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October 31, 2014

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4:01 AM | The Truth Behind Online Dating: What Motivates Users and Companies
Read Part 1 of this series here: The Truth Behind Online Dating: What Is and Isn’t Real People are shallow. Psychological science has demonstrated that people often use a “what is beautiful is good” mental shortcut.1 People tend to assume positive characteristics about others based on physical attractiveness, even though these perceptions are not accurate. This bias for beauty has been shown in all types of contexts that are not limited to online dating. A classic […]
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3:00 AM | You Are Here: Around the World in 92 Minutes
By Chris Hadfield Synopsis: In You Are Here, astronaut Chris Hadfield creates a surprisingly intimate and compelling visual essay about the planet we live on, choosing the best from the thousands of photos he took on the […]
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3:00 AM | Gargantua, il primo e più ‘realistico’ buco nero del grande schermo
Si tratta di una simulazione senza precedenti, quella concepita da uno degli esperti più rinomati nel campo dei buchi neri, che sarà protagonista del film Interstellar, un epico viaggio nello spazio scritto e diretto da Christopher Nolan, in uscita nelle sale il prossimo 7 Novembre. L’oggetto sembra ruotare quasi alla velocità della luce, trascinandosi con sè […]
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1:22 AM | Whyever?
Whyever do they call this the #PeekabooTrail? #BryceCanyon #Utah pic.twitter.com/ZIwEpeHRJG— russwilliamsiii (@russwilliamsiii) October 23, 2014 [Wife, Ann, strikes her Ursula Undress pose.]
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1:17 AM | "Here's to Personhood for Tommy"
For support/shares of my 1st post for @TIMEIdeas, my thanks: here's to personhood for #chimpanzee Tommy http://t.co/ULbGjQr1Rq #anthropology— Barbara J King (@bjkingape) October 28, 2014
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1:04 AM | Welcome, Beavers
Beavers "welcomed into the landscape as defense against withering effects of a warmer drier climate" http://t.co/GZAOxs4oex #climatechange— Barbara J King (@bjkingape) October 28, 2014 "Beavers have evolved to respond to the sound of running water by trying to stop it, because their survival depends on a full pond. (A Yellowstone National Park biologist reported that when he briefly kept a beaver in his basement with plans to reintroduce it to a local stream, it kept frantically clawing […]
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12:30 AM | Orphan drug market to reach $176bn by 2020
New report suggests market will almost double in five years
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12:23 AM | What in the world am I doing.... Going with the flow. #brain #painting in progress. #art
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12:15 AM | The Best of Australian Science: October 2014
It’s the end of October, 2014 and it our time to review the top highlights for this month. These would be our choice for the previous period. Efficiency and Benefits of Massage Therapy by Maya Edberg The advancements in medicine […]test The post The Best of Australian Science: October 2014 appeared first on Australian Science.
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12:11 AM | Social psychology has lost its balance
The New Yorker has an interesting article about a lack of political diversity in social psychology and how that may be leading to a climate of bias against conservative researchers, ideas and the evidence that might support them. Some of the evidence for a bias against conservative thinking in social psychology goes back some years, […]
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12:02 AM | The School of Psychology’s Health and Clinical Psychology Research Group (H&CPRG) is pleased to present a session of Clinical Program completion presentations
The School of Psychology’s Health and Clinical Psychology Research Group (H&CPRG) is pleased to present a session of Clinical Program completion presentationsOn Wednesday the 5th of November the H&CPRG is holding a special session for students presenting their research conducted as part of their clinical training.When: Wednesday 5th November, starting at 4pm.Where: Keats Reading Room, Psychology (Aviation) Building. Video-conferenced to the Science Offices Meeting Room, […]
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12:01 AM | Spook Me, Please: What Psychology Tells Us About the Appeal of Halloween
By guest blogger Mathias ClasenIt’s the time of year, at least in our part of the world, when darkness encroaches on us—literally and metaphorically. The symbols and agents of darkness dominate Halloween decorations everywhere, and Halloween is growing in popularity across Europe and in the US. According to the National Retail Federation, US Halloween spending now exceeds $7 billion. In the UK, Halloween is worth about £330 million.Why is this Americanized version of the […]
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12:00 AM | Science Book a Day Interviews Jordan D Brown
Special thanks to Jordan D Brown for answering 5 questions about his recently featured book – Crazy Concoctions: A Mad Scientist’s Guide to Messy Mixtures For more than 18 years, Jordan D. Brown has written numerous […]

October 30, 2014

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11:53 PM | Hubble sees 'ghost light' from dead galaxies
NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has picked up the faint, ghostly glow of stars ejected from ancient galaxies that were gravitationally ripped apart several billion years ago. The mayhem happened 4 billion light-years away, inside an immense collection of nearly 500 galaxies nicknamed "Pandora's Cluster," also known as Abell 2744. Subject:  Astronomy/Cosmology
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11:48 PM | Novel tinnitus therapy helps patients cope with phantom noise
Patients with tinnitus hear phantom noise and are sometimes so bothered by the perceived ringing in their ears, they have difficulty concentrating. A new therapy does not lessen perception of the noise but appears to help patients cope better with it in their daily lives, according to new research. Subject:  Health & Medicine
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11:31 PM | New #brain #painting underway! #art #science
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11:27 PM | Giant tortoises gain a foothold on a Galapagos Island
A population of endangered giant tortoises, which once dwindled to just over a dozen, has recovered on the Galapagos island of Española, a finding described as "a true story of success and hope in conservation" by the lead author of a study published October 28th. Some 40 years after the first captive-bred tortoises were reintroduced to the island by the Galapagos National Park Service, the endemic Española giant tortoises are reproducing and restoring some of the […]
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11:15 PM | Plump turtles are better swimmers
For the first time, researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Florida Atlantic University (FAU), and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have measured the forces that act on a swimming animal and the energy the animal must expend to move through the water. A surprising finding: Longer, slender turtles are less efficient swimmers than more rotund turtles, which get better stroke for their buck. Subject:  Animal Research
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11:09 PM | How much weight is the “Ocean Atlas” really carrying on its shoulders?
Artist Jason deCaires Taylor has teamed up with B.R.E.E.F. to create “Ocean Atlas”, the worlds largest underwater sculpture. Underwater reef, diverter of tourists from natural reefs and a new hub for underwater selfies, “Ocean Atlas” is a sculpture of a woman supposedly holding the weight of the ocean on her shoulders. Which of course led my tiny science mind to wonder…exactly how […]
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11:09 PM | How much weight is the “Ocean Atlas” really carrying on its shoulders?
Artist Jason deCaires Taylor has teamed up with B.R.E.E.F. to create “Ocean Atlas”, the worlds largest underwater sculpture. Underwater reef, diverter of tourists from natural reefs and a new hub for underwater selfies, “Ocean Atlas” is a sculpture of a woman supposedly holding the weight of the ocean on her shoulders. Which of course led my tiny science mind to wonder…exactly how […]
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11:00 PM | #flashbackfriday Science Book a Day Interviews Scott Aaronson
This week’s #flashbackfriday is from January 27, 2014. It is an interview that we did with Scott Aaronson, who answered 5 questions about his featured book – Quantum Computing since Democritus. The book was an exploration about the maths, computer science […]
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10:45 PM | Eric Frein, Suspect Wanted In Shooting Death Of Trooper, In Custody
Police say Frein opened fire on two state troopers at the Pocono Mountains more than a month ago. He was described as a survivalist.
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10:44 PM | TWiM 90: Think globally, act locally
I usually don’t post TWiM episodes here, but #90 has a lot of virology. In this episode, recorded in La Jolla, CA at the annual meeting of the Southern California Branch of the American Society for Microbiology, I first speak with Laurene Mascola, Chief of Acute Communicable Diseases at the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. Dr. […]
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10:18 PM | Tale of demon-possessed house is refuted by former residents
This is a follow-up to a story we posted last February about a supposedly demon-infested house near Pittsburgh. Mr. Cranmer didn’t appreciate our skepticism for his outrageous stories. Neither do the former residents of the so-called haunted house. Former residents of Brentwood ‘demon’ house dispute book’s claims. In his recently released book “The Demon of Brownsville… Source: Doubtful News
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10:17 PM | Cassini Spies a Sunny Day on Titan's Seas
During a recent flyby of Saturn's moon Titan, NASA's Cassini mission captured some breathtaking infrared views of the small world, photographing sunlight glinting off its hydrocarbon seas. Continue reading →
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10:14 PM | My five daughters play hockey
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10:12 PM | PEBS Neuroethics Roundup (JHU)
Last Edition's Most Popular Article(s): New Antidepressant: Rapid Agent Restores Pleasure-Seeking Ahead of Other Antidepressant Action, ScienceDaily Upcoming Event: International Neuroethics Society Annual Meeting Washington, D.C. November 13-14, 2014 In The Popular Press: Your Brain’s Response to Vile Images Says...
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10:06 PM | The Way Architecture Imitates Life, Biology Meets Geometry
Biology can be inspirational.  The spiral ramps in multistory parking garages, the way they are stacked and connecting parallel levels, are replications of helical structures found in a ubiquitous membrane structure in the cells of the body - Terasaki ramps in an organelle called the endoplasmic reticulum (ER), a network of membranes found throughout the cell and connected to and surrounding the cell nucleus. A team of researchers have described endoplasmic reticulum geometry using […]
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10:06 PM | Spooky Spider
I love Halloween. It’s the time of year when I can leave all the spider webs up around the front stoop and call them decorations. This harmless garden spider, the Black and Yellow Argiope (Argiope aurantia) is not long for the world. She’ll die soon as the nights grow colder. But I’ll keep an eye on her wee ones in the egg sac she left by the railing. In the spring the baby spiders will hatch out, spin a little silk parachute to catch the breeze and sail away to a new home! […]
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10:00 PM | Photo of the Week – October 30, 2014
I’ve always had a difficult time taking pleasing landscape photos in heavy fog.  I love the way prairies and wetlands look on foggy days, but I rarely come away with a scenic photo I’m happy with.  Fortunately, I can (and … Continue reading →
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