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First detailed picture of cancer-related cell enzyme in action on chromosome unit

New insight into the function of an enzyme related to the BRCA1 breast-cancer protein has been released by researchers. The study produced the first detailed working image of an enzyme in a group that is associated with many types of cancer. The researchers obtained the first crystal structure of a gene-regulation enzyme working on a nucleosome. The image reveals previously unknown information about how the enzyme attaches to its nucleosome target....

 
Daily Pump Trap: 10/28/14 edition
Posted in Chemjobber

A few of the positions posted on the C&EN Jobs website recently:St. Louis, MO: Monsanto desires a Ph.D. chemist to perform research into microbial formulations -- sounds fascinating. (What kind of technology is this aimed at?)Silver Spring, MD: WSSC is a municipal water utility; they're looking for a laboratory QA/QC position. 61-103k for a B.S., 5+ years experience.West Springfield, MA: Cyalume is, once again, looking for a senior chemist at its facility. High turnover?Ever wonder what an i...

 
Rocket makers probe US explosion

The builders of an unmanned supply rocket which exploded on the way to the International Space Station have vowed to find the cause of the failure....

 
NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility completes initial assessment after Orbital launch mishap

The Wallops Incident Response Team completed today an initial assessment of Wallops Island, Virginia, following the catastrophic failure of Orbital Science Corp.'s Antares rocket shortly after liftoff at 6:22 p.m. EDT Tuesday, Oct. 28, from Pad 0A of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia....

 
Same votes, different voting districts would alter election results in NC: Math study bolsters call for non-partisan redistricting reform

Researchers have developed a mathematical model that shows how changes in congressional voting districts affect election outcomes. Focusing on the last election, they show the outcome of the 2012 US House of Representatives elections in North Carolina would have been very different had the state's congressional districts been drawn with only the legal requirements of redistricting in mind. The researchers hope the study will bolster calls for redistricting reform in 2016....

 
Someone really doesn't like Fazlul Sarkar
Posted in Chemjobber

For those of you following along at home, Retraction Watch has been covering the story of Wayne State professor Fazlul Sarkar. Thanks to anonymous commenters at PubPeer uncovering some obvious image manipulation issues, he's had a distinguished professor position at the University of Mississippi withdrawn. Because of this, he's subpoenaing PubPeer to make them give up the IP addresses of the commenters so that he can sue them. As laughable as that is, I note this little tidbit fro...

 
Ivory Filter Flask: 10/28/14 edition
Posted in Chemjobber

A few of the academically-related posted posted recently at C&EN Jobs:New York, NY: Columbia University is looking for an assistant professor of chemical biology. Also, a professor of organic chemistry is being sought. (Interesting addition of "non-tenured associate professor".)Durham, NC: This Duke University "therapeutic bioengineering" professorship sounds fascinating.And across the way...: UNC - Chapel Hill is looking for a M.S./Ph.D. chemist for a lab coordinator position.Urbana, I...

 
Small Wonders: 20 Winning Images Depict Life under the Microscope [Slide Show]

Nikon’s Small World photo competition celebrates its 40th anniversary -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com...

 
The Science of Death and Zombies

Forget about eating braaains—there's no coming back from the dead. But it's possible for minds to be taken over -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com...

 
Been to an Ebola-affected country? Stay away from tropical medicine meeting, Louisiana says

State's travel restrictions go beyond federal guidelines...

 
New species of frog in urban jungle

Scientists confirm that a frog found living in New York City wetlands is a new species....

 
How will future city signs look?

How jetpacks and driverless cars will change the cityscape...

 
Hurricane Sandy Spawns Storm of Climate Research

Two years later scientists are still learning from the superstorm that struck New York and New Jersey -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com...

 
Liberia’s Ebola progress real, but epidemic far from under control

An apparent decline in the rate of new cases is a dollop of good news...

 
Earthquake sensors track urban traffic, too

Equipment measures how fast trains are moving, counts the number of planes landing, and more...

 
[Immunology] Digital amplification of T cell receptor signals

The kinase PKD2 is activated in T cells of the immune system when a peptide antigen binds to and stimulates the T cell receptor (TCR). Navarro et al. found that low concentrations – [Read More]...

 
[Polymers] Blending polymers with Janus particles

Blending polymers can be difficult because most don't mix with each other. To overcome that incompatibility, a “compatibilizer” can be added, such as one with chains of the two com – [Read More]...

 
[Working Memory] Identifying the workhorse of working memory

Working memory allows us to keep behaviorally relevant information in mind over a short period of time. Liu et al. trained mice to remember a smell for a short period after – [Read More]...

 
[Advanced Imaging] From single molecules to embryos in living color

Animation defines life, and the three-dimensional (3D) imaging of dynamic biological processes occurring within living specimens is essential to understand life. However, in vivo imaging, – [Read More]...

 
[Plant Cell Division] Actin reins in plant cell division

When plant cells divide, they must make a new cell wall between the daughter cells. Microtubules of the mitotic spindle generate a structure called the phragmoplast, which helps cells – [Read More]...

 
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