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September 01, 2014

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1:46 PM | Is Rational Water Management Finally Emerging in Dry California?
California legislators, and farmers, begin to adjust well-drilling practices to suit a drier reality.
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1:43 PM | Melbourne UFO likely a remote-controlled device
As we have seen several examples of this surface, a deliberate hoax using a quadcopter MUST be a primary consideration for UFOs or “unidentified aerial phenomena”. UFO sighting: Flashing lights more adolescent than alien, expert says. A mysterious object with flashing lights spotted hovering over Melbourne’s south-east last night was probably more adolescent than alien… Source: Doubtful News
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1:41 PM | Lubec 2014: per il decennale ospite l’”Europa”
  Dieci anni fa nasceva Lubec, l’evento dedicato ai Beni Culturali, Tecnologia e Turismo. In questi anni si è cercato di dedicare ampio spazio ai beni culturali ed alla promozione del marketing turistico territoriale con ottimi risultati. Con i suoi…Read more →
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1:40 PM | An all-carbon optical diode for photonic computing
Researchers have demonstrated the experimental realization of the first all-carbon optical diode that is ready for scalable integration along with being inherently broadband in operation with no restrictions on polarization or phase-matching criteria. As they show, harnessing the optical properties of graphene-based materials offers an opportunity to create the all-photonic analogs of diodes, transistors, and photonic logic gates that will one day enable construction of the first all-photonic […]
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1:40 PM | How To Get a Bigger Buzz From Upbeat Music
How you can get that beautiful chills-down-the-spine feeling. Dr Jeremy Dean is a psychologist and author of PsyBlog. His latest book is "Making Habits, Breaking Habits: How to Make Changes That Stick" Related articles:10 Magical Effects Music Has On the Mind Why Do We Enjoy Listening to Sad Music? Revealed: The Type of Music That Makes You Feel Most Powerful Making Music Dramatically Improves Young Children’s Behaviour The Simple Mindset That Makes Everyone Happier, All Around […]
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1:38 PM | Pro-Russia Rebels Say They Will Settle For Autonomy In Ukraine
It's a step back from the full independence they were seeking and may reflect a Russian desire to end the crisis, which has led to Moscow's worst ties with the West since the end of the Cold War.
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1:35 PM | Resistant Dialogue
Street garden flowers, likely Allium sp.Overheard at a '50s-style diner, in Big City, USA, between two waiters:"I've been feeling really stuffy and sick lately""Well, you know what I do? I just get a Z-pak""Does it work?""Oh yeah. You only take 6 pills, and you feel great in a few days. Though, sometimes I end up taking two packs"And that, dear readers, explains some of the nagging reasons we now have azithromycin-resistant bacteria.To those in the U.S. - Happy Labor DayTo those in the […]
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1:32 PM | Why coal is (still) worse than fracking and cow burps
Geoscientist Raymond Pierrehumbert argues that carbon dioxide is always worse than shorter-lived pollutants like methane. Continue reading →
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1:25 PM | This month on the Node- August 2014
Here are last month’s highlights! Don’t forget to check our jobs page too.   Research: - Gary wrote about his visit to a particle accelerator to image Xenopus embry0s using X-rays. - Thomas discussed his  paper in Development on the evolution of the development underlying the complex cerebellum found in amniotes. - Milos introduced his blog ‘Creative Morphometrics’, where he […]
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1:23 PM | Quantum chance
Nicolas Gisin explains extraordinary phenomena like teleportation and quantum entanglement.
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1:21 PM | It Might Sound Stupid, But Maybe It Isn't The Economy This Time
An oft-repeated bit of campaign advice held that, "It's the economy, stupid." But maybe in this mid-term election cycle, that's not quite right.
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1:21 PM | It Might Sound Stupid, But Maybe It Isn't The Economy This Time
An oft-repeated bit of campaign advice held that, "It's the economy, stupid." But maybe in this midterm election cycle, that's not quite right.
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1:16 PM | Sansa Stark's portrait in the Uffizi?
Renaissance art is mostly of a religious theme; the rest is portraits of important people. You don't see landscapes except for background details. Some of the frescos in the Uffizi about which they tell you nothing show you much more about the more ordinary life and times. At any rate, a younger relative began the meme of looking for portraits that resemble friends and family members. Thus while never intending to, portraits were being viewed with a new purpose, and much to TPP's surprise there […]
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1:14 PM | My Film Week in Review | 2 | Mistaken For Strangers (& 3 more)
Mistaken For Strangers (2013) Dir. Tom Berninger I’m a late comer to all things The National, and when I was told I would be seeing them play their biggest indie rock hits in the Big Top in Galway this summer I made it my duty to wise up. So when I was told that a […] The post My Film Week in Review | 2 | Mistaken For Strangers (& 3 more) appeared first on HeadStuff.
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1:14 PM | Can Media Use Cause ADHD Symptoms in Children?
Can there be a link between the rising rate of ADHD diagnoses in children and adolescents and the proliferation in fast-paced media aimed at children? Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is characterized by symptoms such as attention problems, hyperactive behaviour, and impulsivity...            Related StoriesDoes Walking Speed Predict Dementia?Can Online Training Help Prevent Sex Assaults?Naming That Tune 
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1:13 PM | Keystone XL: Oil Markets and Emissions
Estimates of the incremental emission effects of individual oil sands projects like the Keystone XL (KXL) pipeline are sensitive to assumptions about the response of world markets and alternative transportation options. A recent Nature Climate Change paper by Erickson and Lazarus concludes that KXL may produce incremental emissions of 0-110 million tonnes of CO2 per year, but the article has provoked some controversy. Comments by industry leaders and the recent shelving of a new bitumen […]
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1:11 PM | Labor Day: Cotton
Happy Labor Day! I hope you are enjoying your day off of work or for those of you still on duty, I hope you are at least thankful for safe working conditions and reasonable pay. While there may not be an official botanical symbol of Labor Day, today’s post will feature cotton as the ultimate […]
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1:10 PM | Field work on the Grinnell Formation at Red Rock Canyon, Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta
Callan's Rockies field course students document faulting and jointing in Red Rock Canyon, Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta.
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1:07 PM | Nanotechnology and big data - the next industrial revolution?
A new report reviews the potential implications of nanotechnology on the safety and performance of engineering assets and the infrastructure on which modern society relies on, finds that nanotechnology will have a far reaching impact on almost every industry including energy, transportation, manufacturing, medical, computing and telecommunications.
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1:05 PM | Quickies: Homeless Women, Anita Sarkeesian, and Rowdy (White) Retirement Communities
Categories: QuickiesOne Woman’s Lessons From Living On The Street – “Susan says life on the streets is a constant battle for all homeless people, but for women it’s particularly hard. On ...(Read more...)
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1:05 PM | Thoughts on travel
The Phactors like travel, but not traveling. To be clear travel is when you are at someplace that is not home; traveling is the act of getting to that someplace. Traveling has become drudgery, a necessary ordeal to get to some place different. Nothing about traveling is fun, and it is often quite stressful. Traveling home is more so because there is no anticipation of going someplace new. Airports must be the most inhumane, uninhabitable, uncomfortable, uninspiring, and ugly places that humans […]
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1:00 PM | Trinitite: The radioactive rock buried in New Mexico before the Atari games
A short story about a strange glass.
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12:58 PM | Dolphin butchering time again in Japan – sparks protest in Phillippines
Dolphin butchering time again in Japan – sparks protest in Phillippines Filipino activists protest in Manila, Philippines at the Japanese embassy against the controversial six-month dolphin hunting… Source: elispiritweaver.wordpress.comFiled under: Nature Conservation
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12:56 PM | Danish committee rejects much of Klarlund Pedersen’s appeal of misconduct findings
The Danish Committees on Scientific Dishonesty (DCSD, Danish acronym UVVU) has partially reversed a December 2013 finding of misconduct against a scientist in Denmark, but has upheld most of its ruling. Bente Klarlund Pedersen, whose case was tied up with that of Milena Penkowa, another scientist in Denmark found guilty of misconduct, committed misconduct in […]
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12:51 PM | Judge Blocks Enforcement Of Louisiana's Abortion Law
The law requires doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges to a nearby hospital. The judge's ruling allows the law to take effect, but doctors who break it won't be penalized.
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12:48 PM | The changing life appearance of dinosaurs
Anyone who knows anything about Mesozoic dinosaurs will be – or certainly should be – familiar with the fact that our view of what these animals looked like in life has changed substantially within... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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12:44 PM | Annabelle: un quadro fotovoltaico ricarica cellulari
E’ stato denominatoAnnabelle il quadro fotovoltaico ideato dallo scienziato e designer giapponeseHiroshi Segawa, docente presso il Centro di ricerca per la Scienza e la Tecnologia Avanzate dell’Università di Tokyo, che ha risposto alla domanda “Le energie rinnovabili possono coniugarsi con la bellezza estetica…Read more →
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12:44 PM | Does Antarctic sea ice growth negate climate change? Scientists say no
Repeating the opinions of climate-change skeptics is as silly as repeating the invasion opinions of Russian troops in Ukraine. Continue reading →
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12:30 PM | Do high voltage power lines cause cancer?
This could be a very short article. I could just write “no, power lines don’t cause cancer"—but that wouldn't explain why so many people believe otherwise. And it won’t help people who are thinking about buying a home that has power lines nearby. So let’s look at this question a bit more closely.For the past century or more, humans have been surrounding ourselves with an ever-growing array of electrical devices. All of these devices create electrical or magnetic […]
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12:28 PM | Tracking the Daily Microbiome
Humans are essentially 90% bacteria. These bacteria pepper our skin and hang out in our digestive tracts, helping to break down complex carbohydrates and keeping bad bugs in check. We know how the human microbiome (our collection of bacteria) gets … Continue reading →

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