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Location: Sofia, Bulgaria
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|Joanne Manaster||116,473||Join Read Science! as we speak with astronomer and author Chris Impey as we talk about his new book, Beyond: Our Future in Space on Tuesday, April 14 at noon EDT.||Science Books||2015-04-14 18:00:00||21|
|Science on Google+||777,817||Data blitz is a new hangout (not Hangout On Air), which is hosted by the Science on Google+ Community (http://goo.gl/uhJCN). This monthly hangout will start at 10:00 PM (EDT) on the second Wednesday of each month, and the main goal is to create a platform so researchers can get feedback on their _hot off the press_ research findings and discuss other issues in research, funding, and publishing. There are only two rules. First, to keep things moving, presentations cannot exceed one slide! Second, due to the 10 person limit of hangouts, all individuals who join the hangout will be expected to contribute to the discussion by presenting research or research related issues. RSVP “yes” if you want an invite for the next Science on Google+ Data Blitz.||Science on Google+ Data Blitz||2013-10-10 04:00:00||52|
|Imagine Science Films||659,090||On September 25 at 11AM (EST), #Experimenta invites the legendary +Carl Zimmer for a discussion about the marriage between science and moving images and his Jury Emeritus status at Imagine Science Films. Join us for a dissection into the raw matter that makes up scientific movie-making.||Into The Dark Matter of Scientific Movie-Making With Carl Zimmer||2013-09-25 17:00:00||38|
|Science on Google+||777,817||We will be updating and sharing this General Science Page Circle (see http://goo.gl/9muuE) on Tuesday (10/9) at 9:00 PM (EST). Please add your Science Page to this database (http://goo.gl/WCohT) if you would like to add your page to the circle. Here's the form: http://goo.gl/bfqHa. You do not have to fill out the form if you are already in the database. Here's the link to the updated Science Page circle, http://goo.gl/aGQPB.||Science Page Circle||2012-10-10 03:00:00||134|
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2015-11-25 08:42:28 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)
There is an ongoing process in Europe of merging different Universities. Why is that?
Big is beautiful for merging universities - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-34902884
2015-08-18 10:54:07 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)
"Standalone Google Hangouts Web App" http://googlesystem.blogspot.com/2015/08/standalone-google-hangouts-web-app.html #гугъл #feedly
2015-08-12 06:57:24 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 3 +1s)
2015-08-10 11:53:36 (1 comments, 3 reshares, 21 +1s)
"Astronauts aboard the International Space Station are going to have a very special meal tomorrow. Red romaine lettuce is on the menu, and when they take a bite, it will mark the first time astronauts eat food that was grown on the ISS."
2014-11-25 15:01:56 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 6 +1s)
Today is International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women
2014-09-23 07:03:26 (2 comments, 3 reshares, 12 +1s)
Here you are: almost all the sci-fi spaceships you know are on this massive chart.
The original is here - http://dirkloechel.deviantart.com/art/Size-Comparison-Science-Fiction-Spaceships-398790051
2014-08-08 13:04:29 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)
"If the results can be replicated reliably and scaled up — and that's a big "if," since NASA only produced them on a very small scale over a two-day period — they could ultimately result in ultra-light weight, ultra fast spacecraft that could carry humans to Mars in weeks instead of months, and to the nearest star system outside our own (Proxima Centurai) in just about 30 years."
2014-08-08 10:27:01 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)
It’s possible to accurately determine how narcissistic someone is by asking them just one thing:
To what extent do you agree with this statement: I am a narcissist? Answer on a scale from 1 (not very true of me) to 7 (very true of me)
2014-08-05 06:52:59 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 3 +1s)
"They report that there are significant group differences in brain structure between undergraduate students studying sciences vs. humanities subjects. Specifically, the scientists had more grey matter in the medial prefrontal cortex (p=0.035), but their humanist counterparts had a higher white matter density around the right hippocampus (p=0.018). On average."
2014-07-23 10:21:13 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)
"Time to unleash the mozzies? Genetically modified mosquitoes will be raised on a commercial scale for the first time, in a bid to stem outbreaks of dengue fever in Brazil. But it is unclear how well it will work."
2014-07-23 07:44:07 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)
"In 2020 I would like to gather all of the world's robots and aim to hold an Olympics where they compete in technical skill."
Tokyo is already hosting the 2020 Summer Olympics, but presumably the robot competition would be a separate event.
2014-07-21 08:36:50 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)
First announced last year, the material is a deep, featureless black even when folded and scrunched. “You expect to see the hills and all you can see…it’s like black, like a hole, like there’s nothing there. It just looks so strange,” Ben Jensen, the firm’s chief technical officer, told the Independent
2014-07-21 08:32:04 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)
The triviality of this statement is more telling than the statement itself:
“Any creatures who will be alive to witness the death of the sun won’t be human— they could be as different from us as we are from protozoa. Indeed future evolution is going to take place not on the Darwinian time scale, of natural selection, but on the technology time scale, because we’re obtaining the capacity to modify the genome.”
2014-07-19 14:44:26 (4 comments, 6 reshares, 24 +1s)
Rainbow grapes can occur as grapes ripen and turn from green to purple.
Image: BizarBin/Worth1000/Sesan Olasupo/Laritech Garden Seeds Branch Company
2014-07-16 22:17:42 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)
No more restrictions on what name you can choose on Google+. Well. Finally.
2014-07-14 21:06:08 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 10 +1s)
In a genome-wide analysis, scientists from University of California-San Diego and Yale found that we are far more genetically similar to our friends than we are to strangers of the same population. In fact, researchers say our friends are as “related” — genetically speaking — as fourth cousins. Their findings suggest that, in addition to our physical and biological environment, our social networks also play an important role in human evolution.
2014-07-10 08:03:09 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)
The ambitious project is expected to feature a mall, an indoor family theme park, and a "network of temperature-controlled openable promenades" — all billed as "the world's largest." According to developer Dubai Holding, the 7km (4.35 miles) expanse of covered walkways will allow week-long stays without the need for cars or exposure to Dubai's harsh desert climate...
2014-07-05 12:26:55 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 11 +1s)
“We have basically created a miniature human retina in a dish that not only has the architectural organization of the retina but also has the ability to sense light,” said Valeria Canto-Soler, the senior author and an assistant professor of ophthalmology at Johns Hopkins medical school.
2014-07-01 07:38:24 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)
An Abandoned Mall Overtaken by Fish
2014-07-01 07:32:33 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)
"...Soviet Union who, during the 1950s and earlier, used it for gaining access to banned music, particularly from the West. At the time, vinyl was scarce, however, so they ended up using a different material: X-ray film. Using discarded X-rays from hospitals and archives, people would trim them into circles, place a hole in their center, and imprint music onto them."
2014-07-01 07:24:33 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)
...and brain spyware
2014-06-11 11:33:44 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 4 +1s)
A Bogus Turing Test Passed
2014-06-08 16:19:57 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)
Taxi 1729. Once more about Srinivasa Ramanujan
2014-06-06 00:29:33 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)
"Next week at the World Cup, a paralyzed volunteer from the Association for Assistance to Disabled Children will walk onto the field and open the tournament with a ceremonial kick. This modern miracle is made possible by a robotic exoskeleton that will move the user's limbs, taking commands directly from his or her thoughts."
2014-06-03 16:49:23 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)
The most intriguing discoveries provide evidence for two new types of planets that don't exist in our solar system: gas dwarfs and mega-Earths.
2014-05-27 15:27:32 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)
Nothing special about Einstein's brain
"...Nothing that modern neuroscience can detect, anyway. This is the message of a provocative article by Pace University psychologist Terence Hines, just published in Brain and Cognition - Neuromythology of Einstein’s brain"
2014-05-27 04:41:35 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 5 +1s)
"This month, Autodesk, the design and engineering software company, booted up a synthetic bacteriophage—aka a virus—then 3-D printed the result. What is a software design company doing in the virus business? “Well,” says Andrew Hessel, distinguished researcher, “we’re considering the possibility that you can write software for living things with bio-code (aka DNA)”
And the craziest part—[it] took two weeks and about $1000."
2014-05-24 09:07:59 (1 comments, 5 reshares, 22 +1s)
Mohamed Babu realized that ants turned white when they drank milk, so he used sugar and food coloring to see new color reactions in ants.
Photos: Mohamed Babu
2014-05-20 13:42:48 (0 comments, 4 reshares, 5 +1s)
"The Metropolitan Museum of Art this month released an astounding 394,000 high-resolution images to the public. Visitors to the Met’s website can sort images by artist, medium, location, and era, and freely download images that are generally at least 10 megapixels in size."
2014-05-20 07:34:51 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 4 +1s)
The Gordian knot was a famously intricate knot attached to a sacred ox cart in the ancient city of Gordium, near Ankara in modern-day Turkey.
In 333 BC, Alexander the Great attempted to untie the knot, but was unable to find the ends of the knot in order to do so. Instead, he is said to have undone the knot using what is now called the Alexandrian solution, which was to cut the knot in half with his sword.
Although there is good historical evidence that Alexander undid the Gordian knot, sources differ on how he accomplished this. According to some accounts, a more plausible theory is that he undid the knot by first removing the pin around which the knot was tied. This might have exposed the two ends of the knot, making it much easier to untie.
Another possibility is that the Gordian knot did not have ends, and was a... more »
2014-05-10 08:28:52 (2 comments, 7 reshares, 10 +1s)
Share of All Bachelor's Degrees Awarded by Field, 1970-2011
Edit: There is an interactive map here: http://goo.gl/s4wmxQ where you can hover to see how the popularity of each category changes over time or tap to see a category individually.
2014-05-10 08:23:44 (5 comments, 1 reshares, 0 +1s)
Again: The end of WWW? The Web is dying
2014-05-08 00:00:40 (0 comments, 3 reshares, 2 +1s)
New DNA. New letters/nucleotides
"When biologists talk about the letters in the DNA alphabet, they are actually talking about nucleotides: molecules that bind together to make up the DNA double helix. Normally, these molecules are made up of four letters: A,T, C and G. But scientists at the Scripps Research Institute have managed to add a single pair of artificial "X" and "Y" nucleotides to the genetic code of an E. Coli strain, reports The New York Times. And thus far, the bacteria appear to be reproducing normally and passing on the new X-Y pair to their offspring."
2014-05-05 07:08:52 (0 comments, 3 reshares, 8 +1s)
A record player that plays slices of wood.
You should hear this.
2014-05-03 09:20:37 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 6 +1s)
The 117th Element
"After four years of painstaking research, the discovery of the periodic table's 117th element has been confirmed. Element 117, otherwise known as ununseptium, was originally discovered back in 2010 by a group of American and Russian physicists with the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research (JINR). However, it has taken years for the discovery to be replicated by another independent team, which the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) requires. Now the element, with the approval of the IUPAC, can be named and added to the periodic table, extending our understanding of transuranium elements."
2014-04-29 07:18:17 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 3 +1s)
Mice fear man, but not women
"People have not paid attention to this in the entire history of scientific research of animals," says Jeffrey Mogil, a pain researcher at McGill University and lead author of the study. "I think that it may have confounded, to whatever degree, some very large subset of existing research*."
That's why a new study in which researchers found that mice actually fear men, but not women, has the potential to be so disruptive.
Previous results reflect this male-induced stress effect — and they know nothing about it.
2014-04-26 22:59:05 (2 comments, 2 reshares, 3 +1s)
Well... Another theory.
"Now, physicists are unmasking a more fundamental source for the arrow of time: Energy disperses and objects equilibrate, they say, because of the way elementary particles become intertwined when they interact — a strange effect called quantum entanglement.
“Finally, we can understand why a cup of coffee equilibrates in a room,” said Tony Short, a quantum physicist at Bristol. “Entanglement builds up between the state of the coffee cup and the state of the room.”
2014-04-18 07:33:32 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 2 +1s)
"Contrary to popular belief, the presence or absence of certain sex organs isn't the determining factor when deciding which animal of a species is female and which is male. In fact, biologists don't use sex chromosomes either. They actually rely on the size of an animal's gametes — sperm in males and oocytes in females. As the rule goes, females are the sex that contribute the largest gametes, whereas males are the sex that contribute the smallest gametes and therefore expend the least amount of energy on producing these cells. So, in this particular instance of sex-role reversal, the convention still applies: the female in these species of insect produces the largest gametes — egg cells. She simply also happens to sport a penis that she introduces into the male's vagina during copulation."
2014-04-17 21:58:53 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)
Kepler-186f - the first Earth-size Planet in the Habitable Zone
2014-04-10 08:31:31 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 5 +1s)
Land Rover's new concept would give drivers a better view of the road through augmented reality. "The Transparent Bonnet Concept utilizes cameras mounted in the car's grille to capture a view of the road that's usually obscured by the hood. This data is then fed to a heads-up display that shows the video in real-time at the bottom of the windscreen, overlaying where a driver sees their car's bonnet and effectively giving the impression that it — and the engine — are transparent."
2014-03-29 11:21:22 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)
Until recently, researchers had been incapable of constructing one of the most emblematic symbols of our own genetic makeup: the eukaryotic chromosome. Now, a team of scientists has announced that the age of the synthetic chromosome is upon us, as a study published in Science today reveals how the group was able to construct a yeast chromosome from scratch — an experiment that allowed the team to make fully functional "designer yeast". ... "I think we will see all kinds of biosynthetic products made in bacteria and yeast over the next 10 years"
2014-03-23 08:21:32 (0 comments, 3 reshares, 5 +1s)
Mugshots from DNA
"Researchers at Penn State and the Catholic University of Leuven (KUL) created a statistical model for mapping accurate facial structures using racial, gender, and genetic markers. It's hoped that the model not only be used for forensic analysis, but also for creating a clearer picture of humanity's ancestors."
2014-03-16 22:22:33 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 6 +1s)
Major announcement coming...
...That much is clear, from this press release: on Monday at noon Eastern time, astronomers will “announce a major discovery.” No evidence from that page what the discovery actually is. But if you’re friends with a lot of cosmologists on Facebook/Twitter (or if you just read the Guardian), you’ve heard the rumor: the BICEP2 experiment has purportedly detected signs of gravitational waves in the polarization of the cosmic microwave background radiation. If it’s true (and the result holds up), it will be an enormously important clue about what happened at the very earliest moments of the Big Bang.
2014-03-05 22:20:36 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 3 +1s)
Physics & Apps. Useful and Fun for Android and iPhone
Symmetry scoured the app stores and pulled out a few of our favorites. These apps stretch the scale from massive galactic phenomena to subatomic particles, and send you on adventures ranging from Ms. Particle Man's fictional pursuit of the Higgs boson to the actual particle pathways that led to its discovery at the Large Hadron Collider.
2014-03-05 22:18:05 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)
Watch Live as an Asteroid Hurtles By Earth Later Today
On Wednesday, an 82-foot asteroid barreling through space at 33,000 miles per hour will pass Earth within the moon's orbit, or about 216,000 miles. Astronomers say there’s no chance it will hit us, but you could catch on live video the galactic flyby via webcast.
2014-02-25 23:36:54 (2 comments, 4 reshares, 5 +1s)
120 computer-generated papers found/withdrawn
"Two science publishers have withdrawn more than 120 papers after a researcher in France identified them as computer-generated. According to Nature News, 16 fraudulent papers appeared in publications from Germany-based Springer, and more than 100 were published by the New York-based Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE). The papers were flagged by computer scientist Cyril Labbé, of Joseph Fourier University in Grenoble, France. They were created using software called #SCIgen, which was invented by MIT researchers in 2005 to prove how easy it is to publish nonsense papers in conference proceedings. Labbé developed a way to identify the papers by recognizing common words that SCIgen uses, as described in a 2012 study...."
2014-02-21 08:34:10 (2 comments, 3 reshares, 6 +1s)
"Putting 3D sensing on a phone has been impossible up until this point purely because of this power issue. Now, it’s a reality. [...] At the core of Google’s freshly announced experimental Project #Tango smartphone platform is a vision processor called the #Myriad 1."
2014-02-20 10:31:05 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 6 +1s)
Non-human mathematics: If we can't check the proof, is it valid?
"Paul #Erdős in the 1930s: he imagined an infinite sequence of numbers containing nothing but +1s and -1s, and he wanted to see the sequence's capacity to contain internal patterns. He came up with a way of measuring this by cutting the infinite sequence at a point and creating smaller subsequences within it (such as considering only every third or fourth number)."
Erdős' main hypothesis was that a discrepancy of any value can always be found, but he was never able to prove it. Now a computer has solved it, but "It raises the question of non-human mathematics: if a proof can only be checked with a computer, can it be accepted as true by humans?"
2014-02-16 22:04:23 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 8 +1s)
"Scientists at Penn State University have successfully controlled tiny nanomotors inside living human cells. Consisting of tiny, rocket-shaped bits of metal, the nanomotors were propelled by ultrasonic waves and steered with magnets."
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