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October 19, 2014

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11:41 PM | Is your toddler really smarter than a chimpanzee?
It sounds like a no-brainer, but it’s not clear that young children are any more intelligent than chimpanzees. Check out my latest article over at BBC Earth where I try to figure out if my toddler is smarter than a chimpanzee
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11:33 PM | Top 4 dolphin science discoveries you might have missed this year
If you follow along with dolphin science news, you probably know about a recent study showing that whale and dolphin (cetacean) pelvic bones, which were once considered ‘evolutionary leftovers’, are now thought to be a vital component of their sexual reproduction equipment. Scientists discovered that bigger pelvic bones in cetaceans correspond to bigger testicles, and also [&hellip
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11:22 PM | Should We Live on Mars? - World Changing Ideas In partnership...
Should We Live on Mars? - World Changing Ideas In partnership with BBC Future, Headsqueeze is very happy to be bringing you the most interesting topics from the World Changing Ideas summit. The technology to reach nearby planets is possible, and astronaut Jeff Hoffman thinks we must colonise other worlds for our long-term survival. Learn more about the World Changing Ideas summit here: http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20140917-ideas-that-will-change-the-world By: Head Squeeze.
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11:15 PM | AbbVie teams up with charities to raise awareness of bronchiolitis
Most common cause of infant hospital admissions in winter
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11:03 PM | Public Health in the News – October 19, 2014
Global An ambitious UNAIDS initiative aims to block the spread of HIV by 2020, banking on growing evidence that antiretroviral therapy (ART) equals prevention. As the Ebola outbreak rages on, read a powerful, touching, and most importantly, useful piece by … Continue reading →
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11:01 PM | Nature jargon
At a recent meeting on “Natural Capital”, Jo Pike from the World Forum on Natural Capital drew our attention to a “sustainability jargon buster” that they developed last year. Jo has a background in communications and highlighted an important point: if we are to conserve and sustainably exploit the environment, we need a common language. Ecologists can’t always agree on terminology amongst themselves but when we try to talk to economists and businesses to try and […]
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10:57 PM | New simulations explain why Mars is so small
Press release IAG/2014-02, for immediate releasePress-release example by Viviana Peña Márquez, student of Divulgação em Astronomia at IAG/USPAstronomers present model to help solve Mars’ size mystery Existent planet formation theories have successfully explained why there are jovian and terrestrial planets in our solar system, but have failed to justify why the Red Planet is so small. According to most models, Mars should be as big […]
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10:53 PM | New Brian Cox Series Human Universe on BBC Two is Excellent. Will it air in America?
I was in the UK on holiday last week, and caught two episodes of Professor Brian Cox’s new series Human Universe on BBC Two. Once again, Cox was superb, and the BBC have shown that no one on the planet can match them in science programming. Hopefully BBC will air it on BBC America or perhaps they will sell it to PBS. Then again there are probably tons of illegal …
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10:51 PM | Por que Marte é tão pequeno?
Nota de imprensa IAG/2014-02, para divulgação imediataExemplo de nota de imprensa por Stephan Hanada Hermenegildo, aluno de Divulgação em Astronomia, IAG/USP.Uma equipe de cientistas liderada por astrônomos brasileiros elaborou um modelo alternativo para explicar o porquê de Marte ser tão pequeno. Utilizando simulações numéricas eles concluíram que houve perda de matéria na época de […]
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10:47 PM | Future Islands Joe Dolan, Joe Dolan Future Islands
Future Islands Joe Dolan, Joe Dolan Future Islands. This should be seen by everyone in the world ever. Especially anyone who knows Future Islands, and especially their fans, and especially their fans who know who Joe Dolan is. So basically, if you’re a Future Islands fan and you grew up in Ireland, watch this video. It […] The post Future Islands Joe Dolan, Joe Dolan Future Islands appeared first on HeadStuff.
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10:38 PM | Sex? It all started 385 million years ago (w/ Video)
Sex began 385 million years ago and stopped the evolution of intelligence in its tracks. Continue reading →
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10:35 PM | It Helps to Focus on the Positive Stuff
Things are OK as they are. That’s the one fact I’ve been struggling with recently. I have this image in my mind as to how I want things to be. I want to make lots of money, I want a house in the mountains, I want to get married. All of this I worry about […]
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10:33 PM | Could A Planet Be As Big As A Star? How big do planets get? Can...
Could A Planet Be As Big As A Star? How big do planets get? Can they get star sized? By: Fraser Cain.
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10:31 PM | Stay at home, thoroughly clean: Pennyslvania hospital implements improvements after norovirus affects 19 staffers
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia recently improved its virus-detection process after a state Health Department investigation revealed the room of a patient suffering from norovirus in April was inadequately cleaned amid an outbreak among nurses there. The Health Department report was … Continue reading →
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10:31 PM | Kids Microbiology Book Review: Germ Stories
I was going through some kids books today and found quite a few that I thought were wonderful and thought - well - I should post about some of them.  So that is what I am going to do.The first I want to write about is Germ Stories by Arthur Kornberg with Illustrations by Adam Alaniz and Photos by Roberto Kolter.  I used to read it to my daughter all the time (she is two years older than my son) and then sometimes, when she was older, she would read it to my son.  A few […]
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10:30 PM | We need your help! The Total Wellbeing Diet online trial
We’re looking for 5,000 Australians (from ages 18 to 74) to participate in a trial of a new online diet program based on our award-winning and bestselling Total Wellbeing Diet. It’s easy as – by following a simple, customised eating plan and weighing in on the website once a week over a 12 week period, you […]
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10:23 PM | Post #7 Ebola, Career Ambition, and Coming Up Short - My PhD Process: How I Survived a PhD in the Biological Sciences and Succeeded Afterward
With all the discussion about the Ebola outbreak that is going on in Africa, I can't help but think about my brushes with Ebola research. Ideally, I would have had more than "brushes" with Ebola by now, however I haven't been able to get a position (postdoc, fellowship, or other) where BSL-4 work is required.When I was in college, Joseph McCormick and Susan Fisher-Hoch came to my undergraduate school (North Dakota State University) to give a talk and to promote their book "Level 4: Virus […]
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10:15 PM | Developing a Taste for Animal Rights: For Our Health, for Our Planet, for Our Future
There is no greater example of inequality than the question of animal rights and our diet choices. When will we stop eating animals? Source: eatdrinkbetter.com GR:  This post’s title suggest that we should care about animals is for our benefit.  … Continue reading →
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10:14 PM | Shravan Vasishth at Bayes in Paris this week
Taking advantage of his visit to Paris this month, Shravan Vasishth, from University of Postdam, Germany, will give a talk at 10.30am, next Friday, October 24, at ENSAE on: Using Bayesian Linear Mixed Models in Psycholinguistics: Some open issues With the arrival of the probabilistic programming language Stan (and JAGS), it has become relatively easy […]
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10:05 PM | Geo 730: October 19, Day 657: Otter Crest Outlook
The view from Otter Crest has become my favorite along the central coast. It's a spot I visited once, maybe twice early in my undergrad years, then forgot how to get to it. It's off of 101, and access is easy to miss if you're not looking for it. So on my first recent visit, last year, I was pretty well blown away by the view. On our July trip this year, we arrived near high tide; during my previous two visits last year, the tide was low. You can see the difference it makes by comparing the […]
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9:50 PM | Guest Blog: Challenges and opportunities with sharing neuroimaging data
Here we present a guest blog by our Editorial Board Member Russell Poldrack, Professor of Psychology at Stanford University, who highlights the challenges and opportunities surrounding imaging data to enable the neuroscience community to “stand on the shoulders of giants”. The sharing of neuroimaging data is an idea whose time has finally come, but many challenges remain.  Foremost is the incentive problem: Why should a researcher take the time to organize their data for […]
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9:49 PM | Australia aims to end extinction of native wildlife by 2020
We must also work to reverse human impacts that damage wildlife habitats. Continue reading →
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9:48 PM | Fresh brain with no thoughts, yet
I just like his picture obtained with chemlambda because it gives many ideas, among them the following: if multiplication (reproduction) is Nature’s way to do a fanout and if a brain (and actually the whole organism) grows from a small seed then it must be that we may think about a brain as having one […]
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9:47 PM | Oak leaves in fall
Lissa and I caught the tail end of fall colors on a drive in the mountains east of Albuquerque today. I wonder why these oak leaves are waiting until the last minute? Phenology.
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9:43 PM | The Negative Side of Positive Thinking by braincraft: Sometimes...
The Negative Side of Positive Thinking by braincraft: Sometimes bad things happen to good feedback. Because some self-help isn’t all that helpful.
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9:41 PM | Eggs? 3 sick with Salmonella during festival of Pilar in Spain
Three people were stricken with Salmonella and hospitalized during the past holiday Pilar in Zaragoza. The latest data published by the Public Health Epidemiological Bulletin of Aragon recorded a total of 480 food poisoning during the 2014, slightly above the estimated … Continue reading →
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9:24 PM | Behind on biodiversity targets, govts pledge to increase funding for conservation
The fundamental fuel for environmental decline, human population growth, remains uncontrolled. Continue reading →
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9:24 PM | The Boston Herald's Missed 'Cartoon-gate' Lessons
The newspaper's heartfelt column about a political cartoon that widely criticized as racist raises a question: Did editors learn the right lessons from the uproar?
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9:24 PM | The Boston Herald's Missed 'Cartoon-gate' Lessons
The newspaper's heartfelt column about a political cartoon that was widely criticized as racist raises a question: Did editors learn the right lessons from the uproar?
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9:08 PM | 10 in Mexican chancery poisoned by food
Ten people were poisoned after consuming liver in the dining room of headquarters of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Avenida Juarez. Seven were hospitalized (something may be lost in translation).
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