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Love & Math, A Review Of Edward Frenkel’s Bestseller, Part I, A Math Planetarium

General - 35 min 41 sec ago

Before "Love and Math" I had a bad attitude about pure math. I’m fairly certain that mathematician Morris Kline didn’t like pure mathematicians either. Here’s a quote from his book, “Mathematics, The Loss of Certainty.”

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Isthminia Panamensis: New Species Of Ancient River Dolphin Discovered

Science2.0 - 3 hours 32 min ago

Examination of fossil fragments from Panama has led Smithsonian scientists and colleagues to the discovery of a new genus and species of river dolphin that has been long extinct. The team named it Isthminia panamensis. The specimen not only revealed a new species to science, but also shed new light onto the evolution of today's freshwater river dolphin species.


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Isthminia Panamensis: New Species Of Ancient River Dolphin Discovered

General - 3 hours 32 min ago

Examination of fossil fragments from Panama has led Smithsonian scientists and colleagues to the discovery of a new genus and species of river dolphin that has been long extinct. The team named it Isthminia panamensis. The specimen not only revealed a new species to science, but also shed new light onto the evolution of today's freshwater river dolphin species.


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Aspartame: Believe Science, Or A Homeopath Like Joe Mercola?

Science2.0 - 3 hours 53 min ago

I’ll be honest, I like Equal. If I had my way, my morning would consist of a kiss from my wife and a cup of Double Black Diamond Extra Bold coffee with a packet of Equal and a little bit of French Vanilla creamer thrown in. Super bold coffee with sweetness added? I like contrasts.

What’s even more of a contrast, and more confusing to people who know me, is that someone who won’t eat store-bought jelly - doesn't even want it in the house - someone who would, given his way, never let his family eat anything that wasn’t grown, killed, processed and cooked by anyone but him, would consume an “artificial” sweetener at all.

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Aspartame: Believe Science, Or A Homeopath Like Joe Mercola?

General - 3 hours 53 min ago

I’ll be honest, I like Equal. If I had my way, my morning would consist of a kiss from my wife and a cup of Double Black Diamond Extra Bold coffee with a packet of Equal and a little bit of French Vanilla creamer thrown in. Super bold coffee with sweetness added? I like contrasts.

What’s even more of a contrast, and more confusing to people who know me, is that someone who won’t eat store-bought jelly - doesn't even want it in the house - someone who would, given his way, never let his family eat anything that wasn’t grown, killed, processed and cooked by anyone but him, would consume an “artificial” sweetener at all.

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Why Girls Are Less Interested In Computer Science: Classrooms Are Too 'Geeky'

Science2.0 - 4 hours 2 min ago

Despite billions of dollars in outreach programs designed to lure women into computer programming, and companies mandating that more women be hired, most females would rather go into something involving people.

Yet a new survey of 270 high school students concludes that three times as many girls would interested in enrolling in a computer science class if the classroom was redesigned to be less "geeky" and more inviting.

So we can knock Barbie dolls and pink clothes, but they are appealing to the market that is rather than the market some academics would like it to be. The notion that women and men are the same has become passe.


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Why Girls Are Less Interested In Computer Science: Classrooms Are Too 'Geeky'

General - 4 hours 2 min ago

Despite billions of dollars in outreach programs designed to lure women into computer programming, and companies mandating that more women be hired, most females would rather go into something involving people.

Yet a new survey of 270 high school students concludes that three times as many girls would interested in enrolling in a computer science class if the classroom was redesigned to be less "geeky" and more inviting.

So we can knock Barbie dolls and pink clothes, but they are appealing to the market that is rather than the market some academics would like it to be. The notion that women and men are the same has become passe.


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Fish Oil Diet Versus Gut Microbes

General - 4 hours 32 min ago

Diets rich in fish oil versus diets rich in lard produce very different bacteria in the guts of mice, reports a study from Sahlgrenska Academy published in Cell Metabolism.

The researchers transferred these microbes into other mice to see how they affected health. The results suggest that gut bacteria share some of the responsibility for the beneficial effects of fish oil and the harmful effects of lard.


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Fish Oil Diet Versus Gut Microbes

Science2.0 - 4 hours 32 min ago

Diets rich in fish oil versus diets rich in lard produce very different bacteria in the guts of mice, reports a study from Sahlgrenska Academy published in Cell Metabolism.

The researchers transferred these microbes into other mice to see how they affected health. The results suggest that gut bacteria share some of the responsibility for the beneficial effects of fish oil and the harmful effects of lard.


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Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider Confirms Tiny Drops Of Early Universe 'Perfect' Fluid

Science2.0 - 5 hours 2 min ago

The Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC) at Brookhaven National Laboratory smashes large nuclei together at close to the speed of light to recreate the primordial soup of fundamental particles that existed in the very early universe. Experiments at RHIC have shown that this primordial soup, known as quark-gluon plasma (QGP), flows like a nearly friction free "perfect" liquid. 

New RHIC data just accepted for publication in the journal Physical Review Letters now confirm earlier suspicions that collisions of much smaller particles can also create droplets of this free-flowing primordial soup, albeit on a much smaller scale, when they collide with the large nuclei.


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Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider Confirms Tiny Drops Of Early Universe 'Perfect' Fluid

General - 5 hours 2 min ago

The Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC) at Brookhaven National Laboratory smashes large nuclei together at close to the speed of light to recreate the primordial soup of fundamental particles that existed in the very early universe. Experiments at RHIC have shown that this primordial soup, known as quark-gluon plasma (QGP), flows like a nearly friction free "perfect" liquid. 

New RHIC data just accepted for publication in the journal Physical Review Letters now confirm earlier suspicions that collisions of much smaller particles can also create droplets of this free-flowing primordial soup, albeit on a much smaller scale, when they collide with the large nuclei.


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Why Animal Venom Has Serotonin

RealClearScience - September 4, 2015 - 3:30am
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Why Is Time Irreversible?

RealClearScience - September 4, 2015 - 3:30am
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World's Hairiest Family

RealClearScience - September 4, 2015 - 3:30am
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When Freshmen Posed Nude

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The Dynamical Origin Of Quantum Mechanics (I)

Science2.0 - September 4, 2015 - 1:15am
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The Dynamical Origin Of Quantum Mechanics (I)

General - September 4, 2015 - 1:15am
What can be really said about the physical origin and the ultimate nature of the properties of matter described by Quantum Mechanics? -->

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Study Finds Atrazine Pesticide Doesn't Impact Aquatic Plant Life

Science2.0 - September 3, 2015 - 10:57pm
A recent study found that the herbicide atrazine, common for weed control in corn and sorghum crops in large-scale farming operations, does not have any measurable impact on aquatic plant life over the long term.

Atrazine has been used for decades and some studies have contended that it might have an impact in laboratory experiments. It has a “level of concern” as identified by United States Environmental Protection Agency, The study authors say this research is the first to address atrazine levels as they would “naturally occur in agricultural areas during rainfall runoff events.”
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Study Finds Atrazine Pesticide Doesn't Impact Aquatic Plant Life

General - September 3, 2015 - 10:57pm
A recent study found that the herbicide atrazine, common for weed control in corn and sorghum crops in large-scale farming operations, does not have any measurable impact on aquatic plant life over the long term.

Atrazine has been used for decades and some studies have contended that it might have an impact in laboratory experiments. It has a “level of concern” as identified by United States Environmental Protection Agency, The study authors say this research is the first to address atrazine levels as they would “naturally occur in agricultural areas during rainfall runoff events.”
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Caffeine Is A Drug - And The FDA Is Right To Crack Down

General - September 3, 2015 - 4:00pm
It’s about time. The FDA is cracking down on the sale of a natural substance that most of us consume every day. It is the chemical caffeine, and it’s the “energy” in energy drinks. (This is a misnomer. They should be called “drinks that do nothing until a chemical stimulant is added.”)

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