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January 29, 2015

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4:35 PM | Rosetta spacecraft catches pieces as comet sheds its dusty crust
Comet had picked up its dusty shell during four-year mission in deep space.
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4:30 PM | The mysterious case of the missing — and urgent — retraction
On January 12, we got hold of a retraction at AGRIVITA Journal of Agricultural Science a small journal published by the University of Brawijaya in Indonesia. We went about our usual process, emailing authors and editors looking for more details. The retraction mentioned a double publication. It gave enough details that we’re fairly sure the earlier publication was […]The post The mysterious case of the missing — and urgent — retraction appeared first on […]
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4:30 PM | Data archaeology helps builders avoid buried treasure
Finding a boat where you want to put your building can be costly. A data analytics start-up will help companies guess what's in the ground before they dig
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4:21 PM | Who owns culture?
Kenan Malik in Pandaemonium: I published recently a transcript of a radio documentary I had made that explored the question of ‘Who owns culture?’. Perhaps the most fractious of recent debates around this question has been over ‘Kennewick Man’, an...
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4:14 PM | Genetic Memory: How We Know Things We Never Learned
Darold Treffert in Scientific American: I met my first savant 52 years ago and have been intrigued with that remarkable condition ever since. One of the most striking and consistent things in the many savants I have seen is that...
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4:10 PM | winkbooks: An encyclopedia of how keys, scissors, pianos,...
winkbooks: An encyclopedia of how keys, scissors, pianos, telescopes, self-winding watches, and hundreds of other things workThe New Way Things Workby David Macaulay HMH Books1998, 400 pages, 8.5 x 10.9 x 0.9 inches$22 Buy a copy on Amazon The New Way Things Work, published in 1998, was an updated version of the original 1988 The Way Things Work edition. Although technically not “new” anymore, this wonderfully illustrated encyclopedia of how things work is as […]
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4:08 PM | eumycota: my goodness this is amazing  Cute!Although...
eumycota: my goodness this is amazing  Cute!Although considering that drastic of a morphological difference I’m guessing instead of evolutionary adaptation, mom just really doesn’t want introduce junior to the word “cuckoldry” or “brood parasitism”
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4:02 PM | Intergalactic Planetary
A few weeks ago, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) released a series of three retro-travel posters promoting the exoplanet discoveries of the Kepler Space Telescope. The focus on travel to other planets and the style of the posters reminded me … Continue reading →
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4:00 PM | Ciencia en la cocina: tortillitas de mandioca con queso de Paracelso
Los vídeos de Ciencia en la cocina pretenden presentar recetas sencillas y espectaculares a la vez que explicar algunas de las bases científicas en las que se apoyan.  Han sido realizados por K2000 para la Cátedra de Cultura Científica de la UPV/EHU y dirigidos por José Antonio Pérez (@mimesacojea). El contenido científico es cosa de los químicos Yanko Iruin (@elbuhodelblog) de la UPV/EHU y José […]
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4:00 PM | Portable mind-reader gives voice to locked-in people
Once only possible in an MRI scanner, vibrating pads and electrode caps could soon help locked-in people communicate on a day-to-day basis
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3:55 PM | Zoologger: Judo spider finds armoured foe's Achilles heel
The armoured harvestman is too hard a nut for most predators to crack. But the recluse spider uses a martial arts move to sting it where it hurts
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3:54 PM | Introduction to Utilitarianism
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3:51 PM | Radian Barite / Radio Baryte, a naturally radioactive Radium...
Radian Barite / Radio Baryte, a naturally radioactive Radium mineral! what does it look like? how is it created on our planet? what is it used for? are fireworks radioactive? are radiocontrast agents for x-ray imaging dangerous? find out in this video - including gamma spectroscopy analysis of various Radiobaryte specimen! By: bionerd23.
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3:49 PM | Shelf Life - a Collection for Curious Minds
My Dear Sexy Readers,I was contacted a few weeks ago by Roberto from the Department of Marketing at the American Museum of Natural History. He was telling me about their new original series called Shelf Life which is on the history and importance of scientific collections. Curious as I am, I clicked, clicked clicked and discovered these videos, watched them with big wide eyes the same way my son discovers new episodes of Peter Rabbit!Shelf Life is a collection for curious minds—opening […]
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3:45 PM | Help Us Detect Microplastics in Our Rivers
We are now a finalist for the Alpine Initiatives Grassroots Grant. Place your vote to help us expand our research from oceans to freshwater!
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3:40 PM | Early Humans May Have Interbred With Neanderthals 55,000 Years Ago
It's widely acknowledged that modern Europeans mated with Neanderthals at some point in the past. We're just not entirely sure when or where. The recent discovery of an ancient skull in Israel may represent the critical missing link anthropologists have been looking for. Read more...
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3:38 PM | Sounds Like Now #3: Running Jewels
Taylor Swift may have gone and trademarked the phrase ‘This Sick Beat’ but that isn’t going to stop us from delivering some sick beats of our own. See, we didn’t actually use the full expression there so she can’t sue. Take that, Swifty. Yeah, I’m calling you out. Ahem. TRACK OF THE WEEK  Run The [...] The post Sounds Like Now #3: Running Jewels appeared first on HeadStuff.
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3:31 PM | Second blow to the head for effects of brain zapping
It's a trendy field but is transcranial direct current stimulation really all that? For the second time, a review of studies has failed to find the claimed results
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3:25 PM | French Police Question 8-Year-Old Over Alleged Support For Paris Gunmen
The third-grader allegedly refused to observe a minute of silence in school following the attack on Charlie Hebdo. Police say he also expressed solidarity with the gunmen. He has not been charged.
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3:23 PM | Sri Lanka Plans Probe Into Alleged Atrocities During Civil War
The country's new government says it is thinking of a new investigation into reports of extrajudicial killings in the closing chapter of the island nation's 26-year civil war.
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3:20 PM | Quickies: Stop evaluating women professors’ attire, anti-vaxxers, and satire
Categories: SkepticismRutgers Law dean tells students to stop evaluating female professors’ attire – “If you have any doubts that posterity will somehow muddle through without the benefit of your fashion advice, ...(Read more...)
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3:15 PM | Tested Lessons: Basic Sculpting, Part 4
Tested Lessons: Basic Sculpting, Part 4
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3:03 PM | Exit strangely, mathematician
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3:00 PM | FAA Declares Super Bowl A 'No Drone Zone'
Every day, people find new places where they shouldn’t fly drones. Earlier this week, it was the White House grounds. Before that, a meth-smuggling remote control copter…
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3:00 PM | Adam Savage Visits the Hollywood Costume Exhibition
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2:57 PM | Qijianglong guokr: New Long-Necked Dinosaur Discovered in China
A team of paleontologists from Japan, China and Canada has described a new genus and species of sauropod dinosaur that lived during the Upper Jurassic epoch, approximately 160 million years ago. The new dinosaur, named Qijianglong guokr (means Dragon of Qijiang), belongs to Mamenchisauridae, a family of dinosaurs known for their extremely long necks sometimes [...]
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2:54 PM | Jordan Demands Proof Of Life From ISIS Militants
The country wants to know if the Jordanian pilot being held by the Sunni militants is still alive. The Islamic State said it would kill the pilot if a convicted terrorist was not released by sunset.
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2:50 PM | Andrew Sullivan retires from blogging
Andrew Sullivan at The Dish: The second is that I am saturated in digital life and I want to return to the actual world again. I’m a human being before I am a writer; and a writer before I am...
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2:43 PM | The Importance of Math in Biology
Why do you need to know math to study biology? In fact, mathematics and statistics play a very important role in how scientists study life. This video was designed to familiarize students with the reasons why math and biology are linked, and to provide some examples of how biologists use math. Later videos will explore each of these topics in more detail.   Related Videos from RicochetScience Using Trigonometry to Determine the Height of a Tall Object Determining a Populations Mean […]
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2:43 PM | the DICTIONARY OF UNTRANSLATABLES: A philosophical lexicon
Tim Crane at the Times Literary Supplement: This extraordinary book, a huge dictionary of philosophical terms from many languages, is a translation of Vocabulaire européen des philosophies: Dictionnaire des intraduisibles, originally published in 2004, the brainchild of the French philosopher...
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