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July 31, 2014

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12:00 AM | Into The Woods Images Show Disney's Very Different Movie Recreation
We're still not super sold on Disney's Into the Woods movie adaptation, especially after the tragic news about all the massive cuts the movie sustained. But the Baker and the Baker's wife both look great. What do you think? Read more...

July 30, 2014

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11:51 PM | Bees Know Their Business: They Learn Which Flowers Have The Best Pollen
Bumblebees can glean differences in pollen quality based on floral features like petal color and that informs their decision on where to land. Bees do not sample pollen so it has been unclear how they determined quality. The new study in the Journal of Experimental Biology found that they are able to form associative relationships between appearance and pollen quality. Bumblebees can individually assess pollen samples and discriminate between them during collection, quickly forming preferences […]
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11:45 PM | House Approves $16 Billion Plan To Improve Health Care For Vets
The Senate is expected to pass the measure this week. It would expand government programs and provide funds for vets who are unable to access VA services to see private doctors.
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11:37 PM | The History Of Dyslexia
Dyslexia The History The following is the history of something I’ve dealt with all my life.  The fact that I can write about it in a semi-coherent manner is proof that it does not have to be the end of an academic career.  I was once told: I would never be able to do the […]
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11:34 PM | I’d like to sign up for the class on Alien Visitations
Why not cater to the students, maybe they will get paid to be UFO researchers… Polaris Career Center offers job training – and “documented” evidence of aliens: “Hey, Taxpayer!” with Mark Naymik. Polaris Career Center has been teaching teens and adults from Northeast Ohio for decades how to repair automobiles, whip-up culinary delights, operate heavy… Source: Doubtful News
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11:32 PM | Invertebrate of the Week #5 – Opadometa sp.
It’s good to be back!  To kick off my return to posting, I would like to introduce a conspicuous spider from the world’s third largest island, Borneo.  According to photographer […]
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11:26 PM | Declan Waugh continues his distortion of Finnish fluoride research
In my last post (Another fluoridation whopper from Declan Waugh) I described how Declan Waugh (a self-professed “scientist and fluoride researcher”) badly misrepresented data from a Finnish study which had concluded the prevalence of ailments attributed to fluoridation were “likely connected … Continue reading →
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11:26 PM | Declan Waugh continues his distortion of Finnish fluoride research
In my last post (Another fluoridation whopper from Declan Waugh) I described how Declan Waugh (a self-professed “scientist and fluoride researcher”) badly misrepresented data from a Finnish study which had concluded the prevalence of ailments attributed to fluoridation were “likely connected … Continue reading →
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11:20 PM | An Inside Look At How Two Authors Collaborated To Write A Book
Every author collaboration is its own little kingdom, complete with its own set of rules, protocols, and practices. Here's a look at how Melissa Marr and Kelley Armstrong collaborated to write the Blackwell Pages trilogy.Read more...
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11:17 PM | stayradskates: Brain
stayradskates: Brain
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11:05 PM | In Jeff Vandermeer's Authority, Even the Desk Jobs are Weird
Authority, the gripping second installment in Jeff Vandermeer's Southern Reach trilogy, has a very different vibe than its predecessor, Annihilation. Where Annihilation took an expedition deep into the mysterious Area X, Authority shows us the bureaucratic apparatus aimed at studying it. And everything we know is turned sideways.Read more...
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11:00 PM | Reading in July
  As I start working on my book project, I’m going to have less time to develop blog posts, so I thought I would share what I’m reading with you each month. This will also give me an incentive to keep blogging and reading! I’ll list the books I’ve read and the papers that I […]
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10:56 PM | Why Are South Koreans Using Balloons to Send Chocolate-Covered Marshmallows to North Korea??
Earlier today, around 200 South Korean activists gathered in a park near the border with North Korea. The activists released 50 massive helium balloons, each toting a large bag of snacks. In total, they sent 770 pounds of snacks to the North. The bulk of this weight came from the 10,000 Choco Pies the activists sent North. […]
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10:54 PM | World’s population if it lived in Europe
Ewa Tuteja was inspired by an early infographic of mine and asked the question of Europe: How much land would the world’s population occupy if they lived at the densities of various famous cities. I’ll say this: Beijing is surprisingly sprawling. ∞∞
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10:51 PM | ellliot: gnostic-forest: emkaymlp: mj-the-scientist: invaderx...
ellliot: gnostic-forest: emkaymlp: mj-the-scientist: invaderxan: Mars. In true colour. Just so you know, a lot of images of Mars which you’ll see have been manipulated. A lot of them have boosted contrast and saturation. So if you’ve ever wondered – images like this one are what Mars actually looks like. Why does this not have more notes?!? YOU ARE LITERALLY LOOKING THROUGH THE EYES OF A ROBOT ON ANOTHER FUCKING PLANET If you don’t think that’s the […]
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10:48 PM | House Votes To OK Lawsuit Against Obama
House Republicans say that the president has overstepped the bounds of his executive authority. President Obama dismissed the move as a "political stunt."
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10:47 PM | Wind Energy Now Cheaper than Coal
“Wind power today is cheaper than other forms of energy, not least because of a big commitment and professionalism in the field. This is true both for researchers, companies and politicians.” Continue reading →
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10:45 PM | Keeping lithium contained: new design allows for high energy-density anode in Li-ion batteries
Lithium ion batteries – they’re everywhere, and their name has become mainstream enough that non-scientists know they’re in our laptops and electronics.  These types of batteries are so popular because lithium boasts a high energy density and they don’t lose charge … Continue reading →

Zheng, G., Lee, S., Liang, Z., Lee, H., Yan, K., Yao, H., Wang, H., Li, W., Chu, S. & Cui, Y. & (2014). Interconnected hollow carbon nanospheres for stable lithium metal anodes, Nature Nanotechnology, DOI: 10.1038/nnano.2014.152

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10:38 PM | Earth is definitely warming… thanks to this sick burn! I know...
Earth is definitely warming… thanks to this sick burn! I know what you’re thinking. There’s no way you’re gonna watch seven minutes of C-SPAN2. You wouldn’t even watch seven minutes of C-SPAN1, amirite?! What if I told you that contained within this seven minutes is the most epic smackdown of congressional climate science denial ever uttered in the halls of the U.S. Capitol? Perhaps the most sick and depressing call-out of those who refuse to accept science since […]
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10:35 PM | What to Know about Children’s Nighttime Bedwetting
Toilet training can be a stressful process. This is particularly the case for children who achieve daytime dryness but continue to wet themselves — and the bed — overnight. It may leave you wondering what’s normal and what you can do to help your child. Nighttime wetting is one of the most common urologic conditions […]
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10:33 PM | Why Your 'Small-Batch' Whiskey Might Taste A Lot Like The Others
A food blogger says dozens of distilleries are buying rye whiskey from a factory in Indiana and using it in bottles labeled "artisan."
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10:30 PM | How Soon Could Grant Ward Find Redemption On Agents Of SHIELD?
Agent Grant Ward went to some really dark places in the tail end of Agents of SHIELD's first season. Can he come back from that? We caught up with actor Brett Dalton and he told us his hopes for Grant's future. Plus J. August Richards told us what's in store for the killer cyborg Deathlok. Spoilers ahead...Read more...
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10:22 PM | These Were Lovely Towns, Until The Waters Came And Covered Them Up
You can build to last, but it won't help if the waters come to cover up all of your amazing houses and town buildings. That's the harsh lesson that towns and villages around the world have learned too late. Just check out some haunting images of beautiful, scenic towns that have sunk underwater.http://io9.com/once-majestic-... Read more...
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10:18 PM | Holy Mary Martin! NBC Casts A Woman As Peter Pan For Its Live Musical
NBC's live Peter Pan musical is turning into the most amazing thing that will ever happen on live television. Christopher Walken will play Captain Hook — and now Girls actress Allison Williams will take up the role previously played by Mary Martin, Peter Pan. This will be sensational. Read more...
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10:14 PM | Bangalore workshop [ಬೆಂಗಳೂರು ಕಾರ್ಯಾಗಾರ]
Second day at the Indo-French Centre for Applied Mathematics and the workshop. Maybe not the most exciting day in terms of talks (as I missed the first two plenary sessions by (a) oversleeping and (b) running across the campus!). However I had a neat talk with another conference participant that led to [what I think […]
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10:09 PM | Addressing TB disease, a global burden
Bacteria, fungi, viruses, protozoan parasites; we share our world with countless agents of infectious, disease-causing bugs. Globally, infectious (or ‘communicable’) diseases of various stripes – respiratory infections, HIV/AIDS, diarrheal diseases, malaria, tuberculosis, and meningitis among them – together remain the fourth leading cause of death, with people from lower-income countries being disproportionately more affected. Children form an especially vulnerable […]
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10:09 PM | Addressing TB disease, a global burden
Bacteria, fungi, viruses, protozoan parasites; we share our world with countless agents of infectious, disease-causing bugs. Globally, infectious (or ‘communicable’) diseases of various stripes – respiratory infections, HIV/AIDS, diarrheal diseases, malaria, tuberculosis, and meningitis among them – together remain the fourth leading cause of death, with people from lower-income countries being disproportionately more affected. Children form an especially vulnerable […]
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10:09 PM | Addressing TB disease, a global burden
Bacteria, fungi, viruses, protozoan parasites; we share our world with countless agents of infectious, disease-causing bugs. Globally, infectious (or ‘communicable’) diseases of various stripes – respiratory infections, HIV/AIDS, diarrheal diseases, malaria, tuberculosis, and meningitis among them – together remain the fourth leading cause of death, with people from lower-income countries being disproportionately more affected. Children form an especially vulnerable […]
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10:00 PM | How to grow plants 400km above the ground
Quora is a site for posting questions to the internet. Sometimes those questions get answer. For example Robert Frost, who has trained astronauts for the International Space Station, has answered the question: How are plants growing in the ISS? Gravity is not the only difference between the Earth environment and the ISS environment. In the […]
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10:00 PM | Blood Test Predicts Suicide Risk, Study Suggests
A new gene linked to suicide risk, and researchers say the finding could lead to a blood test that predicts a person's risk of attempting suicide.
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