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Amazing #Food #Science Discovery: Edible Plants 'Talk' To Animal Cells, Promote #Healing #Wonders

Amazing #Food #Science Discovery: Edible Plants 'Talk' To Animal Cells, Promote #Healing #Wonders | Love | Scoop.it
A groundbreaking new study finds that components within common edible plants directly modulate mammalian genes, with therapeutic results. (Allopathic practitioners look away now!

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Nesting aids make agricultural fields attractive for bees

Nesting aids make agricultural fields attractive for bees | Love | Scoop.it
Wild bees are important pollinators of many crop plants -- sometimes they are even more efficient than honeybees. Their numbers can be increased sustainably using simple means as a recent study has found.

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Ancient DNA sheds new light on Neanderthal evolution

Ancient DNA sheds new light on Neanderthal evolution | Love | Scoop.it

Genetic evidence suggests further migration to Europe 220,000 and 470,000 years ago.


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Refined DNA tool tracks native and invasive fish 

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Rather than conduct an aquatic roll call with nets to know which fish reside in a particular body of water, scientists can now use DNA fragments suspended in water to catalog invasive or native species.


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Ancient genomes heat up dog domestication debate

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Results point to a single origin for modern canines and push back the timing by thousands of years.


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Raison d'etre

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In geological terms, a contact is the place where two different types of rocks come together. This ezine is a place to find content from my favorite web sources on the the creation-evolution issue, with a focus on the subject of geology.  Just as the layers of a rock can be composed of many different materials, so my sources often differ in their assumptions and in their views on the issue, but their common intersection is the belief that this is an important subject.

 

(Image source:  Glyn Baker, http://www.geograph.org.uk/reuse.php?id=167895)


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While my interests are wide-ranging, as even a cursory glance at this site will show,  a subject of great personal interest to me is the preservation of biological material in fossils presumed tens to hundreds of millions of years old.  In my view, the increasing pace of discovery of such material is one of the strongest evidences in support of a young age for the earth.

 

Below is a continuously updated archive of articles I've found on the subject:


2017:


66-million year old dinosaur bone cell: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Mark_Armitage2/publication/289686201_Preservation_of_Triceratops_horridus_Tissue_Cells_from_the_Hell_Creek_Formation_MT/links/57ad0e1a08ae3765c3bb0cf7.pdf


15-45 million year old mammal blood: https://academic.oup.com/jme/article/3073510/Fossilized-Mammalian-Erythrocytes-Associated-With


146-100 milllion year old bird tendon and cartilage-like tissues: http://www.nature.com/articles/ncomms14779


195 million year old dinosaur blood:  http://www.nature.com/articles/ncomms14220


80 million year old brachylophosaur protein: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/01/170123145210.htm


2016:

130 million year old bird melanosomes: http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2016/11/16/1617168113.abstract

75 million year old keratin: http://phys.org/news/2016-11-dinosaur-claw-sheath-proteins-million.html

120 million year old Psittacosaurus pigment and protein:  http://www.icr.org/article/9595/

1.4 million year old chloroplast DNA from deep sea sediments: http://geology.gsapubs.org/content/44/8/615.full.pdf+html

100 million year old mummified bird wings: http://www.nature.com/ncomms/2016/160628/ncomms12089/full/ncomms12089.html

1.88 billion year old microbial protein preservation: http://www.nature.com/ncomms/2016/160617/ncomms11977/full/ncomms11977.html

445 million year old echinoderm organic molecules: http://geology.gsapubs.org/content/44/5/379.abstract

8-11 million year old snake proteins: http://www.cell.com/current-biology/fulltext/S0960-9822%2816%2930120-8

247 million year old preserved dinosaur soft tissue: http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0151143, http://www.reuters.com/video/2016/04/04/fossilised-blood-vessels-oldest-in-world?videoId=367980360&videoChannel=6&channelName=Technology

520 million year old preserved arthropod neural tissue: http://www.the-scientist.com/?articles.view/articleNo/44765/title/To-Retain-a-Brain/, http://sco.lt/7fLsw5

2015 :

Presence of blood confirmed in 80-million-year-old hadrosaur fossil: https://news.ncsu.edu/2015/12/schweitzer-vessels/

Unperminalized hadrosaur bones: http://creation.com/unpermineralized-hadrosaur-bones-alaska

50-million year old melanosomes in bats: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/09/150928155852.htm

150-million year old melanosomes in bird fossil: http://crev.info/2015/09/original-pigment-dinosaur-feathers/

Radiocarbon in dinosaur bone: http://crev.info/2015/06/c14-dinosaur-bone/

Preserved coloration in dinosaur eggshell: http://www.icr.org/article/8805/

Collagen and blood cells in Cretaceous dinosaur museum specimens: http://crev.info/2015/06/more-dino-blood-found/, http://crev.info/2015/06/dinosaur-soft-tissue-surprise/

8-18-million year old proteins in seashells: http://blog.drwile.com/?p=13504, http://phys.org/news/2015-02-million-year-old-mollusk-protein.html

2014:

550 million year old tube worms: http://blog.drwile.com/?p=12518, http://www.icr.org/article/8059/

2013:

23 million year old lizard: http://www.icr.org/article/7569/ 46 million year old mosquito blood: http://crev.info/2013/

46 million year old mosquito blood: http://www.pnas.org/content/110/46/18496.abstract

49 million year old beetle scales: https://www.newscientist.com/article/dn23786-iridescent-beetle-shimmers-for-49-million-years/#.UeeXxZwSTbC

70 million year old hadrosaur skin: http://creation.com/hadrosaur-skin, http://phys.org/news/2013-04-scientists-rare-dinosaur-skin-fossil.html

160 year old mollusk melanin: http://phys.org/news/2013-06-melanin-jurassic-era-mollusk-tool-cancer.html

Brian Thomas’ overviews: http://www.icr.org/article/7520/

Archaeopteryx feather: http://blog.drwile.com/?p=10235#more-10235

190-197 million year old sauropod egg proteins: http://crev.info/2013/04/protein-found-in-dinosaur-eggs/

250 million year old coloration on trilobites: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2013/03/130327-trilobite-spots-marine-paleontology-science/

Cretaceous triceratops horn: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0065128113000020, http://blog.drwile.com/?p=10065

350 million year old crinoids & 417 million year old eurypterid chitin: http://researchnews.osu.edu/archive/oldbiomarkers.htm

Soft tissue overview from Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/fossils/3-soft-tissue-in-fossils/

2012:

Jurassic squid ink: http://creation.com/fossil-squid-ink (see here for Charles Dickens reporting on fresh squid ink and fresh squid eye discovery: http://observationdeck.kinja.com/mary-anning-the-fossil-finder-by-charles-dickens-1579691341)

C-14 in dinosaur bones, a presentation at an AGU-AOGS conference that was later stricken from the conference records: http://creation.com/c14-dinos

Dr. Mary Schweitzer’s dinosaur tissue research: http://www.icr.org/article/7091/

Brian Thomas update: http://www.icr.org/article/7183/


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How mountains hold carbon

How mountains hold carbon | Love | Scoop.it
Mountain forests are better at storing carbon – well, actually, they're better at everything – according to a new study by researchers at NSF-funded projects CyVerse, Jetstream, and the Boulder Creek Critical Zone Observatory.
Tyson Swetnam, an ecologist and science informatician at CyVerse headquarters at the University of Arizona, used CyVerse resources to conduct the GIS (geographical information system) and statistical analyses, and to share the data with his collaborators. The team used an open science strategy supported by CyVerse to make their data, analyses, and code for their calculations all freely available for researchers to reuse.

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Blood test detects Alzheimer’s plaques building up in brain

Blood test detects Alzheimer’s plaques building up in brain | Love | Scoop.it
Sticky plaques start forming in the brain 15 years before Alzheimer’s disease develops. A simple blood test may identify those at risk years in advance
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Creating music by thought alone

Creating music by thought alone | Love | Scoop.it
Neurologists have created a hands-free, thought-controlled musical instrument, which they've recently described in a report in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. Researchers hope that this new instrument will help empower and rehabilitate patients with motor disabilities such as those from stroke, spinal cord injury, amputation, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).

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When life gives you lemons, make bioplastics!

When life gives you lemons, make bioplastics! | Love | Scoop.it
From your phone case to airplane windows, polycarbonates are everywhere. Several million tons of polycarbonate are produced every year around the world. However, worries about the dangers of this material are increasing because of the toxicity of its precursors, especially bisphenol-A, a potential carcinogen.

Now, a team of chemists led by Arjan Kleij, ICIQ group leader and ICREA professor, developed a method to produce polycarbonates from limonene and CO2, both abundant and natural products. Besides, limonene is able to replace a dangerous building block currently used in commercial polycarbonates: bisphenol-A (also known as BPA). Although BPA has been repeatedly classified as a safe chemical by American and European agencies, some studies point out that it is a potential endocrine-disruptor, neurotoxic, and carcinogen. Some countries like France, Denmark and Turkey have banned the use of BPA in the production of baby bottles.

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Five Ways To Say "No" So You Can Finally Reclaim Your Focus

Five Ways To Say "No" So You Can Finally Reclaim Your Focus | Love | Scoop.it

Real productivity is more than just activity, after all. And when we're asked to act upon (or ignore) hundreds of updates, requests, and interruptions every single day, to actually step back and decide can be much more difficult than to simply do. Amid all this bombardment, being truly productive depends upon your ability to say "no." In other words, what you don’t do on a daily basis is at least—if not more—important than what you actually do take action on.


Of course, saying "no" is easier said than done. Many of us have an intuitive desire to please others, to explore every opportunity, to take on more than we can handle, and worry about the consequences later. But if you can master the art of saying "no," you can prevent your time and focus from being held captive by a constant barrage of requests and distractions. Here are a few practical techniques that can help.


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How Constraints Force Your Brain To Be More Creative

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When we have less to work with, psychologists have found that we actually begin to see the world differently.


Our environments either impel us to see things differently or they don’t. That implies that creativity is in many ways situational, not some inborn faculty or personality trait. When people face scarcity, they give themselves freedom to use resources in less conventional ways—because they have to. The situation demands a mental license that would otherwise remain untapped.


Seen in this light, resource abundance can actually be counterproductive. Our problems, challenges, and opportunities may become more manageable with constraints that direct us to make the best out of what we have. Without constraints, the research suggests, we tend instead to simply retrieve exemplary use cases from memory; we typically sit on a chair, so that’s how we think of chairs.


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Priming Your Brain with Lots of Raw Material Leads to Breakthroughs

Priming Your Brain with Lots of Raw Material Leads to Breakthroughs | Love | Scoop.it

The more raw material you give your brain, the more connections it can make. It works a little like hitting "shuffle" on a playlist—the more songs you load it up with, the more surprised you’ll be by the one that comes on next, which may lead you to think differently about both. Perhaps you’ll get an idea for a totally different type of playlist, get inspired to write a song yourself, or even begin to think of music differently as a whole.


The human brain thrives on a wide range of ideas and experiences, especially those it isn't expecting to encounter. In order to hit upon something really exciting, it first needs to wander, meander, shuffle about. Here’s how to help it.


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No Assembly Required: Nanoparticles that Put Themselves Together

No Assembly Required: Nanoparticles that Put Themselves Together | Love | Scoop.it

When you bring a box home from the furniture store, you don't expect the screws, slats, and other pieces to magically converge into a bed or table. Yet this self-assembly occurs every day in nature. Nothing tells atoms to link together; nothing tells DNA how to form. Living materials contain the very instructions and ability to become a larger whole.


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Flowers’ genome duplication contributes to their spectacular diversity

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Scientists at the University of Bristol have shed new light on the evolution of flowers in research published today in the Royal Society journal Proceedings B.


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16S rRNA indexed primers amplify phylogenic markers for microbiome sequencing analysis

16S rRNA indexed primers amplify phylogenic markers for microbiome sequencing analysis | Love | Scoop.it

The 16S rRNA gene is frequently used in microbiome studies to identify the subset of microbes present in biological samples. Researchers amplify short hypervariable regions from this gene, tag the amplified products with unique barcodes, perform highly multiplexed sequencing runs, and compare the sequences to the known bacterial genome database. However, primer design for such analyses can be challenging given the massive sequence variability in sampled lifeforms. Read about the development and design of these primers, and how you can obtain your own custom, high fidelity versions of these sequences.


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An important step in the fight against resistant bacteria.

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Did a lake exist under Laurentide Ice Sheet ?

Did a lake exist under Laurentide Ice Sheet ? | Love | Scoop.it
Do sediment samples from Great Slave Lake point to a lake existing under the Laurentide Ice Sheet?

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YEC Geo's curator insight, July 16, 10:48 PM
I find most interesting the lack of support for multiple ice ages in the subglacial sediments.
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Newly Discovered Sixth Extinction Rewrites Geology

Newly Discovered Sixth Extinction Rewrites Geology | Love | Scoop.it
" Geology students memorize the rock system names found on geologic column diagrams, learn age assignments, typical fossils, and the five worldwide animal extinction events. Now, secular researchers reveal a sixth extinction near the top of Earth’s rock layers, and it coincides with three other large-scale features all poised to reshape the way biblical geologists think about the Genesis Flood."

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YEC Geo's curator insight, July 18, 10:21 PM
Highlights the growing influence of the Paleobiology Database.
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We Need A Massive Remote-Worker Hiring Spree In The American Heartland

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The most innovative companies already have diversity targets. This CEO says it’s time to add geographical ones.

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This Man’s Immune System Got a Cancer-killing Update - Facts So Romantic - Nautilus

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William Ludwig was almost dead when he became Patient Number One in a radical new cancer treatment, one that’s just won the endorsement…
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Scientists discovered one of the brightest galaxies known

Scientists discovered one of the brightest galaxies known | Love | Scoop.it
Thanks to an amplified image produced by a gravitational lens, and the Gran Telescopio CANARIAS a team of scientists from the Polytechnic University of Cartagena and the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias have discovered one of the brightest galaxies known from the epoch when the universe had 20 percent of its present age.

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China's dizzying 'Bicycle Skyway' is the longest elevated cycleway in the world — take a look

China's dizzying 'Bicycle Skyway' is the longest elevated cycleway in the world — take a look | Love | Scoop.it
Called the Xiamen Bicycle Skyway, the lanes cover five major residential areas and three business centers in Xiamen, China.

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Five Things I Wish I knew When I started Teaching

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1. Motivation doesn't always lead to achievement, but achievement often leads to motivation. While there is a strong correlation between self perception and achievement and we tend to think of it in that order, the actual effect of achievement on self perception is stronger than the other way round (Guay, Marsh and Boivin, 2003.) It…

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Five Tips For More Productive Monotasking When You Work Alone

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If you’re a connoisseur of productivity methods—and even if you aren't—you’ve likely heard about "monotasking," the alternative to multitasking in which the name of the game is to stop juggling multiple tasks and instead focus deeply on one thing at a time. There are a handful of different ways to monotask, but one of them is a technique sometimes called "batching" or "mode-based scheduling," which author and productivity expert Michael Hyatt describes as "setting aside an intentional amount of time for intentional tasks and making an intentional effort to not allow the distractions or interjections of others break that focus."


Sounds great, right? If you're a freelancer, though, you may already be rolling your eyes. When you work independently, it's up to you and you alone to wrangle your ordinary workday—and ultimately, your whole workweek—into some sort of structure. Since there's nothing but your own personal decision-making that actually holds you to that structure, though, it's especially liable to come crashing down at any time.


But some freelancers and productivity experts have found a few ways to make batching work for them—not just on a daily basis but week after week, too. Here are a few ways to stick with monotasking if you're a freelancer fighting an onslaught of distractions on a regular basis.


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Can Meditating Together Improve Your Relationships?

Can Meditating Together Improve Your Relationships? | Love | Scoop.it
New research out of the Max Plank Institute in Germany suggests that practicing “dyadic meditation”—where two people meditate together—may help us feel closer and more open with others.

Dyadic meditation, the practice of meditating with a partner, has been shown to strengthen social relationships. Not just between the partners who meditated, but also in general. In a new study, participants of a nine-month course were said to have gained stronger motivation than those practicing solitary meditation as well as a better ability to self-disclose (willing to share information about themselves with partners).

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