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September 26, 2014

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4:30 AM | European scientists call for more flu shots
Too few are vaccinated against the flu. Could spell disaster if nothing is done, warns scientists.
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4:17 AM | Norwegian exports get along without too much planning
Networks, market insights and persistent owners are much more important.
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4:00 AM | In the time it takes to read this post, the area of 50 football fields will have been destroyed in the Amazon
I’ve always been a tree hugger so when I saw this story pop up on my Facebook news feed, I was instantly interested and decided to do some research of my own. The Amazon rain forest is home to more than 43,370 different species, many of which cannot be found anywhere else on Earth. It […]
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3:59 AM | The Strange remains the same for 25 September 2014
What I Learned From Five Manhattan Palm Readers: Gothamist. Just LOOK at these extremely rare albino hedgehogs that have just been rescued. Fleas test positive for plague near Flagstaff | azfamily.com Phoenix. What’s with Iceland’s water monster? Publicity. – JREF. I bet you wondered what this guy did with all that money… Man who raised… Source: Doubtful News
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3:58 AM | ¿Cuál piensas que es el animal vertebrado más pequeño?
El reino animal es muy diverso y podemos encontrar en él desde golondrinas, elefantes y ballenas, hasta pequeños insectos como las hormigas o los piojos e incluso, pequeños gusanos de cuerpo plano que pueden llegar a parasitar tu intestino. Estamos hablando de una enorme diversidad de formas de vida, tamaños, hábitats… Hay animales habitando ecosistemas acuáticos, terrestres y aéreos, e incluso, ¡habitando nuestros cuerpos! Por […]
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2:59 AM | Saharan Dust Storm Below Towering Thunderstorms
Here are the particulars of the image, and what you are seeing from NASA Earth Observatory: More dust blows out of the Sahara Desert and into the atmosphere than from any other desert in the world, and more than half of the dust deposited in the ocean lifts off from these arid North African lands. Saharan dust influences the fertility of Atlantic waters and soils in the Americas. It blocks or reflects …
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2:46 AM | How Well Do You Know How Well You Know Yourself?
A Small Reminiscence of Stanford. During the summer, I was given the opportunity to live and learn at Stanford University for three weeks through taking an AP Macroeconomics course. I have to admit it was very academically rigorous, however it introduced to me a very promising field of study that I at the time never […]
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2:13 AM | Lysistrata Was A Documentary…
…Or so it could be, in John Scalzi’s retelling.  [h/t PZ Myers] I want to drink in that bar. All of which makes this a give Rush Limbaugh a feminazi sad kind of post. Image: Francis William Edmonds Barking up the Wrong Tree, between 1850 and 1855.
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1:56 AM | A Tribute to the Tiny Deaths of Cells
With all the grandeur of a Romantic-era painter’s sky, medical illustrator Melissa Sisk created this glowing tribute to the advantageous death of cells. Sisk describes how this image came... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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1:28 AM | Ebola: Can We Head Off the CDC’s Dire Prediction?
Earlier this week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) predicted that the number of Ebola cases in Liberia and Sierra Leone could reach between 550,000 and 1.4 million by January of 2015, "without scale-up of effective interventions". These numbers were based upon a predictive model, called EbolaResponse, developed by the CDC. A fact sheet explaining this modeling tool can be found at the CDC website. More than 1 million cases of Ebola might seem unbelievable, but we have... […]
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1:24 AM | Dead Rat Journalism, and The Ethics of Communicating Scientific Uncertainty
  I spent all day Monday (and part of Tuesday) at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, attending a seminar on the ethics of communicating scientific uncertainty. It was hosted by the Environmental Law Institute with funding from the National Science Foundation, and it brought together a diverse group of lawyers, journalists and scientists. I was one of two meteorologists invited (Jason Samenow of the Washington Post being the other) …
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12:15 AM | A Brief Talk with Andrea Morello, a Leading Australian Quantum Physicist
Let us introduce you a leading Australian quantum physicist and probably one of the most promising scientists in the world. His name is Andrea Morello. He is an electrical engineer and a quantum physicist. At the moment he is Associate […]test The post A Brief Talk with Andrea Morello, a Leading Australian Quantum Physicist appeared first on Australian Science.

September 25, 2014

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10:50 PM | 16-Year-Old Irish Girls Win Google Science Fair With Agricultural Breakthrough
Every year, Google sponsors a global science fair in the hopes of finding young scientist with innovative ideas that could change the world. This year’s winners are no exception.  Ciara Judge, Émer Hickey and Sophie Healy-Thow (all 16) took the top prize with their project “Combating the Global Food Crisis”. The trio figured out a way to cut seed germination time in half, while also producing crop yields nearly 75% greater than normal. So how’d they […]
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9:32 PM | Food for thought
Today I’m going to write about something much more mundane than literature or science. Olga Mecking recently wrote an article about weird Polish foods. I was thinking about it today, when I visited my institute’s cantina. A postdoc must eat; it is known. All over the world the university and institute cantinas provide food for the busy researcher, all according to the local culture. In France, you will eat at a restaurant level for a few euros. I don’t know about United […]
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9:00 PM | A healthy dilemma: fresh or frozen?
In the modern world of refrigerators and freezers we are able to keep our food lasting longer than ever before. But is there a nutritional difference between fresh and frozen produce? And which should you be eating?
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7:55 PM | Confessions of a Hiring Manager: Your Resume is Awful
I’m a hiring manager, and I have a confession to make. I can’t stand bad resumes. No, that’s not...
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7:50 PM | While You Were Sleeping: Better Treatment For Parkinson's
New imaging technology lets patients decide if they want to sleep through brain surgery.
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7:21 PM | A Brief Guide to Common Painkillers
Following on from the previous post on antibiotics, it seemed logical to also take a look at the drugs we take to relieve pain. Painkilling drugs, or analgesics, come in a number of forms, but fall broadly into two main classes: non-steroid anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and opioids. This graphic takes a look at a selection […]
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7:03 PM | Earth’s Magnetic Field Is Weakening 10x Faster Than Previously Thought
We often take it for granted that the North Pole is at the top of the globe and the South Pole is at the bottom. But in reality, these poles have flip-flopped a number of times in Earth’s history, the most recent being about 780,000 years ago. Each flip is preceded by a gradual weakening of the magnetic field. Since the early 2000s, scientists have been predicting that the next polar flip would happen in the next 5,000 years or so, based
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6:42 PM | asapscience: Do Periods Actually Make Women Moody? Every man...
asapscience: Do Periods Actually Make Women Moody? Every man and woman needs to watch this! Are women actually more moody on their period? We break down the biggest myths about menstruation, periods, and PMS with the help of iiSuperwomanii! Good work on using science to address some of the myths and stigma around something that half of all humans on Earth experience!
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6:00 PM | Art Bots and Talking Blenders: A Stroll Through Ars Electronica
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6:00 PM | Picking Up Where We Left Off
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5:18 PM | Another Reason to Love the Number Seven
The world’s favorite number is seven, at least if the result of a poll conducted by Alex Bellos is to be believed. Some people like it because it is prime, some because they have a lot of sevens in their birthdates. But Manjul Bhargava’s talk Thursday morning gave us another reason to love this number: exponential Diophantine equations. Diophantine equations, named after the mathematician Diophantus of Alexandria, are equations relating several unknown quantities in which we […]
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5:14 PM | Marginal note – Two thirds of a million dollar prize?
The Clay Mathematics Institute has offered a prize of $1,000,000 (USD) for a resolution to the Birch and Swinnerton-Dyer Conjecture, a conjecture about all elliptic curves. Manjul Bhargava has proved a result that shows the conjecture is true for a randomly selected elliptic curve with probability at least 0.6647. He said in his presentation at the Heidelberg Laureate Forum that he jokingly asked the Clay Institute if he could claim 66.47% of the million dollar prize based on his work,... Read […]
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4:44 PM | explore-blog: Charming visualization from this altogether...
explore-blog: Charming visualization from this altogether delightful children’s book about space – an imaginative and illuminating primer on the cosmos to spark awe in the souls of budding Sagans.  Perhaps one day, we will journey to distant po-tay-toes?
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4:29 PM | Sna
When a snake suddenly decides to bolt under the mower as you’re cutting the grass the least it could do is have the common courtesy to be chopped into a thousand tiny pieces. Not so yesterday. This particular snake comes out the other side with about 60% of himself still intact, forcing me to bring […] The post Sna appeared first on HeadStuff.
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4:28 PM | Climate Change Communication: Taking the Temperature – Part 5 with Gavin Schmidt
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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4:07 PM | New Film Series “A Picture of Health”
The trailer of the 2014 Nature Video film series and the film “HIV in hiding” are out now! At this year’s Lindau Meeting on Physiology/Medicine a new series of films was produced by Nature Video with the support of Mars, Incorporated: “A Picture of Health” consists of four films. The trailer and the first film entitled “HIV […]
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4:03 PM | Another whodunit: Fictional airline CEO may have been murdered
  Every year, I create a mystery for students in the Future Science Leaders program to solve. There are several bits of evidence – some of it conflicting – and the students need to determine who did it and provide the evidence that supports their theory. If interested, you can read about the rationale of […]
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3:38 PM | The World Within
The World Within: Project description:     We were hired by the Dublin Institute of Technology to come up with a new advertising/branding campaign for their Sports and Societies departments. With over 80 societies and over 40 sports clubs it was a challenge of representing them all in a small amount of images. The aim […] The post The World Within appeared first on HeadStuff.
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