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April 20, 2014

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11:22 AM | Sunday Poem
Song 2 When I leave this little town Harmonicas will play all night long.. But I won’t be here.. I know that as I sleep The words I use and the way I walk are pantomimed.. In the square a...
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11:02 AM | Egyptian MOH Statement On MERS Threat
  Photo Credit Wikipedia     # 8501   Nearly two months ago we saw a study (see EID Journal: MERS Coronaviruses in Dromedary Camels, Egypt) that found in Egyptian camels what had already been found in camels from other Middle Eastern nations; evidence of exposure to  and infection with the MERS coronavirus.     While just 4 (3.6%) of nasal swabs (out of 110 tested) were positive for the MERS-CoV virus (via RT-PCR testing) – suggesting […]
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11:00 AM | Observing the Universe with the Cosmic Microwave Background
The Planck satellite mission has provided a multifrequency detailed view of the Universe at millimeter waves, exploring the cosmic microwave background (CMB) and the relevant foregrounds with an unprecedented combination […]
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11:00 AM | Tasty Tech Eye Candy Of The Week (Apr 20)
Tech does double duty this week, as we look at floating gardens that clean rivers, houses that produce oxygen and drones that create a Wi-Fi network.
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10:57 AM | Sunday Morning Insight: Why You Should Care About Phase Transitions in Clustering
Figure from [1]In the Advanced Matrix Factorization page, I have no listing for the phase transition section of the spectral clustering or its nonlinear cousin subspace clustering. Little did I know that Suresh Venkatasubramanian (from the GeomBlog fame) has written about it in his essay on clustering. In particular, he wrote this interesting entry entitled: Choosing the number of clusters III: Phase Transitions where he draws a connection with statistical […]
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10:50 AM | YES Nicki
YES Nicki
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10:45 AM | Ambush Firing: Is it Illegal?
Large corporations have a strategy to get you fired once you’ve been bullied in the workplace. It’s transparent to anyone who cares to look, but the company would rather keep it a secret. It’s called “ambush firing.” What happens first is the target gets bullied. It usually takes several months for him to notice he […]
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10:11 AM | Steven Pinker on Understanding Human Nature
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10:03 AM | The Mystery of “Quantum Resonance Spectroscopy”
Can quantum physics help to diagnose schizophrenia and depression? A paper just published in the Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease claims that a technique called ‘quantum resonance spectroscopy’ (QRS) can accurately diagnose various mental health problems. But is it quantum wizardry or magic quackery? According to the authors of the new paper, Zhang et […]The post The Mystery of “Quantum Resonance Spectroscopy” appeared first on Neuroskeptic.

Zhang Y, Liu F, Shi J, Yue X, Zhang H, Du X, Sun L & Yuan J (2014). Exploratory quantum resonance spectrometer as a discriminator for psychiatric affective disorders., The Journal of nervous and mental disease, 202 (4) 287-91. PMID:

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9:54 AM | VDU Blog: Charting The Mounting MERS Outbreak
Credit Dr. Ian Mackay   # 8500   With the MERS coronavirus numbers changing literally by the hour (yesterday we saw 19 new cases announced, and media hints of several others), keeping track has become a full time job. Since I can’t even keep track of where I left my reading glasses, I’m thankful that this onerous task has been taken up by two of Flublogia’s more organized individuals.   Sharon Sanders on Flutrackers began keeping a detailed (and […]
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9:52 AM | Misurare la luce, senza assorbire fotoni
È possibile misurare l'intensità della luce senza utilizzare nemmeno un fotone? Sembra impossibile, eppure è proprio quello che hanno fatto Francesco Morichetti e Marco Carminati, due giovani ricercatori del Politecnico di Milano, che hanno realizzato e brevettato il primo “osservatore di luce” non invasivo, che non necessita di assorbire fotoni. Una scoperta estremamente importante nel campo dell'elettronica, come messo in evidenza anche da un articolo su […]
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9:07 AM | Nosestretcher alert: sous vide safety in the home kitchen
Friend of the blog Don Schaffner of Rutgers University had some food safety concerns about a recent column broadcast by state-sponsored jazz radio station NPR about sous vide – or cooking under vacuum at a specific temperature. She (journalist T. … Continue reading →
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8:16 AM | New dog journal now online
A new journal dedicated to dog genetics and epidemiology, announced last year, is now online.The great news is that Canine Genetics and Epidemiology is free and promises to interpret the reports for dog breeders and others without a science background.Thus, in the first issue in a very useful article on The Genetics of Eye Disorders in the Dog by Cathryn Mellersh, we have this abstract:And then the journal helpfully offers this lay summary.:-)Actually, the journal is a […]
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8:00 AM | Weekend Writing Warriors: Tourist Trap #IAN1 #8sunday #snipsun
It’s Sunday again, and time for Weekend Writing Warriors (click on the logo above) and Snippet Sunday (click on the logo below.) Today I have another bit from Tourist Trap. Roi has finally managed to get his glider on the ground, and has time to think as he waits for the others to join him. […]
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7:46 AM | GABRIEL GARCIA MARQUEZ AND FIDEL CASTRO: A COMPLEX AND NUANCED COMRADERIE
Joel Whitney at Al Jazeera: Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s 1967 novel “One Hundred Years of Solitude” is hailed as a masterpiece and harbinger of the literary genre, magical realism, a style of writing that influenced everyone from Isabel Allende to Salman...
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7:44 AM | Vernal Fall in Yosemite and a Sense of Scale (or, How to Feel Very Small)
It's a sense of scale that helps us keep perspective. I was at Washburn Point in Yosemite National Park today, and I took a few shots with the zoom of the same spot across the way. We have a bunch of people apparently enjoying themselves on a flat slab of rock next to a fair sized river. But why the fence? Why aren't they letting people cool their feet in the river on this reasonably warm day? Maybe it is the fact that they are standing at the top of a 318 foot (97 meter) waterfall. And a hell […]
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7:37 AM | Playing the numbers, Salmonella-at-Cuban-resort edition
When barfing endlessly, it’s of little comfort to know you represent only 1.5% of possible barfers. Yet that is the insensitive numbers game tour operators like Thomas Cook continue to play when they confirm 29 cases of “mild illness” reported … Continue reading →
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7:33 AM | Upper Sunvex Parry Arc 19.4.2014
Observed phenomena: Halo phenomena Light source: Sun Origin: High clouds (cirrostratus) Observed halo forms: 22° halo Parhelia Sun pillar Upper …Continue reading →
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7:28 AM | Should swimming pools have restaurant-like grades for safety? Toronto thinks so
Operators of pools, spas, hot tubs and wading pools in Toronto could soon be required to post on-site inspection notices, letting the public know if any health and safety violations have taken place. In 2011, the Star revealed that pool … Continue reading →
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7:26 AM | Wheat rust: The fungal disease that threatens to destroy the world crop
Scientists are warning that wheat is facing a serious threat from a fungal disease that could wipe out the world’s crop if not quickly contained. Wheat rust, a devastating disease known as the “polio of agriculture”, has spread from Africa to South and Central Asia, the Middle East and Europe, with calamitous losses for the world’s second most important grain crop, after rice. There is mounting concern at the dangers posed to global food security.See it on Scoop.it, via […]
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7:19 AM | Google Tip and Tricks for Conducting Online Research Infographic | e-Learning Infographics
At the Google Tip and Tricks for Conducting Online Research Infographic you will find crucial Google Tips and Tricks for conducting Online Research.See it on Scoop.it, via Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education)
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7:11 AM | RSPCA blasts Channel 4 over Crufts claim
The RSPCA has accused Channel 4 of misleading viewers who wrote in to raise welfare concerns about this year's coverage of "the world's biggest dog show".In its response to complaints, the broadcaster claimed that it "worked with" the RSPCA in putting together this year's broadcasts. Not true, says the RSPCA.Here's the response one viewer received from Channel 4 (my bolding):"Our coverage this year, as in the past, will not only cover the show itself, but will also reflect the on-going […]
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7:00 AM | The Terrifying Hannibal Lecter Was Based On A Real Criminal
One of the all-time scariest fictional villains, Hannibal Lecter has terrified moviegoers and book lovers for over 30 years. However, what's even scarier is the fact that the liver-eating cannibal was based on a real killer. Alfredo Balli Trevino was a Mexican doctor who met Thomas Harris in the 1960s and left a very strong impression on the young writer. The post The Terrifying Hannibal Lecter Was Based On A Real Criminal appeared first on KnowledgeNuts.
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6:38 AM | 2014 SkS Weekly Digest #16
SkS Highlights Peter Hatfield's video, The consequences of climate change (in our lifetimes), introduced by Rob Honeycutt, drew the most comments of the articles posted on SkS during the past week. Dana's Climate contrarian backlash - a difficult lesson for scientific journals to learn attracted the second highest number of comments. Toon of the Week   h/t to I Heart Climate Scientists Quote of the Week "So is the climate threat solved? Well, it should be. The science is solid; the […]
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6:00 AM | PHOTO DU BoB-087
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5:21 AM | Wooster’s Fossils of the Week: A scleractinian coral and its tube-dwelling symbionts (Middle Jurassic of Israel)
I have a weakness for the beautiful scleractinian corals of the Matmor Formation (Middle Jurassic, Callovian-Oxfordian) of southern Israel. This particular specimen is Microsolena aff. M. sadeki from locality C/W-367 in Hamakhtesh Hagadol, southern Israel. (The “aff.” in the name means “affinities with”. It is a way of saying this looks like a particular species, […]
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5:05 AM | Weekly Science Picks
Indeed, it’s Sunday again. But, it’s not only Sunday. It’s Easter for all Christians all over the globe. Happy Easter to everyone! Also, it’s our time to recapitulate what have happened in this week. To be honest, the task was [...]testThe post Weekly Science Picks appeared first on Australian Science.
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5:00 AM | Gravitational Wave Astrophysics
The detection and analysis of the gravitational radiation emitted by diverse astrophysical and cosmological sources promises to open a completely new window to the exploration of the Universe. The developments towards […]
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4:56 AM | silent storms
Happy Easter Sunday: the first Sunday after the Full Moon that occurs on or after the vernal equinox. they really take the hot cross buns tradition seriously here in australia. i've eaten SO MANY in recent weeks since they're all over the farmer's markets. i dont think i knew what they actually were until i moved here - small, square fruit bread. yum! now enjoy this timelapse of some fantastic northern lights sequences over norway. Silent Storms from Ole C. Salomonsen on Vimeo.
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4:44 AM | Sperm whale language under scrutiny
Using the latest acoustic technology, a new project aims to decode the sperm whale’s language and its various dialects.
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