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October 25, 2014

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2:00 PM | Science Caturday: Partial Eclipse of the Cat
This week featured a partial eclipse of the sun, a rare celestial event.  Phil Plait, aka @BadAstronomer, has a gallery of great eclipse photos at Slate, but we took a more artistic approach and had a science kitteh reenact the … Continue reading →
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7:44 AM | The Web - What is the issue?
From Wikipedia.Last week I gave an invited presentation in the nice library of the Royal Society of Chemistry, at the What's in a Name? The Unsung Heroes of Open Innovation: Nomenclature and Terminology meeting. I was asked to speak about HTML in this context, something I have worked with as channel for communication of scientific knowledge and data for almost 20 years know. Mostly in the area of small molecules, starting with the Dictionary of Organic Chemistry, which is interesting […]
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7:36 AM | The history of the Woordenboek Organische Chemie
Chemistry students at the Radboud University in Nijmegen (then called the Catholic University of Nijmegen) got internet access in spring 1994. BTW, the catholic part only was reflected in the curriculum in that philosophy was an obligatory course. The internet access part meant a few things:xblastHTML and web serversemailOur university also had a campus-wide IT group that experimented with new technologies. So, many students had internet access via cable early on (though I do not remember when […]
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6:00 AM | PHOTO DU BoB-274
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2:50 AM | A wonderful “Thank You” card
Originally posted on Baldscientist:Over the years, several students have surprised me with thoughtful “Thank you” notes, sometimes just to show appreciation for a semester of study or because I wrote a recommendation letter on their behalf when they are applying to grad school, medical school, etc. These kind notes always leave me with a…
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12:11 AM | Deep Sleep To Mars — Mind Blow №88 Wake up from your deep...
Deep Sleep To Mars — Mind Blow №88 Wake up from your deep sleep and watch a brand new MIND BLOW! By: Vsauce2. T-Shirts: http://www.districtlines.com/vsauce

October 24, 2014

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11:22 PM | Is Feeding Ice to Dogs Really Dangerous? Has anyone ever...
Is Feeding Ice to Dogs Really Dangerous? Has anyone ever slapped the ice from your hand when you tried to give it to a dog and then grabbed you by your lapels and shaken you and said how dangerous it is for dogs to eat ice? That person was WRONG. By: Stuff You Should Know.
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10:32 PM | Feminism In Horror Films! by lacigreen: In this...
Feminism In Horror Films! by lacigreen: In this Halloween-themed edition of Sex Plus, Laci takes a look at popular horror films of the past as a unique perspective on what humans are afraid. She goes on to offer commentary on 3 of her favorite old-school horror films which she believes have feminist themes: The Shining, Carrie, and Rosemary’s Baby. She ends by noting the continued lack of diversity and female presence in the film industry as a whole, and pondering what’s behind our […]
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10:07 PM | Is Smell the Key To an Octopus’s Heart?
We know that octopuses have awesome visual systems and super-sensitive suckers. We have even learned that they can hear. But little scientific attention has been paid to their sense of smell. And new... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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9:50 PM | While you’re waiting for the bus
9 Things That Reveal How Airbnb Lets Rich People Run a Bunch of Illegal Hotels Tracking one hundred students The iPad Air 2 Has Its Own SIM So You Change Carriers Whenever You Want Controversial: Should Workers Be Paid For … Continue reading →
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9:43 PM | Politics in the Animal Kingdom: Single Transferable Vote The...
Politics in the Animal Kingdom: Single Transferable Vote The 2014 Midterm Elections are coming up in the United States so it’s time for another installment of ‘Politics of the Animal Kingdom’. Make sure to start at part one if you haven’t seen them all: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s7tWHJfhiyo&list=PL7679C7ACE93A5638 By: CGP Grey.
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8:54 PM | 5 Food Myths About Cancer From sugar to red meat, there’s...
5 Food Myths About Cancer From sugar to red meat, there’s misinformation galore about what does (or doesn’t) cause cancer. By: How Stuff Works.
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8:05 PM | Top 5 Misconceptions about Lucid Dreams There are many...
Top 5 Misconceptions about Lucid Dreams There are many misconceptions about Lucid Dreams. This video only looks into the top 5 which includes “It’s only Lucid if you can control it” and “Lucid Dreaming is New Age”. This video also looking into Paranormal Dreams and even the brain frequencies within the brain while you sleep. Enjoy By: Es Einsteinium.
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7:46 PM | Information and Structure in Complex Systems
Eight years ago, I had finished my first year of graduate school in math, and I was at a loss as to what to research.  My original focus, differential geometry, was a beautiful subject to learn about, but the open research questions were too abstract and technical to sustain my interest.  I wanted something more relevant to the real world, something I could talk to people about.Looking for new ideas, I took a course in complex systems, run by the New England Complex Systems […]
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7:16 PM | 29 Dumb Facts About Dessert This week, John discusses some...
29 Dumb Facts About Dessert This week, John discusses some pretty dumb facts about dessert. By: Mental Floss. Support: http://store.mentalfloss.com/ (enter promo code: “YoutubeFlossers” for 15% off!)
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6:27 PM | World’s Most Asked Questions: How Many Calories Should I...
World’s Most Asked Questions: How Many Calories Should I Have in a Day? by scishow: People ask Google everything under the sun. One of the most commonly searched questions in the world is “How Many Calories Should I have in a day?” Allow us at SciShow to explain. Support on Subbable: https://subbable.com/scishow
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5:38 PM | Wiping Out Disease With Genetics - World Changing Ideas In...
Wiping Out Disease With Genetics - World Changing Ideas In partnership with BBC Future, Headsqueeze is very happy to be bringing you the most interesting topics from the World Changing Ideas summit. Here leading geneticist George Church talks us through the possibility of preventing disease through genetics. Learn more about the World Changing Ideas summit here: http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20140917-ideas-that-will-change-the-world By: Head Squeeze.
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5:26 PM | Celebrating Alfred Russel Wallace with … a symposium of straight white men?
2014 marks a century since the death of Alfred Russel Wallace, who is recognized as co-discoverer, with Charles Darwin, of evolution by natural selection. Appropriately, the University of California Los Angeles is holding a symposium of biologists and natural historians to celebrate Wallace’s life and work. Unfortunately, the panel of speakers chosen for the symposium […]
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5:14 PM | Fish Want to Play Too
Yes, fish. These aquarium lap-swimmers and pursuers of flaked food aren’t known for their joie de vivre. Yet in one hobbyist’s tanks, scientists say they’ve captured a rare instance of fish playing around. James Murphy is a herpetologist at the Smithsonian National Zoological Park. Although he professionally studies reptiles and amphibians, he keeps fish as […]The post Fish Want to Play Too appeared first on Inkfish.

Burghardt, G., Dinets, V. & Murphy, J. (2014). Highly Repetitive Object Play in a Cichlid Fish (Tropheus duboisi). , Ethology, DOI: 10.1111/eth.12312

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5:00 PM | Will the future run out of technology?
If you haven’t seen it, this opinionated, provocative, and forceful essay by Bruce Gibney at Founder’s Fund is a great read. Starting with the question of why venture capital return has generally sucked over the past two decades, he delves … Continue reading →
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4:50 PM | The pig-like Aardvark
Adult and juvenile AardvarksCredit: By Scotto Bear from North Beach, MD, USA (aardvarks) [CC-BY-SA-2.], via Wikimedia CommonsKingdom: AnimaliaPhylum: ChordataClass: MammaliaSuperorder: AfrotheriaOrder: TubulidentataFamily: OrycteropodidaeGenus: OrycteropusSpecies: Orycteropus aferConservation Status: Least Concern (Not Threatened)Common Name(s): Aardvark, African antbear, Cape anteaterMeet the Aardvark, a medium-sized, burrowing, nocturnal mammal from […]

Lehmann, T. (2009). Phylogeny and systematics of the Orycteropodidae (Mammalia, Tubulidentata), Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, 155 (3) 649-702. DOI: 10.1111/j.1096-3642.2008.00460.x

Taylor, W. & Skinner, J. (2003). Activity patterns, home ranges and burrow use of aardvarks (Orycteropus afer) in the Karoo, Journal of Zoology, 261 (3) 291-297. DOI: 10.1017/S0952836903004217

Taylor, W., Lindsey, P. & Skinner, J. (2002). The feeding ecology of the aardvark Orycteropus afer, Journal of Arid Environments, 50 (1) 135-152. DOI: 10.1006/jare.2001.0854

Mutlow AG & Mutlow H (2008). Caesarian section and neonatal care in the aardvark (Orycteropus afer)., Journal of zoo and wildlife medicine : official publication of the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians, 39 (2) 260-2. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18634220

Tabuce, R., Asher, R. & Lehmann, T. (2008). Afrotherian mammals: a review of current data, mammalia, 72 (1) DOI: 10.1515/MAMM.2008.004

White, J., Williams, G., Samour, J., Drury, P. & Cheeseman, P. (1985). The composition of milk from captive aardvark (Orycteropus afer), Zoo Biology, 4 (3) 245-251. DOI: 10.1002/zoo.1430040305

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4:49 PM | What Makes Food Taste Sweet? Ever wonder why your favorite...
What Makes Food Taste Sweet? Ever wonder why your favorite sweets taste, well, sweet? Whether they’re made with sugar or artificial sweeteners, it all comes down to chemistry, and a very special shape known as the “sweetness triangle”. Let Darcy Gentleman, who has a Ph.D. in chemistry and snappy dressing take you through the science of sweetness. Special thanks to Professor Matt Hartings of American University for his help with this episode. By: ACS Reactions.
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4:39 PM | Genetic soothsaying: predicting chemotherapy effectiveness
New method analyzes whole-genome gene expression to predict whether tumors respond to chemotherapy
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4:06 PM | The Sugarcane Borer
The sugarcane borer moth, Diatraea saccharalis, is widespread throughout the Western Hemisphere, and is considered an introduced species in the southern United States. Although this moth has a wide distribution and is a pest of many crop plants including sugarcane, corn, sorghum and rice, it is considered one species.The larvae bore into the sugarcane stalks. In mature plants the tops tend to weaken or die, sometimes breaking off. In young plants the inner whorl of leaves is killed, resulting […]
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3:08 PM | A Verona, un arcobaleno al chiaro di luna
Un arcobaleno si staglia nel cielo di Verona sotto una luminosa luna piena. Effetto Photoshop? No, l’immagine è autentica, merito del sapiente scatto della fotografa Alessandra Piasecka che ha avuto la fortuna di imbattersi nel raro fenomeno di un moonbow e la capacità di fissarne i colori altrimenti poco visibili all’occhio umano. “Il cielo particolarmente buio, la luna piena, la presenza di umidità portata dalle nubi, il lungo tempo di esposizione dello […]
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3:04 PM | Si torna all'ora solare
Probabilmente, più che l’equinozio d’autunno, è questo il vero spartiacque tra estate e inverno. È arrivato il momento di tornare all’ora solare, riportando indietro di un’ora le lancette degli orologi: come di consueto, l’appuntamento è fissato per le 3 del mattino della notte tra sabato 25 e domenica 26 ottobre, così come stabilito dalla direttiva 2000/84/Ce del Parlamento Europeo e del consiglio del 19 gennaio 2001. Buona […]
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3:00 PM | Pollinator discrimination, acorn antiques and fossil climates – new this week in Annals of Botany
Pollinator discrimination, acorn antiques and fossil climates - new this week in Annals of Botany.
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2:21 PM | PHLOX news tells it like it isn't
PHLOX news tells it like it isn't because conservatives prefer to hear conservative ideology and rhetoric rather than facts, and as a result the political debate is getting more polarized because the other end of the political spectrum prefers more factual reporting of the news. Too bad this means conservatives are ignoring reality, living in their own Reaganland, itself a fantasy construct. Perhaps you suspected this, or else you think this another conspiracy by the left-wing media elite, […]
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2:07 PM | Clima, l'accordo europeo per tagliare le emissioni
Ridurre del 40% delle emissioni di CO2 rispetto al 1990, aumentare fino al 27% l'utilizzo di fonti rinnovabili nel totale del mix energetico, e portare l'efficienza energetica almeno al 27% entro il 2030. Sono questi, in estrema sintesi, i punti dell'accordo su clima ed energia raggiunto a Bruxelles dai leader dei 28 paesi membri dell'Ue. Perhé l'accordo dell'Ue sia così importante lo spiega in questo video Matteo Di Castelnuovo, direttore del Master in Green […]
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2:00 PM | Do you take sex into account?
Yes, I talk to you, even more if you are one of those scientists working with any living being either unicellular or multicellular with sexual […] Read more The post Do you take sex into account? appeared first on Mapping Ignorance. Related posts:Biologists can´t understand biology Finding a new species could be easier than you think A tale about aquatic snails in the middle of the desert
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