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October 31, 2014

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12:00 AM | Science Book a Day Interviews Jordan D Brown
Special thanks to Jordan D Brown for answering 5 questions about his recently featured book – Crazy Concoctions: A Mad Scientist’s Guide to Messy Mixtures For more than 18 years, Jordan D. Brown has written numerous […]

October 30, 2014

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11:30 PM | There Is "Epic Movement" In A Water Drop
Directed and animated by artist Sharon Liu, Geronimo! is a whimsical, watercolor-illustrated reminder of the "epic movement we miss in every drop" of water. If you're familiar with the fluid mechanics of water droplets, you'll understand the reference; if you're not, it's high time you learned about coalescence cascades . Read more...
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11:22 PM | Putting over-crowded emergency rooms to bed
By Emily Lehmann  Ever waited for a long time in a hospital emergency department and thought, there must be a better way? It’s a common problem in the hospitals of Australia. While our nurses, doctors and medical staff are undeniable miracle workers, even they can only do so much. If there’s a sudden rush of sprained ankles, broken […]
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11:22 PM | Larry Cook and Chiropractic Adjustment Myles once again points...
Larry Cook and Chiropractic Adjustment Myles once again points his skepticle eye at one of Larry Cook’s videos. This time he looks into research that “Doctor” Donald Trepany is quoting about Chiropratic Adjustments preventing SIDS. By: Myles Power.
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11:04 PM | Halloween: the science of cashing in | Dean Burnett
Halloween is increasingly popular, so you can expect to see countless articles, adverts, TV shows, product offers and more all themed around it, even if the association is extremely tenuous. Why does this happen? And isnt this article just another blatant example of it? Yes, yes it is.Its Halloween again. It feels like its only been a year since this blog last clumsily tried to combine science and Halloween in a desperate bid to gain extra traffic from the fleeting society-wide interest in […]
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11:00 PM | #flashbackfriday Science Book a Day Interviews Scott Aaronson
This week’s #flashbackfriday is from January 27, 2014. It is an interview that we did with Scott Aaronson, who answered 5 questions about his featured book – Quantum Computing since Democritus. The book was an exploration about the maths, computer science […]
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11:00 PM | If You Really Want to See the Future of City Life, Watch This Video
Assuming we don't destroy ourselves in a mountain of toxic garbage, humans are going to start building more sustainable, environmentally-friendly cities . And that means a lot more animals will be sharing our cities with us. Here's a glimpse of what that might mean.Read more...
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10:49 PM | I went elemental for this year’s jack-o-lantern (and greatly...
I went elemental for this year’s jack-o-lantern (and greatly underestimated the difficulty of carving small numbers… what am I, a neurosurgeon?!)
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10:45 PM | The Devastating History Of Midterm Elections
Over the past century, midterm elections have been pretty rough on the party that holds the White House.
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10:45 PM | Eric Frein, Suspect Wanted In Shooting Death Of Trooper, In Custody
Police say Frein opened fire on two state troopers at the Pocono Mountains more than a month ago. He was described as a survivalist.
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10:45 PM | Eric Frein, Suspected Of Killing Pennsylvania Trooper, In Custody
Police say Frein opened fire on two state troopers more than a month ago, and they've been searching for him since. The Pike County district attorney says he intends to seek the death penalty.
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10:35 PM | I’ll just go ahead and post this screencap before someone...
I’ll just go ahead and post this screencap before someone else does. Just look at that face. A true professional. Click here to find out why I look so awesome and comfortable.  
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10:33 PM | Why is the Sun Yellow and the Sky Blue? Minute Physics provides...
Why is the Sun Yellow and the Sky Blue? Minute Physics provides an energetic and entertaining view of old and new problems in physics — all in a minute! By: Minute Physics.
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9:56 PM | Red Cross Responds To NPR/ProPublica Report On Storm Response Inefficiencies
An NPR investigation revealed how the emergency organization funneled its resources away from storm victims to create an "illusion of mass care." The Red Cross tells PBS NewsHour that's not true.
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9:51 PM | The Billionaire Who Remade Retirement Living On A Massive Scale
Gary Morse developed a mega retirement community called The Villages. His Florida haven for retirees grew to become the largest master-planned community in the country. Morse died Wednesday at 77.
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9:44 PM | The Election of 1932 Explained A super quick yet informative...
The Election of 1932 Explained A super quick yet informative overview of the realignment elections of realignment elections, 1932, FDR versus President Herbert Hoover. By: Keith Hughes.
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9:38 PM | Awful Moments In Quarantine History: Remember Typhoid Mary?
Quarantines have been imposed on the sick and contagious for thousands of years. We look at the use — and abuse — of this strategy to stop the spread of disease.
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9:38 PM | Maker Of 'Body Cams' Used By Police Reports Spike In Sales
What's interesting is the spike started well before the August shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.
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9:20 PM | A New Frog Species Has Been Discovered ... In New York City
Introducing Rana kauffeldi, the first amphibian to be discovered in New York since the Fowler's toad in 1882. Crazily enough, the elusive 'cryptic' leopard frog has gone unnoticed elsewhere; the darned thing is widespread along the Atlantic Coast of the United States. Read more...
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9:15 PM | In mice, genetics dictates Ebola infection outcomes
Everything from survival to full blown hemorrhagic fever are possible.
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9:06 PM | Ebola Researchers Banned From Medical Meeting In New Orleans
One of the top scientific conferences on tropical diseases will take place without the people who have the most recent and direct experience with Ebola in West Africa.
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9:01 PM | China Plans To Put Floating Docks On Disputed Islands
Swallow Reef (Pulau Layang-Layang) in Spratly Islands, South China Sea Matthew Lee, via Wikimedia Commons What’s a country to do with a chain of disputed islands? One option is just “go ahead and build a dock to claim them,” and attach it to some of the islands. Shown off at the Shiptec China 2014 exhibition, China has a plan for floating docks it wants to put in the disputed Spratly Islands. Roughly, the Spratly Islands refers to an area 500 nautical miles […]
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8:54 PM | Adults Often Make Mistakes When Medicating Children A study...
Adults Often Make Mistakes When Medicating Children A study conducted by the Nationwide Children’s Hospital found that between 2002-2012 700,000 children under the age of 6 were given wrong doses of medication. The hospital offers tips on how to administer medicine to kids. By: Live Science Videos.
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8:42 PM | So For Halloween You're Dressing Up As ... A Sexy Ebola Nurse?
Why are infectious disease costumes even a thing? It's actually a relatively new development in Halloween history, but there are precedents. See: Plague Doctor mask, Venice.
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8:42 PM | Sweden Recognizes Palestine, Drawing Sharp Israeli Criticism
Israel's foreign minister says diplomacy is "more complicated than ... furniture from Ikea." His Swedish counterpart responds that diplomacy, like Ikea furniture, needs "a partner ... [and] a manual."
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8:40 PM | Nurse Kaci Hickox Takes A Bike Ride, Defying Maine's Quarantine
Hickox, who returned to the U.S. after treating Ebola patients in West Africa, tested negative for Ebola upon her return, and she has no symptoms — so she says she poses no threat to the public.
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8:40 PM | Obamas Head To Connecticut As Tight Governor's Race Nears Close
Incumbent Dannel Malloy and Republican rival Tom Foley are neck and neck; the race is so close that both the president and first lady will visit the state in the next few days. NPR's Melissa Block talks to Hartford Courant political reporter Daniela Altimari about the race.
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8:35 PM | The Campaign That Seems More Crime Drama Than Congressional Race
When he was an undercover FBI agent, Michael Grimm adopted the persona of "Mikey Suits" to catch alleged mobsters. Now a congressman from Staten Island, Grimm is the target of tax evasion charges.
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8:34 PM | Watchdog Says Feds Shouldn't Have Let Man Take Grenade Parts To Mexico
The case, in which agents watched a man to go through with potentially illegal, is reminiscent of the gun-walking scandal that plagued the ATF for years.
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8:31 PM | The Science of Science Blogging Literature
This morning, Antoine Blanchard tweeted to me a SUPERB list of scholarly articles on science blogging! @FromTheLabBench Here is a comprehensive list of references on science blogging should you need it http://t.co/eyGsdq4dE7 #MySciBlog — Antoine Blanchard (@Enroweb) October 30, 2014 I thought I'd re-create his list here, with links to the full-texts that I could find. I've also included a few of my own citations. This list should be helpful to anyone studying the science of […]
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