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Brain researchers can detect who we are thinking about

Brain researchers can detect who we are thinking about | Gavagai | Scoop.it

FMRI scans of volunteers' media prefrontal cortexes revealed unique brain activity patterns associated with individual characters or personalities as subjects thought about them

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geek as hell: random acts of geekness

geek as hell: random acts of geekness | Gavagai | Scoop.it

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Scans can be vital in judging severity of brain damage

Scans can be vital in judging severity of brain damage | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Determining levels of consciousness in people who have severe brain injury is notoriously hard. That task may become a little easier with the finding that brain scans can help doctors identify whether patients in a vegetative or minimally conscious state are likely to recover to some degree.

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A map of every earthquake over the last century

A map of every earthquake over the last century | Gavagai | Scoop.it

This map takes every quake from the last century and plots them out to give a sense of the incredible scope — and the power — of earthquakes.

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The oldest living things in the world

The oldest living things in the world | Gavagai | Scoop.it

What a 13,000-year-old eucalyptus tree reveals about the meaning of human life.

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Climate efforts falling short, UN panel says

Climate efforts falling short, UN panel says | Gavagai | Scoop.it

The countries of the world have dragged their feet so long on global warming that only an intensive push in the next 15 years can stave off potential disaster, United Nations-appointed experts said.

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For the first time, a mammalian organ has been persuaded to renew itself

For the first time, a mammalian organ has been persuaded to renew itself | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Clare Blackburn of Edinburgh University in Britain, and her colleagues have treated, in mice, an organ called the thymus, a part of the immune system that runs down in old age. Instead of adding stem cells they have stimulated their animals’ thymuses to make more of a protein known as FOXN1. This is a transcription factor (a molecular switch that activates genes), and for the thymus it turns out to be an elixir of life.

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The next America

The next America | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Demographic transformations are dramas in slow motion. America is in the midst of two right now. Our population is becoming majority non-white at the same time a record share is going gray.

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This could be the first animal to live entirely inside a computer

This could be the first animal to live entirely inside a computer | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Animals are exceptionally complicated things. So complicated, in fact, that we've never actually built one ourselves. But the day is fast approaching when we'll be able to create digital versions of organisms on a computer — from the way they move right through to their behaviors. Here's how we'll do it.

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The LHC has found a new particle unlike any other form of matter

The LHC has found a new particle unlike any other form of matter | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Not content with perhaps the biggest scientific discovery of the decade, scientists at the Large Hadron Collide continue to search for new particles -- and now they've found one that seems to be an entirely new form of matter.

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The science of smell: how the most direct of our senses works

The science of smell: how the most direct of our senses works | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Why the 23,040 breaths we take each day are the most powerful yet perplexing route to our emotional memory.

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The volcano that changed the course of history

The volcano that changed the course of history | Gavagai | Scoop.it
After the tsunami and famine came cholera, opium, and failed Arctic expeditions.
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Oxford University Press resources are free during National Library Week

Oxford University Press resources are free during National Library Week | Gavagai | Scoop.it

To celebrate National Library Week in the United States (April 13th-19th) and all the hard work librarians do to support their patrons, OUP is freeing up all of its online resources (excluding journals) for the week.

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El Niño could grow into a monster, new data show

El Niño could grow into a monster, new data show | Gavagai | Scoop.it

The odds are increasing that an El Niño is in the works for 2014—and recent forecasts show it might be a big one.

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India court recognises third gender

India court recognises third gender | Gavagai | Scoop.it

India's Supreme Court has recognised transgender people as a third gender, in a landmark ruling.

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Cassini may have witnessed the birth of a new Saturn moon

Cassini may have witnessed the birth of a new Saturn moon | Gavagai | Scoop.it
The potential moon (nicknamed Peggy) is tiny, probably only about a kilometer (0.6 miles) across — really a moonlet — and is invisible in the Cassini pictures. However, its presence is betrayed by an odd clumping of material at the very edge of Saturn’s A ring, the outermost of Saturn’s main rings.
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Pouring saltwater over graphene generates electricity

Pouring saltwater over graphene generates electricity | Gavagai | Scoop.it

A team of Chinese scientists did an impossible-sounding thing. They created electricity simply by dragging a droplet of saltwater across a layer of graphene. No big fires, no greenhouse gases, no fuss. They created energy with just a miracle material and one of the most plentiful substances on Earth.

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Corvid behaviour: much to crow about

Corvid behaviour: much to crow about | Gavagai | Scoop.it

By recreating the setting from Aesop's Fable 'The crow and the pitcher', researchers have shown that corvids are not just capable of grasping that solid objects displace water, but more crucially, they seem to understand the causal relationship between the properties of such objects and their effectiveness.

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The secret spiritual history of calculus

The secret spiritual history of calculus | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Integral calculus originated in a 17th-century debate that was as religious as it was scientific.

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Why you don't need to worry about giant, invincible man-eating super-rats

Why you don't need to worry about giant, invincible man-eating super-rats | Gavagai | Scoop.it

A plague of invincible giant super-rats is reported to be taking over Liverpool. They won't ever eat people, will they?

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AWOL microbes may explain our modern plagues

AWOL microbes may explain our modern plagues | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Antibiotics have endangered our native microbiomes and left us increasingly vulnerable to modern diseases like obesity, diabetes, asthma and autism.

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Songbirds in decline – a tragedy for Britain's culture, as well as its environment

Songbirds in decline – a tragedy for Britain's culture, as well as its environment | Gavagai | Scoop.it

This is the season of songbirds – the nightingales and skylarks whose voices resonate in poetry and music as well as nature. But with their numbers in freefall, could we lose them for ever.

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Papyrus referring to Jesus' wife is more likely ancient than fake, scientists say

Papyrus referring to Jesus' wife is more likely ancient than fake, scientists say | Gavagai | Scoop.it

The test results do not prove that Jesus had a wife, only that the fragment of papyrus with the phrase, 'Jesus said to them, "My wife"', is most likely not a forgery.

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PBS vs. creationists: a fight over our fishy ancestors

PBS vs. creationists: a fight over our fishy ancestors | Gavagai | Scoop.it
A PBS series aims to show how humans evolved from creatures of the deep. But creationists have denounced it as an attempt to ‘package unconditional blind faith in evolution as scientific literacy in an effort to create interest in science'.
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Pastafarians rejoice as Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster is granted permission to register as a religion in Poland

Pastafarians rejoice as Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster is granted permission to register as a religion in Poland | Gavagai | Scoop.it

A church that worships an invisible flying spaghetti monster can now apply to be registered as an official religion in Poland, after a 2013 court ruling was overturned on Tuesday.

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Indian election speaks to Internet, nukes and climate

Indian election speaks to Internet, nukes and climate | Gavagai | Scoop.it

The major parties are also touting policies on nuclear power, the internet, climate change and genetically engineered crops. Our guide explores the science and technology that feature in this Indian election.

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Why do some birds chirp while others gobble?

Why do some birds chirp while others gobble? | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Different bird sounds have different functions. Songbirds use elaborate music to attract a mate or to let rivals know the limits of their territory; other kinds of birds will chirp for food or to communicate a message to their peers, such as the presence of a predator. But there are other factors that determine why songs and calls may not sound so much alike from one species to the next.

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