After soul, rock, and disco, rap is the biggest musical change of the past 50 years.
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The House Science Committee, chaired by Lamar Smith, unveiled their new science budget last week. Read on to see what it proposes and what it means for science.... Read more »
Mervis, J., & Cho, A. (2015) House science chief unveils contentious vision for science. Science, 348(6233), 380-381. DOI: 10.1126/science.348.6233.380
Examining the business of patenting MAbs against epitopes described before and the need for caution in using MAbs against epitopes reported to be deleted in different parts of the world... Read more »
Lee N., A. Pelecanos, M. Bubb, I. Gonzalez, D. Bell, Q. Cheng, & J. S. McCarthy. (2012) Identification of Optimal Epitopes for Plasmodium falciparum Rapid Diagnostic Tests That Target Histidine-Rich Proteins 2 and 3. Journal of Clinical Microbiology, 50(4), 1397-1405. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1128/jcm.06533-11
Lee N., K. T. Andrews, M. L. Gatton, D. Bell, Q. Cheng, & J. McCarthy. (2006) Effect of Sequence Variation in Plasmodium falciparum Histidine- Rich Protein 2 on Binding of Specific Monoclonal Antibodies: Implications for Rapid Diagnostic Tests for Malaria. Journal of Clinical Microbiology, 44(8), 2773-2778. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1128/jcm.02557-05
Cheng Qin, John Barnwell, Peter Chiodini, James McCarthy, David Bell, & Jane Cunningham. (2014) Plasmodium falciparum parasites lacking histidine-rich protein 2 and 3: a review and recommendations for accurate reporting. Malaria Journal, 13(1), 283. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1475-2875-13-283
Verma Reena, M.A. Vijayalakshmi, & Krishnan Venkataraman. (2015) Novel monoclonal antibody against truncated C terminal region of Histidine Rich Protein2 (PfHRP2) and its utility for the specific diagnosis of malaria caused by Plasmodium falciparum. Experimental Parasitology, 56-66. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.exppara.2015.01.001
We are expanding, well more accurately the universe is expanding. However researchers have found certain types of supernovae, or exploding stars, are more diverse than previously thought. The results have implications for big cosmological questions, such as how fast the universe has been expanding since the Big Bang. Most importantly, the findings hint at the possibility that the acceleration of the expansion of the universe might not be quite as fast as textbooks say.... Read more »
Milne, P., Foley, R., Brown, P., & Narayan, G. (2015) THE CHANGING FRACTIONS OF TYPE IA SUPERNOVA NUV–OPTICAL SUBCLASSES WITH REDSHIFT. The Astrophysical Journal, 803(1), 20. DOI: 10.1088/0004-637X/803/1/20
The trend towards collaborative research has a downside.... Read more »
Natascha Gaster, Jorge S. Burns, Michael Gaster. (2014) Single Authors – an Exterminated Race – Increasing Numbers by Increasing Credit?,. JUnQ, 5(1). info:/
I have written about the most famous rock crystal find from the Swiss Alps, the Planggenstock Treasure and the use of rock crystal through the millennia before. We know where the Planggenstock Treasure and other recent finds were originally found. … Continue reading →... Read more »
Leitner, W. (2013) Steinzeitliche Gewinnung von Bergkristall am Riepenkar in den Tuxer Alpen (Tirol). Preistoria Alpina, 23-26. info:/
Ever hear that old saying an apple a day keeps the Doctor away? Well it might have the right idea, just the wrong person. New research investigating the relationship between eating fruit and vegetables containing pesticide residues and the quality of men’s semen has shown a link with lower sperm counts and percentages of normally-formed sperm. So for people wanting children it may be time to rethink that produce.... Read more »
Y.H. Chiu et al. (2015) Fruit and vegetable intake and their pesticide residues in relation to semen quality among men from a fertility clinic. Human Reproduction. info:/10.1093/humrep/dev064
Hagai Levine, & Shanna H. Swan. (2015) Is dietary pesticide exposure related to semen quality? Positive evidence from men attending a fertility clinic. Human Reproduction. info:/10.1093/humrep/dev065
The Munker-White Illusion: flawed expectations of brightness and shadow.... Read more »
Li, Tavantzis, and Yazdanbakhsh. (2009) Lightness of Munker-White illusion and Simultaneous-Contrast illusion: Establishing an ordinal lightness relation among minimum and split-frame presentations. Review of Psychology, 16(1), 3-8. info:/
Scientist identify 'azotosomes' - short carbon chains with a nitrogen terminus native to the atmosphere of Titan which can potentially self-assemble into bilayers in liquid methane.... Read more »
Stevenson, J., Lunine, J., & Clancy, P. (2015) Membrane alternatives in worlds without oxygen: Creation of an azotosome. Science Advances, 1(1). DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1400067
Guest post by: Lucia Lazarowski, PhD candidate. Her research is available via free promotional access in the journal Behavioural Processes until February, 2016. Hi Mia and Julie,As a long-time fan of the blog, it is an honor to be a guest contributor! I am especially excited to tell DYBID readers about this research because it was somewhat of a pet project (pun intended). I am now a PhD student at Auburn University, but this study was done while I was working at North Carolina State Univers........ Read more »
Lazarowski Lucia. (2015) A comparison of pet and purpose-bred research dog (Canis familiaris) performance on human-guided object-choice tasks. Behavioural Processes, 60-67. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.beproc.2014.09.021
Convergent cross-mapping analysis finds 'modest causal effect' of cosmic rays on global temperatures over short timescales, but rules out effect on long-term global warming.... Read more »
Tsonis, A., Deyle, E., May, R., Sugihara, G., Swanson, K., Verbeten, J., & Wang, G. (2015) Dynamical evidence for causality between galactic cosmic rays and interannual variation in global temperature. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 201420291. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1420291112
Matt Stonie recently consumed 182 slices of bacon in just 5 minutes, breaking a competitive eating record. How is this physiologically possible?... Read more »
Good news for students: New research shows that Facebook use doesn't necessarily lower university students' grades... Read more »
Junco, R. (2015) Student class standing, Facebook use, and academic performance. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 18-29. DOI: 10.1016/j.appdev.2014.11.001
Genetically-modified mice resistant to frostbite - How a glycoprotein could improve organ transplant success (and ice-cream).... Read more »
Heisig, M., Mattessich, S., Rembisz, A., Acar, A., Shapiro, M., Booth, C., Neelakanta, G., & Fikrig, E. (2015) Frostbite Protection in Mice Expressing an Antifreeze Glycoprotein. PLOS ONE, 10(2). DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0116562
https://thisscienceiscrazy.wordpress.com/2015/02/23/merging-bacteria-and-solar-technology-to-make-fuel/... Read more »
Torella JP, Gagliardi CJ, Chen JS, Bediako DK, Colón B, Way JC, Silver PA, & Nocera DG. (2015) Efficient solar-to-fuels production from a hybrid microbial-water-splitting catalyst system. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. PMID: 25675518
SUMMARY: A single-celled organism will perform a piano duet with a computer musician at Plymouth University on 1 March 2015. The public is invited. ... Read more »
Nakagaki Toshiyuki, Yamada Hiroyasu, & Tóth Ágota. (2000) Intelligence: Maze-solving by an amoeboid organism. Nature, 407(470). DOI: 10.1038/35035159
Miranda Eduardo R. , Adamatzky Andrew, & Jones Jeff . (2011) Sounds Synthesis with Slime Mould of Physarum polycephalum. Journal of Bionic Engineering, 107-113. arXiv: 1212.1203
Freelance writing is an interesting career.
“The only safe thing is to take a chance.” (Mike Nichols)
By definition Freelancing means working for yourself. A freelancer works as a writer and/or artist, and sells his or her services to different employers without any long-term contract. According to a report (Fell, 2014), nearly 34% of people working in America are freelancers. Among the top most freelancing jobs are writing, education, grap........ Read more »
Reeves, A., & Hamilton, S. (2014) Cost comparison of salaried and freelance medical writers working in Europe. Medical Writing, 23(3), 215-220. DOI: 10.1179/2047480614Z.000000000231
2015 is a bright and shiny new year for canine science! But first, this face:After being a dog-less household for eight months (you might remember we sadly farewelled Elke in 2013 and gut-wrenchingly, also old man Caleb, in the first half of 2014) we welcomed a new member to the family at the end of 2014. Those paws. Not photoshopped.If I'm honest with you, I'd been stalking PetRescue quietly for a month or so, not really sure if the time was right, but also open to being inspired to m........ Read more »
Hiby E.F., Rooney N.J., & Bradshaw J.W.S. (2004) Dog training methods: their use, effectiveness and interaction with behaviour and welfare. . Animal Welfare, 13(1), 63-70. info:other/http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/ufaw/aw/2004/00000013/00000001/art00010
Imagine the world where what we call junk food could be oil free. Researchers explored the alternatives of oil for fried food. Colour, texture and flavor of fried foods that attract our appetite depends on “the amount of oil absorbed during frying”. To achieve the similar characteristics of fried food, researchers found out that glucose could be used as “a nonfat frying medium”.
To identify the results of this new fries, researchers analysed moisture content, microscop........ Read more »
Al-Khusaibi, M., Ahmad Tarmizi, A., & Niranjan, K. (2014) On the Possibility of Nonfat Frying using Molten Glucose. Journal of Food Science. DOI: 10.1111/1750-3841.12713
Since the noticeable expansion of most of the worlds waistlines, people have come to lay the blame (amongst other things) almost squarely on fast food and ever increasing portion sizes. While the world and it’s leaders are dealing with this mysterious problem by trying to help push fast food chains in the direction of change, it might be surprising to know that according to new research, fast food portion sizes have changed little since 1996.... Read more »
Urban LE, Roberts SB, Fierstein JL, Gary CE and Lichtenstein AH. (2014) Temporal Trends in Fast-Food Restaurant Energy, Sodium, Saturated Fat and Trans Fat Content in the United States, 1996-2013. Preventing Chronic Disease . info:/http://dx.doi.org/10.5888/pcd11.140202
Urban LE, Roberts SB, Fierstein JL, Gary CE, Lichtenstein AH,. (2014) Sodium, Saturated Fat and Trans Fat Content Per 1,000 Kilocalories: Temporal Trends in Fast-Food Restaurants, United States, 2000-2013. Preventing Chronic Disease . info:/http://dx.doi.org/10.5888/pcd11.140335
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