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  • November 30, 1999
  • 12:00 AM

GPCR crystallization detergent space increased by 25%

by Peter Nollert in Emerald BioStructures Blog

The choice of detergents for GPCRs has just been increased by 25% with the introduction of MNGs - maltose neopentyl glycol amphiphiles. The agonist bound structure of the beta adrenergic receptor from crystals using this new detergent is announced in a recent paper.... Read more »

Newstead, S., Ferrandon, S., & Iwata, S. (2008) Rationalizing α-helical membrane protein crystallization. Protein Science, 17(3), 466-472. DOI: 10.1110/ps.073263108  

  • November 30, 1999
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Papermaker: An easy way to validate scientific publication.

by suji george in Research Software and Book

A well written scientific publication has high chance of getting through the peer review process. Research publication has to comply with standards concerning the document format, the use of language and the citation of prior work. Once the manuscript is written in loosely structured natural language by the researcher, the manuscript has to be validated for

1) Proper use of acronyms and their definitions.

2) Spellings

3) GO and MeSH terms

4) References

Papermaker receives a scient........ Read more »

Rebholz-Schuhmann, D., Kavaliauskas, S., & Pezik, P. (2010) PaperMaker: validation of biomedical scientific publications. Bioinformatics, 26(7), 982-984. DOI: 10.1093/bioinformatics/btq060  

  • November 30, 1999
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The Unfaithful: Who is most likely to cheat?

by Juli Breines in Psych Your Mind

Recent research suggests that certain people might be more prone to infidelity than others. ... Read more »

Fincham FD, Lambert NM, & Beach SR. (2010) Faith and unfaithfulness: can praying for your partner reduce infidelity?. Journal of personality and social psychology, 99(4), 649-59. PMID: 20718545  

Lammers, J., Stoker, J. I., Jordan, J., Pollmann, M. M. H. . (2011) Power increases infidelity among men and women. Psychological Science. info:/

  • November 30, 1999
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Using folate receptor alpha flurorescence imaging in ovarian cancer

by Sally Church in Pharma Strategy Blog

The idea behind this concept is that fluorescence technology can be used to help guide ovarian cancer surgery more effectively, since the tumors tend to be small and hard to see for surgeons performing the excision.... Read more »

van Dam, G., Themelis, G., Crane, L., Harlaar, N., Pleijhuis, R., Kelder, W., Sarantopoulos, A., de Jong, J., Arts, H., van der Zee, A.... (2011) Intraoperative tumor-specific fluorescence imaging in ovarian cancer by folate receptor-α targeting: first in-human results. Nature Medicine. DOI: 10.1038/nm.2472  

  • November 30, 1999
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2011: The Year in Drugs Deaths and data fraud

by Neurobonkers in Neurobonkers

A look at the biggest drugs news stories of the year and a statistical analysis of drugs deaths this year.... Read more »

Measham,F. Moore, K. Østergaard, J. (2011) Mephedrone, ‘‘Bubble’’ and unidentified white powders: the contested identities of synthetic ‘‘legal highs". DRUGS AND ALCOHOL TODAY, 137-146. info:/

Editorial team. (2010) The EMCDDA annual report 2010: the state of the drugs problem in Europe. The European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction, also published in Euro surveillance :European communicable disease bulletin, 15(46). PMID: 21144426  

  • November 30, 1999
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Is this journal for real?

by Neurobonkers in Neurobonkers

This year 134 suspect new journals have appeared from the abyss, all published by the same clandestine company “Scientific & Academic Publishing, USA“... Read more »

Morrison, Heather. (2012) Scholarly Communication in Crisis. Freedom for scholarship in the internet age. Simon Fraser University School of Communication. info:/

  • November 30, 1999
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Magnetism versus Materialism: Which quality is more important for star formation?

by Brooke N in Smaller Questions

What happens in an empirical test of the idea of magnetism-driven star formation, as compared to turbulence-driven star formation?... Read more »

Crutcher, R., Hakobian, N., & Troland, T. (2009) TESTING MAGNETIC STAR FORMATION THEORY. The Astrophysical Journal, 692(1), 844-855. DOI: 10.1088/0004-637X/692/1/844  

  • November 30, 1999
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Parody: How to Synthesise Pseudoephedrine From N-Methylamphetamine

by Neurobonkers in Neurobonkers

Over in the US it has apparently become so difficult to get hold of pseudoephedrine (Sudafed), that one researcher has published a satirical paper explaining how to manufacture it out of crystal meth (PDF). The paper describes how “in the past most stores were able to sell pseudoephedrine”, the US’s most popular decongestant but new laws require only pharmacies, often with restricted opening hours to sell the medicine only to those carrying government issued ID. The paper argue........ Read more »

Hai, O. Hakkenshit, I.B. (2012) A Simple and Convenient Synthesis of Pseudoephedrine From N-Methylamphetamine. Journal of Apocryphal Chemistry. info:/

  • November 30, 1999
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Where do Martians get their water?

by Brooke N in Smaller Questions

Rover-based research and the results of 3D simulations of the Martian ice table depth, as well as the formation of pure ice lenses.... Read more »

Sizemore, H., Mellon, M., Searls, M., Lemmon, M., Zent, A., Heet, T., Arvidson, R., Blaney, D., & Keller, H. (2010) In situ analysis of ice table depth variations in the vicinity of small rocks at the Phoenix landing site. Journal of Geophysical Research. DOI: 10.1029/2009JE003414  

Sizemore, H. G., Zent, A. P., & Rempel, A. W. (2012) Ice Lens Formation and Unfrozen Water at the Phoenix Landing Site. 43rd Lunar and Planetary Science Conference. DOI: 2012LPI..43.2397S  

  • November 30, 1999
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Mapping future climate space

by brettcherry in Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience Blog

By mapping climate suitability for plant species researchers are able to understand how climate change can affect biodiversity or determine suitable climates in the future for different plants. ... Read more »

  • November 30, 1999
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Some Members of the Parliament Should Be Selected By Lottery, According to Research

by United Academics in United Academics

What if democracy works better with some members of parliament chosen at random? This is what Athenians used to do in the past, and what a team of Italian researchers at the Università di Catania defend in a paper, now brought back to attention by Marc Abrahams in his weekly column ‘Improbable Research’ at the The Guardian.... Read more »

Pluchino, A., Garofalo, C., Rapisarda, A., Spagano, S., & Caserta, M. (2011) Accidental politicians: How randomly selected legislators can improve parliament efficiency. Physica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications, 390(21-22), 3944-3954. DOI: 10.1016/j.physa.2011.06.028  

  • November 30, 1999
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Violent Video Games May Favor Cooperation, Researchers Say

by Jaime Menchén in United Academics

Two recent studies refute the idea that violent video games make players more aggressive and antisocial. Actually, researchers argue, playing cooperatively may result on just the opposite.... Read more »

  • November 30, 1999
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Making sense of a small worm from big data

by Michael Hsieh in Hsieh Lab Blog

We recently published a gene expression microarray-based paper in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases. As a "reductionist", it was challenging for me to deal with the massive amount of data associated with the paper. ... Read more »

  • November 30, 1999
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I Dream of Health

by Anton Power in BioMed Weekly

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  • November 30, 1999
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The Science of Sleep

by Amy Swanston in Antisense Science

Feeling tired? I know I am. But what is it that makes us feel like we need to sleep? And what keeps us awake?
Within our bodies, a lot of systems work antagonistically to maintain homeostasis - that is, one action opposes another, keeping balance. There are two important forces that we use to control sleep: our sleep drive and our alerting signal. As the day goes on, the drive to sleep becomes greater and greater, so our alerting signal has to increase at the same rate to keep us awake. S........ Read more »

  • November 30, 1999
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How well do people understand their neuropathic pain?

by Bronwyn Thompson in Healthskills: Skills for Healthy Living

When coming to terms with a chronic pain problem, one of the important steps involves obtaining a diagnosis that fits with both the individual’s personal experience of their pain, and also their knowledge (drawn from what is available in the general population). If the label doesn’t square with their experience, people continue searching until they find something that does.... Read more »

  • November 30, 1999
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Spatial variations in mortality in pelagic early life stages of a marine fish (Gadus morhua)

by Øystein Langangen in Marine Science blog

Mortality of pelagic eggs and larvae of marine fish is often assumed to be constant both in space and time due to lacking information. This may, however, be a gross oversimplification, as early life stages are likely to experience large variations in mortality both in time and space.... Read more »

  • November 30, 1999
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2014: The Year in Science

by Viputheshwar Sitaraman in Draw Science

The year in review: innovative discoveries and progress in all different fields of science. [Infographic]... Read more »

Qiu, X., Wong, G., Audet, J., Bello, A., Fernando, L., Alimonti, J., Fausther-Bovendo, H., Wei, H., Aviles, J., Hiatt, E.... (2014) Reversion of advanced Ebola virus disease in nonhuman primates with ZMapp. Nature, 514(7520), 47-53. DOI: 10.1038/nature13777  

Obokata, H., Wakayama, T., Sasai, Y., Kojima, K., Vacanti, M., Niwa, H., Yamato, M., & Vacanti, C. (2014) Stimulus-triggered fate conversion of somatic cells into pluripotency. Nature, 505(7485), 641-647. DOI: 10.1038/nature12968  

Quintana, E., Barclay, T., Raymond, S., Rowe, J., Bolmont, E., Caldwell, D., Howell, S., Kane, S., Huber, D., Crepp, J.... (2014) An Earth-Sized Planet in the Habitable Zone of a Cool Star. Science, 344(6181), 277-280. DOI: 10.1126/science.1249403  

A.K. Geim, & K. S. Novoselov. (2010) The rise and rise of graphene. Nature Nanotechnology, 5(11), 755-755. DOI: 10.1038/nnano.2010.224  

  • November 30, 1999
  • 12:00 AM

How to make rice better for you and the environment

by Betty Zou in Eat, Read, Science

An innovative way of rice preparation that removes more arsenic than the conventional method of cooking and a new strain of high-starch, low-methane rice are discussed.... Read more »

  • November 30, 1999
  • 12:00 AM

Sticks And Stones (Coda) – How Names Work Against Women

by Michael Ramscar in The Importance of Being Wrong

Mothers tell your daughters

From 2011 to December 2015, five women fought the Japanese Government all the way to the country’s Supreme Court. They were seeking to change a law that compels couples to adopt the same surname in order to legally register their marriage. Although the law does not specify whose name it should be, in practice, 96% of couples take the husband’s name, and the women argued that this made the law unconstitutional, since it violated their basic civil rights........ Read more »

Colman, A., Sluckin, W., & Hargreaves, D. (1981) The effect of familiarity on preferences for surnames. British Journal of Psychology, 72(3), 363-369. DOI: 10.1111/j.2044-8295.1981.tb02195.x  

A. Crook. (2012) Personal Names in 18th-Century Scotland: a case study of the parish of Beith (North Ayrshire). Journal of Scottish Name Studies, 1-10. info:/

Shannon, C. (1948) A Mathematical Theory of Communication. Bell System Technical Journal, 27(3), 379-423. DOI: 10.1002/j.1538-7305.1948.tb01338.x  

Shannon, C. (1951) Prediction and Entropy of Printed English. Bell System Technical Journal, 30(1), 50-64. DOI: 10.1002/j.1538-7305.1951.tb01366.x  

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