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April 16, 2014

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5:29 PM | Doing More With Less: A Radiologist Shares His Expertise in Nigeria
Radiologist Steffen Sammet and colleagues from Chicago are working to improve imaging for stroke and epilepsy in Nigeria.
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5:28 PM | Smart Grid Project Completed in New York
The Energy Department yesterday recognized the completion of New York Independent System Operator’s (NYISO) smart grid and control center project in Rensselaer, New York. Read more »
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5:23 PM | Baby Elephant Charges and Shows Everyone Who's Boss
This video of an elephant calf charging a vehicle will provide you with your daily dose of SQUEEEE! I love two things about this video. The first is the tiny little leap the little guy does after he charges. The second is how amazingly similar in body movements and innocence...
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5:22 PM | I have way too many ideas for upcoming It's Okay To Be Smart videos…
I suppose there are worse problems to have. What if I let you guys vote on them? Also, what do you want to know about?
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5:20 PM | Pulitzer Prizes and public health
The list of Pulitzer Prize winners released earlier this week includes several journalists who addressed public-health issues, from black lung to food stamps.
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5:16 PM | Yuichi Takasaka’s lunar eclipse photo is better than your...
Yuichi Takasaka’s lunar eclipse photo is better than your lunar eclipse photo. Taken over Waterton Lakes National Park in Alberta. See those other specks chasing the Moon? Those aren’t lens flares, they’re fellow celestial bodies including Mars, Jupiter, and the star Spica.
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5:08 PM | Why Chris Marker's Radical Images Influenced So Many Artists
Sukhdev Sandhu, William Gibson, Mark Romanek, and Joanna Hogg discuss Marker in The Guardian (h/t: Meg Toth; image of a museum built by Chris Marker in Second Life). Sandhu: Marker didn't regard artistic forms as sacred. He didn't believe in...
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5:08 PM | Fish Exposed to Antidepressants Exhibit Altered Behavioural Changes
Fish exposed to the antidepressant Fluoxetine, an active ingredient in […]
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5:07 PM | Sean Carroll: Poetic Naturalism
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5:05 PM | Toddlers ‘surprisingly sophisticated’ at understanding unfamiliar accents
A new University of Toronto study has found that by […]
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5:05 PM | Outta nowhere! Russian “ghost car” encounter
The Top Gear folks posted this video on their site. It looks like a car mysteriously appears from no where to nearly cause an accident. But here’s a case where the comments to the story are very useful. Are there ghost cars in Russia? – BBC Top Gear. Yes, it appears that Mother Russia now… Source: Doubtful News
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5:04 PM | pbsdigitalstudios: Time for spring cleaning! Dust yourself off...
pbsdigitalstudios: Time for spring cleaning! Dust yourself off and sci again while learning the science behind dust: Oh, PBSDS, you are so punny. I forgot to mention that I think this might be the prettiest video thumbnail I’ve ever made.
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5:04 PM | Karl Polanyi Explains It All
Robert Kuttner in The American Prospect: In November 1933, less than a year after Hitler assumed power in Berlin, a 47-year-old socialist writer on Vienna’s leading economics weekly was advised by his publisher that it was too risky to keep...
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5:04 PM | Magical modular furniture
#MIT #design #furniture #technology #Milano Transform is a magical, modular furniture developed by MIT: The work is comprised of three dynamic shape displays that move more than one thousand pins up and down in realtime to transform the tabletop into a dynamic tangible display. The kinetic energy of the viewers, captured by a sensor, drives the wave motion represented by the dynamic pins.The motion design is inspired by the dynamic interactions among wind, water and sand in nature, […]
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5:00 PM | The science behind the benefits of mindfulness
“I feel like I should try meditating with everyone talking about it.” These were the words that came out of my classmate’s mouth as we discussed the science behind mindfulness. What he went on to express is the sentiment that I’ve... Read More ›
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5:00 PM | How the President Got to ‘I Do’ on Same-Sex Marriage
Jo Becker in the NYT Magazine (photo illustration by Daan Brand for The New York Times. Obama: Mark Wilson/Getty Images.): Despite the president’s stated opposition, even his top advisers didn’t believe that he truly opposed allowing gay couples to marry....
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5:00 PM | Modern Sharks Sleeker Than Ancestors
Sharks have been on Earth for ages, but today's sharks turn out to have leaner, meaner bodies than those of extinct sharks.
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5:00 PM | G352.7-0.1: Sweeping Supernovas
This space photograph shows a 2200-year-old supernova remnant that is sweeping up a remarkable amount of material - enough to make 45 Suns!
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4:59 PM | Today on New Scientist
All the latest on newscientist.com: quantum-coded texts, digital mirrors, a polypill for heart disease and more
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4:58 PM | How Philosophy Makes Progress
Rebecca Newberger Goldstein in The Chronicle of Higher Education (image: André da Loba for The Chronicle): Questions of physics, cosmology, biology, psychology, cognitive and affective neuroscience, linguistics, mathematical logic: Philosophy once claimed them all. But as the methodologies of those...
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4:57 PM | HIV+ women respond well to HPV vaccine
HIV-positive women respond well to a vaccine against the human […]
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4:56 PM | Cancer drugs block dementia-linked brain inflammation
A class of drugs developed to treat immune-related conditions and […]
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4:54 PM | Criminal gang connections mapped via phone metadata
Information about who suspects call and when is helping police work out who is linked to which crimes and even their place in the criminal hierarchy
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4:53 PM | April Showers Bring Winter Soldiers
Last night was rainy and cold for April, and I was alone.  So after watching part of the first episode of Neil Shubin’s Your Inner Fish until 6:15 or so, I popped over to Lucky 32 for supper — smoked salmon and breaded , deep-fried balls of mashed potatoes.  I’m always saying to my students that there’s no such thing as perfection in this world, but that meal was pretty damned close.  Given the weather and my recent illnesses, I was definitely in the mood […]
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4:49 PM | White Sturgeon (Acipenser transmontanus)
What simplicity and gentleness this scene sings. As children, we are often told that we have outgrown something. A toy or a book that is no longer suitable, because we are too old for […]
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4:49 PM | A Treatment for Chemophobia
Guest Blog By Festival X-STEM Speaker and Expo Performer  Dr. Joe Schwarcz “Hey, aren’t you somebody?” the teenager queried as I got into the elevator. While I was pondering an appropriate answer to this deeply philosophical question, his crony spilled the beans: “Yeah, he’s that guy who talks about chemistry on TV.” This was just…
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4:47 PM | Swirling red nebula is part of angry chicken in the sky
A crucible of bright stars illuminates a nebula in glowing red hydrogen that would normally be too faint for the human eye to see
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4:45 PM | Excitons' motions captured in images
Scientists have observed how quasiparticles called excitons move.
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4:39 PM | Take a look at SciDev.Net’s scoop on what Plantwise is doing with mobile
SciDev.Net, an online magazine aiming to ‘bring science and development together through news and analysis’, covers the work that Plantwise are doing with mobile in Kenya. It reports on how Plantwise’s mobile initiative is using new technologies to deliver good scientific information to agricultural extension workers in developing countries. This information aims to assist extension workers as they advice farmers […]
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4:23 PM | NASA, DRL to Test Alternative Aviation Fuels
The German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) has entered into an agreement with NASA to conduct a series of joint research flights aimed at testing alternative aviation fuels. Read more »
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