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August 08, 2014

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3:17 PM | Wildfires: Reality vs Stasis
Grist reports another example of a fixed budget being overwhelmed by an accelerating problem: the US national firefighting budget is nearly spent, though the wildfire season is just getting going. [more]
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3:01 PM | Is Climate Change Already Increasing Population Migration Pressure?
A retired physicist claims that a root cause of recent refugee migration is anthropogenic climate change. [more]
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10:01 AM | Does pay for performance work or doesn’t it?
Martin Roland discusses the effects of pay for performance, following on from our study published in the New England Journal of Medicine this week.
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9:48 AM | Science missions at ISRO
In the 52 years of its existence, the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) has been instrumental in the success of many government programs whose primary qualification has been that they delivered tangible, immediate and continuous returns on public investment. Its six INSATs … Continue reading →

August 07, 2014

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8:40 PM | The Lambs Still Scream…
…for the performance artist formerly known as Ann Coulter [via TPM]: In the column, titled “Ebola Doc’s Condition Downgraded To ‘Idiotic,’” Coulter called Dr. Kent Brantly’s humanitarian work in Liberia nothing more than the efforts of an ego-driven Christian and “the first real-world demonstration of the economics of Obamacare.” …Coulter then said Brantly left the country to […]
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3:30 PM | Does "climate science literacy trump ideology" in Australia? Not as far as I can tell! Guy et al., Effects of knowlege & ideology part 1
It was so darn much fun to report my impressions on Stocklmayer, S. M., & Bryant, C. Science and the Public—What should people know?, International Journal of Science Education, Part B, 2(1), 81-101 (2012), that I thought I’d tell you all about another cool article I read recently: Guy, S., Kashima, Y., Walker, I. & O'Neill, S. Investigating the effects of knowledge and ideology on climate change beliefs. European Journal of Social Psychology 44, 421-429 (2014). 1. […]
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10:56 AM | Medicalising life
Medicines have been getting into the mainstream news quite a lot in recent times. A couple of days ago saw the publication in Annals of Oncology of a review of the evidence for a protective effect of aspirin in reducing cancer in the general population. The role of aspirin in cardiovascular disease prevention is well ...read more
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9:30 AM | Wealth and religiosity disagree while some Hindus look the other way
My extended family’s annual trip to Tirupati is coming up. Because a more indecisive bunch doth not exist, my relatives have been planning the trip for the last week. One creepy fact their discussions threw up is that, in 2013, … Continue reading →
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9:22 AM | Science Cheerleader William: pursuing a Master’s Degree in Marine Biology, former cheerleader at the University of MD!
Today we get to hear from William (a.k.a. “Rock”), a male cheerleader who is pursuing a master’s degree in marine biology at the University of Maryland.  What turned you on to science and when? I remember as a child that I wanted to be a dolphin trainer because I thought that was the only career I could have in marine biology, similar to what other children may think, but as I got older I was steered away from that goal...[ Read Full Story ]
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9:02 AM | Carey: aerospace engineer at Lockheed Martin and former University of Wyoming cheerleader
As an engineer, we get stereotyped as “introverts” and “nerds." I am happy to show that I am bubbly, outgoing, and an extrovert as an engineer. I love telling people what I do for a living and surprise them!!
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3:00 AM | For planets, one thing leads to another
One of the biggest benefits of being a journalist is that you become aware of interesting things from various fields. As a science journalist, the ambit is narrowed but the interestingness, not at all. And one of the most interesting … Continue reading →
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2:34 AM | Products of uranium-235 fission
When I read, it’s always one thing leading to another. Someone tipped me off about a piece in Science about CTBT compliance monitoring efforts, and I ended up making this incredibly ghastly but satisfying mindmap of the product yield of … Continue reading →

August 06, 2014

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8:53 PM | Science Cheerleader Amessia: Epidemiologist and WNBA Cheerleader
  What turned you on to science? What’s funny about my current profession is…I WASN’T a big fan of Science in High School! I had the goal of working in the medical field and knew that if I wanted to excel in it, I had to learn to love Science. Science has so many components that it was hard to gain a desire for it because you are often exposed to the areas that don’t interest you. I didn’t want...[ Read Full Story ]
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5:43 PM | As Texas celebrates winning SpaceX spaceport, Florida regroups
On Monday, Texas Gov. Rick Perry confirmed what had neen widely speculated for weeks, if not months: SpaceX would establish a commercial launch site on the Gulf of Mexico near Brownsville, Texas. The state is providing about $15 million in funds to support spaceport development, although the release notes that construction will involve “$85 million [...]
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4:18 PM | Female parliamentarians
India: GDP (per capita, 2013 US$) v. Gross intake ratio in first grade of primary education, female (% of relevant age group) v. Women in parliament (each point corresponds to a year in 1997-2013) India: Women in parliament v. GDP (per capita, 2013 US$) r = 0.8866Filed under: Data & Stats
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12:45 PM | Aerospace Engineer and former cheerleader, Carey, leads Science Week event at Mint Hill Library in Charlotte, NC
Guest post from Carey! I had the awesome pleasure of representing Science Cheerleader for the afternoon during Science Week at the Mint Hill Library in Charlotte, NC. The program was aimed at 5-11 year olds, both males and females. It was a great experience discussing rockets and my career at Lockheed Martin. To engage the students, we made rockets with straws and then had a competition by turning their rockets into balloon rockets. The kids were very excited to try...[ Read Full Story ]
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5:58 AM | Let’s Not Mistake “Legal” With “Smart Business Practice”
I work in organizational development focused on worker safety and I have been employed as such for the better part of 20 years. I am essentially a safety strategy consultant, an architect, if you will, of safety infrastructures that help companies to build on the services I provide them and sustain gains in safety in [...]
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4:38 AM | Are Office Safety Programs a Waste of Time and Money?
Big companies are expanding their safety programs to their office settings – so says a recent, nationally published article. The stated goal: Get everyone thinking about safety. Is this really going to help? The other day, a colleague forwarded to me a link to a Wall Street Journal article, “Safety cops patrol the office for [...]
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4:13 AM | (Infographic) Top 10 Deadliest Jobs In The USA
Source: Simplifiedsafety.com Related Training DVDs: Construction Safety Orientation Training Video This thorough and exciting program is ideal for anyone who works at a construction site. View Product Workplace Safety 101 A Guide for New Employees Gives new hires the tools to develop solid safety habits and hazard [...]
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3:21 AM | Excellent PSA on Slips, Trips, & Falls In The Office
Related Slips, Trips, & Falls Training DVDs: Slips, Trips & Falls Training Video Shows employees the situations that can lead to slips, trips and falls, and what they can do to avoid or prevent these accidents. View Product Slips Trips and Falls in Construction Training Video Shows employees the types of [...]

August 05, 2014

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8:52 PM | Scaling up the SENCER solution to the "self-measurement paradox"
I wasn’t kidnapped by aliens (outerspace or undocumented) last week but I nevertheless had an experience that was just as interesting. I attended the annual SENCER—Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities--Summer Institute. This was my second Summer Instiute-- I wrote home about my experience last yr too.  Basically, the raison d'etre of this super cool organization is to obliterate the “self-measurement paradox”: the bizarre and […]
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12:52 PM | Status update for Project MERCCURI
From @Jennomics (a co-PI on Project MERCCURI): Status update for Project MERCCURI: Our [surface] samples are being stored in a -80C freezer on the ISS. But, there is a problem with the equipment (plate reader) that will be used to run our “growth competition” experiment. The company that we are working with, NanoRacks is working hard to troubleshoot the problem. It isn’t clear now whether there is a problem with the inner workings of the equipment or the touchscreen […]
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11:15 AM | Rae: Science Cheerleader, Chemist, and (awesome!) STEM communicator! (She’s also the managing editor of SciStarter!)
Here’s Raecca (Rae): Science Cheerleader, blogger, and SciStarter managing editor (among other things!) Hi, Rae! What got you into science? As a high school student, I enjoyed my math and science classes. If you gave me the option to solve an equation or read a novel, I would choose the equation every time. My senior-level science teachers were able to explain concepts in a clear manner, but they also infused humor whenever they could. My senior level math teachers were all...[ Read […]

August 04, 2014

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8:06 PM | Generating primes in LaTeX
Inspired by a recent discussion on the wonders of , I started thinking about how easy it would be to generate prime numbers in . Well, unsurprisingly, it was presented as an example by Knuth using trial division in The TeXbook (download) in 1984: You can also do it by sieving; check out the examples […]
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7:02 PM | How would scientists do on a public "science literacy" test -- and should we care? Stocklmayer & Bryant vs. NSF Indicators “Science literacy” scale part 2
So . . . this is the second post on the interesting paper Stocklmayer, S. M., & Bryant, C. Science and the Public—What should people know?, International Journal of Science Education, Part B, 2(1), 81-101 (2012).  Skip ahead to the bolded red text if you still vividly remember the first (as if it were posted “only yesterday”) or simply don’t care what it said & want to go straight to something quite interesting—the results […]
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9:08 AM | Science Cheerleader Memorie: pursuing a Ph.D. while cheering for the WNBA.
I want to be an example of an intelligent and extremely hard-working cheerleader. I would also like to be a role model for young girls and other women, showing them that it is possible to have a successful career in science while at the same time following their other passions, such as cheerleading and dancing.
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3:00 AM | Science Quiz – August 4, 2014
Every week, I create a science quiz for The Hindu newspaper’s In School product. It consists of 10 questions and only developments from the week preceding its day of publication (Monday). The answers are at the end. But this week’s quiz is a little different. 2014 marks the hundredth year after the start of World…
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2:43 AM | Is There a Current or Imminent Global Food Shortage?
While environmental change may crimp food production, that has little to do with current food shortages, We're currently overproducing food crops and throwing them away on our habit of raising animal flesh in the cruelest and most efficient possible way, Globalization means that in the end, your food dollar competes with the food penny of the desperately poor. Your revealed preference in the marketplace is to eat large amounts of meat and dairy products and starve five poor people rather than […]

August 03, 2014

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11:11 PM | http://planet3.org/2014/08/03/10182/
We are plagued by grumpy nostalgists — mystics on both wings who preach hostility to science & technology and yearn for the past. Our only route is forward. The answer to the problems generated by science is… more science. Open science, innovative, reciprocally critical & transparent, searching for positive sum games, able to detect potential errors. [more]
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9:17 PM | Stephanie: Military aerospace engineer and former college cheerleader, working on dual MSE + MBA degrees!
There seems to be this perception that engineers hole themselves up in their labs or cubicles, working on equations all day long without any interaction with other people. While this might be true for some engineers, the majority of us are constantly working with others in some way or another. You may have to collaborate on a design together, give a presentation about your work, or share your assessment of test results or reports.
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