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Arctic sea ice has reached its peak winter extent for the year, and it’s the lowest winter maximum on record. 

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Neuroparasitology on the Loom: How a parasitic wasp uses a virus to warp the mind of its host. http://phenomena.nationalgeographic.com/2015/02/10/parasites-within-parasites/
In November, National Geographic put a ladybug and a wasp on its cover. They made for a sinister pair. The wasp, a species called Dinocampus coccinellae, lays an egg inside the ladybug Coleomegilla...
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"Past research has examined how environmental and genetic factors affect plant life stages individually, but a new study models how the three stages (seed, vegetative, and reproductive) interact with each other".
Past research has examined how environmental and genetic factors affect plant life stages individually, but a new study models how the three stages (seed, vegetative, and reproductive) interact with each other.
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Today @Wired: Coprophagy and Chagas Disease: The proof is in the pooping. Risk from #Bedbugs is low. 
Nobody likes bed bugs, but one thing we could always say was “at least they don’t transmit any human diseases!”  That’s still true, although some research published this week is causing some concern. A new paper in The American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene reported that bed bugs might be able to host and transmit Chagas Disease, a…
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Trying a new tactic to persuade sociopathic assholes.
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Our Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) mission produced its first global map of rainfall and snowfall, from April to September 2014. The data map combines measurements from 12 satellites and the GPM Core Observatory, launched Feb 27, 2014, covers 87 percent of the globe and is updated every half hour. Details: http://go.nasa.gov/1C0ZEyg

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"The fact that the heart rates from two unrelated cities were in almost perfect sync was due to the fact that a large number of the people wearing the devices were watching the Superbowl on TV..... The heart rate of the two cities peaked before the end of the game, being an average of 10 beats per minute above the average heart rate in these cities. Interestingly, the half-time show by Katy Perry saw the heart rates in both cities fall gradually." http://theconversation.com/will-fitbit-discover-love-in-a-nations-heart-beats-during-valentines-37338
The Superbowl Fitness tracker company Fitbit have analysed heart rate data from people living in the Seattle and Boston metropolitan areas around the time that the 2015 Superbowl was playing. What they…
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"We were actually able to grow about a salad a week in a typical New York City apartment window."
Britta Riley wanted to grow her own food (in her tiny apartment). So she and her friends developed a system for growing plants in discarded plastic bottles — researching, testing and tweaking the system using social media, trying many variations at once and quickly arriving at the optimal system. Call it distributed DIY. And the results? Delicious. (Filmed at TEDxManhattan .)
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Just a quick note to let you know that tonight marks the point where the Earth is closest to the Sun all year: perihelion. The moment this happens is at 06:36 UTC Jan. 4, 2015. That translates to 01:36 Eastern US time, or 10:36 Pacific time on Jan. 3. So...
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In Bayesian statistics, new data is used to shape assumptions, the opposite of the frequentist (classical) approach.
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The Women with Superhuman Vision: it's a symptom of a condition known as “tetrachromacy”. http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20140905-the-women-with-super-human-vision 
A tiny group of people can see ‘invisible’ colours that no-one else can perceive, discovers David Robson. How do they do it?
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  • University of Maryland
    Faculty Research Assistant, 2012 - present
  • Virginia Institute of Marine Science
    Lab Tech, 2009 - 2011
  • University of North Carolina Asheville
    Classroom Technology Technician, 2007 - 2008
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So many books... So little time.
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Follow me on Twitter @petercoffey, it's mostly science!

My favorite word is Uxoricide. Just say it: "Uxoricide." No, don't go look it up. Just enjoy the way it sounds. Don't tell my wife.
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I was born on the day Chernobyl exploded. David Sedaris told me he wants my hair when I die. I taught the Archbishop of Canterbury (Carey) how to high-five.
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  • University of North Carolina at Asheville
    Biology, 2004 - 2008
  • Watauga High School
    2000 - 2004
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