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December 25, 2014

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9:18 PM | Just Yuri & me this year.
Just Yuri & me this year.
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6:00 PM | How to make an origami universe
The rules by which gravity sculpts the cosmos are mirrored in the Japanese art of paper folding – we show you how to do it yourself (full text available to subscribers)
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5:49 PM | How Do Dogs See The World? What kind of vision do dogs actually...
How Do Dogs See The World? What kind of vision do dogs actually have? How good is it, how bad is it? What’s it like in contrast to human vision? How far can they see? Can dogs see colors? Which ones? By: Think Fact.
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3:00 PM | New Scientist 2014 holiday quiz
Oops, we forgot to tell you there's an end-of-year exam. QI elf James Harkin will test you on Neanderthals, raindrops on the sun, Agatha Christie and more
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2:16 PM | beatricebiologist: Science Christmas cookies! Nom Nom Noël!
beatricebiologist: Science Christmas cookies! Nom Nom Noël!
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12:37 PM | Top nephrology-related stories of 2014
Another year has come and gone. 2014 featured some novel therapies for hyperkalemia and the notable failure of the SYMPLICITY-3 trial for renal denervation in resistant hypertension. ASN Kidney Week continues to grow and each year includes more and more social media. Its fun to be a part of it.I also want to make a last minute honorable mention: The new US Kidney Allocation System- This had been in the works for several years and was implemented on December 4th of this year. Some of the […]
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10:56 AM | 2014 SkS Weekly News Roundup #52A
4 legal battles this year that were all about climate change 12 ways to deal with a climate change denier – the BBQ guide 2014: An epic year for climate change and other weather-related disasters Australia faces a stormier future thanks to climate change China confirms its southern glaciers are disappearing Climate change mitigation: a man's world? Could flooding finally wake Americans up to the climate crisis? Fast Finland warming means blue Christmas for Santa Flood, drought […]
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9:51 AM | Darwin's Voyage Captured In Sketches And Watercolors
A nice article in the Guardian tells the story of Conrad Martens, an artist who accompanied Darwin for the first few years of his voyage to South America and beyond. Martens sketches and watercolors helped capture not just the lives of local people, landscapes and seascapes but shipboard and other research activity of crew and of Charles Darwin.Now all this material has been put together in a digital archive accessible via the Cambridge University Library. Darwin's Christmas of 1833 with […]
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8:00 AM | thekidshouldseethis: So here’s the question: Do Pygmy Seahorses...
thekidshouldseethis: So here’s the question: Do Pygmy Seahorses hide among corals that match their skin? Or do they change their skin to match the corals? Find out…
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5:30 AM | Global warming may benefit some farmers
Danish scientists predict that while global warming will lead to drought and flooding across the world, Danish agriculture may well benefit.
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2:05 AM | TWiM #94: Nitrochondria
Vincent, Elio, and Michael discuss a symbiosis between a nitrogen-fixing cyanobacteria and a single-celled eukaryotic alga.   Links for this episode:   Unicellular cyanobacterium and alga symbiosis (Science) Diversity of nitrogen-fixing cyanobacterium and its host (Environ Micro) Talmudic Question #4 (answer) Talmudic Question #2 Coccolithophore (Wikipedia) Visit microbeworld.org/twim to view the complete shownotes and entire back catalog.
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1:11 AM | Why do our teeth chatter when we’re cold? This week,...
Why do our teeth chatter when we’re cold? This week, “A Bond Unbroken” asks, “Why do our teeth chatter when we’re cold?” By: Mental Floss. Store: http://store.mentalfloss.com/ (enter promo code: “YoutubeFlossers” for 15% off!)
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12:22 AM | Project Orion Nuclear Propulsion - 1950s Tests Raw footage of...
Project Orion Nuclear Propulsion - 1950s Tests Raw footage of early “nuclear pulse propulsion” tests aimed at inexpensive interplanetary travel; essentially nuclear bombs driving spacecraft via Newton’s laws. 1963’s Test Ban Treaty damped further experimentation. Credit: National Archives By: Video From Space.
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12:00 AM | ftcreature: Little Leaf Sheep Nudibranch Grazes Adorably...
ftcreature: Little Leaf Sheep Nudibranch Grazes Adorably Underwater This is going to shock you, but the creature you’re looking at is a sea slug, or nudibranch. That being said, how much does this thing look like a little undersea sheep made out of seaweed? I have dubbed thee a leaf sheep. Formally, these nudibranchs are called Costasiella kuroshimae. The little leaf sheep is only a few millimeters in length and feeds on the green algae,Avrainvillea. It even grazes like a […]

December 24, 2014

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11:33 PM | What the Earth Looked Like from Gemini V Gemini V might not...
What the Earth Looked Like from Gemini V Gemini V might not have been the most exciting mission, but the views was spectacular! Check out my collection of favourite mission images over on Vintage Space: http://www.popsci.com/gemini-vs-long-breathtaking-mission By: Amy Shira Teitel.
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10:43 PM | The Wetsuit: Where did it come from? Today wetsuits are...
The Wetsuit: Where did it come from? Today wetsuits are considered essential equipment for most divers — but this wasn’t always the case. Tune in to learn how a brilliant physicist created this Stuff of (underwater) Genius. By: How Stuff Works.
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9:54 PM | What Is Life? Is Death Real? So what is the difference between...
What Is Life? Is Death Real? So what is the difference between you and a rock? This seems like an easy, even stupid question. But even the smartest people on earth have no idea where to draw the line between living and dead things. Which leads to mind-blowing implications. What is life after all? And is death really a thing? Lets look into it together. http://waitbutwhy.com/ has the follow up article up: http://bit.ly/1vJBzCU Have I mentionend yet that you should read it? Check them out, by […]
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9:06 PM | Jeanette Bonnell on Paleontologist Profile Curious what...
Jeanette Bonnell on Paleontologist Profile Curious what it’s like to volunteer on a paleontological dig? Here is a taste of what to expect from dinosaur dig volunteer Jeanette Bonnell! By: Dinologue.
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8:16 PM | Shelf Life Episode 2 - Turtles and Taxonomy Individual...
Shelf Life Episode 2 - Turtles and Taxonomy Individual specimens may hold great beauty in the eye of the uninitiated observer, but for scientists, the real wonder lies in the connections that inspire research questions. Herpetology Curator Darrel Frost talks taxonomy—the science of classification. For even more taxonomy and a brief (yet discerning) history of Western classification, head over to the episode website for some beautiful volumes from the Museum’s Rare Book Collection: […]
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8:13 PM | Have fun opening all the presents under that lavishly decorated,...
Have fun opening all the presents under that lavishly decorated, sparklingly illuminated, photosynthetic fractal you have sitting in your living room! (image of fir growth pattern via Wikipedia)
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7:27 PM | Silicon Valley Goes to Space Space has long been the domain of...
Silicon Valley Goes to Space Space has long been the domain of powerful governments. But now new commercial space ventures is taking off, from mining the moon to private rocket ship rides to the edge of space. Still, space exploration is fraught with challenges and risks, for both investors and those seeking to experience the thrill of space. By: QUEST Science.
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6:38 PM | The Ups and Downs of Air Turbulence by scishow: Ever wonder why...
The Ups and Downs of Air Turbulence by scishow: Ever wonder why sometimes the airplane you’re flying on decides to lurch suddenly and cause your little baggie of peanuts to spill all over the place? Join Hank on SciShow today as he explores the in and outs and the ups and downs of turbulence. Support on Subbable: https://subbable.com/scishow
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6:23 PM | New Research on Tree Rings as Indicators of Past Climate
This is a repost from Greg Laden's Blog. A new study has recently been published that looks at the ecology of bristlecone pine growth at Sheep Mountain, and the tree ring signal those trees produce, at high altitudes in the Southwestern US. This is important because tree rings are an often used proxyindicator for reconstructing past climates. Those who keep track of the paleoclimate research will recall, for example, that tree rings were one of the proxyindicators used by Michael Mann and his […]
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6:12 PM | "Can’t they understand that the Grinch in my story is the Hero of Christmas? Sure, he starts..."
“Can’t they understand that the Grinch in my story is the Hero of Christmas? Sure, he starts out as a villain, but it’s not how you start out that counts. It’s what you are at the finish.” - Dr. Seuss Watch how he put together the classic Green Eggs & Ham →
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6:00 PM | Storm warning: Can crystal-gazing predict the weather?
It's easy to make a storm glass – just mix the chemicals and watch crystals form and disappear. But there might be a scientific basis to its supposed powers (full text available to subscribers)
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5:49 PM | Angular Momentum of a System Paul Andersen explains how the...
Angular Momentum of a System Paul Andersen explains how the angular momentum of a system can be calculated by determining the angular momentum of all individual objects within the system. An inquiry activity using a gyroscope is also included. By: Bozeman Science.
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5:06 PM | Precursors of human sperm and eggs made from stem cells
Reprogrammed adult human cells can produce germ cells, precursors of sperm and eggs.
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5:03 PM | A Visit to India: New Space Collaborations and New Friendships with Role Models for Women in STEM
NASA Chief Scientist Ellen Stofan discusses her recent trip to India to speak at the India-U.S. Technology Summit in Delhi and Miranda House a the University of Dehli on women in STEM careers.
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4:45 PM | Body Cameras On Cops: Do They Work?
The mere presence or absence of a camera does not deter violent behavior. We know this through decades of research on CCTV demonstrating that video monitoring has little to…
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4:30 PM | Want to climb the pop music charts? Don’t put science in your lyrics
Analysis of Asian pop songs finds lack of meaty science
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