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August 27, 2014

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8:00 AM | Quotes from Andre Norton #IAN1 #quotes
These are the contexts of the quotes tweeted from @sueannbowling between August 21 and August 27, 2014. “Who can swear certainly to anything of the Power?” Andre Norton, The Warding of Witch World. Frost, refusing to promise something she is uncertain of. “No two Powers are alike—just as no world copies another to the last […]
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8:00 AM | Things that Smell
My nose has been extra-sensitive lately. I can catch dog food at a hundred paces, both the kitchen and my still-diaper-wearing kids’ bedroom feel like odor minefields, and I have to walk along the lineup of barbecues at the nearby park with my shirt over my face. It’s a good thing I’m not an astronaut. […]
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8:00 AM | Things that Smell
My nose has been extra-sensitive lately. I can catch dog food at a hundred paces, both the kitchen and my still-diaper-wearing kids’ bedroom feel like odor minefields, and I have to walk along the lineup of barbecues at the nearby park with my shirt over my face. It’s a good thing I’m not an astronaut. […]
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7:57 AM | Iscrizioni aperte per il Master in comunicazione scientifica della Sissa
Come ogni anno si aprono le iscrizioni per partecipare alle selezioni per il Master in Comunicazione della Scienza “Franco Prattico” della SISSA di Trieste, l’unico in Italia che vanta più di vent’anni di tradizione in questo campo. Didattica innovativa, possibilità di stage in realtà importanti e borse di studio: un’occasione da non perdere per chi vuole intraprendere le professioni nel campo della comunicazione della scienza. La registrazione […]
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7:56 AM | Prenatal SSRI exposure and autistic traits
A quote to start today's post: "Our results suggest an association between prenatal SSRI exposure and autistic traits in children". That was a primary finding reported by Hanan El Marroun and colleagues [1] who looked at whether maternal depressive symptoms or a class of quite commonly used pharmaceutics - the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) - used to manage depressive symptoms, during pregnancy might impact on offspring development."Everything the light touches is our […]

Marroun, H., White, T., van der Knaap, N., Homberg, J., Fernandez, G., Schoemaker, N., Jaddoe, V., Hofman, A., Verhulst, F., Hudziak, J. & Stricker, B. (2014). Prenatal exposure to selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors and social responsiveness symptoms of autism: population-based study of young children, The British Journal of Psychiatry, 205 (2) 95-102. DOI: 10.1192/bjp.bp.113.127746

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7:52 AM | Small gaps between large gaps between primes results
The big news last year was the quest to find a lower bound for the gap between pairs of large primes, started by Yitang Zhang and carried on chiefly by Terry Tao and the fresh-faced James Maynard. Now that progress on the twin prime conjecture has slowed down, they’ve both turned their attentions toward the opposite question:... Read more »
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7:52 AM | Slay the syllabus!
Now that TPP’s academic alter ego has retired is it time for TPP to stop pointing out the absurdities of higher education?  Nah! Nada! Not a chance! So how nice is this that a columnist at Slate has taken a major swing at that evil monster – the syllabus. Yes, these days a syllabus is treated by many students and virtually all administrators, both being just about equally distant from any real vision of education, as a contract, and TPP totally agrees that this is a sign […]
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7:48 AM | Science is More Creative than Arts
“Science is more Creative than Arts” This was the proposition of the debate that I took part in today as part of CPIT’s Research Month. As you might have guessed I was a member of the affirmative team. It was an interesting experience and very popular – the room we used was filled to capacity. [...]
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7:42 AM | Un giorno nella vita del conflitto siriano
Il continuo bombardamento di immagini e notizie di guerre, a cui i media ci sottopongono quotidianamente, ci ha resi ormai, forse, insensibili alla realtà di chi vive i conflitti in prima persona. Come spettatori di un film, non siamo più in grado di comprendere realmente ciò che accade nei teatri di guerra, che percepiamo come scenari distanti dalla nostra esistenza. Ridurre questa distanza è l’obiettivo principale di “L’impatto della guerra: Un […]
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7:40 AM | Bits to Atoms: Building the Millenbaugh Motivator, Part 4
Your patience has paid off--it’s time for the final print of the Millenbaugh Motivator! All the measurements have been made, a rough version has been completed, the final version has been modeled and prototypes printed. After three months of work, it was time to get this delivered to Adam. And that meant making a flight back out to San Francisco.For my previous prints, such as the Octopod and Jetcar builds, I’ve used the trusty Objet Connex500. It's a high-end polyjet printer that […]
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7:39 AM | U.S. Officials Try To Gauge Threat From American Fighters In Syria
Dozens of Americans have gone to Syria to fight against the government, some with groups the U.S. considers terrorists. U.S. officials have to sort out which could be dangerous when they return.
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7:35 AM | Aperte le iscrizioni al primo Falling Walls Lab nazionale
Il prossimo 3 ottobre l’Università di Trento ospiterà il Falling Walls Lab, un evento organizzato annualmente in più paesi nel mondo, e per la prima volta in Italia, finalizzato alla selezione delle migliori idee innovative presentate da giovani talenti in tutte le aree disciplinari.Si tratta di una giornata di selezione aperta non solo a esponenti del mondo accademico – studenti di laurea magistrale, postdoc, ricercatori – ma anche a imprenditori e […]
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7:33 AM | Golf May Be Too Polite A Sport For Presidential Politics
President Obama has been widely criticized for not being combative enough. Commentator Frank Deford says we elected a basketball player, but ended up with a golfer.
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7:32 AM | The L.A. School iPad Scandal: What You Need To Know
The Los Angeles Unified School District has shut down a half-a-billion-dollar deal with Apple and Pearson to provide classroom technology. Here's what happened.
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7:31 AM | Ship Noise Makes Young Eels Stressed and Vulnerable to Predation
Noise pollution in the ocean isn’t just a nuisance; it has grave consequences for the survival of some marine organisms. A recent study reveals that ship noises make young eels stressed and when confronted with predators, they are less likely to fend off attacks due to impaired escape behaviors, known as antipredator responses.  During exposure […]
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7:30 AM | Driven By Climate Change, Cotton Buyers Look For Alternatives
One clothing company whose bottom line was hurt in the wake of bad weather events decided to look to polyester fibers made from recycled plastic bottles.
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7:28 AM | Hello, May I Help You Plan Your Final Months?
The company Vital Decisions hires social workers to help people make end-of-life plans in advance, over the phone. But the counselors are paid by insurers. Critics see a conflict of interest.
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7:27 AM | Build A Toothbrush, Change The World. Or Not
You think bringing a new toothbrush to market is easy? The seven-year saga of two dental entrepreneurs struggling to bring their patented brush to consumers suggests otherwise.
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7:20 AM | Adam's Mecha-Hand Posters are Now Shipping!
Hey everyone, we're pleased to let Premium Members know that we began shipping out the Mecha-Hand posters today. The prints arrived in our office and look fantastic--they're 24"x36" if you want to get a frame ahead of time. We had to approve the packing process, and are shipping them out in batches of a few hundred each. Once Will and I get back from PAX, we'll continue the shipping the rest of the posters a batch at a time, and hope to have all of them out for members who joined during the […]
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7:11 AM | Ambassadors for evidence
The need for scientists and policymakers to work together around the world has never been greater. Sir Mark Walport, the UK governments chief scientific adviser, sets out his agenda for science diplomacy. Ebola infections, wars in the Middle East, an erupting volcano in Iceland - a glance at newspaper headlines in London last week shows how important issues requiring policy decisions are not constrained by national boundaries. However, the science advisory systems that help policy-makers are […]
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7:05 AM | This Is The Best Wi-Fi Router
This post was done in partnership with The Wirecutter. Read the original full article below at TheWirecutter.comIf your laptop, smartphone, or tablet uses the latest wireless-AC networking technology and you’re shopping for a new router, you should get the Netgear R6250. The benefits of wireless-ac are great: super-fast performance that can be stronger at longer distances than wireless-n routers. More than 100 hours of combined testing and research led us to the $150 R6250, which boasts […]
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7:01 AM | No Means No? Reading Men’s and Women’s Magazines Linked to Sexual Consent
image source: salidalliance.orgMen’s and women’s magazines provide different messages about sex to their respective readers. In a study of over 300 students, exposure to such magazines was related to students’ feelings about obtaining sexual consent. Those who read more men’s magazines reported a lower likelihood of requiring consent before having sex; those who read more women’s magazines reported a greater likelihood to refuse unwanted sex. We can’t infer […]
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7:00 AM | The Bizarre Case Of The Texas Cheerleader Murder Mom
Everybody has heard the saying, "Don't mess with Texas." But you shouldn't mess with Texas moms either, especially if they're crazy. Take Wanda Holloway, for example. When her daughter didn't make the local cheer squad, she devised a murderous plot to make sure her kid would become a star. The post The Bizarre Case Of The Texas Cheerleader Murder Mom appeared first on KnowledgeNuts.
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6:55 AM | Quando il boss è robot ci piace
Come rendere soddisfatti i lavoratori? Affidandogli un robot come capo. Uno studio dei ricercatori del Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (Csail) del Mit dimostra infatti come aver per boss un robot aiuti non solo a produrre di più, ma anche ad essere più soddisfatti. Insomma, dare maggiore autonomia airobot sarebbe solo che gratificante per i lavoratori. Quanto osservato è il risultato di una ricerca partita con […]
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6:50 AM | 3QD blogging contest metadata
The long-lived, old-school blogging site 3 quarks daily is holding its annual science blogging contest  They have nominated eighty-five blog posts upon which one can vote to advance it into the finals round.  In theory, this means that everyone voting should read all 85 posts, and make an honest choice.  If that doesn't work, then they should at least skim each post- OK, how about simply
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6:41 AM | A rough guide to science advice
As scientists and policymakers gather in Auckland for a global summit on scientific advice, what lessons can we identify that apply across diverse national systems? Scientific advice has never been in greater demand; nor has it been more contested. From climate change to cyber-security, poverty to pandemics, food technologies to fracking, the questions being asked of scientists, engineers and other experts by policymakers, the media and the wider public continue to multiply. At the same time, […]
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6:30 AM | Motivational interviewing does not prevent alcohol misuse in young people
This new Cochrane systematic review finds that motivational interviewing has no effect on reducing alcohol-related problems or risky behaviours such as drunk driving in young people. The post Motivational interviewing does not prevent alcohol misuse in young people appeared first on The Mental Elf.
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6:27 AM | CFP: SoTFoM II 'Competing Foundations?', 12-13 January 2015, London.
The focus of this conference is on different approaches to the foundationsof mathematics. The interaction between set-theoretic and category-theoreticfoundations has had significant philosophical impact, and represents a shiftin attitudes towards the philosophy of mathematics. This conference willbring together leading scholars in these areas to showcase contemporaryphilosophical research on different approaches to the foundations ofmathematics. To accomplish this, the conference has the […]
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6:23 AM | Climate Change: the Terminological Timeline
It is often said that a picture speaks a thousand words. The run of pictures below, it is hoped, will do a little more. They exist as a counterpoint to that laziest of claims - that, a few years ago, "they (the IPCC, Greenpeace, the Committee for Compulsory Implementation of Agenda 21 - take your pick) changed 'global warming' to 'climate change' because (insert pet theory here)". Skeptical Science has of course published a detailed rebuttal to the talking-point here. But it's important to […]
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6:22 AM | SpaceX Delays Falcon Launch After Test Vehicle Explosion
Launch of SpaceX’s next Falcon 9 rocket is on hold, pending a review after a related test vehicle self-destructed during a flight test last week. Continue reading →
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