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October 28, 2014

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6:27 PM | Autonomous Robot Surgery: Performing Surgical Subtasks without...
Autonomous Robot Surgery: Performing Surgical Subtasks without Human Intervention via kqedscience: New Research Center Aims to Develop Second Generation of Surgical Robots “With funding from the National Science Foundation and two private donors, scientists at the University of California, Berkeley, will establish a research center intended to help develop medical robots that can perform low-level and repetitive surgical tasks, freeing doctors to concentrate on the most […]
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6:20 PM | Mixing Meds With Dietary Supplements Could Be a Danger
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning that prescription or over-the-counter medications, when taken with a vitamin, mineral, or other dietary supplement, could seriously endanger your health. Here's what you need to know.Read more...
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6:16 PM | Banging the Drum on Science When It Fits Your Tune
In her last big superlative GMO story, New York Times reporter Amy Harmon wrote: Scientists, who have come to rely on liberals in political battles over stem-cell research, climate change and the teaching of evolution, have been dismayed to find themselves at odds with their traditional allies on this issue. Some compare the hostility to G.M.O.s […]The post Banging the Drum on Science When It Fits Your Tune appeared first on Collide-a-Scape.
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6:15 PM | Shipping Containers Could Relay Quantum Information Across Oceans
Cargo Ship Glen via Flickr Physics says that if two particles are entangled on a quantum level, they are permanently linked -- a change in one particle will instantaneously affect the other one, no matter the distance between them. That’s something that could be fantastic for quickly transporting information across vast distances … but only if we can figure out how to use it. Scientists (and corporations) are already building working computers that […]
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6:10 PM | Creationists Stage a Surprise Attack on Science at Michigan State
As part of a "back door" strategy to teach intelligent design on college campuses, an Oklahoma-based creationist group is sponsoring an Origin Summit at Michigan State University. Faculty and students are divided over how to respond, especially since the event will be attacking the work of an eminent MSU scientist.Read more...
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6:07 PM | What It Will Take to Become an Interstellar Civilization
The new movie “Interstellar” is set in a not-so-distant future, but distant enough that they’ve managed to build something still elusive in 2014: a spaceship that can travel between solar systems. Such starships have been a technological mainstay in science fiction for decades, but they remain a crazily complicated proposition in everything from propulsion to […]The post What It Will Take to Become an Interstellar Civilization appeared first on The Crux.
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6:04 PM | High Tide for the Silkworms of Assam
Unique and beautiful silks come out of Assam, India, but new environmental threats are quickly undermining the silkworms, including massive flooding and pesticide contamination.
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6:04 PM | Cold moon Enceladus has heart of warm fluff
Known for shooting spectacular plumes of water into space, Saturn's tiny moon keeps warm thanks to a core that is slushy and soft rather than rock solid
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6:00 PM | Picture of the Week: Egyptian Mummy
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5:52 PM | U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Proposes Protection for African Lion
Specialists from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have proposed to list the African lion (Panthera leo leo) – a symbol of majesty, courage and strength since earliest times – as threatened under the Endangered Species Act, due to habitat loss, loss of prey and increased human-lion conflicts. African lions are still found across a [...]
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5:45 PM | Why You Think You Know Things That You Really Don't
At first blush, it would seem that not knowing something would make us correspondingly uncertain. Instead, however, it sometimes has the opposite effect, with people not only professing to know something, but even making up an explanation and holding fast. Here's why — and how — that works.Read more...
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5:38 PM | Misconceptions About Food This week, Elliott discusses some...
Misconceptions About Food This week, Elliott discusses some misconceptions you might have about food. By: Mental Floss. Support: http://store.mentalfloss.com/ (enter promo code: “YoutubeFlossers” for 15% off!)
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5:30 PM | Today on New Scientist
All the latest stories on newscientist.com: giant solar flares, our 2D future, recruiting gut bacteria to fight cancer, holograms you can touch and more
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5:17 PM | Plan To Save Great Barrier Reef Is 'Inadequate,' Scientists Say
The Great Barrier Reef, 2003 Image provided by NASA Goddard Space Flight Center's Landsat Team using data courtesy the Australian ground receiving station teams The Australian government has been working on a plan for taking care of the Great Barrier Reef over the next four decades—but scientists say it's inadequate. The Australian Academy of Science released today an 11-page critique of the government's latest draft of its "Reef 2050 Long-Term Sustainability […]
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5:12 PM | "Viruses are not just these threatening or annoying parasitic agents. They’re the creative front of..."
“Viruses are not just these threatening or annoying parasitic agents. They’re the creative front of biology, where things get figured out.” - UC Irvine’s Luis P. Villarreal talking about the theory that the cell’s very existence can be attributed to viruses
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5:04 PM | Plan to save Great Barrier Reef doomed to failure
The only targets set by the Australian government's plan to maintain the Great Barrier Reef are impossible to meet. It's doomed to fail say leading scientists
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5:01 PM | Eric Hovind: What’s the Difference Between God & Santa?
Categories: Religion SkepticismTags: creationismhovindYECSupport more videos like this at Patreon! Eric Hovind’s “challenge” I was tipped off about the new charges by PZ Here’s the indictment info Also there’s this Sort-of transcript: Eric ...(Read more...)
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4:53 PM | An Interview on Climate Change for Mobile Journalism 4 on Sound Cloud
This was technically difficult owing to internet conditions but interviewer Vijay Kishore Vaidyanathan did a great job with what he had. In particular he did a great job editing out the constant explosions in the background!
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4:49 PM | Ash The Chinchilla’s Rescue Story by...
Ash The Chinchilla’s Rescue Story by animalwondersmontana: Ash the Chinchilla had a rough start to life. I’m happy to be able to provide him a good home where he can live his life in comfort and also be an educational ambassador teaching about chinchilla adaptations and why they are endangered in the wild. Support on https://subbable.com/anmlwndrs
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4:26 PM | Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer
So the time has come, the new “teaser” trailer for the sequel to the third highest grossing film of all time, 2012’s The Avengers, has hit the web. (I’m not delighted that this is referred to as the teaser trailer as at over two minutes long, it shows an awful lot of the movie. But […] The post Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer appeared first on HeadStuff.
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4:00 PM | There's A Lot More To Violent Behavior Than Just Two Mutated Genes
A new genetic study linking two genes to extreme violent behavior is raising serious questions as to what makes a criminal and whether or not these genes could be used to screen — or even let off — potential offenders.Read more...
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3:39 PM | How a Human, Bird, and Grasshopper Breath
This informative illustration of how three different animals breath is the work of Eleanor Lutz, a designer with a degree in molecular biology. The animated infographic shows how humans breath in and out in sequence through the nose and mouth. Birds have multi-chambered lungs that can process incoming air and outgoing air simultaneously-- a very efficient system for running and flying. Grasshoppers, on the other hand, essentially breath with their whole bodies.3 Different Ways to Breath, […]
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3:38 PM | Turning on proteins with light
Just like for married couples, communication is fundamental for cells. When an embryo is developing, its cells need to tell one another who and where they are, so every tissue and organ grows in the right place and at the right time. Our neurons are constantly talking to each other to control our thoughts, feelings and behaviours. Even single-cell organisms like bacteria can exchange information to decide, for example, how many times they should multiply.But how do cells communicate? Scientists […]

Grusch M., R. Riedler, E. Reichhart, C. Differ, W. Berger, A. Ingles-Prieto & H. Janovjak (2014). Spatio-temporally precise activation of engineered receptor tyrosine kinases by light, The EMBO Journal, 33 (15) 1713-1726. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15252/embj.201387695

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3:30 PM | Authors retract two spectroscopy papers when follow-up results don’t match
The authors of two spectroscopy papers in Royal Society of Chemistry journals have retracted them. Here’s the notice for “Determination of silk fibroin secondary structure by terahertz time domain spectroscopy” (free, but requires sign-in) in Analytical Methods, which is almost identical to this notice in Analyst: We, the authors Chao Yan, Bin Yang and Zhicheng Yu, […]
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3:30 PM | 1,000 Years of Scientific Texts From The Islamic World Are Now Online
Between the 9th and 19th centuries, Arabic-speaking scholars translated Greek, Latin and even Sanskrit texts on topics such as medicine, mathematics and astronomy, fostering a vibrant scientific culture within the Islamic world. Some of the most influential texts are now available at the Qatar Digital Library.Read more...
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3:20 PM | Insurers May Cover Costly Hepatitis C Drugs Only For The Very Ill
Many insurers are restricting access to new drugs that are easier to take and that promise higher cure rates because the price tags can run $95,000 or more.
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3:18 PM | Pope Says God Not 'A Magician With A Magic Wand'
Speaking at an assembly of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, Francis also affirmed that evolution and the Big Bang are consistent with a creator.
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3:15 PM | Schubert: the secret of song
Jonathan Rée in Prospect: Every October for the past 13 years, the Oxford Lieder Festival has been bringing classy performances of classical art songs to what used to be a rather unmusical town. I love it: great art taken seriously,...
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3:15 PM | Smoke Rings And A Giant Six-Legged Robot, From Maker Faire 2014
http://cf.c.ooyala.com/VkbHRjcTpV1uCFO6B0loNa0GuZ1cupk4/MGngRNnbuHoiqTJH... Please enable Javascript to watch this video In September, Popular Science attended World Maker Faire at the New York Hall of Science. We saw giant robots, tiny Tesla coils, and musical instruments made out of anything you can imagine. Check out some of the coolest projects with us! Just outside of Boston, an intrepid group of humans is building a giant hexapod robot. Nicknamed Stompy, the behemoth will […]
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3:10 PM | There's more to Matisse's dancers than meets the eye
Morgan Meis in The Smart Set: In the year 1905, Henri Matisse painted a portrait of his wife wearing a rather extraordinary hat. The painting was displayed at the Salon d’Automne in Paris that same year. Much shock and controversy...
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