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February 28, 2015

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10:01 AM | Physics Week in Review: February 28, 2015
Science fared pretty well at this year’s Academy Awards. Case in point: Here’s Best Actor Eddie Redmayne on Portraying Stephen Hawking. The Alan Turing biopic, The Imitation Game, also... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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9:54 AM | Talking Heads & Monkey Minds
A few pattern-interruption points from Talking Heads (from 1984): “There is a finite number of jokes in the universe.” “There is no music in space.” “Cats like houses better than people.” “Schools are for training people how to listen to other people.” “Violence on television only affects children whose parents act like television personalities.” “Table […]
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9:43 AM | Can You Dig It? More Evidence Suggests Humans From The Ice Age
Initially dismissed as a hoax a century ago, scientists have found evidence in Florida of humans living 14,000 years ago. If the findings hold up, they will help rewrite the history of early man.
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9:35 AM | A German Muslim Asks His Compatriots: 'What Do You Want To Know?'
Inside his dentist's office, Sadiqu al-Mousllie is treated like any other German. It's different when the Syrian-born man steps outside. He's trying to fight Islamophobia, one question at a time.
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9:34 AM | What are the Unsolved Problems of Neuroscience?
In an interesting short paper just published in Trends in Cognitive Science, Caltech neuroscientist Ralph Adolphs offers his thoughts on The Unsolved Problems of Neuroscience. Here's Adolphs' list of the top 23 questions (including 3 "meta" issues), which, he says, was inspired by Hilbert's famous set of 23 mathematical problems: Problems that are solved, or soon will be: I. How do single neurons compute? II. What is the connectome of a small nervous system, like that of Caenorhabi
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9:33 AM | Leonard Nimoy's Mr. Spock Taught Us Acceptance Is Highly Logical
The Star Trek actor died Friday in Los Angeles, and NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans says Nimoy's signature role taught fans the power of accepting their differences rather than fighting them.
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9:29 AM | Elegance and Grace: Looking Back At The Avengers
It’s odd how one of my favourite TV shows now used to annoy me so much as a kid. At the time, I was a huge fan of Marvel comics, and so when a magazine or the TV would talk about the Avengers, my ears would prick up. When I discovered it was the TV [...] The post Elegance and Grace: Looking Back At The Avengers appeared first on HeadStuff.
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9:29 AM | a mantis? or a fly?
So, which is it? A mantis? Or a fly? (Image by kind permission of Daniel Llavaneras) In fact, the creature shown in this gorgeous image by Daniel Llavaneras is neither mantis nor true (Dipteran) fly, although its common name is ’mantisfly’. Instead, it belongs to the insect family Mantispidae (a group that includes lacewings and antlions). Like real praying mantids, matisflies walk [...]
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9:29 AM | Each pair of smartphones has exactly one Dobble app in common
Card game fans might be familiar with the game of Dobble, in which a set of cards featuring symbols is laid out on the table, and family members tear each other’s hands off/eyes out in order to find the one symbol a given pair of cards has in common. Well, it’s now also available virtually! As discussed at the... Read more »
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9:29 AM | The iZ Hero Within!
By En Dian iZ Heroes from around the country gathered at the Marquee in Science Centre Singapore on 10th Feb 2015 for the grand finale of iZ Hero Challenge! Comradeship of fellows-in-arms against cyberbullying was in the air as the iZ Heroes enjoyed fun activities to remember  Safer Internet Day. Winners of the 2014 iZ… Continue reading »
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9:11 AM | VIDEO: la sabbia in viaggio dal Sahara all’Amazzonia
Tonnellate di granelli di polvere ogni anno volano attraverso l’Atlantico e raggiungono l’Amazzonia, portando anche nutrienti per le piante. In un video della Nasa il viaggio della polvere del deserto
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9:06 AM | Spike activity 28-02-2015
Quick links from the past week in mind and brain news: Nautilus magazine has a good piece on behavioural economics and rethinking ‘nudges’. Although the rethink is really just another form of standard ‘nudge’. The biggest hedge fund in the world, the $165 billion Bridgewater, starts an AI team to help give it the edge […]
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9:00 AM | News digest – smoking mortality, tobacco industry tactics, ‘head-transplants’ and more.
New research suggests 2/3 smokers could die from their habit. The tobacco industry fails to overturn anti-tobacco legislation again plus, ‘head-transplants’?
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9:00 AM | The Last Word
February 23 – 27, 2015 One time my mom did something with the innards of a chicken that made me rethink my bad attitude. The Bad Science Poet reminds us once again: the science isn’t bad but the poetry sure as hell is. Digging out an American camel in the back of a cave, Craig […]
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9:00 AM | The Last Word
February 23 – 27, 2015 One time my mom did something with the innards of a chicken that made me rethink my bad attitude. The Bad Science Poet reminds us once again: the science isn’t bad but the poetry sure as hell is. Digging out an American camel in the back of a cave, Craig […]
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9:00 AM | Link feast
Our pick of the best psychology and neuroscience links from the past week or so:The Science of Why No One Agrees on the Colour of This DressThe internet is abuzz with talk of the dress that some people see as white and gold, others as blue and black. Adam Rogers at WIRED provides an explanation.Hard Feelings: Science’s Struggle to Define Emotions"While it's possible for researchers to study facial expressions, brain patterns, behavior, and more," writes Julie Beck at The Atlantic, […]
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8:40 AM | Think of All Those Eggs You Missed!
Here on Symbiartic we are embarking upon an exciting new experiment. We are taking a science theme every couple of months and presenting you with one new original piece of science art from each of us... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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8:36 AM | Solar-powered cats create furry feline sundial | @GrrlScientist
A time-lapse video focuses on a room filled with cats, all of whom are determined to sleep in a narrow sunbeam as it moves across the floor.Saturday is commonly known on the internet as “Caturday” to recognise it as the one day each week when warring factions lay down their angry words for 24 hours to share stories, pictures and videos of their cats and other pets. Some blog writers and scientists (like me) have adapted “Caturday” for sharing stories, photos and videos […]
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8:27 AM | Horny-Arsed Trilobites
Reconstruction of Ceratopyge, from here.Just a short post for today. The Ceratopygidae are a family of trilobites known from the Late Cambrian and Early Ordovician. The name of the type genus, Ceratopyge, means 'horned rump', and one of the features that has classically defined the family is the presence of one or two pairs of spines on either side of the pygidium, the plate the makes up that hind end of a trilobite. These spines appear to be derived from lateral extensions of one of the […]
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8:05 AM | Image analysis in plant science - challenges and perspectives (by Guillaume Lobet)
Yes! Read this - a call to standardize and integrate tools for plant image analysis, and a call for more image specialists to join the green team. From Guillaume Lobet (@guillaumelobet)Mary Williams's insight:Guillaume's observations about the cycle of analysis tool maintenance is particularly important....See it on Scoop.it, via Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education)
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8:00 AM | How Deodorant Might Save The Stinky Birds Of New Zealand
Unlike the majority of birds from other continents, native New Zealand birds have such pungent body odor that it tips off predators to the birds' presence. Conservationists may have to place deodorant or odor-eaters in these birds' nests to prevent their extinction. But no one's sure if the stench is vital to their existence in another way. The post How Deodorant Might Save The Stinky Birds Of New Zealand appeared first on KnowledgeNuts.
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7:49 AM | Our 10th Blogiversary!
The Neuroethics & Law Blog turns ten years old today. It was the first blog dedicated to the legal and ethical issues raised by advances in neuroscience (that I know of). Back then most people had never even heard of...
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7:00 AM | Flavor and top physics @ 100 TeV
A 100 TeV collider will have the ability to probe directly our microscopic nature at distances well beyond that of the LHC or any other known experiment. It would thus become the most powerful microscope ever built. Furthermore, such a machine would be potentially capable of producing more than 1011 tops and an order of … Continue reading Flavor and top physics @ 100 TeV →
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7:00 AM | PHOTO DU BoB-400
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6:47 AM | Gene Editing in the Natural World
Humans are a bit lucky. We are constantly studying and discovering. Because of t...
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6:37 AM | Salmonella and E. coli in sprouts in Mexico, oh my
Data on the presence of diarrheagenic Escherichia coli pathotypes (DEPs) in alfalfa sprouts and correlations between the presence of coliform bacteria (CB), fecal coliforms (FC), E. coli, DEPs, and Salmonella in alfalfa sprouts are not available. The presence of and … Continue reading →
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6:27 AM | Would you like E. coli with that Saeng-go-gi (it’s raw beef)
This study investigated the bacterial contamination levels in ready-to-eat fresh raw beef, Saeng-go-gi in Korean, sold in restaurants. A total of 462 samples were analyzed by performing an aerobic bacterial plate count, a coliform count, and an Escherichia coli O157:H7 … Continue reading →
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6:00 AM | Quarks and Nuclear Physics
QNP2015 is the Seventh International Conference devoted to Quarks and Nuclear Physics. It is anticipated that QCD practitioners, both experimentalists and theorists, will gather at the Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María, in Valparaíso, Chile during the week of March 2, 2015 to present and discuss the latest advances in the field. The following topics will be … Continue reading Quarks and Nuclear Physics →
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5:23 AM | Arizona Republic tackling the Colorado River
Brandon Loomis at the Arizona Republic, with an O’Brien Fellowship in Public Service Journalism through the Diederich College of Communication at Marquette University, is trying to help us with this: Will Arizona and the Southwest continue to lead the nation in growth as the Colorado River dries? The first round of stories, with Republic photographer ...Continue reading ‘Arizona Republic tackling the Colorado River’ »
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5:01 AM | RNA-mediated repurposing in microbes and adapations in primate brains
Human-specific gene ARHGAP11B promotes basal progenitor amplification and neocortex expansion Excerpt: “…the C-terminal 47 amino-acids of ARHGAP11B (after lysine-220) constitute not only a unique sequence, resulting from a frameshifting deletion (fig. S10), but also are functionally distinct from their counterpart...Read more
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