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April 19, 2014

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8:25 PM | Brains Anti-Distraction System Found
So once my Grandmother… oh wait sorry, I was distracted while typing. As it turns out I’m not the only one. But there is hope, two Psychologists at Simon Fraser University […]

Gaspar J.M. & McDonald J.J. (2014). Suppression of Salient Objects Prevents Distraction in Visual Search, Journal of Neuroscience, 34 (16) 5658-5666. DOI:

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5:51 PM | Archaeologists discover pens and a book in ancient Egyptian writer’s tomb
A team of Spanish archaeologists has discovered the tomb of an ancient writer in southern Egypt, with a book, pens, and a bronze inkwell discovered at the site. Descrier - news and culture magazine
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11:48 AM | Eggcellent science | video | @GrrlScientist
Today's caturday video features ten crazy eggperiments you can use to impress your friends and relatives -- and it poses a question that you can answer scientifically!The caturday before Easter is very special to those of us who love birds. Why? Because Easter is a celebration of EGGS! (Mostly chicken eggs.) Which means that today is the day when I can share some eggcellent science tricks with you -- many of which I've performed in the lab or in the pub! Continue reading...
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11:48 AM | Eggcellent science | video | @GrrlScientist
Today's caturday video features ten crazy eggperiments you can use to impress your friends and relatives -- and it poses a question that you can answer scientifically!The caturday before Easter is very special to those of us who love birds. Why? Because Easter is a celebration of EGGS! (Mostly chicken eggs.) Which means that today is the day when I can share some eggcellent science tricks with you -- many of which I've performed in the lab or in the pub! Continue reading...
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11:00 AM | Fact-Checking the Bible
Is the Bible Fact or Fiction? This question has been debated for centuries. So far, no definitive answer has been given -- here are some of the more contentious issues in the Bible that may or may not stand up to historic and scientific scrutiny.
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1:00 AM | Google Lunar XPrize Team Hangouts: 002 Chasing the Prize Join...
Google Lunar XPrize Team Hangouts: 002 Chasing the Prize Join the Google Lunar XPRIZE Technical Director, Andrew Barton, to learn about what must be accomplished to win the Google Lunar XPRIZE. In the coming weeks, we’ll be bringing all these teams to you so you can get to know them, their work, and how they are looking to take us back to the Moon. Overview A global team of scientists and engineers are all working toward constructing missions to land on, travel across, and send video back […]

April 18, 2014

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10:05 PM | Meet Barbara Cartland, the record breaking sex and romance novelist who invented the long distance...
Meet Barbara Cartland, the record breaking sex and romance novelist who invented the long distance aeroplane towed glider. Her concept revolutionised the aero industry and was implemented by armies on all sides of WWII. Aerotow gliders had been used in Germany but only to travel short distances and perform tricks – that wasn’t good enough for Barbara. She worked with two RAF soldiers to build her own long distance glider craft and flew it over 200 miles delivering a sack of […]
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8:19 PM | Tripedal to the Metal That’s some loco motion, huh? Found...
Tripedal to the Metal That’s some loco motion, huh? Found this neat little GIF showing how an ant’s legs move at a full gallop. While calmly strolling though the picnic grounds, ants have five of their six legs at a time in contact with the ground. But when it’s time to put the (tiny) pedal to the metal, they change their gait to this alternating tripod motion. This pattern isn’t controlled by the insect’s brain, but rather by bundles of neurons in the leg called […]
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8:02 PM | crownedrose: perpetualartistsblock: Request (sorta) by...
crownedrose: perpetualartistsblock: Request (sorta) by karamundy: something picturing non-dinosaurs that are often wrongly considered dinosaurs. There’s probably other stuff I could’ve put in, but that’s basically everything I could think of. Fun fact: this chart also doubles as a chart depicting what I can and cannot draw well. I’m just going to put this on a t-shirt so I don’t have to explain it anymore haha. Useful chart is useful. Disappointed about the
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7:54 PM | I have a feeling that silk scarves printed with NASA satellite...
I have a feeling that silk scarves printed with NASA satellite and Hubble images are a thing that some of you might need, in a “shut up and take my money” way. Check ‘em out at Slow Factory.
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5:26 PM | Two National Marine Sanctuaries May More Than Double in Size
Two national marine sanctuaries along the Northern California coast, renown for their rich animal life, may more than double in size if NOAA has its way.
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5:26 PM | Two National Marine Sanctuaries May More Than Double in Size
Two national marine sanctuaries along the Northern California coast, renown for their rich animal life, may more than double in size if NOAA has its way.
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5:26 PM | Two National Marine Sanctuaries May More Than Double in Size
Two national marine sanctuaries along the Northern California coast, renown for their rich animal life, may more than double in size if NOAA has its way.
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5:26 PM | Two National Marine Sanctuaries May More Than Double in Size
Two national marine sanctuaries along the Northern California coast, renown for their rich animal life, may more than double in size if NOAA has its way.
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4:45 PM | New Science Publication from Sebastian Seung Finds Variation in Axonal Myelination
A new publication from Seung Lab (coauthored by Sebastian Seung and former lab member Daniel Berger) is out today in Science. Daniel found that individual neurons have variations in axonal myelin (insulation) where often long “myelinated sections are interspersed with long, unmyelinated tracts.” Myelin distribution is an “integral feature of …
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3:00 PM | 1 in 20 Misdiagnosed by Doctors: 10 things you can do about it
A new study out this week says that 1 in 20 adults will be misdiagnosed in outpatient clinics in the US. Thats roughly 12 million people each year, if that […]

Singh H., Meyer A.N.D. & Thomas E.J. The frequency of diagnostic errors in outpatient care: estimations from three large observational studies involving US adult populations, BMJ Quality & Safety, DOI:

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2:06 PM | New Books Party: books received this week | @GrrlScientist
A veritable smörgåsbord of brilliant science, nature and history writing awaits you! (Well, in this case, a very small smörgåsbord.)Below the jump, I mention the books that I received recently. They are gifts, review copies that arrived in the mail, or that I purchased in London. These are the books that I may review in more depth later, either here or in print somewhere in the world. Continue reading...
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12:20 PM | Kepler Finds First Earth-size Planet in the Habitable Zone
In a April 17 news release NASA has announced that astronomers using the Kepler Space Telescope have discovered the first Earth-size planet orbiting a star in the circumstellar habitable zone, or the range of distance from a star where liquid water might pool on the surface of an orbiting planet, aka the Goldilocks Zone. Though […]
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12:12 PM | Why Scientists Should Start Blogging...Now!
We’ve all heard the phrase ‘Publish or Perish.’ It’s the mantra of academia. As a researcher you...
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12:00 PM | New Killer Sponges Found in the Deep Sea
The carnivorous invertebrates, discovered deep in the waters off California, use tiny hooks on their bodies to capture prey, a new study says.
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12:00 PM | New Killer Sponges Found in the Deep Sea
The carnivorous invertebrates, discovered deep in the waters off California, use tiny hooks on their bodies to capture prey, a new study says.
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10:00 AM | Two talks on climate change and resilience
Climate change poses seemingly insurmountable obstacles for the human species, not to mention all other species on the planet. It is not the only environmental pressure that humans are putting on planet Earth, but seems to be intricately tied to all others including the shrinking availability of natural resources necessary for survival. Whatever you may […]
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8:00 AM | Science Snaps: designer drugs
In the latest instalment of Science Snaps we explore some science illustration and research looking at targeted cancer treatments.
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3:30 AM | Nasa’s Kepler telescope discovers ‘Earth-like’ exoplanet in our galaxy
A team of astronomers have discovered the an Earth-sized planet within our galaxy that could harbour extraterrestrial life. Descrier - news and culture magazine
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1:23 AM | equalityforher: Women’s History Month - Margaret Chan Margaret...
equalityforher: Women’s History Month - Margaret Chan Margaret Chan is known throughout the world for her efforts to increase global health. During her 9 years as Director of Health in Hong Kong she implemented new services to combat the spread of disease. Margaret Chan gained recognition for handling many different health issues including the avian influenza outbreak in Hong Kong in 1997 and the SARs outbreak in 2003. Chan is the World Health Organization’s current Director […]
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1:00 AM | Who owns the moon? In this episode we talk about cosmic property...
Who owns the moon? In this episode we talk about cosmic property rights. Who owns the moon? What about Mars? Can a company legally mine an asteroid? In space news: ULA and SpaceX go head to head at a Senate hearing committee, how tensions with Russia can negatively impact the US space programs, COSMOS, a new space plane is being developed and the original space shuttle wooden mockup is moving. You can watch the full Senate sub-committee video […]
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12:38 AM | So There’s This Kid Making Solar “Death Rays” And They’re Pretty Sweet (Video)
Eric Jacqmain is just a creative guy who wanted a death ray. So, he decided to cover a satellite dish with 5,800 tiny mirrors. This is from his video description: “When properly aligned, it can generate a spot the size of a dime with an intensity of 5000 times normal daylight. This intensity of light […]

April 17, 2014

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10:46 PM | Meet Elsie MacGill, a legend in aircraft design and production...
Meet Elsie MacGill, a legend in aircraft design and production and the first female aircraft designer in the world. In 1938 she became Chief Aeronautical Engineer at Canadian Car and Foundry where she led the production and redesign of several planes including the Hawker Hurricane – the plane responsible for the most British victories in WWII. Most of the employees in the factory were women and by the wars end they had produced 1,400 aircraft, a massive feat. Elsie had forged new […]
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10:43 PM | Discovery of Earth-Sized Planet in Habitable Zone of a Star
Since its inception in Spring 2009, NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope has been hunting exoplanets, or planets outside the Solar System, the holy grail being a planet similar to ours in terms of size, composition, and habitability. In its mission, Kepler utilizes the transit method: it continuously measures the brightness of 150,000 stars, looking for dips in […]
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8:57 PM | Rocket Girls: A Five day series into legends of aerospace...
Rocket Girls: A Five day series into legends of aerospace engineering
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