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March 02, 2015

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6:49 PM | #NetworkScience and Ungoverned Spaces, Part 3
#NetworkScience Ungoverned spaces are complicated and difficult to understand.  Many of the various entities that compete to fill the power vacuum of that space are usually trying to conceal their identities, structures and relationships.  Even the ones who aren’t may … Continue reading →
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6:39 PM | Science Denialists Have Delayed Action On Climate Change: Soon vs. the Hockey Stick
If you have not been living in a cave, and had you been, I’d respect that, you know about Willie Soon Gate. Willie soon is a researcher on soft money at the Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. Soon is well known for producing research of questionable quality that anemically attempts to buck the scientific consensus…
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6:25 PM | 4 Psychology Myths You Probably Thought Were True by...
4 Psychology Myths You Probably Thought Were True by braincraft: Do you know brain facts from fiction? Test yourself with these 4 popular psychology myths!
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6:18 PM | US military satellite explodes in orbit after “catastrophic event”
A US Navy satellite has exploded while in orbit above the Earth after suffering a "catastrophic event". Descrier - news and culture magazine
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6:17 PM | Tyco’s ‘Piggy,’ Ig Nobel Prize winner, profiled
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6:16 PM | Today on New Scientist
All the latest on newscientist.com: Google rankings, how life on Earth took off, iron rain, and more
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6:00 PM | A Brief History of Net Neutrality
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6:00 PM | Ancient customer-feedback technology lasts millennia
In the days before Amazon and TripAdvisor, how could you express your consumer outrage? For ancient Mesopotamians, it was seethe, stamp and bake
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6:00 PM | Hungry insects may halve forest carbon sink capacity
Forests may only achieve half of their predicted increase in carbon sink capacity because insects munch more when CO2 levels rise
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5:53 PM | Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!UC San Diego’s Special...
Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!UC San Diego’s Special Collections (ucsdspecialcollections) has over 8,500 works by Dr. Seuss. We got a behind-the-scenes peak at some of his unpublished work from the collection which included his “Noble Failures,” a deck of playing cards and sketches for future books.
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5:47 PM | SciShow Quiz Show with Phil Plait by scishow: Hank squares off...
SciShow Quiz Show with Phil Plait by scishow: Hank squares off against Crash Course Astronomy host Phil Plait in our special Valentine’s/Old Timey Medicine edition of SciShow Quiz Show! Hosted by: Michael Aranda Support on Subbable: https://subbable.com/scishow
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5:31 PM | A New, Stronger Tunnel to Bring Hetch Hetchy Water to the Bay Area
The San Francisco Public Utilities opened on Friday a new cement-encased, steel-lined tunnel that runs from Sunol Valley to Fremont. It will carry an average of 265 million gallons of water a day for customers of the Hetch Hetchy Water System Improvement Program, which consists of more than 80 projects to seismically retrofit and upgrade an 80-year-old water system serving 2.6 million people in the Bay Area.
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5:31 PM | Science Teaching Toolbox: 10 Tried and True Videos for Teaching Science
     We have a seemingly infinite number of resources at our fingertips in this digital age. It can be difficult to wade through it all. I'd like to share some of my favorite teaching videos with you. They haven't all gone viral, and some of them have been around for quite some time. However, I turn to them time and time again and I think you will too.      As far as using videos as a teaching tool goes, I believe that they should be short and never the […]
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5:20 PM | Only Three Populations of Emperor Penguins Survived Last Ice Age
Only three populations of emperor penguins (Aptenodytes forsteri) survived during the last Ice Age (19,500 – 16,000 years ago), and the Ross Sea was likely the refuge for one of these populations, says a team of genetic researchers led by Jane Younger, a PhD student from the Australian Institute for Marine and Antarctic Sciences. Emperor [...]
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5:10 PM | Beginnings of the American Fire Department The fire department...
Beginnings of the American Fire Department The fire department and the equipment that firefighters use have both evolved tremendously over the course of United States history. Here’s an introductory lesson discussing some of these improvements. By: That Was History.
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5:02 PM | starfleetofficeranna:Today in the Unnecessarily Gendered...
starfleetofficeranna:Today in the Unnecessarily Gendered Products: The Earth
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5:00 PM | In Brief: 3D Models of The Overlook Maze
If you liked Adam's recreation of The Overlook Maze model that we showed last week, you were in good company. Two Tested readers were inspired to make digital models of the maze: David shared pictures of his model on Twitter, and Robbie Cochran put his model up on Thingiverse. We'd love to see one of these get 3D printed!
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4:51 PM | Are you a tetrachromat?
Riding in on the train of *that* dress – is it gold/white or blue/black a lot of colour vision questions have emerged. Despite people becoming quickly bored after the initial couture virality and now that it’s been around the world’s media 50 times in all its shades, there is still plenty to say. Wired pretty […]Are you a tetrachromat? is a post from the science blog of science journalist, photographer and musician David Bradley Subscribe to our Email Newsletter
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4:47 PM | Another online project: Bracing for Impact, reported by Flux
In case you were wondering, Webb of Science hasn’t disappeared, but I have been busy with a variety of other projects. The Science Writers’ Handbook website continued to publish regularly through December, and I had a baby boy in October. In addition,  I was part of a team of reporters (named Flux) who launched a crowdfunded … Continue reading Another online project: Bracing for Impact, reported by Flux →
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4:42 PM | Virtual reality film revolution puts you in the scene
The virtual reality boom is about more than just gaming. Total immersion could radically change how we watch and interact with films
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4:33 PM | Two New Species of Peacock Spiders Discovered in Australia
Biologists Dr Jurgen Otto and Dr David Hill have described two new species of spiders in the genus Maratus. Members of the genus, commonly referred to as peacock spiders, belong to the jumping spider family Salticidae. These spiders are extremely tiny – 4 to 6 mm in length, and are most noted for their spectacular [...]
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4:32 PM | The Gravity of the Situation: Crash Course Astronomy #7 by...
The Gravity of the Situation: Crash Course Astronomy #7 by thecrashcourse: In today’s episode, Phil looks at how gravity plays out across the universe. Support on Subbable: http://subbable.com/crashcourse
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4:30 PM | Crash Course Astronomy Episode 7: Gravity
I was traveling last week and couldn’t put up a post about Crash Course Astronomy when it came out. So, belatedly, here is Episode 7: Gravity! Writing these episodes can be a tightrope walk. Gravity is an interesting topic; since we’re still early in the series, I wanted to go over the aspects of gravity we’ll need to talk about planets and moons, asteroids and comets. That means discussing it as a force, how it makes things move, how orbits work, and the difference between […]
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4:20 PM | SfN journal retracts paper, bans UPenn researchers over “data misrepresentation”
The Journal of Neuroscience has yanked an Alzheimer’s paper and banned three University of Pennsylvania authors from publishing there temporarily, following conflicting investigations by the university and the publisher, the Society for Neuroscience, into the data. The 2011 paper looked into the cellular makeup of the characteristic plaques that develop in the brains of people with Alzheimer’s disease. […]The post SfN journal retracts paper, bans UPenn […]
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4:03 PM | Does Thinking About God Increase Our Willingness to Make Risky Decisions?
There are at least two ways of how the topic of trust in God is broached in Friday sermons that I have attended in the United States. Some imams lament the decrease of trust in God in the age of modernity. Instead of trusting God that He is looking out for the believers, modern day Muslims believe that they can control their destiny on their own without any Divine assistance. These imams see this lack of trust in God as... Read more
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4:00 PM | El sorprendente penacho de Marte
Santiago Pérez-Hoyos. . En marzo de 2012, algunos astrónomos aficionados dieron la voz de alarma: sobre la zona de Marte llamada Terra Cimmeria se erguía apreciablemente sobre el borde del disco planetario lo que en ese primer momento se denominó una nube. Las primeras estimaciones hablaban ya de 200 km de altura, algo completamente descabellado a la luz de lo […] Seguir leyendo The post El sorprendente penacho de Marte appeared first on Cuaderno de Cultura […]
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4:00 PM | Weather forecast for early Earth involved iron rain
Put iron under pressure and it vaporises – much more readily than previously thought. This means meteorite impacts on early Earth could have created iron rain
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3:54 PM | An octopus hunts on land, the cutest red pandas and another...
An octopus hunts on land, the cutest red pandas and another SeaWorld fail Controversial Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe puts elephant on his birthday party menu, a beluga whale dies at SeaWorld, Amur leopard numbers are on the rise and feast your eyes on the most adorable red panda video you will ever see! Get these stories and more in this week’s blast of nature news! By: Earth Touch.
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3:54 PM | Tracking Bald Eagles in Coastal North Carolina
NC State researchers are part of a team that’s using state-of-the-art GPS transmitters to track bald eagles in coastal North Carolina.
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3:20 PM | A Baby Star Pierces Through Its Blanket Of Interstellar Dust
Behold V1331Cyg, a young star located 1,800 light-years from Earth. This object, which is illuminating the dark cloud around it in spectacular fashion, is in the process of contracting as it becomes a main sequence star similar to the Sun. Read more...
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