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September 28, 2014

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5:01 AM | Ten to the Fifth!
Congratulations! Synthetic Daisies has just garnered 100,000 all-time views. Just two years since the 20,000 mark, and a bit less than a year after 50,000 readers. Daily readership has been increasing steadily from the early years of the blog (2009-2011). Below is an analysis of the top 10 posts by readership and their frequency of readership.
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4:00 AM | The Physics of Star Trek
By Lawrence M Krauss Synopsis: What warps when you’re traveling at warp speed? What is the difference between a wormhole and a black hole? Are time loops really possible, and can I kill my grandmother before […]
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3:48 AM | Blondie’s Back!
It's Saturday night and Blondie's back! We'll have to start a Blondie watch.
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2:40 AM | Quick update: Reporting on vaccines from Mozambique and my writing process
I mentioned my blog posts would be more sporadic as I finish up the book, and some, like this one, will be just brief updates to let folks know what I’m up to as it relates to the topics on this blog. The first part of my update is the most exciting: I applied for […]
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12:11 AM | Meet the Arizona Blonde Tarantula
I've said before that if you want your daughter to be a scientist, you should buy her a bug book. You should also teach her not to be afraid of spiders. One of my guilty pleasures is taking photographs of desert plants and wildlife. With my trusty Canon T3i, I hunt for subjects -- often those "useless creatures" I spoke about a few blog posts ago. Sometimes what I find is not what I was looking for. My friend, Cecil... Read more
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12:11 AM | A New Perspective (Multi-Person 3D system) 3D perspective...
A New Perspective (Multi-Person 3D system) 3D perspective personalised to multiple viewers of the screen - cutting edge research which Alex explains. Many thanks to Alexander Kulik from the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar for showing us their six user VR system. Uploaded by: Computerphile.

September 27, 2014

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11:22 PM | Which lands first… the chicken or the egg? If you drop a...
Which lands first… the chicken or the egg? If you drop a chicken and an egg at the same time from a great height, which hits the ground first? Ross and Becky recreate Galileo’s famous Leaning Tower of Pisa experiment and investigate the physics behind it. This video was presented by: Ross Exton, Live Science Video Producer, and Becky Davies, Formal Learning Officer Produced by: Ross Exton, and Seamus Foley, Big Screen Producer. Uploaded by: At-Bristol.
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10:33 PM | Shrooms and Smoking, Adult Drug Abuse, and Ebola: Healthcare...
Shrooms and Smoking, Adult Drug Abuse, and Ebola: Healthcare Triage News Shrooms to quit smoking, who’s using drugs, and a clarification on Ebola. This is Healthcare Triage News. For those of you who want to read more, go here: http://theincidentaleconomist.com/wordpress/?p=58424 Uploaded by: Healthcare Triage.
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10:30 PM | And Now, Big Cats Tasting Marmite
This video is perfect. I have nothing to add.Read more...
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9:44 PM | ASMR - The Great Feelings We Still Can’t Quite...
ASMR - The Great Feelings We Still Can’t Quite Explain ASMR videos are a massive category on Youtube and the internet at large— some people might be made uncomfortable by them, while others may feel comfort and joy by watching them. But what is the reasoning behind these feel-good videos? Why do people feel such strong emotions while watching them? Kim Horcher, Andrew Fogel (Nerd Alert Producer), and special guest Rana McAnear (Actress, Model - Mass Effect 2) discuss. Read more […]
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9:37 PM | Thinking Big About Clean Energy
I want to put a solar panel on my roof so that I am releasing less greenhouse gas into the environment. But then I hear that manufacturing solar panels causes the release of greenhouse gasses, so I have to subtract that from the good I think I’m doing. But then I realize that the people…
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8:55 PM | John Paul Stapp and Sonic Wind No.1 For more on John Paul...
John Paul Stapp and Sonic Wind No.1 For more on John Paul Stapp’s rocket sled tests, check out the latest article on Vintage Space: http://www.popsci.com/blog-network/vintage-space/john-paul-stapp-real-life-rocket-sled-man Uploaded by: Amy Shira Teitel.
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8:06 PM | Archaeo-Chat: Viking Armies = 50% Women? Today, I chat with Liv...
Archaeo-Chat: Viking Armies = 50% Women? Today, I chat with Liv about apparent the claim that Viking armies were composed of 50% women. Link: http://www.tor.com/blogs/2014/09/female-viking-warriors-proof-swords In this series we record unscripted conversations about archaeology, what it is like to be an archaeologist and related topics. Uploaded by: Archaeosoup Productions.
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8:00 PM | Are we producing too few or too many science and technology grads?
According to a new report, the answer is "both."
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8:00 PM | Just How Accurate Are Science Fictional Space Battles?
In the latest installment of It's Okay to be Smart, Joe Hanson talks about the physics of fictional space battles.Read more...
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7:29 PM | Halloween Science: Mad Scientist’s Green Slime
What could be more fun than creating your own green slime ?  It’s easy to synthesize your own green goo using only Elmer’s glue (the non-washable kind), Borax (found in the laundry detergent section of Target and some grocery stores), green food coloring and water. Mix together about 1/3 cup glue and 1/3 cup water with a spoon or […]
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7:16 PM | First Mars Photos From MAVEN & Mangalyaan Within hours of...
First Mars Photos From MAVEN & Mangalyaan Within hours of arrival on Mars, NASA’s MAVEN (Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution) and India’s Mangalyaan (Mars Orbiter Mission) snapped and sent back pictures of the red planet, helping us to begin to understand the atmosphere and what caused the dramatic change in it. Interestingly, India’s MOM orbiter was successfully sent for a mere fraction of MAVEN’s cost, and could have interesting implications for the nation. Kim […]
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7:15 PM | Scientists, We Do Trust You, Even If You Could Be a Little Warmer
In a study published online before print in PNAS on September 15 this year, Susan Fiske and Cydney Dupree from the psychology and public affairs department at Princeton University explore how credible, warm and competent Americans find scientists. Why? Because in their expanding role as communicators, scientists need to engage people’s emotions and values as well as their ‘brains.’ And to do so, scientists as communicators need the public’s trust. “Science […]
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7:15 PM | Scientists, We Do Trust You, Even If You Could Be a Little Warmer
In a study published online before print in PNAS on September 15 this year, Susan Fiske and Cydney Dupree from the psychology and public affairs department at Princeton University explore how credible, warm and competent Americans find scientists. Why? Because in their expanding role as communicators, scientists need to engage people’s emotions and values as well as their ‘brains.’ And to do so, scientists as communicators need the public’s trust. “Science […]
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7:09 PM | Sneak peek from filming Monday’s episode of It’s...
Sneak peek from filming Monday’s episode of It’s Okay To Be Smart, featuring what I think is one of the most remarkable living wonders on Earth… can you guess what it’s about?
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6:59 PM | Caught this aerial acrobat buzzin’ and bumblin’ in the garden...
Caught this aerial acrobat buzzin’ and bumblin’ in the garden this morning. Can’t believe how much lift and agility those little wings provide! Flight skills brought to you by evolution, slo-mo brought to you by iPhone 6.
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6:27 PM | Humanity Breaks an Ominous Record SciShow News explains an...
Humanity Breaks an Ominous Record SciShow News explains an ominous record that Homo sapiens just broke: the highest levels of carbon dioxide emissions, the leading factor in global warming. Hank explains what it means, and what we can do. Uploaded by: SciShow. Support on Subbable.
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5:29 PM | Are Black Holes just in Our Imagination?!
Black holes, physicists have been fighting over them forever, heck there is even a book entitled the black hole war! (which I do recommend for anyone interested) It’s no real […]

Laura Mersini-Houghton (2014). Backreaction of Hawking Radiation on a Gravitationally Collapsing Star I: Black Holes?, Physics Letters B, arXiv: http://arxiv.org/abs/1406.1525v1

Laura Mersini-Houghton, Harald P. Pfeiffer (2014). Back-reaction of the Hawking radiation flux on a gravitationally collapsing star II: Fireworks instead of firewalls , Physics Letters B, Other:

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5:00 PM | Your Body, the Machine... Literally
Once upon a time it was quite popular to depict the human body in terms of machinery. The idea was that all of the functions and organs of the body could be equated on a one-to-one basis with machinery and technology: the eyes were cameras, the lungs bellows, the arms derricks, etc. The result was scores of books featuring some pretty bizarre illustrations. A sample of these will speak for themselves.Read more...
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4:56 PM | Among the Kurds in southeastern Turkey
John Palattella in The Nation: The highway leading from the airport to town is new, or at least has been recently upgraded: four lanes of smooth blacktop running north-south and bordered by broad sidewalks empty under the blistering summer sun....
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4:10 PM | The Secret Goldman Sachs Tapes
Michael Lewis at Bloomberg: Our financial regulatory system is obviously dysfunctional. But because the subject is so tedious, and the details so complicated, the public doesn't pay it much attention. That may very well change today, for today -- Friday,...
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4:05 PM | The Source of Bad Writing
Steven Pinker in the Wall Street Journal: Why is so much writing so bad? Why is it so hard to understand a government form, or an academic article or the instructions for setting up a wireless home network? The most...
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4:00 PM | I’ve Got Your Missing Links Right Here (27 September 2014)
Sign up for The Ed’s Up—a weekly newsletter of my writing plus some of the best stuff from …
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4:00 PM | Giant, Worm-Slurping Leech Filmed For The First Time
For the first time, filmmakers in the forests of Borneo's Mount Kinabalu have documented the so-repulsive-it's-captivating behavior of a large, red, worm-guzzling predator. While it remains unclassified by science, the animal is known to the area's tribespeople, fittingly, as the "Giant Red Leech."Read more...
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3:59 PM | Scottish independence would have been good for Britain too
Thomas Wells in The Philosopher's Beard: The Scots have made their choice. The British Union will continue. I can understand their hesitancy, their decision to opt for security and an assured place in something that more or less works, rather...
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