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November 24, 2014

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10:28 PM | Crazy Pool Vortex  We’ve all seen it. Drag your hand, a...
Crazy Pool Vortex  We’ve all seen it. Drag your hand, a paddle, or a round dinner plate across the surface of the water, and you’ll see whirlpool-like vortices spiraling away from you like submerged cyclones. Hold on a sec… water is transparent. Where did those two shadows come from? And what makes those spinning tornadoes travel the way they do across the water’s surface? In this awesome video from Physics Girl, you’ll find out the answers to those […]
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9:57 PM | Turkey Virtue
Our Friendsgiving Spread this year included turkey cooked sous vide and skin cooked ala plancha.This week is the American Thanksgiving celebration, a time of traditional foods, centered around eating turkey. It isn't some simple obsession, the American tradition requires serving a roasted bird whole to be carved at the table as a highlight. Cooking this unwieldy beast in this manner is a biophysical challenge that drives people to ornate lengths, but perhaps the shared adversity serves to bond […]
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8:29 PM | Geeks, Robots and Drooling STEM Educators
The other day my wife suggested we take the kids to a movie. I had no idea what we were going to...
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8:05 PM | Researchers at Monterrey Bay Capture First Ever Footage of Black Seadevil Anglerfish (Video)
Anglerfish are very strange creatures indeed. They are known for their grisly appearance and trademark “lure”, which they use to attract prey, but they also live in the deep ocean, making it hard to study or even observe them in their natural habitats. The black seadevil anglerfish is a species of angler that is rarely ever seen because of its preference for deep water. But earlier this week, scientists from the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) in […]
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7:47 PM | This just in: Pterosaurs are STILL dead, maybe even more so
Dr. Donald Prothero exposes the myth of the ropen, a pterosaur-like flying animal claimed to have been observed in Papua New Guinea. It has even been suggested it is a self-luminous creature. It’s a story well-known to cryptozoologists (the same stories get recirculated repeatedly to make up for no new evidence to fill a book). Turns… Source: Doubtful News
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7:10 PM | Invisible: Older Adults Missing In Sexual Health Research
Studies that deliberately exclude older adults from their samples render older adults' sexuality invisible. shutterstockBy Sue Malta, University of Melbourne read more
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7:00 PM | More Social: Loneliness Among American Teenagers Declines
There has been concern about a lessening of social engagement, mostly created by older people who see young people behaving differently than they did (and do). Last decade it was noted that young people were less likely to join clubs, had fewer close friends, and were less likely to perceive others as trustworthy. So young people don't join the Masonic Lodge in their college years. Does that mean they are less social?  No, there has been an increase in extraversion and self-esteem, […]
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6:47 PM | Chillin' With The Coldest Matter In The World
Physicists have developed a new cooling technique for mechanical quantum systems by using an ultracold atomic gas, cooling a membrane down to less than 1 degree above absolute zero. Ultracold atomic gases are among the coldest objects in existence. Laser beams can be used to trap atoms inside a vacuum chamber and slow down their motion to a crawl, reaching temperatures of less than 1 millionth of a degree above absolute zero - the temperature at which all motion stops. At such low […]
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6:33 PM | Relevance In Decline? Italian Natural History Museums On The Verge Of Collapse
Due to a loss of scientific relevance, which has led to scarcity of personnel and thus decreasing government funding, Italian natural history museums are on the verge of collapse.  A new paper in Zookeys proposes that the existing museums associate and collaborate to form a diffused structure, able to better manage their scientific collections and share resources and personnel. Basically, they need to be a little more corporate and start consolidating rather than relying on government to […]
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6:31 PM | How the 5:2 Diet Reduces More Than Just Your Waistline
Intermittent fasting is the seemingly miraculous new weight loss method, popularised by the 5:2 diet followed by Benedict Cumberbatch, George Osborne, and Philip Schofield. Adherents to the 5:2 diet practise […]
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6:25 PM | Surveys Show Global Warming Belief Doesn't Change With The Weather
What will it take to convince skeptics of global warming that the phenomenon is real? Droughts, floods and heat waves will begin to change minds.read more
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6:16 PM | thebrainscoop: sciencefriday: We talked to thebrainscoop on...
thebrainscoop: sciencefriday: We talked to thebrainscoop on Friday and it was amazing. be still my beating heart  Emily and Ira chatting is just about as neat as it gets.
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5:45 PM | Faces Of Terrorism: Group Identification Changes Perception
Americans may recall the 'threat warning level' system that came into being after the terrorist attacks on the Wall Trade Center on September 9th, 2011. It was a color coded with 5 levels. But it never once dropped below 3 - yellow, before it was dissolved in 2011. Did anyone pay attention? Another famous example is the "Doomsday Clock", created by anti-nuclear activists to increase anxiety about nuclear weapons. Even after disarmaments and the collapse of the Soviet Union, it barely moved. We […]
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4:55 PM | Privilege, Thanksgiving, and Black Friday – 2014 Edition
Last week, I ended up spending a day hiding in an unused office at work. I justified it to the one person who asked by saying I wanted to stay away from everyone’s cooties, because I had a couple of … Continue reading →
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4:28 PM | Skin Cancers — Causes and Treatment
The JID Milestone Series allows both experts and non-experts to delve into the broader context of diseases and their biology in a comprehensive fashion. Now, the Milestones series has a new posting on the biology and etiology of skin cancers. There are wonderful time lines for understanding the effects of the immune response, viruses, DNA repair, and external agents in causing and modifying skin cancers. Copy the time lines with proper attribution for lectures to both scientists and the […]
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4:23 PM | Powerlace – “The Very First Auto-Lacing Shoe” (Video)
A new shoe that claims to be the world’s first “auto-lacing” shoe has gotten some buzz lately. According to Geek.com… “…the auto-lacing relies solely on a lever, cables, and the weight of your own foot — no batteries, motors, gears, or springs. Furthermore, the lever and cables virtually don’t add extra weight to the shoe.”   Check out the video below to see how the technology works… According to the Powerlace […]
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3:46 PM | Ceiling Demons | Hip Hop
Always on the lookout for new hip-hop acts, especially from Ireland and the UK, Ceiling Demons have caught my attention. There is plenty of talent out there and much of it will fail to garner the radio play and media attention it deserves. This is usually because it doesn’t sound like what we’d expect hip-hop […] The post Ceiling Demons | Hip Hop appeared first on HeadStuff.
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3:10 PM | iMovie for iOS Tutorial Updated
I recently traveled to France and England and used my iPhone 5s and the iMovie app to create a series of videos about the places I visited. I wanted to test the ease with which I could shoot and edit videos … Continue reading →
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2:45 PM | Evolutionary selection on alternative medicine
(Orac note: I was away at Skepticon over the weekend, where I gave a talk entitled The Central Dogma of Alternative Medicine. (When the talk’s up on YouTube, I’ll provide a link, of course.) Because of all the fun and travel delays I didn’t get a chance to turn my slides and notes into a…
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2:00 PM | Part II: Bee Deaths And CCD - Flawed Chensheng Lu Harvard Studies Endanger Bees
Last week, in Part I of this two part series, "Bee Deaths Mystery Solved? read more
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1:09 PM | The Five Stages of Reading a Very Long Novel
    The last time I checked BuzzFeed, I noticed that there are a lot of great things to read besides gif captions. Some of those things are books, and some of those books are novels, and some of those novels are full of stirring, labyrinthine plots, original and exquisite metaphors, enduring truths about the […] The post The Five Stages of Reading a Very Long Novel appeared first on HeadStuff.
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12:31 PM | The Power Of The Christmas Ad To Win Over (And Lose) Customers
Magic and sparkle? Diliff, CC BYBy Isabelle Szmigin, University of BirminghamAs well as the tell-tale signs of decorations going up, the rolling out of Christmas advertisements has become a key moment for getting us all in the seasonal mood. And the competition to capture the festive spirit – and the customers that come with it – is fierce. read more
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11:30 AM | Cracked Science Video 4: Irreproducible
We often hear the science corrects itself in the long run, but how efficient is this mechanism? Jonathan Jarry reports that reproducibility in the scientific literature is not always a given. (Des sous-titres en français seront bientôt disponibles!) Just so you are not too demoralized, the landscape may be changing: http://www.nature.com/news/journals-u… http://www.nature.com/news/metascienc… Continue reading →
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9:00 AM | Cosmopomorphism
I’ve just finished a story about gas and galaxies.  You’re bored already, aren’t  you.  After I’d sent the editor a query about it, he took months to respond and then wanted several rewrites of the query; I think he was bored too.  If gas and galaxies are so boring, why did I want so much […]
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8:34 AM | A MONOGRAPH OF THE BIRDS FORMING THE TANAGRINE GENUS CALLISTE: By PHILIP LUTLEY SCLATER.
A MONOGRAPH OF THE BIRDS FORMING THE TANAGRINE GENUS CALLISTE ILLUSTRATED BY COLOURED PLATES OF ALL THE KNOWN SPECIESBy PHILIP LUTLEY SCLATERDownloadWAS-Archives.orghttp://www.WAS-Archives.org
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8:34 AM | W. A. S. USAGE REPORT: 568,099 Documents ARCHIVED.
W.A.S. USAGE REPORTZoology, Botany, Paleontology, Miniralogy... Books, Museum Specimens, Types...WAS-Archives.orgW.A.S. MembersWAS-Archives.orghttp://www.WAS-Archives.org
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8:34 AM | Phylogenomics resolves the timing and pattern of insect evolution, Misof and Al. 2014.
Phylogenomics resolves the timing and pattern of insect evolutionBy Misof and Al. 2014Click for zoomScience 7 November 2014: Vol. 346 no. 6210 pp. 763-767 DOI: 10.1126/science.1257570Insects are the most speciose group of animals, but the phylogenetic relationships of many major lineages remain unresolved. We inferred the phylogeny of insects from 1478 protein-coding genes. Phylogenomic analyses of nucleotide and amino acid sequences, with site-specific nucleotide or […]
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8:33 AM | W. A. S. Flipboard Magazine: Free and Real Time, Zoology, Botany and others Natural Sciences.
W. A. S. Magazine Flipboard Free and Real Time, Zoology, Botany, Natural SciencesBy Christophe Avon and Pascale Giordano (MAHN 06)W. A. S. Magazinehttp://www.WAS-Archives.org
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