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October 19, 2014

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8:54 PM | Einstein’s brilliant mistake: Entangled states When you...
Einstein’s brilliant mistake: Entangled states When you think about Einstein and physics, E=mc^2 is probably the first thing that comes to mind. But one of his greatest contributions to the field actually came in the form of an odd philosophical footnote in a 1935 paper he co-wrote — which ended up being wrong. Chad Orzel details Einstein’s “EPR” paper and its insights on the strange phenomena of entangled states. View full lesson: […]
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8:27 PM | Roads Benefit People But Can Have Massive Environmental Costs
Road-killed tapir in Peninsular Malaysia (photo © WWF-Malaysia/Lau Ching Fong) By William F. Laurance Located in the wrong places, roads can open a Pandora’s Box of problems, says William F. Laurance In a recent Opinion in National Geographic News (“Want to make a dent in world hunger? Build better roads”, 14 October 2014), U.S. Ambassador Kenneth…
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8:05 PM | The Cyclops’ Gaze - Monster Science №11 To understand the...
The Cyclops’ Gaze - Monster Science №11 To understand the eye of the mythical Cyclops, we must first consider the pineal optics of natural-world organisms. Join Dr. Anton Jessup for another lecture and allow him to pry open your third eye. Original Monster of the Week Post: http://www.stufftoblowyourmind.com/blog/monster-of-the-week-the-cyclops/ By: How Stuff Works.
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8:01 PM | Nisse Greenberg: What's In A Name
While teaching a math class, Nisse Greenberg is troubled by his student's name, and his own. Nisse Greenberg is an educator and storyteller who eats mostly vegetarian. Sometimes he eats wings because wings are really good. When he applied for a visa to go to India he tried to type "atheist" into the proposed slot for religion, but he accidentally typed "matheist." He found it more appropriate anyway. He teaches high-school math to high-schoolers and math philosophy to adults. He creates art […]
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7:53 PM | How Wolves Change Rivers Check out this brilliant short film...
How Wolves Change Rivers Check out this brilliant short film from Sustainable Human about the effects of reintroducing wolves to Yellowstone National Park, where they had been absent since the last one was killed in 1926 until their reintroduction in 1995.  While recent research suggests that the real story isn’t quite as neat and tidy as the one presented in the film (trophic cascades and food webs are incredibly complex! Who knew?!), it’s a great reminder of how every thread […]
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7:32 PM | The environmental impact of oysters, in one photo The water in...
The environmental impact of oysters, in one photo The water in both tanks came from the same source. The one on the right has bivalves. Not only do oysters naturally filter the waters in which they live, they can even protect humans from destructive hurricanes. For more, read about New York’s efforts to bring back oyster populations in the once-toxic Hudson River. Delicious AND helpful. Who knew? (photo via Steve Vilnit on Twitter)
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7:16 PM | Victims of the trade: Gibbon rescue in Thailand It’s no holiday...
Victims of the trade: Gibbon rescue in Thailand It’s no holiday for the gibbons of Thailand. Habitat loss, poaching for traditional medicine and the cruel capture of baby gibbons for both the pet and tourism trade have left all but one species threatened or endangered. Luckily the Gibbon Rehabilitation Project in Phuket is looking to change this. Join us as we tour the sanctuary and meet the gibbons that have been saved from the cruel fate of the tourism trade. By: Earth Touch.
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7:15 PM | How do we really know the Earth has a solid core? I mean, we...
How do we really know the Earth has a solid core? I mean, we can’t go down there, despite what Jules Verne would lead you to believe. As I mentioned in my “Structure of the Earth” video this week on It’s Okay To Be Smart, Earth’s tendency to shake and rumble up here on the crust has allowed us to discover a lot about its inner structure. Earthquakes don’t only send waves along Earth’s surface, they send certain kinds of waves (P-waves and […]
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6:43 PM | In Kosovo
Justin E. H. Smith in his own blog: There was a war here not long ago. Mass graves were filled by the bodies of people whose loved ones, the survivors, are still walking around, selling vegetables and bus tickets, huddling...
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6:36 PM | Books by disillusioned physicians reveals a corrosive doctor-patient relationship at the heart of our health-care crisis
Meghan O'Rouke in The Atlantic: For someone in her 30s, I’ve spent a lot of time in doctors’ offices and hospitals, shivering on exam tables in my open-to-the-front gown, recording my medical history on multiple forms, having enough blood drawn...
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6:27 PM | The Moth: Call to Public Service by Lisa P. Jackson Former EPA...
The Moth: Call to Public Service by Lisa P. Jackson Former EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson tells how the disaster in New Orleans shaped her as a civil servant. Scientists, writers, and artists take to the stage to tell stories about their personal relationship to science. The result is a collection of poignant, hilarious and unpredictable tales sure to intrigue and surely hard to forget. Presented in collaboration with The Moth. Watch them all in The Moth at WSF Series. By: World Science
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6:25 PM | Tune in NOW (like right now) to watch a livestream of Comet...
Tune in NOW (like right now) to watch a livestream of Comet Siding Spring on its ridiculously close approach to Mars this afternoon! This dirty snowball will pass about three times closer to Mars than our Moon orbits Earth! The Slooh community telescope is currently live-streaming the comet’s approach with commentary from astrobiologist David Grinspoon! (artist’s rendition of comet over Mars via NASA)
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6:04 PM | Pentagon Preps Ebola Medical Response Team
The 30-person team is designed to be deployed nationally in case anyone else in the country is diagnosed with Ebola. The team would provide medical assistance to hospitals.
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6:00 PM | Citizen Scientists, Help SciStarter Empower You!
SciStarter wants to make it easier for you to learn about and get involved in way more opportunities to make the world a better place. We have some big ideas, (and we know you have the potential to do BIG things!) but we want … Continue reading »The post Citizen Scientists, Help SciStarter Empower You! appeared first on CitizenSci.
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6:00 PM | The real space oddity, Chris Hadfield, is down-to-Earth
Ex-NASA man wants to give everyone the chance to know what it’s like in space.
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5:55 PM | Bangladeshi writing in English joins a global conversation
Shougat Dasgupta in The Caravan: Who speaks, and who is being spoken for, have always been loaded questions for postcolonial novelists. If a nation is, at least in part, imagined into being through feats of storytelling, the storyteller acquires a...
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5:44 PM | Magic Kingdoms
Sophia Nguyen in The Point: In the dog days of August, two books about the Ivy League landed comfortably on the New York Times bestseller list. One was William Deresiewicz’s Excellent Sheep. The other was Lev Grossman’s The Magician’s Land....
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5:43 PM | DNA Nanotech: The First Large DNA Crystals
DNA is the stuff of life as we know it, but it is the potential as a programmable material platform that could spawn entire new and revolutionary nanodevices in computer science, microscopy, […]

Ke, Y., Ong, L., Sun, W., Song, J., Dong, M., Shih, W. & Yin, P. (2014). DNA brick crystals with prescribed depths, Nature Chemistry, DOI: 10.1038/nchem.2083

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5:38 PM | A New Comet’s Very, Very Near Miss This week, a new comet...
A New Comet’s Very, Very Near Miss This week, a new comet will make its first visit to the inner Solar System, just barely missing Mars (we hope). SciShow Space News takes you there! By: SciShow Space. Support on Subbable: https://subbable.com/scishow
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5:35 PM | Paul Strand: Under the Darkcloth
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5:32 PM | Manhatta (1921) - Documentary Film by Paul Strand
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5:29 PM | The Masque of the Red Death by Edgar Allan Poe
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5:28 PM | The Science of Sugar
With Halloween just around the corner, candy is on the brain. So it’s fitting that the American Chemical Society has chosen “The Sweet Side of Chemistry–Candy” as the theme for this year’s celebration of National Chemistry...
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5:15 PM | Skepchick Sundaylies: Genetic Smarts, GMOs, and Looney Toons
Categories: Meta StuffTags: Ben and Jerry'scartoonsDBT skillseducationEscepticageneticsgmogrounded parentsKate Tietjemovie reviewPandorumParentingphysicsschool of doubtTeen SkepchickTeen Skepchick The Physics Philes, lesson 118: Heat, Temperature, and the Zeroth Law of Thermodynamics Mindy dips her toe into thermodynamics. DBT Skills: Yes You Get To Have Fun Remember ...(Read more...)
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5:00 PM | Powering up the poor shouldn't hurt the climate
When countries get rich, their emissions rise – but connecting poor rural households barely affects greenhouse gas emissions
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5:00 PM | Oldest genitals found. Went out of fashion for eons
If you're going through a dry patch, it's nothing compared to the entire animal kingdom – it appears to have gone millions of years without copulating
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4:49 PM | The Cone of Invisibility Invisibility - it’s something...
The Cone of Invisibility Invisibility - it’s something we’ve sought after for years, not just as Harry Potter and Klingon enthusiasts, but for practical purposes of concealment. But is there a way to hide something without the use of camouflage? Is there such a thing as cloaking? As the University of Rochester shows— yes! Kim Horcher and Bryan Forrest (Video Game High School, Man at Arms) discuss! Watch the video from The University of Rochester: […]
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4:18 PM | One Of 7 Northern White Rhinos Left In The World Dies In Kenya
Suni, a 34-year-old northern white rhino, was the first to be born in captivity and only one of two breeding males known to exist.
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3:42 PM | As Their Wells Run Dry, California Residents Blame Thirsty Farms
Many rural residents rely on private wells for tap water. As the severe drought continues, many are wondering why farms seem to be getting water ahead of families.
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3:36 PM | Delphine LaLaurie; The Socialite Slave-killer
Slavery is one of the most abhorrent human practices. In order to enslave another human being, you must be prepared to deny them their individuality. This basic attitude of ignoring the reality of another person’s experience lies at the heart of most criminal behaviour – theft, murder, fraud and worse all stem from regarding your […] The post Delphine LaLaurie; The Socialite Slave-killer appeared first on HeadStuff.
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