April 15, 2014

8:02 PM | Heartbleed Security Update
WordPress.com has taken steps to deal with the Heartbleed vulnerability. Here's what you need to know.
3:00 PM | Early Theme Adopters: Spun
In our Early Theme Adopters series, we focus on bloggers creating great-looking sites with the most recent additions to our Theme Showcase. Today, let’s visit some of the sites that are already using Spun, a distinctive, minimalist theme.
1:44 PM | Truthiness
(see: the rise of truthiness in education)Filed under: Bad science
12:06 PM | Senate committee approves commercial launch license/permit bill
Largely overlooked last week in the hubbub about hearings on the NASA budget proposal, a new NASA authorization bill, and relations with Russia was a move by a Senate committee on Wednesday to approve legislation to adjust the commercial launch licensing system for reusable suborbital vehicles. S. 2140, introduced last month by Sen. Martin Heinrich [...]
7:45 AM | Q&A: Science adviser to the president of Macedonia
Macedonia, a country of just over 2 million people, held the first round of its presidential elections yesterday (13 April) with the next round scheduled for later this month. The small, landlocked nation in South-East Europe has some 1,000 full time scientists, mainly in the public sector, and invests less than 0.3% of its GDP in research and development. Its national research system is “centralised and underfunded” and private research sector is “still rather weak thus […]
5:17 AM | Unclear on the concept
"What good is it to save the planet if humanity suffers?" asks Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson. PriceofOil.org has a timeline of Exxon's positions regarding climate policy. [more]

April 14, 2014

9:12 PM | EU link to Balkans’ science threatened
The long-term future of a steering platform on research that brought warring Balkan nations and the EU ­together through science is uncertain after the project that hosted it ends. EU officials are now scrambling for alternative avenues to keep the hard-won cooperation going in this troubled region. The project – WBC-Inco.Net – and the steering platform were lauded for their achievements at the project's final conference in Vienna, Austria in March. […]
3:00 PM | Getting the Most Out of Post Formats: Quoting in Style
Nearly 150 of the themes available to WordPress.com users support post formats, which means that these themes offer a variety of post types (standard, image, gallery, video, audio, quote, and more) that display your content differently based on the format. If your theme supports post formats, you’ll see a Format module as you’re …
12:00 PM | Monday Morning Edition
In case you missed it, a quick recap of the past week on WordPress.com, from new features to great blogs to discover.
8:29 AM | £50 million in the wrong direction?
So £50m is going to be spent on extending GP opening hours. Inevitably this means that patients will find it harder to see their own doctor (even if they know who he or she is). This flies in the face of what we increasingly know to be important about continuity of care. NHS England recently ...read more

April 13, 2014

7:28 PM | Null Hypothesis Rejected (99.9) for Contemporary Climate Change via Pure Statistics
"This study will be a blow to any remaining climate-change deniers," author Sean Lovejoy said. "Their two most convincing arguments - that the warming is natural in origin, and that the computer models are wrong - are either directly contradicted by this analysis, or simply do not apply to it." [more]
6:48 PM | http://planet3.org/2014/04/13/9856/
Good people are not those who lack flaws, the brave are not those who feel no fear, and the generous are not those who never feel selfish. Extraordinary people are not extraordinary because they are invulnerable to unconscious biases. They are extraordinary because they choose to do something about it. Shankar Vedantam via Maria Popova
4:13 PM | Why Is Academic Language Obfuscated?
Obfuscation may be adaptive. [more]
3:22 PM | China’s ambitious Sloping Land Conversion Program has failed to protect natural forests
In what may be called an impedance mismatch, China offers an object lesson in how well-intentioned rules implemented in a top-down way backfire at the local level. [more]

April 12, 2014

7:23 AM | Super El Niño Impends
Okay, it looks real now. Hang on to your hat. [more]

April 11, 2014

10:47 PM | The substance, or lack thereof, of NASA’s ban on Russian cooperation
The news last week that NASA was cutting off cooperation with the Russian government—with the very large exception of International Space Station (ISS) operations—attracted a lot of attention in the space industry and the general public, which continues to the present. “NASA is cutting ties with Russia. But it’s not that simple,” reads the headline [...]
6:39 PM | Portfolios on WordPress.com
Our new (free!) Portfolio tools and themes put your creativity front and center.
12:00 PM | The Daily Post Has a Great New Look
WordPress.com's resource on the art and craft of blogging got a makeover. We're excited to invite you to the revamped Daily Post!
1:41 AM | Uncertainty-Not-Your-Friend Meets Greg Craven
Newell and Smithson have published perhaps the most elegantly accessible and bulletproof expression of Greg Craven's argument via decision matrix regarding climate risk asymmetry. [more]
1:13 AM | On Commenting at P3
Comments sent by anyone other than a logged-in member are moderated before posting, usually within a day. Comments, if any, that don’t appear to constructive are visible in each article’s “shadow thread” visible at the bottom of the comments with a “click *here*” link. If your comment appears in neither place within a couple of days, it was a false positive for the spam detectors, and fell afoul of the automated spam filter. [more]

April 10, 2014

11:24 PM | Mapping Microbes…at the 76ers game with the Science Cheerleaders!
The Pulse visited a collecting event at a Sixers game in February. Click on the yellow link above to hear the story. You can contribute your own cell phone and shoe samples at the Philadelphia Science Festival, which begins on April 25th. To learn more about the project, visit spacemicrobes.org. Watch a related video and listen to this segment on WHYY’s The Pulse!
10:37 PM | Bill McKibben in the Belly of the Beast
Bill McKibben was at the University of Texas talking divestment, which has a sort of bizarre aspect since taken literally, the university would have to divest from itself. Bill made a very convincing defense of his position that there are far more carbon-based fuel resources on corporate books that can be used. he argues that, like it or not, that makes the fossil fuel corporations as currently constituted an enemy to be defeated. There are some caveats and counterarguments, which Bill's […]
6:50 PM | Maureen Raymo via Peter Sinclair
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ntRhitFPw9c&w=560&h=315]

April 09, 2014

9:00 PM | Longreads Joins the Automattic Family
Today we’re excited to announce that we are acquiring Longreads, the pioneering service that helps readers find and share the best longform storytelling around the world, for reading on mobile devices. Over the last five years, Longreads and its community have created a new ecosystem for readers to find great …
4:06 PM | http://planet3.org/2014/04/09/9793/
Of all the dangers we face, from climate chaos to permanent war, none is so great as [the] deadening of our response. Joanna Macy (h/t Martin Gisser and Dan Olner – follow that link!)
4:03 PM | Our Capacities Are Immense
Our problems and risks are huge, but so are our capabilities. [more]
3:00 PM | Perspectives: Blogging About Autism
April is Autism Awareness Month. Today, we'd like to introduce you to just some of the many bloggers who write about autism on WordPress.com.
2:10 PM | Subcommittee quickly approves amended NASA authorization bill
The House Science Committee’s space subcommittee quickly approved an amended version of HR 4412 during a markup session this morning that lasted less than half an hour. Instead of the bill text as filed, the subcommittee adopted an amendment in the nature of a substitute with several changes to the bill introduced earlier this week. [...]
1:19 PM | More on "Krugman's symmetry proof": it's not whether one gets the answer right or wrong but how one reasons that counts
Okay, I've finally caught my breath after laughing myself into state of hyperventilation after reading Krugman's latest proof (this is actually a replication of an earlier empirical study on his part) that ideologically motivated reasoning is in fact perfectly symmetric with respect to right-left ideology. Rather than just guffawing appreciatively, it's worth taking a moment to call attention to just how exquisitely self-refuting his "reasoning" is! There's the great line, of course, about how […]
12:00 PM | Early Theme Adopters: McKinley
In our Early Theme Adopters series, we focus on bloggers creating great sites with the most recent additions to our Theme Showcase. Today, let’s visit some of the sites that are already using McKinley, a modern, visually striking theme.
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