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August 09, 2014

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7:00 AM | Scorpions Aren’t Nearly As Dangerous As You Think
If there's any creature that's been vilified as being a deadly, sneaky, underhanded threat to humans, it's the scorpion. Only, they're not nearly as dangerous as movies would like you to think. There are more than 1,500 different species of scorpion that have so far been discovered in the world, and only about 25 of them pose a threat to humans---and even those stings aren't any real danger to healthy adults. The post Scorpions Aren’t Nearly As Dangerous As You Think appeared first on […]

August 08, 2014

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5:41 PM | Do Women Lie More Than Men About Eating Animals?
A new study shows that just thinking about the treatment of animals in slaughterhouses causes women—but not men—to "strategically under-report" their meat consumption. Why are women more likely to lie about eating animals? read more
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5:41 PM | Who's Lying About Not Eating Meat?
A new study shows that just thinking about the treatment of animals in slaughterhouses causes women—but not men—to "strategically under-report" their meat consumption. Why are women more likely to lie about eating animals? read more
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3:39 PM | The Wit and Wisdom of Discowrld: The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents
This week’s ‘Wit and Wisdom’ is of ‘The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents’. I am currently re-reading this book and it makes me smile just as much as the first time I read it. Maurice is a cat, who talks, and overseas and overseas a pack of rats – all of who can also […]
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2:09 PM | Three reasons not to exercise
Or, three reasons to exercise better: 1) It hurts. 2) It REALLY hurts. 3) It REALLY hurts for a week. Okay, so you get the message. You may also have gathered that I did some exercise recently and it hurt. You’d be right. But why? Common knowledge seems to blame lactic acid, but this does […]
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1:00 PM | Ebola Epidemic Declared a 'Global Emergency'
The decision came after a rare, two-day closed-door session of the UN health body's emergency committee.
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11:00 AM | Obama Authorizes Air Strikes to Prevent Iraq 'Genocide'
The aim of the strikes is to stop jihadists from moving into autonomous Kurdistan and carrying out a potential genocide against displaced minorities.
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9:47 AM | DNews: Does Ibuprofen Affect Your Emotional State?
It turns out that the pain reliever Ibuprofen may have an impact on emotional as well as physical pain.
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7:00 AM | How To Prove Henry Ford Was Dumb (In Court)
Henry Ford once sued the Chicago Tribune for slander because it called him an ignorant anarchist. In court, the defense attorney decided to demonstrate Ford’s ignorance and lack of patriotism by asking him basic American history questions. The automobile tycoon consistently missed these questions, and court transcripts of his buffoonery became popular reading at the time. Ultimately, the court ruled in Ford’s favor and awarded him six cents. The post How To Prove Henry Ford Was […]

August 07, 2014

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3:32 PM | DNews: Goodbye Plain Joe, Hello ... Buttered Coffee?
What's the hot new food "thing"? Buttered coffee, that's what. Or, that's the idea anyway. Tara has the skinny on a new brew that some think holds promise as a weight-loss and well-being beverage.
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9:32 AM | How animals deal with infection
Other species evolved clever ways to protect themselves from catching illness long before we developed treatments. What do they do?
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9:00 AM | Water, water everywhere, and then some drops to drink: Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, and the Life-Dust rationale
This week comes the news that a European spacecraft probe called Rosetta has gotten into an interesting triangular orbit around a comet named 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, that itself is in orbit around our sun.  This is quite a technical and engineering feat that's interesting in its own right, because getting there required about 10 years, over 6 billions of miles of travel, orbiting around the sun to use solar and planetary gravity to give it a sling so it didn't have to use its […]
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8:25 AM | The Electric Car Is A Much Older Idea Than You May Think
With a nearly global push to be more environmentally friendly, electric cars are the new, up-and-coming thing. Only, they're nothing new. In 1897, the London streets were patrolled by a fleet of all-electric taxis, and the idea was first developed in the 1830s. The post The Electric Car Is A Much Older Idea Than You May Think appeared first on KnowledgeNuts.
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8:15 AM | Ski piste archaeology, elusive hunter-gatherers and WWI – Traversar VIII
Time to finally write a last “Traversar” post for this year. There are really two sides to our Passes of the Grison Project. Mostly we do inventory related work. We survey the study areas and record any archaeological sites we … Continue reading →

August 06, 2014

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5:09 PM | DNews: Are We on the Brink of Mass Extinction Number 6?
Some scientists are arguing that humans today are wiping out animal species at a rate that matches up with past mass die-offs. Is the end nigh? Laci Green has the details.
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3:25 PM | Commuters Tilt Train to Free Trapped Passenger
Dozens of Australian commuters banded together to lift a train and free a passenger whose leg was caught between the platform and the train.
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12:55 PM | Giving the Past a Face: Facial Reconstructions
Excavations in Edinburgh revealed a previously undiscovered cemetery dating to the 1500s. The South Leith Parish Church cemetery was discovered while working on the new Edinburgh Trams project. Over the last five […]
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11:30 AM | How to Trick the Ebola Virus
Many potential drug cures remain in the laboratory -- and one treatment won't fit all.
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11:00 AM | What will the future of education look like?
Scientific American’s August supplement takes a look at the changing landscape of education in the face of emerging technology, and asks the question, how do we increase interest and engagement in... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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11:00 AM | What will the future of education look like?
Scientific American’s August supplement takes a look at the changing landscape of education in the face of emerging technology, and asks the question, how do we increase interest and engagement in... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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9:00 AM | It's a mushroom kind of day
Well, it's summer time, and the livin' is easy.  We've had a lot of rain, and the result, along with flooded basements, is that mushrooms are sprouting up all over.  They seem to grow, just like Topsy, without any other explanation, and with a speed that would make a science reporter's head spin.  At the same time, various outrageous science stories are sprouting like mushrooms, stories we don't even have the inclination to comment seriously on.  Not on a sultry day, when […]
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7:50 AM | The Difference Between Pigs, Hogs, And Wild Boars
Pigs, hogs, boars---they all wallow in mud, root around, and can destroy nearly any vegetation in their path. But what makes a pig a pig and not a boar or hog? Ultimately, there's no cut-and-dried difference, because farmers, hunters, and regular folk all use these terms a little differently and interchangeably. However, "pig" usually refers to the barnyard variety, a wild boar is the kind that lives out in nature and is the ancestor of domestic pigs, and "hog" is used to describe larger pigs […]

August 05, 2014

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6:20 PM | Greens in Gaza
I’m not a politician. I’m not a diplomat. I’m not an expert on foreign policy. It’s hard to watch what’s happening in Gaza and the West Bank with any equanimity; over 1300 Palestinians have been killed so far, including 315 children and and 166 women. I believe that more unites us and divides us, and that’s certainly true of the people in Gaza. They are farmers, gardeners and foragers. In 2008, a team of ethnobotanists from Palestine published a […]
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5:26 PM | Does death change our online networks?
A good friend of mine passed away in June. John had cancer. Before you offer condolences, you should know he did not want to be mourned. It’s been a hard request to follow, but he felt he had... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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5:26 PM | Does death change our online networks?
A good friend of mine passed away in June. John had cancer. Before you offer condolences, you should know he did not want to be mourned. It’s been a hard request to follow, but he felt he had... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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2:14 PM | DNews: Is Running 7 Minutes a Day the Key to Good Health?
A new study spanning 15 years found that even a light run of just a handful of minutes per day could make for a healthier, longer-lived you. Tara Long shares the details.
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7:36 AM | School Shootings Are Not Just Modern Phenomena
With the relatively recent rash of school shootings in the United States, educators, psychologists, parents, and politicians alike have struggled to rationalize just what drives a young person to commit such a horrible, horrible act. Bizarrely, school shootings and violence aren't a new thing, and looking back through the centuries will show that schools have always been a hotbed of violence. From a bombing in 1927 that killed 45 people in Bath, Michigan to a 10-year-old girl who was shot in […]
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3:45 AM | Roman Bioarchaeology Carnival XLIII
As predicted, bunches of stuff came out in July, which tends to be the most popular month for announcing Roman-era (and other-era) bioarchaeology finds.Pre-Roman Europe14 July. Vintage bling: Ancient Celts may have had shiny dental implants (LiveScience). A dental implant dating to the 3rd century BC was found in France. It seems the researchers who found the female skeleton can't actually tell if the implant was inserted before or after death.  They assume, though, that it was for […]

August 04, 2014

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11:00 PM | 'Hobbit' Human Had Down Syndrome
Skeletal remains found in 2004 point to a human with Down syndrome, not a new species.
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6:23 PM | Our Brains Sync Up When TV Ads Click
Brainwaves can predict an audience's reaction to television content, a new study shows. Continue reading →
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