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Friday Cephalopod: The good news about global warming

48 minutes agoAcademics : Pharyngula

We’re making the planet a better place for cephalopods. It also helps that humans are busily destroying teleost populations. P.S. There’s a video at the link titled “8 reasons octopuses rule the oceans”. Don’t bother with it. It is 8 incredibly idiotic reasons that have nothing to do with their success. I felt stupider after…

Rare rock inscriptions discovered near El-Khawy

The archaeological mission From Yale University has discovered a new rock inscription site near the village of El-Khawy, approximately 7 kilometers north of the ancient city of Elkab during their excavation work on Elkab Desert Survey...Show More Summary

Translator Daniel Hahn on Winning the International Dublin Literary Award and Endowing a New Translation Award

I reached out to Daniel to find out more about this new award, why he donated his winnings, and what translators can do to break into the business. Below is our conversation.

Sex Sells? No, It Doesn't

Chiseled abs and bikinis can sell just about anything, right? According to the minds behind those Carl’s Jr. ads—and countless others—you’d think that’d be true. This idea that “sex sells” has hung around for more than a century, and by this point it’s almost accepted as a doctrine. Show More Summary

The Science Behind the “Abortion Pill”

Legal or not, more American women are opting for abortion by medication. We asked doctors: How safe is it?

To preserve mental acuity into old age, experts suggest focusing on these three things

Preventing the diseases we fear most as we age is rarely a sure or simple matter. But for those determined to slow mental decline and drive down the likelihood of developing dementia, researchers have reached a rare consensus around a trio of straightforward strategies: Engage your brain (but choose...

Why are some eggs round and others pointy? It may have to do with how well a bird flies

It’s a mystery that goes back to the days of Aristotle, flummoxing biologists and mathematicians for centuries: Why do birds’ eggs come in so many different shapes and sizes? Why are owl eggs almost perfectly round, while hummingbird eggs look like tiny watermelons? And why are still other eggs...

Some inexpensive science related books

I know some of you cheapskates will want to pick up these books … well, not really pick them up, but rather, instantiate them on your eReader. These are all 2 bucks or less for the Kindle version, at the moment, price presumably subject to change at any moment. How the mind might or might…

Rick Perry got a “C” in Sheep and Goats

… or do the sheep lie?!?!? Anyway, I need the brilliant and well informed people who read this blog to have a gander at this college transcript and interpret it. Place your comments below.

Research accelerates quest for quicker, longer-lasting electronics

(University of California - Riverside) In the world of electronics, where the quest is always for smaller and faster units with infinite battery life, topological insulators (TI) have tantalizing potential.In a paper published todayShow More Summary

Kopchicks give $10.5 million gift to MD Anderson UTHealth Graduate School for fellows

(University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston) Just as he has changed the lives of people suffering from a devastating genetic disease, molecular endocrinologist John J. Kopchick, Ph.D., and his wife, Charlene, of Athens, Ohio,...Show More Summary

World’s biggest neutrino experiment moves one step closer

The startup of a 25-ton test detector at CERN advances technology for the Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment. In a lab at CERN sits a very important box. It covers about three parking spaces and is more than a story tall. Sitting inside...Show More Summary

Understanding optics for high power lasers

High power, high laser-induced-damage-threshold (LIDT) laser optics. A white paper from Gooch & Housego

Biophysical Journal selects poster award winners at Single-Cell Biophysics Thematic Meeting

(Biophysical Society) The Biophysical Society is pleased to announce winners of the Biophysical Journal Outstanding Poster Awards given at the 'Single-Cell Biophysics: Measurement, Modulation, and Modeling,' meeting held June 17-20 in Taipei, Taiwan. Show More Summary

Google’s multitasking neural net can juggle eight things at once

Deep-learning systems can struggle to handle more than one task, but a fresh approach by Google Brain could turn neural networks into jacks of all trades

Howie Day records love song to physics

After the musician learned that grad students at CERN had created a parody of his 2004 single “Collide,” he flew to Switzerland to sing it at the LHC. Singer-songwriter Howie Day was sitting in a coffee shop in Denver one morning while...Show More Summary

Lights out: The neural relationship between light and sleep

(California Institute of Technology) While a great deal is known about how light affects circadian rhythms, little is known about the direct effects of light on sleep: Why do we tend to wake up if the lights are flipped on in the middle...Show More Summary

Faces of Physics: a nuclear-powered PhD

The highs, the lows and the reality of life as a PhD student

Self-folding origami

(Wiley) Plastic with a thousand faces: A single piece of Nafion foil makes it possible to produce a broad palette of complex 3-D structures. In the journal Angewandte Chemie, researchers describe how they use simple chemical 'programming' to induce the foil to fold itself using origami and kirigami principles. Show More Summary

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