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January 24, 2015

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9:00 AM | The Last Word
January 19 – 23 Cassandra explains why the flu shot is ineffective this year, what H and N stand for, how the virus outevolved the statisticians, and why to get the shot anyway.  A magisterially thorough explanation, and one feels better for it already. Cameron has always liked maps, all kind of maps, maps that […]
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5:00 AM | Antibiotic-resistant bacteria are everywhere
Nasty superbugs – bacteria resistant to nearly every antibiotic – are not just found in chicken fillets. They can be anywhere, from your kitchen counter to
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4:59 AM | The Strange remains the same 23 January 2015
Mystery deepens: Prime bird death suspect ruled out – SFGate. Beard of Egypt’s King Tut hastily glued back on with epoxy. Strange Comet Discoveries Revealed by Rosetta Spacecraft. Mysterious ‘Loud Boom’ Wakes Residents – Asheville Source of loud booms unknown. Even Elusive Animals Leave DNA, and Clues, Behind – NYTimes.com. (But not Bigfoot?) Confederate gold… Source: Doubtful News No related posts.
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2:16 AM | Microsoft HoloLens
For the first time ever, Microsoft HoloLens seamlessly blends high-definition holograms with your real world. Holograms will improve the way you do things every day, and enable you to do things you've never done before.
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2:09 AM | Researchers slow down the speed of light through free space
Scientists have long known that the speed of light can be slowed slightly as it travels through materials such as water or glass. However, it has generally been thought impossible for particles of light, known as photons, to be slowed as they travel through free space, unimpeded by interactions with any materials. Subject:  Technology
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1:40 AM | Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Has Passed Away
The streets of Saudi Arabia were uncharacteristically quiet today as Muslim worshippers headed to the mosques for Friday morning prayers. The somber mood was a response to the news that their King, Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, had passed away. Abdullah had been running the country since his brother – former Saudi King Fahd bin Abdulaziz – suffered a debilitating stroke in 1995. The Suadi Royal Court made the announcement of his death in a statement early on Friday, saying, […]
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1:27 AM | A Contractile Gel That Stores Light Energy
Living systems have the ability to produce collective molecular motions that have an effect at the macroscale, such as a muscle that contracts via the concerted action of protein motors. In order to reproduce this phenomenon, a team at CNRS's Institut Charles Sadron led by Nicolas Giuseppone, professor at the Université de Strasbourg, has made a polymer gel that is able to contract through the action of artificial molecular motors. When activated by light, these nanoscale motors twist […]
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1:27 AM | Time To Rethink Impossible Guidelines Regarding Children's Screen Time
The amount of time children spend using screens, such as televisions and computers, on a daily basis exceeds recommended guidelines but those guidelines were drawn up at a time when tablets, cell phones and other mobile devices were not as present in everyday life. Unless you are Amish or a doomsday prepper, it is unlikely that the future will mean current screen time guidelines. And how valid are they anyway? Yes, prolonged use of screens by children is associated with adverse physical and […]
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1:08 AM | Beach loses all its sand, regains it the next day
Very dramatic. Cornish beach is washed away overnight… then reappears. A British beach which was stripped of all its sand overnight by a freak high tide for the first time in living memory, has miraculously been restored. Overnight on Wednesday a severe high tide removed all the sand – leaving it a rocky not sandy… Source: Doubtful News Related posts:A tsunami hit and we missed it? Weather event resulted in trauma deaths of hundreds of birds in PA Larry the lizard is […]
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12:40 AM | Scientists unboil an egg, and it may be a big deal
Scientists have figured out how to unboil an egg. It may seem like a mere parlor trick, but it is an achievement that could "dramatically" cut costs for cancer treatments, food production and other research in the $160 billion global biotechnology industry, according to a press release that was posted online Friday. It also means "unboil" is now a word. Subject:  Technology

January 23, 2015

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11:10 PM | Atomic Scientists Strike “Doomsday Clock” 2 Minutes Closer To Midnight
In August 1945, the United States dropped two atomic bombs on the nation of Japan, effectively ending the Second World War. Just four months later, a group of scientists, engineers and various other experts who had been part of the Manhattan Project (which created the atomic bomb) came together to establish a publication known as the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists (BAS). According to the BAS’s website, these founding scientists… “…knew about the horrible […]
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10:13 PM | Here’s a fun fact you might not know: the largest organism...
Here’s a fun fact you might not know: the largest organism in the world isn’t the blue whale. It’s a fungus. Here, Kew Gardens gives you a peak into their collection of fungi, one that holds about 1.25 million specimens. (Let’s pause so you can take that number in).  I love this video because it’s incredibly cinematic. The music, the lighting, the pacing, I feel like I’m watching a movie rather than an explainer or a documentary. Plus, fungi are […]
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9:36 PM | Fatty Acids In Fish May Shield Brain From Mercury Damage
New findings from research in the Seychelles provide further evidence that the benefits of fish consumption on prenatal development may offset the risks associated with mercury exposure. In fact, the new study, which appears today in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, suggests that the nutrients found in fish have properties that protect the brain from the potential toxic effects of the chemical. read more
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9:23 PM | Haggis, Neeps And Badness: Enjoy That Dinner But What About The Real Robert Burns?
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8:43 PM | DNA 'glue' Could Someday Be Used To Build Tissues, Organs
DNA molecules provide the "source code" for life in humans, plants, animals and some microbes. But now researchers report an initial study showing that the strands can also act as a glue to hold together 3-D-printed materials that could someday be used to grow tissues and organs in the lab. This first-of-its-kind demonstration of the inexpensive process is described in the brand-new journal ACS Biomaterials Science & Engineering.read more
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8:42 PM | New Hope For Fighting Major Fungal Disease In Durum Wheat
A variety of wheat that is resistant to a destructive fungal disease has been found to have specialized and protective cell walls, according to research published in BMC Plant Biology. These insights could help to produce stronger, disease-resistant varieties of durum wheat for improved pasta production.read more
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8:30 PM | Over 5,000 Stolen Artifacts Recovered From Swiss-Italian Trafficking Ring
According to BBC… “In the biggest operation of its kind, Italian police have uncovered what they say is a treasure trove of more than 5,000 stolen antiquities.” The collection, valued at over 50 million dollars, includes a variety of treasures, including vases, bronze breastplates, statues and more. The items date from the 8th century BC to the 3rd century AD, a span of over 1,000 years. According to ABC News… “The hoard was discovered as part of an investigation […]
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7:08 PM | Weekly Beat | 13 | Feat. Sufjan Stevens
David Byrne has devised a new show, collaboration is at its core, with tUnE-yArDs, Dev Hynes, St. Vincent, Kelis and Nelly Furtado all participating. http://vimeo.com/117330154   Here’s a beautiful trailer for Sufjan Stevens’ forthcoming album, Carrie & Lowell. Named after his mother and stepfather, if the music in this clip is anything to go by, we’ve […] The post Weekly Beat | 13 | Feat. Sufjan Stevens appeared first on HeadStuff.
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7:00 PM | Join the SciFri Book Club LIVE in NYC
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6:52 PM | Why Sleep Soothes The Flu
A special protein enhances sleep’s healing power and speeds flu recovery.
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6:30 PM | Understanding 'Plant Microbiome' Can Improve Farming And Plant Health
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6:11 PM | Climate Change May Shape Languages Too
Researchers have determined that languages with a wide range of tone pitches are more prevalent in regions with high humidity levels while languages with simpler tone pitches are mainly found in drier regions. They explain this by noting that the vocal folds require a humid environment to produce the right tone. That means climate and weather our voices too. read more
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6:00 PM | Aboriginal Women And High Rates Of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
 Fetal Alcohol Syndrome is one of a group of preventable, lifelong conditions (the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders) that may result from high alcohol use in pregnancy. It can cause low IQ, delays in development and problems with learning, academic achievement, behavior, motor function, speech and language and memory. It is also characterized by abnormal facial features and poor growth, before or after birth.  One in eight children born in 2002 or 2003 and living in remote Fitzroy […]
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5:50 PM | Rosetta Comet ‘pouring’ more water into space
There has been a significant increase in the amount of water “pouring” out of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, the comet on which the Rosetta mission’s Philae lander touched down in November 2014. The 2.5-mile-wide (4-kilometer) comet was releasing the earthly equivalent of 40 ounces (1.2 liters) of water into space every second at the end of August … Continue reading →
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5:42 PM | Early human ancestors used their hands like modern humans
New research suggests pre-Homo human ancestral species, such as Australopithecus africanus, used human-like hand postures much earlier than was previously thought. The distinctly human ability for forceful precision (e.g. when turning a key) and power “squeeze” gripping (e.g. when using a hammer) is linked to two key evolutionary transitions in hand use: a reduction in … Continue reading →
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5:34 PM | Fossil ankles indicate Earth’s earliest primates lived in trees
Earth’s earliest primates have taken a step up in the world, now that researchers have gotten a good look at their ankles. A new study has found that Purgatorius, a small mammal that lived on a diet of fruit and insects, was a tree dweller. Paleontologists made the discovery by analyzing 65-million-year-old ankle bones collected … Continue reading →
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5:30 PM | Galactic 'Hailstorm' 13 Billion Years Ago
Two teams of astronomers have used computer models to look back nearly 13 billion years, when the Universe was less than 10 percent its present age, to determine how quasars - extremely luminous objects powered by supermassive black holes with the mass of a billion suns - regulate the formation of stars and the build-up of the most massive galaxies. Using a combination of data gathered from powerful radio telescopes and supercomputer simulations, the teams found that a quasar spits out cold […]
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5:00 PM | Good Health Is Part Of Native Culture - So Is Bad
Diabetes has been described as an epidemic of modern times so why does it affect aboriginal people more? Over the past several decades diabetes has become a prevalent health concern among Canada's First Nations communities, but it wasn't always so.read more
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4:56 PM | Solving An Organic Semiconductor Mystery
Organic semiconductors are prized for light emitting diodes (LEDs), field effect transistors (FETs) and photovoltaic cells. As they can be printed from solution, they provide a highly scalable, cost-effective alternative to silicon-based devices. Uneven performances, however, have been a persistent problem. Scientists have known that the performance issues originate in the domain interfaces within organic semiconductor thin films, but have not known the cause. This mystery now appears to have […]
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4:50 PM | Most Wanted: Blogging Tips
I’ve been asked countless questions over the past few years about blogging… so finally to answer them all, here’s a vlog filled with tips and recommendations. Enjoy! (Captions are available for those who are hard of hearing or in work etc.)Filed under: Our Island
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