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November 25, 2014

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9:54 PM | 5 Reasons Why Radio Galaxies Are the Coolest Places You Would Never Want to Visit
There is no disputing the fact that radio galaxies are the most extreme objects in the universe.1Radio galaxies are recognizable by their enormous jets and lobes of radiating plasma, driven outwards at nearly the speed of light by supermassive black holes harbored in galaxy cores. Pretty amazing right? But I wouldn't want to get anywhere near one.Cygnus A, the classic view of a radio galaxy, showing the tiny central host galaxy and the enormous jets and lobes which punch through the gas […]
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9:50 PM | Join me and the ASAPscience guys tonight for #ASAPbookclub
jtotheizzoe: I’m joining Mitch and Greg on November 25 at 6 EST to talk about this month’s asapscience book club pick: The Hot Zone by Richard Preston Keep your eyes here or on the ASAPscience page for details on how to join in on tomorrow’s Google hangout. Reposting since this is happening tonight! Who’s joining us? Send in your questions about The Hot Zone/Ebola here or on Twitter! Keep a look out here or on Twitter for details on how to join in and watch the […]
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9:41 PM | 45 Gifts To Buy For Your Favorite Popular Science Editor In 2014
We like to geek out over all kinds of things here at Popular Science. From retro-cool, to cutting-edge, to future-tech there's nothing like a good gizmo to get our gears…
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9:39 PM | Proceeds of crime: how polymer banknotes were invented
By Tom Spurling, Swinburne University of Technology and David Solomon, University of Melbourne Welcome to CSIRO Inventions, a series looking at the discoveries and innovations borne from Australia’s national science agency. In this first instalment, we outline the story behind the plastic money we use today – and the criminal world that drove its development. The […]
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9:36 PM | Making a Miniature Sword from a Nail
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9:35 PM | popmech: Elusive Black Seadevil Anglerfish Has Been Captured on...
popmech: Elusive Black Seadevil Anglerfish Has Been Captured on Video for the First Time Hey there, beautiful MBARI Senior Scientist (and former UCSB researcher) Bruce Robinson came across this fish at a depth of about 1900ft. He explains: This is the first time we’ve captured this fish on video in its habitat. Anglerfish, like this Melanocetus, are among the most rarely seen of all deep-sea fishes. The shining spot at the tip of the ‘fishing pole’ projecting from the […]
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9:31 PM | The molecular path of best resilience
Many studies focus on susceptibility to stress and how it triggers depression. But a new study highlights a protein important in resilience, showing that resisting stress takes work, too.
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9:30 PM | The molecular path of best resilience
Stress resistance may come from one protein and its many effects ScicuriousNeuroscience by Bethany Brookshire 4:31pm, November 25, 2014 Most mice will spend a lot of time making friends. But some mice that have been bullied at the paws of another mouse prefer to stay away. This susceptibility to defeat is often used in studies as a proxy for depression.Christopher Wood; […]
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9:26 PM | 8 Days Left! Let’s Make More Citizen Science Journalism Possible!
We’re working with Beacon, an independent platform for journalism, to crowdfund an expansion of SciStarter’s citizen science coverage. We have 8 days left to reach our goal of $6,000 to make this happen. Today, we’re 13 percent of the way there. Let’s get … Continue reading »The post 8 Days Left! Let’s Make More Citizen Science Journalism Possible! appeared first on CitizenSci.
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9:26 PM | 8 Days Left! Let’s Make More Citizen Science Journalism Possible!
We’re working with Beacon, an independent platform for journalism, to crowdfund an expansion of SciStarter’s citizen science coverage. We have 8 days left to reach our goal of $6,000 to make this happen. Today, we’re 13 percent of the way there. Let’s get to 25 percent together by the end of the day today! You can back our project […]Find more posts like 8 Days Left! Let’s Make More Citizen Science Journalism Possible! by Arvind Suresh […]
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9:24 PM | building a food forest
I’m part way through a new project – this time in the front yard. I’m very intrigued by the idea of food forests a concept borrowed from the tropics. For me the term ‘food forest’ brings to mind the stories of Robinson Crusoe and Swiss Family Robinson, both of which I read as a kid […]
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9:22 PM | Black Girls serving as their own Role Models in STEM
This world sends many different messages. Today a rather poignant message was sent to America, it was directed at Americans who care about justice in particular. In a world that tells black children... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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9:16 PM | Researchers shed new light on the genetics of memory performance
In the largest study of the genetics of memory ever undertaken, an international researcher team including scientists from Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM), have discovered two common genetic variants that are believed to be associated with memory performance. The findings, which appear in the journal Biological Psychiatry, are a significant step towards better understanding how memory loss is inherited. Subject:  Genetics
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9:15 PM | Data From Satellites Confirm: Glaciers Are Retreating
Glaciers are having a hard time all around the world. A new book outlines the findings of a years-long effort by researchers and research groups across the world. Titled…
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9:05 PM | Human’s 10 Bizarre Behaviors That Can’t Be...
Human’s 10 Bizarre Behaviors That Can’t Be Explained We do these so frequently that we don’t even realize what a remarkably quirky species humans are… What do you think is the most typical human behaviour, in this list or in general? By: Hybrid Librarian. Support on Patreon: http://www.patreon.com/hybridlibrarian
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9:04 PM | A Quick Note About Comments
I’m currently working out of my New Jersey office, which is to say I am home for Thanksgiving. I just wanted to mention, though, that I have my settings adjusted so that comments are automatically cut off on any post that is more than three weeks old. Comment threads that remain open too long tend…
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9:00 PM | Ferguson: Why Do People Riot?
Mob psychology feeds a need to belong -- and police efforts can backfire.
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9:00 PM | Neurons light up Times Square for Midnight Moment
When it comes to conveying the wonder and scale of the brain, less is more
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9:00 PM | In Brief: Examining the Woodward Effect
Have you heard of the Woodward Effect? It's a decades-old theory for a method of generating thrust without expending mass--basically limitless propulsion without the need to refuel. It's no wonder that this concept has been used to fuel theoretical engine designs for spacecraft. Steady acceleration without the need for propellants sounds too good to be true, so BoingBoing visited the office and laboratory of Dr. James Woodward to learn about his theory and see an application of it in an […]
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8:59 PM | Dead Bird Quiz: Mainers only edition
In advance of the Thanksgiving holiday, I thought you would all probably be longing for a DBQ. So here are two birds found by Mainers in October: Bird A: Bird B: Neither of them are turkeys, by way of a hint.
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8:59 PM | Vegetarian Thanksgiving: Vegetable Tarts, Big and Small
Vegetable tarts as appetizers or the main course make for a welcome addition to any Thanksgiving table.
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8:50 PM | Giving Thanks To the B-Vitamin Niacin
It seems like the only nutrition-related topic in the news this week is Thanksgiving, and rightfully so! We’ve all heard the story about how the tryptophan in turkey makes us sleepy because it supports the production of the neurotransmitter serotonin, which is involved in the brain’s regulation of sleep. But did you know that tryptophan can actually be used to produce the B-vitamin niacin in the body?
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8:47 PM | Blind Scottish Centipede Reveals How Venomous Carnivores Evolved
Usually blind sages revealing the secrets of the universe are Asian. Scotland doesn't get enough respect that way but a centipede is defying the stereotype. Arthropods are one of Earth's real success stories, with more species than any other animal phylum. Genome sequencing has been skewed towards the more popular insects, and even an arachnid and a crustacean, and now finally the myriapods (centipedes and millipedes) are emerging from the dark.read more
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8:46 PM | Geroscience? Much More Than a Reaction to the “Silver Tsunami”
Geroscience is essentially an interdisciplinary field at the crossroads of aging and age-related diseases.
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8:45 PM | Remembering the Wonders in Famous Monsters Magazine
In the world of science fiction, fantasy and horror fandom, one man's enthusiasm for genre film was arguably stronger than anyone else's. With the founding of Famous Monsters of Filmland magazine, Forrest J. Ackerman created a must-read genre guide that inspired generations of fans. The magazine, and the enormous collection of memorabilia Ackerman accumulated throughout the years, proved to be a true testament to his love of fantastic film and literature.In his memoir On Writing, Stephen King […]
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8:44 PM | NSFW Lunar EVA Checklists
We didn't know it at the time, but some astronauts took girls to the Moon. …
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8:41 PM | Jurassic World Job Ad: Entomologist Wanted
The trailer for Jurassic World, the latest instalment in the Jurassic Park franchise, was released today, and well… see for yourself. While scientists have apparently figured out how to genetically modify dinosaurs (which I thought was the entire premise of the original when they spliced frog DNA into ancient Dino DNA, but whatever, GM-OH NOES!), they [...]
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8:40 PM | That Time Scientists Electrocuted Twins to Learn About Arachnophobia
Spiders are the most feared animals in the world, despite the fact that they are overwhelmingly helpful rather than harmful. Scientists decided to investigate why, by shocking a bunch of twins.Read more...
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8:39 PM | Book review: Do Zombies Dream of Undead Sheep?: A Neuroscientific View of the Zombie Brain
Do Zombies Dream of Undead Sheep?: A Neuroscientific View of the Zombie Brain Hardcover–September 22, 2014 by Dr. Timothy Verstynen and Dr. Bradley Voytek Princeton University Press I loved this book, but be aware that it is not about what most people expect. It is in fact a book that uses Zombie lore as a …
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8:38 PM | Researchers develop efficient method to produce nanoporous metals
Researchers have developed a cost-effective and more efficient way to manufacture nanoporous metals over many scales, from nanoscale to macroscale, which is visible to the naked eye.
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