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Mapping the human cost of Syria's uprising - tech - 27 March 2012 - New Scientist

Mapping the human cost of Syria's uprising - tech - 27 March 2012 - New Scientist | anti dogmanti | Scoop.it
The Syria Tracker website uses automated data mining and crowdsourced human intelligence to estimate the death toll in Syria's bloody conflict...
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We're Underestimating the Risk of Human Extinction

We're Underestimating the Risk of Human Extinction | anti dogmanti | Scoop.it
An Oxford philosopher argues that we are not adequately accounting for technology's risks -- but his solution to the problem is not for Luddites.
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'Ordinary' black hole discovered 12 million light years away

'Ordinary' black hole discovered 12 million light years away | anti dogmanti | Scoop.it
(PhysOrg.com) -- An international team of scientists have discovered an ‘ordinary’ black hole in the 12 million light year-distant galaxy Centaurus A.

One comment below the article - What a beautiful thing...yes, the photo could have been larger, but, the majesty of nature, the scope of naturallly occuring phenomenon in space and time...the physics, the math, the chemistry...we will need a few more Einsteins, Curies, Steinmetz, Paulings, to ever use or understand it all, but...there IT IS, beckoning to us...WE have unlimited Vistas. We do not have 2 fear running out of things that beckon & embrace us unto greatness...the vastness of the unknown, is our playground.This playground even extends into our most basic elements of life's biology: we still do not know what life is, but, in that mystery is the marvel: It really is the Undiscovered Country where we find the compeltion and fulfillment that speaks to the marvel of thought! What are we, to the Universe that ina twinkling of Geological time we know so much and yet are not full? We beg to know more and Nature can't wait for us to grow up and learn it all. We bit that fruit a moment ago...eat more, faster...

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Pattern master wins million-dollar mathematics prize - physics-math - 21 March 2012 - New Scientist

Pattern master wins million-dollar mathematics prize - physics-math - 21 March 2012 - New Scientist | anti dogmanti | Scoop.it
Endre Szemerédi has won the Abel prize – he proved that surprisingly ordered patterns can arise from seemingly random actions...
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Arctic climate 'tech fixes' urged

Arctic climate 'tech fixes' urged | anti dogmanti | Scoop.it
UK scientists say the threat of sudden methane release from the melting Arctic is a "planetary emergency" requiring urgent intervention.
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Deep ocean mysteries and wonders | Video on TED.com

Deep ocean mysteries and wonders | Video on TED.com | anti dogmanti | Scoop.it
TED Talks In the deepest, darkest parts of the oceans are ecosystems with more diversity than a tropical rainforest.
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Brave New World With Stephen Hawking S1 Ep1 - Machines

Brave New World With Stephen Hawking S1 Ep1 - Machines | anti dogmanti | Scoop.it
A team of experts showcase breakthroughs in technology and engineering. Mark Evans fuses his brain with a computer in Switzerland, while Kathy Sykes heads to San Francisco to experience the future of transport in a driverless car.
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Climate Change: Evidence

Climate Change: Evidence | anti dogmanti | Scoop.it
Vital Signs of the Planet: Global Climate Change and Global Warming. Current news and data streams about global warming and climate change from NASA.
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The Forgetting Pill Erases Painful Memories Forever

The Forgetting Pill Erases Painful Memories Forever | anti dogmanti | Scoop.it
“We wanted to know if making you remember that painful event would also lead to the disruption of related memories,” Nader says. “Or could we alter just that one association?” The answer was clear. By injecting a protein synthesis inhibitor before the rats were exposed to only one of the sounds—and therefore before they underwent memory reconsolidation—the rats could be “trained” to forget the fear associated with that particular tone. “Only the first link was gone,” Nader says. The other associations remained perfectly intact. This is a profound result. While scientists have long wondered how to target specific memories in the brain, it turns out to be remarkably easy: All you have to do is ask people to remember them.
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Apes 'advertise' homosexual bonds

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Female bonobos shout to “advertise” their sexual encounters with high-ranking females to other group members, say scientists.
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The Genetic Ripple Effect of Hardship - Wall Street Journal

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The Genetic Ripple Effect of Hardship, Wall Street Journal

Some environmental influences create such long-lasting and significant biological changes that they can be passed on to affect the health of the next generation, studies have shown.

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Origin of photosynthesis revealed: Genome analysis of 'living fossil' sheds light on the evolution of plants

Origin of photosynthesis revealed: Genome analysis of 'living fossil' sheds light on the evolution of plants | anti dogmanti | Scoop.it
Evolutionary biologists have shed light on the early events leading to photosynthesis, the result of the sequencing of 70 million base pair nuclear genome of the one-celled alga Cyanophora.
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Better and Better : An Interview with Peter Diamandis and Steven Kotler : Sam Harris

Better and Better : An Interview with Peter Diamandis and Steven Kotler : Sam Harris | anti dogmanti | Scoop.it
At a global level, the gap between wealthy nations and poorer nations continues to close. Across the board, we are living longer, wealthier, healthier lives. Certainly, there are still millions of people living in dire, back-breaking poverty, but using almost every quality-of-life metric available—access to goods and services, access to transportation, access to information, access to education, access to life-saving medicines and procedures, means of communication, value of human rights, importance of democratic institutions, durable shelter, available calories, available employment, affordable energy, even affordable beer—our day-to-day experience has improved massively over the past two centuries.
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The originality of the species

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A frenzied desire to be first inspired Darwin and Einstein to bursts of creativity.

Ian McEwan reflects on originality and collaboration

In 1858 and 1915, Darwin and Einstein, driven in part by the somewhat ignoble or worldly ambition to be first, redirected not only the course of science, but redefined our sense of ourselves. These twin revolutions, barely 60 years apart, represent the most profound as well as the most rapid shift and dislocation in human thought that has ever occurred.

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Bacteria use chat to play the 'Prisoner's Dilemma' game in deciding their fate

Bacteria use chat to play the 'Prisoner's Dilemma' game in deciding their fate | anti dogmanti | Scoop.it
When faced with life-or-death situations, bacteria — and maybe even human cells — use an extremely sophisticated version of "game theory" to consider their options and decide upon the best course of action, scientists reported here today.
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Why do tunes get stuck in our heads?

Why do tunes get stuck in our heads? | anti dogmanti | Scoop.it
Music has a tendency to get stuck in our heads. A tune intrudes on your thoughts and plays, and replays, in a never-ending loop. Why?
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Google Flu Trends

We've found that certain search terms are good indicators of flu activity. Google Flu Trends uses aggregated Google search data to estimate flu activity.
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Questions no one knows the answers to | Video on TED.com

Questions no one knows the answers to | Video on TED.com | anti dogmanti | Scoop.it
TED Talks In a new TED-Ed series designed to catalyze curiosity, TED Curator Chris Anderson shares his obsession with questions that no one (yet) knows the answers to.
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Human fossils hint at new species

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The remains of what may be a previously unknown human species living just 11,500 years ago are identified in southern China, although the science team behind the discovery is stopping short of a formal classification.

"We're trying to be very careful at this stage about definitely classifying them," said study co-leader Darren Curnoe from the University of New South Wales, Australia.

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Human origins story takes new turn

Human origins story takes new turn | anti dogmanti | Scoop.it
The fossil remains of two human-like creatures found in South Africa could change the way we view our origins, claim scientists.

 

Independent scientists describe the fossils as exquisite and utterly fascinating.

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Human origins traced to worm fossil › News in Science (ABC Science)

Human origins traced to worm fossil › News in Science (ABC Science) | anti dogmanti | Scoop.it
Palaeontologists have traced the origins of vertebrates to a worm that swam in the oceans half a billion years ago.

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The Illusion of Free Will : Sam Harris

The Illusion of Free Will : Sam Harris | anti dogmanti | Scoop.it

"The question of free will touches nearly everything we care about. Morality, law, politics, religion, public policy, intimate relationships, feelings of guilt and personal accomplishment—most of what is distinctly human about our lives seems to depend upon our viewing one another as autonomous persons, capable of free choice. If the scientific community were to declare free will an illusion, it would precipitate a culture war far more belligerent than the one that has been waged on the subject of evolution."

Sam Harris, neuroscientist and author of the New York Times bestsellers, The End of Faith, Letter to a Christian Nation, and The Moral Landscape.

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Ancient Iceman 'had brown eyes'

Ancient Iceman 'had brown eyes' | anti dogmanti | Scoop.it
Researchers publish the complete genome of the 5,300-year-old Oetzi, the "Iceman", revealing his eye colour, blood type and a number of his ailments.

I had my genome analysed 2 years ago as part of the National Geographic research program and they told me I'm related to Oetzi, not sure how, but with improving DNA testing, I'm going to send mine off again. They also told me that three of the  four women who are ancestors of all Jewish people are also my ancestors.

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Study: New children's books lack reference to nature, animals - USA TODAY

Study: New children's books lack reference to nature, animals - USA TODAY | anti dogmanti | Scoop.it

USA TODAYStudy: New children's books lack reference to nature, animals The proportion of images where the built environment was the primary environment rose throughout the period studied.

Psychologist Susan Linn, author of The Case for Make Believe, says the research supports growing concerns about kids' lack of connection with nature. "Time in green space is essential to children's mental and physical health. And the health of the planet depends on a generation of children who love and respect the natural world enough to protect it from abuse and degradation."

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Richard Dawkins in ‘single-celled ancestor’ shock - Michael Marshall - Newsthump - RichardDawkins.net

Richard Dawkins in ‘single-celled ancestor’ shock - Michael Marshall - Newsthump - RichardDawkins.net | anti dogmanti | Scoop.it

Prominent atheist Richard Dawkins has been hit by fresh scandal today after it emerged his ancestors were single-celled organisms who metabolised sulphur.

New findings have shown that the outspoken atheist is the direct descendent of a primordial soup-dwelling thermophile – a particular variant of extremophile which clung to hydrothermic vents just 3.5 billion years ago.

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