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March 10, 2015

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3:46 PM | Why Everyone Should Care About Food Safety
Food safety poses a global health problem. But it also causes millions of illnesses in the U.S. every year -- costing the country more than $14 billion annually.
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2:12 PM | What does a cancer cell look like? 
What does a cancer cell look like? 
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2:06 PM | Catching Kilonovae with the Webb
The James Webb Telescope and LIGO may team up to study some of the most energetic events in our universe.
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1:15 PM | Entitlement.
One of the most difficult aspects of alcoholism to address, which we all – in my experience – must confront, is our sense of entitlement. Entitlement is a buzzword, these days, often applied to what very privileged people believe their privilege ought to afford them. But entitlement has a far more familiar place in each […]
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12:27 PM | New on F1000Research – 10 March 2015
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 Subdivisions of the adult zebrafish pallium based on molecular marker analysis [v1; ref status: indexed, http://f1000r.es/4m2] Julia Ganz, Volker Kroehne, Dorian Freudenreich, Anja Machate, Michaela [...]
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12:00 PM | Efficient teaching: improving student writing ability
Last week’s post was about university writing requirements that fall ludicrously short of their goal, like how this ferret falls short of his goal: Let’s assume two facts: We should expect good writing of our students. Good writing comes from lots of experience with writing. Which results in the following inference: It is incumbent on…
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11:27 AM | Blogs are dying; long live (science) blogs (UPDATEDx2)
In my recent talk on science blogging, I began with a deliberately-provocative question: are blogs dying? The answer is “yes”. There are various lines of evidence for this, some more anecdotal than others: Relative to all search traffic, Google searches … Continue reading →
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10:00 AM | Virtual Science
With every technological advancement, science finds ways to utilise new tools or build upon and improve long-established techniques. Medical imaging technologies, such as MRI or ultrasound, provided doctors with unprecedented minimally-invasive insights into patient health and pathology. Molecular tools to delve into genomes, both human and otherwise, have revolutionised our understanding of disease and opened…
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8:53 AM | Manchester United: reality and hype.
After last year’s disappointments, it was always going to be a case of rebuilding the team this year. Although it would have been nice to have beaten Arsenal last night, ultimately the FA Cup was a distraction this year. Van Gaal has bought some good players, and the team is coming together, despite what the … Continue reading Manchester United: reality and hype. →
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8:34 AM | End of Feed
Following on from (but unrelated to) my post last week about feed tools we have two posts, one from Deepak Singh, and one from Neil Saunders, both talking about ‘friend feeds’ or ‘lifestreams’. The idea here is of aggregating all the content you are generating (or is being generated about you?) into one place. There are a couple of these about but the main ones seem to be Friendfeed and Profiliac. See Deepaks’s post (or indeed his Friendfeed) for details of the […]
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6:30 AM | Richard P Grant | Crowdsourcing decision-making lands you in trouble
Ever wonder why committees make bad decisions? Giving equal weight to everybody’s opinion might be the worse thing you could doWe’ve all been there.You’re sitting around the table with a bunch of colleagues (or rugby club committee/church flower arranging group/Shadow Cabinet, as appropriate), discussing how to save the company (stop losing home games/cure the vicar’s hay fever/get elected) when you suddenly have an idea that will triple profits (etc.), and cure cancer, […]
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4:03 AM | A Record-Breaking Runaway Star
A star on its way out of the Milky Way has set a new speed record. What's the rush? Read on to find out...
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2:40 AM | How dogs get the point: what enables canines to interpret human gestures?
Guest post by: Lucia Lazarowski, PhD candidate. Her research is available via free promotional access in the journal Behavioural Processes until February, 2016. Hi Mia and Julie,As a long-time fan of the blog, it is an honor to be a guest contributor! I am especially excited to tell DYBID readers about this research because it was somewhat of a pet project (pun intended). I am now a PhD student at Auburn University, but this study was done while I was working at North Carolina State […]

Lazarowski L. (2015). A comparison of pet and purpose-bred research dog (Canis familiaris) performance on human-guided object-choice tasks, Behavioural Processes, 110 60-67. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.beproc.2014.09.021

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March 09, 2015

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9:10 PM | Artisan cheese: Milking a movementTo make one pound of cheese,...
Artisan cheese: Milking a movementTo make one pound of cheese, it takes about five pounds of sheep’s milk, or seven pounds of goat milk, or 10 pounds of cow’s milk.California has a rich history of cheesemaking. This year the Marin French Cheese Co. celebrates its 150th anniversary, making it the longest continually operating cheese company in the United States.So where do you start if you’d like to try your hand at cheesemaking?The California Cheese Trail offers a wealth […]
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5:50 PM | In Rural Mississippi, Social Studies Gets a Common Core Makeover
Fourth Grader Lakiya works on a writing assignment during social studies. This year marks the first time that all math and English teachers in Mississippi are teaching the new Common Core standards. But the words Common Core aren’t used here anymore — the state has renamed them the Mississippi College and Career Readiness Standards. While lawmakers continue to debate the standards at the Capitol, big changes are happening in the classroom. Jackie Mader has been following the […]
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4:48 PM | A Eulogy for Hybrid OA
you weren’t much loved in your short existence you weren’t much use to readers or text-miners because we often couldn’t find where you were – hiding amongst shadows. you were significantly more expensive than your ‘full’ open access cousins   In March, 2015 ‘hybrid OA’ died after a short-life of neglect. Elsevier put the final nail … Read more →
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4:10 PM | UC Berkeley unveils first-of-its-kind, 3-D-printed cement...
UC Berkeley unveils first-of-its-kind, 3-D-printed cement structureThe freestanding pavilion, “Bloom,” is 9 ft high and has a footprint that measures about 12 ft x 12 ft. It is composed of 840 customized blocks that were 3-D-printed using a new type of iron oxide-free Portland cement polymer formulation developed by Ronald Rael.The debut of this groundbreaking project is a demonstration of the architectural potential of 3-D printing.
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11:21 AM | Is it worse to admit a paper was rejected than to not acknowledge helpful anonymous reviews?
Thanks to being on research leave this semester, I am currently working on several manuscripts. Most of these are manuscripts that we are preparing to submit for the first time, but one is a manuscript that was previously reviewed and … Continue reading →
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11:12 AM | iOS Update – iPhone 6 Plus & more
Mendeley for iOS has just been updated featuring a flexible interface that can adapt to any iPhone or iPad size and screen orientation, allowing you to fully utilise the beautiful 5.5 inch screen of the iPhone 6 Plus. All iOS users benefit from this upgrade though. iPhones of any type can now use the entire application in landscape mode. Icons […]
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8:59 AM | Report: Community Colleges are Slowly Improving Student Support
Pressed to stop a steady trickle of dropouts that has kept their graduation rates low, community colleges are getting more up close and personal with their students, a new report says. Students say they’re able to speak more often with advisors and instructors about their career plans, and that they’re being called upon more frequently to make presentations in class, according to the Community College Survey of Student Engagement. Those kinds of things make students feel more […]
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8:39 AM | Radio skills for scientists
The Irish Academy of Public Relations recently hosted a free event, “Radio Skills – A Special Evening for the Science Community” at the FOCAS Research Institute in DIT. The points raised and ensuing discussions provided interesting insights into relationships between scientists and journalists. Ellen Gunning, director of the Academy, chaired the evening. From her experience of teaching public relations and interview skills, she described how many scientists are like […]

March 08, 2015

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6:01 PM | New book by Dr. Seuss coming this summerOver 2 decades since his...
New book by Dr. Seuss coming this summerOver 2 decades since his death, a new book by Dr. Seuss will be released this July. The book comes from a discovery in 2013 of a collection of manuscripts and sketches.Much of Dr. Seuss’s work resides at UC San Diego in their Special Collections Library. The work is accessible to scholars and on display so that members of the general public can also enjoy his work.Watch the video that explores the Dr. Seuss archive
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11:52 AM | On the importance of being negative
The ‘publish or perish’ culture within science skews the research literature towards positive results. But negative findings matter too and new open access publications are helping researchers to give a fuller account of themselves The latest paper from my group, published just over a week ago in the open access journal PeerJ, reports an unusual result. It was not the result we were looking for because it was negative: our experiment failed.Nevertheless I am pleased with the paper […]

March 07, 2015

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3:21 PM | Is Neuroscience Based On Biology?
There is a popular view that all of the natural sciences can be arranged in a chain or ladder according to the complexity of their subjects. On this view, physics forms the base of the ladder because it deals with the simplest building-blocks of matter, atoms and subatomic particles. Chemistry is next up because it studies interacting atoms i.e. molecules. Biology studies complex collections of molecules, i.e. cells. Then comes neuroscience which deals with a complex collection of interacting
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9:56 AM | Another day, another Elsevier website illegally selling articles
Elsevier seem to have responded to my criticism yesterday and have stopped selling the article “HIV infection en route to endogenization: two cases” from their ScienceDirect website. Take what you will from that change, but I infer that they have realised that they are in the wrong. Actually, they are still selling it from the … Read more →

March 06, 2015

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9:09 PM | Elsevier illegally sold me a Creative Commons non-commercial licensed article
Today, Elsevier (RELX Group) illegally sold me a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives licensed article: Colson, P. et al. HIV infection en route to endogenization: two cases. Clin Microbiol Infect 20, 1280-1288 (2014). I’m really not happy about it. I don’t think the research funders will be happy about it either. Especially not the authors (who are … Read more →
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8:20 PM | Are Extrasolar Worlds More Likely to Be Water-rich?
Earth's oceans may have originated mainly from accreted impactors. But do planets in other systems experience the same water delivery mechanism? Or do they even get more water than our world? Find out why you would want to think about this and what the consequences might be.
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8:00 PM | The Profit in Becoming Nonprofit
Back in 2011, Florida’s Keiser University, a for-profit college under investigation by the Florida Attorney General, managed to save face, and avoid punishment, by becoming a nonprofit institution. Arthur Keiser, the school’s “chancellor” (and founder and owner) sold the college to Everglades College Inc., a nonprofit entity that also operated Everglades University. Keiser, understandably, didn’t reveal how much he was paid for offloading the school, but it […]
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6:48 PM | Adventures in the Nature of MatterDr. Darleane Hoffman is among...
Adventures in the Nature of MatterDr. Darleane Hoffman is among the researchers who confirmed the existence of Seaborgium — aka element 106. She also made a key discovery about nuclear fission.In the 1950s, women were often faced with stark choices: “At that time, women teachers in the U.S. at all levels were expected to resign if they married, so I proclaimed boldly that I would never teach,” she said. “I vowed to follow Marie Curie’s model, to marry if I wanted […]
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6:42 PM | Nothing Fishy About This Surgery
Veterinary surgeons from North Carolina State University have successfully removed a cataract from a sunfish’s eye, utilizing the same surgical techniques that your local ophthalmologist would use on your grandparents.
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