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September 02, 2014

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2:00 PM | Three Projects That Make LEGO Toys Into High-Tech Tools
Book Digitizer Via Dexter Industries © 2014 BrickPi — All Rights Reserved Hand a kid some LEGOs, and you’ll get anything from a sword to a starship. The same adaptability that makes the bricks amazing playthings also endears them to makers, who use the simple toys to create complex machines—at a fraction of their usual cost. Braille Printer Braille Printer Courtesy Micro/Nanoscale Engineering Laboratory, directed by Dr. Keunhan (Kay) […]
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2:00 PM | Spotlight on the MIT Program in Science Writing
Editor’s Note: Many paths lead to a career in science writing, but one of the most common is to go back to school. This post continues an ongoing series that highlights graduate […] The post Spotlight on the MIT Program in Science Writing appeared first on The Science Writers' Handbook.
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2:00 PM | How ​Music Proves We Live In Three Dimensions
String theory has dimensions popping up all over the place. We are currently at over 10 dimensions. But how would living in that many dimensions affect us? The first thing to do would be to throw out all your albums, because they won't sound right anymore.Read more...
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1:55 PM | reckoning with edmund burke
Ferdinand Mount at The London Review of Books: ‘You could not stand five minutes with that man beneath a shed while it rained, but you must be convinced you had been standing with the greatest man you had ever yet...
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1:51 PM | Norman Mailer's "A Fire on the Moon"
Geoff Dyer at Threepenny Review: Mailer starts with the news of Hemingway’s death; we’ll start with Ezra Pound’s claim, in ABC of Reading, that literature “is news that STAYS news.” The appeal of having one of America’s best-known writers cover...
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1:48 PM | A sweeping account of how the Reagan years began as the Nixon era
Christopher Caldwell at Bookforum: “HE WORE A PURPLE PLAID SUIT his staff abhorred and a pinstripe shirt and polka-dot tie and a folded white silk puffing up extravagantly out of his pocket.” This was not some tea-sipping Edwardian dandy. It...
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1:47 PM | After Just Two Years, Huge Atlantic City Casino Shuts Down
It cost $2.4 billion to build the Revel Casino Hotel. Its closure is part of a trend that will reportedly shutter a third of Atlantic City's big gambling halls by the end of September.
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1:30 PM | Dream Jobs - 09/02/2014
In the conclusion of the epic jobs trilogy, Adam, Norm, and Will discuss their dream jobs. Enjoy!
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1:26 PM | Ocean Acidification from Domestic to International
  Since the industrial revolution began, we have released 2 trillion tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) into the atmosphere, and about one-third of it went into the ocean. We initially thought that the ocean taking up CO2 was a good thing – because it took it out of the atmosphere. Unfortunately, we were wrong.  There…
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1:05 PM | Birdbooker Report 336
SUMMARY: Books, books, beautiful books! This is a list of biology, ecology, environment, natural history and animal books that are (or will soon be) available to occupy your bookshelves and your thoughts. “Words in leather and wood”. Bookshelves in the “Long Room” at the old Trinity College Library in Dublin. Image: Nic McPhee from Morris, MN, USA. 2007. (Creative Commons.) Books to the ceiling, Books to the sky, My pile of books is a mile high. How I love them!... Read […]
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12:56 PM | Sharing Risk Can Help Tame The Cost Of Infertility Treatment
Although some insurance plans are expanding coverage for infertility treatments, most coverage remains skimpy. Shared-risk programs can help couples gain some measure of control.
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12:51 PM | An Expedition for Everyone: Open Data in the Okavango
By their nature, expeditions are dangerous. Wild animals, treacherous terrain, painful labor—a lot is risked in sending groups of people into the extreme. So why do we do it? Historically, the answer has been one of two things: for money, or for measurement. In the first case, expeditions might have brought back tonnes of ivory,…
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12:30 PM | Quickies: Fighting sexism is “annoying,” an abortion provider on her job, and Bechdel testing Star Trek
Categories: QuickiesMan says, stop complaining about sexism in video games because it’s annoying – From 9bar, who points out how the author’s bio includes his love of booth babes. An abortion ...(Read more...)
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12:24 PM | The passenger pigeon by Errol Fuller – review
SUMMARY: Written by an artist and authority on extinct species, this book shares rare photographs and other visual materials to provide a general overview to the history of the extinct passenger pigeon. "Men still live who, in their youth, remember pigeons. Trees still live who, in their youth, were shaken by a living wind. But a decade hence only the oldest oaks will remember, and at long last only the hills will know.” -- Leopold Aldo, A Sand County Almanac:... Read more
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12:06 PM | Russian “sex geckos” die after orbiting Earth in satellite
Five gecko lizards have died during a sex experiment aboard a Russian satellite, the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) has said. Descrier - news and culture magazine
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11:47 AM | The Unbearable Emptiness of a New York Times Op-Ed
Peter Beinart in The Atlantic: I have my concerns about President Obama’s foreign policy. But nothing eases them like listening to his Republican critics. There’s an onion-like quality to the arguments GOP politicians often deploy against Obama’s policies in the...
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11:44 AM | The Women Who Made the Science Possible
Here are some more unsung heroes of research: scanners (the human kind). In the 1950s, Donald Glaser invented the bubble chamber – a way to track infinitesimally small quantum particles as they winked in and out of existence. The idea – which may or may not have been tested in beer – was to create…
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11:42 AM | 32 Teens Escape From Nashville-Area Detention Center
By early morning, 17 were still on the loose. The teens escaped after they found a weak spot in the center's perimeter fence.
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11:36 AM | A Call for a Low-Carb Diet
Anahad O'Connor in The New York Times: People who avoid carbohydrates and eat more fat, even saturated fat, lose more body fat and have fewer cardiovascular risks than people who follow the low-fat diet that health authorities have favored for...
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11:30 AM | Mystery No More: The Sliding Stones of Death Valley
Oh how I love nature and science! The former sets up mysteries that baffle us, and then the latter equips us with tools with which to solve them. When I was a kid, one of the coolest mysteries going was the moving stones of Racetrack Playa. This is a dry lake bed in Death Valley, California, where large rocks are embedded in the dried mud. However, many of the rocks have clearly been moving; there are long tracks behind them in the caked, baked mud pushed up like rails along the tracks’ […]
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11:15 AM | Languages are being wiped out by economic growth
Himalayas and tropical regions likely next hotspots for language extinction
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11:15 AM | Cockatoos can learn from each other how to make and use tools
Birds copy the actions of a famed Indonesian cockatoo
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11:15 AM | Congo outbreak of Ebola unrelated to escalating West African epidemic
WHO and Doctors Without Borders again stress need for scaled-up international action
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11:08 AM | The Hundred Foot Journey | review
I’ll begin by mentioning that this film has been produced by Oprah Winfrey who as we all know, is the producer of all that is good and right with the world. She has teamed up with some guy called Stephen Spielberg, who I hear is rather good at this movie business. The Hundred Foot Journey […] The post The Hundred Foot Journey | review appeared first on HeadStuff.
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11:01 AM | The Politics Of Calling In Sick
A growing grass-roots movement aims to establish paid sick leave in the U.S., enjoying some success at the city and state level. The issue is already playing big in 2014 political races.
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11:00 AM | Dogs, Math and Computers: How One Researcher Gets His Ideas
Where does inspiration come from? One researcher talks about artificial intelligence, computer science, and working with dogs.
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11:00 AM | Science explains why comedies are funnier when you see them in a crowded theater.
We’ve all experienced it: the same movie is so much funnier when you see it on opening night with a group of friends compared to watching the DVD by yourself. What causes this difference? Here, a group of psychologists tested the idea that it’s knowing that you are part of a group watching a movie […]The post Science explains why comedies are funnier when you see them in a crowded theater. appeared first on Seriously, Science?.
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10:48 AM | Targeting Al-Shabab Leadership, U.S. Launches Airstrikes In Somalia
The Pentagon said it was still "assessing the results of the operation." Local Somali officials said the U.S. airstrikes hit near a meeting of the al-Qaida affiliated group.
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10:43 AM | Tuesday Poem
As I Grew Older It was a long time ago. I have almost forgotten my dream. But it was there then, In front of me, Bright like a sun— My dream. And then the wall rose, Rose slowly, Slowly, Between...
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10:09 AM | Soviet-era hyperboloid tower saved from destruction
Modern technology appears to have saved a Soviet relic, following a smartphone vote on the fate of Moscow's extraordinary Shukhov Tower
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