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September 01, 2014

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5:29 AM | Show and Tell: LEGO Ideas Research Institute
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5:25 AM | Cristobal Whirls Toward Iceland
As I’m writing this on Sunday night (Aug. 31), the cyclone formerly known as Hurricane Cristobal is taking dead aim on Iceland. You can see it whirling off Iceland’s coast in the image above, captured by NASA’s Aqua satellite on Saturday. No longer a hurricane, it is, in the parlance of meteorology, an “extra-tropical cyclone” […]The post Cristobal Whirls Toward Iceland appeared first on ImaGeo.
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5:10 AM | Cooking up a storm
I have to admit that I think we’ve finally got the hang of this whole cleaning/cooking thing.  A while back, I mentioned that we’d gotten a housekeeper.  That lasted for almost a year, but then we decided that it wasn’t working as the housekeeper couldn’t keep up.  I suspect it’s because of the overload of […]
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5:00 AM | The Long Post of the Summer
Aside for the blog entries featuring papers this past June, July and August, here are quite a few papers that appeared on ArXiv and other journals this Summer:Linear time Principal Component Pursuit and its extensions using ℓ1 filtering by Risheng Liu, Zhouchen Lin, Zhixun Su, Junbin Gao In the past decades, exactly recovering the intrinsic data structure from corrupted observations, which is known as Robust Principal Component Analysis (RPCA), has attracted tremendous […]
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4:59 AM | Can treating periodontitis help prevent heart disease?
Periodontal disease is associated with cardiovascular disease. This Cochrane review looks at whether treating periodontal disease can prevent further heart disease. Unfortunately the available evidence is limited to a single trial at high risk of bias. The post Can treating periodontitis help prevent heart disease? appeared first on The Dental Elf.
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4:55 AM | Mice population explodes
The mouse population has spiked in southern Norway this year. Scientists have rarely seen such increases.
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4:55 AM | Deep Surface
by Brooks Riley Jean-Luc Godard once inscribed a picture to me with these words: "This is the surface, Brooks, and that's why it's deep." At the time, I was skimming the surface, darting from one life experience to another without...
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4:48 AM | Federal Judge Blocks Enforcement Of Louisiana Abortion Law
Lawyers and advocates disagree over whether the judge's order affects doctors at all five abortion clinics in the state or only those at three clinics whose lawsuit challenges the measure.
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4:45 AM | Monday Poem
Parallel Universe everything unknown returns to life upon awakening in my bed supine in light sun bequeathed day ignites a fire beneath my blankets burn mind’s the filament of a lamp upon awakening stupidity tumbles down a sheer of chance...
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4:40 AM | A personal ethics of clicking
by Charlie Huenemann Now that every click we make is watched, archived, and meta-data-fied, it is time to start thinking seriously about a personal ethics of internet consumption. This goes beyond mere paranoia and worry over what others might think...
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4:35 AM | Why I don't like tipping
by Emrys Westacott I dislike tipping. That is, I dislike the whole tipping system. As a card-carrying tightwad I can't honestly say I enjoy leaving tips, but that's not my point. My point is about the general practice, the social...
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4:30 AM | Denmark aims to be rid of fossil fuels by 2050
The Earth's fossil fuels are running out and the planet is heavily burdened by CO2 emission. The Danish government has addressed this by setting an
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4:30 AM | Perceptions
Mohau Modisakeng. Inzilo (Film Still), 2013. Single channel video installation, duration: 4 min 57 sec More here, here, and here.
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4:25 AM | Inconsistent Mathematics, Reutersvärd, and Buddhism: An Interview with Chris Mortensen
by Michael Lopresto Chris Mortensen is Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at the University of Adelaide. He thinks that the inconsistent hasn't been taken seriously enough in Western philosophy, that the masterpieces of Reutersvärd rub our noses in the inconsistent, and...
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4:20 AM | The Value of Dutiful Actions
by Carl Pierer In his Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals Kant states that an action has moral worth if and only if it is done from duty.Kant argues for his position by showing that morally right actions done from...
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4:15 AM | CATSPEAK
by Brooks Riley
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4:13 AM | Sciencey Stuff You May Have Missed: Week 35
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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4:10 AM | Ai Weiwei and the fine art of the art installation
by Mathangi Krishnamurthy As a rule, I am wary of art installations. I am never sure if the form they take bear any relation to the political content they claim to espouse. Also, as a rule, I visit modern art...
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4:05 AM | A sin tax on junk entertainment
by Thomas Rodham Wells Governments should tax the production and consumption of junk entertainment like Angry Birds and The Bachelor to correct the market failures that encourage their overconsumption. As with tobacco and alcohol, the point of such sin taxes...
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4:01 AM | The “CDC whistleblower saga”: Updates, backlash, and (I hope) a wrap-up
Given that this is a holiday weekend here in the US and that I’m having a bit of a staycation right now, I had thought of simply not posting today or of rerunning a “classic” (if you want to call it that) blast from the past. But the topic I wrote about last week has […]
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4:01 AM | Don’t Catch What Ails Your House
It doesn’t take a flood to encourage the growth of mold in a home. A moist environment will do. A runny nose, coughing and all the rest typically follow.
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4:00 AM | Suspicious Minds: How Culture Shapes Madness
By Joel Gold and Ian Gold Synopsis: What if you woke up with the alarming suspicion that you were being watched? One day in 2003, a patient unlike any other that Dr. Joel Gold had seen before was […]
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3:59 AM | The Remains of the weekend 30-31 August 2014
Long weekend here in the U.S. And I forgot the Friday night leftovers so here is a nice batch for your Monday AM. Journal takes down autism-vaccine paper pending investigation | Retraction Watch. Everything You Need to Know About Ghost Sex — The Cut. {Doubtful} Report: Woman Who Stabbed Children in ‘Exorcism’ Not Criminally Responsible… Source: Doubtful News
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3:54 AM | Reading in August
Just a little update on my reading in August. I’ve been jumping around a bit reading on the history of malaria and wetlands.  Lots of interesting bits and pieces! Books John Aberth. An Environmental History of the Middle Ages: The Crucible of Nature, 2013. Gregory of Tours (d. 594): Glory of the Confessors  Gregory of Tours (d. 594): […]
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3:51 AM | This Recovered ISIS Laptop Includes Plans for A Bubonic Plague Bomb, Among Other Things
Back in January, a group of moderate Syrian rebels raided an ISIS hideout in the Syrian province of Idlib, not far from the Turkish border. Though they didn’t find massive heaps of guns or cash, they did find something that may prove to be much more valuable: a laptop left behind one of the Islamic State fighters. Earlier this week, Abu Ali, the commander of the group that led the raid, handed over the laptop to reporters from Foreign Policy. The contents
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3:26 AM | Cambridge Study Reveals How Life Could Have Started From Nothing
Linda Geddes in New Scientist: Metabolic processes that underpin life on Earth have arisen spontaneously outside of cells. The serendipitous finding that metabolism – the cascade of reactions in all cells that provides them with the raw materials they need...
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3:25 AM | August lives up to its definition: respected and impressive
The things we noticed in and around canine science over the past two weeks, Storified in one neat location for your convenience:[View the story "Do You Believe in Dog? [16-31 August 2014]" on Storify] Further reading:Feuerbacher E.N. (2014). Shut up and pet me! Domestic dogs (Canis lupus familiaris) prefer petting to vocal praise in concurrent and single-alternative choice procedures, Behavioural Processes, DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.beproc.2014.08.019 Gygax L. (2014). The A to Z of […]

Gygax L. (2014). The A to Z of statistics for testing cognitive judgement bias, Animal Behaviour, 95 59-69. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.anbehav.2014.06.013

Arnott E.R., Claire M. Wade & Paul D. McGreevy (2014). Environmental Factors Associated with Success Rates of Australian Stock Herding Dogs, PLoS ONE, 9 (8) e104457. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0104457

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3:12 AM | How to Improve Poor Sleep Quality?
University students usually face with poor sleep quality such as “irregular sleep, insufficient sleep or other sleep difficulties.” Can proper sleep management bring quality sleep to them? Researchers conducted a research with university students in mainland China. 84 participants from two universities in Xi’an, China were randomly divided into two groups; intervention group which received […] The post How to Improve Poor Sleep Quality? appeared first on Wiley Asia Blog.
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3:10 AM | Let’s hear it for citizen scientists!
Citizen science is booming in Australia, revealing previously unknown features of the continent and saving governments a ton of money. “There’s a nationwide trend towards scientific reporting by skilled amateur observers, especially among young Australians,” says Professor Hugh Possingham, Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions (CEED). “For the first time we are starting to build up a truly extensive picture of the state of the […]
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3:04 AM | A new way to diagnose malaria
Using magnetic fields, technique can detect parasite’s waste products in infected blood cells. Over the past several decades, malaria diagnosis has changed very little. After taking a blood sample from a patient, a technician smears the blood across a glass slide, stains it with a special dye, and looks under a microscope for the Plasmodium parasite, which causes the disease. This approach gives an accurate count of how many parasites are in the blood — an important […]
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