Check out the most popular BRAIN FACTS of 2014!! @Brain_Facts_org

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Neuroscience Nerd Out!!! Check out the most popular posts on BrainFacts.org from 2014!! Follow BrainFacts on twitter for lots of awesome brain and neuroscience facts in 2015 – @Brain_Facts_org

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Like the World Cup? Like Volcanoes? 2014 Volcano World Cup! #GroupH

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Don’t forget that the Volcano World Cup from ERUPTIONS blog is still going on. Now onto Group H. My previous post about this super fun take on a new competition involving the 2014 World Cup countries.

ERUPTIONS blog, by Erik Klemetti, at wired.com has put together an informative and interactive group of posts that pit volcanoes of the world against each other (from countries in the actual 2014 FIFA World Cup) . Check out the posts and start voting for the 2014 Volcano World Cup winner!!

What is the Volcano World Cup? I’m going to take each of the participating countries in the real World Cup and have all of you vote on which are the most volcanically excellent. It will be set up exactly the same as the World Cup – group stage, round of 16, quarter-, semi- and finals – except it will be your votes that move nations forward.

For Groups B, C, etc of the Volcano World Cup, go to ERUPTIONS here

Teddy Roosevelt is great, but the most epic USA fans of the 2014 World Cup are in SPACE #CauseScience

Everyone who has been watching the 2014 World Cup USA games has probably seen the amazing fan that dresses up like Teddy Roosevelt. If you haven’t, or can’t get enough of him, see below tweet from Buzzfeed.

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See, as epic as Teddy Roosevelt was historically, and as epic as this fan is now, in my own humble opinion, the most epic fans at the World Cup are these guys. I guess you can argue that they aren’t AT the World Cup, but then again, they are right above it sometimes.

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They are watching and supporting ‘Merica from SPACE… that’s right: SPACE. How can you be more epic than space? SO my vote for the most epic fans for team USA are the astronauts, who have taken time from doing science and being astronauts, to watch and play the games in space. Follow them on twitter to get more awesome updates from the International Space Station (@astro_reid @Astro_Alex ).

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Thomson Reuters 2014 Analytics World Challenge (research World Cup!)

 

Nature has an editorial this week highlighting a promotional and fun World Cup style competition of research impact from Thomson Reuters. The Analytics World Challenge (brackets and all) will pit the countries of the actual 2014 World Cup against each other, but using the companies research analytics, from InCites. The competition will involve different rounds that look at at research citation impact, proportion of international collaborations, cited papers, and world impact. The Nature article scoffs that we should expect a USA vs Switzerland semi-final, but goes on to discuss why there is a market for this type of service, as well as the potential downsides and benefits (the author mentions administrators playing ‘Fantasy Faculty’, HA!). More info on the competition here.

“We are excited to host the first-ever Analytics World Challenge to celebrate the international research impact and scholarly collaboration of the countries participating in the World Cup,” said Gordon Macomber, managing director of Scientific and Scholarly Research at Thomson Reuters. “As an industry leader in evaluating the performance and impact of research on a global level, Thomson Reuters InCites offers a unique perspective of each country’s efforts.”

 

2014 FIFA World Cup? More like 2014 ERUPTIONS Volcano World Cup!! #NERD

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ERUPTIONS blog, by Erik Klemetti, at wired.com has put together an informative and interactive group of posts that pit volcanoes of the world against each other (from countries in the actual 2014 FIFA World Cup) . Check out the posts and start voting for the 2014 Volcano World Cup winner!!

What is the Volcano World Cup? I’m going to take each of the participating countries in the real World Cup and have all of you vote on which are the most volcanically excellent. It will be set up exactly the same as the World Cup – group stage, round of 16, quarter-, semi- and finals – except it will be your votes that move nations forward.

For Groups B, C, etc of the Volcano World Cup, go to ERUPTIONS here