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August 28, 2014

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3:32 PM | Thank God for Ebola!
Categories: ReligionThe current outbreak of ebola has been in the news for awhile now, and for good reason: it’s already killed more than 1,200 people in Western Africa, and it infected ...(Read more...)
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3:31 PM | Sid Caesar Double-Talk Routine
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3:30 PM | Déjà vu: Double pub in the same issue earns a retraction
Always do a careful reading of your galleys, editors. We imagine readers of Biomedical Chromatography’s special issue, “Reminiscences of Chang Kee Lim,” did some flipping back and forth when they found the same paper published twice. Here’s the resulting notice for “Determination of 4-hydroxy-2-nonenal in serum by high-performance liquid chromatography with fluorescence detection after pre-column derivatization using […]
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3:27 PM | Robot frogs' sexy signals lure hungry bats to attack
Hunting bats don't just listen out for male frogs' mating calls: they can also use echolocation to detect when the frogs inflate their throat sacs
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3:14 PM | Christopher Sims: Ultra-liquidity
Technology changes and post-crisis monetary policy are making financial assets and money indistinguishable. Central banks now need to work in partnership with fiscal authorities. Several economists at the Lindau meeting were severely critical of central banks’ conduct of monetary policy in the light of continuing depression in the US, Japan and much of Europe, and […]
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3:07 PM | Experiment tests whether universe is a hologram
A new device searching for fundamental units of space and time has officially started taking data, and could reveal new features of the nature of reality
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3:00 PM | Slideshow: Photo contest captures stunning interplay between plants and animals
Competition nets images of love, war, and collaboration
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3:00 PM | Norm and I Are On Our Way to Seattle
Sorry for the slow news days today and tomorrow. Norm and I are both travelling, and will be incommunicado for the first part of the day. If you're coming to PAX in Seattle, we'll be there, and there will be a Tested meetup on Friday night from 6:30 to 8:30. Follow Will and Norm on Twitter, and we'll post the details on Friday afternoon. (Premium members check your email, you already have the details). We'll be.around all weekend, playing board games, hanging out with people and checking out […]
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3:00 PM | And now the weather, featuring climate change blame
A new technique connecting individual weather events with the impact of greenhouse gas emissions could bring climate change into everyday weather reports
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3:00 PM | The U.S. Southwest Could Soon Experience Decades-Long "Megadroughts"
During the 1930s, America's High Plains were ravaged by an 8-year long drought, resulting in the dreaded Dust Bowl. Scientists now warn that, owing to global warming, this could happen again — and that by next century many parts of the world could experience "megadroughts" lasting for several decades.Read more...
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2:46 PM | A Space Game Gets Real
The Gladiator, from the PC game Star Citizen 498,500 players have spent more than $48.1 million on virtual ships available for purchase. Courtesy Star Citizen The revelation of the hit PC game Star Citizen isn’t that people love space-flight—we knew that. It’s that they like their games as realistic as possible, with a universe obsessively hewing to Newton-ian physics for even the smallest detail. The crowdfunded Star Citizen features player-controlled spaceships that […]
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2:34 PM | virginia woolf, writing, and painting
Ruth Scurr at the Times Literary Supplement: Critical to the development of Woolf’s writing was the freedom of the Hogarth Press, which she and Leonard began in 1917 after buying a hand-press for £19 5s 6d on Farringdon Street. Woolf’s...
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2:28 PM | Why Conservatives Should Read Marx
Jonny Thakkar at The Point: If they want to be consistent, conservatives ought really to be anti-capitalist. This may be a little surprising, but in point of fact conservatism has always been flexible as far as particular policies are concerned....
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2:25 PM | Chris Marker's level five
Whitney Mallet at n+1: Around the time video games were to coming to define the memory of Operation Desert Storm, Chris Marker made a movie about a video game that depicted a forgotten battle of a well-remembered war. The heroine...
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2:06 PM | Your death microbiome could catch your killer
Identity, time of death, cause of death, even whether a corpse has been moved – the body's trillions of microbes could reveal it all
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2:00 PM | Dating Drought in the Nebraska Sandhills
Could the Nebraska Sandhills resemble the Sahara? They have before. Join QUEST as we explore dating and recreating drought in dunes.
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2:00 PM | Informing NASA’s Asteroid Initiative: Your Chance to Participate!
August 28, 2014 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE In its history, the Earth has been repeatedly struck by asteroids, large chunks of rock from space that can cause considerable damage in a collision. Can we—or should we—try to protect Earth from potentially …The post Informing NASA’s Asteroid Initiative: Your Chance to Participate! appeared first on CitizenSci.
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1:51 PM | How to begin a scientific paper: “Gears are found rarely in animals…”
This research paper, published in the journal Science, demonstrates that yes, it is possible to begin a scientific paper with a colorful thought. The very first sentence begins with these words: “Gears are found rarely in animals…”
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1:30 PM | Cancer researcher has correction upgraded to retraction
Rakesh Kumar, a researcher with six recent corrections and one retraction, has had one of those corrections upgraded to a retraction. Here’s the unhelpful notice, from Molecular Endocrinology: The August 2007 Molecular Endocrinology article by by Gururaj et al, “Estrogen Induces Expression of BCAS3, A Novel Estrogen Receptor-alpha Coactivator, through Proline-, Glutamic Acid-, and Leucine-Rich […]
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1:28 PM | What Do Talking Apes Really Tell Us?
Jane C. Hu in Slate: Last week, people around the world mourned the death of beloved actor and comedian Robin Williams. According to the Gorilla Foundation in Woodside, California, we were not the only primates mourning. A press release from...
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1:20 PM | Your Morning Cup Of Coffee Is Also Your Morning Cup Of Pesticide
The thing that gets most of us up in the morning is a nice big dose of poison. Fortunately, it's not poison for us. It is, however, something that's left a trail of dead snails in labs, and that we crave every morning.Read more...
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1:18 PM | Quickies: Sarkeesian receives death threats, climate change models, and geek girls
Categories: QuickiesAnita Sarkeesian driven out of home by online abuse and death threats – She shared the the tweets that threatened her and used her home address yesterday. Trigger warning, they’re ...(Read more...)
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1:00 PM | Man 3-D Prints A Concrete Castle In His Backyard
Where Dreams Come True Andrey Rudenko, Total Kustom This is a castle that a man 3-D printed from concrete, using a printer he built himself. We like how variations in the concrete's color stretch perfectly across the castle—the product of care and engineering on the part of the maker, Andrey Rudenko. As he wrote on his website: Layering cement was an extremely difficult task- it required extensive tuning of the printer on a programming level, as well as using exact quantities for the […]
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1:00 PM | Episode 269 - I Felt the Earth Move - 8/28/2014
As they prepare to leave for PAX Prime in Seattle, Will and Norm discuss the Napa earthquake, Amazon buying Twitch, living inside a hologram, and the biggest Kickstarter ever. All that, plus our PAX plans, what we're testing, and your questions answered. Enjoy!
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12:06 PM | USC's Josh Shaw Suspended For Making Up Heroic Tale
Shaw had explained that he hurt his ankle because he jumped from a second-floor balcony to save his drowning nephew. The cornerback has now admitted that was a lie.
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11:54 AM | Autómata: a believable robot future
From KurzweilAI: George Mason University neuroscience researcher Todd Gillette got a preview of the forthcoming movie Autómata. It “caught me completely by surprise,” he said on his OnMason blog. “Starring Antonio Banderas, here we have a believable future (2044, 30...
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11:39 AM | Iceland volcano: why a repeat of the 2010 flight chaos is unlikely | Dr Andy Hooper
Geologist Andy Hooper explains why the chances of a huge eruption of the Bárðarbunga volcano in Iceland and massive disruption of air travel are lowThe heightened seismic activity at the Bárðarbunga volcano in Iceland, which began on 16 August, shows no sign of abating. The Icelandic Met Office has issued an orange flight warning, the second highest alert on its scale. This means Bárðarbunga, which is part of a large volcano system underneath the several hundred […]
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11:30 AM | Double Rainbow ... With Lightning!
One of the things I love about living in Boulder, Colorado, is that in the summer we tend to get afternoon storms. It’s sunny a lot here, which heats the land and evaporates water, forming clouds, and they can get a tremendous amount of energy in them. We get good downpours, and then when the storm is done, it’s done. Because the wind blows predominantly west to east, and the storms are in the afternoon when the Sun is setting, when the clouds clear from the west the Sun shines […]
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11:23 AM | Ukrainian President Says Russian Troops Have Entered His Country
One official called the latest Russian incursion a "full-scale invasion." Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko called on the U.N. Security Council to offer an assessment of the "sharp aggravation."
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11:13 AM | Cities as a Glimpse of the Future
How researchers learned that cities may serve as a crystal ball for the impact of climate change on an important insect pest.
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