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April 25, 2014

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4:31 AM | Review: Faraday, Maxwell and the Electromagnetic Field by Nancy Forbes and Basil Mahon
On sale now. Quick, what was the most pivotal breakthrough of the 19th century? And no, it wasn’t “steampunk”… it was our understanding of electromagnetism, a breakthrough that fundamentally altered our civilization. Electric lights, refrigerators, hi-fis and blogging wouldn’t exist without it. This week’s review looks at the lives and times of two inventors and [...]
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3:36 AM | Review: Faraday, Maxwell and the Electromagnetic Field by Nancy Forbes and Basil Mahon
On sale now. Quick, what was the most pivotal breakthrough of the 19th century? And no, it wasn’t “steampunk”… it was our understanding of electromagnetism, a breakthrough that fundamentally altered our civilization. Electric lights, refrigerators, hi-fis and blogging wouldn’t exist without it. This week’s review looks at the lives and times of two inventors and [...]
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3:07 AM | Throwback Thursday: You NEED more science in your politics (Synopsis)
“One of my favorite philosophical tenets is that people will agree with you only if they already agree with you. You do not change people’s minds.”  -Frank Zappa I want you to think about your deep, personal convictions. Think about your values, the issues that you feel define you at your core, and your most…

April 24, 2014

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11:39 PM | Island Conservation in the Mozambique Channel
The April 2014 issue of National Geographic magazine has a fantastic photo-essay on two French islands of the Mozambique Channel: Europa and Bassas da India. The article describes the pristine marine environments around the islands along with some amazing dive shots. I was privileged enough to work on Europa Island throughout 2008, not on the…
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10:00 PM | Civil Suits Against Foreign Entities for Trade Secret Theft
Senator Jeff Flake(R-Ariz.) has sponsored a bill which would allow civil suits against any foreign person who “misappropriates, threatens to misappropriate, or conspires to misappropriate” a US trade secret. Senate Bill 1770 is entitled the “Future of American Innovation and Research Act of 2013.” The bill would extend the jurisdiction of US District Courts to … Continue reading →
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9:07 PM | Study Deals Blow for Biofuels as EPA Lowers 2013 Mandate
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Tuesday retroactively lowered the quantity of cellulosic biofuel required for blending in traditional fuels for 2013. In January the EPA agreed to reconsider the mandate “due to the reduced estimate of anticipated cellulosic biofuel production in 2013 that was announced shortly after EPA signed its final rule by one of two companies…
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9:02 PM | Top Secret Military Mini-Shuttle Marks 500 Days in Orbit
A robotic miniature space shuttle on a classified mission for the U.S. Air Force marked its 500th day in orbit on Friday, with no word about when and where the space plane will land. Continue reading →
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7:22 PM | Eta Aquarid Meteors: Passing Through Comet Halley's Tail
The Eta Aquarid shower is coming, but where do the meteors come from and how can we see them?
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6:14 PM | Curiosity update, sols 597-610: Picking a drill site at the Kimberley
After completing the initial reconnaissance of the Kimberley outcrop two weeks ago, Curiosity is, at last, moving toward a drill site. The science team selected the location last week: a spot near the base of Mount Remarkable, into what they have been calling the "middle unit" at the Kimberley.
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4:36 PM | Tamping Down On Water Use In Drought Stricken California
By Meg Wilcox, Senior Manger, Communications, Ceres The Dawn Creek subdivision in Lancaster, 60 miles north of Los Angeles, looks like any other neighborhood scattered across California’s Antelope Valley. Its neatly arrayed modern homes blend into the arid landscape, sporting hues the colors of the desert—burnt umber, sienna and ecru. But Dawn Creek contains a…
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4:00 PM | A Different Type of Diamond Ring.
Usually when I am talking about a diamond ring, it is in reference to a solar eclipse. Image Credit. Alson Wong The spectacular effect happens twice during the event, and eclipse chasers look for it.  To take pictures like the one above, you need to be very experience. However, the ESO has found a new … Continue reading →
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3:48 PM | BitSat Verification: Bitcoin's Giant Leap into Orbit
Bitcoin, the electronic peer-to-peer currency that sidesteps more traditional methods of payment, is about to be launched into space. Continue reading →
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3:30 PM | Global Vaccination Week: Are You Up to Date?
Are you up to date with your vaccinations? That’s the theme of this year’s Global Vaccination Week (Apr. 24–30, 2014), a big health effort by the World Health Organization. The goal: Save millions of lives, many if not most being children’s. Yes, you read that right. Estimates are that vaccines save about 8 million lives every year. Measles alone kills more than 100,000 people every year worldwide … and that number was a terrifying 2.6 million deaths before 1980, […]
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3:06 PM | Spitzer Space Telescope Observations of Bennu
What can studying the thermal emission of Bennu with the Spitzer Space Telescope tell us about its physical properties?
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3:01 PM | Happy DNA Day: Genetic Results From New York City Students Reveal Microcosm of the World
Fifty-one years ago tomorrow, James Watson, Francis Crick, Maurice Wilkins, and Rosalind Franklin published a landmark paper on the structure of DNA. Since then, April 25 has been recognized as DNA Day, a day for celebrating all that we know about genetics, including what DNA tells us about our ancient past. Today, Genographic Project scientists…
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1:58 PM | Tracking the World’s Largest Salmon With Sonar
  By Pete Rand, Wild Salmon Center Conservation Biologist, Fulbright Fellow and NGS Grantee Onishibetsu, Japan – I’ve learned to be patient.  A skill honed as an obsessed fly fisherman years ago. Lately, though, I don’t use a rod and reel to stalk fish.  The challenge of “catching” them with sonar I find much more gratifying.…
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1:41 PM | La strada verso l’unificazione delle due più grandi teorie della fisica moderna
Sung-Sik Lee, un professore associato di fisica del Perimeter Institute, ritiene che uno dei metodi utilizzati per lo studio della materia potrebbe costituire la chiave verso l’unificazione della relatività generale e della meccanica […]
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1:32 PM | Afghanistan on the Bounce: Reflections on Life on Deployment
As a documentation/production specialist in Afghanistan, photographer Robert L. Cunningham accompanied soldiers of 40 different units on 132 combat missions, following them during their typical on-base routines as well as into hazardous situations. In Afghanistan: On the Bounce (Insight Editions), a book he produced with writer Steve Hartov, he examines the service members’ weapons, uniforms, vehicles, and gear, along with reflections on duty, insights and life on deployment.
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1:31 PM | Salvare le api per salvare il mondo
Api attiviste che protestano contro l'inquinamento da pesticidi in uso nell'agricoltura industriale. Per salvare loro stesse e il mondo. È contenuto del video di animazione pubblicato da Greenpeace e diretto dal regista Daniel Bird: gli insetti impollinatori, proprio come in una classica azione dimostrativa, utilizzano degli striscioni per manifestare contro i pesticidi commercializzati da grandi aziende chimiche. Anche perché a essere in pericolo, è […]
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1:20 PM | NKAF Summer Space Camp in Vermont: Adventures in Science for Teenagers
In early August 2013, Northern Skies Observatory (NSO) was abuzz with activity during the Northeast Kingdom Astronomy Foundation’s (NKAF) successful summer Space Camp. Attendance was limited to 10 high school and middle school students, and these slots filled quickly. Students ranged in age from 12 to 17, and, while most were from Vermont, they hosted…
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1:12 PM | Elena Cattaneo: "Con Stamina abbiamo corso un rischio enorme"
"Voltare pagina. Sì, voltare pagina ma senza dimenticare, imparando da quel che è accaduto dal punto di vista scientifico, medico, politico, giudiziario e mediatico. Il testo dell’Avviso di conclusione delle indagini preliminari a firma del dott. Raffaele Guariniello a carico, in varia misura, di protagonisti e comprimari della galassia Stamina, parla da solo. La vicenda giudiziaria farà il suo corso e alla magistratura giudicante spetterà di accertare la […]
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12:12 PM | April 24th: Arms Around The Galaxy
Podcaster: Steve Nerlich
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11:30 AM | For Hubble’s 24th Birthday: A Stellar Nursery Being Destroyed By the Stars It Created
Today marks the Hubble Space Telescope’s 24th birthday; on this day in 1990 the Space Shuttle Discovery roared into space with Hubble in the payload bay, and the next day astronaut Steve Hawley deployed the telescope into orbit. For years a flaw in the mirror degraded the resulting observation, but upgrades to the cameras onboard the observatory compensated, and ever since Hubble has been wowing astronomers and the public alike with its grand view of the Universe. Every year on or about […]
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10:56 AM | The future of life detection on Mars: We come in peace, but carry lasers!
        This is a guest post by Samantha Rolfe, a PhD student at the The Open University’s Department of Physical Sciences, where she is researching potential biomarkers on Mars using Raman spectroscopy. You can find her on Twitter, or talking science on … Continue reading →
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10:52 AM | Nuovi farmaci per prevenire l'emicrania
La nuova speranza per i pazienti affetti da emicrania arriva dal 66th Annual Meeting dell’American Academy of Neurology, in programma dal 26 aprile al 3 maggio a Philadelphia (Stati Uniti). Peter Goasdby dell’Università della California di San Francisco e David Dodick della Mayo Clinic in Arizona hanno presentato i risultati di due studi clinici sull’efficacia e la tollerabilità di due nuovi farmaci anti-emicranici (chiamati ALD403 e LY2951742) e hanno […]
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10:37 AM | Arizona passes spaceflight liability bill
The governor of Arizona has signed into law a bill that provides commercial spaceflight companies in the state with liability protections similar to those in several other states. Gov. Jan Brewer signed HB2163 on Wednesday, a days after both the Arizona Senate approved an amended version of the bill and the state House then concurred [...]
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10:15 AM | Falcon 9, Skylon and the Future of Spaceflight
It costs over £1000 to send a single kilogram of anything into space. In that one figure lies the ruin of many predictions of the future.In 1968 Arthur C Clarke and Stanley Kubrick presented the world with their vision of the future in 2001: A Space Odyssey. They imagined a future of mankind in space, complete with bases on the Moon, space planes, voyages to the gas giants and a vast circular space station.A PanAm space plane approaches the huge Space Station V in 2001: A Space […]
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8:00 AM | Guest Post, pt. 2: Why Are Doctors Skeptical & Unhelpful about Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?
This is Part Two of a post on myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome — or just ME/CFS — which is a disease that 1) knocks people right out of the game and 2) doctors can help with (though not as well as one would like). But most doctors haven’t a clue, often even viewing the illness as psychosomatic and untreatable.  Part […]
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7:53 AM | Europa: quante morti per tumore nel 2014?
La mortalità per il cancro in Europa continuerà a calare nel 2014. Merito delle nuove terapie, che secondo le stime degli esperti garantiranno quest'anno un aumento della sopravvivenza del 26% negli uomini e del 20% nelle donne rispetto al 1988, anno in cui si è registrato il picco storico della mortalità per tumore nel nostro continente. Le previsioni arrivano da uno studio dell'Università di Losanna e dell'Università di Milano, pubblicato sulle pagine […]
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7:09 AM | Mondiali del Brasile, la scienza del pallone
Brazuca. È questo il nome della sfera che fra non molto farà piangere, ridere, disperare ed esultare milioni di persone in tutto il mondo. Rotolerà a giugno sui campi del Brasile, in occasione della Coppa del Mondo, e sarà preso a calci dai migliori giocatori al mondo. È naturale, dunque, che il nuovo pallone sviluppato da Adidas sia oggetto di così tanta attenzione. Specialmente dopo il passo […]
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