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The Scienceblogging Weekly (August 4th, 2012)

Blog of a Week:

Beatrice a Biologist says this about itself: it is “part science blog, partial comic, and partial disjointed rambling: scholarship edutainment during a finest.” Written – or rather drawn – by Katie McKissick, any post is a manifest pleasure and will make we chuckle…and learn.


Top 10:

Gavin’s Story: Whole Exome Sequencing Finds Mystery Mutation by Ricki Lewis:

In a hotel ballroom on a campus of the University of Pennsylvania on a midsummer Saturday in 2010, an startling hurl call was underneath approach during a Family Conference for a Foundation for Retinal Research. Betsy Brint, co-head of organization, was job out what sounded like formula difference CEP290, GUCY20, LRAT and for any one, a few people would mount up, excited, afterwards form small groups. After all 18 abbreviations had been called, representing a genes famous to means Leber inborn amaurosis (LCA), a few sets of relatives were left standing. Troy and Jennifer Stevens, of Chino, California, were among those whose childrens genes and mutations were still a mystery….

Alain de Botton Tries Hand during Sex, Fails by AV Flox:

…..The subsequent sections burst into evolutionary-biological interpretation, that we took to meant science, and that gave us a graphic sense that a author s investigate of sex stopped during a work of William H. Masters and Virginia E. Johnson instead of starting there. That s not surprising, though. ….

Even Deadly Snakes and Monkey Shit Couldn t Stop Me From Excavating Maya Ruins in a Jungle by Charles Choi:

Snakes. In a ancient Maya hull where I’m operative during with archaeologists, a creatures we fear many are substantially a snakes. That fact competence sound like a punchline to an Indiana Jones joke, until we hear about a many dreaded lizard here in a jungles of Belize. The fer-de-lance is expected a deadliest lizard in Latin America, make-up an amputate-if-you’re-lucky punch if it goes untreated. Its prolonged fangs can go right by a boot, and it’s assertive – distinct many snakes that seem some-more fearful of us than we are of them, a fer-de-lance won’t demur to strike. ….

The significance of being Aquaman, or how to save a Atlantean from his sea fate by Andrew Thaler:

….There s no approach around it. Even with a outrageous amounts of feverishness Aquaman would furnish as he burnt by his daily 48,000 Calories, he is going to get cold. With small physique fat and no fur to pronounce of, his feverishness influence intensity is pitiful. Fortunately, there are copiousness of elementary solutions to a thermal problem. Unfortunately, roughly all of them engage manifest changes to his physique….

Moths, Memory, and Motivation by James Hathaway:

….We fast found out that something that seemed elementary throwing a garland of flattering colored insects and putting them in boxes was indeed perfectionist and scarcely forever formidable and mysterious. A lot of a butterflies that were a coolest, a rarest, a many beautiful, lived in bizarre places treetops, a edges of swamps and streams, sunlit clearings in low woods and usually flew in certain seasons and specific times of a day early spring, late afternoon. We schooled because mating rituals, foodplant availability, lifecycle requirements. We didn t usually read, we observed. We schooled that a books were not always right insects are unequivocally non-static and act differently in opposite locales. We grown hypotheses, collected information that upheld or contradicted them. We learned, during slightest concerning a integrate dozen class of butterflies in a partial of upstate New York where we lived, how inlet worked. Nature taught us a scholarship we indispensable to use, and scholarship taught us what there was to know. (Not that we knew adequate to call it science, of course.) It was like a universe had non-stop up. ….

Pain Control by Shara Yurkiewicz:

She had usually been in a sanatorium twice in her life: once when she was 9 and now, 60 years later. She had gotten tonsils out then. She was removing tumors out now. Her stomach harm when she was awake. Her stomach would also harm during exploratory surgery, nonetheless she wouldn t be means to feel it underneath ubiquitous anesthesia. Her physique would feel it, though, and could respond by dangerously spiking or plunging her vitals. She indispensable an epidural before medicine to keep a pain underneath control…..

Bad Chemistry by Deborah Blum:

The start of a story is this: In Dec 2008, a 23-year-old investigate partner named Sheri Sangji incidentally set herself on glow while operative in a chemistry laboratory during a University of California, Los Angeles. She died 18 days after in a sanatorium bake unit….

Is Childhood Pertussis Vaccine Less Effective Than We Thought? by Maryn McKenna:

Delicately and cautiously, health authorities in a United States and other countries are commencement to open adult a formidable topic: Whether a unusual ongoing widespread of whooping cough, a misfortune in some-more than 50 years, might be due in partial to astonishing bad opening by a vaccine meant to forestall a disease….

Meet a people who keep your lights on and Blackout: What’s wrong with a American grid by Maggie Koerth-Baker:

Power was easy now in India, where some-more than 600 million people had been vital though electricity for dual days. That’s good news, though it’s left many Americans wondering either a possess electric grid is vulnerable. Here’s a good news: The North American electric grid is not expected to pile-up in a kind of inauspicious approach we’ve usually seen in India. I’m now interviewing scientists about a weaknesses in a complement and what’s being finished to repair them and will have some-more on that for we tomorrow or Friday….

New OCD Symptom: Tail Chasing by Elizabeth Preston:

…Dogs with constraint might pace, follow hypothetical flies, or lick their flanks until they get sores, notwithstanding their owners’ best efforts to make them stop. Certain breeds are generally vulnerable. A tack of dog constraint is tail chasing, that frequently strikes longhorn terriers and German shepherds. On one forum, user MatrixsDad complains that his German shepherd “is constantly chasing and barking during her tail…She comes adult and puts her backside opposite anyone who’s station around so she can get a improved perspective of her tail before she starts chasing it.”…


Special subject 1: Jonah Lehrer

Jonah Lehrer s Deceptions by Michael C. Moynihan

Jonah Lehrer Resigns From The New Yorker After Making Up Dylan Quotes for His Book by JULIE BOSMAN

The dishonesty ratchet by Bradley Voytek

Jonah Lehrer, Bob Dylan, and journalistic unquotations and More unquotations from a New Yorker by Mark Liberman

Neuroscience author resigns from The New Yorker after revelation to fabricating Dylan quotes. by Paul Raeburn

Jonah Lehrer’s Grievous Oraculism by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Jonah Lehrer throws it all away by Roxane Gay

How we confirm (to falsify). by Janet D. Stemwedel

Original thoughts? by Eva Amsen

Can cheaters repent? by Christie Aschwanden

Jonah Lehrer disturbance lesson: Do your homework by Randy Lewis

It s tough to start during a top, says Sharon Waxman of Jonah Lehrer by Steve Myers

What Jonah Lehrer reveals about renouned scholarship writing by Daniel Bor

Jonah Lehrer Turned His Back On Science by Khalil A. Cassimally

15 Minutes of Meaning for Jonah Lehrer by Alexis Madrigal

Why we Still Really Like Jonah Lehrer by J.S. Adams

On Bob Dylan And Jonah Lehrer, Two Fabulists by Ann Powers

Jonah Lehrer s blank compass by Seth Mnookin


Special subject 2: Algebra

Abandoning Algebra Is Not a Answer by Evelyn Lamb

Does arithmetic have a place in aloft education? by Cathy O’Neil

When Andrew Hacker asks “Is Algebra Necessary?”, because doesn’t he usually ask “Is High School Necessary?” by Rob Knop

Yes, algebra is necessary by Daniel Willingham

Why Algebra Matters (and Why Andrew Hacker is Off-Target) by RiShawn Biddle

Is Algebra Necessary? Are You High? by Blake Stacey

A medium proposal by PZ Myers

Algebra Is Necessary, But What About How It s Taught? by Melanie Tannenbaum

It s Not a Algebra, It s a Arithmetic by Mike a Mad Biologist

On Algebra, High Expectations, and a Common Core by Dana Goldstein

The finish of algebra by Alexandra Petri

Mathematical Illiteracy in a NYT by Mark C. Chu-Carroll

In Defense of Algebra by Evelyn Lamb

Scientific American Math Doc Defends Algebra Ed by Steve Mirsky

Why We Need m(x)+b: A Response to “Is Algebra Necessary?” by Erik Kimel


Best Images:

Macro photographs of snails and insects in a rain by Vadim Trunov

An termite that protects herself with um boundary foam and More unresolved larvae by Alex Wild

URI Sci Comms Day with Bora Zivkovic by Katie, PhD

Teaching Molecular Biology with Watercolors by Rachel Nuwer

Could a Whale-Powered Bus Be a Future of Transportation? by Rachel Nuwer

Hypogean Wildstyle: Dominik Strzelec s Byzantine Geology by Paul Prudence

Quite Possibly a Cutest (Accurate) Dinosaur Illustration Ever by Annalee Newitz


Best Videos:

Watch 131 Years of Global Warming in 26 Seconds by Climate Central

Women in scholarship … on television?!? Evidently not by Emily Willingham

Is There Life On Mars? by KPCC

Ben Goldacre during TEDMED 2012 by TEDMED

London Plague of 1665 by Michelle Ziegler

Field Biology: environment and baiting traps by DNLee

Twitter Algorithm Predicts When You ll Get Sick (8 Days In Advance, With 90% Accuracy) [STUDY] by Shea Bennett

Curiosity (the New Mars Rover) Explained by phdcomics

100 Gallons: Reflections From A Nation Powered By Water by Powering A Nation

Best Anole Documentary Ever by Jonathan Losos

Sight by Eran May-raz and Daniel Lazo

How Did Apollo Astronauts Learn to Land on a Moon? by Amy Shira Teitel



Antibodies found in Peruvians advise healthy insurgency to rabies in internal vampire bats and NIH emerges with new puncture medicine investigate hub by Kathleen Raven

What’s subsequent for systematic teaching? by Zen Faulkes

Deep-sea squid can mangle off all a arms onto an enemy by Ed Yong

Catching Fraud: Simonsohn Says and Why Don’t Social Scientists Want To Be Read? and Social Science and Language, Again and DSM-5 R.I.P? by Neuroskeptic

If You Compare Yourself With Michael Phelps, Will You Become A Better Swimmer? and We Won. They Lost. by Melanie Tannenbaum

A infallible beam to black hole astronomy by Matthew Francis

Velcro Hairs Allow Ants to Hang Their Larvae by Alex Wild

I, For One, Welcome Our New Fishy Overlords by Ian O’Neill

Is this investigate a scandal of crypto-zoologists? by Esther Inglis-Arkell

Vacation Adventure: The La Brea Tar Pits by Erin Podolak

Are meridian sceptics some-more expected to be swindling theorists? by Adam Corner

Michael Phelps, Losing a 400IM, and His Taper by Daniel Lende

What Is a Nocebo Effect? by Joseph Stromberg

Why do women leave science? by Zinemin

Muller is still rubbish by William M. Connolley

Breakthrough: The First Complete Computer Model of a Living Organism by George Dvorsky

How The Fukushima Exclusion Zone Shows Us What Comes After The Anthropocene by Colin Schultz

Interdisciplinarity, Heritability, and Public Policy by Kris Hardies

Why Dogs Chase Laser Beams (and Why It Can Drive Them Nuts) by Natalie Wolchover

The Hunter Hunted: Searching for a Body of an Anatomist by Lindsey Fitzharris

The Devil s Technology by Ross Chapman

Lives of a Deaf by Jaipreet Virdi

Clouding a Olympic issue, China style by Claire

I wish to allotment your health care by PalMD

Gal pagos Redux: When Is It OK to Kill Goats? by Virginia Hughes, Michelle Nijhuis and Jason G. Goldman

Broken heartland: The appearing fall of cultivation on a Great Plains by Wil S. Hylton

Why Experts are Almost Always Wrong by Rose Eveleth

Work-Life Balance for Whom? by Athene Donald

Stiletto snakes by Andrew Durso

New Lights to Help ISS Astronauts Stay Alert by Liat Clark

The Vomit-Inducing Gemini 8 Mission and NASA s Manned Grand Tour of a Inner Planets by Amy Shira Teitel

Artificial Beginnings: Understanding a Origin of Life by Recreating It by Eric Sawyer

To know a tiger is during slightest to start granting them, investigate shows and Tigers, people, and anticipating ways for both to thrive by Sue Nichols

Higgs Discovery: Personal Reflections by Matt Strassler

Did Gymnast Jordyn Wieber Perform Too Soon? In Olympic scoring, a final shall be first. by Karla Starr

Chop Like A Girl by Michelle Nijhuis

Curiosity readies for thespian entrance and Mission control before a party and Curiosity to demeanour for habitable environs by Nadia Drake

Why is Pluto not a planet? by Tristan Avella

Once on a time: The probable story of viruses by Audrey Richard

How to pronounce “Muller’s Ratchet” by Jon Wilkins

The expansion of music by James Gaines

Sex contrast and a Olympics: myths, rumours and acknowledgment bias by Vanessa Heggie

Light Pollution’s Potentially Harmful Effects Highlighted In New Film by Lynne Peoples

Taking a scenic route by Kelly Slivka

wesome Harry Potter Fan Decodes Wizarding Genetics: It s All About Trinucleotide Repeats by Susana Polo

How a Elephant Makes Its Rumble by Veronique Greenwood

Swiss sheep to be given to cry wolf by content message by Agence France-Presse

TGIPF: Sex When You Can t Hang On by Erik Vance

Human cycles: History as science by Laura Spinney

A HOT subject in transit by Taylor Kubota

Stiletto snakes by Andrew Durso


Media, Publishing, Technology and Society:

Imagining a World Without Patents by Mark Summerfield

Five years as a scholarship blogger my practice and how it began by Stephan Schleim

9 Reasons Why Running A Science Blog Is Good For You by Julio Peironcely

Top 10 tips for blogging for scientists by Paul Knoepfler

The art and qualification of scholarship blogging by Daniel Blustein

Science Reporting Gone Wrong by Paige Brown

Reddit as a Science Outreach Tool by Brian Kahn

Setting Sail Toward a Science Communications Career by Liz Neeley

Journalists delayed a environmental debate by Mari Kildahl

The journalistic method: Making a burst from scholarship to broadcasting by Jessica Morrison

Does journalistic change harm America? by Trudy Lieberman

The blank millions of Kibera and Kidnapped during birth and Grandma Obama’s support for domestic violence by Martin Robbins

#riscweet! How to Effectively Communicate Science on a Web by Viet Le

A New Age for Truth by Craig Silverman

Big information is a era s polite rights issue, and we enclose t know it by Alistair Croll


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
July 27th, 2012: Science Decoded

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