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July 17, 2014

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1:18 AM | Why would you go and do THAT?
“Kid, what do you want to be when you grow up?” "I’m going to be a writer!" Silence. "Or a dolphin trainer. Or a doctor like my dad." Fast forward. I’m a nerdy teenager who likes to dream big. One of my favorite memories from my homeschooling experience is sitting down in our sunroom every week with a heavily pierced and tattooed creative writing tutor who moonlighted as a fire baton-twirler. She would open a book of Georgia O’Keeffe paintings,... Read more
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1:18 AM | Why would you go and do THAT?
“Kid, what do you want to be when you grow up?” "I’m going to be a writer!" Silence. "Or a dolphin trainer. Or a doctor like my dad." Fast forward. I’m a nerdy teenager who likes to dream big. One of my favorite memories from my homeschooling experience is sitting down in our sunroom every week with a heavily pierced and tattooed creative writing tutor who moonlighted as a fire baton-twirler. She would open a book of Georgia O’Keeffe paintings,... Read more
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1:16 AM | El Nino May Take The Stage, but His Opening Act is Not Rocking The House
Just looking at the latest on El Nino from the CPC, and I must say I’m not yet impressed. Most of the atmosphere/ocean coupled models are still forecasting an El Nino to develop, but temps in the Pacific have cooled some in the past two weeks. Perhaps more importantly, the atmosphere has not started to respond, with greater than normal rainfall continuing in the West Pacific. In an El Nino, …
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1:05 AM | Constructive Sets
An approach to complexity lower bounds? Book source Kurt Gödel did it all, succinctly. His famous 1938 paper “The Consistency of the Axiom of Choice and of the Generalized Continuum-Hypothesis” was pages long. Since the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences was printed on single-column pages in fairy large type, it would have been […]
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12:15 AM | Space Engineering facility takes off
Australian space scientists will no longer need to go offshore to build satellites, following the completion of the Advanced Instrumentation and Technology Centre (AITC) at The Australian National University. The Minister for Industry, Ian Macfarlane officially opened the Centre. “Australia […]test The post Space Engineering facility takes off appeared first on Australian Science.

July 16, 2014

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11:30 PM | Ever thought about where your guts are? I have. We’re all...
Ever thought about where your guts are? I have. We’re all basically upside-down lobsters. It’s a weird thing to think about, but it’s true. Anyone who’s eaten crustaceans has observed this. When you crack into a lobster, or shrimp, or crawfish, you’ll see that they have their guts running down their back (you might know this as the “poop chute”), and their nerves on their belly. In this video we’ll take a trip 780 million years back in time […]
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10:54 PM | #Apollo45 Where were you when Apollo 11 Landed on the Moon?
In recognition of the 45th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission, the first moon landing, everyone is invited to participate in sharing their moon landing stories by uploading them to YouTube and... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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8:53 PM | Exploring a Culture of Health: How Can We Visualize Health Data for Better Communication?
This post is part of Exploring a Culture of Health, a citizen science series brought to you by Discover Magazine, SciStarter and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, serving as an ally to help Americans work together to …The post Exploring a Culture of Health: How Can We Visualize Health Data for Better Communication? appeared first on CitizenSci.
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7:40 PM | A Little Bit of Knowledge
While I was in the garden today I was listening to This American Life episode: 293. The gist of the episode was to uncover the occasions where having just a bit of knowledge was enough to get people in trouble. The first act consisted of Nancy Updike reflecting on things that she and others grew up ‘knowing.’ […]
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7:00 PM | Science on a Sphere & Falling in Love Again
This week, the only dedicated science illustration conference in the country is taking place in Boulder, CO. The Guild of Natural Science Illustrators’ annual gathering is in full swing and... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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6:25 PM | How reliable is psychological science?
Things We Don't Know AnymoreOur psychology editor Malte Elson explores the “replication crisis”, and questions our level of confidence in established psychology. Image credit: Things We Don't Know / Giles Meakin (CC-BY)The last few years haven’t been easy on psychological science. Don’t get me wrong – the field in itself is flourishing, boasting an ever-increasing number of publications, journals, conferences, faculty positions, and university graduates all over […]
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4:34 PM | Amazing new Eminem Parody Music Video from A Capaella Science
The genius that is Tim Blais has come up with a fantastic new parody video to the tune of Eminem’s ‘Lose Yourself’. Called ‘Eminemium – Choose Yourself’, the video... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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4:30 PM | The smallest phone charger ever…
If you are anything like me then inevitably pretty much every time you are about to head out you check your phone and there is no charge in it. It’s a really common problem.  Even worse you are already out an you’ve just found that it’s low on charge and will run out before you […]
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4:13 PM | In Search Of Greener Fracking For Natural Gas
The natural gas industry seeks better chemicals. Originally published:  Jul 16 2014 - 12:00pm By:  Patricia Waldron, Contributor Science category:  Chemistry Engineering Environment News section:  Inside Science News Service Tags:  […]
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3:35 PM | fuckyeahfluiddynamics: Over at Smarter Every Day, Destin has a...
fuckyeahfluiddynamics: Over at Smarter Every Day, Destin has a new video, this time about how fish eat, which involves some pretty awesome physics. Instead of accelerating their entire body to close the distance to prey, fish thrust their jaws forward. As they do, they open their mouth, expanding the volume there and lowering the pressure. This causes water to flow into their mouth, pulling the prey with it. But the water has momentum, which would push the fish backward. To prevent this, the […]
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3:31 PM | skunkbear: Check out this video we made for NPR’s series on...
skunkbear: Check out this video we made for NPR’s series on stress with animator Avi Ofer: Applicable to my life this week
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3:30 PM | Adventures in the (other) field: Mass Media Fellow Julia Rosen reports from the Los Angeles Times
“Buzz! Buzz! We want you to have time to speak with the Los Angeles Times,” a woman named Christina interjected. I was standing, clutching my notepad and recorder, in Buzz Aldrin’s office in West Los Angeles on probably the most challenging assignment of my summer (so far) as a scientist-turned-reporter for the LA Times.
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3:07 PM | The Importance of Fixing Science Education
I have a guest post that I wrote for Scouse Science Alliance, an excellent blog run by PhD students at the University of Liverpool in the UK.My post talks about the future of science education, primarily in the USA but also its impact internationally.  Improving science education and literacy is something I care greatly about (hence this blog), so please check it out here.While you are over there, check out the rest of their blog, they have some great features aimed at a […]
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2:06 PM | Advanced Biobanking and Good Management
This blog post is part of a series based on information presented at a biobank networking event hosted by Thermo Fisher Scientific earlier this year in the UK. Medical research is evolving from a reactive to a proactive discipline –so much so that many now describe the field as “P4:” predictive, preventive, personalized and participatory. Read the rest of this article The post Advanced Biobanking and Good Management appeared first on Accelerating Science.
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12:12 PM | ‘Seeing Scientifically’ Masterclass Slides
Some slides I used to teach an introductory Science & Technology masterclass to visiting 16-18 year old students.  Feel free to use and disseminate, but please credit me and if you could drop me a note to tell me about … Continue reading →
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12:06 PM | Oculus Rift: Remember it’s just a game…
Behind a thick rope barrier were a series of machines and cracked leather chairs. The lighting was that mix of sexy and sickly cobalt blue left over from the salad days of Lan Centre gaming. The four machines were familiar to me. The peripheries connected to each were not. The barrier was unclipped and my […]The post Oculus Rift: Remember it’s just a game… appeared first on HeadStuff.
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12:05 PM | And they say I’m in it for the money?
One of the most common criticisms launched at defenders of science-based medicine by believers in pseudoscience and quackery is that we are “pharma shills.” The assumption, or so it would seem, is that no one would defend science, reason, and medicine unless he were paid off by pharmaceutical, chemical, and/or agricultural companies. The further assumption…
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12:00 PM | Pronking: The Happy Dance That Should Kill You (But Doesn’t)
Lambs do it, alpacas do it, even gazelles do it: pronking. Also known as stotting, that joyous all-four-hooves-in-the-air leap can be one of the happiest ways to signal a hoofin’ good time. Their spines are even built for it. But pronking’s for more than just fun and games. When danger strikes, hooved animals will do a yipes-like pronk high in the air. Does this make sense? If you’re being chased by someone, it would seem to make more sense to put your energy into forward […]
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11:23 AM | Monkey language, shrimps’ super sight and how beer can make barbecues healthier
British researchers have ‘translated’ the gesture language of a group of wild chimpanzees. They identified 61 different gestures which they claim are used to communicate 19 distinct messages in total. They say this is the first time they have observed that ‘another animal communication system has meaning, not just information (or)… complicated communication, but actual…
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8:00 AM | Union and Reunion
Splendid, isn’t it. It’s UGC 8335 — one name, so once it was apparently mistaken for one thing though obviously it’s two. They’re spiral galaxies in the process of running into and through each other. This is a photograph by the Hubble Space Telescope; the galaxies are really there; this is real.  You could think […]
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8:00 AM | Oliver Smithies: The Origin of Ideas
Professor Oliver Smithies (Nobel Prize in Physiology, 2007) shared the different sources of his ideas in research – good teachers, childhood memories, and overcoming fear. Prof. Oliver Smithies (89), in his inspiring lecture that got him a standing ovation by other Laureates and young scientists, shared where his ideas in research came from. He received the Nobel Prize […]
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5:57 AM | Michigan: Another Pacu Panic?
Another specimen of the South American piranha relative has been caught, this time in Michigan. Doubtful News has previously covered pacu stories from Denmark, Paris and New Jersey, as well as the panic associated with unsourced “testical eating” claims about the species. Fortunately, some of the coverage has been less credulous this time around, though… Source: Doubtful News
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5:30 AM | How To Accelerate Electrons The Van Allen Belt Way
What creates the two gigantic donuts of radiation surrounding Earth called the Van Allen radiation belts? The Van Allen Probes launched in 2012 want to find out. The inner Van Allen radiation belt is fairly stable, but the outer one changes shape, size and composition in ways that scientists don't yet perfectly understand. Some of the particles within this belt zoom along at close to light speed, but just what accelerates these particles up to such velocities? Recent data from the Van Allen […]
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5:25 AM | Exposición “Animales singulares de La Rioja” en Casa de las Ciencias de Logroño (España)
La Rioja (España) tiene una fauna rica y amplia. Sin embargo, hay algunas especies que, por diversas circunstancias, tienen una población muy reducida. De la mano de Amigos de la Tierra La Rioja llega, a la Casa de las Ciencias de Logroño, la exposición “Animales singulares de La Rioja”, una exposición integrada por 18 paneles. Por animales ‘singulares’ se entiende animales amenazados de desaparecer del territorio riojano. En […]
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4:00 AM | Rainwater Found Below Earth's Crust
Rainwater can penetrate below the Earth's fractured upper crust, according to a new study. It had been thought that surface water could not penetrate the ductile crust, where temperatures of more than 300°C and high pressures cause rocks to flex and flow rather than fracture, but researchers have now found fluids derived from rainwater at these levels.  Fluids in the Earth's crust can weaken rocks and may help to initiate earthquakes along locked fault lines. They also concentrate […]
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