Herding Hemingway’s Cats

                                                  Kat Arney calls herself “The Nigella of Science” on her Twitter profile. I don’t spend a lot of time on the Food Channel, but I do like science. And Kat Arney’s book Herding Hemingway’s Cats, subtitled Understanding How Our Genes Work promised to be an interesting read when I spotted it. Genes: how they work and how they are regulated? Is it methyl groups? What role…

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La seule présence de votre téléphone intelligent près de vous affecte vos capacités cognitives

Ce n’est pas d’hier que des philosophes des sciences cognitives comme Andy Clark disent que nos capacités cognitives ne sont pas situées que « dans notre tête »; elles « fuient » littéralement dans notre environnement. C’est l’idée de la « cognition étendue » que Clark et d’autres ont lancé dans les années 1990 et dont le degré d’étendu, si l’on peut dire, continue aujourd’hui d’être débattu. Il est en en effet assez facile de…

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Image Data Resource

Much of the published research in the life sciences is based on image data sets that sample 3D space, time and the spectral characteristics of detected signal to provide quantitative measures of cell, tissue and organismal processes and structures. The sheer size of biological image data sets makes data submission, handling and publication challenging. An image-based genome-wide 'high-content' screen (HCS) may contain more than 1 million images, and new 'virtual slide' and 'light sheet' tissue…

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Big Pharma is Not Suppressing the Cure for Cancer

Lately my Facebook feed has filled up with memes and videos about miracle cures for cancer that THEY don’t want you to know about. I’ve avoided commenting on them, because I don’t want to offend my friends, but every time I see one of these things, I spontaneously combust. Look, I get it. I lost my mother to cancer in 2009, two days before her 56th birthday. I have lived the rollercoaster of pain and…

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Companion Animal Psychology News June 2017

Favourite posts, photos and podcasts of the last month.Some of my favourites from around the web“None of us see animals clearly.  They’re too full of the stories we’ve given them.” What animals taught me about being human by Helen MacDonaldCan dogs help solve our childhood obesity problem? Hal Herzog PhD on childhood obesity and dog ownership.Sniffing kitten butts for science  to find out how mother cats recognize their kittens, by Mikel Delgado PhD.Should we call…

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Water Is…

“This book emotionally connected me with water. As a result it fed my perception about the value of life. It reminded me that life, reveals in each space, a complex system that is full of surprise and beauty. A system of which I am part, without separation.” —Laura Fres, One Deep Sustainability, Barcelona     Laura Fres Osman is a sustainability and business professional and contributing author of Deep One Sustainability. She holds a MSc…

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My Crazy Freelance Life: Interpretive writing — making every word tell

  Illusuak Cultural Centre, Nain, Labrador It’s Museum Week — an international social media celebration of museums and culture. Since museums are my bread and butter, I thought I would talk a bit about what I do and then catch you up on the projects I’ve been working on. For those who don’t know me, I work as a freelance interpretive writer, researcher, and occasional interpretive planner and project coordinator for various museum design firms. The…

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Weekend reads

New reading material for the weekend or for those of you that are blessed with some better weather perhaps for Monday morning back at work. Identifying Bird Remains Using Ancient DNA BarcodingBird remains that are difficult to identify taxonomically using morphological methods, are common in the palaeontological record. Other types of challenging avian material include artefacts and food items from endangered taxa, as well as remains from aircraft strikes. We here present a DNA-based method that…

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