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Rising anti-science in Italy 
The prosecution of seismologists for failing to predict a volcanic eruption is still fresh in memory. Now an epidemic of bacterial disease Xylella fastidiosa affecting olive trees have scientists investigating the epidemic in trouble. Following accusations that the scientists might have introduced the infection, the police investigations are on and laptop and other logs have been confiscated from scientists and the ministry of Agriculture. Researchers believe that the bacteria which is spread by spittlebug insects came with imported ornamental plants from Costa Rica. 
Police investigate researchers' role in devastating bacterial epidemic.
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Dark grass blue butterfly Zizeeria karsandra 
A small fairly widespread butterfly, belong to the "blues" or Lycaenidae family of butterflies ranging from Mediterranean to India and far wast. 
http://www.ifoundbutterflies.org/#!/sp/636/Zizeeria-karsandra
For more butterflies, see my collection  https://plus.google.com/collection/83L9b
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Zebra blue butterfly Leptotes plinius 
A Lycaenidae butterfly (blues) of the Polyammotinae (pale blues) subfamily. It is found in the dry parts and forest edges of south Asia and south-east asia. This is a very small butterfly with a size of about 20mm (size is the double of thorax to wing tip) and was found under a tree in front of my residence while chasing another butterfly. #butterfly   #butterflyphotography  
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Common sailor butterfly Neptis hylas 
Widespread in south and south-east Asia, this nymphalid butterfly has a stiff gliding flight due to the shallow wing beats just above horizontal. 
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A gliding butterfly! Interesting!
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Would the world have been a better place, a more liberal world, minus the world wars that followed if the battle of Waterloo never took place. An apology for Napoleon on the eve of the bicentenary of his last battle. 
 
"[...]  That night Napoleon sat down to eat the dinner that had been cooked for Louis XVIII, who had fled Paris only hours earlier. Not one shot had been fired in the Bourbons’ defense. “Never before in history,” said Parisian wags, “has an emperor won an empire simply by showing his hat.” [...]"
On the bicentennial of the most famous battle in world history, a distinguished historian looks at what could have been
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I still don't get the title though. None of it argues the title, excepting the last paragraph. As if after all that discussion of history, such a conclusion was obvious.
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Is Alzheimers the price of intelligence?
Humans are the only animals that get Alzheimers disease and was it a mere coincidence that the genes linked to it are the same ones that might have given us that extra intelligence. A study that compared variability among humans from different continents suggest that these genes were under strong selection from 200,000 - 50,000 years ago, the time when the brains and intelligence of our ancestors evolved rapidly.  _A Chronological Atlas of Natural Selection in the Human Genome during the Past Half-million Years_   #dementia   #alzheimer   #evolution  
http://biorxiv.org/content/early/2015/05/05/018929
Factors that drove evolution of intellectual capacity also implicated in memory disorder.
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Indian skipper butterfly Spialia galba 
A small butterfly that flies close to the ground, seen in south Asia and parts of south east asia. 
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Ha...Afrotropical....thats new to me....4000 species in sub-saharan...wow....they thrive on the warmth always following a thermal updraft.
We have a butterfly world in cape town as well....near Klapmuts....this is where photographers can capture the best pictures....although I think the one in Pietermaritzburg has the ideal climate for these soul birds to thrive since the conditions are Afrotropical
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Citizen Science - Fishermen help scientists discover a fresh water current in the Bay of Bengal 
Sea water samples collected every five days by fishermen off the East of coast of India for the last ten years since 2005 have uncovered an unusual phenomena. For several months after after the Indian monsoon, a current of relatively fresh water (as much as 10g/kg lower salinity), 100 kms wide and 40 meters deep flow from North to south along the coast. This inversion layer prevents vertical mixing leading to unusually higher surface temperatures that increase the intensity of tropical storms in this area.   #oceanography   #climate  
Salinity Measurements Collected by Fishermen Reveal a “River in the Sea” Flowing Along the Eastern Coast of India http://journals.ametsoc.org/doi/abs/10.1175/BAMS-D-12-00243.1
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+Abigail van Rooyen Neither did I, but my guess seems to be wrong. It is only the tenth largest river in terms of output. After Amazon, Ganges is the second biggest while Brahmaputra is ninth. Both Ganges and Brahmaputra joins the sea together in the Bay of Bengal which explains the river of fresh water. 
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Common grass yellow butterfly. 
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Common grass yellow Eurema hecabe 
A bright yellow butterfly found in Asia and Africa where it is known simply as grass yellow, it flies low over the ground in grass and scrub. Its color shade varies with season with darker shade during long days and lighter shade during shorter days. Its apex of the forewing (upper side, not seen) is black while the underwing (in picture) has a lighter shade of yellow than upper side. 
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Electron-Ion Collider plans to smash high energy electrons with protons or heavy ions, hoping to probe the structure of protons in greater detail 
Proposed US electron–ion smasher wins endorsement from influential nuclear-science panel.
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Politicians (in particular, our utterly incompetent Prime Minister here in Canada) prefer having scientific research directed by business interests for short term gain rather than fund basic research that has no immediate benefit.

They fail to understand that some of the greatest technology and commercial products we have originated from basic research. They prefer to kill the goose in order to get all the golden eggs, with disastrous long-term economic results.

Stephen Harper, using this same broken thinking, has turned the National Research Council over to research driven by business interests.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/research-councils-makeover-leaves-canadian-industry-setting-the-agenda/article11745246/

Russia has more recently started looking to do the same thing.
http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/political-standoff-causes-russia-science/
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Colombia University researchers led by Latha Venkataraman developes the first single molecule electronic device
Single-molecule diodes with high rectification ratios through environmental control #MolecularElectronics  
Molecular electronics aims to miniaturize electronic devices by using subnanometre-scale active components. A single-molecule diode, a circuit element that directs current flow4, was first proposed more than 40 years ago5 and consisted of an asymmetric molecule comprising a donor–bridge–acceptor architecture to mimic a semiconductor p–n junction. Several single-molecule diodes have since been realized in junctions featuring asymmetric molecular backbones, molecule–electrode linkers or electrode materials. Despite these advances, molecular diodes have had limited potential for applications due to their low conductance, low rectification ratios, extreme sensitivity to the junction structure and high operating voltages. Here, we demonstrate a powerful approach to induce current rectification in symmetric single-molecule junctions using two electrodes of the same metal, but breaking symmetry by exposing considerably different electrode areas to an ionic solution. This allows us to control the junction's electrostatic environment in an asymmetric fashion by simply changing the bias polarity. With this method, we reliably and reproducibly achieve rectification ratios in excess of 200 at voltages as low as 370 mV using a symmetric oligomer of thiophene-1,1-dioxide. By taking advantage of the changes in the junction environment induced by the presence of an ionic solution, this method provides a general route for tuning nonlinear nanoscale device phenomena, which could potentially be applied in systems beyond single-molecule junctions
http://www.nature.com/nnano/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/nnano.2015.97.html
Under the direction of Latha Venkataraman, associate professor of applied physics at Columbia Engineering, researchers have designed a new technique to create a single-molecule diode, and, in doing so, they have developed molecular diodes that perform 50 times better than all prior designs. Venkataraman's ...
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What kind of future applications this could have?
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Irreproducibility - Are antibodies to blame? 
Many a promising breakthrough have been forgotten in time due to lack of reproducibility and blames have been placed on reasons from methodology to poor laboratory practice or worse but it could also be due to variations in antibodies. Antibodies are more than just proteins and carbohydrate residues on them (glycosylation) plays an important role in antibody functions and manufacturing methods and even batch variation can affect glycosylation and function. This much had become apparent following the debate over biosimilar drugs. (After original innovators critcised the generic biosimilars, it turned out that even the different batches from innovators were widely different).  There is increasing evidence that lack of specificity of antibodies (they might find something other than they were supposed to bind) could be a serious problem. 
Antibodies are the workhorses of biological experiments, but they are littering the field with false findings. A few evangelists are pushing for change.
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Well pathogens for the least, can readily blame on antibodies the non-reproducibility of infections.
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