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October 22, 2014

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7:12 AM | 3 American Teens Suspected Of Trying To Join The Islamic State
Three Denver teens were stopped at a German airport and sent home to the U.S. Now their computers and social circles are being investigated for possible contacts with Islamist militants in Syria.
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6:48 AM | Salmonella in sprouts sparks Organic Traditions brand sprouted flax seed powder recalled due to Salmonella
Sprouts, especially the organic kind, you never fail – fail to initiate recalls. Advantage Health Matters is recalling Organic Traditions brand Sprouted Flax Seed Powder from the marketplace due to possible Salmonella contamination. Consumers should not consume the recalled products … Continue reading →
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4:02 AM | Miniature human intestine grown in mice for first time
Researchers have grown a miniature human intestine in laboratory mice for the first time as part of a research project, which claims to one day be able to cure intestinal diseases by using a patient's own tissue cells. Subject:  Health & Medicine
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4:01 AM | How Music Can Boost a High-Intensity Workout
Volunteers were able to exercise harder when they listened to their favorite songs.
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3:59 AM | The Strange remains the same for 21 October 2014
Today would have been Martin Gardner’s 100th birthday. He was a greatly influential man. FL man claims to find rat head in restaurant’s chili – MSNewsNow.com – Jackson, MS. Unseen infrared image of Loch Ness Monster Nessie to be revealed at Paranormal Festival – Scotland Now. Twitter source of all evil : top Saudi cleric… Source: Doubtful News
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3:53 AM | 5 Ways to Support Coral Conservation Without Getting Wet
5 Ways to Support Coral Conservation Without Getting Wet: Scuba divers can support marine and coral...
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3:49 AM | Unsteady on your feet? Little touches could make all the difference
When a toddler takes their first steps we observe an uncertain sway in their walking. Being unsteady on our feet is something we can experience throughout life – and a new study has shown how even the lightest fingertip touch can help people to maintain their balance. The research, led by the University of Birmingham, explains how neural and mechanical mechanisms synchronize our sway with another person. Subject:  Brain & Behavior
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3:49 AM | Why Climate 'Uncertainty' Is No Excuse For Doing Nothing
Science can't tell us exactly when the rising oceans will swallow up the Maldives, but it can give us a good idea. Credit: Hiroyuki-H, CC BY-SABy Richard Pancost, University of Bristol and Stephan Lewandowsky, University of Bristol read more
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3:46 AM | Giants Pummel Royals From The Start In Game 1 World Series Win
A three-run first inning was all San Francisco needed to top Kansas City and steal home field advantage. They tacked on another four runs anyway to win 7-1.
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3:29 AM | To Dunedin! On an ivory quest!
Well, not exactly.   But on Friday, I will be at Otago University and giving a seminar on ivory black markets.  One topic I’m going to highlight is whether the legal factories in China (all 37 of them) are a significant source of illegal carvings. The production problem is usually glibly ignored or assumed away. [...]
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3:12 AM | This Massive Spiral Structure in the Sahara Is Visible from Space
This geological formation is probably not what you think it is.Read more...
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3:00 AM | El Museo Argentino de Ciencias Naturales exhibe sus criaturas misteriosas (Buenos Aires)
Gatos negros, serpientes, lechuzas, búhos, ratas, lobos, animales teratológicos, murciélagos, insectos y arañas han despertado sentimientos negativos a lo largo de los siglos y han sido vinculados con las brujas, el mal y el mundo misterioso de la noche. Bajo la consigna “¿Existen los monstruos?”, el Museo Argentino de Ciencias Naturales “Bernardino Rivadavia” (MACN, CONICET) invita al público en general a recorrer una […]
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2:49 AM | (This is not satire) 363 sickened in multistate outbreak of human Salmonella infections linked to live poultry in backyard flocks (final update)
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports: This outbreak appears to be over. However, live poultry, including those kept in backyard flocks, remain an important cause of human Salmonella infections in the United States. More information about Salmonella from live poultry and … Continue reading →
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2:39 AM | (This is also satire) Terrorists threaten to attack UK by washing uncooked chicken
The terror threat level to the UK has been raised to the highest level since the Iraq war after suspicions grew that terrorists might have been reading all the recent articles about the deadly peril of washing uncooked chicken. It … Continue reading →
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1:42 AM | Violent Immersion: How 3-D Gaming Affects Player Emotions
Playing violent video games in 3-D makes everything seem more real –  and in a new study researchers found that people who played violent video games in 3-D showed more evidence of anger afterward than people who played games on 2-D systems.  That may have troubling consequences for young players, according to an upcoming paper in Psychology of Popular Media Culture.read more
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1:11 AM | Ebola has Taught us a Crucial Lesson about our Views of “Irrational” Health Behaviors
Sara Gorman compares irrational reactions to the Ebola outbreak by Americans as well as those in Western Africa. As Ebola rears its ugly head in the U.S., there has been a lot of discussion about how afraid we really should … Continue reading »The post Ebola has Taught us a Crucial Lesson about our Views of “Irrational” Health Behaviors appeared first on Speaking of Medicine.
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1:02 AM | Hidden in Plain Orange – How this harlequin bug’s orange coloration makes it both conspicuous and invisible
Aposematic coloration is the technical term for the coloration phenomenon found in such illustrious animals as poison dart frogs (Family: Dendrobatidae) and skunks.  The rationale is that the animal makes itself very conspicuous […]
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1:00 AM | We Demand The Return of Scientific Freedom In Canada!
In an open letter written to Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, some 800 scientists from around the world are calling for an end to "burdensome restrictions on scientific communication and collaboration faced by Canadian government scientists."Read more...
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12:49 AM | Hundreds of U.S. bioterror lab mishaps cloaked in secrecy
Allison Young of USA Today reports that more than 1,100 laboratory incidents involving bacteria, viruses and toxins that pose significant or bioterror risks to people and agriculture were reported to federal regulators during 2008 through 2012, government reports obtained by USA … Continue reading →
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12:35 AM | When Conflict Gets Dangerous
All couples fight. It’s perfectly healthy and normal. Disagreements are a natural part of relationships, and even if you’re deeply in love, some level of conflict is inevitable. In fact, avoiding conflict does more harm than good. Letting anger and resentment build up is a surefire recipe for trouble. However, constant arguing can be a […]
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12:30 AM | Slavery In America: Back In The Headlines
The Slave Trade painted by a French abolitionist artist.By Daina Ramey Berry, University of TexasPeople think they know everything about slavery in the United States, but they don’t. They think the majority of African slaves came to the American colonies, but they didn’t. They talk about 400 hundred years of slavery, but it wasn’t. They claim all Southerners owned slaves, but they didn’t. Some argue it was a long time ago, but it wasn’t. read more
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12:16 AM | Sins of Our Fathers, a New Novel by Shawn Otto
Sins of Our Fathers, by Shaw Otto, is coming out shortly but can be preordered. JW, protagonist, is a flawed hero. He is not exactly an anti-hero because he is not a bad guy, though one does become annoyed at where he places his values. As his character unfolds in the first several chapters of…
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12:09 AM | Ben Bradlee, Who Led 'Washington Post' To New Heights, Dies At 93
As editor, Bradlee led the newspaper to national eminence with charm, drive, instinct and, most notably, an epic confrontation with the Nixon White House.
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12:08 AM | Hong Kong’s Leader: We Have Too Many Poor People to Allow Direct Elections
Since the end of last month, hundreds of thousands of protestors have taken to the streets of Hong Kong to protest the Chinese government’s attempts to maintain its stranglehold on political authority there. In 2017, Hong Kong is set to choose a new chief executive in the first ever democratic election for that position (all the chief executives up to now have been directly appointed by the Chinese government). The only problem: Beijing wants the power to “vet” […]
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12:00 AM | Integrated Science Instrument Module: Webb Telescope's Heart Survives Deep Freeze Test
Though it has been in the works since 1996 and long passed both its original 2011 completion date and even the most aggressive budget estimate, the James Webb Space Telescope has a milestone that may get people excited: after 116 days of extremely frigid temperatures like that in space, the heart of the James Webb Space Telescope, the Integrated Science Instrument Module (ISIM) and its sensitive instruments, emerged unscathed from the thermal vacuum chamber at NASA's Goddard Space […]

October 21, 2014

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11:58 PM | Legendary 'Washington Post' Editor Ben Bradlee Has Died
Bradlee was the editor who ushered in the paper's golden era, overseeing its reporting during the Watergate scandal.
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11:48 PM | Here's What Crows and Ravens Are Really Saying
OK, so we don't know exactly what they're saying, though I suspect that at least some of the time they are yelling, "Give me a peanut, human!" But this fantastic video from ornithologist Kevin McGowan helps you recognize the difference between crow and raven calls, as well as what they could mean.Read more...
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11:35 PM | driving and...
I used to talk on the phone while driving... quite often, actually, although not for very long for any given conversation. I've stopped entirely, for two reasons: in the last couple of years, more and more jurisdictions have made cell phone use illegal while driving; and when I broke down and got a smartphone and started receiving work e-mails, I had to have an "unlock" password that makes the phone a giant pain to dial with.I've done a few regrettable things while driving to/from fieldwork. […]
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11:31 PM | Paralyzed man walks after receiving cells from nose
A man paralyzed from the chest down in a knife attack is walking again after undergoing surgery using cells responsible for the sense of smell, marking an advance in the search for treatments for spinal injuries. Darek Fidyka, 38, received the cells after failing to recover from a stabbing in the back in 2010, according to University College London, whose doctors developed the procedure. The technique involves using olfactory ensheathing cells and placing them in the spinal cord. […]
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11:30 PM | In Defense Of NIMBY-ism
It's easy to sneer at people for protecting their backyards, but what if there's a compelling reason to do so? Mickey DeRham photos, CC BY-NCBy Naomi Oreskes, Professor of the History of Science at Harvard University.The term NIMBY – “not in my back yard"– has long been used to criticize people who oppose commercial or industrial development in their communities. Invariably pejorative, it casts citizens as selfish individualists who care only for themselves, hypocrites who […]
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