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January 25, 2015

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9:01 PM | Opposite Day: When the data in an ERV paper says the opposite of what the authors say
A paper was recently brought to my attention via a Creationist. It was the usual ‘HAHAHA! Oh you silly Creationist! This paper says the opposite of what you think it says!’, and I was going to write a blog post along that usual theme. Fazale Rana, ‘Vice President’ of ‘Research and Apologetics’ at Reasons to…
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8:55 PM | Female Ejaculation By: Sexplanations.
Female Ejaculation By: Sexplanations.
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8:14 PM | #SundayFunday
Make time for play today. #SundayFunday pic.twitter.com/0zmia2CYJi— San Diego Zoo (@sandiegozoo) January 25, 2015
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8:05 PM | Signs You Might Have an Eating Disorder If you or someone you...
Signs You Might Have an Eating Disorder If you or someone you know needs help, contact the National Eating Disorder Information Centre Hotline at 866-633-4220. By: Ask Kimberly.
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7:59 PM | 70 year old professor retires and closes lab, PETA claims victory
The retirement of a highly respected senior neuroscientist at the center of a sustained recent publicity campaign by an animal rights group generated a victory claim on Friday when PETA realized that their target had retired. The retirement came after … Continue reading →
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7:33 PM | 2 Hyenas No Match for This 1 Cheetah
What happens when a #cheetah crosses paths with 2 #hyenas? Find out in this video! http://t.co/YAospXxbDk @SabiSabiReserve #SouthAfrica— iSafari.com (@iSafariAfrica) January 22, 2015
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7:14 PM | Punnett Squares and Sex-Linked Traits Explore inheritance when...
Punnett Squares and Sex-Linked Traits Explore inheritance when carried on the X chromosome with the Amoeba Sisters! By: Amoeba Sisters.
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5:26 PM | Would you invest in Answers in Genesis?
Financial information has to be reduced to the simplest possible form for me to follow. Fortunately, a reader, Brian, has been extracting the data from Answers in Genesis’s Form 990 tax information, and this chart tells me what I need to know. The key thing is the lowest, gray line: that’s the revenue from the…
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5:02 PM | E-cigarettes – What’s the harm?
I’ve recently noticed a wealth of articles exploring the potential for harm associated with ‘smoking’ E-Cigarettes (also known as vaping) – for a few examples see here, here and here. But, with vaping steadily on the rise* what is the … Continue reading →
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5:01 PM | Death to Dollo’s Law!
Hint for science journalists: if the hook to get readers to pay attention to your story is to warn them to sit down because a 19th century “law” of evolution has been shown to be wrong, you’re going to irritate scientists, who will then write rude blog posts sneering at your writing. That’s the case…
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4:18 PM | Phytomonas: Trypanosomatids Adapted to Plant Environments
Phytomonas parasites have now been isolated across the globe from members of 24 different plant families.
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3:19 PM | NC Zoo Traffic: "It's Just a Mess"
The roads to the NC Zoo were never meant to handle the traffic of the biggest annual Zoo attendance days. And the current plans to fix that are not getting enthusiastic support. "“It’s just a mess,” said Mary Joan Pugh, deputy director at the zoo and interim assistant director at its parent agency, the N.C. Division of Environment and Natural Resources." "If Gov. Pat McCrory realizes his hope of doubling the zoo’s attendance of about 750,000 people a year, traffic will […]
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3:00 PM | MI weekly selection #113
Scorpion fly first to feed on human corpses. Researchers working with human cadavers were surprised to see scorpion flies arrive first to feed on […] Read more The post MI weekly selection #113 appeared first on Mapping Ignorance. Related posts:MI’s 2014: the ten most read articles MI’s 2014: Editors’ Picks Melodies of proteins
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2:18 PM | 10 lesser known facts about Lightning
From the Greeks to the Norse and Shinto to the Hindu mythology, lightning has been a sign of wrath in almost all cultures. Both feared and revered, lightning is the symbol of power and authority and even the famous Harry Potter carries this symbol on his forehead. While the clap of thunder that accompanies lightning can startle anybody easily, one cannot undermine the spookiness that a bolt
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8:06 AM | You Are What You Write
Interested in regaining motivation and optimism? Tara Parker-Pope from The New York Times explores how expressive writing can help. ...
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8:00 AM | Quando l’utero era vagabondo
Puzze e profumi per indurre il capriccioso organo femminile a tornare al suo posto: ecco le (per noi) sconcertanti teorie e pratiche mediche per curare l’isteria. In voga ben oltre Galeno
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8:00 AM | The Filipino ‘Stone Age’ Tribe Of Dubious Origins
In 1971, the world was introduced to the Tasaday, a presumably Stone Age tribe of peaceful people living in the wilderness of the Philippines. Later, when the tribe was revisited, it was found they had adapted to modern life extraordinarily well. Many claimed the whole thing was obviously a hoax, while others say that they were a group of people isolated from modern life, and still others claimed that they were the real deal. We're still not sure. The post The Filipino ‘Stone […]
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7:00 AM | PHOTO DU BoB-366
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3:44 AM | Moving past our assumptions
If you could improve one thing in discussions between people with differing views, what would it be? I would encourage people (myself included!) to stop making assumptions about each other. The thoughts here have been swirling in my mind for years, and it’s finally time to try to collect my ideas. I’m inspired to action after the recent Public Interfaces of Life Sciences event at the National Academy of Sciences, When Science and Citizens Connect: Public Engagement on Genetically […]
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12:37 AM | SICB 2015: Thermal biology and Gene Flow in Bahamian Anolis sagrei
An important problem in climate change biology is understanding how evolutionary dynamics will influence the ability of populations or species to persist as environmental conditions change. In general, there are three ways that such evolutionary change can occur: (1) novel beneficial mutations can arise de novo; (2) rare alleles within a population can become beneficial […]
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12:22 AM | Nothing Is What It Seems - Zoo La La You’ll need to do a...
Nothing Is What It Seems - Zoo La La You’ll need to do a double take on these animals, as Maddie reveals why even creatures at opposite ends of the earth might look incredibly similar. By: Earth Unplugged.
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12:07 AM | A Magnolia experiment
While in western Florida, my dear Sister suggested we visit a native plants nursery in Talahassee, not so she could enhance the diversity of her wildlife preserve, but to amuse TPP. They had some very nice plants, lots of natives, and that included Magnolia ashei, the Ashe Magnolia, sometimes considered to be a M. macrophylla var. ashei, a variety of big-leafed magnolia that is only found in western Florida, primarily along the Apalachicola River (map here). Some very nice […]

January 24, 2015

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11:33 PM | Field Notes: Saddle-billed Stork by wildkingdom: In today’s...
Field Notes: Saddle-billed Stork by wildkingdom: In today’s Field Notes, we look at a tall, graceful wading bird with long legs, a long bill and a striding gait, the saddle-billed stork.
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10:44 PM | More from Numberphile’s Pixar Video Pixar researcher Tony...
More from Numberphile’s Pixar Video Pixar researcher Tony DeRose spoke to Brady over on Numberphile, here’s some extra stuff from their conversation not used in the main video. Math and Movies (Animation at Pixar) – Numberphile: http://youtu.be/mX0NB9IyYpU By: Computerphile.
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10:40 PM | Busting the “No Known Poisonous Polypores” Myth: Hapalopilus nidulans
The cap of Hapalopilus nidulans starts out finely tomentose but becomes glabrous with age.I don’t know how many times I’ve read this phrase over the past couple of years: “There are no known poisonous polypores.” I see it mostly on internet forums, and mostly on threads about edible or medicinal fungi. Someone will excitedly post a photo of their first “chicken of the woods” (Laetiporus sp.) or “reishi” (Ganoderma sp.), photos that […]
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9:55 PM | The Beaver Slayers of Patagonia In 1946, importing 25 pairs of...
The Beaver Slayers of Patagonia In 1946, importing 25 pairs of beavers from Canada to Chile in order to foster a fur trade in an economically lackluster territory of Patagonia seemed like a smart idea. However, no one would have imagined these incisor-toothed vermin would one day lay waste to Patagonia’s forests. Today, there are roughly 100,000 beavers in the region and their environmental destruction has allegedly led to the most transformative destruction of its southern ecosystem […]
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9:06 PM | Can a Multiverse ever be “real”? A short discussion...
Can a Multiverse ever be “real”? A short discussion with Professor Mike Merrifield about the “science” of Multiverses. Multiverses and Constants A lengthy chat with Professor Laurence Eaves. By: Sixty Symbols.
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9:04 PM | I’ve Got Your Missing Links Right Here (24 January 2015)
Sign up for The Ed’s Up—a weekly newsletter of my writing plus some of the best stuff from …
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8:37 PM | Our first publication of 2015! Nicotine, Curare, and Planarians, oh my…
I am very proud to announce the e-publication of our first paper of 2015! It was published in the journal Neurochemical Research. Here’s the release: Neurochem Res. 2015 Jan 23. [Epub ahead of print] Evidence of Nicotine-Induced, Curare-Insensitive, Behavior in Planarians. Pagán OR, Montgomery E, Deats S, Bach D, Baker D. Department of Biology, West …
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8:16 PM | Managing Hawai’ian Fisheries — A Food Security Story...
Managing Hawai’ian Fisheries — A Food Security Story from Kiholo The mission of Conservation International (CI) Hawaiʻi is to “hoʻi i ke kai momona”, or return to an abundant ocean that will feed Hawaiʻi’s people for generations to come. CI empowers community groups across Hawaiʻi to restore and manage their coastal fisheries in collaboration with the state of Hawaiʻi. This video tells the story of Hui Aloha Kīholo, a group of people […]
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