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Understanding how cells follow electric fields

Weak electric fields may be important in guiding cells into wounds to heal them. Researchers have developed a screen to search for genes linked to electrotaxis, the ability to move in response to electric fields.

Teacher: I Was Given 'Key' to Earhart Mystery

A $500,000 search operation will once again scour the Pacific island of Nikumaroro next month for signs of Amelia Earhart's plane. But if you ask Dick Spink, they're looking in the wrong place. Spink, a high school teacher from Washington state, has spent $50,000 searching for Earhart's final...

Virginia Considers a Firm Stand Against the Stamp Act

Britain’s North American colonies had a chance to weigh in on the Stamp Act before Parliament passed it, as described back here. All of them said it would be a Bad Thing. Few or none offered any alternative way for the Crown to raise revenue for its army on the continent. Show More Summary

A Powerful and Underrated Beginner Language Goal

Why is language learning all about the intermediate or advanced levels? When you start learning a new language, it’s easy to get carried away with huge, unrealistic goals.  Maybe you dream of having deep conversations in your target language language, or of reading advanced novels, or making play-on-word jokes. Show More Summary

Good Precedents Against NSA Spying

With debate about NSA spying continuing in the Senate, it’s worth looking at some of the historical and modern precedents for protecting our communications and communications data. A few highlights: The earliest precedent for protection of communications in the United States is the treatment of mail. Show More Summary

Parental smoking puts nearly half a million UK children into poverty

Smoking is not only bad for your health; it also puts 400,000 children in poverty in the UK alone. Smoking places a financial burden on low income families, suggesting that parents are likely to forgo basic household and food necessities in order to fund their addiction.

All forms of smoking are bad for the heart

All forms of smoking are bad for the heart, the European Society of Cardiology has warned.


An embarrassed teenager whose trousers fell down as he tried to take a selfie with Nick Clegg says his friends will 'never let him live it down'. William Carrie, 17, asked the Deputy Prime Minister for a photograph outside Solihull College this afternoon. Show More Summary

IPA’s weekly links

Guest post by Jeff Mosenkis of Innovations for Poverty Action. In a story circulating widely now, Science journalist John Bohannon, explains how he planted a fake study in the news showing chocolate can help with weight loss. The study was really done, … Continue reading ? The post IPA’s weekly links appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Microscopic sonic screwdriver invented

Engineers have created tiny acoustic vortices and used them to grip and spin microscopic particles suspended in water.

Inmates denied methadone treatment less likely to seek it once free

When people on methadone maintenance treatment (MMT) are incarcerated in the United States, they are almost always forced off of the addiction-controlling medicine. In a randomized trial, inmates allowed to stay on MMT while in jail proved much more likely to seek treatment after release than those whose treatment was interrupted.

Sharp-eyed Alma spots a gigantic flare on famous red giant star

Super-sharp observations with the telescope Alma have revealed what seems to be a gigantic flare on the surface of Mira, one of the closest and most famous red giant stars in the sky. Activity like this in red giants - similar to what we see in the Sun – comes as a surprise to astronomers. Show More Summary

Hybrid ships will soon be on the market

Hybrid cars have been a success. The shipping industry is now moving in the same green direction.

The Left's Undermining of Professional Autonomy

Members of the professoriat have much to complain about, but physicians have it worse. Why Doctors Quit


When macro-aggression is no more, when wrongs have been righted and justice has been promoted and protected to the extent that it can be by government, it is then that leftists invent micro-aggression to keep themselves in business and assure...

Smoking legislation prevents more than 11,000 child hospital admissions in England each year

The introduction of smoke-free legislation in England was associated with over 11,000 fewer admissions to hospital a year from respiratory infections in children, according to a new study.

Dawn Journal: Spiralling Closer to Ceres

Dawn's Chief Engineer and Mission Director Marc Rayman gives an update as the spacecraft's orbit takes it even closer to the dwarf planet Ceres.

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