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July 29, 2014

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3:42 PM | PMCPA looks to app to simplify the APBI Code of Practice
Code regulator takes 'digitally-led' approach in partnership with The Earthworks
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3:32 PM | R.E.M. live at the Rockpalast, 2 Oct 1985
Complete show on YouTube.  In case you were wondering what the fuss was about.
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3:28 PM | The Moon Bites a Chunk out of the Sun
On July 26, NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) noticed something peculiar about its normally uninterrupted view of the sun -- a chunk was missing. Continue reading →
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3:27 PM | Amazon's New Store For 3-D-Printed Products Omits The Best Parts Of 3-D Printing
The site isn't quite there yet, even though I think this product is pretty cool. Screenshot of amazon.com by A. Ossola This week, Amazon announced its new 3-D printing store. We were immediately giddy, imagining the endless possibilities of being able to upload any design and, in Amazon fashion, have it shipped to us in solid form overnight. But the online book purveyor that has diversified to sell basically everything on the planet seems to have […]
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3:23 PM | First Grade Reading Suffers In Minority Neighborhood Schools
Beginning in 1969, a court decision, motivated by a lack of racial integration in schools, led to students being shipped to schools in other neighborhoods. As part of a political campaign against Richard Nixon, his political opposition latched onto this forced busing and school desegregation to show they cared about minorities more. The trade-off was that kids were no longer in their own neighborhoods and felt like pawns in a culture war.read more
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3:22 PM | IFORS Conference
#NetworkScience I was back in Barcelona this past week, for the 20th conference of the International Federation of Operational Research Societies (IFORS).  This triennial conference provides a forum for academics, practitioners, and software developers to exchange ideas throughout operations research.  … Continue reading →
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3:20 PM | Adaptive languages: Population structure and lexical diversity
A new paper by Bentz et al. is available for preview here. It is about a correlation between the lexical diversity of languages and the presence of non-native speakers in a population. This is particularly relevant to the work by Lupyan & Dale (2010), who found that morphological complexity within a language correlates with the […]
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3:18 PM | How do mom's microbes affect pregnancy outcomes? UAB research aims to find out
As a baby slides out of the birth canal, on the way to its first breath, its body becomes coated in its mother’s microbes. This first interaction with outside organisms could be key to shaping the development of the baby’s immune system.Our microbes, collectively called the microbiome, most often live in harmony with our bodies. They support the immune system, help to digest food and keep the metabolism on track, and fight off disease-causing bacteria. But researchers suspect that […]
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3:15 PM | Treating Sleep Problems Following Traumatic Brain Injury
Sleep problems are common following traumatic brain injury (TBI).In a previous post, I reviewed a study of the risk factors for sleep disorders following TBI.The most severe TBI is a risk factor for hypersomnia. Anxiety and depression following TBI increase risk for insomnia complaints.Few large studies of treatment for sleep problems after TBI exist. However, a recent manuscript outlined the potential benefit of treatment of sleep disorders in a series of 12 subjects.Catherine […]
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3:14 PM | An Inside Look at an Academic Medical Journal
Henry Kranzler, MD, Penn professor and director of the Center for Studies of Addiction, has been a leader in research on alcohol dependence for 25 years. His work has contributed to an understanding of the genetic risk factors that contribute to alcohol dependence, and he has designed and conducted several...
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3:14 PM | Whales and ships don’t mix well
A 15-year study of blue whales off California has found that major shipping lanes cut through feeding grounds.
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3:12 PM | Whales and ships don’t mix well
Wild ThingsOceans,Animals by Sarah Zielinski 11:14am, July 29, 2014 Researchers from Oregon State University tagged this blue whale in 2006. Tracking blue whales off California has revealed that their feeding areas overlap with shipping lanes.Oregon State Univ./Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)Being the largest creature on Earth hasn’t been much protection for blue whales. They were nearly wiped out […]
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3:10 PM | “Journey Round My Skull” through the eyes of a neurosurgeon
We know that patient stories can give powerful insights to medics wanting to better understand those in their care, but have you ever considered the surgeon’s experience of conducting life-saving operations? Olivia Winteringham co-wrote, and performs in, the Wellcome Trust-funded theatrical adaptation of ‘A Journey Round My Skull’. Here she introduces the original work and […]
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3:10 PM | Quirks, Chirps and Flakes: The Art of Failure
A funny thing happened on the way to making a semiconductor.
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3:08 PM | Researchers Efficiently Convert Ethane to Ethanol
A new material, designed and patented by researchers at Berkeley Lab, converts ethane to ethanol with an efficiency that could cut natural-gas refining costs.
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3:07 PM | Post-9/11, scholars scolded the religious. Now they overintellectualize them
Stephen T. Asma in the Chronicle of Higher Education: September 11 changed the God conversation. Atheism was always a reasonable alternative to theological glitches like the problem of evil, and of course God seemed increasingly unnecessary after Darwin’s revolution, but...
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3:05 PM | Direct and indirect impacts of climate change on microbial and biocrust communities alter the resistance of the N cycle in a semiarid grassland DelgadoBaquerizo Journal of Ecology Wiley Online Library
Direct and indirect impacts of climate change on microbial and biocrust communities alter the resistance of the N cycle in a semiarid grassland DelgadoBaquerizo Journal of Ecology Wiley Online LibraryNice new work from Manu in Journal of Ecology
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3:00 PM | Why Isn’t More Botanical Art Like This?
Botanical art has some conventions that have helped the practice remain accurate and disciplined: portions of the plants painted in isolation on white backgrounds; often 1:1 in size with the real... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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3:00 PM | Who moved my ants? Species confusion sinks paper on invasive species
“How many and which ant species are being accidentally moved around the world?,” published in 2013, has been retracted because the authors “used a wrong list of species and omitted to include a reference.” The authors claim that this affected the magnitude of the issue, but not the overall conclusion. The paper was written up by […]
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3:00 PM | Did the invention of photography kill the painted portrait? Of course not
Morgan Meis in The Smart Set: Willem de Kooning made a portrait of Marilyn Monroe in 1954. The painting consists of a few splotches of yellow and blue paint. There are two sketchy and lopsided eyes in the middle of...
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3:00 PM | Richard Dawkins, and Ranking the Top 10 Kinds of Rape in Order of Badness
Categories: FeminismObvious trigger warning is obvious. The blessed gift that is the Shit My Clueless Granddad Says Richard Dawkins Twitter account just keeps on giving. In the past several years, Dawkins has smoothly transitioned from being a fairly well-respected science communicator and public intellectual into being a raving sideshow act, on par with the Tweets of luminaries like Jaden Smith and Jose Canseco. Previously, Dawkins coined the phrase “mild paedophilia” to describe […]
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3:00 PM | Worsening ocean acidification threatens Alaska fisheries
Economic risks, data gaps highlighted
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2:59 PM | A Review of Readiness Assessment of ERP Implementation in Iranian Small and Medium Enterprises
A Review of Readiness Assessment of ERP Implementation in Iranian Small and Medium Enterprises by Majis Aarabi, Mahboobeh Mohammadkazem  IJISE
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2:55 PM | The Bible and Homosexuality
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2:54 PM | What Is A Soul-Mate?
Can a soul mate be someone who opposes you?
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2:52 PM | Moving Crushed Can Walls! Lab Book 2014_07_28
Summary:I made the last few fixes on the can crusher code port from IDL to +Sage Mathematical Software System and the can wall is now moving in simulation.  For a refresher on what the can crusher does and why the wall moves in the first place, see the embedded can crusher video post below.  Graphs were created showing how the current through the driving coil varies with time when the can is allowed to move and when it is not.  The leak detector is still broken, work […]
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2:49 PM | The Chatty Hippocampus
The hippocampus, a skinny log of brain tissue tucked in deep above your ear, is the star of …
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2:45 PM | Many roads lead to Rome– HIV-1 Vif vs HIV-2 Vif
“HIV mutates a lot”. People ‘get’ that. Why is HIV hard to stop? Why is HIV hard to treat? “HIV mutates a lot”. But HIV does not mutate willy-nilly. It mutates at an evolutionarily defined rate. The reverse transcriptase enzyme makes mistakes during replication that are beneficial to HIV– creating a diverse population, a quasispecies,…
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2:40 PM | Report: 31 Million Americans Have College Credits, But No Degree
At a time when policymakers are struggling to increase the proportion of Americans with college and university degrees, more than 31 million people have already accumulated credits but quit without graduating, a new report shows. And while a third of those left after as little as a single term, about 21 million spent more than a term on campus before giving up on their higher educations, according to the research, from the National Student Clearinghouse. More than four million have at least two […]
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2:39 PM | Art in science: Watermarks, whirls and spherulites
Is there an art to science? Images submitted to a Princeton University competition reveal the beauty underlying some current student research
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