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November 14, 2014

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7:17 PM | Scientist At Work: The Day After Philae Landed
Hang on? Oh, there you are… ESA, Author providedBy Monica Grady, The Open UniversityPhew, what a day it was yesterday. Ended up having a quiet drink at the hotel. Last drink of the day – a nice cup of tea! read more
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7:14 PM | Aboriginal rights trump necessary treatment for child with leukemia in Canada
The headline may be all people will read but the subtitle says it all: 1 child with leukemia has relapsed and is critically ill. The decision means children will die. ‘Doctor’ treating First Nations girls says cancer patients can heal themselves. A Florida health resort licensed as a “massage establishment” is treating a young Ontario… Source: Doubtful News
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7:00 PM | CrossFit: Pointless Pain Or Elite Fitness?
CrossFitters can be found flipping tires or hitting them with a sledgehammer, climbing ropes, and tossing medicine balls. ShutterstockBy Sarah Hentges, University of Maine at Augusta read more
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6:56 PM | Do spinal cord injuries cause subsequent brain damage?
Most research on spinal cord injuries has focused on effects due to spinal cord damage and scientists have neglected the effects on brain function. University of Maryland School of Medicine (UM SOM) researchers have found for the first time that spinal cord injuries (SCI) can cause widespread and sustained brain inflammation that leads to progressive loss of nerve cells, with associated cognitive problems and depression. Subject:  Brain & Behavior
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6:50 PM | You won't believe what the AARP published about breast cancer!
Pardon the clickbait headline, but I honestly could not believe what the AARP published about breast cancer in the cover story in the current issue of AARP The Magazine. Here is a sampling from one breast-cancer survivor: This was my own doing, and I take responsibility. When I got my body back into balance, the cancer disappeared. I have the BRCA2 gene but don't encourage women to get tested. Genes can be turned on or off. I turned my gene on with my very poor diet. Our bodies are batteries. […]
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6:50 PM | Climate series: It isn't journalism; it's public relations.
Earlier this week, Jeffrey Brainard sent me an email asking whether I'd look at a series on sea level rise in the Chesapeake Bay, produced and published jointly by the Chesapeake Quarterly and the Bay Journal. "I think this is a good example of emerging, hybrid platforms in science journalism. Our two publications joined forces to match our complementary strengths and reach more readers." I'm sorry to disappoint Brainard, but I disagree. Brainard explained that the Bay Journal is a monthly […]
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6:41 PM | SciStarter Hackfest Coming to CitSci2015!
Editor’s Note: This post originally appeared on the CitSci2015 blog at the Citizen Science Association What: A hands-on meet-up where everyone participates in dreaming up AND building creative tools to improve the field of citizen science! Where: Citizen Science 2015 Conference, San Jose, CA Who: The … Continue reading »The post SciStarter Hackfest Coming to CitSci2015! appeared first on CitizenSci.
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6:29 PM | Why artificial intelligence is set to automate marketing
Machine learning is combining with big data to bring a new level of automation and sophistication into marketing and advertising. We find out how. When a malfunctioning computer went on a homicidal rampage in Stanley Kubrick’s 1968 masterpiece, 2001: A Space Odyssey, it captured the imagination of a world barely conscious of the concept of artificial intelligence. Subject:  Artificial Intelligence
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6:01 PM | The answer is blowing in the intergalactic wind
Astronomers from the University of Toronto and the University of Arizona have provided the first direct evidence that an intergalactic “wind” is stripping galaxies of star-forming gas as they fall into clusters of galaxies. The observations help explain why galaxies found in clusters are known to have relatively little gas and less star formation when compared to non-cluster or “field” galaxies. Subject:  Astronomy/Cosmology
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5:58 PM | Weekly Beat | 5 | Feat. Röyksopp and Robyn
Röyksopp have reworked their track Monument with longtime collaborator, Robyn, for their final full length release as a duo, The Inevitable End: I Draw Slow will play a gig in aid of lifesaving blood cancer research in Whelan’s on the 10/12. Tickets are priced at €25. Click here for more info about the Mater Institute of Research […] The post Weekly Beat | 5 | Feat. Röyksopp and Robyn appeared first on HeadStuff.
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5:31 PM | Inside India's Sterilization Camps
India's sterilization program focuses on women. EPA/STRBy Sabu S Padmadas, University of Southampton read more
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5:08 PM | This Cool Video Shows You All ~600,000 Asteroids Discovered In Our Solar System Since 1980
Scott Manley is a self-described “astronomer, hacker, gamer, DJ” from Scotland. He is also an avid YouTuber. A few years back, Manley created an awesome visualization showing the discovery of new asteroids in our solar system since the year 1980. Originally posted back in 2010, Manley updated the video this past June to include all of the approximately 600,000 asteroids that have been found over the past 34 years. Check it out! Even compared to Mercury (the smallest […]
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4:17 PM | James McClean and the Poppy
TO WEAR OR NOT TO WEAR: THAT IS THE QUESTION James McClean is a young Irish professional soccer player from Derry Londonderry, making his living in England. He writes publicly to his employer to explain his reasons for not wearing a specific symbol on his team shirt.   Dear Mr Whelan, I wanted to write […] The post James McClean and the Poppy appeared first on HeadStuff.
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4:11 PM | 'Facebook Murder' - Should Crimes Using Social Networks Get Their Own Category?
Is there such a thing as a Facebook murder? Is it different than any other murder? Legally, it can be. From a common sense point of view, there is no 'hate crime' status that should make a murder worse if a white person kills a latino person or a Catholic instead of a white person or a Protestant, but legally such crimes can be considered more heinous and get a special label of hate crime.But social media is ubiquitous and criminal justice academics are always on the prowl for new […]
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3:55 PM | Genetic analysis of 110-year-olds finds no secret
Is the secret to long life in a gene? We don't know, for now. A recent project to read the entire DNA sequence of 17 people aged 110 or older has found… there's nothing particularly different from ordinary folks. Subject:  Biology & Aging
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3:40 PM | Can You Erase Bad Memories?
What if you could delete specific memories?
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3:35 PM | Scientists uncover vast numbers of DNA 'blind spots' that may hide cancer-causing mistakes
Cancer Research UK scientists have found more than 400 'blind spots' in DNA which could hide cancer-causing gene faults, according to research published today (Friday) in Cancer Research. The researchers found hidden faults in areas that are tricky for gene-reading technology to decode. This technique, which unravels cancer's genetic blueprint, is an important part of the research that scientists carry out to understand more about cancer's biology. Subject:  […]
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3:34 PM | Mission to discover hundreds of black holes could unlock secrets of the Universe
Researchers have made a breakthrough in helping scientists discover hundreds of black holes throughout the universe. When two detectors are switched on in the US next year, scientists hope to pick up the faint ripples of black hole collisions millions of years ago, known as gravitational waves. Black holes cannot be seen, but scientists hope … Continue reading →
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3:32 PM | Forming the early solar system
Infant planetary systems are usually nothing more than swirling disks of gas and dust. Over the course of a few million years, this gas gets sucked into the center of the disk to build a star, while the remaining dust accumulates into larger and larger chunks—the building blocks for terrestrial planets. Astronomers have observed this protoplanetary disk evolution throughout our galaxy—a process that our own solar system underwent early in its history. However, the […]
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3:29 PM | Advancing new tools to fill in the microbial tree of life
Scientists suggest why the time is right to apply genomic technologies to discover new life on Earth. ‘Nature has been tinkering with life for at least three billion years and we now have a new set of ways to look for novel forms of life that have so far eluded discovery.’  “We are poised, armed … Continue reading →
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3:25 PM | Landmark study on the evolution of insects
An international team of more than 100 researchers has published the first modern roadmap of insect evolution. Understanding how insects are related uncovers their true ecological, economic, and medical importance, and, until now, has been largely unknown. The unprecedented results reconstruct the insect ‘tree of life’ and answer longstanding questions about the origins and evolution … Continue reading →
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3:21 PM | Why is a piece of Australia under Vanuatu?
Researchers from James Cook University have found a fragment of Australia beneath Vanuatu – and it may cause a rethink on how continents are built. Geologists thought the volcanic Vanuatu islands, about 2200km east of Townsville, were isolated from continental influences. But now research by a JCU team suggests the ‘geological basement’ of Vanuatu contains ancient material from northern Australia. Subject:  Earth Science
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3:18 PM | “The Answer is Blowing in the Intergalactic Wind”
Astronomers have provided the first direct evidence that an intergalactic ‘wind’ is stripping galaxies of star-forming gas as they fall into clusters of galaxies. The observations help explain why galaxies found in clusters are known to have relatively little gas and less star formation when compared to non-cluster or ‘field’ galaxies. Astronomers have theorized that … Continue reading →
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3:13 PM | Shocking tale of solar system birth
Astrophysicists say that magnetic clues in a meteorite outline the earliest steps in the formation of the solar system and Earth-like planets. The results appear in a paper published Nov. 13 in the journal Science. The lead author is graduate student Roger Fu of MIT, working under Benjamin Weiss; Steve Desch of Arizona State University’s … Continue reading →
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3:05 PM | Birth of planets revealed in astonishing detail in ALMA’s ‘best image ever’
Astronomers have captured the best image ever of planet formation around an infant star as part of the testing and verification process for the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array’s (ALMA) new high-resolution capabilities. This revolutionary new image reveals in astonishing detail the planet-forming disk surrounding HL Tau, a Sun-like star located approximately 450 light-years from Earth … Continue reading →
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3:03 PM | Virtual Meat: "Embedded" Emissions In Livestock Go Beyond CO2
In the 1980s, a press release writer for an environmental group pulled a metric for meat and fossil fuel usage out of the air. It made its way into a book written by an activist and ever since then the concept of 'embedded' emissions has been used by anti-meat proponents. "It takes a gallon of gas to make a pound of beef" is easy to remember. It is elegant. It is also completely wrong. Regardless, the virtual environmental cost of meat became a craze and it was soon followed by virtual water. […]
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3:03 PM | Is Total Recall Possible? Maybe
Some people have great memories - almost like they are looking at a photograph. What is the secret? Will it be possible to change the amount of information the brain can store? Maybe. Researchers have identified a molecule that puts the brakes on brain processing. When the brake is removed, brain function and memory recall is improved.  Credit:McGill FXR1P: a controller of certain forms of memoryread more
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3:01 PM | How Likely Is It That Birth Control Could Let You Down?
Which form of birth control a woman takes is far more complicated than simply how effective that form is. But effectiveness is certainly an important thing to consider. I love how this visualization shows all the options together in a really easy to read set of graphs. Roll over through time to see the number of women (for every 100) who will have an unplanned pregnancy using each method. » Rose
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3:00 PM | Bookshelf: The Sense of Style by Steven Pinker
A few days ago, I told a writer friend—and fellow grammar geek—that I was reading Steven Pinker’s new style guide. She curled her lip. “Oh,” she said. “Isn’t that the […] The post Bookshelf: The Sense of Style by Steven Pinker appeared first on The Science Writers' Handbook.
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2:58 PM | Ancient DNA shows earliest European genomes weathered the Ice Age
A genome taken from a 36,000 skeleton reveals an early divergence of Eurasians once they had left Africa, and allows scientists to better assess the point at which ‘admixture’ — or interbreeding — between Eurasians and Neanderthals occurred. The latest research also points to a previously unknown population lineage as old as the first population … Continue reading →
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