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November 26, 2014

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8:20 PM | Need to turn off the pain? Well now we can!
 My sister suffers from chronic pain issues. I’ve written several posts about how her autoimmune disease is a special brand of pain that you will thankfully (almost certainly) never have […]

Little JW, Ford A, Symons-Liguori AM, Chen Z, Janes K, Doyle T, Xie J, Luongo L, Tosh DK, Maione S & Bannister K (2014). Endogenous adenosine A3 receptor activation selectively alleviates persistent pain states., Brain : a journal of neurology, PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25414036

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8:00 PM | Toxic shockers: Key chemicals to look out for
From BPA to burnt toast, pretty much everything in the modern world comes with a hidden cocktail of chemical extras. Get the facts on what to worry about (full text available to subscribers)
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7:30 PM | Dog head-turning shows they do understand what you say
The way our furry friends turn their heads when listening to our words indicates which part of the brain they are using and how they process our speech
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7:00 PM | Loss of Arctic sea ice to doom polar bears by 2075
Starving adult bears could struggle to raise any cubs by the end of this century in their current stronghold in the Canadian Arctic
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7:00 PM | Polish 'vampire' burials weren't just for outsiders
Six individuals in 19th century Poland believed to be at risk of becoming vampires weren't mysterious outsiders - they were locals singled out for another reason
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6:35 PM | A Fabulous Menu of Citizen Science for Thanksgiving
We’ve updated and reposted this Thanksgiving Day treat,  from Lily Bui! Dig into this serving of Thanksgiving projects with your friends and family! Western Monarch Thanksgiving Count Help researchers take census of winter Monarch butterflies. Count Monarchs in colonies, during the … Continue reading »The post A Fabulous Menu of Citizen Science for Thanksgiving appeared first on CitizenSci.
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6:14 PM | Polite drones do awkward dance to avoid crashing
A collision avoidance system for drones lets them see each other on camera and take steps to minimise the risk of crashing in mid-air
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6:00 PM | Better than shade: Rooftop material sheds heat into space
Air conditioning runs up the electric bill. Want some for free?
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6:00 PM | Turquoise pool is an oasis in Lima's arid metropolis
A photo of swimmers in the midst of Lima's arid landscape has been shortlisted in a competition highlighting climate and development issues
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5:49 PM | Dizzying heights: Prehistoric farming on the ‘roof of the world’
Archaeological findings pose questions about genetic resistance in humans to altitude sickness and genetic response in crop plants to flowering times and ultraviolet radiation tolerance. Archaeological discoveries from the ‘roof of the world’ on the Tibetan Plateau indicate that from 3,600 years ago, crop growing and the raising of livestock was taking place year-round at … Continue reading →
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5:49 PM | Extinct earwigs, a shark rescue & Angry Birds help save...
Extinct earwigs, a shark rescue & Angry Birds help save pangolins Antarctic fur seals get a little too friendly with penguins, lionfish in Florida continue to take over, a breakthrough with Starfish Wasting Syndrome & divers rescue an injured shark! Get these stories and more in this week’s recap of nature news! By: Earth Touch.
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5:45 PM | It’s filamentary: How galaxies evolve in the cosmic web
How do galaxies like our Milky Way form, and just how do they evolve? Are galaxies affected by their surrounding environment? Astronomers now propose some answers. The researchers highlight the role of the ‘cosmic web’ — a large-scale web-like structure comprised of galaxies — on the evolution of galaxies that took place in the distant … Continue reading →
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5:45 PM | Seals found guilty of brutal porpoise attacks
An oceanic crime scene investigation has exposed a murderous side to the North Sea's cuddly resident amid fears that its next victim could be a human
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5:39 PM | Darwin 2.0: New theory on speciation, diversity
It has long been thought that dramatic changes in a landscape like the formation of the Andes Mountain range or the Amazon River is the main driver that initiates species to diverge. However, a recent study shows that speciation occurred much later than these dramatic geographical changes. Researchers have found that time and a species’ … Continue reading →
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5:34 PM | Hubble observations cast further doubt on how globular clusters formed
Thanks to the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, some of the most mysterious cosmic residents have just become even more puzzling. New observations of globular clusters in a small galaxy show they are very similar to those found in the Milky Way, and so must have formed in a similar way. Globular clusters — large balls … Continue reading →
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5:30 PM | Today on New Scientist
All the latest stories on newscientist.com: Chinese plant helps burn calories, John Ioannidis on fixing science, neurons light up Times Square, worm gets uploaded to cyberspace, and more
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5:29 PM | A Fabulous Menu of Citizen Science for Thanksgiving
We’ve updated and reposted this Thanksgiving Day treat,  from Lily Bui! Dig into this serving of Thanksgiving projects with your friends and family! Western Monarch Thanksgiving Count Help researchers take census of winter Monarch butterflies. Count Monarchs in colonies, during the mornings around Thanksgiving. Get started! Thanksgiving Day Western Bird Count Help monitor winter bird populations […]Find more posts like A Fabulous Menu of Citizen Science for Thanksgiving […]
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5:15 PM | “Imbeciles” on Twitter Continue to Distract Nassim Taleb
Those of you familiar with Black Swan author Nassim Taleb know he has a formidable mind and an abrasive public persona. It is necessary to separate the two when analyzing his logic, which is what economist/writer Noah Smith does admirably in his Bloomberg column on Taleb’s controversial GMO paper. (More on Smith’s take in a minute.) […]The post “Imbeciles” on Twitter Continue to Distract Nassim Taleb appeared first on Collide-a-Scape.
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5:00 PM | [Guest Post] The Mystery That Isn’t: Jill Lepore’s “The Secret History of Wonder Woman”
Categories: SkepticismTags: history of wonder womanjill leporeWonder WomanEditor’s Note: Today’s guest post is by Dale DeBakcsy, who also blogs over at Mad Art Lab. If you aren’t familiar with the history of Wonder Woman, check out the Bitch ...(Read more...)
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5:00 PM | Dogs really do listen to us
Study finds that dogs respond to human speech the same way we do
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4:16 PM | Kitchen science: evaluating methods of self-defense against onions.
Background I hate chopping onions. They make me cry within seconds, and those tears both hurt and obscure my view of onions, knife, and fingertips (which can lead to additional injuries). The... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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3:30 PM | The Peer Review Scam: How authors are reviewing their own papers
Yesterday, we reported on the discovery by BioMed Central that there were about 50 papers in their editorial system whose authors had recommended fake peer reviewers. Those “reviewers” had submitted reviews of a number of manuscripts, and five of the papers had been published. (BMC posted a blog examining the case this morning.) For some […]
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3:20 PM | Spooky quasar alignment at a distance
The filaments that structure the Universe may have lined up its galaxies, too.
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3:20 PM | First digital animal will be perfect copy of real worm
Next year the world's first digital animal will be born inside a computer. Could its descendants be conscious?
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3:00 PM | Millie Hughes-Fulford: Scientist in Space
Former astronaut Millie Hughes-Fulford is sending an experiment into space that could one day help travelers going to Mars and aging people here on Earth. She seeks to understand how a lack of gravity impacts our immune system.
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3:00 PM | Decipher Your Car's 'Check Engine' Light Via Bluetooth
Even if you don't know your dipstick from your stick shift, this device can help you troubleshoot some of your car problems before you go to the mechanic.
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3:00 PM | Quadcopter Racing with First Person Video!
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2:00 PM | “Super-surgeon” who created artificial tracheas facing new misconduct allegations
A one-time media favorite is being accused of serious misconduct in three cases where he inserted artificial windpipes into patients and treated them with stem cells. Two of the patients have died; one survives, but needs her airway cleaned every four hours by hospital staff to keep her alive. A little over two years ago, thoracic […]
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2:00 PM | Quickies: Ferguson Link Roundup, HBO’s Scientology Movie, and Canned Food Drive Advice
Categories: SkepticismMerck Partners With NewLink To Speed Up Work On Ebola Vaccine – “The NewLink vaccine is a based on a harmless virus that has been genetically engineered to incorporate bits ...(Read more...)
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2:00 PM | A Basketball That Trains You
Embedded sensors measure spin and acceleration, data that’s beamed to a phone in just 100 milliseconds. The ball’s internal battery lasts eight hours and can be recharged…
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