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August 21, 2014

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7:00 PM | Trippy tots: How to see the world as a baby
We've all been there, and none of us remembers. But psychedelic drugs, love and travel are just some of the ways we can roll parts of our brain back to infancy (full text available to subscribers)
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6:57 PM | Vault nanoparticles show promise for cancer treatment and possible HIV cure
Researchers have used a naturally occurring nanoparticle called a vault to create a novel drug delivery system that could lead to advances in the treatment of cancer and HIV.
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6:55 PM | Throwback Thursday: France’s Lab Buoy
I recently received an email from a colleague asking for a copy of a recent paper. In return, they sent me a plot of inertial current circles from 1965 along with this intriguing image. First thought…OMG it’s the french version of R/P FLIP! But after clumsily wading through a bit of french text with the help […]
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6:55 PM | Throwback Thursday: France’s Lab Buoy
I recently received an email from a colleague asking for a copy of a recent paper. In return, they sent me a plot of inertial current circles from 1965 along with this intriguing image. First thought…OMG it’s the french version of R/P FLIP! But after clumsily wading through a bit of french text with the help […]
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6:53 PM | An infantile hypothesis for Mandrillus sphinx coloration
Tomorrow, Friday August 22, is the deadline for submitting your bad ad hoc (bah) hypotheses for consideration to be presented at BahFest 2014. I've been chewing a bit on an idea about mandrill coloration and it's just not at all ready, so I'm not going to submit it despite my desperate desire to participate. And I'll just hope that by next year's submission deadline I'll have a much better idea, one that I've had time to actually and properly research and to build strong with data, one […]
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6:51 PM | Urban Air Toxics Report to Congress Released
Today, EPA released the Second Integrated Urban Air Toxics Report to Congress, sharing our progress in reducing public health risks from urban air toxics. Many of the data, findings, and conclusions of the report are supported by Agency clean air research. Cleaner air: it all starts with science. Learn more about the report in the blog, reposted from Environmental Justice […]
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6:51 PM | Scientists observe quantum vortices in cold helium droplets
Nanodroplets rotate faster than expected.
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6:51 PM | Reading ‘Fifty Shades’ linked to unhealthy behaviors
Young adult women who read “Fifty Shades of Grey” are […]
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6:49 PM | Astroboy: Black Looks
Se vi fosse al mondo un unico e solo luogo ove riposare e trovare pace, quel luogo sarebbe, per ciascuno di noi, sulle ginocchia della propria madre.Bellissima: mistero, azione, gag, suspance. Il tema del razzismo. Il tema della perdita. La ricerca delle proprie radici. La ricerca delle risposte alle proprie domande, ai dubbi della vita. La risposta al dolore con altrettanto dolore e violenza, con l'intolleranza verso chi si percepisce diverso.Black Looks, infatti, consente a Tezuka di […]
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6:48 PM | Robin Williams: Intensity Is Not Pathology – Part 2
[Continued from Part 1] As Dr. Webb explains “Existential depression is a depression that arises when an individual confronts certain basic issues of existence… (or ‘ultimate concerns’) – death, freedom, isolation and meaninglessness.” [Gifted, Sensitive, In Need Of Meaning: Existential Depression.] His related book: Searching for Meaning: Idealism, Bright Minds, Disillusionment, and Hope. Webb has written […]
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6:47 PM | Neutrons investigate Einstein diffusion to support hopes for carbon nanotechnology
New study creates a near-perfect test system for understanding the physics of colliding particles.
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6:37 PM | Viruses might tame some algal blooms
The rapid demise of a giant, carbon-spewing algal bloom points to the influence of viral wranglers.
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6:35 PM | The first scientist…or natural philosopher
Nature has a review of a book on Aristotle: Aristotle is considered by many to be the first scientist, although the term postdates him by more than two millennia. In Greece in the fourth century BC, he pioneered the techniques … Continue reading →
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6:33 PM | What Do Animals Really Dream About?
If animals dream like us, where do they go in their slumber? Some scientists have discovered that we can peer into the minds of sleeping cats, birds and other creatures to find out.Read more...
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6:30 PM | HSE Statement: Ireland Testing Deceased Traveler From West Africa
  Credit Wikipedia   # 8983 We’ve a statement from Ireland’s HSE on a story that has been making the rounds for the past couple of hours; the discovery this morning of the remains of an individual who had just recently returned from West Africa. Given the Ebola outbreak in that region, authorities are understandably treating the remains with caution while testing is underway. Whether or not this turns out to be related to the Ebola outbreak, this is a good […]
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6:20 PM | Are You Kidding? Larger Tanks Won’t Cut it for Killer Whales
Once again Sea World is missing the point. The aquatic entertainment enterprise just doesn’t seem to give up despite documentaries like Blackfish and a growing public awareness that keeping cetaceans in captivity is cruel and morally wrong. Even Wall Street is turning its back on the company. Now, with a new and grandiose multi-million dollar plan for expanding their killer whale tanks, Sea World is taking the “logical” next step to resurrect itself.
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6:08 PM | Photo of the Week – August 21, 2014
I’ve written before about how many times I often snap the shutter on my camera to make sure I get the photo I want.  Digital photography makes that a cheap insurance option and gives me lots of images to choose from … Continue reading →
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6:05 PM | Dandruff-Causing Skin Fungi Discovered Unexpectedly in Deep Sea Vents, Antarctica
Until relatively recently, the fungus Malassezia was thought to have one favorite home: us. As the dominant fungus on human skin and sometimes-cause of dandruff, the yeast Malassezia was thought to... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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6:05 PM | Mussels and Clams Can Clean Up Polluted Water
As they filter water, the bivalves' tissues absorb some of the chemicals and pathogens that are present.
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6:04 PM | Liberian ebola rate jumps
Many reports from on-the-ground workers with the WHO, Doctors Without Borders, state health and aid agencies, etc. have commented that the case and death rates in at least some locations have almost certainly been too low, because of a substantial … Continue reading →
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6:03 PM | Sphinxes Emerge From Huge Ancient Greek Tomb
The seated, wingless sphinxes were likely placed there to guard the large burial site. Continue reading →
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6:03 PM | Sphinxes Emerge From Huge Ancient Greek Tomb
The seated, wingless sphinxes were likely placed there to guard the large burial site. Continue reading →
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6:00 PM | Birds Lost Their Sweet Tooth, Hummingbirds Got Theirs Back
In 2004, the chicken became the first bird to have its genome fully sequenced. Its DNA revealed something …
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6:00 PM | Scientists Solve Mystery of How Hummingbirds Taste Sweetness
How hummingbirds acquired their sweet tooth has been quite the mystery. But scientists think they may cracked the case.
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6:00 PM | US West Rising Due to Severe Drought
The U.S. West is recoiling like a spring due to water loss from a severe drought, reports a new study.
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6:00 PM | Earliest stars lived short, fiery lives
The chemical fingerprint of an ancient star suggests its predecessors were more massive than thought, ending up as huge supernovae
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6:00 PM | China sting shows censors fear posts that incite unrest
Undercover look into the secrets of China's online censorship system shows how anything that encourages collective action makes the authorities nervous
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6:00 PM | Hummingbirds turned savoury into sweet to taste nectar
Birds lost the taste receptors for sugar, but hummingbirds clearly have a sweet tooth. Now we know how they regained it
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5:59 PM | Google Aims to Archive All Human Knowledge
The fully automated Knowledge Vault project is designed to crunch the world's raw data into a single database. Continue reading →
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5:51 PM | JRC Releases Overview of Nuclear Safety and Security Research
The European Commission’s own research body, the Joint Research Center (JRC), has released a new report presenting an overview of its research on nuclear safety and security.
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