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September 01, 2014

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4:35 AM | Why I don't like tipping
by Emrys Westacott I dislike tipping. That is, I dislike the whole tipping system. As a card-carrying tightwad I can't honestly say I enjoy leaving tips, but that's not my point. My point is about the general practice, the social...
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4:30 AM | Denmark aims to be rid of fossil fuels by 2050
The Earth's fossil fuels are running out and the planet is heavily burdened by CO2 emission. The Danish government has addressed this by setting an
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4:30 AM | Perceptions
Mohau Modisakeng. Inzilo (Film Still), 2013. Single channel video installation, duration: 4 min 57 sec More here, here, and here.
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4:25 AM | Inconsistent Mathematics, Reutersvärd, and Buddhism: An Interview with Chris Mortensen
by Michael Lopresto Chris Mortensen is Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at the University of Adelaide. He thinks that the inconsistent hasn't been taken seriously enough in Western philosophy, that the masterpieces of Reutersvärd rub our noses in the inconsistent, and...
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4:20 AM | The Value of Dutiful Actions
by Carl Pierer In his Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals Kant states that an action has moral worth if and only if it is done from duty.Kant argues for his position by showing that morally right actions done from...
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4:15 AM | CATSPEAK
by Brooks Riley
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4:13 AM | Sciencey Stuff You May Have Missed: Week 35
Digging through the web this week, I uncovered all this geeky goodness. You can find the thousands of links from …Continue reading →
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4:10 AM | Ai Weiwei and the fine art of the art installation
by Mathangi Krishnamurthy As a rule, I am wary of art installations. I am never sure if the form they take bear any relation to the political content they claim to espouse. Also, as a rule, I visit modern art...
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4:05 AM | A sin tax on junk entertainment
by Thomas Rodham Wells Governments should tax the production and consumption of junk entertainment like Angry Birds and The Bachelor to correct the market failures that encourage their overconsumption. As with tobacco and alcohol, the point of such sin taxes...
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4:01 AM | The “CDC whistleblower saga”: Updates, backlash, and (I hope) a wrap-up
Given that this is a holiday weekend here in the US and that I’m having a bit of a staycation right now, I had thought of simply not posting today or of rerunning a “classic” (if you want to call it that) blast from the past. But the topic I wrote about last week has […]
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4:01 AM | Don’t Catch What Ails Your House
It doesn’t take a flood to encourage the growth of mold in a home. A moist environment will do. A runny nose, coughing and all the rest typically follow.
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4:00 AM | Suspicious Minds: How Culture Shapes Madness
By Joel Gold and Ian Gold Synopsis: What if you woke up with the alarming suspicion that you were being watched? One day in 2003, a patient unlike any other that Dr. Joel Gold had seen before was […]
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3:59 AM | The Remains of the weekend 30-31 August 2014
Long weekend here in the U.S. And I forgot the Friday night leftovers so here is a nice batch for your Monday AM. Journal takes down autism-vaccine paper pending investigation | Retraction Watch. Everything You Need to Know About Ghost Sex — The Cut. {Doubtful} Report: Woman Who Stabbed Children in ‘Exorcism’ Not Criminally Responsible… Source: Doubtful News
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3:54 AM | Reading in August
Just a little update on my reading in August. I’ve been jumping around a bit reading on the history of malaria and wetlands.  Lots of interesting bits and pieces! Books John Aberth. An Environmental History of the Middle Ages: The Crucible of Nature, 2013. Gregory of Tours (d. 594): Glory of the Confessors  Gregory of Tours (d. 594): […]
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3:51 AM | This Recovered ISIS Laptop Includes Plans for A Bubonic Plague Bomb, Among Other Things
Back in January, a group of moderate Syrian rebels raided an ISIS hideout in the Syrian province of Idlib, not far from the Turkish border. Though they didn’t find massive heaps of guns or cash, they did find something that may prove to be much more valuable: a laptop left behind one of the Islamic State fighters. Earlier this week, Abu Ali, the commander of the group that led the raid, handed over the laptop to reporters from Foreign Policy. The contents
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3:26 AM | Cambridge Study Reveals How Life Could Have Started From Nothing
Linda Geddes in New Scientist: Metabolic processes that underpin life on Earth have arisen spontaneously outside of cells. The serendipitous finding that metabolism – the cascade of reactions in all cells that provides them with the raw materials they need...
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3:25 AM | August lives up to its definition: respected and impressive
The things we noticed in and around canine science over the past two weeks, Storified in one neat location for your convenience:[View the story "Do You Believe in Dog? [16-31 August 2014]" on Storify] Further reading:Feuerbacher E.N. (2014). Shut up and pet me! Domestic dogs (Canis lupus familiaris) prefer petting to vocal praise in concurrent and single-alternative choice procedures, Behavioural Processes, DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.beproc.2014.08.019 Gygax L. (2014). The A to Z of […]

Gygax L. (2014). The A to Z of statistics for testing cognitive judgement bias, Animal Behaviour, 95 59-69. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.anbehav.2014.06.013

Arnott E.R., Claire M. Wade & Paul D. McGreevy (2014). Environmental Factors Associated with Success Rates of Australian Stock Herding Dogs, PLoS ONE, 9 (8) e104457. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0104457

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3:12 AM | How to Improve Poor Sleep Quality?
University students usually face with poor sleep quality such as “irregular sleep, insufficient sleep or other sleep difficulties.” Can proper sleep management bring quality sleep to them? Researchers conducted a research with university students in mainland China. 84 participants from two universities in Xi’an, China were randomly divided into two groups; intervention group which received […] The post How to Improve Poor Sleep Quality? appeared first on Wiley Asia Blog.
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3:10 AM | Let’s hear it for citizen scientists!
Citizen science is booming in Australia, revealing previously unknown features of the continent and saving governments a ton of money. “There’s a nationwide trend towards scientific reporting by skilled amateur observers, especially among young Australians,” says Professor Hugh Possingham, Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions (CEED). “For the first time we are starting to build up a truly extensive picture of the state of the […]
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3:04 AM | A new way to diagnose malaria
Using magnetic fields, technique can detect parasite’s waste products in infected blood cells. Over the past several decades, malaria diagnosis has changed very little. After taking a blood sample from a patient, a technician smears the blood across a glass slide, stains it with a special dye, and looks under a microscope for the Plasmodium parasite, which causes the disease. This approach gives an accurate count of how many parasites are in the blood — an important […]
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2:53 AM | Memory in silent neurons
When we learn, we associate a sensory experience either with other stimuli or with a certain type of behaviour. The neurons in the cerebral cortex that transmit the information modify the synaptic connections that they have with the other neurons. Subject:  Brain & Behavior
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2:41 AM | August ’14 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
  Bloggers in the thick of election campaign? Image Credit: Against the Current PLEASE NOTE: Sitemeter is playing up again making it impossible to automatically get the stats using the normal process. I have done a manual work around but it was … Continue reading →
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2:41 AM | August ’14 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
  Bloggers in the thick of election campaign? Image Credit: Against the Current PLEASE NOTE: Sitemeter is playing up again making it impossible to automatically get the stats using the normal process. I have done a manual work around but it was … Continue reading →
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2:22 AM | Testimonials Lie: More Evidence for Why You Can’t Trust Anecdotes or Personal Internet Reviews of Medical Treatments
By far the most common response to those posts I write questioning the claims for medical therapies advertised on the internet is a flood of testimonials from people who believe the scientific evidence is wrong or irrelevant because the product … Continue reading →
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2:15 AM | Why you need a physicist
I was at a conference on 'brain research' last week in sunny Queenstown. There were some great talks, but I was particularly taken by one on the final morning by Jason Kerr, a kiwi now at Max Planck Institute in Germany. He was talking about the vision of rats, and described a very interesting series of experiments on working out just what a rat is seeing and how it uses this information. The experiments involved tracking what each eye was doing in different situations. It turns out that rats […]
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2:13 AM | POTW Returns
If that last post did not satisfy your need for brain food, then let me mention that as of today the Problem of the Week returns. This semester’s theme: Fun With Arithmetic! What’s that? You don’t like arithmetic? Well, let’s see if you’re still saying that at the end of the term. In general I…
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2:06 AM | Sunday Chess Problem
The Sinquefield Cup is turning out to be not just one of the strongest chess tournaments in history, but also one of the most exciting. In today’s round five all three games ended decisively, but the commentators were lamenting that the games were not as thrilling as in previous rounds. The sensation of the tournament…
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2:04 AM | Dandruff-Causing Skin Fungi Discovered Unexpectedly in Deep Sea Vents, Antarctica
by Jennifer Frazer | Until relatively recently, the fungus Malassezia was thought to have one favorite home: us. As the dominant fungus on human skin and sometimes-cause of dandruff, the yeast Malassezia was thought to live a simple if sometimes irritating domestic existence humbly mooching off the oils we exude. No more. Thanks to the efforts...
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2:00 AM | Hemiptera heteroptera Insect Fossil
Here is a picture of a Hemiptera heteroptera insect fossil at the Museo di Paleontologia at Sapienza University of Rome Italy. Creatures like this existed at the time of the upper/late Cretaceous Period (ICS geological timescale: Cenomanian). Fossil was found in Cearà, Brazil. Image taken in June 2014.
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1:41 AM | First Wooster paleontology field trip of the year: the glorious Ordovician of Ohio
Today the Invertebrate Paleontology class at The College of Wooster drove south to one of our favorite outcrops: the Waynesville, Liberty and Whitewater Formations (= Bull Fork Formation) at the emergency spillway in Caesar Creek State Park. I enjoy taking students to this extensive exposure because it has diverse fossils, is easy for beginners, and […]
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