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April 25, 2015

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4:09 PM | Deadly Viruses and Bats with Jessica Parilla | HowStuffWorks...
Deadly Viruses and Bats with Jessica Parilla | HowStuffWorks Interviews Bats can spread deadly human diseases. Join Lauren as she interviews a virologist about the powerful immune systems of these fascinating creatures of the night. By: How Stuff Works.
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4:03 PM | Indonesia Sets Executions For 3 'Bali Nine' Drug-Smugglers
At least three members of the trafficking ring — two Australians seen as ringleaders and a Filipina maid who acted as a "mule" — have been informed that their execution by firing squad is imminent.
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4:02 PM | engineeringhistory: Portrait of Émilie du Châtelet by Maurice...
engineeringhistory: Portrait of Émilie du Châtelet by Maurice Quentin de La Tour, mid 1700s. du Châtelet was a mathematician and physicist who translated and annotated Isaac Newton’s “Principia Mathematica” into French, which includes her derivation of conservation of energy .
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4:00 PM | Plastic Bag Pollution: Sadly, Even Worse Than We ThoughtSo we...
Plastic Bag Pollution: Sadly, Even Worse Than We ThoughtSo we already know how plastic bags can harm larger animals, but now we know it also harms smaller ones and soils as well. The Week summarized the findings well:Researchers from Trinity College in Dublin and Plymouth University in England found that over the course of a nine-week period, plastic bags were able to smother coastal sediment, blocking light and oxygen flow for the micro-algae beneath the bags. And since those algae are […]
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3:45 PM | Comebacks to Putdowns
Wouldn’t it be great if people nixed their insults, squelched their criticisms, and instead, did nothing but support and encourage you? Wouldn’t you love it if friends, family, co-workers and bosses went out of their way to appreciate what you did right, instead of berating […]
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3:36 PM | Hopes of vaccine for Parkinson’s sufferers
Research hints that disease is caused by toxins, whose spread to the brain could be blocked. Scientists have raised hopes that they may be able to create a vaccine to block the progress of Parkinson’s disease. Subject:  Health & Medicine
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3:32 PM | Can Aliens Detect Us? A fan wants to how close an alien...
Can Aliens Detect Us? A fan wants to how close an alien civilization would have to be to discover Earth, using the same level of technology we have here. Extraordinarily close, at least according to what guest host Bill Nye the Science Guy learned in his astronomy class taught by Carl Sagan. Enjoy this Cosmic Queries video clip featuring guest astronaut Mike Massimino and co-host Eugene Mirman. By: StarTalk Radio.
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3:30 PM | College Rankings Under The Microscope
A Boston College expert in educational measurement is taking a look at the controversial college and university rankings lists that are promoted by schools hoping to lure full-fare students from out of state and parents and students who want validation for their choices.read more
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3:08 PM | Nenana Ice Classic 2015
Unsurprisingly to anyone looking at the exceptionally warm winter on the West Coast of North America, the Nenana Ice Classic had another near-record early breakup on Friday, netting some lucky winner(s) around $300,000 in prizes. As I’ve discussed previously (last year and an update), the Ice Classic is a lottery that has been run every […]
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3:00 PM | ohscience:Water droplet containing a pair of mosquito larvae...
ohscience:Water droplet containing a pair of mosquito larvae (5x) Cool and terrifying.
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3:00 PM | First malaria vaccine shows promise despite efficacy drop-off
Final phase 3 trial results of a malaria vaccine designed to knock down the high burden of disease in African children showed that it can prevent a substantial number of […]
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3:00 PM | Global Quickies: Racist Jewelry, Racist Columnist, and Volcanoes
Categories: Anti-Science Feminism Quickies Religion Science SkepticismPAKISTAN “The progressive activist and organizer who ran Pakistan’s first-ever hackathon and led a human rights and a peace-focused nonprofit known as The Second Floor (T2F) was shot dead today ...(Read more...)
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3:00 PM | Muscle Regeneration After Traumatic Injury - No Donor Tissue Needed
Loss of muscle volume is a common debilitating outcome of traumatic orthopedic injury, resulting in muscle weakness and loss of limb function.  The current best solution is muscle graft but a new therapeutic approach uses small pieces of autologous muscle which can be expanded in a collagen hydrogel and used to regenerate functional muscle at the sight of injury. A study demonstrating the feasibility of using autologous minced tissue grafts for muscle regeneration shows it would be better […]
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3:00 PM | Getting to grips with the placenta's real health benefits
A project to understand the body's most mysterious organ could help us tackle everything from pregnancy complications to heart disease, says Cathy Spong
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2:59 PM | Relationship found between electricity usage and stock market return
A new study by Zhi Da, Viola D. Hank Associate Professor of Finance at the University of Notre Dame, shows that the growth rate in industrial electricity usage negatively predicts […]
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2:58 PM | On Everest, Quake-Triggered Avalanche Leaves Death, Chaos
Early reports are that at least eight climbers and/or Sherpas have been killed at Everest Base Camp. Others are trapped higher up on the world's tallest peak.
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2:55 PM | Arginine Deprivation May Be A Potential Cause For Alzheimer's
Some studies find that the immune system, which protects our bodies from foreign invaders, plays a part in Alzheimer's disease, though the actual role of immunity in the disease is a mystery. A new Duke University study in mice suggests that in Alzheimer's disease, certain immune cells that normally protect the brain begin to abnormally consume an important nutrient: arginine. Blocking this process with a small-molecule drug prevented the characteristic brain plaques and memory loss in a mouse […]
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2:54 PM | What Makes Tattoos Permanent? How do tattoo’s stick around...
What Makes Tattoos Permanent? How do tattoo’s stick around on our bodies for so long? Footnote 1 - http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2014/07/the-real-reason-tattoos-are-permanent/374825/ Footnote 2 - http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1524-4725.1979.tb00773.x/abstract Footnote 3 - http://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-0-85729-281-0_7 By: Brit Lab.
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2:50 PM | Discount food and restaurants stand out as major factors in the obesity epidemic
Obesity has reached epidemic proportions in the United States. The proportion of US adults who are obese – defined as a body mass index (BMI), a measure of body fat based on height and weight – of at least 30, has risen from 13% in 1960 to 35% in 2011-2012. Subject:  Health & Medicine
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2:42 PM | World Health Organization Demands Pharmaceutical Companies Stop Withholding Clinical Trials as Study Finds Over Half of Registered Clinical Trials Are Never Published
In the United States, the FDA has the power to fine drug companies $10,000 a day for failing to publish clinical trials, yet most clinical trials still never see the light of day.  Read the rest of this post at the Big Think. Follow Neurobonkers on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, RSS, or [...]
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2:32 PM | BPA Risk To Newborns Smaller Than Claimed
Many newborns are exposed in their earliest days to bisphenol A (BPA) and lots of other chemicals, the world is all chemical, but BPA has been the subject of more scrutiny than most because it is ubiquitous. Due to that, environmental advocacy studies have claimed there is probably risk to adults and newborns, while more neutral science says that it is detectable but not harmful.read more
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2:30 PM | In Coachella Valley, poor people who are always in drought
The Desert Sun has been doing a great series on California’s drought, but this is surely the most important of the stories. While the rest of California worries about a dwindling supply, some poor residents of the palmy, leafy, lawny Coachella Valley, playground of Southern California wealth, don’t have a safe drinking supply at all, ...Continue reading ‘In Coachella Valley, poor people who are always in drought’ »
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2:22 PM | Biodiversity: Global Reptiles Status Red List.
Global World Reptiles Status Red ListBy Christophe Avon (MAHN)Reptiles Cards Real Time Linked Graph Lab (interactive graphic)View AllWAS-Archives.orghttp://www.WAS-Archives.org
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2:21 PM | Karl Ove ­Knausgaard’s ‘My Struggle: Book 4’
Jeffrey Eugenides at The New York Times: “The last time I was in New York,” Karl Ove Knausgaard wrote recently in The New York Times Magazine, in his account of traveling through the ­United States, “a well-known American writer invited...
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2:21 PM | Comments of the Week #57: From first light to Hubble
“The voyage of discovery is not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.” -Marcel Proust As another fine week comes to a close at Starts With A Bang, let’s take a look back at all the topics we’ve taken on: Where did light first come from? (for Ask Ethan), Zooming into a fractal (for our Weekend Diversion),…
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2:16 PM | Cheryl’s Birthday Problem - It depends on your point of...
Cheryl’s Birthday Problem - It depends on your point of view by singingbanana: Cheryl’s Birthday problem was a question in a recent Singapore Maths Olympiad. Here is the problem: You have Albert, Bernard and Cheryl. Cheryl says “my birthday is one of these ten dates” May 15 May 16 May 19 June 17 June 18 July 14 July 16 August 14 August 15 August 17 She gives Albert the month of her birthday. And Bernard the number. Then the following conversation occurs: 1) Albert: I […]
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2:15 PM | Turn Your Selfies Into Dancing, Bobblehead Avatars
The app draws from Chinese pop art specimen that are empirically, gloriously weird. Continue reading →
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2:13 PM | L.A.'s hidden history in 'Terminal Island'
David L. Ulin at the Los Angeles Times: When we think of Terminal Island, after all, what do we imagine? Do we know that it was once (in a manner of speaking) two islands, Rattlesnake Island and Deadman’s Island, before...
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2:11 PM | Survey Finds People With Hepatitis B And C Suffer From Discrimination
If you have hepatitis B or C and feel like you are treated poorly by others due to it, you are not alone. As many as half of people infected with viral hepatitis say they have suffered discrimination and one-quarter admit that family members have avoided physical contact with them after finding out they had the infection. read more
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2:09 PM | ‘The Vital Question: Why Is Life the Way It Is?’, by Nick Lane
Clive Cookson at the Financial Times: There is a black hole at the heart of biology,” says Nick Lane, who is emerging as one of the most imaginative thinkers about the evolution of life on Earth. The hole surrounds the...
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