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this is cool, but I do worry that the monster under the bed bites...
 
Kick Insomnia
I'll have to remember this trick when I travel. I get insomnia when I travel. I found this via Shankar Vedantam on Twitter. I always enjoy his tidbits on +NPR. Check out the video to learn how your arteriovenous anastomoses could help you sleep.
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Let the Science of Us Sleep Institute offer you a helping foot.
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If sticking your feet out isn't enough, try wiping them down with a damp washcloth. Doesn't have to be cold, just damp. 
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Measurement Matters

with a shout out to +Dena Ricketts  for the post!
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Juggling Some Crafty Summer Ideas

This is a bit of a TBT for me since many many years ago I learned to juggle with juggling balls made from a design that was quite similar to those in the video. 

I worked as a counselor in a day camp while I was going to school, and one of the week-long programs was juggling.  I was assigned to the group because juggling is challenging and you don't really learn how to do it well in a single day (it takes lots and lots of practice!) , so the director of the camp liked that I had a "we're all in this together and should just keep trying" kind of attitude that prevented the young campers from getting too frustrated. 

And speaking of throw back Thursday: the kids who were in that camp have probably long since graduated from college by now. Sigh

a shout out to +Kimberly Chapman  for sharing this and bringing back that memory from so long ago! 
 
I think Peo will probably want to make some of these...the trick is that Robin will want them and will bite them, so we can't let her have them.  Hrm.  Maybe this is a next-year project...
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I may use this in my summer research methods class...

on the day I bring chocolate in for my students :-)

Thanks to +Lorna Salgado  for sharing.
 
//Chocolate here, chocolate there.

Why A Journalist Scammed The Media Into Spreading Bad Chocolate Science

 "You have to know how to read a scientific paper — and actually bother to do it," he writes. "For far too long, the people who cover this beat have treated it like gossip, echoing whatever they find in press releases. Hopefully our little experiment will make reporters and readers alike more skeptical."

Earlier this spring, headlines around the world trumpeted an exciting bit of news that seemed too good to be true: "Eating that bar of chocolate can HELP you lose weight," as Britain's Daily Mail put it.

From India to Australia and Texas to Germany, news organizations shared findings published in the International Archives of Medicine in late March.

The problem? The study they were based on was pure junk. 
A lot of junk nutrition science gets reported in the media. It's a big problem. But did a science journalist's elaborate hoax to expose the crisis go too far?
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Give it all

A lovely song augmented by a powerful video with talented dancers.  Their message... important for young people and those who love and support them.

"May is Mental Health Awareness Month - if you, or anyone you know, is struggling, please visit http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/ "

with a shout out to Train and Soulpancake for their attention to this cause.
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Powerful.
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For Scifi (dr. Who) fans who have kids who love minions:

http://www.zap2it.com/blogs/minions_doctor_who_tardis_back_in_time-2015-06
The Minions, stars of the 'Despicable Me' movies and their own upcoming standalone film, are always finding ways to get in trouble but this time they may have gone too far after finding 'Doctor Who's' TARDIS.
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LOL.  Those minions!!!
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Every wonder about those plastic flamingos that are often found in someone's yard? 

They were created by an artist named Don Featherstone, and he received an Ig Nobel Prize (in art) for his work. 

He recently passed away, but you can read more about him and his creativity here:
http://www.improbable.com/2015/06/22/sad-news-don-featherstone-creator-of-the-plastic-pink-flamingo-died-today/
Don Featherstone, the creator of the plastic pink flamingo, died this morning. He was a friend, whom we have known since 1996, the year he was awarded the Ig Nobel Prize for art. Don and his wife, Nancy Featherstone, came to almost every Ig Nobel Prize ceremony in succeeding years, where adoring throngs cheered them and the plastic…
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Apparently, according to multiple sources, credit for the modern gnome (mid 1800s on) goes to Philip Griebel who popularized them in Germany (and then throughout Europe).  That said, early forms of gnome-like statues were found several centuries earlier.
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THIS may be why I have a crush on Mark Ruffalo. 

Talent and a sense of humor -- always sexy!  Good for him for the work he does.

http://thedailyshow.cc.com/videos/d22gs4/mark-ruffalo
Actor and environmental activist Mark Ruffalo discusses his film "Infinitely Polar Bear," hypothetical superhero battles and anti-fracking legislation.
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Watching now. 
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For those about to start summer
 
The Heat is On

finally

After such a long winter for many of us in the U.S. , spring has sprung and the hot, sunny days of summer will soon follow.  With the carefree days of summer come some dangers that parents should be aware of:

http://www.parents.com/blogs/parents-perspective/2014/05/09/health/8-safety-rules-you-may-think-you-dont-need/

Kids, pets, older adults, and even plants.

Don't leave anything alive in your parked car.  The temperature can get extreme and dangerous in a shockingly short period of time, as this article from Pediatrics suggests:
http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/116/1/e109.full

The first link also gives some helpful suggestions as to how to be particularly mindful that you don't accidently make this mistake. 

Yes, there are neglectful parents who don't care about the well being of their children, but most parents who leave their child in the car just made a really bad and costly mistake because they were distracted, their routine changed, they were tired, or their usually vocal child was asleep or quite.

#childsafety   #kidsandcars   #summerdanger   #summer  
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+Douglas Creamer   About 40 according to the post and http://www.kidsandcars.org/statistics.html provides additional statistics. 
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Shake it Off

This is very clever and well done (and well performed). 

 Shake it off  _Supernatural_  style with a bonus bit of dancing from the cast and crew, including Jensen Ackles, Jared Padalecki , Mark Pellegrino, Rob Benedict and others

http://www.ew.com/article/2015/05/21/supernatural-cast-dances-shake-it-hillywood-show-parody  
That said, not everything can be shaken off.  "May is Mental Health Awareness Month - if you, or anyone you know, is struggling, please visit http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/ "
After nearly two seasons of mystery (and anger issues), last night’s Supernatural finale saw the end of the Mark of Cain. But more importantly,...
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come dean show us what u got 
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Research to Reality

Nice resource for folks who teach!

With a shout out to +Allison Sekuler  for sharing
 
Research to Reality

Happy to be a featured scientist in the new Research to Reality project, along with so many "Canadian science rock stars."

I have 2 R2R vids - this one on face perception and the other (not released yet) on aging and the brain.

Kudos to Canadian science rock star UT's Molly Shoichet for not only dreaming up the project, but making it a reality. All with a goal of highlighting the critical nature of basic scientific research for the innovations that drive our society, economy, and culture.

Check out all the videos launched today at research2reality.com - and more to come soon.

You'll learn about amazing work in neuroscience, cancer, climate change, nuclear medicine, sustainable energy, quantum science, and more!

#scienceEveryday when it's not #ScienceSunday


Prof. Allison Sekuler at McMaster University studies facial recognition and why some people better at recognizing faces than others.
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