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Obsessive-Compulsive Mice Cured via Bone Marrow Transplant | 80beats

mouseObsessive-compulsive mice, which were once pulling their hair out from too much grooming, are now sitting pretty. Their cure? A bone marrow transplant. In a study published today in Cell, scientists show an unsuspected link between a psychological disorder and…

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Scientist Smackdown: Did “Ardi” Change the Story of Human Evolution? | 80beats

ArdiThe bones of our ancestors do not speak across time with ultimate clarity. The fossils with which scientists reconstruct our family tree are often fragments that offer hints and clues to where we came from. So it comes as no…

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Teen’s Winning Science Fair Project Could Turn Tire Dumps Into Power Stations | Discoblog

tiresWhen other Albertans saw landfill fodder, 17-year-old Kyle Schole saw electricity. His project, “Microbial Degredation of Vehicle Tires,” which uses a strain of bacteria to harness energy from decomposing rubber tires, hasn’t yet hit the journal circuit. But it has…

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A Snail on Meth Remembers When You’ve Wronged It | 80beats

SnailsPoke a snail with a stick and it remembers for a day. Poke a snail with a stick after you’ve given it methamphetamine and it remembers for much longer.
Getting gastropods hooked on meth perhaps sounds cruel, but Barbara Sorg…

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Are We Hardwired to Kill? | The Intersection

This is a guest post from Vanessa Woods, author of the new book, Bonobo Handshake. Vanessa is a Research Scientist in Evolutionary Anthropology at Duke University and studies the cognition of chimpanzees and bonobos in Congo. We like to think…

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Amateur astronomer spies on spy satellites | Bad Astronomy

Ralf Vandebergh, an astronomer in The Netherlands, has sent me many of his outstanding images of space vehicles in the past. But he just sent one to me that I have to admit, rather shocked me: an image of a…

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The development of fairness – egalitarian children grow into meritocratic teens | Not Exactly Rocket Science

Children_fairnessTwo children, Anne and Carla, have worked together to make a cake and they have to split it between them. Anne says that she’s the bigger cake aficionado and deserves the lion’s share. But Carla demands the bigger slice since…

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Followup: Scramjet test a success | Bad Astronomy

airforce_scramjetABC news is reporting that the Air Force tested the X-51A scramjet yesterday, and that it successfully fired for 200 seconds, blowing away — literally — the previous record of 12 seconds.
Very cool. So screw getting your own jet…

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Doing evolution’s sums | Gene Expression

PLoS Biology has a review of Elements of Evolutionary Genetics up, Evolution Is a Quantitative Science:

But why has evolutionary genetics stood apart from biology’s resolutely qualitative, rather than quantitative, tradition? Most remarkably, while biomechanics employs the laws of physics,…

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NCBI ROFL: Origins of magic: review of genetic and epigenetic effects. | Discoblog

potterbookIt’s BMJ week (again) on NCBI ROFL! After the success of our first BMJ week, we decided to devote another week to fun articles from holiday issues of the British Medical Journal. Enjoy!
“Objective: To assess the evidence for a…

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Genetically Engineered Bugs Can Smell Blue Light | Discoblog

blue-bananaDo I smell a banana? Nope. It’s a blue light I’m smelling.
Fruit fly larvae made this mistake while participating in a study recently published in Frontiers in Neuroscience Behavior. By adding a light-sensitive protein to certain smell receptors in…

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“Top Kill” Effort to Staunch the Gulf Oil Flow Seems to Be Working | 80beats

100526-G-7444G-016After nearly forty days of wandering in the wilderness of failure and frustration, is this the time that BP finally closes off its oil leak?
There’s a glimmer of optimism in the Gulf of Mexico right now, as the “top…

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Happy News: Indonesia Won’t Slash-and-Burn Forests for Next 2 Years | 80beats

IndonesiaForestIndonesia, because it’s an archipelago, might not look like it has a lot of land area. But it’s home to the third largest forest area of any country, and has half the tropical peatlands in the entire world. These forested…

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UVA Fights Back Against Cuccinelli | The Intersection

While I don’t have anything to link to yet, I’ve learned that the University of Virginia has responded in court to Ken Cuccinelli’s abusive legal move, opposing his discovery attempt on academic freedom grounds. Bravo! I hope to update this…

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Punked! Slate’s Doctored Photos Mess With Readers’ Memories | Discoblog

clinton“How will we remember the 2000s? What were the high and low points? Who were the heroes and villains?” William Saletan asked in a Slate article last week.
Do you remember when Senator Joe Lieberman voted to convict President Clinton…

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3QD Science Blogging Prize | Cosmic Variance

6a00d8341c562c53ef01348177d943970c-800wi3 Quarks Daily has embarked on an annual hunt for the best blog posts in four areas: science, politics, philosophy, and arts & literature. Nominations have now opened for this year’s science prize; you have until May 31 to suggest…

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The new arithmetic endorsed by the Texas Board of Education | Bad Astronomy

Actually, upon further thought, I think this must be the Texas BoE candidate entrance exam.

Tip o’ the Susquehanna Hat to Fark.


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Two skeptics meetings in Europe this fall (and one in the US) | Bad Astronomy

If you happen to find yourself in The Old World this autumn, then you may want to attend one or both of these conferences…
1) TAM London 2010 will be October 16 – 17 in (duh) London. The speakers list…

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We Did the Math: BP Oil Spill Is Now Worse Than the Exxon Valdez | 80beats

ExxonValdezThe U.S. Coast Guard is saying today that the “top kill” procedure looks like it’s having success at stemming BP’s oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico. We hope they’re right.
In the meantime, you can now say that the…

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