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Marijuana provides greater pain relief when taken in pill form than when it is smoked, according to a study that touches on a controversial medical issue.
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Brain barrier opened for first time to treat cancer

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For the first time, doctors have opened and closed the brain's protector – the blood-brain barrier – on demand. The breakthrough will allow drugs to reach diseased areas of the brain that are otherwise out of bounds. Ultimately, it could make it easier to treat conditions such as Alzheimer's and brain cancer.


The blood-brain barrier (BBB) is a sheath of cells that wraps around blood vessels (in black) throughout the brain. It protects precious brain tissue from toxins in the bloodstream, but it is a major obstacle for treating brain disorders because it also blocks the passage of drugs.


Several teams have opened the barrier in animals to sneak drugs through. Now Michael Canney at Paris-based medical start-up CarThera, and his colleagues have managed it in people using an ultrasound brain implant and an injection of microbubbles.

When ultrasound waves meet microbubbles in the blood, they make the bubbles vibrate. This pushes apart the cells of the BBB.


With surgeon Alexandre Carpentier at Pitié-Salpêtrière Hospital in Paris, Canney tested the approach in people with a recurrence of glioblastoma, the most aggressive type of brain tumour. People with this cancer have surgery to remove the tumours and then chemotherapy drugs, such as Carboplatin, are used to try to kill any remaining tumour cells. Tumours make the BBB leaky, allowing in a tiny amount of chemo drugs: if more could get through, their impact would be greater, says Canney.


The team tested the idea on four patients by implanting an ultrasound transducer through a hole already made in their skulls during tumour-removal surgery. They were then given an injection of microbubbles and had the transducer switched on for 2 minutes. This sent low-intensity pulses of ultrasound into a region of the brain just 10 millimetres by 4 mm. Canney reckons this makes the BBB in this region more permeable for about 6 hours. In this time window, each person received normal chemotherapy.


Via Dr. Stefan Gruenwald
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What an amazing advance! This could open doors for all sorts of things. However, there is so much about the functioning of the brain that we don't understand, that we will need to watch the long term effects carefully.

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Hope at last for people with inoperable brain tumours!

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Science shines light on dark matter - BBC News

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“Scientists from the University of Leicester say they may have solved one of the most enduring mysteries in modern physics: the nature of dark matter.”
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Anti-Slavery Day: More to be done at UK airports to stop child trafficking

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“Despite the abolition of slavery 200 years ago, 20,000 men, women and children are enslaved and exploited in the UK, according to the Human Trafficking Foundation.”
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Biology Photography Award 2014

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“The theme of this year's competition was Home, Habitat and Shelter and the Society of Biology received nearly 800 entries. The annual Photographer of the Year competition is open to amateur photogr...”
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Beautiful photo!
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Educating Parents About Education

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“Many parents today have an educational perspective based on 20th century pedagogy and methodology. Teachers need to educate them about where education is now.”
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One more reason to get a good night’s sleep

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The brain uses a quarter of the body's entire energy supply, yet only accounts for about two percent of the body's mass. So how does this unique organ receive and, perhaps more importantly, rid itself of vital nutrients?
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Yet another reason to get 8 good quality hours a night!
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One more reason to get a good night’s sleep

One more reason to get a good night’s sleep | Nimming recommends... | Scoop.it
The brain uses a quarter of the body's entire energy supply, yet only accounts for about two percent of the body's mass. So how does this unique organ receive and, perhaps more importantly, rid itself of vital nutrients?
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Yet another reason to get 8 good quality hours a night!
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6 Great iPad Apps to Organize your Class ~ Educ...

6 Great iPad Apps to Organize your Class ~ Educ... | Nimming recommends... | Scoop.it
If you are using or planning to use iPad in your instruction the apps below are definitely a must have. These are apps that will help you organize your class and enhance students learning.
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Creating low-cost solar energy on bendable plastic films

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“Work by PhD student Alex Barker, under the supervision of Dr Justin Hodgkiss, a senior lecturer in the School of Chemical and Physical Sciences, is helping to improve the efficiency of next generation solar cells made from materials like plastics.”The research, published recently by the prestigious international Journal of the American Chemical Society, addresses the long-standing question of how light produces charge pairs far enough apart from each other that they are free to flow as current, rather than staying bound together and ultimately just releasing heat.The technique used by the researchers was to freeze the solar cells to -263 degrees Celsius, where charge pairs get stuck together. They then used lasers to measure the how far apart they moved as the temperatures increase."We found that the efficiency of polymer, or plastic-based, solar cell is determined by the ability of charge pairs to rapidly escape from each other while they are still 'hot' from the light energy," says Dr Hodgkiss, a 2011 Rutherford Discovery Fellow.He adds that understanding how plastic solar cells work will result in more efficient and cheaper conductive materials that overcome the limitations of conventional solar cells."Because they're plastic and flexible, they could be rolled out to cover a tent or used as semi-transparent filters on windows."The findings of the research settle a long-standing debate about how polymer solar cells work, and offers potential to guide the design of cheaper and more efficient materials, by isolating the key step in their development.
Via Dr. Stefan Gruenwald
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This is an incredible advance. The next step is to make objects from it - like tents, or umbrellas, or coats, so that people can charge their devices wherever they are.
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▶ Woman Becomes First To Give Birth Through Womb Transplant - YouTube

Published on Oct 4, 2014A Swedish woman became the first to give birth to a baby through a transplanted donor uterus. Previous attempts in Turkey and Saudi Arabia failed.
Via Andrew van Zyl
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While drastic, I can understand the desire to carry and give bit to your own child, and if your uterus is missing, or not functional, then this is a viable alternative to surrogacy, or adoption.
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Could you use social media to track Ebola or Enterovirus? Sickweather thinks so. - Washington Post

Could you use social media to track Ebola or Enterovirus? Sickweather thinks so. - Washington Post | Nimming recommends... | Scoop.it
“Health start-up Sickweather uses posts on Facebook, Twitter to plot where illnesses are likely to spread.”
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Incredible potential of social media to help track disease outbreaks - a real life example of how technology is enabling us to do things much more simply than before. Where, in the past, we could track something retrospectively, now we can track it live, and that might just make the difference for some people's lives.
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Nobel Prize in Chemistry for Improving Microscopes

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“Two Americans and a German were honored for fine-tuning optical microscopy to view live molecular processes.”
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Awesome stuff!! Being able to see processes will revolutionize the way we understand biology.
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Coffee habits are shaped by your genes, research finds

Coffee habits are shaped by your genes, research finds | Nimming recommends... | Scoop.it
“Whether you reach for another cup or hold back depends on your genes, research shows.”
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This makes sense, but it's nice to know that I'm more controlled by my genes than I thought.
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7 Tips for Responding to Negative Comments on Social Media

7 Tips for Responding to Negative Comments on Social Media | Nimming recommends... | Scoop.it
“Receiving negative response from your social audience? The best course of action can be tricky. Learn how to deal with negative comments with these 7 tips.”
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Secret Teacher: I love teaching but it's robbed me of the chance to find love - The Guardian (blog)

Secret Teacher: I love teaching but it's robbed me of the chance to find love - The Guardian (blog) | Nimming recommends... | Scoop.it
“When I started in the profession, I knew there would be sacrifices for the greater good, but I never expected that I would die alone”
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Worldstrides BiologyTours 2014-15

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“Check out our latest Biology educational tours brochure http://t.co/lJISOqRE4Y”;
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Why schools in England are teaching 5-year-olds how to code - Chicago Daily Herald

Why schools in England are teaching 5-year-olds how to code - Chicago Daily Herald | Nimming recommends... | Scoop.it
“The British government now wants the nation's kids to not only consume technology but to build it -- instead of just playing computer games, they might create them one day. Like many developed nations, the U.K.”
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One more reason to get a good night’s sleep

One more reason to get a good night’s sleep | Nimming recommends... | Scoop.it
The brain uses a quarter of the body's entire energy supply, yet only accounts for about two percent of the body's mass. So how does this unique organ receive and, perhaps more importantly, rid itself of vital nutrients?
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Yet another reason to get 8 good quality hours a night!
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One more reason to get a good night’s sleep

One more reason to get a good night’s sleep | Nimming recommends... | Scoop.it
The brain uses a quarter of the body's entire energy supply, yet only accounts for about two percent of the body's mass. So how does this unique organ receive and, perhaps more importantly, rid itself of vital nutrients?
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Yet another reason to get 8 good quality hours a night!
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Google Cheat Sheets

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A collections of handy guides and cheat sheets created for teachers and students using Google Apps.
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Navigating Google Classroom

How-To on Google Classroom

Via Mikko Jordman, Timo Ilomäki, Dorian Love
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3 Myths of Flipped Learning

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“ Flipped Learning is a philosophy, not a method of teaching. It provides an approach where “students can learn information without the presence of a teacher””
Via Mel Riddile, Leon Weatherstone, Maggie Verster
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New research to investigate if neuroscience can improve teaching and learning ... - Wellcome Trust

New research to investigate if neuroscience can improve teaching and learning ... - Wellcome Trust | Nimming recommends... | Scoop.it
“Can physical fitness improve academic achievement? Would teenagers do better in their exams if they could sleep in and start school later?”
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I look forward to the results of this study! I'm in favour of a later start in high school, but then what happens with my own kids who are in primary if I'm finishing later in the day?
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The Limits of Friendship - The New Yorker

The Limits of Friendship - The New Yorker | Nimming recommends... | Scoop.it
“How does the increased prevalence of Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram in our lives affect our social circles?”
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Interesting insights on friendships
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Technology is turning our cars into smartphones - Kansas City Star

Technology is turning our cars into smartphones - Kansas City Star | Nimming recommends... | Scoop.it
“As people become more wedded to and dependent upon all that their mobile devices provide, the car industry is grappling to keep up with the latest gadgetry and hoping the technology isn’t obsolete soon after vehicles hit the showroom floor.”
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Nice if you can afford it, but I'm guessing that most ordinary people will never have this kind of car....
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