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March 02, 2015

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8:00 PM | Did Climate Change Tip Syria Into War?
Climate change from 2006 to 2010 may have helped exacerbate the economic and social collapse that led to today's bloody Syrian conflict. Continue reading →
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7:15 PM | Zombie simulator lets you plan your own apocalypse
The first model of a zombie epidemic to use real US census data lets you choose where the plague begins and how fast it spreads
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7:10 PM | There are now wind turbines on the Eiffel tower
The world's most iconic monument, Eiffiel Tower just got even better, with the addition of two vertical axis wind turbines.Installed by New York company Urban Green Energy (UGE), the turbines are capable of capturing wind from any direction and are located above the tower's second floor, 120 metres off the ground. They're already producing 10,000 kWh of electricity per year - enough to power the Eiffel tower's commercial first floor area. And as you can see below, they look pretty damn […]
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6:18 PM | US military satellite explodes in orbit after “catastrophic event”
A US Navy satellite has exploded while in orbit above the Earth after suffering a "catastrophic event". Descrier - news and culture magazine
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6:16 PM | Today on New Scientist
All the latest on newscientist.com: Google rankings, how life on Earth took off, iron rain, and more
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6:02 PM | Sony Launches €299 Xperia M4 Aqua (Waterproof) with Android 5.0 Lollipop
Sony is making its presence felt in the smartphone and tablet arena with two of its latest launches. While the Xperia Z4 Tablet takes the high-end approach, the Xperia M4 Aqua is more inclined towards the budget-conscious lot.The latest mid-ranger in Sony's smartphone portfolio is an interesting addition as it borrows the company's flagship design while maintaining the cost at reachable points. The specs are not the best, but can suffice the need for those who are looking to upgrade in […]
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6:00 PM | Hungry insects may halve forest carbon sink capacity
Forests may only achieve half of their predicted increase in carbon sink capacity because insects munch more when CO2 levels rise
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6:00 PM | Ancient customer-feedback technology lasts millennia
In the days before Amazon and TripAdvisor, how could you express your consumer outrage? For ancient Mesopotamians, it was seethe, stamp and bake
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5:31 PM | Amazing Science Images Courtesy of #SciArt
As of March 1st, the Symbiartic team aspires to boost the number of images available within science communication and culture; so everyone is invited to join the hashtag #SciArt on  twitter.So far there have been hundreds of thousand of tweets dedicated to #SciArt which has made it one of the top trending topics on twitter. ScientificAmerican blog imagines:"IF, for 1 week, half the people on that list tweeted 3 pieces of art, and retweeted others at least 5 […]
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5:30 PM | Astronomy Video of the Week: An Arctic Total Solar Eclipse!
A ‘diamond ring’ seen at the end of totality during the 2008 solar eclipse. Credit: NASA/Exploratorium The month of March sees the beginning of meteorological and astronomical Spring in the northern hemisphere. March also gives us another reason to celebrate, as the first of two eclipse seasons for 2015 begins. 2015 features 4 eclipses — 2 solar [...]
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5:30 PM | scientiflix:Why do we have museums? Museums have been a part of...
scientiflix:Why do we have museums? Museums have been a part of human history for over 2,000 years — but they weren’t always like the ones we visit today. J.V. Maranto uncovers the evolution of museums, from the first museum in 530 BC (curated by a princess) to PT Barnum’s freak shows and beyond. View full lesson: http://ed.ted.com/lessons/why-do-we-have-museums-j-v-maranto Lesson by J. V. Maranto, animation by Zedem Media. By: TED-Ed. As a museologist, I really enjoyed this. […]
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5:00 PM | The Northwest Network
Founded in 1987 by lesbian survivors of battering, the NW Network works to end abuse in our diverse lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans communities. As an organization founded by and for LGBT survivors, we’re deeply committed to fostering the empowerment of all survivors of abuse. Our direct services are all free and confidential. We also offer resources for organizations and providers working in the field.
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4:54 PM | MCE presenta una nuova iniziativa per spiegare ai cittadini le parole chiave del vivere sostenibile
Smart city, diagnosi ed efficienza energetica sono i temi raccontati in 3 videoRead more →
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4:42 PM | Virtual reality film revolution puts you in the scene
The virtual reality boom is about more than just gaming. Total immersion could radically change how we watch and interact with films
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4:32 PM | Share your enthusiasm! Teaching Tools submission competition
For years we’ve been asking people how they define a great teacher. One trait that repeatedly comes up is “enthusiasm.” Nobody enthuses about plants better than plant scientists, so we’re offering you a chance to “share your enthusiasm”.Have you got a passion for plant science? Do you have a favorite paper, experiment, topic, or method that you like to share with undergraduates? Have you found a clever way to engage students and stimulate their curiosity?We […]
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4:21 PM | Genetically speaking, mammals are more like their fathers
You might resemble or act more like your mother, but a novel research study from UNC School of Medicine researchers reveals that mammals are genetically more like their dads. Specifically, […]
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4:21 PM | Why place matters
From an anonymous reader, a Boston-area Amgen recruiting billboard. I have seen this for coders, but never for "biotech professionals."(Of course, I've only lived in one of BioSpace's "hotbeds.")(12 "hotbeds"?!?!? You gotta be kidding me.) 
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4:20 PM | SfN journal retracts paper, bans UPenn researchers over “data misrepresentation”
The Journal of Neuroscience has yanked an Alzheimer’s paper and banned three University of Pennsylvania authors from publishing there temporarily, following conflicting investigations by the university and the publisher, the Society for Neuroscience, into the data. The 2011 paper looked into the cellular makeup of the characteristic plaques that develop in the brains of people with Alzheimer’s disease. […]The post SfN journal retracts paper, bans UPenn […]
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4:20 PM | Google Glass shows promising uses in plastic surgery
The “wearable technology” Google Glass has a wide range of possible applications in plastic surgery–with the potential to enhance surgical training, medical documentation, and patient safety, according to a special […]
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4:18 PM | Restoring ability to halt cell division may protect lung cells from cancer
Researchers led by a team at the University of Illinois at Chicago, have identified a novel role for a signaling mechanism in lung cells that permanently places them into a […]
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4:13 PM | Nice to see
This past August, I took a day to visit national ACS meeting in San Francisco; I was badged as press, even! I sat in on a portion of the Sunday meeting of the Committee on Economic and Professional Affairs. I thought it was interesting to watch the committee members discuss and debate the ACS policy statement on retirement security. Here's a portion of the final statement: ...A concern is that small companies and businesses, such as chemical or high-tech start-ups, can be […]
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4:10 PM | Practicing Non-Attachment: How to Live in the Now
“Live in the now!” Garth exhorts Wayne as he fawns over a beautiful guitar he can’t afford in the film Wayne’s World. This is a message that we get over and over again in many Eastern philosophies: live in the present moment, not for the past or the future. Further, we learn to practice non-attachment: […]
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4:03 PM | Does Thinking About God Increase Our Willingness to Make Risky Decisions?
There are at least two ways of how the topic of trust in God is broached in Friday sermons that I have attended in the United States. Some imams lament the decrease of trust in God in the age of modernity. Instead of trusting God that He is looking out for the believers, modern day Muslims believe that they can control their destiny on their own without any Divine assistance. These imams see this lack of trust in God as... Read more
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4:00 PM | Weather forecast for early Earth involved iron rain
Put iron under pressure and it vaporises – much more readily than previously thought. This means meteorite impacts on early Earth could have created iron rain
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4:00 PM | March 2015 Desktop Calendar
Some mosses in the genus Bryum from my travels to Chile. Happy March!  1 - Single click on the image to open it up in a new window. (If you use the image directly from the blog post you will lose a lot of resolution.) 2 - Right-click (or ctrl-click) on the image, and chose the option that says, "Set as Desktop Background" or "Use Image as Desktop Picture" or "Save Image As...". The
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3:58 PM | Oh, that's all
From the letters to the editor in this week's C&EN:I don’t know why there was such a flurry of indignant letters about the review of the book “The Birth of the Pill” (C&EN, Sept. 22, 2014, page 32). This is a book for a popular audience by an author whose claims to fame are books about baseball and Al Capone. It might better have been titled “Politics, Religion, and the Pill,” but it certainly was not designed to explore the intricacies of organic […]
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3:54 PM | An octopus hunts on land, the cutest red pandas and another...
An octopus hunts on land, the cutest red pandas and another SeaWorld fail Controversial Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe puts elephant on his birthday party menu, a beluga whale dies at SeaWorld, Amur leopard numbers are on the rise and feast your eyes on the most adorable red panda video you will ever see! Get these stories and more in this week’s blast of nature news! By: Earth Touch.
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3:53 PM | This week's C&EN
Plenty of interesting tidbits in this week's C&EN:Long feature today about persistent organic pollutants by Stephen Ritter; I had never heard of the Kepone story. Yikes. I see NIH is wanting more peer reviewers for grants. (by Andrea Widener)Stu Borman covers the discovery of the protein targets of englerin A - I confess I had not heard of this natural product. Marc Reisch looks at a carbon nanotube startup called Molecular Rebar Design. (I did not know that global demand for […]
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3:45 PM | Choosing Mates Wisely Is All The More Important When They Try To Eat You
A praying mantid pair. Photo by Oliver Koemmerling at Wikimedia Commons.Choosing our mates is among the most important decisions of our lives. We agonize over finding "the one", and for good reason. If we are going to spend the rest of our lives with one person and depend on that person to help create and raise our children, the stakes of choosing that person well are high. But at least we don't have to worry that if we choose wrong our partner will bite our head off... not literally, […]
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3:16 PM | PHILOSOPHY - Augustine The philosopher and theologian Augustine...
PHILOSOPHY - Augustine The philosopher and theologian Augustine had fascinating things to say about success and failure. By: The School of Life.
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