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January 22, 2015

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9:05 PM | "Clueless machines being ceded authority far beyond their competence"
Edge.org which is well-known for asking big-picture questions and having leading thinkers offer their answers to the questions has a relevant one this year: "What do you think about machines that think?" As usual there are a lot of very interesting responses from a variety of writers, scientists, philosophers and members of the literati. But one that really got my attention was by the philosopher and cognitive scientist Daniel Dennett. I guess I got drawn in by Dennett’s response […]
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9:00 PM | Record Number Of Rhinos Poached in S. Africa in 2014
Poachers killed 1,215 of the iconic savannah animals last year.
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8:47 PM | Uphill (and downhill!)
Our climate is changing, that much is clear. The main effect of this changing climate is that what once was balancing now starts . . .
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8:42 PM | Take 1 Beaver, Add 1 Parachute
Geronimo was a "parabeaver" MRT @mashable: It's a bird! It's a plane" Pics: http://t.co/FByLQQcEqI ht @theretronaut pic.twitter.com/LNLmEq1OQg— russwilliamsiii (@russwilliamsiii) January 22, 2015 "The trouble was getting the beavers to the wilderness. (Unsurprisingly, the wilderness didn't have roads.)"
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8:16 PM | Daniel Dennett Dissects a Bad Thought...
Daniel Dennett Dissects a Bad Thought Experiment Schrödinger’s cat. The prisoner’s dilemma. The trolley problem. These are brand names as much as they’re philosophical thought experiments. Philosopher Daniel Dennett explains the importance of concocting an attractive package in which to wrap your argument. At the same time, Dennett warns that this can backfire and, to demonstrate, he dissects one of his “favorite bad thought experiments,” an investigation of […]
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8:05 PM | Ebola Has Crushed Gorilla and Chimp Populations
A conservationist points to the harm Ebola has done to gorillas and chimpanzees and argues for a vaccine for the great apes.
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7:46 PM | Using technology and big data to predict and prevent the next Ebola outbreak
Scientists, public health experts, economists and activists gathered at a recent conference hosted by Microsoft to talk about how technology can help contain the next Ebola outbreak.
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7:27 PM | The Scientific Power of Meditation by asapscience: How exactly...
The Scientific Power of Meditation by asapscience: How exactly does meditation affect your body?
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6:38 PM | "That’s a man’s field" by kayleefromcoconutcab: A...
"That’s a man’s field" by kayleefromcoconutcab: A discussion on why there are not that many women in the STEM field. The study I mention: http://www.pnas.org/content/109/41/16474.full
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6:22 PM | Putting GMOs on a Tight Leash
Two papers appeared in the latest issue of Nature—one from Farren Isaacs’ group and the other from George Church and colleagues—that presented, developed, and demonstrated a strategy for limiting the spread of genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, in the event that they … Continue reading →
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5:49 PM | Building a Green Future in North Sumatra, Indonesia The...
Building a Green Future in North Sumatra, Indonesia The Sustainable Landscapes Partnership (SLP) works with local governments and other partners to address climate change, conserve forests and improve livelihoods. With support from SLP, governments, communities, businesses and NGOs develop and test innovative, landscape-scale solutions to problems caused by human pressures on nature. The goal is a sustainable development path that protects our food, fresh water, livelihoods and climate that […]
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5:45 PM | Double public goods games and acid-mediated tumor invasion
Although I’ve spent more time thinking about pairwise games, I’ve recently expanded my horizons to more serious considerations of public-goods games. They crop up frequently when we are modeling agents at the cellular level, since interacts are often indirect through production of some sort of common extra-cellular signal. Unlike the trivial to characterize two strategy […]

Peña, J., Lehmann, L. & Nöldeke, G. (2014). Gains from switching and evolutionary stability in multi-player matrix games., Journal of Theoretical Biology, 346 23-33. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24380778

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5:00 PM | Brainless Animal Turns Out to Be World-class Swimmer
No brain? No problem for jellyfish, which turn out to be more aggressive than passive, at least in terms of their swimming.
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4:50 PM | Alpine bat diet
Credit: © A AlberdiThe alpine long-eared bat, Plecotus macrobullaris was discovered 2002. It is considered the only bat to feed above the tree line, but it uses its foraging ability at lower altitude too. Not long after its discovery it was found far away around the Mediterranean coasts, where the climate is pretty different from any at high alpine altitude.So how alpine is this bat? In summer, they can be found between 1,500 and 2,500 m. The bats take advantage of meadows in flower that […]
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4:21 PM | "Sort Of"
"#Republicans May Be Warming to #climatechange Sort Of." : http://t.co/YZ4ReHeKyn— russwilliamsiii (@russwilliamsiii) January 22, 2015 "In one of the most surreal congressional moments in recent memory, the upper chamber voted 98-1 Wednesday in favor of a measure declaring that “climate change is real and not a hoax.” But polar bears and penguins and low-lying coastal cities be damned – this was no blissful moment of bipartisan harmony." "Yet Senate denialism […]
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4:02 PM | A step back fro UTRGV grad programs
Well, this is frustrating.Currently, both The University of Texas-Pan American and University of Texas Brownsville handle graduate applications using a externally provided specialty system called Embark. Having used it for a few years, I can say it works well.I learned yesterday that the new University of Texas Rio Grande Valley will use a completely new system for processing student applications to graduate programs. Actually, it’s already in place. It’s called ApplyTexas. It was […]
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4:00 PM | Thirsty? Then suck on a stone!
Whilst it is claimed that only the taxman can get blood out of a stone, it seems that some plants can abstract water from stone-like minerals. Arguably, ahead of light, water is the most important abiotic factor that plants need and obtain from the environment. Although water is essential to plant life, it is not […]
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4:00 PM | WTF Forensik – Tödliches Feuerwerk
Warnung: in dieser Reihe stelle ich schräge, drastische, extreme oder auf andere Weise merkwürdige Studien und Fallberichte vor, die die Forensischen Wissenschaften in ihrer ganzen Breite und Vielseitigkeit portraitieren sollen, die aber in ihrer Thematik und/oder den beigefügten Abbildungen nicht für alle LeserInnen geeignet sind und obgleich ich mich stets bemühen werde, nicht ins Sensationalistische…
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3:50 PM | Postdoctoral position in mouse developmental biology, Mt. Sinai (New York City)
A postdoctoral position is available in the laboratory of Philippe Soriano to study early patterning, stem cell biology or craniofacial morphogenesis regulated by FGF and PDGF signaling in the mouse embryo. Creative, interactive but independent, and highly motivated applicants are in particular invited to apply. Qualifications include a strong background in developmental and stem cell […]
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3:38 PM | Mosquitos – fine-tuned by evolution to preferentially feed on humans
Would you look at that! The story of mosquitos, cheese and body odour has taken another leap into scientific respectability with a paper being published in the pinnacle of journals, Nature. “Evolution of mosquito preference for humans linked to an odorant receptor” by McBride and colleagues was published towards the end of last year and […]
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3:09 PM | Back after a break!!!!
To our dear readers who have been patiently looking at this blog for updates, our sincerest apologies! We had to take an unplanned long break (nothing to worry about) but now we are back, and you can look forward to our upcoming posts! A sneak preview at what you can expect in the coming few days! Interesting bits about lightning?  How to make periodical table more interesting! and Our
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2:37 PM | Eight things you should know about viruses
http://visual-science.com/projects/hiv/illustrations/Today I'm a guest blogger over at Dan Koboldt's "Science in Sci-fi, Fact in Fantasy" blog. Dan is an author and a geneticist and he has a wonderful series of posts written by experts in all fields, from horses to bow-hunting, from computers to genetics, teasing fact from fiction specifically for writers who want to use these topics in their books. My post is -- surprise, surprise -- is about viruses: 8 things you should know about viruses. […]
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2:32 PM | Standard packs: another step closer to a giant leap for public health
Backed by cross-party support, the Government has announced the next step towards bringing in standardised tobacco packaging.
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1:57 PM | Autismo, un nuovo studio sull’uso dell’ossitocina
Somministrato precocemente, l'ormone riesce a migliorare i comportamenti sociali in alcuni topi usati come modello della malattia. Lo studio su Science Translational Medicine
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1:52 PM | Charles Darwin, Blogger
Originally posted on Baldscientist:Charles Robert Darwin is one of the most polarizing intellectuals ever. For the last 150 years or so he has been considered evil incarnate by some or a saint by others. There was no middle ground, you either loved him or hated him. He was, therefore, the original Justin Bieber of…
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1:30 PM | Wildflowers of Ecuador: Watercolors and eBooks
Missouri Botanical Garden, Peter H. Raven Library's first eBook: Wildflowers and Landscapes of Ecuador: The Way We Knew It.Every now and then an unusual and exciting opportunity arises to digitize a very unique item. Such an opportunity arrived in the email box of Doug Holland, the director of the Peter H. Raven Library at the Missouri Botanical Garden, one afternoon in January 2014. Anne Hess, daughter of artist Mary Barnas Pomeroy and grand-daughter of artist/teacher Carl Barnas, had decided […]
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1:14 PM | What’s the Answer? (3D structures with mutations)
Biostars is a site for asking, answering and discussing bioinformatics questions and issues. We are members of the community and find it very useful. Often questions and answers arise at Biostars that are germane to our readers (end users of genomics resources). Every Thursday we will be highlighting one of those items or discussions here […]
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1:00 PM | This FREAKS me out
Today’s Recipe: Combine equal parts Thinking you’re alone when the appearance of another person almost stops your heart “Life, uh, finds a way” Frozen …and you’ll get this great article from Scientific American about a major new discovery: fish living under 740 meters of ice in Antarctica. Researchers drilled through the Ross Ice Shelf into […]
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12:54 PM | Un decreto per scongiurare altre vicende Stamina
La Lorenzin ha firmato un decreto che regolamenta la preparazione e somministrazione di medicinali per terapie avanzate al di fuori di sperimentazioni cliniche
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12:00 PM | If pursued by a goshawk, make a sharp turn
Wild ThingsAnimals by Sarah Zielinski Videos of hunts and dives made by Shinta, this northern goshawk, showed that the bird uses several strategies for catching prey.Robert MustersHumans have been using birds to hunt for thousands of years. And though the practice is known as falconry, falcons aren’t the only birds that have been trained for the hunt. Northern goshawks (Accipiter gentilis) — a […]
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