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April 17, 2014

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4:41 PM | EU hatches legal plan to fight invasive species
Alien invaders in the EU cause damage to the tune of €12 billion a year – a new law will strengthen and coordinate efforts to keep the worst at bay
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4:40 PM | The curses of being a rat: Landmine-detection reinforcement
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4:38 PM | Eocasea martini: Scientists Discover Oldest Known Ancestor of Land Herbivores
Eocasea martini, a carnivorous animal that lived in what is today Kansas during Carboniferous period, about 300 million years ago, is the oldest known ancestor of terrestrial herbivores, say paleontologists from the University of Toronto Mississauga. “The evolution of herbivory was revolutionary to life on land because it meant terrestrial vertebrates could directly access the [...]
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4:36 PM | Open source comes to farms with restriction-free seeds
29 crop varieties are now distributed under an open source license.
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4:23 PM | Threatwatch: Is the MERS virus spreading its wings?
The Philippines and Malaysia have identified their first-ever MERS cases, while infections in Saudi Arabia surge, particularly among health workers
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4:22 PM | Breaking News: Virginia Supreme Court on Academic Freedom at UV
An important Virginia Supreme Court finding came out today, related to the hugely complicated maneno that I feel totally unqualified to explain to you … but Michale Halpern of the Center for Science and Democracy is: The Supreme Court of Virginia today found unanimously in favor of the University of Virginia in its attempt to…
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4:16 PM | Let the war on Carbon begin!
I get the impression that some of my colleagues are concerned about the phrase “War on Carbon” because it is bad messaging. That is wrong. We need to carry out a War on Carbon. We need to keep the Carbon in the ground. You know why. Meanwhile, though, we can have some fun with the…
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4:00 PM | Throwback Thursday HPV Vaccine for Adults
Categories: Science SkepticismTags: hpvhpv vaccine for adultsthrowback thursdayvaccinesWe read your emails but it has been brought to our attention that you fine readers have not read every single thing we ever have written on this blog. This is not acceptable. Especially considering we have published some very informative posts. Posts that one might say are skeptical in thought. To prove this to you, and to highlight some of the fun and fascinating articles that you may have missed, from here […]
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4:00 PM | Toyota Has A Tron Bike
I have made this comparison before, and perhaps will again, but, damnit, this is a Tron bike, right? That is, inarguably, what this is. The FV2 is a concept motorcycle from Toyota, set up only a little ostentatiously at the New York Auto Show. Instead of a steering wheel, the cycle turns when a driver leans into a curve. Instead of tires, it has flashing UFO discs.  And it'll probably never hit the road. The plans for it are—we'll say ambitious. The cycle would learn […]
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4:00 PM | Five [Medical] lies the TV told me
Fad diets, miracle weight loss super foods, and vaccines! Oh my! We live in the information age, a time where webMD will tell me what kind of cancer I am suffering […]
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3:53 PM | Lab Grown Organs and Artistic Computers in Fifty Years?
The Pew Research Center released the 2014 survey of U.S. adults (1,001 participants, surveyed by land-line or cell phone interviews) regarding their views on technological advancements in the next 50 years. Over eighty percent of the participants said that "People in need of an organ transplant will have new organs custom made for them in a lab" and roughly half of the participants felt that "Computers will be as effective as people at creating important works of art such as... Read more
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3:52 PM | Flesh-eating sponges are beautiful but deadly
Four new species of carnivorous sponge discovered on the deep sea floor along the west coast of North America prefer scampi to fries, or other vegetables
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3:47 PM | In This Insect, Females Have Penises And Males Have Vaginas
This picture of two mating insects comes with an unexpected twist. The one on top is a female, …
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3:38 PM | Episode 253 - Listener's Choice - 4/17/2014
This week, Will is joined by very special guest Dave Snider to discuss a wide range of topics selected by the community, including our latest woodworking projects, dragons, mischief, Snoop Dogg, and the viability of kilts. All that and a whole lot more in this week's episode. Enjoy!
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3:30 PM | Heart study retracted because it was submitted without permission of most of the authors
A group of authors in South Korea has lost their 2012 paper in Clinical Cardiology because, well, they weren’t a group after all. The paper, “Correlation of Electrocardiographic Changes and Myocardial Fibrosis in Patients With Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Detected by Cardiac Magnetic Resonance Imaging,” came from corresponding author Hyun Suk Yang, of Konkuk University School of […]
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3:02 PM | On-The-Spot Malaria Detector
A portable malaria detector could provide test results in seconds. Originally published:  Apr 17 2014 - 9:45am By:  Marsha Lewis, ISTV Contributing Producer Science category:  Biology News section:  Inside Science TV Tags:  malaria […]
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3:00 PM | Beard Fashions Are Governed By Darwinian Selection
Darwinian whiskers Darwin had a righteous beard. Julia Margaret Cameron via Wikimedia Commons By the beard of Darwin! Some studies have shown that women generally like beards, while others show that whiskers make men appear older and more aggressive. New research suggests that it's all relative, though, and that men's beard fashions follow a pattern of Darwinian selection, becoming most attractive (to both women and men) when they are […]
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3:00 PM | The WordPress.com Transparency Report
WordPress.com is proud to release our first-ever transparency report. Get schooled on the number of information requests, takedown demands, and national security requests we've received.
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3:00 PM | The WordPress.com Transparency Report
WordPress.com is proud to release our first-ever transparency report. Get schooled on the number of information requests, takedown demands, and national security requests we've received.
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3:00 PM | The WordPress.com Transparency Report
WordPress.com is proud to release our first-ever transparency report. Get schooled on the number of information requests, takedown demands, and national security requests we've received.
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2:50 PM | Today’s shoot involves a sword. #scienceiscoming
Today’s shoot involves a sword. #scienceiscoming
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2:41 PM | Why climate change hits the world’s poor harder
IPCC report sees climate change as a threat multiplier exacerbating inequality.
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2:35 PM | Basel to host the Global Infrastructure Basel Summit and C40 Finance Network meeting
Basel to host the Global Infrastructure Basel Summit and C40 Finance Network meeting APRIL 17, 2014 Email Twitter Facebook A guest post by Basel Mayor Guy Morin The City of Basel is looking forward to hosting the annual Global Infrastructure Basel Summit on 21-22 May 2014, and, as co-chair of the C40 Sustainable Infrastructure Finance Network, a dedicated…
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2:30 PM | Computing Hunger worldwide: the Global Hunger Index (GHI)
The Global Hunger Index was first published in 2006 by the International Food Policy Research Institute and the NGO Welthungerhilfe. In 2007, Concern worldwide joined them. Since then, the Index reports every year the evolution of the hunger situation worldwide and focus on a given topic. How is it calculated? And what is hunger? How are we connected ? What can be done? To learn more, read the article below.
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2:12 PM | Energy Connections: Shocking climate change vs. shocking solar power
One of the most important realizations of climate change research is exemplified in this graphic from Weather Uderground: The point is this. The PETM (Paleocene-Eocene thermal maximum, millions of years ago) was a period of high levels of CO2 in the atmosphere which caused significant warming. It is an example of both relatively rapid and…
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2:10 PM | Zoologger: Gender-bending cave insects found in Brazil
Newly discovered insects called Neotrogla are anatomically reversed: males have a vagina and the females a penis
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2:09 PM | Instant beer: The birth of a notion
Along with jetpacks and hose-down-able houses, food in pill form has been perennially one of those futuristic advances that is just around the corner. 65 years before Willy Wonka’s three-course-meal chewing gum, German scientists brought us desiccated beer — according to the Indian Medical Gazette, summarized here in the New York Medical Journal [July 22, […]
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2:06 PM | Does Recreational Cannabis Change the Brain in Young People?
Yesterday a paper was published online in the Journal of Neuroscience which showed that even recreational cannabis smoking may affect the shape and size of certain regions of the brain. Of course this study got widespread attention in the media and I’ve seen headlines raging from the conservative “Casual marijuana use linked with brain abnormalities” […]The post Does Recreational Cannabis Change the Brain in Young People? appeared first on HeadStuff.
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2:00 PM | Feminalist Science Posters
Hyrdogene generally creates minimalist posters around science-y themes. The set of six she created celebrating women who made a big impact on science and the world is particularly compelling. According to the FAQs, an online store selling the posters will … Continue reading →
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2:00 PM | Do Water Pollution Tests Lead to "Dead Zones"?
The problem with pee: a scientist blows the whistle on sewage-treatment plants, claiming they harm water quality even when meeting official pollution-control limits.
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