The Lynx: 4/5/13

The lynx

Here are the great stories you might have missed this week:

Polynesian DNA in bones of extinct south american tribal people…not in Chile…not in Peru…not in Ecuador…all the way in Brazil.  John Timmer in Ars Technica http://arstechnica.com/science/2013/04/polynesian-dna-mysteriously-shows-up-in-a-brazilian-tribe/

-Brain games are all the rage, but are they really duds? Gareth Cook in The New Yorker http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/elements/2013/04/brain-games-are-bogus.html and a paper from PLOSone http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0059982

-Dear Dad, your Facebook posts suck…..great letter from science writer Tare Smith to her father about misinformationabout the autism/vaccine link.  At ScienceBlogs. http://scienceblogs.com/aetiology/2013/04/03/an-open-letter-to-my-dad-on-the-occasion-of-his-recent-anti-vax-facebook-postings/

-Going to see California sea lions is so 1970′s…No I mean it, they can dance to disco!!!  Peter Fimrite at the San Francisco Chronicle http://www.sfchronicle.com/science/article/Sea-lion-with-rhythm-and-taste-for-disco-4404457.php .  Video at SFGate http://blog.sfgate.com/stew/2013/04/02/sea-lion-boogies-to-disco/

-How do bees find the best flowers….it is quite logical. At ScienceDaily http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/04/130404122053.htm

-Yum, is that rocket fuel I taste?  An archeon that can live off perchlorate.  David Biello at Scientific American http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/observations/2013/04/04/new-extremophile-breathes-rocket-fuel/

-Great article about breaking into science writing.  Bora Zivkovic at Scientific American http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/incubator/2013/04/02/how-to-break-into-science-writing-using-your-blog-and-social-media-sci4hels/

-Coverage on the White House’s B.R.A.I.N initiative: Carl Zimmer at National Geographic http://phenomena.nationalgeographic.com/2013/04/02/a-new-push-to-explore-the-brain/ , John Markoff and James Gorman at The New York Times http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/02/science/obama-to-unveil-initiative-to-map-the-human-brain.html , Carolyn Johnson at Boston.com http://www.boston.com/news/science/blogs/science-in-mind/2013/04/05/local-scientists-brain-mapping-dream-team-reflect-challenges-opportunity/GfMmxOaELZyA9xmQ6Gv6UL/blog.html , Meredith Wadman at Nature http://blogs.nature.com/news/2013/04/obama-launches-ambitious-brain-map-project-with-100-million.html

-When you work with bats you must post cute bat videos whenever you can.  Smallest macrochiropteran species, the blossom bat.  Dan Nosowitz at Popsci http://www.popsci.com/category/tags/blossom-bats

-A little closer to home.  UCR receives 3 million dollar grant from Kaiser Permanente.  At PHYS.org http://phys.org/wire-news/126535721/uc-riverside-medical-school-receives-3m-grant-from-kaiser-perman.html

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