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September 21, 2014

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10:18 PM | Global carbon report: emissions will hit new heights in 2014
By Pep Canadell, CSIRO and Michael Raupach, Australian National University As heads of state gather in New York for tomorrow’s United Nations climate summit, a new report on the state of the world’s carbon budget tells them that greenhouse emissions hit a new record last year, and are still growing. The Global Carbon Project has […]
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6:33 PM | Move over Carbon nanotubes introducing Diamond nanothreads
Carbon nanotubes, the wave of the future. Our hopes and dreams for the future have been firmly placed in using the unique material for everything from electronics to engineering. Unfortunately […]

Fitzgibbons, T., Guthrie, M., Xu, E., Crespi, V., Davidowski, S., Cody, G., Alem, N. & Badding, J. (2014). Benzene-derived carbon nanothreads, Nature Materials, DOI: 10.1038/nmat4088

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12:15 AM | Weekly Science Picks
It’s amazing how diverse this week has been. It brought us a lot of exciting stories, but, for this occasion, we choose only several of them. For example, what especially attracted our attention are some news from physics, the science […]test The post Weekly Science Picks appeared first on Australian Science.

September 20, 2014

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7:43 PM | Lengthen Telomeres and Turn Back Aging
Want to live longer and healthier? Of course you do, well science may just have the answer! Scientists have discovered an on-and-off “switch” in cells that may hold the key […]

Tucey, T. & Lundblad, V. (2014). Regulated assembly and disassembly of the yeast telomerase quaternary complex, Genes & Development, DOI: 10.1101/gad.246256.114

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12:15 AM | What the Science of “Sleep Paralysis” Reveals About How the Brain Works
How a neurological nightmare illuminates the wondrous workings of the brain-body connection. “In both writing and sleeping,” Stephen King wrote in his meditation on “creative sleep” and the art of wakeful dreaming, “we learn to be physically still at the […]test The post What the Science of “Sleep Paralysis” Reveals About How the Brain Works appeared first on Australian Science.

September 19, 2014

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11:28 PM | Nanosponges Clean up Antibody-mediated Autoimmune Disease
What does lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, type I diabetes, multiple sclerosis, and rheumatic heart disease have in common? All of these (and many other) apparently unrelated disorders are caused by autoimmunity, […]

Copp JA, Fang RH, Luk BT, Hu CM, Gao W, Zhang K & Zhang L (2014). Clearance of pathological antibodies using biomimetic nanoparticles., Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 111 (37) 13481-6. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25197051

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5:21 PM | New test for Diagnosing Alzheimer’s Early
Alzheimer’s diagnosis is important, like the famous slogan “with a stroke, time lost is brain lost,” detecting alzheimer’s is important in order to stave off cognitive decline. A just like […]

Hawkins KM & Sergio LE (2014). Visuomotor Impairments in Older Adults at Increased Alzheimer's Disease Risk., Journal of Alzheimer's disease, PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24919768

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2:20 PM | Right Turn: Get an earful of stem cells
> There are a multitude of ways to stay informed about research trends and advances in the field. Obvious ones, for a researcher or trainee are lab or journal club meetings, conferences, or journal subscriptions. Then there’s the online world, including any number of news aggregators, blogs and twitter — Science recently published an article of...Read more
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12:30 PM | Open Science News – 19 September 2014
This week’s buzz in Open Science: Introducing OpenTrons: easy to use biotech tools that you can connect together to make a modular lab automation system so you can do more science than ever before! Looking for tips on how to write a winning grant? Check out these sample applications and summary statements provided [...]
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6:00 AM | Image of the Week: Ebola vaccine trial
This week’s image of the week is shows Dr Felicity Hartnell administering the first dose of a trial Ebola vaccine to volunteer Ruth Atkins. Ms Atkins, who has previously worked as a nurse in the NHS, said: “I volunteered because the situation in West Africa is so tragic and I thought being part of this […]
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2:16 AM | Celebrating our heroes of science
The winners of the 2014 IgNobel prizes have just been announced, and there’s an Australian among them. Peter K. Jonason from the University of Western Sydney shared the IgNobel for Psychology with Amy Jones and Minna Lyons, for providing evidence that people who habitually stay up late are, on average, more self-admiring, more manipulative, and […]

September 18, 2014

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3:18 PM | Let’s Mention Foundations
Congratulating Dick on the 2014 Knuth Prize Cropped from source Dick Lipton is of course the founder and driving writer of this weblog. He is also a computer scientist with a great record of pathbreaking research. The latter has just been recognized, I am delighted and proud to say, with the award of the 2014 […]
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12:15 AM | Australian museums must innovate or risk becoming ‘digital dinosaurs’
Australia’s cultural institutions risk losing their relevance if they don’t increase their use of digital technologies and services, new research has shown. Released today by CSIRO, an analysis of Australia’s galleries, libraries, archives and museums (or GLAM industry) has revealed […]test The post Australian museums must innovate or risk becoming ‘digital dinosaurs’ appeared first on Australian Science.

September 17, 2014

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10:47 PM | Queensland survey reveals lukewarm view of coal seam gas
By Andrea Walton, CSIRO; Rod McCrea, CSIRO, and Rosemary Leonard, CSIRO Residents in Queensland’s Western Downs region have mixed feelings towards coal seam gas (CSG) development taking place in their midst, according to our CSIRO survey. More than two-thirds of locals described themselves as “tolerating” or “accepting” CSG, while only 22% had openly positive attitudes. […]
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9:21 PM | What to Know About California’s New Groundwater Law
Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation Tuesday that will require the first-ever rules for pumping groundwater in California. Here's why lawmakers and the governor acted, and what the new laws mean.
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6:27 PM | Stanford Psychologist Who Studies Racial Profiling Wins ‘Genius Grant’
A professor whose research is helping a California police department improve its strained relationship with the black community and a lawyer who advocates for victims of domestic abuse are among the 21 winners of this year's MacArthur Foundation 'genius grants.'
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5:24 PM | Biofilms: Using Bacteria for new Designer Nanomaterials
For most people biofilms conjure up images of slippery stones in a streambed and dirty drains. While there are plenty of “bad” biofilms around – they are even the same […]

Peter Q. Nguyen,, Zsofia Botyanszki,, Pei Kun R. Tay, & Neel S. Joshi (2014). Programmable biofilm-based materials from engineered curli nanofibres, Nature Communications, Other:

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1:00 PM | The Science of Empathy
By Danielle Sonnenberg Ever since I can remember I have been very aware of the suffering of the people around me. I am cognizant of their facial expressions, body language, and tone of voice. The first time I remember being empathetic was when my parents paid a stranger ten dollars to thank him for getting […]
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12:05 PM | Bring Back Our Girls? Boko Haram and the Forgotten Captives
Five months after the abduction of nearly 300 schoolgirls in Nigeria, the prospects for their safe return seem more remote than ever. Here's why. Continue reading →
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12:15 AM | New data show child mortality rates falling faster than ever
New data released today by the United Nations show that under-five mortality rates have dropped by 49% between 1990 and 2013. The average annual reduction has accelerated – in some countries it has even tripled – but overall progress is […]test The post New data show child mortality rates falling faster than ever appeared first on Australian Science.

September 16, 2014

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10:33 PM | What’s in your porcini packet? You may find a new species … or three
By Nai Tran-Dinh, CSIRO and David Midgley, CSIRO Mycologists – scientists who study fungi – estimate there are up to five million species of fungi on Earth. Of these, only about 2%, or 100,000 species, have been formally described. So where are the other 98% of fungi hiding? At least three, it seems, were hiding […]
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5:14 PM | New Cocktail Turns Adult Cells into Stem Cells
For those of us who were following stem cell news, recently the field had a huge setback when a paper, that offered a cheap and novel way to create stem […]

Buganim Y, Markoulaki S, van Wietmarschen N, Hoke H, Wu T, Ganz K, Akhtar-Zaidi B, He Y, Abraham BJ, Porubsky D & Kulenkampff E (2014). The Developmental Potential of iPSCs Is Greatly Influenced by Reprogramming Factor Selection., Cell stem cell, 15 (3) 295-309. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25192464

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2:00 PM | Is British Animal Rights Extremism Back? A Profile of National Operation Anti-Vivisection
Is British Animal Rights Extremism Back? National Operation Anti Vivisection is a new campaign targeting students in Cambridge which looks surprisingly similar to campaigns run by SHAC before they closed operations in August 2014. Speaking of Research take a closer look. Continue reading →
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12:22 PM | Christian Rudder’s Dataclysm
Here’s what I’ve spent the last couple of days doing: alternatively reading Christian Rudder’s new book Dataclysm and proofreading a report by AAPOR which discusses the benefits, dangers, and ethics of using big data, which is mostly “found” data originally meant for some other purpose, as a replacement for public surveys, with their carefully constructed data […]
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5:59 AM | Genetic evolution: how the Ebola virus changes and adapts
By Glenn Marsh, CSIRO The current outbreak of Ebola virus in West Africa is unprecedented in size, with nearly 4,800 confirmed or probable cases and more than 2,400 deaths. People have been infected in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria and Senegal. The World Health Organization declared this outbreak a “public health emergency of international concern” […]
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12:15 AM | Plastic on the coasts is ours
The world’s largest collection of marine debris information has identified Australia’s coastal rubbish is mainly plastic from Australian sources. In a report released today, CSIRO scientist Denise Hardesty says her team surveyed sites approximately every 100 km along the Australian […]test The post Plastic on the coasts is ours appeared first on Australian Science.

September 15, 2014

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9:54 PM | Historic collections could be lost to ‘digital dinosaurs’
By Michael Brünig, CSIRO Australian’s museums, galleries and other cultural institutions must adopt more of a digital strategy with their collections if they are to remain relevant with audiences. Only about a quarter of the collections held by the sector have been digitised so far and a study out today says more needs to be done […]
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6:34 PM | New on F1000Research – 15 September 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. Have you had a chance to check out what our scientists think about Immediate Publication, Transparent Refereeing, No Editorial Bias, and Data Inclusion? Head on over to our homepage and see what others like [...]
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4:58 PM | The Genetic Roots of Schizophrenia
I have a friend who lost an eye — not in a war zone like you might suspect given my background — but to his brother. Yes, you read that […]

avier Arnedo, M.S.; Dragan M. Svrakic, M.D., Ph.D.; Coral del Val, Ph.D.; Rocío Romero-Zaliz, Ph.D.; Helena Hernández-Cuervo, M.D.; Molecular Genetics of Schizophrenia Consortium; Ayman H. Fanous, M.D.; Michele T. Pato, M.D.; Carlos N. Pato, M.D., Ph.D. (2014). Uncovering the Hidden Risk Architecture of the Schizophrenias: Confirmation in Three Independent Genome-Wide Association Studies, The American Journal of Psychiatry, Other:

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3:20 PM | Longitude
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