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December 23, 2014

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3:20 AM | Mary’s Monday Metazoan: Seems seasonal
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2:00 AM | What does an osmeterium smell like? Does the smell differ between species?
After our initial launch, we had a number of people submit questions. One of the first, from Antnommer on Twitter, I found particularly interesting because it aligns with my interest in biochemistry. @SciBugs @BioInFocus @BugQuestions What does an osmeterium smell … Continue reading →
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2:00 AM | What does an osmeterium smell like? Does the smell differ between species?
After our initial launch, we had a number of people submit questions. One of the first, from Antnommer on Twitter, I found particularly interesting because it aligns with my interest in biochemistry. @SciBugs @BioInFocus @BugQuestions What does an osmeterium smell … Continue reading →
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1:11 AM | Do Carrots Really Help Your Vision? via jtotheizzoe: Most of us...
Do Carrots Really Help Your Vision? via jtotheizzoe: Most of us are familiar with this claim about carrots, often employed by parents trying to get kids to eat their veggies. Is there any truth to it? And if it was true, wouldn’t rabbits have, like, the best vision of any animal? Check out this video from Reactions to discover the strange World War II origins of the carrot/vision story and whether munching on that crudité platter is really helping your peepers. Video […]
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12:22 AM | Kryptonite to the Paleontologist? Popcorn Clay on the Paleo...
Kryptonite to the Paleontologist? Popcorn Clay on the Paleo Trails Mary Brills introduces us to Popcorn Clay on the Paleo Trails at Cleveland-Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry in Utah … kryptonite to paleontologists and destroyer of dinosaur fossils! For more on Cleveland-Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry, check out their site: http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/fo/price/recreation/quarry.html By: Dinologue.

December 22, 2014

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11:33 PM | Save Virunga, fight pangolin poaching & give back to...
Save Virunga, fight pangolin poaching & give back to wildlife! Many of us want to help endangered wildlife but don’t know how! In this special conservation gift guide, we give you some options! From supporting the fight against pangolin poaching and ocean cleanup projects, to fun gifts that give back to nature, you can make your mark on conservation from the comfort of your own home! By: Earth Touch.
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10:43 PM | How An Airplane Is Made Behind-the-Scenes of an Airbus A350...
How An Airplane Is Made Behind-the-Scenes of an Airbus A350 being built! Thanks to the folks at Airbus for bringing me to France, Germany, & the UK to visit their headquarters and facilities and see so much incredible engineering. As you can probably tell from this video, I was super excited to learn how airplanes are made and I hope you’ve enjoyed learning a little bit, too! Thanks to all of the engineers, technicians and staff who took the time to share their work. By: Minute
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10:14 PM | At the forefront… of office pets!
Research can be a tough gig for professors and graduate students alike. Sometimes, having a companion in the office or lab can help brighten the atmosphere and make everything just a little easier to manage. Join three UChicago Biological Sciences Division professors and two graduate students as they chat about the pets that keep them company at work.
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9:54 PM | 13 Inventions and Innovations Creating a Better Future for...
13 Inventions and Innovations Creating a Better Future for Women Women make up half the population. When they’re held back, half the world’s potential goes unrealized. But when women and girls are empowered, we’re not just better by half. The world is twice as good. Do you know someone who’s making a difference for women and girls in their community? Share their story on BetterByHalf.org By: Mental Floss. Store: http://store.mentalfloss.com/ (enter promo code: […]
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9:06 PM | How big is our Milky Way? Is our solar system really that...
How big is our Milky Way? Is our solar system really that small? Dr. Bruce Betts has this week’s Random Space Fact. By: The Planetary Society.
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8:45 PM | Slight update – Nice things people have said about “The First Brain”
Originally posted on Baldscientist:If you have read The First Brain, I would ***really*** like to hear from you, especially what can I do better. If you have any questions about it just leave a comment or send me an email at orpagan@yahoo.com. A review at the place that ends in “-azon” would be great!…
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8:32 PM | Free Ranging Cats, Wildlife & New Studies About Management
I miss the birds. For most of my adult life I have fed wild birds, and watching them has added immeasurably to my life. In some places, like here at the farm, there have been 8 or 10 feeders up, overflowing with creamy, white suet and shiny, black sunflower seeds. They attracted a multitude of […]
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8:16 PM | Can You Follow This Beat? by braincraft: Does the beat always...
Can You Follow This Beat? by braincraft: Does the beat always beat you? Why some people can’t hear music.
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7:27 PM | Using Body Language to Improve Listening and Creativity How...
Using Body Language to Improve Listening and Creativity How nodding your head in sync with a group could increase your productivity. More information on this story at http://www.insidescience.org/content/using-your-body-language-improve-listening-and-creativity/2431 By: Inside Science.
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6:47 PM | Me, elsewhere on the internet.
I’m traveling this week, so I wanted to take a minute to point out that I write places other than on this blog. Jon Entine has a wonderful summary of some recent neonic research at the Huffington Post, which draws heavily from an article I published on Biofortified awhile back. It’s nice to see a […]Read Post ›
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6:38 PM | Bike Safety is Legit, Y’all! It’s all bike safety today!...
Bike Safety is Legit, Y’all! It’s all bike safety today! New studies and old on Healthcare Triage News. For those of you who want to read more, go here: http://theincidentaleconomist.com/wordpress/?p=60259 By: Healthcare Triage. Healthcare Triage merch: http://dft.ba/-HCTmerch
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5:49 PM | Large or Aggressive Parrots Jessi shows you how to handle...
Large or Aggressive Parrots Jessi shows you how to handle larger birds like macaws, how to safely work with aggressive parrots, and understanding some of the most common basic problems people have with their pet birds. by animalwondersmontana: snarkyfern: New Animal Wonders!  The three birds in this video are our most difficult to handle. I’ve worked so hard to get to where I am in our relationships, but we’re not completely trusting of each other yet. Sometimes parrots get […]
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4:09 PM | Makey Christmas and a Hacky New Year!
Our homes are full of technology that we typically take for granted and understand little. Your average smartphone or tablet, for example, is a “black box”, that deliberately discourages modification by tinkering and hacking. This Christmas, Danielle George takes three technologies we routinely take for granted – the light bulb, the telephone and the motor – and […]
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4:07 PM | 2014 vs. 1964: Numbers speak louder than words
It’s that time of year when people look back at over the year that was 2014 (1-5). The place where I work, celebrated it’s 50th anniversary. Colleagues put together a little booklet of facts and figures with an some accompanying web pages to mark the occasion. My personal favourite factoid compares computing in 2014 with 1964. The Atlas Computer represented the […]
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3:40 PM | Una stazione spaziale sopra le nubi di Venere
Un nuovo progetto della Nasa, nome in codice Havoc, esplora la possibilità di inviare astronauti su Venere grazie ad una sorta di dirigibile, sospeso al di sopra delle nuvole di acido solforico che circondano il pianeta
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3:38 PM | Open house etiquette
It was a busy weekend socially and the internet connection was flaky, even more than usual so no blogs. Since the Martha Stewart fairy dusted our home with decorations, some one volunteered to host a church open house. This can present several questions of etiquette. Do you serve a jar of home canned sweet pickles that were dated 1999?  OK, that's pretty easy. No, and they weren't that good even when young. Do you serve a bottle of wine that you don't like to get rid of it? Rieslings are […]
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3:15 PM | Harry Fozzard, pioneer in understanding heart muscle cells, 1931-2014
Fozzard, the Otho S.A. Sprague Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus in the Department of Medicine at the University of Chicago, helped lay the foundation for modern clinical electrophysiology.
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3:00 PM | The role of Government in financing health care (1)
Insurance markets are far from meeting the conditions that make competitive markets efficient. Here is an incomplete but illustrative list of problems in the […] Read more The post The role of Government in financing health care (1) appeared first on Mapping Ignorance. Related posts:Modeling diversity in Macroeconomics The Cournot model of oligopoly. A success story Economics and the success of the spectrum auctions
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3:00 PM | What I Don’t Know About Flyingfish
Steve N. G. Howell’s The Amazing World of Flyingfish plays with the concept that eveyone “knows” about flyingfish as a way to highlight the huge gaps in our knowledge about these iconic fish. Those areas of ignorance can have dramatic and direct impacts on conservation and … Continue reading →
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2:28 PM | Wellcome Trust Research Round-up: 22.12.14
Our fortnightly round- up of research news from the Wellcome Trust community… Nationwide project paves way for clinical genetics diagnosis A major nationwide project to genetically diagnose rare diseases will pave the way for translating advances in genomics into patient care in the NHS. Deciphering Developmental Disorders (DDD), a collaboration between the Wellcome Trust Sanger […]
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2:18 PM | NO! I CAN do that.
Today’s blog is written by guest blogger Jessica Laux, a production scientist at Promega Corporation. Jessica spends most of her time in clean rooms. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a B.S. in Natural Science-Animal Sciences. I was always a very stubborn, defiant child. This is evidenced by the fact that my very […]
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2:15 PM | The Bone-house Wasp
This brief post will be the last of the year on Accumulating Glitches. We're tak...
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2:10 PM | Orangutan in Argentina Zoo Wins Right to Freedom
A court rules that the 29-year-old female is entitled to more desirable living conditions.
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2:02 PM | Starving mantis females lie to make a meal of a male
When in desperate straits, a female false garden mantid turns into a femme fatale, emitting false chemical cues that lures in a male to eat.
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2:01 PM | Eureka!
Watchin' #chimps? MRT @BBCEarth: Wild #gorilla seen using a tool to eat food for #first time: http://t.co/jmw6SgGGqX pic.twitter.com/OO2SPt2A1A— russwilliamsiii (@russwilliamsiii) December 22, 2014 Gorilla seems to have "discovered" a tool use technique long famous for being utilized by chimpanzees.
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