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At home with Fred’s House

A triumphant homecoming gig for Cambridge band Fred’s House saw a heaving Junction2 rocking to the rafters to the bands confident and big, big sound. The band old favourites at Strawberry Fair, Lodestar Festival and countless pubs and clubs in the region came home for the last steps of their Shut Up and Dance tour, delighting an enthusiastic crowd that was on its feet from the first beat with classics from their first, rootsy and folky album “Bonnie and Clyde” and introducing a...

 
Chemical safety updates: Daniel Powell charges dropped, David Snyder ordered to pay restitution
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From C&EN's Jyllian Kemsley, a couple of items of interest. First, the story of Daniel Powell, the Colorado teacher charged with assault after injuring a student during a methanol/flame demonstration. The charges have been dropped: Last fall, a Denver teacher, Daniel Powell, was charged with four counts of misdemeanor assault after a classroom fire seriously burned a student. Powell had lit a small pool of methanol to demonstrate its flame properties, then tried to add more methano...

 
Food service, yes. Door-to-door, no.
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From The Atlantic, a rather horrifying story by Darlene Cunha:...Over a cup of coffee, she introduced herself as Tysharia Young and tried to do what she’d come to do: sell me overpriced magazine subscriptions. It was not the first time someone had knocked on my door for this purpose, and I was sure it wouldn’t be the last. Gainesville has had such issues with magazine sellers that our local police department recently issued a public warning. Young came armed with an official cer...

 
Moon and Jupiter Rendezvous This Weekend: How to See Them

The terminator — the line separating the light half of the moon (on the right) from the dark half — will appear perfectly straight, and Jupiter will be about 9 degrees above and to the left of the moon's left. These days, Jupiter first comes into view high in the southwest during the early stages of twilight and sets at around 2:45 a.m. local daylight time. In a telescope, Jupiter is a prime attraction, best observed during early evening when it's still high and its image reasonably...

 
[RNA Imaging] Multiplexed RNA imaging in single cells

The basis of cellular function is where and when proteins are expressed and in what quantities. Single-molecule fluorescence in situ hybridization (smFISH) experiments quantify the – [Read More]...

 
This Country Is the Happiest in the World, United Nations Finds

The happiest country in the world isn't in the tropics, as you might expect, but is known for its snow-covered peaks and delicious chocolate: Switzerland took the top spot in the 2015 World Happiness Report, a United Nations ranking of 158 countries. The U.N. happiness report, published every year since 2012, shows that happiness and well-being are critical indicators of a country's economic and social development, according to a statement from the United Nations. What's more, the 2015 report, r...

 
[Isotope Geochemistry] What controls clumped isotopes?

Stable isotopes of a molecule can clump together in several combinations, depending on their mass. Even for simple molecules such as O2, which can contain 16O, – [Read More]...

 
Diabetes drug found in freshwater is a potential cause of intersex fish

A medication commonly taken for Type II diabetes, which is being found in freshwater systems worldwide, has been shown to cause intersex in fish – male fish that produce eggs. The medication is found to be widespread in freshwater....

 
Daily Pump Trap: 4/23/15 edition
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A few of the recent positions posted on C&EN Jobs:Santa Fe, NM: This "Director of Global Scientific Support" position at OpenEye is very interesting - it's like a combination of computational chemist and customer service. Ph.D., 3 years with customer-facing work desired.Santa Rosa, CA: Thermochem is looking for a B.S. chemist to do HPLC and IC work.Bakersville, NC: Unimin is a mining company (not unknown around here); they're looking for a B.S. chemist to be a research scientist, 5+ years ex...

 
World's first genetic modification of human embryos reported: Experts consider ethics

Chinese scientists say they've genetically modified human embryos for the very first time. The team attempted to modify the gene responsible for beta-thalassaemia, a potentially fatal blood disorder, using a gene-editing technique known as CRISPR/Cas9. Gene editing is a recently developed type of genetic engineering in which DNA is inserted, replaced, or removed. Here, experts weigh-in with ethical questions and considerations....

 
Why Nepal is so vulnerable to quakes

The Magnitude 7.8 Nepal earthquake has occurred in what is one of the most seismically active regions in the world....

 
[Ribosome] Force to unblock a clogged ribosome

The synthesis of proteins from mRNA by the ribosome is highly regulated. But newly synthesized protein chains can still block the ribosome exit tunnel and slow protein synthesis. Goldman – [Read More]...

 
[Applied Optics] A stretch to change color

The reflection of white light from structured surfaces often results in a spectacular display of color as the white light is split into its different wavelengths through diffraction. – [Read More]...

 
Mysterious X-37B Military Space Plane to Fly Again Next Month

The United States Air Force's X-37B space plane will launch on its fourth mystery mission next month. The unmanned X-37B space plane, which looks like a miniature version of NASA's now-retired space shuttle orbiter, is scheduled to blast off atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on May 20....

 
Book Review: Birth of a Theorem

Books and recommendations from Scientific American -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com...

 
Book Review: <i>The Nurture Effect</i>

Books and recommendations from Scientific American MIND -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com...

 
Discovery may open door for treating fragile X carriers

Fragile X syndrome, an inherited cause of autism and intellectual disability, can have consequences even for carriers of the disorder who don't have full-blown symptoms....

 
Eagle versus porcupine: Camera snaps a painful face-off

Study suggests such interactions may not be as rare as thought...

 
Changing the signals on Britain's railways

Is there about to be a cure to 'signal failure'?...

 
[Cellular Biomechanics] The mechanics of cellular left and right

Cells need to know their own left and right in order to coordinate with neighboring cells in collective movement or embryonic development. To do so, each cell has to establish left/right – [Read More]...

 
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