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October 23, 2014

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1:28 PM | Detecting Who Is Or Isn’t A Lie Detection Wizard
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1:27 PM | Gough Whitlam, 1916-2014
John Quiggin in Crooked Timber: Gough Whitlam, Prime Minister of Australia from 1972 to 1975, died on Tuesday. More than any other Australian political leader, and as much as any political figure anywhere, Gough Whitlam embodied social democracy in its...
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1:00 PM | Episode 275 - And We're Back - 10/23/2014
This Is Only a Test returns after a brief hiatus with talk about Google's new phones, Apple's new iPads, the gang's questions with the 5K iMac, and a whole lot more. Enjoy.
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12:57 PM | The Surprising Science Behind The Movie 'Interstellar'
Interstellar Syncopy/Paramont Pictures Asking a team of journalists to rally around a science fiction movie might sound ludicrous. Yet some combination of boundless vision, relaxing of natural laws, and enthralling story can prompt even the most disciplined Popular Science employee to daydream at his or her desk. To us, science fiction is a lens through which we can explore our place and future in the universe. So when we found out director Christopher Nolan was […]
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12:53 PM | Camera Trap Top 10
Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation works with lots of camera traps. They stay immobile, day and night, recording at the slightest hint of movement. Of the hundreds of one-minute camera trap videos we've collected, here are some of our favorite moments.
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12:49 PM | Newsblast Volume 4 Issue 10
#NetworkScience In the current issue of the Network Science Center Newsblast Lynndee Kemmet discusses the Civil Information Sharing (CIS) Project and its research looking at the connection between food insecurity and political instability.  To learn more read the article in this … Continue reading →
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12:45 PM | Who’s afraid of ‘Klinghoffer’?
Adam Shatz in the London Review of Books: The Death of Klinghoffer, John Adams’s 1991 opera about the hijacking of the Achille Lauro by the Palestine Liberation Front in 1985, has achieved a rare distinction in contemporary classical music: it’s...
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12:42 PM | A Case for Anonymous Open Review
I recently reviewed a manuscript for the pioneering journal PeerJ. This presented me with a quandary. PeerJ’s experiment in open reviewing is nicely outlined in their recent post, and includes two steps: reviewers can sign their reports, and authors can publish the review history alongside their accepted paper. My quandary was this: I love the second idea, and think it is an important step forward in opening up the peer review process; but I don’t like to sign my reviews.... Read […]
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12:40 PM | Paddy Angryman
Paddy Angryman is a new Irish web series by Diarmuid O’Brien and starring our very own Giles Brody as well as Charlene Craig and Tara Flynn. It’s about a detached government employee who’s alter-ego is a Julian Assange type who leaks all of the Irish government’s dirty secrets. Here are the first three episodes, you can […] The post Paddy Angryman appeared first on HeadStuff.
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12:35 PM | Benjamin C. Bradlee (1921-2014)
David Remnick in The New Yorker: Benjamin Crowninshield Bradlee, the most charismatic and consequential newspaper editor of postwar America, died at the age of ninety-three on Tuesday. Among his many bequests to the Republic was a catalogue of swaggering anecdotes...
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12:30 PM | Quickies: Being swayed by the sciencey, Japanese government sued for sexism, and fat-shaming
Categories: QuickiesPeople are more swayed by things that look sciencey – Graphs enhance the “truthiness” of results. From John. Japanese government sued in landmark case over “institutional sexism” – “The case ...(Read more...)
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12:29 PM | Afghanistan: ‘A Shocking Indictment’
Rory Stewart in the New York Review of Books: Ashraf Ghani, who has just become the president of Afghanistan, once drafted a document for Hamid Karzai that began: There is a consensus in Afghan society: violence…must end. National reconciliation and...
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12:24 PM | Dr. Oz: Following green coffee bean diet retraction, site scrubbed, “further study is needed”
On Monday, we were first to report that a study of green coffee bean extract for weight loss touted on the Dr. Oz Show had been retracted. That story has been widely picked up by the media, including The Washington Post, which yesterday reported that the show had posted a statement about the development: In […]
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12:19 PM | Thomas Piketty: New thoughts on capital in the twenty-first century
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11:42 AM | “Lingering Scars” by Farzana Hossen
Billy Kung in ArtAsiaPacific: From Dhaka, 32-year-old photographer Farzana Hossen has produced a harrowing document called “Lingering Scars” (2013), a series of photographs depicting women victims of acid attacks. Hossen is one of 13 photographers taking part in an exhibition...
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11:36 AM | The discovery of Homo floresiensis: Tales of the hobbit
Ewen Callaway in Nature: In 2004, researchers announced the discovery of Homo floresiensis, a small relative of modern humans that lived as recently as 18,000 years ago. The ‘hobbit’ is now considered the most important hominin fossil in a generation....
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11:30 AM | Our Solar System and Galaxy … Seen by an Astronaut
First off, let’s get this straight: If you use Twitter, you should be following space station astronaut Reid Wiseman. He posts amazing photos all the time, and your life will be the better for it. For example, on Sept. 28, while orbiting over the Sahara Desert, he took this stunning photo: If that doesn’t take your breath away, then please, give me a moment to explain what you’re seeing. The sky is dominated by the glow of the Milky Way, the combined might of billions of […]
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11:30 AM | Personal helicopter will be as easy to drive as a car
Within two years, an 18-rotor battery-powered helicopter will be on sale to rich commuters who dream of open skies instead of gridlocked highways
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11:14 AM | New Fossils Help Reconstruct Bizarre Ostrich-Like Dinosaur
A large duck-billed dinosaur with a camel-like hump and the neck of an ostrich lived in what is today Mongolia during the Cretaceous, about 70 million years ago, say Dr Tsogtbaatar Chinzorig of the Mongolian Academy of Sciences’ Paleontological Center and his colleagues who analyzed and pieced together dinosaur fossils recently uncovered in the Gobi [...]
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11:06 AM | Scandal! Footballer in Marriage Shock!
The future of Manchester Divided star and England international Dwayne Kick is in doubt after shock revelations last night that the 26 year old has “never cheated” on his wife. This isn’t the first time Kick’s remarkably unremarkable behaviour has gone unnoticed after he attended a party last year, at which he was not photographed […] The post Scandal! Footballer in Marriage Shock! appeared first on HeadStuff.
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11:00 AM | Study finds that women who are ovulating are more into kissing.
Over the years we’ve featured a number of studies that attempt to associate ovulation with  specific (and often complicated) behaviors in women, ranging from the accuracy of their gaydar to their likeliness to vote Republican or Democrat. In this study, the researchers used an “international online questionnaire” to determine whether women’s opinions of romantic kissing […]The post Study finds that women who are ovulating are more into kissing. appeared first […]
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11:00 AM | Apps and Ebola...
Technology ReviewPerhaps the sanest proposal I've heard so far, using technology to get people to the necessary treatment, track patients accurately; contain and control a pathogen before its R0 of 2 out of apathy based on xenophobia and tribalism grows exponentially to Bubonic proportions. With this country's current disastrous love affair with austerity, I'm not talking about the ubiquitous "there"..."We live in a society exquisitely dependent on science and technology, in which hardly anyone […]
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10:20 AM | Treasure hunter discovers Bronze Age settlement using Google Earth
An amateur treasure hunter has discovered a Bronze Age settlement after finding clues using Google Earth. Descrier - news and culture magazine
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10:14 AM | It’s Possible to Live in More than One Time, More than One History of the World
John Crowley in Lapham's Quarterly: "Then what is time?” St. Augustine asked himself in his Confessions. “I know what it is if no one asks; but if anyone does, then I cannot explain it.” Augustine saw the present as a...
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10:11 AM | Thursday Poem
An Arundel Tomb Side by side, their faces blurred, The earl and countess lie in stone, Their proper habits vaguely shown As jointed armour, stiffened pleat, And that faint hint of the absurd - The little dogs under their feet....
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9:59 AM | Ciencia, arte, religión
Vivimos una época en la que la presencia de algunas manifestaciones violentas de una de las religiones mayoritarias en el mundo inunda las noticias y condicionan la geopolítica. El debate, habitualmente llamado “conflicto”, entre ciencia y religión se mantienen vivo y fuerte. Quizás pueda ser útil una pequeña reflexión sobre la esencia de ciencia y religión, apoyándonos en el […] Seguir leyendo The post Ciencia, […]
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9:52 AM | My Film Week in Review | 4 | [feat. Saving Private Ryan]
Saving Private Ryan (1998) Dir. Steven Spielberg   I have watched Saving Private Ryan more than any other film in history. I have seen it over 25 times. That’s 4225 minutes or nearly 71 hours of my life watching the same film.   This film is a master class in cinematography, and sound, and editing […] The post My Film Week in Review | 4 | [feat. Saving Private Ryan] appeared first on HeadStuff.
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9:00 AM | Old forests store new nitrogen–and may soak up nutrient excesses
Ecologists working in central Pennsylvania forests have […]
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8:49 AM | Do We Live in the Matrix?
Zeeya Merali in Discover: In the 1999 sci-fi film classic The Matrix, the protagonist, Neo, is stunned to see people defying the laws of physics, running up walls and vanishing suddenly. These superhuman violations of the rules of the universe...
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8:47 AM | Tweet In Hong Kong Puts Kenny G In Jam With Communist Party
The saxophone superstar, hugely popular in mainland China, walked into a mine field in Hong Kong. A selfie with demonstrators sparked a response from the government — and Kenny G took down the tweet.
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