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January 07, 2015

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11:00 AM | Used Tips – ‘confession’
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5:16 AM | Bipartisan Bill for Evidence Could Improve Access to Higher Ed Data
In a rare sign of both civility and smart thinking on Capitol Hill, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) introduced a bill before the holidays that would take first steps to make lawmakers consider policy in a way they rarely do: with evidence. Ryan’s and Murray’s Evidence-Based Policy-Making Commission Act of 2014 would establish a commission of 15 appointed members. Since you can’t have evidence-based policy without good data to back it up, the […]
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5:15 AM | High Resolution New Years
Happy 2015 from the On Your Mind team!  We’re back from our respective vacations, some of us just barely, and we’ve got some thoughts to share to start off the New Year. Kathryn has had quite an adventure getting back to Montreal, with cancelled flights and damaged baggage putting her more than a day behind ...read more The post High Resolution New Years appeared first on On Your Mind Podcast.
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2:00 AM | Please explain…
How can you not see that there is a tree growing in your car? claimtoken-54acbb54c1460

January 06, 2015

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10:01 PM | Where do heavy elements come from? During the formation of the...
Where do heavy elements come from? During the formation of the solar system Earth underwent an event known as the late bombardment. This was a time of a high amount of asteroid collisions hitting the Earth’s surface. These objects painted the surface of our planet with heavy elements such as gold, silver and titanium.  But how did these asteroids form and where do they come from? Scientists still don’t know the full answer to this question. The issue here is that even our Sun […]
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8:44 PM | A New Wave of Federal Flexibility on Dual Language Learners Policy?
Note: this post uses two terms to refer to language learners: dual language learners (DLLs) and English language learners (ELLs). As part of our Dual Language Learners National Work Group, New America uses the term DLL to denote students who are learning English even as they continue to develop basic proficiency in their home language. These students are generally eight years old or younger. We generally use the term ELL to refer to older students who are learning English at school but have […]
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7:00 PM | "Portlandia is everywhere. Portland is a place, but it is also...
"Portlandia is everywhere. Portland is a place, but it is also representational of many other places around the world."  UCLA’s Catherine Opie explaining why she used globe imagery in the photography for Season 5 of Portlandia. You can watch her interview here. Also the Guggenheim has a web gallery of some of her other photographs.
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5:16 PM | School Districts Respond to Growing Fury Over Police Shootings, Black Male Achievement Gap
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - Michael Walker stood in front of the nine-member Minneapolis school board on a recent snowy night and told them change must come to this Midwestern city, a place where black students are far more likely to be suspended or expelled from school than their white peers, and where educators are struggling to close one of the widest achievement gaps between the two in the nation. “There is a larger system working against our black males,” said Walker, a 38-year-old […]
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5:11 PM | How to End the Violence in New Orleans: Some New Year's Resolutions on Jobs, Education to Keep the Murder Rate Headed South
NEW ORLEANS — You can teach in ethical decision-making in schools, but ending violent crime in the city also requires a jobs program. New Orleans can celebrate a third straight year in which she saw a decline in the number of murders (150 in 2014) — Happy New Year! But hold off on the fireworks because the city also saw a 24 percent increase in the overall number of non-fatal shootings. Politicians and the police department are certainly appreciative of statistical change. (But […]
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4:01 PM | Public Comments to the Department of Education on College Ratings
It may be a new year, but the Obama Administration’s proposed Postsecondary Institution Ratings System (PIRS) is still a hot topic. Most observers in the higher education policy and research communities (myself included) were less than overwhelmed by the proposed metrics released on December 19—sixteen months after the idea of ratings was first floated. My first take on the metrics can be found here, and there are too many good pieces about the metrics to mention them all. The U.S. […]
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12:56 PM | Top 10 dinosaur facts!
For those of you who may not have been aware, I was fortunate enough to recently publish a dinosaur book for kids, complete with build-it-yourself pop-out dinosaurs. I’ve recently published an article in The Guardian about it, which features much of the great artwork by Vladimir Nikolov. It’s all about some of the perhaps less well-known dinosaur facts that feature in the book, so enjoy!
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11:57 AM | Organism of the Day: a way to feature organismal diversity and natural history in Intro Bio and Ecology courses
In overhauling Intro Bio this past year, we substantially changed how we covered diversity. Instead of having what I thought of as the death march through the phylogeny (e.g., one lecture on fungi; one lecture on “lower animals” – though, … Continue reading →
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11:00 AM | Used Tips – ‘homologous’
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10:55 AM | A look back at 2014
Over the holiday period, we tweeted links to some of the most well-read, quirky, interesting, and otherwise amazing F1000Research articles of 2014. If you missed our tweets, you can catch up with all of them in the Storify below. [View the story “A look back at 2014″ on Storify] F1000Research is an original [...]
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8:24 AM | New year, new memories?
In one of those get together during the Christmas holidays, we were discussing about the use of fireworks here in the Philippines and elsewhere in the world. As I just returned, I said that I remembered that it was dead silent where we stayed in Europe during New Year’s eve and falsely said that maybe […]
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6:28 AM | Do coincidences exist?
Our brains are very good at explaining from being hyper attentive putting things together for avoiding harmful situations. Nice video, learn about magical thinking, palindrome, pareidolia and biases such as the selection bias, confirmation bias. These last two are not very strange to doctors especially those seasoned in clinical reasoning.   Related posts:Why are doctors more accurate with difficult cases? How Doctors Think, a book review Explaining Diagnostic Errors

January 05, 2015

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11:30 PM | leepaluzzi: Banana slug, bane of Pacific Northwest...
leepaluzzi: Banana slug, bane of Pacific Northwest gardeners. pen and ink 2014 Reposting this lovely banana slug drawing to celebrate UC Santa Cruz’s 50th anniversary! The banana slug —a bright yellow, slimy, shell-less mollusk commonly found on the redwood forest floor— was the unofficial mascot for UC Santa Cruz coed teams since the university’s early years. The students’ embrace of such a lowly creature was their response to the fierce athletic competition […]
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10:14 PM | On meetings
Six years ago I found to relatively easy to tell my mother what I did for a living, if not exactly explain it. I could wibble on about actin polymerization and spaghetti, or messenger RNA export, or why I’d spent … Continue reading →
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7:35 PM | The Sugar in Fruit vs. Soda vs. Fruit Juice Fruit has a lot of...
The Sugar in Fruit vs. Soda vs. Fruit Juice Fruit has a lot of things in it besides sugar: fiber, minerals, vitamins and some bioactive compounds that probably haven’t even been discovered yet. Scientists argue that when you eat fruit, the sugar is packaged in fiber, which takes our bodies a long time to digest (thus slowly releasing the sugar into our bloodstream).  On the other hand, soda and sugar-sweetened beverages have pretty much only one thing in them and that’s […]
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7:30 PM | Dark Research: behind the preprint
This post is about my new preprint I’ve uploaded to PeerJ PrePrints: Mounce, R. (2015) Dark Research: information content in some paywalled research papers is not easily discoverable online. PeerJ PrePrints Needless to say, it’s not peer-reviewed yet but you can change that by commenting on it at the excellent PeerJ PrePrints website. All feedback is … Read more →
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4:44 PM | Back to the Future in websites
Happy New Year!  I don’t know about you, but a majority of my (admittedly, very Gen-Y) Facebook friends posted some reference to Back to the Future on New Year’s Day.   So we are taking this New Year’s opportunity to share with you an article written by Josh Emerson, a front end developer on our Mendeley […]
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2:32 PM | A little update for the start of 2015
Just wanted to write a post to say thanks to my followers who are continuing to follow me even though my posing has been, shall we say, irregular! I’ve had a mad few months on my internship at The Royal … Continue reading →
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2:18 PM | The origin of a second wave of supreme-swimming crocodiles
Millions of years ago, crocodiles were far more diverse (and weird) than the ones we still have around today. They ranged from armoured, tank-like forms living on land and feeding on plants, to 9 metre long fully-fledged swimmers out in the open oceans. In the Jurassic period, most of the crocs we know of were of this second kind, the whole marine forms. These comprised a group known as thalattosuchians, and they had long snouts for snapping up fish, salt glands, and even flipper-like arms and […]
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1:59 PM | Mezcal and Markets: One Battle in the War over Mexico’s Agave Spirits
In 2011 and 2012, Mexico was the site of a battle over precisely how agave-based liquors could be branded or marketed. In the end, as outlined in a new paper in the journal Gastronomica, U.S. bartenders, retailers, and consumers played a key role in the debate – which raises some interesting questions about how to best protect local food customs and producers.
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1:00 PM | Standards-based grading
As we start up the new semester, this is an apt time to evaluate, and update or change, our grading schemes. I don’t like giving grades. I wouldn’t assign grades if I didn’t have to, because grades typically are not a good measure of actual learning. Over the least year, I’ve heard more about a…
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12:42 PM | PhD students unite! Do you hear the people sing?
Several years ago a director at a Max Planck insitute near me in Southern Germany was found to be putting PhD students of non-German origin on lower pay than his German students. I know of several labs/insitutes in Europe where emails have been sent round explicitly telling PhD students that it is expectation that they […]
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12:27 PM | New on F1000Research – 5 January 2015
Happy New Year! Our editors are already hard at work handling the first submissions of 2015. This roundup includes the last few articles to pass peer review in 2014, and a few recently published articles that you might want to have a look at. This week also marks the second anniversary of our launch, and [...]
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11:36 AM | Postdoc parental leave policies, part 2 (guest post)
Note from Jeremy: This is a guest post by Margaret Kosmala, a postdoc in Organismal and Evolutionary Biology at Harvard. Note from Margaret: This is the third post in a mini-series examining the enormous variation in U.S. postdoc leave benefits. … Continue reading →
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10:50 AM | Depression and its treatment
Excellent video explaining depression from a neurobiological perspective. Around one in every 10 people will suffer from depression. Brain regions that control mood are often disrupted in depression. Antidepressant drugs or behavioral therapy can offer some relief. By understanding the brain better, our ability to treat depression should also get a boost. Watch the video […] Related posts:Deep Brain Stimulation for Depression New Kind of Brain Stimulation for Treatment Resistant […]
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10:35 AM | South Africa’s topsy-turvy seasons
  It’s easy to forget that seasons work in different ways in different places. On a recent trip to Kruger National Park in South Africa, I was expecting to see European breeding birds. I was also expecting that South Africa would be enjoying a season similar to a European spring; a simple six-month discrepancy with the northern hemisphere. While I found the European birds, including Swifts, Swallows, Cuckoos and Willow Warblers, I found a rather different type of spring. South Africa […]
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