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April 20, 2014

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7:46 AM | GABRIEL GARCIA MARQUEZ AND FIDEL CASTRO: A COMPLEX AND NUANCED COMRADERIE
Joel Whitney at Al Jazeera: Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s 1967 novel “One Hundred Years of Solitude” is hailed as a masterpiece and harbinger of the literary genre, magical realism, a style of writing that influenced everyone from Isabel Allende to Salman...
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7:37 AM | Playing the numbers, Salmonella-at-Cuban-resort edition
When barfing endlessly, it’s of little comfort to know you represent only 1.5% of possible barfers. Yet that is the insensitive numbers game tour operators like Thomas Cook continue to play when they confirm 29 cases of “mild illness” reported … Continue reading →
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7:33 AM | Upper Sunvex Parry Arc 19.4.2014
Observed phenomena: Halo phenomena Light source: Sun Origin: High clouds (cirrostratus) Observed halo forms: 22° halo Parhelia Sun pillar Upper …Continue reading →
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7:28 AM | Should swimming pools have restaurant-like grades for safety? Toronto thinks so
Operators of pools, spas, hot tubs and wading pools in Toronto could soon be required to post on-site inspection notices, letting the public know if any health and safety violations have taken place. In 2011, the Star revealed that pool … Continue reading →
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7:00 AM | The Terrifying Hannibal Lecter Was Based On A Real Criminal
One of the all-time scariest fictional villains, Hannibal Lecter has terrified moviegoers and book lovers for over 30 years. However, what's even scarier is the fact that the liver-eating cannibal was based on a real killer. Alfredo Balli Trevino was a Mexican doctor who met Thomas Harris in the 1960s and left a very strong impression on the young writer. The post The Terrifying Hannibal Lecter Was Based On A Real Criminal appeared first on KnowledgeNuts.
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6:00 AM | PHOTO DU BoB-087
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5:21 AM | Wooster’s Fossils of the Week: A scleractinian coral and its tube-dwelling symbionts (Middle Jurassic of Israel)
I have a weakness for the beautiful scleractinian corals of the Matmor Formation (Middle Jurassic, Callovian-Oxfordian) of southern Israel. This particular specimen is Microsolena aff. M. sadeki from locality C/W-367 in Hamakhtesh Hagadol, southern Israel. (The “aff.” in the name means “affinities with”. It is a way of saying this looks like a particular species, […]
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5:05 AM | Weekly Science Picks
Indeed, it’s Sunday again. But, it’s not only Sunday. It’s Easter for all Christians all over the globe. Happy Easter to everyone! Also, it’s our time to recapitulate what have happened in this week. To be honest, the task was [...]testThe post Weekly Science Picks appeared first on Australian Science.
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5:00 AM | Gravitational Wave Astrophysics
The detection and analysis of the gravitational radiation emitted by diverse astrophysical and cosmological sources promises to open a completely new window to the exploration of the Universe. The developments towards […]
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4:56 AM | silent storms
Happy Easter Sunday: the first Sunday after the Full Moon that occurs on or after the vernal equinox. they really take the hot cross buns tradition seriously here in australia. i've eaten SO MANY in recent weeks since they're all over the farmer's markets. i dont think i knew what they actually were until i moved here - small, square fruit bread. yum! now enjoy this timelapse of some fantastic northern lights sequences over norway. Silent Storms from Ole C. Salomonsen on Vimeo.
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4:44 AM | Sperm whale language under scrutiny
Using the latest acoustic technology, a new project aims to decode the sperm whale’s language and its various dialects.
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4:38 AM | Quantum Field Theory in A Cavity
Quantum Field Theory in A Cavity So I’m still mired in final exams–this time a final project for my quantum field theory course.  The downside is that it will be yet another week before my next “real” post. The upside is that I still have a … Continue reading → The post Quantum Field Theory in A Cavity appeared first on The Physics Mill.
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4:27 AM | In Praise Of P=NP Proofs
Why they can be important Advertising source Joe Bloggs is not a computer scientist, at least not one that we know. As noted by Wikipedia, Joe Bloggs is a “placeholder name” like “John Doe” or “Jane Roe” in the US, or “Ashok Kumar” in India. Sometimes real people have or acquire the placeholder names: Ashok […]
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4:23 AM | Kinder Morgan permits 5 wells in St Johns CO2 field
The Arizona Oil & Gas Conservation Commission approved permits (#1189-1193) to Kinder Morgan CO2 Co. for 5 wells to develop the St. John's carbon dioxide field in eastern Arizona.Kinder Morgan plans on investing $1 billion in the CO2 operation - $700 million for field development and $300 million for a 230 mile pipeline to move the gas to a main pipeline in New Mexico that takes it to the Permian Basin oil fields where it will be used in enhanced oil recovery.
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4:10 AM | Food safety in Lebanon: experts emphasize need for measures after scandals
Lebanon is in need of effective food safety measures in light of the series of food scandals that the country has witnessed, ministries and experts say. The Lebanese food industry is rife with serious issues, said AUB Professor Zeina Kassaify. … Continue reading →
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3:55 AM | Texas family bouncing back after two boys sickened by E. coli last year
In May 2013, public health buffoon Dr. Eric Wilke of the Brazos County Health Department in College Station, Texas, declared to a press conference that an E. coli O157 outbreak that landed two brothers in hospital was “a fluke” as … Continue reading →
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3:37 AM | visualizingmath: Mathematical Object Minimalist Posters by...
visualizingmath: Mathematical Object Minimalist Posters by Visualizingmath. (Yes, I actually attempted to make something!) Thank you to Curiosamathematica for creating the Klein Bottle image! These are are
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3:25 AM | Imported berry mix cake suspected to be the source of Hepatitis A in Norway
I’m still pissed I can’t figure out where my frozen berries are coming from. Sure, I live in a sub-tropical climate with an abundance of berries, but retailers with the frozen berries will go for the cheapest source. And frozen … Continue reading →
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3:12 AM | Vegas Firefly still doesn’t get food safety
In June 2013, Las Vegas’ Firefly Tapas Kitchen and Bar was linked to over 250 cases of salmonellosis. Investigators fingered cross-contaminated chorizo as the likely source. At the time of the outbreak owner Tabitha Simmons was quoted as saying, “It’s just … Continue reading →
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3:12 AM | New Dogfish Management Rules Proposed
Earlier this week some new rules were proposed for spiny dogfish management on the east coast.  The changes affect three key parts of the fishery management plan for spiny dogfish: quota set aside for research, essential fish habitat, and the … Continue reading →
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3:11 AM | Eagles Adopt Unhatched Offspring Of Dinner
Here in Minnesota we do things a little different sometimes. Let me splain. First, a little background. Bird parental investment is intense, or at least it can be. You all know the stories. A bunch of carp are regularly fed in a pond, so they learn to come to the edge of the water when…
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2:32 AM | Rituals,Traditions and Customs: Creating Meaning
After 26 years together (we met April 15, 1988 and fell for each other instantly), I've grown to embrace Rick's refusal to accept traditions just because they exist or to celebrate holidays because they are on a calendar. It took some time to get used to, since my mom loves holidays and traditions and I grew up under that mindset, but over time I've gotten to like what's replaced it: our own traditions and rituals.We don't do anything about the New Year, because, well, we're usually asleep or […]
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2:14 AM | Play the Dynamic Ecology GeoGuessr Challenge!
In an old Friday linkfest I plugged GeoGuessr, which uses Google Street View images to simulate the experience of being dropped in a random location somewhere on Earth. Your challenge is to figure out where you are solely by driving … Continue reading →
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2:09 AM | How the Government Spends $5 of Your Tax Money (Infographic)
Every dollar you pay in taxes to the federal government is divvied up between a number of different programs. Here’s how your taxes wouldv’e been spent if you only had to pay $5 last year. (Click image to enlarge) 
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1:36 AM | Best of mcguire: ruthless simplicity
A few days ago, the article Boring Systems Build Badass Businesses appeared on Hacker News. In one comment, idlewan wrote, "It's not about the end result, it's about using better tools to get to it," arguing the case for specialized tools, in this case some CSS compiler. In response, mcguire wrote: How old is your CSS compiler? After gaining a fair amount of experience with various technologies over the years (by which I mean, getting burned (especially by things that seem wonderful and then […]
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1:17 AM | Meet Australia’s Easter Bunny: the Long-Eared Greater Bilby
Easter in Australia is pretty much the same as Easter elsewhere in the world. We do Easter egg hunts and put sad-looking yellow chickens with loose eyespots on display in straw nests and eat nothing... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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1:09 AM | Wolf Weekly Wrap- Up – Defenders of Wildlife Blog
California wavering on protection for gray wolves under state law; Defenders of Wildlife featured on the HLN’s Jane Velez-Mitchell show tonight; A close up look at the science: wolf breeding pairs in Idaho; bad bills for Mexican gray wolves in … Continue reading →
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1:00 AM | Finding Stable Matches: The Mathematics of Computer Dating -...
Finding Stable Matches: The Mathematics of Computer Dating - Professor Tony Mann Can an algorithm find true love? Professor Mann looks at the mathematics that powers dating. Computer systems use mathematics to fly aircraft, carry out complex financial transactions and calculate the optimal design for racing cars. But mathematics helps solve many other problems: how to assign students to rooms in university halls of residence? how a computer dating agency can most effectively pair off its […]
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12:59 AM | Protect Rare Bird Species from Extinction
Western yellow-billed cuckoos once lived in abundance in the Western United States. Due to the near-total destruction of their natural habitat, they now face possible extinction. Tell the government to save this species by granting it federal protection. See on … Continue reading →
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12:54 AM | Book Review: Why science does not disprove God
Why science does not disprove God Amir Aczel Right or wrong, this is one of the best books that I have read in a while. Not that the book is perfect, but it is quite entertaining and thought-provoking. Its main message is that science cannot be used to disprove the existence of God, simply because …
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