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MUTATIONS IN THE SEED REGION OF WIZARD mIR-96 ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR HEREDITARY PARSELTONGUE HYPERACUSIS

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 22:00:39 +0000

Annals of Praetachoral Mechanics (2016). Vol 2. Advanced online publication. download pdf ABSTRACT Parseltongue is a rare hereditary trait that allows wizards to communicate in the language of serpents. Wizards who are parseltongue not only have the ability to speak to serpents (parselmouth), but also possess the ability to hear ultrasonic frequencies produced by the snake (parseltongue hyperacusis). Genome wide association studies (GWAS) have identified scores of genetic variants that contribute to different wizarding phenomenon. MicroRNAs negatively regulate mRNA expression by binding complementary sites in target mRNAs, with the specificity of interaction being crucially dependent on the miRNA seed region.…



OH LOOK, IT’S THE CANNABIS CARD, AND THE THC CARD… (PHYLO PHYTOCHEMISTRY EXPANSION DECK)

Thu, 24 Nov 2016 23:26:51 +0000

Just a quick word to let you know that our sister site (The Phylo TCG Game) has finally launched the purchasable version of their Phytochemistry Expansion Deck (also available as a free download). Now you can mix and match potent drugs with the botanical species they were derived from. Anyway, here are the details on how to use, as well as an image showcase of the awesome cards themselves: Welcome to the PHYLO Phytochemical deck. This is a cool expansion pack that looks at important chemicals derived from plant specimens. In other words, it’s not really a standalone playable* PHYLO…



AN INTRODUCTION TO CREATINE

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 17:36:11 +0000

Many profits in the supplement industry are generated by making exaggerated claims about their products. Despite the popularity of such supplements, few are very well researched and the industry itself isn’t well regulated. In fact, one popular pre-workout stimulant, Jack3d, was recently banned in the United States because it contained an illegal dietary supplement, dimethylamylamine (DMAA), that has been linked with the development of cardiovascular problems. Creatine, however, is a popular supplement used for increasing muscle development and athletic performance that has been well-researched and has been consistently proven to produce these effects. Its effects can be explained by basic…



ADVANCED QUANTUM THERMO-DYNAMICS IS NOT A GREAT TITLE FOR CLICKBAIT, BUT IT IS A GREAT TITLE TO LOOK LIKE A SMARTASS IN PUBLIC

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 17:30:57 +0000

Just a quick note to say that (just in time for Christmas) the book, Advanced Quantum Thermodynamics, is now available in a pocketbook version, which also happens to come with a new smart looking vintage cover. In case, you’ve forgotten, this is not about literature, it’s not even about thermodynamics (read the smaller font subtitle),…



WHY SOME PEOPLE MAKE THE WRONG DECISION AND OTHERS DON’T: AN ASSESSMENT OF ARITHMETIC AND GEOMETRIC PROJECTIONS OF THE FRIDAY-SUNDAY DIVIDE BEYOND THE MEHSPAIR CHASM WITH P-VALUES, χ2, AND LICORICE

Tue, 15 Nov 2016 16:45:08 +0000

ABSTRACT So it’s come to this. Another year has passed and another Candy Hierarchy survey has been completed. Check that. “Candy Hierarchy” is what yahoos call it, but to us, it’s a deep dive into the Friday/Sunday question that has blessed our species since caveman times. Caveman times. We’ve taken a look at the data, and frankly, we don’t like what we see. Maybe it’s not all bad. Maybe. Let’s start with the good. Remember last year when a couple of plucky scientists who had overcome obscure forms of childhood adversity before finding their footing in a ne’er do well…



REFUGEE SCREENING: A BRIEF INTRODUCTION (AND A REQUEST FOR EQUIPMENT)

Mon, 14 Nov 2016 16:23:16 +0000

In an increasingly chaotic world, people fleeing life-threatening chaos—refugees—are a growing group. Today over 65 million displaced people—representing the biggest wave of mass displacement since World War II—seek safer, better lives in new countries, cultures, languages, fields, and communities. Many are climate refugees—people displaced by the effects of climate change. This group will probably grow by an order of magnitude in the coming decades, unless countries and corporations achieve global collective action to reduce carbon emissions and otherwise stem the effects of what we are already experiencing as climate departure. Refugees face many challenges, from life-threatening violence and other disaster…



DREAM LAB

Mon, 07 Nov 2016 13:47:23 +0000

To sleep perchance to Sit in a dark room Ventilation buzzing A slow wave behind Double doors trap the Night walking wake Subject to deep remembering Five candles stage One’s existence up Late without flux Blind little boxes React timelessly In anticipation Eyeful corner Monitored awake Somnolent book Oh, lab of my dreams Collect all my sleep Scatter my wake



2016 CANDY HIERARCHY: SUPPLEMENTAL RAW DATA AND NEW ANALYSES

Mon, 31 Oct 2016 01:16:04 +0000

PREAMBLE: This is for you data nerds who might want to dig into the data a little deeper (we didn’t have a lot of time to play around with it). We’ve provided access to the full excel spreadsheet (which also includes data that was cut off from our analysis due to us having to get started earlier for today’s piece on BoingBoing). We’re essentially hoping that with more rigorous analysis of the data, we might be able to find out whether there are statistically relevant differences in how different folks rate their candies For example, do people who see the…



TELL US ABOUT YOUR HALLOWEEN CANDY PREFERENCES, AND OTHER THINGS BESIDES

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 17:20:41 +0000

With so many costumes adorning this election season, you might think the Halloween get-ups are overkill. Think again, because David Ng and B.R. Cohen are here to present the official universal survey about your candy favorites for the 2016 hierarchical delineation of candy virtue. There’s the stuff about science, and ranking, and surveys, and strata, we say that every year. There’s the extra layer about experimental proof, rigorous data analysis, metrics of repeatability. Got it, we got it. – – – So we’re here are again. Last year was a kind of game changer in the candy ranking industry. We…



THE LAB CULTURE: A TRUE SCIENTIFIC HORROR STORY

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 22:29:57 +0000

My first co-op placement was in a research lab, four and a half thousand kilometres away from my home university. For the first week or so, it was like taking a really intense lab for a university class, except the prof was just judging me instead of grading me. He would ask me questions to probe my knowledge and get me to think hard about things, but the environment and topic were so new that this usually just made me feel silly and lost. I did learn things, but not very quickly. Soon enough, I was set up to do…