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Relationships benefit when parents and adult children use multiple communication channels

LAWRENCE – 'Call your mother' may be the familiar refrain, but research from the University of Kansas shows that being able to text, email and Facebook dad may be just as important for young adults. Jennifer Schon, a doctoral student...Show More Summary

A new dent in HIV-1's armor

"Tat is like an engine for HIV replication and Ssu72 revs up the engine," says Lirong Zhang, one of the first authors and a Salk researcher. "If we target this interaction between Ssu72 and Tat, we may be able to stop the replication of HIV." read more

Oh no!

Well, damn. Forget Earth. All of time and space is screwed. #DoctorWho has the Ebola virus. And went bowling! pic.twitter.com/aY53pNpvX5 — Chris C. (@CubedLink) October 24, 2014

Icelandic volcano sits on massive magma hot spot

Spectacular eruptions at Bárðarbunga volcano in central Iceland have been spewing lava continuously since Aug. 31. Massive amounts of erupting lava are connected to the destruction of supercontinents and dramatic changes in climate and ecosystems. read more

RIP Frank Mankiewicz, coiner of "retronym"

From the New York Times obituary for Frank Mankiewicz (son of Herman, nephew of Joseph): Frank Mankiewicz, a writer and Democratic political strategist who was Senator Robert F. Kennedy’s press secretary, directed Senator George S. McGovern’s losing 1972 presidential campaign and for six years was the president of National Public Radio, died Thursday at a […]

Sacred Tears

My contribution to Music & Literature Issue 5 is a long essay on Stig Saeterbakker that began in my reading of his essays. For this essay, I was given the really fortunate honor of reading a number of Saeterbakken’s essays (all published for the first time in English in this issue) before they were officially published. Show More Summary

Habitat Partitioning by Upper Cretaceous Mosasaurs

Habitat preference of mosasaurs indicated by rare earth element (REE) content of fossils from the Upper Cretaceous marine deposits of Alabama, New Jersey, and South Dakota (USA)Authors:Harrell et alAbstract:Knowledge of habitat segregation...Show More Summary

Couple without of

Scott K. Johnson, "The Scablands: A scarred landscape as strange as fiction", ars technica 10/12/2014: In 1922, Bretz tried to bring a group of students to the Cascades, but they were unable to make the last leg of the trip. Instead, they used their remaining time to poke around the Scablands near Spokane. The experience […]

Women modifiers

Maddie York, "Why there are too many women doctors, women MPs, and women bosses", The Guardian 10/17/2014: I am a subeditor at the Guardian. I am a woman. I am not a woman subeditor. But “woman” and its plural seem to be taking over the role of modifier, so that now, there is no such […]

Talking to Your Phone, Dining Out and Slower Runs (Statshot)

American teens don’t use smartphone voice-recognition technology much more than adults do overall, but they use it in different ways. Homemade meals make up almost 20% less of our calorie intake than they did 35 years ago. The jump in marathon participation has brought with it a sharp increase in average finishing time.

Ebola markets in everything

Ebola plush toys have been selling so fast in response to this year’s outbreak that a Connecticut manufacturer, Giantmicrobes Inc., can’t keep them in stock. The company, which was founded a decade ago, makes stuffed toys based on the appearance of microbes like Ebola, Chicken pox, bed bugs, and even non-harmful microscopic organisms things like […]

APIC Ebola readiness survey findings

Washington, D.C., October 24, 2014 -- Only 6 percent of U.S. hospitals are well-prepared to receive a patient with the Ebola virus, according to a survey of infection prevention experts at U.S. hospitals conducted October 10-15 by the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC). read more

Faux Numis

Kilroy coin (photo from Hooker's blog) John Hooker claims to be an expert: "A numismatist with over fifty years experience [...] Very few people without at least twenty years of experience in numismatics can make much of an impact on...Show More Summary

Friday Links

Federal revenues ($3.02 trillion) for fiscal year 2014 are above estimates and have set a new record. Another record: $4 billion spent in the 2014 midterms. Question: are there no limits to how much one might spend to earn the right to spend? Republicans support entitlement reform, unless they don’t (which is the case as […]

China Launches its 1st Space Mission to the Moon and Back

China launched its first space mission to the moon and back early Friday, authorities said, the latest step forward for Beijing's ambitious program to one day land a Chinese citizen on the Earth's only natural satellite. The unnamed, unmanned probe...

“Can you get Ebola from a bowling ball?”, the song

The post “Can you get Ebola from a bowling ball?”, the song appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Yet More News

Charlie Munger, the billionaire business associate of Warren Buffett, has donated $65 million to the KITP at UCSB for the construction of a residence for visitors. For more on this, see a UCSB story, a New York Times article, and … Continue reading ?

Strange Triple Asteroid System Observed

“Combined observations from small and large telescopes provide a unique opportunity to understand the nature of this complex and enigmatic triple asteroid system,” said Franck Marchis, senior research scientist at the Carl Sagan Center of the SETI Institute. “Thanks to...

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