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October 23, 2014

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12:55 AM | Forecasters and Science Writers Knock Weather.Com For Hype
A low-end nor’easter is bringing wind and rain to much of the Northeast U.S. this evening, and Gale Warnings have been posted in the Atlantic as well. As nor’easters go, this is not really a big one, and we will see far worse over the coming months, with some of them bringing snow instead of rain.This is what I told my viewers here in Maryland/ Delaware, and so did many …

October 22, 2014

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8:13 PM | When Political Sensitivities and Science Collide with Religion
A decade ago, controversy erupted after it was revealed that a creationist book was being sold in six bookstores at the Grand Canyon National Park. It was a biblical explanation of the Grand Canyon. As Cornelia Dean reported in the New York Times, the book says God created the heavens and the earth in six […]The post When Political Sensitivities and Science Collide with Religion appeared first on Collide-a-Scape.
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4:41 PM | Nuclear heartburn: even IEA says solar could become world’s dominant energy source
Originally posted on GreenWorld:IEA projections for solar PV by region. Sending chills down the spine of nuclear and coal utility executives across the world, the International Energy Agency (IEA) yesterday released two reports that assert solar power could become the dominant source of global electricity production by mid-century. This is the same IEA that…
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4:31 PM | France and nuclear power: the end of the affair is coming?
Originally posted on nuclear-news:Is France’s Love Affair with Nuclear Over? Oil Price, By Chris Dalby | Sun, 19 October 2014  French President Francois Hollande has promised to limit the growth of the country’s nuclear power, many older reactors have been targeted for decommissioning, and Greenpeace and other environmental groups have been relentless in their anti-nuclear campaigning. But…
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4:27 PM | Aging reactors: a failure to plan that will haunt nuclear utilities
Originally posted on GreenWorld:Exelon’s aging GE Mark I reactors at Peach Bottom. Photo by cryptome.org One reason that giant nuclear utilities like Exelon, Entergy, Duke and others are so aggressively taking extraordinary steps to force ratepayers to keep their obsolete, aging reactors operating at any cost is that these utilities have failed to adequately…
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4:21 PM | Vermont Yankees Says Shutdown to Cost $1.24 Billion
By Michelle Mei 19 October 2014 by Pat Bradley at WAMC Northeast Public Radio Listen to the broadcast here: http://wamc.org/post/vermont-yankee-says-shutdown-cost-124-billion The Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant has released a new estimate of what it will cost to decommission the reactor, manage high-level radioactive waste and restore the plant site. The estimate of about $1. http://afscwm.org/2014/10/21/vermont-yankees-says-shutdown-cost-1-24-billion/ This […]
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2:47 PM | Pentagonal knitting of abstractions
Here is a pentagonal knitting pattern done in chemlambda, as appears after 20 steps: The knitting is made of abstraction (lambda) nodes, in the middle, bordered by fanin nodes. The knitting molecule appears after 3 steps, it can be then seen at the top of the figure. The white small molecules are loops. This pattern […]
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2:25 PM | New Phylogeny for Amazonian Dactyloa Anoles: Multiple Evolution of Horns, Dewlap Color Evolution, New Divergence Time Estimates
In a fascinating new paper, Ivan Prates and colleagues report on a phylogenetic analysis of Amazonian Dactyloa clade anoles with implications for a number of important topics in anole evolution. The authors generated new mitochondrial and nuclear gene data for many Amazonian Dactyloa and combined those data with existing data from previous studies. Of particular note […]
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2:05 PM | The Familiar Food Which May Help Fight Alzheimer’s Disease
Alzheimer's study finds that one ounce (30g) of this per day was enough to decrease anxiety and boost memory and learning. Dr Jeremy Dean is a psychologist and author of PsyBlog. His latest book is "Making Habits, Breaking Habits: How to Make Changes That Stick" Related articles:10 Ways to Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease Longevity Gene May Enhance Cognition Copper Pinpointed as Main Environmental Cause of Alzheimer’s Disease The Personality Trait That Doubles Alzheimer’s […]
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2:00 PM | Why women leave academia?
UK Resource Centre for Women in SET recently posted a study that found that only 12% of female late stage PhD students intend to pursue a career in academia. The Guardian does an excellent job summarizing the findings, as well as explaining why this is a terrible thing.  
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1:40 PM | Wordless Wednesday – Fall’s Leaves
National Blog Posting Month – September 2014 – Crunch Prompt – A Wordless Wednesday: take and post a picture of the fallen leaves outside. ——
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1:10 PM | How Teachers Can Motivate Students of Any Age
How can teachers promote the intrinsic benefits of learning in school systems that depend on grades as a way to measure progress? [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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12:00 PM | Conference report: SACNAS
Here is a detailed report on my brief experience with the SACNAS meeting, aggregated as an unordered set of observations and thoughts. Just a short while ago, I was wondering whether my students are better served attending a disciplinary meeting, or a minority-focused conference. I was given the opportunity by SACNAS to see for myself.…
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7:53 AM | Measuring the “Psychic” Change
Originally posted on The Alcoholics Guide to Alcoholism:Prolonged Abstinence and Changes in Alcoholic Personality? When I came into AA I remember hearing the words “the need for a psychic change” which was the product of a spiritual awakening (as the result of doing the 12 steps). The big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous clearly states…
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12:16 AM | Sins of Our Fathers, a New Novel by Shawn Otto
Sins of Our Fathers, by Shaw Otto, is coming out shortly but can be preordered. JW, protagonist, is a flawed hero. He is not exactly an anti-hero because he is not a bad guy, though one does become annoyed at where he places his values. As his character unfolds in the first several chapters of…

October 21, 2014

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10:13 PM | Simulating a bet on a whole series from bets on individual games
From Mind Your Decisions, a puzzle about gambling: Your friend wants to make an even-payoff bet on the outcome of the entire World Series. That is, he wants to make a $100 bet so that if his team is the champion he will win $100, and if his team loses he will lose all of […]
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9:33 PM | Canine Aggression Case Study – Fall 2014
Recently a blog reader wrote in after one of her dogs snapped at her. The incident generated a lively conversation in the comment section, and I thought it was worth writing a post about it. So many of us have been in a similar situation that I thought it would be a valuable discussion for […]
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7:03 PM | TCIN 2014 Symposium Schedule: Tuesday November 4, 2014
TCIN 2014 Symposium Schedule Date: Tuesday November 4, 2014 Venue: Lecture Theatre LB 11, Lloyd Building, Trinity College Coffee: 0930-1000. Symposium start: 1000 Our Plenary speakers in 2014: Prof. Kate Jeffrey, UCL: lab Prof. Bruno Poucet: lab Prof Lissette Mendez de la … Continue reading →
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6:46 PM | A small piece of interplanetary fiction
that I wrote is here.
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3:20 PM | What Americans fear most
Chapman University has initiated the first comprehensive nationwide study on […]
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3:17 PM | Network Theory Seminar (Part 3)
  This time we use the principle of minimum power to determine what a circuit made of resistors actually does. Its ‘behavior’ is described by a functor sending circuits to linear relations between the potentials and currents at the input and output terminals. We call this the ‘black box’ functor, since it takes a circuit: […]
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3:02 PM | It’s Time to Try Nutty, Sour Trahana
No matter which type of trahana you use, I think you will want it in your pantry once you have tried it.
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2:52 PM | How to Learn Better: Evidence for Well-Known But Little-Used Technique
The powerful effect of the right kind of learning technique. Dr Jeremy Dean is a psychologist and author of PsyBlog. His latest book is "Making Habits, Breaking Habits: How to Make Changes That Stick" Related articles:You Can Learn a New Language While You Sleep, Study Finds How to Learn Anything Better By Tweaking Your Mindset The One (Really Easy) Persuasion Technique Everyone Should Know How The Brain Works During The Two Main Types of Meditation Humming in Sync: How Our Brains […]
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2:40 PM | Taxonomy vs research theme based conferences: which do you attend?
These two weeks are allowing me to contrast two very different kinds of meetings. As a member of the Linnean Centre of Plant Biology in Uppsala, I attended our yearly meeting last week*. The centre aims to bring together the plant biologists working in Uppsala and I was lucky that it started up in the…
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2:23 PM | IUCN Red List Marine Species Evaluations This Week
Most of us agree that humans shouldn't drive other species to extinction. Millenials (like me) grew up watching Captain Planet and FernGully, worrying about endangered pandas, sea turtles, and whales. We know that problems like pollution and poaching put species on the endangered list, and that zoos, aquariums, and universities work mightily to study and save animals on the brink. But who defines the brink? Who writes the list of endangered species? Meet the IUCN. The International Union for […]
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2:00 PM | Pristine Beauty
…the artworks have a pristine beauty, but warn of a polluted future. -Mark Jenkins writing about Voyage of Discovery in the Washington PostFiled under: Uncategorized
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1:59 PM | introducing Badger Bracketology, a tool for forecasting the NCAA football playoff
Today I am introducing Badger Bracketology: http://bracketology.engr.wisc.edu/ I have long been interested in football analytics, and I enjoy crunching numbers while watching the games. This year is the first season for the NCAA football playoff, where four teams will play to determine the National Champion. It’s a small bracket, but it’s a start in the right direction. […]
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1:59 PM | Brain Scans Reveal Why Up To One in Six People Get SAD in Winter
New research reveals why so many people are affected by the 'winter blues'. Dr Jeremy Dean is a psychologist and author of PsyBlog. His latest book is "Making Habits, Breaking Habits: How to Make Changes That Stick" Related articles:High Blood Sugar Levels Linked to Brain Decay Does The Weather Affect Your Mood? Autism: Vital Link Found Between Vitamin D and Serotonin Production Debunked: ‘Right-Brain’ and ‘Left-Brain’ Personalities How New Ideas Change Your […]
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1:49 PM | How smart are parrots?
Parrots are smarter than Nebo the dog “Nebo.” The dog’s name came from the direction of the enclosed front porch of the tin-roofed concrete block home of my friend Bwana Ndege, in Isiro, Zaire. “Nebo.” It sounded like an older woman, a somewhat crackly voice, insistent. “Nebo. Kuya. Nebo.” The old woman was calling the…
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1:45 PM | The Future of Cemeteries
If there is anything that we’ve learned from the past, its that there are a myriad of options for dealing with the deceased. The way the deceased are buried or […]
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