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October 31, 2014

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8:14 AM | Salt is great for French fries but not for fields - Water, Land and Ecosystems
Around 5,000 acres of farmland in arid and semi-arid regions are lost every day to damage caused by salt, according to a recent UN report with contributions from scientists at the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) and WLE.See it on Scoop.it, via Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education)
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7:00 AM | The seven creepiest science experiments
Some of our favorite scary and disturbing studies
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5:29 AM | Wooster’s Fossils of the Week: Upper Carboniferous seed casts from northeastern Ohio
We haven’t had a paleobotanical fossil of the week for awhile, so here are a couple of nice seed casts from the Upper Carboniferous Massillon Sandstone exposed near Youngstown, Ohio. They fall within the “form genus” Trigonocarpus Brongniart 1828. A form taxon is one that may not have any systematic or evolutionary validity, but it […]
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5:23 AM | Your tweets reveal future iPhone sales
Researchers set new standards for how precisely the sale of a product can be predicted based on what people write in the social media.
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4:01 AM | The Truth Behind Online Dating: What Motivates Users and Companies
Read Part 1 of this series here: The Truth Behind Online Dating: What Is and Isn’t Real People are shallow. Psychological science has demonstrated that people often use a “what is beautiful is good” mental shortcut.1 People tend to assume positive characteristics about others based on physical attractiveness, even though these perceptions are not accurate. This bias for beauty has been shown in all types of contexts that are not limited to online dating. A classic […]
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3:09 AM | Ébola, la epidemia vigente
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3:01 AM | Energy in a flash – what can we do with lightning?
Lightning is one of the scariest forms of energy in nature. What Halloween movie isn’t complete without a sudden thunderous bolt from the heavens right when the bad guy emerges from the shadows? But lightning isn’t all just theatrics. It also contains a lot of power which, if it could be harnessed, could be of […]
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3:00 AM | You Are Here: Around the World in 92 Minutes
By Chris Hadfield Synopsis: In You Are Here, astronaut Chris Hadfield creates a surprisingly intimate and compelling visual essay about the planet we live on, choosing the best from the thousands of photos he took on the […]
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3:00 AM | Jian Ghomeshi -His Antics -And Me
Canadians have been rocked by a sex scandal this week. Beloved radio and tv host/journalist Jian Ghomeshi was fired by the CBC because of his sexual antics. Faced with being outed by an ex-girlfriend regarding his sexual preferences (BDSM) he decided to take a leave of absence from his show Q, and after it was […]
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3:00 AM | Gargantua, il primo e più ‘realistico’ buco nero del grande schermo
Si tratta di una simulazione senza precedenti, quella concepita da uno degli esperti più rinomati nel campo dei buchi neri, che sarà protagonista del film Interstellar, un epico viaggio nello spazio scritto e diretto da Christopher Nolan, in uscita nelle sale il prossimo 7 Novembre. L’oggetto sembra ruotare quasi alla velocità della luce, trascinandosi con sè […]
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2:57 AM | The ScienceArt Exhibit Roundup This Fall
So much good scienceart on display… where to begin!? EXHIBITS: NORTHEAST REGION LIFE: Magnified June – November 2014 Gateway Gallery Between Concourse C and the AeroTrain C-Gates station... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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1:34 AM | Thoughts of Drugs, and Other Things, While in Prison
This post is part of a collaborative narrative series composed of my writing and Chris Arnade’s photos exploring issues of addiction, poverty, prostitution and urban anthropology in Hunts... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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1:30 AM | Clypeus plotii Echinoid Fossil
While visiting the Gallery of Natural History at the Arizona Historical Society Museum at Papago Park (1300 N. College Ave, Tempe Arizona 85281) I saw fossil specimen (AHS-NH#9854) Clypeus plotii (Leske, 1778) sea urchin fossil. This creature existed in the Jurassic Period (Bajocian to Oxfordian). They were found in what is now Europe and North Africa. Images of museum specimen taken October
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1:22 AM | Whyever?
Whyever do they call this the #PeekabooTrail? #BryceCanyon #Utah pic.twitter.com/ZIwEpeHRJG— russwilliamsiii (@russwilliamsiii) October 23, 2014 [Wife, Ann, strikes her Ursula Undress pose.]
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1:17 AM | "Here's to Personhood for Tommy"
For support/shares of my 1st post for @TIMEIdeas, my thanks: here's to personhood for #chimpanzee Tommy http://t.co/ULbGjQr1Rq #anthropology— Barbara J King (@bjkingape) October 28, 2014
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1:04 AM | Welcome, Beavers
Beavers "welcomed into the landscape as defense against withering effects of a warmer drier climate" http://t.co/GZAOxs4oex #climatechange— Barbara J King (@bjkingape) October 28, 2014 "Beavers have evolved to respond to the sound of running water by trying to stop it, because their survival depends on a full pond. (A Yellowstone National Park biologist reported that when he briefly kept a beaver in his basement with plans to reintroduce it to a local stream, it kept frantically clawing […]
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12:30 AM | Orphan drug market to reach $176bn by 2020
New report suggests market will almost double in five years
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12:23 AM | What in the world am I doing.... Going with the flow. #brain #painting in progress. #art
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12:15 AM | The Best of Australian Science: October 2014
It’s the end of October, 2014 and it our time to review the top highlights for this month. These would be our choice for the previous period. Efficiency and Benefits of Massage Therapy by Maya Edberg The advancements in medicine […]test The post The Best of Australian Science: October 2014 appeared first on Australian Science.
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12:11 AM | Drones Capture Stunning Killer Whale Footage Tiny flying drones...
Drones Capture Stunning Killer Whale Footage Tiny flying drones have captured unprecedented footage of killer whales off the coast of Canada. By: Live Science Videos.
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12:11 AM | Social psychology has lost its balance
The New Yorker has an interesting article about a lack of political diversity in social psychology and how that may be leading to a climate of bias against conservative researchers, ideas and the evidence that might support them. Some of the evidence for a bias against conservative thinking in social psychology goes back some years, […]
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12:02 AM | The School of Psychology’s Health and Clinical Psychology Research Group (H&CPRG) is pleased to present a session of Clinical Program completion presentations
The School of Psychology’s Health and Clinical Psychology Research Group (H&CPRG) is pleased to present a session of Clinical Program completion presentationsOn Wednesday the 5th of November the H&CPRG is holding a special session for students presenting their research conducted as part of their clinical training.When: Wednesday 5th November, starting at 4pm.Where: Keats Reading Room, Psychology (Aviation) Building. Video-conferenced to the Science Offices Meeting Room, […]
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12:01 AM | Spook Me, Please: What Psychology Tells Us About the Appeal of Halloween
By guest blogger Mathias ClasenIt’s the time of year, at least in our part of the world, when darkness encroaches on us—literally and metaphorically. The symbols and agents of darkness dominate Halloween decorations everywhere, and Halloween is growing in popularity across Europe and in the US. According to the National Retail Federation, US Halloween spending now exceeds $7 billion. In the UK, Halloween is worth about £330 million.Why is this Americanized version of the […]
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12:00 AM | Science Book a Day Interviews Jordan D Brown
Special thanks to Jordan D Brown for answering 5 questions about his recently featured book – Crazy Concoctions: A Mad Scientist’s Guide to Messy Mixtures For more than 18 years, Jordan D. Brown has written numerous […]

October 30, 2014

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11:53 PM | Hubble sees 'ghost light' from dead galaxies
NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has picked up the faint, ghostly glow of stars ejected from ancient galaxies that were gravitationally ripped apart several billion years ago. The mayhem happened 4 billion light-years away, inside an immense collection of nearly 500 galaxies nicknamed "Pandora's Cluster," also known as Abell 2744. Subject:  Astronomy/Cosmology
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11:48 PM | Novel tinnitus therapy helps patients cope with phantom noise
Patients with tinnitus hear phantom noise and are sometimes so bothered by the perceived ringing in their ears, they have difficulty concentrating. A new therapy does not lessen perception of the noise but appears to help patients cope better with it in their daily lives, according to new research. Subject:  Health & Medicine
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11:46 PM | NZ cranks finally publish an NZ temperature series – but their paper’s stuffed with errors
You can’t teach old dogs new tricks, it seems — certainly not if they’re gnawing a much loved old bone at the time. The lads from the NZ Climate Science Coalition — yes, the same boys who tried to sue NIWA over the New Zealand temperature record and lost, and who then folded a trust […]
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11:31 PM | New #brain #painting underway! #art #science
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11:27 PM | Giant tortoises gain a foothold on a Galapagos Island
A population of endangered giant tortoises, which once dwindled to just over a dozen, has recovered on the Galapagos island of Española, a finding described as "a true story of success and hope in conservation" by the lead author of a study published October 28th. Some 40 years after the first captive-bred tortoises were reintroduced to the island by the Galapagos National Park Service, the endemic Española giant tortoises are reproducing and restoring some of the […]
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11:25 PM | sticky little lizard feet
Evolutionary change can be fast - Peter and Rosemary Grant's long-term & ongoing research project on the Galapagos finches documented rapid responses to environmental changes, for example, as does the  recent work on cane toads in Australia. And biologists...
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