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Your non-model organism is going extinct - http://thenode.biologists.com/your-no...
“There is no such thing as a non-model organism” R. Behringer This bold statement was announced less than a week into our Embryology course and has left a lasting impression on lecturers and students alike. At first it seemed like a sympathetic statement to the extensive and diverse systems us students were arriving from… “yeah, […]
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Science Graphic of the Week: When a Volcano Erupts Under a Glacier You Get a Jökulhlaup - http://www.wired.com/2014...
Though we often think of the earth beneath our feet as static, we also know that our planet is a dynamic object. In this image, we can see how geologic processes—namely a glacial outburst flood known as a jökulhlaup—can cause major changes to an area. But in time, even these huge alterations are eroded away […]
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Juice is not natural (!!!) - http://blogs.plos.org/obesity...
The health-impact of juice is a contentious issue. Yes, it’s full of vitamins and minerals. But it’s also full of sugar.  How much sugar?  The below graph compares the calories and sugar content in a 12-ounce can of Coca-Cola, Pepsi, …
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The Moral Hazards and Legal Conundrums of Our Robot-Filled Future - http://www.wired.com/2014...
Whether you find it exhilarating or terrifying (or both), progress in robotics and related fields like AI is raising new ethical quandaries and challenging legal codes that were created for a world in which a sharp line separates man from machine. Last week, roboticists, legal scholars, and other experts met at the University of California, Berkeley law school to talk through some of the social, moral, and legal hazards that are likely to arise as that line starts to blur.
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Microscopes4Schools: hands-on microscopy for children - http://thenode.biologists.com/microsc...
The moment I really got fascinated by biology was when, aged 16, I saw a water flea’s heart beating in a school lesson. Up until that point I liked the subject but had never been really excited. Labelling the parts of a flower or an eye was fine, but not thrilling! I was discussing my […]
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Fantastically Wrong: The Strange History of Using Organ-Shaped Plants to Treat Disease - http://www.wired.com/2014...
It’s hard to imagine being the first human being to look at a plant like, say, a stinging nettle and think, “I probably shouldn’t eat this, on account of the general agony it would cause me. But what if I cooked it first?” So you prepare it and nervously drop it down your gullet—and luckily […]
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The Node in Vienna (and at the European Evo-Devo meeting) - http://thenode.biologists.com/the-nod...
The Node’s next stop is the capital of Austria- Vienna! Our visit will be in two parts: Cat, the Node community manager, will be giving a talk at the Vienna Biocenter Campus entitled ‘Joining the online conversation: how to use social media to communicate your science’. This will be an informal talk and Q&A which will […]
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What Exactly Is in McDonald’s Famous French Fries? - http://www.wired.com/2014...
There's more to these tasty fries than fat and salt.
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Revisions will continue until morale improves. Modes of competition and the fitness of evolved populations [adaptive dynamics] Why all medical professionals need to study evolution “When I hear ’20 standard normal deviates’ I think of the members of a typical math department…” Please, Todd Akin, keep talking. “Understanding why things are how they are may […]
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Talks@Mendeley – Is Identity the New Money? - http://blog.mendeley.com/talks-a...
Our next Talks@Mendeley is this is fast approaching, on Friday the 18th July at 6:00pm. The speaker this time around is David Birch, whose TED talk  “A New Way to Stop Identity Theft” had been watched over 100,000 times. He expands on some of the talk’s themes in his latest book “Identity is the […]
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Exercise protects you from stress - http://blogs.plos.org/obesity...
There are few of us who can honestly say they are not stressed out at least some of the time. Too much to do, not enough time, looming deadlines, financial concerns, health problems, etc. can all cause us to feel …
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Even the Gorillas and Bears in Our Zoos Are Hooked on Prozac - http://www.wired.com/2014...
When the gorilla Willie B. had to move to a tiny cage at the Atlanta Zoo for six months, the vet staff decided to put Thorazine in the Coca-Cola he drank in the morning. Willie responded to the drug as many institutionalized humans do: He shuffled back and forth across his cage with dulled eyes.
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What’s Up With That: Why You Always Seem to Choose the Slowest Line - http://www.wired.com/2014...
You run into the grocery store to quickly pick up one ingredient. You grab what you need and head to the front of the store. After quickly sizing up the check-out lines, you choose the one that looks fastest. You chose wrong. People you could swear got in other lines long after you chose yours […]
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Why do we bite our nails? - http://mindhacks.com/2014...
It can ruin the appearance of your hands, could be unhygienic and can hurt if you take it too far. So why do people do it? Biter Tom Stafford investigates What do ex-British prime minster Gordon Brown, Jackie Onassis, Britney Spears and I all have in common? We all are (or were) nail biters. It’s […]
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The concept of stress, sponsored by Big Tobacco - http://mindhacks.com/2014...
NPR has an excellent piece on how the scientific concept of stress was massively promoted by tobacco companies who wanted an angle to market ‘relaxing’ cigarettes and a way for them to argue that it was stress, not cigarettes, that was to blame for heart disease and cancer. They did this by funding, guiding and […]
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A Beautifully Detailed New Geologic Map of Mars - http://www.wired.com/2014...
It took 16 years and data from four orbiting spacecraft to assemble, but the U.S. Geological Survey’s new map of Mars is awesome. In beautiful color and excellent detail, the map shows the geology of the Red Planet’s surface today, and reveals a new understanding of its past.
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Get Ready to Learn a Bunch of Awesome New Science About Pluto - http://www.wired.com/2014...
One year from today, everybody’s favorite dwarf planet will receive its first man-made visitor. The New Horizons mission, which launched in 2006, will make its closest flyby of Pluto on July 14, 2015. Right now, Pluto is mainly known as that object in the solar system that used to be a planet (some would argue […]
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After 10 Years in Space, This Probe Is About to Catch a Comet - http://www.wired.com/2014...
After a 4.3 billion-mile nonstop flight, Rosetta is about to reach its destination. The European Space Agency vehicle has spent a decade circling our solar system in pursuit of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. And to prepare for the trip, ESA tested and equipped the vessel for any cosmic curveballs it might encounter on the way.
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Mendeley moves into the cloud: It’s nice up here! - http://blog.mendeley.com/news...
Last week we took what might seem like a small step, but was in fact a very giant leap by moving mendeley.com into the cloud. Now you might be thinking “Mendeley is already cloud-based, what are you talking about?” It’s true that our users can access their papers, annotations and all other data on any device, […]
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Brazil: origins, evolution and future of developmental biology in the country of the 2014 World Cup - http://thenode.biologists.com/brazil-...
By Henrique Marques-Souza and Rodrigo Nunes da Fonseca   Widely known as the country of soccer, samba and beautiful beaches, one might wonder if it is possible to perform high quality research in Developmental Biology in Brazil with so many distractions. What are the pros and cons of doing research in this area in Brazil?  […]
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Spike activity 11-07-2014 - http://mindhacks.com/2014...
Quick links from the past week in mind and brain news: Your Brain Is On the Brink of Chaos. Nautilus has an interesting piece on chaos the and the brain. Neuroskeptic has a good Q&A with Zach Mainen, one of the originators of the NeuroFuture open letter demanding reform of the Human Brain Project. There’s […]
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EMBO celebrates 50 years - http://thenode.biologists.com/embo-ce...
The European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) is an organization that ‘promotes excellence in the life sciences’ in Europe and beyond. With more than 1500 members (leaders in their respective fields), it is a driving force in European science. Since its inception in 1964, EMBO has played an active role in promoting research in the life sciences, organising meetings […]
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A thought lab in the sun - http://mindhacks.com/2014...
Neuroscientist Karl Friston, being an absolute champ, in an interview in The Lancet Psychiatry “I get up very late, I go and smoke my pipe in the conservatory, hopefully in the sunshine with a nice cup of coffee, and have thoughts until I can raise the energy to have a bath. I don’t normally get […]
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Motherhood, apple pie and replication - http://mindhacks.com/2014...
Who could possibly be against replication of research results? Jason Mitchell of Harvard University is, under some conditions, for reasons described in his essay On the emptiness of failed replications. I wrote something for the Centre for Open Science which tries to draw out the sensible points in Mitchell’s essay – something I thought worth […]
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Absurd Creature of the Week: The Feisty Shrimp That Kills With Bullets Made of Bubbles - http://www.wired.com/2014...
The greatest, smoothest gunslinger of all time—and I say it knowing full well I’m going to get emails for this opinion—is Clint Eastwood’s Man With No Name, aka Blondie, of Sergio Leone’s classic spaghetti westerns. I mean, at a public hanging the guy sat back and sniped the rope to free the accused, then blasted […]
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Is China’s Next Moon Probe a Preparation for a Manned Lunar Landing? - http://www.wired.com/2014...
A future lunar probe could be setting China up for a manned mission next decade. After details were released late last month of the Chang’e 5 mission—a robotic lander that will collect samples from the lunar surface and return them to Earth in 2017—several international observers noticed that it looked like a smaller version of […]
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Postdoc and PhD positions available to study metabolism and growth control during animal development - http://thenode.biologists.com/postdoc...
The Grewal lab at the University of Calgary, Canada is looking to recruit new postdocs and grad students. Our lab investigates how growth is controlled during animal development. We use a combination of molecular and genetic approaches to investigate the cell-cell signalling pathways and the genetic mechanisms that govern the control of cell, tissue and […]
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Science Graphic of the Week: Hummingbird Wing Aerodynamics - http://www.wired.com/2014...
This article has been corrected. When they hover, hummingbirds move their wings more like a buzzing insect than a flapping bird. But, unlike tiny insects, hummingbirds are large enough to stir up the air more violently as they move. Now scientists have attempted to model exactly how hummingbird wings interact with the air as they […]
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Memories of ‘hands on’ sex therapy - http://mindhacks.com/2014...
There’s an amusing passage in Andrew Solomon’s book Far From the Tree where he recounts his own experience of a curious attempt at surrogate partner therapy – a type of sex therapy where a ‘stand in’ partner engages with sexual activity with the client to help overcome sexual difficulties. In Solomon’s case, he was a […]
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Public Engagement Officer - http://thenode.biologists.com/public-...
Department/Location: Wellcome Trust - Medical Research Council Cambridge Stem Cell Institute, University of Cambridge Salary: £28,132-£36,661 Reference: PS03788 Closing date: 10 August 2014 Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 30 June 2017 in the first instance. The Stem Cell Institute is a world-leading centre of excellence in stem cell biology and regenerative […]
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