March 11, 2015

6:40 PM | 2015 EAPLS Board member elections
EAPLS, the European Association for Programming Languages and Systems, aims to stimulate research in the area of programming languages and systems. Formally inaugurated in 1996, it provides a forum for researchers across the domain, working with related organisations and industry to initiate scientific events and stimulate the exchange of ideas, as well as raising funds, […]
12:48 PM | Why ‘Mein Kampf’ in 2016 will be more ‘readable’ than ever, not less
The first four fifths of this article are fascinating. It’s titled “The future of Mein Kempf in a meme world”. Though I’ve not consumed historically significant events with consistent interest, World War II has been an exception by far. And belonging to the generation I do – the so-called Millennials – I resent the article’s conclusion that when the […]
12:45 PM | Is "shaming" an effective way to counteract biased information processing? A preliminary investigation
So far, there's been no improvement in the subject's defective information processing. But data collection involving this subjects and others is ongoing.  

March 10, 2015

2:57 PM | NASA readies to test history’s largest, most powerful booster for its new rocket
NASA’s massive heavy-lift rocket, the Space Launch System, which will one day ferry humans to deep-space destinations and back, has become notorious for the scale of engineering backing it. In September 2014, agency administrator Charles Bolden had unveiled the world’s largest welder to mark the start of the SLS’s construction. Next, on March 11, NASA will […]
4:40 AM | Curious Bends – India’s business-friendly budget, vanishing women farmers, a water-supply scare and more
1. For its ignorance of human capital, the 2015 Budget was a step back into the Third World “Oddly, the recent Budget of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) junks these insights and goes back to the days of Jawaharlal Nehru, when growth and development sounded synonymous, physical capital was thought to be the key, and […]
3:15 AM | Director Pleads Guilty to Involuntary Manslaughter in Case Involving Death of a Camera Assistant
Randall Miller, director of a bio-pic about musician Gregg Allman, pleaded guilty to charges of criminal trespassing and involuntary manslaughter in Georgia’s Chatham County Superior Court on March 9. In return for the guilty plea – which results in two years’ jail time, eight years’ of probation and a $20,000 fine for Miller – prosecutors [...]
1:45 AM | Authorities: Man Used NFL Player Names in Workers’ Comp Fraud
A Spokane Valley, WA, man faces fraud charges after authorities say he used the last names of Seattle Seahawk players when filling out fake workers’ comp injury reports to get painkillers. The Washington Attorney General’s office says Jeffory Leonard Mock Jr. had a pattern when he faked names on workers’ comp claim forms. The first [...]
1:03 AM | (VIDEO) Workplace Violence Video: Clerk Grabs Robber’s Gun, Shoots Him
Related Workplace Violence Training DVDs: Workplace Violence Video Training DVD Trains employees how to prevent, detect, and diffuse various types of workplace violence. View Product Be S.A.F.E. Not Sorry: Preventing Violence in the Workplace DVD Learn to recognize behaviors and warning signs of potential threats from coworkers and what steps to take. [...]

March 07, 2015

3:03 PM | You Can Thank Me Later
Nothing but unicorns and rainbows in this post. Every now and then, rarely, a book comes along that makes you want to grab strangers on the street and hold them by their shirtfronts until they promise — pinky swear, no mental reservations allowed — that they will get and read that irreplaceable book as soon […]
2:16 PM | Submerged ...
But will surface in near future -- w/ results of new study .... Prize for anyone who correctly predicts what it is about; 2 prizes if predict result.

March 06, 2015

9:53 PM | 2015 Atlanta Science Festival Citizen Science Campaign presented by Women in Technology
From our pals at the Atlanta Science Festival! In partnership with Science Cheerleader and SciStarter this month-long citizen science campaign will highlight easy ways for anyone to be a scientist by collecting data for real research projects. This year we feature three projects: taking pictures of nighttime skies to inform our understanding of light pollution, observing the timing of seasonal changes in plants to inform our understanding of climate change, and measuring backyard precipitation […]
7:28 PM | National championship cheerleader and biology teacher
Raquisha will be a high school biology teacher in August. She cheered at the University of Georgia. Meet her and other Science Cheerleaders March 21-28 at these Atlanta Science Festival events! How do you feel about breaking down negative stereotypes about cheerleaders? Have you faced a situation where you had to challenge a stereotype about cheerleaders [or scientists]? I have had to break down many stereotypes in my life and I continuously make an effort to do so. As a...[ Read Full Story ]

March 04, 2015

2:44 PM | Early diagnosis of cancer: advances and new evidence
CCHSR researchers have been busy with a number of new analyses on the early diagnosis of cancer, including the potential impact of delayed diagnosis on survival. Gary Abel summarises our collection of five new papers here

March 03, 2015

11:32 AM | Science of Science Communication 2.0, Session 8.1: Emerging technologies part I
Wow--time flies, doesn't it? Especially when every other week of class is cancelled due to snow. But in any case-- it's that time again!  "Science of Science Communication 2.0" session 8 reading list here, & study/discussion questions below.   Have at it!

March 02, 2015

4:39 PM | Should Homeopaths Be Allowed to Self-Regulate?
Even if homeopathy is bunk, there may be benefits to bringing them under the umbrella of regulated health professionals.

March 01, 2015

3:58 PM | Weekend update: Science of Science Communication 2.0: on CRED "how to" manual & more on 97% messaging
Here are some contributions to class discussion.  The first is from Tamar Wilner, who offers reactions to session 7 readings.  I've posted just the beginning of her essay and the linked to her page for continuation. The second is from Kevin Tobia (by the way, I also recommend his great study on the quality of "lay" and "expert" moral intuitions), who addresses "97% messaging," a topic initially addressed in Session 6 but now brought into sharper focus with a […]

February 28, 2015

4:32 PM | The DNA-based computer that can calculate π
I’m not fond of biology. Of late, however, it’s been harder to avoid encountering it because the frontiers of many fields of research are becoming increasingly multidisciplinary. Biological processes are meshing with physics and statistics, and undergoing the kind of epistemic reimagination that geometry experienced in the 19th and 20th centuries. Now, scientists are able to manipulate biology to do wondrous […]
4:05 PM | You Know You’re Bugf**k When…
Bill O’Reilly is the sane one in the room. Ladles and Jellyspoons, I present you with the comic stylings [via TPM] of self-made son and purveyor of a gospel that is good news only  in his fevered brain… Put your hands together for our own, all American Franklin Graham! “One of the problems we have in […]
4:51 AM | A falling want of opportunity for life to grip Titan
There is a new possibility for life on Titan, and the find demonstrates the importance of hope and imagination in the search for alien life. A chemical engineer, a radiophysicist and a molecular dynamicist – affiliated with Cornell University – came together to make a blueprint for a cellular lifeform that wouldn’t need water to […]
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