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  • September 23, 2015
  • 06:25 AM

Clear global warming signal since the second world war

by Cath Jex in Tak Fur The Kaffe

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  

  • September 18, 2015
  • 05:34 AM

What Do Bats and Plants Have in Common? High-pitched Screaming!

by Chiara Civardi in United Academics

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  

  • September 9, 2015
  • 02:47 PM


by AG McCluskey in Zongo's Cancer Diaries

Why does cancer therapy cause side effects? And can they be prevented?... Read more »

AG McCluskey. (2015) Bullseye!. Zongo's Cancer Diaries. info:/

  • August 23, 2015
  • 10:46 AM

Photography – an art, a science, and a job

by Usman Paracha in SayPeople

Main Points:

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:

Study Further:

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:

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  

  • August 14, 2015
  • 06:21 AM

Six Surprising Facts About Energy Drinks

by Agnese Mariotti in United Academics

Energy drinks boost your adrenaline, but not without health risks.... Read more »

Higgins, J., Tuttle, T., & Higgins, C. (2010) Energy Beverages: Content and Safety. Mayo Clinic Proceedings, 85(11), 1033-1041. DOI: 10.4065/mcp.2010.0381  

  • August 11, 2015
  • 03:56 PM

Feelgood … Feel lucky

by AG McCluskey in Zongo's Cancer Diaries

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:/

  • August 3, 2015
  • 07:06 AM

Bright Club: Educate, Entertain & Inform!

by AG McCluskey in Zongo's Cancer Diaries

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:/

  • July 30, 2015
  • 04:47 PM

No Cure For Comedy – Bright Club!

by AG McCluskey in Zongo's Cancer Diaries

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:/

  • June 6, 2015
  • 09:37 PM

Doobie-ous conclusions

by AG McCluskey in Zongo's Cancer Diaries

Is cannabis the Secret Cure for cancer...?... Read more »

AG McCluskey. (2015) Doobie-ous conclusions. Zongo's Cancer Diaries. info:/

  • June 3, 2015
  • 02:55 PM

Just One Cornetto

by AG McCluskey in Zongo's Cancer Diaries

Repeat after me: Correlation Does Not Imply Causation!... Read more »

AG McCluskey. (2015) Just One Cornetto. Zongo's Cancer Diaries. info:/

  • June 1, 2015
  • 10:21 AM

Shades of Grey.......

by AG McCluskey in Zongo's Cancer Diaries

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:/

  • May 29, 2015
  • 01:35 PM

Venusian Blancmanche Therapy

by AG McCluskey in Zongo's Cancer Diaries

Can music cure cancer? About as well as alien dessert monsters! ... Read more »

AG McCluskey. (2015) Venusian Blancmanche Therapy. Zongo's Cancer Diaries. info:/

  • May 28, 2015
  • 03:31 PM

No Cure For Cancer...?

by AG McCluskey in Zongo's Cancer Diaries

Why is there no cure for cancer? Read on...... Read more »

AG McCluskey. (2015) No Cure for Cancer..?. Zongo's Cancer DIaries. info:/

  • May 28, 2015
  • 01:00 PM

Chinese Whispers

by AG McCluskey in Zongo's Cancer Diaries

How would you describe cancer risk factors? Whisper it...... Read more »

AG McCluskey. (2015) Chinese Whispers. Zongo's Cancer DIaries. info:/

  • May 19, 2015
  • 07:00 AM

Rap Revolution: The Musical Evolution

by Gunnar de Winter in United Academics

After soul, rock, and disco, rap is the biggest musical change of the past 50 years.
... Read more »

Mauch, M., MacCallum, R., Levy, M., & Leroi, A. (2015) The evolution of popular music: USA 1960-2010. Royal Society Open Science, 2(5), 150081-150081. DOI: 10.1098/rsos.150081  

  • May 7, 2015
  • 05:46 PM

What you need to know about the newly proposed science funding legislation

by Jonathan Trinastic in Goodnight Earth

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 »

  • April 14, 2015
  • 08:45 AM

Malaria diagnosis with RDT MAbs

by SS in Scientific scrutiny

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 »

  • April 10, 2015
  • 08:06 PM

The universe is expanding, but how fast?

by Dr. Jekyll in Lunatic Laboratories

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 »

  • April 8, 2015
  • 05:57 AM

Where Are All The Single Authors?

by Kate Blanchfield in United Academics

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:/

  • April 1, 2015
  • 03:13 AM

Prehistoric rock crystal extraction in the Alps

by M. Cornelissen in hazelnut relations

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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