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April 23, 2014

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5:01 PM | The Sky’s Limits
Every day around 30,000 aircraft take to Europe’s skies. Choreographing this airborne dance is daunting. At the moment, it’s orchestrated …Continue reading →
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5:00 PM | It’s our secret, the Science of Rumour
Humans are social creatures and we love to share gossip, but we share what we like, not necessarily what is true. So are you living in a golden age of misinformation? If you are how would you know? This week Aleks Krotoski discusses Whispers on The Digital Human, a series that explores how connections via […]
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5:00 PM | Archaeo-Scope: Disabled Access to Archaeology? Today, I have a...
Archaeo-Scope: Disabled Access to Archaeology? Today, I have a question about access for ALL to archaeological sites. Welcome to Archaeo-Scope. In this series we take an archaeological perspective on modern culture; asking questions about current trends and observations from around the world. via Archaeos0up.
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4:30 PM | Has NASA Predicted The End of Civilization? A recent NASA-backed...
Has NASA Predicted The End of Civilization? A recent NASA-backed study predicted that civilization is on the verge of collapse! We hear doomsday theories like this all the time, so should we be taking this one seriously? Laci is joined by Dr. Ian O’Neill, Discovery News’ resident solar physicist and doomsday specialist, to discuss why this prediction any different than others. Follow Ian on Twitter: https://twitter.com/astroengine Read Ian’s stories on Discovery News: […]
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4:30 PM | Secrets of a sailfish attack
The large, long-nosed sailfish use their rostrums more like a sword than a spear to attack prey.
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4:21 PM | Zoo Celebrates 40 & 1 Million
The Riverbanks Zoo is 40 years old and enjoys over a million visitors a year.""I'm from Charlotte and visit the Zoo about 4 or 5 times a year."
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4:08 PM | Science on Screen
You know, I’m pretty happy with the present state of science on the small screen. This week, we had the opportunity to choose between three excellent shows with real scientists explaining fundamental principles to a wide audience. These shows are: Cosmos with Neil Tyson Your Inner Fish with Neil Shubin Wonders of Life with Brian […]
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4:03 PM | I Knew That!
Twitter analysis shows climate skeptics shout loudest via @ConservationMag http://t.co/M7va69joAP— Jason G. Goldman (@jgold85) April 23, 2014From years of experience offering this blog. The climate change deniers come rushing when I reference global climate or even simply polar bears.
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4:00 PM | Used Tips – ‘come to this’
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4:00 PM | What Happens When I Have A Hangover? If you’ve ever had a...
What Happens When I Have A Hangover? If you’ve ever had a few too many beers at a party, then you’ve probably encountered the symptoms of a hangover — the pulsing headache, dry mouth, nausea and more. But what’s actually happening to you? And what is it about alcohol that can turn a wonderful Saturday night into an agonizing Sunday morning? Learn more with Ben Bowlin. via Brain Stuff.
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4:00 PM | Secrets of a sailfish attack
The large, long-nosed fish use their rostrums more like a sword than a spear Wild ThingsAnimals,Oceans by Sarah Zielinski 12:30pm, April 23, 2014 Sailfish are named for the sail-like fin on their backs, but they can also be characterized by their elongated bills.John Graves/NOAAMany of us are familiar with sailfish — relatives of marlin— only from seeing them on […]
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3:31 PM | Public Service Announcement: Invest in Index Funds
PSA: Invest in index funds We live in a sort of reverse Victorian age: it’s easier to talk of sexual matters than of money [1]. I have recently been surprised at how ignorant even highly educated Europeans are about their financial … Continue reading →
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3:30 PM | Curiosity Hates You! The allure of the unknown, the lust for...
Curiosity Hates You! The allure of the unknown, the lust for knew experiences. Curiosity fuels our biggest adventures and Curiosity Hates You! via Nature Hates You.
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3:24 PM | Slipper animacule
Image taken from micro*scopeParamecia were among the first ciliates to be seen through early microscopes in the late 17th century. The first description occurs in a letter by his contemporary Christiaan Huygens in 1678. Huygens was a prominent Dutch mathematician and scientist. Interestingly is not known for this particular discovery but more for his telescopic studies of the rings of Saturn and the discovery of its moon Titan which was honored by   the European Space Agency (ESA) by […]
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3:13 PM | Sponsor a fish and save Canada’s experimental lakes
Fans of environmental science can now play a direct role in helping Canada’s unique Experimental Lakes Area continue to do the research it has done for decades.  Read more
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3:13 PM | Sponsor a fish and save Canada’s experimental lakes
Fans of environmental science can now play a direct role in helping Canada’s unique Experimental Lakes Area continue to do the research it has done for decades.  Read more
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3:13 PM | Sponsor a fish and save Canada’s experimental lakes
Fans of environmental science can now play a direct role in helping Canada’s unique Experimental Lakes Area continue to do the research it has done for decades.  Read more
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3:09 PM | White Sox, Comer Children’s Hospital Team Up for Second Year to Fight Obesity
The Chicago White Sox and the University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children’s Hospital kicked off the second year of a partnership to fight childhood obesity.
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3:00 PM | Vaccinated person transmits measles to other vaccinated people– MMR doesnt work?
Spoiler to apologize for click-bait title: Yes, the MMR vaccine works just fine. But there is a difference between ‘just fine’ and ‘perfectly’. A few things I would want in a ‘perfect’ vaccine– Only one dose is needed, zero side-effects, 100% protective antibody or CTL mediated immunity for life, inability of the target pathogen to…
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3:00 PM | Sleep: Men vs. Women Men tend to need less sleep than women, but...
Sleep: Men vs. Women Men tend to need less sleep than women, but insomnia affects more women. What gives? Cristen explores the science how biological sex interacts with sleep. via Stuff Mom Never Told You.
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3:00 PM | London’s biotech hub with Kit Malthouse
In this month’s Windback Wednesday series, we’re all about entrepreneurship: what it takes to be one, how to become one and more. But if you’re based in London, it’s not so easy. Although it’s got the brains and research centres to make it a hub, setting up shop in London is the tricky part. In this podcast, I speak to Kit Malthouse, the Deputy Mayor of London for Business and Enterprise, and find out how London is preparing to become the next biotech hub.  […]
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3:00 PM | London’s biotech hub with Kit Malthouse
In this month’s Windback Wednesday series, we’re all about entrepreneurship: what it takes to be one, how to become one and more. But if you’re based in London, it’s not so easy. Although it’s got the brains and research centres to make it a hub, setting up shop in London is the tricky part. In this podcast, I speak to Kit Malthouse, the Deputy Mayor of London for Business and Enterprise, and find out how London is preparing to become the next biotech hub.  […]
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3:00 PM | London’s biotech hub with Kit Malthouse
In this month’s Windback Wednesday series, we’re all about entrepreneurship: what it takes to be one, how to become one and more. But if you’re based in London, it’s not so easy. Although it’s got the brains and research centres to make it a hub, setting up shop in London is the tricky part. In this podcast, I speak to Kit Malthouse, the Deputy Mayor of London for Business and Enterprise, and find out how London is preparing to become the next biotech hub.  […]
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2:45 PM | Egypt’s scientists want to redirect sunlight to narrow streets
A group of Egyptian scientists at Ain Shams University have come up with the idea for translucent panels that can divert natural sunlight into densely-crowded alleyways, and can get easily fitted there, on a lower budget.  Read more
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2:45 PM | Egypt’s scientists want to redirect sunlight to narrow streets
A group of Egyptian scientists at Ain Shams University have come up with the idea for translucent panels that can divert natural sunlight into densely-crowded alleyways, and can get easily fitted there, on a lower budget.  Read more
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2:45 PM | Egypt’s scientists want to redirect sunlight to narrow streets
A group of Egyptian scientists at Ain Shams University have come up with the idea for translucent panels that can divert natural sunlight into densely-crowded alleyways, and can get easily fitted there, on a lower budget.  Read more
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2:30 PM | Courmayeur: la frana è imprevedibile
La frana del Monte La Saxe continua a fare paura. Solo nella scorsa settimana infatti, il picco che sovrasta Courmayeur ha tremato ben due volte: prima giovedì, con il distacco del cosiddetto “naso” della frana, che ha fatto precipitare a valle 5.000 metri cubi di rocce, e poi domenica, quando una frana da 2.000 metri cubi ha fatto scattare le procedure di emergenza, provocando per 20 minuti il blocco del traffico nel Traforo Internazionale del Monte Bianco. Dallo scorso 8 […]
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2:00 PM | Je ne regrette rien (2): Consciuous decisions in the lab
Psychologists and neurologists have been interested in the problem of free will since the beginning of their specialities, though the first clearly devised and relevant […] Read more The post Je ne regrette rien (2): Consciuous decisions in the lab appeared first on Mapping Ignorance. Related posts:Je ne regrette rien (1): On the neuropsychology of free will Mapping areas involved in voluntary forgetting is not simple... it is double! Reinforcement learning in the brain

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2:00 PM | US History Review - Schechter Poultry vs US (1935) Test the...
US History Review - Schechter Poultry vs US (1935) Test the limits of the New Deal and the power of the Federal Government with this historic Supreme Court Case. via Keith Hughes.
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2:00 PM | Away from home: Making graphene flakes in a kitchen blender
The ‘Away from home‘ blogging series features Indian postdocs working in foreign labs recounting their experience of working there, the triumphs and challenges, the cultural differences and what they miss about India. They also offer useful tips for their Indian postdocs headed abroad. You can join in the online conversation using the #postdochat hashtag.  Read more
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