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October 17, 2014

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9:43 PM | Email Just Can't Compete With Heartfelt 'Letters Of Note'
The art of letter writing is also an act of preserving history. The correspondences gathered in the book Letters Of Note tell stories of delight, hope and loss — and the nature of human connection.
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9:37 PM | How The Florida Governor's Debate Became #Fangate
Republican Gov. Rick Scott's campaign wanted organizers to cancel Wednesday night's debate if Democrat Charlie Crist was allowed to use a fan at his podium.
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9:30 PM | Italian Couple Become Bound At The Genitals While Having Ocean Sex
It sounds like a spell you'd learn in sex-ed at Hogwarts , but "penis captivus" is a real – if rare – medical condition, as one hapless Italian couple learned this week.Read more...
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9:26 PM | Weird Animal Question of the Week: A Fungus That Looks Like Strawberries and Cream
This Weird Animal Question of the Week focuses on the odd world of fungi, which can resemble wiffleballs, bird's nests, and strawberries and cream.
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9:09 PM | Second stop planned for mission to Pluto
Scientists identify three possible targets for the New Horizons probe after it visits the former planet.
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9:00 PM | The Week In Numbers: Secret Robot Space Planes, Elephant Weathermen, And Suspended Animation
needle Rubén Díaz 10: Percent of people who are frightened of needles. They could benefit from a new technology which may make injections pain-free. 6: Episodes in the first season of a new show called How We Got to Now, which tells the story of simple inventions that shaped the modern world. 200,000: Number of applicants who applied to the Mars One mission, which MIT students recently predicted will end in starvation. 1 atom: […]
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8:54 PM | What colour is a mirror? | At-Bristol Science Centre How does a...
What colour is a mirror? | At-Bristol Science Centre How does a mirror work? Ross of the Live Science Team investigates the properties of light, mirrors and fibre optic cables to answer the question: what colour is a mirror? By: At-Bristol
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8:44 PM | U.S. To Temporarily Halt Funding For Controversial Virus Research
The federal government will suspend funding while it reviews the potential risks and benefits of certain experiments with three viruses: SARS, MERS and influenza.
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8:40 PM | Are Tornadoes Starting To Move In Swarms?
A new study looking at the last 59 years of tornadoes in the United States reveals something surprising: We have fewer tornadoes today than we used to. But those tornadoes are hitting in a terrifying new way.Read more...
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8:35 PM | In Brief: Skepticism about Lockheed's Fusion Reactor Ambitions
Lockheed's announcement that its Skunk Works division had made a theoretical breakthrough in developing a compact fusion reactor got people very excited this week. The idea of a clean, safe, and compact way to produce nuclear power easily spurs the imagination (as well as Mr. Fusion references). And even though Lockheed's own engineers admit that it'll be 5-10 years before they can put their theories to practice in a viable reactor, they seemed confident in Lockheed's videos. Less optimistic […]
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8:34 PM | After biosafety lapses, US halts funding for work modifying virus targets
Helping a bird flu virus infect mammals is off the table pending review.
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8:19 PM | Washington, D.C., Pitches New Bridge Park As A 'Model For Social Equity'
The park, built on piers left over from an obsolete, demolished bridge, would connect two disparate parts of the city in hopes of sparking new life and knitting two communities.
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8:18 PM | Why Won't The Fear Of Airborne Ebola Go Away?
Infectious disease specialists say Ebola can't spread through the air, but many Americans remain deeply skeptical. The history of past outbreaks suggests airborne transmission isn't a threat.
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8:15 PM | Earth's Magnetic Field Could Flip Faster Than We Thought
Pole Positions. The ‘north pole’ — that is, the direction of magnetic north — was reversed a million years ago. Starting about 789,000 years ago, the north pole wandered around Antarctica for three thousand years before flipping to the orientation we know today, with the pole somewhere in the Arctic. UC Berkeley The magnetic poles of the earth have switched back and forth many, many times during the 4.54 billion years that the Earth has been […]
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8:05 PM | Why Do We Get Bags Under Our Eyes? We all get bags under our...
Why Do We Get Bags Under Our Eyes? We all get bags under our eyes that make us look tired. Here’s how it inevitably happens and some remedies to look your best.​ Learn more at HowStuffWorks.com: http://health.howstuffworks.com/skin-care/problems/beauty/what-causes-bags-under-eyes.htm By: Brain Stuff.
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8:04 PM | California Nurses' Union Pulls Ebola Into Contract Talks
Ebola training, staffing and protective gear are bargaining chips as nurses in California hammer out a new contract with Kaiser Permanente. Their requests mirror the concerns of nurses nationwide.
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8:04 PM | Drop In Unemployment Raises Debate On Optimal Rate
Now that unemployment has slipped below 6 percent, there's renewed interest in what the Federal Reserve's target for joblessness should be. Some economists worry that inflation will resurface.
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8:02 PM | A look at Air Pollution and Your Body
We have all probably seen stories from China on the horrid air pollution there. Accompanying those reports of course are the statistics for air pollution that deaths have caused. For […]

Gamon LF, White JM & Wille U (2014). Oxidative damage of aromatic dipeptides by the environmental oxidants NO2˙ and O3., Organic & biomolecular chemistry, 12 (41) 8280-7. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25207524

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7:45 PM | NIkon's D750 Temps me to Switch from Canon
Early last month, Nikon announced its D750 full-frame DSLR camera. It sits between the popular D810 and entry level full-frame D610. The two aforementioned cameras are the Nikon equivalents of the Canon's successful Canon 5D MK III and 6D, but there's no comparable camera in Canon's lineup to the D750. And now that I've read some early reviews of the D750, this is beginning to worry me as a Canon user. First off, some specifications. The D750 is a 24MP full-frame camera running Nikon's EXPEED 4 […]
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7:39 PM | Egality N'est Pas La Réalité: French Women Wage Online War On Sexism
When a company told one French feminist it was "sorry" she found its ad sexist, she decided to fight back. She's launched a website where users target sexist companies and people on social media.
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7:30 PM | Using Your 3D Printer as a 2D Plotter
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7:25 PM | Why We “Celebrate” Threatened Species
Yesterday I met Lonesome George. He was the last of his kind and he is now displayed in taxidermy at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. He’s tucked away under a glass case in an alcove on the 4th floor amidst other extinct species, but, none of their extinctions are nearly as…
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7:24 PM | Lockheed's Fusion Promise: What We Know So Far
Fusion at Lockheed Lockheed Martin announced this week a project designed to make nuclear fusion energy, long a dream of scientists and energy policymakers, a viable power source. Their prototype, pictured here, has drawn significant criticism. Eric Schulzinger/Lockheed Martin Researchers at Lockheed Martin made headlines this week with the announcement that they are on the fast track to building a nuclear fusion reactor. But experts responded with […]
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7:24 PM | 6th Workshop on Complex Networks
#NetworkScience See website for more information http://www.complenet.org/
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7:16 PM | Personality Disorders: Crash Course Psychology №34 by...
Personality Disorders: Crash Course Psychology №34 by thecrashcourse: What exactly are Personality Disorders? How can they be diagnosed? Can we prevent some of them? In this episode of Crash Course Psychology, Hank gives us the down low on things like Ego-Dystonic and Ego-Syntonic Disorders, Borderline and Antisocial Personality Disorders, and Potential Biological, Psychological, and Social Roots of these disorders.  Support Crash Course at http://www.subbable.com/crashcourse
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7:14 PM | 3-D carving (rather than printing), for teeth
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7:05 PM | Eat More, Go Faster!
Paul Rose muses on the differences between ancient navigation and his own modern equipment and methods on the Pristine Seas expedition to Rapa.
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7:00 PM | Icebergs off the Florida coast?
It happened in the past, when glaciers launched icy armadas.
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7:00 PM | In Brief: The Hardest Part of Designing a Typeface
Typeface designer Tobias Frere-Jones (formerly of Hoefler & Frere Jones, who recently settled his lawsuit against former partner) writes an wonderfully insightful personal blog about typography and design. In his latest entry, he addresses what he considers the most challenging part of designing a new typeface: finding an appropriate name. Think about what a name evokes, and the lexicon of typographical nomenclature. Historically, typeface names would be derived from broad genres like Roman […]
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6:45 PM | Hackett Makes His Own Postapocalyptic Currency [Video]
http://cf.c.ooyala.com/g3ZmszcTqaAXP9Ow7m_lhkaicPXX7dBI/promo237573961 Please enable Javascript to watch this video Money makes the world run—but without a stable government, paper bills will be little more than fire starters, and coins chips of cheap metal. Bartering is inconvenient: If I desperately want the cat food you’ve stockpiled, but you have no need for the fine moonshine I can produce, it will take multiple trades to satisfy us both. A more efficient solution […]
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