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Best of Nature Network, NPG staff blogs and Scitable: 26 Nov – 2 Dec 2011

Best of Nature Network, NPG staff blogs and Scitable: 26 Nov – 2 Dec 2011

Status update: Facebook good for your heart? That’s the theory behind the Social Heart Study, a new social network-based project aimed at understanding how Facebook friendships contribute to cardiovascular health. The Spoonful of Medicine gives more details on the project: The Social Heart Study went live last week and is still in beta mode. But eventually, the organizers hope to recruit a cohort of more than a million adults who are willing to pour their hearts out (so to speak) for science. All this personal information should form a huge online database for observational and interventional studies into cardiovascular health,  … Read more

Best of Nature Network, NPG staff blogs and Scitable: 19 – 25 November

Best of Nature Network, NPG staff blogs and Scitable: 19 – 25 November

Happy Thanksgiving Scitable’s blogger Eric Sawyer has been wishing his readers happy Thanksgiving, a traditional US celebration involving lots of eating. He looks at the merriments with a scientific twist explaining that, thanks to science, we now know the DNA sequences of many of the dishes sitting on the Thanksgiving table. He summarises a few of the foodie delights in his post: Turkey is the obvious place to start. The genome of the domestic turkey (Meleagris gallopavo) was reported in PLoS Biology in 20101, finding about 16,000 genes. As part of the analysis, they compared the genomes of turkeys and  … Read more

Best of Nature Network, NPG staff blogs and Scitable: 12 – 18 November

Best of Nature Network, NPG staff blogs and Scitable: 12 – 18 November

Ornithology This week, GrrlScientist discusses how Natural History collections are important and can be used to research diseases. She presents us with a video which takes us on a behind-the-scenes tour through the largest and most complete ornithology collection in the world: Birds of paradise, courtesy of AMNH, 9 November 2010. Image: Matthew Wills (Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License). Safe Spaces This week’s guest blogger is Rosemary Randall, a psychotherapist, founder of the community-based charity Cambridge Carbon Footprint and the nationally acclaimed Carbon Conversations project. She argues for the importance of Safe Spaces when tackling difficult-to-discuss  … Read more

NPG Goes Neuro! #NPGsfn11 Part 2

NPG Goes Neuro! #NPGsfn11 Part 2

Neuroscience 2011 is this year’s key conference for neuroscientists across the globe. Arranged by the Society for Neuroscience (SfN), the event took place from November 12th – 16th, in Washington, DC. To complement this event, NPG’s Neuroscience blog, Action Potential been hosting a special series of guest posts from some of the attendees. Action Potential’s editor, Noah Gray, has created a Google + circle listing the guest bloggers and you can also follow the hashtag #NPGsfn11 on Twitter to share in the discussion.  Read more