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September 02, 2014

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6:00 PM | Picture of the Week: Prehistoric Leafcutter Bee Pupa
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4:31 PM | Young, female audience tunes in to Ghost Adventures
What demographic does Ghost Adventures appeal to? What’s YOUR guess? Travel Channel Tells Ghost Stories to Young, Female Audience. Time shifting has helped Travel Channel grow the audience for Ghost Adventures, with the series’ most recent season clocking in as one of its most watched ever in total viewers. In its ninth season, Ghost Adventures—which… Source: Doubtful News
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4:19 PM | Steve Jobs in Sweden, 1985
In this fascinating talk, the late Steve Jobs describes his vision of the future to Lunds University officials.
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4:12 PM | Ebola genomes sequenced
Responding rapidly to the deadly outbreak of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in West Africa, a team of researchers from the Broad Institute and Harvard Univ., working with the Sierra Leone Ministry of Health and Sanitation and researchers elsewhere, has sequenced and analyzed many Ebola virus genomes. Their findings could have important implications for rapid field diagnostic tests. The researchers hope their results will speed up scientific understanding of the epidemic and assist global […]
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3:56 PM | Florence Nightingale
This month my sister will embark on a three-year journey at the end of which she will have to take the Nightingale Pledge. Okay, that’s a pretty bad start because it’s a lie. But if she was studying in America, it would be true. She’s not, so it’s a lie, but it still illustrates the […] The post Florence Nightingale appeared first on HeadStuff.
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3:56 PM | How junk food changes eating behaviour
A diet of junk food not only makes rats fat, but also reduces their appetite for novel foods, a preference that normally drives them to seek a balanced diet, according to UNSW research. The study, published in Frontiers in Psychology, helps to explain how excessive consumption of junk food can change behavior, weaken self-control and lead to overeating and obesity. Subject:  Health & Medicine
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3:50 PM | The Feynman Lectures on Physics now available online
Caltech and The Feynman Lectures Website are pleased to present this online edition of The Feynman Lectures on Physics. Now, anyone with internet access and a web browser can enjoy reading a high quality up-to-date copy of Feynman's legendary lectures. However, we want to be clear that this edition is only free to read online, and this posting does not transfer any right to download all or any portion of The Feynman Lectures on Physics for any purpose. Subject:  […]
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3:47 PM | Science Fiction no longer—life under the ice
Bacteria and archaea have been found in extreme environments, like the deepest parts of the ocean, toxic hot springs, even spacecraft bound for destinations past our atmosphere. Specifically, for years scientists (as well as sci-fi authors and filmmakers) have pondered what could be living within the frozen reaches of the Earth’s arctic caps. Now new Read the rest of this article The post Science Fiction no longer—life under the ice appeared first on Accelerating Science.
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3:30 PM | Neurons in human skin perform advanced calculations
Neurons in human skin perform advanced calculations, previously believed that only the brain could perform. This is according to a study from Umeå University in Sweden published in the journal Nature Neuroscience. A fundamental characteristic of neurons that extend into the skin and record touch, so-called first-order neurons in the tactile system, is that they branch in the skin so that each neuron reports touch from many highly-sensitive zones on the skin. Subject:  […]
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3:15 PM | New Android Kit Released for Mendeley API
We have been very busy at Mendeley looking at how to improve the Developer Experience for the community that builds cool stuff on the Mendeley API. For those who don’t know, API stands for Application Programming Interface and it’s what allows your product to talk to other products, opening up your data and functionality to […]
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3:14 PM | Rediscovering our mundane moments brings us unexpected pleasure
We like to document the exciting and momentous occasions in our lives, but new research suggests there is value in capturing our more mundane, everyday experiences, which can bring us unexpected joy in the future. Subject:  Brain & Behavior
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3:13 PM | 21st Century Toasters - Why Utilities Want You To Buy That Electric Car
Why would anyone bake bread and then turn around and toast it?I lived in a Pennsylvania house heated by wood. The idea of using our manual labor, in the form of wood, to toast bread was silly - but we owned an electric toaster. Somehow, being removed from the direct labor equation made toasting more acceptable, though our ancestors though it a pastime for the idle rich.read more
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3:08 PM | The Origin Of Ocean Garbage Patches
New research reveals how ocean litter moves around the world.
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3:03 PM | Racial Disparities In Shootings - It's Easier To Shoot White People
Given the recent events in Ferguson, Missouri and the highly charged claims of racism, it is no surprise that a Washington State University study of deadly force found that there is bias when it comes to skin color and being willing to pull a gun trigger on someone. What is a surprise is that whites and Hispanic were more likely to be shot than black people.read more
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2:43 PM | Future solar panels
What are the limits of organic solar cells and how should more efficient cells be manufactured? Subject:  Technology
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2:42 PM | Modern population boom traced to pre-industrial roots
By the end of the Roman Empire, humanity had crossed a critical threshold of social organization that allowed more people to take advantage of economies of scale, says anthropologist Aaron Stutz. "The Course of the Empire," by Cole Thomas, portrays the wealth and culture of the period.By Carol ClarkThe foundation of the human population explosion, commonly attributed to a sudden surge in industrialization and public health during the 18th and 19th centuries, was actually laid as far back as […]
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2:06 PM | What is going on at the James Randi Educational Foundation?
And now for something completely different… Due to the holiday and suddenly being informed that my revised manuscript for a certain journal (more on that later) is needed NOW, I don’t have time for much of a post. However, a certain bit of bombshell landed over the weekend that should keep those of you interested…
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2:00 PM | Spotlight on the MIT Program in Science Writing
Editor’s Note: Many paths lead to a career in science writing, but one of the most common is to go back to school. This post continues an ongoing series that highlights graduate […] The post Spotlight on the MIT Program in Science Writing appeared first on The Science Writers' Handbook.
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1:47 PM | E. Coli Strain Responsible For Food Poisoning Gets Its Genome Sequenced
A strain of E. coli that is a common cause of outbreaks of food poisoning in the United States has had its genome sequenced. E. coli strain EDL933 was first isolated in the 1980s but gained national attention in 1993 when it was linked to an outbreak of food poisoning from Jack-in-the-Box restaurants in the western United States. read more
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1:05 PM | Birdbooker Report 336
SUMMARY: Books, books, beautiful books! This is a list of biology, ecology, environment, natural history and animal books that are (or will soon be) available to occupy your bookshelves and your thoughts. “Words in leather and wood”. Bookshelves in the “Long Room” at the old Trinity College Library in Dublin. Image: Nic McPhee from Morris, MN, USA. 2007. (Creative Commons.) Books to the ceiling, Books to the sky, My pile of books is a mile high. How I love them!... Read […]
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1:02 PM | Mutating Ebola Viruses Not As Scary As Evolving Ones
Scanning electron micrograph of Ebola virus budding from the surface of a Vero cell (African green monkey kidney epithelial cell line. Credit:NIAIDBy Rob BrooksMy social media accounts today are cluttered with stories about “mutating” Ebola viruses. The usually excellent ScienceAlert, for example, rather breathlessly informs us “The Ebola virus is mutating faster in humans than in animal hosts.” read more
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1:02 PM | Corals: Not So Passive, They Are Nature's Tiny Engineers
Corals, whose calcium-carbonate skeletons form the foundation of coral reefs, are passive organisms that rely entirely on ocean currents to deliver dissolved substances, such as nutrients and oxygen. Or so it seemed. Scientists at MIT and the Weizmann Institute of Science (WIS) in Israel have found that they are far from passive, engineering their environment to sweep water into turbulent patterns that greatly enhance their ability to exchange nutrients and dissolved gases with their […]
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12:30 PM | Generating Energy From Coffee Wastewater
A four-year project on coffee wastewater treatment, The Energy from Coffee Wastewater project by UTZ Certified, has found that is possible to generate energy and protect water resources by treating discharges from coffee mills - maybe it will even tackle climate change. The project started in 2010 with the goal of addressing what to do with the wastewater produced in the coffee industry. Tailor-made coffee wastewater treatment systems and solid-waste treatment mechanisms were installed in […]
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12:24 PM | The passenger pigeon by Errol Fuller – review
SUMMARY: Written by an artist and authority on extinct species, this book shares rare photographs and other visual materials to provide a general overview to the history of the extinct passenger pigeon. "Men still live who, in their youth, remember pigeons. Trees still live who, in their youth, were shaken by a living wind. But a decade hence only the oldest oaks will remember, and at long last only the hills will know.” -- Leopold Aldo, A Sand County Almanac:... Read more
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12:08 PM | On arguing by analogy
Climate blogs and comment threads are full of ‘arguments by analogy’. Depending on what ‘side’ one is on, climate science is either like evolution/heliocentrism/quantum physics/relativity or eugenics/phrenology/Ptolemaic cosmology/phlogiston. Climate contrarians are either like flat-earthers/birthers/moon-landing hoaxers/vaccine-autism linkers or Galileo/stomach ulcer-Heliobacter proponents/Wegner/Copernicus. Episodes of clear misconduct or dysfunction in other spheres […]
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12:00 PM | Battery-Less Pacemaker Works Like An Automatic Wristwatch - Powered By Heart Motion
A new battery-less cardiac pacemaker is based on the automatic wristwatch concept - it is powered by heart motion. The prototype device  presented at ESC Congress 2014 by Adrian Zurbuchen from Switzerland does not require battery replacement. Zurbuchen is a PhD candidate in the Cardiovascular Engineering Group at ARTORG, University of Bern and said, "Batteries are a limiting factor in today's medical implants. Once they reach a critically low energy level, physicians see themselves forced […]
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12:00 PM | Mystery of the Floating Plastic Episode 66 by Cris Felipe-Alves...
Mystery of the Floating Plastic Episode 66 by Cris Felipe-Alves (Click here to directly access the MP3) (Access the full transcript) Plastic is a one of the most revolutionary inventions of all times. They are cheap and easy to produce, can be shaped to many functions and last for a long time. But what happens after you discard them for good? Listen to this podcast to find out about the mystery of the floating plastic. Reference Plastic debris in the open ocean - Proceedings of the National […]
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11:58 AM | Unforced variations: September 2014
This month’s open thread. People could waste time rebunking predictable cherry-picked claims about the upcoming Arctic sea ice minimum, or perhaps discuss a selection of 10 climate change controversies from ICSU… Anything! (except mitigation).
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11:51 AM | Plain Language Science Tips
By popular request, here are more tips on how to eliminate pomposity, exaggeration and archaic language from government, legal and science writing.              Instead of                     … Continue reading → The post Plain Language Science Tips appeared first on Plain Language Science.
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11:08 AM | The Hundred Foot Journey | review
I’ll begin by mentioning that this film has been produced by Oprah Winfrey who as we all know, is the producer of all that is good and right with the world. She has teamed up with some guy called Stephen Spielberg, who I hear is rather good at this movie business. The Hundred Foot Journey […] The post The Hundred Foot Journey | review appeared first on HeadStuff.
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