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July 20, 2014

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11:01 PM | The problem with Food Babe
The Charlotte Observer has a good article on Food Babe, a health and nutrition activist who has been responsible for many a scientist and science writer's heartburn over the last few years, and not for good reasons.The article places Food Babe's current activism against processed food and many food ingredients in a personal context; as is often the case, her conversion was triggered by many things, but most precipitously by an epiphany:"Sometimes when she tells her story, she says she suffered […]
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10:12 PM | Ohio Collecting 2: Buzzard's Roost Preserve
After collecting in Marietta, I headed towards Chillicothe, Ohio, where Buzzard's Roost Nature Preserve is located. I had never been to Buzzard's Roost before, but was invited by Joe Letsche, a ranger with the Ross County Park District, to give a public program about millipedes. It was an offer I couldn't refuse--collecting millipedes AND teaching other people about them? Yes please.So, I drove through a few storms and met Joe for a pre-millipede hunting dinner. On the way, I stopped to take […]
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10:09 PM | Sunday Chess Problem
My renewed interest in chess has not just extended to tournament play. I am composing chess problems again as well. Here’s one I came up with recently, and which will eventually be published in The Problemist magazine. In the position below, white is looking for selfmate in thirteen moves: Recall that white is always moving…
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10:04 PM | How to kill an iZombie
Sometime back TPP commented on iPhone zombies, but a similar affliction can also occur due to ear buds and whatever they are delivering from an iPod, so the result is an iZombie. Like all zombies, you have to know the right way to kill them, but based on recent events that may not be too difficult. You turn an ordinary person, often a student around here, into an iZombie by giving them a smart phone and a set of ear buds either attached to the iphone or an ipod, either or both […]
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3:31 PM | The foul legacy of mounting radioactive nuclear trash
Originally posted on nuclear-news:The nuclear option still dogged by waste disposal problems http://www.independentaustralia.net/environment/environment-display/the-nuclear-option-still-dogged-by-waste-disposal-problems,6675  Climate News Network 16 July 2014 Nuclear power is seen as one of the possible solutions to climate change, but the recent closure of five U.S. power stations is forcing the industry to face up at last to the damaging legacy of how to deal…
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3:16 PM | Tokyo in danger from Fukushima radiation, says Japanese doctor
Originally posted on nuclear-news:Japan Doctor: “Tokyo should no longer be inhabited” — Everyone here is a victim of Fukushima — People truly suffering — Bleeding under skin, urinary hemorrhaging — Children’s blood tests started changing last year — Time running short… up to physicians to save our citizens and future […]
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3:07 PM | Ricerca sul campo: alto rischio di molestie per le donne
La ricerca sul campo è un momento fondamentale nel lavoro di uno scienziato. Un’occasione per fare nuove scoperte, testare le proprie ipotesi e mettere in pratica le conoscenze acquisite in anni di studio. Troppo spesso, però, l’esperienza può trasformarsi in un autentico incubo. Una recente indagine pubblicata sulla rivista Plos One dimostra infatti che comportamenti equivoci, molestie e vere e proprie aggressioni sessuali sono pericoli fin troppo comuni nel […]
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3:03 PM | Nuclear Hotseat #160: WIPP Radiation Accident Update w/Don Hancock, Voices from Japan w/Filmmaker Yumiko Hayakawa- Temp Mirror site
Originally posted on nuclear-news:The Nuclear Hotseat webpage is having difficulties – Podcast is available here for this week DOWNLOAD HERE: http://lhalevy.audioacrobat.com/download/audioacrobat-10760-u-1713568-s-1.audio.mp3 INTERVIEWS: WIPP ACCIDENT – Don Hancock, Director of Southwest Research and Information Center in Albuquerque, NM, brings us up to date again about the February 14 underground explosion and radiation leak at the…
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2:33 PM | Fukushima has 9 days to prevent ‘unsafe’ overheating
Originally posted on nuclear-news:http://rt.com/news/170800-fukushima-water-leak-temperatures/ Fukushima operator TEPCO has been forced to switch off the cooling system at mothballed Reactor Unit 5, after it was discovered that it had been leaking water. In nine days, if the system is not repaired, temperatures will exceed dangerous levels. Engineers have discovered that 1,300 liters of water leaked…
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2:00 PM | On the underrepresentation of cheese in literature…
GK Chesterton expounds on the poetic nature of cheese and condemns its notable absence from poetry. The essay is well worth reading, and I a particularly endorse this line with the proviso that it is applicable to man, woman, or … Continue reading →
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2:00 PM | MI weekly selection #84
Common traits in tame animals may be due to neural crest changes. Genetic changes that may affect a group of embryonic stem cells known […] Read more The post MI weekly selection #84 appeared first on Mapping Ignorance. Related posts:Hawking’s information preservation and weather forecasting mess Curiosity and the quest for a habitable environment on Mars Raw Science: How many animals are used in your lifetime?
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1:05 PM | Urease: an anti-microbial target in bacteria and fungi
Urea is a small molecule formed as proteins are broken down. It’s excreted in urine, but isn’t particularly toxic at low levels so it’s found in cells throughout the body. The... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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12:21 PM | I’ve Got Your Missing Links Right Here (20 July 2014)
Top picks “As one obscure genetic condition after another was ruled out, the Mights began to wonder whether …
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12:00 PM | Different responses of ephemerals and annuals to nitrogen
Biomass allocation patterns are important to ecosystem carbon cycles, and differ among species and in response to nutrient availability. Zhou et al. examine responses of ephemeral and annual plant species to different levels of nitrogen application in a desert environment, and find that compared to annuals, ephemerals grow more rapidly, increase shoot and root biomass with […]
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7:00 AM | The Most Shocking Sex Documentary In American History
Mom and Dad was a 1945 sex docudrama by producer Kroger Babb. It claimed it had shocking content such as footage of a live birth. To make sure there was sufficient media chatter about the movie's shocking and health-threatening qualities, a theater owner in Philadelphia interfered with the ventilation for the theater to help audience members to pass out. It subsequently became one of the most successful movies of all time. The post The Most Shocking Sex Documentary In American History appeared […]
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6:00 AM | PHOTO DU BoB-178
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2:55 AM | Discussing evolution is fruitful: Or, Why I don’t shut up about evolution
[This is a repost from my guest post this week over on the blog of the BEACON Center for the Study of Evolution in Action. Great posts are added weekly, so go check it out! http://beacon-center.org/] As a woman raised in the South, and now returning to it as I finish my dissertation, I am reminded of a […]
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1:23 AM | Unreal Detail
The Detail In This Hummingbird Photograph Is Unreal http://t.co/dFUCaRfTsM— Jason G. Goldman (@jgold85) July 20, 2014

July 19, 2014

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11:53 PM | “First Stage of Cruelty”, cruelty to animals
Hogarth’s  The Four Stages of Cruelty (1751) depict, fictional protagonist Tom Nero as he progresses from cruelty to animals as a child, to cruelty to animals as an adult. While various Scenes of sportive Woe, The Infant Race employ, And tortur’d Victims bleeding shew, The Tyrant in the Boy. Behold! a Youth of gentler Heart, To…
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11:52 PM | Just a matter of perspective
I should be working on three papers that are almost done, one of them in fact, is accepted with minor changes. This is good. I could also be working on the proposal for my next book; I already have the idea and I think it’s going to be good! I have several work-ish things to …
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11:00 PM | Sonntagsklassik
Einen schönen Sonntag allen LeserInnen. Es ist Hochsommer, Ventilatoren summen, wo es dafür selbst Fliegen zu heiß ist, ermattet konsumiert man Fruchtcocktails und allerorten riecht es entweder nach Grillgut oder Kokosaroma (oder beidem). Wer nun versteht, warum ich das für einen idealen Zeitpunkt zum Vorführen von Totenmessen halte, ist mir Schwester oder Bruder im Geiste…
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10:04 PM | Morsels For The Mind – 18/07/2014
Every day we provide you with Six Incredible Things Before Breakfast to nibble away at. Here you can fill your brain with the most intellectually stimulating “amuse bouches” from the past week – a veritable smorgasbord for the cranium. They’re all here for you to load up your plate – this week’s “Morsels for the mind”. Enjoy! If you do nothing else, make sure to check out the “Reads / views / listens of the week”. **** Feather, fur […]
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8:51 PM | Bang for Our Buck in Research
In his weekly column at Pacific Standard, our Mike White discusses the importance of basic science for productive science: …Congress wants to know: Are we getting the most out of our research dollars?…the National Academy of Sciences…came back with its answer…If … Continue reading →
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8:05 PM | "10 Best Zoos"
As chosen by readers of USA TODAY.Riverbanks Zoo made top 20. 
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5:30 PM | "#whales #PETA #blackfish"
Airport greeting: Welcome to San Diego! Pls don't visit #SeaWorld! http://t.co/OnaBAVRkV0 #whales #PETA #blackfish— Barbara J King (@bjkingape) July 19, 2014
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3:40 PM | Even Trees Need Their Mothers
We tend to think of trees as individual entities, each one with its leafy or needled top and its own underground collection of roots. We now understand that the trees of some forests are linked below ground through networks of mycorrhizal fungi which serve to bridge the gap between one tree’s roots and another. In […]
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2:00 PM | Science Caturday: All the Artz
Michele is busy this weekend presenting her art to “hoomins” at Artscape (18-20 July in Baltimore). Your regular Science Caturday service will resume next week.Filed under: Science Caturday Tagged: Art, Artologica, Artscape
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2:00 PM | Writing, science and photography merge in the works of F.C. "Chip" Etier
My last author interview was with scientist, writer and Navy Commander, Ann Christy. Today, I feel equally excited as my guest is a scientist, writer, and an award winning photographer. F.C., a.k.a. "Chip", Etier began writing essays, and music and book reviews as a freelance several years ago. Today, he is a regular blogger at VentureGalleries.com and the author of The Barry-Hixon Conspirecy series. Welcome to the blog, Chip!EEG: You are a pharmacist, a published writer, and an award-winning […]
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1:41 PM | First Horned Anole Hatched in Captivity: the Video
We first reported on the blessed event a couple of weeks ago. Now here’s some video of the darling newborn.
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1:02 PM | End of Zoos? (cont.; see below)
End of zoos? MT @nytimesscience: What if u could hold tiny elephant in ur hands? One day virtual reality might let u. http://t.co/zrirogfTnT— russwilliamsiii (@russwilliamsiii) July 19, 2014
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