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October 24, 2014

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5:40 PM | What Are Americans Most Afraid Of?
A recent survey asked 1,500 Americans what they fear most. The answers may surprise you. Read more...
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5:38 PM | Wiping Out Disease With Genetics - World Changing Ideas In...
Wiping Out Disease With Genetics - World Changing Ideas In partnership with BBC Future, Headsqueeze is very happy to be bringing you the most interesting topics from the World Changing Ideas summit. Here leading geneticist George Church talks us through the possibility of preventing disease through genetics. Learn more about the World Changing Ideas summit here: http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20140917-ideas-that-will-change-the-world By: Head Squeeze.
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5:31 PM | Two quick Belgian video compilations of Ig Nobel highlights
Lieven Scheire and his colleagues at Nerdland, in Belgium, produced these brief videos — compressed visual highlights from the 2014 Ig Nobel Prize ceremony webcast, and from the 2013 Ig Nobel Prize ceremony webcast: BONUS: Lieven Scheire’s video —taken at the 2014 Ig Nobel webcast-watching party in Ghent — of Belgian Ig Nobel enthusiasts doing their own […]
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5:30 PM | Biological litmus paper detects Ebola strains
Litmus paper embedded with DNA from jellyfish and other organisms has the potential to identify any biological molecule – changing how infections are diagnosed
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5:14 PM | Fish Want to Play Too
Yes, fish. These aquarium lap-swimmers and pursuers of flaked food aren’t known for their joie de vivre. Yet in one hobbyist’s tanks, scientists say they’ve captured a rare instance of fish playing around. James Murphy is a herpetologist at the Smithsonian National Zoological Park. Although he professionally studies reptiles and amphibians, he keeps fish as […]The post Fish Want to Play Too appeared first on Inkfish.

Burghardt, G., Dinets, V. & Murphy, J. (2014). Highly Repetitive Object Play in a Cichlid Fish (Tropheus duboisi). , Ethology, DOI: 10.1111/eth.12312

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5:00 PM | Will the future run out of technology?
If you haven’t seen it, this opinionated, provocative, and forceful essay by Bruce Gibney at Founder’s Fund is a great read. Starting with the question of why venture capital return has generally sucked over the past two decades, he delves … Continue reading →
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5:00 PM | Asteroid miners to launch first private space telescope
Private company Planetary Resources, which one day hopes to mine asteroids, is preparing to launch a prototype of a telescope designed to find them
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4:49 PM | What Makes Food Taste Sweet? Ever wonder why your favorite...
What Makes Food Taste Sweet? Ever wonder why your favorite sweets taste, well, sweet? Whether they’re made with sugar or artificial sweeteners, it all comes down to chemistry, and a very special shape known as the “sweetness triangle”. Let Darcy Gentleman, who has a Ph.D. in chemistry and snappy dressing take you through the science of sweetness. Special thanks to Professor Matt Hartings of American University for his help with this episode. By: ACS Reactions.
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4:48 PM | How To Fast-Track An Ebola Vaccine
A Doctor Prepares a Measles Vaccine in Guinea, 2014 Photo by UNICEF Guinea on Flickr, CC BY-NC 2.0 The World Health Organization said it will have Ebola vaccines ready to give to hundreds of thousands of West Africans by the middle of next year, Reuters reports. Right now, there's no approved vaccine for Ebola. Researchers worked on vaccines before, but trials stalled because the disease is rare and because it mostly afflicts poor countries, so companies haven't been […]
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4:42 PM | A better strawberry There is a 50/50 chance that the variety of...
A better strawberry There is a 50/50 chance that the variety of strawberry at your local market was originally developed at UC. In fact the university has released more than fifty varieties since the 1930s.  UC’s research has also influenced other types of produce that we eat every day. You can read more about it here.
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4:31 PM | Florida Lizards Evolving Rapidly: Visible Change in 15 Years, 20 Generations
Scientists working in Florida have documented the high-speed evolution of a native lizard species, in as little as 15 years, in response to pressure from an invading lizard species.Left hind foot of a green anole, with enlarged toepads(Yoel Stuart)After contact with the invasive brown anole lizards, the native green anole lizards began perching higher in the trees. With each generation, their feet have changed to become better at gripping the thinner, smoother branches found higher up.According […]
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4:30 PM | Today on New Scientist
All the latest on newscientist.com: humanity's next 1000 years, future Ebola explosions, slumdog mapmakers, seeing brain chatter, Interstellar and more
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4:30 PM | Cutting off the Ebola zone would be a mistake
Travel bans aren't the answer: distancing ourselves from countries and people afflicted with Ebola could prove tragic for the world
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4:25 PM | Polar-orbiting satellite captures amazing X-ray footage of solar eclipse
By Micaela Jemison The moon passed between the Earth and the sun on Thursday, Oct. 23. While avid stargazers in North America looked up to watch […] The post Polar-orbiting satellite captures amazing X-ray footage of solar eclipse appeared first on Smithsonian Science.
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4:20 PM | Archaeologists Have Discovered The Highest Known Ice Age Settlement
Researchers working in the Peruvian Andes have found an ice age camp located 14,760 feet (4,500 meters) above sea level. It's so high that the archaeologists were surprised ancient humans could even survive up there.Read more...
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4:08 PM | Granny’s Marvelous Medicines: 3 traditional treatments that actually work
Imagine a time before the internet. Go further back: think of what the world was like before mobile phones. Now go even further back… back to when computers weren’t around. I know that in today’s touch-screen age, it’s hard to imagine – but not so very long ago all knowledge was passed down through spoken … Continue reading →
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4:03 PM | Black Swans And The Death Of Empires
Scientists studying El Niño in the tropics find evidence of a link to historical disasters.
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4:00 PM | Zoologger: Extreme nomad scrambles for shrimp bonanza
Australia's banded stilts sense distant rains and then fly more than 2000 kilometres to find a bonanza of freshly hatched shrimp
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3:53 PM | Testing the Form 1+ 3D Printer
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3:45 PM | A Scammer Tries to Buy My Couch
Categories: SkepticismOn October 1, I listed my sofa on Craigslist. I immediately received a text message asking me to email the person back if the sofa was still available. I did. ...(Read more...)
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3:45 PM | DIY: How To Light Up Your Bike Wheels [Video]
http://cf.c.ooyala.com/Rkdjd4cDq4DsP-PpgNX4-ZL4BdVibaeo/3Gduepif0T1UGY8H... Please enable Javascript to watch this video As the winter months approach, darkness is falling earlier and earlier. Do not bike gentle into that good night! By spending a few hours tinkering with LEDs, you can outfit your dull wheels with hypnotically glowing rings. Some kits on the market use customizable circuit boards to form animations as the wheel spins. Wiring your wheel to display a […]
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3:30 PM | Heart paper will go on, but only in the first of two journals it was published in
A cardiovascular group has retracted a conference proceeding abstract, because it too closely resembled a paper they published prior to the conference. The last author is baffled as to why the journal couldn’t have made that call before they published the abstract. Here’s the notice for “Increased beta-adrenergic inotropy in ventricular myocardium from Trpm4 knockout […]
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3:30 PM | Slumdog mapmakers fill in the urban blanks
The Missing Maps initiative aims to chart slums around the world as a way of fighting disease outbreaks and hastening development
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3:14 PM | Weekly Beat | 2 | Feat. Cambio Sun
I haven’t been able to dislodge Mad As They Come by Cambio Sun from my brain all week. There’s nothing to fault about this soulful synth-folk offering. Olympia band, Sleater Kinney have reformed and will be releasing a new album, No Cities To Love, in January. The girls will be touring the record with tickets for their Vicar […] The post Weekly Beat | 2 | Feat. Cambio Sun appeared first on HeadStuff.
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3:13 PM | Halloween High Jinks For Fun And Nonprofits
Many Americans are not scared to reuse old clothes for new Halloween costumes.
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3:07 PM | Flashback Friday: The science behind why we put milk on cereal (and not water).
Have you ever wondered why we put milk on cereal? Why not juice, water, or any of the other assorted liquids we consume daily? Well, these food scientists finally did the experiments to find out. Turns out that milk, due to its fat content, coats the cereal and keeps it from getting soggy as quickly […]The post Flashback Friday: The science behind why we put milk on cereal (and not water). appeared first on Seriously, Science?.
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3:04 PM | Dallas Nurse Nina Pham, Now 'Ebola Free,' To Be Discharged Today
The National Institutes of Health in Maryland announced that the 26-year-old who was infected while caring for a Liberian patient, has no detectable virus in her blood.
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3:00 PM | Guest Post: My Confidence in Planned Parenthood Waned but Then Returned Stronger
Categories: Guest BloggersTags: citizen activismplanned parenthoodppawisexismEditor’s Note: Today’s Guest Post is by Kavin Senapathy, who also blogs over at Grounded Parents. This is a great example of how speaking out about an issue can end ...(Read more...)
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3:00 PM | Everyone Is Lying To You All The Time And Only Butlers Know Why
Those new-fangled contraptions these days — with their beeping and their "online" social interaction — are making us dishonest! Researchers from Cornell University have determined that they have led to a new kind of lie. Learn about the "butler lie," and why it fools everyone.Read more...
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2:24 PM | Warming world uncovers frozen past
What’s that smell? If you are on an ice patch in the Yukon Territory in Canada, the answer might be millennia-old caribou dung. Weapon shaft in Yukon ice patch (Credit: Yukon Government) In 1997, sheep hunters...
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