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August 31, 2014

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11:20 AM | Genomic sequencing reveals mutations, insights into 2014 Ebola outbreak
In response to an ongoing, unprecedented outbreak of Ebola virus disease in West Africa, a team of researchers has rapidly sequenced and analyzed more than 99 Ebola virus genomes. Their findings could have important implications for rapid field diagnostic tests. For the current study, researchers sequenced 99 Ebola virus genomes collected from 78 patients diagnosed …
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11:17 AM | New DNA study unravels the settlement history of the New World Arctic
A new DNA study unravels the settlement history of the New World Arctic. We know people have lived in the New World Arctic for about 5,000 years. Archaeological evidence clearly shows that a variety of cultures survived the harsh climate in Alaska, Canada and Greenland for thousands of years. Despite this, there are several unanswered …
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11:08 AM | Detecting neutrinos, physicists look into the heart of the sun
Using one of the most sensitive neutrino detectors on the planet, physicists have directly detected neutrinos created by the ‘keystone’ proton-proton fusion process going on at the sun’s core for the first time. The pp reaction is the first step of a reaction sequence responsible for about 99 percent of the Sun’s power, Pocar explains. …
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11:06 AM | Early growth of giant galaxy, just 3 billion years after the Big Bang, revealed
The birth of massive galaxies, according to galaxy formation theories, begins with the buildup of a dense, compact core that is ablaze with the glow of millions of newly formed stars. Evidence of this early construction phase, however, has eluded astronomers — until now. Astronomers identified a dense galactic core, dubbed “Sparky,” using a combination …
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11:04 AM | Marijuana compound may offer treatment for Alzheimer’s disease, study suggests
Extremely low levels of the compound in marijuana known as delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, may slow or halt the progression of Alzheimer’s disease, a recent study from neuroscientists suggests. Researchers from the USF Health Byrd Alzheimer’s Institute showed that extremely low doses of THC reduce the production of amyloid beta, found in a soluble form in …
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11:02 AM | http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/3quarksdaily/~3/YYdzgczYe2U/louis-riels-address-to-the-jurygentlemen-of-the-juryi-cannot-speakenglish-well-but-am-tryingbecause-most-herespeak-engli.html
Louis Riel's Address to the Jury Gentlemen of the Jury: I cannot speak English well, but am trying because most here speak English When I came to the North West I found the Indians suffering I found the half-breeds eating...
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11:01 AM | Shared biology: Powerful commonalities in biological activity
Researchers analyzing human, fly, and worm genomes have found that these species have a number of key genomic processes in common, reflecting their shared ancestry. The findings offer insights into embryonic development, gene regulation and other biological processes vital to understanding human biology and disease. Launched in 2007, the goal of modENCODE is to create …
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10:58 AM | Evolution used similar molecular toolkits to shape flies, worms, and humans
Although separated by hundreds of millions of years of evolution, flies, worms, and humans share ancient patterns of gene expression, according to a massive analysis of genomic data. Two related studies tell a similar story: even though humans, worms, and flies bear little obvious similarity to each other, evolution used remarkably similar molecular toolkits to …
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10:51 AM | Orion Nebula may be brimming with pebble-size particles
Astronomers have discovered that filaments of star-forming gas near the Orion Nebula may be brimming with pebble-size particles — planetary building blocks 100 to 1,000 times larger than the dust grains typically found around protostars. Astronomers using the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Green Bank Telescope (GBT) have discovered that filaments of star-forming gas near the …
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10:48 AM | william greaves (1926 - 2014)
Symbiopsychotaxiplasm from claudiapalma on Vimeo.
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10:47 AM | the man with a movie camera
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9:23 AM | The Salmon Cannon: Easier Than Shooting Fish Out Of A Barrel
Alarmed by the rapid decline of wild salmon populations, a company has invented a novel way to help migratory fish over blocked rivers. It uses air pressure to fire them out of a cannon.
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9:17 AM | C.S. Lewis on Suffering and What It Means to Have Free Will in a Universe of Fixed Laws
Maria Popova in Brain Pickings: If the universe operates by fixed physical laws, what does it mean for us to have free will? That’s what C.S. Lewis considers with an elegant sidewise gleam in an essay titled “Divine Omnipotence” from...
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8:00 AM | Weekend Writing Warriors: Rescue Operation #IAN1 #8Sunday #snipsun
Sunday is the day for Weekend Writing Warriors (click the logo above for links to other participants) and Snippet Sunday (click on the logo below.) I’m following on from last week with Rescue Operation.  Here Roi is speaking first. Source: Hubblesite.org “Wif and I weren’t there, but who else was missing? Derry and Kaia? Where—oh, […]
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5:01 AM | Godel's Revenge: All-Encompassing Formalisms vs. Incomplete Formalisms
This content is cross-posted to Tumbld Thoughts. A loosely-formed story in two parts about the pros and cons of predicting the outcome of and otherwise controlling complex sociocultural systems. Kurt Godel is sitting in the afterlife cafe right now, scoffing but also watching with great interest.I. It's an All-encompassing, Self-regulation, Charlie Brown!Here is a video [1] by the complexity theorist Dirk Helbing about the possibility of a self-regulating society. Essentially, by […]
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4:00 AM | Breaking the Sheep’s back: The shocking true story of the decline and fall of the Australian wool industry
By Charles Massy Synopsis: Breaking the Sheep’s Back is the untold story of Australia’s biggest business disaster. It innvolves government complicity, and it is a political scandal that reaches into the offices of Cabinet ministers and prime […]
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3:43 AM | U.S. Conducts Airstrikes Near Besieged Iraqi Town
American and other forces have launched an offensive to free the town of Amerli, surrounded by Islamic militants for more than two months and desperately short on food and clean water.
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2:38 AM | El mapa de Vinlandia (y III)
Conclusiones y otras suposiciones Con lo dicho hasta ahora, creo que la mayoría estará de acuerdo en que las pruebas científicas apuntan de forma clara y contundente —pese a algunas reticencias recalcitrantes— a que el mapa de Vinlandia es un … Continue reading →

August 30, 2014

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11:01 PM | Liberia's Ebola Routine: Wear Your Temperature On Your Lapel
NPR producer Nicole Beemsterboer reflects on 10 days in Liberia: children losing parents, young men risking their lives to collect bodies, and the smell of chlorinated hand-washing water everywhere.
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10:35 PM | Morsels For The Mind – 29/08/2014
Every day we provide you with Six Incredible Things Before Breakfast to nibble away at. Here you can fill your brain with the most intellectually stimulating “amuse bouches” from the past week – a veritable smorgasbord for the cranium. They’re all here for you to load up your plate – this week’s “Morsels for the mind”. Enjoy! If you do nothing else, make sure to check out the “Reads / views / listens of the week”. **** Feather, fur […]
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10:34 PM | When Wildlife Documentaries Jump The Shark
Networks like the Discovery Channel have been criticized for pushing entertainment at the cost of science, with fake "documentaries" about everything from mermaids to mythical monster sharks.
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10:02 PM | Northern California Region 2-day UAV Symposium in Nevada
This post is the latest in the Drones and Small Unmanned Aerial Systems Special Series. The ASPRS Northern California Region is hosting a 2-day symposium on unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) in Reno (Nevada) on October 21-22, 2014. The purpose of the event is to assemble academia, UAS developers, survey and mapping companies and government agencies with interests…
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9:19 PM | One Woman's Lessons From Living On The Street
It's hard enough being homeless, but for women there are extra dangers and challenges. One D.C. woman who has lived on the streets for decades shares some of what she's learned.
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9:15 PM | How Scientists Captured the Brains of Amis and McEwan
Leo Robson in TNR (photo from Wikimedia Commons): Flaubert’s prescription, set down in 1852, was never one likely to be followed by Martin Amis, the guy who said he didn’t want to “write a sentence that any guy could have...
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9:10 PM | How Ought We Die?
Derek Ayeh in The New Inquiry: Imagine the dying patient today: sitting in the intensive care unit, hooked up to a ventilator that artificially pumps their heart and a feeding tube because they can no longer eat on their own....
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9:07 PM | Parasites Practicing Mind Control
Carl Zimmer in the NYT(image by Jitender P. Dubey/U.S.D.A.) An unassuming single-celled organism called Toxoplasma gondii is one of the most successful parasites on Earth, infecting an estimated 11 percent of Americans and perhaps half of all people worldwide. It’s...
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8:59 PM | Michael Sam, First Openly Gay NFL Draft, Is Dropped By Rams
The former Missouri defensive end was edged out in a competition against undrafted rookie Ethan Westbrooks for a spot on St. Louis' roster.
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8:01 PM | sagansense: child-of-thecosmos: Radio and television...
sagansense: child-of-thecosmos: Radio and television broadcasting may be only a brief passing phase in our technological development. When we imagine alien civilizations broadcasting signals with radio telescopes, are we any different from earlier generations who imagined riding cannon shells to the moon? Civilizations even slightly more advanced than ours may have already moved on to some other mode of communication, one that we have yet to discover or even imagine. Their messages could be […]
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8:00 PM | Astronomers Discover A Planetary Impact Outside Our Own Solar System
In a study published in the latest issue of Science, astronomers led by graduate student Huan Meng, of the University of Arizona in Tucson, announced the discovery of remains of a mammoth planetary collision.Read more...
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7:53 PM | South Africa Condemns Apparent Coup In Lesotho
Early Saturday, soldiers in the tiny kingdom completely surrounded by South Africa took to the streets amid gunfire, forcing the prime minister to flee. The army has denied a takeover.
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