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July 10, 2014

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4:00 AM | Tracking changes in markdown
Using markdown to write papers is an insanely great experience, because it is a concise yet powerful markup language, that pandoc can export to almost anything you like (and Word). Some journals, though, require that you upload a document with all changes highlighted in addition to the revised manuscript. As a reviewer, I find this helpful, but as an author, I’m always trying to find a way not to do it because it is not really straightforward. Well, as it turns out, this is not true. I […]

July 09, 2014

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5:53 PM | Will bugs be on your plate in the future? Aside from a few...
Will bugs be on your plate in the future? Aside from a few critters that get past quality control in your organic produce, western culture tends to cringe at the thought of eating insects. However, countries all over the world make elaborate meals out of bugs. In fact there’s even a word for it known as “entomophagy,” which is the technical term for eating insects. Recent advocates have focused on introducing the practice to the US.  One of the benefits of cooking insects […]
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5:13 PM | Harvard Creates Central Office To Investigate Sexual Assault
Harvard will implement its first university-wide sexual assault policy this fall. As part of the policy, a team of trained civil rights investigators, working out of a new centralized office, will review all sexual assault cases at each of the university's thirteen schools. Previously, academic administrators had been the ones to investigate those reports. In a statement, President Drew Faust said the university is committed to fostering an environment "free of sexual violence and […]
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5:00 PM | For Now, Religious Colleges Still Have to Cover Contraception
The decision in the Hobby Lobby case week, in which U.S. Supreme Court determined that privately held corporations could be exempt from components of laws to which their owners religiously object, was potentially interesting to many colleges. A few schools, after the passage of Obamacare, indicated similar concerns about their health insurance policies covering things like contraception. Many Catholic colleges baulked at being forced to cover birth control. But there is, according to this […]
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2:03 PM | Pre-tenure survival: The competition
The Monkey has a post up about the internal awkwardness of the feelings related to congratulating a peer on their success. The conversation stems from this tweet from Karen James. There was much agreement on the twits that people find it difficult to see others succeed. In particular, this rang true with pre-tenure folks who […]
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1:41 PM | State Financial Aid Application Deadlines-A Lousy Rationing Tool
Financial aid reform has become a hot political topic in Washington as of late, with legislation introduced or pending from Senate Democrats, House Republicans, and the bipartisan pair of Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Michael Bennet (D-CO). (Here is a nice summary of the pieces of legislation from the National College Access Network.) All three of the proposals support the use of “prior prior year” or PPY, which would advance the financial aid application timeline by up to one […]
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12:57 PM | Trapped in the Past. Choosing to Move On.
I had a conversation yesterday with someone I care deeply about who is making bad professional choices, I think. Choices rooting in feeling disrespected that are seemingly guaranteed to ensure that the person ends up in future positions where they will again feel disrespected. And the cycle repeats. There’s a deep mistrust of anyone with […]
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11:18 AM | The benefits of continuing to work in the lab as a PI
How much do you work in the lab? Is it the amount you want to? Has it changed over time? For me, the answers are: Regularly during field season, rarely otherwise. I think so, but it’s hard to be sure. … Continue reading →
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8:00 AM | The King's College London scientist purge: what message does it send? | Jenny Rohn
The threat of mass sackings in one university underscores how little human capital is valued in research academiaWe live in an era when scientific solutions will be required to extricate our planet from a host of mounting troubles. From pandemics and superbugs to climate change and dwindling fossil fuels, it's no exaggeration to state that only clever solutions from the world's best and brightest thinkers will keep hard times at bay. It is therefore imperative that the processes of the […]
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6:02 AM | OYM40: PTTG1 Keeps You Regular
And we’re back!  After a brief hiatus to get caught up and reorganized, the gang’s back together to bring you another neuroscience-filled episode.  This week, Adel and Kat are in similar positions as they’ve been working on some departmental milestones.  It looks like Adel’s going to make it out alive; he’s almost got a concrete ...read more The post OYM40: PTTG1 Keeps You Regular appeared first on On Your Mind Podcast.
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12:51 AM | How does one find internships? Unfortunately, many of my peers are having trouble finding science-related internships, mainly ones relating to lab work, and I myself don't know where to start.
Google is your friend. Get intimate with it. There are a lot of databases/lists of internships floating around, but you usually have to dig a bit to find them. Here’s an incomplete list of ones I’ve personally taken note of. Most are in the US or the UK, and they’re mostly available to international students. There are MANY more programs open to US and EU citizens; you guys have a lot more options. LISTS of STEM internships/programs in all fields: Berkeley (geared […]
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12:42 AM | Probably Science - Dr. Christopher Schmitt
Probably Science - Dr. Christopher Schmitt: As is typical and apparently my wont, I have gone on a brief hiatus… but always with good reason: I’ve started a new postdoctoral research position in the Bay Area! Huzzah to the Bay Area! As is also my wont, somewhere between all the packing and moving and wrapping up of summer courses, I somehow managed to join three scientifically curious comedians to do an episode of the podcast Probably Science (linked above). As is often the […]
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12:17 AM | jtotheizzoe: thesciencestudio: Please welcome our first guest...
jtotheizzoe: thesciencestudio: Please welcome our first guest picker, Virginia Hughes! Here’s her first pick: A few weeks ago I saw UCSF neuroscientist Adam Gazzaley give a talk about his group’s Glass Brain project, which produces three-dimensional visualizations of a live human brain based on data from a suite of brain-imaging technologies. This clip takes you on a short, flashy ride through our most mysterious organ. Read more about the Glass Brain Project […]

July 08, 2014

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6:55 PM | Higher Ed Data Bill Band-Aids Over Problems
The House kicked off its incremental Higher Education Act reauthorization plan last week with the release of a few pieces of higher education legislation, including the Strengthening Transparency in Higher EducationAct. That bill, authored by Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC) and introduced by members of the House Education and Workforce Committee, would re-up a portion of the law to collect and create better consumer information related to colleges and universities. Foxx’s bill would make some […]
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5:19 PM | How does one find internships? Unfortunately, many of my peers are having trouble finding science-related internships, mainly ones relating to lab work, and I myself don't know where to start.
Google is your friend. Get intimate with it. There are a lot of databases/lists of internships floating around, but you usually have to dig a bit to find them. Here’s an incomplete list of ones I’ve personally taken note of. Most are in the US or the UK, and they’re mostly available to international students. There are MANY more programs open to US and EU citizens; you guys have a lot more options. LISTS of STEM internships/programs in all fields: Berkeley (geared […]
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1:31 PM | Q & A With Dr. Pamela High: Should Reading Be Part of a Checkup with the Pediatrician?
Not all babies will attend day care or preschool, but sooner or later, just about every kid visits the doctor. So if you have a message you want the parents of all young children to hear, turn to your local pediatrician to deliver it. That’s the logic behind the recruitment of pediatricians in Hillary Clinton’s Too Small to Fail campaign urging parents to read, talk and sing to their babies from infancy onward. And recently, as the publisher Scholastic donated a half-million books […]
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1:22 PM | Evidence Based Medicine.
Over at Complex Roots, I’m discussing evidence-based medicine, the conference I went to, and the inestimable @trishgreenhalgh.
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1:21 PM | This Is What Science Looks Like At NC State: Xiaohui Gu
Editor’s note: This post was written by Xiaohui (Helen) Gu, an associate professor of computer science at NC State. The post is an entry in an ongoing series that we hope will highlight the diversity of researchers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The series is inspired by the This Is What A Scientist Looks
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1:00 PM | What is post-publication peer review?
This is the third in a series of posts in which we go into more detail about some of the concepts that F1000Research is based on. In previous installments, we looked at open access and open peer review. Here, we turn to post-publication peer review. What are the different types of post-publication peer [...]
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12:57 PM | Mendeley Supports Entrepreneurship Studies Network
Mendeley Advisor Dr Richard Tunstall is a Lecturer in Enterprise at the University of Leeds. He recently used Mendeley’s community features to support an innovative multi-disciplinary workshop, and here’s how he got on: I organised a two-day residential workshop focussing on social and cultural aspects of entrepreneurship; a relatively novel focus for social science research, […]
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11:21 AM | Help Jeremy crowdsource his Ignite talk for #ESA2014!
I was invited to give an Ignite talk at the ESA meeting this year. I figured it would be fun to try, so I said yes. But now I need to actually start writing it, and that’s where you come … Continue reading →
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6:06 AM | Charged devices and air travel
We have learned in the last few days that passengers boarding US-bound flights from Heathrow and Manchester (and presumably other airports) will have to show that their electronic devices are charged before being allowed to board. This policy sounds simple and possibly even sensible, but it has the potential of causing serious problems to ‘power […]
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5:45 AM | Myocardial Infarction and World Cup Football
On twitter someone proposed the question: Could a football match in the World Cup series elicit myocardial infarction? Je hoort weleens dat er na een stroomstoring meer geboortes zijn. Zijn er ook meer hartaanvallen tijdens belangrijke voetbalwedstrijden? — malou van hintum (@malouvh) July 5, 2014 It can, a quick look at pubmed showed some interesting […] Related posts:Chocolate lowers cardiac mortality after first acute myocardial infarction How does depression lead to […]
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5:31 AM | Advice on Ramadan and Health
Ramadan is a holy month for muslims. Fasting during the day and eating only after sun down does pose some stress for your body. It’s also challenging for physicians. They often receive questions from their patients whether or not they can participate in this month of daily intermittent fasting. In an excellent recent blog post […] Related posts:3 Sites with Advice on How To Evaluate Health Information on the Internet 3 Health Portals Health Talk Online

July 07, 2014

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9:57 PM | In the Race to Improve New Orleans Schools, Let's Not Forget One Special Group
New Orleans’ renaissance won’t be determined by how many “smart” people emigrate into the city. Her resurgence will be determined by how smartly the space includes all its residents’ gifts. For five weeks in the summer, Carlos, my 18 year-old son, who has special needs, contributes to New Orleans’ recovery by building bat boxes - assembled homes for the oft-misunderstood flying mammals. “We typically think of bats as pests,” said Meaghan […]
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8:12 PM | In Mississippi, Food Gap Widens During Summer
Each summer, millions of Mississippi’s children rely on the federal Summer Food Service Program to provide up to two nutritious meals a day. It’s a small solution to a larger problem in Mississippi, where many of the most rural parts of the state lack access to healthy foods. Jackie Mader reports on the challenges and efforts to provide food to the state’s most vulnerable children. The town of Rolling Fork is nestled off Highway 61, 11 miles east of the Mississippi River. […]
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8:11 PM | "Our ignorance of mathematics is our weakness. It opens us up to manipulation by the powers that be."
“Our ignorance of mathematics is our weakness. It opens us up to manipulation by the powers that be.” - Mathematician Edward Frenkel believes that learning math is essential to participating in a democracy. (via sciencefriday) From the global economic crisis to NSA Surveillance to the formulas that calculate our tax rate, math —and the misuse of it— has a profound effect on our lives.  (Thanks to redhotandrosey for telling us about the […]
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6:36 PM | On “On the emptiness of failed replications”
Harvard neuroscientist Jason Mitchell has written a piece called On the emptiness of failed replications Mitchell believes that Recent hand-wringing over failed replications in social psychology is largely pointless, because unsuccessful experiments have no meaningful scientific value. Because experiments can be undermined by a vast number of practical mistakes, the likeliest explanation for any failed […]The post On “On the emptiness of failed replications” appeared first on […]
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6:31 PM | What causes an ice age? The many scales of climate change, part 2: Orbital cycles
This is the second of a multi-part series on climate change at different timescales. The first part dealt with drivers on tectonic scales — millions of years. This part deals with the primary drivers of climate change from hundreds of thousands to thousands of years. Future posts will include millennial […]
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6:01 PM | An invisible force at the center of our galaxy Scientists have...
An invisible force at the center of our galaxy Scientists have theorized that our Milky Way galaxy has a super massive black hole at the center of it, but how did this idea come about?  How do astronomers measure something that has actually never been seen in our telescopes? Above is an animation of star movements in our galaxy over the past 16 years.  They all orbit around a point that emits no light in our galaxy.  We can measure the mass of these stars and calculate that their […]
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