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September 16, 2014

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4:00 AM | Misurare l’intensità dell’elettromagnetismo analizzando la luce dei quasar
Grazie ad una serie di osservazioni realizzate mediante tre potenti telescopi ottici terrestri, e cioè il Very Large Telescope in Cile, i telescopi del Keck Observatory e il telescopio Subaru che sono situati nelle Hawaii, un gruppo di astronomi guidati dai ricercatori della Swinburne University of Technology hanno analizzato la luce di un singolo quasar ottenendo dati preziosi […]
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4:00 AM | Cult of Personality: How Personality Tests Are Leading Us to Miseducate Our Children, Mismanage Our Companies, and Misunderstand Ourselves
By Annie Murphy Paul Other Title: The Cult of Personality Testing: How Personality Tests Are Leading Us to Miseducate Our Children, Mismanage Our Companies, and Misunderstand Ourselves Synopsis: Millions of people worldwide take personality tests each […]
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4:00 AM | Nontraditional Careers: Science Policy
A doctorate in biology is preparation to do more than just bench work, said Lyric Jorgenson, a PhD who now works as Science Policy Advisor and Analyst at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). "It's a degree in logic," she contends. Logic and problem solving, an interest in politics, combined with the ability to write for different audiences are essential skills for PhDs looking to make the leap into science policy. A doctorate in biology is preparation to do more than just bench work, […]
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3:59 AM | The Strange remains the same for 15 September 2014
Bigfoot hoax ruined my life, says Australian man. That’s what you get from trusting Rick Dyer, professional hoaxer. Mindscapes: Living with neurological mysteries – New Scientist. ‘Slender Man’ Judge Says ‘Reason to Doubt’ Girl’s Competency for Trial – ABC News. snopes.com: Mutant Spiders in Missouri. Source: Doubtful News
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3:57 AM | RNA-mediated events found everywhere
Transcriptome-wide Mapping Reveals Widespread Dynamic-Regulated Pseudouridylation of ncRNA and mRNA Related articles Related blog posts on this site Reported as Scientists discover RNA modifications in some unexpected places Excerpt 1): “…there are multiple types of RNA, three of which—messenger RNA...Read more
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3:44 AM | Another “Planet” Debate
CFA Asks “What is a Planet?” It’s been a few years since the great “Define a Planet” vote took place at the International Astronomical Union meeting. That 2006 event touched off what still remains a firestorm of controversy about what is or isn’t a planet, and in particular, whether Pluto fits the definition set out […]
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2:57 AM | Being Too Analytical Could Push Ethics Out The Door
Calculating the pros and cons is a time-honored method for making analytical decisions but focusing too much on numberscalculations, especially those involving money, can lead to negative consequences, including social and moral transgressions, says a new paper. Based on several experiments, researchers concluded that people in a "calculative mindset" as a result of number-crunching are more likely to analyze non-numerical problems mathematically and not take into account social, moral or […]
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2:40 AM | Exploring Climate Data (Part 2)
guest post by Blake Pollard I have been learning to make animations using R. This is an animation of the profile of the surface air temperature at the equator. So, the x axis here is the longitude, approximately from 120° E to 280° E. I pulled the data from the region that Graham Jones specified […]
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2:08 AM | UK holidaymaker’s payout after contracting E. coli
A holidaymaker has won just under £3,000 in compensation from a travel company after contracting E. coli on one of their holidays. Carl Pallant, 29, from Horsham, was staying with his girlfriend at Vincci Taj Sultan hotel in Tunisia when … Continue reading →
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2:00 AM | Seeking An Easy Win On Carbon Emissions? Cut Global Trade
Is this really necessary? Credit: EPABy John Weeks, SOAS, University of LondonThe Obama administration has proposed several ad hoc multi-country economic agreements, and in doing so has abandoned de facto the World Trade Organization (WTO) as insufficiently malleable to its interests. The two most important of these are the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the more recent Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). read more
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1:59 AM | Listeria concerns on the rise for pregnant women?
Listeria has always been a concern, but according to a NBC news affiliate, it’s new. And people wonder why mainstream journalism is dying. “While normally this is a bacteria our bodies can fight off, for expecting women, it becomes more … Continue reading →
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1:50 AM | Reseachers think copy number variation is genetically determined
Researchers develop new type of genetic test for identifying developmental disorders Excerpt: “…the team sought to find specific genes responsible for certain development disorders, and they appear to have done just that.” My comment: The genes cannot be responsible for...Read more
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1:42 AM | How the media covers suicide: Day 1
Covering Suicide and Mental Illness is a three-day seminar for journalists sponsored by The Poynter Institute, The McCormick Specialized Reporting Institute and the Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention. Here are my thoughts on issues covered during today’s session. #suicidereporting What the DSM is to mental health, the AP Stylebook is to journalism. The Stylebook is […]
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1:30 AM | Polygnathus Conodont Fossil
Here is a picture of a recently found conodont fossil fragment. It appears to be a Polygnathus sp. The fossil was found in the Jacobs Chapel Shale of Clark County, Indiana, USA which dates to the Mississippian Period. Thanks to Kenny for the picture.
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1:23 AM | Tanzania: Will Govt Move People So Wildlife Can Access Water?
[Thomson Reuters Foundation]Dar es Salaam -After decades of struggling to help the wildlife of Serengeti National Park cope with Tanzania’s increasingly intense droughts, the government is implementing a controversial plan to use Lake Victoria as… Source: allafrica.com After so much … Continue reading →
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1:19 AM | The Most Influential Climate Science Paper Today Remains Unknown to Most People | InsideClimate News
It is probably the most influential paper on climate science today. But few outside scientific circles even know it exists. Though just six pages long, its dense, technical writing makes it largely incomprehensible to non-experts. Source: insideclimatenews.org GR:  The discussion … Continue reading →
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1:14 AM | Coca Cola, Heinz And Other Major Food Companies Warn Climate Change Threatens Business
But as ThinkProgress noted at the time, the real story was not a guacamole shortage, but the emerging reality of doing business in a warming world. While politicians continue to bicker over whether or not climate change exists, companies now have no … Continue reading →
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1:03 AM | Some neuroscientists think a mutation led to human language development
Neuroscientists identify key role of language gene Excerpt: “Neuroscientists have found that a gene mutation that arose more than half a million years ago may be key to humans’ unique ability to produce and understand speech.” Excerpt: “…the gene that...Read more
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1:00 AM | Cool Experiment Puts Asimov's First Law Of Robotics To The Test
Isaac Asimov's First Law of Robotics states that "a robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm." That sounds simple enough — but a recent experiment shows how hard it's going to be to get machines to do the right thing.Read more...
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12:59 AM | UK man fined for selling colloidal silver as cancer cure
Guy Chapman reports from the U.K. : A West Mersea man was fined £750 and £1,500 costs after pleading guilty to promoting colloidal silver as a cancer cure. He follows Stephen Ferguson and Errol Denton, live blood practitioners and acolytes of Robert O. Young, who is currently on trial for practising medicine without a license. Man… Source: Doubtful News
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12:46 AM | Wordless Wednesday Writing Challenge – Reborn
The RocNaNo Blog offers Wordless Wednesday writing prompts. This is my response to this week’s challenge, based upon this photo: Reborn K’eel sat back on her hocks and stared at the tiny, fluffy mass of down. “We made this,” whispered … Continue reading →
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12:29 AM | Scenario Learning in Risk and Safety
Scenario Learning in Risk and Safety One of the best ways of learning safety is through scenarios. Scenarios are constructed to either replicate real situations to maximize perception of recognizable cues or, to enhance the imagination of possibilities. One of the greatest capabilities a safety person can have is a creative imagination. Most times when […] The post Scenario Learning in Risk and Safety appeared first on Safety Risk.
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12:20 AM | Messier Monday: A Miniature Marvel, M70 (Synopsis)
“I told my father that someday when I grow up and become an astronomer ‘I’m going to discover something.’” -Thomas Bopp But who ever would have imagined that a kid with an armchair interest in astronomy, one who as an adult didn’t even own a telescope, would stare into a friend’s one fateful night at…
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12:19 AM | Messier Monday: A Miniature Marvel, M70
At the bottom of the teapot in Sagittarius, the ancient giants burn for your pleasure.Continue reading on Medium »
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12:15 AM | Plastic on the coasts is ours
The world’s largest collection of marine debris information has identified Australia’s coastal rubbish is mainly plastic from Australian sources. In a report released today, CSIRO scientist Denise Hardesty says her team surveyed sites approximately every 100 km along the Australian […]test The post Plastic on the coasts is ours appeared first on Australian Science.
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12:11 AM | This week's C&EN
Lots going on in this week's issue:Surely it means something that Indian pharmaceutical company Piramal is ending its drug discovery efforts in India? How odd. (article by Jean-François Tremblay)Enjoyed reading about Samantha Arnett, Ph.D. bioinorganic chemist and the State Department's Biosecurity Engagement Program's manager. (article by Deirdre Lockwood) (registration required)I found this letter by Martin Feldman of Howard University very interesting and a rather pointed critique of […]
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12:03 AM | Genotype, observed phenotype, and distinctly disordered behaviors
Schizophrenia not a single disease but multiple genetically distinct disorders September 15, 2014 By Jim Dryden News article excerpt: “Genes don’t operate by themselves,” said C. Robert Cloninger, MD, PhD, one of the study’s senior investigators. “They function in concert...Read more
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12:00 AM | Here's To Wine, Chocolate And A Long Healthy Life
Good nose. Credit:  Lowjumpingfrog, CC BYBy Joao Pedro de Magalhaes, University of Liverpool read more
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12:00 AM | mean-guign-photography: Fire Goby (Nemateleotris magnifica) -...
mean-guign-photography: Fire Goby (Nemateleotris magnifica) - Siquijor Island, Philippines
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12:00 AM | mean-guign-photography: Fire Goby (Nemateleotris magnifica) -...
mean-guign-photography: Fire Goby (Nemateleotris magnifica) - Siquijor Island, Philippines
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