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The Scienceblogging Weekly (July 13th, 2012)

Blog of a Week:

Contagions is a blog created by Michelle Ziegler (Twitter, Facebook, a other dual blogs by Michelle – Heavenfield and Selah – are focused wholly on story and not on medicine or science). In Contagions, Michelle explores spreading illness – there is a lot about a Plague – from story to epidemiology to many new systematic papers. Sometimes gruesome, always fascinating.


Top 10:

Is Autism an Epidemic or Are We Just Noticing More People Who Have It? by Emily Willingham:

In Mar a US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) a newly totalled autism prevalences for 8-year-olds in a United States, and headlines roared about a 1 in 88 autism epidemic. The fear-mongering has led some forward folk to fasten onto a republic s flourishing chemophobia and couple a arise in autism to toxins or other purported insults, and some to sell their research, books, and cures. On a other hand, some researchers contend that what we re unequivocally saying is expected a upshot of some-more recognition about autism and ever-shifting evidence categories and criteria….

New technique identifies captivating cells in animals by examination them spin by :

A migrating robin can keep a loyal march even when it flies by a pale night sky, abandoned of apparent landmarks. That s given it can clarity a Earth s captivating field. Something in a physique acts as a vital compass, giving it a clarity of instruction and position. This ability famous as magnetoreception isn t singular to robins. It s been found in many other birds, sharks and rays, salmon and trout, turtles, bats, ants and bees, and presumably cows, deer and foxes. But notwithstanding some-more than 50 years of research, a sum of a captivating clarity are still elusive….

The Sex Scholar by Kara Platoni:

Decades before Kinsey, Stanford highbrow Clelia Mosher polled Victorian-era women on their bedroom function afterwards kept a extraordinary formula underneath wraps….

Bloggers and Bowerbirds by Erin Kissane:

There are still a lot of elbows being thrown in a quarrel about origination contra curation, and it seems to be removing worse. As humans tend to do, we re articulate past any other and sanctimonious to morality in a face of a formidable and a weird. Here s what we consider is going on. we consider we re removing tripped adult by dual things: awkward denunciation and a misapprehension about foe for singular resources….

Citations, Social Media Science by Morgan D. Jackson:

This morning we was reading a newly published paper that we found intriguing, not usually for a content1 though also for who it cited arrange of. Among a unchanging cadre of peer-reviewed biography articles ancillary a author s commentary were dual blog posts by University of Glasgow highbrow Roderic Page. Rod is a vital proponent for digitizing and joining biodiversity novel with all aspects of a class pixel-trail opposite a internet, so we was vehement to see his blog being rigourously recognized. As we finished reading a paper and reached a References section, we skimmed by to see how a blog reference competence be formatted. Much to my dismay, after breezing by a L s, M s, and N s we found myself within a R s, with nary a Page in sight…

Investigation: Drug Resistance, Chicken And 8 Million UTIs by Maryn McKenna:

…I ve been operative with a good new group, a Food and Environment Reporting Network one of a grant-funded broadcasting organizations that have arisen in a arise of a fall of mainstream broadcasting on an important, under-reported topic. Which is: Over a past decade, a organisation of researchers in several countries have been uncovering links between a use of antibiotics in duck prolongation and a rising occurrence of insurgency in one of a many common bacterial infections in a world. The infection in doubt is UTI, that only about any lady we know will recognize: It stands for urinary tract infection, and on normal one out of any 9 women in a United States suffers one during slightest once per year. There are 6 million to 8 million UTIs in a US any year, costing during slightest $1 billion in medical spending….

The hows and whys of tellurian attraction by Barbara J. King:

Robin Dunbar competence not be a domicile name, though some of his meditative has reached a standing of domicile ideas. You ve listened that 150 is an estimate top extent on a array of a family-and-friend relations given that s how many connectors we can track? That s Dunbar. You ve review a speculation that denunciation developed as a arrange of deputy for hands-on bathing among a monkey kin when organisation distance got big? That s Dunbar too. Now, in The Science of Love and Betrayal, Dunbar, who is Professor of Evolutionary Anthropology during Oxford, asks charming questions about adore and friendship. Why do group and women pair-bond when so many other animals enclose t? How do biology and sociality join in explaining tellurian captivate to others? …

Crimes and Misdemeanors: Reforming Social Psychology by Dave Nussbaum:

The new news of Dirk Smeesters abdication is positively not good news for amicable psychology, quite so shortly after a Diedrik Stapel case, though we trust it can offer as an event for a margin to take critical stairs towards reform. The reforms that are indispensable a most, however, are not limited to preventing or detecting a few instances of rascal by unethical researchers who are intentionally equivocating data. What we should be some-more endangered about are a distant reduction egregious, though most some-more common offenses that many of us commit, mostly unknowingly or unintentionally, and roughly never with fake intent….

The Vampire of Venice Returns, or What Is that Brick Doing in that Skull’s Mouth? by Kristina Killgrove:

It seems like any open there is renewed coverage of a prejudiced skeleton that was found on a island of Lazaretto Nuovo (one of dual 15th-16th century leper colonies nearby Venice) in 2009. I’ve never lonesome it here, though given we was alerted to an airing of a documentary about a skeleton on Italian TV this week, we suspicion it competence be time to lane a swell of a ostensible Vampire of Venice (“il vampiro di Venezia” in Italian, and not to be confused with a likewise named Dr. Who episode)….

How a Deaf Brain Rewires Itself to ‘Hear’ Touch and Sight by Nadja Popovich:

Our practice assistance figure a brains. So it competence make clarity that for a chairman innate though hearing, a partial of a mind that’s meant to routine audio would be underdeveloped. But according to a new study, those who have been deaf given birth indeed use a sound-related partial of a mind — famous as a primary heard cortex — to do even some-more complicated lifting than their conference counterparts. …


Special subject 1: #arseniclife:

The Case (Study) of Arsenic Life: How a Internet Can Make Science Better by Rebecca J. Rosen

Live-blogging Arsenic Life by Carl Zimmer

Discovery of an arsenic-friendly bacillus refuted and Q and A: Critical ‘Arseniclife’ studies released by Dan Vergano

Pair Of Studies Rebuts Arsenic-Based Life by Carmen Drahl

Arsenic Death by ChemBark

“Arsenic bacteria”: Coffin, accommodate nails by Ashutosh Jogalekar

Arsenic Life, Cold Fusion, and a Allure of Wishful Thinking by Matthew Francis

Another fissure in a Ingelfinger armor? Arsenic life speak army Science to recover paper early, though embargo and Science has not asked for a improvement or nullification of arsenic life paper, and because conditions is distinct XMRV-CFS by Ivan Oransky

Arsenic-Life Discovery Debunked But “Alien” Organism Still Odd by Richard A. Lovett

Consider a announcement embargo… and NASA’s villainous responses to their #arseniclife FAIL by Rosie Redfield

New investigate points toward no on arsenic life by Phil Plait

Annoying Arsenic Claim Debunked for Good – We Hope. by Faye Flam

Notorious Arsenic-Tolerant Bacterium Needs Phosphorus After All by Quirin Schiermeier

Despite refutation, Science arsenic life paper deserves retraction, scientist argues by David Sanders

Two studies uncover ‘weird life’ bacillus can’t live on arsenic by Alan Boyle

Latest on #ArsenicLife by Jonathan Eisen

Journal retreats from argumentative arsenic paper by Marc Kaufman

New Science Papers Prove NASA Failed Big Time In Promoting Supposedly Earth-Shaking Discovery That Wasn’t by Matthew Herper


Special subject 2: bolt of PhDs:

WaPo: Not adequate jobs for scholarship PhDs by David Kroll

The STEM PhD Glut Makes a Mainstream Media by Mike a Mad Biologist

Subtleties of a Crappy Job Market for Scientists by Julianne Dalcanton

The salary of a life scholarship Ph.D. (not high!) and More on jobs Ph.D.s by Razib Khan

“Alternate careers” is only a subsequent exploitation strategy? by DrugMonkey

Too many scientists? by Puff a Mutant Dragon

Washington Post: “U.S. pushes for some-more scientists, though a jobs aren t there.” by Chemjobber

Life as PhD student by Elf Eldridge


Best Images:

TICKS ON A SNAKE by teresa.frog.applause

On Writing by Abstruse Goose

Here s Something You Don t See Every Day by Jonathan Losos

Arctic Biologist Shares Astonishing Sea Creatures With a World by Pete Brook

Visual Field by xkcd


Best Videos:

Nobel laureate spasmodic hangs out on travel corners, responding production questions by Maggie Koerth-Baker

Snake Stunt: Drinking While Dangling by Andrew C. Revkin

Talent Search TED@Vancouver Carin Bondar: Reproduction and presence in a animal kingdom

Talent Search TED@Sydney James Byrne: How plants have sex

Stomach Bacteria Show Early Human Travels by skepTV

Piecing together Patagonia’s ancient vegetation by Melanie Connor

Opening Keynote from Cameron Neylon – Network Enabled Research by Open Repositories 2012

Big Ass Shark Unexpectedly Swipes Fish Off Girl s Line Like Something Out of a Movie by Neetzan Zimmerman

The Higgs Boson, Part II: What is Mass? by MinutePhysics

Alan Turing: His Mind, His Life (VIDEO, Part Two) by Cara Santa Maria

This is What Snake Venom Does to Blood! by fragrancemad

Is Apollo 18 Real? by Amy Shira Teitel

#CurlyHairMafia on a Secret of NIMH by DNLee

From Galileo to Galaxy Zoo: Astronomy in a Digital Age by Alessandro Mangiafico



No, a web is not pushing us mad and Why we am always detrimental though we are always careless by Vaughan Bell

Where are a Canadian media in analysing a Death of Evidence protest? by Marie-Claire Shanahan

The Dead Sea is Dying: Can
A Controversial Plan Save It?
by Dave Levitan

Trajectory of a descending Batman by Ben Goldacre

The mundaneness of science by Christie Aschwanden

Brain Scans Predict When Poker Players Will Bluff and Why Successful Leaders Share Their Harems by Elizabeth Preston

Egg-eating snakes and This blog is ostensible to be about snakes, though if we can’t make exceptions for family, afterwards you’re a jerk by Andrew Durso

Doubt Is Good for Science, But Bad for PR by Stuart Firestein

When we throb with pain…are we feeling a beat? by scicurious

Little fellah bums by Michael Wellan

Silk cages safety vaccines and antibiotics for months though refrigeration and Urban sound can spin sparrow females into bad mums and Chicken vaccines joined to form live viruses and caused outbreaks of irony and Uncertainty shrouds psychologist’s resignation by Ed Yong

South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley slashes appropriation for coastal scholarship and tolerable development by David Shiffman

Daily Mail, HuffPo Dumb Down Dinosex by Brian Switek

QA With Deborah Berebichez: Seeing a World Through Physics Glasses by Double Xpression

Mathematics and HIV by Jessica Wapner

Thai Farmers Fight Global Warming Fines by Prangtip Daorueng

Why Crowds Can Turn Deadly by Emily Badger

You can censor those fibbing eyes by Zen Faulkes

You can t anathema redheaded sperm by David Winter

Zombies and Volleyball: The Benefits of a Bystander Effect by Melanie Tannenbaum

Q: Why Do We Wear Pants? A: Horses by Alexis Madrigal

There is something and not nothing by Roger Ebert

Want to Get Teens Interested in Math and Science? Target Their Parents by Anna Mikulak

Scientific History and a Lessons for Today’s Emerging Ideas by The Physics arXiv Blog

A distinguished examination shows how we can run on quicksand and Black hole shines a light on dim galaxies by Matthew Francis

Why Canada’s scientists need a support by Alice Bell

Why Eugenics Will Always Fail by Esther Inglis-Arkell

Gnathia marleyi — or not by Susan Perkins

Will We Ever Find All a Dinosaurs? by Brian Switek

Should we all be guinea pigs? by John Rennie

Pipes, Reins, a Cerebral Winepress: Mechanical Metaphor in Vesalius Fabrica by Marri Lynn

The meridian of a meridian change discuss is changing by Myles Allen

Lizards Can t Take The Heat But Can They Take The Cold? by Martha Munoz

Crackpots, geniuses, and how to tell a difference by Maggie Koerth-Baker

Relativistic Baseball: What would occur if we attempted to strike a ball pitched during 90% a speed of light? by xkcd

I saw a (negative) sign: Problems with fMRI research by Dana Smith

Nikola Tesla and a sorcery of science by Danica Radovanovic

Why George Will Is Wrong About Weather And Climate by Jocelyn Fong

If Fifty Shades of Grey Had Been Written by a Biology Textbook Author by Ricki Lewis

Keeping Parkinson s Disease a Secret by Kate Yandell

Distrusting Scientific Research by Kelsey Tsipis

Weird Fiction Monday: Mass Effect: Apocalypse by Greg Gbur

Could a S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier Fly? by Rhett Allain

Planet of a Mega Disasters by Faye Flam

Dr. Drew Cashes In by Charles Seife

Gal pagos Monday: The Sad Sex Life of Lonesome George by Virginia Hughes

Crowdfunding Questions With Petridish.org Co-founder Matt Salzberg by Travis Saunders

Roid Age: steroids in competition and a antithesis of pharmacological puritanism by Greg Downey

Traditional Sexual Values Challenged in Classic Animal Study by Brandon Keim

Painless Injections by Tianyou Xu

Down, boy! The politics of humping by jwoestendiek

Notes on Some of Those 79 New Shark Species by Chuck Bangley

What s a disproportion between Opossum and Possum ? by Jason Bittel

A Brief History of Money by James Surowiecki

Tree Rings and Climate: Some Recent Developments by Michael E. Mann, Gavin Schmidt, and Eric Steig

The American Heat Wave and Global Warming by MarkCC

Brain Time by David Eagleman

Increase in wildfire magnitude and astringency is it real? by Kelly Ramirez


Media, Publishing, Technology and Society:

If Mitt Romney were using a post-truth campaign, would a domestic press news it? by Jay Rosen

Chronicling Mitt’s Mendacity, Vol. XXV by Steve Benen

SPARC Europe s response to a inaccuracies in a essay by a Daily Mail s City Editor on 18 June by Alma Swan

Wheeler: Spoken word, handwritten letters make durability impressions by Burgetta Wheeler

The Blogfather on scholarship blogging by NASW

Twitter and a Arab Spring: New Evidence by Henry Farrell

Predatory Open-Access Journals? by Sarah Hird

Academic blogging: minority scholars can't means to be silent by Denise Horn

Should Applied Funding Go To Academia Or Startups? by Elizabeth Iorns

The Importance of Open Access: An Interview with Patient Advocate Graham Steel by PatientsLikeMe

Are we certain that s true? Truth Goggles tackles unlikely claims during a impulse of consumption by Andrew Phelps

The Dreamers’ dreams: immature immigrants tell their stories by Ruth Spencer

Retraction tracking by Zen Faulkes

J-school grads spin to startup scene by Anne Field

Thoughts on a Finch Report, partial 1 and Part 2 by Mike Taylor

A story of scholarship blogging and Reflections on 10 years in scholarship blogging by Razib Khan

A History of Science Blogging and Communicating Science to Society by Larry Moran

Bora s Science Blogging Post by Eva Amsen

Video Tip of a Week: ScienceSeeker for scholarship blogging by Mary Mangan

Sharpening ideas: From subject to story by Dan Ferber

Challenging He Said, She Said Journalism by Linda Greenhouse

Are we stranded in filter bubbles? Here are 5 intensity paths out by Jonathan Stray

Alan Alda warms adult scholarship communication with a Flame Challenge and The Flame Challenge winners, and other attempts to get scholarship communication out of a rut by Peter Linett

Darpa Wants You to Be Its Hackathon Guinea Pig by Arikia Milikan

Science broadcasting by a looking glass by Chris Chambers and Petroc Sumner

How a byline savage was born by Jack Shafer

The left s left left though a right s left nuts: Asymmetrical polarization in action by David Roberts

Confessions of an Internet Addict by Alexis Madrigal

Science, Blogging and Plagiarism by Michael McBurney

How future-safe was a initial Harvard blogging site? by Dave Winer

Why Blogs Fail by Neuroskeptic

Takes Two to Tango by Karen McLeod

How to live-tweet from an event by Tia Fisher

Is Open Access a Moral or a Business Issue? A Conversation with The Pennsylvania State University Press by Prof. Hacker

Reflections on Games For Change by Eric Martin

All s Not Fair in Science and Publishing by Frederick Southwick

The ultimate geek highway trip: North Carolina s mega information core cluster by Katie Fehrenbacher and 10 reasons Apple, Facebook Google chose North Carolina for their mega information centers and The argumentative universe of purify energy and information centers and The story behind how Apple s iCloud information core got built and That s a wrap: The 4-part array on North Carolina s mega information centers

What should multitude journals do about open access? and What does it cost to tell a paper with Elsevier? by Mike Taylor

The Blob contra a blog: arguing how amicable media is changing science and Transformative thought for counterpart review: reviewing grading a reviewers by Paul Knoepfler

Three Keys to Clearing Two Social Media Hurdles by Farris Timimi

How a iPad helps scientists do their jobs by Joel Mathis

Reforming Copyright Is Possible by Pamela Samuelson

Piecemeal existence: For currently s immature freelancers, what will trade bear? by Ben Adler

The stress of tract though conflict by Still Eating Oranges

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