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July 27, 2014

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11:52 PM | This Man Is Able to Reproduce Meticulously Accurate Cityscapes After A Single Fly-Over (Video)
They call him the human camera. Stephen Wiltshire was born in London in 1974. As a child, Stephen was a mute. At the age of three he was diagnosed as autistic, and in that same year his father died in a motorcycle accident. At five he was sent to the Queensmill School for the autistic […]
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10:35 PM | Science Blogging that Boomerangs
“This impedes reasonable public risk communication in the long run and creates a social group of people who harbor fears and anxieties not grounded in reality, but are immune against correction.” - A Boomerang Effect of an All-Clear Message on Radiation Risk. Experts have concluded in many cases that the risks of nanotechnology, electromagnetic fields and nuclear energy are acceptable in the ways we currently use these technologies. Risks assessments of nanoparticles, for example, […]
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10:35 PM | Science Blogging that Boomerangs
“This impedes reasonable public risk communication in the long run and creates a social group of people who harbor fears and anxieties not grounded in reality, but are immune against correction.” - A Boomerang Effect of an All-Clear Message on Radiation Risk. Experts have concluded in many cases that the risks of nanotechnology, electromagnetic fields and nuclear energy are acceptable in the ways we currently use these technologies. Risks assessments of nanoparticles, for example, […]
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10:20 PM | Mike Adams insinuates some scientists should be killed, then looks like a bigger idiot
Mike Adams, the Health (Ranger) Danger of the arguably worst site on the internet, Natural News, wrote an insane rant that went a bit farther than usual, where he equated Monsanto and its collaborators to Nazis. A list of journalists, scientists and others were named on a site called “Monsanto Collaborators”. As we noted in… Source: Doubtful News
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9:40 PM | A day at the shore
Gloucester, Massachusetts I am still that little kid with the bucket at low tide looking for ocean treasures. I spent part of yesterday on the rocky shores of Gloucester (made famous by the movie The Perfect Storm). I knelt down on the slippery rockweed that carpeted the granite stones and boulders, over-turning rocks for new finds. […]
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9:26 PM | Synthetic Cannabinoid Illnesses in NY - July 2014
Officials in New York are issuing a warning with regards to a small outbreak of synthetic cannabinoid illnesses which have sent at least 15 people to the emergency room in East and Central Harlem and Chelsea over the last few days.The report also stated that in New York synthetic cannabinoid associated visits to the emergency department have increased by 220% (assuming this is in comparison to 2013).New York legislation doesn't explicitly control any of the newer waves of synthetic […]
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9:25 PM | Haunting evidence spooks local news crew — Would it spook a real investigator?
Another claim of an extremely haunted house. Who do they call? Paranormal investigators, mediums, priests and TV show producers, then the local news team. Ghost attacks in Hanover haunted house | WPMT FOX43 Homeowner DeAnna Simpson says they’ve lived in the home for seven years, and put everything they had into buying it. She says… Source: Doubtful News
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9:00 PM | Science 2.0: Google Web Mining Can Help Neuroscientists Analyze Big Data
Facebook, Google and just about everyone except Science 2.0 use global distributed computers to mine your web history and learn everything about you to generate revenue. Big data is being led by marketing, like many things are, but early adopters who make money at things create tools that everyone can then use, and that will be a big help for Science 2.0 New technologies for monitoring brain activity are generating unprecedented quantities of information. If it can ever be interpreted, that […]
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8:27 PM | Coming to YouTube on August 19th!  Frankenstein M.D. is a modern...
Coming to YouTube on August 19th!  Frankenstein M.D. is a modern re-telling of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (did you know it was the first sci-fi book?), from Pemberley Digital, the same people who brought you The Lizzie Bennett Diaries and Emma Approved, and PBS Digital Studios. The story centers around Victoria Frankenstein (rather than “Victor” from the book), an eccentric and driven MD/PhD student who wants to prove herself in the traditionally male-dominated […]
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8:18 PM | 6 New Genetic Risk Factors For Parkinson's Disease Found
Using data from over 18,000 patients, scientists have identified more than two dozen genetic risk factors involved in Parkinson's disease, including six that had not been previously reported.  Affecting millions of people worldwide, Parkinson's disease is a degenerative disorder that causes movement problems, including trembling of the hands, arms, or legs, stiffness of limbs and trunk, slowed movements and problems with posture. Over time, patients may have difficulty walking, talking, […]
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8:03 PM | No Borders in Space: An Astronaut’s Perspective of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
A German astronaut named Alexander Gerst recently created a lot of online attention earlier this week with a picture he posted of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict from space. These photos were taken from the International Space Station as it flew over Israel last week. Below is the image that went viral, getting over 39,000 re-tweets after Gerst posted it on Twitter. As […]
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7:00 PM | Epigenetics Implicated In Mouse Cancer
If you go by stories of epigenetics and the microbiome, we are on the verge of curing all disease. There hasn't been this much hype since human embryonic stem cells and the human genome project were going to cure all ailments in 2000. But behind the hype there is some science, it is just figuring out what is epigenetics, what is genetics and then what is instead epidemiological matching of correlation and causation that is the struggle.read more
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5:47 PM | What is abstraction?
We don’t need a complicated theory to understand the basic empirical fact that abstractions — all words and all numbers, and all scientific theories, and everything we think we know — are not real in the same sense as the … Continue reading → The post What is abstraction? appeared first on Plain Language Science.
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5:30 PM | How To Distinguish Psoriasis From Eczema
In some patients, the chronic inflammatory skin diseases psoriasis and eczema are so similar that dermatologists have had to examine tissue samples but a team of researchers at the Helmholtz Zentrum München and the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have now analyzed the molecular processes that occur in both diseases and discovered crucial differences. This has enabled them to develop a diagnostic procedure which in practice enables psoriasis and eczema to be reliably differentiated […]
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5:01 PM | Moral Identity, Empathy And Justice: Why Some People Donate More To Charity
In America, where categorization becomes easy because there are two main political parties, it is well-known that right-wing people donate more to charity. This makes sense; people who believe in smaller government should be willing to help their fellow man rather than relying on government to tax and redistribute wealth. Yet right-wing people also espouse individual initiative, so why donate more to charity when recipients have not earned it? A new paper in the Journal of Consumer […]
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4:54 PM | Pavlov Would Be Proud: Teach The Brain To Feel Less Pain
People can be conditioned to feel less pain when they hear a neutral sound, new research from the University of Luxembourg has found. This lends weight to the idea that we can learn to use mind-over-matter to beat pain. Scientists have known for many years that on-going pain in one part of the body is reduced when a new pain is inflicted to another part of the body. This pain blocking is a physiological reaction by the nervous system to help the body deal with a potentially more relevant […]
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4:14 PM | On-Bill Financing Report Shows Strong Performance
On-bill financing can be a powerful tool for offering attractive energy efficiency options to a broad range of utility customers, according to a new report by State and Local Energy Efficiency Action Network (SEE Action). Utility customers often fail to invest in energy efficiency because of its upfront costs, the … Continue reading
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3:30 PM | Shopping Psychology: Do You Prefer Sales Or Every Day Low Prices?
Marketing is something of a game; retailers want you to spend the most money, but not none at all, and cash flow is important, so sometimes they have sales, even at a loss to get you in the door in the belief that you will spend more money. But is that the optimal strategy for a retailer?A new paper in the Journal of Consumer Research says consumers instead choose retailers they believe offer the lowest prices the majority of the time.  To simulate 100 weekly purchases from a retail store, […]
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3:00 PM | Acheulean Artefacts: Stone Age Find In Northern Cape Of South Africa
Excavations at an archaeological site at Kathu in the Northern Cape province of South Africa, one of the richest early prehistoric archaeological sites in South Africa, have produced tens of thousands of Earlier Stone Age artifacts, including hand axes and other tools. It is situated between the Kuruman Hills to the east and the Langberge mountains to the west and estimated to be between 700,000 and one million years old.read more
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2:30 PM | Western Drought: Underground Water Loss Greater Threat To Water Supply Than Previously Realized
A new study has found that more than 75 percent of the water loss in the drought-stricken Colorado River Basin since late 2004 came from underground resources., which means the extent of groundwater loss may pose a greater threat to the water supply of the western United States than previously thought. This study is the first to quantify the amount that groundwater contributes to the water needs of western states. According to the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, the federal water management agency, […]
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2:04 PM | Cachexia Is The Real Cause Of Death In One Third Of Patients With Cancer - Study
It isn't the tumor that kills up to a third of cancer patients, according to a new study, it's the indirect effects triggered by a process that is heavily studied not to fight cancer, but to fight obesity: the conversion of white fat tissue into brown fat tissue.Cachexia, also called wasting syndrome, is the name for extreme thinness and weakness due to atrophy. In their paper, researchers argue that if it is possible to reduce the transformation of fat tissue, the symptoms of cachexia will […]
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1:21 PM | Rotational Wavepackets And Liquid-Like Motion Of Atoms Within An Ultra-Cold Cluster
A new study has unlocked the potential to create new materials using nanosized ‘building blocks’, by using a laser technique to examine in rich detail the structure and internal atomic motion of a small cluster containing an acetylene molecule and a single helium atom,  C2H2−He complex .The technique excited single clusters and generated rotational wavepackets, which are composed of multiple waves illustrating the individual motion of atoms. The team were able to track […]
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1:11 PM | Europe Is Putting Its Cancer Research At Risk
The European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) has expressed concern that the proposed EU General Data Protection Regulation could make cancer research impossible and add a significant burden to both doctors and cancer patients. The proposed wording of the regulation stipulates 'explicit and specific patient consent', meaning that researchers would have to approach patients every single time research is planned in order to consult their data or use tissue samples stored for research […]
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12:37 PM | Episode One Hundred And Eighty Five – On ExpeRimental And Wikibombing For ScienceWeek #ozwomensci
Welcome to Episode One Hundred And Eighty Five! It’s important that kids not just hear that science is important – they should also practice their observation skills and enjoy getting their hands dirty with activities. Science is something that they should feel they are involved with, even if they might still be trying to understand it. So, how can parents help? Alom Shaha is a science communicator in London, who has been working with the Royal Institution to create ExpeRimental, a […]
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6:04 AM | Montgomery Woods
Until 2006 (when bigger ones were found elsewhere) this was the home to the tallest known tree in the world. But it's not marked, so you just have to look at them all and guess which one might be the biggest.( More )
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5:00 AM | Which Will Reduce Your Carbon Footprint More: Giving up Beef or Your Car?
I listened to a fascinating interview on Science Friday from NPR Friday afternoon, and it’s good news for poultry producers/bad news for cattle ranchers. Giving up beef reduces your carbon footprint more than giving up your car! Click below to listen: Poultry is a big industry here in Maryland, and they should be very happy about this. Poultry is an order of magnitude less carbon intensive than beef production.
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4:45 AM | Gaming leads to better English
Youngsters who spend much time on certain computer games expand their English vocabularies.
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4:19 AM | Rare Mid-Summer Tornado Outbreak Possible In Midwest Sunday
An unusually strong summer cool front is expected to kick off numerous super-cell thunderstorms Sunday across the Midwest and even into the Mid-Atlantic/Northeast. With thousands of folks at campgrounds and beaches, the possibilities that the storms may catch folks in the open and away from sturdy shelter is much higher than normal. Just this week, an EF1 tornado hit the Eastern Shore of Virginia, and left two dead and over …
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1:57 AM | Comptche
Aka that wide spot in the road on the way to Montgomery Woods( More )
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12:50 AM | Probiotics To Fight Obesity?
A probiotic that prevents obesity could be on the horizon, at least if an animal model translates to humans. Bacteria that produce a therapeutic compound in the gut inhibit weight gain, insulin resistance and other adverse effects of a high-fat diet in mice, Vanderbilt University investigators say. A lot would have to happen before this could move to human studies - regulatory hurdles and raising millions of dollars in venture capital, but the findings in the Journal of Clinical Investigation […]
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