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October 31, 2014

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7:25 AM | The Science of Fear
Think of Halloween and FEAR comes to mind. From the scary horrors of the darkest of our imagination to just the thought of pestering children knocking on your door! We’ve all been there. Facing our worst nightmares. Heart starts racing. … Continue reading →
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7:03 AM | Infinite Variety?
Age cannot wither her, nor custom stale. Her infinite variety. William Shakespeare This is not a typical post for me, but something I have been meaning to do to satisfy my own curiosity. I have wondered, how many variations of acupuncture are there? I suspected a lot, but I thought I would go looking and […]
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7:01 AM | HalloweenCast - Bonus Episode - 10/31/2014
It's Halloween on CreatureGeek! Frank and Len chat about their favorite FX flicks to watch post Trick or Treating. Agree or disagree? Sound off in the comments!
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7:00 AM | PHOTO DU BoB-280
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7:00 AM | The Difference Between Occultism And Mysticism
Both practices involve the alleged ability of the human mind to reach out and experience that which is beyond our regularly experienced senses. Mysticism often exists within the context of organized, established religion, while the same religion condemns occultism. Occultism is an experience of conflict whereby the person practicing it is attempting to control something or learn something that they shouldn't know, while those who practice mysticism are striving to exist in harmony and peace […]
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7:00 AM | Worldbuilding and Storytelling in Disney's Big Hero 6
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7:00 AM | The seven creepiest science experiments
Some of our favorite scary and disturbing studies
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6:44 AM | Gastronomía en el límite (I): Fugu
Por petición popular y tras el éxito obtenido en el IV Congreso Internacional de Micología Soria Gastronómica os presento una nueva serie de entradas donde contaré unas cuantas experiencias gastronómicas extremas que nos pueden poner en el límite de nuestra salud, y hablaré de la ciencia que se esconde en ellas. He creado una nueva etiqueta para hablar de cocina en general, y lo haré desde una perspectiva científica y […]
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5:59 AM | Presenting You and Your Poster
Presenting posters and leading the conversation in a poster session can be intimidating. However, there are some very simple things that you can do to help yourself get through what can be a challenging experience. Richard Threlfall, Managing Editor, Asian Journal of Organic Chemistry, gives you some tips on how to plan and design an […] The post Presenting You and Your Poster appeared first on Wiley Asia Blog.
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5:55 AM | Swedish glass production 300 years older than historians believed
A large lump of glass is shedding new light on the history of glass production in Sweden.
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5:52 AM | Resource Alert: Confronting U.S. Commercial Sexual Exploitation and Sex Trafficking of Minors Legal Sector Guide
By: Sharon E. ChinThe Institute of Medicine and National Research Council has released their third and final audience-specific guide. Similarly to the Guide for the Health Sector, this report A Guide for the Legal Sector, was created to address common challenges identified by law enforcement on the federal, state, and local levels. Primarily, the definition of commercial sexual exploitation of minors has affected how victims have been treated in the eyes of the law. While minors are often dealt […]
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5:46 AM | Publication of the week, number 49, 31st October 2014
This week Fürstner working together with a group from Pfizer published a full paper on the total synthesis and biological activity of the marine natural product leiodermatolide:- This paper is so full of interesting chemistry it’s difficult to know where to start! Anyway it is a refinement and scale up of the first route to this […]
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5:40 AM | Cuentacuentos científico en la Casa de la Ciencia (Sevilla, España)
Una particular narradora, Verdina Zampacuentos, transportará a niñas y niños a un mundo fantástico. A través de sus narraciones discurrirán historias sobre ecología, interculturalidad y respeto, desarrollo personal y otros contenidos donde se unirá de forma divertida el conocimiento científico con el encanto propio de los cuentos. Verdina Zampacuentos se transformará en una auténtica científica para deleitar al […]
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5:36 AM | Sexual Fantasies: Threesomes Are Normal, Golden Showers Not So Much
Fantasizing about sex with two women is common but fantasizing about being urinated on - called a golden shower - is not. That's just one of the findings from a research project on sexual deviation undertaken by scholars at Institut universitaire en santé mentale de Montréal and Institut Philippe-Pinel de Montréal. Deviant sexual fantasies are addressed in numerous speculations and conjectures by psychologists but atypical fantasies (paraphilias) are so subjective they […]
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5:30 AM | Nuit Blanche in Review ( October 2014 )
Since the last Nuit Blanche in Review ( September 2014 ), we had another Way of Reading Nuit Blanche, saw Once Thought Impossible Computations, read a few Blogs in 78 Summer Hours and found quite a few implementations:Non-linear Causal Inference using Gaussianity MeasuresBRTF: Robust Bayesian Tensor Factorization for Incomplete Multiway Data SparsePR: Robust Sparse Phase Retrieval Made Easy Compressed Manifold Modes for Mesh Processing On Sparse Representation in Fourier and Local Bases RQS […]
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5:29 AM | Wooster’s Fossils of the Week: Upper Carboniferous seed casts from northeastern Ohio
We haven’t had a paleobotanical fossil of the week for awhile, so here are a couple of nice seed casts from the Upper Carboniferous Massillon Sandstone exposed near Youngstown, Ohio. They fall within the “form genus” Trigonocarpus Brongniart 1828. A form taxon is one that may not have any systematic or evolutionary validity, but it […]
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5:26 AM | Searching for the Fountain of Youth
Sam Anderson in the NYT Magazine (photo Dolly Faibyshev for The New York Times): For more than 100 years, Punta Gorda has claimed to have the Fountain of Youth: an artesian well that once drew such long lines of tourists...
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5:23 AM | Your tweets reveal future iPhone sales
Researchers set new standards for how precisely the sale of a product can be predicted based on what people write in the social media.
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5:01 AM | Introducing the Evolution of Inequality Project
The study of income and resource inequality has been the academic topic du jour this year, highlighted by Thomas Piketty's economic history opus [1] and a special issue of Science [2]. There was even a paper on the 1% vs. the 99% of academic publishing [3] which argues that in terms of citations, the rich tend to get richer. But how do these patterns emerge and evolve? Is it a merely a statistical artifact, or a reflection of how complex, hierarchical societies tend to evolve? For example, we […]
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5:00 AM | Thesis: On optimal Sampling in low and high dimension, Alexandra Carpentier
  On optimal Sampling in low and high dimension by Alexandra CarpentierDuring my PhD, I had the chance to learn and work under the great supervision of my advisor Remi (Munos) in two fields that are of particular interest to me. The se domains are BanditTheory and Compressed Sensing. While studying these domains I came to the conclusion that they are connected if one looks at them trough the prism of optimal sampling. Both these fields are concerned with strategies on how to sample […]
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4:57 AM | Lab Acquired Salmonella
An interesting bit of lab saftey news came out awhile back that I think hasn't gotten quite enough attention.Since November 2013, 41 people in 13 states have been sickened by a Salmonella typhimurium outbreak (enterica serotype).Salmonella typhimurium (pink)The Salmonella was linked to clinical and university teaching laboratories according to the CDC investigation.Cases have been reported in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Ohio, […]
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4:01 AM | The Truth Behind Online Dating: What Motivates Users and Companies
Read Part 1 of this series here: The Truth Behind Online Dating: What Is and Isn’t Real People are shallow. Psychological science has demonstrated that people often use a “what is beautiful is good” mental shortcut.1 People tend to assume positive characteristics about others based on physical attractiveness, even though these perceptions are not accurate. This bias for beauty has been shown in all types of contexts that are not limited to online dating. A classic […]
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3:59 AM | The Strange remains the same for 30 October 2014
When Spirits ‘Dictate’ Books: What’s to Believe? : Discovery News. Do skeptics kill Halloween fun? Ask ‘The Shining’ hotel paranormal investigators – Faitheist. Magic May Lurk Inside Us All – NYTimes.com. Ghosts in the machine? Using the Kinect to hunt for spirits | Polygon. Liberians fast, pray for three days to break Ebola ‘curse’ |… Source: Doubtful News
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3:53 AM | The only solution for polar bears: ‘stop the rise in CO2 and other greenhouse gases’
I recently had the opportunity to interview one of the most amazing scientists I know – and his story continued to wow me, the more I spoke with him. His utter dedication to his work, his ability to have studied one of the most intriguing creatures in a really desolate landscape, and the determination to stick […]
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3:49 AM | Meet the newest enemy to India’s wildlife
A boom in infrastructure and population has forced India’s wildlife to eke out a creative existence in an increasingly human-modified environment. Big cats such as the leopard are often spotted within large cities, on railway tracks, and sadly, on India’s burgeoning and sprawling road network. Read the full article at MongabayFiled under: Subcontinent Specials Tagged: […]
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3:47 AM | Bolivian vice president proposes unprecedented agricultural expansion
On August 14, the Bolivian Vice President, Alvaro Garcia Linera, made a startling announcement: by 2025, Bolivia was going to make two striking developments – first, it would expand all cultivated land to 2.5 times its present area, and second, it would triple food production from 15 to 45 million tons. Read the rest of […]
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3:43 AM | ‘Natural Reserves’ no more: illegal colonists deforest huge portions of Nicaraguan protected areas
In southeastern Nicaragua, abutting the coastal Caribbean town of Bluefields, lie two nature reserves – Cerro Silva and Punta Gorda – that are embroiled in a bitter battle for survival against the speedily encroaching agricultural frontier. The forest is all but decimated here, with disconnected patches whose very existence rests precariously in the hands of […]
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3:40 AM | New Zealand political spokesperson for GE and more endorses homeopathy for Ebola
(Opinion on one of stupider things I’ve seen endorsed by a politician in a while and it’s relation to other science-based policy, including genetic engineering.) Green Party MP Steffan Browning has been widely reported as endorsing a petition to apply homeopathy to Ebola. To be frank this is an idea of rank stupidity. Homeopathic ‘remedies’ [...]
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3:32 AM | Sustainability, Texas style
What economists call “weak sustainability” is the notion that, as you deplete some stock of natural capital, you reinvest in some stock of replacement capital. An example might be taking some of the surplus from extracting oil and gas and investing in solar or wind energy so you’ve still got some supply of energy when ...Continue reading ‘Sustainability, Texas style’ »
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3:26 AM | Income inequality, social mobility, and sample size
Matt O’Brien at the Washington Post’s Wonkblog has an infographic that contains the following information: quintile of income distribution first second third fourth fifth % of college graduates from poor families 16 17 26 21 20 % of high school dropouts from rich families 16 35 30 5 14 This comes from a paper entitled […]
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