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July 20, 2014

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6:00 AM | PHOTO DU BoB-178
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2:55 AM | Discussing evolution is fruitful: Or, Why I don’t shut up about evolution
[This is a repost from my guest post this week over on the blog of the BEACON Center for the Study of Evolution in Action. Great posts are added weekly, so go check it out! http://beacon-center.org/] As a woman raised in the South, and now returning to it as I finish my dissertation, I am reminded of a […]
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1:23 AM | Unreal Detail
The Detail In This Hummingbird Photograph Is Unreal http://t.co/dFUCaRfTsM— Jason G. Goldman (@jgold85) July 20, 2014

July 19, 2014

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11:53 PM | “First Stage of Cruelty”, cruelty to animals
Hogarth’s  The Four Stages of Cruelty (1751) depict, fictional protagonist Tom Nero as he progresses from cruelty to animals as a child, to cruelty to animals as an adult. While various Scenes of sportive Woe, The Infant Race employ, And tortur’d Victims bleeding shew, The Tyrant in the Boy. Behold! a Youth of gentler Heart, To…
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11:52 PM | Just a matter of perspective
I should be working on three papers that are almost done, one of them in fact, is accepted with minor changes. This is good. I could also be working on the proposal for my next book; I already have the idea and I think it’s going to be good! I have several work-ish things to …
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11:00 PM | Sonntagsklassik
Einen schönen Sonntag allen LeserInnen. Es ist Hochsommer, Ventilatoren summen, wo es dafür selbst Fliegen zu heiß ist, ermattet konsumiert man Fruchtcocktails und allerorten riecht es entweder nach Grillgut oder Kokosaroma (oder beidem). Wer nun versteht, warum ich das für einen idealen Zeitpunkt zum Vorführen von Totenmessen halte, ist mir Schwester oder Bruder im Geiste…
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10:04 PM | Morsels For The Mind – 18/07/2014
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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8:51 PM | Bang for Our Buck in Research
In his weekly column at Pacific Standard, our Mike White discusses the importance of basic science for productive science: …Congress wants to know: Are we getting the most out of our research dollars?…the National Academy of Sciences…came back with its answer…If … Continue reading →
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8:05 PM | "10 Best Zoos"
As chosen by readers of USA TODAY.Riverbanks Zoo made top 20. 
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5:30 PM | "#whales #PETA #blackfish"
Airport greeting: Welcome to San Diego! Pls don't visit #SeaWorld! http://t.co/OnaBAVRkV0 #whales #PETA #blackfish— Barbara J King (@bjkingape) July 19, 2014
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3:40 PM | Even Trees Need Their Mothers
We tend to think of trees as individual entities, each one with its leafy or needled top and its own underground collection of roots. We now understand that the trees of some forests are linked below ground through networks of mycorrhizal fungi which serve to bridge the gap between one tree’s roots and another. In […]
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2:00 PM | Science Caturday: All the Artz
Michele is busy this weekend presenting her art to “hoomins” at Artscape (18-20 July in Baltimore). Your regular Science Caturday service will resume next week.Filed under: Science Caturday Tagged: Art, Artologica, Artscape
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2:00 PM | Writing, science and photography merge in the works of F.C. "Chip" Etier
My last author interview was with scientist, writer and Navy Commander, Ann Christy. Today, I feel equally excited as my guest is a scientist, writer, and an award winning photographer. F.C., a.k.a. "Chip", Etier began writing essays, and music and book reviews as a freelance several years ago. Today, he is a regular blogger at VentureGalleries.com and the author of The Barry-Hixon Conspirecy series. Welcome to the blog, Chip!EEG: You are a pharmacist, a published writer, and an award-winning […]
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1:41 PM | First Horned Anole Hatched in Captivity: the Video
We first reported on the blessed event a couple of weeks ago. Now here’s some video of the darling newborn.
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1:02 PM | End of Zoos? (cont.; see below)
End of zoos? MT @nytimesscience: What if u could hold tiny elephant in ur hands? One day virtual reality might let u. http://t.co/zrirogfTnT— russwilliamsiii (@russwilliamsiii) July 19, 2014
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12:59 PM | End of Zoos?
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9:25 AM | Apollo 11, 45 anni fa sulla Luna
Quel 24 luglio 1969 il cerchio si chiudeva. Ad aprirlo era stato sette anni prima l’allora presidente degli Stati uniti d’America, John F. Kennedy, quando alla Rice University proclamò ILdiscorso. Quello col quale prometteva al suo popolo la Luna.“Abbiamo deciso di andare sulla Luna. Abbiamo deciso di andare sulla Luna in questo decennio e di impegnarci anche in altre imprese, non perché sono semplici, ma perché sono ardite, […]
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8:00 AM | News digest – Australian smoking rates, bowel cancer genes and more
It's been a busy week for cancer stories in the news - our bloggers highlight the pick of the bunch.
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7:30 AM | HIV baby cure: One year on
With over 30 million sufferers worldwide, HIV remains the world’s leading infectious killer. The human immunodeficiency virus attacks the immune system, leaving it unable to fight infections, resulting in AIDS. Improving HIV care is one of the top 10 global … Continue reading →
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7:00 AM | The Theory That Says Some Depressed People Might Be Right
In traditional psychology, it's believed faulty thinking can keep people stuck in depression or cynicism. For instance, a depressed individual may worry an inordinate amount about future events, distort facts in a negative way, or be chronically pessimistic. In this psychological school of thought, the only way to truly escape the "blues" is to change the depressed person's habits of thinking. While that might be the leading perspective, there is another theory, known as depressive realism, […]
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6:00 AM | PHOTO DU BoB-177
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4:31 AM | Friday 5: Light Sculptures and Other Fun Things
Well, I haven’t been able to keep up with the ol’ blog here very well this week, but I’m getting a post up today if it kills me!  It’s Friday (which is no longer the last day of my workweek, incidentally), so it’s time for me to share some cool insect related things from the […]
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1:35 AM | "Stop Everything"
#ff Stop everything & follow the @sdzsafaripark. Because this => RT @sdzsafaripark: Tag! You're it... #lol http://t.co/ayVeEw73FD— San Diego Zoo (@sandiegozoo) July 19, 2014

July 18, 2014

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10:45 PM | Barbarians and their enablers
You give a kid a BB gun, and sooner or later he'll shoot it at some windows. It's a given of human nature. You give rebels, terrorists, or even some other type of militia under limited central control some big boom-booms, and sooner or later they'll shoot at something they shouldn't have.  And of course giving an implement of destruction to anybody who is more likely to shoot than to think makes you partly responsible for the outcome. This means you really have to think […]
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7:15 PM | Where are they now? (Veterinary edition)
Back in 2006, I wrote:In another one of those still-not-quite-sure-how-this happened events of the summer, I spent this afternoon meeting with various people about a summer internship program with high school students. I’ll have a student, Amanda, working with me for six weeks starting next Monday. Not quite sure what I'll have her do yet. Will have to spend some time sorting out project ideas next week.What happened after that? I came up with a project, Amanda rocked it for six weeks, […]
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6:46 PM | Must Watch...and Watch...AND Watch
Pangolins Walk Just Like T. Rex http://t.co/g4jWF7UoNa (h/t @sarahkeartes @earthtouch)— Jason G. Goldman (@jgold85) July 18, 2014
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6:07 PM | LabBook July 18, 2014
This week’s rundown of recent research publications of note from University of Chicago scientists and physicians.
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6:00 PM | The Story of Mr. Bisbing, Part II: Fatherhood
This is part two out of five of our story about a great egret that we tagged at the Outer Banks in Spring 2013. We followed his movements for about 8 months and reconstructed his story with his GPS and ACC data (see part I). The exact position of the lines in the ACC graph […]
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5:52 PM | Bioluminescence from the Sky to the Ocean Depths
It is nearly one month past the summer solstice and here in southern Wisconsin, the glow of fireflies at dusk and into darkness is a summertime pleasure not to be missed. Fireflies employ the substrate luciferin and the enzyme luciferase, to produce their bioluminescence. The flash of a firefly lantern is designed to attract a […]
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5:35 PM | Bread Wheat Genome Contains “Shocking” Plot Twist
“Wheat P1210892” by Copyright © 2007 David Monniaux – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons. Yesterday scientitsts announced in a quartet of papers in the... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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