Climate scientists have calculated that global warming first became evident in temperature records in Africa in the 1940s.... Read more »
King, A., Donat, M., Fischer, E., Hawkins, E., Alexander, L., Karoly, D., Dittus, A., Lewis, S., & Perkins, S. (2015) The timing of anthropogenic emergence in simulated climate extremes. Environmental Research Letters, 10(9), 94015. DOI: 10.1088/1748-9326/10/9/094015
Polyglot like a pitcher plant or cryptolectic like a sperm whale?
A: “Pitcher Tower, this is Bat K hardwickii, established ILS 16. Do you copy me?”
B: “Bat K hardwickii, clear to land. Please confirm: are you ready to discharge the cargo?”
A: “Roger. Affirmative.”
This is how I imagined a conversation between the tropical carnivorous pitcher plant Nepenthes hemsleyana and the bat Kerivoula hardwickii would go. No, I am not on drugs; bats and plants can communicate with each other, as a study from Michael and Caroline Schöner together with other researchers (2015) just confirmed.... Read more »
Cantor M, Shoemaker LG, Cabral RB, Flores CO, Varga M, & Whitehead H. (2015) Multilevel animal societies can emerge from cultural transmission. Nature communications, 8091. PMID: 26348688
Schöner MG, Schöner CR, Simon R, Grafe TU, Puechmaille SJ, Ji LL, & Kerth G. (2015) Bats Are Acoustically Attracted to Mutualistic Carnivorous Plants. Current biology : CB, 25(14), 1911-6. PMID: 26166777
Why does cancer therapy cause side effects? And can they be prevented?... Read more »
AG McCluskey. (2015) Bullseye!. Zongo's Cancer Diaries. info:/
Photography is an interesting task that inspires many people to inspire many others. It starts from the art of creativity and imagination, goes from the science of click and light, and ends with a beautiful memory in the hand or book. For some people, this memory helps them in earning more memories.
So, one of my favorite ideas to earn more memories is through Dreamstime. You can join Dreamstime to earn money and help others to earn money through photography, here:
Photo is a representation of a person or scene in the form of a print or transparent slide. It is recorded by a camera on light-sensitive material. The process of taking photos is known as photography. It is a science and art, and immediately after the invention of this process, it became a kind of job too.
Photography as an art
“I like photographs which leave something to the imagination.” – Fay Godwin
Photos help us to capture beautiful and unique moments in our life. They can make us laugh and they can also bring tears in our eyes. They can remind us of our past and they can inspire to do something great in our future. They make us creative and imaginative. A simple idea for creative photography is “Imagine novelty”.
Remember, “The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera.” - Dorothea Lange
Photography as a science
“Photography is putting one's head, one’s eye and one’s heart on the same axis.” – Henri Cartier-Bresson
Physics and chemistry is also involved behind the science of photography. Cameras for photography have lenses with particular focus and aperture. Light is involved in capturing those beautiful moments. Photography is also related to science in many other aspects as, for example, scientists have found that learning a new and mentally demanding skill such as photography can help in improving cognitive functioning (Park et al., 2013). In another study, scientists found that (edited) photos can manipulate our memories (Sacchi et al., 2007).
Photography as a job
“It is a beautiful thing when a career and a passion come together.” – Anonymous
Photos can also help us in earning money. People can make a good amount from photography. They adapt the profession of “photojournalism” or work as freelancers.
In the present technology of internet, it is easy for anyone to sell his or her photos online. Many free stock photo sites are available on internet and some of them are Dreamstime, Shutterstock, and Fotolia. You can join these sites and start earning by selling your photos and images. Interestingly, you can also make money by referring other people to these sites. One of my recently explored sites is Dreamstime. You can register yourself on the site here: http://www.dreamstime.com/register#res11512567
Park, D., Lodi-Smith, J., Drew, L., Haber, S., Hebrank, A., Bischof, G., & Aamodt, W. (2013). The Impact of Sustained Engagement on Cognitive Function in Older Adults: The Synapse Project Psychological Science, 25 (1), 103-112 DOI: 10.1177/0956797613499592
Sacchi, D., Agnoli, F., & Loftus, E. (2007). Changing history: doctored photographs affect memory for past public events Applied Cognitive Psychology, 21 (8), 1005-1022 DOI: 10.1002/acp.1394... Read more »
Park, D., Lodi-Smith, J., Drew, L., Haber, S., Hebrank, A., Bischof, G., & Aamodt, W. (2013) The Impact of Sustained Engagement on Cognitive Function in Older Adults: The Synapse Project. Psychological Science, 25(1), 103-112. DOI: 10.1177/0956797613499592
Sacchi, D., Agnoli, F., & Loftus, E. (2007) Changing history: doctored photographs affect memory for past public events. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 21(8), 1005-1022. DOI: 10.1002/acp.1394
Energy drinks boost your adrenaline, but not without health risks.... Read more »
Cavka A, Stupin M, Panduric A, Plazibat A, Cosic A, Rasic L, Debeljak Z, Martinovic G, & Drenjancevic I. (2015) Adrenergic System Activation Mediates Changes in Cardiovascular and Psychomotoric Reactions in Young Individuals after Red Bull (©) Energy Drink Consumption. International journal of endocrinology, 751530. PMID: 26124829
Wilko Johnson is a rock legend. And his story gives some insight into how doctors diagnose cancer and plan treatment.... Read more »
AG McCluskey. (2015) Feelgood … Feel lucky. Zongo's Cancer Diaries. info:/
How do Researchers explain their work to a general audience? One way is to use comedy. Welcome to Bright Club.... Read more »
AG McCluskey. (2015) Bright Club: Educate, Entertain . Zongo's Cancer Diaries. info:/
How do you explain difficult concepts? Make 'em laugh!... Read more »
AG McCluskey. (2015) No Cure For Comedy - Bright Club!. Zongo's Cancer Diaries. info:/
Is cannabis the Secret Cure for cancer...?... Read more »
AG McCluskey. (2015) Doobie-ous conclusions. Zongo's Cancer Diaries. info:/
Repeat after me: Correlation Does Not Imply Causation!... Read more »
AG McCluskey. (2015) Just One Cornetto. Zongo's Cancer Diaries. info:/
The media loves a good cancer story. But the truth isn't always as Black & White as they say.... Read more »
AG McCluskey. (2015) Shades of Grey.... Zongo's Cancer Diaries. info:/
Can music cure cancer? About as well as alien dessert monsters! ... Read more »
AG McCluskey. (2015) Venusian Blancmanche Therapy. Zongo's Cancer Diaries. info:/
Why is there no cure for cancer? Read on...... Read more »
AG McCluskey. (2015) No Cure for Cancer..?. Zongo's Cancer DIaries. info:/
How would you describe cancer risk factors? Whisper it...... Read more »
AG McCluskey. (2015) Chinese Whispers. Zongo's Cancer DIaries. info:/
After soul, rock, and disco, rap is the biggest musical change of the past 50 years.
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The House Science Committee, chaired by Lamar Smith, unveiled their new science budget last week. Read on to see what it proposes and what it means for science.... Read more »
Mervis, J., & Cho, A. (2015) House science chief unveils contentious vision for science. Science, 348(6233), 380-381. DOI: 10.1126/science.348.6233.380
Examining the business of patenting MAbs against epitopes described before and the need for caution in using MAbs against epitopes reported to be deleted in different parts of the world... Read more »
Lee N., A. Pelecanos, M. Bubb, I. Gonzalez, D. Bell, Q. Cheng, & J. S. McCarthy. (2012) Identification of Optimal Epitopes for Plasmodium falciparum Rapid Diagnostic Tests That Target Histidine-Rich Proteins 2 and 3. Journal of Clinical Microbiology, 50(4), 1397-1405. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1128/jcm.06533-11
Lee N., K. T. Andrews, M. L. Gatton, D. Bell, Q. Cheng, & J. McCarthy. (2006) Effect of Sequence Variation in Plasmodium falciparum Histidine- Rich Protein 2 on Binding of Specific Monoclonal Antibodies: Implications for Rapid Diagnostic Tests for Malaria. Journal of Clinical Microbiology, 44(8), 2773-2778. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1128/jcm.02557-05
Cheng Qin, John Barnwell, Peter Chiodini, James McCarthy, David Bell, & Jane Cunningham. (2014) Plasmodium falciparum parasites lacking histidine-rich protein 2 and 3: a review and recommendations for accurate reporting. Malaria Journal, 13(1), 283. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1475-2875-13-283
Verma Reena, M.A. Vijayalakshmi, & Krishnan Venkataraman. (2015) Novel monoclonal antibody against truncated C terminal region of Histidine Rich Protein2 (PfHRP2) and its utility for the specific diagnosis of malaria caused by Plasmodium falciparum. Experimental Parasitology, 56-66. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.exppara.2015.01.001
We are expanding, well more accurately the universe is expanding. However researchers have found certain types of supernovae, or exploding stars, are more diverse than previously thought. The results have implications for big cosmological questions, such as how fast the universe has been expanding since the Big Bang. Most importantly, the findings hint at the possibility that the acceleration of the expansion of the universe might not be quite as fast as textbooks say.... Read more »
Milne, P., Foley, R., Brown, P., & Narayan, G. (2015) THE CHANGING FRACTIONS OF TYPE IA SUPERNOVA NUV–OPTICAL SUBCLASSES WITH REDSHIFT. The Astrophysical Journal, 803(1), 20. DOI: 10.1088/0004-637X/803/1/20
The trend towards collaborative research has a downside.... Read more »
Natascha Gaster, Jorge S. Burns, Michael Gaster. (2014) Single Authors – an Exterminated Race – Increasing Numbers by Increasing Credit?,. JUnQ, 5(1). info:/
I have written about the most famous rock crystal find from the Swiss Alps, the Planggenstock Treasure and the use of rock crystal through the millennia before. We know where the Planggenstock Treasure and other recent finds were originally found. … Continue reading →... Read more »
Leitner, W. (2013) Steinzeitliche Gewinnung von Bergkristall am Riepenkar in den Tuxer Alpen (Tirol). Preistoria Alpina, 23-26. info:/
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