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November 25, 2014

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1:29 AM | Join me and the ASAPscience guys tomorrow night for #ASAPbookclub
I’m joining Mitch and Greg on November 25 at 6 EST to talk about this month’s asapscience book club pick: The Hot Zone by Richard Preston Keep your eyes here or on the ASAPscience page for details on how to join in on tomorrow’s Google hangout.
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1:20 AM | I made a video about where birds go in winter and failed to reference The Catcher in the Rye once
I am a failure, and I am sorry
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12:56 AM | Australian Farmers Face Increasing Threat Of New Diseases
Honeybees pollinate a third of Australia's food crops. Losing them due to varroa might would cost the economy billions of dollars. David McClenaghan, Author providedBy Gary Fitt, CSIROA nationwide outbreak of foot and mouth disease; an invasion of a devastating wheat disease; our honeybees completely wiped out. These are just three possible disastrous scenarios facing Australia; they’re considered in the Australia’s Biosecurity Future report published today by CSIRO and its […]
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12:24 AM | Woman’s Hour | In Conversation
  Woman’s Hour A four piece, electro-indie band from northern England, now based in London, Woman’s Hour consists of siblings Fiona (vocals) and Will Burgess (guitar), along with Nick Graves (bass) and Josh Hunnieset (keys). Named after a popular female-focused BBC4 radio show, Woman’s Hour took a step back to reexamine their musical direction following hastily […] The post Woman’s Hour | In Conversation appeared first on HeadStuff.
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12:15 AM | A Cyber Disaster Somehow Occurred… What to Do the Next?
It’s not that rare case that some person or organisation holds very sensitive and confidential information as their data storage within their cyber system. The main headache to such an institution is not to lose its valuable content. Some studies […]test The post A Cyber Disaster Somehow Occurred… What to Do the Next? appeared first on Australian Science.
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12:08 AM | Top 10 Albums of 2014 | Vote For Your Favourites
  Another year, another list. But this is an exciting list, not a shopping list – although, they too have their moments. HeadStuff readers, peruse our long-list of 50 eclectic musical gems to help us rank the top ten albums of 2014. When you’ve helped us finalise our whopper top ten, we’ll present you with […] The post Top 10 Albums of 2014 | Vote For Your Favourites appeared first on HeadStuff.
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12:05 AM | Featured video: SETI Talks About Citizen Science
Moderated by Dane Glasgow, this five-member panel discusses SETI and citizen science. The post Featured video: SETI Talks About Citizen Science appeared first on Citizen Science Projects.

November 24, 2014

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11:26 PM | House of Science
1. Why we do research 2. Why we bust our asses grading papers 3. Our pep talk to students after that bad exam/presentation/report 4. Post-grant submission, pre-grant decision 5. Looking at a room full of busted lab junk when college space … Continue reading →
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11:11 PM | How To Make A Profit In The World's Driest Wheat Region
Take a spot that only gets 6 to 8 inches of rain per year, with erosion causing such blinding dust that there is zero visibility, and build a wheat farm. Wait, why would you do that? Washington State University researchers do it in the Horse Heaven Hills of south-central Washington to understand summer fallow management practices that can mean efficient water and soil conservation and help farmers everywhere.read more
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11:04 PM | NEW VIDEO! Where Do Birds Go In Winter?  "They migrate towards...
NEW VIDEO! Where Do Birds Go In Winter?  "They migrate towards the tropics, smart guy. We already knew that." Okay, okay, no reason to get your feathers in a ruffle. With winter approaching, birds across the world are beginning their annual journey, gliding overhead in V-shaped flocks toward warmer climates. Pretty much everyone knows that. At least these days they do. Throughout history, people came up with some bonkers theories about where birds flew off to, including […]
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11:00 PM | Former NFL Star Gave Up Millions Ending His Football Career To Farm for the Hungry (Video)
Jason Brown began his NFL career after graduating from the University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill in 2005. In 2009, he was signed by the St. Louis Rams to a five-year, 37 million dollar contract, making him the highest paid player at his position in the NFL (center-offensive linemen). At age 29, after making tens of millions of dollars and with plenty of career still ahead of him, Brown decided he wasn’t happy playing football anymore and wanted to do something
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10:42 PM | scishow: The Truth About Asparagus and Your Pee An astonishing...
scishow: The Truth About Asparagus and Your Pee An astonishing amount of research has gone into the question of whether asparagus really makes your urine smell funny. SciShow explains it all inside! I’m not gonna go full TMI on you guys, but this hits close to home based on my dinner last night and my trip to the bathroom about an hour after said dinner.
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10:39 PM | Fraction of Bachelor’s Degrees Earned by Women, by...
Fraction of Bachelor’s Degrees Earned by Women, by Major Just saw this concerning data compiled by the American Physical Society. Since reaching a peak in the early/mid-2000’s, the fraction of bachelor’s degrees awarded to women across the sciences has been on the decline. I don’t know quite what to make of this. If it were just due to the funding troubles caused by the financial collapse or flattening budgets in the years before that, we’d expect to see degrees […]
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10:28 PM | Crazy Pool Vortex  We’ve all seen it. Drag your hand, a...
Crazy Pool Vortex  We’ve all seen it. Drag your hand, a paddle, or a round dinner plate across the surface of the water, and you’ll see whirlpool-like vortices spiraling away from you like submerged cyclones. Hold on a sec… water is transparent. Where did those two shadows come from? And what makes those spinning tornadoes travel the way they do across the water’s surface? In this awesome video from Physics Girl, you’ll find out the answers to those […]
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9:57 PM | Turkey Virtue
Our Friendsgiving Spread this year included turkey cooked sous vide and skin cooked ala plancha.This week is the American Thanksgiving celebration, a time of traditional foods, centered around eating turkey. It isn't some simple obsession, the American tradition requires serving a roasted bird whole to be carved at the table as a highlight. Cooking this unwieldy beast in this manner is a biophysical challenge that drives people to ornate lengths, but perhaps the shared adversity serves to bond […]
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8:29 PM | Geeks, Robots and Drooling STEM Educators
The other day my wife suggested we take the kids to a movie. I had no idea what we were going to...
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8:05 PM | Researchers at Monterrey Bay Capture First Ever Footage of Black Seadevil Anglerfish (Video)
Anglerfish are very strange creatures indeed. They are known for their grisly appearance and trademark “lure”, which they use to attract prey, but they also live in the deep ocean, making it hard to study or even observe them in their natural habitats. The black seadevil anglerfish is a species of angler that is rarely ever seen because of its preference for deep water. But earlier this week, scientists from the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) in […]
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7:47 PM | This just in: Pterosaurs are STILL dead, maybe even more so
Dr. Donald Prothero exposes the myth of the ropen, a pterosaur-like flying animal claimed to have been observed in Papua New Guinea. It has even been suggested it is a self-luminous creature. It’s a story well-known to cryptozoologists (the same stories get recirculated repeatedly to make up for no new evidence to fill a book). Turns… Source: Doubtful News
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7:10 PM | Invisible: Older Adults Missing In Sexual Health Research
Studies that deliberately exclude older adults from their samples render older adults' sexuality invisible. shutterstockBy Sue Malta, University of Melbourne read more
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7:00 PM | More Social: Loneliness Among American Teenagers Declines
There has been concern about a lessening of social engagement, mostly created by older people who see young people behaving differently than they did (and do). Last decade it was noted that young people were less likely to join clubs, had fewer close friends, and were less likely to perceive others as trustworthy. So young people don't join the Masonic Lodge in their college years. Does that mean they are less social?  No, there has been an increase in extraversion and self-esteem, […]
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6:47 PM | Chillin' With The Coldest Matter In The World
Physicists have developed a new cooling technique for mechanical quantum systems by using an ultracold atomic gas, cooling a membrane down to less than 1 degree above absolute zero. Ultracold atomic gases are among the coldest objects in existence. Laser beams can be used to trap atoms inside a vacuum chamber and slow down their motion to a crawl, reaching temperatures of less than 1 millionth of a degree above absolute zero - the temperature at which all motion stops. At such low […]
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6:33 PM | Relevance In Decline? Italian Natural History Museums On The Verge Of Collapse
Due to a loss of scientific relevance, which has led to scarcity of personnel and thus decreasing government funding, Italian natural history museums are on the verge of collapse.  A new paper in Zookeys proposes that the existing museums associate and collaborate to form a diffused structure, able to better manage their scientific collections and share resources and personnel. Basically, they need to be a little more corporate and start consolidating rather than relying on government to […]
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6:31 PM | How the 5:2 Diet Reduces More Than Just Your Waistline
Intermittent fasting is the seemingly miraculous new weight loss method, popularised by the 5:2 diet followed by Benedict Cumberbatch, George Osborne, and Philip Schofield. Adherents to the 5:2 diet practise […]
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6:25 PM | Surveys Show Global Warming Belief Doesn't Change With The Weather
What will it take to convince skeptics of global warming that the phenomenon is real? Droughts, floods and heat waves will begin to change minds.read more
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6:16 PM | thebrainscoop: sciencefriday: We talked to thebrainscoop on...
thebrainscoop: sciencefriday: We talked to thebrainscoop on Friday and it was amazing. be still my beating heart  Emily and Ira chatting is just about as neat as it gets.
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5:45 PM | Faces Of Terrorism: Group Identification Changes Perception
Americans may recall the 'threat warning level' system that came into being after the terrorist attacks on the Wall Trade Center on September 9th, 2011. It was a color coded with 5 levels. But it never once dropped below 3 - yellow, before it was dissolved in 2011. Did anyone pay attention? Another famous example is the "Doomsday Clock", created by anti-nuclear activists to increase anxiety about nuclear weapons. Even after disarmaments and the collapse of the Soviet Union, it barely moved. We […]
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4:55 PM | Privilege, Thanksgiving, and Black Friday – 2014 Edition
Last week, I ended up spending a day hiding in an unused office at work. I justified it to the one person who asked by saying I wanted to stay away from everyone’s cooties, because I had a couple of … Continue reading →
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4:28 PM | Skin Cancers — Causes and Treatment
The JID Milestone Series allows both experts and non-experts to delve into the broader context of diseases and their biology in a comprehensive fashion. Now, the Milestones series has a new posting on the biology and etiology of skin cancers. There are wonderful time lines for understanding the effects of the immune response, viruses, DNA repair, and external agents in causing and modifying skin cancers. Copy the time lines with proper attribution for lectures to both scientists and the […]
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4:23 PM | Powerlace – “The Very First Auto-Lacing Shoe” (Video)
A new shoe that claims to be the world’s first “auto-lacing” shoe has gotten some buzz lately. According to Geek.com… “…the auto-lacing relies solely on a lever, cables, and the weight of your own foot — no batteries, motors, gears, or springs. Furthermore, the lever and cables virtually don’t add extra weight to the shoe.”   Check out the video below to see how the technology works… According to the Powerlace […]
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3:46 PM | Ceiling Demons | Hip Hop
Always on the lookout for new hip-hop acts, especially from Ireland and the UK, Ceiling Demons have caught my attention. There is plenty of talent out there and much of it will fail to garner the radio play and media attention it deserves. This is usually because it doesn’t sound like what we’d expect hip-hop […] The post Ceiling Demons | Hip Hop appeared first on HeadStuff.
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