August 06, 2014

5:53 AM | OYM 44: Do the Wave (complex)
Reunited at last! The OYM team is back together in studio this week, for another thrilling neuroscience adventure.  This week, Liam’s hunting for apartments while Adel’s still chained to his thesis and Kat’s weathering the self-esteem cyclone that’s been brought on by her imminent candidacy exam.  Luckily we all seem to take reprieve in the more The post OYM 44: Do the Wave (complex) appeared first on On Your Mind Podcast.
12:44 AM | John Oliver as an Instruction Librarian
I’ve been a big John Oliver fan from his time at the Daily Show and his weekly podcast with Andy Zaltzman, The Bugle, but I never knew just how effective he could be as an instruction librarian. Just watch this video below as he carefully examines the emerging media form of native advertisements and the problems […]

August 05, 2014

6:01 PM | How a smart phone could correct your vision What if computer...
How a smart phone could correct your vision What if computer screens had glasses instead of the people staring at the monitors? That concept is not too far afield from technology being developed by UC Berkeley computer and vision scientists. The researchers are developing computer algorithms to compensate for an individual’s visual impairment, and creating vision-correcting displays that enable users to see text and images clearly without wearing eyeglasses or contact lenses. The […]
3:25 PM | Moving notice
Hello loyal reader(s) of Cedar’s Digest. I have decided to pack up my things and move, from to my own self-hosted site: Please redirect or resubscribe your feedly or RSS readers, or email settings if you wish to continue … Continue reading →
2:55 PM | Why Education Colleges Need to Move Out of the Ivory Tower and into Urban Schools
It’s time to move teacher-training programs to where they belong - the schools. Teachers in training simply don’t spend enough time developing the relationships and skills required to become effective, persisting professionals. Accordingly, teacher-training programs must adjust to give aspiring teachers more time in the actual settings candidates aspire to work in. However, adjusting academic programs to allow teacher candidates to train longer than the traditional 12-week student […]
1:00 PM | This Is What Science Looks Like at NC State: Emily Griffiths
Editor’s note: This post was written by Emily Griffiths, a postdoctoral researcher in NC State’s Department of Entomology. She also writes Emily’s Dengue Blog. This post is an entry in an ongoing series that we […]
1:00 PM | Macroecology Meeting in the Works
We macroecologists are scattered across the globe, often with little in person access to other macroecologists. Often we’re lucky if there’s another person at our institution that has even heard the word macroecology. Sadly, we don’t have a lot of venues for bringing large groups of macroecologists together. Many of the ones that do occur […]
12:47 PM | New on F1000Research – 5 August 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: Sub-strains of Drosophila Canton-S differ markedly in their locomotor behavior [v1; ref status: awaiting peer review,] Julien Colomb, Björn Brembs This new article could redefine how [...]
12:42 PM | “You Need Perseverance to realise your dreams” Meet Adriana Ocampo, Lead Program Executive at NASA’s New Frontier’s Program
Interview by Claire van den Broek “I used to go to the roof of my house in Buenos Aires and dream about the stars,” recalls Adriana Ocampo. And as Science Program Manager at NASA, it’s probably fair to say that she’s one of those people who tends to turn their dreams into reality. I tell students that […]
12:00 PM | This Is What Science Looks Like At NC State: Emily Griffiths
Editor’s note: This post was written by Emily Griffiths, a postdoctoral researcher in NC State’s Department of Entomology. She also writes Emily’s Dengue Blog. This post is an entry in an ongoing series that we hope will highlight the diversity of researchers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The series is inspired by the This
10:53 AM | Guest Post: Perfecting the Elevator Pitch
This is a guest post from Catherine Searle, who just finished up a postdoc in my lab and moved to Purdue to begin a tenure track position. Each of the past two summers, Cat has led a lab meeting where … Continue reading →
4:22 AM | New faculty positions in Synthetic Biology/Bioinformatics
Building off our launch of the Yeast 2.0 Synthetic Biology project at Macquarie University, we have just advertised three new junior faculty positions (level B/C- roughly equivalent to Assistant Professor in the USA). Two of these positions are in Synthetic Biology and the third position is in Bioinformatics. We also have three postdoctoral positions to be filled on the Yeast 2.0 project. The plan with these appointments is to build a critical mass of researchers in Synthetic Biology at […]

August 04, 2014

10:05 PM | Do Sciences and Humanities Students’ Brains Differ?
Scholars on both sides of the science-humanities divide have been known to feel that their counterparts just don’t think in the same way. But could it be that their brains are actually different? Yes, it could, say Japanese neuroscientists Hikaru Takeuchi and colleagues, who have just published a paper about Brain structures in the sciences […]The post Do Sciences and Humanities Students’ Brains Differ? appeared first on Neuroskeptic.

Takeuchi H, Taki Y, Sekiguchi A, Nouchi R, Kotozaki Y, Nakagawa S, Miyauchi CM, Iizuka K, Yokoyama R, Shinada T & Yamamoto Y (2014). Brain structures in the sciences and humanities., Brain structure & function, PMID:

6:12 PM | The real Piper of ‘Orange is the New Black’ on how...
The real Piper of ‘Orange is the New Black’ on how prison is broken Piper Kerman, author of the book that inspired the Netflix show, Orange is the New Black, talks with Vox’s Ezra Klein about the failures of the U.S. criminal justice system. She argues that reducing sentences for non-violent drug offenses and reducing prison population makes economic and moral sense. Jennifer L. Skeem, a professor at UC Irvine, co-authored a paper on using risk assessment techniques to reduce […]
5:56 PM | New Android Software Gives Users More Privacy Control
Computer security researchers have developed new software, called NativeWrap, which gives Android users more control over their privacy protections. Android users currently have two ways to access the web from their phones: they can use […]
5:42 PM | Reflections on the Underemployment of College Graduates
Most people — and especially parents of 20-something college graduates — know that the job market is particularly tough right now for recent college grads. But so tough that about half of them are either unemployed or underemployed? That is what analysts for the New York Federal Reserve Bank of New York calculated, in a January, 2014, report, “Are Recent College Graduates Finding Good Jobs?”  Defining “underemployed as working in low-paid jobs that don’t […]
5:22 PM | New Android Software Gives Users More Privacy Control
Computer security researchers have developed new software, called NativeWrap, which gives Android users more control over their privacy protections. Android users currently have two ways to access the web from their phones: they can use a web browser, or they can use apps for sites like Facebook or Twitter. Both options have drawbacks. If you
2:47 PM | At Troubled Detroit Schools, Adjusting to More Class Time
DETROIT --Many of Malik Canty’s classmates left Southeastern High School of Technology and Law last summer when they discovered the school year would no longer end in June but barrel straight through to August. Malik, though, could see the value in the new requirement. And he thought his peers at other schools in the city, let loose for the summer while he was still in class, would have been better off sticking it out like he did. Coming from Detroit Public Schools, the 17-year-old said, […]
1:31 PM | The Second Half.
You know, it really is something to be 40 years old and literally be in the best shape of my life. You hear that a lot, and for the most part I’ve always assumed it’s bullshit from someone selling powdered youth on television. And usually, I think, it is. But in my case, I spent […]
12:00 PM | Introducing high school students to research
Like a number of other institutions, my institution offers outreach-y type programs over the summer, aimed at high school students. In the case of my institution, we offer a number of 3-week programs in different disciplines that generally follow the same format: class in the morning, and what we call “guided research” in the afternoon.…
11:30 AM | Poll: What constitutes “self promotion” in science? (UPDATED)
In a comment on a recent post, Jeff Ollerton notes that “self promotion” means different things to different people in science, and that its meaning has changed over time as well: The “self promotion” issue really is an interesting one, … Continue reading →
11:01 AM | Waiting for the ‘new’ Foursquare …
While the wait for the new Foursquare continues, news comes that ‘gamification’ is being ‘reintroduced’ into the new app – details here. This sounds complicated, and how many users will engage with it is an open question! In the meantime, I’m continuing to check-in via Swarm, and getting my points tally on Foursquare (yes, this […]
9:23 AM | Whose decision is it anyway?
Who is ultimately responsible for the content of a research paper? Most of us would point at the authors: referees can assess what’s in the paper, but we have to trust that the authors present ‘real’ (not fabricated) data and that they report all results, not a cherry-picked selection. And yet, the expectation generally is [...]
6:30 AM | Propaganda instead of peer review | Steve Caplan
Why The Lancet should be put under the microscope for publishing propaganda, mistruths and out of context information at best and outright lies at worstThe recent letter published by The Lancet, An open letter to the people of Gaza is as much an insult to the integrity of this scientific journal as it is to Israeli doctors, scientists and academics. The letter, by Manduca et al on behalf of 24 signatories, denounces over and over the aggression of Israel in Gaza, Israels crimes against […]
4:00 AM | Room with a View—Forbes Names NHLBI’s Greg Alushin to Its “30 under 30 in Science” List
It's rare to find a young scientist in a big office, yet Gregory Alushin, age 29, has generous space, a U-shaped desk, and a floor-to-ceiling window with a view of the NIH campus. He is semi-apologetic about the arrangement, insisting that it's only temporary. "We're going to have to leave this place in a few months," Alushin hastily explains. "Another institute had just moved out of this space so we got to be the temporary sole occupants." His lab was founded only seven months ago, says […]

August 03, 2014

6:24 PM | Climate scientists are closely monitoring bristlecone pines,...
Climate scientists are closely monitoring bristlecone pines, some of the oldest living trees on earth, that grow on pale dolomite soil on the slopes of UCLA’s White Mountain Research Reserve. Due to their long lifespan, they provide a wealth of historic climate data in their tree rings.
5:11 AM | Barefoot Water Skiing
Never saw this before. Barefoot water skiing. Didn’t believe it. Here is a behind the scene video:  

August 02, 2014

1:30 PM | Speed reading might not be all it’s chalked up to be
Just read a great blog post by UCSD Cog Sci professor Ben Bergen for Psychology Today. There’s been a lot of hype lately about apps that allow you to read text more quickly than you normally do, and this post discusses why you should not buy into the hype. The way the apps work is by rapidly presenting […]

August 01, 2014

8:28 PM | “Old” meets “New”: the role of preprints in natural history
The title of this post is a little tongue-in-cheek because preprints are a relatively recent adoption in ecology, conservation, and environmental science, and natural history is, of course, the foundation of ecology, conservation, and environmental science.  Regardless, though, I think preprints have a huge role to play in natural history. Preprints are non-peer-reviewed documents that are posted in […]
6:24 PM | Dun-dun-dun-dun… a live chat about Elasmobranch Biology and Conservation.
The importance of elasmobranchs, the group comprising sharks, skates and rays, is indisputable – several play essential roles as marine apex predators, many are of commercial value and some are key models in biomedical research. Overfishing to feed an incessant appetite for shark fin soup has led to the killing of ~100 million sharks every [...]
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