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July 24, 2014

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4:22 PM | It’s Sensitive – a simple Mr. Wizard Experiment
It’s summer in Kansas, and although the weather has been mild and rainy all year, it has recently turned into the hot, humid days that I’ve come to expect since moving here five years ago. As part of our effort to escape the sun, my son and I decided to do an experiment today on the […]
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4:20 PM | Why Don't Ice Cream Sandwiches Melt?
An "ice cream" sandwich left in the sun doesn't melt. How is that even possible? Read more...
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4:15 PM | Why Mendel tells you not to drink alcohol when you are conceiving an Einstein
Drinking alcohol during pregnancy is generally considered as not a very good idea. For one, it can cause fetal alcohol syndrome if you are serious about your drinking (reference). It has been associated with smaller babies. And smaller babies is not good (for the babies themselves, presumably for their mothers it is a benefit during […]
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4:13 PM | Peacock Composition Revisited
Most viewed Russlings post was a photo, title and credits.Check out more by oc girl.
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4:12 PM | Drone Finds Missing Elderly Man in 20 Minutes
An elderly Wisconsin man who had been missing three days was found with the help of a drone. Continue reading →
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4:10 PM | Photo of the Week – July 24, 2014
I’m definitely a better close-up photographer than a landscape photographer.  Part of that is just the way my mind works – I tend to look down instead of up when I walk around a prairie.  I can always find an … Continue reading →
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4:00 PM | New data shows Colorado Basin groundwater loss greater than reservoir shrinkage
While we’ve been watching Lake Mead and Lake Powell drop during the last decade, the hidden reservoirs of groundwater beneath the Colorado River Basin have been dropping even faster, according to new research by Stephanie Castle and her colleagues at U.C. Irvine. Using gravity data from NASA’s GRACE satellite (the new tool all the cool ...Continue reading ‘New data shows Colorado Basin groundwater loss greater than reservoir shrinkage’ »
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4:00 PM | The Very Best Finds On The Floor At Comic-Con 2014
The San Diego Comic-Con floor can be both a sensory delight and an overload of color, light, and swirling brand names. To help you cut through the pop culture fog, we've collected the sights you won't want to miss this week inside the exhibition hall.Read more...
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4:00 PM | As sanctions deepen, just how crucial is Russian gas?
Gas exports to Europe are regarded as a key Russian trump card amid anger over its role in Ukraine. Just how reliant are we, wonders Jon Excell
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3:59 PM | The Science of Laziness
The Science of Laziness Why are some people so lazy? Is there a couch-potato gene? Check out ‘The Sports Gene’: http://amzn.to/1hcbtTr Science Of Productivity: http://bit.ly/1m97POC SUBSCRIBE: http://bit.ly/10kWnZ7 Special thanks to David Epstein for help with this episode: http://thesportsgene.com/ —FOLLOW US! (Links below)— Instagram and Twitter: @whalewatchmeplz and @mitchellmoffit Clickable: http://bit.ly/16F1jeC and http://bit.ly/15J7ube Facebook: […]
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3:52 PM | The 200 Million Dollar Assumption
There used to be the Six Million Dollar Man, but now with inflation and all, we have the 200 Million Dollar Assumption. In some of the Slides from the workshop on Science on the Sphere, you may have noticed this slide from Tom Kitching on Weak lensing on the sphereI went ahead and asked Tom what he meant by mentioning a 200M$ assumption, here is what he responded:Dear Igor,Thank you for your email.The the plot on the slide is from this paper http://arxiv.org/pdf/1007.2953.pdf where we […]
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3:45 PM | How to Use Self-Talk to Improve Performance
Do you ever talk to yourself? Although it’s not always a conscious habit, most of us practice self-talk on a daily basis, as a way of guiding, motivating or supporting ourselves. Maybe you’re heading to the store and start running through a list of all the items you need to buy. Or perhaps you’re trying […]
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3:45 PM | Living With Cancer: A Tour of Hospice
I welcomed the idea of touring a new hospice facility to confront my fears of pain while dying, writes Susan Gubar in her continuing "Living With Cancer" series.
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3:45 PM | Looking for ET's Industrial Pollution on Alien Worlds
Telltale pollution could reveal ET, study shows
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3:43 PM | Survey: where do you prefer to publish your theory papers?
Bruce Kendall, chair of the ESA’s Theoretical Ecology section and an editorial board member at Ecology, is surveying ecologists on where they prefer to publish ecological theory and models, and why. The motivation is to help the ESA make its … Continue reading →
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3:40 PM | The Pre-Holocene Climate Is Returning — And It Won't Be Fun
Our planet has been witness to plenty of strange weather happenings recently, from devastating floods to the polar vortex. These events are providing a glimpse of what it was like during the pre-Holocene era — a time of volatility and destruction. But it could also be a demonstration of where climate change is taking us. Read more...
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3:38 PM | Should museums charge for enquiries?
Originally posted on FromShanklin:As a museum curator I get a huge variety of enquiries from members of the public. My most popular is the ‘meteorite’ enquiry; in 7 years, I have only ever seen one real meteorite. (99% of the time the‘meteorite’ is unquestionably waste from smelt works, wonderfully called ‘slag’.) The most interesting enquiry…
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3:30 PM | The True History Of Star Trek Is Finally On Its Way
There have been books, documentaries, fan sites, etc., that have attempted to chronicle the history of Star Trek. But none of them will ever be more comprehensive, more complete than the upcoming tome The 50 Year Mission: The Complete Uncensored, Unauthorized Oral History of Star Trek. Here are the very first details!Read more...
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3:28 PM | Notes on Gone Girl
It reminds me of Martin Amis’s The Information, in that it is a really well-made thing, but one which I think probably shouldn’t have been made, and which I’m probably sorry I read, because it’s sick in its heart. Everything else I can say is a spoiler so I’ll put it below a tab. 1.  I […]
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3:22 PM | Journal cover art that will brighten your day
Guest post from Tom Branson After browsing the recent chemical literature, I have finally found enlightenment. I have quite simply been left in a trance after witnessing a recent cover from Chemical Society Reviews. A colour explosion There’s so much colour in this image I just don’t know where to begin. So let’s start by [...]
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3:19 PM | Standing on Venus in 1975
Venera 9 and 10 landed on Venus in 1975 and sent back the first images of the planet's surface. Now, Ted Stryk brings new life to these images to show us what it would be like to stand on the Venusian surface.
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3:13 PM | Why Has This Really Common Virus Only Just Been Discovered?
The most common viruses in your body don’t make you ill. Instead, they infect the legions of microbes …
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3:08 PM | Some Notes on Bunch Grapes in South Mississippi
I have a vineyard in Poplarville, MS with several different varieties of bunch grapes.  Some will make it, some won’t, but it is interesting to look nonetheless.  Below are some notes I made today on their growth and development.  These are all in their second leaf and first fruiting year. Victoria Red — some Pierce’s … Continue reading →
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3:02 PM | Ecco le origini molecolari dell'Alzheimer
Buone notizie sul fronte della lotta all'Alzheimer: uno studio tutto italiano, pubblicato su Nature Communications, ha individuato per la prima volta il meccanismo alla base della malattia neurodegenerativa. La ricerca è stata coordinata da Antonino Cattaneo, direttore del laboratorio sulle malattie neurodegenerative dell'Istituto Europeo per la Ricerca sul Cervello (Ebri) e docente alla Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa. Gli scienziati hanno studiato, in una cellula di criceto, il sito […]
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3:01 PM | Depenalizzare la prostituzione per combattere l'Hiv
Ci sono sei posti vuoti sulle poltrone della 20ma Conferenza Internazionale sull'Aids in corso in questi giorni a Melbourne.. Sono i posti che avrebbero dovuto occupare Pim de Juijer, Joep Lange, Lucie van Mens, Martine de Schutter, Glenn Thomas e Jacqueline van Tongeren, i sei scienziati che erano a bordo delBoeing 777 Malaysia Airlines abbattuto pochi giorni fa. Il modo migliore per onorarne la memoria, dicono i loro colleghi, “è proseguire con il nostro lavoro e con la […]
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3:01 PM | Newly Found Gut Virus CrAssphage In Half The World's Population
A newly discovered gut virus, crAssphage, probably isn't new at all, it was just discovered. But it's in half the world's population, according to estimates.  A new paper in Nature Communications says crAssphage infects one of the most common types of gut bacteria, Bacteroidetes. This phylum of bacteria is thought to be connected with obesity, diabetes and other gut-related diseases.  Robert A. Edwards, a bioinformatics professor at San Diego State University, and colleagues […]
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3:01 PM | A few DEM Images of the Nooksack
A bit of messing around with some DEM (digital elevation model) and came up with some visuals of the lower Nooksack River in northwest Washington. By shifting the elevations of the colors one can enhance features that would otherwise be hard to see.The first image shows the complicated story of part of the Nooksack River and some late ice age drainage patterns. The dark green is lower elevation. The Nooksack flows towards the west into a broad valley formed by an […]
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3:00 PM | “Lack of experience and understanding” forces duplication retractions of liver cancer paper
A group of researchers in China has lost their paper on liver cancer after the first author admitted to duplication, also known, inelegantly, as self-plagiarism. The paper, “Glycyrrhetinic acid-modified chitosan nanoparticles enhanced the effect of 5-fluorouracil in murine liver cancer model via regulatory T-cells,” appeared in the July 2013 issue of the Journal of Drug […]
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3:00 PM | Meet our guest bloggers – Tom Branson
I recently completed my PhD at The University of Leeds where I was investigating protein-carbohydrate interactions and protein assembly. I’m a synthetic biologist now working on biomolecular interactions, based in The Netherlands. I also blog about science communication issues and chemistry trivia over at Chemically Cultured. Here at Chemistry World, I will be writing a [...]
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3:00 PM | How camouflage may make better pacemakers
Nature has had millions of years to come up with solutions to biological problems. We can learn a lot from nature if we just stop and look. Squids and octopuses are masters of camouflage – they can change shape and colour in seconds. That ability is, in part, thanks to a protein called reflectin, which […]
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