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Scientists in Antarctica photographed a new species of crab. It's extraordinary he even exists.

Scientists in Antarctica photographed a new species of crab. It's extraordinary he even exists. | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
He's been waiting for us a long, long time.
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How could I resist this story? One quick question: Has anybody tried steaming them?

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Beyond the lithium ion -- a significant step toward a better performing battery

Beyond the lithium ion -- a significant step toward a better performing battery | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago have taken a significant step toward the development of a battery that could outperform the lithium-ion technology used in electric cars such as the Chevy Volt.

They have shown they can replace the lithium ions, each of which carries a single positive charge, with magnesium ions, which have a plus-two charge, in battery-like chemical reactions, using an electrode with a structure like those in many of today's devices.
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I have for years been saying that the key to the future is the development of better batteries so that renewable energy can be stored and used economically and safely. Hopefully, this is a real step towards that goal.

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Scientists reveal bizarre method sea turtles use to find their way home

Scientists reveal bizarre method sea turtles use to find their way home | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
For decades, scientists have been stumped over how sea turtles can locate their birthplace after having traveled thousands of miles. Now, a new study may have found the answer.
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While I am fascinated by this answer, it still leave me unhappy. I was sure they just called SpongeBob for directions. Now a real question, with all the microwaves flowing through the atmosphere, will this affect turtle navigation? I can imagine them making their labored way to some secret government installation and being mistaken for cyber-warfare ninja turtles.

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NASA's Kepler Spacecraft Finds 1st Alien Planet of New Mission

NASA's Kepler Spacecraft Finds 1st Alien Planet of New Mission | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
NASA's Kepler space telescope is discovering alien planets again. "Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, Kepler has been reborn and is continuing to make discoveries," study lead author Andrew Vanderburg, of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA), said in a statement. The spacecraft has been incredibly successful to date, finding nearly 1,000 confirmed planets — more than half of all known alien worlds — along with about 3,200 other "candidates," the vast majority of which should
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Meanwhile, the key question, does this planet have a red sun? Have we found Krypton? Will there be a superman from the super earth?

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Feathered friends: researchers unveil bird 'family tree'

Feathered friends: researchers unveil bird 'family tree' | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Scientists have unveiled the most comprehensive bird 'family tree' ever devised, using genetic data from 48 species to trace how modern bird lineages arose and flourished after the mass extinction that killed off the dinosaurs. The work by researchers from 20 countries helps clarify the evolutionary relationships of modern bird groups and reveals the genetic underpinning of traits such as singing, toothlessness, colorful feathers and color vision. ...
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Imagine that hummingbird outside your window, that robin singing, that parrot talking trash: all the wonder of birds. Now thing they all survived and were descended from the dinosaurs. Wow! Will they survive man? Will we cause another mass extinction?

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Study suggests genetic link for male homosexuality

Study suggests genetic link for male homosexuality | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
A large study of gay brothers adds to evidence that genes influence men's chances of being homosexual. But the results aren't strong enough to prove it.
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Is there anyone left who doesn't know that homosexuality is the result of genetics and not some choice? Well, anyone outside of places like Uganda and the American religious right where they don't believe that God actually works through the laws of science?

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European Space Agency confirms comet landing site

European Space Agency confirms comet landing site | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
The European Space Agency has confirmed the time and place it will attempt to land the first spacecraft on a comet.
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There it is: The "Heaven's Gate" cult should have waited for a better ride. Got to love science.

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Warm blooded or cold? Dinosaurs were somewhere in between

Warm blooded or cold? Dinosaurs were somewhere in between | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The hot question of whether dinosaurs were warm-blooded like birds and mammals or cold blooded like reptiles, fish and amphibians finally has a good answer. Dinosaurs, for eons Earth's dominant land animals until being wiped out by an asteroid 65 million years ago, were in fact somewhere in between. The study, published in the journal Science, assessed 21 species of dinosaurs including super predators Tyrannosaurus and Allosaurus, long-necked Apatosaurus, duckbilled Tenontosaurus and bird-like Troodon as well as a range of mammals, birds, bony fish, sharks, lizards, snakes and crocodiles. They did not act like mammals or birds nor did they act like reptiles or fish," said University of Arizona evolutionary biologist and ecologist Brian Enquist.
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I wonder if their temperature fluctuated as food supplies changed or perhaps with the weather. Fascinating stuff this.

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If you missed it on Awakenings journey across America, we have encountered that Maryland has a state dinosaur! Check out Maryland: Crossroads @ http://awakenings2012.blogspot.com/2014/04/428-maryland-crossroads.html History...how fascinating!

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The Mathematics of Murder: Should a Robot Sacrifice Your Life to Save Two?

The Mathematics of Murder: Should a Robot Sacrifice Your Life to Save Two? | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it

Your robot, the one you paid good money for, has chosen to kill you. Better that, its collision-response algorithms decided, than a high-speed, head-on collision with a smaller, non-robotic compact. There were two people in that car, to your one. The math couldn’t be simpler.

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What are the ethics of robots? What ethical issues do the builders of robots have to consider. This article is a great starting point for that discussion.

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Awesome 3-D printing tech we can’t show you on TV – yet | Al Jazeera America

Awesome 3-D printing tech we can’t show you on TV – yet | Al Jazeera America | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Some of the coolest applications of 3D printing aren’t quite ready for prime time.
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This is some cool stuff it can be done.

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Men and women 'wired differently'

Men and women 'wired differently' | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
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While this is hardly conclusive, it is one of those wonderfully provocative studies that can set us talking and thinking.

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I’ll Have What She’s Thinking

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Researchers confirm the spontaneous orgasm.
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Interestingly there has been no consideration of the role of romance and erotic literature to this point. Still, as an author, I'm wondering about possibly changing genres.

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Has the Missing 80% of the Universe’s Mass Been Found? | TIME.com

Has the Missing 80% of the Universe’s Mass Been Found? | TIME.com | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
The search for dark matter—the glue that holds the cosmos together—takes a big step forward
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The search for dark matter is one of those wonderful science geek stories I love to find, especially when they come with cool pictures like this one of our cosmos.

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Oldest stone tools pre-date earliest humans - BBC News

Oldest stone tools pre-date earliest humans - BBC News | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Stones tools that are 3.3 million years old have been unearthed pre-dating the earliest-known humans in the Homo genus.
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Fascinating, especially since I can't use a hammer or screwdriver without hurting myself. Got to love physical anthropology and archeology.

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CERN restarts Large Hadron Collider, seeks dark universe

CERN restarts Large Hadron Collider, seeks dark universe | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
By Robert Evans GENEVA (Reuters) - Scientists at Europe's physics research center CERN on Sunday restarted their "Big Bang" Large Hadron Collider (LHC), embarking on a bid to probe into the "dark universe" they believe lies beyond the visible one. CERN reported that particle beams were successfully pushed around the LHC in both directions after a two-year shutdown for a major refit described as a Herculean task that doubled its power -- and its reach into the unknown. Study of many billions of c
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Mankind explores the beginnings of the universe, but are we capable of using the knowledge for the betterment of our world?

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Scientists Find The Secret To Staying Faithful - Natural News Blogs

Scientists Find The Secret To Staying Faithful - Natural News Blogs | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Recent research examines the role Oxytocin plays in fidelity and how meditation can increase its production.
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Forget poetry. Forget love letters (well, now a text—preferably no more than 140 characters). Forget romantic dinners. Just pass the chemicals and love will follow. There is a powerful short story to be written based on this information; but I don't want to be the one to write it.

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Here's What Really Killed the Dinosaurs

Here's What Really Killed the Dinosaurs | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
It wasn't just an asteroid
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Perhaps the asteroid's impact started the volcanic process. Or perhaps both theories are wrong and it was over-hunting by humans. I do wonder how Adam and Eve survived in the garden with Tyrannosaurus Rex. Oh well, I'm sure they'll make a movie to explain it all. 

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2 Futures Can Explain Time's Mysterious Past

2 Futures Can Explain Time's Mysterious Past | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
New theories suggest the big bang was not the beginning, and that we may live in the past of a parallel universe
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Backward, oh backward, turn time in thy flight. Well maybe time is already going in two directions. Got to love cosmology.

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In 125 Years, Millions Of People Have Looked At This Painting. No One Really Saw It Until Now.

In 125 Years, Millions Of People Have Looked At This Painting. No One Really Saw It Until Now. | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it

I know Van Gogh was a genius. If the point of this were "Van Gogh was a mad genius," I would not be sharing this with you.

 

But I found this and I thought, "Oh, what a vaguely interesting thing." And then I got to the part about the Hubble Space Telescope, and, let me tell you: Mind. Blown.

 

We've got the set up here, but you have to watch the video for the full effect. It's all the way at the bottom.

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Although Van Gogh's ear was cut off in a dual, not a psychotic state, the rest of this piece is great for those who love art and those who love science.

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The Domestic Cat Genome Has Been Fully Sequenced, and It's Fascinating

The Domestic Cat Genome Has Been Fully Sequenced, and It's Fascinating | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
The Felis catus genome has been fully sequenced and annotated, which means your pet kitty is about to give up its genetic secrets to science.
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Meanwhile on the subject of cat-human symbiosis. Cats started out as independent contractors getting rid of vermin (most likely in China), but figured out that they could get better benefits with a few purrs. 

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Evolution Takes a Detour in Comb Jellies

Evolution Takes a Detour in Comb Jellies | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
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Some days the science news just turns me on. How about this one? This seems like a good argument for evolution. I don't think a god would have bothered with an entirely different branch of life just for ctenophores.

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Science proves elephants are even smarter than we thought

Science proves elephants are even smarter than we thought | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
We now have evidence they're some of the most empathic animals on the planet. Can we still justify their captivity? VIDEO
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It amazes me that scientists hadn't long ago realized that many animals can think, have moments of problem-solving insight.

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Quantum craziness - Space news from Electric Unive... - The Watchers

Quantum craziness - Space news from Electric Unive... - The Watchers | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
A new paper published by an MIT physicist claims to theoretically prove that so-called "quantum entanglement" -- two particles seemingly occupying more than one state simultaneously -- gives rise to a wormhole that allows particles to commu...
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I love this line: "It's the ultimate catastrophe: that theoretical physics has led to this crazy situation where the physicists are utterly confused and seem not to have any predictions at all." Means they're as confused as the rest of us.

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9 Freaky Scientific Discoveries

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What does a Gila monster's spit have to do with chocolate? That and other interesting tidbits from science.

 

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If you like science or science fiction, this is a collection of fascinating information. If you'd in Middle School, use this information to impress your science teacher and entertain your friends, but don't imitate those herrings.

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'Time Crystals' Could Upend Physicists' Theory of Time | Wired Science | Wired.com

'Time Crystals' Could Upend Physicists' Theory of Time | Wired Science | Wired.com | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
A radical theory predicting the existence of “time crystals” — perpetual motion objects that break the symmetry of time — is being put to the test.
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I don't fully understand this stuff, but I love to read about it and wonder. Perhaps in a future life I will be a scientist; I had planned on coming back as an aardvark or a giant anteater, but now I may have to change my mind.

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