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Tribute To A Numerical Inorganic Icon: Kenneth Wade

University of Durham chemistry professor Kenneth Wade, famously known for the borane electron-counting rule that bears his name, passed away on March 16 at age 81. Chemists at the University of Nottingham, led by big-haired chemistry professor Martyn Poliakoff, have prepared a lovely video tribute to Professor Wade as part of their Periodic Table of Video series. Chemists use electron-counting rules to determine bonding patterns in different classes of compounds, such as the familiar octet...

 
[Ecology] It's All in the Timing

Phenology is the timing of biological events, such as the time of year when flowers bloom. Because phenology is dependent on environmental cues, including temperature, how it is affected – [Read More]...

 
In a cloning first, scientists create stem cells from adults

By Sharon Begley NEW YORK (Reuters) - Scientists have moved a step closer to the goal of creating stem cells perfectly matched to a patient's DNA in order to treat diseases, they announced on Thursday, creating patient-specific cell lines out of the skin cells of two adult men. The advance, described online in the journal Cell Stem Cell, is the first time researchers have achieved "therapeutic cloning" of adults. Technically called somatic-cell nuclear transfer, therapeutic cloning means produci...

 
Taking a student loan in graduate school? The government is making money from you
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Jordan Weissman at Slate has the details: ...At the same time, the government will lose a small amount of money on direct loans to undergraduates, which make up more than half of its lending operation. While the Department of Education makes a profit on unsubsidized Stafford loans to college goers, it takes a hit on subsidized Staffords that go to low- and middle-income undergrads. When everything shakes out, the programs combine for a 10-year, $3 billion net loss. ...Now back to...

 
What is Protomyxzoa Rheumatica?

A contact on Twitter mentioned an apparently newly discovered parasitic disease which goes by the name of Protomyxzoa Rheumatica or the “Fry bug”, named for its apparent discoverer Fry Laboratories of Scottsdale, Arizona. The discoverers have published no scientific papers about this organism as far as I can tell. Although protomyxzoa.org (registered in September 2012) says Fry has a PCR test for the pathogen and the person running the site says they were diagnosed by the labs in Feb...

 
New Ragweed Allergy Pill Clears FDA

A new oral medication to treat ragweed allergies has been approved by the Food and Drug administration, the agency announced today (April 17). The medication, called Ragwitek (a drug from Merck and Co.), is a tablet taken once a day by placing it under the tongue, where it dissolves. Patients should start taking the medication 12 weeks before ragweed season, and use it throughout the season, the FDA said. The drug is an alternative to allergy shots or medications that relieve allergy symptoms, t...

 
First potentially habitable Earth-sized planet confirmed by Gemini and Keck observatories

The first Earth-sized exoplanet orbiting within the habitable zone of another star has been confirmed by observations with both the W. M. Keck Observatory and the Gemini Observatory. The initial discovery, made by NASA's Kepler Space Telescope, is one of a handful of smaller planets found by Kepler and verified using large ground-based telescopes. It also confirms that Earth-sized planets do exist in the habitable zone of other stars....

 
Ancient life 'frozen' by space impact

Ancient grasses from the Pampas of Argentina were perfectly preserved when asteroids struck there millions of years ago, scientists report....

 
[Atmospheric Chemistry] On the Wall

Aerosols exert a major influence on air quality and the radiative properties of the atmosphere, so deciphering how they form is central to understanding pollution control and climate – [Read More]...

 
Wikipedia beats Google in helping researchers track flu season

By monitoring the number of times people look for flu information on Wikipedia, researchers may be better able to estimate the severity of a flu season, according to a new study. Researchers created a new data-analysis system that looks at visits to Wikipedia articles, and found the system was able to estimate flu levels in the United States up to two weeks sooner than the flu data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention were released. The new system examined visits to Wikipedia arti...

 
More, bigger wildfires burning western US over last 30 years

Wildfires across the western United States have been getting bigger and more frequent over the last 30 years. The total area these fires burned increased at a rate of nearly 90,000 acres a year -- an area the size of Las Vegas, according to the study. Individually, the largest wildfires grew at a rate of 350 acres a year, the new research says....

 
Fish consumption advisories for expecting mothers fail to cover all types of contaminants

Fish consumption advisories for expecting mothers are ineffective in reducing infant exposure to contaminants like persistent organic pollutants. The researchers' model estimates that women who stop eating fish shortly before or during their pregnancy may only lower their child's exposure to POPs by 10 to 15 per cent....

 
Amusing News Aliquots

Silly samplings from this week’s science news, compiled by Sophia Cai and Bethany Halford. Veggie view: MRI of broccoli. Credit: Inside Insides via OffBeat Finally, the all-important medical techniques being used to create awesome Internet posts. Observe: MRIs of fruits and vegetables. [OffBeat] How chemists help Cadbury create those crazy crème eggs and other Easter goodies. [Guardian] Bad news, nappers. Not only are you missing out on life while snoozing, you’re also going...

 
ScienceShot: Females Sport Penises in Genital-Swapped Insects

First known sex organ reversal challenges theory of sexual selection...

 
VIDEO: 'Most Earth-like planet yet' found

A planet that is close in size to the Earth and that could hold water on its surface has been identified by the Kepler telescope....

 
[] Patchy Insulation

Myelin insulates neuronal axons such that their electrical signals travel faster and more efficiently. However, not all axons are myelinated equally. Tomassy et al. – [Read More]...

 
[] How Tight?

In metazoans, sheets of epithelial cells separate different tissue spaces and control their composition. Tight junctions are cell-cell adhesion structures in these cell sheets that – [Read More]...

 
[] Sleep Tight, Fly

Shortly after eclosion, young flies sleep a lot and are resistant to being woken. Several days later, the same flies sleep less and are more easily woken. Kayser et al. – [Read More]...

 
[Immunology] Dead But Not Dangerous

How the innate immune system senses and responds to dead cells and how non-infectious inflammatory responses are controlled remain unclear. Neumann et al. identified an inhibitory – [Read More]...

 
Female Insect Uses Spiky Penis to Take Charge

A cave insect's marathon sex sessions extract nourishment along with sperm from a reluctant male -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com...

 
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