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Nature.com Blogs Get Touchy-Feely

The Nascent blog has a post describing a new text mining technology embedded in Nature.com's blogs that aims to give an emotional context for topics in blog posts. The purpose is to better help the site cluster blog posts together for their "stories" section. Called sentiment analysis, the technology stores metadata on each blog in the form of scores given to different terms depending upon how many positive or negative emotions are associated with it. So the phrase "Biology is awesome" gets a higher score than "I don't like glycomics." Next might be Web 2.0-enabled hand-holding or blogger group therapy.

The Scan

Pig Organ Transplants Considered

The Wall Street Journal reports that the US Food and Drug Administration may soon allow clinical trials that involve transplanting pig organs into humans.

'Poo-Bank' Proposal

Harvard Medical School researchers suggest people should bank stool samples when they are young to transplant when they later develop age-related diseases.

Spurred to Develop Again

New Scientist reports that researchers may have uncovered why about 60 percent of in vitro fertilization embryos stop developing.

Science Papers Examine Breast Milk Cell Populations, Cerebral Cortex Cellular Diversity, Micronesia Population History

In Science this week: unique cell populations found within breast milk, 100 transcriptionally distinct cell populations uncovered in the cerebral cortex, and more.