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November 15, 2014

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7:20 PM | MUFON raising money to launch database project
The Mutual UFO Network, 501(c)(3) nonprofit, has launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise $78,000 to modernize UFO reporting. A New Global UFO Database by Jan Harzan — Kickstarter. The goals of the project are: Improve the usability of the “Report a UFO” experience to gather MORE data and CLEANER data; Provide a free, accessible and… Source: Doubtful News
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7:00 PM | Snotty Plots: How Do You Graph a Sneeze?
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6:30 PM | SfN Day 0: Translational & Computational Motor Control highlights
TCMC is a feisty meeting. For me, it’s the conference before the conference (Did I mention I’m in DC for the Society for Neuroscience conference, or SfN? Well I am). In one day I absorb more than in the rest … Continue reading →
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6:00 PM | Home Dialysis May Be Better Than In-Center Hemodialysis For Kidney Failure Patients
Home dialysis therapies may help prolong the lives of patients with kidney failure compared with hemodialysis treatments administered in medical centers, according to an upcoming study at ASN Kidney Week 2014 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia, PA. Home dialysis therapies are more convenient and less expensive than in-center treatment, but it's unclear whether all home therapies - which include peritoneal dialysis and home hemodialysis - can prolong patients' survival. […]
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5:19 PM | These Guys Want to Build A Fleet of Giant Fighting Paintball Robots (Video)
Most new technologies aim to solve a common problem, facilitate a difficult task, or just generally make our lives easier and better. But sometimes it’s okay for new technologies to be designed solely for entertainment purposes – the MegaBots Project would certainly fall into that category. The MegaBots design team, which includes engineers, scientists, artists and manufacturers, came together to create giant, paintball cannon-equipped robots. Their current […]
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5:13 PM | Air Pollution Linked To Higher Rates Of Chronic Kidney Disease
Air pollution may play a role in the development of kidney disease, according to a study upcoming at ASN Kidney Week 2014 November 11-16 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. There are wide variances in the prevalence of chronic kidney disease (CKD) across the United States, only part of which is explained by differences in individuals' risk factors. To see if air quality may also play a role, Jennifer Bragg-Gresham, PhD (University of Michigan) and her colleagues […]
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2:30 PM | Britain’s Forgotten World War I Civilian Internment Camps
Knockaloe Camp. Stefan ManzBy Stefan Manz, Aston UniversityThe German-Jewish painter and writer Paul Cohen-Portheim had spent a peaceful summer in 1914 visiting friends in Devon and enjoying the beautiful south-west coast. But his idyllic holiday came to an abrupt end after Britain’s entry into war on August 4. Despite there being no suggestion of any sympathy towards his homeland’s military ambitions, Cohen-Portheim was classified as an “enemy alien” and prevented from […]
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2:10 PM | Morsels For The Mind – 14/11/2014
Every day we provide you with Six Incredible Things Before Breakfast to nibble away at. Here you can fill your brain with the most intellectually stimulating “amuse bouches” from the past week – a veritable smorgasbord for the cranium. They’re all here for you to load up your plate – this week’s “Morsels for the mind”. Enjoy! If you do nothing else, make sure to check out the “Reads / views / listens of the week”. **** The big […]
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2:10 PM | Morsels For The Mind – 14/11/2014
Every day we provide you with Six Incredible Things Before Breakfast to nibble away at. Here you can fill your brain with the most intellectually stimulating “amuse bouches” from the past week – a veritable smorgasbord for the cranium. They’re all here for you to load up your plate – this week’s “Morsels for the mind”. Enjoy! If you do nothing else, make sure to check out the “Reads / views / listens of the week”. **** The big […]
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2:00 PM | Software Can Detect Even Small Natural Gas Pipeline Leaks
Major leaks from oil and gas pipelines can lead to home evacuations and even explosions. The line of lawyers waiting to sue for millions of dollars even if nothing happens can be seen from space.And though most pipeline leaks are small, America leads the world in safe pipeline construction and oversight, it's better for everyone if leaks are stopped as quickly as possible. A report in Industrial&Engineering Chemistry Research outlines development of a new software-based method that finds […]
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10:46 AM | Sex, genes, the Y chromosome and the future of men
The Y chromosome, that little chain of genes that determines the sex of humans, is not as tough as you might think. In fact, if we look at the Y chromosome over the course of our evolution we’ve seen it shrink at an alarming rate. Subject:  Genetics
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9:23 AM | Levelling the playing field
  I have been hearing a lot of people commenting that banning doping will lead to a level playing field in sport. In this post I am having a bit of a […]
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9:00 AM | The Last Word: November 10-14, 2014
More imaging, more problems: Colin Norman’s medical troubles began with his heart. But in this week’s post, an MRI of Colin’s heart shows that his pancreas is wearing a cyst ominously called an intraductal papillary mucinous neoplasm. These cysts may be an early sign of pancreatic cancer, but using them to screen for the disease . . . well, that’s tricky. […]
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5:30 AM | Nordic fare slims you as well as a Stone Age diet
Official Nordic dietary recommendations help elderly, overweight women to lose weight just as well as if they were on Palaeolithic diets.
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4:59 AM | The Strange remains the same for 14 November 2014
Did ‘Mother’s Intuition’ Prevent a Kidnapping? : Discovery News. Homeopathic manufacturer comes to North Brunswick. 911 Calls From People Lost in World’s Biggest Corn Maze – ABC News. Police: Woman said she fatally stabbed boyfriend because he put a curse on her. snopes.com: ‘Fish Fossil’ Found by NASA’s Mars Rover; ‘Greatest Discovery’ says NASA Scientists.… Source: Doubtful News
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1:31 AM | Why Hundreds of Australian Climate Change Activists Just Buried Their Heads In the Sand
Yesterday (November 13) was an interesting day on Sydney’s Bondi Beach. Someone walking along the beach yesterday would have seen 400 people with their heads buried in the sand. These people were climate activists, and they were mocking Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s stance on climate change. Specifically, the protest aimed to criticize the Australian government for not putting climate change on the agenda of the upcoming G20 summit that will take place in […]
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12:37 AM | I Will Be on CJAD 800AM Radio This Saturday
I will be the guest of Toula Drimonis this Saturday around 10:30PM on CJAD 800AM (800 kHz on AM or listen live on the Web), along with two of my fellow Moutons No More producers, Guy Renaud and Isabelle Stephen. We will be talking about why we created Moutons No More and the state of skepticism in Montreal. Don’t miss it! Continue reading →
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12:15 AM | Protecting native forests more valuable than logging
New research has found Mountain Ash forests provide more value to the community and the global climate when protected and not logged. Research scientists at the ANU, in partnership with information and communication technologists at Fujitsu Laboratories in Japan, have […]test The post Protecting native forests more valuable than logging appeared first on Australian Science.

November 14, 2014

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11:08 PM | Philae conspiracies: Because there isn’t enough s**t on the internet already?
It’s Friday, I’m tired of total crap news. Not happy that anyone at The Guardian reads UFOSightingsDaily.com and unamused that they would find this to be news-worthy. Sometimes you must ignore the madness going on the fringes and stick to important stuff. Was it a slow news day or are you TRYING to compete with… Source: Doubtful News
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11:00 PM | Wearable Tech For Dogs
Wearable tech isn't just for humans any more. whistle.comBy Clara Mancini, The Open UniversityWith the likes of Google Glass, Fitbit, and Emotiv wearables are now a familiar concept. Perhaps less known is that animals have been fitted with wearable technology for decades. read more
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10:26 PM | Indian Summer For The End of November?
There are growing sign,s that after one more blast of even colder air next week, we will see some much warmer air over the Central and Eastern U.S. as we head into Thanksgiving. Indian summer may be on the way! The forecast below is based on an average of many long-range model runs of the Climate Forecast System. Research shows that an average of model runs provides a more accurate …
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10:20 PM | Wash Your Cutting Board: The Science Of How Campylobacter Exploits Chicken Juice
Campylobacter's persistence in the kitchen is boosted by organic matter from chicken carcasses - "chicken juice" - and that means better cleaning of surfaces used for food preparation is an easy way to keep illness from happening.Campylobacter aren't particularly hardy bacteria, so one area of research has been to understand exactly how they manage to survive outside of their usual habitat, the intestinal tract of poultry. They are sensitive to oxygen, but during biofilm formation the bacteria […]
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10:01 PM | Winton Science Book Shortlist Authors Read Passages
The Royal Society in London has selected it’s winner of the Winton Prize for Science Books. The purpose of the prize falls right in line with the goals for Read Science! Google Hangouts; to... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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9:41 PM | freshphotons: Large Brick Collider by JK Brickworks (YouTube)....
freshphotons: Large Brick Collider by JK Brickworks (YouTube). Via. THIS MAKES ME SO HAPPY. I really like the fact that it’s a female minifig who’s flipping the switch.
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9:01 PM | Introduction To Pulse Width Modulation Using Scratch On The Kano Computer
In my previous article about the Kano Computer, I demonstrated how to use MIT’s Scratch graphical programming language on the Kano to flash an LED (the “Hello World!” program of hardware hacking). In this article, I’ll again demonstrate how to flash an LED, but using a special variable in Scratch called “MotorA”. Scratch automatically handles all of the programming for MotorA to produce a “pulse width modulation” (PWM) signal on Pin 11 of the […]
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8:54 PM | Shirts, Science Communication, and Why Appearances Can Be Important
On Nov. 12, a robot launched by the European Space Agency (ESA) about ten years ago landed on a comet approximately 300 million miles away. Which is (literally) awesome. But this blog is about science communication, so I want to talk about a shirt. One of the ESA staffers prominently featured in coverage of the landing was Matt Taylor, who is head scientist on the project. Taylor is an intelligent guy, but he made the unfortunate decision to wear a... Read more
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8:54 PM | Shirts, Science Communication, and Why Appearances Can Be Important
On Nov. 12, a robot launched by the European Space Agency (ESA) about ten years ago landed on a comet approximately 300 million miles away. Which is (literally) awesome. But this blog is about science communication, so I want to talk about a shirt. One of the ESA staffers prominently featured in coverage of the landing was Matt Taylor, who is head scientist on the project. Taylor is an intelligent guy, but he made the unfortunate decision to wear a... Read more
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8:53 PM | Record Number of New Species Put Under Protection Status By World Conservation Body
According to ThinkProgress.org… “The Eleventh Meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) has extended protections to scores of migratory birds, fish and mammals.” The meeting, which was held in Quito, Ecuador, is a six-day convention full of tough negotiations. This year’s meeting, which involved more than 900 experts from 120 different countries across the globe, […]
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8:00 PM | Sex, Genes, The Y Chromosome And The Future Of Men
The human Y chromosome has retained only 3% of its ancestral genes. So why is it a shadow of its former self? Rafael Anderson Gonzales Mendoza/Flickr, CC BY-NC-SABy Jenny Graves, La Trobe UniversityThe Y chromosome, that little chain of genes that determines the sex of humans, is not as tough as you might think. In fact, if we look at the Y chromosome over the course of our evolution we’ve seen it shrink at an alarming rate. read more
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7:58 PM | Were Online Critics Too Harsh With Interstellar's Science?
Physicist Kip Thorne addresses critiques of movie's plot elements.
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