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December 22, 2014

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3:55 PM | Rain? In a Rain Forest? Exploring California and Oregon on the 50th Anniversary of the Biggest Flood Ever
It starts with little cascades like this... That grow into brooks like this, repeated thousands of times over... Which leads to this... Our Christmas travels took us into the northwest of California and into Oregon, and as luck would have it, we drove right into a continuation of the storms that have been pounding the west coast this month. At home, we've already received more precipitation than all of last year's horrific drought totals. As we drove north on Highway 101, we watched the rain […]
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3:47 PM | Body Image Booster: Laugh!
I haven’t written a body image booster post in many months. So what could be better than reviving the series with a list of silly quotes? Because humor heals. It can help us to feel better. To set a sweet tone for the rest of our day or week. To play. To take care of […]
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3:45 PM | Redesigning Santa's Sleigh For Aerodynamic Efficiency
The legend of Santa Claus isn’t complete without mentioning the “jolly old elf’s” magical means of transportation. Santa’s sleigh, pulled through the air by his high-flying…
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3:45 PM | China confirms its southern glaciers are disappearing
New records suggest “water tower of Asia” will run dry
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3:28 PM | Can A Kangaroo Defeat A Drone?
Australia is a strange and deadly place, where the technological advances of man are repeatedly tested against the fiercest creatures nature has ever brought forth. In…
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3:16 PM | A Hard Day’s Night
Correction: Tonight will not be the longest night in the history of Earth The article below said that, due to the rotation of the Earth gradually slowing down over time, this winter solstice would feature the longest night ever. I got this wrong. The Earth’s rotation is gradually slowing on an extremely long timescale, but [...]
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3:15 PM | Harry Fozzard, pioneer in understanding heart muscle cells, 1931-2014
Fozzard, the Otho S.A. Sprague Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus in the Department of Medicine at the University of Chicago, helped lay the foundation for modern clinical electrophysiology.
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3:00 PM | 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do
About 12 months ago, I came across an intriguing Forbes post called “13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do.” So of course I blogged about it here. Then, just a few weeks ago, the post’s author, Amy Morin, reached out to share some exciting news – her new book by the same name will be available […]
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3:00 PM | How to Build a FPV Racing Quadcopter!
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2:30 PM | World Population Mapped As Peaks And Valleys
James Cheshire mapped the world’s population in a new way. Omitting any shorelines or country boundaries, he drew horizontal latitude lines that zigzag upward in black…
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2:30 PM | Researchers retract paper for which first author won an award — but won’t sign notice
Most of the authors of two Molecular Cell papers have retracted them after becoming aware of inappropriate image manipulation by the first author of both — who refused to sign the notices. One of the papers, “Role of the SEL1L:LC3-I Complex as an ERAD Tuning Receptor in the Mammalian ER,” earned first author Riccardo Bernasconi, who […]The post Researchers retract paper for which first author won an award — but won’t sign notice appeared first on […]
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2:29 PM | This Simple Little Message Can Help People Lose Weight
How to help people lose weight using this simple message. Dr Jeremy Dean is a psychologist and author of PsyBlog. His latest book is "Making Habits, Breaking Habits: How to Make Changes That Stick" Related articles:10 Simple Habits Proven to Make You Happier How to Lose Weight: Stop Exercising, Start Having Fun How to Feel Good About Your Body and Worry Less About Imperfections The Surprising Impact of Weight Loss on the Emotions Heavy Drinkers Lose Memory Faster With Age
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2:09 PM | A Golden Farewell in Madagascar
Cara Brook says her goodbyes to her Malagasy friends and colleagues and reflects on life between two polar opposites on Earth.
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2:00 PM | Where did your cells come from?
Where did your complex cells come from? A new model literally turns an old theory inside out.
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2:00 PM | A Year of Finding New Life on This Planet
In most year-in-review posts, we take the opportunity to reflect on experiences and stories, both local and global, that we took note of over the past 12 months. But this one is about new finds that you might not have heard about—and it’s remarkable how unremarked such things can be. Every month of every year, … Continue reading →
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2:00 PM | Quickies: White Privilege, Love Actually, and Why You Don’t Need a “Boosted” Immune System
Categories: QuickiesThe Problem With Praising Famous Scientists – “Role models portrayed as superhuman don’t always motivate students—instead, they risk discouraging kids who feel they can’t live up to the lofty standards.” ...(Read more...)
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2:00 PM | Researchers read and write brain activity with light
Neuroscientists at UCL have developed an ‘all-optical’ method for simultaneous recording and alteration of nervous impulses in the living brain. A team of neuroscientists at University College London has developed a new way of simultaneously recording and manipulating the activity of multiple cells in the brains of live animals using pulses of light.The technique, described today in the journal Nature Methods, combines two existing state-of-the-art neurotechnologies. It may […]
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1:57 PM | Digitate stromatolites
Want to see something cool? Itty bitty stromatolites… like baby’s fingers! There’s a big weathered-out stylolite at the base of this stromatolite-bearing layer, too.   These elfin stromatolites are part of the boulder in the lower left (foreground) of this GigaPan, taken at the Icefields Center parking area in Jasper National Park, Alberta: link
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1:53 PM | Struggling with numbers can affect people’s attitudes to screening
We look at recent research about how understanding numbers can help have an impact on people's views on cancer screening.
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1:52 PM | Birdbooker Report 352
SUMMARY: Books, books, beautiful books! This is a list of biology, ecology, environment, natural history and animal books that are (or will soon be) available to occupy your bookshelves and your thoughts. “Words in leather and wood”. Bookshelves in the “Long Room” at the old Trinity College Library in Dublin. Image: Nic McPhee from Morris, MN, USA. 2007. (Creative Commons.) Books to the ceiling, Books to the sky, My pile of books is a mile high. How I love them!... Read […]
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1:52 PM | Birdbooker Report 352
SUMMARY: Books, books, beautiful books! This is a list of biology, ecology, environment, natural history and animal books that are (or will soon be) available to occupy your bookshelves and your thoughts. “Words in leather and wood”. Bookshelves in the “Long Room” at the old Trinity College Library in Dublin. Image: Nic McPhee from Morris, MN, USA. 2007. (Creative Commons.) Books to the ceiling, Books to the sky, My pile of books is a mile high. How I love them!... Read […]
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1:52 PM | Birdbooker Report 352
SUMMARY: Books, books, beautiful books! This is a list of biology, ecology, environment, natural history and animal books that are (or will soon be) available to occupy your bookshelves and your thoughts. “Words in leather and wood”. Bookshelves in the “Long Room” at the old Trinity College Library in Dublin. Image: Nic McPhee from Morris, MN, USA. 2007. (Creative Commons.) Books to the ceiling, Books to the sky, My pile of books is a mile high. How I love them!... Read […]
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1:39 PM | Nobody’s Perfect – Dealing with Flawed Characters
A recurring controversy that crops up from time to time within the rationalist communities is how to deal with someone who promotes rationalism on the one hand, but has a major flaw on the other. The latest example of this comes from my friend and colleague, Phil Plait. The IFLS website posted a picture of [...]
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1:36 PM | A bit about pupil size, attention, and inhibition
Let's try a little trick. Take a piece of cardboard and punch a small hole in it, no bigger than say two millimeters. If you're in a bar—this is one of those bar tricks—a beer coaster will do just fine. Cover your right eye with the piece of cardboard so that you can see through the hole. Make sure that no light gets through, except for through the hole. Cover your left eye with your hand. Make sure that no light gets through at all. Now uncover your left eye and watch what […]
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1:34 PM | Lens-free microscope can detect cancer at the cellular level
UCLA researchers have developed a lens-free microscope that can be used to detect the presence of cancer or other cell-level abnormalities with the same accuracy as larger and more expensive […]
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1:34 PM | How Long it Takes.
When I was starting out on my journey to sobriety, I was all about milestones. A day. A week. 30 Days. Holy shit was 30 days amazing to me. I was feeling great – what newly sober alcoholics call the “pink cloud” – and I was still in rehab. I felt like I was emerging […]
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1:30 PM | Lost memories might be able to 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 […]
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1:23 PM | Improved Website Security Leads to Higher Charity Donations
Many generous donors make online contributions to nonprofit organizations this time of year, but most charitable websites surprisingly lack web security seals. Two Rutgers University-Camden accounting professors are researching the […]
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1:21 PM | The Greenland Ice Sheet: Now in HD
New software yields highest-resolution large-scale maps of polar ice The Greenland Ice Sheet is ready for its close-up. The highest-resolution satellite images ever taken of that region are making their […]
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1:17 PM | Fast-Food Consumption Linked to Lower Test Score Gains in 8th Graders
The more children ate in 5th grade, the slower their academic growth by 8th grade The amount of fast food children eat may be linked to how well they do […]
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