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March 26, 2015

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11:15 PM | importance weighting without importance weights [ABC for bandits?!]
I did not read very far in the recent arXival by Neu and Bartók, but I got the impression that it was a version of ABC for bandit problems where the probabilities behind the bandit arms are not available but can be generated. Since the stopping rule found in the “Recurrence weighting for multi-armed bandits” […]
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11:12 PM | sciencesoup:Badass Scientist of the Week: Dr. Aprille...
sciencesoup:Badass Scientist of the Week: Dr. Aprille Ericsson Aprille Ericsson (1963–) is an aerospace engineer and the first African American woman to receive a Ph.D. in Engineering at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. Ericsson spent her childhood in Brooklyn, New York, where she cultivated an interest in science and mathematics. She attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) where she received a Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering, and […]
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11:07 PM | inappropriatelyadorable:Awesome women in STEM (science,...
inappropriatelyadorable:Awesome women in STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) fields!These are true badges of merit
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11:06 PM | thought-cafe:We’ve got your geological periods covered! Crash...
thought-cafe:We’ve got your geological periods covered! Crash Course Big History #5: The Evolutionary Epic. http://youtu.be/92oHNd8vFwo Makes you wonder if they’ll ever make that prequel movie, “Ordivician Park”
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11:00 PM | #fridayflashback: Science Book a Day Interviews Lawrence Goldstone
This week’s #flashbackfriday is from August 11, 2014. It is an interview that we did with Lawrence Goldstone, who answered 5 questions about his featured book – Birdmen: The Wright Brothers, Glenn Curtiss, and the Battle to Control the Skies. It is […]
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10:59 PM | Australia Passes New Laws Mandating Data Retention For Phone And Internet Use
A new data retention law has been passed by Australia’s Federal Parliament, with both major parties voting in favor of the legislation during a recent vote of the Senate. According to ABC News… “The laws will force telecommunications providers to keep records of phone and internet use for two years and allow security agencies to access the records.”   A number of phone companies are already maintaining their own records, but they are doing […]
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10:59 PM | Binding Pollutants In Water Using Adsorber Particles
In January of 2015 the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) lowered the threshold value for bisphenol A in packaging.  The scientific determination behind that is irrelevant at this point, the only times Europe backs off on bizarre science assertions are when it comes to things like making ugly fruit illegal to sell or claiming water does not cure thirst, so companies are stuck with creating dubious alternatives or just using less, but the public is often educated by advertising so they […]
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10:45 PM | nevver:Insects unlocked Hey folks! This awesome set of insect...
nevver:Insects unlocked Hey folks! This awesome set of insect photos is more than just an awesome set of insect photos.Entomologist and small-world-photographer Alex Wild is raising money to launch a high-quality, public domain insect image library called Insects Unlocked. You probably don’t think about this when you post awesome images like these, but someone worked really hard to make them, and often their livelihood depends on making money from those photos. Basically, images […]
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10:40 PM | How The Brain Remembers Pain - And How To Artifically Relieve It
Chronic pain is a common complaint affecting millions of people worldwide. Because it is often a non-specific symptom, proper treatment strategies are more like 'keep doing things until something works'. A new study has identified a cellular mechanism in the brain of mice that contributes to the development of chronic pain, which the authors believe can lead to a novel pharmacological treatment strategy for chronic pain.  read more
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10:40 PM | Official Report: Nuclear Waste Accident Caused By Wrong Cat Litter
An official investigation into a 2014 accident at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant has concluded that cat litter is the culprit. Organic material in the litter caused a drum to burst.
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10:34 PM | For bats, simple traffic patterns limit collisions
Humans aren’t the only ones who follow traffic rules. Bats do it too, researchers report March 26 in PLOS Computational Biology.Scientists eavesdropped on echolocating Daubenton’s bats (Myotis daubentonii) as the animals cruised for dinner. Once a bat locks on to a peer’s  sonar calls, the bat copies its movements to within a few wingbeats, the researchers found.Syncing up benefits the bats by helping them avoid colliding in midair. The bats chase each other, swoop one […]
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10:27 PM | Stereotype lowers math performance in women, no one noticed
Stereotypes about people can affect how we look at a person, but sometimes it causes other problems. Gender stereotypes about women’s ability in mathematics negatively impact their performance. And in a significant twist, both men and women wrongly believe those stereotypes will not undermine women’s math performance — but instead motivate them to perform better. […]

Boucher, K., Rydell, R. & Murphy, M. (2015). Forecasting the experience of stereotype threat for others, Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 58 56-62. DOI: 10.1016/j.jesp.2015.01.002

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10:15 PM | Folding Wings Help Drones Bounce Back After A Crash
Airplane wings are rigid structures. They're great for wide open skies, but one bad collision with a wall or a tree branch and suddenly the flying machine has trouble…
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10:15 PM | Amazingly, Congress Actually Got Something Done
The leaders and members must, in a word, compromise. And on this occasion, Speaker John Boehner and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi did just that, with skill and savvy.
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10:14 PM | When discussing Humanity’s next move to space, the language we use matters.
Elon Musk’s vision for the humanity and colonizing Mars makes me incredibly uneasy. It’s not that Elon Musk has said very many inappropriate things, it’s that so much of the... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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10:10 PM | Spring Blooms Convert Vast Amounts of CO2 Into Ocean Life And Oxygen
New report shows ocean pastures bloom with the seasons and enrich the ocean with oxygen to far greater depths than formerly believed. The spring blooms... The post Spring Blooms Convert Vast Amounts of CO2 Into Ocean Life And Oxygen appeared first on Russ George.
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10:06 PM | ARC Research Associate – Ocean acidification on benthic marine life
Originally posted on Ocean acidification:Job no: 493373 Work type: Fixed term – Full-time Location: Adelaide Categories: Faculty of Sciences Closing date: 10 April 2015 The University of Adelaide is one of Australia’s leading Group of Eight, research-intensive universities and is consistently ranked among the top 1% of universities in the world. Established in 1874,…
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10:00 PM | Unintended Consequences: When Environmental “Goods” Turn Bad
After a hectic start to 2015, I finally managed to slow down the pace. A few days ago, I attempted to catch up on some overdue readings—my way to keep in the loop. Among the many documents piling up on my computer desktop was this short podcast from TNOC: “Closing the Sustainability and Equity Gap: … Continue reading Unintended Consequences: When Environmental “Goods” Turn Bad →
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10:00 PM | Could Tech Help Stop Kamikaze Pilots?
Planes can already avoid the ground automatically. Why not let computers take control to avoid a crash?
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9:55 PM | Colliding Galaxy Clusters Offer Clues to Dark Matter
An international team of astronomers led by Dr David Harvey of the Observatory of Sauverny in Switzerland and the University of Edinburgh, UK, has studied how elusive dark matter behaves when clusters of galaxies collide. Dr Harvey and his colleagues used data from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope and NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory to study [...]
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9:55 PM | The Healing Power of Awe
The mountains. The stars freckled across the sky. A fiery sunrise. A rich cup of coffee alongside a piece of flaky pie: These things are awesome. Though I’ve seen a million sunsets and stared at the oceans for hours, I’m still moved by their wonder and mystery, touched by their beauty, and profoundly grateful that […]
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9:44 PM | Our Line Of Defense Against Sea Level Rise Is Melting Fast
Antarctica is a frozen, beautiful continent, that might not be completely frozen for much longer. Just like the Arctic, Antarctica's ice shelves are disappearing, and fast,…
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9:40 PM | On Friday, asteroid 2014-YB35 is expected to make its closest approach to Earth.
On Friday, asteroid 2014-YB35 is expected to make its closest approach to Earth. Traveling at over 23,000 mph (37,000 km/h), NASA says the 6.2 mile (1,000 meter) asteroid won't get any closer than 2.7-million miles (4.4 million km). That's nearly 12 times the distance from Earth to the Moon – so relax.Read more...
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9:32 PM | Big Shelves Of Antarctic Ice Melting Faster Than Scientists Thought
The shrinking of ice at the ocean's edge in the West Antarctic has increased by 70 percent over the past decade, an analysis of satellite images suggests.
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9:28 PM | Stadium food safety expose linked to firing
When I turned 16 my dad and I (below, exactly as shown) took a trip around the U.S. and caught a bunch of baseball games at MLB parks. Seven cities, seven games in eight days. In each of the stadiums my … Continue reading →
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9:26 PM | Think Nobody Wants To Buy Ugly Fruits And Veggies? Think Again
Remember that old movie trope, in which the mousy girl takes off her glasses to reveal she was a beauty all along? A similar scenario is playing out among food waste fighters in the world of produce.
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9:20 PM | Get Hard – A Review
It seems pointless to give this movie any kind of review. Have you ever seen a Will Ferrell movie before? Then you probably know what to expect from this one. In fact, you probably know what to expect from this movie by simply looking at the poster. Kevin Hart is corn-rolling Will Ferrell’s hair? But [...] The post Get Hard – A Review appeared first on HeadStuff.
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9:20 PM | Church Of Scientology Calls New HBO Documentary 'Bigoted'
The filmmaker says Going Clear, harshly critical of the Church of Scientology, is about the dangers of "blind faith." The church has hit back with an aggressive public relations effort of its own.
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9:06 PM | How did the chicken cross the sea?
It may sound like the makings of a joke, but answering the question of how chickens crossed the sea may soon provide more than just a punch line. Michigan State University researcher Eben Gering has collaborated with a team in a study of the mysterious ancestry of the feral chicken population that has overrun the Hawaiian Island of Kauai. Their results, published in the current issue of Molecular Ecology, may aid efforts to curtail the damage of invasive species in the future, and […]
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9:05 PM | Eight Easy Pieces (you can touch but don’t look)
Here’s a bar bet you can’t lose. Actually, it’s more of a kitchen bet, being a quiche cutting conundrum. You’ve just bought a lovely fresh haggis quiche at your local Minus 4 shop and are planning to eat it in one sitting, in your kitchen with a friend. You’ve agreed to share it in the... Read more »
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