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December 17, 2014

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6:00 PM | Sony Device Aims To Turn Any Glasses Into Smart Glasses
Sony's announced a micro display unit that can be used to turn any pair of glasses into an augmented reality device.
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5:45 PM | From Goat Herding to Lion Conservation: The Story of a Samburu Warrior. Part 1
Meet Jeneria Lekilelei, a young Samburu warrior who comes from the Sasaab area in Westgate Community Conservancy, Samburu, Kenya. Jeneria started working with Ewaso Lions in 2008 as a Lion Scout and has since taken a substantial leadership role in his current position as Field Operations and Community Manager. Jeneria is a wildlife hero and…
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5:30 PM | Today on New Scientist
All the latest on newscientist.com: block rockin' beasts, evolution, asteroid soil for space farms, sexology, tsunami shield, Martian methane burps and more
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5:16 PM | Star's flying visit could fling comets at Earth
It might not happen for a quarter of a million years, but a nearby star coming closer to the sun could send planetary remnants hurtling to Earth
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5:15 PM | Moon Rover 'Andy' Takes Home Two XPrize Milestone Awards, Totaling $750,000
In the Google Lunar XPrize competition, three-dozen teams are racing to become the first private enterprises to land a rover on the moon. The winner takes home $30 million.
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5:06 PM | Behind The Scenes At The Lab That Fingerprints Microbiomes
Inside the lab, a lone technician sorts through new samples, snipping off swab heads intentionally fouled with fecal material. One head goes to cold storage and the other is processed for sequencing.
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4:55 PM | Risks Have Never Been Greater For Medical Workers In Conflict Zones
They've always been caught in the crossfire. But now they're being directly targeted. And no place is more dangerous than Syria.
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4:34 PM | Satellite Images Show How Much More Light Americans Use During The Winter Holidays
U.S. cities use so much more light at night during December that the difference can be detected by satellite.
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4:33 PM | biopolitics, the Anthropocene and neoliberalism
Mat Coleman and Kathryn Yusoff interview Elizabeth Povinelli in Society and Space: Mat Coleman: In your recent work, and specifically in Economies of Abandonment, you pose a challenge to many theorists of neoliberalism in the sense that you identify the...
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4:31 PM | Way Beyond Brownies: Vice Launches A Marijuana Cooking Show
"Nonna Marijuana's Italian Feast" is the first episode of a Web series exploring pot cuisine. It features a charming 91-year-old grandmother who cooks cannabis Italian food infused with love.
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4:30 PM | Mix-and-match text topples microbiome paper
A group of gastroenterology researchers in Italy has lost their 2010 paper in Internal and Emergency Medicine, the journal of the Italian Society of Internal Medicine, for plagiarizing and duplicate publication. The article, “Gut microbiota and related diseases: clinical features,” was published as a supplement by a team from the University of Bologna. Its conclusions: […]The post Mix-and-match text topples microbiome paper appeared first on Retraction Watch.
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4:25 PM | Worldwide weird weather words
To celebrate both the Christmas period and the variety of nationalities within the UEA ClimateSnack group we have put together this group post. In the UK it is often said that as a nation we are obsessed with the weather, here we demonstrate that many countries have idioms relating to the local meteorological conditions. This […]Author informationRichard JonesI'm a meteorology PhD student at the University of East Anglia, currently investigating weather and climate in the Amundsen Sea, […]
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4:15 PM | Dark Sky in Canarias
Because why not, here’s a luscious time-lapse animation of the sky over La Palma, Tenerife, and El Hierro, three of the Canary Islands off the coast of Morocco: This video was taken by photographer Imanol Mujika. He has a stunning Flickr gallery, too. I’ve been to La Palma, and the clouds really do roll in like that. I like how you can see them swell and disappear over the city (I think it’s Santa Cruz in the video) like waves on a beach. Also, toward the end (at the 1:55 […]
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4:14 PM | Yes Virginia, There is Evidence of Bias
Categories: SkepticismTags: biasevidenceracismsexismskepticismstereotypesstudiesSkepticland is a place where Science and Studies are all important. Anecdotal evidence? Bah! Not important. Especially when it comes to questions of human behavior, people want proof. This is ...(Read more...)
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4:11 PM | A Tweet On Women's Veils, Followed By Raging Debate In Saudi Arabia
A prominent ultra-conservative figure says face veils for women are not mandatory. Now everyone is weighing in on the hottest topic in the kingdom.
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4:00 PM | Circuitos neuromiméticos capaces de aprender y olvidar
Este texto es una colaboración del Cuaderno de Cultura Científica con Next. Toda persona que haya aprendido algo voluntariamente alguna vez sabe que la repetición es fundamental para que las ideas, los conceptos o los movimientos musculares coordinados queden bien anclados en nuestra memoria. Si pretendiésemos reproducir el funcionamiento de las neuronas de una pequeña parte del encéfalo usando circuitos […] Seguir leyendo The post Circuitos […]
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4:00 PM | Mangrove forest planted as tsunami shield
The 2004 tsunami killed 227,000 people in Indonesia. Fred Pearce visits Aceh to see the living coastal defences meant to soak up the energy of future waves
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3:50 PM | Polls Show Cuban-American Views On U.S.-Cuba Relations Are Nuanced
For years, Cuban-Americans in Miami supported punitive policies against Cuba. But since Obama's election, that view has moderated.
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3:50 PM | Cuba, U.S. Agree To Prisoner Release Including American Alan Gross
Signaling what could be a major shift in U.S. relations with Cuba, Gross, who has been jailed in Cuba for five years, will be released, while the U.S. will release three Cubans.
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3:30 PM | 3D Printing Has Turned This Canine Into A Cyborg
Meet Derby, a Husky mix born with underdeveloped legs and paws. To help, tech firm 3D Systems has printed a pair of prosthetic front limbs that now allow him to outrun his owners. Read more...
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3:23 PM | The Felton Annual Report: A Year's Worth Of Communication In One Chart
For nearly a decade, Nicholas Felton has been observing himself and using the information he collects to create a mock corporate annual report. In 2013, he tried to record and render all of his communication. Some channels, like text messages, were easy to track. Others, like phone calls or in-person conversations, required him to write down the length, topics, and participants of every encounter—a huge task. Here, each dot is one of the 1,000 people Felton talked with most. The […]
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3:20 PM | Why there would have been no CIA torture without the psychologists
Steven Reisner in Slate: Thanks to revelations in the newly released report from the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, it is now widely known that the CIA’s torture program was created, supervised, and implemented by two licensed clinical psychologists—James Mitchell...
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3:12 PM | How horizontal gene transfer changes evolutionary theory
Ferris Jabr in Aeon: Between 300 and 130 million years ago, as trees and flowering plants grew to dominate the globe, the sun-loving ferns of yore found themselves trapped beneath forest canopies. Most fern species perished under this umbrage, but...
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3:04 PM | The Next New Species Could be in Your Backyard: Why Exploration and Discovery Matter – Everywhere
Gregory M. Mueller, Ph.D. Chief Scientist and Negaunee Foundation Vice President of Science Chicago Botanic Garden When we think about discovering new species, we tend to envision tropical rainforests, remote deserts or lofty mountain peaks. But researchers, including myself, are taking a closer look at the landscapes right under our noses – in my case,…
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3:01 PM | Tested In-Depth: Boosted Electric Skateboard!
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3:00 PM | The Art of Science: The Not-Quite-3D Christmas Tree
Little plastic Christmas trees don’t really count as art, but the science and math behind this one is pretty interesting, so we’ll let the deeper questions of aesthetics and meaning slide just this once. Computer Science researcher Richard Zhang of … Continue reading →
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3:00 PM | Jane the Virgin May be the Most Progressive Show on Television
Categories: FeminismTags: jane the virgintvIt may seem unlikely that a telenovela adaptation about a 23-year-old virgin by choice who was accidentally artificially inseminated by her soon-to-be baby daddy’s gynecologist sister would be a bastion ...(Read more...)
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3:00 PM | Not again! First ever case of anxiety-induced déjà vu
A 23-year-old man is the first person to report a feeling of persistent déjà vu that seems to be triggered by anxiety rather than a neurological condition
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2:56 PM | Brain transplants : the implications [4 of n]
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2:56 PM | Church Of England Names Its First Female Bishop
The Rev. Libby Lane has been a parish priest for 20 years. She will be consecrated on Jan. 26, becoming the first female bishop since the church was founded five centuries ago.
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