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CSI | Strange Problems in the Wegman Report

A computer scientist discusses the roles of plagiarism, conspiracies, anti-science memes, and intense beliefs in a global-warming denying report.
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Belly Button Biodiversity

Belly Button Biodiversity | Science -Facts and Fiction | Scoop.it
You are alive, but just how alive? We know that species live under our beds or in our backyards. But how many living organisms are on a square centimeter of your skin?
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Das Erdmagnetfeld wird immer schwächer – The magnetic field of the earth is getting weaker – keine katastrophe aber wir müssen uns gedanken machen – not a catastrophe but we should take it into con...

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New Picture: Glowing Green Ring Nebula

New Picture: Glowing Green Ring Nebula | Science -Facts and Fiction | Scoop.it
Is it a portal ripped through space and time? A beacon for the Green Lantern? Get the scoop on the latest stunner from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.
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Artikel | Dr. phil. Christian Rätsch | Schamanismus • Psychoaktive Pflanzen • Räucherstoffe | Shamanism • Psychoactive Plants • Witchcraftmedicine

Dr. Phil.Christian Rätsch - Shamanism, Nepal / Mexico / Peru, Hexenmedizin, Psychoactive Pflanzen, Räucherstoffe, Tiergeister, Visionionäre Kunst, Rituale des Heilens, Hamburg...
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Die Grenzen der Physik

Die Grenzen der Physik | Science -Facts and Fiction | Scoop.it
Rolf-Dieter Heuer leitet das Nuklearforschungszentrum CERN, am weltgrößten Teilchenbeschleuniger LHC forscht er zum Higgs-Teilchen und zur dunklen Materie.
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Sun Headed Into Hibernation, Solar Studies Predicts

Sun Headed Into Hibernation, Solar Studies Predicts | Science -Facts and Fiction | Scoop.it
When the current solar cycle wraps up, the sun is going to take a breather, according to a suite of studies forecasting a solar lull.
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New Car Engine Sends Shock Waves Through Auto Industry : Discovery News

New Car Engine Sends Shock Waves Through Auto Industry : Discovery News | Science -Facts and Fiction | Scoop.it
A new engine has the potential to triple the fuel efficiency of hybrid vehicles.
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PDAs of the ancient Sumerians : Maud Newton

PDAs of the ancient Sumerians : Maud Newton | Science -Facts and Fiction | Scoop.it
Last month Peter Campbell, writing about the British Museum’s Babylon, Myth and Reality exhibition, observed, “Held in the hand, a typical cuneiform tablet is about the same weight and shape as an early mobile phone.”
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Asteroid 2005 YU55 to Approach Earth on November 8, 2011

Asteroid 2005 YU55 to Approach Earth on November 8, 2011 | Science -Facts and Fiction | Scoop.it
Near-Earth asteroid 2005 YU55 will pass within 0.85 lunar distances from the Earth on November 8, 2011. The upcoming close approach by this relatively large 400 meter-sized, C-type asteroid presents an excellent opportunity for synergistic ground-based observations including optical, near infrared and radar data. The attached animated illustration shows the Earth and moon flyby geometry for November 8th and 9th when the object will reach a visual brightness of 11th magnitude and should be easily visible to observers in the northern and southern hemispheres. The closest approach to Earth and the Moon will be respectively 0.00217 AU and 0.00160 AU on 2011 November 8 at 23:28 and November 9 at 07:13 UT.
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The Stirling Biomass Gassification Engine in Action (Video)

The Stirling Biomass Gassification Engine in Action (Video) | Science -Facts and Fiction | Scoop.it
This is an entry in my series on Denmark's myriad efforts in the climate and clean energy arena, and why they seem to work.
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A Portrait of the Scientist as a Young Artist : The Beautiful Brain

A Portrait of the Scientist as a Young Artist : The Beautiful Brain | Science -Facts and Fiction | Scoop.it
In 1873, an Italian pathologist named Camilo Golgi stirred the scientific community by managing to expose the brain in a new light—or darkness. Golgi found that by immersing nervous tissue first in a potassium dichromate solution and then in a silver nitrate solution, one could show a small number of cells—randomly—in a naked, black entirety. The stain—which Golgi named la reazione nera (“the black reaction”)—was hugely and internationally influential. From his inky-looking data, Golgi induced that our brain is composed of a syncytium, or a physically continuous nervous net. The new conclusion supported an already prominent hypothesis: the “reticular theory,” which was proposed by the German anatomist Joseph von Gerlach in 1871. (Imagine a structure similar to the enmeshed fingers of your two hands). But this turns out to be incorrect, an explanation destined to fall flat atop the scrap heap of once-received wisdom. Camilo Golgi was awarded a share of the Nobel Prize in 1906 for his spectacular stain, which is still used by investigators today.
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Stop Blaming Trade Imbalances On Lazy Greeks, Industrious Germans And Other Stereotypes

Stop Blaming Trade Imbalances On Lazy Greeks, Industrious Germans And Other Stereotypes | Science -Facts and Fiction | Scoop.it
Savings rate depends on policy....
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New quake fault discovery in California could burst dam and drown thousands

New quake fault discovery in California could burst dam and drown thousands | Science -Facts and Fiction | Scoop.it
The Polaris line, at only 22 miles long, is a dwarf compared to the San Andreas fault, which stretches 800 miles and has triggered some of the world’s biggest tremors.
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Meteorologisches Institut: Planet Simulator

Meteorologisches Institut: Planet Simulator | Science -Facts and Fiction | Scoop.it
A coupled system of climate components for Earth, Mars and Titan
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WHAT’S DOWN WITH THE SUN? MAJOR DROP IN SOLAR ACTIVITY PREDICTED

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A missing jet stream, fading spots, and slower activity near the poles say
that our Sun is heading for a rest period even as it is acting up for the
first time in years, according to scientists at the National Solar
Observatory (NSO) and the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL).

As the current sunspot cycle, Cycle 24, begins to ramp up toward maximum,
independent studies of the solar interior, visible surface, and the corona
indicate that the next 11-year solar sunspot cycle, Cycle 25, will be
greatly reduced or may not happen at all.

The results were announced at the annual meeting of the Solar Physics
Division of the American Astronomical Society, which is being held this week
at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces:
http://astronomy.nmsu.edu/SPD2011/
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Futurity.org – Software maps brain’s nerve bundles

Futurity.org – Software maps brain’s nerve bundles | Science -Facts and Fiction | Scoop.it
.Combining visual clarity with a Web-based digital map interface, computer scientists have created 2-dimensional software to examine neural connections in the human brain.
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NASA - Having a Solar Blast

NASA - Having a Solar Blast | Science -Facts and Fiction | Scoop.it
The Sun unleashed an M-2 solar flare, an S1-class radiation storm and a spectacular coronal mass ejection (CME) in the early hours of June 7, 2011. The large cloud of particles mushroomed up and fell back down covering almost half the solar surface.
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Tornadoes, or Not Tornadoes? Or, How The Media Mis-Covers Climate | The Intersection | Discover Magazine

Tornadoes, or Not Tornadoes? Or, How The Media Mis-Covers Climate | The Intersection | Discover Magazine | Science -Facts and Fiction | Scoop.it
Global Warming | Sometimes, it is important to critique one's allies.
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