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April 22, 2014

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6:30 PM | Computers beat brainpower when it comes to counting stars A team...
Computers beat brainpower when it comes to counting stars A team of University of Sydney astronomers has developed a new way to automatically classify huge numbers of astronomical objects, and to discover new, exotic ones almost as soon as they happen. Massive torrents of raw data are now collected by telescopes on a daily basis creating an urgent need to massively accelerate the reliable classification of millions of stars and galaxies, and to quickly highlight objects that might be new […]
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6:19 PM | Top down hiring decision
Faculty searches at universities are usually driven by the faculty. Even if a dean or other administrator usually makes the offer, the search is usually run by faculty, who vote and make very strong recommendations for who to extend the offer to.Which is why this is a surprise.The University of Texas Board of Regents has, apparently, hired Dr. Abdullah (Faiz) Rahman as faculty member to join our department. It’s on page 355 in the meeting minutes.And they’ve awarded him tenure, at […]
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6:16 PM | Susan Cohn, MD, Named New Dean for Clinical Research
Pediatric oncologist and the leading authority on neuroblastoma Susan Cohn, MD, has been named dean for Clinical Research at the University of Chicago Medicine & Biological Sciences.
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6:05 PM | Happy Earth Day to You
Happy Earth Day #MyBeautifulEarth #EarthDay2014 pic.twitter.com/KtLdfsHknY— Tony Young (@tkwyoung) April 22, 2014
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6:02 PM | "the mountains are calling"
MT @PinnaclesNPS: "The mountains are calling and I must go." - John Muir.  Happy #EarthDay2014 http://t.co/ReroY3YlKd— russwilliamsiii (@russwilliamsiii) April 22, 2014
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6:00 PM | Matisse and Hemingway There are similarities between the French...
Matisse and Hemingway There are similarities between the French Artist Henri Matisse and the American author living in Paris Ernest Hemingway. What made their style so popular in the early part of the 20th century? Full Hemingway passage: “Chapter IX” vignette from Ernest Hemingway’s In Our Time: The first matador got the horn through his sword hand and the crowd hooted him. The second matador slipped and the bull caught him through the belly and he hung on to the horn with […]
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5:40 PM | Are vouchers always necessary?
We live in times with a heightened sense of urgency to confirm the return of animals thought to be extinct, or to confirm the presence of newly discovered species. Global climate change and rapidly disappearing habitat is endangering species and we become increasingly concerned about the consequences of their disappearance. The standard approach in biology is to go out and collect specimens either to confirm that they do still exist in the wild or to discover new species. However, sometimes […]
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5:30 PM | Snack Time with Jabba the African Pixie Frog Jabba is an african...
Snack Time with Jabba the African Pixie Frog Jabba is an african pixie frog. They are one of the largest frog species in the world, second only the goliath frog! These guys are fantastic eaters, snacking on anything that they can fit in their mouth. They are ambush predators and snatch up anything that comes near. Once the prey is inside their mouth, they use their enormous eyes to push the meal down their throat. Yes, they swallow with their eyeballs. via Animal Wonders Montana. Youtube: […]
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5:00 PM | Crystal Dilworth: Shoes Crystal Dilworth encourages old, white...
Crystal Dilworth: Shoes Crystal Dilworth encourages old, white male scientists to wear high heels. Crystal Dilworth recently completed her Ph.D. in Molecular Neuroscience at Cal Tech. Her research has focused on the molecular basis for nicotine dependence. An accomplished life-long dancer, Crystal now choreographs Cal Tech’s musical productions. That’s right, she teaches other scientists to dance… and they’re good! via NOVA’s Secret Life of Scientists and […]
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4:30 PM | Vaccines Do NOT Cause Autism! What Does? Everyone loves a good...
Vaccines Do NOT Cause Autism! What Does? Everyone loves a good conspiracy theory! Even if you don’t believe one, it can still be interesting to learn about. However, sometimes it can lead to some harmful misinformation. Join Trace as he talks about conspiracy theories in the medical world and why they can be harmful for adults and children. via DNews Channel.
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4:10 PM | Happy Earth Day(?)
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4:01 PM | Gebhard Schumacher, 1924-2014
Gebhard Schumacher, MD, professor emeritus in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and a former section chief of reproductive biology at the University of Chicago, was a pioneer in the fields of infertility, contraception, and the immunology of reproduction.
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4:00 PM | Why Smart People Are More Trusting Trust is a vital part of...
Why Smart People Are More Trusting Trust is a vital part of everyday life. If you can’t trust anyone, than your life can be lonely. But, if you trust too many people, it’s easy to be betrayed or let down. Laci hangs out to discuss the surprising link between one’s level of intelligence and their willingness to trust others. via DNews Channel.
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3:55 PM | MakerBot CEO Bre Pettis on 3D Printing and the DIY Spirit
Bre Pettis is the CEO of MakerBot, a company that produces 3D printers, which he co-founded in 2009. Pettis also co-founded the Brooklyn hacker collective NYC Resistor, where MakerBot technology was first created, tested, and proven.  Read more
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3:55 PM | MakerBot CEO Bre Pettis on 3D Printing and the DIY Spirit
Bre Pettis is the CEO of MakerBot, a company that produces 3D printers, which he co-founded in 2009. Pettis also co-founded the Brooklyn hacker collective NYC Resistor, where MakerBot technology was first created, tested, and proven.  Read more
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3:55 PM | MakerBot CEO Bre Pettis on 3D Printing and the DIY Spirit
Bre Pettis is the CEO of MakerBot, a company that produces 3D printers, which he co-founded in 2009. Pettis also co-founded the Brooklyn hacker collective NYC Resistor, where MakerBot technology was first created, tested, and proven.  Read more
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3:52 PM | White Bengal Tiger Cubs Make Their Debut: Photos
The Buenos Aires Zoo recently presented white Bengal tiger triplets, just three months old, to the viewing public for the first time.
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3:48 PM | Il colore dell'accuratezza?
L'accuratezza ha un colore? La legalità? E l'indipendenza? Può sembrare paradossale, ma si tratta di domande perfettamente legittime. Esiste infatti un’associazione naturale e sistematica tra colori e concetti astratti, che ci porta immediatamente a mente determinate tinte cromatiche quando pensiamo a moltissimi termini relativi a tematiche etiche. A dimostrarlo è uno studio del Centro Mente/Cervello dell’Università di Trento, pubblicato sulla rivista […]
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3:30 PM | Wolverine In Real Life This little mouse has super healing...
Wolverine In Real Life This little mouse has super healing powers just like wolverine from X-Men! Well, kinda… via Animalist Network.
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3:25 PM | Poachers Kill More Wildlife Than Wolves
Poaching doesn't attract the same public outcry as wild predators do, according to conservation officials. Continue reading →
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3:00 PM | How Does A Dog Drink Water? Dogs don’t have the same cheek...
How Does A Dog Drink Water? Dogs don’t have the same cheek muscles as humans so they can’t sip water like we do. Instead they scoop water with their tongues and make a huge mess in the process! via Animalist Network.
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3:00 PM | How kinesin actually moves
Recently, Carl Zimmer made a criticism of the computer animations of molecular events (it’s the same criticism I made 8 years ago): they’re beautiful and they’re informative, but they leave out the critical aspect of stochastic behavior that is important in understanding the biochemistry. He’s talking specifically about kinesin, a transport protein which the animators…
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2:53 PM | Earth Day 2014
Wow, has it been that long?  Yes, the 1st Earth Day was 44 years ago, a whole academic career ago, and at times you wonder what was accomplished?  What the frack is happening to the Clean Water Act of 1972?  Well, Walt Kelly's Pogo had it right all along. Too many papers, too much field work, and other semester debris piling up too quickly to write much more.  Too depressing to think about many of our pressing issues. 
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2:30 PM | The fundamentals of space-time: Part 1 - Andrew Pontzen and Tom...
The fundamentals of space-time: Part 1 - Andrew Pontzen and Tom Whyntie Space is where things happen. Time is when things happen. And sometimes, in order to really look at the universe, you need to take those two concepts and mash them together. In this first lesson of a three-part series on space-time, hilarious hosts Andrew Pontzen and Tom Whyntie go through the basics of space and time individually, and use a flip book to illustrate how we can begin to look at them together. View full […]
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2:28 PM | Does the Octopus Really “Fart” Ink?—and Other Strange Facts [Video]
It’s true that the octopus is super weird. These animals have blue blood and three hearts. And as online personality and humorist Ze Frank points out in his latest video creation, it seems that... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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2:22 PM | Frogs Survive Subzero Temperatures by Living as Ice Cubes
No matter how rough a winter you think you had, it was nothing compared to what a wood frog survives every year. Some of these little amphibians are still waiting for spring, when they’ll thaw out and turn from frog-shaped blocks of ice back into animals. Recently, scientists took a close look at wood frogs […]The post Frogs Survive Subzero Temperatures by Living as Ice Cubes appeared first on Inkfish.

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2:00 PM | US History Review: Miranda vs Arizona A quick over for students...
US History Review: Miranda vs Arizona A quick over for students seeking to understand the 1966 Warren Court decision, Miranda v Arizona. via Keith Hughes.
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2:00 PM | Jules’ Undersea Lodge
If you’re a certified diver, here’s your next science travel destination: an underwater lab converted into a hotel. Jules’ Undersea Lodge in Key Largo, Florida is a hotel that exists entirely under water, and is only accessible by diving down … Continue reading →
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1:51 PM | Transcendence, oltre ogni previsione avveniristica
"Per 130 mila anni, la nostra capacità di ragionare è rimasta invariata. L'intelletto combinato dei neuroscienziati, matematici e ingegneri impallidisce in confronto all'intelligenza artificiale più elementare. Una volta on-line, una macchina senziente supererà rapidamente i limiti della biologia: in breve tempo, il suo potere analitico prevarrà sull'intelligenza collettiva di ogni persona nata nella storia del mondo. Alcuni scienziati si riferiscono a questo […]
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1:30 PM | Fin Patterns Meet University of Chicago Professor and Field...
Fin Patterns Meet University of Chicago Professor and Field Museum Research Associate Dr. Mark Westneat, and watch as he amusingly re-enacts how the five types of fins work together to help fish balance their bodies in the water, swim fast, and maneuver accurately. via The Field Museum.
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