Posts

August 23, 2014

+
9:40 AM | Physics Week in Review: August 23, 2014
Summer is winding down, but the ongoing drought in much of the southwestern US shows no sign of abating. In fact, it’s so dry in California (where we live) that the ground is literally rising.... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
+
9:39 AM | True facts about anglerfish
SUMMARY: To the female anglerfish, the human male is a very loud, annoying and unnecessarily complicated pair of gonads. Antennarius commerson (Latreille), 111 mm SL, UW 20983. Photograph: D. B. Grobecker [doi:10.1186/1471-2148-10-58] Caturday has arrived once again, so it is time to watch some animals doing stuff! Today's caturday animal is the anglerfish, an ancient taxonomic order of bony fishes that arose sometime between 100 and 130 million years ago. (In contrast, humans are mere […]
+
8:51 AM | Independent nurseries
Victoriana Nursery Gardens, in Kent I ordered some plants yesterday, from Thompson & Morgan. I’d seen their new ‘patio’ raspberry, ‘Ruby Beauty’, and took advantage of their Bank Holiday free P&P offer. It was ideal for me because I fancied buying some plants, but since I don’t currently have a garden I am struggling to keep plants alive. My new raspberries should arrive after we’ve moved in to the new house, and give me something to play […]
+
8:00 AM | What’s your shark name? Snappy Chumbucket at your...
What’s your shark name? Snappy Chumbucket at your service. 
+
7:30 AM | Even Daleks need a science policy
The new series of Doctor Who begins today and wherever the eponymous Time Lord goes his greatest foes will not be far behind. The Daleks are the most feared species in the Doctor Who universe, able to bring even the all-powerful Time Lords to the brink of defeat. So where did that technological superiority come from?Dean Burnett: The Brain of a Time LordWe first meet the Daleks of Skaro as survivors of a devastating nuclear war who have retreated into protective mechanized shells. We later […]
+
7:08 AM | X-Volcanoes – Bárðarbunga
Bárðarbunga is arguably the scariest of the 30 or so active volcanoes in Iceland. It is not the most active, it is not the tallest, it may possibly be the biggest in some sense, but it is the volcano which gave us the largest eruption on Earth since modern humans started trying to get organized:…
+
7:00 AM | Stellar Snow Globe Mystery Solved With Hubble’s Help
Star clusters offer thrilling sights for stargazers.
+
7:00 AM | The Sinister Reason Cereal Mascots Stare Down At Your Kids
The next time you take your kids shopping, beware. All those mascots on the front of cereal boxes are staring straight at your children. What do those anthropomorphized animals and irritating leprechauns want? Well, they want your kids’ attention, and if they make eye contact, you might just leave the store with a box of cereal you weren't planning on buying. The post The Sinister Reason Cereal Mascots Stare Down At Your Kids appeared first on KnowledgeNuts.
+
6:30 AM | Scotland's Independence Vote And The Fate Of Britain's Nuclear Subs
The Scottish vote next month but it's not entirely clear whether they would keep the pound and the BBC. And then there's the naval base with Britain's nuclear subs.
+
6:00 AM | PHOTO DU BoB-212
No summary available for this post.
+
5:07 AM | Better Recycling Using The Fluorescent Fingerprint Of Plastics
Researchers have developed a new process which will greatly simplify the process of sorting plastics in recycling plants by enabling automated identification of polymers and facilitating rapid separation of plastics for re-use.read more
+
5:00 AM | Saturday Morning Video: Signal and Image Classification - Stephane Mallat
Yoann Fabre sent me the following:Hi, The following may interest you. (I don’t recall having seen it on Nuit Blanche, Google gives me nothing, sorry if I’ve missed it). There seems to be some big progress on understanding why deep learning work as can be seen in this lecture entitled Signal and Image Classification by Stephane Mallat.(Note: Yann Lecun seems to agree) Impossibly cool keynote talk by Stephane Mallat at CVPR about the theory behind convolutional […]
+
3:59 AM | The Strange remains the same for 22 August 2014
“If you don’t see a vulnerability in somebody, you’re probably not relating with them on a very personal level.” – Jonathan Blow Read the secret diary that reveals the bizarre beliefs of aliens, super human powers and twisted child mind control inside The Family cult | Herald Sun. Paranormal investigators reach verdict on Totnes crop… Source: Doubtful News
+
3:39 AM | How Wearable Technology Is Helping Save Rhinos from Poachers
Originally posted on Wolf Is My Soul:ENVIRONMENTAL TECHNOLOGY Conservationists in South Africa are using computerized bracelets powered by Intel Galileo technology to help regenerate the critically endangered rhino population. Thin and light he is not. An adult male black…
+
3:39 AM | Extreme Surrogacy: Man With 16 Infants Wants 10-15 More Per Year
Interpol said it has launched a multinational investigation into what Thailand has dubbed the "Baby Factory" case surrounding a 24-year-old Japanese businessman.
+
2:57 AM | Marine Protected Areas Might Not Be Enough to Help Overfished Reefs Recover
Originally posted on SAVES Club:Young corals, fish turned off by smell of damaged habitats Humans standing on coral reef Pacific corals and fish can both smell a bad neighborhood, and use that ability to avoid settling in damaged reefs.…
+
2:21 AM | Your Land is Fracked: The Untold Story of Drilling on Our Public Lands
Originally posted on ClimateWest:Note: Tim Ream is WildEarth Guardians’ new Climate and Energy Campaign Director. He’ll be joining me in blogging here from time to time.  Enjoy his first post!  — Jeremy Nichols I’ve spent a whole lot of days…
+
1:54 AM | Small Fire at Chevron Refinery Ruled an Accident
The fire started early in the morning on July 16, and firefighters put it out in about an hour.
+
1:05 AM | Nightmare in Liberia
I posted yesterday on the nightmare unfolding in Liberia, as the health care system has collapsed under the weight of the Ebola outbreak, with civil order breaking down as entire sections of Monrovia are placed under quarantine. Last night I spoke with a friend of ours, Chesca Colloredo-Mansfeld, the Executive Director of miraclefeet, an organization dedicated to treatment of clubfoot in developing countries, including Liberia. As you might imagine, the Liberia clubfoot treatment clinics have […]
+
1:00 AM | #Okavango14: Elephants Will Sense Your Calm
Ever wonder what it's like to have an elephant watch you set up your tent at night? Stay calm, and the elephant will carry on.
+
1:00 AM | A new meta-analysis published in Psychological Science throws a bucket of cold water on the "10,000-
A new meta-analysis published in Psychological Science throws a bucket of cold water on the "10,000-hour rule" – the idea that "deliberate practice" of any skill for 10,000 hours is sufficient to make you an expert at that skill. Fiona Rutherford breaks down the results over at NewStatesman.Read more...
+
12:48 AM | 44 kids sickened: Ottawa Chinese food takeout fined in summer camp food poisoning
A west Ottawa restaurant has been fined by Ottawa Public Health after rice it served made dozens of people sick and sent six children to hospital from a summer camp. Paramedics were called to St. Cecilia School the afternoon of July … Continue reading →
+
12:44 AM | Friday Music: The War on Drugs - Eyes to the Wind and Burning
A bit Krugman-like with Friday music. I have been listening to this band of late. Not for everyone, but I have been enjoying them.
+
12:39 AM | 3 dead, 16 sick from Vibrio in Florida
A newly reported Vibrio vulnificus case in Charlotte County, Florida, the county’s third case, brings the states total to 16, according to the latest numbers released from the Florida Department of Health today. The total number of fatalities reported in … Continue reading →
+
12:32 AM | 247 sick in UK and it is an egg problem: Salmonella outbreak across Europe may be caused by single batch of eggs
The national salmonella outbreak which has struck down nearly 250 people across Britain could be traced back to a single source of eggs, health investigators have said. Earlier this month, three hospital patients affected by the salmonella outbreak in Birmingham … Continue reading →
+
12:00 AM | climateadaptation: Asian Development Bank’s new climate...
climateadaptation: Asian Development Bank’s new climate infographic quantifies how south Asia economy will be hit by climate impacts.

August 22, 2014

+
11:01 PM | Six Degrees of the Alpha Male: breeding networks to understand population structure
This post is part of a continuing series on ways to think more deeply about human biological diversity. In last month's post (One Evolutionary Trajectory, Many Processes), I discussed how dual-process models (such as the DIT model) might be used to include a new dimension to more traditional studies of population genetics. This example did not spend too much time on the specifics of what such a model would look like. Nevertheless, a dual-process model provides a broader view of the evolutionary […]
+
11:00 PM | NASA Unveils Best Map Ever of Neptune's Moon Triton
A scientist has created the best-ever global color map of Neptune's big moon Triton, using images taken by a NASA spacecraft 25 years ago.
+
11:00 PM | True Facts About Marsupials, Nature's Cutest Animals With Three Vaginas
The latest installment in Ze Frank's always-excellent "True Facts About ________" nature series (previously here and here ) is all about three of everyone's favorite marsupials: kangaroos, wombats, and koalas.Read more...
+
10:58 PM | Geo 730: August 22, Day 599: A Parting Shot
I mentioned yesterday I wasn't sure if I had decent photo of the tourmaline at this spot. This isn't great, but if you enlarge the photo to full size and look at the darker areas below and to the left of the hammer's chisel tip, you can see acicular (needle-like) black crystals. That's tourmaline. Definitely not jewelry quality. And course, plenty of pyrite and possibly other sulphides shot through the rock. I have rarely seen galena and sphalerite at Quartzville, but the only sulphide I've […]
123456789
11,205 Results