More than 54,000 people went to HealthCare.gov after watching President Obama spar with Zach Galifianakis last week; I went to the Between Two Ferns homepage and binge-watched the series’ other twenty episodes. I also read as many reviews of Obama’s… Continue reading ?
3D model of the Roman bridge of Segura, on the border between Spain and Portugal. Credit: Grupo de Geotecnologías Aplicadas (UVigo) D scovering hidden arches, visualising the sloped outline characteristic of the medieval period, finding...Show More Summary
AJHG doi:10.1016/j.ajhg.2014.02.009 Genetic Origins of Lactase Persistence and the Spread of Pastoralism in Africa Alessia Ranciaro et al. In humans, the ability to digest lactose, the sugar in milk, declines after weaning because of decreasing levels of the enzyme lactase-phlorizin hydrolase, encoded by LCT. Show More Summary
Do you ever become trapped in an overanalyzing rut? I tend to think a lot in general, but sometimes, I find myself looking at a subject way too closely and way too much, and the ruminating takes on a life of its own. (It might even revolve around an abstract concept as opposed to an […]
That is a new paper by Susan F. Lu & Huaxia Rui, here is the abstract: Despite heated debate about the pros and cons of online physician ratings, very little systematic work examines the correlation between physicians’ online ratings and their actual medical performance. Using patients’ ratings of physicians at RateMDs website and the Florida […]
Vinyl is back! And in a big way. Vinyl Recorder, a small company based in Germany, has created a machine that carves MP3s into vinyl, thereby marrying audio's future with its past. After setting up the machine and learning its ropes, you can transfer any MP3 in your possession onto your own personal mix-tape-on-vinyl. But [...]
The nymphs of feather-legged assassin bugs are the only predators known that encourage their prey to physically attack them first
For a plant to create reproductive cells, it must first erase a series of tags attached to DNA across the genome that distinguish active and inactive genes. But the marks also keep a host of damaging 'jumping genes' inactive. As the cell wipes away the marks, it activates transposons, which can cause genetic damage. Show More Summary
Unique aspects of iron cycling in the Southern Ocean which will better inform scientists about the effects of climate change, research demonstrates. An international team of researchers analyzed the available data taken from all previous...Show More Summary
The first discovery of an alligatorid (Crocodylia, Alligatoroidea, Alligatoridae) in the Eocene of ChinaAuthors:Skutschas et alAbstract:The Chinese alligator (Alligator sinensis) of the Yangtze area of China is the only living alligatorid in Asia (Wermuth and Mertens, 1961; Pough et al., 2004; Jiang, 2010; Thorbjarnarson and Wang, 2010; Fig. Show More Summary
To make sure that flying pollinators come to flowers to pick up pollen, plants evolved special organs, the nectaries, to attract the animals. Scientists have now identified the sugar transporter that plays a key role in plants' nectar production. Show More Summary
“The essential virtue of category theory is as a discipline for making definitions, and making definitions is the programmer’s main task in life.” From Computational Category Theory
A previously unrecognized gene variation that makes humans have healthier blood lipid levels and reduced risk of heart attacks has been found by researchers. But even more significant is how they found the gene, which had been hiding in plain sight. Show More Summary
The last remaining stable portion of the Greenland ice sheet is stable no more, an international team of scientists has discovered. The finding will likely boost estimates of expected global sea level rise in the future. The new result...Show More Summary
Dust in the air in North Africa and West Asia absorbs sunlight west of India, warming the air and strengthening the winds carrying moisture eastward, raining down in India about a week later. The results of this new study explain one way that dust can affect the climate, filling in previously unknown details about Earth's system.
Married women are 28% less likely to die from heart disease than unmarried women, a new study has found. This is despite the fact that marriage makes no difference to women's chances of developing heart disease in the first place. The...Show More Summary
Pangolins, insect-eating mammals that live in tropical parts of Africa and Asia, are under threat from a growing inter-continental illegal trade in the animals and their scales, according to a new report. While poaching of large animals...Show More Summary
From the Stanford Report, March 17, 2014 (h/t to Dr. Leif Svalgaard) video follows New evidence from space supports Stanford physicist’s theory of how universe began The detection of gravitational waves by the BICEP2 experiment at the South Pole supports … Continue reading ?
At least five new experimental substances — based on a tiny protein found in cone snail venom — could someday lead to the development of safe and effective oral medications for the treatment of chronic nerve pain, researchers have reported. They say the substances could potentially be stronger than morphine, with fewer side effects and lower risk of abuse.
Selfish Gene Cafe. For the pointer I thank Michelle Dawson, citing David Dobbs.