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April 26, 2015

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11:16 PM | Break the silence on GMOs – with a story
Image via the Kansas Farm Food Connection. A recent article argues that it is Time for Farmers to Break Their Silence on GMOs, and I heartily agree. I recently spoke at the GMOs: Now we’re talking! event hosted by the Kansas Farm Bureau, where Bureau President, Richard Felts, asked me what farmers should say. Is there a quick fact or something that could reassure consumers about the safety of modern agriculture, particularly of GMOs? My response is that most people won’t […]
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7:13 PM | Keep Germs At Bay
Since 2011, we’ve been so clean. lol
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6:55 PM | futurescope: Security Experts Hack Teleoperated Surgical...
futurescope: Security Experts Hack Teleoperated Surgical Robot Uhm, yeah. Of course they have. It was only a matter of time. But this is alarming: The final category of attack is a hijacking that completely takes over the robot. This turns out to be relatively easy since the Interoperable Telesurgery Protocol is publicly available. “We effectively took control over the teleoperated procedure,” they say. They even worked out how to generate movements that triggered an automatic […]
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6:49 PM | Conservative thinktank seeks to change Pope Francis's mind on climate change
Conservative thinktank seeks to change Pope Francis's mind on climate change: climateadaptation: Heartland Institute wants to lobby Vatican before pope delivers a moral call to climate action this summerA US activist group that has received funding from energy companies and the foundation controlled by conservative activist Charles Koch is trying to persuade the Vatican that “there is no global warming crisis” ahead of an environmental statement by Pope Francis this summer that […]
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6:19 PM | fencehopping: Sugar facts. Good illustration of what I was...
fencehopping: Sugar facts. Good illustration of what I was talking about the other day about the need to read nutrition facts even for ‘healthy’ foods. Doesn’t mean the healthy foods are “unhealthy”, but if you want to take care of your health or lose weight or put on muscle etc, you gotta be aware of what’s going into your body.
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3:00 PM | realcleverscience: Ray-Guns!Some interesting news: The army is...
realcleverscience: Ray-Guns!Some interesting news: The army is testing truck-mounted and gun-mounted ray guns! However, they’re not for firing at people, but for frying electronics, like drones and bombs. But don’t worry, the army has had actual “ahhh!!-my-skin-feels-like-it’s-on-fire!” ray guns for some time. I wonder how long it’ll be till bullets seem quaint.
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3:00 PM | txchnologist: Turning Out the Lights on Disease-Carrying...
txchnologist: Turning Out the Lights on Disease-Carrying Insects Night falls, and the lights on streets and in homes go on. For more than 130 years, artificial light has been a key contributor to human development, allowing people to extend their work hours beyond when the sun goes down, school children to study their lessons, and communities to feel more secure on roads and in shared public spaces.  In many parts of the world, though, the simple act of turning on a light after dark comes […]

April 25, 2015

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6:40 PM | Hello, you like science, I like science. I like you. *readies high-five*
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5:00 PM | scientiflix: The One Thing That Makes You Smarter! Exercise...
scientiflix: The One Thing That Makes You Smarter! Exercise isn’t just good for your body - it’s good for your brain! Find out how exercise increases gray matter. By: Think Tank. Fun video from the folks at theyoungturks. Also, there’s been a lot of research about exercise and smarts (e.g. x, x, x).So take advantage of spring, and go run wild… before getting home and geeking out stronger than ever =]
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5:00 PM | ohscience: Radiolarians are protozoa that produce beautiful...
ohscience: Radiolarians are protozoa that produce beautiful fossil shells like these ones.
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4:00 PM | Plastic Bag Pollution: Sadly, Even Worse Than We ThoughtSo we...
Plastic Bag Pollution: Sadly, Even Worse Than We ThoughtSo we already know how plastic bags can harm larger animals, but now we know it also harms smaller ones and soils as well. The Week summarized the findings well:Researchers from Trinity College in Dublin and Plymouth University in England found that over the course of a nine-week period, plastic bags were able to smother coastal sediment, blocking light and oxygen flow for the micro-algae beneath the bags. And since those algae are […]
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3:00 PM | ohscience:Water droplet containing a pair of mosquito larvae...
ohscience:Water droplet containing a pair of mosquito larvae (5x) Cool and terrifying.
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8:54 AM | Audi announced the production of first liters of the Audi e-diesel
Audi has announced the production of first liters of the Audi e-diesel in collaboration with Sunfire, a Dresden (Germany) based cleantech company. The production technology is known as ‘Power to Liquid’ and requires only carbon di oxide and water to make diesel. The synthesis of Audi e-diesel involves the high temperature electrolysis of water. The resulting hydrogen further reacts with carbon di oxide to produce a liquid called ‘Blue Crude’ made up of long chain […]
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2:17 AM | LanzaTech gets approval of China Steel Corporation for investment in commercial facility
China Steel Corporation has finally approved $ 46M USD capital investment in LanzaTech for the development of commercial facility of 17 million gallon production capacity. The construction of the facility will start in the fourth quarter of this year and the plan is to scale it up to 34 million gallon afterwards. China Steel Corporation is the biggest steelmaker company of Taiwan. This move has come after LanzaTech has successfully demonstrated its Gas Fermentation Technology’s ability to […]

April 24, 2015

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10:24 PM | did-you-kno: We recently found a supermassive black hole that’s...
did-you-kno: We recently found a supermassive black hole that’s 12 billion times bigger than the sun. Because it was formed just 900 million years after the Big Bang, scientists cannot explain how a black hole of this size could have emerged so early in cosmic history. Source Technical point, it’s 12,000x more massive. (The Guardian article corrected this error). Also, just freaking fascinating!
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10:19 PM | "Ideally, the only goal of a robot should be to make humans happier."
“Ideally, the only goal of a robot should be to make humans happier.” - Stuart Russell on SciFri, April 10th, 2015 (via sciencefriday)geez, Russel, that’s rather human-centric of you. Where’s your programmed sense of empathy?
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9:00 PM | myampgoesto11: Artist on Tumblr Eugenia Loli
myampgoesto11: Artist on Tumblr Eugenia Loli
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8:15 PM | grimmgreenindustries: Very interesting video that raises some...
grimmgreenindustries: Very interesting video that raises some good questions and has some pretty fantastic info as well.  Thanks to James for posting this on Facebook -Grimm Agreed. A decent intro to the vapor controversy. Also, shout-out to VapeNY, where I used to go back on the East coast.
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8:11 PM | CRISPR treats stem cells from cystic fibrosis patients
Scientists use CRISPR to ‘cure’ cystic fibrosis in gut tissue grown from patients. Cystic fibrosis is the most common life threatening genetic disease affecting 70 000 people worldwide. It is much more common in white people than in other races.  Cystic fibrosis is caused by mutations in the cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR gene). This […]
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8:06 PM | Animal or Plant? FISH Labeling Reveals Horizontal Transfer of Algae Gene into Sea Slug Chromosome
There are times when I ask myself why I chose a career in science. This happens on what I call “grass is greener” days. On these days I dream of other careers—like National Geographic reporter or Caribbean tour guide–which all sound way more exciting than scientist. Admittedly these alternative careers are not ones that many […]
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7:58 PM | Biotech Tweets of the Week (April 20-24, 2015)
Welcome back to the round up of the highlights of the week on Twitter, curated by @23aloha. This week the field of immuno-oncology research and development shoved its way back into the forefront of the biotech discussion on the heels of the annual #AACR15 cancer meeting.Biotech Tweets of the Week (April 20-24, 2015)Featuring $JUNO $KITE $ADRO $TRIL $BLUE $AERI $CELG $AZN $MYL $TEVA $PRGO $CPRX  $ITEK $XBI $IBB [...]
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7:56 PM | About Those Blue Street LightsSo there’s been an interesting...
About Those Blue Street LightsSo there’s been an interesting post going around about how some places installed blue street lights and saw a reduction in crime and suicide. Which is great. But the weird thing is, no-one is really sure why it works.There appear to be three main ideas so far:The light color is new and unusual, causing people to act more cautiously in the area (as a person is unsure what to expect in the unusually-lit area). Blue is a light color almost universally […]
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6:26 PM | engadget: How cheap VR helped a Stanford professor bring his...
engadget: How cheap VR helped a Stanford professor bring his dream to Tribeca Just gotta say, that picture is pretty creepy.
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6:00 PM | engadget: Technology turns touchscreen displays into biometric...
engadget: Technology turns touchscreen displays into biometric scanners Kinda genius.
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5:58 PM | Ray-Guns!Some interesting news: The army is testing...
Ray-Guns!Some interesting news: The army is testing truck-mounted and gun-mounted ray guns! However, they’re not for firing at people, but for frying electronics, like drones and bombs. But don’t worry, the army has had actual “ahhh!!-my-skin-feels-like-it’s-on-fire!” ray guns for some time. I wonder how long it’ll be till bullets seem quaint.
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5:47 PM | elegantbuffalo: !
elegantbuffalo: !
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5:30 PM | i-heart-histo: The view from inside a blood vessel. An erythro...
i-heart-histo: The view from inside a blood vessel. An erythro sight to behold!i♡histo I want to go tubing.
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5:26 PM | fuckyeahfluiddynamics: Milk and juice vibrating on a speaker...
fuckyeahfluiddynamics: Milk and juice vibrating on a speaker can put on a veritable fireworks display of fluid dynamics. Vibrating a fluid can cause small standing waves, called Faraday waves, on the surface of the fluid. Add more energy and the instabilities grow nonlinearly, quickly leading to tiny ligaments and jets of liquid shooting upward. With sufficiently high energy, the jets shoot beyond the point where surface tension can hold the liquid together, resulting in a spray of droplets. […]
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5:24 PM | As drought persists, desalination could be California's last resort
As drought persists, desalination could be California's last resort: climateadaptation: rjzimmerman: Good article about the growing interest in the use of desalination in California. The article also looks at the alternatives to desalination, from a cost perspective, including the use of direct or indirect potable water recycling.Excerpt:How does desal work?Removing salt from seawater is a simple if energy-intensive process. Here’s a step-by-step description of one of the most common […]
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