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February 25, 2015

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12:27 PM | Jigar Muradabadi recites a poem
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12:24 PM | Practicing Islam in Short Shorts
Thanaa El-Naggar in Gawker: The scenario I'm about to describe has happened to me more times than I can count, in more cities than I can remember, mostly in Western cities here in the U.S. and Europe. I walk into...
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12:23 PM | Why Develop a Rapport?
In my last post, I mentioned being able to develop a rapport with the New Xade community. What does that mean? What does it look like? And why is it so important? Imagine someone – a foreigner speaking a foreign language no less – shows up at your home with a giant camera and says…
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12:20 PM | Why Satire Matters
Justin E. H. Smith in the Chronicle of Higher Education: As recently as a few months ago, the common wisdom seemed to be that the only people who raise concerns about illiberalism in academic life are the embarrassing old avuncular...
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12:00 PM | Warp Drives and Wormholes...
Topics: FTL, Space Exploration, Spacetime, Star Trek, WormholesSince the 1994 paper by Miguel Alcubierre (and the physics caveats to attaining it), there has been some interest in this area just because of the vastness of interstellar space and the limitations since the Mercury Space Program of Newtonian Space Travel.Also, it is unlikely we will come in contact with 5-dimensional hyper-humans that want to see to their ancestors' survival by popping up a wormhole next to Saturn (note: not a […]
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11:32 AM | Toni Morrison Refuses To Privilege White People In Her Novels
"Toni Morrison has always taken for granted the centrality of Blackness in her novels. She has refused throughout her writing career to privilege "Whiteness" in her literary works. In this clip, Toni Morrison discusses the way she felt when interview...
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11:30 AM | PETA study finds 'dramatic' rise in use of lab animals in United States
NIH questions analysis, says more mice means researchers are doing the right thing
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11:23 AM | Humans, Mammals Have Similar Lash Length, Finds New Research
A group of scientists led by Dr David Hu from the Georgia Institute of Technology has discovered that humans and 21 species of mammals – from hedgehogs, to pandas, to camels and giraffes – have eyelash length 1/3 the width of their eye. “Eyelashes form a barrier to control airflow and the rate of evaporation [...]
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11:23 AM | The Brain’s Way of Healing
Lisa Appignanesi in The Guardian: Dr Michael Moskowitz, an American psychiatrist specialising in treating pain, had long been his very own laboratory rat. After breaking his femur jumping from the turret of an army tank, he made an important discovery:...
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11:10 AM | The Exhibitionist | 14 | Jessie Ware Vs Art
News Bit of controversy in the art world this week. It’s seems Jessie Ware’s new video for ‘Champagne Kisses’ is ripping off an artist’s work wholesale. The artist in question is New York-based photographer Asger Carlsen, and he took to twitter this week to demonstrate the striking similarity between Ware’s video and his 2010 series [...] The post The Exhibitionist | 14 | Jessie Ware Vs Art appeared first on HeadStuff.
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11:01 AM | femininefreak:Annie Easley helped make modern spaceflight...
femininefreak:Annie Easley helped make modern spaceflight possible"Few people are brilliant enough to be a computer programmer or a mathematician. Even fewer can add "rocket scientist for NASA" to their resume. Annie Easley, however, was all three. During her 34-year career, she worked not only on technologies that led to hybrid vehicles, but also on software that enabled great strides in spaceflight and exploration. And if that wasn’t notable enough, Easley also did all of this as one of […]
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11:00 AM | Sounds Like Now #7: Girl Band~~~~~~~~~!
I know what you’re thinking. There’s no need for that many tildes. It’s excessive. More to the point, it’s obnoxious. Madness, really. What could possibly justify such extravagant repetition? GLAD YOU ASKED, SIR OR MADAM:  TRACK OF THE WEEK/MONTH/MAYBE YEAR Girl Band – ‘Why They Hide Their Bodies Under My Garage?’ Okay, okay, Girl Band’s [...] The post Sounds Like Now #7: Girl Band~~~~~~~~~! appeared first on HeadStuff.
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10:59 AM | El principio del palomar, una potente herramienta matemática (parte 2)
Esta es la segunda parte de una mini serie de dos entradas en la sección Matemoción, del Cuaderno de Cultura Científica, dedicadas al principio del palomar, o de Dirichlet. Como ya comentamos en la entrada anterior, este principio matemático es muy sencillo de formular, no necesita demostrarse, pero al mismo tiempo es una potente herramienta dentro de las matemáticas. […] Seguir leyendo The post El principio del palomar, una potente herramienta […]
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10:45 AM | NIH moving ahead with review of risky virology studies
Critics worry that analysis will be done in a hurry without public input
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10:09 AM | Mini Lecture: Cosmology
How has our picture of the universe developed in the history of cosmology? Starting from the Big Bang Theory to the concept of the accelerating expansion of the universe, this Mini Lecture explores the evolutionary origin and development of the universe. Historical as well as up-to-date lecture snippets of the physicists George Smoot, Brian Schmidt […]
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9:45 AM | Politics, science, and public attitudes: What we’re learning, and why it matters
Collection of papers explores how and why the public bends scientific findings to fit their beliefs
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9:02 AM | A New Bee from Turkana, Kenya!
The hot, dusty bush and deserts of Turkana in Northern Kenya are one of our planet’s most remote and exciting regions to explore. This harsh landscape is famous for its long record of human and vertebrate evolution – as part of the work of the Leakey family. The Turkana Basin holds the shimmering Lake Turkana…
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9:00 AM | Dreaming in the Pleistocene
It would have been different if it hadn’t been a cave, if the excavation had been out in the daylight where mystery more easily washes out. The darkness helped, nothing but my headlamp to show the way. Every morning we’d suit up at the cave entrance. A group of scientists descended a ladder one by […]
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8:57 AM | 'Torture Report' Reshapes Conversation In Guantanamo Courtroom
Last year's release of a Senate report on CIA interrogation practices means lawyers for the accused Sept. 11 plotters can now discuss in court the treatment they say their clients endured.
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8:53 AM | D.C. Bible Museum Will Be Immersive Experience, Organizers Say
Just three blocks from the U.S. Capitol, construction is underway for the Museum of the Bible, which will hold about 40,000 biblical artifacts from the family of Hobby Lobby president Steve Green.
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8:50 AM | Recruiting Better Talent With Brain Games And Big Data
Some companies are using surveys or brain games to assess what kind of workers candidates are. Employers say the tests can help reduce turnover and surface talent recruiters might otherwise overlook.
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8:42 AM | The Truth Cannot be Found in Poetry
Monday 15th February I wrote poems for all the people who have not made me want to kill them. The muses of my past. The poems were wet, soggy and flaccid. I wrote them anyway, as if to burp up the last of the poetry in me. Tuesday 16th February I read some extracts of [...] The post The Truth Cannot be Found in Poetry appeared first on HeadStuff.
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7:59 AM | The mystery of the Norwegian mountains
Norwegians love their mountains. They go there for hiking in the summer, skiing in the winter, and all year round to enjoy the company of friends and family in remote, cosy cabins. But I wonder, do the Norwegians know why their mountains are there in the first place? If they do, they know more than […]Author informationVivi PedersenI am a postdoc at the Earth Science Department, University of Bergen. My main research interests are within geodynamics and quantitative geomorphology. My […]
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7:45 AM | Kublai Khan was a notorious … polluter
Lake sediments reveal Mongol pollution eclipsed industrial times
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7:40 AM | Start Year 2015 with the Best Research in Diabetes
Do you know that 11.6% of adults (or 114 million) in China have diabetes? According to the findings released by the Journal of the American Medical Association last September, the number is set to increase by 40%, especially among those from 18 – 29 years old, who are on the brink to develop the diseases. […] The post Start Year 2015 with the Best Research in Diabetes appeared first on Wiley Asia Blog.
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6:15 AM | Artificial intelligence bests humans at classic arcade games
Computer performs up to 10 times better than people
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6:00 AM | Monster black hole born shortly after big bang
Cosmic beast munched matter at an unprecedented rate
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6:00 AM | Common ingredient in packaged food may trigger inflammatory disease
Emulsifiers may disrupt microbes and provoke immune system
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3:47 AM | Attack of the Bots (quest for the data)!
Is this the signature of an advertising bot invasion? To find out, look over the following three graphs and then compare with this post on a traffiic surge involving Bitcoin and the Ukraine from Summer 2014.1) traffic spike over a period of 36 hours.2) traffic entering blog from a large number of short URLs (some belonging to advertising networks).3) traffic going to no specific set of posts (traffic patterns are not much different that that of a typical week).
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3:44 AM | Guilty Verdict Returned In 'American Sniper' Murder Trial
Former Marine Corporal Eddie Ray Routh was sentenced to life in prison without parole for killing former U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle and his friend Chad Littlefield.
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