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April 19, 2014

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3:28 PM | Move Over Dubai! Saudi Arabia’s Kingdom Tower Will Dwarf the Burj Khalifa By Over 500 Feet
Next week, Saudi Arabia will begin work on a new skyscraper in the city of Jeddah. When completed, the Kingdom Tower will be the world’s tallest building by far at 3,280 feet (that’s a full kilometer, by the way).The Burj Khalifa is the current record-holder at 2,716 feet (827m). Kingdom Tower will have 200 floors […]
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3:27 PM | Stratigraphy day at Makhtesh Ramon
MITZPE RAMON, ISRAEL–Usually on Saturdays Yoav Avni and I do something “touristic”, like visit an archaeological site or museum. Since it is the Passover holiday, though, and we are both averse to crowds, we decided to do a little stratigraphy outside Mitzpe Ramon instead. Our challenge from Amihai Sneh was to sort out the lower […]
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11:29 AM | Typing Method for Cryptosporidium Meleagridis
We recently developed a highly applicable method for typing of Cryptosporidium meleagridis isolates. C. meleagridis is the third most common species involved in human cryptosporidiosis, a dirrhoeal disease taking a major toll on global health. Molecular typing of Cryptosporidium is critical to understanding transmission and identifying outbreaks. Until now, no robust method has been available […]

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9:19 AM | Sugar: Hiding in plain sight
source: http://ed.ted.com/lessons/sugar-hiding-in-plain-sight-robert-lustig Also check this nice gif animation.Filed under: Uncategorized Tagged: health, TEDEd, video
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4:28 AM | An Epidemiological Method: Using RFLP to Identify Strains of Pathogens
An excellent classroom resource for a case study in epidemiology is presented by the CDC. This study walks students through an outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 in Michigan. The purpose of this study is to provide student investigators with the opportunity to walk through the procedures and rationale behind investigating the etiology and to develop […]
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4:20 AM | Edge States: Wendover Launch
residency support unit and Exhibition Hall 2, CLUI Wendover, UT We’re happy to announce the opening of Look Only at the Movement in Wendover, Utah.  Wendover is located 2,292 miles west of New York City via Interstate 80. The  work can be found in Exhibition Hall 2 of the CLUI Wendover complex, directly next door to the […]
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12:17 AM | BiotechDueDiligence Journal Watch
Happy holidays to those celebrating Easter and Passover this week. Enjoy the latest round-up of significant and thought-provoking scientific and medical journal articles. Find previous editions in the archives. [...]

April 18, 2014

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11:00 PM | Of grice and men (2014)
One of the painful things about our time is that those who feel certainty are stupid, and those with any imagination and understanding are filled with doubt and indecision. Bertrand Russell Between February and April each year, in the sagebrush … Continue reading →
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10:48 PM | Suomi Satellite Night Vision Sees Great Lakes Ice
The CIMMS Satellite blog has posted a fantastic image of the ice cover on the Great Lakes. See my previous post for more info. This is a visible light (not IR) image made by the VIRRS sensor on Suomi is below: (click for full resolution)
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10:37 PM | Wait… Toyota’s New Electric Fuel Cell Car Can Power My House, Too??
On Monday in Las Vegas, all of the biggest and baddest new cars took center stage at the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. But one car in particular has really caught people’s attention. At the show, Toyota unveiled a new fuel cell car called the FCV-R  that looked…well, sort of like a Prius. However, this car […]
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10:33 PM | New Blog…
As you probably noticed I stopped updating this blog. If you’re still interesting in reading my new posts, you can find me at medium. Thanks for all the support/comments so far.  
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5:14 PM | Happy Birthday Happy Hours
It’s Amy’s 28th birthday!  Today’s Friday Happy Hours will be honoring that fact. Our Happy Hours will run between 2-4 pm EST.  The rules are as follows: Score 1,000 points, we’ll add an additional 280 points to your score. Score 2,800 points, we’ll add an additional 2,800 points to your …
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4:45 PM | New Science Publication from Sebastian Seung Finds Variation in Axonal Myelination
A new publication from Seung Lab (coauthored by Sebastian Seung and former lab member Daniel Berger) is out today in Science. Daniel found that individual neurons have variations in axonal myelin (insulation) where often long “myelinated sections are interspersed with long, unmyelinated tracts.” Myelin distribution is an “integral feature of …
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4:04 PM | This Inspiring Powerade Commercial Shows How A One-Legged Boy Grew Into A Soccer Star
As part of their #powerthrough campaign, Powerade made this commercial which highlights the life of Nico Calabria, who was born with just one leg. Truly inspiring stuff- his goal at the end is insane!
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1:46 PM | time management tips for assistant professors (and everyone)
I recently saw a short list of advice for new assistant professors by Chris Blattman [Link]. Chris is an Assistant Professor of Political Science & International and Public Affairs at Columbia University (soon to be tenured). His list is summarized below. Go to his blog post for the full discussion: Learn to say no to new […]
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1:32 PM | Our camel friends in the Negev
MITZPE RAMON, ISRAEL–It is a problematic relationship between camels and me. My first experience with a camel out here was watching one eat my lunch, bag and all, when I foolishly left it in the shade of the vehicle while I measured a section. My students and I have been dissuaded more than once from […]
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1:30 PM | Autism Related to Lipid Levels During Pregnancy
"Alarming" rise in autism has been blamed on environmental factors.→ 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:Autism Begins During Pregnancy Autism: Vital Link Found Between Vitamin D and Serotonin Production Probiotic Therapy Shows Promise for Treating Autism Autism: 10 Facts You Should Know Our Genes Respond Positively to The Right Kind of Happiness
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12:21 PM | It’s Time to Retire the Use of the Term “Squamate” from Public Discourse
Let’s face it, “squamate” doesn’t work. It’s an ugly word, and most people don’t know what it means–if anything, it conjures up “squamous cell carcinoma,” a type of skin cancer. More importantly, the term is not needed. Squamate comes from the scientific order Squamata, the lizards and snakes. But we know that snakes evolved from […]
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12:00 PM | Recommended reads #25
Google tries to have it both ways when it comes to geopolitical boundaries. Where does Russia start and where does Ukraine end? That depends on your IP address. They want to tell the truth, but not if it involves pissing off Putin, I guess. If Google is so craven in a situation like this, then we […]
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11:30 AM | Friday Links – Hydrothermal vents as a nursery for early life?
It’s Friday and that means that it’s time for our Friday link dump, where we highlight some recent papers (and . . .
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11:04 AM | PhD Studentship
Originally posted on Reasoning and Imagination Lab:PhD Studentship in Moral Reasoning A PhD studentship is available to carry out research on cognitive processes in moral judgments supervised by Ruth Byrne. The PhD studentship is funded from a grant awarded…
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8:15 AM | Pathe news – historic landslide films
In the last week Pathe News has uploaded 88,000 archive news films from 1910 to 1970. Some of these films feature the aftermath of landslides.
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3:07 AM | Virus one billion times
Just released on YouTube: video of Drew Berry’s awesome Virus one billion times installation, created for Melbourne’s White Night. Drew gave a short talk on this work at VIZBI 2014.
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1:37 AM | Great Lakes Ice Unprecedented? Hardly.
The headline above is on the Huffington Posts front page this evening, and it’s rather misleading. Yes, it’s been a rather cold winter around the Great Lakes and a cold spring has slowed the ice melt as well. It’s really not  that big of a deal however, and the claim that this will affect the environment for years is more than dubious. The ice was worse in the cold winters …
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1:05 AM | Google Search Terms That Would Also Make Good Song Titles
The following is a selection of Google search terms that brought people to my sit today that I think would make good song titles, or perhaps, in some cases, a good name for a band. what happens if you eat mold vocal fry fish bigger than a whale with a m witches in europe if…
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12:38 AM | So There’s This Kid Making Solar “Death Rays” And They’re Pretty Sweet (Video)
Eric Jacqmain is just a creative guy who wanted a death ray. So, he decided to cover a satellite dish with 5,800 tiny mirrors. This is from his video description: “When properly aligned, it can generate a spot the size of a dime with an intensity of 5000 times normal daylight. This intensity of light […]

April 17, 2014

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10:56 PM | Going Once…. Going Twice…
On Monday (ok, let’s be honest, it was really Tuesday) there was a full lunar eclipse.  I was at the observatory with hundreds of people (in a town so small you can drive from one end to the other in 10 minutes) for about 6 hours.  It was brutal.  Not because of the work, not […]
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10:48 PM | The Flyer That Said Jews In the Ukrainian City of Donetsk Had To Register Is A Fake
You may have seen news earlier today that a flyer circulated in the east Ukrainian city of Donetsk stated that Jews in the area would have to register with the local authorities. It prompted an immediate response across the globe. John Kerry, who was just finishing up talks of de-escalation with leaders from Russia, Ukraine […]
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9:35 PM | Females have penises! And a Spanish news outlet breaks an embargo
Embargo Watch has some penetrating news about a real cock-up. Here’s the top of an email from Cell Press to its media list today: The following paper and press release is no longer under embargo due to a breach in Cell Press’s embargo policy by a news outlet. The paper is publishing online in the […]
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9:09 PM | Your germy digital footprints are everywhere. Scientists are watching.
Looked up something on Wikipedia lately? That may be enough for a computer to guess if you’re sick. According to a new study in PLOS Computational Biology, the most accurate, timely data about how the flu is spreading in the …The post Your germy digital footprints are everywhere. Scientists are watching. appeared first on Public Health.
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