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December 03, 2014

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2:01 PM | Settling into Long-Term Sobriety.
For the longest time, really up until about four years sober, I liked to think of myself as remaining in early sobriety. That felt important. By feeling like I was early in my sober life, I guarded it very carefully. I learned as much as I could about being sober and staying sober. I did […]
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12:48 PM | #ESA100 – big concepts and ideas in ecology for the last 100 years
ESA (Ecological Society of America) is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2015. This will culminate in the 100th annual conference in Baltimore in August 2015. As part of the buildup, ESA has asked various people to discuss today (Dec 3) … Continue reading →
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12:41 PM | One small step for Nature..
Macmillan have released an interesting press release, announcing that all research papers published in their 49 Nature Publishing Group (NPG) journals, including Nature, will be made free to read online, via one of Digital Science’s pet projects, ReadCube (note that Digital Science is also owned by Macmillan). These articles can be annotated in ReadCube, but not copied, printed, or downloaded. This is not open access*, and NPG have been very careful and explicit about stating this. […]
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12:41 PM | The Gorilla in the Room: Inattentional Blindness Isn’t Blindness At All
Imagine being so engrossed in a task that you don’t notice a gorilla entering the room. (This actually happened in a famous psychological experiment.) The phenomenon is known as “inattentional blindness” and occurs when people are so focused on a task that they fail to notice unexpected events. But it turns out that inattentional blindness isn’t blindness at all.
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12:00 PM | What ideas or discoveries have had the greatest impact on the science of ecology?
We’re celebrating the 100th birthday of the Ecological Society of America. Ecology has come a long way over this short period of time. The ESA is asking us (via #ESA100) to answer the question: What ideas or discoveries have had the greatest impact on ecological science over the last century? Here are our responses: From Amy Parachnowitsch:…
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8:01 AM | How muscle works: the science and the art | Richard P Grant
More than just the sum of its parts: a protein structure yields new information on the molecular mechanisms of the beating heart. And gives us lots of pretty pictures into the bargainThe classic work of Hugh Huxley and Andrew Huxley (no relation) began to reveal how striated muscle – the muscle in your arms and legs, and your heart – works. Some of the molecular details of how muscle works are still being worked out. Continue reading...
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7:34 AM | OYM56: KATs resist depression, KYNA
This week On Your Mind: We’re welcoming the Adel back to talk science with us this week! He’s still working away at his medical degree, but even moving across the globe won’t let him escape the world of research.  In between anatomy labs and patient intake interviews, he’s working on a summer research project that will ...read more The post OYM56: KATs resist depression, KYNA appeared first on On Your Mind Podcast.

December 02, 2014

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10:45 PM | Traffic jams can hurt the heart Anyone who has experienced LA...
Traffic jams can hurt the heart Anyone who has experienced LA gridlock likely can say that traffic causes one’s blood pressure to rise. But UC Irvine researchers have found that, beyond the aggravation caused by fellow drivers, traffic-related air pollution presents serious heart health risks — not just for rush hour commuters, but for those who live and work nearby. Research by UC Irvine joint M.D./Ph.D. student Sharine Wittkopp contributes to evidence that the increased air […]
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9:00 PM | Used Tips – ‘Watson’
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8:02 PM | Yet More Good News, Harry Lewis Edition
As mentioned previously, our current Dean for the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Cherry Murray, will be stepping down at the end of the year.The good news out today is that Professor Harry Lewis will be stepping up to serve as the Interim Dean.  To those in the outside world, you may know Harry for his blog, his books (CS books like Elements of the Theory of Computation (2nd Edition) and Data Structures and Their Algorithms, or more popular books like Excellence Without a […]
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6:44 PM | We are built to be kind Greed is good. Competition is natural....
We are built to be kind Greed is good. Competition is natural. War is inevitable. Whether in political theory or popular culture, human nature is often portrayed as selfish and power hungry. UC Berkeley psychologist Dacher Keltner challenges this notion of human nature and seeks to better understand why we evolved pro-social emotions like empathy, compassion and gratitude.We’ve all heard the phrase ‘survival of the fittest’, born from the Darwinian theory of natural selection. […]
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5:40 PM | 30 days: November in Aberdeen
A round-up of the month’s science news and events. Compiled by Anna Ashton. Back care A study led by researchers at the University of Aberdeen has found that the shape of an individual’s spine can change how they lift heavy objects comfortably. In contrast to current advice to ‘bend your knees and keep your back…
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4:00 PM | Measuring the Worth of One’s Salt
The crowd milling around the salt boutique is a mix of young bohemians and bourgeois baby boomers, all looking to add some flavor to their lives. The description of every product is written in transcendent prose that describes how each salt formed in a distinct, yet ‘natural’ environment, free of human interference. This salt was […]
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2:10 PM | Tales of a Fourth-Grade Cuffing: Why I love Public Libraries
Who would have thought fourth grade could be so cruel. Ms. Gibbs’s class included many neighboring children who later would become lifelong friends. However, by the sounds of the “rip” sessions between subjects, during gym class or lunch you would have thought we were mortal enemies. Every day, I lived in fear that they would notice the t-shirt I wore three days prior, no-name shoes, or my brother’s blue jeans. But I knew my day would come. In Johnston School in the […]
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1:19 PM | Why are your statistical models more complex these days?
I serve on a lot of graduate committees. I also end up as statistical consultant for a lot of students and faculty. So I see a lot of people thinking through their models and statistical approaches. One trend I am … Continue reading →
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12:08 PM | This Is What Science Looks Like At NC State: Amy Savage
How one researcher went from the mountains of Montana to studying the insect ecology of New York City.
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9:29 AM | Nature’s Beggar Access
Nature has announced a press release about a new scheme they’ve come up with to legalise begging to view research. Before The situation before this scheme was that the scholarly poor would beg for access via private social media (email) and public social media (e.g. twitter #icanhazpdf). Kind, privileged subscribers with access to Nature magazine … Read more →
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1:58 AM | Franklin’s honor isn’t in Watson’s medal
The gossip of the scientific water cooler (aka Twitter) the past week: James Watson is selling his Nobel Medal. Watson, with his colleague Francis Crick, received the Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1962 for their work on the structure of … Continue reading →
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12:02 AM | Condom Couture Today is World AIDS Day and several years ago...
Condom Couture Today is World AIDS Day and several years ago Brazilian artist Adriana Bertini produced dresses made entirely of condoms. She was trying to raise awareness and inspire the use of condoms, the critical vehicle for preventing AIDS. Dress Up Against AIDS: Condom Couture was exhibited at UCLA’s Fowler Museum.

December 01, 2014

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11:00 PM | Your 2014 Winter Solstice Gift Guide!
The days are short, the nights are long, the only solace we can take from the coming cold and darkness is to give each other gifts. If you’re a nerd like us maybe you want those gifts to have a science bent? Well we are here to help you out with that with our annual […]
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6:44 PM | One shirt, two shirt, red shirt, #scishirt! Or, when life hands you sexism in science, make a hashtag.
First, some backstory: On November 12, the Rosetta space probe’s Philae lander was the first spacecraft to land on a comet. During a televised broadcast of the event, ESA project scientist Matt Taylor wore #thatshirt, creating an internet #shirtstorm. I was sympathetic in that I get what Taylor was trying to […]
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5:20 PM | Wins for Athletes Could Cost Fellow Students Steeper Fees
Wins by college athletes in courtrooms and boardrooms could end up as losses for their nonathlete classmates. High-profile legal cases and NCAA policy changes are likely to boost the cost of fielding big-time athletics programs, and students—even those who never attend a single college basketball or football game—may have to foot the bill. Some schools have already hinted they would pay athletes thousands of dollars more per year after NCAA officials said they might allow […]
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5:17 PM | Three Lessons from Data on Children's Reading Habits
More than a decade ago a company called Renaissance Learning developed a computerized way for teachers to track students’ reading outside of the classroom. Instead of pasting stars on a chart each time a student says he has read a book, the teacher sits a student in front of a computer screen to answer a quiz on the book to prove he’s read it. The computer keeps track of how many and which books a student has read, along with the level of reading difficulty and whether a […]
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4:30 PM | #AcWriMo final progress report
Yesterday marked the close of #AcWriMo 2014, that month-long festival of academic writing. At my last two check-in points, I was making slow but steady progress towards at least one of my goals. So how’d I end up doing this year? Revise my failed NSF proposal from 2012: MET (with some caveats). I’m calling this […]
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2:38 PM | New on F1000Research – 1 December 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.   Articles welcoming your feedback As you know, you can always comment on any article in F1000Research, but there are two recent articles that should be of broad interest to many [...]
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2:15 PM | What reference manager is the best option?
Managing references can be a major pain in the butt. It’s one of the more annoying parts assembling a manuscript, especially when you have to reformat after a rejection. So, what’s the most efficient way of managing references for a manuscript? Some of the options people use are BibTeX, Endnote, Mendeley, Papers, Reference Manager, Zotero. Or you could just keep…
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2:04 PM | Q&A on Review and Revision of the National Ambient Air Quality Standard for Ozone
Here are answers to some questions about the recent announcement by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regarding a proposed revision to the National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) for ozone from Dr. H. Christopher Frey, Distinguished University Professor at North Carolina State University and chair of the EPA’s Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee.
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1:22 PM | Home from Bermuda!
For the second year in a row, I spent Thanksgiving in Bermuda with BB. Four days of balmy weather and sunny skies and tooling around on a little death machine. Friday, having rented the little scooter less than three hours earlier, I took a turn badly and down we went. I took the brunt of […]
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11:30 AM | Unhappy Hour: Non-Drinkers Devise Strategies to Navigate Booze-Centered Work Events
From holiday parties to happy hours, social events with co-workers and clients often revolve around alcohol, which can put non-drinkers in an awkward position: they don’t want to drink, but they do want to take part in events they feel are important to networking and career advancement without making drinkers feel bad. That perceived tension leads non-drinkers to develop techniques to fit in socially without taking a drink.
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11:21 AM | What sort of papers win the Mercer Award?
The deadline for submitting nominations for the Ecological Society of America’s various awards is Dec. 15. Details of the awards and how to submit nominations are here. Nominating someone for an award is a great way to honor deserving work … Continue reading →
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