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January 08, 2015

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2:00 PM | Celebrating two years of F1000Research
Today is the two year anniversary of the official launch of F1000Research. In that time, over 2200 authors published 682 articles that have been viewed more than 800,000 times! You can find these stats, and more,in our infographic. Our many authors and reviewers come from almost a thousand institutes around the world, [...]

January 07, 2015

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10:41 PM | nationalsciencefoundation: Insights into bubbles: Researchers...
nationalsciencefoundation: Insights into bubbles: Researchers described mathematically the stages in the complex evolution and disappearance of foamy bubbles. Read More Had to add in the gif (based off of a computer-generated video that uses the mathematical equations)… What purpose does this serve (besides making for some very mesmerizing GIFS…)?  The work has applications in industrial processes for making metal and plastic foams (like those used to […]
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10:30 PM | sciencefriday: Every year, Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) releases...
sciencefriday: Every year, Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) releases his “Wastebook”—a collection of what he views as the year’s most wasteful government spending. This year’s edition singles out Caltech bioengineer John Dabiri’s work on plankton and ocean circulation, calling it “synchronized swimming for sea monkeys.” That sort of distortion is one repercussion for popularizing science in press releases and the news media, Dabiri says. […]
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5:13 PM | Where does gold come from? The iron in our blood or the oxygen...
Where does gold come from? The iron in our blood or the oxygen that we breathe all formed during chemical reactions inside of a star, but when it comes to heavier elements such as gold, a different process might be at play. UC Santa Cruz’s Enrico Ramirez-Ruiz has his own theory about where gold comes from in the universe and it may have to do with the spectacular explosions of supernovae.
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2:00 PM | Infographic – two years of F1000Research
Tomorrow (January 8) is the second anniversary of our launch. To celebrate, we’re looking back on what we’ve achieved in two short years, and have gathered some stats in the infographic below. You can download a PDF copy of the image here. We’re very proud of what we have achieved in this short time, [...]
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1:00 PM | Experiments can sell your science, even if they’re not going to work
We typically need manipulative experiments to truly know how a biological system works. Nevertheless, on most days, I feel that the subculture of ecology suffers from a fetish for manipulative experiments. In some cases, people design experiments that don’t entirely make sense because they know that the reviewers and the community will value that experiment more…
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12:33 PM | It’s a ruminant snout, deer
So the last couple of posts have been a bit of an eclectic mix of open access-y stuff and some of the research I’ve been doing on crocodiles as part of my PhD. This one is gonna be a bit of a change, about research that I recently published following my masters project a couple of years back. Weirdly, this was on the snouts of ruminants, and what they can tell us about their ecology. The whole idea behind the project was to test previous research – to what degree can we use the […]
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11:59 AM | How I plan to use my research leave
After a really busy semester of teaching, this semester I have (almost) no teaching or service responsibilities. A whole semester to focus on research! I am excited about this, but also feel a lot of pressure to use the time … Continue reading →
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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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