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August 30, 2014

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7:11 PM | This GoPro Survived a Failed Rocket Test. Here’s the Epic Footage (Video)
Ever wondered what it looks like at the bottom of a rocket during an engine malfunction? Well, thanks to GoPro, now you know: Copenhagen Suborbitals (who owns the rocket in the gif above) is a Danish, ameteur based non-profit aerospace organization. Their main goal (right now at least) is to launch a human into space and return them home safely. Recently, the company was carrying out a test of its HEAT-2X rocket, and decided to use a GoPro HERO3 camera to capture the action
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12:06 AM | ScienceArt Exhibits Through September and Beyond
The inside scoop on the best science art exhibitions around the country: EXHIBITS: NORTHEAST REGION LIFE: Magnified June – November 2014 Gateway Gallery Between Concourse C and the AeroTrain... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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12:01 AM | Scrivener on Linux: Try it, you’ll like it.
In some ways, Scrivener is the very embodiment of anti-Linux, philosophically. Scrivener is a writing program, used by authors. In Linux, one strings together well developed and intensely tested tools on data streams to produce a result. So, to author a complex project, create files and edit them in a simple text editor, using some…

August 29, 2014

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6:42 PM | Like GPS? Thank Relativity
In 1971—16 years after Einstein’s death—the definitive experiment to test Einstein’s relativity was finally carried out. It required not a rocket launch but eight round-the-world plane tickets that cost the United States Naval Observatory, funded by taxpayers, a total of $7,600. The brainchild of Joseph Hafele (Washington University in St. Louis) and Richard Keating (United […]The post Like GPS? Thank Relativity appeared first on The Crux.
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12:50 PM | Cellphone Addiction Is ‘an Increasingly Realistic Possibility’
Women college students spend an average of 10 hours a […]
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12:49 PM | Caltech, UCLA, USC team on federally funded innovation hub
The National Science Foundation (NSF) announced today that it will […]
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8:30 AM | The psychology of wearable computing - does Google Glass affect where people look?
Computing eyewear such as Google Glass can record information far more discreetly than a handheld camera. As a result, privacy concerns have been raised, whether in a bar or changing for the gym. Are users of this tech likely to use their new toys responsibly? Early research was promising, suggesting that the very act of recording our gaze may lead us to be extra considerate in where we look. Unfortunately a new study finds that while wearing gaze-monitoring devices may initially encourage […]
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August 28, 2014

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6:30 PM | New Solutions To Recycle Fracking Water
Rice University scientists have produced a detailed analysis of water produced by hydraulic fracturing of three gas reservoirs and suggest environmentally friendly remedies - advanced recycling rather than disposal of "produced" water pumped back out of wells - could calm fears of accidental spillage and save millions of gallons of fresh water a year.read more
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5:27 PM | NKAF Summer Space Camp Connects VT Teens to the Universe Once Again
This year’s Northeast Kingdom Astronomy Foundation (NKAF) Space Camp at Northern Skies Observatory (NSO) placed an emphasis on student astronomy projects of the camper’s choice either individually or in teams. At the conclusion of the camp, campers presented a report to parents and relatives about what they studied and learned during the week. In addition…
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4:13 PM | New Synthesized Fungus-Derived Antibiotic
Researchers at Rice University have synthesized a recently discovered natural fungus-derived  antibiotic, viridicatumtoxin B, which may shelp bolster the fight against bacteria that evolve resistance to treatments in hospitals and clinics around the world.   The work reported this month in the Journal of the American Chemical Society (JACS) focused on a tetracycline discovered in 2008 by scientists who isolated small amounts from penicillium fungi. The yield wasn't nearly enough for […]
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2:59 PM | WTF Is Wrong With These People?
By these people, I mean (some) male gamers: Earlier this week, feminist critic Anita Sarkeesian posted the latest in a series of crowdfunded videos called Tropes vs. Women, devoted to aggregating and analyzing games that portray women as damsels in distress, ornamental eye candy, incidental victims, and other archetypes that tend to be written in service […]
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7:29 AM | New implant heals major bone injuries
A new implant embedded with growth factors may help heal major bone injuries. Major damage to bones can be very difficult to repair – especially injuries of the face or the spine. There must be enough bone left on either side of the break to use traditional implants like plates and screws. If a lot […]
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3:26 AM | How to write a computer book
I’ve designed an outline, which can be used as a table of contents, for a computer book about anything. In this case, about foo bar. Preface Forward Introduction Overview What is foo bar? Before you start A brief history of foo bar A longer history of foo bar Why you want to use foo bar…
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3:26 AM | How to write a computer book
I’ve designed an outline, which can be used as a table of contents, for a computer book about anything. In this case, about foo bar. Preface Forward Introduction Overview What is foo bar? Before you start A brief history of foo bar A longer history of foo bar Why you want to use foo bar…
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2:56 AM | A 3-D Printed Robot Flying A Prototype for a Quadcopter Hoverbike (Video)
Back in May, I wrote an article about a futuristic new hoverbike called the Aero-X set to go on sale in 2017. Now it seems that the Aero-X may have some serious competition. A company called Malloy Aeronautics recently completely a successful Kickstarter campaign for a similar hoverbike that uses four helicopter bladed instead of two, adding additional control, stability and maneuverability to the craft. Though they haven’t yet built a full-size model, Malloy […]

August 27, 2014

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10:30 PM | In the Future, Your Clothes Will Be Cleaned By Schools Of Robotic Fish
Inspired by 'doctor fish' who feed off human skin, a South Korean industrial designer has conceived of a radical new way of cleaning clothes. Instead of using a traditional washing machine, fleets of robotic fish will clean your clothes in a water tank — and without detergent.Read more...
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2:30 PM | Childhood of Tomorrow: Simon Stålenhag Interview
Some artists find a synthesis of style and subject that causes their work to resonate deeply within us. We experience new memories and ideas while we look at their images. The paintings of Simon... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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2:30 PM | Childhood of Tomorrow: Simon Stålenhag Interview
Some artists find a synthesis of style and subject that causes their work to resonate deeply within us. We experience new memories and ideas while we look at their images. The paintings of Simon... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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9:42 AM | Eggcellent citizen science: evolution of camouflage in bird eggs | @GrrlScientist
How an online video game relies on citizen scientists to test the evolution of avian egg camouflage colours and patterns.Ive been enviously following the events at the recent International Ornithological Congress, held in Tokyo, Japan. One of the many interesting things that I ran across in my communications with the congress attendees was an online video game that challenges the viewer to spot a camouflaged bird egg in a short period of time. This video game, which is entertaining and rather […]
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8:30 AM | Illustrious company
Yesterday, I saw this quote from the blurb for Jamie Bartlett’s new book The Dark Net: Beyond the familiar online world that most of us inhabit — a world of Google, Hotmail, Facebook and Amazon — lies a vast and often hidden network of sites, communities and cultures where freedom is pushed to its limits, […]
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8:02 AM | Will Vote Compass Affect Voting Behaviour And Electioneering
Last week I worked my way through Vote Compass, the final result being that my interests closely matched those of the Labour party. Before doing this exercise, I was tossing up between whether I would be voting for Labour or the Greens. So even though the description of Vote Compass claims it will not influence [...]

August 26, 2014

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6:02 PM | Fun with F1000: publish it and the peers will come
This post will be cross-posted to Fireside Science as the first part of this month's contribution.For the last several months, I have been working on a paper called "Animal-oriented Virtual Environments: illusion, dilation, and discovery" [1] that is now published at F1000 Research (also available as a pre-print at PeerJ). This is a paper that has gone through several iterations, from a short 1800-word piece (first draft) to a full-length article. This includes several stages of editor-driven […]
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5:27 PM | The Holographic Universe [we might Live in!]
Are you feeling a little… flat? Well that might be because you are only in 2 dimensions. I know what you’re thinking, insane! Well first check the name of the […]

Cowen, R. (2013). Simulations back up theory that Universe is a hologram, Nature, DOI: 10.1038/nature.2013.14328

Li W & Takayanagi T (2011). Holography and entanglement in flat spacetime., Physical review letters, 106 (14) 141301. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21561179

Piao, Y. (2007). Primordial perturbation spectra in a holographic phase of the Universe, Physical Review D, 76 (4) DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevD.76.043509

George F. Smoot (2010). Go with the Flow, Average Holographic Universe, Int.J.Mod.Phys.D19:2247-2258,2010, arXiv: http://arxiv.org/abs/1003.5952v1

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5:08 PM | August 24, 2014: How to Survive a Deadly Avalanche, Remembering Fallen War Reporters in Song and More
This week on National Geographic Weekend, join host Boyd Matson and his guests as they survive an avalanche while skiing in Washington, save the environment while winning the Stanley Cup, uncover the tombs of powerful women in the Andes, pay tribute to a pair of fallen war correspondents, sleep on a stranger's couch, herd reindeer in the Russian arctic, and hold the jaws of crocodiles while we test just how hard they can bite.
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2:33 PM | The Great Alien Debate (Part 1)
This post is one in a series covering, and expanding on, topics in the book The Copernicus Complex (Scientific American/FSG).           The conversation usually goes like... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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1:31 PM | X-Rays Only Detect 20 Percent Of Lung Cancer Cases
Current x-ray examinations capture only 20 percent of cases but there is a better way, according to Norwegian researchers. With modern ultra low-dose CT, that number climbs to 90 percent.In lung cancer, the prognosis is poor. In Norway, 85 percent of lung cancer patients die within five years, the authors say, and what is unfortunate is that the tumor can grow for a long time before even being detected. Most patients have their first diagnosis made by x-ray imaging.Yet no one had investigated […]
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1:06 PM | Organic vs paid advertising: Inside the mind of an online browser
The keyword term a consumer uses in their search engine […]
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1:01 PM | Do Closed-Loop Insulin Delivery Systems Improve Blood Glucose Control In Type 1 Diabetes?
In a closed-loop control approach to managing type 1 diabetes, glucose sensors placed under the skin continuously monitor blood sugar levels, triggering the release of insulin from an implantable insulin pump as needed. The aim of this closed-loop insulin delivery system is improved control of blood glucose levels throughout the day and night. But a new study in adults and adolescents found that mean blood glucose levels remained at safe levels 53-82% of the time, according to the results […]

August 25, 2014

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3:27 PM | Replacement Organs: Scientists Grow Thymus In Living Animal From Laboratory Cells
Laboratory-grown replacement organs are the future; since they will be grown from a patient's own cells, there will be no need for immuno-suppressive drugs, and it will eliminate the need for organ donors and waiting lists. Toward that goal, scientists have grown a fully functional organ from transplanted laboratory-created cells in a living animal for the first time; a thymus, the organ next to the heart that produces immune cells known as T cells that are vital for guarding against […]
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3:02 PM | Chinese Boy Receives First 3-D Printed Vertebra Implant (Video)
Doctors at Beijing’s Peking University have made a truly monumental step in the field of orthopedic surgery: implanting the first ever 3-D printed vertebra into a 12-year old boy. After he suffered a neck injury while playing soccer, it was discovered that the boy had a malignant tumor on his spinal chord. Following an examination of the tumor, the boy’s doctors decided that their only choice was to remove his entire second vertebra. But rather than replacing it […]
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