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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
  • 12:00 AM

Let’s Get Cellular: Meth Metabolism

by Dirk Hanson in Addiction Inbox

We know from the work of Nora Volkow and others that meth abusers have chronically low levels of dopamine D2 receptors in their brains. But what is going on in the rest of the body when methamphetamine addiction is running full force?... Read more »

Sun, L., Li, H., Seufferheld, M., Walters, K., Margam, V., Jannasch, A., Diaz, N., Riley, C., Sun, W., Li, Y.... (2011) Systems-Scale Analysis Reveals Pathways Involved in Cellular Response to Methamphetamine. PLoS ONE, 6(4). DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0018215  

  • November 30, 1999
  • 12:00 AM

The neural correlates of romantic love

by DJ in Neuropoly

Examining a recent study that attempts to answer whether intense, romantic love of the kind commonly associated with young couples exists for long-term married couples as well.... ... Read more »

Acevedo BP, Aron A, Fisher HE, & Brown LL. (2011) Neural correlates of long-term intense romantic love. Social cognitive and affective neuroscience. PMID: 21208991  

DEGRECK, M., ROTTE, M., PAUS, R., MORITZ, D., THIEMANN, R., PROESCH, U., BRUER, U., MOERTH, S., TEMPELMANN, C., & BOGERTS, B. (2008) Is our self based on reward? Self-relatedness recruits neural activity in the reward system. NeuroImage, 39(4), 2066-2075. DOI: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2007.11.006  

  • November 30, 1999
  • 12:00 AM

Only Science Can Save Us, but Science Alone Can’t Save Us

by Paul Statt in Paul Statt Communications

Chris Mooney, writing about the recently un-raptured believers, climate change skeptics, and Moms who refuse to vaccinate, in Mother Jones (“Rapture Ready: The Science of Self Delusion,” May/June 2011) comes to the melancholy conclusion that science has proven that science seldom changes anyone’s mind.... Read more »

  • November 30, 1999
  • 12:00 AM

Simpler LCP-based crystallization

by Peter Nollert in Protein Crystallization Blog

For all those that are interested in simplifying membrane protein crystallization trials, you may want to check out this paper on the topic of 'simplifying LCP-based crystallization':

Wallace E, Dranow D, Laible PD, Christensen J, & Nollert P (2011). Monoolein lipid phases as incorporation and enrichment materials for membrane protein crystallization. PloS one, 6 (8) PMID: 21909395... Read more »

  • November 30, 1999
  • 12:00 AM

Cannabis law has no effect on cannabis use

by Neurobonkers in Neurobonkers

European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction confirms that prohibition does not appear to effect levels of cannabis use in any way... Read more »

The european monitoring centre for drugs and drug addiction. (2011) The state of the drugs problem in Europe . Annual Report. info:/

  • November 30, 1999
  • 12:00 AM

Dizziness When Standing Up Linked to Greater Risk of Heart Failure: Research

by United Academics in United Academics

Many people feel suddenly dizzy when they stand up too quickly. This is caused by orthostatic hypotension, a rapid drop in blood pressure. Now a team of scientists at the University of North Carolina suggest that people with orthostatic hypotension might have a greater risk of developing heart failure.... Read more »

  • November 30, 1999
  • 12:00 AM

Bioplastics in Bloom

by Whitney Campbell in Green Screen

When imagining the world without a dependence on petroleum, I tend to think of objects like solar panels, electric cars, and wind turbines — the things that could potentially replace the parts of the current oil-energy infrastructure. But what about the other items made from petroleum that could be replaced by alternative materials? What about bicycle tires, nail polishes, compact discs, surf boards, lipsticks, tool boxes, and shower curtains?... Read more »

  • November 30, 1999
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Mapping future climate space

by brettcherry in Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience Blog

By mapping climate suitability for plant species researchers are able to understand how climate change can affect biodiversity or determine suitable climates in the future for different plants. ... Read more »

  • November 30, 1999
  • 12:00 AM

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
  • 12:00 AM

Evidence that financial analysis is biased

by Adriana Wilner in Academic Radar

According to a recent study, investment analysts in US were less optimistic in their recommendations after the banks they work for were sanctioned. However, clients did not gain anything with that change.... Read more »

  • November 30, 1999
  • 12:00 AM

Drinking is Healthy

by Anton Power in BioMed Weekly

Response to absurd assertion that alcoholic beverages are simply vices.... Read more »

Frozza, R., Bernardi, A., Hoppe, J., Meneghetti, A., Matté, A., Battastini, A., Pohlmann, A., Guterres, S., & Salbego, C. (2013) Neuroprotective Effects of Resveratrol Against Aβ Administration in Rats are Improved by Lipid-Core Nanocapsules. Molecular Neurobiology. DOI: 10.1007/s12035-013-8401-2  

  • November 30, 1999
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Tadpoles see through their asses

by Papes in Sick Papes

A compelling example of the brain’s dynamic ballsiness (i.e., the ability of neural circuits to learn to detect unfamiliar sensory stimuli), is described in a recent exercise in sickness by the duo of Blackiston and Levin. ... Read more »

  • November 30, 1999
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by A Giffen in Antisense Science

We all know that bananas are yellow, strawberries are red and oranges are…well orange. But what about a black and white banana? Or a grayscale green bean? Well it turns out our brain still processes these images in the colour we think they should be in.Banana

In a study carried out earlier this year, neuroscientists showed there was a link between our memories, our knowledge of object colour and the way neuronal networks in the brain perceive the object when presented in black and whit........ Read more »

Bannert MM, & Bartels A. (2013) Decoding the Yellow of a Gray Banana. Current biology : CB. PMID: 24184103  

  • November 30, 1999
  • 12:00 AM

Switchgrass over corn? The argument for maintaining ecological diversity

by Jonathan Trinastic in Goodnight Earth

Switchgrass and prairie grass may produce less biofuel yield than corn, but provide a host of long-term ecological and greenhouse gas benefits that make them more desirable choices for biofuel production... Read more »

BP Werling, TL Dickson, R Isaacs, H Gainesv, C Gratton, KL Gross, H Liere, CM Malmstrom, TD Meehan, L Ruan, BA Robertson, GP Robertson, TM Schmidt, AC Schrotenboer, TK Teal, JK Wilson, DA Landis. (2014) Perennial grasslands enhance biodiversity and multiple ecosystem services in bioenergy landscapes. PNAS. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1309492111  

  • November 30, 1999
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Supercomputers, The Human Brain and the Advent of Computational Biology

by JB Sheppard in Antisense Science

Recent developments in computational neuroscience and the modelling of biological systems prompted a look at how advanced our simulations of living systems are today. ... Read more »

  • November 30, 1999
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Regenerating the aged thymus

by Caroline Hendry in the Node

The latest issue of Development includes a paper by Clare Blackburn and colleagues at the Medical Research Council Centre for Regenerative Medicine, University of Edinburgh, showing that the aged mouse thymus can be regenerated in vivo by the upregulation of a single transcription factor, FOXN1.... 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
  • 12:00 AM

Zebrafish model of early stage human ccRCC

by Joana Guedes in BHD Research Blog

Von Hippel–Lindau (VHL) disease is caused by a germline mutation in the VHL gene that leads to the development of several tumors including clear cell renal cell carcinoma (ccRCC) (Maher and Kaelin, 1997). ‘Clear cell’ tumors are characterized by large, proliferating epithelial cells with clear cytoplasm, and a reduced number of cilia. VHL inactivation leads to the stabilization of hypoxia inducible factors 1a and 2a (HIF1a and HIF2a) that leads to up-regulation of genes involve........ Read more »

  • November 30, 1999
  • 12:00 AM

Highlights from the RLDC 2016 Cincinnati Conference

by Joana Guedes in BHD Research Blog

As mentioned in last week’s blog, the International Rare Lung Diseases Research Conference (RLDC) was held in Cincinnati, USA, 22nd-25th September. Clinicians, scientists, patient organizations, patients and families were brought together to discuss research and clinical trials in rare lung disease and to promote dialogue between the research community and patients.... Read more »

McCormack FX, Inoue Y, Moss J, Singer LG, Strange C, Nakata K, Barker AF, Chapman JT, Brantly ML, Stocks JM, Brown KK, Lynch JP 3rd, Goldberg HJ, Young LR, Kinder BW, Downey GP, Sullivan EJ, Colby TV, McKay RT, Cohen MM, Korbee L, Taveira-DaSilva AM, Lee . (2011) Efficacy and Safety of Sirolimus in Lymphangioleiomyomatosis. New England Journal of Medicine, 365(3), 271-272. DOI: 10.1056/NEJMc1106358  

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