When we started thinking about this post, Lisa noted that there’s been a lot of chatter about credit for photographers and artists in blog posts, such as the ongoing discussion about Canadian-based I Fucking Love Science and its inconsistent practice of not acknowledging sources. Not only that, but Getty recently announced that it would make its image library available for free to registered bloggers.
Every year, I make a point of rounding up students in my department and encouraging them to volunteer one evening judging our local science fair. This year, the fair was held at the start of April, and featured over 200 judges and hundreds of projects from young scientists in grades 5 through to 12, with the winners going on to the National Championships.
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You can find viruses everywhere: in the soil, in the clouds and in animals. According to scientists from the University of Oldenburg in Germany, there are also a ridiculous number of viruses buried at sea, in the sediments of the oceans.
These sedimentary viruses don’t lie dormant on the seabed, but actively replicate down in the fathoms, even in the gyres of the ocean where most forms of life c... continue reading
Earth Day is April 22, 2014. This is the day that we show how much we appreciate the earth by going green. That includes recycling, reusing materials and reducing the uses of some things.... continue reading
A large chunk of machine learning (although not all of it) is concerned with predictive modeling, usually in the form of designing an algorithm that takes in some data set and returns an algorithm (or sometimes, a description of an algorithm) for making predictions based on future data. In terminology more friendly to the philosophy of science, we may say that we are defining a rule of induction t... continue reading
Astute readers might notice that the frequency of new posts has tailed off lately. This isn’t reflective of any change in my interest in blogging, or want for post ideas (trust me on this one), but is caused entirely by the fact that I’m changing continents in a month.
For the last 31 months, I’ve been a postdoc in some program or another. It’s been simultaneously the ... continue reading
By Youtube user, jdanilon
Anyone want to take a shot at identifying the flowers? Here, I made a list by color …
1. Green sprout – ?
2. Red – Gerbera
3. Orange – Day lilies
4. Pink – Lilies
5. Green – Grass?
6. Red – ?
7. Yellow – ?
8. Pink – ?
9. White – Dandilion
10. Yellow – ?
11. Pink – ?
12. Red – ... continue reading
Every day we provide you with Six Incredible Things Before Breakfast to nibble away at. Here you can fill your brain with the most intellectually stimulating “amuse bouches” from the past week – a veritable smorgasbord for the cranium. They’re all here for you to load up your plate – this week’s “Morsels for the mind”. Enjoy!If you do nothing else, make sure to check out the “Rea... continue reading
Image credit: Pixar
As a foodie, one scene in Pixar’s Ratatouille particularly resonated with me: Anton Ego, the acerbic food critic, takes one bite out of the protagonist’s ratatouille and is instantly reduced to tears by a childhood memory of his mother’s cooking.
Smell, our oldest sense, is particularly powerful at unlocking our deepest memories. Scientists have long wondered why this is ... continue reading
How many calories do patients with anorexia nervosa need to eat to gain a kilo (2.2 lbs)? It seems like a simple question and one that we should have figured out a long time ago, given the importance (err, necessity) of refeeding and weight restoration in recovery from anorexia nervosa.
Unfortunately, research in this area has often led to contradictory results (see Salisbury et al... continue reading
“Things as certain as death and taxes, can be more firmly believ’d.” from The Political History of the Devil by Daniel Defoe (1660-1731)As Benjamin Franklin said, “in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes”. For squirrels, taxes are no certainty. Death, on the other hand, is. The chance encounter with the small corpse of a black squirrel was an affecting rem... continue reading
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