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ADHD and circadian rhythm

And we're BACK to our regularly scheduling blog-gramming. The Ignobels were fantastic fun, but now we need to wait yet another sad, solemn year before we celebrate the scientifically entertaining...

October 4, 2012 — Scicurious

Cricket Fight Club: How is a Cricket Like a Rat?

When my brother and I were young, we were very careful to share the last bit of dessert equally. It's not that we were particularly magnanimous. In their wisdom, my parents instituted a rule in our house: one of us would divide the snack in half, and the other would select his half...

October 4, 2012 — Jason G. Goldman

Stumped by bed nets, mosquitoes turn midnight snack into breakfast

One of the most effective methods for the control of spread of malaria is the use of bed nets infused with insecticides. Most species of mosquitoes (the Anopheles genus) that carry the malarial parasite ( Plasmodium falciparum ) are considered to be strictly nocturnal - they are active only during the night.Thus, sleeping under the net provides protection against getting bitten by the insect vectors of the disease...

October 3, 2012 — Bora Zivkovic

Super-Toxic Snake Venom Could Yield New Painkillers

A bite from the black mamba snake ( Dendroaspis polylepis ) can kill an adult human within 20 minutes. But mixed in with that toxic venom is a new natural class of compound that could be used to help develop new painkillers.Named "mambalgins," these peptides block acute and inflammatory pain in mice as well as morphine does, according to a new study.Researchers, led by Sylvie Diochot, of the Institute of Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology at Nice University, Sophia Antipolis in France, purified the peptides from the venom and profiled the compounds' structure...

October 3, 2012 — Katherine Harmon

The Most Amazing Lego Contraption Ever

Video of the Week #63 October 3rd, 2012: From: Watch the Most Amazing Lego Contraption Ever by Michael Moyer at Observations . Source: Akiyuki First there was the video of the LEGO version of the Antikythera Mechanism--an ancient Greek computing device found in a shipwreck in 1901 used to calculate the positions of astronomical bodies with extraordinary precision...

October 3, 2012 — Bora Zivkovic

Moving into the Wisconsin Idea

Dear Readers, it’s been quite awhile since I last wrote. In the intervening time, North Carolina Central University deemed me a Master of Biology, I traveled to see friends and family, and I moved to Madison, Wisconsin to start school in the Neuroscience and Public Policy program (NPP) at the University of Wisconsin – Madison...

October 2, 2012 — Princess Ojiaku

Of the Creation Persuasion

The Earth is flat. A full moon leads to more crime. Humans were created less than 10,000 years ago.If you made your way through even the most general of science educations, the above statements should strike you as suspect...

October 2, 2012 — Kyle Hill

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