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July 21, 2014

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12:46 AM | Check Out Some Rare Photos from Man’s First Walk on the Moon 45 Years Ago Today (Photo Gallery)
On July 20, 1969, at 9:30 p.m. Houston time (where NASA’s command center is located), American astronauts Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong arrived on the surface of the moon aboard their lunar lander the Eagle. Armstrong was the first to exit the Eagle. 600 million people sat glued to their TV screens as he took his first step onto the […]
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12:00 AM | Sea Level Rise In Western Tropical Pacific Will Be Caused By Man
A new study indicates sea levels likely will continue to rise in the tropical Pacific Ocean off the coasts of the Philippines and northeastern Australia as humans continue to alter the climate. The study authors combined past sea level data gathered from both satellite altimeters and traditional tide gauges to find out how much a naturally occurring climate phenomenon called the Pacific Decadal Oscillation, or PDO, influences sea rise patterns in the Pacific.read more
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12:00 AM | Coffee and Milk and Fluid Dynamics
Coffee and Milk and Fluid Dynamics: Some of you may know that I’m mildly fascinated/obsessed with the awesome fluid dynamics at play when milk is mixed with coffee. Judging from the popularity of this post, apparently some of you are too. I made a tumblr for it. Follow and submit your own pictures of coffee/milk/swirly/mixing beauty.

July 20, 2014

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11:28 PM | In Plants, Size And Age Impact Productivity More Than Climate And Rain - Study
The size and age of plants has more of an impact on their productivity than temperature and precipitation, according to a landmark study by University of Arizona researchers. Professor Brian Enquist and postdoctoral researcher Sean Michaletz, along with collaborators Dongliang Cheng from Fujian Normal University in China and Drew Kerkhoff from Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio, have combined a new mathematical hypothesis with data from more than 1,000 forests across the world to show that climate […]
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11:02 PM | Forty-five years ago today, two human beings first set foot on...
Forty-five years ago today, two human beings first set foot on the moon. On July 20, 1969, the lunar module of Apollo 11 touched down in the Sea of Tranquility, and forever changed how we view our place in the universe. When I think about the fact that four and a half decades ago, at the very moment I am writing this, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin were walking on the freakin’ moon, I am humbled and inspired. I’ve combined some of my favorite photos from Apollo 11 with […]
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10:00 PM | Informed parents know water fluoridation is good for their children
Paul Connett is at it again. His latest project is aimed at manipulating the natural concern parents have for their children. He is using crude fear-mongering in the hope of getting parents to come out against community water fluoridation (CWF) – … Continue reading →
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9:57 PM | The clouds parted
A man captures an interesting phenomenon during a rain event. Motorist captures parting of the storm. As Zuniga drove along Interstate 75, the clouds suddenly shifted in a peculiar way, creating an large square-shaped sunny patch through which motorists passed. It was as if rain clouds had parted over the motorists for a reason. “They… Source: Doubtful News
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8:55 PM | A rare case of Munchausen By Proxy does not mean the syndrome is increasing
Last month, we posted the shocking story of a mother who apparently poisoned her own child in order to gain sympathy and attention. She now faces court. The case will likely be studied by psychologists to gain more insight into Munchausen By Proxy syndrome. Experts: Lacey Spears Case May Shed Light On Munchausen By Proxy… Source: Doubtful News
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8:39 PM | Material Can Extract Radon, Radioactive Elements From Air And Water
 An 'organic cage molecule' called CC3 has been found to separate krypton, radon and xenon from air at concentrations of only a few parts per million.  Gases such as radon, xenon and krypton all occur naturally in the air but in minute quantities – typically less than one part per million. As a result they are expensive to extract for use in industries such as lighting or medicine and, in the case of radon, the gas can accumulate in buildings. In the US, radon accounts for […]
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8:31 PM | 60 Percent Of The Risk Of Developing Autism Is Genetic - Study
A new paper in Nature Genetics finds that nearly 60 percent of the risk of developing autism is genetic and most of that risk is caused by inherited variant genes that are common in the population and present in individuals without the disorder. Although autism is thought to be caused by an interplay of genetic and other factors, there has been no consensus on their relative contributions and the nature of its genetic architecture. Recently, evidence has been mounting that genomes of […]
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7:37 PM | My New Favorite Mayor…
…would be Her Honor Kimberley Driscoll, chief executive of the town of Salem, MA, now caught up in a  dispute with Gordon College.   Gordon is a Christian school with an educational mission it describes thusly: “The best foundation for Christian higher education is the narrative of Scripture, and the goal of Christian higher learning is love—for both God and […]
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7:30 PM | Using Twitter To Track Lady Gaga - Oh, And Flu
A site called Social Predictor (sociadictor.com) predicts future trends based on the number of tweets, sentiment of tweets, number of news stories and sentiment of the news stories about celebrities and culture. It can also try and predict stock prices or daily sales of a product, based on the chatter related to user-input keywords, such as a stock ticker or the name.The creators said trading strategy based on their model outperformed other baseline strategies by between 1.4 percent and nearly […]
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7:25 PM | States That Increased Minimum Wage Have Seen 40% Faster Job Growth Than Those Who Didn’t
There’s has been a big debate lately about whether or not raising the minimum wage is a good thing for the overall economic health of America. On one side, those in favor say that putting more disposable income into the pockets of consumers would mean that they purchase more stuff, increasing sales and profits for businesses. On […]
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6:48 PM | How to make a ghostly photo – Reflection
Tell me this does not look like a screen saver (MacBook – Flurry) positioned just right to reflect off the window and look like a dancing fairy, weird lightning, or something paranormal? Post by Ghost Tours UK. If post is not visible, see it here. Yet, people don’t seem to enjoy the obvious explanation. They… Source: Doubtful News
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6:30 PM | Red Planet: Global Geologic Map Of Mars Shows It's Older Than Thought
A new global geologic map of Mars is the most thorough representation of the "Red Planet's" surface, bringing together observations and scientific findings from four orbiting spacecraft that have been acquiring data for more than 16 years. read more
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6:02 PM | Robotic Grasp Gives You Two Extra Fingers
An MIT robotic device is worn around the wrist and basically works like two extra fingers adjacent to the pinky and thumb. A novel control algorithm enables it to move in sync with the wearer's fingers to grasp objects of various shapes and sizes. Wearing the robot, a user could use one hand to, for instance, hold the base of a bottle while twisting off its cap. The robot, which the MIT researchers have dubbed "supernumerary robotic fingers," consists of actuators linked together to exert […]
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5:27 PM | Watching Electrons Jump Between The Fragments Of Exploding Molecules
Ultra-short X-ray flashes have enabled scientists to watch electrons jumping between the fragments of exploding molecules. The study reveals up to what distance a charge transfer between the two molecular fragments can occur, marking the limit of the molecular regime. The technique used can show the dynamics of charge transfer in a wide range of molecular systems. Such mechanisms play a role in numerous chemical processes, including photosynthesis.read more
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5:26 PM | Witnesses say man catching on fire was “supernatural”
This headline is slightly deceiving. For hits, I suspect. Man wakes up on fire in Edmonton home; witnesses call it spontaneous combustion. The truth is there seems to be nothing to connect this to spontaneous HUMAN combustion. That is, people just bursting into flames for no obvious reason does not really happen. A man suffered second… Source: Doubtful News
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4:28 PM | Coop’s Citizen Sci Scoop: Patients who were research subjects and the doctors who listened – the citizen science of HIV/AIDS research
Many prominent people involved in HIV/AIDS research lost their lives when Malaysian plane MH17 was shot down over Eastern Ukraine. HIV/AIDS researchers exemplify how scientists serve the public good. A key to HIV/AIDS research has involved embracing a certain type …The post Coop’s Citizen Sci Scoop: Patients who were research subjects and the doctors who listened – the citizen science of HIV/AIDS research appeared first on CitizenSci.
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3:00 PM | Combination Drug Therapy Cures Hepatitis C In Patients Co-infected With HIV
A multicenter team of researchers report that in a phase III clinical trial, a combination drug therapy cures chronic hepatitis C in the majority of patients co-infected with both HIV and hepatitis C. "In many settings, hepatitis C is now a leading cause of death among HIV co-infected patients," says Mark Sulkowski, M.D., medical director of the Johns Hopkins Infectious Disease Center for Viral Hepatitis and professor of medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Approximately […]
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2:45 PM | Natural Hormone Trigger For Ovulation Could Make IVF Safer
Researchers have successfully used a new and potentially safer method to stimulate ovulation in women undergoing IVF treatment.  One in six couples in the UK experiences infertility, and 48,147 women underwent IVF treatment in 2011. read more
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2:22 PM | A Map of Hindu, Buddhist Temples, Sikh Gurdwaras in Germany
As Germany is a rather wealthy country, offering comparable high levels of existential security to its inhabitants, secularization and the subsequent, inevitable decline of birth rates below replacement levels has been taking place for decades. But at the same time, the religiously devout tend to have more children and immigrants are bringing their religious traditions, leading to a process of religious pluralization. Thus, even after reunification, more than two-thirds of the German population […]
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1:16 PM | ‘Mannequin’ was really a dead person – An honest mistake
Workers cleaning up a house dispose of a fake “body” in a dumpster. Turns out it wasn’t fake. ‘Mannequin’ dumped at Florida landfill was ‘mummified’ man – chicagotribune.com. Two men hired to clean out a Florida rental house thought they found a mannequin hanging in the garage so they cut down what they believed to… Source: Doubtful News
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12:32 PM | No Fetch
The post No Fetch appeared first on HeadStuff.
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12:22 PM | How Deepwater Horizon and its clean-up have changed beach microbe populations
The Deepwater Horizon disaster is considered to be the largest marine oil spill in history, turning vast swathes of the southern US coast into tar pits, and helpless marine critters into bewildered balls of bitumen. “But what of the poor bacteria?” I hear absolutely nobody cry. Well it turns out some people are interested in the…
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12:04 PM | Three Micro-Fiction Stories About The Moon Landing
The post Three Micro-Fiction Stories About The Moon Landing appeared first on HeadStuff.
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12:03 PM | I dreamt you were holding a large bundle of cash – now share it
Waiter was convinced that his premonitory dream resulted in a lottery win. Waiter Fatih Ozcan will get half of boss’ $1.7M lottery jackpot for predicting win thanks to judge – UPI.com. A judge in England ruled that a restaurant owner must give half of his $1.7 million lottery jackpot to an employee who helped convince… Source: Doubtful News
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12:00 PM | Mycobacterium Tuberculosis- Evolving With The Enemy: How TB may have Influenced our Own Evolution
 Mycobacterium tuberculosis is an acid-fast pathogen that is a huge plague upon humanity, even within developed countries. Although this pathogen has a low rate of incidence in these countries now, […]
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11:27 AM | The Apollo 11 Moon Landing
What do you write in an article on a subject that’s been covered so widely before?  Well, I’ll try my best to put in a few facts that you might not know and how history might have had recorded a different first man on the Moon to make that “Giant leap for mankind”. First of […]The post The Apollo 11 Moon Landing appeared first on HeadStuff.
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10:00 AM | This Is NOT a Story about Sniffing Farts for Health
Woe is the reporter who can’t help but make a new scientific paper into a fart joke. But seriously. Was there any reportable science behind headlines of Fart gas may help prevent dementia, heart disease: study and Cancer Risk Reduced by Smelling Farts Study Suggests? Forget farts, those headlines make me sick. A Liberty Voice reporter wrote “[h]ydrogen sulfide was previously considered to be a toxic molecule until more recent research has proved that in small doses it has its... […]
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