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Garfield at risk: Diabetes in cats and dogs

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by Ainslie Butler and Lindsay Jolivet Health, Medicine, and Veterinary Science subject editors As human obesity rates rise, evidence suggests […]

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At the Great Lakes World Series with Dave Bidini – Part 1

The World Series starts tonight at 8pm with Chicago playing at Cleveland's Progressive Field. The last time two Great Lakes teams played each other at this level was in 1945. It's with great pleasure to have none other than long-time Waterkeeper friend and supporter, Dave Bidini writing for us as this exciting Great Lakes series unfolds. Here is the first in his series.

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Politique énergétique ou fin de la voiture à essence?

Quand j’écrivais le chapitre 3 du projet de livre Les indignés sans projets? sur l’énergie, j’ai commencé l’esquisse d’actions qui s’imposent (section 2.1.1) en proposant l’élimination progressive (au fur et à mesure de l’atteinte de leur fin de vie) de l’ensemble des véhicules à essence, que ce soient les automobiles ou les camions; c’était une intervention à commencer immédiatement. J’ai fini par réaliser que c’est l’élimination tout court des automobiles privées qui s’imposent. C’était donc inattendu de voir le titre de l’article du Devoir de vendredi dernier, «Interdiction des voitures à essence: L’Allemagne pourrait inspirer le Québec». Le ministre réfère à une initiative de l’Allemagne annoncée pendant la semaine, cela suivant d’autres interventions de la Norvège et des Pays-Bas. Dans la politique énergétique du Québec rendue publique au printemps, le gouvernement prévoit seulement un million de véhicules électriques et quatre millions de véhicules à l’essence sur les routes en 2030 alors que ces initiatives…

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Tune in to Undersampled Radio

Back in the summer I mentioned Undersampled Radio, the world's newest podcast about geoscience. Well, geoscience and computers. OK, machine learning and geoscience. And conferences.We're now 25 shows in, having started with Episode 0 on 28 January. The show is hosted by Graham 'Gram' Ganssle, a consulting and research geophysicist based in New Orleans, and me. Appropriately enough, I met Gram at the machine-learning-themed hackathon we did at SEG in 2015. He was also a big help with the local knowledge.I broadcast from one of the phone rooms at The HUB South Shore. Gram has the luxury of a substantial book-lined office, which I imagine has ample views of paddle-steamers lolling on the Mississippi (but I actually have no idea where it is).  To get an idea of what we chat about, check out the guests on some recent episodes:Ep 23, Forest Through the Trees — David Holmes, CTO of Energy at…

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Challenging assumptions to expand our thinking? Insights from Session 1 of TMM2016

The fifth Till & McCulloch Meetings started off with a bang, with an incredibly exciting and provocative talk by Dr. Sara-Jane Dunn that highlighted the predictive power of Boolean network models. Dr. Dunn, who works at Microsoft Research, introduced the idea of biological computation: a cell’s gene expression “decision making” can be modelled using Boolean logic. This makes sense, and is perhaps intuitive and easy to follow, when the state of the system can be described using a small number of inputs and outputs; however, when the number of inputs and outputs grows and interactions between them come into play, it becomes much harder to determine that the model is consistent with experimental observations. But instead of being intimidated by the sheer size of the problem, Dr. Dunn and her team have turned this into an advantage. Typically, the more inputs and interactions that are involved in creating an output,…

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