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August 23, 2014

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12:00 AM | climateadaptation: Asian Development Bank’s new climate...
climateadaptation: Asian Development Bank’s new climate infographic quantifies how south Asia economy will be hit by climate impacts.

August 22, 2014

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11:01 PM | Six Degrees of the Alpha Male: breeding networks to understand population structure
This post is part of a continuing series on ways to think more deeply about human biological diversity. In last month's post (One Evolutionary Trajectory, Many Processes), I discussed how dual-process models (such as the DIT model) might be used to include a new dimension to more traditional studies of population genetics. This example did not spend too much time on the specifics of what such a model would look like. Nevertheless, a dual-process model provides a broader view of the evolutionary […]
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11:00 PM | NASA Unveils Best Map Ever of Neptune's Moon Triton
A scientist has created the best-ever global color map of Neptune's big moon Triton, using images taken by a NASA spacecraft 25 years ago.
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11:00 PM | True Facts About Marsupials, Nature's Cutest Animals With Three Vaginas
The latest installment in Ze Frank's always-excellent "True Facts About ________" nature series (previously here and here ) is all about three of everyone's favorite marsupials: kangaroos, wombats, and koalas.Read more...
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10:58 PM | Geo 730: August 22, Day 599: A Parting Shot
I mentioned yesterday I wasn't sure if I had decent photo of the tourmaline at this spot. This isn't great, but if you enlarge the photo to full size and look at the darker areas below and to the left of the hammer's chisel tip, you can see acicular (needle-like) black crystals. That's tourmaline. Definitely not jewelry quality. And course, plenty of pyrite and possibly other sulphides shot through the rock. I have rarely seen galena and sphalerite at Quartzville, but the only sulphide I've […]
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10:51 PM | Using Animal Research to Justify Eating Disorder Treatment Practices: Are We Going Too Far? (On Eating Junk Food in Treatment – Part II)
As a follow up to Shirley’s post on eating hyper-palatable foods during eating disorder treatment , I asked Liz–SEDs’ resident expert on animal behaviour, particularly in relation to binge eating and drug addiction–to look at some of the studies that Julie O’Toole mentioned as evidence for Kartini Clinic’s guidelines of avoiding hyper-palatable foods for the first year of eating disorder recovery. If you missed Dr. O’Toole’s […]

Hagan, M.M., Wauford, P.K., Chandler, P.C., Jarrett, L.A., Rybak, R.J. & Blackburn, K. (2002). A new animal model of binge eating: key synergistic role of past caloric restriction and stress., Physiology & Behavior, 77 (1) 45-54. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12213501

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10:35 PM | Heartbreak Happens: Get Over It!
Don’t let one setback stop you from finding love and happiness in the rest of your life. Life is a series of events. I want you to look at that statement, and then I want you to read it again. Life is a series of events. In fact, I want you to read it one […]
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10:23 PM | Mutated Polio Virus Breaches Vaccine Protection
Thanks to effective vaccination, polio is nearly eradicated and only a few hundred people are stricken worldwide each year. But researchers in PNAS have reported alarming findings: a mutated virus was able to resist the vaccine protection to a considerable extent in the Congo in 2010. The pathogen could also potentially have infected many people in Germany. read more
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10:22 PM | Skirting Death from Above
An isolated, wind-battered island in the Pacific. Telltale signs of intruders, venturing far beyond typical stomping grounds, wreaking havoc on locals. And the efforts of detectives, law enforcement, and concerned citizens, helping to crack the mystery and restore balance to a little-known gem of North America. This isn’t the back-cover synopsis of your favorite Agatha […] The post Skirting Death from Above appeared first on The Berkeley Science Review.
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10:16 PM | Radio Problems Scrub LightSail's Day-in-the-Life Test
A pesky radio problem that has occasionally stymied LightSail has returned, scrubbing the mission's day-in-the-life test.
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10:14 PM | summer reads
I had planned my summer read long in advance to have an Amazon shipment sent to my friend Natesh out of my Amazon associate slush funds. While in Boston and Maine, I read Richard Dawkins’ The God delusion, the fourth Kelly McCullough’s Fallen Blade novel, Blade reforged, the second Ancient Blades novel, unrelated to the […]
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10:14 PM | 3D printing a better lab
The 3D printer is already proving useful after just one week in the lab. It’s now so easy to make custom objects I am seeing lots of opportunities to use the printer in the lab instead of cobbling together random odds and ends. In the last few days I have been designing labware …
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10:12 PM | Soft Boiled - MakerBot Mystery Build
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10:10 PM | Is genetic genealogy, the next Facebook of science?
While millions of people spent last weekend dumping buckets of ice water on their heads and documenting it on Facebook to raise money and awareness for ALS, a few us genetics geeks gathered and talked about haplogroups*  A, L and S, among others. *Never heard of a haplogroup? Don’t worry, it’s not because you have…
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10:07 PM | Your Grant in Review: When they aren't talking to you.
Does "appropriately ambitious" on an ESI grant mean "ambitious enough" (go big) or "easy there, tiger" (don't overreach)? — Michael Hendricks (@MHendr1cks) August 22, 2014 It is always good to remember that sometimes comments in the written critique are not directed at the applicant. Technically, of course these comments are directed at Program Staff in […]
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10:00 PM | Expendables Copyright Case Dismissed.
The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit affirmed an order of a federal district court dismissing all copyright infringement claims against The Expendables movie. Marcus Webb, an amateur screenwriter, wrote a screenplay in 2006 called The Cordoba Caper. The plot involved an elite team of American mercenaries who are hired to defeat a … Continue reading →
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10:00 PM | When the Earth Collapses Under Our Feet
Though we understand what causes pits and chasms to open up in the ground, we can't predict them. And that leads to disasters like the ones in these pictures, which can strike in the middle of a field or the middle of a city — with terrifying results.Read more...
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9:56 PM | Indonesia to hear indigenous peoples' grievances on land disputes
Public hearings into alleged violations of indigenous peoples' land rights will open next week in Palu on the island of Sulawesi. This is the beginning of a series of hearings by the Commission on Human Rights to explore conflicts affecting indigenous people in forest areas. The Commission will travel throughout Indonesia, providing concerned parties an opportunity to meet and discuss land disputes, before submitting the results of their findings to the next president.
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9:53 PM | MIT Integrates 3D Printer and 3D Scanner To Print on Objects
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9:51 PM | In New York And Ferguson, Two Deaths, Two Different Responses
The death of Eric Garner, like the shooting of Michael Brown, sparked protests. But the reaction in New York has been entirely peaceful, thanks partly to quick responses by police and civic officials.
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9:48 PM | Sanford-Burnham hosts the Titan Microscope Inauguration Symposium and Reception
Dorit Hanein, Ph.D., professor in the Bioinformatics and Structural Program hosted the Titan Microscope Inauguration Symposium and reception August 21 at our La Jolla, California campus. The Titan Krios, a state-of-the-art electron microscope, will help our scientist visual cells, viruses, and bacteria at the atomic level. The symposium was held to inaugurate the new TitanRead More
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9:32 PM | Geology Sonnet 5
Australia is a dry and stable land. No mountain range, no active slipping fault, And yet this plain had lava seas erupt. We call them Kalkarindji flood basalt. It’s hard to know just when these rocks were formed. The weathering and rock type complicates Radiometric dates of dykes that swarmed When seas contained the first protochordates. For ten long years they searched the outback rocks
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9:30 PM | So You're Going to Bend...
What to do, what to do? The area has a lot of options for people interested in geology, though some require a bit of a drive. In the city itself, Pilot Butte has great views of Bend and the surrounding landscape- in particular, west to the Cascades and south to Newberry. There is a trail to the top, though I can't imagine it's very interesting compared to others in the area, but there's a paved road to the top too, with ample parking. The last time I was there was at sunset, and the glare to […]
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9:27 PM | Massachusetts advocates optimistic about paid sick leave ballot: ‘We need public policies that lift people up and keep families healthy’
After nearly a decade of hoping state legislators would pass an earned paid sick time law, advocates in Massachusetts decided it was time to put the question to voters. Now, in November, voters will have the chance to help improve the lives of nearly 1 million workers who can’t earn one, single hour of sick leave and are often left to choose between caring for themselves or a loved one, paying the bills or losing a job.
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9:25 PM | Obama's Reaction To Ferguson Raises Questions About President's Role
As the situation quiets down in Ferguson, Mo., some political observers are asking why it took President Obama so long to publicly weigh in on events there.
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9:24 PM | Curiosity update, sols 697-726: Mars thwarts driving and drilling
The Mars gremlins really had it in for Curiosity this month. A computer glitch and slippery sand conspired to delay the rover's progress toward Mount Sharp. And shifting rocks proved unsafe for drilling. The rover will continue driving toward Mount Sharp, departing Bonanza King without drilling, skirting Hidden Valley along a plateau to its north.
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9:20 PM | Revisando la comunicación científica en España en los últimos 5 años
(English intro to Spanish lang post) Science journalism in Spain clearly improved in the last 5 years. The change hasn’t been big in the principal newspapers and conventional magazines, but new online platforms have been created, existing ones were reinforced, social networks sharing scientific content are quite successful, and one would say that in general, the reporting of science is more serious, extensive and rigorous. There’re still some problems, like a lack of criticism […]
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9:20 PM | Will Beacon's light boost journalists' incomes?
There is nothing to stop the Tracker, or your blog, or any of us from growing faster than Upworthy and attracting millions of readers in six months--except our own cleverness. Getting those readers to pay you is a little more complicated, but not much. If you can attract millions of readers, you can probably attract millions of dollars in advertising. But it's even easier than that. If you're not prepared to hire and manage a national sales force, you can simply sign on with one of the new […]
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9:20 PM | Screening cuts prostate cancer risk by 20%? Yes, but look again.
A man who is told that screening could cut his risk of prostate cancer by 20% might say, "Heck yes--I'm in!" On the other hand, if he's told that his risk will drop from 3% to about 2.4%, he might say something like, "Hey-don't waste my time!" The distinction between relative risk and absolute risk is a favorite topic at the Tracker, and one that too many reporters still fail to make clear. The prostate cancer example comes from Tabitha M. Powledge's On Science Blogs today. Take a look, at […]
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9:20 PM | To CDC or not CDC - That is the Ebola Question
It's been a busy couple weeks out here in infection control land. We had our SHEA 2015 planning committee meeting in DC. There's an exciting program planned - can't wait to share it with you. While I've been planning Ebola symposia for the May meeting in Orlando, Dan and Mike have been very busy discussing and implementing Ebola management plans. If you haven't had a chance to read their excellent posts, you can peruse them all here.The debate over the CDC droplet+contact precautions guidance […]
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