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April 11, 2014

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7:57 PM | Gift to the Maasai Mara, a Male Elephant is Born
By Joyce Poole Petter Granli and I left Cottars 1920s Safari Camp on the border of the Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya, the northern extension of the great Serengeti-Mara ecosystem. We were heading toward the Sand River crossing, where elephants had been seen the evening before. The route was not direct, as tracks twisted and…
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7:31 PM | Intro Astronomy Class 9: Titan, Uranus and Neptune Systems
Examine Saturn's moon Titan and explore the Uranian and Neptunian systems in this video of class 9 of Bruce Betts' Introduction to Planetary Science and Astronomy class.
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7:28 PM | Intro Astronomy 2014. Class 8: Icy Galilean Satellites, Saturn System
Explore the icy moons of the Jupiter System and tour the Saturnian system in this video of class 8 of Bruce Betts' Introduction to Planetary Science and Astronomy class.
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7:28 PM | Every devil I meet becomes a friend of mine
It’s not the Devil’s land, you know it’s not that kind Every devil I meet becomes a friend of mine Every devil I meet is an angel in disguise —”Jonas and Ezekiel“, The Indigo Girls The American West is rife with hellish nomenclature. Settlers pushing west from the organized United States into the Plains and […]
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5:25 PM | Wild Cats in San Francisco’s Backyard
Every year at BioBlitz, National Geographic and the U.S. National Park Service rally to get people young and old to explore the wild spaces around them during a whirlwind 24-hour search to identify every species they can find. In advance of our next event in Golden Gate National Recreation Area, March 28-29, 2014, we’re already…
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5:08 PM | Curiosity update: Initial reconnaissance of the Kimberley, sols 585-595
Curiosity has been busy performing a survey of the Kimberley, walking the length of the outcrop and taking enormous quantities of photos. The team is now ready to go in for a closer look, and maybe even to drill.
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5:00 PM | Dying in a Living Room: The Illegal Live Cheetah Trade
Wildlife trafficking has become one of the major conservation issues of our time and the sinister illegal trade in cheetahs is increasingly coming to the attention of conservationists. Unlike leopards, the main trade in cheetahs is not a consequence of the desire for beautiful spotted skins to decorate the house, nor is it a response…
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4:30 PM | Cherry Blossom Grown from Space Seeds a bit Weird
A cosmic mystery is uniting monks and scientists in Japan after a cherry tree grown from a seed that orbited the Earth for eight months bloomed years earlier than expected -- and with very surprising flowers.
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4:00 PM | Missed Me By That Much!
Ok, after watching this video, this has to be the luckiest guy in the world for two reasons. 1.  He’s the first person to catch a flamed out meteorite in mid-air barely missing him; and 2. he’s the first person to catch a flamed out meteorite in mid-air barely missing him. The lucky Norwegian skydiver … Continue reading →
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3:26 PM | The Perils of the Skeptic Journalist
Being a writer these days is fraught with peril. Everything you write goes out into the wild, potentially viewable by millions of people. Usually not, but it can happen. And it may not happen today, or tomorrow … but those words are out there, and someone may stumble on them a year from now, or more. That’s an abyss that can be hard to face. As someone who’s been writing for a living for a while now, I’ve stood at that edge long enough to be familiar with it, if not […]
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2:11 PM | Tamiflu: il farmaco anti-aviaria è inutile
Il Tamiflu sembrava il farmaco delle meraviglie. Non solo perché era l'unico antivirale in grado di combattere l'influenza aviaria e la cosiddetta suina. Ma anche, e soprattutto, per il giro di affari che ha garantito negli ultimi anni all'azienda produttrice, la Roche: solo nel 2009 parliamo di circa 2,64 miliardi di euro e di oltre 50 milioni di persone trattate col farmaco in tutto il mondo. Peccato però che oggi c'è chi dice che potrebbe essere completamente inutile. A […]
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2:04 PM | Una vagina biotech
Si chiama sindrome di Mayer-Rokitansky-Küster-Hauser ed è una rara condizione, congenita, per cui le donne che ne sono affette hanno malformazioni e sviluppo alterato del proprio apparato riproduttivo, compresa l’assenza del canale vaginale. Colpisce circa una persona su 5mila e, oltre a rendere impossibili mestruazioni e penetrazione, la malattia ha un grande impatto sulla psicologia di chi ne è affetta. Accanto alle limitate terapie oggi disponibili per ristabilire il […]
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12:06 PM | April 11th: Space Politics, Skydiving Meteor, and Enceladus Ocean
Podcaster: Host: Nicole Gugliucci ; Guests: Morgan Rehnberg, Scott Lewis, Nancy Atkinson, Dave Dickinson
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11:45 AM | The Beauty of the Mundane
45 million light years away, toward the constellation of Ursa Major, sits a rather unremarkable galaxy. It is not undergoing huge bursts of star formation. It is not blasting out radiation from its core. It isn’t twisted into bizarre shapes by the gravitational influence of a nearby passing galaxy, nor actively eating any smaller galaxies, nor swaddled in thick layers of dust. It just is, sitting there, being a spiral galaxy. And that’s what makes it so stunningly gorgeous. That […]
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11:34 AM | Ep. 341: 45th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference
Pamela has a day job, remember? As an astronomer? Recently the 45th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference occurred in the The Woodlands, Texas. Pamela and guest astronomer Sondy Springmann will let us know about the big announcements made at this year’s conference. Ep 341: 45th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference Jump to Shownotes Jump to [...]
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11:19 AM | Il vangelo della moglie di Gesù è autentico
Ci sono voluti due anni di test, ma ora i ricercatori sembrano sicuri: il vangelo della moglie di Gesù (Gospel of Jesus’s Wife) è autentico. Il piccolo papiro, appena 4×9 centimetri, deve il suo nome a una frase alquanto inaspettata, scritta in lingua copta: “E Gesù disse loro, mia moglie…”. Ad annunciarne l’esistenza al mondo nel 2012 fu Karen King, una ricercatrice della Harvard Divinity School, durante il decimo Congresso […]
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10:09 AM | Il sisma in Emilia è stato scatenato dall’attività umana?
“Non si può escludere” che l’attività umana di estrazione di petrolio a Cavone, in Emilia Romagna potrebbe aver innescato il terremoto del 20 maggio 2012, con epicentro a 20 chilometri di distanza dall’impianto estrattivo. Sono le conclusioni choc di un rapporto, atteso da lungo tempo – e ancora non pubblicato – divulgate in anteprima da Science questa settimana. Il lavoro era stato commissionato a fine 2012 a un panel internazionale di geologi […]
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8:45 AM | LHCb observes an exotic particle outside the quark model
I fisici che lavorano all’esperimento LHCb hanno pubblicato un articolo in merito ad una serie di misure di una particella esotica denominata Z(4430)-. Secondo il modello standard che descrive i quark, […]
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8:16 AM | La scienza in viaggio. Alessandro Gnucci Show a Napoli
Dopo la tournèe in giro per l’Italia e l’Europa dello scorso autunno, in cui gli eventi di comunicazione della scienza a cura di Le Nuvole hanno segnato tappe importanti come L’Isola di Einstein a Perugia, Scienzartambiente a Pordenone, il Festival della Scienza di Genova fino al Croatian Science PicNic, è il Galilei 104_teatro Le Nuvole all’interno della Città della Scienza di Bagnoli ad ospitare la prossima domenica 13 aprile 2014 alle […]
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8:05 AM | La scienza in viaggio. Alessandro Gnucci Show a Napoli
Dopo la tournèe in giro per l’Italia e l’Europa dello scorso autunno, in cui gli eventi di comunicazione della scienza a cura di Le Nuvole hanno segnato tappe importanti come L’Isola di Einstein a Perugia, Scienzartambiente a Pordenone, il Festival della Scienza di Genova fino al Croatian Science PicNic, è il Galilei 104_teatro Le Nuvole all’interno della Città della Scienza di Bagnoli ad ospitare la prossima domenica 13 aprile 2014 alle […]
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8:00 AM | Garwin: the Movie
Garwin: the Movie opens with an old, steady, precise hand on a computer keyboard, scrolling through classified documents.  Harry Truman and Dwight Eisenhower make announcements, and newspapers flash headlines about our splendid new hydrogen bomb.  Then the blossom of a mushroom cloud unfolds; and John F. Kennedy talks about Russian missiles in Cuba; and the […]
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6:26 AM | Ebola, l'allarme è internazionale
“La più spaventosa epidemia di ebola della storia”. È così che Keiji Fukuda, vice direttore generale dell'Organizzazione Mondiale della Sanità, ha definito l'emergenza scoppiata in Guinea nelle scorse settimane. Il virus, che appartiene al ceppo più letale della malattia, ha già ucciso 101 persone nello stato africano, facendo registrare casi sospetti anche in Mali, Ghana e Sierra Leone. A preoccupare, in particolare, è l'arrivo del […]
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6:26 AM | Ladee, così muore una sonda spaziale
Cosa succede alle sonde spaziali quando la loro missione giunge al termine? Alcune di esse, tra cui la sonda Ladee della Nasa vanno a finire sulla Luna. E’ previsto infatti per oggi l’arrivo del segnale che porterà, alla fine, il veicolo a schiantarsi sulla superficie del nostro satellite. Lanciata nel settembre del 2013 (vedi Galileo: Ladee, la nuova missione per la Luna), gli obiettivi della missione erano molto specifici: testare un sistema di comunicazioni a banda larga […]
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3:03 AM | Review: Five Billion Years of Solitude by Lee Billings
On sale now! Where did we come from as a species, and where is the party headed? What’s the expiration date for life on Earth, and just how common — or rare — are we? Those are the big questions in modern day science. This week’s review tackles the latest thinking concerning all of these [...]
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2:01 AM | Review: Five Billion Years of Solitude by Lee Billings
On sale now! Where did we come from as a species, and where is the party headed? What’s the expiration date for life on Earth, and just how common — or rare — are we? Those are the big questions in modern day science. This week’s review tackles the latest thinking concerning all of these [...]
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12:44 AM | Throwback Thursday: The Lives and Deaths of Sun-Like Stars (Synopsis)
“Man alone is born crying, lives complaining, and dies disappointed.” -Samuel Johnson You might look up at our Sun in the sky, delighted at its brilliance and life-giving brightness, thankful for all it’s brought to our world. But we’re all just a little bit dismayed at the crushing realization that it won’t live forever, and will…

April 10, 2014

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11:31 PM | Help name the last phase of the Cassini mission!
The scientists on the Cassini team are incredibly excited about the final, "proximal orbit" phase of the mission. But they want a punchier name for it, and they're asking the public for help.
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10:44 PM | Will We Finally Rove Mawrth Vallis?
Mawrth Vallis was axed as a landing site for Curiosity, but will we get a chance to explore it with ESA's ExoMars rover?
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10:09 PM | Sea Serpent Eats Cosmic Diamond Ring
A  cosmic diamond ring is the best way to describe the haunting beauty of a distant star in its final moments of life. Located some 2,500 light-years from Earth within the belly of a mythical water snake, Abell 33 (also known as PK238+34.1) represents the final remains of a sunlike star that has thrown its…
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10:00 PM | FTC Studying Patent Assertion Entities.
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is moving forward with plans to study companies that are in the business of buying and asserting patents, otherwise known as Patent Assertion Entities (PAEs). According to the agency, it plans to use the information to examine how PAEs do business and develop a better understanding of how they impact innovation … Continue reading →
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