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March 10, 2015

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3:48 PM | A glaring paradox clarified
Last week, GENETICS published an editorial by Editor-in-Chief Mark Johnston about the influence of the Journal Impact Factor on science and discussed an alternative metric that emphasizes the research experience of the journal’s editors. The following is Mark’s response to … Read MoreThe post A glaring paradox clarified appeared first on Genes to Genomes.
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1:08 PM | Citizen science is making scientists of everyone | @GrrlScientist
Citizen science is getting a lot of attention these days, which might make you think it is a new social phenomenon. But in fact, nothing is further from the truth: citizen science has been around much longer than any of us.Citizen science is getting a lot of attention these days, which might make you think it is a new social phenomenon. But in fact, nothing could be further from the truth: citizen science has been around much longer than any one of us. It was going strong long before Benjamin […]
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10:17 AM | The First Two Days in the Mojave
  Nine students and five faculty and staff are part of Desert Geology 2015, a week-long fieldtrip to the Mojave Desert. Here the nine students, joined by Cam Matesich (Wooster ’14) gathered at an overlook of Death Valley (Dante’s View). Cam joined the group on the second day to guide us through various sites and share […]
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8:00 AM | The other gender gap
The Economist discusses a new OECD report on a growing gender gap in schools: It is a problem that would have been unimaginable a few decades ago. Until the 1960s boys spent longer and went further in school than girls, and were more likely to graduate from university. Now, across the rich world and in a growing […]
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3:20 AM | Article Processing Charges
In yesterday’s post I mentioned that I wanted to use spring break to make progress on various writing and research projects. One of those projects is based on one of the Darwin Day talks I gave in February, in which I discussed some of the mathematical arguments used by anti-evolutionists. In my preparations I gathered…
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1:50 AM | Sciencespeak: Hyoid
Some of our bones are easy to see. The zygomatic bones that give our cheeks shape, the delicate …

March 09, 2015

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11:03 PM | You Should Know: Dr. Melanie Harrison Okoro
Welcome to the twenty-fifth installment of You Should Know. This week I am kicking off Women’s History Month and celebrating Dynamic Women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering,... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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9:33 PM | A more modern forgotten father of epigenetics
The Forgotten Father of Epigenetics A theory put forward in the 1930s by E. E. Just, embryologist and African American, shares surprising connections with our emerging understanding of development. W. Malcolm Byrnes Despite the strides that have been made in recent decades to increase minorities‘ involvement in science, African Americans are still significantly underrepresented in […]
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5:28 PM | Birdbooker Report 363
SUMMARY: Books, books, beautiful books! This is a list of biology, ecology, environment, natural history and animal books that are (or will soon be) available to occupy your bookshelves and your thoughts. “Words in leather and wood”. Bookshelves in the “Long Room” at the old Trinity College Library in Dublin. Image: Nic McPhee from Morris, MN, USA. 2007. (Creative Commons.) Books to the ceiling, Books to the sky, My pile of books is a mile high. How I love them!... Read […]
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4:53 PM | Wellcome Trust 2015 Book Prize shortlist announced | @GrrlScientist
The Wellcome Trust just announced the shortlist for their book prize. The shortlist, which celebrates the finest recent writing in health and medicine, includes two novels and four non-fiction books.Here’s a treat for the book lovers in the crowd: the Wellcome Trust just announced the shortlist for their book prize. The shortlist, which celebrates the finest recently published books in health, medicine and medical science, includes two novels and four non-fiction books. The prize aims to […]
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3:54 PM | Today's gender biased meeting-GlycoCom2015-sponsored by @generalelectric @ualberta #YAMMM
Got pointed to this via a Tweet:@phylogenomics yet another ... http://t.co/lNCJJ6CiLo— Lewis-X Research (@Lewis_Lab) March 8, 2015 The Tweet pointed to this meeting: Home - Glycomics Official Website of GlycoCom Conference 2015 in Banff, Alberta, Canada.  Lame.  14:1 ratio of men: women speakers.  Just completewly lame.Confirmed SpeakersRichard Cummings, Emory University School of MedicinePaul DeAngelis, University of Oklahoma and Caisson Biotech LLCDonald Jarvis, […]
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3:37 PM | The Evolution of Human Cortical Development
Of all the traits that separate humans from their cousins, few draw as much fasc...
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12:49 PM | Speciation by selection (and drift) in the sea
Marine systems challenge the view that speciation is the result of geographic isolation. Many marine taxa have large effective population sizes, which slows lineage sorting, larval dispersal phases that may extend for days, weeks, and sometimes months, potentially connecting far flung populations, … Continue reading →
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10:56 AM | Inside Oxford's Museum of Natural History | @GrrlScientist
Today’s “Museum Monday” video tags along with several employees at the University of Oxford’s Museum of Natural History, and provides us with a glimpse of the many, varied, roles of a Natural History Museum within its local and scientific communities.Dinosaurs are really amazing, but natural history museums contain -- and do -- far more than show off the wonders of these animals. Today’s “Museum Monday” video tags along with several employees at the […]
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4:11 AM | What Your Bones Have in Common With the Eiffel Tower
Everyone loves the Eiffel Tower. Its classic, iconic shape is an instantly recognizable symbol of Paris. So you might be surprised to learn that while the tower was being built, art critics were not quite as glowing in their praise. Here are some of … Continue reading →
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12:41 AM | When the Brain Is Under Stress, It Gets Excited Thanks to GABA
I’ve written previously about the dual excitatory-inhibitory roles GABA plays during development and adulthood. Interestingly, when it comes to many neurodevelopmental disorders, including autism and epilepsy, we keep revisiting this […]

March 08, 2015

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9:56 PM | New Books on Dinosaurs 2: Dean Lomax and Nobumichi Tamura’s Dinosaurs of the British Isles
Following on from February’s review of Matthew P. Martyniuk’s Beasts of Antiquity: Stem-Birds in the Solnhofen Limestone, it’s time once again to look at another recently published dinosaur-themed... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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9:09 PM | Spring!!
Yes, TPP declares spring is officially here in the upper midwest.  No, it's not because of daylight savings time, which for goofy reasons is controversial this year here in Lincolnland. Apparently a one hour change in the lives of today's average citizen is an intolerable adjustment. No flying to the west coast for you guys!  Personally the Phactors like having more daylight later in the day, but then again we're gardeners. No, it's not because the only thing on TV is basketball; […]
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9:00 PM | On Dinosaur Time
In my line of work, I throw time around a lot. In almost everything I write, I casually …
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8:51 PM | SETI and Intelligent Design
Once again, the staff writer of Evolution News and View […]
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6:59 PM | A Dialog on the Role of Trust
Ancient coin showing Fides, goddess of trust. The acceptance of coins depends on placing one's trust in their continued worth. Why do only people have language? Because only people trust one another with their secrets. What secrets do you mean?...
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4:11 PM | Press Release: Author re-writes history of ‘Natural Selection’ theory…
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 1 April 2015 | Galway Ireland Please e-mail http://diggingupthefuture@gmail.com for review copies of book, bio, photos etc. AUTHOR RE-WRITES HISTORY OF ‘NATURAL SELECTION’ THEORY – challenging previous assumptions about how species change Maria B. O’Hare, Author of the newly released book Lamarck and the Sad Tale of the Blind Cave-Fish re-assesses the […]
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3:50 PM | Seed germination
Some seed germinate easily; some are hard or tricky to get to germinate because of their dormancy. So why is it that all the species TPP works on are in the 2nd category? Seeds do this for a variety of reasons. If all a plant's seeds germinate readily and something happens to the entire crop, like a late freeze, a generation has been lost. Not so bad for a perennial. However having some seeds that are reluctant to germinate produces a seed bank where not all the seeds produced each season […]
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11:58 AM | Science: Where are the women?
SUMMARY: What can be done to increase the numbers of women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics -- the so-called STEM fields? The Royal Society explores this very question in today’s video, which features physicist Dame Athene Donald FRS and cognitive neuroscientist Professor Sarah-Jayne Blakemore. International Women’s Day has been observed for more than 100 years. It originally began in 1909 in the United States as National Women’s Day, but Austria, Denmark, […]
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11:13 AM | Science: Where are the women? | @GrrlScientist
What can be done to increase the numbers of women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics -- the so-called STEM fields? The Royal Society explores this very question in today’s video, which features physicist Dame Athene Donald FRS and cognitive neuroscientist Professor Sarah-Jayne Blakemore.International Women’s Day has been observed for more than 100 years. It originally began in 1909 in the United States as National Women’s Day, but Austria, Denmark, Germany and […]
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9:58 AM | Sunday Chess Problem
Blogging will continue to be light around here for at least another week. It’s spring break, you see. That’s hard to believe considering that Thursday and Friday of last week were both snow days, meaning that our spring break opened with a raging blizzard. Spring break is a good time to make progress on various…
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12:19 AM | Freeze and thaw
The high today was nearly 50 F and it felt like a heat wave. The snow cover melted from most exposed areas revealing an awful lot of lawn and garden work to do. Just picking up the limbs and twigs will take a couple of hours. With daily highs predicted to be above freezing for a week or more, the shift toward spring will being rather suddenly. Better get the cold frame repaired, but finding the right double-walled polycarbonate was not easy. The original material fell apart rather quickly […]

March 07, 2015

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10:43 PM | Murmuration over Utrecht
SUMMARY: Today’s “Caturday” video features a large flock of starlings -- a murmuration -- performing their spectacular aerial ballet in the sky over Utrecht, Netherlands. . . Large flocks of birds flying in a tight group are one of the most spectacular shows that nature has on offer. Migrating shorebirds and wintering European starlings provide the most familiar examples of this behaviour. Birds form these large flocks to protect themselves from predators, to share information […]
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3:46 PM | My microbiome talk at #FOGM15 - the perils (and fun I guess) of redoing one's talk at the last minute
Just got back from the Future of Genomic Medicine 2015 meeting where I gave a talk about microbiomes.  My original plan was to talk about the need for evolutionary and ecological approaches to microbiome studies but I changed my mind a few days before the meeting and decided to switch to talking more about citizen microbiology.  I did this because the meeting has a lot of people who think about digital and wearable technology and public engagement in the audience and it just […]
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11:56 AM | Murmuration over Utrecht | @GrrlScientist
Today’s “Caturday” video features a large flock of starlings -- a murmuration -- performing their spectacular aerial ballet in the sky over Utrecht, Netherlands. This is likely one of the last such performances until November, so catch it while you can!Large flocks of birds flying in a tight group are one of the most spectacular shows that nature has on offer. Migrating shorebirds and wintering European starlings provide the most familiar examples of this behaviour. Birds form […]
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