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August 27, 2014

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5:00 PM | Supernova find backs dark energy and universe expansion
The first evidence that type Ia supernovae are thermonuclear explosions solidifies one of the cornerstones to the discovery of dark energy
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5:00 PM | Fish reared on land replay the transition to four legs
Unusual fish with lungs have developed walking techniques and bodies like those of the ancestors of four-legged animals after being raised on land
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5:00 PM | Schrödinger's cat caught on quantum film
The patron animal of quantum theory poses for a unique portrait in which the camera and the sitter don't share a single photon – except by entanglement
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5:00 PM | Source of sun's power revealed by ghostly particles
The first detection of neutrinos produced inside the sun confirms that our star is powered by nuclear fusion and has been stable for millions of years
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4:59 PM | Solite excavation, Day 4
Last Saturday we had nice weather for continuing our salvage operation at the Solite Quarry. We were also fortunate to have a lot of additional Triassic expertise, as we were joined by Sterling Nesbitt and Michelle Stocker from Virginia Tech, … Continue reading →
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4:41 PM | New Rule(s): Stop F&%$ing with our Oceans.
Trash in the North Pacific Gyre I mean, have you ever been to Texas? Even on the scale of the North Pacific Ocean, it’s big. And when you double it, it’s nearly twice the size! Killer Whale‘s Family Cries As Orca…
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4:40 PM | A Chart Showing The History Of Ebola Outbreaks In The World
As the Ebola outbreak continues to spread and grow, what can we learn from looking at the history of the disease's spread?Read more...
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4:30 PM | NASA Crams Six Months Of Earth's Surface Activity Into A 6-Second Clip
NASA scientists have released a stunning time-lapse video showing our planet's eastern hemisphere from January 18th to July 25th, 2014. Viewed from this perspective, the Earth is seen as a shimmering, swirling orb of hyperactivity.Read more...
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4:30 PM | Today on New Scientist
All the latest on newscientist.com: controlling your immune system like the iceman, birds A-Z, Napa Valley quake, computers beat human scientists and more
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4:19 PM | Supercomputers make discoveries that scientists can't
No researcher could read all the papers in their field – but machines are making discoveries in their own right by mining the scientific literature
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4:12 PM | Measure Both Elastic and Viscous Properties with AFM
Asylum Research announces the availability of its powerful new nanomechanical imaging technique, AM-FM Viscoelastic Mapping Mode, for its entire line of Cypher and MFP-3D atomic force microscopes. AM-FM Viscoelastic Mapping Mode lets you quickly and gently image viscoelastic properties including storage modulus and loss tangent with nanoscale spatial resolution.
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4:10 PM | Main principles behind animal welfare legislation
The concept of legislation to guard animals’ ‘welfare’ is a particularly new one. Historically, legislation was only passed with regards to mistreating animals publicly, in order to protect the public from witnessing cruel behaviour. Increasingly, however, there has been a move away from legislation with an emphasis on animal cruelty towards protection of animals for their own sake as sentient beings. The development of the new societal welfare ethic...
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4:00 PM | Skynet Needs You.
Skynet, the unseen villain in all the Terminator movies…isn’t what I am writing about. No, this skynet is a global network of computer doing real astronomical research and you can help. By connecting 100s and 1000s of computers together through the Internet, it’s possible to simulate a single machine capable of doing some pretty amazing … Continue reading →
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3:54 PM | The Science of Cats and Dogs
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3:54 PM | A genome is not a blueprint for building a human being, so is there any way to judge whether DNA is junk or not?
Itai Yanai and Martin Lercher in Aeon: Humans are astounding creatures, our unique and highly complex traits encoded by our genome – a vast sequence of DNA ‘letters’ (called nucleotides) directing the building and maintenance of the body and brain....
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3:52 PM | Dumbo Octopus Gives Rare View [Video]
New, stunning video from a deep-sea vehicle reveals a rare view of the Dumbo octopus. Don’t let the name fool you—the Dumbo octopus (Grimpoteuthis) is no dummy. And those protrusions on the... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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3:50 PM | A Historic Experiment Shows Why We Might Not Want to Debate Fanatics
In 1870 a man proved that the Earth was round. He wasn't the first to prove it, and he wasn't even proving anything out of the mainstream. But that didn't keep a fanatic from spending the next 20 years ruining his life.Read more...
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3:49 PM | Fix a Wobbly Table With Math
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3:40 PM | My Kids Need a Velociraptor
Rebecca Groom, creator of Paleoplushies is running a Kickstarter campaign to fund the production of scientifically accurate, poseable velociraptor stuffed animals (aka, plushies in the UK). You have until 28 September to pledge. As of this writing, 79 backers have pledged £3103 of the … Continue reading →
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3:40 PM | Strange Spikes Over Siberia Puzzle Astronauts
Strange spikes in Siberia seen from space have an Earthly explanation.
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3:34 PM | OSRAM Boosts LED Chip Productivity With Nanotechnology
By making use of nanotechnology, OSRAM hopes to produce significantly more LED chips with its existing production plant. OSRAM researchers have for the first time succeeded in manufacturing a so-called '3D nano LED' for white light.
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3:34 PM | This Man Lost Both Arms at Age 10. Now, He’s A World-Famous Pianist (Video)
Liu Wei was born and raised in Beijing, China. When he was 10 years old, Liu had an electrical accident while playing a game of hide and seek with his friends. After 45 days under intensive care, Liu found out that he would be losing both of his arms as a result of the accident. The boy was crushed. But Liu’s mother refused to let him wallow in self-pity. “You are nothing different,” she told him, urging him to learn to
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3:33 PM | Magnitude 4,5 earthquake in Askja volcano
Today (27-August-2014) at 01:52 UTC a magnitude 4,5 earthquake took place in Askja volcano. This is the largest earthquake in Askja volcano since 1992 according to news in Iceland. There are currently some minor earthquake taking place in … Continue reading →
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3:33 PM | Irreversible damage from climate change seen in leaked UN paper
Greenhouse gas and other human impacts have created a global emergency. Continue reading →
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3:30 PM | This retraction has teeth: Journal changes publication policy after discovering misconduct
The Indian Society of Periodontology has changed their editorial policy as the result of an author who had “neither taken adequate permission from nor given due acknowledgement to all authors concerned.” Now, any authors will be required to sign a contract acknowledging accountability for the content of the submitted paper, as well as be able […]
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3:30 PM | Parallel Paths for Deep Learning and Signal Processing ?
This is a follow-up to this thread.Deep learning in Machine Learning stands for neural networks with many layers for the purpose of producing features that can eventually be used for classification. In image/signal processing, the generic idea is to acquire and decompose a signal along a family of (generally) known signals (bases in known/identified spaces). Simple machine learning techniques can then rely on the elements of that decomposition (the features in ML) to achieve the last step of a […]
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3:26 PM | What fraction of our brain do we use?
There is a long-standing “science myth” claiming that “we only use ten percent of our brain”.  The myth dates back many years, and rises and falls in popularity, but has recently been reinvigorated by the movie Lucy, where it is asserted by the authoritative voice of Morgan Freeman.  It has been debunked so many times … Continue reading »
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3:22 PM | Plasmonic metasurfaces for a greener way to make colorful plastics
Scientists are developing a more environmentally friendly way to make colored plastics. They are using structure - or the shapes and architectures of materials - rather than dyes, to produce color.
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3:14 PM | Fighting prostate cancer with a tomato-rich diet
Men who eat over 10 portions a week of tomatoes […]
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3:13 PM | Group Identity Emphasized More by Those Who Just Make the Cut
People and institutions who are marginal members of a high-status […]
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