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November 19, 2014

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5:44 PM | DVDs on Sale!
If you are a regular reader you know that I avoid marketing on this blog, but readers have asked me to alert them when there is a sale–all the world not being on Facebook all the time. So here you go: All of our DVDs are on sale at 25% off today and tomorrow. The […]
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4:23 PM | Watch As A Wall of Snow Hits Buffalo, NY (Time-Lapse Videos)
Tuesday morning was the coldest November morning in the United States since 1976, with more than 85% of the surface area of the contiguous 48 states experiencing below-freezing temperatures. According to Dr. Ryan Maue at WeatherBell models… “ Compared to normal, temperatures over the past several days have dropped off a cliff—to 10°C below climate normal—more anomalous than even during the Polar Vortex of early January 2014. November is shaping up to be a […]
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3:13 PM | Fountain of youth underlies Antarctic mountains
Time ravages mountains, as it does people. Sharp features soften, and bodies grow shorter and rounder. But under the right conditions, some mountains refuse to age. In a new study, scientists explain why the ice-covered Gamburtsev Mountains in the middle of Antarctica looks as young as they do.
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2:00 PM | Academic dress code or why women seem to think about clothing more than men
Last week we saw a blatant example of not considering the implications of your wardrobe. There are a lot of good perspectives on That Shirt worn by Dr. Matt Taylor not the least Terry’s own last week; on twitter #shirtstorm or #shirtgate. Rather than discuss the incident itself, which has received plenty of play already…
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11:30 AM | What the fucking shit, Barbie?
I’m back from Haiti! It was amazing and awesome, and please stand by for more about that, with cultural observations and possibly a slide show if you’re all well behaved. Today, thanks to my math camp buddy Lenore Cowen, I am going to share with you an amazing blog post by Pamela Ribon. Her post is […]
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7:57 AM | To Baltimore!
On Thursday I’ll be heading up to Baltimore to give a talk at Johns Hopkins University. I’ll be discussing an old favorite: The Monty Hall Problem! Actually, it’s been about two years since I’ve given a talk on that particular subject, so it will be nice to have an excuse to revisit it. From there…
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4:55 AM | SfN2014: Day4 – Presenting a poster, Parties and Reunions
So today was showtime. Today I presented my poster. I think it went well. A good amount of traffic.  Great questions.  Made some good connections that may lead to possible … Continue reading →
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3:48 AM | Western New York Buried By Lake Effect Snow Blizzard
You could hardly put together a better synoptic weather set-up for a HUGE lake effect snow event than what happened today in Buffalo. A mid-January type outbreak of Polar air rushing across the Great Lakes (that are still “November warm”), and the result is nearly 4-5 feet of snow in Western New York.Travel is totally stopped to the South (and southeast) of Buffalo this evening, and heavy lake effect is …
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2:55 AM | Journal Watch - round-up of influential open-access articles from the scientific and medical literature
Journals unite for reproducibilityNature editoralA rice ABC transporter, OsABCC1, reduces arsenic accumulation in the grainSong et al. PNAS.Tumor sequencing takes off, but insurance reimbursement lagsNature Medicine. $FMIReversal of diabetes with insulin-producing cells derived in vitro from human pluripotent stem cellsRezania et al. Nature Biotechnology.High-Cost Generic Drugs — Implications for Patients and PolicymakersAlpern et al. New England Journal of Medicine. [...]
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2:06 AM | Wanted: Dead or Alive
I came across an interesting poster that’s been put up on a few lampposts on my street.  It rather pathetically offers a $2,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of George Welch for operating a bucket shop in New York. This got me thinking about the notion of vigilante justice and the failure of […]
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2:03 AM | Biosimilarz podcast (16 November 2014)
BiotechDueDiligence is pleased to continue an occasional collaboration with The Biosimilarz Blog by hosting the latest edition of Dr. Duncan Emerton's podcast highlighting recent developments in the world of biosimilars. Click here to access the podcast audio for this and prior editions of the podcast.Featured companies: $AMGN, Epirus Biopharma, Celltrion, $PFE, $NVS Sandoz, $HSP, Dr. Reddy's [...]
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1:09 AM | Science Cheerleaders take citizen science to Pop Warner regional cheer championship!
We had TWO SETS of twins lead Science Cheerleader activities at the Pop Warner Little Scholars, Inc. Northeast Regional Cheerleading Championship in NJ on 11/8!! Angela, Beverly, Kim and Kelly, led 2063 spectators and 1800 cheerleaders and coaches in cheers to activate a citizen science project featured on SciStarter! For this event, we focused on NOISETUBE, a research project to study noise pollution. And with all those cheerleaders present, we measured A LOT of noise!! See you at the Pop...[ […]

November 18, 2014

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6:51 PM | how to seat guests at a wedding
SAS started an operations research blog [Link]. Matthew Galati’s first entry is how to optimally seat people at a wedding given assignment preferences. He provides a model that maximizes the total happiness of his guests. His blog post has code, data, and a pictures of a quirky family member or two. It’s a great post worth checking out. […]
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6:04 PM | Do genes make you gay?
Of course they do. To the extent that genes make you anything in particular, though the role of genetics in human behavior is pretty limited. You’ve probably heard about the newly reported research in which a genetic link was found to homosexuality in a study of gay brothers. Kelly Servick has a good writeup on…
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2:56 PM | The 4 Types of Sleep Schedules We All Fit Into
Long-held beliefs about sleep schedules challenged: around half of all people are neither 'larks' or 'owls'. 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:Offline Learning: How The Mind Learns During Sleep What’s The Best Time of Day to be Creative? Like to Stay Up Late? Different Neural Structures Found in the Brains of Night Owls Why Some People Only Need Five […]
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2:19 PM | Trumpeter Swans At Risk
Please don’t shoot the swans. My new post at 10,000 birds is here.
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1:54 PM | Putem sa ne organizam mai bine decat partidele
Orice ai fi, revolutionar, politician,  afacerist sau ONGist, e ceva ce nu iti permiti sa ignori: costul organizarii. Toate formele de organizare, de la #unitisalvam, la partide politice, la grupari religioase, la fabrici, afaceri, scoli, sindicate, academii, toate acestea sunt grupuri de oameni care se organizeaza. Or, nu este usor sa te organizezi. Costa timp, […]
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1:41 PM | Director’s Update: Simple, flexible funding
Originally posted on Wellcome Trust Blog:Having listened to our grantholders, colleagues at the Wellcome Trust and others in the UK and international research communities, Wellcome Trust director Jeremy Farrar now introduces a new way of understanding the Trust’s funding…
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1:20 PM | November Pieces Of My Mind #1
No, Kim Stanley Robinson, when two groups of characters meet and tell each other what they’ve gone through recently under the reader’s watchful eye, you shouldn’t write that dialogue. Because the reader already knows. Back when my father-in-law the engineer had just come to Sweden from China and worked as a waiter, he used to…
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11:00 AM | From cats to rats: two studies on domestication and tameness
Anyone who has ever read Charles Darwin is acutely aware of his fascination with domestication – particularly how he fancied fancy pigeons. Darwin drew on his domestication obsession while writing his book, The Variation of Animals and Plants under Domestication, … Continue reading →
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10:52 AM | Look into my eyes…
Therapeutic use of hypnosis is perhaps most commonly associated with the archetypal psychoanalyst, using it to unlock memories and associations that might be inaccessible when people are fully conscious. This is one possible therapeutic use, but there are other areas where hypnosis is being trialled. A recent Swiss paper by Cordi, Schlarb and Rasch has found that […]
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8:47 AM | Evidence based debunking
Originally posted on Mind Hacks:Fed up with futile internet arguments, a bunch of psychologists investigated how best to correct false ideas. Tom Stafford discovers how to debunk properly. We all resist changing our beliefs about the world, but what…
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3:04 AM | Triclosan study marks PNAS’s tenth embargo break this year
Although it didn’t lead to an early embargo lift, a university press office and a local news site broke the embargo today on a Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) study of whether the soap ingredient triclosan causes liver damage in mice. A press release from the University of California, Davis, where the […]
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2:30 AM | In the Dust of this Planet
dust storm near the Nevada Test Site, smudge studio 2009 If you haven’t heard Radiolab’s recent episode mapping the transformative journey of theorist/philosopher/teacher Eugene Thacker’s book, In the Dust of the Planet through the vagaries of popular culture, here’s the link. The book, In the Dust of this Planet, is a heady endeavor taking up concepts and expressions of […]
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1:15 AM | Seeing with Your Own Eyes- What You Can’t See with Your Own Eyes
This is a pretty amazing video from NASA Goddard. Worth a watch!
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12:41 AM | Obesity Is Tied to Pollutants
Exposure to secondhand smoke and roadway traffic may be tied to increased body mass index in children and adolescents, a new study suggests.

November 17, 2014

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11:59 PM | SfN2014: Day3 – Attention/Reward Symposium, More Exhibit Fun, Perception/Imagery Posters
It’s the third day of the conference.  I didn’t attend a special lecture. So no intro by the SfN president and so no idea how many people are now registered. … Continue reading →
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9:14 PM | Making Leash Manners Fun for Your Dog
Maggie, all 35 exuberant pounds of her, has lousy leash manners. That is because 1) she is a dog and walking beside me, shoulder to shoulder, makes no sense to her. And 2) because I couldn’t resist working her on sheep when we have training time together. Not to mention teaching her to come when […]
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6:39 PM | Video of Green Anole Displaying, then Changing Color
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4:07 PM | The Best Look for a Leader: Intelligent or Healthy?
What's the best look for a leader? 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:How To Be a Great Leader (in under 300 words) 50 Years of Leadership: Women Rated As Effective Or More So Than Men Intelligent People Are More Inclined to Trust Others The Most Surprising Attribute of Great Leaders 5 Habits Proven to Reduce Risk of Alzheimer’s and Dementia
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