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May 03, 2015

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11:37 PM | How to Make a Video without Film Footage: Montage Revisited
A commenter recently took me to task for using a blog post title that was misleading. The post, which was one of my first on this blog (August 2012!!), described a film editing technique called “montage” in which the filmmaker … Continue reading →
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8:20 PM | A Survey of Social Media Practices at ARCS 2015
During Advancing Research Communication and Scholarship ARCS 2015, I asked conference attendees to participate in a small survey about their social media and open data practices. This survey was prompted by the round-table I moderated on socializing scholarly communication - I wanted to know how many conference attendees already used blogs and Twitter for scholarly communication. 31 conference attendees completed the survey, and their responses are represented in the summary graphics […]
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2:29 PM | Little Benefit To Hypothermia Treatment For Pediatric Cardiac Arrest
Therapeutic hypothermia has been successfully used to improve survival chances and reduce the risk of brain injury in adults after cardiac arrest and in newborn infants suffering from lack of oxygen but a large-scale study on the impact of body cooling in infants or children who have had cardiac arrest had not been done.read more
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2:09 PM | Where Are We At On 5G Mobile Progress?
Automated organization, multi-RAT and multi-layer heterogeneous networks are being listed in mobile of 2020, at least by the kinds of committees that brought us bluetooth 7 years late. It's the 5G era, what vendors say will be the first meaningful unified wideband mobile communication system. read more
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1:01 PM | Not A Slow March: Enzyme Evolution Rethink
A new paper suggests a need for a fundamental rethink of the evolutionary path of enzymes, the proteins vital to all life on Earth. Enzymes catalyze a vast array of biologically relevant chemical reactions even in the simplest living cells but biochemist Dr. Wayne Patrick of University of Otago and colleagues assert that while people tend to imagine evolution as a slow and steady march, from barely functional life forms in the primordial soup towards a modern-day pinnacle of near perfection, […]
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12:19 PM | This Week in Chemistry – Bombardier Beetle Spray, & Cutting Food Salt Levels
Here’s the weekly summary of both new chemistry research and studies that have been in the news. This week features how leafcutter ants combat parasites using chemistry, the development of a new emulsion which could help cut salt levels in food, and more. As always, links to further articles and original research papers are provided below, as […]
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12:04 PM | Snake Oil and Skepticism: Some recent examples.
I would like to introduce a new contributor to Mostly Science, a Mr. Bryce Harper. Bryce is a student of the humanities and if you are interested you can check out his blog here. Full disclosure, Bryce wrote this article and I edited it, adding only a minimal amount of additional text. Hope you enjoy. […] The post Snake Oil and Skepticism: Some recent examples. appeared first on MostlyScience.
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11:35 AM | Favorite tweets
There’s nothing quite as cute as a kid at #makerfaire. Except a kid with #bubbles? #mfp15 #makerfaireparis http://pic.twitter.com/xjBU3mDF6O— Alasdair Allan (@aallan) May 3, 2015from Twitter https://twitter.com/aallanMay 03, 2015 at 12:32PMvia IFTTT
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9:25 AM | Lebensgefahr im Labor
Es muss im zweiten Jahr meiner Doktorarbeit gewesen sein, als in meinem Labor ein neuer Doktorand eingestellt wurde. Er, mit der gerne zur Schau gestellten Attitüde des etwas verschrobenen Wissenschaftlers, hatte Faible dafür, etablierte Methoden und Versuchsprotokolle nicht zu übernehmen sondern zu optimieren. Prinzipiell kein schlechter Charketerzug für einen Forscher, hier jedoch fast mit fatalen Folgen. Jener…
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4:25 AM | Personality goes beyond being introvert or extravert
The media's simplistic categorisation of our personalities as either introverted or extraverted can overshadow other important personality traits.
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3:20 AM | A Review of ‘Madagascar: Ghosts of the Past’ at Bruce Museum
Elephant birds, pygmy hippopotamuses, and giant lemurs have all called the island of Madagascar home. For over 100 million years it’s sat off the African coast, but Madagascar has a history and a fauna entirely its own. While you can’t travel back in time, you can explore the evolution of life on Madagascar in the newest exhibition at the Bruce Museum in Greenwich, Connecticut. “Madagascar: Ghosts of the Past” is a fascinating voyage across 120 million years of life […]
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1:49 AM | Lately: Fresh writings!
It’s been a good month for writing! Dissertation AND extracurricular, I’m happy to say. I’m almost a doctor! But first, we’ve got some important science to talk about. After hatching the idea (ha) at Zoo Bar, a grubby box across … Continue reading →

May 02, 2015

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10:43 PM | Morsels For The Mind – 01/05/2015
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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10:43 PM | Morsels For The Mind – 01/05/2015
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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9:47 PM | How Elements of Style Enhance Text
Strong graphics and text have always been an integral part of web design, but recent trends show a shift towards cleaner, more efficient designs. 1. Start with the basics Start by looking at the process, especially if you are looking … Continue reading → The post How Elements of Style Enhance Text appeared first on Plain Language Science.
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8:11 PM | Are We Living In A Hologram? Is The Universe A 2-D Projection On The Cosmic Horizon?
There is not the slightest doubt that the the universe is real. It is three-dimensional. But one popular alternative notion has been the "holographic principle", which asserts that a mathematical description of the universe only requires two dimensions. What we perceive as three dimensional may just be the image of two dimensional processes on a huge cosmic horizon.  Up until now, this speculation has only been mathematically analyzed in exotic spaces with negative curvature. Math, like […]
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6:44 PM | The Future of Artificial Intelligence
Back in the 1990s, Jeffrey Hawkins became both rich and famous when he invented the Palm Pilot-a device that in no small way ushered in a whole new era of mobile computing. These days, though, he's on a far more ambitious mission. His goal: to build a machine that can think and reason on its own by mimicking the workings of the human brain. In this edition of Up Next, Hawkins opines on the both risks and rewards of artificial intelligence.
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5:22 PM | Pulsar with widest orbit ever detected
A team of highly determined high school students discovered a never-before-seen pulsar by painstakingly analyzing data from the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope (GBT). Further observations by astronomers using the GBT revealed that this pulsar has the widest orbit of any around a neutron star and is part of only a handful of double neutron star systems. This impressive find will help astronomers better understand how binary neutron star systems […]
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5:08 PM | Duplicating the universe
I've been thinking about two forms of duplication. One is duplication of the entire universe from beginning to end, as envisioned in Nietzsche's eternal return (cf. Poincare's recurrence theorem on a grand scale). Subject:  Astronomy/Cosmology
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5:00 PM | Liquid Tunable Nanolaser Developed
Scientists have developed the first liquid nanoscale laser and it's tunable in real time, meaning you can quickly and simply produce different colors, a unique and useful feature. The laser technology could lead to practical applications, such as a new form of a "lab on a chip" for medical diagnostics.The laser's color can be changed in real time when the liquid dye in the microfluidic channel above the laser's cavity is changed.read more
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4:30 PM | Functional Differences In Brain Communication Of Cocaine Users
The brain function of people addicted to cocaine is different from that of people who are not addicted, and often linked to highly impulsive behavior. The variation in the way that different regions of the brain connect, communicate and function in people addicted to cocaine is an observation published in NeuroImage: Clinical.  Cocaine addiction exists among an estimated 800,000 people in the U.S. alone, but despite decades of attempts, FDA-approved medications for cocaine use disorder […]
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4:00 PM | Why Space Travel May Be Bad For Your Brain
There is bad news for those planning to go to Mars in the near future: a study in mice has suggested that radiation in space could cause cognitive decline in astronauts. However, we know from past research that mental, social and physical exercise can boost cognitive functions. With planned Mars missions moving ever closer, it might be be worth exploring activity as a way to counter radiation damage. read more
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3:30 PM | Generating Broadband Terahertz Radiation From A Microplasma In Air
Researchers have shown that a laser-generated microplasma in air can be used as a source of broadband terahertz radiation. In a paper published this week in Optica, Fabrizio Buccheri and Xi-Cheng Zhang demonstrate that an approach for generating terahertz waves using intense laser pulses in air - first pioneered in 1993 - can be done with much lower power lasers, a major challenge until now. Ph.D. student and lead author Buccheri explains that they exploited the underlying physics to reduce the […]
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3:22 PM | Why A Dead Alkaline Battery Bounces!
A non-rechargeable alkaline battery begins life using zinc powder mixed into a gel containing a potassium hydroxide electrolyte separated from a paste of manganese dioxide powder mixed with carbon powder using a porous membrane. To minimize hydrogen out-gassing an extra measure of manganese dioxide is added. As the battery discharges manganese dioxide powder changes to manganese oxide causing the powdered granules to bond both chemically and physically. This packed-sand consistency […]
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3:07 PM | New research into health benefits of coffee
New research has brought us closer to being able to understand the health benefits of coffee. Monash Univ. researchers, in collaboration with Italian coffee roasting company Illycaffè, have conducted the most comprehensive study to date on how free radicals and antioxidants behave during every stage of the coffee brewing process, from intact bean to coffee brew. Subject:  Health & Medicine
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3:00 PM | Genome 10k Project: Complex Animal Life And How It Has Evolved Over Time
Marsha Lewis, Inside Science TV – There are about 60,000 different vertebrates on this planet.Mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish, even you are a vertebrate. And now for the first time, scientists from around the world are coming together to study them on a molecular level."The Genome 10k Project is our first look at vertebrate animal life," said David Haussler, a biomolecular engineer at the University of California, Santa Cruz. "We're trying to get at least 10,000 species […]
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2:58 PM | Procrastination: Trick the thief of time by believing the future is now
Procrastination is the thief of time that derails New Year's resolutions and delays saving for college or retirement, but researchers have found a way to collar it. The trick? Think of the future as now. Subject:  Brain & Behavior
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2:53 PM | The US-Russian Space Station mission is a study in cooperation
The unfortunate loss of the Russian Progress M-27M cargo vessel destined for the International Space Station (ISS) has highlighted the interdependence of the US and Russia in the project. Subject:  Technology
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2:45 PM | What Happens to Your Brain in Deep Space Ain't Good
www.bikeforums.net An egg in a frying pan, from the Your Brain on Drugs campaign of the 1970s.  Unfortunately, research shows this is the same effectdeep space travel could have on the human brain. In February of this year, Mars One, a non-profit Dutch organization, announced the selection of 100 top candidates for a scheduled 2024 trip to Mars, a trip that may not be possible without inflicting debilitating damage to the brains of those selected for the […]
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2:40 PM | Seafloor sensors record possible eruption of underwater volcano
If a volcano erupts at the bottom of the sea, does anybody see it? If that volcano is Axial Seamount, about 300 miles offshore and 1 mile deep, the answer is now: yes. Thanks to a set of high-tech instruments installed last summer by the University of Washington to bring the deep sea online, what appears to be an eruption of Axial Volcano on April 23 was observed in real time by scientists on shore. Subject:  Earth Science
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