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March 04, 2015

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9:21 PM | Why Don’t Birds Break Their Necks On Deepwater Dives?
Northern gannets avoid buckling their necks by choosing the right diving speed.
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9:05 PM | Ferguson Documents: Justice Investigation Backs Former Officer Wilson
The grand jury documents left doubt, but federal investigators say they found "no credible evidence to disprove [Officer Darren] Wilson's perception that Brown posed a threat."
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9:02 PM | A study of twins shows that autism is largely genetic
In the fight against misinformation about autism it seems science is starting to come out on top, finally. A new study hopes to add to the recent advancements made in the understanding of autism, which finds that a substantial genetic and moderate environmental influences were associated with risk of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and broader autism […]

Colvert, E., Tick, B., McEwen, F., Stewart, C., Curran, S., Woodhouse, E., Gillan, N., Hallett, V., Lietz, S., Garnett, T. & Ronald, A. (2015). Heritability of Autism Spectrum Disorder in a UK Population-Based Twin Sample, JAMA Psychiatry, DOI: 10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2014.3028

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9:00 PM | Control Your Smartphone With Stickers On Your Skin
Fumbling for a cell phone that rang during a meeting can be pretty embarrassing, and tapping out an email on a smartwatch is always a frustrating experience. To make mobile…
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8:57 PM | Philosophie + Pornographie: Kant Immanuel Kant was one of the...
Philosophie + Pornographie: Kant Immanuel Kant was one of the foremost philosophers to reflect on aesthetics; he was particularly interested in beauty and its ultimate meaning. By: The School of Life.
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8:47 PM | The Ebola Outbreak Has Had Devastating Consequences For Maternal Health
In Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, the Ebola outbreak is having a horrifying impact on pregnant women, regardless of whether they have Ebola.Read more...
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8:40 PM | Field Cameras Catch Deer Eating Birds—Wait, Why Do Deer Eat Birds?
Deer aren't the slim, graceful vegans we thought they were. Scientists using field cameras have caught deer preying on nestling song birds. And it's not just deer. Herbivores the world over may be supplementing their diets.Read more...
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8:32 PM | Turning STEM Excitement Up a Notch: MedImmune Returns as Sponsor of X-STEM Symposium!
Why can’t we inspire kids to become just as excited about science and engineering as most are about sports and entertainment celebrities? Get ready as MedImmune, the global biopharmaceutical leader which wowed audiences as a major sponsor of the Festival’s X-STEM Symposium last year, returns for Festival 2015 this spring to help answer this key…
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8:30 PM | The Anti-Pollution Documentary That's Taken China By Storm
A prominent journalist with a sick child quit her job and produced an eye-opening look at the consequences of China's air pollution problem. Some 200 million have watched it since the weekend.
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8:19 PM | AsapScience explains why you get déjà vu by...
AsapScience explains why you get déjà vu by asapscience: It’s a pretty common feeling. But what causes it? We teamed up with Business Insider to talk about what that funny feeling that is déjà vu.
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8:14 PM | Hey Los Angeles! #BLKGRRRL Book Fair is This Weekend.
Categories: Activism Events FeminismCalling all feminists, artists and all around smart and talented people! There is a very cool, very progressive, very inclusive event happening this weekend in the great city of Los ...(Read more...)
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8:13 PM | Report offers stimulating recommendation on coffee
Results from a committee of experts give the blessing to moderate coffee intake. But as we all raise our mugs, the science behind the report is worth a closer look.
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8:10 PM | Rules for the black birdwatcher
SUMMARY: Black bird watchers are rare birds themselves, and there are special rules that the black birder must observe to remain safe when out in the field chasing rare birds. . “Any bird that’s black is my bird.” Are you a bird watcher, especially one who chases rare birds? If so, you most likely are white, fifty-five or older, and male. Female birders and young birders are unusual (in my experience), but the rarest birds of all are non-white birders.... Read more
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8:10 PM | Rules for the black birdwatcher
SUMMARY: Black bird watchers are rare birds themselves, and there are special rules that the black birder must observe to remain safe when out in the field chasing rare birds. . “Any bird that’s black is my bird.” Are you a bird watcher, especially one who chases rare birds? If so, you most likely are white, fifty-five or older, and male. Female birders and young birders are unusual (in my experience), but the rarest birds of all are non-white birders.... Read more
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8:02 PM | Senate Fails In Bid To Override Obama's Veto On Keystone XL Pipeline
The final vote was 62-37 – short of the two-thirds needed to override the presidential veto.
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8:00 PM | Smart Necklace Analyzes What Goes Down Your Throat
You’ve said it. I’ve said it. “I’ll just have one more bite.” Then, half a cheesecake later, we were both liars. A new smart necklace aims to rid us of our eating sins by…
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8:00 PM | It's the faster, stronger, better Large Hadron Collider
Still basking in the glory of the Higgs discovery, CERN's celebrity particle smasher is aiming for even wilder particles – and the truth about supersymmetry (full text available to subscribers)
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7:42 PM | Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge for Kids in Grades 5-8
I don’t typically write sponsored posts, but I love this contest so much that I’m more than happy to spread the word about it! Last year, I was lucky enough to hear the ten Young Scientist Challenge finalists present their innovations and was blown away by their creativity, their knowledge, and their passion for helping […]
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7:42 PM | Programs Help Students Cut Back On Booze, But Not For Long
Most colleges have some sort of alcohol education program. One-time interventions do cut drinking, but only short term. They tend to work better for women, with with no benefit for men in frats.
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7:41 PM | What Are Stars Made Of? | Real Talk With A Scientist Trace and...
What Are Stars Made Of? | Real Talk With A Scientist Trace and Dr. Natalie Hinkel sit down to discuss stars! By: DNews.
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7:40 PM | Few Clues On Health Law's Future Emerge In Supreme Court Arguments
Will the Supreme Court strike down tax credits that help moderate-income Americans afford coverage in the three dozen states where the marketplace is being run by the federal government?
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7:37 PM | Jawbone Fossil Fills Big Gap In Human Evolution, Scientists Say
Writing in Science, scientists say the 2.8-million-year-old fossil appears to belong to an individual from the beginning of the ancestral line that led to humans.
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7:34 PM | Polar lows: what fuels Arctic hurricanes?
What are polar lows? Through the centuries seafarers in the Nordic Seas have told tales of unexpected encounters with severe storms that appeared out of nowhere to wreak heavy snowfall, fierce wind and huge waves on their ships. With the advent of satellites, it was noticed that these unpredictable low-pressure vortices are ubiquitous over high-latitude […]Author informationDenis SergeevPhD student in Meteorology at the University of East Anglia, UK. | Twitter |
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7:30 PM | This Ancient Fossil Just Rewrote The History of Human Evolution
This jawbone pushes back the evolutionary origins of our genus by nearly half a million years, researchers reported today.Read more...
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7:29 PM | America's First Offshore Wind Farm Might Spin Up In 2016
Offshore wind farms in the United States are the new flying car. We keep saying that it's just around the corner but somehow practical results never manifest. Europe has…
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7:13 PM | X-ray Laser Sees Giant Mimivirus in 3D
Researchers using the Stanford University’s Linac Coherent Light Source – the world’s first hard X-ray free-electron laser and one of only two currently operating in the world – have produced a 3D image revealing the inner structure of a Mimivirus virion. First isolated in 1992 from Acanthamoeba polyphaga growing in a water tower in Bradford, [...]
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7:12 PM | #AskAChemist: What’s the deal with fabric dyes?
Categories: Science SkepticismTags: acid base chemistryask a chemistcellulosechemistrycottondyeproteinwoolThis week on Ask A Chemist… @skepchicks @DrRubidium Why is wool dyed in acid, but cotton dyed in base? #AskAChemist — Robert Coolman (@PrimeViridian) January 14, 2015 Short answer: Longer ...(Read more...)
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7:03 PM | Were Jeffersonian Republicans Anti-Federalists? In this first...
Were Jeffersonian Republicans Anti-Federalists? In this first edition of APUSH Q&A, I address a question I received on Facebook about whether Jeffersonian Republicans (“Democratic-Republicans” in some texts) were Anti-Federalists and about the extent to which the Jeffersonian Republican Party was a forerunner to the modern-day Democratic Party. By: Tom Richey.
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7:00 PM | Injectable Enzyme Stops Wounds From Bleeding
Traumatic injuries, like falls or car crashes, can cause the victim to lose a lot of blood very quickly. The result is thousands of preventable deaths per year, especially…
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7:00 PM | Picture of the Week: A Single Snowflake
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