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August 28, 2014

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4:30 AM | More and more universities use virtual laboratories
Universities are showing great interest in the virtual laboratory ‘Labster’ as new research shows students learn more and have greater motivation when they use
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4:12 AM | Global 'Roadmap' Shows Where To Put Roads Without Costing The Earth
Deforestation along roads in Rondonia, Brazil. Source: Google EarthBy Bill Laurance, James Cook University“The best thing you could do for the Amazon is to blow up all the roads.” These might sound like the words of an eco-terrorist, but it’s actually a direct quote from Professor Eneas Salati, a forest climatologist and one of Brazil’s most respected scientists. read more
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4:01 AM | A bad day for antivaccinationists: A possible retraction, and the “CDC whistleblower” issues a statement
They say that truth is stranger than fiction. I never really necessarily believed it, but today is a day that might well serve as anecdotal evidence to support that adage. Indeed, the day was perfectly bookended by two major developments in the case of the so-called “CDC whistleblower,” the senior CDC scientist who, if you…
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3:59 AM | The Strange remains the same for 27 August 2014
Sad but true, the McOuija happy meal is NOT real. That would have been a great lesson in ideomotor effect. Teen facing charges after making false abduction report | Local News – WLWT Home. Strange Siberian Spikes Prompt Astronauts to Phone Home. A Florida first: Crocodile attacks couple during late-night dip – Yahoo News. N.L.… Source: Doubtful News
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2:56 AM | A 3-D Printed Robot Flying A Prototype for a Quadcopter Hoverbike (Video)
Back in May, I wrote an article about a futuristic new hoverbike called the Aero-X set to go on sale in 2017. Now it seems that the Aero-X may have some serious competition. A company called Malloy Aeronautics recently completely a successful Kickstarter campaign for a similar hoverbike that uses four helicopter bladed instead of two, adding additional control, stability and maneuverability to the craft. Though they haven’t yet built a full-size model, Malloy […]
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1:00 AM | NYTimes, AP, Bloomberg, etc: Advance draft of latest UN climate report
  News broke yesterday on the latest and perhaps punchiest report yet from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. So far it is but a draft to be discussed later this year at a meeting in Copenhagen. First accounts suggest it shall be among the most blunt and at the same time despairing that the big UN-sponsored IPCC has put together.   A few outlets all got it, apparently, at about the same time yesterday (and many others are churning these more primary ones in order to slap […]
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1:00 AM | New Yorker’s portrayal of an anti-GMO activist: A study in avoiding the false balance trap
In the latest New Yorker, Michael Specter gives a textbook lesson in how to write about someone who is misguided in some science-related arena without succumbing to the perils of false-balance. The story, Seeds of Doubt, is a good counter example to a major feature that ran recently in the Dallas Morning News. That story, Dallas researchers out to scientifically prove biblical version of creation, has already been criticized for false balance, naïve reporting and for allowing creationists […]
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12:54 AM | Dr. Jennifer McQueen
Future Science Leaders Program Coordinator and Year 2 Research Instructor Why are you involved in FSL? Science is a process that asks a lot out of those engaging with it. I love working with people as they develop their scientific thinking and meet the challenges that are inevitably a part of scientific endeavors. I enjoy supporting students during […]
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12:43 AM | A brief introduction to the logic of graphs
If you're used to writing mathematics, but haven't paid much attention to model theory, you probably think a fully-quantified mathematical sentence is generally either true or false. Fermat's last theorem, for instance, can be written as the following sentence: For all positive integers a, b, c, and n, if n > 2, then an + bn ≠ cn. This sentence is fully quantified: the four variables a, b, c, and n are all covered by the quantifier "for all positive […]
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12:15 AM | Everyday Economics: A New Course by Marginal Revolution University Where Students Create the Syllabus
In 2012, Tyler Cowen and Alex Tabarrok, two econ professors at George Mason University, launched Marginal Revolution University (otherwise known as MRUniversity) which delivers free, interactive courses in the economics space. During its early days, MRUniversity created courses on The […]test The post Everyday Economics: A New Course by Marginal Revolution University Where Students Create the Syllabus appeared first on Australian Science.

August 27, 2014

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11:44 PM | How Global Politics Is Crippling the World’s Response to the Growing Islamic State
The Islamic State (formerly known as ISIS/ISIL) is the most serious terrorist threat to come out of the Middle East in recent memory. The extremist state has a population of 8 million Syrians and Iraqis under its control, and has established its own military, police force, court system and (most worryingly) a massive self-sustaining black market economy. This isn’t some group of crazies hiding in the mountains. The Islamic State (IS) is highly sophisticated, preferring to […]
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11:26 PM | A “real” monster is in the eye of the municipal council – Iceland worm exists
Ah, I smell tourism, don’t you? This reward is a small price to pay for Loch Ness-sized advertising. Truth Commission: Lake Monster Does Exist. Lagarfljótsormurinn, the giant serpent rumored to inhabit the lake Lagarfljót near Egilsstaðir in East Iceland truly exists, as announced on Saturday by the majority of a 13-person truth commission established in… Source: Doubtful News
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9:22 PM | Call for papers: Personal stories from women in science
Diving headlong into motherhood this year has meant less blogging (obvious to anyone who subscribes here…), but it has also made me think a lot more about the scientific life that I would hope for my new daughter and girls like her. Currently her research interests include ceiling fans, her toes, her soother, the dogs […]
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9:10 PM | How Big Is Rosettas Comet 67p?
After more than 10 years travelling 6.4-billion kilometres on a road trip around the solar system, the spacecraft Rosetta has “arrived” at its destination, a distant comet named 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. About 7pm local time on Wednesday, the European…The post How Big Is Rosettas Comet 67p? appeared first on Just Science.
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9:09 PM | How to Study to Remember
Want to learn how to make your studying time more effective? Make things stick faster to your brain? Well this is the post for you. Let’s begin! Your memory works in three stages: Attention Encoding : Storing/associating with other info Retrieval…The post How to Study to Remember appeared first on Just Science.
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9:09 PM | What if your feelings were scientifically measurable?
When I walked into the historic, townhouse storefront in downtown Frederick, the smell of essential oils immediately relaxed me. Kileigh handed me two, sky-blue, plastic foot coverings to slip over my shoes. She then guided me to the salt cave in the…The post What if your feelings were scientifically measurable? appeared first on Just Science.
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9:09 PM | 10 George Orwell Quotes that Predicted Life in 2014 America
Written by Justin King | The Anti-Media George Orwell ranks among the most profound social critics of the modern era. Some of his quotations, more than a half a century old, show the depth of understanding an enlightened mind can have about the future….The post 10 George Orwell Quotes that Predicted Life in 2014 America appeared first on Just Science.
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9:08 PM | First 3D Printed Vertebrae Implanted at Peking University
Doctors at Peking University in China, one of the top universities in the country, have successfully implanted the world’s first 3D printed vertebrae. The patient is a young 12 year old boy who had a milignant tumor in his spinal cord. Ouch! Sounds like…The post First 3D Printed Vertebrae Implanted at Peking University appeared first on Just Science.
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9:08 PM | Voyager: A History
When they embarked on an epic adventure, the Voyager 1 and 2 spacecraft launched humanity on a bold new era of exploration.The post Voyager: A History appeared first on Just Science.
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9:07 PM | 15 Catchy Quotes About Creativity and Thinking Outside the Box
Being creative is a muscle that is strengthened with freedom, choice, confidence and even failure! Some of society’s most influential people have been creative beyond measure! Let’s see what they had to say! Here are … 15 Catchy Quotes…The post 15 Catchy Quotes About Creativity and Thinking Outside the Box appeared first on Just Science.
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9:07 PM | The Underground In America
In May 1970 thousands of students converged on New Haven to protest the trial of Black Panther leader Bobby Seale, on charges that he was involved in the killing of a suspected informant. Written by David Slater We can not deny the violence of the state,…The post The Underground In America appeared first on Just Science.
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8:58 PM | Defend Your Dream: 8 Things You Can Do Now To Live Without Limits
Ronda Rousey has had to defend her dream numerous times in her life. She has overcome tragedy and stayed focused and persistent.   Don’t you love that rush you get when you cook up a potentially life-changing idea? I’m talking about those visions…The post Defend Your Dream: 8 Things You Can Do Now To Live Without Limits appeared first on Just Science.
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8:54 PM | No Bird Is An Island, Unless You're A Louse
Evolution of Galápagos feather lice tracks hawk hosts through space and time.
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8:28 PM | Xenon Gas Can Erase Traumatic Memories
Xenon gas is commonly used for diagnostic inhalation because of its anesthetic properties but more recently it has been used by the Russians to cheat in the Olympics, and the cycling community has followed suit, because of its EPO - Erythropoietin - hormone producton ability. It may also be a treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other memory-related disorders, according to a new paper in PLOS One.read more
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8:17 PM | Bronze Age Wine Cellar Found In Israel
A Middle Bronze Age Canaanite palace at the Tel Kabri excavation in Israel has revealed an ancient wine cellar.read more
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8:01 PM | Brain Networks Hyper-Connected In Depressed Young Adults
Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) has led University of Illinois at Chicago scholars to conclude that young adults who previously experienced the mental illness have hyper-connected emotional and cognitive networks in the brain. The college students were ages 18 to 23 while they were in a resting state. 30 un-medicated young adults who claimed to have experienced depression and 23 healthy controls were used in the study, which has published in PLOS ONE. "We wanted to see if the […]
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7:37 PM | Wealthy, Liberal, Elites: Vaccine Refusal Linked To Expression Of Privilege
Not all students returning to school this month will be up to date on their vaccinations and a new paper in Gender&Society by Jennifer Reich,a professor of Sociology from the University of Colorado Denver, correlates it to the class privilege of their mothers. It's no secret that anti-vaccination hotbeds correlate to income and other lifestyle choices. Put a pin in a Whole Foods store in California and you can find a hotbed of anti-vaccine sentiment in the parking lot and surrounding […]
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7:31 PM | Where We Donate Our Money Vs. What Actually Kills Us (Infographic)
With the ALS challenge taking Facebook by storm this summer, many people are discussing and critiquing charities and fundraising campaigns in general. While I will never criticize a creative idea generating money for a good cause, I think we all need to step back for a second to actually think about what causes are really worth our money. Check out this awesome infographic from Vocativ that shows how much we raise to fight different diseases versus how many people those diseases […]
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7:15 PM | Scientists busy squashing silly rumors instead of sciencing at Yellowstone
Volcanologists at the Yellowstone volcano observatory have been spending a lot of time putting out fires, internet rumor fires, that is, as people are afraid of a supervolcanic eruptions. Earlier this year, we told you about the unsubstantiated rumor that animals were “fleeing” the area and the speculation that something was going to happen. It… Source: Doubtful News
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6:21 PM | "I bet you can’t make an entire science video about...
"I bet you can’t make an entire science video about goats," they said. "It will never work," they said. They were wrong. Enjoy this mid-week blend of science and silliness from It’s Okay To Be Smart and share with your goat-loving friends!
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