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April 23, 2014

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1:00 PM | Starting Today, Google Maps Is A Time Machine
Google Even as Google continues expanding its Maps—going as far as documenting polar bear migrations—the company has to regularly dispatch their Street View cars to places they've already been: cities change, and it takes another lap to keep Maps up to date. That means major metropolises—Singapore, New York—have been updated as much as eight or nine times since Google's tool first launched. Now, you can finally take a look at all those past […]
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1:00 PM | To Breathe Upside-Down, Sloths Tape Organs To Their Ribs
If you spent a lot of your life hanging upside-down, you’ve got a problem. Your liver, kidneys, stomach …
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1:00 PM | Spitzer Completes 360-Degree Panorama Of Milky Way After 10...
Spitzer Completes 360-Degree Panorama Of Milky Way After 10 years capturing 2 million infrared snapshots of our galaxy using the Spitzer Space Telescope, NASA has created a 360-degree panoramic view of our galaxy, showing stars from across the 100,000 light years of the milky way. via Live Science Videos.
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1:00 PM | Quickies: Einstein’s Brain, Space Trash, and Cats Being Cats
Categories: QuickiesOn April 23, 1985, Coca-cola released New Coke. Whether it was a marketing ploy or not, I’m still bummed that I didn’t get to try it! The Tragic Story of How Einstein’s Brain Was Stolen and Wasn’t Even Special – What a weird story. 6 Photos of the Oldest Living Things in the World – On a related note, I really need to clean out my refrigerator. Waste of Space – “135 million pieces of junk are orbiting Earth at 18,000 mph […]
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1:00 PM | Build a stable wormhole with the help of dark aliens
An extension of Einstein's gravity would let us build a wormhole – if we could send messages to invisible aliens via space-time ripples
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12:44 PM | Tracks
Tracks sounds interesting.   Based on a bestselling memoir by Robyn Davidson (played by Mia Wasikowska), it tells the true story of how she decided to walk across the Australian desert, coast to coast. Just because.   Getting this thing made sounds like a tough enough slog in itself. The film has been in development […]The post Tracks appeared first on HeadStuff.
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12:42 PM | Henry Fairfield Osborn’s Guide On How to be a Healthy Palaeontologist
Ever ran out of puff applying that last layer of plaster jacketing to a fossil? Ever wanted to keep prepping out a bone but just didn't have the juice? Lacking the stamina to finish that character matrix? Fear no more! Henry Fairfield Osborn had the answers way back in 1922 and you can have these nine tips for success too. Before you know it you'll be leaping like a raptor in the long grass and figuring out relationships quicker than... Read more
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12:30 PM | Feeling Hands With Electricity Helping prosthetic patients...
Feeling Hands With Electricity Helping prosthetic patients “feel” more naturally. More information at http://www.insidescience.org/content/feeling-hands-electricity/1595 via Inside Science TV.
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12:00 PM | Michio Kaku on the Evolution of Intelligence Dr. Michio Kaku...
Michio Kaku on the Evolution of Intelligence Dr. Michio Kaku returns to Big Think studios to discuss his latest book, The Future of the Mind (http://goo.gl/1mcGeb). Here he explains the evolution of human intelligence. via Big Think.
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12:00 PM | Early Theme Adopters: Hemingway Rewritten
In our Early Theme Adopters series, we focus on bloggers creating great-looking sites with the most recent additions to our Theme Showcase. Today, let’s visit some of the sites that are already using Hemingway Rewritten, a free theme that makes both words and images shine.
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12:00 PM | Early Theme Adopters: Hemingway Rewritten
In our Early Theme Adopters series, we focus on bloggers creating great-looking sites with the most recent additions to our Theme Showcase. Today, let’s visit some of the sites that are already using Hemingway Rewritten, a free theme that makes both words and images shine.
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12:00 PM | Early Theme Adopters: Hemingway Rewritten
In our Early Theme Adopters series, we focus on bloggers creating great-looking sites with the most recent additions to our Theme Showcase. Today, let’s visit some of the sites that are already using Hemingway Rewritten, a free theme that makes both words and images shine.
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12:00 PM | Game of primes ends as mathematics gets too difficult
There's a ceasefire in an online race to solve the 165-year-old twin prime conjecture, but the game has brought us closer than ever to a proof
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11:58 AM | PLANE DOWN! WHERE ARE ALL THE SPY SATELLITES?
PLANE DOWN! WHERE ARE ALL THE SPY SATELLITES?   Satellite’s gone up to the skies Things like that drive me out of my mind   The tragic loss of life following the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH 370 raises many questions, the most simple phrasing of which is: what happened?   A more complex […]The post PLANE DOWN! WHERE ARE ALL THE SPY SATELLITES? appeared first on HeadStuff.
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11:45 AM | Zoologger: Sailfish is lethal d'Artagnan of the deep
The Atlantic sailfish's hunting strategy involves using its sword-like bill to slash its sardine prey so fast the "blade" becomes invisible to the eye
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11:30 AM | Black Skies, Smiling At Me
This week, April 20 – 26, 2014, is International Dark Sky Week, a global effort to get people to appreciate the skies above them. Light pollution — excess light thrown into the sky by street lights, houses, buildings, and pretty much everything that makes light — reduces our ability to see the stars, sometimes dramatically. I lived in Chicago for a year, and on the clearest nights I could only see the very few brightest stars, struggling against the mighty orange glow of […]
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11:13 AM | Protein that shrinks depressed brains identified
Why the connections between brain cells in depressed people are often shrivelled was a mystery – but a single protein could be to blame
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11:00 AM | Want to learn Chinese? Read this first!
If you have ever struggled to learn a tonal language like Cantonese, you are probably (painfully) aware of how difficult it can be. In tonal languages, the same syllables can have different meanings if spoken with an increasing, neutral, or decreasing pitch. But xenoglossophobes, fear not — these researchers are here to help! They guessed […]The post Want to learn Chinese? Read this first! appeared first on Seriously, Science?.
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11:00 AM | When neurons let off steam
We put a new manuscript on arxiv. Niklas Hübel and I investigate an extension to the classical theory by Hodgkin and Huxley (Nobel Prize 1963) that in its original version describes nerve impulses (spikes). Spikes manifest communication between nerve cells. Their underlying mechanism is an all-or-non phenomenon, also called “excitability”. Excitability as a mechanism describes how a certain excitable state persists for some time following an input signal, a suprathreshold […]
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11:00 AM | Just for fun: Herding reindeer
When does herding reindeer become an art project? When you can film it from your hexacopter camera drone. Jan Helmer Olsen with his camera equipmentBelow, Sami people in Northern Norway manage their herds.
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11:00 AM | What's war good for? It's made a more peaceful world
For all the horror and brutality of battle, war has a surprising upside – it helps create larger and safer societies, argues historian Ian Morris (full text available to subscribers)
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10:38 AM | Why we must defend Josie Cunningham's right to an abortion | Martin Robbins
Josie Cunningham's decision to put career first is no different to that made by thousands of women seeking abortion. So why has she been subjected to a national hate campaign?Like many British women, model and celebrity-wannabe Josie Cunningham had a decision to make about her pregnancy. She could have had the baby she didn't want, by a man she didn't love, and abandoned the career she craved; or she could put her career first, gain financial security, and think about adding to her family […]
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10:07 AM | Karachi, You’re Killing Me!
Faiza Virani in Dawn: Ayesha Khan, a young, single female reporter in Karachi, despises the elite in Pakistan. That much is clear from the onset of Saba Imtiaz’s debut novel, Karachi, You’re Killing Me!, as the protagonist mocks her boss...
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10:00 AM | World Malaria Day: a reason to celebrate
In the spirit of World Malaria Day on 25th April, Anna Ashton takes a look at progress on a cure for malaria. Since the turn of the millennium, the number of deaths caused by malaria has been cut by a quarter worldwide. This is an impressive figure, but the battle is far from over. Despite …
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9:59 AM | Sin Noticias de Pitágoras (Pitágoras en la Literatura)
No es la primera vez que menciono en una de mis entradas del Cuaderno de Cultura Científica que sin lugar a dudas Pitágoras es el matemático, o matemática, más conocido de todos los tiempos, y que si realizásemos una encuesta al respecto, este filósofo y matemático griego ganaría por goleada. Y lo mismo ocurre con el teorema que lleva […] Seguir leyendo The post Sin Noticias de Pitágoras (Pitágoras en la […]
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9:54 AM | Obesity
Tony Scully in Nature: For a condition as prevalent and dangerous as obesity (see page S50), we know surprisingly little about its causes and cures. We have much to learn about how fat tissue stores and burns lipids; there may...
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9:00 AM | Under Light, Chameleon-Like Material Changes Color And Shape
Humans are good at making things that are one color. But if you want to really blend into your surroundings, it would be best to have a material that can change its appearance based on its surroundings--like a chameleon. University of Michigan researchers have created a material imbued with a special type of crystal that can change its shape and color when different wavelengths of light are shone on it, that could be used in the future to create active camouflage.  […]
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8:48 AM | Unique pair of supermassive black holes in an ordinary galaxy discovered
A pair of supermassive black holes in orbit around one another have been spotted by XMM-Newton. This is the first time such a pair have been seen in an ordinary galaxy. They were discovered because they ripped apart a star when the space observatory happened to be looking in their direction. Most massive galaxies in …
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8:39 AM | First potentially habitable Earth-sized planet confirmed by Gemini and Keck observatories
The first Earth-sized exoplanet orbiting within the habitable zone of another star has been confirmed by observations with both the W. M. Keck Observatory and the Gemini Observatory. The initial discovery, made by NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope, is one of a handful of smaller planets found by Kepler and verified using large ground-based telescopes. It …
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8:34 AM | Researchers identify a new variant of Ebola virus in Guinea
In an article which appeared in The New England journal of Medicine on 16 April, researchers from Inserm (Jean Mérieux-Inserm BSL-4 Laboratory, Lyon) and the Institut Pasteur have published their initial findings on the characteristics of the Ebola virus discovered in Guinea. Initial virological investigations enabled them to identify Zaire ebolavirus as the pathogen responsible …
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