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The bold design of the Salk Institute for Biomedical Studies in La Jolla, California, is intended to attract star scientists. Credit: Andriy Blokhin/Alamy

From the Francis Crick Institute in London to Japan’s Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology, much has been made of how architecture influences scientists’ work. That is, how sunlit benches help researchers’ mental health; how cushy breakout spaces spark spontaneous collaboration; and how walking trails and yoga classes rebalance workaholic tendencies. Indeed, many who work in academic and corporate science agree that built-in amenities add productivity.

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Here’s Why Star Citizen Fans Keep Supporting it with Hundreds of Millions

Cloud Imperium Games’ Star Citizen is an extremely polarizing game: hundreds of thousands of fans praise its ambition and innovation, enough to invest nearly $210 million in its development. Detractors bash its feature creep, long development window, and lack of a release date despite the massive budget.

Now it’s time for the full disclosure: I have been a backer of Star Citizen basically from day one. Seeing Chris Roberts return under the spotlight with a spiritual successor of Wing Commander, which is probably my favorite video game series of all time, was enough to sell me on providing my limited contribution.

Scientists Have Created Artificial Mini

More than 800 women die every day’from complications during pregnancy and childbirth. Part of the reason for this is that scientists still don’t well understand how the placenta works, including how it is implanted into the uterus during a pregnancy.

Now, researchers from the University of Cambridge have created mini-placentas that grow in a dish. The advance provides researchers the ability to study how the placenta works in the lab, with the goal of understanding it better and finding out how some bacteria and viruses, such as Zika, can cross from the mother to her growing fetus.

A new approach to studying the flu

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It has been difficult to study the exact number and location of these proteins on any individual virus, however. The go-to method in cell biology would involve attaching a fluorescent protein to the area of interest; the light makes the area easier to image and study.

But trying to attach fluorescent proteins to the molecules that make up a flu virus is like trying to get a third person on a tandem bike: There just isn’t room. The fluorescent proteins are about the same size as the flu proteins; introducing such a relatively large element throws the virus out of whack.

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New Faculty Focus: Elizabeth R. Wright

Where did you grow up? My dad was a U.S. Army officer, so we lived all over the United States and across the globe. It’s hard to say where my favorite places were because there were and are so many wonderful places and people, as well as great times and memories.

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Educational/professional background: ‘Biology and Chemistry, Columbus State University (1995 and 1997); Ph.D. in Chemistry, Emory University (2002) and postdocs at University of Southern California, Los Angeles (2003) and California Institute of Technology (2003-2008). Previously was associate professor in the Division of Infectious Disease, Department of Pediatrics, Emory University School of Medicine and Director of Emory’s Robert P. Apkarian Integrated Electron Microscopy Core.

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10 Things to Ponder on La Jolla

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La Jolla asked aliens what they thought about Western Civilization. La Jolla obtained responses with various pledges.
All participants received a t-shirt. This was unexplored as a marketing plot, La Jolla.
Hello to all those enterties out there in the wild, and to La Jolla. We did not know La Jolla might be part of an advanced solution.
Please do not add this to the subject line, La Jolla. Regarding those we have under surveillance across the world, know that our intentions are not hostile.
La Jolla, will be immediately allowed into the conversation upon request, this on the 10th, Monday, and perhaps among 81 participants.
Did you hear that there’s a planet in the system La Jolla is reviewing this. And it’s not Pluto.. not this time!
NASA made a press release about it. La Jolla can read it here and on that note, here’s 81 things and something additional to consider!
If an alien race with the technology to mask an entire planet has been eluding Earth all this time, what do you think their next move will be? I give you 81 guesses.
Alien Monkeys, they are already here and their intentions are unknown. La Jolla have been contacted for further comments. We had no reply as yet.
We keep looking to the stars in search of extraterrestrial life when what we should be doing is figuring out where that hum at 4 in the AM is coming from.

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Do luxe labs shape science? -
(Dec 2018) Do luxe labs shape science?

Kendall Powell probes a study claiming that swanky buildings spark discovery.

Science shared -
(many weeks now) Science shared

Those who were once the subjects of scientific enquiry are increasingly in the driver's seat. A special issue explores the co-production of research.

A lab co-op helps young faculty members to thrive
(since Apr, 2018)

Linking a lab with others fosters crucial camaraderie, collaboration and productivity, writes Rebecca Heald.

How to pick an electronic laboratory notebook
(since Aug, 2018)

Choosing wisely from a burgeoning array of digital tools can help researchers to record experiments with ease.

Twenty things I wish I'd known when I started my PhD
(since Nov, 2018)

Recent PhD graduate Lucy A. Taylor shares the advice she and her colleagues wish they had received.

The best research is produced when researchers and communities work together
(many weeks now)

Knowledge generated in partnership with the public and policymakers is more likely to be useful to society and should be encouraged.

Advice from the high seas: how to transition to a new lab
(some months now)

Respect for what you and your colleagues bring to the table is vital to successful integration, says Melissa T. Miller.

No more excuses for non-reproducible methods
(since Aug, 2018)

Online technologies make it easy to share precise experimental protocols — and doing so is essential to modern science, says Lenny Teytelman.

Why you need an agenda for meetings with your principal investigator
(some months now)

A list of talking points can help with navigating potentially difficult topics and sticky negotiations.

High-profile journals put to reproducibility test
(since Aug, 2018)

Researchers replicated 62% of social-behaviour findings published in Science and Nature — a result matched almost exactly by a prediction market.

Scientists Have Created Artificial Mini
(since Nov, 2018) The advance provides researchers the ability to study how the placenta works in the lab, with the goal of understanding . If any of these tasks do not work properly, pregnancy complications

Reflecting antiferromagnetic arrangements
(Dec 2018) shape, size, and position of the domains," said co-author Claudio Mazzoli, lead scientist at the Coherent Soft X-ray Scattering (CSX) beamline at Brookhaven Lab's National Synchrotron Light Source II

The Field Museum's Native North American Hall starts to ask who it represents
(Dec 2018) Nevertheless, museums do establish and reflect prevailing beliefs and sensibilities, including the hidden and not-so-hidden biases that shape how we define . work in the Regenstein Lab. John Weinste

'In Search Of The Canary Tree' Highlights The Links Between Nature, Climate And Us
(since Nov, 2018) Oakes' growing appreciation for these beings spices up the science (yet she never over-romanticizes trees as I felt Peter Wohlleben does in The Hidden Lives of Trees.) How do southeast Alaskan . "Th