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March 27, 2015

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7:00 PM | Did Jeb Bush's Education Reforms Work in Florida?
One of the positive points of a potential Jeb Bush presidential candidacy is that he has some claim to success as governor of Florida, particularly with regard to education. Some of his education reforms (support for school privatization and more accountability) are unpopular among liberals. Some (particularly Common Core) are unpopular with conservatives. But at least he can claim to be actually moderate. What’s more, according to this article at Newsweek his reforms don’t seem […]
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7:00 PM | Natural disaster amnesia: Threats we choose to forget
Two centuries ago the biggest volcanic eruption in history unleashed mayhem across the world. Are we prepared for an inevitable repeat, asks Bill McGuire
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6:59 PM | When attention is a deficit: How the brain switches strategies to find better solutions (Neuron)
By Catherine Zandonella, Office of the Dean for Research Sometimes being too focused on a task is not a good thing. During tasks that require our attention, we might become so engrossed in what we are doing that we fail … Continue reading →
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6:53 PM | Did That Restaurant Pass Its Health Inspection? Now Yelp Will Tell You
You might not see health inspection information until you're opening a restaurant's door. But if you're in San Francisco and some other cities, you'll see it when you check out an eatery's Yelp page.
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6:50 PM | Antarctic Ice Shelves are Thinning Rapidly — and the Losses are Accelerating in West Antarctica
Yesterday, I posted a story about the Halley Research Station on Antarctica's Brunt Ice Shelf. I titled it a "Winter Postcard from Antarctica," and it included photos and comments about life at the station from Tom Welsh, the wintertime manager there. Well, I was so busy putting that post together that I missed the big news yesterday about Antarctic ice shelves in general: They are thinning faster than previously thought. This is a big deal because these ice shelves act like dams […]
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6:50 PM | eDNA - the next big thing in conservation monitoring?
Gathering data on the distribution and abundance of species is essential for bio...
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6:49 PM | Monsanto Demands World Health Organization Retract Report That Says Roundup Is Linked to Cancer » EcoWatch
Monsanto is demanding the World Health Organization (WHO) retract the report that says glyphosate, found in the herbicide Roundup, is linked to cancer Source: ecowatch.com GR:  From the article:  “One proponent of the “glyphosate is absolutely safe” narrative is former environmentalist/current environmental contrarian/sometime … Continue reading →
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6:48 PM | This is who is leading the fight for your future in science
Tweep @MHendr1ck is killing it. The latest. if no one your age is invited to the grown up table, you're "young." @Namaste_Ish @drugmonkeyblog pic.twitter.com/7HLWmWcoeW — Michael Hendricks (@MHendr1cks) March 27, 2015 The PI R01 age distribution looks like the 2010 one from this PPT file. The "Jedi Council" is, I believe, the participants in a […]
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6:41 PM | We could stop global warming by spraying particles into the air—but it’s a very bad idea
Ken Caldeira on geoengineering. Source: www.motherjones.com “Caldeira, now a climate scientist at the Carnegie Institution for Science, recently contributed to a massive National Academy of Sciences report examining various geoengineering proposals. The report concluded that technologies to block solar radiation “should … Continue reading →
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6:40 PM | Turning the Tables
Earlier today, a very nice first year medical student came by my office and apologetically asked me if I could tell her where the offices of our Institutional Review Board people are. I don’t work in the library anymore, you might recall, and now my office sits in a maze of other offices on the […]
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6:36 PM | ‘It’s really difficult to be a polymath’ – Sir Paul Nurse on multidisciplinary research
We talked to Sir Paul Nurse about his role spearheading one of the UK’s most exciting ventures into modern multidisciplinary research.
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6:35 PM | Researchers at SLAC Study Promising Alternative to Morphine
Researchers are now studying a new kind of pain reliever with less side effects than morphine, using the Linac Coherent Light Source at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory.
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6:35 PM | How Senate Democrats Will Choose Their Next Leader
Closed-door leadership elections are held on a given day, but really take place over years of interaction and commerce among caucus members. Ideology and issues are not the paramount concern.
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6:34 PM | Media Reports: Bird Flu Detected In Romania & Italy
  # 9875   Yesterday’s bird flu report from Bulgaria, very near the Romanian border (see OIE: H5N1 Kills 21 Pelicans In Bulgaria) has been quickly followed by multiple media reports that dead pelicans found this week in Romania have now tested positive for the H5N1 virus as well.   If confirmed by the OIE, this would be the first appearance of H5N1 in Romania since 2010. Bird flu in Romania. Authorities found infected pelicans in the Danube […]
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6:30 PM | Bee pesticide study furore is called a 'scandal'
Research quoted by the UK's former environment minister to reject a ban on neonicotinoids may suggest that the pesticides do harm bees after all
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6:24 PM | wefuckinglovescience: Five amazing women scientists you...
wefuckinglovescience: Five amazing women scientists you probably haven’t heard of.Check them out:  http://bit.ly/1x20Vy4
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6:14 PM | The Making of Interstellar's TARS and CASE Robots
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6:08 PM | Geology and Filming in Mizoram
In the small town of Kolasib, we stayed in Hotel Cloud 9. I had been told since I was a child that I was always off on Cloud 9 and now I was actually here. However, the electricity wasn’t for the first few hours, so showers were cold, but the dinner was hot.
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6:02 PM | Physicists Create New Form of Ice: Square Ice
When water is confined at high pressure between sheets of graphene its molecules adopt a square configuration, says a team of physicists from the University of Science and Technology of China, the University of Manchester, UK, and the University of Ulm, Germany. In our everyday lives we are familiar with water in its more common [...]
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6:01 PM | Study shows brains not as complex as first thought
Scientists say our brains may not be as complicated as we once thought – and they’re using sea slugs to prove it. Led by graduate student Angela Bruno, researchers at The University of Manchester and Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science in Chicago mapped how neurons fired in the brain of the large sea slug Aplysia while it moved. Subject:  Brain & Behavior
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6:00 PM | Panda stalking reveals panda hangouts
Scientists used GPS trackers to learn about the giant panda lifestyle.
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6:00 PM | Bright bird plumage resulted from natural, sexual selection
Darwin hypothesized that bird color differences resulted from sexual selection. Wallace disagreed. A study shows that both were right after all.
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6:00 PM | Giant pandas' secret social life revealed
GPS trackers placed on five pandas in a nature reserve in China show they sometimes hang out together for weeks at a time
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5:53 PM | Disrupted biological clock linked to Alzheimer’s disease
New research has identified some of the processes by which molecules associated with neurological diseases can disrupt the biological clock, interfere with sleep and activity patterns and set the stage for a spiral of health concerns that can include a decreased lifespan and Alzheimer’s disease. The research was published in Neurobiology of Disease by scientists from Oregon State Univ. and the Oregon Health & Science Univ., in work supported by the National Institutes of […]
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5:47 PM | Fossil Friday – rattlesnake vertebra
It’s springtime, and in the Inland Empire that means snakes! The Pleistocene fossils from Southern California make it clear that this has been the case for a long time, as demonstrated by the vertebra shown above. This partial vertebra is … Continue reading →
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5:46 PM | News Flash: Panfish Poles Back on Sale!
Cabela’s telescopic panfish poles (in both 10′ and 12′ versions) are currently on sale, reduced from $27.99 to $17.49 per pole. These are currently regarded as the best product in the anole noosing game (1,2,3). Telescopic panfish poles on sale here. Get them while you can!
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5:45 PM | Why Some People Just Can’t ‘Shake It Off’
Missed connections, cold shoulders, passive-aggression, bullying — like Taylor Swift says, just shake it off. But that doesn’t come easy to everyone. Maybe you experience the pain of social rejection differently. According to a new study published in the journal Molecular Psychiatry, people suffering from depression may have a more difficult time dealing with social […]
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5:39 PM | How to start your vegetable garden for less
Beautiful bounty needn’t be expensive At the moment I’m building a new garden from scratch, and as I’m putting in hard landscaping it’s taking some time (which is frustrating) and the project has a budget. This is in complete contrast to when I started my first garden, which started small, had no plan, and no budget to speak of. When you start a new vegetable patch, it’s easy to be bamboozled by all of the gardening products on the market, and to end up […]
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5:37 PM | A Colorful Passover Seder
Set your Passover table with these delicious dishes from Martha Rose Shulman that add color and tradition to a special meal.
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5:35 PM | Apple CEO Tim Cook Is Planning to Give Away His Entire Fortune
Tim Cook is a very wealthy man. The Apple CEO has an estimated net worth of $120 million and holds another $665 million in restricted Apple stock (this stocks will be made available to him over the next six years). So what does Cook plan to do with all this money? Give it away, apparently. In a recent interview with Fortune magazine, Cook said that once he pays for his 10-year-old nephew’s college tuition, he plans to donate the rest of his fortune to […]
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