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December 17, 2014

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4:59 AM | The Strange remains the same for 16 December 2014
I Lied About Being a Psychic. It Worked. — The Cut. Psychic Paula: let us test your pregnancy prediction powers | The Guardian. Stuyvesant High Student Admits He Didn’t Make $72 Million on Stock Trades – NYTimes.com. Man rings police after neighbour posts “creepy” picture of Cliff Richard in his window (From The Argus). The… Source: Doubtful News No related posts.
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4:46 AM | Survey on k-best enumeration algorithms
When I was asked earlier this year to write a short survey on k-best enumeration algorithms for the Springer Encyclopedia of Algorithms, I wrote a first draft before checking the formatting requirements. It ended up being approximately five pages of text and seven more pages of references, and I knew I would have to cut some of that. But then I did check the format, and saw that it needed to be much shorter, approximately two pages of text and a dozen references. I don't regret doing it this […]
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4:44 AM | Being Raised By A Single Mother Is The New Normal
Divorce rates have gone down; the oft-cited 1970s statistic that 'half of all marriages end in divorce' was never really correct, but the belief that it was made divorce much more common. More young people today are also avoiding divorce by avoiding marriage. As a result, more than half of all American children will have an unmarried mother - and regardless of all of the cultural whitewashing and rationalizations that cultural apologists engage in, the absence of a biological father increases […]
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4:37 AM | You Could Name a Crater on the Planet Mercury
The team of scientists and educators behind the Messenger spacecraft orbiting the planet Mercury is giving the public the chance to nominate artists, writers, or composers whose names deserve to be on one of five craters on the hot little planet closest to the Sun. There have been a number of publicity campaigns recently that deal with naming things, but this one is the real thing. By international agreement, the naming of worlds and features in space is done by a special committee of […]
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4:27 AM | New Limits On VY Production From CDF: Good, But Also Disappointing
Alas, for once I must say I am not completely happy of one new result by the CDF collaboration - the experiment to which I devoted 18 years of my research time, and where I learned almost everything I know about experimental particle physics.read more
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4:00 AM | Mythbusters inspire investigators to examine the escape from Alcatraz
If they did it at JUST the right time… Researchers were inspired by a Mythbusters episode (Season 1, episode 11) to see if the famous escape was plausible as they concluded. Dutch Scientists Claim To Have Solved Mystery Of 1962 Alcatraz Prisoner Escape. Dutch scientists claim to have solved the mystery of the infamous escape… Source: Doubtful News Related posts:Man burst into flames in Sweden – Spontaneous Human Combustion is hot topic (updated) Could the Baltic Sea […]
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2:50 AM | Braingasm videos popular and plausible
An internet sensation, autonomous sensory meridian response, is certainly plausible, at least for some people. A whisper, then tingles, then 87 million YouTube views: Meet the star of ASMR. This is Maria, a 28-year-old Russian expat in suburban Maryland, starring in a YouTube video that has been viewed more than 7 million times. Hundreds of thousands… Source: Doubtful News No related posts.
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2:46 AM | ‘Coca Cola Life': a drink for the gullible amongst us.
This week, the newest beverage in the Coca Cola line - Coca Cola Life – was finally released in New York. (Check out the video from 42nd St in New York, where we give the lowdown on Coke Life) Don’t let that green label fool you – Coke Life is a wolf in sheep’s clothing. Hiding […]
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1:14 AM | Is the Elf On A Shelf a real spy? Your kids may think so.
Oh dear, the things people believe… A story has been circulating that the popular elf toy people place on their trees and fireplace mantles is REALLY a spy device from the National Security Administration. snopes.com: SNOWDEN: ‘Elf On A Shelf’ Actually Hugely Successful NSA Project. Speaking via Google Hangout to officials in Sweden last week,… Source: Doubtful News Related posts:15 years of Lovecraftian anthrax hoaxes in Syracuse It’s not valid week in […]
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1:01 AM | Visual Top 5 for 2014
Here are my picks for the top 5 best, worst and just plain interesting things that happened in Visual Culture in 2014. Limerick City of Culture We kicked off 2014, Limerick’s year as City of Culture with a little controversy after the resignation of the artistic director. Luckily Mike Fitzpatrick, Head of Limerick School of […] The post Visual Top 5 for 2014 appeared first on HeadStuff.
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1:00 AM | Sinterklass and Zwarte Piet
Every country has traditions that seem alien to onlookers. For example, when trying to explain the existence of Dustin the Turkey to my non-Irish friends I am often met with confusion and bemusement. It is quite difficult to find the correct language to fully communicate the cultural phenomenon that is the ‘flap flaps’. Currently, I […] The post Sinterklass and Zwarte Piet appeared first on HeadStuff.
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12:24 AM | 12 Pubs of a Poetic Christmas (Part One)
Pub One Every Christmas I attempt this and every Christmas I end up mashed into a taxi after the third pub, screaming obscenities at the driver and crying over whatever man has just broken my sex-drive, by shoving me into the taxi without so much as a goodbye kiss. This year will be different. I […] The post 12 Pubs of a Poetic Christmas (Part One) appeared first on HeadStuff.
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12:19 AM | NASA Rover May Have Found A Clue To Finding Life On Mars (Video)
NASA’s Curiosity rover recently measured a “tenfold spike” in methane at its landing site, Gale Crater. The rover has taken methane readings at the site 4 times over the past two months. Though the methane levels quickly dropped back down to normal, the strange fluctuation has scientists intrigued about the prospects of life on the red planet. Methane is an organic chemical that scientists believe may be an indicator of life on Mars. According to Space.com… […]
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12:05 AM | Mountain lion captured and killed in Kentucky
This is extremely interesting news. If the animal was wild, it would be the first such confirmed mountain lion in Kentucky since before the Civil War. Wildlife officer shoots and kills mountain lion in a tree in northern Bourbon County A state wildlife officer shot the mountain lion late Monday afternoon on Redmon Road in… Source: Doubtful News Related posts:Possible mountain lion in Westchester New York Mountain Lion sightings reported in Kentucky Mountain lion photo NOT from New

December 16, 2014

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11:29 PM | Can You See Holiday Lights From Space? Yes!
NASA’s Suomi Satellite has an amazing sensor that can see the Earth at night very well. The pics below are a comparison of normal city lights from space, and the green shows the added lights from all the holiday decorations! Pretty cool ay! NASA has a video here and the pics of our region are below. Here are further details from NASA: With a new look at daily data from …
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10:35 PM | Prover’s Block
What to do when afraid to see if what you want is true Cropped from Canadian Bergler Society source Edmund Bergler coined the term in 1947, the great writers Francis Fitzgerald—F. Scott to most—and Joseph Conrad among many others suffered from it, as did the great cartoonist Charles Schulz. The problem is writer’s block. Today […]
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10:00 PM | The mystery of the Kazakhstan sleeping sickness
There is something off about this story… Villagers in Kazakhstan Are Falling Asleep En Masse for No Apparent Reason. Residents of a small village in Kazakhstan are falling asleep at random, sometimes for days at a time, and no one knows why. Since the spring of 2013, the village of Kalachi in the Akmolinsk district… Source: Doubtful News Related posts:The Kazakhstan pentagram – Why? Don’t know. (UPDATE: Solved [see comments]) Outta nowhere! Russian “ghost […]
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8:38 PM | A lot or a little
People and animals have been shown to discriminate between quantities. Lions, chimpanzees and hyenas, for example, will only approach a group of attackers if their own group outnumbers that of the intruders. These animals use numerical information to make decisions about their social life. Testing numerical competence Subject:  Animal Research
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8:29 PM | Watch As 40-Foot Trees Are Swallowed Up In Seconds By An Underwater Sinkhole (Video)
Last summer, a massive sinkhole opened up underneath the Corne Bayou in Assumption Parish, Louisiana. The bayou sits above an old salt mine that is slowly collapsing. On August 3, 2012, a one-acre sinkhole opened up, prompting Louisiana mayor Bobby Jindal to order an evacuation of the small Bayou Corne community. In just a single year, the sinkhole expanded in size from one to 28 acres. According to ecology.com, “In places, it is estimated to be 750 feet deep, and some […]
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8:28 PM | Smartphones That Can Track Your Health
Turning your smartphone into a useful medical device.
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8:25 PM | Running and walking may lower Alzheimer’s Disease risk
An estimated 5 million Americans aged 65 and older have Alzheimer’s disease. As drug companies struggle to find a cure, new research from the National Runners’ and Walkers’ Health Study suggests that exercise earlier in life may substantially reduce Alzheimer’s disease mortality. Subject:  Brain & Behavior
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8:16 PM | Bacterial 'bunches' linked to some colorectal cancers
Researchers from Johns Hopkins have found that dense mats of interacting bacteria, called biofilms, were present in the majority of cancers and polyps, particularly those on the right side of the colon. The presence of these bacterial bunches, they say, may represent an increased risk for colon cancer and could form the basis of new diagnostic tests. Subject:  Health & Medicine
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8:13 PM | Is the Higgs boson a piece of the matter-antimatter puzzle?
Several experiments, including the BaBar experiment at the U.S. Dept. of Energy (DOE)'s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, have helped explain some—but not all—of the imbalance between matter and antimatter in the universe. Now a SLAC theorist and his colleagues have laid out a possible method for determining if the Higgs boson is involved. Subject:  Technology
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8:05 PM | wnycradiolab: chels: Looking to take your holiday decorations...
Einstein Curie Schrodingerwnycradiolab: chels: Looking to take your holiday decorations to the nerdiest level? I present to you Albert Einstein, Marie Curie, and Erwin Schrödinger in snowflake form. To make your own, grab templates over at symmetry magazine. Oh yes. Never mind the fact that the Schrödinger snowflake incorrectly has an 8-sided structure, LET US ALL REJOICE AND BE MERRY AND MAKE THESE SCIENCEFLAKES
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8:00 PM | Chocoholics rejoice! It’s (mostly) good news
We’ve all heard claims chocolate is healthy. But if you’re anything like me, you’ve wondered if that’s a vicious rumour started by a chocolate multinational. I’m delighted to tell you in fact scientists have found plenty of evidence for the health benefits of chocolate eaten in moderation. But there are a few things you need […]
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7:52 PM | skunkbear: I just made a video about my quest to find this huge...
skunkbear: I just made a video about my quest to find this huge flock of missing purple martins. Check it out! Check out the video linked above! Awesome stuff from NPR Science/Skunkbear bird-detective-in-residence Adam Cole.  Purple Martins are a very special songbird. They’re the only bird I know of that depends on our handiwork and nests only in man-made dwellings. Thanks to William Shakespeare (seriously), Purple Martin nesting spots are threatened. So what do you do when half […]
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7:50 PM | The Chemistry of Mulled Wine
There are few things more warming than a mug of mulled wine in the depths of December. Exact recipes may vary, but they all include a common core of ingredients, each of which contributes something to the final flavour. This graphic examines some of the key chemicals that each ingredient adds into the mix, with […]
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7:47 PM | skunkbear: Back when I was a studying biology, I noticed that a...
skunkbear: Back when I was a studying biology, I noticed that a lot of anatomical terms sound like they come straight from Middle Earth. So, to celebrate the release of the last Hobbit film, I’ve created this INCREDIBLY nerdy quiz. Do these words and phrases refer to parts of the human body, or reference people and places from J. R. R. Tolkien’s work? Antrum of Highmore Crypt of Morgagni Caves of Androth Lobelia Loop of Henle Scapha Great Vein of Galen Halls of Mandos Groin Gap of […]
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7:39 PM | Stay complex, my friends
The KISS concept—keep it simple, stupid—may work for many situations. However, when it comes to evolution, complexity appears to be key for prosperity and propagating future generations. Research led by Michigan State University's BEACON Center for the Study of Evolution in Action shows that organisms sometimes have to use increasingly complex defenses to continue evading parasites' attacks and live longer than their simpler cousins. The results, published in the current […]
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7:32 PM | Do Carrots Really Help Your Vision? Most of us are familiar with...
Do Carrots Really Help Your Vision? Most of us are familiar with this claim about carrots, often employed by parents trying to get kids to eat their veggies. Is there any truth to it? And if it was true, wouldn’t rabbits have, like, the best vision of any animal? Check out this video from Reactions to discover the strange World War II origins of the carrot/vision story and whether munching on that crudité platter is really helping your peepers. 
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