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August 22, 2014

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3:59 AM | The Strange remains the same for 21 August 2014
You will have to excuse me. Yes, I’ve been too overwhelmed to spend 2 minutes to append a quote… An Anti-Evolution Bill In Ohio Almost Included A Ban On Aristotle. Bill Nye Fights Back | Popular Science. Saudi Arabia’s War on Witchcraft – The Atlantic. Doctors Remove Baby Skeleton Left Inside Mother for 38 Years.… Source: Doubtful News
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3:56 AM | Christine Park
Crofton House School  Why have you joined Future Science Leaders? I always knew that I wanted to go into sciences for university but I am still unable to choose only one area that I want to broaden in. I joined Future Science Leaders because I want to expand my knowledge in science so that I […]
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3:50 AM | Devansh Babla
Enver Creek Secondary School Why have you joined Future Science Leaders? I have joined the Future Science Leaders program to expand my knowledge in the fields of science and technology through activities and experiments. What are your hobbies? I love constructing and designing machines and reading scientific articles. I like spending time with my friends, […]
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3:48 AM | Sofia Alfonso
Gladstone Secondary Why have you joined Future Science Leaders? I want to be in an environment that embraces science and learn tools to pursue a future career in science, and I think Future Science Leaders will provide me the perfect opportunity to do so. What are your hobbies? I like going running, going long boarding […]
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2:50 AM | 10% of Iceland Closed as Concern Over Volcano Grows
Concern is increasing tonight that the Bararbunga (BOWR-Thar Boon-Ka) volcano may be getting ready to erupt. Earthquakes continue, and these type of quakes indicate that magma (Lava with high pressure gases) is moving beneath the volcano, which is much larger than the one that caused serious air travel disruptions a few years ago. Late today, Icelandic officials declared about 10% of Iceland off-limits, and is evacuating residents, hikers and campers …
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2:17 AM | Objectification In Romance Related To Sexual Pressure And Coercion
To sexually objectify someone is to focus on their body in terms of how it can provide sexual pleasure rather than viewing that person as a complete human being with thoughts and feelings. Objectification has long been considered a problem in the media - stories of Mad Men star Jon Hamm invariably mention that he doesn't wear underwear - but how does it affect individual romantic relationships?  New surveys hope to tell us, but since they are by social psychologists and the paper is in […]
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1:46 AM | Hollywood Science is Getting Better
There was a time when scientists in the movies were consistently made into villains, odd-balls or crazy-haired geeks. Think Frankenstein, Back to the Future, or even Nightmare Before Christmas. I’ve long been fascinated by science fiction and science in Hollywood. If anyone can remember back far enough, I began this very blog with a pitch to Nature Network (now SciLogs.com) to cover science in film. One of my first ever blog posts explored genetic sequencing and genetic profiling […]
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1:46 AM | Hollywood Science is Getting Better
There was a time when scientists in the movies were consistently made into villains, odd-balls or crazy-haired geeks. Think Frankenstein, Back to the Future, or even Nightmare Before Christmas. I’ve long been fascinated by science fiction and science in Hollywood. If anyone can remember back far enough, I began this very blog with a pitch to Nature Network (now SciLogs.com) to cover science in film. One of my first ever blog posts explored genetic sequencing and genetic profiling […]
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1:30 AM | Don't Dismiss A 2014 'Super' El Niño Just Yet
By Agus Santoso, Senior Research Associate at UNSW Australia.It looks like it’s all over bar the shouting for the chance of this year bringing on a “super” El Niño. Or is it? read more
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1:24 AM | When There Is A Penis Mystery, Just Blame Endocrine Disruptors
Endocrine disruptor.No one knows why Hypospadias, a birth defect where the urethral opening is abnormally placed, became more common among Swedish boys in recent decades. Before 1990, it happened in 4.5 per 1,000 boys, and after that increased to 8 per 1,000 boys.Researchers looked at past attributed causes (in epidemiology, they find two curves that go the same direction and attribute causation), such as low-birth weight, being born a twin, or being born from in vitro fertilization (IVF) to […]
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12:50 AM | Global Warming Hiatus Part Of A Natural Cycle
Though the end of the 20th century looked like we were going to see runaway temperatures around the globe, that hasn't really happened despite countries like China and Russia and Mexico and India continuing to belch CO2 into the atmosphere.More than a dozen hypotheses have been proposed for the so-called global warming hiatus, ranging from air pollution to volcanoes to sunspots and now the University of Washington has entered the fray, saying that the heat absent from the surface is plunging […]
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12:30 AM | Vitamin D Plus Interleukin-32 Protein Helps Kill Active TB
A study has identified a protein that appears to play a key role in protecting people infected with Mycobacterium tuberculosis — the bacterium that causes tuberculosis — from developing the active form of the disease. The protein, interleukin-32, was discovered to be one biomarker of adequate host defense against TB.read more
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12:30 AM | Treatment Against Lethal Marburg Virus Developed
Tekmira Pharmaceuticals and collaborators at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, have protected nonhuman primates against Marburg virus, also known as Angola hemorrhagic fever. There are currently no vaccines or drugs approved for human use and no post-exposure treatment that has completely protected nonhuman primates against MARV-Angola, the most deadly Marburg viral strain, with a mortality rate of up to 90 percent. This virus, which is in the same family as Ebola, has a […]
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12:15 AM | Stanford’s Robert Sapolsky Demystifies Depression
We know that depression affects people from all walks of life. Rich. Poor. Celebs. Ordinary Joes. Young. Old. But, somehow after the death of Robin Williams, there’s a renewed focus on depression, and my mind turned immediately to a lecture […]test The post Stanford’s Robert Sapolsky Demystifies Depression appeared first on Australian Science.

August 21, 2014

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11:52 PM | Paid Editors On Wikipedia – Should You Be Worried?
Paid editors on Wikipedia – should you be worried?By Kim Osman, PhD Candidate at Queensland University of TechnologyWhether you trust it or ignore it, Wikipedia is one of the most popular websites in the world and accessed by millions of people every day. So would you trust it any more (or even less) if you knew people were being paid to contribute content to the encyclopedia? read more
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11:35 PM | Measuring Calcium Buildup To Predict Heart Disease In Those With Chronic Kidney Disease
Calcium buildup in the coronary arteries of chronic kidney disease patients may be a strong indicator of heart disease risk, according to a new study in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (JASN). Researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health assert that coronary calcium outperforms two other commonly used measures of subclinical atherosclerosis in predicting the risk of heart disease among individuals with kidney disease. Approximately 50 percent of all […]
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11:33 PM | Review finds community water fluoridation safe and effective
A press release from the Royal Society of NZ today. I think the “take home message is: “The panel concluded that the concerns raised by those opposed to fluoridation are not supported by the scientific evidence” A review of the … Continue reading →
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11:30 PM | Muslims Are Not Too Culturally Immature For Democracy
When America invaded both Iraq and Afghanistan, critics of President George Bush insisted that Muslim countries were not ready for democracy and he would fail.  Were they right? Does Islam only lend itself to dictatorships? The record in the past hundred years is not good. What was once a cradle of scientific thought hasn't produced anything meaningful since the new fundamentalism took hold. But sociologists say Muslims may be ready than western liberals think.   read more
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11:07 PM | Another from our guest picker from last week, Lily Bui.  To...
Another from our guest picker from last week, Lily Bui.  To navigate, you must be brave, and you must remember. Learn the ancient Polynesian art of wayfinding. (This does have auto-playing audio, just as an FYI friends).  Lily Bui is a STEM Story Project associate the Public Radio Exchange (PRX), a citizen science editor at SciStarter & Discover Magazine, and an M.S. candidate in MIT’s Comparative Media Studies program. You will likely find her playing the ukulele, tinkering […]
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11:00 PM | Life Boils Down To Five 'Rules' ... Or So Says The Madingley Model
By James Smith, Research Fellow in Fisheries at UNSW AustraliaIt may sound overly simple, but just five processes can define us as animals: eating, metabolism, reproduction, dispersal and death.They might not seem like much, but, thanks to a mathematical model from scientists at Microsoft Research, we know that these five processes are the key to all ecosystems. read more
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10:30 PM | Electric Sparking May Have Altered Properties Of Lunar Dust
The moon is a tranquil place but an article in the Journal of Geophysical Research-Planets suggests that periodic storms of solar energetic particles may have significantly altered the properties of the soil in the moon's coldest craters through the process of sparking - it just took eons. The article proposes that high-energy particles from uncommon, large solar storms penetrate the moon's frigid, polar regions and electrically charge the soil. The charging may create sparking, or […]
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9:54 PM | The Genomic Love Triangle Of Canola
The recently published genome of Brassica napus — commonly known as canola — paves the way for improved versions of the plant, which is used widely in farming and industry. read more
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9:40 PM | Does the motion of the solar system affect our climate?
The Earth’s climate is believed to be affected, not just by people driving Humvees, but by a series of complex cycles, which can occur over a few years (such as El Nino) or even tens of thousands of years (changes in the Earth’s axis of rotation). But another cycle which may have an effect, lasts…

Shaviv, N., Prokoph, A. & Veizer, J. (2014). Is the Solar System's Galactic Motion Imprinted in the Phanerozoic Climate?, Scientific Reports, 4 6150. DOI: 10.1038/srep06150

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8:18 PM | Today I got stickfigurized by Ever Salazar, who draws for the...
Today I got stickfigurized by Ever Salazar, who draws for the awesome YouTube channel MinuteEarth. Today is a glorious day. #mammothsinspace
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8:09 PM | sagansense: scinote: Coming soon: SciNote.org, launched by...
sagansense: scinote: Coming soon: SciNote.org, launched by entrop-e, shychemist, and geogallery, is Tumblr’s project for promoting science education around the world. At SciNote, we believe that science shouldn’t just be reading about the ideas of people with PhDs and Nobel Prizes. We believe that science is an active process of asking questions and finding answers. That’s why we, at SciNote, want to hear from you. We want to ponder the interesting questions you pose […]
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7:11 PM | Will the church argue that this is REALLY the body of Christ?
We don’t typically get into religious arguments here but this lawsuit has a physically questionable claim they are attempting to make. Lawsuit pits Catholic archbishop against satanist group over sacred item purported to be used for ‘black Mass’ | News OK. Oklahoma City’s Catholic archbishop filed a lawsuit against a satanist group Wednesday, alleging it… Source: Doubtful News
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7:10 PM | Steve Jobs Speech at Stanford [Commencement Address]
Here is the wildly popular Steve Jobs speech from 2005 at Stanford that has received over 21 million views on YouTube! Find the transcript below!   Steve Jobs Speech at Stanford [Commencement Address] I am honored to be with you today at your commencement…The post Steve Jobs Speech at Stanford [Commencement Address] appeared first on Just Science.
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7:10 PM | How To Become a Better Person | 42 Simple Habits
  Many of us want to make changes but we don’t know where to start. Many times we can view change as a monumental task that we are apprehensive to commit to. Let’s break it down. Which of the habits from this list could you immediately…The post How To Become a Better Person | 42 Simple Habits appeared first on Just Science.
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7:09 PM | Why Voucher Systems Fail
Slate has the following article on Sweeden’s school voucher system and its failings .I have a few thoughts on this. The Slate author seems to be amazed that a generally left-wing country like Sweden could adopt a voucher system. To the extent that Americans…The post Why Voucher Systems Fail appeared first on Just Science.
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7:07 PM | Water’s Hidden Crisis
In ten years, the Colorado River Basin has lost the equivalent of two Lake Meads, the largest reservoir in the U.S., pictured here at dusk with Las Vegas in the background. If You Think the Water Crisis Can’t Get Worse, Wait Until the Aquifers Are Drained…The post Water’s Hidden Crisis appeared first on Just Science.
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