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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Galapagos Tortoises Make a Comeback, Thanks to Rat Eradication

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/2015/01/19/galapagos-tortoises-comeback-rat-eradication/

This Exoplanet’s Ring System Puts Saturn to Shame

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/2015/01/27/exoplanets-ring-system/

Athletic Training Makes Lizards Better Runners

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/inkfish/2015/01/27/athletic-training-makes-lizards-better-runners/

Where Will We Live After Earth?

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/crux/2015/01/23/will-live-earth/

Wild dolphins exchange names when they meet at sea.

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/seriouslyscience/2015/01/26/wild-dolphins-exchange-names-meet-sea/

Fearing Safety, Police Ask Google to Turn Off Officer-Tracking Feature in Waze App


http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/242265?et_cid=101717&et_rid=23817877

Loss of Snow Days May Create the Next Generation of Remote Workers

http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/242244?et_cid=101717&et_rid=23817877

OMG Yes: A Smart Mattress Cover That Can Brew Your Morning Coffee

http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/242307?et_cid=101717&et_rid=23817877

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Modern Life Is Harming Your Brain


http://bigthink.com/ideafeed/modern-life-is-harming-your-brain

Children Conceived in Late Winter Tend to Be More Physically Fit


http://bigthink.com/ideafeed/children-conceived-in-late-winter-tend-to-be-more-physically-fit

Tinkering With the Cosmos's Constants


http://discovermagazine.com/2015/jan-feb/80-tinkering-with-the-cosmos-constants

A New Angle on Light Control A tiny block reflects rays like a mirror except at one angle.

http://discovermagazine.com/2015/jan-feb/49-a-new-angle-on-light-control

Thorium Power Is the Safer Future of Nuclear Energy

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/crux/2015/01/16/thorium-future-nuclear-energy/

Sewage Sludge Is Flush With Gold and Platinum


http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/2015/01/20/sewage-sludge-gold-platinum/

Nutrients in Fish May Protect Brain from Mercury


http://www.laboratoryequipment.com/news/2015/01/nutrients-fish-may-protect-brain-mercury

Ageing research: Blood to blood

http://www.nature.com/news/ageing-research-blood-to-blood-1.16762

People Are Still Using Terrible Passwords

http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/242009?et_cid=97347&et_rid=23817877

Why I make robots the size of a grain of rice

http://www.ted.com/talks/sarah_bergbreiter_why_i_make_robots_the_size_of_a_grain_of_rice

Friday, January 16, 2015

The secret of empathy: Stress from the presence of strangers prevents empathy, in both mice and humans


http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/01/150115122005.htm

It's been 10 years since we landed on Titan. Will we go there again?


http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2015/0116/It-s-been-10-years-since-we-landed-on-Titan.-Will-we-go-there-again

Elon Musk spends $10 million to stop robot uprising (+video)


http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2015/0116/Elon-Musk-spends-10-million-to-stop-robot-uprising-video

We're Close To Achieving The Second Ever Global Eradication Of A Human Disease


http://www.iflscience.com/health-and-medicine/were-close-achieving-second-ever-global-eradication-human-disease#

How Earth Entered A New Epoch On July 16, 1945

http://www.businessinsider.com/scientists-have-decided-earth-entered-a-new-epoch-on-july-16-1945-2015-1

Prolonging lifespan: Researchers create 'Methuselah fly' by selecting best cells

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/01/150115134624.htm

People can be convinced they committed a crime that never happened


http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/01/150115102835.htm

German hospital finds rare 'obesity mutation'

http://www.thelocal.de/20150115/researchers-discover-rare-obesity-mutation-ulm-leptin-hormones-satiety/

New Israeli Missile Streaks Through Enemy Defenses

http://unitedwithisrael.org/israelis-develop-missile-immune-to-gps-jamming/

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

This tiny fish could be your ancestor, say scientists

http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2015/0113/This-tiny-fish-could-be-your-ancestor-say-scientists

Rare shark birth photographed for the first time, accidentally


http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2015/0113/Rare-shark-birth-photographed-for-the-first-time-accidentally

For Learning, Pencil-and-Paper Beats Laptops


http://bigthink.com/ideafeed/for-learning-pencil-and-paper-beats-laptops

Over the Long Term, Nice Guys Finish First


http://bigthink.com/ideafeed/over-the-long-term-nice-guys-finish-first

Better Sleep May Yield Better Grades in Math, Language


http://bigthink.com/ideafeed/better-sleep-may-yield-better-grades-in-math-language

Virtual reality startup aims to create the experience of eating — without the food


http://www.salon.com/2015/01/12/virtual_reality_startup_aims_to_create_the_experience_of_eating_without_the_food/

Using wearable technology, man leaves hospital without a human heart


http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/01/150112093049.htm

Do viruses make us smarter?


http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/01/150112093129.htm

Live for ever: Scientists say they’ll soon extend life ‘well beyond 120’


http://www.theguardian.com/science/2015/jan/11/-sp-live-forever-extend-life-calico-google-longevity

BPA and BPS (substitute for BPA) affect embryonic brain development in zebrafish: Low levels of chemicals linked to hyperactivity

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/01/150112154606.htm

Monday, January 12, 2015

How Nanobiophysics Can Stop Ebola and Other Global Pandemics

http://www.wired.com/2015/01/nanobiophysics-ebola-pandemics/

Microbes or Aliens – The Case for the Existence of Life on Mars


http://www.wakingtimes.com/2015/01/12/microbes-aliens-case-existence-life-mars/

Language Translation Tech Starts to Deliver on Its Promise


http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/01/11/language-translation-tech-starting-to-deliver-on-its-promise/

Oklo, the Two Billion Year Old Nuclear Reactor (video)


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yS53AA_WaUk

World's Largest Indoor Farm is 100 Times More Productive

http://weburbanist.com/2015/01/11/worlds-largest-indoor-farm-is-100-times-more-productive/

Who Aborts the Most Fertilized Eggs? Families Like the Duggars By Valerie Tarico

http://ieet.org/index.php/IEET/more/tarico20150110

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Computer Scientists Create "Unbeatable" Poker Algorithm

http://bigthink.com/ideafeed/computer-scientists-create-unbeatable-poker-playing-computer

Newly Discovered Antibiotic is a Bacterial Triple Threat

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/2015/01/06/catch-cold-being-cold/

Simulations Shed Light on Why Making Blue LEDs is Tricky


http://www.laboratoryequipment.com/news/2015/01/simulations-shed-light-why-making-blue-leds-tricky

Ancient Dog Study Shows They Came to America Late


http://www.laboratoryequipment.com/news/2015/01/ancient-dog-study-shows-they-came-america-late

Internet of Things is a threat to privacy, says FTC


https://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2015/01/08/internet-of-things-is-a-threat-to-privacy-says-ftc/

Researcher Challenge Green Theory Of Easter Island Ecocide


http://canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/68842

Novel vision of the death of massive stars


http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/01/150108113616.htm

Magic numbers of quantum matter revealed by cold atoms


http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/01/150108084439.htm

Acoustic levitation made simple


http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/01/150105112544.htm

Now with more materials and more colour, 2015 is the year to try 3D printing at home

http://theconversation.com/now-with-more-materials-and-more-colour-2015-is-the-year-to-try-3d-printing-at-home-35859

New class of antibiotic found in dirt could prove resistant to resistance

http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2015/01/07/new-class-of-antibiotic-found-in-dirt-could-prove-resistant-to-resistance/

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Crops Gone Wild By Brenda Kelly Kim

http://labroots.com/user/daily-news/article/id/289/title/crops-gone-wild

Bill Nye: Race is a Human Construct (video)

http://bigthink.com/think-tank/bill-nye-race-is-a-social-construct

Night Shift Work Elevates Risk of Death Among Nurses

http://bigthink.com/ideafeed/night-shift-work-elevates-risk-of-death

WikiLeaks 2.0? Slur platform wants to be new online market for leaked info

http://rt.com/news/220279-slur-market-leak-security/

Putting Human Vision Models Into Computer Video Display

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/putting-human-vision-models-computer-video-display-john-parkinson

Scientists uncover surprising new tools to rejuvenate the brain

http://medicalxpress.com/news/2015-01-scientists-uncover-tools-rejuvenate-brain.html

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

End of Moore’s Law will shift battle plan in cloud price wars


http://siliconangle.com/blog/2015/01/06/end-of-moores-law-will-shift-battle-plan-in-cloud-price-wars/

Eight New Planets Found in “Goldilocks” Zone


http://smithsonianscience.org/2015/01/eight-new-planets-found-goldilocks-zone/

A Movable Defense


http://www.the-scientist.com/?articles.view/articleNo/41702/title/A-Movable-Defense/

Stress Fractures Social adversity shapes humans’ immune systems—and probably their susceptibility to disease—by altering the expression of large groups of genes.


http://www.the-scientist.com/?articles.view/articleNo/41708/title/Stress-Fractures/

A Stethoscope for the Next 200 Years The ability to see ‘alien’ DNA and RNA in the blood can detect cancers very early.

http://www.wsj.com/articles/eric-topol-and-stephen-r-quake-a-stethoscope-for-the-next-200-years-1420242913

"Our Solar System Not as Unique as We Thought" --Center for Astrophysics

http://www.dailygalaxy.com/my_weblog/2015/01/our-solar-system-not-as-unique-as-we-thought-center-for-astrophysics.html

Saturday, January 3, 2015

How the Biggest Scientific Discovery of the Year Was Kept a Secret

http://lisaleaks.com/2015/01/04/how-the-biggest-scientific-discovery-of-the-year-was-kept-a-secret/

New Form of Memory Could Advance Brain-Inspired Computers


http://www.technologyreview.com/news/533526/new-form-of-memory-could-advance-brain-inspired-computers/

U.K. researchers plan to grow lettuce on Mars


http://www.upi.com/Science_News/2014/12/30/UK-researchers-plan-to-grow-lettuce-on-Mars/6221419971091/

Significant link between daily physical activity, vascular health


http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/12/141231095651.htm

A Step Toward Artificial Cells, Built from Silicon


http://www.technologyreview.com/news/533101/a-step-toward-artificial-cells-built-from-silicon/

Defying textbook science, study finds new role for proteins


http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/01/150101142314.htm

More than 1.5 million cancer deaths averted during 2 decades of dropping mortality


http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/12/141231095649.htm

Killing for DNA: A predatory device in the cholera bacterium

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/01/150101163629.htm

Octopus Genome Remains Elusive—But Full of Promise

http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/octopus-chronicles/2014/12/30/octopus-genome-remains-elusivebut-full-of-promise/

Friday, January 2, 2015

Fanged frog doesn't lay eggs: 'She squirted tadpoles all over my hand'

http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2015/0101/Fanged-frog-doesn-t-lay-eggs-She-squirted-tadpoles-all-over-my-hand

Astronauts Submerge a GoPro Inside a Floating Ball of Water On The ISS

http://www.iflscience.com/astronauts-submerge-gopro-inside-floating-ball-water

Stonehenge's Buried Secrets Uncovered


http://discovermagazine.com/2015/jan-feb/47-stonehenges-buried-secrets-uncovered

This Space Drive Might Defy Physics


http://discovermagazine.com/2015/jan-feb/48-space-drive-defy-physics

Meet the Exoplanet Class of 2014


http://discovermagazine.com/2015/jan-feb/100-meet-the-exoplanet-class-of-2014

The Illusion of Star Wars Technology


http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/lovesick-cyborg/2014/12/22/illusion-star-wars-technology/

The Synapse Memory Doctrine Threatened?


http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/neuroskeptic/2014/12/27/synapse-memory-doctrine-threatened/

World’s Second-Longest Insect Discovered in Vietnam


http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/2014/12/30/second-biggest-insect-discovered/

Most cancer types 'just bad luck'


http://www.bbc.com/news/health-30641833