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October 23, 2014

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8:49 AM | Do We Live in the Matrix?
Zeeya Merali in Discover: In the 1999 sci-fi film classic The Matrix, the protagonist, Neo, is stunned to see people defying the laws of physics, running up walls and vanishing suddenly. These superhuman violations of the rules of the universe...
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8:08 AM | Optically rewritable 3D liquid crystal displays
LCD technology developed in Hong Kong maintains the 3D images it displays without drawing power.
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8:00 AM | Moving in the quantum world
Understanding how a quantum particle behaves is necessary to enhance our fundamental understanding of the laws of physics.
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7:00 AM | The Strange Story Of Lord Minimus, Dwarf To King Charles I
Only 48 centimeters (19 in) tall, by all accounts perfectly proportioned, and the son of a man in the employ of the Duke of Buckingham, Jeffrey Hudson made his first court appearance when he was served to Charles I and his queen, Henrietta, in a pie. Quickly becoming a favorite of the queen, Jeffrey traveled with her on her trips between England and France, was captured by pirates more than once, lived for some time as a slave, and is said to have later served England as a spy. More about his […]
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6:41 AM | New nanomechanical feather findings get scientists in a flap
Scientists have revealed that feather shafts are made of a multi-layered fibrous composite material, much like carbon fibre, which allows the feather to bend and twist to cope with the stresses of flight.
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6:33 AM | Bipolar disorder discovery at the nano level
Tiny structures found in brain synapses help scientists better understand disorder.
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6:14 AM | BibTool on the air
Yesterday night, I realised I had about 30 versions of my “mother of all .bib” bib file, spread over directories and with broken links with the original mother file… (I mean, I always create bib files in new directories by a hard link, ln ~/mother.bib but they eventually end up with a life of their […]
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6:00 AM | Lakes and lahars at Mt Ruapehu
Mt Ruapehu is the largest mountain on the North Island of New Zealand. As well as being a popular ski resort, Ruapehu is an active andesitic stratovolcano. Formed approximately 200,000 years ago, activity is currently confined to the Crater Lake vent; this deep depression fills with water from snow melt between eruptive episodes. Similarly to […]
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6:00 AM | Brian Hooker and Andrew Wakefield send a complaint to the CDC about its vaccine research. Everyone yawns.
The antivaccine movement and conspiracy theories go together like beer and Buffalo wings, except that neither are as good as, yes, beer and Buffalo wings. Maybe it’s more like manure and compost. In any case, the antivaccine movement is rife with conspiracy theories. I’ve heard and written about more than I can remember right now,…
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6:00 AM | PHOTO DU BoB-272
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5:16 AM | The Rise of Data and the Death of Politics
Evgeny Morozov in The Observer (Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images): In the near future, Google will be the middleman standing between you and your fridge, you and your car, you and your rubbish bin, allowing the National Security Agency to satisfy...
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4:59 AM | A New Twist on Flexagons?
For Martin Gardner’s 100th birthday Global Science source Martin Gardner introduced many including myself to the joys of Discrete Mathematics. His glorious monthly column “Mathematical Games” for Scientific American included some continuous mathematics too, of course; one could say it was on “Concrete Mathematics.” However, I conjecture—based on a quick flip of the several books […]
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4:00 AM | A First: Drought Tops List of Californians’ Worries
A new statewide poll reveals a virtual tie between water and jobs atop the most-pressing-issues list.
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3:36 AM | Well-Nigh Wordless Wednesday: On Mammals and Insects… on Mammals!
Well, life keeps getting in the way of blogging, but I really wanted to get SOMETHING up today!  So, I bring you the noble cotton rat: One of my coworkers at the natural history museum where I work live traps small mammals to monitor their population at the museum’s field station.  I finally had an […]
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3:35 AM | Why Are the Paleos Talking About Laundry?
I think I just had one of the more entertaining Twitter conversations ever. I have to share. It started with me whining a bit, because I can: I really ought to do some laundry. Only I don’t want to. — … Continue reading →
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3:04 AM | Microscopic observation in live tissue, awesome! But don’t ignore the methods
It has been far too long since I wrote a blog post. Look out internet, I have a blogging itch that needs scratching, and it’ll probably cause a rash! …I apologize for that mental image. The NIH sent me an email this week (via the various government listservs I’m enrolled in) that was proudly declaring […]
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2:22 AM | How the Big Bang’s alternatives died (Synopsis)
“We were marching down the street, & we were at the head of the troops. We went on marching, & the troops went off to the left.” -Geoffrey Burbidge It’s such a part of our cosmic and scientific history, that it’s difficult to remember that it’s only been for the past 50 years that the…
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2:22 AM | How the Big Bang’s alternatives died
The last serious anti-Big Bang scientists went to their graves lamenting the lack of good alternatives. Here why there are none.Continue reading on Medium »
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2:11 AM | Maestre Lab: Behind the scenes of the Maestre lab (V): Miguel B...
Maestre Lab: Behind the scenes of the Maestre lab (V): Miguel B...: We continue with the series of posts describing the “behind the scenes” of the research presented in the articles we publish (you can ...
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1:39 AM | When was the last 17 year long hiatus (pause) in global warming?
Some time in the 1970s. I keep hearing about this 17 year long pause in global warming. So I went and looked. I did a regression analysis of the last 17 full years of surface temperatures from the GISS database. There is an upward trend in warming during this period and it is statistically significant.…
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1:35 AM | Are You Guilty of Low Self-Esteem Workarounds?
Those of us who struggle with low self-esteem might not like ourselves very much. But, because we’re alive, we like other people and other stuff. As scathingly as we might view our reflections in mirrors or our performance at work, a few things out there in the world still bring us unadulterated joy. No matter […]
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1:14 AM | Francis Galton could be kind of a jerk
As here (from Hereditary Genius, p. 21) Every tutor knows how difficult it is to drive abstract conceptions, even of the simplest kind, into the brains of most people—how feeble and hesitating is their mental grasp—how easily their brains are mazed—how incapable they are of precision and soundness of knowledge. It often occurs to persons familiar with […]
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12:55 AM | Forecasters and Science Writers Knock Weather.Com For Hype
A low-end nor’easter is bringing wind and rain to much of the Northeast U.S. this evening, and Gale Warnings have been posted in the Atlantic as well. As nor’easters go, this is not really a big one, and we will see far worse over the coming months, with some of them bringing snow instead of rain.This is what I told my viewers here in Maryland/ Delaware, and so did many …
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12:54 AM | NFL Fans By U.S. County, According to Twitter
Earlier this year, Facebook used information gathered from its users to determine the most popular NFL team in every U.S. county . Now, Twitter has released its own map of NFL fandom in America – and Twitter's version is interactive. Read more...
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12:54 AM | Exploring Creativity in Temporary Virtual Teams : The Case of Engineering Design - Opus
Exploring Creativity in Temporary Virtual Teams : The Case of Engineering DesignReference:Chamakiotis, P., 2014. Exploring Creativity in Temporary Virtual Teams : The Case of Engineering Design. Thesis (Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)). University of Bath.Related documents: PDF (ChamakiotisP_PhDThesisFinal) - Requires a PDF viewer such as GSview, Xpdf or Adobe Acrobat Reader Download (5MB) | Preview AbstractThe prevalence of Virtual Team (VT) configurations in organizations has come to challenge the […]
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12:41 AM | How To Make a Gory Hand Prop!
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12:15 AM | Lynda Barry, Cartoonist Turned Professor, Gives Her Old Fashioned Take on the Future of Education
With college tuitions ballooning to the point of implosion, and free educational content proliferating online, the future of education is a scorching hot topic. So where are we heading? Coursera and Khan Academy? Video game-based curricula? Experience-driven microlearning? Or school […]test The post Lynda Barry, Cartoonist Turned Professor, Gives Her Old Fashioned Take on the Future of Education appeared first on Australian Science.
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12:11 AM | Comet’s Mars Buzz - NASA Scientist’s ‘Need To...
Comet’s Mars Buzz - NASA Scientist’s ‘Need To Know’ NASA scientist Dr. Michelle L Thaller tells Space.com’s @MiriKramer what you need to know about comet Siding Spring’s fly-by, its implications for the Red Planet and how humans will be able to observe it. Full Coverage: http://goo.gl/0cnCEb By: Video From Space.

October 22, 2014

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11:58 PM | How the United Kingdom Stopped Grade Inflation
Grade inflation, the long-term increase in the average GPA earned by American college students, has worried education observers for years. While the ultimate drawback is perhaps a little unclear (are people really getting hired for jobs or being admitted to law schools who don’t really know what they’re doing because admissions officers and human resource professionals were hoodwinked by high grades?), inflation is a very real thing. In 1991 the average college GPA was 2.93. In 2006 […]
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11:40 PM | Democratic Education: A New Way to Look at Teaching and Learning (Opinion Piece)
Seven-year-old Penelope Day needs both hands to pick up the power drill. Penelope is spending the week at a day camp run by Construction Kids, a Brooklyn-based program that offers building classes throughout the year for kids as young as 2 years old. It’s one of a new and immensely popular wave of programs trying to shift kids away from computer screens toward actual, hands-on activities. Like building things from scratch. Using, yes, real, working power tools. With help […]
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