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August 04, 2014

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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 […]
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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 […]
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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 […]
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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
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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, […]
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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 […]
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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.…
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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 →
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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 […]
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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 [...]
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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 […]
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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

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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.
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5:11 AM | Barefoot Water Skiing
Never saw this before. Barefoot water skiing. Didn’t believe it. Here is a behind the scene video: http://youtu.be/rezN4lfcs38  

August 02, 2014

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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 […]
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