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March 23, 1769: William Smith - Pioneer of Applied Geology

" William Smith Never saw a coccolith But using macrofossil data He ordered all the English strata " An anonymous clerihew dedicated to W. Smith William Smith , born March 23, 1769, introduced in his " Strata - Identified by organized Fossils " (1816) the " principle of faunal succession " into stratigraphy...

March 23, 2013 — David Bressan

Can you put a price on March Madness?

I originally published versions of this post at IonPsych on 3/9/11 and at my Wordpress blog on 3/11/12. You can see the original posts by clicking here for the 2011 post, or by clicking the From The Archives icon for the 2012 post...

March 23, 2013 — Melanie Tannenbaum

Links from the Brink (March 23, 2013)

Last year I wrote somewhere around 150 articles about endangered species. I could have easily written closer to 1,000. One blog simply can't cover all of threatened species around the world, as hard as I try...

March 23, 2013 — John R. Platt

Neuroscience in Fiction: Nexus (Mankind Gets an Upgrade)

Naam, Ramez (2012-12-18). Nexus (Kindle Locations 5434-5437). Osprey Publishing. Kindle Edition. “Nexus's ability to satisfy widespread human desires, combined with its innocuous perception, suggests that were the technology to ever enter the mainstream, the genie would prove very difficult to put back into the bottle...

March 22, 2013 — Stephen L. Macknik

#SciAmBlogs Friday - diagrams, incidental findings, sleep, mystery monster, neutrino, nothingness, and more.

I will be out and offline for the next week or so. Check the Blogs homepage every now and then. I'll be back April 1st.- Clarissa Ai Ling Lee - The Science and Art of the Diagrams: Culturing Physics and Mathematics, Part 1 - Ricki Lewis - Incidental Findings from Genome Sequencing – Nuances and Caveats - Gary Stix - Sleep Hits the Reset Button for Individual Neurons - Darren Naish - Jagged-toothed mystery monster; needs identifying - Glendon Mellow - How a Martian Goddess Changed My Mind About Copyright - Janet D...

STAFFMarch 22, 2013 — Bora Zivkovic

Upcoming events and travel...

My Mom reads my blog, so this is for her, so she knows my plans. Hi, Mom! ;-) A tentative schedule - things can always change.... This is ongoing - March 22-24th - "Reporting Across the Culture Wars: Engaging Media on Evolution", NESCent, Durham, NC (Facebook page, follow hashtag #evocomm on Twitter) On March 25th I will have shoulder surgery and will be off (and offline) through March 31st...

March 22, 2013 — Bora Zivkovic

Incidental Findings from Genome Sequencing Nuances and Caveats

You have your genome or exome (the protein-encoding part) sequenced to help diagnose a puzzling set of symptoms, and something totally unrelated, and unexpected, turns up – a so-called “incidental finding.”Surprises, of course, aren’t new in medicine...

March 22, 2013 — Ricki Lewis

The ethics of naming and shaming.

Lately I've been pondering the practice of responding to bad behavior by calling public attention to it.The most recent impetus for my thinking about it was this tech blogger's response to behavior that felt unwelcoming at a conference (behavior that seems, in fact, to have run afoul of that conference's official written policies)*, but there are plenty of other examples one might find of "naming and shaming": the discussion (on blogs and in other media outlets) of University of Chicago neuroscientist Dario Maestripieri's comments about female attendees of the Society for Neuroscience meeting, the Office of Research Integrity's posting of findings of scientific misconduct investigations, the occasional instructor who promises to publicly shame students who cheat in his class, and actually follows through on the promise...

March 22, 2013 — Janet D. Stemwedel

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