Why I love my job (a.k.a. I get free stuff, sometimes awesome free stuff - anyone need an electron microscope?) [The World's Fair]

Yesterday, I got this message:

Subject: Free TEM?

Hi David,

We have an old (functional) Philips TEM 400 electron microscope that we're going to send away for scrap metal. I'd love to keep it for student training but we don't have the space. Before we send it away as scrap metal I just thought I'd ask if you were interested in having it for the Biotech teaching lab?

Thanks!

GD

Read the rest of this post... |

Read the comments on this post...

Also check out the featured ScienceBlog of the week: Neurotopia

See original: ScienceBlogs Select Why I love my job (a.k.a. I get free stuff, sometimes awesome free stuff - anyone need an electron microscope?) [The World's Fair]

COP15 Behind the Scenes: Klimaforum09

Watch the COP15 Behind the Scenes film about the civil society climate summit "Klimaforum09"
From:
Cop15
Views:
1
0
ratings
Time:
02:46
More in
News & Politics

See original: Uploads by Cop15 COP15 Behind the Scenes: Klimaforum09

Liked "SIMILE Project" http://ff.im/cH5Kx

mrgunn: Liked "SIMILE Project" http://ff.im/cH5Kx

See original: Twitter Liked "SIMILE Project" http://ff.im/cH5Kx

T.rex 'little cousin' discovered

Researchers unveil a new species of dinosaur from the late triassic - an early relative of T.rex and velociraptor.

See original: Earth | Earth News T.rex 'little cousin' discovered

Hooked on tech – ten alternative perspectives on technology innovation

2020 Science is something of a labor of love – it’s a website where I explore my thoughts and ideas surrounding the interface between science, technology and society beyond the constraints of my “day job” (currently Chief Science Advisor to the Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies at the Woodrow Wilson Center).  ...

See original: 2020 Science Hooked on tech – ten alternative perspectives on technology innovation

@Comprendia You can set advanced search options in twitter & still get feed, or is that not what you meant?

mrgunn: @Comprendia You can set advanced search options in twitter & still get feed, or is that not what you meant?

See original: Twitter @Comprendia You can set advanced search options in twitter & still get feed, or is that not what you meant?

@Comprendia I was going to say add the search feed as an imaginary friend in Friendfeed, but that's not a lasting solution.

mrgunn: @Comprendia I was going to say add the search feed as an imaginary friend in Friendfeed, but that's not a lasting solution.

See original: Twitter @Comprendia I was going to say add the search feed as an imaginary friend in Friendfeed, but that's not a lasting solution.

Vacinas contaminadas

Embora o H1N1 esteja circulando conosco desde pelo menos um pouco antes de 1918, passamos quase 20 anos livres dele. Em 1957, uma linhagem de Influenza recebeu três genes de um vírus aviário, entre eles novas HA e NA, e passou a ser chamado de H2N2. Com estas novas proteínas, não encontrou imunidade prévia na [...]...

Zimmer, S., & Burke, D. (2009) Historical Perspective -- Emergence of Influenza A (H1N1) Viruses. New England Journal of Medicine, 361(3), 279-285. DOI: 10.1056/NEJMra0904322  Historical Perspective -- Emergence of Influenza A (H1N1) Viruses

Scholtissek, C., von Hoyningen, V., & Rott, R. (1978) Genetic relatedness between the new 1977 epidemic strains (H1N1) of influenza and human influenza strains isolated between 1947 and 1957 (H1N1). Virology, 89(2), 613-617. DOI: 10.1016/0042-6822(78)90203-9  Genetic relatedness between the new 1977 epidemic strains (H1N1) of influenza and human influenza strains isolated between 1947 and 1957 (H1N1)

Kendal, A., Noble, G., Skehel, J., & Dowdle, W. (1978) Antigenic similarity of influenza A(H1N1) viruses from epidemics in 1977–1978 to “Scandinavian” strains isolated in epidemics of 1950–1951. Virology, 89(2), 632-636. DOI: 10.1016/0042-6822(78)90207-6  Antigenic similarity of influenza A(H1N1) viruses from epidemics in 1977–1978 to “Scandinavian” strains isolated in epidemics of 1950–1951


See original: Research Blogging - All Topics - Portuguese Vacinas contaminadas

Emotional words distract, but only when you're searching for meaning [Cognitive Daily]

ResearchBlogging.orgI attended an unusual middle school. It was designed on an "open concept," with the idea that there should be no walls between classrooms. Social pressure would keep the noise levels down, because if kids got too loud, then their peers in other classes would encourage them to hush up. This actually worked most of the time, but one day one of the English teacher's classes was getting out of hand, and after trying several ways to get their attention, she resorted to something a big more dramatic. In a very loud voice, she simply said

SEX!

Her class, and several classes nearby, instantly stared at her in stunned silence. Calmly and quietly, she said "Now that I've got your attention..." and continued on with the lesson.

Clearly words like "sex" are effective at attracting hormonal pre-teenagers' attention, but they also work well for adults. Many studies have confirmed that strongly emotional words can distract attention from a number of tasks. But are emotional words always distracting, and is the distraction unavoidable?

Several studies have found that emotional words don't distract people from tasks that are especially demanding of their attention, but often in these cases the words are displayed at the edge of a computer screen, far removed from the task at hand.

Yang-Ming Huang, Alan Baddeley, and Andrew Young figured out a way to include distracting words at the center of focus during a task. They used a procedure called rapid serial visual presentation, or RSVP. We made an example of an RSVP movie when we discussed a study last March. Here are the instructions:

You'll see a random stream of pictures of office equipment, flashing by one every tenth of a second. Embedded in each stream are two pictures: First, a fruit, and then either a face or a watch. You'll be instructed whether to look for a face or a watch, and what to notice about it, before each stream.

Click here to view movie

Typically if you're asked to spot two items in an RSVP presentation, you'll miss the second one if it occurs between about 2/10 and 4/10 of a second after the first one, but not sooner or later. This phenomenon is called Attentional Blink -- a blind spot caused by the temporary distraction of seeing the first item.

Read the rest of this post... |

Read the comments on this post...

Also check out the featured ScienceBlog of the week: Neurotopia

See original: ScienceBlogs Select Emotional words distract, but only when you're searching for meaning [Cognitive Daily]