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September 18, 2014

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4:24 PM | Contraflow
I was taught as a child that if you are walking on a road that has no pavement then you should walk on the side of the road so as to face the oncoming traffic. If the cars are driving on … Continue reading →
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2:57 PM | The front line of science – hearing the voice of our eventual leaders now
Science policy from the highest level affects everyone, not least the newest draftees to academic research. Graduates and postdocs will ultimately have their career paths carved out for them from the higher echelons of decision making, so surely it makes sense that tomorrow’s researchers should have a say about what direction these paths [...]
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1:45 PM | A look at Mendeley Readership Statistics
By See Wah Cheng, Product Manager at Mendeley We live in an age where knowledge dissemination happens at an incredible speed, researchers are always looking for ways to evaluate new discovery. Mendeley’s vision has always been to accelerate research, and by crowdsourcing readership statistics, we provide a new way for you to look at the […]
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1:37 PM | What causes high retraction rates in high-profile journals?
A Nature News piece is out today featuring comments from me, about how high retraction rates correlate with impact factors in scholarly journals. However, the piece cherry picks my comments a little, and doesn’t really go into that much depth. Bjorn Brembs  already has a response up, and seeing as when I was contacted for […]
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1:31 PM | Running On – Thoughts on Mediocrity.
Tonight I will run 10K as my last training run for the Philadelphia Rock and Roll Half-Marathon Sunday. This will be my second half-marathon and I’m very excited for it. When I ran Pittsburgh in May, I was not terribly well prepared. The longest run I had done leading up to it was 10 miles. […]
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12:00 PM | The two-body problem isn’t temporary
Wouldn’t it be amazing if both you and your partner landed great jobs in the same city or even the same institution? Hell yeah, that would be great! Even if you’re not in a dual-academic career couple, having landed two jobs near one another isn’t so easy. I know some academics who are married to nurses…
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8:40 AM | Congrats Deepa!
Deepa Varkey is a PhD student in my group working on how marine cyanobacteria adapt to different temperatures. She has just won a prize for the best poster at the 9th European Workshop on the Molecular Biology of Cyanobacteria in the Netherlands. Great job Deepa!Deepa and her prize winning poster
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4:48 AM | Things I Learned as a Field Biologist #635
There may come a time when, late one night deep in the forests of Madagascar, you stumble upon something that is magnificent in its diminution. A creature so glorious in its eensiness that you must steel every nerve to keep the squee at bay. But this encounter was no accident… you spent months of planning, weeks of waiting for permits and equipment, and so many long nights setting traps to ensnare this single, miniscule beast… And now it is time. Time to make the decision that […]
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12:35 AM | Dog Science in September: Springing and Falling
Depending on your location, your days are either brightening and warming up, or shortening and cooling off. Wherever you are, we hope you enjoy this collection of canine science that we took note of over the last two weeks, Storified in the one spot for easy reference:[View the story "Do You Believe in Dog? [01-15 September 2014]" on Storify]© Do You Believe in Dog? 2014

September 17, 2014

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11:02 PM | How Vocational Education Leads to College
Often when Americans think of vocational education they tend to rather look down on it. Particularly for Americans from professional backgrounds, voc-tech signifies manual labor and the sort of classes students take when they’re not going to go to college, and when they don’t really have any options. The reality is more complicated. And a little more inspiring. It turns out students who attend vocational high schools often matriculate at 4-year colleges. According to a piece in […]
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5:45 PM | "He showed the words ‘chocolate cake’ to a group of Americans and recorded their word associations...."
“He showed the words ‘chocolate cake’ to a group of Americans and recorded their word associations. “Guilt” was the top response. If that strikes you as unexceptional, consider the response of French eaters to the same prompt: ‘celebration.’” - UC Berkeley’s Michael Pollan, In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto (via darkryemag)
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4:27 PM | Colleges Let Taxpayers Help Poor Students While They Go After Rich, Report Says
In what it calls “an elaborate shell game,” universities and colleges are shifting their financial aid from low-income students to high-income ones to bolster their prestige and raise them up the rankings, a new report says. Meanwhile, according to the report by the nonprofit, nonpartisan New America Foundation, universities are leaving their poorest families to vie for a piece of billions of dollars in taxpayer-funded Pell Grants. Because of this, the federal government continues […]
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1:24 PM | What Makes a Scientist?
I had an interesting conversation with a friend yesterday about “what makes a scientist”. Now, I’ve written here that I’m not really a scientist, and that’s true. I’m an engineer. While I use scientific principles to test hypotheses, my real job is about designing and building computer simulations and using them to make predictions. The […]
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11:05 AM | Detection probabilities – back to the big picture … and a poll
I have now had two posts (both rather heavily read and rather contentiously debated in the comments) on detection probabilities (first post, second post). Whether you have or haven’t read those posts, they were fairly technical (although my goal was … Continue reading →
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11:00 AM | Hittin’ the Buffers
  Gel electrophoresis, or ‘running a gel’ is the ‘bread ‘n butter’ of any molecular biology lab – the ‘stock ‘n trade’ of the Life Sciences – the ‘meat ‘n two veg’ of …..okay, okay – you get the picture. Basically gel electrophoresis works by sieving DNA through the pores of an agar jelly and separates […]
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2:42 AM | OYM 49: Then the next one’s still 50
The computer ate the podcast. Again. So this is just a minute of Liam rabling about how frustrated he is about it. Back next week with real episodes, until then check out all our past episodes at www.OnYourMind.ca The post OYM 49: Then the next one’s still 50 appeared first on On Your Mind Podcast.

September 16, 2014

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9:30 PM | asapscience: Ever wonder how social media and the internet are...
asapscience: Ever wonder how social media and the internet are affecting your brain? You may never be the same!
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8:49 PM | 12 Tips To Overcome Writer’s Block For PhD Students (#6 was a game changer for me)
At 100+ pages, writing a PhD thesis paralyzes the bravest student. Breaking writer’s block for PhD students is possible and easy. Keep reading to know how. One of the most important and terrifying experiences in graduate school was writing my thesis proposal in my second year. The average length of our program was 6 years, [...]
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8:41 PM | Nine Years After Katrina, We're Still Asking the Wrong Questions About Education
“Is the educational system better now than it was pre-Katrina?” It’s the question I hear more than any other. But the typical responses around test score growth miss how we should measure school performance in New Orleans. It’s just over nine years since Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans in August 2005, and we’re still asking the wrong questions. Rusted scissors, coins and other debris sit on the floor of an elementary school in the Lakeview neighborhood of […]
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8:24 PM | One hundred years old
Just a few years back it seemed unlikely that we would ever celebrate our centenary. We were to be rejuvenated exterminated absorbed into a new Institute.  Back in 2007 when this project was announced we expected that 2013 would be the beginning … Continue reading →
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2:49 PM | Loan Forgiveness for Teachers: Let Us Count the Ways
Back in 2007, Congress passed a law establishing the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (PSLF), allowing people who work in qualifying public service jobs to receive student loan forgiveness–tax-free–after the equivalent of 10 years of payments. And with a new version of income-based repayment (IBR) implemented by the Department of Education for borrowers with loans taken out after the fall of 2007, many of those public servants are able to pay far less for those 10 years than […]
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2:46 PM | Child Care Reauthorization 20 Years in the Making Underway
Political commentators may have spoken too soon about the “do-nothing Congress.” There’s been a veritable torrent of education-related legislative activity this summer, and lawmakers wrapped up that work today with an easy ‘yes’ vote in the House on the carefully negotiated Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) reauthorization bill. The Senate passed a version of CCDBG back in March, and then sent it to the House. There’s been a quiet standoff since […]
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1:26 PM | Weecology is moving to the University of Florida
We are excited to announce that Weecology will be moving to the University of Florida next summer. We were recruited as part of the UF Rising Preeminence Plan, a major hiring campaign to bring together researchers in a number of focal areas including Big Data and Biodiversity. We will both be joining the Wildlife Ecology […]
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12:52 PM | Why Is It So Hard To Think About The Brain?
This is the abstract for one of the two talks that I gave last week in Búzios, Brazil for the SBNeC conference: “Why Is It So Hard To Think About The Brain?” The talk didn’t end up following this plan exactly, but all of the ideas are here. I had an incredible time at SBNeC […]The post Why Is It So Hard To Think About The Brain? appeared first on Neuroskeptic.
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11:36 AM | Listen to Jeremy talk about ecology and blogging on Utah Public Radio Wed. 9 am Mountain Time
I’m in Utah right now giving a couple of talks at Utah State University. Which led to me getting a very flattering invitation to tape an interview for Utah public radio. The interview will be broadcast on Wed. Sept. 16 … Continue reading →
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11:36 AM | Listen to Jeremy talk about ecology and blogging on Utah Public Radio Wed. 9 am Mountain Time (UPDATED)
I’m in Utah right now giving a couple of talks at Utah State University. Which led to me getting a very flattering invitation to tape an interview for Utah public radio. The interview will be broadcast on Wed. Sept. 16 … Continue reading →
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10:48 AM | Cambridge Union Society Debates Right to be Forgotten
In May 2014, the European Court of Justice ruling saw Google and other search engines receiving thousands of requests to remove links to certain content deemed damaging to individuals. Sir Jimmy Wales from the Wikimedia Foundation is amongst those that have spoken out at length against the ruling. In the company’s first transparency report, it […]
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4:00 AM | Nontraditional Careers: Science Policy
A doctorate in biology is preparation to do more than just bench work, said Lyric Jorgenson, a PhD who now works as Science Policy Advisor and Analyst at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). "It's a degree in logic," she contends. Logic and problem solving, an interest in politics, combined with the ability to write for different audiences are essential skills for PhDs looking to make the leap into science policy. A doctorate in biology is preparation to do more than just bench work, […]

September 15, 2014

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7:25 PM | An unforgettable sendoff
After researching the coral reefs surrounding the island of Mo’orea, French Polynesia since 2009, and in my final hours on the island, I was fortunate enough to see a side of nature I had never seen before. This encounter made … Continue reading →
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6:34 PM | New on F1000Research – 15 September 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. Have you had a chance to check out what our scientists think about Immediate Publication, Transparent Refereeing, No Editorial Bias, and Data Inclusion? Head on over to our homepage and see what others like [...]
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