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December 14, 2014

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1:00 PM | Agnes Browne mamma
Un sabato mattina, nell'attesa del treno, con mio fratello abbiamo fatto un giro in libreria. Mi trovai davanti per l'ennesima volta questo libro, e non so cosa mi spinse a farlo, ma quella volta lo comprai.Una divertentissima scoperta! Un libro semplice, scorrevole e che si legge tutto d'un fiato.Le vicende si svolgono nella Dublino anni Settanta e vedono protagonista Agnes Browne e la sua famiglia. Agnes è una donna trentaquattrenne, bella, simpatica e ha un banco di frutta e verdura […]
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12:12 PM | Eureka: Signing, Q&A, Canadian Review
A few items for Sunday morning: — First and foremost, in just a few hours from now, I’ll be signing books at the Open Door. If you’re in Quebec or central Pennsylvania, you better leave now; Boston or NYC, you can have a cup of coffee first. Farther than that, you might try calling them…
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12:00 PM | The Bauer Mythos...
Image source: Forbes“The United States participated actively and effectively in the negotiation of the Convention. It marks a significant step in the development during this century of international measures against torture and other inhuman treatment or punishment. Ratification of the Convention by the United States will clearly express United States opposition to torture, an abhorrent practice unfortunately still prevalent in the world today. The core provisions of the Convention […]

December 13, 2014

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10:19 PM | Slow Life
Watch and savor this remarkable video by Daniel Stoupin. It shows tiny marine animals in motion — motions that are typically so slow that we would never notice, here enormously sped-up so that humans can appreciate them. Slow Life from … Continue reading →
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3:48 PM | Interstellar Mystery Solved by Supercomputer Simulations
An interstellar mystery of why stars form has been solved thanks to the most realistic supercomputer simulations of galaxies yet made. Theoretical astrophysicist Philip Hopkins of the California Institute of […]
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3:44 PM | New way to turn genes on
Technique allows rapid, large-scale studies of gene function. Using a gene-editing system originally developed to delete specific genes, MIT researchers have now shown that they can reliably turn on any […]
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3:28 PM | 40 million year war between primates and pathogens
Examination of DNA from 21 primate species – from squirrel monkeys to humans – exposes an evolutionary war against infectious bacteria over iron that circulates in the bloodstream. Supported by […]
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2:56 PM | Fat cells reprogrammed to increase fat burning
White adipose tissue stores excess calories as fat that can be released for use in other organs during fasting. Mammals also have small amounts of brown adipose tissue, which primarily […]
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2:23 PM | Advent Calendar of Science Stories 13: Timing Light
Speaking of the timing of astronomical phenomena, as we were yesterday, the timing of celestial bodies was the key to the first demonstration of one of the pillars of modern physics, the fact that light travels at a finite speed. This actually pre-dates yesterday’s longitude discoveries, which I always forget, because it seems like it…
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1:39 PM | Progress report from CERN | Jon Butterworth | Life & Physics
Another end-of-year report from CERN. No new collisions yet, but lots of progressI made it back from CERN last night, despite the “problem with radar” over London, as the attendant in the Swiss lounge had it. (It turns out a computer failed rather than the radar itself.) I was lucky - some of my colleagues had flights cancelled, and were rebooked for this morning.Much of the CERN council meeting I was there for was quite draining. It puzzles me why, since most of the time all I do […]
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12:00 PM | The Boys' Club...
Source: Radio NessebarShanley Kane is the founder and editor of the most interesting and original of new publications that cover technology: Model View Culture, a quarterly journal and media site that offers readers a remorseless feminist critique of Silicon Valley. The critical distance expressed by the publication’s articles, essays, and interviews, where the Valley’s most cherished beliefs and practices are derided and deconstructed, was honestly won: Kane worked for five years […]
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10:06 AM | Physics Week in Review: December 13, 2014
If you missed this week’s Virtually Speaking Science, the theme was This Is Your Brain on Movies. I chatted with cognitive neuroscientist Jeffrey Zachs, author of  a fantastic new book —... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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8:00 AM | Present and Future Neutrino Physics
The recent discovery of a non-zero mixing angle θ13 by reactor neutrino disappearance experiments has initiated the precision era of lepton flavor physics.  Therefore it is timely to identify strategies to determine the remaining parameters of the three active neutrinos, such as the neutrino mass hierarchy and the leptonic Dirac CP phase.  Furthermore, weak but … Continue reading Present and Future Neutrino Physics →
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4:00 AM | The Primordial Universe after Planck
It is anticipated that the new results from the Planck satellite, based on the full mission data and including the Planck analyses in polarisation, will have been released some time before the meeting. It will therefore be timely to discuss the physics of the primordial universe, both from a theoretical and observational points of view.On … Continue reading The Primordial Universe after Planck →
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3:50 AM | The mystery of the magnetic train
This past week, thanks to Laughing Squid and other sources, a lot of people watched and were amazed by this simple demonstration of electromagnetism in action. It is billed as the “world’s simplest electric train,” and it is almost certainly … Continue reading →
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3:15 AM | Ask Ethan #66: Did we just find dark matter?
Not a chance. What we’ve found may be a mystery, but it’s definitely not our Universe’s missing mass.Continue reading on Medium »
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12:56 AM | Role with it
I am always nervous when I have to deal with the middle and high school crowd.  I’ve had such mixed results in the past.  A couple years ago, I helped out with an astronomy workshop for middle school girls.  My job was fairly easy: I just had to help them find the sun in some […]

December 12, 2014

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9:20 PM | Comet 67P Only Looks Gray, It’s Actually Black
The European Space Agency’s Rosetta mission has now released the first narrow-angle color composite image of Comet 67P – taken through a set of red, green, and blue filters. And here it... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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5:59 PM | Where Have We Tested Gravity?
General relativity is a rich theory that makes a wide variety of experimental predictions. It’s been tested many ways, and always seems to pass with flying colors. But there’s always the possibility that a different test in a new regime … Continue reading →
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4:45 PM | Science-y Gifts for Kids
One of the questions from a caller when I was on the “Think” show was about how to keep kids interested in science. As I said, the issue isn’t so much creating in interest as working to not squelch the interest that’s already there. Taking kids to cool places like zoos and science museums is…
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4:40 PM | Training elderly in social media improves well-being and combats isolation
Training older people in the use of social media improves cognitive capacity, increases a sense of self-competence and could have a beneficial overall impact on mental health and well-being, according […]
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4:38 PM | Happy-go-lucky CEOs score better returns
A CEO’s natural sunny disposition can have an impact on the way the market reacts to announcements of company earnings, according to research from the University of British Columbia’s Sauder […]
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4:34 PM | Obese Children’s Brains More Responsive to Sugar
A new study led by researchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine finds that the brains of obese children literally light up differently when tasting sugar. Published […]
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4:31 PM | What really killed the dinosaurs?
Before an asteroid wiped out the dinosaurs, Earth experienced a short burst of intense volcanism. Sixty-six million years ago, an asteroid more than five miles wide smashed into the Earth […]
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4:30 PM | More-flexible digital communication
New theory could yield more-reliable communication protocols. Communication protocols for digital devices are very efficient but also very brittle: They require information to be specified in a precise order with […]
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4:29 PM | Native fungus could be another tool for helping restore ghostly forests
Cathy Cripps doesn’t seem to worry about the grizzly bears and black bears that watch her work, but she is concerned about the ghosts and skeletons she encounters. The ghosts […]
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4:28 PM | A wingman can help when trying to resist sweet holiday treats
Your companion at this year’s holiday parties can be a big influence on how well you’ll resist the tables full of fattening treats. In experiments staged by researchers from Vanderbilt […]
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4:27 PM | Study finds few meet criteria for healthy cardiovascular lifestyle
When it comes to taking care of our hearts, there is a big divide between what we should do and what we actually do, a new multi-institution study reports. “The […]
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3:46 PM | Advent Calendar of Science Stories 12: Time Tables
Returning to our mostly-chronological ordering after yesterday’s brief excursion, we come to one of the great problems of the 1700’s, namely determining the longitude at sea. Latitude is easy to find, based on the height of the Sun at noon– we told that story last week– but longitude is much trickier. Thanks to the rotation…
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3:06 PM | Why Plug-In-Hybrid Vehicles May Be The Car Of The (Near) Future
Don't bet on all electric cars taking over for more than a decade, researchers indicate.Image credit: Tom Wang via shutterstock         rights: http://shutr.bz/1zvu9YjThis story follows a story published November 25, 2014 on electric vehicles and how the driving range customers want may differ from what is best for their budgets.Owning a car provides freedom. Drive hundreds of miles if you want. When you're low on gas, fill up in five […]
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