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October 18, 2014

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9:32 PM | Hideout
Ad attirarmi sono stati innanzitutto i disegni: precisi e dettagliati, giocano moltissimo con i bianchi e i neri. Sono infatti opportunamente luminosi nelle scene cittadine, le più tranquille, e sono pesantemente bui nelle scene ambientate nel bosco o nella prigione sotterranea dove si trovano i protagonisti della vicenda, una coppia di giovani in crisi coniugale alla ricerca, apparentemente, di una soluzione ai loro problemi.In un fumetto dell'orrore, ad ogni modo, la parte grafica ha […]
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9:24 PM | “It Should Have Been Obvious”
I can’t find my copy of The God Delusion. It wandered off to join the fairies in the Boston Public Garden, or something. This is only a problem when I’d like to look something up in it, to point to a passage and say, “Ah! If we’d read more carefully, we could have guessed that […]
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6:00 PM | 55 Years Since the World Sees the Moon's Far Side
55 years ago today mankind first glimpsed the far side of the Moon. You're looking at that first grainy image of an unknown landscape.The first photograph of the far side of the Moon, taken on October 7th, 1959 by Soviet spacecraft Luna 3.Credit: Wikimedia CommonsOn October 7th 1959, Soviet spacecraft Luna 3 ventured further than any previous spacecraft and first imaged the far side of the Moon. Luna 3 snapped a total of 29 images of the sunlit, mountainous landscape from a […]
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5:38 PM | Images Of The Week (W42-14)
Bluer Than You Amazing hues of blue in the animal kingdom! Two Eupholus magnificus beetles, an endemic species of New Guinea pic.twitter.com/b2q9qOso5q — Jolle Jolles (@Mudfooted) October 14, 2014 Don’t you hate running into someone wearing the exact same sweater as you? The above image of a pair of  gorgeous Eupholus Magnificus beetles, members of […]
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5:30 PM | Weekly Space Hangout - 17 Oct 2014
On this episode of the Weekly Space Hangout, I join Fraser Cain to chat about the upcoming observations of Comet Siding Spring, a new target for New Horizons, and much more.  Check it out!
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4:32 PM | How to Communicate on the Internet
Let’s say you want to communicate an idea X. You would do well to simply say “X.” Also acceptable is “X. Really, just X.” A slightly riskier strategy, in cases where miscomprehension is especially likely, would be something like “X. … Continue reading →
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2:11 PM | Rapid agent restores pleasure-seeking ahead of other antidepressant action
A drug being studied as a fast-acting mood-lifter restored pleasure-seeking […]
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2:09 PM | Superconducting circuits, simplified
New circuit design could unlock the power of experimental superconducting […]
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2:08 PM | Invading worms cause the body to shut down defenses
When parasitic worms invade muscle tissue, white blood cells called […]
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11:36 AM | Cute Kids Weekend
It’s been a brutally busy couple of weeks here, what with reading folders for the job searches we have going on, trying to keep on top of my class, and multiple day-care closings for the Jewish holidays. But the kids are still very cute, as you can see from the above caricatures of The Pip…
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9:59 AM | Physics Week in Review: October 18, 2014
It was Ada Lovelace Day this past week, So Here’s The Life And Times Of Ada Lovelace, The First Computer Programmer.  Related: Beyond Emmy (Noether) and Sophie (Germain): Resources for Learning... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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9:13 AM | From Mindless Physics To Physics Of Mind
       For the sake of clarity, let us consider the two widely known, nonsensical scenarios: The first is one that many scientists charge ‘idealist’ philosophers with, although no thinker beyond the dorm room bong level holds this view: All is just a dream and there is no physical world. The second nonsensical scenario is that a physical world “really exists independently out there” and it happens to be the case that consciousness arises in […]
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9:00 AM | The Brown Dwarf to Exoplanet Connection Conference
The Brown Dwarf to Exoplanet Connection Conference (or #BDEXOCON) will be held on the campus of the University of Delaware on October 23rd – 24th, 2014. The goal is to bring together researchers with an expertise in the atmospheres and formation of both both brown dwarfs and exoplanets for a lively discussion of the current, […]
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4:00 AM | 5° International Fermi Symposium
The two Fermi instruments have been surveying the high-energy sky since August 2008. The Large Area Telescope (LAT) has discovered more than a thousand new sources and many new source classes, bringing the importance of gamma-ray astrophysics to an ever-broadening community. The LAT catalog includes supernova remnants, pulsar wind nebulae, pulsars, binary systems, novae, several […]
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3:09 AM | Ask Ethan #58: What is dark energy?
Sure, the Universe is expanding, and that expansion is accelerating. But beyond simply calling the cause “dark energy,” what do we know…Continue reading on Medium »

October 17, 2014

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9:09 PM | I macachi del giappone
Vi parlerò di due isole, Kojima, la più grande, e Torishima, per metà nascosta dietro l'altra. Entrambe ospitano branchi di macachi selvatici. Ci fu un tempo in cui l'intera isola di Kyushu pullulava di queste scimmie, tuttavia in seguito all'invasione dell'uomo ne sono rimasti solo pochi gruppi sporadici, perlopiù su isolette remote come queste. Le scimmie locali sono le meno influenzate dall'uomo e, in quanto tali, oggetto di studi approfonditi da parte dei […]
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6:39 PM | Grassroots Campaign to get a Physics Nobel for Vera Rubin
Now that the 2014 Nobel Prizes are done, it's time to start looking forward to next year. Why so soon? Because I'm hoping that we can start a grassroots campaign to help Vera Rubin win the physics Nobel in 2015. The nominating process for 2015 began in September and ends in February 2015. So the time to make some noise is now!Please like the Facebook page lobbying for Vera Rubin's prize next year. In case you haven't heard of Rubin, she made the first compelling discovery that implies the […]
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5:45 PM | In science, popularity breeds unreliability
Popularity can mean unreliability both in science news coverage and within research itself.
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5:44 PM | In science, popularity breeds unreliability
Newsworthiness does not mean worthy science, especially in hot research fields ContextNumbers,Science & Society BY Tom Siegfried 1:45pm, October 17, 2014 Coverage in the news media doesn’t necessarily indicate the quality of scientific research. And the best scientific research […]
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4:34 PM | Does Santa Exist?
There’s a claim out there — one that is about 95% true, as it turns out — that if you pick a Wikipedia article at random, then click on the first (non-trivial) link, and keep clicking on the first link … Continue reading →
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3:49 PM | Atomic trigger shatters mystery of how glass deforms
A new study has cracked one mystery of glass to shed light on the mechanism that triggers its deformation before shattering. The study improves understanding of glassy deformation and may accelerate broader application of metallic glass, a moldable, wear-resistant, magnetically exploitable material that is thrice as strong as the mightiest steel and ten times as springy.
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3:18 PM | New Evidence of the NSA Deliberately Weakening Encryption
Yet more evidence that the NSA wants to make it impossible to communicate privately.
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2:09 PM | 'Competing Foundations?' Conference
FINAL CFP and EXTENDED DEADLINE: SoTFoM II `Competing Foundations?', 12-13 January 2015, London. The focus of this conference is on different approaches to the foundations of mathematics. The interaction between set-theoretic and category-theoretic foundations has had significant philosophical impact, and...
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2:07 PM | John Stewart Bell Prize: Nominations Wanted
In odd-numbered years (by the Gregorian calendar, anyway), the University of Toronto offers the John Stewart Bell Prize for Research on Fundamental Issues in Quantum Mechanics and Their Applications. This is not connected to the Jon Stewart of the Daily Show– he’s purely classical, as you can tell from the fact that there’s no “h”…
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2:00 PM | Markets for water
This is the English version of a section in Ferreira (2014) , a paper dedicated to overview the experiments in Industrial Organization, to appear […] Read more The post Markets for water appeared first on Mapping Ignorance. Related posts:Experiments in fairness The Cournot model of oligopoly. A success story Private health insurance: adverse or propitious selection?
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12:47 PM | Plastic nanoparticles also harm freshwater organisms
Organisms can be negatively affected by plastic nanoparticles, not just in the seas and oceans but in freshwater bodies too. These particles slow the growth of algae, cause deformities in water fleas and impede communication between small organisms and fish.
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11:36 AM | Hubble cattura la più piccola e la più debole tra tutte le ‘galassie primordiali’ finora osservate
Grazie ad una serie di osservazioni realizzate con il telescopio spaziale Hubble, gli astronomi hanno effettuato ciò che potrebbe essere considerata la misura più affidabile della distanza di un oggetto presente durante le fasi primordiali della storia cosmica.  Stiamo parlando di una galassia ‘infante’, una delle più deboli, più piccole e più lontane mai osservate le cui misure sono […]
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11:28 AM | I Have Standards, You Know
The Days They Changed the Gauge US North and South had different rail track gauges. They fixed it pretty much all at once. I’m glad I ran across this after the update, as this interesting observation was added (quoting from one of the links) As things turned out, having different gauges was advantageous to the [...]
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9:37 AM | Carbon-nanotube paper electrodes with very high loading for lithium-sulfur batteries
Researchers have created a free-standing carbon nanotube paper electrode with high sulfur loading for lithium-sulfur batteries employing a bottom-up strategy to design and fabricate a hierarchical structure. This new fabrication method does not employ aluminum foil or binders, thereby fully utilizing the advantage of a Li-S system with high specific capacity. This proof-of-concept experiment indicates that the rational design of the nanostructured electrode offers the possibility to […]
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6:49 AM | Putting quantum forces on the map
Mapping the relationship between two quantum effects in materials known as topological insulators could facilitate the development of quantum-based, low-power electronics.
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