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December 17, 2014

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6:13 PM | Utah Man Videos A MantidFly That Looks Like Something From Science-Fiction
Utah resident Ed Kern may have just captured the best video to date of a Mantidfly. Kern, who said he found the creature in his backyard hanging out casually on the fence, used his Canon SX-20IS to create an amazing video of the beautiful insect. The video is high-definition, and may seem fake at first due to the unusual nature of the insect, but this is a real video and a real living insect. Check it out below… Mantidflies, belonging to the
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6:07 PM | The Exhibitionist | 5 | feat. Punch a Monet
NEWS So we’re winding up for Christmas and the art world has already checked out. Released this week is http://punchamonet.gallery/, where you can follow in the footsteps of jailed art vandal Andrew Shannon who last year put his fist through Monet’s “Argenteuil Basin with a Single Sailboat” (1874) at the National Gallery of Ireland. Luckily this virtual game […] The post The Exhibitionist | 5 | feat. Punch a Monet appeared first on HeadStuff.
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6:07 PM | Het ultieme kerstcadeau
Cadeaus zijn lastig. Al koop je iets voor je beste vriend of je zus, het blijft moeilijk in te schatten hoe gelukkig je iemand maakt met een cadeau. Mijn eigen inkoopstrategie is vaak zeer naïef: ik koop dat wat ik zelf leuk vind. Maar hoewel mijn familie en vrienden meer op mij lijken dan willekeurige personen en ik natuurlijk erg mooie cadeaus uitzoek, lijk ik er zelf vaak net iets meer waarde... Lees meer op www.sciencepalooza.nl
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5:40 PM | Update On Bighorn Sheep Released Near Tucson
On December 11, 2014, the Arizona Daily Star reported that a bighorn ewe recently transplanted to the Santa Catalina Mountains near Tucson was killed by a mountain lion. The Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) confirmed the kill. The yearling sheep was the first documented kill since 30 sheep were released last month to join the 12 surviving sheep from a group of 31 transplants released in November of 2013. The status of a number of lambs born last spring... Read more
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5:39 PM | Life's Big Questions Require Science Literacy
Everyone needs to understand the basics of science to participate fully in the democratic process. shutterstock.By Jonathan Garlick, Tufts University. read more
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5:37 PM | Ebola virus disease: Interactive Real Time Map.
Ebola virus diseaseThe Ebola virus causes an acute, serious illness which is often fatal if untreated. Ebola virus disease (EVD) first appeared in 1976 in 2 simultaneous outbreaks, one in Nzara, Sudan, and the other in Yambuku, Democratic Republic of Congo. The latter occurred in a village near the Ebola River, from which the disease takes its name. The current outbreak in west Africa, (first cases notified in March 2014), is the largest and most complex Ebola outbreak since the Ebola virus was […]
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5:21 PM | Archaeologists Are Unearthing A Mysterious Million-Mummy Cemetery In Egypt
For 30 years, archaeologists from Bringham Young University in Utah have been slowly excavating a massive cemetery near the town of Selia, Egypt (about 50 miles south of Cairo). The cemetery is known as Fag el-Gamous, which translates to “Way of the Water Buffalo”. It covers approximately 300 acres of land and is named after a nearby road that runs through the region. Kerry Muhlestein is an associate professor in the Department of Ancient Scripture at BYU and the […]
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5:21 PM | New Synthetic Molecules Mimic Antibodies
New molecules known as synthetic antibody mimics (SyAMs) attach themselves simultaneously to disease cells and disease-fighting cells. The result is a highly targeted immune response, similar to the action of natural human antibodies;  with both the targeting and response functions.read more
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5:20 PM | Ageing, God and Lindau: An Interview with Aaron Ciechanover
Nobel Laureate Aaron Ciechanover is talking about medical progress and its implications. What was your dream job when you were a kid? Aaron Ciechanover: I wanted to be a physician. And I am a physician, so I fulfilled that dream. I did not know anything about science. I did not know what one was supposed […]
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5:17 PM | Curiosity catches a whiff of methane on Mars – and a possibility of past life
NASA has revealed that a whiff of methane has been detected twice in the last couple of years at the Martian surface by the Curiosity Rover. The source of the methane is uncertain. It is not even clear if the methane originated on Mars or arrived there by way of a meteorite that landed on the surface of the red planet, but this is the strongest evidence yet of possible life in its ancient past. Subject:  Astronomy/Cosmology
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5:10 PM | Life on an aquaplanet
MIT study finds an exoplanet, tilted on its side, could still be habitable if covered in ocean. Nearly 2,000 planets beyond our solar system have been identified to date. Whether any of these exoplanets are hospitable to life depends on a number of criteria. Among these, scientists have thought, is a planet’s obliquity — the angle of its axis relative to its orbit around a star. Subject:  Astronomy/Cosmology
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4:42 PM | Time To Stop Thinking Of Video Games As Just 'Software'
Games appear in galleries, does that make them art? blakespot, CC BYBy Ashok Ranchhod, University of Southampton and Vanissa Wanick Vieira, University of Southampton. read more
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4:33 PM | Rid fat by breathing article is part of BMJ’s lighthearted holiday issue
Oh dear… several news outlets don’t know that the Christmas issue of BMJ is a bit of a lark. BBC News – Fat ‘breathed out’ of body via lungs, say scientists. Today.com and other outlets also picked this up and made a bit of a deal about it. This BBC piece was posted by the… Source: Doubtful News Related posts:Astronomer Phil Plait explains why he is very skeptical about a cometary claim Polygraph testing used to play games in Detroit murder case […]
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4:25 PM | Mistletoe Is Not Just A Fertility Symbol: It Can Also Fight Obesity-Related Liver Disease
Mistletoe wasn't always for annoying co-workers at office parties, and it wasn't always just desperate men who think it has magical powers. In previous times, it was held in high regard because it was rootless, green and thriving when the tree it was on looked dead. Celtic druids latched onto it as some sort of supernatural fertility symbol - everything was a fertility symbol to druids - and it crept into popular culture from there. Today we know it is simply a parasite, which isn't extending […]
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3:59 PM | Study hints that ancient Earth made its own water
A new study is helping to answer a longstanding question that has recently moved to the forefront of earth science: Did our planet make its own water through geologic processes, or did water come to us via icy comets from the far reaches of the solar system? The answer is likely "both," according to researchers at The Ohio State University—and the same amount of water that currently fills the Pacific Ocean could be buried deep inside the planet right now. Subject:  […]
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3:59 PM | Gun Trends In The 21st Century
Gun ownership in the United States has gone way up yet murders have plummeted. Though high-profile tragedies get mainstream media attention, the gun ban contingent has lost a lot of ground in culture.  There is a reason: With more widespread availability of data it is more difficult for advocacy groups to create false reports using shoddy numbers in the 21st century. Though there is recurring talk about banning vaguely defined 'assault rifles', rifles of any kind are only a few […]
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3:49 PM | Skype releases Microsoft's digital translator
Not long ago, Internet telephony juggernaut Skype said they were working on technology that could almost instantly translate other languages during a call. Now, they’ve made a video of a trial run of this most impressive technology. READ MORE
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3:38 PM | Dialog oder Lobbyarbeit? Wissenschaftskommunikation zwischen Wissenschaft und Gesellschaft
Leider habe ich das Originalzitat nicht mitgeschrieben. Reiner Korbmann gibt es so in seinem Blog wieder: “Wenn ich nicht bereit bin, als Konsequenz der gesellschaftlichen Meinungsbildung in schlimmster Konsequenz mein Labor zuzumachen – etwa weil die Gesellschaft meine Arbeiten nicht akzeptieren kann – dann darf ich diesen Prozess nicht Dialog nennen.“ Oder anders ausgedrückt: ”Ein Dialog beginnt…
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2:30 PM | Conservation Of Massive: When You Lose Weight, Where Does The Fat Go?
Lots of people say they care about their weight, and there is no end to weight-loss schemes available on websites, but if you ask nutritionists, personal trainers and even some doctors where fat goes when people lose weight, they can't tell you the right answer.Caveat emptor.  The most common misconception is that the missing mass has been converted into energy or heat. It's physics, after all. Except it isn't, not in the way they think it is. To lose 10 kilograms of fat requires 29 […]
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2:24 PM | The secret extra animals in your food
Yes, you CAN have your peanut butter and some roaches, too! In the United States, it’s legal to get served a little extra protein in your PB&J. Even vegetarians get a little extra meat, whether they want it or not. Here are some of the FDA’s regulations regarding acceptable levels of insect parts in food. Most of these regulations were made for “aesthetic” purposes only: Peanut butter: You can have up to 30 insect parts or 1 rodent hair per 100 grams. Chocolate: If […]
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2:00 PM | “There Was More Than One Lobster Present At The Birth Of Jesus?”
Neapolitans have given fishmongers and celebrities alike a place at the nativity for hundreds of years. acetosa888, CC BY-SABy Jessica Hughes, The Open UniversityThere’s a scene in the film "Love Actually" where a little girl announces that she’ll be playing “first lobster” in the school nativity play. “There was more than one lobster present at the birth of Jesus?” asks her surprised mum – causing the girl to sigh in exasperation at such profound […]
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1:49 PM | Secrets of the naked mole rat
  Naked mole rats — is there anything they can’t do? These wrinkly little critters live up to 30 years, more than ten times as long as other rodents their size. They are essentially immune to cancer (a fact which makes them of great interest to the medical community) and also apparently insensitive … Continue reading »
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1:37 PM | Hydrodynamics, Or When To Escape From Alcatraz
New research reveals insights into 50-year-old escape attempt.
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1:30 PM | To Be Cool Kids, Are We Programmed To Make Bad Decisions?
A desire to be part of the 'in crowd' could damage our ability to make the right decisions, according to a paper in the journal Interface which claims that individuals have evolved to be overly influenced by their neighbors, rather than rely on their own instinct. As a result, they believe, groups become less responsive to changes in their natural environment. So much for the wisdom of crowds.read more
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1:15 PM | Traditional Chinese medicine: Compare China with the U.S.
I’ve written quite a few times, both here and elsewhere, about the sham that is known as “traditional Chinese medicine” (TCM). Basically, there is no such thing as TCM per se. There were in the distant past many “traditional Chinese medicines,” various folk medicine traditions that, contrary to what is taught now, did not form…
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11:57 AM | Auld Lang Syne: May We Look Back at our Present Endeavors in Space with Pride
When the first humans venture beyond the Solar System, our present-day experiences with the Voyager and Pioneer craft will be remembered as watershed moments. Our space craft presently experience a space environment that would harm human tissue and would dampen the spirits of the hardiest souls. The specific case is how Coronal Mass Ejections of […]
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9:00 AM | Guest Post: The Art of Losing Paperclips
Not long ago, walking past some court buildings with a friend, I kept stopping to pick up paper clips. Besides the usual little Gem clips, like ACCO Brand Trombones No 1, I found a black-and-silver binder clip and a rare angel-shaped “ideal clamp”–all of them no doubt carelessly dropped by lawyers who once used them […]
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8:17 AM | Linked polytopes and toric grid tessellations
In my recent posting on four-dimensional polytopes containing linked or knotted cycles of edges, I showed pictures of linked cycles in three examples, the (3,3)-duopyramid, hypercube, and (in the comments) truncated 5-cell. All three of these have some much more special properties: the two linked cycles are induced cycles (there are no edges between two non-consecutive vertices in the same cycle), they include all the vertices in the graph, and their intersection with any two- or […]
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6:19 AM | Assessing the Asteroid Impact Threat: Are We Doomed Yet?
“Watch therefore, for ye know not the day nor the hour,” could be still an actual description of our ability to predict asteroid threats to Earth. The sentence from the Bible (Matthew 25:13) sound like a reminder of a vast […]test The post Assessing the Asteroid Impact Threat: Are We Doomed Yet? appeared first on Australian Science.
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6:04 AM | Curiosity finds methane on Mars
According to BBC News, Nasa’s Curiosity rover has detected methane on Mars, which ‘might hint at past or present life on the planet’
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