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October 30, 2014

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8:40 PM | Obamas Head To Connecticut As Tight Governor's Race Nears Close
Incumbent Dannel Malloy and Republican rival Tom Foley are neck and neck; the race is so close that both the president and first lady will visit the state in the next few days. NPR's Melissa Block talks to Hartford Courant political reporter Daniela Altimari about the race.
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8:39 PM | Breakthrough in microring laser cavities
A significant breakthrough in laser technology has been reported by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)'s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and the University of California (UC) Berkeley. Subject:  Technology
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8:38 PM | A Heart Risk in Drinking Water
Even trace amounts of arsenic in drinking water may increase the risk of heart disease, researchers have found.
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8:35 PM | Sorry, we will not all be having sex with robots in the future
What robot sex enthusiasts forget is that there's far more to sex than the mechanical act. Subject:  Robotics
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8:35 PM | The Campaign That Seems More Crime Drama Than Congressional Race
When he was an undercover FBI agent, Michael Grimm adopted the persona of "Mikey Suits" to catch alleged mobsters. Now a congressman from Staten Island, Grimm is the target of tax evasion charges.
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8:34 PM | Watchdog Says Feds Shouldn't Have Let Man Take Grenade Parts To Mexico
The case, in which agents watched a man to go through with potentially illegal, is reminiscent of the gun-walking scandal that plagued the ATF for years.
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8:31 PM | It’s those beta-glucans! RT @HuffPostGr
It’s those beta-glucans! RT @HuffPostGreen: 5 reasons to eat more oatmeal http://t.co/x6JrpMMgYrFiled under: Uncategorized
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8:31 PM | It’s those beta-glucans! RT @HuffPostGr
It’s those beta-glucans! RT @HuffPostGreen: 5 reasons to eat more oatmeal http://t.co/x6JrpMMgYrFiled under: Uncategorized
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8:31 PM | The Science of Science Blogging Literature
This morning, Antoine Blanchard tweeted to me a SUPERB list of scholarly articles on science blogging! @FromTheLabBench Here is a comprehensive list of references on science blogging should you need it http://t.co/eyGsdq4dE7 #MySciBlog — Antoine Blanchard (@Enroweb) October 30, 2014 I thought I'd re-create his list here, with links to the full-texts that I could find. I've also included a few of my own citations. This list should be helpful to anyone studying the science of […]
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8:31 PM | The Science of Science Blogging Literature
This morning, Antoine Blanchard tweeted to me a SUPERB list of scholarly articles on science blogging! @FromTheLabBench Here is a comprehensive list of references on science blogging should you need it http://t.co/eyGsdq4dE7 #MySciBlog — Antoine Blanchard (@Enroweb) October 30, 2014 I thought I'd re-create his list here, with links to the full-texts that I could find. I've also included a few of my own citations. This list should be helpful to anyone studying the science of […]
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8:31 PM | The Science of Science Blogging Literature
This morning, Antoine Blanchard tweeted to me a SUPERB list of scholarly articles on science blogging! @FromTheLabBench Here is a comprehensive list of references on science blogging should you need it http://t.co/eyGsdq4dE7 #MySciBlog — Antoine Blanchard (@Enroweb) October 30, 2014 I thought I'd re-create his list here, with links to the full-texts that I could find. I've also included a few of my own citations. This list should be helpful to anyone studying the science of […]
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8:19 PM | Neuroscientists Break into the Brain to Expose Its Workings
The brain is a dazzlingly complex web of somewhere around 100 billion neurons, each of which communicates with others through thousands of connections. The idea of manipulating such a complex system... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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8:16 PM | Three New Species of Skinks Discovered in Australia
Australian scientists have described three new lizard species, hidden from humans for millions of years in remote areas of the country. One of the three new species, the Cape Melville Rainbow Skink (Carlia wundalthini), belongs to a skink genus found in Australia, New Guinea and the Wallacea region of Southeast Asia. The other two, the [...]
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8:11 PM | Big Pic: China's Lunar Spacecraft Snaps Trippy Pic Of The Moon And Earth
Role Reversal Xinhua On its trip around the Moon this week, China’s lunar test probe, Chang’e 5TI, snapped this mind-bending image of the Earth and its satellite, putting the objects in a unique perspective. The photo is taken from just beyond lunar orbit, and it gives the illusion that the Moon is actually the more sizable of the two, and that Earth is the tiny orbiter. The unmanned Chang’e 5TI is meant to test atmospheric re-entry technologies that […]
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8:05 PM | Mutiny on Apollo 7 - It Happened in Space №22 In space,...
Mutiny on Apollo 7 - It Happened in Space №22 In space, there’s not much gravity to help your mucus drain. That fact led to some grumpy astronauts who rebelled against mission control’s orders. More info:http://news.discovery.com/space/history-of-space/near-mutiny-on-apollo-7-cold-stempers-marred-mission-131023.htmhttp://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=29252.15 By: Scientific American Space Lab.
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8:00 PM | Smoke without fire: What's the truth on e-cigarettes?
They've been called safe, dangerous, a way to quit smoking – and a way to start. New Scientist sifts through the evidence about e-cigarettes (full text available to subscribers)
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7:56 PM | LightSail Vibration Test Shakes Loose New Problems
LightSail's random vibration test, meant to simulate the stress of an Atlas V rocket launch, shook loose new problems that the team will have to address.
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7:52 PM | EPA Refines Pollution Rules
Last week the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was told by a federal appeals court that it could move forward with implementing a program to curb air pollution that crosses state lines. The Cross State Air Pollution Rule (CASPR) would require 28 states to reduce emissions of nitrogen oxides and sulfur dioxide by power plants.…
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7:49 PM | With Residential Retrofit Scheme, Oakland Enters Next Phase of Quakeproofing
Oakland gains character as well as affordable housing from its stock of small and mid-sized apartment buildings. A retrofit plan is being prepared to strengthen this crucial part of the city's fabric against earthquake damage.
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7:45 PM | Zombies: Science Fiction vs. Fact
Well in the spirit of Halloween I thought I would make a nice little zombie post. Zombies, those brain loving little guys, [and girls] are everywhere. From shows like The Walking […]

Lafferty KD (2006). Can the common brain parasite, Toxoplasma gondii, influence human culture?, Proceedings. Biological sciences / The Royal Society, 273 (1602) 2749-55. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17015323

Vyas A, Kim SK, Giacomini N, Boothroyd JC & Sapolsky RM (2007). Behavioral changes induced by Toxoplasma infection of rodents are highly specific to aversion of cat odors., Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 104 (15) 6442-7. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17404235

Passamonti L, Crockett MJ, Apergis-Schoute AM, Clark L, Rowe JB, Calder AJ & Robbins TW (2012). Effects of acute tryptophan depletion on prefrontal-amygdala connectivity while viewing facial signals of aggression., Biological psychiatry, 71 (1) 36-43. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21920502

Thomas, F., Schmidt-Rhaesa, A., Martin, G., Manu, C., Durand, P. & Renaud, F. (2002). Do hairworms (Nematomorpha) manipulate the water seeking behaviour of their terrestrial hosts?, Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 15 (3) 356-361. DOI: 10.1046/j.1420-9101.2002.00410.x

W. Wesołowska T. Wesołowski (2014). Do Leucochloridium sporocysts manipulate the behaviour of their snail hosts?, Journal of Zoology , 292 (3) 151-155. Other:

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7:38 PM | Medicare Concedes, Agrees To Pay For Woman's Home Health Care
A 78-year-old Vermont woman has won the latest skirmish in her long-running battle with Medicare. The agency agreed to pay for home health care coverage even though she remains disabled.
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7:32 PM | Mesozoic Miscellany 67
The Big News: Mega-Freaky Deinocheirus editionThe publication of new Deinocheirus mirificus material, finally fleshing out the body that was attached to those enormous arms, made a huge splash last week. Or, I should say, finally officially fleshing it out. We've known about the new Deinocheirus in broad strokes in a back-channel, unofficial sense, since last year, after paleontologists and other attendees of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology's 2013 meeting had a peek at it. It only took […]
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7:30 PM | These Charts Reveal Whether More Income Really Would Make You Happier
Does having more money automatically make people happier? We know a little about how that works (and doesn't work) on an individual level, but what happens when we're talking not just about individuals, but about the happiness of entire countries?Read more...
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7:30 PM | White noise for your nose cancels pungent aromas
By combining compounds in just the right mixture, researchers have worked out how to produce the olfactory equivalent of white noise
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7:27 PM | The Place Where Rutherford B. Hayes Is A Really Big Deal
The 19th U.S. president didn't leave much of a legacy at home. But in Paraguay, he's a hero, credited with helping save the nation after a disastrous war with its South American neighbors.
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7:25 PM | Your Brain's Reaction To Gross Images Can Predict Your Political Views
Past studies have shown that people who self-identify as politically conservative are more likely to experience involuntary physiological responses to disgusting images. Now, researchers have taken things a step further by using brain scans to predict test subjects' political leanings with freakishly high accuracy.Read more...
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7:23 PM | Pet trade likely responsible for killer salamander fungus
As if amphibians weren't facing enough—a killer fungal disease, habitat destruction, pollution, and global warming—now scientists say that a second fungal disease could spell disaster for dozens, perhaps hundreds, of species. A new paper finds that this disease has the potential to wipe out salamanders and newts across Europe, the Middle East, North Africa, and the Americas.
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7:22 PM | Game Theory: When Are Groups Social? Or Insufferable?
Humans are primarily social creatures - Thoreau may have pretended he wanted to sit among nature by himself and write a book but he was in a house built by someone else, paid for by someone else, with clothes made by someone else, and writing a book that would be published by someone else. People band together in groups to be stronger - about causes or for actual defense. How to prompt people to become social rather than anti-social is one of the central goals of game theory. read m
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7:21 PM | Geo 730: October 30, Day 668: Panoramic Cross Beds
There's quite a lot going on in this photo of the base of Elephant rock at Seal Rock State Park. Directly below the lens cap (52 mm diameter) is a bundle of simple laminar beds, then below that is the featured feature, so to speak, a beautiful set off cross-bedded layers. In that set, below and a bit to the left of the lens cap is an example of soft sediment deformation; I'd call that a ball-and-pillow structure. In that same horizon, but about halfway between directly below the lens cap and […]
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7:20 PM | Researchers Have Just Found A Better Way To Edit DNA
Sorry CRISPR, but there's a new genomic editor in town — and this one's better than you. It's a new approach to site-specific gene targeting that will allow scientists to safely replace disease-causing genes with functional copies. And they've already used it to relieve the effects of hemophilia in mice.Read more...
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