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December 19, 2014

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3:14 PM | Viking women were most certainly not stay-at-home moms
The boats weren't just filled with hairy men in helmets.
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3:14 PM | L’ibuprofene allunga la vita?
Dosi controllate di ibuprofene potrebbero aumentare la durata della vita. Questa la scoperta del Texas A&M AgriLife Research, pubblicata su Plos Genetics
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3:08 PM | Advent Calendar of Science Stories 19: Eucatastrophe
As I endlessly repeat, I’m an experimentalist by training an inclination, so I especially appreciate stories about experimental science. There’s something particularly wonderful about the moment when an experiment clicks together, usually after weeks or months of hard, frustrating work, when things just keep breaking. Of course, sometimes, breaking stuff can be a Good Thing.…
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3:04 PM | When You’re Overwhelmed Try these Words
I’m a person who tends to get triggered easily. It doesn’t take much to make me overwhelmed, to trigger the “what if?” “holy crap” pile of thoughts. I’ve gotten much better throughout the years, but lately it’s been tough with so many things to plan and do. So lately, I’ve been thinking of ways I […]
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3:00 PM | RNAs, proteins, Listeria and cells: the microbial version of the Russian doll game
Listeria monocytogenes is a food-borne Gram positive bacteria that causes the infection listeriosis. It is responsible for serious clinical manifestations including gastroenteritis, and meningitis […] Read more The post RNAs, proteins, Listeria and cells: the microbial version of the Russian doll game appeared first on Mapping Ignorance. Related posts:A mediator for horizontal gene transfer between eukaryotes and prokaryotes From a single progenitor to a pandemic multidrug-resistant […]
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3:00 PM | Monitoring air quality in national parks
The National Park Service (NPS) Geographic Information […]
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3:00 PM | Learn to Speak Well
Every writer needs to know how to speak well, whether you’re discussing a story with an editor, participating in a pitch slam, or—if your writing is a hit—being a good […] The post Learn to Speak Well appeared first on The Science Writers' Handbook.
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3:00 PM | Science for the People: Amazons
This week, Science for the People is learning how science can shed light on the stories told by our ancestors. They’re joined by folklorist and science historian Adrienne Mayor, author of The Amazons: Lives and Legends of Warrior Women Across the … Continue reading →
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3:00 PM | Will Silicon Valley Transform Farming?
At this point, Silicon Valley’s promise to Change the World or Make the World a Better Place or any other iteration is more of a punch line than a catchphrase, especially…
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2:58 PM | Brain transplants : the implications [5 of n]
Professor Rebeka Rice of the Philosophy Department at Seattle Pacific University, US, examines the paradoxical implications of brain transplants. [see previous article in this series] The 2012 Winifred E. Weter Faculty Award Lecture for Meritorious Scholarship presents an entity called ‘Bob’ (pictured) Bob is a human being, albeit a hypothetical one. “Perhaps a better way […]
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2:55 PM | Here is a 20 Second Test To Check Your Overall Brain Health You Can Do Right Now
Quick test that predicts poor brain health and cognitive decline. Dr Jeremy Dean is a psychologist and author of PsyBlog. His latest book is "Making Habits, Breaking Habits: How to Make Changes That Stick" Related articles:Blood Test for Alzheimer’s Breakthrough The Peanut Butter Test for Alzheimer’s Disease Childhood Poverty and Stress Harms Adult Brain Function A Blood Test for Depression This is What Heavy Multitasking Could Be Doing To Your Brain
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2:55 PM | Comments on Federal College Rating Metrics
The U.S. Department of Education (ED) released a document containing draft metrics for the Postsecondary Institution Ratings System (PIRS) today (link via Inside Higher Ed), with a request for comments from stakeholders and the general public by February. Although the release of the metrics was delayed several months (and we were initially expecting ratings this fall instead of just some potential metrics), the potential metrics and the explanations provided by ED provide insights about what […]
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2:52 PM | Frost in the low areas
An old friend of mine, Karen Skolfield, is presently living my dream of being a successful author in New England (I grumble inside as I note that I am not successful, an author, or living in New England – but they would all be nice) writing poetry. Her book, Frost in the low areas, has […]
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2:52 PM | Island bird quiz answers
This is one of those quizzes that’s made me feel rather good about my abilities. While I encounter a lot of wings in my work verifying SEANET reports, we don’t get many skulls, so I am always a bit leery of trying those. My basic strategy is not particularly systematic; I look at the skull […]
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2:50 PM | Top Sierra Leone Doctor Dies From Ebola
Dr. Victor Willoughby, who contracted the disease on Saturday, was the 11th doctor in his country to die from the deadly disease.
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2:50 PM | Sony Cancels Film Over Suspected N. Korea Hack
The company said it had no choice but to cancel the movie's Christmas release and pull it from theaters due to a credible threat.
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2:49 PM | We'll Meet Again Stephen
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2:48 PM | Chomsky lecture ‘The Biology of Language’
Recently, Noam Chomsky spoke at the at theRoyal Dutch Academy of Sciences Colloquium on ‘The Biology of Language’ in  Amsterdam. The whole thing has been posted on YouTube, so I made a playlist. Enjoy!
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2:47 PM | Embrace the Wild & Slender Shoots
#EmbraceTheWild & slender shoots. RT @Gotham3: You may find me ugly but I'm beautiful. pic.twitter.com/jGQ4OjNz0n— russwilliamsiii (@russwilliamsiii) December 19, 2014
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2:45 PM | Officials scramble to respond to Bangladesh oil spill
Slick threatens Sundarbans, home to mangroves, dolphins and more
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2:40 PM | Defense by escalation
Basbøll has another post regarding some copying-without-attribution by the somewhat-famous academic entertainer Slavoj Zizek. In his post, Basbøll links to theologian and professor Adam Kotsko (cool: who knew there were still theologians out and about in academia?) who defends Zizek, in part on the grounds that Zizek’s critics were being too harsh. Kotsko writes of […] The post Defense by escalation appeared first on Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and Social […]
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2:40 PM | NASA Celebrates Anniversary Of Earth Observing System With Amazing GIFs
In December 1999, NASA launched the Terra satellite to collect climate data. It would be the first spacecraft in a fleet of 18 Earth-observing satellites that, over the last 15 years, have opened up a new era of exploration of our home planet. To celebrate, the space agency has compiled some of its most stunning gifs.Read more...
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2:38 PM | 500!
The Best of ESA’s Space In Images – 2014 Each Friday for the past 10 years the European Space Agency (ESA) has been releasing a new satellite image of the Earth, titled Earth Observation Image Of The Week. The images illustrate both the beauty and fragility of our planet. Along with the image is a […]
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2:38 PM | Parrot Grooms and Plays with Cat (Videos)
I am sure this video will make your day: The caption reads: My cat Marley and his best pal, Tiko the cockatiel! And here's another one: Caption: Tiko harassing my cat Marley, again. And another one! Caption: Grumpy cockatiel protecting his friend You may also like 9 strange Interspecies adoptions Cat Loves Chihuahuapaok
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2:37 PM | Embrace The Wild: Mongooses Under the Porch
#EmbraceTheWild and each other. RT @TheBronxZoo: King-of-the-Hill | Wild View http://t.co/gj8V5b6xFw via @TheWCS— russwilliamsiii (@russwilliamsiii) December 19, 2014
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2:32 PM | Nice cc: @bjkingape
So cool: Migrant songbirds evacuated their territories to circumvent a severe tornado outbreak http://t.co/GdEbl7x5rW cc @JimCantore #birds— Barbara J King (@bjkingape) December 19, 2014
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2:30 PM | Parable of the Polygons
Part math, part sociology, all masterfully done, Parable of the Polygons is an interactive lesson in unintended consequences. Created by Vi Hart and Nicky Case, it alternates text and interactive blocks that let you get a visceral sense of the mathematics that drives segregation even in societies that want to be integrated. Well worth going through in detail. » Ben
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2:30 PM | Come research with us!
It’s a truth universally acknowledged that a university professor with an active research program must be in want of grad students. MS and PhD students are generally the people who actually do all of the interesting science that we never … Continue reading →
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2:30 PM | haploidy, diploidy, polyploidy … not a problem
Investigating pairwise relatedness is fundamental to the characterization of the mating system and inferring genetic structure. If no pedigree exists, then relatedness is estimated from genetic markers (e.g., microsatellite loci) using method-of-moment or maximum-likelihood methods. However, not all individuals in … Continue reading →
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2:30 PM | NASA Envisions A Cloud City Above Hellish Surface Of Venus
The planet Venus, named for the Roman goddess of Love, certainly wouldn’t be a very loving place to live. On the surface, Venus hosts scorching temperatures of more than…
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