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April 21, 2014

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3:09 PM | It’s history, but it’s not irrelevant
REGISTRAR: What do you want? CRAWFORD: I brought this lady down to register REGISTRAR: (after giving the woman a card to fill out and sending her outside in the hall) Why did you bring this lady down here? CRAWFORD: Because … Continue reading →
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3:00 PM | Meet The Chicken From Hell So have you heard of the chicken from...
Meet The Chicken From Hell So have you heard of the chicken from hell? It’s a new Dinosaur! via Animalist.
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3:00 PM | Tracking cellulosic bioenergy targets, production, and capacity
Check out the new page on RFS2 cellulosic biofuel RIN production volumes!  The figure presented builds off previous simple analyses here and here, and will be updated periodically based on EPA EMTS numbers (which appear to be published with only … Continue reading →
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3:00 PM | Diesen Freitag: Science Slam in Dortmund
Kommenden Freitag, 25.4., trete ich auf bei einem Science Slam in der Zeche Zollern in Dortmund. Das ganze findet statt im Rahmen der Ausstellung “Über Unterwelten” des LWL-Industriemuseums. Schußwaffen werden ja vor allem von Damen und Herren aus der “Unterwelt” zur Durchsetzung ihrer zweifelhaften Vorhaben eingesetzt und wenn es ganz übel läuft, muß sich am…
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2:30 PM | Phases of Meiosis Paul Andersen explains the major phases of...
Phases of Meiosis Paul Andersen explains the major phases of meiosis including: interphase, prophase I, metaphase I, anaphase I, telophase I, cytokinesis, interphase II, metaphase II, anaphase II, and telophase II. He explains how variation is created in the next generation through meiosis and sexual reproduction. via Bozeman Science.
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2:27 PM | Jug 1.0-release candidate 0
New release of Jug: 1.0 release candidate I’ve put out a new release of jug, which I’m calling 1.0-rc0. This is a release candidate for version 1.0 and if there are no bugs, in a few days, I’ll just call it … Continue reading →
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2:00 PM | What Do Preschoolers Learn from Fantastical Picture Books?
One of the new picture books making the bedtime rounds at our house is How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight?, which describes and depicts dinosaurs doing such un-dinosaurly things as tucking themselves into bed or kissing their human mothers good night. … Continue reading →
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2:00 PM | Japanese American Concentration Camps Here’s the story of...
Japanese American Concentration Camps Here’s the story of the Japanese American concentration camps that were established throughout the United States during World War II. via Mr. Beat’s Social Studies Channel.
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2:00 PM | Parasites, chromosomes and the tree of life
Advances in the knowledge of the molecular basis of life have provided some of the most impressive and certain proofs to the notion that all […] Read more The post Parasites, chromosomes and the tree of life appeared first on Mapping Ignorance. Related posts:The flick of a switch controls the fate of human parasites Life and deeds of RNA (I): William Wallace and the fate of the cell Life and deeds of RNA (III): RNA processing, neurodegeneration and a rare disease

Akiyoshi B. & Gull K. (2014). Discovery of Unconventional Kinetochores in Kinetoplastids, Cell, 156 (6) 1247-1258. DOI:

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1:30 PM | Blackbeard’s Two Years of TERROR How did Edward Teach, aka...
Blackbeard’s Two Years of TERROR How did Edward Teach, aka Blackbeard go from an unknown to the most notorious pirate in history in only two years? In this episode, we explain the origins of piracy in the Caribbean from Queen Anne’s War to Blackbeard’s gory death. via Laughing Historically.http://twitter.com/laughhistoryhttp://facebook.com/laughinghistorically
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1:23 PM | Patterson and Kehoe, and the great lead debate
You know what is really impressing me about Neil deGrasse Tyson’s Cosmos? That he doesn’t hesitate to draw connections between science and how we live our lives — there is an implicit understanding that science has become fundamental to how we see the universe. Last night’s episode was no exception. What started as an explanation…
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1:00 PM | Ancient Clam Gardens Fostered Food Security A three-year study...
Ancient Clam Gardens Fostered Food Security A three-year study of ancient clam gardens in the Pacific Northwest reveals that coastal First Nations people of Canada used to reap superior harvests using rock-walled beach terraces. Source: Simon Fraser Univ. Read more: http://www.laboratoryequipment.com/videos/2014/03/ancient-clam-gardens-fostered-food-security via Lab Equipment.
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1:00 PM | "Under My Eyelids", verses by award-winning poet Maria Grech Ganado
UNDER THE HAT ......holding a feather ready in her handto write down all she seesa curious girl is standingin front of two shut doorsshe knows that to choose oneshe'd have to split her heartshe'd like to keep it wholeand small as she's herselfshe shuts her eyes and truststhe road she glimpses in themshe shuts her eyes and choosesthe road which she sees there-- © Maria Grech Ganado    translated from the Maltese by Maria Grech Ganado    Appears in the collection Under My […]
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12:30 PM | How mountains grow when continents crash India and...
How mountains grow when continents crash India and Eurasia’s collision should have been too brief for the Himalayas to grow tall, but it now seems one just pushed past the other and ploughed on Full story: http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn25270#.U1Q1sFcU9xM via New Scientist Video.
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12:12 PM | Away from home: Of ‘small’ things & big
The ‘Away from home‘ blogging series features Indian postdocs working in foreign labs recounting their experience of working there, the triumphs and challenges, the cultural differences and what they miss about India. They also offer useful tips for their Indian postdocs headed abroad. You can join in the online conversation using the #postdochat hashtag.  Read more
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12:12 PM | Away from home: Of ‘small’ things & big
The ‘Away from home‘ blogging series features Indian postdocs working in foreign labs recounting their experience of working there, the triumphs and challenges, the cultural differences and what they miss about India. They also offer useful tips for their Indian postdocs headed abroad. You can join in the online conversation using the #postdochat hashtag.  Read more
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12:12 PM | Away from home: Of ‘small’ things & big
The ‘Away from home‘ blogging series features Indian postdocs working in foreign labs recounting their experience of working there, the triumphs and challenges, the cultural differences and what they miss about India. They also offer useful tips for their Indian postdocs headed abroad. You can join in the online conversation using the #postdochat hashtag.  Read more
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12:00 PM | HinfI satellite-DNA evolution in Centaureinae
Phylogenetic analyses of Centaureinae support two main phases of radiation, leading to two major groups of genera of different ages.
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12:00 PM | Nothing Is The Color You Think It Is. Or Is It? Color is a very...
Nothing Is The Color You Think It Is. Or Is It? Color is a very interesting thing, just about everything has one. Though, what I am doing today is tackling the idea behind what color is and what is what color. It might be more surprising than you think. Try mixing your own colors with light:http://www.oberlin.edu/faculty/brichard/Apples/ColorMixingPage.html via Think Fact. Twitter: https://twitter.com/DaleWinslow
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12:00 PM | Does hunger make you want to stick pins in people?
Do you get irritable when you’re hungry? Do you tend to take out that aggression on your loved ones? If so, you’re in good company. Brad Bushman of The Ohio State University and his colleagues found that when people have low glucose levels, they like to stick pins in dolls representing their spouses.The researchers measured the glucose levels of 107 couples twice a day (before breakfast and late evening) for three weeks. Every evening, participants were given voodoo dolls and told […]
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11:46 AM | The science behind Game of Thrones:
Spoiler alert: This article refers to events up to Season 4 Episode 2 of Game of Thrones. Please do not continue reading unless you have watched up to this point! Please do not include book spoilers in the comments section. … Continue reading →
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11:30 AM | La scienza nei media: da ieri ad oggi
Silvia Bencivelli e FRancesco Paolo de Ceglia Comunicare la scienza Carocci Editore (Bussole), Roma 2013, pp. 128, euro 11,00 Andrea Candela Dal sogno degli alchimisti all'incubo di FRankenstein Franco Angeli, Milano 2013, pp. 268, euro 28,00   La scienza attraverso gli ‘occhi’ dell’informazione, dalle origini della carta stampata alla comunicazione dei giorni nostri. È il tema trattato con grande approfondimento dai saggi “Comunicare la scienza” e […]
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10:22 AM | Read my thesis and let's chat about sharing research
So my thesis has been published online on the University of Aberdeen Library page. You can read it by clicking here. It has the very snappy title 'GPR30 and ERα36 and their potential role in breast and endometrial cancers'This is my lay abstract:Oestrogen is a hormone that is mostly associated with the development of sexual organs and the female monthly menstrual cycle. However, it is also known to play a role in breast cancer. The presence of oestrogen can make some breast […]
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9:00 AM | Earths galore: we're getting closer...but to what?
Well, NASA's done it again.  They've found another exciting planet lurking in the depths of near space.  This time, the BBC proclaims, we have Kepler find 186f (illustrated, even!), the best one yet and (maybe) it (could) be watery!  It seems that the news cycle isn't just 24/7, but longer: every time NASA can release the story about some newly found somewhat-earthlike rock, the news outlet pick it up as if it were the first time and nobody can remember that we've seen […]
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7:47 AM | Sunday Chess Problem
Blogging has been a low priority lately, partly because there’s been too much other stuff going on, and partly because I haven’t had much enthusiasm for it. The end of the semester is always a bit of a grind. But the long-suffering fans of Sunday Chess Problem should not have to wait another week! So…
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7:00 AM | The Clove Tree That Defied An Empire
In the 1600s, the Netherlands United East India Company controlled the Indonesian spice trade. All clove trees that didn't belong to them were destroyed, with only 800--1,000 tons of cloves allowed out each year, giving them a monopoly on clove prices. However, one free tree remained. A Frenchman stole some seeds from it and took them to other countries, taking away the company's monopoly on the trade. The post The Clove Tree That Defied An Empire appeared first on KnowledgeNuts.
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6:00 AM | PHOTO DU BoB-088
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5:00 AM | #14. Tiempo de recapitular – Time to recapitulate
     Hoy hace justamente un año nació Ciencia Digital y la ocasión merece una entrada. Cuando miro hacia atrás me doy cuenta de que han pasado muchísimas cosas, casi todas buenas o muy buenas. No sé si es autocomplacencia, pero … Sigue leyendo →
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3:45 AM | Cross-validation in finance, psychology, and political science
A large chunk of machine learning (although not all of it) is concerned with predictive modeling, usually in the form of designing an algorithm that takes in some data set and returns an algorithm (or sometimes, a description of an algorithm) for making predictions based on future data. In terminology more friendly to the philosophy […]

Bailey, D., Borwein, J., de Prado, M.L. & Zhu, Q. (2014). Pseudo-Mathematics and Financial Charlatanism: The Effects of Backtest Overfitting on Out-of-Sample Performance, Notices of the American Mathematical Society, 61 (5) 458. DOI:

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1:00 AM | The Art of Snails and Snails in Art - Professor Steve...
The Art of Snails and Snails in Art - Professor Steve Jones Matisse, Dali and even medieval monks all found beauty and allegory in Snails. Steve Jones examines their representation, and what science can tell us about them. Snails play a surprising part in art. Dali used them as images of impotence, while medieval painters included them in paintings of the Virgin Mary, due to the belief that their shells meant that their modesty was protected and they reproduced without sex. Gravestones are […]
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