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October 22, 2014

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3:16 PM | MSU Fall Flower and Garden Fest 2014 — Presentation on Fruit Crops
Last week, I gave a presentation on Fruit Crops for your Yard at the MSU Fall Flower and Garden Fest that was held in Crystal Springs.  This is a big event, with over 5,000 attendees each year.  You can find more info on this event at this link: Fall Flower and Garden Fest As for … Continue reading →
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3:00 PM | Hacia una leche que no produzca alergia
Este texto es una colaboración del Cuaderno de Cultura Científica con Next. La leche de vaca es uno de los alimentos que más alergias provoca tras el huevo y el pescado. Afecta aproximadamente a un 2% de la población. Eso sí, no siempre se identifican bien las alergias de la leche cuando son alergias; y es que muchos confundimos la […] Seguir leyendo The post Hacia una leche que no produzca alergia appeared first on Cuaderno de Cultura […]
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3:00 PM | With Xbox One, You'll Never Watch TV Alone
Live stream Xbox One users will be able to see tweets with hashtags related to the shows they’re watching. Microsoft. We've all done it: you watch the star of your favorite television show do something stupid in the new episode and you can't stop yourself from shouting at the screen, "Come on! She wouldn't do that!" Well, Microsoft is providing an easy way to really get that message out there. In Xbox One’s newest software updates, which roll out in […]
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3:00 PM | Five Microscopic Images That Will Blow Your Mind
By Micaela Jemison From bizarre bugs to penis spines on bats, our world is infinitely expanded when we look down the microscope! Check out the […] The post Five Microscopic Images That Will Blow Your Mind appeared first on Smithsonian Science.
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2:57 PM | What, Me Worry? According to a recent Gallup poll, Americans are...
What, Me Worry? According to a recent Gallup poll, Americans are now believe that Ebola is a bigger problem in the U.S. than poverty/hunger, terrorism, and racism. But at least it tied with family decline! When it comes to Ebola (in the U.S., mind you, remember that this remains a serious threat in west Africa) according to our old friend science, that trusted harbinger of truth and knowledge, we have nothing to fear but fear itself.  This comes on the heels of another recent poll […]
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2:43 PM | Quick Facts About Ebola
The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has led to thousands of deaths and a maelstrom of misinformation. Here's a primer on what you need to know about the virus and the response to it.
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2:41 PM | Soldier Killed, Suspect Dead In Shooting Near Canadian Parliament
A gunman opened fire near Ottawa's National War Memorial in Ottawa on Wednesday. Shots also were fired on Parliament Hill. Two people are dead and police say they are looking for one or more suspect.
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2:30 PM | Strange X-ray source is the brightest pulsar ever observed
Two ultraluminous X-ray sources, two very different objects.
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2:30 PM | Monster Sunspot Will Make Thursday’s Eclipse That Much Cooler
Right now, a truly ginormous sunspot is turning its baleful eye toward Earth. The spot, called Active Region 2192, is a bit hard to wrap your brain around: Its dark core is easily big enough to swallow the Earth whole without it even coming close to touching the sides, and the whole region is several times larger than that, easily more than 100,000 kilometers across. It’s the biggest sunspot we’ve seen this solar cycle (bigger than one I reported on in January that was also […]
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2:30 PM | Canadian Family Finds 102 Snakes Seeking Refuge In Their Home
Call it "snakes on the plains." A Canadian wildlife rescue group recently collected — get this — 102 garter snakes from a single Regina, Saskatchewan home after the serpents sought shelter there for the winter. The largest snake was about three feet long — and there are still more inside the house. Read more...
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2:03 PM | Why should I vaccinate my baby?
Hi sexy science readers! :)Did you know that smallpox was the first, and the only infectious disease of humans that has been completely eradicated through our medical advancements? The eradication of this disease was kick-started by Edward Jenner, who led the vaccine revolution…“Should I vaccinate my baby?”…But even then, there was resistance to the concept of vaccination, and this resistance still continues today. Indeed, there are lots of myths and misunderstandings […]
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2:00 PM | Moon Robot Will Broadcast In Virtual-Reality Video
Virtual Rover Andy will send 3-D video back to Earth, which will be experienced through the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset. Astrobotic A team of scientists at Carnegie Mellon have built a robot that will send video from the moon to the Earth. And the robot will be controlled by the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset, with the 3-D camera on the robot turning to match the head movements of the user. "The vision was simple -- let anyone on Earth experience the […]
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2:00 PM | The Art of Science: Claire Moynihan’s Beautiful Bugs
British textile artist Claire Moynihan riffs on traditional insect collections with her “bug balls” – tiny hand-embroideries of insects on felted wool balls. Moynihan uses a variety of embroidery techniques and materials which allow her to produce highly dimensional effects. … Continue reading →
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2:00 PM | As More Crude Oil Rolls In, a Push for Better Track Inspection
In response to concerns about the risks of crude by rail, Union Pacific has begun to boost its rail inspection program by dispatching vehicles with lasers that can find tiny track imperfections.
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1:43 PM | Atmospheric things – especially balloons
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1:30 PM | “Editors are pleased to receive death threats on the third Thursday of the month:” A new journal launches
There’s a new journal in town. Inference’s first issue includes a lengthy review of a laboratory by a tennis instructor, a set of caricatures, and an exchange of emails from 1996 that is “perhaps, less remarkable for what it says than for the fact that it took place at all.” In short, its editors — […]
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1:11 PM | To defeat trolls, we need to do more than jail them
Changing entrenched attitudes that trivialise cyber-harassment against women will take more than harsh sentences, says law professor Danielle Citron
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1:00 PM | Quickies: More Gamergate, the Pentagon has a Transgender Ban, and Class Issues
Categories: QuickiesWhy #Gamergaters Piss Me The F*** Off – “Chris Kluwe played in the NFL for eight years, but he’s been a gamer for 26 — and he’s sick and tired ...(Read more...)
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1:00 PM | Tuberculosis toll greater than previously estimated, says WHO
9 million new cases and 1.5 million deaths in 2013
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12:40 PM | Week 22: Back on the Road and into Arizona
Astro-sculpture sighting: Urania, the Muse of Astronomy in Salt Lake City (All photos by the author). They say that you can never go home again, but sometimes, you can still visit those old stomping grounds. This past week we’ve been heading in just such a direction as we crossed the border from Utah back in [...]
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12:40 PM | Behind the Mask: The Life of Vita Sackville-West
Rachel Trethewey in The Independent: In the famous image of Vita Sackville-West, Lady with a Red Hat, the writer is the embodiment of the confident young aristocrat. Exuding a languid elegance, her heavy-lidded Sackville eyes gaze out from beneath the...
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12:34 PM | Are we free? Neuroscience gives the wrong answer
Daniel C. Dennett in Prospect: For several millennia, people have worried about whether or not they have free will. What exactly worries them? No single answer suffices. For centuries the driving issue was about God’s supposed omniscience. If God knew...
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12:30 PM | CSPC2014: Scientists are citizens, too
by Brian Owens General Science editor One of the common themes at last week’s Canadian Science Policy Conference in Halifax was the role of scientific evidence in policymaking, and specifically how scientists should go about providing it. I was disappointed to hear several of the politicians and policymakers – and no small number of scientists – repeat the same tired mantra that researchers should just provide data, and keep their nose out of the politics. Frank McKenna, the […]
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12:29 PM | This Gorgeous Sculpture Creates Instant Architecture in an Empty Room
Kristin Hohenadel in Slate: Held annually since 2009 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, ArtPrize is a democratic art competition open to anyone in the world over age 18, with generous cash prizes awarded by both a jury of experts and popular...
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12:24 PM | The White Racial Slur We’ve All Been Waiting For
Michael Mark Cohen in Medium: I am a white, middle class male professor at a big, public university, and every year I get up in front of a hundred and fifty to two hundred undergraduates in a class on the...
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12:19 PM | What is the Evidence for Evolution?
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11:43 AM | Brain barrier opened for first time to treat cancer
Ultrasound has been used to open the brain's protective sheath in people with aggressive brain tumours – to deliver chemo drugs directly to cancer cells
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11:30 AM | Same Voice, Different Sound
We all hate the sound of our own voices. When you record your voice and and then play the sound back, you often often discover that the voice on the recorder sounds much different than the voice you are accustomed to hearing. The reasoning for this has to do with the path or paths sound takes to reach the ear drum. When listening to someone else speak, air conduction brings the sound through the auditory canal and to the ear drum. The same thing occurs when a person hears their own voice, […]
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11:30 AM | An Illusion That Makes Me Happy and Sad
I’m normally a pretty cheerful guy, though I do have my moods. I’m not very good at hiding them, either, I’ll admit. So when you look at the photo below, would you say my mood as depicted on the left is the same as on the right, when the picture is inverted? You might. But if you do, your brain has fooled you: You’ve become a victim of its wonky way of perceiving the world. Don’t believe me? Take a look at the same two pictures flipped upside for […]
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11:01 AM | ‘Hidden brain signatures’ of consciousness in vegetative state patients discovered
From KurzweilAI: Scientists in Cambridge, England have found hidden signatures in the brains of people in a vegetative state that point to networks that could support consciousness — even when a patient appears to be unconscious and unresponsive. The study...
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