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August 28, 2014

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1:00 PM | Episode 269 - I Felt the Earth Move - 8/28/2014
As they prepare to leave for PAX Prime in Seattle, Will and Norm discuss the Napa earthquake, Amazon buying Twitch, living inside a hologram, and the biggest Kickstarter ever. All that, plus our PAX plans, what we're testing, and your questions answered. Enjoy!
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12:06 PM | USC's Josh Shaw Suspended For Making Up Heroic Tale
Shaw had explained that he hurt his ankle because he jumped from a second-floor balcony to save his drowning nephew. The cornerback has now admitted that was a lie.
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11:54 AM | Autómata: a believable robot future
From KurzweilAI: George Mason University neuroscience researcher Todd Gillette got a preview of the forthcoming movie Autómata. It “caught me completely by surprise,” he said on his OnMason blog. “Starring Antonio Banderas, here we have a believable future (2044, 30...
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11:39 AM | Iceland volcano: why a repeat of the 2010 flight chaos is unlikely | Dr Andy Hooper
Geologist Andy Hooper explains why the chances of a huge eruption of the Bárðarbunga volcano in Iceland and massive disruption of air travel are lowThe heightened seismic activity at the Bárðarbunga volcano in Iceland, which began on 16 August, shows no sign of abating. The Icelandic Met Office has issued an orange flight warning, the second highest alert on its scale. This means Bárðarbunga, which is part of a large volcano system underneath the several hundred […]
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11:30 AM | Double Rainbow ... With Lightning!
One of the things I love about living in Boulder, Colorado, is that in the summer we tend to get afternoon storms. It’s sunny a lot here, which heats the land and evaporates water, forming clouds, and they can get a tremendous amount of energy in them. We get good downpours, and then when the storm is done, it’s done. Because the wind blows predominantly west to east, and the storms are in the afternoon when the Sun is setting, when the clouds clear from the west the Sun shines […]
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11:23 AM | Ukrainian President Says Russian Troops Have Entered His Country
One official called the latest Russian incursion a "full-scale invasion." Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko called on the U.N. Security Council to offer an assessment of the "sharp aggravation."
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11:13 AM | Cities as a Glimpse of the Future
How researchers learned that cities may serve as a crystal ball for the impact of climate change on an important insect pest.
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11:02 AM | Telling Crimea's Story Through Children's Books
Blending history, myth and geopolitics, Lily Hyde uses fairy tales to teach children and young adults about Eastern European history. To cover the current unrest, though, she's put fiction on hold.
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11:00 AM | Chemists propose using ground-up earthworms (literally) as catalysts for chemical reactions.
Organic chemists are always looking for the next great catalyst — basically, ingredients that speed up the rate of chemical reactions. Here, a group of Chinese chemists make an unusual suggestion: using ground-up earthworms as a catalyst for a range of important reactions. Presumably, proteins and/or molecules in the earthworm extracts were responsible for the […]The post Chemists propose using ground-up earthworms (literally) as catalysts for chemical reactions. appeared first on […]
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9:00 AM | White House orders biosafety review at federal labs
Memo also encourages academic labs to count samples and tighten safety procedures
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8:30 AM | Ancient skeletons move one step closer to reburial
Scientists lose a round in court battle to study 9000-year-old California skeletons
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8:30 AM | The Whole "Magpies Like Shiny Objects" Thing Is Vicious Bird Slander
At least according to new research from Exeter University. According to a study conducted by the university's Centre for Research in Animal Behaviour (CRAB), not only do they not steal shiny objects, they're afraid of them.Read more...
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8:00 AM | The Roads Not Traveled
On September 3, the U.S. Wilderness Act turns 50 years old. The law’s call to protect places “where the earth and its community of life are untrammeled by man” has always been poignant, and our enthusiasm for trammeling seems greater every year. So the Wilderness Act’s half-century mark has occasioned a great deal of handwringing. Does wilderness […]
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8:00 AM | Major push to begin human tests of novel Ebola vaccines
NIH prepares small-scaled clinical trials to evaluate safety and immune responses
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7:47 AM | Former Border Protection Insider Alleges Corruption, Distortion In Agency
James Tomsheck was pushed out of his job as internal affairs chief for Customs and Border Protection in June. He warns the agency has become a paramilitary organization with little accountability.
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7:46 AM | An Icy Solution To The Mystery Of The Slithering Stones
In the moonscape of Death Valley, one mystery stands out: boulders that seem to creep along the desert floor when nobody's looking. Thanks to video and GPS, scientists now think they know why.
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7:44 AM | A Mall With Two Minimum Wages
There's a mall in California that straddles two cities. Here's what happened when workers on one side of the mall started making 25 percent more because one city voted to raise the minimum wage.
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7:43 AM | How Foster Farms Is Solving The Case Of The Mystery Salmonella
Foster Farms has been accused of poisoning its customers with salmonella bacteria. But in recent months, the company has become a leader in the poultry industry's fight against the foodborne pathogen.
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7:42 AM | Brooklyn Man Fights In Syria; Officials Unsure Of The Threat
Yemeni-American Ahmed al-Moflihi likely fought alongside a rebel group with ties to the U.S.-backed Free Syrian Army. But officials are investigating anyway: Fight in Syria, and you raise a red flag.
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6:50 AM | A beautiful photo of a Senegalese bichir (Polypterus senegalus)...
A beautiful photo of a Senegalese bichir (Polypterus senegalus) from Carl Zimmer’s latest blog post for National Geographic. Unfortunately, I think the post and the Nature paper both get totally confused about the term “fish” (there is no such thing) and our common ancestry with early transitional tetrapods and the bichirs. They also completely miss the point about why bichirs are such awesome creatures. I might write a short post about that soon.
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6:46 AM | FBI Investigates Cyberattacks Against Financial Institutions
The FBI said Wednesday it's working with the Secret Service to determine the scope of recently reported cyberattacks against several U.S. financial institutions.
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6:45 AM | Rebooting memory with magnets
Electromagnetic stimulation applied to the skull improves recall
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6:32 AM | Adam Savage's Incredible Muscle Suit
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6:30 AM | Astronomers measure precise distance to controversial star cluster
But a top scientist blasts the result
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6:27 AM | 'Cops' TV Crew Member Killed By Omaha Police Bullet
During an armed robbery at a Wendy's restaurant in Omaha, Neb., the audio supervisor for the TV show was struck by "friendly fire" from one of the officers. The robbery suspect was also killed.
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6:15 AM | The strange history of the North American Arctic
Researchers find continuous lineage of North American Arctic settlers over 4000 years across diverse cultures
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6:00 AM | Podcast: Extraterrestrial clouds, walking fish, and the origins of altruism
Listen to a roundup of some of our favorite stories from the week
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6:00 AM | Genomes reveal start of Ebola outbreak
Viral sequences demonstrate how the disease spread in Sierra Leone.
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4:23 AM | Deal Reached To Sell Market Basket Chain To Ex-CEO
The New England supermarket chain that has been in turmoil for weeks over a workers' revolt and customer boycott announced that former CEO Arthur T. Demoulas will buy a majority stake in the business.
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4:00 AM | How Many Jelly Beans?
By Andrea Menotti  (Author), Yancey Labat (Illustrator) Synopsis: How many jelly beans are enough? How many are too many? Aiden and Emma can’t decide. Is 10 enough? How about 1,000? That’s a lot of jelly beans. But eaten over a […]
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