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  • July 22, 2014
  • 01:19 PM
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Optical Cables, from Thin Air!

by Gabriel in Lunatic Laboratories

It’s a project that would make Tesla proud. Just imagine being able to instantaneously run an optical cable or fiber to any point on earth, or even into space. That’s what researchers are trying to do. Did I mention it was instantaneous and involved no connection other than the air around us? Well if you are as excited as I am, then you should read on! If not, two words, laser weapons!!... Read more »

Rosenthal, E., Jhajj, N., Wahlstrand, J., & Milchberg, H. (2014) Collection of remote optical signals by air waveguides. Optica, 1(1), 5. DOI: 10.1364/OPTICA.1.000005  

Jhajj, N., Rosenthal, E., Birnbaum, R., Wahlstrand, J., & Milchberg, H. (2014) Demonstration of Long-Lived High-Power Optical Waveguides in Air. Physical Review X, 4(1). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevX.4.011027  

  • July 14, 2014
  • 02:48 PM
  • 76 views

Can We Grasp The Brain’s Complexity?

by Neuroskeptic in Neuroskeptic_Discover

An entertaining paper just out in Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience offers a panoramic view of the whole of neuroscience: Enlarging the scope: grasping brain complexity The paper is remarkable not just for its content but also for its style. Some examples: How does the brain work? This nagging question is an habitué from the top […]The post Can We Grasp The Brain’s Complexity? appeared first on Neuroskeptic.... Read more »

Tognoli E, & Kelso JA. (2014) Enlarging the scope: grasping brain complexity. Frontiers in systems neuroscience, 122. PMID: 25009476  

  • July 4, 2014
  • 10:48 AM
  • 155 views

Parents’ Income Poorly Predicts SAT Score

by nooffensebut in The Unsilenced Science

Here I publish my original study that disproves family income as an important influence on SAT scores, shows race as having its greatest influence on scores at the highest education and income levels, and provides some preliminary evidence for a hereditary influence.... Read more »

nooffensebut. (2014) Parents’ Income is a Poor Predictor of SAT Score. Open Differential Psychology, 1-19. info:other/

Bartels M, Rietveld MJ, Van Baal GC, & Boomsma DI. (2002) Heritability of educational achievement in 12-year-olds and the overlap with cognitive ability. Twin research : the official journal of the International Society for Twin Studies, 5(6), 544-53. PMID: 12573186  

Duckworth AL, Quinn PD, Lynam DR, Loeber R, & Stouthamer-Loeber M. (2011) Role of test motivation in intelligence testing. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 108(19), 7716-20. PMID: 21518867  

Duncan, J., Seitz, R.J., Kolodny, J., Bor, D., Herzog, H., Ahmed, A., Newell, F.N., & Emslie, H. (2000) A Neural Basis for General Intelligence. Science, 289(5478), 457-460. DOI: 10.1126/science.289.5478.457  

MacCallum RC, Wegener DT, Uchino BN, & Fabrigar LR. (1993) The problem of equivalent models in applications of covariance structure analysis. Psychological bulletin, 114(1), 185-99. PMID: 8346326  

Marioni RE, Davies G, Hayward C, Liewald D, Kerr SM, Campbell A, Luciano M, Smith BH, Padmanabhan S, Hocking LJ.... (2014) Molecular genetic contributions to socioeconomic status and intelligence. Intelligence, 44(100), 26-32. PMID: 24944428  

Trzaskowski M, Harlaar N, Arden R, Krapohl E, Rimfeld K, McMillan A, Dale PS, & Plomin R. (2014) Genetic influence on family socioeconomic status and children's intelligence. Intelligence, 42(100), 83-88. PMID: 24489417  

  • June 28, 2014
  • 11:19 PM
  • 108 views

Predicting the Flu

by Viputheshwar Sitaraman in Draw Science

Using search engines to predict the future of infectious diseases: computer science meets epidemiology.... Read more »

  • June 22, 2014
  • 10:23 AM
  • 152 views

The Love Song of Philo T. Farnsworth

by Gabriel in Lunatic Laboratories

Philo Farnsworth, if the name sounds vaguely familiar than you might just be a Futurama watcher. If you don't watch and know who I'm talking about or even better are a fan then, "YAY!" and for those of you who don't know, don't sweat it you're not alone. One of the forgotten greats, Farnsworth should be a household name, namely because one of his biggest inventions is in practically every home.... Read more »

The associated press. (2006) Elma Gardner Farnsworth, 98, Who Helped Husband Develop TV, Dies. The New York Times. info:/http://www.nytimes.com/2006/05/03/arts/television/03farnsworth.html?_r

Edwin Cartlidge. (2007) The Secrete way of Amateur Fusion. Physics World. info:/http://physicsworldarchive.iop.org/index.cfm?action

  • June 21, 2014
  • 05:57 AM
  • 97 views

fMRI: Can MVPA Really Help Crack The Neural Code?

by Neuroskeptic in Neuroskeptic_Discover

Multivoxel Pattern Analysis (MVPA) is the latest big thing in the neuroimaging world. MVPA is a multivariate statistical technique that can be applied to fMRI brain scan results as an alternative to conventional univariate methods of finding brain activation. Neuroscientists love MVPA for two reasons: first, it offers more ‘blobs for your buck’ – it […]The post fMRI: Can MVPA Really Help Crack The Neural Code? appeared first on Neuroskeptic.... Read more »

  • June 20, 2014
  • 07:31 AM
  • 139 views

Journal Club: Passenger pigeon extinction: it’s complicated

by GrrlScientist in Maniraptora

A newly published study reveals that the extinction of the passenger pigeon likely was due to the combined effects of their natural dramatic population fluctuations and human over-exploitation. Read more... Read more »

Hung Chih-Ming, Shaner Pei-Jen L., Zink Robert M., Liu Wei-Chung, Chu Te-Chin, Huang Wen-San, & Li Shou-Hsien. (2014) Drastic population fluctuations explain the rapid extinction of the passenger pigeon. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1401526111  

Groenen Martien A. M., Archibald Alan L., Uenishi Hirohide, Tuggle Christopher K., Takeuchi Yasuhiro, Rothschild Max F., Rogel-Gaillard Claire, Park Chankyu, Milan Denis, & Megens Hendrik-Jan. (2012) Analyses of pig genomes provide insight into porcine demography and evolution. Nature, 491(7424), 393-398. DOI: 10.1038/nature11622  

  • June 17, 2014
  • 11:49 AM
  • 162 views

Quantum Conundrum, Puzzling People, and Survey Statistics

by Gabriel in Lunatic Laboratories

Order matters, we all know this when it comes to math, but did you know the order of questions asked can affect how you answer them? It’s true and it isn’t new news, the question-order effect is why survey organizations normally change the order of questions between different respondents, hoping to cancel out this bias. But that isn’t the interesting part, not by a long shot.... Read more »

Zheng Wang, Tyler Solloway, Richard M. Shiffrin, & Jerome R. Busemeyerb. (2014) Context effects produced by question orders reveal quantum nature of human judgments. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. info:/10.1073/pnas.1407756111

  • June 17, 2014
  • 10:54 AM
  • 107 views

Power grid designs for the future

by Joerg Heber in All That Matters

Planning electrical grids in a steady environment is not overly difficult. A number of large power stations are connected to urban population centres, where much of the power is consumed. Typically, such power grids would look like meshes with  interconnected distribution points that make sure that if one power station fails, others can compensate . However, as electrical demand […]... Read more »

Menck, P., Heitzig, J., Kurths, J., & Joachim Schellnhuber, H. (2014) How dead ends undermine power grid stability. Nature Communications. DOI: 10.1038/ncomms4969  

  • June 16, 2014
  • 03:26 PM
  • 158 views

Passenger pigeon extinction: it's complicated | @GrrlScientist

by GrrlScientist in GrrlScientist

A newly published study reveals that the extinction of the passenger pigeon likely was due to the combined effects of their natural dramatic population fluctuations and human over-exploitation.... Read more »

Hung Chih-Ming, Shaner Pei-Jen L., Zink Robert M., Liu Wei-Chung, Chu Te-Chin, Huang Wen-San, & Li Shou-Hsien. (2014) Drastic population fluctuations explain the rapid extinction of the passenger pigeon. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1401526111  

Groenen Martien A. M., Archibald Alan L., Uenishi Hirohide, Tuggle Christopher K., Takeuchi Yasuhiro, Rothschild Max F., Rogel-Gaillard Claire, Park Chankyu, Milan Denis, & Megens Hendrik-Jan. (2012) Analyses of pig genomes provide insight into porcine demography and evolution. Nature, 491(7424), 393-398. DOI: 10.1038/nature11622  

  • June 16, 2014
  • 07:58 AM
  • 123 views

The science behind FIFA’s footballs

by Stephanie Swift in mmmbitesizescience

Lovers and haters of the World Cup alike can’t fail to be amazed by the skills of some professional footballers. Like David Beckham or Cristiano Ronaldo. But while some footballers have been blessed by biology, it’s not just the combined … Continue reading →... Read more »

  • June 5, 2014
  • 12:03 PM
  • 180 views

The Surprisingly Magnetic Black Hole

by Gabriel in Lunatic Laboratories

Black holes suck. Nothing can escape a black hole, not even light, which is why they are “black”. They are also an interesting bit of physics. Normally “classical” physics applies […]... Read more »

Zamaninasab, M., Clausen-Brown, E., Savolainen, T., & Tchekhovskoy, A. (2014) Dynamically important magnetic fields near accreting supermassive black holes. Nature, 510(7503), 126-128. DOI: 10.1038/nature13399  

S. W. Hawking. (2014) Information Preservation and Weather Forecasting for Black Holes. Cornell University Library . arXiv: 1401.5761v1

  • June 1, 2014
  • 03:25 PM
  • 197 views

In Science We Trust

by Gabriel in Lunatic Laboratories

Sure, I could do a poll right now, how many of you are science fans? I figure if you are reading my blog then the answer is most [if not […]... Read more »

  • May 30, 2014
  • 10:00 AM
  • 150 views

Wasps Choose the Sex of Their Young—but Climate Can Foil Them

by Elizabeth Preston in Inkfish

It’s a good thing human sex isn’t determined the same way a parasitoid wasp’s is, because “sugar and spice and everything nice” is much easier to rhyme than “sperm and moderate temperatures.” But that’s what little wasp girls are made of. A mother wasp can choose the sex of each egg she lays by deciding […]The post Wasps Choose the Sex of Their Young—but Climate Can Foil Them appeared first on Inkfish.... Read more »

  • May 25, 2014
  • 03:12 PM
  • 196 views

Land of the Free, Home of the Afraid?

by Gabriel in Lunatic Laboratories

Let’s take a Loony quiz! Do you believe any of these statements are true? Global warming isn’t real. GMO food is the devil. Organic and all natural are better. Science […]... Read more »

  • May 14, 2014
  • 02:42 PM
  • 224 views

Science Fact and Fiction behind Fat Loss

by Gabriel in Lunatic Laboratories

Do you have some of that unwanted belly fat? Do you get nervous that you will exceed the weight limit in an elevator? Do you want to eat everything in […]... Read more »

Bahadori Babak, McCarty Mark F., Barroso-Aranda Jorge, Gustin John C., & Contreras Francisco. (2009) A “mini-fast with exercise” protocol for fat loss. Medical Hypotheses, 73(4), 619-622. DOI: 10.1016/j.mehy.2008.09.063  

Aleixandre Amaya, & Miguel Marta. (2008) Dietary Fiber in the Prevention and Treatment of Metabolic Syndrome: A Review. Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition, 48(10), 905-912. DOI: 10.1080/10408390701761886  

Foltran F., Verduci E., Ghidina M., Campoy C., Jany K.-D., Widhalm K., Biasucci G., Vogele C., Halpern G., & Gregori D. (2010) Nutritional Profiles in a Public Health Perspective: A Critical Review. Journal of International Medical Research, 38(2), 318-385. DOI: 10.1177/147323001003800202  

  • May 9, 2014
  • 12:00 PM
  • 204 views

A [Real] Loony Labs Doomsday Prediction

by Gabriel in Lunatic Laboratories

Fire, brimstone, four horsemen, doomsday seems pretty bleak in the biblical context. From a scientific perspective, global warming and the need for fresh water will probably plunge people into chaos, […]... Read more »

  • May 8, 2014
  • 01:00 PM
  • 248 views

Is that Good Science? A Guide to Cutting through BS

by Gabriel in Lunatic Laboratories

Part of getting an education isn’t about learning what to think, it is about learning how to find good information. When it comes to scientific literature [especially on-line], it’s hard […]... Read more »

  • May 4, 2014
  • 11:45 PM
  • 244 views

Useful delusions, interface theory of perception, and religion

by Artem Kaznatcheev in Evolutionary Games Group

As you can guess from the name, evolutionary game theory (EGT) traces its roots to economics and evolutionary biology. Both of the progenitor fields assume it impossible, or unreasonably difficult, to observe the internal representations, beliefs, and preferences of the agents they model, and thus adopt a largely behaviorist view. My colleagues and I, however, […]... Read more »

Kaznatcheev, A., Montrey, M., & Shultz, T.R. (2014) Evolving useful delusions: Subjectively rational selfishness leads to objectively irrational cooperation. Proceedings of the 36th annual conference of the cognitive science society. arXiv: 1405.0041v1

  • May 2, 2014
  • 05:57 PM
  • 234 views

Predicting Suicide: A Statistical Scandal

by Neuroskeptic in Neuroskeptic_Discover

A shocking piece of statistics has been uncovered in a paper published in a respectable psychiatry journal. The offending article, Electrodermal hyporeactivity as a trait marker for suicidal propensity in uni- and bipolar depression, appeared in 2013 in the Journal of Psychiatry Research. It examined whether an ‘electrodermal hyporeactivity’ test – based on measuring the […]The post Predicting Suicide: A Statistical Scandal appeared first on Neuroskeptic.... Read more »

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