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October 31, 2014

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5:52 AM | Resource Alert: Confronting U.S. Commercial Sexual Exploitation and Sex Trafficking of Minors Legal Sector Guide
By: Sharon E. ChinThe Institute of Medicine and National Research Council has released their third and final audience-specific guide. Similarly to the Guide for the Health Sector, this report A Guide for the Legal Sector, was created to address common challenges identified by law enforcement on the federal, state, and local levels. Primarily, the definition of commercial sexual exploitation of minors has affected how victims have been treated in the eyes of the law. While minors are often dealt […]
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5:40 AM | Cuentacuentos científico en la Casa de la Ciencia (Sevilla, España)
Una particular narradora, Verdina Zampacuentos, transportará a niñas y niños a un mundo fantástico. A través de sus narraciones discurrirán historias sobre ecología, interculturalidad y respeto, desarrollo personal y otros contenidos donde se unirá de forma divertida el conocimiento científico con el encanto propio de los cuentos. Verdina Zampacuentos se transformará en una auténtica científica para deleitar al […]
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5:36 AM | Sexual Fantasies: Threesomes Are Normal, Golden Showers Not So Much
Fantasizing about sex with two women is common but fantasizing about being urinated on - called a golden shower - is not. That's just one of the findings from a research project on sexual deviation undertaken by scholars at Institut universitaire en santé mentale de Montréal and Institut Philippe-Pinel de Montréal. Deviant sexual fantasies are addressed in numerous speculations and conjectures by psychologists but atypical fantasies (paraphilias) are so subjective they […]
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5:30 AM | Nuit Blanche in Review ( October 2014 )
Since the last Nuit Blanche in Review ( September 2014 ), we had another Way of Reading Nuit Blanche, saw Once Thought Impossible Computations, read a few Blogs in 78 Summer Hours and found quite a few implementations:Non-linear Causal Inference using Gaussianity MeasuresBRTF: Robust Bayesian Tensor Factorization for Incomplete Multiway Data SparsePR: Robust Sparse Phase Retrieval Made Easy Compressed Manifold Modes for Mesh Processing On Sparse Representation in Fourier and Local Bases RQS […]
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5:29 AM | Wooster’s Fossils of the Week: Upper Carboniferous seed casts from northeastern Ohio
We haven’t had a paleobotanical fossil of the week for awhile, so here are a couple of nice seed casts from the Upper Carboniferous Massillon Sandstone exposed near Youngstown, Ohio. They fall within the “form genus” Trigonocarpus Brongniart 1828. A form taxon is one that may not have any systematic or evolutionary validity, but it […]
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5:26 AM | Searching for the Fountain of Youth
Sam Anderson in the NYT Magazine (photo Dolly Faibyshev for The New York Times): For more than 100 years, Punta Gorda has claimed to have the Fountain of Youth: an artesian well that once drew such long lines of tourists...
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5:23 AM | Your tweets reveal future iPhone sales
Researchers set new standards for how precisely the sale of a product can be predicted based on what people write in the social media.
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5:01 AM | Introducing the Evolution of Inequality Project
The study of income and resource inequality has been the academic topic du jour this year, highlighted by Thomas Piketty's economic history opus [1] and a special issue of Science [2]. There was even a paper on the 1% vs. the 99% of academic publishing [3] which argues that in terms of citations, the rich tend to get richer. But how do these patterns emerge and evolve? Is it a merely a statistical artifact, or a reflection of how complex, hierarchical societies tend to evolve? For example, we […]
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5:00 AM | Thesis: On optimal Sampling in low and high dimension, Alexandra Carpentier
  On optimal Sampling in low and high dimension by Alexandra CarpentierDuring my PhD, I had the chance to learn and work under the great supervision of my advisor Remi (Munos) in two fields that are of particular interest to me. The se domains are BanditTheory and Compressed Sensing. While studying these domains I came to the conclusion that they are connected if one looks at them trough the prism of optimal sampling. Both these fields are concerned with strategies on how to sample […]
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4:57 AM | Lab Acquired Salmonella
An interesting bit of lab saftey news came out awhile back that I think hasn't gotten quite enough attention.Since November 2013, 41 people in 13 states have been sickened by a Salmonella typhimurium outbreak (enterica serotype).Salmonella typhimurium (pink)The Salmonella was linked to clinical and university teaching laboratories according to the CDC investigation.Cases have been reported in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Ohio, […]
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4:01 AM | The Truth Behind Online Dating: What Motivates Users and Companies
Read Part 1 of this series here: The Truth Behind Online Dating: What Is and Isn’t Real People are shallow. Psychological science has demonstrated that people often use a “what is beautiful is good” mental shortcut.1 People tend to assume positive characteristics about others based on physical attractiveness, even though these perceptions are not accurate. This bias for beauty has been shown in all types of contexts that are not limited to online dating. A classic […]
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3:53 AM | The only solution for polar bears: ‘stop the rise in CO2 and other greenhouse gases’
I recently had the opportunity to interview one of the most amazing scientists I know – and his story continued to wow me, the more I spoke with him. His utter dedication to his work, his ability to have studied one of the most intriguing creatures in a really desolate landscape, and the determination to stick […]
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3:49 AM | Meet the newest enemy to India’s wildlife
A boom in infrastructure and population has forced India’s wildlife to eke out a creative existence in an increasingly human-modified environment. Big cats such as the leopard are often spotted within large cities, on railway tracks, and sadly, on India’s burgeoning and sprawling road network. Read the full article at MongabayFiled under: Subcontinent Specials Tagged: […]
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3:47 AM | Bolivian vice president proposes unprecedented agricultural expansion
On August 14, the Bolivian Vice President, Alvaro Garcia Linera, made a startling announcement: by 2025, Bolivia was going to make two striking developments – first, it would expand all cultivated land to 2.5 times its present area, and second, it would triple food production from 15 to 45 million tons. Read the rest of […]
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3:43 AM | ‘Natural Reserves’ no more: illegal colonists deforest huge portions of Nicaraguan protected areas
In southeastern Nicaragua, abutting the coastal Caribbean town of Bluefields, lie two nature reserves – Cerro Silva and Punta Gorda – that are embroiled in a bitter battle for survival against the speedily encroaching agricultural frontier. The forest is all but decimated here, with disconnected patches whose very existence rests precariously in the hands of […]
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3:40 AM | New Zealand political spokesperson for GE and more endorses homeopathy for Ebola
(Opinion on one of stupider things I’ve seen endorsed by a politician in a while and it’s relation to other science-based policy, including genetic engineering.) Green Party MP Steffan Browning has been widely reported as endorsing a petition to apply homeopathy to Ebola. To be frank this is an idea of rank stupidity. Homeopathic ‘remedies’ [...]
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3:32 AM | Sustainability, Texas style
What economists call “weak sustainability” is the notion that, as you deplete some stock of natural capital, you reinvest in some stock of replacement capital. An example might be taking some of the surplus from extracting oil and gas and investing in solar or wind energy so you’ve still got some supply of energy when ...Continue reading ‘Sustainability, Texas style’ »
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3:26 AM | Income inequality, social mobility, and sample size
Matt O’Brien at the Washington Post’s Wonkblog has an infographic that contains the following information: quintile of income distribution first second third fourth fifth % of college graduates from poor families 16 17 26 21 20 % of high school dropouts from rich families 16 35 30 5 14 This comes from a paper entitled […]
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3:09 AM | Ébola, la epidemia vigente
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3:05 AM | A (Difficult) Day in the Solar System
After a bad day on the launch pad, some perspective.
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3:01 AM | Energy in a flash – what can we do with lightning?
Lightning is one of the scariest forms of energy in nature. What Halloween movie isn’t complete without a sudden thunderous bolt from the heavens right when the bad guy emerges from the shadows? But lightning isn’t all just theatrics. It also contains a lot of power which, if it could be harnessed, could be of […]
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3:00 AM | You Are Here: Around the World in 92 Minutes
By Chris Hadfield Synopsis: In You Are Here, astronaut Chris Hadfield creates a surprisingly intimate and compelling visual essay about the planet we live on, choosing the best from the thousands of photos he took on the […]
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3:00 AM | Jian Ghomeshi -His Antics -And Me
Canadians have been rocked by a sex scandal this week. Beloved radio and tv host/journalist Jian Ghomeshi was fired by the CBC because of his sexual antics. Faced with being outed by an ex-girlfriend regarding his sexual preferences (BDSM) he decided to take a leave of absence from his show Q, and after it was […]
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3:00 AM | Gargantua, il primo e più ‘realistico’ buco nero del grande schermo
Si tratta di una simulazione senza precedenti, quella concepita da uno degli esperti più rinomati nel campo dei buchi neri, che sarà protagonista del film Interstellar, un epico viaggio nello spazio scritto e diretto da Christopher Nolan, in uscita nelle sale il prossimo 7 Novembre. L’oggetto sembra ruotare quasi alla velocità della luce, trascinandosi con sè […]
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2:57 AM | The ScienceArt Exhibit Roundup This Fall
So much good scienceart on display… where to begin!? EXHIBITS: NORTHEAST REGION LIFE: Magnified June – November 2014 Gateway Gallery Between Concourse C and the AeroTrain C-Gates station... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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2:49 AM | The case for dumping prior appropration
The case for dumping prior appropriation, the doctrine under which the first water users have the highest priority rights –  Travis Stills: The 21st century water-use debate must move past “I got it first,” which children on the playground know is patently unreasonable and unfair.
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2:33 AM | Local Management for Sustainable Agronomic Development of ‘Himalayan Viagra’
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2:00 AM | New Guster Album Features Ferrofluidic Art
Switzerland based photographer Fabian Oefner specializes in combining art and science. Here, you can watch him manipulate a ferrofluidic art piece (comprising oil, watercolor, and magnetic, nanoscale iron particles) commissioned by Guster for their forthcoming album, Evermotion. Read more...
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1:56 AM | Arsenic in drinking water is causing health problems -- but not the ones you might expect.
Arsenic in drinking water is causing health problems — but not the ones you might expect. In fact, new research into arsenic ingestion has led doctors to believe that it's a possible cause of cardiovascular disease. Over at the New York Times, Deborah Blum reports on the connection between pollution and heart disease. Read more...
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1:34 AM | Thoughts of Drugs, and Other Things, While in Prison
This post is part of a collaborative narrative series composed of my writing and Chris Arnade’s photos exploring issues of addiction, poverty, prostitution and urban anthropology in Hunts... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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