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July 09, 2014

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5:14 PM | impressions, soleil couchant
Filed under: pictures, Travel Tagged: Paris, Paris suburbs, plane, RER B, Roissy, sunset, train
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5:13 PM | Cosmic Mystery Solved by Supersized Supernova Dust
The supernova mechanism behind cosmic dust formation has been a mystery, but now astronomers have the answer. Continue reading →
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5:13 PM | Harvard Creates Central Office To Investigate Sexual Assault
Harvard will implement its first university-wide sexual assault policy this fall. As part of the policy, a team of trained civil rights investigators, working out of a new centralized office, will review all sexual assault cases at each of the university's thirteen schools. Previously, academic administrators had been the ones to investigate those reports. In a statement, President Drew Faust said the university is committed to fostering an environment "free of sexual violence and […]
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5:06 PM | Forests and fish on CBC radio
Listen to us talk about our latest work on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
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5:05 PM | Researchers claim we hate being alone with our thoughts. Lots of ink but is it true?
Among the more irresistibly weird claims in last week’s issue of Science was an item stating that people would rather endure electric shocks than be alone with their own thoughts. Such a result could mean people hate being alone doing nothing or that they don’t really mind shocks. The researchers went with the former. It turns out the claim in the press release comes from a mishmash of different studies done by University of Virginia psychologist Timothy Wilson in collaboration with […]
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5:02 PM | compoundchem: Great graphic from James Kennedy (@VCEasy)...
compoundchem: Great graphic from James Kennedy (@VCEasy) comparing natural & artificial peaches. Interesting infographical look at how a few thousand years of human intervention can result in a deliciously juicy summer treat. Most interesting? The percentage of sugar a peach holds has not gone up that much, only the edible flesh ratio and percent water have. I should add that in this graphic, “artificial” just means that the modern peach was artificially selected by farmers […]
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5:00 PM | For Now, Religious Colleges Still Have to Cover Contraception
The decision in the Hobby Lobby case week, in which U.S. Supreme Court determined that privately held corporations could be exempt from components of laws to which their owners religiously object, was potentially interesting to many colleges. A few schools, after the passage of Obamacare, indicated similar concerns about their health insurance policies covering things like contraception. Many Catholic colleges baulked at being forced to cover birth control. But there is, according to this […]
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5:00 PM | Placenta Evolution and a Sexual Cold War
With their impressive fins and stunning colours, the poeciliids—a group of small fish that includes guppies, mollies and …
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5:00 PM | Evolution of placentas upended fish sexual politics
When animals evolved placentas to feed their young, it may have allowed them to be less picky about their sexual partners
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5:00 PM | Killer frog fungus could be its own nemesis
Dead spores of a lethal chytrid fungus could serve as a vaccine to protect amphibians against the disease
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5:00 PM | Colour-changing metal to yield thin, flexible displays
Nanoscale sheets of a unique alloy can take on different hues with the flick of a switch, offering a way to make full-colour displays for wearable computers
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4:56 PM | humanoidhistory: On this day in 2013, astronaut Luca Parmitano...
humanoidhistory: On this day in 2013, astronaut Luca Parmitano took a space selfie to remember. Space selfie game is the strongest selfie game.
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4:53 PM | Everything You Know about Cholesterol Is Probably Wrong
Most of us have heard about good cholesterol and bad cholesterol. But it's not the cholesterol that causes harm, it's the particles that carry it. And routine blood tests don't measure them.
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4:52 PM | The Spirit Of Ancient Amber Revealed
The warm beauty of amber has been captivating and inspiring people since ancient times. Even today, some secrets remain locked inside the fossilized tree resin. Some of the oldest recovered samples predate the rise of dinosaurs — and could outlast even the most advanced materials that science can make today. That extreme durability has made amber's internal structure so difficult to understand.  Millions of years ago, this resin exuded from trees and then fossilized over time […]
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4:47 PM | Florida: Miami Reports 1st Locally Acquired Dengue Case Of 2014
    # 8819   Although details are scant at this time, and a press conference is promised for 1:30 this afternoon, local media in Miami Florida (and now the local health department) are reporting the first locally acquired case of Dengue in Florida for 2014.  First the report, from the local NBC News affiliate, followed by a link to the health department announcment:   Miami-Dade Dengue Fever Case is 1st of 2014 Wednesday, Jul 9, 2014  |  […]
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4:37 PM | Where Does Oceanic Methane Come From? The Seas' Most Abundant Organism
A ubiquitous type of bacteria may be the source of much of the ocean's methane. Ah, the oxygen-rich surface of the ocean, where the air and water meet, and life flourishes. But you might not know that these waters are also supersaturated with methane relative to the atmosphere, a phenomenon termed the "marine methane paradox." The question being: Where does this methane come from? The answer matters because this methane eventually makes its way into the atmosphere, where it readily […]
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4:35 PM | They have revoked the patent for the wheel
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4:34 PM | DNews: Can the Effects of Cigarette Smoking Be Reversed?
If you smoke cigarettes, we don't need to spell out how bad that is for you -- you already know that. But you might NOT know just how much good you can do for yourself by kicking the habit.
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4:34 PM | Researchers Create Sand-Based Li-Ion Batteries
Researchers at the University of California, Riverside, have developed an inexpensive way to produce sand-based Li-ion batteries.

Favors, Z., Wang, W., Bay, H., Mutlu, Z., Ahmed, K., Liu, C., Ozkan, M. & Ozkan, C. (2014). Scalable Synthesis of Nano-Silicon from Beach Sand for Long Cycle Life Li-ion Batteries, Scientific Reports, 4 DOI: 10.1038/srep05623

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4:33 PM | Geckos: Look, We're Not Spider-Man
When you see an article about geckos and their ability to sit upside down, Spider-Man references are sure to follow. And if the topic is that sticky ability in spiders, you will get Spider-Man references and a picture. Yet even geckos have limits - that's just plain nanophysics. The fact is, sooner or later the grip is lost, no matter how little force is acting on it. But knowing the limits can have considerable benefits, for instance in the production of graphene - because graphene consists […]
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4:30 PM | What if the Big Bang was really the “Big Bounce”?
Primordial inflation data may provide a clue to a unified quantum gravity.
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4:30 PM | Today on New Scientist
All the latest on newscientist.com: the threat of superintelligent computers, virtual body hack, minds behind Mars missions, skin can smell and more
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4:26 PM | Climate Change and Democracy
From an interview between Columbia University Press and science historian Naomi Oreskes: Q: What are the threats to democracy and personal freedom posed by climate change and its effects? Oreskes: Disruptive climate change threatens democracy—threatens democratic institutions—and personal freedom, because natural disasters require massive governmental responses, and invite the federal government to usurp local and individual […]The post Climate Change and Democracy […]
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4:06 PM | Horse Bones, Chicken Bones… and Some Mystery Bones!
Sarah Kennedy is using animal remains to dig through Peru's colonial past. Sifting through the multitude of strange animal bones, she and her team find some that are a sheer mystery!
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4:06 PM | Brain Hippocampus Atrophy in Traumatic Brain Injury
Understanding the specific brain regions vulnerable to traumatic brain injury (TBI) is important for assessment and intervention research.Two areas of active research include studies of brain white matter using diffusion tensor imaging and assessment of regional brain atrophy using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).Two recent MRI studies have suggested the brain hippocampus may be a region of vulnerability to TBI.A Canadian study by Robin Green and colleagues used brain MRI to examine a cohort […]
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4:05 PM | The Eye Of Neoguri
250 miles above Earth, in the  International Space Station, ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst has recently shared some incredible views - some is the usual stuff, Hurricane Arthur on the US East coast, beautiful auroras.And then there was Super Typohoon Neoguri. This was not Superstorm Sandy, a hyped up tropical storm that benefited from dumping rain on media companies in midtown Manhattan, this was a true super typhoon, with winds of 150 miles per hour and an eye, the center of the […]
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4:03 PM | Uh oh… (:-/)
Today I started the evolution section of my summer general biology course. I was talking about how the concept of evolution is not necessarily incompatible with spirituality or religious beliefs. Suddenly, my laptop gave a couple of loud beeps, turned itself off and refused to work for a few minutes! Spooky… (:-/). I then realized …
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4:02 PM | "Elephant Pool Party"
#Elephant pool party! MT @10NewsParry: Playful elephants @sandiegozoo getting clean & ready for the day! pic.twitter.com/WWSb32FATr— San Diego Zoo (@sandiegozoo) July 9, 2014
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4:00 PM | Bringing Scholarly Book Review into the Digital Age: The American Anthropological Association Initiative
Better, faster, stronger. Whether Superman or Daft Punk, the motto works. But until now, these words didn’t apply to how academic books got reviewed. The American Anthropological Association (AAA), with support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and prominent …The post Bringing Scholarly Book Review into the Digital Age: The American Anthropological Association Initiative appeared first on Neuroanthropology.
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4:00 PM | ADRAFT:
- - Ex astris, scientia - I am and avid amateur astronomer and intellectual property attorney in Pasadena, California and I am a Rising Star as rated by Super Lawyers Magazine.  As a former Chief Petty Officer in the U.S. Navy, I am a proud member of the Armed Service Committee of the Los Angeles … Continue reading →
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