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April 27, 2015

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8:00 AM | Live! From Washington, D. C.! It’s . . . “Ask Mr. Cosmology”!
Last month DC Science Comedy invited LWON’s own Mr. Cosmology to participate in one of the group’s Science Comedy Nights. Mr. Cosmology accepted. Empirical evidence follows. (Friends of LWON, please note: Mr. Cosmology did credit LWON just before the video begins.)  
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7:59 AM | Academic Year ‘disorganisation’
We have a new style academic year at Keele in 2014/15. Up to Easter it felt pretty much the same as previously, but the differences began to become apparent last week. Before going any further I should say that the changes were intended to ‘improve the student experience’, and only time will tell if they … Continue reading Academic Year ‘disorganisation’ →
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7:40 AM | Thou Shalt Worship No False Lagrangians
I’m usually quite restrained with this blog – I try to keep it mostly to facts about cool physics/maths interspersed with more personal bits and pieces about life as a PhD student. This post, though, might provoke strong opinions, and I’ve rewritten it quite a few times already. In fact, this current draft was originally […]
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7:00 AM | Bill Maher: Still an antivaccine crank after all these years
It is with reluctance that I decided to write about this topic again, given how many times I’ve written about it over the last decade, both here and at my not-so-super-secret other blog and given how little his fans seems to care when I do. I’m referring to the antivaccine stylings of comedian and political […]
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4:14 AM | Sciencey Stuff You May Have Missed: Weeks 16 & 17
Digging through the web this week, I uncovered all this geeky goodness. You can find the thousands of links from …Continue reading →
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2:49 AM | #ResearchTrip2015 Part 2: Berkeley
The second week of my US research trip has come and gone. This time I was in Berkeley, looking at specimens stored in the University of California Museum of Palaeontology (UCMP) collections. I managed to get lots more research done and met a few more palaeontologists, all of whom were working on some cool stuff of their own. My trip to Berkeley was made possible by me being awarded a grant from the Welles Research Fund. I’m very pleased to... Read more
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2:40 AM | High school students: ew, u do ritalin? like ur basically cheating at school if u get drugs to help. druggy.
High school students: ew, u do ritalin? like ur basically cheating at school if u get drugs to help. druggy. College students: so how much for the ritalin?
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1:06 AM | You Should Know: CaT Bobino and In The Know Science Show
Welcome to the twenty-eighth installment of You Should Know, where I give my own #ScholarSunday salute to Scientists, Science Communicators as well as Science Blogs, Websites, Podcasts and Video... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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1:00 AM | EIA Updates “Top 100 U.S. Oil and Gas Fields” Rankings
Both crude oil and natural gas reserves in the United States increased in 2013, according to a new report the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). This report also included the first update... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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12:22 AM | Why Do We Have Different Blood Types? (UPDATED) There are a...
Why Do We Have Different Blood Types? (UPDATED) There are a number of different blood types that a person can have, but what’s the difference between them all? Read More:Genes and Blood TypeBlood TypesHow to change your blood type without even trying By: DNews.
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12:00 AM | 4gifs: Hiding from relatives at holiday parties
4gifs: Hiding from relatives at holiday parties

April 26, 2015

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11:44 PM | Xenotransplantation: When People Get Animal Parts by...
Xenotransplantation: When People Get Animal Parts by scishow: How can we transplant animal tissue into humans? And will we ever be able to grow customized organs? SciShow explains! Support at: https://www.patreon.com/scishow
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11:39 PM | Outbreak: Cancer of the clam
Cancer is not supposed to be a cold; it’s not supposed contagious. It may metastasize and spread from your face to your lungs, but I can’t catch it from you. For humans cancer isn’t contagious; for clams it is. The clam, Mya arenaria, is the famous ‘fried clam’, a staple of clam shacks all along New … Continue reading Outbreak: Cancer of the clam →
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11:19 PM | Poor peer review – and its consequences
See below for citations used The diagram above displays links between the journal, editors and reviewers in the case of the paper Malin & Till (2015). I discussed these links before in Poor peer-review – a case study  but thought a diagram merited … Continue reading →
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11:19 PM | Poor peer review – and its consequences
See below for citations used The diagram above displays links between the journal, editors and reviewers in the case of the paper Malin & Till (2015). I discussed these links before in Poor peer-review – a case study  but thought a diagram merited … Continue reading →
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11:16 PM | Break the silence on GMOs – with a story
Image via the Kansas Farm Food Connection. A recent article argues that it is Time for Farmers to Break Their Silence on GMOs, and I heartily agree. I recently spoke at the GMOs: Now we’re talking! event hosted by the Kansas Farm Bureau, where Bureau President, Richard Felts, asked me what farmers should say. Is there a quick fact or something that could reassure consumers about the safety of modern agriculture, particularly of GMOs? My response is that most people won’t […]
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11:12 PM | Geo 1095: April 26, Day 846: Deer Creek Hot Spring
The other feature to visit from Deer Creek Bridge is a nearby hot spring, maybe a hundred yards downstream from that crossing. It's at the river's edge, and as far as I'm concerned, not terribly appealing in terms of bathing. It's shallow, kind of yucky looking, and smells strongly of sulfur. Now, again, IMO, this doesn't make it less interesting or worthy of inspection, just not a hot spring I'm inclined to get into, physically.On the other hand, I know a number of people who have, and they […]
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11:06 PM | Shelf Life Episode 6 - The Tiniest Fossils You could easily...
Shelf Life Episode 6 - The Tiniest Fossils You could easily mistake foraminifera fossils for flecks of dust, but these tiny specimens hold big insights about Earth’s climate. Scientific Assistant Bushra Hussaini, researcher Ellen Thomas, Curator Neil Landman, and intern Shaun Mahmood are preserving this invaluable collection. For more about how fossil organisms reveal the record of a changing Earth, head over to the episode website: […]
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11:00 PM | Rancho Obi-Wan's Star Wars Fan Art and Artifacts Collection
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10:29 PM | The Shocking Truth About Biodegradable Plastics Plastic makes...
The Shocking Truth About Biodegradable Plastics Plastic makes our lives much more convenient, but it takes a very, very long time to decompose. How long does it take, and do biodegradable plastics solve this problem? Read More:How long does it take for plastics to biodegrade?Time it takes for garbage to decompose in the environmentDo Biodegradable Plastics Really Work? By: DNews.
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10:03 PM | Changes to my geophone network next year
I have made the following decision on the future of my geophone network that I am currently running in Iceland. Next year (2016) I am going to do the following changes to it. Böðvarshólar geophone station is going … Continue reading →
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9:51 PM | Wild chimps take care before crossing the road A busy highway in...
Wild chimps take care before crossing the road A busy highway in Uganda is a potential death trap, but chimps have learned to look before running across, and they even wait for those less able to cross Full story: Wild chimps look both ways before crossing roads. By: New Scientist.
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9:45 PM | Love Gone Awry
“It began as the love of my life; it ended up with a restraining order.” Celeste was trying hard to keep it all together. “He was so loving and attentive. I thought I had hit the jackpot. How could a girl ask for anything more?” […]
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9:25 PM | Nepal, A Day After The Earthquake
Donatella Lorch, a freelance journalist in Kathmandu, gives NPR's Arun Rath an update on the effects of Saturday's devastating quake. She says people are taking it "hour by hour and day by day."
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9:25 PM | As California's Economy Reels From Drought, At Least One Industry Is Doing Fine
NPR's Arun Rath speaks with a California landscaper who says demand for her business is booming.
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9:21 PM | Becoming a Scientist – My story
My parents have recently moved house and in the process of downsizing have shipped me some of my old stuff (books, old report cards, photos). It has been very interesting going through it, particularly looking at some of the item  which I think influenced my choice to become a scientist. Previously, my fellow blogger Grant [...]
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9:16 PM | Experimental Biology 2015 Tweet Analysis #expbio
Like 2014 and 2013, I collected tweets for the 2015 Experimental Biology conference (dataset here). The following are some comparisons between the 3 years. This year, there was an increase in the total number of tweets to the hashtags over the official conference start and end times of 8:00am EST, Saturday March 28 to 4:30pm, Wednesday April 1. The hashtags that were collected were: #xbio, #eb2015, #expbio, #asnatexpbio (this one was added at 10:36pm EST on Saturday, March 28 after I noticed […]
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9:16 PM | Hiatus for Health
Hi folks, Due to some recovery time needed for an emergency surgery, I will be on a brief hiatus from The Scorpion and the Frog. But don't go too far - I expect to be back on my feet (or at least back to my computer) in about four weeks. Behave!Miss Behavior
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9:13 PM | 20 Facts About Abraham Lincoln (And His Family) This week, John...
20 Facts About Abraham Lincoln (And His Family) This week, John looks at 20 facts about Abraham Lincoln. By: Mental Floss. Store: http://store.mentalfloss.com/ (enter promo code: “YoutubeFlossers” for 15% off!)
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8:55 PM | Weekend Diversion: The Horrible Conditions of S’more Factory Farms
After seeing these pictures, you’ll switch to raising your own.Continue reading on Medium »
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