Posts

October 23, 2014

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5:00 PM | Explainer: Roots of the Conflict Between Serbia and Albania
Fighting broke out recently at a soccer match between Serbia and Albania, after the game was interrupted by the appearance of an Albanian flag on the field. What's behind the long-running animosity that the two nations harbor for each other?
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5:00 PM | Quote Therapy – by Dr. Shefali Tsabary
“Life is to be experienced, not fought against, run from, or engaged halfheartedly.” Dr. Shefali Tsabary, excerpt from her book The Conscious Parent
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5:00 PM | 6 Pound Gold 'Butte Nugget' Goes on Auction Block
A 6 pound gold nugget found in California carries a $350,000 to $450,000 price tag.
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5:00 PM | Drop into the Interstellar wormhole with Oculus Rift
An Oculus Rift headset puts you onto the ship piloted by Matthew McConaughey in the new science fiction blockbuster, Interstellar
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4:59 PM | Boots on the ground for NEON Member Institution Representatives
NEON Member Institution representatives learned about NEON data collection first-hand this week during a visit the Central Plains Experimental Range (CPER), the Domain 10 core site. This site tour was part of the 2014 NEON Membership Meeting, held October 21-22 in Boulder, CO at NEON Headquarters. A group of 20 participants toured the CPER site … Continue reading »
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4:54 PM | Comet and Mars Take Interplanetary Selfie with Hubble
Comet Siding Spring Meets the Red Planet One of the benefits of having an amazingly keen-eyed space telescope like Hubble orbiting Earth is that you get great scenes like this one — Comet C2013 A1 Siding Spring passing by the planet Mars on October 19th. Hubble Space Telescope is actually so sensitive that scientists had to […]
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4:53 PM | Herbal Medicines Found To Have Dangerous Levels Of Toxic Mold
Up to 64% of people worldwide use medicinal plants to treat illnesses and relieve pain, and the herbal medicine market is worth $60 billion annually. Despite the increasing popularity of herbal medicine, the sale of medicinal plants is mostly unregulated, because they do not claim to be medicine in countries where regulation happens.  It's obvious why people in developing nations embrace herbal alternatives to medicine - medicine is expensive. In wealthier countries, it is instead […]
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4:50 PM | This is what brain cell conversations look like
Modifying neurons to flash as electrical impulses pass along them lets researchers grow light-up brains in a dish and eavesdrop on their chatter
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4:49 PM | Pygmy Seahorses: Masters of Camouflage via kqedscience: Tiny...
Pygmy Seahorses: Masters of Camouflage via kqedscience: Tiny and delicate, pygmy seahorses survive by attaching to vibrant corals where they become nearly invisible to both predators and researchers. Now, biologists at the calacademy have successfully bred them in captivity for the first time. Finally, they’re able to study the seahorses’ amazing act of camouflage up close.  Subscribe to Deep Look on YouTube to see new videos from our pbsdigitalstudios series every two […]
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4:47 PM | Southern birds may be moving into your winter backyard
A warming climate is letting warm-adapted birds live farther north in winter, a new study finds.
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4:43 PM | Milkfish fry fishery
According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Milkfish (Chanos chanos) is one of the most important food fish species in the world. In Indonesia, Taiwan and the Philippines, more than a quarter of a million tonnes of milkfish are harvested annually in brackish ponds, which represents about 60% of the total fish production from aquaculture in Southeast Asia. This huge amount sourced from a single fish commodity is projected to further increase in the coming years […]
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4:42 PM | Historic quantum software is run for the first time
Written 20 years ago, the first algorithm to tap into the ultra-fast potential of quantum computing has been run on a real machine at long last
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4:41 PM | Ottawa Attack Seen As Canada's Security Wake-Up Call
In Canada, the front door to Parliament is often left unlocked, but after Wednesday's attack, that's likely to change.
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4:40 PM | The Ebola Crisis: What It Means for West Africa and the World
“The Ebola epidemic in West Africa should be viewed akin to a world war whose outcome ... matters crucially for all of us," said Dr. Ranu Dhillon, senior health advisor for The Earth Institute. Dhillon and other health experts will speak at a special conference on Ebola from 1-5 p.m. at Faculty House, Columbia University, on Monday, Oct. 27.
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4:37 PM | Photo Essay: A Day in the Life of the Hudson River
Once a year, Piermont Pier becomes a field station, and local students, a team of environmental investigators. On Tuesday, scientists at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory led students through a series of field experiments designed to teach them more about the Hudson River.
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4:35 PM | Shoe Box Solar Viewer (for watching today’s partial solar eclipse)
There’s going to be a solar eclipse this afternoon, so I’m re-posting directions on how to make some simple solar viewers! NEVER look directly at the sun, since you can permanently damage your retinas (the light sensors on the back of your eyeballs.) You can safety view the sun (and therefore a solar eclipse) using […]
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4:34 PM | Datahound on productivity
This final figure from Datahound's post on K99/R00 recipients who have managed to win R01 funding is fascinating to me. This is a plot of individual investigators, matching their number of published papers against a weighted sum of publication. The weighting is for the number of authors on each paper as follows: "One way to […]
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4:32 PM | Why people with Down syndrome invariably develop Alzheimer’s disease
How beta-amyloid plaques are made in individuals with Down syndrome and Alzheimer's pateints.
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4:30 PM | Today on New Scientist
All the latest on newscientist.com: 10 revolutions that made us human, personal helicopters on sale in two years, making babies with Neanderthals and more
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4:24 PM | Are headaches associated with apnea?
One of the most disabling conditions for anyone are the headaches that can become disabling.
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4:20 PM | How to Watch Today's Partial Solar Eclipse
A partial solar eclipse will darken North American skies Thursday afternoon (Oct. 23), and you can watch the dramatic celestial event online if clouds hinder your view.
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4:17 PM | Elevenses
The past is truly a foreign country.  From the letters to the editor page of Chemistry and Industry, December 19th, …Continue reading →
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4:16 PM | Climate Change Communication: Taking the Temperature (Part 9) with Scott Mandia
Editor's Note: This is a guest blog post by Kirk Englehardt (@kirkenglehardt). Kirk is Director of Research Communication and Marketing for the Georgia Institute of Technology. He blogs about strategic communication & #scicomm on LinkedIn and The Strategy Room.  He also curates and shares #scicomm content, which can be found on Flipboard, Pinterest, Google+ and Facebook.  Introduction In this series of interviews, prominent climate scientists share how and […]
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4:15 PM | Detective Science: Weekly Science Activity
School and family science weekly spotlight: learn more about the science that helps solve crimes! Use fake blood and investigate how blood spatter changes depending on the height from which the blood was dropped.
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4:13 PM | Uses expand for drug developed at UChicago
It took 29 years, but the FDA finally approved a drug developed at UChicago to provide relief for patients taking powerful pain relievers.
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4:00 PM | A Cool Drink In A Hot Place Is Now A Reality.
The second hottest planet in the Solar system, Mercury, actually does have water. With surface temperatures of 800 degrees Fahrenheit (430 degrees Celsius) on the sunny side, and -280 °F (−173 °C) in the shade, you might think that water wouldn’t survive. This is why NASA’s confirmation of water on Mercury is so intriguing.  This may help … Continue reading →
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4:00 PM | Creationists and Ebola
The title of this article by Answers In Genesis is a good question: Where Did Ebola Come From? *shrug* Look, I love making fun of Creationists, but this is a great question! Ebola is not ‘supposed’ to be a human pathogen. Like many emerging infectious diseases, the natural reservoir for ebola is bats. Specifically, fruit bats.…
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4:00 PM | Was ein Mensch glaubt, beeinflusst, was er tut
Manchen wird diese Überschrift vielleicht trivial vorkommen, andere wiederum, gerade, wenn von „glauben“ im religiösen Sinne die Rede ist, werden diese Behauptung vehement bestreiten. Die These, daß das Verhalten eines Menschen davon beeinflusst wird, was er glaubt, also für wahr hält (und nicht nur für wahrscheinlich, möglich, plausibel oder wünschenswert!), steht auch im Zentrum allen…
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4:00 PM | Autonomous Cars May Change Our Lives In Unexpected Ways
One of the test vehicles for Google's Self-Driving Car project.   In the future, we may not be dealing with the hassles and frustrations that come with driving cars everyday. Autonomous automobiles can make our lives better! But are cars that drive by themselves all that it's cracked up to be? The advertising agency Sparks & Honey has compiled a mess of data and research on autonomous cars into a report entitled "Driving Disrupted: Driverless Cars Change Everything." Besides the […]
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4:00 PM | How to Watch Today’s Solar Eclipse
Today's partial solar eclipse will be the last one until 2017, and the Bay Area is a great place to see it.
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