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April 01, 2015

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6:42 PM | Glowing fun at the MOTAT Science Street Fair
Last weekend the Bioluminescent Superbugs Lab took part in this year’s Science Street Fair at MOTAT in Auckland. We had the GlowBooth up and running again (at least until the camera’s battery died!) and 262 people joined us to make some bioluminescent art. There were lots of smiley faces drawn this time! GlowBooth photos are [...]
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6:35 PM | http://walkaboutem.com/2015/04/01/176083514/
Remember that we bought a house last year? It’s a cute little thing, near downtown Santa Cruz. I am now serving on our HOA (Home Owners Association) Board. On a beautiful Saturday morning, instead of playing outside, I’m in meetings to learn about how to do this new job. This very colorful candy dish is […]
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5:30 PM | Please Take My Quiz
Read the following poem, and then answer the questions at the end. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. All work and no play makes Jack a … Continue reading →
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3:48 PM | You’re unpleasant
There are people who try to work nontenure jobs, of course, but usually they’re nuts and have very dysfunctional personalities and lives, and are unpleasant to deal with, because they feel disrespected. No idea at all why they would feel … Continue reading →
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3:24 PM | Chronic loneliness in older adults leads to more doctors’ office visits
Experiences of loneliness and social isolation can lead to increased health care use among older adults, according to new research from the University of Georgia College of Public Health. The […]
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3:24 PM | How to run a crowdsourced data repo
During the summer I began converting Ebola situation reports (sitreps) from PDF to a text format. The reports had critical information like the number of new Ebola cases, how many people were in treatment, details about contract tracing, and more. I needed the data for my research on modeling infectious disease, and since the data were completely unusable in PDF, every day I did the painful manual conversion into a standardized machine-readable format*. I figured that if I needed that […]
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2:46 PM | The Personality Trait That’s Unexpectedly Sexy To Both Men And Women
New study reveals the personality trait that is attractive to both sexes. » Continue reading: The Personality Trait That’s Unexpectedly Sexy To Both Men And Women » Read HealthiestBlog.com, the new site from PsyBlog's author Related articles:Are Sexy People Really More Selfish? New Study Reveals Men and Women Differ The Personality Trait That Doubles Alzheimer’s Risk Are Narcissists As Sexy As They Think? This Personality Trait Linked to a Healthier Heart The […]
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2:00 PM | Art of Science: Lita Albuquerque’s Magic Pixel Dust
  Lita Albuquerque’s installation Beekeeper (2006), now on view in Santa Fe, is a piece that is much more compelling than the artist’s own description of it would lead you to believe. According to Albuquerque, “Beekeeper (created in collaboration with … Continue reading →
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1:56 PM | New Method of Identifying Pathological DNA Mutations
Scientists from the A*STAR Genome Institute of Singapore have devised a new way to detect mutations that lead to disease. ...
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1:16 PM | Boomer Life, Alzheimer Society of BC – March 30 Edition
Core’s Dr. Julie Robillard gives a radio interview on online health information for Boomer Life (program by the Alzheimer Society of BC) last March 30, 2015. Listen to the interview here:Filed under: Uncategorized
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1:07 PM | Economic Inequality: It’s Far Worse Than You Think
The great divide between our beliefs, our ideals, and reality. Nicholas Fitz writes for the Scientific American on social mobility and economic inequality on recent article, Economic Inequality: It’s Far Worse Than You Think. He writes, “by overemphasizing individual mobility, we ignore … Continue reading →
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12:57 PM | To adopt or not to adopt a textbook
Today is the deadline for letting my campus bookstore know which textbooks I want to adopt for my courses next semester. Do I select book from the popular press instead of using a traditional college textbook? Or do I want/need both? Or neither?
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11:18 AM | Design of experiment – why?
This is a skill we need to learn a lot more systematically than we currently do! I have recently started working on a small teaching unit on the design of experiments. And I realized that the training that I received on … Continue reading →
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11:00 AM | My new job: Owner and publisher of the International Journal of Usability, Systems and Technology
I really appreciate how all my Internet friends have followed me from major career announcement to major career announcement over the last few years. From my job at Elsevier all the way to last year’s temporary detour as Chief Advisor on Science Libraries for the Government of Canada! The last few years sure have been…
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11:00 AM | NSF Graduate Fellowships are a part of the problem
I started this morning with tremendous news: a student of mine, who left my lab for a PhD program last year, let me know that his NSF Graduate Research Fellowship was funded! I had two other former students who put in applications. I downloaded the big list from NSF, and — alas — they did not…
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8:53 AM | In search of glowing limpets!
In which we go in search of glowing limpets!
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7:53 AM | Biolumination II: Meet the artists! Katherine Yang
Meet Katherine Yang, one of the artists who took part in Biolumination II.

March 31, 2015

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3:53 PM | Martian Chronicles is Back!
Good news everyone: this blog is coming out of retirement! For a while now, I and two other USGS scientists on the Curiosity team, Ken Herkenhoff and Lauren Edgar, have been posting brief updates on what the Curiosity rover is up to, over at the USGS Astrogeology website. Now, through the wonders of the internet (and some behind the scenes work by the USGS and AGU webmasters) those updates will …
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2:22 PM | Is That Science/Health Story Full of Nonsense? Some Things to Consider
Someone recently asked me how I evaluate whether science- or health-related news stories are inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise full of nonsense. I hadn’t really organized my thoughts on this before. But I had read some pretty good tips from other science writers – including one by Michelle Nijhuis at Slate and one by Emily Willingham at Forbes.com. And I’ve also been reading the news with a more critical eye recently, since I started reviewing health stories for Health News […]
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2:22 PM | Is That Science/Health Story Full of Nonsense? Some Things to Consider
Someone recently asked me how I evaluate whether science- or health-related news stories are inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise full of nonsense. I hadn’t really organized my thoughts on this before. But I had read some pretty good tips from other science writers – including one by Michelle Nijhuis at Slate and one by Emily Willingham at Forbes.com. And I’ve also been reading the news with a more critical eye recently, since I started reviewing health stories for Health News […]
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2:08 PM | Mutant Screen Report: touchy worms
Do you have results from a mutant screen to publish? G3’s Mutant Screen Reports allow you to publish succinct descriptions of useful genetic screens in a convenient format. The Reports fulfill one of G3’s goals: to make data from screens … Read MoreThe post Mutant Screen Report: touchy worms appeared first on Genes to Genomes.
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2:00 PM | My Spring Reading List II
Now that spring is here its time to share my spring reading list. Since spring is a time to refresh …Continue reading →
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1:54 PM | Two Servings of Specific Vegetables Can Reduce Brain Age By 11 Years
Just two daily servings containing vital nutrients is enough to reduce brain age by 11 years. » Continue reading: Two Servings of Specific Vegetables Can Reduce Brain Age By 11 Years » Read HealthiestBlog.com, the new site from PsyBlog's author Related articles:The Vitamin Which May Reduce Risk of Alzheimer’s and Dementia New MIND Diet Lowers Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease Over 50% Irregular Bedtimes Reduce Children’s Cognitive Performance 5 Habits Proven to […]
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12:38 PM | Bringing student-driven genetics education to the university campus
By: Franjo Ivankovic Biology and Anthropology, University of Florida According to the survey conducted by the Oklahoma State University this January, as many as 80.44% of respondents want mandatory labels...
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7:36 AM | Dr. Bateman answers IOM questions from the community: Part 1
Clark Ellis brings us Part 1 of an interview with Dr. Lucinda Bateman, where she answered questions posed by the patient community … The Institute of Medicine recently published its report into myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS). One of the committee members, Dr. Lucinda Bateman, graciously agreed to answer questions submitted by members of the patient community. Questions were submitted on the Phoenix Rising forum and they can all be […]
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6:30 AM | Small science, big picture
By Eleanor Something I find bizarre and amazing about science is the juxtaposition of scales. You can have a big problem, like “how did our planet form?” and attack it by understanding very small things, like how atoms arrange themselves … Continue reading →
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5:48 AM | Some perspective on “predatory” open access journals
Predatory open access journals seem to be a hot topic these days. In fact, there seems to be kind of a moral panic surrounding them. I would like to counter the admittedly shocking and scary stories around that moral panic by pointing out that perhaps we shouldn’t be worrying so much about a fairly small…
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2:15 AM | How (not) to review papers on inclusive fitness
There are few evolutionary concepts as polarizing as Hamilton’s rule. Some researchers feel that there is no mathematical grounding for it, while others beg to differ. Yet empirical evidence in support of Hamilton’s rule is scarce (but check out this … Continue reading →
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12:30 AM | Intelligent Neuroprostheses Mimic Natural Motor Control
CNS 2015 Press Release March 30, 2015 – San Francisco – Neuroscientists are taking inspiration from natural motor control to design new prosthetic devices that can better replace limb function. In new work, researchers have tested a range of brain-controlled devices – from wheelchairs to robots to advanced limbs – that work with their users […]
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12:27 AM | Florida researchers find one in five college students may have misophonia – a hypersensitivity to sounds like lip smacking and pen clicking
Almost one in five college students are so sensitive to common, annoying sounds like lip smacking and pen clicking that they may have misophonia—a little-understood condition where people overreact to irritating noises. The results come from a University of South … Continue reading →

Wu MS, Lewin AB, Murphy TK & Storch EA (2014). Misophonia: incidence, phenomenology, and clinical correlates in an undergraduate student sample., Journal of clinical psychology, 70 (10) 994-1007. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24752915

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