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April 09, 2014

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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 […]
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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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11:33 AM | New NASA authorization bill makes only minor changes to last year’s version
At 9 am today, the space subcommittee of the House Science Committee will mark up a new version of a NASA authorization bill, formally introduced earlier this week. The new bill, HR 4412, is very similar to the bill the Science Committee marked up last summer, HR 2687, a bill that generated unusually strong partisan [...]

April 08, 2014

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11:30 PM | Bolden and House appropriators spar on various issues
NASA administrator Charles Bolden appeared before the Commerce, Justice, and Science (CJS) subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee in a hearing about NASA’s fiscal year 2015 budget request Tuesday morning—and into the afternoon as well, as the hearing, which started at 9:30 am, didn’t wrap up until about 1 pm. The first part of the [...]
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9:23 PM | Finally: decisive, knock-down, irrefutable proof of the ideological symmetry of motivated reasoning
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9:12 PM | Shell Signs Billion Ton Manifesto
Unilever, Shell, BT, and EDF Energy are among 70 leading companies today calling on governments across the globe to step up efforts to tackle climate change. The statement urges political leaders to set a timeline for achieving net zero emissions before the end of the century, design a credible strategy to transform the energy system, and create a plan to tackle the global economy's reliance on fossil fuels. [more]
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8:04 PM | Ugo Bardi Resigns as Chief Topic Editor over Journal’s Conduct in Lewandowski et al Retraction
Our friend and contributor Ugo Bardi has resigned as Chief Specialty Editor of Energy Systems and Policy of the Frontiers Journal in protest against the behavior of the journal in the "Recursive Fury" case. [more]
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7:59 PM | Promising TV Series on Climate Change
A series of reports on climate change is airing on the Showtime cable network in the US on Sunday evenings. If you're in America, you can see the first episode here. It's aimed at awakening a broad audience to the climate issue. [more]
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3:00 PM | Five Elements For Your Front Page
Your site's front page is like the front door to your home: you want it to look and feel inviting, as well as unmistakably you. Here's a quick list of five things -- big and small -- to consider when building your front page.
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3:00 PM | Are Ludwicks more common in the UK?!
Well, much like the administrators of the Affordable Health Care Act , I’ve learned the hard way how difficult it can be to anticipate and manage an excited tidal wave of interest surging through the internet toward one’s web portal. Yes, “tomorrow” has arrived, but because I’ve been inundated with so many 10^3’s of serious entries for the latest MAPKIA, I’ve been unable to process them all, even with the help of my CCP state-of-the-art “big […]
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10:24 AM | Mikulski wants to up the new budget to flat
While the White House proposed a fiscal year 2015 budget that cut NASA by about one percent over 2014, the chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee said Monday she will try to change that. “My goal for NASA is to make sure we’re at least at the 2014 level,” said Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) in [...]
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6:46 AM | Do you make these three fall protection mistakes?
Fall protection rules can seem complicated because every situation is different. A roof that may be safe in one scenario needs a completely different approach in another. A lanyard that is good for the work you are performing today is unacceptable for the work you’re performing tomorrow. The rails that normally guard the [...]
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6:26 AM | Sanctuary fined $5,600 after keeper is killed by cougar
This is an unusual workplace fatality to be sure: An animal sanctuary keeper is killed by a cougar. But some of the errors that Oregon OSHA says the sanctuary made are ones that could be made at a number of workplaces. Renee Radziwon-Chapman, 36, the head keeper at WildCat Haven Sanctuary near Sherwood, OR, was [...]
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6:06 AM | 80% mistakenly believe this is a safe work practice
Bust any safety myths lately? New findings from a National Safety Council (NSC) poll point toward one misconception many of your workers probably have: The NSC says 80% of drivers incorrectly believe hands-free cell phones are safer to use when driving than hand-held ones. Some other results from the NSC poll: Of those who admitted using [...]
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5:48 AM | High Pressure Gas Cylinders Explode on Highway – Great opener for a HAZMAT Class
Related HAZMAT Training DVDs: DOT HAZMAT General Awareness Video or DVD Program Aimed at making these employees more aware of situations in which they may encounter HAZMAT, & more. View Product DOT HAZMAT Security Awareness DVD Aimed at making employees more aware of security risks in which they may [...]
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3:38 AM | Ambivalent promises for S&T in the BJP manifesto
(This blog post originally appeared in The Copernican science blog on April 7, 2014.) Even though they haven’t been in power for the last decade, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) concedes no concrete assurances for science & technology in the country in its manifesto ahead of the 2014 Lok Sabha polls. However, these subjects are geared to be utilised […]

April 07, 2014

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3:00 PM | Three Bloggers Making a Splash
WordPress.com bloggers continue to leave their mark both online and off -- here are three notable stories from recent weeks.
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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.
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6:46 AM | The nonsense in Wockhardt’s reply to the FDA
(This blog post first appeared in The Copernican on April 7, 2014.) I love the nonsense that companies put in their replies to accusations of willful negligence. Consider this from Wockhardt after a US FDA inspection found piss, mold and samples tested “into compliance” [emphasis mine] at its Chikalthana manufacturing plant in Aurangabad, India. We are also leveraging technology […]

April 06, 2014

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7:34 AM | The Indian medical devices industry stays foreign
India has a burgeoning medical tourism industry which, according to some estimates, is going to be worth Rs.9,500 crore in 2015 and Rs.54,000 crore in 2020. This industry evidently relies on medical imaging and diagnostics. According to an article published in 2013 by the Center for the Advanced Study of India at the University of […]

April 05, 2014

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3:53 PM | A full schedule of hearings next week
The week of April 7 is shaping up to be an unusually busy one for space policy, with no fewer than four hearings on various aspects of civil and commercial space, including markups of two bills. On Tuesday, April 8, the House Appropriations Committee’s Commerce, Justice, and Science (CJS) subcommittee is holding a hearing on [...]
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3:33 PM | April Open Thread
Suggested Topic: Have you read the IPCC WG II Summary for Policymakers yet? Or are you all focused on whether Nate Silver’s choice of Roger Pielke Jr. as a climate statistician makes any sense? Anything goes. Moderation is lighter than on other articles.
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3:30 PM | New Journal Statement re “Recursive Fury”
The journal has belatedly issued an explanation of the retraction that does not make them look quite as stupid at first glance. They did not retract their earlier position, though, that there were no "academic or ethical" issues with the study. Their position now emerges as incoherent, and new evidence coming out makes matters look even worse for them. [more]
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1:25 PM | Cognitive illiberalism & expressive overdetermination ... a fragment
from Kahan, D.M. The Cognitively Illiberal State. Stan. L. Rev. 60, 115-154 (2007). Conclusion The nature of political conflict in our society is deeply paradoxical. Despite our unprecedented knowledge of the workings of the natural and social world, we remain bitterly divided over the dangers we face and the efficacy of policies for abating them. The basis of our disagreement, moreover, is not differences in our material interests (that would make perfect sense) but divergences in our […]
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6:03 AM | ‘Poverty first, Mars next’ is a non-idea
(This post originally appeared in The Copernican on April 4, 2014.) I am on nobody’s side because nobody is on my side.” – Treebeard, Lord of the Rings Thanks to two wonderful pieces in the April 3 edition of The Hindu (by D. Balasubramanian andR. Prasad) talking about how scientific enterprise in India has been constantly undermined, it’s pretty […]

April 04, 2014

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6:04 PM | Wales Blog Awards 2014
Computing: The Science of Nearly Everything has been shortlisted for Best Technology Blog in the 2014 Wales Blog Awards, organised by Media Wales and Warwick Emanuel PR. Over 300 entries were received for the competition from across the country this year (after a break in 2013), whittled down to a shortlist of 32 blogs. My […]
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5:22 PM | NASA TV features Project MERCCURI, a citizen science project from UC Davis, SciStarter and Science Cheerleader
Learn more about Project MERCCURI.
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3:00 PM | What Niche Bloggers Can Do to Attract Traffic
Three things you can do starting now, to grow your audience and attract traffic to your site.
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1:32 PM | Sorting out NASA’s ban on non-ISS activities with Russia
More than a day after NASA announced its suspension of “the majority” of its cooperative activities with Russia, excluding the ISS, many in the space community were still not clear exactly what that ban covered, and also how it originated. Comments by NASA and other administration officials Thursday didn’t necessarily make things clearer. “What’s the [...]
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10:34 AM | Let's keep discussing Ludwick!
Nothing to say today that would be as interesting as the points people are making in response to the"MAPKIA!" challenge in "yesterday's" post.  Join in the discussion -- & submit your entry! It's a little bit like doing presidential polls 2.5 yrs in advance of the next election, but @Jen is definitely the frontrunner at this stage.
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