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December 18, 2014

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11:10 AM | The many Rs of e-Research
The 6 12 many Rs of e-Research…what else could/should we add to this (especially in the context of research objects and supporting reproducible research)?Filed under: Research, Science

December 17, 2014

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1:05 PM | Estimating Herd Immunity Gains from Mandatory Vaccination Policies — 2
Refining the herd immunity model previously described helps to shed light on the magnitude of the direct benefits of mandatory vaccination policies.
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6:26 AM | We need a CRT 2.0! And IRT should be used to develop it
I really really really like the Cognitive Reflection Test--or "CRT" (Frederick 2005). An objective performance measure of the motivation to use conscious, effortful ("System 1") information processing, CRT has been shown to be vastly superior to self-report measures like "need for cognition" ("agree or disagree-- 'thinking is not my idea of fun'; 'The notion of thinking abstractly is appealing to me' . . .") in predicting vulnerability to the various biases associated […]
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4:23 AM | At Lima Conference, World Bravely Decides to Take Modest Action Later Maybe
Three degrees is the new two degrees. [more]
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3:58 AM | The Basics
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December 16, 2014

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9:01 AM | Is Stack of Boxes a Workplace Hazard? Workers’ Comp Depends on Answer
In some states, workers’ comp won’t provide disability coverage if an employee’s injury resulted from a hazard that regularly occurs outside the workplace. That’s why in this case, defining what is and what isn’t a workplace hazard determined whether an employee received benefits. Elizabeth Wilson worked as a manager at a Dollar Tree store in [...]
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8:18 AM | OSHA Chief Calls for Higher Penalties
Leaders of OSHA and EPA testified last week before two U.S. Senate committees about federal agencies’ progress in strengthening regulations that apply to chemical facilities, based on the West, Texas ammonium nitrate explosion, as well as the DuPont chemical plant release in LaPorte, Texas, in November 2014, and other recent incidents. The Senate HELP Committee and [...]
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7:44 AM | Worker’s Hand Caught in Machine on 25th Birthday; $241k in OSHA Fines
We’d all like our birthdays to be memorable … but not for this reason. Following an employee’s injury, OSHA issued almost a quarter-million dollars in fines against this company. On his 25th birthday, an employee of Wagner’s LLC, a wild bird food manufacturer in Milford, IL, had his left hand and arm severely injured after [...]
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7:29 AM | (VIDEO) Boat Captain: “It’s Not My Job to Send you Home Alive”
Related Training DVDs: Emergency Response – The Vital First Minutes Training DVD In-depth look at personal survival, as it is an essential to know after abandonment has occurred. View Product Safety and Survival: Procedures, Equipment, and Training, Training DVD A crucial component of any vessel’s safety program. View Product [...]
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6:11 AM | Texas and the Future – Hero or Villain – Still Undecided
New battery technology presents an ideological challenge to free market fundamentalists in Texas government. Are they principled, or are they tools of the oil bid'ness? What do you think? [more]

December 15, 2014

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11:59 PM | What colour is it?
A mesmerising display of time through hexadecimal colour values.Filed under: Miscellany

December 13, 2014

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4:10 PM | Weekend update: More on the wisdom of SE Fla's *political science* of climate change
From correspondence with friends . . . As you know, I think the science-communication brilliance of the SE Fla Regional Climate Compact is its recognition that constructive public engagement w/ climate change doesn't depend on identifying "magic words" or "frames," or on finding charismatic "conservative messengers" (Hank Paulsen? seriously?). Rather it depends on creating and protecting a conversation in which all participate as people using their reason to figure how to protect […]
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9:10 AM | Astronauts Tracking Microbe Growth on the International Space Station This Week
Project MERCCURI Progresses; Microbe Growth Documented for Analysis and Interpretation by UC Davis Scientists This week on the International Space Station, astronaut Terry Virts is measuring the growth of microbes collected by citizen scientists across the United States. This citizen science research, known as Project MERCCURI, investigates how microbes from different places on Earth compare to each other and to those found on the International Space Station. The microbes shot into space on a […]
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5:07 AM | Project MERCCURI featured on NASA’s “Space To Ground”
“What do Buzz Aldrin’s shoe, the Liberty Bell & sports arenas all have in common? Watch Space to Ground, your weekly update on what’s happening aboard the International Space Station.” Project MERCCURI (a citizen science project to compare microbes on Earth and in space) is featured on NASA’s Space to Ground program (a weekly update on what’s happening aboard the International Space Station). Learn more about Project MERCCURI, keep apprised of the […]

December 11, 2014

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10:22 PM | Reproducibility-as-a-service: can the cloud make it real?
Kenji Takeda, Solutions Architect and Technical Manager with Microsoft Research, has written a blog post on Recomputability 2014, as well as discussing some of the issues (and potential opportunities) for reproducibility in computational science we have outlined in our joint paper (including a quote from me): This is an exciting area of research and one […]
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4:05 PM | Estimating Herd Immunity Gains from Mandatory Vaccination Policies
Creating a model to describe the mechanism for mandatory vaccination policies helps in determining the magnitude of their benefit.
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4:05 PM | Estimating Herd Immunity Gains from Mandatory Vaccination Policies — 1
Creating a model to describe the mechanism for mandatory vaccination policies helps in determining the magnitude of their benefit.
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1:45 AM | Fables of the Reconstruction: Tom Petty Edition
It’s been a while I know, and in the meantime real life has been so agonizingly real that the problems of three (or more) little kitchen appliances don’t amount to a hill of beans in this crazy world. But it’s getting on for evening, and in our house the sun has definitely passed over the yardarm, so […]

December 10, 2014

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8:26 PM | By: Risk Science Center Risk Science Center director recognized for public communication excellence - Risk Science Center
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5:22 PM | Project disentanglement ... a fragment
from something I'm working on . . .  Project Disentanglement I. CCP is currently involved in a series of interlocking initiatives. Spanning a variety of  settings, these initiatives are animated by a common objective: the extrication of science from cultural conflict by use of the science-communication disentanglement principle. II. Cultural conflict over what is known by science is not the norm. It occurs only when risks and like facts become entangled in antagonistic cultural […]

December 09, 2014

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10:27 PM | Lac Megantic Tragedy Revisited
Inside Climate News has an excellent report and an effective accompanying video. Apparently the railroads are not a reasonable delivery system for petroleum products. Who knew?
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9:36 AM | 7 Winter Driving Myths Defrosted
With British weather being so unpredictable, drivers have to be prepared for all weather conditions – especially when winter starts to bite and snow becomes a distinct possibility. According to the MET office ‘January is currently showing signs of temperatures hitting “record-breaking” lows meaning parts of the country could see the mercury plunge to -27C [...]
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9:18 AM | What’s new/changing with OSHA regs in 2015?
With two years to go in the current administration, OSHA plans to create some new regulations and update some old ones. Federal agencies just released their Fall 2014 regulatory agendas. OSHA plans to issue three final rules in 2015: Confined Spaces in Construction (March 2015): Although OSHA has confined space regulations for general industry, it doesn’t [...]
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9:02 AM | Report: Worker Injuries on Decline
While there’s good news to report in the federal government’s annual tally of workplace injuries and illnesses, the statistics also point to places where employers need to improve on this front. Private industry employers reported slightly more than 3 million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses in 2013. The incidence rate was 3.3 cases per 100 [...]
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8:40 AM | (VIDEO) A Look Back at the Bhopal Incident which Killed More than 8,000 People
Related Training DVDs: Process Safety Management Training DVD Help your supervisors comply with OSHA’s Process Safety Standard (1910.119). View Product Chemical Handling Safety Flammables Training DVD Fire is always a threat in the workplace and flammable chemicals increase the chances of one occurring. View Product Process [...]

December 06, 2014

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5:15 PM | Major hurricane direct hit on Manila megacity
The Manila metro area is in the expected track of a large hurricane (“Hagupit”) that peaked at Cat 5. Storm surge and winds will have somewhat subsided by the time it hits Manila but the storm is moving slowly and producing enormous rainfall rates over a large area. Severe disruption can be anticipated. [more]
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2:01 AM | http://planet3.org/2014/12/05/10714/
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=65ScX7kNR_g&w=560&h=315] These have been done for various countries. The French Canadian one is here and is a good deal scarier.

December 05, 2014

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2:31 PM | CCP's "Evidence-based Science Communication Initiative" (EBSCI)
In recent years, the field of science communication has been marked by both progress and frustration.  On one hand, basic research has yielded a wealth of new insights into the processes by which scientific information is acquired and interpreted by the public.  On the other, increasingly elaborate and costly initiatives to communicate scientific information have spectacularly failed to dispel cultural conflict over climate change and other disputed science issues. The reason […]
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9:33 AM | ROC curves and the forgotten lesson of Pythagoras
You know the feeling – someone has said something at some point, but you can’t find the reference to back it up. Well according to Wikipedia, no specific attribution of Pythagoras’ theorem to Pythagoras exists in the surviving Greek literature from the five centuries after Pythagoras lived, let alone from the big man himself. So ...read more

December 04, 2014

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7:03 PM | It’s impossible to conduct research without software
No one knows how much software is used in research. Look around any lab and you’ll see software — both standard and bespoke — being used by all disciplines and seniorities of researchers. Software is clearly fundamental to research, but we can’t prove this without evidence. And this lack of evidence is the reason why […]
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