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Daniel Levitin on Oliver Sacks and the John Lennon Suite

Oliver Sacks inspired and motivated a generation of neurologists, neuroscientists, and psychologists. Here are some of their reflections on the man. The post Daniel Levitin on Oliver Sacks and the John Lennon Suite appeared first on WIRED.

Pentecopterus: a Giant Darriwilian Ordovician Sea Scorpion From 10 Million Years Earlier Than Expected

You don't name a sea creature after an ancient Greek warship unless it's built like a predator.That's certainly true of the recently discovered Pentecopterus, a giant sea scorpion with the sleek features of a penteconter, one of the first Greek galley ships. Show More Summary

Magnetic Putty is Easy to Make and Fun to Play With

Year’s ago, Becky Stern did a post about the wonders of “super paramagnetic silicone putty.” It was a commercial product and I assumed it was beyond the ability of the average nerd to make at home. Wrong. It couldn’t be easier. ThisShow More Summary

Big differences in U.S. healthcare costs for fixing back pain

How much does spinal fusion surgery cost? The answer depends on what part of the country you live in, reports a study. The researchers analyzed 2012 Medicare data on the costs of two common types of spinal fusion surgery: anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF) and posterior lumbar fusion (PLF). Show More Summary

Saving oysters by digging up their past

Restoring oyster reefs is not an easy task, but by digging deep and examining centuries-old reefs, marine restoration professionals may stand a better chance at bringing oysters back, suggests a new study.

Scientist solves 20-year-old cave diving mystery

Scientists have solved a decades-old geological mystery into what caused the death of a Florida cave diver.

How many manufacturing jobs pay less than $15 an hour?

In Mississippi, 7.3% of all workers in the state are manufacturing workers who make less than $15 an hour. Losing many of these jobs would have a serious negative impact on the state. Because of its sample size, the CPS is of more limited use for small geographies. However, there is a relatively large number […]

Simply turn off a virus: Scientists develop new method for detailed investigation of functional RNA elements

A new method has been developed for studying the function of ribonucleic acid (RNA) that provides more detailed results, is more cost-effective, as well as easier to work with than previous methods. So-called functional RNA is important for almost all cells and cellular processes, for example, by binding proteins or performing catalytic processes.

DNA division can slow to a halt

A key mystery of the DNA replication process has been unraveled by researchers, resolving a long-standing mystery that has clouded our understanding of DNA replication, and also has important implications for all domains of life.

Lupus: A disease with many faces

Lupus is an autoimmune disease with so many different symptoms that it is often difficult to diagnose and to treat. Despite huge medical advances over the last few years, lupus is incurable. Modern, individually tailored therapeutic approaches are aimed at helping sufferers.

Inntags: New tools for innocuous protein tagging

A new method for protein tagging has been revealed that preserves protein native functions and structure. The study proposes the use of two plant protein epitopes, named inntags, as the most innocuous and stable tagging tools in the study of physical and functional interactions of proteins.

Scientists reveal New Zealand's prehistoric wildlife sanctuaries

Prehistoric 'sanctuary' regions where New Zealand seabirds survived early human hunting have been documented by scientists. The researchers reconstructed the population histories for prehistoric New Zealand shags using DNA analysis and radiocarbon dating with computer modelling.

001/366: New Camera, Photo Blogging, Regal Dog

Today, I officially stopped being department chair, and started my sabbatical leave. I also acquired a new toy: My old DSLR camera, a Canon Rebel XSi that I got mumble years ago, has been very good for over 20,000 pictures, but a few things about it were getting kind of flaky– it’s been bad at…

PBS Shoot Fun

20 hours agoAcademics / Physics : Asymptotia

More adventures in communicating the awesomeness of physics! Yesterday I spent a gruelling seven hours in the sun talking about the development of various ideas in physics over the centuries for a new show (to air next year) on PBS. Interestingly, we did all of this at a spot that, in less dry times, would have been underwater. Show More Summary

Combined results find Higgs still standard

The CMS and ATLAS experiments combined forces to more precisely measure properties of the Higgs boson. The ATLAS and CMS experiments on the Large Hadron Collider were designed to be partners in discovery. In 2012, both experiments reported...Show More Summary

Genetic cause of unknown disease uncovered

The genetic cause of a previously undescribed disease has been discovered by researchers. With this, they have solved an over ten year old medical conundrum. Using modern high-tech methods, followed by thorough clinical, biochemical and molecular biological investigations, the researchers found the causative mutation and characterized the disease which is given the name RCDP5.

UWA and @PsychScience look the other way on Lewandowsky’s use of minors without consent in his “moon landing hoax” paper

Psychologist Dr. Jose Duarte writes: The Lewandowsky, Gignac, and Oberauer paper in PLOS ONE has been substantially corrected. I had alerted the journal last fall that there were serious errors in the paper, including the presence of a 32,757-year-old in the data, along with a 5-year-old and six other minors. The paleoparticipant in particular had…

Continental break-up set the stage for life in Earth’s mantle

The first evidence that ancient microbes colonised subsea mantle rock hints at how life might have emerged on Earth – and even other worlds

Water heals a bioplastic

A drop of water self-heals a multiphase polymer derived from the genetic code of squid ring teeth, which may someday extend the life of medical implants, fiber-optic cables and other hard to repair in place objects, according to an international team of researchers.

Can marijuanna help transplant patients? New research says maybe

Here's another discovery to bolster the case for medical marijuana: new research in mice suggests that THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, may delay the rejection of incompatible organs.

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