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Links for 2010-01-19

  • IPC Media plans online revival of Melody Maker – Press Gazette
    "IPC plans to revive the Melody Maker name with a comprehensive online archive of the magazine – which ran from 1926 until it merged with the New Musical Express in 2000."
    (tags:journalism music )
  • polis: a blog about cities: Journalism and the Urban Poor: Embracing Subjectivity
    "The Inter Press Service?s mission of ?giving a voice to the voiceless? may seem too loaded for palates tied to journalists? sacrosanct objectivity. But journalism is never a neutral affair. By acknowledging its power and their role in it, journalists can more responsibly and effectively wield the tools at their disposal."
    (tags:journalism )
  • Copper-Free Click Chemistry Used in Mice
    "For the first time, the widely used molecular synthesis technique known as click chemistry has been safely applied to a living organism. A team of Berkeley Lab and UC Berkeley researchers has developed a unique copper-free version of click chemistry to create biomolecular probes for in vivo studies of live mice. Conventional click chemistry reactions require a copper catalyst that is toxic to cells and organisms." CLICK CHEMISTRY!
    (tags:sci med )
  • Chimps dance in the face of fire
    "Unusual behaviors have been observed in wild chimpanzees in West Africa in the face of grass fires. The chimps did not panic or flee, and some made ritualistic displays that suggest they understand fire and do not fear it, and they may even be able to control it. Since chimpanzees are the nearest relatives to humans, the observations may shed some light on how our early ancestors harnessed fire."
    (tags:social )
  • Study suggests theory for insect colonies as ‘superorganisms’
    "A team of researchers including scientists from the University of Florida has shown insect colonies follow some of the same biological "rules" as individuals, a finding that suggests insect societies operate like a single "superorganism" in terms of their physiology and life cycle."
    (tags:sci social )

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