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New Discovery: Ancient Antarctic Lake --"A Replica of Conditions on Early Earth"

At the bottom of a frigid Antarctic lake, a thin layer of green slime is generating a little oasis of oxygen, a team including UC Davis researchers has found. It's the first modern replica discovered of conditions on Earth two...

US Marine Corps Exploring Uses of Augmented Reality

Think of it as Google Glass goes to war — only less nerd and more Marine. Budget cuts and readiness shortfalls have the US military looking at virtual reality as a partial replacement for expensive field exercises. But VR has real limits. Show More Summary

Many CHF employees live in West Philadelphia not far from Clark...

Many CHF employees live in West Philadelphia not far from Clark Park, a triangular patch of grass that accommodates Shakespeare, farm stands, sword fighting, and volleyball, depending on the time of year. Previously unbeknownst to me, the building that houses CHF’s museum is connected to the park through a joint owner: Clarence Clark. Show More Summary

Study identifies potential genes associated with most common form of liver damage

In a first-of-its-kind exploratory study, researchers identified a potential gene associated with the initiation of the most common cause of liver damage. Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease is the most common cause of liver damage. InShow More Summary

Intense, widespread algal blooms reported in Chesapeake Bay

Water sampling and aerial photography show that the algal blooms currently coloring lower Chesapeake Bay are among the most intense and widespread of recent years.

Forgiving others protects women from depression, but not men

Researchers studied how different facets of forgiveness affected aging adults' feelings of depression. The researchers found older women who forgave others were less likely to report depressive symptoms regardless of whether they felt unforgiven by others. Show More Summary

Ancient hybridization key to domestic dog's origin, wolf conservation efforts

The ancestry of man's best friend is more complicated than its furry coat and soulful eyes betray. Understanding the evolutionary history of the domesticated dog may help protect endangered wolves, according to a study that offers an overview examining the system used to classify dogs and related animals.

Math skills count for premature babies

A new study links being born premature with low wages. Researchers have identified a link between being born preterm and decreased intelligence, reading and in particular mathematical ability and have highlighted an effect on earnings into adulthood.

Did you see the first episode of ?#?BigBlueLive? last night? Let...

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Thailand’s Military Delivers Oppression Rather than Happiness

Thailand long has been the land of smiles, a friendly, informal place equally hospitable to backpackers and businessmen. But politics has gotten ugly in recent years. As I warn in Forbes online: “Now a cartoonish dictator out of a Gilbert and Sullivan comic opera runs a not-so funny junta which jails opponents and suppresses free speech. Show More Summary

Obama’s Trip to Alaska Shows Both Sides of His Climate Change Legacy

President Obama brought his crusade against climate change to Alaska this week to highlight the effects of warming. But the state also depends heavily on fossil fuels

Mind the gap

Our previous post in the Chinglish Annals was "Mind your head " (8/28/15).  As promised, in this post we turn to the other extremity of the body. The following sign is displayed on vessels of the Shanghai Ferry service: Zhùyì g?od? kòngdàng ?????? ("note the level / height of the gap") More often, however, we […]

Employers Ignore E-Verify

Alabama, Arizona, Mississippi, and South Carolina have mandated E-Verify for all new hires in their state (see Table 1), which means that every time an employee is hired the employer must use the E-Verify system to check the worker’s...Show More Summary

Who amongst us knew that Gillian Tett wrote with Ernest Gellner?

Her new The Silo Effect: The Peril of Expertise and the Promise of Breaking Down Barriers is a tour de force of economics, anthropology, Pierre Bourdieu, management theory, and anecdotes about Sony and Facebook and UBS and Cleveland Clinic. It turns out Gillian wrote her doctoral thesis in anthropology on Islamic marriage practices in Tajikistan.

Populating the OSIRIS-REx Science Deck

The assembly of the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft continues, with many elements integrated onto the spacecraft ahead of schedule. Last month both OTES and OVIRS were delivered to Lockheed Martin and installed on the science deck.

I Don't Think You're Ready for These Jellies

I Don't Think You're Ready for These Jellies: Did you know jellyfish don’t have bones, brains, teeth or blood?  Get ready for more fun with Joe! 

Daniel Levitin on Oliver Sacks and the John Lennon Suite

Oliver Sacks inspired and motivated a generation of neurologists, neuroscientists, and psychologists. Here are some of their reflections on the man. The post Daniel Levitin on Oliver Sacks and the John Lennon Suite appeared first on WIRED.

Pentecopterus: a Giant Darriwilian Ordovician Sea Scorpion From 10 Million Years Earlier Than Expected

You don't name a sea creature after an ancient Greek warship unless it's built like a predator.That's certainly true of the recently discovered Pentecopterus, a giant sea scorpion with the sleek features of a penteconter, one of the first Greek galley ships. Show More Summary

Magnetic Putty is Easy to Make and Fun to Play With

Year’s ago, Becky Stern did a post about the wonders of “super paramagnetic silicone putty.” It was a commercial product and I assumed it was beyond the ability of the average nerd to make at home. Wrong. It couldn’t be easier. ThisShow More Summary

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