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March 26, 2015

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4:11 PM | A defense of ENCODE?
Dan Graur has snarled at the authors of a paper defending ENCODE. How could I then resist? I read the offending paper, and I have to say something that will weaken my own reputation as a snarling attack dog myself: it does make a few good points. But it’s mostly using some valid criticisms to…
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4:00 PM | WTF Forensik – Postmortaler Ameisenfrass
Warnung: in dieser Reihe stelle ich schräge, drastische, extreme oder auf andere Weise merkwürdige Studien und Fallberichte vor, die die Forensischen Wissenschaften in ihrer ganzen Breite und Vielseitigkeit portraitieren sollen, die aber in ihrer Thematik und/oder den beigefügten Abbildungen nicht für alle LeserInnen geeignet sind und obgleich ich mich stets bemühen werde, nicht ins Sensationalistische…
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1:01 AM | The arrogance of science?
This comment of Richard Feynman’s indicates to me the essential humility of science. Yet we often find that people who seem to subscribe to the support of “answers that can’t be questioned” will accuse science and scientists of arrogance.   I … Continue reading →

March 25, 2015

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6:19 PM | Ciencia, evolución y entusiasmo
Por Martín Bonfil OliveraDirección General de Divulgación de la Ciencia, UNAMPublicado en Milenio Diario,  25 de marzo de 2015Para mi amigo Enrique Espinosa, compañero en el entusiasmo. Ricercare, 1992Hace mucho, cuando hacía mi tesis de licenciatura, tuve el privilegio de trabajar en un laboratorio de investigación (el tema, por si a alguien le interesa, tenía que ver con biología molecular; en particular, la […]
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2:56 PM | Botanical Wednesday: Monkeyflower madness
Over on Telliamed Revisited, Richard Lenski is talking about his favorite examples of evolution, and mentioned this figure from a paper on hybrid monkeyflowers. Cross-species breeding produces interesting results!

March 24, 2015

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9:40 PM | Did belief in ghosts help kick-start civilization?
In a remote highland region of south-eastern Turkey lies the remains of what is possibly the world’s old temple. Dating to 11,000 years ago, it predates even the rise of agriculture – as far as we can tell, it also predates the first complex societies. Now, not all religions are the same. Some (a minority, [Read More...]
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9:40 PM | Did belief in ghosts help kick-start civilization?
In a remote highland region of south-eastern Turkey lies the remains of what is possibly the world’s old temple. Dating to 11,000 years ago, it predates even the rise of agriculture – as far as we can tell, it also predates the first complex societies. Now, not all religions are the same. Some (a minority, [Read More...]
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2:29 AM | New Zealand science book prize – 2015 Short list
The Royal Society of NZ has announced the shortlist of titles for 2015 Science Book Prize (see 2015 Royal Society of New Zealand Science Book Prize). Here they are – together with the judges comments: Tangata Whenua: An Illustrated History by Atholl … Continue reading →

March 23, 2015

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4:10 PM | Mary’s Monday Metazoan: So that’s why it’s called a CAT scan
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March 21, 2015

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9:46 PM | ADHD linked to elevation not fluoridation
Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is more likely linked to residential altitude than community water fluoridation (CWF). This finding calls into question a recent paper claiming ADHD is linked to CWF. A paper that is being heavily promoted on social media at the moment … Continue reading →
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2:59 PM | Vijf mythen over islamofobie deel 3 – Islamofobie is geen racisme want…
Een vijfdelige serie over de mythen over islamofobie. Ditmaal deel 3: islamofobie is geen racisme want islam/moslims zijn geen ras.
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8:03 AM | Ciencia, prensa y libre discusión
[Estimados suscriptores por email: una disculpa. Por un error mío en el manejo de Feedburner, la columna del pasado miércoles no llegó a enviarse automáticamente. La envío ahora de nuevo.]Por Martín Bonfil OliveraDirección General de Divulgación de la Ciencia, UNAMPublicado en Milenio Diario,  18 de marzo de 2015Nunca he visto discusiones más duras y vehementes que las que se dan en un seminario o un […]

March 20, 2015

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4:09 PM | Friday Cephalopods: I ♥ embryos
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March 19, 2015

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4:00 PM | Quo vadis, Science Slam?
Wikipedia beschreibt den Science-Slam als einen wissenschaftlichen Kurzvortrag, „bei dem Wissenschaftler ihre Forschungsthemen innerhalb einer vorgegebenen Zeit vor Publikum präsentieren. Im Vordergrund steht die populärwissenschaftliche Vermittlung wissenschaftlicher Inhalte, die Bewertung erfolgt durch das Publikum. Bewertet wird neben dem wissenschaftlichen Inhalt auch die Verständlichkeit und der Unterhaltungswert des Vortrags.“ (Hervorhebungen von mir) Gleich […]
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12:47 AM | Anonymous comments on social media
  Something I picked up on the internet. Yes, I know – some people have legitimate and understandable reasons for being anonymous when they comment on social media. Concern for jobs and protection for family and self. I can appreciate … Continue reading →

March 18, 2015

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4:53 PM | Ciencia, prensa y libre discusión
Por Martín Bonfil OliveraDirección General de Divulgación de la Ciencia, UNAMPublicado en Milenio Diario, 18 de marzo de 2015Nunca he visto discusiones más duras y vehementes que las que se dan en un seminario o un congreso científico. Los investigadores exponen públicamente sus datos, razonamientos y conclusiones para someterlos al riguroso control de calidad del examen crítico por parte de sus colegas. Nunca he visto tampoco […]

March 17, 2015

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3:21 AM | More poor-quality research promoted by anti-fluoride activists
Anti-fluoridation propagandists must think all their Christmases have come at once. They at last have a “peer-reviewed” scientific paper they can claim supports their position. What’s more, it is the second such paper to appear in the last month. But … Continue reading →

March 16, 2015

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9:06 PM | Secular community groups are just as effective as religious ones in stimulating concern for others
Researchers around the world have found that subliminal reminders of religion can have some fairly profound effects (for example, encouraging honesty, obedience, revenge and staying power – and, as we saw in the previous post – even risk taking). But is this specifically about religion? Perhaps being reminded about god makes people virtuous – but [Read More...]

Thomson, N. (2015). Priming social affiliation promotes morality – Regardless of religion, Personality and Individual Differences, 75 195-200. DOI: 10.1016/j.paid.2014.11.022

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9:06 PM | Secular community groups are just as effective as religious ones in stimulating concern for others
Researchers around the world have found that subliminal reminders of religion can have some fairly profound effects (for example, encouraging honesty, obedience, revenge and staying power – and, as we saw in the previous post – even risk taking). But is this specifically about religion? Perhaps being reminded about god makes people virtuous – but [Read More...]

Thomson, N. (2015). Priming social affiliation promotes morality – Regardless of religion, Personality and Individual Differences, 75 195-200. DOI: 10.1016/j.paid.2014.11.022

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March 15, 2015

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1:21 AM | Ukrainian “suicides?”
Several days ago Ukraine Today reported the death of a former politician in the Yanukovych government which was overthrown in a coup last year. He was Oleksandr Peklushenko, the ex-head of a regional council in central Ukraine. Authorities are claiming he … Continue reading →

March 14, 2015

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6:08 PM | Vijf mythen over islamofobie deel 2 – Islamofobie is angst voor islam
In een serie van zes posts zal ik vijf mythen over islamofobie bespreken. Vandaag de tweede: islamofobie is angst voor islam
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4:00 AM | Free download – “Severe dental fluorosis and cognitive deficits”
Anyone interested in my article on this subject in Neurotoxicology and Teratology can now download a pdf version: Perrott, K. W. (2015). Severe dental fluorosis and cognitive deficits. Neurotoxicology and Teratology, 48, 78–79. The publishers tell me that anyone who … Continue reading →

March 13, 2015

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6:52 PM | Friday Cephalopod: A good glower
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March 12, 2015

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4:00 PM | Auf Reisen – 35. Spurenworkshop der DGRM in Berlin
Ende Februar findet jedes Jahr der Spurenworkshop der Spurenkommission der DGRM statt. Der historische und aktuelle Hauptzweck der Spurenworkshops ist dabei immer, die Ergebnisse der beiden jährlichen GEDNAP-Ringversuche für forensische Labors vorzustellen und zu diskutieren. Inzwischen ist die Veranstaltung, die wirklich als ganz kleiner Workshop ihren Anfang nahm, aber zu einer großen internationalen Tagung mit Hunderten Teilnehmern…
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3:22 PM | Aegirocassis benmoulae
Anomalocaris has always been one of my favorite Cambrian animals — it was so weird, and it was also the top predator of the age, making it the equivalent of T. rex. The anomalocarids were also a diverse and successful group, so wouldn’t you know it…it also had a distant filter-feeding cousin in the Ordovician.…
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2:26 PM | Junk DNA must be…fractal ballast!
I’ve now read two novel attempts to explain the existence of junk DNA. To a lot of people, the very idea of junk DNA is offensive: whatever process built us, whether divine fiat or the razor-sharp honing of natural selection, must be powerful, omnipotent or nearly so, and incapable of tolerating any noise or sloppiness,…
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12:00 AM | La historia de la mitocondria ladrona
Por Martín Bonfil OliveraDirección General de Divulgación de la Ciencia, UNAMPublicado en Milenio Diario, 11 de marzo de 2015Las mitocondrias son esos organelos subcelulares que, como nos enseñan en la secundaria, proporcionan energía a la célula. (No la “producen”, sino que la liberan en forma utilizable, al ayudar a oxidar los alimentos, y la transfieren a la famosa molécula de ATP –trifosfato de […]

March 11, 2015

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4:20 PM | AJ People & Power – Western Jihadis in Syria
Danish filmmaker Nagieb Khaja went to Syria to speak to Western fighters and to one of Jabhat al-Nusra's senior figures - the Australian / Egyptian cleric , Abu Sulayman Muhajir. In this remarkable film, made possible through long and patient negotiation for access, Nagieb finds out why young foreign Muslims are being drawn to the conflict in Syria, explores the reasons behind Jabhat al-Nusra's fierce rivalry with ISIL and examines the implications of these developments for global security.
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12:45 AM | Are submissions on fluoridation worth it?
Like most people I struggle to find the energy when representative and government bodies call for submissions. But I did make the effort recently when Medsafe called for submissions on their proposed clarification of how fluoridating agents are defined in the … Continue reading →

March 10, 2015

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10:47 AM | Monitor moslim discriminatie
In het net verschenen rapport ‘Monitor Moslim Discriminatie’ brengt Dr. Ineke van der Valk gegevens bijeen over de stand van zaken rond islamofobie en de discriminatie van moslims.
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