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  • July 11, 2014
  • 10:22 AM
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Ye Old Science Journal. Interesting articles from the premiere journal of 1880.

by The Lab Hippo in The Lab Hippo

One of the perks to my job is that I can get access to just about any journal article I want for free. I know, it sounds like a dream life, but hey you go to college for 10 years and you get some favors thrown your way. A few years ago Science scanned all their historical archives put them online, so I begun to peruse a few and was pleasantly amused. In what may become a recurring theme to the LabHippo, I now present to you some of the more entertaining articles. We begin with the first year Sci........ Read more »

  • July 9, 2014
  • 04:30 AM
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Maize lethal necrosis has spread to Rwanda

by Abigail Rumsey in The Plantwise Blog

Report by Abigail Rumsey, Beatrice Uwumukiza and Bellancila Uzayisenga. In the past two years, we have reported on the presence of the maize lethal necrosis (MLN) disease in East African countries including Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. The disease is also present in South Sudan. The most recent report has been of its spread to the […]... Read more »

Adams, I., Harju, V., Hodges, T., Hany, U., Skelton, A., Rai, S., Deka, M., Smith, J., Fox, A., Uzayisenga, B.... (2014) First report of maize lethal necrosis disease in Rwanda. New Disease Reports, 22. DOI: 10.5197/j.2044-0588.2014.029.022  

  • July 9, 2014
  • 03:28 AM
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Do chimps like to listen to African and Indian music?

by Henkjan Honing in Music Matters

“While preferring silence to music from the West, chimpanzees apparently like to listen to the different rhythms of music from Africa and India, according to new research published by the American Psychological Association.” ... Read more »

Mingle, M., Eppley, T., Campbell, M., Hall, K., Horner, V., & de Waal, F. (2014) Chimpanzees Prefer African and Indian Music Over Silence. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Learning and Cognition. DOI: 10.1037/xan0000032  

Merchant, H., & Honing, H. (2013) Are non-human primates capable of rhythmic entrainment? Evidence for the gradual audiomotor evolution hypothesis. Frontiers in Neuroscience, 7(274). info:/

  • July 8, 2014
  • 12:00 PM
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Mathematical Model Helps Identify Gas Hydrate Pockets

by dailyfusion in The Daily Fusion

Scientists at Rice University have developed a mathematical model that simulates gas hydrate and free gas accumulation under the ocean floor.... 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 5, 2014
  • 09:22 AM
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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 3, 2014
  • 07:44 PM
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This Month in Blastocystis Research (JUN 2014) - IMECs Edition

by Christen Rune Stensvold in Blastocystis Parasite Blog

A rare and extremely timely study using NGS tools to sequence DNA from intestinal microbial eukaryotic communities has been published in June 2014 in Frontiers in Microbiology; here's a small review.... Read more »

Parfrey, L., Walters, W., Lauber, C., Clemente, J., Berg-Lyons, D., Teiling, C., Kodira, C., Mohiuddin, M., Brunelle, J., Driscoll, M.... (2014) Communities of microbial eukaryotes in the mammalian gut within the context of environmental eukaryotic diversity. Frontiers in Microbiology. DOI: 10.3389/fmicb.2014.00298  

  • July 3, 2014
  • 02:25 AM
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Journal Club: DNA analysis indicates Bigfoot may be a big fake

by GrrlScientist in Maniraptora

SUMMARY: A new genetic analysis of 'yeti' hair samples reveals they actually originated from dogs, horses, bears or other known mammals. ... Read more »

  • July 2, 2014
  • 05:54 PM
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Heather Can Help UK Meet Bioenergy Targets

by dailyfusion in The Daily Fusion

Harvesting energy from heather could reduce carbon dioxide emissions and help the UK meet its bioenergy targets, according to new research by scientists at Durham and Manchester Universities.... Read more »

  • July 2, 2014
  • 01:13 PM
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Saving the Rainforest and the Consequences

by Gabriel in Lunatic Laboratories

The road to hell is paved with good intentions. This seems even more true when a new study came out that shows, when it comes to fixing deforestation and forest degradation, […]... Read more »

Putz, F., & Romero, C. (2014) Futures of Tropical Forests . Biotropica, 46(4), 495-505. DOI: 10.1111/btp.12124  

  • July 2, 2014
  • 09:03 AM
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Chimps stick grass in their ears to be cool: notes on cultural transmission

by Neuroecology in Neuroecology

1. In 2010, a female chimpanzee named Julie began repeatedly stuffing a stiff blade of grass into her ear. This Grass-in-ear behavior has affectionately been dubbed “GIEB” by the scientists who observed it.... Read more »

Huffman, M., Nahallage, C., & Leca, J. (2008) Cultured Monkeys: Social Learning Cast in Stones. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 17(6), 410-414. DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-8721.2008.00616.x  

Stocker R, Green DG, & Newth D. (2001) Consensus and cohesion in simulated social networks. Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation, 4(4). info:/

Rendell L, Fogarty L, Hoppitt WJ, Morgan TJ, Webster MM, & Laland KN. (2011) Cognitive culture: theoretical and empirical insights into social learning strategies. Trends in cognitive sciences, 15(2), 68-76. PMID: 21215677  

  • July 1, 2014
  • 09:37 PM
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DNA analysis indicates Bigfoot may be a big fake | @GrrlScientist

by GrrlScientist in GrrlScientist

A newly-published genetic analysis of hair samples suspected as being from a cryptic primate known by various names such as "bigfoot" or "yeti", has revealed they actually originated from dogs, horses, bears or other well known mammals. ... Read more »

  • July 1, 2014
  • 09:25 AM
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To Feed the World, Try Legos

by Elizabeth Preston in Inkfish

“It was an idea that just popped into my head,” says Ludovico Cademartiri, a materials scientist who’s upped his research game by using Legos. He hopes other researchers will steal his idea, and not just because Legos are fun. Cademartiri thinks the humble bricks could help solve the world’s impending food crisis. Members of Cademartiri’s […]The post To Feed the World, Try Legos appeared first on Inkfish.... Read more »

  • June 30, 2014
  • 07:38 AM
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Researchers Encourage Use of Net Energy Analysis

by dailyfusion in The Daily Fusion

Net energy analysis—a technique that seeks to compare the amount of energy a technology delivers over its lifetime with the energy needed to build and maintain it—should be a critical energy policy tool, according to Stanford scientists.... Read more »

Carbajales-Dale, M., Barnhart, C., Brandt, A., & Benson, S. (2014) A better currency for investing in a sustainable future. Nature Climate Change, 4(7), 524-527. DOI: 10.1038/nclimate2285  

  • June 28, 2014
  • 01:00 PM
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A Startling New Climate Change Revelation!

by Gabriel in Lunatic Laboratories

Call out the troops, call the Marines, we need tanks, lots of tanks. Well okay, maybe not. Brute force won’t stop global warming and thanks to a new study on […]... Read more »

Pierrehumbert, R. (2014) Short-Lived Climate Pollution. Annual Review of Earth and Planetary Sciences, 42(1), 341-379. DOI: 10.1146/annurev-earth-060313-054843  

  • June 28, 2014
  • 02:03 AM
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Shrinking dairy’s carbon hoofprint

by Andy Extance in Simple Climate

As the world’s appetite for dairy produce grows along with its population so too will emissions of the greenhouse gas methane from cow guts – but US dairy industry consultant Joanne Knapp and her team have found that measures including more intensive farming and ensuring healthy herds can offset a lot of this. ... Read more »

  • June 27, 2014
  • 01:47 PM
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Study: Fracking Increases Groundwater Radioactivity, But Only So Much

by dailyfusion in The Daily Fusion

A study finds that hydraulic fracturing can increase groundwater radioactivity, but not above exposure limits set for human health in the UK.... Read more »

Almond, S., Clancy, S., Davies, R., & Worrall, F. (2014) The flux of radionuclides in flowback fluid from shale gas exploitation. Environmental Science and Pollution Research. DOI: 10.1007/s11356-014-3118-y  

  • June 27, 2014
  • 01:19 PM
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Tofu and Solar Cells: An unlikely pairing

by Gabriel in Lunatic Laboratories

Solar cells, they’re kind of a big deal. Good for the environment, produce power from that big ball of burning gas we call our sun, they like long walks on […]... Read more »

  • June 26, 2014
  • 07:09 PM
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Rethinking sustainable eating: vegetarian diets reduce greenhouse gas emissions

by Jonathan Trinastic in Goodnight Earth

A new study has gathered data throughout the literature showing that vegetarian diets are more sustainable than and reduce greenhouse gas emissions compared to meat-based diets. Find the details here!... Read more »

Sabate, J., & Soret, S. (2014) Sustainability of plant-based diets: back to the future. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 100(Supplement_1), 476-482. DOI: 10.3945/ajcn.113.071522  

  • June 26, 2014
  • 02:03 PM
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Researchers Quantify How Energy Storage Costs Affect Wind Farms

by dailyfusion in The Daily Fusion

Scientists at the Carnegie Mellon University have quantified what the price of energy storage needs to be to justify the use of energy storage devices at remote wind farms.... Read more »

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