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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...
The big physics news this week was the latest results from ESA's Planck mission, but there was plenty of other good stuff circulating around the Interwebz.While everyone else was celebrating St...
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...
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...
#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...
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...
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...
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...
First particle physicists discovered “a boring old Standard Model Higgs boson,” as my colleague Michael Moyer put it, meaning that the particle hewed closely to theoretical predictions and offered little in the way of guidance to new and exciting physics...
The Countdown, Episode 18 - Exoplanet Composition, Neighborhood Dwarves, Comet Pan-STARRS, Martian Love Boat, The Methuselah Star
[ The text below is a modified transcript of this video. ]5) Exoplanet CompositionScientists have determined the chemical composition of an exoplanet’s atmosphere--129 light years away...
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