRO, St Vincent’s Hospital and Victorian biotech company Anatomics have joined together to carry out world-first surgery to implant a titanium-printed heel bone into a Melbourne man. Printed using CSIRO’s state-of-the-art Arcam 3D printer, the heel bone was implanted into […]test The post CSIRO produces 3D heel in world first surgery appeared first on Australian Science.

October 23, 2014

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9:58 PM | The Genes Responsible for Immune System Reset after Infection
We’ve all been sick before, the aches and pains that come with it– most of the time including a fever — are all responses to our immune system kicking into […]

Brian Head, & Alejandro Aballay (2014). Recovery from an Acute Infection in C. elegans Requires the GATA Transcription Factor ELT-2, PLoS Genetics, Other:

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7:32 PM | 2014 Frankenfood Carving and Costume Contest
Hello everyone! Frank N. Foode™ here to make an important announcement. October 31st – celebrated both as Halloween and the birthdate of this fine blog (what a coincidence?) is just around the corner. You know what that means? Oh yes,…Read more ›
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5:33 PM | A Philosopher’s Dream
A moral philosopher had the following dream: First Darwin appeared, and the philosopher said to him, “Could you give me a fifteen-minute capsule sketch for your support of medical research using animals?” To the philosopher’s surprise, Darwin gave him an excellent … Continue reading →
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4:00 PM | How to Watch Today’s Solar Eclipse
Today's partial solar eclipse will be the last one until 2017, and the Bay Area is a great place to see it.
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1:23 PM | SEG 2014: sampling from the smorgasbord
Next week, Matt and I will be attending the 2014 SEG Annual General Meeting at the Colorado Convention Centre in Denver. Join the geo-tweeting using the hashtag #SEG2014 and stay tuned on the blog for our daily highlights. Fitness training I spent a couple of hours yesterday reviewing the conference schedule in an attempt to form an opinion on what deserved my attention. The meeting boasts content from over 1600 abstract submissions which it has dispersed over three formats: oral […]
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1:00 PM | Everything you ever wanted to know about breast fat but were afraid to ask
Before I begin, I should admit that the title of this post probably oversells the depth and breadth of the content that follows.  In fact, this post is going to focus exclusively on the one breast-related issue on which I … Continue reading »
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12:49 PM | Newsblast Volume 4 Issue 10
#NetworkScience In the current issue of the Network Science Center Newsblast Lynndee Kemmet discusses the Civil Information Sharing (CIS) Project and its research looking at the connection between food insecurity and political instability.  To learn more read the article in this … Continue reading →
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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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