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September 29, 2014

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9:17 PM | Spanish Court Blocks Catalonia's Independence Vote
Spain's central government in Madrid had appealed to the court to stop the vote, which had been approved with strong support from Catalonia's parliament and local governments.
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9:15 PM | The silly logic that congress has about climate change You may...
The silly logic that congress has about climate change You may have already seen the full segment on The Daily Show (you should if you haven’t) where John Stewart critiques a recent hearing held by the House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space and Technology. It echoes a commencement speech that President Obama gave last spring at UC Irvine: Today’s Congress is full of folks who stubbornly and automatically reject the scientific evidence about climate change.  They […]
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9:12 PM | New Protein Implicated in Alzheimer’s
Alzheimer’s prevention has made some strides in recent years. We’ve even identified some new causes, and in some cases we can do both. In fact, researchers have now shown that low […]

Minami, S., Min, S., Krabbe, G., Wang, C., Zhou, Y., Asgarov, R., Li, Y., Martens, L., Elia, L., Ward, M. & Mucke, L. (2014). Progranulin protects against amyloid β deposition and toxicity in Alzheimer's disease mouse models, Nature Medicine, DOI: 10.1038/nm.3672

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8:57 PM | Climate Change May Be To Blame For California Drought
The 2013 California Rim Fire U.S. National Forest Service via Wikimedia Commons There is something coming between Californians and their water, and according to a brand new report from the American Meteorological Society, man-made greenhouse gas emissions are likely at fault. Much of the American Southwest has been in drought conditions for more than a decade—harsher in some places than the dry spell that caused the Dust Bowl of the 1930's. Until recently, however, […]
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8:55 PM | The Shellshock Bug In About Four Minutes Remember Heartbleed?...
The Shellshock Bug In About Four Minutes Remember Heartbleed? Well, this is probably worse. Here’s a (somewhat simplified) explanation of what Shellshock actually is. Don’t worry: I haven’t included instructions on how to actually exploit it. The moral of the story is: keep your security patches up to date! Uploaded by: Tom Scott.
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8:34 PM | ted: What is the universe made of? We only know a tiny...
ted: What is the universe made of? We only know a tiny fraction — 4 percent — of the answer. From our little corner of the cosmic map, how do we know what else is out there? Luckily, we have space messengers (otherwise known as cosmic rays) that bring us data from parts of the cosmos far beyond our reach. Veronica Bindi explains how cosmic rays transmit information about our universe from the great beyond. Watch the full lesson here» That number, 4 […]
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8:33 PM | At U.N., Iceland Announces Men-Only Conference On Gender Equality
During a speech in front of the General Assembly Gunnar Bragi said the conference would focus on violence against women and would be "unique" because only men and boys are invited.
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8:29 PM | The Hidden Cost of “Leaking” Celebrity Nudes: Kim Kardashian
Categories: FeminismSupport more videos like this at patreon.com/rebecca! Sort-of-transcript: Another day, another batch of celebrity nudes have been “leaked”, which is a word used to downplay the fact that these were ...(Read more...)
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8:26 PM | Who Will Win The 2014 World Series?
If the oddsmakers are right, two Los Angeles teams will be the only ones left standing when the World Series begins in late October. But back east, some fans are pulling for a Beltway Series.
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8:15 PM | Runner-Up In NASA's Space Taxi Contest Will Fight Decision
Sierra Nevada's Dream Chaser NASA/SNC With the recent retirement of the Space Shuttle program in 2011, NASA has been in desperate need of some space taxis -- vehicles designed to transport astronauts to and from the International Space Station. For the past three years, the space agency has had to rely on Russia’s Soyuz rocket to fulfill this need, which hasn't been cheap or ideal. But rather than build these spacecraft in house, NASA decided to outsource the problem, […]
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8:07 PM | MRI Research at UCSF Could Help Diagnose Dyslexia Even Earlier in Children
UCSF researchers aim to predict whether children will develop dyslexia before they show signs of reading and speech problems, using a variety of methods including MRI brain scans.
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8:05 PM | Cloudy climate change: How clouds affect Earth’s...
Cloudy climate change: How clouds affect Earth’s temperature As the Earth’s surface temperature gradually rises, it has become vital for us to predict the rate of this increase with as much precision as possible. In order to do that, scientists need to understand more about aerosols and clouds. Jasper Kirkby details an experiment at CERN that aims to do just that. View full lesson: […]
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8:00 PM | Pinker explains why academics can’t write
Ahead of tomorrow’s release of Steven Pinker’s new book on writing, The Chronicle features a teaser essay – “Why Academics’ Writing Stinks”: An insight from literary analysis and an insight from cognitive science go a long way toward explaining why … Continue reading →
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8:00 PM | In Brief: GoPro Announces Hero4 Line of Action Cameras
Another year, another GoPro release (how many people actually upgrade every year?) This generation of the ubiquitous action cams builds on last year's strengths--more high-speed fps recording options and better 4K video. On the high end, the $500 GoPro Hero4 Black now shoots 4K video at 30fps (double that of the Hero3 Black), as well as 120fps at 1080p (and other resolution/framerate options). The $400 Hero Silver has the same recording capabilities of last year's Black edition, but now […]
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8:00 PM | More Men and Boys Are Suffering from Anorexia
A new study from the University of Montreal finds that more men and boys suffer from anorexia nervosa than previously believed."Most of the knowledge about anorexia pertains to females. However, about 10% of persons affected are males, and we believe this figure is underestimated," says Laurence Corbeil-Serre, lead author of the study. "Our results show that there appear to be similarities between the behavioral symptoms of males and females [with anorexia], but certain particularities can be […]
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7:46 PM | A Doctor Turned Mayor Solves A Murder Mystery In Colombia
When Rodrigo Guerrero took office, he was shocked by the murder rate. It seemed logical to blame the drug cartels. But his epidemiologist's eye led him to a different culprit.
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7:45 PM | The Turbine Tweak That Could Save Battered Bats
Spectacled Fruit Bat In A Tree. Shek Graham via Flickr CC By 2.0 Wind turbines kill upwards of 600,000 bats each year. (As if bats didn’t have enough problems already…) But the good news is that there may be something we can do to cut down on turbine-related deaths. Paul Cryan, a biologist with the U.S. Geological Survey and the lead author of a new study, says that raising the “cut-in threshold”—the wind speed at which turbine blades start to […]
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7:40 PM | Listen to the Strange Phenomenon of "Singing Stones"
Around the world there are strange fields of boulders that "sing" when they are tapped. We'll let you listen to some stones singing, and tell you why scientists think these rocks make music.Read more...
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7:36 PM | 4 Years Of Lessons Learned About Drugmakers' Payments To Doctors
American doctors received at least $1.4 billion in payments from drug companies last year. What did the companies get for their money?
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7:35 PM | Interview With Climate Scientist Michael Mann
As you know, I do the occasional science-related interview on Minnesota Atheist Talk Radio, on Radio AM 950. (See this for a list of all, or at least most, of the work I’ve done with that show.) On Sunday October 5th at the ungodly hour of 9:00 AM Central Time, I’ll be interviewing Michael Mann,…
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7:31 PM | Paleontologists Find Evidence of Battle between Two Triassic Predators
The evidence comes from a team of U.S. scientists who found remnants of a prehistoric clash in a slab of rock at the Chinle Formation in New Mexico. The battle, which occurred in the Triassic period about 210 million years ago, involved a semi-aquatic crocodile-like dinosaur called phytosaur and a large reptile called rauisuchid, and [...]
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7:16 PM | Thirst of the Vampire - Monster Science №8 How does a creature...
Thirst of the Vampire - Monster Science №8 How does a creature evolve to dine on an exclusive diet of blood? Join Dr. Anton Jessup as he dissects the unnatural humanoid vampire and the amazing evolution of the real-life vampire bat. Original Monster of the Week Post: http://www.stufftoblowyourmind.com/blog/monster-of-the-week-humanoid-vampire/ Uploaded by: How Stuff Works.
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7:16 PM | This year, sea ice records are being set in the Antarctic
Lots of ice surrounds Antarctica, while Arctic melt moderates.
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7:11 PM | On Jupiter, You Can See Neon Rain
There isn't enough neon on the surface of Jupiter. This rather prosaic fact might point to one of the most spectacular sights in the solar system. Inside Jupiter, it might rain neon streaks.Read more...
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7:05 PM | 6 Sky Events This Week: Cosmic Swan and Eagle Take Flight
A treasure trove of starry sights fill the night skies this week.
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7:05 PM | Sandwich Monday: The Pizza Cake
For this week's Sandwich Monday, we try the Pizza Cake, which is a fancy way of saying "a bunch of pizzas stacked on top of each other."
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7:04 PM | Wind Turbines Kill Bats by Impersonating Trees
Survival tip: don’t hang around machines that have giant spinning blades. It’s a lesson bats have been slow to learn, judging by the large numbers of their corpses found beneath wind turbines. New video footage suggests some bats are attracted to wind farms because they can’t tell turbines apart from trees. If it’s true, this […]The post Wind Turbines Kill Bats by Impersonating Trees appeared first on Inkfish.

Paul. M. Cryan, P. Marcos Gorresen, Cris D. Hein, Michael R. Schirmacher, Robert H. Diehl, Manuela M. Huso, David T. S. Hayman, Paul D. Fricker, Frank J. Bonaccorso, Douglas H. Johnson & Kevin Heist (2014). Behavior of bats at wind turbines, PNAS, Other:

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7:00 PM | Critics of Poldermans’ work baffled by NEJM stance on DECREASE papers
A pair of researchers who have been calling for the retraction of two papers by cardiology researcher Don Poldermans say the New England Journal of Medicine is  “not justified” “disappointing” in its refusal to pull the articles. A little background: Poldermans resigned from Erasmus University in 2011 after having been accused of misconduct. Last week, […]
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7:00 PM | When will a volcano explode, ooze or lay silent?
Volcanoes are a source of fascination for many, attracting a steady stream of visitors worldwide. While the danger of sudden eruptions may add to the […] The post When will a volcano explode, ooze or lay silent? appeared first on Smithsonian Science.
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7:00 PM | How stupid are you? You have no idea!
Learn more at this classic post by Don Prothero.
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