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November 19, 2014

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2:00 AM | Interstellar Is A Dangerous Fantasy Of US Colonialism
A new America? Warner Bros. PicturesBy Peter Bloom, The Open University"Interstellar" has been praised for its attempt to make the “hard science” of astrophysics both accessible and exciting to a popular audience. Through cutting-edge special effects, it takes audiences on a journey through space and time. It does so by drawing on groundbreaking scientific theories involving relativity, wormholes, black holes and the power of gravity. read more
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1:25 AM | Concurso Internacional de Fotografía de Naturaleza “Oasis Photo Contest 2014″
Están abiertas las inscripciones para la nueva edición Oasis Photocontest 2014 organizado y promovido por el magazine Oasis y AITN (Asociación Italiana de Turismo y naturaleza). El concurso se divide en dos secciones (adultos y niños) y doce categorías. Estas son las secciones del concurso: Categoría Adultos: - Paisaje – Mamíferos – Aves y Murciélagos – Todos los otros animales (reptiles, insectos, etc ) – […]
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1:21 AM | New Zealand monster eel video hoaxes
Once again, an example of why videos and photos are worthless as “evidence”. How to film a hoax: ‘Monster eel’ viral videos are fake. Two budding filmmakers have created fake videos featuring massive eels in a New Zealand river, to prove how easy it is to create a hoax viral video. The young brothers Ray… Source: Doubtful News
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12:30 AM | Vaping – The 2014 Word Of The Year
You're twice as likely to chat about vaping than you were in 2013. Tibanna79By Robbie Love, Lancaster UniversitySelfies were so 2013. But vaping’s in: Oxford Dictionaries have announced vape as its international Word of the Year 2014. The runners up are bae, budtender, contactless, indyref, normcore and slacktivism. read more
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12:15 AM | Spiral laser beam creates quantum whirlpool
Physicists at ANU have engineered a spiral laser beam and used it to create a whirlpool of hybrid light-matter particles called polaritons. “Creating circulating currents of polaritons – vortices – and controlling them has been a long-standing challenge,” said leader […]test The post Spiral laser beam creates quantum whirlpool appeared first on Australian Science.

November 18, 2014

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11:30 PM | Health Risks Of Nicotine Cast Doubt On 'Safer' E-cigarettes
E-cigarettes should not be sold in Australia, as a therapy or a consumer product. gdvcom/ShutterstockBy Ross MacKenzie; Benjamin Hawkins, London School of Hygiene&Tropical Medicine, and Thomas Novotny, San Diego State University read more
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10:30 PM | The 27 Club Is A Myth: 56 Is The Bum Note For Musicians
Jimi Hendrix is a member of the so-called 27 Club. A very exclusive club, as it turns out. EPA/Eduardo MirandaBy Dianna Kenny, University of SydneyI refuse to join any club that would have me as a member. – Groucho MarxNow he’s gone and joined that stupid club. I told him not to … – Kurt Cobain’s mother upon hearing of the death of her sonWhat do Otis Redding, Gram Parsons, Nick Drake, Jimmy McCulloch, James Ramey (aka Baby Huey), Bryan Osper, and Jon Guthrie have […]
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10:00 PM | Artificial Intelligence Software Using Images Boosts Web Searches
New artificial intelligence software uses photos to locate documents on the Internet with far greater accuracy than ever before, showing for the first time that a machine learning algorithm for image recognition and retrieval is accurate and efficient enough to improve large-scale document searches online. The system uses pixel data in images and potentially video - rather than just text -- to locate documents. It learns to recognize the pixels associated with a search phrase by studying the […]
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9:56 PM | Japan has 500 km/h maglev train
While US infrastructure continues its slow but steady degeneration as politicians stay fixated on richer people paying less taxes and thus starving the government and making it unable to maintain even what we have now let alone make ambitious plans for improvements in the future, we have to look to other countries for the nice things that we cannot have. Subject:  Technology
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9:53 PM | Philae Lander Discovered Organic Compound On Comet Before Running Out of Power
Scientists from the European Space Agency announced in a blog post this past weekend that the Rosetta Mission’s Philae lander had gone into a deep sleep after depleting its battery reserves. Philae was initially designed to recharge its batteries using solar panels, but one of its harpoons failed during the landing last week, causing Philae to take two bounces – it ended up about a kilometer away from the planned landing zone. As a result, the lander only got about 1.5 […]
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9:30 PM | To Survive A Car Crash, Be Young, Male And Drive A BFC
Vehicle fatalities are the most common cause of accidental death around the world. In the US alone, there are 30,000 deaths in car crashes each year. read more
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9:04 PM | Musicians Have Better Long-term Memory
Imagine we gave you three letters, say G, C and D. Then we gave you a name to associate to some combination of those three letters. How many could you recall on command? Guitarists in cover bands do that all of the time. They can play thousands of songs from memory, and it's not uncommon in most musicians. There have been numerous studies regarding music and memory and a peek inside the brains of professional musicians adds to that.read more
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8:56 PM | Close, Peaceful Whale Encounters Captured on Video
I came across these incredible videos by John J. King II (AleutianDream on YouTube) and I just had to share them. These snorkelers are in such close and peaceful contact with wild humpbacks and sperm... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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8:45 PM | Maybe Volcanoes Have Been Slowing Global Warming
Volcanoes have long been known to have an impact on climate - the 1815 Tambora volcanic eruption is famous for its impact on climate worldwide, making 1816 the 'Year Without a Summer'. Maybe they are the reason global warming has not taken off the way climate researchers estimated it would. Sulfur dioxide gas that eruptions expel might be cooling the atmosphere more than previously thought, contributing to the recent slowdown in global warming, according to a new study.read more
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8:35 PM | Sea stars mystery: Mass mortality from virus
We have a worrying update to the news from 2013 about star wasting disease. Starfish in record numbers along the U.S. West Coast were dying – losing limbs and turning to slime (technically reported as “epidermal necrosis and ulceration, and dermal inflammation and edema in the body wall”). Researchers have proposed that a virus is… Source: Doubtful News
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8:16 PM | Trial Drugs for Treatment of the Ebola Virus
The current ebola virus epidemic in West Africa has dominated the news in recent months, and in the past week, several medical organisations have announced their intention to commence trials with possible treatments for the virus in the coming months. Two of these treatments are the anti-viral drugs brincidofovir and favipiravir, chosen due to some promising […]
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8:16 PM | Sound Science I know hyperbole is über-fashionable these days,...
Sound Science I know hyperbole is über-fashionable these days, but I am not exaggerating one bit when I say this is the coolest thing I’ve ever seen. New Zealand musician Nigel Stanford presents "CYMATICS", a music video created with a host of mind-boggling physics experiments. To accompany the song, Nigel employed all sorts of scientific tools to make the invisible visible, allowing us to “see” sound via magnetic fields, electric arcs, flickering flames, and […]
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8:00 PM | The Desert Bighorn Blues
"Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got till it's gone."                                              --Joni Mitchell, singer songwriter The last of Tucson, Arizona's, original desert bighorn sheep (Ovis canadensis mexicana) disappeared from the Santa Catalina Mountains in the late 1990s. Last fall the Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) plucked 31 […]
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8:00 PM | Jet lagged? There’s an app for that
You’ve just flown halfway across the globe and the clock tells you it’s morning but your body tells you it’s bedtime. You’re tired and dazed. You can’t think straight and it take days to start feeling normal again. Jet lag. Is it just an annoyance, or something more serious? And among the many touted remedies, could a new smartphone app be the answer?
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7:16 PM | ADHD Surge Is More Marketing Than Medicine
You can't catch attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) but you wouldn't know that by the way diagnoses are spreading - up 10X in some countries. read more
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7:00 PM | Brain Cap Battles Cancer
Researchers develop noninvasive direct therapy for brain tumors.
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7:00 PM | Picture of the Week: Awareness in a Damaged Brain
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6:45 PM | UFO speakers tout new evidence and birth of a “science”
Same old stuff. We are being promised new photos of aliens (from Roswell) and told that scientists should be more involved in this new field. I wonder if they have ever researched the history of UFOlogy. It went no where back in the 50s through 70s. What’s changed now? UFO experts say ‘we are not… Source: Doubtful News
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6:28 PM | 'Mexican Waves' In The Brain Revealed
Neurons - cells in the brain that communicate chemical and electrical information - belong to one of two groups, inhibitory or excitatory. Much is known about excitatory neurons but not so much for inhibitory ones.read more
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6:27 PM | Acculturative Stress Causes Depression, Suicide In Latino Youth
An epidemiology analysis finds that acculturative stress, which is a term created to highlight that immigrants straddling two different cultures have greater stress than natives, is the reason Latino youth in Indiana have higher suicide and depression rates than white counterparts. Young people are forced to be one thing in their homes and then also part of the larger outside culture and the conflict between Latino teens and their parents regarding what they do and how they should act […]
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6:19 PM | kqedscience: What Gall! The Crazy Cribs of Parasitic Wasps |...
kqedscience: What Gall! The Crazy Cribs of Parasitic Wasps | Deep Look  Plenty of animals build their homes in oak trees. But some very teeny, tricky wasps make the tree do all the work. “What nerve!” you might say. What… gall! And you’d be right. They’re called gall-inducers. And each miniature mansion the trees build for the wasps’ larvae is weirder and more flamboyant than the next. This is the latest video from Deep Look, our YouTube video series […]
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6:17 PM | Computer model sets new precedent in drug discovery
A major challenge faced by the pharmaceutical industry has been how to rationally design and select protein molecules to create effective biologic drug therapies while reducing unintended side effects - a challenge that has largely been addressed through costly guess-and-check experiments. Researchers at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University offer a new approach, in a study published today in Biophysical Journal. Subject:  […]
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6:04 PM | Taking antibiotics during pregnancy increases risk for child becoming obese
A study just released by Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health found that children who were exposed to antibiotics in the second or third trimester of pregnancy had a higher risk of childhood obesity at age 7. The research also showed that for mothers who delivered their babies by a Caesarean section, whether elective or non-elective, there was a higher risk for obesity in their offspring. Study findings are published online in the International Journal of Obesity. […]
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5:27 PM | Research Focus: Prof. R Lewis, Newcastle University
Today we’re talking to Prof. Rick Lewis about his lab’s recent research article just published in Nature Communications, titled “Structure and function of a spectrin-like regulator of bacterial cytokinesis.”  Rick […]
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5:19 PM | Coffee Creamer, Crackers Linked To Worse Memory
A new study finds that people of 1914 may have had worse memory than people of 1814. The reason is partially hydrogenated oil - trans fats - that became a cheaper, healthier replacement for the saturated fats in butter. Crystallized cottonseed oil - Crisco - came onto the marketplace in 1911 and it revolutionized pie crusts but now the government says they should be banned and they now have a new reason why.read more
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