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September 22, 2014

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5:06 PM | Neuroscience could alter feeling disappointed Finding an...
Neuroscience could alter feeling disappointed Finding an antidote for feeling let-down may now be possible. Researchers at UC San Diego have identified a control mechanism for an area of the brain that processes sensory and emotive information that humans experience as feeling depressed. “The idea that some people see the world as a glass half empty has a chemical basis in the brain,” said senior author Roberto Malinow. “What we have found is a process that may […]
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2:30 PM | Congrats September Advisor of the Month!
Congratulations and Thank You to Yarimar Rosa Rodriguez, our September Advisor of the Month! Yari, an instructor in Clinical Psychology at University of Puerto Rico, answered our call last month encouraging more Mendeley presentations by scheduling half a dozen presentations over the next few months, including talks at a large conference. Wow!  She’s in for […]
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1:22 PM | Rare disease tweetchat: September 29
To mark the upcoming launch of our Rare Diseases article collection, we will be talking with three researchers in a special rare disease themed tweetchat next week. Join us September 29 to discuss the challenges of rare disease research. We’ll start at 1PM EST. Follow the #F1000Talks hashtag, or our @F1000Research Twitter [...]
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12:00 PM | 12 tips for talking to science faculty about new teaching strategies
Attention education researchers: Here are some tips about interacting with science faculty. I’ve noticed that this genre uses a lot of lists. So, here’s a list: Lose the acronyms. Lose the jargon. You can use Bloom’s Taxonomy without actually calling it that. You can ask us to use formative assessments without calling them that. We’re not going to…
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11:52 AM | Theory vs. models in ecology
Katie Koelle delivered the opening talk in the Ignite session on “theory vs. empiricism” at the ESA meeting.* I thought she raised several interesting issues that weren’t really touched on in the rest of the session. I was struck by … Continue reading →
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11:52 AM | Theory vs. models in ecology (UPDATED)
Katie Koelle delivered the opening talk in the Ignite session on “theory vs. empiricism” at the ESA meeting.* I thought she raised several interesting issues that weren’t really touched on in the rest of the session. I was struck by … Continue reading →
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10:36 AM | This Is What Science Looks Like At NC State: Sasha Ishmael
Sasha Ishmael explains how a childhood fear led to her research on superconductors.
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9:14 AM | New on F1000Research – 22 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. Feature article: Strategies of the honeybee Apis mellifera during visual search for vertical targets presented at various heights: a role for spatial attention? [v1; ref status: indexed, http://f1000r.es/3yb] Linde [...]
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3:03 AM | There is no I in team, but there is one in Ian
On Friday, I took the labgroup out for a team building exercise, and nothing builds team spirit like shooting each other with lasers! So we went out and played lasertag and ten-pin bowling.So what did we learn from this outing-- running around like a maniac with a laser is a good workout, my muscles still ache 3 days later- being a sneaky sniper does not work as a lasertag strategy- after I was shot by Liam five times in the first 30 seconds or so, I realised running around like a kitten on […]

September 21, 2014

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11:05 PM | Night Life! Friday 26th Sept
This Friday, members of EcoEvo@TCD, as well as others from the Botany and Zoology departments and Trinity Centre for Biodiversity Research will present Night Life! in the Zoology building at Trinity College Dublin. The event is FREE to attend and we will be open from 6pm-10pm with the last entry at 9.30pm. Night Life! is an opportunity to meet researchers and to find out the kinds of things we do. Prof. Yvonne Buckley will give you a taste of our research highlights, Kevin Healy will wow you […]
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11:03 PM | Philadelphia Defeated.
Well, my run in the Philadelphia Rock and Roll half marathon is over. BB and I ran the whole thing side by side and crossed the finish line together at just under 2:18. That’s more than 20 minutes faster than our run in Pittsburgh last May. I feel good about it. I’ll write more Tuesday. […]
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6:38 PM | What’s Wrong with Conferences?
September is customarily a busy month for conferences, often with too many interesting ones that clash. What makes for a good meeting? Exciting talks, which you haven’t heard before (so not just lazy wheeling out of the usual suspects by … Continue reading →
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6:15 PM | "All that is required to become an optimist is to have the goal and to practice it. The more you..."
“All that is required to become an optimist is to have the goal and to practice it. The more you rehearse optimistic thoughts, the more ‘natural’ and ‘ingrained’ they will become. With time they will be part of you, and you will have made yourself into an altogether different person.” - Sonja Lyubomirsky, UC Riverside social psychologist & author (via ucsciencetoday)
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6:12 PM | Discipline-Specific Tools: The Law of the Land
Do you read legal thrillers?   They are one of the genres I enjoy.  Tracking down productivity tools and sources used by lawyers and legal students may not be as exciting,  but has more utility! My university does not have a … Continue reading → The post Discipline-Specific Tools: The Law of the Land appeared first on Personal Knowledge Management for Academia & Librarians.
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11:21 AM | Warning: This Post Will Change Your Brain
Last week I gave a talk in Brazil called Why Is It So Hard To Think About The Brain?, Well, no sooner have I returned than a story appeared that illustrates my point all too well. A neuroscience paper made headlines around the world on Friday. Here’s Time‘s take: One Dose of Antidepressant Changes the […]The post Warning: This Post Will Change Your Brain appeared first on Neuroskeptic.

Schaefer, A., Burmann, I., Regenthal, R., Arélin, K., Barth, C., Pampel, A., Villringer, A., Margulies, D. & Sacher, J. (2014). Serotonergic Modulation of Intrinsic Functional Connectivity, Current Biology, DOI: 10.1016/j.cub.2014.08.024

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September 19, 2014

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10:46 PM | Wait, so what did you actually do to get the pee? What are the pros and cons of each method? Don't leave us hanging!
You write, dear readers, and I listen. There’s been A LOT of interest in the methodology outlined in Things I Learned as a Field Biologist #635. Lamentably, this is not my story to tell: although I’ve collected many bodily excreta/secreta from from many primates, the Strepsirrhini ain’t my game. However, to satiate the curiosity of the masses I wrote to my good friend Luca Pozzi - whose work is featured in that post and who is currently in Madagascar running some field […]
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7:40 PM | Harvard Business School, Heal Thyself
Recently I wrote about a study performed by Harvard Business School assessing the way American business leaders feel about inequality in America. Somewhat surprisingly, HBS alumni indicated it's a problem. As a piece at Al Jazeera put it, alumni believed that “the weaknesses in elements that drive prosperity for the average American indicate that the American economy requires a strategy in order to do its full job." But former U.S. Secretary of Labor Robert Reich has an interesting […]
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6:00 PM | Mother Nature Sets the Tune in Cell Biology, Walter Tells Lasker Awards Ceremony
Mother Nature made an unexpected appearance this afternoon at the Lasker Awards luncheon in New York City when Peter Walter of the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and ASCB President Elect for 2016, described her as a mix of biological referee, evolutionary trickster, and puzzle mistress. "In biology, Mother Nature presents the playing field, and it is our task to decipher how it works," Walter declared. "Disconcertingly, Nature deploys the strategy of random walk, of mutation and […]
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5:57 PM | Musings and Anxieties.
I had a great final training run. 6.7 miles, 67 minutes. Dead on 10:01 minutes per mile. Makes me quite happy to be there. I’ll be aiming for a slightly slower pace for the half marathon Sunday. My goal is to get in between a 10:30 and 11:00 min/mi pace. That corresponds to a total […]
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4:39 PM | The Slingjaw Wrasse Peter Wainwright is a fish biologist at UC...
The Slingjaw Wrasse Peter Wainwright is a fish biologist at UC Davis and studies the many ways fish eat their food.  His lab has a YouTube page that shows an array of fish eating their prey. In the animation above the slingjaw wrasse essentially creates a suction tube to eat small fish by unhinging its jaw.
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3:31 PM | THE SCOTTISH REFERENDUM 2014: A Nation Decides
Originally posted on angiesallsorts:The referendum ballot boxes have been counted from an unprecedented electorate turnout of 84.51% and Scotland has decided to remain within the United Kingdom. The No campaign (against independence) gained 55.3% some 2,001,926 votes cast, whilst the Yes campaign (for independence) gathered 1,617,989 votes or 44.7% in the polls. From the…
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1:35 PM | Getting Grant Funding for Your Startup
Jan Reichelt, Co-founder and President of Mendeley, talks about his experience of using grants from funding bodies such as EUREKA and the Technology Strategy Board to help grow the company. By: Elitsa Dermendzhiyska, Co-founder of Grant Central Is there such a thing as a free lunch when it comes to startup funding? That’s the question […]
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12:30 PM | Open Science News – 19 September 2014
This week’s buzz in Open Science: Introducing OpenTrons: easy to use biotech tools that you can connect together to make a modular lab automation system so you can do more science than ever before! Looking for tips on how to write a winning grant? Check out these sample applications and summary statements provided [...]
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11:39 AM | Meet the lab: Crystal Ernst
This is the first in a series of posts where each Arthropod Ecology lab member can introduce themselves. First up is PhD student Crystal Ernst: I’m a Ph.D. candidate in the final stages of my program: these days I’m crunching out analyses and writing papers as I prepare to submit my thesis at the end of […]
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11:00 AM | Friday links: sexual assault, NSF preproposals, is lecturing ethical, and more
Jeremy is traveling this week, so I’m in charge of the Friday link fest! From Jeremy: KELP :-) (ht imachordata.com) From Meg: Hope Jahren had a very powerful op-ed in the NYTimes about science’s sexual assault problem. It’s a must … Continue reading →
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9:48 AM | The Scottish Independence Referendum Result
Of course I’m pleased and relieved at the referendum result. A majority of 55% for the NO vote is  significant, especially after the (apparent) closeness of the predicted result the weekend before last. In the last few days I have been increasingly concerned about not just the effect of a Yes vote on Scotland, but […]
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1:08 AM | Thinking about what we can do about sexual assault and harassment in the sciences
If you haven’t seen it yet, go over and read this courageous, important and stunningly written Op-Ed piece by Hope Jahren over at the New York Times.                   Her story reflects the unexpressed story of many others. It was written to make us feel, and to make us want…
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September 18, 2014

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11:05 PM | Creationism in Science Fiction: Artistic freedom or anti-science?
In the late 90s and early 2000s science fiction fans such as myself had a bit of a hard time. As happy as I was when the last few years brought, amongst others, the amazingly crafted science fiction spectacles Battlestar Galactica (2004) and the long anticipated Alien prequel Prometheus (2012), the more disappointed I became when I realised that both events based their storylines heavily on creationism. Now one might argue that these are works of art and therefore subject to artistic […]
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10:48 PM | On Academia vs. Industry.... MSR SVC Closing
I'm one of those professor types that ends up defending the joys of life as an academic versus a career in industry -- some of you who read this blog have probably seen me comment at Matt Welsh's blog or Daniel Lemire's blog/Google+ chain.  And to be clear I'm not anti-industry, I just want to make sure there's a fair discussion.In that vein, I'm sad to hear that Microsoft Research Silicon Valley will be closing, as described in this article.  I know many people at MSRSV, and have […]
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8:09 PM | Coffee Drinkers Have Trouble Talking About Emotions?
People who drink a lot of coffee – and other caffeinated beverages – find it more difficult to identify and describe their own emotions. This is the claim of a new study, published in the Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, from Australian researchers Michael Lyvers and colleagues: Caffeine use and alexithymia in university students. “Alexithymia” – […]The post Coffee Drinkers Have Trouble Talking About Emotions? appeared first on Neuroskeptic.

Lyvers M, Duric N & Thorberg FA (2014). Caffeine use and alexithymia in university students., Journal of psychoactive drugs, 46 (4) 340-6. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25188705

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