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August 14, 2014

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12:19 AM | An American postdoc in Europe
In January of this year my boyfriend, Andre, and I packed up our house in Fort Collins, CO, dropped our dog, Ginger, off with my mom and moved out of Colorado and the country. This marked the beginning of an … Continue reading →

August 13, 2014

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11:30 PM | Pre-game announcements!
Greetings, loyal readers! You might remember that a few months ago we showed you the q-bingo game card that we brought to the last q-bio conference, and asked for your ideas on what terms are popular (or perhaps overused) in systems biology so that we could use them in future games. I can now announce that we have used your ideas in the set of playing cards for this year's conference!If you're at the conference and want to play, come to Poster Session 1 tomorrow (Thursday) and stop by poster […]
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10:43 PM | Making new soft materials by distoring the surface of water
Image: Hugh Martin. Delicious Mayonnaise Ever since mayonnaise was invented in 1756, people have wanted to make more soft materials. From the moisturising cream that you rub into your face, to the paint that you spread on your walls, soft materials are all around us. What makes a soft material soft? You can consider anything […]
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10:43 PM | Making new soft materials by distorting the surface of water
Image: Hugh Martin. Delicious Mayonnaise Ever since mayonnaise was invented in 1756, people have wanted to make more soft materials. From the moisturising cream that you rub into your face, to the paint that you spread on your walls, soft materials are all around us. What makes a soft material soft? You can consider anything […]
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9:00 PM | Used Tips – ‘Venter’
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5:31 PM | Wonderful people, wonderful data
Hi all, Just a quick note to say I haven’t forgotten about this blog of mine! After some lovely responses to my post Taming Monsters, I’ve realised I’m not alone in feeling all these crappy things during a PhD. Thanks … Continue reading →
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4:00 PM | Used Tips – ‘what’s the point’
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3:00 PM | The Education Silver Bullet
Standard and Poor’s, the very non-partisan financial ratings agency, recently warned the country that we were soon facing big problems if we didn’t address inequality. No longer is inequality just a problem for American poor people, because they don’t have very much money. No, it’s actually going to start to be a problem for the economy as a whole. According to the agency: Standard & Poor's sees extreme income inequality as a drag on long-run economic growth. We've […]
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2:19 PM | Celebrity and Alcoholics Anonymous.
I sobered up in  fancy rehab out in Los Angeles. The rehab I went to took us to AA meetings, and NA meetings, and CA meetings. There was a meeting every day, in addition to individual therapy and group therapy and spirituality and personal training, and some hippie stuff like acupuncture and aromatherapy. Some of […]
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2:13 PM | Meetup tonight will be in the Aquatic Ecology section booth in the poster hall
We just decided that the meetup tonight at 5:30 in the aquatic ecology section booth in the poster hall. It’s on the wall that’s all the way on your left as you walk in. It’s possible the booth will be … Continue reading →
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1:00 PM | How to Give a Talk That Everyone Remembers
If you’re looking for advice about giving talks or presenting a poster, the blog Reason I Am Here, by Bioinformatics PhD student and scientific storyteller Nacho Caballero, regularly features great tips in these areas. We asked Nacho to share some advice with F1000Research readers, and below is his advice on giving a memorable talk [...]
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12:44 PM | This Is What Science Looks Like At NC State: Montse Fuentes
Editor’s note: This post was written by Montse Fuentes, Department Head and Professor of Statistics 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 Like
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11:39 AM | Reminder: Dynamic Ecology meetup today! (UPDATED)
Remember, the Dynamic Ecology meetup is today, 5:30-6:30 in the poster session hall. Meg, Brian, and I will find a table be in the aquatic ecology section booth, come say hi!Filed under: Announcements and events, Meeting previews and reviews
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11:00 AM | Used Tips – ‘gravity’
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6:07 AM | OYM45: MiRly depression
With Adel nearly done his thesis edits and having sent them off to the boss, he’s had a little time to think on his experience and wonder what kind of lessons he can take from his years long journey. Can he call this experience a success if he passes? Should he call it a failure ...read more The post OYM45: MiRly depression appeared first on On Your Mind Podcast.
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4:00 AM | The challenge of relatable theoretical ecology
Last November, I was attending the International Biogeogaphic Society special meeting on species interactions. The first keynote speaker, Rosemary Gillespie, mentioned that one of the most important piece of advice she received was to find a model system, understand it as much as you can, and use it as a basis against which other systems can be compared. Her and her group are doing some stunning things on the biogeography of spiders on the Hawaii archipelago, so it’s hard to argue against […]
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1:29 AM | Strange behavior from the cut function with dates in R
Update: @hadlywickham tweeted to me to let me know that  daylight savings time was the culprit. Though this explains the behavior I document in the first part of this post, the behavior of the cut function using truncated dates (discussed further down the post) is still unexplained. I recently encountered some strange behavior from R […]

August 12, 2014

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8:24 PM | Maryam Mirzakhani makes history
The IMU has just announced this year’s Fields medal winners. For the first time ever, a Fields medal has been awarded to a woman, Maryam Mirzakhani. I will have the honour of attending the ceremony this morning. The official press … Continue reading →
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8:02 PM | On biological modelling
You can take the rat out of the lab… … but you can’t complete translation without a ribosome.
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6:28 PM | Recap of #F1000Talks – Shark Week: Elasmobranch Biology & Conservation
To launch F1000Research’s new Elasmobranch Biology & Conservation Article Collection, our Outreach Director for the Americas, César Berríos-Otero, hosted a Google Hangout with David Shiffman (@WhySharksMatter), Vicky Vasquez (@VickyV_TeamORF) and Christie Wilcox (@NerdyChristie) in order to talk elasmobranchs, conservation, Sharknado, Shark Week and more. The talk was streamed live on [...]
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5:12 PM | Get a head start on your UC application Hey, the UC...
Get a head start on your UC application Hey, the UC undergraduate application is now open — one application covers all nine campuses.  (Your finished application can be submitted between Nov. 1-30.) If you’re looking to transfer to UC or are just getting started with the whole application/financial aid process, take a peek at start.universityofcalifornia.edu. If you’re applying as an undocumented student, there is also a resource website with tips and campus […]
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4:00 PM | Used Tips – ‘quite funny’
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3:25 PM | Announcing our new Elasmobranch Article Collection
It’s Shark Week and to help raise awareness of the importance of elasmobranchs we have launched our open science article collection on Elasmobranch Biology & Conservation, a platform for scholarly articles on sharks, skates and rays (and chimaeras). The Guest Editors of the collection are David Shiffman (University of Miami) and Charles [...]
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3:17 PM | Dirac monopoles: how to create one of the most elusive structures in nature using $5 magnetic balls
Magnets are weird. If you take a regular north/south bar magnet and chop it in half, you don’t get an isolated north and south magnet: you get two new magnets, each with their own north and south. What’s weirder is that you can keep on cutting these magnets in half to the level of a […]
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2:00 PM | Is the R21 a dead end?
Long time readers may be aware that I've dabbled in the NIH game a bit in my wayward youth. In this effort I've had mixed success - one proposal landing 1%ile out of funding and two triaged. My last round of NIH reviews was particularly blunt in slapping me with some language to the effect […]
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1:32 PM | Getting Boys - and Girls- Interested in Computer Coding
Thanks to the glorification of Silicon Valley riches and a desire to inspire more of the next generation of children to pursue science and technology careers, computer coding instruction for children is spreading like wildfire around the United States. Code.org , an industry-financed group that is promoting computer coding in schools, says that 31,000 kindergarten through eighth-grade classrooms are using its course, reaching 1.3 million students. It plans to train another 10,000 teachers […]
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12:00 PM | Researchers Roll Out Free Software to Advance Computer Chip Design
Engineering researchers have developed new software, called FreePDK15, to facilitate chip design – and are making it freely available in order to foster new research focused on pushing the frontiers of computer technology. “State-of-the-art transistors […]
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11:00 AM | Used Tips – ‘lets be clear’
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11:00 AM | Researchers Roll Out Free Software To Advance Computer Chip Design
Engineering researchers have developed new software, called FreePDK15, to facilitate chip design – and are making it freely available in order to foster new research focused on pushing the frontiers of computer technology. “State-of-the-art transistors are now 15 nanometers (nm) long, and you can fit a billion of those transistors on a single chip,” says

August 11, 2014

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11:30 PM | Life and Death.
I found out Robin Williams was sober when I found out he killed himself. Another incandescent talent. Another squalid death. Another public face on this disease I have, ironworked in choking little spirals around the columns of my own self. I am Robin Williams. I have gifts and talents. I have a life to share […]
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