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July 23, 2014

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12:17 PM | Exploring a Culture of Health: Creating a Roadmap to Community Health
This post is part of Exploring a Culture of Health, a citizen science series brought to you by Discover Magazine, SciStarter and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, serving as an ally to help Americans work together to …The post Exploring a Culture of Health: Creating a Roadmap to Community Health appeared first on CitizenSci.
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12:16 PM | Zoo Sets Another Attendance Record
Riverbanks Zoo welcomed over a million visitors for the 5th year running."Riverbanks President and CEO Satch Krantz attributes the growth in part to the park's added attractions.""Earlier this year, the zoo announced it will begin a $36 million expansion called Destination Riverbanks. It will include a seal/sea lion exhibit, a new grizzly bear, and a children's garden, among other amenities."The zoo says its attendance is about half out-of-town visitors."
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12:15 PM | An Ounce of Observation is worth a Pound of Prevention
On Aug. 2, 1999, an aircraft mechanic opened fire in a cafeteria at the former Kelly Air Force Base in San Antonio, killing five people and injuring 17 others before he was fatally wounded in a shootout with military police. After the incident, the shooter’s co-workers, friends and family members revealed that the man had been [...]
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12:15 PM | Probably Me by Polly Barrett | review
Irish singer-songwriter Polly Barrett releases her second album Probably Me on September 22, a collection of ten songs with shades of Bruce Springsteen, Kate Rusby, Eddie Vedder, Glen Hansard and Planxty. There is much to admire in this, her sophomore effort, not least of which is her beautiful and fragile voice, the tracks ‘Who Knows’ […]The post Probably Me by Polly Barrett | review appeared first on HeadStuff.
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12:13 PM | Zoologger: Moose dribble turns off grass's toxic defences
The grasses that moose eat contain fungi that make powerful toxins, but the animals' saliva somehow turns off this defence response
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12:08 PM | Love People, Not Pleasure
Arthur C. Brooks in The New York Times: ABD AL-RAHMAN III was an emir and caliph of Córdoba in 10th-century Spain. He was an absolute ruler who lived in complete luxury. Here’s how he assessed his life: “I have now...
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12:07 PM | “I couldn’t believe how much things had moved on” – Nicola’s story
Find out how, with thanks from Cancer Research UK scientists, bowel cancer treatment has "phenomenally" improved from when Nicola's mother had the disease.
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12:07 PM | Give Jeans; Save Giraffes
A Topeka Zoo program.
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12:05 PM | More Than a Pet: Service Dogs for PTSD
Profile of labradoodle Rocco and the veteran he assists as a service dog.
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12:02 PM | Backfire Effect? Herbalife shares up despite webcast to investors decrying practices.
Scientific skepticism is viewed by many as an intersection between science education and consumer advocacy. To that end, Doubtful News has had its eyes on news items concerning Herbalife, a multilevel marketing company who has recently had to ask its distributors to tone down medical claims about its products, and has come under fire by critics for its… Source: Doubtful News
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12:00 PM | The Shocking Failure of British Rail Travel to Respect the Triangle Inequality
I spent about a month in the UK earlier this summer, and that meant I took a lot of train trips. I love riding trains: the feeling of endless possibility I get when I look at the departure boards,... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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12:00 PM | Clonal growth in the absence of a mating morph
Haddadchi et al. study differences between a monomorphic population of Nymphoides montana and polymorphic populations.
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12:00 PM | Using Google Trends to Gauge Climate Change Perception
Climate change is happening. There’s no question about it, despite what some news media outlets would have you believe. To mitigate or adapt to the effects of climate change, it is prudent to understand how people learn about climate-related issues in the first place. Corey Lang is a researcher in the Department of Environmental and
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12:00 PM | Way down south: stumbling across Lepidopa websteri
“Hey Meera, check this out.”Not as powerful or concise as Archimedes’s “Eureka!”, but that was what I said at the moment of discovery – exactly two years ago today! – that led to my newest paper.I have been making regular trips to collect sand crabs on South Padre Island for a few years now (e.g., Murph and Faulkes 2013). A couple of years back, I had a summer intern, Meera (pictured), who was working on the parasites of the local species, Lepidopa […]
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12:00 PM | Let's Get Loud
Biology concepts – vocalizations, mechanical sounds, sonar, decibels, stridulation Today it seems that truth is more complex than ever. van Goethe was a German statesman and a very successful writer. He wrote novels, scientific treatises, lyric poems, as well as dramas. Born in 1749, one might say that his quote was true for his day; it was a simpler time. But think how simple our time will seem to those who live a hundred years from now – unless we’ve found our way back to […]

Van Belle S, Estrada A & Garber PA (2014). The function of loud calls in black howler monkeys (Alouatta pigra): Food, mate, or infant defense?, American journal of primatology, PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24865565

Sueur J, Mackie D & Windmill JF (2011). So small, so loud: extremely high sound pressure level from a pygmy aquatic insect (Corixidae, Micronectinae)., PloS one, 6 (6) PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21698252

McDonald, M., Hildebrand, J. & Mesnick, S. (2009). Worldwide decline in tonal frequencies of blue whale songs, Endangered Species Research, 9 13-21. DOI: 10.3354/esr00217

Anker A, Ahyong ST, Noël PY & Palmer AR (2006). Morphological phylogeny of alpheid shrimps: parallel preadaptation and the origin of a key morphological innovation, the snapping claw., Evolution; international journal of organic evolution, 60 (12) 2507-28. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17263113

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12:00 PM | Readers Write In: What are these Frog-eating, Cottonmouth-looking Snakes?
1) This is the snake (on right) that started my whole concern (a five-footer that was in our yard). I've been told it was a black ratsnake. Is it?... My snake-obsessed little boy spotted a snake (second picture) on our evening walk tonight. We know it's not a copperhead or black rat snake or king snake—do you know what kind it is? It was thin and about 20 inches long. You would have been proud
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11:59 AM | Alleged affair leads to failed murder-for hire: Workers’ comp for PTSD?
This case provides a reminder that if something at work worsens an employee’s pre-existing condition, the employer may be on the hook to provide workers’ comp benefits. This includes all sorts of injuries, including mental ones. Arthur Mosley, an employee of a Hannaford Brothers Co. supermarket in New York, suffered from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). While [...]
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11:58 AM | Another Lawsuit To Suppress Legitimate Criticism – This Time SBM
I suppose it was inevitable. In fact, I’m a bit surprised it took this long. SGU Productions, the Society for Science-based medicine, and I are being sued for an article that I wrote in May of 2013 on Science-Based Medicine. My SBM piece, which was inspired by an article in the LA Times, gave this summary: [...]
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11:55 AM | July 23rd: A Journey to the Edge of the Universe
Podcaster: Richard Drumm
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11:54 AM | La Solucion Mineral Milagrosa: un Riesgo a su Salud
Si le gusta el contenido de esta página, por favor considere convertirse en un seguidor de mi blog. Esto se puede hacer yendo a la primera página del blog localizada […]
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11:53 AM | United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation (UNSCEAR) has 10 major flaws
Originally posted on nuclear-news:Fukushima: Bad and Getting Worse - Global Physicians Issue Scathing Critique of UN Report on Fukushima  CounterPunch, by JOHN LaFORGE, 20 July 14 Physicians find ten grave failures in UN report The majority of the IPPNW’s report details 10 major errors, flaws or discrepancies in the UNSCEAR paper and explains study’s omissions, underestimates,…
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11:49 AM | Anche gli aerei seguono l'evoluzione
I costruttori e i designer di aeroplani di tutto il mondo sono avvisati: niente code enormi, tripla fusoliera o altre stranezze. Gli aerei di linea del futuro dovranno mantenere, sostanzialmente, il design attuale. A sostenerlo è Adrian Bejan, che in uno studio pubblicato sul Journal of Applied Physics analizza come l'industria aeronautica abbia ormai trovato una forma “vincente” che, seppur con qualche modifica, dovrebbe continuare a dettare il design del futuro. Bejan, […]
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11:45 AM | Computational gastronomy – part 2 – ‘Active Odor Cancellation’
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11:44 AM | Manage Your Outside Inspectors – Excellent Advice From Former ex-OSHA Inspector
Every company is subject to many and various outside inspectors who regularly visit their locations. These inspectors are from the: insurance company, fire department, government safety agencies (e.g. OSHA), and even the corporate headquarters. These many inspectors have great power and can: levy fines, increase insurance premiums or cancel your policy, generate mandatory fix-it [...]
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11:36 AM | Another Lawsuit To Suppress Legitimate Criticism – This Time SBM
I suppose it was inevitable. In fact, I’m a bit surprised it took this long. SGU Productions, the Society for Science-based medicine, and I are being sued for an article that I wrote in May of 2013 on Science-Based Medicine. My SBM piece, which was inspired by an article in the LA Times, gave this […]
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11:33 AM | Science beyond Borders
A retrospective to the 64th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting by Yasin Emanee. Finally, I have arrived in my Country India after the post conference tour arranged by the academic partner of the Indian delegation and the German Research Foundation. Six research institution visits and four guided cultural tours over six cities in Germany later, including the […]
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11:30 AM | The Longest Year
I don’t usually write about newly discovered record-breaking objects found by astronomers, because in general it’s not long before that record falls. But in this case, I’ll make an exception for Kepler-421b. It has the longest year—that is, it has the longest orbital period around its star—for any exoplanet yet seen. That by itself is enough to make this an interesting object, but even cooler (literally) is where that puts this planet: Far enough from its star that […]
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11:30 AM | Robert Downey Jr. Not Quite Ready to Give Up Iron Man
It's been largely assumed that the next Iron Man movie, if and when it comes, would no longer feature Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark. But now Downey's giving signs that he's plenty ready to stick around.Read more...
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11:29 AM | How to think like a microeconomist
Yesterday we were pleased to have Suresh Naidu guest lecture in The Platform. He came in and explained, very efficiently because he was leaving at 11am for a flight at noon at LGA (which he made!!) how to think like an economist. Or at least an applied microeconomist. Here are his notes: Applied microeconomics is basically […]
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11:23 AM | Neglected classics in ecology and evolution
What are the greatest neglected classics in ecology and evolution? Truly great papers or books that deserve to be much more widely known than they are?* Part of the challenge here is deciding how little-known a paper has to be … Continue reading →
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