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Equipped with his five senses, man explores the universe around him and calls the adventure Science.  ~Edwin Powell Hubble
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Is Earth in a new geological phase thanks to us? - opinion - 10 November 2014 - New Scientist

Is Earth in a new geological phase thanks to us? - opinion - 10 November 2014 - New Scientist | Science&Nature | Scoop.it
It may be time for science to recognise Earth's new era – one shaped by humans. So argues a geologist involved in defining new phases in geological time
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This is what brain cell conversations look like - health - 23 October 2014 - New Scientist

Modifying neurons to flash as electrical impulses pass along them lets researchers grow light-up brains in a dish and eavesdrop on their chatter
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Italian Scientists Appeal Absurd Conviction for Quake Deaths | WIRED

Italian Scientists Appeal Absurd Conviction for Quake Deaths | WIRED | Science&Nature | Scoop.it
This month in Italy, three judges have a chance to undo the Kafkaesque nightmare that has ensnared some of the country’s top scientists for almost five years. So far it looks doubtful they will. In 2012, seven scientists and engineers were convicted of manslaughter for things they said and did not say in the days…
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Meet the New Underclass: People With Ph.D.s in Science

Meet the New Underclass: People With Ph.D.s in Science | Science&Nature | Scoop.it
Once upon a time, newly-minted science Ph.D.s would get research jobs at a senior scientist's laboratory, to train and hone the ideas they would explore at their own labs. But now the supply of post-doctoral students is outpacing demand, creating a new, hyper-educated underclass.
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How Much Are Drug Companies Paying Your Doctor?

How Much Are Drug Companies Paying Your Doctor? | Science&Nature | Scoop.it
New data released today will promote transparency and help patients know when docs receive money from product makers
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Novel antibiotic class created

Novel antibiotic class created | Science&Nature | Scoop.it

Scientists have designed a new class of antibiotic which seeks and destroys resistance genes in bacteria.

The unique approach could be used to genetically engineer bacteria in our bodies to become less dangerous.

The technology might also lead to new treatments for metabolic diseases like obesity, the researchers claim.

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Implicit racism in academia

Implicit racism in academia | Science&Nature | Scoop.it
Subtle racism is prevalent in US and UK universities, according to a new paper commissioned by the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education and released last week, reports The Times Higher Educat...
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What Makes Humans Special?

What Makes Humans Special? | Science&Nature | Scoop.it
A graphical tour of our evolutionary advantages starts with anatomy
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Reviews of Nicholas Wade’s “A Troublesome Inheritance”

A list of reviews of Nicholas Wade’s book “A Troublesome Inheritance,” mainly by anthropologists and others who have investigated issues surrounding the concept of “race” in humans. Bethune, Brian: Inheritance battles Daniels, Anthony: Genetic disorder Dobbs, David: The Fault in Our DNA Fuentes, Augustín: The Troublesome Ignorance of Nicholas Wade Geneticists, Lotsofthem: An Open Letter…
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Neil deGrasse Tyson is not afraid of genetically modified foods - The Panda's Thumb

Neil deGrasse Tyson is not afraid of genetically modified foods - The Panda's Thumb | Science&Nature | Scoop.it

A blogger in the Daily Kos reports that Neil deGrasse Tyson thinks people should “chill out” regarding genetically modified food. Tyson argues, as I have for years, that all our food is genetically modified, but it took on the order of 10,000 years to get where we are now.

The pseudonymous blogger, SkepticalRaptor, notes that GM foods are to many on the left as global warming is to many on the right: It is an article of faith that genetic modification is bad, and no amount of evidence can be adduced to change that opinion.

I would add, though, that there are valid reasons to oppose at least some genetic modifications, such as corn that is immune to glyphosate (Roundup) or plants laced with insecticide (Bt). Additionally, you could reasonably argue (as does SkepticalRaptor) that, whereas it may be legal to sell seeds that cannot reproduce themselves, it is certainly immoral to sell them to farmers in developing countries. Finally, I seem to recall that there have been occasional problems introducing, say, fish genes into tomatoes. None of these problems speaks against genetically modified food in general, though they surely militate in favor of considerable caution.

SkepticalRaptor concludes with the observation that Tyson is correct in following the evidence to its conclusion rather than denying the evidence in order to support a preordained conclusion. I could not agree more.

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Two degrees: how the world failed on climate change

Two degrees: how the world failed on climate change | Science&Nature | Scoop.it

For 20 years, climate policy has centered around one goal: making sure we don't get more than 2°C of global warming. That goal is looking increasingly delusional.


Via Luca Baptista, Maria Nunzia @Varvera
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Baby chick spycam fools penguin parents - life - 03 November 2014 - New Scientist

Baby chick spycam fools penguin parents - life - 03 November 2014 - New Scientist | Science&Nature | Scoop.it
It's fluffy, has four wheels and can make an Emperor sing. A baby bird spycam is helping researchers get close to shy penguins
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Deepwater Horizon gunk settled far and wide

Deepwater Horizon gunk settled far and wide | Science&Nature | Scoop.it
Survey of deep-sea sediment helps to explain ‘missing oil’ from 2010 spill.
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The invisible extinction

The invisible extinction | Science&Nature | Scoop.it
A palaeontologist wonders whether the future fossil record will preserve evidence of animals that vanish today.
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Turning to Darwin to Solve the Mystery of Invasive Species

Turning to Darwin to Solve the Mystery of Invasive Species | Science&Nature | Scoop.it
A new study suggests that some parts of the world are evolutionary incubators, producing superior competitors primed to thrive in other environments.
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Images so cool, you'll want to learn more : Wsj

Images so cool, you'll want to learn more : Wsj | Science&Nature | Scoop.it
Nowhere may the fine line between art and science be slimmer than through a scanning electron microscope.
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Birds Evolved From Dinosaurs Slowly—Then Took Off

Birds Evolved From Dinosaurs Slowly—Then Took Off | Science&Nature | Scoop.it
Slow and gradual evolutionary advances transformed dinosaurs into birds, a new study says-until they finally took off.
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Researchers reveal new rock formation in Colorado

Researchers reveal new rock formation in Colorado | Science&Nature | Scoop.it
An astonishing new rock formation has been revealed in the Colorado Rockies, and it exists in a deeply perplexing relationship with older rocks. Named the Tava sandstone, this sedimentary rock forms intrusions within the ancient granites and gneisses that form the backbone of the Front Range. The relationship is fascinating because it is backward: ordinarily, it is igneous rocks such as granite that would that intrude into sedimentary rocks.
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WARNING: wild extrapolation (a classification system for science news)

WARNING: wild extrapolation (a classification system for science news) | Science&Nature | Scoop.it
Dean Burnett: Science news and writing can be intimidating for those new to it. A classification system for articles could help make things easier for everyone
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One Of The Best Examples Of Collective Intelligence You'll Ever See

Individual ants are not very smart, but ants working together in a colony are capable of extraordinary feats. Case in point is this remarkable video in which a colony of ants have transformed into a daisy chain to pull a dead millipede — behavior that's never been seen before.
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The Stars Beyond — Starts With A Bang! — Medium

The Stars Beyond — Starts With A Bang! — Medium | Science&Nature | Scoop.it
How the ruins of ancient galaxies inhabit the outer reaches of our Milky Way.
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What’s Up With That: Why It’s So Hard to Catch Your Own Typos | Science | WIRED

What’s Up With That: Why It’s So Hard to Catch Your Own Typos | Science | WIRED | Science&Nature | Scoop.it
The reason typos get through isn't because we're stupid or careless, it's because what we're doing is actually very smart.
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Volcanoes, Tree Rings, and Climate Models: This is how science works.

Volcanoes, Tree Rings, and Climate Models: This is how science works. | Science&Nature | Scoop.it
Mark Your Cosmic Calendar: 774/775 One wonders if anyone felt it. Did Charlemagne feel it as he led his forces across Pagan Saxon Westphalia, knocking down Irminsuls and making everyone pretend to be Christian or else? Did the people of Bagdad, just becoming the world’s largest city, notice anything aside from their own metro-bigness? Did…
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