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  • April 29, 2014
  • 06:18 AM
  • 619 views

Recursive Fury: Misunderstanding The Ethics of Criticism

by Neuroskeptic in Neuroskeptic_Discover

One month ago, a paper was retracted from Frontiers in Psychology. It was called “Recursive fury: conspiracist ideation in the blogosphere in response to research on conspiracist ideation”, from Australian psychologists Stephan Lewandowsky and colleagues. Most retractions are valuable corrections to the literature, taking flawed science or plagiarised work out of circulation. I have myself […]The post Recursive Fury: Misunderstanding The Ethics of Criticism appeared first on Ne........ Read more »

  • April 28, 2014
  • 08:09 AM
  • 554 views

Brewing New Futures: The Concoction Of Urban Laboratories

by Nura Rutten in United Academics

Urban laboratories can serve as new places for knowledge production and direct application with the goal of making cities more economically viable, socially robust and environmentally friendly.... Read more »

  • April 28, 2014
  • 08:00 AM
  • 671 views

Changing Night Skies: How an Exotic Disease is Decimating America’s Backyard Bats

by David Steen in Living Alongside Wildlife



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  • April 27, 2014
  • 10:00 AM
  • 370 views

Radiation is for the Birds… At Least at Chernobyl

by Dr. Jekyll in Lunatic Laboratories

Almost all birds adapt to the high radiation of the Chernobyl site, this study shows just how that is done.... Read more »

Galván Ismael, Bonisoli-Alquati Andrea, Jenkinson Shanna, Ghanem Ghanem, Wakamatsu Kazumasa, Mousseau Timothy A., & Møller Anders P. (2014) Chronic exposure to low-dose radiation at Chernobyl favors adaptation to oxidative stress in birds. Functional Ecology. DOI: 10.1111/1365-2435.12283  

  • April 24, 2014
  • 05:30 PM
  • 474 views

Biofuels From Crop Residue May Increase Greenhouse Gas Emissions

by dailyfusion in The Daily Fusion

Using corn crop residue to make ethanol and other biofuels reduces soil carbon and can generate more greenhouse gases than gasoline, according to a study published in the journal Nature Climate Change (see footnote).... Read more »

Liska, A., Yang, H., Milner, M., Goddard, S., Blanco-Canqui, H., Pelton, M., Fang, X., Zhu, H., & Suyker, A. (2014) Biofuels from crop residue can reduce soil carbon and increase CO2 emissions. Nature Climate Change. DOI: 10.1038/nclimate2187  

  • April 24, 2014
  • 03:50 PM
  • 587 views

Quantum Dots Open Way For Solar Windowpanes

by Whitney Campbell in Green Screen

Recently scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory and the University of Milano-Bicocca showed how, some day with the same surface, we may be able to see the sun and glean it too. By redesigning a light-grabbing nanocrystal, these material researchers devised a technique that could change sheer Plexiglas sheets into large-area solar concentrators.1... Read more »

  • April 24, 2014
  • 12:21 PM
  • 636 views

Scientists Use Airplane to Detect Methane From Fracking

by dailyfusion in The Daily Fusion

Using an airplane to detect greenhouse gas emissions from freshly drilled shale gas wells in Pennsylvania’s Marcellus basin, Cornell and Purdue scientists have found that leaked methane from fracking is a tougher problem—between a hundred- and a thousandfold—than previously thought.... Read more »

Caulton, D., Shepson, P., Santoro, R., Sparks, J., Howarth, R., Ingraffea, A., Cambaliza, M., Sweeney, C., Karion, A., Davis, K.... (2014) Toward a better understanding and quantification of methane emissions from shale gas development. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1316546111  

  • April 24, 2014
  • 10:21 AM
  • 487 views

Severe droughts and wildfires threatens Amazonian rainforest

by Aileen Cudmore in Natural Reactions

Extreme dry weather coupled with high-intensity wildfires is already beginning to damage large areas of the Amazon rainforest, a situation that is being made worse by continued deforestation and logging. ... Read more »

Brando PM, Balch JK, Nepstad DC, Morton DC, Putz FE, Coe MT, Silvério D, Macedo MN, Davidson EA, Nóbrega CC.... (2014) Abrupt increases in Amazonian tree mortality due to drought-fire interactions. PNAS. PMID: 24733937  

  • April 22, 2014
  • 09:15 PM
  • 623 views

Removal of crop residue for biofuels increases CO2 emissions

by Jonathan Trinastic in Goodnight Earth

A computational study has shown that removal of residue from crop fields increases CO2 emissions... Read more »

Liska, A., Yang, H., Milner, M., Goddard, S., Blanco-Canqui, H., Pelton, M., Fang, X., Zhu, H., & Suyker, A. (2014) Biofuels from crop residue can reduce soil carbon and increase CO2 emissions. Nature Climate Change. DOI: 10.1038/nclimate2187  

  • April 22, 2014
  • 10:22 AM
  • 480 views

Frogs Survive Subzero Temperatures by Living as Ice Cubes

by Elizabeth Preston in Inkfish

No matter how rough a winter you think you had, it was nothing compared to what a wood frog survives every year. Some of these little amphibians are still waiting for spring, when they’ll thaw out and turn from frog-shaped blocks of ice back into animals. Recently, scientists took a close look at wood frogs […]The post Frogs Survive Subzero Temperatures by Living as Ice Cubes appeared first on Inkfish.... Read more »

Larson DJ, Middle L, Vu H, Zhang W, Serianni AS, Duman J, & Barnes BM. (2014) Wood frog adaptations to overwintering in Alaska: New limits to freezing tolerance. The Journal of experimental biology. PMID: 24737762  

  • April 21, 2014
  • 04:03 PM
  • 496 views

Pyrolysis Biofuel Production Process Simplified

by dailyfusion in The Daily Fusion

Innovations at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) are bringing researchers one step closer to developing “green” biofuel production systems farmers can use to meet on-farm energy needs, or to produce renewable fuels for commercial markets.... Read more »

  • April 21, 2014
  • 10:00 AM
  • 318 views

Biofuels better for Nature? Maybe not!

by Dr. Jekyll in Lunatic Laboratories

As it turns out biofuels may not be the answer we were hoping for in the fight against global warming... Read more »

Liska Adam J., Yang Haishun, Milner Maribeth, Goddard Steve, Blanco-Canqui Humberto, Pelton Matthew P., Fang Xiao X., Zhu Haitao, & Suyker Andrew E. (2014) Biofuels from crop residue can reduce soil carbon and increase CO2 emissions. Nature Climate Change. DOI: 10.1038/nclimate2187  

  • April 18, 2014
  • 11:04 AM
  • 397 views

Danish Project to Make Polymer Solar Cells More Profitable

by dailyfusion in The Daily Fusion

Project Megawatt intends to make polymer solar cells profitable enough to allow power generation from polymer solar cells to compete on market terms with traditional coal-fired power plants.... Read more »

  • April 16, 2014
  • 06:16 AM
  • 481 views

Tiger sharks: Each to their own diving depth

by Aileen Cudmore in Natural Reactions

Despite some broad similarities, the diving behaviour of tiger sharks appears to vary greatly amongst individuals.... Read more »

  • April 15, 2014
  • 06:22 PM
  • 725 views

Hold the drill! Fracking emitting more methane than previously thought

by Jonathan Trinastic in Goodnight Earth

A new study measuring methane emissions over well pads has shown that fracking sites even in preparatory phases release orders of magnitude more methane then previously estimated.... Read more »

Caulton, D., Shepson, P., Santoro, R., Sparks, J., Howarth, R., Ingraffea, A., Cambaliza, M., Sweeney, C., Karion, A., Davis, K.... (2014) Toward a better understanding and quantification of methane emissions from shale gas development. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1316546111  

  • April 15, 2014
  • 02:17 PM
  • 454 views

Airborne Wind Turbines Have Significant Potential, Study Finds

by dailyfusion in The Daily Fusion

Airborne wind turbines hovering high in the air and tethered to the ground, like kites, have the potential to generate huge amounts of electricity, based on a recent wind availability study led by the University of Delaware.... Read more »

  • April 14, 2014
  • 09:23 AM
  • 482 views

Scientists Suggest Planting Biofuel Crops on Solar Farms

by dailyfusion in The Daily Fusion

A new model for solar farms that “co-locates” biofuel crops and solar panels could result in a harvest of valuable plants along with solar energy.... Read more »

  • April 10, 2014
  • 11:18 AM
  • 576 views

Why do dogs lick people?

by Cobb & Hecht in Do You Believe In Dog?

Just Wow. Photo: Chris Sembrot PhotographyHi Julie,Yes, but WHY? I loved Claudia Fugazza's guest post about drawing on dogs' social imitation capacities to learn as copy-cats in the Do as I do training technique. Good stuff! A few things collided this week that resulted in me deciding to look into why dogs lick people. The first was the Huffington Post 'This Is What Happens When You Ask People To Kiss Their Dogs In Front Of A Camera' (example above from Chris Sembrot's 'For the love o........ Read more »

Bradshaw John W.S., Blackwell Emily J., & Casey Rachel A. (2009) Dominance in domestic dogs—useful construct or bad habit?. Journal of Veterinary Behavior: Clinical Applications and Research, 4(3), 135-144. DOI: 10.1016/j.jveb.2008.08.004  

  • April 10, 2014
  • 05:00 AM
  • 555 views

Is Sugar Bad For You? Not For Plants And Trees, Study Shows

by Geetanjali Yadav in United Academics

A new study reveals the role of sugars as initial regulator of apical dominance... Read more »

Mason MG, Ross JJ, Babst BA, Wienclaw BN, & Beveridge CA. (2014) Sugar demand, not auxin, is the initial regulator of apical dominance. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. PMID: 24711430  

  • April 9, 2014
  • 09:08 PM
  • 633 views

The New Guinea flatworm visits France – a menace

by Piter Boll in Earthling Nature

by Piter Kehoma Boll For as long as life exists, it spreads. Organisms move (even if only as gametes or spores) and conquer new environments if they fit. If it wasn’t so, life wouldn’t be found all over the world. … Continue reading →... Read more »

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