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September 29, 2014

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1:36 PM | Map Monday: Will Global Warming Drown Your Hometown?
You may recently have read about climate change and North Carolina for all the wrong reasons, entailing laws designed to forbid the mentioning of the term “climate change” as well as outright banning... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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4:01 AM | Keeping the Back Burner Warm with Technology
With the pervasiveness of social media and mobile devices comes the potential to communicate with hundreds or thousands of people with just a few taps or clicks. Of course, we are connected to lots of different types of people, including family, friends, coworkers, and random people you have a faint recollection of from high school who friended you on Facebook. We also have very different reasons for communicating with particular people in our social circles. New research1 suggests that one […]
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4:00 AM | A Deadly Wandering: A Tale of Tragedy and Redemption in the Age of Attention
By Matt Richtel Synopsis: From Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Matt Richtel, a brilliant, narrative-driven exploration of technology’s vast influence on the human mind and society, dramatically-told through the lens of a tragic “texting-while-driving” car crash that claimed […]

September 28, 2014

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3:45 PM | Sleep and Light Exposure
The information and research findings on sleep are coming fast and furious these days. There seems to be a backlash to the cult of productivity and the former “badge of honor” for functioning on the least amount of sleep. There is a recurrent theme, which is that by not making restorative sleep a priority, there […]
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2:15 PM | Cyberbullying Guest Post: Know the statistics and how to help your children
Today’s post is from guest contributor Amy Williams, a writer and former social worker in Southern California. She previously specialized in teen behavioral issues and has created an infographic (sourced with secondary sources) below with statistics on cyberbullying. She has two children of her own and can be found at her website here or on […]
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2:15 PM | Cyberbullying Guest Post: Know the statistics and how to help your children
Today’s post is from guest contributor Amy Williams, a writer and former social worker in Southern California. She previously specialized in teen behavioral issues and has created an infographic (sourced with secondary sources) below with statistics on cyberbullying. She has two children of her own and can be found at her website here or on […]
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2:00 PM | MI weekly selection #94
Amazon warriors’ names found on ancient Greek pottery. Strange inscriptions on ancient Greek pottery appear to name Amazon warrior women, according to a study […] Read more The post MI weekly selection #94 appeared first on Mapping Ignorance. Related posts:The tough aspects of walking on sand Carnivorous plants inspire novel liquid repellent surfaces Flexible needles as the future for cancer treatment

September 27, 2014

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6:29 PM | Mechanized Human Hands Improve Function Lost To Nerve Damage
Engineers have developed and successfully demonstrated the value of a simple pulley mechanism to improve hand function after surgery. The device, tested in cadaver hands, is one of the first instruments ever created that could improve the transmission of mechanical forces and movement while implanted inside the body. After continued research, technology such as this may offer new options to people who have lost the use of their hands due to nerve trauma, and ultimately be expanded to improve […]
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4:12 PM | Being Wrong is a Good Thing (as long as we learn from it)
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. started up again last night (at least, on my DVR it did).  The baddie du jour was Carl “Crusher” Creel, the Absorbing Man.  Like Colossus becomes solid metal, Creel can become whatever he touches.  In the comics, he’s an Avengers-level badass, like DC’s Metamorpho but dumber.  Metamorpho at least took high school chemistry and knows how to apply it.  Creel just bulks up and punches things.  In the show […]

September 26, 2014

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8:32 PM | A Guardian “Agent” to Protect You From Digital Fraud
Today, maintaining privacy without guided assistance is an onerous task, whose initial costs are high, immediate rewards low and solutions fragile and constantly evolving. The moment after perfectly... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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7:36 PM | Physician Paracelsus and early Medical Geology
Philippus Theophrastus Aureolus Bombastus von Hohenheim (1493-1541), better known as Paracelsus, is considered one of the most important mystics and physicians of all times. Some myths even claim he... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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7:36 PM | Physician Paracelsus and early Medical Geology
Philippus Theophrastus Aureolus Bombastus von Hohenheim (1493-1541), better known as Paracelsus, is considered one of the most important mystics and physicians of all times. Some myths even claim he got his medical knowledge from the devil himself; in fact he studied the subterranean realm of earth to understand its effects on human health – one [...]
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2:53 PM | Image of the Week: Artificial Knee Joint
Perhaps you see vessels or worm-like structures when looking at our image this week. Or perhaps it looks more like synthetic fibres or metal wires. There’s something quite beautiful about it but also something a little bit unsettling. Is this a photo of something man-made or organic? You could say it is both! It is […]
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2:26 PM | Therapists 2014: The Intersection between Clinician, Business Savvy & Personal Brand
In October 2009, I wrote my first piece in a series for Psych Central on the changing landscape of therapists online. Psychotherapists Unmasked on the Internet reflected upon a conversation I’d had with my psychiatrist father five years prior, who gave me an earful around the ethics of having my picture up on my website. […]
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2:14 PM | Wireless Robot Octopus Swims with the Fishes [Video]
Robot octopuses can already walk, jet along and even grasp tools. But new advances have these machines swimming faster than ever. And thanks to the addition of soft, fleshy webs, they’re... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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2:14 PM | Wireless Robot Octopus Swims with the Fishes [Video]
Robot octopuses can already walk, jet along and even grasp tools. But new advances have these machines swimming faster than ever. And thanks to the addition of soft, fleshy webs, they’re... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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1:00 PM | Two New Arrivals Send Back Pictures Of Mars
The skies of Mars just got a little more crowded. On September 21st, 2014 NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution Mission (MAVEN) fired its engines for some 33 minutes in order to swing... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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11:29 AM | NASA Rover Drill Pulls First Taste From Mars Mountain
NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover has collected its first taste of […]
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11:27 AM | Underwater robot for port security
Last week, at the International Conference on Intelligent Robots and […]

September 25, 2014

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5:37 PM | Too Much Multitasking May Affect Your Gray Matter
Are you good at using multiple devices at once? Your gray matter may be thinning... Continue reading →
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11:30 AM | Watch the Synthetic Leaf Creator Explain How We Could Colonize Space
Royal College of Art graduate Julian Melchiorri has developed a "man-made biological leaf," made from chloroplasts and a silk product, that produces oxygen the same way a real plant does. As Melchiorri explains in the video, that could be a boon for space exploration.Read more...
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2:43 AM | MOM “a thousand times better than cricket”
This is how the Indian Prime Minister responded to the success of the Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) yesterday: “History has been created by our scientists”, said PM Narendra Modi in his speech immediately after the scientists declared the mission a … Continue reading →
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2:43 AM | MOM “a thousand times better than cricket”
This is how the Indian Prime Minister responded to the success of the Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) yesterday: “History has been created by our scientists”, said PM Narendra Modi in his speech immediately after the scientists declared the mission a … Continue reading →

September 24, 2014

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6:45 PM | Technology Unlocks the Mysteries of Bird Flight
Bob Dylan asked: “Are birds free from the chains of the skyway?” Sure, this is a metaphor (in Dylan’s case, for a lost love) but it works because the complexities of avian flight—from migration and... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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6:45 PM | Technology Unlocks the Mysteries of Bird Flight
Bob Dylan asked: “Are birds free from the chains of the skyway?” Sure, this is a metaphor (in Dylan’s case, for a lost love) but it works because the complexities of avian flight—from migration and... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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3:33 PM | Tools for evaluating scholarly journals
In an information-rich age, one of my main functions as a librarian isn’t helping people find material, but helping them evaluate the material they find. In the past, I’ve discussed how publishers... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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3:31 PM | Weather Radar Captures Flocks of Birds Taking Off
Several times a week, if not every day, I look at Doppler radar maps so I know whether to take an umbrella when I leave the house. These maps, shown on TV weather reports or websites, are commonplace... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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10:36 AM | Researchers produce propane using E.coli bacteria
A team of scientists has transformed E.coli bacteria into a propane factory. In their Nature magazine article, researchers from the University of Turku (Finland) and Imperial College (United Kingdom)... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

September 23, 2014

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9:11 PM | How We Work: Dr. Paul Hurtado
Throughout my travels around academia, I've always been very interested in how other scientists work. Scientists in particular make for a great study of working habits for two main reasons: they typically juggle a variety of tasks and they largely determine their own work schedules. This results in a huge variety of work habits: night owls, early birds, multitaskers, focus-taskers, and on and on.I've been a long-time reader of Lifehacker's "How I Work" series, an interview format in which folks […]
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8:19 PM | C-SPAN’s ‘After Words’ Discusses Our Cosmic Status
Ever feel that broadcast TV fails to tackle the big issues? I don’t mean the state of the economy, healthcare, the future of clean energy, or what B-list celebrities had for breakfast – I... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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