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April 24, 2014

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5:15 PM | Instant fossils found trapped in asteroid impact glass
These tiny plant shards were locked inside glass instantly during an asteroid impact. Could Martian life be preserved in the same way?
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5:04 PM | Here's Why The FDA Is Regulating E-Cigarettes
Flickr/rpavich Early today, the FDA—after years of saber-rattling—proposed new rules to regulate e-cigarettes. You may have heard something about this, since people in both camps are losing it. Ah, so the FDA is really putting the clampdown on these, eh?  Well, relatively. Up until now, e-cigarettes were almost completely unregulated; the new system would make some changes, like banning sales to minors. Good! Yes! Unless you are in the camp that believes e-cigarettes are a […]
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5:03 PM | New Themes: Alto, Collective, and Worldview
Whether you're looking for a theme for your blog, online magazine, or collaborative project, this week's crop of new themes comes packed with great features.
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5:03 PM | New Themes: Alto, Collective, and Worldview
Whether you're looking for a theme for your blog, online magazine, or collaborative project, this week's crop of new themes comes packed with great features.
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5:03 PM | New Themes: Alto, Collective, and Worldview
Whether you're looking for a theme for your blog, online magazine, or collaborative project, this week's crop of new themes comes packed with great features.
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5:00 PM | How Do We Know the Moon Landing Isn’t Fake? There’s...
How Do We Know the Moon Landing Isn’t Fake? There’s a conspiracy theory that astronauts never landed on the Moon. Is it all a conspiracy? Were the Moon landings faked? What is the evidence that we actually went to the Moon? via Universe Today.
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4:59 PM | beatricebiologist: Who’s in charge around here?! 
beatricebiologist: Who’s in charge around here?! 
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4:55 PM | Tech breakthroughs mean all can be differently abled
Science won't just fix impaired senses – it can give us new ones, too (full text available to subscribers)
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4:41 PM | Creating Better Passwords By Making Up Stories
A few pictures and stories can help generate more than 100 secure passwords. Originally published:  Apr 24 2014 - 11:30am By:  Karin Heineman, ISTV Executive Producer Science category:  Brain Computer Science News section:  Inside Science TV […]
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4:40 PM | Consent and Neurodivergence
Categories: FeminismTrigger warning: discussion of rape and sexual assault Cross posted from We Got So Far To Go Consent is at the heart of sexual ethics for many feminists and other progressive individuals. There’s talk of enthusiastic consent, and impaired consent, and power dynamics, and all sorts of things that might impair someone’s ability to consent. Those who promote consent can come down pretty hard on someone who has violated another’s consent (with good […]
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4:36 PM | Tamping Down On Water Use In Drought Stricken California
By Meg Wilcox, Senior Manger, Communications, Ceres The Dawn Creek subdivision in Lancaster, 60 miles north of Los Angeles, looks like any other neighborhood scattered across California’s Antelope Valley. Its neatly arrayed modern homes blend into the arid landscape, sporting hues the colors of the desert—burnt umber, sienna and ecru. But Dawn Creek contains a…
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4:30 PM | Can A Brain Injury Make You A Genius? Have you ever heard the...
Can A Brain Injury Make You A Genius? Have you ever heard the phrase, “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger?” Well for some people who suffered brain trauma, this cliche phrase actually held true! Annie joins DNews today to discuss some interesting cases of people who experienced severe injuries that led them to develop weird, new abilities. via DNews Channel.
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4:21 PM | Why Habitable Exoplanets Are Bad News for Humanity’s Future
This article was originally published on The Conversation. Last week, scientists announced the discovery of Kepler-186f, a planet 492 light years away in the Cygnus constellation. Kepler-186f is special because it marks the first planet almost exactly the same size as Earth orbiting in the “habitable zone” – the distance from a star in which […]The post Why Habitable Exoplanets Are Bad News for Humanity’s Future appeared first on The Crux.
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4:17 PM | Is This A Jackson Pollack Painting, or Insect Flight? I mean,...
Is This A Jackson Pollack Painting, or Insect Flight? I mean, you can probably guess which it is, since I’m putting it here on my Tumblr, and I don’t usually post Pollack paintings, but still. Go read the story behind this awesome rainbow spaghetti at io9.
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4:03 PM | Scientists Use Satellite Images to Track Uncontacted Amazonian Tribes
U.S. researchers from the University of Missouri and the University of New Mexico have used satellite images to track the movements and demographic health of an uncontacted tribe in the Brazilian state of Acre near the Peruvian border. Remote surveillance is the only method to safely track uncontacted indigenous societies and may offer information that [...]
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4:00 PM | The Most Versatile Impressionist In the Forest
Ernesto Gianoli wasn’t the first person to work out his frustrations with a walk in the woods, but …
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4:00 PM | Throwback Thursday: Buy Shamwows! Now!
Categories: Meta Stuff SkepticismOriginally posted January 19, 2009 I’d like to talk to you about a man whom I’ve dubbed “Headset Vince”. He’s the guy from the ShamWow commercials. He wears a headset for reasons no one other than Vince can understand… maybe he’s expecting a phone call? From his agent offering him a better gig? Maybe his mom is calling to tell him that Stella from Bingo saw him on the teevee? I don’t know. What I do know is that […]
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4:00 PM | How Can Something Be A Plant And An Animal? It’s very easy...
How Can Something Be A Plant And An Animal? It’s very easy to tell the difference from plants and animals…right? It was announced last week that sea anemones are actually half animal, and half plant! Trace explains how something can be both plant and animal, and lists out a few other similar cases. via DNews Channel.
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4:00 PM | Quantum Gravity Coming Soon… Maybe.
Don’t like quantum mechanics? Don’t worry Einstein didn’t either. In fact, not only did Einstein not like quantum mechanics, neither did his general theory of relativity. Which was okay… sort […]

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3:30 PM | The Real Reason Your Cat Is A Picky Eater Cats only have about...
The Real Reason Your Cat Is A Picky Eater Cats only have about 500 taste buds, while humans have around 9,000. However, their sense of smell is much stronger than ours, so cats typically enjoy the smell of their food more than the actual taste. via Animalist Network.
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3:30 PM | Wrong cell line leads to retraction of kidney cancer study
A group of authors in China has retracted their December 2013 paper in PLoS ONE after realizing that they’d been studying the wrong cells. The paper, “Up-Regulation of pVHL along with Down-Regulation of HIF-1α by NDRG2 Expression Attenuates Proliferation and Invasion in Renal Cancer Cells,” came from Lei Gao, of the Fourth Military Medical University, […]
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3:30 PM | Global Vaccination Week: Are You Up to Date?
Are you up to date with your vaccinations? That’s the theme of this year’s Global Vaccination Week (Apr. 24–30, 2014), a big health effort by the World Health Organization. The goal: Save millions of lives, many if not most being children’s. Yes, you read that right. Estimates are that vaccines save about 8 million lives every year. Measles alone kills more than 100,000 people every year worldwide … and that number was a terrifying 2.6 million deaths before 1980, […]
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3:20 PM | Genetic Researchers Sequence Genome of Rainbow Trout
Scientists led by Dr Yann Guiguen from the French National Institute for Agricultural Research have successfully sequenced the genome of the rainbow trout, Oncorhynchus mykiss. The rainbow trout, an elongated fish with sides that fade from green below the dorsal fin to yellow and white, belongs to Salmonidae, a family of fishes that also includes [...]
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3:07 PM | A Drop of Value – Wine Additives
As alcoholic beverages go, wine would seem to be among the simplest to produce, requiring little more than grapes, water and time; after all, humans have been producing the potable for over 6,000 years. But the modern, industrial-scale wineries of makers such as E&J Gallo, the company behind the Carlo Rossi and Barefoot brands, have […]
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3:01 PM | Happy DNA Day: Genetic Results From New York City Students Reveal Microcosm of the World
Fifty-one years ago tomorrow, James Watson, Francis Crick, Maurice Wilkins, and Rosalind Franklin published a landmark paper on the structure of DNA. Since then, April 25 has been recognized as DNA Day, a day for celebrating all that we know about genetics, including what DNA tells us about our ancient past. Today, Genographic Project scientists…
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3:00 PM | Sea Turtles Can Cross Entire Oceans Sea turtles live in almost...
Sea Turtles Can Cross Entire Oceans Sea turtles live in almost every ocean basin throughout the world, nesting on tropical and subtropical beaches. via Discovery World Safari.
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2:30 PM | Induced hallucination turns doctors into pizza chefs
By zapping precise regions of a volunteer's brain, hallucinations were created that transported him to a local railway station – and his family's pizzeria
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2:07 PM | The Hispanic states of America
Henry Kamen at the Times Literary Supplement: Our America is a brilliant, difficult book which seeks “to show that there are other US histories than the standard Anglo narrative” by focusing on “Hispanic influence in the country’s past and future”....
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2:01 PM | the beauty of bridges
Lucy Farmer and Garry Simpson at More Intelligent Life: When you cross a bridge, it is the sweeping view or the rolling horizon that holds your attention, not the structure that makes the air solid beneath your feet. These wonders...
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2:00 PM | L’Hopital’s Rule Lesson with 8 Examples I explain...
L’Hopital’s Rule Lesson with 8 Examples I explain how L’Hôpital’s Rule allows you to easily find limits that are in Indeterminate Forms. Beyond the basic 0/0 or Infinity/Infinity, I explain Indeterminate Products, Indeterminate Powers, and Indeterminate Difference. Duration: 49:21 via Prof Rob Bob.
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