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March 10, 2015

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7:20 PM | Got an Environmental Science Question? Ask an EPA Scientist!
By Kacey Fitzpatrick   Have you ever had a question about something you saw and wished you had an expert you could ask? This happens to me all the time, so I decided to take advantage of working at EPA and start a new blog series called ‘Ask an EPA Scientist.’ I’m kicking off the […]
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6:54 PM | Brain-like Computers from Optical Fibers
Computers that function like a human brain could soon become a reality thanks to new research using optical fibers made of speciality glass. This research has the potential to allow a faster and smarter brain-like computer that can learn and adapt. Researchers from the Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC) at the University of Southampton, UK, and […] The post Brain-like Computers from Optical Fibers appeared first on EH Science.
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6:20 PM | Discoveries of the week #29
Pulvinaria caballeroramosaeA new soft scale (Hemiptera: Coccoidea: Coccidae) species, Pulvinaria caballeroramosae Tanaka & Kondo, sp. n., is described from specimens collected on twigs of Ficus soatensis Dugand (Moraceae) in Bogota, Colombia. The new species resembles P. drymiswinteri Kondo & Gullan, described from Chile on Drimys winteri J.R. Forst. & G. Forst. (Winteraceae), but differs in the distribution of preopercular pores on the dorsum, the presence of dorsal tubular ducts, […]
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5:28 PM | Not Keen On Getting Old and Sickly? That May Soon Become...
Not Keen On Getting Old and Sickly? That May Soon Become OptionalI’ve written about anti-aging prospects in the past (x, x, x), and two of the important points I often make when discussing this is that a) I think optional immortality is inevitable, and that b) we can’t really say how long it’ll take to achieve. The reason for the latter is that it’s still a pretty young field (excuse the pun) and while we may continue to make small, incremental gains, it’s hard to […]
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4:30 PM | Creepy.
Creepy.
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12:00 PM | Block party like it’s time to save the planet
Researchers at the University of Vermont may have a bone to pick with their state’s former poet laureate. “Good fences make good neighbors,” Robert Frost wrote in 1914, channeling the taciturn independence often seen as an essential part of the character of New Englanders and indeed of Americans as a whole. But according to more
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8:06 AM | Review: Urban Orchard cider
Urban Orchard cider, made with apples from urban fruit trees On Friday evening we nipped out to buy some paint for the garden. When we got home we found we had no water – a burst water main in the village was the source of the problem. Fortunately I’d planned a meal that involved very little water, and we settled down to a chicken curry with onion flatbreads. It seemed like the perfect moment to open the two bottles of cider I’d been sent to review! Food waste is high […]
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8:00 AM | Soil science, food production and hunger in Africa
A child dies from malnutrition or related causes every five seconds. Every child who dies from hunger is assassinated. And we have a herd of market traders, speculators and financial bandits who have turned wild and constructed a world of inequality and horror. We have to put a stop to this. Jean Ziegler Soil as a resource A long history of land use Ever since man learned to cultivate, soil has been considered as a source of food for humanity. Agriculture was born during the Neolithic […]
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2:26 AM | emergentfutures:Inside Project Loon: Google’s internet in the...
emergentfutures:Inside Project Loon: Google’s internet in the sky is almost open for business The newest record was a ballon that lasted 187 days in the air, circumnavigating the globe nine times, passing over more than a dozen countries on four continents along the way. As Google Glass undergoes a reset, and driverless cars remain years away from commercial viability, Loon looks increasingly like the poster child for bringing a disruptive new technology out of Google’s labs and […]
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2:11 AM | khymeira:sixpenceee:E-Tomb is a design concept for a solar...
khymeira:sixpenceee:E-Tomb is a design concept for a solar powered headstone that stores the deceased’s online presence which can then accessed via Bluetooth by visitors to grave. This resonates so deeply. Expired organisms reconstituted into categorical datum. Add self replicating behavioural algorithms and see I actually kinda like this idea. Doesn’t have to be social media, either. Can include photos, videos, testimonials, whatever. Turns each grave into a biography of sorts.
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12:10 AM | Why Do People Use Parks and Plazas in Buenos Aires?
Parks have been significant sources of open space in urban history, ranging from private, even sacred spaces to fully public spaces serving as central points of social interaction and recreation (Stanley et al. 2012). On any given day, many thousands of people spend several hours outdoors in their local park simply living their lives. In … Continue reading Why Do People Use Parks and Plazas in Buenos Aires? →

March 09, 2015

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11:35 PM | The Overly Dramatic Demise of the Light Bulb
Remember when the fight against phasing out inefficient incandescent light bulbs was a big deal? Well it seems the sky didn’t fall. Just recently, Canada joined the United States, the European Union,... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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9:37 PM | New memories implanted in mice while they sleep - life - 09 March 2015 - New Scientist
New memories implanted in mice while they sleep - life - 09 March 2015 - New Scientist: For the first time, mice have been given a new conscious memory while they sleep. The same technique could one day be used to alter memories in people who have undergone traumatic events. Wow! Really cool stuff! Check out the article!
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8:56 PM | New, Durable Self-cleaning Surfaces
Put away the polish!  A new paint that creates self-cleaning surfaces has been developed by a research team at University College London. The coating can be applied to clothes, paper, glass and steel. When combined with adhesives, the paint maintains its self-cleaning properties after being wiped, scratched with a knife, and scuffed with sandpaper. Self-cleaning […] The post New, Durable Self-cleaning Surfaces appeared first on EH Science.
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7:35 PM | Watch Not One But TWO Huge Hurricane Strength Storms Swirling in the North Atlantic
Back on Feb. 24th, I posted a video based on satellite data showing a low pressure system in the North Atlantic evolving into a hurricane-force storm. I guess when it rains it, uhm, pours...  In the past few days, not one but TWO big storms with hurricane-strength winds have swirled in the North Atlantic. Click the image above to see a video of the storms just released by the Ocean Prediction Center of the National Weather Service. The data for the video come from the infrared […]
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6:47 PM | Women’s History Month: Contributions in Environmental and Conservation Fields
“One of the things that I really strongly believe in is that we need to have more girls interested in math, science, and engineering. We’ve got half the population that is way underrepresented in those fields and that means that we’ve got a whole bunch of talent…not being encouraged the way they need to.” – […]
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6:07 PM | High Speed Drone Chases
As public places start to ban drones (eg. x), I’m really looking forward to seeing people trying to stop them. ~Visit RealCleverScience.tumblr for more awe-inspiring science stories, news, and musings.
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5:51 PM | Poll: Fox News most trusted network
Poll: Fox News most trusted network: politico:Fox News has the most trusted network and cable news coverage in the United States, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll released Monday. But network TV is much less trustworthy than it was in the days of Walter Cronkite, American voters say. Read more: http://politi.co/1NAeNdn I’m just gonna use this reaction gif again:
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5:49 PM | Earth Ranger Alexa is Helping the Planet by Recycling Batteries
Meet Alexa, a seven-year-old with a serious commitment to keeping our planet healthy for all living things.
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5:37 PM | thinksquad:In Florida, officials ban term ‘climate change’The...
thinksquad:In Florida, officials ban term ‘climate change’The Florida Department of Environmental Protection officials have been ordered not to use the term “climate change” or “global warming” in any official communications, emails, or reports, according to former DEP employees, consultants, volunteers and records obtained by the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting.
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5:24 PM | ted:How do we look at portraits? Just like this gif.In his...
ted:How do we look at portraits? Just like this gif.In his series “Morfologies of Gazes,” artist Mariano Sardón explores the paths our eyes take when we look at faces by using eye-tracking data taken from over 100 people as they looked at portraits for eight seconds. (The dots represent eye movement and pupil dilation.)Watch his TEDx Talk on the project to learn more» This is pretty cool. I’m actually kind of fascinated by this, ever since I started […]
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5:19 PM | Arctic Sea Ice Could be Heading for a New Low
|Note: See updates below. | In the ten days between February 25th and March 7th, swaths of sea ice floating across an area of the Arctic the size of Washington state simply vanished. This sharp drop in Arctic sea ice, following on from a particularly low extent in February, may be a harbinger of a new record: the lowest maximum winter extent for Arctic sea ice in the satellite era. Each year at the end of the warm season, falling temperatures cause ice to […]
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5:12 PM | sixpenceee:This iridescent mineral is called Turgite. In it’s...
sixpenceee:This iridescent mineral is called Turgite. In it’s natural state it is very colorful. Some jokingly refer to it as “unicorn dung”.  lol
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4:30 PM | futurist-foresight:Best artificial skylight ever. I found this...
futurist-foresight:Best artificial skylight ever. I found this to be quite impressive, and the potential applications are great: Hospitals, underground facilities (e.g. the NY subway system, or even submarines), blue light therapy?…Of course, depending on cost, quality, etc, it could potentially replace a lot of everyday lighting, like those ugly industrial fluorescent bulbs we’ve all come to accept. I’m also curious as to how this technology might evolve: e.g. imagery (like […]
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4:19 PM | As Apple Watch Launches, Taking Stock of Competitors and Possibilities
The tech titan's latest device/platform drops into a busy gadget niche that has a big gender gap among early adopters. Still, analysts are expecting more than 10 million sales in the first year.
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3:33 PM | DNA Barcode Conference Plenary - Wolfgang Wägele
Welcome back to our series of blog posts authored by plenary speakers of the Sixth International Barcode of Life Conference.Today's contributor is Wolfgang Wägele, Director of the Zoological Research Museum Alexander Koenig and Chair of Systematic Zoology at the University of Bonn. Wolfgang spent much of his childhood in Columbia, but received his PhD from Kiel University and his Habilitation from the University of Oldenburg. His research has focused on morphological and molecular […]
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2:00 PM | Powerful Genetic Test Prevents Paternity Mix-Up
In some cases, a man can be both father and uncle to the same child. The reason? Look to the wonderful genetics of chimerism. (Kenny Louie/Wikimedia Commons) A couple who used a fertility clinic to conceive was ready to sue when the child’s blood type didn’t match up with mom and dad’s. Obviously the clinic […]
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1:00 PM | Ancient Sinkhole Could Presage Mega-Tsunami for Hawaii
There's buried treasure here for tsunami hunters, but scarce funding may mean Hawaii remains vulnerable.
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12:00 PM | Sweetfern Update: Home Design Pro-tip: Hire a Pro
All my life I’ve been a wannabe architect. As a teenage […]
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4:39 AM | Hats
The Albuquerque fairgrounds flea market is the place for hats.
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