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July 22, 2014

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7:55 AM | Tested Builds: Japanese Papercraft, Part 2
Tested Builds: Japanese Papercraft, Part 2
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7:28 AM | Peter Agre: “Malaria is my new adventure!”
Peter Agre devotes one third of his year to field work in Southern Africa, the rest of his time he spends in the lab to combat malaria. After winning the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2003, Peter Agre returned to his former passion haematology: He has been director of the Johns Hopkins Malaria Research Institute […]
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7:22 AM | Preparing for Comic-Con - 7/22/2014
Adam, Norm, and Will are joined by Frank Ipolitto to discuss mental and physical preparations for the rigors of con life.
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7:00 AM | Seaweed supper: recipes for a three-course meal
Edible seaweed is not only nutritional, it's delicious too – but don't take our word for it, try it for yourself
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6:36 AM | The Best Blu-ray Player Today
After spending almost 20 hours with the best new Blu-ray players for 2014, the $90 LG BP540 came out on top after our previous pick was discontinued. The LG fits our criteria for a good player thanks to integrated Wi-Fi and the most popular streaming apps. More importantly, it has a better interface and video quality than the competition and offers the best combination of price and performance of those we looked at.Who am I to make that claim? I’ve been handling almost all the Blu-ray […]
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6:00 AM | Here's How Starfleet Punishes Those Pesky Prime Directive Violations
We've had Pokémon shaming , and now we have the United Federation of Planet's edition. These four seem even less ashamed than any pet I've seen. C'mon, Picard, I know wrenching philosophical questions that eat at your soul are your bread and butter. Read more...
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5:45 AM | The First Accurate Measurement of the Earth's Size Was in the 1600s
If you find having a favourite map projection a delightfully geeky quirk, you're going to want to raise a toast in honour of Jean-Félix Picard. Geodetics and cartography owe a debt of gratitude to the 17th century scientist who made the first accurate measurement of the Earth's size. Read more...
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5:21 AM | Some Thoughts about Apollo 11 and Beyond…
History Was Made, Will it Be Made Again? We watched the whole Moon walk sequence last night and it’s amazing what I remembered from the first time and what made a WHOLE lot more sense now. The thing that really surprised me was how much work the guys had to do in their 2+ hours […]
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5:15 AM | Five uses for WiFi even we didn’t see coming
Remember the internet of the 90s? When browsing online meant being stuck at your desk with your whiz-bang 56k modem. It was an era without smartphones, without tablets – some might say, without freedom. Luckily the clever folks in our labs came up with a little something called WiFi using the same mathematics that astronomers […]
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4:00 AM | First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong
By James R Hansen Synopsis: Marking the forty-fifth anniversary of Apollo 11’s moon landing, First Man by James Hansen offers the only authorized glimpse into the life of America’s most famous astronaut, Neil Armstrong—the man whose “one small […]
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4:00 AM | Watch the Guardians of The Galaxy Meet in this Five Minute Clip
If you needed any more proof that everything from the trailers is from early on in the movie, here it is. This clip gives even more detail from introduction by John C. Reilly, as well as the team getting to know one another in the Kyln prison. It's worth it just to hear Peter Quill tell Rocket he's a raccoon.Read more...
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3:47 AM | Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #71
Woodpeckers, nutcrackers, flycatchers, sunbirds, roadrunners and babblers in this 71st Edition! Astonishing what can be achieved with a bit of patience, care and a passion for birds. Wild birds have become the subject of choice for thousands of photographers around the world. They extremely hard to photograph. You need the best equipment you have access to…
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2:47 AM | Poaching Crisis in Indonesia’s Leuser Ecosystem
This article is brought to you by the International League of Conservation Photographers (iLCP). Read our other articles on the National Geographic News Watch blog featuring the work of our iLCP Fellow Photographers all around the world. Text and photo from iLCP Fellow Paul Hilton. UPDATE FROM THE FIELD: Paul Hilton and FKL Rangers Expose Wildlife Poaching in…
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2:00 AM | Supergirl Reacts To Batgirl's New Costume In The Most Adorable Way
Batgirl may not make her first official outing in her new outfit until this fall, but in his latest Batgirl/Supergirl fan comic, the wonderful Mike Maihack has Batgirl chasing Harley Quinn in her new duds—at least until Supergirl shows up to admire her wardrobe.Read more...
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1:31 AM | On True Blood, Everything Is Bloodier In Texas
Last night, everyone in Bon Temps got drunk and made really bad decisions at a wake party—as you do when you are from Bon Temps and regularly have sex with dead things. But more importantly, our favorite vampire recreated a scene from Terminator 2 and now everything is perfect and beautiful. Read more...
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1:04 AM | North Korea Is Not Pleased: Dance Video Features Kim Jong Un
Citing a threat to the leader's dignity, North Korea reportedly asks China to block a video that inserts Kim Jong Un's image into bizarre situations, all set to a bouncy dance track.
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1:03 AM | Book Review – The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution
If I’ve been posting a lot of book reviews lately, it’s due to the long, lazy days of summer and the fortuitous proximity of the Campbell County Public Library. But I’ve been trying to keep my reading list on the somewhat enlightening side, and to that end, I recently picked up “The Greatest Show on […]
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1:00 AM | The New TMNT Movie Rap Song Has Nothing To Do With Vanilla Ice
I don't mean that as a judgment, just a statement of fact. "Shell Shocked," the new song accompanying the new live-action Ninja Turtles movie, was composed by Juicy J, Wiz Khalifa, and Ty Dolla $ign and produced by Kill The Noise and Madsonik. And it's pretty damned good.Read more...
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12:08 AM | Release the Spider Robots!
When you see the black widow model coming towards you, don't be a freakin' hero. Just run.Read more...

July 21, 2014

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11:44 PM | We're all gonna die!
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11:42 PM | Most Wearable Technology Has Been a Commercial Failure, Says Historian
Given the hype around wearable technology like Google Glass, you might be surprised to learn that the wristwatch is still the most successful example of modern wearable tech. Over the past century, wearables have mostly been commercial failures. A new book from MIT Press explores this forgotten history.Read more...
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11:40 PM | ​New Poll Reveals The U.S. Is Number One In Climate Change Denial
The British survey company Ipsos Mori has released its first ever Global Trends Survey, summarizing views from 20 countries on issues ranging from privacy and technology to health and the environment. On the subject of climate change, U.S. citizens revealed themselves to be more divided than any other nation.Read more...
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11:39 PM | Welcome New Bloggers!
A warm welcome to the newest bloggers at SciLogs.com! Amy McDermott is the author of our newest blog ReefsRising, news from our fascinating and fragile tropical seas. From her 'About the Blog' page: The shallow, sunlit waters of tropical seas rival rainforests in their biodiversity. They are home to thousands of species of corals, fish, and invertebrates – fascinating communities that are too often threatened by unsustainable human activities. ReefsRising reports on the […]
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11:20 PM | Author Mary Rickert Explains Why Stories About Witches Still Rivet Us
There are some storybook creatures that seem to have some serious cultural staying power: vampires, werewolves, fairies, and, of course, witches. But what is it about stories about witches that keep us coming back for more after so long?Read more...
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10:51 PM | Gut microbes help packrats eat poison
Antiobiotics and fecal transplants in desert woodrats shown that gut microbes can help plant-eaters metabolize toxins.
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10:49 PM | Artist INSA Imagines a Future Where Graffiti Is Animated Like a Gif
INSA is a product designer and graffiti artist who has created a series of gifs that reveal what our world will look like when walls can be animated just like images online. Here are some of his craziest gif creations.http://io9.com/these-building... Read more...
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10:31 PM | Behold: The Beauty of Solar Magnetism NEW VIDEO! As massive...
Behold: The Beauty of Solar Magnetism NEW VIDEO! As massive magnetic fusion reactors go, the sun is pretty awesome. This week’s video features all the violence and beauty that erupt from that big bright thing at the center of our solar system. We’ve got sunspots, coronal loops, solar flares, coronal mass ejections! Even an aurora or two! And thanks to the fine people of NASA and their fancy satellites, this one is dripping with #spaceporn. Watch below: (via pbsdigitalstudios)
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10:31 PM | Net Neutrality, Shall I Compare Thee To A Highway? A Showerhead?
Net neutrality can be an issue that's difficult to understand and difficult to explain, so the metaphor that's used to describe it is kind of important. See what neutrality is being compared to.
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10:20 PM | For the First Time, We've Found an Exoplanet at the "Frost Line"
Astronomers have documented thousands of exoplanets to date, but they have yet to find one near the "frost line" — an important boundary in understanding how planets form. The discovery of Kepler-421b now changes that.Read more...
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10:12 PM | The challenge of sorting fact from fiction on coal seam gas
By Alex Wonhas, CSIRO Can you match the following three statements with the answers just below? Coal seam gas is bad for the environment and we should all protest against its use. Genetically modified foods are a part of multinational plans to take over the world’s food supply. Wind farms are dangerous to human health […]
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