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April 15, 2014

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11:30 AM | Cassini May Have Witnessed the Birth of a New Saturn Moon!
Just when I think Saturn can’t surprise me any more: The Cassini spacecraft may have taken the birth pictures of a new moon! It may have also spotted its demise. Or maybe part of its demise. Also, it may be twins. OK, let me explain. The potential moon (nicknamed Peggy) is tiny, probably only about a kilometer (0.6 miles) across—really a moonlet—and is invisible in the Cassini pictures. However, its presence is betrayed by an odd clumping of material at the very edge of […]
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11:23 AM | Sperm RNA carries marks of trauma
Virginia Hughes in Nature: Trauma is insidious. It not only increases a person’s risk for psychiatric disorders, but can also spill over into the next generation. People who were traumatized during the Khmer Rouge genocide in Cambodia tended to have...
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11:00 AM | I Say a Little Prayer for You: Praying for Partner Increases Commitment in Romantic Relationships.
In “science that does not apply to atheists” news, this study shows that prayer can have a positive effect on relationships. But there’s no need to invoke a deity to explain these results — apparently, when one partner prays for the other, it increases their  satisfaction with and commitment to the relationship. Just be careful: […]The post I Say a Little Prayer for You: Praying for Partner Increases Commitment in Romantic Relationships. appeared first on […]
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11:00 AM | Growing Alum Crystals in Eggshells
It only takes a spark to start a fire, and it only takes one atom to act as a seed for crystal formation. Under the right conditions, the atoms in alum will join together like puzzle pieces to form large crystals. I posted a few years ago about how to grow a large alum crystal, […]
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11:00 AM | Why Captain America’s Shield Is Basically a Star-Spangled Supercapacitor
Captain America’s shield is famous for absorbing tremendous amounts of kinetic energy, from an artillery shell to a punch from the Hulk – keeping Cap not only safe, but on his feet.  What’s going on here? It’s tough to explain how the shield works, in part because it behaves differently under different circumstances. Sometimes the
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11:00 AM | The white walker: Longest horse trek crosses icy lake
See a re-enactment of a 17-year-old Cossack officer's ride across frozen Lake Baikal in 1889 – part of a 9000-kilometre journey through a Siberian winter
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10:28 AM | OpenSciLogs – A Glimpse of the Future of Science Blogging
Guest blog post by Paige Brown, SciLogs.com blogging manager and Ph.D. student in the Manship School of Mass Communication, Louisiana State University.  Read more
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10:28 AM | OpenSciLogs – A Glimpse of the Future of Science Blogging
Guest blog post by Paige Brown, SciLogs.com blogging manager and Ph.D. student in the Manship School of Mass Communication, Louisiana State University.  Read more
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10:28 AM | OpenSciLogs – A Glimpse of the Future of Science Blogging
Guest blog post by Paige Brown, SciLogs.com blogging manager and Ph.D. student in the Manship School of Mass Communication, Louisiana State University.  Read more
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8:23 AM | Awesome Jobs: Meet Linda Gormezano, Polar Bear Poop Tracker
Understanding the changing dietary habits of polar bears is the key to seeing how climate change and shrinking polar ice is affecting their lifestyles. And the best way to know what’s happening with their diet? Look at their poop, of course! Linda Gormezano, an ecologist at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, has trained her dog Quinoa to help her find the best samples left by bears as they cross the frozen Canadian tundra. Gormezano chatted with us about why poop is […]
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8:01 AM | Losing My Math
In playwright David Auburn’s Pulitzer Prize-winning work Proof (later adapted into a film starring Gwyneth Paltrow and Jake Gyllenhaal) there’s an exchange between a young mathematician and the daughter of his recently-deceased mentor. They’re at a party and discussing the use of amphetamines by older mathematicians: Hal: There’s this fear that your creativity peaks around […]
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8:00 AM | Letter M: Mansfield Park (DVD Review) #IAN1 #atozchallenge
Mansfield Park, the novel by Jane Austin, will be 200 years old on May 9. In celebration, I am reviewing as many spinoffs and DVDs as I can find, and today I am reviewing the second DVD,  based on a screenplay by Patricia Rozema, who also directed the shooting. Fanny is not the Fanny written […]
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7:52 AM | The Best Entry-Level DSLR Today
The Nikon D3300 is, simply put, the best low-end DSLR on the market. It combines some of the best image quality we’ve ever seen at this price with excellent battery life, easy to use controls, and a guide mode to help you learn to use it—all for the extremely reasonable price of $650. Mirrorless cameras are still more portable, but if image quality is your focus, you can’t beat the D3300 for the price.Photo credit: Flickr user hrns via Creative Commons.Last year, when we put […]
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7:45 AM | Q&A: Science adviser to the president of Macedonia
Macedonia, a country of just over 2 million people, held the first round of its presidential elections yesterday (13 April) with the next round scheduled for later this month. The small, landlocked nation in South-East Europe has some 1,000 full time scientists, mainly in the public sector, and invests less than 0.3% of its GDP in research and development. Its national research system is “centralised and underfunded” and private research sector is “still rather weak thus […]
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7:31 AM | Inside the Operations of the Cryonics Institute
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7:00 AM | In Brief: ISS to Test NASA's Hydroponics Pod
SpaceX's third contracted cargo run was supposed to launch on Monday--a Dragon capsule ferrying 2.5 tons of supplies to the International Space Station. But a helium leak in the first stage of SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket has delayed that launch until the end of this week. Among the tools, equipment, and food supplies being sent to the ISS are a new batch of experiments to join the over 100 already being conducted at any time on board the station. One notable new experiment is Veggie, NASA's […]
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5:00 AM | Testing: Logitech G502 Proteus Core Gaming Mouse
Wait, wasn't it just one year ago that Logitech released the G500s, the rebirth of its venerated G5 line of gaming mice? Hold on for just a second while I check my review. Yep, that was just last March. But here we are, with another new high-end gaming mouse, the G502. And this year, Logitech's given it a fancy moniker: the Proteus Core. I'm not sure if that's meant to evoke a certain StarCraft faction in gamers' minds, or simply a take on the SAT-friendly word 'protean', meaning versatile or […]
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4:40 AM | Are you a sucker or a chewer?
By James Davidson and Pamela Tyers How do you eat your Easter chocolate? Do you suck it or chew it? Does your tongue smear the inside of your mouth as the chocolate melts, or does it get chomped by your back teeth then sent down your throat? It’s true, some of us suck and some … … Continue reading →
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4:10 AM | Tuesday Poem
. I remember your square jaw father Strong and viselike Your grip Of my hand father That wouldn’t let go I remember you at the bottom of the stairs father Telling me We had to go son now I remember...
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2:39 AM | #Cosmos E6: How Deep? Put a Star To Sleep
(I live tweet Cosmos every Sunday @ 8pm CST. For all of my Cosmos recaps, please click here)The sixth episode of Cosmos aired on Fox , and I held my usual live tweet which is shown below. But first, let's check out some videos from the episode.Check out the complexity of "life in the dew drop", which features two life forms, Paramecium and. Dileptus, in an epic battle. It's amazing how much goes on within the smallest things that humans can observe.  As Tyson puts it, the […]
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1:00 AM | Astronomy Cast- Lunar and Planetary Society Conference...
Astronomy Cast- Lunar and Planetary Society Conference 2014 Pamela has a day job, remember? As an astronomer? Recently the 45th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference occurred in the The Woodlands, Texas. Pamela and guest astronomer Sondy Springmann will let us know about the big announcements made at this year’s conference. Duration: 41:22 via Universe Today.
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1:00 AM | Wanna get dirty with me? From star stuff to microscopic fluff to...
Wanna get dirty with me? From star stuff to microscopic fluff to skin cells that slough while you’re in the buff, the universe of dust is curious enough to turn your mind into a cream puff. May this week’s episode spread like dust on the wind. Enjoy this video? Subscribe to It’s Okay To be Smart on YouTube!
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12:19 AM | Events
Grab your calendar, plan ahead — biotech events through June, including the annual BIO Convention.  Read more
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12:19 AM | Events
Grab your calendar, plan ahead — biotech events through June, including the annual BIO Convention.  Read more
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12:19 AM | Events
Grab your calendar, plan ahead — biotech events through June, including the annual BIO Convention.  Read more
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12:01 AM | Awl be Darned: Metal Arrived in the Southern Levant Long Before Previously Thought
The post Awl be Darned: Metal Arrived in the Southern Levant Long Before Previously Thought appeared first on EveryONE.
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12:00 AM | Adam Savage’s SXSW 2014 Keynote: Art and Science Adam...
Adam Savage’s SXSW 2014 Keynote: Art and Science Adam Savage talks about the importance of the relationship between art and science for his keynote at this year’s SXSW Interactive Conference. What can scientists learn from artists (and vice versa)? How can technologists be better storytellers? Adam discusses these topics and more and then sits down for a Q&A with Tested.com Duration: 54:00 via Tested.

April 14, 2014

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11:00 PM | The End of Equality Bea Campbell gives a talk on her new book...
The End of Equality Bea Campbell gives a talk on her new book The End of Equality at a Taking Soundings event in Leeds March 2014. Duration: 01:42:59 via Dan Clayton.
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10:59 PM | Diving Through Kelp With a Beautiful Giant
The Pristine Seas scientists explore a deep underwater kelp forest near Zavora Point in Mozambique, and are surprised by a giant-sized visitor during their surveys.
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10:30 PM | Five Stupid Things About the Old Testament Do you love genocide,...
Five Stupid Things About the Old Testament Do you love genocide, misogyny, and compulsory worship of a brutal and capricious god? Then this is the book for you! via Steve Shives.
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