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Unlike Humans, Monkeys Aren't Fooled by Pricey Labels : Discovery News - Capuchin monkeys, unlike humans, don’t assume that a higher price tag means better quality, according to a new study.
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Space Is Now a Factory - We may talk about "space tourism" as a specialized form of space travel; even the most cutting-edge space exploration, though, is disconcertingly similar to the basic experience of Earth-bound voyaging. You pack your bags, trying your best to plan for every circumstance that might arise while you're away, and then you're stuck with what you've brought. In space's case, the suitcases in question may be spacecraft and the tools required may be slightly more complex than voltage converters and travel-size shampoos ... but the idea's the same: If you'll need something on your trip to space, you have to bring it with you.
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Mountain-sized asteroid is heading towards Earth, says scientist - Telegraph - A mountain-sized asteroid which crosses paths with the Earth every three years has been discovered by a Russian scientist.Vladimir Lipunov, a professor at Moscow State University, said the space rock, named '2014 UR116', poses no immediate threat.
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jihadica - Jihadica is a clearinghouse for materials related to militant, transnational Sunni Islamism, commonly known as Jihadism. At the moment, much of this material is diffuse, known only to a few specialists, and inaccessible to the public and policymakers unless they pay a fee. Jihadica provides this material for free and keeps a daily record of its dissemination that can be easily searched and studied. These records are accompanied by the expert commentary of people who have the requisite language training to understand the primary source material and advanced degrees in relevant fields.
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Penis size does matter to women, researchers say - Times LIVE - The eternal question of whether penis size matters to women has been probed by a team of international scientists who reported on Monday that yes, ladies do find larger men more attractive.
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Respect long overdue:Earths most abundant mineral finally gets an official name - The mineral that makes up more than a third of our planet finally has a name, thanks to tiny samples found, ironically, in a meteorite that fell to Earth in Australia in 1879
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BBC News - Geo-engineering: Climate fixes 'could harm billions' - Schemes to tackle climate change could prove disastrous for billions of people, but might be required for the good of the planet, scientists say.That is the conclusion of a new set of studies into what's become known as geo-engineering.
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Expect More Giant Snowstorms as Climate Warms - The storms that buried the Buffalo, New York, area in more than 7 feet (2.1 meters) of snow this week shattered records and shocked residents even in a region accustomed to dealing with heavy snow. The storms are certain to provide new fodder for climate-change skeptics who seem to embrace every monster blizzard as evidence that global warming doesn't exist. And yet, the science behind these catastrophic storms suggests that they do not occur despite global warming, but in fact because of it.
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Mass Extinction: Life at the Brink | Smithsonian Channel - t's death on an unimaginable scale, when a majority of Earth's species quickly die out. It's called "mass extinction," and it's happened at least five times before. Cataclysms, such as supervolcanoes or asteroids, are thought to cause these events, but some experts believe a manmade mass extinction could be next. Is our planet in trouble? And if so, is there anything we can do to stop the next catastrophic annihilation? Experts are traveling the world, performing groundbreaking scientific detective work to answer these very questions.
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Physicist claims Earth in danger from Alien nuclear strike - Don't scoff; heed the warning of University of California at Davis theoretical plasma physicist Dr. John Brandenburg whose theory of Martian genocide is based solely on "science."The ancient Martians, called Cydonians and Utopians, were wiped out by a third unnamed, nuclear wielding, alien race says Brandenburg.He cites radioactive substances that cover the Martian surface and large amounts of nuclear isotopes in Mars' atmosphere as the base for these theories.
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Send Your Hair to the Moon - a publicly funded lunar drilling mission that also deposits personal and public time capsules that are expected to survive for about a billion years. Thats about as utopian futurist as a project can get.
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Stanford research: More guns = more crime: - Researchers at Stanford have concluded that, contrary to the political commonplace that right-to-carry (RTC) or concealed-carry laws decrease violent crime, such laws have actually increased the number of violent crimes in the states that have passed them since 1999.
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Too many people, not enough water: Now and 2,700 years ago - Climate change 2700 years ago. Too much man made C02? Too many cars? Too many coal-fired electrical generating plants? We need the Global Cooling Deniers to get right on this.
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BBC News - Rosetta: Waiting game after comet lander glitch - A European robot probe has made the first, historic landing on a comet, but its status is uncertain after harpoons failed to anchor it to the surface.Officials said the craft may have lifted off the comet after touchdown before returning to the surface.
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Robot Makes You Feel Like There's a Ghost Behind You - Ever feel like there’s a ghost in the room? Researchers studying a dozen patients with neurological conditions say they’ve figured out where that "feeling of a presence" phenomenon comes from. And now they’ve built a robot that recreates that very same feeling, just by sending mixed-up sensory and motor signals to the brain. The work was published in Current Biology this week.
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Are men more mechanically adept? [with condoms] - Condoms are more effective when applied by males: a study of young black males in the United States,-- Richard A. Crosby
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IPCC: rapid carbon emission cuts vital to stop severe impact of climate change | Environment | The Guardian - Most important assessment of global warming yet warns carbon emissions must be cut sharply and soon, but UN’s IPCC says solutions are available and affordable
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'Jesus Christ didn't exist' according to Michael Paulkovich who found no mention of him in historical texts | Daily Mail Online - Historical researcher Michael Paulkovich has claimed that Jesus of Nazareth was a mythical character and never existed. The controversial discovery was apparently made after he found no verifiable mention of Christ from 126 writers during the time of Jesus from the first to third centuries.
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Perils of Perception - Global - Ipsos MORI have compared perceptions of the likes of immigration levels, religious demographics and teenage birth rates with the actual figures across fourteen countries. See how your country did!
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The man with the golden blood | Mosaic - Meet the donors, patients, doctors and scientists involved in the complex global network of rare – and very rare – blood. By Penny Bailey.
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This new battery charges to 70% in two minutes, and lasts for 20 years - Researchers have developed a groundbreaking new lithium ion battery that charges super quickly and lasts 10 times longer than today’s batteries. It’ll be on the market within two years.
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Scientists to recreate 2,300 year old brain surgery after finding evidence of successful operations - Neurosurgeons are working with anthropologists and archeologists to recreate the surgical techniques of our ancestors. This follows the discovery of two ancient skulls showing clear evidence of recovery after trepanation some 2,300 to 2,500 years ago in the Altai Mountains.
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Antarctic Sea Ice Reaches New Record Maximum | NASA - Sea ice surrounding Antarctica reached a new record high extent this year, covering more of the southern oceans than it has since scientists began a long-term satellite record to map sea ice extent in the late 1970s. The upward trend in the Antarctic, however, is only about a third of the magnitude of the rapid loss of sea ice in the Arctic Ocean.
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A warming climate changes weather patterns, said Walt Meier, a research scientist at Goddard. Sometimes those weather patterns will bring cooler air to some areas. And in the Antarctic, where sea ice circles the continent and covers such a large area, it doesnt take that much additional ice extent to set a new record.
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Man flu ISN'T a myth as men get sick because they don't have oestrogen | Daily Mail Online - They are often the subject of ridicule and laughter among females - the whinging, whining men who are forever complaining about having a cold.But new research has shown that man flu is not a myth, as a lack of female sex hormones actually leaves males with weaker immune systems. Scientists from Harvard University believe that a lack of oestrogen makes men more likely to succumb to pneumonia and other respiratory diseases.
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Children Born Soon After The Great 1998 North American Ice Storm Show DNA Imprint 13 Years Later | Neomatica - Researchers have discovered that maternal stresses effect changes in the DNA of the offspring in long term ways. In a study of expectant mothers in the 1998 North American Ice Storm and their children 13 years later, the researchers found that the number of days the expectant mother was deprived of electricity was predictive of the degree of epigenetic modification in the DNA of the children . The modifications were in 957 genes of the DNA related to immune function and metabolism, and were consistent whether the measurements were made in immune cells, PBMCs, or saliva cells.
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BBC News - 'Love hormone' controls sexual behaviour in mice - A small group of neurons that respond to the hormone oxytocin are key to controlling sexual behaviour in mice, a team has discovered.
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Antarctic ice at ALL TIME RECORD HIGH - Climate scientists have been puzzled by the behaviour of the southern ice for many years now. The most commonly used models say that its steady growth should not be happening in a warming world (though the warming of the world is also in doubt, as air temperatures have been steady for the last fifteen years or more - and it turns out that deep ocean temperatures are not increasing either, leaving the "mystery" of the apparent end of global warming "unsolved").
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Corante: technology, business, media, law, and culture news from the blogosphere - Corante is a trusted, unbiased source on technology, business, law, science, and culture that’s authored by leading commentators and thinkers in their respective fields. Corante also produces premium conferences and publications that help decision-makers better understand their industries and the world around them.
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The lab-grown penis: approaching a medical milestone - After more than 20 years of research, a team of scientists are bioengineering penises in the lab which may soon be transplanted safely on to patients. It is an extraordinary medical endeavour that has implications for a wide range of disorders
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Whats in a Name? Global Warming vs. Climate Change | Precipitation Education - Whether referred to as "global warming" or "climate change," the consequences of the widescale changes currently being observed in Earth's climate system could be considerable.
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Face mites live on all adults, study suggests - Face mites are just half a millimetre long and not visible to the human eye, CBC science columnist Torah Kachur told Gill Deacon, host of CBC's Here and Now. "They're semi-transparent, they have eight legs, they kind of look like a tiny, in a way, see-through caterpillar."
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[{(bpbp)Co2II(NO3)}2(NH2bdc)](NO3)2 * 2H2O - Being able to breathe underwater has long been a fascination for mankind, but the bulky oxygen tanks and face masks take some of the romance out of it. They could soon no longer be needed however, thanks to the creation of the "Aquaman Crystal", or to use its proper name, "[{(bpbp)Co2II(NO3)}2(NH2bdc)](NO3)2 * 2H2O". Just a spoonful of the crystal can absorb all the oxygen from a room.
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Majorana fermion - observed - After decades of searching, physicists at Princeton University say they've observed an elusive particle that behaves both like matter and antimatter.
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Scientists Trace Extreme Heat in Australia to Climate Change - NYTimes.com - The savage heat waves that struck Australia last year were almost certainly a direct consequence of greenhouse gases released by human activity, researchers said Monday. It is perhaps the most definitive statement climate scientists have made tying a specific weather event to global warming.
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GCP : Global Carbon Project - The Global Carbon Project (GCP) was established in 2001 in recognition of the large scientific challenges and critical nature of the carbon cycle for Earth's sustainability.
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The 2014 Ig Nobel Prize Winners - The 2014 Ig Nobel Prizes were awarded on Thursday night, September 18th, 2014 at the 24th First Annual Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony, at Harvard's Sanders Theatre. The ceremony was webcast live.
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Science education group raises red flag about Texas textbooks - The new social studies textbooks up for consideration this week by the Texas Board of Education have already come under heavy fire for their emphasis on Americas Christian heritage. A new analysis just out by the National Center for Science Education raises more red flags about the textbooks treatment of global warming.
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Leo vs. science: vanishing evidence for climate change - According to NASA satellites and all ground-based temperature measurements, global warming ceased in the late 1990s. This when CO2 levels have risen almost 10 percent since 1997. The post-1997 CO2 emissions represent an astonishing 30 percent of all human-related emissions since the Industrial Revolution began. That weve seen no warming contradicts all CO2-based climate models upon which global-warming concerns are founded.
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New satellite maps show polar ice caps melting at 'unprecedented rate' - Scientists reveal Greenland and Antarctica losing 500 cubic kms of ice annually... source: NOT THE DAILY MAIL!!!
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Diseases and Vaccines - Timelines - History of Vaccines - n the United States, the recommended childhood immunization schedule now includes vaccines to protect against 15 diseases, including seasonal influenza. Thanks to widespread vaccination programs, many of these diseases have been brought under control in the United States and throughout the world. The path to this point in history, however, was a long one.
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Report: No Global Warming For 215 Months - The numbers are in and the verdict is that there has been no global warming for 17 years and 11 months, according to satellite data. To put this in perspective, kids graduating from high school this year have not lived through any global warming in their lifetimes.
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800,000-year Ice-Core Records of Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide (CO2) - This page introduces Antarctic ice-core records of carbon dioxide (CO2) that now extend back 800,000 years at Dome C and over 400,000 years at the Vostok site. Links are also provided to shorter records from other Antarctic locations. The 2000-year record from Law Dome, Antarctica, has been merged with modern records and a spline function was fit to the result to provide a 2000-year time series extending to the present
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Scientists: Past California droughts have lasted 200 years - The two most severe megadroughts make the Dust Bowl of the 1930s look tame: a 240-year-long drought that started in 850 and, 50 years after the conclusion of that one, another that stretched at least 180 years. I can't wait for some pinhead to blame the drought of the year 850 on humans.
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A hungry brain slurps up a kids energy - In a new study, researchers offer an explanation for our extended childhoods: A childs body remains small for so long because the brain hogs all the energy. A 5-year-olds brain actually burns more glucose than an adults, anthropologist Christopher Kuzawa of Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill. and colleagues found. For years, scientists have kicked around the idea that humans expensive brains delay body growth. But hard data has been hard to come by. Sorting out exactly how much energy a childs brain consumes required some creativity. It took us years to figure out how to do this,
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Lesbian women are 'significantly more likely' to orgasm than straight or bisexual females - Science - News - The Independent - Lesbian women are much more likely to orgasm during sexual activity than either straight or bisexual females, a new study has revealed.
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Limits to Growth was right. New research shows we're nearing collapse | Cathy Alexander and Graham Turner | Comment is free | theguardian.com - The 1972 book Limits to Growth, which predicted our civilisation would probably collapse some time this century, has been criticised as doomsday fantasy since it was published. Back in 2002, self-styled environmental expert Bjorn Lomborg consigned it to the “dustbin of history”.It doesn’t belong there. Research from the University of Melbourne has found the book’s forecasts are accurate, 40 years on. If we continue to track in line with the book’s scenario, expect the early stages of global collapse to start appearing soon.
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McKitrick paper: no warming for 19 years - This is the science. Why do warmists keep ignoring it? With the science against the faith it has so frantically promoted, the UN searches for someone who will turn the debate? Note well: its looking for someone who isnt a scientist but who can play on guilt, racial politics, gender politics and victimhood. The UN has outed itself with this stunt. Its criteria ensure no leading climate scientists need apply. See, this is no longer about science at all.
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Melting ice shelves drive rapid Antarctic sea level rise - A study more than 20 years in the making reports a rapid rise in Antarctic sea levels. The cause? Melting ice shelves.
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Modified yeast makes opiates for the first time - Severe pain? Reach for the yeast. Genetically engineered yeasts can now efficiently produce a range of opiates, including morphine and oxycodone. With growing anxieties about supplies of opium poppies, it could be just what the doctor ordered.
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Myth of arctic meltdown:Stunning satellite images show summer ice cap is thicker - Stunning satellite images show the Arctic ice cap is growing, and Al Gore is actually living as a snow-encrusted man in his vast private ice kingdom, with his own freeze-ray and a diet of nothing but polar bear meat and icicles
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Modified yeast makes opiates for the first time - A yeast that produces opium. What kind of beer or wine could you make with this?
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Stunning satellite images show summer ice cap is thicker Read more: http://www. - Myth of arctic meltdown: Stunning satellite images show summer ice cap is thicker and covers 1.7million square kilometres MORE than 2 years ago...despite Al Gore's prediction it would be ICE-FREE by now. An area twice the size of Alaska - America's biggest state - was open water two years ago and is now covered in ice I last flew over the area in May, and it is all frozen. No open water.
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PLOS ONE: Sliding Rocks on Racetrack Playa, Death Valley National Park: First Observation of Rocks in Motion - The engraved trails of rocks on the nearly flat, dry mud surface of Racetrack Playa, Death Valley National Park, have excited speculation about the movement mechanism since the 1940s. Rock movement has been variously attributed to high winds, liquid water, ice, or ice flotation, but has not been previously observed in action.
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Irreversible Damage Seen From Climate Change in UN Leak - Bloomberg - Humans risk causing irreversible and widespread damage to the planet unless theres faster action to limit the fossil fuel emissions blamed for climate change, according to a leaked draft United Nations report. Global warming already is affecting all continents and across the oceans, and further pollution from heat-trapping gases will raise the likelihood of severe, pervasive and irreversible impacts for people and ecosystems, according to the document obtained by Bloomberg.
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Want to grow 12 acres of weed for the government? Now you can. - The NIH could still use help help growing pot in 1.5-, 6.5-, and 12-acre quantities, so long as you have a video monitoring system in place to thwart would-be thieves.
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Human exodus may have reached China 100,000 years ago - OUR direct ancestors may have found their way out of Africa much earlier than we think. As new fossil remains emerge from China and south-east Asia, the traditional story of how we left Africa is being challenged.
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Bottoms up! Not in the Urals and Siberia - Experts and fashion gurus say our women have lower bottoms than others - because of the cold.
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How Isolation Units Contain Ebola and Other Deadly Diseases | Science | WIRED - The two American aid workers getting treated in Georgia for Ebola are isolated in a special ward that some staffers at Emory University Hospital call “Noah’s Ark.” But they’re not the first Americans ever quarantined for Ebola on US soil.
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Mysterious Craters Are Just the Beginning of Arctic Surprises - Scientific American - It's not just craters purportedly dug by aliens in Russia, it's also megaslumps, ice that burns and drunken trees. The ongoing meltdown of the permanently frozen ground that covers nearly a quarter of land in the Northern Hemisphere has caused a host of surprising arctic phenomena.
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NASA tests impossible no-fuel quantum space engine and it actually works | TechFlesh- News, Gadgets, Innovations, Tips - A study conducted last year by NASA scientists has become the latest, and by far the highest profile, piece of evidence in favor of a seemingly impossible space thruster design thats been evoking worldwide skepticism for some time now. Apparently annoyed by the persistent boosters of several similar but distinct designs, the space agency finally agreed to test an American-made variant called the Cannae Drive. Alright! they said. Well test your stupid drive that wont work. Except it did work. Seemingly in contravention of the law of conservation of momentum, the team confirmed that the device produces thrust by using electricity, and nothing else. Supporters call them microwave thrusters or quantum vacuum plasma thrusters (QVPT), while most others use the phrase anomalous thrust device.
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News - New studies suggest there will be a worldwide water shortage by 2040 - The Weather Network - Two separate studies and three years of research suggest there won't be enough water to hydrate the Earth's population while sustaining current energy and power solutions by the time 2040 rolls around, according to a press release issued Tuesday by Denmark's Aarhaus University.
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Which of these Monets is a nanoprinted forgery? (Wired UK) - Look closely. Can you tell the difference between these two images? One's a bona fide reprint of Claud Monet's "Impression, Sunrise." The other? A total fake. The reproduction (on the right) is courtesy of researchers at Singapore's Institute of Materials Research and Engineering. Their goal, of course, was not to simply make a Monet replica, but rather to test an emerging method of printing that could potentially be used in the future to enable high-res displays and print foolproof anti-counterfeiting materials.
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Yale Environment 360: Human Activity Has Caused Long-term Australian Drought, Model Shows - A new high-resolution climate model shows that southwestern Australia's long-term decline in fall and winter rainfall, which began around 1970 and has increased over the last four decades, is caused by increases in man-made greenhouse gas emissions and ozone depletion, according to research published in Nature Geoscience.
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Meet the electric life forms that live on pure energy - Unlike any other life on Earth, these extraordinary bacteria use energy in its purest form – they eat and breathe electrons – and they are everywhere
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Who Or What Left This 60,000-Ton Ancient Artifact Under The Sea? | Popular Science - Put on your tin-foil hats and special anti-Illuminati underwear. A recently discovered mysterious ancient rock structure under the Sea of Galilee, possibly built in the same era as Stonehenge, has archaeologists stumped. To a certain slice of the population, any unexplained man-made rock pile is clearly evidence of an extraterrestrial visit.
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One injection stops diabetes in its tracks: Treatment reverses symptoms of type 2 diabetes in mice without side effects -- ScienceDaily - In mice with diet-induced diabetes -- the equivalent of type 2 diabetes in humans -- a single injection of the protein FGF1 is enough to restore blood sugar levels to a healthy range for more than two days. The discovery by Salk scientists, published today in the journal Nature, could lead to a new generation of safer, more effective diabetes drugs.
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Australia drying caused by greenhouse gases, study shows -- ScienceDaily - A new high-resolution climate model has been developed that shows southwestern Australia's long-term decline in fall and winter rainfall is caused by increases in human-made greenhouse gas emissions and ozone depletion, according to research. Several natural causes were tested with the model, including volcano eruptions and changes in the sun's radiation. But none of these natural climate drivers reproduced the long-term observed drying, indicating this trend is due to human activity.
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Climate Change: Evidence - The Earth's climate has changed throughout history. Just in the last 650,000 years there have been seven cycles of glacial advance and retreat, with the abrupt end of the last ice age about 7,000 years ago marking the beginning of the modern climate era — and of human civilization. Most of these climate changes are attributed to very small variations in Earth’s orbit that change the amount of solar energy our planet receives.
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Turn to facts when considering climate changes | The Herald-News - Mr. Babush promotes discredited talking points, denying that polar ice is decreasing (Arctic sea ice is in fact disappearing even faster than climate models have predicted) or that polar bears are at risk because of this (polar bears have in fact been listed by the U.S. government as “threatened species” for this reason; citing the fact that one isolated population’s numbers are increasing, when that was actually a result of hunting restrictions, is mendacious at best). Babush also promotes the industry-funded“climategate” smear campaign, where thousands of scientists emails were stolen and then misrepresented by climate change deniers in an effort to call into question the evidence for human-caused climate change. Babush conveniently fails to acknowledge that nine different investigations in the U.S. and Europe established that there was no evidence of impropriety in any of these emails.
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Selmer letter: Some will never agree about climate change - Mr. Witt, Mr. Watson and myself will never agree about climate change. The basic problem is that both include information in their letters that I spend valuable time researching and finding to be false.A prime example is Mr. Witt’s assertion about the American Meteorological Society’s member survey.I suggest Mr. Witt read the entire 29-page analysis. For those who are interested, the survey clearly shows that, among all respondents, 87 percent of AMS members said global warming is happening. Sixty-two percent said man is responsible for much or most of this change. Among members who have produced the most scientific work on the subject, the percentage is higher.
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1970s Global Cooling Scare - People too young to remember the Global Cooling Scare are trying to pretend it didn't happen.
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1970s Global Cooling Scare - 1970s Global Cooling Scare: Almost every major climate organization endorsed the 1970s ice age scare, including NCAR, CRU, NAS, NASA as did the CIA Sound Familiar?! All the people too young to remember the Seventies are in full revisionist mode.
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NASA : Hiding The 1970′s Ice-Age Scare - Its funny how much resistance there is to the idea global cooling was a mainstream scientific idea in the 1970s. All the taxpayer-funded "scientists" who work for universities and government agencies are in full spin mode to "debunk" the fact that their views are political, not scientific. If you get your "science" from the government Gravytrain, you won't get science.
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Climate Change Threatens U.S. National Parks - Scientific American - A large percent of the country's national parks have recently experienced extreme heat, precipitation or drought, which could hurt plant and animal species
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Researchers May Have Discovered The Consciousness On/Off Switch - Consciousness is a fascinating topic that has both intrigued and puzzled scientists and philosophers for centuries. Despite significant advances in our understanding of the brain, little is known about the neural networks that underpin consciousness. However, research has hinted that consciousness is likely the result of an integration of activity from numerous different areas of the brain, marrying all of our perceptions together into one experience. But what is the central hub to this process?
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Government Data Show U.S. in Decade-Long Cooling - The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administrations most accurate, up-to-date temperature data confirm the United States has been cooling for at least the past decade. The NOAA temperature data are driving a stake through the heart of alarmists claiming accelerating global warming. The USCRN data are entirely consistent with and indeed lend additional evidentiary support for the global warming stagnation of the past 17-plus years. Third, the USCRN data debunk claims that rising U.S. temperatures caused wildfires, droughts, or other extreme weather events during the past year.
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Remarkable White Dwarf Star Possibly Coldest, Dimmest Ever Detected - NRAO: Revealing the Hidden Universe - A team of astronomers has identified possibly the coldest, faintest white dwarf star ever detected. This ancient stellar remnant is so cool that its carbon has crystallized, forming -- in effect -- an Earth-size diamond in space.
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Company making meat printer - Modern Meadow, based in Brooklyn, N.Y., describes itself as a bio-tech company that develops artificial leather and meat products in the lab with advanced stem-cell technology, doing away with the need to harm or kill animals. Soylent Green
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Internet troll personality study: Machiavellianism, narcissism, psychopathy, sadism. - The research, conducted by Erin Buckels of the University of Manitoba and two colleagues, sought to directly investigate whether people who engage in trolling are characterized by personality traits that fall in the so-called Dark Tetrad: Machiavellianism (willingness to manipulate and deceive others), narcissism (egotism and self-obsession), psychopathy (the lack of remorse and empathy), and sadism (pleasure in the suffering of others).
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Researchers find major West Antarctic glacier melting from geothermal sources - "No, no, no, no, NO! You've got it all wrong! There is no such thing as geothermal heat! It's all human-caused global warming. Every last bit of it! And it's all from carbon dioxide which is why you have to buy my carbon credits and pay carbon taxes or you are ALL GONNA DIE HORRIBLY, WRITING IN PAIN AND SUFFERING AS YOU BROIL!!!" -- Saint Al of the Gore
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Heteroatom-doped highly porous carbon from human urine : Scientific Reports : Nature Publishing Group - Human urine, otherwise potentially polluting waste, is an universal unused resource in organic form disposed by the human body. We present for the first time “proof of concept” of a convenient, perhaps economically beneficial, and innovative template-free route to synthesize highly porous carbon containing heteroatoms such as N, S, Si, and P from human urine waste as a single precursor for carbon and multiple heteroatoms.
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Astronomers Solve Puzzle Of Mysterious Glowing Trails In Radio Images Of The Sky %u2014 Medium - Back in 2012, astronomers finished the construction of an array of 256 radio antennas in the high deserts of New Mexico called the Long Wavelength Array. The array is designed to listen for radio waves with frequencies of between 25 and 75 MHz produced by gamma ray bursts, one of the most energetic phenomena in universe and thought to be associated with the collapse of a rapidly rotating stars to form neutron stars and black holes.
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Human 'suspended animation' trials to start this month - The researchers behind it don't want to call it suspended animation, but it's the most conventional way to explain it. The world's first humans trials will start at the UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh, with 10 patients whose injuries would otherwise be fatal to operate on. A team of surgeons will remove the patient's blood, replacing it with a chilled saline solution that would cool the body, slowing down bodily functions and delaying death from blood loss. According to Dr. Samuel Tisherman, talking to New Scientist: "We are suspending life, but we don't like to call it suspended animation because it sounds like science fiction... we call it emergency preservation and resuscitation."
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GIF Made with Electron Microscope Zooms In On Life, On Life, On Life - No, the title of this post wasn’t written by some sort of broken record robot. It is in fact an accurate description of the GIF below, which was created from photographs taken with a Scanning Electron Microscope.
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The Wormhole Actualization Machine - What's it like to get sucked into a black hole and travel at hypersonic speeds through a wormhole? Alan Watts built this Arduino-based psychedelic spacetime visualizer to find out.
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Can the Nervous System Be Hacked? - One morning in May 1998, Kevin Tracey converted a room in his lab at the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research in Manhasset, N.Y., into a makeshift operating theater and then prepped his patient — a rat — for surgery. A neurosurgeon, and also Feinstein Institute’s president, Tracey had spent more than a decade searching for a link between nerves and the immune system. His work led him to hypothesize that stimulating the vagus nerve with electricity would alleviate harmful inflammation. “The vagus nerve is behind the artery where you feel your pulse,” he told me recently, pressing his right index finger to his neck.
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An area's level of poverty or wealth may affect the distribution of cancer types -- ScienceDaily - Overall, socioeconomic status is not related to cancer risk -- cancer strikes the rich and poor alike. However, socioeconomic status does seem to influence the type of cancer a person may develop. To look closely at the issue, Francis Boscoe, PhD, of the New York State Cancer Registry and his colleagues compared people living in areas with the highest poverty with those living in areas with the lowest poverty. The investigators assigned nearly three million tumors diagnosed between 2005 and 2009 from 16 states plus Los Angeles (an area covering 42 percent of the US population) into one of four groupings based on the poverty rate of the residential census tract at time of diagnosis.
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The Library of Congress Wants to Destroy Your Old CDs (For Science) - Adrienne LaFrance - The Atlantic - If you've tried listening to any of your old CDs lately, if you even own them anymore, you may have noticed they won't play. That's what happened to mine, anyway. CD players have long since given up on most of the burned mixes I made in college. (In some cases, this is for the best.) And while most of the studio-manufactured albums I bought still play, there's really no telling how much longer they will. My once-treasured CD collection—so carefully assembled over the course of about a decade beginning in 1994—isn't just aging; it's dying. And so is yours.
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Solar Roadways - Solar panels that you can drive, park, and walk on. They melt snow and... cut greenhouse gases by 75-percent?!!!
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The Library of Congress Wants to Destroy Your Old CDs (For Science) - If you've tried listening to any of your old CDs lately, if you even own them anymore, you may have noticed they won't play. That's what happened to mine, anyway. CD players have long since given up on most of the burned mixes I made in college. (In some cases, this is for the best.) And while most of the studio-manufactured albums I bought still play, there's really no telling how much longer they will. My once-treasured CD collection—so carefully assembled over the course of about a decade beginning in 1994—isn't just aging; it's dying. And so is yours.
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ScienceShot: Hawaii's Oahu Used to Be a Bigger Island | Science/AAAS | News - The two volcanoes long thought to have formed the Hawaiian island of Oahu had a head start: They grew on top of an older volcano that’s now submerged northwest of the island and partially covered by it, new research suggests.
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Fighting bushfires with explosives | UNSW Newsroom - UNSW researchers are a step closer to demonstrating that explosives – rather than water – could be used to extinguish an out-of-control bushfire.
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Rethinking particle dynamics - Theoretical physicists are pursuing competing ways to calculate how particles interact
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Is there a scientific consensus on global warming? - What the science says...
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Scientists pinpoint when harmless bacteria became flesh-eating monsters | Ars Technica - The switch happened only 30 years ago; the bacteria now kills 500,000 per year
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Mind-controlled prosthetic arm from Segway inventor gets FDA approval | The Verge - Nearly eight years ago, DARPA, the US Defense Department's advanced research agency, set out to find a better solution for amputees than the metal hooks still widely used today. Now, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted its approval to one of the projects that came from that effort: a mind-controlled prosthetic limb called the DEKA Arm. A number of other scientists and engineers around the world are working on similar devices, but this is the first such prosthetic to get FDA approval. The prosthetic device comes from a company founded by Segway inventor Dean Kamen, and it is roughly the size and weight of an adult arm.
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Dinosaurs extinction was sparked by 'cold weather caused by giant asteroid crash' | Science & Tech | News | Daily Express - THE extinction of the dinosaurs was sparked by decades of cold weather caused by a giant asteroid crashing into the Earth, it has been claimed tonight.
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Tree rings reveal nightmare droughts in the West - Long droughts: The year 1703 kicked off 16 years in a row with below average stream flow. - Intense droughts: The Weber River flowed at just 13 percent of normal in 1580 and dropped below 20 percent in three other periods. - Consecutive worst-case scenarios: The most severe drought in the record began in 1492, and four of the five worst droughts all happened during Christopher Columbus' lifetime. So much for blaming the current West Coast drought on Globull Warming.
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'Extreme' Carbon Dioxide Reduction will be a Death Sentence for Humanity - If we allow a fraudulent pseudo-environmentalist cult to control every aspect of our lives then our children are doomed to a totalitarian existence which Stalin could only have dreamed of.
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Greenland really was once green! - Greenland looked like the green Alaskan tundra, before it was covered by the second largest body of ice on Earth. I wonder what caused all that Global Warming millions of years ago?
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Solar-Panel Windows Made Possible by Quantum Dot Breakthrough - Windows that double as solar panels could soon be a reality following a breakthrough in quantum dot research that could have significant implications on the way the sun's energy is harvested in the future.
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Get ready for mini Ice Age - Climate has been a huge variable in Canada over time. Some 100,000 years ago, things were cooler than now, and 40,000 years ago, much cooler. From 18,000 to 15,000 years ago, the Wisconsin glaciation was in full force. Starting about 8,000 years ago, warming intensified and the climate was about 2 C warmer than now. But another bout of cooling started about 4,000 years ago. No SUV's or coal-fired electrical generating plants involved.
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Engineered vaginas grown in women for the first time - health - 10 April 2014 - New Scientist - Vaginas grown in a lab from the recipients' own cells have been successfully transferred to the body for the first time.The surgery was carried out on four women who were born without vaginal canals because of a rare condition. The women, who were teenagers at the time of the operation, now have fully functioning sexual organs.
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Want a Cheap 2,000x Microscope? Just Fold This $0.50 Piece of Paper | Singularity Hub - Its an ironic marker of the digital divide that sometimes what constitutes a technological breakthrough is in fact a return to the simplest technologies in order to bring the benefits of modern science to those in the developing world.
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West Nile virus may have met its match: tobacco | The Verge - Some people think of tobacco as a drug, whereas others think of it as a therapy — or both. But for the most part, it's hard to find people who think of the tobacco plant in terms of its medical applications. Qiang Chen, an infectious disease researcher at Arizona State University, is one such person. His team of scientists conducted an experiment, published today in PLOS ONE, that demonstrates how a drug produced in tobacco plants can be used to prevent death in mice infected with a lethal dose of West Nile virus.
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Rats Didn't Spread Black Death, Humans Did, Say Researchers - Scientists studying the human remains of plague victims found during excavations for London's new Crossrail train line have concluded that humans spread the Black Death rather than rats, a fact that could rewrite history books.
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Humans will be kept between life and death in the first suspended animation trials - At a hospital in Pittsburgh, surgeons are now allowed to place patients into a state of suspended animation. If a patient arrives with a traumatic injury, and attempts to restart their heart have failed — if they’re on the doorstep of death — they will have their blood replaced with a cold saline solution, which stops almost all cellular activity. At this point, the patient is clinically dead — but if the doctors can fix the injury within a few hours, they can be returned to life from suspended animation by replacing the saline with blood.
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There was no better way to describe my research - Elaborate, ridiculous or politically incorrect titles of academic research
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In the Spirit: Belief in miracles 'irrational,' UW-Madison philosophy professor says : Wsj - Belief in miracles is irrational given the evidence to date you dont have the reasons you need, Shapiro told about 150 people at a recent public talk on campus, part of an ongoing series in which UW-Madison philosophers tackle contemporary issues.
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scientists discover gravitational waves left by expansion of universe - Scientists have detected the enigmatic ripples in deep space that were triggered by the rapid expansion of the Universe during the earliest moments of its creation some 13.7 billion years ago.
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No scientific evidence of man-made global warming- Greenpeace co-founder Moore - When modern life evolved over 500 million years ago, CO2 was more than 10 times higher than today, yet life flourished at this time, he added. Then an Ice Age occurred 450 million years ago when CO2 was 10 times higher than today. Why does the IPCC believe that a virtually identical increase in temperature after 1950 is caused mainly by human influence, when it has no explanation for the nearly identical increase from 1910-1940?
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Lunar impact: Video of an asteroid hitting the Moon. - On Sept. 11, 2013, an asteroid hit the Moon. That happens all the time, but most of the cosmic debris is tiny, far too small to detect from the Earth.But this one was different. Roughly a meter across and moving at interplanetary speeds when it slammed into the lunar surface, it created the brightest explosion ever seen on the Moon! The whole thing was captured on video:
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BBC News - Dogs' brain scans reveal vocal responses - Devoted dog owners often claim that their pets understand them. A new study suggests they could be right.By placing dogs in an MRI scanner, researchers from Hungary found that the canine brain reacts to voices in the same way that the human brain does.
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Internet trolls are sadists and psychopaths: Canadian study - If you have ever taken a close look at the comments on websites like YouTube or Reddit, you may be surprised at just how nasty Internet trolls can get but it turns out, it might be in their nature.
A recent study titled Trolls Just Want to Have Fun, found that people who spend a lot of time commenting online tend to have dark personality traits and show signs of sadism, psychopathy, and Machiavellianism.
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World ancestry - This interactive map summarizes the results described in the paper "A genetic atlas of human admixture history", Hellenthal et al, Science (2014). This help page gives a brief summary of the content and structure of the page. (We also suggest reading the FAQ and the tutorial accessible under the 'Historical event' menu.) To begin, click on a labelled population on the map (or select one from the "Target" drop-down menu at top). You will see displayed details of past admixture events which we infer to have occurred in forming that population.
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BrightSource Ivanpah | Proven Leadership in Solar Energy - The Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System is designed to do exactly that. Ivanpah utilizes proven solar thermal technology and a low environmental impact design to power California’s clean energy economy with cost-competitive and reliable solar power. TAKE THE VIRTUAL TOUR
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Happy marriage study abandoned as husband becomes depressed - Telegraph - Agreeing to your partner's every demand might seem like the key to a stressless life, but one husband found it left him miserable.
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Male sexual orientation influenced by genes, study shows - A study of gay men in the US has found fresh evidence that male sexual orientation is influenced by genes. Scientists tested the DNA of 400 gay men and found that genes on at least two chromosomes affected whether a man was gay or straight.A region of the X chromosome called Xq28 had some impact on men's sexual behaviour – though scientists have no idea which of the many genes in the region are involved, nor how many lie elsewhere in the genome.
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Black Death Left a Mark on Human Genome | Science/AAAS | News - The Black Death didnt just wipe out millions of Europeans during the 14th century. It left a mark on the human genome, favoring those who carried certain immune system genes, according to a new study. Those changes may help explain why Europeans respond differently from other people to some diseases and have different susceptibilities to autoimmune disorders.
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The first one-way acoustic isolator lets you listen in without being heard | ExtremeTech - Researchers at the University of Texas at Austin are reporting that they’ve built the first ever one-way acoustic device — a device that lets you hear something, without being heard in return. This breaks a fundamental rule in physics, called time reversal symmetry, that stipulates that if waves can travel in one direction, they must be able to travel in the opposite direction. In short, if you can hear someone, they can always hear you — except, with this new device, that’s no longer the case.
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A Study in Yellow - I've been watching Yellowstone National Park (or rather, the supervolcano under it) for some time now. It's scary. It's overdue for an eruption, and when (not "if") it erupts, it will wipe out half of North America and bury the rest of it under ash. So this is probably an academic venture of mine, but I have to stay busy. Somehow. While I wait for the end. So here is where I'm gathering info about the place. Seismic data, in particular. The way the ground moves is going to be our only clue as to when the end is nigh, so why not watch for that clue? And speaking of clues...
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Archaeologists find remains of previously unknown pharaoh in Egypt - Discovery of 3,600-year-old body of King Senebkay confirms existence of forgotten dynasty
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MIT Tongue Twister Is The Trickiest To Say - The old saying Sally sold seashells by the seashore has nothing on a tongue twister created by researchers at MIT. The verbal puzzle, pad kid poured curd pulled cod, tripped up test subjects who tried to spit it out so much, that psychologists believe it could be the toughest one there is to date.
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Cunnilingus-assisted orgasm may not be such a big mystery (Science Alert) - This week I’ve been wrestling with a particularly large writing project which has kept me away from posting in this column. But, staring into my Twitter feed in procrastination, I spotted much outrage about a paper on the adaptive basis of cunnilingus-assisted orgasm. I had to head over to the journal Evolutionary Psychology to take a look.
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Why robot sex could be the future of life on earth - Telegraph - If self-replicating machines are the next stage of human evolution, should we start worrying?
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Water found in stardust suggests life is universal - space - 20 January 2014 - New Scientist - A sprinkling of stardust is as magical as it sounds. The dust grains that float through our solar system contain tiny pockets of water, which form when they are zapped by a blast of charged wind from the sun.
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Scientist claims that your cat thinks you%u2019re an overgrown, clumsy idiot of a cat | The Raw Story - A British biologist who spent the past 30 years studying cat behavior is claiming that domesticated cats aren’t all that domesticated, and believe that their owners are “larger, non-hostile cats” instead of another species.
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King Tut's Mummified Erect Penis May Point to Ancient Religious Struggle | LiveScience - Egypt's King Tutankhamun was embalmed in an unusual way, including having his penis mummified at a 90-degree angle, in an effort to combat a religious revolution unleashed by his father, a new study suggests.The pharaoh was buried in Egypt's Valley of the Kings without a heart (or a replacement artifact known as a heart scarab); his penis was mummified erect; and his mummy and coffins were covered in a thick layer of black liquid that appear to have resulted in the boy-king catching fire.
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Hear the sound of the Earth moving from the deepest hole on the planet | The Verge - For billions of years, the Earth has silently traveled through space, spinning around the sun without making a sound. Even here on the planet, there's been little to hear. But now with the right recording equipment and processing, we can get a sense of what it sounds like for the planet to spin and spin while looping around the sun.
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Japan to test 'magnetic net' that can fish out floating space junk - The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (Jaxa) is teaming up with a company that manufactures fishing equipment to create a net that will sweep the heavens of the man-made debris orbiting our planet.
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Supercomputer models one second of human brain activity - Telegraph - The most accurate simulation of the human brain ever has been carried out, but a single seconds worth of activity took one of the worlds largest supercomputers 40 minutes to calculate
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Running on water - It would be even better on the moon. Yes, here on earth you can run atop a pool of water-mixed-with-cornstarch, as people are doing in this video
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The Coolest Science of 2013, in GIFs | Surprising Science - If a picture’s worth a thousand words, a GIF is easily worth a million. The file format—which uses a series of images to produce a looping video, like a flip book—is a tremendous way to convey all sorts of moving wonders, and 2013 was the year that the GIF truly went mainstream, with GIFs of celebrities, sports and politicians filling the Web.But 2013 was also a banner year for science—so much so that the word ‘science’ was Merriam-Webster’s word of the year. It’s appropriate, then, that we use the GIF to explore some of the coolest, weirdest, most remarkable science stories of 2013. What follows is a non-exhaustive list of amazing science GIFs from 2013, in no particular order.
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Using Sound To Levitate Objects And Move Them Midair - Researchers in Tokyo have put a new twist on the use of sound to suspend objects in air. They've used ultrasonic standing waves to trap pieces of wood, metal, and water – and even move them around.
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Where the Global Warming Hoax Was Born - This article documents how the Eugenics and the fraudulent "Population Bomb" movement spawned the current Manmade Global Warming hysteria.
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Humans are not smarter than animals - we just don't understand them - Science - Evolutionary biologists claim some animals may actually have superior cognitive abilities than tose possessed by humans
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Simulations back up theory that Universe is a hologram - A team of physicists has provided some of the clearest evidence yet that our Universe could be just one big projection.
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Scientists discover second, secret DNA code - Scientists have long believed that DNA tells the cells how to make proteins. But the discovery of a new, second DNA code Thursday suggests the body speaks two different languages.The findings in the journal Science may have big implications for how medical experts use the genomes of patients to interpret and diagnose diseases, researchers said.
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Could the universe collapse TODAY? Physicists claim that risk is 'more likely than ever and may have already started' - The universe could be about to collapse and everything in it - including us - will be compressed into a small, hard ball.The process may already have started somewhere in our cosmos and is eating away at the rest of the universe, according to theoretical physicists.The mind-bending concept has been around for a while, but now researchers in Denmark claim they have proven it is possible with mathematical equations.
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Flashback 1974: NCAR Blamed Dramatic Climate Anomalies on Growing Arctic Ice - Flashback 1974: NCAR Blamed Dramatic Climate Anomalies on Growing Arctic Ice Called Global Cooling The New Norm - 2013: Warmists Blame Climate Disasters On Melting Arctic Ice After a while you get tired of frightened ninnies with their junk science and hidden agendas to put more money in their pockets.
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Genetics accounts for more than half of variation in exam results - Environment, including home and school life, is a less important factor in pupils' GCSE results than genes, study suggests
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Scientist Related to Killers Learns He Has a Psychopath's Brain - Yahoo - I was married to a Psychopath - ALL the symptoms were there. Now, there's a new victim that's taken my place - whew!!! dodged that bullet.
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Psychopathy - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - Wiki article about Psychopathy - symptoms (check them out) ;)
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Baby Dinosaur Skeleton Unearthed in Canada | LiveScience - The tiny, intact skeleton of a baby rhinoceroslike dinosaur has been unearthed in Canada.
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NASA Confirms -Super Human Abilities Gained Through Sungazing - Nikolai Dolgoruky of the Ukraine calls himself a sun-eater. He has been practicing sun gazing for the past 12 years and has largely subsisted off solar energy since he began. Others have reported losing the need for food after only 9 months of sun gazing. It must be true, it's on the Worldwidehippies.com. Have you seen my tinfoil hat?
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Is 'Huh?' a universal word? - A word like ‘Huh?’ —used when one has not caught what someone just said—appears to be universal: it is found to have very similar form and function in languages across the globe. This is one of the findings of a major cross-linguistic study by researchers Mark Dingemanse, Francisco Torreira and Nick Enfield, at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics in Nijmegen, the Netherlands. The study was published in the journal PLOS ONE.
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Exclusive: 'Jaw-dropping' breakthrough hailed as landmark in fight against hereditary diseases as Crispr technique heralds genetic revolution - Science - News - The Independent - A breakthrough in genetics – described as “jaw-dropping” by one Nobel scientist – has created intense excitement among DNA experts around the world who believe the discovery will transform their ability to edit the genomes of all living organisms, including humans.
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University physicists study urine splash-back and offer best tactics for men (w/ Video) - A team of four physicists at Brigham Young University (calling themselves "wizz-kids") has been studying the physics properties of urine splash-back in a urinal-like environment. Their mission was to uncover the fluid dynamics involved in male peeing and to hopefully discern which approach leads to the least amount of splash-back (and less mess). They will be presenting their results at the American Physical Society Meeting later this month.
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The time has come to embrace nuclear power - Wind and solar power alone won't do enough to counter climate change, say four top climate scientists
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Genetic Variations Between Brain Cells In Same Brain - Some people are human genetic chimeras which have cells from two different fraternal twins which fused into a single human during early embryonic development. Human chimeras are thought to be rare. But chimeras have produced some amazing medical stories such as the woman who failed a genetic test to prove she was the mother of her children. Turns out her ovaries came from a fraternal twin. Now some research on large genetic variations in human brains show that even people who started with a single genome at the embryo stage end up with a lot of genetic diversity between neuron cells taken from the same brain and lower but still substantial amounts of genetic diversity in skin cells.
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Earth's core deceives scientists - Scientists have virtually denied the existing hypothesis about the formation of the Earth's core. It was believed that the metal core of all celestial bodies is formed under the same scheme. However, recent experiments demonstrated that there are other ways to form the core. It turns out that this process should be seen as unique to each celestial body.
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Statistics Done Wrong %u2014 Statistics Done Wrong - If you’re a practicing scientist, you probably use statistics to analyze your data. From basic t tests and standard error calculations to Cox proportional hazards models and geospatial kriging systems, we rely on statistics to give answers to scientific problems.This is unfortunate, because most of us don’t know how to do statistics.
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Can oarfish predict earthquakes? - The same predictive signs that were observed in Japan before the big tsunami and earthquake are now being observed in California. Shortly before the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami struck Japan, about 20 oarfish stranded themselves on beaches in the area.
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Richard Dawkins demonstrates the evolution of the eye - YouTube - Creationists and supporters of Intelligent Design like to point to what they call the "irreducible complexity" of the eye as proof of the existence of a designer/creator. In other words, they like to say that complex components of our physiology like the eye could not have come about through a process of evolution because they are not of any use until everything is in place and working. In this excerpt from his lecture "Growing Up In The Universe: Climbing Mount Improbable", Professor Dawkins demonstrates how something complex like the eye can indeed evolve.


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Recent Heat Spike Like Nothing in 11,000 Years - A new study looking at 11,000 years of climate temperatures shows the world in the middle of a dramatic U-turn, lurching from near-record cooling to a heat spike.Research released Thursday in the journal Science uses fossils of tiny marine organisms to reconstruct global temperatures back to the end of the last ice age. It shows how the globe for several thousands of years was cooling until an unprecedented reversal in the 20th century.
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The distribution of red hair in Europe | James McInerney's Science Stuff - This diagram shows the distribution of red hair in Europe. As you can see it is a patchy distribution, with high frequency in Ireland, Scotland and Wales with another large patch of high-frequency phenotypes in Russia.
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Scientists fear 'female Viagra' could make women nymphomaniacs - Fears are being expressed by scientists conducting trials of the new "female viagra," Lybrido, a pill about the size of an aspirin designed to boost female libido, that it could turn women into nymphomaniacs and threaten the "fabric" of stable society.
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FAQ: IPCC's Upcoming Climate Change Report Explained | LiveScience - Next week, from Sept. 23 to Sept. 26, more than 250 climate scientists will meet in Stockholm, Sweden, to finalize the Working Group I report, which will be released on Sept. 27. Here are some frequently asked questions about the IPCC's assessments, and what we may expect to see next week.
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Top climate scientists admit global warming forecasts were wrong - Since 1997, world average temperatures have not shown any statistically significant increase. The summary also shows that scientist have now discovered that between 950 and 1250 AD, before the Industrial Revolution, parts of the world were as warm for decades at a time as they are now. Despite a 2012 draft stating that the world is at its warmest for 1,300 years, the latest document states: Surface temperature reconstructions show multi-decadal intervals during the Medieval Climate Anomaly (950-1250) that were in some regions as warm as in the late 20th Century.
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The Science Behind Near-Death Experiences - The internet is full of stories by people who claim they floated above their bodies or moved towards a bright light after nearly dying.Some people claim it's a glimpse of the afterlife. Scientists have been unable, for the most part, to explain the phenomenon. Whatever it is, it's not uncommon — around 20 percent of cardiac arrest survivors report having some kind of near-death experience, according to The Washington Post.
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The Relationship Between Gun Ownership and Firearm Homicide Rates in the United States, 1981%u20132010 - Conclusions. We observed a robust correlation between higher levels of gun ownership and higher firearm homicide rates. Although we could not determine causation, we found that states with higher rates of gun ownership had disproportionately large numbers of deaths from firearm-related homicides.
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The Feynman Lectures on Physics - Caltech and The Feynman Lectures Website are pleased to present this online edition of The Feynman Lectures on Physics. Now, anyone with internet access and a web browser can enjoy reading a high-quality up-to-date copy of Feynman's legendary lectures. This edition has been designed for ease of reading on devices of any size or shape; text, figures and equations can all be zoomed without degradation
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The Feynman Lectures on Physics - The Feynman Lectures on Physics, Volume Imainly mechanics, radiation, and heatFeynman-Leighton-Sands
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Record return of Arctic ice cap as it grows by 60% in a year - Almost a million more square miles of ocean covered with ice than in 2012 BBC reported in 2007 global warming would leave Arctic ice-free in summer by 2013 The disclosure comes 11 months after The Mail on Sunday triggered intense political and scientific debate by revealing that global warming has paused since the beginning of 1997 an event that the computer models used by climate experts failed to predict.
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Scientists say sugar at levels considered safe is harmful - What other safe levels are unsafe? Remember, the mainstream of medicine is always wrong.
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Globe May Be On Path To Little Ice AgeMuch Colder WintersDramatic Consequences - So now even the once very green Danish media is now spreading the seeds of doubt. So quickly can settled science become controversial and hotly disputed. The climate debate is far from over. And when it does end, it looks increasingly as if itll end in favor of the skeptics.
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Ice at the North Pole in 1958 and 1959 not so thick - What would NSIDC and our media make of a photo like this if released by the NAVY today? Would we see headlines like NORTH POLE NOW OPEN WATER? Or maybe Global warming melts North Pole? Perhaps we would. sensationalism is all the rage these days. If it melts it makes headlines.
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Up telescope! Search begins for giant new planet - Science - If you grew up thinking there were nine planets and were shocked when Pluto was demoted five years ago, get ready for another surprise. There may be nine after all, and Jupiter may not be the largest.The hunt is on for a gas giant up to four times the mass of Jupiter thought to be lurking in the outer Oort Cloud, the most remote region of the solar system. The orbit of Tyche (pronounced ty-kee), would be 15,000 times farther from the Sun than the Earth's, and 375 times farther than Pluto's, which is why it hasn't been seen so far.
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Global warming five million years ago - Global warming five million years ago may have caused parts of Antarctica's large ice sheets to melt and sea levels to rise by approximately 65 feet, according to a new study. That's probably because everybody was driving SUV's and not Priuses, right?
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Rising CO2 is turning the world's deserts GREEN - Far from turning the Earth into a baking lifeless hell as had been thought, elevated levels of atmospheric CO2 are causing the deserts of the world to bloom with new green foliage.
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Brain structure differs in liberals, conservatives: study - Everyone knows that liberals and conservatives butt heads when it comes to world views, but scientists have now shown that their brains are actually built differently. Liberals have more gray matter in a part of the brain associated with understanding complexity, while the conservative brain is bigger in the section related to processing fear, said the study on Thursday in Current Biology. "We found that greater liberalism was associated with increased gray matter volume in the anterior cingulate cortex, whereas greater conservatism was associated with increased volume of the right amygdala," the study said.
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A Breakthrough Against Leukemia Using Altered T-Cells - NYTimes.com - Emma Whitehead has been bounding around the house lately, practicing somersaults and rugby-style tumbles that make her parents wince.
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Transcranial direct current stimulation tDCS technology may improve cognitive ability | Canada | News | National Post - Dave Siever always fancied himself as something of a musician, but also realized he did not necessarily sing or play in perfect key.Then he strapped on the electrodes of a device made by his Edmonton company, and zapped his brain’s auditory cortex with a mild dose of electricity. The result, he claims, was a dramatic improvement in his ability to hear pitch, including the sour notes he produced himself.
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Science Proves Conservatives Are Dumb - Slog tipper Merry says, "Not to get all imperial on ya or anything, but... THIS MUST BE POSTED TO SLOG!" It's a study about how racism and conservatism are tied to stupidity:
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Bill Nye: Creationism Is Not Appropriate For Children - And I say to the grownups, if you want to deny evolution and live in your world, in your world thats completely inconsistent with everything we observe in the universe, thats fine, but dont make your kids do it because we need them. We need scientifically literate voters and taxpayers for the future. We need people that canwe need engineers that can build stuff, solve problems. -
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Even with defects, graphene is strongest material in the world - n a new study, published in Science, Columbia Engineering researchers demonstrate that graphene, even if stitched together from many small crystalline grains, is almost as strong as graphene in its perfect crystalline form. This work resolves a contradiction between theoretical simulations, which predicted that grain boundaries can be strong, and earlier experiments, which indicated that they were much weaker than the perfect lattice.
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Warming Postponed Hundreds Of Years - Now that global temperatures have not risen in 15 years, a number of scientists find themselves having great difficulty coming to terms with that new reality. They used the 90% certainty claim in the past, and wound up totally wrong. Now they are claiming it once again, based on computer prognoses, and not on observations. This is the SOP of charlatans, and not scientists.
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Solar Road Panels Offer Asphalt Alternative - An American couple has found a surprising alternative to conventional asphalt motorways: solar road panels. In addition to providing electricity, saving oil and melting fresh snow, it could also prevent accidents.
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Global warming debunked: NASA report verifies CO2 actually cools atmosphere - As it turns out, all those atmospheric greenhouse gases that Al Gore and all the other global warming hoaxers have long claimed are overheating and destroying our planet are actually cooling it, based on the latest evidence This is from the "Climate change deniers" at NASA.
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Early humans respond to climate change with cultural and industrial innovation - The record reveals that a notable period of human advancement occurred about 71,500 years ago, and another between 64,000 and 59,000 years ago. How did they cause climate change? They had no industry or SUV's. O Climate change happens without human intervention. It's what nature does.
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Injectable Oxygen Keeps People Alive Without Breathing - PSFK - A team at Boston Children’s Hospital have invented a micro-particle that can be injected into your bloodstream to oxygenate your blood – without any help being required from your lungs.
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Climate change will push up New York's heatwave deaths - The Big Apple is cooking: climate change will increase the number of temperature-related deaths within decades.A warmer climate means more extremely hot days in summer, and fewer extremely cold days in winter, meaning people are more likely to die in summer than they used to be, and less so in winter.
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Climate Change Impacts On Amphibians Studied By USGS Experts - Science News - A US Geological Survey (USGS) effort to monitor the impact of climate change on amphibians living in the ponds and swamps of the southeastern United States has discovered that changes in rainfall patterns can cause short-term declines in mole salamanders, the agency reported on Friday.

Climate change? wasn't that a hoax from the liberals?
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Why Vultures Devoured Hiker's Body in Minutes - A flock of vultures devoured the body of a woman just minutes after she fell to her death while hiking in the Pyrenees Mountains in France.
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Cooling May Jeopardize Climate Science And Green Energy Funding! - As David Whitehouse at the Global Warming Policy Foundation points out: If we have not passed it already, we are on the threshold of global observations becoming incompatible with the consensus theory of climate change. Whitehouse notes that there has been no statistically significant increase in annual global temperatures since 1997.
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Printed Bionic Ear Enhances Human Hearing Beyond Normal Range : Health & Medicine : Science World Report - The ear looks a bit like a pink piece of ear-shaped Jell-O with a curling yellow wire sticking out of it. Yet it's a feat that shouldn't be ignored. The researchers created the new device in order to explore an efficient and versatile means to merge electronics with tissue. In order to accomplish this, they used 3D printing to "print" cells and nanoparticles. They then used a cell culture to combine a small coil antenna with the cartilage, creating the bionic ear.
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Watch 62 Years of Global Warming in 13 Seconds - From our friends at NASA comes this amazing 13-second animation that depicts how temperatures around the globe have warmed since 1950. Youll note an acceleration of the temperature trend in the late 1970s as greenhouse gas emissions from energy production increased worldwide and clean air laws reduced emissions of pollutants that had a cooling effect on the climate, and thus were masking some of the global warming signal. The data come from NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York (GISS), which monitors global surface temperatures. As NASA notes, All 10 of the warmest years in the GISS analysis have occurred since 1998, continuing a trend of temperatures well above the mid-20th century average."
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How A Tool For Perfect Human Vision Grew From One Of NASA's Greatest Blunders | Popular Science - Since the day the Hubble Space Telescope blinked open and saw a blurry heavens, the world of telescope optics has revolved around double-checking every possible detail. To see clearly, a telescope’s mirrors must be flawless, bending and reflecting photons with absolutely perfect accuracy. While working on ways to fix Hubble’s poor vision, Dan Neal and his colleagues realized another optical system could benefit from perfectly designed corrective lenses: Our eyes.
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Brain-Training Games Don't Actually Make You Smarter - A decade ago, a young Swedish researcher named Torkel Klingberg made a spectacular discovery. He gave a group of children computer games designed to boost their memory, and, after weeks of play, the kids showed improvements not only in memory but in overall intellectual ability. Spending hours memorizing strings of digits and patterns of circles on a four-by-four grid had made the children smarter. The finding countered decades of psychological research that suggested training in one area (e.g., recalling numbers) could not bring benefits in other, unrelated areas (e.g., reasoning). The Klingberg experiment also hinted that intelligence, which psychologists considered essentially fixed, might be more mutable: that it was less like eye color and more like a muscle.
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nsf.gov - National Science Foundation (NSF) Discoveries - Energy Efficient Brain Simulator Outperforms Supercomputers - US National Science Foundation (NSF) - The brain is actually able to do more calculations per second than even the fastest supercomputer," says Boahen, a professor at Stanford University, director of the Brains in Silicon research laboratory and an NSF Faculty Early Career grant recipient.
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Physicists To Test If Universe Is A Computer Simulation - Physicists have devised a new experiment to test if the universe is a computer.A philosophical thought experiment has long held that it is more likely than not that we're living inside a machine.The theory basically goes that any civilisation which could evolve to a 'post-human' stage would almost certainly learn to run simulations on the scale of a universe. And that given the size of reality - billions of worlds, around billions of suns - it is fairly likely that if this is possible, it has already happened.
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Is An Alien Message Embedded In Our Genetic Code? : Discovery News - Vladimir I. shCherbak of al-Farabi Kazakh National University of Kazakhstan, and Maxim A. Makukov of the Fesenkov Astrophysical Institute, hypothesize that an intelligent signal embedded in our genetic code would be a mathematical and semantic message that cannot be accounted for by Darwinian evolution. They call it “biological SETI.” What’s more, they argue that the scheme has much greater longevity and chance of detecting E.T. than a transient extraterrestrial radio transmission.
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Gender Jabber: Do Women Talk More than Men?: Scientific American - About a year ago, Louann Brizendine, founder and director of the University of California, San Francisco's Women's Mood and Hormone Clinic, published The Female Brain. One of the most cited gems within its pages was a claim that women are chatterboxes, speaking an average of 20,000 words per day, nearly three times the mere 7,000 spoken by men.
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Science: Women Prefer Larger Penises - "I like small penises," said no women interviewed for an actually scientific study released Monday by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, or PNAS. Yes, PNAS is a funny sounding acronym, and, yes, PNAS has found that size does matter and that women prefer "showers" to "growers."
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Deadly new bird flu vindicates mutant virus research, experts say - Vitals - Scientists in the Dutch city of Rotterdam know precisely what it takes for a bird flu to mutate into a potential human pandemic strain -- because they've created just such mutant viruses in the laboratory.So as they watch with some trepidation the emergence in China of a strain of bird flu previously unknown in humans, they also argue it vindicates their controversial decision to conduct these risky experiments despite fierce opposition.
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Obama unveils brain mapping initiative and calls for further research - Barack Obama has launched an ambitious plan to map the human brain for the first time

Let's hope there are enough brains to map in the US ... seems like lots are lacking in the brain department
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Scientists Create Ultra-Thin Invisibility Cloak - The invisibility cloak has long been an idea present mostly in comic books and sci-fi novels — remember the Cloak of Invisibility from J.K. Rowling's "Harry Potter" books or the scramble suit from Philip K. Dick's "A Scanner Darkly"?Well, every spy's dream is now one step closer to reality thanks to the work of researchers from the University of Texas, Austin, which have developed an ultra-thin material called a "metascreen".
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I analyzed the chords of 1300 popular songs for patterns. This is what I found. | Blog %u2013 Hooktheory - For many people, listening to music elicits such an emotional response that the idea of dredging it for statistics and structure can seem odd or even misguided. But knowing these patterns can give one a deeper more fundamental sense for how music works; for me this makes listening to music a lot more interesting. Of course, if you play an instrument or want to write songs, being aware of these things is obviously of great practical importance.
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Lockheed Martin Lockheed Martin Achieves Patent for Perforene%u2122 Filtration Solution, Moves Closer to Affordable Water Desalination - Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] has been awarded a patent for Perforene material, a molecular filtration solution designed to meet the growing global demand for potable water.
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The Future of Nuclear Power Runs on the Waste of Our Nuclear Past - America alone produces about 2,000 metric tons of nuclear waste annually and our best solution for disposing of it: bury it deep in the Earth. However, a pair of MIT scientists believe they've found not only a better way of eliminating nuclear waste but recycling the deadly detritus into enough clean electricity to power the entire world until 2083. Win, meet win.
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Device keeps liver alive outside body in medical first | Reuters - A donated human liver has been kept alive, warm and functioning outside a human being on a newly-developed machine and then successfully transplanted into patients in a medical world first.A British team of doctors, engineers and surgeons announcing the achievement on Friday said it could be common practice in hospitals across the developed world within a few years, up to doubling the number of livers available for transplant.
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Tiny quantum fridge can cool huge objects (Wired UK) - Nanotechnology researchers have built a microscopic fridge that can cool objects millions of times more massive than itself.The prototype solid-state device takes advantage of the way quantum physics operates in micro- and nanostructures to cool comparatively-vast objects to sub-cryogenic temperatures.
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A Reconstruction of Regional and Global Temperature for the Past 11,300 Years - Surface temperature reconstructions of the past 1500 years suggest that recent warming is unprecedented in that time. Here we provide a broader perspective by reconstructing regional and global temperature anomalies for the past 11,300 years from 73 globally distributed records. Early Holocene (10,000 to 5000 years ago) warmth is followed by ~0.7°C cooling through the middle to late Holocene (<5000 years ago), culminating in the coolest temperatures of the Holocene during the Little Ice Age, about 200 years ago. This cooling is largely associated with ~2°C change in the North Atlantic. Current global temperatures of the past decade have not yet exceeded peak interglacial values but are warmer than during ~75% of the Holocene temperature history. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change model projections for 2100 exceed the full distribution of Holocene temperature under all plausible greenhouse gas emission scenarios.
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NASA's Mission To Repurpose The Most Powerful Rocket Engines Ever Launched - The 1960s and early ‘70s was a golden era for space travel. Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first human to travel into outer space and orbit the Earth, Neil Armstrong became the first person to walk on the moon, and we explored our universe in ways we could never have imagined. What’s more, the technology that allowed us to take these giant leaps had a profound impact – not only on rocket science but also on the way we live our lives.
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Going to Mars in 2018: Concept is so crazy (and simple) it just might work - Cosmic Log - Millionaire space tourist Dennis Tito and his partners have had to tell questioners repeatedly that they're not "crazy" or "nuts" to think they can launch a man and a woman to Mars and back by 2019 — but if the Inspiration Mars Foundation's "Mission for America" succeeds, it may well be because it's just crazy enough.
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'God particle': Confirmation is 'achingly close' - Physicists in Italy said Wednesday they are achingly close to concluding that what they found last year was the Higgs boson, the elusive "God particle." They need to eliminate one last remote possibility that it's something else. The long theorized subatomic particle would explain why matter has mass and has been called a missing cornerstone of physics. With new analyses, scientists are closer to being certain they found the crucial Higgs boson. But they want to be 99.9 percent positive, said Pauline Gagnon, a physicist with the European Center for Nuclear Research.
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Van Allen Probes Discover a New Radiation Belt - NASA Science - Earth's radiation belts were one of the first discoveries of the Space Age. A new finding published in today's issue of Science shows that we still have much to learn about them. NASA's twin Van Allen Probes, launched just last August, have revealed a previously unknown third radiation belt around Earth.
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Steak Drop - From what height would you need to drop a steak for it to be cooked when it hit the ground?
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Biochemist creates CO2-eating light that runs on algae - Our atmosphere is filling up with CO2 and we seem to be the major cause of that. The generally accepted solution seems to be cutting back on emissions as quickly as possible, but implementing such cuts is problematic because everyone has to agree to do more, which essentially ends up costing a lot of time and money.
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Alan Friedmans Astonishing HD Photographs of the Sun Shot from his Own Backyard | Colossal - My photographs comprise a solar diary, portraits of a moment in the life of our local star. Most are captured from my backyard in Buffalo, NY. Using a small telescope and narrow band filters I can capture details in high resolution and record movements in the solar atmosphere that change over hours and sometimes minutes. The raw material for my work is black and white and often blurry. As I prepare the pictures, color is applied and tonality is adjusted to better render the features. It is photojournalism of a sort. The portraits are real, not painted. Aesthetic decisions are made with respect for accuracy as well as for the power of the image.
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17-year-old Rutvik Oza Solves Unsolved Problem in Maths - An Indian teen has recently proposed a solution to an unsolved problem in mathematics. The 17-year-old young achiever, Rutvik Oza, a student of The H. B. Kapadia New High School, from Ahmedabad, Gujarat has now put a full stop to another open problem in the field of maths by providing a closed formula for the problem called Reve's Puzzle (also popularly known as the 4-peg Tower of Hanoi Problem).
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BBC News - The myth of the eight-hour sleep - We often worry about lying awake in the middle of the night - but it could be good for you. A growing body of evidence from both science and history suggests that the eight-hour sleep may be unnatural.In the early 1990s, psychiatrist Thomas Wehr conducted an experiment in which a group of people were plunged into darkness for 14 hours every day for a month.It took some time for their sleep to regulate but by the fourth week the subjects had settled into a very distinct sleeping pattern. They slept first for four hours, then woke for one or two hours before falling into a second four-hour sleep.
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New York Biotopes on Vimeo - My bachelor graduation project „New York Biotopes“ deals with abstract plants and creatures, which change their forms because of insufficient living space and adapt themselves to the surroundings of the metropolis New York City. A type of metamorphosis, where the newly developed vegetation assimilates elements of the city and makes them useful for their own purposes. These creatures and plants, partly mechanical, partly organically in appearance, spread more and more over the city and fill it up with life.
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Mars Rover Spots Metallic 'Arm' Sticking Out Of A Rock (PICTURES) - There's another weird thing on Mars, and Nasa really doesn't know what it is this time.
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Brain Cells for Sharing Found | Altruism | LiveScience - Why animals act unselfishly has been a longstanding mystery. Yet they routinely do: Monkeys will go without food rather than shock compatriots, and mice will also starve rather than hurt friends.

Sadly enough know rather a lot of people who are missing these!
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Star Trek's 'tractor' beam created in miniature by researchers - A team of scientists from Scotland and the Czech Republic has created a real-life "tractor" beam, as featured in the Star Trek movies, which for the first time allows a beam of light to attract objects.
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UN climate report shows 20 years of overestimated global warming - A preliminary draft of a report by the U.N.s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change was leaked to the public this month, and climate skeptics say it contains fresh evidence of 20 years of overstated global warming. That doesn't matter to the True Believers. They already changed the name of their god from Global Warming to Climate Change. This way, anything that happens is proof they are right.
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Atomic bond types discernible in single-molecule images - A pioneering team from IBM in Zurich has published single-molecule images so detailed that the type of atomic bonds between their atoms can be discerned.The same team took the first-ever single-molecule image in 2009 and more recently published images of a molecule shaped like the Olympic rings.
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Bad Figure - God-awful good-for-nothing figures from cutting-edge published research.
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China blazes trail for 'clean' nuclear power from thorium - The Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee built such a reactor in the 1960s. It was shelved by the Nixon Administration. The Pentagon needed plutonium residue from uranium to build nuclear bombs.
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Quantum gas goes below absolute zero - It may sound less likely than hell freezing over, but physicists have created an atomic gas with a sub-absolute-zero temperature for the first time1. Their technique opens the door to generating negative-Kelvin materials and new quantum devices, and it could even help to solve a cosmological mystery.
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Scientists say robot boy can be built within nine months - Robotics engineers say that they can build a humanoid robot “boy” that will help with everyday tasks within nine months. According to the Daily Mail, the childlike “Roboy” will have special artificial muscles and tendons, and is designed as a companion and helper for sick and elderly patients.
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Scientists Discover Childrens Cells Living in Mothers Brains - The link between a mother and child is profound, and new research suggests a physical connection even deeper than anyone thought. The profound psychological and physical bonds shared by the mother and her child begin during gestation when the mother is everything for the developing fetus, supplying warmth and sustenance, while her heartbeat provides a soothing constant rhythm.
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Scientists snap a picture of DNA's double helix - Though they've never actually seen it with their own eyes, scientists know that DNA's structure is composed of a spiraling corkscrew. They know this thanks to molecular theory and and an old-time technique called X-ray crystallography, where patterns of dots are converted into an overarching image using mathematics. But now, for the first time ever, scientists have actually snapped a real image of DNA using an electron microscope — spiraling corkscrew and all.
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Unexpected data from the Large Hadron Collider suggest the collisions may be producing a new type of matter - Collisions between protons and lead ions at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) have produced surprising behavior in some of the particles created by the collisions. The new observation suggests the collisions may have produced a new type of matter known as color-glass condensate.
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Impact: Earth! - Asteroid impact simulator
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Stellarium - Stellarium is a free open source planetarium for your computer. It shows a realistic sky in 3D, just like what you see with the naked eye, binoculars or a telescope.It is being used in planetarium projectors. Just set your coordinates and go.
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In Space, Flames Behave in Ways Nobody Thought Possible | Science & Nature | Smithsonian Magazine - Recent tests aboard the International Space Station have shown that fire in space can be less predictable and potentially more lethal than it is on Earth. “There have been experiments,” says NASA aerospace engineer Dan Dietrich, “where we observed fires that we didn’t think could exist, but did.”
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Animals Are Moral Creatures, Scientist Argues - Does Mr. Whiskers really love you or is he just angling for treats? Until recently, scientists would have said your cat was snuggling up to you only as a means to get tasty treats. But many animals have a moral compass, and feel emotions such as love, grief, outrage and empathy, a new book argues.
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30,000-year-old DNA preserved in poo a window into the past - Murdoch University DNA scientists have used 30,000-year-old faecal matter known as middens to ascertain which plants and animals existed at that time in the hot, arid Pilbara region of North Western Australia. To date, this is the oldest environmental sample from which DNA has been obtained in Australia. It had previously been considered unrealistic to extract DNA from hot, arid zone samples due to the extreme heat. Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2012-11-year-old-dna-poo-window.html#jCp
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Vegetative man tells doctors Im not in pain via MRI communication - More than 12 years after a car accident left him in a vegetative state, a Canadian man has begun communicating with doctors who are monitoring his brain activity through Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) scans.
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Climate change led to decline of Maya civilisation - Did they drive too many SUV's or did they fail to recycle soda bottles? What caused this global warming 1500 years ago?
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Scientists Use Stem Cells To Create Eggs In Mice - Scientists in Japan report they have created eggs from stem cells in a mammal for the first time. And the researchers went on to breed healthy offspring from the eggs they created. While the experiments involved mice, the work is being met with excitement and questions about doing the same thing for humans someday.
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Straight Up Difficult - "I grew up wanting to fly," says Graham Bowen-Davies. "I guess I just settled for being an engineer."He's standing on an indoor track in southern Maryland, watching a giant helicopter take flight. At the end of each of its four spindly arms — arms he helped design and build — a giant rotor churns the air. In the cockpit sits the engine: a 0.7-horsepower, 135-pound graduate student named Kyle Gluesenkamp.Gluesenkamp is pedaling like crazy to keep the rotors spinning and the craft aloft.Bowen-Davies and dozens of his fellow students from the University of Maryland are chasing one of aviation's last milestones: the Sikorsky Prize. The American Helicopter Society (AHS) has promised $250,000 to the team that can build a human-powered helicopter. All it has to do is hover for a minute, reach a height of 3 meters (about 10 feet), and stay in a 10-meter box.
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Global warming stopped 16 years ago - This means that the pause in global warming has now lasted for about the same time as the previous period when temperatures rose, 1980 to 1996 Think the tree-huggers will stop their whining? Nah. They don't need facts to justify their hysteria.
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Deep Sea Creatures | Longest Living Sea Creatures - You'd expect that certain sea animals have a longer lifespan than the ones on earth, including the humans, but the fact that a certain sea creature has discovered the secret of immortality is bound to take anyone by surprise.
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Oh Yeah, Developmental Biology! - A blog about all things Developmental Biology. Please feel free to ask questions and I will attempt to answer them to the best of my ability.
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New laser will be powerful enough to rip apart space itself - The European Commission has approved the construction of three gigantic new research lasers, with the option for a fourth that would, for an instant, be several hundred times more powerful than the entirety of the power generated by our civilization. The hope is that this will be enough energy to actually conjure virtual particles out of nothingness.
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Neolithic discovery: why Orkney is the centre of ancient Britain | Science | The Observer - Long before the Egyptians began the pyramids, Neolithic man built a vast temple complex at the top of what is now Scotland. Robin McKie visits the astonishing Ness of Brodgar
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Enslaved worker ants fight back through acts of sabotage - It would appear that ants that are kept as slaves by more powerful species aren't as helpless as they might appear. New research from Gutenberg University Mainz in Germany shows that enslaved ants conduct their own form of civil disobedience, by neglecting and killing the offspring of their oppressors. And by doing so, the ants may be preventing their comrades outside the nest from being enslaved themselves.
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Return to Antikythera: Divers revisit wreck where ancient computer found - Site where oldest computer lay for thousands of years may yield other treasures and even another Antikythera mechanism
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How the tabby cat got its stripes | MNN - Mother Nature Network - A new study finds the same gene that is responsible for the cheetah's color patterns causes a tabby's stripes. Mutations in this newly identified gene transform a tabby's typical striped pattern into a less familiar "blotched" look. In cheetahs, similar mutations smear spots into thick stripes.
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If the Earth Stood Still - What Would Happen if the Earth Stopped Spinning? - The following is not a futuristic scenario. It is not science fiction. It is a demonstration of the capabilities of GIS to model the results of an extremely unlikely, yet intellectually fascinating query: What would happen if the earth stopped spinning? ArcGIS was used to perform complex raster analysis and volumetric computations and generate maps that visualize these result
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NASA Starts Work on Real Life Star Trek Warp Drive - "Perhaps a Star Trek experience within our lifetime is not such a remote possibility." These are the words of Dr. Harold "Sonny" White, the Advanced Propulsion Theme Lead for the NASA Engineering Directorate. Dr. White and his colleagues don't just believe a real life warp drive is theoretically possible; they've already started the work to create one.Yes. A real warp drive, Scotty.
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Acoustic levitation - YouTube - Scientists at Argonne National Laboratory have discovered a way to use sound waves to levitate individual droplets of solutions containing different pharmaceuticals. While the connection between levitation and drug development may not be immediately apparent, a special relationship emerges at the molecular level.
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Most of what you read was wrong: how press releases rewrote scientific history | Ars Technica - This week, the ENCODE project released the results of its latest attempt to catalog all the activities associated with the human genome. Although we've had the sequence of bases that comprise the genome for over a decade, there were still many questions about what a lot of those bases do when inside a cell. ENCODE is a large consortium of labs dedicated to helping sort that out by identifying everything they can about the genome: what proteins stick to it and where, which pieces interact, what bases pick up chemical modifications, and so on. What the studies can't generally do, however, is figure out the biological consequences of these activities, which will require additional work.
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35 years later, Voyager 1 is heading for the stars - Thirty-five years after leaving Earth, Voyager 1 is reaching for the stars.Sooner or later, the workhorse spacecraft will bid adieu to the solar system and enter a new realm of space — the first time a manmade object will have escaped to the other side.Perhaps no one on Earth will relish the moment more than 76-year-old Ed Stone, who has toiled on the project from the start.
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Have 3 photons broken theoretical physics? - Seven billion years ago, three cosmic travelers set out together on an epic journey to Earth. They just arrived, and the trio has a surprising tale to tell about the structure of the universe. Their story could overturn decades of work by theoretical physicists.
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Ancient text gives clue to mysterious radiation spike : Nature News & Comment - An eerie "red crucifix" seen in Britain's evening sky in ad 774 may be a previously unrecognized supernova explosion — and could explain a mysterious spike in carbon-14 levels in that year's growth rings in Japanese cedar trees. The link is suggested today in a Nature Correspondence by a US undergraduate student with a broad interdisciplinary background and a curious mind
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Why are people overconfident so often? - Our studies found that overconfidence helped people attain social status. People who believed they were better than others, even when they weren’t, were given a higher place in the social ladder. And the motive to attain higher social status thus spurred overconfidence,” says Anderson, the Lorraine Tyson Mitchell Chair in Leadership and Communication II at the Haas School.
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Remarkable video captures the flow of proteins inside an individual neuron - Remarkable video captures the flow of proteins inside an individual neuron
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Scientists decode brain waves to eavesdrop on what we hear - These scientists have succeeded in decoding electrical activity in the brains temporal lobe the seat of the auditory system as a person listens to normal conversation. Based on this correlation between sound and brain activity, they then were able to predict the words the person had heard solely from the temporal lobe activity.
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80 Years Of Declining Temperatures In Greenland - AGW is not about global warming. This is about control of people.
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Think Scent is Powerful for You? Just Remember That Ant - You think scent is powerful for humans - all those evocative, time-warping Proustian Rushes and such? Well, we humans ain't got nothing on those eternally fascinating little creatures, ants. For ants, the power of scent is so strong it overrides the proof provided by other senses such as sight and touch. At least when it comes to death.
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Pop music too loud and all sounds the same: official | Reuters - Comforting news for anyone over the age of 35, scientists have worked out that modern pop music really is louder and does all sound the same.Researchers in Spain used a huge archive known as the Million Song Dataset, which breaks down audio and lyrical content into data that can be crunched, to study pop songs from 1955 to 2010.
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ScholAR Traffic Light Reaction Demonstration - YouTube - A solution of glucose, sodium hydroxide, and indigo carmine, when shaken, will change from yellow to red to green. Left to sit, it will revert to red again, then yellow, and the process can be repeated. The indigo carmine is green when oxidized, yellow when reduced, and red in the intermediate semiquinone state
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Physicists Carve a Niche in Time - Six years ago, physicists hid an object behind an invisibility cloak for the first time. Now they're cloaking actual events.
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Academics: Muslim terrorists simply misunderstood - A taxpayer-funded study released this week declares that Muslim terrorists are generally misunderstood, don’t want to force their religion on the world and only kill people to protect themselves from victimization by enemies of Islam.A 14-page document, titled, “How Islamist Extremists Quote the Quran,” explains the study’s analysis of 2,000 instances of propaganda from al-Qaida and other Islamic extremist groups from 1998 to 2011:

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Einstein's theory is proved - and it is bad news if you own a penthouse - The world's most accurate clock has neatly shown how right Albert Einstein was 100 years ago, when he proposed that time is a relative concept and the higher you live above sea level the faster you should age.
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Earliest Americans Arrived in 3 Waves, Not 1, DNA Study Finds - NYTimes.com - North and South America were first populated by three waves of migrants from Siberia rather than just a single migration, say researchers who have studied the whole genomes of Native Americans in South America and Canada.
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Giant sunspot group 1520 turning toward Earth | Space | EarthSky - Last Friday (July 6, 2012), the sunspot group AR1515 released an X-flare whose effects should be arriving in Earth’s vicinity today and tomorrow (July 9 and 10). More about those effects below. Sunspot 1515 is now turning away from Earth, as the sun rotates on its axis, but another large active sunspot region is now turning our way. AR1520 emerged several days ago over the sun’s southeastern edge. It now spans more than 127,000 kiometers (10 Earth diameters). EarthSky Facebook friend VegaStar Carpentier caught this beautiful photo of AR1520 at sunset on July 7, in Paris.
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