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May 02, 2015

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5:15 PM | Tesla’s Powerwall Puts Huge Crack in Carbon-Based Energy Dominance
“I think we should collectively try to do this, and not win the Darwin Award.” — Elon Musk *   *   *   *   * This week, with much fanfare, Elon Musk’s Tesla launched a new venture — Tesla Energy…. Source: robertscribbler.wordpress.com … Continue reading →
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5:08 PM | Duplicating the universe
I've been thinking about two forms of duplication. One is duplication of the entire universe from beginning to end, as envisioned in Nietzsche's eternal return (cf. Poincare's recurrence theorem on a grand scale). Subject:  Astronomy/Cosmology
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5:00 PM | Liquid Tunable Nanolaser Developed
Scientists have developed the first liquid nanoscale laser and it's tunable in real time, meaning you can quickly and simply produce different colors, a unique and useful feature. The laser technology could lead to practical applications, such as a new form of a "lab on a chip" for medical diagnostics.The laser's color can be changed in real time when the liquid dye in the microfluidic channel above the laser's cavity is changed.read more
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5:00 PM | The Least Likely Man celebrates a genetic-code-breaking genius
Why do we know so little about the man who first read a word in our genetic code? A fine but brief biography tells the tale of Marshall Nirenberg
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4:48 PM | Interesting Facts About The Least Known Countries In The...
Interesting Facts About The Least Known Countries In The World Thanks so much for watching! By: Did You Know?.
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4:30 PM | Functional Differences In Brain Communication Of Cocaine Users
The brain function of people addicted to cocaine is different from that of people who are not addicted, and often linked to highly impulsive behavior. The variation in the way that different regions of the brain connect, communicate and function in people addicted to cocaine is an observation published in NeuroImage: Clinical.  Cocaine addiction exists among an estimated 800,000 people in the U.S. alone, but despite decades of attempts, FDA-approved medications for cocaine use disorder […]
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4:20 PM | Mayweather vs. Pacquiao: History of Boxing
Boxing as a sport may be in decline, but you wouldn't know it with all the attention around Mayweather vs. Pacquiao.
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4:19 PM | What Does It Mean to Let Go?
In this human life we get our share of joys and our share of sorrows. The brain is wired to hang onto the fears and sorrows more than the joys […]
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4:10 PM | Science Faction #2: Back to the Future II It’s the year...
Science Faction #2: Back to the Future II It’s the year 2015 so exactly what technology did Back to the Future get right?! These are just some of my favourite gadgets that have made their way from the screen and into our world IRL. By: Maddie Moate.
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4:03 PM | sagansense: universalequalityisinevitable:From “Humans Need Not...
sagansense: universalequalityisinevitable:From “Humans Need Not Apply” by CGP Grey. universalequalityisinevitable: From “Humans Need Not Apply” by CGP Grey.
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4:02 PM | Leading scientists favour women in tenure-track hiring test
Leading scientists favour women in tenure-track hiring test: US science and engineering professors preferred female job candidates by two to one.
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4:00 PM | ICYMI, English language is changing faster than ever, says expert
wildcat2030: See on Scoop.it - Knowmads, Infocology of the future The English language is evolving at a faster rate now than at any other time in history because of social media and instant messaging, a language expert has said. John Sutherland, professor of English from University College London, who led a study into common social media and “text speak” terms, found most parents were baffled by the language used by their children. According to the study, commissioned by Samsung […]
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4:00 PM | Why Space Travel May Be Bad For Your Brain
There is bad news for those planning to go to Mars in the near future: a study in mice has suggested that radiation in space could cause cognitive decline in astronauts. However, we know from past research that mental, social and physical exercise can boost cognitive functions. With planned Mars missions moving ever closer, it might be be worth exploring activity as a way to counter radiation damage. read more
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3:53 PM | I’ve Got Your Missing Links Right Here (2 May 2015)
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3:48 PM | Are there Types Of Alcoholics?
In this three part blog we sill start to look more closely at the genetics of alcoholism, a subject area slightly neglected so far on this blog site. I have often sat in the rooms of AA and wondered if … Continue reading →
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3:36 PM | It’s politics, stupid!
It’s election time in the UK, time to write down a handy little heuristic rule that I apply to guide my voting habits. The following will draw from Britain-centric examples, because that’s the milieu I’m immersed in, but the conclusions…Read more ›
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3:32 PM | Silver turns bacteria into deadly zombiesThe zombie apocalypse...
Silver turns bacteria into deadly zombiesThe zombie apocalypse may be more than just a horror story for some bacteria. New research shows that when exposed to a microbe-slaying silver solution, the germs can “go zombie,” wiping out their living compatriots even after death. The results may explain silver’s long-lasting antibacterial power and could improve the performance of medical products that keep us safe from harmful pathogens.Read more in my story at Science Magazine!
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3:32 PM | Does The Earth Make A Sound?! The past few decades, a mysterious...
Does The Earth Make A Sound?! The past few decades, a mysterious hum has been detected across the world. What could it be? Read More:Mysterious Hum Driving People Crazy Around the WorldThe Earth is ‘humming’, and scientists think they know whyThe Earth’s hum: the excitation of Earth normal modes by ocean wavesEarth’s Hum Sounds More Mysterious Than Ever By: DNews.
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3:30 PM | Generating Broadband Terahertz Radiation From A Microplasma In Air
Researchers have shown that a laser-generated microplasma in air can be used as a source of broadband terahertz radiation. In a paper published this week in Optica, Fabrizio Buccheri and Xi-Cheng Zhang demonstrate that an approach for generating terahertz waves using intense laser pulses in air - first pioneered in 1993 - can be done with much lower power lasers, a major challenge until now. Ph.D. student and lead author Buccheri explains that they exploited the underlying physics to reduce the […]
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3:22 PM | Why A Dead Alkaline Battery Bounces!
A non-rechargeable alkaline battery begins life using zinc powder mixed into a gel containing a potassium hydroxide electrolyte separated from a paste of manganese dioxide powder mixed with carbon powder using a porous membrane. To minimize hydrogen out-gassing an extra measure of manganese dioxide is added. As the battery discharges manganese dioxide powder changes to manganese oxide causing the powdered granules to bond both chemically and physically. This packed-sand consistency […]
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3:18 PM | A poster to remember
Today I was at an undergraduate research event with our best and brightest presenting their research via posters – great science, but often dreadful posters. Posters can be a great medium for getting your science over to an audience. They have the benefit that if you can draw people into your poster you can have […]
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3:07 PM | New research into health benefits of coffee
New research has brought us closer to being able to understand the health benefits of coffee. Monash Univ. researchers, in collaboration with Italian coffee roasting company Illycaffè, have conducted the most comprehensive study to date on how free radicals and antioxidants behave during every stage of the coffee brewing process, from intact bean to coffee brew. Subject:  Health & Medicine
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3:01 PM | Sylvan Heights Baby Black-Necked Swans
Some familiar faces on @NatGeo Instagram by photographer @joelsartore! http://t.co/F12XLtgmXa— SH Bird Park (@sylvanheights) May 2, 2015
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3:00 PM | Why Put Robots In Your Factory?
fakescience: Do not anger our robotic overlords!
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3:00 PM | Genome 10k Project: Complex Animal Life And How It Has Evolved Over Time
Marsha Lewis, Inside Science TV – There are about 60,000 different vertebrates on this planet.Mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish, even you are a vertebrate. And now for the first time, scientists from around the world are coming together to study them on a molecular level."The Genome 10k Project is our first look at vertebrate animal life," said David Haussler, a biomolecular engineer at the University of California, Santa Cruz. "We're trying to get at least 10,000 species […]
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2:58 PM | Procrastination: Trick the thief of time by believing the future is now
Procrastination is the thief of time that derails New Year's resolutions and delays saving for college or retirement, but researchers have found a way to collar it. The trick? Think of the future as now. Subject:  Brain & Behavior
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2:58 PM | How to control someone else's arm with your brain
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2:54 PM | Congressional Delegation: Crash Course Government and Politics...
Congressional Delegation: Crash Course Government and Politics #13 by thecrashcourse: In which Craig Benzine teaches you about delegation, and informal powers. What are all these federal agencies about? Well, the president has a lot of stuff to do as the chief executive, and as much as Americans like to talk about personal responsibility, the president can’t really do all this stuff alone. Because it’s a huge job! Same deal with Congress. So, they delegate authority. This is where […]
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2:53 PM | The US-Russian Space Station mission is a study in cooperation
The unfortunate loss of the Russian Progress M-27M cargo vessel destined for the International Space Station (ISS) has highlighted the interdependence of the US and Russia in the project. Subject:  Technology
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2:51 PM | Death Toll In Nepal Crosses 6,800
The United Nations has complained that Nepal's bureaucracy is getting in the way of relief efforts. Government officials in Kathmandu say they aren't receiving enough of the right kind of aid.
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