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October 30, 2014

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3:05 PM | One more thing to worry about
That's just swell! The universe could end any time, although the odds are rather low really, but still what a thing to stay awake at night worrying about. After figuring out that the universe was expanding, cosmologists wondered if the universe would end in a Big Crunch, sort of a reverse of the Big Bang, or in a Big Chill, expanding outward forever.  Then the discovery, sort of, of Dark Energy suggested that the universe would end in some sort of particle decay, a Big Rip, something that […]
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3:03 PM | Zaraapelta nomadis: New Armored Dinosaur Discovered in Mongolia
Paleontologists have discovered a new genus and species of ankylosaur that roamed what is now the Gobi Desert in Mongolia during the Upper Cretaceous, between 100.5 and 66 million years ago. The new dinosaur is named Zaraapelta nomadis. It belongs to Ankylosauridae, a family of herbivorous dinosaurs with armored plates on their back. The genus [...]
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3:00 PM | What Would I Be? Sir Oxford Comma
National Blog Posting Month – September 2014 – Crunch Prompt – If you had unlimited resources and artistic skills, what would you want to be for Halloween? —— Given that I’m an avid costumer, one would think this would be … Continue reading →
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3:00 PM | Monthly News Roundup - October 2014
The Monthly News Roundup is a podcast that reviews this month's news in astronomy and space science.  It's aimed at the general public, so give it a listen and see what's new! Subscribe to the podcast In this episode of the Monthly News Roundup, astronomy pushes the boundaries of exploration both on Earth and in space.  A chance encounter yields dividends and new observations deepen a cosmic mystery.
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3:00 PM | What a Blaster Bolt Would Look Like in Real Life
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2:59 PM | What is Green Chemistry?
Green chemistry – sometimes called sustainable chemistry – is not so much a field of chemistry dealing with a particular type of chemicals (like organic and inorganic chemistry) or looking at properties and structure (like analytical chemistry). Green chemistry is more a philosophical approach to how researchers and engineers develop their work. Green chemistry followers [...]
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2:59 PM | Haldane’s Sieve
This week we have a guest post by Graham Coop and Joe Pickrell. Here, Graham [GC] and Joe [JKP] answer a few questions we had about the development and future of their blog, Haldane’s Sieve. If you’re interested in population genetics … Continue reading →
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2:50 PM | The Uproar Over the New Samaritans Radar Twitter App
Ed: We invited Mark Brown (@markoneinfour) to share the perspective from the Twitterverse on a new Twitter app released yesterday by the UK charity, the Samaritans, meant to help people who express suicidal words on Twitter. We also asked the Samaritans for their response to the concerns expressed within this article, but they did not […]
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2:49 PM | Wayne Farms slammed by OSHA for gaming system on poultry worker injuries
After more than a decade, OSHA used its "general duty clause" to issue citations to a poultry processing firm for ergonomic hazards.
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2:45 PM | Explainers: The Women of ISIS
What's causing hundreds of women to join ISIS, a group that holds abominable views about females? Tara examines some of the reasons women join the terrorist group.
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2:45 PM | Throwback Thursday: 11 Amazing Costume Ideas From The PopSci Archives
Diving For Gold Diggers Popular Science Forget disco chic, or flower power-era costumes. Here are 11 truly retro Halloween costume ideas from our archives. This Throwback Thursday, we bring you the most eerie and wacky outfits to ever grace the pages of Popular Science.
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2:44 PM | Setting Self-Compassionate Boundaries
This week my friend and favorite blogger Therese Borchard wrote a powerful piece about self-compassion and setting boundaries. The whole piece is a must-read. But it’s these words that struck me, because they’re all too familiar: Only in the safe place of therapy did I discover that much of my rescuing others had more to […]
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2:44 PM | Peritoneal Carcinosis and HIPEC: A second chance for patients, thanks to animal research
When we hear the phrase ‘animal research’ we tend to think about the development of new drugs for the clinical practice, or studying molecular pathways involved in the progression of disease; but we must also remember that the techniques used … Continue reading →
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2:43 PM | Resumen de la edición Alan Turing del Carnaval de Matemáticas
Terminó la semana del Carnaval de Matemáticas y aquí tenéis a Alan Turing, que está leyéndose las 31 historias que se han enviado y los más de 150 microrrelatos:   ZTFnews inició el Carnaval con el infinito de las matemáticas, y les damos infinitas gracias por las 6 historias que ha enviado. Gaussianos nos ha […]
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2:42 PM | All The Ebola News Not Fit To Print
      # 9266   Earlier this week a `fake’ news story made the rounds of Twitter and Facebook, suggesting that students at an Elementary school in Olanthe, Kansas had been infected with the Ebola virus.   When I was first alerted to the story, I did a quick search, found the offending article, and quickly determined it was fake.   Unfortunately, the story did what it was intended to to – it went `viral’ – and […]
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2:38 PM | US Wildlife Bans On GMOs And Neonics Lack Transparency And Scientific Rationale
By Val Giddings, Genetic Literacy ProjectWith little fanfare, last summer the U.S. Fish  &  Wildlife Service announced it would formally ban the use of seeds treated with neonicotinoid pesticides, (a newer, safer generation of seed treatments to protect against pests) and the use of crops improved through biotechnology throughout the fish and wildlife refuge system. read more
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2:31 PM | Now That People Are Thinking About Ebola Vaccines, Pay More Attention To Measles
Measles is one of the most contagious of vaccine-preventable diseases, with the average person with measles capable of infecting 12-18 people if susceptible, and the contagiousness of measles infection highlights gaps in vaccination in the United States that have appeared over the last decade, because of skepticism about childhood vaccination in coastal states like California and Oregon and Washington. In those states, otherwise educated people worry that vaccines may cause autism and would […]
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2:30 PM | The Risks And Rewards Of Two Popular Gastric Bypass Procedures
A recent study compared two of the most commonly performed bariatric surgery procedures. There are tradeoffs between the two surgical approaches in potential risks and benefits and so there has been an ongoing debate about which can achieve weight loss, with conflicting results in systematic reviews.  The two procedures were laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB) and adjustable gastric banding (AGB). The result was that RYGB resulted in much greater weight loss than AGB but had […]
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2:30 PM | Con la matematica si corre meglio
Un runner che punti sull’allenamento e su una dieta sana ha indubbiamente già adottato dei validi metodi per migliorare le proprie prestazioni sulla pista. Ma potrebbe considerare anche dell'altro per raggiungere un'ottima performance: la matematica. È quanto suggeriscono, in uno studio pubblicato su Siam Journal on Applied Mathematics, due ricercatori del Centre national de la recherche scientifique (Cnrs) di Parigi, secondo i quali le equazioni differenziali […]
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2:28 PM | Not Even Trying To Hide It
Via TPM – Lindsay Graham (R-Who Can We Bomb Today) tells the one true beating heart of the GOP exactly what it wants to hear.  Speaking to the all-male, seemingly all-pale Hibernian Society fo Charleston SC, the Senator forgot a fundamental truth of modern politics:  there is no such thing as a private speech anymore.  […]
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2:26 PM | Maybe something is lost in translation: 4-year-old’s death a misadventure
Kids dying from foodborne illness hits me like a punch in the gut. After following illnesses and outbreaks for 15 years I still take pause to think about my kids when I see a tragic story involving children. Outbreaks rarely … Continue reading →
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2:25 PM | Trick-or-Treating With Predators: Who is the Candy Bar of the Prairie?
Predators trick-or-treating across the northern plains are on the look out for their favorite full-sized candy bar. In a new video released this week, hear from our American Prairie Reserve biologists, Kyran and Damien, as they talk about the crucial role that these miniature snacks play in the larger ecosystem. Watch as hungry badgers go door to door —…
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2:25 PM | The Fish That Inspired a Woman to Help Save a Species
Shana Miller was fresh out of college in 1998 when she came face-to-face with one of the fastest fish in the sea. She and her friends battled for three hours to haul a 154-pound bluefin tuna aboard their boat off the Maryland coast. And when she finally looked the creature in the eye, she felt…
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2:24 PM | Mr Turner | review
At the risk of sounding incredibly pretentious there is a scene in Mr Turner that reminded me of Oscar Wilde’s remark in The Picture of Dorian Gray that the emotions of people you don’t care about seem ridiculous. At one point in Mike Leigh’s latest, Timothy Spall, playing the famous British artist, bursts into a […] The post Mr Turner | review appeared first on HeadStuff.
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2:24 PM | Solar Tree Provides Power and Shade
The eTree converts sunlight into useful energy for public spaces. Continue reading →
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2:14 PM | Birds May Inspire Running Robots of the Future
In preparation for building better running robots, researchers have made useful discoveries about some of nature's most energy efficient bipeds – running birds.The forces at work when a turkey hops over an obstacle(Oregon State University)Running birds have an impressive ability to run while minimizing energy cost, avoiding falls or injuries, and maintaining speed and direction. Researchers at Oregon State University have been trying to discover exactly how the birds do it."Birds appear […]
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2:11 PM | Two-Sentence Scary Lab Stories
Your bloggers at Promega Connections like Halloween. In the past we have reviewed our top scary blogs and provided lists of things to do with pumpkins and suggestions for what to do when you have too much leftover Halloween candy. This year we are jumping on the 2-sentence horror story bandwagon with a twist: the […]
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2:07 PM | "No one uses IR anymore" !?!
Fellow blogger Derek Lowe normally writes a pretty good post, but on more than one occasion - especially when it is something related to polymers - he falls short. Today he wrote:"...even good old IR, which no one uses much any more..." It's not the first time he has bashed IR. Consider "Fellow chemists, raise your hands: Who's taken an IR spectrum in the last six months?" or "I know, for example, that hardly anyone takes IR spectra any more." or "It still does some things very well...but as […]
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2:00 PM | Your Body is Worth Getting to Know
I was in my late 20′s, and well into my struggles with anorexia and bulimia, before I began to perceive a tangible difference between “my body” and “me.” After so many years of casually speaking about “my body,” “my mind,” “my heart,” “my spirit,” I finally started to wonder just who the “my” was who […]
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2:00 PM | The Two Sides of TFA: An Internal Memo Shows the Teacher Group's Defensiveness Over a Story About How it Changed in the Face of Criticism
EDITOR’S NOTE: Last year, The Hechinger Report published a story about a group of idealistic young Teach For America recruits who arrived in Seattle hoping to start jobs teaching in some of the city’s most struggling schools. Many of them remained unemployed, however, because Seattle didn’t really need more teachers. In fact, the district had an oversupply: “13,800 teachers had applied for just 352 full- and part-time positions,” Alexandra Hootnick reported in her […]
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