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November 26, 2014

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4:23 PM | Monkeys Mar Malaysia’s March Against Malaria
Plasmodium knowlesi, a simian malariogenic parasite, has crossed the species borders and is rapidly emerging as a major public health problem in Malaysia, threatening to derail the achievements of a century-old malaria control program.
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3:13 PM | Combing Food and Formulas
A long time ago, I had this idea in mind: if I could be a better cooker I could make people around me understand more about geometry (2D, 3D shapes or higher dimensions). I believe that food has a way … Continue reading →
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2:59 PM | Is the British Government Deserting Volunteers in the Battle Against Ebola?
If this “The Telegraph” news article is to be believed, then the 1500 or so British volunteers that the NHS is despatching to Sierra Leone as a part of a massive 125 million pounds assistance program may get into some soup if they end up contracting Ebola during their stay in the country. The arrangement…

November 23, 2014

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6:52 PM | The Plague Hits Madagascar: In the shadows of the Ebola crisis
While the whole world has been in panic mode about the “Ebola Crisis” that has been evolving in western Africa in the past few months, a new problem has started to raise its head now. As we seem to have achieved some sort of control over the epidemic of panic and ebola, the media has dished…
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1:16 PM | Christmas Presents for Herrrr…
I believe that after my last post about ideas for Christmas gifts, you would expect this post immediately. With no further introduction, here are some of my favorite gift ideas for HeRRrrr: 1. Jewelry - I personally always like a good … Continue reading →

November 22, 2014

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6:05 PM | Testing behavioral assessment
My Bark article, Testing the Tests, is now available on the web for free. I did a lot of background reading for this story and I learned a lot of interesting stuff about shelter behavioral assessments: how they're designed, how to evaluate whether they work, and new work that's going into improving them. Check it out!

November 21, 2014

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2:50 PM | Incredible Floor ^_^
The internet is a great way to find incredible things if you want to look for them. Just yesterday I was looking for inspiration and ideas and I found this: A huge video game shop in Paris (Fnac at La Defense). … Continue reading →

November 19, 2014

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10:31 PM | Plans for the Afterward
I'm studying for my qualifying exams right now, and I think I'm firmly in the "What if I FAIL?" phase.  I really don't think I'll fail.  But, WHAT IF?!!  In either case, I'll know in about two weeks.  In the afterglow of my success or in the I-don't-give-a-crap phase before deciding on my new career path, I plan to have two days of full on relaxation.  Hint, if you come to this blog to hear about actual science things, then now is the time to bow out of this post. […]
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6:41 PM | World Toilet Day: Recommitting to a Clean India
My thoughts on the occasion of World Toilet Day. Let us embrace the spirit of this day and instead of photo-shoots in the name of cleaning India up, try and clean India up for real. Time to put a loo in every house in India!
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3:06 PM | Geometric Paper Animals
Some time ago I have written about how geometry has become an inspiration to art (Geometry & Art). I still believe the same thing, and I also wanted to make a small confession: I realized how interesting, beautiful and how … Continue reading →
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12:00 PM | Some handy tips towards stress-free PhD completion…
Laura and I both submitted our theses at the end of September after four years of intense work. We felt there’d be some value (nostalgic to ourselves, hopefully useful to others) in putting together some tips of our own now that we can look back on our achievements. There are loads of brilliantly-written and extremely […]

November 17, 2014

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5:54 PM | Christmas Presents
The Internet is full with Christmas present ideas and I believe that the lists that you can find on other people’s blog posts are extremely useful. I always take some time to look at some before I go shopping. Moreover, … Continue reading →

November 16, 2014

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12:56 AM | Collective noun for a group of electrophysiologists?
My husband and I have had an ongoing discussion for quite a while now about what the collective noun for a group of electrophysiologists should be. This discussion came up again a few nights ago, where he firmly believes that the collective noun should be a ‘superstition‘. I, on the other hand, think it should be a […]

November 15, 2014

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10:10 PM | Cosmic Geometry
I know that I have never talked about an editing photo app before, but this one made me a little curious. It is Pixrl. Everything because they made a set of new interesting effects that made me incredibly impressed. It’s … Continue reading →

November 13, 2014

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7:35 PM | Parametric Equations
In my last couple of months I have been fascinated by parametric curves. They are incredibly beautiful. So, I decided to show you some of my favorite ones and also a small introduction about them. Firstly, a parametric equation of a … Continue reading →
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6:00 AM | Science Snap (#34) – Kick ‘em Jenny
Kick ’em Jenny is a submarine volcano located 8km to the north of the Caribbean island of Grenada. It lies close to the small, uninhabited volcanic islands of Ronde, Diamond, Ill Caille and Les Tantes, though no physical evidence of the volcano is evident from land. At least twelve recorded eruptions have occurred since Kick […]

November 12, 2014

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11:24 PM | It’s a simple question – isn’t it?
“So, is this the sickest list you’ve ever had?” the resident asked me at 2 AM, after I finally finished checking off all my boxes for the night. I nodded. I agreed. I was also shaking. I had been... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

November 11, 2014

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11:00 PM | Making the Most of MCMC
Sometimes in grad school you need to write about topics that you yourself have little to no clue about. Part of this learning process is figuring out how to teach yourself some of these very difficult concepts. This blog post comes from a blog post I co-wrote with my cohort chum, Justin, By: Justin and MeridithMarkov Chains, and particularly Markov Chains Monte Carlo, are a difficult concept to explain. In fact, Dr. Hanks has stated that they are “Easier done than said.” At the […]
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10:04 PM | Minimal Math Concepts
I have been following this blog on Tumblr (Minimal Math Concepts) for a long time and I’ve just realized I haven’t told you about it, yet. Obviously, this is about to change exactly NOW. The blog presents extremely used and … Continue reading →

November 10, 2014

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3:38 PM | Join the Twitter Chorus
This piece has a history as long and varied as it is. It took me a long time to ...

November 09, 2014

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3:42 PM | Writing to You
At the end of August I discovered an app that changed my Sundays. This app is called Lettrs, and I have shared some of my letters with you on the post: World Post Day. Since that post I have written letters every Sunday, … Continue reading →

November 08, 2014

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11:05 PM | How antidepressants work: the good parts version
[Author’s note: Please consider my last post, How do antidepressants work (in dogs and the rest of us)?, to be the director’s cut of this topic: fairly long and juicy, with some bits in which I indulge my inner geek and perhaps go into more detail than is truly necessary. This, then, is the good parts version: the same material, but presented as an overview from a higher altitude, with fewer details and assuming less scientific knowledge. These posts are both intended as material […]

November 07, 2014

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6:43 PM | Geometry + Snow = Wonderful
Simon Beck has been decorating the Alps with this stunning mathematical art, by running in snowshoes across freshly laid snow.  Beck, 56, went to Millfield School and studied engineering at Oxford university. In 1974 he won the British Orienteering Championships. … Continue reading →

November 06, 2014

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7:10 AM | Take the Bus! Good for the Environment, Your Wallet, and Your Wanderlust
And now for something a bit different!We’ve been writing a lot in the past few weeks about life as a graduate student or some of the things we are learning while on our respective doctoral journeys.  However, if you will recall, we also love to go on journeys in general.  Meridith and I have always been avid travelers.  We have visited numerous other countries together (South Africa, Costa Rica, Panama, England, Aruba…) and separately (Kenya, Argentina, Ireland, […]

November 05, 2014

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12:16 AM | Celebrate Mathematicians part 5
As promised in my last post (link here) here are the other mathematicians we have celebrated in October. Thank you for your support during this event! It means a lot to me. 1. Pierre François Verhulst born on 28th October 1804 … Continue reading →

November 03, 2014

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6:00 AM | Facing up to the big V
The nights are drawing in, the air is getting colder and here in Bristol it seems like viva season is in full swing. Enough time has elapsed since my own viva that I thought I would share my thoughts about what to expect on the big day. Whilst everybody’s experience is different, from talking to […]

November 02, 2014

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4:24 PM | How do antidepressants work (in dogs and the rest of us)?
There are plenty of humans and dogs on antidepressants, and we believe that the mechanisms of these medications are much the same in both human and dog brains. But despite the fact that these are widely used medications, we aren’t completely clear how they work. Yes, this is going to be another post in which I ask a question and then don’t really tell you the answer. But I’ll tell you what we do know.You can buy your very own Prozac bone sticker!What is depression? There are […]
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12:57 AM | Celebrate Mathematicians Part 4
I am posting this later than normal, but as you already know there were a lot of mathematicians in the last 10 days and it was a little harder for me to keep up with everything. In my last posts … Continue reading →
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12:07 AM | October Favorites
October has finished, yesterday Halloween went quite chill for me, I did not do something specific for it (dressed a little with a friend and a good anime, and the day finished). Also yesterday was the last day for Celebrate Mathematicians … Continue reading →

October 31, 2014

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7:22 PM | A Stroll Through Lodhi Garden
Photoblogging a stroll through the picturesque Lodhi Gardens in New Delhi.
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