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November 27, 2014

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5:29 AM | Happy Thanksgiving and Safe Travels (with a last look at our newest national park)
Here's hoping that you all have a fine Thanksgiving holiday and that your travels are safe and fun. I offer up one of the things that I am truly thankful for: politicians that put aside their differences and agreed to establish Pinnacles National Park in 2013. I've been posting lately about the fascinating geology of the park, and I'm taking a moment to point out one of the other values of this particular park: a sanctuary for wildlife.Pinnacles has been one of the most dependable localities […]
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4:30 AM | Scientist want to make manure smell a bit better
Ammonia causes the disgusting smell of urine in manure from pigs and cattle. Scientists are not far from finding a way of stopping the formation of ammonia,
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4:15 AM | Norway was controlled from the pulpit
Norwegian society was totalitarian during the nearly four centuries that Norway was ruled from Copenhagen. Sermons were closely supervised and controlled by the
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4:02 AM | Ocean Things to Be Thankful For: Megalodon is Dead, but We Still Have Sharks (and Whales)
This time of year, it’s appropriate to think of things to be thankful for.  This being an ocean-focused blog, I’d like to share something ocean-related that I’m thankful for, and hopefully spread a little Ocean Optimism in the process.  What I’m thankful for is that Carcharocles megalodon is extinct.  This may not seem like cause […]
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4:00 AM | Svelare il mistero dei gamma-ray burst
In un articolo apparso su Astrophysical Journal Letters, due astronomi sperano di svelare le origini dei lampi-gamma, o gamma-ray burst (GRB), corti o di breve durata con l’ausilio di giganteschi ‘microfoni’ spaziali. I due ricercatori della Scuola di Fisica e Astronomia della Cardiff University stanno cercando di capire come potrebbe presentarsi l’eventuale ‘suono’ che si dovrebbe sentire quando i rivelatori LIGO e … […]
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3:56 AM | Urbanisation brings animals and diseases closer to home
By Cadhla Firth, CSIRO and Kurt Zuelke, CSIRO Our world is becoming increasingly urbanised. In 1950, just 30% of the world’s population lived in urban areas. This number is now over 50% and rising. By 2050, two-thirds of the world’s population are expected to be urban dwellers. Although much of this growth will occur in […]
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3:00 AM | Survival of the Nicest: How Altruism Made Us Human and Why It Pays to Get Along
By Stefan Klein Synopsis: This revelatory tour de force by an acclaimed and internationally bestselling science writer upends our understanding of “survival of the fittest”—and invites us all to think and act more altruistically. The phrase […]
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2:16 AM | A Hit!
@NCAquariumatPKS I think the fish and the turtles were a hit. The girls kept wanting to know more about the sharks! pic.twitter.com/LnUkl8gDvt— Robert B. Dance (@RobertBDanceArt) November 25, 2014
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2:10 AM | Meet Ranavalona I of Madagascar- the deliciously wicked queen and torture master seen as a supervillan by European rulers
This post is with thanks to Rejected Princesses who did all the hard research and translations to tell us about this remarkable woman. If you’ve always identified with Ursula over Ariel, thought Maleficent was really not that bad or would actually really like to see Yzma on the throne then Queen Ranavalona is really the woman for you. This woman started life as a peasant and became supreme ruler and Queen. She fought off colonial rule, started one of the first industrial […]
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1:55 AM | It’s Good to Laugh
Alleged intellectual Christina Hoff Summers (I know, I know, it’s bad form to give away the punchline of a joke so early) recently had this to say: Dear liberals, When you side with today’s 3rd wave intersectional feminism, you are siding with the intellectual equivalent of creationism. As a liberal feminist whose day job actually […]
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12:34 AM | This Corrupt Chinese Official Had A TON of Cash Stashed In His Basement. Literally, A Ton
China has been making a show of trying to tackle corruption within its government since President Xi Jinping announced a widespread anti-corruption campaign in 2012. Back in July, China launched operation “Fox Hunt 2014″ as part of this campaign. “Fox Hunt” targeted corrupt government officials and other suspects of financial crimes who had fled the country. Last week, Chinese officials released an update on the operation, announcing that the program had […]
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12:32 AM | 30 Inspirational Quotes About Gratitude
  “Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” — Marcel Proust   “Walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet.” — Thích Nhat Hanh   “Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember […] 30 Inspirational Quotes About Gratitude is a post from the positive psychology blog, Soon I Will Be Successful. The post 30 Inspirational Quotes […]
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12:15 AM | New research centre to investigate how language works
A new national research centre based at ANU will investigate how language works and how it makes us who we are. Based at the University, the ARC Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language draws together the nation’s top […]test The post New research centre to investigate how language works appeared first on Australian Science.
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12:13 AM | TWiM #92: Flying biofilms
Vincent, Elio, Michael and Michele discuss the possible eradication of wild poliovirus type 3, and how microsporidian parasites prevent locust swarming behavior.  

November 26, 2014

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11:41 PM | Thanksgiving Live Blog 2015
Happy Thanksgiving from the D’Costas! Back in 2011, I experimented with sharing my Thanksgiving with you, Readers, and I thought it might be time for a resurrection, so welcome to our kitchen... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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11:41 PM | Thanksgiving Live Blog 2015
Happy Thanksgiving from the D’Costas! Back in 2011, I experimented with sharing my Thanksgiving with you, Readers, and I thought it might be time for a resurrection, so welcome to our kitchen... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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11:41 PM | Foods Fido should avoid on Thanksgiving
I came across this interesting literature on what foods you should avoid feeding a dog from the ASPCA Animal Poison Control:
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11:14 PM | Le Monde puzzle [#887ter]
Here is a graph solution to the recent combinatorics Le Monde mathematical puzzle, proposed by John Shonder: N is a golden number if the sequence {1,2,…,N} can be reordered so that the sum of any consecutive pair is a perfect square. What are the golden numbers between 1 and 25? Consider an undirected graph GN […]
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11:01 PM | Jacksonville Split Over Joining A Southern Port Dredging Frenzy
Jacksonville, Fla., is racing to find funds to deepen its port. If it can't accommodate newer, bigger cargo ships from Asia, the city says, it will lose out to Savannah, Ga., and Charleston, S.C.
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11:00 PM | Cornell CS at 50
Plus a long-promised discussion on diagonalization TRUST security source Dexter Kozen has been on the faculty of computer science at Cornell for almost 30 of the department’s 50 years. He first came to Cornell 40 years ago as a graduate student and finished a PhD under Juris Hartmanis in just over 2 years. He was […]
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11:00 PM | Another Child Protegy Is Granted A Patent.
It is not every day that a third-grader is granted a patent.  But for Netcong Elementary School third-grader Stefano Patamia from New Jersey, that’s exactly what happened. Stefano had an idea to help special education students and others that couldn’t reach the top of his classroom’s white board.  So, he invented an arm that can … Continue reading →
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10:54 PM | I love this weird idea.
I love this weird idea. A design group in Hong Kong has come up with a concept design for "parasitic robots" that would roam the city at night drawing power from annoying neon signs and sucking up carbon to feed little plant farms growing on their bodies. I want to live in a world where these robots fly free.Read more...
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10:50 PM | Some Recent Views of Mars from Hubble
Ted Stryk showcases some of his processed versions of recent Hubble Space Telescope views of Mars.
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10:50 PM | The Emergence of Death and Dying as We Know It
Once upon a time, people died in their homes. Up until the time of death they were cared for by friends, family members, and appointed religious leaders. (The latter reminded the dying and their... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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10:50 PM | The Emergence of Death and Dying as We Know It
Once upon a time, people died in their homes. Up until the time of death they were cared for by friends, family members, and appointed religious leaders. (The latter reminded the dying and their... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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10:48 PM | A Optimistic Realist Tours Earth’s Age of Humans
A lyrical nature writer explains her optimistic view of the deepening human imprint on the Earth.
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10:48 PM | Malaysia Boleh!
Malaysians are fond of saying “Malaysia Boleh”, which translates to “Malaysia can!”.  This can do attitude might be behind these insightful words from Malaysia’s Prime Minister Najib Razak, in his opening talk on Asia’s clean energy options: Too often, the climate and energy debate is presented as a problem. Instead of asking who can win big […]
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10:36 PM | Creationist ‘audits’ science museum
Imagine you are 10 years old and your crazy aunt is taking you out for a treat. A crazy aunt can be fun. Problem is this aunt is also a creationist and she is taking you to the local natural history museum. … Continue reading →
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10:30 PM | The Largest Solar Plant In The World Is Now Operational
Called Topaz, it's located in San Luis Obispo County, California. The plant recently completed its final 40-megawatt phase, making it the first 500-plus megawatt solar farm to come online in the United States — and the largest online plant in the world. Read more...
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10:26 PM | From the uh, no, that’s not evidence-based file: ‘You never want to cook a turkey frozen.’
Thanksgiving food safety coverage is saturating the Interwebs and some of it is good (evidence-based) some isn’t. Here’s a gem from WVIB in Buffalo: “You never want to cook a turkey frozen,” said [James] Malley. Malley, who’s been a culinary … Continue reading →
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