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December 01, 2014

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2:14 AM | #bakeyourstudyorganism
Surprisingly, Meg has never made Daphnia cookies–until now! It's not perfect, Jeremy @DynamicEcology, but here's a Daphnia cookie. (Some hippos, too) pic.twitter.com/dwjA2llFnC — Meghan Duffy (@duffy_ma) November 30, 2014 She made my study organism too. This is clearly a Colpidium … Continue reading →
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12:01 AM | The Sinai Hairstreak: rarer than the Giant Panda and the Snow Leopard
In 2010 I graduated from the Department of Zoology in Trinity College Dublin. I spent the next year travelling and completing any wildlife related internship or voluntary position I could get my hands on. I soon faced a dilemma; should I follow in the footsteps of my friends in academia and find a PhD or should I keep searching for a conservation job? I really didn’t know if academia was for me but I knew it would be a great advantage if I wanted to make any kind of an impact in the […]

November 30, 2014

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2:00 PM | Battling cancer or…?
I’ve been thinking a lot about how we talk about cancer (and illness more generally) over the past few months, one metaphor seems pervasive, almost inevitable: cancer as an enemy that we battle. We say that someone is fighting cancer, and eventually every patient will either beat it or lose his battle to cancer. Luckily, there’s […]
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10:17 AM | How Mendeley Helps PhD Students Become Successful Scientists
Originally posted on The Thesis Whisperer:I believe it’s important to find a reference manager that fits your working style. Most university libraries teach and support Endnote because it was one of the first to market. Many people end up…
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8:21 AM | The Choices Not Taken
It is all too easy to think our lives are determined by the choices we make, and of course to a large extent that is true. But it is equally true that our lives are determined by what we actively … Continue reading →
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1:08 AM | Who Should Provide Training for Manufacturing Jobs?
According to a piece in Community College Daily, more American community colleges are expanding to include training for manufacturing jobs for high school graduates. Such programs, while not exactly new for community colleges, do represent an expansion of the jobs training part of such schools. Is this really the best way to working class people to obtain good jobs, however? According to the article: ​The new $8-million advanced manufacturing center opened by [Washington state's] […]

November 29, 2014

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3:54 PM | School Kids to New Orleans Bureaucrats: Show Us the Money
NEW ORLEANS - School buildings in the Crescent City will become monuments to our differences instead of the beacons of learning they are supposed to be if New Orleanians reject a preservation program for educational facilities in the voting booth on Dec. 6. It’s a funding conflict that mirrors power disputes around the country over whether the states, or local, elected boards should control schools. Anything but a vote to pass the measure ignores what New Orleans children went through […]

November 28, 2014

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8:25 PM | Cerebral oxygenation in health and disease: the end…or is it the beginning ??
A few months ago, I got the opportunity to organize a research topic, which represents a collection of articles that addresses a specific research area, to be published in the journal Frontiers in Physiology. Phil Ainslie, Niels Secher and I proposed the topic entitled Cerebral oxygenation in health and disease, which was subsequently accepted by […]
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6:31 PM | Comet adventures
Christina Nikolova takes us on an adventure through space. Today (28th November 2014) is the 114th day of the most significant and first space mission of its kind undertaken by humans. The Rosetta mission is special because it started 10 years ago with the only aim to deploy a research lander on a comet’s surface.…
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4:00 PM | Used Tips – ‘looking ok, actually’
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2:03 PM | Open Science News – 28 November 2014
It’s been a busy few weeks, so we missed a few roundups of open science news, but it was so busy because there was a LOT going on in the open science world! Here is a very brief summary of just the key news of the past weeks: funding news and meeting summaries. Better funder [...]
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11:26 AM | Friday links: biodiversity apps, blogs vs. Twitter, succession of grossness, and more
Also this week: extinctions to celebrate (?), infographics vs. philosophy of science, Princeton vs. grade inflation, eagle vs. London, hoisted from the comments, and more. Also, two of Meg’s favorite things, combined into one! From Meg: Here’s an example of … Continue reading →
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11:00 AM | Used Tips – ‘good point’
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6:13 AM | Tristan Adventure 5: always have a Plan B, Dave
One of my favourite films, for a variety of reasons, is the Newfoundland production called “Rare Birds”, where Phonse, played by comedian Andy Jones, often quips “Always have a Plan B, Dave. Always have a Plan B”.  In field work, you also often need a Plan C, or D, or E, especially when working in […]
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3:37 AM | The Endless Bicker
More than 20 years after their last collaborative output, and to the surprise of many, the Cambridge Chemists Collective (CCC) has released a new monograph on Quantiplutonic Neurotectonics. Missing as a coauthor, to the surprise of few, is troubled Nanospectroscopist Robert Walters, who left the Collective in 1985 after a dispute about sharing credit for a now outdated method for quantifying sphingopinoids in Tremendulous exudates. Also missing is penduloeconomist Mitchell Flight, who died in […]
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12:01 AM | I’m on a field course- get me out of here!
So, it’s that time of year again; as the cold, damp, dark, weather sets in we look to warmer climes for escape and entertainment. So; Take 26 people, from all walks of life, throw them together in a tropical paradise to camp with bugs, beasts and cold-water showers for 10 days and watch the dynamics and lessons unfold…. Ok so we’re not exactly celebrities, we didn’t skydive into the savanna, or have Ant and Dec provide a narration to our every move, or eat blended […]

November 27, 2014

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8:02 PM | Happy Thanksgiving from Dynamic Ecology!
Here’s a picture of what I’ll be doing in a couple of hours. More or less: (image from carlisle.org)Filed under: Just for fun
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4:00 PM | Used Tips – ‘one thing’
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1:11 PM | Homage to the squished mosquito
This work comes from a student* in my field biology class. Part of the course includes students keeping a “field journal“, and that assignment allows an opportunity for students to express their thoughts and observations about nature in many different ways, from writing, to art, and poetry.     O squished mosquito, you omnivorous parasite, […]
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11:31 AM | Happy Thanksgiving from evolution!
Filed under: Just for fun
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11:00 AM | Used Tips – ‘the problem is’
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2:12 AM | Colleges You Can't Afford
In the last few years one of the promising reforms introduced in higher education has been the cost calculators on college websites, which are supposed to "provide individual families with a good idea of what they will have to pay based on their own circumstances." The idea is that a potential student could figure out easily what it would really cost him to go to the school he wanted to attend. That way he might be better position to understand real cost and make informed decisions about where […]

November 26, 2014

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9:25 PM | Molecular orbital calculations in the footsteps of Coulson
Today I ran a workshop for some of our final year Chemistry students with the dual aims of giving them experience of running the Gaussian code and repeating Coulson’s seminal calculations from 1937. Added to that I hope it helped them make some more sense of my lectures on SCF calculations! As a ‘lab’ exercise … Continue reading Molecular orbital calculations in the footsteps of Coulson →
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7:00 PM | Used Tips – ‘Coxy’
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4:00 PM | Used Tips – ‘ripped to pieces’
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3:49 PM | Congratulations November Advisor of the Month — Yangki Suara!
Congratulations and Thank you to Yangki Suara! Yangki is a researcher at the Center for Economics and Development Studies, Padjadjaran University (CEDS UNPAD). His research interest include environmental economics, international development and poverty especially in emerging countries. The main reason why he works in research sector because it allows him to keep learning about different […]
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3:47 PM | Meet the Desktop Team!
It’s hard not to throw too many bouquets at our Desktop Team. The Mendeley Desktop is at the heart of Mendeley as a referencing tool, the first thing you download after signing up to use Mendeley. The Desktop team is always hard at work iterating and improving the Desktop App — you can always read […]
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3:36 PM | Can Detroit Attract Middle-Class Families to One of the Worst School Systems in the Country?
DETROIT — Dara Hill, a college professor and mother of a four-year-old, diligently scribbled notes as the principal of Detroit’s Nichols Elementary-Middle School led her and several of her neighbors on a tour of the school. A room for special education students was brimming with stuffed animals, but the hallways were sparsely decorated. Work displayed in the kindergarten classroom was charming and developmentally appropriate. Why were there six students sitting to the side during […]
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3:03 PM | The disappearance of faculty downtime
It started last year with a simple request, and then another. “We’re holding this workshop during the December break. We’d love to have representation from your department. We need to have representation from all of these departments. Will you or someone else from your department attend?” (In some cases, repeat until I said I’d attend […]
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12:37 PM | A Sex Researcher At A Furry Convention
A report in the journal Archives of Sexual Behaviour describes an unusual field trip made by Canadian researcher Debra W. Soh – to a furry convention, expecting to witness some kind of sexual free-for-all (or free-fur-all). Soh opens by saying that I couldn’t wait to meet a furry, someone who adopts the identity or persona […]The post A Sex Researcher At A Furry Convention appeared first on Neuroskeptic.

Soh DW & Cantor JM (2014). A Peek Inside a Furry Convention., Archives of Sexual Behavior, PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25408500

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