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July 31, 2014

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4:35 PM | Fight, Flight or Freeze: The Stress Response
Imagine the following scenarios: 1. During a staff meeting that you led and thoroughly prepared for, your boss criticizes you for not completing a task that was someone else’s responsibility. All eyes are on you. You feel flushed, your heart starts racing, and you have you the urge to yell at your boss (even though […]
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4:35 PM | Rebooted Spacecraft to Tackle Interplanetary Science
A private team is priming a 36-year-old NASA spacecraft to perform new science as it travels through interplanetary space after attempts to move the probe into a position closer to Earth failed.
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4:34 PM | Ice Cream Changes Color When Licked
A Spanish physicist sells high-tech treats from his beach town laboratory/ice cream parlor. Continue reading →
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4:30 PM | ​In Kentucky, Taxpayers Will Keep A New Noah's Ark Theme Park Afloat
The biblical theme park Ark Encounter — a project run by the young-Earth creationist group Answers In Genesis— will break ground next week, thanks in part to $18.25 million worth of tax incentives unanimously approved by the Kentucky Tourism Development Finance Authority. Read more...
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4:29 PM | First Teaser For Syfy's Answer To The Walking Dead, Z Nation
Man, I bet Syfy is bitter that AMC put on a zombie TV series before they did. Zombies are Syfy's turf, after all. We'll see if Syfy's Z Nation, due out in September, will make any kind of a dent in the ratings juggernaut that is TWD, but since Z Nation is being made by the Asylum, I have my doubts.Read more...
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4:17 PM | It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year…
As those of you who follow me on Twitter have probably already noticed, this week I’m at the Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, an annual meeting of fish and reptile researchers that includes the American Elasmobranch Society.  It’s a great way to meet up with fellow shark, ray, and chimera junkies and check out […]
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4:15 PM | Simulation Model to Make Hydroelectric Plants More Efficient
Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute of Optronics, System Technologies and Image Exploitation IOSB in Ilmenau are developing information technology to make water power generation systems more efficient.
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4:15 PM | Here's Our Best Look Yet At Rosetta's "Rubber Ducky" Comet
The Rosetta spacecraft has been chasing comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko for more than a decade. Now, with arrival less than a week away, the distance between the spacecraft and its quarry is rapidly shrinking. Meanwhile, Rosetta continues to return clearer and clearer images of the double-lobed "rubber ducky comet." Read more...
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4:15 PM | Detergent treatment turns a mouse see-through
Using a combination of chemicals, researchers are able to look inside and through a whole animal for the first time
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4:10 PM | VDU Blog: A Deeper Look At The MacIntyre MERS-CoV Paper
Credit FAO     # 8898     Yesterday, in  Debating A Controversial MERS Paper, we looked at a rebuttal in the online academic forum The Conversation - by researchers @influenza_bio, @MackayIM, @maiamajumder, @neva925, @stgoldst & @kat_arden -  of a controversial paper by Professor Raina MacIntyre  that suggested that the  `human release’  of MERS-CoV could be behind the erratic outbreaks we’ve seen in the Middle East. […]
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4:03 PM | Ecologists underestimating impacts of old-growth logging
Ecologists may be underestimating the impact of logging in old-growth tropical forests by failing to account for subtleties in how different animal groups respond to the intensity of timber extraction, argues a paper published today in the journal Current Biology. The study, led by Zuzana Burivalova of ETH Zurich, is based on a meta-analysis of 48 studies that evaluated the impact of selective logging on mammals, birds, amphibians, and invertebrates in tropical forests.
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4:01 PM | Nuit Blanche in Review (July 2014)
We have had quite a few new items, including my first paper published in the realm of compressive sensing since the last Nuit Blanche in Review (June 2014). We also had 11 implementations made available by their respective authors:GreBsmo: Greedy Bilateral Sketch, Completion & Smoothing - implementation -Adaptive-Rate Compressive Sensing Using Side Information - implementation -Tight convex relaxations for sparse matrix factorization - implementation -Mondrian Forests: Efficient […]
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4:00 PM | Odd Cause of Gaping Siberian Holes Possibly Found
What created the mysterious giant holes found in Siberia, and could they appear anywhere in the United States?
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3:48 PM | Sen Whitehouse Schools Sen Inhofe about Global Warming on the Senate Floor
Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) throws down an epic schooling of Senator James Inhofe (R-OK) on global warming after Inhofe blocked a resolution from Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) simply acknowledging that global warming exists and poses a threat to the interests of the United States.  Whitehouse makes several points that seem to originate from Skeptical Science, like The Escalator steps.  Well worth taking 7 minutes to watch - hat tip to Phil Plait at Bad Astronomy.
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3:48 PM | Teaching Kids Skills For Deep Reading on Digital Devices
Does reading online or in digital format negatively impact comprehension? [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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3:46 PM | Is it ‘occultists’ or plain old political infighting that is making a mess of Wells?
Uh oh, when your town goes woo-ey, the politicians give up and run away. UKIP candidate for Wells Jake Baynes resigns: claims Glastonbury occult infiltrated party | Western Daily Press. One of the highest-profile Ukip candidates at the next General Election sensationally resigned tonight – along with his local party chairman – amid bizarre claims… Source: Doubtful News
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3:40 PM | The Most Accurate Model Yet Of Jupiter's Bizarre Magnetic Field
It may look like a giant ball oozing with earthworms, but it's actually a simulation of Jupiter's massive and complex magnetosphere — a magnetic field that extends more than four million miles from its surface.Read more...
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3:40 PM | Podcast: Comic-Con 2014
This week's Physics Central Podcast is all about comics! And physics! Last week, few members of the Physics Central team headed to San Diego Comic Con 2014 (we saw some awesome science costumes)  to give away free physics comics and get people excited about science. But physics and comics aren't such strange partners. This week on the podcast I talk to Simon Oliver, creator of the new comic FBP: Federal Bureau of Physics. In the world of FBP, the laws of physics are breaking down, […]
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3:31 PM | New from old: a novel method for identifying anti-bacterial drugs
UChicago researchers find that around 100 drugs already approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for other purposes can also prevent the growth of certain bacterial pathogens inside human cells.
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3:31 PM | The discovery of Buckyballs
Guest post by Rowena Fletcher-Wood Among the many accidental discoveries through the ages is an experiment designed to probe carbon molecules in space, which unearthed a new terrestrial molecule. It all happened in an 11-day whirl, between 1 September 1985, when Harry Kroto first arrived at Rice University, US, and 12 September, when he, along [...]
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3:27 PM | DDT Linked To Obesity In Female Mice Long After Exposure
DDT, the first modern pesticide, has been banned in the United States since 1972 but it is still commonly used in places where malaria is prevalent. The United Nations recommends it because it is far less harmful to people than malaria is and remains superior to replacements. Malaria drugs have become less effective over time so it's better kill pests before they infect people.read more
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3:27 PM | #Brain article of interest: Reward and Punishment in the Brain
From NeuroLogica BlogRead the full article here-> http://ift.tt/UIhu53
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3:25 PM | Ask A Geologist Whatever You Want About Sinkholes!
What causes sinkholes and can we predict when they will form? Geologist Daniel Doctor is here to answer all our questions about sinkholes, how they form, and anything else you've ever wondered about the geological phenomenon.Read more...
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3:22 PM | A new way to generate insulin-producing cells in type 1 diabetes
A new way to generate insulin producing beta cells in Type 1 diabetes
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3:22 PM | High Hanging Fruit: On ETDs and Data
By Andrew Creamer, Scientific Data Management Specialist, Brown University Library Six years ago Ubogu and Sayed (2008) conducted a survey of members of the Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations (NDLTD) about their handling of ETDs and their associated …read more
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3:16 PM | Marine Metre Squared: Ngā Tini o te Waitai (The Multitudes of the Sea)
What lives along New Zealand’s shoreline? Find out, one square metre at a time, with Marine Metre Squared. Every now and again I come across a citizen science project that inspires me. Don’t get me wrong—most of the people I …The post Marine Metre Squared: Ngā Tini o te Waitai (The Multitudes of the Sea) appeared first on CitizenSci.
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3:15 PM | Ed Yong vs. a PIO, the sequel
Long-time Embargo Watch readers — and you reprobates know who you are — may recall a February 2011 post involving science writer Ed Yong and a public information officer (PIO) at the University of Manchester. That episode kicked off with “I think you have all you need for a blog,” and went on from there. […]
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3:13 PM | I usually stick with zombies….
But this time, I decided to go with ‘bugs’ as well. This is the second worksheet I’ve given my son to kickstart his thinking about algebra for the coming school year. Read each of the two problems carefully and follow the directions to convert the word problems into algebraic expressions. Jill has locked more zombies […]
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3:12 PM | Octopus Eggs Need Helpful Bacteria To Stay Healthy, Too
We’re just learning how important certain microbes can be to our own health. They can help us digest foods and protect us from harmful invaders. New research suggests that certain bacteria are... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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3:11 PM | Daughters Do Not Cause Divorce
The female survival advantage may explain the higher divorce rate among couples with daughters. Originally published:  Jul 31 2014 - 10:45am By:  Benjamin Plackett, Contributor Science category:  Biology Math/Statistics Science in Policy and Society News section:  […]
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