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February 27, 2015

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2:30 PM | Global Warming Pause Caused By Interaction Of Atlantic And Pacific Oscillations
The recent slowdown in climate warming is due to natural oscillations in the climate, according to a team of climate scientists, who add that these oscillations represent variability internal to the climate system. They do not signal any slowdown in human-caused global warming.  The Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation (AMO) describes how North Atlantic sea-surface temperatures tend to oscillate with a periodicity of about 50 to 70 years. The Pacific Decadal Oscillation (PDO) varies over a […]
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2:00 PM | Retroviruses: Human Embryos May Be Affected By Ancient Viral Invaders
By: Charles Q. Choi, Inside Science(Inside Science) -- Viruses that invaded the DNA of humanity's ancestors millions of years ago may now play critical roles in the earliest stages of human development, researchers say.The discovery sheds light on the key part that viruses may have played in human evolution, scientists added. read more
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1:51 PM | Opt For Flexibility In Environmental Policies
Life is unpredictable, and we move forward the best we can despite not knowing every detail.It's no different in the natural world. The Earth is warming in some places and in some places it isn't, the weather is more variable today except it was always worse in the past when you talk to old people, some years there are more fish and deer than others. Beware people who have magic bullets when it comes to conservation; it's all based on estimates and no small amount of speculation […]
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1:30 PM | 7 Ways To Make Your Science Video Popular On YouTube
Hundreds of hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute, and hundreds of millions of hours are viewed daily, including many that cover areas of science. Despite this, if you want to use YouTube for science communication, reaching an audience is not always guaranteed.We’ve analyzed nearly 400 science communication videos to understand what the successful YouTube science communicators do – those with numerous subscribers – that less successful communicators do not.So, […]
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11:35 AM | The Wellness Warrior, Jess Ainscough, has passed away
Two months ago, I took note of a somewhat cryptic blog post by a young woman named Jess Ainscough. In Australia and much of the world, Ainscough was known as the Wellness Warrior. She was a young woman who developed an epithelioid sarcoma in 2008 and ended up choosing “natural healing” to treat her cancer.…
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9:00 AM | Quiz Time
The utterance, “There will be a quiz on this” is notorious for striking panic into a roomful of students, but for me it holds the key to my strongest motivation. I am so much more likely to read a textbook chapter that will be followed by a pat on the back in the form of […]
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7:00 AM | Retrograde: Chris Cornell | Euphoria Morning
In Retrograde, we revisit albums to see how they hold up; good, bad or indifferent. First up, Conor Donohoe re-acquaints himself with Chris Cornell’s post-Soundgarden, pre-Audioslave venture; Euphoria Morning.  Chris Cornell’s been fairly busy since the turn of the millennium. The former Soundgarden frontman formed Audioslave with three quarters of Rage Against the Machine and released three decent if [...] The post Retrograde: Chris Cornell | Euphoria […]
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6:09 AM | Scientists reverse type 2 diabetes and fatty liver disease in rats
Yale researchers developed a controlled-release oral therapy that reversed type 2 diabetes and fatty liver disease in rats, according to a study published on Feb. 26 by Science. Subject:  Health & Medicine
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6:05 AM | More Structure In Your Life? Deconstructing Mental Illness Through Ultradian Rhythms
Might living a structured life with regularly established meal times and early bedtimes lead to a better life and perhaps even prevent the onset of mental illness? That's what's suggested in a study led by Kai-Florian Storch, PhD, of the Douglas Mental Health University Institute and McGill University, titled "A highly tunable dopaminergic oscillator generates ultradian rhythms of behavioral arousal," and published in eLife. read more
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5:29 AM | Big Data Tackles How Urban Movement Is Linked To Social Activity
If you live in a city, some of your movement around town is social in nature. But how much, exactly? Around 20 percent, according to a new paper that used anonymized phone data to reconstruct both people's locations and their social networks. By linking this information together, the researchers were able to build a picture indicating which networks were primarily social, as opposed to work-oriented, and then deduce how much city movement was due to social activity. read more
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5:25 AM | New book shows you how to work creatively
Come 'Behind the Scenes of Artistic Creativity' when scientists interview 22 artists on what makes them creative.
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5:18 AM | Much less allergy in families who do the dishes by hand
A simple dish brush appears to be a great weapon against allergy development. Children in households that don’t use dishwashers are much less prone to be
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4:59 AM | The Strange remains the same for 26 February 2015
This is guaranteed to mess you up tonight… First, Travel Channel has announced Ghost Adventures returns for two more seasons and The Dead Files for a seventh season. Oh, yay. Now, onto the leftovers. Scientists remain perplexed by Ceres’ two bright spots – UPI.com. Couple Married 67 Years Dies Holding Hands. Poor, poor pitiful Andy… Source: Doubtful News No related posts.
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4:47 AM | Cattle Damage To Riverbanks Can Be Undone
Simply removing cattle may be all that is required to restore many degraded riverside areas in the American West, although this can vary and is dependent on local conditions. These are the findings of Jonathan Batchelor and William Ripple of Oregon State University in the US, lead authors of a study published in Springer's journal Environmental Management. Their team analyzed photographs to gauge how the removal of grazing cattle more than two decades ago from Hart Mountain National Antelope […]
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4:47 AM | Men With Short Index Fingers And Long Ring Fingers Are Nicer To Women
Maybe you should take a good look at your partner's fingers before putting a ring on one. Men with short index fingers and long ring fingers are on average nicer towards women, and this unexpected phenomenon stems from the hormones these men have been exposed to in their mother's womb, according to a new study by researchers at McGill University. The findings might help explain why these men tend to have more children. The study, showing a link between a biological event in fetal life and adult […]
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4:11 AM | braincraft: What does it mean to be blue? While the “the dress”...
braincraft: What does it mean to be blue? While the “the dress” saga consumes the internet, take a moment to learn something amazing about color and our natural world. The scales of the beautiful blue Morpho Butterfly have no pigment—their wings diffract and scatter light, and we perceive it as blue.  Let us all unite and heal and watch this amazing video.
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3:49 AM | Oklahoma Senator Illustrates Dunning-Kruger Effect
I wrote about the Dunning Kruger effect last week and a U.S.Senator took the floor of the Senate today to illustrate why you do not want to be a victim of this disease. In case your wondering about how the winter of 2015 is shaping up in the U.S. and around the world. Read this post from last week as well.Then there is also this research being published in the …
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2:50 AM | Mejoramiento, Cacao y Rock and Roll
El ingeniero agrónomo venezolano Joad Jiménez es cantante de Heavy Metal y formó parte de prestigiosas bandas como Arkángel y Sexto Sonar. Además es tenor del Coro “Voces Oscuras” perteneciente a la Universidad Central de Venezuela. Fue en esa misma institución que Joad decidió dar sus primeros pasos científicos en el área de mejoramiento genético de cacao, cultivo de invaluable tradición y que fue base de […]
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1:59 AM | Giant fish caught in Italy is a real monster
UPDATE (26-Feb 2015): Another one! Reel-y? 280-pound catfish reportedly caught in Italy’s Po River – CNN.com. One thing that makes the latest Po River catch unique is that it was done with a spinning reel, said Valla, who called it a record for such fishing tackle. It took Ferrari 40 minutes to bring in the… Source: Doubtful News Related posts:Legend of whopping big goldfish in Lake Tahoe confirmed The Nessie database Three toed tracks discovery likely NOT […]
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1:51 AM | Screening for diabetes at dental visits using oral blood
It is estimated that 8.1 million of the 29.1 million Americans living with diabetes are undiagnosed and many who have diabetes have poor glycemic control. Given that each year many Americans visit a dental provider but not a primary care provider, dental visits may be an opportune site for diabetes screening and monitoring glucose control for many at-risk patients. Subject:  Health & Medicine
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1:38 AM | Focus – A Review
Will Smith attempts to put the fiasco that was After Earth behind him by rediscovering his comic timing for a light and breezy conman caper. Nicky Spurgeon (Smith) is a third generation con-man. When we first meet him he’s eating in a fancy restaurant which was booked out, until they discovered he’s a famous chef. [...] The post Focus – A Review appeared first on HeadStuff.
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1:31 AM | Whoa, Canada – Don’t go all ‘murica on us
Our regular commentator Terry writes: Up here in Ontario we are having a debate in our provincial legislature about revised sex education standards. It turned ugly, with a couple conservative members dabbling in homophobic innuendo and anti-evolution remarks. The new sex ed standards would have riled conservative regardless, owing to their distrust of government handling… Source: Doubtful News Related posts:Tennessee set to roll back quality of science education (Update: Law […]
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1:13 AM | Monster black hole discovered at cosmic dawn
In a paper in the journal Nature, researchers report the discovery of the brightest quasar in the early universe, powered by the most massive black hole yet known at that time. Scientists have discovered the brightest quasar in the early universe, powered by the most massive black hole yet known at that time. The international team led by astronomers from Peking University in China and from the University of Arizona announce their findings in the scientific journal Nature on […]
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12:03 AM | The Newest Big Thing From Coke Is… Premium Milk??
Over the years, Coke has tried out a number of creative ideas aimed at growing their customer base. Some ideas, like Cherry Coke, enjoyed long-term success. Others, like coffee-flavored Coca-Cola BlāK, didn’t go so well. But Coke’s newest product is pretty out there – even for the makers of the “OK Soda“. This past December, Coke stepped into the dairy industry, rolling out a “premium milk” called Fairlife. What makes […]

February 26, 2015

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11:47 PM | First full-scale urban hyperloop system planned for California
Hyperloop Transportation Technologies has reached an agreement for the first working Hyperloop passenger transportation system on a five-mile stretch in California’s Central Valley as part of Quay Valley, a new, sustainable 21st Century town. Subject:  Technology
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10:00 PM | Coffee Linked To Reduced Risk Of Multiple Sclerosis
Drinking coffee may  lower risk of developing multiple sclerosis (MS), according to a new paper out todayFor the study, researchers looked at a Swedish study of 1,629 people with MS and 2,807 healthy people, and a U.S. study of 1,159 people with MS and 1,172 healthy people. The studies characterized coffee consumption among persons with MS one and five years before MS symptoms began (as well as 10 years before MS symptoms began in the Swedish study) and compared it to coffee consumption of […]
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9:40 PM | The Chemistry of Poisons – Cyanide
The second in the series on poisons looks at cyanide, another notorious agent of murder. It’s played a role in genocide, in suicide pills, and is also found in small amounts in the seeds of numerous fruits. So, why is cyanide so poisonous, and why are deaths from cyanide poisoning less of a rarity than those from arsenic […]
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9:37 PM | Funded Science Q&A – Matthias Piesche on Crowdfunding Cancer Research
  This post presents an interview with Dr. Matthias Piesche, a Denmark-based biomedical scientist who is currently crowdfunding a cancer research project that could lead to new immunotherapies for melanoma and other types of cancer. Oncology is one of the hottest areas for science crowdfunding,... The post Funded Science Q&A – Matthias Piesche on Crowdfunding Cancer Research appeared first on Funded Science.
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9:24 PM | This Asian Herb Could Hold The Secret To Treating Ebola
The latest outbreak of Ebola virus disease has caused the deaths of more than 9,400 people worldwide and created an international outcry so loud even the National Institutes of Health decided to start funding work on it again. read more
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9:13 PM | Facilitated Communication: Why Do Debunked Autism Treatment Fads Persist?
Parents of kids with severe autism are willing to try anything - unfortunately, a lot of people who claim to be experts in psychology and communication disorders don't understand science and may continue to try things long after they have been debunked. Hope and desperation among parents, along with cluelessness among people trying to help,  make the autism community especially vulnerable to interventions and "therapies" that have been thoroughly discredited. Yet they […]
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