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November 21, 2014

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10:52 PM | Dogtober = Canine science in October
What a BOOMING month for dogs and science October was! We've captured the links to all the latest blogs, research and news that caught out attention throughout Dog-tober.Thanks to Storify (click here if the you can't see the collection of links below) you can make sure you didn't miss out too.[View the story "Do You Believe in Dog? [01-31 October 2014]" on Storify] Further reading:Bradshaw J.W.S. & Nicola J. Rooney (2014). Why do adult dogs ‘play’?, Behavioural Processes, […]

Bozkurt A., Barbara Sherman, Rita Brugarolas, Sean Mealin, John Majikes, Pu Yang & Robert Loftin (2014). Towards Cyber-Enhanced Working Dogs for Search and Rescue, IEEE Intelligent Systems, 1-1. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/mis.2014.77

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9:54 PM | The impact of powered prosthetic failures on the user
  Prosthetics have come a long way in a relatively short amount of time. With the ongoing wars in the middle east the need for better prosthetics technologies has become […]

Zhang, F., Liu, M. & Huang, H. (2014). Effects of Locomotion Mode Recognition Errors on Volitional Control of Powered Above-Knee Prostheses, IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering, DOI: 10.1109/TNSRE.2014.2327230

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9:54 PM | The impact of powered prosthetic failures on the user
  Prosthetics have come a long way in a relatively short amount of time. With the ongoing wars in the middle east the need for better prosthetics technologies has become […]

Zhang, F., Liu, M. & Huang, H. (2014). Effects of Locomotion Mode Recognition Errors on Volitional Control of Powered Above-Knee Prostheses, IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering, DOI: 10.1109/TNSRE.2014.2327230

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November 20, 2014

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9:21 PM | Designing a better flu vaccine
We all hate getting sick and the flu can be the seasonal flu vaccine can help prevent a time of serious illness. Unfortunately the vaccine is usually an educated guess […]

Fonville, J., Wilks, S., James, S., Fox, A., Ventresca, M., Aban, M., Xue, L., Jones, T., Le N. M. H., ., Pham Q. T., . & Tran N. D., . (2014). Antibody landscapes after influenza virus infection or vaccination, Science, 346 (6212) 996-1000. DOI: 10.1126/science.1256427

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9:21 PM | Designing a better flu vaccine
We all hate getting sick and the flu can be the seasonal flu vaccine can help prevent a time of serious illness. Unfortunately the vaccine is usually an educated guess […]

Fonville, J., Wilks, S., James, S., Fox, A., Ventresca, M., Aban, M., Xue, L., Jones, T., Le N. M. H., ., Pham Q. T., . & Tran N. D., . (2014). Antibody landscapes after influenza virus infection or vaccination, Science, 346 (6212) 996-1000. DOI: 10.1126/science.1256427

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November 19, 2014

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7:24 PM | How gut microbiota changes the blood-brain barrier
Don’t be alarmed, but we are outnumbered. When figuring out what makes us, “us” we need to remember that there are far more bacteria genes in us than human genes, […]

Viorica Braniste, Maha Al-Asmakh, Czeslawa Kowal, Farhana Anuar, Afrouz Abbaspour, Miklós Tóth, Agata Korecka, Nadja Bakocevic, Ng Lai Guan, Parag Kundu & Balázs Gulyás (2014). The gut microbiota influences blood-brain barrier permeability in mice, Science Translational Medicine, Other:

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7:24 PM | How gut microbiota changes the blood-brain barrier
Don’t be alarmed, but we are outnumbered. When figuring out what makes us, “us” we need to remember that there are far more bacteria genes in us than human genes, […]

Viorica Braniste, Maha Al-Asmakh, Czeslawa Kowal, Farhana Anuar, Afrouz Abbaspour, Miklós Tóth, Agata Korecka, Nadja Bakocevic, Ng Lai Guan, Parag Kundu & Balázs Gulyás (2014). The gut microbiota influences blood-brain barrier permeability in mice, Science Translational Medicine, Other:

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4:23 PM | Watch As A Wall of Snow Hits Buffalo, NY (Time-Lapse Videos)
Tuesday morning was the coldest November morning in the United States since 1976, with more than 85% of the surface area of the contiguous 48 states experiencing below-freezing temperatures. According to Dr. Ryan Maue at WeatherBell models… “ Compared to normal, temperatures over the past several days have dropped off a cliff—to 10°C below climate normal—more anomalous than even during the Polar Vortex of early January 2014. November is shaping up to be a […]
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4:17 PM | 15 Hours of Science on a Comet
Early on Wednesday morning the European Space Agency completed another milestone in a ten year journey to study Comet 67P know as Churyumov-Gerasimenko by successfully dropping a laundry machine size lander from an orbiting satellite. ESA has been touting…The post 15 Hours of Science on a Comet appeared first on Just Science.
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3:00 PM | Harvesting heat to create electricity: A new world record
Approximately 90% of world’s electricity is generated in turbines moved by hot steam, which, unfortunately, operate only at 30 to 40 percent efficiency. This […] Read more The post Harvesting heat to create electricity: A new world record appeared first on Mapping Ignorance. Related posts:Materials for caging the Sun on Earth Nanohazards Melodies of proteins
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1:57 PM | High Precision, Not High Energy: Video
Back in August, I gave a talk in Stockholm at the Nordita workshop for science writers, about precision measurement searches for physics beyond the Standard Model. There’s now video of this online: The video quality isn’t great, but if you’d like a clearer look at the slides, I’ve posted them on SlideShare. The talk was…
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1:44 PM | How to nip antisocial personality disorder in the bud | Daniel and Jason Freeman
A study suggests that an intensive programme of intervention starting at six reduces long-term risk of mental illness and drug or violence-related convictionsMalcolm Gladwell calls it the “law of the few”: a small number of people can make a huge impact on the world. The law of the few certainly springs to mind when we look at the effect on society of those individuals who meet the criteria for antisocial personality disorder (ASPD). They number about 1% of men and 0.2% of women, […]
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12:18 PM | Give A Shit on World Toilet Day
Do you scrunch or fold? Should the roll be under or over? Do you take a book or read the newspaper? I haven’t said it yet, but you already know exactly what I’m talking about. The loo. Toilet. Dunny. Crapper. Lav. Powder room. Shitter. WC. Restroom. Throne. The pool. Latrine. John. The can. Today is […] The post Give A Shit on World Toilet Day appeared first on HeadStuff.
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11:00 AM | Used Tips – ‘graphene’
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11:00 AM | PBS has announced its new series, continuing to devote Wednesdays to nature, science, and technology
PBS has announced its new series, continuing to devote Wednesdays to nature, science, and technology. Joining the existing line-up are the Earth A New Wild hosted by Dr. M. Sanjayan; the Ken Burns-producer Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies; and First Peoples, a look at how early humans evolved. [Variety]Read more...
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1:46 AM | The #ShirtStorm and Its Double Standard
I was a bit distracted and didn’t notice Matt Taylor’s shirt until today.  Now that I have seen it and thought about it, I’d like to say that I think the people who are upset are wrong.  Here’s why: How many women get picked on because of the clothes they wear or how they do their […]
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1:11 AM | Is the Higgs boson really the Higgs boson? University of...
Is the Higgs boson really the Higgs boson? University of Florida Professor of Physics Darin Acosta explains what we know about the Higgs boson and what is left to discover. By: National Science Foundation.
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12:22 AM | Social Welfare Does Not Kill Business, with President of Iceland...
Social Welfare Does Not Kill Business, with President of Iceland Ólafur Grímsson Grímsson makes the case that providing universal access to healthcare and education is not harmful, but actually helpful for a thriving economy. By: Big Think.

November 18, 2014

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11:33 PM | Science of HALO’s Ringworlds (Because Science w/ Kyle...
Science of HALO’s Ringworlds (Because Science w/ Kyle Hill) We have super-soldiers and been to space, but realistically, is it possible to create HALO’s ringworld with our current technology? Kyle dives into the possibilities on this week’s Because Science. By: Nerdist.
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11:20 PM | Watch This Gigantic Wall of Snow Engulf Buffalo, New York
This snow storm is so intense that it looks like a thick, dense cloud has blanketed part of the city of Buffalo. And that's what's extraordinary about it. This is an intensely localized storm, which dumped several feet of snow on just one narrow slice of the city. Read more...
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10:44 PM | Does Smiling Make You Happy? by braincraft: Joy and happiness...
Does Smiling Make You Happy? by braincraft: Joy and happiness makes us genuinely smile, but can forcing a smile make us genuinely happy? Say cheese!
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10:14 PM | Does brain training really work?
Ever wonder if you could be the next Einstein if only you could do some brain training? Well as it turns out, while computer based ‘brain training’ can boost memory […]

Lampit, A., Hallock, H. & Valenzuela, M. (2014). Computerized Cognitive Training in Cognitively Healthy Older Adults: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Effect Modifiers, PLoS Medicine, 11 (11) DOI: 10.1371/journal.pmed.1001756

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10:14 PM | Does brain training really work?
Ever wonder if you could be the next Einstein if only you could do some brain training? Well as it turns out, while computer based ‘brain training’ can boost memory […]

Lampit, A., Hallock, H. & Valenzuela, M. (2014). Computerized Cognitive Training in Cognitively Healthy Older Adults: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Effect Modifiers, PLoS Medicine, 11 (11) DOI: 10.1371/journal.pmed.1001756

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9:55 PM | Robotic Gardeners & the Future of Food in Deep Space Tang...
Robotic Gardeners & the Future of Food in Deep Space Tang and freeze-dried ice cream is fun to consume for about five minutes of your life. When you’re 10. But when you’re floating in space, the limited culinary options leave something to be desired. In fact, astronauts on long trips typically don’t eat enough. That’s where SPOT and ROGR come in: a smart growing chamber and gardening robot, respectively, currently being developed by a graduate team at the University […]
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9:53 PM | Philae Lander Discovered Organic Compound On Comet Before Running Out of Power
Scientists from the European Space Agency announced in a blog post this past weekend that the Rosetta Mission’s Philae lander had gone into a deep sleep after depleting its battery reserves. Philae was initially designed to recharge its batteries using solar panels, but one of its harpoons failed during the landing last week, causing Philae to take two bounces – it ended up about a kilometer away from the planned landing zone. As a result, the lander only got about 1.5 […]
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9:06 PM | SciShow Talk Show: Ellen Whittle on Bats, and Carlos the...
SciShow Talk Show: Ellen Whittle on Bats, and Carlos the Sinaloan Milk Snake Ellen Whittle talks about her thesis research on bats and how they use artificial structures as roosts. Then Jessi from Animal Wonders joins the show with Carlos, the Sinaloan Milk Snake. By: SciShow. Support on Subbable: https://subbable.com/scishow
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8:40 PM | What the Hell Is This Tentacled, Geometric Structure?!
What is in this picture? Grout building up on industrial equipment? A melting screw and bolt? Seaweed on a recovered bit of the Titanic? I'll give you a hint. It's very, very small.Read more...
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8:35 PM | Sea stars mystery: Mass mortality from virus
We have a worrying update to the news from 2013 about star wasting disease. Starfish in record numbers along the U.S. West Coast were dying – losing limbs and turning to slime (technically reported as “epidermal necrosis and ulceration, and dermal inflammation and edema in the body wall”). Researchers have proposed that a virus is… Source: Doubtful News
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8:30 PM | Neuroscientists "Rediscover" A Completely New Brain Part
A major brain pathway first described in an 1881 neuroanatomy atlas — and then completely forgotten — has been rediscovered and confirmed by scientists using modern scanning techniques. Read more...
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8:16 PM | Pedal Power! Cycling Safety In Numbers Find out how more...
Pedal Power! Cycling Safety In Numbers Find out how more bicycles on the road actually makes it safer for both cyclists and motorists. More information on this story at http://www.insidescience.org/content/pedal-power-cycling-safety-numbers/2301 By: Inside Science.
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