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December 26, 2014

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5:00 PM | 50 Years of Miracles on 34th Street
This year, Penn Fertility Care (PFC) celebrated its 50th anniversary, and as part of that, we’re reflecting on how the program has grown and how our Penn fertility experts have helped couples create and grow their families for decades. Penn's team of reproductive endocrinologists helped pioneer the development of new...
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4:51 PM | 2014: A Storyful Year
Thanks to everyone for sharing a year of science with me over the course of 2014. It was …
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4:45 PM | The Power of Maybe
Many of us view uncertainty as the enemy. It makes us uncomfortable and fearful — especially if our expectations have painted only one picture. That is, we dread uncertainty when we’ve convinced ourselves that only one result will do. Only one thing will make us happy or feel fulfilled. Only one thing, one path will […]
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4:44 PM | Alex Bellos: Your Favorite Number
Alex Bellos is surprised that people ask him what his favorite number is, so he decides to ask everyone what theirs is. Alex Bellos is the author of the popular science bestsellers The Grapes of Math and Here's Looking at Euclid. In a previous life he was the Guardian's South America correspondent, based in Rio, where he wrote Futebol: the Brazilian Way of Life, a book on Brazilian football. He also ghost-wrote Pele's autobiography. Alex blogs on maths for the Guardian and presents maths […]
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4:44 PM | Hello world!
Welcome to WordPress. This is your first post. Edit or delete it, then start blogging!
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4:42 PM | Shimano XTR Di2 M9050
By mating electronic shifting with electronic suspension, Shimano and Fox created the first integrated, programmable mountain bike. Riders decide how they like to bike in…
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4:32 PM | Fossil Friday – Tyrannosaurus tooth
The vast majority of the Western Science Center’s fossil collection comes from Pleistocene deposits in Riverside County, so most of our specimens are less than 200,000 years old. Being so geologically young, birds are almost the only dinosaurs in our … Continue reading →
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4:30 PM | Nature Cell Biology insulin paper retracted over antibody problems
A Nature Cell Biology article on insulin regulation has been retracted after scientists noted that the antibodies used in their research were not as specific as they had previously believed. The notice is clear on the problems with the science, which together “call into question the main conclusions of the paper.” Three of the paper’s five authors were […]The post Nature Cell Biology insulin paper retracted over antibody problems appeared first on […]
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4:30 PM | Thesis: Quantum Algorithms for Linear Algebra and MachineLearning; Anupam Prakash
Quantum Algorithms for Linear Algebra and Machine Learning by Anupam PrakashMost quantum algorithms o ering speedups over classical algorithms are based on the three techniques of phase estimation, amplitude estimation and Hamiltonian simulation. In spite of the linear algebraic nature of the postulates of quantum mechanics, until recent work by Lloyd and coauthors (23; 22; 24) no quantum algorithms achieving speedups for linear algebra or machine learning had been proposed. A quantum machine […]
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4:24 PM | Antonio Muñoz Molina: Narrative Across Time
James Santel at The Hudson Review: The handy metaphor for time is a river: the swollen rapid that hurls us forward, or the placid current that rolls along, barely noticed until we find ourselves deposited far downstream. The comparison serves...
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4:20 PM | Mike Adams defends Dr. Oz. As usual, hilarity ensues.
After I woke up this morning, the haze induced by feasting and hanging out with family only slowly clearing, I debated about whether I wanted to post anything at all today. After all, in much of the English-speaking world, it’s still a holiday, Boxing Day. Although not an official holiday here in the US, when…
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4:19 PM | Facebook Is Facing A Class-Action Lawsuit for Scanning Users’ Private Messages
Facebook has been having a bit of a controversial year. The social media giant got blasted earlier this summer for manipulating users’ emotions, and their new mobile Facebook Messenger has been widely criticized for tracking a ridiculous amount of user data. Now they’re in hot water once again. According to engadget.com, “A California judge recently ruled that The Social Network will face a class-action lawsuit following accusations that it peeked at users’ private […]
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4:19 PM | The March of the Dinosprites
Last week I shared some pixel art dinosaurs I was working on and said I'd been continuing them as a series. It's a fun little project to kick off 2015, with a new one shared every Friday, and added to my Redbubble shop as well. I've decided to call the series Dinosprites, because it seems like a pretty catchy name. I'll mainly be sharing this at Facebook and Twitter, but I'll probably post the full series here in a few months when this series is complete.
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4:18 PM | our era of SOCIAL ACCELERATION
The Editors at n+1: FOR MORE THAN TWO CENTURIES, time has been felt to be passing more and more quickly. Scholars tell us that since the twin revolutions of the 18th century — industrial and political — a general sense of time speeding up...
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4:15 PM | Jean-Luc Godard’s 3D film Adieu au langage
Philippe Theophanidis at berfrois: There’s no doubt that Adieu au langage, like many of Godard’s previous films, has the potential to feel “baffling”, “incoherent”, “irritating and often incomprehensible”, as some critics have suggested. American film theorist David Bordwell remarks about...
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4:15 PM | Discredited STAP cells were likely embryonic stem cells
RIKEN panel alleges more misconduct
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4:07 PM | The Royal Commoner
By Ullekh NP in Open The Magazine: Kumud Singh has had an unusual childhood. Born into the royal family of Darbhanga, also known as the Khandavala dynasty, in the early 1980s, her early childhood memories are of growing up on...
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4:05 PM | Oldest ever stone tool found
Scientists discover oldest stone tool ever found in Turkey Dec 23, 2014 “This discovery is critical for establishing the timing and route of early human dispersal into Europe. Our research suggests that the flake is the earliest securely-dated artefact from Turkey ever recorded and was dropped on the floodplain by an early hominin well over […]
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4:00 PM | MAVEN Finds Out Where All The Atmosphere Went On Mars.
Launched in 2013, the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) spacecraft is one of the little know spacecraft orbiting our red neighbor. MAVEN’s primary mission is to determine the role that loss of atmospheric gas to space played in changing the Martian climate through time.  And, more importantly, where did the atmosphere and the water … Continue reading →
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4:00 PM | This Weird Side Effect Nearly Torpedoed The Practice Of Anesthesia 
It's 1844, and surgeries are brutal, agonizing, and necessary slapdash. One man promises he can make it so patients feel no pain. He proves it with a patient who screams hysterically throughout a short procedure. Here's how a side effect of laughing gas nearly strangled anesthesiology in its cradle.Read more...
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4:00 PM | Pastry Science: Weekly Science Activity
School and family science weekly spotlight: explore the role of fat and temperature on pie crust texture.
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3:35 PM | Lessons Learnt From The Indian Ocean Tsunami
With the arrival of the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami 10th year anniversary, what lessons have we learnt from the disaster? ...
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3:33 PM | A Christmas Coast Path Walk
This is the view we had yesterday from the South Devon Coast Path near Bantham on an unseasonably mild and sunny Christmas Day.  The River Avon meets the sea here creating one of South Devon’s best surfing beaches.  If you look carefully you can see many surfers enjoying a Christmas Day wave.  The other landmark … Continue reading A Christmas Coast Path Walk →
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3:31 PM | Stunt Double Vision
Research suggests that the brain is good at tracking movement, less accurate at perceiving detail.
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3:26 PM | Turkey Frees Teenager Who 'Insulted' The President
The most recent crackdown on President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's critics is proof for many that Turkey is veering toward authoritarianism.
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3:24 PM | Astronomers Snap Dazzling New Image of Edge-On Galaxy IC 335
A team of astronomers using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has captured a new image of the edge-on lenticular galaxy IC 335. IC 335, also known as IC 1963, is located in the Fornax Cluster, about 60 million light-years away. It is about 45,000 light-years long and belongs to a galaxy group containing three other galaxies. [...]
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3:24 PM | Ukrainian Peace Talks Put On Hold
The talks that began on Wednesday were expected to be continued today in Minsk. Belarus, which is hosting the dialogue, declined to comment on the reason.
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3:14 PM | "Special Enrichment"
Sometimes as special winter enrichment our keepers bring the snow inside to our small mammals #ZooEnrichment pic.twitter.com/qdk894aEEQ— National Zoo (@NationalZoo) December 26, 2014
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3:11 PM | FAQ, and answers thereto #2
Terry at Small Pond Science occasionally posts summaries of the bizarre/weird/repeated Google searches that bring people to his site.  I did the same last January, and thought it would be good to give an update.  So, dear reader, here are the answers to quantitatively frequently asked questions on The Lab and Field in the last half […]
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3:08 PM | Why Understanding Obstacles is Essential to Achieving Goals
Knowing what gets in the way of accomplishing goals can be more powerful than all the positive thinking in the world.
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