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April 16, 2015

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4:30 PM | A one-act play about a study in hiring practices in STEM
Scene: A table at Starbucks Cast: Man #1, a wealthy benefactor Man #2, an enlightened guy Man #1: Let me ask you a hypothetical question: given the choice, would you rather have world peace or a billion dollars? Man #2: Oh, … Continue reading →

April 04, 2015

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4:55 PM | Science by authority is a poor model for communication
The Guardian recently ran a lengthy essay by Nobel laureate Steven Weinberg on the “best science books for non-scientists”. He begins with Aristotle, and proceeds to give a brief overview of popularizations of science. Weinberg might seem like a good candidate for this kind of thing; after all, he has written a number of popular […]

April 03, 2015

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2:59 AM | Mythbusters Science Fair Book
By Samantha Margles Synopsis: Fun experiments for kids from the experts in mythbusting! Kid-friendly and age appropriate, this book is packed with fun experiments to do for school and at home based on the popular Mythbusters […]

April 01, 2015

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2:16 PM | Want to live chemical free? Try Doctor Bacfarc’s Dark Matter Diet™!
ELEEMOSYNARY, WEST VIRGINIA — In the modern era, it seems chemicals are ubiquitous: in our air, water, even in the food we eat. That problem has many consumers worried, prompting people to take an active part in looking at what they are exposed to on a daily basis. “We’ve actually reached the point where humans […]

March 30, 2015

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5:00 PM | National Center for Victims of Crime
The National Center values education and training as a mechanism to improve the way crime victims are treated and understood. Tremendous progress has been made at the federal and state levels in securing rights, resources, and protections for victims of crime.
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4:00 PM | OpenHelix Unveils New Online Training Site, Subscriber Services
OpenHelix, a division of Bio-IT World, the provider of online and onsite training on some of the most popular and powerful open-access bioinformatics resources, announced the release of a new and enhanced website, as well as expanded subscriber services for both academic and commercial research institutions. OpenHelix.com currently offers over 100 tutorial suites on popular […]
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11:48 AM | Peer-Review Scandal
Biomed Central, a UK company that publishes 277 peer-reviewed journals, announced that it is retracting 43 articles because of “fabricated” peer-review. Peer-review is a process that may scientific journals use to vet submitted articles. Typically an editor will review the article but also send it out to two or three experts in the subject matter [...]

March 26, 2015

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3:10 AM | Lydia Hales Reviews 100 Essential Things You Didn’t Know You Didn’t Know About Maths and the Arts
Review by Lydia Hales 100 Essential Things You Didn’t Know You Didn’t Know About Maths and the Arts By John D Barrow Before opening 100 Essential Things You Didn’t Know You Didn’t Know About Maths […]
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3:00 AM | 100 Essential Things You Didn’t Know You Didn’t Know About Maths and the Arts
By John D Barrow Synopsis: What can maths tell us about art and design? Professor John D. Barrow has all the answers. In 100 Essential Things You Didn’t Know You Didn’t Know About Maths and the Arts, […]

March 25, 2015

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10:04 PM | Was early crocodile a top predator among dinosaurs?
It’s widely-accepted that dinosaur ruled the Earth (unless you believe that the Earth is only 6,000 years old and magically sprang into existence). For around 200 million, roarin’, stompin’, Jeff Goldblum-chasin’ years they were the unquestionable tyrants of the land. Or were they? Scientists from the US claim to have found an early ancestor of…

Zanno LE, Drymala S, Nesbitt SJ & Schneider VP (2015). Early crocodylomorph increases top tier predator diversity during rise of dinosaurs., Scientific reports, 5 9276. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25787306

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5:58 PM | What Doesn’t Kill You . . .
In the words of Bernard Black, this is fantastic. There’s a great article on Vox.com talking about science reporting and why most news reports claiming there’s a new cure for X, or that Z causes cancer, are wrong. And I … Continue reading →

March 20, 2015

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3:00 AM | Why Is Snot Green?: And Other Extremely Important Questions (and Answers)
By Glenn Murphy Synopsis: Why is snot is green? Do rabbits fart? What is space made of? Where does all the water go at low tide? Can animals talk? What are scabs for? Will computers ever […]
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