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January 30, 2015

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12:51 AM | Publication of the week, number 62, 30th January 2015
As we all know many compounds of biological relevance contain one or more C-N bonds. Occasionally the formation of these bonds can be a major headache. This weeks ASAP (which by the time of writing is no longer an ASAP!) is from the Hartwig group at Berkeley and appeared in Nature. In particular they were … Continue reading Publication of the week, number 62, 30th January 2015 →
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12:49 AM | Things I should not have to point out to people and yet, here we are.
Things that I actually have to say to some people. yes. it is bad news that there is yet another way for people to fuck themselves the hell up on stimulant drugs. yes.
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12:47 AM | Politicians and Oil Men Swoon at the Arctic's Siren Call Even as Scientists Warn of the Rocks Ahead
From increasing heat, to melting snow and ice, and rising sea level, we've been getting a clearer picture of how Earth's climate is changing and where it is probably heading in the next hundred years. But what about beyond a century? One way to gain some insight into that question is to study past climates when atmospheric carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases were as high or higher than they are today. And not surprisingly, that research paints a picture […]
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12:36 AM | Infectious agents with no genome
If the reader does not believe that viroids and satellites are distinctive, then surely prions, infectious agents composed only of protein, must impress. The question of whether infectious agents exist without genomes arose with the discovery and characterization of infectious agents associated with a group of diseases called transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs). These diseases are […]
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12:35 AM | How to Use Feng Shui to Enhance Love, Clarity, and Energy
Looking to create more love, wealth or clarity in your life? Then watch today’s episode of Conscious Living ®, where Feng Shui practitioner and organizational expert Linda Pisani draws on this 5,000+ year art form to share simple, easy tips for clearing clutter, increasing “chi” or energy flow in your environment, and transforming any space […]
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12:34 AM | An American Family’s Curious Bond With Russia
Liesl Schillinger at VQR: It may sound incomprehensible—senseless, Constance Garnett would have put it, as she did in her translation of The Brothers Karamazov—but while the rest of the world may dread the return of the prolonged hostile stare-down known...
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12:34 AM | Geo 1095: January 29, Day 759: Stygian Pool
Continuing the walk to the Visitor's Center at Oregon Caves National Monument, here is a better view of the pool and patio behind the lodge. The cave entrance is directly above the waterfall, and is the source of that water. The stream flowing through the cave has been dubbed The River Styx, hence the post title. Astute readers may notice there's no outlet to this pool. So where does the water go? That's a topic for future posts, but it'll be a while; tomorrow we're going spelunking!Photo […]
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12:28 AM | Brooklyn 99’s Terry Crews: “I am a BIG feminist”
Categories: FeminismBrooklyn 99 is one of the best shows on American TV right now, and in addition to being fucking hilarious, it’s also incredibly diverse. Women get as much screen time ...(Read more...)
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12:27 AM | time keeps on slippin’
A few nights ago I made the mistake of baking lasagna while extremely hungry. Each tick of the timer reverberated inside my skull for what seemed like hours, and the cheese just refused to melt. Later that same night I accidentally stayed up until 2 in the morning absentmindedly watching hours of YouTube videos that […]
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12:24 AM | Why Teens Are Impulsive, Addiction-Prone And Should Protect Their Brains
New research shows that teenagers' brains aren't fully insulated, so the signals travel slowly when they need to make decisions. Neuroscientist Frances Jensen, who wrote The Teenage Brain, explains. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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12:24 AM | Possible minor eruption in Bárðarbunga volcano caldera
It appears that at 21:22 UTC (on 29-January-2015) a possible minor eruption might have taken place somewhere along the Bárðarbunga volcano caldera rim or in it slopes. I don’t have any confirmation yet, but this is what the … Continue reading →
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12:21 AM | Rise In Measles Cases Marks A 'Wake-Up Call' For U.S.
The latest wave of measles cases and potential infections is in Arizona, where 1,000 people may have been exposed to measles from seven people confirmed to have been infected.
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12:19 AM | Ask a Chemist: Is There Butane in My Weed Wax? Having finally...
Ask a Chemist: Is There Butane in My Weed Wax? Having finally received my medical marijuana card, I’m faced with an entire new industry of potential pseudoscience. First up: are marijuana waxes and oils dangerous due to the butane that is used to make them? I talk with my good friend Dr. Raychelle Burks, resident chemist at Skepchick.org! By: Rebecca Watson. Support at Patreon: http://patreon.com/rebecca
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12:08 AM | Media not paying attention in Lebanon so police to begin raiding non-compliant restaurants
Minister Wael Abu Faour announced Wednesday a new strategy to refocus the media’s attention on his food safety campaign: raids. The ministry will order a food shop or factory found to be selling contaminated food to stop. If they don’t, … Continue reading →
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12:03 AM | No, New York, the forecast didn’t fail
Cliff Mass of the University of Washington has a good breakdown of the “failure” of meteorologists to correctly predict snowfall during this week’s storm. “Failure” gets the scare-quote treatment because the forecast wasn’t actually far off: models showed most of … Continue reading →
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12:01 AM | Inherent Vice – Review No. 2
It would be easy, based on the trailer for Inherent Vice, to see this as Boogie Nights Part 2. The reality is that PT Anderson is a different filmmaker now and that this film is a different beast all together. It’s less about dazzling you with steadicam sequences and more concerned with drawing you in [...] The post Inherent Vice – Review No. 2 appeared first on HeadStuff.
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12:00 AM | mondaymorgue: 15-footer Megamouth Shark (Megachasma pelagios)...
mondaymorgue: 15-footer Megamouth Shark (Megachasma pelagios) beached in Marigondon, Pioduran, Albay this morning. Photo courtesy of Manay Ning, Rosalina Sariola. They have contacted BFAR 5 FIRST to help identify the species. This could be a good specimen for the Albay Parks and Wildlife if “taxidermied”. We are calling the attention of our good Gov. Joey Salceda for any marching order on its preservation since I guess this could be the 2nd specimen for taxidermy aside from that […]
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12:00 AM | mondaymorgue: 15-footer Megamouth Shark (Megachasma pelagios)...
mondaymorgue: 15-footer Megamouth Shark (Megachasma pelagios) beached in Marigondon, Pioduran, Albay this morning. Photo courtesy of Manay Ning, Rosalina Sariola. They have contacted BFAR 5 FIRST to help identify the species. This could be a good specimen for the Albay Parks and Wildlife if “taxidermied”. We are calling the attention of our good Gov. Joey Salceda for any marching order on its preservation since I guess this could be the 2nd specimen for taxidermy aside from that […]
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12:00 AM | Science Book a Day Interviews Vince M Bertram
Special thanks to Vince Bertram for answering 6 questions about his recently featured book – One Nation Under Taught: Solving America’s Science, Technology, Engineering & Math Crisis Dr. Bertram is a highly sought-after speaker and thought leader […]
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12:00 AM | Ebola Cases Plummet In West Africa, As Endgame Begins
Only 99 Ebola cases were reported worldwide last week. That's the lowest weekly count since June. But getting down to zero cases is still a long way off.
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12:00 AM | America Likes Science. It Does Not Like Scientists' Findings.
Survey results published Thursday by the Pew Research Center in collaboration with the American Academy for the Advancement of Science indicate most Americans hold science in high esteem, while revealing huge opinion gaps between scientists and the general public over issues like GMOs and anthropogenic climate change.Read more...

January 29, 2015

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11:59 PM | Transparency? Hepatitis A outbreaks in Belize, UK schools
The Ministry of Health is working to contain a localized outbreak of Hepatitis A at a government school in Buena Vista, Cayo. According to reports, there was one case of the virus reported before Christmas, and since then at least … Continue reading →
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11:54 PM | PEBS Neuroethics Roundup (JHU)
Last Edition's Most Popular Article(s): Writing Your Way to Happiness, New York Times In The Popular Press: Violent Psychopaths Don’t Register Punishment, Study Says, TIME Unconscious Thought Not So Smart After All, Nature News Neuroscience in the Courtroom: An Attempt...
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11:51 PM | Despite contamination concerns, food safety push in Africa must embrace ‘wet markets’ as key to food security
Studies find informal markets provide essential sources of food and income for millions of poor, with milk and meat that is often safer than supermarkets. Really? Misguided efforts to control the alarming burden of food-related illnesses in low-income countries risk … Continue reading →
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11:47 PM | Powerful new tool produces proteins in 3-D
We've created a new web-based tool named Aquaria that can create unprecedented 3-D representations of protein structures
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11:44 PM | funnyordie:via Bill Nye The Science Guy Tackles...
funnyordie:via Bill Nye The Science Guy Tackles DeflateGate This guy!
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11:40 PM | Bill Gates has joined the growing chorus of concern over the potential risks of artificial superinte
Bill Gates has joined the growing chorus of concern over the potential risks of artificial superintelligence. He shared his thoughts in a recent Reddit AMA, writing: "I agree with Elon Musk and some others on this and don't understand why some people are not concerned." He has now added his name to an open letter warning of AI risks . Read more...
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11:27 PM | We’ve Found the Long Lost Beagle 2 Lander! It’s been...
We’ve Found the Long Lost Beagle 2 Lander! It’s been almost 12 years since Beagle 2 failed to phone home, leaving scientists with nothing but speculation as to its fate. But we’ve found it! But we still don’t know what happened… For a little more on the story, check out my latest over on Motherboard: http://motherboard.vice.com/read/the-story-of-beagle-2-the-long-lost-martian-rover-thats-finally-been-found By: Amy Shira Teitel.
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11:25 PM | Metadata – You Aren’t As Anonymous As You Think
The NSA is somewhat infamous for collecting “just […]
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11:24 PM | Charles Hard Townes, 1915-2015
Yesterday I awoke to the news that Charles Hard Townes, a 1964 Nobel laureate for fundamental work on maser and laser physics, had died on Tuesday, January 27. In six months and a day, he would have turned 100 years old, but you can still think of this as his centennial year, in my opinion. […]
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