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January 30, 2015

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3:18 PM | Are climate models biased?
Not really, but they may exaggerate the impact of volcanic eruptions.
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3:15 PM | Watch A Rocket Blast Off Into An Aurora [Video]
A few weeks ago, we wrote about an experiment that would launch a probe through an aurora, to try to unravel the Northern Lights' mysterious electrical structure. The…
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3:15 PM | Ultrastiff Material Is Light As A Feather
Light manmade material can hold more than 100,000 times its own weight.
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3:12 PM | Bananas regulations clarifications
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3:12 PM | NASA’s Hubble Sees Starburst Galaxy NGC 7714
Astronomers using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope have obtained a remarkable new view of the galaxy NGC 7714. NGC 7714, also catalogued as Markarian 538, is a peculiar galaxy located in the constellation Pisces, approximately 129 million light-years away. Together with its companion, known as NGC 7715, the galaxy forms the interacting system Arp 284, which [...]
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3:00 PM | Science for the People: A Sting in the Tale
This week Science for the People is learning about the fascinating lives of bees, and the important role they play in our global ecosystem. They speak to University of Sussex biology professor Dave Goulson about his book A Sting in the Tale: My … Continue reading →
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3:00 PM | What's New in the Windows 10 Technical Preview (Build 9926)
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3:00 PM | Cancer-warped skeletons imagined for building design
The extreme deformities caused by bone cancer push the human body to its limits. Our amazing ability to adapt could inspire future architecture
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2:49 PM | From Policy to Funding, Science Communication May Be More Important Than Ever
If you think science should inform policy decisions or you just want to ensure that there is continued government support for scientific research, you should be alarmed by a new report from the Pew Research Center. Here’s the short version: the U.S. public is markedly less supportive of federal science funding than it was five years ago, and is less likely to be swayed by science on policy issues. This should be a wake-up call to the science community: science... Read more
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2:30 PM | The Month In Plague: Measles In Disneyland, Guinea Worm Eradication, And More
Your monthly roundup of infestations, contagions, and controls from around the web: In outbreak news A measles outbreak at Disneyland has now infected a reported 100 people in several US states—mostly California—as well as in Mexico. Some experts say the spread is directly related to the anti-vaccine movement, although others point out that it’s a little more complicated. And Vox has a great piece explaining the nuances of recent measles outbreaks across the […]
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2:30 PM | Authors issue a model retraction for mistaken bacterial identity
A group in the Netherlands has retracted a case study on the diarrheal pathogen Campylobacter jejuni, commonly found in animal feces, after repeated tests showed the bacteria was actually C. fetus, which also causes spontaneous abortion in cows and sheep. The 46-year-old man who had previously had an aortic valve replacement came to the doctors with endocarditis, an inflammation of […]The post Authors issue a model retraction for mistaken bacterial identity […]
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2:30 PM | To Keep Airplanes On The Map, Track Them From Space
Two commercial airplanes vanished from radar in 2014. Although the wreckage of AirAsia QZ8501 has been recovered, Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 is still missing, with and…
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2:25 PM | Keeping Warm in Winter is for the Birds
You watch the weather forecast, gear up with hat, coat, scarf and gloves, but you still get cold after just a short time in the […] The post Keeping Warm in Winter is for the Birds appeared first on Smithsonian Science.
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2:23 PM | Diving Into Florida’s Springs
Florida is said to have the highest concentration of freshwater springs on Earth. The Florida Wildlife Corridor #Glades2Gulf Expedition is traversing springs country near the Gulf of Mexico and recently explored several of these wonderful windows into the underground aquifer. Our first plunge was into the headspring of the Chassahowitzka River before following the river’s five-mile journey downstream to…
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2:20 PM | The First-Ever Footage Of An African Golden Cat Attacking Prey
Using a camera trap, conservationists working in Kibale National Park in south Uganda have captured dramatic video of an African Golden Cat attacking a group of red colobus monkeys.Read more...
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2:00 PM | Rescuing Seabirds from Mystery Goo in the Bay
Mystery goo in the San Francisco Bay has affected hundreds of sea birds along the East Bay shoreline. Sharol Nelson-Embry of the East Bay Regional Park District recounts their efforts to rescue these birds from this unidentified substance.
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1:50 PM | “Race for Water Odyssey” expedition:  a race against time to protect oceans from plastic pollution
Initiated by the Race for Water foundation based in Lausanne, Switzerland, the “Race for Water Odyssey” (R4WO) will begin in Bordeaux (France) on March 15, 2015. The objective of this unique expedition is to conduct the first global assessment of plastic pollution in oceans by visiting island beaches situated in the 5 trash vortexes.  …
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1:46 PM | The world's wellness obsession has gone too far
Being urged to optimise every aspect of our lives to improve well-being is sometimes counterproductive, say André Spicer and Carl Cederström
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1:30 PM | Quickies: Spiderman, scientific literacy, sorority sisters, and Binding of Isaac
Categories: QuickiesWhat would Spiderman have to eat for breakfast in order to swing around New York? – “In order for a spider’s body to produce silk, it needs protein; so Lorch ...(Read more...)
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1:28 PM | Leak suggests big bang find was a dusty mistake
Details of a new analysis of last year's BICEP2 results have been accidentally leaked – and seem to show that claiming a gravitational wave discovery was jumping the gun
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12:41 PM | why are we obsessed with talking animals?
Stassa Edwards at Aeon Magazine: Talking animal stories have their roots in a prehistory when, according to the literary scholar Egon Schwarz, professor emeritus at Washington University, consciousness had yet to distinguish between man and animal, ‘when people still believed...
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12:35 PM | Confronting the Technological Society
Samuel Matlack at The New Atlantis: How did we reach a point where “nothing at all escapes technique today”? Ellul offers a long genealogy of technique, from primitive man to the Greeks and Romans, to Christianity, the early modern era,...
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12:17 PM | Northern Cardinal with Half-Male, Half-Female Plumage Spotted in Rock Island, Illinois
This Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) has female plumage on its right, and male plumage on its left, a condition known as bilateral gynandromorph. Bilateral gynandromorphy is a condition in which one half of a bird’s body appears as a female and the opposite half appears as a male. Often, the left side is female and [...]
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12:08 PM | True or False? Free And Reduced-Price Lunch = Poor
Poverty is the backdrop to so many discussions about learning. But do we have a good way to measure it in schools?
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12:07 PM | Genome Editing with CRISPR
Note: For Abbas. CRISPR is one of the four most beautiful scientific discoveries of the last 100 years in biology and has entirely changed the direction of our research.
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12:00 PM | Chicks Put Low Numbers on the Left, Just Like Humans
Think about all the numbers between 1 and 10, inclusive. If you’re like the vast majority of people, …
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12:00 PM | Meet the New Boss, Very Much NOT the Same as the Old Boss
For those of you who don’t follow me on Twitter, I recently linked to an article that I think is very important. It was written by my friend Hank Green, about the reactions to his recent interview with President Obama. Hank, as you may know, makes amazing YouTube videos about all manners of topics, with the overarching goal of making the world a better place. This isn’t some treacly greeting-card sentiment; Hank (and his brother John, and their team of amazing young people creating […]
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12:00 PM | Feedback: Nice slice of fried man, Sir?
Sex-specific snack suspicion, when ads break the law, getting water from petrol and more (full text available to subscribers)
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11:56 AM | South Africa Grants Parole To Notorious Apartheid-Era Death Squad Leader
The country's justice minister said he was ordering the release of Eugene de Kock in the interest of "nation-building and reconciliation." De Kock had been in jail for more than 20 years.
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11:54 AM | Astra Zeneca drive to develop drugs from genome project
Pallab Ghish in BBC: It will be the first concerted use of an emerging technique called Crispr to "snip out" specific disease genes in order to discover drugs. The technique is cheaper, faster and more accurate than current methods. The...
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