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Dispatches from the US (2)

(October 17th, 2014) Among the past month’s top stories are: The US declares war on Ebola; the White House invests in improved antibiotic testing; the NSF takes stock of postdoctoral unemployment rates and US universities install napping stations in libraries.

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Confessions of a Postdoc (21): When Research Throws a Curve Ball, Take Solace in Philanthropy

(October 14th, 2014) Since 2010, Anjana Nityanandam has shared her inner thoughts, experiences and feelings that come with being a postdoc. Here are her latest insights into the world of a research scientist that many are probably all too familiar with.

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Lab Video

An Almost Happy First Birthday

(October 10th, 2014) It hasn’t been an easy ride for the Human Brain Project in its first year of research. An open letter and the Swiss vote caused the ambitious project to totter. At the 4th Human Brain Project Annual Summit, Henry Markram and Co. talked about HBP’s current state of affairs.

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And the Nobel Prize goes to… (UPDATE)

(October 6th, 2014) Hurray for European neuroscience. John O’Keefe (UK) and Edvard and May-Britt Moser (Norway) won this year’s biggest prize – the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. Eric Betzig, Stefan Hell and William Moerner won the Chemistry Prize. Lab Times salutes them.

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Sciences en Marche

(October 3rd, 2014) Researchers from all over France are marching on Paris (by bicycle) to call for urgently needed funding of their crumbling research system. Jeremy Garwood reports.

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All in one Place

(September 30th, 2014) So, you work with non-coding RNA and have been complaining about the lack of a centralised database for years? Your pleas have been answered. Recently, RNAcentral, a unified resource for all types of non-coding RNA data, was launched.

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Methods and Protocols (5): A New Coating Compound

(September 25th, 2014) Coating glass coverslips with fibronectin or poly-L-lysine can be expensive or uncomfortable for the cells. Italian researchers have synthesised a new, biocompatible “cell glue” and tested it on primary brain cells, with success.

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Who Really did it First? Nature or a Pharmacist?

(September 22nd, 2014) Remember the tramadol story from last year? French researchers found that African trees synthesise the popular painkiller all by themselves. Now, German scientists claim that very different reasons are behind the trees’ alleged chem lab. The French fervently beg to differ.

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Opportunities Under Horizon 2020 (2)

(September 19th, 2014) Just like Axelle Viré, also Laura De Vargas Roditi benefited from a Marie Curie Action. Originally from Brazil, she is now a postdoc at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zürich.

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Life Captured at its Best

(September 16th, 2014) “From so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being, evolved”, Charles Darwin once wrote. And as a proof of Nature’s beauty, BMC Ecology runs an annual image contest. Here are this year’s winners.

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Opportunities Under Horizon 2020 (1)

(September 12th, 2014) Axelle Viré has benefited from Marie Curie Actions twice throughout her career. Since November last year, she has been the vice chair of the Marie Curie Alumni Association, MCAA. Lab Times talked to her about her MC experiences and her role in shaping the MCAA.

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Pathogen Priority

(September 9th, 2014) Normally a measure for a researcher’s productivity and the impact of his published work, UK scientists found an alternative use for the Hirsch-index. With it, they determined the top 100 human and domestic animal pathogens in Europe.

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