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September 17, 2014

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8:06 AM | If The Scientific Truth Is Inconvenient, Publish your Own Truth!
A fellow meteorologist pointed me to a web-site today about a new scientific society called the Open Atmospheric Society (OAS), which is apparently in the process of organizing. They have a fancy logo, and a list of membership requirements that look very similar to that of other scientific societies, until you start looking closely. When you do, things begin to look a rather strange. One of the options to full …
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8:05 AM | 6 out of 200: Mathematics – Freedom and Creativity
Meet Sira Gratz in this Q&A series with 6 out of 200 mathematicians or computer scientists participating at the 2nd Heidelberg Laureate Forum, September 21-26, 2014. 26 Laureates (Abel Prize, Fields Medal, Nevanlinna Prize, Turing Award) will attend the forum together with them. For a full week Heidelberg in Germany will be the hot spot of mathematics and computer science.   Name? Sira Gratz Nationality? Swiss/ German Where are you based? Hanover, Germany What is your current position? […]
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8:00 AM | Stepping Off the Multi-Tasking Treadmill
Yesterday in the Washington Post, I wrote about how I wanted to love my treadmill desk, but I just don’t. I had high hopes. I’ve been a standing desk user for more than 10 years, long before they were a “thing.” I’m an active, restless person who already spends more than 80 percent of my […]
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7:02 AM | Ebola Virus And Protein Secrets
The current Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa has claimed more than 2000 lives and has spurred calls for a deeper understanding of the molecular biology of the virus that could be critical in the development of vaccines or antiviral drugs to treat or prevent Ebola hemorrhagic fever. A team at the University of Virginia, under the leadership of Dr. Dan Engel, a virologist, and Dr. Zygmunt Derewenda, a structural biologist, has obtained the crystal structure of a key protein involved in Ebola […]
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5:26 AM | Concurso fotográfico “Ciencia en un click” (Santa Fe, Argentina)
Incentivar la imaginación y la creatividad en torno a la ciencia y la tecnología es el objetivo del concurso organizado por la Subsecretaría de Apropiación Social de la Secretaría de Estado de Ciencia, Tecnología e Innovación de la provincia de Santa Fe (Argentina). El desafío está destinado a los jóvenes en edad escolar pertenecientes a los niveles primarios, secundarios y escuelas técnicas, así como a […]
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4:48 AM | Alcohol sensitivity is inherited
Do you have a parent or grandparent who is or has been an alcoholic? If so, you should stay away from alcohol when you are stressed.
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4:30 AM | Danish scientists disproves popular Parkinson’s myth
Advanced computer models allow scientists to track brain processes causing the irreversible disease.
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4:30 AM | Danish scientists disprove popular Parkinson’s myth
Advanced computer models allow scientists to track brain processes causing the irreversible disease.
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3:59 AM | The Strange remains the same for 16 September 2014
Man-eating leopard attacks drunks heading home at night – NY Daily News. Brooklyn Mother Says Rat Bit Young Son While He Slept | NBC New York. The Strange, True Tale of the Old-Timey Goat Testicle-Implanting Governor – The Daily Beast. Dozens sign up to discuss social studies textbooks – Houston Chronicle. Orthorexia eating disorder on… Source: Doubtful News
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3:41 AM | Women,This Is Your Brain On Junk Food
Magnetic stimulation of a brain area, the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex (DLPFC), involved in "executive function" affects cravings for and consumption of calorie-dense snack foods, reports a paper in Psychosomatic Medicine: Journal of Biobehavioral Medicine.read more
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2:43 AM | Shake, Rattle and Frack
A new study was published today in the Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America, by three USGS scientists, and it’s the latest in a growing number of scientific studies that show that deep injection of waste water during fracking is causing earthquakes. It seems pretty likely that a quake will do damage in a fracking zone soon, and all this science will be moved into a courtroom. The graph …
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2:28 AM | It’s time we did something about sugar
I saw this image in the paper: Sheiham, A., & James, W. P. T. (2014). A reappraisal of the quantitative relationship between sugar intake and dental caries: the need for new criteria for developing goals for sugar intake. BMC Public … Continue reading →
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1:00 AM | In Psychopaths, The Line Between Fantasy And Reality Is Thin
A new paper indicates that people with psychopathic traits have a preference for non-romantic sexual fantasies with anonymous and uncommitted partners. read more
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12:51 AM | Four year old girl found sleepwalking several miles from home
She was very fortunate not to get hurt. Norway: Four-year-old sleepwalks 5km to nearby town. A four-year-old Norwegian girl has terrified her family by sleepwalking over 5km (3 miles) to a nearby town on a stormy night, wearing just her underwear and a pair of thin boots. Police found the girl unharmed in the town… Source: Doubtful News
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12:30 AM | Historical Global Carbon Cycle Needs A Rethink
A recent study of the global carbon cycle offers a new perspective of Earth's climate records through time. One of the current methods for interpreting ancient changes in the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and oceans may need to be re-evaluated. A measurement of the abundance of carbon-12 and carbon-13 isotopes in both the organic matter and carbonate sediments found in a nearly 700-meter marine sediment core from the Great Bahama Bank. The analyses showed a change to lower […]
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12:22 AM | Suicide via crocodile
Wow. What a way to go. Thailand woman dead after jumping into crocodile pit. A 65-year-old woman from Bangkok has killed herself by jumping into a pit of crocodiles at a reptile farm near the capital, police say. Witnesses saw Wanpen Inyai jumping into a pond at Samut Prakarn Crocodile Farm and Zoo on Friday,… Source: Doubtful News
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12:15 AM | New data show child mortality rates falling faster than ever
New data released today by the United Nations show that under-five mortality rates have dropped by 49% between 1990 and 2013. The average annual reduction has accelerated – in some countries it has even tripled – but overall progress is […]test The post New data show child mortality rates falling faster than ever appeared first on Australian Science.
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12:00 AM | Superfast Data Using Radio Waves Rather Than Optics
Using twisted light to send data at almost unimaginable speeds is not new but researchers have developed a similar technique using radio waves - high speeds without the hassles that go with optical systems. read more
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12:00 AM | Betavoltaics: Water-Based Nuclear Battery Developed
We live in a battery world - just visit any airport and see people huddled around a wall outlet to witness our battery culture. Yet batteries haven't made any real improvements in decades and that holds back electric cars and solar energy and laptop computers. An old technology may finally have come of age that can help us enter the world of 21st century portable electricity - betavoltaics, a battery technology that generates power from radiation, has bee created using a water-based solution, […]

September 16, 2014

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11:10 PM | Drought And Dry Lightning Have Made It A Long California Fire Season
Fires, mudslides and earthquakes are part of California life but residents might be wishing for a few more mudslides right about now. The temperature is nothing special but the worst drought in 20 years and dry lightning have meant an abundance of forest fires.read more
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10:39 PM | Do Those Wearable Activity Monitors Work?
Wearable electronic activity monitors are a popular fad. They constantly monitor activities and bodily responses and the information is organized into computer programs and mobile apps.  Given the large and quickly growing market for these devices, researchers at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston analyzed 13 of these activity monitors - names like Fitbit, Jawbone or Nike - to try and see if the devices and their companion apps work to motivate the wearer or if they are […]
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10:30 PM | This School District’s New Vehicle Isn’t a Bus- It’s An Armored Military Vehicle
The flow of military equipment to local police forces has just taken a new turn, with news surfacing that the San Diego Unified School District now has an MRAP (mine-resistant ambush protect vehicle). The district acquired the vehicle via the government’s 1033 Program, which gives away unneeded or unused military equipment to local departments at no cost. This is the same program that provided much of the militaristic equipment seen during the recent events in […]
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9:32 PM | Ocean Acidification May Change How Sharks Behave
Increase in atmosphere's carbon dioxide could encourage sharks to swim longer durations.
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9:31 PM | Pantyhose ingenuity
In the fall of 2012, I was to teach entomology at Sewanee: University of the South, whose campus is 13,000 acres of largely undeveloped forested land on the Cumberland Plateau. All about Lake Cheston dragonflies maneuvered like jet fighters. I didn’t know how to catch these lightning-fast aerialists. Field guides offered no suggestions, but the […]
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9:07 PM | The Chicxulub Meteorite Killed The Dinosaurs But Made Forests Great
66 million years ago, a 10 km diameter meteorite hit the Yucatan peninsula with the force of 100 teratons of TNT. It left a crater more than 150 km across and the resulting mega tsunami, wildfires, global earthquakes and volcanism are believed to have wiped out the dinosaurs and made way for the rise of the mammals. read more
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9:00 PM | Can a night owl become an early bird?
A couple of weeks ago I asked students in one of my classes whether they were early risers or night owls. Almost all identified as one or the other. But is either being up at dawn or burning the midnight oil simply habit, or is something else going on? Humans are no different to most […]
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8:46 PM | Epigenetic Drugs?
We inherit certain traits that are predetermined but the field of epigenetics postulates that we might be able to change genes play by taking certain drugs or changing diets.  read more
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8:45 PM | New Study: Millennials Are Actually Reading MORE Than Their Elders
I’m sure you’ve heard it before: the media lamenting on how lost the young generation is, how addicted we are to technology, how we’re dumbing ourselves down and losing touch with our societal roots. But at least one study seems to be contradicting this characterization of young people as ignorant internet addicts. The study, published by the Pew Research Center last week, found that 88% of Americans between the ages of 16 and 29 claimed to have read at […]
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8:24 PM | Artworks Are People Too?
Not all objects are equal in our minds. A Picasso sculpture is not the same way as a hammer, no matter how fancy the hammer.  The reason? We see the Picasso more as a person than an object, according to a new paper from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. And in some cases, we make distinctions between artworks — say, an exact replica of a piece created by the artist, versus one created by a different artist. Art, in other words, is an extension of the creator, write […]
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8:17 PM | The Story of Stuff Project
The Story of Stuff Project.http://storyofstuff.org/
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