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November 26, 2014

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7:50 PM | Living with Photography: Testing Sigma's $950 50mm f/1.4 Art Lens
For the past month, I've been testing the new Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG DSM lens. Announced at the very beginning of the year and shown off at CES, it's been one of the best reviewed full-frame lenses released this year, and is the highly-anticipated successor to Sigma's 50mm f/1.4 EX lens released in 2008. That prime lens, if you recall, was the first lens I bought with my DSLR, the Canon 6D. It served as my primary lens for several months before I saved enough for some Canon zoom lenses. As I […]
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7:48 PM | Paleontologist Discovers Two New Species of Horned Dinosaurs
Dr Nick Longrich from the University of Bath, UK, has described two new species of chasmosaurine dinosaurs that roamed the ‘lost island continent’ of Laramidia – a swampy, subtropical setting formed when a shallow sea flooded the central region of North America – during the Cretaceous, about 75 million years ago. Western North America hosted [...]
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7:45 PM | Adam's Tour Diaries #3: RIGHT out of West Wing
Woke up at 10 a.m. again. I have to be careful. I like sleeping in too much. I can’t calcify into this bus.In D.C., Jamie and I headed over to USA Today to do some press about the tour. I hit a bookstore to buy a couple of Haruki Murakami novels I’d not yet read (one is a compendium of short stories) and settled in for a little writing and autograph signing (we sell autographed pix at the merch table, and Jamie and I must sign hundreds of autographs a day).Jamie tried singing. […]
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7:44 PM | Seeking Youth Film Makers for the the Raw Science Film Festival!
Continuing our efforts to celebrate STEM all year long, we have joined forces with Raw Science to create a Youth Category for their film festival.  The Raw Science Film Festival celebrates the exciting world of film and science. “We wanted to create a film festival that significantly supported filmmakers who share the wonderful world of…
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7:30 PM | Engineering Paper Pop-Up Sculptures
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7:30 PM | Dog head-turning shows they do understand what you say
The way our furry friends turn their heads when listening to our words indicates which part of the brain they are using and how they process our speech
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7:27 PM | Quantum Cheshire Cat Quantum Cheshire Cat discussed by...
Quantum Cheshire Cat Quantum Cheshire Cat discussed by Professor Mike Merrifield from the University of Nottingham. Nature paper on this: http://bit.ly/1z2j00m Experiment pics courtesy of Tobias Denkmayr Cat drawn by Knut Johannes Håland Music by Alan Stewart By: Sixty Symbols.
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7:22 PM | Sony's Next Smartwatch Might Be Made Entirely From E-Paper
Sony's reportedly taking aim at a new smartwatch that's constructed entirely out of electronic paper, letting it change its whole appearance.
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7:19 PM | Ferguson Documents: What Michael Brown's Friend Saw
Dorian Johnson is a shadow figure in the Michael Brown case. Aside from police Officer Darren Wilson and Brown, he had the closest look at what happened. This is his story.
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7:07 PM | EPA Proposes New Rules to Curb Ozone
The EPA says new rules to reduce emissions of smog-causing ozone will improve air quality and reduce pollution linked to asthma and other health problems. Critics say the reduction will cost jobs and hurt the manufacturing sector.
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7:05 PM | Justice Ginsburg Recovering After Heart Stent Implant
The 81-year-old justice had the procedure to clear a blocked right coronary artery. She was expected to be back on the bench when the Supreme Court reconvenes on Monday
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7:01 PM | This ridiculously addicting game is supposed to find us all careers
Me when people ask me WTH I’m doing with my life Have you ever wondered how you can combine your love of cats with your passion for retail and love of stats? Or maybe you like working with numbers and wonder how you can combine that with your feminist activism and turn it into a career? Well this totally addictive Plotr Careers game is claiming to have all the answers!!! I have to say I’ve been playing it for the last hour and I think it’s kind of awesome, […]
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7:00 PM | In Brief: LEGO Ideas Next Set May be Their Best
LEGO Ideas (formerly Cuusoo), has really taken off in the past year or so. The program, which allows users to submit their own creations and theme ideas for voting and review, has produced eight sets (and spawned a whole line of Minecraft sets) since it began in 2008. This year saw the release of the Mars Curiosity Rover set, a space-themed Exo Suit, the Ghostbusters Ecto-1, and the very popular Research Institute. The first two Ideas sets to be released next year have also been announced: […]
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7:00 PM | Loss of Arctic sea ice to doom polar bears by 2075
Starving adult bears could struggle to raise any cubs by the end of this century in their current stronghold in the Canadian Arctic
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7:00 PM | Polish 'vampire' burials weren't just for outsiders
Six individuals in 19th century Poland believed to be at risk of becoming vampires weren't mysterious outsiders - they were locals singled out for another reason
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7:00 PM | DNA Sequencing Could Make Turkeys Happier And Tastier
It's no accident that turkeys have more than doubled in size over the past 80 years—bigger is better, at least when it comes to the Thanksgiving table. But decades of…
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7:00 PM | Why the U.S. Is One of the Cruelest Places in the World for Lab Animals
The United States prides itself on being a country of animal lovers. But when it comes to the ethical treatment of lab animals, few countries perform worse. Here's how the U.S. has fallen out of step with the rest of the world, and why many of its practices are considered unscientific and inhumane.Read more...
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6:58 PM | Those Phone-Obsessed Teenagers Aren't As Lonely As You Think
Teenagers may not need as much face-to-face interaction as earlier generations to feel connected. And that may explain why a study finds they're not feeling as lonely, either.
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6:53 PM | A Terrible Rumor About Fracking Wrecks Scientific Research
Researchers recently published a study about how to trace fracking fluid. The idea was to figure out how to identify potential groundwater contamination. And then the media spin cycle created a giant mess. Read more...
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6:45 PM | Centipede’s genes reveal how life evolved on our planet
Centipedes, those many-legged creatures that startle us in our homes and gardens, have been genetically sequenced for the first time. An international team of over 100 scientists today reveals how this humble arthropod’s DNA gave them new insight into how life developed on our planet. Centipedes are members of the arthropods, a group with numerous … Continue reading →
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6:40 PM | A Simple Problem That Shows Just Why We Need Posted Calorie Counts
Quick, how many calories would you say are in an order of cheese fries with a side of accompanying ranch dressing? What about a burger and plain fries? Keep those numbers in your head for a minute, you'll need them to solve this problem.Read more...
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6:39 PM | Google+ Hangout: Get to Know India’s Curious Big Cats
As part of Big Cat Week on Nat Geo Wild, several National Geographic big cat researchers, photographers, and conservationists (including me) are joining together for a live video chat via Google+ Hangout Wednesday, December 3rd at 1 p.m. EST (6 p.m. UTC). This is your chance to get your questions about these beautiful, fascinating, and highly endangered animals answered by those of us…
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6:38 PM | A day in the life of Robotina In her NSF-supported research,...
A day in the life of Robotina In her NSF-supported research, Julie Shah and her team at MIT use Robotina to learn how to build better robotic cooperative assistants, as envisioned by the National Robotics Initiative, an multi-agency effort to advance fundamental robotics research to ultimately help give people a better quality of life and benefit society and the economy. Read how: http://1.usa.gov/1uRED4p By: National Science Foundation.
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6:35 PM | A Fabulous Menu of Citizen Science for Thanksgiving
We’ve updated and reposted this Thanksgiving Day treat,  from Lily Bui! Dig into this serving of Thanksgiving projects with your friends and family! Western Monarch Thanksgiving Count Help researchers take census of winter Monarch butterflies. Count Monarchs in colonies, during the … Continue reading »The post A Fabulous Menu of Citizen Science for Thanksgiving appeared first on CitizenSci.
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6:30 PM | Soyuz Launch
The Soyuz rocket is the workhorse for Russian human space missions and has been used for that purpose longer than any other vehicle. In the 1960s it began carrying cosmonauts into space and then to the Soviet Salyut and Mir stations. Together with the US Space Shuttle, it ensures the transport of crews to and … Continue reading →
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6:16 PM | Molecules that came in handy for first life on Earth
For the first time, chemists have successfully produced amino acid-like molecules that all have the same ‘handedness’, from simple building blocks and in a single test tube. Could this be how life started. On Earth? Or in space, as the Philae lander is currently exploring? Some molecules are found in two chiral variants that, just … Continue reading →
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6:14 PM | Polite drones do awkward dance to avoid crashing
A collision avoidance system for drones lets them see each other on camera and take steps to minimise the risk of crashing in mid-air
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6:10 PM | People ate mammoth; Dogs got reindeer
Biogeologists have shown how Gravettian people shared their food 30,000 years ago. Around 30,000 years ago Predmosti was inhabited by people of the pan-European Gravettian culture, who used the bones of more than 1000 mammoths to build their settlement and to ivory sculptures. Did prehistoric people collect this precious raw material from carcasses — easy … Continue reading →
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6:06 PM | Gravity may have saved the universe after the Big Bang, say researchers
Physicists may now be able to explain why the universe did not collapse immediately after the Big Bang. Studies of the Higgs particle — discovered at CERN in 2012 and responsible for giving mass to all particles — have suggested that the production of Higgs particles during the accelerating expansion of the very early universe … Continue reading →
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6:00 PM | Why lizards have bird breath: Iguanas evolved one-way lungs surprisingly like those of birds
Biologists long assumed that one-way air flow was a special adaptation in birds driven by the intense energy demands of flight. But now scientists have shown that bird-like breathing also developed in green iguanas – reptiles not known for high-capacity aerobic fitness. The finding bolsters the case that unidirectional bird-like flow evolved long before the … Continue reading →
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