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July 29, 2014

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10:30 PM | ​Recreation of Richard III's Skeleton Shows Why He Was Called an Imp
Tourists visiting the Richard III Visitor Centre in Leicester can gaze into the empty grave where the king's skeleton was discovered in 2012. His actual bones are being reinterred in Leicester Cathedral. But a 3D-printed replica is there, revealing details such as the late monarch's twisted spine and mortal wounds.Read more...
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8:30 PM | The U.S. Economy Is A Casualty Of NSA Surveillance Programs
Ever since Edward Snowden revealed the true extent of the National Security Agency's surveillance methods, the public debate has focused mostly on issues of privacy and national security. But new evidence shows that the fallout from the NSA backlash is wider than we thought, and could cost U.S. companies billions.Read more...
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8:20 PM | The Claws Of This Cyborg Scorpion Can Be Controlled Remotely
Because smartphone-controlled cyborg cockroaches are apparently not enough, Michigan-based Backyard Brains has turned their attention to predatory arthropods — this time using an electrical current to remotely induce a scorpion to strike with its claws and tail.Read more...
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2:00 PM | Editing the Genome: CRISPR and a HIV Cure
HIV has historically been a difficult virus to fight  because it weakens the immune system by destroying T-cells. The purpose of these cells is to tell the immune system when to kick in and fight off viruses. HIV uses these T-cells… Read more › The post Editing the Genome: CRISPR and a HIV Cure appeared first on Ricochet Science.
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12:15 AM | How Mature is Your Cyber Security Model?
In the previous articles, we’ve been discussing cyber security throughout different angles and perspectives, but we’ve never talked about its maturity model and how it’s important in the modern world. First of all, we should define what the term cyber […]test The post How Mature is Your Cyber Security Model? appeared first on Australian Science.

July 28, 2014

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10:50 PM | NASA’s Opportunity Rover Just Set the Off-World Driving Distance Record
NASA’s Opportunity rover landed on the surface of Mars in January of 2004. As of Sunday (July 26), the Opportunity rover had driven a total distance of 25 miles (40 kilometers). Opportunity took the top spot in total off-world distance traveled by surpassing Russia’s Lunokhod 2 lunar rover, which traveled a total distance of 39 […]
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4:00 PM | Universal Blood Test For Cancer Discovered?
Researchers from the University of Bradford say they have devised a simple blood test that will enable doctors to rule out cancer in patients presenting with certain symptoms, saving time and preventing costly and unnecessary invasive procedures such as colonoscopies and biopsies being carried out. Alternatively, it could be a useful aid for investigating patients who are suspected of having a cancer that is currently hard to diagnose.  Early results have shown the method gives a high […]
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2:35 PM | Potential ‘universal’ blood test for cancer discovered
Researchers from the University of Bradford, UK, have devised a […]
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2:21 PM | 3D Printing Body Parts
Ordinary inkjet printers can be converted into 3D printers that layer material, usually plastic or metal, to build up a 3D object from a blueprint. 3D printers were born in the 80s, but the last couple of years have seen huge improvements in available technology and there has been a 3D printing boom. Now you […]
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2:00 PM | Sieving at the nanoscale: desalination of seawater through nanoporous graphene
Perhaps the most repeated words in the last few years when talking about graphene – since scientists Geim and Novoselov were awarded the Nobel Prize […] Read more The post Sieving at the nanoscale: desalination of seawater through nanoporous graphene appeared first on Mapping Ignorance. Related posts:Carnivorous plants inspire novel liquid repellent surfaces Superparamagnetic nanoparticles and the separation problem Carbon nanotubes to study neuron activity
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1:40 PM | Play Spacewar!, The Pentagon-Funded Video Game From 1962
The launch of Sputnik prompted a U.S. government spending spree to achieve technological dominance over the Soviets. Among the recipients of this largesse were MIT engineers, who designed a computer simulation called Spacewar! Inspired by the sci-fi books of E.E. Smith, it was the world's first videogame.Read more...
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12:37 PM | Team achieves ‘holy grail’ of battery design: A stable lithium anode
Engineers use carbon nanospheres to protect lithium from the reactive […]

July 27, 2014

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11:00 PM | This Could Be the Greatest Advance in Water Balloon Technology Ever
Shut up about your high tech super soakers, because Bunch O Balloons is about to take water fights to the next level. Just look at it! You can fill like a zillion balloons all at once, and then DRIVE YOUR ENEMIES BEFORE YOU.Read more...
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9:00 PM | Science 2.0: Google Web Mining Can Help Neuroscientists Analyze Big Data
Facebook, Google and just about everyone except Science 2.0 use global distributed computers to mine your web history and learn everything about you to generate revenue. Big data is being led by marketing, like many things are, but early adopters who make money at things create tools that everyone can then use, and that will be a big help for Science 2.0 New technologies for monitoring brain activity are generating unprecedented quantities of information. If it can ever be interpreted, that […]
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6:17 PM | Holy Grail of Battery Design: A lithium anode
Technology has been racing forward at an ever increasing rate. Unfortunately, anyone who owns a smartphone will tell you that the battery life doesn’t match the advancements. That is probably […]

Liu N, Lu Z, Zhao J, McDowell MT, Lee HW, Zhao W & Cui Y (2014). A pomegranate-inspired nanoscale design for large-volume-change lithium battery anodes., Nature nanotechnology, 9 (3) 187-92. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24531496

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2:00 PM | MI weekly selection #85
Gene-editing method could remove HIV from infected cells. Scientists have found a way of eliminating HIV from infected cells. Using the CRISPR/Cas9 genome-editing system, […] Read more The post MI weekly selection #85 appeared first on Mapping Ignorance. Related posts:A tale about aquatic snails in the middle of the desert Let there be fascinating plants At the crossroads of Botany and Archaeology
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1:44 PM | A Bluemix recipe with MongoDB and Node.js
Here is a tasty IBM Bluemix recipe with a dash of MongoDB and a pinch of Node.js. This posts shows the steps needed to perform basic CRUD (Create, Remove, Update & Delete) operations on the MongoDB database using REST APIs of PUT,GET, UPDATE & DELETE. You can fork the code for the below app from […]
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10:56 AM | Summer Shorts: A Cometary Rubber Duck
It’s summer in the northern hemisphere of a small, damp, planet orbiting a middle-aged star in a spiral galaxy of matter enjoying a brief heyday before colliding with another galaxy in some 4... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

July 26, 2014

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6:13 PM | How the Rise of Refrigeration is Transforming China
In many parts of the world, having a refrigerator is part of everyday life. But in China, only 7% of people in cities had refrigerators in 1995. Now that number is over 95%. Writer Nicola Twilley has an article in the New York Times about how this simple technology has changed everything.Read more...
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12:53 PM | No country for new journalism
(Formatting issues fixed.) Through an oped in Nieman Lab, Ken Doctor makes a timely case for explanatory – or explainer – journalism being far from a passing fad. Across the many factors that he argues contribute to its rise and persistence in western markets, there is evidence that he believes explainer journalism’s historical basis is more relevant than … Continue reading →
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11:15 AM | Robo rehab | Mo Costandi
Robot-assisted rehabilitation is gaining traction in hospital stroke units, but exoskeleton-type devices may actually discourage patients from performing their exercises.Hundreds of millions of people tuned in to the World Cup Opening Ceremony in São Paulo last month, to watch artists such as Jennifer Lopez and Shakira perform before the first match kicked off. But the real highlight - which was apparently ignored by most of the media outlets covering the event - was a one-minute […]
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4:00 AM | Seven Elements That Have Changed The World: Iron, Carbon, Gold, Silver, Uranium, Titanium, Silicon
By John Browne Alternate Title: Seven Elements That Have Changed The World: An Adventure of Ingenuity and Discovery Synopsis: Humans have put the Earth’s resources to extraordinary use. Carbon provides us with heat, light and mobility […]

July 25, 2014

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9:37 PM | New Approach to Being There: ‘Fan-bots’ Will Cheer Korean Baseball Team
Cheer on your baseball team through a "fan-bot" set in the stands as you watch and tweet on your phone.
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8:11 PM | Coop’s Citizen Sci Scoop: The nine simultaneous lives of cats
This post first appeared at Discover‘s Citizen Science Salon. Cats are moody. In the blink of an eye, a cat can change from aloof to affectionate, playful to predatory, carefree to curious. The myth about nine lives is oddly …The post Coop’s Citizen Sci Scoop: The nine simultaneous lives of cats appeared first on CitizenSci.
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7:24 PM | Technology and Higher Education
When the focus is on student-learning, technology is superior. When the focus is on technology, student-learning is inferior. Technology in higher education is a hot topic across the world, and one […]
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5:20 PM | Patent Trolling Is Worse Than Any Other Time in History
It's the tech world's version of ambulance chasing: firms that earn money by asserting patent rights against other companies, without manufacturing any useful products of their own. And, according to the latest numbers, the economic burden of patent lawsuits is now unprecedented in U.S. history.Read more...
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1:39 PM | Connecting a USB memory stick/drive to a Nexus 7 tablet
Following my post of the end of last week about using a tablet instead of a laptop at a conference, another unforeseen issue I encountered was how to read a USB memory stick using the tablet. The conference provided all the information on a memory stick, but I couldn’t read it with the Nexus! (It […]
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1:08 PM | New technology allows hair to reflect almost any color
What if you could alter your hair to reflect any […]
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3:55 AM | Stop Trying to Plan the Campus for the Future
One of the big trends in policy journalism has to do with discussing college “in the future.” You know, when robot teachers instruct multiethnic superstar children in their bedrooms on Jupiter, or something. We’re never quite sure what’s going to happen, but it’s pretty clear it’s going to involve a lot of amazing new technology. Sometimes institutions attempt to plan for this, and design buildings for technology that doesn’t exist. This is maybe […]

July 24, 2014

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11:03 PM | Spinach could lead to alternative energy more powerful than Popeye
Spinach gave Popeye super strength, but it also holds the […]
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