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Synthetic XNA molecules can evolve and store genetic information, just like DNA - Ed Yong - Discover Magazine Blogs

Synthetic XNA molecules can evolve and store genetic information, just like DNA - Ed Yong - Discover Magazine Blogs | Final Fantasy Science | Scoop.it
Out of all the possible molecules in the world, just two form the basis of life’s grand variety: DNA and RNA. They alone can store and pass on genetic information.

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The End of Science: Facing the Limits of Science in the Twilight of the Scientific Age - John Horgan

The End of Science: Facing the Limits of Science in the Twilight of the Scientific Age - John Horgan | Final Fantasy Science | Scoop.it

As a staff writer for Scientific American, John Horgan has a window on contemporary science unsurpassed in all the world. Who else routinely interviews the likes of Lynn Margulis, Roger Penrose, Francis Crick, Richard Dawkins, Freeman Dyson, Murray Gell-Mann, Stephen Jay Gould, Stephen Hawking, Thomas Kuhn, Chris Langton, Karl Popper, Steven Weinberg, and E. O. Wilson, with the freedom to probe their innermost thoughts? This is the secret fear that Horgan pursues throughout this remarkable book: Have the big questions all been answered? Has all the knowledge worth pursuing become known? Will there be a final "theory of everything" that signals the end? Is the age of great discoveries behind us? Is science today reduced to mere puzzle solving and adding details to existing theories? Scientists have always set themselves apart from other scholars in the belief that they do not construct the truth, they discover it. Their work is not interpretation but simple revelation of what exists in the empirical universe. But science itself keeps imposing limits on its own power. Special relativity prohibits the transmission of matter or information at speeds faster than that of light; quantum mechanics dictates uncertainty; and chaos theory confirms the impossibility of complete prediction. Meanwhile, the very idea of scientific rationality is under fire from Neo-Luddites, animal-rights activists, religious fundamentalists, and New Agers alike. As Horgan makes clear, perhaps the greatest threat to science may come from losing its special place in the hierarchy of disciplines, being reduced to something more akin to literary criticism as more and more theoreticians engage in the theory twiddling he calls "ironic science." Still, while Horgan offers his critique, grounded in the thinking of the world's leading researchers, he offers homage, too. If science is ending, he maintains, it is only because it has done its work so well.

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Does the Art World Have a Demographics Problem?

Does the Art World Have a Demographics Problem? | Final Fantasy Science | Scoop.it
In story after story after story, one powerfully persistent meme of the 2012 American presidential election was that the GOP faced a significant “demographics problem” in which the growing numbers of former minorities such as African-Americans and...
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Mars Mystery: What HAS Curiosity Discovered?

Mars Mystery: What HAS Curiosity Discovered? | Final Fantasy Science | Scoop.it
Mission scientists hint at a "historic" discovery by the Mars Science Laboratory -- but no details will be announced until further tests are carried out.
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Want A Spanish Residency Permit? Buy A House

Want A Spanish Residency Permit? Buy A House | Final Fantasy Science | Scoop.it
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Spain is the latest European country to propose offering residency permits -- which would allow freedom of movement across most of Europe -- to foreigners willing to invest in real estate properties.
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LHC Results Do Battle with Supersymmetry

LHC Results Do Battle with Supersymmetry | Final Fantasy Science | Scoop.it
Has supersymmetry really been 'hospitalized' by new results from the Large Hadron Collider? Or will the exotic nature of our Universe remain elusive for a while longer?
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Joint venture to shape the future of the Web

Joint venture to shape the future of the Web | Final Fantasy Science | Scoop.it
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Their Majesties the Emperor and the Empress of Japan Visit OIST

Their Majesties the Emperor and the Empress of Japan Visit OIST | Final Fantasy Science | Scoop.it
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John Kerry: The Winds of War Are Blowing

John Kerry: The Winds of War Are Blowing | Final Fantasy Science | Scoop.it
John Kerry is a name that appears on a number of short lists right now to fill positions in the second Obama administration. He could be Secretary of State or Secretary of Defense.
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NZ Fears 'Mount Doom' Eruption: DNews Nugget

NZ Fears 'Mount Doom' Eruption: DNews Nugget | Final Fantasy Science | Scoop.it
A New Zealand volcano that featured as Mount Doom in "The Lord of the Rings" movies is in danger of erupting as pressure builds in a subterranean vent.
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The Best Quora Q&A Contributions Curated Into Organic Articles: Curaqion

The Best Quora Q&A Contributions Curated Into Organic Articles: Curaqion | Final Fantasy Science | Scoop.it

Robin Good: Curaqion is a new curated web magazine, available monthly also in PDF format, that focuses on curating unique, rare and fascinating questions and answers from Quora.

 

What Curaqion does is to syntesize, edit, filter and re-assemble interesting set of answers to a Quora question in a way that creates a whole, organic and comprehensive content unit that is better than a long and unsorted list of disjoined answers.

 

Example of a curated Q&A: http://curaqion.com/issue/02/two-train-tracks-vs-dedicated-2-lane-road-for-efficiency

 

The original on Quora: http://www.quora.com/Transportation/If-you-replaced-2-train-tracks-with-a-dedicated-2-lane-road-and-ran-passenger-buses-would-it-be-more-efficient

 

Another one: http://curaqion.com/issue/02/get-over-low-tolerance-for-stupid-people (curated)

 

original on Quora: http://www.quora.com/How-do-I-get-over-my-low-tolerance-for-stupid-people

 

 

Download Curaqion issues in PDF format: http://curaqion.com/issues

 

Subscribe to monthly newsletter: http://tinyletter.com/curaqion

 

Free to read: http://curaqion.com/

 

 


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The Apocalypse May Already Be Here, or. . . “Something Is Rotten in the State of Denmark”

The Apocalypse May Already Be Here, or. . . “Something Is Rotten in the State of Denmark” | Final Fantasy Science | Scoop.it
Many people are concerned about terrible fates that await us in the not-too-distant future. Some believe that in December 2012, the world will come to an end.
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The True Science of Elections?

The True Science of Elections? | Final Fantasy Science | Scoop.it
For a couple of days, I was inclined to buy the theory that Obama won the election because his campaign was so "metric driven."  Metric driven in this case seems to mean the Machiavellian science of manipulation of the voters.
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Scientists Remove Extra Chromosome From Down Syndrome Line

Scientists Remove Extra Chromosome From Down Syndrome Line | Final Fantasy Science | Scoop.it
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Researchers at the University of Washington have used a new medical procedure to remove the extra copy of chromosome 21 in cell cultures derived from a person affected by Down syndrome.
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No, Really: That Mannequin IS Watching You

No, Really: That Mannequin IS Watching You | Final Fantasy Science | Scoop.it
What's the Latest Development?Just in time for the holiday shopping frenzy comes news that five major fashion brands in Europe and the US are using the EyeSee, which looks like a regular mannequin on the outside but contains a camera on the inside...
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Sven Baszio (DE): What is needed to exit the crisis and help Europe's economy to grow? (via Research & Innovation - click to watch the video)

Sven Baszio (DE): What is needed to exit the crisis and help Europe's economy to grow? (via Research & Innovation - click to watch the video) | Final Fantasy Science | Scoop.it
I think we should not bother too much looking at the small everyday problems and solving the next steps. We need people who look at the bright at the whole picture in order to have bright solutions for the big problem.
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LHC Spots Mysterious Y(4140) Particle

LHC Spots Mysterious Y(4140) Particle | Final Fantasy Science | Scoop.it
Dubbed Y(4140), this subatomic particle was first spotted in 2009. Now it has appeared in LHC data. But what is it?
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French Exoplanet Hunter Dead? DNews Nugget

French Exoplanet Hunter Dead? DNews Nugget | Final Fantasy Science | Scoop.it
Is it time to say "bonne nuit" to CoRoT?
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In France, Cultural Changes Contribute To Rise Of Low-Budget Funerals

In France, Cultural Changes Contribute To Rise Of Low-Budget Funerals | Final Fantasy Science | Scoop.it
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The last year has seen major changes in France's funeral industry, with an influx of companies now offering its services for prices that would have been unthinkable a few years ago.
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EU Gender Quota Closer To Reality

EU Gender Quota Closer To Reality | Final Fantasy Science | Scoop.it
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After weeks of arguments for and against, last week the European Union approved a draft law that will increase the number of women working at various levels in Europe's 5,000 publicly-traded companies.
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Why Are Liberals Twice As Likely to Cheat As Conservatives?

Why Are Liberals Twice As Likely to Cheat As Conservatives? | Final Fantasy Science | Scoop.it
Casual observations of American political scandals seem to suggest that Democrats are more likely to be involved in sexual scandals, while Republicans are more likely to be involved in financial scandals, with the exception that Republicans appear...
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Prestigious ERC Advanced Grant for six UvA scientists

Prestigious ERC Advanced Grant for six UvA scientists | Final Fantasy Science | Scoop.it
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Collective.li - Share Your Life Magazine

Collective.li - Share Your Life Magazine | Final Fantasy Science | Scoop.it

Share your discoveries as vivid magazines with family, friends, and the world


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Gold Rush Profiles : Videos : Discovery Channel

Gold Rush Profiles : Videos : Discovery Channel | Final Fantasy Science | Scoop.it
Meet the characters from season three of Discovery Channel's hit show, 'Gold Rush.' (What's the secret weapon?
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Pig Odors Raise Human Blood Pressure

Pig Odors Raise Human Blood Pressure | Final Fantasy Science | Scoop.it
Just 10 minutes of exposure to smells from swine operations in North Carolina was enough to raise the blood pressure of people who lived nearby.
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MythBusters ENHANCED Is Here! : Discovery Channel

MythBusters ENHANCED Is Here! : Discovery Channel | Final Fantasy Science | Scoop.it
If you’re like my boyfriend and me, with rare exceptions you watch TV with your iPad, computer or phone in your lap the whole time.
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Breaking Magic: Magic Moving Oil : Video : Discovery Channel

Breaking Magic: Magic Moving Oil : Video : Discovery Channel | Final Fantasy Science | Scoop.it
Watch as magician Wayne Houchin makes oil come alive! See even more jaw-dropping magic on Discovery Channel's new series Breaking Magic on Sundays at 10/9c! (Do you believe in magic?
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