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April 16, 2014

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5:05 PM | Toddlers ‘surprisingly sophisticated’ at understanding unfamiliar accents
A new University of Toronto study has found that by […]
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5:05 PM | Outta nowhere! Russian “ghost car” encounter
The Top Gear folks posted this video on their site. It looks like a car mysteriously appears from no where to nearly cause an accident. But here’s a case where the comments to the story are very useful. Are there ghost cars in Russia? – BBC Top Gear. Yes, it appears that Mother Russia now… Source: Doubtful News
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5:04 PM | pbsdigitalstudios: Time for spring cleaning! Dust yourself off...
pbsdigitalstudios: Time for spring cleaning! Dust yourself off and sci again while learning the science behind dust: Oh, PBSDS, you are so punny. I forgot to mention that I think this might be the prettiest video thumbnail I’ve ever made.
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5:00 PM | The science behind the benefits of mindfulness
“I feel like I should try meditating with everyone talking about it.” These were the words that came out of my classmate’s mouth as we discussed the science behind mindfulness. What he went on to express is the sentiment that I’ve... Read More ›
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5:00 PM | G352.7-0.1: Sweeping Supernovas
This space photograph shows a 2200-year-old supernova remnant that is sweeping up a remarkable amount of material - enough to make 45 Suns!
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4:59 PM | Today on New Scientist
All the latest on newscientist.com: quantum-coded texts, digital mirrors, a polypill for heart disease and more
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4:57 PM | HIV+ women respond well to HPV vaccine
HIV-positive women respond well to a vaccine against the human […]
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4:56 PM | Cancer drugs block dementia-linked brain inflammation
A class of drugs developed to treat immune-related conditions and […]
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4:54 PM | Criminal gang connections mapped via phone metadata
Information about who suspects call and when is helping police work out who is linked to which crimes and even their place in the criminal hierarchy
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4:49 PM | White Sturgeon (Acipenser transmontanus)
What simplicity and gentleness this scene sings. As children, we are often told that we have outgrown something. A toy or a book that is no longer suitable, because we are too old for […]
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4:49 PM | A Treatment for Chemophobia
Guest Blog By Festival X-STEM Speaker and Expo Performer  Dr. Joe Schwarcz “Hey, aren’t you somebody?” the teenager queried as I got into the elevator. While I was pondering an appropriate answer to this deeply philosophical question, his crony spilled the beans: “Yeah, he’s that guy who talks about chemistry on TV.” This was just…
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4:47 PM | Swirling red nebula is part of angry chicken in the sky
A crucible of bright stars illuminates a nebula in glowing red hydrogen that would normally be too faint for the human eye to see
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4:45 PM | Excitons' motions captured in images
Scientists have observed how quasiparticles called excitons move.
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4:39 PM | Take a look at SciDev.Net’s scoop on what Plantwise is doing with mobile
SciDev.Net, an online magazine aiming to ‘bring science and development together through news and analysis’, covers the work that Plantwise are doing with mobile in Kenya. It reports on how Plantwise’s mobile initiative is using new technologies to deliver good scientific information to agricultural extension workers in developing countries. This information aims to assist extension workers as they advice farmers […]
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4:23 PM | NASA, DRL to Test Alternative Aviation Fuels
The German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) has entered into an agreement with NASA to conduct a series of joint research flights aimed at testing alternative aviation fuels. Read more »
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4:19 PM | Giant South American Bird On The Run In The U.K.
Giant South American Bird On The Run In The U.K. : The Two-Way : NPR. Source: Doubtful News
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4:18 PM | Crocodiles vs. Alligators If you’re staring imminent...
Crocodiles vs. Alligators If you’re staring imminent death in the face, it’s best to know which genus and species is staring back. Sadly, does not feature actual footage of crocodiles versus alligators, but I’ll let that slide. Also, The Brain Scoop got a makeover! Do you love it? I love it. A great show just got greater. We’re all gonna have to step up our game to keep up with you, Emily
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4:16 PM | Polyester - Now Made From Cork
On the scale of earth-friendly materials, most people don't think of polyester but scientists are figuring out how to extract a natural, waterproof, antibacterial version of it from...cork.Writing in Biomacromolecules, Cristina Silva Pereira and colleagues explain that polyesters are ubiquitous in modern life, and for good reason. Their durability and other traits make them ideal for use in cushioning and insulating materials, in liquid crystal displays, holograms, filters, and as a […]
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4:15 PM | Put A Camera On Your Eyeball
Contact Lens On An Eyeball Antonio Calossi via Wikimedia Commons What's cooler than Google Glass? Almost anything, really, but something that is both cooler and smaller and still eyeball-centric is a patent for a camera-containing contact lens, filed by Google in late 2012. The patent was published March 27.  Sensors on the contact lens would detect blinks and respond to commands based on those blinks. The camera sits below the pupil on the contact, so it shouldn't […]
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4:14 PM | Future Nokia phones could send quantum-coded texts
A new system allows you to carry a quantum cryptographical key generator in your cellphone – and has already been patented by phone-maker Nokia
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4:10 PM | theparisreview: “Jump off the cliff and build your wings on the...
theparisreview: “Jump off the cliff and build your wings on the way down.” The secret of life and love, according to Ray Bradbury. (via) "[Ray] makes the future now by the way he writes and by his awareness of… vitality." Yes, yes he does. I could watch this every day. Simply brilliant stuff from Mr. Bradbury. Accompany this with Ray reading his beautiful poem “If Only We Had Taller Been” alongside Carl Sagan and Arthur C. Clarke…
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4:09 PM | Science Buddies Success Story a Finalist in Global Challenge with Girls in STEM Project
A few year ago, Laura did a science project on bacteria and water bottles. Today, she is a finalist in a global challenge and encouraging other girls to get excited about STEM!
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4:07 PM | Do Video Abstracts Increase the Impact of Scholarly Articles?
A recent paper published in the Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication by Scott Spicer attempts to get at this question. I’ve been waiting for someone to conduct just such an analysis. Most scientists hope that their scholarly publications will be … Continue reading →
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4:01 PM | The Negev wildflower post
MITZPE RAMON, ISRAEL–Today I worked in the Jurassic of Makhtesh Gadol and the Triassic of Makhtesh Ramon. A highlight was that I was joined by Yael Leshno, an Israeli master’s student on her way to a paleontology career. She was very good at finding crinoid parts in the Matmor Formation. Otherwise it was a dusty, […]
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4:00 PM | Live Below the Line Challenge with Claire Knowlton
Categories: ActivismTags: Do Better Challengelive below the linepovertyI meet a lot of inspiring people and sometimes when I’m really lucky they come over to my art studio, eat vegan cake with me and let me photograph them. This was one of those times. My friend Carrie Poppy introduced me to a really cool woman by the name of Claire Knowlton. Claire does a lot of activism and she has thought deeply on where to put her efforts. During the last week of April she is participating in The Live […]
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3:59 PM | The Bearding
How is variation maintained in populations? This is a bit of a poser for evolutionary theory, especially in the realm of sexual selection. If males or females of a certain type always score highest in contests of mate choice, genes … Continue reading →
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3:52 PM | A Month of Math, Magic and Mystery
Haven’t got the Math Awareness Month bug yet? Here are three teasers to get you started: 1. What read the same right side up and upside down, and combine mathematics, art, and language? Ambigrams, of... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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3:47 PM | From Finland To Asia, Slaves Were Big Business
If you were a blonde girl or boy captured in a raid a few hundred years ago, you were an exotic luxury item so valuable it was worthwhile to transport you to far-away markets in Asia. Slave-trading was so common the routes stretched from Finland, the Russian Karelia and the Baltic Countries all the way to the Caspian Sea and central Asia. Finland to Asia? Rarely, of course. Only the largest merchants, with a buyer already in place, would hire gangs from the Volga to capture people and then […]
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3:45 PM | Eastman advertising chemicals in 1963
I didn't know Analytical Chemistry ran ads back in the day.
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3:45 PM | First Red Blood Cells Made From Adult Cells Ready For Human Transfusions
Red Blood Cells A mass of our most common type of blood cell. Annie Cavanagh, Wellcome Images One team of researchers has created red blood cells that are ready to go into human study volunteers. When the clinical trial testing the cells' safety starts, it will be the first time humans have ever received red blood cells made from adult cells, according to the Wellcome Trust, the project's funder. The cells are made from skin cells taken from a human donor. Researchers have long been […]
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