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The Value of W, or, Interdisciplinary Engagements on Culture - Los Angeles Review of Books
"Darwin’s Unfinished Symphony: How Culture Made the Human Mind By Kevin Laland Published 03.07.2017 Princeton University Press 464 Pages"
book  review  culture  evolution  biology  humanism  interdisciplinary 
november 2018 by tsuomela
Python For The… by Gordon Webster et al. [PDF/iPad/Kindle]
"Python For The Life Sciences is an intuitive and easy-to-follow introduction to computer programming, written specifically for biologists with no prior experience of writing code. This is a full course in Python programming, taught using real biological applications. Your purchase includes downloads of all of the code examples in the book, to try them, learn from them, and even use or adapt them for your own research. See below for details of our academic discount."
book  publisher  programming  python  life-sciences  biology 
november 2016 by tsuomela
Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences
Theme issue celebrating 350 years of Philosophical Transactions life sciences papers.
biology  history  science  sts  country(UK) 
march 2015 by tsuomela
Biodiversity Heritage Library
"The Biodiversity Heritage Library works collaboratively to make biodiversity literature openly available to the world as part of a global biodiversity community."
library  biology  biological-sciences  diversity  biodiversity  environment  ecology  nature 
december 2014 by tsuomela
Testosterone | This American Life
"Stories of people getting more testosterone and coming to regret it. And of people losing it and coming to appreciate life without it. The pros and cons of the hormone of desire."
radio  audio  hormones  biology  desire 
november 2014 by tsuomela
The Blood Harvest - The Atlantic
"Each year, half a million horseshoe crabs are captured and bled alive to create an unparalleled biomedical technology."
biology  animals  products  medicine  health  evolution  technology 
october 2014 by tsuomela
Somatosphere | Science, Medicine, and Anthropology
"A collaborative website covering the intersections of medical anthropology, science and technology studies, cultural psychiatry, psychology and bioethics. Skip to content "
sts  science  biology  medicine  psychology 
august 2014 by tsuomela
In Search of Mechanisms: Discoveries across the Life Sciences // Reviews // Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews // University of Notre Dame
"Carl F. Craver and Lindley Darden, In Search of Mechanisms: Discoveries across the Life Sciences, University of Chicago Press, 2013, 228pp., $25.00 (pbk), ISBN 9780226039794."
book  review  philosophy  science  biology  biological-sciences  mechanism 
may 2014 by tsuomela
Natural History's Place in Science and Society
"The fundamental properties of organisms—what they are, how and where they live, and the biotic and abiotic interactions that link them to communities and ecosystems—are the domain of natural history. We provide examples illustrating the vital importance of natural history knowledge to many disciplines, from human health and food security to conservation, management, and recreation. We then present several lines of evidence showing that traditional approaches to and support for natural history in developed economies has declined significantly over the past 40 years. Finally, we argue that a revitalization of the practice of natural history—one that is focused on new frontiers in a rapidly changing world and that incorporates new technologies—would provide significant benefits for both science and society."
natural-history  sts  science  biology  ecology  history  discipline  citizen-science 
april 2014 by tsuomela
Threatened pandemics and laboratory escapes: Self-fulfilling prophecies | Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
"Looking at the problem pragmatically, the question is not if such escapes will result in a major civilian outbreak, but rather what the pathogen will be and how such an escape may be contained, if indeed it can be contained at al"
pandemic  epidemics  diseases  bioscience  safety  risk  lab  biology 
april 2014 by tsuomela
Your Wild Life
Includes: School of Ants, Camel Cricket home census, Urban Buzz (cicada), wildlife of our homes, your bacteria bully button diversity.
citizen-science  biology  biological-sciences 
march 2014 by tsuomela
Current Biology - The Availability of Research Data Declines Rapidly with Article Age
"Policies ensuring that research data are available on public archives are increasingly being implemented at the government [1], funding agency [2,3,4], and journal [5,6] level. These policies are predicated on the idea that authors are poor stewards of their data, particularly over the long term [7], and indeed many studies have found that authors are often unable or unwilling to share their data [8,9,10,11]. However, there are no systematic estimates of how the availability of research data changes with time since publication. We therefore requested data sets from a relatively homogenous set of 516 articles published between 2 and 22 years ago, and found that availability of the data was strongly affected by article age. For papers where the authors gave the status of their data, the odds of a data set being extant fell by 17% per year. In addition, the odds that we could find a working e-mail address for the first, last, or corresponding author fell by 7% per year. Our results reinforce the notion that, in the long term, research data cannot be reliably preserved by individual researchers, and further demonstrate the urgent need for policies mandating data sharing via public archives."
data-curation  data  management  time  research  biology 
january 2014 by tsuomela
OpenMSI: A Science Gateway to Sort Through Bio-Imaging’s Big Datasets
"Using cutting-edge mass spectrometry imaging (MSI) technology, scientists can study tissues, cell cultures and bacterial colonies in unprecedented detail at the molecular level. This information is already helping doctors better diagnose diseases, pharmaceutical researchers develop more effective drugs, and leading to the creation of energy efficient and renewable biofuels. Despite the advances, researchers envision these areas of science progressing much faster-if only they had a standard set of computational tools to easily process, analyze and share these massive datasets. Now, they do-it's called OpenMSI."
science  big-data  tools  collaboration  biology  chemistry  visualization  imagery 
september 2013 by tsuomela
ROSALIND | Problems | Locations
"Learning bioinformatics usually requires solving computational problems of varying difficulty that are extracted from real challenges of molecular biology. To make learning bioinformatics fun and easy, we have founded Rosalind, a platform for learning bioinformatics through problem solving."
online  learning  teaching  pedagogy  biology  biological-sciences  informatics 
june 2013 by tsuomela
Yellowstone Wolf Project Citizen Science
"Huck Institutes graduate student Emily Almberg harnesses the passion of the wolf-watching community with a citizen science website aimed at improving research and public awareness."
citizen-science  ecology  national-parks  observation  biology 
may 2013 by tsuomela
Changing perspectives on how scientists should allocate our most scarce resource -- time - The Plainspoken Scientist - AGU Blogosphere
"My experiences over 37 years reflect a general cultural change among scientists who now accept their role as communicator to explain the value of public investments in research and how scientific knowledge can best inform policies. However, scientists today struggle to determine how much of their precious research time should be re-allocated to outreach and communication."
science  communication  public-understanding  biology  outreach  time-management 
may 2013 by tsuomela
See-through brains clarify connections : Nature News & Comment
"A chemical treatment that turns whole organs transparent offers a big boost to the field of ‘connectomics’ — the push to map the brain’s fiendishly complicated wiring. Scientists could use the technique to view large networks of neurons with unprecedented ease and accuracy. The technology also opens up new research avenues for old brains that were saved from patients and healthy donors."
science  neurology  brain  brain-imaging  biology  neuroscience  imaging 
april 2013 by tsuomela
BBC News - Citizen Science: Public to join cancer cure hunt
"Giants of the technology world and cancer researchers are teaming up to come up with ways to let the general public hunt for cures for cance"
citizen-science  medicine  health  cancer  patterns  human  science  biology  biological-sciences 
march 2013 by tsuomela
BBC News - The bug-hunters discovering new species in their spare time
"In fact, six out of every 10 of the new species in Europe are discovered by amateurs, often self-taught experts in particular insect and invertebrate families."
citizen-science  science  biology  biological-sciences  species  discovery  amateur 
february 2013 by tsuomela
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