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July 30, 2014

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9:04 PM | Grocery Chain Workers Want Their CEO Back
Arthur T. Demoulas, chief executive of the New England grocery chain Market Basket, was pushed out by his cousin in a boardroom struggle. Protesting employees have brought business to a standstill.
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9:00 PM | What Happens To Sunlight As It Filters Through The Ocean?
How far does sunlight travel into the ocean — and just what happens to all those different wavelengths of color as you go deeper into the depths?Read more...
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8:40 PM | The Iliad's Best Murders And Murderers, In One Amazing Infographic
When it comes to graphic violence, modern movies don't have crap on The Iliad. In an amazing infographic, Greek Myth Comix's Laura Jenkinson aptly shows the number of brutal deaths in the classic of Western literature, how they died, who the most efficient killers were, and more. It's great.Read more...
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8:30 PM | Bad News: Scientists Have Measured 16-Foot Waves In The Arctic Ocean
For the first time, waves as tall as 16 feet have been recorded in Arctic waters. If these waves are speeding the breakup of the region's remaining ice, as oceanographers suspect, they could signal the birth of a feedback mechanism that will hasten the Arctic's march toward an ice-free summer.Read more...
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8:22 PM | Odd Bug Out: A Leaf Insect Discovery
Every day amazing things are happening at the Museum, and one such thing happened on Monday. I received an email from Bill Reynolds,  the Coordinator & Curator of the Arthropod Zoo, with the following text: Subject: Odd bug in our stick insect colony! WE have a male in one of our colonies!!!! Thought it my be note […]
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8:17 PM | The Men of Orphan Black Celebrate Season 2's Best Death with a Duet
Orphan Black's second season ended with a mind-boggling cliffhanger, and now we have to wait a whole year to find out what happens next. And to process all of the insane developments in season two. We talked to the show's creators and cast, and they reminisced... and dropped a few hints.Read more...
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8:06 PM | Rotating Rooms Let You Redesign This House Whenever You Feel Like It
Normally, the phrase "push-button home" evokes images of a Jetson-esque lifestyle filled with futuristic gadgets and shiny automatons just waiting to do our bidding. But this house turns that concept on its head, allowing you to transform your home into a simple, quiet retreat in the midst of a bustling city.Read more...
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8:02 PM | A Brief History of Sending Animals to Space
Last week at w00tstock, Matt Inman (aka The Oatmeal) spoke about the storied history of our species' habit of sending other animal species into space. Here's a video of the very excellent talk, which is well worth the thirteen minutes you'll need to watch it.Read more...
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7:38 PM | How A 1980s Walkman Changed Guardians of the Galaxy Completely
The most important game-changing character in Guardians of the Galaxy isn't Peter Quill, and it isn't Rocket Raccoon. It's a 1980s Walkman. Find out for yourself how this obsolete gadget is the heart of the movie. Spoilers ahead...Read more...
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7:36 PM | Zaña, Peru… The Town That Almost Was
Sarah Kennedy is using animal remains to dig through Peru's colonial past. The town of Zaña, where she is staying, has seen better days, and few truly realize the immensity of its past.
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7:35 PM | Octopus Broods Its Eggs For 4.5 Years, Longest For Any Animal
Octo-mom Bruce Robison et al / PLOS ONE In April 2007, Bruce Robison and colleagues happened upon a deep-sea octopus more than 4,500 feet below the sea off California. When they came back about a month later it was guarding a clutch of eggs that appeared quite new and small. So Robison, from the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, and colleagues decided to take this opportunity to see how long these animals take to brood their eggs, as this hadn't been investigated […]
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7:34 PM | Groundwater Depletion in Colorado River Basin Poses Big Risk to Water Security
Let’s step back for a minute and consider the implications of the study released last week on the depletion of groundwater in the Colorado River Basin. For anyone concerned about the future of the American West, the findings of this study – which was published online in the journal Geophysical Research Letters and conducted by…
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7:30 PM | This Ice Cream Changes Color When You Lick It
Spanish physicist Manuel Linares has developed a brand of ice cream that changes color when it experiences a change in temperature and comes into contact with saliva — but he's keeping quiet over how he came up with this delicious creation.Read more...
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7:30 PM | Behold, "The Space Robot Equivalent Of An Owl Pellet"
NASA's Curiosity rover recently... erm... "unburdened" itself of a rock sample, then took a photo to mark the occasion. The small pile of Martian material was collected back in May at the Windjana drill site, the fourth location from which Curiosity has probed the planet's terrain. Read more...
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7:00 PM | Heart attack on a plate? The truth about saturated fat
After decades of health warnings, the idea that steak, cheese and lard are bad for your heart is melting away. The truth is more complex – and delicious (full text available to subscribers)
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6:54 PM | More efficient ways to lower CO2 The term carbon capture is...
More efficient ways to lower CO2 The term carbon capture is talked about as a way to battle against climate change, but what exactly is it?  This recent NY Times video does a great job explaining it. Basically, when a power plant burns fossil fuel such as coal, it releases gas into the air.  Carbon capture technology can single out the CO2 molecules in this gas before it leaves the smokestack.  The current process is to spray a chemical on the gas to separate the carbon dioxide […]
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6:49 PM | Evangelicals and Climate Change
Nearly a decade ago, I wrote a profile of Richard Cizik for Audubon magazine. He was, at the time, a prominent lobbyist for the National Association of Evangelicals and a member of good standing among social and political conservatives. But Cizik’s views on a number of hot-button issues were evolving. In 2008 he was forced to […]The post Evangelicals and Climate Change appeared first on Collide-a-Scape.
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6:38 PM | Fed Continues To Ease Up On Economic Stimulus
The Fed announced modest cuts in its bond-buying program and noted that inflation is becoming an issue. But with room to grow in the labor market, the bank is not ready to raise interest rates.
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6:26 PM | Notes on Bantu Philosophy
Justin E. H. Smith in his blog: There is an observation sometimes made in connection with the history of philosophical reflection on the nature of human distinctness, that language has moved in, in the past few centuries, to fill a...
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6:17 PM | Many Fraudulent Stem Cell Beauty Treatments Are Being Sold Online
So Pretty These are fibroblasts from a mouse. Fibroblasts are a type of stem cell that's being studied for cosmetic procedures. SubtleGuest on Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0 A number of experimental stem cell treatments have shown promise in patients recently. Facelifts, breast augmentations, and vaginal rejuvenation procedures (!!!) using stem cells, however, are not among the promising techniques. Nevertheless, unscrupulous clinics are selling these cosmetic "stem cell" […]
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6:15 PM | Collective Punishment in Gaza
Rashid Khalidi in The New Yorker: Three days after the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu launched the current war in Gaza, he held a press conference in Tel Aviv during which he said, in Hebrew, according to the Times of...
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6:00 PM | Authors retract paper “confirming” that narcolepsy is an autoimmune disease
A group of researchers at Stanford and elsewhere is retracting a 2013 paper that another scientist told Nature was “one of the biggest things to happen in the narcolepsy field for some time.” The Science Translational Medicine paper caused a buzz because it claimed to show that narcolepsy was an autoimmune disease. Here’s the notice: A.K. […]
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6:00 PM | Narcolepsy Paper Retracted
Well, this is disappointing. Last December, I wrote a story for Nature News about a new paper, published …
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6:00 PM | Deep-Sea Octopus is Mother of the Year
Researchers from the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute discovered a deep-sea octopus that tends its eggs for 53 months, longer than any known animal.
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6:00 PM | Octopus Cares For Her Eggs For 53 Months, Then Dies
In April of 2007, Bruce Robison sent a submersible into a huge underwater canyon in California’s Monterey Bay. …
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6:00 PM | What 'Dune' Art Says About Life on Earth
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6:00 PM | First video of a ghostly white shrimp-like sea monster
The world's largest amphipod has been caught on film for the first time – and even if you love shrimp, this critter may give you nightmares
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5:59 PM | Longest-Living Octopus Found, Guards Eggs for Record 4.5 Years
A G. boreopacifica mother was observed watching over her eggs for a record 53 months—the longest developmental period known for any organism, according to a new study.
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5:58 PM | Cocoa farmers taste chocolate for the first time
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5:57 PM | Women Defy Turkey's Deputy PM, Who Said Women Shouldn't Laugh In Public
Deputy Prime Minister Bülent Arınç was expounding on what an ideal chaste woman should be. Women around the world reacted by taking pictures of themselves laughing.
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