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November 18, 2014

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1:12 AM | Large impacts mapped on asteroid Vesta
A team of 14 scientists led by David Williams of Arizona State University's School of Earth and Space Exploration has completed the first global geologic and tectonic map of the asteroid Vesta. The work reveals that Vesta's history has been dominated by impacts from large meteorites. The mapping was carried out using images from NASA's Dawn spacecraft, which orbited Vesta between June 2011 and September 2012. The images let scientists create high-resolution geological maps, revealing […]
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1:11 AM | NEW VIDEO! Welcome to the Sixth Extinction There are two sides...
NEW VIDEO! Welcome to the Sixth Extinction There are two sides to the coin of life. Things come into being, and things die off. Lately, though, that coin has been coming up a lot more on the latter side. Earth’s species are dying off at an alarming pace, with species going extinct at thousands of times their natural rate. There have been five major extinction events in the history of life on Earth, but scientists are beginning to realize that we’re at the start of a new […]
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1:05 AM | The Showreel 3 [feat. Mad Max: Fury Road and much more]
  Our weekly look at the latest news and trailers from the world of film features a furious road, Seth Rogen looking at a nudey James Franco and everything you need to watch to have a productive week doing nothing. Welcome to The Showreel. Film News   Waltz to Battle Bond Rumour has it that […] The post The Showreel 3 [feat. Mad Max: Fury Road and much more] appeared first on HeadStuff.
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1:00 AM | Declan Waugh pushes another anti-fluoride myth
Declan Waugh seems a bit of a late developer. He has only just got around  to finding those papers that anti-fluoride propagandists like to cite as evidence that oral health does not decline when community water fluoridation is stopped. Of … Continue reading →
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12:21 AM | Omega-3 Fatty Acids Decrease Heart Disease - It's No Fish Tale
Increasing the amount of omega-3s in your diet will likely decrease your risk of getting heart disease, according to Penn State nutritionists who cite evidence supporting the heart-health benefits of eicosapentaenoic acid and docosahexaenoic acid (EPA and DHA), marine-derived omega-3 fatty acids. read more
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12:20 AM | What’s in the package, sir? Oh just some… parts
What the…?!?! Thailand police seek Americans over baby parts posted to US. Thai police say they are seeking two US citizens over the suspected theft of body parts – including a baby’s head and an adult’s heart – from a hospital. The men were questioned on Saturday after staff at a DHL depot in Bangkok… Source: Doubtful News
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12:18 AM | German Village Plays Brilliant Prank On Neo-Nazis Who Gather There Once A Year
Wunsiedel is a small, quiet village in southern Germany. In fact, most people would have never heard of Wunsiedel if it weren’t for one unfortunate detail: the village is the final resting place of Rudolf Hess, one of Adolf Hitler’s most trusted deputies during World War II. After Hess died in prison on August 17, 1987, his remains were sent to Wunsiedel for burial. In the following years, neo-Nazis groups began staging memorial marches in the small village once a […]
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12:15 AM | WHO warns that progress towards eliminating measles has stalled
WHO warned recently that progress towards the elimination of measles has stalled. The number of deaths from measles increased from an estimated 122 000 in 2012 to 145 700 in 2013, according to new data published in the WHO Weekly […]test The post WHO warns that progress towards eliminating measles has stalled appeared first on Australian Science.

November 17, 2014

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10:59 PM | “Unicorn” deer found in Slovenia
You can create a unicorn and you can occasionally find one. But that doesn’t make the mythical idea of a spiral horn on a horse-like animal real. Real-Life ‘Unicorn’ Found; Deer Has Extremely Rare Deformity. Shot by a hunter in Celje, Slovenia, in August, the roe deer has an extremely rare type of antler deformity,… Source: Doubtful News
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10:01 PM | Action Adventure or Movies That Make You Think. Which Sells? Which Creates Longer Memories?
www.cinemaparadiso.co.uk Edward Fox as the Jackal in the 1973 action-suspense film, The Day of the Jackal, an action adventure film that made you think.Action  adventure films sell more tickets, but are less likely to earn critical acclaim. Movies that are more emotional and contain darker portrayals earn praise from critics and favorable ratings from viewers.This, in a nutshell is the challenge of making serious movies in the U.S.  According to recently […]
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9:30 PM | The Collapse Of The Bronze Age - Climate Change Didn't Do It
Empires have risen and fallen and often it has been due to changes in the climate. When agriculture was a more demanding endeavor people wanted the most fertile lands and as that shifted, so did cities. For that reason, climate change has often been cited as the most logical reason for a huge population collapse in Europe at the end of the Bronze Age. Now archaeologists and environmentalists say they can prove definitively that climate change could not have been the culprit. Because the […]
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9:01 PM | Can GPS Satellites Detect Dark Matter?
"Dark matter" is a blanket term for inferred matter that is undetected but must exist in order for gravity at very large scales to make any sense at all. Based on inference, 27 percent of the universe is generally acknowledged to be dark matter, even though it is not visible and eludes direct detection and measurement. Whatever dark energy might turn out to be gets a number of about 68 percent of the universe. The rest of the universe, what we can detect and feel, is what we know to be […]
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8:03 PM | A 5-Year-Old Boy Just Passed Microsoft’s IT Technician Exam
Ayan Qureshi isn’t your typical first grader. Ayan’s father Asim Qureshi, an IT consultant, introduced him to the world of computers when he was just three years old, letting Ayan play with old computers so that he could learn about how hard-drives and motherboards work. “I found whatever I was telling him, the next day he’d remember everything I said, so I started to feed him more information,”   Mr. Qureshi told the BBC. Ayan was indeed a […]
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8:00 PM | Alternative Medicine For Plants: Probiotics And Detox Instead Of GMOs
Scientists have found that transplanting a microbe that occurs naturally in eastern cottonwood trees boosts the ability of willow and lawn grass to withstand the effects of the industrial pollutant phenanthrene. Because the plants can then take up 25 to 40 percent more of the pollutant than untreated plants they could be useful in phytoremediation, the process of using plants to remove toxins from contaminated sites, without all the environmentalist political lobbying drama of using […]
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7:56 PM | Scientists can learn from pseudoscience … that’s a fact
Scientists should study pseudoscience – see what the pseudoscientists are up to and perhaps (for a laugh) try a few pseudostudies themselves. Subject:  Technology
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7:51 PM | Birdbooker Report 346-7
SUMMARY: Books, books, beautiful books! This is a list of biology, ecology, environment, natural history and animal books that are (or will soon be) available to occupy your bookshelves and your thoughts. “Words in leather and wood”. Bookshelves in the “Long Room” at the old Trinity College Library in Dublin. Image: Nic McPhee from Morris, MN, USA. 2007. (Creative Commons.) Books to the ceiling, Books to the sky, My pile of books is a mile high. How I love them!... Read […]
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7:00 PM | FrankenTrees - Three New Dogwoods Created
Flowering dogwood (Cornus florida), kousa dogwood (Cornus kousa) and various genetically modified relatives are the most popular and economically significant members of the genus Cornus in the nursery and landscape industries. These deciduous trees are highly valued for their spring display of pink, red, or white bracts, brilliant red fall foliage, and exfoliating bark and in the US sales of dogwoods account for more than $30 million dollars each year.read more
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6:27 PM | Domesday Book Listing Is Still A Ticket To Being Upper Class In England
What's in a name? Apparently a lot. So much so that social mobility in England hasn't changed much since pre-Industrial times. After William the Conqueror defeated King Harold II at the Battle of Hastings in 1066, making England a French country rather than an Anglo-Saxon one, he rewarded his supporters with lands taken from those who had been loyal to his opponent. He was very good to them - but he wanted his levies. So if your name appeared in the original Domesday Book, you were going […]
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6:09 PM | Amoxicillin Linked To Diarrhea And Candidiasis
Diarrhea and candidiasis can result from taking the common antibiotic treatments, amoxicillin and amoxicillin-clavulanic acid, although harms may be underreported, according to a study published in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal).read more
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5:21 PM | Less Sex, More Veggies: How To Live A Longer More Miserable Life
If you want to know the secret to a longer life, look to reptiles. But you may not like the answer you find.There is a belief that a fast-paced lifestyle is damaging to health. Slowing down will not just be more relaxing, but also keep you around, finds an analysis of 1,014 species of reptiles (including 672 lizards and 336 snakes), a representative sample of the approximately 10,000 known reptiles on the planet. After examining their life history parameters, such as body size, earliest […]
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5:05 PM | New Study Throws Cold Water On Idea Of A Tropical Martian Paradise
It is known that at some point Mars was warm enough to have liquid water flowing on its surface. The evidence of ancient rivers, streams, and lakes remains. But it was not a long-term tropical vacation paradise. Instead, warmth and water flow on ancient Mars was probably episodic, related to brief periods of volcanic activity that spewed tons of greenhouse-inducing sulfur dioxide gas into the atmosphere, according to new climate models of early Mars which suggest that periods of temperatures […]
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5:01 PM | Case Reports of Synthetic Cannabinoid-Related Deaths
Several case reports of synthetic cannabinoid-related presentations to the emergency department in clinical toxicology have been published, but more often than not (for valid and invalid reasons), analytical confirmation of drug in the blood is not even attempted. In postmortem toxicology, these reports are exceedingly rare as only few case reports have been published surrounding circumstances of death. There have been three case report papers published in 2013-2014 describing synthetic […]
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4:47 PM | Plans to Clone A Woolly Mammoth Spark Debate Within the Scientific Community (Poll)
South Korean biotech company Sooam sparked fierce debate within the scientific community earlier this week when they announced a proposal for the possible cloning of a recently discovered woolly mammoth specimen. The scientists working at Sooam believe the extinct Mammuthus can be brought back to life using the DNA of the well-preserved mammoth specimen, which was found buried in the Siberian snow last May. Insung Hwang, a geneticist at Sooam, said he believes this is an […]
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4:28 PM | Popular Nigerian televangelist faces inquest in building deaths
Wealthy and popular Nigerian televangelist is under scrutiny for the collapse of a church building that killed 74 people. This is an update to an earlier story about TB Joshua –  Evangelist TB Joshua under scrutiny once again as building collapses. Fatal church collapse in Nigeria raises concerns over Christian televangelist – The Globe and… Source: Doubtful News
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4:06 PM | School Cafeteria Food Mandates - What Students Know That Bureaucrats Don't
The belief in Washington, D.C. political circles is that if kids have no choice, they will eventually eat whatever they are given. And they will grow to like it. Does that work? In some instances it does, which is all the validation that culturally estranged people need to continue with a social experiment. The mistake they make is using the number of kids who take the food they are given and assuming that eventually it means the kids will eat it.  Probably not, suggests a new Johns […]
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3:57 PM | Artificial Intelligence Creates Magic Tricks
Researchers have taught a computer program the outline of how a magic jigsaw puzzle and a mind reading card trick work, as well the results of experiments into how humans understand magic tricks, and it created completely new variants on those tricks which can be delivered by a magician. The magic tricks created were of the type that use mathematical techniques rather than sleight of hand. The tricks proved popular with audiences and the magic puzzle was put on sale in a London magic shop. The […]
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3:48 PM | The Evolutionary Constraints Of Fish Skulls
Most people think that biting is the way that aquatic creatures capture prey. Not so, instead suction is far more common. That is why the diversity of skull shapes in biters is so much greater, according to a new study. Suction feeding limits skulls shapes because of the structural requirements for suction feeding.  "When you look at the skulls of biters, the diversity is astounding compared to suction feeders," said Rita Mehta, assistant professor of ecology and evolutionary biology […]
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3:30 PM | An Ontario court dooms a First Nations girl with cancer
A few weeks ago, Steve Novella invited me on his podcast, The Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe, to discuss a cancer case that has been in the news for several months now. The case was about an 11-year-old girl with leukemia who is a member of Canada’s largest aboriginal community. Steve wrote about this case…
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3:27 PM | Quantum Whirlpool Stirred By Spiral Laser Beam
A whirlpool of hybrid light-matter particles called polaritons has been created using a spiral laser beam. Polaritons are hybrid particles that have properties of both matter and light. The ability to control polariton flows in this way could aid the development of completely novel technology to link conventional electronics with new laser and fibre-based technologies. Polaritons form in semiconductors when laser light interacts with electrons and holes (positively charged vacancies) so […]
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3:14 PM | Dit wil je weten
Daar zijn we weer. Terug van een jaar weggeweest met als resultaat een prachtige nieuwe editie van Nederland in Ideeën. Dit jaar zijn we in samenwerking met Paulien Cornelisse tot de volgende vraag gekomen:”Welk inzicht uit je vakgebied kan anderen helpen in het dagelijks leven?”. Dat hebben we geweten en zijn overrompeld door vele prachtige antwoorden. Bovendien hebben we dit jaar ook een... Lees meer op www.sciencepalooza.nl
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