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September 01, 2014

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9:23 PM | The MPA Wave
In 2004, Australia created the first large-scale marine protected area (MPA) in the world. Its Great Barrier Reef Marine Park had been a world heritage site since 1981, but ten years ago the government of Australia did the unthinkable – they banned all fishing, both recreational and commercial, from 33% of the park. In one…
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9:22 PM | Oh Man, All The Space Sex Geckos Are Dead
Sad news from Russia's Foton-M4 satellite. The spacecraft on which a group of geckos spent a few weeks trying to get it on in microgravity returned to Earth, as planned, earlier today. The only problem? The lizards were frozen solid.Read more...
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8:43 PM | NASA rover to get Martian memory wipe
Robots, the Red Planet, and a memory wipe, and it's not the next blockbuster.
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8:15 PM | Move over Iceland: Tavurvur in Papua New Guinea is the volcano to watch
Caldera is overdue for a truly devastating eruption.
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8:07 PM | Analyst: Response To Russian Incursion Will Be 'Defining Moment' For NATO
President Obama heads to Europe this week to take part in the NATO summit. The alliance is weighing how to respond to Russia's incursions into Ukraine.
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8:07 PM | Economic Impact Of Ebola Crisis Spreads Across Africa
Ebola has exposed weaknesses in Africa's health networks and a failure to work together to arrest the spread of the virus. The "not our problem" response is taking an economic toll on the continent.
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8:07 PM | 40 Years After 'Working,' A View From The Driver's Seat
Four decades after Studs Terkel's famous collection of oral histories was published, Radio Diaries revives one of his interviews with Helen Moog, an Ohio taxi driver and grandmother of five.
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8:04 PM | PNAS lifts embargo on Neanderthal rock engraving after seventh break this year
This message went out to the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) media list earlier today: Due to an embargo break, PNAS is lifting the embargo early on the following paper. All other articles are under the scheduled embargo: Neanderthal rock engraving A study of a rock engraving in Gorham’s Cave in Gibraltar […]
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7:30 PM | What Makes Grow Lights Different From The Lamps In Your House?
How do lamps make, shall we say, pretty flowers grow? And what's the difference between these lamps and the ones that light your house?Read more...
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7:18 PM | 3 Americans Detained In North Korea Urge U.S. To Secure Their Release
The State Department said the men should be released out of humanitarian concern and asked that Kenneth Bae, who has been held for two years, be granted amnesty.
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7:00 PM | Gut Microbes Take Over Your Body When You Die
Catching Killers With Gut Microbes Via Scottsdale Community College You have around 100 trillion bacteria living in your gut — and that’s a good thing. Known as gut flora or the gut microbiome, these microorganisms help your body digest certain foods, aid the immune system, and maintain a healthy gastrointestinal tract, all in exchange for a constant food supply. But when you die, your friendly gut flora quickly become your gut foe. Without food, the microbes escape your GI […]
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6:59 PM | Meet Staci Goddard in Los Angeles on Tuesday
Categories: Activism Events Feminism Random AsidesHello friends! This is a quick shout-out to let you know that my fabulous group The Los Angeles Women’s Atheist and Agnostic group (LAWAAG) is meeting tomorrow night and we ...(Read more...)
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6:35 PM | American Southwest has 80% chance of decade-long drought this century
It has happened before, and warming won’t help.
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6:25 PM | These 5 Crops Are Still Hand-Harvested, And It's Hard Work
Saffron, vanilla, palm oil, cacao and cottonseed oil are still picked by hand in some parts of the world. Sometimes that manual labor shows up in the price of the food; sometimes it doesn't.
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6:15 PM | Major quarantine and experimental vaccines to curb Ebola
With the Ebola outbreak in West Africa doubling by the month, the World Health Organization is pushing more extreme measures to contain the virus
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6:15 PM | The Flight Of The Passenger Pigeon, Now 100 Years Extinct
Passenger pigeons were once the world's most abundant bird, but they were also the cheapest protein available. The last passenger pigeon, Martha, died exactly a century ago at the Cincinnati Zoo.
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6:12 PM | Assemblages: 50 Years Later, We Know Nothing About Them
You would think we learn about every part of a cell in biology, but we really don’t. Case in point, about 50 years ago, electron microscopy revealed the presence of […]

Toretsky, J. & Wright, P. (2014). Assemblages: Functional units formed by cellular phase separation, The Journal of Cell Biology, 206 (5) 579-588. DOI: 10.1083/jcb.201404124

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6:00 PM | First Neanderthal etching is a #stoneagehashtag
More than 40,000 years ago, a Neanderthal scratched a pattern into the floor of a cave in Gibraltar. Is it a doodle, a message or a work of art?
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6:00 PM | Have Humans Already Conquered The Threat Of Extinction?
The Great Filter theory suggests that all advanced civilizations eventually destroy themselves before acquiring the capacity to colonize space — a notion that could explain why we've never been visited by aliens. But there may be another reason for the celestial silence. Yes, the Great Filter exists, but we've already passed it. Here's what this would mean. Read more...
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5:55 PM | To Model Manhood, Immigrant Dads Draw From Two Worlds
Many immigrant men in the U.S. work hard to hold onto definitions of masculinity from their native countries — while also rejecting more rigid gender roles that may be the norm in their homelands.
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5:51 PM | Cutting Back On Carbs, Not Fat, May Lead To More Weight Loss
A new diet study concludes that a low-carbohydrate diet leads to almost three times more weight loss than a traditional low-fat diet where carbs made up 40 to 45 percent of calories.
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5:31 PM | Jennifer Lawrence photo hack highlights risks of cloud
The Oscar-winning actress is one of many celebrities who had nude photos maliciously leaked on the internet last night – but how did it happen?
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5:10 PM | U.K. Seeks To Expand Terrorism Laws To Target British Fighters
Prime Minister David Cameron wants to give police the power to seize passports of Islamist fighters bound for Iraq and Syria. On Friday, Britain raised its threat level to "severe" from "substantial."
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5:00 PM | Nature and conservation from a perfect point of view
An idyllic farmhouse, challenging thoughts on conservation, an author who sounds like a great guy. What's not to hate in A Buzz in the Meadow?
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5:00 PM | Flying Foxes, Rococo Toads, And Other Creatures Of Darkness
After sundown, a completely different world comes to life.  Photographer Traer Scott writes that her journey into darkness started with moths, "the mysterious, moonlit cousins of the perky, sunny butterfly--flitting wildly and ever frantically near our porch lights but never coming quite close enough to be truly illuminated." Then she got to thinking about the bats that eat the boths, and an idea hatched. Her book, "Nocturne: Creatures Of The Night," calls itself the first […]
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4:51 PM | Boost for cancer therapy sought by Ashya King's family
Ashya King was removed from a UK hospital so he could get proton beam therapy for his cancer. Two centres will make it more widely available in the UK from 2018
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4:44 PM | Face-to-Face Conservation
“The phone calls always seem to be on a Sunday and 1000 kilometres (600 miles) away from here” Florian Weise tells me. We’re standing next to a huge drum of diesel — “this is where the NGS Big Cats Initiative money went” he explains, filling up his pick-up for the long journey. Florian’s insights into…
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4:30 PM | Today on New Scientist
All the latest on newscientist.com: verbal autopsies, non-stop global warming from now on, football head injuries, telltale fraud language and more
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4:30 PM | Otter snacking on a puffin wins photography prize
When it comes to cuteness, the otter and puffin are neck and neck, but in a watery duel, the otter wins hands down
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4:17 PM | More Clashes In Pakistan As Pressure On Government Grows
Anti-government protesters in Pakistan briefly forced state TV off the air amid continuing clashes with police and renewed calls for Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's resignation.
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