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October 31, 2014

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5:37 PM | Could We Use Ground-Based Lasers To Propel Rockets Into Space?
A pair of Russian scientists are proposing a radical new propulsion technique that would accelerate a rocket while in flight, by using a ground-based laser. Should it work, it could push aircraft to go beyond Mach 10. Read more...
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5:35 PM | Cancer series part III: Resistance
Cancer is clever. People speak about this extraordinarily diverse and complex group of diseases as if they were one disease and ask us impatiently when we are going to “cure” it. The reality is that many researchers, myself included, don’t believe we ever will “cure” cancer. For a start, trying to develop a single “cure […] The post Cancer series part III: Resistance appeared first on HeadStuff.
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5:30 PM | Meet A Woman Who Trains Robots For A Living
Curi the robot Harold Daniels Andrea Thomaz, who directs Georgia Tech’s Socially Intelligent Machines Lab, teaches a one-of-a-kind student: a robot with light-up ears, named Curi. We asked Thomaz how she envisions life with robots unfolding. Popular Science: Why should robots be able to learn? Andrea Thomaz: Personal robots are going to be out in human environments, and it’s going to be really hard for engineers to think of all the things we’re going to […]
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5:30 PM | Today on New Scientist
All the latest on newscientist.com: the truth about e-cigarettes, arachnophobia chopped out of a man's brain, Interstellar science and more
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5:21 PM | UC researchers have found that using a silvery plastic sheet as...
UC researchers have found that using a silvery plastic sheet as a replacement for mulch in pumpkin patches can keep bugs away. The light reflected off the plastic repels insects, keeping them from infecting the plants. So you end up with a much better pumpkin for Halloween! Read more about what other crops UC has helped improve
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5:14 PM | Weekly Beat | 3 | Feat. José González
It’s been quite the week. Firstly, I was informed that I’m double-jointed. Wonderful news. Secondly, leaves on the paths near my house have reached optimum levels of crunch and are responding excellently to my kicks and twists on walks home. Even more wonderful news. As for things to listen to, it’s also been pretty fab. Gothenburg […] The post Weekly Beat | 3 | Feat. José González appeared first on HeadStuff.
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4:49 PM | World’s Most Asked Questions: How Do I Grow a Beard? by...
World’s Most Asked Questions: How Do I Grow a Beard? by scishow: People ask Google everything under the sun. One of the most commonly searched questions in the world is “How do I grow a beard?”? Let SciShow explain. Don’t forget to ask YOUR most pressing questions with the hashtag #WMAQ - we’ll answer a bunch of them in a new video November 6. Support on Subbable: https://subbable.com/scishow
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4:37 PM | The Guarantee | review
The Guarantee is often an infuriating experience. Based on the play ‘Guaranteed‘ by Colin Murphy, Ian Power’s film tells the story of the banking collapse of 2008. We all know it was a time when the stakes were high but does it make for good drama?   The movie never really settles into itself. It […] The post The Guarantee | review appeared first on HeadStuff.
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4:30 PM | Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse with Teller
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4:30 PM | The U.S. Is Spending $4.5-Million To Save The Rarest Fish On Earth
The (4.5-) million dollar question is: Should it be?Read more...
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4:25 PM | Profs Bumble Into Big Legal Trouble After Election Experiment Goes Way Wrong
Dylan Scott in TPM: Political scientists from two of the nation's most highly respected universities, usually impartial observers of political firestorms, now find themselves at the center of an electoral drama with tens of thousands of dollars and the election...
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4:21 PM | Why is the World Ignoring the Revolutionary Kurds in Syria?
David Graeber in The Guardian: The autonomous region of Rojava, as it exists today, is one of few bright spots – albeit a very bright one – to emerge from the tragedy of the Syrian revolution. Having driven out agents...
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4:20 PM | Seeing Red During Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Decades of effort to raise awareness of breast cancer hasn't helped to reduce the death toll once it spreads. One woman living with metastatic breast cancer says it's way past time for a change.
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4:20 PM | Divers Remove 57 Tons Of Junk From Hawaii's Northwestern Islands
A team of 17 divers from the NOAA has returned from a 33-day mission to remove marine debris from Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument in Hawaii, one of the largest marine conservation areas in the world. You're not going to believe the amount of crap they had to pull out. Read more...
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4:19 PM | Virgin Galactic's Spaceshiptwo in fatal crash
The rocket plane broke up over the the California desert today, throwing the future of private spaceflight into disarray
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4:16 PM | Crisis in Mexico: Could Forty-Three Missing Students Spark a Revolution?
Francisco Goldman in The New Yorker (photo by Macro Ugarte/AP): On Sunday morning, a heartbreaking headline appeared on the news Web site SinEmbargo, which is based here in Mexico City: “I Know My Son Is Alive and That He Will...
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4:04 PM | Halloween Citizen Science in the Classroom: Answer the Bat Call!
Editor’s Note: This post is part of our Citizen Science in the Classroom Series where we explore the use of citizen science projects to teach science in the classroom by aligning them with Common Core and Next Generation STEM standards . For more such projects check out the resources page for educators on SciStarter!   Did […]Find more posts like Halloween Citizen Science in the Classroom: Answer the Bat Call! by Jill Nugent on the SciStarter Blog. Your source for […]
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4:00 PM | For Halloween, Gory Details favorites and farewell
Gory Details blogger Erika Engelhaupt left Science News earlier this year. In a farewell post and in honor of Halloween, she reminisces about some of her favorite, and scariest, posts.
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4:00 PM | Seabird losses from Deepwater Horizon oil spill estimated at hundreds of thousands
Models predict approximately 700,000 seabird mortalities stemmed from Gulf of Mexico disaster
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4:00 PM | In Brief: How to Photograph an Atomic Explosion
The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists recently interviewed film archivist (and early ILM visual effects artist) Peter Kuran, who literally wrote the book about How to Photograph an Atomic Bomb. Kuran, who also directed a 1995 documentary about nuclear weapons testing, runs a website and YouTube channel dedicated to restoring and archiving films from American atomic history. Kuran talks about the current digitization efforts of nuclear research film, and what scientists and historians can learn […]
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4:00 PM | TTIP: How the world's largest trade deal affects you
The huge US-European deal will have a major impact on health and the environment. New Scientist explains what it is – and what it means for ordinary people
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3:46 PM | Taking Credit for GMO Failures
Earlier this year, the earth scientist Jon Foley wrote an article that laid out why he was skeptical about agricultural biotechnology. Among other things, he said “that GMOs have frequently failed to live up to their potential” because of the way they have been deployed: GMOs have done little to enhance the world’s food security. Mainly, […]The post Taking Credit for GMO Failures appeared first on Collide-a-Scape.
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3:40 PM | Why My Grandma Never Had A Pap Smear
Women in the developing world may never be tested for cervical cancer. Clinics are far away, cultural biases may keep them away. Now an inexpensive test lets them do it themselves.
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3:38 PM | Autumn leaves herald changes in carbon dioxide concentrations
Autumn leaves in Connecticut. (Credit: Ragesoss, Wikimedia Commons) Autumn is a season of tranformations. In the eastern United States, leaves tumble through a kaleidoscope of copper and crimson colors. In the west, rivers of golden Aspen...
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3:32 PM | Study Sheds More Light on Origin of Earth’s Oceans
According to a team of researchers led by Dr Brian Monteleone of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Earth’s oceans have likely existed since the planet’s formation. “Our oceans were always here. We didn’t get them from a late process, as was previously thought,” said Dr Adam Sarafian, a researcher with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution [...]
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3:30 PM | Food bland? Electric spoon zaps taste into every bite
An electrode-studded spoon can conjure salt, sweet and bitter tastes on the tip of your tongue with just a quick pulse of electricity
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3:30 PM | What Causes The Hessdalen Lights?
Is Halloween complete without some mysterious lights in the sky? Learn the theory behind the Hessdalen Lights, and why the reality might be scarier than visiting UFOs.Read more...
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3:24 PM | The Hellfire Clubs – decadence, with a whiff of brimstone
No organisation quite captures the air of genteel decay that pervaded English society in the Georgian era quite like the Hellfire Club. The 18th and early 19th century was a hard time for England. A succession of wastrel princes became weak kings. The former colonies of America revolted. They were dragged into wars over matters […] The post The Hellfire Clubs – decadence, with a whiff of brimstone appeared first on HeadStuff.
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3:18 PM | The secret to the science on 'Frankenstein, M.D.'
The secret to the science on 'Frankenstein, M.D.': Guys, the Frankenstein M.D. finale is today! I can’t believe (season 1) is already over… Check out this interview from The Daily Dot where I, creator Bernie Su, and head writer Lon Harris discuss how we mixed modern science into this classic tale. Balancing art with science is an amazingly fun challenge, especially when you’re dealing with such a well-known story that’s such a cornerstone of pop culture. So proud I got […]
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3:13 PM | Spooky! Bats' Nostril Ornaments May Explain Secrets Of Powerful Sonar System
"Noseleaves" may significantly enhance some bat species' echolocation abilities.
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