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July 31, 2014

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10:10 PM | Connecting the Town and Gown: Cooperative Extension
Over the last few months, I’ve seen a few efforts proposed to better connect universities to local community research needs. While whole practices and skill sets around participatory action research, community-based research, etc., exist, these don’t quite meet the need these recent proposals attempt to address. These proposals are not talking one faculty research program implementing […]
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8:36 PM | “Firenados”: What Causes A Fire Tornado? (Photo Gallery)
Seven News in Australia recently released video of a fire tornado captured by Chris Tangey of Alice Springs Film and Television. A still from that video went viral and had everyone asking: What is a fire tornado? And what can cause one? The recently surfaced “Firenado” picture was captured by Chris when he noticed a […]
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6:28 PM | My Favorites
ars, it’s time for me to leave NASA and do something radically different. Here are my best visualizations.
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5:06 PM | The Psychology of Conflict in Gaza Raj Persaud and Peter Bruggen
The Psychology of Conflict in Gaza   Raj Persaud and Peter Bruggen   A unique study from the University of Haifa and Tel Aviv University in Israel, and Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, USA, has uncovered how psychological resilience is possible in the face of overwhelming adversity produced by war.   The research, examining two […]
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3:16 PM | Marine Metre Squared: Ngā Tini o te Waitai (The Multitudes of the Sea)
What lives along New Zealand’s shoreline? Find out, one square metre at a time, with Marine Metre Squared. Every now and again I come across a citizen science project that inspires me. Don’t get me wrong—most of the people I …The post Marine Metre Squared: Ngā Tini o te Waitai (The Multitudes of the Sea) appeared first on CitizenSci.
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3:15 PM | Ed Yong vs. a PIO, the sequel
Long-time Embargo Watch readers — and you reprobates know who you are — may recall a February 2011 post involving science writer Ed Yong and a public information officer (PIO) at the University of Manchester. That episode kicked off with “I think you have all you need for a blog,” and went on from there. […]
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3:13 PM | I usually stick with zombies….
But this time, I decided to go with ‘bugs’ as well. This is the second worksheet I’ve given my son to kickstart his thinking about algebra for the coming school year. Read each of the two problems carefully and follow the directions to convert the word problems into algebraic expressions. Jill has locked more zombies […]
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3:11 PM | Meet our guest bloggers – Rowena Fletcher-Wood
I am a keen science communicator, a doctoral researcher in materials chemistry at the University of Birmingham and a climbing instructor. Most of all, I like telling stories. When I climb, I learn to fall. When I do chemistry, I learn to look for the unexpected. I have to agree with Einstein: researchers don’t know [...]
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2:50 PM | The Pope Just Released A List of 10 Tips for Becoming a Happier Person and They Are Spot On
In a recent interview with the Argentine publication Viva, Pope Francis issued a list of 10 tips to be a happier person, based on his own life experiences. The Pope encouraged people to be more positive and generous, to turn off the TV and find healthier forms of leisure, and even to stop trying to convert people […]
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1:25 PM | What is Love: Are You Made For Each Other or Are You on a Journey?
What your view of love does to your relationship.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:Falling in Love Takes One-Fifth of a Second How Just One Night’s Poor Sleep Can Hurt a Relationship Brain Map of Love and Desire Still Thinking About Your Ex? Why It’s Bad News for Your Current Partner 10 Psychology Studies Every Lover Should Know
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12:38 PM | Gene Test Predicts Blindness After LASIK
Millions of people have put aside their eyeglasses or contact lenses thanks to a procedure called LASIK. But for carriers of a rare condition called granular corneal dystrophy (GCD), LASIK can damage the cornea, even causing blindness. The Avellino DNA Dual Test for LASIK Safety, from Avellino Laboratory, can identify individuals genetically predisposed to this complication, offering a great example of an “actionable” genetic test.… Read the restThe post Gene Test […]
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12:29 PM | Seabird research loses a pioneer
On July 19th, David S. Lee died of a fast moving form of ALS. I met Dave a few times, only briefly, but he was a major force in the field, and his loss is an acute one with impacts far beyond his home turf down south. John Gerwin, Research Curator for Ornithology at the […]
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12:00 PM | Conferences need students: make them affordable
People go to conferences for a variety of reasons. Conferences are used to align future research priorities, and students and postdocs can “network.” Meetings also provide an opportunity to travel to cool places and take a vacation. When conferences are in fancy places, they might attract more people, but only those who can afford to go. We…
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10:14 AM | Cats Eyes Cunningham’s Carrots
A few minutes after midnight on the 19th of November 1940, John Cunningham in his RAF Beaufighter, shot down a Junkers 88 over East Wittering in Sussex. The incident was not only to make the young Flight Lieutenant famous as Cats Eyes Cunningham, it was also to result in those immortal words uttered by so […]
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8:48 AM | Continuing the push beyond static documents. ISMB, and more on our “What Bioinformaticians need to know about digital publishing beyond the PDF2” workshop
Boston 2014: More than a (Bioinformatics) FeelingFollowing from our previous posting on BOSC, our birthday and the BMC Open Data award party in Boston, on top of having to dash between the many great talks and sessions at ISMB, we were kept even busier than usual helping to organize and present in a special Beyond-the-PDF inspired “What Bioinformaticians need to know about digital publishing beyond the PDF” workshop at the end of the conference. Coming in the year that Illumina are […]
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8:30 AM | Malin landslide in Pune, India: a mass fatality mudslide yesterday
The catastrophic Malin landslide in Pune, India yesterday probably killed over 100 people. The event appears to be a mudslide in deeply weathered soil, triggered by exceptional rainfall
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7:45 AM | How to get a spider to drink blood
Spiders may not bite, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get them to drink your blood! All you need is a sunset at the beach, hordes of mosquitoes, a spider, and some frustration to take out.
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3:59 AM | The Strange remains the same for 30 July 2014
Why are people afraid of ghosts? ‘Ooh, no, I wouldn’t want to see one! I’d be too scared’ – accompanied by a tremolo of fear in the voice – is the common reaction. This puzzles me. I’d think anyone would welcome he opportunity. I’ve never heard of a ghost hurting anybody. ~Dick Cavett Men say… Source: Doubtful News
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3:28 AM | An MSiX reading list
Yesterday was day one of the Marketing Science Ideas Xchange (MSiX). As I mentioned in a previous post, it has been an interesting opportunity to see behavioural science outside of the academic and economics environments I am used to. There were a lot of interesting presentations, and a lot of good books were mentioned along the way. […]
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2:41 AM | Insert random NAs in a vector in R
I was recently writing a function which was going to need to deal with NAs in some kind of semi-intelligent way. I wanted to test it with some fake data, meaning that I was going to need a vector with some random NAs sprinkled in. After a few disappointing google searches and a stack overflow […]
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1:17 AM | Taking The Planets Temperature Is Best Done In Ocean
Your filling the backyard pool for summer, and the kids are asking how long it will take to fill up. Now, you could just use simple math (using the gallons per minute you are adding to the pool divided by the total volume) and get an answer, but lets say you forgot to ask what it was and the internet is down, so you can’t look it up. Well, you …
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12:09 AM | This Polish Street Artist Creates Captivating Lace-Inspired “Public Jewelry” (Photo Gallery)
NeSpoon Polska isn’t just your every day spray-paint graffiti artist. The female street artist from Warsaw, Poland has her own unique brand of art that incorporates lace patterns. She uses stencils, ceramics, paints and sometimes even actual crocheted webbing to create her amazing street art masterpieces, and everything is a potential canvas. She refers to her art as “public jewelry”. Check […]

July 30, 2014

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10:56 PM | Why Are South Koreans Using Balloons to Send Chocolate-Covered Marshmallows to North Korea??
Earlier today, around 200 South Korean activists gathered in a park near the border with North Korea. The activists released 50 massive helium balloons, each toting a large bag of snacks. In total, they sent 770 pounds of snacks to the North. The bulk of this weight came from the 10,000 Choco Pies the activists sent North. […]
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10:45 PM | Keeping lithium contained: new design allows for high energy-density anode in Li-ion batteries
Lithium ion batteries – they’re everywhere, and their name has become mainstream enough that non-scientists know they’re in our laptops and electronics.  These types of batteries are so popular because lithium boasts a high energy density and they don’t lose charge … Continue reading →

Zheng, G., Lee, S., Liang, Z., Lee, H., Yan, K., Yao, H., Wang, H., Li, W., Chu, S. & Cui, Y. & (2014). Interconnected hollow carbon nanospheres for stable lithium metal anodes, Nature Nanotechnology, DOI: 10.1038/nnano.2014.152

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9:57 PM | Breaking Bio Special! Miss Possible & Role Models for Girls
We’re on hiatus for the summer, but filmed a special episode to highlight a crowd-funding project that we think deserves a voice and hopefully some funding. We talk to Janna Eaves, CTO and Co-Founder of Miss Possible, a start-up company looking to empower girls to follow their dreams by creating a line of children’s dolls showcasing(...)
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8:00 PM | Inclusive Public Policy for Neuroscience and Ethics
As part of the Brain Matters! Vancouver Thematic Sessions Video Podcast, we present: Inclusive Public Policy for Neuroscience and Ethics by Andrew Stirling, Co-Director, STEPS Centre, University of Sussex This video presentation highlights the key points to Dr. Stirling’s session … Continue reading →
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5:29 PM | Johannes Kepler’s Somnium and Katharina Kepler’s Trial for Witchcraft: The emergence of a myth.
At the beginning of the month physicist and popular science writer, Paul Halpern posted the following tweet: Kepler’s remarkable Somnium, one of the 1st sci-fi stories, later used as evidence in his mother’s witchcraft trial: ‪ Now knowing a thing … Continue reading →
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5:26 PM | Antibiotic resistance enzyme caught in the act
ICYMI, part of an increasing interest in antibiotic resistance at Emory, coming from many angles: biochemistry/microbiology/infectious diseases. The post Antibiotic resistance enzyme caught in the act appeared first on Lab Land.
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4:46 PM | Groundbreaking New Malaria Vaccine Could Receive Approval as Soon As 2015
Every minute, a child dies from malaria. According to the World Health Organization, 3.4 billion people, nearly half of the Earth’s entire population, are at risk for the disease. Though malaria rates have dropped by 42% since 2000, the disease is still expected to kill anywhere from 600,000 to 800,000 people this year, with the majority of them […]
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2:30 PM | Advocating for Open Science as an Early Career Researcher
Erin McKiernan is a researcher in experimental and computational neuroscience. You can follow her on Twitter @emckiernan13 F1000Research is the first journal that goes beyond open access, by practicing both open data sharing and open peer review. Sharing information in an open manner leads to a better scholarly environment by, among other things, promoting [...]
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