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March 03, 2015

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10:40 PM | Humans Unconsciously Sniff Their Hands After Handshaking
Unlike dogs and other animals, humans — for the most part — don't sniff each other. Well, at least that's what we thought. A rather unsettling new study from the Weizmann Institute shows that practically all of us sniff our hands after handshaking — a possible sign of social chemosignaling behavior.Read more...
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10:34 PM | Kenya Burns 15 Tons of Stockpiled Ivory
By Fredrick Nzwili NAIROBI, Kenya -- Kenya today burned tons of stockpiled ivory, sending a strong message against elephant poaching and ivory trafficking. The burning is the latest in a series of ivory stockpile destructions by nations across the world. During the past three years, Gabon, Belgium, Chad, China, Hong Kong, Czech Republic, Gabon, France, Philippines, and the USA have all destroyed contraband ivory and rhino horn.
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10:26 PM | Should Hotel Owners Be Forced To Hand Over Guest Records To Police?
Hypotheticals about hunting lodges and Motel 6 saved the oral argument at the Supreme Court Tuesday from being strangled by legal weeds.
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10:20 PM | 4 Reasons Both Parties Should Be Sweating Bullets Over King V. Burwell
The biggest political threat of the latest challenge to Obamacare is to the president, but Republicans wouldn't be winners either.
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10:19 PM | Artificial 'Metamaterials' Can Have Amazing Mechanical Properties
From holey plastics to microscopic ceramics, new possibilities emerge in materials.
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10:13 PM | Is Cracking Your Knuckles Bad For You? Greg Foot answers whether...
Is Cracking Your Knuckles Bad For You? Greg Foot answers whether or not you can get arthritis from cracking your knuckles? Footnote 1 - http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/259603.php Footnote 2 - deWeber , Olszewski and Ortolano, 2011. J Am Board Fam Med 24 (2), 169-174. Footnote 3 - DeWeber et al. 2011 Footnote 4 - http://www.jabfm.org/content/24/2/169 Footnote 5 - http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/1529-0131%28199805%2941:5%3C949::AID-ART36%3E3.0.CO;2-3/abstract Footnote 6 - […]
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10:03 PM | FDA Mandates Tougher Warnings On Testosterone
The agency says the labels for testosterone drugs must state they aren't approved to fight aging and may increase the risk for heart attacks and strokes.
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10:00 PM | Cheap wonder metals will make a faster, cleaner world
If only aluminium, titanium and magnesium were cheaper, they would replace steel and help us cut fuel bills and emissions. That day may not be far off
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10:00 PM | Where Does Volcano Lightning Come From?
Earlier this morning the Villarrica volcano erupted in Chile, forcing thousands of residents and tourists to flee from the city of Pucón. Images of the eruption show a…
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9:58 PM | Who’s Leonard Nimoy?
“I’m having a crappy day and to top it off Leonard Nimoy died today.” I told my wife as I was getting into our car after a particularly challenging day. No, I was not a huge trekkie growing up, but I did have a lot of respect for Leonard Nimoy and for Spock, the character that […]
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9:51 PM | FAA Is Trying To Keep Hackers Out Of Air Traffic Control, Official Says
FAA Administrator Michael Huerta tells a House panel that some vulnerabilities reported in a congressional study have been fixed, and the agency is working on others.
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9:35 PM | Why is Carbon Monoxide So Deadly? - Get to Know a Molecule It’s...
Why is Carbon Monoxide So Deadly? - Get to Know a Molecule It’s colorless, odorless and can be deadly. Carbon monoxide is no joke, especially in the winter when people will do just about anything to warm up. Raychelle Burks, Ph.D., explains why carbon monoxide is so dangerous, and how you can stay safe, in the latest episode of the Reactions series Get To Know A Molecule. By: ACS Reactions.
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9:34 PM | March Drought Update: A North-South Divide, and Where’s the Snow?
Uneven rainfall across the state has helped replenish Northern California reservoirs, while those to the south remain in mostly abysmal shape. Meantime, the latest snow report is in, and it's not good.
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9:34 PM | In France, Young Muslims Often Straddle Two Worlds
An estimated 40 percent of France's 7 million Muslims live in and around Paris, many of them in the poor suburbs. It's hard to escape the banlieues, even for those who work or attend school elsewhere.
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9:34 PM | Tea Tuesdays: Kenyan Farmers See Green In The Color Purple
Kenya has spent 25 years developing a purple "supertea" with high levels of antioxidants. The hope is that the tea will appeal to health-minded consumers and revive the country's struggling industry.
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9:32 PM | Internet Memes And 'The Right To Be Forgotten'
Becoming Internet-famous is a gold mine for some, a nightmare for others. The world of memes can pit free speech against the desire for privacy. And laws generally aren't keeping up, an expert says.
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9:30 PM | If you want people to get vaccines–then listen
It’s pretty clear that most Americans actually believe in vaccines. A Pew research poll from January 29 of this year found that 68% of American adults think that childhood vaccines should be mandatory, so it’s safe to assume that most everyone thinks they are efficacious at preventing disease (which they are). But there are a […] The post If you want people to get vaccines–then listen appeared first on The Berkeley Science Review.
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9:30 PM | The Blackphone 2 Is An Ultra-Secure Smartphone Made For Secret Agents
The Blackphone 2 is a second-generation smartphone built around security. The phone runs on a fork of Android called PrivatOS.
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9:24 PM | Not Clearing The Snow Off Your Car Before Driving Could Cost You
A Pennsylvania lawmaker wants to fine people who don't clean snow off their cars before getting on the road. Other states have similar laws. But for trucks, clearing the snow poses its own hazard.
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9:20 PM | A Brain Injury Could Make Your World Look Like This
This is how someone with hemianopsia sees the world. The sight is not due to eye damage. It's due to a brain injury that literally blanks out one half of everything they look at. The complicating factor is that sometimes, the patients don't even realize that they can't see.Read more...
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9:04 PM | 10 Questions Some Doctors Are Afraid To Ask
Just 10 questions about bad childhood experiences can turn up undiagnosed illness in adults, research suggests. So why don't more doctors ask? Some say they aren't equipped to deal with the answers.
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9:00 PM | Putting Sensors In Bridges And Tunnels Could Make Their Walls Talk
Trying to get a building to tell you how it’s feeling is, well, like talking to a brick wall. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Researchers with the GENESI project want…
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9:00 PM | Here's the beef - think green and cut meat
The US panel advising the government on dietary guidelines urges Americans to eat less meat. There is nothing wrong with that, says Josh Voorhees
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9:00 PM | Can You Guess The Subject Of This Photo?
Your instinct might be to guess something microscopic in size – but the subject of this photograph is actually quite large.Read more...
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8:57 PM | Ultrafast lasers and Archimedes - Scientists & Engineers on...
Ultrafast lasers and Archimedes - Scientists & Engineers on Sofas (and other furnishings) When it comes to ultrafast lasers, Margaret Murnane’s name is one of the best known for her work in this field of science. Since 1999, she has been a professor at the University of Colorado’s NSF-funded JILA Physics Frontier Center, where she and her husband Henry Kapteyn pioneer research in ultrafast x-ray science. Additionally, the two also own a small laser company. Margaret is credited […]
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8:52 PM | How pigeons bob and weave through obstacles
When navigating an obstacle course, pigeons weigh energy efficiency against the danger of collision, research finds.
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8:50 PM | From Drifter to Dynamo: The Story of Plankton
Most plankton are tiny drifters, wandering in a vast ocean. But where wind and currents converge they become part of a grander story… an explosion of vitality that affects all life on Earth, including our own.
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8:48 PM | Two Lineages of HIV-1 Viruses Originated in Gorillas, New Study Finds
Two of the four lineages of HIV-1 viruses have originated in western lowland gorillas, a new study reported in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences has found. HIV-1, the virus that causes AIDS, has jumped species to infect humans on at least four separate occasions, generating four HIV-1 lineages – groups M, N, [...]
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8:40 PM | Going to Mars: Reality Versus Reality TV
The harsh reality that is Mars. (Photos by author). How is Mars One like Amway? Last month, the Mars One project announced that its initial candidate pool of 600 candidates had been whittled down to 100. Excitement then swirled around the ‘net and the space community immediately following the announcement, as local media plugged the [...]
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8:30 PM | LG Watch Urbane LTE Is The First 4G Smart Watch
The LG Watch Urbane LTE is the world's first 4G-based smartwatch.
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