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2014 Pliny for Volcanic Event of the Year: Nominations Open!

Wired - 3 ore 25 min fa

The nominations are open for the 2014 Pliny for Volcanic Event of the Year!

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A Trippy Orchestra Made Entirely From Lamps and Electricity

Wired - 3 ore 42 min fa

The set up is effectively giving lamps a voice, which is an interesting idea to ponder.

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Book Review: What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions

Wired - 4 ore 7 min fa

Here is a book review of Randall Munroe's What If? Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Questions. Overall, a great book. I recommend it.

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Skeptics Would Like Media To Stop Calling Science Deniers 'Skeptics'

Slashdot - 4 ore 23 min fa
Layzej writes: Prominent scientists, science communicators, and skeptic activists, are calling on the news media to stop using the word "skeptic" when referring to those who refuse to accept the reality of climate change, and instead refer to them by what they really are: science deniers. "Not all individuals who call themselves climate change skeptics are deniers. But virtually all deniers have falsely branded themselves as skeptics. By perpetrating this misnomer, journalists have granted undeserved credibility to those who reject science and scientific inquiry."

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Scientists Discover That Exercise Changes Your DNA

Slashdot - 5 ore 6 min fa
HughPickens.com writes The human genome is astonishingly complex and dynamic, with genes constantly turning on or off, depending on what biochemical signals they receive from the body. Scientists have known that certain genes become active or quieter as a result of exercise but they hadn't understood how those genes knew how to respond to exercise. Now the NYT reports that scientists at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm have completed a study where they recruited 23 young and healthy men and women, brought them to the lab for a series of physical performance and medical tests, including a muscle biopsy, and then asked them to exercise half of their lower bodies for three months. The volunteers pedaled one-legged at a moderate pace for 45 minutes, four times per week for three months. Then the scientists repeated the muscle biopsies and other tests with each volunteer. Not surprisingly, the volunteers' exercised leg was more powerful now than the other, showing that the exercise had resulted in physical improvements. But there were also changes within the exercised muscle cells' DNA. Using technology that analyses 480,000 positions throughout the genome, they could see that new methylation patterns had taken place in 7,000 genes (an individual has 20–25,000 genes). In a process known as DNA methylation, clusters of atoms, called methyl groups, attach to the outside of a gene like microscopic mollusks and make the gene more or less able to receive and respond to biochemical signals from the body. In the exercised portions of the bodies, many of the methylation changes were on portions of the genome known as enhancers that can amplify the expression of proteins by genes. And gene expression was noticeably increased or changed in thousands of the muscle-cell genes that the researchers studied. Most of the genes in question are known to play a role in energy metabolism, insulin response and inflammation within muscles. In other words, they affect how healthy and fit our muscles — and bodies — become. Many mysteries still remain but the message of the study is unambiguous. "Through endurance training — a lifestyle change that is easily available for most people and doesn't cost much money," says Sara Lindholm, "we can induce changes that affect how we use our genes and, through that, get healthier and more functional muscles that ultimately improve our quality of life."

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MIT Computer Scientists Demonstrate the Hard Way That Gender Still Matters

Wired - 6 ore 12 min fa

"Ask us anything!" we wrote for our Reddit Ask Me Anything session last Friday. And then, boom: “Why does it matter that you're female?” “Why should your gender matter if you’re talking about research?” Dozens of questions like these were interspersed with marriage proposals and requests to "make me a sandwich."

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This Week’s Weirdest Wild Animal Encounters

Wired - 6 ore 12 min fa

A feral cat broke into a Russian airport and ate $1,000 worth of seafood, a black bear beat up a Santa Claus, and a tiger released into the wild by Vladimir Putin was caught on camera devouring a pet dog in China for two hours.

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Running an Ebola Clinic in Sierra Leone Is All About Containment—And Chlorine

Wired - 6 ore 22 min fa

Treating patients with the deadly Ebola virus takes doctors, drugs, and a whole lot of chlorine.

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Peter Jackson Must Be Stopped

Wired - 6 ore 32 min fa

For fantasy to work, it has to be based on reality. Unfortunately, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies---and the Hobbit trilogy as a whole---is not.

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What 800 Nerds on a Cruise Ship Taught Me About Life, the Universe, and Snorkeling

Wired - 6 ore 42 min fa

A ship of nerds, of which I am one. A secret font of geek culture. A pop-up community that inverts the classic rules of social hierarchy and celebrates new ones. Which should sound pretty great to me. It really should.

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How Colorado Keeps 9,000 Miles of Highway Clear of Snow

Wired - 6 ore 42 min fa

Working with state and federal agencies, track weather a thousand miles and days away, move employees all over the state, and track everything down to pavement temperature to push back Mother Nature.

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An App That Uses AI to Pick Outfits for You

Wired - 6 ore 42 min fa

Upload a photo of a shirt or a pair of pants, and using computer vision and machine learning, StyleIt tells you what else to wear.

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At $450, Silica’s New Bicycle Pump Better Last Forever

Wired - 6 ore 42 min fa

This $450 bike pump uses a 12,000 PSI hose originally designed for aircraft and race car brake lines and weighs close to seven pounds.

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If Cavemen Had CAD, This Is the Home They’d Design

Wired - 6 ore 42 min fa

This clean modern cabin in Norway is hardly a hole in the side of a mountain, but it does harken back to some of our ancestors' elemental concerns.

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Our Favorite Maps of the Year Cover Everything From Bayous to Bullet Trains

Wired - 6 ore 42 min fa

Here are some of the maps we came across this year that captivated us with their brains, their beauty, and in many cases, both.

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Absurd Creature of the Week: The World’s Goofiest-Looking Spider Is Actually a Brutal Ninja

Wired - 6 ore 42 min fa

The bizarre assassin spiders of Australia, South America, and Madagascar hunt other spiders. By deploying their jaws out 90 degrees from their necks, they can impale prey, inject venom, and let them dangle there to die, all without getting bitten themselves.

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Videogame Designers Could Learn a Lot From 19th-Century Board Games

Wired - 6 ore 42 min fa

If we put a videogame from 2014 into a time capsule, what would the people playing it 100 years later think about us? Julia Keren-Detar wants to get us thinking about this before it happens.

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At This Startup, Everyone Can Read Each Other’s Email

Wired - 6 ore 42 min fa

After the Sony mega-breach, protecting email privacy might seem paramount. But at digital payments startup Stripe, most email isn't kept private in the first place.

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Colorado Sued By Neighboring States Over Legal Pot

Slashdot - 6 ore 47 min fa
SternisheFan notes that Nebraska and Oklahoma are suing Colorado over marijuana legalization. The attorneys general of Nebraska and Oklahoma sued Colorado in the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday, arguing state-legalized marijuana from Colorado is improperly spilling across state lines. The suit invokes the federal government's right to regulate both drugs and interstate commerce, and says Colorado's decision to legalize marijuana has been "particularly burdensome" to police agencies on the other side of the state line. In June, USA TODAY highlighted the flow of marijuana from Colorado into small towns across Nebraska: felony drug arrests in Chappell, Neb., just 7 miles north of the Colorado border have skyrocketed 400% in three years. "In passing and enforcing Amendment 64, the state of Colorado has created a dangerous gap in the federal drug control system enacted by the United States Congress. Marijuana flows from this gap into neighboring states, undermining plaintiff states' own marijuana bans, draining their treasuries, and placing stress on their criminal justice systems," says the lawsuit. "The Constitution and the federal anti-drug laws do not permit the development of a patchwork of state and local pro-drug policies and licensed distribution schemes throughout the country which conflict with federal laws."

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Kepler Makes First Exoplanet Discovery After Mission Reboot

Slashdot - 7 ore 42 min fa
astroengine writes NASA's Kepler space telescope has detected its first new extrasolar planet after mission engineers were able to save the mission from a premature death after two of the exoplanet hunter's four stabilizing reaction wheels failed last year. Called "K2," the extended mission arose from an "innovative idea" that appears to have given the prolific telescope a new lease on life. "Last summer, the possibility of a scientifically productive mission for Kepler after its reaction wheel failure in its extended mission was not part of the conversation," said Paul Hertz, NASA's astrophysics division director at the agency's headquarters in Washington D.C. "Today, thanks to an innovative idea and lots of hard work by the NASA and Ball Aerospace team, Kepler may well deliver the first candidates for follow-up study by the James Webb Space Telescope to characterize the atmospheres of distant worlds and search for signatures of life."

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