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Activating genes on demand: Possible?

A new approach can help uncover how tandem gene circuits dictate life processes, such as the healthy development of tissue or the triggering of a particular disease, and can also be used for directing precision stem cell differentiation for regenerative medicine and growing organ transplants, scientists say.

Judy Garland (4) vs. Al Sharpton; Derrida advances

WB calls yesterday‘s contest in the comments: Among French intellectuals, I’d rather hear from a corpse than an active public figure. My vote goes to Derrida. And, today, the woman who defined Hollywood stardom, up against a religious leader who dabbles in slander. Show More Summary

Mars Exploration Rovers Update: Opportunity Discovers New Rock Type, Updates Flight Software

From the discovery of a new rock type to a successful flight software upload that should enable the robot field geologist to regain her long-term, flash memory, Opportunity and her team delivered what turned out to be a hugely productive and memorable 133rd month on the Red Planet.

A second chance at a PhD in physics

At each step on the path to a physics PhD, the percentage of students from underrepresented groups drops. The APS Bridge Program aims to fix that. Carlos Perez, a physics graduate student at the University of South Florida, can tell you all about his research studying exotic materials that could be key to developing next-generation solar panels. Show More Summary

Is my penis too small, too big, or just right?

And by “my” penis I mean “your” penis, of course. This is a perennial question. For some reason, which I do not understand, the feminist perspective (note: I’m a feminist) is often to belittle the question, but really, that isn’t fair. It is not that difficult to imagine how anyone would come to a question…

No Ben Carson, Homosexuality Is Not a Choice

A presidential hopeful (and a doctor) gets the science all wrong—and makes things worse when he tries to explain himself

Why the Circus Is Saying Goodbye to Elephants

The social nature of elephants makes captivity for them a "living death"

Caveman blogging legal

You might think this referred to me: ‘Caveman’ blogger vindicated in free-speech fight A North Carolina blogger who writes about nutrition said Friday he feels vindicated in his long-running free speech fight with a state agency over his online posts. Steve Cooksey sued the North Carolina Board of Dietetics/Nutrition three years ago after it tried to censor [...]

National Gallery of Australia to return statue to India

BREAKING > The Kushan Buddha Goes Home: Nancy Wiener and National Gallery of Australia Will Return Buddha to India— Chasing Aphrodite (@ChasingAphrodit) March 5, 2015 The National Gallery of Australia will be returning one of its statues to Australia. Show More Summary

A Manifesto for Heritage in the UK

The Heritage Alliance has produced a manifesto in case some of the political parties need some ideas relating to heritage.The text can be found here.

Men or Women? No Surprise Which Gender is More Narcissistic

18 hours agoAcademics / Psychology : PsyBlog

The gender which is more narcissistic and more likely to exploit others. » Continue reading: Men or Women? No Surprise Which Gender is More Narcissistic » Read, the new site from PsyBlog's author Related articles: Are...Show More Summary

Heritage on the Agenda for the Election

closing answers from @edvaizey @jbonham_carter @ChrisBryantMP @Ben_CowellNT #heritageday— David Gill (@davidwjgill) December 4, 2014 It is important to remember that three political parties (Conservative, LibDem, Labour) were represented on the pre-election 'hustings' at the December 2014 AGM for the Heritage Alliance. Show More Summary

Single site on Mars advanced for 2016 NASA lander

NASA's next mission to Mars, scheduled to launch one year from today to examine the Red Planet's deep interior and investigate how rocky planets like Earth evolved, now has one specific site under evaluation as the best place to land and deploy its science instruments.

Turning a vole into a mighty rodent

Take a wild, common forest-dwelling mouse-like rodent, known as a vole, and subject it to 13 rounds of selection for increased aerobic exercise metabolism, and what do you get? A mighty 'mouse' with a 48 percent higher peak rate of oxygen consumption and an increased basal metabolic rate, compared to unselected controls. Show More Summary

New use for Botox: helping children with facial paralysis feel better about their smiles

Injecting botulinum toxin A (known commercially as Botox) appears to be a safe procedure to improve smiles by restoring lip symmetry in children with facial paralysis, a condition they can be born with or acquire because of trauma or tumor, according to a report in JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery. read more

Significant facial variation in pre-Columbian South America

A team of anthropology researchers has found significant differences in facial features between all seven pre-Columbian peoples they evaluated from what is now Peru -- disproving a longstanding perception that these groups were physically homogenous. Show More Summary

Exposure to endocrine disruptors while pregnant affects brain two generations later

Prenatal exposure to low doses of the environmental contaminants polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, change the developing brain in an area involved in metabolism, and some effects are apparent even two generations later, a new study finds. Show More Summary

Einstein put to the test: Satellite mission on dark energy and theory of gravitation

Physicists have gained new insights into dark energy and the theory of gravitation by analyzing data from the "Planck" satellite mission of the European Space Agency (ESA). Their results demonstrate that the standard model of cosmology remains an excellent description of the universe. Show More Summary

Human brains age less than previously thought

Older brains may be more similar to younger brains than previously thought. In a new paper published in Human Brain Mapping, BBSRC-funded researchers at the University of Cambridge and Medical Research Council's Cognition and Brain Sciences...Show More Summary

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