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November 03, 2014

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10:36 AM | Midwest Scholars Conference
Mendeley loves our Advisors and recently one of our Advisors, Chris Devers hosted a session at the Midwest Scholars Conference. He tells us about his session in today’s Guest Blog Post: Recently, Mendeley sponsored the Midwest Scholars Conference. At the conference, I provided a seminar that demonstrated some of Mendeley’s advanced features. During the seminar, participants […]
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9:42 AM | Santorini: Myths, Legends and Modern Day Volcanic Threat
How do we quantify volcanic hazard? One of the most important contributions of geoscience to society is the assessment of natural hazards, particularly the threat of volcanic eruption to local and global populations. Santorini, an idyllic Greek island in the Cyclades, is a perfect case study of the application of monitoring techniques. It is famous for it’s last major caldera forming eruption 3600 years ago, which created the characteristic ‘outer ring’ shape, flooded […]
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9:23 AM | Size isn’t everything: organising small conferences
The late afternoon sky drizzled softly on Manchester. The pubs along Oxford Road gently creaked with the weight of workers sinking pints following a long week of doing whatever it is that people who work in Manchester do.  Sat in a beer garden, I relaxed and pondered the exceptionally busy previous 48 hours, the main feature of which had been the effective and successful running of a small conference. Having waved goodbye to 50 happy delegates, I had the time to reflect on what had made it […]
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8:52 AM | Ode to a PhD student
Today’s special treat, a poem dedicated to PhD students, is brought to you from the mighty pen of Inez Farag. Inez is currently supposed to be writing her thesis in Sydney but decided to spend her time writing this piece for you instead. We thought that the words and the sentiment capture the experience perfectly! […]
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November 02, 2014

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8:29 PM | Discipline-specific Tools: Science: Electronic Lab Notebooks (ELNs)
Scientists have been recording data for millennia (Bird, 2013).  Since science became more formal in the 17th century, more and more data has been produced, and tools grow ever more sophisticated.  There are still some who think that if a … Continue reading → The post Discipline-specific Tools: Science: Electronic Lab Notebooks (ELNs) appeared first on Personal Knowledge Management for Academia & Librarians.
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2:09 AM | Greetings from Boston
I'm in Boston along with the Macquarie iGEM team attending the iGEM Giant Jamboree. iGEM is the International Genetically Engineered Machine competition where teams of undergraduate students from around the world showcase their synthetic biology research achievements. This year there are 245 teams with over 2500 participants attending the iGEM Giant Jamboree. In addition to the Macquarie University team, there are two other Australian teams from Melbourne University and Sydney University.The […]

November 01, 2014

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7:05 PM | An Etymological Map of the Brain
The parts of the brain have many weird and wonderful names. But what do those names signify? I’ve made this Etymological Map of the Brain to illustrate the meaning behind the names of common cerebral structures. If you enjoyed this post, please let me know and I’ll do another map covering the brain areas not […]The post An Etymological Map of the Brain appeared first on Neuroskeptic.
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7:05 PM | Weekend Links (November 1 Edition)
A variety of links on related news.Ebola #1 (local):  The HackEbola with Data website gives detail for the upcoming Harvard Hacking event in conjunction with Statistics without Borders.  If doing some data mining for a cause is your thing, please check it out.  (No, you don't have to be associated with Harvard to participate...)Ebola #2:  New Yorker magazine has an article out on "The Ebola Wars" that among other things, describes the work done by Harvard colleague Pardis […]
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3:36 PM | Fantasy, reality, and learning to be
Four months. Four months since I took the time to see a post through to the end and hit publish here. I sigh, embarrassed that it’s been so long. A bit ashamed that I haven’t done more. Resigned to accepting … Continue reading →

October 31, 2014

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10:45 PM | The PhD Dilemma: Should You Quit Your PhD Or Stay?
Should you quit your PhD or should you stay? That’s a question we all have once (or millions of times) during our PhDs. It occurs mostly half way a PhD. It feels like for the last 2 years you haven’t done any progress. If that is true, it means that you only have half of a PhD [...]
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8:48 PM | Double, double, toil and trouble…
Happy Halloween!
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8:35 PM | Happy Halloween!
Happy Halloween!
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8:12 PM | To some a citation is worth $3 per year
Originally posted on Bits of DNA:Earlier this week US News and World Report (USNWR) released, for the first time, a global ranking of universities including rankings by subject area. In mathematics, the top ten universities are: 1. Berkeley 2.…
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5:21 PM | UC researchers have found that using a silvery plastic sheet as...
UC researchers have found that using a silvery plastic sheet as a replacement for mulch in pumpkin patches can keep bugs away. The light reflected off the plastic repels insects, keeping them from infecting the plants. So you end up with a much better pumpkin for Halloween! Read more about what other crops UC has helped improve
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3:01 PM | Mendeley Debates At Cambridge : Do We Need A ‘Right To Be Forgotten’ ?
By: Gabriel Hughes, VP Web Analytics at Elsevier Should we have the right to require websites to ‘forget’ or ‘delete’ stories and posts about us which we find embarrassing or just don’t want other people to see? Should people be able to force search engines to remove links to information like that? Do individuals need […]
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2:38 PM | What's Different, What's New in Final Gainful Employment Rule
The Department of Education finally released its final gainful employment rule this morning. This is a high-profile attempt to address concerns about the quality of career education programs, particularly those offered by private, for-profit institutions. This version is the fourth major version of the text we’ve seen, after a proposed version back in March, as well as a proposed and final version that came out during a prior effort that was finalized in 2011 only to be struck […]
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2:35 PM | Gainful Employment and the Federal Ability to Sanction Colleges
The U.S. Department of Education’s second attempt at “gainful employment” regulations, which apply to the majority of vocationally-oriented programs at for-profit colleges and certain nondegree programs at public and private nonprofit colleges, was released to the public this morning. The Department’s first effort in 2010 was struck down by a federal judge after the for-profit sector challenged a loan repayment rate metric on account of it requiring additional student […]
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1:33 PM | Denial.
I received an interesting email from a friend today who writes about the recovery and substance abuse industry. She asked me why I thought that places like Huffington Post, and Salon, and Substance.com are so reliably anti-treatment, anti-12 step, and even anti-addiction as a concept. Obviously, I wish I knew, and I wish I knew how […]
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12:32 PM | Improvising As You Go
Just occasionally one sits down with a new book, starts to read and a great sense of calm, of recognition and of identification with the words in front of you descends. It’s all too rare but is wonderful when it … Continue reading →
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12:00 PM | The conference hangover
This week I definitely had a ‘hangover’. Two weeks of meetings* left me a strange mixture of excited, enthusiastic, invigorated and completely drained. I have lots of new ideas and enjoyed both making new connections and reconnecting with others. But I can forget how drained I can feel after such intense social activity, even if…
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11:33 AM | Friday links: Hope Jahren’s blog turns 1, Tim Poisot wins the intertubes, and more
Also this week: teaching advice, a classic paper on the ecology of dragons, don’t believe the hype, great minds think link alike, and more. Also, Happy Halloween! From Meg: I enjoyed this post at Tenure, She Wrote on maintaining productivity … Continue reading →
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11:00 AM | iGEM: A Young Physicist’s perspective on Synthetic Biology
(Or otherwise referred to as biology magic.) We’re hosting an article series here on Au from the University of Aberdeen’s participants in iGEM. First out is Konstantin Gizdov, the team’s physicist. My current involvement in iGEM, MiT’s synthetic biology competition, has given me the chance to observe and take part in one of the 21st century’s…
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9:34 AM | Science in a Box
“Where did dinosaurs come from?” “How are black holes created?” “How big is the Universe?” “If we use mud wraps for our skin, why can’t we use mud as shampoo for our hair?!” These are just some of the interesting (and very diverse) questions I’ve received from enthusiastic primary school students over the past couple of weeks. They’re testimony to the curiosity and imagination that’s unleased when you encourage children to […]
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7:30 AM | The stereotype of scientist as crazy genius does no favours to the mentally ill
People who suffer from mental health issues also suffer from its stigma. Portraying mental illness as a good thing helps no one It is not funny or cool to have a mental disorder. Unless, however, youre a a scientific genius: then it appears to be quite all right, and sometimes even lauded. But in the same way that laughing with your pals at the online quiz flagging you as a schizophrenic adds to mental health stigmatization, so does praising madness as the root of genius. The Mental Health […]
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2:57 AM | Remember that time the Pope backed me up?
Recently, I was quoted in an article about an upcoming event on campus. Although only my religious identity was used (ignoring that I’ve also done research and outreach in evolution education, as well as the other details I provided the journalist), I expressed that I was upset at the anti-academic way that the conference was […]

October 30, 2014

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9:00 PM | How States Stopped Funding Higher Education
The Great Recession was pretty terrible for higher education. In state after state legislatures cut funding for public colleges. The economy has recovered, but the damage is permanent, particularly for poor students. According to this piece at Inside Higher Ed: A new report from the Center for American Progress details -- on a state-by-state basis -- the extent to which recession-driven reductions in public college financing since 2008 have sent tuitions soaring, and how disproportionately […]
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7:19 PM | Cerebrovascular physiology – article alert #88
Cardiac surgery and the brain 443- A systematic review of cerebral oxygenation-monitoring devices in cardiac surgery – Douds et al. Hypoxia and the brain 444- Cerebral blood flow response to acute hypoxic hypoxia – Harris et al. Brain reactivity to carbon dioxide 445- Cerebrovascular Reactivity to Carbon Dioxide Under Anesthesia: A Qualitative Systematic Review – […]
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5:39 PM | Meet the Analytics Team!
While our Data Science team makes a big deal out of big data, they aren’t the only ones digging their hands in the data here at Mendeley. Aside of setting and monitoring company KPIs and writing some critical reports, the Mendeley Analytics team primarily focuses on user behaviour. That means, they study how and why […]
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5:27 PM | Is 2014 Awesome or Not?
Let us call a natural number awesome if it can be represented as ab + ba, where a and b are natural numbers. For example, number 57 is awesome as 57 = 25 + 52. Is 2014 awesome? Share:
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5:12 PM | Spicy Science The pungency of chili peppers is measured in...
Spicy Science The pungency of chili peppers is measured in Scoville heat units, which indicate the amount of capsaicin present (the higher, the hotter). The Scoville scale — named after its creator, American chemist Wilbur Scoville — starts at zero (bell pepper). A jalapeño measures 2,500 to 8,000 SHU and the Carolina Reaper hits an eye-popping 2.2 million SHU. The spiciness in peppers isn’t just a topic for our taste buds; it’s also generated prize-winning […]
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