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May 02, 2015

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1:30 PM | Weekend reads: Stress tests in psychology; writing advice to ignore; how to have fun in the lab
This week at Retraction Watch featured a sexist peer review seen around the world, and settlement of the malpractice case against Duke and Anil Potti. Here’s what was happening elsewhere:  Just 39% of psychology studies passed a reproducibility test, but there are some nuances, Nature News reports. Scientists, want your work cited? Forget all that […]The post Weekend reads: Stress tests in psychology; writing advice to ignore; how to have fun in the lab appeared first on […]
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1:30 PM | Microsoft Hololens Hands-On Impressions
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1:17 PM | May Day Protesters, Police Clash In Seattle
Black-clad demonstrators hurled stones and other objects as authorities responded with pepper spray and flash bangs.
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1:16 PM | Top Ten Animal Jokes
These jokes are making the animal kingdom crack up with a serious case of the giggles!
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1:11 PM | “Corr Syl the Terrible” My New Science Fiction Novella Is On Sale Today
This is the story of the young Tsaeb warrior Corr Syl’s fight to rescue kidnapped Rhya Bright. Continue reading →
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1:10 PM | Which of these classes should he take?
Jake Humphries writes: I for many years wanted to pursue medicine but after recently completing a master of public health, I caught the statistics bug. I need to complete the usual minimum prerequisites for graduate study in statistics (calculus through multivariable calculus plus linear algebra) but want to take additional math courses as highly competitive […] The post Which of these classes should he take? appeared first on Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and Social Science.
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1:00 PM | Global Quickies: Holy Monkeys in Latvia, Giant T-Rex Statues in Turkey, and a Museum of Poop in Italy
Categories: QuickiesCHILE Ash from volcanic eruption in Chile covers town 18 miles away – “Chile on alert for a fresh eruption after Calbuco volcano burst into life for the first time ...(Read more...)
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1:00 PM | A World without Cars, as Imagined by Eric Sanderson
A review of: Terra Nova: The New World After Oil, Cars and Suburbs, by Eric W. Sanderson. 2013. ISBN 978-1-4197-0434-5. Abrahams, New York. 351 pages. “…and thus we layered a continent with asphalt and linoleum.”—Eric Sanderson (Terra Nova) In 2010, Brooklyn’s Prospect Park West was transformed with a protected bike lane and pedestrian refuges. Overnight, speeding … Continue reading A World without Cars, as Imagined by Eric Sanderson →
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1:00 PM | Space Travel Worry: Cosmic Ray Exposure Leads To Dementia-Like Impairments
There is discussion of a U.S. manned mission to Mars but if recent history is any indication, the next president will undo the space program of the current one, just as the current one undid the manned space program of the last. It may be for the best, at least as far astronaut safety is concerned. The destructive particles in galactic cosmic ray exposure can forever impair cognition, according to an oncology paper in Science Advances.read more
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12:56 PM | Green Anole Window Decals
We once discussed what the appropriate term would be for a group of anoles, but what about a family of anoles? Is there such a thing? If not, there is now. Just in case stick figures aren’t an appropriate representation for your family group, look no further than the green anole window decals made personally […]
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12:55 PM | The “Gestures of Transition” circus tours Switzerland
It’s been a busy few weeks for Laure, my project partner, and me. We’ve been doing a bit of a tour of Switzerland, presenting and discussing our research. Back in February I did a so-called “lightning talk” (6 min) on … Continue reading →
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12:53 PM | the French Author Who Has Happiness Figured Out
David Marchese in NYMag: Is American culture too time-consuming for happiness?That's the problem of modern life! I’ve noticed that in New York, people say, “Yes, I'm searching for happiness,” but they don't then do what is absolutely necessary to try...
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12:33 PM | Frankie Say Relaxin! Hormonal Signals from Mother's Milk
Getting the Message via MilkWe can imagine hormones are like a Facebook status post. Just as a Facebook status will only show up in the newsfeed of certain friends (I still don’t get the FB algorithm for this), hormone messages are only received by tissues that have the right receptors. In this way, specialized glands secrete a hormone to convey the body’s “status,” and the “friended” tissues—those with the receptor—are updated. This is known as […]
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12:31 PM | Baltimore Activists Hold 'Victory Rally' After Charges In Gray Death
The march comes a day after the city's chief prosecutor filed criminal charges against six officers involved in the arrest of Gray, who died from injuries sustained in custody.
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12:16 PM | Tiny Robot Pulls Objects 2,000 Times Its Size
A team of researchers at Stanford University designed mini robots inspired by the sticky feet of ants and geckos.
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12:08 PM | Giant Ants and Illegal Acts
A month or so back, when I went to Vanderbilt to give a talk, I met Robert Scherrer, the department chair down there, who mentioned he was starting a blog soon. That blog is Cosmic Yarns, and has now been live for a while, but I’ve been too busy to do a proper link. He’s…
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12:08 PM | Is NASA Moving Toward a Hyperspace Drive?
NASA has successfully tested electromagnetic propulsion in a hard vacuum for the first time.
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12:00 PM | How Does Meditation Make You Smarter?
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you don’t need to be told about the relaxing effects of meditation. The practitioners vouch for it; and those who don’t, do not dispute it either. Those in the Far East have known for centuries that meditating brings mental peace and spiritual bliss. Now scientists claim that meditation […]
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12:00 PM | The human universe: Can we understand everything?
In a very short time we've come a long way in our understanding of how the world works. But what's going to happen when we fully understand the cosmos? (full text available to subscribers)
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11:57 AM | A Boxing Match And A Derby: The Week In Sports
NPR's Scott Simon and NPR's Tom Goldman chat about tonight's boxing match between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao; the Kentucky Derby; and the NBA match-up between the Clippers and Spurs.
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11:57 AM | Citing Religious Beliefs, Muslim Gitmo Inmates Object To Female Guards
A judge has blocked women from shackling and escorting the five Muslim men on trial for plotting the Sept. 11 attacks. Soldiers, in turn, have filed Equal Opportunity complaints against the judge.
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11:57 AM | Councilwoman: Police Can Get A Fair Trial In Baltimore
Baltimore City Councilwoman Helen Holton tells NPR's Scott Simon she's celebrating the indictment of six police officers in the death of Freddie Gray.
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11:57 AM | In Danang, Where U.S. Troops First Landed, Memories Of War Have Faded
U.S. Marines were deployed to the coastal Vietnamese city 50 years ago last month. Now, 40 years after the war's end and amid great change, former Viet Cong and an American reflect on that time.
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11:57 AM | Demonstrators Jubilant After Baltimore Police Charges
Protests turned to celebrations in Baltimore after a prosecutor announced charges against six police officers for the death of Freddie Gray. The police union is crying foul.
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11:57 AM | Conditions Slowly Improve After Nepal Quake
Power is on in most areas of Kathmandu and the Internet is working, but tens of thousands are homeless. NPR's Scott Simon talks with correspondent Russell Lewis in Nepal about earthquake recovery.
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11:57 AM | Author: Clinton Foundation Disclosures 'Sloppy At The Very Least'
NPR's Scott Simon talks with Joshua Green of Bloomberg News about the Clinton Foundation and its apparent lack of transparency over donors.
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11:57 AM | Georgia Settles Case Alleging Assembly-Line Justice For Children
After the Justice Department filed a statement of interest in the case, the state of Georgia has settled a lawsuit accusing it of providing inadequate representation to poor young people.
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11:57 AM | Lincoln's Tomb Site At Risk With State Budget Cuts
Thousands will honor Lincoln's death in Springfield, Ill. this weekend. Yet, the tomb's caretakers are facing criticism from scholars and are struggling to find funding to maintain the historic site.
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11:51 AM | ‘There Is Simply Too Much to Think About,’ Saul Bellow’s Nonfiction
Martin Amis in The New York Times: “The flies wait hungrily in the air,” writes Saul Bellow (in a description of Shawneetown in southern Illinois), “sheets of flies that make a noise like the tearing of tissue paper.” Go and...
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11:43 AM | The BSDB introduces the Cheryll Tickle Award
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