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As the World Turns

Last Build Date: Mon, 24 Apr 2017 18:47:51 +0000


Mary’s Monday Metazoan: If you could dance like that, I’d be all eyes for you [Pharyngula]

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 18:47:51 +0000

I’m relieved my courtin’ days are over, because even if I did paint my butt iridescent colors, I don’t think I could twerk it up over my head.

After BuzzFeed investigation, Maryland changes rape law [The Pump Handle]

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 14:54:26 +0000

Legislation in response to a BuzzFeed News investigation into the Baltimore County Police Department's failure to appropriately investigate many rape cases clarifies that in Maryland, no means no.

What’s The Largest Planet In The Universe? (Synopsis) [Starts With A Bang]

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 14:00:16 +0000

“A few centuries ago, the pioneer navigators learnt the size and shape of our Earth, and the layout of the continents. We are now just learning the dimensions and ingredients of our entire cosmos, and can at last make some sense of our cosmic habitat.” -Martin Rees You might think that Jupiter is the largest…

Congress is back in session, and sneaking the cruel sham that is right-to-try in a must-pass bill Is on the agenda [Respectful Insolence]

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 07:15:07 +0000

Ill-advised right-to-try bills are spreading like kudzu through state legislatures. Now federal legislators want to insert right-to-try language into the bill that funds FDA drug approval. Given the support of powerful Republicans for right-to-try, is it too late to stop this juggernaut and protect patients?

My remarks at the Toronto March for Science [Confessions of a Science Librarian]

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 04:31:13 +0000

Many thanks to the organizers of this past weekend’s March on Science here in Toronto. They invited me to be part of the amazing roster of speakers for the event. I was honoured to take part and offer some of the lessons I’ve learned in the course of my various listing projects over the last…

Double Comments of the Week #157: From physics’ predictions to Michelson-Morley [Starts With A Bang]

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 21:14:31 +0000

“Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after the other.” -Walter Elliot It’s been two great weeks here at Starts With A Bang, where we’ve seen an incredible slew of new articles, new contributions, and literally hundreds of comments where nobody needed to get banned! To all of those who…

Experimental Biology 2017 – Day 1 [Life Lines]

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 04:59:55 +0000

Day 1 of the meeting was as inspiring as usual. The Porter Fellow Reunion Reception took place this evening. This 50 year-old program is designed to support trainees as they conduct research projects in physiology and learn to become independent researchers. It was amazing to see so many past and present fellows and to hear about their accomplishments since receiving the award.…

Marching for science? [Stoat]

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 20:47:42 +0000

I didn’t march for science; I was busy running the Head of the Cam (in something of a turn-up for the books, Nines won, in only a tiny fraction over 9 mins, a good time; Jesus were three seconds slower and in a welcome return to form Caius were only a second slower than that;…

Minnesota March For Science [Greg Laden's Blog]

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 19:53:48 +0000

Just a little video and some pictures from today’s March for Science, Minnesota. This one from the march route on the way to the capitol. Skip ahead to about 1:12 go get the best chant: Another video, this one from The Hedge: You don’t see this sign at many protests: Mammals were welcome at the…

Ask Ethan: What Should A Black Hole’s Event Horizon Look Like? (Synopsis) [Starts With A Bang]

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 14:09:19 +0000

“It is conceptually interesting, if not astrophysically very important, to calculate the precise apparent shape of the black hole… Unfortunately, there seems to be no hope of observing this effect.” -Jim Bardeen Black holes were one of the first consequences of general relativity that were predicted to exist, and the more we’ve studied the Universe,…