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July 25, 2014

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5:30 PM | Sprawling Northwest Wildfire Captured by Drone Cam
A wildfire is raging in central Washington, and a new video captured by a drone features aerial views of the damage.
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5:25 PM | Astronomers Discover Three Surprisingly Dry Jupiter-Like Exoplanets
A team of astronomers headed by Dr Nikku Madhusudhan of the Cambridge University’s Institute of Astronomy has found that the abundance of water vapor in the atmospheres of the three newly discovered hot Jupiters – HD 189733b, HD 209458b, and WASP-12b – is between ten and a thousand times less than what standard planet formation [...]
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5:25 PM | Denied! Wikipedia Blocks Edits from US Congress
The move came after unusual revisions were made from computers with IP addresses at the US Capitol.
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5:22 PM | NHL Releases 2014 Sustainability Report
The National Hockey League (NHL) this week released its 2014 NHL Sustainability Report, the first such report by a major sports league in North America.
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5:21 PM | Don't scrap Europe's chief scientific adviser
Groups opposed to genetically modified crops want the European Commission to drop its chief science adviser. Bad idea, says science advocate Síle Lane
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5:20 PM | Patent Trolling Is Worse Than Any Other Time in History
It's the tech world's version of ambulance chasing: firms that earn money by asserting patent rights against other companies, without manufacturing any useful products of their own. And, according to the latest numbers, the economic burden of patent lawsuits is now unprecedented in U.S. history.Read more...
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5:19 PM | Striking out on my own
This post is many months in coming, yet I know I will not be able to give it the kind of attention I would like. I am leaving Scientific American.  There is no mystery to the reasons. SciAm hasn’t... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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5:17 PM | Logarithms celebrate their 400th birthday
Four centuries ago, John Napier provided human calculators a faster way to multiply ContextHistory of Science by Tom Siegfried 4:00pm, July 25, 2014 Before modern-day calculators, slide rules were used to perform calculations. John Napier’s development of logarithms, published 400 years ago, provided the principle that made slide rules possible.xddorox/Flickr (CC BY […]
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5:17 PM | Clients, not customers
Are students customers, or are they just students? Perhaps there's a third way -- to think of them as clients, and faculty as consultants.
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5:17 PM | These trees don’t mind getting robbed
Wild ThingsPlants,Animals,Ecology by Sarah Zielinski 1:41pm, July 25, 2014 Purple sunbirds rarely consume the nectar of a desert teak flower through its opening (right), preferring to rob the flowers by piercing through the base (left). V.K. Singh et al/PLOS ONE 2014Plants don’t make flowers just to make me happy, and they don’t make nectar just to feed bees, hummingbirds and […]
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5:15 PM | Deals: Marvel Cinematic Universe, 75 Years of Batman, Munchkin
Six films and a Tesseract. $130 today. [ Marvel Cinematic Universe]Read more...
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5:12 PM | orangethoughtbubble: The Princeton University Art of Science...
Watermarks by Sara Sadri (postdoctoral researcher) Water can erode rock, carve through cliffs, and sculpt sand. Water moving back and forth on the Atlantic coast created this intricate pattern. Fungus among us by James S. Waters (postdoctoral researcher) I photographed this microscopic view of an unidentified species of Rhizopus fungus growing on debris within a lab-reared colony of ants. Portrait of the artist in the air shower by Yasmin Afsar (graduate student) Here, the artist […]
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5:10 PM | Watch Jack Black Face Off Against Goosebumps' Slappy The Dummy
During the Goosebumps movie presentation at San Diego Comic-Con, Jack Black brought out the film's real star: Slappy the Dummy. Together, they did a ventriloquist routine on stage... one that didn't end well for Black.Read more...
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5:08 PM | The Amazing Festival of Curiousity
The Festival of Curiosity is just super! Public engagement and public enthusiasm for science on a grand scale. @smomara1 awesome @festofcuriosity who knew you could stop yourself from gagging… And sneezing— Lynn Scarff (@lscarff) July 24, 2014 Have a blast @joeboating @shanedbergin … Continue reading →
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5:06 PM | Anti-inflammatory drug prevents neuron loss in Parkinson’s model
Promising research recently published in Journal of Parkinson's Disease The post Anti-inflammatory drug prevents neuron loss in Parkinson’s model appeared first on Lab Land.
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5:05 PM | Tiny Little Crises.
Jesus I’m tired of myself. I’m tired of wanting to be right. Tired of wanting people to agree with me. Tired of arguing and striving. I’m doing it completely wrong. All of it. When I first got sober, there was an enormous relief that I felt in so many things. Relief that I didn’t have […]
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5:02 PM | The New Oil Patch: Rail Lines in Albany and Elsewhere
The oil boom in the West is creating traffic jams of oil trains in New York's Hudson Valley.
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5:00 PM | Google X’s “Baseline Study” applies big data techniques to healthcare
Google's newest moonshot hopes to turn healthcare from reactive to proactive.
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5:00 PM | Genetic Modification May Lead To Mildew Resistant Barley
In Australia, annual barley production is second only to wheat, with 7-8 million tons grown per year. Powdery mildew is one of the most important diseases of barley and a new project has opened the way for the development of new lines of barley with resistance to powdery mildew. University of Adelaide Senior Research Scientist Dr. Alan Little and colleagues have discovered the composition of special growths on the cell walls of barley plants that block the penetration of the fungus into the […]
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5:00 PM | "The Tolling Of Pavlov's Bells": An Excerpt From Our Sci-Fi Special Issue
"The Tolling of Pavlov's Bells" by Seanan McGuire Illustration by Lisa Kay This is an excerpt from Popular Science's special issue, Dispatches From The Future. Visit iTunes to download the edition onto your iPad, or return to our list of excerpts. POINT OF INFECTION +61 DAYS I suppose there are things one can only learn through experience; the fever is coming on faster than I had expected, making it difficult to organize my thoughts.  In the distance, I can hear them […]
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5:00 PM | Urban growth: bio-bricks offer a whiff of the future
The latest addition to the New York skyline is more than a smelly oddity: bricks made from corn stalks and mushrooms could be used to build disaster relief shelters
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4:53 PM | The Science of Cats
The Science of Cats TWEET IT – http://clicktotweet.com/cMb3K CATS!!!! Written and created by Mitchell Moffit (twitter @mitchellmoffit) and Gregory Brown (twitter @whalewatchmeplz). TWITTER: http://www.twitter.com/AsapSCIENCE FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/AsapSCIENCE Mitchell Moffit http://www.mitchellmoffit.com http://www.twitter.com/mitchellmoffit http://www.facebook.com/mitchellmoffit Gregory Brown http://www.gregorybrownart.tumblr.com http://www.twitter.com/whalewatchmeplz
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4:51 PM | Member of Parliament Tredinnick is saying silly stuff again
Oh. My. Goodness. Can I tell you that I am elated to see that not just the U.S. has politicians that totally misunderstand how the world works? BBC News – Astrology-loving MP seeks health answers in the stars. David Tredinnick said he had spent 20 years studying astrology and healthcare and was convinced it could… Source: Doubtful News
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4:50 PM | How did life begin? I’ve been thinking a lot...
How did life begin? I’ve been thinking a lot about abiogenesis this week, the process of life arising from non-life, that oh-so-important series of events that occurred here on Earth about 3.5 billion years ago. (If you’re wondering “Does this mean he’s making a video about it?” the answer is yes!) Scientists have a fair amount of information about how that might have occurred on the level of geology (terrestrial and extraterrestrial), chemistry, and […]
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4:50 PM | Immunity, cancer, inflammation,B cells and senescence
In an important recent research the scientists mutated a strain of the single-celled parasite Toxoplasma gondii, a parasite able to activate the natural power of the immune system and to reprogramme it to kill cancer cells. The scientists created a … Continue reading →
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4:47 PM | Eugene Lim: Colliding Universes
Cosmologist Eugene Lim is pulled into another world when he goes to help teach after the earthquake in Haiti. One day, Eugene Lim decided to dump his Mech Eng. degree to do physics for a living. So he went and obtained a PhD in astronomy at the University of Chicago, advised by someone who does not have a degree in physics. He is currently at Kings College, London.
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4:46 PM | Interview: Ross Campbell
We here at LITC were pleasantly surprised by Ross Campbell's art in the recent Turtles in Time #1, which depicted all of its prehistoric creatures with various feathery coverings (including, presciently enough, the ornithischians.) When it turned out that Ross Campbell is active on Deviantart, well, that was too tempting an opportunity to resist. I reached out with a few questions, and he was kind of enough to reply.So how did you end up on the Turtles in Time creative team? Did you have […]
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4:45 PM | Chandra's X-Ray Supernova Remnant Stunners: Photos
To celebrate 15 years in orbit, NASA has release new, mind-blowing views of the Chandra X-ray observatory's most famous supernova remnants.
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4:44 PM | Mysterious Tiles from a Time When Art and Science Were Friends
Forces in society of late have lots of us longing for the days of the Enlightenment, smallpox, powdered wigs, ridiculously uncomfortable clothing and all. It must have been nice to live in an era... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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4:41 PM | A Campaign Of Hatred Against Child & Parent
Parental alienation destroys the parent-child bond.
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