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December 21, 2014

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1:58 AM | 28 Deaths Per Target: Are Drone Strikes Causing More Problems Than They Solve?
Most Americans are familiar with groups like Al-Qaeda, the Taliban and ISIS, and know that the American military is currently involved in the fight against these groups in countries like Iraq and Syria. However, most Americans have no idea that we have also been carrying out strikes on extremist targets in Pakistan and Yemen since 2004. Still, this revelation is probably pretty inconsequential to many people – since drone strikes began ten years ago, the U.S. government has […]

December 20, 2014

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8:18 PM | Coming Out Of The Closet: Moths Deserve Some Love Too
Butterflies aren't the only ones with snazzy stripes. Ben Sale, CC BYBy Callum Macgregor, University of HullAsk people to describe what they associate with butterflies, and you will probably get an image of a sunny summer’s day, with a beautiful peacock drifting gently on the cooling breeze. read more
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6:00 PM | Colorado Man Becomes First to Control Two Robotic Arms With Just His Mind (Video)
According to Johns Hopkins University… “A Colorado man made history at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) this summer when he became the first bilateral shoulder-level amputee to wear and simultaneously control two of the Laboratory’s Modular Prosthetic Limbs.” The man, Leslie Baugh, lost his arms in a freak electrical accident 40 years ago. Baugh is now part of Johns Hopkins’ new “Revolutionizing Prosthetics” program, […]
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5:24 PM | Rise and shine! New Horizons awakes ahead of a date with Pluto
While the Mars Rovers and the Rosetta spacecraft will continue to make headlines in 2015, the stage is set for the solar system’s next great mission – the Pluto-bound New Horizons. Subject:  Astronomy/Cosmology
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5:00 PM | Richard Feynman on education in Brazil
Some quotes from “Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman!” talking about university education in Brazil: After a lot of investigation, I finally figured out that the students had memorized everything, but they didn’t know what anything meant. I didn’t see how they were going to learn anything from that. Here he was talking about moments of…
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3:16 PM | Morsels For The Mind – 19/12/2014
Every day we provide you with Six Incredible Things Before Breakfast to nibble away at. Here you can fill your brain with the most intellectually stimulating “amuse bouches” from the past week – a veritable smorgasbord for the cranium. They’re all here for you to load up your plate – this week’s “Morsels for the mind”. Enjoy! If you do nothing else, make sure to check out the “Reads / views / listens of the week”. **** Feather, fur […]
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3:16 PM | Morsels For The Mind – 19/12/2014
Every day we provide you with Six Incredible Things Before Breakfast to nibble away at. Here you can fill your brain with the most intellectually stimulating “amuse bouches” from the past week – a veritable smorgasbord for the cranium. They’re all here for you to load up your plate – this week’s “Morsels for the mind”. Enjoy! If you do nothing else, make sure to check out the “Reads / views / listens of the week”. **** Feather, fur […]
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12:53 PM | 10 Alternative Christmas Songs | AudioBlind
I love Christmas! There, I’ve said it. Even as an Atheist I still find I can’t help but look forward to the entire month of December. It’s the only holiday I really acknowledge. I am also aware that some of you are not as enthusiastic about Mariah Carey’s ‘All I Want For Christmas’ bursting out […] The post 10 Alternative Christmas Songs | AudioBlind appeared first on HeadStuff.
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12:22 PM | Ibuprofen could boost life spans
Ibuprofen increases longevity in some lab organisms, which might mean it could combat aging. Science
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11:21 AM | Are You Sitting Too Much?
Is sitting too much killing you?
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10:59 AM | Origin of long-standing space mystery revealed: Origin of the ‘theta aurora’
Scientists have solved a long-standing space mystery — the origin of the ‘theta aurora’. Auroras are the most visible manifestation of the Sun’s effect on Earth. They are seen as colorful displays in the night sky, known as the Northern or Southern Lights. They are caused by the solar wind, a stream of plasma — … Continue reading →
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10:56 AM | A clear, molecular view of how human color vision evolved
Many genetic mutations in visual pigments, spread over millions of years, were required for humans to evolve from a primitive mammal with a dim, shadowy view of the world into a greater ape able to see all the colors in a rainbow. Now, after more than two decades of painstaking research, scientists have finished a … Continue reading →
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10:53 AM | New, tighter timeline confirms ancient volcanism aligned with dinosaurs’ extinction
A definitive geological timeline shows that a series of massive volcanic explosions 66 million years ago played a role in the extinction event that claimed Earth’s non-avian dinosaurs, and challenges the dominant theory that a meteorite impact was the sole cause of the extinction. A primeval volcanic range in western India known as the Deccan … Continue reading →
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10:44 AM | Ancient, hydrogen-rich waters deep underground around the world: Waters could support isolated life
A team of scientists has mapped the location of hydrogen-rich waters found trapped kilometers beneath Earth’s surface in rock fractures in Canada, South Africa and Scandinavia. Common in Precambrian Shield rocks — the oldest rocks on Earth — the ancient waters have a chemistry similar to that found near deep sea vents, suggesting these waters … Continue reading →
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10:41 AM | Asteroid that wiped out dinosaurs may have nearly knocked off mammals, too
The classic story is that mammals rose to dominance after the dinosaurs went extinct, but a new study shows that some of the most common mammals living alongside dinosaurs, the metatherians, extinct relatives of living marsupials, were also nearly wiped out when an asteroid hit the planet 66 million years ago. Metatherian mammals — the … Continue reading →
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10:33 AM | ‘Perfect storm’ quenching star formation around a supermassive black hole
Astronomers have discovered that modest black holes can shut down star formation by producing turbulence. High-energy jets powered by supermassive black holes can blast away a galaxy’s star-forming fuel, resulting in so-called “red and dead” galaxies: those brimming with ancient red stars yet containing little or no hydrogen gas to create new ones. Now astronomers … Continue reading →
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10:29 AM | First detection of organic matter on Mars
Scientists have made the first definitive detection of organic molecules at Mars. The surface of Mars is currently inhospitable to life as we know it, but there is evidence that the Red Planet once had a climate that could have supported life billions of years ago. The surface of Mars is currently inhospitable to life … Continue reading →
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10:25 AM | Back to future with Roman architectural concrete: Key to longevity of imperial Roman monuments revealed
A key discovery to understanding Roman architectural concrete that has stood the test of time and the elements for nearly two thousand years has been made by researchers using beams of X-rays. Working at ALS beamline 12.3.2, a superconducting bending magnet X-ray micro-diffraction beamline, the research team studied a reproduction of Roman volcanic ash-lime mortar … Continue reading →
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9:33 AM | Doe je backstagebandje om!
Dit essay is onderdeel van het boek “Dit wil je weten” dat is verschenen op 17 November 2014 en waarin 93 wetenschappers, ondernemers en kunstenaars antwoord geven op één vraag van Paulien Cornelisse: ‘Welk inzicht uit je vakgebied kan anderen helpen in het dagelijks leven?’ Het hele boek is ook als online tentoonstelling te bewonderen via www.nederlandinideeen.nl. Eén van de... Lees meer op www.sciencepalooza.nl
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9:00 AM | The Last Word
December 14-19, 2014 In the second half of Ann’s reflections on Marvin “Murph” Goldberger, the subject turns from academic life to Jason, the group of physicists who advised the US government on science, including tactics to be used in the Vietnam War. As before, she lets Murph do the talking. Press release-driven science journalism is […]
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6:44 AM | ..and That’s What Science is all About Charlie Brown
I am just back from a whirlwind trip to the AGU Meeting in San Francisco. 25,000 Earth scientists in one place, and it’s among the largest science meetings on the planet. I shot some videos that I will post over the weekend, but in the meantime here is a talk I made in October 2013 (in Washington) as part of the AGU Science Speaker series.
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5:09 AM | Intense intervals every fortnight are all that’s needed
A gruelling set of high-intensity interval training once every two weeks can suffice to keep footballers who are below the elite level in good shape during the
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4:40 AM | Malcolm Gladwell faces new charges of using others' information without attribution.
This paragraph was plagiarized: In the mid-nineteenth century, workers began digging through Hoosac Mountain, a massive impediment nearly five miles thick, for a rail line to connect Boston to the Hudson River. The project would cost more than ten times the budgeted estimate. If the people involved had known that, the line would not have been built and factories of northwestern Massachusetts wouldn't have been able to ship their goods so easily to the expanding West. The cost of freight would […]
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3:04 AM | Notice of Intent – 3 More Synthetic Cannabinoids into Schedule I
Today, December 19, 2014, the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) filed a notice of intent for placement of three new synthetic cannabinoids into Schedule I of the Controlled Substance Act (CSA). These three substances are:AB-CHMINACA, AB-PINACA, and THJ-2201All three of the substances have been discussed at one time or another here on TDMTP and are suspected to be CB1/CB2 receptor agonists, but true pharmacological and toxicological evidence does not exist. AB-PINACA is […]
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2:42 AM | skunkbear: Happy Saturnalia - here’s a closer look at Saturn’s...
skunkbear: Happy Saturnalia - here’s a closer look at Saturn’s rings! The best part of the best planet
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12:50 AM | Is North Korea Really Behind the Sony Hack? A Review of the Evidence
Today, the FBI officially confirmed what a number of other U.S. government sources have been saying since Wednesday: that the North Korean government was behind the recent hacking of Sony. From the BBC: “The FBI says it spotted distinct similarities between the type of malware used in the Sony Pictures attack and code used to attack South Korea last year. Suspicious, yes, but well short of being a smoking gun. When any malware is discovered, it is shared around many experts
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12:00 AM | New featured article in the latest FWS!
Unexpected stoichiometric relationships observed between consumption and nutrient release of stream invertebrate fauna.

December 19, 2014

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11:01 PM | How lost memories might be restored
New UCLA research indicates that lost memories can be restored. The findings offer some hope for patients in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease. For decades, most neuroscientists have believed that memories are stored at the synapses -- the connections between brain cells, or neurons -- which are destroyed by Alzheimer's disease. The new study provides evidence contradicting the idea that long-term memory is stored at synapses. Subject:  Brain & Behavior […]
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11:00 PM | ‘Get A Lovely Bust For Christmas’: 1930s Tips For How To Be A Festive Woman
Good Needlwork magazine shows you how to get better bosoms. Image: Dave WhattBy Jo Brewis, University of LeicesterWhen my good friend and long-term collaborator Sam Warren was given a pile of women’s magazines from the 1930s by her grandmother Jane Frampton, we found among them 11 Christmas issues of Good Needlework, Model Housekeeping, The Needlewoman and Stitchcraft. read more
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10:32 PM | The Best Books of 2014 as Chosen by Some of Your Favourite Writers
When given the task of picking the best books of 2014 I didn’t realise how vast and daunting a task it would turn out to be… So I scratched my head for a minute and then decided to enlist the help of some experts… So with huge gratitude to my contributors – themselves some of […] The post The Best Books of 2014 as Chosen by Some of Your Favourite Writers appeared first on HeadStuff.
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