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Preliminary Malaria Vaccine Trial a Success - sort of

Preliminary Malaria Vaccine Trial a Success - sort of | cutesqualid | Scoop.it

A vaccine made from weakened malaria parasites appeared to protect participants in a small clinical trial from malaria infection, according to a study published yesterday (August 8) in Science.

“Scientists and health care providers have made significant gains in characterizing, treating, and preventing malaria,” said Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), in a press release. “We are encouraged by this important step forward.”

Rockville, Maryland-based biotech Sanaria made the vaccine by irradiating parasite-infected mosquitoes, harvesting weakened parasites from the mosquitoes’ salivary glands, and cryopreserving them.


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Ed Rybicki's curator insight, August 10, 2013 3:48 AM

Ye-esssss...and harvesting whole parasites from the salivary glands of irradiated insects is a viable, scalable process for making vaccines for hundreds of millions of people?  Don't think so!

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Scoop.it Tutorial - Curate Content, Build Backlinks and Track Engagement

This is a video tutorial made by Ileane from http://basicblogtips.com whose blog is a gold mine for good advice on blogging.

 

We liked how she simply explained the community dimension of Scoop.it as well as some of the Scoop.it Pro features that she uses.

 

And we of course also love the fact Scoop.it seems to be her #2 referral source according to her Google Webmaster tools.

 

Thanks Ileane!

 

(Tutorial starts at 1'25").


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LeWeb '11 Discussion on Curation (Video)

While at LeWeb last week, I was interviewed by Michelle Chmielewski to discuss on curation with Jean-Marie Hulot, Fotopedia's founder, a great iPad App that lets you browse great curated collections of beautiful photos (try it if you haven't yet!).

 

We tried to come back on the need for curation but also where it's going as a trend and the business models behind it.


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themezoom 's comment, December 18, 2011 12:06 PM
As a developer, I find that the professional real time news curators agenda with "meaning making" will always be at odds with the profitability considerations of enterprise platform development. Scoop.it is an expensive application. I am sure that Guillaume is starting to get concerned with re-funding the project right about now. One of the major (perhaps only) benefits of the paid version is Google analytics. Analytics has almost always been "self expression" driven- in the sense that your material or "golden frame" is an "interest magnet". The debate, if there is any, seems to be about what creates interest. I find that helping people understand the difference between "information overload" and "potential meaning" overload - by providing a unique perspective on a topic . . . is still ultimately SALES, SALES, SALES. (grin) The Context IS The Sale. Donald Trump said: "Leadership IS SALES." I go one step further to say " Thought-Leadership Is Sales. Analytics is how Guillaume gets paid. Along with branding. (Which is still all about contextual sales). Respectfully, Russell Wright, g-plusplus.com .
Mayra Aixa Villar's comment, December 18, 2011 12:38 PM
Hi Robin
Thank you very much for answering my message. I must confess that I´m a big fan of yours so I really appreciate that you actually took some time to continue sharing some ideas with me.
I´m also a great supporter of Scoop.it and Mr. Decugis´ work and it´s not my intention to question his efforts or ambitions at all. But, I think this kind of interaction is really valuable to start setting common grounds on effective content curation. Mr. Decugis himself acknowledges in his previous comment that “[the] role as a platform is to create the incentives to develop usage in the right direction.” I think this is exactly what this discussion is aiming at.
I also agree that Scoop.it can be a great curator tool. But this will happen as long as we, users, learn to be selective and dare to share more than “what other people are saying about a certain topic/interest.” By making sensible use of the “Reactions section” to comment on an article or even, sharing a completely new post without any URL attached (tools that are not so widely used among the Scoop.it community), we can start paving the way for understanding and organizing information within a relevant context. As you have suggested, this is what content curation really entails, right?
Finally, Mr. Decugis said that “through selection, users can express /show their own viewpoint.” I think that people who read my scoops want me to do more than that. They expect me to be able to somehow “mediate” the vast content content/knowledge out there and transform it into a meaningful source of information. That´s the reason why I have to resist the temptation to just rescoop this post the first time I came across it, and I decided to participate in a more significant way, instead.
Robin, I have really enjoyed this very insightful conversation. Again, thank you for this. Warm regards.
Mayra
Julie Claudia Laporte's curator insight, February 26, 2013 4:09 PM

love the web...

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Content Curation: Share the Spice of Life - j+ Media Solutions

Content Curation: Share the Spice of Life - j+ Media Solutions | cutesqualid | Scoop.it
Champagne tastes and a beer budget? These are a few content curation tips and tools for sharing the spice of life - quality content - with your audience.

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Ally Greer's curator insight, August 6, 2013 8:05 AM

Happy to be on the list as the must-use platform. Thanks, Jennifer!

cutesqualid's curator insight, August 12, 2013 1:53 AM

good one

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Donkey Domestication

Donkey Domestication | cutesqualid | Scoop.it

Donkeys are one of the least studied large domestic animals, even though they are economically important in many regions of the world. They are predominantly used as transport animals. Consequently, they are not kept in large numbers and this limits the number of archaeological specimens available for study. The donkey’s closest relative is the African wild ass, and genetic studies and zooarchaeological analyses of early donkeys indicate domestication of two genetically separate groups of wild asses in Africa. Maternal relationships revealed by mitochondrial DNA show that one group of donkeys was derived from the Nubian wild ass and that one was derived from an unknown ancestor distinct from the Somali wild ass.


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Dorian Q Fuller's curator insight, May 26, 2013 3:11 AM

Donkey's are undoubtedly one of the most important domesticates from Africa, but less well-documented then cattle or many crops, as they have rarely been food sources. This article provides updated review of the archaeology and genetics of donkey, including some ancient DNA evidence such as Uan Muhhgiag donkeys from prehistoric Libya. Of interest is the argument that reports of "wild" donkeys in the Levant or Arabia, such as the quantities from Ash-Shumah in Yemen, are early domesticates and not endemic wild populations. If this is the case then it would put donkey herding back to the early Holocene before 6000 BC, putting them in competition of Bos africanus for the earliest African domesticates [excluding Pleistocene bottlegourds]. Alternatively, as mapped in Boivin & Fuller (2009 in J. of World Prehistory) we extend the map of wild donkeys through the Sinia and down the west coast of Arabia to make the Ash-Shumah remains those of hunted wild animals. The latter would open the possibility of southern Levant donkey domestication. The current review by Kimura, Marshall and colleagues makes an interesting but inconclusive case against this. (Historical linguistic evidence does tend to point to African domestication among Afroasiatic/Cushitic sub-groups). As this paper concludes there is a need for more targetted research on donkeys!

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Why Scoopit Is Becoming An Indispensable Learning Tool

Why Scoopit Is Becoming An Indispensable Learning Tool | cutesqualid | Scoop.it
Why Scoopit Is Becoming An Indispensable Learning Tool

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Ra's curator insight, July 21, 2013 6:47 PM

Curating as a group, students identify their own input with their initials. Allows for a synthesis of ideas.

gwynethjones's curator insight, August 13, 2013 11:05 AM

SO true! This is my FAV new Curation tool....well, add Scoopit to MentorMob & you have a dynamic duo!

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Lees het op teachtought.com!
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University of California adopts open-access publishing policy : Nature News Blog

University of California adopts open-access publishing policy : Nature News Blog | cutesqualid | Scoop.it

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Letters To The Editor | Bonnyville Nouvelle

Letters To The Editor | Bonnyville Nouvelle | cutesqualid | Scoop.it
The Bonnyville Nouvelle, your source for Bonnyville news, events, and community (RT @UnitedNurses: Doctors upset as #AHS eliminates regional pathologist position in Bonnyville: http://t.co/0C4qhZTthy...

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StartupLive | Scoopit Co-Founder Guillaume Decugis talks curation and it's benefits at SxSWi

StartupLive | Scoopit Co-Founder Guillaume Decugis talks curation and it's benefits at SxSWi | cutesqualid | Scoop.it

Arabella Santiago is the founder of Startup Live and the Executive Director of the TechWeek conference in Chicago where I'm speaking in a few months. We had a discussion on the role of curation as an expression form in Austin at SxSWi a few weeks ago and we also touched upon the topic of the coming TechWeek session which is about the trend of remixing content to create something new: "No one wants to be duplicating content, but if you quote content and you put content in context then you can create something which has higher value than the original.

 

It's something we have gotten used to in Music with DJ's and rappers sampling and remixing songs but that the Web makes possible for everyone to do with any form of content. Having been a music entrepreneur before, I like this analogy and I think it shows quite well how a whole creativity potential can be unleashed by new tools and platforms.


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Content Curation: Share the Spice of Life - j+ Media Solutions

Content Curation: Share the Spice of Life - j+ Media Solutions | cutesqualid | Scoop.it
Champagne tastes and a beer budget? These are a few content curation tips and tools for sharing the spice of life - quality content - with your audience.

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Ally Greer's curator insight, August 6, 2013 8:05 AM

Happy to be on the list as the must-use platform. Thanks, Jennifer!

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Shadow Dancing with Mind: Close Encounter with Science : God Particle - Proud To Be an Indian

Shadow Dancing with Mind: Close Encounter with Science : God Particle - Proud To Be an Indian | cutesqualid | Scoop.it

The name Higgs Boson came from a British scientist Peter Higgs and Bose (Satyendra Nath Bose after whose name thesub-atomic particle boson is named). The work done by Bose and Albert Einstein, later added by Higgs, lead to this pioneering day.


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Scientists discover new way protein degradation is regulated

Scientists discover new way protein degradation is regulated | cutesqualid | Scoop.it
(Phys.org) —Proteins, unlike diamonds, aren't forever. And when they wear out, they need to be degraded in the cell back into amino acids, where they will be recycled into new proteins.

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Preliminary Malaria Vaccine Trial a Success - sort of

Preliminary Malaria Vaccine Trial a Success - sort of | cutesqualid | Scoop.it

A vaccine made from weakened malaria parasites appeared to protect participants in a small clinical trial from malaria infection, according to a study published yesterday (August 8) in Science.

“Scientists and health care providers have made significant gains in characterizing, treating, and preventing malaria,” said Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), in a press release. “We are encouraged by this important step forward.”

Rockville, Maryland-based biotech Sanaria made the vaccine by irradiating parasite-infected mosquitoes, harvesting weakened parasites from the mosquitoes’ salivary glands, and cryopreserving them.


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Ed Rybicki's curator insight, August 10, 2013 3:48 AM

Ye-esssss...and harvesting whole parasites from the salivary glands of irradiated insects is a viable, scalable process for making vaccines for hundreds of millions of people?  Don't think so!

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Transparency - is it so hard to understand?

Transparency - is it so hard to understand? | cutesqualid | Scoop.it

As in The Transparent Society, my emphasis has been upon "sousveillance" or empowering citizens to look back at every sort of power or elite, from government and commercial to criminal, foreign, technological or oligarchic.  This has been, in fact, the very reflex that brought us to this festival of freedom and creativity-generated wealth.  Yet, it seems difficult to get people to parse HOW this is best achieved.  The reflex to seek power parity by blinding others -- by limiting what elites can see or by cowering or encrypting or hiding from them -- is so profoundly wrong-headed, yet it fills the punditsphere as handwringing commentators demand that government powers of surveillance be curbed… without ever explaining how this can be done, let alone showing one example from history when elites actually let themselves be blinded.


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The Flooding | Facebook

The Flooding | Facebook | cutesqualid | Scoop.it

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