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September 02, 2014

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3:58 PM | Can’t boot from a DVD/CD drive
In order to install a new operating system on a computer, you can make a bootable DVD that includes the software to install the new system, put it in the DVD/CD reader, and reboot your computer. If all goes well your computer will boot off the DVD/CD reader and then you follow the install process…
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3:30 PM | New Observations Confirm Greenland, Antarctica Losing Land Ice Rapidly
A new study just published shows that — using more accurate measurements than ever before — Greenland and Antarctica are together losing ice at incredible rates: Together, over 500 ±107 cubic kilometers of ice are melting from them every year. That means 450 billion tons of ice are lost every year, melted away into the oceans. That’s staggering. Tim Radford at The Guardian has the story. In a nutshell, the European CryoSat-2 satellite measures the height of the ice […]
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3:00 PM | To Protect An Endangered Snake, First Protect A Venomous One
If you go for a walk through the rocky hills of Finland’s Aland archipelago, you might come across …
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2:02 PM | Do not print?
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2:00 PM | Race for the Prize
There aren’t many mainstream songs about scientists. I only know of two. One is quite well-known but I don’t like it and it doesn’t really seem to be about science anyway. The other one is The Flaming Lips’ “Race for … Continue reading →
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2:00 PM | How ​Music Proves We Live In Three Dimensions
String theory has dimensions popping up all over the place. We are currently at over 10 dimensions. But how would living in that many dimensions affect us? The first thing to do would be to throw out all your albums, because they won't sound right anymore.Read more...
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1:55 PM | reckoning with edmund burke
Ferdinand Mount at The London Review of Books: ‘You could not stand five minutes with that man beneath a shed while it rained, but you must be convinced you had been standing with the greatest man you had ever yet...
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1:51 PM | Norman Mailer's "A Fire on the Moon"
Geoff Dyer at Threepenny Review: Mailer starts with the news of Hemingway’s death; we’ll start with Ezra Pound’s claim, in ABC of Reading, that literature “is news that STAYS news.” The appeal of having one of America’s best-known writers cover...
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1:48 PM | A sweeping account of how the Reagan years began as the Nixon era
Christopher Caldwell at Bookforum: “HE WORE A PURPLE PLAID SUIT his staff abhorred and a pinstripe shirt and polka-dot tie and a folded white silk puffing up extravagantly out of his pocket.” This was not some tea-sipping Edwardian dandy. It...
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12:06 PM | Russian “sex geckos” die after orbiting Earth in satellite
Five gecko lizards have died during a sex experiment aboard a Russian satellite, the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) has said. Descrier - news and culture magazine
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11:47 AM | The Unbearable Emptiness of a New York Times Op-Ed
Peter Beinart in The Atlantic: I have my concerns about President Obama’s foreign policy. But nothing eases them like listening to his Republican critics. There’s an onion-like quality to the arguments GOP politicians often deploy against Obama’s policies in the...
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11:44 AM | The Women Who Made the Science Possible
Here are some more unsung heroes of research: scanners (the human kind). In the 1950s, Donald Glaser invented the bubble chamber – a way to track infinitesimally small quantum particles as they winked in and out of existence. The idea – which may or may not have been tested in beer – was to create…
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11:36 AM | A Call for a Low-Carb Diet
Anahad O'Connor in The New York Times: People who avoid carbohydrates and eat more fat, even saturated fat, lose more body fat and have fewer cardiovascular risks than people who follow the low-fat diet that health authorities have favored for...
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11:30 AM | Mystery No More: The Sliding Stones of Death Valley
Oh how I love nature and science! The former sets up mysteries that baffle us, and then the latter equips us with tools with which to solve them. When I was a kid, one of the coolest mysteries going was the moving stones of Racetrack Playa. This is a dry lake bed in Death Valley, California, where large rocks are embedded in the dried mud. However, many of the rocks have clearly been moving; there are long tracks behind them in the caked, baked mud pushed up like rails along the tracks’ […]
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11:00 AM | Science explains why comedies are funnier when you see them in a crowded theater.
We’ve all experienced it: the same movie is so much funnier when you see it on opening night with a group of friends compared to watching the DVD by yourself. What causes this difference? Here, a group of psychologists tested the idea that it’s knowing that you are part of a group watching a movie […]The post Science explains why comedies are funnier when you see them in a crowded theater. appeared first on Seriously, Science?.
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10:43 AM | Tuesday Poem
As I Grew Older It was a long time ago. I have almost forgotten my dream. But it was there then, In front of me, Bright like a sun— My dream. And then the wall rose, Rose slowly, Slowly, Between...
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10:09 AM | Soviet-era hyperboloid tower saved from destruction
Modern technology appears to have saved a Soviet relic, following a smartphone vote on the fate of Moscow's extraordinary Shukhov Tower
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10:00 AM | iLabs: Hostess Twinkie Chemistry is Coming to the Micro World This Thursday Night!
Yes, the Twinkies are coming!  Beware or be there, depending on how you feel about Twinkies. We are going to explore their history, why we love them, what’s in them, how long they really last, and just how frenzied everyone got when they almost disappeared. Along the way we’ll have some analytical food chemistry, some […]
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10:00 AM | Debunking the Myth of the Fake Banana Flavor
Over at the BBC, the myth about banana flavoring has been put to the test. And while there's a kernel of truth to the idea that fake banana resembles a variety that nearly went extinct, it's still a just a myth.Read more...
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8:40 AM | Week 15: Shooting the Rapids and More in Northern Idaho
Running the Payette River… (all photos by author). “Get set to get wet” should’ve been our mantra over the past week, as we journeyed north of Boise into the Idaho panhandle. Of course, we always thought of the northern stem of the state as more of a chimney, but hey, if you think of a [...]
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8:12 AM | The future of Nigeria’s power sector post-reform
8 reasons the ‘Power Sector Reform Roadmap’ may not be enough. Regular and reliable electricity supply is crucial for industrialisation and economic development. Despite Nigeria being one of the largest primary energy producers in the world, it still struggles to generate adequate electricity for its teeming population and to support its economy. At the moment, […]
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5:05 AM | Tested Projects: Building a Custom Arcade Cabinet, Part 2
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4:06 AM | Science scholarships – a vocation vacation
Those long summer holidays are getting closer. Some people go somewhere exotic, some chill out at home, and some come and do science with us. Applications for our vacation scholarships are now open. Every year we make about 200 offers to promising undergraduates who are in the advanced stages of their degrees. The successful applicants […]
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4:00 AM | The New Science of Strong Materials or Why You Don’t Fall through the Floor
By J E Gordon Synopsis: This new edition of J. E. Gordon’s classic introduction to the properties of materials used in engineering answers some fundamental and fascinating questions about how the material world around us functions. […]
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4:00 AM | Google Play App Roundup: Google News and Weather, Back to Bed, and Month
You probably want more apps, but more than that, you want the right ones. That;s what we're here to deliver with the weekly Google Play App Roundup. This is where you'll find the best new and newly updated apps and games on Android. Just click the link to head right to Google Play.This week Google finally updates one of its old apps, you go back to bed, and calendars get pretty.Google News and WeatherGoogle included a neat news and weather widget in stock Android back in the Froyo days. This […]
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2:49 AM | NATO To Create New 'Spearhead' Force For Eastern Europe
NATO leaders are expected this week to set up a rapid-response force to defend against potential Russian aggression.
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2:16 AM | do-math: *realizes joy division did some real quick fs...
do-math: *realizes joy division did some real quick fs photoelectron spectroscopy for their dumb album cover* 1) Joy Division’s 1979 Unknown Pleasures album cover actually features a data visualization from the first known pulsar, PSR B1919+21, discovered by Jocelyn Bell Burnell in 1967, and discovered by the band’s drummer in the Cambridge Encyclopedia of Astronomy. 2) It is not dumb.
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1:24 AM | The neuroscience of self-control
In the 1960s, a psychologist at Stanford named Walter Mischel began a series of experiments exploring the dynamics of self-control in children. In one such experiment, Mischel gave preschoolers the choice between two outcomes, one of which was clearly preferable. For example, they were able to choose between 2 marshmallows and 1 marshmallow (the experiments became known as the Stanford marshmallow experiments for this reason).But there was a catch. The experimenter would tell the children that […]

September 01, 2014

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11:56 PM | Our 3D thermal scanner is so hot right now
By Emily Lehmann If you’re feeling a bit under the weather, you might bring your hand to your forehead and take note of your temperature. Just like your mama used to do. Running a high temperature is an age-old giveaway that you’re sick with a fever and that you better check in with your doc […]
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10:37 PM | The Future of the Past in Palau
Enric Sala and team are back in the big blue on their latest expedition to explore and document the world's most pristine seas. This time, the destination is the Micronesian island group of Palau.
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