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#SciAmBlogs Friday - honeybees, happiness, mystery birds, summer reading, NSA, and more.

- Matina Donaldson-Matasci - Honey bees and monoculture: nothing to dance about - David L. Levine - Innovation and Collaboration Are Keys to Success in the Baltic Region - Jag Bhalla - Happiness Should Be A Verb - Amelia Moura - The Senkaku/Diaoyu Island Dispute in the East China Sea - Darren Naish - ‘Mystery’ birds from Brazil - Gary Stix - Brie and Milbenkäse Are the New “Lab Rats” for Microbiologists - Khalil A...

STAFFJune 7, 2013 — Bora Zivkovic
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Brie and Milbenk se Are the New Lab Rats for Microbiologists

Trillions of microbes, a galaxy’s worth of prokaryotes, inhabit the human GI tract.Figuring out what the microbiome does, as this Brobdingnagian collection of critters is known, remains a grand challenge of biology.As always, scientists try to make a difficult problem tractable by conducting studies in a simpler version of the organism or environment they wish to observe: a mouse, rat, fruit fly or roundworm as stand-ins for humans...

STAFFJune 7, 2013 — Gary Stix
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Innovation and Collaboration Are Keys to Success in the Baltic Region

I was very happy to be invited to attend the BSHR HealthPort Press Study Tour, which took place in Copenhagen, Denmark on May 28-30. After all, Denmark has consistently been ranked as one of the happiest countries in the world, according to the "world map of happiness" and as reported by 20/20, Oprah and the World Happiness Report.The invitation said "the press study tour will focus on commercialization of ideas from clinics and hospitals and give an insight into the Danish health and biotech sector through an innovative agenda with recommendations on how to create a competitive health economy in the Baltic Sea Region."BSHR HealthPort is a pillar of the EU Baltic Sea Region Strategy flagship ScanBalt Health Region.The tour was organised by Tartu Biotechnology Park in collaboration with the European Union of Science Journalists Associations (EUSJA), Biopeople, Danish Biotech Association, COBIS, The Nordic Council of Ministers and ScanBalt® fmba...

June 7, 2013 — David L. Levine

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