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July 22, 2014

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8:00 AM | Mammoth And Mastodon Weren't So Nomadic
Mammoths and mastodons, the famously fuzzy relatives of elephants that lived in the American midwest, weren't as nomadic as previously believed – or Cincinnati was just a great place to be at the end of the last ice age. A study led by Brooke Crowley, an assistant professor of geology and anthropology at the University of  Cincinnati, shows the ancient proboscideans enjoyed the area so much they likely were year-round residents and not nomadic migrants as previously […]
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8:00 AM | Zoned Out
There a few moments in your childhood that stick with you the rest of your life. I don’t mean first kiss, prom, or that time you punched Kelly Weir in the stomach for stealing your bike (believe me, he had it coming). Those are big moments. I mean the little things – the things that […]
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7:28 AM | Peter Agre: “Malaria is my new adventure!”
Peter Agre devotes one third of his year to field work in Southern Africa, the rest of his time he spends in the lab to combat malaria. After winning the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2003, Peter Agre returned to his former passion haematology: He has been director of the Johns Hopkins Malaria Research Institute […]
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7:00 AM | Natural Fluctuation: Global Warming 'Pause' Since 1998 Explained
Statistical analysis of average global temperatures between 1998 and 2013 shows that the slowdown in global warming during this period is consistent with natural variations in temperature, according to research by McGill University physics professor Shaun Lovejoy. In a new paper, Lovejoy concludes that a natural cooling fluctuation during this period largely masked the warming effects of a continued increase in man-made emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases.  read mor
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6:37 AM | Links
Lasciate ogni le parentesi graffe, voi ch’entrate! “That isn’t the worst idea you’ve ever told me.” “Thanks.” “And that wasn’t necessarily a compliment.” A basket of whatfruit [1] via [2] When therapists fail to understand bisexuality Wiping out mosquitoes by making them all male Shermer rides again! Harvard digital repository draws millions of readers Sins […]
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6:30 AM | Probiotics Linked To Improved Blood Pressure - Review
Eating probiotics regularly may modestly improve your blood pressure, according to a new review of none studies examining blood pressure and probiotic consumption in 543 adults with normal and elevated blood pressure. Probiotics are live microorganisms naturally occurring bacteria in the gut thought to have beneficial effects; they have recently been a nutrition trend and common sources are yogurt or dietary supplements. read more
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5:44 AM | 100 Locations In Human Genome Associated With Schizophrenia
Researchers have helped identify over 100 locations in the human genome associated with the risk of developing schizophrenia, in what is the largest genomic study published on any psychiatric disorder to date. The findings point to biological mechanisms and pathways that may underlie schizophrenia, and could lead to new approaches to treating the disorder, which hasn't made much scientific progress in the last 60 years. read more
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4:50 AM | Shifts In Algorithm Design
How to find approximate page rank fast, among other things Jennifer Chayes is the current director of a research lab in Cambridge—that is Cambridge Massachusetts—for a company called Microsoft. She is famous for her own work in many areas of theory, including phase transitions of complex systems. She is also famous for her ability to […]
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4:06 AM | Pregnant and puffing on a smoke
Norwegian research shows that one out of four female smokers in Europe continue to smoke cigarettes during their pregnancies. Vivid differences are seen among
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3:59 AM | The Strange remains the same for 21 July 2014
Monday is like a math problem. Add the irritation, subtract the sleep, multiply the problems, divide the happiness. ~Unknown Robert Kennedy Jr.’s belief in autism-vaccine connection, and its political peril – The Washington Post. Student filmmakers find themselves drawn into the vaccine/autism fray – LA Times. Sixth-Grader’s Science Fair Finding Shocks Ecologists : NPR. Creationist… Source: Doubtful News
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3:46 AM | Vaccine denialists, climate denialists: When should journalists report what they're saying?
Keith Kloor's interesting piece in The Washington Post Magazine on Robert F. Kennedy Jr.'s anti-vaccine crusade includes this interesting fact: "All six of his children--ages 13-29--have been fully vaccinated." That's a bit of a surprise in the family of man who is probably second only to the sometime actress Jenny McCarthy in the zeal with which he has attacked vaccines. But it doesn't seem to have dampened Kennedy's anti-vaccine efforts. The issue concerns a mercury-containing preservative […]
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3:46 AM | A question reporters forgot to ask scientist about natural arches.
An arch is such a sturdy way to include a window or door in a stone wall with no beam-like lintel across its top, or to stack rocks in a way that they'll stay up with nothing directly holding them from underneath.  But putting one together is an art. It has to have a support system until it is done, a keystone wedged into the peak. This week some kinds of natural arches are in the news. A roundup of media coverage follows. But first an explanation what leads me to see how reporters handled […]
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1:03 AM | Book Review – The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution
If I’ve been posting a lot of book reviews lately, it’s due to the long, lazy days of summer and the fortuitous proximity of the Campbell County Public Library. But I’ve been trying to keep my reading list on the somewhat enlightening side, and to that end, I recently picked up “The Greatest Show on […]
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1:01 AM | Beware of scams regarding the victims of flight MH17
This excellent consumer warnings website out of Australia warns of fraudulent activity online surrounding information on the MH17 tragedy – dubious ads, malware and fake charities. Beware of scammers taking advantage of the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 tragedy. Scammers have set up false Facebook profiles for Australian victims of the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 tragedy… Source: Doubtful News
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1:00 AM | NASA Is Seeking Help In Potentially Finding Life On Jupiter’s Moon Europa (Video)
NASA is confident that underneath Jupiter’s moon Europa there could be more water than in our oceans here on Earth. So naturally, Europa has attracted a lot of attention, encouraging the curious to ask, “Could there be life on Europa?”. Currently, NASA is aiming to send a new mission to Europa by 2025. The White House’s […]
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12:15 AM | New material puts a twist in light
A team from the Research School of Physics and Engineering have uncovered the secret to twisting light at will. It is the latest step in the development of photonics, the faster, more compact and less carbon-hungry successor to electronics. A […]test The post New material puts a twist in light appeared first on Australian Science.

July 21, 2014

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11:59 PM | Those pesky goblin infestations! Burn the house down!!
I’m wondering if there is anything for which “goblins” isn’t a kickass excuse. Sangoma in court for torching goblins’ house. A self-styled sangoma from Chief Nyajena area in Masvingo yesterday appeared in court for allegedly setting his uncle’s house on fire because it had goblins. Mike Musiiwa of Mutadzo Village pleaded guilty to arson before Masvingo… Source: Doubtful News
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11:54 PM | Using finite automata to draw graphs
The diagram below describes a finite state machine that takes as input a description of an indifference graph, and produces as output a 1-planar drawing of it (that is, a drawing with each edge crossed at most once).Indifference graphs are the graphs that can be constructed by the following process. Initialize an active set of vertices to be the empty set, and then perform a sequence of steps of two types: either add a new vertex to the active set and make it adjacent to all previous active […]
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11:39 PM | Welcome New Bloggers!
A warm welcome to the newest bloggers at SciLogs.com! Amy McDermott is the author of our newest blog ReefsRising, news from our fascinating and fragile tropical seas. From her 'About the Blog' page: The shallow, sunlit waters of tropical seas rival rainforests in their biodiversity. They are home to thousands of species of corals, fish, and invertebrates – fascinating communities that are too often threatened by unsustainable human activities. ReefsRising reports on the […]
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11:28 PM | Why This Man Climbed A 130 Foot Tree With Only A Vine to Steal Honey from Angry Bees (Video)
To the Bayaka people, who inhabit the jungles of the Central African Republic, honey is an extremely valuable commodity. Besides being a rare and delicious delicacy, it provides essential energy and nutrition. So, when a beehive is found in the jungle, some men are willing to take extreme measures to secure the precious honeycombs for their family. […]
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10:52 PM | UFO researcher Jacobs profiled – Relies on weak evidence and fallacies
This article falls for the appeal to authority, saying Jacobs is a tenured professor and “makes his case with well-reasoned, articulate explanations and applies a scholarly approach to his research, which he has shared in four books – printed by well-known and academic publishers.” Since when are there well-reasoned arguments for aliens visiting earth and… Source: Doubtful News
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10:31 PM | Behold: The Beauty of Solar Magnetism NEW VIDEO! As massive...
Behold: The Beauty of Solar Magnetism NEW VIDEO! As massive magnetic fusion reactors go, the sun is pretty awesome. This week’s video features all the violence and beauty that erupt from that big bright thing at the center of our solar system. We’ve got sunspots, coronal loops, solar flares, coronal mass ejections! Even an aurora or two! And thanks to the fine people of NASA and their fancy satellites, this one is dripping with #spaceporn. Watch below: (via pbsdigitalstudios)
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10:26 PM | NOAA: Earth Had Its Hottest June On Record
From NOAA: “The globally averaged temperature over land and ocean surfaces for June 2014 was the highest for June since record keeping began in 1880. It also marked the 38th consecutive June and 352nd consecutive month with a global temperature above the 20th century average. The last below-average global temperature for June was in 1976 and the last below-average global temperature for any month was February 1985. “ FYI May …
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10:02 PM | explore-blog: As if we needed another reason to appreciate how...
explore-blog: As if we needed another reason to appreciate how amazing bees are: Artist and beekeeper Ren Ri makes breathtaking sculptures using plastic, salvaged wood, and a swarm of bees. Well, to be fair, the bees did half the work :)
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9:00 PM | Age-Related Macular Degeneration Occurs Much Earlier Than Assumed
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the most common cause of visual impairment and blindness in industrialized countries but it is questionable whether it can continue to be defined as a disease in people in their 50s and beyond. Investigations to determine the incidence of age-related macular degeneration undertaken as part of the Gutenberg Health Study of the University Medical Center of Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) have shown that even persons under the age of 50 years […]
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8:00 PM | Less Random Fitness: A Refined Biological Evolution Model
Models for the evolution of life are now being developed to try and clarify the long term dynamics of an evolving system of species. Specifically, a recent model proposed by Petri Kärenlampi from the University of Eastern Finland in Joensuu accounts for species interactions with various degrees of symmetry, connectivity, and species abundance. This is an improvement on previous, simpler models, which apply random fitness levels to species. The findings demonstrate that the resulting […]
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7:55 PM | The Chikungunya Virus: Yet Another Reason To Dislike Mosquitoes
Jul 21 2014 - 3:45pm By: Patricia Waldron, Contributor Image courtesy of Jentavery via flickr | http://bit.ly/1qxafvK (Inside Science) -- The Florida Department of Health reported the first cases of locally acquired chikungunya virus on July 17, and they are unlikely to be the last. Chikungunya (pronounced chik-ehn-GUHN-yuh) sounds foreign to American […]
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7:00 PM | Human Platelets Generated Using Bioreactor
Scientists have developed a scalable, next-generation platelet bioreactor to generate fully functional human platelets in vitro. read more
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6:37 PM | Grossman and MacLean in search for truth about tar sands - and for crowd-sourced cash
Two men from Massachusetts, veterans at getting information to the public, one by aerial photography the other by environmental news writing, have taken aim at the amazing Canadian oil boom. By all appearances they regard the mining and processing of hydrocarbon-pasted Athabascan tar sands in Alberta as an abomination for the province and the globe. Well, they have lots of company in that sentiment - and of course the scorn of many hard-hatted oil workers and their increasingly wealthy […]
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6:37 PM | Five big medical news stories you should ignore--and why.
Here are five disturbing medical reports that got a lot of attention but probably shouldn't have. One of them came out this week, and that prompted me to look through the Tracker's archives to find others. Here are the studies, and the reasons you should be suspicious: 1. "Nickel in early iPad likely triggered allergy in boy: study," Reuters reported on Monday. Two dermatologists "studied severe skin rashes afflicting the unidentified 11-year-old boy for more than six months, before discovering […]
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