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August 29, 2014

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3:27 PM | Making People Laugh About Science. It’s a Good Thing.
Why was Schrödinger afraid of his cat? Because it was both dead and alive at the same time!  Alright, so admittedly I’m no quantum theory comedian. But if you brushed up on your science communication strategies recently, attended a talk at a local science museum or read a Brain Flapping post by Dean Burnett at The Guardian, you might have noticed that science comedy is a hot thing. And for good reason. It turns out that using humour and even... Read more
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3:00 PM | Earth's tectonic plates have doubled their speed
The latest study suggests Earth's plates today move twice as fast as they did 2 billion years ago – maybe because the mantle has got more runny
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3:00 PM | Britain Raises Terror Alert Level, But Cites No Specific Threat
The warning was raised to "severe," the second-highest level, as British Prime Minister David Cameron said Islamic extremism poses a "greater and deeper" threat to the U.K. than ever before.
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2:37 PM | The pathos of Stefan Zweig and his overdue revival
Adam Kirsch in The New Republic: The careers of Stefan Zweig and Walter Benjamin offer a contrast so perfect as to become almost a parable. The two writers were contemporaries—Benjamin was born in 1892, Zweig in 1881—and both operated in...
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2:33 PM | The return of radical empiricism
Massimo Pigliucci in Scientia Salon: Recently, here at Scientia Salon I published three essays — two by Robert Nola [2] and one by Coel Hellier [3] — that epitomize radical empiricism, more so in Hellier’s than in Nola’s case, I...
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2:28 PM | Friends of Israel
Connie Bruck in The New Yorker: On July 23rd, officials of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee—the powerful lobbying group known as AIPAC—gathered in a conference room at the Capitol for a closed meeting with a dozen Democratic senators. The...
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2:21 PM | Voyager 2's view of solar system's edge will be unique
There's reason to think Voyager 2's sensors will pick up changes that contrast with what Voyager 1 saw en route to the edge of interstellar space
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2:20 PM | Iceland Moves To Red Alert After Small Volcanic Eruption [Updated]
Authorities in Iceland have raised its alert level to maximum after a small eruption occurred overnight in the Bárðarbunga volcano system. Airspace is now closed over the region up to 18,000 feet (5,486 meters) as a cautionary measure, despite no ash being detected by the radar system.Read more...
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2:19 PM | An Evening with Billy Collins
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2:19 PM | California Lawmakers Pass 'Affirmative Consent' Sexual Assault Bill
The bill states that students on college campuses would need "affirmative consent" before engaging in sexual activity. Silence or a lack of resistance would not constitute consent.
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2:17 PM | Life Under The Islamic State: Sharia Law And Few Services
News from Mosul has been scarce since the Islamic State took power. Speaking by phone, Iraqis say the group has imposed strict controls that are alienating residents and are providing few services.
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2:11 PM | The Genographic Project unveils the ancient ancestry of New Zealand, the world’s last settled islands
The Genographic Project results are in from 100 Kiwis (or New Zealanders). The results were revealed to an excited crowd of participants, which included New Zealand’s own Governor General Sir Jerry Mateparae. Background Earlier this year, a team from National Geographic’s Genographic Project was invited by the Allan Wilson Centre to North Island, New Zealand to shed…
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2:00 PM | The First Annual World Shorebirds Day Kicks off on September 6
Shorebird populations worldwide are declining, and endangered birds like the spoonbill sandpiper are facing extinction in the next five years. Learn about shorebirds who migrate to San Francisco Bay during winter months and how you can join the first annual "World Shorebirds Day" celebration.
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2:00 PM | Tribes Report: AAK
I first met Kate Gammon when she asked me to be on a panel about contracts at the ScienceWriters meeting in Raleigh in 2012. I was immediately impressed that a […] The post Tribes Report: AAK appeared first on The Science Writers' Handbook.
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1:45 PM | The Alien Whisperer: Jill Tarter On 38 Years Of Hunting For E.T.
Jill Tarter, co-founder of the SETI Institute and formerly the senior scientist for the Allen Telescope Array (pictured)—the only radio telescope dedicated to the search for extraterrestrial life. Brad Wenner In the search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI), people typically seek messages, not send them. Think Jodie Foster in the movie Contact as an alien signal pulses in her headphones. The inspiration for Foster’s character, astrophysicist Jill Tarter, wants to help […]
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1:44 PM | The motorcycle urinal (new patent)
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1:42 PM | My Fihavanana Malagasy: At Home on the Eighth Continent
Cara Brook is a disease ecologist from the Andrew Dobson Lab at Princeton, studying diseases that can leap from bats to humans. In the course of her work, she has earned a Malagasy family, which sparks her curiosity for the origins of humanity on Madagascar.
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1:42 PM | Laughter Is OK Medicine, Unless It Kills You
Have a great Labor Day weekend, everybody! But be careful not to enjoy yourself too much. (This post on the dangers of laughter first appeared in December 2013.) Careful with the bedside banter, doctors. Before you put on your best Patch Adams impression, you might want to consider whether your attempts at humor will ease […]The post Laughter Is OK Medicine, Unless It Kills You appeared first on Inkfish.
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1:30 PM | Second retraction appears for former University of Florida ob-gyn subject to ORI probe
Nasser Chegini, an ob-gyn formerly on the faculty at the University of Florida who has been the subject of an Office of Research Integrity (ORI) inquiry for several years, has a second retraction. Chegini is suspected of having used bogus data in some of his work — research backed in part by some $4 million […]
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1:30 PM | Emailing angry? Your keyboard feels your pain
By measuring the way you are typing, a computer program can detect how you are feeling with 80 per cent accuracy
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1:09 PM | Volcanoes In Iceland, Papua New Guinea Keep Residents On Edge
Two eruptions a half a world apart have caused evacuations and aviation warnings, but so far no injuries.
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1:02 PM | Quickies: Face mites, megadroughts, and exoplanets
Categories: QuickiesYou’ve got face mites – A great article by Bug Girl including a face mite gif and a photo of a face mite penis. Australian federal ministers urged to boycott ...(Read more...)
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1:00 PM | New Music Friday | 11
Featuring new music from: Jenny Gillespie | J Mascis | Dearly Beloved | Empire! Empire! (I Was A Lonely Estate) | Vukovi |             Artist: Jenny Gillespie Song: Holi   Artist: J Mascis Song: Every Morning   Artist: Dearly Beloved Song: Astor Dupont Payne   Artist: Empire! Empire! (I Was […] The post New Music Friday | 11 appeared first on HeadStuff.
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1:00 PM | Getting Started With the Printrbot Simple Metal
Norm and I kicked off July by building a 3D printer, the Printrbot Simple Metal It was the third printer we’ve built, and it was interesting building a printer with a metal frame, but once we got it assembled and did a couple of test prints, we didn’t have time to touch it for a month. I’ve spent much of the last week dialing in the printer, figuring out its nuances, and getting decent prints out of it. We’ll do a Tested In-Depth video with it at some point in the […]
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1:00 PM | Beautiful spiral cracks could be a feature, not a flaw
Unusually uniform, watercolour-like fractures that form in high-tech materials could be used to manufacture micro-patterned surfaces
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1:00 PM | Big Pic: Stunning Images From The Worlds Sharpest Commercial Satellite
Madrid From Space. DigitalGlobe The WorldView-3 satellite, which launched on August 13, has sent back its first images. They’re gorgeous, and kind of creepy. The new satellite can see to a resolution of 31 centimeters. That means each pixel of the camera captures one square foot of land, which is sharp enough to see home plate at Yankee Stadium, to map crops by pattern and type, to identify the type and speed of cars and trucks, and measure population density, all from […]
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12:53 PM | Plea To Ferguson's Leaders: To Help Heal, Acknowledge Our Hurt
NPR's Michel Martin was invited by St. Louis Public Radio to moderate an intensely emotional community conversation around race, police tactics and leadership.
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12:45 PM | Archaeologists discover Bronze Age wine cellar in Israel
Archaeologists excavating a Canaanite palace in Israel have discovered an ancient wine cellar. Descrier - news and culture magazine
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12:43 PM | from church bells to dumbbells
Katherine Hunt at Cabinet Magazine: In an article in the Spectator in July 1711, the eponymous character Mr. Spectator—as written by Joseph Addison, one of the magazine’s founders—described his exercise routine. When in town, and therefore not able to go...
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12:41 PM | Women’s Shadow in the American Western
Thirza Wakefield at Granta: ‘You want to talk about the vanishing wilderness?’ These are the opening words of John Boorman’s Deliverance (1972), spoken by Burt Reynolds’ character Lewis, the only self-declared outdoorsman among four Atlanta men headed for a canoeing...
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