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May 01, 2015

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3:08 AM | From the vault: It’s opposite day
A look back at some of our most popular articles.
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3:08 AM | From the vault: It’s opposite day
A look back at some of our most popular articles.
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3:08 AM | From the vault: It’s opposite day
A look back at some of our most popular articles.
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3:08 AM | From the vault: It’s opposite day
A look back at some of our most popular articles.
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3:07 AM | Eating Homeopathic Cows
I really need to quit starting all of these things with "just when you think..." because I'm starting to sound like a cliche. But sometimes, there are just no alternatives. My apologies.Because just when you think things can't get any (stranger, dumber, crazier...) something like this comes around. I seriously doubt I will need to use the cliche again. This cannot be topped. It's impossible. Just like the "science" that is behind it.At least there some good news: The vegans in Britain are […]
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3:07 AM | Does This Cow Really Exist?
I really need to quit starting all of these things with "just when you think..." because I'm starting to sound like a cliche. But sometimes, there are just no alternatives. My apologies.Because just when you think things can't get any (stranger, dumber, crazier...) something like this comes around. I seriously doubt I will need to use the cliche again. This cannot be topped. It's impossible. Just like the "science" that is behind it.At least there some good news: The vegans in Britain are […]
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2:05 AM | Best Reason For Better Green Energy: Incomes Are Rising And More People Will Want Air Conditioning
Global incomes continue to rise, more people are living more comfortably, globalization has been a huge win for many developing nations and that means more people than ever can afford air conditioning. While some policy makers live in an idealized developed world where more wind and solar power at ever higher costs will solve the emissions problem, that lacks fairness for people who are only now able to afford to live well. More people are going to need electricity and that means we need […]
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1:17 AM | Seven year old boy dead after bizarre alternative treatment for diabetes
A highly disturbing story: A young boy is dead after undergoing alternative “therapy” that may have resulted in a diabetic coma and possibly abusive “treatment”. Diabetic Sydney boy dies after ‘slap therapy’ – 9news.com.au. Police are investigating the death of a seven-year-old diabetic boy who may have been taken off insulin to attend an alternative… Source: Doubtful News Related posts:Study results on herbs for pre-diabetes sounds like […]
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12:52 AM | Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups – healthier than Chipotle
Today I have been devastated by Chipotle’s decision to remove GMOs from it’s products. I gave endless praise to their amazing campaign against factory farming, as both an ethical campaign I could get behind, as well as a brilliant piece of marketing. I mean – that song! That cute face! Genius. But banning GMO’s is just […]
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12:18 AM | Episode One Hundred And Ninety Seven – On The Escapist – Interview With Lawrence Leung
This show is a rambling, chatty diversion with fellow former-MC of the Global Atheist Convention, Lawrence Leung, at a cafe in Perth! We chat about his new show – The Escapist – about being a performer and the joys of being a skeptic and an atheist. The Escapist show is happening TONIGHT, Friday ...

April 30, 2015

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11:49 PM | Did dinosaur-killing asteroid trigger largest lava flows on Earth?
The asteroid that slammed into the ocean off Mexico 66 million years ago and killed off the dinosaurs probably rang the Earth like a bell, triggering volcanic eruptions around the globe that may have contributed to the devastation, according to a team of University of California, Berkeley, geophysicists. Subject:  Earth Science
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11:39 PM | New origin theory for cells that gave rise to vertebrates
The vivid pigmentation of zebras, the massive jaws of sharks, the fight or flight instinct and the diverse beaks of Darwin's finches. These and other remarkable features of the world's vertebrates stem from a small group of powerful cells, called neural crest cells, but little is known about their origin. Now Northwestern University scientists propose a new model for how neural crest cells, and thus vertebrates, arose more than 500 million years ago. Subject:  […]
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11:11 PM | Multifractals Point To Existence Of Unknown Physical Mechanism On The Sun
The famous sunspots on the surface of the Earth's star result from strong magnetic fields. Their numbers are an important indicator of the state of activity on the Sun. At the Institute of Nuclear Physics of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Kraków, Poland, researchers have been conducting multifractal analysis into the changes in the numbers of sunspots and found that the graphs were asymmetrical in shape, suggesting that sunspots may be involved in unknown physical processes.read
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11:08 PM | Professors weigh risks of advances in artificial intelligence
Dan Weld, professor of computer science and engineering (CSE) at the UW and founding editor of the Journal of AI Research, said the threat of super-intelligent machines is exaggerated, partly because of the stark challenges of creating one. Though progress in AI research has been rapid, he said it would be difficult to create an artificial general intelligence like the human mind, capable of responding to a range of situations. “No one’s come even remotely close to […]
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11:05 PM | Alex Garland of ‘Ex Machina’ talks about artificial intelligence
In the last few years, I’ve become increasingly fascinated by artificial intelligence, and in particular our escalating fear of it. It seemed to me that our increasingly holistic relationship with technology and abstract clouds of information was compounding this fear and perhaps edging it into paranoia. Subject:  Artificial Intelligence
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10:30 PM | Talking with Students
Being a scientific illustrator isn’t an easy career path. Being a fine artist engaging with science is even more difficult, at least financially. So when, every so often, a student will drop me... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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10:25 PM | The Pillars Of Creation Visualized In 3-D
The original NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image of the famous Pillars of Creation - in the Eagle Nebula, Messier 16 - was taken two decades ago and immediately became its most famous picture. Since then, these billowing clouds, which extend over a few light-years, have awed the public. read more
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10:21 PM | High-Pitched Noises Linked To Seizures In Old Cats, According To Owner Survey
One of the concerns about the switch from incandescent to fluorescent lighting was that while the ballasts are higher frequency now - humans do not have to hear that annoying hum - they were right in the range that pets still hear.read more
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9:54 PM | Apocalyptic sounds go around again
This crap about “trumpets of the Apocalypse” is going around again. A two year old video that collected a series of clips (some are admitted hoaxes, others are dubious) is recirculating via email and social media with a purpose that seems to be simply to make gullible people nervous. Snopes debunks it. snopes.com: People Hearing Apocalyptic… Source: Doubtful News Related posts:Edmonton sky noises video an admitted hoax Latest sky noise freak out: Saskatoon. This is […]
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9:51 PM | U.S. Seismic Network Sees Nepal Quake
A big hat tip to IRIS for this. Keep in mind that the shortest distance to Nepal from the U.S. is over the North Pole, so the seismic waves come from that direction.   From IRIS: IRIS Ground Motion Visualization for the M7.9 earthquake in Nepal April 15, 2015. The visualization shows EarthScope seismic stations picking up the seismic waves generated from the earthquake. Red stations mean the station is …
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9:50 PM | 'Excellent Clinical Outcomes' For Brain Blood Vessel Malformation Surgery
Interventional treatments such as surgery provide good functional outcomes and a high cure rate for patients with lower-grade arteriovenous malformations (AVMs) of the brain, according to a new study. These findings contrast with a recent trial reporting better outcomes without surgery or other interventions for AVMs.read more
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9:31 PM | Twitter Stock Just Lost A Quarter of Its Value In Two Days
It has been a rough week for Twitter. On Tuesday morning, the company was preparing to announce a less-than-stellar earnings report for the first quarter of 2015. Unfortunately for Twitter, a small financial tech startup called Selerity beat them to it, using a bot that scans the internet for URLs related to financial results (Selerity used the same technique to get Microsoft’s earnings report early back in 2011). Today’s $TWTR earnings release was sourced from Twitter’s […]
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9:25 PM | How Yoga Changed To Appeal To The Changing US Market
To many practitioners of yoga in the United States, its original form would be unrecognizable in everything but the name. What was once about spirituality is now about health and physical fitness. If you are going to be a guru in the US, one tenet of yoga remains from the past - go with the flow. As the medical claims of yoga became more prevalent and yoga catapulted into a $10-billion-a-year enterprise, practitioners embraced new marketing success or fell by the wayside. Sanskrit names […]
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9:23 PM | El uso de métricas en la evaluación de la investigación es matizado en el Manifiesto de Leiden
La evaluación de la investigación, en las últimas décadas, ha sido conducida en forma creciente por la utilización de indicadores, los cuales viene sustituyendo, de forma progresiva la evaluación por pares. Investigadores reunidos en la 19° Conferencia Internacional de Indicadores en Ciencia y Tecnología (STI 2014) realizada en setiembre de 2014, en Leiden, Holanda, con o objetivo de nortear o uso de métricas en evaluación de […]
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9:22 PM | The use of research metrics is diversified in the Leiden Manifesto
Research evaluation in recent decades has been increasingly conducted through metrics and indicators, which are gradually replacing the assessment by peers. Researchers gathered at the 19th International Conference on Science and Technology Indicators (STI 2014) held in September 2014 in Leiden, Netherlands, in order to advise on the use of metrics in research assessment drafted a set of rules - the Leiden Manifesto. Know its guidelines. … Read More →
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9:22 PM | O uso de métricas em avaliações de pesquisa é matizado no Manifesto de Leiden
A avaliação da pesquisa vem, de forma crescente nas últimas décadas, sendo conduzida por meio de indicadores, os quais vêm progressivamente substituindo a avaliação feita pelos pares. Pesquisadores reunidos por ocasião da 19ª Conferência Internacional de Indicadores em Ciência e Tecnologia (STI 2014) realizada em setembro de 2014, em Leiden, Holanda, com o objetivo de nortear o uso de métricas em […]
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8:36 PM | Transcomputational Problems
Problems beyond brute force search Cropped from Wikipedia source Hans-Joachim Bremermann was a mathematician and biophysicist. He is famous for a limit on computation, Bremermann’s limit, which is the maximum computational speed of a self-contained system in the material universe. Today Ken and I wish to talk about the limit and why it is not […]
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8:18 PM | Last view of NC before Alaska: Baby Birds
I left NC this morning to head to Alaska. As I left, I took a peek at the 4 baby birds who hatched the day before my departure. I also grabbed a few of the lilies of the valley (my favorite flowers) that bloomed before I left. Two special treats to send me off and […]
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8:02 PM | "Knowing and understanding are different. On the road to deeper learning, you sometimes find that..."
“Knowing and understanding are different. On the road to deeper learning, you sometimes find that you’ve gained knowledge while losing understanding. The nature of unlearning reshapes the “learning curve” and our expectations of how knowledge and understanding grow over time. […] The inability to connect a new piece of information with the world as we already know it–this is a classic problem of the unlearning that is required for deeper learning. Deep […]
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7:17 PM | The Daily Dose with Oz has expired
GOOD NEWS!! Oprah just dumped Dr. Oz’s radio show The Dr. Oz media empire just took a blow from the woman who helped make him famous: Oprah Winfrey. According to New York Daily News, “‘The Daily Dose With Dr. Oz,’ a ‘radio minute’ produced by Oprah’s Harpo Productions, will end May 29.” Even more interesting: Oz’s… Source: Doubtful News Related posts:Dr. Oz – Good at selling magazines, making husbands jealous. Medical […]
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