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April 17, 2014

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12:53 PM | High-level food for fad-diet theorists
Persons who make their living by creating, naming, and giving advice about fad diets can find food for their professed thoughts about food in this new study: “Lower Obesity Rate during Residence at High Altitude among a Military Population with Frequent Migration: A Quasi Experimental Model for Investigating Spatial Causation,” Jameson D. Voss, David B. […]
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12:20 PM | Quickies: Hot maggots, mental milkshakes, and Klingon astronauts
Categories: QuickiesMaggots bring the heat – I it when Bug Girl talks forensics. Judge overturns tough North Dakota abortion law – The law had banned abortion after a fetal heartbeat was detectable. Mind over milkshake: How your thoughts fool your stomach – From Will. Astronaut wears Firefly and Star Trek shirts in space – A supporter of the Klingon empire, even.(Read more...)
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12:01 PM | Ozarcus mapesae: Fossil Species Reveals Sharks aren’t Living Fossils
Paleontologists from the American Museum of Natural History have described a shark species that lived during Carboniferous period, about 325 million years ago. The analysis of its fossilized skull shows that living sharks are actually quite advanced in evolutionary terms, despite having retained their basic ‘sharkiness’ over millions of years. “Sharks are traditionally thought to [...]
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12:00 PM | Google Doodle honors pioneering chemist who looked to the natural world for new medicines
Percy Lavon Julian helped discover compounds and medicines that paved the way for drugs we still use now, despite the prejudices of his day.
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12:00 PM | Survey Reveals What Today's America Thinks The Future Looks Like
A 1910 Vision Of A Future Helicopter This image comes from an excellent series of French postcards made in the ealy 1900s about life in the 21st century. Villemard, via Wikimedia Commons In the next 50 years, Americans think they probably won't ride in driverless cars, that robots flying outside will have made everything worse, and that humans will be nowhere close to colonizing the solar system. Those are some of the conclusions from a Pew Research Center survey of 1,001 […]
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12:00 PM | How you can change the past Forget particles and waves. When it...
How you can change the past Forget particles and waves. When it comes to the true guise of material reality, what’s out there is beyond our grasp. Full story: http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg21728971.600 via New Scientist Video.
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11:54 AM | Celebrating East African Pollinator Diversity!
Dear All Many greetings from the rainforest in Western Kenya! Am very pleased to share with you a recently complete book featuring and celebrating pollinator diversity in East Africa. You can download the book through link by clicking on the cover image below: Click on image above to go to the page where you can…
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11:30 AM | Winter Is Coming… So Wear the Right Clothes
The April 6th Game of Thrones episode, “Two Swords,” eased the HBO series out of the gate and into its fourth season. With this Sunday’s episode, “The Lion and the Rose,” and King Joffrey’s Purple... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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11:30 AM | Why do Zebras have stripes?
Why do zebras have those flashy stripes? In a world where predators could be lurking anywhere, being so boldly conspicuous seems like a huge handicap. There must be some kind of evolutionary advantage to that distinctive coloring and biologists have come up with several ideas. The stripes might be courtship or other social cues, helping the animals mate or bond in groups. They might allow the animals to identify each other. They might confuse predators by making the zebras blend […]
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11:30 AM | Look! It’s a Car on Mars!
Right now, there are five spacecraft at or on Mars (and two more on the way). One of the spacecraft on the surface is of course the rover Curiosity, the plutonium-powered Mini Cooper–size mobile chemistry lab. One in orbit is the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, equipped with the fantabulous HiRISE camera, capable of seeing objects a half meter across on the Red Planet. Hey! Curiosity is bigger than a half meter. A lot bigger. Can MRO see it? Why yes. Yes it can. Can you find the rover in the […]
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11:01 AM | The story of climate change gets star treatment
To engage the public, Years of Living Dangerously and Sand Wars take different approaches, one is a Hollywood behemoth, the other is shrewd and assailing
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11:00 AM | Are you too optimistic? Science can fix that.
Like most people, you probably suffer from “unrealistic optimism”: a tendency of healthy individuals to underestimate their likelihood of future misfortune, such as illness. Fortunately, scientists have not only figured out which part of the brain is responsible for this behavior, but they have also figured out how to stop it. Apparently, stimulating the right […]The post Are you too optimistic? Science can fix that. appeared first on Seriously, Science?.
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10:08 AM | Fossil discovery shows model for evolution of sharks
The discovery of a skull from a 325-million-year-old primitive shark species shows that modern sharks are highly evolved creatures, despite maintaining basic "sharkiness" over millions of years. Descrier - news and culture magazine
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9:59 AM | Migraciones culturales: La costumbre de usar palillos llegó al este de China hace 500.000 años
En el último programa de Activa Tu Neurona, que se comparte periódicamente en este Cuaderno de Cultura Científica, José María Rodríguez Ponga, secretario del patronato de la Fundación Atapuerca, decía que no hemos cambiado tanto como creemos, y que el tiempo pasa más lento de los que nos parece. Coincidíamos en que hoy hablamos un latín modernizado, en que designamos dos […] Seguir leyendo The post […]
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9:53 AM | Shakespeare: Poet, playwright, scientist?
Shakespeare is known for being many things – but never a scientist. On the eve of his 450th birthday, we show how his imagination was fired by the natural world
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9:44 AM | Thursday Poem
Lullaby for a Daughter Go to sleep. Night is a coal pit full of black water — ......... night is a dark cloud full of warm rain. Go to sleep. Night is a flower resting from bees — ......... night's...
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8:53 AM | In nature, death is not defeat
Eva Saulitis in Orion Magazine: FOR TWENTY-SIX SEPTEMBERS I’ve hiked up streams littered with corpses of dying humpbacked salmon. It is nothing new, nothing surprising, not the stench, not the gore, not the thrashing of black humpies plowing past their...
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8:39 AM | A New Idea of Why Eating Less Increases Life Span
Annie Sneed in Scientific American: Nematode worms, fruit flies, mice and other lab animals live longer, healthier lives when they eat less than they otherwise would if more food were available. Primates may also benefit, and perhaps humans—which is why...
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8:00 AM | Letter O: OLLI
The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, “A Health Club for Your Mind,” has been in Fairbanks almost since the turn of the century. Originally Adventures in Lifelong Learning and then Alaska Lifelong Learning, the name was changed to Osher Lifelong Learning Institute in 2006, after the Osher foundation provided funding. The program is currently part of […]
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8:00 AM | A Hometown Hero, A Foreign Flag
Last Saturday, my daughter and I went to the opening day of Little League season. In our small town of White Salmon, Washington, it’s a day for classic Americana: The players chase their coaches around the bases, the Boy Scouts raise the Stars and Stripes, we sing the Star-Spangled Banner, and a local celebrity throws […]
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7:48 AM | Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #65
We cannot overstate the dedication of wild bird photographers around the world. Birds are extremely risk-averse and getting close is a time-earned skill born of years learning about their behaviour. Knowledge of your camera is essential with no room for error before this bird takes off. The wild bird photographs in this week’s collection are…
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7:18 AM | Jamie Hyneman's High-Pressure Air Gun
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6:45 AM | Introducing the reason I’ve been quiet… and musings on my second son’s birth
If you typically follow my blog, you may have noticed the absence of posts for the past several weeks. And then you may have done the math from my previous posts and correctly deduced that I had my baby. Of course, you could be forgiven if you didn’t deduce as much because my would-be April […]
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6:36 AM | Discover Nursing : What’s new in Wiley Nursing?
We have some news to share with you who have great interest on nursing and midwifery practice. Let’s start with a new journal. Nursing Open, a new open access journal from Wiley, is available soon! It is a peer reviewed open access journal that welcomes articles on all aspects of nursing and midwifery practice, research, […] The post Discover Nursing : What’s new in Wiley Nursing? appeared first on Wiley Asia Blog.
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6:00 AM | Dispelling the nightmares of post-traumatic stress disorder | Dispelling the nightmares of post-traumatic stress disorder | Daniel and Jason Freeman
Treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder can take months, but an intense course may relieve symptoms in just a weekOn Wednesday morning we woke to the news that a passenger ferry had sunk off the coast of South Korea, with at least four people confirmed dead and 280 unaccounted for. Meanwhile, though the search has continued for the missing Malaysia Airlines plane, relatives' hopes of a safe landing have long since been extinguished.Human tragedies like these are the stuff of daily news, […]
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6:00 AM | Los laboratorios virtuales en el aula
Retomo hoy el camino emprendido en dos entradas anteriores (Seis claves para motivar a tus alumnos y Seis webs de recursos educativos sobre ciencia y tecnología), compartiendo con vosotros lo que voy aprendiendo en el curso sobre prácticas innovadoras para la enseñanza atractiva de la Ciencia, Tecnología, Ingeniería y Matemáticas, organizado por la European Schoolnet Academy.Laboratorios virtuales: una realidad disponible hoy para la clase de […]
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3:41 AM | Politicians, climate change and evidence abuse
I’ve recently been re-reading The Geek Manifesto: Why Science Matters, the book by former Times science editor Mark Henderson, which examines the often flagrant disregard for scientific evidence shown by politicians around the world. New Zealand politicians of all persuasions are as guilty of evidence abuse as their overseas counterparts. Examples of this abound, most famously, [...]
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3:16 AM | explore-blog: Rachel Sussman’s photographs of the oldest living...
explore-blog: Rachel Sussman’s photographs of the oldest living things in the world – a masterpiece at the intersection of art, science, and philosophy. With an artist’s gift for “aesthetic force” and a scientist’s rigorous respect for truth, Sussman straddles a multitude of worlds as she travels across space and time to unearth Earth’s greatest stories of resilience, stories of tragedy and triumph, past and future, but above all stories […]
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3:00 AM | Stem cells debacle: Obokata admits enhancing images
The lead scientist behind a revolutionary method to turn adult cells into stem cells has been found guilty of misconduct, but insists the mistakes were unintentional
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2:59 AM | Eyes On You – Cereal Psychology
Any beginner’s course on public communication stresses the importance of eye contact for building a connection between the speaker and the audience. The same holds true for advice of the romantic variety, with scientific research supporting the claim that direct eye contact makes people seem more attractive to potential mates. But eyes don’t necessarily need […]
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