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January 26, 2015

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10:32 PM | Scientists take big step in making graphene a viable silicon substitute
A new study moves the wonder material graphene a major step closer to knocking silicon off as the dominant workhorse of the electronics industry. While silicon is ubiquitous in semiconductors and […]
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10:32 PM | Meet the next generation of Aussie scientists and engineers
Meet three of the young Aussie scientists and engineers, competing for this years BHP Science and Engineering Awards.
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10:14 PM | ‘Total cost of ownership’ information gives hybrid, plug-in vehicles a boost
Sales of hybrid and plug-in electric vehicles have slumped, but new Indiana University research shows some consumers are more likely to buy when they see data that shows the total […]
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9:35 PM | Research team shapes future of combat rations
What kinds of rations might the military be using to feed its warfighters 15 years from now? Seeking to provide a window into the future of combat feeding, the Consumer […]
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6:54 PM | Scientific American Video: We’re Huge in Hungary
In early January, Scientific American editor Mark Fischetti noticed that our video “What Happens to Your Body after You Die?” had 466,000 views on YouTube. Well, now it has more than... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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5:22 PM | Stuck At Home? Watch Snowplows In Real Time
Technology may not be able to prevent a major snowstorm, but it can help you keep tabs on the location of snow removal videos around your city.
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1:43 PM | Low oil prices aren’t working against solar (probably)
In the United States, reducing electricity probably won’t lead to a significant reduction in direct oil consumption. Instead (in terms of fossil fuels) it is more likely to reduce your consumption of... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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7:47 AM | The Leatherman Tread: A Multi-Tool That Can Be Worn On The Wrist
Leatherman Tool Group, most famous for their multiple function tools, just announced that they’ll be releasing a new tool this summer called the Leatherman Tread. The makers consider their new creation to be “an industry first”: a multi-tool that can be worn on the wrist, offering convenience and variety to the user in the form of a bracelet. The design, which has been tested for comfort, offers the consumer at least two tools per link. Leatherman also gives […]
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7:30 AM | The official and unofficial stories of Google in space
Google have invested in SpaceX, a company founded on the idea of private space flights to Mars. But there are alternative narratives for the tech giant’s race into spaceA week ago, Elon Musk launched his new SpaceX satellite lab in Seattle. He plans to provide satellite internet access via a constellation of 4,000 satellites flying at 750km above the earth, each weighing hundreds of kgs. The announcement came two days after Richard Branson and Qualcomm invested in the OneWeb satellite […]
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6:23 AM | Reaching 4,000 Twitter Followers… for Science Plus
One of my favorite quotes from a blogger I recently interviewed for my dissertation research describes science blogging as something more than just science: "...it’s science plus. Science plus character, science plus atmosphere, science plus... description." - #MySciBlog Interviewee I realized that this is exactly what Twitter has become for me. It's about science, and science communication, in what I tweet, what I retweet, and who I follow. But it's about so much MORE than science. It's […]
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6:23 AM | Reaching 4,000 Twitter Followers… for Science Plus
One of my favorite quotes from a blogger I recently interviewed for my dissertation research describes science blogging as something more than just science: "...it’s science plus. Science plus character, science plus atmosphere, science plus... description." - #MySciBlog Interviewee I realized that this is exactly what Twitter has become for me. It's about science, and science communication, in what I tweet, what I retweet, and who I follow. But it's about so much MORE than science. It's […]
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6:23 AM | Reaching 4,000 Twitter Followers… for Science Plus
One of my favorite quotes from a blogger I recently interviewed for my dissertation research describes science blogging as something more than just science: "...it’s science plus. Science plus character, science plus atmosphere, science plus... description." - #MySciBlog Interviewee I realized that this is exactly what Twitter has become for me. It's about science, and science communication, in what I tweet, what I retweet, and who I follow. But it's about so much MORE than science. It's […]

January 25, 2015

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9:42 PM | Hyper sleep- A “down to earth” space story
It was every kids’ dream to go into space, not understanding the perils or the boredom that comes with it. The idea of floating weightless and “boldly going where no man has gone before” permeated the imagination as nothing had ever done before. Space, why did there have to be so much of it? Einstein […]
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9:42 PM | Hyper sleep- A “down to earth” space story
It was every kids’ dream to go into space, not understanding the perils or the boredom that comes with it. The idea of floating weightless and “boldly going where no man has gone before” permeated the imagination as nothing had ever done before. Space, why did there have to be so much of it? Einstein […]
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8:30 PM | Meth-Laden Drug Smuggling Drone Crashes In Mexican Border Town
This past Wednesday (January 21), Mexican authorities in a border town near the United States recovered a six-propeller drone carrying six one-pound bags of methamphetamine. According to CBS News… “Tijuana police spokesman Jorge Morrua said Wednesday that police were alerted after the drone fell Tuesday night near the San Ysidro crossing at Mexico’s border with California.” Authorities believe the drone crashed because it was carrying too much weight. However, an […]
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6:30 PM | An Intricate 3D-Printed Dress, No Assembly Required
One of the most inspired design studios working at the intersection of science, art, and technology today is Nervous System, a Massachusetts-based team led by Jessica Rosenkrantz and Jesse... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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6:30 PM | An Intricate 3D-Printed Dress, No Assembly Required
One of the most inspired design studios working at the intersection of science, art, and technology today is Nervous System, a Massachusetts-based team led by Jessica Rosenkrantz and Jesse... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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4:19 PM | The Self-Powered Liquid-Proof Keyboard That Recognizes You By Your Unique Typing Style
In the past few months, a number of high-profile cases have shown that even large corporations with complex security systems aren’t always safe from cyber criminals. Hackers are constantly phishing for sensitive information like usernames, credit card info and, of course, passwords. And since many people (and companies) use the same passwords for multiple different accounts, it often takes just one stolen password to break into a computer or network. But what […]
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3:12 PM | Should You Ask Dr. Google Your Health Questions? Yes, Absolutely
For the past two decades, hundreds of millions of people around the world have done something extraordinary and unprecedented in human history. They’ve turned to the unlimited information resource we call the Internet to ask personal questions about their health and mental health. And what have they learned? More than anyone could have imagined. People […]
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3:00 PM | MI weekly selection #113
Scorpion fly first to feed on human corpses. Researchers working with human cadavers were surprised to see scorpion flies arrive first to feed on […] Read more The post MI weekly selection #113 appeared first on Mapping Ignorance. Related posts:MI’s 2014: the ten most read articles MI’s 2014: Editors’ Picks Melodies of proteins
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1:03 PM | Lectures: to capture or not capture?
My colleague Katherine Haxton has recently published an interesting post on the recording of lectures. This has led me to think about what I do, whether it is working, and whether I could do more. Thinking about this now is well timed, since we resume teaching tomorrow, after our Autumn Semester exam period finished on … Continue reading Lectures: to capture or not capture? →
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2:53 AM | Creating a Basic Webpage
Ever wanted to learn to code? Well, I did, but never took the time to until now. Today, I, along with other Future Science Leaders students, attended HTML 500, a coding event where 500 people sat together and learned the very basics of how to code. This experience was very hands-on and satisfying, thanks to […]

January 24, 2015

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3:00 AM | Mark Brake’s Space, Time, Machine, Monster
By Mark Brake Synopsis: Jam-packed with aliens and time machines, spaceships and cyborgs and the end of time, Space, Time, Machine, Monster tells you how sci-fi helped build the world in which we live. Of […]

January 23, 2015

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10:05 PM | Microsoft’s Holographic System Will Project More Than Princess Leia
When I first watched R2D2 beam a hologram of a distraught Princess Leia onto a tabletop, I was more interested in how I could get my hands on that technology than I was about her problem (don’t judge—I was little … Continue reading →
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9:52 PM | A 3-D view of the Greenland Ice Sheet opens window on ice history
Scientists using ice-penetrating radar data collected by NASA’s Operation IceBridge and earlier airborne campaigns have built the first comprehensive map of layers deep inside the Greenland Ice Sheet, opening a […]
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9:52 PM | The latest fashion: Graphene edges can be tailor-made
Theoretical physicists at Rice University are living on the edge as they study the astounding properties of graphene. In a new study, they figure out how researchers can fracture graphene […]
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9:45 PM | Kill Dead Zones With This Small Box
Problem If you live in or near a city, it’s hard to imagine not finding a cell signal. Telecommunication companies spend hundreds of millions of dollars on cell towers and…
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7:20 PM | After Earth Falls, Will Interstellar Space Travel Be Our Salvation?
It may be just a matter of time before the Earth becomes uninhabitable. As astrophysicists and avid science fiction fans, we naturally find the prospect of interstellar colonization intriguing and exciting. But is it practical, or even possible? Or is there a better solution?Read more...
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4:55 PM | Rooftop Solar Increases a Home’s Selling Price Across Multiple Markets
On Monday, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory released a report showing that homes with solar panels typically sell for $15,000 greater than those without solar... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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3:55 PM | Exercise machine calorie counters: they exaggerate the burn
January is the month of the jogger. Every evening for the past three weeks, regular-looking folk have been bouncing their bits up and down our streets, running in the pursuit of getting a bit fitter. No doubt prompted by a New Year’s resolution or ill-considered pledge to run this year’s half-marathon, such noble joggers oftentimes … Continue reading →
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