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Lynda Boothroyd
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Rock on Mary Beard...

PhD position looking at body image andtelevision in the developing world...

I am seeking advice on an HTML editing programme. Having established that NVu keeps screwing up my html code and doesn't play well with certain browsers ... can anyone recommend a new editor with both WYSIWYG and easy source access?

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Alan Gray worked with me during the Summer between his second and third years of UG, and he was so efficient with the grunt-work that I suggested he tried to write the first draft of the paper I was planning as well. Aside from a couple of paragraphs of mine and some tweaking, that first draft has gone on to be a published paper. I feel proud as punch and look forward to seeing him develop his own research career.

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I'm going to be very good and not make a sexist joke about men not listening to advice (because of course intra-sexual effects of a hormone do not necessarily imply inter-sexual effects) but this is a nice bit of data on the relationship between tesosterone and social behaviour...

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I need a question I can put in a questionnaire for 10 year olds which assesses whether they are starting to feel sexual attraction. Anyone got any suggestsions?

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I haven't watched the video because I'm scared of heights as it is, and this is exactly why I'd never do a bungee jump, but I wanted to highlight the Zambian ministers' comments: "The bungee has proven to be a very viable operation considering that more than 50,000 tourists jump on it every year.

"It has been in operation for 10 years. This is the first time I am hearing of an incident. The probability of an incident is one in 500,000 jumps."

I reckon this is a classic statistical fallacy, assuming that all those bits of data are independant observations when in fact every jump will have an effect on the viability of subsequent jumps due to wear and tear on the materials etc. So it's not 1/500000 but rather that odds of snapping may increase with more usage.

Okay so it's not clear whether that's the same cords being used all those times, but anyway, you get my point. Statistics are useless when used badly.

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Oh look, publishers demonstrating yet again (via US congress in this instance) that despite getting material and most of the heavy duty labour (reviewing and editting) for free by publically funded employees, they still want to wring as much money from the public purses as possible by keeping everything subscription-only...
The “Research Works Act” was just introduced by US congressional representatives Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and Darrell Issa (R-CA). In short, it allows publishers to prevent public access to publicly funded research.

"No Federal agency may adopt, implement, maintain, continue, or otherwise engage in any policy, program, or other activity that:
(1) causes, permits, or authorizes network dissemination of any private-sector research work without the prior consent of the publisher of such work; or
(2) requires that any actual or prospective author, or the employer of such an actual or prospective author, assent to network dissemination of a private-sector research work."

N.B. "private-sector research" includes research funded by, e.g., the NIH (see the update at the end of the original article).

I've read a bit of discussion on this, but little of it acknowledges the international nature of both research and research access. How do you think this might impact research from cross-national collaborations?

Found via +Christoph T. Weidemann

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This might be the best sex-ed conversation I've ever heard...! (Not safe for work - unless you're in your own office and no one can hear you crying with laughter!)
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