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July 27, 2014

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3:00 PM | Guest Post: Water remains No. 1 among fortified drinks
Today’s guest post by Donald Bucklin (bio below) points out that the most important drink you can consume is good old fashioned water. This post is one of the few unsolicited blog posts I have decided to publish that came to me from a company, though I have no relationship with U.S. HealthWorks and do […]
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3:00 PM | Ascension: An Alternate History About a Planned Community in Space
New series Ascension has just finished filming on its first few episodes, and we learned a lot about it at Comic-Con on Saturday. It sounds extremely promising and got us excited for what's to come.Read more...
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3:00 PM | You Know What Today Needs? Slime.
Goopey, slippery, stretchy slime is easy to make, and way too much fun.Read more...
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2:45 PM | Birth Of 100-Millionth Person In Philippines Greeted With Joy, Concern
Chonalyn, a 6-pound girl, was born Sunday morning in a Manila hospital. But the head of the country's population commission says it will be a challenge to provide for so many people.
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2:38 PM | Natural rights celebrated democracy; human rights emasculate it
Jon Holbrook in Spiked: Although the word ‘rights’ appears in ‘natural rights’ and ‘human rights’, the two concepts are profoundly different. One seeks to restrict the power of government and the other seeks to expand it. Whereas natural rights seek...
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2:33 PM | How Our Story About A Child's Science Experiment Sparked Controversy
A researcher has complained that coverage in NPR and other outlets ignores his work and gives undue credit to a sixth-grader's project. But that sixth grader did make an original contribution.
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2:27 PM | Family Strife
Mushara Waterhole, Etosha National Park, Namibia – Sunset began with a visit from Paula and Nadia and their fraction of the Athlete family. We saw them break the clearing from the southwest, and I rushed to get two of my volunteers out on their bunker observation rotation, but we were too late. They were coming in fast.
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2:14 PM | Wounded Tiger: a History of Cricket in Pakistan
Kevin Telfer in The Telegraph: Pakistani cricket: what a subject. What players – and what characters: the regal Imran, the street-fighter Javed, the mesmerising Qadir. Controversy and drama seems to surround the Pakistani Test team wherever and whenever it plays,...
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2:00 PM | Last Man Science Fiction, 1805: The Bible as Gothic Futuristic Romance
Jean-Baptiste François Xavier Cousin de Grainville’s The Last Man (1805) Long-time readers know I’m a fan of post-apocalyptic science fiction, because it reveals so much about our feelings toward science and its place in civilization. Science mediates between us and … Continue reading →
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2:00 PM | We Know The Team's New Identities On Person Of Interest
Here's the sneak peek of season 4 that was shown ahead of the Person of Interest panel at Comic-Con yesterday. Finch and Reese's new alter egos are relatively pedestrian, but Root and Shaw's prove that the Machine has a sense of humor.Read more...
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1:30 PM | Brian K. Vaughn And Fiona Staples Reveal What's Ahead For Saga
The Comic-Con panel for Brian K. Vaughn and Fiona Staples' comic Saga was every bit as charming as you'd expect. The pair talked about the next few issues of the comic, the importance of killing off characters, why Slave Girl is a critique of Slave Leia, and the one Saga moment Fiona Staples initially refused to draw.Read more...
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1:28 PM | He and they approached hallucinations mathematically
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1:04 PM | Libyan Conflict Rages After U.S. Shuts Embassy
Fighting in the country's east has killed at least 38 people since the U.S. on Saturday temporarily closed its embassy in the capital, citing security concerns.
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1:00 PM | All The Arrow, Flash, Gotham & Constantine Comic-Con News and Trailers
Saturday night was host to DC's night of television, and, in addition to showing the pilots of The Flash, Constantine , and Gotham, DC discussed how each of those shows would take advantage of the huge world of comic book characters available to them. Plus, new trailers for all four shows!Read more...
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12:27 PM | How to Find Sapphires… Sort Of [Northeast Tasmania]
Intro: I’ve never considered myself to be much of a rock hound, but being a geologist I guess I’m naturally attracted to pretty rocks and minerals… and so up sparked an idea to go panning (i.e. fossicking) for sapphires with some other Geo-friends in northeast Tasmania. What could be more fun than paddling knee high in […]
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12:11 PM | Time Running Short For Congress To Agree On Border Bill
Congress has just one work week left before its planned August recess, but it has yet to strike a deal on a funding bill dealing with the border crisis.
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12:11 PM | Fighting Near MH17 Crash Site In Ukraine Thwarts Investigators
NPR's Corey Flintoff, reporting from Donetsk, Ukraine, says government forces appear to be gaining ground against rebels who control the wreckage site.
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12:11 PM | News Anchor On Losing Side Of China's Anti-Corruption Campaign
The government has already swept up 25,000 officials this year. The most recent high-profile victim is CCTV anchor Rui Chenggang, but it's not clear what he's suspected of doing.
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11:30 AM | The Glory of Guadalupe
You just never know what you’ll see when you take a picture of the Earth from space. German astronaut Alex Gerst must’ve been pretty surprised when he looked out the space station window and saw a 35-kilometer-long seahorse blowing a rainbow bubble! That image was taken on June 21, 2014, and—not to burst your bubble—actually shows the island of Guadalupe, located about 240 kilometers off the coast of Baja California. It’s essentially two volcanoes that overlap in […]
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11:19 AM | Sunday Poem
No More Clichés Beautiful face That like a daisy opens its petals to the sun So do you Open your face to me as I turn the page. Enchanting smile Any man would be under your spell, Oh, beauty of...
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11:03 AM | Lessons From Behind The Counter At A Comic Book Store
NPR's Lidia Jean Kott talked to Jason Aaron, the writer of the new female Thor. When she first talked to him she knew nothing about superhero comics, but after some research she became a fan.
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11:03 AM | You'll Be Maaaaaaaad About Goat If You Follow This Chef's Recipe
Goat — it's the other red meat! And it's easy to mess up. Kenyan-born Kevin Onyona reveals the secrets to a tender yet hearty stew: You've got to break down that meat, and you've got to give it love.
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8:08 AM | Israel Resumes Gaza Offensive As Hamas Offers New Cease-Fire
A proposed 24-hour extension to Saturday's humanitarian cease-fire didn't last past Sunday morning. Hamas, which rejected that truce, says it is now willing to accept a new cease-fire.
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8:00 AM | Weekend Writing Warriors: Rescue Operation #IAN1 #8Sunday #snipsun
It’s time for another snippet from Rescue Operation, the end of the Council meeting deciding what to do about Horizon. For links to snippets from other authors click on the logo above for Weekend Writing Warriors, or on the logo below for Snippet Sunday. Sorry I didn’t get around tyo everyone last week, but I […]
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7:54 AM | Tested Builds: Japanese Papercraft, Part 7
Tested Builds: Japanese Papercraft, Part 7
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5:00 AM | How bird flocks are like liquid helium
Mathematical model shows how hundreds of starlings coordinate their movements in flight
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4:00 AM | Neuroscience and Creativity
Edited by Oshin Vartanian, Adam S Bristol and James C Kaufman Synopsis: This volume offers a comprehensive overview of the latest neuroscientific approaches to the scientific study of creativity. In chapters that progress logically from neurobiological […]
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3:53 AM | Adam Incognito at Comic-Con 2014: Alien Spacesuit
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3:23 AM | This is a hummingbird’s nest, with two jellybean-sized...
This is a hummingbird’s nest, with two jellybean-sized eggs, from the collections of the Milwaukee Public Museum. The nest is made with soft plant fibers, lichen, and spider silk. Yes, spider silk. How crazy is that? I got to see this amazing specimen and lots of other neat behind-the-scenes items used for scientific research, while writing a story about efforts at the museum to preserve the egg collections for future generations of scientists. With nimble fingers, Julia Colby gingerly […]
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2:07 AM | Avengers: Age of Ultron Footage Shatters Our Worlds And Blows Our Minds
Today at the Marvel panel at San Diego Comic-Con, we saw Ultron in action. And we met our new Thanos, Josh Brolin! And we witnessed the downfall of the Avengers in Age of Ultron. Plus new Ant-Man footage... and a Guardians of the Galaxy 2 release date.Read more...
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