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April 17, 2014

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8:43 PM | Science snap (#23): Pacaya Volcano
Pacaya Volcano, Guatemala, is almost continuously erupting, making it one of Guatemala’s most active volcanoes and a popular tourist destination. The volcano last erupted on March 2, 2014, shown in the image here taken by the MODIS instrument on the Terra satellite. Although the volcano has been kicking off since January, in March Pacaya erupted […]

April 11, 2014

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6:31 PM | Mathematics Talks
Like many universities, the University of Central Florida (UCF) has had many guest speakers this semester. It is quite interesting to hear the thoughts of folks from other universities regarding mathematics and its role. Two of my favorite talks recently have … Continue reading →

April 10, 2014

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7:52 PM | Barbara McClintock (1902-1992) in 1944 became the third woman...
Barbara McClintock (1902-1992) in 1944 became the third woman elected to the Academy. In the 1940s and 1950s McClintock’s work on the cytogenetics of maize led her to theorize that genes are transposable — they can move around — on and between chromosomes. McClintock drew this inference by observing changing patterns of coloration in maize kernels over generations of controlled crosses. The idea that genes could move did not seem to fit with what was then known about genes, […]

April 07, 2014

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8:33 PM | When Citrus Gets Lethal
So, the other day I got a new prescription, and as I skimmed through the 300 pages of side effect warnings (okay… maybe it was only 3 pages, but the font was ridiculously tiny), I noticed a warning about consuming … Continue reading →

April 05, 2014

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7:06 PM | Science :)
Science :): sciencenote: Sciencenote is going to be everywhere „ your support is much needed Thank...
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9:39 AM | Science :)
Science :): Sciencenote is going to be everywhere „ your support is much needed Thank you...

April 04, 2014

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6:05 PM | SynBio Future - Synthetic biology for the masses!
Biohackers are a relatively new movement of enthusiastic individuals that share ...
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3:27 PM | Mathematics Awareness Month (MAM) – April 4
Are you participating in Mathematics Awareness Month (MAM) this year? Today’s topic pertains to mental math. Arthur Benjamin truly is impressive at his Ted Talk. Watch it below or visit http://on.ted.com/smcF. Dr. Benjamin’s website says Dr. Arthur Benjamin is both a … Continue reading →

April 03, 2014

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12:29 PM | A foreseeable, yet surprising earthquake?
On Wednesday morning I woke up to a flurry of activity on my twitter feed: there had been a large earthquake in northern Chile. I followed up some of the tweets and realised that there had also been some tsunami warnings as a result of the earthquake. After ascertaining that the scale of the disaster […]

April 01, 2014

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3:09 PM | Meet Your Match: USMLE Match 2014 Interview #1 – Houston, you have a Resident!
This is a series in which I post about the confessions of the USMLE matchers this year. I had encouraged people to fill in their responses to a series of questions posted here, in order that I could transcribe them into short narratives for people interested to know more about the match. If you have […]

March 31, 2014

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2:27 AM | RSA Encryption – Keeping the Internet Secure
  We use the Internet for many things, from reading news articles, to keeping in touch with friends on social media, to shopping from the comfort of our own homes. Many of these tasks involve sending sensitive personal information (such … Continue reading →

March 28, 2014

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6:00 AM | Landslide in Washinton state
This week, the world has been shocked by images of devastation after a huge landslide buried the town of Oso, north of Seattle, in Washington state, USA. At 11:00 PDT on Saturday 22nd March 2014, a 500m-wide section of mud and rock became detached from a hillside above the 180 population town, and hurtled down […]

March 26, 2014

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5:23 AM | The Zoological Times Table
Just had to share this wonderful 'times table' of animals by David Malki of Wondermark, which also reminds me of the mash-up of prehistoric animals in the Flip-O-Storic kids book by Sara Ball. My favourites are the 'Armadillo' (cat + tortoise) and the Batlephant (bat + elephant). [...]

March 25, 2014

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6:27 AM | sciencenote: Unifying Energies, Forces , Dimensions in one and...
sciencenote: Unifying Energies, Forces , Dimensions in one and only equation , since Einstein Scientists tried and still trying to translate the beautiful  universe’s Harmony in even the most beautiful language -Maths- ! In theoretical physics, M-theory is an extension of string theory in which 11 dimensions of spacetime are identified as 7 higher-dimensions plus the 4 common dimensions (11D st = 7 hd + 4D). Proponents believe that the 11-dimensional theory […]

March 24, 2014

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7:38 PM | sciencenote: Unifying Energies, Forces , Dimensions in one and...
sciencenote: Unifying Energies, Forces , Dimensions in one and only equation , since Einstein Scientists tried and still trying to translate the beautiful  universe’s Harmony in even the most beautiful language -Maths- ! In theoretical physics, M-theory is an extension of string theory in which 11 dimensions of spacetime are identified as 7 higher-dimensions plus the 4 common dimensions (11D st = 7 hd + 4D). Proponents believe that the 11-dimensional theory […]
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6:52 PM | Unifying Energies, Forces , Dimensions in one and only equation...
Unifying Energies, Forces , Dimensions in one and only equation , since Einstein Scientists tried and still trying to translate the beautiful  universe’s Harmony in even the most beautiful language -Maths- ! In theoretical physics, M-theory is an extension of string theory in which 11 dimensions of spacetime are identified as 7 higher-dimensions plus the 4 common dimensions (11D st = 7 hd + 4D). Proponents believe that the 11-dimensional theory unites all five […]

March 23, 2014

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7:06 PM | The 2014 Match Interview: Help us find out more about the secrets behind your success
Filed under: #MedEd Tagged: Match, USMLE, USMLE Match, USMLE Step 1, USMLE Step 2, USMLE Steps
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5:00 PM | The Analysis a Beginning Graduate Student Ought to Know
I take this title (with a bit of a modification) from a textbook I used during my first year of my PhD. It was a book by Jonathan Golan entitled The Linear Algebra a Beginning Graduate Student Ought to Know. Now, … Continue reading →

March 21, 2014

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7:01 PM | Bio Sciences
Bio Sciences: The joy of discovery is certainly the liveliest that the mind of man can ever feel....

March 19, 2014

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1:17 PM | Some personal perspectives on the peer-review system
This is a follow-up to a previous post from September 2013 entitled ‘Soliciting peer reviews from PhD students’. In that piece, I summarised the responses I’d received from a number of editors of peer-reviewed journals in the field of Quaternary Science having asked them their feelings on soliciting peer reviews from PhD students. Some recent […]

March 18, 2014

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3:44 PM | Photo
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