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April 15, 2014

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12:55 AM | 'Blood Moon' Myths: Superstitions in the Skies
Tonight's "blood moon" has inspired myths, legends, and superstitions. Continue reading →

April 14, 2014

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2:01 PM | The Evolution of Frugivory in the Bat family of Phyllostomidae
This article attempts to address the issue: why do some lineages consist of many species with a large degree of variation where as others have only a few species, with little variation? By using phylogenetic methods this question is investigated using large datasets on bats. This is because the order Chiroptera is one of the […]
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12:24 PM | DNews: Will The Internet Kill Religion?
The Internet is a great tool to connect with others and learn new things. Is it also killing religion? Laci discusses how the rise in Web use might be causing people to lose their religion.
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12:10 PM | DNews: Why Video Games Make You Aggressive
Mainstream media constantly debates whether video games make people more violent. SourceFed's Joe Bereta steps in to discuss a new study that finds a surprising link between video games and aggression.
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9:00 AM | Is there a right way to raise children?
Three pieces in the Sunday NYTimes about how to bring up children ring a bell.  The first, "Raising a Moral Child", asks "What does it take to be a good parent?"  The answer -- yes, there's an answer -- is to praise your child's character, not her or his deed.  "You are a kind person," not, "Sharing your toys with your friend was very kind," will produce a caring, generous adult.Children sharing a milkshake; WikimediaThe second, "Growing Up At Sea", refutes the widespread […]
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7:51 AM | Ethnomineralogy
Ryan went to the Gadget Show last week, and brought me back a present. He bought me three notebooks made from Parax Paper, which (according to the label) is made from stone. He knew I’d be intrigued, and I had to investigate. It turns out that Parax paper is tree-free, made from calcium carbonate (the active ingredient in agricultural lime, and the stuff that makes water hard) and some plastic (HDPE). Its manufacture doesn’t use any water, requires less energy than conventional […]
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7:30 AM | Siete días … 7 a 13 de abril
En esta nueva sección pretendo destacar los avances científicos que se han producido en la semana que termina, con enlaces directos a las noticias más relevantes e incluyendo los artículos originales para que el lector pueda acudir directamente a la fuente … Continue reading →
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7:00 AM | The Most Hateful Man In America Started As A Good Guy
One of the worst bigots in modern history, Fred Phelps was well known for his homophobia and overall hatred of humanity in general. However, there was a time when this repugnant pastor was actually a force for good. Believe it or not, during the '60s and '70s, Fred Phelps was a civil rights attorney. The post The Most Hateful Man In America Started As A Good Guy appeared first on KnowledgeNuts.

April 13, 2014

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7:00 AM | When Three Divers Swam Into The Jaws Of Chernobyl
During the well-documented Chernobyl nuclear disaster, a pool of water used for emergencies in case of a break in the cooling pumps or steam pipes became flooded with a highly radioactive liquid that was in danger of blowing up. The size and specific conditions meant it could have caused virtually the whole of Europe to be enveloped in radiation. Three divers equipped with wetsuits and a faulty lamp dove in to allow the water to drain, with full knowledge they'd die as a result. The post When […]
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5:26 AM | Green Thumbery: The Seedlings are Coming!
Okay, it’s not Friday, but I owe you guys a Green Thumbery post. Plus I spent part of yesterday turning over the soil in the two beds I’ll be planting this spring, and I’m eager to... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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5:26 AM | Green Thumbery: The Seedlings are Coming!
Okay, it’s not Friday, but I owe you guys a Green Thumbery post. Plus I spent part of yesterday turning over the soil in the two beds I’ll be planting this spring, and I’m eager to... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

April 12, 2014

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9:38 AM | Rapid pulse
Ryan and I have been clearing out our cupboards and running down our food supplies, inadvertently doing so at the same time as the Guardian’s Live Better campaign was looking at food waste. In one memorable day I used up four spare eggs, making pancake batter and two batches of Snickerdoodle dough (one which went into the freezer for later) and roasted the butternut squash that had been sitting on the counter for… a while. Mostly it has been less eventful, just making use of […]
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7:00 AM | The First Real Shootout In The Wild, Wild West
We all know gunfighters didn't really square off against each other like the characters in Shane and Gunsmoke . . . only sometimes they did. While it was extremely rare, a few shootists really did meet in the middle of the street to slap leather and do battle. In fact, the first real Wild West showdown (that we know about) was between a man named Davis Tutt and the infamous Wild Bill Hickock himself. The post The First Real Shootout In The Wild, Wild West appeared first […]

April 11, 2014

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2:46 PM | DNews: The Most Painful Places To Get Stung By A Bee
Bee stings can be painful and terribly inconvenient. Does it hurt more to get stung on certain parts of your body? Trace and Joe Bereta from Sourcefed to talk about some of the worst places to get stung by a bee!
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2:28 PM | DNews: Will Electric Shocks Cure Paralysis?
An experimental treatment uses electricity to help people suffering from paralysis stand up and even walk! Could this technique provide a cure for some victims? Tara explains how this therapy works.
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11:00 AM | Time for tea and snickerdoodles
It’s a couple of days until the next stop on my virtual book tour, so it’s time to take off the pith helmet and put my feet up with a cup of tea and a biscuit. In my Smashwords author interview I respond to a question I was asked about my favourite biscuit – which has to be Snickerdoodles. You can’t buy them, you have to make them, and they have nothing whatsoever to do with Snickers chocolate bars, or peanuts in general. They are a divine, spiced* biscuit (cookie) […]
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7:00 AM | The Most Radioactive (And Lonely) Man In Japan
After the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster in 2011, the citizens of Tomioka, Japan were ordered to evacuate. Today, the city is still a ghost town, totally uninhabited except for one man. His name is Naoto Matsumura, and he returned to Tomioka to take care of the town's animals. The post The Most Radioactive (And Lonely) Man In Japan appeared first on KnowledgeNuts.
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2:47 AM | Who needs a classicist? (Installment 2)
Oh come on, Slate.  I would expect this from Buzzfeed, but not you.Original LinkDictionary entry for Slate headline-writing-internh/t Arum ParkPrevious installments of Who needs a classicist?Bones needs a classicist.

April 10, 2014

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10:30 PM | Lab-Grown Vaginas Function in Patients
Four teenage girls have experienced long-term success with implanted vaginal organs that were engineered with their own cells. Continue reading →
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10:24 PM | Stag Parties: Awareness and Elegant Solutions
Kiddo spills her milk. We lock eyes, and she dissolves in a puddle of sadness, crying about how it’s all her fault and she feels SO BAD. “Kiddo, honey, it’s really okay. Let’s get a towel and wipe it... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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4:44 PM | DNews: 5 Amazing Uses For Spit
Saliva is a disgusting mix of water, electrolytes and mucus. Sure, spit might be gross, but it has a TON of medical benefits! Trace is here to break down some of his favorite ways that spit can help you!
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4:29 PM | DNews: Are Pessimistic Brains Different?
Pessimists tend to have a very negative outlook on life. New research shows that this outlook isn't their fault! Anthony discusses how the brain of a pessimist is very different than the brain of an optimist!
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12:34 PM | Defending my PhD Proposal
Today, I am defending my PhD proposal. I’ve been working on this proposal since last summer, and its finally ready for a public defense. I am extremely excited and nervous! […]
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9:52 AM | Can we drive our own evolution?
The way we eat, cook, explore and interact with others can influence our genes, says Jason G Goldman. So how will modern culture shape our children?
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9:00 AM | As remarkable as science, and as unremarkable as most science
Last Saturday we went to the opera---well, to the Met's live broadcast to local movie theaters.  It was Puccini's La Boheme, an amazing, remarkable feat, the match of anything in science.  But there was even more.With something like 4 hours' notice, Kristine Opolais, an up and coming Latvian singer, who had sung the lead in Puccini's Madama Buttefly the night before, and got no sleep, got a message early in the morning asking if she'd sing the lead role, Mimi, in […]
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7:02 AM | The Chinese TV Show That Showed Death Row Inmates’ Last Minutes
The Chinese show Interviews Before Execution took reality TV to unsettling new levels. For six years, reporter Ding Yu interviewed death row inmates, many of whom were only minutes away from walking the green mile. As you might assume, the program was wildly popular, and it sometimes got a bit dramatic. The post The Chinese TV Show That Showed Death Row Inmates’ Last Minutes appeared first on KnowledgeNuts.
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7:01 AM | Zulu Warriors Killed Napoleon (The Fourth)
Napoleon IV, grand-nephew to Napoleon and son to Napoleon III, was killed by Zulus while serving with the British in South Africa at the age of 23. His death caused a major scandal and saw the officer meant to watch over him brought to trial, as well as ending the slim hopes of a Bonapartist restoration in France. The post Zulu Warriors Killed Napoleon (The Fourth) appeared first on KnowledgeNuts.
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7:00 AM | The Many And Varied Types Of Archaeology
Archaeology is one of those careers we'd all like to have, as long as we can be Indiana Jones. It's rarely like that, though, and it's also one of those careers that's been vastly misrepresented by the media. Archaeologists aren't just archaeologists: They're marine and underwater archaeologists, prehistoric archaeologists, battlefield archaeologists, aerial archaeologists, or even biblical archaeologists. The post The Many And Varied Types Of Archaeology appeared first on KnowledgeNuts.

April 09, 2014

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7:00 PM | Knife vs. Gun: What a Weapon Reveals
The close contact required with stabbings could mean more rage, experts say.
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5:17 PM | Magic for Dogs, and What That Says about Vision and Consciousness
I just saw this cute video of a professional magician playing tricks with dogs. It is striking to me just how much the dogs expect the treat to be there, to have fallen to the floor, and also check back …The post Magic for Dogs, and What That Says about Vision and Consciousness appeared first on Neuroanthropology.
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