March 28, 2015

1:40 PM | From Orwell to Kafka, Markov to Doctorow: Understanding Big Data through metaphors
On March 20, I attended a short talk by Malavika Jayaram, a fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society, titled ‘What we talk about when we talk about Big Data’ at the T.A.J. Residency in Bengaluru. It was something of an initiation into the social and political contexts of Big Data and its usage, and […]

March 27, 2015

6:50 PM | eDNA - the next big thing in conservation monitoring?
Gathering data on the distribution and abundance of species is essential for bio...

March 26, 2015

12:26 PM | On self-deception & motivated reasoning: Who is fooling whom?
From something I'm working on.... Who is fooling whom? Identity-protective cognition is a species of motivated reasoning that consists in the tendency of people to conform disputed facts (particularly ones relevant to political controversies) to positions associated with membership in one or another affinity group. I will present evidence—in the form of correlational studies, standardized assessment tests, and critical-reasoning experiments—that show that identity-protective […]

March 25, 2015

1:31 PM | Why do people with multiple long-term conditions report worse patient experience in primary care?
A new paper by CCHSR researchers, based on the GP Patient Survey, explores why people with multimorbidity report more negative experiences of care compared to those patients who have none, or one, long-term conditions.
1:13 PM | "You -- talking to me? Are *you* talking to *me?" Actually, no, I'm not; the data don't tell us how any individual thinks (or that your side is either "biased" or "right").
A thoughtful correspondent writes: I am a physician . . .  I was reading an article on Vox debunking the theory which states that more information makes people smarter. This article referenced your study concluding that those with the most scientific literacy and technical reasoning ability were less likely to be concerned about climate change and the safety of nuclear energy. I read the paper which shows this quite nicely. I am confused about the conclusions. I scored a perfect […]
4:30 AM | Curious Bends – macaroni scandal, bilingual brain, beef-eating Hindus and more
1. The great macaroni scandal in the world began in Kerala “‘Only the upper class people of our larger cities are likely to have tasted macaroni, the popular Italian food. It is made from wheat flour and looks like bits of onion leaves, reedy, hollow, but white in colour.’ This paragraph appears in a piece titled: “Ta-Pi-O-Ca […]

March 24, 2015

3:33 PM | Tuberculosis’s invisible millions – in cases and money
Writing in a guest editorial in PLOS Medicine on March 24 – World Tuberculosis Day, Puneet Dewan from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, New Delhi, and Madhukar Pai, of McGill University, Quebec, have called for global efforts to identify, treat and cure the 3 million “missed” tuberculosis infections every year. “Reaching all these individuals […]
12:40 PM | Science of Science Communication 2.0, Session 9.1: Emerging technologies part II -- synthetic biology!
Were back from spring break (learning things is hard & we need lots of rest & time to recover as we go along). Time for  "Science of Science Communication 2.0" session 9. Reading list here, & study/discussion questions below.   Have at it!  
9:45 AM | Bowling Alley Worker Strangled in Pinsetter; OSHA Issues Fines
OSHA says a pinsetting machine’s operating parts were improperly exposed, and that caused the death of a bowling alley worker. David Geiger, an employee at Northwest Lanes in Fairfield, OH, was killed Nov. 5, 2014, when he was trying to retrieve a bowling ball from the lane. His hooded sweatshirt got caught in the pinsetter [...]
9:20 AM | Workers Fed Up With McDonalds File OSHA Complaints
McDonald’s workers in 19 cities who allegedly suffered severe burns on the job have filed 28 health and safety complaints with OSHA against the company. The workers contend that they face hazards such as hot oil, hot grills and greasy, slippery floors. They allege that understaffing and pressure to work too fast are the main drivers [...]
8:37 AM | Infographic: The ROI of Safety
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8:02 AM | (VIDEO) 10 Year Anniversary of Texas City Catastrophe: Safety Message by CSB
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March 23, 2015

1:59 PM | Professional judgment--in risk perception & in law: Dual process reasoning and science communication part 3...
This is from something I've been working on.  For a long time.  The paper of which it is a part will be posted soon.   But for now I am treating it as the final installment of a 3-part series on the relevance of dual-process reasoning theories to science communication. As I'm sure all 14 billion regular readers of this blog recall, the first installment appeared on July 19, 2013, and the second on July 24, 2013.   Even as of that period, I had been working on this project […]
12:27 AM | Today’s Republicans: Traitors Or Psychopaths?
On the treason side, I give you Steven King, who is, of course, of interest to any GOP presidential aspirant as a major figure (FSM save the Republic!) in first-in-the-nation-caucus-state Iowa: “…here is what [one] thing that I don’t understand, I don’t understand how Jews in America can be Democrats first and Jewish second and support Israel along […]

March 22, 2015

9:10 PM | Did you catch the anglerfish? Navigating the depths of qualitative research
How should we go about presenting qualitative health services research which is rigorous, rich, but also able to be understood by a wide audience? Jenni Burt argues you should reach the depths, but maybe not tell everyone about it...

March 21, 2015

8:05 AM | Science Cheerleaders and Citizen Science at the Atlanta Science Festival
In partnership with the Atlanta Science Festival , Women in Technology,  Science Cheerleader and, this month-long citizen science campaign will highlight women in STEM careers AND simple ways for anyone to be a scientist by collecting data for real research projects. This year we feature four projects: taking pictures of nighttime skies to inform our understanding of light pollution, observing the timing of seasonal changes in plants to inform our […]

March 20, 2015

5:03 PM | All About STEM Education at Pop Warner Banquet
    Samantha here! I want to share news about an event I’ll be attending! The Southwest Regional Pop Warner Scholars Banquet will be held on March 21 in San Antonio, TX. It’s true what they say, everything really is bigger in Texas! And this event is no exception. With over 200 Pop Warner cheerleaders and their  parents in the audience, the BIG topic will be education. I’ll share my experiences as an engineer (and former AZ Cardinals […]

March 19, 2015

4:20 PM | March 2015 Open Thread
More thread.

March 18, 2015

10:19 AM | OA shouldn’t stop at access
Joseph Esposito argues in the scholarly kitchen why it’s okay for OA articles (which come with a CC-BY license) to be repackaged and then sold for a price by other merchants once they’re out in a paper. The economic incentive to reach new audiences could make that otherwise OA article into something that gets brought to […]
9:00 AM | So will pharmacists save the NHS?
Well maybe, but we shouldn’t get too carried away. The RCGP and RPS have produced a joint statement of how pharmacists and GPs could work better together and the news media today are talking about an ‘army’ of pharmacists coming to the rescue of general practice. Should we be greeting the cavalry with open arms? more
3:47 AM | A future for driverless cars, from a limbo between trolley problems and autopilots
By Anuj  Srivas and Vasudevan Mukunth What’s the deal with everyone getting worried about artificial intelligence? It’s all the Silicon Valley elite seem willing to be apprehensive about, and Oxford philosopher Nick Bostrom seems to be the patron saint along with his book Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies (2014). Even if Big Data seems like it could […]

March 17, 2015

7:13 PM | Smart Linebacker Wants To Stay Smart
Via ESPN: BERKELEY, Calif. — San Francisco 49ers linebacker Chris Borland, one of the NFL’s top rookies this past season, told “Outside the Lines” on Monday that he is retiring because of concerns about the long-term effects of repetitive head trauma. Borland, 24, said he notified the 49ers on Friday. He said he made his […]
3:37 PM | Curious Bends – babies for sale, broken AIIMS, male gynaec and more
1. China has a growing online market for abducted babies “Girls fetch considerably less than boys, but there is still a market for them. Old social patterns have re-emerged in the market, like the sale of girls into a household where they will be servants until they and the son of the house are of […]
3:30 PM | Ivy League Brains: Brown University Science Cheerleaders
Science Cheerleader Hilary here! While working on my PhD at Brown University I have had the opportunity to work with the Brown University Cheerleaders–an amazing group of girls who balance athletics and academics flawlessly. Meet the Science Cheerleaders of Brown University below!   Sarah Skelton (Dover, Arkansas) “I am concentrating in Biology with a focus on Ecology & Evolutionary Biology. Animals of all sorts have always captivated me, and my adoration for them expanded […]
2:00 PM |
Via The New York Times an essential article on the ways Big Finance screws serving troops — and the rest of us: Charles Beard, a sergeant in the Army National Guard, says he was on duty in the Iraqi city of Tikrit when men came to his California home to repossess the family car. Unless […]
12:27 PM | The notion of natural quasicrystals is here to stay
In November 2008, Luca Bindi, a curator at the Universita degli Studi di Firenze, Italy, found that the alloy of aluminium and copper called khatyrkite could be a quasicrystal. Bindi couldn’t be sure because he didn’t have the transmission electron microscope necessary to verify his find, so he couriered two grains of it to a lab in Princeton University. There, […]
1:38 AM | Is The Mantra ‘Safety Saves Money’ Causing More Injuries?
Two new reports suggest that changes in state workers’ comp laws could be having an unintended consequence: an increase in occupational injuries. Is the mantra “safety saves money” behind all this? OSHA issued one report; the other is a collaboration between ProPublica and National Public Radio. Their content is very similar. OSHA concentrates on the economic impact [...]
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March 13, 2015

2:47 PM | What can we learn from (a) studying public perceptions of the risks of technologies public hasn't heard of (b) from studying studies that do that?
Tamar Willner has posted another very perceptive and provocative essay in reaction to the readings for Science of Science Communication 2.0, this time in relation to Session 8, on “emerging technologies.”  I’ve posted the first portion of it, plus a link to her site for continuation. She also posed a very interesting question in the comments about an experiment that CCP did on nanotechnology risk perceptions.  I’ve posted my answer to her question below the […]
7:11 AM | The Large Hadron Collider is back online, ready to shift from the “what” of reality to “why”
The world’s single largest science experiment will restart on March 23 after a two-year break. Scientists and administrators at the European Organization for Nuclear Research – known by its French acronym CERN – have announced the status of the agency’s upgrades on its Large Hadron Collider (LHC) and its readiness for a new phase of experiments running from now until 2018. […]
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