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October 30, 2014

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9:08 PM | Book Review: Steven Pinker: The Sense of Style: The Thinking Person’s Guide to Writing in the 21st Century (Viking Adult: 2014)
The Mighty Pinker Has Struck OutBy Charles Euchner Charles Euchner is a case writer and editor at Yale School of Management. Author or editor of books on civil rights (Nobody Turn Me Around), writing (The Big Book of Writing), public policy (Urban Policy Reconsidered, Playing the Field, Governing Greater Boston), baseball (The Last Nine Innings), and more, Euchner has contributed to The Boston Globe, The American, CommonWealth, Newsweek, Education Week, The Big Roundtable, The New York […]
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9:06 PM | Ebola Researchers Banned From Medical Meeting In New Orleans
One of the top scientific conferences on tropical diseases will take place without the people who have the most recent and direct experience with Ebola in West Africa.
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9:02 PM | Scary Mathematics
I thought that because Halloween is tomorrow (for me) a post about some Halloween related mathematics will be fun. 1. Carving Pumpkins. This is one of the traditions for Halloween that I enjoy the most. I was never used to Halloween … Continue reading →
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9:02 PM | Ahead on the Trail
Trail maintenance #Utah pic.twitter.com/5tHuscUyTA— russwilliamsiii (@russwilliamsiii) October 24, 2014
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9:01 PM | China Plans To Put Floating Docks On Disputed Islands
Swallow Reef (Pulau Layang-Layang) in Spratly Islands, South China Sea Matthew Lee, via Wikimedia Commons What’s a country to do with a chain of disputed islands? One option is just “go ahead and build a dock to claim them,” and attach it to some of the islands. Shown off at the Shiptec China 2014 exhibition, China has a plan for floating docks it wants to put in the disputed Spratly Islands. Roughly, the Spratly Islands refers to an area 500 nautical miles […]
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9:00 PM | How States Stopped Funding Higher Education
The Great Recession was pretty terrible for higher education. In state after state legislatures cut funding for public colleges. The economy has recovered, but the damage is permanent, particularly for poor students. According to this piece at Inside Higher Ed: A new report from the Center for American Progress details -- on a state-by-state basis -- the extent to which recession-driven reductions in public college financing since 2008 have sent tuitions soaring, and how disproportionately […]
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9:00 PM | Haunted
How a group of paranormal investigators made one man realize what it really means for a house, or a man, to be haunted.
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8:59 PM | Trail Maintenance, Utah Style
Which lever is reverse?!! #Utah pic.twitter.com/dAtlu2C6O9— russwilliamsiii (@russwilliamsiii) October 24, 2014
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8:56 PM | Big Horns!
#bighornsheep this a.m. @ZionNP #Utah pic.twitter.com/qj9wXIFzhg— russwilliamsiii (@russwilliamsiii) October 28, 2014
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8:54 PM | Adults Often Make Mistakes When Medicating Children A study...
Adults Often Make Mistakes When Medicating Children A study conducted by the Nationwide Children’s Hospital found that between 2002-2012 700,000 children under the age of 6 were given wrong doses of medication. The hospital offers tips on how to administer medicine to kids. By: Live Science Videos.
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8:51 PM | Pope No Scientist, but...
The Pope's not a scientist, but...MRT @mashable: Note 2 politicians: Even the pope now on board w/ evolution http://t.co/b0T5NKleLq via @tnr— russwilliamsiii (@russwilliamsiii) October 30, 2014
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8:46 PM | Another recovery from the Brink
Giant tortoises have made a startling recovery in the Galapagos. New TSS. http://t.co/UnrolWUKWi Pic: James P. Gibbs pic.twitter.com/4LGpx7qS6f— Nautilus (@NautilusMag) October 30, 2014
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8:42 PM | So For Halloween You're Dressing Up As ... A Sexy Ebola Nurse?
Why are infectious disease costumes even a thing? It's actually a relatively new development in Halloween history, but there are precedents. See: Plague Doctor mask, Venice.
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8:42 PM | Sweden Recognizes Palestine, Drawing Sharp Israeli Criticism
Israel's foreign minister says diplomacy is "more complicated than ... furniture from Ikea." His Swedish counterpart responds that diplomacy, like Ikea furniture, needs "a partner ... [and] a manual."
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8:41 PM | Dirty, Rotten...
Sneaky, thieving jays, and their thieving, sneaky ways. http://t.co/ySkKjHQlj9 by @mebwriter pic.twitter.com/YQXv817YeZ— Wired Science Blogs (@wiredsciblogs) October 30, 2014
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8:40 PM | Nurse Kaci Hickox Takes A Bike Ride, Defying Maine's Quarantine
Hickox, who returned to the U.S. after treating Ebola patients in West Africa, tested negative for Ebola upon her return, and she has no symptoms — so she says she poses no threat to the public.
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8:40 PM | Obamas Head To Connecticut As Tight Governor's Race Nears Close
Incumbent Dannel Malloy and Republican rival Tom Foley are neck and neck; the race is so close that both the president and first lady will visit the state in the next few days. NPR's Melissa Block talks to Hartford Courant political reporter Daniela Altimari about the race.
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8:39 PM | Breakthrough in microring laser cavities
A significant breakthrough in laser technology has been reported by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)'s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and the University of California (UC) Berkeley. Subject:  Technology
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8:38 PM | A Heart Risk in Drinking Water
Even trace amounts of arsenic in drinking water may increase the risk of heart disease, researchers have found.
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8:35 PM | Sorry, we will not all be having sex with robots in the future
What robot sex enthusiasts forget is that there's far more to sex than the mechanical act. Subject:  Robotics
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8:35 PM | The Campaign That Seems More Crime Drama Than Congressional Race
When he was an undercover FBI agent, Michael Grimm adopted the persona of "Mikey Suits" to catch alleged mobsters. Now a congressman from Staten Island, Grimm is the target of tax evasion charges.
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8:34 PM | Watchdog Says Feds Shouldn't Have Let Man Take Grenade Parts To Mexico
The case, in which agents watched a man to go through with potentially illegal, is reminiscent of the gun-walking scandal that plagued the ATF for years.
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8:31 PM | It’s those beta-glucans! RT @HuffPostGr
It’s those beta-glucans! RT @HuffPostGreen: 5 reasons to eat more oatmeal http://t.co/x6JrpMMgYrFiled under: Uncategorized
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8:31 PM | It’s those beta-glucans! RT @HuffPostGr
It’s those beta-glucans! RT @HuffPostGreen: 5 reasons to eat more oatmeal http://t.co/x6JrpMMgYrFiled under: Uncategorized
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8:31 PM | The Science of Science Blogging Literature
This morning, Antoine Blanchard tweeted to me a SUPERB list of scholarly articles on science blogging! @FromTheLabBench Here is a comprehensive list of references on science blogging should you need it http://t.co/eyGsdq4dE7 #MySciBlog — Antoine Blanchard (@Enroweb) October 30, 2014 I thought I'd re-create his list here, with links to the full-texts that I could find. I've also included a few of my own citations. This list should be helpful to anyone studying the science of […]
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8:31 PM | The Science of Science Blogging Literature
This morning, Antoine Blanchard tweeted to me a SUPERB list of scholarly articles on science blogging! @FromTheLabBench Here is a comprehensive list of references on science blogging should you need it http://t.co/eyGsdq4dE7 #MySciBlog — Antoine Blanchard (@Enroweb) October 30, 2014 I thought I'd re-create his list here, with links to the full-texts that I could find. I've also included a few of my own citations. This list should be helpful to anyone studying the science of […]
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8:31 PM | The Science of Science Blogging Literature
This morning, Antoine Blanchard tweeted to me a SUPERB list of scholarly articles on science blogging! @FromTheLabBench Here is a comprehensive list of references on science blogging should you need it http://t.co/eyGsdq4dE7 #MySciBlog — Antoine Blanchard (@Enroweb) October 30, 2014 I thought I'd re-create his list here, with links to the full-texts that I could find. I've also included a few of my own citations. This list should be helpful to anyone studying the science of […]
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8:19 PM | Neuroscientists Break into the Brain to Expose Its Workings
The brain is a dazzlingly complex web of somewhere around 100 billion neurons, each of which communicates with others through thousands of connections. The idea of manipulating such a complex system... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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8:16 PM | Three New Species of Skinks Discovered in Australia
Australian scientists have described three new lizard species, hidden from humans for millions of years in remote areas of the country. One of the three new species, the Cape Melville Rainbow Skink (Carlia wundalthini), belongs to a skink genus found in Australia, New Guinea and the Wallacea region of Southeast Asia. The other two, the [...]
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8:11 PM | Big Pic: China's Lunar Spacecraft Snaps Trippy Pic Of The Moon And Earth
Role Reversal Xinhua On its trip around the Moon this week, China’s lunar test probe, Chang’e 5TI, snapped this mind-bending image of the Earth and its satellite, putting the objects in a unique perspective. The photo is taken from just beyond lunar orbit, and it gives the illusion that the Moon is actually the more sizable of the two, and that Earth is the tiny orbiter. The unmanned Chang’e 5TI is meant to test atmospheric re-entry technologies that […]
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