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April 20, 2015

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5:59 PM | motherjones: The BP oil spill happened five years ago today....
motherjones: The BP oil spill happened five years ago today. We’re still paying the price. That last panel!
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5:23 PM | Log In - The New York Times
Log In - The New York Times: Great opinion piece in the NYT about ‘the rise of the machines’ and its potential (and likely) threat to the human work force. I liked how she pointed out how the benefits will largely be to employers - making the rich, richer. I also liked how she commented on the possibility of society taking control of this for everyone’s benefit. I def think that’s possible, but I’m pessimistic about our odds, at least in the near future.
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4:58 PM | micdotcom: With 4/20 upon us, it’s time for us to finally admit...
micdotcom: With 4/20 upon us, it’s time for us to finally admit it: Marijuana legalization would be the worst thing to happen to America. Just look at what we know from expert research. The full body of evidence is enough to make anyone quit smoking marijuana for good! Some time-appropriate content.
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4:50 PM | purplecloudcenter: I laughed a little too hard at this...
purplecloudcenter: I laughed a little too hard at this one. This is definitely funny, but I want to defend those of us who aren’t particularly interested in doing lab work or reading through journals. For me, that’s not the part of science that excites me. I find lab work a bore, and journals require much more time (and sometimes expertise) than I have or care to give. The part of science which excites me is the possibilities, the achievements, making life better for people. And […]
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4:35 PM | VISUALIZE: Daily routines of accomplished creative people
mostlysignssomeportents: This chart summarizes data from Daily Rituals: How Artists Work, providing that rarest of treasures: an infographic that actually improves the legibility of information. The chart shows the hours spent by its subjects in “creative work,” “day jobs,” sleep, food/leisure, exercise and other, and hovering your mouse over each bar lets you know the specifics for each person. Don’t miss the bibliography of other sources used to create the […]
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3:30 PM | nautilusfire:Hydrocephalic child skeleton,Museo di Anatomia...
nautilusfire:Hydrocephalic child skeleton,Museo di Anatomia Patologica dell'Universitá degli Studi di Firenze. woah
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3:00 PM | New tool for detecting, destroying norovirus
New tool for detecting, destroying norovirus: betterworlds:Norovirus infection is the most common cause of viral gastroenteritis, or ‘stomach flu.’ A research team recently produced ‘nanobodies’ that could be used to better characterize the structural makeup of the virus. They discovered that these nanobodies could detect the virus in clinical stool samples and disassemble intact norovirus particles. Such nanobodies may potentially be used to not only better detect but […]
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2:00 PM | Teaching Brains To Regain or even Add New SensesI cannot believe...
Teaching Brains To Regain or even Add New SensesI cannot believe it took me this long to watch this amazing TED talk by David Eagleman about his invention, the “VEST,” or the Versatile Extra-Sensory Transducer. It basically picks up where the brain-port left off. (Long time followers of RCS may recall some posts where I discussed the brain-port, like here.)Gotta say, this was a super fun talk, and I really enjoyed hearing a professional discuss and demonstrate ideas that I’ve […]
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1:14 PM | Book Review: Dr Henry Marsh "Do No Harm: Stories of Life, Death and Brain Surgery"
Do No Harm: Stories of Life, Death and Brain Surgery by Henry Marsh is one of the best books I've ever read, the last time a book made me cry I was a kid. I was in tears several times, including on a flight from London to Helsinki, no holding back, pure emotional roller-coaster.As a cancer research scientist (genomics core facility head in a cancer research institute) I rarely see or talk to cancer patients; we do have tours a few times a year and speaking to people living, and dying, with […]
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10:50 AM | Ferring collaborates on novel IBD drug development
Project in partnership with Paris-based Institut Pasteur
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10:08 AM | Survey reveals problems with lung cancer mutation testing
A quarter of patients surveyed not receiving EGFR testing prior to treatment
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9:43 AM | Merck files Keytruda for lung cancer
Filed to the FDA as a treatment option for NSCLC patients
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2:51 AM | huffpostcomedy: We made a few tweaks to the new “Jurassic...
huffpostcomedy: We made a few tweaks to the new “Jurassic World” poster because it totally looks like a rom-com.

April 19, 2015

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11:00 PM | Big Data – the next big thing
The ‘Internet of Things’ age is truly upon us
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11:00 PM | Harnessing the power of genetics
In oncology, and other therapy areas, personalised medicines offer new hope against chronic illnesses
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9:16 PM | Antivaccine cult resorts to ad hominem attacks
The Skeptical Raptor, stalking pseudoscience in the internet jungle. I get a lot of email about this blog. Most of it is nice, many asking questions or recommending future topics. I do enjoy the recommendations, because it sometimes leads to some interesting areas of research. Occasionally, I get critical emails, some civil, and some not quite as civil. And I got one of those … Continue reading Antivaccine cult resorts to ad hominem attacks →Continue reading «Antivaccine cult […]
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5:50 PM | thenewenlightenmentage: Man trapped in an 8-year “Groundhog...
thenewenlightenmentage: Man trapped in an 8-year “Groundhog Day” loop baffles scientistsDoomed to relive the same memories over and over again.By Fiona MacDonaldA 23-year-old man in the UK is stuck in an ongoing eight-year loop of déjà vu, according to a report published in Journal of Medical Case Reports, and his situation has neuroscientists completely stumped.The patient, who has a history of anxiety and a family record of obsessive compulsive disorder, started […]
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3:08 PM | Bill Nye, Science Guy, and GMOs – oh my!
Bill Nye caused a bit of drama over his stance on GMOs with the publication of his recent book, Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation. Biologists were dismayed by some of the unsourced claims he was making, and what seemed to be a failure to investigate the science on this issue. And for someone who has been such a strong supporter of evidence, even famously noting in his debate with creationist Ken Ham what would change is mind on a topic: Those of us who support evidence-based […]
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3:00 PM | Don’t be a goomba. Toss batteries and electronics the right way....
Don’t be a goomba. Toss batteries and electronics the right way.

April 18, 2015

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8:05 PM | huffingtonpost:Inspirational Quotes To Get You Through The Week 
huffingtonpost:Inspirational Quotes To Get You Through The Week 
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7:45 PM | "Any sufficiently advanced school bus is indistinguishable from a magic school bus."
“Any sufficiently advanced school bus is indistinguishable from a magic school bus.” - Arthur C. Clarke (via contemplatingmadness)
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7:31 PM | tomcolbieart:“The Incredulity of Saint Thomas” amazing!
tomcolbieart:“The Incredulity of Saint Thomas” amazing!
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4:00 PM | Me and my Myers Briggs Type: INTPI was reading a post from...
from 16personalities From teamtechnology from 25quiz from humanmetricsMe and my Myers Briggs Type: INTPI was reading a post from fellow tumblr e-n-t-p  and it got me clicking for info about INTPs, and I was pretty blown away by what I found.Now, to begin, I should probably say that I first heard of the personality test as a pscyh undergrad. I was actually the only kid in my class who refused to take the test (I was very reluctant to have my personality boxed into a ‘type’). A […]
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3:30 PM | Perspective.
Perspective.
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3:00 PM | "I believe everyone should have a broad picture of how the universe operates and our place in it. It..."
“I believe everyone should have a broad picture of how the universe operates and our place in it. It is a basic human desire. And it also puts our worries in perspective.” - Stephen Hawking (via tessladapanda)
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5:34 AM | A Dissertation on Science Blogging
My PhD dissertation, All the Science That is Fit to Blog, is now online and globally accessible via a downloadable PDF: http://etd.lsu.edu/docs/available/etd-04072015-094935/ You can also access my full research survey instrument and other data and figures from my dissertation research on Figshare. Please do let me know if you have any thoughts, questions, suggestions for future research, etc.! Summary Points (previously posted in a series of tweets, #MySciBlogSummary!) For this […]

April 17, 2015

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8:53 PM | just-shower-thoughts: Self-Driving cars that brake for pedestrians will be horrible to have during...
just-shower-thoughts: Self-Driving cars that brake for pedestrians will be horrible to have during a zombie apocalypse.
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8:04 PM | Biotech Tweets of the Week (April 13-17, 2015)
What seemed like a quiet week on Monday really picked up steam and we had quite a helter-skelter Thursday and Friday. As always, @23aloha has collected the best of the biotech / pharma Twitterverse for you in the Tweets of the Week feature.Featuring:  $GWPH $SAGE $BIIB $ADXS $ADRO $ATHX $BLUE $GLPG $SSH $MNTA $BMY $CLVS $XBI $IBB [...]
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8:00 PM | the-awesome-quotes: Extremely Beautiful Minerals And...
the-awesome-quotes: Extremely Beautiful Minerals And Stones. gorgeous
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6:07 PM | nrdc: mothernaturenetwork: America’s tire mountains: 90...
nrdc: mothernaturenetwork: America’s tire mountains: 90 percent are gone, thanks to recycling programsOnce we had 2 billion tires scattered around the U.S. landscape, but now 90 percent of the piles are gone. Ground rubber from tires is becoming roadways, playground equipment and auto floor mats. Environmental success story! 
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