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October 27, 2014

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11:22 PM | How Nigeria Avoided An Ebola Outbreak Nigeria and Senegal have...
How Nigeria Avoided An Ebola Outbreak Nigeria and Senegal have been able to keep themselves free of the fatally dangerous ebola disease spread, stopping a massive urban outbreak in one of the largest cities in the entire continent of Africa. How? It wasn’t a quick-fix, but constant vigilance. Kim Horcher, John Iadarola, and Andy Riesmeyer (Host of Dweebcast) discuss! Read more: http://io9.com/how-nigeria-stopped-ebola-dead-in-its-tracks-1648390740 By: Nerd Alert.
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12:11 AM | Thank These Ancient Fish For The First Sex Act The sex now...
Thank These Ancient Fish For The First Sex Act The sex now enjoyed frequently by human beings began 385 million years ago in a Scottish lake, say researchers. Placoderms, specifically Microbrachius dicki, developed bony genitals to transfer sperm, diverging from other fertilization methods previously used. Was it sexy? Probably not. But these earliest vertebrate ancestors of humans probably deserve some amount of thanks. Kim Horcher, John Iadarola, and Andy Riesmeyer (Host of Dweebcast) […]

October 26, 2014

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10:33 PM | What’s The Scariest Animal? Probably This Spider… Meet...
What’s The Scariest Animal? Probably This Spider… Meet the Goliath birdeater (Theraphosa blondi), a “puppy-sized” spider that lives up to its name, and then some. Harvard entomologist Piotr Naskrecki was walking through a Guyana rainforest at night when he found a particularly large Goliath birdeater, and took a photo. It also has a “cute” behavior that may actually temporarily blind you. Is it the scariest animal in nature though? Maybe, maybe not… […]

October 19, 2014

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4:49 PM | The Cone of Invisibility Invisibility - it’s something...
The Cone of Invisibility Invisibility - it’s something we’ve sought after for years, not just as Harry Potter and Klingon enthusiasts, but for practical purposes of concealment. But is there a way to hide something without the use of camouflage? Is there such a thing as cloaking? As the University of Rochester shows— yes! Kim Horcher and Bryan Forrest (Video Game High School, Man at Arms) discuss! Watch the video from The University of Rochester: […]

October 06, 2014

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9:44 PM | Researchers Use Mutant Mosquitos to Fight Disease...
Researchers Use Mutant Mosquitos to Fight Disease Spread Mosquitos are parasitic insects that spread deadly diseases like malaria and dengue fever; they’re literally the deadliest animals on earth. There are many ways of mutating mosquitos to combat the diseases by means of birth control and killing off the insects themselves. But are there flaws in the plan to modify the mosquitos and reintroduce them to the wild? Are there unintended consequences? Kim Horcher discusses with science […]

October 01, 2014

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6:27 PM | CDC Warns Ebola Outbreak Could Reach 1.4 Million in 3...
CDC Warns Ebola Outbreak Could Reach 1.4 Million in 3 Months The Ebola virus disease is spreading throughout western Africa, and the CDC is warning that the spread could top 1.4 million cases in January 2015 if not controlled. Furthermore, the longer it takes the control, the more difficult it will be to quarantine and attempt to treat the disease, as it spreads very rapidly. Kim Horcher and Christina Ochoa (Science educator) discuss. Read more: […]
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