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April 12, 2015

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11:19 AM | The Pip: Future Comic-Book Movie Screenwriter
The Pip is in a big superhero phase at the moment, and all of his games revolve around being a superhero of some sort. He has also basically memorized a couple of 30-page Justice League books, after demanding them over and over at bedtime. As I did with SteelyKid, I make a game out of…
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11:00 AM | Appomattox...
NATIONAL PARKS SERVICETopics: #BlackLivesMatter, Civil Rights, Human Rights, Dred Scott, Walter ScottThursday, 9 April was the Sesquicentennial, the 150 year anniversary of the South's official surrender to the North in the person of Generals Robert E. Lee to Ulysses S. Grant in Appomattox, Virginia. On the same date in 1947, Branch Rickey signed Jackie Robinson, making him the first African American to play in major league baseball; the first professional athlete of color in any sport at […]

April 11, 2015

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8:59 PM | IYL 2015 Events #15 | Week 13-19 April
Originally posted on International Year of Light Blog:Find below the activities listed on the IYL 2015 Event Programme starting between 13-19 April. Click on the links for more information on the different activities. SPIE Optics & Optoelectronics (Prague, Czech Republic) | 13-16 April More Light! Light environments (Budapest, Hungary) | 13 April – 23…
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7:56 PM | Ask Ethan #83: What if dark energy isn’t real?
If our “standard candles” aren’t so standard, is dark energy still real?Continue reading on Medium »
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2:18 PM | Great Pacific: l'immondizia del Pacifico
Great Pacific, fumetto di Joe Harris e Martin Morazzo tra #politica, #ecologismo e #misticismo: una salsa non completamente efficaceGreat Pacific di Joe Harris e Martin Morazzo è costruito, come molte serie televisive, con l'intreccio narrativo di temi differenti. Tutto, però, ruota intorno al nodo centrale della così detta grande chiazza di immondizia del Pacifico, interpretata come una sorta di isola di lattine e altri rifiuti plastici di vario tipo. Una interpretazione […]

Zettler E.R., Mincer T.J. & Amaral-Zettler L.A. (2013). Life in the “Plastisphere”: Microbial Communities on Plastic Marine Debris, Environmental Science , 47 (13) 7137-7146. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/es401288x

Jambeck J.R., C. Wilcox, T. R. Siegler, M. Perryman, A. Andrady, R. Narayan & K. L. Law (2015). Plastic waste inputs from land into the ocean, Science, 347 (6223) 768-771. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1126/science.1260352

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1:31 PM | Bright Lights and Up-Tempo Tracks
The folks on the Hold Steady fan board arranged a Mix CD exchange recently, and I agreed to take part, putting together a playlist of stuff and sending off a bunch of electronic files a couple of weeks ago (I don’t know if the drive on my desktop can even burn CD’s any more, even…
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11:13 AM | Crowdsourcing earthquakes is not the real achievement
This map stakes well the need for a decentralized earthquake warning system. The dark and light blue rings show where early earthquake warnings are available, while the reddish and yellow patches describe areas prone to earthquakes. There’s a readily visible disparity, which a team of scientists from the University of California, Berkeley, leverages to outline how&ellipsis;Read the full post »
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11:00 AM | Slowing Light...
The future: Using simple glass fibres, a world wide web of quantum information can be created. Credit: TU WienTopics: Internet, Speed of Light, Quantum Internet, Quantum MechanicsLight is an extremely useful tool for quantum communication, but it has one major disadvantage: it usually travels at the speed of light and cannot be kept in place. A team of scientists at the Vienna University of Technology has now demonstrated that this problem can be solved - not only in strange, unusual quantum […]
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9:50 AM | Physics Week in Review: April 11, 2015
The Large Hadron Collider’s Second Run broke its own energy record for accelerating particles when it started up again this week. Here’s an inside look at how the atom smasher has been amped... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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8:30 AM | Off-the-Beaten-Track Dark Matter and Astrophysical Probes of Fundamental Physics
The workshop will bring together experimental, observational and theoretical communities, in the fields of astro-particle physics, early universe cosmology and dark matter searches and phenomenology. We will focus on both astrophysical probes or hints of new physics, as well as ‘non standard’ dark matter signatures. We aim to assess current anomalies, the constraining power of … Continue reading Off-the-Beaten-Track Dark Matter and Astrophysical Probes of Fundamental Physics […]
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8:00 AM | 13° Nordic Meeting on Nuclear Physics
The 13th Nordic Meeting on Nuclear Physics will be held from 13th -17th April 2015 in Saariselkä in Finnish Lapland. The meeting is the latest in the series of conferences which have been held every few years since the 1970’s with the location rotating between Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden. The 12th Nordic Meeting was organized in … Continue reading 13° Nordic Meeting on Nuclear Physics →
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7:46 AM | Microfluidic electrochemical reactor chosen by NASA as potential Mars mission technology
NASA has selected UT Arlington as one of four U.S. institutions to develop improved methods for oxygen recovery and reuse aboard human spacecraft, a technology the agency says is crucial to 'enable our human journey to Mars and beyond'.
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7:34 AM | ALMA/Herschel Archival Workshop 2015
The Herschel Space Observatory has produced high quality photometric and spectroscopic data in the wavelength range approximately 55 to 670 μm during its lifetime from 2009 to 2013. To date, all Herschel science data (~23,400 hours of observations, ~37,000 AORs), in addition to a variety of user-provided data products, are publicly available through the HerschelScience … Continue reading ALMA/Herschel Archival Workshop 2015 →

April 10, 2015

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5:30 PM | Why Small Colleges Are Great For Science Students
We’re into admitted student season, that muddy period when large numbers of anxious high-school seniors visit college campuses all over the nation, often with parents in tow, trying to decide where to spend the next four years. As a result, I’ll be spending a good deal of time over the next few weeks talking to…
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4:34 PM | Physics Life Hack Number 3 - Getting Your Ride Out of a Rut, Without a Tow Truck
This Wrangler isn't stuck, because Jeeps are awesome off-road. This is a handy trick I've had to use a few times, primarily because of my obsession with driving in places where I probably shouldn't.Back when I had a Jeep Wrangler and a lust for exploring woodland trails and lonely beaches, I would occasionally find myself literally stuck in a rut, with no other vehicles around to help me out. Sometimes a bit of digging, a few properly place pieces of wood or rocks, or plain old pushing would be […]
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2:57 PM | Moving levees can increase groundwater supply
Strange as it sounds, flood control can be part of the solution to managing California’s droughts. University of California scientists have shown that making more room for floodwaters can improve […]
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2:56 PM | Mountain gorilla research shows genetic impact of population decline
The first project to sequence whole genomes from mountain gorillas reveals that many harmful genetic variations have been removed from the population through inbreeding, that mountain gorillas are genetically adapting […]
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2:55 PM | Study: Most K-12 schools lack engineering-centered education
A study aimed at improving engineering education in public schools found that only a dozen states clearly define and lay out engineering curricula for K-12 students in their science standards, […]
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2:54 PM | A new beginning for baby mosasaurs
They weren’t in the delivery room, but researchers at Yale University and the University of Toronto have discovered a new birth story for a gigantic marine lizard that once roamed […]
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2:35 PM | Multifunctional materials able to respond to thermal stimuli and change colour
Researchers have generated multifunctional materials with different capacities such as responding to thermal stimuli, changing colour, being magnetic and presenting movement at the microscale as a result of a variation in their molecular structure.
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2:11 PM | New material could boost batteries' power, help power plants
Researchers developed a material that acts as a superhighway for ions. The material could make batteries more powerful, change how gaseous fuel is turned into liquid fuel and help power plants burn coal and natural gas more efficiently.
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2:00 PM | If you run trains faster, stones would fly
In lay people’s minds, railway lines are composed by rails and wooden sleepers on a bed of stones. These medium-sized stones are called ballast, […] Read more The post If you run trains faster, stones would fly appeared first on Mapping Ignorance. Related posts:The tough aspects of walking on sand Bamboo bikes are better for your buttocks Moving pyramid stones on sand
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12:12 PM | New insights into graphene and organic composites in electronics
Chemists from Europe's Graphene Flagship review the potential for graphene-organic composite materials in electronics. The researchers show how organic semiconductors can be used to better process graphene, and to tune its properties for particular applications.
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12:07 PM | Scientists use nanotechnology to visualize potential brain cancer treatments in real time
Scientists have developed new imaging techniques to watch dangerous brain tumor cells respond to treatment in real time.
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12:01 PM | Electronic charge distribution on the atomic scale
Scientists have made an important step towards a deeper understanding of metal-semiconductor interfaces. By means of a novel experimental approach the researchers investigated the distribution of the electronic charge at these interfaces on the atomic scale.
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11:03 AM | New Horzions Closes In On Pluto
Our current best images of Pluto, combining multiple images taken with the Hubble Space Telescope. Not very good. Image Credit: NASA, ESA, and M. Buie (Southwest Research Institute)When people find out I study astronomy, I generally get one of two reactions: blank looks and an awkward end to the conversation, or a barrage of questions (I prefer this reaction). And one of the most common questions is some variation on "Why isn't Pluto a planet any more?"Now, I do have an answer for that, […]
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11:00 AM | After Contact...
Topics: Alien Life, Existentialism, NASA, SETI, Space, Space ExplorationThis is the most recent article I've seen on the subject, stemming from the pronouncements of a NASA scientist that within 20 - 30 years, we'll confirm the existence of alien life:"I think we're going to have strong indications of life beyond Earth within a decade, and I think we're going to have definitive evidence within 20 to 30 years," Nasa chief scientist Ellen Stofan said on Tuesday, during a panel discussion focusing […]
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10:19 AM | Spontaneous formation of biomimetic, nanoporous membrane channels
Carbon nanotubes insert into artificial and active cell membranes, reproducing major features of biological channels.
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10:13 AM | Burocrazia e ricerca in Italia
Le due vignette qui sopra sono di Danilo Maramotti a corredo dell'articolo Il burocrate e il giovane ricercatore di Marco Esposito pubblicato sul numero di aprile 2015 di linus, quello che festeggia il 50.mo compleanno della rivista. L'articolo di Esposito riassume la vicenda complessa e malamente gestita dalle istituzioni politiche ma anche accademiche dei SIR, bandi che avrebbero dovuto permettere dei finanziamenti più semplici della ricerca, soprattutto saltando il filtro dei vertici […]
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10:08 AM | How many gold atoms make gold metal?
Researchers have shown that dramatic changes in the electronic properties of nanometre-sized chunks of gold occur in well-defined size range.
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