Posts

March 02, 2015

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8:45 PM | History, art and prevention: European workplace safety posters
An historical collection of workplace safety posters from European agencies and advocates cover themes that are still relevant today.
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7:54 PM | http://walkaboutem.com/2015/03/02/176083435/
I don’t know what this plant is. This was done on a rainy day hike. Can anyone tell me?
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2:55 PM | Extroverts Come In Two Different Types, Brain Scans Reveal
There are two types of extroverts, each with distinct brain anatomies. 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:Brain Scans Reveal Why Up To One in Six People Get SAD in Winter How The Brain Works During The Two Main Types of Meditation Brain Scans Can Predict The Best Type of Depression Treatment For an Individual Meditation’s Widespread Effect on How The Brain […]
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2:30 PM | Ob-gyn prof up to 7 retractions, latest due to “substantial data misrepresentation”
Two more retractions have popped up for Nasser Chegini, the former University of Florida professor currently under investigation by the Office of Research Integrity (ORI). Both retractions appear in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, though — in opposition to guidelines from the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) — they’re behind a paywall. The notices indicate that […]The post Ob-gyn prof up to 7 retractions, latest due to […]
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2:25 PM | Yes, this is an awesome tapir. Join it o
Yes, this is an awesome tapir. Join it on a field course this summer for credit! http://ow.ly/JJJdVFiled under: Uncategorized
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1:00 PM | Academic Moneyball
Over the past week, I’ve been reading Moneyball, by Michael Lewis. I’m not a baseball person (though I do keep tabs on football soccer). I found Moneyball to be interesting in its own right, but particularly when considering how its lessons may be applied to academic culture. Lewis tells the story of Billy Beane, the manager of…
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12:17 PM | Two articles on understanding statistical error
Today I want to share two articles today which call on the public to try to understand scientific error at a deeper level than we do now. First, an academic journal called Basic and Applied Social Psychology (BASP) has decided to ban articles using p-values. This was written up in Nature news (hat tip Nikki Leger) […]
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8:00 AM | Introducing Evonomics
What is Evonomics? Evonomics is an online magazine and intellectual movement built on the pillars of complexity science and evolutionary principles, and includes key insights from the synthesis that has slowly been growing across disciplines in areas like behavioral, experimental, institutional, and ecological economics. The magazine showcases the new scientific foundations for human nature and […]
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5:55 AM | Synthetic Antibodies Against HIV
A new antibody against HIV has been created by scientists from The Scripps Research Institute. Will this finally spell the birth of a HIV vaccine?...
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5:22 AM | How to Write a Dissertation without Going Nuts
A month and a half ago I started writing my dissertation. Data collection started about 10 months ago, and I was still deep in data analysis in January when I realized I was going to have to start writing as I was analyzing data in order to get this thing done in time. A draft will go to my chair on Friday! (Whoa.) What is a dissertation anyway? Google tells me it's "a long essay on a particular subject, especially one... Read more
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5:22 AM | How to Write a Dissertation without Going Nuts
A month and a half ago I started writing my dissertation. Data collection started about 10 months ago, and I was still deep in data analysis in January when I realized I was going to have to start writing as I was analyzing data in order to get this thing done in time. A draft will go to my chair on Friday! (Whoa.) What is a dissertation anyway? Google tells me it's "a long essay on a particular subject, especially one... Read more
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5:22 AM | How to Write a Dissertation without Going Nuts
A month and a half ago I started writing my dissertation. Data collection started about 10 months ago, and I was still deep in data analysis in January when I realized I was going to have to start writing as I was analyzing data in order to get this thing done in time. A draft will go to my chair on Friday! (Whoa.) What is a dissertation anyway? Google tells me it's "a long essay on a particular subject, especially one... Read more
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3:00 AM | To study how primates communicate within
To study how primates communicate within and between species, check out fieldprojects.org. This tayra just did! http://ow.ly/JJITdFiled under: Uncategorized
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1:14 AM | Oncology Journal Watch
Enjoy the following collection of OPEN ACCESS journal articles from the world of cancer research and development. MET Amplification Status in Therapy-Naïve Adeno- and Squamous Cell Carcinomas of the Lung Schildhaus et al. Clinical Cancer Research. $ARQL ANG4043, a Novel Brain-Penetrant Peptide–mAb Conjugate, Is Efficacious against HER2-Positive Intracranial Tumors in Mice Regina et al. Molecular Cancer Therapeutics. (Angiochem) High HER2 Expression Correlates with Response to […]

March 01, 2015

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10:56 PM | http://walkaboutem.com/2015/03/01/176083432/
The waiting room of urgent care. I smashed my hand…
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10:47 PM | Post from the Coffee Shop 2015-03-01: And so it begins…
Over the years, I have often talked to people or seen TV shows or movies where people “work” at a coffee shop. I have never been one to seek out these opportunities for a number of reasons: As a synthetic chemist, my “work” has often been tied to a lab. You can’t really pull out […]
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8:44 PM | Sunday Chess Problem
One of the underappreciated aspects of chess composition is that some problems have a sense of humor. Sure, the real classics show deep and surprising ideas and do so with impressive constructional finesse. But other problems just bring a smile to your face. This week I have two such problems for you. Neither is difficult…
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8:20 PM | Satellite photos of ice and water, 1/19/13
I recently saw a post about satellite photos (hat tip to Tom).   I figured out the link, and I was able to get a satellite photo for Jan. 18, 2013, for the Connecticut River.   By placing the cursor at 42.76 N and 72.51 W on can locate Vernon.   One sees no open […]
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2:56 PM | Depressed People Take Social Rejection Harder, Here’s Why
There's a good reason why depressed people find it much harder to deal with social rejection. 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:Social Rejection Triggers Release of Natural Painkillers in the Brain The 5 Biggest Reasons People Get Anxious or Depressed How People Use Social Media to Manage Their Emotions Male or Female Bosses? The Sex Which Gets More Depressed From […]
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11:27 AM | Which Anole Is That in the Addams Family Dollhouse?
Joe Martinez of the Museum of Comparative Zoology writes in: I was recently contacted by Samantha Grantham, the collections manager of the Wenham Museum in Wenham Massachusetts, who would appreciate learning the identification of a lizard skeleton that resides in the Coffin Room of their Addams Family dollhouse. The dollhouse was constructed locally, presumably with […]
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12:59 AM | http://walkaboutem.com/2015/03/01/176083429/
This next series will be of ten minute sketches done while watching my toddler. Starting with the anemones (Ranunculaceae) and narcissus (Amaryllidoideae) on my dinner table.

February 28, 2015

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8:56 PM | Leonard Nimoy Has Died
Sad news: Leonard Nimoy, the sonorous, gaunt-faced actor who won a worshipful global following as Mr. Spock, the resolutely logical human-alien first officer of the Starship Enterprise in the television and movie juggernaut “Star Trek,” died on Friday morning at his home in the Bel Air section of Los Angeles. He was 83. His wife,…
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7:31 PM | Why We Smell Like Bugs: A Case Study of How Evolution Sculpts the Brain
In a recent post I explained why it’s awesome to study the brains of invertebrates, like fruit flies or worms. I bet by now you’re convinced that doing experiments in these tiny creatures can teach us lots of things about the fly or worm brain. But what most people care about is the human brain.1 Can invertebrates really teach us anything about what’s going on … Continue reading →
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6:09 PM | Vocabulary of ice
I came across a link that provides some language for ice. At first there is frazil ice, make up of crystals.   It can develop into slush flows, not unlike lava. As there is more freezing, these can coalesce into pancake ice, Border ice forms at the edge of the shore and grows toward the middle. […]
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5:10 PM | Aunt Pythia’s advice
People! Do you really hate my advice? Do you disagree with everything I ever say, and wish you had an outlet for your frustration? If so, good news for you today. I have officially found the place in the world where you can get advice which is the exact opposite of mine, namely by watching […]
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3:00 PM | Science Caturday: Laser Cats from Ceres
This week, the NASA spacecraft Dawn captured a stunning image of Ceres, a dwarf planet between Mars and Jupiter. Earlier pictures from Dawn had shown a bright spot on the surface, and as the spacecraft got closer, another was revealed. … Continue reading →
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2:33 PM | A Swiss Clockmaker
We all have clichéd images in our heads when we hear the names of countries other than our own. For many people the name Switzerland evokes a muddled collection of snow-covered mountains, delicious superior chocolates and high precision clocks and … Continue reading →
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2:33 PM | Borderline Personality Disorder: 8 Classic Signs You Should Know
How to tell if someone has a borderline personality disorder. 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:5 Classic Signs of Depression Most People Don’t Recognise A Curious New Sleep Disorder That Affects One in Seven Social Anxiety Disorder: Impressive Study Reveals The Very Best Treatment Mental Health Problems Can Shorten Life More Than Heavy Smoking Two
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12:45 PM | VIZBI 2015 Deadlines
A few brief updates on VIZBI 2015, which is now only a few weeks away: Poster submissions. March 7 is the new deadline for uploading posters for normal participants. ‘Virtual’ poster submissions. March 15 is the deadline for upload of posters for remote participants. Art of Biology submissions. March 15 is also the deadline for Art & Biology [...]
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9:29 AM | The iZ Hero Within!
By En Dian iZ Heroes from around the country gathered at the Marquee in Science Centre Singapore on 10th Feb 2015 for the grand finale of iZ Hero Challenge! Comradeship of fellows-in-arms against cyberbullying was in the air as the iZ Heroes enjoyed fun activities to remember  Safer Internet Day. Winners of the 2014 iZ… Continue reading »
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