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October 24, 2014

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8:31 AM | Terror Hits at Marina Bay this weekend!
If you have watched “Real Steel”, you probably can remember scenes of giant robots fighting it out at live combats. From today until 26 October, you can see something along the same line too, though maybe not quite the same scale as in the movie. Robots Live! (from UK) showcases robots which weigh about 100… Continue reading »
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5:06 AM | Cerebellar Pruning
One day you’re chopping down an unwanted palm tree, the next you’re flashing your machete through a dense forest in god knows where. The life of a tree hacker boasted plenty of travel opportunity, but not a lot of stability. Camille swung her weapon through yet another thicket. “We better be getting bonuses for this […]
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2:10 AM | Biotech Reading List
Compound Properties: Starting a RenunciationDerek Lowe (In the Pipeline)The Empire of Edge: How a doctor, a trader, and the billionaire Steven A. Cohen got entangled in a vast financial scandal.Patrick Radden Keefe (The New Yorker)Cellular Immunotherapy & Unum Therapeutics: Out of Many, OneBruce Booth (LifeSci VC)Great perspective along with the news of another entrant into the CAR-T space along with Novartis, Kite, Juno, etc.Authors retract green coffee bean diet paper touted by […]

October 23, 2014

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9:30 PM | Unlocking The Other Senses of Space
These days it’s no surprise to come across a gallery of amazing astronomy images. The Hubble Space Telescope, the other NASA great observatories and space probes, the European Space Agency and European Southern Observatory, and many, many dedicated amateurs (among other sources) provide a steady flow of visual riches. Mind-boggling beauty shows up every day; […]The post Unlocking The Other Senses of Space appeared first on Out There.
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8:17 PM | That’s One Amazing Animal: The Mantis Shrimp
I remember, about a year ago, my brother came home from school telling me about this really cool animal he’d learned about in school; an incredibly strong, brightly coloured, able to see more colours than we could possibly imagine – shrimp? At first I thought, no way, this has got to be another one of […]
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5:43 PM | Arctic Sea Ice Extent
Arctic Sea Ice extent continues to be a problem. This year, according to the National Snow and Ice Data Center, ARctic Sea ice reached its lowest extent this year on September 17th, which is about the sixth lowest extent on record, following a multi-year trend of decline. There is variation from year to year. This…
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4:35 PM | Shoe Box Solar Viewer (for watching today’s partial solar eclipse)
There’s going to be a solar eclipse this afternoon, so I’m re-posting directions on how to make some simple solar viewers! NEVER look directly at the sun, since you can permanently damage your retinas (the light sensors on the back of your eyeballs.) You can safety view the sun (and therefore a solar eclipse) using […]
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2:13 PM | Season of Your Birth Affects Mood in Later Life
Summer, spring, autumn and winter babies have different personalities when they grow up. 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:Does The Weather Affect Your Mood? Brain Ultrasound: How Sound Waves Can Boost Mood Sense of Belonging Increases Meaningfulness of Life Yoga’s Powerful Influence on Mood The Lasting Impact of Early Life Stress on the Brain
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1:38 PM | Report Finds Teachers Underutilize Resources for Digital Games in the Classroom
A survey reports that most teachers are finding digital games in the classroom through informal means and could benefit from improved training and exposure to resources. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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1:27 PM | Eman’s Emails from Liberia: Through September
Emmanuel Gokpolu, who lives in Liberia, calls me Mom, although he has a wonderful real mother. In Africa, family isn’t only about DNA. Eman contacted me in 2007, after using my human genetics textbook in college. My husband Larry and I had been … Continue reading »The post Eman’s Emails from Liberia: Through September appeared first on DNA Science Blog.
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1:02 PM | PROTOLANG 4
The next event in the ways to (proto)language conference series has been announced and is being held in Rome! Call for Papers below: 24-26 SEPTEMBER 2015 Roma Tre University SUBMISSION DEADLINE: 1 FEBRUARY 2015 WEBSITE: http://protolang.org/ CONTACT:  protolanguage.2015@uniroma3.it INVITED SPEAKERS: Michael C. Corballis (University of Auckland) Dan Dediu (Max Plank Institute for Psycholinguistics) Francesco D’Errico (University […]
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12:47 PM | Anoles Moving North, Way North
A recent paper by Matt Helmus, Luke Mahler, and Jonathan Losos highlighted the ways in which globalization has influenced the distribution of Caribbean Anolis lizards. At the heart of this research was the relationship between commercial shipping traffic and lizard biogeography. Two more recent observations can now extend these findings well beyond the Caribbean, much, much farther […]
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12:42 PM | A Case for Anonymous Open Review
I recently reviewed a manuscript for the pioneering journal PeerJ. This presented me with a quandary. PeerJ’s experiment in open reviewing is nicely outlined in their recent post, and includes two steps: reviewers can sign their reports, and authors can publish the review history alongside their accepted paper. My quandary was this: I love the second idea, and think it is an important step forward in opening up the peer review process; but I don’t like to sign my reviews.... Read […]
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12:42 PM | A Case for Anonymous Open Review
I recently reviewed a manuscript for the pioneering journal PeerJ. This presented me with a quandary. PeerJ’s experiment in open reviewing is nicely outlined in their recent post, and includes two steps: reviewers can sign their reports, and authors can publish the review history alongside their accepted paper. My quandary was this: I love the second idea, and think it is an important step forward in opening up the peer review process; but I don’t like to sign my reviews.... Read […]
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12:42 PM | A Case for Anonymous Open Review
I recently reviewed a manuscript for the pioneering journal PeerJ. This presented me with a quandary. PeerJ’s experiment in open reviewing is nicely outlined in their recent post, and includes two steps: reviewers can sign their reports, and authors can publish the review history alongside their accepted paper. My quandary was this: I love the second idea, and think it is an important step forward in opening up the peer review process; but I don’t like to sign my reviews.... Read […]
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12:26 PM | Poison Butterfly – The discovery of how a bacterial gene incorporated into the butterfly genome provides resistance to deadly cyanide poisoning
Image: Tiger swallowtail butterfly on wild lupin. Image uploaded to wiki media by Dr Gordon E. Robertson. With its tall spike covered in brightly coloured flowers, the garden lupin (Lupinus polyphyllus) is a perennial favourite in English gardens. However, although this plant is magnificent to look at, ingestion of even a small amount can be dangerous … Continue reading →
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12:00 PM | We’re Not Going To Take It ( #NAWD )
“Adjunct” is the word for non-tenure track faculty positions at universities. They are generally low-paying (without benefits), utterly lacking in job security and can even lead to questionable hires (further reviewed here). The reliance on and mistreatment of cheap PhDs to teach undergraduate courses may have finally reached some sort of tipping point – February […]
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10:53 AM | Understanding culture to improve disaster risk reduction
Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience Blog - Making a difference to how we live with hazard and risk. Anyone who does work in Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), humanitarian aid, emergency management, resilience planning or related fields likely knows that how people respond to and perceive disaster is largely influenced by culture. This includes the role of religion (see [...] The post Understanding culture to improve disaster risk reduction appeared first on Institute of Hazard, Risk and […]
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7:42 AM | Riverbank collapse: a fascinating new video
A nice new video has appeared on Youtube showing a progressive riverbank collapse event, although the location is not certain
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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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8:06 PM | Ideas don’t just grow on trees
They come from underfoot, like weeds.
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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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