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October 18, 2014

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4:50 PM | Earth's Biggest Migration Gets A New Explanation
Credit: WikipediaBy Peter Gwynne, Inside Science(Inside Science) – Each day small sea creatures known as plankton rise from deep underwater to the ocean's surface during the night and then return to the depths in daytime. Zoologists describe this “diel” movement, named after the Latin word for day, as Earth’s biggest migration. read more
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4:31 PM | This Video of Night Skiers Wearing LED-Covered Suits Is Incredible!
The video, which was filmed in a remote part of Canada, is the product of a collaboration between Swedish ad agency Ahlstrand & Wållgren and Philips TV. Nick Waggoner, one of the directors of the film, spoke with Huffington Post about making the spectacular video: HP: So, how’d you come up with the idea for the light suit segment? Nick Waggoner: The LED suit was a product of our collaboration with Swedish agency Ahlstrand and Wållgren and Philips TV. It […]
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4:29 PM | Climate Change: It’s Only Human To Exaggerate, But Science Itself Does Not
Credit: EPABy Rob MacKenzie, University of BirminghamTo exaggerate is human, and scientists are human.Exaggeration and the complementary art of simplification are the basic rhetorical tools of human intercourse. So yes, scientists do exaggerate. So do politicians, perhaps even when, as the UK’s former environment secretary Owen Paterson did, they claim that climate change forecasts are “widely exaggerated”. read more
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4:07 PM | KAMRA Inlay: Reading Glasses May Soon Be A Thing Of The Past
Reading glasses have served us for centuries. Why fix a good thing? Because science and technology can.  Presbyopia, blurriness in near vision experienced by many people over the age of 40, could one day be relegated to olden days if a thin ring inserted into the eye gains popularity.read more
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3:56 PM | Hey! Apparently It’s Okay To Be Smart is in this month’s O the...
Hey! Apparently It’s Okay To Be Smart is in this month’s O the Oprah Magazine! Go pick one up! I was only beaten by Schweddy Balls on this “5 cool things” list, which is a defeat I’m willing to accept.
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3:38 PM | Journey to the center of the Earth
A UCSB geochemist uses helium and lead isotopes to gain insight into the makeup of the planet’s deep interior. A UC Santa Barbara geochemist studying Samoan volcanoes has found evidence of the planet’s early formation still trapped inside the Earth. Known as hotspots, volcanic island chains such as Samoa can ancient primordial signatures from the early solar system that have somehow survived billions of years. Subject:  Earth Science
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3:34 PM | Could reading glasses soon be a thing of the past?
A thin ring inserted into the eye could soon offer a reading glasses-free remedy for presbyopia, the blurriness in near vision experienced by many people over the age of 40, according to a study released today at AAO 2014, the 118th annual meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. A corneal inlay device currently undergoing clinical review in the United States improved near vision well enough for 80 percent of the participating patients to read a newspaper without disturbing […]
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2:42 PM | Play Action Video Games, Boost Your Sensorimotor Skills
A new study has found that people who play action video games such as the "Call of Duty" or "Assassin's Creed" seem to learn a new sensorimotor skill faster than non-gamers do. Sorry, Bungie, "Destiny" was not out when they did the study and auto-rifles would mess up the results anyway. A new sensorimotor skill, such as learning to ride a bike or typing, often requires a new pattern of coordination between vision and motor movement. With such skills, an individual generally moves from novice […]
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1:55 PM | Who is most at risk of sexual assault?
www.soul-expressions-abuse-recovery.comUnfortunately, domestic violence and sexual assault are part of life in the U.S. and around the world.  This article identifies those people most at risk of sexual assault and suggests some common sense ways a person can avoid situations in which sexual assaults occur.The typical assault victims are:Young women, who are Drinking alcohol, and are attacked bySomeone the know, Either a friend, family member or Someone they met within […]
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1:41 PM | Outbreak Abroad: Jennifer Yang, Toronto Star
“It was a mixture of being totally inspired and totally devastated.” “I've covered a lot of crimes and deaths, and nothing has really moved me to the point of this.” “Everyone involved with Ebola research is fully engaged or in the field, and very hard to access or too busy to talk, so it's been one of the more challenging stories to cover for sure.” Welcome to the first installment of Outbreak Abroad. During this #OpenSciLogs series, we’ll explore […]
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1:30 PM | Who Owns The Moon?
Credit: Niall Carson/PABy Saskia Vermeylen, Lancaster UniversityWhether you’re into mining, energy or tourism, there are lots of reasons to explore space. Some “pioneers” even believe humanity’s survival depends on colonizing celestial bodies such as the moon and Mars, both becoming central hubs for our further journey into the cosmos. Lunar land peddlers have started doing deals already – a one-acre plot can be yours for just £16.75. read more
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1:16 PM | Kishi Bashi Live | review
Intimate, heart-warming, and wholly charming, Kishi Bashi was absolutely gorgeous at Whelan’s on Saturday night. The support act came in the form of the NYC cosmic one man banjo experience Tall Tall Trees, before the evening evolved into a beautiful display of musical artistry and passion. To say that Tall Tall Trees was a support […] The post Kishi Bashi Live | review appeared first on HeadStuff.
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1:00 PM | We Don't Know If God Exists, But We Should Keep Asking
There are many different conceptions of God, and endless questions. Credit: Waiting For The Word, CC BY-NC-SABy Graham Oppy, Monash UniversityDisputes about the existence of God — like most disputes about religion, politics, and sex — almost always generate heat but not light.The question of the existence of God seems intractable. As with other philosophical questions, there is no method to follow in seeking to answer it. Moreover, there is no prospect of reaching an agreed answer […]
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12:31 PM | A New Provable Factoring Algorithm
Factoring, factoring, the whole day through, keeps on my mind—apologizes to Hoagy Carmichael and Stuart Gorrell Waterloo Mathematics source Michael Rubinstein is an expert on number theory, who is on the faculty of the University of Waterloo. He is one of the organizers of a 61-birthday symposium being held December 15–19 in Princeton for my […]
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12:09 PM | Sylvia | poem
Sylvia   She loved to dance. And burn the toast when I was already late for work.   She would drop vanilla perfume on her shoulders. She would never wear the pearls I bought her. They were for special times.   She grew lilies in the backyard. Her fingernails were always lined with dirt. Dirty […] The post Sylvia | poem appeared first on HeadStuff.
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10:45 AM | Beyond The News Release – How PIOs Can Connect With The Public
Public information officers (PIOs) at research institutions are responsible for helping their employers connect with the public. Often this is through conventional media relations and social media efforts. But sometimes PIOs can find other ways, unconventional ways, of connecting with various audiences. To explore these issues, Karen Kreeger, senior science communications manager at Penn Medicine, organized a session for this year’s National Association of Science Writers meeting at Ohio […]
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10:45 AM | Beyond The News Release – How PIOs Can Connect With The Public
Public information officers (PIOs) at research institutions are responsible for helping their employers connect with the public. Often this is through conventional media relations and social media efforts. But sometimes PIOs can find other ways, unconventional ways, of connecting with various audiences. To explore these issues, Karen Kreeger, senior science communications manager at Penn Medicine, organized a session for this year’s National Association of Science Writers meeting at Ohio […]
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9:13 AM | From Mindless Physics To Physics Of Mind
       For the sake of clarity, let us consider the two widely known, nonsensical scenarios: The first is one that many scientists charge ‘idealist’ philosophers with, although no thinker beyond the dorm room bong level holds this view: All is just a dream and there is no physical world. The second nonsensical scenario is that a physical world “really exists independently out there” and it happens to be the case that consciousness arises in […]
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8:00 AM | The Last Word
October 13-17, 2014 Colin Norman continues his exploration of the medical system through his own familial cardiovascular condition, and Cameron finds a universe in a small window pane. Michelle celebrates the day now dedicated to Ada Lovelace, patron saint of gifted women. A midnight encounter with a beaver leaves Chris Arnade in a standoff between […]
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7:00 AM | How to make Gunpowder, and learning about explosives ! (Real Explosions)
Disclaimer: I’m not responsible for what you do with this information. This article is for educational purposes only. Several key pieces of information have been left out to deter attempts to replicate this project. Multiple safety measures were in place when these demonstrations were performed such as blast shields, electronic initiation, and Personal Protection Equipment. […]
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6:43 AM | Computer Programming is the Future!
While learning Java at school, I have been opened up to the potential of computer programming. Everywhere, from the smartphones in people’s hands to the computers in their homes, people are exposed to the products of computer programming every day. Computer programming has to power to change lifestyles. In a way it is like art […]
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6:39 AM | Bionic Plants?
It is no question that plants are a fundamental ingredient for life: it provides nutrients for other organisms, produces oxygen, and acts as a habitat for many species. However, what if we were to speed up the processes of the plants so that it could perform its tasks even better? With the help of nano-particles, […]
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6:30 AM | R – Labels inside ggplots using directlabels
The other day I generated the following figure with ggplot2 using the following code: Note that I used the “group” argument to plot both curves on the same figure. Similarly I used the “colour” argument to colorize each curve differently. But instead of a legend I wanted to have labels on or near the curves. To do that I…
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5:46 AM | Mars One: Short Life Expectancy For Volunteers
Today, like most days, I spent a few minutes scanning the internet for any interesting headlines and news stories, however nothing intriguing was coming up. I wasn’t really in the mood to read the thousands of articles on Ebola, and I knew I was just going to get a panic attack if I did, so […]
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5:30 AM | Dreams
Recently, I was talking to my friend about my dreams. I told her that I’ve recently had dreams where I lose all my teeth; she instantly told me the meaning behind my dream, I was stressed. I found it cool that she could pinpoint the message behind my dreams and I wanted to be able to […]
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5:29 AM | The Differential; They Really Make a Difference!
Have you ever wondered how your everyday car turns so smoothly and consistently even though when turning the inner wheel travels less distance than the other wheel? After all, doesn’t the inner wheel move around a smaller circle with a smaller circumference than the outer wheel? It turns out this was invented way back in […]
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5:27 AM | Mr. Buffer System
When we eat so much food and ingest copious amounts of nutrients, it’s hard to imagine how our body is able to keep everything in control. Whether it is our digestive or muscular system, there is no denying that our body needs to have a way to manage and control they way each human system […]
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4:28 AM | New method to detect toxin can replace animal testing
A chemical analysis can effectively detect botulism types, thus avoiding the need to sacrifice mice as part of the diagnostic process.
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4:25 AM | Unbiased Research
There are many kinds of bias that may be in the way of performing an accurate experiment. Therefore, in many researches, the titles include the words, randomized, double blind and placebo controlled. These techniques help to minimize the bias of experiments. Randomized experiments contain randomly allocated groups of randomly selected sample within a population. A […]
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4:22 AM | Summary Of October 14th, 2014
On October the 14, 2014, the Future Science Leaders students were introduced to the world of scientific journals. These papers interested the young scientists and made us agog. Later in to the session, we were handed papers to read and analyze themselves. The class of students was in for a terrific surprise on that day.  […]
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