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Trans Writing and Genre

There are a lot of reasons I want to point writers and readers toward the video of Staking Our Claim: Trans Women’s Literature in the 21st Century. Hosted by the Barnard Center for Research on Women and sponsored in part… Continue reading ?

Savage Minds Welcomes Rebecca Nelson

Savage Minds is happy to announce the selection of our new “around the web” intern, Rebecca Nelson! Rebecca Nelson is a Ph.D. candidate in cultural anthropology at the University of Connecticut. Her research focuses on volunteer tourism...Show More Summary

February 18 is National Battery Day. In honor of this day we’re...

February 18 is National Battery Day. In honor of this day we’re offering an excerpt from a magazine piece about an ancestor of the modern battery, the Leyden jar. At its simplest the Leyden jar is a glass bottle that is partly filled...Show More Summary

Arizona favorability rises in mining industry perceptions

The Fraser Institute’s 2014 survey ranking jurisdictions worldwide for their favorability for mining has just been released. “Since 1997, the Fraser Institute has conducted an annual survey of mining and exploration companies to assess how mineral endowments and public policy factors such as taxation and regulation affect exploration investment. Show More Summary

Crohn's disease not exempt from racial disparities

Significant differences were found in hospital re-admissions, medication usage, and both medical and surgical complications of children with Crohn's disease related to race. In the study, black children had a 1.5 times higher frequency of hospital re-admissions because of Crohn's disease compared to white children.

Hospitals participating in ACS NSQIP significantly improve surgical outcomes over time

The majority of hospitals participating in the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Project improve surgical outcomes over time, and improvement continues with each year that hospitals participate in the program, according to a new study.

New compounds protect nervous system from the structural damage characteristic of multiple sclerosis

A newly characterized group of pharmacological compounds block both the inflammation and nerve cell damage seen in mouse models of multiple sclerosis, according to a study. Multiple sclerosis is a disease of the brain and spinal cord,...Show More Summary

Intimate partners with low self-esteem stay in unhappy relationships

People with low self-esteem are more likely stay in unhappy relationships, suggests new research. Sufferers of low self-esteem tend not to voice relationship complaints with their partner because they fear rejection.

Reviving drugs with anti-stroke potential, minus side effects

Scientists have found NMDA receptor antagonists that can limit damage to the brain in animal models of stroke, apparently without the pronounced side effects seen with similar drugs. Now researchers have found a potential path around this obstacle, they report.

Predicting human crowds with statistical physics

A general law of how pedestrians interact in a crowd can be used to create realistic crowds in virtual reality games and to make public spaces safer.

Cryptochrome protein helps birds navigate via magnetic field

Researchers have found one one possible explanation for some birds' ability to sense the earth's magnetic field and use it to orient themselves: a magnetically sensitive protein called cryptochrome that mediates circadian rhythms in plants and animals.

QR codes with advanced imaging and photon encryption protect computer chips

Engineers have taken the ordinary QR code and transformed it into a high-end cybersecurity application that can protect the integrity of computer chips using advanced optical imaging and photon-based encryption.

Quantum radar to detect objects which are invisible to conventional systems

A prototype quantum radar that has the potential to detect objects which are invisible to conventional systems has now been developed.

Ensuring security for networks of the future

Company networks are inflexible – they are made up of many components that require a good deal of effort to be connected together. That’s why networks of the future will be controlled by a central unit. However, this makes them a target for hackers. Researchers can demonstrate how to protect these future networks.

Reasons for ibrutinib therapy discontinuation in CLL

About 10 percent of patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia discontinued therapy with the Bruton tyrosine kinase inhibitor drug ibrutinib because of disease progression during clinical trials, according to a new study.

Quick test for quality beer, milk

To guarantee a high quality of their beer, breweries monitor the production process very closely. With a new polymer powder, this monitoring will be able to be faster and simpler in the future. Manufacturers can also test drinks such as milk, juice, cola and red wine with the quick check.

Assessing the Damage at the Mosul Museum, Part 1: The Assyrian Artifacts

Chris Jones has a depressing text on his gates of Nineveh blog: 'Assessing the Damage at the Mosul Museum, Part 1: The Assyrian Artifacts' (Feb 27, 2015). The text clearly explains what was damaged where. Most of the destroyed artifacts...Show More Summary

Forest tree seeds stored in the Svalbard seed vault

A new method for the conservation of the genetic diversity of forest trees will see its launch on 26 February 2015, as forest tree seeds are for the first time stored in the Svalbard Global Seed Vault on the Spitsbergen Island, protected by permafrost. Conserving the genetic resources of forest trees is part of the mandate of the Natural Resources Institute Finland.

Diagram Prize shortlist

They've announced the shortlist for this year's Diagram Prize for the Oddest Book Title of the Year. A fairly entertaining selection -- and readers have until 21 March to vote for the winner.

The Physics of Sorrow review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Georgi Gospodinov's The Physics of Sorrow, coming out soon from Open Letter Internationally acclaimed, this is definitely one of the most anticipated translations of the year.

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