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December 18, 2014

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5:21 PM | Black Hole Fingerprints: Help Radio Galaxy Zoo Reach Its 1 Millionth Classification
The long winter nights are upon us — what better way to pass the evening than by doing your bit for science? Best part is, you can still watch that favorite holiday movie.Last week we featured a podcast all about the power of citizen scientists helping to analyze very large datasets.This week, I want to highlight one such citizen science project that just celebrated its one year anniversary! This project is known as Radio Galaxy Zoo, a title that you might recognize from the very […]
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5:00 PM | Robot Captures Views of Hidden Arctic Ecosystem
A remote-controlled underwater robot explores the underside of stable Arctic sea ice, collecting the most detailed information yet of this largely unexplored environment.
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5:00 PM | Moral Boundaries in Relationships: Relationship Matters Podcast 41
Consider the following (probably fictional) scenario, described in detail by pop culture writer Chuck Klosterman1 and paraphrased here: Jack and Jane are in a happy romantic relationship for 2 years. One day Jack receives an invitation from another woman living in his building to watch her masturbate in her apartment (with absolutely no physical contact and no emotional intimacy). Intrigued, he goes to her apartment to watch her masturbate, then returns to his room and goes to sleep. Jack […]
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4:45 PM | How to Approach the Holidays When You’re Depressed
It’s a myth that suicide rates skyrocket between Thanksgiving and Christmas. The truth is that the month of December has the fewest number of suicides than any other time of year (Karr, 2012). What is interesting to note, however, is that there is a significant increase of suicides right after Christmas — a 40 percent […]
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4:17 PM | Studying species you like
As an undergraduate, one of my professors recommended that you should study organisms that you like. In a new paper, Ferry and Shiffman talk about not getting that advice... in fact, they received advice that was about 180° away from it:Scientists should not, according to this instructor while singling out DS and a student studying marine mammals as examples, pick a species that they “like” and then come up with a research question related to it. Author LF had a similar […]
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4:00 PM | 2014 article picks to appear on Twitter
It’s the end of the year again, and like last year, we will be tweeting some of our favourite articles published in F1000Research this past year. They’re the articles that our readers liked, articles that made the news, and articles that might not have that many views yet, but that we thought you should [...]
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3:58 PM | What would you ask a former hiring manager?
I'm planning on speaking with M.R. Nelson, the author of the excellent e-book "Navigating the Path to Industry." What questions would you like me to ask? 
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3:57 PM | #Rosettawatch: first snaps of Philae's arrival on 67P
This first photo by ESA's Philae lander after its touchdown on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko was a warning sign that things hadn't gone to plan
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3:54 PM | Guest post: A comment on the 2014 Employment Outlook issue of C&EN
CJ here -- Frank wrote in with a comment about this year's Employment Outlook issue in C&EN, focusing on Susan Ainsworth's survey of industrial demand. It has been very lightly edited. It's the winter season and everyone's busy these days, trying to finish work up before the end of the year and also preparing for the holidays.  Even CJ's been busy this November and December.  While he highlighted a couple interesting articles in the Nov 3rd edition of C&EN, […]
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3:52 PM | Plant extract trumps nicotine patches to quit smoking
For decades, smokers in eastern Europe have used cytisine from laburnum trees to help them quit. Good results in a new trial could make cytisine much more popular
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3:47 PM | Daily Pump Trap: 12/18/14 edition
A few of this past week's postings on C&EN Jobs: Pasadena, TX: I would love, love, love to see the applications that come in for this B.S. QC chemist position for Total's Bayport plant. They're asking for 5 years experience -- how much does that cost in the rather hot Texas chemistry job market? I'd love to know. Arlington, VA: This is such a weird B.S./M.S. policy position -- it sure seems like a government thing, but there's no obvious "security clearance needed" […]
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3:15 PM | Expectant fathers experience prenatal hormone changes
Impending fatherhood can lower two hormones–testosterone and estradiol–for men, even before their babies are born, a new University of Michigan study found. Other studies indicate that men’s hormones change once […]
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3:14 PM | Wild blueberries (bilberries) can help tackle the adverse effects of a high-fat diet
Eating bilberries diminishes the adverse effects of a high-fat diet, according to a recent study at the University of Eastern Finland. For the first time, bilberries were shown to have […]
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2:50 PM | 3 tricks for preventing holiday weight gain
Although only 1 in 10 individuals will gain 5 lbs or more during the holidays, most of us will put on some weight that tends to stay with us during the course of the following year. Thus, to help you … Continue reading »
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2:44 PM | Study Hints that Ancient Earth Made Its Own Water—Geologically
Evidence that rock circulating in the mantle feeds world’s oceans even today A new study is helping to answer a longstanding question that has recently moved to the forefront of […]
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2:42 PM | Healthy brain development balanced on edge of a cellular ‘sword’
A new Yale-led study of children with neurodevelopmental abnormalities of the brain identifies a “cutting” enzyme crucial to the shaping and division of brain cells as well as the replenishment […]
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2:36 PM | Quickies: Dealing with death as an atheist, Obama on racism, and Anonymous
Categories: QuickiesComforting Thoughts About Death That Have Nothing To Do With God – Greta Christina’s new book is now out in ebook formats. It will be out in audio on Dec. ...(Read more...)
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2:36 PM | Probing bacterial resistance to a class of natural antibiotics
Antimicrobial peptides are a distinctive class of potent, broad-spectrum antibiotics produced by the body’s innate immune system – the first line of defense against disease-causing microbes. In a new study, […]
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2:32 PM | Stem cells faulty in Duchenne muscular dystrophy
In a mouse model of Duchenne muscular dystrophy, muscle stem cells express connective-tissue genes associated with fibrosis and muscle weakness, according to a new study. Like human patients, mice with […]
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2:30 PM | Stem cell researcher retracts neuron paper for “image aberrations”
Jens Christian Schwamborn, a stem cell researcher at the University of Luxembourg, is retracting a 2007 paper on how to grow brain cells. The paper, “Ubiquitination of the GTPase Rap1B by the ubiquitin ligase Smurf2 is required for the establishment of neuronal polarity,” was published while Schwamborn was at Westfälische Wilhelms‐Universität Münster in Germany. An anonymous […]The post Stem cell researcher retracts neuron paper for “image […]
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2:28 PM | Fine particulate air pollution linked with increased autism risk
Women exposed to high levels of fine particulate matter specifically during pregnancy—particularly during the third trimester—may face up to twice the risk of having a child with autism than mothers […]
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2:08 PM | 7 Surprising Things Penguins of Madagascar Gets Right About Octopuses—And 4 It Gets Wrong
It’s not very often that a movie comes out that features an octopus as one of the main (speaking) characters. (And they only occasionally become the star of a video game.) So if you... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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2:03 PM | You Might Be Surprised How Much a Hug Helps Fight Illness, Stress and Depression
Psychologists go to surprising lengths in new study to show how much a hug can help. Dr Jeremy Dean is a psychologist and author of PsyBlog. His latest book is "Making Habits, Breaking Habits: How to Make Changes That Stick" Related articles:Empathy: Women Better Under Stress But Men Worse Childhood Poverty and Stress Harms Adult Brain Function This is How Exercise Protects You From Stress-Induced Depression How Easily Stress is Transferred Between People A Fast-Acting Treatment […]
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2:00 PM | Earth Ranger Nicholas is on An Animal Saving Mission
Meet 10-year-old Nicholas, an Earth Ranger who has done some amazing things to help protect animals
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1:53 PM | Top 2014 Evolution and Development Books
Jump to General Biology; Zoology; Invertebrates; Vertebrates; Human Biology; Systematics and Phylogenetics; Palaeontology; Geology; Historical Geology; Ecology; Environmental; Climate Change; Botany; Microbiology; History; Philosophy.  Because of sheer volume of evolution books this year, my own tastes and biases are on full display in this top 5. Check the runners up to find something more relevant for […] The post Top 2014 Evolution and Development Books appeared first on […]
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1:51 PM | Happy Holidays: Gifts for the Deceased in Anglo-Saxon England
The holiday season is upon us, and that means that many of us are thinking about gifts. As I’ve been wrapping the presents I’ve bought for my family, I’ve been […]

King, J. (2004). Grave-Goods as Gifts in Early Saxon Burials (ca. AD 450-600), Journal of Social Archaeology, 4 (2) 214-238. DOI: 10.1177/1469605304041076

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1:34 PM | Influence.ME now supports sampling weights
Influence.ME is an R package that helps detecting influential cases in multilevel regression models. It has been around for a while now, and recent changes in lme4 broke the functionality of using influence.ME with sampling weights. Thanks to a kind contribution of some code by user Jennifer Bufford, influence.ME now should work with multilevel models… Continue Reading
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1:30 PM | Just in Time for Christmas! All the Gargantuan Guides in One Place!
Do you still have gifts to buy? Don’t want to leave the comfort of your home or office? Are you dreading the very thought of stepping into a store? Want to give the gift of knowledge and... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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1:30 PM | Fun with Seeds
Seed and Nursery Catalogs at The New York Botanical GardenThanks to a generous grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), The New York Botanical Garden’s The LuEsther T. Mertz Library, the most comprehensive botanical and horticultural library in the Americas, has recently cataloged all 58,000 items in its Nursery and Seed Trade Catalog Collection. The grant also funded the digitization of public domain pre-1923 American nursery catalogs and their publication to the […]
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1:27 PM | A Frightening Episode.
A couple of days ago, I passed out at my desk. Now, I have a lot of experience passing out from alcohol. This was not like that. I felt hot and tingly. It came on very suddenly. I felt very disoriented, and then I lost consciousness. I awoke a moment or two later, drenched in […]
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