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April 25, 2015

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9:50 PM | Invasive species: Not Knotweed! by ecosapienshow: Invasive...
Invasive species: Not Knotweed! by ecosapienshow: Invasive species are one of the biggest threats to biodiversity. Japanese knotweed is one such culprit, and is classified as an invasive species in Europe and North America. But why has it attained this less than prestigious title? Find out here in one of our brief […]
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9:48 PM | We May Find Extraterrestrial Life within the Next 20 Years, Say NASA Scientists
Is it finally time to meet our neighbors in the universe? According to science, the time is upon us, just lurking right around the corner. In the next 20 years, we may find extraterrestrial life, and many questions will finally be answered. What should we expect? We … READ MORE
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9:45 PM | How I Stopped Blame from Controlling My Life
Everyone’s been there: “I hate the way I look — I wish my mom would have instilled more confidence in me.” “I suck at sports. Great job teaching me the basics, dad.” “I’m too freakishly neurotic to ever find peace in my life — my […]
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9:38 PM | Geo 1095: April 25, Day 845: An Incident at Deer Creek Bridge
There are a couple of things of note to see at Deer Creek Bridge. The first is not all that obvious unless you know what to look for and where to look for it. We're looking upstream along the McKenzie River here, and the Deer Creek confluence is on the middle left side of the photo. The annotation below should help clarify why that's important.During winter and spring runoff, Deer Creek makes an important contribution to the river, and Anne says you can often see a muddy plume here from its […]
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9:30 PM | Hubble at 25: The Space Telescope by the Numbers: Photos
As we celebrate Hubble's 25th year in space, let's have a quick rundown of some of the space telescope's key statistics.
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9:27 PM | Wislawa Szymborska’s ‘Map: Collected and Last Poems’
Richard Lourie in the New York Times: The mass of men may “lead lives of ­quiet desperation,” as Thoreau wrote, but the Polish poet Wislawa Szymborska (1923-2012) did just the opposite: She lived a life of quiet amazement, reflected in...
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9:23 PM | Has Narendra Modi cleaned up India?
James Crabtree in Prospect: Narendra Modi stood on the walls of New Delhi’s Red Fort on a blustery morning last August, a man at the height of his recently-acquired powers. It was his first Independence Day speech, and also the...
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9:20 PM | Deionizer flow restrictor
Deionizer flow restrictor for PHI X-ray source heat exchangers This post is a reprint of a tech tip that we published in our fall 2008 Service Detail newsletter. This exact problem came up recently and so I thought I would … Continue reading → The post Deionizer flow restrictor appeared first on RBD TechSpot.
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9:18 PM | Telemann / Overture-Suite in B-flat major "Les Nations"
Thanks to Farrukh Azfar for having introduced me to Telemann when we were both nineteen and also for sending me this earlier today.
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9:17 PM | These Are the World’s 5 Happiest and 5 Least Happy Countries, According to the UN
Once a year, the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), an initiative sponsored by the United Nations, creates an index of the happiest countries in the world. According to the BBC, the World Happiness Report is based on data gathered by the Gallup World Poll, taking into account variables like, “real GDP per capita, healthy life expectancy, corruption levels and social freedoms.” This year, European countries claimed four of the five top spots, with […]
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9:13 PM | A Human Head Transplant?! by exploriumkaylee: The first...
A Human Head Transplant?! by exploriumkaylee: The first volunteer for a human head transplant has been chosen and has caused quite the controversy. Let’s talk about it. Links to videos/photos:http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2763473/ (two-headed dog)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TGpmTf2kOc0 (first part of YT documentary about monkey head […]
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9:06 PM | Devastating Earthquake Hits Nepal, Kills More Than 1,000
NPR's Arun Rath speaks with Kunda Dixit, a Nepali Times editor, about today's deadly quake. It caused an Everest avalanche and destroyed ancient monuments in and around the capital, Kathmandu.
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8:59 PM | Why Kathmandu was so vulnerable
The magnitude 7.9 earthquake that hit Nepal this morning is shocking news. For some time scientists have realised that the Kathmandu valley is one of the most dangerous places in the world, in terms of earthquake risk. A combination of high seismic activity at the front of the Tibetan plateau, poor building standards, and haphazard urbanisation have come together today with fatal consequences. The quake hit just before noon, local time, around 48 miles north west of Kathmandu. The Indian […]
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8:54 PM | Morsels For The Mind – 24/04/2015
Every day we provide you with Six Incredible Things Before Breakfast to nibble away at. Here you can fill your brain with the most intellectually stimulating “amuse bouches” from the past week – a veritable smorgasbord for the cranium. They’re all here for you to load up your plate – this week’s “Morsels for the mind”. Enjoy! If you do nothing else, make sure to check out the “Reads / views / listens of the week”. **** Feather, fur […]
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8:54 PM | Morsels For The Mind – 24/04/2015
Every day we provide you with Six Incredible Things Before Breakfast to nibble away at. Here you can fill your brain with the most intellectually stimulating “amuse bouches” from the past week – a veritable smorgasbord for the cranium. They’re all here for you to load up your plate – this week’s “Morsels for the mind”. Enjoy! If you do nothing else, make sure to check out the “Reads / views / listens of the week”. **** Feather, fur […]
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8:45 PM | Sunday Seascape 2
As a diversion from the regular work routine, and to try something new, I’ve been taking photographs of the beaches and sea around us.  The convenient thing about seascape photography is that say, unlike wildlife or macro photography, the sea is always there.  And it never flies or runs away before you have the chance [...]
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8:44 PM | Head transplant story goes insane – is it viral marketing?
I didn’t link to this story on DN because it sounding like another Raelian cloning fantasy or other nonsense. I’m glad I waited because this stuff just got wacky… Is the recent head transplant proposal news story a hoax to hype a video game? Or, is it an legally questionable move by the game company to… Source: Doubtful News Related posts:No, Twitter is not being anti-atheist. Heads up! The sky is falling again Barbie doll model Lukyanova likely enhanced […]
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8:35 PM | The Morning After Pill: What You Need To Know Plan B is...
The Morning After Pill: What You Need To Know Plan B is sometimes a necessity, but is it really an abortion pill? We’re helping you learn about the morning after pill and birth control. Here’s everything you need to know about Plan B! By: Think Tank.
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8:16 PM | I’ve Got Your Missing Links Right Here (25 April 2015)
Sign up for The Ed’s Up—a weekly newsletter of my writing plus some of the best stuff from …
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8:16 PM | Geo 1095: April 24, Day 844: Iconic Oregon
This is the view of Ollalie Creek from the top of its bank, at the edge of the campground. When I moved here 35 years ago, this is, I think, what I imagined the entire state looked like. I imagine this is what others expect it to look like, as well. We have plenty of this kind of landscape, but the Willamette Valley is very different. And better than 2/3 of the state on the other side of the Cascades- not too far from here, in a straight line- is semi-arid grassland and sage scrub. Pretty much […]
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8:06 PM | Geophysical Correlations
We are now drilling at deeper than 700 m below the seafloor but in the upper part of the section we have a number of holes that now allow us to put together a relatively complete record of sediment in this area provided the different drills cores can be related to one another. read more
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7:57 PM | Air Conditioning: Where did it come from? | Stuff of Genius When...
Air Conditioning: Where did it come from? | Stuff of Genius When Willis Carrier set out to solve inking problems for a local printing press, he didn’t set out to change the world. Luckily for us, he did. Tune in and learn the story behind the modern air conditioning unit in this episode. By: How Stuff Works.
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7:50 PM | End The Summer Break Literacy Slide By Letting Kids Pick Their Summer Books
Those "Diary Of A Wimpy Kid" books are not "The Good Earth", they are not going to win Pulitzer Prizes, but they are a lot better for kids in the summer than staying glued to YouTube videos. And for most kids, that is going to be the choice. Rather than sending home a reading list (poor schools) or stacks of books (rich schools) in the hopes of combating the the literacy loss experienced during the summer break, a new study finds that letting kids choose the books is better.read more
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7:31 PM | What Humans Really Look Like To Aliens
Remember the last Olympics, during the parade, where instead of seeing the athletes march along grouped by country, we saw unidentifiable people who were all either taking selfies or grabbing videos of everything going on around them, but we couldn’t tell who they were because their cell phones were totally covering their faces? These days…
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7:31 PM | Partisan review: the Shadow of Consciousness
Peter Hankins recently published a book: The Shadow of Consciousness (A Little Less Wrong). In case you don’t know, Hankins has been blogging about consciousness for more than ten years: his Conscious Entities blog covers both scientific and philosophical approaches…Read more ›
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7:30 PM | Deadly Nepal Quake Devastates Vast Region: Photos
Saturday's earthquake that hit Nepal has caused widespread devastation in the nation and across neighboring countries, killing over 1,200 people.
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7:19 PM | Buyer’s Guide: Your first neodymium magnet Neodymium...
Buyer’s Guide: Your first neodymium magnet Neodymium magnets are so powerful that you should watch this before buying one. I give guidelines for size, shape, grade and coating. This way you hopefully will have a good start with a nice beginner magnet. Link to detailed safety sheet: http://www.supermagnete.de/eng/safety.pdf By: brainiac75.
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6:41 PM | Why Hodor Only Says One Word In Game Of Thrones Game of Thrones...
Why Hodor Only Says One Word In Game Of Thrones Game of Thrones fans know that Hodor only says one word - Hodor. So why is that? Neuroscience has the reason, plus John and Hannah discuss people who have similar conditions. By: Think Tank.
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6:40 PM | Hello, you like science, I like science. I like you. *readies high-five*
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6:31 PM | Magnitude 7.8-7.9 earthquake strikes near Katmandu, Nepal
Location of earthquake and initial aftershocksFrom CNN.comA strong earthquake occurred in Nepal about 14 hours ago, and as I write this the death toll from the earthquake  has risen to 1,457, with more deaths expected.  The people face a cold night without shelter, water or electricity in many regions. The world's thoughts are focused on the people of Nepal with hopes that rescue efforts proceed smoothly an rapidly.           Max Wyss, Switzerland, runs a […]
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