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September 18, 2014

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6:30 PM | Tropical Fish Devastate Mediterranean Ecosystems
Tropical rabbitfish have devastated algal forests in the eastern Mediterranean Sea and pose a major threat to the entire Mediterranean basin if their distribution continues to expand as the climate warms, according to a new study in the Journal of Ecology. The members of the team surveyed more than 1000 kilometers of coastline in Turkey and Greece, where two species of rabbitfish have become dominant since they moved into the region via the Suez Canal.read more
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5:52 PM | Hurricane Polo
Hurricane Polo still appears rounded in imagery from NOAA's GOES-West satellite today at 10:15 a.m. EDT  but forecasters expect that to change. The image showed thunderstorms wrapping tightly around the center of the storm while one broken band of thunderstorms extended to the northwest, while the other appeared on the eastern side of the center and paralleled the southern Mexican coastline. Polo presents a threat to the coast of southwestern Mexico's coastline. A Tropical Storm […]
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5:41 PM | Mysterious 1808 Eruption - The Real Cause Of The Coldest Decade Of The Last 500 Years
The eruption of 1815 Tambora volcanic eruption is famous for its impact on climate worldwide. As a result, the year 1816 was given memorable names such as 'Eighteen-Hundred-and-Froze-to-Death', the 'Year of the Beggar' and the 'Year Without a Summer' because of cold weather and unseasonable frosts, crop failure and famine across Europe and North America. Some even claim the conditions inspired literary works such as Byron's 'Darkness' and Mary Shelley's Frankenstein.read more
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5:08 PM | Be part of our search for a Parkinson's cure
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5:00 PM | Mike Adams and “natural biopreparedness” against Ebola and pandemics
This one will be much shorter than usual, mainly because I was out late last night for a dinner function at which I was on a panel of breast cancer experts. I must admit, even after having been an attending surgeon for 15 years, it never ceases to make me feel a bit weird to…
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4:52 PM | Targeting Tumors With Electricity
A shocking noninvasive treatment for skin cancer uses electrical pulses.
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4:38 PM | Where Do You Go To Learn About The Practice of Science Communication?
Where do you go for information about the practice of science communication? I’m asking not only because I’m always looking to improve my own science communication efforts, but for a personal, selfish reason. In fact, I’m not sure how to write about this without simultaneously confessing my own ignorance AND sounding self-congratulatory (a singularly off-putting combination). I really do want to know where I can learn more from other science communication practitioners and I […]
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4:38 PM | Where Do You Go To Learn About The Practice of Science Communication?
Where do you go for information about the practice of science communication? I’m asking not only because I’m always looking to improve my own science communication efforts, but for a personal, selfish reason. In fact, I’m not sure how to write about this without simultaneously confessing my own ignorance AND sounding self-congratulatory (a singularly off-putting combination). I really do want to know where I can learn more from other science communication practitioners and I […]
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4:18 PM | Open letter to Gordon Nelson, President of CSSP
This is an open letter to Gordon Nelson, President of the Council of Scientific Society Presidents (CSSP). I delivered this letter to Dr. Nelson by email on September 18, 2014. ——————————————————————————- Dear Dr. Nelson, I am writing in response to your interview on The Scholarly Kitchen  blog, published August 25, 2014. As a scientist […]
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3:59 PM | How to Look for Mammals
I was fortunate to have the opportunity to present a workshop at the National Biodiversity Data Centre on Saturday September 13th on the art of “Tracking Ireland’s Mammals”. This was the third year this workshop was held, and over the course … Continue reading →
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3:41 PM | Science 2.0: There Is No Magic Genetic Bullet For Complex Traits, But Here Are 18 Approaches
Anyone who tells you they have a super food or a potion to impact a complex trait is sellinf you something. Life is rarely simple. The things we care about most, from crop yields to disease risks, are instead "complex traits." Human height is a textbook example of a complex trait while attributes like risk for a particular human disease are shaped by multiple genetic and environmental influences. The value of the Science 2.0 approach, and the wealth of Big Data that geneticists now have […]
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3:36 PM | The Coolest Places On Earth: The White Temple- Thailand (Pictures)
At the northern tip of Thailand, in the Chiang Rai province, lies one of the most beautiful and elaborate pieces of architecture and sculpture in the world. Wat Rong Khun, better known to the western world as the White Temple, is a modern buddhist temple built in 1997 by Chalermchai Kositpipat, a Thai visual artist born and raised in Chiang Rai. In May of this year, an earthquake struck the region, nearly destroying the temple. Kositpipat initially said we would demolish the […]
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3:29 PM | The Final Frontier, Now Open To Just About Everyone (Rich)
For obvious reasons spaceflight has been reserved for governments and the very wealthy. And when it comes to governments, the criteria are stringent. They will get thousands of applications per year and quickly weed out most of them. Predominantly you have to already be a government employee to have any chance of being an astronaut so that is a big disqualification for much of the best and brightest in America.read more
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3:18 PM | Let’s Mention Foundations
Congratulating Dick on the 2014 Knuth Prize Cropped from source Dick Lipton is of course the founder and driving writer of this weblog. He is also a computer scientist with a great record of pathbreaking research. The latter has just been recognized, I am delighted and proud to say, with the award of the 2014 […]
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2:54 PM | In Middle School, Girls' Body Image Affected By Other Girls, Not Boys
In American culture, media and men are criticized for how women feel about their bodies while in Europe women are given more credit for being able to decide for themselves how they feel.  Europeans may be onto something. A paper in Psychology of Women Quarterly finds that body dissatisfaction among young girls isn't caused by ads for skinny jeans on television or males, it is caused by older girls in schools. read more
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2:40 PM | Why Your Dog Is Pessimistic
Most dogs are happy and they are "man's best friend" because they brighten our day. If you rescue a starving dog they will love you forever whereas if you rescue a starving human, in a week they will have decided they did you a favor. With cats, that sentiment lasts until the first meal is over. But inside, your dog may be more pessimistic, according to a paper from Dr. Melissa Starling of the Faculty of Veterinary Science at the University of Sydney.  Dogs were taught to […]
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2:37 PM | Dogs can be pessimists too
Dogs generally seem to be cheerful, happy-go-lucky characters, so you might expect that most would have an optimistic outlook on life. In fact some dogs are distinctly more pessimistic than others, research from the University of Sydney shows. Subject:  Animal Research
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2:24 PM | The Struggle For Babies To Survive After Being Born At 22 Weeks
While abortion is a common feature of the developed world, there remains some controversy about when it should be allowed. Only the United States and Canada still allow late-term abortion on demand because in the modern world a baby in the third trimester is already clear alive and will remain so with some care. In the third trimester the survival rate in America is 96%, only slightly below full-term children.read more
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1:45 PM | A look at Mendeley Readership Statistics
By See Wah Cheng, Product Manager at Mendeley We live in an age where knowledge dissemination happens at an incredible speed, researchers are always looking for ways to evaluate new discovery. Mendeley’s vision has always been to accelerate research, and by crowdsourcing readership statistics, we provide a new way for you to look at the […]
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1:00 PM | Sound Vibrations To Reduce Pesticides And Boost Harvests?
Can sound vibrations replace pesticides? Researchers are adapting different eco-friendly methods to try and boost harvests and open up a new chapter in sustainable farming.Scientists in Northern Italy are experimenting with what they call eco-friendly sound and odor devices to fight off insects from their cultivated fields., though environmental activists don't accept the science of pesticides that have passed registration for 40 years and genetic modification almost as long so believing they […]
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12:51 PM | Snap Circuits Science: Resistors In Series
A tone generator is a useful piece of test equipment used, for example, to test the frequency range of audio equipment such as your stereo or the external speakers for your iPod. A tone generator can also be used to tune a musical instrument such as a guitar. You can make a simple tone generator using a 555 Timer IC, a capacitor, potentiometer, speaker, and a power source (circuit pictured above). Here’s the schematic: read more
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12:24 PM | The Strange remains the same for 17 Sept 2014
Oopsie, I forgot to post this on time. Food Babe’s Starbucks Attacks Draw ‘Quackmail’ Backlash. BBC – Earth – Mystery fairy circles defy explanation. Some area stores selling Slenderman costume | Local News – WISN Home. Who’s counting? How innumeracy aids fear-mongers. Faith healing makes a killing – Times LIVE. Archeologists In Leicester Have Found… Source: Doubtful News
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12:00 PM | Ocean Acidification May Encourage Sharks To Swim Longer Durations
Fredrik Jutfelt and a catshark. Photo courtesy of Leon GreenBy Charles Q. Choi, Inside ScienceIt's a myth that all sharks will drown if they stop moving. However, scientists discovered that as the oceans grow more acidic this century, sharks may swim for longer times than before. These new findings suggest that rising atmospheric carbon dioxide levels causing this ocean acidification could significantly disrupt the lives of these predators, which are already in sharp decline globally. rea
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11:09 AM | Knock, knock: Ten facts about Red-Headed Woodpeckers
Birds are wonderful - they are diverse, full of personality, and exhibit amazing behaviours and life history. Among our feathered friends, woodpeckers are especially impressive, and ornithologist and conservation biologist Dr. Barbara Frei knows this better than anyone. She completed her PhD on red-headed woodpeckers and their conservation, and she has graciously agreed to provide us with a contribution for the ten fact series here on Expiscor. Here are some things you probably […]
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11:00 AM | Capture the story of Indian dance
The dance is the mother of the arts. Music and poetry exist in time; painting and architecture in space. But the dance lives at once in time and space. Curt Sachs Tanwi Mallick, HLF14 participant: I hail from India  – a country rich in cultural heritage. My research interests are computer vision and in more detail the automated analysis and interpretation of Indian classical dance. Until today only very little work has been done in computer analysis of dance by... Read more
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8:21 AM | How Nature Magazine consistently prefers anecdote over data
Arguably, there is little that could be more decisive for the career of a scientist than publishing a paper in one of the most high-profile journals such as Nature or Science. After all, in this competitive and highly specialized days, […] ↓ Read the rest of this entry...
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8:18 AM | Cuarta entrega de Campus Party Quito
Texto: Andrea Romero (@AndyHeartless)Fotografia: Daniel Romero-Alvarez (@Vackdaro)A las 19:45 de ayer se inauguró el Campus Party Quito en CEMEXPO; catalogado como un evento masivo que durante 250 horas convoca a más de 3000 personas y que tiene como propósito la innovación, conocimiento y lanzamiento de nuevas tecnologías. Ha sido llamado  “laboratorio de ideas y sueños”, “encuentro tecnológico del año”, […]
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7:31 AM | 6 out of 200: Programs for very cool stuff
Meet Amal Fahad in this Q&A series with 6 out of 200 mathematicians or computer scientists participating at the 2nd Heidelberg Laureate Forum, September 21-26, 2014. 24 Laureates (Abel Prize, Fields Medal, Nevanlinna Prize, Turing Award) will attend the forum together with them. For a full week Heidelberg in Germany will be the hot spot of mathematics and computer science.   Name? Amal Fahad Nationality? Iraq Where are you based? USA What is your current position? PhD Candidate. What […]
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7:04 AM | Theory Of Externalities, And Why We’ve Come To Hate Tech Companies
Google buses yuppifying San Francisco. Facebook creepily profiling us. iCloud giving up our pubes to hacker paparazzi. We poured our faith and money into these companies, and now we feel like jilted lovers. Apple once made “the computer for the rest of us.” OK, we always knew Google wanted world domination, but we thought it would be benevolent. read more
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