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Why Waiting Lists Could Be Bad For Your Health - Neuroskeptic | DiscoverMagazine.com

Why Waiting Lists Could Be Bad For Your Health - Neuroskeptic | DiscoverMagazine.com | Science Bit Favourites | Scoop.it
No-one likes waiting their turn, but according to a new study, just knowing that you're 'on a waiting list' could change your behaviour: Exploratory random (A clever new way to disentangle the placebo effect in medicine and psychology
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Tackling creationism head-on in science lessons – video

Tackling creationism head-on in science lessons – video | Science Bit Favourites | Scoop.it
Are some science teachers failing their pupils by not confronting creationist arguments when they teach evolution?
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Science teacher eats only McDonald`s meals for 90 days and LOSES weight

Science teacher eats only McDonald`s meals for 90 days and LOSES weight | Science Bit Favourites | Scoop.it
John Cisna from Iowa, US, lost nearly 40lbs (17kgs) during an experiment that saw him eat every meal at his local McDonald's restaurant A daring science teacher who survived on eating only McDonald (Science teacher eats only McDonald`s meals for 90...
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"Dog-to-English" translator to become reality

"Dog-to-English" translator to become reality | Science Bit Favourites | Scoop.it
Anxious to know what your dog is thinking? The wait could soon be over as a 'dog-to-English' translator is set to become a reality.
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Humans May Have Fewer Genes Than Worms

Humans May Have Fewer Genes Than Worms | Science Bit Favourites | Scoop.it
How many protein-coding genes does a human have? Far fewer than previously thought.
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Dogs Align With Earth's Magnetic Field While Pooping

Dogs Align With Earth's Magnetic Field While Pooping | Science Bit Favourites | Scoop.it
RT @Slate: SCIENCE! Researchers discover that dogs align themselves with earth's magnetic field while pooping: http://t.co/qKbZfoppJz
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I got this one yesterday: http://thesciencebit.net/2014/01/02/trajectory-of-poop-and-wee-is-non-random-i-knew-it/

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Meet Ippo, The Adorable Zonkey Who is Half Zebra, Half Donkey

Meet Ippo, The Adorable Zonkey Who is Half Zebra, Half Donkey | Science Bit Favourites | Scoop.it
This is Ippo the zonkey, a lovely two-for-one hybrid of the zebra and the donkey. Ippo was born just four months ago at an animal reserve in Florence, Italy.
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World's First Text Message Using Vodka: Messages Sent Via Molecules Can Aid ... - Science Daily (press release)

World's First Text Message Using Vodka: Messages Sent Via Molecules Can Aid ... - Science Daily (press release) | Science Bit Favourites | Scoop.it
Science a Gogo World's First Text Message Using Vodka: Messages Sent Via Molecules Can Aid ... Science Daily (press release) Dec.
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Critics blast Reddit over climate-change skeptic ban - Fox News

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Critics blast Reddit over climate-change skeptic ban Fox News Victoria Taylor, Reddit's director of communications, told FoxNews.com that while it was Allen's prerogative to ban climate-change skeptics from “/r/science,” his statements “do not...
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Why do people hate the word 'chemicals'?

Why do people hate the word 'chemicals'? | Science Bit Favourites | Scoop.it

"Chemistry is everywhere in the world around us - so why are we so scared of it, asks Dr Mark Lorch."

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Because people are fools, BBC. That’s why

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Hydrogen Peroxide Mixed With Potassium Iodide

 

 

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Credit: http://imgur.com/a/yIHdU

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Evolution Doesn't Look Like You Think It Does

Evolution Doesn't Look Like You Think It Does | Science Bit Favourites | Scoop.it
There's an iconic scientific image which depicts evolution, and it suggests that we went from monkey to man in six easy steps. The only problem is, that's kinda bull.
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This has always annoyed me too. This, and allegations that giraffes got long necks from reaching up to high branches.

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World's smallest FM transmitter built with graphene, ruined by Psy

World's smallest FM transmitter built with graphene, ruined by Psy | Science Bit Favourites | Scoop.it
Researchers have been using graphene to develop an assortment of technologically advanced things for a while, from camera sensors and contact lenses all
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A radio the thickness of an atom, and just for show they use it to broadcast real music (well, Gangnam Style at any rate).

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We know little about the effect of diet on health. That's why so much is written about it

We know little about the effect of diet on health. That's why so much is written about it | Science Bit Favourites | Scoop.it
One of my scientific heroes is Bernard Katz. The closing words of his inaugural lecture, as professor of biophysics at UCL, hang on the wall of my office as a salutory reminder to refrain from talk...
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David Colquhoun on John Ioannidis on how “Almost every single nutrient imaginable has peer reviewed publications associating it with almost any outcome”

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Scientists develop alternative toxicity test for mascara

Scientists develop alternative toxicity test for mascara | Science Bit Favourites | Scoop.it
Researchers are developing an irritant test for mascara using the organism protozoa which could be used as an effective replacement for animal testing across the world.
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Myths about how the brain works have no place in the classroom

Myths about how the brain works have no place in the classroom | Science Bit Favourites | Scoop.it
Dr Hilary Leevers: There is a shortage of rigorous research into teaching methods, and results are poorly disseminated among teachers (Myths about how the brain works have no place in the classroom | Dr Hilary Leevers
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NeuroLogica Blog » Banning Wi-Fi From Schools

In the town just north of where I live the middle school was completely torn down and an entirely new middle school was built. The reason for this was concerns...
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Relates to http://thesciencebit.net/2014/01/03/reading-this-can-damage-your-health/

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Sound wave 3Dvolution: Japanese scientists move objects using acoustic levitation

Sound wave 3Dvolution: Japanese scientists move objects using acoustic levitation | Science Bit Favourites | Scoop.it
Japanese scientists have been successful in moving an object in a three-dimensional space through a complex system of acoustic levitation, surpassing previous research endeavors that lifted the objects in two dimensions.
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Neanderthals 'could speak like us'

Neanderthals 'could speak like us' | Science Bit Favourites | Scoop.it
An analysis of a Neanderthal's hyoid bone - a horseshoe shaped bone in the neck - suggests the species could speak in much the same way as modern humans do.
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Corina Marinescu – Google+ - When will the Earth lose its oceans? The natural increase…

Corina Marinescu – Google+ - When will the Earth lose its oceans? The natural increase… | Science Bit Favourites | Scoop.it
When will the Earth lose its oceans?
The natural increase in solar luminosity—a very slow process unrelated to current climate warming—will cause the…
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MSc Scholarships in Science Communication and Public Engagement, University of Edinburgh, UK | Scholarships Bank

MSc Scholarships in Science Communication and Public Engagement, University of Edinburgh, UK | Scholarships Bank | Science Bit Favourites | Scoop.it
RT @ScholarshipsUK: http://t.co/HkeihFL2FY beasiswa Science Communication & Public Engagement di Edinburgh UK, mau? :) ~1220
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Can Science Explain Everything? - NPR (blog)

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Can Science Explain Everything?
NPR (blog)
Is science complete and unitary? Does it offer an overarching and all-inclusive description of reality, reaching from the foundations of space-time to the self-illuminating capacities of consciousness?
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Deepak Chopra Gets Upset, Tries The Harvard Gambit

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Deepak Chopra gets very touchy when someone calls him out as a pseudoscientist. But when the shoe fits....
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Steven Salzberg explains how Deepak Chopra gets offended by Jerry Coyne, and so mounts the following terrific counter-argument: “I frequently speak at Harvard, therefore I am right“.

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▶ Sperm Whale explodes! - YouTube

Sperm Whale explodes in the Faroe Islands while a man is trying to open his stomach. Sperm Whales are not killed in the Faroe Islands, this one died from nat...
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As in this week’s exploding whale video. Not to be confused with this, older, exploding whale video. Or this one. Or, for that matter, this one.

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Self-tickling is impossible even if you think someone else is doing it

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New research has revealed that tickling yourself is impossible, even if you're fooled into thinking that someone else is doing the tickling.
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Allow me to break new ground by posting a picture of a cat on the internet.

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Taste Virtual Food By Touching This Silver Electrode To Your Tongue

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Amazon lets you flip through many of the books in their online store, while iTunes lets you listen to a preview of a song you’re thinking of downloading. And, soon, online supermarkets could let you sample their wares as well, thanks to this unique synthesiser that can simulate various tastes on your tongue.

 

Developed by researchers at the National University of Singapore, the simulator uses a silver electrode placed on the tongue that artificially stimulates the regions responsible for tasting sweet, sour, salty and bitter flavours. By using a combination of varying electrical currents and subtly shifting the temperature of the electrode, a convincing recreation of various flavours can be experienced.

 

So much so that the researchers are working on a spin-off product that works like a digital lollipop, providing a hit of sweet without the downsides associated to consuming sugar. It will work kind of like one of those e-cigarettes, but providing chocoholics with the sweet satisfaction they crave instead of giving smokers a hit of nicotine. [New Scientist]

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Eeewwwwww. Electricity and mouths. Together at last.

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