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The ‘Human Computer’ Behind the Moon Landing Was a Black Woman

The ‘Human Computer’ Behind the Moon Landing Was a Black Woman | my universe | Scoop.it
In an age of racism and sexism, Katherine Johnson broke both barriers at NASA.
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Thirsty Land - Will there be enough water to survive?

Thirsty Land is a documentary film Will there be enough water to survive?
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Slaughter at the bridge: uncovering a colossal Bronze Age battle

Slaughter at the bridge: uncovering a colossal Bronze Age battle | my universe | Scoop.it
Grisly find suggests Bronze Age northern Europe was more organized—and violent—than thought
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PLOS Pathogens: Cooperation and Conflict in the Plant Immune System

PLOS Pathogens: Cooperation and Conflict in the Plant Immune System | my universe | Scoop.it
Plants have a sophisticated innate immune system with which they defend themselves against a myriad of pathogens. During the past two decades, work in a range of species has advanced our knowledge of the molecular and biochemical details of plant immunity. Many of these studies have focused on the action of nucleotide-binding domain/leucine-rich repeat (NB-LRR or NLR) immune receptors. NLR genes constitute the most diverse gene family in plants, reflecting their role in perceiving a very diverse set of molecules that are released by pathogens. There has also been progress in unraveling the forces that drive diversification of NLR and non-NLR immune receptors in wild species. A major recent insight from mechanistic and evolutionary studies is that there is both cooperation and conflict in the plant immune system. Here, we propose that these two antagonistic forces are inherently entangled, and that they are potentially fundamental to our understanding of growth-defense trade-offs.

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23andMe to Share DNA Data with Researchers Using Apple iPhone

Consumers with iPhones can click to contribute their genetic information to medical studies.
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Why smart people are better off with fewer friends

Why smart people are better off with fewer friends | my universe | Scoop.it
awa and Li's main findings about population density, social interaction and happiness are relatively uncontroversial. But Brookings' Carol Graham says one potential flaw in their research is that it defines happiness in terms of self-reported life satisfaction ("How satisfied are you with your life as a whole?"), and doesn't consider experienced well-being ("How many times did you laugh yesterday? How many times were you angry?" etc.). Survey researchers know that these two types of questions can lead to very different assessments of well-being.
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Identification of tissue-specific cell death using methylation patterns of circulating DNA

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Scientists race to halt banana catastrophe

Scientists race to halt banana catastrophe | my universe | Scoop.it
g the country at risk. Likewise, Sudan exports bananas by lorry to Lebanon and Oman, while seedlings grown in Jordan or Pakistan are sold to Mozambique.
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Embryonic lethality of Arabidopsis abp1-1 is caused by deletion of the adjacent BSM gene

Embryonic lethality of Arabidopsis abp1-1 is caused by deletion of the adjacent BSM gene | my universe | Scoop.it
Auxin-binding protein ABP1 has been characterized as a secreted receptor for the hormone.
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Achilles' Heel - the story of cassava presented by CIAT

Achilles' Heel - the story of cassava presented by CIAT | my universe | Scoop.it

This is really cool - you have to check it out. The future of storytelling?

 

"What’s in your noodle soup? You may never have heard of it before. Cassava - or tapioca - is a root crop like sweet potato originally from South America, where it is steamed or boiled and eaten as a source of carbohydrate. It appears that Spanish traders introduced the species from Mexico to Southeast Asia in the 19th Century, where it survived drought and high temperatures. It’s still eaten as a root crop in some areas, especially in mountainous areas where few other crops will grow. But today it’s also used in a wide range of other foods and markets, and cassava starch is used to make everything from noodles to sweeteners. "

 


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A Battery Revolution in Motion

A Battery Revolution in Motion | my universe | Scoop.it
The first prototype of a sodium-ion battery has just been revealed by the RS2E, a French network bringing together researchers and industrial actors. This technology, inspired by the lithium-ion batteries already used in portable computers and electric vehicles, could lead to the mass storage of intermittent renewable energy sources.
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A safe operating space for humanity : Article : Nature

A safe operating space for humanity : Article : Nature | my universe | Scoop.it

"Identifying and quantifying planetary boundaries that must not be transgressed could help prevent human activities from causing unacceptable environmental change, argue Johan Rockström and colleagues."

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Farming in 2050: storing carbon could help meet Australia's climate goals

Farming in 2050: storing carbon could help meet Australia's climate goals | my universe | Scoop.it
Growing population, growing demand for food, climate change: Australia's rural lands are facing a number of pressures. So how can we sustainably use them in the future?
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Scientists Warn of Perilous Climate Shift Within Decades, Not Centuries

Scientists Warn of Perilous Climate Shift Within Decades, Not Centuries | my universe | Scoop.it
Findings published on Tuesday are likely to replay a debate among climate scientists that started when a draft version of the paper came out last year.
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Global conservation priorities for crop wild relatives

Global conservation priorities for crop wild relatives | my universe | Scoop.it
The genetic diversity of wild relatives of domesticated crops can be useful for developing more productive, nutritious and resilient crop varieties.
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The Epigenomic Landscape of Prokaryotes

The Epigenomic Landscape of Prokaryotes | my universe | Scoop.it
Author Summary DNA methylation is a chemical modification of DNA present in many prokaryotic genomes. The best-known role of DNA methylation is as a component of restriction-modification systems. In these systems, restriction enzymes target foreign DNA for cleavage, while DNA methylation protects the host genome from destruction. Studies in a handful of organisms show that DNA methylation may also act independently of restriction systems and function in genome regulation. However, a lack of technologies has limited the study of DNA methylation to a small number of organisms, and the broader patterns and functions of DNA methylation remain unknown. Here we use SMRT-sequencing to determine the genome wide DNA methylation patterns of more than 200 diverse bacteria and archaea. We show that DNA methylation is pervasive and present in more than 90% of studied organisms. Analysis of this data enabled annotation of the specific DNA binding sites of more than 600 restriction systems, revealing their extraordinary diversity. Strikingly, we observed widespread DNA methylation in the absence of restriction systems. Analyses of these patterns reveal that they are conserved through evolution, and likely function in genome regulation. Thus DNA methylation may play a far wider function in prokaryotic genome biology than was previously supposed.
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How to use virtualenvwrapper

How to use virtualenvwrapper | my universe | Scoop.it
A guide to virtualenvwrapper (video tutorial included): how to pip install, configure and use virtual environments in python.

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Are you a Data Scientist coding in Python? Then you might find this tutorial helpful.

 

Virtualenvwrapper is a tool for managing virtual environments under Python.

 

This guide and video tutorial well explain the basic usage of the package and also give suggestions on how to go beyond that.

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Climate change to force deadly diet shift

Climate change to force deadly diet shift | my universe | Scoop.it
Fall in global harvests will bring unhealthier eating that could kill 529,000 people by 2050, study estimates.
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Transmission of human mtDNA heteroplasmy in the Genome of the Netherlands families: support for a variable-size bottleneck

An international, peer-reviewed genome sciences journal featuring outstanding original research that offers novel insights into the biology of all organisms
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newDemocracy Foundation

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The newDemocracy Foundation is an independent, non-partisan research organisation aiming to identify improvements to our democratic process. We aim to replace the adversarial with the deliberative, and move out of the "continuous campaign" cycle.
We appreciate the public endorsement of people who have lent their names to supporting the cause of non-partisan democratic reform and encourage you to consider the results of the research we publish.
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What’s in your herbal medicines?

What’s in your herbal medicines? | my universe | Scoop.it
Making sure that a tablet claiming to have 500 mg of paracetamol really does contain 500 mg of paracetamol is relatively easy. But how do you test for herbs?

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Here's a link to the article this article is based on, "Combined DNA, toxicological and heavy metal analyses provides an auditing toolkit to improve pharmacovigilance of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM)" http://www.nature.com/articles/srep17475 (it's open access too).