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August 21, 2014

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10:35 PM | Understanding the Cycle of Guilt
The cycle of guilt is the ultimate Catch-22 situation, an emotional prison where no matter what you do, you end up feeling bad. I know this place, because it’s taken me weeks to write this article, and all the while I’ve been running laps on the hamster wheel of guilt. And it’s not just me. The […]
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10:30 PM | Man Behind Ice Bucket Challenge Dies in Diving Accident
One of the people behind the viral effort to support Lou Gehrig's disease research drowned at a popular diving spot in Nantucket Island, Mass.
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10:28 PM | Ebola: Liberians Destined for Extinction
Liberian medical student Gondah Lekmeh gives us his perspective from the front lines of the Ebola outbreak. On July 22 of this year, the Liberian Minister of Health informed us and the world that the Ebola hemorrhagic fever outbreak in …The post Ebola: Liberians Destined for Extinction appeared first on Speaking of Medicine.
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10:27 PM | Hiroshima: disastrous landslides with further rainfall warnings in effect
Catastrophic landslides in Hiroshima, Japan on Wednesday have killed 39 poeple, with many more reported missing. Further heavy rainfall is forecast for the area.
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10:26 PM | To Dust, You Shall Return: Exploring the Universe to Discover Our Origins
You see, there is a growing desire to return to the basics – a basic truth or our existence. Scientists are carefully sifting through the dusts of our beginnings. Do they fear that there is, after all, something more than the “big bang”? This is very possible. As of this … READ MORE
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10:14 PM | Project Spotlight: “GOALI: Improving Medical Preparedness, Public Safety, and Security at Mass events”
by Michelle Diana Bradley, MPH The Bank of America Chicago Marathon is one of the largest marathons in the country.  The limit of 45,000 registered runners is usually reached months in advance of race day.  Millions of spectators crowd the streets of Chicago with extreme excitement to watch and cheer on runners pacing through 26.2 miles.  […]
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10:14 PM | the god delusion [statistically speaking]
While in Bangalore, I spotted Richard Dawkins’ The God delusion in the [fantastic if chaotic] campus bookstore and bought the Indian edition for a nominal amount.  I read most of it during my week in Boston. And finished by the lake in Maine. While I agree with most of the points made in Dawkins’ book […]
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10:12 PM | environ. consulting career paths
A long time ago, I mentioned that field personnel in environmental consulting can be broken into 3 broad categories, which are about evenly represented: geologists, engineers, and environmental scientists.Everyone starts out doing environmental sampling, because those samples are the foundation of everything else we do. And the cheap, entry-level folks get to do the grunt work. Field folks have a relatively clear pathway to management: first, start running small field events, then more complex […]
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9:51 PM | Shark Week loses nine million viewers, but Discovery says “everyone is absolutely thrilled”
Shark Week is over, and as the week has progressed, the flood of negative press about Discovery’s favorite time of the year has weakened to a trickle. Instead, news organizations are talking about how well Discovery did this year in spite of the backlash. Shark Week “set records” say the headlines, and it’s no shock: […]The post Shark Week loses nine million viewers, but Discovery says “everyone is absolutely thrilled” appeared first on Science Sushi.
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9:51 PM | Have scientists discovered a new primate in the Philippines?
Despite some media reports, scientists have not yet discovered a new species of big-eyed, nocturnal primate—known as tarsiers—in the Philippines. Instead what they have discovered is an intriguing population that is genetically-distinct even from nearby relatives, according to a new open-access paper in PLOS ONE.
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9:46 PM | Nosestretcher alert: Australian food scientist says just wash raw sprouts, they’re safe and great choice
And why just pick on the Brits. Misuse of science by allegedly science-based agencies is rampant, owing to personal and political preferences. According to the New South Wales Food Authority (that’s the state where Sydney is located, that’s in Australia), … Continue reading →
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9:45 PM | Chemical signature of first-generation star found
The unusual balance of elements in the atmosphere of a star most likely came from the explosion of another star more than 100 times as massive as the sun.
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9:41 PM | Who Are The Protesters Getting Arrested In Ferguson?
The violence at night in Ferguson, Mo., has calmed down for now. However, there have been more than 160 people arrested since the protests began. Police records offer a sense of who they are.
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9:40 PM | Does the motion of the solar system affect our climate?
The Earth’s climate is believed to be affected, not just by people driving Humvees, but by a series of complex cycles, which can occur over a few years (such as El Nino) or even tens of thousands of years (changes in the Earth’s axis of rotation). But another cycle which may have an effect, lasts…

Shaviv, N., Prokoph, A. & Veizer, J. (2014). Is the Solar System's Galactic Motion Imprinted in the Phanerozoic Climate?, Scientific Reports, 4 6150. DOI: 10.1038/srep06150

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9:40 PM | When 18th Century Scientists Got Everybody Wasted on Nitrous Oxide
Nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, hippie crack and whip-its, was around long before Burning Man parties. In fact, it was the subject of a series of mind-blowing experiments by scientists over 200 years ago, who tested the gas on themselves and many delighted volunteers, for "research."Read more...
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9:34 PM | My answer to the question - What is the mechanism of action of AVI-7537? - Quora
My answer to the question - What is the mechanism of action of AVI-7537? - Quora: AVI-7537 (GCC +ATG...
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9:31 PM | Nosestretcher alert: steaming hot taxpayer-funded UK food safety nonsense
“You don’t even need a temperature probe, just keep dad handy. Meat should be steaming in the middle, with no pink on the inside. Any juices should run clear.” Nonsense. And taxpayers pay for this. I also wouldn’t use tongs … Continue reading →
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9:29 PM | Episode 268 - Listener's Choice/Rumor Mill - 8/21/2014
This week, Norm, Jeremy, and Will discuss Ballmer's big purchase, what we'd like to see from Windows 9, iPhone 6 rumors, sweet tea, foaming milk, and the hidden costs of ordering coffee from your phone.
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9:25 PM | 18 sickened in 2012; E. coli O111 in a French nursery
(Thanks to my food safety friend Albert for sending this along.) Three cases of hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) occurred in 15 days and the cases were notified to the Institute for Public Health Surveillance (VS) November 5, 2012 suggesting clustered … Continue reading →
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9:25 PM | Contagious Kisses? We Answer Your Questions About Ebola Recovery
Two Americans were released Thursday from an Atlanta hospital after treatment for Ebola. The news has generated a flurry of questions about what happens after you survive Ebola. So we asked the CDC.
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9:24 PM | Geology Sonnet 4
Enough with carbon, climate variation Let’s look at rocks from a far older time, Which lacked much copper min’ralization, And when anorthosites were at their prime. Earth’s middle age- boring for a reason? Tectonics were remarkably unchanged. Ice and iron were both out of season. A billion years of uniform exchange Of isotopes, strontium, and S The active margins ringed the continent.
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9:21 PM | Libertarian Argument for Social Credit (Universal Basic Income)
A blogger named Thomas Clarke makes a libertarian case for a guaranteed income. [more]
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9:20 PM | Why Is It So Damn Hard to Balance a Pencil on Your Fingertip?
If you've ever tried balancing something as short and skinny as a pencil on your fingertip, you know it isn't easy. Why is that? How is it possible to create a free-standing rock sculpture like this one, when it's all but impossible to balance a stinking pencil for more than a couple seconds?Read more...
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9:18 PM | Social-Ecological Marine Restoration: A New Vision of Benefits for Nature – And People
The sea goldie (Pseudanthias squamipinnis) a small species of colourful fish. It is a common sight to scuba divers in the Indian Ocean. Credit: Assaf Zvuloni By Dr. Michael Beck, lead marine scientist, The Nature Conservancy Location Post: The Gulf of Aqaba. Red Sea reef restoration projects. Last month, I dove on some amazing reef…
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9:15 PM | Dandruff Fungus Found In Deep Sea Vents, Lobster Guts, And Other Random Places
Malassezia lores Janice Haney Carr/CDC What do human scalps, deep sea vents, and Antarctic soil have in common? As it turns out, all of these places are home to one weird group of fungi. A study published today in the journal PLOS Pathogens found that fungi of the genus Malassezia are just about everywhere. And we do mean everywhere.   Scientists have known for quite a while that some species of Malassezia were associated with dandruff and other skin […]
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9:13 PM | Labels the law for all mechanically tenderized beef in Canada
In a move to cut risk from foodborne E. coli, all mechanically tenderized beef (MTB) sold in Canada from today on must be labelled as such and list instructions on safe cooking. Health Minister Rona Ambrose on Thursday announced the … Continue reading →
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9:11 PM | 50% off Everything! It’s the Skeptical Robot Moving Sale!
Categories: Meta StuffFor a limited time, take 50% off everything at Skeptical Robot!Use offer code “hellyeah50″ at checkout to save! As some of you may know, I’m planning to move across the ...(Read more...)
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9:05 PM | Hello
It's tough to make small talk with a stranger—especially when that stranger doesn't speak your language. (And he has a blowhole.)
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9:03 PM | AESS Webinar : UN Sustainable Development Goals Setting Agenda for Sustainability
The webinar UN Sustainable Development Goals Setting Agenda for Sustainability is part of the Association for Environmental Studies and Educators (AESS) Webinar Series Visit Eventbrite to Register here The AESS webinar takes place on September 8, 2014 from 12:00pm to 2:00pm EST The live webinar presented by Magdalena A K Muir, Adjunct Associate Researcher with Columbia Climate [...]
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9:00 PM | Save $3
NC Zoo "Volunteer Views" reports that the Fun Package addition to Zoo admission has been "reduced from $9 to $6 to promote 'Bugs'".Bugs - An Epic Adventure replaced years of Dinosaurs here. The plan is to return to Dinosaurs next year.Minnesota Zoo has had more success with  a Bugs exhibit it appears.  
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