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March 01, 2015

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9:40 PM | February ’15 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
Image credit: Dear Kitty. Some blog There are now over 300 blogs on the list, although I am weeding out those which are no longer active or have removed public access to sitemeters. (Let me know if I weed out yours by mistake, … Continue reading →

February 28, 2015

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6:06 PM | An IS(IS) Reading List – Part One
I have compiled a short (well, that was the intention haha) reading list about IS(IS) and the politics that come with it. Mainly based upon recent work in the public domain I found these readings very helpful and inspiring for my own thoughts and work. If you have suggestions to add to the list, don't hesitate and contact me.

February 27, 2015

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11:53 PM | Friday Cephalopod: Cephalove
Now you can learn everything you need to know about octopus sex. It’s a bit tangly: But just in case you got lost in all the tentacles, here’s a diagram to help you out. By the way, in case you’ve ever wondered where an octopus keeps its nads, they’re maybe not where you expected. There…

February 26, 2015

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4:00 PM | Man kommt ja zu nix…
Liebe LeserInnen, eigentlich wollte ich ja heute einen neuen Beitrag geonlined (kann man das so sagen? Nee, besser nicht.) also veröffentlicht haben, in dem es unter anderem um Knochen und einen Civil-War-Guerilla gehen wird. Doch leider hab ich ihn nicht fertig bekommen, u.a. weil ich mich noch auf den 35. Spurenworkshop in Berlin (hatte ich ja…

February 25, 2015

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11:14 PM | Arte, ciencia y gravedad
Por Martín Bonfil OliveraDirección General de Divulgación de la Ciencia, UNAMPublicado en Milenio Diario, 25 de febrero de 2015El arte y la ciencia siempre se han enriquecido mutuamente. Conceptos y hasta técnicas de un área se importan de forma productiva a la otra. Pero más allá de eso, lograr una verdadera fusión de arte y ciencia es difícil.Por eso, “La gravedad de los asuntos”, el reto que un […]

February 24, 2015

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10:14 PM | Is belief in moral progress a substitute for religion?
There’s a well studied phenomenon called Terror Management Theory which basically says that, when people are reminded of their own death, their beliefs change in certain predictable ways.  People cling more strongly to beliefs that make the future seem more controllable and comfortable – and that includes turning to religion (see: Religion, Patriotism and Death). [Read More...]
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7:39 PM | Paper claiming water fluoridation linked to hypothyroidism slammed by experts
“As epidemiological evidence goes, this is about as weak as it gets.” That is the comment by Prof David Coggon, Professor of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, University of Southampton, on a new paper claiming hyporthyroidism is linked to water fluoridation. Published yesterday … Continue reading →

February 23, 2015

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11:29 PM | Mary’s Monday Metazoan: Poop propellors
That’s all I’ve got to say. Hippos are really into scat. Yeah, I’d hide too.

February 21, 2015

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10:36 PM | Dirty tactics by anti-fluoride activists in Taupo
Fly fishing in Lake Taupo. Image credit: Great lake Taupo Local body councils have had a gutsful of the fluoridation issue. Most councillors don’t have the skills to objectively judge submissions – and the field is so controversial they get … Continue reading →
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11:51 AM | Talal Asad – The Idea of Islam Today: Towards Non-Orientalist Genealogies
The Arts and Humanities Initiative (AHI) at the American University of Beirut held an international symposium in honor of Talal Asad "The Idea of Islam Today: Towards Non-Orientalist Genealogies," September 25-26, 2014

February 20, 2015

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4:35 PM | Friday Cephalopod: Winning!
This week, everyone has been sending me a link to that horrible series of photos showing a seal gnawing and dismembering an octopus (no, I will not link to it! I might cry.) So instead I’m showing you a happy movie of a successful octopus gnawing and dismembering a crab. Well, happy for everyone except…

February 19, 2015

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6:00 PM | I built a microscope today
I did! It was an origami microscope, with a single simple lens added. Here’s what it looks like: It’s called a Foldscope, and I got it as part of a beta test program. It’s a bit like the original Leeuwenhoek microscope, which you held up to your eye to see a magnified image. The differences…
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4:00 PM | Kurz notiert: Die Methylierung und der Tod
Über Methylierung und Epigenetik habe ich hier neben einem Basics-Artikel bisher nur im Zusammenhang mit sexueller Orientierung und der Erkennung gefälschter DNA-Spuren geschrieben. Das Feld ist jedoch sehr aktiv und vielseitig und Epigenetik wird inzwischen längst auch in der Forensischen Genetik ausprobiert. Ich habe übrigens schon länger Lust, auch selber einmal damit zu spielen und…
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2:28 AM | Botanical Wednesday: When vegetarianism is an act of vengeance
(via Earth Matters)

February 18, 2015

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5:07 PM | Precisión científica
Por Martín Bonfil OliveraDirección General de Divulgación de la Ciencia, UNAMPublicado en Milenio Diario, 18 de febrero de 2015Según un viejo chiste, un ingeniero, un científico y un matemático viajaban en tren por Irlanda. De pronto, vieron una oveja negra por la ventana. “¡Miren, en Irlanda las ovejas son negras!”, exclamó el ingeniero. “Error”, señaló el científico. […]
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1:27 PM | “The idea of two sexes is simplistic. Biologists now think there is a wider spectrum than that.”
That quote is from a good article in Nature on how sex is non-binary — my only quibble would be with that “now”. You’d have to define “now” as a window of time that encompasses the entirety of my training and work in developmental biology, and I’m getting to be kind of an old guy.…

February 17, 2015

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10:50 PM | NZ Fluoridation review – Response to Micklen
I welcome open and transparent discussion here so am thankful to Dr Micklen for his response (see NZ Fluoridation review – HS Micklen responds to critique). Unfortunately he is the only author or “peer-reviewer” of Fluoride Free NZ’s report criticising the NZ Fluoridation … Continue reading →
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1:41 PM | So…then fecal transplants could be a kind of mind control?
This is an amazing “discovery”! Someone named JA Tetro has been selling interviews and articles to women’s magazines and other credulous sources, claiming that your microbiome is the key to compatibility. Tetro says that when you kiss your date, his or her germs make their way into your mouth’s ecosystem. And if it’s a match,…

February 16, 2015

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11:38 PM | Mary’s Monday Metazoan: faking it
Look at the extravagantly pulvinate abdomen of this female fly — it’s very sexy to the male fly. But it’s all a FAKE. Misandry! Conniving, scheming female!
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10:05 PM | NZ Fluoridation review – HS Micklen responds to critique
I have posted several articles in a series critiquing contributions to the Fluoride Free NZ report “Scientific and Critical Analysis of the 2014 New Zealand Fluoridation Report“ which is aimed at discrediting the recent review Health Effects of Water Fluoridation: a Review of the Scientific … Continue reading →
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1:39 PM | Lezing sv Al-Furqan: De erfenis van de eerste generatie
Nadat ik al eerder te gast was bij moskee Essalam in Rotterdam en Imam Malik Centrum in Leiden was ik afgelopen vrijdag 13 februari, samen met voorman Okay Pala van Hizb ut-Tahrir, bij islamitische...

February 14, 2015

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9:01 PM | Did business interests interfere with Hamilton’s fluoride tribunal process?
 Source: Abuse of democratic process in Hamilton Tribunal?. (Click to enlarge). Early results from a Waikato University research project show that around 2/3 of all the written submissions to the Hamilton City Council’s fluoride tribunal process were directly or indirectly provided by parties … Continue reading →
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5:53 PM | Lezing: Over de grens – Politiek, islam en activisme in Nederland
Naar aanleiding van het rapport Eilanden in een zee van ongeloof – Het verzet van de activistische daʿwa in België, Nederland en Duitsland  spraken onderzoekers, activisten, en vertegenwoordigers van reguliere moslimorganisaties over de consequenties...
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1:40 AM | Friday Cephalopod: This is either about Valentine’s Day, or the opening of 50 Shades of Gray
One or the other. I can’t make up my mind.

February 12, 2015

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4:00 PM | Blasphemie? – Es gibt kein Recht darauf, sich nicht beleidigt zu fühlen!
…westliche Islam-Freunde, die […] sogar politische Karnevalsmotive aus dem Verkehr ziehen, tun Muslimen keinen Gefallen. H. Abdel-Samad [1]   Heute wurde meine Heimatstadt wie jedes Jahr wieder von Bier, Harn und den diese Flüssigkeiten Ein- und Auslaufen-Lassenden durchspült und als sollte mir bewiesen werden, daß meine bereits jetzt für dieses „Fest“ empfundene Verachtung tatsächlich noch…
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11:34 AM | Mohammed Saleh Tauiman (2001 – 2015): “We dream about drones”
Mohammed Tuaiman becomes the third member of his family to be killed by what he called ‘death machines’ in the sky months after Guardian interview.
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2:49 AM | Botanical Wednesday: No bone fractures here, doctor
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12:00 AM | Kommentar zur Bluttat in Chapel Hill
Am Dienstag hat Craig Stephen Hicks in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, drei Menschen erschossen. Der Täter hat sich bereits der Polizei gestellt. Die Opfer waren Deah Barakat (23), Yusor Mohamad (21) und deren Schwester Razan Mohamad Abu-Salha (19), alle drei waren Moslems. Diese Tat war ein abscheuliches Verbrechen und mein ganzes, aufrichtiges Mitgefühl gilt den…

February 11, 2015

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11:00 PM | Einen fröhlichen Darwin-Tag allerseits!
Heute jährt sich der Geburtstag von Charles Darwin zum 206. Mal.  Grund genug, an ihn zu denken und sein Andenken zu feiern! Wäre es nicht schön, wenn der 12.02. ein offizieller Feiertag würde, mit freiem Eintritt in naturkundliche Museen und Ausstellungen, zu Filmen, Vorträgen und Science Slams zur Evolutionsbiologie und wenn dafür der Karfreitag mit…
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6:03 PM | La máquina universal
Por Martín Bonfil OliveraDirección General de Divulgación de la Ciencia, UNAMPublicado en Milenio Diario, 11 de febrero de 2015Es raro que haya películas comerciales sobre científicos de la vida real. Y es rarísimo que haya dos de ellas exhibiéndose simultáneamente. Y si a eso añadimos que ambas estén nominadas al Óscar, hablamos ya de posibilidades infinitesimales.Y sin embargo, junto con La […]
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