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January 28, 2015

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12:25 PM | Mary Wollstonecraft: A Hyena in petticoats, or was she just misunderstood?
Last year, I wrote an article for Headstuff about one of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley’s books, her only children’s novel Maurice. In so doing, I realised that perhaps I should have begun with her mother Mary Wollstonecraft (1759-1795) since Shelley’s book contained intriguing biographical hints. It may seem counter intuitive to go backwards now and talk [...] The post Mary Wollstonecraft: A Hyena in petticoats, or was she just misunderstood? appeared first on HeadStuff.
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12:22 PM | 21 + 21 = 42
Carley Moore in TNB: Last summer I turned 42 years old. On the morning of my birthday, my then-boyfriend asked me what I was doing when I was 21, half that age. I said, “Baking quiches, dropping acid, and chasing...
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12:21 PM | NASA’s Opportunity Celebrates 11 Years on Mars
NASA’s Mars rover Opportunity celebrates its 11th anniversary on the planet, marking the milestone with an incredible view of 22-km-wide Endeavour Crater. Opportunity has driven 41.7 km since it landed in the Meridiani Planum region of Mars on January 25, 2004. That is farther than any other off-Earth surface vehicle has driven. The rover has [...]
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12:10 PM | Unconscious thought not so smart after all
Alison Abbott in Nature: If you have to make a complex decision, will you do a better job if you absorb yourself in, say, a crossword puzzle instead of ruminating about your options? The idea that unconscious thought is sometimes...
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12:05 PM | As Nor'Easter Lifts, Life Slowly Gets Back To Normal In Hard-Hit Areas
In Boston, highways started filling up with cars. In Rhode Island, the governor called up 270 national guardsmen to help get the power back on. In New York, the subway resumed regular service.
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12:00 PM | EGU Photo Contest 2015
If you are pre-registered for the 2015 General Assembly (Vienna, 12 – 17 April), you can take part in our annual photo competition! Winners receive a free registration to next year’s General Assembly! The sixth annual EGU photo competition opens on 1 February. Up until 1 March, every participant pre-registered for the General Assembly can submit up three original photos and one moving image on any broad theme related to the Earth, planetary, and space sciences. […]
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12:00 PM | Dr. Oz’s “green coffee bean extract” scammer guest must repay $9 million
If there’s one aspect of 2014 that I enjoyed, it’s that it was a very bad year for our old friend, America’s quack, a.k.a. Dr. Mehmet Oz. It seemed that, finally, some of the chickens were coming home to roost and Dr. Oz was starting to suffer a bit for his promotion of quackery and…
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12:00 PM | Communicating with ALS One Blink at a Time
In their new book One Blink at a Time, Ismail and Cheryl Tsieprati share how they teamed up and overcame each and every challenge ALS placed before them. Ismail has lived with ALS for more than thirty years. His wife, Cheryl, has been challenged over the years to build, train and maintain a reliable and […]
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12:00 PM | Genetic Memory: How We Know Things We Never Learned
I met my first savant 52 years ago and have been intrigued with that remarkable condition ever since. One of the most striking and consistent things in the many savants I have seen is that that they... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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12:00 PM | $9 Million Fine for Green Coffee Bean Deception
The manufacturer of a coffee bean extract promoted on 'The Dr. Oz' show has been fined $9 million for false claims and deceptive practices. Continue reading →
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11:59 AM | Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #75
Wow! We are almost there! Nearly 860,000 Wild Bird Enthusiasts on our Facebook page and counting… This is the 75th edition of the “Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week” and represents one of the best wild bird photograph collections I have ever seen. This is a testament to how far this community has come and…
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11:56 AM | A Travel Week Plant Quiz
I’m writing this from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan where I am preparing to speak at and attend the 2015 Native Prairie Restoration and Reclamation Workshop hosted by Saskatchewan Prairie Conservation Action Plan.  It’s my first trip to Saskatchewan, and I’m excited to … Continue reading →
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11:56 AM | Ram Manikkalingam: Extremists Can Be Our Friends
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11:54 AM | Why free speech is fundamental
Steven Pinker in the Boston Review: More than two centuries after freedom of speech was enshrined in the First Amendment to the Constitution, that right is very much in the news. Campus speech codes, disinvited commencement speakers, jailed performance artists,...
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11:47 AM | Tibetan butter tea
Emma, a Tibetan spice I’m sure my parents didn’t know when they named me (and still don’t!), but Emma is the Tibetan word for a spice – the dried berries of Zanthoxylum species, more commonly known in the UK as Sichuan pepper. I really must replace the two species I had, which didn’t survive life on the allotment. That’s a bit of an aside really, but I have the day off today and the weather is awful and so it seemed like the ideal time to do something […]
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11:46 AM | How a Tree Helped a Village with Ebola Control
Upon her return from 6 weeks in west Africa working with Partners In Health on the Liberia Ebola response, Farrah Kashfipour reflects on the challenges of responding to an epidemic in a resource-limited setting. The Ebola epidemic continues to ravage west Africa, … Continue reading »The post How a Tree Helped a Village with Ebola Control appeared first on Speaking of Medicine.
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11:45 AM | Do You Wish You Spent Less Time Watching ‘Potato-Chip News’?
I just read Stephen Grosz’s The Examined Life: How We Lose Ourselves and Find Ourselves. It’s a series of essays by a practicing psychotherapist about some of his observations about human nature. In his discussion of one patient’s experiences, Grosz observes, “There are various ways to circumvent depressed, anxious feelings… It’s not uncommon to use […]
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11:34 AM | Un super Saturno: l’esopianeta con gli anelli da record
Ne avrebbe una trentina e complessivamente gli anelli dell’esopianeta J1407b sarebbero più grandi di circa 200 volte quelli di Saturno. Ecco come lo hanno trovato i ricercatori
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11:30 AM | Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na, Boom Boom
Sodium’s explosive secrets revealed The explosion, say Pavel Jungwirth and his collaborators at the Czech Academy of Sciences in Prague, is not merely a consequence of the ignition of the hydrogen gas that the alkali metals release from water. That may happen eventually, but it begins as something far stranger: a rapid exodus of electrons [...]
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11:26 AM | Questions for Rich Lenski about his amazing Long Term Evolution Experiment (UPDATEDx2)
This year, for the 30th year in a row, the University of Calgary will be celebrating Darwin Day with an invited seminar by a top evolutionary biologist.* We’re very excited to have the Rich Lenski as our speaker this year.** … Continue reading →
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11:22 AM | Eddies in a jar
Rotating experiments in your kitchen. Do you know those Saturday mornings when you wake up and just know that you have to do oceanography experiments? I had one of those last weekend. Unfortunately, I didn’t have a rotating table at … Continue reading →
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11:20 AM | James Randi retires from foundation at age 86
James “The Amazing” Randi, world-renowned magician and advocate for science-based skepticism, is stepping down from the Board of the James Randi Educational Foundation (JREF). In statements released today on the JREF website, Randi announced his retirement from the JREF, and the Board regretfully accepted it. But, Mr. Randi noted, he’s got a few tricks left… Source: Doubtful News Related posts:Kickstart An Honest Liar: The Amazing Randi Story Skeptics in Vegas: […]
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11:00 AM | Anolis lividus Is HHMI Biointeractive’s Image of the Day
The post doesn’t say much, but it’s nice for this lovely anole to get the attention it deserves! If you search for photos of A. lividus online, there aren’t all that many. Several more nice ones have appeared previously on AA, such as this one:   and here’s one from Calphoto: If you want to read more on […]
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11:00 AM | Two new stories coming on Friday to email subscribers
I've added two more stories to what originally was just one story on Amazon, and I'm offering them for free to all my email subscribers. Sign up here and on Friday you'll get a link on how to download all three stories. Here's the description:The Elm Tree When sixteen-year-old Lily Andrews takes her life, one of the darkest secrets of the small town of Mariposa Springs is buried with her. Three months later, baffled by an inconclusive investigation, County Sheriff Albert Contardo turns to the […]
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10:59 AM | Los cuadrados greco-latinos de Leonhard Euler
“Una cuestión muy curiosa que ha desafiado la inteligencia de muchas personas, me inspiró para emprender la siguiente investigación que al parecer ha abierto una nueva trayectoria dentro del Análisis y, en particular, en Combinatoria. Esta cuestión concierne a un grupo de treinta y seis oficiales de seis rangos diferentes, tomados de seis regimientos distintos, y distribuidos en un […] Seguir leyendo The post Los cuadrados greco-latinos de […]
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10:54 AM | Guangdong Province: Two More H7N9 Cases
Credit Wikipedia   # 9636 Guangdong Province’s two-a-day streak continues with their announcement (for the 6th day in a row) of two more H7N9 cases.  First the announcement from the Guangdong Ministry of Health and Family Planning, followed by Hong Kong’s CHP summary.   Meizhou, Heyuan City, one case of H7N9 cases were reported 2015-01-28 16:28:38   Ministry of Health and Family Planning  | Health and Family Planning Commission of […]
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10:53 AM | Was New York Shut Down by Safety Spuds?
Was New York Shut Down by Safety Spuds? How’s the discourse, by-products and trade-offs!   On 26th January 2015, The US National Weather Service (NWS) predicted that a “potentially historic blizzard”, possibly “the worst ever”, would strike the north eastern states. New York reacted by shutting down their subway system and declaring a travel ban […] The post Was New York Shut Down by Safety Spuds? appeared first on Safety Risk.
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10:45 AM | How Weight Training Can Help You Keep the Weight Off
Exercise can help keep the pounds off after weight loss, and weight training may be particularly beneficial, a new study shows.
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10:35 AM | Botanical Wednesday: The march of the stalk-eyed orange aliens
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10:18 AM | Ce Soir / Tonight: Paris Machine Learning Meetup "Hors Série" 2 (Season 2) Data Science for Non-Profits
Tonight, we will have our first meetup featuring a number of projects by non profits (Universities, NGOs, Foundations, Open Source Projects...) that could be helped by Machine Learning. For this round, we identified five different projects developed by these non profits. The idea of this "Hors Série" is to be exploratory in nature. Some of these projects are very machine learning oriented whereas others have not yet indentified how Machine Learning could help. Our host is TheAssets.co. […]
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