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November 29, 2014

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12:15 AM | Australia’s biosecurity may be shocked
A human disease pandemic, European honey bee colonies wiped out and an invasion of a devastating wheat disease are just three potential biosecurity threats facing Australia, according to a report released this week. These three events alone could devastate Australia’s […]test The post Australia’s biosecurity may be shocked appeared first on Australian Science.

November 28, 2014

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9:49 PM | Enthusiasts and skeptics debate artificial intelligence
Kurt Andersen wonders: If the Singularity is near, will it bring about global techno-Nirvana or civilizational ruin? Artificial intelligence is suddenly everywhere. It’s still what the experts call “soft A.I.,” but it is proliferating like mad. We’re now accustomed to having conversations with computers: to refill a prescription, make a cable-TV-service appointment, cancel an airline reservation—or, when driving, to silently obey the instructions of the […]
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9:46 PM | Why do humans drink milk?
We drink milk because it is good for us, but we rarely stop to think “Why?” Archaeologists and geneticists have been puzzling this question since it was revealed that the mutations which enable adults to drink milk are under the strongest selection of any in the human genome. Subject:  Anthropology
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9:39 PM | New video series: Deep Look
KQED Science, the science arm of the PBS member television station based in San Francisco has created a new series being aired on PBS Digital called Deep Look, where they allow us to explore the big... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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9:37 PM | Re-learning how to read a genome
There are roughly 20,000 genes and thousands of other regulatory "elements" stored within the three billion letters of the human genome. Genes encode information that is used to create proteins, while other genomic elements help regulate the activation of genes, among other tasks. Somehow all of this coded information within our DNA needs to be read by complex molecular machinery and transcribed into messages that can be used by our cells. Subject:  Genetics […]
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8:57 PM | A Large-Scale Ritual Animal Slaughter Taking Place In Nepal Has Animal Activists Outraged
A small village in Nepal is preparing to host an event that will potentially make the largest animal sacrifice ever. According to The Washington Post… “More than 1 million people have descended upon a remote temple in southern Nepal in recent days, where thousands of animals are set to slaughtered starting Friday as part of a ritual sacrifice to honor the Hindu goddess Gadhimai held every five years.”   In 2009, the event reportedly attracted over 5 million […]
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8:02 PM | Domino's Square Pizza Or Round - Which Is The Best Value For The Money?
Kelly Abbott/Flickr, CC BY-NCBy Tim Trudgian, Australian National UniversityConsider a standard pizza box containing a standard circular pizza. How much more would you be willing to pay for a square pizza that filled the box? read more
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7:38 PM | Weekly Beat | 7 | Feat. Portable
If you celebrated Thanksgiving this year, hope that it was a great one. A nice little chilled out number here from Portable feat. Lcio:   Frank Ocean is giving us a little taster of what to expect from his second album, out soon, hopefully.   Black Keys fans will probably enjoy this:   We’re fans […] The post Weekly Beat | 7 | Feat. Portable appeared first on HeadStuff.
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7:38 PM | http://futurepattern.blogspot.com/2014/11/de-joel-pett.html
De  Joel Pett.
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7:31 PM | Hype Around Marijuana As Treatment For Cancer Unwarranted
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6:22 PM | Dan Dennett: Responding to Pastor Rick Warren
Philosopher Dan Dennett calls for religion -- all religion -- to be taught in schools, so we can understand its nature as a natural phenomenon. Then he takes on The Purpose-Driven Life, disputing its claim that, to be moral, one must deny evolution.
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6:19 PM | A billion holes can make a battery
Researchers have invented a single tiny structure - a nanopore - that includes all the components of a battery that they say could bring about the ultimate miniaturization of energy storage components. Subject:  Technology
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6:13 PM | Another human footprint in the ocean
Human-induced changes to Earth's carbon cycle - for example, rising atmospheric carbon dioxide and ocean acidification - have been observed for decades. However, a study published this week in Science showed human activities, in particular industrial and agricultural processes, have also had significant impacts on the upper ocean nitrogen cycle. Subject:  Earth Science
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5:30 PM | Golden Ratio Of Space-Time?
The golden ratio is known as the divine proportion because it is found so often in nature. It has fascinated mathematicians since Euclid. A golden ratio is when the ratio of two numbers is the same as the ratio of their sum to the larger of the two quantities.Credit: WikipediaRepresented by the Greek letter phi (φ), its value is 1.61803399.read more
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5:30 PM | Christmas Party Good News: Drug Reduces Side-Effects Of ‘Binge Drinking’
Good news for Christmas party season: A new compound has been shown to reduce the harmful side-effects of ‘binge drinking’. It also has the potential for new ways to treat Alzheimer’s and other neurological diseases that damage the brain but showing that would take $1 billion in clinical trials and 10 years of approval and then some generic company would just poach it a few years later anyway. If they simply go the alternative medicine route, the inventors could save […]
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4:54 PM | Watch Snowflakes Form Right Before Your Eyes In This Enchanting Time-Lapse Video
If you went to elementary school in the United States, it’s pretty likely that you made a paper cut-out snowflake at some point. As a kid, these elaborate craft projects didn’t really seem to resemble real snowflakes – until you actually see a real snowflake up close, that is. To the naked eye they may look like little puffs of white powder, but snowflakes actually have very complex and intricate crystalline patterns, a result of the way in which they are […]
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3:48 PM | Do 'Typical' Sexual Fantasies Even Exist?
Fantasies shouldn't be confused with wishes or behaviors. conrado/ShutterstockBy Christian Joyal, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (UQTR)Can we use unusual sexual fantasies to identify sexual deviancy? Is there a link between what people fantasize about and how they actually behave? read more
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3:10 PM | The invasion of well-meaning quacks into West Africa continues apace, part three
I hope my U.S. readers have all had a happy Thanksgiving. Today has been known at least since the mid-1970s as Black Friday, the busiest shopping day of the year. Whether it’s still true or not, given the relentless proliferation, progression, and metastasis—yes, the use of terms related to cancer is intentional—of holiday sales right…
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3:00 PM | Science Enters The Brown Versus White Bread Battle
Dietary masochists say you should endure the most difficult brown bread imaginable because 1,000 years ago people had no choice. It's vaguely healthier, we are all told, though if you read more than a few epidemiology studies and saw the lack of methodology you know it casts on doubt almost every health claim made by matching populations to specific foods, not to mention the bizarre beliefs promoted by prominent nutrition 'experts'.read more
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1:04 PM | A clearer picture how climate change affects El Niño?
I still remember the first time I was asked about how climate change affects El Niño. It was given as a group exercise during a winter school in Les Houghes (in France) back in February 1996. Since then, I have kept thinking about this question, and I have not been the only one wondering about […]
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1:00 PM | Thanksgiving Special: Uncovering the link between sleep and food
If you ate a big Thanksgiving dinner yesterday, you probably felt drowsy and sluggish afterward, a phenomenon often referred to as a “food coma”. The belief that it’s caused by the tryptophan in turkey is a long busted myth, and in fact it can happen after any carb-heavy meal. The reasons for this post-food slump […]

Yurgel M.E., Justin DiAngelo & Alex C. Keene (2014). Genetic dissection of sleep–metabolism interactions in the fruit fly, Journal of Comparative Physiology A, DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00359-014-0936-9

Shang Y., Christopher G. Vecsey, Fang Guo, Michael Rosbash & Leslie C. Griffith (2013). Short Neuropeptide F Is a Sleep-Promoting Inhibitory Modulator, Neuron, 80 (1) 171-183. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.neuron.2013.07.029

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11:00 AM | Big Data Engineering - Now With More Neuroscience
We're being overrun with Big Data and that has created a need to increase computing and networking power to make it possible to manage the vast amount of information available.Toward that goal, a new generation of Information and communications technology (ICT) systems has been inspired by the operating principles of the brain.Stemming from the premise that the brain is an ideal model for information processing, in recent years there have been multiple attempts at bio-inspired systems. Some […]
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9:00 AM | The Most Important Thing to Happen in the History of the World Was … Panama?
Last weekend, as a part of a much-needed vacation to Colombia, my wife and I took a long layover in Panama City. Also known as “home to that canal that the entire world needs to do business,” Panama City is a lovely town. Lately, people have taken to calling it the Dubai of Latin America because […]
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8:44 AM | Die OPEC hat den längeren Atem – Warum der niedrige Ölpreis den Saudis zuletzt schadet
Die Entscheidung, der OPEC, die maximale Fördermenge von 30 Millionen Barrels pro Tag vorerst unverändert zu lassen, ist kein Zeichen der Schwäche des Ölkartells. Es ist ein Test des längeren Atems und ein Versuch, konkurrierende Ölproduzenten trocken zu legen. Der Marktpreis pro Barrel liegt aktuell bei etwa 70 Dollar, die Kosten um rentabel zu fördern…
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7:42 AM | Salir de la web para hablar de ciencia
Según la Tercera Encuesta de Percepción de los Argentinos sobre la Investigación científica del país publicada el año 2012, la sociedad argentina proyecta una confianza ‘muy amplia’ en el papel que jugarán la ciencia y la tecnología en los próximos años. Específicamente cuatro de cada diez personas encuestadas piensan que los beneficios futuros serán ‘muchos’ y otros cuatro de cada diez […]
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4:59 AM | The Strange Remains The Same for 27 November 2014
Thanksgiving leftovers… Over 16,000 pages of Darwin’s research on evolution released online. Undermining the Hippocratic Oath: the Medical Innovation Bill : The Lancet Oncology. 21st century exorcisms: Examining the psychology of possession – JREF. The Bulletproof Diet: simplistic, invalid and unscientific – Telegraph. Science (and Quacks) vs. the Aging Process – NYTimes.com. Source: Doubtful News
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4:30 AM | New Nordic food is a niche
On the 10th anniversary of the concept “New Nordic food”, researchers from Aarhus University have investigated its social and financial influence on society.
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4:17 AM | Children can wait – for higher income
The probability of having children increases significantly once people have started their professional careers.
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1:34 AM | New age proposed for Antikythera mechanism
A new research paper suggests the Antikythera mechanism was older than previously thought. Solving the Riddles of an Early Astronomical Calculator – NYTimes.com. [A] new analysis of the dial used to predict eclipses, which is set on the back of the mechanism, provides yet another clue to one of history’s most intriguing puzzles. Christián C.… Source: Doubtful News
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12:50 AM | New ideas arise from the grave – about vampire beliefs in Poland
This is an update to this story from July of last year. New Clues Point To The Origin Of Poland’s Mysterious ‘Vampires’. Unconventional burial practices to prevent vampires from rising up from the grave were common in post-medieval Poland, but historians aren’t entirely sure why certain people were targeted more than others. A new study… Source: Doubtful News
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