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July 12, 2014

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1:14 AM | You can now download Particle Fever, a documentary about the...
You can now download Particle Fever, a documentary about the discovery of the Higgs Boson, on iTunes! If you’re interested in particle physics, you need to watch this. The story is told so well — it’s dramatic, thoughtful, and personal. Not to mention the fact that it chronicles the making of the biggest discovery in physics in recent memory!
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1:00 AM | Dark Skies of Utah is a timelapse film by Ron Risman, featuring...
Dark Skies of Utah is a timelapse film by Ron Risman, featuring photography captured by his students during a timelapse workshop in Moab, Utah. I would like to take that class. This is beautiful stuff. Go full screen, turn up the sound, and feel you some nature feels. Have a great weekend.
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1:00 AM | Smoke From Canada's Copious Wildfires As Seen From Space
Canada is currently experiencing one of its worst wildfire seasons ever. The active fires blazing in British Columbia, the Northwest Territories, and Alberta are spewing tremendous amounts of smoke into the atmosphere, affecting weather patterns in both Canada and the United States.Read more...
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12:30 AM | California’s New Fracking Regulations Delayed Half a Year
State lawmakers approved the delay in late June, and at the same time tightened up the environmental review process for fracking permits.
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12:30 AM | A Surprisingly Poignant Short Comic Set In A Side-Scrolling Video Game
What happens when a video game character can't move either forward or backward in a side-scrolling game? This comic reveals the answer—and just might make you cry.Read more...
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12:22 AM | Inspectors at Lake Tahoe Intercept Invasive Mussels
Mandatory boat inspections stop invasive species from endangering Lake Tahoe’s pristine ecosystem.
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12:00 AM | How Hemlock Grove Will Top Last Year's Psychotic Werewolf Transformation
The most memorable thing about season one of Hemlock Grove was the batshit transformation of a human into a wolf. How can this show beat that thrill this time around? By going even more crazy with the "wolf-face exploding out of human face" action. And by reversing the process.Read more...

July 11, 2014

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11:52 PM | Politician Explains Why Sodomy Is Causing AIDS Due to "Sperm Enzyme"
Bob Frey is a Republican running for the Minnesota House of Representatives, and he's worried about the economic cost of sodomy. He's not against gay people, mind you — the problem, he explained yesterday, has to do with the way sperm burns our anal cavities. Here's his theory.Read more...
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11:40 PM | Science for The People: The V Word
This week, Science for The People looking at the social and biological science of female sex organs. They talk to Dr. Anthony Atala, director of the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center Institute for Regenerative Medicine, about the creation and use of lab-grown vaginas. Biology professor Marie … Continue reading →
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11:40 PM | What Created This Beautiful "Sky Jellyfish" in the Upper Atmosphere?
You know it can't be a UFO because this picture is actually in focus and doesn't look like it was taken from the back of a moving truck. Read more...
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11:35 PM | Drought Drives Hungry Bears to Lake Tahoe
Nevada wildlife officials say they're increasingly responding to a new kind of troublemaker they've started calling "drought" bears.
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11:20 PM | When a Book Is Set in Your Home City, Does That Enhance the Story?
Authors sometimes set their stories in fictionalized versions of real cities. But how does a book's setting being close to home change how you read the book?Read more...
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11:00 PM | These Rarely Seen Maps Turn Earth Into A Land From A Fantasy Novel
While each of these maps is incredibly striking, it isn't always easy to recognize the places within them as spots on our Earth. Some of them look straight out a J.R.R. Tolkien novel, while others are more fanciful takes on familiar countries.http://io9.com/a-collection-o... Read more...
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10:40 PM | Inducing hypothermia in oxygen-deprived newborns can protect them from brain damage.
Inducing hypothermia in oxygen-deprived newborns can protect them from brain damage. Researchers cooled infants to 33–34°C for 72-hours within 6 hours of birth. Treated babies were 60% more likely to have normal intelligence, hearing and vision, and had better mental and physical health through 7 years of age.Read more...
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10:30 PM | Benicia Extends Public Comment Period on Bay Area Crude-by-Rail
Benicia city officials are giving people more time to comment on a proposal to bring crude oil by rail to Valero’s refinery there.
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10:06 PM | Feds Tighten Lab Security After Anthrax, Bird Flu Blunders
The sloppy handling by federal scientists of the world's scariest germs must stop, says the dismayed head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Are his new rules enough?
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10:00 PM | The Week In Numbers: GMO Safety Testing, Guinea Worm Infections, And More
Golden Rice Compared to regular white rice, "golden" rice, at the top, has been genetically modified to produce beta carotene, a precursor to vitamin A. International Rice Research Institute via Wikipedia 1,700: the number of peer-reviewed safety studies that GMO foods have undergone. Learn more about the research behind GMOs in this month's Popular Science. $550: how much it will cost you to build a drivable tank for your goldfish. So worth it. 16 years: how long this new prototype […]
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10:00 PM | These autonomous, floating robots are embarking on their first trip out along the Alaskan coast.
These autonomous, floating robots are embarking on their first trip out along the Alaskan coast. They are headed out on a 5-month expedition to survey the melting glaciers, which researchers have long suspected are contributing to ocean acidification in the area.Read more...
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9:59 PM | Veterans Kick The Prescription Pill Habit, Against Doctors' Orders
There's overmedicating and self-medicating, but some vets are "de-medicating." Prescribed multiple drugs to deal with PTSD and pain, they've stopped taking them — without authorization.
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9:55 PM | Florida Ruling Is A Primer On Redistricting Chicanery
What makes the judge's opinion such fun reading for students of politics is the highlighting of how political operatives tried to avoid leaving fingerprints on the maps.
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9:50 PM | We choose to watch JFK’s historic 1962 speech setting us...
We choose to watch JFK’s historic 1962 speech setting us on a course for the moon not because it is Friday, but because it is awesome (and because I just found it on YouTube). Transcript jam-packed with quotables here.
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9:46 PM | ESA Policy News July 11: Report urges US military to improve climate planning, House DOE, Interior spending bills advance
Here are some highlights from the latest ESA Policy New […]
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9:40 PM | "This Story Throws You In The Deep End -- And That's A Very Good Thing"
Not every story needs to start out with an ordinary, relatable person discovering a strange world. Sometimes, it's great to follow a character who's already steeped in the weirdness, and get caught up in the action right away. What's your favorite story that shoves you straight into its weird world, with no hand-holding?Read more...
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9:35 PM | House GOP Plows Forward With Plans To Sue Obama
While House Republicans move ahead with their lawsuit alleging executive branch overreach, Obama is using the challenge to score political points of his own.
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9:23 PM | Remembering Jazz Legend Charlie Haden, Who Crafted His Voice In Bass
Polio damaged Haden's voice when he was young, but as a bassist and composer, he helped shape the sound of jazz and spanned country and gospel. He died Friday at 76.
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9:20 PM | What If H.R. Giger Had Designed Galactus?
The Devourer of Worlds becomes even more nightmarish in this fan art mashup.Read more...
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9:19 PM | tumblingtheology: bookishboi: lastrealindians: Teen scientist...
tumblingtheology: bookishboi: lastrealindians: Teen scientist harnesses sun power to help Navajo community New Mexico teen Raquel Redshirt uses everyday materials and the sun to build solar ovens, fulfilling a Navajo community need and winning an award at the Intel ISEF competition. Growing up on New Mexico’s Navajo Nation, Raquel Redshirt was well aware of the needs of her community. Many of her impoverished neighbors lacked basics such as electricity, as well as stoves and ovens to […]
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9:18 PM | Fate Of The New N.C. Voter ID Law Now Rests In A Judge's Hands
North Carolina's voter ID law has come under fire in the courts. A judge will soon decide whether parts of the law should be implemented or delayed.
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9:08 PM | Dragonfly Telephoto Array Discovers Seven Dwarf Galaxies around Messier 101
Astronomers using a new telescope called the Dragonfly Telephoto Array have discovered seven new dwarf galaxies the field of a nearby spiral galaxy known as Messier 101 (M101). “We got an exciting result in our first images. It was very exciting. It speaks to the quality of the telescope,” said Allison Merritt, a graduate student [...]
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9:03 PM | Spread Of Palm Oil Production Into Africa Threatens Great Apes
Palm oil growers are setting their sights on Africa as they amp up production. More than half of the land that's been set aside for plantations in Africa overlaps with ape habitats, researchers say.
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