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July 28, 2014

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5:46 PM | Margot Adler, An NPR Journalist For Three Decades, Dies
Adler joined NPR in 1979 and covered everything from the emergence of the AIDS epidemic to the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. She was 68.
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5:37 PM | It May Be Summer, But For Economists, This Week Feels Like Christmas
Each day this week will bring new decisions and reports that could have a big impact on the nation's economy.
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5:29 PM | Splashing Droplets Can Take Off Like Airplanes
Splashing Droplets Can Take Off Like Airplanes Originally published:  Jul 28 2014 - 2:15pm By:  Patricia Waldron, Contributor Science category:  Engineering Materials Math/Statistics Physics News section:  Inside Science News Service […]
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5:19 PM | Behind The Scenes Of “The Whole Brilliant Enterprise”
The final graphic Office for Creative Research For the July issue of Popular Science, we—the Office for Creative Research—created a data visualization celebrating NASA’s long history of aerospace innovation. Since 1959, NASA has published a document called “Astronautics & Aeronautics Chronology” nearly every year, compiling news coverage of science, technology, and policy at the agency. In these compilations, NASA is reporting its […]
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5:13 PM | A New Hepatitis C Treatment offers Hope
Well this might seem weird, but today is world hepatitis day. I guess I should qualify weird with the fact that it’s only weird because no one really knows. What […]

Lawitz, E., Sulkowski, M., Ghalib, R., Rodriguez-Torres, M., Younossi, Z., Corregidor, A., DeJesus, E., Pearlman, B., Rabinovitz, M., Gitlin, N. & Lim, J. (2014). Simeprevir plus sofosbuvir, with or without ribavirin, to treat chronic infection with hepatitis C virus genotype 1 in non-responders to pegylated interferon and ribavirin and treatment-naive patients: the COSMOS randomised study, The Lancet, DOI: 10.1016/S0140-6736(14)61036-9

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5:03 PM | [Article 6820]Stories of Climate Change Need Telling
Help Savvy Writers Get the Story Out A few years ago I worked with a very good writer and PhD chemist named Sarah Webb on a project to create exhibits for the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles. She worked on image and topic research and provided me a much-needed second pair of eyes before I […]
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4:40 PM | Why Do Dogs Sniff Each Other's Butts?
If dogs have such a keen sense of smell, why do they spend so much time with their noses near each other's rear ends? This video gives a quick introduction to dog butt science and explains why their noses aren't overwhelmed by the smell of poop.Read more...
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4:36 PM | 4 Sky Events This Week: Cosmic Dumbbell and Lunar Lineup
Moonless nights bring deep sky delights for skywatchers this week.
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4:20 PM | Would You Notice A Massive Increase In Police Presence?
Let's say the police patrol presence in your area was tripled. Would you feel safer? If you were a criminal, would be feel more afraid? A now-infamous year-long study showed that most likely you wouldn't even notice.Read more...
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4:18 PM | Interview with Dr. Justin Boddey, (RotM) #1
As part of our continuing effort to bring to you the latest developments in the field of science, we are proud to introduce a new section to our blog, Researcher of the Month (RotM), where we will speak about ground breaking research findings and to the researchers behind the work.  In our first RotM interview, we spoke to Dr. Justin Boddey, a researcher at the Infection and Immunity Division
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4:13 PM | Birdbooker Report 330-1
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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4:00 PM | This Week's TV: It's Sharktopus Vs. Pteracuda Vs. A Second Sharknado!
While the world prepares for the onslaught of a second Sharknado movie, Conan O'Brien is about to die at the tentacles of a new Sharktopus. Plus, Gravity Falls is back for more paranormal hijinks and The Strain gets its hands bloody with a vampire autopsy. See all the details below!Read more...
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3:31 PM | The Whole Brilliant Enterprise: NASA’s First 50 Years In One Interactive Graphic
Ever since NASA established its history program in 1959, the agency has periodically compiled the world’s aeronautics advances into a single report. Assembled mostly from press releases and news stories, the documents recount coverage of budget negotiations alongside milestones like the shuttle program and the moon landing. Data illustrators at the Office for Creative Research distilled the trove of reports from 11,000 pages and 4.9 million words into just over 4,000 discrete phrases. […]
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3:08 PM | Ryan Reynolds' Deadpool Movie Test Footage Is Heartbreakingly Perfect
Despite X-Men Origins: Wolverine and Green Lantern, there was one comic superhero Ryan Reynolds was born to play — Deadpool. Test footage from the once-in-development movie has surfaced, and not only is it great, it is genuinely tragic that this movie has never been made... yet.Read more...
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3:07 PM | How To Stay Up-to-Date On The Latest News In Biobanking
In less than a decade, biobanks have completely transformed life science research. These days, researchers from hospitals, biopharmaceutical companies and academia rely on biobanks and biorepositories for biological samples and associated data so they can better understand diseases and deliver the best individualized care to patients. But keeping up-to-date on all that’s happening in this Read the rest of this article The post How To Stay Up-to-Date On The Latest News In Biobanking […]
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3:06 PM | Ancient Earth fossils could be found on the moon
Experiments with a large cannon have shown that fossilised algae could have made the journey to the moon intact, providing an exciting window into Earth's past
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3:02 PM | Is the US historical network temperature trend too strong?
Climate dissenters often claim that the observed temperature trend is not only due to global warming, but for a large part due to local effects: due to increases in urbanization around the stations or somehow because of bad micro-siting. A few days ago I had a twitter discussion with Ronan Connolly. He and his father claim that 0.2°C per century of the temperature increase in the USA is due to urbanization and 0.1°C per century is due to micro-siting. That is quite a lot. Together it […]
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3:00 PM | Phobos’ Googly-Eyed Transit
Mars has two moons: Phobos and Deimos. Both are lumpy, rather irregular potatoes, and quite small. Deimos is only 15 kilometers along its long axis, and Phobos is about 27. Phobos is weird for more reasons, too. It orbits the planet very low, only 6,000 km or so above the surface of Mars. It moves so quickly around the planet that it actually goes around faster than Mars rotates, so it rises in the west and sets in the east—twice each Martian day. It just so happens that the rover […]
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3:00 PM | "Colossally Poor Timing" of Asteroid Caused Dinosaur Extinction
Researchers from the University of Edinburgh say the dinosaurs might have survived the asteroid strike that wiped them out had it happened slightly later or earlier in history.Read more...
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2:40 PM | Elephants Might Be Able To Self-Medicate To Induce Labor
We know that animals have found ways to get themselves drunk or high by eating certain plants or fermented fruit, but recently, scientists have started studying the self-medication of animals — a branch of science dubbed zoopharmacognosy. This is how we discovered elephants might have a way to bring on labor. Read more...
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2:30 PM | Holy @#$%, If The Evil Dead TV Show Happens It'll Star Bruce Campbell!
Uh, remember how when Sam Raimi announced at Comic-Con that he and his brother Ted were working on an Evil Dead TV series and that Bruce Campbell was somehow involved? And I figured he could be doing anything from starring to producing? Turns out it's the former. Groovy.Read more...
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2:20 PM | What One Item Would You Want To Bring Along With You In Space?
If we do someday all get the chance to head outwards deep into space, one thing is for sure: cargo space is going to be limited. So, if your space shuttle only had room for one extra item, what would you bring along with you?Read more...
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2:00 PM | Genetically Engineering Wild Populations Could be Just Around the Corner
We might be able to use selfish genes to cause the population of mosquitoes that carry malaria to crash. Is genetically manipulating these insects out in the wild worth preventing hundreds of millions of people from getting malaria?
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1:44 PM | Small lies in social networks may keep society running
Lying in social networks could have adverse, as well as beneficial, effects depending on the severity of the deception.
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1:40 PM | Play Spacewar!, The Pentagon-Funded Video Game From 1962
The launch of Sputnik prompted a U.S. government spending spree to achieve technological dominance over the Soviets. Among the recipients of this largesse were MIT engineers, who designed a computer simulation called Spacewar! Inspired by the sci-fi books of E.E. Smith, it was the world's first videogame.Read more...
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1:37 PM | Roger Pielke Jr. on FiveThirtyEight and his Climate Critics
Earlier in the year, Roger Pielke Jr. was named as a contributing writer for Nate Silver’s newly re-launched FiveThirtyEight site. Shortly after that, Pielke, a climate policy scholar and political scientist at the University of Colorado, in Boulder, published an article at FiveThirtyEight headlined, “Disasters Cost More Than Ever–But Not Because of Climate Change.” Critics pounced immediately in […]The post Roger Pielke Jr. on FiveThirtyEight and […]
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1:32 PM | The Comic-Con 2014 Cosplay Gallery (750+ Photos)
Every year, we attend Comic-Con to celebrate our favorite parts of popular culture. We meet amazing artists, storytellers, toymakers, and of course, cosplayers. Adam walks the floor incognito in one of his new costumes, and I get to spend my free time roaming the convention hall meeting and taking photos of people who embody their favorite characters through cosplay. (It's a great photography exercise, too!) The cosplayers of Comic-Con never cease to impress me with their creativity and […]
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1:30 PM | Law review paper yanked for lack of attribution despite offer of co-authorship
Sometimes, retractions seem to have a juicy back story, but the explanation proves tantalizingly out of reach. Such is the case for a law review retraction on a paper about reparations for human rights violations. After someone complained that author Gentian Zyberi “had not done sufficient justice to the substantial contribution” they made, the complainant refused […]
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1:25 PM | The Agents of SHIELD Are Joining The Official Marvel Comics Universe
Skye. Melinda May. FitzSimmons. Agent Coulson's elite team will join official Marvel comics continuity with SHIELD #1, written by Mark Waid and featuring a rotating series of artists. At Marvel's Comic-Con panel, Waid described it as "This is S.H.I.E.L.D. the TV show, the unlimited budget edition."Read more...
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1:00 PM | Quickies: Quantum Technobabble, Against “The Gays,” and Cats Against Feminism
Categories: QuickiesStop Using Quantum Mechanics as Evidence for Magic – “Quantum mechanics is a beautiful and still-controversial idea. It is rightly popular. What’s not right is the way people use it to justify any reality-bending idea in their novels, their TV shows, or their personal philosophies. ‘Quantum’ does not mean anything you want.” From cerberus40. Close Encounters Of The Radio Kind? Mystery Bursts Baffle Astronomers – “Astronomers […]
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