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October 31, 2014

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9:54 AM | International students think Finland is the best country to study in Europe
Information gathered by the StudyPortals website in the Netherlands shows that international students think Finland is the best country to study in Europe. The University of Tampere scored 9 out...

October 30, 2014

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11:22 PM | Putting over-crowded emergency rooms to bed
By Emily Lehmann  Ever waited for a long time in a hospital emergency department and thought, there must be a better way? It’s a common problem in the hospitals of Australia. While our nurses, doctors and medical staff are undeniable miracle workers, even they can only do so much. If there’s a sudden rush of sprained ankles, broken […]
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7:45 PM | Zombies: Science Fiction vs. Fact
Well in the spirit of Halloween I thought I would make a nice little zombie post. Zombies, those brain loving little guys, [and girls] are everywhere. From shows like The Walking […]

Lafferty KD (2006). Can the common brain parasite, Toxoplasma gondii, influence human culture?, Proceedings. Biological sciences / The Royal Society, 273 (1602) 2749-55. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17015323

Vyas A, Kim SK, Giacomini N, Boothroyd JC & Sapolsky RM (2007). Behavioral changes induced by Toxoplasma infection of rodents are highly specific to aversion of cat odors., Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 104 (15) 6442-7. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17404235

Passamonti L, Crockett MJ, Apergis-Schoute AM, Clark L, Rowe JB, Calder AJ & Robbins TW (2012). Effects of acute tryptophan depletion on prefrontal-amygdala connectivity while viewing facial signals of aggression., Biological psychiatry, 71 (1) 36-43. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21920502

Thomas, F., Schmidt-Rhaesa, A., Martin, G., Manu, C., Durand, P. & Renaud, F. (2002). Do hairworms (Nematomorpha) manipulate the water seeking behaviour of their terrestrial hosts?, Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 15 (3) 356-361. DOI: 10.1046/j.1420-9101.2002.00410.x

W. Wesołowska T. Wesołowski (2014). Do Leucochloridium sporocysts manipulate the behaviour of their snail hosts?, Journal of Zoology , 292 (3) 151-155. Other:

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2:44 PM | Peritoneal Carcinosis and HIPEC: A second chance for patients, thanks to animal research
When we hear the phrase ‘animal research’ we tend to think about the development of new drugs for the clinical practice, or studying molecular pathways involved in the progression of disease; but we must also remember that the techniques used … Continue reading →
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1:00 PM | Dear Maclean’s: Public health agencies should prioritize public health based on evidence, not fear
I came across an editorial in Maclean’s this weekend which was both surprising and disappointing (and at times condescending).  The gist of the editorial was that public health agencies like the World Health Organization (WHO), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and … Continue reading »
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12:21 PM | Can you build up a tolerance to ice cream?
In essence, yes. Research suggests that those individuals who frequently eat a given highly palatable food derive less satisfaction from the subsequent consumption of that same food, such as ice cream. In the study, published at the American Journal of … Continue reading »
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8:30 AM | Still still life
Our photography competition is still open to entries (deadline 10th November). Submit one photograph to the album here. Log in with the username ecoevoblog and password which is the same. Remember, don’t give it a name that will reveal the photographer so as to avoid bias. Good luck! Author: Adam Kane, kanead[at]tcd.ie, @P1zPalu Photo credit: wikimedia commons
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7:01 AM | Why California’s Largest Estuary No Longer Works for Wildlife
Startling maps in a new report on the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta show the dramatic loss of marshlands that once supported a vast array of wildlife.
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3:49 AM | Prize-winning scientist works with antimatter, to make substances that are bigger on the inside – and real
Matthew Hill’s work sounds as though it should be directed by George Lucas. The main difference is that it’s real. But a job where the tools of trade include the Australian Synchrotron AND antimatter still sounds like science fiction. As do the results that come from it. Matthew has just been awarded the 2014 Malcolm […]
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12:15 AM | A Quick Introduction to Literary Theory: Watch Animated Videos from the Open University
Just what is an author? It might seem like a silly question, and an academic dissection of the term may seem like a needlessly pedantic exercise. But the very variability of the concept means it isn’t a stable, fixed idea […]test The post A Quick Introduction to Literary Theory: Watch Animated Videos from the Open University appeared first on Australian Science.

October 29, 2014

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8:31 PM | Ebolarama
As I promised in this week’s OKTBS video, here’s some of the latest scientifically-accurate news on the 2014 Ebola outbreak: In The Guardian, the Wellcome Trust and the WHO report that new Ebola cases in Liberia have started to decline, and the epidemic may be reaching a “turning point”. Will this trend hold up? Time will tell. Consume this news with caution, though. As one scientist said, “This is like saying your pet tiger is under control.” Writing […]
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7:19 PM | More Genetic Links Behind Autism
Vaccines do NOT cause autism. One more time, vaccines DO NOT cause autism. So what does cause autism, that problem has been plaguing scientists for awhile now. Thankfully two major […]

Iossifov, I., O’Roak, B., Sanders, S., Ronemus, M., Krumm, N., Levy, D., Stessman, H., Witherspoon, K., Vives, L., Patterson, K. & Smith, J. (2014). The contribution of de novo coding mutations to autism spectrum disorder, Nature, DOI: 10.1038/nature13908

De Rubeis, S., He, X., Goldberg, A., Poultney, C., Samocha, K., Ercument Cicek, A., Kou, Y., Liu, L., Fromer, M., Walker, S. & Singh, T. (2014). Synaptic, transcriptional and chromatin genes disrupted in autism, Nature, DOI: 10.1038/nature13772

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3:13 PM | Activists Push for Public Review of Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant
An environmental group claims there are unanswered questions about the seismic safety of the Central Coast plant.
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3:11 PM | F1000 Community Meet-up in Washington DC
For readers in the Washington, D.C. area: we’re coming to town and would like to invite you for a drink! F1000 Outreach Director Kinga Hosszu has more information about our meet-up on November 13 (Cross-posted from Naturally Selected). F1000 is holding its next meet-up event in Washington DC. Following on from the tradition of [...]
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9:21 AM | BOOK REVIEW: Dialogues with the Dead
David Gange, Dialogues with the Dead: Egyptology in British Culture and Religion, 1822-1922. Classical presences.   Oxford; New York:  Oxford University Press, 2013.  Pp. ix, 357.  ISBN 9780199653102.  $150.00.Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2014.05.36Reviewed by Daniele Salvoldi, Freie Universität, Berlin​
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4:44 AM | Questions arise about upcoming “Factor GMO” study
Last week, Henry Rowlands at Sustainable Pulse announced the upcoming launch of a study on genetically engineered crops, which was later picked up by GM Watch. At a staggering $25 million budget, it promises to be “the largest and most…Read more ›
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12:15 AM | Immunology researcher wins $25,000 Young Florey Medal
Professor Carola Vinuesa from the John Curtin School of Medical Research has been awarded the inaugural CSL Young Florey Medal for her research into how the immune system produces antibodies to fight disease. “I’m very honoured and flattered,” said Professor […]test The post Immunology researcher wins $25,000 Young Florey Medal appeared first on Australian Science.

October 28, 2014

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8:11 PM | Scientists resurrect 700-year-old viruses, Just in time for Halloween!
You know how some zombie movies start with a discovery of a virus, it gets loose, and things quickly spiral out of control from that? Well in breaking news a […]

Ng, T., Chen, L., Zhou, Y., Shapiro, B., Stiller, M., Heintzman, P., Varsani, A., Kondov, N., Wong, W., Deng, X. & Andrews, T. (2014). Preservation of viral genomes in 700-y-old caribou feces from a subarctic ice patch, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1410429111

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6:27 PM | Big imaging, little imaging, and telescopes
I caught three lovely talks at the special session yesterday afternoon, Recent Advances and the Road Ahead. Here are my notes... The neglected workhorse If you were to count up all the presentations at this convention on seismic migration, only 6% of them are on time migration. Even though it is the workhorse of seismic data processing, it is the most neglected topic in migration. It's old technology, it's a commodity. Who needs to do research on time migration anymore? Sergey does. Speaking as […]
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2:07 PM | Thank You Doctor Salk! (and Drs Enders, Bodian, Landsteiner, Sabin…)
Today’s Google Doodle honours Dr Jonas Salk, who in 1954 created the world’s first effective polio vaccine, which was responsible for launching a campaign that has seen this terrible disease become an increasingly distant memory in most  – though sadly … Continue reading →
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10:40 AM | Empowering UK Universities to Support Their Researchers
The Wellcome Trust has a wide range of funding schemes for researchers and institutions, but we’re also keen to allow universities to define their own priorities and ensure that they are able to support their researchers in a timely manner. The Wellcome Trust’s Institutional Strategic Support Fund (ISSF) is there to do just that, and […]
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4:11 AM | Why I’m voting no on the Wisconsin transportation referendum
All attention is focused on Mary Burke and Scott Walker, so I didn’t even realize there’s a state ballot proposition in next week’s election.  And it’s not a trivial one, either. Question 1: “Creation of a Transportation Fund. Shall section 9 (2) of article IV and section 11 of article VIII of the constitution be created […]
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2:41 AM | Investigator’s scientific sea trials are about to begin!
Originally posted on Investigator @ CSIRO:Since Investigator arrived in Hobart in early September we’ve been really busy fitting out $6.7 million worth of scientific equipment, from one end of the ship to the other. Now it’s time to go out for scientific sea trials on the new Marine National Facility research vessel, Investigator, to check…
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2:27 AM | NEW VIDEO! Ebola: The Full Story In this week’s It’s Okay To Be...
NEW VIDEO! Ebola: The Full Story In this week’s It’s Okay To Be Smart, I take an in-depth look at the Ebola virus: What we know, what we don’t know, where it came from, and why it’s having such a devastating impact on West Africa.  There’s a lot of misinformation out there (everybody has that uncle, right?), and that’s helping rumors and panic spread even faster than the virus. We need to put a stop to the former before we can stop the […]
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12:15 AM | New research centre set to secure food for the future
A research centre exploring new technologies for improving crop yields to secure food supply has been launched at the Research School of Biology. The Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence (CoE) for Translational Photosynthesis seeks to increase yields of […]test The post New research centre set to secure food for the future appeared first on Australian Science.

October 27, 2014

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8:30 PM | NEW VIDEO! Ebola: The Full Story In this week’s It’s...
NEW VIDEO! Ebola: The Full Story In this week’s It’s Okay To Be Smart, I take an in-depth look at the Ebola virus: What we know, what we don’t know, where it came from, and why it’s having such a devastating impact on West Africa.  There’s a lot of misinformation out there (everybody has that uncle, right?), and that’s helping rumors and panic spread even faster than the virus. We need to put a stop to the former before we can stop the […]
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8:27 PM | Rebooting Computing
How to beat the end of Moore’s Law Elie Track and Tom Conte were co-chairs of the recently-held Third IEEE workshop on Rebooting Computing. Tom is a computer architect at Georgia Tech. A year ago he became the 2014 President-Elect of the IEEE Computer Society, which according to both the press release and Conte’s Wikipedia […]
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7:37 PM | Research Shows Synapses are Always Ready to Go
The inner workings of the brain are quick, but really they have to be. Neurons need to be able to rapidly propagate information in their interior via electrical signals and […]

Imig, C., Min, S., Krinner, S., Arancillo, M., Rosenmund, C., Südhof, T., Rhee, J., Brose, N. & Cooper, B. (2014). The Morphological and Molecular Nature of Synaptic Vesicle Priming at Presynaptic Active Zones, Neuron, 84 (2) 416-431. DOI: 10.1016/j.neuron.2014.10.009

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1:03 PM | ‘Bionic Eye’ Allows Some Blind People to See Light
A California woman recently became the first person in the West to receive a new type of bionic eye, an implant that will help her see for the first time in nearly three decades.
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