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October 21, 2014

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4:23 AM | Gravitational wave discovery was most likely a measurement error
New analysis from the European Planck satellite suggests the physicists underestimated influence of cosmic dust.
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4:15 AM | Quicker lymphoma test for dogs
A blood sample is all that is needed in a faster and easier test to see whether dogs have lymph cancer.
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3:59 AM | The Strange Remains the same for 20 October 2014
What happened to the American Society for Psychical Research? Michael Prescott’s Blog: Decline and fall. Ebola paranoia: We need precaution within reason  – JREF. At FTC’s Request, Court Stops Supplement Marketers From Deceptive Advertising and Illegally Debiting Consumers’ Accounts | Federal Trade Commission. Violent video games research: consensus or confusion? | theguardian.com. Just In Time For… Source: Doubtful News
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3:57 AM | Curiosity’s historic comet photo
Photo Credit: Curiosity on Mars – NASA Rover Opportunity Views Comet Near Mars. According to NASA: NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity captured images of a comet passing much closer to Mars than any previous known comet flyby of Earth or Mars. … Continue reading →
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3:16 AM | III Ciclo Cine y Medicina (Granada, España)
El curso “III Ciclo de Cine y Medicina”, organizado por el Departamento de Medicina de la Universidad de Granada (UGR) y dirigido por el profesor Blas Gil Extremera, catedrático de Medicina y autor de libros relacionados con los aspectos humanísticos de la Medicina, como “Enfermos Ilustres”, en los que desde la enfermedad se llega a la creación artística, propone un programa en el que se tratarán, desde el punto de vista del […]
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12:30 AM | Moderate Pot Use By Adolescents Doesn't Hurt IQ
A paper presented at the annual congress of the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ECNP) in Berlin says that moderate cannabis use by adolescents does not lead to educational or intellectual decline, but that heavy cannabis use is associated with slightly poorer exam results at age 16. read more
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12:15 AM | WHO tobacco treaty makes significant progress despite mounting pressure from tobacco industry
The sixth session of the Conference of the parties (COP6) to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) concluded recently in Moscow. Several landmark decisions were adopted in the course of the six-day session, regarded as one of the […]test The post WHO tobacco treaty makes significant progress despite mounting pressure from tobacco industry appeared first on Australian Science.
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12:00 AM | Seasonal Affective Disorder - Depression Linked To Serotonin
Some people suffer from 'winter blues' while others have no issue. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) affects people as daylight levels drop in autumn. At Northern European latitudes (for example all of Scandinavia, Glasgow and Moscow) around 1 person in 6 suffers from SAD.  Psychologists have searched for reasons why. A small longitudinal study concluded that people with Seasonal Affective Disorder show significant seasonal differences in the way they regulate the neurotransmitter […]

October 20, 2014

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11:50 PM | Jack the Ripper mystery: Back to square one
You’ll recall last month this blockbuster story “Jack the Ripper identity confirmed by DNA”. Well, as we suspected… meh. Jack the Ripper: Scientist who claims to have identified notorious killer has ‘made serious DNA error’ – The Independent. A 23-year-old Polish immigrant barber called Aaron Kosminski was “definitely, categorically and absolutely” the man who carried… Source: Doubtful News
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11:36 PM | myampgoesto11: Florian Mueller: Nimbus What if I told you...
myampgoesto11: Florian Mueller: Nimbus What if I told you … But they’re beautiful all the same! A fine artistic accompaniment to my recent clouds video: 
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11:30 PM | Fecal Transplant Might Mitigate Lupus
Can probiotic yogurt help with lupus? While most of science disagrees, corporate marketing departments have embraced every chance to imply their product helps with digestion and whatever else can sell product. A new paper in  Applied and Environmental Microbiology adds to that, finding that Lactobacillus species, commonly seen in yogurt cultures, correlate in the guts of mouse models, with mitigation of lupus symptoms, while Lachnospiraceae, a type of Clostridia, correlate with […]
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10:49 PM | Encounter with a Crayfish!
We found this little guy on the Explore The Wild path at the NC Museum of Life and Science. Normally, you don’t see them on the path (and usually only early in the morning), but after a heavy rain, he apparently decided it was time for a walk. Stay Curious out there! You never know […]The post Encounter with a Crayfish! appeared first on Stay Curious.
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10:27 PM | When science meets voodoo and forms a coalition
Wow. This is a unique case of very different parties uniting over a common concern. FEATURE-Science meets voodoo in a New Orleans festival of water. Perhaps no other city in the United States is as well-suited as New Orleans to wed a scientific discussion of environment with a celebration of the occult. That’s exactly what… Source: Doubtful News
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10:18 PM | Dopamine Receptor Agonist Drugs Linked To Gambling And Hypersexuality
Unusual and severe impulse control disorders, including pathological gambling, hypersexuality and compulsive shopping, have been reported in patients taking dopamine receptor agonist drugs. Dopamine receptor agonist drugs, which activate the dopamine receptors, are commonly prescribed and there were 2.1 million dispensed outpatient prescriptions in the fourth quarter of 2012. To find answers, the authors analyzed adverse drug event reports for six dopamine receptor agonist drugs marketed in […]
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10:01 PM | HPV Vaccine Does Not Cause Multiple Sclerosis
Vaccines have been associated with autism and various other conditions and diseases. Most recently, the hepatitis B (HepB) and human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine has been linked to increased risk of multiple sclerosis (MS) and other acquired central nervous system demyelinating syndromes (CNS ADS). A study to seek answers found no long-term association of vaccines with disease and short-term increased risk in younger patients was likely resulted from existing disease, write authors Annette […]
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9:50 PM | Gamification in Education
Gamification of Teaching Learning   “Gamification is the process of using game thinking and game mechanics to engage audiences and solve problems” Gave Zichermann [i] Teaching is a command and control mechanism. It is one way communication and lacks…The post Gamification in Education appeared first on Just Science.
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9:48 PM | Tricks to putting your toddler to bed
Putting my three year old toddler to bed can sometimes be an exercise in frustration. If you have experienced this, you might want to consider one of the following techniques to make bedtime a peaceful time. Be consistent about bed times and waking times….The post Tricks to putting your toddler to bed appeared first on Just Science.
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9:46 PM | Tricks to putting your toddler to bed
Putting my three year old toddler to bed can sometimes be an exercise in frustration. If you have experienced this, you might want to consider one of the following techniques to make bedtime a peaceful time. Be consistent about bed times and waking times….The post Tricks to putting your toddler to bed appeared first on Just Science.
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9:41 PM | This Beetle Is A Living Mood Ring, Using Switchable Reflectors to Change Color
Meet the Panamanian golden tortoise beetle. Native to South America, the beetles are often found dining on morning glory plants in the mountain town of Cerro Galera, a few miles west of Panama City. Usually, the beetles have a shiny golden appearance. But disturb one, and within two minutes the beetle will completely change color, going from metallic gold to a shade of red.   The method the beetles use to accomplish this drastic color change is very rare in […]
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9:30 PM | Finding Fracking Fluids In The Environment
New geochemical tracers can identify any hydraulic fracturing flowback fluids that could have spilled into the environment, according to field tests at a spill site in West Virginia and downstream from an oil and gas brine wastewater treatment plant in Pennsylvania. read more
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9:25 PM | CDC: Mississippi Leads US In Vaccination Coverage Among Kindergarten Children
State and local vaccination requirements for school entry seek to protect schoolchildren from vaccine-preventable diseases.  But not all parents agree medicine is a good thing and the newest CDC results show what states are leading and what states are lagging in protection for kids.read more
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9:15 PM | Record Warm September Increases Odds that 2014 Will be Hottest on Record
From NOAA. From NOAA. NOAA announced today that both August and September were the hottest globally since reliable instrument records began in the 1880′s. From NOAA: Global Highlights The combined average temperature over global land and ocean surfaces for September 2014 was the highest on record for September, at 0.72°C (1.30°F) above the 20th century average of 15.0°C (59.0°F). The global land surface temperature was 0.89°C (1.60°F) above the 20th …
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9:00 PM | Superspreaders: How Disease Propagates In Infected Animals - And Antibiotics Help
Some people infected with pathogens spread their germs to others while remaining symptom-free - a new study may answer why. When researchers in a new study gave oral antibiotics to mice infected with Salmonella typhimurium, a bacterial cause of food poisoning, a small minority — so called "superspreaders" that had been shedding high numbers of salmonella in their feces for weeks — remained healthy; they were unaffected by either the disease or the antibiotic. The rest of the mice […]
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8:22 PM | Tropical Storm Ana Over Hawaii
At 2 AM local time in Hawaii, Tropical Storm Ana was just below hurricane strength with maximum sustained winds near 70 mph. NOAA's Central Pacific Hurricane Center expects it to weaken before it intensifies again. The center of tropical storm Ana was located near latitude 20.6 north and longitude 162.6 west. That puts the center of Ana about 225 miles (360 km) west-southwest of Lihue Hawaii and about 325 miles (525 km) southeast of French Frigate Shoals. Ana is moving toward the west near 9 […]
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8:20 PM | Early Universe's Room Temperature Could Have Supported Life
Habitable planets could have existed 15 million years after the Big Bang.
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8:00 PM | Antibiotic Levels In Farm-Raised Fish Are Safe, But Need Watching
Modern food science has meant a lot fewer people starving, but there has also been an increase in products designed to keep animals and fish healthy, like antibiotics. Antibiotics do not just disappear. Even in trace amounts, over time they can build up in the environment and that gives bacteria another path to developing resistance.read more
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7:44 PM | Draw Your Own 3-D Masterpiece With The “3Doodler” (Video)
The art community is never lacking in creativity or innovation. One new device is getting a lot of attention after turning heads with an impressive Kickstarter campaign last year. Wobble Work’s “3Doodler” is a 3-D pen that actually allows you to create three dimensional artwork using a two dimensional drawing technique. According to 3Doodler’s website… “As 3Doodler draws, it extrudes heated plastic, which quickly cools and solidifies into a strong […]
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7:20 PM | Ashes And Vegetables: The Diet Of Roman Gladiators Was Rather Poor
Ancient Greeks used onions as a performance-enhancing drug. Roman gladiators ate ashes and vegetables. If common-sense does not tell us that there was no ancient civilization with futuristic technology building pyramids, anthropology certainly can.Historic sources claimed referred to gladiators  as "hordearii" ("barley eaters") because they had an inferior diet, heavy in beans and grains, the hallmark of poor status. Even 2,000 years ago people made fun of vegetarians, it seems. Though the […]
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7:00 PM | What's Hiding Under The Clouds Of Venus - Heavy Metal Frost?
The surface of Venus can't be seen from orbit in visible light due to its hot, dense and cloudy atmosphere. Instead, radar has been used by spacecraft to penetrate the clouds and map out the surface – both by reflecting radar off the surface to measure elevation and by looking at the radio emissions of the hot surface. The last spacecraft to map Venus that way was Magellan, two decades ago.  One of the Venusian surprises discovered at that time is that radio waves are reflected […]
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6:30 PM | The Croup: Winning The War Against Human Parainfluenza Virus
Human parainfluenza virus (hPIV) is highly infectious and the leading cause of upper and lower respiratory tract disease in young children, including Croup, which is responsible for thousands of hospitalizations in the developed world, and hundreds of thousands of deaths each year in developing countries. Griffith University's Institute for Glycomics Director Professor Mark von Itzstein said his Group's research findings published in Nature Communications today provide a new direction towards […]
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