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September 18, 2014

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2:34 AM | Dirac, Pauli and You
Here is Paul Dirac in October 1927: If we are honest — and scientists have to be — we must admit that religion is a jumble of false assertions, with no basis in reality. The very idea of God is a product of the human imagination. It is quite understandable why primitive people, who were […]
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2:28 AM | Symphony of Science Turns 5 Years Old Today!
Who doesn’t love the first, the original “Symphony of Science” tune, “Carl Sagan – ‘A Glorious Dawn’ ft Stephen Hawking”? This song was posted five... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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1:28 AM | High-Dose Opioid Use Continues To Climb In Canada
Between 2006 and 2011, high-dose opioid prescribing in Canada increased by 23 percent despite clinical guidelines recommending that most patients should avoid high-doses of these drugs, according to new research.  Researchers at St. Michael's Hospital and the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES) found that rates of high-dose opioid dispensing across Canada increased from 781 units per 1,000 people in 2006 to 961 units per 1,000 people in 2011. read more
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1:25 AM | Healthy humans make nice homes for viruses
The same viruses that make us sick can take up residence in and on the human body without provoking a sneeze, cough or other troublesome symptom, according to new research at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. On average, healthy individuals carry about five types of viruses on their bodies, the researchers report online in BioMed Central Biology. The study is the first comprehensive analysis to describe the diversity of viruses in healthy people. […]
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1:17 AM | Massive black hole found at center of ultra-compact galaxy
A team of researchers, including an astronomer from Michigan State University, has discovered a huge black hole at the center of an ultra-compact galaxy – the smallest galaxy known to contain one. The galaxy, known as M60-UCD1, was discovered last year by a team led by Jay Strader, MSU assistant professor of physics and astronomy. Strader was a member of the team that found the black hole. The findings are detailed in the recent edition of the journal Nature. Subject:  […]
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12:32 AM | Evangelist TB Joshua under scrutiny once again as building collapses
“Prophet” and “healer” TB Joshua is back in the news. While his world seems to be crashing down around him, he skirts trouble. Ill South Africans flock to Lagos ‘prophet’ – Africa | IOL News | IOL.co.za. South Africans have been flocking to The Synagogue, Church of All Nations, in Lagos, for many years, hoping for… Source: Doubtful News
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12:15 AM | Australian museums must innovate or risk becoming ‘digital dinosaurs’
Australia’s cultural institutions risk losing their relevance if they don’t increase their use of digital technologies and services, new research has shown. Released today by CSIRO, an analysis of Australia’s galleries, libraries, archives and museums (or GLAM industry) has revealed […]test The post Australian museums must innovate or risk becoming ‘digital dinosaurs’ appeared first on Australian Science.

September 17, 2014

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10:51 PM | On the Eve of Independence Vote, Scotland Still Split Over Whether or Not to Leave the UK
307 years ago, representatives from England and Scotland came together to sign the “Articles of Union”, an agreement that merged the two countries into one single sovereign state. Since then, the English and the Scottish have had their fair share of disagreements and conflicts with one another, but the United Kingdom has always endured. But that may end tomorrow, with Scotland set to vote on whether or not to leave the UK and become an independent country. And with the […]
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10:43 PM | Indian lawyers convinced their local court house is haunted
If it’s such a haunted place, why do we have the same low-quality evidence that is only convincing to believers? This is another example of believing is seeing. Lawyers, staff in Delhi’s Karkardooma court complex convinced that it’s haunted. The usual cacophony of lawyers, petitioners and visitors at the Karkardooma Court Complex has of late… Source: Doubtful News
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10:30 PM | Vancomycin Modified To Vanquish Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria
Scientists have devised a new antibiotic based on vancomycin that is effective against vancomycin-resistant strains of  methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and other disease-causing bacteria. The new vancomycin analog appears to have not one but two distinct mechanisms of anti-microbial action, against which bacteria probably cannot evolve resistance quickly.read more
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10:20 PM | The Microbiome: Can We Please Consider the Human Body an Ecosystem Now?
It has long been thought the type and amount of microbes using the human body as a home shape the way we live and behave. The microbiome as it is known is shown to have a greater and greater impact in our daily lives. A new study published in Nature (paywall) provides evidence demonstrating the artificial […]The post The Microbiome: Can We Please Consider the Human Body an Ecosystem Now? appeared first on Just Science.
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10:01 PM | New Land, Fewer Harvests? The Possible Future Of Global Agriculture
Over half of the Earth's accessible agricultural land is already under cultivation because ecological factors such as climate, soil quality, water supply and topography determined the suitability of land for agriculture when people had to just find the best spots. There are various knobs turning for the future of food. Science has made it possible for food to be grown with less environmental strain in more and more areas but climate change may impact global agriculture. read more
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10:01 PM | People With Blood Type AB More At Risk Of Cognitive Decline And Dementia
Don't bank on it. Credit: SabinurceBy Kristine Alexander, University of Vermont read more
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9:46 PM | The Disney Story: Beauty and the Goodness Stereotype
In every day life we often make shortcuts when making decisions, especially when this comes to judging others. We often don’t even realise we are doing it, but we can’t help but use stereotypes to fill in the gaps about people.  One of the stereotypes…The post The Disney Story: Beauty and the Goodness Stereotype appeared first on Just Science.
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9:30 PM | In The 21st Century, Bioethics Literacy Matters
From government control of health care to new reproductive technologies in this century, we'll need to be able identify key issues, articulate their values and concerns, deliberate openly and find ways forward. The Hastings Center and the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues have teamed up to publish a series of essays to highlight the best practices in teaching bioethics and to identify gaps in our knowledge of how best to inspire and increase moral understanding, […]
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9:01 PM | Nemo Finding Home - The Epic Journey Of Clownfish
New research has found clownfish larvae can swim up to 400 kilometers in search of a home, which makes them better able to cope with environmental change. Clownfish spend their entire adult lives under the protection of their host anemone but as babies they must wander the open ocean. As part of the international study, a team of researchers to southern Oman, where they collected samples of the only two known populations of the Omani clownfish, Amphiprion omanensis. Clownfish spend their […]
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9:01 PM | Artificial Sweeteners Linked To Glucose Intolerance
Artificial sweeteners are promoted as aids to weight loss and diabetes prevention but a new study finds they could actually hasten the development of glucose intolerance and metabolic disease, and in a surprising way: by changing the composition and function of the gut microbiota, the substantial population of bacteria residing in our intestines. The work was based on experiments in mice and humans by Dr. Eran Elinav of the Weizmann Institute of Science’s Department of Immunology, […]
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8:59 PM | In Case You’re Tempted to Think 3D Modeling All Looks the Same
I initially contacted Bryan Christie to request permission to feature his spectacular cheetah illustration in this year’s blitz. He agreed, and so here it is, in all its glory: But he also... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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8:46 PM | Citizen Science and Water Monitoring: How Healthy is the Water Near You?
On September 18th of each year, the World Water Monitoring Challenge (WWMC) encourages people around the world to test the quality of the water near them, share their findings, and become inspired to protect one of the most important (if not the …The post Citizen Science and Water Monitoring: How Healthy is the Water Near You? appeared first on CitizenSci.
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8:30 PM | RepRap: Open Source Lab Equipment Makes Science Cheaper - And Faster
Research lab and hospital equipment are two areas where competition drives costs up - if Lab A has a need for a new piece of equipment, Lab B has to get it and that same goes for hospitals. Companies have no reason to undercut each other because the actual market is not that big.  Help may be on the way for a commonly used piece of equipment: the syringe pump. A team led by an engineer at Michigan Technological University has published an open-source library of designs that will let […]
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7:51 PM | Climate Change Communication: Taking the Temperature – Part 4 with David Schultz
Editor's Note: This is a guest blog post by Kirk Englehardt (@kirkenglehardt). Kirk is Director of Research Communication and Marketing for the Georgia Institute of Technology. He blogs about strategic communication & #scicomm on LinkedIn and The Strategy Room.  He also curates and shares #scicomm content, which can be found on Flipboard, Pinterest, Google+ and Facebook.  Introduction In this series of interviews, prominent climate scientists share how and […]
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7:47 PM | Preschoolers Outsmart College Kids
Younger minds are better learners.
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7:30 PM | Without Western Diet, Asian-Americans Lower Insulin Resistance
Asian-Americans are at higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes than Caucasian-Americans, and prone to develop the disease at lower body weights. Can Asian heritage and ancestral reliance on a high-fiber, low-fat Asian mean extra risks for those of Asian heritage?read more
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7:01 PM | M60-UCD1: Tiny Galaxy, Supermassive Black Hole
An ultracompact dwarf galaxy known as M60-UCD1 harbors a supermassive black hole – the smallest galaxy known to contain such a massive light-sucking object.  The astronomers used the Gemini North 8-meter optical-and-infrared telescope on Hawaii's Mauna Kea and photos taken by the Hubble Space Telescope to discover that M60-UCD1 has a black hole with a mass equal to 21 million suns. Their finding suggests plenty of other ultracompact dwarf galaxies likely also contain supermassive […]
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7:00 PM | Babies learn words differently as they age
Research has shown that most 18-month-olds learn an average of two to five new words a day; however, little is known about how children process information to learn new words as they move through the preschool years. In a new study, a University of Missouri researcher has found that toddlers learn words differently as they age, and a limit exists as to how many words they can learn each day. Subject:  Brain & Behavior
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6:30 PM | Creating 480 Varieties Of Wheat Is Deserving Of The World Food Prize
There is never enough of this golden beauty. Credit: bradhigham, CC BYBy Angela White, University of Sheffield read more
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6:18 PM | Blame Evolution For Chimpanzee Lethal Aggression, Not Humans
Is chimpanzee intergroup aggression like primitive warfare, an adaptive strategy that gives the perpetrators an edge, or is it the consequence of human activities, such as provisioning - artificial feeding - by researchers or habitat destruction? A new study of the pattern of intergroup aggression in chimpanzees and pygmy chimpanzees (bonobos), their close relatives, finds that human impact isn't the culprit.    The research project compiled data collected over five decades from 18 […]
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6:00 PM | US Health System Doesn't Think About End Of Life - Yet
The United States is one of few wealthy nations without national or socialized health care and, as a result, the Hippocratic Oath has always been paramount. Even when it hasn't been efficient, doctors have tried to save and extend lives. As a result, the US health care system is not culturally prepared to deal with patients nearing the end of life and their families. A 21-member Institute of Medicine read more
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5:00 PM | Blood Test To Diagnose Depression Uses 9 RNA Blood Markers
Northwestern Medicine researchers say they have developed the first blood test to diagnose major depression in adults, by measuring the levels of nine RNA blood markers. RNA molecules are the messengers that interpret the DNA genetic code and carry out its instructions. read more
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4:38 PM | Sciencey Stuff You May Have Missed: Week 37
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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