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March 17, 2015

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6:42 PM | Fighting over the scraps
There’s an article in the Raleigh paper on proposed changes to allocation of the sales tax to be more weighted in terms of population instead of location. It highlights some of the common issues with urban/rural divides, especially when it … Continue reading →
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6:30 PM | Science fiction's Islamic roots
mostlysignssomeportents:From Ibn Tufail’s 12th century Hayy Ibn Yaqzan to Rokeya Sakhawat Hussain’s 1905 feminist masterpiece Sultana’s Dream, the Islamic world produced some of the earliest proto-sf, which IO9’s Charlie Jane Anders rounds up in an excellent post. Of course, Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein is widely recognized as the first real work of science fiction, because it’s a novel of speculation based on the scientific discoveries of her […]
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6:20 PM | txchnologist: New 3-D Printer Uses Light to Build Objects in...
Eiffel Tower emerging from resin pool using CLIP methodology for printing monolithic objects continuously. Courtesy Lars Sahl. A clip of a 7X speed video showing the CLIP technology. Courtesy Carbon3D. A clip of a 7X speed video showing the CLIP technology. Courtesy Carbon3D.txchnologist: New 3-D Printer Uses Light to Build Objects in Minutes The next generation of desktop 3-D printers might do away with the excruciatingly slow process that current units use. Researchers have unveiled a […]
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6:09 PM | Methane-muching Microbes Limit Global Warming
Methane, one of the most potent greenhouse gases, is constantly leaking out of holes on the ocean floor. Now, an international team of scientists have found that these “methane seeps” are home to unique communities of microbes that play an invaluable role in maintaining life on Earth. Microbes that Eat Methane Methane seeps in the […] The post Methane-muching Microbes Limit Global Warming appeared first on EH Science.
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5:54 PM | betterworlds:usagov:Help create history by transcribing some of...
betterworlds:usagov:Help create history by transcribing some of the many documents from our National Archives. Check out the information below on how you can get involved!From the National Archives:Help us reach our goal of transcribing #1000pages this week! Your contributions improve search results and increases accessibility to our digitized, historical records. Our Transcription Missions include paper of the Continental Congress, love letters, photographs related to the National Forests, […]
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4:30 PM | thekidshouldseethis:From The Physics Girl: “What happens when...
thekidshouldseethis:From The Physics Girl: “What happens when you drop a perfectly balanced stack of balls? And how is the result like a supernova? The classic momentum transfer demonstration, at the next level.”Watch the video (and then try it). dig!
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4:27 PM | The economics of California’s drought
Jeff Michael at the University of the Pacific’s Center for Business and Policy Research summarizes data on economic recovery in California suggesting that the impact of the drought has not, at least to date, been as significant as some might suggest: Focusing just on the Central Valley, there is a geographical pattern from north to south. ...Continue reading ‘The economics of California’s drought’ »
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4:11 PM | Discoveries of the week #30
31 species of DiplommatinidaeDiancta macrostomaThe minute (adult size 1.3–4.8 mm) land snail species of the family Diplommatinidae in the Fiji archipelago are revised based on historical material and modern (1998–99) collections targeting limestone outcrops on the largest island, Viti Levu, and several smaller islands in the Lau group. The forty-two species (including 30 new species) belong to the genera Moussonia Semper, 1865, Palaina Semper, 1865 and Diancta Martens, 1867, which […]
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2:09 PM | What’s Our Top Energy Concern?
My last post explained why lower prices at the pump aren’t quite as black and white as most media outlets would have us believe. Sure it’s comfortable for our wallets, but the nuances... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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1:30 PM | Newt Sex: Buff Males! Writhing Females! Cannibalism!
Every winter, California newts leave the safety of their forest burrows and travel as far as three miles to mate in the pond where they were born. Their mating ritual is a raucous affair that involves bulked-up males, writhing females and a little cannibalism.
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12:00 PM | “Spillover” of human disease threatens wild chimps
Ebola, HIV, SARS, bird flu: the most frightening infectious diseases to emerge in recent decades have been zoonoses, meaning illnesses that originated in other species and often can be transmitted from animals to humans. Now, researchers from Emory University in Georgia have found evidence that this “spillover” happens in the opposite direction too, and an
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2:41 AM | How much water does California have left? The other Jay disagrees
UC Davis’s Jay Lund responding to the flurry of news coverage surrounding Jay Famiglietti’s Los Angeles Times op ed: While the drought is serious, a UC Davis scientist is casting doubt on Famiglietti’s dire prediction. “It’s not the right impression that one more year of this and we’re toast,” UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences ...Continue reading ‘How much water does California have left? The other Jay disagrees’ »
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1:16 AM | Bee Decline Linked to a Combination of Stressors
There's plenty you can do, however, to help honeybees, from observations you can make when watching pollinators to what you plant in your garden.

March 16, 2015

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11:42 PM | Los Angeles is Willing to Pay Highest Price Ever for Water
Flooded rice fields at the Cosumnes River Preserve in the Central Valley. Growing an acre of rice requires three acre-feet of water or more. An acre-foot is roughly enough water for two Los Angeles-area households for a year. (Photo: Nancy Crowley/The Nature Conservancy) Los Angeles is offering rice farmers in the Sacramento Valley more money […]
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11:39 PM | Google, NASA, & D-Wave Get You Psyched For Quantum...
Google, NASA, & D-Wave Get You Psyched For Quantum ComputersWe have some simple quantum computers, which are already being used to explore difficult computational questions. As QC advances, the potential it holds is unimaginable.
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11:21 PM | engadget:Drones will soon detect unexploded bombs in Laos I was...
engadget:Drones will soon detect unexploded bombs in Laos I was literally thinking about this as an idea last week. Super glad that some other smart folk are making it happen!The same technique could prove helpful for archaeological/paleontological digs, where researchers already use LIDAR to scan under the ground (x), but this could afford them more control and easier to pocket costs. (Might also be easier to scan a larger area at a lower resolution to find hotspots which are then mapped more
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8:19 PM | Next-Gen Accessories: An Ear Cuff That Reads Your Mind
txchnologist: by Michael Keller Futurist fashionistas take note: A new type of accessory that ornaments your ears in golden, fractal patterns isn’t meant to be jewelry; it’s built to read your thoughts. It could one day replace the mouse, keyboard and touchscreen with brain waves as the way to interact with computers. In a study released today in the journal PNAS, materials scientists and engineers report they’ve developed soft electrodes that can be stuck on and behind the […]
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8:16 PM | Asks Welcome
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6:58 PM | guardian:Sign the petition to urge the world’s biggest...
guardian:Sign the petition to urge the world’s biggest charitable organizations to divest from fossil fuelsAwesome, and took less than a minute. =]
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6:25 PM | digg:…art by Aaron Coleman for ShutterstockI would...
digg:…art by Aaron Coleman for ShutterstockI would freaking love to have this in my house!
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6:13 PM | Tour A Virtual Museum Housing Art Stolen Or Destroyed By Conflict
Tour A Virtual Museum Housing Art Stolen Or Destroyed By Conflict: betterworlds:Designer, grad student, and VR specialist Ziv Schneider has created a digital home for works both destroyed by war and stolen through famous heists.by John SkylarA lot of people have been horrified to see what ISIS has done to humanity’s shared cultural heritage in the Levant lately.  Destroying prized relics, erasing the earliest examples of civilization, and all in the name of a distorted ideology.In […]
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4:30 PM | On headlines
Here’s a reader quiz. Which headline would be more like to draw your click? “California has about one year of water left.” “California has about one year of reservoir storage and then we must rely even more on groundwater” The first is the headline the Los Angeles Times put atop a Jay Famiglietti op-ed last ...Continue reading ‘On headlines’ »
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4:30 PM | springwise:French bioplastic chair is completely...
springwise:French bioplastic chair is completely biodegradableThe pressure is on for manufacturers to produce eco-friendly products which won’t harm the environment when consumers are finished with them. We have seen biodegradable clothes, biodegradable fishing nets and single use tents, and now, French design company Alki have just revealed the Kuskoa Bi — the world’s first completely biodegradable chair. READ MORE… This is cool, and I’m happy to see progress on […]
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3:50 PM | A brief history of recycling
John Timmer, reporting for Ars Technica: So how did we get from Boy Scout pickups to multimillion dollar facilities that handle 15,000 tons of materials per month? Like recycling itself, it’s a complicated story, one driven by false starts and historic accidents. And that’s in part because recycling is hard, a process driven by lots […]∞
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2:17 PM | DNA Barcode Conference Plenary - Brock Fenton
Today is another day with a guest post by a plenary speaker at the 6th International Barcode of Life Conference. Brock Fenton received his Ph.D. in 1969 for work in the ecology and behaviour of bats. Since then he has held academic positions at Carleton University (Ottawa, Canada 1969 to 1986), York University (Toronto, Canada 1986 to 2003) and the University of Western Ontario (2003 to present). He has published over 200 papers in refereed journals (most of them about bats), as well […]
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2:00 PM | Winter Bees, First Visitors
This photo of a winter bee collecting pollen, called “First Visitors,” is the work of Germany-based photographer Steven Spence. Here is what he has to say about the photo: Friday, I had my first visit from a bee this year. Right now all that is in blossom around my place are crocuses, but that seems […] The post Winter Bees, First Visitors appeared first on EH Science.
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10:27 AM | The impact of low oil prices on state tax revenues
Despite a slight uptick since January, global oil prices are still half of what they were a year ago. These low prices have benefited consumers by dropping the price of gasoline and diesel across the... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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7:50 AM | knittinggothgirl:huffingtonpost:This Is What Happens When You...
knittinggothgirl:huffingtonpost:This Is What Happens When You Mix Coca-Cola And MilkIn this fascinating YouTube video, watch what happens when milk is added to a bottle of Coke. After an hour, the liquid in the bottle appears to become clear, as brown sediment sinks to the bottom.Find out the scientific explanation behind this chemical reaction here. \/ OR READ BELOW!! \/ :0To my followers and future rebloggers, I know how much I hate to move my thumb while scrolling so the reaction […]
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7:05 AM | A CRISPR Solution to “Bubble Boy” Disease?
Researchers are racing to see what kinds of diseases might be cured through a hot new gene-editing technique. But if CRISPR lives up to the hype, who — other than patients — will profit?
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4:28 AM | In which another person assumes I do not know things
Tonight I was talking to someone working their way through Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century, but finding it slow going. I mentioned that, while I hadn’t read it, I was familiar with it, and I understood its major contribution … Continue reading →
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