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December 18, 2014

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1:00 AM | Worldwide, Life Expectancy Has Gone Up Over 6 Years Since 1990
Though deaths due to drug use and hepatitis C have gone up, falling death rates due to cancer and heart disease have resulted in a global life expectancy increase of 5.8 years in men and 6.6 years in women between 1990 and 2013, according to an analysis from the Global Burden of Disease Study 2013 (GBD 2013). In high-income regions, falling death rates from most cancers (down by 15%) and cardiovascular diseases (down by 22%) have increased life expectancy, while rapidly declining death rates […]
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12:50 AM | The inverted ethics of doxxing?
Came across this word “doxxing” lately. According to Wikipedia it refers to “the Internet-based practice of researching and broadcasting personally identifiable information about an individual.” My introduction to this new word was in a discussion of the ethics of identifying … Continue reading →
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12:43 AM | From Alternative to Integrative, the NIH changes a branch name
You KNEW this rebranding stuff was coming. The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine has changed its name to National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health. Because alternatives to medicine DON’T work and they finally got that point. What the point of the rest of this is, I still don’t see. NIH complementary and integrative health… Source: Doubtful News Related posts:Study of chelation therapy is $30 million black eye for NIH […]
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12:34 AM | A New Star Is Born
Out of the Highland mist emerged three camels. Their riders, white bearded men wearing oriental gowns and turbans, were quarreling.   ‘You may be a wise man, Balthazar, but you skipped the geography classes, didn’t you?’ Melchior lashed out.   ‘Oh really?’ Balthazar replied, with a smug grin on his face.   Before them appeared […] The post A New Star Is Born appeared first on HeadStuff.
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12:30 AM | For Airline Pilots, Radiation On The Job Is As Much As Tanning Beds
Airline pilots can be exposed to the same amount of UV-A radiation as if they visited a tanning bed, because airplane windshields do not completely block UV-A radiation.read more
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12:15 AM | Curiosity Detects Spike In Methane, And Other Organic Molecules, On Mars
In 2009, researchers detected methane on Mars, suggesting the planet may be biologically or geologically active. Now NASA's Mars Curiosity rover has measured a tenfold spike in methane in the atmosphere around it and detected other organic molecules in a rock-powder sample collected by the robotic laboratory's drill. read more
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12:06 AM | 2014 Sees New Heat Records In 19 European Countries
A man relaxes in some decidedly un-Scottish weather outside the venue for this year's Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. AAP Image/ Dave HuntBy Andrew King, University of Melbourne; David Karoly, University of Melbourne and Sophie Lewis, Australian National UniversityIt’s clear: 2014 has been a scorcher. As well as probably being the hottest year on record globally, regional and local climate records have tumbled too. read more
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12:00 AM | In A Real World Test, 49 Percent Of Patients Don't Want Health Care Providers To Have Their Info
In an era where hackers can easily hack into department store credit card records or Sony Corporation and the US National Security Agency is spying on everyone, it's no surprise people with a choice opt not to have all of the electronic medical records available - even if it puts them at risk. The first real-world trial of the impact of patient-controlled access to electronic medical records found that 49 percent of the patients who participated withheld clinically sensitive information in […]
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12:00 AM | SFS leaders in the seat of science power
SFS at the Council of Scientific Society Presidents meeting

December 17, 2014

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11:55 PM | Obama Announces Plans to Normalize Relations With Cuba and Open Embassy in Havana
In 1960, the U.S. enacted a series of economic regulations, travel restrictions, and international legal penalties on Cuba in response to Fidel Castro’s nationalization (government seizure) of American property. The embargo’s long-term goal was to create a more democratic government in Cuba, but many critics say that the embargo has failed to accomplish this goal and has only served to hurt the Cuban people. Back in October, the UN General Assembly voted overwhelmingly in favor of a […]
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11:51 PM | We are Hiring a DMPTool Manager!
Do you love all things data management as much as we do? Then join our team! We are hiring a person to help manage the DMPTool, including development prioritization, promotion, outreach, and education. The position is funded for two years with the potential for an extension pending funding and budgets. You would be based in the amazing city […]
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11:30 PM | Migraine Headaches Linked To Double Risk For Bell's Palsy
Migraine headaches have been linked to double the risk of a nervous system condition that causes facial paralysis, called Bell's palsy, according to a new study published in the December 17, 2014, online issue of Neurology.  Bell's palsy affects between 11 and 40 per 100,000 people each year. Most people with Bell's palsy recover completely.  Headaches are the most common disorder of the nervous system, affecting about 12 percent of the US population. read more
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11:13 PM | Is Big Data Taking Over The Fashion Industry?
Big data may be taking over the fashion industry's runways, according to an analysis of relevant words and phrases from fashion reviews. At the Workshop of Information Technology and Systems in Auckland, researchers analyzed 6,629 runway reviews of 816 designers from Style.com, covering 30 fashion 'seasons' from 2000 to 2014, and have able to identify a network of influence among major designers and track how those style trends moved through the industry, said Heng Xu, associate […]
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11:07 PM | Sykes’ Yeti-polar bear data conclusions challenged
There is an update to the story about ancient polar bear DNA found in the samples gathered while searching for the Yeti in Asia. It throws doubt on the results that there is a new type of hybrid bear. BBC News – Scientists challenge ‘Abominable Snowman DNA’ results. Last year, Oxford University genetics professor Bryan Sykes… Source: Doubtful News Related posts:The story of ‘Zana’, wild woman, has been solved through DNA analysis First hint of […]
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9:34 PM | Mumps in the National Hockey League: A Wakefield Legacy?
Several days ago, Dave Lozo, lead writer for the National Hockey League, wrote in the Bleacher Report about an outbreak of mumps among NHL players. As of December 15, 2014, there were 15 NHL hockey players who'd come down with mumps during the 2014-15 season. Apparent several referees have also gotten mumps. Mumps is a viral disease, spread by direct or indirect contact with the saliva or mucus of an infected person. Hand washing can help prevent transmission of the disease.... Read more
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9:19 PM | Switching to spintronics
In a development that holds promise for future magnetic memory and logic devices, researchers with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)'s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and Cornell University successfully used an electric field to reverse the magnetization direction in a multiferroic spintronic device at room temperature. This demonstration, which runs counter to conventional scientific wisdom, points a new way towards spintronics and smaller, faster and cheaper […]
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8:20 PM | nevver: How to build a human, Eleanor Lutz This GIF is much...
nevver: How to build a human, Eleanor Lutz This GIF is much faster than the real thing, too! Awesome work from tabletopwhale
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8:10 PM | These are the top tech gifts of the past 20 years
I remember growing up there were certain gifts that I would prefer more than others. Like any average young kid, most of the presents I wanted were either gaming consoles, games to go with the console, toys, or some sort of gadget. That was the common…… Read More The post These are the top tech gifts of the past 20 years appeared first on Just Science.
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8:10 PM | Top 5 Tech Toys for Kids 2014
As we all know around the holiday season kids are going to go crazy over all the new toys and gadgets that are being sold. I have collected up a few tech toys that I’m sure any kid would enjoy for a great gift. Hot Wheels Street Hawk Remote Control Flying…… Read More The post Top 5 Tech Toys for Kids 2014 appeared first on Just Science.
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7:23 PM | I Am a Tired Koala
Finishing up 2014 is really exhausting me. Running holiday errands all over the place. The sun sets annoying early (for us northern hemispherians). It’s just no good, but I channeled my fatigue... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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7:00 PM | SciFri Book Club: Vote for a Book to Beat the Winter Blues
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7:00 PM | Picture of the Week: Mechanical Calculator
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6:45 PM | Blogging for Science Outreach, Blogging for Myself
A few weeks ago, I blogged about a new paper that came out in Public Understanding of Science on science bloggers’ practices, motivations and target audiences. In the paper, Mathieu Ranger and Karen Bultitude interviewed seven authors of popular science blogs. Among their findings, most of the bloggers they interviewed cited personal motivations to blog about science: “The most commonly reported motivation was intrinsic in nature, […]
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6:45 PM | Blogging for Science Outreach, Blogging for Myself
A few weeks ago, I blogged about a new paper that came out in Public Understanding of Science on science bloggers’ practices, motivations and target audiences. In the paper, Mathieu Ranger and Karen Bultitude interviewed seven authors of popular science blogs. Among their findings, most of the bloggers they interviewed cited personal motivations to blog about science: “The most commonly reported motivation was intrinsic in nature, […]
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6:21 PM | Stanford to host 100-year study on artificial intelligence
Stanford University will lead a 100-year effort to study the long-term implications of artificial intelligence in all aspects of life. Stanford University has invited leading thinkers from several institutions to begin a 100-year effort to study and anticipate how the effects of artificial intelligence will ripple through every aspect of how people work, live and play. Subject:  Artificial Intelligence
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6:13 PM | Utah Man Videos A MantidFly That Looks Like Something From Science-Fiction
Utah resident Ed Kern may have just captured the best video to date of a Mantidfly. Kern, who said he found the creature in his backyard hanging out casually on the fence, used his Canon SX-20IS to create an amazing video of the beautiful insect. The video is high-definition, and may seem fake at first due to the unusual nature of the insect, but this is a real video and a real living insect. Check it out below… Mantidflies, belonging to the
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6:07 PM | The Exhibitionist | 5 | feat. Punch a Monet
NEWS So we’re winding up for Christmas and the art world has already checked out. Released this week is http://punchamonet.gallery/, where you can follow in the footsteps of jailed art vandal Andrew Shannon who last year put his fist through Monet’s “Argenteuil Basin with a Single Sailboat” (1874) at the National Gallery of Ireland. Luckily this virtual game […] The post The Exhibitionist | 5 | feat. Punch a Monet appeared first on HeadStuff.
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6:07 PM | Het ultieme kerstcadeau
Cadeaus zijn lastig. Al koop je iets voor je beste vriend of je zus, het blijft moeilijk in te schatten hoe gelukkig je iemand maakt met een cadeau. Mijn eigen inkoopstrategie is vaak zeer naïef: ik koop dat wat ik zelf leuk vind. Maar hoewel mijn familie en vrienden meer op mij lijken dan willekeurige personen en ik natuurlijk erg mooie cadeaus uitzoek, lijk ik er zelf vaak net iets meer waarde... Lees meer op www.sciencepalooza.nl
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5:40 PM | Update On Bighorn Sheep Released Near Tucson
On December 11, 2014, the Arizona Daily Star reported that a bighorn ewe recently transplanted to the Santa Catalina Mountains near Tucson was killed by a mountain lion. The Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) confirmed the kill. The yearling sheep was the first documented kill since 30 sheep were released last month to join the 12 surviving sheep from a group of 31 transplants released in November of 2013. The status of a number of lambs born last spring... Read more
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5:39 PM | Life's Big Questions Require Science Literacy
Everyone needs to understand the basics of science to participate fully in the democratic process. shutterstock.By Jonathan Garlick, Tufts University. read more
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