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July 25, 2014

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9:30 PM | Meet The New Cast Members Of Game Of Thrones Season Five
Game of Thrones certainly lost a few cast members this season, but in return, the show will be picking up several new actors for the fifth season—including a few Sand Snakes and our High Sparrow.Read more...
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9:28 PM | ESA Policy News July 25: Senators review EPA power plant rules, rural CA receives drought relief, ESA to aid Interior science group
Here are some highlights from the latest ESA Policy New […]
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9:27 PM | Deadspin Independent Baseball League Adopts New Rules To Speed Up Games | Gawker Cult Rush Week: The
Deadspin Independent Baseball League Adopts New Rules To Speed Up Games | Gawker Cult Rush Week: The Church of Scientology Thinks I'm Terrible | Gizmodo A Multi-Function Clip That Hides a Toolbox In Your Hair | Kotaku The Surprising Messages In A 'Sexist' Game | Kinja Popular Posts Read more...
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9:27 PM | "Science, then, is not like the onion in the often used analogy of stripping away layer after layer..."
“Science, then, is not like the onion in the often used analogy of stripping away layer after layer to get at some core, central, fundamental truth. Rather it’s like the magic well: no matter how many buckets of water you remove, there’s always another one to be had. Or even better, it’s like the widening ripples on the surface of a pond, the ever larger circumference in touch with more and more of what’s outside the circle, the unknown. This growing forefront is […]
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9:25 PM | Creators of The Legend of Korra Explain the Show's Not-Cancellation
The news came yesterday that Book 3 of The Legend of Korra was being pulled from Nickelodeon to air online. So of course the creators of the show had to address it at this morning's Comic-Con panel — which they did, before moving on to celebrate the show.Read more...
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9:20 PM | Walking Dead Season 5 Starts At Terminus, But Heads Back To The Comics
When we last left Rick and his fellow survivors at the end of Waking Dead season 4, they were locked in a train car by the mysterious residents of Terminus. At Comic-Con, the cast and crew explained what lies in store for them there — and how their journey forward will return to the story arc of the hit comic.Read more...
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9:15 PM | Climate Change Cruise Will Bring Tourists Across The Melted Arctic
The USS Honolulu Interrupts Some Polar Bears Chief Yeoman Alphonso Braggs, US-Navy via Wikimedia Commons Polar bears are the largest land predators in the world. Confined to arctic climes, they are huge, powerful swimmers, and deadly hunters. In addition to being the second-best bear, they risk going extinct from global warming's environmental changes. Thanks to an offering by a luxury cruise line, customers can take a cruise through the newly navigable arctic, and try to see polar […]
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9:07 PM | Robert Redford celebrates water flowing in the Colorado River Delta
(July 25, 2014)  Today is Colorado River Day. Spend a few minutes with Robert Redford as he narrates a new video from Raise the River documenting the historic 2014 pulse flow release of water into the Colorado River Delta, where the river had been largely absent for the past 50 years.  The river flowed, birds sang, and people came…
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9:00 PM | 'Epigenetic' gene tweaks seem to trigger cancer
We now have direct evidence that environmentally driven changes to DNA can trigger tumours. The good news is that these changes are, in theory, reversible
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8:57 PM | Obama: U.S., Central America Share Responsibility For Influx Of Minors
The presidents of Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador met at the White House to discuss the steep uptick in unaccompanied children crossing the U.S.-Mexico border.
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8:55 PM | Even White Walkers Screw Up In The Game Of Thrones Blooper Reel
The actors on Game of Thrones are brilliant, but even they have their off moments, and there is plenty of intentional and unintentional comedy on the set. Check out the Season 4 blooper reel that just screened at San Diego Comic-Con.Read more...
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8:49 PM | Bill Allowing Americans To Unlock Cellphones Passes House, Heads To Obama
The bill also directs the Librarian of Congress to review whether the exemption should also apply to tablets and other devices.
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8:44 PM | Key Chain Blood-Alcohol Testing May Make Quantified Drinking Easy
Some of us now monitor our steps, sleep and calorie intake with wristbands and apps. So why not track blood-alcohol levels? We explore the next frontier in the self-measurement movement.
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8:42 PM | Can Finishing A Big Bowl Of Ramen Make Dreams Come True?
At his ramen shop in Cambridge, Mass., chef Tsuyoshi Nishioka wants customers to follow their dreams. His philosophy? If you can finish a bowl of his ramen, you can accomplish anything in life.
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8:35 PM | How Well Does A Drug Work? Look Beyond The Fine Print
A husband and wife who are doctors have been working on fact boxes for drugs that, like nutrition labels for foods, would more concisely convey a medicine's benefits and risks.
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8:30 PM | As Political Disenchantment Soars, Lines At The Polls Grow Shorter
There has been record low turnout among voters in the 2014 primaries so far. Is it political dysfunction that's made voters lose interest? And what might this mean for November's general elections?
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8:30 PM | We've Seen The First Hunger Games: Mockingjay Footage
Lionsgate screened the first-ever trailer for Hunger Games: Mockingjay for fans from their wacky Comic-Con Capitol lounge (which also has a makeshift Peeta bakery on site). And this is what we saw! Read more...
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8:23 PM | Check out The Art Assignment: VidCon Edition, featuring Emily...
Check out The Art Assignment: VidCon Edition, featuring Emily Graslie, WheezyWaiter, Mike Rugnetta, Steve Goldbloom, and yours truly! Last month in Anaheim, Sarah and the Art Assignment crew challenged me and a few other YouTubers to contribute our own assignments from past episodes of her show (if you’re not watching it, you should really be watching it).  I articulated my take on David Brooks’ “Never Seen, Never Will”, Emily created a playful psychological […]
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8:20 PM | The Lunar Surface As You've Never Seen It Before
NASA's Scientific Visualization Studio has created this stunning, high-resolution portrait of the Moon's south pole by combining, for the first time, gravity data from the GRAIL mission with topographic imagery taken by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter.Read more...
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8:20 PM | Sam Raimi Announces He's Working On An Evil Dead TV Series
Tucked away in the Last of Us movie panel, like a demon under the floorboard of a cabin in the woods, director Sam Raimi revealed he and his brother Ted are attempting to turn his iconic horror movie franchise Evil Dead into a TV series... with Bruce Campbell involved.Read more...
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8:17 PM | The Fall and Rise of the Amphibian Empire
In 1970, a group of experts on frogs, toads, salamanders, and caecilians noticed that populations of the Yosemite Park Toad in California had suddenly crashed. The habitat was suitable, there seemed to be nothing wrong but their numbers had crashed to very low levels. People scratched their heads and thought of it as just one…
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8:15 PM | Central American Leaders Stop By White House To Talk Border Crisis
Central American presidents met with President Obama, discussing the influx of unaccompanied children crossing the border. So far, Obama has not seen eye to eye with Congress on possible solutions.
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8:15 PM | For Islamic State, Victories In Iraq Mean Momentum In Syria
The militant group that calls itself the Islamic State have begun a new round of fighting with the Syrian regime, surrounding a base outside its stronghold in Raqqa and launching offensives in Aleppo province and Kurdish regions. The death toll in Syria this week reportedly has reached 1,700, most of whom are combatants of one sort or another.
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8:15 PM | Gaza Cease-Fire Still Just Out Of Reach: What Does Each Side Want?
Secretary of State John Kerry is trying again to broker a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas, as casualty counts rise inexorably higher. NPR's Emily Harris explains both sides' demands.
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8:15 PM | In A Complex Web Of Tunnels, Israel Draws Its Red Line
Both the government and the people of Israel have been determined to continue the country's ground invasion in Gaza, despite a growing wave of international criticism. Israelis have been shaken by claims that Hamas has a heavily fortified network of tunnels leading from the Gaza Strip into Israel.
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8:15 PM | Leading Ebola Doctor Stricken With The Disease Himself
Dr. Sheik Umar Khan, the head doctor fighting the Ebola virus outbreak in Sierra Leone, has begun to exhibit symptoms of the disease. For more details on the situation, Audie Cornish speaks with Dr. Daniel G. Bausch, a colleague of Khan's and an associate professor at the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine.
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8:15 PM | Army War College Opens A Probe Into Sen. Walsh's Alleged Plagiarism
The U.S. Army War College has determined in a preliminary review that Sen. John Walsh of Montana appeared to have plagiarized his final paper to earn a master's degree. An investigative panel is reviewing the evidence.
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8:15 PM | Pa. Hospital Sees Gun Fight Between Psychiatrist And Patient
On Thursday, a psychiatric patient opened fire at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital outside Philadelphia, killing a caseworker and injuring his psychiatrist. The psychiatrist returned fire with a gun of his own, injuring the gunman. Both patient and psychiatrist survived the gun fight.
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8:12 PM | California’s Wandering Wolf Now Has Puppies in Oregon
OR-7 has at least three pups that he and a mate are raising in the Cascade Range of southern Oregon.
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8:11 PM | Coop’s Citizen Sci Scoop: The nine simultaneous lives of cats
This post first appeared at Discover‘s Citizen Science Salon. Cats are moody. In the blink of an eye, a cat can change from aloof to affectionate, playful to predatory, carefree to curious. The myth about nine lives is oddly …The post Coop’s Citizen Sci Scoop: The nine simultaneous lives of cats appeared first on CitizenSci.
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