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Kiribati Support Since 2005, we have worked with colleagues in the Republic of Kiribati to understand the effects of climate change and to build local research capacity. Monitoring the coral reefs of the Gilbert Islands, the main island chain, is vital to helping the Kiribati people respond to the existential threat of climate change. It…

Blame Your Subpar Fitness on That Neanderthal DNA

Most of us harbor about 2 percent Neanderthal DNA, inherited when our ancestors bred with Neanderthals more than 50,000 years ago. This was revealed back in 2010, when geneticists salvaged enough fragments of ancient DNA from Neanderthal bones to piece together a full genome. Show More Summary

Teaching Thursday: Technology, Narrative, and Practice

My first classes were this week, and as per usual, I left with a head full of ideas and challenges. I want to get back to doing a little blogging about teaching so I’ve put up a few of my thoughts after my first week back in the classroom. 1. Technology. I teach History 101… Read More ?

The Chicken-hearted Origins of the 'Pecking Order'

At the turn of the twentieth century, a young Thorleif Schjelderup-Ebbe began vacationing with his wealthy parents, both sculptors, at a country retreat outside Kristiania (now Oslo), Norway, where he immersed himself in the lives of...Show More Summary

Are We Loving Monarchs to Death?

Until recently, monarchs have mostly been at Mother Nature's mercy—contending with disease, weather fluctuations, and heavy predation in the wild. Lately, however, the efforts of a well-meaning public to bring monarch eggs and larvae...Show More Summary

A day in the life

I like to post approx one item per day on this blog, so when multiple things come up in the same day, I worry about the sustainability of all this. I suppose I could up the posting rate to 2 a day but I think that could be too much of a burden on the […] The post A day in the life appeared first on Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and Social Science.

A James Wilson Memorial Award for Gen. Charles Lee

When I saw the movie musical 1776 during the Bicentennial, it left me with a strong impression of James Wilson. He was the Pennsylvania delegate to the Continental Congress shown casting the decisive vote for independence. In the movie...Show More Summary

Yale team discovers how Zika virus causes fetal brain damage

Infection by the Zika virus diverts a key protein necessary for neural cell division in the developing human fetus, thereby causing the birth defect microcephaly, a team of Yale scientists reported Aug. 24 in the journal Cell Reports. The...Show More Summary

The Lancet Global Health: Arab uprising has had long-term effect on health, lowering life expectancy in several countries

War in Syria had erased 6 years off male life expectancy by 2013 Syria falling behind countries in Sub-Saharan Africa in reducing child mortality Conflicts threaten to jeopardise health gains over past two decades and will have impact on the region and worldwide for many years read more

Jetset Geneva Climate Meeting Fails to Save the World

Guest essay by Eric Worrall Scientists met last week in Geneva, to try to work out how to save the world – but likely more meetings at exotic locations will be required. OSLO (Reuters) – Scientists on Thursday set the outlines of a report on how to restrict global warming to a limit agreed last…

Planet found in habitable zone around nearest star

Astronomers using ESO telescopes and other facilities have found clear evidence of a planet orbiting the closest star to Earth, Proxima Centauri. The long-sought world, designated Proxima b, orbits its cool red parent star every 11 days and has a temperature suitable for liquid water to exist on its surface. Show More Summary

Breast cancer cells found to switch molecular characteristics

A study led by Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) investigators reveals how spontaneous changes in the molecular characteristics of tumors can lead to tumors with a mixed population of cells requiring treatment with several types of therapeutic drugs. Show More Summary

Climate analysis makes sense of Antarctic puzzle

Researchers caution that global warming signals are being masked by random weather variations and report that the human influence on snowfall levels will become detectable within the next few decades. In a warmer world, scientists expect to see an increase in snowfall over the Antarctic because of higher levels of moisture in the air. Show More Summary

Rocky planet found orbiting habitable zone of nearest star

Washington, DC-- An international team of astronomers including Carnegie's Paul Butler has found clear evidence of a planet orbiting Proxima Centauri, the closest star to our Solar System. The new world, designated Proxima b, orbitsShow More Summary

Mutually helpful species become competitors in benign environments

Nature abounds with examples of mutualistic relationships. Think of bees pollinating flowers whose nectar nourishes the bees, or clownfish that fight off predators of anemones that in turn provide habitats for the clownfish. Each species benefits the other, and together their chances of survival are better than if they lived apart. read more

Asthma risk increases when child had bronchiolitis

Results of a study published in PLOS ONE show that asthma risk increased 17 times when children who had bronchiolitis in the first two years of life also had a common variation of the Plasminogen activator inhibitor-1 (PAI-1) gene. Similarly,...Show More Summary

How do antidepressants trigger fear and anxiety?

CHAPEL HILL, NC - More than 100 million people worldwide take selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), such as Prozac and Zoloft, to treat depression, anxiety and related conditions, but these drugs have a common and mysterious side effect: they can worsen anxiety in the first few weeks of use, which leads many patients to stop treatment. Show More Summary

Follow-Up: Just How Hot Was July 2016?

The other day I posted an article about how ridiculously warm July 2016 was globally. Like every month for 10 months in a row, it was the hottest such month since records have been reliably kept (starting in 1880). This happens so often now that I just repost the same article, with the dates and numbers updated. Show More Summary

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