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July 22, 2014

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5:11 PM | Current Status of Arctic Sea Ice Extent
As it does every summer, the Arctic Sea ice is melting off. Over the last several years, the amount of sea ice that melts by the time it hits minimum in September has generally been increasing. So, how’s it doing now? The graph above shows the 1981-2010 average plus or minus two standard deviations. Before…
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5:07 PM | If at First You Don’t Succeed, Sit Back and Listen
The post If at First You Don’t Succeed, Sit Back and Listen appeared first on EveryONE.
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5:04 PM | Alcohol improves your sense of smell - in moderation
Low levels of alcohol can improve your ability to discriminate between different odours, but be warned, the effect is reversed if you drink too much
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5:00 PM | Elephants Have 10,000 Genes for Smell—Most Ever Found
The large mammals have 10,000 genes related to smell, the most ever discovered in an animal, a new study says.
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4:31 PM | Could Lasers Be The Future Of Anti-Missile Weapons?
American Concept Art Of Soviet Laser. From 1986. Edward L. Cooper, via Wikimedia Commons On Thursday, July 18th, Malaysian Airlines flight MH-17 was struck by a missile. The United States believes the missile was a Soviet-designed Buk, and American infrared satellites pinpoint the location of that missile's launch to territory in Eastern Ukraine held by Russian-backed separatists. Is it possible that, while Cold War technology launched the missile, and modern […]
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4:30 PM | Today on New Scientist
All the latest on newscientist.com: seaweed farms of the future, cyclist in drag act, PTSD for Gaza's children, archaeology of human networks, and more
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4:28 PM | Reactions to the Kennedy Profile
My recent Washington Post magazine piece on Robert Kennedy Jr. has prompted numerous reactions in media outlets, on Twitter, and in the blogosphere. Generally speaking, readers have found the story both compelling and maddening. What folks seem to be divided on is how Kennedy comes off in the story. Laura Helmuth at Slate says I […]The post Reactions to the Kennedy Profile appeared first on Collide-a-Scape.
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4:07 PM | Tweeting From A Conflict Zone: Does It Help Or Hurt News Reporting?
As Gaza, Ukraine and Syria trend on Twitter, has social media changed the way conflicts are covered? Host Michel Martin finds out from reporter Anne Barnard and Peter Bouckaert of Human Rights Watch.
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4:07 PM | For Pregnant Women, New Guidelines Aim To Reduce Workplace Discrimination
More than 35 years after the Pregnancy Discrimination Act was passed by Congress, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has updated their guidelines. Host Michel Martin learns more.
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3:52 PM | A searchable database of Ig Nobel Prize winners
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3:35 PM | Bacterial antivirus system repurposed to attack HIV where it’s hiding
Cuts up copies of HIV that have inserted themselves into the genome.
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3:32 PM | Latest HIV 'cure' claims prompt calls for more caution
Bone marrow grafts have helped both patients stay all but virus-free for three years. But the disease has come back before in others, and a simpler treatment is needed
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3:32 PM | Latest HIV purge claims prompt calls for more caution
Bone marrow grafts have helped both patients stay all but virus-free for three years. But the disease has come back before in others, and a simpler treatment is needed
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3:30 PM | skunkbear: The recent release of “Dawn of the Planet of the...
skunkbear: The recent release of “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" reminded me of one of my favorite ape vs. man films – this 1932 video that shows a baby chimpanzee and a baby human undergoing the same basic psychological tests. Its gets weirder – the human baby (Donald) and the chimpanzee baby (Gua) were both raised as humans by their biological/adopted father Winthrop Niles Kellogg.  Kellogg was a comparative psychologist fascinated by the interplay between nature and […]
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3:30 PM | Bats Set Their Internal Compass at Dusk—A First Among Mammals
Bats may be known for their stealth in the dark, but a new study shows they need light from the setting sun to navigate.
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3:30 PM | Yogurt to be kidding me: Five articles plagiarized in one retracted paper
After typing up 96 citations, researchers from the National Institute for Digestive Diseases, I.R.C.C.S. “S. de Bellis,” in Bari, Italy, apparently ran out of steam for the last five, earning themselves a retraction for plagiarism in a literature review of the effects of probiotics on intestinal cancer. Here’s the notice for “Intestinal Microbiota, Probiotics and […]
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3:29 PM | Another Mind-Crushing Illusion: Straight or Curved Motion?
From the twisted mind of brusspup comes another brain-hurting illusion. This one is really, really convincing, so tell me: When you look at this video, you’re seeing a circle of eight dots rotating as it spins around inside a bigger circle, right? No, you’re not. As brusspup shows, each individual white dot is moving in a straight line! The trick here is two-fold: One is that the dots aren’t moving at constant velocity (you can see that in the video at the 0:44 mark), and that […]
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3:25 PM | Economists reflect on challenges
What are the challenges for the next generation? 6 Nobel Laureates and 8 young economists present their views. An economist should not stand back. They often stand on the sidelines and just observe or describe. But instead they should just step forward and make a difference. Alex Teytelboym, #lindauecon11 alumnus As economists are constantly confronted with […]
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3:23 PM | Working For Friends
There’s a venerable rule in business: never work for friends. Many writers are in support of this rule. Others attempt to debunk it. Still others offer helpful how-tos, say, if […] The post Working For Friends appeared first on The Science Writers' Handbook.
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3:20 PM | Searching for the Genetic Roots of Mental Illness
In today’s New York Times, Benedict Carey and I have a feature about two big pieces of news …
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3:14 PM | "Do you think it’s a question of how much you balance that drive to achieve with being present and..."
“Do you think it’s a question of how much you balance that drive to achieve with being present and enjoying the moment? You know, it’s funny because I frequently get emails from young people starting out and asking, “How do I make a successful website or start my own thing?” And, very often, it’s tied to some measure of success that’s audience-based or reach-based. “How do you build up to seven million readers a month or two million Facebook […]
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3:12 PM | Star Wars Science!
If you’re curious why I just posted an article about the biology of the sarlacc that lives in the pit of Carkoon on Tatooine, written from the perspective of an interplanetary naturalist based on Earth… trust me, there’s a good reason.  Today, I’m taking part in a blog carnival all about the science of Tatooine in the Star Wars universe! Several superb science writers have posted awesome articles about Tatooine-related science, from climate to ecology to […]
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3:07 PM | Tatooine’s tangled bank – plants evolve in a galaxy far, far away
“It is interesting to contemplate a tangled dune, clothed with many plants of many kinds, all produced by laws acting around us. There is grandeur in this view of life, where so unforgiving an environment has taken but one common ancestor, and, over the millennia, forged such marvellous forms most beautiful. That this should occur, as it does elsewhere, in such an inhospitable place, speaks to the power and the universality of evolution – a creative force that that exceeds... Read […]
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3:04 PM | Development Of Airplanes Is Like Biological Evolution, Engineer Says
Airplanes and birds may have followed similar pattern to increase efficiency. Originally published:  Jul 22 2014 - 11:00am By:  Brian Owens, Contributor Science category:  Biology Engineering Physics News section:  Inside Science News Service […]
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3:01 PM | Diary of An Interplanetary Naturalist - The Sarlacc
C-3PO: “You will therefore be taken to the Dune Sea and cast into the pit of Carkoon, the nesting place of the all-powerful sarlacc.” C-3PO: “In his belly, you will find a new definition of pain and suffering, as you are slowly digested over a thousand years.” It was twenty years ago that I came into possession of that protocol droid. I was its fourteenth owner, although it would not disclose any information on the thirteen previous ones. By the time it entered my […]
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3:00 PM | Craft Beverage People: Do Better.
Categories: FeminismTags: beergentrificationmarketingracismsexismwineCN: Slurs; rape jokes; racist and sexist langage and images (mostly in links) It’s no secret that the artisanal food and beverage criticism field is a pretty privileged bunch. After all, to get into it you have to have disposable income, no ailments or conditions that would preclude imbibing a significant amount of alcohol or eating a wide range of foods, and spare time to devote to your blog––or, if […]
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3:00 PM | Why a Bunch of Science Writers Are Writing About a Fictional Planet
Tatooine is a desert planet, home to Luke Skywalker and Jabba the Hutt, as well as a menagerie of large beasts: banthas and dewbacks, krayt dragons and sarlacci. Tatooine is also, of course, not a real place. Science writing aims to convey ideas, engaging and educating readers on topics from biology to astronomy. Because science writing is focused on real efforts to understand the real universe, you might reasonably ask why a collection of science writers have chosen to spend... Read more
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2:59 PM | Chandra X-ray Observatory Celebrates 15th Anniversary
Fifteen years ago, NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory was launched into space aboard the Space Shuttle Columbia. Since its deployment on July 23, 1999, Chandra has […] The post Chandra X-ray Observatory Celebrates 15th Anniversary appeared first on Smithsonian Science.
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2:53 PM | Humans accepting climate change vs. Jell-O: The Coastal Effect
There is an old theory in psychology that characterizes humans as a bowl of Jell-O (Jelly for some of you). Life pokes at the Jell-O, the Jell-O jiggles. Eventually the jiggles begin to change the Jell-O, so certain kinds of pokes result in certain kinds of responses. The Jell-O gurgles, babbles, notices things, learns, develops,…
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2:45 PM | A talk with climate defeatist Paul Kingsnorth
Wen Stephenson at Grist: Some have called Kingsnorth a catastrophist, or fatalist, with something like a death wish for civilization (see John Gray in The New Statesman and George Monbiot in The Guardian). Others might call him a realist, a...
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