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April 17, 2015

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1:00 PM | More Exoplanet Thrills on the Horizon
The number of planets we have found orbiting other stars has snowballed in recent years, thanks to discoveries by the Kepler spacecraft. Now, NASA's next missions toward understanding the Milky Way's abundant worlds are preparing for launch.
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12:00 PM | To keep birds from striking aircraft, think like a bird
On the afternoon of January 15, 2009, US Airways Flight 1549 took off from New York’s La Guardia Airport bound for Charlotte, North Carolina. Several minutes after taking off, the aircraft’s engines met with a flock of Canada geese. In airplane parlance, it’s called a “bird strike,” and the Airbus A320 hit enough birds to
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10:18 AM | The Not-So-Brief History of Climate Change Science
Climate change seems like a recent issue, but it’s been a topic of scientific research since at least the 1800s. A nice four-minute video history of climate change science by Meg Rosenburg: claimtoken-5533fb3e9de7a
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4:25 AM | A Last-Ditch Drought Strategy for the Delta: Rock Barriers
Meager river flows may not be enough to stem the tide of salt water that threatens freshwater supplies.
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4:00 AM | I am quite pleased with this.
I am quite pleased with this.
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1:40 AM | blunt-science: Bill Nye’s answer when asked: “Who would win in...
blunt-science: Bill Nye’s answer when asked: “Who would win in a fight between you and Neil deGrasse Tyson”.(ChasingAtlantis) I’d rather see them team up with other science giants of today to form a Voltron-esque pseudoscience-butt-kicking machine.
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1:16 AM | nrdc: We’ll be hopping on Reddit tomorrow at 1:30 PM EST to...
nrdc: We’ll be hopping on Reddit tomorrow at 1:30 PM EST to discuss the BP oil disaster with community experts and scientists. Join in the fun, link to follow! So, who here thinks the oil disaster there is all cleaned up?Bueller?.. Bueller?..Join the AMA over at reddit tomorrow. Let’s figure out the status, how we can help, and how we can avoid disasters like this in the future.
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1:13 AM | Is this what you meant, Nike?
Is this what you meant, Nike?

April 16, 2015

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11:52 PM | laughingsquid: An Astonishingly Detailed Cut-Paper Sculpture of...
laughingsquid: An Astonishingly Detailed Cut-Paper Sculpture of an ‘E. Coli’ Bacterium wow, totally thought this was a picture at first.
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11:41 PM | Vaping Becoming More Common Among Adolescents - Should We Be...
Vaping Becoming More Common Among Adolescents - Should We Be Scared?A new study was published recently which reported, among other things, that:1) Vapor use amongst high-school students rose from 1.5% in 2011 to 13.4% in 2014. 2) Regular cigarette usage fell from 15.8% to 9.2% in that same time. (That’s a 40% decrease.)This is definitely cause for concern, as adolescents should not be using nicotine because it can still affect their development (a point pro-vaping advocates agree on, […]
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10:56 PM | I’m doubtful. See my reply below.ucsdhealthsciences: Smokers...
I’m doubtful. See my reply below.ucsdhealthsciences: Smokers Who Use E-Cigarettes Less Likely to QuitStudy rebuts contention that devices assist tobacco cessationThe rapid increase in use of e-cigarettes has led to heated debates between opponents who question the safety of these devices and proponents who claim the battery-operated products are a useful cessation tool. A study, published online on April 16 in the American Journal of Public Health, suggests proponents are in […]
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10:00 PM | futureoflistening: Music becomes tactile and textured in...
futureoflistening: Music becomes tactile and textured in Brooklyn-based design studio REIFY’s 3D-printed sound sculptures. Using an unconventional array of printing materials—plastic, bronze, and even coconut husks—REIFY weaves country hits, classical concertos, and more into honeycombed geometries. When paired with REIFY’s augmented reality smartphone app, the sculptures come alive, singing their original soundwaves back to viewers. Woods, along with master […]
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9:00 PM | ri-science: How the neuroscience of tickling can help you...
ri-science: How the neuroscience of tickling can help you control your tickling responseWhy can’t you tickle yourself? Your brain (or more specifically, your cerebellum) can predict how sensations will feel based on your own movements, so isn’t surprised when you tickle yourself. It suppresses the tickle response. So to combat the tickly feeling caused by other people tickling you, cover their hand with yours. Your brain can then make predictions about how it’s going to […]
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8:36 PM | Fossil Study Detects Another Mass Extinction in the Deep Past
A new study of fossils on an island in the Arctic Ocean show a major episode of extinction that qualifies as a new "great dying."
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6:52 PM | It’s Arrested Urban Watershed Development
By Annie Zwerneman They say April showers bring May flowers – but what happens to the rain that doesn’t end up watering plants? In areas where the natural vegetation has been replaced by buildings, pavement, and other types of human development, a good deal of that rain water doesn’t get absorbed. Instead, it flows across […]
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4:10 PM | Southwest monsoon!
Sorry, that was a clickbait headline. Let me walk it back: Odds shifted slightly toward a wetter Southwest monsoon this summer!   The usual forecast explainer: this shifts the odds from the climatological one-in-three-years-is-wet statistical binning to a 33-40 percent chance of wet in the light green area, upwards of 40 percent in the dark ...Continue reading ‘Southwest monsoon!’ »
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4:04 PM | The Darwin Doodle That Changed Biology
amnhnyc: Charles Darwin relied on his notebooks. In them, he jotted private ideas, questions, fragments of conversations, and sketchy drawings related to his thinking on “transmutation"—what we now call “evolution.” The notebooks reveal a great mind homing in on a great idea: Plants and animals are not fixed and unchanging. Instead, all species are related through common ancestry, and they change over time.Many of these notebooks are now accessible through the Darwin […]
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3:57 PM | YES! this is the science blog I've been looking for! thankyou :)
You’re too kind, anon! But thanks, much appreciated. And check out the archive, got some really good stuff there. Cheers
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3:44 PM | skunkbear: Scientists at the University of Alberta filmed a...
skunkbear: Scientists at the University of Alberta filmed a knuckle cracking in an MRI scanner to find out what makes that popping sound. I’ve wondered about this for ages, and I can’t believe this hasn’t been done before!Turns out, contrary to the dominant theory of the past 50 years, the pop happens when a bubble forms between the two bones - not when that bubble collapses. Even better, some think that knuckle-popping might actually be good for your joints. Well, well, […]
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3:37 PM | What do we mean by drought?
Darren Ficklin at Indiana University has a new paper exploring trends in drought in the United States which notes that the trends are not universal: [F]our regions of increasing (upper Midwest, Louisiana, southeastern United States (US), and western US) and decreasing (New England, Pacific Northwest, upper Great Plains, and Ohio River Valley) drought trends…. But ...Continue reading ‘What do we mean by drought?’ »
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3:30 PM | 3D printed Vinyls
knittinggothgirl: Back in August, Instructables user fred27 made a tutorial on 3D printing records for a Fisher Price toy record player. He test printed records on both DIY 3D printer and professional 3D printer, and all 3D printed discs played well - that was definitely a brilliant project demonstrating what 3D printing is capable to do.Amanda Ghassaei, assistant tech editor at Instructables went a step further: she has been trying to print LP records on a professional 3D printer.Here are her […]
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3:00 PM | thatscienceguy:A White Blood Cell chasing and consuming a...
thatscienceguy:A White Blood Cell chasing and consuming a Bacterial Organism through a process called Phagocytosis.
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2:59 PM | Sick coyotes more likely to clash with humans
Coyotes have been encroaching more frequently on North American cities over the last two decades, but researchers haven’t been sure why. Now a new study suggests that the animals’ health may be a factor. Sick coyotes are more likely to roam developed areas and eat people’s discarded food, leading to more encounters with humans. The
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2:41 PM | Critically Endangered Frog Claws Its Way toward Recovery
The evolutionarily unique frogs of Cameroon’s Lake Oku have no tongues, claw-tipped toes and 12 full sets of chromosomes. What the Lake Oku clawed frogs (Xenopus longipes) don’t have, however, is a... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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2:00 PM | Creating “Years of Sustainable Development:” Anticipating and responding to Mega Trends
By Dr. Alan D. Hecht and Barb Walton Late last year, Columbia University economist Jeffrey Sachs pronounced 2015 the “Year of Sustainable Development,” reflecting the United Nations’ efforts to identify goals and agree on greenhouse gas emission targets for the decades ahead. The increase in greenhouse gas emissions and anticipated yet unquantifiable impact on climate […]
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1:48 PM | Finalists for GBIF Ebbe Nielsen Challenge
The Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) officially established in 2001 is an international open data infrastructure, funded by various governments. It allows anyone, anywhere to access data about all forms of life on Earth, shared globally and openly.Last year GBIF launched the GBIF Ebbe Nielsen Challenge, an open incentive competition seeking for the best and most innovative applications of open-access biodiversity data by scientists, informaticians, data modelers, […]
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1:04 PM | A Tree Hitched to the Universe
A wee garden in a windy city From a leafy suburb in the shadow of Table Mountain, I need not venture far to encounter a myriad of remarkable creatures employing clever survival strategies. Fighting, stalking, feigning, loving, dancing, stealing, and darting, biodiversity spills into and out of my garden. It burrows beneath the lawn, slithers … Continue reading A Tree Hitched to the Universe →
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1:00 PM | Celebrate Earth Day at John Muir Family Home
The Muir home in Martinez is a National Historic Site, and there will be live music, free activities, and a silent auction Saturday, April 18. You can also tour the home and walk the famous orchards.
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7:42 AM | Making progress
It will be a while yet before the paving is sorted out, but we’re making progress in the garden. A sunny weekend allowed us to put the arbor back up, although it can’t yet sit in its final location: The arbor will have to wait a while to be covered in climbing plants And we may not have our fire pit yet, but a cheap BBQ bucket meant we could have the first BBQ of the year: It was a bit cold and windy, but Ryan still managed to cook dinner outside :) The fold-away washing […]
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4:25 AM | Medjool dates
I know, I know, beware the romanticism of desert agriculture, but these trees are such a nostalgic throwback to my childhood. I grew up on the fringe of the Los Angeles suburbs. Trips to the desert were part of my childhood. And date palms along the highway were an iconic image of those jaunts. The ...Continue reading ‘Medjool dates’ »
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