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November 18, 2014

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4:37 PM | PubPeer Selections: From “this comment is clearly unfounded” to “happy to elaborate,” a range of responses
Late last week, Nature reported some details of PubPeer’s fight against a subpoena from a researcher who claims to have lost a job because of comments on the site. (Background here.) Here’s another installment of PubPeer Selections: “This comment is clearly unfounded.” A commenter reacts to a questions about a paper in the Journal of […]
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4:16 PM | The Nature Conservancy & C40 Release Urban Water Blueprint
Today, The Nature Conservancy released a report analyzing the state of water resources for 530 cities worldwide. The report – Urban Water Blueprint: Mapping Conservation Solutions to the Global Water Challenge – and interactive websitewere done in partnership with C40 and the International Water Association, and offer recommendations for how to revitalize strained water resources…
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4:00 PM | This Real Physics Phenomenon Would Make The Perfect Fictional Bomb
Ever heard of Wigner energy? It caused the worst nuclear disaster in British history. That's because it works much better in fiction than in reality.Read more...
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3:52 PM | The Palette of Dunloe
In 2011, we took the family to County Kerry in Ireland for Easter (I was working at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge, UK at the time). One of the highlights of the trip was walking at the Gap … Continue reading →
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3:52 PM | Scientists identify mystery virus that turned millions of starfish into ‘goo’
In the spring of 2008 I first started noticing that large ochre sea stars (or starfish) known as Pisaster were literally turning to ooze on the western coast of Vancouver Island – both on beaches and in experimental aquariums. Descrier - news and culture magazine
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3:40 PM | This Blind Screech Owl Has Eyes That Are Impossible To Believe
Meet Zeus, a blind Western Screech Owl with eyes that look like a celestial scene captured by the Hubble Space Telescope. Read more...
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3:30 PM | Start Writing ASAP
You pitch a story, get an assignment, sign a contract, and start reporting. When do you start writing? When I was first starting out, I would find sources, read papers, […] The post Start Writing ASAP appeared first on The Science Writers' Handbook.
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3:12 PM | Poet Melissa Green: Virgil would still be proud
Cynthia Haven at The Book Haven: In 1991, Nobel laureate Joseph Brodsky was asked what American poets he admired. Of the two or three he shortlisted, he mentioned Melissa Green for “tremendous intensity and tremendous intelligence.” He continued: “In the...
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3:12 PM | Who knows What
Massimo Pigliucci in Aeon: [E.O] Wilson claims that we can engage in a process of ‘consilience’ that leads to an intellectually and aesthetically satisfactory unity of knowledge. Here is how he defines two versions of consilience: ‘To dissect a phenomenon...
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3:10 PM | Not Problematic: In Defense of ‘Serial’
Lindsay Beyerstein in the New York Observer: You’d think This American Life’s true crime podcast, Serial, would be a show you could enjoy with a clear conscience. It’s exhaustively reported, skillfully produced, and engaging to the point of being addictive...
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3:09 PM | On Denis Johnson’s ‘The Laughing Monsters’
Marc Mewshaw at The Millions: Seven years after taking on military intelligence in the National Book Award-winning novel Tree of Smoke, Johnson returns to the subject once again. But The Laughing Monsters is a much slighter affair, a fizzy alcopop...
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3:05 PM | on CHARLES D'AMBROSIO's essays
J. C. Hallman at Bookforum: Even though the essays here are divided into thematic sections, the feel of the book that emerges as the two D’Ambrosios converge is something like the impact of a powerful memoir: It recounts how one...
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3:00 PM | Calm Down. The World Isn’t Running Out of Chocolate
Categories: SkepticismTags: chocolateA couple days ago my Facebook feed blew up with everyone sharing a Chicago Tribune article predicting a bleak future where our tongues will never again taste the dark, nutty ...(Read more...)
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3:00 PM | A Sea Without Stars
As West Coast starfish die by the millions, scientists search for clues about the origin of their mysterious killer.
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3:00 PM | NYC's Payphones Will Become Gigabit Wi-Fi Access Points
CityBridge Even if you've spotted a payphone in the wild recently, it's probably been a while since you've actually reached out and touched one. But that may soon change: New York City is planning on replacing the old public phones with 21st century equivalents, which will even provide free, superfast Gigabit Wi-Fi Internet access. The project, called LinkNYC, calls for the construction of up to 10,000 "Links" throughout all five of New York's boroughs, "thousands" of which […]
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3:00 PM | Thomas Richner's Cardbard Millennium Falcon Model
Several of you sent this link our way, and it definitely deserves the love. Thomas Richner, an Associate Professor at Columbus College of Art and Design, spent two months building a large scale replica of the Millennium Falcon out of excess cardboard found in his basement. According to his build log, the goal of the two-month project was to replicate the five-foot shooting model of the Falcon used in Episode IV, with as much detail as possible. Greeblie placement took the most work, and details […]
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2:59 PM | Science And Art Meet, Unveiling Mystery And Cultural Tragedy
Preserving paintings is now a matter of chemistry.
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2:40 PM | The Mice In Florida Prove The Antievolutionists In Florida Wrong
Florida has been the scene of multiple controversies over whether creationism should be taught in schools. This is odd, as Florida is the scene of one of the oldest and most thoroughly-studied examples of natural selection.Read more...
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2:36 PM | Movember | Musical Moustaches
Despite my repeated attempts to get Shmigtember off the ground, Movember is once again upon us. Here’s a lowdown of some of the most iconic hirsute upper lips in music history.   10. Little Richard Ever since his first hit with ‘Tutti Frutti’ back in the 50s Richard has sported his trademark pencil moustache with […] The post Movember | Musical Moustaches appeared first on HeadStuff.
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2:30 PM | Leukemia paper retracted for plagiarism — 18 years later
Nearly two decades after a Polish researcher plagiarized the work of a Turkish team, her theft has been exposed and the paper retracted. According to an article in Polish-language paper Gazeta Wyborcza, Jolanta Rzymowska of the Medical University of Lublin was the subject of two disciplinary hearings, the first in February 2014, following the discovery of her plagiarism […]
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2:30 PM | What Gall! The Crazy Cribs of Parasitic Wasps
Plenty of animals build their homes in oak trees. But some very teeny, tricky wasps make the tree do all the work. “What nerve!” you might say. What… gall! And you’d be right. The wasps are called gall-inducers. And each miniature mansion that the trees build for the wasps' larvae is weirder and more flamboyant than the next.
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2:30 PM | These Larvae Glow in the Dark, Then Eat You
Well, they'll only eat you if you're a tasty insect. A few years ago, wildlife photographer Jeff Cremer was traipsing about the Peruvian rainforest when he noticed some glowing green dots scattered in the dirt. He returned to investigate with some entomologists.Read more...
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2:26 PM | Drawing Science – Innovative Science Blogging
What if you could catch up on your peer-reviewed literature reading in info-graphics? In this post, I've interviewed Viputheshwar Sitaraman, a freshman and Flinn Scholar at the University of Arizona and creator of the unique science blog Draw Science. Vip is a bio student by day, a lab rat during the afternoons, a web-based entrepreneur by night, and a minimalist designer even later into the twilight hours. He says he is passionate about indie science, reforming science communication, […]
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2:26 PM | Drawing Science – Innovative Science Blogging
What if you could catch up on your peer-reviewed literature reading in info-graphics? In this post, I've interviewed Viputheshwar Sitaraman, a freshman and Flinn Scholar at the University of Arizona and creator of the unique science blog Draw Science. Vip is a bio student by day, a lab rat during the afternoons, a web-based entrepreneur by night, and a minimalist designer even later into the twilight hours. He says he is passionate about indie science, reforming science communication, […]
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2:21 PM | High-Tech Frontiers: Manufacturing New Tissue to Replace Tissue Damaged by Disease and Trauma with Dr. Jennifer Elisseef
The ‘Nifty Fifty (times 4)’, a program of Science Spark, presented by InfoComm International, are a group of 200 noted science and engineering professionals who will fan out across the Washington, D.C. area in the 2014-2015 school year to speak about their work and careers at various middle and high schools. Meet Nifty Fifty Speaker Dr. Jennifer Elisseef…
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2:19 PM | Trumpeter Swans At Risk
Please don’t shoot the swans. My new post at 10,000 birds is here.
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2:04 PM | GPS Might be Tool in Detecting Mysterious Dark Matter, Physicists Say
Two physicists – Dr Maxim Pospelov from the University of Victoria and Prof Andrei Derevianko of the University of Nevada, Reno – have proposed a novel method for search of the mysterious and elusive material called dark matter. Dark matter is a mysterious substance thought to account for about 80 % of the mass in [...]
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2:00 PM | Helix Science Center in Los Altos Will Close Its Doors at the End of November
Helix, a Los Altos "community science center" run by the Exploratorium, will close its doors on November 30. The 5,000-square-foot space brought hands-on science exhibits, a classroom with ever-changing activities and a museum gift shop to downtown Los Altos.
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2:00 PM | Designing California Cities for a Long-Term Drought
Scientists say it’s possible California’s drought may last a lot longer than a few years. No one knows for sure, but we could all simply have to adjust to a drier climate. That could mean changing the way we build cities to make them more porous. The 'Hydramax,' a futuristic design pictured above, rises with the tide and captures water from the air.
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2:00 PM | Interstellar SPOILERCAST - 11/18/2014
Adam, Norm, and Will have mixed feeling about Interstellar, Christopher Nolan's latest project. Rest assured of one thing though, there will be spoilers aplenty. Enjoy!
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