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March 26, 2015

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11:12 PM | sciencesoup:Badass Scientist of the Week: Dr. Aprille...
sciencesoup:Badass Scientist of the Week: Dr. Aprille Ericsson Aprille Ericsson (1963–) is an aerospace engineer and the first African American woman to receive a Ph.D. in Engineering at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. Ericsson spent her childhood in Brooklyn, New York, where she cultivated an interest in science and mathematics. She attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) where she received a Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering, and […]
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11:07 PM | inappropriatelyadorable:Awesome women in STEM (science,...
inappropriatelyadorable:Awesome women in STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) fields!These are true badges of merit
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11:06 PM | thought-cafe:We’ve got your geological periods covered! Crash...
thought-cafe:We’ve got your geological periods covered! Crash Course Big History #5: The Evolutionary Epic. http://youtu.be/92oHNd8vFwo Makes you wonder if they’ll ever make that prequel movie, “Ordivician Park”
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11:00 PM | #fridayflashback: Science Book a Day Interviews Lawrence Goldstone
This week’s #flashbackfriday is from August 11, 2014. It is an interview that we did with Lawrence Goldstone, who answered 5 questions about his featured book – Birdmen: The Wright Brothers, Glenn Curtiss, and the Battle to Control the Skies. It is […]
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10:45 PM | nevver:Insects unlocked Hey folks! This awesome set of insect...
nevver:Insects unlocked Hey folks! This awesome set of insect photos is more than just an awesome set of insect photos.Entomologist and small-world-photographer Alex Wild is raising money to launch a high-quality, public domain insect image library called Insects Unlocked. You probably don’t think about this when you post awesome images like these, but someone worked really hard to make them, and often their livelihood depends on making money from those photos. Basically, images […]
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10:40 PM | Official Report: Nuclear Waste Accident Caused By Wrong Cat Litter
An official investigation into a 2014 accident at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant has concluded that cat litter is the culprit. Organic material in the litter caused a drum to burst.
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10:34 PM | For bats, simple traffic patterns limit collisions
Humans aren’t the only ones who follow traffic rules. Bats do it too, researchers report March 26 in PLOS Computational Biology.Scientists eavesdropped on echolocating Daubenton’s bats (Myotis daubentonii) as the animals cruised for dinner. Once a bat locks on to a peer’s  sonar calls, the bat copies its movements to within a few wingbeats, the researchers found.Syncing up benefits the bats by helping them avoid colliding in midair. The bats chase each other, swoop one […]
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10:27 PM | Stereotype lowers math performance in women, no one noticed
Stereotypes about people can affect how we look at a person, but sometimes it causes other problems. Gender stereotypes about women’s ability in mathematics negatively impact their performance. And in a significant twist, both men and women wrongly believe those stereotypes will not undermine women’s math performance — but instead motivate them to perform better. […]

Boucher, K., Rydell, R. & Murphy, M. (2015). Forecasting the experience of stereotype threat for others, Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 58 56-62. DOI: 10.1016/j.jesp.2015.01.002

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10:15 PM | Folding Wings Help Drones Bounce Back After A Crash
Airplane wings are rigid structures. They're great for wide open skies, but one bad collision with a wall or a tree branch and suddenly the flying machine has trouble…
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10:15 PM | Amazingly, Congress Actually Got Something Done
The leaders and members must, in a word, compromise. And on this occasion, Speaker John Boehner and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi did just that, with skill and savvy.
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9:55 PM | Colliding Galaxy Clusters Offer Clues to Dark Matter
An international team of astronomers led by Dr David Harvey of the Observatory of Sauverny in Switzerland and the University of Edinburgh, UK, has studied how elusive dark matter behaves when clusters of galaxies collide. Dr Harvey and his colleagues used data from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope and NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory to study [...]
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9:44 PM | Our Line Of Defense Against Sea Level Rise Is Melting Fast
Antarctica is a frozen, beautiful continent, that might not be completely frozen for much longer. Just like the Arctic, Antarctica's ice shelves are disappearing, and fast,…
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9:40 PM | On Friday, asteroid 2014-YB35 is expected to make its closest approach to Earth.
On Friday, asteroid 2014-YB35 is expected to make its closest approach to Earth. Traveling at over 23,000 mph (37,000 km/h), NASA says the 6.2 mile (1,000 meter) asteroid won't get any closer than 2.7-million miles (4.4 million km). That's nearly 12 times the distance from Earth to the Moon – so relax.Read more...
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9:32 PM | Big Shelves Of Antarctic Ice Melting Faster Than Scientists Thought
The shrinking of ice at the ocean's edge in the West Antarctic has increased by 70 percent over the past decade, an analysis of satellite images suggests.
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9:26 PM | Think Nobody Wants To Buy Ugly Fruits And Veggies? Think Again
Remember that old movie trope, in which the mousy girl takes off her glasses to reveal she was a beauty all along? A similar scenario is playing out among food waste fighters in the world of produce.
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9:20 PM | Get Hard – A Review
It seems pointless to give this movie any kind of review. Have you ever seen a Will Ferrell movie before? Then you probably know what to expect from this one. In fact, you probably know what to expect from this movie by simply looking at the poster. Kevin Hart is corn-rolling Will Ferrell’s hair? But [...] The post Get Hard – A Review appeared first on HeadStuff.
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9:20 PM | Church Of Scientology Calls New HBO Documentary 'Bigoted'
The filmmaker says Going Clear, harshly critical of the Church of Scientology, is about the dangers of "blind faith." The church has hit back with an aggressive public relations effort of its own.
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9:00 PM | Data “irregularities” sink paper on water treatment
Desalination and Water Treatment has retracted a paper it published in January by a pair of Turkish researchers for “irregularities in the methodology and data management.” The article, “Molecular simulation of Zn2+, Cu2+, Pb2+, and NH4+ ion-exchange in Clinoptilolite,” investigated how well different natural forms of the zeolite Clinoptilolite remove heavy metals from wastewater. It came […]The post Data “irregularities” sink paper on water […]
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9:00 PM | How Much Does Cancer Cost Us?
We asked people on Facebook to share their stories about coping with the cost of cancer care. See what they told us. Also, test your knowledge of cancer costs with a quiz.
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8:48 PM | Harmful Blooms Of Algae Could Be Turned Into Biofuel
Pollution in waterways can cause terrible algae blooms that choke out marine life and contaminate water supplies. In some places, the blooms are so big that they are visible…
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8:47 PM | Look up at the sky on a given night and it will be a tad...
Look up at the sky on a given night and it will be a tad different than the night before, or the night after. The position of stars will change, as will the planets and the phase and path of the moon. But no matter where you are on Earth and what part of the universe you find yourself peering into, one thing remains constant. Space is black.At least space (and the night sky) appears black. True black, the way a physicist might define it, anyway, is the absence of light. Even the most […]
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8:45 PM | Exciting New Prospects for Crocodile Conservation in Cuba
By Natalia Rossi President Obama’s decision to normalize U.S. diplomatic relations with Cuba has focused attention on a possible end to the two nations’ long political estrangement. Yet despite the enduring diplomatic impasse, for years many of us in the U.S. conservation community have worked hand in hand with our counterparts in Cuba (with the permission of both governments) to preserve that nation’s globally important biodiversity. That collaboration provides a blueprint […]
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8:26 PM | Supreme Court Reviews EPA’s Power Plant Mercury Rule; Decision Due in June
The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments this week in a challenge to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) consideration of cost impacts when developing the Mercury and Air Toxics Standard, (MATS) which are set to go into effect next month. At issue in the case is whether the Clean Air Act requires the EPA…
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8:02 PM | A Fraying Promise: Exploring Race And Inequality In Havana
One of the revolution's core promises was an egalitarian society. But as Cuba opens up, one of the unintended consequences may be more inequality.
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8:00 PM | Bank of England guru: We're crowdsourcing economics
The financial crisis showed just how wrong our economic models can be, says the bank's research chief, Andy Haldane − so he's opening up his search for answers (full text available to subscribers)
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7:45 PM | Engineering Lightbulbs To Keep Insects Away
Spending long summer evenings outside comes with a big nuisance: bug bites. Mosquitos and other insects are drawn to the lights illuminating your dinner party, which helps…
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7:38 PM | Critic Faults Alcoholics Anonymous For Lack Of Evidence
Writer Gabrielle Glaser challenges the usefulness of Alcoholics Anonymous in April's issue of The Atlantic. The program's tenets aren't based in science, she says, and other options may work better.
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7:29 PM | Is Colorado Primed To Become The Silicon Valley Of Agriculture?
Colorado's food and ag industries have been growing two to four times faster than the state's economy overall. Economists are getting ever more hopeful about cornering the market on ag innovation.
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7:28 PM | Your TV is Too Small (Why You Should Get a Projector)
That weird little rainbow circle on a motor thing in the picture below? That's the color wheel for a DLP projector. More to the point, it's the color wheel that's going into my projector. It's twee and fragile, and I'm sure the old one made the tiniest ping when it shattered. I didn't hear it... but I didn't need to. The results were pretty obvious when I fired up the projector to watch a movie, and the screen was 50 shades of grey. (Sorry, couldn't resist.)The wall of grey led to two things. […]
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7:24 PM | There may be treble ahead
A catchy pop song of 2014 had the refrain “I’m all about that bass, no treble” or somesuch throwaway line. The accompanying video, much parodied and pastiched, was popular on teh interwebz and was apparently all about raising body image awareness and itself a pardoy of the modern pop culture in which certain characteristics of […]There may be treble ahead is a post from the science blog of science journalist, photographer and musician David Bradley Subscribe to our […]
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