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November 28, 2014

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5:30 PM | Philae May Have Collided With A Crater During Its Second Touchdown
Analysis of the comet lander's data suggests it bounced at least three times, and not twice as earlier reported.Read more...
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4:56 PM | New discovery sheds light on the forming brain
The cerebral cortex, which controls higher processes such as perception, thought and cognition, is the most complex structure in the mammalian central nervous system. Although much is known about the […]

Toma K. & C. Hanashima (2014). The Timing of Upper-Layer Neurogenesis Is Conferred by Sequential Derepression and Negative Feedback from Deep-Layer Neurons, Journal of Neuroscience, 34 (39) 13259-13276. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1523/jneurosci.2334-14.2014

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4:56 PM | New discovery sheds light on the forming brain
The cerebral cortex, which controls higher processes such as perception, thought and cognition, is the most complex structure in the mammalian central nervous system. Although much is known about the […]

Toma K. & C. Hanashima (2014). The Timing of Upper-Layer Neurogenesis Is Conferred by Sequential Derepression and Negative Feedback from Deep-Layer Neurons, Journal of Neuroscience, 34 (39) 13259-13276. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1523/jneurosci.2334-14.2014

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4:00 PM | We Tested Centuries-Old Eyes For Colorblindness
The worst birthday present ever lead to the discovery of colorblindness by John Dalton all the way back in 1794. Mister Dalton bequeathed his eyes to science. Two hundred years later, science made use of them.Read more...
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3:28 PM | New books party: Books that arrived recently | @GrrlScientist
Today, I share my first impressions of books about how human use of toxic chemicals is affecting evolution, how modern humans came into being after the human-chimp split, and the ethics of everyday life.Unnatural Selection: How We are Changing Life, Gene by Gene by Emily Monosson [Island Press, 2015; Amazon UK hardcover/kindle UK; Amazon US hardcover/kindle US] Continue reading...
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3:28 PM | New books party: Books that arrived recently | @GrrlScientist
Today, I share my first impressions of books about how human use of toxic chemicals is affecting evolution, how modern humans came into being after the human-chimp split, and the ethics of everyday life.Unnatural Selection: How We are Changing Life, Gene by Gene by Emily Monosson [Island Press, 2015; Amazon UK hardcover/kindle UK; Amazon US hardcover/kindle US] Continue reading...
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3:10 PM | The invasion of well-meaning quacks into West Africa continues apace, part three
I hope my U.S. readers have all had a happy Thanksgiving. Today has been known at least since the mid-1970s as Black Friday, the busiest shopping day of the year. Whether it’s still true or not, given the relentless proliferation, progression, and metastasis—yes, the use of terms related to cancer is intentional—of holiday sales right…
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3:02 PM | E-cigarettes have 10 times the amount of carcinogens as regular tobacco, claim Japanese researchers
E-cigarettes contain ten times the amount of carcinogens compared to regular tobacco, a team of Japanese scientists have claimed. Descrier - news and culture magazine
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12:42 PM | Altruism, antibiotics and Alan Turing - blogs roundup
Posts on our network this week included a look at the links between breastfeeding and health, how to create amazing Smartie art, and a scientific guide to Black FridayWelcome to Signal Boost - our weekly roundup of blog posts on the science network over the past week.The collection at the American Museum of Natural History recently passed the 33 million mark. Grrlscientist highlights the milestone with the first in series of short documentaries, Shelf Life. Plus, new books received this week. […]
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12:00 PM | The Imitation Game: how Alan Turing played dumb to fool US intelligence | David Cox
One of the few who knew that Bletchley had cracked Enigma was Ian Fleming – working in naval intelligence – but the Americans were kept in the darkOn 12 November 1942, the mathematician Alan Turing arrived in New York, bound for Washington DC and the headquarters of the US Secret Service, an organisation now known as the CIA. More than 500 American ships had been sunk by German U-boats since the US began sending supplies across the Atlantic to Europe in 1941 and naval authorities […]
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11:00 AM | Used Tips – ‘good point’
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10:56 AM | Surviving Black Friday: a scientific guide | Dean Burnett
Today is Black Friday, the busiest shopping day of the year for many. But the mad rush for bargains can be hazardous to your health, so here is some scientific advice for staying safeBlack Friday UK: live blogTraditionally an American occasion, Black Friday is fast spreading overseas, and is seemingly already well entrenched here in the UK. If you’ve been living in a small cave in the middle of the wilderness with only a limited 3G signal for the past few years, you may not know what […]
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1:11 AM | Invisible Soda - Cool Science Experiment Over the years, our...
Invisible Soda - Cool Science Experiment Over the years, our science guy, Steve Spangler, has made soda a staple in our science lab. There’s a good chance that you’ll be running to the kitchen after you see what Steve and Mark have up their sleeves. By: Spangler Science TV.
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12:22 AM | Black holes and coffee - Scientists & Engineers on Sofas...
Black holes and coffee - Scientists & Engineers on Sofas (and other furnishings) Over a cup of coffee, astrophysicist Dan Evans chats about black holes, his research and what’s on the horizon. By: National Science Foundation.

November 27, 2014

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11:33 PM | How does cancer spread through the body? Cancer usually begins...
How does cancer spread through the body? Cancer usually begins with one tumor in a specific area of the body. But if the tumor is not removed, cancer has the ability to spread to nearby organs as well as places far away from the origin, like the brain. How does cancer move to these new areas and why are some organs more likely to get infected than others? Ivan Seah Yu Jun explains the three common routes of metastasis. View full lesson: […]
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11:30 PM | Why House Cats Generally Don't Care (About You)
House cats often appear aloof and indifferent toward their human companions. But it's not just an act — they actually don't care. A recent study of the domestic cat genome reveals why.Read more...
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10:44 PM | Personal Disease Scanner? — Mind Blow №89 No need to send...
Personal Disease Scanner? — Mind Blow №89 No need to send cyborg rescue roaches - here’s the latest MIND BLOW! Mind Blow features the latest news in science, technology and amazing! By: Vsauce2.
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10:30 PM | Canadian Feds Don't Like How Medical Marijuana Is Being Promoted
Health Canada has issued a stern warning to licensed commercial growers across Canada, telling them to revamp their advertising — or else, they might receive a suspension or revocation of their licenses. The problem? Apparently they're making marijuana look too good.Read more...
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9:54 PM | What If The Moon Disappeared? Without the moon, how would...
What If The Moon Disappeared? Without the moon, how would Earth’s environment be affected? Would we survive? By: BrainStuff.
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9:38 PM | Thanksgiving
This year we give thanks for a technique that is central to both physics and mathematics: the Fourier transform. (We’ve previously given thanks for the Standard Model Lagrangian, Hubble’s Law, the Spin-Statistics Theorem, conservation of momentum, effective field theory, the … Continue reading →
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9:05 PM | Can water respond to emotion? Can water be conscious? Discover...
Can water respond to emotion? Can water be conscious? Discover why water is one of our favorite substances to project our emotions onto. And if you really appreciate a tall glass of disease-free water you can thank one very curious and sneaky man. Find out who he was and what he did to a Jersey City water supply. By: How Stuff Works.
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9:00 PM | An "Impenetrable Barrier" Protects The Earth From Killer Electrons
It appears that our planet's built-in force field is much stronger than we thought. Scientists studying the Van Allen belts have discovered the presence of a nearly impenetrable barrier that prevents some of the fastest and most powerful "ultrarelativistic" electrons from reaching the surface.Read more...
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8:40 PM | The Western World's First Gene Therapy Drug Has Set A New Price Record
At a cost of $1.4 million per patient, Glybera will be used to treat a rare genetic disorder that clogs the blood with fat. After years of development, gene therapy is finally arriving. But as to who will be able to pay for it, well, that's another issue. Read more...
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8:16 PM | Man’s Best Friend, Saving Africa’s Wildlife -...
Man’s Best Friend, Saving Africa’s Wildlife - Anatolian Shepherd Dogs Conservation South Africa is working with farmers and researchers to find solutions to the conflict between farmers and predators so that people and nature can thrive together. Human wildlife conflict is as old as humanity and in Namaqualand in South Africa sheep and goat farmers are losing an estimated R1.4 billion rand annually through livestock to depredation, Conservation South Africa (CSA) is working with […]
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8:04 PM | The Chemistry of Ginger – Flavour, Pungency & Medicinal Potential
Ginger is a spice that can be commonly found in supermarkets and in the kitchen, either as the fresh root, or in dried, powdered form. It adds a strong, pungent flavour to dishes as a consequence of a number of chemical compounds it contains; additionally, these compounds are altered when the ginger is cooked or dried, producing […]
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7:27 PM | Do Beards Make Men Sexier? - A Week in Science This week we...
Do Beards Make Men Sexier? - A Week in Science This week we look at facial hair and ask whether science can tell us if it makes men more attractive. By: RiAus TV.
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6:38 PM | Why Do We Feel MIND-BLOWN? by braincraft: Why do we feel...
Why Do We Feel MIND-BLOWN? by braincraft: Why do we feel MIND-BLOWN? Is a mind-blowing moment rewarding and addictive? Let me know what you think!
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5:49 PM | Diagnosing Asthma with a Single Drop of Blood A single droplet...
Diagnosing Asthma with a Single Drop of Blood A single droplet of blood can tell the doctor whether you have a mild or severe case of asthma. More information on this story at http://www.insidescience.org/content/diagnosing-asthma-single-drop-blood/2331 By: Inside Science.
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5:40 PM | Fragile X and a new autism treatment
There are many roads to autism, none of them involve vaccination. I get tired of saying that, but it’s simple science, vaccines do not cause autism. Thankfully science knows this and […]

Gkogkas, C., Khoutorsky, A., Cao, R., Jafarnejad, S., Prager-Khoutorsky, M., Giannakas, N., Kaminari, A., Fragkouli, A., Nader, K., Price, T. & Konicek, B. (2014). Pharmacogenetic Inhibition of eIF4E-Dependent Mmp9 mRNA Translation Reverses Fragile X Syndrome-like Phenotypes, Cell Reports, DOI: 10.1016/j.celrep.2014.10.064

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5:40 PM | DNA Can Survive Sub-Orbital Spaceflight And Atmospheric Reentry
The discovery is a boost for the Panspermia Hypothesis — but it's a potential nightmare for scientists concerned about interplanetary contamination. Read more...
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