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Sunday, 25 September 2016

Poll: Reading Books and Notes is the Best way to Develop Science Knowledge

Books are the ultimate source of knowledge preserved (Image: Pixabay)

Science is everywhere started ever since the great Big Bang of Universe to siting in the room reading this article over your computer or electronic device. It is very important and interesting to learn science. It has a great fascination to develop your knowledge may be of any background of science. So this time we asked people about what they think and how they can develop scientific knowledge.

The answer seems to be interesting.

So most people support that reading books and educational notes are the best source of knowledge development in science. What do you think? Please comment in the box below.

The poll statistics can be found at (download link). 


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New MRSA Strain hits Denmark


Researchers from Denmark found a new alarming superbug Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus or MRSA that is suspected to spread through eating contaminated poultry.

Majority of the people who raise livestock are more prone to risk of MRSA as researchers reported. But unfortunately 10 urban dwelling people known to be affected with new MRSA who do not work on farm nor did them have direct contact with farm animals. So researchers believes that these MRSA patients were affected after eating or handling contaminated poultry which was imported from other European countries. Since this new strain was not found in Danish livestock.

MRSA is a bacterium which is resistant to multiple antibiotics. It has been a threat to people long and a challenge for health workers. It is known to cause wide range of problems ranging from skin infections to pneumonia.

"Our findings implicate poultry meat as a source for these infections," said study leader Dr. Robert Skov from the Statens Serum Institut -- a Danish agency similar to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

His findings were published recently in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases.


Source: Tucson
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Friday, 23 September 2016

‘Mars-quakes’ can generate tiny microbes – hope of life in neighbouring planet

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It is not new that NASA along with other space explorers has been looking for life apart from Earth. In our solar system we often look for the possibility of life in the neighbouring planet Mars. Ancient rocks from Western Isles recently have paved a new clue that Mars could potentially support life.

In a research teamed from Scotland, Canada and US analyzed the samples from Barra and Uists as a part of their project to determine whether hydrogen was generated after earthquakes.

Hydrogen is an essential element to support life and researchers proposed this theory where hydrogen could be formed by ‘Marsquakes’. The study was published in the journal Astrobiology, was led by scientists from University of Aberdeen along with colleagues working from Yale University and Brock University.

The research was carried out in advance to NASA’s Mars Mission 2018 that would look for seismic activity on planet. Now it is hoped that conclusions drawn from Aberdeen researchers would be useful to support NASA’s expedition.

Professor John Parnell from University of Aberdeen School of Geosciences said that “Hydrogen is a fuel for simple microbes, so microbes could live off hydrogen created in the Earth’s subsurface as a result of seismic activity.”  He also added “Our analysis finds that conservative estimates of current seismic activity on Mars predict hydrogen generation that would be useful to microbes, which adds strength to the possibility of suitable habitats that could support life in the Martian sub-surface.”


Source: The Scotsman
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Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Monday, 19 September 2016

Poll: Bioinformatics has been an integral part for any Biological Researchers


or Computational Biology has been known for long for its importance in daily research. Starting from simple Primer designing tools to bigger databases like NCBI, PDB or EMBL Databases, Bioinformatics has been everywhere. It has seeded its importance long back and creating the base of each data you analyze in your lab.

So in this week we asked researchers and graduate students from Social Media how they are involve Bioinformatics in daily Research routine. The poll answers surprisingly replied with 72.2% of researchers use Bioinformatics most often or they are Bioinformaticians.

Here is what we asked:

Q) How Bioinformatics involved in your research?

Options:

A) Often = 61.1%
B) Rare = 16.7%
C) Not at all = 11.1%
D) I am a Bioinformatician = 11.1%

The poll statistics can be found at (download link). Please let us know what you think in the comment box below.

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Saturday, 17 September 2016

Young Students and Researchers developed a Microbial Classification Android Application

Microbial Identification (Courtesy: Sagar Aryal)

In Microbial investigation through morphological and biochemical properties is the primary and important stage of research. Microbiology research has strengthened and risen importance with a new Android Application called “Microbial Identification” where you can click to know the possible bacterium in your culture medium.

Study and work led by Sagar Aryal from St. Xavier’s College, Nepal with his colleagues developed this android application. In this application one has to select among the check boxes based on the biochemical experimental results and the possible morphological characteristics that will bring down to possible bacteria names without doing 16S DNA sequencing. Although it is preliminary application and Mr. Aryal himself justifies to go ahead with 16S DNA sequencing. It may not provide the accurate results.

The importance of this application is one can operate it in mobile or portable android devices. It would not identify the novel bacterium but just the possible bacterium. Apart from biochemical properties one can input various morphological characterization results into the application like different staining results.

In an interview with Micrographia Today Mr. Sagar said, “It is still in the testing phase, since all possible bacteria and their properties has not been updated yet. We are in the process of updating most important bacteria at first and other organisms later.”

The application is at preliminary level and is very useful for graduate students and microbiology professionals to identify bacteria at preliminary level. Application is developed by Taman Naupane.


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