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This skeleton robot salamander just wiggled its way into my heart | The Verge - Show me an animal that waddles and I'm immediately delighted. Show me a robot that waddles and is also a skeleton and I may as well have died and gone to heaven. Enter — wiggling gently with a slightly stupid grin on its skull-like face — the latest robotic creation from the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland: the Pleurobot.
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Scientists Discover What Meditation Does To Your Gut & Your Brain | Collective-Evolution - Numerous studies have indicated the many physiological benefits of meditation, and the latest one comes from Harvard University.
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Quanta Magazine: Illuminating Science - Scientists have figured out how microbes can suck energy from rocks. Such life-forms might be more widespread than anyone anticipated.
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Radioactive Ore : United Nuclear , Scientific Equipment & Supplies - Yes, you too can own some uranium. You can even buy it online.
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How to develop a picture from a corpse's eye - The morning of November 16, 1880, Wilhelm Friedrich Kühne (1837–1900), a professor of physiology at the University of Heidelberg, dissected the head of an executed murderer in his dark room within minutes of the man’s death. Kühne worked around the contracting muscles in the left eye socket to remove the eye and develop an image from the retina of the last thing this man saw.1
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80 Percent of Americans Can%u2019t See the Milky Way Anymore - The Milky Way galaxy, that torrent of stars that slashes across a deeply darkened night sky, has been a deep well of inspiration from humanity’s earliest days. The ancient Egyptians saw it as a pool of cow’s milk, while in Hindu mythology the arcing galactic arm was likened to a dolphin swimming through the sky. Countless scientists, philosophers, and artists, including Galileo, Aristotle, and Vincent Van Gogh, have drawn upon the galaxy as their muse. (Read “How Much Does the Milky Way Weigh?”)
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Researchers Say King Tut%u2019s Dagger Was Made From a Meteorite - History in the Headlines - Tutankhamen, the famed boy king of Egypt’s 18th Dynasty, ruled from about 1333 to 1323 B.C., and was believed to have been only 19 when he died. In 1922, the English archaeologist Howard Carter discovered King Tut’s near-intact tomb, containing the young pharaoh’s mummified corpse inside a solid gold coffin, along with other priceless treasures. Nearly a century later, Carter’s find remains one of the most celebrated in the history of Egyptology, and a lesser-known artifact from Tut’s tomb is making news of its own. A new study has determined that the blade of an ornate dagger found wrapped with the pharaoh’s body does not match iron found on Earth, and probably came from a fallen meteorite.
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Top 10 facts about the Big Bang Theory | 3tags - Not the show, the actual scientific theory itself!
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Australian scientists smash solar cell efficiency record | Cosmos Magazine - By splitting the spectrum into four, scientists have maximised electricity generation from a beam of sunlight.
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What It%u2019s Like to Be Chemically Castrated - Surgical castration has a long and ugly history — from ancient Athenian man-slaves and 18th-century Italian castrati to 19th-century America, when a man named Dr. Harry Sharp castrated nearly 200 inmates, aiming to reduce the likelihood that they would offend again. But it wasn’t until the 1940s that the use of hormone therapy surfaced as a way of lowering testosterone and reducing “pathological” sexual behavior in men. (The death of British code-breaker and computer pioneer Alan Turing was famously attributed to suicide over the female hormone treatment mandated by a court after he had been caught having sex with men and convicted of “gross indecency,” although this has since been disputed by Turing’s biographer.)
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Cape Grim carbon dioxide reading exceeds 400ppm landmark for first time - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) - A significant atmospheric monitoring station in north-west Tasmania has recorded carbon dioxide measurements above 400 parts per million for the first time.Cape Grim, on the remote north-western tip of Tasmania, is the only station analysing baseline carbon levels in the southern hemisphere.
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THE CURE FOR FEAR - Scientists have discovered a radical new way to treat our most traumatic memories.
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Humanoid Robot Can Dive Deep Underwater, Exploring Reefs And Shipwrecks | Popular Science - Meet OceanOne, a robot avatar that lets humans explore deep under the Ocean's surface, without any of the dangers or time limits associated with diving.
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Jesus Did Not Exist. Probably. - Approximately one year ago I caused a bit of a stir over at The Washington Post, daring to question whether the so-called Historical Jesus existed; apparently a verboten exercise for a scholar. Now, with the help and support of numerous other academics, itself quite noteworthy, I have become more assertive in declaring that Jesus’ non-existence is not merely possible. It is probable.
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The Science behind the DEA's Long War on Marijuana - Scientific American - Experts say listing cannabis among the world’s deadliest drugs ignores decades of scientific and medical data. But attempts to delist it have met with decades of bureaucratic inertia and political distortion
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A New Era in Medical Marijuana Research? - Scientific American - As the government considers reclassifying cannabis, researchers say easing the rules could lead to big advances
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Debate Erupts over Strange New Human Species - Scientific American - When scientists unveiled the fossil remains of a newly discovered human species from South Africa called Homo naledilast September, the find electrified audiences around the world. It was an astonishing haul: some 1,550 specimens representing at least 15 individuals, recovered over just a few weeks of intensive excavation from the Rising Star Cave system outside Johannesburg.
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Earth Is Tipping Because of Climate Change - Scientific American - The north pole is on the run. Although it can drift as much as 10 meters across a century, sometimes returning to near its origin, it has recently taken a sharp turn to the east. Climate change is the likely culprit, yet scientists are debating how much melting ice or changing rain patterns affect the pole’s wanderlust.
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A basic ingredient of life, ribose, can form in comets, say researchers - CSMonitor.com - The molecular building blocks of life are organic compounds that can be assembled into proteins, RNA and DNA in living cells. To date, scientists have found most of these compounds in meteorites, comets, and interstellar dust. But the sugar ribose, which forms the backbone of RNA, has never been detected in this context. Now experimental results, published in the journal Science, suggest that even ribose can form in comets...
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Mathematicians have discovered a strange pattern hiding in prime numbers - They're not as random as we thought....
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Professor Cracks 300-Year-Old Math Problem, Wins $700,000 - In 1637, the French mathematician, Pierre de Fermat, formulated the theorem that Wiles cracked. It states that there are no whole number solutions to the equation x^n y^n = z^n, when n is greater than 2.
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Mathematicians Discover Prime Conspiracy | Quanta Magazine - Two mathematicians have uncovered a simple, previously unnoticed property of prime numbers — those numbers that are divisible only by 1 and themselves. Prime numbers, it seems, have decided preferences about the final digits of the primes that immediately follow them.
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Gravity Waves | NASA - "The wave pattern seen in the image is not from large ocean waves, however. The pattern is of atmospheric gravity waves on the surface of the ocean. As the name implies, atmospheric gravity waves form when buoyancy pushes air up, and gravity pulls it back down. On its descent into the low-point of the wave (the trough), the air touches the surface of the ocean, roughening the water. The long, vertical dark lines show where the troughs of gravity waves have roughened the surface. The brighter regions show the crests of the atmospheric waves. Beneath the crests, the water is calm and reflects light directly back towards the sensor."
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Ancient Babylonian astronomers calculated Jupiter%u2019s position from the area under a time-velocity graph | Science - "Ossendrijver translated several Babylonian cuneiform tablets from 350 to 50 BCE and found that they contain a sophisticated calculation of the position of Jupiter. The method relies on determining the area of a trapezium under a graph. This technique was previously thought to have been invented at least 1400 years later in 14th-century Oxford."
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Earth could be unique among 700 quintillion planets in the Universe, study finds - ScienceAlert - So much of humanity’s astronomical research is based around the notion of finding something like us out there – whether that’s looking for environments that could sustain life, ranking planets in terms of their potential habitability, or comparing distant worlds to our own.
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Beam Me Up, Scotty? Turns Out Your Brain Is Ready For Teleportation - People who experienced virtual teleportation in a video game were able to mentally navigate to known destinations without relying on visual information or perceived motion, according to a study published Thursday by the journal Neuron. And during "teleportation," their brains produced a distinctive electrical signal that's associated with navigation.
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Whoops! 12 Tales Of Accidental Brilliance In Science : NPR - The Golden Mole Award, from NPR's Skunk Bear, celebrates these moments of serendipity in science. We asked for examples of happy accidents in the lab and in the field from the last few years ... and 300 submissions came pouring in.
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Scalia%u2019s Supreme Court Replacement Should Respect Science - Justice Antonin Scalia was a brilliant man in many ways. He was not, however, a science expert, or a science enthusiast, or even a science believer.In one puzzling opinion, he admitted that he wasn’t sure whether he accepted the reality of molecular biology. In another, he wrote that “creation science” (that is, creationism) was a legitimate “body of scientific knowledge” and that public schools can teach “whatever scientific evidence there may be against evolution.” And in a dissent contesting the federal government’s duty to combat climate change, he shrugged that the court’s “alarm over global warming may or may not be justified.”
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World famous ancient Siberian Venus figurines 'are NOT Venuses after all' - New groundbreaking research shows that a celebrated collection of prehistoric Venus figurines are - in fact - a fashion show of ordinary people of all ages from some 20,000 years ago.Close microscopic inspection reveals them as being far from idealised female forms. Rather, many are male, and others are children, the new research shows.
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The Future of Gravitational Wave Astronomy - Scientific American - A century ago, when Albert Einstein first predicted the existence of gravitational waves—subtle ripples in spacetime produced by massive objects hurtling through the cosmos—he also guessed they could not ever be seen. Though the echoes of distant celestial symphonies must ripple through the very fabric of reality, Einstein thought their ethereal harmonies were destined to remain eternally unheard.On Thursday, scientists using the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) proved Einstein both right and wrong, announcing their detection of the first note in a cosmic symphony he predicted no one would ever hear. It was a burbling chirp of gravitational waves produced by the cataclysmic birth of a black hole from the merger of two smaller ones. Emitted in a distant galaxy when multicellular life was just beginning to populate the Earth, the waves traveled at the speed of light for more than a billion years to at last wash over our planet last September, taking just seven milliseconds to traverse the distance between LIGO’s twin listening stations in Louisiana and Washington State.
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The Hummingbird Effect %u2014 How We Got to Now %u2014 Medium - THE HISTORY OF IDEAS and innovation unfolds in a similar way. Consider Johannes Gutenberg’s printing press. Everyone knows it changed the way information was stored and shared, triggering multiple revolutions in science and theology and art. But it also had a less celebrated, but crucial, effect on a seemingly unrelated field: the printing press created a surge in demand for spectacles, as the new practice of reading made Europeans across the continent suddenly realize that they were farsighted. (Before books came along, most people had no need to discern tiny figures on a page.) The market demand for spectacles encouraged a growing number of people to produce and experiment with lenses, which led to the invention of the microscope, which shortly thereafter enabled us to perceive that our bodies were made up of microscopic cells. You wouldn’t think that printing technology would have anything to do with the expansion of our vision down to the cellular scale, just as you wouldn’t have thought that the evolution of pollen would alter the design of a hummingbird’s wing.
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Gravitational Waves Exist: The Inside Story of How Scientists Finally Found Them - The New Yorker - Then, on September 14, 2015, at just before eleven in the morning, Central European Time, the waves reached Earth. Marco Drago, a thirty-two-year-old Italian postdoctoral student and a member of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration, was the first person to notice them. He was sitting in front of his computer at the Albert Einstein Institute, in Hannover, Germany, viewing the LIGO data remotely. The waves appeared on his screen as a compressed squiggle, but the most exquisite ears in the universe, attuned to vibrations of less than a trillionth of an inch, would have heard what astronomers call a chirp—a faint whooping from low to high. This morning, in a press conference in Washington, D.C., the LIGO team announced that the signal constitutes the first direct observation of gravitational waves.
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Einstein predicted gravitational waves 100 years ago. Here%u2019s what it took to prove him right. - The Washington Post - On Thursday, for the first time in history, scientists announced that they are able to hear the ripples in the space-time continuum that are produced by cosmic events — called gravitational waves. The discovery opens up a new field of scientific research, one in which physicists listen for the secrets of the universe rather than looking for them.
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We're the Only Animals With Chins, and No One Knows Why - The Atlantic - It's really strange that only humans have chins, says James Pampush from Duke University. When we're looking at things that are uniquely human, we can't look to big brains or bipedalism because our extinct relatives had those. But they didn't have chins. That makes this immediately relevant to everyone. Indeed, except in rare cases involving birth defects, everyone has chins. Sure, some people have less pronounced ones than others, perhaps because their lower jaws are small or they have more flesh around the area. But if you peeled back that flesh and exposed their jawbonesand maybe don't do thatyou'd still see a chin.
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Why is there something rather than nothing? - Have we reached the end of Physics?
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2015 was the hottest year on record - If you needed further signs that humans are likely warming the planet, you just got it. NASA and NOAA have independently determined that Earth surface temperatures in 2015 were the hottest since record-keeping began in 1880, beating the 2014 average (the previous record) by a sizeable 0.13 degrees Celsius. Most of the on-record warming happened within the past 35 years, too. And you can't pin this on weather patterns like El Niño. While those conditions certainly contributed to 2015's higher temperatures, it was the "cumulative effect" of decades of warming that led to the new high.
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Why too much evidence can be a bad thing - Under ancient Jewish law, if a suspect on trial was unanimously found guilty by all judges, then the suspect was acquitted. This reasoning sounds counterintuitive, but the legislators of the time had noticed that unanimous agreement often indicates the presence of systemic error in the judicial process, even if the exact nature of the error is yet to be discovered. They intuitively reasoned that when something seems too good to be true, most likely a mistake was made.
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Extreme weather Archives - Climate News Network - Hard bargaining in Bonn this week will probably decide whether the crucial climate talks in Paris in December can save human civilisation from ultimate collapse.
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Magnetically driven resonance helps heat sun's atmosphere - Solar physicists have captured the first direct observational signatures of resonant absorption, thought to play an important role in solving the "coronal heating problem" which has defied explanation for over 70 years First resonant absorption transfers energy to the torsional motions, producing a resonant flow along the surface of the prominence thread. Then turbulence in this strengthened resonant flow converts the energy into heat.
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Superflare - If the Sun were to superflare the Earth's communications and energy systems could be at serious risk of failing.
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Superflare - If the Sun were to superflare the Earth's communications and energy systems could be at serious risk of failing.
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NASA: Climate Change and Global Warming - Climate change evidence.
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Impacts of Solar Flares : explosive heat of a solar flare can't make it to Earth - NASA: The explosive heat of a solar flare can't make it all the way to our globe, but electromagnetic radiation and energetic particles certainly can. Solar flares can temporarily alter the upper atmosphere creating disruptions with signal transmission from, say, a GPS satellite to Earth causing it to be off by many yards. Another phenomenon produced by the sun could be even more disruptive. Known as a coronal mass ejection or CME these solar explosions propel bursts of particles and electromagnetic fluctuations into Earth's atmosphere. Those fluctuations could induce electric fluctuations at ground level that could blow out transformers in power grids. A CME's particles can also collide with crucial electronics onboard a satellite and disrupt its systems... And, even at their worst, the sun's flares are not physically capable of destroying Earth.
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Global warming could suffocate life on Earth as oxygen levels fall, research shows | ThinkPol - Falling oxygen levels caused by global warming could be a greater threat to the survival of life on planet Earth than flooding, according to researchers from the University of Leicester published in Bulletin of Mathematical Biology.
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5 Scientific Studies That Prove Republicans Are Stupid - There are all types of statistics that could lead one to believe that liberals are smarter than conservatives. These include the fact that “Blue States” have higher graduation rates than “Red States” and the fact that most people who seek higher education have liberal ideologies.
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The hunt for Albert Einstein's missing waves - In the Italian countryside, not far from Pisa, a vast experiment is about to be switched on. If it's a success, one of Albert Einstein's greatest predictions will have been directly observed for the first time. If it fails, laws of physics might have to be reconsidered. The experiment is called Advanced Virgo, and it will be hunting for the most elusive of astrophysical phenomena.
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Beastly bacteria on extinct ancient carcasses offers 'cure' for modern oil pollution - Permafrost remains of long-gone woolly rhinos, mammoths and cave lions bring intriguing scientific breakthrough.
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GLOBAL WARMING? NASA says Antarctic has been COOLING for past SIX years - In the last few weeks NASA has revealed the overall amount of ice has increased at the Antarctic and the amount of sea ice has also extended.
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WMO: 2015 likely to be Warmest on Record, 2011-2015 Warmest Five Year Period | Media Centre - Geneva 25 November 2015 (WMO) The global average surface temperature in 2015 is likely to be the warmest on record and to reach the symbolic and significant milestone of 1° Celsius above the pre-industrial era. This is due to a combination of a strong El Niño and human-induced global warming, according to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).The years 2011-2015 have been the warmest five-year period on record, with many extreme weather events - especially heatwaves - influenced by climate change, according to a WMO five-year analysis.
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Did you know that you have taste buds on your anus? | Sciencedump - And you have them in even stranger places, like for example your testicles.
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Prominent Scientists Declare Climate Claims Irrational Based On Nonsense - MIT Climate Scientist Dr. Richard Lindzen: Demonization of CO2 is irrational at best and even modest warming is mostly beneficial. When someone says this is the warmest temperature on record. What are they talking about? Its just nonsense. This is a very tiny change period. Greenpeace Co-Founder Dr. Patrick Moore: We are dealing with pure political propaganda that has nothing to do with science.
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Pigeons spot cancer as well as human experts | Science/AAAS | News - It may sound like a bird-brained idea, but scientists have trained pigeons to spot cancer in images of biopsied tissue. Individually, the avian analysts can't quite match the accuracy of professional pathologists. But as a flock, they did as well as trained humans, according to a new study appearing this week in PLOS ONE.
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October continued global heat parade as 2015 soars toward record - Last month was the warmest October on record worldwide, federal scientists announced Wednesday, further cementing the likelihood that 2015 will be Earth's warmest year since records began in 1880.October also marked the sixth consecutive month a monthly global temperature record has been broken, according to the report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The Earth's temperature in October was 1.76 degrees above the average of 57.1 degrees.
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Leaking pingos 'can explode under the sea in the Arctic, as well as on land' - Warning of methane blasts in Kara Sea adjacent to Yamal craters caused by gas eruptions associated with melting permafrost due to global warming.
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Radiocarbon Dating : The Definitive Answer and Truth! - Radiocarbon Dating : The Definitive Answer and Truth!
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Cold sun rising - The sun will go into "hibernation" mode around 2030, and it has already started to get sleepy. At the Royal Astronomical Society's annual meeting in July, Professor Valentina Zharkova of Northumbria University in the UK confirmed it - the sun will begin its Maunder Minimum (Grand Solar Minimum) in 15 years. Other scientists had suggested years ago that this change was imminent, but Zharkova's model is said to have near-perfect accuracy. news for Al Gore. The sun heats the earth.
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There Probably Won't Be A Mini Ice Age In 15 Years | IFLScience - She commented on how the changes in the Sun are likely to affect the Earth's environment. During the minimum, the intensity of solar radiation will be reduced dramatically. So we will have less heat coming into the atmosphere, which will reduce the temperature. However, Zharkova ends with a word of warning: not about the cold but about humanity's attitude toward the environment during the minimum. We must not ignore the effects of global warming and assume that it isn't happening. The Sun buys us time to stop these carbon emissions, Zharkova says. The next minimum might give the Earth a chance to reduce adverse effects from global warming.
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Earth's climate entering new 'permanent reality' as CO2 hits new high | Environment | The Guardian - UN experts urge immediate action to cut emissions as CO2 concentrations in the atmosphere are on track to hit historic high, up 43% on pre-industrial times
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The Dominican Republic village where little girls turn into boys aged 12 - Telegraph - In a remote village in the Dominican Republic girls become boys at puberty because of a rare genetic disorder
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Surprise! Science proves kids with religious upbringings are less generous and so are adults - Instilling a strong sense of religious faith in your children probably wont turn them into saints. If anything, it might make them less altruistic than kids who grow up in a nonreligious home.
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NASA Study Showing Massive Ice Growth Debunks UN Claims - In a barely noticed statement released last week, NASA dropped the equivalent of a nuclear bomb on the United Nations' climate-alarmism machine, noting that ice across Antarctica has been growing at break-neck speed for decades. The surging ice growth, of course, directly contradicts the predictions of global-warming alarmists, including a 2013 report by the increasingly discredited UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change claiming, falsely as it turns out, that Antarctica was losing ice at an accelerating rate and causing rising sea levels, all supposedly owing to humanity's emissions of the "gas of life" CO2.
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Middle Aged White People Are Dying At An Alarming Rate - Mortality Rates On The Rise - According to a review ​of statistics published Monday by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, the death rate for white men and women ages 45 to 54 has climbed steadily between 1999 and 2014. This is significant. For a majority of other sections of the population, incidents of death are going down. Or, as The Washington Post put it: "An increase in the mortality rate for any large demographic group in an advanced nation has been virtually unheard of in recent decades." The one exception, the Post noted, is Russian men after the fall of the Soviet Union.
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What a Deep Neural Network thinks about your #selfie - Okay, so we collected 2 million selfies, decided which ones are probably good or bad based on the number of likes they received (controlling for the number of followers), fed all of it to Caffe and trained a ConvNet. The ConvNet "looked" at every one of the 2 million selfies several tens of times, and tuned its filters in a way that best allows it to separate good selfies from bad ones. We can't very easily inspect exactly what it found (it's all jumbled up in 140 million numbers that together define the filters). However, we can set it loose on selfies that it has never seen before and try to understand what it's doing by looking at which images it likes and which ones it does not.
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GLOBAL COOLING: Decade long ice age predicted as sun 'hibernates' - SCIENTISTS claim we are in for a decade-long freeze as the sun slows down solar activity by up to 60 per cent. News flash for the Global Warming crowd. The sun heats the earth.
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NASA finds mass gains of Antarctic Ice Sheet greater than losses - A new NASA study says that an increase in Antarctic snow accumulation that began 10,000 years ago is currently adding enough ice to the continent to outweigh the increased losses from its thinning glaciers.
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Addicted to porn? That's unlikely, according to researchers - Although we've been told that pornography is an addiction, it turns out that isn't the case at all. A new study says the brain activity of “porn addicts” actually decreases when viewing X-rated images.
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This foam 'pump' works like a human heart - Scientists have created a new lightweight and stretchable polymer foam and used it to make a pump that mimics both the shape and function of a human heart.The foam is unique because it can be formed and has connected pores that allow fluids to be pumped through it. Scientists say it has the potential for use in other artificial organs as well as prosthetic body parts and soft robotics.
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Greenpeace Founder: Lets Celebrate CO2 - There is no definitive scientific proof, through real-world observation, that carbon dioxide is responsible for any of the slight warming of the global climate that has occurred during the past 300 years, since the peak of the Little Ice Age. If there were such a proof through testing and replication it would have been written down for all to see.
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Tower of Siberia: can this 302 metre skyscraper save our planet? - Unique research station in the remote taiga is used by scientists worldwide to measure if man is behind climate change.
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Global Warming 'Tipping Points' Identified - An international team of scientists has identified potential 'tipping points' where abrupt regional climate shifts due to global warming could result in natural disasters.
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Mind hack: Scientists use magnets to change attitudes on immigration, religion %u2014 RT UK - Researchers from the University of York have used magnetic energy to suppress humans’ ‘threat-response’ functions and dramatically change people’s attitudes to immigration.Psychologists used magnetic force to safely shut down the region of the brain associated with “threat-response functions” and conducted a series of tests where volunteers were asked questions about their beliefs.
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Methane release from melting permafrost could trigger dangerous global warming | John Abraham | Environment | The Guardian - A policy briefing from the Woods Hole Research Center concludes that the IPCC doesn't adequately account for a methane warming feedback
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The Most Mysterious Star in Our Galaxy - The Atlantic - Astronomers have spotted a strange mess of objects whirling around a distant star. Scientists who search for extraterrestrial civilizations are scrambling to get a closer look.
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Global warming is shrinking California's critical snowpack - As the world warms, it leads to very obvious results such as a reduction in snowpack in various parts of the world. While this seems intuitive, there are some caveats. A warmer world is also a wetter world because there is more moisture in the air. Therefore, there is a potential for more snow.
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Dramatic worldwide coral reef death blamed on global warming as reefs around the world are %u2018bleached%u2019 | National Post - For just the third time on record, scientists say they are now watching the unfolding of a massive worldwide coral bleaching event, spanning the globe from Hawaii to the Indian Ocean.
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Glaciers receding due to global warming: Dobhal - DP Dobhal, a senior scientist of the Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology (WIHG), has expressed concern at speedy receding of glaciers in the Himalayan region.Dobhal was addressing a workshop on ‘Himalayan ecosystem, challenges and opportunities’ organised by the Centre for Science and Environment in Dehradun today. He said global warming was leading to recession of glaciers in the Himalayan region. He referred to Gangotri and other glaciers in the region and added that in the past one century, several of Himalayan glaciers had receded substantially, amply reflecting the level of global warming.
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Is global warming a fallacy? 'Ice caps are actually INCREASING', claims geologist | - Mr Kamis is a former employee of BTA Oil Producers, based in Midland, Texas, a private firm which has been active in oil and natural gas exploration, development and production for 50 years. He has also been a long-standing member of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, so his impartiality on the subject of whether man's use of fossil fuels has led to global warming is open to question. But he claims the facts speak for themselves. He added: "The entire Atlantic Ocean is cooling, and not just in the northern portion of the Atlantic that is adjacent to Greenland."
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What Exxon knew about the Earth's melting Arctic - Back in 1990, as the debate over climate change was heating up, a dissident shareholder petitioned the board of Exxon, one of the world’s largest oil companies, imploring it to develop a plan to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from its production plants and facilities.
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The future of medicine is inside these chips - YouTube - This revolutionary technology could stop us from needing to subject living things to drug testing.


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Exposure to toxic chemicals threatening human reproduction and health -- ScienceDaily - Dramatic increases in exposure to toxic chemicals in the last four decades are threatening human reproduction and health, according to experts. Exposure to toxic environmental chemicals is linked to millions of deaths and costs billions of dollars every year, according to the authors.
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Hurricane Joaquin: Another Word for Climate Change - The Daily Beast - In case you hadn’t guessed, a new study shows “superstorms” will be much more frequent in the years ahead.As Hurricane Joaquin devastates the Bahamas and feints toward the east coast of the United States, and as American communities hunker down for superstorm potential, the connection to climate change is already clear. What’s more, a new study shows there’s a lot more of this sort of thing to come.
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MASSIVE GLOBAL COOLING process discovered as Paris climate deal looms - The effect of VOCs in the air is to cool the climate down, and thus climate models used today predict more warming than can actually be expected. Indeed, global temperatures have actually been stable for more than fifteen years, a circumstance which was not predicted by climate models and which climate science is still struggling to assmilate.
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BLDGBLOG: Abandoned Mines, Slow Printing, and the Living Metal Residue of a Post-Human World - It turns out that, under certain conditions, subterranean microbes can leave behind metallic deposits "as part of their natural metabolism." Abandoned mines are apparently something of an ideal environment for this to occur within, resulting in "a rapid biomineralization process that sprouts iron-rich shells from the surface of steel structures."
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70 per cent reduction in glaciers in Russia's coldest region - The findings from geographical scientist Dr Alexey Galanin show how ancient glaciers - thousands of years old - are fast disappearing in the Sakha Republic, better known as Yakutia, the largest and coldest region both in Siberia and the Russian Federation.
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Jaguar Land Rover investigates ultrasound gesture controls in cars | Electronics Weekly - The user will feel virtual objects and control switches and buttons, giving the ability to control them in mid-air and receive feedback to confirm their action has been successfully completed.
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Stonehenge researchers 'may have found largest neolithic site' - BBC News - Nearly 100 stone monoliths found buried near Stonehenge could be the largest neolithic monument built in Britain, archaeologists believe.The 4,500-year-old stones, some measuring 15ft, were discovered under 3ft of earth using ground-penetrating radar at Durrington Walls "superhenge".The monument was on "an extraordinary scale" and unique, researchers said.
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Breakthrough in 3D-printing? MIT unveils device molding 10 materials at once - A group of MIT scientists says they have developed the world’s first 3D-printer capable of making ready-to-use objects from 10 different materials at once. The new device, supplied with powerful software, boasts nearly human-free operation.
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Carbon dating suggests world oldest Koran is even older than the Prophet Muhammad - cholars believe a copy of the Koran held in England may be even older than the Prophet Muhammad.Carbon dating of a fragment from a Koran stored at a Birmingham library suggests that the book was produced between 568 and 545 A.D., said scientists at the University of Oxford, but Islamic scholars generally believe Muhammad lived between 570 and 632 A.D.
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Argentine sea experts warn about climate change consequences - BuenosAiresHerald.com - An Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission ex-chairman says nearly half of Buenos Aires province could eventually be flooded if seas continue to growThe increasing global warming is melting the planet’s ice and the subsequent rise of sea levels may flood nearly half of the province of Buenos Aires, and even cause some insular states to disappear, a leading international expert from Argentina warns.
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July 2015 was very likely Earth's hottest month on record - The warmest year on record so far may have claimed another milestone, and this time it's a big one.According to preliminary data from NASA along with information from the Japan Meteorological Administration, July 2015 was the warmest month on record since instrument temperature records began in the late 1800s.
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Hearing Color - A few months ago I was at JFK and noticed this gentleman in front of me, about to go through security. I noticed his strange head piece and thought it was a fashion accesorry. So happy to stumble upon this video over on Shoko’s blog shedding some light. His name is Neil Harbisson. He is a colorblind artist with a surgically-implanted antenna that allows him to hear color. Wow!
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Motivations of Professional Strippers - This research studied 470 different strippers across the globe through a content analysis of messages exchanged in a stripper-oriented discussion group. Stripping literature has primarily focused on the external rewards of stripping and has found that the primary motivation for engaging in stripping is the economic gain.This research revealed that there are other motivations to stripping beside just economic. Non-monetary motivations were significantly important to the strippers; and were discussed more than monetary motivations.
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Astronomers raise alarm over finding the universe isslowly dying,losing energy - The discovery that the 200,000 galaxies had lost half their energy in just two billion years alarmed astronomers, as this could mean the slow death of the universe. An international team of astronomers studying the galaxies has measured that all energy in the universe will eventually dissolve into nothingness. However, the timespan is over a billion years, not just a few years.
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Science Porn - The beauty of Science and the Cosmos
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Zooming in on the planetary nebula ESO 378-1 - YouTube - This video sequence starts from a wide field of the Milky Way and closes in on a rather empty patch of sky in the huge constellation of Hydra. A strange blue disc becomes visible the planetary nebula ESO 378-1. The final very detailed view comes from ESOs Very Large Telescope at the Paranal Observatory in Chile.


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Leading climate scientist: Future is bleaker than we thought - New Scientist - Highly speculative. Full of conjecture. Based on flimsy evidence. Not supported by mainstream science. Not peer reviewed. Not suitable for basing policy on.It sounds like climate scientists are talking about the claims of climate deniers. But this time they are talking about a 23 July discussion paper by James Hansen, the most famous and respected climate scientist on the planet.In it, Hansen starts by arguing that the ice melting on and around Greenland and Antarctica will cause rises in sea level that are much faster than mainstream predictions, meaning that we are likely to see several metres of sea level rise this century. It is an argument he has been making for a long time: for instance in his 2007 feature for New Scientist.
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Is Antarctica Ice Melting or Growing? Watch This NASA Video and See for Yourself - You might have seen the news from NASA last week: Antarcticas Larsen B Ice Shelf could disappear before the end of the decade. But even while the Antarctic land ice disintegrates down south, and Arctic ice contracts further up North, climate change deniers are touting the record extent of Antarctic ice and using that to claim that climate change isnt even happening.
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June 2015 Hottest Month On Record, El Nio Making Presence Felt - The dire effects of climate change is knocking on our door. A report shows that the hottest month on record happened this June.The recent report announced by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
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Arctic Sea Ice News and Analysis | Sea ice data updated daily with one-day lag - Arctic sea ice extent for June 2015 was the third lowest in the satellite record. June snow cover for the Northern Hemisphere was the second lowest on record. In contrast, Antarctic sea ice extent remained higher than average. The pace of sea ice loss was near average for the month of June, but persistently warm conditions and increased melting late in the month may have set the stage for rapid ice loss in the coming weeks.
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Exxon knew of climate change in 1981, email says but it funded deniers for 27 more years - A newly unearthed missive from Lenny Bernstein, a climate expert with the oil firm for 30 years, shows concerns over high presence of carbon dioxide in enormous gas field in south-east Asia factored into decision not to tap it
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NASA Mars Trek - Mars Trek is an application that allows you to view imagery and perform analysis on data from the planet Mars.
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There's more to that 'mini ice age' story, and here's why - Earlier this week, we wrote about a presentation given by mathematics professor Valentina Zharkova from Northumbria University in the UK at the annual National Astronomy Meeting in Wales, in which she compared three solar cycles 15 years in the future to the Maunder Minimum - a 'mini ice age' that plunged the northern hemisphere into a series of bitterly cold winters between 1645 and 1715. While Zharkova and her team maintain that things will be extra chilly during this period of decreased solar activity, others are not so convinced, because believe it or not, humans actually have a bigger impact on Earth’s climate than the Sun does.
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Earth heading for 'mini ice age' in 15 years, scientists say - UPI.com - Solar scientists predict that the Earth will enter a "mini ice age" around 2030 due to decreased activity by the sun, which will bring with it frigid cold winters. The last time the Earth experienced a similar situation occurred between 1645 and 1715.

Cool, we can keep destroying/poluting our environment YAY!
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Mini ICE AGE on the way? - The sunspots have been quiet for years now, which explains the 19 years of cooling temperatures. This happens on a cyclical basis. This led to a phenomenon known as the 'Maunder minimum' - which has previously been known as a mini ice age when it hit between 1646 and 1715, even causing London's River Thames to freeze over. News flash!!! The sun heats the Earth!!!
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Lack of education as deadly as smoking: - Studies show that a higher level of education is a strong predictor of longevity due to many factors, including higher income and social status, healthier behaviors, and improved social and psychological well being. I wonder if they have any statistics on Second Hand Stupidity?
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Scientists Considered Pouring Soot Over the Arctic in the 1970s - To Help Melt the Ice In Order to Prevent Another Ice Age http://www.wmconnolley.org.uk/sci/iceage/newsweek-coolingworld.pdf http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2006/apr/02/20060402-112828-5298r/ When you have lived through one period of harebrained alarmist claims, you recognize what they sound like.
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US Burn Acreage Plummeting, Lowest In A Decade - Climate fraudsters say that forest fires are getting worse due to global warming. Only problems are, the climate isnt warming, and US burn acreage is plummeting. Also, tornadoes, hurricanes and other severe weather has dropped off dramatically. A major hurricane has not made landfall in Florida in TEN YEARS.
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No Schoolchild Has Seen Any Global Warming - Every public schoolchild has been exposed to massive amounts of global warming propaganda. But none have experienced any global warming. Both sets of satellite data show no warming for nearly 19 years.
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Accelerated modern human%u2013induced species losses: Entering the sixth mass extinction - The oft-repeated claim that Earths biota is entering a sixth mass extinction depends on clearly demonstrating that current extinction rates are far above the background rates prevailing in the five previous mass extinctions. Earlier estimates of extinction rates have been criticized for using assumptions that might overestimate the severity of the extinction crisis. We assess, using extremely conservative assumptions, whether human activities are causing a mass extinction.
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The World in 2100, According to NASA's New Big Dataset - The image you're looking at is a glimpse into our future. Welcome to July 2099, according to 21 different climate models. CO2 concentrations have topped 900 parts per million, comprising nearly 0.1 percent of our atmosphere.
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NASA Releases Detailed Global Climate Change Projections | NASA - NASA has released data showing how temperature and rainfall patterns worldwide may change through the year 2100 because of growing concentrations of greenhouse gases in Earth’s atmosphere.
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Meteorologists Dismantle Bill Nyes Alarmist Global Warming Claims - Nye has been been relentless in trying to connect such extreme weather events to man-made global warming in recent months, to the point where actual meteorologists who study weather patterns are fed up with him. For nearly a decade, no Category 3 or higher hurricanes have made landfall in the U.S., and theres been no upward trend in other natural disasters like tornadoes, droughts or wildfires. Even a meteorology student at Pennsylvania State University and independent weather forecasters out of New Jersey criticized Nye for harming the scientific debate on global warming.
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Australian student confirms that giant plasma tubes are floating above Earth - ScienceAlert - Astronomers have for the first time captured visual evidence of the existence of tubular plasma structures in the inner layers of the magnetosphere surrounding the Earth.
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Ten Years Without a Hurricane Hit, Is Florida's Lucky Streak About to End? - And some people claim "Global Warming" is causing an increase in extreme weather. Don't forget, tornadoes are off, too.All extreme weather is off, according to weather data.
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Pulse laser projects 3D image into mid-air - the Japanese company Aerial Burton has improved the holographic technology. They created a holographic display that operates without any screen, surface or substance. It projects a 3D image into mid-air
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When Will Climate Scientists Say They Were Wrong? - A simple graph shows the remarkable disconnect between predicted global warming and the real world.
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Exploring the dimensions of nomophobia - Nomophobia is defined as the fear of being out of mobile phone contact and is considered a modern age phobia introduced to our lives as a byproduct of the interaction between people and mobile information and communication technologies, especially smartphones. This research study sought to contribute to the nomophobia research literature by identifying and describing the dimensions of nomophobia and developing a questionnaire to measure nomophobia. Consequently, this study adopted a two-phase, exploratory sequential mixed methods design. The first phase was a qualitative exploration of nomophobia through semi-structured interviews conducted with nine undergraduate students at a large Midwestern university in the U.S. The qualitative findings from this initial exploration were then developed into a questionnaire measuring nomophobia. In the second phase of the study, the nomophobia questionnaire (NMP-Q) was tested with a large sample of 301 undergraduate students.
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Study: Antarctic glaciers melting faster than thought - ABC News - Glaciers in Antarctica are melting faster and across a much wider area than previously thought, a development that threatens to raise sea levels worldwide and force millions of people to flee low-lying areas, scientists said Wednesday.Researchers once believed that the melting was limited to the Antarctic Peninsula, a narrow tongue of land pointing toward South America. But satellite data and automated weather stations now indicate it is more widespread.
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New NASA Report Reveals Ice Caps Are Not Melting - The report shows that when the data is averaged, the extent of the ice caps remained static until 2005, which is when they started to recede. By 2012, they had lost 10% of their original mass. But since that time, the ice caps have increased 5% over the 1979 average. In any event, it turns out that the 1979 benchmark used to gauge ice melt, was abnormally high. This information appears to be in direct contrast to NASAs previous reports.
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This Watery Graveyard Is The Resting Place For 161 Sunken Spaceships | Gizmodo Australia - In a remote stretch of the Pacific Ocean southeast of New Zealand, the broken remains of space stations and robotic freighters litter the ocean floor, 4km below the waves. The world’s space agencies call this region the South Pacific Ocean Uninhabited Area. But it’s also called the Spacecraft Cemetery.There are no islands in these waters, the nearest shores are thousands of kilometres away, and shipping traffic is relatively light here. It’s an ideal place for spacecraft to plunge back to Earth and die, far from any humans that might be injured by falling debris.
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This Antarctic ice shelf could collapse by 2020, NASA says - The Washington Post - It has been a really bad week for the ice shelves of the quickly warming Antarctic peninsula, the part of the vast frozen continent that extends northward toward South America.
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Scientists develop unique laser that could transform medicine... and mobile phones - World's first multi-use metal-vapour laser can be used to revolutionise operations, create more efficient gadgets, and sense the atmosphere.
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Ancient Global Cooling Could Explain Tibet Mystery - "Climate Change" 4000 years ago. Where were the SUV's and coal-fired electrical generating plants? Maybe climate change is a natural event and not man-made? Ya think?
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Is NASA one step closer to warp drive? - CNET - Potentially good news for those who want to zip around our solar system, and beyond, at speeds approaching that of light -- and maybe even faster.
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Audi creates green 'e-diesel fuel of the future' using just carbon dioxide and water - German car manufacturer Audi says it has created the "fuel of the future" made solely from water, carbon dioxide and renewable sources.
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Chinese scientists genetically modify human embryos : Nature News & Comment - In a world first, Chinese scientists have reported editing the genomes of human embryos. The results are published1 in the online journal Protein
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Obama and Bill Nye rip climate deniers in Congress using I%m not a scientist excuse - President Barack Obama asked Science Guy Bill Nye how to promote science education in a video released by the White House on Friday, while also taking a shot at lawmakers who have argued against the existence of climate change.
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Revolutionary: Russian man to undergo first head-to-body transplant - Doctors seem to be a step closer to performing a breakthrough surgery: transplanting a human head onto another body. A Russian man with a rare genetic muscle-wasting disorder has volunteered to be the first to try the procedure.
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Climate Change: Vital Signs of the Planet: 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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Facebook use linked to depressive symptoms -- ScienceDaily - The social media site, Facebook, can be an effective tool for connecting with new and old friends. However, some users may find themselves spending quite a bit of time viewing Facebook and may inevitably begin comparing what's happening in their lives to the activities and accomplishments of their friends.
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Earth is greener than 10 years ago - Never mind the doom-mongers! Earth is greener than 10 years ago: Total amount of vegetation found to have increased significantly over past decade
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Science Confirms the Bible - RationalWiki - Science Confirms the Bible is a short poster full of imagined "proofs" that the Bible is scientifically accurate. In an effort to show this it quote mines the Bible and then compares what it says to science "now" and "then". The intended effect is to demonstrate that the Bible was right long before science was while, in fact, the Bible is rife with scientific error.
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Scientists Just Created Crystals That Make Breathing Underwater A Possibility | Collective-Evolution - Danish scientists are a step closer to helping those suffering from respiratory ailments thanks to a revolutionary new absorption crystal. Working out of the University of Southern Denmark the group has uncovered crystalline materials that are capable of pulling oxygen out of both air and water -which could eventually mark the end of the need to carry around large air tanks.
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Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences - Influential themed journal issues across the life sciences
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First attempt fails to extract nucleus from woolly mammoth cell for cloning - The disappointment over the failure to find well-preserved cells was revealed in Yakutsk by Dr Hwang Woo Sul, chief of South Korea's Sooam Biotech Research Foundation, but the setback has made them more determined.
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Size matters: the benefit of having big balls - Telegraph - Andrew Griffiths talks to Allan Pacey, Britain's first Professor of Andrology, about the effect of testicle size on reproduction and why he's concerned about young men consuming protein powder
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A glacier area the size of the entire South is melting away and it could swallow your house - A new study by scientists from the United States, Britain, France and Australia has found the worlds largest thinning ice sheet, the Totten Glacier in East Antarctica, is now melting from below. To put it in perspective, the Totten Glaciers catchment area (the ice it holds in) is larger than the entire southeastern United States (at 538,000 square kilometers). If it were to melt, scientists say, the global sea level could rise eleven feet or more than three meters worldwide.
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Understanding World Religions Homepage - The purpose of this website is to help people understand the beliefs and practices of different world religions. It provides free learning resources for anyone interested in studying religion.
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Bright Minds: Stained Glass Tributes to Tesla, Turing, and More %u2014 The Shutterstock Blog - We take data very seriously — you could even say religiously. So, with Pi Day — our favorite unofficial math and science holiday — approaching, we decided to celebrate some of the pioneering scientists of the world. And what better way to do that than with stained-glass lithographs? We challenged artist Aaron Coleman to give these scientific heroes the window treatment using assets from the Shutterstock library. Feast your eyes on the resulting transcendent tableaux below, complete with brief descriptions of the works by the artist.
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Surgeons announce world's first successful penis transplant - In a nine-hour surgery, a South African medical team successfully transplanted the penis of a dead donor to a young man without one. Three months later, they say, the recipient, who lost his penis because of complications from a ritual circumcision, has a totally functional sexual organ. That makes him the first successful recipient of a donated penis.

Good news for Azprick!
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One Person, Two Sets of DNA: The Strange Case of the Human Chimera - In 1953 a woman known only as "Mrs. McK" entered a blood clinic in northern England. She was there to donate: it was a routine trip, a common gesture of goodwill, but the act would permanently alter Mrs. McK's perception of herself as well as genetic knowledge of what constitutes an individual body. After Mrs. McK donated her blood and perhaps ate a cookie and drank some juice, she sorted herself out, returned home; in all likelihood she believed that her day had been unremarkable. And for her, it had been. But the piece of herself that she had left at the clinic—that bag of blood meant for a stranger—would have a dizzying journey.
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This Is Your Brain on Magic - The Atlantic - Im going to flip through here and I want you to glance at a card in the middle, Jay Olson tells his volunteer, offering the deck of cards in his hands. Not the bottom onethats kind of simple for mebut one in the middle. Okay?
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Are polar bear populations increasing: in fact, booming? - One of the most frequent myths we hear about polar bears is that their numbers are increasing and have, in fact, more than doubled over the past thirty years. Tales about how many polar bears there used to be (with claims as low as 5,000 in the 1960s) are undocumented, but cited over and over again. Yet no one I know can come up with a legitimate source for these numbers.*
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More Bad News for Alarmists: Polar Bears Doing Just Fine - Bad news, that is, for all those environmentalists from David Attenborough downwards who have spent the last few years assiduously bigging up the polar bear as a threatened species. The species has experienced a five-fold increase in its population in the last fifty years (in the 60s there were about 5,000 of them; now there are around 25,000)
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The Time Everyone Corrected the World's Smartest Woman - By all accounts, Marilyn vos Savant was a child prodigy.
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Global warming could happen quicker in Russia's coldest region - Temperatures will rise four time faster in Russia's coldest region than the rest of the world as a result of global warming, a leading scientist has predicted.Professor Oleg Anisimov, from the State Hydrological Institute in St Petersburg, said he anticipated overall increases of about seven degrees Celsius by next century.
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Underwater Lemur Graveyard Discovered - YouTube - Madagascar is the only place in the world where lemurs live in the wild. A recent discovery in an underwater cave yielded the largest cache ever found of extinct-lemur bones. Some of the extinct lemurs were as big as gorillas.


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Scan reveals 1,000-year-old monk seated inside of Buddha statue - Using CT scanning technology and using an endoscope, researchers at Meander Medical Center in the Netherlands have been able to identify the body of a Buddhist monk encased inside of a 1,000-year-old Buddha statue, according to Colossal.
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Britains Atlantis Found (VIDEO) - Doggerland is actually a long lost land mass sometimes called Britains Atlantis because it disappeared 8,000 years ago. Divers have found remains of a drowned world with a population of tens of thousands Doggerland was submerged by melting ice caps. Funny, no human industry creating copious amounts of CO2 at that time. People seem to think rising sea levels is a new thing but its a cycle of Earth history that has happened many, many times.
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UN confirms 2014 was 'hottest year on record' - The year 2014 was the hottest on record, part of a "warming trend" that appeared set to continue, the UN's weather agency said Monday.
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Purgatorius: Ankle bones show first human ancestor lived in trees - The first human ancestors were squirrel-like creatures that lived in trees, analysis of their ankle bones reveals.
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Drugs From Dirt - Drugs From Dirt: a citizen science project
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There's Poop on the Moon - It should come as no surprise that the Apollo astronauts left a few things behind after landing on the moon. Since the lunar module could only lift so much weight off the surface, they swapped out unwanted goods and gear for moon rocks. Among those unwanted goods were all kinds of weird things. What kinds of weird things? There were 96 bags of poop, pee, and puke.
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Nasa climate scientists: We said 2014 was the warmest year on record - but we're only 38% sure we were right Nasa admits this means it is far from certain that 2014 set a record at all This is the kind of crap that passes for science these days.
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IPCC warned that high levels of CO2 would cause global crop failures - In 2007, the UNs Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warned with virtual certainty that high levels of CO2 (carbon dioxide) would cause global crop failures and widespread starvation unless governments were given the power to limit CO2 output from industry. CO2 levels did increase as predicted but, instead of causing famine, worldwide crop production broke its highest record. CO2 has created a greening effect over the globe, resulting in more robust plants and more food.
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Hottest Year Ever? Giant Clam Reveals Middle Ages were Warmer Than Today - Chinas Seas biggest bivalve shows that the Middle Ages were warmer than today, when Carbon Dioxide was lower. Changing patterns of winter and summer temperature variation were also detected, disproving the notion that until the warming of the 20th century there had been little change in global temperatures for at least 1000 years, and confirming that at least in the South China Sea there is nothing exceptional about todays temperatures.
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48 Of The Most Important Scientific Discoveries Of 2014 - Business Insider - It may be 2015 already, but in 2014 we saw some truly amazing scientific discoveries. We landed a probe on a comet, discovered new particles that further our knowledge of the physics of the universe, and learned more about the properties of the wonder-material graphene, which could eventually transform everything from fuel cell technology to battery and computing power and more.
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Five overpopulation and global-warming predictions that fizzled - Decades ago, experts warned that many catastrophes would happen now by the year 2015. Yet they have not.
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6,000-Year-Old Temple Unearthed in Ukraine | Archaeology | Sci-News.com - A team of archaeologists led by Dr Mykhailo Videiko of the Kyiv Institute of Archaeology has discovered the remains of a 6,000-year-old temple at a Trypillian culture village near modern-day Nebelivka, Ukraine.
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Canadian scientists develop trap to lure blood-sucking bed bugs - Scientists from Simon Fraser University in Canada have invented an effective bait-and-trap against bed bugs that uses chemical attractants, or pheromones. In order to test the trap, a team member had to endure up to 180,000 bites from the nasty insects.
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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.
From Roddy
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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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