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Gravitational waves, the man behind them, and two of the deepest puzzles confronting humanity

As we rightly celebrate the amazing discovery of gravitational waves announced yesterday amidst much fanfare, it’s critical to recognize the work of a stunning diversity of scientists, engineers, technicians and yes, even politicians,...Show More Summary

Is your house making you sick?

New study explores evidence for "hygiene hypothesis" in urbanized areas.

From Miles Loricatus to Miles Gloriosus.

I’ve finally gotten around to reading Robert Bartlett’s The Making of Europe: Conquest, Colonization and Cultural Change, 950-1350, which I bought two decades ago, and have just run across an interesting passage on the history of the miles (horseman/knight): Heavy cavalry retained its importance throughout the period discussed here, 950-1350. Not all such horsemen were […]

Deep-Sea Barnacle Genomics. Because, #DarwinDay

When Darwin got down and dirty with his work on Barnacles (1846-1854), everyone still assumed there was no life at all in the deep sea. Thankfully he lived to see this “azoic” theory disproven by the Challenger expedition in the 1870s, but it would be another century before the world witnessed the glory of hydrothermal vents (and the […]

How true is conventional wisdom about price volatility of tech metals?

It's often assumed that exotic metals and minerals critical to clean energy technologies are more price volatile than more common commodity metals. They're mined in much smaller quantities and often as by-products of other high-volume production materials, and even slight changes in production, demand, and consumer end-uses can greatly affect markets. read more

New app turns smartphones into worldwide seismic network

University of California, Berkeley, scientists are releasing a free Android app that taps a smartphone's ability to record ground shaking from an earthquake, with the goal of creating a worldwide seismic detection network that could eventually warn users of impending jolts from nearby quakes. read more

Focus on basic determinants to address stunting globally: Prof Bhutta

Mother and child malnutrition in low- and middle-income countries encompasses a range of conditions including maternal wasting, micronutrient deficiencies, foetal growth restriction and stunting - a height that is below the World Health...Show More Summary

Panel: Child abuse costs countries up to $150 billion per year

Beyond physical and emotional damage, child abuse has a steep economic price tag that costs economies billions of dollars each year, an international panel of experts will tell the 2016 General Meeting of the American Association for...Show More Summary

New experimental test detects signs of Lyme disease near time of infection

When it comes to early diagnosis of Lyme disease, the insidious tick-borne illness that afflicts about 300,000 Americans annually, finding the proverbial needle in the haystack might be a far easier challenge--until now, perhaps. AnShow More Summary

Study finds mechanism by which obesity promotes pancreatic and breast cancer

Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) investigators may have uncovered a novel mechanism behind the ability of obesity to promote cancer progression. In their report published online in the journal Clinical Cancer Research, the research...Show More Summary

hagleyvault: Chocolate Day continues and takes an especially...

hagleyvault: Chocolate Day continues and takes an especially delicious turn with this circa 1915 Ghirardelli recipe book.  Pamphlet 2010.400, in Hagley’s Published Collections

Phenotypic effects of Neandertal admixture

Now that we know that Neandertal-introgressed DNA had (deleterious) functional consequences for modern humans, I think we also need a study on "useful stuff" conferred by Neandertal admixture. So far, the Neandertal genome has been used...Show More Summary

Why are Syrian Kurds pivoting toward Moscow?

On Wednesday, an affiliate of the largest and most powerful Kurdish party in Syria, the Democratic Union Party (PYD), opened its first official mission abroad — in Moscow. Given the amount of military and political support the PYD has received from the United States, this decision is likely to be received with some shock and confusion in […]

US Sickos Support Smuggled Coins

Donna Yates ? @ DrDonnaYates 4 godz. 4 godziny temu US once again bars the import of looted & stolen Italian coins; usual suspects pout about it http://www. numismaster.com/ta/numis/Artic le.jsp?ad=article&ArticleId=28215 …

"Dark Side of the Universe" --Kip Thorne's Amazing Caltech Gravitational-Wave-LIGO Graphic

In June 2009, Thorne resigned his Feynman Professorship (becoming the Feynman Professor of Theoretical Physics, Emeritus) in order to ramp up a new career in writing, movies, and continued scientific research. His most recent major movie project was Interstellar. Thorne...

SoCalGas Plugs the Massive Porter Ranch Methane Leak—For Now

The cloud of methane is temporarily controlled, and a permanent fix is on the way. The post SoCalGas Plugs the Massive Porter Ranch Methane Leak—For Now appeared first on WIRED.

Rare beluga data show whales dive to maximize meals

As the Arctic continues to change due to rising temperatures, melting sea ice and human interest in developing oil and shipping routes, it's important to understand belugas' baseline behavior, argue the authors of a new article.

Software optimized on Mira advances design of mini-proteins for medicines, materials

Scientists are using Mira to virtually design unique, artificial peptides, or short proteins. Peptides have the best properties of two different classes of medical drugs today and could enable future, peptide-based medicines with few side effects. Show More Summary

Imaging with an 'optical brush'

A new imaging device has been developed that consists of a loose bundle of optical fibers, with no need for lenses or a protective housing. The fibers are connected to an array of photosensors at one end; the other ends can be left to wave free, so they could pass individually through micrometer-scale gaps in a porous membrane, to image whatever is on the other side.

When the boss's ethical behavior breaks bad

Is your boss ethical? Does he or she do what's right, as opposed to what's profitable? If so, they may turn downright abusive the next day. New research on leader behavior suggests ethical conduct leads to mental exhaustion and the "moral licensing" to lash out at employees.

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