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October 20, 2014

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8:50 PM | A Venusian Mystery Explored Once More
Venus, the place where women are from… supposedly. To say Venus has a harsh climate would be an understatement, this is one of many reasons why we will never (or […]

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8:44 PM | Tunisia's Emerging Tech Sector Hampered By Old Policies
When Tunisia's young people protested in 2011, they had one key demand: jobs. Now, despite new political leadership, that demand remains unmet — even in tech, the sector that offers the most promise.
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8:40 PM | ​Plants Know When They're Being Eaten Alive
When an insect chews on a leaf, it might not kill the plant, but that doesn't mean the plant is fine with it. In fact, the plant can deploy a variety of defenses to drive off the munching critter. But how do plants "know" they are being eaten? A new study has some intriguing answers.Read more...
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8:20 PM | Early Universe's Room Temperature Could Have Supported Life
Habitable planets could have existed 15 million years after the Big Bang.
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8:16 PM | Parkinson's Drugs Can Be A Gateway To Sin
Researchers call for stronger safety warnings on drugs called dopamine agonists because they can trigger self-destructive, obsessional behavior in some people.
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8:15 PM | Physics Explains Ingrown Toenails
Fingernails. Neil Milne via Flickr CC By SA-2.0 Humans have been dealing with painful nail problems for a long time. And surgeons have been trying to fix those problems since at least the 7th century, when the Greek physician Paul of Aegina wrote about surgical treatments for nail conditions. Although many of these conditions, such as ingrown nails, are well known, they’re not terribly well understood. In a paper in Physical Biology, scientists have published the first […]
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8:05 PM | Alex Makes SparkFun Firefly Jar! Firefly Jar Kit By: Bite...
Alex Makes SparkFun Firefly Jar! Firefly Jar Kit By: Bite Sci-zed. Audible.com Trial: www.audibletrial.com/BiteScized
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7:53 PM | Climate Change Has Coffee Growers In Haiti Seeking Higher Ground
Haiti's once-flourishing coffee trade has been badly battered. The latest threat: climate change. Locals who still rely on coffee for their livelihood must learn to grow it in changing climes.
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7:41 PM | Sandwich Monday: The Primanti Bros. Pitts-burger
For this week's Sandwich Monday, we try a sandwich from the famous Primanti Bros. of Pittsburgh.
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7:40 PM | Chemists Discover Why This Mushroom Tastes Like Maple Syrup
Candy cap mushrooms have become a trendy food. These unusual little things taste exactly like maple syrup - to the point where the extract from them is put in cakes and ice cream. Chemists finally found out why, after over twenty-five years of research.Read more...
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7:35 PM | Judge Says 1,000 Potential Jurors May Be Screened For Boston Bombing Trial
Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's trial is scheduled to start in January. Out of those 1,000 jurors, 100 of them will be questioned by prosecutors and defense attorneys.
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7:35 PM | Is The Internet Really Up 24 Hours A Day?
The internet doesn't have an open or close time, but does access really keep going all day long? The answer, it turns out, may depend on where you live.Read more...
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7:30 PM | Make a Smoke Waterfall Using Post-It Notes
This is a gorgeous effect, and one that you can set up very easily. Either let smoke pour over a drop like a waterfall - or save it up inside a glass, and pour it out like water. You just need a paperclip, a match, an a post-it.Read more...
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7:25 PM | Puppy-Size Tarantula Found: Explaining World’s Biggest Spider
The world's largest spider has crept back into the spotlight, thanks to a scientist who described harrowing arachnid encounters on his blog.
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7:20 PM | The Supervillain's Guide to Causing Natural Disasters
For the new supervillain starting out, there are endless choices when it comes to tools of world domination. But nothing works better than natural disasters. That's why you need our essential guide to harnessing the powers of the Earth to rule puny humans with volcanoes, landslides, earthquakes, and more.Read more...
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7:16 PM | Michio Kaku on the Science of Dreams Michio Kaku describes how...
Michio Kaku on the Science of Dreams Michio Kaku describes how our prefrontal cortex disengages as we dream, thus suppressing the fact-checking component of our consciousness. Dr. Kaku’s latest book is The Future of the Mind: The Scientific Quest to Understand, Enhance, and Empower the Mind (http://goo.gl/G06jvb). Read more at BigThink.com: http://goo.gl/odYmq4 By: Big Think.
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7:15 PM | Who Loves LED Lights? The Nobel Committee -- And Flying Insects
Drawn Like A Moth To An LED Flickr CC by 2.0 Humans love their LEDs. So much so, they’re winning Nobel Prizes in physics. Given their electrical efficiency and long lifespan, these remarkable light-emitting diodes are being used more and more as primary light sources, and experts argue they could help reduce the world’s overall electricity and material consumption for lighting. It turns out that LEDs' popularity expands beyond just the human species, and […]
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6:55 PM | Why a Swordfish’s Sword Doesn’t Break
A swordfish's "sword" is its most prominent feature, but scientists have only now discovered the unusual properties that keep the sword strong and ready to slash.
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6:46 PM | Eye Phone? Your Next Eye Exam Might Be Done With Your Phone
Doctors need to look at the eyes to diagnose disease, but the machines they use are big and expensive. An iPhone or tablet may do as well, scientists say, bringing eye care to the underserved.
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6:27 PM | Fear of Holes - Science on the Web №67 Sure there’s a...
Fear of Holes - Science on the Web №67 Sure there’s a fear of spiders or even clowns. But holes? Find out why, for some people, staring into a hole is like falling through an infinite portal. By: How Stuff Works.
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6:27 PM | NASA’s Mars Fleet Studies Comet Siding Spring
Three NASA Mars orbiters – Mars Odyssey, Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, MAVEN orbiter – and two Mars rovers are part of a campaign to study Comet Siding Spring and possible effects on the planet’s atmosphere from gases and dust released by the comet. On 19 October 2014, Siding Spring hurtled past the Red Planet at 56 [...]
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6:20 PM | This Thursday, See A Partial Solar Eclipse At Sunset
NASA via Wikimedia Commons This Thursday afternoon, most of North America will be treated to a partial solar eclipse. If the weather holds, the most dramatic presentation of the eclipse can be seen near Prince of Wales Island in Canada’s Nunavut territory, where 81 percent of the sun will be obscured. For the rest of the continent, regions in the Northwest will have the longest and best views of the eclipse. But over on the east coast, the sunset will interrupt the […]
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6:18 PM | Is Thalidomide the Next Big Cancer Drug?
This article was originally published on The Conversation. Innovative new drugs to treat cancer frequently make the headlines, either due to great success or controversy, as pharmaceutical companies get lambasted for selling the drugs at too high a price for state systems to afford. But alongside this high-budget pharmaceutical research is a different tactic being […]The post Is Thalidomide the Next Big Cancer Drug? appeared first on The Crux.
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6:00 PM | Picture of the Week: Phytoplankton
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6:00 PM | Why language is neither an instinct nor innate
The ideas of Noam Chomsky, popularised by Steven Pinker, come under fire in Vyvyan Evans's book The Language Myth: Why language is not an instinct
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6:00 PM | How Nigeria Stopped Ebola "Dead In Its Tracks"
Finally, some good news to report on the Ebola front: Nigeria and Senegal are now completely free of the disease. Here's how they contained the outbreak — and why the world needs to take notice. Read more...
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5:59 PM | The Artificial Boundary That Divides Iraq
A checkpoint near Kirkuk marks the line between Kurdish-controlled territory and the world of Islamic State extremists. Some 5,000 civilians stream across daily, lives and families divided.
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5:57 PM | Nobel laureates at Berkeley
This holiday season, we will have many exciting Nobel laureate lectures to listen to at the 2014 Nobel Prize Award Ceremony (held annually on 10 December, the anniversary Alfred Nobel’s death). This year’s list of laureates includes awards for the creation of the blue LED, development of super-resolved fluorescence microscopy, and discovery of the brain’s […] The post Nobel laureates at Berkeley appeared first on The Berkeley Science Review.
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5:38 PM | Most Important Electronic Breakthroughs: Michael Faraday What...
Most Important Electronic Breakthroughs: Michael Faraday What was the most important breakthrough in the history of electronics? Radio? Transistor? Fuel cells? The light bulb? Eventually Bill Nye settles on the ability to generate electricity itself, and schools Eugene Mirman and Astro Mike Massimino about the great Michael Faraday. This “Behind the Scenes” video was shot during the recording of our episode, “Cosmic Queries with Bill Nye and Astro Mike” If you’d […]
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5:36 PM | Camouflaged fish found hiding in plain sight
Rockpool gobies change color depending on their background.
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