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October 20, 2014

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9:43 PM | Schrödinger’s cat: A thought experiment in quantum...
Schrödinger’s cat: A thought experiment in quantum mechanics Austrian physicist Erwin Schrödinger, one of the founders of quantum mechanics, posed this famous question: If you put a cat in a sealed box with a device that has a 50% chance of killing the cat in the next hour, what will be the state of the cat when that time is up? Chad Orzel investigates this thought experiment. View full lesson: […]
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9:04 PM | What Do Whales Taste?
Taste is so important that it's wheedled its way deep into our language. We call...
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8:55 PM | 5 Scary Animals that are Actually Harmless! Just in time for...
5 Scary Animals that are Actually Harmless! Just in time for Halloween! Here are 5 scary-looking animals that are actually quite harmless for humans! By: factXtract.
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8:48 PM | Tracking one hundred students
I am a romantic, I guess. I would like to see universities as places where everyone can thrive regardless of their background. A leveler, if you will, which provides an opportunity for people to improve their lot in life. My current university helped do that: UTPA has been credited with creating a middle class in South Texas.So this graph is important:It shows that American universities are more often than not reinforcing existing class structures instead of minimizing them.It’s also […]
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8:05 PM | Alex Makes SparkFun Firefly Jar! Firefly Jar Kit By: Bite...
Alex Makes SparkFun Firefly Jar! Firefly Jar Kit By: Bite Sci-zed. Audible.com Trial: www.audibletrial.com/BiteScized
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8:00 PM | Poop the Key Ingredient in Bat Species ID Tool
Using DNA in guano, researchers create a non-invasive method to aid in preservation of endangered species.
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7:16 PM | Michio Kaku on the Science of Dreams Michio Kaku describes how...
Michio Kaku on the Science of Dreams Michio Kaku describes how our prefrontal cortex disengages as we dream, thus suppressing the fact-checking component of our consciousness. Dr. Kaku’s latest book is The Future of the Mind: The Scientific Quest to Understand, Enhance, and Empower the Mind (http://goo.gl/G06jvb). Read more at BigThink.com: http://goo.gl/odYmq4 By: Big Think.
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6:45 PM | Systematic fiscal abuse of public universities
Higher education especially the USA's systems of public state universities has been one area where our country truly excelled, and now this educational success story is being denigrated and gradually being killed by a thousand little cuts. Those of us who have worked in higher education over the past 40 years know this so very well. A recent essay expresses TPP's understanding of the situation quite well.  "Emerging evidence from the Delta Cost Project (as well as other studies) has […]
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6:44 PM | What, this is a thing?
A paper that made extravagant weight loss claims for green coffee beans has been retracted. This study had been touted by Dr Oz, of course — no fraud is to ludicrous for him — and rebutted by Scott Gavura, and I’m generally suspicious of any dietary supplement that promises weight loss without reducing calories or…
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6:35 PM | Tips for a Social Media User
As an HR professional, I attend different seminars and conferences to obtain credits for my HR certification. We had a SHRM (Society for Human Resources Management) state conference last week, and I learned all kinds of new strategies involving recruitment, succession planning, employee engagement and change management. One topic was present in every session I […]
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6:27 PM | Fear of Holes - Science on the Web №67 Sure there’s a...
Fear of Holes - Science on the Web №67 Sure there’s a fear of spiders or even clowns. But holes? Find out why, for some people, staring into a hole is like falling through an infinite portal. By: How Stuff Works.
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5:38 PM | Most Important Electronic Breakthroughs: Michael Faraday What...
Most Important Electronic Breakthroughs: Michael Faraday What was the most important breakthrough in the history of electronics? Radio? Transistor? Fuel cells? The light bulb? Eventually Bill Nye settles on the ability to generate electricity itself, and schools Eugene Mirman and Astro Mike Massimino about the great Michael Faraday. This “Behind the Scenes” video was shot during the recording of our episode, “Cosmic Queries with Bill Nye and Astro Mike” If you’d […]
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5:36 PM | Camouflaged fish found hiding in plain sight
Rockpool gobies change color depending on their background.
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5:33 PM | Camouflaged fish found hiding in plain sight
Wild ThingsAnimals BY Sarah Zielinski 1:36pm, October 20, 2014 The rock goby can change its skin coloring within a minute to blend in with its environment, a new study finds.Bas Kers (NL)/Flickr (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)Last year, I spent a week fossil hunting on the southwest coast of England. In between sifting […]
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5:00 PM | Can science fiction cure our innovation starvation?
Over at Pacific Standard this week, I look at Arizona State University’s fascinating Project Hieroglyph – a project to inspire us to think big with science fiction. The project, inspired in part by Neal Stephenson, just put out an excellent … Continue reading →
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4:56 PM | Keeping cancer on the political agenda – this year’s Party Conferences
We look back on this year's Party Conferences, highlighting our work to keep cancer on the political agenda ahead of the next General Election.
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4:49 PM | The Secrets of Sleep - A Week in Science We delve into the...
The Secrets of Sleep - A Week in Science We delve into the secrets of sleep and find out why some people are night owls and others early risers. By: RiAus.
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4:42 PM | Rosetta: scegli tu il nome del sito di atterraggio
J: per il momento si chiama così il sito di atterraggio del lander Philae, la navicella spaziale che il prossimo 12 novembre atterrerà sulla cometa 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko nell’ambito della missione Rosetta. All’Agenzia spaziale europea (Esa) e agli altri partner della missione, però, quest’appellativo non piace: secondo loro serve infatti un nome memorabile, adatto a sottolineare l’importanza dell’evento. Per questo hanno deciso di chiedere […]
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4:25 PM | Science of the Lambs
To help get us in the mood for Halloween, our most recent SCInema target was the psychological thriller The Silence of the Lambs. Some participants may have found the ease with which they could put their thesis advisor’s words into … Continue reading →
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4:20 PM | Ahmed Zewail and the challenges of intercultural chemistry
A few days ago I was reading the fine biography of the Caltech chemist Ahmed Zewail who won the 1999 Nobel Prize in chemistry for his wonderful work on laser femtosecond spectroscopy which allows us to literally peer into the secret lives of molecules.The book and the associated Nobel Prize website biography are instructive because they document in fond detail the inculturation of a highly talented and aspiring immigrant in the United States - an experience that has been shared by hundreds of […]
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4:09 PM | We have a new toy in my laboratory…
We have a new toy in my laboratory! It is a rather cool contraption that can link a variety of smartphones to virtually any kind of light microscope to take high quality photomicrographs. It’s called the Skylight and it looks like this: And like this when attached to a microscope. Credit: skylightscope.com And it looks like …
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4:00 PM | Demnächst: Science Slams in Wuppertal, Bonn und Bochum
1. Kommenden Donnerstag, am 23.10., trete ich auf bei einem Science Slam in der Färberei in Wuppertal. Ort: Färberei in Wuppertal, Peter-Hansen-Platz 1,  42275 Wuppertal. Beginn: 20:15 Uhr. Hier ein Link mit den Details.   2. Nächste Woche Dienstag, am 28.10,  trete ich auf bei einem Science Slam im Pantheon Theater in Bonn. Ort: Pantheon Theater, Bundeskanzlerplatz 2-10,…
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3:14 PM | Eeek! Dozer blight!
Wow, these developments outside of Las Vegas are so remarkably vile. This is some of the worst dozer blight TPP has ever witnessed. This is what happens when you have government by development speculators, where everything is available for transformation into someone's profit. Of course, no one is going to pay for the environmental cost. You can quite imagine that part of the argument for doing this was "nothing is out there, just desert."  Hard to believe, but Las Vegas […]
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2:58 PM | Dieci borse di studio per la comunicazione e la didattica della scienza
E' stato pubblicato il bando per il conferimento di dieci borse di studio per la comunicazione e la didattica della scienza che Fondazione Giangiacomo Feltrinelli in partnership con Società Expo ha deciso di finanziare nell'ambito di Laboratorio Expo, il progetto di ricerca coordinato dal professor Salvatore Veca sui temi di Expo Milano 2015.Laboratorio Expo è una Temporary Accademy che coinvolge cinque Università lombarde e più di ottanta centri di ricerca […]
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2:53 PM | Convegno: Trova le differenze. La diversità di genere fra scienza e società
Il dibattito sul rapporto tra natura e cultura a proposito delle differenze di genere è antico, ma ancora oggi problematico. Quanto la differenza tra i sessi è biologicamente determinata e quanto invece è socialmente costruita e perpetuata nella pratica quotidiana dagli individui e dalle istituzioni? La scienza in particolare è chiamata a riflettere su questi temi: non solo perché recentemente discipline quali la genetica e le neuroscienze stanno fortemente […]
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2:38 PM | Perché ebola ci fa più paura dell'influenza?
Con circa 9.000 contagi in Africa, un numero di morti intorno ai 4.500, la prima vittima in Germania, e i contagi negli Usa, ebola è di fatto diventata una paura globale. Ma non lo ha fatto solo raggiungendo numeri preoccupanti, lo ha fatto soprattutto uscendo dall’Africa, anche se è lì che ancora rappresenta una vera emergenza. Perché le probabilità che negli Usa o […]
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2:24 PM | A slick, musical (and sometimes funny) history of NHGRI (video)
Maybe it’s just me, but I laughed when Collins and Clinton walked out…  And I was only mildly carsick when all the meetings and labs were spinning around. Via: New video gives overview of NHGRI history: http://t.co/Aw9lG8j1ra #genomics — Francisco SV (@fsanchezvega) October 20, 2014
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2:20 PM | Moral Time: Does Our Internal Clock Influence Moral Judgments?
Does morality depend on the time of the day? The study "The Morning Morality Effect: The Influence of Time of Day on Unethical Behavior" published in October of 2013 by Maryam Kouchaki and Isaac Smith suggested that people are more honest in the mornings, and that their ability to resist the temptation of lying and cheating wears off as the day progresses. In a series of experiments, Kouchaki and Smith found that moral awareness and self-control in their study subjects decreased... Read […]
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2:08 PM | Il sesso ha 385 milioni di anni
Curiosando oziosamente in una scatola di fossili custodita nell’Università estone di Tallinn, il paleontologo John Long, della Flinders University di Adelaide (Australia) si è imbattuto in una scoperta inaspettata: l’invenzione del sesso. A stabilire questo invidiabile primato sarebbero stati i Microbrachiusdicki, piccoli pesci che 385 milioni di anni fa nuotavano nei laghi della Scozia, dell’Estonia e della Cina, e che appartenevano alla classe dei placodermi, […]
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2:00 PM | Richard Dawkins and Nightwish
October 2012, I got to see Nightwish at a small venue in OKC. 1– This was one of the first nights Floor Jansen was officially the New Singer for Nightwish. She blew me away. 2– This was a *tiny* venue. Nightwish fills huge stadiums and auditoriums all over the world, but OKC? Teeny venue. And that…
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