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November 26, 2014

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9:25 PM | Molecular orbital calculations in the footsteps of Coulson
Today I ran a workshop for some of our final year Chemistry students with the dual aims of giving them experience of running the Gaussian code and repeating Coulson’s seminal calculations from 1937. Added to that I hope it helped them make some more sense of my lectures on SCF calculations! As a ‘lab’ exercise … Continue reading Molecular orbital calculations in the footsteps of Coulson →
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7:00 PM | Used Tips – ‘Coxy’
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4:00 PM | Used Tips – ‘ripped to pieces’
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3:49 PM | Congratulations November Advisor of the Month — Yangki Suara!
Congratulations and Thank you to Yangki Suara! Yangki is a researcher at the Center for Economics and Development Studies, Padjadjaran University (CEDS UNPAD). His research interest include environmental economics, international development and poverty especially in emerging countries. The main reason why he works in research sector because it allows him to keep learning about different […]
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3:47 PM | Meet the Desktop Team!
It’s hard not to throw too many bouquets at our Desktop Team. The Mendeley Desktop is at the heart of Mendeley as a referencing tool, the first thing you download after signing up to use Mendeley. The Desktop team is always hard at work iterating and improving the Desktop App — you can always read […]
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3:36 PM | Can Detroit Attract Middle-Class Families to One of the Worst School Systems in the Country?
DETROIT — Dara Hill, a college professor and mother of a four-year-old, diligently scribbled notes as the principal of Detroit’s Nichols Elementary-Middle School led her and several of her neighbors on a tour of the school. A room for special education students was brimming with stuffed animals, but the hallways were sparsely decorated. Work displayed in the kindergarten classroom was charming and developmentally appropriate. Why were there six students sitting to the side during […]
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3:03 PM | The disappearance of faculty downtime
It started last year with a simple request, and then another. “We’re holding this workshop during the December break. We’d love to have representation from your department. We need to have representation from all of these departments. Will you or someone else from your department attend?” (In some cases, repeat until I said I’d attend […]
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12:37 PM | A Sex Researcher At A Furry Convention
A report in the journal Archives of Sexual Behaviour describes an unusual field trip made by Canadian researcher Debra W. Soh – to a furry convention, expecting to witness some kind of sexual free-for-all (or free-fur-all). Soh opens by saying that I couldn’t wait to meet a furry, someone who adopts the identity or persona […]The post A Sex Researcher At A Furry Convention appeared first on Neuroskeptic.

Soh DW & Cantor JM (2014). A Peek Inside a Furry Convention., Archives of Sexual Behavior, PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25408500

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11:38 AM | Have you ever gone up the journal ladder following a rejection?
After getting rejected from a selective journal, it’s common to revise the paper and then resubmit to a less-selective journal. This is often called “going down the ladder”. But what about going up the ladder instead? I’ve never done this … Continue reading →
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11:00 AM | Used Tips – ‘Mayans’
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9:53 AM | Still Life Results
We have finally decided on the winner of the Still Life photography competition. The theme was ‘Changing Seasons’ and first place goes to the ‘flooded forest’ which is our featured image today. As the entries were anonymous we don’t know who submitted the image so please make yourself known and gather up the plaudits you so richly deserve. Update: Our winner has come forward (see the comments). Congratulations to Aoibheann Gaughran of the TCD zoology […]
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4:37 AM | OYM55: SFN Good!
This week on the On Your Mind Neuroscience Podcast: We’re back on home soil!  After an exhausting and exhilarating week in Washington, D.C. for SfN, Liam and Kathryn are back to share some of the things they’ve seen.  Besides the amazing research that Kat got to hear about, Liam found some time away from the ...read more The post OYM55: SFN Good! appeared first on On Your Mind Podcast.

November 25, 2014

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9:35 PM | popmech: Elusive Black Seadevil Anglerfish Has Been Captured on...
popmech: Elusive Black Seadevil Anglerfish Has Been Captured on Video for the First Time Hey there, beautiful MBARI Senior Scientist (and former UCSB researcher) Bruce Robinson came across this fish at a depth of about 1900ft. He explains: This is the first time we’ve captured this fish on video in its habitat. Anglerfish, like this Melanocetus, are among the most rarely seen of all deep-sea fishes. The shining spot at the tip of the ‘fishing pole’ projecting from the […]
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4:00 PM | Used Tips – ‘thought experiment’
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2:32 PM | A physicist at the Biennale di Venezia
Last week I had the chance to discuss colours from a nanophotonics point of view, at a meeting about Fundamentals of Space: Colour and Line organised at the Biennale of Architecture, and invited by the energetic Ivana Wingham. I am always fascinated by cross-contamination like these, and despite the large differences in method and language (my first live […]
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2:00 PM | Ad hoc cognition
I heard about lots of cool research this past weekend at Psychonomics – how taking photos affects our memory (not positively), how we prefer musical meters (i.e. 3/4 or 6/8) that we’ve been exposed to earlier, and how we tend to use the same syntactic structure to talk about things as was used when we learned […]
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1:57 PM | Deep Sadness.
I will not condemn rage. I will not condemn lashing out in the face of an implacable process that protects the powerful and degrades the vulnerable. I will not condemn generations of grief and injustice when it is given voice in flames and shattered glass. I simply cannot understand. Certainly, I can diagram and dissect […]
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12:32 PM | “Open access wins all of the arguments all of the time.”
One is rather inspired. OpenCon 2014 was a wonderful time bringing together the best minds in early career research and the ‘world of open’ to discuss how we make access to knowledge, data, and educational resources better for everyone. It wasn’t so much an event*, as a milestone. Here’s the story of its success. I […]
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11:45 AM | Reader survey results
As promised, here are the results of our reader survey. Thanks to everyone who completed it! This is a long post, and it’s mostly for our own reference. But if you’re curious, read on! For comparison, the results of our … Continue reading →
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11:04 AM | The Future of Science: 15 science & research startups selected to present at LeWeb
The 15 science start-ups competing through the Axon@LeWeb, the latest project from Elsevier’s VP of Strategy and Mendeley Co-founder and CEO Victor Henning , were announced. The start-ups include some Mendeley collaborators, such as WriteLaTeX, Shazino and LabFolder, and we’re excited to see how they are changing the way we do research. Missed the deadline or not shortlisted? […]
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11:00 AM | Diabetes Awareness Month
Assistant Editor Inez Imray tells us about November as the National Diabetes Awareness month. With Halloween officially over, most of us will now be spending the next month getting ready for the festive season! November always seems to be remarkably easy to forget about. Many of us celebrated Bonfire Night but what else is there? Actually,…
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11:00 AM | Used Tips – ‘controls’
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4:52 AM | Asking for what we ALL ACTUALLY WANT
Just a quick post to congratulate the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for their fabulous new research policy covering both open access & open data. One of the key things they’ve implemented for 2017 is ZERO TOLERANCE for post-publication embargoes of research. Work MUST be made openly available IMMEDIATELY upon publication to be compliant. No … Read more →

November 24, 2014

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8:08 PM | Why I don’t use my campus email address
What good things does an institutional email address do for you? Here is a list: It gives you legitimacy. If you’re working at Important University, then people know this from your email address. And that’s the end of the list. What not-so-good things come with your institutional email address*? It is ephemeral. If you are a…
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7:07 PM | Noteworthy Provisions of the New Higher Ed Act Draft
[This piece was co-authored by Ben Miller, Clare McCann, and Stephen Burd]. Yesterday, Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), the retiring chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, released the second draft of his proposal for reauthorizing the Higher Education Act. As we noted during our review of the initial draft back in June, there are a number of good proposals in the bill, particularly ones that would increase oversight over for-profit colleges and provide better […]
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6:50 PM | More Good News, Eddie Kohler Edition
Continuing the good news at Harvard, word has been given that Eddie Kohler has officially been offered tenure.  So we hope/expect/are excited about keeping Eddie here for decades to come.  Eddie's contributions to computer science are well known -- he recently won the SIGOPS Mark Weiser award --  but perhaps less well known and appreciated are his contributions here at Harvard.  I can't imagine how we were surviving before he got here; he enriches the place constantly […]
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2:02 PM | New on F1000Research – 24 November 2014
A selection of new content on F1000Research from the past week. To receive notification of all new articles, sign up for our table of contents alerts.   Featured article Late cardiac sodium current can be assessed using automated patch-clamp [v1; ref status: indexed, http://f1000r.es/4kj] Morgan Chevalier, Bogdan Amuzescu, Vaibhavkumar Gawali, Hannes Todt, Thomas Knott, Olaf [...]
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1:59 PM | Trophic cascades in fragmented forests
Many birds eat insects and spiders. Some of these insects and spider are themselves predators, feeding on critters lower down in the food web. Some of the insects that are fed upon by birds, or other predators, also play important roles in forest, such as munching upon the fresh, green leaves of young trees (here’s […]
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12:49 PM | Run Run Run Run.
I ran the Philadelphia half marathon yesterday with BB, and we set our new personal record.  A little less than two hours and fifteen minutes. Not shabby for 13.1 miles, on a course which had a couple of pretty decent hills. And for having a strain in my lower abs or groin (not sure which, […]
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