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October 28, 2014

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7:39 PM | Three breakthroughs that have finally unleashed AI on the world
A few months ago I made the trek to the sylvan campus of the IBM research labs in Yorktown Heights, New York, to catch an early glimpse of the fast-arriving, long-overdue future of artificial intelligence. Subject:  Artificial Intelligence
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7:27 PM | How To Win Friends And Influence Ducklings
How should you treat your ducks? The answer is mired in duckling politics.
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7:26 PM | Reduce Prostate Cancer Risk By Sleeping With Lots Of Women - But Not Men
Men who have had sex with more than 20 women have a 28% lower risk of getting prostate cancer than those who have had only one partner  - but males having more than 20 male partners face a 100% higher risk of getting prostate cancer than those who have never slept with a man.  The results were obtained as part of the Montreal study PROtEuS (Prostate Cancer&Environment Study), in which 3,208 men responded to a questionnaire on, amongst other things, their sex lives. Of these […]
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7:15 PM | Organic Movement Rejects Science, Embraces ‘Natural’ Ebola Cure
As the death toll of Ebola continues to rise, especially in the hard-hit West African countries of Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea, the need for a viable cure is growing more and more urgent. Even more concerning is the possibility that once approved, vaccines may not be widely available for several months.As often happens in times of medical crises, fringe groups come out from hiding–in this instance, organic activists in the form of the most high profile organic lobby group in the […]
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7:02 PM | sci-universe: The “Hendo Hoverboard” is far from being a...
sci-universe: The “Hendo Hoverboard” is far from being a consumer device.But we have to start from somewhere, right? So there’s this Kickstarter campaign for the “Hendo Hoverboard”, similar to the one we all wanted after seeing Back to the Future. First of all, yes, I was freakin’ excited for this! But you gotta do research before thinking you can float around on this thing tomorrow. The magic science behind the hoverboard lies in four electromagnets on the […]
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6:43 PM | pbsdigitalstudios: Everything you ACTUALLY need to know about...
pbsdigitalstudios: Everything you ACTUALLY need to know about ebola. Specifically the last gif.  SPECIFICALLY THE LAST GIF Watch the full video here:
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6:38 PM | The Chemistry of The Colours of Blood
Halloween’s almost here, which, for a large number of costumes, will require a liberal dousing of fake blood to complete the look. You probably already have a pretty good idea of the reasons behind the red colouration of human blood that fake blood mimics. However, red is not the only blood colour available – it also […]
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6:09 PM | Emily Willingham, David Robert Grimes: Joint Winners Of Maddox Prize Defended Science Despite Threats
Standing up for science. Credit: Sense About ScienceBy Lydia Le Page, University of EdinburghThe 3rd annual John Maddox Prize has been awarded to Emily Willingham, a science writer in the US, and David Robert Grimes, a physicist at the University of Oxford, in recognition of their work in the face of public hostility. read more
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6:01 PM | Deforestation And Industrial-Scale Farming Could Lie Behind Ebola Outbreak
Ebola: EU Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection, CC BY-SABy Richard Kock, Royal Veterinary CollegeThe still growing Ebola virus outbreak not only highlights the tragedy enveloping the areas most affected but also offers a commentary on they way in which the political ecology in West Africa allowed this disease to become established. read more
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6:00 PM | Picture of the Week: Egyptian Mummy
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5:30 PM | NPR disbanded its climate and energy team--and nobody noticed.
It seems nobody noticed until last Friday, but National Public Radio has disbanded its four-member climate and energy team. In January, Vikki Valentine, the team's editor, was reassigned to lead global health and development coverage. (NPR's media relations director, Isabel Lara, said that "includes global climate and environment stories.") In March, one of the team's reporters, Richard Harris, abruptly switched to medical coverage. In June, reporter Elizabeth Shogren was laid off. The last […]
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4:41 PM | Facing death-10: Dying without illusions
In post #9 in this series, I discussed the fear that people have of dying while the rest of the world continues without them. I think it is better to face death without illusions. This does not mean that one has no regrets. Subject:  Biology & Aging
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4:32 PM | One giant leap for preservation: protecting moon landing sites
Who will preserve the first lunar landing site at Tranquility Base for future generations? It seems an odd question given the fact that this extraordinary archaeological site was created on July 21, 1969 – less than 50 years ago. Although its remoteness has protected the site for almost a half century, it is not immune to future adverse impacts – and you’d be hard pressed to find someone who didn’t think that it is a place important to humanity. So how should […]
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4:26 PM | Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer
So the time has come, the new “teaser” trailer for the sequel to the third highest grossing film of all time, 2012’s The Avengers, has hit the web. (I’m not delighted that this is referred to as the teaser trailer as at over two minutes long, it shows an awful lot of the movie. But […] The post Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer appeared first on HeadStuff.
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4:22 PM | Boosting Vitamin D levels could help manage asthma attacks
Asthma, which inflames and narrows the airways, has become more common in recent years. While there is no known cure, asthma can be managed with medication and by avoiding allergens and other triggers. A new study by a Tel Aviv University researcher points to a convenient, free way to manage acute asthmatic episodes — catching some rays outside. Subject:  Health & Medicine
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4:16 PM | Prehistoric Continental Shelf: Tracing Our Ancestors At The Bottom Of The Sea
The social sciences have simultaneously become increasingly specialized and over-lapping. A new field calls itself Continental Shelf Prehistoric Research and it studies the remains of prehistoric human settlements which are now submerged beneath coastal waters. Some of the now-drowned sites are tens of thousands of years old, requiring archaeologists to get help from oceanography and the geosciences. A recent paper describes how during the successive ice ages of the last million years, the […]
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3:50 PM | A new dent in HIV-1's armor
Like a slumbering dragon, HIV can lay dormant in a person's cells for years, evading medical treatments only to wake up and strike at a later time, quickly replicating itself and destroying the immune system. Scientists at the Salk Institute have uncovered a new protein that participates in active HIV replication, as detailed in the latest issue of Genes & Development. The new protein, called Ssu72, is part of a switch used to awaken HIV-1 (the most common type of HIV) from its […]
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3:46 PM | How would you describe the face of Lauren Bacall?
favim.comHow would you describe the face of Lauren Bacall? Celebratedwriters such as Charles Dickens and George Eliot describedcharacters' faces vividly without going into detail.  How much description of a character's face is enough?  Perhaps another way of putting it is, how much do you describe, and how much do you leave to your reader's imagination?According to this research, "less is more," based on analysis of the facial descriptions in classic literature.Here's […]
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3:45 PM | Everything Is Awesome? Lego Enters The Dark World Of Reality TV
Come play with us. For ever. And ever. And ever. Alex EylarBy Baden Eunson, Monash UniversityRecently, the Danish Toymaker Lego announced its plans for a reality TV show to be launched in 2015, rumored to be based on the idea of Master Builders, the top “construction workers” in the insanely successful Lego Movie earlier this year. read more
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3:36 PM | Wad genoeg voor zoutwinning in de Waddenzee
Er zit geld in de bodem. Drie kilometer onder het oppervlak van Noord-Nederland ligt een dikke laag zout. Frisia Zout delft dit zeer zuiver zout al jaren. Het is perfect als grondstof voor medicijnen of plastic. Maar met elke gewonnen kilo zout, zakt de bodem rondom het wingebied een beetje in. Nu verplaatst de boorput naar de Waddenzee. Is dit een probleem?  Bodemdaling door zoutwinning In... Lees meer op www.sciencepalooza.nl
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3:32 PM | Why There Are Fewer Female Economists
Economics is a dwindling field. Long called the 'dismal science' it is now considered just another philosophical school of thought; people in the money business who want quantification hire physicists rather than economists. And the lack of female interest in the field shows it is no longer in vogue. A new analysis finds that women make up 57 percent of undergraduate classes at UK universities but only 27 percent of economics students. The women who like math are doing something else with […]
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3:16 PM | Why Swimming Pools Can't Raise Prices
If it isn't taxes, it is OPEC but oil prices are likely to go up - people are still going to drive. It's necessary. So is physical fitness but a new economics analysis finds that if prices to swim go up, people are inclined to drop it rather than pay more - but a gym membership stays. That's reason enough for economists behind a new paper to advocated a new government subsidy. The work by Brunel University London's Health Economics Research Group consisted of interviews with 1,683 […]
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3:09 PM | Fish Stories? Some Fish Personality Types Are Most Likely To Get Caught
Talk to long-time anglers with a favorite spot and they will often tell stories of one fish they could never get. In mythical overtones, they will speak of its ability to avoid capture, attributing an almost supernatural intelligence (for a fish). Such stories were once so common that 'fish story' became its own brand of tall tale. A new study mapped individual heritable traits of fish to environmental conditions and concluded that some fish really are going to be harder to catch. The work […]
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2:52 PM | Board games - science style
Last week I was at Spiel, the largest board game convention of Europe in Essen, Germany. I played a shed load of board games with concepts ranging from collecting the most bananas to hanging up life sized washing. I also played a couple games with a scientific theme, which is a rare event in the board gaming world.Can you save humanity?One game that I played at the convention is really going viral at the moment (pun intended). This was Pandemic: Contagion. The game is a spin off from the board […]
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2:32 PM | US Operating Rooms Could Donate 2 Million Pounds Of Unused Medical Supplies
In the past, it was common practice to get rid of anything that was used - and unused - in operating rooms, but with rising health care costs due to government insurance and growing realization that many countries have few supplies at all, recovery of unused operating room materials has gotten new life. Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine reported during the 2014 Clinical Congress of the American College of Surgeons that recovery of unused medical supplies from operating rooms for […]
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2:31 PM | Where Did All The Oil From The Deepwater Horizon Spill Go?
Damage assessments from environmental hazards are always a challenge because of the competing constituencies pulling on science and the fuzzy nature of estimates. After the 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the Obama administration was editing science reports to reflect its goals, environmentalists were raising money claiming earth was ruined and using wild guesses for damage, and BP lobbyists were mitigating penalties behind the scenes by claiming it wasn't so bad. What about […]
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2:00 PM | NASW Snapshot: The career advice is good, too
Until the National Association of Science Writers annual meeting in Columbus this month, I’d never realized that I have a CEO mind and a worker mind. It turns out that’s […] The post NASW Snapshot: The career advice is good, too appeared first on The Science Writers' Handbook.
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2:00 PM | Ebola, “right-to-try,” and placebo legislation
One of the biggest medical conspiracy theories for a long time has been that there exist out there all sorts of fantastic cures for cancer and other deadly diseases but that you can’t have them because (1) “they” don’t want you to know about them (as I like to call it, the Kevin Trudeau approach)…
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12:33 PM | Surviving and thriving in grad school
So you’ve decided you want to get a Ph.D. in science and you’re wondering what to do next. You aren’t sure which program to choose, how to select a mentor, how to make it to the other side with your regalia intact.   Why dedicate 4+ years of your life to MORE school? I know, […] The post Surviving and thriving in grad school appeared first on HeadStuff.
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12:18 PM | Peptidoglycan and Proteoglycan
The other day in class I misspoke when I equated Peptidoglycan with Proteoglycan. Being similarly named, I got tongue-tied and confused them and then further confused myself when I tried to clarify. My problem at the time was that I looked to the etymology of the two words to distinguish them and came up short […]
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