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October 23, 2014

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6:02 PM | Genomic data support early contact between Easter Island and Americas
People may have been making their way from Easter Island to the Americas well before the Dutch commander Jakob Roggeveen arrived with his ships in 1722, according to new genomic evidence showing that the Rapanui people living on that most isolated of islands had significant contact with Native American populations hundreds of years earlier. Subject:  Anthropology
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6:00 PM | #ObserveEverything…Including the Cat
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5:55 PM | Marvel's "Avengers: Age of Ultron" - Teaser Trailer
Get your first look at Ultron trying to tear apart Captain America, Iron Man, Thor and the rest of the world in the first official teaser trailer for Marvel's "Avengers: Age of Ultron," in theaters May 1, 2015!
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5:48 PM | New clues to how weight loss is regulated
A hormone seen as a popular target to develop weight-loss drugs works by directly targeting the brain and triggering previously unknown activity in the nervous system, UT Southwestern Medical Center obesity researchers have found. The fibroblast growth factor 21 (FGF21) hormone has been a key target for developing weight-loss drugs because the protein increases energy expenditure, causing the body to burn calories. But how the hormone worked wasn't known until now. Subject:  […]
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5:30 PM | Type 1 Diabetes Surges In White Kids
White children diagnosed with type 1 diabetes increased significantly from 2002 to 2009 in all but the youngest age group, according to a new paper in Diabetes. read more
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5:17 PM | New York Bigfoot advocate wants the critter on the endangered species list
It’s been a while since we had a nonsensical Bigfoot story. I know, I know. “Aren’t they all?” Endangered – seriously at risk of extinction. Bigfoot – not established as real, let alone at risk of extinction. Chautauqua legislators hear plea: Put Bigfoot on endangered species list. Wiemer wants the legislature to become the first… Source: Doubtful News
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5:01 PM | Disabled People In The US Have Poor Nutrition
A new study finds that though most U.S. adults fail to meet recommended daily levels of 10 key nutrients, those with disabilities do substantially worse. At least 10 percent of U.S. adults fit into one or more category of disability, from those who have difficulties with activities of daily living, such as dressing, bathing and eating, to those who cannot use their legs or struggle to accomplish routine tasks, such as money management or household chores.read more
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4:53 PM | Herbal Medicines Found To Have Dangerous Levels Of Toxic Mold
Up to 64% of people worldwide use medicinal plants to treat illnesses and relieve pain, and the herbal medicine market is worth $60 billion annually. Despite the increasing popularity of herbal medicine, the sale of medicinal plants is mostly unregulated, because they do not claim to be medicine in countries where regulation happens.  It's obvious why people in developing nations embrace herbal alternatives to medicine - medicine is expensive. In wealthier countries, it is instead […]
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4:16 PM | Climate Change Communication: Taking the Temperature (Part 9) with Scott Mandia
Editor's Note: This is a guest blog post by Kirk Englehardt (@kirkenglehardt). Kirk is Director of Research Communication and Marketing for the Georgia Institute of Technology. He blogs about strategic communication & #scicomm on LinkedIn and The Strategy Room.  He also curates and shares #scicomm content, which can be found on Flipboard, Pinterest, Google+ and Facebook.  Introduction In this series of interviews, prominent climate scientists share how and […]
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3:59 PM | Homeopathy Is Not Scientific
The Prince Arthur Herald, a McGill University student publication, has just published a short piece I wrote on homeopathy. Here is an excerpt: “In the mid-2000s, semi-isolated acts of “suicide by homeopathy” were performed as demonstrations of the lack of efficacy of this antiquated belief system, culminating in the Liverpudlian 10:23 challenge which extended this act … Continue reading →
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3:43 PM | New Project: Citing Physical Spaces
A few months ago, the UC3 group was contacted by some individuals interested in solving a problem: how should we reference field stations? Rob Plowes from University of Texas/Brackenridge Field Lab emailed us: I am on a [National Academy of Sciences] panel reviewing aspects of field stations, and we have been discussing a need for data archiving. One idea […]
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3:40 PM | Mole Day – Avogadro & The Mole
Today, 23rd October, is Mole Day – which might put you in mind of small, furry, burrowing animals. However, they don’t even seem to have a commemorative day of any kind; we’re actually talking about the mole in chemistry, a quantity that essentially allows us to ‘count’ atoms and molecules in a more convenient way. […]
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3:33 PM | What a real Star Wars laser "bullet" looks like
Credit: IPC PASA light pulse fired from a 10 terawatt** (TW) laser, dispersing into water vapor. The blue glow is laser light. The source of the other colors is mainlyplasma fiber (filament) arising as a result of ionized matter, located in the air in the path of the light pulse  at the University of Warsaw. Humorist S. J. Perelman once wrote, "there's little like a detailed report filled with decimal points and guarded generalizations to put a glaze on your eye like a Sung […]
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3:21 PM | New Full-Body Scanning Booths Print You A Miniature 3-D Selfie Figurine (Video)
Earlier this week, 3-D printing company Artec announced that they would be bringing their innovative new “Shapify” booths to the United States. The company made the announcement at the “Inside 3D Printing” conference in Santa Clara, California. So what is Shapify? Basically, its a booth that rotates around you taking hundreds of pictures which are then stitched together (by a computer program) to create a full 360° scan of your body. The whole process takes […]
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1:20 PM | Maastricht University’s Centre for Human Rights to Hold a Conference on Denialism
Never thought I would write this: Maastricht University is organizing a conference on the intersection of denialism and human rights. Here is a link to the conference description and the call for papers can be downloaded here.
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12:42 PM | A Case for Anonymous Open Review
I recently reviewed a manuscript for the pioneering journal PeerJ. This presented me with a quandary. PeerJ’s experiment in open reviewing is nicely outlined in their recent post, and includes two steps: reviewers can sign their reports, and authors can publish the review history alongside their accepted paper. My quandary was this: I love the second idea, and think it is an important step forward in opening up the peer review process; but I don’t like to sign my reviews.... Read […]
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12:40 PM | Paddy Angryman
Paddy Angryman is a new Irish web series by Diarmuid O’Brien and starring our very own Giles Brody as well as Charlene Craig and Tara Flynn. It’s about a detached government employee who’s alter-ego is a Julian Assange type who leaks all of the Irish government’s dirty secrets. Here are the first three episodes, you can […] The post Paddy Angryman appeared first on HeadStuff.
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12:00 PM | Could Life Have Existed Just 15 Million Years After The Big Bang?
A new paper suggests that planets from the remnants of the universe's earliest stars could have supported life on dim, warm planets. Credit: NASA/WMAP Science TeamBy: Ker Than, Inside Science(Inside Science) -- Life in the universe could be much older than previously thought, forming as early as fifteen million years after the Big Bang, according to a provocative new idea proposed by a Harvard astrophysicist. read more
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12:00 PM | The Strange Organic Molecules In Titan's Atmosphere
While studying the atmosphere on Saturn's moon Titan, scientists discovered intriguing zones of organic molecules unexpectedly shifted away from its north and south poles. These misaligned features seem to defy conventional thinking about Titan's windy atmosphere, which should quickly smear out such off-axis concentrations. "This is an unexpected and potentially groundbreaking discovery," said Martin Cordiner, an astrochemist working at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, […]
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11:30 AM | How Gut Bacteria Ensure A Healthy Brain – and Could Play A Role In Treating Depression
Your second brain? Credit: hey__paul, CC BYBy Clio Korn, University of Oxford read more
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11:29 AM | 1º torneo de Proyectos de biotecnología de Atacama (Chile)
El Departamento de Ciencias Básicas de la Universidad Santo Tomás sede Copiapó (Chile) invita a los estudiantes a participar en la Primera Versión del Torneo de Proyectos Biotecnológicos. ¿En qué consiste? El torneo se enfoca en permitir, a través de la investigación metódica, que los estudiantes y sus profesores de ciencias desarrollen propuestas teóricas de investigación en Biotecnología que puedan ser […]
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11:06 AM | Scandal! Footballer in Marriage Shock!
The future of Manchester Divided star and England international Dwayne Kick is in doubt after shock revelations last night that the 26 year old has “never cheated” on his wife. This isn’t the first time Kick’s remarkably unremarkable behaviour has gone unnoticed after he attended a party last year, at which he was not photographed […] The post Scandal! Footballer in Marriage Shock! appeared first on HeadStuff.
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9:52 AM | My Film Week in Review | 4 | [feat. Saving Private Ryan]
Saving Private Ryan (1998) Dir. Steven Spielberg   I have watched Saving Private Ryan more than any other film in history. I have seen it over 25 times. That’s 4225 minutes or nearly 71 hours of my life watching the same film.   This film is a master class in cinematography, and sound, and editing […] The post My Film Week in Review | 4 | [feat. Saving Private Ryan] appeared first on HeadStuff.
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9:00 AM | Inspire: Three Questions with Ortis Deley
In our third video of our Inspire series we asked Ortis Deley former Gadget Show presenter and all round gadget fiend what got him into gadgets and technology. What you may not realise is that Ortis has a BSc in Pharmacy and has also been on Tomorrow’s World. You can find out more about Ortis […]
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8:00 AM | On a Decade of Getting Pooped On By Birds
1. Washington, D.C., 2004 or so A bench around a circular planter, with a tree in it. I was eating my lunch. I felt something on my arm. We call it poop, but the stuff that comes out of birds’ behinds is more complicated than that. Birds, like most vertebrates that aren’t mammals, have a […]
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8:00 AM | Cracked Science Video 3: Homeopathy
It’s October 23rd or 10-23, which has been suggested as Homeopathy Awareness Day, in homage to Avogradro’s number. Today is as good a day as any to investigate the claims made by homeopathy. Reading about homeopathy is one thing; seeing the dilutions is another. I hope this is graphic enough for you. I have also … Continue reading →
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6:22 AM | How to be a Better Dancer, Science Edition
Are you awkward? Do you have trouble impressing on the dance floor? Fear not! Science has the solution to your woes. New research conducted by Dr. Nick Neave and Kristopher McCarty from Northumbria University investigated the attractiveness of different dance moves. 19 men between ages 18 and 35 with no previous dancing experience were asked […]
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6:00 AM | Brian Hooker and Andrew Wakefield send a complaint to the CDC about its vaccine research. Everyone yawns.
The antivaccine movement and conspiracy theories go together like beer and Buffalo wings, except that neither are as good as, yes, beer and Buffalo wings. Maybe it’s more like manure and compost. In any case, the antivaccine movement is rife with conspiracy theories. I’ve heard and written about more than I can remember right now,…
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4:59 AM | A New Twist on Flexagons?
For Martin Gardner’s 100th birthday Global Science source Martin Gardner introduced many including myself to the joys of Discrete Mathematics. His glorious monthly column “Mathematical Games” for Scientific American included some continuous mathematics too, of course; one could say it was on “Concrete Mathematics.” However, I conjecture—based on a quick flip of the several books […]
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4:23 AM | Spacecraft could become autonomous with new Danish technology
New method of navigation for spacecraft and satellites will enable them to determine their position without relying on signals from Earth.
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