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The Scienceblogging Weekly (August 11th, 2012)

Blog of a Week:

Kristina Killgrove (Twitter) is a bioarchaeologist. Her blog Powered By Osteons covers a far-reaching spectrum of topics on archaeology, bioanthropology, and a exemplary world. But what it has a most, and is many exciting, are bones. Lots of bones. Human bones. Skulls and femurs and pelvises and what we can learn about a past from study them.


Top 10:

Satisfying Curiosity: scheming for a Mars landing by John Rennie:

…All a Mars rovers so far, from a trailblazing Sojourner to a overachieving twins Spirit and Opportunity, have been unusual exploratory robots, yet Curiosity represents an desirous new extreme. Most obviously, it s many bigger: Curiosity weighs roughly a ton and is a distance of a tiny car, since Spirit and Opportunity were half as prolonged and a fifth as vast and Sojourner was not many bigger than a vast cat….

Muscles and a Lactic Acid Myth by Larry Moran:

…It’s all a myth. Lactic poison has zero to do with acidosis (the buildup of poison in a muscles). In fact, it’s not even pure that acidosis is a problem, yet let’s understanding with that another time….

Is a PhD compulsory for good scholarship writing? by Emily Willingham:

…..In fact, as someone who has a PhD in scholarship yet has been a author longer than I’ve been a scientist, I’d disagree that it competence be improved not to have specific training in scholarship if you’re reaching for an assembly of nonscientists, depending on what your idea as a author is. If your idea is to tell a good scholarship story that keeps a nonscientist reading and thinking, “wow” or “I get it,” afterwards systematic training competence be an anti-requisite. If your aim is critique and investigate of science, afterwards systematic training could be utterly useful as prolonged as we don’t let your low credentials blind we to what your readers competence not know as good as you…..

What Grown-Ups Can Learn From Kids’ Books by Maria Konnikova:

….The small king isn’t alone in carrying insights that are mislaid on a child. What of Alice in her wonderland and mirrored adventures? Alice’s story might have been innate from a story told to children one idle afternoon, yet it became many more: a low philosophical meditation….

Olympic Physics: Air Density and Bob Beamon s Crazy-Awesome Long Jump by Rhett Allain:

Even now, there are those who explain that a long-jump record of 8.9 meters that Bob Beamon set in 1968 was so crazy overwhelming since he achieved it in Mexico City, that is roughly 8,000 feet above sea level. The evidence is that a atmosphere is thinner, and so there is reduction atmosphere resistance, and Mexico City is serve from a core of a earth, and so a gravitational army are smaller. Does any of this have any impact? And if so, does it unequivocally matter?…

Is corn a new milk? Evolutionarily speaking, that is. by Jeremy Yoder:

It is a widespread myth that, as we grown a record to reshape a sourroundings to a preferences, tellurian beings neutralized a energy of healthy selection. Quite a conflicting is true: some of a best-known examples of new evolutionary change in humans are attributable to technology. People who colonized high-altitude environments were comparison for toleration of low-oxygen conditions in a high Himalayas and Andes; populations that have historically lifted cattle for divert developed a ability to digest divert sugars as adults….

In a Bronx, Rights Get Fuzzy by Cassie Rodenberg:

I ve been operative with photographer Chris Arnade to request stories in Hunts Point, Bronx and often-ignored areas of New York City. Over a march of a final year, we have beheld a impact a city s Stop and Frisk routine has on a neighborhood. Recently, we done a preference to start documenting that in movement should we see it. This Sunday, we did:…

What do Christian fundamentalists have opposite set theory? by Maggie Koerth-Baker:

I’ve mentioned here before that we went to fundamentalist Christian schools from category 8 by category 11. we schooled high propagandize biology from a Bob Jones University textbook, watched videos of Ken Ham articulate about cryptozoology as additional credit assignments, and my mental database of American story substantially includes approach some-more information about good reconstruction movements than yours does. In my experience, when a schools we went to followed tangible facts, they did a good pursuit in education. Small category sizes, lots of hands-on, lots of writing, and lots of time spent training to learn rather than training to a standardised test. But when they motionless that a contribution were ungodly, things went to crazytown flattering damn quick….

Stop Calling Sherlock a Sociopath! Thanks, a Psychologist. by Maria Konnikova:

I d like to get something off my chest. It s been bugging me for a very, really prolonged time. Sherlock Holmes is not a sociopath. He is not even a high-functioning sociopath, as a differently truly glorious BBC Sherlock has styled him (I take a disproportion true from Benedict Cumberbatch s mouth). There. we ve pronounced it…

What s a disproportion between clarity and invisibility ? by Greg Gbur:

In essay my prior post on The Murderer Invisible, we started meditative again about a attribute between something being pure and something being truly invisible . Most of us can conclude that, underneath a right circumstances, a pure intent like a potion window can be really tough to see, yet many of us also conclude that potion is not even tighten to wise a renouned notice of invisibility. In fact, yet we confront copiousness of pure things in nature, we enclose t confront invisible things….


Special topic: Curiosity:

Mars needs rovers! (and it usually got a large one) by Matthew Francis

What Curiosity Will and Won t Teach Us About Martian Life by Jeffrey L. Bada

A lifetime of curiosity: An talk with JPL executive Charles Elachi by Nadia Drake

How Did We Get That Incredible Photo of Curiosity’s Descent on Mars? by Alexis Madrigal

Landing Curiosity on Mars was Way Harder and Way Less Expensive than a Olympics by Rose Eveleth

Watching Curiosity’s Mars Landing Live on a 53-Foot Screen in Times Square by Laura Geggel

Me and Curiosity by Taylor Kubota

“Curiosity” Driven Science by Larry Moran

Long day during a bureau as scientists get in sync with Mars by Bridie Smith

Curiosity s initial tone print of Mars is usually a second-most sparkling sketch yet by Robert T. Gonzalez

Meanwhile in Mars . by Shibin Dinesh

Curiosity Rover: Driving Lessons on Mars by Tamara Krinsky

Engineering Life to Survive on Mars and Aid Human Colonization by Tanya Lewis

http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2012/08/08/158433038/amazingly-earth-like-curiosity-beams-first-full-frame-photo-of-mars by Eyder Peralta

See what it’s like to be a moody controller for Curiosity by Ruth Suehle

SCUBA Diving by a Endless Martian Desert by Thomas Hayden

Poet Laureates of Mars: Meet a NASA Team Behind Curiosity s Twitter by Benjamin Soloway


Best Images:

Mars orbiter catches Curiosity by a tail by Eric Hand

Mars orbiter catches pic of Curiosity on a approach down! and Curiosity alighting site: a whole mess by Phil Plait

Curiosity Rover’s Home on Mars: A Powers-of-Ten Visual Explainer by Alexis Madrigal

Classic Scientific Illustrations by Ian Wang

Stickleback by Simone


Best Videos:

The usually existent video footage of Mark Twain, as filmed by Thomas Edison by Robert T. Gonzalez

3D-printed exoskeleton gives a small lady use of her arms by Sean Ludwig

Curiosity’s Descent by JPLnews

Fred Guterl by The Daily Show

Forget Wireless Keyboards and Touch Your Plant Instead by Katie Pratt

The Scienceline song video awards by Kelly Slivka

How Math Comes to Mind: Intuition, Visualization, and Teaching by Stanislas Dehaene and Steven Strogatz

High Speed Video of Flipping Cats by destinws2

Mark Achtman on Plague Genetics by Michelle Ziegler



Superbug Summer Books: THE POWER OF HABIT by Maryn McKenna

Olympic Greatness: Biology or Motivation? by Melanie Tannenbaum

Backpacking Lizards For Science: Radio-Tracking Puerto Rican Anoles by Jonathan Losos

Will Climate Doubt Dry Up with a Drought? by Bob Deans

Undead: The Rabies Virus Remains a Medical Mystery by Monica Murphy and Bill Wasik

In Antarctica, Dreaming of Mars by Alexander Kumar

How to Unstick a Gecko and Mom’s Genes Make Males Die Sooner by Elizabeth Preston

Laboratory color repurposed opposite protein clumps found in Huntington s disease by Kathleen Raven

Stress Is a Real Killer for Dragonflies by Douglas Main

Only Young Scientists Overthrow Old Concepts? and What Does “pH” Mean? by Larry Moran

Award-winning clergyman Michael Lampert: WHY we LOVE SCIENCE by Casey Rentz

Sandpipers abandon nap for days since there s too many sex to be had and Prisoners representation in to save involved butterfly and A circuit for charge in a smarts of indignant birds by Ed Yong

The Largest Waves in a Sea Aren t during a Beach by Kim Martini

Plants with Personality by Emily Anthes

What’s adult with amicable psychology? by Thom Baguley

The Molecular Olympics by Stuart Cantrill

Free online apparatus helps brand bat calls by Mark Kinver

New Forensics Tool for Catching Elephant Poachers and Man Wears Artificial Uterus for Science His Wife and Celebrating 80 Years of LEGO by Rachel Nuwer

Historiography of a Market for Health by Jaipreet Virdi

Sleep investigate reveals keys to health by Lydialyle Gibson

Olympic Diving Physics by Paige Brown

Apollo 15′s Bizarre Contraband Stamp Debacle and How NASA Engineered a Enduring Apollo Flags by Amy Shira Teitel

Explaining Risk: Know Your Aristotle by Trisha Greenhalgh

Species Traits and Community Assembly by Jacquelyn Gill

First-Ever National Survey on Genetically Engineered Mosquitoes Shows Mixed Support by Matt Shipman

A Cult of Quantity by Will

Nope, these birds are not lesbians by Annalee Newitz

The Spruce Street Swamps by David H.

Psychology and Its Discontents by Carol Tavris

The Kangaroo s Tale: How an erring conveyor doorway finished an peculiar form of renouned entertainment by Jack El-Hai

Ehux: The Little Eukaryote with a Big History by Jaime E. Zlamal

A New Generation of Digital Ornithologists by Abby McBride

The story behind “Scaling Metagenome Assembly with Probabilistic de Bruijn Graphs” by C. Titus Brown

What Lurks In Logs by Carl Zimmer

The Sham Ph.D. by Dave G Mumby

In Defense of Algebra by Nicholas Warner

A Mysterious Alien Creature Identified by NC Museum Researchers by jasoncryan

Fear of a Black Hole by Matthew Francis

Skeletons in a Closet by Heather Pringle

Serbian entity in Bosnia and Herzegovina pledges to change a unsuitable science by Mi o Tatalovi

TGIPF: Slug Sex Redux by Cassandra Willyard

Anorexia nervosa, neurobiology, and family-based treatment by Harriet Brown

Ten clues to a complicated poisoner by Deborah Blum

Cheetah Sets New Land Speed Record, Beats Bolt by 4 Seconds by Tanya Lewis

Science settles some decades-old debates about a best approach to swim by Michael Ann Dobbs

Seven climate-change diseases to hurt your day by James West

Anolis sagrei (Cuban Brown Anole) in Valdosta, Georgia! 04 Aug 2012 by Janson Jones

Stiletto snakes by Andrew Durso


Media, Publishing, Technology and Society:

Judge Posner: Embedding Infringing Videos Is Not Copyright Infringement, And Neither Is Watching Them by Mike Masnick

Everything That s Wrong with Political Journalism in One Washington Post Item by Jay Rosen

Scientific Communication As Sequential Art by Bret Victor

How to Write a Malcolm Gladwell Book by Zach Weiner

Where peer-review went wrong and Some some-more of peer-review s biggest mistakes and What is this peer-review routine anyway? by Mike Taylor

Chipping divided during “hard” — for a poets and What has podcasting accomplished? by Dave Winer

Oracles, Big Answers, Pop Sci s Neglect of Mystery by David Dobbs

Journalism during a speed of bytes a timely report by Lawrie Zion

Advice and examples on how and what reporters should tweet by Steve Buttry

PeerJ: are we reinventing a wheel? by Eduardo Santos

Blogging about blogging, and tweeting about tweeting: what we have learnt after 100 tweets by Michael McCarthy

Whither Science Publishing? by Bob Grant

Beware, Tech Abandoners. People Without Facebook Accounts Are ‘Suspicious.’ by Kashmir Hill

Downgrading Facebook. Tech Abandoner? Or Rational Lifestyle Choice? by Haydn Shaughnessy

Security Questions: The Biggest Joke in Online Identity Verification by Rebecca J. Rosen

All in a Single String by Maria Konnikova

Who’s That Woman In The Twitter Bot Profile? by Jason Feifer

Why Cartoons, sex and song are required in scholarship communication by Emily Coren

Social Media for a Physiologist A Modern Utopia or a Brave New World? by Dr. Isis with contributions from Danielle Lee, Pascale Lane, and Kristy Meyer

An Unexpected Ass Kicking and 7 Things we Learned From My Encounter With Russell Kirsch by Joel Runyon

Enter an Elevator with Confidence by Heather R.

Evidence-based, ominous and on YouTube? How to promulgate scholarship in a Internet age by Dorothy Bishop

The Future of a Internet is a la Carte by Matt Shipman

If #Google Plus is Deserted we Hope It Stays That Way by Tinu Abayomi-Paul

The false-balance trap by Paul Raeburn

Cheating in Online Courses by Dan Ariely

There s usually one truly open height a web by Mathew Ingram

The change trap by Natasha Loder

Knit Together by Mindy Weisberger


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, yet snakes are long
July 27th, 2012: Science Decoded

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