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Free-riding friending: Facebook popularity hampers fundraising efforts

People with fewer friends on Facebook raise more money for charity than those with lots of connections, according to an economist at the University of Warwick. Professor Kimberley Scharf analyzed data from and found aShow More Summary

Graying is golden

Getting old doesn't spell doom when it comes to making important financial decisions. Using credit scores and cognitive ability tests, the researchers found evidence that "crystallized intelligence," which is gained through experience...Show More Summary

Behind Our Delicate Bones: Modern Man's Lower Activity

Our fragile bones may be a result of a long history of sedentary lifestyles. This goes back well beyond the advent of the couch potato: The bones of modern humans aren't as tough as those of our hunter-gatherer ancestors, and researchers are linking it to farming. "Modern human skeletons have...

Start of Holocene 12,000 Years Ago --Modern Human Skeleton Evolved

New research shows that modern human skeletons evolved into their lightly built form only relatively recently--after the start of the Holocene about 12,000 years ago and even more recently in some human populations. After the last Pleistocene Epoch glaciation, an...

The lightweight skeletons of modern humans have recent origins

New research shows that modern human skeletons evolved into their lightly built form only relatively recently--after the start of the Holocene about 12,000 years ago and even more recently in some human populations. The work, based on...Show More Summary

Behavioral analysis of ISIS brutality

The Muslim terror organization known as the Islamic State, or ISIS, uses extreme violence and brutality against anyone it perceives as a threat to its goal of expansion and restoration of an Islamic Caliphate. The significant behavioral...Show More Summary

Your inner fish: Modern genetics confirms ancient relationship between fins and hands

Paleontologists have documented the evolutionary adaptations necessary for ancient lobe-finned fish to transform pectoral fins used underwater into strong, bony structures, such as those of Tiktaalik roseae. This enabled these emerging tetrapods, animals with limbs, to crawl in shallow water or on land. Show More Summary

Touchy Feely Science – one chart suggests there’s a ‘pHraud’ in omitting Ocean Acidification data in Congressional testimony

“…startling data omission that he told me: “eclipses even the so-called climategate event.”” Willis Eschenbach tips me to a story by Marita Noon, titled: What if Obama’s climate change policies are based on pHraud? I’ve reproduced portions of it here, with a link to the full article. The graph with ALL the data is compelling.   “Ocean…

Has Increased Sunshine Caused UK Warming In The Late 20th Century?

By Paul Homewood The sharp rise in UK temperatures, which effectively began in the 1980’s, is widely known about, but, (and I may be wrong here), has never been satisfactorily explained. Indeed, I am not sure anybody from the Met Office, Hadley Centre, etc has ever seriously attempted to explain it. Usually, whenever it is…

On the Front Lines of Ebola’s Most Pressing Mystery

KENEMA, Sierra Leone—Alex Moigboi was panicking. He was preparing to enter the Ebola ward wearing just a pair of gloves and a plastic gown over his scrubs. It was totally inadequate—like a firefighter entering a burning building wearing a pair of Ray-Bans—and Alex knew it. Show More Summary

The Best Science Visualizations of the Year

Here at Wired Science, we're big fans of science graphics. And not just the fancy, big-budget ones, but charts and figures and visualizations: the folk art of scientific imagery. In this gallery are our favorite graphics of the year. The post The Best Science Visualizations of the Year appeared first on WIRED.

7 of the Ocean’s Strangest Creatures, Including a Fish With a Flashlight

This is the final part of a five-part series on the specimen collections at the California Academy of Sciences, and I feel like it’s only appropriate for us to return to our roots with it. So in the gallery above you’ll find the most...Show More Summary

Star Trek 3 Officially Has a Director

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Dr. Evil Calls Out North Korea

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Gecko grippers get a microgravity test flight

There are no garbage trucks equipped to leave the atmosphere and pick up debris floating around Earth. But what if we could send a robot to do the job? Scientists at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, are working on adhesive gripping tools that could grapple objects such as orbital debris or defunct satellites that would otherwise be hard to handle.

Sun sizzles in high-energy X-rays

For the first time, a mission designed to set its eyes on black holes and other objects far from our solar system has turned its gaze back closer to home, capturing images of our sun. NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, or NuSTAR, has taken its first picture of the sun, producing the most sensitive solar portrait ever taken in high-energy X-rays.

Cells 'feel' their surroundings using finger-like structures

Cells have finger-like projections that they use to feel their surroundings. They can detect the chemical environment and they can 'feel' their physical surroundings using ultrasensitive sensors. New research shows how the finger-like structures, called filopodia, can extend themselves, contract and bend in dynamic movements.

Piezoelectricity in a 2-D semiconductor: Piezoelectricty in molybdenum disulfide holds promise for future MEMS

Researchers have opened the door to low-power off/on switches in micro-electro-mechanical systems, MEMS, and nanoelectronic devices, as well as ultrasensitive bio-sensors, with the first observation of piezoelectricity in a free standing two-dimensional semiconductor.

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