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February 27, 2015

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7:57 PM | UPenn Webinar – ‘Mickey’s Got Measles’
Today, I attended the webinar, Mickey’s Got Measles, through the Live Faculty Lecture Series offered at the University of Pennsylvania. Today’s lecture focussed on the epidemiology of Measles, Herd Immunity, and Trends in Immunization was presented by Alison Buttenheim. Given the recent outbreak of Measles that puts 2015 well ahead of year-to-date infection numbers, it was […]
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7:54 PM | Feather mite barcoding
Feather mites are members of several very diverse groups of mites present in almost all groups of birds. They feed mainly on secretions of the uropygial gland of birds. This gland, probably better known as the preen gland or the oil gland, produces preen oil which is believed to help maintain the integrity of the feather structure, provide waterproofing, and - ironically - is supposed to have an anti-parasitic effect. The nature of the biological relationship between feather mites and […]
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7:39 PM | Teaching Girls to See Themselves as Leaders, with Tara Sophia...
Teaching Girls to See Themselves as Leaders, with Tara Sophia Mohr In order to guide young women to achieve their full leadership potential, life coach and author Tara Sophia Mohr explains that society as a whole needs to do three things. First, we need to acknowledge that young people hold the key to changing the world for the better. Treating adolescents like they’re powerless only reinforces that harmful untruth. Second, we need to teach them to silence their unhelpful inner critic. […]
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6:56 PM | Anti-Anti-Vaccine & Other Pseudoscience Rap by...
Anti-Anti-Vaccine & Other Pseudoscience Rap by comaniddy: Unfortunately, the measles virus returned to the U.S. due to the anti-vaccine movement. But before that, there was another disease, there was Pseudoscience. Let’s stop bad science with Coma Niddy’s Anti-Anti-Vaccine & Other Pseudoscience Rap. Pseudoscience is dangerousEvil lies so treacherousRemove the mask it’s obviousThat Pseudoscience is bad for usAstrology’s not realBigfoot’s fakeYour blood […]
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6:45 PM | It's International Polar Bear Day: Photos
Learn a bit about these seafaring Arctic giants.
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6:14 PM | The Leidenfrost Effect: How to Make a Liquid Levitate by...
The Leidenfrost Effect: How to Make a Liquid Levitate by scishow: In this video Michael Aranda explains what the Leidenfrost Effect is, and how it can cause liquid to ‘levitate’. Support on Subbable: https://subbable.com/scishow
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6:07 PM | Your Birthday Song
This link is little bit of fun.  Enter your birthday and it returns the number one song on the American top 40 for that date.  Found out the F1's song was Call me by Blondie, which is sort of appropriate. TPP's is from a totally different era, or is that eon?  The 12th Street Rag (by Pee Wee Hunt and his Orchestra), and yes, TPP likes ragtime; always have. 
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6:06 PM | New Segment: Scientist of the Week!
After my previous blog post Science: It's a Girl Thing I have decided to start a new segment where I will be choosing a scientist from different branches of science and could be male and female and provide a profile / case study dedicated to that scientist. This segment will be: Scientist of the Week and will be posted every Friday commencing from Friday 6th March 2015 !Can you guess which scientist I will be starting with?
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6:00 PM | Pi Day 2015
If we make the very traditionally assumption that the year is a circle (technically it is an ellipse) with a circumference of 365 days (366 on a leap year): HAPPY PI DAY! *14 March as Pi Day is superficial fluff … Continue reading →
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5:37 PM | Requiescat, Leonard Nimoy
The New York Times reports that Leonard Nimoy has died at age 83. We’ve already seen his death and funeral on screen, in the movie that was possibly the best episode of the television show that made him famous. But … Continue reading →
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5:36 PM | Music for cats
Just when you think you've seen, or heard, it all, along comes something completely different. Some cats are pretty quiet.  Some cats are quite talky, yacky, and chatty. Some cats seem to chirp. Some seem a bit whiny and pleading, especially in the morning before breakfast. Slow old humans.  But never thought of any of our cats as being musical.  So here it is, music for cats.  Now that I think of it, one of ours hums Cosmo's air frequently.
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5:32 PM | Why Vaccines Work by jtotheizzoe:This week’s It’s Okay To Be...
Why Vaccines Work by jtotheizzoe:This week’s It’s Okay To Be Smart is a shot in the arm about the importance of vaccines. Please check it out, and share it with your friends and family.We’ve all heard the recent news that diseases like measles are making a comeback in some parts of the U.S. thanks to some parents decision to not vaccinate their kids (or to vaccinate them on a different schedule than what doctors recommend). Vaccine rates remain pretty high overall (although […]
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4:49 PM | Why We Should All Question Science Whether it’s the health...
Why We Should All Question Science Whether it’s the health benefits of alcohol, or the danger of cholesterol, it seems like science is always flip-flopping! Why is this? Read More:Alcohol’s evaporating health benefitsAnother reason to drink wine: It could help you burn fat, study suggestsThe US is about to drop its decades-old warning against cholesterolThe Questionable Link Between Saturated Fat and Heart DiseaseAre chicken eggs good or bad for my cholesterol?Why cholesterol might […]
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4:31 PM | See World-Renowned Polar Bear Biologist
"World renowned" #PolarBear scientist will be @DiscoveryPlace Saturday: http://t.co/6bI27VT1fi #Charlotte— russwilliamsiii (@russwilliamsiii) February 26, 2015 The closed NC Zoo/International Polar Bear Day presentation by Dr. Steven C. Amstrup is now over. There is another link, from the one above, to details of the open, Discovery Place offering of Dr. Amstrup's Polar Bear Day-related program.
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4:08 PM | UK Zoo's "Project Polar" Campaign
Yorkshire Wildlife Park is celebrating International Polar Bear Day and promoting its fundraising campaign, utilizing new resident, polar bear Victor. "All money raised will go to the Project Polar Appeal of Yorkshire Wildlife Park Foundation, whose vision is a better world for wild animals." Who told them the NC Zoo Society ran successful fund raising campaigns over the past 30 years called "Project: Polar Bears", Project: Pachyderms" and "Project: North America", which doubled the NC Zoo?
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4:07 PM | Buran: The Space Shuttle That Almost Was by scishow: Did you...
Buran: The Space Shuttle That Almost Was by scishow: Did you know the Soviet Union had its own Space Shuttle? Learn all about the Buran, what happened to it, and what innovations set it apart from its NASA counterpart. Support on Subbable: https://subbable.com/scishow
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3:54 PM | Data say the Darndest Things
Apparently I’m late on the bandwagon for spotting this one, but twitter is atwitter with news that it’s cold in Washington D.C. right now. A propose of my last post, Chairman the Senate Environment and Social Works Committee and Amateur scientist, James Inhofe (R-OK), brought a snowball into the Senate yesterday as data against the […]
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3:51 PM | Happy International Polar Bear Day
As another Polar Bear Day has arrived here is an opinion on polar bears and Arctic warming: "Why Polar Bears Matter". "There is also an international treaty to govern the range-wide management of this internationally shared and broad ranging species: the 1973 Agreement on the Conservation of Polar Bears, along with an international body to advise on polar-bear science, the IUCN Polar Bear Specialist Group."
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3:24 PM | Shelf Life Episode 4 - Skull of the Olinguito Ninety years after...
Shelf Life Episode 4 - Skull of the Olinguito Ninety years after it was first collected, Mammal #66753 from was finally recognized as a new species. Researcher Miguel Pinto tells the story of how a Museum specimen helped lead to the discovery of the olinguito, and Curator Nancy Simmons discusses the importance of holotypes. For more about how new species are discovered in collections—and in the field—head over to the episode website: […]
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3:00 PM | The ribosome world hypothesis
The ribosome may be a missing link in the evolution of life. This suggestive proposal has been published by Meredith Root-Bernstein, Oxford University, UK, […] Read more The post The ribosome world hypothesis appeared first on Mapping Ignorance. Related posts:Hybridization: no longer the bad guy Triassic lungs: Unidirectional flow in alligators’ breathing Bees are coffee addicts too
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3:00 PM | Science for the People: Superstorm
This week, Science for the People is exploring the evolving frontier of extreme weather, and how it’s influenced by our warming planet. Desiree Schell talks about the largest Atlantic storm system ever recorded with Kathryn Miles, author of Superstorm: Nine Days Inside Hurricane … Continue reading →
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2:50 PM | Llamas on the Lam Become Social Media Stars
A pair of sprightly llamas jigged their way to Internet stardom after they led dozens of U.S. police on the streets of Phoenix.
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2:42 PM | German Unification (Part I: The Failure of Liberal...
German Unification (Part I: The Failure of Liberal Nationalism) In the first part of my lecture on German Unification, I discuss German Nationalism in the early 19th century and the attempt to unify Germany on the basis of liberal nationalism after the Revolutions of 1848. The Frankfurt Parliament met and drafter a constitution for a unified Germany and offered the crown to Frederick William IV of Prussia, but he declined the “pig’s crown” and German Unification would have to […]
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2:42 PM | THE WEST AMERICAN SCIENTIST In 32 Volumes.
THE WEST AMERICAN SCIENTISTA Popular Review and Record for the Pacific CoastThe oldest scientific magazine west of the MississippiIn 32 VolumesDownloadWAS-Archives.orghttp://www.WAS-Archives.org
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2:41 PM | Spiritualiteit zonder religie
‘Een pleidooi voor mindfulness en meditatie als rationele oefening op basis van neurowetenschap en psychologie’, zo belooft het kaft van ‘Het huidige moment’. Neurowetenschapper en uitgesproken criticus van religie Sam Harris pleit voor meer spiritualiteit in ons leven, maar op een andere manier dan hoe het vaak door religies en vage stromingen wordt beschreven. Hij hoopt een gesprek op gang te... Lees meer op www.sciencepalooza.nl
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2:40 PM | Evolution Journal: a Journal of Nature in 20 Volumes.
Evolution JournalA Journal of Nature, Published Monthlyby Evolution Publishing Corporation 20 VolumesJournal extract: Who Believes in Evolution? By David Starr Jordan, 1927.Just now in America organic evolution has come to the front as a popular issue. With it is the broader question as to whether scientific teaching and scientific research shall be subject to official censorship of men who know nothing of such matters. As to the final issue there can be no doubt, for […]
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2:19 PM | Friday SNPpets
This week’s SNPpets include a new cancer Data Catalog from NCI, Avianbase for bird genomics, a couple of variant calling tools, and someone trying to genotype the color assessment of “the dress” using 23andme data. Heh. [But at least no llamas were harmed in the making of this post.] Welcome to our Friday feature link […]
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2:00 PM | Rob McClellan, the founder of Third Scribe, talks about his work behind the scenes of Apocalypse Weird
Wow, we had our big launch this past Monday and it was EPIC!So, tell me: have you read all five books yet? Can't wait to find out what happens next? And most importantly: have you left your review to help the authors get the visibility they need?Today my Apocalypse Weird guest is not one of the authors, but he's an equally important player who's been working tirelessly behind the scenes, especially in preparation of the big launch this past Monday. Rob McClellan is the founder of the author […]
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1:49 PM | Polar Bear Twins Headed for 3rd U.S. Zoo
They moved from Toledo Zoo to Como Park, now it is on to Wisconsin for polar bear twins Suka and Sakari. The young male bears "who temporarily came to Como [St. Paul] from the Toledo Zoo in September of 2014, will be heading to their permanent home at the Henry Vilas Zoo in Madison, Wis. The bears were staying in Minnesota until their new exhibit in Madison was complete." "Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) accredited institutions, such as Como Zoo, The Henry Vilas Zoo and the Toledo Zoo […]
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1:46 PM | Boar semen biomarkers predict litter size
Pig business is big business. In 2012 alone, China, the world’s largest producer of pork, produced 50 million tons of the meat. Getting pigs to reliably produce large litters is of great economic importance in places like China, the United States and the European Union. In a new study just published in Molecular & Cellular […]
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