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5:01 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

New Cameras Will Map Florida's Reefs

Originally published on Sun August 17, 2014 11:39 am

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11:54 am
Mon August 18, 2014

Thinking Like A Scientist Can Help Overcome Allure Of Appearances

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Originally published on Mon August 18, 2014 12:01 pm

Not long ago, Caren Walker, a PhD student at the University of California at Berkeley, was hiking in Tilden Park with her brother Michael when they came upon what looked like wild carrots.

"Yum, yum, yum!" exclaimed Michael (with perhaps greater eloquence, but no less enthusiasm). "These will make a tasty soup!"

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5:24 am
Sun August 17, 2014

The Machine That Tried To Scan The Brain — In 1882

Angelo Mosso's "human circulation balance" machine worked like a seesaw to measure blood flow changes to the brain.
Sandrone et al., 2014, Brain

Originally published on Thu August 28, 2014 12:13 pm

Everyone points to the Wright Brothers as the inventors of human flight. But centuries earlier, it was Leonardo da Vinci who imagined human flight, recognizing how birds used concepts like lift and wing shape to glide high above us.

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7:03 am
Fri August 15, 2014

When Snails Lose Their Way

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Originally published on Fri August 15, 2014 1:25 pm

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3:25 am
Wed August 13, 2014

Biologists Choose Sides In Safety Debate Over Lab-Made Pathogens

An outbreak of bird flu in India in 2008 prompted authorities to temporarily ban the sale of poultry.
Diptendu Dutta AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu August 14, 2014 5:23 pm

A smoldering debate about whether researchers should ever deliberately create superflu strains and other risky germs in the interest of science has flared once again.

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7:27 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

The Perseid Meteor Shower Peaks Overnight

A Perseid meteor streaks across the sky over the Lovell Radio Telescope in Holmes Chapel, U.K., on Aug. 13, 2013.
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Originally published on Wed August 13, 2014 12:53 am

The annual Perseid meteor shower will streak the sky Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning. The best time to watch is between 3 and 4 a.m., for all time zones across the world, NASA says.

"This year, light from a nearly full moon will make the meteors harder to see, but NASA says you can still expect around 30 to 40 per hour," reports NPR's Geoff Brumfiel.

Brumfiel spoke with Rhiannon Blaauw of NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office for shower-watching tips:

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4:58 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

A Good IT Person Needs To Be Half Technologist, Half Psychologist

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Originally published on Tue August 12, 2014 1:37 pm

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2:34 pm
Sun August 10, 2014

Look For The Super-Est Moon Of The Summer

The supermoon rises over Beijing on Sunday. The phenomenon, which scientists call a "perigee moon," occurs when the moon is near the horizon and appears larger and brighter than other full moons.
Andy Wong AP

Originally published on Mon August 11, 2014 12:55 am

We've already had one "supermoon" this summer and there's another one due next month, but the one you might see Sunday night has astronomy fans running out of lunar superlatives. National Geographic is calling it an "extra-supermoon."

As NatGeo explains:

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2:03 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

Transformer Paper Turns Itself Into A Robot. Cool!

This little guy changes from flat sheet of paper to critter in about four minutes.
Seth Kroll/Wyss Institute

Originally published on Thu August 28, 2014 6:43 pm

Every so often, a scientific paper just begs for a sexy headline.

Consider this study in the current issue of Science: "A Method for Building Self-folding Machines." A bit bland, you'll no doubt agree. A Real-Life, Origami-Inspired Transformer is how the journal's public affairs department referred to it. Now that's more like it.

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11:58 am
Thu August 7, 2014

Butterfly Shifts From Shabby To Chic With A Tweak Of The Scales

By selecting for a slightly different shape in the scales of the wing, scientists bred a population of brown butterflies into blueness.
Antonia Monteiro Yale University

Originally published on Fri August 8, 2014 6:57 pm

Explore the soft, smooth-looking surface of a butterfly wing through an electron microscope and you'll see it's actually covered in rugged, textured scales that overlap like shingles on a roof.

Zoom in even more, to the nano scale, and you'll find a labyrinth of hard, transparent architecture — pillars, ridges, archways, and sometimes even spiral loop-the-loops, all made of chitin, the same material that makes crab shells so tough.

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12:16 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

What Would You Give Up For World Peace?

Pro-Russian separatists block the way to the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17.
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Originally published on Mon August 4, 2014 3:42 pm

The news has been pretty depressing these last few weeks as the world seems to slip into a new kind of chaos every day. With conflicts on multiple continents, including a commercial airliner shot from the sky, it's hard to look at the ways we humans are horrible to each other and not ask: What the hell is wrong with us?

How can we inflict so much suffering on each other, always with the assertion that — on some level — it is necessary and, even, just? Is there something utterly flawed in the nature of our consciousness that repeatedly triggers such destruction?

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11:28 am
Wed August 6, 2014

Reports Of Psychology's Demise Have Been Greatly Exaggerated

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Originally published on Tue August 5, 2014 8:59 am

Last week, the satirical "news" source The Onion reported that the field of psychology was disbanding as researchers realized they had been studying the mind with nothing but itself.

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11:03 am
Wed August 6, 2014

Rosetta Spacecraft Arrives At Comet After 10-Year Chase

Rosetta's OSIRIS narrow-angle camera took this close-up of the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko on Sunday.
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Originally published on Wed August 6, 2014 11:53 am

After a decade of travel, the European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft arrived at a comet early this morning.

"Ten years we've been waiting in the car to get to scientific Disneyland," ESA's Mark McCaughrean said. "It's a wonderful moment."

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12:42 pm
Tue August 5, 2014

Gecko 'Astronauts' No Longer Lost In Space

Originally published on Mon August 25, 2014 12:06 pm

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6:36 pm
Mon August 4, 2014

After A Decade, Comet-Chasing Spacecraft Nearly There

The Rosetta Spacecraft is within 186 miles of 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, less than the distance from New York to Boston.
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Originally published on Tue August 5, 2014 1:43 am

It's been a long journey, but it's nearly over. On Wednesday, the European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft will finally arrive at the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.

Humans have sent spacecraft hurtling past comets before, but Rosetta is doing something very different. It's sidling up next to 67P to join the big, dirty ice ball on its journey past the sun.

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5:14 pm
Mon August 4, 2014

In Tech Marketing Jobs, Women's Successes Are Rarely Recognized

Brooke Hammerling, the founder of Brew Media Relations, says she created her own firm because she got sick of a mix of dismissive tech guys and sexism inside some companies.
Christof Stache dpa/Landov

Originally published on Fri August 8, 2014 6:04 pm

It's no secret that there aren't a lot of women in Silicon Valley and the tech industry in general. There is one exception — marketing and public relations. Though these women aren't the people writing the code or building the chip, their role in the success of many tech companies is often crucial and overlooked.

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2:05 pm
Mon August 4, 2014

Hacker Says He Can Break Into Airplane Systems Using In-Flight Wi-Fi

Cybersecurity researcher Ruben Santamarta says he has figured out how to hack the satellite communications equipment on passenger jets through their Wi-Fi and in-flight entertainment systems.
Andrea Comas Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Mon August 4, 2014 3:45 pm

Two years ago, a group at Las Vegas' annual hacker convention announced it could break into air traffic control systems.

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12:16 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

Seeking A Saner Food System, Three Times A Day

Not all cows get to spend their days with soft green grass under hoof. For many, the picture isn't so pretty, according to the book Farmageddon.
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Originally published on Thu July 31, 2014 6:40 pm

For Philip Lymbery, head of the U.K.-based Compassion in World Farming and his co-author Isabel Oakeshott, a visit to California's Central Valley amounted to an encounter with suffering.

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9:23 am
Thu July 31, 2014

The 30-Foot High Pile Of Bones That Could Be A DNA Treasure Trove

Originally published on Tue July 29, 2014 7:31 pm

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9:20 am
Thu July 31, 2014

Is Fracking To Blame For Increase In Quakes In Oklahoma?

Originally published on Thu July 31, 2014 8:12 am

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