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October 23, 2014

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6:23 PM | Denver chemistry teacher charged w/assault for methanol demo
Courtesy of JJ, I see that the chemistry teacher who had a methanol demo go bad on him was charged by the Denver district attorney: A former teacher is being charged in connection with an explosion at a Denver charter school that injured four students, one critically. Daniel Powell, 24, has been served with a summons charging him with four counts of third-degree assault, a class 1 misdemeanor, the Denver District Attorney said in a news release Wednesday. The charges allege that […]
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4:34 PM | Datahound on productivity
This final figure from Datahound's post on K99/R00 recipients who have managed to win R01 funding is fascinating to me. This is a plot of individual investigators, matching their number of published papers against a weighted sum of publication. The weighting is for the number of authors on each paper as follows: "One way to […]
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4:16 PM | Climate Change Communication: Taking the Temperature (Part 9) with Scott Mandia
Editor's Note: This is a guest blog post by Kirk Englehardt (@kirkenglehardt). Kirk is Director of Research Communication and Marketing for the Georgia Institute of Technology. He blogs about strategic communication & #scicomm on LinkedIn and The Strategy Room.  He also curates and shares #scicomm content, which can be found on Flipboard, Pinterest, Google+ and Facebook.  Introduction In this series of interviews, prominent climate scientists share how and […]
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4:15 PM | Detective Science: Weekly Science Activity
School and family science weekly spotlight: learn more about the science that helps solve crimes! Use fake blood and investigate how blood spatter changes depending on the height from which the blood was dropped.
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4:00 PM | Was ein Mensch glaubt, beeinflusst, was er tut
Manchen wird diese Überschrift vielleicht trivial vorkommen, andere wiederum, gerade, wenn von „glauben“ im religiösen Sinne die Rede ist, werden diese Behauptung vehement bestreiten. Die These, daß das Verhalten eines Menschen davon beeinflusst wird, was er glaubt, also für wahr hält (und nicht nur für wahrscheinlich, möglich, plausibel oder wünschenswert!), steht auch im Zentrum allen…
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4:00 PM | Epic pre-Columbian voyage suggested by genes
South American DNA found in Easter Islanders
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3:45 PM | Overhaul of Chinese science spending looms
Reform could strip science ministry of control of research budget
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3:30 PM | Bizarre dinosaur matched to an enormous set of arm bones
50 years after arms were found, we have a very odd looking body to go with them.
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3:13 PM | Why Ebola Is a Wake Up for Infection Control
Just as the CDC’s and other experts’ thoughts on Ebola and infection control have evolved with experience, mine have taken a slight twist as well. Given the missteps at Dallas’s Texas Presbyterian Hospital, which could have occurred in any community, I now agree with the current recommendations to centralize care in specialty centers. My perspective [...]
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3:10 PM | Arabidopsis Research Round-up
There are three new and exciting Arabidopsis papers from the UK research community this week. The University of Bath makes two appearances, once with a Genetics paper, and once in collaboration with the University of Oxford in Genome Research. Representing Norwich this week, Jonathan Jones heads up a Sainsbury Lab/John Innes Centre collaboration to investigate simultaneous changes in gene expression between Arabidopsis and a pathogen. […]
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2:32 PM | What Monkeys Can Teach Us About Pitching in the World Series
Storied baseball pitchers are renowned for consistently throwing strike after […]
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2:31 PM | Fast modeling of cancer mutations
New genome-editing technique enables rapid analysis of genes mutated in […]
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2:30 PM | Authors retract PNAS paper questioned on PubPeer after original films can’t be found
PubPeer leads the way again: The authors of a paper about Parkinson’s disease in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) have retracted it, several months after a commenter highlighted the exact issue that led to the article’s demise. The paper, originally published in September 2013, was called into question by a commenter on […]
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2:30 PM | Microscopic ‘walkers’ find their way across cell surfaces
Nature has developed a wide variety of methods for guiding […]
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2:13 PM | Season of Your Birth Affects Mood in Later Life
Summer, spring, autumn and winter babies have different personalities when they grow up. Dr Jeremy Dean is a psychologist and author of PsyBlog. His latest book is "Making Habits, Breaking Habits: How to Make Changes That Stick" Related articles:Does The Weather Affect Your Mood? Brain Ultrasound: How Sound Waves Can Boost Mood Sense of Belonging Increases Meaningfulness of Life Yoga’s Powerful Influence on Mood The Lasting Impact of Early Life Stress on the Brain
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2:00 PM | Seeking The Black Hole At The Center Of Our Galaxy
ALMA Probes The Sky courtesy Yuri Beletsky (Las Campanas Observatory, Carnegie Institution) The Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) probes the sky for radio waves from the Milky Way (shown here) and beyond. But even ALMA can't see the supermassive black hole shrouded in ionized gas at our galaxy's center, Sagittarius A*. "Any images we make are fuzzy, as though you're looking at a small light through frosted glass," says Shep Doeleman of the Harvard-Smithsonian […]
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2:00 PM | Mentoring – a Proven Resource for Extra Recovery Support
If you’ve been following this blog for longer than five minutes, you already know I’m a staunch champion of mentoring (plus the blog title kind of gives it away). And not just for eating disorders recovery, either, or even for recovery in general – I’m also a huge fan of mentoring just for living life. […]
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1:57 PM | Who put the "plastic" in plastic surgery?
"Plastic Surgery" is the hot topic of the day (especially as it relates to Renee Zellweger) and so the question arises as to what plastic is used in plastic surgery. The word "plastic" is an old word that is used in many diverse settings. In materials science, there is plastic deformation. You also have the macromolecules that are the subject of most of the posts on this blog and you have the surgery. It may be surprising, but these uses are all based on the same meaning that the word "plastic" […]
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1:56 PM | I find this NYT article just a bit naive
Surely we don't need professors to tell us about hiding information from your colleagues at work: Knowledge-hiding in the workplace is common and takes different forms, some more harmful than others, according to new research by Catherine E. Connelly, an associate business professor at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, and David Zweig, an associate management professor at the University of Toronto, Scarborough. Theirs was not a study of inadvertent communication failures. […]
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1:47 PM | Daily Pump Trap: 10/23/14 edition
A few of the positions posted at C&EN Jobs over the past couple of days:Slim pickins: Not too many positions posted.Dhahran, Saudi Arabia: I see Saudi Aramco is hiring for a B.S. chemist position.Chicago, IL: Wheatland Tube is hiring a coatings engineer for steel. I love this line: " This position will report directly to the Corporate Coatings Director, and functionally to the Electrical, Fence, and Mechanical Tube Division Quality Assurance Director." This is a company that loves its […]
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1:36 PM | Pickup Coils, Faraday's Law and Back in the Lab! Lab Book 2014_10_23
 As always, look to the bottom of the post for background on what's going on.Finally, enough of theory and presentations!  I got back to the lab today!  Here’s the apparatus I built/used.NOTE:   As always, look to the bottom of the post for background on what's going on.No, the oscilloscope is not sticking its tongue out, that’s a floppy disc.  Remember those?  The small solenoid is what’s deemed a pickup coil. It’s the first […]
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1:30 PM | How to Write an APA Style Research Paper Introduction [INFOGRAPHIC]
Writing APA-style papers is a tricky business. So to complement my discussion of writing publishable scientific articles, I’ve created an infographic showing some of the major ideas you should consider when writing the introduction to an APA-style research paper. This approach will work well in most social scientific fields, especially Psychology. If you’re writing a […]The post How to Write an APA Style Research Paper Introduction [INFOGRAPHIC] appeared first on […]
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1:27 PM | Eman’s Emails from Liberia: Through September
Emmanuel Gokpolu, who lives in Liberia, calls me Mom, although he has a wonderful real mother. In Africa, family isn’t only about DNA. Eman contacted me in 2007, after using my human genetics textbook in college. My husband Larry and I had been … Continue reading »The post Eman’s Emails from Liberia: Through September appeared first on DNA Science Blog.
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1:02 PM | PROTOLANG 4
The next event in the ways to (proto)language conference series has been announced and is being held in Rome! Call for Papers below: 24-26 SEPTEMBER 2015 Roma Tre University SUBMISSION DEADLINE: 1 FEBRUARY 2015 WEBSITE: http://protolang.org/ CONTACT:  protolanguage.2015@uniroma3.it INVITED SPEAKERS: Michael C. Corballis (University of Auckland) Dan Dediu (Max Plank Institute for Psycholinguistics) Francesco D’Errico (University […]
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1:00 PM | Everything you ever wanted to know about breast fat but were afraid to ask
Before I begin, I should admit that the title of this post probably oversells the depth and breadth of the content that follows.  In fact, this post is going to focus exclusively on the one breast-related issue on which I … Continue reading »
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1:00 PM | Note taking tips from PhD students
Don’t don’t have to be taking a PhD to need to take notes, but PhD students have a lot of experience of what works for them and what does not. You can see what they found at Quora.
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1:00 PM | Episode 275 - And We're Back - 10/23/2014
This Is Only a Test returns after a brief hiatus with talk about Google's new phones, Apple's new iPads, the gang's questions with the 5K iMac, and a whole lot more. Enjoy.
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12:57 PM | The Surprising Science Behind The Movie 'Interstellar'
Interstellar Syncopy/Paramont Pictures Asking a team of journalists to rally around a science fiction movie might sound ludicrous. Yet some combination of boundless vision, relaxing of natural laws, and enthralling story can prompt even the most disciplined Popular Science employee to daydream at his or her desk. To us, science fiction is a lens through which we can explore our place and future in the universe. So when we found out director Christopher Nolan was […]
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12:53 PM | Camera Trap Top 10
Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation works with lots of camera traps. They stay immobile, day and night, recording at the slightest hint of movement. Of the hundreds of one-minute camera trap videos we've collected, here are some of our favorite moments.
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12:50 PM | Ethiopia!
Ethiopia is in the news today, remembering the famine of 30 years ago. Rather than dwell on the past, I thought I would share this upbeat video from Perennial Plate – celebrating Ethiopia’s food culture: Ethiopia! from The Perennial Plate on Vimeo. The description of the video on Vimeo says “We travelled to Ethiopia for two weeks and filmed the making of injera, false banana and coffee as well as everything else we saw. Please watch, enjoy and visit this amazing […]
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