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April 21, 2014

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1:30 PM | Venus’ crust heals too fast for plate tectonics
On Earth, fractures stayed fractured and created plate boundaries.
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1:00 PM | Quickies: Haunted Islands, Happy Little Trees, and Interviews with Porn Stars
Categories: QuickiesHappy Day After Easter! Don’t forget to go out to the store and pick up your half-price egg-shaped candy today, or extra Peeps for peep-jousting! Is It Time For Us To Take Astrology Seriously? – For some reason, the author thinks the answer to this question isn’t “No.” Neil deGrasse Tyson Was Asked Why There Aren’t More Women in Science; His Answer Is Perfect – From Spice. The Ballad of Geeshie and Elvie – “On the trail […]
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1:00 PM | Left To Their Own Devices, Robots Evolve Into Diverse Populations
Eat or Mate? Two robots spot one another across a field of six batteries. Stefan Elfwing and Kenji Doya, PLOS ONE, 2014 There are a few different ways you can study evolution. You could live for months at a time in a tent on tiny island with an isolated population and no fresh water. Or you could program a computer model and some squirrel-sized robots to act out a thousand generations of sex and death in the comfort of your own lab. Two researchers from the Okinawa Institute of […]
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1:00 PM | Ancient Clam Gardens Fostered Food Security A three-year study...
Ancient Clam Gardens Fostered Food Security A three-year study of ancient clam gardens in the Pacific Northwest reveals that coastal First Nations people of Canada used to reap superior harvests using rock-walled beach terraces. Source: Simon Fraser Univ. Read more: http://www.laboratoryequipment.com/videos/2014/03/ancient-clam-gardens-fostered-food-security via Lab Equipment.
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1:00 PM | Drones: The Newest Water-Saving Tool for Parched Farms
Farmers are looking to the sky for the latest water-saving tool. But will aviation authorities allow it?
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12:46 PM | Birdbooker Report 317
SUMMARY: Books, books, beautiful books! This is a list of biology, ecology, environment, natural history and animal books that are (or will soon be) available to occupy your bookshelves and your thoughts. “Words in leather and wood”. Bookshelves in the “Long Room” at the old Trinity College Library in Dublin. Image: Nic McPhee from Morris, MN, USA. 2007. (Creative Commons.) Books to the ceiling, Books to the sky, My pile of books is a mile high. How I love them!... Read […]
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12:46 PM | Birdbooker Report 317
SUMMARY: Books, books, beautiful books! This is a list of biology, ecology, environment, natural history and animal books that are (or will soon be) available to occupy your bookshelves and your thoughts. “Words in leather and wood”. Bookshelves in the “Long Room” at the old Trinity College Library in Dublin. Image: Nic McPhee from Morris, MN, USA. 2007. (Creative Commons.) Books to the ceiling, Books to the sky, My pile of books is a mile high. How I love them!... Read […]
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12:31 PM | The evasive shareholder meeting manoeuvre
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12:30 PM | How mountains grow when continents crash India and...
How mountains grow when continents crash India and Eurasia’s collision should have been too brief for the Himalayas to grow tall, but it now seems one just pushed past the other and ploughed on Full story: http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn25270#.U1Q1sFcU9xM via New Scientist Video.
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12:22 PM | Mesoplodon hotaula: New Species of Beaked Whale Discovered
Marine biologists have described a new species of beaked whale known only from seven specimens found stranded on tropical islands in the western and central Pacific. Beaked whales are the members of Ziphiidae, a little-known family of toothed whales distantly related to sperm whales. These aquatic mammals have elongated beaks and are moderate in size, [...]
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12:12 PM | Away from home: Of ‘small’ things & big
The ‘Away from home‘ blogging series features Indian postdocs working in foreign labs recounting their experience of working there, the triumphs and challenges, the cultural differences and what they miss about India. They also offer useful tips for their Indian postdocs headed abroad. You can join in the online conversation using the #postdochat hashtag.  Read more
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12:12 PM | Away from home: Of ‘small’ things & big
The ‘Away from home‘ blogging series features Indian postdocs working in foreign labs recounting their experience of working there, the triumphs and challenges, the cultural differences and what they miss about India. They also offer useful tips for their Indian postdocs headed abroad. You can join in the online conversation using the #postdochat hashtag.  Read more
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12:12 PM | Away from home: Of ‘small’ things & big
The ‘Away from home‘ blogging series features Indian postdocs working in foreign labs recounting their experience of working there, the triumphs and challenges, the cultural differences and what they miss about India. They also offer useful tips for their Indian postdocs headed abroad. You can join in the online conversation using the #postdochat hashtag.  Read more
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12:00 PM | Monday Morning Edition
In case you missed it, a quick recap of the past week on WordPress.com, from new features to great blogs to discover.
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12:00 PM | Monday Morning Edition
In case you missed it, a quick recap of the past week on WordPress.com, from new features to great blogs to discover.
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12:00 PM | Monday Morning Edition
In case you missed it, a quick recap of the past week on WordPress.com, from new features to great blogs to discover.
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12:00 PM | Nothing Is The Color You Think It Is. Or Is It? Color is a very...
Nothing Is The Color You Think It Is. Or Is It? Color is a very interesting thing, just about everything has one. Though, what I am doing today is tackling the idea behind what color is and what is what color. It might be more surprising than you think. Try mixing your own colors with light:http://www.oberlin.edu/faculty/brichard/Apples/ColorMixingPage.html via Think Fact. Twitter: https://twitter.com/DaleWinslow
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12:00 PM | Does hunger make you want to stick pins in people?
Do you get irritable when you’re hungry? Do you tend to take out that aggression on your loved ones? If so, you’re in good company. Brad Bushman of The Ohio State University and his colleagues found that when people have low glucose levels, they like to stick pins in dolls representing their spouses.The researchers measured the glucose levels of 107 couples twice a day (before breakfast and late evening) for three weeks. Every evening, participants were given voodoo dolls and told […]
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11:30 AM | A Dragon Chases the Space Station
I post a lot of images taken with some pretty nice astronomical gear, from “amateur” telescopes up to multi-billion dollar space observatories. But it doesn’t always take a lot of fancy equipment to get great shots. Sometimes it just takes a camera, a tripod, and a little foreknowledge. Armed with just this, astronomer Bill Longo took the image above from his observatory outside Toronto. It’s a stack of eight 30-second exposures for a total of four minutes using a Canon […]
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11:25 AM | The WonderCon 2014 Cosplay Gallery (575+ Photos)
This year’s Wondercon was another great convention. We met a ton of great makers, saw some incredible prototypes of collectible props in development, and even found some new comics to read. It’s also where we finally unveiled the completed Zoidberg project and costume—more of that in the coming days. But for now, here’s our annual gallery of the great costumes and makeups we saw in the exhibit hall. Hope you enjoy them, and post your favorites in the comments below! […]
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11:25 AM | The WonderCon 2014 Cosplay Gallery (580 Photos)
This year’s Wondercon was another great convention. We met a ton of great makers, saw some incredible prototypes of collectible props in development, and even found some new comics to read. It’s also where we finally unveiled the completed Zoidberg project and costume—more of that in the coming days. But for now, here’s our annual gallery of the great costumes and makeups we saw in the exhibit hall. Hope you enjoy them, and post your favorites in the comments below! […]
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11:00 AM | This Is What Science Looks Like At NC State: Ann Ross
Editor’s note: This is an entry in an ongoing series of posts that we hope will highlight the diversity of researchers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The series is inspired by the This Is What A Scientist Looks Like site. This submission comes from Ann Ross, a professor of anthropology at NC State. My
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11:00 AM | Wear what you want: scientific proof that horizontal stripes don’t make you look fatter.
It’s a commonly held belief that wearing clothes with horizontal stripes will make you look fatter. However, adding horizontal stripes to shapes like rectangles makes them look thinner, a phenomenon known as the Helmholtz illusion. To test whether people are fundamentally different from rectangles, these researchers directly tested whether horizontal stripes make figures seem fatter. […]The post Wear what you want: scientific proof that horizontal stripes don’t make you look […]
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11:00 AM | News and updates!
Since I’ve been quiet on here for a while, here’s an update on things I’ve done/written, and then we’ve got all the self-promotion out of the way for a while. But first, something I’m going to do this week! Story Collider I’ll be telling a story spanning a few years of high school and undergrad […]
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10:30 AM | Africa’s Submerged Savannas
Scientist Kike Ballesteros beautifully describes the diversity of Africa's "Submberged Savannas" in this post from the Pristine Seas expedition in Mozambique.
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10:00 AM | Women in Science and (almost) space
Last week we saw the celebrations of Human Space Flight, and today we’re continuing our space-related celebrations here at Au. We thought we would do another installation of our Women in Science feature, but with a space theme! But first, I am sure most of you have seen the famous meme of Hillary Clinton… Women …
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9:59 AM | New evidence out for the flu vaccine in children, especially infants and toddlers
It’s been well established that the flu vaccine is one of our least effective vaccines, if not the least effective. As I’ve noted before, that low level of effectiveness is not a reason to skip getting the vaccine since some protection is better than none, and some seasons the flu vaccine’s protection is upwards of […]
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9:56 AM | Friends of Fins: Shark Fin ID Workshop During the Fiji Shark Expedition
We are shark researchers. We travel by boat to maximize our time on the water, to explore the reefs and record shark activity around remote islands surrounded by the deep blue. From dawn until dusk, we are fishing—elbow deep in freeze-thawed chunks of fish, oily flesh and watered down blood.  We revel in our ability to interact…
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8:30 AM | DNews: Is Sex REALLY Exercise?
It's commonly believed that sexual intercourse is a great alternative to exercise. Is there any truth to this? Join Trace for a thorough debunking of this myth.
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8:28 AM | Swimming with Viruses
You can find viruses everywhere: in the soil, in the clouds and in animals. According to scientists from the University of Oldenburg in Germany, there are also a ridiculous number of viruses buried at sea, in the sediments of the oceans. These sedimentary viruses don’t lie dormant on the seabed, but actively replicate down in the fathoms, even in the gyres of the ocean where most forms of life can’t be sustained since organic carbon is a scarce commodity. By... Read more
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