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The Scienceblogging Weekly (July 6th, 2012)

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Top 10:

Maxwell’s demon goes quantum, can do work, write and erase data by Matthew Francis:

At any heat above comprehensive zero, particles in a complement pierce randomly, an outcome famous as thermal fluctuation. The pointless impression of a fluctuations means they can't be put to work in a automatic clarity (the magnitude of a appetite taken for work is called entropy). 19th century physicist James Clerk Maxwell due a small intelligent “demon” that could collect a thermal fluctuations to revive their usefulness; after work in a 20th century showed that a demon itself would have entropy, that would keep a thermodynamic books balanced.

Interesting by Shara Yurkiewicz:

I lift adult a exam outcome for my patient, and a comparison proprietor station behind me lets out an vehement squeal. we ve never seen a imaging come behind certain for this, she says. Our two-week-old infant, who already has a singular infection, also has a singular compared constructional abnormality. It s not benign, yet it is fixable. The repair customarily requires surgery. As we travel over to a studious s room to refurbish her mother, my comparison gushes about a zebra that was unclosed on a ultrasound. She asks me if we m excited. we dunno, we mutter, that is rather some-more tactful than my offend that she is. Her child has to get medicine now.

The universe s smallest fly substantially decapitates unequivocally small ants by Ed Yong:

…Even yet flies as a organisation aren t accurately giants, a new class was around half a distance of a prior smallest species. Brown named it Euryplatea nanaknihali after Nanak Nihal Weiss, a immature child from Brown s home city in Los Angeles. Weiss is an entomology left-wing and Brown hopes that a name will assistance to keep his seductiveness for years to come….

Creationists and Climate Skeptics Separate Species or Just Different Breeds? by Faye Flam:

Several of a unchanging readers of this mainstay have told me that given we ve been dauntless adequate to tell a law about evolution, we should do a same for meridian change and display it as a hoax. In one box we replied that in my stories we always essay to simulate a law to a best of my abilities. He wrote that he was disappointed. These evolution-accepting meridian change skeptics are an engaging breed, divulgence some pivotal differences in a ways they and creationists proceed science. Self-described meridian skeptics are many some-more sparse in their views than are creationists, yet they are improved orderly and together pronounce with a louder, and angrier voice….

Printing dinosaurs: a insane scholarship of new paleontology by Laura June:

In Apr of this year, we headed out to a marl array in Clayton, New Jersey to watch a group of Drexel University students and their teacher, Professor Kenneth Lacovara, puncture for fossils. Marl, a lime-rich mud, had been mined and used as a 19th century s heading fertilizer, yet given around World War II (with a growth of some-more advanced, fake fertilizers), direct for it has steeply lessened, and there aren t many marl mining businesses left in a US. The marl pits of Southern New Jersey are famous for something else, though: they have been impossibly abounding in hoary finds. In February, Dr. Lacovara had announced that a Paleontology dialect during Drexel would group adult with a Engineering dialect for what would mostly be a novel new project: scanning all of a fossils in a University’s collection (including some formerly unclear dinosaurs of Lacovara’s possess finds in other tools of a world) regulating a 3D scanner. The Engineering dialect would afterwards take those scans and use a 3D printer to emanate 1/10 scale models of a many critical bones. But, he reported, that wouldn’t be a finish of it: they intended, he said, to use those scale polymer “printouts” to indication and afterwards operative entirely operative limbs, finish with musculature to create, in effect, a entirely accurate robotic dinosaur leg or arm, and eventually, a finish dinosaur….

Childbirth and C-sections in pre-modern times by Kristina Killgrove:

Basically given we started walking upright, birth has been formidable for women. Evolution comparison for incomparable and incomparable smarts in a hominin ancestors such that currently a newborns have heads roughly 102% a distance of a mother’s pelvic estuary breadth (Rosenberg 1992). Yes, we review that right. Our babies’ heads are indeed dual percent incomparable than a fundamental anatomy…

Self help: forget certain thinking, try certain action by Richard Wiseman:

For years self-help gurus have preached a same elementary mantra: if we wish to urge your life afterwards we need to change how we think. Force yourself to have certain thoughts and we will turn happier. Visualise your dream self and we will suffer increasing success. Think like a millionaire and we will magically grow rich. In principle, this thought sounds ideally reasonable. However, in use it mostly proves ineffective….

The Uncertainty Principle for meridian (and chemical) models by Ashutosh Jogalekar:

A new emanate of Nature had an engaging essay on what seems to be a unconditionally enigmatic underline of models used in meridian science; as a models are apropos increasingly realistic, they are also apropos reduction accurate and predictive given of flourishing uncertainties. we can usually suppose this to be an excruciatingly unpleasant fact for meridian modelers who seem to be confronting a homogeneous of a Heisenberg doubt element for their field. It’s an generally worrisome time to bargain with such issues given a modelers need to embody their predictions in a subsequent IPCC news on meridian change that is due to be published subsequent year….

The vital rainbow: A deadly smirch in a exemplary investigate of passionate selection by Jeremy Yoder:

A pivotal member of exemplary passionate preference speculation is a thought that males maximize their evolutionary aptness a series of children they eventually have by mating with lots of females, while females maximize their aptness by selecting usually one or a few high-quality partners. It’s flattering transparent that this indication works good for some class (like ducks), yet also that there are many it doesn’t fit so well. Now it looks like one of a “classic” initial examples of passionate preference competence indeed tumble into a latter category….

Dr. Google and Mr. Hyde by David Gorski:

….Like all vital new technologies, a Internet has a good side and a bad side. In many cases, a same skill is both good and bad, and one place that this is quite loyal is in medical information. The Internet has an contentment of medical information, all there for a reading and learning, and several contention forums that began with online BBS services and a now mostly archaic tellurian contention village of Usenet concede people from all over a universe who would never have communicated directly with any other before to share information and experiences. Unfortunately, there is a dim side to this. Regular readers of this blog know what that dim side is, too. The same record that allows creditable scientists and doctors to tell arguable medical information to a universe during really low cost also allows quacks and cranks to pour their misinformation, nonsense, pseudoscience, and misrepresentation to a whole universe during really small cost. And, boy, do they ever! In many ways, a quacks are a distant some-more effective online appearance than skeptics and supporters of science-based medicine. we mean, demeanour during SBM itself. We re still regulating a general WordPress template. Now demeanour during an antivaccine website like The International Medical Council on Vaccination or Generation Rescue or a antivaccine blog Age of Autism. Look during impostor websites like NaturalNews.com The comparison, during slightest when it comes to web and blog design, is not flattering…..


Special topic: Higgs boson:

What is a Higgs boson? – video by Ian Sample and Laurence Topham

What Is a Higgs Boson? [Video] by George Musser

Higgs Boson VIDEO: A Metaphor To Explain The Particle, Or Further Confuse You by Cara Santa Maria and Henry Reich

Sonnet on a Higgs-Like Particle (video) by Vi Hart

New Particle Resembling Long-Sought Higgs Boson Uncovered during Large Hadron Collider by John Matson

If You Want More Higgs Hype, Don t Read This Column by John Horgan

Beyond Higgs: On Supersymmetry (or Lack Thereof) by Glenn Starkman

Mr Boson, we assume ? by Charles Ebikeme

Live-Blogging a Higgs Seminar by Sean Carroll

Science Friday by Sean Carroll

Higgsteria: We Didn t Need No U.S. Super Collider by Gary Stix

Pros and Cons of building molecule accelerators – Werner Heisenberg by Beatrice Lugger

Higgs? Probably not tomorrow and Discovering a boson and Linux during CERN and The puzzling Mr. Higgs by Gianluigi Filippelli

Who gives a Higgs? by Jacqui Hayes

What If a New Particle Isn’t a Higgs Boson? by Natalie Wolchover

The Best Analogies Scientists and Journalists Use To Explain a Higgs Boson by J. Bryan Lowder

High on Higgs by Subhra Priyadarshini

Stop job it The God Particle! by Dr. Dave Goldberg

The Higgs Boson explained by PhD Comics by Jorge Cham, around Nathan Yau

Scientists hunt for Higgs boson yields new subatomic particle by Brian Vastag and Joel Achenbach

The Higgs Boson Certainly, positively (?) there! (at least, we am flattering certain it is) by Julian Champkin

Gallery: how Wired readers design a Higgs Boson by Ian Steadman

The Art of Science Particle Accelerator Art by Michele Banks

Gettin’ Higgy With it: A Roundup of Higgs Boson Jokes on Twitter by Xeni Jardin

Higgs! by Phil Plait

Higgs Boson: a jokes edition by Khalil A. Cassimally

Scientists competence have found a Higgs Boson by Maggie Koerth-Baker

Higgsdependence Day! by Matthew R. Francis

Physicists Find Elusive Particle Seen as Key to Universe by DENNIS OVERBYE

How a Discovery of a Higgs Boson Could Break Physics by Adam Mann

CERN Announces Discovery of Higgs-like Particle by PRI The World

What It Means to Find a Higgs” by Mariette DiChristina

So What’s a Big Deal About a Higgs Boson, Anyway? A Physics Double Xplainer by Matthew Francis

A Moment for Particle Physics: The End of a 40-Year Story? by Stephen Wolfram

Higgs-like find from a inside by Jon Butterworth

The Higgs Boson and my mom by Laura Jane Martin

What Higgs Boson Evidence Looks Like by Ira Flatow

Higgs boson: Prof Stephen Hawking loses $100 bet by Nick Collins

Physicists Detect New Heavy Particle by Virat Markandeya

Hipster Pop Quiz: What is a Higgs Boson? by Motherboard

These Hipsters Have No Idea About a Higgs Boson by Megan Garber

CERN Finds New Particle (And it Might be a Higgs Boson!) by Miriam Kramer

Does 5-sigma = discovery? by Hyperspace

It s true, they contend they have a Higgs in a bag. Big news. Just suppose a hullabaloo were it deemed imaginary. and Goldarned God particle by Charlie Petit

So a Higgs boson walks into a… by Eryn Brown

Lighter side of a Higgs boson by Alan Boyle

Nobel Laureates in Physics React to a Higgs-Like Particle News [Video] by Nature magazine

Do You Understand The Higgs Boson? by Fake Science

It s kind of a Higgs deal by Zen Faulkes

Field Day by Rheanna Sand


Best Images:

Snake Oil? The systematic justification for health supplements by David McCandless and Andy Perkins

Unusual Bridges For Animals – Wildlife Overpasses by THE WORLD GEOGRAPHY

Horoscoped by David McCandless

The finish story of truth visualized in one graph by Simon Raper, around George Dvorsky

Paper birds now with some inner anatomy by Diana Beltran Herrera

How Do We Know by The Census Bureau


Best Videos:

Curiosity’s Seven Minutes of Terror by NASA

Hermit Crab in Glass Shell branch over by Robert DuGrenier

Virtual Pigeon Attracts, Baffles Randy Males by Rachel Nuwer

Stephen Colbert Interviews Neil deGrasse Tyson during Montclair Kimberley Academy – 2010-Jan-29 by teridon

Fracking by Carin Bondar

Watch a hulk African land snail enjoying a good cold shower by Lauren Davis

Science Is A Girl Thing: Chris Hardwick, Cara Santa Maria Talk Women In STEM On G4′s ‘Attack Of The Show’ by Cara Santa Maria

Speed Comparison: GT vs. F1 cars by mclaren777

Why We Need to Broaden Participation in Science by RMCRSLDM

Science Writing in a Age of Denial, Apr 23, 2012 videos by University of Wisconsin-Madison

What Happens Inside a Large Hadron Collider? by George Musser and Rose Eveleth

Som Sabadell flashmob by Banco Sabadell

Octopus ‘vulgaris’ hatchlings hatching by Richard Ross

Ophiarachna Predatory Brittle Star FEEDING ACTION! by ChrisM

Deep-Sea Cephalopods Hide Using Light by AMNHorg



The Good-Old Days of Contraception: Lemon-Peel Diaphragms and Beaver-Testicle Tea by Sophie Bushwick

TGIPF: Iceland s Phallological Museum by Alex Witze and Jeff Kanipe

The Myth of a Rational Scientist by Byron Jennings

Do scientists need an homogeneous of a Hippocratic Oath to safeguard reliable conduct? by Lou Woodley

Will We Ever Find Dinosaurs Caught in a Act? and Pterosaurs Done Wrong by Brian Switek

Trees, grass, CO dioxide and a conflict for dominance by GrrlScientist

Franz Boas and Neuroanthropology by Daniel Lende

Altmetrics and a Future of Science by Samuel Arbesman

Lunch: An Urban Invention by Nicola Twilley

The Making Of Meat-Eating America by Dan Charles

How To Start Your Own Farm by Forrest Pritchard

Foie Gras Hypocrisy by Matt Pressberg

U.N. Report from Rio on Environment a Suicide Note by Mark McDonald

A “rule-of-forearm” for collecting information in Botswana by Andrew J King

Microbiomes mediating microevolution by Zen Faulkes

Dietary supplements: Manufacturing troubles widespread, FDA inspections show by Trine Tsouderos

Grizzlies pierce into Polar bear territory by Rebecca Deatsman

The Unsung Scientist, Louis-Antoine Ranvier by Cynthia McKelvey

Turning mishap into story: a advantages of journaling by Jordan Gaines

The restraint of : A semirational diatribe on an undiscerning number by Jonathan Chang

Draining a Desert? by Kate Prengaman

BOOK REVIEW: Companions in Wonder: Children and Adults Exploring Nature Together by Michael Barton

Ancient impact void competence be largest ever found by Stephen “DarkSyde” Andrew

Rising Heat during a Beach Threatens Largest Sea Turtles, Climate Change Models Show by Rachel Ewing

You Can See Poor From Space by Philadelinquency

Maya Lin: A Memorial to
A Vanishing Natural World
by Diane Toomey

The Problems With Forecasting and How to Get Better during It by Nate Silver

Ray Bradbury and a Lost Planetarium Show by David Romanowski

Opossums: Survival Machines and Opossum Reproduction by Jason Bittel

Conducting Cells in Mosses by Jessica M. Budke

What’s a disproportion between one child with a heat and one without? by Connor Bamford

You wish to cut me where? by Steven Salzberg

Birds of a Sun by Christopher Taylor

Coffee: a caffeinated chronicle by Jordan Gaines

Inner Ears Reveal Speed of Early Primates and The Shambulance: Ab Toning Belts (or, Muscle Tone Is All in Your Head) and Flightless Giant’s Flower Diet Revealed by Poop Fossils by Elizabeth Preston

Why a Higgs Particle Matters by Matt Strassler

Reviving a apparently passed in Georgian Britain by Alun Withey

Don t trust a religious by P.Z.Myers

Mother Nature Wants to Eat You, or: The Trouble With Alternative Med by Puff a Mutant Dragon

Gal pagos Monday: World Within Itself by Virginia Hughes

Not in Our Genes by Bryan Appleyard

On a merits of scholarship literacy by Alice Bell

Defining a hybrid species by Retrieverman

Sleep Research in a Blind May Help Us All by Steven Lockley, Ph.D.

Male Lactation- there s substantially something wrong with you by Noby Leong

Bill McKibben on a Global Warming Hoax by Bill McKibben

Why a Left-Brain Right-Brain Myth Will Probably Never Die by Christian Jarrett

Do Bears Sense That Hunters Are Afoot? and Thinking About Your Own Demise Inspires Environmentalism by Rachel Nuwer

Infrastructure and You by Marie-Claire Shanahan, Scott Huler and Tim De Chant

Bottles Full of Brain-Boosters by Carl Zimmer

New Study: Climate Deniers Are Emoting–Especially a Conspiracy Theorists and The Politics of Ice and Fire by Chris Mooney

What’s Behind The Record Heat? by Douglas Main

Jungle Science and a Future of Conservation by Mireya Mayor

A Poison for Assassins and Tiny Fireworks by Deborah Blum

Why Do We Have to Learn This Stuff? A New Genetics for 21st Century Students by Rosemary J. Redfield

Darwin, Darwinism, and Uncertainty: book review by Matt Young

You re Not as Happy as You Think You Are, Behavioral Scientists Report by Thomas Hayden

Strange sounds: How a mind creates clarity of degraded speech by Julia Erb

Do We Need Evolutionary Medicine ? by Harriet Hall

What a Germs in Your Bellybutton Say About You by Jason Tetro

Just a Reminder by Mike Haubrich

Night Shift by Rob Dunn

When Killer Whales Attack by Kieran Mulvaney

Voyager 1: The Little Spacecraft That Could by Amy Shira Teitel

Marriage is a apparatus multitude uses to reproduce by Greg Laden

Supplements: Something Smells Fishy by Cassandra Willyard

Cost of systematic investigate and domestic naivity by Ken Perrott

The time has come: open appearance in scholarship process making. and Harnessing Citizen Scientists: Let s Create a Very Public Office of Technology Assessment by Darlene Cavalier

Get to know a narwhal! by Heidi Smith

Worm kills insects by queasiness Hulk-like bacteria by Ed Yong

The Tasmanian Echidna s Four-Headed Penis by Lucy Cooke

Why Do Flamingos Stand On One Leg? by Matt Soniak

The First Poem Published in a Scientific Journal by Maria Popova

Truth and Reconciliation for Group Selection (pdf) by David Sloan Wilson

With a snail s assistance a fish transitions from failing to dead by Craig McClain

Can You Learn To Be Synaesthetic? and False Positive Neuroscience? by Neuroskeptic

The Psychologist: Vladimir Nabokov’s bargain of tellurian inlet expected a advances in psychology given his day by Brian Boyd


Media, Publishing, Technology and Society:

The Geek Poet Strikes Back by Beth McNichol

A margin beam to sea scholarship and charge on twitter by Andrew Thaler

How to solve unfit problems: Daniel Russell s overwhelming Google hunt techniques by John Tedesco

Should Google and Amazon be authorised to control domains? by Mathew Ingram

Calling Dr. Google by Jeff Jarvis

Belated thoughts on a Finch Report on achieving Open Access by Mike Taylor

The Busy Trap by Tim Kreider and Have You Fallen Into The Busy Trap? by Brad Feld and Do We All Work Too Much? And Do We Really Have a Choice? by Walter Frick

The Death and Rebirth of Television News: “All of Life is Reduced to a Common Rubble of Banality” by Steven Lloyd Wilson

The Enlightenment plan could enthuse a media by Matthew da Silva

What Twitter could have been by Dalton Caldwell

A declaration for a newspaper’s open editor in a amicable media era by Dan Gillmor

Why Google Plus isn’t passed — well, yet by John D. Sutter

SciWriteLabs 8.3: Adjudicating a Lehrer piracy accusations. Plus: Do Arianna and Oprah merit lifelong bans? by Seth Mnookin

The Great American Novel by Maria Konnikova

Of Flying Cars and a Declining Rate of Profit by David Graeber (also see reactions by Henry Farrell and Cassiodorus)

Journatic workman takes This American Life inside outsourced journalism by Anna Tarkov

Positive signs from Wiley on open entrance and Dear Wiley: greatfully use Creative Commons Attribution for your open-access activities by Mike Taylor

On Tides, Visibility, and Quiet Revolutionary Acts by Dana Hunter

The View from Nowhere Interviews Trenberth by Michael Tobis

Social Networking For Scientists – The Wiki by Christie Wilcox

Save your darlings: Blank on Blank gives new life to aged tape by Adrienne LaFrance

Hooray for a Awesome Wave of Lady Scientists in Action Movies by Alyssa Rosenberg

Long-form broadcasting plan Matter aiming for Sep launch by Rachel McAthy

The Predictable Comment by The Digital Cuttlefish

Dramatic Growth of Open Access by Heather Morrison

The 2012 presidential election: what electorate wish a village agenda by Jay Rosen and Nadja Popovich

Website Tests How Political Opposites Actually Discuss Differences by Marissa Alioto

Sorry, Your Tweets Can Still Be Subpoenaed by Adam Martin

Why You Should Be An Open Notebook Scientist by Anthony Salvagno

Startups that Catalyze Science by Samuel Arbesman

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