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August 30, 2014

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3:39 PM | Saturday Morning Mushrooms
Mushroom picking again this morning, this time in the area between Lakelets Skinnmossen and Knipträsket. Found more velvet and birch boletes than we cared to pick. King bolete, Stensopp/Karl Johan, Boletus edulis Bay bolete, Brunsopp, Boletus badius Orange birch bolete, Tegelsopp, Leccinum versepelle Velvet bolete, Sandsopp, Suillus variegatus Chanterelle, Kantarell, Cantharellus cibarius Gypsy mushroom, Rynkad…
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2:30 PM | Dealing with Insults: Don’t Take Anything Personally
My friend is waiting for a table at a local restaurant. She is one of those table stalkers, who intuitively knows who is getting up when. She’s been hovering over a certain table for a good half hour. She is most certain the table is hers until some guy comes out of left field and […]
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11:42 AM | Notes from a quantum mechanics boot camp: day 3
With the third and final day of the workshop done, it’s time for me to wrap up this series on …Continue reading →
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11:10 AM | On Open Access in The Netherlands
Yesterday, I received a letter from the Association of Universities The Netherlands (VSNU, @deVSNU) about Open Access. The Netherlands is for research a very interesting country: it's small, meaning we have few resources to establish and maintain high profile centers, we also believe strong education benefits from distribution, so we we have many good universities, rather than a few excelling universities. Mind you, this clouds that we absolutely do have excelling research institutes […]
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10:30 AM | Psychology Around the Net: August 30, 2014
Do you care for a person with Alzheimer’s Disease and wonder how you can better help them — and yourself — make it day by day? What about a fear of asking for advice? Ever heard of sleep drunkenness? We have it all and more in this week’s Psychology Around the Net. Risky Situations At […]
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10:00 AM | iLabs: Catch of the Day — The First Settlers….
In this latest “Catch Of The Day!” post, Micro World Staff member, Nancy Locquet, discusses our Lab’s “First Settlers,”  the Pioneer Protists of the ilab’s micro-ecosystem. Pioneer Protists When scientists talk about ecosystems, they define it as a community of living organisms (biotic factors) such as plants, animals and microorganisms in a specific area where […]
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9:37 AM | Energia verde ottenuta dagli scarti di lavorazione del caffè
Questo è quello che alcuni produttori dell’America Latina hanno intenzione di ottenere. Un biocombustibile prodotto dalle acque reflue impiegate nella lavorazione del caffè che permetterà loro di produrre energia pulita, atta all’autosostentamento energetico, evitando la dispersione di sostanze nocive nell’ambiente.…Read more →
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8:20 AM | UPDATED* Reporters scramble as NIH trumpets two assaults against Ebola virus
Yesterday was a frantic day for reporters covering medical science - specifically those following the deadly outbreak of Ebola hemorrhagic fever in West Africa and the global effort to understand and treat it. In Science magazine NIH, the Harvard and MIT-affiliated Broad Institute, and other researchers reported results of genome sequencing about 100 of the virus's strains gathered from scores of patients to reveal their origin, history and accumulating mutations. Five of the genome study's […]
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8:00 AM | The Last Word
August 25 – 29, 2014 The week began with a flight of fancy from Richard. Or was it his lived reality? Only YOU can know the truth. If you never saw a toy robot shape-shifting into a toy vehicle, you might think a movie called Transformers was about this. Cameron follows her nose up to […]
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8:00 AM | News digest – Cancer Drugs Fund boost, depression, breast cancer ‘map’ and more
Government funding for boost for Cancer Drugs Fund, depression in cancer patients and new research on a ‘map’ of breast cancer - here’s the week’s news.
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8:00 AM | Science Fiction Romance Brigade Presents: Both Sides Now #IAN1 #sfrbp
It’s Saturday and time for Science Fiction Romance Brigade Presents, a blog hop where we share about 200 words from something we’ve written. For rules and links to other participants, click the logo above, but it may not work today. SFRBP seems to be on a hiatus, though I’ll continue posting. I am still posting […]
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7:34 AM | Under-recognised co-occurring conditions in autism
A brief post to direct you to the paper by Nicolaidis and colleagues [1] talking about primary care for adults on the autism spectrum and mention of an issue quite important to this blog: "the recognition of associated conditions"."When 900 years old you reach, look as good you will not".Alongside the announcement of what seems like an interesting workshop organised by the US IACC (Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee) titled: "IACC Workshop on Under-Recognized Co-Occurring […]
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7:31 AM | Neurobiological Basis of Music Therapy
The basic and one of oldest socio-cognitive domains of Human species is music. Listening to music regularly helps to keep the neurons and synapses more active. Depending on the way sound waves are heard or pronounced, they have an impact in the way neurological (brain and nerve) system work in the human body. Neurological studies have identified that music is a valuable tool for evaluating the brain system [1]. Its observed that while listening to music, different parts of the brain are […]
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7:25 AM | Link feast
Our pick of the best psychology and neuroscience links from the past week:Uta and Chris Frith: A Partnership of the MindMo Costandi profiles the cognitive neuroscience pioneers.Using Pseudoscience to Shine Light on Good ScienceA video of Scott Lilienfeld's APS-David Myers lecture at this year's meeting of the Association for Psychological Science.Against EmpathyPaul Bloom starts a debate at the Boston Review. "I’ve come to realize that taking a position against empathy is like announcing […]
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7:15 AM | Tourism Not Tuna
There is a new wave of conservation in the Pacific.   Fed up with overfishing and other non-sustainable practices like shark finning, small island nations are returning to more traditional ways.  They are beginning to scale back industrial fishing in their waters, to protect their fish stocks from illegal fishing, and to create sustainable tourism destinations…
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4:30 AM | Making fat people slim with modified DNA
Genetically designed cells, which release hormones telling the humane body that it is full, could be a solution to worldwide obesity.
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4:19 AM | Stuff Matters: The Strange Stories of the Marvellous Materials that Shape Our Man-made World
By Mark Miodownik Synopsis: Why is glass see-through? What makes elastic stretchy? How come concrete pours? Why does a paperclip bend? Why does any material look and behave the way it does? From the towering skyscrapers […]
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3:52 AM | Friday Cephalopod: “Dumbo” doesn’t do them justice
What an awful name for such a graceful animal.
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3:45 AM | A Theorist’s Apology
Almost four months have snuck by in silence, a drastic change from the weekly updates earlier in the year. However, dear reader, I have not abandoned TheEGG; I have just fallen off the metaphorical horse and it has taken some time to get back on my feet. While I was in the mud, I thought […]
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3:27 AM | A torrent of accidental poems
Neurology journal Neurocase has an interesting study of a women who started compulsively writing poetry after having brief epileptic amnesia treated with the anti-seizure drug lamotrigine. A 76-year-old woman reported having a poor memory and short periods of disorientation and was eventually diagnosed with transient epileptic amnesia – brief recurrent seizures that lead to short […]
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3:13 AM | Landmark Groundwater Reform Headed to Governor’s Desk
The era of unlimited groundwater pumping in California could be ending. A package of bills would require local agencies to restore over-pumped aquifers.
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2:42 AM | Coal and Drinking Water
Coal has been a bit of a topic in Washington State and Oregon as well with several coal export terminal schemes proposed. Coal has been portrayed as a toxic substance by some opponents to coal export terminals. But there is a lot of variability in coal toxicity and quality. Powder River coal, the primary coal that is being railroaded across Washington State is low in sulfur relative to most other coal, but is not particularly high in energy content. That low sulfur content makes it an […]
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2:38 AM | Nothing Comes Free: Sexual Assault for a Place to Stay
This post is part of a collaborative narrative series composed of my writing and Chris Arnade’s photos exploring issues of addiction, poverty, prostitution and urban anthropology in Hunts... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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2:32 AM | Pattern recognition: fine-tuning of color differences
Local reorganization of xanthophores fine-tunes and colors the striped pattern of zebrafish Excerpt: “Many animals have evolved a fascinating diversity in their color patterns, which serve as an essential component of their survival strategy.” Reported as: How the zebrafish gets...Read more
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2:22 AM | Federal Judge Blocks Texas Restriction On Abortion Clinics
Requiring every center that performs abortions to meet all the standards of a surgical center is excessively restrictive, says the federal district court judge who blocked the state rule Friday.
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2:00 AM | Blatta indeterminata Insect Fossil
Here is a picture of a Blatta indeterminata insect fossil at the Museo di Paleontologia at Sapienza University of Rome Italy. Creatures like this existed at the time of the upper/late Cretaceous Period (ICS geological timescale: Cenomanian). Fossil was found in Cearà, Brazil. Image taken in June 2014.
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1:17 AM | Evidence, schmevidence! Occupational medicine edition
The LA Times reports today that another porn star has become infected with HIV. This brings the total of infections to three in the past year. Although porn workers are required to be HIV tested every 14 days, condoms are not mandated. The lack of mandate is unfortunate given that we have great evidence for the effectiveness of condoms in reducing HIV transmission.Now let’s switch gears and talk about healthcare workers. Increasingly, hospitals are mandating influenza vaccination. A new […]
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1:15 AM | Victor J. Stenger dies at 79
A physicist, author and renowned skeptic has passed away. Dr. Victor J. Stenger was an advocate against psychics, pseudoscience and religion. Stenger, a retired elementary particle physicist and author of thirteen books, was a Fellow of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry and the Center for Inquiry. He served as President of the Colorado Citizens for… Source: Doubtful News
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12:49 AM | Ask Ethan #52: How long has the Universe been accelerating? (Synopsis)
“After all the ‘Universe’ is a hypothesis, like the atom, & must be allowed the freedom to have properties & to do things which would be contradictory & impossible for a finite material structure.” -Willem de Sitter Dark energy was one of the biggest surprises to come along in the past generation, from a scientific…
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12:48 AM | Ask Ethan #52: How long has the Universe been accelerating?
If we came to be just a few billion years earlier, we’d never know.Continue reading on Medium »
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