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April 18, 2014

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9:34 PM | http://planet3.org/2014/04/18/9887/
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3:00 PM | Three Quick Tips for Better Blogging
Learn how to edit your tagline, customize comment prompts, and schedule posts -- three great tips to have in your blogging back pocket.
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12:28 PM | Want to improve climate-science communication (I mean really, seriously)? Stop telling just-so stories & conducting "messaging" experiments on MTurk workers & female NYU undergraduates & use genuine evidence-based methods in field settings instead
From Kahan, D., "Making Climate Science Communication Evidence-based—All the Way Down," in Culture, Politics and Climate Change, eds. M. Boykoff & D. Crow, pp. 203-21. (Routledge Press, 2014): a. Methods. In my view, both making use of and enlarging our knowledge of climate science communication requires making a transition from lab models to field experiments. The research that I adverted to on strategies for counteracting motivated reasoning consist of simplified and stylized […]
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11:34 AM | Bolden and Holdren reaffirm support for asteroid mission as the next step to Mars
The head of NASA and the President’s science advisor told the NASA Advisory Council (NAC) this week that the agency’s Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM) remained the next logical step of a long-term strategy to eventually send people to Mars, despite the protestations of some in Congress as well as “outside fan clubs.” “The FY15 budget [...]
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1:43 AM | Meet the Science Cheerleaders at the USA Science and Engineering Festival in Washington, D.C.!
Meet the Science Cheerleaders at the USA Science and Engineering Festival in Washington, DC, 4/26-27! Watch them perform science-themed routines, collect their autographed trading cards, and participate in our citizen science research, Project MERCCURI! There’s so much to do at the weekend-long event. Come join in the science and engineering celebration! (YOLO!) Wendy Raiders, former Kings, Falcons Ph.D. Candidate, Biomedical Engineering Megan Former Washington Redskins Software Engineer […]

April 17, 2014

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11:30 PM | Advertisement
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11:16 PM | Krugman on Degrowthies
Paul Krugman, who is less wrong than most economists most of the time, cavalierly dismisses limits to growth. But abstract concern about growth vs degrowth as an armchair-philosophy pursuit is one thing. The reality of resource extraction globally is quite another - and it's not a pretty story. [more]
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8:29 PM | Anomalous Recent Winter Linked to Human Causes
A new study by Utah State scientist S.-Y. Simon Wang, found that the recent winter's jet stream pattern was the most extreme on record, and likely could not have grown so extreme without the influence of human-caused global warming. [more]
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7:00 PM | New Theme: Fictive
Fictive is about your style, your look, and your story. With plenty of ways to customize, it's a great option for a travel blog or personal website.
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5:38 PM | On Money, Power, and How John Roberts Forged One More Link In The History Of White Supremacy In America
Yesterday  an essay I wrote appeared over at the Atlantic’s joint. (Originally on Ta-Nehisi Coates’ blog, the editors there moved it over to Politics after a bit.)  It’s attracted a fair amount of comment over there, including severe disdain from some folks that I infer are somewhat more right of center than your humble blogger. In […]
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3:45 PM | Virginia Supreme Court Affirms FOI not for Fishing Expeditions in Academics’ Email
Via the Mann himself, the Virginia Supreme Court rejects the proposition that just because you work for a state university, every word you say is public property. [more]
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3:00 PM | The WordPress.com Transparency Report
WordPress.com is proud to release our first-ever transparency report. Get schooled on the number of information requests, takedown demands, and national security requests we've received.
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12:45 PM | Vaccine risk perceptions and risk communication: study conclusions & recommendations
From CCP's "Vaccine Risk Perceptions and Ad Hoc Risk Communication: An Empirical Assessment" report:  II. Summary conclusions A. Findings 1.   There is deep and widespread public consensus, even among groups strongly divided on other issues such as climate change and evolution, that childhood vaccinations make an essential contribution to public health. A very large supermajority believes that the benefits of childhood vaccinations outweigh their risks and that public health […]
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12:38 PM | Intel community willing to allow higher resolution commercial imagery
For the last few years, commercial satellite remote sensing company DigitalGlobe (and, before its merger with DigitalGlobe, GeoEye) has been lobbying the government to allow it to sell sharper satellite imagery that it’s currently allowed. DigitalGlobe is currently restricted to selling imagery with resolution no sharper than 0.5 meters per pixel, but has been pushing [...]
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11:16 AM | Feeling the pulse of the space-time continuum
The Copernican April 17, 2014 Haaaaaave you met PSR B1913+16? The first three letters of its name indicate it’s a pulsating radio source, an object in the universe that gives off energy as radio waves at very specific periods. More commonly, such sources are known as pulsars, a portmanteau of pulsating stars. When heavy stars run…
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1:15 AM | Further Unraveling of Frontiers
We desperately need a reinvented peer review system. But the Frontiers journal system appears to have its heart in the wrong place. [more]

April 16, 2014

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11:54 PM | Angela: Biomedical Engineering Major and Drexel University Cheerleader
Greetings, science and engineering fans! Meet Angela, a biomedical engineering major from Drexel University. You can meet Angela and her sister Beverly at the USA Science & Engineering Festival April 26-27. Hi, Angela! What turned you on to engineering and when? I grew up with the opportunity to fuel my various curiosities including playing simple arithmetic games with my parents and learning science, especially, just for fun. Later on in high school, I confirmed my interest and promise in […]
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11:54 PM | Beverly: Biomedical Engineering Major and Drexel University Cheerleader
Howdy, science and engineering fans! Meet Beverly, a biomedical engineering major at Drexel University. You can can meet Beverly and her sister Angela at the USA Science & Engineering Festival in Washington, DC, April 26-27. Hi, Beverly! What turned you on to engineering and when? Growing up with math all around me, including solving basic arithmetic problems during leisure time, I have always enjoyed learning and solving math. On the other hand, I also carried with me an interest in...[ […]
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10:43 PM | Highway Ramp
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3:15 PM | USNews STEM Solutions presents “Leading by Example,” moderated by Science Cheerleader
Session 8A: Leading by Example: The Crucial Role of Mentors Date: Wednesday April 23, 2014 Time: 3:00 PM – 4:00PM Location: Room 207A Speakers: Capt. Barrington Irving , Dara Richardson-Heron, M.D. , Eric Schwarz , Mark J. Tamaro, P.E. Inspiring and engaging individuals who might not consider a STEM education or career is a challenging goal. Hear firsthand from a panel of mentors and coaches about what works and how best to cultivate relationships between individuals of different […]
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3:00 PM | Five Minutes with David Cole
Meet and get to know former Justice League of America superhero and Happiness Engineer extraordinaire, David Cole.
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11:10 AM | GAO report offers good news, but also warnings, about performance of NASA programs
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) released on Tuesday its annual assessment of “large-scale” NASA projects. The good news of the report was that NASA, by and large, is doing well in terms of cost and schedule performance of its major programs: an average cost growth of 3% and launch delay of 2.8 months for 14 [...]
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8:07 AM | Macedonia creates €8m fund for SME innovation
The Macedonian government has launched a Fund for Innovation and Technology Development, aimed at boosting R&D activity at small and medium-sized businesses. The fund is financed by a loan from the World Bank to the tune of €8 million over the next three years. It is expected to fund innovation projects in ICT, agriculture, tourism and renewable energy, preferably with a local collaboration agenda, says Jasmina Popovska, the fund's director. “The point is to create jobs through […]

April 15, 2014

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8:02 PM | Heartbleed Security Update
WordPress.com has taken steps to deal with the Heartbleed vulnerability. Here's what you need to know.
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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.
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1:44 PM | Truthiness
(see: the rise of truthiness in education)Filed under: Bad science
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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 [...]
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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 […]
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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

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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. […]
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