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October 21, 2014

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3:19 PM | Drones chasing drones
Here's a filmed session of drones chasing other drones through the woods--similar to what was done in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi.
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3:14 PM | Hunters Unite: Global Warming Implicated In Animal Size
Alpine goats appear to be shrinking in size, according to scholars at Durham University, and that is due to global warming over the past 30 years, they say.   Young Chamois now weigh about 25 percent less than animals of the same age in the 1980s, they found, and note that in recent years, decreases in body size have been identified in a variety of animal species and have frequently been linked by other scholars to changing climate. read more
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3:05 PM | Great Earthquakes Doubled In The Most Recent 10 Year Period - What That Means
Since December 2004 there have been 18 quakes of 8.0 or greater on the moment magnitude (Mw) scale – a rate more than twice that seen from 1900 to mid-2004. Some of that difference could be due to unprecedented advances in technological and scientific capacity to detect earthquakes. Like the distance of Babe Ruth's homeruns, anecdotes about past earthquakes have the mist of legend shrouding them, but modern earthquakes have a variety of ways they can be understood - and that […]
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2:54 PM | Viral Mutation: Why You May Be More Susceptible To Last Year's Flu
Why were so many middle-aged adults hit especially hard by the H1N1 influenza virus during the 2013-2014 influenza season?  Vaccines work by stimulating the immune system to produce antibody proteins against particles (called antigens) from an infectious agent, such as bacteria or a virus. The immune system saves the cells that produce effective antibodies, which then provide immunity against future attacks by the same or similar infectious agents. Seasonal influenza typically kills 36,000 […]
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2:46 PM | Egg Donors: Do Parents Prefer Beauty, Brains Or Health?
Sperm donation for fertility issues has been common for some time and ovum donation has become increasingly accepted by women as well.That leads to sociological questions about selection; everyone says they will love their kids no matter what, but given a book to choose from, what traits in a donor do people consider most important, beauty, intelligence or health?read more
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2:31 PM | Coulrophobia: L and R Illustration round 2
Brief number 2 has been set. ‘It’ promises to be terrifying… Coulrophobia. The fear of Clowns. It’s a totally legit fear. You don’t know who is under that make up and manic smile. For the month that’s in it, and against our better judgement, we’re illustrating our mutual greatest fear. It’s like John Wayne Gacy […] The post Coulrophobia: L and R Illustration round 2 appeared first on HeadStuff.
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2:29 PM | Children Who Drink Milk Substitutes Have Lower Vitamin D - But Why?
Some children are allergic to milk, so they drink milk substitutes such as soy or rice. And almond milk has become a well-marketed fad to due health claims.But there may be negatives: though many of those products are fortified, children who drink them have lower levels of Vitamin D in their blood than those who drink cow's milk, according to a paper in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.  read more
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2:23 PM | IUCN Red List Marine Species Evaluations This Week
Most of us agree that humans shouldn't drive other species to extinction. Millenials (like me) grew up watching Captain Planet and FernGully, worrying about endangered pandas, sea turtles, and whales. We know that problems like pollution and poaching put species on the endangered list, and that zoos, aquariums, and universities work mightily to study and save animals on the brink. But who defines the brink? Who writes the list of endangered species? Meet the IUCN. The International Union for […]
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2:00 PM | Spotlight on New York University’s SHERP
Editor’s Note: Many paths lead to a career in science writing, but one of the most common is to go back to school. This post continues an ongoing series that highlights graduate […] The post Spotlight on New York University’s SHERP appeared first on The Science Writers' Handbook.
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1:56 PM | The Optimism Of Depressed People
Even depressed people are essentially optimistic - they believe that tomorrow will be better, even though that belief probably won't lead to better outcomes. That is true optimism. A paper in Clinical Psychological Science says that middle-aged adults who had a history of depression evaluated their past and current lives in more negative terms than adults without depression - but the future was just as rosy in both groups.read more
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12:54 PM | Physicists build reversible laser tractor beam
Credit: Stuart Hay, ANUDr. Vladlen Shvedov (L) and Dr. Cyril Hnatovsky adjust the hollow laser beam in their lab at the Australian National University.Star Trek and Star Wars technology is getting closer.  Okay, so this tractor beam moves particles, but, one of these days it will be powerful enough to pull a shrimp off the barby from the kitchen or a cold Foster  Ale from the fridge to my chair while I'm happily watching The Simpsons.  And just how cool is that?  After that, […]
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12:49 PM | Divorce decree: Possessed by jinn
So, she won’t have relations with him. Obviously that is her fault, she must be possessed. She is punished. We are certainly NOT getting the whole story here. Dubai: Husband divorces wife possessed by djinn – Yahoo Maktoob News. A court granted a divorce to a man after he discovered that his wife was possessed… Source: Doubtful News
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12:42 PM | Unmade in Ireland
With the tagline “All Music Starts Somewhere,” Unmade in Ireland is a new photography/journalism blog that sets out to document “Musicians who are giving their all but haven’t ‘made it’ yet.” Our team is fascinated by the lives and aspirations of working musicians, and we are using this platform as a chance to take a […] The post Unmade in Ireland appeared first on HeadStuff.
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12:31 PM | Season of birth correlations is not astrology
Astrology-related? Nope. In fact, it’s not even a new concept. But looking back through research history, findings are muddled and confusing. Season of birth affects your mood later in life. Babies born in the summer are much more likely to suffer from mood swings when they grow up while those born in the winter are less… Source: Doubtful News
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12:15 PM | Challenge issued to Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners
A Chinese doctor issued a RMB 50,000 reward to anyone who can prove he is wrong in saying “Chinese medicine is a fake science”. Ah Bao, thinks Traditional Chinese Medicine is nonsense and has put up his own money. And the reward grew… Skeptic Offers Huge Reward to Debunk Traditional Chinese Medicine | TheNanfang. Two doctors so far have… Source: Doubtful News
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11:45 AM | There’s a Cat in my Garden
  I bet you like cats don’t you? Well why wouldn’t you? You’ve grown up with them on your TV being all cute and mischievous, that loveable petty criminal Top Cat, Garfield with his love of lasagne and hatred of Mondays and then there’s cheeky ol’ Custard, as in ‘Roobarb &….’. How could you not […] The post There’s a Cat in my Garden appeared first on HeadStuff.
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10:33 AM | AudioBlind | 2 [Feat. N.W.A.]
N.W.A. – Straight Outta Compton (1988)   Across from A Tribe Called Quest in the Hip-Hop Hall of Fame is N.W.A.. Of the two groups, the more notorious. There is no denying the impact of Straight Outta Compton. Most house parties worldwide will feature at least one N.W.A. track in a night. Straight Outta Compton […] The post AudioBlind | 2 [Feat. N.W.A.] appeared first on HeadStuff.
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10:00 AM | Oh goody. Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Day is fast approaching.
A mere couple of weeks ago, I was beginning to “celebrate” a week designated to celebrate the sheer quackiness of the quackery that is naturopathy. True, that’s not what the woo-friendly Senators and Representatives who imposed Naturopathic Medicine Week 2014 on a disinterested world that didn’t need, want, or understand it. They represented it as…
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8:00 AM | Bad Science Poet
Time for another visit from Bad Science Poet. Remember: “It’s not the science that’s bad—it’s the poetry!”™ A LESSON IN HUMILITY FOR SCIENTISTS Bunsen had a burner. Ike had Tina Turner. And which became president? AERODYNAMICS FOR DUMMIES Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Had a very shiny nose Then he defenestrated Which is how the term nose-dive arose.   ACADEMIA […]
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7:58 AM | SpotOn London: Public interest and privacy in the digital world – 14/15 November 2014
The annual conference, SpotOn London, will be taking place at the Wellcome Trust on Friday,
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7:30 AM | How super-resolution microscopy made me fall in love with science (again) | Steve Caplan
If a picture is worth a thousand words, then a super-resolution image may be worth a thousand gigabytes and its changing the course of biomedical researchSeveral weeks ago I signed up for a workshop in super-resolution microscopy. In the meantime, before even arriving here at the US National Institutes of Health, the workshop took on dramatic additional significance, with the announcement of the three 2014 Nobel Prize winners for chemistry: Eric Betzig, Stefan Hell and William Moerner. These […]
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7:06 AM | Government Math: More Will Lose Health Insurance Than Gained It If ACA Subsidies Are Eliminated
Eliminating subsidies that help low- and moderate-income people purchase coverage through government-run health insurance marketplaces would sharply boost costs for consumers and cause more than 11 million Americans to lose their health insurance, according to a new paper by the section of the RAND Corporation devoted to nationalizing health care.read more
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5:21 AM | 2014 Nobel Prizes Awarded!
The 2014 Nobel Prizes were recently awarded.  Annual Nobel Prizes are awarded for achievement in Physics, Chemistry, Physiology/Medicine, Economics, Literature, and Peace.The Nobel Prize in Physicswas awarded jointly to Isamu Akasaki, Hiroshi Amano and Shuji Nakamura "for the invention of efficient blue light-emitting diodes (LEDs) which has enabled bright and energy-saving white light sources".  While LEDs have existed for half a century, the creation of the blue-emitting LED when […]
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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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