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Infographic: For Brands, Facebook Has 10X the Engagement of Twitter - ADOTAS

Infographic: For Brands, Facebook Has 10X the Engagement of Twitter - ADOTAS | Science news and curiosities | Scoop.it
Infographic: For Brands, Facebook Has 10X the Engagement of Twitter ADOTAS The lion's share of engagement is happening on Facebook (Facebook has 10x the engagement of Twitter) – but Twitter sees over 3x more company activity than Facebook.
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Clean air: New paints break down nitrogen oxides - Cordis News

Clean air: New paints break down nitrogen oxides Cordis News Michael Hüben of the Fraunhofer Institute for Molecular Biology and Applied Ecology IME in Schmallenberg, Germany, knows that “on stretches with heavy traffic there is a particular need...
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New paints that help the environment instead of continuing to harm them

 

 

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Breath test could detect colorectal cancer

Breath test could detect colorectal cancer | Science news and curiosities | Scoop.it
The death rate for colorectal cancer has been dropping for more than 20 years, thanks to improved screening methods, according to the American Cancer Society.
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Meet Spaun, The Most Complex Simulated Brain Ever (with video)

Meet Spaun, The Most Complex Simulated Brain Ever (with video) | Science news and curiosities | Scoop.it

Chris Eliasmith has spent years trying to figure out the ingredients and precise recipe for building a brain. He even has a book coming out in February--called “How to Build A Brain”--describing gray matter, dendritic connections and other brainy anatomy. As he was writing it, it occurred to him that he might want to demonstrate it. So he built Spaun, the most complex simulation of a functioning brain built to date.

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Futurity.org – Diabetes drug may fend off depression

Futurity.org – Diabetes drug may fend off depression | Science news and curiosities | Scoop.it

"Taking a common medication that helps control blood sugar levels also seems to lower the risk of developing depression for people with diabetes."

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60-Million-Year Debate on Grand Canyon’s Age

60-Million-Year Debate on Grand Canyon’s Age | Science news and curiosities | Scoop.it
A bitter controversy among geologists edged into the open when a report offered support for a hypothesis suggesting a much older Grand Canyon than the prevailing view.
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Visualizing the Language of Drug Experience

Visualizing the Language of Drug Experience | Science news and curiosities | Scoop.it
We were somewhere around Barstow on the edge of the desert when the drugs began to take hold.

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The crux of the matter – language, context, and narrative | Green Tea and Velociraptors

The crux of the matter – language, context, and narrative | Green Tea and Velociraptors | Science news and curiosities | Scoop.it
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Why PhD Students Should Blog: My talk at UK Science Blog Prize Evening (also, I won)

Why PhD Students Should Blog: My talk at UK Science Blog Prize Evening (also, I won) | Science news and curiosities | Scoop.it
As I wrote recently, this blog was shortlisted, along with nine others, for the first UK Science Blog Prize. The award was the brainchild of Simon Singh and Ben Goldacre, and the judging panel were some of the finest minds and science writers around.
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We Are All Stardust

Join Dr. Philipp Heck and his team at the Field Museum's Robert A. Pritzker Center for Meteoritics and Polar Studies in their quest for presolar grains - cosmic stardust older than our Solar System!

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Pinterest #seemyscience

Pinterest #seemyscience | Science news and curiosities | Scoop.it
In the lab, in the field, wherever science happens: Photos from the frontline of science.
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Loading the galaxies, please wait...

Loading the galaxies, please wait... | Science news and curiosities | Scoop.it
An interactive 3D visualization of the stellar neighborhood, including over 100,000 nearby stars. Created for the Google Chrome web browser.
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Geeks vs. Nerds

Geeks vs. Nerds | Science news and curiosities | Scoop.it
In the ongoing battle between geek and nerd, one must take sides, but how can this be done without a solid argument for both personas?
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For 1st time, drugs target cancer regardless of origin - Boston Globe

For 1st time, drugs target cancer regardless of origin | Boston Globe. Great uncertainties remain, but such drugs could mean new treatments for rare, neglected cancers, as well as common ones.
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Ph.D.'s From Top Political-Science Programs Dominate Hiring, Research Finds - Chronicle of Higher Education (subscription)

Ph.D.'s From Top Political-Science Programs Dominate Hiring, Research Finds - Chronicle of Higher Education (subscription) | Science news and curiosities | Scoop.it
Chronicle of Higher Education (subscription)Ph.D.'s From Top Political-Science Programs Dominate Hiring, Research FindsChronicle of Higher Education (subscription)For Ph.D.
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The Brain: The Charlie Brown Effect by Carl Zimmer

The Brain: The Charlie Brown Effect by Carl Zimmer | Science news and curiosities | Scoop.it

I am sitting in a darkened, closet-size lab at Tufts University, my scalp covered by a blue cloth cap studded with electrodes that detect electric signals from my brain. Data flow from the electrodes down rainbow-colored wires to an electroencephalography (eeg) machine, which records the activity so a scientist can study it later on....

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First we get proof of heaven; now the secret of immortality. | Knight Science Journalism Program at MIT

First we get proof of heaven; now the secret of immortality. | Knight Science Journalism Program at MIT | Science news and curiosities | Scoop.it

The real story...(spoiler alert - it's not immortal!)

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Council using lie detector tests to root out benefits cheats catches 4,000 fraudsters in just four months

Council using lie detector tests to root out benefits cheats catches 4,000 fraudsters in just four months | Science news and curiosities | Scoop.it

"Lie detectors are little better than astronomy at detecting fraud"

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Eat your greens, and you’ll grow up to be a big dinosaur | Green Tea and Velociraptors

Eat your greens, and you’ll grow up to be a big dinosaur | Green Tea and Velociraptors | Science news and curiosities | Scoop.it
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A month in space: the Mars Curiosity rover continues its exploration – in pictures

A month in space: the Mars Curiosity rover continues its exploration – in pictures | Science news and curiosities | Scoop.it
Curiosity takes soil samples from the red planet and a cosmonaut has a crew cut in the Guardian's pick of images from our solar system and beyond...
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Story-telling rocks. | Green Tea and Velociraptors

Story-telling rocks. | Green Tea and Velociraptors | Science news and curiosities | Scoop.it
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Cheetahs on the Edge--Director's Cut

Amazing footage of a cheetah running...watch it plant any foot and see how far it travels before that foot comes back down

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New hope for sufferers of degenerative muscle disorders | KurzweilAI

New hope for sufferers of degenerative muscle disorders | KurzweilAI | Science news and curiosities | Scoop.it

A new therapeutic technique to repair and rebuild muscle for sufferers of degenerative muscle disorders has been developed by an international team of researchers, according to a study published today in BioMed Central’s open access journal Skeletal Muscle.

 

The therapy brings together two existing techniques for muscle repair — cell transplantation (mesoangioblast stem cells) and tissue engineering, delivering the stem cells via a hydrogel cell-carrier matrix.


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This post is written in a font made of DNA | Not Exactly Rocket Science | Discover Magazine

This post is written in a font made of DNA | Not Exactly Rocket Science | Discover Magazine | Science news and curiosities | Scoop.it

For more about these DNA sculptures, how they work and what they might be used for, see my piece at Nature News.

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Popular Science Writing by a Scientist: An Interview with Rob Dunn

Popular Science Writing by a Scientist: An Interview with Rob Dunn | Science news and curiosities | Scoop.it

"I love science books that are couched in language that is accessible to non-scientists. When done well, they are a joy to read. Most “popular science”(not Popular Science) authors are reporters or former reporters..."

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