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September 02, 2014

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10:02 AM | Rest In Pixels: How will you be remembered?
In Loving Memory   My great-grandfather lived and married in South Africa, where he made his fortune working in the diamond mines and building houses. Returning to Ireland, he founded two businesses. When he refused to remove the family name, written in Gaelic, from a business façade, the Black and Tans burned the place to […] The post Rest In Pixels: How will you be remembered? appeared first on HeadStuff.
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8:31 AM | The Strange remains the same for 01 September 2014
Keep calm and carry on. Los Angeles Office Closed: James Randi Educational Foundation. 6 Tricks I Learned as a Faith Healer (for Scamming You). Archaeologists Confirm That Stonehenge Was Once A Complete Circle. Bulawayo24 NEWS | Witch-hunters descend on Zimbabwean growth point. Is ‘Long Island Medium’ Star Theresa Caputo A Fake? Woman Interviewed For Show… Source: Doubtful News
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8:12 AM | The future of Nigeria’s power sector post-reform
8 reasons the ‘Power Sector Reform Roadmap’ may not be enough. Regular and reliable electricity supply is crucial for industrialisation and economic development. Despite Nigeria being one of the largest primary energy producers in the world, it still struggles to generate adequate electricity for its teeming population and to support its economy. At the moment, […]
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8:00 AM | Two Docs Walk Into A Bar
The bar in question is inside an upscale Italian restaurant in northern Wisconsin. The men are middle-aged with graying hair and glasses. But they’re both fit. They look like they might spend their spare time sailing. One wears a blue button-down shirt and jeans. The other is dressed in a polo shirt and camouflage shorts. Button Down […]
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4:55 AM | Police escalate use of secret surveillance
Covert police operations including mobile phone surveillance and the use of confidential informants, undercover officers and infiltrators are gaining ground.
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4:30 AM | Gigantic DNA-study reveals the rise and downfall of prehistoric Eskimos
In the largest study of ancient DNA from the Arctic, Danish scientists have mapped the story of the prehistoric people who lived in one of the harshest areas of
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2:16 AM | do-math: *realizes joy division did some real quick fs...
do-math: *realizes joy division did some real quick fs photoelectron spectroscopy for their dumb album cover* 1) Joy Division’s 1979 Unknown Pleasures album cover actually features a data visualization from the first known pulsar, PSR B1919+21, discovered by Jocelyn Bell Burnell in 1967, and discovered by the band’s drummer in the Cambridge Encyclopedia of Astronomy. 2) It is not dumb.
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1:22 AM | Wockhardt Is First Indian Pharmaceutical Company To Get FDA QIDP Status
Wockhardt Limited announced that two of its drugs, WCK 771 and WCK 2349, received the coveted Qualified Infectious Disease Product (QIDP) status from U.S. Food&Drug Administration (FDA). QIDP status is granted to drugs which act against pathogens which have a high degree of unmet need in their treatment and are identified by the Centers for Disease Control. QIDP status allows for fast track review of the drug application by U.S. FDA, paving way for an early launch. This is the first […]
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12:53 AM | Low Carb Vs. Low Fat Diets: Which Is Better?
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12:15 AM | The Right and Wrong Way to Eat Sushi: A Primer
Vice.com’s food channel, Munchies, spent time with Naomichi Yasuda and learned the dos and don’ts of eating sushi. And they kindly summarized some practices that are permitted and verboten. (1) It’s okay to use your fingers to eat cut sushi […]test The post The Right and Wrong Way to Eat Sushi: A Primer appeared first on Australian Science.
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12:03 AM | Forget Everything You Thought You Knew About “Horsepower”
Every time the newest model of truck or car comes out, the car manufacturers loves to tell you how much “horsepower” the vehicle has, conjuring up visions of muscular stallions galloping through the countryside. But I put the term “horsepower” in quotes because these visions are misleading. See, in our modern world, horsepower is simply a scientific unit that we accept as a standard. But to understand what it actually means, you have to understand where it actually […]

September 01, 2014

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10:14 PM | Are action movies making us fat?
An increasing amount of research shows an association between TV viewing and higher food consumption and a more sedentary lifestyle. Now, a new Cornell University study points out that not all TV is alike. Some TV programs might lead people to eat twice as much as other programs. Subject:  Health & Medicine
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9:58 PM | The latest earthquake that hit Lebanon [2014-09-01 @ 004136 & 012515]
I have just found out that an earthquake has hit Lebanon. I did not feel it but 7 witnesses have reported the earthquake so far. Details are as follows: date: 2014-09-01 (July 06 2014) time: 235011 / 205011 (Beirut / UTC) depth: 20 km epicenter: 41.14°N, 36.08°E (61 km NE of Beirut, 20 km NW of Baalbek) (moment) magnitude…
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9:50 PM | Why Every Journalism Student Should Blog
Last week, I took my PhD comprehensive exams. For my particular PhD program in mass communication, comprehensive (or qualifying) examinations take the form of 4-hour long essay tests - five of them, five days in a row. Sounds brutal, right? Apart from being a bit emotionally taxing, however, the exams themselves were not bad at all. But as the week wore on, and I realized that I could consistently write 10-12 page essays within the allotted 4-hour time interval fairly easily,... Read more
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9:50 PM | Why Every Journalism Student Should Blog
Last week, I took my PhD comprehensive exams. For my particular PhD program in mass communication, comprehensive (or qualifying) examinations take the form of 4-hour long essay tests - five of them, five days in a row. Sounds brutal, right? Apart from being a bit emotionally taxing, however, the exams themselves were not bad at all. But as the week wore on, and I realized that I could consistently write 10-12 page essays within the allotted 4-hour time interval fairly easily,... Read more
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9:43 PM | A Shot in the Dark – The Perils of Sharing Vaccine Science
One of Wikipedia’s most interesting articles is simply titled “List of common misconceptions.” The contents range from the invention of baseball (Alexander Cartwright, not Abner Doubleday, first codified the rules) to elephant graveyards (which do not actually exist), covering the kind of “folk knowledge” that might be erroneously relayed in a grade-school classroom. Most of […]
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8:47 PM | Academic productivity app review: Habit RPG
In my previous post I asked people to share which digital tools and apps they use to help them work faster (and smarter). Lots of them sounded useful and interesting so I thought I would try some of them out and write some short reviews.@java7nerd recommended HabitRPG. The habit changing app that turns your life into a COMPUTER GAME. The aim of the app is to help you ditch bad habits and pick up good ones. The app sounded like great fun and perfect way to help me get more into a work/life […]
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8:30 PM | Location of body fat can increase hypertension risk
People with fat around their abdominal area are at greater risk of developing hypertension when compared to those with similar body mass index but fat concentrations elsewhere on the body, according to a study published today in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Subject:  Health & Medicine
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8:17 PM | Nature’s tiny engineers
Coral organisms use minuscule appendages to control their environment, stirring up water eddies to bring nutrients. Subject:  Biology & Aging
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8:04 PM | What are the mysterious 'assemblages' in our cells?
About 50 years ago, electron microscopy revealed the presence of tiny blob-like structures that form inside cells, move around and disappear. But scientists still don't know what they do — even though these shifting cloud-like collections of proteins are believed to be crucial to the life of a cell, and therefore could offer a new approach to disease treatment. Subject:  Biology & Aging
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8:00 PM | Do We Need A Law To Help People Try Experimental Drugs?
People with life-threatening or incurable diseases may be willing to try experimental drugs and unproven treatments. Credit: juicyrai/Flickr, CC BY-NC-NDBy Tina Cockburn, Queensland University of Technology and Bill Madden, Queensland University of Technology read more
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7:59 PM | The Controversial Origins of Labor Day
On the first Monday of every September, we take a day off to honor the social and economic achievements of American workers and pay tribute to the contributions they make towards the prosperity of our great country. There are conflicting reports, however, as to who actually proposed the original idea for Labor Day. For many years, it was believed that the holiday was proposed in 1882 by Peter J. McGuire, general secretary of the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners (one of the
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7:50 PM | Bankers beware: City ‘will soon be run by robots’
Robots will be running the City within 10 years, rendering investment bankers, analysts and even quants redundant, it has been claimed. Artificial intelligence is about to outpace human ability, according to Dave Coplin, a senior Microsoft executive. Computers will not only be able to undertake complex mathematical equations but draw logical, nuanced conclusions, reducing the need for human interference, he said. This will render certain professions redundant, while other “human […]
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7:48 PM | Marijuana compound may offer treatment for Alzheimer’s disease
Extremely low levels of the compound in marijuana known as delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, may slow or halt the progression of Alzheimer’s disease, a recent study from neuroscientists at the University of South Florida shows. Findings from the experiments, using a cellular model of Alzheimer’s disease, were reported online in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease. Subject:  Brain & Behavior
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7:12 PM | Inhibiting Inflammatory Enzyme After Heart Attack Does Not Reduce Risk Of Subsequent Event
In patients who experienced an acute coronary syndrome (ACS) event (such as heart attack or unstable angina), use of the drug darapladib to inhibit the enzyme lipoprotein-associated phospholipase A2 (believed to play a role in the development of atherosclerosis) did not reduce the risk of recurrent major coronary events, according to a study published by JAMA. The study is being released early online to coincide with its presentation at the European Society of Cardiology Congress.read more
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6:00 PM | New Cancer-Hunting 'Nano-Robots' To Seek And Destroy Tumors
Nano-robots have cancer in their sights. Credit: StephenMitchell/Flickr, CC BY-NC-NDBy Dr. Jason Liu, Monash UniversityIt sounds like a scene from a science fiction novel – an army of tiny weaponized robots traveling around a human body, hunting down malignant tumours and destroying them from within. read more
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5:11 PM | Neil Tyson On The Politics Of Science Denial
Spend any time in American science media and you may find some of them are pretty far out of the political mainstream; so far out, they may not even be friends with anyone who has not always voted the same way as them.So it's unsurprising that much of science media once perpetuated the claim that 'science votes Democrat.'  Humans are fallible and confirmation bias is sneaky. As was apocryphally attributed to New Yorker film critic Pauline Kael after the 1972 Presidential election and a […]
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5:00 PM | Walk this way
for a hint on this week’s quiz…
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4:46 PM | Secret Google X Project Bringing Us A Step Closer To Drone Deliveries (Video)
Google X, Google’s research and development lab, has been known for projects like Project Loon, Google Glass, driverless cars and more. Now, it seems the company is taking on drones as well, after it was recently revealed that Google X has been secretly developing a drone program over the last two years. Last week, after the secret program (known as “Project Wing”) was revealed to the public, it was obvious that Google’s new drones would be in direct […]
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4:30 PM | Brain Size Matters When It Comes To Remembering
Want more working memory? Then you need to expand your brain. Credit: Flickr/Elena Gatti, CC BYBy Joel PearsonBefore we had mobile phones, people had to use their own memory to store long phone numbers (or write them down). But getting those numbers into long-term memory could be a real pain. read more
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