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October 31, 2014

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12:40 PM | Trick or Treat - A UNICEF Halloween initiative
My Dear Sexy Readers,I'm sure I don't need to remind you that today is Halloween!!!If you are in the US, this is a great alternative to the unhealthy trick or treat tradition:Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF began in 1950 as a way to help kids who need more than candy. Since then, children all over America have gone door-to-door on Halloween with UNICEF collection boxes, calling out, "Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF!" They have raised more than $170 million for the U.S. Fund for UNICEF since 1950.Trick […]
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12:30 PM | Why scratching an itch only makes it worse
The pain that scratching causes soothes an itch – but only for a second. As soon as the brain's response to that pain kicks it, it ramps up the itch further
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12:09 PM | nabokov's letters to his wife
Eric Naiman at The Times Literary Supplement: We are used to the Nabokov who wrote for a robust, “panting and happy” reader, for the climber of “trackless slopes”. This is the playful Nabokov who loves to fold his magic carpet...
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12:07 PM | on Thomas Pfau’s "Minding the Modern"
Elizabeth Pritchard at Immanent Frame: Let me start with a confession. I am not particularly keen on stories of modernity in which “modernity” figures as a character and in which the plot—surprise—entails a “fall” or “break.” Thomas Pfau’s Minding the...
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12:06 PM | For Halloween, Gory Details favorites and farewell
Gory Details by Erika Engelhaupt 12:00pm, October 31, 2014 A post on a study of the microbes that live inside human cadavers kicks off Erika Engelhaupt's list of favorite Gory Details posts.Martin Kenny/FlickrHalloween is a Gory Details goldmine. Each October, science writers find their e-mail inboxes stuffed with tips on the science of spiders, “zombies” and other creepy-crawlies. […]
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12:00 PM | Former NIH lab director faked findings in three papers: ORI
The former director  of the X-ray crystallography lab at the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, part of the National Institutes of Health, faked findings in three papers, according to the Office of Research Integrity. Two of the three papers by Bijan Ahvazi were published in 2004, and later retracted in 2007, […]
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12:00 PM | Pumpkins, plutonium and polio - blogs roundup
Posts on our network this week included the science of cashing in on halloween, the discovery of a new frog species in New York, and why we need to banish the idea of the scientist as a crazy geniusWelcome to Signal Boost - our weekly roundup of blog posts on the science network over the past week. Continue reading...
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12:00 PM | Feedback: Trial by water
Advertising standards fail, decent desert dessert, pencils for the End Times and more (full text available to subscribers)
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11:59 AM | Anne Sexton's band
Kelsey Osgood at Harper's Magazine: From 1967 until their disbanding in 1971, the group wrote and performed. They played at a fundraiser for Eugene McCarthy, at bars where the air was thick with marijuana smoke, in college quads, on radio...
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11:54 AM | 15 Horror Films to Watch this Halloween | 3
Part three in our list of alternative horror films to watch this Halloween. Here’s part one and part two.   Cabin in the Woods (Drew Goddard, 2012)   Drew Goddard’s directorial debut is now a Halloween must for me, Cabin in the Woods simply turns the horror genre on it’s head. Big words, I know. Five college friends head […] The post 15 Horror Films to Watch this Halloween | 3 appeared first on HeadStuff.
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11:53 AM | Biologically Accurate Halloween Cards
      Earlier: Biologically Accurate Valentines. Spider-tailed horned viper photo by Omid Mozaffari (video and more information here). Crab spider photo by Lynette Schimming (via Flickr). Big brown bat photo by Matt Reinbold (via Flickr).The post Biologically Accurate Halloween Cards appeared first on Inkfish.
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11:47 AM | Lava Flow In Hawaii Spares Homes, But Threatens To Cut Off Community
The state has sent National Guard troops to the town of Pahoa to assist with a road block and security.
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11:33 AM | What would happen if a planet suddenly disappeared?
What would happen if a planet suddenly disappeared? Would the rest of the galaxy even notice?
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11:30 AM | Holy Frijoles! Swearing is a natural pain-killer
Stubbing your toe has to rank as one of the most painful experiences ever. Beaten only, perhaps, by a bonnet lid falling on your head or trying to pass a kidney stone. Such agonies momentarily wrack the senses, making us see red while focusing our entire being on our toe – or head – or … Continue reading →
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11:30 AM | Happy Solarween!
Even the Sun is getting into the holiday spirit. That image, taken by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory on Oct. 8, 2014, shows places on the Sun where magnetic activity is high. In the far ultraviolet, the intense energies tossed around by these ridiculously strong magnetic fields can be seen, in contrast to more sedate areas. And, happily, on that date the Sun wound up looking like a giant pumpkin. A pumpkin big enough to have over 100 Earths across its face, and well over a million […]
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11:16 AM | Scratching releases serotonin, making you itch more
Scratching an itch releases serotonin in the brain, which can eventually make the itch sensation worse, a new study shows.
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11:03 AM | 50 Great Teachers: A Celebration Of Great Teaching
Our new series will tell the stories of great teachers, and explore some big questions: What is great teaching? Can it be taught? How do good teachers become great ones?
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11:01 AM | The world’s scariest rabbit lurks within the Smithsonian’s collection
Among the bats, rats and other ferocious animals that lie within the storage drawers of the mammal collection in the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural […] The post The world’s scariest rabbit lurks within the Smithsonian’s collection appeared first on Smithsonian Science.
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11:01 AM | Alleged Cop-Killer Arraigned After Arrest Ends Extensive Manhunt
Eric Frein, who investigators say fatally shot a police officer and wounded another, was arrested on Thursday after eluding authorities for 48 days.
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11:00 AM | Flashback Friday Halloween Science Roundup: scientific studies to haunt your dreams!
Over the years we’ve featured some creepy studies, with topics ranging from ghosts to vampires to haunted scrotums. Here are a few of our favorites, just in time for All Hallows’ Eve. Enjoy! The case of the haunted scrotum. “On CT scanning of the abdomen and pelvis, the right testis was not identified but the left […]The post Flashback Friday Halloween Science Roundup: scientific studies to haunt your dreams! appeared first on Seriously, Science?.
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11:00 AM | Y la falla de San Andrés se salió de cuentas (otra vez)
Una de las fallas más estudiadas (y mejor conocidas) de nuestro planeta es la de San Andrés, que no es una como podría parecer por su nombre una sola, sino un sistema de fallas relacionadas que alcanzan una longitud de más de 2000 kilómetros en total. Estas marcan un límite de placas entre la placa Norteamericana y la Pacífica. Esta […] Seguir leyendo The post Y la falla de San Andrés se salió de cuentas (otra vez) appeared […]
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11:00 AM | iGEM: A Young Physicist’s perspective on Synthetic Biology
(Or otherwise referred to as biology magic.) We’re hosting an article series here on Au from the University of Aberdeen’s participants in iGEM. First out is Konstantin Gizdov, the team’s physicist. My current involvement in iGEM, MiT’s synthetic biology competition, has given me the chance to observe and take part in one of the 21st century’s…
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11:00 AM | A Science and Technological Society...
Oh, how I wish...still looking. Happy Halloween.
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10:43 AM | New Music Friday | 20 [feat. Sinead O'Connor]
Featuring new music and videos from: Sinead O’Connor | Tim Wheeler | OK Go | GANGS | Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds | The Afghan Whigs | The Parrots | Kagoule | Slim Twig |   Artist: Sinead O’Conner Song: 8 Good Reasons   Artist: Tim Wheeler Song: Vigil   Artist: OK Go Song: I […] The post New Music Friday | 20 [feat. Sinead O'Connor] appeared first on HeadStuff.
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9:44 AM | Three Cheers For The Instant Replay
The end of the World Series allows us to revisit baseball's experiment with instant replay. Commentator Alva Noë argues it has been a success — not because it makes the game more fair, but more fun.
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8:57 AM | Cash For Halloween Candy? Dentists' Buyback Program Is Booming
If you're like many parents, by tomorrow morning you'll be facing a candy glut. One possible solution? Sell it to a dentist participating in a program that sends candy care packages to troops.
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8:57 AM | Why Deflation Is Such A Big Worry For Europe
Some of the weakest countries, such as Spain and Italy, are experiencing a broad drop in incomes and asset values. Deflation is a painful process that can be hard to reverse once it starts.
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8:57 AM | Look Here: Phone App Checks Photos For Eye Disease
Bryan Shaw showed it was possible to detect early signs of eye cancer from a family photo album. Now, he and his research team have made an iPhone app.
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8:57 AM | Virus Sleuths Chip Away At Ebola Mysteries
Big questions have bedeviled virus hunters for 38 years: Why do people differ in their response to Ebola? Is it becoming more or less dangerous? There's now more evidence about who gets sick and why.
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8:28 AM | As Crimea's Borders Change, So Do Lives
Russia's annexation of Crimea is reshaping the lives of residents throughout the peninsula. Some find comfort in Russian rule, while others equate Moscow's control with intimidation and persecution.
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