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October 20, 2014

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4:19 AM | INFO (part 2)
In my last post on information, it was brought to your attention that this word that we throw around as part of our everyday speech is not only vastly complex, but vastly important. And as, in the case of the particular string of letters I wrote: XYUE FELKJ MM RU, I challenged you to think […]
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4:06 AM | What lies beneath the surface of Mimas?
Using instruments aboard the Cassini spacecraft to measure the wobbles of Mimas, the closest of Saturn's regular moons, a Cornell University astronomer publishing in Science, Oct. 17, has inferred that this small moon's icy surface cloaks either a rugby ball-shaped rocky core or a sloshing sub-surface ocean. Subject:  Astronomy/Cosmology
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4:01 AM | Symbolic versus literal interpretations of biblical stories
When I was an undergraduate in Sri Lanka, I was also president of the Student Christian Movement, a national body of Christian students on all the university campuses. We used to organize annual residential conferences lasting for about five days and they were great fun. We had mostly secular activities with some talks on social issues as well as outdoor activities and games. It was more like a summer camp with lectures than a serious conference. Subject:  Atheism […]
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3:59 AM | Remains of the Weekend 19-20 October 2014
UFO SIGHTING: Strange Objects Zipping Across The Moon. What’s Scarier, Haunted Houses or Haunted People? | WIRED. allAfrica.com: Ghana: Govt Struggles to Reintegrate ‘Witches’. Teacher in Strong on leave over Ebola concerns – Central Maine. Instant paranormal: The ubiquitous use of camera apps – JREF. Source: Doubtful News
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3:44 AM | Vous ne guérirez pas de la peur d’Ebola même si on vous l’explique
Ces derniers jours, on a fait grand cas d’histoires absurdes qui semblent démontrer combien certaines personnes gagneraient à s’informer sur Ebola. Et pourtant. Et pourtant, la direction de CNN annonçait cette semaine que dans le cadre d’une nouvelle vague de coupes (300 personnes), l’essentiel de son […]
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3:43 AM | biomorphosis: When you flip bats upside down they become...
biomorphosis: When you flip bats upside down they become exceptionally sassy dancers [x]. I have been laughing at this for at least 5 minutes straight. Chiroptera choreography!
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3:30 AM | More Electricity In Developing Nations Had Little Impact On Climate Change
Without question American CO2 emissions have plummeted, even after being driven into more coal usage due to political concerns about nuclear energy. Cleaner natural gas made the difference but environmental critics say the energy emissions burden simply shifted to developing nations - poor people can't have air conditioning.  Yet a new study in Nature Climate Change shows that environmentalists don't need to be criticizing the world's poor.  Improving household electricity access in […]
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3:02 AM | Implantes de células madre curan la ceguera a pacientes con enfermedades de retina
Un equipo de investigadores estadounidenses ha probado la eficacia de las células madre para regenerar el tejido del ojo en 18 personas. Los implantes no han producido rechazo y les han devuelto la vista. Desde que se descubrieran las células madre embrionarias en 1981, se ha investigado intensamente sobre sus aplicaciones para regenerar tejidos, reemplazar las células en pacientes con diabetes e ictus, y tratar trastornos mentales como el párkinson y el […]
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1:59 AM | Newsweek misrepresents autism and misrepresents me
Newsweek's featuring a new article about autism. When you finish girding your loins or gathering your spoons, take a look at it. OK. Forget the horrible headline. No, wait. Don't forget it. Substitute in "Did a son's paraplegia drive a woman to murder?" or "Did a son's deafness drive a woman to murder?" How does it feel at your moral center, that offhand reference to a child's disability driving a parent to murder? Seem ethical, right, OK, defensible to you? Keep in mind that the son in […]
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1:29 AM | Cell Parts and Functions – Crossword Labs
Try this crossword as a review of some vocabulary you should definitely know going into the Exam. Cell Parts and Functions – Crossword Labs. Let me know if this works for you – I have never used this particular crossword maker before. I will also post a pdf copy of this puzzle on blackboard if […]
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12:28 AM | The chemical map of otoliths
It's about the size of a diamond and comes from the inner ear of a fish. This tiny construction holds a treasure trove of information, a calcium carbonate microchip made of bone and accessed by a laser. Let's take a look at the science of otoliths.
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12:15 AM | The ancient mountains that fed early life
Scientists have found evidence for a huge mountain range that sustained an explosion of life on Earth 600 million years ago. The mountain range was similar in scale to the Himalayas and spanned at least 2,500 kilometres of modern west […]test The post The ancient mountains that fed early life appeared first on Australian Science.
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12:09 AM | Another Brazilian wandering spider found in produce in the U.K.
Those crafty little buggers, hitching a ride… Killer spider found in family’s supermarket shopping | UK news | The Guardian. A family has been left “deeply traumatised” after one of the world’s most poisonous and aggressive spiders was set loose in their south London home following an online delivery from Waitrose. A lethal Brazilian wandering… Source: Doubtful News

October 19, 2014

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10:53 PM | New Brian Cox Series Human Universe on BBC Two is Excellent. Will it air in America?
I was in the UK on holiday last week, and caught two episodes of Professor Brian Cox’s new series Human Universe on BBC Two. Once again, Cox was superb, and the BBC have shown that no one on the planet can match them in science programming. Hopefully BBC will air it on BBC America or perhaps they will sell it to PBS. Then again there are probably tons of illegal …
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10:47 PM | Future Islands Joe Dolan, Joe Dolan Future Islands
Future Islands Joe Dolan, Joe Dolan Future Islands. This should be seen by everyone in the world ever. Especially anyone who knows Future Islands, and especially their fans, and especially their fans who know who Joe Dolan is. So basically, if you’re a Future Islands fan and you grew up in Ireland, watch this video. It […] The post Future Islands Joe Dolan, Joe Dolan Future Islands appeared first on HeadStuff.
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7:53 PM | How Wolves Change Rivers Check out this brilliant short film...
How Wolves Change Rivers Check out this brilliant short film from Sustainable Human about the effects of reintroducing wolves to Yellowstone National Park, where they had been absent since the last one was killed in 1926 until their reintroduction in 1995.  While recent research suggests that the real story isn’t quite as neat and tidy as the one presented in the film (trophic cascades and food webs are incredibly complex! Who knew?!), it’s a great reminder of how every thread […]
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7:32 PM | The environmental impact of oysters, in one photo The water in...
The environmental impact of oysters, in one photo The water in both tanks came from the same source. The one on the right has bivalves. Not only do oysters naturally filter the waters in which they live, they can even protect humans from destructive hurricanes. For more, read about New York’s efforts to bring back oyster populations in the once-toxic Hudson River. Delicious AND helpful. Who knew? (photo via Steve Vilnit on Twitter)
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7:15 PM | How do we really know the Earth has a solid core? I mean, we...
How do we really know the Earth has a solid core? I mean, we can’t go down there, despite what Jules Verne would lead you to believe. As I mentioned in my “Structure of the Earth” video this week on It’s Okay To Be Smart, Earth’s tendency to shake and rumble up here on the crust has allowed us to discover a lot about its inner structure. Earthquakes don’t only send waves along Earth’s surface, they send certain kinds of waves (P-waves and […]
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7:10 PM | An opportunity to cooperate
This is not simply a cheap call-back to Episode 6: “Iron Dad,” although if you go to teen inventor Chase Lewis’s YouTube channel, he is indeed a fan of Tony Stark, though his helmet is the movie version, not the animated Armored Adventures version.  Below is a message forwarded to the Greensboro Science Cafe Facebook page from … his mom? *** & [...]
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6:25 PM | Tune in NOW (like right now) to watch a livestream of Comet...
Tune in NOW (like right now) to watch a livestream of Comet Siding Spring on its ridiculously close approach to Mars this afternoon! This dirty snowball will pass about three times closer to Mars than our Moon orbits Earth! The Slooh community telescope is currently live-streaming the comet’s approach with commentary from astrobiologist David Grinspoon! (artist’s rendition of comet over Mars via NASA)
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6:00 PM | Citizen Scientists, Help SciStarter Empower You!
SciStarter wants to make it easier for you to learn about and get involved in way more opportunities to make the world a better place. We have some big ideas, (and we know you have the potential to do BIG things!) but we want … Continue reading »The post Citizen Scientists, Help SciStarter Empower You! appeared first on CitizenSci.
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5:30 PM | Attention Cute Robots And Satellites Of Mars: A Comet Is Coming
Image: NASABy Monica Grady, The Open University read more
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5:15 PM | Divide And Conquer: Novel Trick Helps Rare Pathogen Infect Healthy People
New research into a rare pathogen has shown how a unique evolutionary trait allows it to infect even the healthiest of hosts through a smart solution to the body's immune response against it. Scientists at the University of Birmingham have explained how a particular strain of a fungus, Cryptococcus gattii, responds to the human immune response and triggers a 'division of labour' in its invading cells, which can lead to life-threatening infections. read more
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5:15 PM | New Pill-only Regimens Cure Patients With Hardest-to-treat Hepatitis C Infection
(Vienna, October 17, 2014) Two new pill-only regimens that rapidly cure most patients with genotype 1 hepatitis C (HCV) infection could soon be widely prescribed across Europe. Two recently-published studies1,2 confirmed the efficacy and safety of combination therapy with two oral direct-acting antiviral agents (DAAs), with around 90% of patients cured after just 12-weeks of treatment.read more
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5:08 PM | Using Space Suit Technology In Men’s Dress Clothes to Reduce Sweating
The Ministry of Supply (MoS) is an innovative clothing company that strives to incorporate modern technology into their designs to produce clothes that are both extremely comfortable and extremely functional. Here’s the “Our Purpose” section of their website: “We believe clothing should be an extension of your body, equipping you to realize your limitless potential. Using research-based design, we create purposeful products engineered to work for you in any […]
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5:05 PM | Have scientists finally detected dark matter?
Space scientists at the University of Leicester have detected a curious signal in the X-ray sky – one that provides a tantalising insight into the nature of mysterious Dark Matter. The Leicester team has found what appears to be a signature of 'axions', predicted 'Dark Matter' particle candidates – something that has been a puzzle to science for years. Subject:  Astronomy/Cosmology
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5:00 PM | Antibiotics Of The Future
Computer simulations show how bacteria are able to destroy antibiotics, focusing on the role of enzymes in the bacteria which split the structure of the antibiotic and stop it working, making the bacteria resistant.  The new findings show that it's possible to test how enzymes react to certain antibiotics and thus design new antibiotics with a much lower risk of resistance, and even to choose the best medicines for specific outbreaks. Using QM/MM - quantum mechanics/molecular mechanics […]
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4:32 PM | Seven commonly held myths about your brain
Credit: Image courtesy of University of BristolMyths about the brain are common among teachers worldwideand are hampering teaching, according to new research. While this research was directed at teachers, it effects everyone, because they taught us.  So it's a short leap to the conclusion that we were taught and hold these attitudes as well.  The one myth that we hear over and over again is that we only use 10% of our brain.  Wrong.  Every lobe and neuron has a […]
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4:30 PM | Digital Death And The Digital Afterlife: How To Have It And How To Avoid It
Image: the conversationBy David Glance, University of Western AustraliaIn 2012, the UK’s Sunday Times reported that actor Bruce Willis was going to sue Apple because he was not legally allowed to bequeath his iTunes collection of music to his children. The story turned out to be false (and shockingly bad journalism) but it did start a conversation about what we can, and can’t, do with our digital possessions. read more
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4:21 PM | Suggestion of jinn possession is on the rise in Muslim women
Belief in jinn as the cause of health issues is becoming alarmingly more common among Muslim women. Healthcare providers fear that they will seek out alternative healers instead of seeking medical attention. Conditions such as bad luck, marital infidelity, epilepsy and schizophrenia may be blamed on spirit possession. Muslim women’s centre reports rise in number… Source: Doubtful News
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