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April 21, 2015

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12:05 AM | What Do People Do on Facebook When They Are Breaking Up?
Most young adults use some form of social network, and among those platforms, Facebook is one of the most popular with nearly 1.4 billion monthly users and approximately 890 million users who login each day.1 And while many aspects of people’s lives play out on Facebook, their relationships are a particularly central part of their profiles.2 And although Facebook can be used to display new or happy3 relationships, people have to manage the end of their relationships on […]

April 20, 2015

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10:01 PM | A Biotech Startup Wants To Replace Your Eyeballs With Synthetic Ones
Our eyes are such elegant, complex, specialized organs that their existence seems almost hard to believe--Darwin himself called their evolution “absurd.” But that doesn’t…
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7:00 PM | Learning About Health On Social Media Makes Risks Seem Riskier
Whether it’s the outbreak of an infectious disease or news of a terrorist attack, social media is a powerful tool to spread information. But exactly how information gets…
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3:23 PM | Technology can transfer human emotions to your palm through air
Human emotion can be transferred by technology that stimulates different parts of the hand without making physical contact with your body, a University of Sussex-led study has shown. Sussex scientist […]
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12:19 PM | astro anecdotes
there are all sorts of astronomy folklore stories passed down through generations of astronomers.did you know that the 107'' telescope at McDonald observatory has bullet holes in the primary mirror? Six bullet holes in the primary mirror of the 2.7m telescope at McDonald Observatory. Photo credit: McDonald Observatory.I used to observe with that telescope all the time during my PhD and it was always fun to walk down the solid tube to see the "damage" up close.   the six holes only block 1% […]
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1:00 AM | Science Book a Day Interviews Nina Allan
Special thanks to Nina Allan for answering 6 questions about her recently featured book – The Race I was born in Whitechapel, London, grew up in the Midlands and West Sussex, and studied Russian literature at the […]

April 19, 2015

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2:00 PM | MI weekly selection #125
Capitanian event a mass extinction. A group of paleontologists would like to add a sixth mass extinction event that occurred at the end of […] Read more The post MI weekly selection #125 appeared first on Mapping Ignorance. Related posts:MI’s 2014: the ten most read articles MI’s 2014: Editors’ Picks MI weekly selection #113
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1:30 PM | Singular Value Decomposition Method Increases Accuracy Of Ovarian Cancer Diagnosis
Nearly anyone touched by ovarian cancer will tell you that almost 80 percent of patients reach advanced stages before diagnosis and that most patients are expected to die within five years. One quarter of women diagnosed have no warning that they are resistant to platinum-based chemotherapy, the main line of defense and they probably have less than 18 months to live.  Diagnosis, prognosis, and even treatment of ovarian cancer have remained largely unchanged for 30 years - the best […]
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2:00 AM | How to make a Mammoth
Are we really close to resurrecting the Mammoth?

April 18, 2015

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1:00 PM | NailO: Your Thumb As A Miniature Wireless Track Pad
A new wearable device turns the user’s thumbnail into a miniature wireless track pad, which could let users control wireless devices when their hands are full or enable subtle communication in circumstances that require it, such as sending a quick text to a child while attending an important meeting.Next week at the Association for Computing Machinery’s Computer-Human Interaction conference in Seoul, MIT researchers will describe the prototype of NailO.read more
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12:31 PM | code quality
of course none of my astronomy code is like this!! ::ahem::http://xkcd.com/1513/
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5:34 AM | A Dissertation on Science Blogging
My PhD dissertation, All the Science That is Fit to Blog, is now online and globally accessible via a downloadable PDF: http://etd.lsu.edu/docs/available/etd-04072015-094935/ You can also access my full research survey instrument and other data and figures from my dissertation research on Figshare. Please do let me know if you have any thoughts, questions, suggestions for future research, etc.! Summary Points (previously posted in a series of tweets, #MySciBlogSummary!) For this […]
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5:34 AM | A Dissertation on Science Blogging
My PhD dissertation, All the Science That is Fit to Blog, is now online and globally accessible via a downloadable PDF: http://etd.lsu.edu/docs/available/etd-04072015-094935/ You can also access my full research survey instrument and other data and figures from my dissertation research on Figshare. Please do let me know if you have any thoughts, questions, suggestions for future research, etc.! Summary Points (previously posted in a series of tweets, #MySciBlogSummary!) For this […]
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5:34 AM | A Dissertation on Science Blogging
My PhD dissertation, All the Science That is Fit to Blog, is now online and globally accessible via a downloadable PDF: http://etd.lsu.edu/docs/available/etd-04072015-094935/ You can also access my full research survey instrument and other data and figures from my dissertation research on Figshare. Please do let me know if you have any thoughts, questions, suggestions for future research, etc.! Summary Points (previously posted in a series of tweets, #MySciBlogSummary!) For this […]

April 17, 2015

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9:31 PM | 3-D Modelling Corals on the Real Skull Island
On Skull Island, the skulls of head-hunting victims lie entombed beneath the skulls of their captors, while under the waves, a living treasure of coral is being enshrined digitally for all to see.
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9:30 PM | Bomb Squad Robot Delivers Pizza, Saves A Man's Life
Sometimes, a kind hand holding out a pizza is enough, even if that hand is attached to the mechanical arm of a bomb squad robot. On Monday, California Highway Patrol…
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9:07 PM | World’s first self-powered camera can film forever
Here's the world’s first fully self-powered video camera, capable of recording creepy images of a person’s head and occasionally gaping mouth for eternity. Well, technically, until the parts wear down, but theoretically, this device can film forever thanks to an internal mechanism that keeps charged at all times.Developed by scientists at Columbia University's Computer Vision Laboratory in the US, the prototype has been built upon one very simple concept: digital cameras and […]
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8:11 PM | This Solar-Powered Bike Can Travel Up To 40 Miles Unassited (Video)
Danish inventor Jesper Frausig has developed a Solar Bike that offers cyclists an easier way to commute without hurting the environment. The Solar Bike requires no plug-in to charge – just park your bike in a sunny area and the solar panels on the bike’s wheels and the battery unit will do the rest. The battery is carefully tucked inside the frame of the bike and can store enough energy to travel up to 40 miles. The bike has adjustable speed and can
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4:46 PM | Text messages a good way to support mothers with postpartum depression
A Saint Louis University research paper published online March 16 in JMIR Mental Health explores the feasibility of helping low-income mothers through postpartum depression using text messages. Corresponding author Matthew […]
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3:36 PM | Just screw it: Why winemakers ditched cork for caps
When he founded the Blended Learning winemaking course three years ago, Thomas Henick-Kling had an important choice to make: How to seal his department’s student-created wines. “For me, there was […]
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1:50 PM | A guy built his house with water as a construction material
Water using for a construction purposes has rarely been pursued by scientists and researchers. It has wonderful thermal conductivity and temperature properties, but the only problem is that its liquid, so possibly it couldn’t be used as construction material in between all the layers of concrete, iron and glass. But, a Hungarian architect Matyas Gutai has his eyes firmly set on using water as a construction material in the future. He has even made a prototype building with water […]
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11:52 AM | Into the Telecom vortex
“Ten little Indian boys went out to dine, One choked his little self and then there were nine…” You don’t need to be particularly observant to notice that the telecom landscape over the last decade and a half is full of dead organizations, bloodshed and gore. Organizations have been slain by ruthless times and bigger […]
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10:18 AM | what extent do we use technology properly?
We are currently involved in a changing world where technology plays a prominent role in our lives. The original article is in what extent do we use technology properly?

April 16, 2015

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9:51 PM | Thumbnail track pad
Researchers at the MIT Media Lab are developing a new wearable device that turns the user’s thumbnail into a miniature wireless track pad. They envision that the technology could let […]
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9:12 PM | No Batteries Required - New Camera Runs Forever
A research team has created a prototype video camera that is fully self-powered. Solar panels and digital cameras obviously have different purposes - one converts light to power while the other simply measures it - but both are constructed from essentially the same components. At the heart of any digital camera is an image sensor, a chip with millions of pixels. The key enabling device in a pixel is the photodiode, which produces an electric current when exposed to light. This mechanism […]
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7:04 PM | How It Works: The Large Hadron Collider
The world’s most powerful particle accelerator, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), famously upended physics with the discovery of the long-sought Higgs boson in 2012. But it was only operating at half power. Since then, the LHC has undergone a massive upgrade, and this spring, it will ramp back up for a second run at near full strength. For the next three years, more than 12,000 scientists will use the LHC to explore the deepest and weirdest questions in particle physics. What they […]
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4:56 PM | New To Science Blogging #2 – Locard’s Lab
This post is the second in a new guest blog series on my blog (fun!) featuring science bloggers who recently got their start in the science blogosphere. This series of posts I'll be inviting from new science bloggers, or anyone who started blogging about science in the last year or so, will help paint a picture of how science bloggers get their start today. *If you want to contribute to this series, and you recently (within the last year or so) started any... Read more
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4:56 PM | New To Science Blogging #2 – Locard’s Lab
This post is the second in a new guest blog series on my blog (fun!) featuring science bloggers who recently got their start in the science blogosphere. This series of posts I'll be inviting from new science bloggers, or anyone who started blogging about science in the last year or so, will help paint a picture of how science bloggers get their start today. *If you want to contribute to this series, and you recently (within the last year or so) started any... Read more
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4:56 PM | New To Science Blogging #2 – Locard’s Lab
This post is the second in a new guest blog series on my blog (fun!) featuring science bloggers who recently got their start in the science blogosphere. This series of posts I'll be inviting from new science bloggers, or anyone who started blogging about science in the last year or so, will help paint a picture of how science bloggers get their start today. *If you want to contribute to this series, and you recently (within the last year or so) started any... Read more
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4:21 PM | Empowering women in order to save the harvest
There are plenty of technological challenges to reducing food waste in sub-Saharan Africa, but a challenge that might prove more important to overcome is gender inequality. Women are responsible for nearly half of agricultural labor in sub-Saharan Africa, with some estimates reaching up to 90 percent. But they often don't have the authority to make financial decisions for their families, even when it comes to managing or selling the crops they've grown themselves.
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