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April 18, 2014

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10:03 PM | Red lettuce and dinosaur germs head to space station
SpaceX has launched its third cargo mission to the ISS, carrying gear that includes robot legs, a collapsible garden and a microbes from a dino fossil
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10:00 PM | The Cost & Solutions to Stress and Mental Illness in the Workplace: An Interview with Graeme Cowan
The direct cost of depression to the United States in terms of lost time at work is estimated at 172 million days yearly. According to the World Health Organization, mental disorders are the leading cause of disability in the U.S. and Canada. Australian Graeme Cowan, who experienced a horrific five-year mental breakdown, published a report […]
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10:00 PM | Over Meal Of Whale Meat, Japan Announces Plan To Restart "Scientific" Whaling In Antarctica
Harpooned whale A whale captured by the Yushin Maru, a Japanese harpoon vessel, in February 2008. Customs and Border Protection Service, Commonwealth of Australia On March 31, Japan was ordered to halt its whaling program in Antarctica by a United Nations court, which ruled that the activity amounted to a commercial operation and was not for research purposes as stated. Now, less than three weeks later, Japan announced it will re-launch its whale-killing […]
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10:00 PM | “After Final Consideration” Pilot Program Extended by Patent Office
The US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has announced that it is extending a popular program that allows patent applicants to submit minor amendments to their patent applications even after final rejection. The “After Final Consideration” Pilot was launched in May and was scheduled to end on September 30, 2013. The Pilot will now be … Continue reading →
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10:00 PM | Grading my work, and how Wikipedia can track the flu
One research paper, seven journalists, seven different articles.
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9:47 PM | Quantum experts discuss the measurement problem: A transcript from 1994
ContextQuantum Physics,Science & Society by Tom Siegfried 2:00pm, April 13, 2014 What follows is a fairly complete transcript of a discussion about quantum physics on May 19, 1994, the last day of a workshop in Santa Fe, N.M. It begins with some technical issues, posed by John Denker of Bell Labs, concerning projection operators, mathematical expressions involved in representing quantities […]
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9:45 PM | Truth and science – As I suspected
As promised, but I am rather annoyed, so this will be short and a little rambling… I saw this church sign while driving around my neighborhood (I parked my car before taking the picture, AND this is not the church I attend). I did not know what to think (well, I did but I was …
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9:36 PM | danah boyd, Randall Munro, and netizens.
danah boyd, author of 'It's Complicated' just gave a tech talk at Google. Her book has been in the news a lot lately, so I'll skip the details (although Facebook ought to be at least slightly worried).But what I enjoyed the most about her talk was the feeling that I was listening to a true netizen: someone who lives and breathes on the internet, understands (and has helped build) modern technology extremely well (she is a computer scientist as well as an ethnographer), and is able to deliver a […]
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9:34 PM | http://planet3.org/2014/04/18/9887/
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9:28 PM | Holistic Conservation: Forget 20th Century Claims About People And Species Extinction
The USA alone has more wilderness than the entire continent of Africa does, but the natural world is not the same as it was 20, 50 or 100 years ago.  And the natural world than was far different than preceding generations.read more
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9:28 PM | The Only Game in Town: Remarks on Alan Liu and Digital Humanities
I’ve collected five New Savanna posts on Alan Liu into a single PDF; you can download it from my SSRN page, Remarks on Alan Liu and the Digital Humanities, A Working Paper. Abstract and introduction below. * * * * * Abstract: Alan Liu has been organizing and conceptualizing digital humanities (DH) for two decades. […]
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9:20 PM | Friday Fun: Masthead Surprise
Ever stop and read a magazine masthead? Y'know, the page where they list all the editors, staff, and Board members?Sometimes you find fun* surprises. National Geographic Magazine*Please state your answer in the form of a question...
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9:12 PM | Weekend Reading: The Long Road to Ancient DNA, and Gene-Stealing Ferns
I’ve been traveling again this week, which makes blogging a challenge. But I still can still offer a …
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9:09 PM | Sexual Healing in Bonobos
Bonobos have earned a reputation as a “sexy” ape. Sexual activity — in many creative forms — plays a large role in bonobo society. Sexual contacts occur often, in virtually all partner combinations and in a slew of different positions. Read my latest Zoologic post, a Q&A with Emory University’s Zanna Clay about her research looking at how bonobos use sex to break the tension after conflicts: Sexual Healing: How Bonobos Use Sex to De-Stress .
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9:08 PM | An Invisible Barn And Other Amazing Images From This Week
Invisible Barn What do you get when you wrap a barn in mylar? You get nothing. stpmj via Co.Design
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9:03 PM | MorpHex MKII - A Badass Looking Hexpod Ball Robot
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8:58 PM | Adult Human Cells Cloned for First Time
In a cloning first, researchers generate embryonic stem cells from a man's skin.
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8:55 PM | The varieties of peer review
I’ve been very pleased with the response to my Neuron article on post-publication peer review. (Read more about the backstory here). The commentary on PubPeer got me thinking some more about the different kinds of peer review. In particular, the topic of pre-print servers like arXiv came up. I noted that arXiv is “moderated by experts”... which sounds kind of like peer review.This lead me to thinking about the continuum from traditional pre-publication peer review to […]
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8:53 PM | Holy Red Dwarf! Media flock to Earth sized planet in the Goldilocks zone.
  A long trapping expedition through our galactic neighborhood just snared one of its prime quarry: a planet about the size of the Earth in a stable and regular orbit at a distance from its star that makes liquid water plausible on its surface. That means just right, and thus smack in the Goldilocks zone. World press is perking up at the news from NASA and its scientific cadre, published in Science magazine, thus introducing us to […]
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8:46 PM | Greece: MOH On 1st Imported Case Of MERS-CoV
  # 8495   My thanks to Gert van der Hoek on Flutrackers for finding the first press account, and Sharon Sanders for the Greek MOH press release, announcing that country’s first MERS coronavirus case.   As with the Malaysian religious pilgrim who died earlier this week (see Malaysian MOH Statement On Imported (Fatal) Case Of MERS-CoV), this patient recently traveled to Jeddah.   You’ll find the (only slightly syntax-challenged) machine translation […]
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8:45 PM | Ironwood Is the Choice
#UgandanIronwood MT @NautilusMag: Chimpanzees are just as picky as humans when it comes to the perfect mattress. http://t.co/ufpKY2T6J5— russwilliamsiii (@russwilliamsiii) April 18, 2014"An analysis of 1,844 chimpanzee nests at the Toro-Semliki Wildlife Reserve, Uganda, found that 73.6% of nests were built of Ugandan Ironwood, even though it only accounted for 9.6% of the trees in the sample area."
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8:44 PM | Sauroposeidon in 3D
I was in Oklahoma and Texas last week, seeing Sauroposeidon, Paluxysaurus, Astrophocaudia, and Alamosaurus, at the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History, the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, the Shuler Museum of Paleontology at SMU, and the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, respectively. I have a ton of interesting things from that trip that […]
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8:40 PM | The Trouble With Rice
The rice plant is one of nature's great metal scavengers, with potential health consequences for consumers.
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8:40 PM | 2-3 ecology grad student positions in Jeremy Fox’s lab
Through a mixture of circumstances, I suddenly have 2-3 grad student positions open in my lab for fall 2014 or winter 2015. So while I know this is very much not the season for this sort of thing, if you’re … Continue reading →
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8:39 PM | Russia Ships The World's First Load of Offshore Arctic Oil
Oil Be There The Prirazlomnoye offshore drilling platform, in the Pechora Sea above the Arctic circle, began extracting oil in December 2013, and loaded its first shipment in April 2014 -- about a decade off schedule. The rig is 620 miles from Murmansk and just a few dozen miles from coastal and island wildlife reserves. Gazprom Russia has announced its first shipment of Arctic offshore oil.  Russian President Vladimir Putin watched oil loading from the Prirazlomnoye drilling […]
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8:34 PM | Elementary Observations on 2-Categorical Limits
Describes Kelly's "Elementary observations on 2-categorical limits" and the general theory of weighted limits and colimits, which are described here in a special case.
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8:33 PM | Why Don’t We Want Our TV Series to End?
Elizabeth Alsop in the LA Review of Books: IT’S A GOOD TIME to be a canceled show. Last May, Netflix sent the viewing public into paroxysms when it released the fourth season ofArrested Development, which last aired on Fox in...
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8:31 PM | The Intellectual and Other Wanderings of Walter Benjamin
Peter Gordon in The New Republic: Walter Benjamin passed some of the happiest moments of his life wandering shirtless in the sun on the Spanish island of Ibiza. In a letter in 1932, he wrote that the little Mediterranean island...
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8:21 PM | Turning to God for reassurance in the face of wonder
‘Agency detection’ – seeing purposeful minds at work behind seemingly random events – is a powerful human instinct that is thought to play an important role in the generation of religious beliefs. There’s quite a body of research that shows that a persons ‘agency detection’ can be turned up in circumstances where they are made to feel uncertain or confused. Piercarlo Valdesolo (Claremont McKenna College, USA ) and Jesse Graham (University of Southern […]
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8:20 PM | Floating Nuclear Plant Would Ride Out Tsunamis
Built like oil rigs, offshore reactors would be safe from earthquakes, too. Continue reading →
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