Posts

October 25, 2014

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12:15 AM | Physicists build reversible tractor beam
Laser physicists have built a tractor beam that can repel and attract objects, using a hollow laser beam that is bright around the edges and dark in its centre. It is the first long-distance optical tractor beam and moved particles […]test The post Physicists build reversible tractor beam appeared first on Australian Science.
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12:11 AM | Deep Sleep To Mars — Mind Blow №88 Wake up from your deep...
Deep Sleep To Mars — Mind Blow №88 Wake up from your deep sleep and watch a brand new MIND BLOW! By: Vsauce2. T-Shirts: http://www.districtlines.com/vsauce
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12:10 AM | chain of custody
This is part 4 of my epic discussion on shipping environmental samples (see here and here and here for previous installments).Environmental samples are much like samples gathered as part of a criminal investigation: you need to prove that they were collected properly (that is, that they are representative of actual conditions) and that they have not been tampered with.The chain of custody involves two parts: keeping samples secure, and documenting the handover of samples.Sample security […]
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12:00 AM | A Google Executive Just Crushed Felix Baumgartner's Free Fall Record
Move aside, Felix Baumgartner. Alan Eustace, a senior vice president at Google, fell from the top of the stratosphere this morning, plummeting nearly 26 vertical miles in the span of about 15 minutes. In doing so, he has broken Baumgartner's 2012 record for world's highest-altitude free fall – and by a pretty sizable margin.Read more...

October 24, 2014

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11:59 PM | Sweden feels violated by mystery intruder
Sweden’s military launched a major operation after receiving what it said were credible eyewitness reports of some type of suspicious craft near Stockholm, into the Baltic Sea. The search for a submarine craft is over as whatever it was must have disappeared into the Baltic. Russian sub? Sweden ends search for mystery sub. Sweden’s military feels certain… Source: Doubtful News
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11:52 PM | Saying Good-bye to the Glaciers of Glacier National Park
The view north from Logan Pass in Glacier National ParkMake no mistake about it. Glacier National Park is one of the most spectacular parks in the United States, and indeed is one of my favorite places on planet Earth. That said, it's losing something important, and the change is profound.How many animals are in this picture?When I was a child, I loved museums, but I knew there was a big difference between seeing a stuffed animal in a quiet exhibit hall versus seeing one in the wild. A living, […]
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11:29 PM | ACS Presidential Candidate Peter Dorhout on #chemjobs issues
I recently sent an e-mail to Professor (and dean) Peter Dorhout, who is currently running for the ACS President-Elect position to see if he was interested in answering last year's questions for ACS presidential candidates.He responded this evening. His unedited response is below:CJ: Which ACS program do you think best helps the job-seeking ACS member? How would you improve it?Prof. Dorhout: Over the past few years, the careers office of ACS has been retooling and refocusing itself after several […]
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11:22 PM | Is Feeding Ice to Dogs Really Dangerous? Has anyone ever...
Is Feeding Ice to Dogs Really Dangerous? Has anyone ever slapped the ice from your hand when you tried to give it to a dog and then grabbed you by your lapels and shaken you and said how dangerous it is for dogs to eat ice? That person was WRONG. By: Stuff You Should Know.
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10:58 PM | No Quick Fixes For Drivers Affected By Air Bag Recall
The massive auto recall announced this week is different from most. It affects more than one-third of air bags on the road and there are no simple fixes, short of a full air bag replacement.
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10:38 PM | Bárðarbunga volcano Friday update on 24-October-2014
This is the Friday update for Bárðarbunga volcano eruption. During the past 48 hours total (when this is written) of 69 earthquakes with magnitude of larger than 3,0 have happened in Bárðarbunga volcano. Total number of earthquakes in … Continue reading →
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10:36 PM | Sorry Rosetta, Your Comet Stinks
To the surprise of scientists studying data from the European Rosetta mission, Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko is venting chemicals associated with the smell of rotten eggs, urine, alcohol, bitter almonds and vinegar. Continue reading →
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10:32 PM | Feminism In Horror Films! by lacigreen: In this...
Feminism In Horror Films! by lacigreen: In this Halloween-themed edition of Sex Plus, Laci takes a look at popular horror films of the past as a unique perspective on what humans are afraid. She goes on to offer commentary on 3 of her favorite old-school horror films which she believes have feminist themes: The Shining, Carrie, and Rosemary’s Baby. She ends by noting the continued lack of diversity and female presence in the film industry as a whole, and pondering what’s behind our […]
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10:32 PM | Entomophobia!
In a scene from the movie Office Space, a trio of disgruntled programmers discover that a software glitch will expose their money laundering scheme: PETER: You said the thing was supposed to work. MICHAEL: Well, technically it did work. PETER: No it didn’t! SAMIR: It did not work, Michael, ok?! MICHAEL: Ok! Ok! SAMIR: Ok?! […]
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10:30 PM | 10 Introductory Questions Therapists Commonly Ask
Therapy is about the fine art of asking directive questions. So what should you expect from your first appointment with a counselor, social worker or psychologist? The answer is simple: You should expect easy, brain-expanding questions, questions and more questions. A “change map” (often called “treatment goals”) is then created to guide you in solving […]
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10:30 PM | Wasting Resources on Suboxone
Originally posted 1/26/2013 Readers of this blog know that I have often questioned whether there is any clinical difference between Suboxone and generic buprenorphine.  Naloxone is an opioid-blocking chemical added to buprenorphine, supposedly in order to reduce intravenous diversion of the medication.  The combination of buprenorphine plus naloxone is branded as Suboxone. I’ve pointed out over […]
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10:30 PM | The Week In Drones: Monitoring Macaques, Vineyard Helpers, And More
Grapevines In A Vineyard, Napa Valley Jim G, via Wikimedia Commons Here's a roundup of the week's top drone news: the military, commercial, non-profit, and recreational applications of unmanned aircraft. Pocket Drone Made by Cyphy Works, this tiny hexarotor solves one big problem for small drones -- short battery life -- by replacing it with an entirely different problem: tethering. The drone carries 250 feet of filament behind it, connected to a cell phone. […]
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10:14 PM | Newly Discovered Microbe Is Key in Climate Change
Tiny soil microbes are among the world’s biggest potential amplifiers […]
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10:14 PM | Rivers of London [book review]
Yet another book I grabbed on impulse while in Birmingham last month. And which had been waiting for me on a shelf of my office in Warwick. Another buy I do not regret! Rivers of London is delightful, as much for taking place in all corners of London as for the story itself. Not mentioning […]
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10:10 PM | Massive debris pile reveals risk of huge tsunamis in Hawaii
A mass of marine debris discovered in a giant sinkhole […]
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10:08 PM | Hong Kong Elementary School First Grade Student Admission Test Question
What parking spot number is the car parked in? Share:
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10:07 PM | Is Smell the Key To an Octopus’s Heart?
We know that octopuses have awesome visual systems and super-sensitive suckers. We have even learned that they can hear. But little scientific attention has been paid to their sense of smell. And new... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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10:06 PM | When parallel worlds collide … quantum mechanics is born
Parallel universes – worlds where the dinosaur-killing asteroid never hit, or where Australia was colonised by the Portuguese – are a staple of science fiction. But are they real? Subject:  Technology
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10:00 PM | How To Select A Trademark.
What a Trademark is and What it Does. A trademark is any word, name, symbol, or device, or combination , used to identify and distinguish the goods or services of one trademark owner from those of another. Contrary to what many believe there is no protection for a mark just because you were the first … Continue reading →
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9:57 PM | Dr. Bruce Alberts: Science and the World’s Future
Science and the World’s Future Lecture given by Bruce Alberts, Professor of Science and Education, UCSF Part of the Sanger Series at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA Bruce  Alberts lecture was a review of his career that focused on the …read more
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9:56 PM | New compounds reduce debilitating inflammation
Six Case Western Reserve scientists are part of an international team that has discovered two compounds that show promise in decreasing inflammation associated with diseases such as ulcerative colitis, arthritis and multiple sclerosis. Subject:  Health & Medicine
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9:51 PM | Vancouver Rain. Again.
October 17, 2014 Why does it seem to rain every time I go for a walk in Vancouver?  There has been precipitation on every day I have spent there on recent visits, even if it is sometimes just what the Irish would term a “grand, soft day.” For those of us who live elsewhere, this could be […]
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9:50 PM | While you’re waiting for the bus
9 Things That Reveal How Airbnb Lets Rich People Run a Bunch of Illegal Hotels Tracking one hundred students The iPad Air 2 Has Its Own SIM So You Change Carriers Whenever You Want Controversial: Should Workers Be Paid For … Continue reading →
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9:43 PM | Politics in the Animal Kingdom: Single Transferable Vote The...
Politics in the Animal Kingdom: Single Transferable Vote The 2014 Midterm Elections are coming up in the United States so it’s time for another installment of ‘Politics of the Animal Kingdom’. Make sure to start at part one if you haven’t seen them all: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s7tWHJfhiyo&list=PL7679C7ACE93A5638 By: CGP Grey.
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9:41 PM | Why A Russian Protestor Cut Off Part of His Own Ear With A Butcher Knife
Controversial Russian performance artist Pyotr Pavlensky has gained a reputation for his somewhat shocking form of political demonstration. Pavlensky is known for his extreme self-harming protest tactics, and just this month he may have outdone himself by cutting off part of his right ear with a butcher knife in public. This was not the first incident like this. In fact, Pavlensky has a history of self-harming performances like this one. According to Vocativ… […]
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9:34 PM | Circumzenithal Arc over Maryland
The halo near the sun is at 22 degrees, and the bright spot to the left is a sundog (or more technically a Parahelia). Now, Look at the top of the pic, and you see something rather more rare: a CIRCUMZENITHAL ARC. I took the picture (with my newly arrived iPhone 6) just before 5 PM EDT (21 GMT) this Friday evening here in Salisbury,Maryland. The image below from Les …
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