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October 31, 2014

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10:21 PM | With Mexican Students Missing, A Festive Holiday Turns Somber
The Day of the Dead is a time when Mexicans remember loved ones with grand floral tributes. But the atmosphere is downbeat in the state of Guerrero, where 43 students are still missing.
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10:00 PM | Michael Jordan Wins Trademark Case.
Former basketball superstar Michael Jordan won a trademark case involving the use of his identity by a Chicago supermarket chain. In 2009, Sports Illustrated published a special commemorative issue devoted to Jordan’s career, in recognition of his induction into the Basketball Hall of Fame. Jewel Food Stores, Inc. was offered free advertising in the magazine … Continue reading →
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9:54 PM | A small win for science and rationality
A state judge in Maine has rejected an effort by that state’s governor to impose a quarantine on Kaci Hickox, the nurse who treated Ebola patients in Liberia and then on her return was the target of a short-lived attempt by New Jersey governor Chris Christie to quarantine her for 21 days before pressure forced him to change his mind and send her to her home in Maine. Subject:  Brain & Behavior
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9:48 PM | Dark Pits of Disease: Mining’s History of Hookworm
Mining is low on the list of enviable occupations. The hazards one faces when plying one of humanity’s most ancient professions, burrowing deep into the earth to harvest its hidden treasures in the form of precious stones and metals, range from grungy to downright gruesome. The occupation is widely considered to be one of the […]The post Dark Pits of Disease: Mining’s History of Hookworm appeared first on Body Horrors.
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9:33 PM | Minor earthquake swarm on Reykjanes peninsula
Yesterday (30-October-2014) there was a minor earthquake swarm on the Reykjanes peninsula in Krýsuvík volcano. Around 30 earthquakes where recorded in this swarm. The earthquake swarm on the Reykjanes peninsula. Copyright of this image belongs to Icelandic Met … Continue reading →
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9:29 PM | Lyle Krahn’s ‘Wild Photos and the Tales They Tell’
The internet is full of photoblogs where you can view the work of hundreds upon hundreds of outstanding photographers, both amateur and professional.  Clicking through them, you quickly become accustomed to a typical site […]
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9:25 PM | Study engages residents in collecting air samples around fracking sites, finds high levels of dangerous chemicals
A recent study of air quality around unconventional oil and gas extraction sites — more commonly referred to as fracking — found high levels of benzene, hydrogen sulfide and formaldehyde, all of which pose risks to human health. But what makes this study particularly interesting is that the air samples were collected by the very people who live near the extraction sites, and the collection times were specifically triggered by the onset of health symptoms.
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9:20 PM | Geo 730: October 31, Day 669: Faulty Loading?
The faults from yesterday's panorama are visible in the lower right, but here we can also see the overlying Columbia River Basalt, which I'm nearly convinced now invaded in an igneous form of ball-and-pillow structure. That form of deformation is normally the purview of soft sediments but in the case of Elephant Rock, the denser, sinking, mass was basaltic lava. The vertical columnar joints strongly imply that the feature is not a dike, as it appears to be, and it took a couple days of puzzled […]
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9:12 PM | Kaitlyn Grispi defends abuse with haunting excuse
What looks like a very depressing story about domestic abuse has turned a bit weird. Kaitlyn Grispi Defends Josh Grispi’s Abuse on ‘Dr. Phil’ [VIDEO]. [A]t 13:56, Dr. Phil drops the bombshell: “Next, we’re gonna talk about why Kaitlyn says her house is haunted, and that may explain Josh’s behavior.” The audience laughs at her.… Source: Doubtful News
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9:04 PM | Payments Start For N.C. Eugenics Victims, But Many Won't Qualify
North Carolina forcibly sterilized thousands of people between 1929 and 1976. The state has begun compensating victims, but some who were sterilized may never receive restitution from the fund.
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9:04 PM | The Return Of The CDC’s `How Ebola Spreads’ Infographic
Droplet Spread – Credit CDC   # 9273   Earlier today I mentioned that an infographic showing that Ebola can potentially spread over short distances via droplets had been temporarily pulled by the CDC, just 5 days after first releasing it (see Guidance Gone, But Not Forgotten).   Since this removal was causing such a stir online and in the media, I expressed hopes it would be reinstated soon.   Well, I very pleased to say that a slightly modified […]
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8:59 PM | U.N. Ambassador Samantha Power Sees Signs Of Hope In West Africa
After a four-day visit to Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, she reports progress — along with the need for continued support.
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8:56 PM | And Her 9 Year-Old Sister!
#HeForShe This is her 9 year-old sister. #Utah pic.twitter.com/xYhWG79k6P— russwilliamsiii (@russwilliamsiii) October 18, 2014
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8:54 PM | How Liberia Is Starting To Beat Ebola, With Fingers Crossed
There's potentially some good news about Ebola: While cases are still rising in Sierra Leone, the outbreak shows signs of slowing in Liberia. Communities are banding together to get Ebola out.
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8:53 PM | #HeForThisShe, Near Moab, Utah
#HeForShe This She is 11 in #Utah. pic.twitter.com/nnLJcbjbAB— russwilliamsiii (@russwilliamsiii) October 18, 2014
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8:49 PM | Resveratrol Reverses Benefits Of Exercise - Study
Resveratrol has long been touted in news outlets and health blogs as a 2000s miracle product, with little evidence it helps people. It instead benefited from a kind of 'Glaxo would not paid $720 million if it didn't work' veneer. One of the claims is that it should be used  as a complement to exercise and to enhance performance but it not only may not enhance the effects of high-intensity interval training (HIIT), it may hurt it.read more
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8:48 PM | Scary? Barfing pumpkins, hockey goalie masks and Aust tax deadlines
For whatever reason,  the Australian fiscal year goes from July 1 — June 30, with taxes required to be filed by Oct. 31. So while North Americans were contemplating costumes, I spent the day finishing my taxes. That’s scary. So … Continue reading →
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8:48 PM | Double, double, toil and trouble…
Happy Halloween!
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8:47 PM | Bravo Bentley!
Nina Pham's #dog tests negative for #Ebola. So glad level heads prevailed and he wasn't put down in a panic http://t.co/fCiG1wYLxZ— Barbara J King (@bjkingape) October 22, 2014 "...there have been no known reports of dogs or cats contracting or spreading the virus."
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8:43 PM | Former Band Member Found Guilty In FAMU Hazing Case
A Florida jury found Dante Martin guilty of manslaughter for his role in the fatal hazing of drum major Robert Champion.
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8:37 PM | Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo Suffers Major Accident
Earlier today, the Virgin Galactic private suborbital rocket plane SpaceShipTwo suffered a major malfunction and crashed in the Mojave Desert. At least one person, the pilot, was killed, and reports are still coming in. I am unfortunately on travel today, so I cannot cover this story in real time. Please follow Jonathan McDowell, Alan Boyle, and Emily Lakdawalla on Twitter for updates. 
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8:34 PM | Ancedotal Evidence provides insight into the “Dry Drunk”
Alcoholics Anonymous refers to the alcoholic who has stopped drinking, but who still demonstrates alcoholic attitudes and behaviors, as a “dry drunk.” Such individuals are said to have sobriety but not recovery. We will explore the dry drunk syndrome in more … Continue reading →
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8:30 PM | The latest measurements of the hole in the Ozone layer over the Antarctic put it at approximately th
The latest measurements of the hole in the Ozone layer over the Antarctic put it at approximately the size of North America. Though that's certainly still a considerably-sized hole at 9 million square miles, NASA reports that the overall measurement has been holding roughly steady since 2010.Read more...
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8:22 PM | “Staying in Action” – A Gambling Addict’s Dry Drunk.
In this first of two blogs we look more closely at an article (1) which proposes the symptoms of the gambling addict’s equivalent to a sober alcoholic’s “dry drunk”.  When reading this I, as someone in recovery from alcoholism and substance and behavioural addiction thought a lot of the “symptoms” were relevant to me and […]
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8:16 PM | Cassini Zooms in on Sunny Hydrocarbon Seas and Lakes on Titan
NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has caught a glimpse of bright sunlight reflecting off vast hydrocarbon seas and lakes near the north pole of the Saturn’s moon Titan. In the past, the spacecraft had captured, separately, views of the polar seas and lakes, and the Sun glinting off them, but this is the first time both have [...]
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8:13 PM | Malala Yousafzai Donates World Children’s Prize Money to Rebuild Gaza Schools
Malala Yousafzai is a 17-year old education activist from Pakistan who gained worldwide fame after surviving multiple gunshot wounds in an attack by the Taliban. On October 10th, she became the youngest ever winner of the Nobel Peace Prize for her work in championing the right to equal education for all children. This past Wednesday (Oct. 29), Malala received another award for her work: the World Children’s Prize, which came with a $50,000 cash prize. In her acceptance […]
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8:12 PM | To some a citation is worth $3 per year
Originally posted on Bits of DNA:Earlier this week US News and World Report (USNWR) released, for the first time, a global ranking of universities including rankings by subject area. In mathematics, the top ten universities are: 1. Berkeley 2.…
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8:05 PM | New Genetic Editing Technique Offers Novel Treatment of Defects
The promises of genetic modifications are endless, longer life, better health, cures for genetic based diseases that would otherwise cause an unimaginable amount of suffering all wiped out. We’ve come a […]

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7:52 PM | The Ghostly Glow of St. Elmo's Fire
Adapted from Wikimedia Commons"Everything is in flames, — the sky with lightning, — the water with luminous particles, and even the very masts are pointed with a blue flame."— Charles Darwin, 1832"... sometime I'ld divide,And burn in many places; on the topmast,The yards and bowsprit, would I flame distinctly,Then meet and join."— William Shakespeare, The Tempest "About, about, in reel and rout, The death fires danced at night; The water, like a witch's […]
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7:46 PM | A Field Of Medicine That Wants To Know Where You Live
Where do you live? Health specialists think that simple question could make a difference in how doctors prevent and treat diseases for individuals. That's expanding its storied role in public health.
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