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The Scienceblogging Weekly (July 27th, 2012)

Blog of a Week:

Science Decoded is a smashing brew of science, book reviews, and thoughts about a media, created by Erin Podolak, alumna of the University of Wisconsin module for Science Journalism, and now a scholarship author for The Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.


Top 10:

A Killer Without Regret by Deborah Blum:

In a summer of 1920, a 29-year-old son of Minnesota farmers docked his vessel (acquired with stolen money) during a tiny island in New York City s East River. One by one he hired out-of-work sailors to organisation for him. And one by one, he shot them in a conduct with a Colt .45 and dumped their bodies in a water. Before he was executed in 1930, Carl Panzram put a soldier physique sum during 10 nonetheless he estimated that was usually about half his sum murder count. For all these things, we am not in a slightest sorry, he wrote in a jail residence confessional. we was so full of hatred that there was no room in me for such feelings as love, pity, affability or respect or decency. …

The marathon Olympic mutation on Huffington Post by Greg Downey:

Many people consider they know a story of a unequivocally initial marathon. Pheidippides, reputedly a fastest male in a Greek army, allegedly ran from a terrain during Marathon twenty-five miles to Athens in 490 BCE to announce a Greek feat over a invading Persians. Bolting into a Athenian assembly, he shouted, (nikomen), We have won! and soon keeled over dead….

Gal pagos Monday: The People Problem by Virginia Hughes:

…Two-thirds of a jobs on a islands are in a use sector. The tourists come, of course, given of a extraordinary plants and animals. They minister income directly to charge efforts, and their clientele boots a economy and allows a supervision to set adult a possess charge supervision systems. That s all great, solely some-more people also means more: ships, construction, roads, vehicles, hotels, restaurants, H2O and appetite use, garbage, and sewage. All of that threatens a habitats and health of a plants and animals. In other words, a whole thing is unsustainable. The flourishing economy in a Gal pagos is concurrently ancillary some-more scholarship and charge efforts and destroying a things that need to be complicated and conserved. The economy is eating itself….

Geometry Proves Sheep Are Selfish Jerks by Elizabeth Preston:

Sometimes what looks like accessible function is unequivocally an try to get one’s neighbor eaten by a wolf before oneself. Sheep, for instance, seem friendly adequate in their flocks. What’s a improved approach to transport than surrounded by 100 percent merino? But a genuine reason they hang tighten to their neighbors is to save their possess downy back ends…

Noisy sex means genocide for flies if bats are listening by Ed Yong:

Some folks only can t assistance being shrill in bed, though loud liaisons can lead to a quick genocide during slightest for a housefly. In a German cowshed, Natterer s bats eavesdrop on mating flies, homing in on their particular passionate buzzes….

Wisconsin frac silt sites double by Kate Prengaman:

Tucked behind a mountain in farming Trempealeau County, farmland undergoes an industrial transformation. Outside this city of 1,300, Preferred Sands turns Wisconsin s sandy dirt into a prohibited commodity. A wall of immature trees opens to a immeasurable area of silt buzzing with activity. Excavators cave and conveyors lift a silt from soaring stockpiles adult into a estimate plant. Every week, this trickery ships 7,500 tons of silt by rail to oil and gas fields in Texas, North Dakota and Pennsylvania. …

Language Serves a Group by Edmund Blair Bolles:

Steven Pinker has posted an vicious letter on organisation selection. You can accumulate a topic from a title, The False Allure of Group Selection. Since we am on record observant that organisation preference (really, multilevel selection) was vicious to a expansion of language, we review a letter with clever interest. Let me contend right off that we was dismayed to find that a letter creates no remarks about a expansion of language. Pinker is a famous proponent of denunciation s evolutionary origins and biological basis, though he says zero of group selection and language. Instead he criticizes ideas that group selection explains religion, culture, and nations. we am doubtful of those claims too. Pinker is a excellent author and we got several chuckles out of his hearing of several shoal appeals to group selection. Was we shouting during my possess doom?…

Ending a AIDS epidemic by John Rennie:

Thirty-one years into a HIV epidemic, health authorities are finally starting to sound carefree about a prospects for curbing it. If that judgment sounds sour or sarcastic, it isn t meant to be. Rather, it s an honest comment of how prolonged and frequently joyless a epoch of HIV and AIDS has been, and of how many wretchedness it has spawned. But it also acknowledges reasons to consider that maybe, only maybe that s commencement to change….

Ending U.S. chimpanzee laboratories will save chimpanzee research by Brian Hare:

…The non-lab investigate indication has now turn a widespread investigate model. In my area of investigate a collection of only 5 zoos and African sanctuaries recently published some-more systematic papers in aloft impact journals than all 5 active U.S. chimpanzee laboratories. These non-lab researchers contributed information applicable to fighting HIV, Malaria, Parkinson s, Autism, Alzheimer s, and a innumerable of other tellurian ailments. They did this while study chimpanzees that live life openly in intensely enriched environments. …

One approach to successfully invade a habitat: eat a competition by Jeremy Yoder:

The Asian Harlequin ladybug, Harmonia axyridis, cooking aphids like they’re Popplers, and it’s been regularly introduced into a U.S. and Europe to do accurately that. But given it was initial introduced, H. axyridis has widespread of a possess accord, and replaced local ladybugs. This isn’t only given a Harlequin ladybug cooking some-more aphids, or breeds faster, than a locals; it looks like partial of a Harlequin’s success is due to a fact that it cooking a local competition….


Special topic: Sally Ride

American Astronaut Sally Ride Dies during 61 by John Matson

Remembering Sally Ride by Nadia Drake

Sally Ride’s Astronaut Class Completely Changed NASA’s Demographics by Amy Shira Teitel

What Sally Ride Did For STEM Education by Austin Carr

Sally Ride s Space Flight Was Not Exactly A Great Moment for Feminism by Laura Helmuth

The Women Who Would Have Been Sally Ride by Alexis Madrigal

Rest in peace, Sally Ride by Matthew Francis

First Female U.S. Astronaut, Sally Ride, Comes Out In Obituary by Chris Geidner

Sally Ride by The AstroDyke

Why Aren’t There Any Openly Gay Astronauts? by Natalie Wolchover

Thank you, Sally Ride by Meg Urry


Best Images:

Sketching during a American Museum of Natural History by Marissa Fessenden

Manatees by Jen Richards

Sunday Morning Anole Cartoon by Rich Glor

Anole Photo Of The Day by Jonathan Losos

Sharks, Art, and Conservation by Heather Goldstone

Dapper Days in China by peacay


Best Videos:

MIT video models airports many expected to widespread diseases by Kathleen Raven

Leprosy Facts: Ancient Disease Still In Our Midst by Cara Santa Maria

The Art of Hatching by Allison DeVan

Bear Cam: Watch Brown Bears Catch Salmon in Alaska by Tanya Lewis

Why Whales are Weird by Joy Reidenberg

Ask Jay Rosen Anything: What Does Political Journalism Get Wrong? Get Right? by Andrew Sullivan

Olympicene – Periodic Table of Videos by periodicvideos



Science on crack: a chemistry of bootleg drugs, 1 by Puff a Mutant Dragon

The International AIDS Conference Returns: So Much Still To Do by Maryn McKenna

We took a rodent detached and rebuilt it as a jellyfish. and Aging termites put on self-murder backpacks full of chemical weapons by Ed Yong

How Do You Choke Away a British Open? The Science of a Tight Collar by David Dobbs

A Brief History of a Eustachian Tube and The Catheter by Jaipreet Virdi

The Secret Life of Western Corn Rootworm Beetles by James Hamblin

Soccer’s Big Data Revolution by Khalil A. Cassimally

FDA advisory row looks definitely on new eye drug by Kathleen Raven

Autism Outreach on Wheels: Students Design Mobile Clinic for A.J. Drexel Autism Institute by Rachel Ewing

Batman Movies Don t Kill. But They re Friendly to a Concept. and Batman Returns: How Culture Shapes Muddle Into Madness by David Dobbs

Inside a Minds of Mass Killers by Daniel Lende

How Urban Parks Enhance Your Brain by Eric Jaffe

World s Coolest Animal Bridges and Should Dolphins and Whales Have Human Rights? by Rachel Nuwer

How Aldous Huxley, 118 Today, Predicted a Present Far More Accurately than George Orwell and Mapping Afghanistan s Geology from Really, Really Far Away by Rose Eveleth

There is no hothouse effect by Robert Grumbine

And Finally a Hounding Duck Can Rest by Carl Zimmer

What’s subsequent for systematic teaching? by Zen Faulkes

Speciation in Bears by Larry Moran

Scientists make restorative HIV a priority by Erin Loury

New Study Suggests Humans, Not Climate, Killed Off Neanderthals by Colin Schultz

When Bad Theories Happen to Good Scientists by Matt Ridley

Lemurs Most Threatened Mammals on a Planet by Karl Leif Bates

A year of commotion in science by Michael Brooks

The Secrets of Geek Mating Rituals by Annalee Newitz

On Leaving Academia by Terran Lane

How Not to Counsel Smokers by Lucy E. Hornstein

The Colorado sharpened suspect: how smart? by David Kroll

Why enclose t we devour dairy products from mammals that aren t cows? by Benjamin Phelan

Can Sleep Deprivation Cause Psychotic Behaviour? by Romeo Vitelli

Is Mythology Like Facebook? by John Bohannon

Crossing valleys in aptness landscapes by Bj rn stman

How NFL and NBA cheerleaders and citizen scientists came together. by Darlene Cavalier

Unraveling a left brain/right mind theory by Amanda Mascarelli

The Aurora Shootings and The Mean World Syndrome by David Ropeik

What is this Mass Spectrometer ? by Penny Higgins

Shark Teeth Have Built-In Toothpaste by Jennifer Viegas

Meet a Skeptics: Why Some Doubt Biomedical Models – and What it Takes to Win Them Over by Kristin Sainani

The Stoneflies: Old or New? by Christopher Taylor

Wrong for a Right Reasons by Matthew Martyniuk

Search Trends Reveal Sexual Seasons and A Case Study in Voodoo Genetics by Neuroskeptic

The brewer’s yoke, a domestication of microbes by A Schooner of Science

The terrible law about Spiderman s Anatomy by Bug Girl

Nixon’s Contingency Plan for a Failed Apollo 11 by Amy Shira Teitel

Once an Archaeologist ? Plan B Careers in Archaeology by Becky Wragg Sykes

Diagnosing a Killer in Colorado by Deborah Blum

Olympic Physics: Tennis and Olympic Physics: Diving by Matt Shipman

It Takes an 8-Year-Old to Outsmart a Crow by Elizabeth Preston

Why You Can t Fake A Good Horn by Carl Zimmer

The Redder a Better . . . Sometimes by Anne-Marie Hodge

Exploring a Mind of a Mountain Gorilla by Kimberly Gerson

Cuts dawn for US science by Ivan Semeniuk Helen Thompson

Skepticism And The Second Enlightenment by Kyle Hill

Greenland Melt Was Predicted In Advance By Paper Awaiting Publication by Dan Satterfield

Drought hurts shipping industry, raises prices by Mollie Bloudoff-Indelicato

Olympic Pseudoscience by Steven Novella

Velcro Hairs Allow Ants to Hang Their Larvae by Alex Wild

Circadian Rhythms: Our Eyes, Our Rhythms by Anita Slomski

Scientists in North Carolina will take tighten demeanour during ants from Chicago by Jessica M. Morrison

DIYBio: Placenta Stem Cells for Research and More by Ada Ao

Beginnings 3 elementary words by Pete Etchells

Why meridian change doesn t hint dignified outrage, and how it could by David Roberts

TGIPF: The Bed Bug and His Violent Penis by Brooke Borel


Media, Publishing, Technology and Society:

The Making of PeerJ and Open Science, SciBarCamp and Les Horribles Cernettes by Graham Steel

Thomas Friedman s Lessons for Anthropologists by Daniel Lende and Greg Downey

ABC News: armchair psychologist: The network offers insane conjecture about a Colorado shooter by Curtis Brainard

How We Play Today by Jamie Rosenberg and George Myers

Anatomy of a Zombie Lie by Tom Levenson

Grief in a Age of Social Media by Callie Schweitzer

A Self-Made Man Looks At How He Made It by John Scalzi

Another scholarship startup that s changing how investigate is done. An talk with Elizabeth Iorns of Science Exchange. by William Gunn

If we email it, they will comment and No Comment? by Ethan Perlstein

Blogging expertise by Zen Faulkes

Explaining a news by song: A personal box study by David Holmes

Taming a Impact Factor by Iddo Friedberg

The dim side of data by Mike Loukides

The Death Of SEO: The Rise of Social, PR, And Real Content by Ken Krogue

Blogging, Tweeting, and Other Digital Activities: A Beginner’s Guide to a Internet for Early-career Scholars by Melinda Baldwin

Enduring lessons from being dismissed 20 years ago by Steve Buttry

Social Media and a Science Classroom, a Twitter Discussion by Michele Arduengo

What Users do with PLOS ONE Papers by Martin Fenner

The Great Sieve: This Is What Browsing Scientific Research Looks Like by Rebecca J. Rosen

Content Factor: A Measure of a Journal s Contribution to Knowledge by Joseph Bernstein and Chancellor F. Gray

Meet Lena Groeger: @ProPublica s newest news app developer by Elizabeth R. Miller

Who should see what when? Three beliefs for personalized news by Jonathan Stray

Predicting a expansion of PLoS ONE by Najko Jahn

UK supervision will make open entrance to growth research by Alok Jha

Who s Talking About ScienceOnline? Interactive Map Of 1000 #Scio13 Twitterers by Mary Canady

An open Twitter-like ecosystem by Dave Winer

A new epoch for a Nature Network blogs by Lou Woodley

Why a high Google arrange is apropos ‘worthless’ by Brad Shorr

BuzzFeed s strategy by Chris Dixon

ScienceOnline Project Postcard by Karyn Traphagen

Bunch of Fives Why Blogging is Great, and Tips for Starting by Suzi Gage

How BuzzFeed wants to reinvent handle stories for amicable media by Justin Ellis

The State of Educational Blogging in 2012 by Sue Waters

How reporters can do a improved pursuit of editing errors on amicable media by Craig Silverman

Sharing stories with sources before announcement is risky, though can urge accuracy and To uncover or not to show? by Steve Buttry

Quantifying impact: A improved metric for measuring journalism by Greg Linch

Going paperless: discharge stacks of paper by converting paper repository subscriptions to digital subscriptions by Jamie Todd Rubin

Are You Reading These 17 Science Blogs? You Should by Julio Peironcely

No credit for Uncle Sam in formulating Net? Vint Cerf disagrees by Charles Cooper

They Didn t Build That by Paul Krugman

So, who unequivocally did invent a Internet? by Michael Hiltzik

WSJ mangles story to disagree supervision didn’t launch a Internet by Timothy B. Lee



Blogs of a Week so far:

May 11, 2012: Academic Panhandling
May 18, 2012: Anole Annals
May 25th, 2012: Better Posters
June 1st, 2012: Vintage Space
June 8th, 2012: Tanya Khovanova s Math Blog
June 15th, 2012: Russlings
June 22nd, 2012: Parasite of a Day
June 29th, 2012: March of a Fossil Penguins
July 6th, 2012: Musings of a Dinosaur
July 13th, 2012: Contagions
July 21th, 2012: Life is short, though snakes are long

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