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December 20, 2014

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12:39 AM | £25,400 fine for Royal Court Hotel in UK food hygiene fine
A Coventry hotel has been fined £25,400 after pleading guilty to six food hygiene offences. Food safety inspectors found the Royal Court on Tamworth Road, which is owned by Britannia Hotels, failed to wash up dirty room service dishes promptly … Continue reading →
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12:32 AM | Australia: Operation Trident targets illegal seafood trade
Consumers are being urged to avoid stolen seafood this Christmas, with enforcement officers on the beat to stop illegal seafood traders. Department of Primary Industries (DPI) Acting Director Fisheries Compliance, Patrick Tully said Operation Trident is a multi-phase operation targeting … Continue reading →
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12:30 AM | Why Is Venus So Horrible?
Seriously, Venus is the worst. The global temperature is as hot as an oven, the atmospheric pressure is 90 times Earth, and it rains sulfuric acid. Every part of the surface of Venus would kill you dead in moments. But how did it get that way?Read more...
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12:30 AM | "What to Enhance: Behaviour, Emotion or Disposition?"
"What to Enhance: Behavior, Emotion, or Disposition?" by Karim Jebari has been published in the most recent issue of Neuroethics: Abstract As we learn more about the human brain, novel biotechnological means to modulate human behaviour and emotional dispositions become...
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12:00 AM | New featured article in the latest FWS!
Unexpected stoichiometric relationships observed between consumption and nutrient release of stream invertebrate fauna.
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12:00 AM | Why a New Partner Boosts Your Sex Life
Arousal and desire would have evolved to promote the most successful mating strategy. So if having a novel sexual partner produced the greatest number of offspring who survive to procreate, then sexual desire and arousal should be greatest in these situations.

December 19, 2014

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11:53 PM | Video: Ride along with Orion as It Plummets Back to Earth
A new NASA video provides an astronaut's-eye video of the final ten minutes of Orion's test flight.
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11:42 PM | The Reindeer Would Never Actually Work for Santa
It's December and December means reindeer science. It turns out that reindeer actually prefer keeping their distance from people. Good luck hitching them to a sleigh.Read more...
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11:40 PM | UK dog found eating raw meat in illegal Co Armagh meat farm
Pictures of a dog eating raw meatd being prepared for the human food chain in an illegal Co Armagh butchery, have been released by a council. The owner of the premises Benard Muchan of Back Road, Mullaghbawn was arrested when … Continue reading →
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11:35 PM | I’d Never Tell Anyone This, But…
I was 12 years old when my 16-year-old cousin got me alone in a room and started feeling me up. I remember being so shaken and scared. I didn’t know what to do. When I came home, I told my mother. I shall never forget what she said to me: “Stop making up stories. Your […]
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11:33 PM | The great conspiracy against Julius Caesar On March 15th, 44...
The great conspiracy against Julius Caesar On March 15th, 44 BCE, Roman dictator Julius Caesar was assassinated by a group of about 60 of his own senators. Why did these self-titled Liberators want him dead? And why did Brutus, whose own life had been saved by Caesar, join in the plot? Kathryn Tempest investigates the personal and political assassination of Julius Caesar. View full lesson: http://ed.ted.com/lessons/the-great-conspiracy-against-julius-caesar-kathryn-tempest Lesson by Kathryn […]
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11:33 PM | 'Rum, Rumba, And Romance': A Book On Cuba's Enduring Mystique
This week, President Obama announced that he will begin to normalize relations with Cuba. Cuban-American writer Richard Blanco recommends a book about Cuba's imprint on the American imagination.
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11:25 PM | Rapid loss of top predators ‘a major environmental threat’
Recent stories about predator recovery in Europe point out that going into the woods is becoming dangerous. Just a few centuries ago we knew how to guard against large predators, but we gradually eradicated them and lost our cautious habits. I expect that eradication will be our response to the tiniest losses to predators. Continue reading →
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11:20 PM | Climate Change Could Cut Global Food Output 18% By 2050
The world's food supplies will be hit hard by global warming, according to a study published this week in the journal Environmental Research Letters. The study's authors advise investing in irrigation and infrastructure to attenuate this loss, but what's less clear is where these measures should be taken. In fact, we probably won't know for at least 15 years.Read more...
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11:14 PM | maximum likelihood: an introduction
“Basic Principle 0. Do not trust any principle.” L. Le Cam (1990) Here is the abstract of a International Statistical Rewiew 1990 paper by Lucien Le Cam on maximum likelihood. ISR keeping a tradition of including an abstract in French for every paper, Le Cam (most presumably) wrote his own translation [or maybe wrote the […]
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11:09 PM | 500: a year review at chorasimilarity, first half
Personal post triggered by the coincidence of the year’s end and a round number of posts here: 500. I started this year with high hopes about the project described in the article GLC actors, artificial chemical connectomes, topological issues and knots. Louis Kauffman wrote in the introduction some unbelievably nice words about graphic lambda calculus: … Continue reading 500: a year review at chorasimilarity, first half →
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11:03 PM | CEO Says Sony Pictures 'Did Not Capitulate,' Is Exploring Options
Melissa Block talks to Sony Pictures CEO Michael Lynton about the cyber attack against his company and the cancellation of the Christmas Day release of The Interview.
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11:01 PM | How lost memories might be restored
New UCLA research indicates that lost memories can be restored. The findings offer some hope for patients in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease. For decades, most neuroscientists have believed that memories are stored at the synapses -- the connections between brain cells, or neurons -- which are destroyed by Alzheimer's disease. The new study provides evidence contradicting the idea that long-term memory is stored at synapses. Subject:  Brain & Behavior […]
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11:00 PM | Crowdsourcing Written Comment Period Extended.
The USPTO has used crowdsourcing to identify relevant prior art and is conducting a roundtable to discuss the program. Written comments regarding the roundtable has extended the time to submit comments to January 13, 2015. Additional information on both the roundtable event and the submission of written comments is available on the USPTO Web site … Continue reading →
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11:00 PM | ‘Get A Lovely Bust For Christmas’: 1930s Tips For How To Be A Festive Woman
Good Needlwork magazine shows you how to get better bosoms. Image: Dave WhattBy Jo Brewis, University of LeicesterWhen my good friend and long-term collaborator Sam Warren was given a pile of women’s magazines from the 1930s by her grandmother Jane Frampton, we found among them 11 Christmas issues of Good Needlework, Model Housekeeping, The Needlewoman and Stitchcraft. read more
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10:58 PM | Troubled By Grand Jury Verdicts, Students Request More Time For Exams
Students at several law schools say events in Ferguson and New York have left them too upset to study. Others are more concerned about how the extra study time will affect the grading curve.
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10:54 PM | Estevan gets his picture on the wall
In March, President Obama nominated New Mexican Estevan López, who at the time was head of the New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission, to head the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. It was a big deal in a number of ways, not least of which was that, in replacing Mike Connor, López would be the second New Mexican ...Continue reading ‘Estevan gets his picture on the wall’ »
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10:52 PM | Best evolution books for Christmas
This is the time of year for lists: the best this, the most important that, and so on. Just such a list was circulating today on twitter about the best science books of the year, presumably also books you should be buying for Christmas presents. This discussion got me to thinking – what would be the best evolution books for Christmas? I don’t just mean published this year, I mean published in any year but still available. I also don’t mean technical books but rather popular […]
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10:44 PM | Nature vs Nurture
The recent gun attacks in Sydney and Pakistan have cast a shadow as 2014 comes to a close. But they’ve also got me thinking: Is conflict natural for human beings? Wars have been a constant fixture in the news for as long as you or I have been around. In fact, there are cave paintings […]
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10:43 PM | Why Is Venus So Horrible? Venus really sucks. It’s as hot...
Why Is Venus So Horrible? Venus really sucks. It’s as hot as an oven with a dense, poisonous atmosphere. But how did it get that way? By: Fraser Cain. Support: http://www.patreon.com/universetoday
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10:40 PM | Education Department Unveils College Rating Plan
The Education Department Friday released its much-anticipated plan to rate colleges. Starting next school year, the Department will rate more than 5,000 colleges and universities as high-, low- or middle-performing schools. The Education Department wants to measure and then rank schools based on how much it actually costs to attend the school, how many students graduate and find jobs in their field, and whether colleges are admitting enough low and middle-income students. The measures will […]
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10:36 PM | Outbreaks associated with cantaloupe, watermelon, and honeydew in the United States, 1973–2011
Fresh fruits and vegetables are an important part of a healthy diet. Melons have been associated with enteric infections. We reviewed outbreaks reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Foodborne Disease Outbreak Surveillance System during 1973–2011 in which … Continue reading →
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10:35 PM | A First: Amputee Controlling Two Prosthetic Arms
ByThe Toombst   A new advance in medical technology. A Colorado man have become the first amputee controlling two prosthetic arms at the same time. In the last couple of years there have been many advances with prosthetic limbs. Earlier this year I mentioned one such advance, an extremely precise way amputees managed to control an artificial limb to eat a grape and using it for other fine motor skills. Now Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory report a new engineering […]
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10:33 PM | New Zealand watersheds show the dirt on logging and grazing
Grazing animals and logging trees in New Zealand could affect water quality there, according to scientists working to determine how water quality problems in the country relate to land use. The results could help guide water-friendly policy in New Zealand and other parts of the world, according to Jason Julian, a geographer at Texas State University.
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10:32 PM | The Best Books of 2014 as Chosen by Some of Your Favourite Writers
When given the task of picking the best books of 2014 I didn’t realise how vast and daunting a task it would turn out to be… So I scratched my head for a minute and then decided to enlist the help of some experts… So with huge gratitude to my contributors – themselves some of […] The post The Best Books of 2014 as Chosen by Some of Your Favourite Writers appeared first on HeadStuff.
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