Entered By: grant on January 27, 2015 No Observations

That, according to Nature, is the call issued by ecologist Stephen Heard, who wants researchers to keep their prose whimsical, funny, elegant and moving:

In a guest post on the Tree of Life blog, Heard wrote that “style and beauty are not incompatible with scientific writing” and offered a few examples to make […]

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Entered By: grant on January 27, 2015 No Observations

Eurekalert releases results of a study that’s found hormonal birth control increases risk of brain tumors:

Taking a hormonal contraceptive for at least five years is associated with a possible increase in a young woman’s risk of developing a rare tumour, glioma of the brain. This project focussed on women aged 15 -49 years […]

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Entered By: grant on January 26, 2015 No Observations
Science Art: <i>D ß ist der schneck auß dem grund…</i>, by Albrecht Duerer, from <i>Four Books on Measurement  (Underweysung der Messung mit dem Zirckel und Richtscheyt)</i>

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The full title of this appears to be: “D ß ist der schneck auß dem grund auf gezogen/mit allen notwendigen linien drauß er gemacht wirdet,” or “This is the spiral from the plan drawn into the room, with all necessary construction lines.”

It’s from a volume on making three-dimensional shapes out of numbers. […]

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Entered By: grant on January 23, 2015 No Observations

SONG: “Sleeping.” [Download]

ARTIST: grant.

SOURCE: Based on “Naps Help Infants Form Memories“, Laboratory Equipment, 14 January 2015, as used in the post “Naps make memories (in infants).”

ABSTRACT:
I’m so tired. This is so late at night that I’m putting it in the queue.

Lots of delay (in […]

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Entered By: grant on January 21, 2015 No Observations

It just ain’t sanitary. Science magazine plumbs the depths of the million-dollar treasure hiding at the municipal waste treatment plant:

Metals have long been known to concentrate in sewage, which mixes toilet water with effluent from industrial manufacturing, storm runoff, and anything else flushed down the drain. It’s a headache for sewage utilities that […]

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Entered By: grant on January 20, 2015 No Observations

Science Daily explains how an orbital camera solved a decade-old Martian mystery:

Images taken by the HiRISE camera on NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, or MRO, and initially searched by Michael Croon of Trier, Germany, a former member of the European Space Agency’s Mars Express operations team at the European Space Operations Centre, have identified […]

Entered By: grant on January 19, 2015 No Observations

Probably us too, but Laboratory Equipment is only looking at the way babies need naps to remember new things:

In a study, which is the first of its kind, researchers from the Univ. of Sheffield and Ruhr Univ. Bochum, Germany, found that the notion of “sleeping like a baby” is extremely important in declarative […]

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Entered By: grant on January 18, 2015 No Observations
Science Art: <i>Fig. 10 (Theil eines Stockes von </i>Carchesium polypinum<i> mit zwei Individuen)</i>, by Carl Gegenbaur,1870

This is a little critter known as Carchesium polypinum, less formally a “stalked ciliate,” an organism that forms colonies that look like teensy tinesy trees, or maybe ferns, but found in little drops of water. This particular one was found in Grundzüge der vergleichenden Anatomie, published in Leipzig and preserved in the Heidelberg […]

Entered By: grant on January 16, 2015 No Observations

PhysOrg repeats a theme I’ve heard a lot lately – finding yet more evidence that Homo sapiens wasn’t really a step forward for Homo neanderthalensis:

A multi-purpose bone tool dating from the Neanderthal era has been discovered by University of Montreal researchers, throwing into question our current understanding of the evolution of human behaviour. […]

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