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May 03, 2015

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6:46 PM | Great Gut Extinction: Has modern life destroyed our health? - BBC News
wildcat2030: See on Scoop.it - The future of medicine and health Our modern lifestyle is often blamed for the explosion in conditions like asthma, diabetes and obesity - but the evidence that our predecessors didn’t suffer such ailments has been hard to come by - until now. In 2008 a military helicopter chanced upon a previously uncharted group of huts in the remote Amazonas region in southern Venezuela, home to 15,000 Yanomami people. Thought to have been completely isolated since […]
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6:34 PM | mostlysignssomeportents: Natural History Museum, Oxford I got...
mostlysignssomeportents: Natural History Museum, Oxford I got to visit there one day… looks amazing.
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5:33 PM | lizardhiggs: realcleverscience: sixpenceee: The “Ames Room”...
lizardhiggs: realcleverscience: sixpenceee: The “Ames Room” illusion messes with our depth perception and is created by slanting the back wall of the room towards the camera and the ceiling downwards. (Source) I have a dream of building my own house on a few acres of semi-remote land and making the house half cozy - and half insane. An Ames Room should definitely be included. I’d also like a room whose walls are all doors. They can open - but only one actually leaves the […]
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3:30 PM | realcleverscience: Sooo.. About Audi’s “E-Diesel”Audi recently...
realcleverscience: Sooo.. About Audi’s “E-Diesel”Audi recently announced a new type of fuel they have developed which is made from water, clean energy, and CO2. The fuel is said to be more environmentally friendly, quieter (in the engine, I presume), with fewer pollutants, and a high energy efficiency. Gotta say, it sounds pretty good. One thing though that I’d really like more information about is where they’re getting the CO2 from. While some graphics boast […]
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3:00 PM | osmium:Also from C&EN, the percentage spread on some issues...
osmium:Also from C&EN, the percentage spread on some issues between scientists and the general public in the US. Fascinating.
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3:00 PM | realcleverscience: Sooo.. About Audi’s “E-Diesel”Audi recently...
realcleverscience: Sooo.. About Audi’s “E-Diesel”Audi recently announced a new type of fuel they have developed which is made from water, clean energy, and CO2. The fuel is said to be more environmentally friendly, quieter (in the engine, I presume), with fewer pollutants, and a high energy efficiency. Gotta say, it sounds pretty good. One thing though that I’d really like more information about is where they’re getting the CO2 from. While some graphics boast […]
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3:46 AM | sixpenceee: The “Ames Room” illusion messes with our depth...
sixpenceee: The “Ames Room” illusion messes with our depth perception and is created by slanting the back wall of the room towards the camera and the ceiling downwards. (Source) I have a dream of building my own house on a few acres of semi-remote land and making the house half cozy - and half insane. An Ames Room should definitely be included. I’d also like a room whose walls are all doors. They can open - but only one actually leaves the room. Hell, maybe a room of just […]

May 02, 2015

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11:01 PM | animals-riding-animals: delighted frog riding beetle I needed...
animals-riding-animals: delighted frog riding beetle I needed this.
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4:03 PM | sagansense: universalequalityisinevitable:From “Humans Need Not...
sagansense: universalequalityisinevitable:From “Humans Need Not Apply” by CGP Grey. universalequalityisinevitable: From “Humans Need Not Apply” by CGP Grey.
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4:00 PM | ICYMI, English language is changing faster than ever, says expert
wildcat2030: See on Scoop.it - Knowmads, Infocology of the future The English language is evolving at a faster rate now than at any other time in history because of social media and instant messaging, a language expert has said. John Sutherland, professor of English from University College London, who led a study into common social media and “text speak” terms, found most parents were baffled by the language used by their children. According to the study, commissioned by Samsung […]
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3:00 PM | Why Put Robots In Your Factory?
fakescience: Do not anger our robotic overlords!
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1:16 PM | Top Ten Animal Jokes
These jokes are making the animal kingdom crack up with a serious case of the giggles!
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1:00 PM | A World without Cars, as Imagined by Eric Sanderson
A review of: Terra Nova: The New World After Oil, Cars and Suburbs, by Eric W. Sanderson. 2013. ISBN 978-1-4197-0434-5. Abrahams, New York. 351 pages. “…and thus we layered a continent with asphalt and linoleum.”—Eric Sanderson (Terra Nova) In 2010, Brooklyn’s Prospect Park West was transformed with a protected bike lane and pedestrian refuges. Overnight, speeding … Continue reading A World without Cars, as Imagined by Eric Sanderson →
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8:49 AM | Naked Gardening Day - health and safety tips
Dancing by Marko, via Flickr Today, the first Saturday in May, is World Naked Gardening Day. The idea is to pop out and do some gardening in the altogether (‘as nature intended’) to help improve our sense of what is normal and acceptable in terms of body shapes and sizes. (I did once seriously consider going to a ‘clothes optional’ day at Abbey House Gardens, but found surprisingly few takers for travelling companions.) We’ve had a health and safety briefing […]
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4:32 AM | “You can almost see its feet.”
I sent Lissa a picture from the Arizona side overlook of Hoover Dam this evening. Her response: “You can almost see its feet.” I drove out from Las Vegas to see Lake Mead and Hoover Dam this evening after a two-day Colorado River law and policy conference in a windowless hotel meeting room. Speaker after ...Continue reading ‘“You can almost see its feet.”’ »

May 01, 2015

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11:16 PM | asapscience: A seed pod exploding. Evolution is cool.  I...
asapscience: A seed pod exploding. Evolution is cool.  I always loved these things!
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11:04 PM | Why Lake Mead could drop an extra 15 feet next year, and shortage could be more likely than we expect
While we’ve all been obsessing over the elevation of Lake Mead, there’s a second looming lake elevation problem that could really complicate Colorado River management and increases the risk of a 2016 Arizona shortage declaration beyond the current estimates. Depending on how things play out over the next couple of months, this second problem could ...Continue reading ‘Why Lake Mead could drop an extra 15 feet next year, and shortage could be more likely than we expect’ […]
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10:02 PM | Amid Katmandu’s Earthquake Wreckage, Hints of a Shift to Safer Construction
Amid the carnage and wreckage in Katmandu, earthquake engineers see subtle signs that the country's builders are shifting to safer practices.
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9:30 PM | Elon Musk Debuts the Tesla PowerwallI am so psyched for this!...
Elon Musk Debuts the Tesla PowerwallI am so psyched for this! (And only $3,500?!)Storing energy is a huge problem - not just for our phones, but for utility scale energy projects. It’s been one of the main issues holding back solar, for instance. The Powerwall could be a game changer… and I really hope it is.
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9:08 PM | Fish Help Build Coral-Reef Islands
A research project in the Indian Ocean shows that coral-crunching fish are good not just for the coral reef habitat--they're actually crucial for maintaining dry land there.
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9:00 PM | laughingsquid: A Scientific Explanation for How Matt Murdock of...
laughingsquid: A Scientific Explanation for How Matt Murdock of ‘Daredevil’ Can See the World Around Him Without Sight Cool discussion of human echolocation. (Yes, it’s a real thing.)
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8:07 PM | ted: In the past 40 years, the United States incarceration rate...
ted: In the past 40 years, the United States incarceration rate has grown by 700%.The people suffering most are young, poor communities of color. “This is the hidden underside to our historic experiment in punishment: young people worried that at any moment, they will be stopped, searched, and seized,” says sociologist Alice Goffman. She studies how teens of color in Philadelphia are primed for a lifetime of conflict with the police. “We’re asking kids who live in […]
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7:57 PM | micdotcom: Watch: These rugby players replaced their knocked...
micdotcom: Watch: These rugby players replaced their knocked out teeth with bottle openers — because why not?  Hmmm… unique and really unexpected form of transhumanism.
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6:21 PM | engadget: Roman school-kids give the Pope a drone of his...
engadget: Roman school-kids give the Pope a drone of his own headlines from the future…
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6:05 PM | "Of 10 major societal institutions, just two — the military and scientists — garnered majority..."
“Of 10 major societal institutions, just two — the military and scientists — garnered majority support from millennials on the question of whom they trust to do the right thing most of the time. That's according to new polling by Harvard University’s Institute of Politics of this most-written-and-talked-about generation, which encompasses those ranging in age from 18 to 29. The lack of trust in longtime pillars of society among millennials is […]
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6:00 PM | futuristech-info: Scientists enhance wireless energy transfer...
futuristech-info: Scientists enhance wireless energy transfer with  new metamaterials by 20% Unfortunately, it only has a range of about 4cm, but it’s still a really huge step forward. Also, I’m loving the interesting applications of metamaterials. I get the feeling we’re just starting to scratch the surface on their potential, whether it’s wireless energy transfer, invisibility, or enhanced computer components. I’m hoping to see some really great […]
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5:59 PM | The need for bioinformatics education
In recent years, high-throughput technologies have brought big data to the life sciences. The march of progress has been rapid, leaving in its wake a demand for courses in data analysis, data stewardship, computing fundamentals, etc., a need that universities have not yet been able to satisfy—paradoxically, many are actually closing “niche” bioinformatics courses at a time of critical need. The impact of this is being felt across continents, as many students and early-stage […]
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5:19 PM | Creativity and diversity
I spent last weekend re-acquainting myself with the downtown streets of my adopted hometown, a city I moved to at 17 to attend university. At the time, I was excited to escape my small northern Alberta town and finally go somewhere where ideas were generated and people were interesting. It turns out I hated university.…
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5:00 PM | did-you-kno: The physical act of walking through a doorway is...
did-you-kno: The physical act of walking through a doorway is the reason why you sometimes walk into a room and completely forget what you were doing. Going through a door signifies the beginning or end of something, so it creates an ‘event boundary’ within your mind. Every time you pass through a doorway, your brain is filing away the thoughts you had in your previous location to make room for a new group of memories in the next. Source Wow, fascinating! (And now I don’t […]
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4:55 PM | Hourglass full of magnetized "sand"
mostlysignssomeportents: This $14, 100-second hourglass is filled with magnetized iron filings that form beautiful fans and other shapes as the sand drains into the bottom bulb. (via Canopy)Read the rest… Cool. Also, I really want to wrap a magnet around the middle and feel like I’m freezing time.
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