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March 31, 2015

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9:15 PM | Religious authority increases the number of donations but decreases the value
In a run-down market place in Kabul, Afghanistan, groups of men hang around hoping that someone will offer them a job for the day. But today is different. Today they get an unusual offer. Somebody is willing to pay them a whole days wage (about $9) just to fill out a survey. Of course, many [Read More...]
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9:15 PM | Religious authority increases the number of donations but decreases the value
In a run-down market place in Kabul, Afghanistan, groups of men hang around hoping that someone will offer them a job for the day. But today is different. Today they get an unusual offer. Somebody is willing to pay them a whole days wage (about $9) just to fill out a survey. Of course, many [Read More...]
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1:05 AM | “Fair-weather” scepticism
My old man used to label us kids as “fair-weather sailors” when we bitched about working outside during bad weather. That phrase comes to my mind sometimes when I come across people who claim to be “sceptics ” (“Skeptics”) behaving very … Continue reading →

March 28, 2015

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10:08 PM | Poor peer-review – a case study
Many scientists are not impressed with the peer-review processes scientific journals use. Like democracy, this peer-review is better than all the available alternatives but it certainly doesn’t guarantee published scientific papers are problem-free. Sure, peer-reviewed sources are better than others which … Continue reading →
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3:16 PM | Vijf mythen over islamofobie deel 4: Islamofobie is niet dodelijk
Een zesdelige serie over de mythen over islamofobie. Ditmaal deel 4: Islamofobie is niet dodelijk.

March 27, 2015

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12:51 PM | Friday Cephalopod: And I would hug him and squeeze him and call him George
A certain deep, primal part of my brain went “Squeeee!” at this video of a nautilus being fed by hand. I want one. I want a cephalopod to be my friend. But sorry, people, taking an exotic animal out of the ocean and confining it to an aquarium is not exactly the friendliest thing to…

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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