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October 30, 2014

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2:25 PM | The Fish That Inspired a Woman to Help Save a Species
Shana Miller was fresh out of college in 1998 when she came face-to-face with one of the fastest fish in the sea. She and her friends battled for three hours to haul a 154-pound bluefin tuna aboard their boat off the Maryland coast. And when she finally looked the creature in the eye, she felt…
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2:24 PM | Mr Turner | review
At the risk of sounding incredibly pretentious there is a scene in Mr Turner that reminded me of Oscar Wilde’s remark in The Picture of Dorian Gray that the emotions of people you don’t care about seem ridiculous. At one point in Mike Leigh’s latest, Timothy Spall, playing the famous British artist, bursts into a […] The post Mr Turner | review appeared first on HeadStuff.
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2:14 PM | Birds May Inspire Running Robots of the Future
In preparation for building better running robots, researchers have made useful discoveries about some of nature's most energy efficient bipeds – running birds.The forces at work when a turkey hops over an obstacle(Oregon State University)Running birds have an impressive ability to run while minimizing energy cost, avoiding falls or injuries, and maintaining speed and direction. Researchers at Oregon State University have been trying to discover exactly how the birds do it."Birds appear […]
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2:00 PM | How Sneeze Particles Travel Inside An Airplane
How Germs Travel SuperJet International via Flickr CC by-SA 2.0 At first, the video displays the virtual insides of a crowded passenger airplane. Then all of a sudden, one of the passengers seated in the middle "sneezes." Hundreds of multicolored particles are jettisoned into the air, creating a rainbow-speckled cloud that lingers above everyone’s heads. The cloud dissolves, and the particles disperse, making their way to the unlucky few seated adjacent to the sick […]
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2:00 PM | In Brief: Microsoft Announces $200 Fitness Tracking Band
Microsoft's answer to Apple's watch isn't a watch at all. It's a $200 fitness tracker dubbed the Microsoft Band, and was announced today as part of Microsoft's new cloud-based Health Platform. The band, which looks more like a Nike Fuelband or Jawbone Up than watch, has a thin rectangular display with Microsoft-style tiles that show information like step counts, notifications, and the time. 10 sensors on it track heart rate, calorie burn, and sleep quality--it's something Microsoft wants users […]
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1:57 PM | Resourceful Crustaceans Turn Invasive Seaweed into Homes
When a new developer comes to town and starts aggressively building up the empty property around your home, you can get mad—or you can move in. That’s what tiny crustaceans in the Georgia mudflats have done. Facing an invasive Japanese seaweed, they’ve discovered that it makes excellent shelter, protecting them from all kinds of threats. […]The post Resourceful Crustaceans Turn Invasive Seaweed into Homes appeared first on Inkfish.

Wright, J., Byers, J., DeVore, J. & Sotka, E. (2014). Engineering or food? mechanisms of facilitation by a habitat-forming invasive seaweed, Ecology, 95 (10) 2699-2706. DOI: 10.1890/14-0127.1

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1:50 PM | Reservoirs and hydropower are often thought of as climate friendly, but new research suggests that w
Reservoirs and hydropower are often thought of as climate friendly, but new research suggests that we may have underestimated the amount of methane they produce. The methane—which is 35 times as potent a greenhouse gas as CO2 over the span of a century—is produced by bacteria eating nutrient-rich agricultural runoff.Read more...
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1:47 PM | Swaggering in the performance of root canal procedures
Swaggering could be of importance when one has to perform a root canal procedure. This patent shows one way to introduce—and guarantee—that swaggering will be part of the fun: “Swaggering endodontic instruments,” US patent 8454361 granted June 4, 2013 to Michael J. Scianamblo [pictured here]. The patent document explains: “Endodontic instruments are described which have […]
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1:46 PM | Professor Pinker and Professor Strunk
Geoffrey Pullum in the Chronicle of Higher Education: The voice on BBC radio was that of Professor Steven Pinker, fluent and engaging as ever. But my blood froze as I listened to what he said. On the panel show A...
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1:44 PM | Quickies: Street harassment, the colors of blood, and science for her
Categories: Quickies10 hours of walking in NYC as a woman – In case you haven’t seen it yet, here it is. Also, there’s some problems with it. Also, the actor’s been ...(Read more...)
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1:40 PM | What Are The Most Cited Research Papers Of All Time?
The writers at Nature News recently put together a list of the 100 most highly cited papers of all time. There are a few surprises in here, including the fact that it takes no fewer than 12,119 citations to rank in the top 100.Read more...
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1:37 PM | David Graeber and Thomas Piketty: An exchange on capital, debt, and the future
From The Baffler: Moderators: You both appear to think that the prevailing economic and financial system has run its course, and cannot endure much longer in its present form. I would like to ask each of you to explain why....
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1:30 PM | PubPeer Selections: On an “immodest title;” authors recalculate findings in response to questions
Here’s another installment of PubPeer Selections: “In my opinion, the immodest title of this paper is not supported by its contents,” writes Hilda Bastain at PubMed Commons of “Enhancing dentate gyrus function with dietary flavanols improves cognition in older adults.” A PubPeer commenter links to that and another comment on the paper. “Because of the […]
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1:30 PM | Reading on screens is different – does it matter?
We're beginning to understand how digital devices affect literacy – but don't assume that paper is always better than screens
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1:28 PM | Honey Buzzards GPS Track Animation
Based on real data (latitude, longitude and height) from the University of Amsterdam the animation initially shows the tracks of 12 birds, but then concentrates on a pair - male and female, as they migrate south in Autumn 2010 from...
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1:23 PM | An “Imminent Cure” for Diabetes? The Real Story Behind the Headlines
Wudan Yan in Hippo Reads: You may have read recent media stories stating that a cure for Type I Diabetes is “imminent” and wondered what the buzz was about—is a cure indeed imminent and, if so, what does this mean...
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1:01 PM | Rare American warbler surprises scientists by adapting, thriving in a new ecosystem
When Gary Graves cranks up his boom box and drives remote back roads through pine plantations in Texas, Louisiana and other southern states, a few […] The post Rare American warbler surprises scientists by adapting, thriving in a new ecosystem appeared first on Smithsonian Science.
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1:00 PM | Rare bird now thrives in tree farms
Bird watchers' elusive warbler has shifted its summer habitat to pine plantations
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1:00 PM | Why bird divorces are good news for the females
When bird pairs break up females often lay more eggs with a new partner, but the split can be disastrous for the male of the species
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12:42 PM | Heart ops shrink thanks to surgeon in your vein
A tiny tube with a blade at the end can enter your heart via your neck to fix defects without having to cut open your whole chest
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12:29 PM | Björk: Biophilia Live
Plans this evening? Tonight’s your final chance to catch Björk: Biophilia Live at the IFI in Temple Bar. It’s an awe-inspiring spectacle and if at all possible, best viewed on a large screen in commune with others. Even if you’re not a major Björk fan (yet) Biophilia is worth the price of the ticket. Yes, your mind will […] The post Björk: Biophilia Live appeared first on HeadStuff.
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12:25 PM | Astronomers Examine Ezekiel-like ‘Wheel in a Wheel’ in Binary System GG Tauri-A
For the first time, astronomers have detected a streamer of gas flowing from a massive outer disc of planet-forming material toward the inner, smaller disc of a double star system. The star system in question, GG Tauri-A, is part of a more complex multiple-star system called GG Tauri. It is only a few million years [...]
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12:00 PM | Feast Your Eyes On The Best Microscope Images Of The Year
Jumping Spider Eyes Noah Fram-Schwartz Every year since 1974, Nikon has herded a gaggle of nerds into a room for an impossible task: Pore over thousands of microscope images and pick the very best ones. I was lucky enough to join the judge’s circle this summer for Nikon Small World 2014—the 40th year of the microscopy competition. Our small group had to peruse more than 1,200 entries from 79 countries. It wasn’t easy. Many of the images had just the […]
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12:00 PM | Supernova shock waves create glowing arcs across sky
A forest of mysterious radiation arcs seen across our view of the universe might be down to a supernova-powered bubble expanding towards our sun
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11:55 AM | Gold origami exerts strange power over light
Sheets of gold one nanoparticle thick have been folded into tiny origami. Dubbed plasmene, the material has some of the weirdest optical properties around
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11:44 AM | The Lit Review | 1 | Harry Potter
Dear Harry Potter fans, please remain calm, this is not a drill. On Friday 31st of October, JK Rowling will launch a shiny new Harry Potter story on pottermore.com. This story will focus on Professor Umbridge the awful, toad faced, cat-obsessed teacher, who made her debut in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. […] The post The Lit Review | 1 | Harry Potter appeared first on HeadStuff.
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11:30 AM | From the Moon to the Earth
Every now and again, a picture is returned from space that is so stunning it becomes an instant icon, a touchstone that defines what space travel is about. The Chinese engineering lunar test mission Chang’e 5-T1 has sent home precisely such an image. It is stunning almost beyond words. The Earth hangs like a white and blue bauble in the black of space, distant and heart-achingly beautiful. Much closer lies the Moon, gray and white and black, its more-unfamiliar far side facing the […]
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11:00 AM | Drinking too much milk could kill you.
Are you lactose intolerant? If so, it looks like you’ve dodged a bullet: according to this study, high milk consumption (more than one glass a day) is associated with a higher risk of mortality in both men and women. The data come from a large study that took place in Sweden in the ’80s and […]The post Drinking too much milk could kill you. appeared first on Seriously, Science?.
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11:00 AM | Birds large and small hop over obstacles in similar ways
Bipedal birds, from tiny quail to huge ostriches, tackled a step in a similar way, minimizing energy cost and maximizing safety.
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11:00 AM | Wonky or Watery...
Source: BBC link belowMimas is the so-called "Death Star" moon because, well...go pull up some You Tube videos of Episode IV: "A New Hope" if you need to come up to speed.I'm not so sure I'd use the term "wonky" in a sentence, but this is the BBC where all things Star Trek TNG is in endless syndication due to no doubt Sir Patrick Stewart.I am sincerely hoping for water and a few microbes. That would be mankind's encounter with extraterrestrials that didn't involve ray guns or "live long and […]
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