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September 30, 2014

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2:11 AM | "You don't have to be clever to make a discovery"
I think the Nobel Prizes may do more harm to science than good. Over on Quora, I've seen more than a couple of questions asking about the IQ of Nobel prize winners, often mentioned as though winning a Nobel was some sort of objective yardstick for intelligence.With the awards only a few weeks away, I was pleased to hear this refreshing, level headed take on the prizes from a winner of the award, Tim Hunt:Robyn Williams: (T)he other startling thing you said is that you are not clever personally, […]
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1:51 AM | 20 books that have stayed with me
A meme was going around on Facebook in early September, which I present as was assigned to me by my friend Ryan Cagle of Valancourt Books: In your status, list 10 books that have stayed with you in some way. Don’t … Continue reading →
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1:25 AM | Overdosing While Homeless, Vanishing from Family
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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1:01 AM | Dung beetle Ig winner hailed in his home country
The University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg issued this press report: Two Witsies among World Class SAs 26 September 2014 Wits University Professors Lee Berger and Marcus Byrne have been included in the 2014 edition of City Press’ 100 World Class South Africans that was released online onwww.citypress.co.za on Heritage Day, 24 September 2014. “This is a […]
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12:58 AM | Bat vs. Raptor Here’s a special deleted scene that didn’t make...
Bat vs. Raptor Here’s a special deleted scene that didn’t make it into the bat video. This awesome action kinda snuck up on me, so it’s a little blurry. Let’s just say that when a raptor goes up against a tornado of bats, everyone wins. The mammals aren’t the only ones who got dinner that night :)Enjoy! (By the way, this is a perfect example of a predator avoidance strategy called the “dilution effect”)
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12:52 AM | There’s nothing quite like renewables: Modeling indicates natural gas production will not reduce future greenhouse gas emissions as hoped
Appropriate and useful climate policy-making requires accurate and reliable data about the future.  Nowhere is this more important than when setting carbon emission standards and projecting percentages of each energy source to match energy needs (coal, natural gas, nuclear, renewables, etc.). … Continue reading →

Steven J Davis and Robert H Socolow (2014). Commitment accounting of CO2 emissions, Environmental Research Letters, 9 (084018)

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12:49 AM | pbsdigitalstudios: This week’s episode of It’s Okay to be Smart...
pbsdigitalstudios: This week’s episode of It’s Okay to be Smart is pretty “Bat-Ass.” For instance, did you know bat poop keeps little bats warm? …Aww? Watch it here Have you watched my… Na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na bat video yet? Check it out here. And here’s a post I wrote earlier with some background on the bat cave I visited to make this one. It’s one of the most unique natural wonders on Earth, but you’ll have to
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12:47 AM | USA Tenure Track Faculty Position, University of Chicago, Department of Neurobiology
The University of Chicago’s Department of Neurobiology seeks to recruit tenure-track faculty. Appointments can be made at any rank from Assistant Professor to Professor, and in any area of neurobiology. Candidates must have a doctoral degree and at least two years of postdoctoral training. Researchers in molecular/cellular neurobiology or neural development/plasticity are particularly encouraged to apply. […]
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12:42 AM | Bárðarbunga daily update on 29-September-2014
I am sorry for this late update. I did spend several hours trying to figure out a problem that does not appear to be on my end regarding my IPv6 tunnel connection. I hope this problem is solved … Continue reading →
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12:41 AM | Adorable Alligatorellus
Today’s alligators, crocodiles, and gharials are gorgeous animals, but you’d be hard pressed to call them cute. Chirpy …
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12:36 AM | Building a Custom Arcade Cabinet, Part 6
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12:35 AM | Predictably Arational, Safety as a Superstition
Predictably Arational, Safety as a Superstition One of the most annoying things about Daniel Ariely’s book Predictably Irrational is that it allows risk and safety people to dismiss aspects of human decision making as stupid when they are not. The framing of the word ‘irrational’ is simply unhelpful. The hidden forces that govern our decisions […] The post Predictably Arational, Safety as a Superstition appeared first on Safety Risk Blog.
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12:30 AM | Depression Surveys Linked To Unnecessary Antidepressant Prescriptions
Almost everyone agrees the Western world is over-prescribed; except the people doing the prescribing. Symptom-based medicine stopped being used 50 years ago but when it comes to mood disorders, it is still the norm. And "brief depression symptom measures," the self-administered questionnaires are used in primary care settings to determine the frequency and severity of depression symptoms among patients, are being linked to antidepressant medications being prescribed when they may not be […]
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12:20 AM | Inside a Changing Autumn Leaf
One of the great wonders of life is watching the leaves change colors in the fall. When temperatures get cool, chlorophyll begins to break down revealing the underlying pigments in the plants’... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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12:17 AM | Pseudoscientific technology for Australian rugby team
This piece that appeared in the Australian media is full of errors, false assumptions and credulity. Just awful! A National rugby team is using controversial new technology to up their game. Or not. Revealed: Sports science secrets of the South Sydney Rabbitohs as they head into grand final. THIS is the top-secret sports science technology… Source: Doubtful News
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12:13 AM | The Slow-Motion Train Wreck of Industrial Civilization
Originally posted on Collapse of Industrial Civilization:The linear thinking that has dominated Western civilization since the Enlightenment has become a death trap for mankind in the 21st century. The dynamic system of the Earth’s biosphere with its many interconnected…
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12:13 AM | Different physical locations and different molecular mechanisms of health and disease
Reappraisal of known malaria resistance loci in a large multicenter study Abstract excerpt: “The finding that G6PD deficiency has opposing effects on different fatal complications of P. falciparum infection indicates that the evolutionary origins of this common human genetic disorder...Read more
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12:11 AM | Rotational Motion Paul Andersen explains how a net torque...
Rotational Motion Paul Andersen explains how a net torque acting on an object will create rotational motion. This motion can be described by the angular displacement, angular velocity, and angular acceleration. The linear velocity can be calculated by determining the distance from the axis of rotation. The net torque is equal to the product of the rotational inertia and the angular acceleration. Uploaded by: Bozeman Science.
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12:09 AM | A Cure for AIDS that Big Pharma Doesn’t Want! Sounds Familiar?
I was sent a link to the following story by someone who wanted my opinion on it. The article is in French but I will highlight its claims. “Son remède contre le sida, les labos n’en veulent pas” Translation: “Labs don’t want his AIDS remedy.” This is yet another David-versus-Goliath “news” report on a maverick … Continue reading →
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12:07 AM | FDA cracks down on essential oils distributors and other “natural health” peddlers
If you can think of a disease or medical condition, somebody somewhere out there will declare it can be treated or cured with an essential oil. Athlete’s foot, candida, gastrointestinal problems, Alzheimer’s, depression, cystic fibrosis, cancer, MRSA, ringwork, staph, anxiety, tuberculosis, sinusitis, shingles, pertussis, flu, lupus, ADHD, pneumonia, herpes, high cholesterol, measles, arthritis, bronchitis, inflammation, […]
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12:00 AM | Science Of Liver Detox? Jet Fuel Seeds!
University of Illinois nutritionists say they have found compounds that boost liver detoxification enzymes nearly 5X, and they've found them in the crushed seeds left over after oil extraction from an oilseed crop,Camelina sativa, used in jet fuel.read more
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12:00 AM | mean-guign-photography: Ornate Ghost Pipefish (Solenostomus...
mean-guign-photography: Ornate Ghost Pipefish (Solenostomus paradoxus) - Dauin, Philippines
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12:00 AM | mean-guign-photography: Ornate Ghost Pipefish (Solenostomus...
mean-guign-photography: Ornate Ghost Pipefish (Solenostomus paradoxus) - Dauin, Philippines

September 29, 2014

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11:56 PM | The new ASBMB President has words for the science riff-raff
Now honestly, this thing reads like a spoof or some top-quality trolling akin to my Boomer bashing. Albeit without a shred of actual data on which it is based (unlike my Boomer bashing). However, you will be interested to hear the new ASBMB President's analysis of the real problem in science today. Two or three […]
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11:47 PM | Power laws and wealth
From Alison Griswold at Slate, reporting on the Wealth-X and UBS billionaire census (warning: obnoxious auto-playing music at the second link): “The typical billionaire has a net worth of $3.1 billion.” Does “typical” mean mean? or median? It appears that “mean” is intended, because the front page of this census says there are 2,325 billionaires […]
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11:42 PM | U.S. Charges Pakistani Man Of Conspiracy Over His Spyware App
The Justice Department called this the "first-ever criminal case concerning the advertisement and sale of a mobile device spyware app."
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11:40 PM | Society for Neuroscience responds to open letter
On August 21, 2014, we sent an open letter to SfN about their new open access journal, eNeuro. Today, SfN contacted me directly by email with the following response. Since their email was in response to open correspondence, did not say it was confidential, and was sent by Communications & Public Affairs, I am assuming […]
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11:39 PM | The Connection Between California’s Drought and Climate Change
Climate change is making the weather pattern that's responsible for California's drought more likely, according to a new study from Stanford.
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11:35 PM | Porn Addiction: Not the Whole Story
The issue of whether porn addiction is real has produced a storm of controversy. Yet all this noise may be distracting us from a graver risk to healthy sexuality: sexual conditioning of adolescents. I monitor a number of popular online recovery forums. I have read self-reports of thousands of otherwise healthy young men who heal […]
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11:30 PM | Science Graduates Are Not Good At Math – But Why?
Credit: Flickr/Steve Jurvetson, CC BYBy Kelly E Matthews, The University of QueenslandResearch suggests science graduates are struggling with essential quantitative skills and science degree programs are to blame.Quantitative skills are the bread and butter of science. More than calculating right answers, quantitative skills are defined by applying mathematical and statistical reasoning to scientific and everyday problems. read more
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