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October 13, 2014

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8:16 AM | Carnaval de Matemáticas: #micromates, el concurso
Este mes el Carnaval de Matemáticas ha llegado al blog y como hicimos en febrero con el Carnaval de Física, vamos a aprovechar la semana del Carnaval para dar rienda suelta a nuestra creatividad en 140 caracteres. El 20 de octubre iniciaremos la semana de:   Las reglas son muy sencillas: 1.- Los microrrelatos incluirán el […]
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7:45 AM | Multifunctional RNA nanoparticles to combat cancer and viral infections
There is a significant need for new therapeutic approaches to combat diseases such as cancer and viral infections. Using RNA as a therapeutic modality brings to bear an entirely new approach, which not only allows for the construction of uniform scaffolds for attachment of functional entities, but also permits the use of all the different types of functionalities that are inherent in natural RNAs. New research demonstrates that multifunctional RNA nanoparticles with a nanoring design allow the […]
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7:28 AM | Nanolipid mimics 'good' cholesterol to fight heart disease
Scientists have created a synthetic molecule that mimics HDL cholesterol and have shown it can reduce plaque buildup in the arteries of animal models. The molecule, taken orally, improved cholesterol in just two weeks.
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4:00 AM | Ecco NOvA, l’esperimento più avanzato del Fermilab sui neutrini
Grazie al recente completamento dei laboratori, è entrato in funzione, e con successo, l’esperimento NOvA che esplorerà le proprietà dei neutrini che rappresentano una delle chiavi per svelare alcuni misteri ancora irrisolti dell’Universo. Si tratta di un esperimento basato sull’accelerazione del più potente fascio di neutrini mai realizzato negli Stati Uniti e quello caratterizzato dalla distanza […]
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1:32 AM | The Last Revelation of Gla’aki, by Ramsey Campbell
I haven’t blogged about any of his books recently, but I have said many times before on this blog that Ramsey Campbell is my favorite horror author of all time.  As I noted in a recent post, his novella Needing … Continue reading →

October 12, 2014

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6:14 PM | Weekend Diversion: Your city in fantasy
How one artist is transforming the modern metropolis into Tolkien-style middle Earth masterpieces.Continue reading on Medium »
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5:53 PM | Batman e Joker: tra Moore e Morrison
E' partito lo Speciale per i 75 anni di Batman. Anche in questo caso ho partecipato con grande entusiasmo scrivendo un lungo articolo dedicato al Joker, l'avversario per eccellenza di Batman. In questo estratto (con alcune parti che ho tenuto fuori dall'articolo, centrato sul Joker), vi propongo un breve esame su due delle più importanti visioni sul folle clown del crimine, come lo definì durante la silver age il grande Dennis O'Neil. The Killing JokeAlan Moore riteneva e continua […]
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4:23 PM | Australian teams set new records for silicon quantum computing (w/video)
Two research teams working in the same laboratories at UNSW Australia have found distinct solutions to a critical challenge that has held back the realisation of super powerful quantum computers.
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4:20 PM | Revving up fluorescence for superfast LEDs
Researchers have made fluorescent molecules emit photons 1,000 times faster than normal - a record in the field and an important step toward superfast light emitting diodes and quantum cryptography.
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4:16 PM | A novel platform for future spintronic technologies
Spintronics is a new field of electronics, using electron spin rather than charge. Scientists have shown that a conventional electrical insulator can be used as an optimal spintronic device.
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4:11 PM | Solid nanoparticles can deform like a liquid
Nanoparticles can act like liquid on the outside and crystal on the inside.
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2:00 PM | MI weekly selection #96
Ancient Antikythera wreckage holds treasure trove of artifacts . Researchers excavating the 2,000-year-old wreckage of the Antikythera in Greece have found a treasure trove ancient […] Read more The post MI weekly selection #96 appeared first on Mapping Ignorance. Related posts:Laser spectrochemistry beyond Earth’s boundaries: Curiosity’s Chemcam At the crossroads of Botany and Archaeology Melodies of proteins
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1:55 PM | Largest methane hotspot in the US found in the Four Corners: fracking not to blame!
A current scientific challenge today is the accurate quantification of total methane emissions in the US.  This can serve as an important baseline against which to compare how emissions change with the burgeoning of the fracking industry.  It also gives … Continue reading →

Kort, E., Frankenberg, C., Costigan, K., Lindenmaier, R., Dubey, M. & Wunch, D. (2014). Four corners: The largest US methane anomaly viewed from space, Geophysical Research Letters, DOI: 10.1002/2014GL061503

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1:08 PM | Gut microbe to blame in anorexia, bulimia?
Eating disorders (ED) such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia, and binge […]
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11:30 AM | Felipe Vadillo-Ortega, M.D., PhD...
Source: Biology of ReproductionResearch Interests & ProjectsPolycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons and Birth Outcomes in Mexico City. We will investigate how air pollution and the polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) component of particles can influence the outcome of pregnancy, and whether certain periods of gestation represent critical time windows and opportunities for preventive intervention.Air Pollution, Inflammation and Preterm Birth: A Mechanistic Study in Mexico City. We will advance […]
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11:00 AM | Other-ing...
Source: LA Times OpinionThe epic conflagration between Ben Affleck, Bill Maher and Sam Harris in some links has well over a million hits. The "emperor has no clothes" when Bill is getting props from that other-Bill-named-O'Reilly for Islam-o-phobia as a "proper" mental state.To note:Isaac Asimov - secular humanist, scientist and science fiction writer - gave a succinct explanation regarding critical thinking, fundamentalism, science and religion. He pointed out in his interview with Bill […]
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12:41 AM | On the Act of Feeding Trolls
“Don’t feed the trolls.” It might have been good advice twenty-some years ago, when a “troll” was a guy who showed up in your newsgroup to argue that he could prove Fermat’s Last Theorem using the power of his perpetual motion machine. Perhaps such an annoyance would fade away if deprived of attention. Now, though? […]

October 11, 2014

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8:55 PM | Ask Ethan #57: How will Black Holes die?
The densest, most massive objects in the Universe will live an awfully long time, but not forever. Here’s what happens to them.Continue reading on Medium »
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6:18 PM | Sepsis Sniffer Generates Faster Care
An automated early warning and response system for sepsis developed […]
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6:15 PM | Mobilization of Latino Voters May Determine Control of U.S. Senate
Control of the U.S. Senate could well hinge on how […]
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4:44 PM | Network Theory Seminar (Part 1)
  With luck, this video will be the first of a series. I’m giving a seminar on network theory at U.C. Riverside this fall. I’ll start by sketching the results in this new paper: • John Baez and Brendan Fong, A compositional framework for passive linear networks. It’s a big paper, and I also want […]
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1:27 PM | Life and Physics in pictures - No. 2
Some vaguely physics-related snaps from the past few weeks Continue reading...
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12:10 PM | Visualizzare MCD, mcm con i diagrammi di Venn
Il passo successivo alla scomposizione dei numeri è utilizzarla con lo scopo di determinare il massimo comun divisore e il minimo comune multiplo di due o più numeri. La regole sono semplici: nel primo caso, l'MCD è costituito dal prodotto dei fattori primi comuni presi con la potenza più piccola; nel secondo caso, l'mcm è costruito con il prodotto di tutti i fattori primi, comuni e non, presi con la potenza più grande. L'altra sera, mentre spiegavo […]
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11:30 AM | Dr. María González...
“500 million people worldwide suffer from invasive amebiasis, the disease kills 110,000 people per year.”Born on Sept. 10, 1955 in San Buenaventura, Coahuila, Mexico. Dr. González won the MEXWII 2006 award for her work on diagnostic methods for invasive amebiasis. María González patented the processes to diagnose invasive amebiasis, a parasitic disease that kills over 100,000 people each year.Her parents are Maria del Socorro Garcia Gonzalez and Humberto Flores […]
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11:00 AM | Dark Matter's Bright Future...
The cryostat for the XENON1T experiment. Image credit: The XENON1T Collaboration.The US Department of Energy Office of High Energy Physics and the National Science Foundation Physics Division have announced their joint programme for second-generation dark-matter experiments, aiming at direct detection of the elusive dark-matter particles in Earth-based detectors. It will include ADMX-Gen2 – a microwave cavity searching for axions – and the LUX-Zeplin (LZ) and SuperCDMS-SNOLAB […]
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9:33 AM | Physics Week in Review (Nobel ’14 Edition): October 11, 2014
It was the Nobel Prize announcement that launched a thousand “How many physicists does it take to change a light bulb?” jokes on twitter. (I know, we all thought we were being totes... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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9:00 AM | RASPUTIN: Resolved And unresolved Stellar PopUlaTIoNs
The study of stellar populations is one of the most relevant diagnostics to constrain galaxy formation and evolution. Quantitative analyses of the stellar content of stellar systems pave the way to `convert’  starlight into physical quantities like stellar masses, chemical abundances and star formation rates, and to trace back in time the evolution and the […]
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4:00 AM | East Asia To Italy: Nearly Global VLBI
We are organizing a new meeting to further develop the collaboration between Italy, Japan, and Korea in the field of VLBI. After the successful event in 2012, the new meeting will take place at the CNR research area in Bologna on the 13-14 October 2014. The meeting is organized by INAF/IRA (Istituto di Radioastronomia, Bologna), with […]
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2:08 AM | Images Of The Week (W41-14)
Booooo! The Sun gets an early start on Halloween!! On October 8 active regions on the Sun combined to kinda/sorta form a jack-o-lantern’s face. Folks at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center blended together two sets of wavelengths at 171 and 193 Angstroms, typically colorized in gold and yellow, to create this very cool Halloween-ish image. […]

October 10, 2014

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10:55 PM | Video-inspiration for aspiring women in physics! If you’re...
Video-inspiration for aspiring women in physics! If you’re a girl or a woman starting out in physics, watch this video! Now! Do not delay! When I first started out in physics, as a junior in high school taking AP physics, I was starving for female role models. I remember poking through my textbook in my free time (because yes, I was a nerd) and coming upon pictures like this one: How amazing, that in one place at one time there were so many incredibly influential and brilliant […]
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