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July 24, 2014

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3:59 AM | The Strange remains the same for 23 July 2014
There were days when I thought a half-dozen leftover links was a full day… The Vaccination Chronicles | Australian Skeptics Inc. U.S. senator appears to have plagiarized his master’s thesis | Retraction Watch. George Harrison memorial tree killed by beetles | National Post. BBC News – Human skull left outside Wareham church. BBC News –… Source: Doubtful News
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2:54 AM | “Concrete Facts” and “Irrefutable Evidence” Aren’t Needed to Add Someone to the Terrorist Watch List
Recently, I reported on the rapidly growing terrorist watch list in the United States. In the past 5 years, the government has been adding names to the list at an increasingly fast pace, peaking last year with 468,749 names being added. Well, it seems part of that ridiculously high number may be explained by a new set […]
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2:12 AM | An answer to the anti-fluoride critics – in one image
Click image to enlarge.  The chemical website Compound Interest, is producing a series of infograms to communicate some chemistry.  Here is an excellent one they produced on fluoride. I think it would make a great poster. It is accompanied by … Continue reading →
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1:59 AM | Mother claims son who died in MH17 crash had a premonition
From a tragic situation, a mother sees more meaning than is really there from the words and actions of her now lost son. Young MH17 victim has eerie premonition of crash – Yahoo News. Samira Calehr wrapped her arms around her 11-year-old son, who’d been oddly agitated for days, peppering her with questions about death,… Source: Doubtful News
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1:59 AM | sci-universe: Neil’s words from the last episode of “Cosmos: A...
sci-universe: Neil’s words from the last episode of “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey” Same.
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12:50 AM | Big grids in outerplanar strict confluent graphs
I was wondering whether the outerplanar strict confluent drawings I studied in a Graph Drawing paper last year had underlying diagrams whose treewidth is bounded, similarly to the treewidth bound for the usual outerplanar graphs. The confluent graphs themselves can't have low treewidth, because they include large complete bipartite graphs, but I was hoping that a treewidth bound for the diagram could be used to prove that the graphs themselves have low clique-width. Sadly, it turns out not to […]
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12:15 AM | Afghan curse of 39 causing economic problems
There is supposedly a curse associated with the number ’39′ in Afghanistan. People are refusing license plates that has that number and it’s beginning to piss off the government. This exact issue has come up in the past as well. Afghan car buyers urged to defy the ‘curse of 39′ – Yahoo Finance UK. Afghans’… Source: Doubtful News
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12:15 AM | “The Black Man in the Cosmos”
A pioneer of “Afrofuturism,” bandleader Sun Ra emerged from a traditional swing scene in Alabama, touring the country in his teens as a member of his high school biology teacher’s big band. While attending Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University, he […]test The post “The Black Man in the Cosmos” appeared first on Australian Science.

July 23, 2014

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10:54 PM | Rachel Carson and me
Woods Hole, Massachusetts I never met her, but I think she’d be disappointed in me. I had just finished a sandwich and I was sitting on a bench near the water. I wasn’t looking at the water. I had pulled out my cell phone to check my email – email I had checked 20 minutes […]
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10:48 PM | Science-based medicine writer sued by threatened doctor
It is not rare for purveyors of woo to resort to legal threats against skeptical advocates. They don’t have the facts in their favor so they use baseless threats. Well, not so baseless. Several cases have resulted in financial worries for those who are attempting to inform the public about dubious products, people or nonsense.… Source: Doubtful News
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9:56 PM | Man captures pic of Cornwall shaped lightning in Cornwall
Really reaching here. Another case of pareidolia. This is perceived to be significant but it’s really not very. Cornwall hit by a bolt of lightning – in the shape of Cornwall | Plymouth Herald. Labourer Arron McNally, 26, captured the forking amazing image while watching storms from his daughter’s bedroom window. After catching one particularly… Source: Doubtful News
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8:52 PM | Copyright Crash-Course for Visual Artists
Understanding copyright law is essential for visual artists. At the Guild of Natural Science Illustrator’s conference last week in Boulder, CO Viva Moffat ran a workshop on contracts and... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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8:51 PM | Treasure Your Exceptions
New beginnings are exciting. We approach them with enthusiasm, but often with a little trepidation, especially if we have an audience. How does one start a new blog? What do you say in that first post? I guess you just dive in! So that’s what I’ll do. If I could choose a phrase to describe myself, I would say that I treasure my exceptions. I first saw the words “treasure your exceptions” on a whiteboard in the laboratory where I... Read more
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8:50 PM | A Good Story on Alarming Results of a Sexual Harassment Survey
After hearing horror stories from colleagues who’d experienced sexual harassment out in the field, anthropologist Kate Clancy decided to investigate the extent of the problem. With two other researchers, she surveyed 142 men and 516 women, mostly from anthropology and archaeology. She found that 71 percent of the women and 41 percent of the men had experienced sexual harassment during field studies. 26 percent of women and 6 percent of men reported inappropriate touching or other forms of […]
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8:50 PM | Slate fumes over RFK Jr.'s anti-vaccine conspiracy theories.
On Monday, I raised questions about when it's appropriate to give voice to climate and vaccine denialists. I hung the discussion on two stories: A profile of climate-denier John Christy in The New York Times, which I thought was inappropriate; and a profile of vaccine-denier Robert F. Kennedy Jr. in The Washington Post, which I thought was appropriate. I was shocked, shocked! to discover that not everyone agreed. The author of the Kennedy piece, Keith Kloor, acknowledged some of the responses […]
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8:43 PM | False Balance: When Science Bloggers Get Science Right
“Let me start with an audacious assertion:  A major problem confronting science journalists is that they have trouble communicating what’s true. Even when competing claims are wildly lopsided — think climate change, for example — science journalists feel that they cannot tell their audience that one of the claims is surviving scientific scrutiny better than others.” – Sharon Dunwoody, on SciDev.net SciDev.net recently posted an excellent piece by Sharon […]
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8:43 PM | False Balance: When Science Bloggers Get Science Right
“Let me start with an audacious assertion:  A major problem confronting science journalists is that they have trouble communicating what’s true. Even when competing claims are wildly lopsided — think climate change, for example — science journalists feel that they cannot tell their audience that one of the claims is surviving scientific scrutiny better than others.” – Sharon Dunwoody, on SciDev.net SciDev.net recently posted an excellent piece by Sharon […]
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7:55 PM | Science Communication: Making the Switch
***This is a guest post I wrote for the SciLogs blog network. You can read the full piece, complete...
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7:49 PM | 12 Pieces of Street Art That Seamlessly Mesh With the Nature Around Them (Photo Gallery)
Street art is one of the more creative art forms around today. Because of its visibility, it is often used to make political or social statements, like the street art that emerged in Brazil before and during the World Cup. But some street artists like to use their work to bring out parts of the natural […]
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7:32 PM | griseus: The spotted handfish (Brachionichthys hirsutus), an...
griseus: The spotted handfish (Brachionichthys hirsutus), an amazing creature that walks the ocean floor, is a rare Australian fish from the family Brachionichthyidae. It is classified as Critically Endangered on the IUCN Red List 2002. is the first Australian marine species to be threatened with extinction. The greatest threats to the handfish appear to be siltation and invasive species. The Derwent Estuary where the fish lives is highly urbanised and industrialised, and a range of marine […]
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7:00 PM | Everyone's Brain Generates Emotions The Same Way
A jug of wine, a loaf of bread and coding come together in the prefrontal cortex. Originally published:  Jul 23 2014 - 3:00pm By:  Joel N. Shurkin, Contributor Science category:  Biology Brain Human Body News section:  Inside Science News Service […]
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6:50 PM | I was wondering if you knew of anything about marine biology as a profession? I'm interested in it but sad to say i don't know much.
I do not, not the level of detail or experience where I’d be comfortable guiding you towards what you might end up doing (or not doing) for the rest of your life. But I know that many marine biologists read and follow this blog! If any of you feel like sending xsunken-starlightx a message, feel free, or add your advice below…
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6:44 PM | Citizen Science is a Shore Thing!
Share jellyfish sightings, track stars during evening beach strolls, count fireflies, or report dragonfly swarms while you’re at the beach this summer. Or participate in dozens of other summertime citizen science projects and advance fields of research in the process! …The post Citizen Science is a Shore Thing! appeared first on CitizenSci.
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6:37 PM | Timelapse of Tide Change at Tutka Bay, Alaska
GoPro Timelapse (July 14, 2014) of the change from ultra-low-tide to high-tide at Tutka Bay, Alaska.The post Timelapse of Tide Change at Tutka Bay, Alaska appeared first on Stay Curious.
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6:00 PM | Hybrid Nanowires And A Crystal Wedding In The Nanocosmos
Researchers have succeeded in embedding nearly perfect semiconductor crystals into a silicon nanowire. They say the new method of producing hybrid nanowires, very fast and multi-functional processing units, can be accommodated on a single chip in the future.  Nano-optoelectronics are considered the cornerstone of future chip technology, but the research faces major challenges: on the one hand, electronic components must be accommodated into smaller and smaller spaces. On the other hand, […]
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5:44 PM | Researcher as Teenager: Parsing Danah Boyd’s It’s Complicated
I have a distinct tendency to see everything through the lens of what it means for research communities. I have just finally read Danah Boyd’s It’s Complicated a book that focuses on how and why U.S. teenagers interact with and through social media. The book is well worth reading for the study itself, but I would argue it is more worth reading for the way it challenges many of the assumptions we make about how social interactions online and how they are mediated by […]
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5:30 PM | Ketamine, The Emergency Room Wonder Drug
Ketamine has been used by emergency departments for analgesia, sedation and amnesia for rapid, life-saving intubation in critically ill patients but decades-old studies suggested it raised intracranial pressure.  A systematic review of 10 recent studies comparing ketamine to sufentanil, fentanyl and other pharmacological agents (vasopressors, neuromuscular blocking agents, sedatives) found no differences in intracranial and cerebral pressures of patients who had been treated with […]
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5:00 PM | Climate Change And Soil Respiration
The planet's soil releases about 60 billion tons of carbon into the atmosphere each year, which is far more than that released by burning fossil fuels. This soil respiration and the enormous release of carbon is balanced by carbon coming into the soil system from falling leaves and other plant matter, as well as by the underground activities of plant roots.  Short-term warming studies have documented that rising temperatures increase the rate of soil respiration. As a result, scientists […]
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4:49 PM | Latest Parkinson's research in summer 2014 Progress, out now
Latest Parkinson's research in summer 2014 Progress, out now 23 July 2014 The summer 214 issue of Progress, our research magazine is out now and available to download. This post has been generated by Page2RSS
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4:04 PM | Has Voyager 1 Really Left The Solar System?
Where does the solar system end and interstellar space begin? There are no 'Now Leaving...' signs so it's somewhat subjective. If you think the argument over Pluto was confusing, you'll be intrigued that the argument over the solar system takes that to a whole new level. Two years ago, it was announced that wherever the boundary of the solar system was, Voyager 1 had passed it, traveling further from Earth than any other manmade object. But some scientists insist it is still within the […]
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