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March 31, 2015

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6:25 PM | Costa Rican electricity has been fossil fuel free for months
Lizzie Wade, reporting for Wired: Like Paraguay, Colombia, Brazil, and many other Latin American countries, Costa Rica gets most of its energy—about 80 percent—from hydroelectric plants. Damming rivers has environmental consequences too, obviously, but the energy from the resulting power plants is carbon-free. Hydropower is also more reliable and easier to scale up than existing […]∞
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6:24 PM | Lady Scientist Spotlight: brainiaknoemi
The field you study and a descriptionBehavioral neuroscience, which is about of looking for a link between mind, physiology and the behavior. Especially with mammals.Your (general) location Warsaw for now. Your training/degree(s)Setbacks and/or successes Masters in psychology. Own grant for freshman/woman from National Science Centre, one publication and a whole bunch of experiments! Career plans learn and meet people all a round! Advice for someone wanting to go into that field Be […]
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6:23 PM | We welcome trans lady scientists to tell us about their work!
We welcome trans lady scientists to tell us about their work!
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6:22 PM | Bioethicist Art Caplan: Pilots Need Mental Health Screening — And Doctors Do, Too
A new piece by contributor Art Caplan on Forbes: The entirely predictable media obsession with the tragedy of the Germanwings jetliner that crashed into the French Alps on March 25 is moving forward full force. The media, especially cable television, love … Continue reading →
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6:18 PM | Trevor Noah, Jon Stewart's Replacement, Goes From Hero To Villain In 24 Hours
Soon after it was announced that Noah will host The Daily Show, it emerged that some of his tweets mocked women and Jews — tweets that critics have called sexist and anti-Semitic.
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6:17 PM | Harnessing the Energy of a Man-Made Tornado
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6:17 PM | Nigerian President Said To Concede Election To Opposition Candidate
A sitting president has never lost a presidential bid in Nigeria, Africa's most populous country. Partial results showed Goodluck Jonathan trailing Muhammadu Buhari by close to 3 million votes.
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6:11 PM | #expbio ASPET Blogging: RGS4 differentially regulates antidepressant and locomotor behaviors in vivo
Depression is one of the most common mental disorders in the United States, affecting about 7 percent of adults per year. There is a 16% lifetime prevalence for depression and 1 in 5 people in the US will experience a depressive episode in their lifetime. Many people are under the impression that the way antidepressants work is unknown but that’s not exactly true. Most currently used
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6:10 PM | Piezo Positioning Stage and Scanner Family Comes in 60 Variations
PI (Physik Instrumente) L.P., a leading manufacturer of nanopositioning and precision motion-control equipment for nano-biotechnology, life science and photonics applications, provides the PIHera family of compact X, XY and Z flexure-guided piezo nanopositioning stages, offering record travel ranges to 1.8 millimeters.
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6:08 PM | The Ringworm Irradiators
Ringworm is one of the most common and widespread childhood maladies. Deceptive in its naming, ringworm is no parasite but rather a fairly mild, though atrociously itchy, fungal skin infection that affects 300 million people worldwide. An infection with the contagious Tinea capitis fungus is usually summarily dismissed by means of antifungal medications, but for decades prior to the discovery of such cures in the 1950s, infections with ringworm and other species of fungus were as intractable and
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6:08 PM | The Ringworm Irradiators
Ringworm is one of the most common and widespread childhood maladies. Deceptive in its naming, ringworm is no parasite but rather a fairly mild, though atrociously itchy, fungal skin infection that affects 300 million people worldwide. An infection with the contagious Tinea capitis fungus is usually summarily dismissed by means of antifungal medications, but for decades prior to the discovery of such cures in the 1950s, infections with ringworm and other species of fungus were as intractable and
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6:06 PM | Nuit Blanche in Review ( March 2015 )
This past month, we were shocked to hear about Ernie Esser's Passing (and Legacy), a new Highly technical Reference Page was created (The Superiorization Methodology and Perturbation Resilience of Algorithms), the Paris Machine Learning Meetup #7 Season 2 took place (Automatic Statistician, ML et Entreprise, Algo Fairness/ Certifying and removing Disparate Impact). In the meantime, we are collectively waiting for something new (No Pressure) 20 years later. our part of the blogosphere showed us […]
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6:00 PM | Who should pay?
All PhD students know that the student-supervisor relationship is fraught with potential pitfalls. A recent letter I received highlights how important it is to establish clear rules between yourself and your supervisor regarding joint authorship of papers, especially when submitting a Thesis by Publication. The student was asking for advice for a friend and I […]
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6:00 PM | The moon's got two tails - and its friends might too
The man in the moon wears a tailcoat. The discovery of a second stream of particles from the moon's dark side suggests a way to probe alien worlds from afar
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6:00 PM | Smart Drones And Cheap Missiles Could Work Together To Win Future Wars
For an organization at the heart of the future of war, DARPA can sometimes really undersell what it’s making. Late last night, the agency released a video about drone and…
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5:58 PM | Skin tough
Researchers have recorded the first direct observations of the micro-scale mechanisms behind the ability of skin to resist tearing. The results could be applied to the improvement of artificial skin, or to the development of thin film polymers for flexible electronics.
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5:57 PM | engadget:DARPA wants an army of drones to overwhelm the...
engadget:DARPA wants an army of drones to overwhelm the enemy Obviously. No surprise there. Also, interesting how we’re slowly becoming the aliens from sci-fi movies  -with a mothership that unloads and helps fleets of smaller ones which overwhelm those pesky humans. On the bright side, this system might be able to be used for other swarm applications, like search and rescue after a disaster.
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5:49 PM | Natural nanocrystals shown to strengthen concrete
Cellulose nanocrystals derived from industrial byproducts have been shown to increase the strength of concrete, representing a potential renewable additive to improve the ubiquitous construction material.
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5:41 PM | Deciphering the origins of cell behavior
Researchers at the Mechanobiology Institute (MBI) at the National University of Singapore have discovered that the inherent 'handedness' of molecular structures directs the behaviour of individual cells and confers them the ability to sense the difference between left and right. This is a significant step forward in the understanding of cellular biology. This discovery was published in Nature Cell Biology on 23 March 2015. Cellular decision making Subject:  […]
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5:40 PM | In Brief: Google Announces Chromebit Computer-On-a-Stick
In addition to announcing a slew of new entry-level Chromebooks, Google today revealed the Chromebit, a $100 HDMI stick made by Asus that runs Chrome OS. Like the Chromecast, the dongle plugs into any display via HDMI and gets its power over USB (a full-sized USB port instead of micro), and turns that monitor into a Chrome OS device. Peripherals connect over Bluetooth, and the stick runs on a Rockchip RK3288 quad-core SoC with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage. It'll go on sale this summer for […]
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5:36 PM | Brain gender may be quite flexible
During prenatal development, the brains of most animals, including humans, develop specifically male or female characteristics. In most species, some portions of male and female brains are a different size, and often have a different number of neurons and synapses. However, scientists have known little about the details of how this differentiation occurs. Now, a new study by researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UM SOM) has illuminated some details about how […]
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5:35 PM | osmium:bitchenwitch:dreaming-moreorless:bustysaintclair:exeggcute:california anti-drought measures...
osmium:bitchenwitch:dreaming-moreorless:bustysaintclair:exeggcute:california anti-drought measures are always like “take shorter showers! consider brushing your teeth with the sink turned off” and never mention the fact that nestle is bottling all of our fucking water and selling it to people who live in areas with plenty of waterIt’s like the Irish potato “famine” I stgIn California, residential use only accounts for 4% of total water use. Industrial use is […]
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5:35 PM | Staff At Britain's Windsor Castle May Strike Over Low Wages
It's the first time Queen Elizabeth is facing a possible strike by employees of the royal family. At issue is whether employees should be expected to do extra work for no additional pay.
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5:32 PM | The rapid rise of human language
At some point, probably 50,000 to 100,000 years ago, humans began talking to one another in a uniquely complex form. It is easy to imagine this epochal change as cavemen grunting, or hunter-gatherers mumbling and pointing. But in a new paper, an MIT linguist contends that human language likely developed quite rapidly into a sophisticated system: Instead of mumbles and grunts, people deployed syntax and structures resembling the ones we use today. Subject:  Brain […]
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5:30 PM | Seahorse reveals secrets of paradoxical grasping tail
See how 3D reconstructions are giving insight into the origins of the seahorse tail, which is rigid yet flexible
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5:29 PM | Subsidies to industries that cause deforestation worth 100 times more than aid to prevent it
Brazil and Indonesia paid over $40bn in subsidies to industries that drive rainforest destruction between 2009 and 2012 – compared to $346m in conservation aid they received to protect forests, according to new research Brazil and Indonesia spent… Source: www.theguardian.com … Continue reading →
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5:27 PM | This new Cards Against Humanity science pack supports a...
This new Cards Against Humanity science pack supports a scholarship for women in science. Go! Buy it now! What are you waiting for?Bonus: Over at Nerdist, Kyle Hill takes you on a sneak-peek tour of the expansion pack. Can’t wait to play this one…
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5:20 PM | Mole’s Wow! So now you have your own lab! Part II- The teaching monster
This cartoon was first published in the Journal of Cell Science. Read other articles and cartoons of Mole & Friends here.   To read part I- ‘The imposter’ click here.
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5:19 PM | Mole’s Wow! So now you have your own lab! Part I- The imposter
This cartoon was first published in the Journal of Cell Science. Read other articles and cartoons of Mole & Friends here.     To read part II- ‘The teaching monster’ click here.
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5:16 PM | Alcoholics Anonymous Effectiveness: Faith Meets Science
There has much, if not too much, talk of the effectiveness of AA in recent weeks,months and year. Whether there is a concerted controlled drinking agenda is for you to decide. Controlled drinking for an alcoholic, for me and particularly a chronic alcoholic, is a mirage. Period. Once you have been pickled to a gherkin […]
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