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August 27, 2014

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4:10 AM | News: Revisiting Genetic Engineering
News: Barbara Kingsolver in Small Wonders "A Fist in the Eye of God" Re-Published by the Organic Consumers Organization (2002) This is technically not "news" per se, but fits under the umbrella of popular science writing.  My feelings about genetically engineered crops will be very clear in this post, and since this topic is one of much controversy and strong feelings, I hope that my opinions do not offend!This piece of writing by Barbara Kingsolver came to my attention from my mom […]

August 26, 2014

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10:04 PM | GOES 14 Rapid Scan images of Hurricane Cristobal
This is the kind of satellite imagery we will see daily when GOES R launches in 2016, and it will be even higher resolution spatially and temporally. GOES 14 is a spare satellite that is turned on and checked out from time to time. It can take one minute rapid scan images. GOES R will be able to do this at two spots simultaneously.   Post by NOAA NWS Weather …
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9:25 PM | Regex crossword puzzle
This showed up at the lab one day. Print it out, give it a try. I have no idea who to credit. If you don’t know what this is, that’s OK. In my opinion, ignorance, in this case, is bliss, but this explains the basic idea. And, if you’re interested, here are more puzzles.
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9:21 PM | No way is that a Manta in the Kelp Forest…
Yes…yes it is.   This video was just taken off of San Clemente Island by spearfisherman Carter Jessop (used with permission). This is his account of the miraculous interaction: “The real excitement of the trip came on the second afternoon at the island. We were diving a spot with strong wind and current and I […]
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8:15 PM | #BugSnap: Submit your photos today.
Viewing bugs through a different lens. This year we are embracing social media for BugFest and want to see how you capture photos of bugs, the big and the small. We recently launched our new education Twitter account @NatSciLearn and we want to see how you capture the beauty of bugs in your local park, […]
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8:01 PM | Shameless promotion dep’t.
The blog 3 Quarks Daily is running a contest for the best science-related blog post, and Genotopia has been twice nominated! Go to their voting page and vote for either #24 (Hail Britannia!) or #25 (On city life…). Voting ends 9/1 and you can only vote for one post. The top 20 vote-getters will go on to […]
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7:55 PM | Sacramento
In the middle of August, thousands of ecologists gathered in the city of Sacramento for what was gonna be the . . .
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5:38 PM | Heating up the fishbowl: Climate change threatens endangered Devils Hole pupfish
Climate change is hurting reproduction of the critically endangered Devils Hole pupfish, threatening the survival of the already small population, new research shows.
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4:59 PM | academic blogs: a labor of love
I recently discovered an articles about academics who blog from Tim Hitchcock (a humanities professor). The title really caught my eye: “Twitter and blogs are not add-ons to academic research, but a simple reflection of the passion that underpins it.” Yes! We don’t have to create and maintain blogs, we do so because we love our disciplines […]
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4:09 PM | For These Bats, the Best Falsetto Wins Over the Ladies
A bat’s voice is its livelihood. Chirping and squeaking at just the right frequencies lets it echolocate food and stay alive. Sounding pretty isn’t the point—except when it is. For the first time, scientists think they’ve found a bat species in which females choose mates based on their voices. Even if a lower-frequency squeak might […]The post For These Bats, the Best Falsetto Wins Over the Ladies appeared first on Inkfish.

Puechmaille, S., Borissov, I., Zsebok, S., Allegrini, B., Hizem, M., Kuenzel, S., Schuchmann, M., Teeling, E. & Siemers, B. (2014). Female Mate Choice Can Drive the Evolution of High Frequency Echolocation in Bats: A Case Study with Rhinolophus mehelyi, PLoS ONE, 9 (7) DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0103452

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3:28 PM | A Closer Look at Turbulent Oceans and Greenhouse Heating
Climate science homes in on the oceans' role in driving wiggles in global warming.
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2:54 PM | Ouroboros predecessor (II): start of the healing process
Let’s continue from the place we stopped in  Ouroboros predecessor, another chemlambda reduction .  After the first reduction stage which involves 6 rewrites, we see that the signal is given for the start of the healing process.   The signal for the healing is given by the beta reduction L[59,59,23]  A[23,27,14] –beta–> Arrow[59,14] Arrow[27,59] The COMB […]
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2:16 PM | Hemp: Not Just for Rope and Granola
Hemp is back, man, and more energizing than ever. David Mitlin, then at the University of Alberta and now at Clarkson University, has developed a method for making supercapacitors out of hemp that is not only much cheaper than graphene (the cream of the crop as far as organic conductors go), but also outperformed standard devices by nearly 200%. […]
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2:03 PM | Researcher Spotlight: Dr Faith Osier
Dr Faith Hope Among’in Osier is a Clinical Research Fellow and Group leader at the KEMRI-Wellcome Research Institute in Kenya. She holds a Wellcome Trust Intermediate Fellowship in Public Health and Tropical Medicine and was recently awarded the Royal Society Pfizer Prize, one of the most prestigious prizes for African science. Here, Dr Osier shares […]
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1:44 PM | Study Answers Age-Old Question: Do People Prefer The Good News or The Bad News First?
If there's good news and bad news, which do you prefer to hear first and which should you give first? Many management handbooks and websites recommend the so-called 'bad news sandwich' strategy. News-givers should hand out some good news first, then the bad, then finish off with the good. 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:Still Thinking About Your Ex? Why […]
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12:57 PM | ‘Sleep drunkenness’ more prevalent than previously thought 
A phenomenon known as “sleep drunkenness” may be more prevalent […]
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11:20 AM | The Stubborn Hope of an Urban Teacher
Yesterday I read a book written by Carole Marshall which she called Stubborn Hope: Memoir of an Urban Teacher (thanks to Ernest Davis for sending it to me). Just to give you an idea of how quick this read is, I read it before class. I think it took about 1 hour and 10 minutes in […]
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6:23 AM | Intrigued by Earthquakes and Volcanoes? It’s Easy to Become Geologically Literate
Meteorologists in general do not know much about Geology, but broadcast mets are usually the first person newsroom producers (and the public) turn to when there is an earthquake, tsunami, meteor showers etc.  I had a couple of great courses in Geology working on my masters, and a field trip to the Washington State was a fantastic learning experience, and it left me with a lifelong fascination of rocks and …
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12:46 AM | Dog Food Logic: The Science of Canine Nutrition
A few days ago I told Jim that we needed to cut down on Tootsie’s food because she was getting pudgy. Easy and obvious, right? Dog getting fat, feed less food. Less obvious, but equally important, is that if we cut back too much on her food she might not get the level of nutrients, […]

August 25, 2014

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9:55 PM | Radiation equipment
John Tukey said that the best thing about being a statistician is that you get to play in everyone’s backyard. This morning I got to play in IsoTherapeutics‘ backyard. The most photogenic thing on the tour they gave me was their box for working with highly radioactive material with robotic arms. (There was nothing hot […]
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9:41 PM | The End of the Old Solar System, the Beginning of the New
Today marks not one but two milestones in planetary exploration. It is the 25th anniversary of Voyager 2′s flight past Neptune, the most distant planet ever seen up close. It is also the exact day that the New Horizons spacecraft is crossing Neptune’s orbit on its way to Pluto, the mysterious world that marks the […]The post The End of the Old Solar System, the Beginning of the New appeared first on Out There.
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7:48 PM | Vitamin E and prostate health. The vitam
Vitamin E and prostate health. The vitamin E status of most men is less than those volunteering for clinical studies. Do you know your vitamin E status? http://ow.ly/AHIdOFiled under: Uncategorized
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7:48 PM | Vitamin E and prostate health. The vitam
Vitamin E and prostate health. The vitamin E status of most men is less than those volunteering for clinical studies. Do you know your vitamin E status? http://ow.ly/AHIdOFiled under: Uncategorized
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7:23 PM | Inside the science of sinkholes
Sinkholes aren’t new, but they certainly make news, causing millions of dollars of damage, contaminating water supplies, and even claiming lives. This latest monster under the bed appears often without warning and with potentially catastrophic results, as evident in a sampling of actual headlines: “Ground swallows man sleeping in his bed,” …
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6:52 PM | Sample Size
In class last week, we talked about the scientific method and how one might put together an experiment to ask a simple question. Students selected one of a group of about a dozen superstitions and imagined that no one ha ever done any experimentation to determine whether these superstitions were true or not. The exercise […]
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6:05 PM | Is Dog Barking the Result of Human Artificial Selection?
The Basenji also called the Congo Terrier is native to the Central African forest. Since ages he is used by the pygmies (thought to be the oldest of all humans) to hunt lions. Therefore the basenji is one of the oldest breeds of dogs. He does not bark, but he can make all the same noises that a wolf or coyote can make. He can scream, cry, howl, whine and growl.                 The... Read more
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6:05 PM | Is Dog Barking the Result of Human Artificial Selection?
The Basenji also called the Congo Terrier is native to the Central African forest. Since ages he is used by the pygmies (thought to be the oldest of all humans) to hunt lions. Therefore the basenji is one of the oldest breeds of dogs. He does not bark, but he can make all the same noises that a wolf or coyote can make. He can scream, cry, howl, whine and growl.
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4:40 PM | Ouroboros predecessor, another chemlambda reduction
Well, let’s see if I learned a trick from the predecessor function from the post Answer to “what reduction is this?”. I make an ouroboros from something like the Pred 8:     We’re in the middle of the computation, what will give eventually, can you guess? Next time! __________________________________________________________  Filed under: Uncategorized Tagged: chemlambda, […]
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3:30 PM | Wasted breath: Cribbing earns retraction of anesthesia paper
The authors of a paper on anesthetic waste gases in the operating room have pulled the article for plagiarism. The paper, titled “Further Pieces of Evidence to the Pulmonary Origin of Sevoflurane Escaping to the Operating Room During General Anaesthesia,” appeared in Cell Biochemistry and Biophysics and came from a group at various institutions in […]
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3:09 PM | Peer-Reviewed Journals Called to Defend Themselves
Scientific publications which have undergone peer-review are supposed to be the epitomy of quality. The assumption is that scientists have critically evaluated the study. While reviewers may not agree upon the interpretation of the data, they are endorsing the methods and … Continue reading →
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