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December 18, 2014

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8:39 AM | Studiare musica per aver maggior successo a scuola
Le ore di musica infatti favorirebbero lo sviluppo di aree del cervello legate al linguaggio nei giovani che provengono da situazioni socioeconomiche più svantaggiate
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8:23 AM | Le 10 personalità scientifiche del 2014
In cima alla lista di Nature c’è l’italiano Andrea Accomazzo, responsabile delle operazioni della missione Rosetta
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4:00 AM | Rivelato un possibile segnale dalle particelle di materia scura
Dopo aver analizzato attentamente i dati nella banda dei raggi-X, un gruppo di scienziati dell’EPFL’s Laboratory of Particle Physics and Cosmology (LPPC), in collaborazione con i colleghi dell’Università di Leiden, ritengono di aver identificato un segnale emesso da particelle di materia scura. Questa sostanza, che finora è considerata puramente ipotetica, non è descritta da nessuno … Continue reading Rivelato un possibile segnale dalle particelle […]
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2:54 AM | Quantum Immortality (Synopsis)
They say that a cat has nine lives, mostly because of their uncanny ability to find themselves in — and escape from — frequently perilous situations. Perhaps, of all the animals that he could have chosen, that’s why Schrödinger made his famous thought experiment about the most diminutive of felines. But there’s an incredible outcome that…
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2:54 AM | Quantum Immortality
Forget nine lives; if one interpretation of quantum mechanics is right, the cat might have an infinite number of them.Continue reading on Medium »
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2:19 AM | Lightning Bolts May have Jolted Life on Earth
Michael Wong wants to understand how life could evolve on other worlds. A graduate student in planetary sciences at the California Institute of Technology, he usually focuses on planetary atmospheres. But recently, his quest took Wong to a strange, hostile setting: the bottom of an acidic ocean on Earth, 4 billion years ago.
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2:03 AM | Infinite Visions, One Planetary Society
Three weeks ago, we launched a social media campaign hoping to engage the public in space exploration. What we achieved was more than we expected—our Infinite Visions campaign reached more than 2.5 million people in 47 countries.
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1:11 AM | Could the Higgs be Part of the Matter-Antimatter Problem?
In a proposed experiment for the newly-recommissioned Large Hadron Collider, physicists want to focus on the Higgs boson for clues as to why the universe is filled with matter and not antimatter.

December 17, 2014

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11:35 PM | NASA Delays Asteroid Redirect Mission Concept Selection until 2015
NASA's efforts to capture a near-Earth asteroid and tow it back to lunar orbit will have to wait a little bit longer for a final mission concept.
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11:00 PM | USPTO Fee Schedule Update.
The Fee Schedule for doing business with the USPTO was recently updated.  The new fee has a decrease for an International Search (Rospatent) from $795 to $724.  The new fee schedule went into effective December 1, 2014. Other upcoming changes to all PCT Fees to Foreign Offices, that go into effective January 1, 2015, are … Continue reading →
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10:40 PM | New computer system predicts malaria outbreaks in Ethiopia
Scientists have created a computer system that will help predict malaria outbreaks in northwestern Ethiopia. The advance warning system, which uses local epidemiological information and real-time environmental data, will allow public health officials to transport resources to high-risk areas and contain outbreaks early, explained ecologist Chris Merkord from South Dakota State University.
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10:25 PM | Unmarked burial sites: where history and geophysics team up
Located about 25 miles north of Houston, Mueschke Cemetery is a historical burial ground. With its oldest headstone dating back to 1849, the cemetery is the resting place for close to 150 people, many of them soldiers killed in 150 years of American wars. But the cemetery is also known to contain dozens of unmarked graves, their locations lost over time. Now, a tool used by geologists and engineers is helping to find them: radar.
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8:30 PM | What Will Curiosity Come Up With Next?
NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity’s discovery of organic compounds in the ground and plumes of methane in the air opens two potentially related investigations into whether or not the planet most like Earth in the solar system also hosted life.
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8:13 PM | The 40th anniversary of Porin Karhunvartijat
Porin Karhunvartijat is a local astronomy club in city of Pori in western coast of Finland. Porin Karhunvartijat have an observatory and club house in the top of water tower of Ulvila, a small town 10 kilometres southwest of Pori. Porin Karhunvartijat was my local amateur astronomy club when I was a kid in late […]
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7:30 PM | The case of the disappearing-reappearing Martian methane
Methane on Mars is a huge deal, so much so that every announcement finding evidence for it in probe or telescope data gets a big media hoopla. That’s because methane is a common byproduct of life as we know it, though some non-biological processes make it too. (We’re pretty certain, for example, that the methane […]
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6:42 PM | Does the Scientific Method need Revision? (Synopsis)
We all have our own interpretation of what “the scientific method” is, but there’s always at least one thing that they all have in common: the ultimate arbiter of whether a theory or idea is valid depends on the evidence that comes back from physically observable phenomena. But not everyone necessarily agrees with this in the way…
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6:42 PM | Does the Scientific Method need Revision?
Does the prevalence of untestable theories in cosmology and quantum gravity require us to change what we mean by a scientific theory?Continue reading on Medium »
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6:20 PM | SpaceX to Attempt First-Ever Ocean Barge Rocket Landing
This Friday, SpaceX will attempt what no agency or company has done before: land a used rocket stage on a floating ocean platform.
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5:38 PM | New evidence for a massive flood on the Mackenzie River 13,000 years ago
The Northern Hemisphere suddenly cooled about 12,800 years ago in an event named the Younger Dryas. Scientists have debated the cause for many years. One widely-believed explanation is that the massive but long gone Lake Agassiz in central Canada rapidly flooded fresh water east down the St. Lawrence River into the northern Atlantic Ocean. That pulse of fresh water interfered with warm ocean currents and triggered the cooling.
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5:03 PM | An updated geological timeline for the extinction of the dinosaurs
The asteroid that smashed into the Yucatan Peninsula a little more than 66 million years ago left behind the Chicxulub crater, but it also left behind something else: iridium, a rare element, which settled in a fine layer all over the world. When scientists discovered this layer between rock strata in the 1980s, it eventually led them to the crater as well, and an explanation for the disappearance of the dinosaurs. But on either side of that layer, which serves as a geological boundary between […]
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5:00 PM | Physics Magazine Lists Top 10 Achievements For 2014.
The Physics World 2014 Breakthrough of the Year goes to ESA’s Rosetta mission for being the first to land a spacecraft on a comet. The other nine honorees include: Light on the cosmic web: Researchers used the radiation emitted by a quasar as a “cosmic flashlight” to illuminate the hidden tendrils of dark matter that … Continue reading →
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4:15 PM | Dark Sky in Canarias
Because why not, here’s a luscious time-lapse animation of the sky over La Palma, Tenerife, and El Hierro, three of the Canary Islands off the coast of Morocco: This video was taken by photographer Imanol Mujika. He has a stunning Flickr gallery, too. I’ve been to La Palma, and the clouds really do roll in like that. I like how you can see them swell and disappear over the city (I think it’s Santa Cruz in the video) like waves on a beach. Also, toward the end (at the 1:55 […]
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4:06 PM | In The Night Sky: Orion (FutureLearn/OU)
Explore the night sky, discover how stars formed and find out about exoplanets, all through the constellation of Orion.   Download video: standard or HD From the basics of astronomy and stargazing, to the science behind the birth of a star, this four week course will change the way you see the night sky. You’ll… Read more → The post In The Night Sky: Orion (FutureLearn/OU) appeared first on Tuxar.uk.
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3:02 PM | Ricerca, la parola d’ordine è collaborazione
Sono trentaquattro, sono giovani (29 anni di età in media), e hanno un curriculum di tutto rispetto, con dottorati, esperienze all’estero e pubblicazioni su riviste scientifiche prestigiose. Sono i ricercatori del settore biomedico ammessi alla seconda edizione del Novartis Biocamp Italia, un workshop esclusivo organizzato quest’anno in collaborazione con l’IRCCS Istituto Clinico Humanitas di Rozzano [...]
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2:24 PM | I cartoni animati? Più letali di un horror
Non c'è solo la mamma di Bambi: secondo una ricerca anglo-canadese, i personaggi dei lungometraggi animati per bambini muoiono più di quelli dei film per adulti
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12:26 PM | Una firma batterica contro i crimini sessuali
L'analisi dei microorganismi presenti sui peli pubici potrebbe diventare la nuova arma a disposizione degli investigatori. Lo riporta una ricerca australiana
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12:15 PM | Hour by Hour, the Phases of the Moon for the Entire Year of 2015
Just the other day I wrote about the good folks who create video at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. And now I get to do it again: They just released their Dial-A-Moon page for 2015, which lets you display the hour-by-hour appearance of the moon for the entire year. They also put out a video compiling all the images for the year into a single animation. You might expect it to look like the Moon is just sitting there, with the phase changing as the terminator (the day/night line) […]
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11:57 AM | Auld Lang Syne: May We Look Back at our Present Endeavors in Space with Pride
When the first humans venture beyond the Solar System, our present-day experiences with the Voyager and Pioneer craft will be remembered as watershed moments. Our space craft presently experience a space environment that would harm human tissue and would dampen the spirits of the hardiest souls. The specific case is how Coronal Mass Ejections of […]
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10:47 AM | A 3D Harmonograph
I posted this on GitHub some time ago, and forgot to post about it here. So here it is now. The idea is simple enough: harmonographs are just graphical representations of the sums of the motions of 2 or more pendulums on the 2D plane, such as a piece of paper, just as you see… Read more → The post A 3D Harmonograph appeared first on Tuxar.uk.
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9:00 AM | Guest Post: The Art of Losing Paperclips
Not long ago, walking past some court buildings with a friend, I kept stopping to pick up paper clips. Besides the usual little Gem clips, like ACCO Brand Trombones No 1, I found a black-and-silver binder clip and a rare angel-shaped “ideal clamp”–all of them no doubt carelessly dropped by lawyers who once used them […]
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