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February 16, 2015

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4:00 PM | Mysterious Mars Plumes Defy Explanation
Amateur astronomers gazing at Mars discovered gigantic plumes soaring more than 125 miles above the planet’s surface, a phenomenon that so far defies explanation.
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3:51 PM | Mostly Mute Monday: A Comet Comes Alive! (Synopsis)
“In the year 1456 … a Comet was seen passing Retrograde between the Earth and the sun… Hence I dare venture to foretell, that it will return again in the year 1758.” -Edmond Halley When ESA’s Rosetta mission “caught” its target, Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko in August, 2014, one of its main science goals was to watch…
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3:50 PM | Mostly Mute Monday: A Comet Comes Alive!
As comets approach near the Sun, they develop tails. Watch it happen.Continue reading on Medium »
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3:40 PM | Meningite, cos’è e come si combatte
Dopo i casi toscani e il sospetto per quello di Trapani si riaccende l’attenzione sulla malattia. Ecco cos’è e come si trasmette
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3:06 PM | Da Science, tutto sulla cannabis terapeutica
Come funziona? Quali sono gli utilizzi medici? Quali i possibili rischi? I risultati emersi da un convegno dedicato agli effetti terapeutici della cannabis
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1:30 PM | Il segreto del potere antidolorifico del peperoncino
Sapevate che il composto chimico che rende piccanti i peperoncini, la capsaicinia, può anche essere utilizzato come un efficace antidolorifico? Uno studio su Science Signaling ne spiega i meccanismi di funzionamento
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12:27 PM | DNews: What If The Big Bang Never Happened?
A new theory suggests that the big bang might’ve never happened! Ian joins DNews to explain.
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12:00 PM | Let Me Hold You in My Anomalous Arms
It’s been a while since I have slammed your brain with a huge and gorgeous spiral galaxy, so here’s the brain-slamming gorgeous and huge M106: Oh my. This mosaic was created by astrophotographer André van der Hoeven, using a combination of images from Hubble, the Canadian-French-Hawaii Telescope, the 1-meter telescope of the Tzec Maun Foundation in Cloudcroft, NM, the Subaru telescope, and an RCOS 51-cm telescope. vd Hoeven lists the details on his Flickr page for the […]
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10:10 AM | Interstellar, dalla fantascienza alla scienza
I consulenti scientifici del kolossal di Christopher Nolan hanno pubblicato un paper a seguito delle ricerche per il film. Tratta, ovviamente, di buchi neri
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9:00 AM | Is 12 Degrees Warm or Cold?
The other morning when I left for work, it was 12 degrees Fahrenheit outside. How you feel about that statement probably depends on where you live. Well, first, if you live outside the U.S., you might be wondering what that means, so I’ll tell you: it’s -11 Celsius. You’re impressed now, right? If, like my […]
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8:30 AM | I cani sanno quando siamo felici
La conferma arriva da uno studio pubblicato su Current Biology: i cani sono in grado di riconoscere le espressioni degli esseri umani, usando principalmente i loro ricordi
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6:08 AM | New eye in the sky: DSCOVR to watch over Earth and Sun
The Deep Space Climate Observatory has been launched at last.
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6:08 AM | Seduced by calculus
The crowning mathematical achievement of the Enlightenment.
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6:08 AM | Geologists solve the mystery of what tectonic plates float on
The truth about the Earth's underbelly.
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6:08 AM | The new-look Cosmos Magazine: Feb–Mar 2015
Our new look magazine delivers stunning visuals to thoughtfully complement the stories behind the science
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6:08 AM | Does language work to make the world a happier place?
Humans tend to accentuate the positive.
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6:08 AM | The problem with dark matter
How to measure something so hard to detect?
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4:00 AM | È davvero discreta la struttura dello spaziotempo?
Partendo da questa domanda gli scienziati potrebbero unificare la meccanica quantistica con la relatività generale. Infatti, secondo le attuali assunzioni su cui si basano i modelli della gravità quantistica, lo spaziotempo avrebbe una struttura granulosa, un pò come la sabbia costituita dai granelli. Uno dei grandi problemi che emerge dalla gravità quantistica è che essa … Continue reading È davvero discreta la struttura dello spaziotempo? → […]

February 15, 2015

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11:02 PM | Weekend Diversion: The Math of Powerball (Synopsis)
“I’ve done the calculation and your chances of winning the lottery are identical whether you play or not.” -Fran Lebowitz It’s a thought that’s occurred to almost everyone at some point or another: what each of us would do if we happened to hit the lottery Jackpot. Have a listen to Camper Van Beethoven sing about…
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11:01 PM | Weekend Diversion: The Math of Powerball
It’s the richest lottery game in the USA. When is it worth it to play?Continue reading on Medium »
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5:25 PM | IYL 2015 Events #7 | Week 16-22 February
Originally posted on International Year of Light Blog:Find below the activities listed on the IYL 2015 Event Programme starting between 16-22 February. Click on the links for more information on the different activities. Faraday Discussions on Nanoplasmonics (London, United Kingdom) | 16-18 February Opening ceremony of the International Year of Light 2015 in Spain…
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12:30 PM | Pale Blue Dot + 25 Years
Yesterday was the 25th anniversary of the Voyager 1 spacecraft taking one of the most iconic photographs in history: Earth, as seen from over six billion kilometers away. It was taken under the urging of Carl Sagan, and NASA commanded the spacecraft to rotate so that the camera would take the shot, something that had never been done before from such a distance. As luck would have it, sunlight scattered inside the camera, creating the lovely splashes of light across the frame, one of them, by […]
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8:24 AM | Viaggio nella prostituzione di ieri e di oggi
Un libro che dovrebbe far parte dei testi d'insegnamento nelle nostre scuole. Parola di Umberto Veronesi, che firma la Prefazione
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6:13 AM | Valentines Memes!
So… Physics Today asked for some science-themed Valentines. I participated, but then of course… I came up with a bunch of astronomy-themed Valentines. I felt like sharing! :)    

February 14, 2015

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7:25 PM | Robo-Journalist Wins The Pulitzer
Okay, so that hasn’t happened yet, but the folks over at Narrative Science, a company that has created software that performs “automated narrative generation,” confidently predicts that its computer program will win the coveted prize by 2016. Let’s back up … Continue reading →
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4:24 PM | Comments of the Week #48: From gravitational waves to seeing black holes
“Life is strong and fragile. It’s a paradox… It’s both things, like quantum physics: It’s a particle and a wave at the same time. It all exists all together.” -Joan Jett We’ve reached the end of yet another week here at Starts With A Bang, which means it’s time to take a look back at everything we’ve covered. It…
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4:11 PM | San Valentino: la scienza dell’innamoramento
Cosa succede al nostro corpo quando si ama qualcuno? Lo svela la scienza
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12:30 PM | Crash Course Astronomy Episode 5: Eclipses
I have friends who tell me that seeing a total solar eclipse is literally life-changing; the serene beauty and majestic clockwork motion of the cosmos unfolding above you is transformative, showing you viscerally the connection between you and other objects in the Universe. I wouldn’t know. I’ve never seen one. But that won’t stop me from talking about them! So, just for you, here is ten minutes of me expositing on eclipses both solar and lunar in Crash Course Astronomy […]
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11:07 AM | Grande finale
So this is it for now! Last night was the grande finale of the wilderness guide course that I have been taking in Kuusamo, Finland. The course that I have participated in is giving me a so-called competence based qualification for the work as a guide. The course is a vocational course, and there is […]
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9:00 AM | The Last Word
February 9 – 13, 2015 Christie shares select experiences on social media and enjoys vicariously experiencing others’ exhilarating moments, but web video will never replace good-old immersive, unmediated life. Parents considering whether to immunize their children face the Prisoner’s Dilemma, says Erik, and decision theory can help explain the appalling presence of measles in a […]
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