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  • November 30, 1999
  • 12:00 AM

Water For Elephants...In The Wild

by Shermin de Silva in Maximus

Elephants' water requirements may provide the key to detecting them in areas that are difficult to census.... Read more »

Pastorini,J., Nishantha, H.G., Janaka, H.K., Isler, K., & Fernando, P. (2010) Jennifer Pastorini, H.G. Nishantha, H.K. Janaka, Karin Isler, . Tropical Conservation Science, 3(4), 412-422. info:/

  • November 30, 1999
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Darwin's contributions and why this matters for Mexico's conifers

by Claire Williams in Conifer Reproductive Biology

For International Darwin Day, February 12. Darwin's birthday inspired an elegant treatise by UNAM professor Antonio Lazcano, published in Science back in 2005. His article traces the cultural, social and science history roots behind widespread acceptance of Darwin's ideas in Mexico. This careful analysis is worthwhile reading, particularly for those working in the USA.... Read more »

  • November 30, 1999
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Crystal structure solved by protein folding game players

by Olexandr Isayev in

Following the failure of a wide range of attempts to solve the crystal structure of M-PMV retroviral protease by molecular replacement, authors challenged players of the protein folding game Foldit to produce accurate models of the protein. Remarkably, Foldit players were able to generate models of sufficient quality for successful molecular replacement and subsequent structure determination.... Read more »

Khatib, F., DiMaio, F., Cooper, S., Kazmierczyk, M., Gilski, M., Krzywda, S., Zabranska, H., Pichova, I., Thompson, J., Popović, Z.... (2011) Crystal structure of a monomeric retroviral protease solved by protein folding game players. Nature Structural . DOI: 10.1038/nsmb.2119  

  • November 30, 1999
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by xxx in Anole Annals

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Kirsten E. Nicholson and Paul M. Richards. (2011) Home-range size and overlap within an introduced population of the Cuban Knight Anole, Anolis equestris (Squamata: Iguanidae). Phyllomedusa, 10(1), 65-73. info:/

  • November 30, 1999
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Kein Kanal, sondern eine Kette schiffbarer Becken - neue Studien zur Fossa Carolina

by R. Schreg in Archaeologik

Geoarchaeology at the fossa Carolina... Read more »

Eva Leitholdt, Christoph Zielhofer, Stefanie Berg-Hobohm, Katharina Schnabl, Britta Kopecky-Hermanns, Jens Bussmann, Joachim W. Härtling, Klaus Reicherter, & Katrin Unger. (2012) Fossa Carolina: The First Attempt to Bridge the Central European Watershed—A Review, New Findings, and Geoarchaeological Challenges. Geoarchaeology, 88-104. info:/

  • November 30, 1999
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Many Vegetarians Consume Animal-Derived Products in Medicines

by United Academics in United Academics

What should vegetarians do when medicines contain animal products? The answer seems an easy one: to refuse them or to act according to their conscience. But what if the consumers are not appropriately informed about the medicine components, or the doctors not even know that it contains animal products?... Read more »

  • November 30, 1999
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Exploring groundwater arsenic contamination in Bangladesh

by brettcherry in Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience Blog

Arsenic contaminated groundwater currently threatens the health of 70 million people in 61 of 64 districts in Bangladesh. Many people living in districts plagued with arsenic contaminated ground water regularly drink water with concentrations of arsenic far above national and WHO standards. An important study from Prof Peter Atkins and Dr Manzurul Hassan explores how groundwater arsenic concentration varies throughout areas of southwest Bangladesh. ... Read more »

  • November 30, 1999
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Conscientiousness, intelligence, and a pseudo-scientific hierarchy of humanness

by Scott McGreal in Eye on Psych

A recent paper claimed that conscientiousness and intelligence are positively correlated - even though recent research has found the opposite - and bemoaned the supposed "dysgenic" implications. This claim is examined in the light of the author's avowed race realism and endorsement of Rushton's equally unfounded "hierarchy of humanness".... Read more »

Moutafi, J., Furnham, A., . (2004) Why is Conscientiousness negatively correlated with intelligence?. Personality and Individual Differences, 37(5), 1013-1022. DOI: 10.1016/j.paid.2003.11.010  

Templer, D. I. (2012) Richard Lynn and the evolution of conscientiousness. Personality and Individual Differences, 53(2), 94-98. DOI: 10.1016/j.paid.2011.05.023  

Weizmann, F., Wiener, N. I., Wiesenthal, D. L., . (1991) Eggs, eggplants and eggheads: a rejoinder to Rushton. Canadian Psychology, 32(1), 43-50. DOI: 10.1037/h0078958  

  • November 30, 1999
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Working Late in Pregnancy May Be as Bad for the Baby as Smoking: Research

by United Academics in United Academics

Researchers at the University of Essex, in the UK, have found that babies born to women who kept working during their eighth month of pregnancy tend to weight 230g less than those born to mothers who stopped working. The harm was bigger when the women had lower levels of education, while there was no harm at all when they were younger than 24.... Read more »

  • November 30, 1999
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One Fish, Two FIsh, Red Fish, Black Hole

by Brooke N in Smaller Questions

Astronomers discovered two black holes where they expected to find one (or none), shedding light on gravitational dynamics in globular clusters, as well as intermediate-mass black hole formation.... Read more »

Strader J, Chomiuk L, Maccarone TJ, Miller-Jones JC, & Seth AC. (2012) Two stellar-mass black holes in the globular cluster M22. Nature, 490(7418), 71-3. PMID: 23038466  

  • November 30, 1999
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Nature is saving a huge amount of our Money

by Usman Paracha in SayPeople

A large number of people in this world don’t know that they have a very huge amount of servants working for them on the planet Earth and beyond this planet at no cost while giving them infinite benefits. Those workers are present everywhere, we know some of them and we don’t know many of them.

Economic value of some bodily functions:

You can’t see your stomach but there are many bacteria working for you without any cost. They are serving you in give and take relations........ Read more »

  • November 30, 1999
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Impulsive snacking at the checkout counter: nudging consumers towards healthier 'grab-and-go'-snacks

by Ellen van Kleef in Food Intake Control

Tempting snacks placed right near the checkout counter can be hard to resist. Even though you know buying one is not in your best interest, they catch attention. These high-profit 'grap-and-go' snacks are particularly hard to ignore at the end of a shopping trip after making dozens of decisions. This blog post discusses a recent paper in which we studied whether assortment structure and accessibility of healthier snacks influences consumer choices. ... Read more »

  • November 30, 1999
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The good, bad, and ugly of protein refolding

by Scott Jeffers in Protein Solubility Blog

The good news is that 95% of the protein aggregates in the inclusion body are your protein of interest. To get a 95% pure sample of protein you just have to lyse the cells using your preferred method (sonication works well, as does French press) in a lyses buffer containing Triton X-100. You then centrifuge your inclusion bodies containing your aggregated protein and discard the soluble supernatant. Next, you wash your inclusion body pellet in lysis buffer without Triton X-100 to remove the dete........ Read more »

  • November 30, 1999
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Understanding PREDIMED and the Mediterranean diet: heart-healthy or hype?

by Kismet in Biogerontology and Health

I am going to discuss the failings of the PREDIMED study, real and imagined. I will do this in a Question & Answer style. Several questions are inspired by and NEJM comments and even statements by the low fat "gurus", Essselstyn, Ornish, McDougall or Pritikin. It is no surprise they are up in arms after the study has been published. It threatens their livelihood.... Read more »

Estruch, R., Ros, E., Salas-Salvadó, J., Covas, M., Corella, D., Arós, F., Gómez-Gracia, E., Ruiz-Gutiérrez, V., Fiol, M., Lapetra, J.... (2013) Primary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease with a Mediterranean Diet. New England Journal of Medicine, 368(14), 1279-1290. DOI: 10.1056/NEJMoa1200303  

  • November 30, 1999
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The Science of Sleep

by Amy Swanston in Antisense Science

Feeling tired? I know I am. But what is it that makes us feel like we need to sleep? And what keeps us awake?
Within our bodies, a lot of systems work antagonistically to maintain homeostasis - that is, one action opposes another, keeping balance. There are two important forces that we use to control sleep: our sleep drive and our alerting signal. As the day goes on, the drive to sleep becomes greater and greater, so our alerting signal has to increase at the same rate to keep us awake. S........ Read more »

  • November 30, 1999
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A miniature turbine with blades one atom thick

by thisscienceiscrazy in This Science Is Crazy!

Chinese scientists have designed a nano-turbine using carbon nanotubes (CNT) and graphene.... Read more »

Li Jingyuan, Lina Zhao, Xingfa Gao, Yuliang Zhao, & Ruhong Zhou. (2014) Rotation Motion of Designed Nano-Turbine. Scientific Reports. DOI:  

  • November 30, 1999
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FDA officially refers consumers to Wikipedia for information on food pathogens

by Austin Bouck in Animal Science Review

I was perusing the Bad Bug Book while doing some research on the recent Blue Bell outbreak and came across a hyperlink. After hearing “do you want to know more?” in my head I clicked through on some non-L. mono species of Listeria and was…confused. I quickly doubled back, thinking that maybe I had been redirected, but there it was...... Read more »

Food and Drug Administration. (2012) Listeria Monocytogenes. Bad Bug Book, Foodborne pathogenic microorganisms and natural toxins. Second Edition, 99-100. info:/

  • November 30, 1999
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Sticks And Stones (Coda) – How Names Work Against Women

by Michael Ramscar in The Importance of Being Wrong

Mothers tell your daughters

From 2011 to December 2015, five women fought the Japanese Government all the way to the country’s Supreme Court. They were seeking to change a law that compels couples to adopt the same surname in order to legally register their marriage. Although the law does not specify whose name it should be, in practice, 96% of couples take the husband’s name, and the women argued that this made the law unconstitutional, since it violated their basic civil rights........ Read more »

Colman, A., Sluckin, W., & Hargreaves, D. (1981) The effect of familiarity on preferences for surnames. British Journal of Psychology, 72(3), 363-369. DOI: 10.1111/j.2044-8295.1981.tb02195.x  

A. Crook. (2012) Personal Names in 18th-Century Scotland: a case study of the parish of Beith (North Ayrshire). Journal of Scottish Name Studies, 1-10. info:/

Shannon, C. (1948) A Mathematical Theory of Communication. Bell System Technical Journal, 27(3), 379-423. DOI: 10.1002/j.1538-7305.1948.tb01338.x  

Shannon, C. (1951) Prediction and Entropy of Printed English. Bell System Technical Journal, 30(1), 50-64. DOI: 10.1002/j.1538-7305.1951.tb01366.x  

  • November 30, 1999
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Productivity Paradox 2.0

by Paco Jariego in Mind the Post

Despite ongoing IT-related innovation, aggregate U.S. productivity growth slowed markedly after 2004. While economists are again unable to find the productivity in their statistics, many people in Silicon Valley think that this slowdown has to be at least in part illusory. Who is right?... Read more »

Byrne, D., Fernald, J., & Reinsdorf, M. (2016) Does the United States have a Productivity Slowdown or a Measurement Problem. Finance and Economics Discussion Series, 2016(017), 1-74. DOI: 10.17016/FEDS.2016.017  

Chad Syverson. (2013) Will History Repeat Itself? Comments on “Is the Information Technology Revolution Over?”. International Productivity Monitor, 37-40. info:/

  • November 30, 1999
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The geometry of consciousness is a multi-dimensional math trip

by amanda alvarez in It Ain't Magic

Amanda Alvarez writes about how neuroscientists are studying consciousness with mathematics.... Read more »

Oizumi M, Tsuchiya N, & Amari SI. (2016) Unified framework for information integration based on information geometry. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 113(51), 14817-14822. PMID: 27930289  

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