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January 30, 2015

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2:41 AM | We Must Do A Better Job of Communicating Forecast Uncertainty
My wife says that most of her friends have no idea about how I make a forecast, and I suspect that some believe I just get it from the NWS, without thinking how even they might do it. Many folks do understand we use numerical models but beyond that it’s hazy, and they think that if the forecast is wrong, it’s because the model was bad, not the interpretation of it. …

January 29, 2015

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7:00 PM | Acceptance Of Evolution Is Far Higher Than Acceptance Of Other Biology
In American scientization of politics culture, evolution acceptance is a big deal, as is climate change. Yet other science acceptance issues get much less attention.Why? Evolution and climate change are not the most pressing short-term science issues we face, food, energy and medicine are. I am in awe of evolution but no one dies if some crank school district wants to put religion side-by-side with biology in a classroom, and American CO2 emissions from energy, obviously our biggest polluter, […]
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7:00 PM | From a Destitute Phoenix School, an Underwater Robotics Team Rises
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6:21 PM | Book review: Free Will, the Basics
Sometimes it’s good, or even necessary, to go back to the basics. This is true of all complex and/or confusing issues, and free will certainly qualifies. Scientia Salon has published a number of essays on free will before [1], and this special “free will week” has begun with a vigorous, neurobiologically based defense of compatibilism and will end (in a couple of days) with a provocative, high-tech, apology for libertarianism! Subject:  Brain […]
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6:03 PM | Elon Musk and the SpaceX Odyssey: the path from Falcon 9 to Mars Colonization Transporter
In Kubrick’s and Clark’s 2001: Space Odyssey, there was no question of “Boots or Bots”[ref]. The monolith had been left for humanity as a mileage and direction marker on Route 66 to the stars. So we went to Jupiter and Dave Bowman overcame a sentient machine, shut it down cold and went forth to discover the greatest story yet to be told. Subject:  Astronomy/Cosmology
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5:57 PM | Astronomers Witness “Tidal Disruption Event” – A Black Hole Tearing A Star Apart (Video)
Back in 2009, astronomers at the McDonald Observatory in west Texas were scanning the skies with the ROTSE IIIb telescope when suddenly, a bright flash of light appeared out of deep space. The astronomers, who were working as part of the ROTSE Supernova Verification Project (SNVP), had witnessed similar events before, and initially believed that the bright flash was simply a superluminous supernovae – an event they had seen on a number of previous occasions. […]
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5:57 PM | The Lit Review |12| Hennessy New Irish Writing
Hennessy New Irish Writing Award moves to the Irish Times New Irish Writing, founded in 1946 by writer David Marcus, has long been a showcase for some of Ireland’s most acclaimed literary talent. Traditionally published in The Irish Independent, it has now found a new home at The Irish Times, where short stories and poetry [...] The post The Lit Review |12| Hennessy New Irish Writing appeared first on HeadStuff.
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5:24 PM | Quantum computer as detector shows space isn’t squeezed
Ever since Einstein proposed his special theory of relativity in 1905, physics and cosmology have been based on the assumption that space looks the same in all directions—that it’s not squeezed in one direction relative to another. A new experiment by Univ. of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley) physicists used partially entangled atoms—identical to the qubits in a quantum computer—to demonstrate more precisely than ever before that this is true, to one part in […]
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5:21 PM | Ancient skull proves modern humans colonized Eurasia 60-70,000 years ago
While it is widely accepted that the origins of modern humans date back some 200,000 years to Africa, there has been furious debate as to which model of early Homo sapiens migration most plausibly led to the population of the planet -- and the eventual extinction of Neanderthals. Subject:  Anthropology
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5:16 PM | Bill Gates also worries about artificial intelligence threat
Aside from founding Microsoft, Bill Gates is known as an all-around smart guy who has put his money where his mouth is when it comes to saving the world. It would seem that this makes his opinions worth considering when he tells us that he, like fellow brainiac Stephen Hawking and Tesla Motors founder / Iron Man inspiration Elon Musk, fears that artificial intelligence could pose a threat to humanity. Subject:  Artificial Intelligence
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5:04 PM | 2013 Sequester Was Not The Fault Of Republicans Or Democrats, It Was The Fault Of Men
In 2013, President Obama threatened to shut down the government if Congress did not do what he wanted. Congress replied in kind and so we got The Sequester, where government functions were halted unless they were specially exempted. NASA and the National Science Foundation were shuttered, the Smithsonian Panda Cam was turned off, science was doomed - but while scuttling science the president kept 436 personal White House staffers were kept on the payroll as "essential".read more
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5:04 PM | Study reveals active sex lives of the over 70s
Older people are continuing to enjoy active sex lives well into their seventies and eighties, according to new research from The University of Manchester and NatCen Social Research. More than half (54%) of men and almost a third (31%) of women over the age of 70 reported they were still sexually active, with a third of these men and women having frequent sex - meaning at least twice a month - according to data from the latest wave of the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ELSA). […]
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4:58 PM | Can synaesthesia be learned?
Can synaesthesia have cognitive benefits and can it be taught? Those are the questions asked by Jack Dutton in an article published in the February issue of The Psychologist. Synaesthesia was first reported in 1812, but only recognised as a neurological condition in the 1990s. There are over 60 known types of synaesthesia, a condition in which stimulation of one sense, such as taste, leads to automatic, involuntary experience in a second sense. Subject:  Brain […]
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4:54 PM | L&R Illustration | Project 5 | Calendar Quarrel |
L&R Illustration New year, new brief. L&R are heading back to school so it’s time to get organised. Only one way to plan our fights- make a calendar. Voting is open on our Facebook page and this time R is being extra generous offering her calendar as a downloadable wallpaper for your desktop, laptop and [...] The post L&R Illustration | Project 5 | Calendar Quarrel | appeared first on HeadStuff.
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4:53 PM | The tell-tale signs of a galactic merger
The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has captured this striking view of spiral galaxy NGC 7714. This galaxy has drifted too close to another nearby galaxy and the dramatic interaction has twisted its spiral arms out of shape, dragged streams of material out into space, and triggered bright bursts of star formation. NGC 7714 is a spiral galaxy at 100 million light-years from Earth — a relatively close neighbour in cosmic terms. Subject:  Astronomy/Cosmology […]
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4:51 PM | staceythinx: Historic Robotic Spacecraft by Chop Shop O...
staceythinx: Historic Robotic Spacecraft by Chop Shop O Pioneers!
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4:34 PM | Modern Humans Colonized Europe And Asia 70,000 Years Ago
Modern humans date back only about 200,000 years. How did that turn into the population of the planet and the extinction of Neanderthals? We have to leave the world of science to speculate on that but physical evidence does provide some guideposts.Fossil records show that some anatomically modern human groups reached the Levantine corridor - the modern Middle East - as early as 100,000 years ago but genetic testing indicates that human populations inhabiting the globe today descended from a […]
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4:10 PM | winkbooks: An encyclopedia of how keys, scissors, pianos,...
winkbooks: An encyclopedia of how keys, scissors, pianos, telescopes, self-winding watches, and hundreds of other things workThe New Way Things Workby David Macaulay HMH Books1998, 400 pages, 8.5 x 10.9 x 0.9 inches$22 Buy a copy on Amazon The New Way Things Work, published in 1998, was an updated version of the original 1988 The Way Things Work edition. Although technically not “new” anymore, this wonderfully illustrated encyclopedia of how things work is as […]
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4:08 PM | eumycota: my goodness this is amazing  Cute!Although...
eumycota: my goodness this is amazing  Cute!Although considering that drastic of a morphological difference I’m guessing instead of evolutionary adaptation, mom just really doesn’t want introduce junior to the word “cuckoldry” or “brood parasitism”
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4:04 PM | Meet the Platform Team — part I
Our Platform Team is easily the largest one here at Mendeley, hence the need to meet the team in two parts! But it is with good reason — the Platform team is exactly as it sounds, a firm base from which all Mendeley experiences are built. The Engineers and Developers on the team build code […]
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3:59 PM | Hardwired For Miscommunication? Why Women Think Sex When Men Just Want To Be Friends
We are all familiar with the following scenarios: a woman and a man are having a conversation. She is warm and friendly and clearly interested in the conversation. He interprets her behavior as sexual interest. Or she is warm and friendly and clearly interested in the conversation and he thinks she is just being friendly and then she wonders if he's gay.Same behavior, different interpretations. Men and women misunderstand each other a lot and psychologists in the Department […]
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3:49 PM | Shelf Life - a Collection for Curious Minds
My Dear Sexy Readers,I was contacted a few weeks ago by Roberto from the Department of Marketing at the American Museum of Natural History. He was telling me about their new original series called Shelf Life which is on the history and importance of scientific collections. Curious as I am, I clicked, clicked clicked and discovered these videos, watched them with big wide eyes the same way my son discovers new episodes of Peter Rabbit!Shelf Life is a collection for curious minds—opening […]
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3:42 PM | World Science News - (Real Time): Zoology, Botany, Natural History.
World Science News - (Real Time)The best of Zoology, Botany, Natural HistoryAccessWAS-Archives.orghttp://www.WAS-Archives.org
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3:38 PM | Sounds Like Now #3: Running Jewels
Taylor Swift may have gone and trademarked the phrase ‘This Sick Beat’ but that isn’t going to stop us from delivering some sick beats of our own. See, we didn’t actually use the full expression there so she can’t sue. Take that, Swifty. Yeah, I’m calling you out. Ahem. TRACK OF THE WEEK  Run The [...] The post Sounds Like Now #3: Running Jewels appeared first on HeadStuff.
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3:25 PM | Things Smell Good For A Nutritional Reason
Antioxidants are natural food ingredients that protect cells from harmful influences. Their main task is to neutralize so-called "free radicals" which are produced in the process of oxidation and which are responsible for cell degeneration. Scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology in Jena, Germany, and the University of Lund, Sweden, now show that vinegar flies are able to detect these protective substances by using olfactory cues. Odors that are exclusively derived from […]
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3:24 PM | Infant Failure To Thrive Linked To Lysosome Dysfunction
Neonatal intestinal disorders that prevent infants from getting the nutrients they need may be caused by defects in the lysosomal system that occur before weaning, according to a new study. Lysosomes are cellular recycling centers responsible for breaking down all kinds of biological material. The study in PLOS Genetics links lysosomal dysfunction with intestinal disorders for the first time, pointing to a previously unknown target for research and future therapies to help infants unable to […]
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2:00 PM | Exposure To BPA – It’s Not What Some People Think
Both the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have recently released assessments that strongly support the safety of bisphenol A (BPA).  read more
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1:30 PM | The Female Enigmas Of 1940s Bletchley Park Inspire Those Of Today
Jean Valentine, a bombe operator at Bletchley in the 1940s. Rui Vieira/PABy Bryony Norburn, University of Buckingham read more
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11:16 AM | My Film Week in Review | 14 [Ft. Warrior ]
Warrior  (2011) Dir. Gavin O’Connor  With the Conor McGregor media juggernaut in full motion and UFC quickly becoming one of the biggest sports in Ireland if not the world, I felt it was time to revisit this 2011 film from Miracle director Gavin O’Connor which follows two brothers drawn to the mixed martial arts octagon [...] The post My Film Week in Review | 14 [Ft. Warrior ] appeared first on HeadStuff.
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11:00 AM | False balance about vaccines rises from the grave…again
Imagine, if you will, a time machine capsule going all the way back to the earliest days of this blog, back in 2005 and 2006. Now consider the antivaccine movement, which somehow I became very interested in very early, an interest that continues to this day. Do you remember one theme that I kept hitting…
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