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October 20, 2014

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4:37 PM | The role of ecology in natural resource management decision-making
Science has an important role to play in helping to inf […]
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4:37 PM | Indiana Officials Say Man Has Led Them To Multiple Bodies
Suspect Darren Vann confessed to one murder, with which he has been charged, and subsequently led police to six other corpses in northwestern Indiana, authorities say.
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4:33 PM | 5 Sky Events This Week: Orion’s Meteors, Hidden Sun, and Zodiacal Light
October's skies delight the eyes, for stargazers this week.
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4:30 PM | Laser physicists from Australia have built a reversible tractor beam capable of retrieving tiny part
Laser physicists from Australia have built a reversible tractor beam capable of retrieving tiny particles. It's nowhere near as strong as the beams portrayed in scifi, but it's the first long-distance optical tractor beam capable of moving particles one fifth of a millimeter in diameter a distance of up to 20cm. Scaled up, it could eventually be used to control atmospheric pollution. Read more...
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4:28 PM | currentsinbiology: These Bacteria Are Wired to Hunt Like a...
currentsinbiology: These Bacteria Are Wired to Hunt Like a Tiny Wolf Pack There is an elaborate stealth communication network in the Earth beneath your feet. This smart web acts like a superorganism, fortifying defensive capabilities and coordinating deadly attacks on unsuspecting targets. But it’s not run by the NSA, the CIA, or the military. This web is made of bacteria. A team of scientists led by Manfred Auer at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have used cutting-edge 3-D […]
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4:25 PM | Science of the Lambs
To help get us in the mood for Halloween, our most recent SCInema target was the psychological thriller The Silence of the Lambs. Some participants may have found the ease with which they could put their thesis advisor’s words into … Continue reading →
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4:20 PM | Tested Asks: How are Holograms Made?
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4:15 PM | Arthritis rediagnosis in Egyptian pharaohs
Detailed CT scans suggest they were less disabled than thought
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4:08 PM | The Editor's Letter From The November 2014 Issue Of Popular Science
Cliff Ransom, Editor In Chief Of Popular Science Marius Bugge About a year ago, Popular Science introduced a robot into the office. One of the many virtues of working at a magazine such as ours is that we’re free to test all sorts of cool stuff. So we called the guys at Suitable Technologies and asked them to send us a BeamPro, the telepresence robot made famous by Edward Snowden (no doubt, he got the idea from us). At the outset, we thought working side by side with a […]
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4:08 PM | Through the Eyes of the Locals
Lost in the middle of a storm, Sadia and Andrew trek up the mountains to find a remote village in authentic Laos.
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4:00 PM | In defence of offering egg freezing to women workers
The critics are wrong – offering egg freezing to female staff is a welcome boost to their family ambitions, says pregnancy expert Chavi Eve Karkowsky
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3:55 PM | A camera and quantum physics could improve phone security
Smartphones nowdays can be used in loads of different ways: we can use them to transfer cash, upload information to social media and, very occasionally, actually use them to converse with other humans. Your phone can say a lot about you – the type of phone you have and the way you personalise it can…

Sanguinetti, B., Martin, A., Zbinden, H. & Gisin, N. (2014). Quantum Random Number Generation on a Mobile Phone, Physical Review X, 4 (3) DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevX.4.031056

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3:55 PM | NEW VIDEO! How To See Time Travel In this week’s...
NEW VIDEO! How To See Time Travel In this week’s It’s Okay To Be Smart, I’ll show you how to build your own cosmic particle detector and witness time travel with your very own eyes! Earth is under constant bombardment from cosmic radiation. There’s sunlight, of course, but that’s the good stuff. Solar wind, the next most common variety, is mostly blocked by Earth’s magnetic field and diverted to the poles. But there are other, more distant sources of charged […]
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3:30 PM | Authors retract green coffee bean diet paper touted by Dr. Oz
Two authors of a 2012 paper sponsored by a company that made grand claims about green coffee bean extract’s abilities to help people lose weight have retracted it. The study was cited by The Dr. Oz Show, and last month it cost the company a $3.5 million settlement with the Feds. Here’s the notice for […]
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3:22 PM | MPB Video on Mississippi Blueberries
Below is a video from Mississippi Public Broadcasting (MPB) and their program Mississippi Roads.  This video is about the Mississippi blueberry industry.  I even have a short cameo. Filed under: Blueberries Tagged: blueberries, mississippi public broadcasting, Mississippi Roads, MPB
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3:20 PM | Mars Orbiters Survive Unprecedented Encounter With Comet Siding Spring
Yesterday, comet Siding Spring hurled past Mars at half the distance between the Earth and moon, bringing a massive cloud of dust along with it. To protect its space-based assets, space agencies employed precautionary measures , and they appear to have worked.Read more...
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3:00 PM | Break In Transmission: How Nigeria Took Control Of Ebola
Ebola Is Now Intercontinental Katadikazo, CC BY-NC The World Health Organization has declared Nigeria to be free of the Ebola virus, after six weeks with no new cases being detected. Speaking from the capital, Abuja, WHO representative Rui Gama Vaz told reporters this was a "spectacular success story." The WHO is able to declare a country free of infection if 21 days pass with no new cases, and the most recent case declared in Nigeria was on September 5, according to […]
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3:00 PM | China set to launch probe on round trip to the moon
The Chinese space agency's newest space launch will test atmospheric re-entry technology ahead of a more complex mission to collect moon rocks in 2017
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3:00 PM | The Garcia Effect Nitpicks A Clockwork Orange So You Don't Have To
The most famous scene in the film A Clockwork Orange is the one in which Alex DeLarge goes through a brutal conditioning process to give him an aversion to violence. But aversion conditioning is not as simple as that, and the Garcia Effect shows why.Read more...
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2:43 PM | Bay Area Scientists Artfully Present Their Research in Oakland Exhibit
“Experimental Space” is the latest show at Oakland art gallery Aggregate Space, consisting of images and videos created by scientists in the course of their research.
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2:25 PM | Stunning New Gorilla Documentary Brings DiCaprio and Netflix Together
Lionardo DiCaprio, the American film-star and outspoken environmentalist, has teamed up with online streaming giant Netflix to release one of this year’s most exciting documentaries: VIRUNGA.  Director Orlando von Einsiedel spent 11 months in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2011 and 2012, filming the rangers in Virunga National Park who watch over the park’s rare…
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2:21 PM | Quantum computers: The world's first buyers' guide
With the first quantum computer already on the market, and more in the offing, should you splash the cash? Here's our verdict on the best buys out there
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2:20 PM | Moral Time: Does Our Internal Clock Influence Moral Judgments?
Does morality depend on the time of the day? The study "The Morning Morality Effect: The Influence of Time of Day on Unethical Behavior" published in October of 2013 by Maryam Kouchaki and Isaac Smith suggested that people are more honest in the mornings, and that their ability to resist the temptation of lying and cheating wears off as the day progresses. In a series of experiments, Kouchaki and Smith found that moral awareness and self-control in their study subjects decreased... Read […]

Gunia BC, Barnes CM & Sah S (2014). The Morality of Larks and Owls: Unethical Behavior Depends on Chronotype as Well as Time of Day., Psychological science, PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25287664

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2:03 PM | October, 21, 2015 is roughly 365 days away!
Or 365.37708 days away, to be a bit more precise.Screenshot courtesy of Back to the Future Countdown and Hero Complex. Are we approaching yet another "temporal paradox"? Or is it just a multiverse? Ah, I see. Someone must have gone back and changed something....
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2:00 PM | Natural underground CO2 reservoir reveals clues about storage
CO2 has stayed down there for over a million years, but it dissolves slowly.
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1:39 PM | Rapa Expedition: Off the Ship, Into the Jungle
With winds so strong the waterfalls were flowing upwards, the Pristine Seas crew lands at Rapa Iti and must hike the final miles to make it to the Island Council meeting for permission to begin the expedition.
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1:38 PM | Trouser (pants) creases – a metrological examination
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1:30 PM | Journal of Neuroscience still won’t explain author-initiated retractions
The Journal of Neuroscience hasn’t changed its policy of not explaining retractions if authors don’t want to, as this October 8 notice attests. Here’s the notice for “Coordinated Regulation of Hepatic Energy Stores by Leptin and Hypothalamic Agouti-Related Protein:” At the request of the authors, The Journal of Neuroscience is retracting “Coordinated Regulation of Hepatic Energy Stores by […]
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1:20 PM | This Experiment Shows We're Low On Good Samaritans And High On Irony
How likely are you to stop and help a stranger? Do you think that would change if the ethos you subscribe to is all about helping others? Here's an experiment that tested that very idea.Read more...
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1:06 PM | CITES and confiscated elephant ivory and rhino horn – to destroy or not destroy?
Over the past 24 months we have seen a number of countries, including Belgium, Chad, China, Hong Kong SAR, China, Czech Republic, Gabon, France, Philippines, and the USA, destroy stockpiles of illegally traded elephant ivory and rhino horn that have been seized and confiscated. I have been invited by national CITES authorities to witness several…
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