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September 27, 2014

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3:51 PM | Counter productive health care plans
If you need any evidence about why the USA needs more stream-lined, efficient health care plans, today's mail brought a datum, actually data. Yes, the Phactors needed a new post-65, post-retirement (for TPP) health care plan, and this required a considerable amount of paper work. Today's mail delivery consisted of two huge packages, one for each Phactor, a couple of booklets, or rather health care catalogs that would have made Sears & Roebuck proud, a total of almost 10 lbs of […]
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2:00 PM | Science Caturday: Fish Police
Ocean conservationists (and fish) got some rare good news from Washington this week: President Obama created the world’s largest fully protected marine reserve in the central Pacific Ocean. The presidential proclamation – which does not require congressional approval – will expand … Continue reading →
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1:42 PM | Morsels For The Mind – 26/09/2014
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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12:37 PM | Sweet, Fun Nandi
Arizona's first baby African elephant has a name...Nandi...it means "fun" and "sweet"."Zookeepers deliberately chose [a name] that sound unlike her parents and siblings. That way, Nandi will have a better chance of learning and responding to her name..."Every time she gets something she likes they will be calling her by name and she will pick up on her name fairly quickly..."See three great photos of the little lady at this link.
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12:13 PM | Nuove specie animali in Africa
Conosciute come le “Galapagos dell’Africa” per la loro straordinaria diversità biologica, le montagne dell’Arco Orientale del Kenya e della Tanzania non smettono di stupire chi da anni conduce ricerche tra le sue foreste a caccia di nuove specie endemiche. Un team internazionale di scienziati, coordinati dal Museo della Scienza di Trento (Muse), ha infatti scoperto la presenza di 27 specie animali mai osservate prima, 23 delle quali sono anfibi e rettili. Lo […]
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12:00 PM | Adorable Animals You Just Want to Kiss: Photos
There are some animals that you might not imagine would be kissable, but they totally are.
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11:30 AM | Does your brain sleep when you do?
Do you think when you sleep? Not dreaming, but actually thinking and processing information. People have often thought that the brain shuts down the majority of its activity during sleep, however, recent studies suggest that this  may not be true. The brain allows some sensory information to continue entering during sleep,  which explains why people are able to hear alarms and shouts during the night. However, through a new brain activity study, scientists have found that the brain is […]
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8:26 AM | Dal T.rex agli uccelli in milioni di anni
Dalle terribili lucertole ai padroni del cielo gradualmente, nel corso di decine di milioni di anni. L’evoluzione degli uccelli a partire dai dinosauri ha avuto luogo così, in modo così continuo e senza grandi stravolgimenti che tra gli antichi predatori e i volatili che a ricostruire l’albero evolutivo di ciascun gruppo sarebbe difficile trovare un punto netto di separazione. In altre parole: “Non c’è stato un momento in cui […]
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8:00 AM | News digest – skirt size, early diagnosis, smoking graphics and more
Can changes in skirt size predict breast cancer risk? Can raised blood calcium detect cancer early? Probably not! Find out why in our weekly news digest.
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7:32 AM | Sugar is more addictive than cocaine... – what?!
“Everything is a poison, nothing is a poison. It is the dose that makes the poison.” Last week the statement “sugar is more addictive than cocaine” was spreading in the science news. I personally found this really strange and hard to believe, so I was directed to an article about a study conducted by the University of Edinburgh.     The original article discusses this from a psychological
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7:00 AM | The Incredibly Odd ‘Lady Macbeth Effect’
Have you ever done something, shall we say, unethical? Did you feel the need to wash your hands? Researchers call this compulsion the “Lady Macbeth Effect,” and believe it or not, it actually exists outside of Shakespeare. Thanks to a strange slate of tests, researchers have determined the Lady Macbeth Effect is quite real . . . and might even make us horrible people. The post The Incredibly Odd ‘Lady Macbeth Effect’ appeared first on […]
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6:00 AM | PHOTO DU BoB-246
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4:32 AM | Friday 5: All The Right Bugs in All the Right Places
I told you about my trip to Ireland a couple of days ago, and prepping for and going on that trip sucked up close to 4 weeks of blogging time.  Here’s what I’ve been up to since I got back from my trip!  There will be bugs, oh yes, there will be bugs. LOTS of Work […]
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3:45 AM | Philosophy of Science and an analytic index for Feyerabend
Throughout my formal education, the history of science has been presented as a series of anecdotes and asides. The philosophy of science, encountered even less, was passed down not as a rich debate and on-going inquiry but as a set of rules that best be followed. To paraphrase Gregory Radick, this presentation is mere propaganda; […]
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1:50 AM | It's the most wonderful time of the year...#2014Nobels
...and the carolers are already out. Thomson Reuters already have their 2014 Nobel Prize prediction list, and past tradition obliges me to respond. C&EN is also having a nice panel discussion on the prize at 3:30 PM EDT on September 29th, so if you want to contribute to the chest-thumping/eye-gouging polite discussion feel free to join.I was of course quite tickled when my own field won the prize last year so I think it's safe to discount a theoretical or […]

September 26, 2014

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11:37 PM | Long distance kelp rafting
Bull kelp (credit www.seaweedsofalaska.com)Today's post is about a new paper by a good friend of mine, Gary Saunders from the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton, Canada. Gary is happily barcoding seaweeds pretty much since the first days of DNA Barcoding and he assembled some 12 000 specimens barcodes to date. Every time we have a chance to meet at conferences, symposia, or even in the field, sure enough he will have a very interesting story to tell and most of the time they have […]
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10:52 PM | Thank you to our Sanford-Burnham Cheerleaders
On Sunday, Sept. 21 over 40 volunteers came out to support Pedal the Cause San Diego at the Sanford-Burnham cheer tent located at the top of the Torrey Pines mesa.
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9:09 PM | Blind cavefish got no (circadian) rhythm
Wild ThingsAnimals by Sarah Zielinski 7:30am, September 29, 2014 Blind, cave-dwelling cavefish have an advantage over their sighted brethren in the form of a more efficient metabolism, a new study finds.Joachim S. Müller/Flickr (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)Small, silver fish called Mexican tetra (Astyanax mexicanus) live in some Texas and Mexican rivers. Some members of the species — […]
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9:00 PM | Sea Otter Awareness Week: Photos
It's sea otter awareness week, so what better time to revisit these cute creatures of the sea?
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8:46 PM | "Tiger Death Hurts Zoo Credibility"
The recent tiger death has combined with the wolves problem to cause some concern about Assiniboine Park Zoo.And there was one more recent thing: "The Journey to Churchill's underwater tunnel was closed earlier this month after the polar bears began chewing through the silicone seals on the glass."
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8:33 PM | "Happy Day"
Happy black-footed ferret day! In 1985 there were only 24 in the wild, now there are ~800 #WeSaveSpecies http://t.co/6jec4zpTkx— National Zoo (@NationalZoo) September 26, 2014
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8:28 PM | "Great News"
Discovery of southern right #whales off New Zealand's sub-Antarctic islands is great news! http://t.co/C4NCj2PwID #cetaceans #conservation— Barbara J King (@bjkingape) September 26, 2014
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8:15 PM | Gorilla gorilla gorilla...
...#AnimalFact The scientific name for Western lowland gorilla is Gorilla gorilla gorilla. No joke. pic.twitter.com/OCO9W84LJC— San Diego Zoo (@sandiegozoo) September 25, 2014As I've mentioned before.
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8:05 PM | Hampster Dance... at your desk!
This is inspiring me to revist my vision, Freedom Orb.
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7:12 PM | "Four Paws' Great Efforts in Gaza"
Four Paws has brought aid to zoo animals in Gaza. Wild Welfare will send money it was holding as it waited for a less risky time...for the humans who might go into that troubled area.@russwilliamsiii @Deazelle Yes we have offered support to Four Paws great efforts in Gaza.— Wild Welfare (@WildWelfare) September 26, 2014
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6:52 PM | LabBook September 26, 2014
Second cancers, US News rankings and more in this week's rundown of recent research publications of note from University of Chicago scientists and physicians.
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5:54 PM | Re-unite Pangaea
With all of this secessionist politics in the news, you might want a t-shirt like this to voice a more united position.  A number of years ago the paleobotanists had a button that said "give Pangaea a break", and this is the same joke just from a different perspective. Of course it would be more appealing if they had spelled Pangaea correctly. After all you wear such a shirt to look a bit clever, but in this case, not. 
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5:00 PM | In which, Rep. Rice plays to my vanity
I know it is boring, but it is my policy to publicly post any correspondence I receive from one of my elected representatives, especially the form letters. This one is from Representative Tom Rice, who represents those of us living … Continue reading →
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3:45 PM | Mix of Species Gain Haven in New Marine Reserve: Photos
Here are just a few of the multiple species that will benefit from a new marine reserve in the Pacific.
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3:22 PM | What you need for strong hypotheses
Given how important hypothesis testing is in science, I am continually frustrated by how much trouble students have in making good, strong hypotheses ones.When I ask students, even our graduate students, “What’s your hypothesis?”, the answer often start with something like, “I’m studying,” “I’m looking at,” or, “My question is...” Those are not hypotheses.Some more advanced students (particularly in proposal seminars) will say, […]
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