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July 21, 2014

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5:12 PM | The first ever picture of the Mandelbrot set, from this 1978...
The first ever picture of the Mandelbrot set, from this 1978 paper by Robert Brooks and J. Peter Matelski. For comparison, here’s a more modern representation of this fractal wonder:  (via Cliff Pickover)
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5:00 PM | A Genetic Cause Of Common Breast Tumors
A team of researchers made a seminal breakthrough in understanding the molecular basis of fibroadenoma, one of the most common breast tumors diagnosed in women. Led by Professors Teh Bin Tean, Patrick Tan, Tan Puay Hoon and Steve Rozen, the team used advanced DNA sequencing technologies to identify a critical gene called MED12 that was repeatedly disrupted in nearly 60% of fibroadenoma cases. read more
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4:50 PM | Intercepted Phone Calls Show Russia Directing Separatists to Seize MH17′s Black Boxes
The Ukrainian government has released recordings of alleged phone calls between pro-Russian separatists discussing the fate of Malaysian Flight MH17′s black boxes. Ukrainian security officials released the tapes on Sunday, claiming that they proved Russia had directed the separatists to find and hide the black boxes. The call is between Alexander Khodakovsky, leader of the […]
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4:18 PM | Mapping Environmental Effects On DNA One Cell At A Time
A new single-cell technique can help investigate how the environment affects our development and the traits we inherit from our parents. It can be used to map all of the 'epigenetic marks' on the DNA within a single cell,which will boost understanding of embryonic development, enhance clinical applications like cancer therapy and even reduce the number of mice used in research.read more
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4:13 PM | "I meet many people offended by evolution, who passionately prefer to be the personal handicraft of..."
“I meet many people offended by evolution, who passionately prefer to be the personal handicraft of God than to arise by blind physical and chemical forces over aeons from slime…What they wish to be true, they believe is true. Only 9 percent of Americans accept the central finding of modern biology that human beings (and all other species) have slowly evolved by natural processes from a succession of more ancient beings with no divine intervention needed along the way.” - […]
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3:40 PM | Economists set the course for a self-reflective debate
What makes a good economist? 6 Nobel Laureates and 8 young economists give answers. What is this world going to look like in 50 years – I’m worried and it ought to be a major concern of the profession. Robert J. Shiller Robert Shiller is one of six “Nobel Economists” featured in the two short […]
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3:07 PM | It’s being called the greatest letter ever sent home from school. Do you agree?
Earlier this month a primary school in England issued its students’ test results, and with them was...
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3:00 PM | Sennheiser MOMENTUM On-Ear Headphone Review
Being a big fan of in ear headphones and a Sennheiser fan I was excited to be able to have a good play with the latest MOMENTUM on-ear headphones in the Brazilian World Cup colours.  After all you can’t help but get swept up in what was World Cup mayhem! I’m not usually one for […]
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2:48 PM | Reason Number Gazillion I Thank The FSM For The 2008 Election Result
That would be that Lindsay Graham, the Republican senator who is totally not pandering for re-election.  The idea that this guy would have had any possibility of a role at the center of the national security and or foreign policy apparatus in a McCain administration should send jolts of terror through anyone who doesn’t think […]
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2:48 PM | Delayed Language More Nature Than Nurture
"She'll grow out of it," used to be a common phrase about raising kids, meaning it wasn't anything that was wrong physically or in upbringing, it is just the diversity of human existence. Some kids develop later. But in today's hyper-diagnosis culture, researchers have wanted to figure out if that old saying was true, or just wishful thinking. A  study of 473 sets of twins followed since birth has found that, compared to single-born children, 47 percent of 24-month-old identical twins had […]
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2:42 PM | Anti-distopía
El otro día voy a una librería. El librero me pregunta qué estoy leyendo. Le digo que “Makers” de Cory Doctorow, cuya ficción se sitúa en un futuro próximo. “Ah, ¿una distopía?”, me responde.No, no toda la CF futurista es una distopía y de hecho todas las distopías, hasta la fecha (las más famosas, no las he leído todas), están equivocadas. Al menos en un aspecto fundamental: la […]
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2:08 PM | Terrible People from History – Crassus, the richest man in Rome.
Marcus Licinius Crassus was, by any standard, one of the richest men who has ever lived. Given that when he lived was over two thousand years ago, it’s hard to translate his wealth into modern terms, and estimates vary by orders of magnitude, from billions to trillions of dollars worth. He was definitely the richest […]The post Terrible People from History – Crassus, the richest man in Rome. appeared first on HeadStuff.
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1:53 PM | Mitochondria And Antioxidants: A Tale Of Two Scientists
There is a little miracle of science happening in your body right now. As you read this, a minuscule 5 grams of a high-energy molecule called adenosine triphosphate - ATP - is causing all kinds of reactions in order to give you the energy to sit at your computer. In total, 8 ounces of ATP is being recycled hundreds of times each day, so many times that a human can use their body weight - 200 pounds of ATP in my case – every 24 hours.  read more
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12:45 PM | Crowdfunding to develop healthcare matching technology
A technology platform is helping to match paraplegic patients and those with neurological disabilities with the best healthcare providers available. They now want to use crowdfunding to develop this service even further, and their Indiegogo campaign has already reached over half of their initial $60,000 goal. Here’s their story, which began over 10 years ago… […]
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12:45 PM | Biological Pacemakers- A Hearty Improvement?
In 1957 the first man-made pacemaker was created by Earl Bakken to help people with heart defects live their lives without being plagued by symptoms like rapid heart beat, dizziness, […]
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11:32 AM | You Don't Stop Learning To Read In 4th Grade - Study
Teaching remains more art than science and a popular conjecture that has caught the attention of the education business has been that fourth grade is when students stop learning to read and start reading to learn.  People love to swap terms around that way. But is it accurate? A new paper in Developmental Science says there is nothing special about fourth grade at all, there is no change in automatic word processing, a crucial component of that reading shift conjecture. Instead, […]
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11:30 AM | Optogenetics: An understanding and mastery of brain function
Written by William Godfrey and Christopher Weir.   Before we get into the article, I would first like to welcome the newest addition to our writing team here at Mostly Science, William Godfrey. Will and I are both alumni of the University of Queensland, which is where he went to the T.C. Berne School of […] The post Optogenetics: An understanding and mastery of brain function appeared first on MostlyScience.
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11:00 AM | “Aversive” therapy for autism and developmental disorders?
Ever since I started paying attention to quackery, in particular quackery used on autistic children, I’ve come across some bizarre articles. Of course, the vast majority of autism quackery is related to antivaccine beliefs and the need to “detoxify” autistic children from whatever toxins or mercury antivaccinationists think caused their children’s autism. If only it…
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10:43 AM | The Garth Brooks Concert Fiasco
Read the songs. The clues are in the song titles of the Garth Brooks playlist. They tell us it was a Beer Run for Big Money. It’s the Same Old Story.A commercial decision, Digging for Gold, to sell a product that doesn’t exist, leaves 400,000 people distraught. People pay hard-found cash, reportedly to the tune […]The post The Garth Brooks Concert Fiasco appeared first on HeadStuff.
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9:50 AM | Why Skeptics shouldn’t have Heroes
While there are some skeptics who I admire for their contribution to skepticism there are none who I would describe as my heroes. Assigning someone “hero status” implies that they can do no wrong, and more importantly, that their decisions or behaviour is beyond question.  This is not a valid skeptical position, as we are [...]
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9:30 AM | Flashy facilities arent enough to keep UK science healthy | Richard Walker
The UK must invest in the triple-helix capacity of its universities: world-leading research, world-class education and training, and strong links with business and local economies, writes the Royal Society of Chemistry's Richard WalkerToday at universities around the country chemists are celebrating the much-needed upgrade of a major UK scientific facility. This facility is of a scale beyond the wildest dreams of many of our international competitors. Stretching over 500 miles from end to end, […]
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9:00 AM | Probiotic Plus: Fecal Transplants Let Packrats Eat Toxic Food
Woodrats lost their ability to eat toxic creosote bushes after antibiotics killed their gut microbes. Woodrats that never ate the plants were able to do so after receiving fecal transplants with microbes from creosote-eaters, University of Utah biologists found. The new study confirms what biologists long have suspected: bacteria in the gut – and not just liver enzymes – are "crucial in allowing herbivores to feed on toxic plants," says biologist Kevin Kohl, a postdoctoral […]
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9:00 AM | Doubtful News is changing
Life moves forward. Dear Readers: Thank you for the many years of support and growth of Doubtful News. It’s been a very satisfying experience and I’ve learned so much and intend to keep learning and supplying information to the public in support of scientific reasoning and evidence-based skepticism. I’m not going anywhere. In fact, I’m… Source: Doubtful News
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8:00 AM | The Chessmen That Conquered the World (of Cinema)
Last night I was watching the movie Brave. It’s the story of a Scottish princess with exuberantly curly red hair who doesn’t want to be married to some dumb scion of a clan just because their dads are allies. She shoots arrows. There are magic spells and lots of bagpipes.  It was a good thing […]
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7:13 AM | Aprender de las abejas para organizar mejor el tráfico
El centro tecnológico vasco IK4-TEKNIKER participa en el proyecto europeo Local4Global que incorporará propiedades de los sistemas naturales a la domótica y el tráfico. El objetivo es reducir el consumo energético de los hogares y mejorar un 70% las redes de tráfico. Los enjambres de abejas han sido desde la antigüedad objeto de estudio por su asombroso nivel de organización colectiva. Hasta el punto de que todavía hoy en día […]
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5:00 AM | Looking For Alien Life? Look To The Oceans
A new paper in Astrobiology says we will need to look to oceans to find life on Earth-like planets. Most computer simulations of habitable climates on Earth-like planets have focused on their atmospheres, but as is easily seen on Venus, the presence of oceans is vital for optimal climate stability and habitability. Their model simulated pattern of ocean circulation on a hypothetical ocean-covered Earth-like planet. They looked at how different planetary rotation rates would impact heat […]
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4:44 AM | Sciencey Stuff You May Have Missed: Week 29
Digging through the web this week, I uncovered all this geeky goodness. You can find the thousands of links from …Continue reading →
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4:06 AM | Gay Swedes don’t flee rural communities
Researchers find more acceptance than expected for sexual diversity in rural areas.
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2:58 AM | Why Tattoos Are Permanent?
For the last three decades my right ankle has been the site of a deeply botched tattoo. It was supposed to be a yin yang, but with every passing year, it looks more and more like a cancerous mole. The […]test The post Why Tattoos Are Permanent? appeared first on Australian Science.
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2:50 AM | Some answers to the confusion about the #MH17 crash site
Given my comments yesterday (see Making political capital out of the deaths of innocents) I thought it worth sharing this video. It is of a press conference in Donetsk given by  Alexander Borodai, one of the leaders of the anti-Kiev forces in eastern … Continue reading →
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