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Ghost Light From Dead Galaxies - A Hubble Halloween

General - October 30, 2014 - 11:48pm

4 billion light-years away, inside a collection of nearly 500 galaxies called Pandora's Cluster, are the faint, ghostly glow of stars gravitationally ripped apart several billion years ago.

The scattered stars are no longer bound to any one galaxy and drift freely between galaxies in the cluster. By observing the light from the orphaned stars, Hubble astronomers have assembled forensic evidence that suggests as many as six galaxies were torn to pieces inside the 
Abell 2744
cluster over a stretch of 6 billion years.


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Ghost Light From Dead Galaxies - A Hubble Halloween

Science2.0 - October 30, 2014 - 11:48pm

4 billion light-years away, inside a collection of nearly 500 galaxies called Pandora's Cluster, are the faint, ghostly glow of stars gravitationally ripped apart several billion years ago.

The scattered stars are no longer bound to any one galaxy and drift freely between galaxies in the cluster. By observing the light from the orphaned stars, Hubble astronomers have assembled forensic evidence that suggests as many as six galaxies were torn to pieces inside the 
Abell 2744
cluster over a stretch of 6 billion years.


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The Way Architecture Imitates Life, Biology Meets Geometry

Science2.0 - October 30, 2014 - 10:06pm

Biology can be inspirational.  The spiral ramps in multistory parking garages, the way they are stacked and connecting parallel levels, are replications of helical structures found in a ubiquitous membrane structure in the cells of the body - Terasaki ramps in an organelle called the endoplasmic reticulum (ER), a network of membranes found throughout the cell and connected to and surrounding the cell nucleus.

A team of researchers have described endoplasmic reticulum geometry using the language of theoretical physics in Physical Review Letters.


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The Way Architecture Imitates Life, Biology Meets Geometry

General - October 30, 2014 - 10:06pm

Biology can be inspirational.  The spiral ramps in multistory parking garages, the way they are stacked and connecting parallel levels, are replications of helical structures found in a ubiquitous membrane structure in the cells of the body - Terasaki ramps in an organelle called the endoplasmic reticulum (ER), a network of membranes found throughout the cell and connected to and surrounding the cell nucleus.

A team of researchers have described endoplasmic reticulum geometry using the language of theoretical physics in Physical Review Letters.


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Game Theory: When Are Groups Social? Or Insufferable?

General - October 30, 2014 - 7:22pm

Humans are primarily social creatures - Thoreau may have pretended he wanted to sit among nature by himself and write a book but he was in a house built by someone else, paid for by someone else, with clothes made by someone else, and writing a book that would be published by someone else.

People band together in groups to be stronger - about causes or for actual defense. How to prompt people to become social rather than anti-social is one of the central goals of game theory. 


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Game Theory: When Are Groups Social? Or Insufferable?

Science2.0 - October 30, 2014 - 7:22pm

Humans are primarily social creatures - Thoreau may have pretended he wanted to sit among nature by himself and write a book but he was in a house built by someone else, paid for by someone else, with clothes made by someone else, and writing a book that would be published by someone else.

People band together in groups to be stronger - about causes or for actual defense. How to prompt people to become social rather than anti-social is one of the central goals of game theory. 


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Cyclone Nilofar Looks More Like A Comet

Science2.0 - October 30, 2014 - 6:41pm

Tropical Cyclone Nilofar is closing in on the border between Pakistan and northwestern India and NASA's Terra satellite caught it while it passed overhead from space.

Wind shear continued to affect the storm and from their image it looks more like a comet than a tropical cyclone.


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Cyclone Nilofar Looks More Like A Comet

General - October 30, 2014 - 6:41pm

Tropical Cyclone Nilofar is closing in on the border between Pakistan and northwestern India and NASA's Terra satellite caught it while it passed overhead from space.

Wind shear continued to affect the storm and from their image it looks more like a comet than a tropical cyclone.


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Big Ag Indeed: Organic Food Expected To Reach $105 Billion Next Year

Science2.0 - October 30, 2014 - 6:13pm
Organic marketing may like to portray itself as small mom-and-pop farmers standing up to Big Agriculture and corporate food, but they have a business juggernaut that would be the envy of anyone in any business. 

And it's going to get better.
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Big Ag Indeed: Organic Food Expected To Reach $105 Billion Next Year

General - October 30, 2014 - 6:13pm
Organic marketing may like to portray itself as small mom-and-pop farmers standing up to Big Agriculture and corporate food, but they have a business juggernaut that would be the envy of anyone in any business. 

And it's going to get better.
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Affordable Care Act: Playing Politics Can Be Hazardous To Your Health

General - October 30, 2014 - 5:28pm
Proponents of the Affordable Care Act are getting exactly the cultural result they wanted. They are able to declare victory because of a decrease in health care costs but don't mention it is because there has been a decrease in people using their insurance because of high out-of-pocket costs.

In this election season, it is imperative to remember those who voted for this disaster without having read the bill, those who demonized people who raised valid questions about access to care, costs and rationing, and those who cried racism when valid points were raised about how the quality of care would necessarily drop because there was never enough money to subsidize a substantial number of the 30 million newly insured people.
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Affordable Care Act: Playing Politics Can Be Hazardous To Your Health

Science2.0 - October 30, 2014 - 5:28pm
Proponents of the Affordable Care Act are getting exactly the cultural result they wanted. They are able to declare victory because of a decrease in health care costs but don't mention it is because there has been a decrease in people using their insurance because of high out-of-pocket costs.

In this election season, it is imperative to remember those who voted for this disaster without having read the bill, those who demonized people who raised valid questions about access to care, costs and rationing, and those who cried racism when valid points were raised about how the quality of care would necessarily drop because there was never enough money to subsidize a substantial number of the 30 million newly insured people.
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Sadness Lasts 240X Longer Than Other Emotions

General - October 30, 2014 - 5:01pm

A new psychology paper says people feel sad up to 240 times longer than they do ashamed, surprised, irritated or even bored.

The reason may be because sadness often goes hand in hand with events of greater impact such as death or accidents and so we need more time to mull over and cope with what happened to fully comprehend it, say Philippe Verduyn and Saskia Lavrijsen of the University of Leuven in Belgium, who asked 233 high school students to recollect recent emotional episodes and report their duration. The participants also had to answer questions about the strategies they use to appraise and deal with these emotions.


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Sadness Lasts 240X Longer Than Other Emotions

Science2.0 - October 30, 2014 - 5:01pm

A new psychology paper says people feel sad up to 240 times longer than they do ashamed, surprised, irritated or even bored.

The reason may be because sadness often goes hand in hand with events of greater impact such as death or accidents and so we need more time to mull over and cope with what happened to fully comprehend it, say Philippe Verduyn and Saskia Lavrijsen of the University of Leuven in Belgium, who asked 233 high school students to recollect recent emotional episodes and report their duration. The participants also had to answer questions about the strategies they use to appraise and deal with these emotions.


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Should Women Be Standing Alongside The 'Father' Of Modern Gynecology?

Science2.0 - October 30, 2014 - 3:31pm

J. Marion Sims by Jim.Henderson, CC BY-SA

By David T. Z. Mindich, St. Michael's College

On an October day in 1894, a group of New York City’s leading doctors gathered to unveil a statue in honor of one of the greatest surgeons of his day and the founder of New York’s Women’s Hospital, J. Marion Sims, an Alabama doctor and a man they called “the father of modern gynecology.”

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Should Women Be Standing Alongside The 'Father' Of Modern Gynecology?

General - October 30, 2014 - 3:31pm

J. Marion Sims by Jim.Henderson, CC BY-SA

By David T. Z. Mindich, St. Michael's College

On an October day in 1894, a group of New York City’s leading doctors gathered to unveil a statue in honor of one of the greatest surgeons of his day and the founder of New York’s Women’s Hospital, J. Marion Sims, an Alabama doctor and a man they called “the father of modern gynecology.”

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When It Comes To Climate Science, Fox News And Liberal Media Both Distort

Science2.0 - October 30, 2014 - 3:15pm

For MSNBC, climate change is an opportunity to stoke anger over conservative “denialists.” MSNBC 5/12/14

By Matthew Nisbet, Northeastern University

Recent Pew Research Center studies offer valuable insight on the ideological makeup of those Americans most likely to voice their opinion in politics generally and the climate debate specifically, including the news sources they rely on to articulate their arguments.

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When It Comes To Climate Science, Fox News And Liberal Media Both Distort

General - October 30, 2014 - 3:15pm

For MSNBC, climate change is an opportunity to stoke anger over conservative “denialists.” MSNBC 5/12/14

By Matthew Nisbet, Northeastern University

Recent Pew Research Center studies offer valuable insight on the ideological makeup of those Americans most likely to voice their opinion in politics generally and the climate debate specifically, including the news sources they rely on to articulate their arguments.

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