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September 20, 2014

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5:30 PM | Joint WISH + First galaxies International Workshop
WISH (Wide-field Infrared Surveyor for High-redshift) is a space science mission concept whose primary goal is to study the first galaxies in the early universe. WISH will be a Japan-led 1.5m telescope equipped with a 900 arcmin2 wide-field, Near-IR, 0.2-0.5arcsec FWHM, camera that would fly by ~2020 in order to conduct unique ultra-deep and wide-area […]
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5:22 PM | Sahara Desert Formed 7 Million Years Ago, New Study Suggests
A series of climate simulations, co-led by Dr Camille Contoux of the Bjerknes Center for Climate Research in Bergen, Norway, suggests that the desertification of Sahara started about 7 million years ago, at least four million years earlier than previously thought. The Sahara Desert is often cited as the world’s largest desert. This is not [...]
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5:21 PM | #HackEbola 2: A first look at Sierra Leone
If you're just joining the #HackEbola series, check out the introduction, and see the other posts by clicking on the Ebola category. All this data is available at github.com/cmrivers/ebola. Let's skip over to Sierra Leone for a bit. Although there are fewer cases in Sierra Leone, it's still suffering widespread transmission. Kailahun and Kenema counties in particular are hard hit, with 601 and 438 cases respectively, as of Sept 17. However, these counties are relatively populous. Comparing the […]
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5:01 PM | Hierarchy and fairness in primates: the source of indignation and the elusive Baldwin effect
Evolutionary Psychology (EP) is controversial, there is no doubt, and a lot of criticism is fairly solid; it is also an intriguing and prolific source of click-baits, spurring equal amounts of excitement and criticism both in the professional and popular…Read more ›
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5:00 PM | There’s not a creativity deficit in science
Don't use funding application statistics as a proxy for creativity.
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4:54 PM | TransCanada Pipeline Stomps a Rural Texas Family into Sewage Nightmare
TransCanada made small Texas landholders feel like they were trespassing on their own property while destroying their house and damaging their health, according to a story in The Texas Observer [more]
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4:42 PM | Anoles (Sort of) Eat Mice
After last week’s report about Tokay geckos consuming small rats, readers may be concerned that their favorite lizard is lacking a little in the predator department. Fear no longer! In this recent article, Torres and Acosta describe an Anolis porcatus observed carrying a dead house mouse. While the authors suspect that the mouse was disoriented […]
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4:41 PM | New Music Friday | 14 [feat. Alvvays]
Featuring new music from: Alvvays | Olde Worlde | Eagulls | Moulettes | The Jazz June |         Artist: Alvvays Song: Next of Kin   Artist: Olde Worlde Song: Thinking About You   Artist: Eagulls Song: Hollow Visions   Artist: Moulettes Song: Constellations   Artist: The Jazz June Song: Edge of Space The post New Music Friday | 14 [feat. Alvvays] appeared first on HeadStuff.
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4:41 PM | Viral Picture of the Week: Why You Shouldn't Swim in Rivers
    This picture has been popping up a lot lately, sometimes the location is Alabama, sometimes it's Tennessee (and probably some other places that I have missed), but the message is typically the same: Can you believe what's in the lake! I'm never going swimming again!     Here's the thing: this is a Northern Watersnake (Nerodia sipedon), a very common species on the East Coast of the United
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4:30 PM | Early fall lawn grooming tips
Ah, the smell of freshly mowed creeping Charlie in the morning; nothing quite like it. Although the Phactors have extensive gardens, so big is our city estate that enough lawn remains to more than equal the amount of lawn on 3 or 4 or 5 standard-sized city lots which around here are 50 x 150. Now this would be an onerous task except that much of our lawn is in light to heavy shade so it doesn't require mowing very often. In these circumstances nothing beats creeping Charlie or blue […]
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4:18 PM | Save Marine Wildlife from Deadly Nitrogen Runoff
Target: Shawn Johnson, Director of Veterinary Science at the Marine Mammal Center Goal: Save marine wildlife from biotoxins caused by nitrogen runoff on California coasts On the coast of California, fisheries are closing and wildlife animals are at… Source: forcechange.com … Continue reading →
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4:12 PM | Talking to Kids About Rhinos
The killing of our rhinos is a tragedy that most adults have a hard time coming to grips with. So how do you explain the crisis to kids? The following books are true stories based on the lives of two … Continue reading →
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4:10 PM | Animal Rights Come Before Religion, Insists Minister As Halal & Kosher Slaughter Is Banned In Denmark
The Danish government has introduced a ban on the religious slaughter of animals for the production of kosher and halal meat. The ban came into effect on Monday, and was defended by Agriculture and Food Minister Dan Jørgensen’s announcemen… Source: … Continue reading →
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4:06 PM | Saturday Morning Videos: Random Functions for Dependence and Component Analysis, Randomized Nonlinear Component Analysis and the Automatic Statistician
  Random Functions for Dependence and Component Analysis by David Lopez-Paz. The slides are here.ICML: Randomized Nonlinear Component Analysis by David Lopez-Paz; Suvrit Sra; Alex Smola; Zoubin Ghahramani; Bernhard SchoelkopfJoint Talk: Automatic Statistician - the big picture & Automatic construction and natural language description of nonparametric regression models by Zoubin Ghahramani and James LLoyd. The slides are here.Other talks and videos of the First MSR-MLG Joint […]
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4:00 PM | Quirks & Quarks for Sept. 20, 2014
This week, the Ebola epidemic in West Africa worsens; Fish recruit eels as hunting companions; European explorers brought invasive species; the earliest muscles pull their weight; and Curiosity drives exploration on Mars. ...
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4:00 PM | Ebola - The Worst Case Scenario?
Despite new promises of UN action, the Ebola epidemic in West Africa is spreading at an accelerating rate....
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4:00 PM | Fish Recruits Eel to Help Find Food
The Coral Trout recruits Moray eels to help hunt....
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4:00 PM | European Explorers Brought Invasive Species
The Bay of Fundy is home to non-native mud worms and mud shrimp that might have come over with early explorers...
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4:00 PM | First Animals to Flex Their Muscles
Fossils found in Newfoundland may preserve the first evidence of fibrous muscle tissue in an animal....
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4:00 PM | Curiosity on Mars
A look at the first two years of operation of NASA's newest Mars rover....
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3:56 PM | Conkered?
Not perhaps entirely fair – it is a cartoon, after all – but I liked it (nicked from the Times, if you were wondering). I also feel somewhat critical of Salmond: with his shiniest toy taken away he’s chosen to walk off and leave others to sort out the mess. Perhaps. Is there a mess…
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3:54 PM | A Walk Among The Tombstones | review
Review by The Netflix Kid as told to Giles Brody A Walk Among The Tombstones stars Liam Neeson who has thrilled audiences the world over by kicking the shit out of a load of lads in the Taken films. As a studious fan of Neeson’s work in The A-Team, Non-Stop, The Grey and those three […] The post A Walk Among The Tombstones | review appeared first on HeadStuff.
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3:53 PM | Calif. School District Will Get Rid Of Controversial Armored Vehicle
San Diego officials had said the 18-ton MRAP would be used only as a rescue vehicle, in extreme circumstances — but that didn't satisfy the plan's critics.
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3:51 PM | Plant engineered for more efficient photosynthesis
A genetically engineered tobacco plant, developed with two genes from blue-green algae (cyanobacteria), holds promise for improving the yields of many food crops. Plants photosynthesize – convert carbon dioxide, water and light into oxygen and sucrose, a sugar used for energy and for building new plant tissue ­– but cyanobacteria can perform photosynthesis significantly more quickly than many crops can. Subject:  Biology & Aging
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3:48 PM | Probable changes in connectivity
Table of Contents: Nature Reviews Neuroscience October 2014 Vol 15 No 10 Excerpt from: Research Highlights: Learning and memory: Uncoupling memory traces “The emotional valence of a memory can be changed, and this probably involves a change in the connectivity...Read more
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3:45 PM | Powerful Questions to Inspire Positive Change
Good questions can be powerful in life-changing ways. They can spark exciting ideas and inventions. They can spark personal discoveries, which lead to fulfilling, meaningful lives. According to historian David Hackett Fischer, questions “are the engines of intellect — cerebral machines that convert curiosity into controlled inquiry.” Author and journalist Warren Berger includes Fischer’s quote […]
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3:40 PM | Norm Drinks Soylent, Day 7
Norm Drinks Soylent, Day 7
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3:35 PM | Haul Road Repaired Below Ross Dam
I got a brief view of the rock slide below Ross Dam at the upper end of Diablo Lake diablo-lake-rock-slide. The slide area was repaired by knocking down the loose stuff and remaining precarious rock and rerouting the access road outward a bit.   I happened to be taking in the view when the supply barge was pulling up to the upper end of the lake. The logistics of managing the Ross Dam power house and dam present some challenges. The same applies to […]
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3:23 PM | Il valore estetico di un dipinto
Il dolore è modulato da fattori cognitivi, tra cui l'attenzione e le emozioni. In questo studio abbiamo valutato l'effetto di distrazione dell'apprezzamento estetico sul dolore soggettivo (...) indotto da stimolazione laser della mano sinistra su 12 volontari in salute. I soggetti sono stati stimolati con il laser in assenza di altri stimoli esterni e mentre guardavano diversi dipinti che avevano precedentemente classificato come belli, neutrali o brutti. La visione dei dipinti […]
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3:02 PM | Join the Global March for Elephants and Rhinos
Originally posted on spiritandanimal.wordpress.com:Join the Global March for Elephants and Rhinos Join In Defense of Animals (IDA) and activists from more than 116 cities on six continents for the biggest international event ever held to save Earth’s…
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