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  • July 7, 2014
  • 10:33 AM
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MERS CoV: Can it spread from camels to man?

by Pranab Chatterjee in Scepticemia

The Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS CoV) is a novel single stranded RNA virus that has been doing the rounds in the Middle East, bits of Europe and North America. Given our experiences the last time we had a new respiratory virus (remember the pandemic?), things have moved rather fast this time once the…... Read more »

Azhar, E., El-Kafrawy, S., Farraj, S., Hassan, A., Al-Saeed, M., Hashem, A., & Madani, T. (2014) Evidence for Camel-to-Human Transmission of MERS Coronavirus. New England Journal of Medicine, 370(26), 2499-2505. DOI: 10.1056/NEJMoa1401505  

  • July 7, 2014
  • 07:09 AM
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Revealed: The Secret Of An Intellectual Brain

by Shyamali Sharma in Workout Trends

“Do you love to write? I do… Do you prefer typing rather than writing? I do…” Well, I might sound like a bride standing on the altar in front of my groom. The priest asks me the most obvious questions and I nonchalantly reply, “Yes, I do.” Students and tech savvy people are also most likely […]
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  • July 7, 2014
  • 07:02 AM
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Measuring beliefs in the paranormal: The Australian Sheep Goat Scale

by Doug Keene in The Jury Room

Seriously. Sheep are believers and goats are doubters. In the paranormal, that is. The Australian Sheep Goat Scale is not a measure we’d ever heard of prior to writing about skepticism as a narrative tool in convincing others of a paranormal event. Perhaps it never really caught on. But we knew you would want to […]

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Thalbourne, MA, & Delin, PS. (1993) A new instrument for measuring the sheep-goat variable: Its psychometric properties and factor structure. . Journal of the Society for Psychical Research, 172-186. info:/

  • July 7, 2014
  • 06:44 AM
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Novel Biosensor to Optimize Bio-Refining Processes

by dailyfusion in The Daily Fusion

Scientists at the University of British Columbia have developed a new type of biosensor that can help optimize bio-refining processes that produce chemicals, fuels and advanced materials.... Read more »

Strachan, C., Singh, R., VanInsberghe, D., Ievdokymenko, K., Budwill, K., Mohn, W., Eltis, L., & Hallam, S. (2014) Metagenomic scaffolds enable combinatorial lignin transformation. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1401631111  

  • July 7, 2014
  • 03:18 AM
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Reproductive stoppage related to autism

by Paul Whiteley in Questioning Answers

The paper by Thomas Hoffmann and colleagues [1] on reproductive stoppage - the decision to not have more children - in couples with a child already diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is the source for today's post. This is both an important and delicate area to talk about so I tread very carefully in my discussions.The Holy Infants @ Wikipedia A few details first:Based on records held at the California Department of Developmental Services, children born between 1990 ........ Read more »

  • July 6, 2014
  • 02:13 PM
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fMRI Motion Correction: The Quick and the Dead

by Neuroskeptic in Neuroskeptic_Discover

The infamous dead salmon brain scan study may just have been eclipsed, in the ‘most ghoulish demonstration of a methodological pitfall in fMRI‘ stakes. A new study examines the issue of motion artifacts, a major concern in much neuroimaging research – and it does so by scanning dead people. The new paper has the unwieldy […]The post fMRI Motion Correction: The Quick and the Dead appeared first on Neuroskeptic.... Read more »

  • July 6, 2014
  • 01:10 PM
  • 115 views

New tool helps Doctors treat Menopause

by Gabriel in Lunatic Laboratories

With the SCOTUS ruling for the Hobby Lobby case [if you have no idea what I am talking about you can read about that anywhere on the net, like here] […]... Read more »

  • July 6, 2014
  • 01:05 PM
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Emperors in danger: penguin populations predicted to decline due to climate change and sea ice loss

by Jonathan Trinastic in Goodnight Earth

New Nature Climate Change research predicts drastic declines in emperor penguin populations by 2100 due to increased variability in sea ice levels.... Read more »

Jenouvrier, S., Holland, M., Stroeve, J., Serreze, M., Barbraud, C., Weimerskirch, H., & Caswell, H. (2014) Projected continent-wide declines of the emperor penguin under climate change. Nature Climate Change. DOI: 10.1038/nclimate2280  

  • July 6, 2014
  • 11:07 AM
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New Species of Spider Wasp Uses Ant Corpses to Protect Its Nests

by beredim in Strange Animals

A newly discovered wasp species uses the corpses of dead ants as scarecrows, to protect its nest from predators, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Freiburg. Scientifically described as Deuteragenia ossarium and dubbed as the Bone-house wasp, the species uses the chemical cues from ant corpses to ward off predators, by stuffing them into the crevices of its home. The species was discovered in Jiangxi Province in south east China.Wasps use a wide range of ........ Read more »

  • July 6, 2014
  • 09:30 AM
  • 31 views

Day 5: BLUE and PURPLE Foods

by Namrata Diengdoh in Workout Trends

Whenever I close my eyes and imagine the color purple the first thought that comes to my mind is royalty. So does blue does it not? However, when I think blue it brings more serenity to my thoughts. Did you know that this color food group helps people who are looking forward to losing weight? […]
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García-Zepeda SP, García-Villa E, Díaz-Chávez J, Hernández-Pando R, & Gariglio P. (2013) Resveratrol induces cell death in cervical cancer cells through apoptosis and autophagy. European journal of cancer prevention : the official journal of the European Cancer Prevention Organisation (ECP), 22(6), 577-84. PMID: 23603746  

Krikorian, R., Shidler, M., Nash, T., Kalt, W., Vinqvist-Tymchuk, M., Shukitt-Hale, B., & Joseph, J. (2010) Blueberry Supplementation Improves Memory in Older Adults . Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, 58(7), 3996-4000. DOI: 10.1021/jf9029332  

  • July 5, 2014
  • 01:00 PM
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Breast Cancer… and Cholesterol?!

by Gabriel in Lunatic Laboratories

Cholesterol, it’s bad for the heart. We know LDL bad, HDL good, eat healthier or ruin your arteries. I’m sure most of us have seen the public service announcements [at […]... Read more »

Potluri, R., Lavu, D., Uppal, H., & Chandran, S. (2014) P740 Hyperlipidaemia as a risk factor for breast cancer?. Cardiovascular Research, 103(suppl 1). DOI: 10.1093/cvr/cvu098.160  

  • July 5, 2014
  • 11:12 AM
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All worn out: using dental attrition to estimate age

by JB in Bone Broke

I was recently working on the methods chapter of my dissertation (I'll pause so that you may lever your jaw up off of the floor - "JB? Working? On her dissertation?") when I stumbled upon a fantastic old school anthropology quote that struck my fancy. I'm currently mired in the midst of my section on adult aging, and given the fragmentary nature of many of the Marroquíes Bajos remains, traditional techniques that rely on cranial sutural closure, the auricular........ Read more »

Schour, J., and M. Massler. (1941) The development of the human dentition. Journal of the American Dental Association, 1153-1160. info:/

  • July 5, 2014
  • 09:22 AM
  • 80 views

True Facts About The Fruit Bat

by GrrlScientist in Maniraptora

SUMMARY: This amusing video shares a few facts about the amazing megabats -- the largest flying mammals alive in the world today. Orphaned baby fruit bats. ... Read more »

  • July 5, 2014
  • 08:31 AM
  • 25 views

Day 4: Cleansing With WHITE Foods

by Namrata Diengdoh in Workout Trends

  “If I have been indulging in rich foods, a cleanse is a wonderful way to hit the reset button.” - Salma Hayek Now are not those beautiful words and don’t those words hold so much weight in them. If we think carefully and analyze our life pattern in the present time then it is […]
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Padayatty, S., Katz, A., Wang, Y., Eck, P., Kwon, O., Lee, J., Chen, S., Corpe, C., Dutta, A., Dutta, S.... (2003) Vitamin C as an Antioxidant: Evaluation of Its Role in Disease Prevention. Journal of the American College of Nutrition, 22(1), 18-35. DOI: 10.1080/07315724.2003.10719272  

Handley, S., Dunn, T., Waldron, G., & Baker, J. (1980) Tryptophan, cortisol and puerperal mood. The British Journal of Psychiatry, 136(5), 498-508. DOI: 10.1192/bjp.136.5.498  

Shukla, Y., & Singh, M. (2007) Cancer preventive properties of ginger: A brief review. Food and Chemical Toxicology, 45(5), 683-690. DOI: 10.1016/j.fct.2006.11.002  

McCarron, D., Morris, C., Henry, H., & Stanton, J. (1984) Blood pressure and nutrient intake in the United States. Science, 224(4656), 1392-1398. DOI: 10.1126/science.6729459  

  • July 5, 2014
  • 07:55 AM
  • 91 views

Scientists Uncover Mechanism for Soot Formation

by dailyfusion in The Daily Fusion

Scientists at the University of Hawaii and the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (Berkeley Lab) have uncovered the first step in the process that transforms gas-phase molecules into solid particles like soot and other carbon-based compounds.... Read more »

Parker, D., Kaiser, R., Troy, T., & Ahmed, M. (2014) Hydrogen Abstraction-Acetylene Addition Revealed. Angewandte Chemie. DOI: 10.1002/ange.201404537  

  • July 5, 2014
  • 07:12 AM
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Who can afford to hold back rising seas?

by Andy Extance in Simple Climate

Though using dikes to protect the world from rising sea levels will generally make economic sense, explains Jochen Hinkel from the Global Climate Forum, poor countries may not have the resources to do so.... Read more »

Hinkel, J., Lincke, D., Vafeidis, A., Perrette, M., Nicholls, R., Tol, R., Marzeion, B., Fettweis, X., Ionescu, C., & Levermann, A. (2014) Coastal flood damage and adaptation costs under 21st century sea-level rise. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 111(9), 3292-3297. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1222469111  

  • July 5, 2014
  • 02:21 AM
  • 89 views

A Trail Guide to Publishing Success

by Andreas Wieland in Supply Chain Management Research

Are you currently conducting conceptual, qualitative, or survey research? Are you also aiming to publish the results in a top journal? Then I have some tips for you that could bring you one step closer to your goal. These tips can be found in a recent JBL editorial: A Trail Guide to Publishing Success: Tips […]... Read more »

  • July 4, 2014
  • 08:44 PM
  • 91 views

The Bigfoot Question: A Genetic Analysis of Yeti Hair

by Melissa Chernick in Science Storiented

It’s been a while since I’ve written about Bigfoot, and that’s a shame because he’s pretty fun to write about. As with many things, I like to keep it in a scientific context. That’s why I was pretty stoked to see a recent Sasquatch paper in Proceedings of the Royal Society B. A paper that takes an interesting approach: genetics. Right off the bat the paper does not assume non-existence, both pointing out that there are numerous reports and sightings yet no bodies or recent fossils. The........ Read more »

Sykes, B., Mullis, R., Hagenmuller, C., Melton, T., & Sartori, M. (2014) Genetic analysis of hair samples attributed to yeti, bigfoot and other anomalous primates. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 281(1789), 20140161-20140161. DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2014.0161  

  • July 4, 2014
  • 07:50 PM
  • 103 views

Autophagy, Endosomes, and Viral Entry: UVRAG as an interlocutor

by thelonevirologist in Virology Tidbits

Although the role of various autophagy related proteins in viral infections is well established, the role of UVRAG in particular in mediating viral entry has been elusive. A potential role for UVRAG in mediating viral entry can be postulated from the observation that in UVRAG deficient cells cell surface receptor degradation is downregulated. Since UVRAG overexpression is known to target viral proteins to autophagosomes (and thus lead to potential degradation of viral components) and cell surfac........ Read more »

Pryor PR, Mullock BM, Bright NA, Lindsay MR, Gray SR, Richardson SC, Stewart A, James DE, Piper RC, & Luzio JP. (2004) Combinatorial SNARE complexes with VAMP7 or VAMP8 define different late endocytic fusion events. EMBO reports, 5(6), 590-5. PMID: 15133481  

Offenhäuser C, Lei N, Roy S, Collins BM, Stow JL, & Murray RZ. (2011) Syntaxin 11 binds Vti1b and regulates late endosome to lysosome fusion in macrophages. Traffic (Copenhagen, Denmark), 12(6), 762-73. PMID: 21388490  

Liang, C., Lee, J., Inn, K., Gack, M., Li, Q., Roberts, E., Vergne, I., Deretic, V., Feng, P., Akazawa, C.... (2008) Beclin1-binding UVRAG targets the class C Vps complex to coordinate autophagosome maturation and endocytic trafficking. Nature Cell Biology, 10(7), 776-787. DOI: 10.1038/ncb1740  

Lamb CA, Yoshimori T, & Tooze SA. (2013) The autophagosome: origins unknown, biogenesis complex. Nature reviews. Molecular cell biology, 14(12), 759-74. PMID: 24201109  

Ao X, Zou L, & Wu Y. (2014) Regulation of autophagy by the Rab GTPase network. Cell death and differentiation, 21(3), 348-58. PMID: 24440914  

Pirooz SD, He S, Zhang T, Zhang X, Zhao Z, Oh S, O'Connell D, Khalilzadeh P, Amini-Bavil-Olyaee S, Farzan M.... (2014) UVRAG is required for virus entry through combinatorial interaction with the class C-Vps complex and SNAREs. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 111(7), 2716-21. PMID: 24550300  

Huotari, J., & Helenius, A. (2011) Endosome maturation. The EMBO Journal, 30(17), 3481-3500. DOI: 10.1038/emboj.2011.286  

Berryman, S., Brooks, E., Burman, A., Hawes, P., Roberts, R., Netherton, C., Monaghan, P., Whelband, M., Cottam, E., Elazar, Z.... (2012) Foot-and-Mouth Disease Virus Induces Autophagosomes during Cell Entry via a Class III Phosphatidylinositol 3-Kinase-Independent Pathway. Journal of Virology, 86(23), 12940-12953. DOI: 10.1128/JVI.00846-12  

Alonso C, Galindo I, Cuesta-Geijo MA, Cabezas M, Hernaez B, & Muñoz-Moreno R. (2013) African swine fever virus-cell interactions: from virus entry to cell survival. Virus research, 173(1), 42-57. PMID: 23262167  

Jae LT, Raaben M, Herbert AS, Kuehne AI, Wirchnianski AS, Soh TK, Stubbs SH, Janssen H, Damme M, Saftig P.... (2014) Virus entry. Lassa virus entry requires a trigger-induced receptor switch. Science (New York, N.Y.), 344(6191), 1506-10. PMID: 24970085  

  • July 4, 2014
  • 07:13 PM
  • 113 views

No, emotions aren’t really contagious over Facebook

by Shelly Fan in Neurorexia

Image: Ellis Hamburger, the Verge You’ve probably heard the news: Facebook and Cornell University teamed up to manipulate your Facebook feed and toy with your emotions. The...... Read more »

Kramer AD, Guillory JE, & Hancock JT. (2014) Experimental evidence of massive-scale emotional contagion through social networks. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 111(24), 8788-90. PMID: 24889601  

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