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Con Health, handout - [x]


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Some important tips on how to avoid the con plague.

Oh, also apparently an even bigger outbreak took place at PAX in 2009.

Yeah, fandom needs awareness.

A comic about infectious disease prevention at nerd cons, written by our founder, John Skylar.  Art by KS Brenowitz.


As big disruptive shifts hit the workplace we all get taken out of our comfort zones. Whereas once we felt in control, the stakes are evolving rapidly and our ability to adapt is falling behind.   If we consider the recent gallup poll results that indicates that only a mere 30% of the workforce is actually committed to doing a good job, engaged, it really drives home the point that we may need to take a deeper look at the skills we have today, map them against the various trends that are impacting the workplace, and derive a view to the skills we will need moving forward.

A recent report published by the Institute for the Future (IFTF), does an outstanding job of identifying the key work skills and capabilities needed in the next few years (and arguably needed now).

This Institute for the Future is putting out some pretty neat stuff lately.

(via futuramb)


Ancient Girl’s Genes Link Earliest Americans, Modern Native Americans

The ancient remains of a teenage girl found in an underwater Mexican cave establish a definitive link between the earliest Americans and modern Native Americans, according to a new study released today in the journal Science.

The study was conducted by an international team of researchers from 13 institutions, including Deborah Bolnick, assistant professor of anthropology at The Univ. of Texas at Austin, who analyzed DNA from the remains simultaneously with independent researchers at Washington State Univ. and the Univ. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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Do you enjoy things running and functioning? Then you like science. Do you like going to the outdoors? Then you like science!

Emily Graslie, at the Women in Science lecture at the Field Museum (via gingerblivet)

Great talk, thebrainscoop!

(via scientific-women)

(via thebiobabe)





Language Maps of the US.

Why wasn’t this the first one I saw!? This is so much more interesting!!


Im surprised that Navajo is the most commonly spoken indigenous language in CT. you would think that it would be an Algonquian language.

(via thebiobabe)

Inhibiting Protein Helps Mice Survive Radiation


Tinkering with a molecular pathway that governs how intestinal cells respond to stress can help mice survive a normally fatal dose of abdominal radiation, according to a new study by researchers at the Stanford Univ. School of Medicine.

Because the technique is still partially effective up to 24 hours after exposure, the study suggests a possible treatment for people unintentionally exposed to large amounts of radiation, such as first responders at the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in 1986.

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Hopefully this will pan out in humans.

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