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April 21, 2014

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4:37 PM | It occurs to me that I just spent 30 minutes pondering the science of an animated GIF featuring a...
It occurs to me that I just spent 30 minutes pondering the science of an animated GIF featuring a man who resembles Breaking Bad's Gus Fring either accepting or creating pantsfuls of anthropomorphic hot dogs. Now that is what I call productivity.
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4:36 PM | Talk With Your Hands? You’re Doing It Right
  This post was originally published at The American Scholar. Gestures are simple enough. Right? A spontaneous but well-timed wave can emphasize an idea, brush aside a compliment, or point out a barely obscured bird’s nest to an obtuse friend. We use gestures to help our listeners follow along, and we make ourselves look warm […]The post Talk With Your Hands? You’re Doing It Right appeared first on The Crux.
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4:36 PM | Mitosis – fun with modelling clay
Mitosis has to be one of the more beautiful things in nature. It’s a choreographed dance of the chromosomes. It’s so small that we can’t see it without a microscope, but it goes on in our bodies billions of times a day. DNA is a very long molecule made up of the genetic alphabet (which […]
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4:35 PM | Here’s rionhunter's response, I've added my take on this...
Here’s rionhunter's response, I've added my take on this below: I made a response to this, but unfortunately, tumblr has a way of eating up anything more than 10 lines long, and it got a little lost.  So, even though I’m not Hank, I thought I would make a full post explaining the science.  To understand why it’s happening, though, I’m going to have to quickly explain to you what is happening first.Hopefully we all know that animation (and film) is just a […]
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4:30 PM | Why The 5 Second Rule MIGHT Be True The five second rule is the...
Why The 5 Second Rule MIGHT Be True The five second rule is the common belief that if you drop a piece of food on the floor, and you pick it up within 5 seconds, the food is still safe to eat. Is this accurate, or just a myth? Laci and Trace take a look at the interaction of harmful bacteria and the food to determine whether or not it’s safe to eat. via DNews Channel.
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4:09 PM | High-School-Age Heroes Create Ketchup Lid That Doesn't Squirt Water
    What is one of The Worst Things In The World? (In the listicle sense, not the human tragedy sense.) Answer: when you empty the first squirt of ketchup from the bottle and it's a watery, brown, puddle-like mess, and you can feel each individual shard of your slowly shattering heart as the liquid dampens your fries. Thankfully, a group of young heroes has a solution: a mushroom-shaped 3-D printed cap insert with an opening that lets water collect at the bottom of the bottle, while […]
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4:00 PM | New Technology Could End Animal Testing A new technology...
New Technology Could End Animal Testing A new technology developed called chemosynthetic livers could function as a way for scientists to test out new drugs without having to test it on real animals. via Animalist.
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4:00 PM | Biofuels better for Nature? Maybe not!
Depending where you are in the world you might notice signs touting the 5% ethanol in the gasoline you are buying. The idea is that biofuels [currently primarily made from […]

Liska A.J., Yang H., Milner M., Goddard S., Blanco-Canqui H., Pelton M.P., Fang X.X., Zhu H. & Suyker A.E. (2014). Biofuels from crop residue can reduce soil carbon and increase CO2 emissions, Nature Climate Change, DOI:

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4:00 PM | Let me show you how to make your own glowing plant
Kyle Taylor, a founder of Glowing Plant, splices firefly genes into plants and wants to demystify the process by showing you how to do it at home
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3:45 PM | A poignant and important video on how much we waste in the...
A poignant and important video on how much we waste in the edible journey from farm to table (and to the trashcan). Great stuff from MinuteEarth and friends: Watch “Love Letter To Food”
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3:36 PM | ESA Policy News April 21: climate future, Forest Legacy, ESA visits the Hill
Here are some highlights from the latest ESA Policy New […]
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3:30 PM | Scientists Have Engineered a Version of Bird Flu That Can Spread Between Mammals
Scientists were able to engineer a version of the bird flu that can spread between mammals, the first step towards turning this virus into a pandemic. This research is controversial as it has created something that is potentially dangerous.
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3:30 PM | Springer fake paper tally up to 18
We have some updates on the case of more than 120 fake SCIgen conference proceedings papers that slipped into IEEE and Springer journals. A month ago, Springer said it would be retracting the 16 such papers it found, instead of just removing them: On 27 February, we said that we would *remove* the articles, not […]
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3:30 PM | Does having a baby hurt more than getting kicked in the...
Does having a baby hurt more than getting kicked in the testicles? Cristen looks for a scientific answer to one of life’s most persistent questions about men, women and pain tolerance. via Stuff Mom Never Told You.
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3:19 PM | Univalent Foundations of Mathematics
In an effort to make mathematics more computable, a consortium of today's greatest mathematicians have laid out new foundations. Amazingly, they all lie upon one single axiom, called univalence. The goal of this axiom is to make formal mathematics more similar to informal mathematics. But it also has an unforeseen and mesmerizing consequences.
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3:06 PM | Slate Plus You
I’ve been writing for Slate for about a year and a half now, and one thing I like about the magazine is that it’s all online; there’s no print version. That means there’s not a lot of baggage leftover from print media (which a lot of bloggers—including me sometimes—call “old media”). The folks behind the scenes have been working the ‘Net a long time and know their way around. That means they’re also willing to try new things, and […]
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3:00 PM | Meet The Chicken From Hell So have you heard of the chicken from...
Meet The Chicken From Hell So have you heard of the chicken from hell? It’s a new Dinosaur! via Animalist.
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3:00 PM | Hunting For The Genetic Secret To A Rare Disease
Geneticist Ohad Birk Consults with a Doctor in a Bedouin Village Before Birk discovered the genes responsible for PCCA, he worked on uncovering the genetic causes of certain birth defects among Bedouin people. Dani Machlis It was more than ten years ago that Dr. Tally Lerman-Sagie first saw babies with PCCA, a genetic disorder that causes severe mental and physical disabilities and brain atrophy—all before age three. Parents would bring in […]
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3:00 PM | Better Tagging for Increased Traffic
Tags are great for getting more exposure and for finding interesting new blogs to follow.
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3:00 PM | Better Tagging for Increased Traffic
Tags are great for getting more exposure and for finding interesting new blogs to follow.
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3:00 PM | Better Tagging for Increased Traffic
Tags are great for getting more exposure and for finding interesting new blogs to follow.
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2:59 PM | Monkey mathematicians hint at brain's number perception
Monkeys have been taught to add, giving the best evidence yet for primates' maths skills and offering a path towards solving how the brain encodes numbers
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2:30 PM | Phases of Meiosis Paul Andersen explains the major phases of...
Phases of Meiosis Paul Andersen explains the major phases of meiosis including: interphase, prophase I, metaphase I, anaphase I, telophase I, cytokinesis, interphase II, metaphase II, anaphase II, and telophase II. He explains how variation is created in the next generation through meiosis and sexual reproduction. via Bozeman Science.
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2:06 PM | Earth Day Science, #SpaceMicrobes and a Laser Pointer Experiment
Earth Day is Tuesday, April 22nd. How will you celebrate the amazing planet that sustains us?  Here’s a link to ten fun Earth Day science experiments. Or, step outside, take a picture of yourself and post it on social media with the hashtag #GlobalSelfie for a new mosaic image of Earth being created by NASA: a new “Blue Marble” built […]
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2:00 PM | What Do Preschoolers Learn from Fantastical Picture Books?
One of the new picture books making the bedtime rounds at our house is How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight?, which describes and depicts dinosaurs doing such un-dinosaurly things as tucking themselves into bed or kissing their human mothers good night. … Continue reading →
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2:00 PM | Japanese American Concentration Camps Here’s the story of...
Japanese American Concentration Camps Here’s the story of the Japanese American concentration camps that were established throughout the United States during World War II. via Mr. Beat’s Social Studies Channel.
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2:00 PM | Unclaimed bodies are anatomy's shameful inheritance
Medical science must stop using the bodies of some of society's most vulnerable people for dissection, says anatomist Gareth Jones
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1:48 PM | In honor of today’s Boston Marathon, and in remembrance of...
In honor of today’s Boston Marathon, and in remembrance of last year’s, check out all the amazing evolutionary adaptations and biological wonders that let us run marathons: The Science of Marathons!
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1:30 PM | Retraction Watch is hiring an intern: Here’s how to apply
Retraction Watch readers: We need help. As many of our loyal tipsters know, the list of retractions and related stories that we can’t get to just keeps getting longer. And as we grow, we want to groom a stable of paid freelance — and perhaps one day full-time — Retraction Watch contributors. So with that […]
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1:30 PM | Blackbeard’s Two Years of TERROR How did Edward Teach, aka...
Blackbeard’s Two Years of TERROR How did Edward Teach, aka Blackbeard go from an unknown to the most notorious pirate in history in only two years? In this episode, we explain the origins of piracy in the Caribbean from Queen Anne’s War to Blackbeard’s gory death. via Laughing Historically.http://twitter.com/laughhistoryhttp://facebook.com/laughinghistorically
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