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July 25, 2014

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7:38 PM | Science Blogging as… (fill in the blank)
In science writing, there’s always something new to learn, some new adventure to try. Keep a beginner’s mind, look for new adventures, and have fun. — Dan Ferber (danferber.com, @DanFerber) Today, I decided to collect science writers’ thoughts on blogging from Ed Yong’s 2010 round-up of stories on the Origins of Science Writers. I thought it would be interesting to see how the 100+ science writers who commented on Ed’s post – many now professional […]
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7:17 PM | Lottery winner gives credit to amusement park psychic
Media treats this windfall story with utmost credulity, noting that the winner was once told by a psychic reader that she would win the lottery. Oh really…? Ex-NYPD cop is first New Yorker to win $1,000 per day for life – NY Daily News. A retired NYPD cop considers her new lottery jackpot divine —… Source: Doubtful News
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6:51 PM | US Nuclear Energy Is Safe - Will The Nuclear Regulatory Commission Listen?
A new National Academy of Sciences (NAS) assessment examining the causes of the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident affirms the culture of safety adhered to by the U.S. nuclear industry.Core findings from the NAS study, “Lessons Learned from the Fukushima Nuclear Accident for Improving the Safety of U.S. Nuclear Plants,” validate the actions that the nuclear industry has initiated in recent years to be ready to manage plants if extreme natural events occur that may exceed a […]
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6:35 PM | Summer Treats: Jean Talon Market
My schedule slows down in the summer and I try to add some healthy habits. Sometimes they stick and sometimes… life happens. This summer’s focus is adding more fruits and vegetables. I love the Jean-Talon market in Montreal and thought I’d share some of its yummy goodness. I just have to point out the Fractal Cauliflower. It is called Romanesco […]
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6:17 PM | A #lionfish gif tale
__________ Gif sources:  X-files   Chris Pine & Zachary Quinto  Honey Boo-Boo Karen Walker   these gifs were tweeted by me last night
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6:14 PM | Climate Change May Slow Down The Agriculture Boom
It's no secret that the last few decades have seen a whirlwind of improvements in agricultural science. Where the world once feared the future of Paul Ehrlich and John Holdren, with mass starvations and forced sterilization, we now have so much food the US government wants to mandate food stamps for farmer's markets, so poor people will have to consume fewer calories. The food curve shows no signs of going anywhere but up, yet a new paper says climate change may impact the one the thing that […]
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6:09 PM | Moon Atlas
  I remember my father pointing skyward and saying, "There goes Sputnik." Following his gaze, I saw a small dot, winking and blinking as it crossed the darkened skies. Could I really have seen Sputnik that long-ago evening in Framingham, Massachusetts? When I viewed Jason Davis’ new documentary Desert Moon in July of 2014, I was reminded of that long-ago vigil and how Sputnik sparked a space race between the US and the then Soviet Union. Desert Moon is a film about... Read […]
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6:00 PM | Meet the Science in Action Finalists, Part 2: Building a barrier against desertification, developing an app for farmers, and an app-driven map-based approach to emergency management systems
On August 6, the winner of the third annual $50,000 Scientific American Science in Action Award, powered by the Google Science Fair, will be announced. In this blog series we ask the students behind... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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6:00 PM | Dune Discussion Question: Week #1
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5:58 PM | The face of god in the sky?
The perceived image of bearded man appeared through the clouds over Snettisham, Norfolk. The photo was taken by Jeremy Fletcher who says it could be the face of “God” though we do not know what that actually looks like. We can say it looks like several people here and passed. ‘God’ seen in photograph of clouds… Source: Doubtful News
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5:00 PM | Genetic Modification May Lead To Mildew Resistant Barley
In Australia, annual barley production is second only to wheat, with 7-8 million tons grown per year. Powdery mildew is one of the most important diseases of barley and a new project has opened the way for the development of new lines of barley with resistance to powdery mildew. University of Adelaide Senior Research Scientist Dr. Alan Little and colleagues have discovered the composition of special growths on the cell walls of barley plants that block the penetration of the fungus into the […]
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4:51 PM | Member of Parliament Tredinnick is saying silly stuff again
Oh. My. Goodness. Can I tell you that I am elated to see that not just the U.S. has politicians that totally misunderstand how the world works? BBC News – Astrology-loving MP seeks health answers in the stars. David Tredinnick said he had spent 20 years studying astrology and healthcare and was convinced it could… Source: Doubtful News
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4:50 PM | How did life begin? I’ve been thinking a lot...
How did life begin? I’ve been thinking a lot about abiogenesis this week, the process of life arising from non-life, that oh-so-important series of events that occurred here on Earth about 3.5 billion years ago. (If you’re wondering “Does this mean he’s making a video about it?” the answer is yes!) Scientists have a fair amount of information about how that might have occurred on the level of geology (terrestrial and extraterrestrial), chemistry, and […]
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4:50 PM | Immunity, cancer, inflammation,B cells and senescence
In an important recent research the scientists mutated a strain of the single-celled parasite Toxoplasma gondii, a parasite able to activate the natural power of the immune system and to reprogramme it to kill cancer cells. The scientists created a … Continue reading →
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4:17 PM | Matmo: Taiwan's Typhoon Deluge
When Typhoon Matmo crossed over the island nation of Taiwan it left tremendous amounts of rainfall in its wake. read more
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4:03 PM | An Old Galactic Result
A cautionary tale Karl Sundman was a Finnish mathematician who solved a major open problem in 1906. His solution would have been regarded as paradigm-“shifty” had it been a century or so earlier. It employed power series to represent the solutions of equations, namely the equations of the 3-body problem famously left unsolved by Isaac […]
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4:01 PM | 100,000 Amps: New Magnets Boost Fusion Energy
Assembling yttrium-based high-temperature superconducting tapes in order to fabricate a large-scale magnet conductor has led to the National Institute for Fusion Science (NIFS) in Japan  achieving an electrical current of 100,000 amperes, by far the highest in the world.read more
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3:22 PM | Why The Most Important Educational Instruction Comes Before First Grade (Infographic)
When we talk about educational inequality in our country and the poor conditions of public schools in low income areas, we tend to focus on middle schools and high schools, and their inability to reach “troubled” youth. This is definitely an important aspect of the problem, but the issues start much, much earlier. One of the […]
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2:48 PM | Leftover Primordial Soup: The 4 Billion Year Old Chemistry Still In Our Cells Today
Parts of the primordial soup in which life arose have been maintained in our cells today, according to a new paper. The articles in the Journal of Biological Chemistry  discusses how cells in plants, yeast and very likely also in animals still perform ancient reactions thought to have been responsible for the origin of life – some four billion years ago. The primordial soup theory suggests that life began in a pond or ocean as a result of the combination of metals, gases from the […]
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2:36 PM | Pheromones And Urine: Why It Takes Two To Court
Researchers have identified the functions of two classes of pheromone receptors, and found pheromones crucial to triggering the mating process in mice.read more
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2:27 PM | Heroic Hopper: Piepklein Padda
small narrow-mouth’d frog may you too find refuge in Quilombos forest H/T to A tiny new species of frog from Brazil with a heroic name, EurekAlert   Related articles A tiny new species of frog from Brazil with a heroic … Continue reading →
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2:10 PM | generalelectric: Pictured above is the world’s largest indoor...
generalelectric: Pictured above is the world’s largest indoor farm illuminated by LEDs, which opened this month in Japan. Inside, 18 cultivation racks reach 15 levels high, and are outfitted with 17,500 GE LED light fixtures developed specifically for this facility. The indoor farm can grow lettuce two-and-a-half times faster than an outdoor farm, and is already producing 10,000 heads of it per day. Read more about this breakthrough in modern farming at GE Reports.    Can you […]
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2:01 PM | Innovation and human flourishing
Nobel economist Edmund Phelps is concerned that a loss of dynamism threatens our prosperity. One of the themes of the upcoming 5th Lindau Meeting on Economic Sciences, 19-23 August 2014, will be the importance of innovation. Writing in today’s Financial Times, Edmund Phelps (Nobel Prize 2006) worries that there has been a loss of dynamism […]
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2:01 PM | Neurosciences: Bringing the TReND to Africa
The Lindau-alumni founded NGO TReND in Africa is dedicated to improve research conditions on the continent. Whilst studying for her PhD in neurosciences at Cambridge University, Lindau alumna, Lucia Prieto-Godino (2014, physiology/medicine), met Sadiq Yusuf and was shocked to discover “that many East African neuroscientists were still using expensive rat models for their research despite […]
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2:01 PM | Hyperphosphatemia: Ferric Citrate Long-term Phase 3 Study Results Published
New York, NY - July 24, 2014 -- Keryx Biopharmaceuticals, Inc. has published results from the long-term, randomized, active control Phase 3 study of Zerenex (ferric citrate), their investigational oral ferric iron-based phosphate binder for the treatment of hyperphosphatemia in patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD) on dialysis. The PERFECTED study (PhosphatE binding and iRon delivery with FErric CiTrate in EsrD) was published online today in the Journal of the American Society of […]
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2:00 PM | Pursuing the perfect pitch: a round-up of our best advice
The pitch sessions at conferences are always among the most popular. Journalists are constantly on the search for tips and ideas for making the pitch-writing process easier and the outcome more […] The post Pursuing the perfect pitch: a round-up of our best advice appeared first on The Science Writers' Handbook.
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2:00 PM | Gift of dolls caused concern in California community
Beginning in mid-June, families noticed that lovely porcelain dolls were being left at the homes of at least eight ~10 year old girls in the Talega community of San Clemente, California. They found it a bit creepy as the dolls were said to resemble the children to which they were given. Though no crime was… Source: Doubtful News
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1:59 PM | Why Do Women Prefer Bad Boys And Men Prefer Nice Women?
Why do women prefer bad boys? Why do men prefer nice women? Why do social psychologists love to conduct surveys about sweeping stereotypes and call it science? These are complex questions without simple answers. Responsiveness may be one of those initial "sparks" necessary to fuel sexual desire and land a second date - the same thing in many flavors of psychology - but it may not be a desirable trait for both men and women on a first date, according to a new paper in Personality and Social […]
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1:03 PM | Economía de panal de abejas
Framework: Collaborative Economy Honeycomb.Algo en este espíritu escribi en mi post anterior: Anti-distopía.
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12:33 PM | Maurice or The Fisher’s Cot: a long lost tale by Mary Shelley
Maurice is a short three part children’s story by a writer who remains best known for the gothic horror of Frankenstein. I came upon Maurice by accident and I can hazard a guess that I am not the only gothic fiction reader who wasn’t aware that Mary Shelley ever penned a children’s book. She wrote […]The post Maurice or The Fisher’s Cot: a long lost tale by Mary Shelley appeared first on HeadStuff.
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