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October 30, 2014

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6:15 PM | Experts: Major cyberattack will hit in next 11 years
Almost two-third of technology experts expect a "major" cyber attack somewhere in the world that will cause significant loss of life or property losses in the tens of billions of dollars by 2025. A survey released Wednesday by the Pew Research Center found that many of analysts expect disruption of online systems like banking, energy and health care to become a pillar of warfare and terrorism. Subject:  Technology
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6:13 PM | Big Ag Indeed: Organic Food Expected To Reach $105 Billion Next Year
Organic marketing may like to portray itself as small mom-and-pop farmers standing up to Big Agriculture and corporate food, but they have a business juggernaut that would be the envy of anyone in any business. And it's going to get better.read more
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6:11 PM | Lord of the microrings
Researchers report significant breakthrough in microring laser cavities.
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6:07 PM | Living With Cancer: Not Talking About Medical Mistakes
Doctors make mistakes, but they don't like to talk about them, writes Susan Gubar, who suffered from medical mistakes made during surgery to remove ovarian cancer.
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6:07 PM | Can robots learn right from wrong?
New research on machine morality published in the Journal of Experimental & Theoretical Artificial Intelligence looks at whether it’s considered evil for robots to masquerade as humans. The research team is looking at associations between developers, robots, users and owners to help them identify where ethical accountabilities lies. Subject:  Artificial Intelligence
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6:07 PM | Left or right-wing? Brain's disgust response tells all
People sensitive to disgust are more likely to be conservative – so much so that their brain's response to a disgusting image can predict political leaning
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6:00 PM | How To Give A Mouse Ebola
Emerging Diseases Lab, University of Washington This lab was one of several that worked on making the Ebola-symptom mice described below. Brian Donohue If you give a lab mouse the mouse version of Ebola, it will die. But not in the same way humans with Ebola do. Lab mice infected with Ebola don't get hemorrhagic fever. They don't form tiny clots in their blood, like human Ebola sufferers do, even though the genetic sequence of the mouse Ebolavirus differs from human […]
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6:00 PM | Does Uber-Ancient Earth Water Mean Life Started Earlier?
Just 14 million years after the start of the solar system, Earth and the rest of the inner planets were inundated with water, setting back the clock for when life could have evolved.
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6:00 PM | Earth's blue beauty glimpsed from far side of the moon
China's Chang'e 5-T1 spacecraft captures a stunning image of our planet hanging in space next to the looming moon as it heads back home
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5:59 PM | A Reference List of Excuses for Rape and Death Threats
It must be exhausting to come up with yet another new excuse to treat women horribly, so here’s a list for easy reference. Just pick one and you’ll be instantly believed by a large percentage of the internet, with no other actions necessary on your part! Because ethics in gaming journalism. Because she talked about […]
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5:53 PM | It doesn’t matter if deep learning mimics the brain or Watson is cognitive. It matters if they work
Recent comments by machine learning experts have caused a stir, but debate over the novelty or architecture of deep learning might be best left in academia . As AI techniques make their way into developers’ hands, whether they catch on depends on whether they’re useful. Subject:  Artificial Intelligence
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5:53 PM | Look! Free Parking!
Look! We've got parking space for you @NCZoo. #FlamingFoliage pic.twitter.com/UK0yiPaKi7— russwilliamsiii (@russwilliamsiii) October 30, 2014
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5:49 PM | US Solar Costs Catching Up to Conventional Energy
The cost of solar power is on the verge of catching up with conventional electricity, report two new studies. Continue reading →
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5:44 PM | Lessons From Germany: Can the US Succeed With Its Own Energiewende?
Last month, M.S. in Sustainability Management alum Katrina Prutzman (’14) was selected to be a part of the Transatlantic Program for Young Technology Leaders organized by the German American Chamber of Commerce. As a member of this group, Katrina took part in a delegation trip to Germany in which attendees focused on the theme of Smart Grid and Energy Storage. Katrina recently wrote about a few key takeaways from her trip regarding ideas that the United States can learn from […]
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5:39 PM | Meet the Analytics Team!
While our Data Science team makes a big deal out of big data, they aren’t the only ones digging their hands in the data here at Mendeley. Aside of setting and monitoring company KPIs and writing some critical reports, the Mendeley Analytics team primarily focuses on user behaviour. That means, they study how and why […]
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5:36 PM | Spoiler-free guide to the science of Interstellar
With physics grand-master Kip Thorne doing the science, Interstellar promises to be the most fact-packed blockbuster of the year. Time to brush up
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5:32 PM | Cocoa Flavanols Improve Speed of Memory Tasks in Older Adults
A new study finds that naturally occurring bioactive molecules in cocoa can improve the speed of memory tasks in healthy older adults.
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5:30 PM | DNews: How Young is Too Young to Use Technology?
"Kids these days..." They're using tablets practically right out of the womb! Other than embarrassing people 40 times their age who can't even figure out how to visit Youtube, is there any harm in letting the little ones loose so early?
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5:30 PM | Today on New Scientist
All the latest on newscientist.com: screen vs paper, TTIP, brain decoder, computers that see like we do, supernova shock waves and more
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5:30 PM | Sounds like Halloween: Weekly Science Activity
School and family science weekly spotlight: listen to how music and sound are incorporated in movies of certain types.
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5:29 PM | Ex Machina | Official Teaser Trailer
To erase the line between man and machine is to obscure the line between men and gods. In theaters April 10, 2015
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5:28 PM | Affordable Care Act: Playing Politics Can Be Hazardous To Your Health
Proponents of the Affordable Care Act are getting exactly the cultural result they wanted. They are able to declare victory because of a decrease in health care costs but don't mention it is because there has been a decrease in people using their insurance because of high out-of-pocket costs.In this election season, it is imperative to remember those who voted for this disaster without having read the bill, those who demonized people who raised valid questions about access to care, costs and […]
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5:27 PM | Is 2014 Awesome or Not?
Let us call a natural number awesome if it can be represented as ab + ba, where a and b are natural numbers. For example, number 57 is awesome as 57 = 25 + 52. Is 2014 awesome? Share:
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5:18 PM | These are a few of my favorite species: almost zombie like brachiopods
The lowly brachiopod.  They make my list because they represent the antithesis of a charismatic organism. Today the attention they get is mostly by mistake. Brachiopods are often confused for mollusks because of their superficial resemblance to clams*. But if it wasn’t for that pesky Permian mass extinction, they might be kicking clam butt all over the place. 99% […]
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5:18 PM | These are a few of my favorite species: almost zombie like brachiopods
The lowly brachiopod.  They make my list because they represent the antithesis of a charismatic organism. Today the attention they get is mostly by mistake. Brachiopods are often confused for mollusks because of their superficial resemblance to clams*. But if it wasn’t for that pesky Permian mass extinction, they might be kicking clam butt all over the place. 99% […]
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5:18 PM | My Film Week in Review | 5 | [feat. The Armstrong Lie]
  The Armstrong Lie (2013) Dir. Alex Gibney Yeah, so it’s been a bit of an Alex Gibney fest in the past few weeks in my house (see We Steal Secrets and Enron) but it’s not a bad sort of fest really when you have a documentary director on top of his game. Having recently […] The post My Film Week in Review | 5 | [feat. The Armstrong Lie] appeared first on HeadStuff.
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5:17 PM | First human clinical trial of inorganic optical-PET imaging nanoparticles highlights their safety
Nanoparticles designed to adhere to and light up cancer cells have reached a major milestone in their bench-to-bedside journey. A first clinical trial of these ultrasmall, multifunctional particles has deemed them safe for humans and cleared easily by the body.
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5:16 PM | Rediscovering some critical terms of use in microbial discussions: #microbiomania and #microbophobia
Earlier this week I was trying to come up with a short term to use when referring to the "Overselling of the Microbiome" and related hype. And I came up with one I really really like: microbiomania. The term just captures the essence of hype about microbiomes to me I guess.So - of course - the first thing to do was to see if anyone else used this term.  And the number one thing I looked at was domain names.  Nope.  Microbiomania.Com and Microbiomania.Org are now mine.  And […]
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5:12 PM | Spicy Science The pungency of chili peppers is measured in...
Spicy Science The pungency of chili peppers is measured in Scoville heat units, which indicate the amount of capsaicin present (the higher, the hotter). The Scoville scale — named after its creator, American chemist Wilbur Scoville — starts at zero (bell pepper). A jalapeño measures 2,500 to 8,000 SHU and the Carolina Reaper hits an eye-popping 2.2 million SHU. The spiciness in peppers isn’t just a topic for our taste buds; it’s also generated prize-winning […]
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5:06 PM | Financing Tycho’s little piece of heaven
On Chris Graney’s recent guest post I linked to an earlier guest post that he had written about the Danish Renaissance astronomer Tycho Brahe and one of the new readers, that this link attracted, posted a question that I seem … Continue reading →
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