How Slovenia is helping its ‘baby dragons’

The eyeless subterranean salamanders that live in the watery depths of Postojna Cave are under threat – but there’s hope in sightPostojna Cave in Slovenia is one of Europe ’s longest cave networks and one of the world’s most spectacular subterranean tourist sites. Hundreds of thousands of visitors come here every year to gaze at its wonders: its huge stalactites and stalagmites, its curtains of coloured rock and bridges that have been carved out of the local limes tone by the river Pivka over millions of years.Given such glories, it is not surprising that few tourists take note of the two concrete huts draped with black polythene that have been erected in a shadowy alcove in one obscure part of the 24km-long labyrinth. But the huts contain wonders of their own. In racks of trays of water, scientists have placed specimens of one of the world ’s strangest creatures: the blind aquatic salamanderProteus anguinus –or olm, as it is known locally. It constitutes a project that could have profound implications for the future of these remarkable creatures.Continue reading...
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Imperial College doctors with AR glasses examine patients as trainees watch remotelyCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageA flock of students stumbling after a consultant on a ward round has long been a familiar sight in hospitals. Perhaps not for much longer though – a university has pioneered the use of augmented reality to allow students to take part from home.Imperial College has conducted what it said is the world ’s first virtual ward round for medical students, which means an entire class of 350 students can watch a consultant examining patients rather than the three or four w...
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er Voos The automatic detection of eye positions, their temporal consistency, and their mapping into a line of sight in the real world (to find where a person is looking at) is reported in the scientific literature as gaze tracking. This has become a very hot topic in the field of computer vision during the last decades, with a surprising and continuously growing number of application fields. A very long journey has been made from the first pioneering works, and this continuous search for more accurate solutions process has been further boosted in the last decade when deep neural networks have revolutionized the whole ...
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This article aims to provide an up-to-date overview of AKC and summarize current and upcoming management. AREAS COVERED: The authors provide history, immunopathogenesis, and summary of the clinical manifestations of AKC as well as presenting a review of the evidence in relation to treatment options including mast cell stabilizers, antihistamines, corticosteroids, and immunomodulatory drugs based on clinical trials. Future trends, drug targets, and novel delivery drug systems are also highlighted in this review. EXPERT OPINION: Previously established treatment strategies of AKC had relied on corticosteroids, but the...
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The aim of this study was to explore and identify the key genes and signal pathways contributing to cervical intraepithelial neoplasia (CIN). The gene expression profiles of GSE63514 were downloaded from Gene Expression Omnibus database. Differentially expressed genes (DEGs) were screened performing with packages in software R. After Gene ontology terms, Kyoto Encyclopedia of Genes and Genomes (KEGG) pathway enrichment analyzing, and Gene set enrichment analysis (GSEA), weighted gene co-expression network analysis (WGCNA) was used to analyze these genes. Then sub-modules were subsequently analyzed base CIN grade, and prote...
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  What is resting b**ch face? In today’s Not Crazy podcast, Gabe and Lisa discuss the resting b**ch face concept and why it’s even a thing. Lisa shares how she’s been accused of it and how she’s even been prodded by men to smile more. What do you think? Is resting b**ch face an unconscious bias against women to always look pretty for men? Or is how you are perceived by others just a regular part of life? Join us for a nuanced discussion on the psychology of resting b**ch face. (Transcript Available Below) Please Subscribe to Our Show: And We Love Written Reviews!  About The Not Crazy ...
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In conclusion, metabolomics is a promising approach for the assessment of biological age and appears complementary to established epigenetic clocks. Sedentary Behavior Raises the Risk of Cancer Mortality https://www.fightaging.org/archives/2020/06/sedentary-behavior-raises-the-risk-of-cancer-mortality/ Living a sedentary lifestyle is known to be harmful to long term health, raising the risk of age-related disease and mortality. Researchers here show that a sedentary life specifically increases cancer mortality, and does so independently of other factors. This is one of many, many reasons to maintain a re...
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ConclusionsCytomegalovirus retinitis can recur in the same or contralateral eye of immunocompetent patients, especially without prophylactic medication.
Source: Journal of Ophthalmic Inflammation and Infection - Category: Opthalmology Source Type: research
As the world watched in horror the brutal murder of George Floyd by a police officer, many people are searching for answers. In today’s Psych Central Podcast, Gabe and Okpara Rice, MSW, tackle all of the tough subjects: white privilege, systemic racism, disparities in education and the concept behind Black Lives Matter. Why does racism still exist in America and what can be done? Tune in for an informative discussion on race that leaves no stone unturned. This podcast was originally a live recording on Facebook. SUBSCRIBE &REVIEW   Guest information for ‘Okpara Rice- Racism Trauma’ Podcast ...
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This study demonstrates that lower SES (defined by wealth) is related to accelerated decline over 6 to 8 years in 16 outcomes from physical, sensory, physiological, cognitive, emotional, and social domains, independently of diagnosed health conditions, self-rated health, education, and other factors. It provides evidence for the pervasive role of social circumstances on core aging processes and suggests that less affluent sectors of society age more rapidly than more privileged groups. Aging involves decline in a range of functional abilities and phenotypes, many of which are also associated with socioeconomic statu...
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I just want to be very clear about something. I don’t tolerate the presence of Trump supporters spouting their nonsense in my personal space, which includes my email inbox, social media, and personal friendship circles. On social media I unapologetically unfriend, block, and banish Trump supporters on sight (or smell). If I happen to have missed anyone, please let me know, and I shall remedy that promptly. I also enjoy it each time, much like people derive pleasure from popping bubble wrap. If you identify as a Trump supporter and would prefer to self-pop, that’s fine too. I’d genuinely prefer it if...
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