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October 30, 2014

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8:19 PM | Neuroscientists Break into the Brain to Expose Its Workings
The brain is a dazzlingly complex web of somewhere around 100 billion neurons, each of which communicates with others through thousands of connections. The idea of manipulating such a complex system... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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6:27 PM | Hi-Tech Harness Helps Dogs and People Communicate
A dog harness helps enhance communications between pets and service animals and humans. Continue reading →
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5:30 PM | DNews: How Young is Too Young to Use Technology?
"Kids these days..." They're using tablets practically right out of the womb! Other than embarrassing people 40 times their age who can't even figure out how to visit Youtube, is there any harm in letting the little ones loose so early?
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3:38 PM | ‘A nation that destroys its soil destroys itself’
Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience Blog - Making a difference to how we live with hazard and risk. This animation introduces the ROBUST (Regeneration of Brownfield Land Using Sustainable Technologies) project at Durham University. It shows how adding minerals and organic matter back into the soil can regenerate brownfield land and help reduce flooding. ROBUST is a research [...] The post ‘A nation that destroys its soil destroys itself’ appeared first on Institute of Hazard, […]
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2:50 PM | The Uproar Over the New Samaritans Radar Twitter App
Ed: We invited Mark Brown (@markoneinfour) to share the perspective from the Twitterverse on a new Twitter app released yesterday by the UK charity, the Samaritans, meant to help people who express suicidal words on Twitter. We also asked the Samaritans for their response to the concerns expressed within this article, but they did not […]
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1:05 PM | Astrobiology Roundup: Planets, Moons, and Stinky Comets
Scientific discoveries across all fields just keep coming and coming. Here’s a small assortment of goodies from the past couple of weeks. How do you form planets around stars in triple systems?... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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12:18 PM | Self driving vehicles are great – but we might not be ready to hand over the wheel (yet)
The promise of self-driving vehicles has brought with it high expectations and enthusiasm. But, we might not be quite ready to hand over the wheel. Today, the University of Michigan’s Transportation... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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3:49 AM | Prize-winning scientist works with antimatter, to make substances that are bigger on the inside – and real
Matthew Hill’s work sounds as though it should be directed by George Lucas. The main difference is that it’s real. But a job where the tools of trade include the Australian Synchrotron AND antimatter still sounds like science fiction. As do the results that come from it. Matthew has just been awarded the 2014 Malcolm […]

October 29, 2014

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3:23 PM | Saving lots of computing capacity with a new algorithm  
The control of modern infrastructure such as intelligent power grids […]
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1:39 PM | New Octopus Disguise Material for the Human World [Video]
It’s no doubt that, with a repertoire of everything from colorful coral to a poisonous sea snake, the octopus could win any costume contest handily. But while most of us are picking our way... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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1:39 PM | New Octopus Disguise Material for the Human World [Video]
It’s no doubt that, with a repertoire of everything from colorful coral to a poisonous sea snake, the octopus could win any costume contest handily. But while most of us are picking our way... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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1:03 PM | Failure Is Always An Option
Do not try this at home. A Russian Proton-M launch goes wrong – and it can happen to anyone (wait for the shock wave). A rocket is a controlled bomb. The fully fueled Saturn V ‘moon... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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3:05 AM | Will SciArt Find a Foothold on Ello?
Ello and their “you are not a product” manifesto swept through social media discourse like an eyeless smiling tornado a few weeks ago. Clearly, people are dissatisfied enough with... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

October 28, 2014

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11:59 PM | Bringing Biggs to the party an inspired move
The appointment of Peter Biggs as inaugural chairman of the new Wellington Regional Economic Development Agency, is an inspired bargain. I briefly dealt with ‘Biggsy’ as he is commonly known, in a former life. My observation is that he’s great … Continue reading →
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10:04 PM | iPhone Apps for Naturalists
With today’s BBC coverage of upcoming birdsong recognition app Warblr, I thought it might be nice to highlight some of the other great iPhone apps available to complement any naturalist’s handheld […]
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8:56 PM | Rapa Expedition: What Do Sharks Do When We’re Not Looking?
To film animal behavior out of the view of human eyes, the team deploys cameras to drift in the open ocean and record whatever comes their way.
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7:49 PM | Run Up To 25 MPH With These Bionic Boots (Video)
Since he was a teenager, Keahi Seymour has admired the incredible speeds of the Ostrich and other land-dwelling two-legged creatures. With ostriches able to reach top speeds of up to 45 mph, Seymour was determined to unlock the secret to their quickness. His solution: super boots that (literally) add a spring to your step, increasing your force and speed. According to Popular Science… “Many years and a dozen prototypes later, Seymour came to Maker Faire (Sept. 2014) to […]
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7:35 PM | A Circuit That Breaks Records, Runs At One Trillion Cycles Per Second
The Pentagon's advanced concepts research wing has attained a crucial technological milestone by building the world's fastest integrated circuit. Clocking in at a full one terahertz, it's 150 billion cycles faster than the previous record. The stage is now set for some unprecedented new technologies.Read more...
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2:32 PM | US Operating Rooms Could Donate 2 Million Pounds Of Unused Medical Supplies
In the past, it was common practice to get rid of anything that was used - and unused - in operating rooms, but with rising health care costs due to government insurance and growing realization that many countries have few supplies at all, recovery of unused operating room materials has gotten new life. Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine reported during the 2014 Clinical Congress of the American College of Surgeons that recovery of unused medical supplies from operating rooms for […]

October 27, 2014

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8:28 PM | 3-D Printed Gardens Can Grow in Any Shape
A Japanese scientist has invented a way to design, print and grow herb and flower gardens in nearly any shape. Continue reading →
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7:54 PM | Could lightning keep the lights on?
Could lightning be used as an energy resource? The answer is “yes” – but you probably don’t want it to. A single bolt of lightning contains approximately 1 billion joules of energy, or about 300... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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7:34 PM | SpaceX to Attempt Falcon Rocket Water Landing in December
SpaceX will attempt to land its next Falcon 9 rocket on a platform in the ocean, a key step in the company’s quest to develop reusable boosters. Continue reading →
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5:00 PM | Berkeley Lab Tackles Vaccine Delivery Problem with Portable Solar-Powered Vaccine Fridge
Vaccines are arguably one of the most important inventions of mankind. Unfortunately, vaccines must be produced and stored in an environment with very tight temperature regulation – between 36 °F and 46 °F – to keep the vaccine bugs alive. So vaccine delivery is a major problem due to the absence of reliable refrigeration in […]
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3:31 PM | Simple New Test For Vitamin B12 Deficiency
A novel method to test for vitamin B12 deficiency is sensitive enough to work on anyone, including newborn babies and large swaths of the general population. It uses a single drop of blood collected from a finger prick which is then blotted and dried overnight on a card consisting of filter paper. The dried blood spot card analysis is sensitive enough to measure the amount of methylmalonic acid (MMA), an indicator of a person's B12 level, according to study author Yvonne Lamers of the […]
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2:24 PM | Prevention: 2 Ways to Stop Schizophrenia Before it Starts
Over the past week, I’ve come across two very different approaches to schizophrenia prevention. I know to some that may sound like an incredulous possibility. But I believe it’s something that’s achievable within our lifetime. Schizophrenia is uniquely situated to be acted upon by prevention methods. We know it has a larger genetic component than […]
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12:04 PM | Scientists engineer toxin-secreting stem cells to treat brain tumors
Proof-of-concept study highlights new therapeutic use of engineered human stem […]
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12:03 PM | Cutting power could dramatically boost laser output
Lasers – devices that deliver beams of highly organized light […]
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7:56 AM | New microscope can see inside cells
Scientists have designed a new type of microscope that can see inside cells in real time. It’s called a light-sheet microscope and uses 2D optical lattices to make sheets of light. Light-sheet microscopes have major advantages over traditional microscopes that use a single beam of light. The beam of light in traditional microscopes can heat […]
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2:32 AM | The Smart Grid: An Energy Solution
The world is racing against the clock, trying to tackle the energy crisis before our resources run out. Lately, scientists have been coming up with new, brilliant ways of saving energy, one of which is the smart grid. The smart grid is actually not that new of a concept, but very few people know of […]

October 26, 2014

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3:00 PM | Mi weekly selection #98
3D map shows the adolescent universe. Astronomers have pieced together an image of what the adolescent universe looked like using just four hours of […] Read more The post Mi weekly selection #98 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
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