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April 25, 2015

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11:00 AM | Evolution of Television...
Image Source - Starts at Sixty: How the Jetson's Predicted the FutureTopics: Consumer Electronics, Electrical Engineering, Humor, TechnologyThe first television I remember my family owning was black and white, and so largely was society's views of social interaction, equality, etc. It used cathode ray tube technology, and as I recall looking in with my father, a lot of vacuum tubes - if they blew, you had to replace them - precursors to integrated circuits now, their usage in the space program […]
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10:48 AM | Mindfulness training targets neurocognitive mechanisms of addiction (Part 3).
In the third part of this excellent review paper  (1) we look at the empirical evidence is presented suggesting that MBIs ameliorate addiction by enhancing cognitive regulation of a number of key processes. Emotion Regulation When individuals are unable to … Continue reading →
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10:30 AM | Psychology Around the Net: April 25, 2015
This week’s Psychology Around the Net covers how to tell if you’re making a good first impression, how the smell of sweat can help spread happiness (seriously), how your stress can be passed along via DNA, and more. Want to Make a Good Impression? Try […]
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10:23 AM | The awkward state of penguin molting
This oddly plumaged penguin appeared in my Antarctic & Arctic Data Consortium 2015 calendar (yes, I have a data calendar) and I needed to know…why on earth does this penguin have a fauxhawk? And of course there is no better day to answer this question than on World Penguin Day! Before this, I used to think there […]
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10:12 AM | Chronicles of Athena – 39 Weeks
After what’s been a rough few weeks, we’re in need of some family time. So I’ve packed Athena up and brought her to mum’s. The rest of my family is distinctly more theatrical than me so I’ll be spending tonight … Continue reading →
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10:03 AM | how do we assess teacher quality?
This is a post originally writing for Talking Teaching. It's a difficult question for universities, but an important one at a time when they are increasingly under scrutiny for the quality of their educational outcomes (read: student completion &...
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10:01 AM | scishow: The Women Who Killed Whooping CoughWhooping cough used...
scishow: The Women Who Killed Whooping CoughWhooping cough used to infect hundreds of thousands of people in the U.S. and kill thousands of children every year. Join us as we learn about the women who developed the vaccine that has since saved thousands of lives. 
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9:38 AM | Physics Week in Review: April 25, 2015
Here’s a treat for fans of movies and the brain: an article called Strange Continuity. Throughout evolutionary history, we never saw anything like a montage. So why do we hardly notice the cuts... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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9:36 AM | World’s largest vertical farm opens this year
Vertical farming is typically done in tall buildings with lots of sunlight. A new 21,031-square-metre vertical farm going to open soon in Newark, New Jersey this year, and is expected to grow close to a million kilograms of pesticide-free produce on a yearly basis.It is made out of an old steel factory and the farm will not only be 75 times more productive than a farm of a similar size spread across a flat, open field, but it requires far less to run. The farm also uses recyclable […]
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9:22 AM | Spike activity 24-04-2015
Quick links from the past week in mind and brain news: Prospect Magazine has a good article on early psychosis and young people who hear voices. The cost of fame. The Message discusses the nefarious social effects of fame. Neuroskeptic asks Where Are The Big Ideas in Neuroscience? Emotional Intelligence Doesn’t Translate Across Borders. Essential […]
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8:59 AM | Building High Performance Safety Cultures
Building High Performance Safety Cultures (More than ‘the way we do things around here’) What is a Safety Culture? First published here: http://safetyma.myob.net/news/building-high-performance-safety-cultures/162354 If you ask most business leaders to describe their company’s safety culture, they will often say ‘ it’s the way we do things around here’. However, if you take a closer look at […] The post Building High Performance Safety Cultures […]
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8:54 AM | Audi announced the production of first liters of the Audi e-diesel
Audi has announced the production of first liters of the Audi e-diesel in collaboration with Sunfire, a Dresden (Germany) based cleantech company. The production technology is known as ‘Power to Liquid’ and requires only carbon di oxide and water to make diesel. The synthesis of Audi e-diesel involves the high temperature electrolysis of water. The resulting hydrogen further reacts with carbon di oxide to produce a liquid called ‘Blue Crude’ made up of long chain […]
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8:11 AM | A visual history of madness
The Paris Review has an extended and richly illustrated piece by historian Andrew Scull who tracks how madness has been visually depicted through the ages. Scull is probably the most thorough and readable historian of madness since the death of the late, great Roy Porter, and this article is no exception. Modern psychiatry seems determined […]
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8:00 AM | The Last Word
April 20 – 24, 2015 Jennifer buys bespoke draperies with a beguiling floral pattern. In a flash of perceptual ambiguity, the flowers turn into baseballs, and now she can’t unsee them. Erik outlines best practices for your next Lucha Libre bout, and Cameron interviews a former co-worker who has just published a book all about […]
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8:00 AM | The Last Word
April 20 – 24, 2015 Jennifer buys bespoke draperies with a beguiling floral pattern. In a flash of perceptual ambiguity, the flowers turn into baseballs, and now she can’t unsee them. Erik outlines best practices for your next Lucha Libre bout, and Cameron interviews a former co-worker who has just published a book all about […]
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8:00 AM | News digest – new immunotherapy results, ‘personalised vaccines’, an ‘injectable lab’ and more
New immunotherapy results from a big US conference, another first step towards ‘personalised cancer vaccines’, plus what’s an ‘injectable lab’?
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8:00 AM | ohscience: Radiolarians are protozoa that produce beautiful...
ohscience: Radiolarians are protozoa that produce beautiful fossil shells like these ones.
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7:44 AM | Old English Dinosaur Club - update
A couple weeks ago, I reported on the Old English Mastiff Club's decision at its recent AGM to never-ever, not-in-their-lifetime-or-anyone-else's decision to refuse to recognise pied mastiffs - the piebald dogs that are occasionally born in purebred Mastiff litters. (See here)The Club didn't give a reason - it stated simply:"At the O.E.M Club AGM, it was unanimously decided that the deviant colour known as pied, would not be accepted for inclusion in the colour description of the breed […]
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7:42 AM | Major Earthquake in Nepal Upgraded to Magnitude 7.9
Source: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/us20002926#general_summaryA very strong earthquake has struck in Nepal with a magnitude of 7.9 (initial reports listed 7.5). One would expect that serious damage will result; three earthquakes in the last 110 years have approached this size, and the death toll for all three was in the tens of thousands (1934 M8.1 Bihar, 1905 M7.5 Kangra, and 2005 M7.6 Kashmir earthquakes). Although the data is preliminary, the depth listed at this point […]
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7:27 AM | Kids with autism: a highly [psychotropic] medicated group?
"In keeping with international studies this sample of children with ASD [autism spectrum disorder] was a highly medicated group."So said the results of the study reported by Kerry-Ann Louw and colleagues [1] back in 2013 who noted that approximately one quarter of their cohort were currently in receipt of "psychotropic medications". I don't want to linger too much on this topic given that such findings tally with other peer-reviewed reports including those with much larger […]

Louw KA, Bentley J, Sorsdahl K & Adnams CM (2013). Prevalence and patterns of medication use in children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders in the Western Cape, South Africa., Journal of child and adolescent mental health, 25 (1) 69-79. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25860309

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7:10 AM | The Victorian Gentlewoman Who Documented 900 Plant Species
Marianne NorthSee it on Scoop.it, via Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education)
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7:06 AM | lifeunderthewaves: Rhinopias eschmeyeri by SoulfulGarden...
lifeunderthewaves: Rhinopias eschmeyeri by SoulfulGarden Rhinopias eschmeyeri in Ambon, Indonesia at Kampung Baru down at 36m.
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7:00 AM | Link Feast
Our pick of this week's 10 best psychology and neuroscience links:The Man Who Couldn't Stop GivingWhat a Brazilian man's pathological generosity says about the biological roots of philanthropy
What Can We Learn From Reading Online Reviews?An analysis of millions of Amazon reviews reveals an intriguing relationship between the star ratings people give and the emotionality words that they writeThe Psychology (and Philosophy) of ‘No Regrets’A clinical psychologist argues that […]
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6:59 AM | The M=7.9 earthquake in Nepal this morning
The M=7.5 shallow earthquake in Nepal this morning is likely to have caused serious damage, especially in the epicentral region of Lamjung
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5:13 AM | “I’m stuck in my ways.”
It was only when I was captioning and filing my pictures from my recent tours of the old bits of Arizona’s Lower Colorado River water infrastructure that I noticed what the graffiti here said: “I’m stuck in my ways.” It’s a surreal spot – springing from the side of a harsh desert canyon, a remarkable ...Continue reading ‘“I’m stuck in my ways.”’ »
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4:58 AM | California hikes
California hikes
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4:16 AM | A quarter-century of wonder
By now everybody has probably heard that today is the 25th anniversary of the launch of the Hubble Space Telescope. I couldn’t possibly put all the links to all the news coverage in this blog entry. We’ve got photos that show how HST changed the world, the breathtaking video made from the official 25th-anniversary Hubble […]
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4:03 AM | An in-trawl camera for fish
A cod swims right past the camera. These images could make it easier to set fishing quotas.
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4:00 AM | Hot topics in Modern Cosmology
Spontaneous Workshop (SW) IX brings together specialists on recent insights in Particle Physics, Astrophysics and Cosmology. The aim is to stimulate debate on common topics in views of providing us with innovating ideas. The workshop’s organization is based on an optimal number of concise presentations and enough space for discussions on emerging problems in order … Continue reading Hot topics in Modern Cosmology →
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4:00 AM | Malaysian Postgraduate Workshop Series (MPWS): One Day Workshop on Research Tools: Supporting Research and Publication
One Day Workshop on Research Tools: Supporting Research and Publication[PERSIAPAN AWAL] Adakah anda tahu, sebelum anda memulakan langkah anda sebagai pelajar Postgraduate, rupa-rupanya ada teknik yang boleh membantu untuk memilih Supervisor (SV) yang tepat, di mana kita boleh 'check' latar belakang SV contohnya sudah berapa jurnal yang diterbitkan oleh seseorang SV itu, link atau 'networking' sesorang SV dengan universiti lain di dalam dan luar negara, conference yang pernah disertainya dan […]
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