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Controversial website that lists ‘predatory’ publishers shuts down

Controversial website that lists ‘predatory’ publishers shuts down | Popular bioscience | Scoop.it
Librarian Jeffrey Beall won’t say why he has unpublished his widely read blog.
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LudusScope: Accessible Interactive Smartphone Microscopy for Life-Science Education

LudusScope: Accessible Interactive Smartphone Microscopy for Life-Science Education | Popular bioscience | Scoop.it
For centuries, observational microscopy has greatly facilitated biology education, but we still cannot easily and playfully interact with the microscopic world we see. We therefore developed the LudusScope, an accessible, interactive do-it-yourself smartphone microscopy platform that promotes exploratory stimulation and observation of microscopic organisms, in a design that combines the educational modalities of build, play, and inquire. The LudusScope’s touchscreen and joystick allow the selection and stimulation of phototactic microorganisms such as Euglena gracilis with light. Organismal behavior is tracked and displayed in real time, enabling open and structured game play as well as scientific inquiry via quantitative experimentation. Furthermore, we used the Scratch programming language to incorporate biophysical modeling. This platform is designed as an accessible, low-cost educational kit for easy construction and expansion. User testing with both teachers and students demonstrates the educational potential of the LudusScope, and we anticipate additional synergy with the maker movement. Transforming observational microscopy into an interactive experience will make microbiology more tangible to society, and effectively support the interdisciplinary learning required by the Next Generation Science Standards.

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Women postdocs less likely than men to get a glowing reference

Women postdocs less likely than men to get a glowing reference | Popular bioscience | Scoop.it
Women and men applying for geoscience postdocs receive very different letters of support from their mentors.
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US Gov't Takes On Predatory Publishers | The Scientist Magazine®

US Gov't Takes On Predatory Publishers | The Scientist Magazine® | Popular bioscience | Scoop.it
The Federal Trade Commission has filed a legal complaint against the OMICS Group for allegedly engaging in deceptive practices.
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Researcher Accidentally Infects Self with Zika | The Scientist Magazine®

Researcher Accidentally Infects Self with Zika | The Scientist Magazine® | Popular bioscience | Scoop.it
An unidentified researcher at the University of Pittsburgh has contracted the virus after mishandling a needle.
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Let's Not Hug It Out With Our Dogs

Let's Not Hug It Out With Our Dogs | Popular bioscience | Scoop.it
Your dog doesn't like your hugs. Psychologist and author Stanley Coren says that when he looked at a random sample of pictures showing people hugging dogs, most of the dogs showed signs of stress.
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Zika Update

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Virus found in amniotic fluid; scientists consider links to mental illness, global warming, dengue, and Guillain-Barré syndrome
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Great Zika virus news roundup.  Obvious that there is plenty going on and lots of unanswered questions.

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DNA Study of First Ancient African Genome Flawed, Researchers Report

DNA Study of First Ancient African Genome Flawed, Researchers Report | Popular bioscience | Scoop.it
When other researchers studied the 4,500-year-old-genome, they discovered that the conclusion that much of Africa has Eurasian ancestry was incorrect.
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How Scientists Are Working To Eradicate Zika Mosquitoes

How Scientists Are Working To Eradicate Zika Mosquitoes | Popular bioscience | Scoop.it

Can the spread of the Zika virus be curtailed by eliminating mosquitoes that carry it? Professor Anthony James of UC Irvine discusses the consequences of pesticides to our health and on the ecosystem.

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JAMES: We have developed technologies that allow us to put DNA into the mosquito species. This case, they are called aedes aegypti and aedes albopictus. And so we use microinjection techniques to put genes in there. And then when those genes are active they can actually cause the mosquitoes to die or be infertile.

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The global pipeline of GM crops out to 2020

The global pipeline of GM crops out to 2020 | Popular bioscience | Scoop.it
Although a few arable crops and agronomic traits will likely dominate commercial varieties for the foreseeable future, with many being stacked together, more quality traits and specialty crops are being introduced into the pipeline.
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How Multicellularity Arose | The Scientist Magazine®

How Multicellularity Arose | The Scientist Magazine® | Popular bioscience | Scoop.it
Researchers identify a molecule that may have been key to the surprisingly common transition from single-celled ancestors to today’s complex, multicellular organisms. 
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How to Raise a (Data) Scientist in the Xbox Age

How to Raise a (Data) Scientist in the Xbox Age | Popular bioscience | Scoop.it
Summary:  How will we convince our children to consider data science as a career?  And what will data science be like if they make that choice?
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Microbiome analysis: How one tech company is changing health behaviors, one fecal sample at a time

Microbiome analysis: How one tech company is changing health behaviors, one fecal sample at a time | Popular bioscience | Scoop.it
This new technology lets citizen scientists experiment with their own gut bacteria or be part of larger efforts to figure out how the microbiome affects various health conditions.
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Curbing Alcohol Dependence by Blocking a Neural Network | The Scientist Magazine®

Curbing Alcohol Dependence by Blocking a Neural Network | The Scientist Magazine® | Popular bioscience | Scoop.it
Researchers short circuit the urge to consume alcohol in rat models of compulsive drinking by shutting down specific neurons wired to the brain’s reward system.
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Slice of PLOS: A Fungus Among Us | PLOS Blogs Network

Slice of PLOS: A Fungus Among Us | PLOS Blogs Network | Popular bioscience | Scoop.it
Source: Slice of PLOS: A Fungus Among Us AddThis Sharing Buttons above Fungi are essential elements of all ecosystems and provide many important services, most notably decomposition. While the classic role of fungi is in breaking down organic matter, fungi are incredibly varied and diverse, with members ranging from hyper-virulent pathogens to essential symbiotic partners of many plants. To highlight and promote the amazing contribution of fungi to our world, The British Mycological Society has created UK Fungus Day, occurring this year on October 9, 2016. As our contribution to the event, we here present some of the newest research from the Open Access corpus featuring fungi. Fungal pathogens can infect a wide range of hosts. In recent years, Chytridiomycosis, caused by the fungus Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis, has devastated amphibian populations in Costa Rica and Panamá. In this PLOS ONE article, the authors document the spread of the fungus in frogs found in the lowland habitats
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CodeON is teaching computer science in a laundromat class to kids from an underserved area in Charleston

CodeON is teaching computer science in a laundromat class to kids from an underserved area in Charleston | Popular bioscience | Scoop.it
CodeON is teaching computer science in a laundromat to kids from an underserved area in Charleston, South Carolina
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Banned From National Forest, For-Profit Mushroom Pickers Go Underground

Banned From National Forest, For-Profit Mushroom Pickers Go Underground | Popular bioscience | Scoop.it
Last year's forest fires have produced a bumper crop of coveted morel mushrooms in Montana's northwestern forests. But the Forest Service isn't issuing commercial licenses in some prime picking spots.
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Genome reveals why giraffes have long necks

Genome reveals why giraffes have long necks | Popular bioscience | Scoop.it
Scientists spot mutations that could explain how giraffes became the world’s tallest living mammals.
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CDC: Zika Causes Microcephaly | The Scientist Magazine®

CDC: Zika Causes Microcephaly | The Scientist Magazine® | Popular bioscience | Scoop.it
The virus is also to blame for other birth defects, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention concludes.
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Zika Update | The Scientist Magazine®

Zika Update | The Scientist Magazine® | Popular bioscience | Scoop.it
Uptick in Guillain-Barré syndrome; Zika data-sharing snags; Brazilian state discontinues larvicide
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Zika Update | The Scientist Magazine®

Zika Update | The Scientist Magazine® | Popular bioscience | Scoop.it
Link to microcephaly questioned; vaccine timeline expedited; thousands of Zika-exposed pregnancies reported in Colombia
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Zika virus: Brazil's surge in small-headed babies questioned by report

Zika virus: Brazil's surge in small-headed babies questioned by report | Popular bioscience | Scoop.it
Organization says spike might be the result of heightened awareness because of possible link to Zika — but not everyone agrees.
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Ancient Microbe Migration | The Scientist Magazine®

Ancient Microbe Migration | The Scientist Magazine® | Popular bioscience | Scoop.it
Bacteria from the stomach contents of “Iceman,” an ancient corpse frozen in a European glacier, shed light on early human migration.
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BMC Medicine

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With an ethos of transparency and accessibility, BMC Medicine is an open access, open peer-reviewed general medical journal publishing outstanding and influential research in all areas of clinical practice, translational medicine, public health, policy, and general topics of interest to the biomedical research community. As the flagship medical journal of the BMC series, we also publish stimulating debates and reviews as well as unique forum articles and concise tutorials.  
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Using CRISPR to change "A" to "T" and "C" to "G"

Using CRISPR to change "A" to "T" and "C" to "G" | Popular bioscience | Scoop.it
Using CRISPR to change "A" to "T" and "C" to "G"

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