Misconceptions About the Battle in Seattle [The Primate Diaries]


There are two fundamental misconceptions surrounding the protests against the World Trade Organization in Seattle ten years ago this week. One is that the protests represented a "riot" and that the majority of protesters were violent. The second is that the protests were counter-productive and actually hurt the cause of reform that would benefit poor countries trying to have their voices heard. Both of these are wrong and, in fact, are just the opposite.

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The Bohr-Einstein Debates, With Puppets [Uncertain Principles]

Back during the DonorsChoose fundraiser, I promised to do a re-enactment of the Bohr-Einstein debates using puppets if you contributed enough to claim $2,000 of the Hewlett-Packard contribution to the Social Media Challenge. I obviously aimed too low, because the final take was $4064.70, more than twice the threshold for a puppet show.

So, I put together a puppet show. It took a little while, because I couldn't find any Niels Bohr puppets (maybe in Denmark?). I found an acceptable alternative, though, and put together a video of the Bohr-Einstein debates, using puppets. Here's the whole thing on Vimeo:

The Bohr-Einstein Debates, With Puppets from Chad Orzel on Vimeo.

Or, for those with Internet-standard attention spans, you can get it in three pieces on YouTube (which limits uploads to 10 minutes):

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Depressed women can lose weight as successfully as others do

SEATTLE -- Women with major depression were no less likely than were women without it to have successful results with a weight loss program, according to an article in the Winter 2009 Behavioral Medicine. Group Health Research Institute Senior Research Associate Evette J. Ludman, PhD, the study leader, concluded that weight loss programs should not exclude depressed people.


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Will copper keep us safe from the superbugs?

London, 1 December 2009 -- Three papers scheduled for publication in the January issue of the Journal of Hospital Infection (http://www.elsevier.com/wps/find/journaldescription.cws_home/623052/description#description), published by Elsevier, suggest th


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How did flowering plants evolve to dominate Earth?

To Charles Darwin it was an 'abominable mystery' and it is a question which has continued to vex evolutionists to this day: when did flowering plants evolve and how did they come to dominate plant life on earth?


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Preventing repeat strokes — are survivors taking their medicine?

San Diego, CA, December 1, 2009 -- Since 1999, stroke survivors have been advised to use aspirin, prescription antiplatelet agents, or prescription anticoagulants to help avoid another stroke. Many large surveys of the U.S.


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Shape shifters: Researchers create new breed of antennas

Antennas aren't just for listening to the radio anymore. They're used in everything from cell phones to GPS devices. Research from North Carolina State University is revolutionizing the field of antenna design -- creating shape-shifting antennas that open the door to a host of new uses in fields ranging from public safety to military deployment.


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Elsevier announces the November 2009 issue of Reproductive Health Matters on criminalization

Amsterdam, 01 December 2009 -- Elsevier announced today the publication of the November issue of Reproductive Health Matters.


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Careful diagnosis helps fracture patients put best foot forward

ROSEMONT, IL -- Located in areas of the foot that can be hard to visualize with X-rays and other imaging techniques, injuries to the ankle area of the foot are the most frequently misdiagnosed of all foot fractures. Delayed diagnosis can have serious consequences, sometimes leading to permanent disability.


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Social media use in the United States: implications for health communication.

J Med Internet Res. 2009; 11(4): e48
Chou WY, Hunt YM, Beckjord EB, Moser RP, Hesse BW

BACKGROUND: Given the rapid changes in the communication landscape brought about by participative Internet use and social media, it is important to develop a better understanding of these technologies and their impact on health communication. The first step in this effort is to identify the characteristics of current social media users. Up-to-date reporting of current social media use will help monitor the growth of social media and inform health promotion/communication efforts aiming to effectively utilize social media. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of the study is to identify the sociodemographic and health-related factors associated with current adult social media users in the United States. METHODS: Data came from the 2007 iteration of the Health Information National Trends Study (HINTS, N = 7674). HINTS is a nationally representative cross-sectional survey on health-related communication trends and practices. Survey respondents who reported having accessed the Internet (N = 5078) were asked whether, over the past year, they had (1) participated in an online support group, (2) written in a blog, (3) visited a social networking site. Bivariate and multivariate logistic regression analyses were conducted to identify predictors of each type of social media use. RESULTS: Approximately 69% of US adults reported having access to the Internet in 2007. Among Internet users, 5% participated in an online support group, 7% reported blogging, and 23% used a social networking site. Multivariate analysis found that younger age was the only significant predictor of blogging and social networking site participation; a statistically significant linear relationship was observed, with younger categories reporting more frequent use. Younger age, poorer subjective health, and a personal cancer experience predicted support group participation. In general, social media are penetrating the US population independent of education, race/ethnicity, or health care access. CONCLUSIONS: Recent growth of social media is not uniformly distributed across age groups; therefore, health communication programs utilizing social media must first consider the age of the targeted population to help ensure that messages reach the intended audience. While racial/ethnic and health status-related disparities exist in Internet access, among those with Internet access, these characteristics do not affect social media use. This finding suggests that the new technologies, represented by social media, may be changing the communication pattern throughout the United States.

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Mitosis and cellularization of syncytial embryo

This early embryo of the fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster, expresses fluorescently labeled proteins to detect DNA and plasma membrane dynamics. As the embryo develops, its DNA is replicated and divided over and over again to rapidly generate thousands of cells. Within each membrane bound compartment shown here, replicated DNA from one nucleus aligns and then divides to make two daughter nuclei. Sokac et al., Developmental Cell 14(5), 775-786. www.cell.com www.cell.com ... mitosis and ...
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