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July 30, 2014

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7:00 AM | Women, antibiotics and the Longitude Prize | Athene Donald
Athene Donald: Times have changed since the first Longitude Prize and women now form an important part of the scientific workforce. Can the resultant diversity help to find creative solutions to this challenge prize?Across the world many leaders are speaking out about the challenges our global society faces as antibiotic resistance grows and our medical arsenal to defeat infection shrinks. In the last few months the World Health Organization (WHO), David Cameron and Sally Davies (the UKs Chief […]
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6:00 AM | Rural Studies Show Informal Child Care Works
Scholars studying the child care sector in Kansas, particularly in rural areas, have found that informal child care services create a large economic impact in the state.  Informal child care services include unlicensed facilities, unreported day care services run from homes, and child care performed for trade rather than money. The authors estimate that the informal child care industry created more than 128,000 jobs and added about $971.5 million in total value to the state of Kansas in […]
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5:00 AM | Genes causing sudden heart failure discovered
Scientists have found the genes behind the hereditary heart disease long QT syndrome that leads to sudden heart failure -- even in young people.
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4:30 AM | Wait, So How Much Does The Milky Way Weigh?
Does this galaxy make me look fat? Has Andromeda been taking skinny selfies? It turns out the way some astrophysicists have been studying our galaxy made it appear that the Milky Way might be more massive than it's neighbor Andromeda.  It isn't, says a study published in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society by an international group of researchers, including Matthew Walker of Carnegie Mellon University's McWilliams Center for Cosmology. In the paper, they outline […]
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3:59 AM | The Strange remains the same for 29 July 2014
My friends who share stories from Natural News aren’t nuts. They just don’t realize how crazy the site is. via Don’t believe anything you read at Natural News | Grist. snopes.com: Body Found Under Motel Bed, Police Say It Has Been There At Least 5 Years. Lightning Strike Feels Like Being Cooked in a Microwave, Survivor Says –… Source: Doubtful News
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3:30 AM | Secular And Longitudinal Trends In Young Female Dieting Strategies - 30 Year Study
Research to be presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior (SSIB) finds that the younger a woman is when she goes on her first diet, the more likely she is to experience several negative health outcomes later in life. read more
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2:27 AM | Science Blogging: Got Comments?
In a recent study of science bloggers, Merja Mahrt and Cornelius Puschmann found that the blog author very much influences the degree of commenting on his or her own blog posts. How? Through language complexity and topic selection. In a content analysis of over 200 posts at scienceblogs.com, researchblogging.org, hypotheses.org, amazings.es and scilogs.de (the German partner of SciLogs.com), these researchers found blog posts that received the most comments dealt either with common […]
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2:27 AM | Science Blogging: Got Comments?
In a recent study of science bloggers, Merja Mahrt and Cornelius Puschmann found that the blog author very much influences the degree of commenting on his or her own blog posts. How? Through language complexity and topic selection. In a content analysis of over 200 posts at scienceblogs.com, researchblogging.org, hypotheses.org, amazings.es and scilogs.de (the German partner of SciLogs.com), these researchers found blog posts that received the most comments dealt either with common […]
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2:00 AM | Sugary Beverages In Adolescence Impair Memory
Some critics go after sucrose, and some go after fructose, but new research at the Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior (SSIB) says it's all bad; daily consumption of beverages sweetened with high-fructose corn syrup or sucrose were shown to impair the ability to learn and remember information, particularly when consumption occurs during adolescence. read more
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1:30 AM | Prehistoric Dairy Farming At Extreme Latitudes
Before there was a war on wheat and a war on sugar, there was a war on dairy products. Nutritionists need science insight the most and are least likely to want it, they instead listen to Yogic flying instructors, actresses and Food Babes at conferences embracing the latest fad.read more
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1:06 AM | DXL Instrument Settles Interstellar Helium Debate
New findings have resolved a decades-old puzzle about a fog of low-energy X-rays observed over the entire sky. Thanks to refurbished detectors first flown on a NASA sounding rocket in the 1970s, astronomers have now confirmed the long-held suspicion that much of this glow stems from a region of million-degree interstellar plasma known as the local hot bubble, or LHB.  At the same time, the study also establishes upper limits on the amount of low-energy, or soft, X-rays produced within our […]
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12:15 AM | CSIRO releases Spanish version of free pesticide risk tool
Spanish-speaking farmers and regulators will be better equipped to manage the impacts of pesticides on water resources thanks to a new version of CSIRO’s popular Pesticide Impact Rating Index (PIRI) tool. The Australian national science agency, the CSIRO, this month, […]test The post CSIRO releases Spanish version of free pesticide risk tool appeared first on Australian Science.
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12:00 AM | Creepy Stanley Palace video interesting, but pretty much useless
I don’t know anything about this group or about this situation but it’s an interesting video. What a shame such an event was wasted with poor documentation. It’s the claimants job to make a clear case. This doesn’t do it. Disregard all the horrid dust flying around, though. Eerie video was captured during an investigation… Source: Doubtful News

July 29, 2014

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11:32 PM | A miniature turbine with blades one atom thick
Micro-machines, as well as being an awesome video game, are also a glimpse into the future (maybe): Some people believe that tiny robots could one day revolutionise medicine, while others think they might destroy the world in a big blob of ‘grey goo’. While fully-fledged nanorobots are currently limited to fictional universes such as those…

Li J., Lina Zhao, Xingfa Gao, Yuliang Zhao & Ruhong Zhou (2014). Rotation Motion of Designed Nano-Turbine, Scientific Reports, 4 DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/srep05846

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11:20 PM | In Australia, money for science is cut, money for religious programs increased
Guest Post by Peter Mc, Australia Australian science body takes a funding hit while extra money is miraculously found for religious education in state schools to the tune of a quarter of a billion dollars. CSIRO cuts space research deeply to find required $114m savings Deep cuts to the CSIRO budget will see up to… Source: Doubtful News
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11:05 PM | The Enemy of My Enemy Means More Food–Monkeys Use Human Shields
The human species a major driver of biodiversity loss across the globe. Occasionally, however, that propensity for extermination can become an advantage for animals that associate with us. What could be better protection from competing species than the presence of a menace that threatens wildlife? Sometimes, being the enemy of an enemy can turn us into a "friend"--or at least the lesser of two evils. This issue was highlighted in recent study involving the samango monkey (Cercopithecus mitis […]
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10:58 PM | $626 Million Worth of U.S. Weapons Have Gone Missing in Afghanistan
The United States’ Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction just released its “Afghan National Security Forces: Actions Needed to Improve Weapons Accountability” report for July. The report revealed that a total of 747,000 weapons supposedly given to the Afghan National Security Forces by the U.S. Department of Defense are now unaccounted for. According to the report, 465,000 […]
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10:45 PM | Wildfire Smoke Makes Cool East Coast Temps Even Cooler
In spite of an unusually dry and cool air mass over the eastern seaboard of the U.S. this afternoon, the sky is a milky white due to smoke from the wildfires in Western and far northern Canada. An even denser layer of smoke covers the western portions of Hudson Bay as well. Here is the view of the sky over Maryland at 630 PM, and the usual deep blue sky …
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10:30 PM | Ebola for Beginners: How it Works, Why There’s No Cure, and Why It’s So Hard to Control This Time
We interrupt you regularly scheduled programming of fun, quirky science to address more timely, serious microbiology: understanding the mechanics of Ebola and its spread can make the grisly news a little easier to digest. The internet is awash with news that one of the world’s foremost Ebola-fighting physicians, Sheikh Umar Khan, has himself been infected with the disease, along with two American aid workers. History’s deadliest outbreak of Ebola is currently sweeping across Sierra […]
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10:18 PM | Message From the Moon At first glance, these probably come...
Message From the Moon At first glance, these probably come across as little more than hastily painted watercolor sketches of the moon. That’s precisely what they are, actually. Attractive, yes, but certainly not high art.   But hiding in their shadows lies a greater significance. The squiggled edges of that bleeding ink bear an observation that altered the heavens themselves. Or at the very least, our view of them. The hand that traced these orbs belonged to none other than […]
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9:42 PM | Mike Massimino, The Firsr Tweeting Astronaut, Leaves NASA For Academia
Mission Accomplished. Now it's time to go back home.After two space shuttle missions and almost two decades, astronaut Mike Massimino has left NASA for Columbia University in New York. During the final servicing mission of the Hubble Space Telescope in 2009, Massimino became the first astronaut to tweet from space, and he now has nearly 1.3 million followers.read more
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9:42 PM | Mike Massimino, The First Tweeting Astronaut, Leaves NASA For Academia
Mission Accomplished. Now it's time to go back home.After two space shuttle missions and almost two decades, astronaut Mike Massimino has left NASA for Columbia University in New York. During the final servicing mission of the Hubble Space Telescope in 2009, Massimino became the first astronaut to tweet from space, and he now has nearly 1.3 million followers.read more
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9:07 PM | Unpredictable and Magical: The Allure of the Dragonfly Swarm [GUEST POST]
Chris Goforth, the creator of the Dragonfly Swarm Project, discusses how citizen science has impacted the study of dragonfly behavior. Sometimes science is hard. If you want to study something that happens slowly, is rare, or requires thousands of observations, …The post Unpredictable and Magical: The Allure of the Dragonfly Swarm [GUEST POST] appeared first on CitizenSci.
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9:00 PM | A shocking lack of Zen
When was the last time you were alone with your thoughts for more than a moment or two? Did you enjoy the peace and quiet? Or did you desperately seek distraction? New research suggests many of us will go to great lengths to avoid simply having to think to ourselves. Can you entertain yourself? It […]
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8:34 PM | We Can Predict Audience Reaction To TV Programming
Marketing experts have long wanted a reliable method of forecasting responses to products and messages. A study that analyzed the brain responses of 16 individuals says even a few people can be a remarkably strong predictor of the preferences of large TV audiences, up to 90 percent in the case of Super Bowl commercials. This is far superior to the wobbly claims made by psychology surveys. read more
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7:53 PM | Science in action. Researching the right
Science in action. Researching the right ‘nudges’. http://ow.ly/zINhsFiled under: Uncategorized
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7:53 PM | Science in action. Researching the right
Science in action. Researching the right ‘nudges’. http://ow.ly/zINhsFiled under: Uncategorized
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7:37 PM | Warren Buffett Reveals How You Could’ve Turned $40 Into $10 Million Investing In Coca-Cola
So if you clicked this story hoping to turn forty bucks into millions of dollars overnight then I unfortunately must inform you that you will be disappointed. Instead, this is a look into how someone could realistically have turned $40 into over $10 million investing in just one stock in 1919, courtesy of arguably the […]
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7:00 PM | Beast of Bodmin pic is good evidence of … foxes
Is this a big cat, a dog, a fox? Another less than definitive photo has appeared of the reported “beast”. Student, 19, snaps “Beast of Bodmin” in Cornwall | Plymouth Herald. Henry Warren, 19, was taking pictures in fields near his home in Cornwall when a huge cat like creature leapt out in front of… Source: Doubtful News
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6:10 PM | Sweeter And Healthier Strawberries
Food science is making processed foods tastier with essence of strawberry. Originally published:  Jul 29 2014 - 2:00pm By:  Marsha Lewis, Contributing Producer Science category:  Biology Chemistry News section:  Inside Science TV Tags:  […]
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