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March 26, 2015

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7:38 PM | Critic Faults Alcoholics Anonymous For Lack Of Evidence
Writer Gabrielle Glaser challenges the usefulness of Alcoholics Anonymous in April's issue of The Atlantic. The program's tenets aren't based in science, she says, and other options may work better.
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7:29 PM | Is Colorado Primed To Become The Silicon Valley Of Agriculture?
Colorado's food and ag industries have been growing two to four times faster than the state's economy overall. Economists are getting ever more hopeful about cornering the market on ag innovation.
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7:28 PM | Your TV is Too Small (Why You Should Get a Projector)
That weird little rainbow circle on a motor thing in the picture below? That's the color wheel for a DLP projector. More to the point, it's the color wheel that's going into my projector. It's twee and fragile, and I'm sure the old one made the tiniest ping when it shattered. I didn't hear it... but I didn't need to. The results were pretty obvious when I fired up the projector to watch a movie, and the screen was 50 shades of grey. (Sorry, couldn't resist.)The wall of grey led to two things. […]
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7:24 PM | There may be treble ahead
A catchy pop song of 2014 had the refrain “I’m all about that bass, no treble” or somesuch throwaway line. The accompanying video, much parodied and pastiched, was popular on teh interwebz and was apparently all about raising body image awareness and itself a pardoy of the modern pop culture in which certain characteristics of […]There may be treble ahead is a post from the science blog of science journalist, photographer and musician David Bradley Subscribe to our […]
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7:21 PM | Ebola Is Not Mutating As Fast As Scientists Feared
Many people have worried that Ebola could evolve into a more deadly virus — or start spreading through the air. A study published Thursday alleviates these concerns.
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7:20 PM | Showcase Your Interest In Animal Cruelty With This Creepy "Ant Watch"
Philadelphia-based Analog Watch Co. has unveiled its latest product, a watch-like accessory that houses anywhere from three to five harvester ants. The company calls it a "living conversation piece," but it's probably just an April Fool's joke. (Please let it be an April Fool's joke!)Read more...
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7:17 PM | Tips for Finding and Working with Conductive Fabric
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7:01 PM | Run, Leia, It’s The Star Destroyer Drone
French drone hobbyist Olivier C is building a drone navy. It started with a Millenium Falcon drone, then followed by a TIE Interceptor drone. Now, Olivier C has moved…
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6:46 PM | Epic 18 Month SSD Endurance Test Is Over
We've advocated using SSDs in most PCs for several years, the benefits of having a drive with virtually no latency and a ton of bandwidth are obvious. But the longevity of flash memory used in SSDs has been worrisome--each flash memory cell can only be written to a finite number of times. That number of writes is large and SSDs use a variety of techniques to manage wear and keep your data safe when cells inevitably fail, but the manufacturer's endurance estimates for most SSDs range from […]
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6:46 PM | Census Data Prove It: We Prefer Sunshine And Golf Carts
A new Census Bureau report suggests many Americans would rather be driving a golf cart than shoveling a drive. Last year, Florida was home to six of the 20 fastest-growing metro areas in the nation.
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6:43 PM | French toddler nearly killed by flu had gene mutation
How can the same flu virus be a mild infection in some people and a killer in others? The answer may lie in your genes
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6:35 PM | Antarctic Ice Shelves Melting at Accelerating Rate
Antarctica is pretty much covered with glaciers. Glaciers are dynamic entities that, unless they are in full melt, tend to grow near their thickest parts (that’s why those are the thickest parts) and mush outwards towards the edges, where the liminal areas either melt (usually seasonally) in situ or drop off into the sea. Antarctic’s…
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6:30 PM | China's Endangered 'Magic Rabbit' Photographed For The First Time In 20 Years
In remote northwest China, the cliffs of the Tian Shan mountains provide the last holdout for the Ili pika, a tiny rabbit relative with a shrinking habitat. The Ili pika…
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6:28 PM | Indiana's Governor Signs 'Religious Freedom' Bill
Among other things, the controversial new law would allow owners of businesses in the state to deny services to same-sex couples.
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6:24 PM | humanoidhistory:In 1993, the year after Dr. Mae Jemison rocketed...
humanoidhistory:In 1993, the year after Dr. Mae Jemison rocketed into history as the first black woman in space, she was named one of People magazine’s 50 Most Beautiful People. But physical looks aren’t what matter to the astronaut. “I don’t put a lot of stock in how people look,” she told People. Jemison is more interested in beauty on a much grander scale: “The earth was gorgeous. There was a blue iridescent glow about the planet that was […]
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6:20 PM | High-fat diet causes brain inflammation and alters behavior
We hear in the media all the time, obesity is effecting our health. In most cases when we talk obesity we are talking about heart disease, sedentary activity, or chronic overeating. But what if a high-fat diet — regardless of obesity — has more than just an affect on your waistline? What if the consumption of fatty […]

Bruce-Keller, A., Salbaum, J., Luo, M., Blanchard, E., Taylor, C., Welsh, D. & Berthoud, H. (2015). Obese-type Gut Microbiota Induce Neurobehavioral Changes in the Absence of Obesity, Biological Psychiatry, 77 (7) 607-615. DOI: 10.1016/j.biopsych.2014.07.012

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6:13 PM | After Spending Scandals, Rep. Aaron Schock Says Goodbye
Even in his final floor speech, Rep. Aaron Schock seemed to leave the door open for a future, comparing himself to former President Abraham Lincoln.
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6:09 PM | 3D-printed bionic ants team up to get the job done
Watch artificial ants move a large object by mimicking the cooperative behaviour of the real insects
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6:06 PM | A Single Gene May Determine Why Some People Get So Sick With The Flu
A single genetic mutation might decide who ends up in bed with the sniffles and who heads to the hospital, because it shuts down immune system molecules called interferons.
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6:00 PM | Colliding galaxy clusters offer strongest case yet for dark matter
Observations cannot be explained without the existence of dark matter.
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6:00 PM | Picture of the Week: Capsizing Iceberg
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6:00 PM | From Animal House to Prufrock House: Memories of Caltech in the '60s
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6:00 PM | Bacteria power up by using magnets as batteries
Two types of bacteria survive by charging and recharging magnetite crystals – essentially treating the mineral as a battery
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6:00 PM | Major Antarctic ice survey reveals dramatic melting
Coastal ice shelves are thinning and the process is speeding up, making it easier for land ice to reach the sea and raise global sea levels
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6:00 PM | Galaxy smash-ups show dark matter wants to be alone
Hints that dark matter might interact with itself via a new force are dashed
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5:43 PM | Real-Life Vampires Exist, and Researchers Are Studying Them
Vampires walk among us. But these people aren’t the stuff of nightmares – far from it actually. Just sit down for a drink with one of them and ask for yourself. That’s if you can find one. They aren’t necessarily looking to be found. I’ve spent five years conducting ethnographic studies of the real vampires living in New Orleans and Buffalo. They are not easy to find, but when you do track them down, they can be quite friendly. “Real vampires” is the […]
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5:43 PM | How Yemen's Chaos Stretches Beyond Its Borders
The U.S. has lost a key base for counterterrorism operations. The proxy war between Iran and Saudi Arabia is heating up. And one more Middle Eastern state has dissolved into chaos.
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5:30 PM | Indiana Governor Declares State of Emergency For HIV Outbreak
This morning, Governor Mike Pence of Indiana declared a state of emergency in Scott County, in the southeast of the state, due to what is being called the worst HIV outbreak in the state’s history. The cases were all caused by intravenous drug use, but some health officials fear that a rapid, short-term response will not be enough in the face of a large drug abuse problem. “This is an epidemic,” Governor Pence said in a statement. Since the middle of December, 72 people […]
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5:20 PM | This New Infrared Telescope Could Help Us Detect Dyson Spheres
The search for extraterrestrial intelligence just got a big boost, thanks to the introduction of a powerful new infrared telescope. In addition to scanning for pulses of infrared light, astronomers will use device to search for alien megastructures, such as Dyson Spheres.Read more...
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5:17 PM | Surrogate Transcendence: Terry Eagleton’s Culture and the Death of God
Dustin Illingworth in 3:AM Magazine: Shrill and appalling, the words still hold something of their concussive effect: “God is dead.” A particular strain of modern agony, crystallized. But if Thus Spake Zarathustraheralded deicide, it was only in the context of...
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