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  • May 27, 2015
  • 03:52 PM
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Expanding the code of life with new ‘letters’

by Dr. Jekyll in Lunatic Laboratories

The DNA encoding all life on Earth is made of four building blocks called nucleotides, commonly known as “letters,” that line up in pairs and twist into a double helix. Now, two groups of scientists are reporting for the first time that two new nucleotides can do the same thing — raising the possibility that entirely new proteins could be created for medical uses.... Read more »

Georgiadis, M., Singh, I., Kellett, W., Hoshika, S., Benner, S., & Richards, N. (2015) Structural Basis for a Six Nucleotide Genetic Alphabet. Journal of the American Chemical Society, 2147483647. DOI: 10.1021/jacs.5b03482  

Zhang, L., Yang, Z., Sefah, K., Bradley, K., Hoshika, S., Kim, M., Kim, H., Zhu, G., Jiménez, E., Cansiz, S.... (2015) Evolution of Functional Six-Nucleotide DNA. Journal of the American Chemical Society. DOI: 10.1021/jacs.5b02251  

  • May 27, 2015
  • 03:13 PM
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On dialects, similects, and the -lishes

by Ray Carey in ELFA project

One of the major lines of English as a lingua franca (ELF) research is how to describe the features of English in interaction between second-language users. With the multitude of accents and variable usage of English you find in the world today, the most obvious quality of ELF talk is its diversity (some say it’s […]... Read more »

Mauranen, Anna. (2012) Exploring ELF: Academic English shaped by non-native speakers. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. info:/

  • May 27, 2015
  • 01:25 PM
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Human Evolution and the Stone Tool "Problem"

by Andrew White in AndyWhiteAnthropology

The recent announcement of the discovery in stone tools in Kenya dating to 3.3 million years ago (MYA) has been greeted with a lot of fanfare.  I first heard the story at some point earlier in the academic year, and I know there was a lot of buzz about it at the SAAs and Paleoanthropology meetings in San Francisco in April.  The publication of a formal paper in Nature last week (“3.3-Million-Year-Old Stone [...] ... Read more »

Harmand S, Lewis JE, Feibel CS, Lepre CJ, Prat S, Lenoble A, Boës X, Quinn RL, Brenet M, Arroyo A.... (2015) 3.3-million-year-old stone tools from Lomekwi 3, West Turkana, Kenya. Nature, 521(7552), 310-5. PMID: 25993961  

  • May 27, 2015
  • 10:37 AM
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Evidence of Violence from a Late Black Death Cemetery

by Katy Meyers Emery in Bones Don't Lie

When we study history, we tend to focus on the big events. This is especially true for medieval England where history is defined by wars, plagues, famines, and major changes […]... Read more »

  • May 27, 2015
  • 09:40 AM
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Video Tip of the Week: PANDA (Pathway AND Annotation) Explorer for lists of genes

by Mary in OpenHelix

This week’s Video Tip of the Week demonstrates PANDA, a tool for generating and examining annotations that are available for a list of genes, and evaluating them in the context of pathways. Two great tastes that taste great together, you know? So have a look at how PANDA can help you and your team to […]... Read more »

  • May 27, 2015
  • 08:50 AM
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Back in black: record efficiency for black-silicon solar cell

by Jonathan Trinastic in Goodnight Earth

Crystalline silicon solar cells are reaching their efficiency limit and manufacturing costs. But a new method to create black-silicon solar cells, potentially cheaper, has led to a record 22.1% efficiency. Learn about the physics behind the record here!... Read more »

Savin H, Repo P, von Gastrow G, Ortega P, Calle E, Garín M, & Alcubilla R. (2015) Black silicon solar cells with interdigitated back-contacts achieve 22.1% efficiency. Nature nanotechnology. PMID: 25984832  

  • May 27, 2015
  • 08:30 AM
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Where Do People Get Information About Dog Training?

by CAPB in Companion Animal Psychology Blog

Can people be blamed for dog training mistakes when there is so much erroneous information out there?Recently I saw a man walking a German Shepherd. Even from a distance it was clear the dog was nervous: his posture was low to the ground and the way he was walking made me wonder what kind of equipment he was on. As I waited at the traffic lights, I got a chance to see: a prong collar, tight, positioned high on his neck.There are easy alternatives, the simplest being a no-pull harness. I began to........ Read more »

Branson, N., Cobb, M., & McGreevy, P. (2009) Australian Working Dog Survey Report. Australian Animal Welfare Strategy. info:/

Deldalle, S., & Gaunet, F. (2014) Effects of two training methods on stress-related behaviors of the dog. Journal of Veterinary Behavior, 9(2), 58-65. info:/http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jveb.2013.11.004

  • May 27, 2015
  • 08:00 AM
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Hermit Houses And Fiddler Claws

by Mark Lasbury in As Many Exceptions As Rules

Fiddler crabs are an evolutionary marvel. Their major claw is huge, it plays a role in mate selection, but not just in the way you’d think.
Some species are right-clawed and some can have the major claw on either side, but if they lose one and grow it back, the major claw might switch sides! The new major claw isn’t as good for fighting, so he fakes being strong and tries to win without fighting.
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Backwell, P., Matsumasa, M., Double, M., Roberts, A., Murai, M., Keogh, J., & Jennions, M. (2007) What are the consequences of being left-clawed in a predominantly right-clawed fiddler crab?. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 274(1626), 2723-2729. DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2007.0666  

  • May 27, 2015
  • 07:58 AM
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What To Do About A Slow Peer Reviewer?

by Neuroskeptic in Neuroskeptic_Discover

An amusing editorial in the neuroscience journal Cortex discusses the excuses scientists use to explain why they didn't submit their peer reviews on time:
Following our nagging for late reviews, we learned that one reviewer had to take their cat to the vet, another was busy buying Christmas presents, one was planning their holidays, an unfortunate one had their office broken into [...] others agreed to review whereas indeed they really intended to withdraw, or were just too busy to reply.

Th... Read more »

  • May 27, 2015
  • 07:02 AM
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The NoMoPhobia Scale (NMP-Q): What  happens when you are without your smartphone

by Rita Handrich in The Jury Room

The smartphone has changed our lives. Just last fall, we wrote about the Fear of Missing Out (FOMO) Scale. As a reminder, that post was about how smartphones allow us to obsessively check our email and social media sites to see what our friends and followers and family members are doing— out of a fear […]

Related posts:
The Fear of Missing Out (FoMO) Scale
Stop looking at your smartphone & listen to me!
More than half of your potential jurors have  smartphones now


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  • May 27, 2015
  • 06:40 AM
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Some Birth Control Pills Have Slightly Higher Risk Of Venous Thromboembolism

by Marie Benz in MedicalResearch.com

MedicalResearch.com Medical Research Interviews and News
MedicalResearch.com Interview with: Yana Vinogradova, Research Fellow Division of Primary Care School of Medicine University of Nottingham Medical Research: What is the background for this study? What are the main findings? Response: Combined oral contraceptives are an effective method of … Continue reading →
The post Some Birth Control Pills Have Slightly Higher Risk Of Venous Thromboembolism appeared first on MedicalResearch......... Read more »

MedicalResearch.com Interview with:, & Yana Vinogradova, Research Fellow. (2015) Some Birth Control Pills Have Slightly Higher Risk Of Venous Thromboembolism. MedicalResearch.com. info:/

  • May 27, 2015
  • 06:32 AM
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Soy Supplement Did Not Improve Asthma Symptoms

by Marie Benz in MedicalResearch.com

MedicalResearch.com Medical Research Interviews and News
MedicalResearch.com Interview with: Lewis J. Smith, MD Professor of Medicine and Associate Vice President for Research Northwestern University and the Feinberg School of Medicine Chicago, IL 60611 Medical Research: What is the background for this study? What are the main … Continue reading →
The post Soy Supplement Did Not Improve Asthma Symptoms appeared first on MedicalResearch.com Medical Research Interviews and News.
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MedicalResearch.com Interview with: Lewis J. Smith, MD. (2015) Soy Supplement Did Not Improve Asthma Symptoms. MedicalResearch.com. info:/

  • May 27, 2015
  • 06:23 AM
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Masters Of Magnetism: A Bio-Hacker's Story

by Raymond Vermeulen in United Academics

Magnetic superpowers are now possible by implanting a tiny magnet in your body.... Read more »

Hameed, J.; Harrison, I.; Gasson, M.N.; Warwick, K. (2010) A novel human-machine interface using subdermal magnetic implants. Cybernetic Intelligent Systems (CIS). DOI: 10.1109/UKRICIS.2010.5898141  

  • May 27, 2015
  • 06:18 AM
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New Optical Tool May Identify Patients At High Risk Of Recurrent Prostate Cancer

by Marie Benz in MedicalResearch.com

MedicalResearch.com Medical Research Interviews and News
MedicalResearch.com Interview with: Gabriel Popescu PhD Associate Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering & Bioengineering University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology Urbana, IL 61801 Medical Research: What is the background for this study? … Continue reading →
The post New Optical Tool May Identify Patients At High Risk Of Recurrent Prostate Cancer a........ Read more »

MedicalResearch.com Interview with: Gabriel Popescu PhD. (2015) New Optical Tool May Identify Patients At High Risk Of Recurrent Prostate Cancer. MedicalResearch.com. info:/

  • May 27, 2015
  • 04:07 AM
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Supply Chain vs. Supply Chain Competition

by Andreas Wieland in Supply Chain Management Research

Many theory-testing efforts in our field are made by borrowing theories from other fields (e.g., transaction cost economics or resource-based theory), adapting them to a supply chain context and deriving hypotheses that are eventually tested statistically. By doing so, we have reached a lot! But we also need our own theories. For example, several years […]... Read more »

Rice, J.B., & Hoppe, R.M. (2001) Supply Chain vs. Supply Chain: The Hype . Supply Chain Management Review, 5(5). info:other/

  • May 27, 2015
  • 03:08 AM
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Predicting the onset of schizophrenia?

by Paul Whiteley in Questioning Answers

"A lower level of inflammatory response indicated by PTX3 [pentraxin-3] might be implicated in developing schizophrenia."That was the primary conclusion reported by Natalya Weber and colleagues [1] (open-access here) who "tested preonset serum specimens from 160 US military service members who were later diagnosed with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder and 160 matched controls without psychiatric disorders."PTX-3 by the way, is a compound of some note when it comes to the concept of in........ Read more »

Weber NS, Larsen RA, Yolken RH, Cowan DN, Boivin MR, & Niebuhr DW. (2015) Predictors of the Onset of Schizophrenia in US Military Personnel. The Journal of nervous and mental disease, 203(5), 319-24. PMID: 25919381  

  • May 27, 2015
  • 12:05 AM
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2 Out of 3 Is Bad: Starter, Disability, and Poor Core Endurance

by Nicole Cattano in Sports Medicine Research (SMR): In the Lab & In the Field

A college football player was 5.3 times more likely to have an injury during a season if he was a starter, had poor core endurance, and reported more low back disability. Assessing for these things during your preseason screening can help identify at-risk individuals who may benefit from injury prevention programs.... Read more »

  • May 26, 2015
  • 08:15 PM
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Voice of China on the move

by Alexandra Grey in Language on the Move

It’s a weeknight at the Sydney Town Hall, an ornate 19th century building in the city centre. Almost everyone bustling in the entryway is of Chinese extraction, except the ushers (and me). They’re all ages, and as I pour inside … Continue reading →... Read more »

  • May 26, 2015
  • 08:07 PM
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Ultrasound Able To Reposition and Facilitate Passage Of Kidney Stones

by Marie Benz in MedicalResearch.com

MedicalResearch.com Medical Research Interviews and News
MedicalResearch.com Interview with: Dr. Michael Bailey, Ph.D. Senior Principal Engineer Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering and Adjunct Assistant Professor, Urology University of Washington Medical Research: What is the background for this study? What are the main findings? Dr. Bailey: Ultrasonic propulsion … Continue reading →
The post Ultrasound Able To Reposition and Facilitate Passage Of Kidney Stones appeared first........ Read more »

MedicalResearch.com Interview with: Dr. Michael Bailey, Ph.D., Senior Principal Engineer, Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering, and Adjunct Assistant Professor, Urology, & University of Washington. (2015) Ultrasound Able To Reposition and Facilitate Passage Of Kidney Stones. MedicalResearch.com. info:/

  • May 26, 2015
  • 06:42 PM
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More Adults Homebound Than In Nursing Homes

by Marie Benz in MedicalResearch.com

MedicalResearch.com Medical Research Interviews and News
MedicalResearch.co Interview with: Katherine Ornstein, PhD MPH Assistant Professor Brookdale Department of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine Institute for Translational Epidemiology Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai New York, NY 10029 Medical Research: What is the background for this study? … Continue reading →
The post More Adults Homebound Than In Nursing Homes appeared first on MedicalResearch.com Medical Research Int........ Read more »

MedicalResearch.co Interview with: Katherine Ornstein, PhD MPH, Assistant Professor, & Brookdale Department of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine. (2015) More Adults Homebound Than In Nursing Homes. MedicalResearch.com. info:/

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