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December 20, 2014

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12:50 AM | Is North Korea Really Behind the Sony Hack? A Review of the Evidence
Today, the FBI officially confirmed what a number of other U.S. government sources have been saying since Wednesday: that the North Korean government was behind the recent hacking of Sony. From the BBC: “The FBI says it spotted distinct similarities between the type of malware used in the Sony Pictures attack and code used to attack South Korea last year. Suspicious, yes, but well short of being a smoking gun. When any malware is discovered, it is shared around many experts
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12:00 AM | New featured article in the latest FWS!
Unexpected stoichiometric relationships observed between consumption and nutrient release of stream invertebrate fauna.

December 19, 2014

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11:01 PM | How lost memories might be restored
New UCLA research indicates that lost memories can be restored. The findings offer some hope for patients in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease. For decades, most neuroscientists have believed that memories are stored at the synapses -- the connections between brain cells, or neurons -- which are destroyed by Alzheimer's disease. The new study provides evidence contradicting the idea that long-term memory is stored at synapses. Subject:  Brain & Behavior […]
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11:00 PM | ‘Get A Lovely Bust For Christmas’: 1930s Tips For How To Be A Festive Woman
Good Needlwork magazine shows you how to get better bosoms. Image: Dave WhattBy Jo Brewis, University of LeicesterWhen my good friend and long-term collaborator Sam Warren was given a pile of women’s magazines from the 1930s by her grandmother Jane Frampton, we found among them 11 Christmas issues of Good Needlework, Model Housekeeping, The Needlewoman and Stitchcraft. read more
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10:32 PM | The Best Books of 2014 as Chosen by Some of Your Favourite Writers
When given the task of picking the best books of 2014 I didn’t realise how vast and daunting a task it would turn out to be… So I scratched my head for a minute and then decided to enlist the help of some experts… So with huge gratitude to my contributors – themselves some of […] The post The Best Books of 2014 as Chosen by Some of Your Favourite Writers appeared first on HeadStuff.
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10:24 PM | Only One Third Of Dr. Oz Show Recommendations Is Believable, Finds Analysis
Televisiom programs such as "The Dr. Oz Show" and "The Doctors" have attracted massive followings, primarily due to having charismatic hosts who clearly mean well, coupled with a public desire to know the science basis for how we function. But in the quest to have new content so often each week, the perception among the science community is that they will run with any claims about the latest health miracle or scary chemical. That doesn't help the public, it just promotes suspect alternatives to […]
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10:15 PM | New Discovery Near Stonehenge “Could Rewrite British History” (Video)
With the first discoveries starting last year, archaeologists working on a site called “Blick Mead” may lead to the rewriting of British prehistory. According to BBC.. “Archaeologists working on a site near Stonehenge say they have found an untouched 6,000-year-old encampment which ‘could rewrite British history.’“ “David Jacques, from the University of Buckingham, made the discovery at Blick Mead in October (2013), and said the carbon dating […]
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10:08 PM | Congratulations Sarah Koenig
On January 13, 1999, a girl named Hae Min Lee, a senior at Woodlawn High School in Baltimore County, Maryland, disappeared. So begins the serial podcast – a spinoff from This American Life featuring Sarah Koenig researching, editing and performing long form journalism which she and her staff have spent a year investigating. Adnan Syed […]
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8:47 PM | Warblers high-tailed it away from on-coming storm a day in advance
In a small study that tracked 20 songbirds, scientists noted that five birds seemingly evacuated before an oncoming storm. BBC News – Birds ‘heard tornadoes coming’ and fled one day ahead. US scientists say tracking data shows that five golden-winged warblers “evacuated” their nesting site one day before the April 2014 tornado outbreak. Geolocators showed… Source: Doubtful News Related posts:Ionospheric phenomena exciting new direction for earthquake […]
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8:30 PM | Babies In Your 30s Is Not Modern - Your Great-Grandmother Did It Too
Freeze your eggs or your career? ShutterstockBy Jenna Healey, Yale University read more
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8:16 PM | Using Your Body Language To Improve Listening And Creativity
How nodding your head in sync with a group could increase your productivity.
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8:00 PM | Weighing Trees - Now With Lasers
A terrestrial laser scanning technique that allows the structure of vegetation to be 3D-mapped to the millimeter is more accurate in determining the biomass of trees and carbon stocks in forests than current methods, according to a paper in Methods in Ecology and Evolution. The study authors believe it could be used in monitoring carbon stocks for climate policy. Both above-ground biomass and carbon stocks are important details for UN-REDD, the United Nations initiative on Reducing […]
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7:33 PM | Planting Soybeans Instead Of Corn Below Wind Turbines Could Boost Power Generation
Mathematical model suggests crops can have a noticeable effect on power generation.
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7:20 PM | The Aroma of Christmas Trees
  The aroma of pine trees is one that’s evocative of Christmas; one of the responsible molecules, alpha-pinene, has already been featured on the Chemistry Advent Calendar, but here we take a more detailed look at the chemical constituents of the aroma. One of the most important contributors to the Christmas tree aroma is pinene. […]
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7:11 PM | Toward better electrolyte for lithium ion batteries
The lithium-ion batteries that mobilize our electronic devices need to be improved if they are to power electric vehicles or store electrical energy for the grid. Subject:  Technology
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7:00 PM | Christmas Tree Combustion
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6:11 PM | Breakthrough in optical fiber communications
Researchers from the University of Southampton have revealed a breakthrough in optical fibre communications. Academics from the University's Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC) have collaborated with colleagues at Eblana Photonics Inc, in Ireland, to develop an approach that enables direct modulation of laser currents to be used to generate highly advanced modulation format signals. Subject:  Technology
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6:04 PM | Student Raises $60,000 for Homeless Man Who Offered to Pay for Cab to Get Her Home Safely
Dominique Harrison-Bentzen is an art student at the University of Central Lancashire in Preston, England. Not long ago, Dominique was wrapping up a night out when she discovered that she had lost her bank card. While trying to figure out what to do next, Dominique was approached by a homeless man known only as Robbie. Robbie offered the 22-year-old his last £3 ($4.67) so that she could pay for a cab to take her home safely. Dominique ended up declining the offer,
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6:02 PM | Screening vs Diagnostic – Differentiating Difficulties Lead to Tragedies
I’ve been a relatively vocal critic of unregulated over-the-counter and direct-to-consumer screening kits for years, and moreso in the last few, as 23andMe flirted with the DTC genetic screening market. I felt (and still believe) that yanking the 23andMe kits … Continue reading →
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5:55 PM | Mental Illnesses Run In Families, So How Can We Protect Children?
Children should be taken into consideration when helping adults with mental health issues. ShutterstockBy Sam Cartwright-Hatton, University of SussexMental illness runs in families. This is well known and uncontroversial. There is much that we could do to reduce this risk, but we currently do almost nothing. read more
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5:36 PM | I tried the artificial pancreas and I want It back
It really did happen, I was in an Artificial Pancreas clinical trial. I got to test a future technology, a technology that is currently unavailable for use except for in clinical trials. Subject:  Health & Medicine
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5:36 PM | Why Some People Are Better Navigators: Brain's 'Homing' Signal Identified
It's no secret that some people are better at navigating than others, but it has been unclear why. In order to successfully navigate to a destination, you need to know which direction you are currently facing and which direction to travel in. For example, 'I am facing north and want to head east'. It is already known that mammals have brain cells that signal the direction that they are currently facing, a discovery that formed part of the 2014 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine to Professor […]
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5:06 PM | Dr. Ozvorkian And The Amoebas
In case you are fooled by the title, and are expecting to learn about a retro-metal group with a really terrible name, I apologize in advance. That's not what this is about.At some point during the rancorous comment section that followed my last piece about Dr. Oz,  I promised I wouldn't be writing about him anymore. I lied. Unfortunately, these days there is little downside to doing this. At worst, it will make me slightly more likely to hold a political office in New Jersey.read mor
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4:46 PM | Weekly Beat | 10 | Feat. Damien Rice
Laura Marling has unveiled the first track from her new album, Short Movie, which will be released on 23/03/15 (one day before my birthday!) The co-produced album will be Marling’s fifth in seven years, and comes from her attempts to change her routines after a time of reflection. “I realised that I hadn’t been in a […] The post Weekly Beat | 10 | Feat. Damien Rice appeared first on HeadStuff.
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4:36 PM | benlillie: cece n’est pas un humain. (Idea from Jana...
benlillie: cece n’est pas un humain. (Idea from Jana Grcevich.) (re-reblog, now with correct French grammar!)
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4:08 PM | Shale Gas Is Here To Stay - Here Are Ways To Keep It Safe And Productive
Though the New York governor recently made a pretense of banning fracking in the state (it was already not allowed) and the California governor said they should do the same thing, they're both being a little hypocritical. New York would have brown-outs without the energy they buy from Pennsylvania fracking and California has no fracking and 50 percent higher utility costs than the rest of the country because they subsidize alternatives and have to buy so heavily on the spot market. American CO2 […]
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3:53 PM | A Vegetarian Carnivorous Plant...Wait, What?
A carnivorous plant is a delight for people because everyone knows plant don't catch and eat animals - except some do. Like us, they need animals for nutrition. Do carnivorous plants also sometimes shake off nature and become vegetarians?  It seems so. The aquatic carnivorous bladderwort, which can be found in many lakes and ponds worldwide, eats little animals but also mixes it up by consuming algae and pollen grains in aquatic habitats where prey animals are rare, and that leads to […]
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3:00 PM | Learn to Speak Well
Every writer needs to know how to speak well, whether you’re discussing a story with an editor, participating in a pitch slam, or—if your writing is a hit—being a good […] The post Learn to Speak Well appeared first on The Science Writers' Handbook.
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2:52 PM | Frost in the low areas
An old friend of mine, Karen Skolfield, is presently living my dream of being a successful author in New England (I grumble inside as I note that I am not successful, an author, or living in New England – but they would all be nice) writing poetry. Her book, Frost in the low areas, has […]
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2:30 PM | Parable of the Polygons
Part math, part sociology, all masterfully done, Parable of the Polygons is an interactive lesson in unintended consequences. Created by Vi Hart and Nicky Case, it alternates text and interactive blocks that let you get a visceral sense of the mathematics that drives segregation even in societies that want to be integrated. Well worth going through in detail. » Ben
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