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July 07, 2014

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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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2:28 PM | Returned from England.
Well, all good things come to an end, and I have returned from a gloriously sunny and sweet working vacation in London town. I spent six nights in England, including one in Reading with some dear friends and their two utterly adorable children. The conference was fascinating, and I met some very cool health services […]
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1:26 PM | Which preprint server should I use?
Preprints are rapidly becoming popular in biology as a way to speed up the process of science, get feedback on manuscripts prior to publication, and establish precedence (Desjardins-Proulx et al. 2013). Since biologists are still learning about preprints I regularly get asked which of the available preprint servers to use. Here’s the long-form version of […]
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12:43 PM | New on F1000Research – 7 July, 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. Featured article: Vitellogenin family gene expression does not increase Drosophila lifespan or fecundity [v1; ref status: indexed, http://f1000r.es/3ac] Yingxue Ren, Kimberly A. Hughes Vitellogenin [...]
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12:09 PM | On navigation and trust on the TT
Today we're running a guest post from former blogger, Cackle of Rad, as part of the pre-tenure survival carnival. Enjoy! Gifts from people often come by surprise and in strange packages. These gifts may be as simple as a kind word or as complex as the knowledge that someone is not to be trusted. If […]
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12:00 PM | What happens in the canopy stays in the canopy.
For a few years, I’ve harbored a very cool (at least to me) natural history idea. But it’s a big technical challenge. The required fieldwork is never going to happen by me. So, I should write a blog post about it, right? Bullet ants (Paraponera clavata) are one of the most charismatic creatures in Neotropical…
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11:44 AM | Dynamic Ecology meetup during Wed. poster session at #ESA2014!
Meg, Brian, and I will all be at the ESA meeting this year. We decided it would be fun to have a meetup with Dynamic Ecology readers. So we’ll commandeer a table in the poster hall from 5:30-6:30 during the … Continue reading →
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5:33 AM | Addicted Doctors
On Recovery blog I read a very interesting blogpost on Addicted doctors. The question still remains whether doctors are more prone to addiction than the general population. In short the conclusions mentioned in this blog post on addiction and doctors are There are large numbers of doctors dependent on alcohol and other drugs in the […] Related posts:Blog Addicted or Internet Addicted Doctors reactions to memorable patients deaths’ How to prevent cognitive errors from doctors

July 06, 2014

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6:13 PM | fMRI Motion Correction: The Quick and the Dead
The infamous dead salmon brain scan study may just have been eclipsed, in the ‘most ghoulish demonstration of a methodological pitfall in fMRI‘ stakes. A new study examines the issue of motion artifacts, a major concern in much neuroimaging research – and it does so by scanning dead people. The new paper has the unwieldy […]The post fMRI Motion Correction: The Quick and the Dead appeared first on Neuroskeptic.

Beall EB & Lowe MJ (2014). SimPACE: Generating simulated motion corrupted BOLD data with synthetic-navigated acquisition for the development and evaluation of SLOMOCO: A new, highly effective slicewise motion correction., NeuroImage, PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24969568

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July 05, 2014

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8:02 PM | "Our universe might be part of a multiverse, perhaps even an infinite multiverse, with all these..."
“Our universe might be part of a multiverse, perhaps even an infinite multiverse, with all these bubbles going off, all these little Big Bangs … and we’re just one of these bubbles. That’s kind of freaky, huh?” - UC Berkeley’s Dr. Alex Filippenko talking about some interesting astronomical insights.
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4:00 AM | The costs of Open Science
Over the last year, I have had a lot of discussions about upsides, downsides, and other directionless-sides (assuming there are such things) of open science. I talked about the upsides many times (and I will keep on doing it), but it would not be really honest not to mention the potential disadvantages and risks of adopting new practices: publishing in new journals, using preprints in a field where it is not the norm, open peer-review, publishing raw datasets, … So, roll yourself in your […]

July 04, 2014

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6:36 PM | Metrics, Fulfilment and Career Trajectories
“More effort should be done on understanding people paths. We are too much focused on processes and structures.” JP Bourguignon #esof2014 I was struck by this quote I saw on Twitter from the ERC President Jean-Pierre Bourguignon, because of course … Continue reading →
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4:29 PM | Open Science News – 4 July 2014
What was new in open science this week? Are you a researcher in Germany? This survey asks how you are using online tools in your research. Want to help make science more open? Mozilla is hosting a Global Sprint on July 22 and 23. You can find more info in the notes for [...]
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3:09 PM | Junk food, kids, TV
  I’m prompted to write by a piece I’ve seen today on the BBC news website. It’s about a study in the journal Archives of Disease in Childhood (available in full here) which has found that children’s TV programmes – not the advertising, the programmes themselves – are as stuffed full of junk food as […]
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2:23 PM | Happy Independence Day from evolution!
I like to imagine that this crayfish is conducting a Sousa tune. :-)Filed under: Just for fun
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1:48 PM | Have a Happy and Bioluminescent 4th of July!
You know, I keep meaning to post more often to this blog.  But, as John Lennon famously observed, "Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans."  So I will try to do better.  I have several interesting posts cooking, to keep readers up to date.  Hard to say how often people read these posts, but they have some value for me at least (in getting my thoughts down and events remembered).  Thus, onward and upward...But today is the 4th of July, a mixture […]
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12:53 PM | Steganography, phylogenetics and Flickr
How best to link the figure, to the paper & the underlying data? Whilst visiting EBI, Hinxton yesterday, Robert Hanson (computational chemist) reminded me of an interesting hack you can do to embed data in images. Back in 2010 it was widely reported that people were using Flickr to transmit data (secretly) in images. This general … Read more →

July 03, 2014

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9:45 PM | Igniting Sparks, Surviving Fireworks and Dog Science July!
Hey Julie, well, here I am, back in chilly, wintry Melbourne. #SPARCS2014 was an amazing event - such an intense three days of canine science, excitement, wonderful researchers and inspiration!  You've done a great job capturing the essence and feedback of this international conference over at DogSpies on the Scientific American Blog Network. I'm so pleased someone took photos, or I think I would have convinced myself it was all just a rather lovely dream! I loved our […]
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9:21 PM | Education Reform: You Can Fix the Sanctions but the Problem Is Still There
Beginning in 2010, the Obama administration offered states waivers from the Bush administration's No Child Left Behind Act, under which all students in America were supposed to be proficient in reading and math by this year, and if they weren’t, school would have to institute “corrective action” and restructuring plans. States weren’t on target to meet these requirements, of course, and the Obama waivers would allow states and districts to avoid NCLB sanctions, if they […]
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6:34 PM | Slow food culture in a fast food world   Chef Alice Waters...
Slow food culture in a fast food world   Chef Alice Waters believes that food can be a catalyst for deeper transformations in education and culture. At her UCLA talk, she argues that the grave issues we face — poverty, fair wages for workers, violence and climate change — are all by-products of something much deeper: a culture of fast food values. In the United States, there’s a complete mixing up of the idea of “affordability” and “cheapness.” […]
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4:24 PM | What Are the Most Expensive Colleges in America? Depends on How you Ask the Question
The U.S. Department of Education has just released its new college affordability numbers, designed to help families and students choose colleges. This also allows observers to look up fun things like the list of the country's expensive collages. So what are the costly ones? Well it's sort of complicated. In part this is because colleges can hide their true costs through financial aid polices. Colleges might officially charge a high price, but financial aid really means only fairly rich […]
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1:55 PM | More than Just Meetings - Xenopus, Advanced Imaging Workshop
It's probably true that most academic science events are conferences, developing...
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1:55 PM | In New Orleans, a Case Study in How School, Health Care Decentralization Affect Neediest Children
NEW ORLEANS —One New Orleans 15-year-old with explosive disorder felt abandoned after the only therapist she trusted left town. A 14-year-old diagnosed with bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, who became suicidal and threatened others, had to travel 300 miles to get admitted to a hospital. A 6-year-old with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder was told he couldn’t come back to his public school until his mother found mental health care services for him. In recent years, New […]
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1:28 PM | The rest of the #realtimechemcarnival posts
Hi again, Apologies for the delay in posting the last #realtimechemcarnival roundup. It has been a hectic time in the lab and at home! @Fluorogrol contributed with his post on the oddities of scientific publishing, by reminding us that ” there’s free, and then there’s free“. Katherine (@KJHaxton) then gave us a glimpse into her outreach […]
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1:11 PM | A career as an environmental consultant (guest post)
Note from Jeremy: This is an email interview I conducted with Brian Gaas, who got a Ph.D. in oceanography and then went into environmental consulting. It’s part 4 in our series on non-academic careers for ecologists. For links to earlier … Continue reading →
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1:02 PM | Vision of the past
In this digital age, I just received a vintage gift…one complete issue of the Journal of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia !! Although we are now used to print a pdf version of a paper that we need to read, enjoy this vision of the past…   This will help us remember what a paper looks […]
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