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April 18, 2014

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4:15 PM | Thought of the Day: The NIH Can't Win
A comment over at Rock Talk made a fairly traditional complaint about the NIH funding system. Dan C stated that: "NIH is to be criticized that it funds “usual suspects.” Today, I find this funny. Because after all, most of the people complaining about the NIH system want to become one of the usual suspects! […]
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4:13 PM | #923 (Guest blogger, Rachel McAuley)
Guest blogger Rachel McAuley with her co-leaders andNGO coordinators in Guatemala, 2014. Guest blogger Rachel McAuley is a senior health sciences major at James Madison University. She recently coordinated a service abroad trip to Guatemala."To hell with good intentions, this is a theological statement. You will not help anybody with your good intentions. The third largest US export is the US idealist, who turns up in every theater of the world; the teacher, the volunteer, the missionary, […]
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4:11 PM | Is it safe to keep a pig’s head with baked goods? Judge reserves decision on New Zealand bakery
The Bulls Bakery could be closed down because of problems with food safety, including a pig’s head kept with baked goods. In Wanganui District Court on April 11, Judge David Cameron heard the Rangitikei District Council’s case for closing the … Continue reading →
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4:11 PM | DNews: How To Start Your Own Compost
Want to help eliminate waste from landfills? Tara explains how you can make your own compost bin right in your backyard.
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4:09 PM | Lost World: 3-Million-Year-Old Landscape Still Exists Under Greenland Ice Sheet
Parts of the landscape underlying the massive Greenland ice sheet may have been undisturbed for almost 3 million years, since the island became completely ice-covered, say researchers who based their discovery on an analysis of the chemical composition of silts recovered from the bottom of an ice core more than 3,000 meters long.  The find suggests "pre-glacial landscapes can remain preserved for long periods under continental ice sheets."  In the time since the ice sheet formed "the […]
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4:04 PM | This Inspiring Powerade Commercial Shows How A One-Legged Boy Grew Into A Soccer Star
As part of their #powerthrough campaign, Powerade made this commercial which highlights the life of Nico Calabria, who was born with just one leg. Truly inspiring stuff- his goal at the end is insane!
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4:04 PM | No, we didn’t find the Loch Ness Monster with Apple Maps
It’s been a long time since we’ve had a good debunking-random-monster-sighting post. The ready availability of global satellite image databases is a powerful tool for exploration and monitoring but has also led to a boom in pseudoscience “discoveries” by people not familiar with how these images are produced or just willing to suspend disbelief for their […]
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4:03 PM | Salmonella, staph, poop on sushi that sickened 220 in Mexico
Salmonella, fecal waste and Staphylococcus aureus were the bacteria that caused food poisoning in 36 customers three branches of Qué Rollo Sushi (Sushi Roll) and sickened up to 220. Sergio Olvera Alba, director of Epidemiology, Ministry of Health, revealed the … Continue reading →
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4:02 PM | Artificial Intelligence Programs Go Head To Head
Most academics don't like competition but in the field of artificial intelligence, everyone wants to square off against the best in their discipline.In June, the International Planning Competition held every two years will take place in  New Hampshire. It  is divided into four categories, the most significant of which is considered the “deterministic track”. This is for programs designed to eliminate any element of chance from automated planning in a wide range of […]
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4:00 PM | SpaceX Launch: Next Attempt Is Friday; Watch It Live
SpaceX, a private space company, is trying again on Friday to launch its Dragon spacecraft to the International Space Station. Its first attempt to launch this mission was scratched on Monday because of a helium leak.
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4:00 PM | The First of Many?
The disabled spacecraft Kepler is really the gift that keeps on giving, much like the food poisoning that I have been suffering through since Sunday (Thanks Taco Bell, I didn’t know my order came with a free side of botulism!). Image Credit: NASA Ames/SETI Institute/JPL-Caltech Analyzing data already gathered researchers have announced the discovery of … Continue reading →
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4:00 PM | Some plants are outsourcing their DNA
Carl Zimmer on the curious fern that took a liking to someone else’s light sensing genes. h/t Mary Mangan.
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4:00 PM | Space shuttle carrier plane heads out on Texas convoy
One of the huge 747s that gave piggyback rides to space shuttles is headed to Houston to star in an 8-storey-tall museum exhibit
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3:54 PM | Giant Asian Hornet in France, heading to UK
Last October we brought you the completely freak-out worthy story of giant Asian hornets that were killing people in China. Now, they are in France and heading for the UK. Should Europe panic? Giant Asian hornets which have been blamed for the deaths of six people in France are heading to Kent, according to reports.… Source: Doubtful News
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3:51 PM | Development problems associated with children with hyperactivity
According to the theory of the cognitive complexity and Control, children with ADHD have less development in theory of mind and cognitive flexibility
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3:46 PM | How Much Does That Free Prescription Drug Sample Cost?
This may seem like a trick question because, after all, it’s free. How can something that’s free cost anything? People and professionals have long wondered whether there was a downside to giving away free samples of prescription drugs. Pharmaceutical companies keep doctors’ offices well-stocked on such free samples, so they obviously suspected it was a […]
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3:45 PM | Study: New fathers struggle with depression, need interventions, too
Women aren’t the only ones at risk for depression and in need of screening services when a new baby comes into their lives. Young fathers face significant mental health challenges as well, according to a new study.
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3:44 PM | 8 dead, 26 sickened in Listeria outbreak linked to Quargel cheese in Austria; genomic sequencing
A large listeriosis outbreak occurred in Austria, Germany and the Czech Republic in 2009 and 2010. The outbreak was traced back to a traditional Austrian curd cheese called Quargel which was contaminated with two distinct serovar 1/2a Listeria monocytogenes strains … Continue reading →
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3:44 PM | DNews: Why Do These Female Bugs Have A Penis?
Evolution has done some crazy things in order to ensure the survival of certain species. Trace discusses why certain female bugs have a penis.
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3:44 PM | DNews: Why Do These Female Bugs Have A Penis?
Evolution has done some crazy things in order to ensure the survival of certain species. Trace discusses why certain female bugs have a penis.
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3:41 PM | Voodoo dolls show how hunger and lack of self-control go hand in hand
Study allowed spouses to do truly evil things to one another.
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3:41 PM | Ceramic Materials for Hydrogen Storage Developed
Engineers at the University of California, San Diego, have created new ceramic materials that could be used to store hydrogen safely and efficiently. Read more »
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3:30 PM | Here Is Apple's iOS For Your Car
CarPlay Volvo Do you own an iPhone? Have you used your iPhone? Have you driven a car? If yes, you are prepared to use CarPlay, Apple's dashboard operating system—essentially, a pared-down version of a few apps, with a heavier focus on voice control.   We saw Volvo's version at the New York Auto Show, but it's essentially the same idea across vehicles: hook up your iPhone to your car, and your car becomes the medium for controlling your stuff. A display shows your […]
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3:23 PM | 104 sickened: increase in Vibrio parahaemolyticus infections associated with consumption of Atlantic coast shellfish — 2013
I don’t eat raw oysters. This is why. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control reports Vibrio parahaemolyticus (Vp) is found naturally in coastal saltwater. In the United States, Vp causes an estimated 35,000 domestically acquired foodborne infections annually (1), of … Continue reading →
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3:16 PM | 27 sick with Yersinia and Campylobacter from raw milk in Finland
The first results from milk samples at a farm in Askola, Finland taken April 7 revealed Yersinia pseudotuberculosis and Campylobacter jejuni. The number of people who drank milk from Uljaan tilamaito and experienced symptoms has still increased in Porvoo and … Continue reading →
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3:14 PM | New Finds at Ancient Roman City of Ostia
Archaeological activities at the site of the ancient city of Ostia have yielded new and exciting finds. Archaeologists led by Prof Simon Keay from the University of Southampton and Prof Martin Millet from the University of Cambridge have discovered a new section of the boundary wall in Ostia, proving the Roman city was much larger [...]
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3:10 PM | Lawsuit stemming from November 2013 rainbow flame incident
Via DNAinfo Chicago, news of a lawsuit:LINCOLN PARK — The mother of a student who was burned in a chemistry lab fire at Lincoln Park High School is suing the school, Chicago Public Schools and the teacher involved.Jennifer Dryden, the mother of student Tatiana Schwirblat, filed the lawsuit last week arguing the chemistry teacher, Joy Walter, and other defendants were negligent. The chemistry lab fire broke out just before noon Nov. 25 and injured a total of five students, authorities said […]
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3:07 PM | Inside Science At The USA Science & Engineering Festival
Apr 18 2014 - 11:00am By: Inside Science Editorial Team Inside Science is proud to be an official Festival Partner of the 3rd USA Science & Engineering Festival, to be held April 26-27, 2014 in Washington, D.C. What is the universe made of? Why did dinosaurs go extinct? What do magic tricks and hip-hop have to do with math? Could a chimp beat you at video games? Explore these […]
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3:05 PM | This Hack Gives Siri Awesome New Powers
GoogolPlex developers have created a unique Siri hack that makes the voice assistant compatible with third-party apps and connected home devices.
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3:00 PM | 1 in 20 Misdiagnosed by Doctors: 10 things you can do about it
A new study out this week says that 1 in 20 adults will be misdiagnosed in outpatient clinics in the US. Thats roughly 12 million people each year, if that […]

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