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Why I Majored in Philosophy Despite Everyone Telling Me Not to

Why I Majored in Philosophy Despite Everyone Telling Me Not to | Semiotic Adventures with Genetic Algorithms | Scoop.it
God is dead, but that doesn't mean the humanities will fave to follow suit. I study philosophy not to become a marketable job-candidate, but to become a more whole human being.
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Leafy greens responsible for 46% of food-borne infections, CDC says

Leafy greens responsible for 46% of food-borne infections, CDC says | Semiotic Adventures with Genetic Algorithms | Scoop.it
Though leafy greens accounted for the most U.S. food-related illnesses, poultry caused the most deaths, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday.
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"The CDC looked at outbreaks across 17 food categories and found that almost half of all outbreaks originated from leafy greens, which include lettuce and spinach."

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Napa Valley winery ages wine -- in the ocean

Napa Valley winery ages wine -- in the ocean | Semiotic Adventures with Genetic Algorithms | Scoop.it
A California winery is conducting an aquatic experiment:
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"A California winery is conducting an aquatic experiment:

Napa Valley-based Mira Winery is aging 48 bottles of Cabernet Sauvignon in the Atlantic Ocean.  The winery said bottles of wine recovered from shipwrecks have a remarkable and unique flavor.

Thus, the winemaker believes aging the 2009 Cabernet in South Carolina’s Charleston Harbor will affect the red wine’s taste."

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Monsanto withdraws bids to grow GMO crops in Europe

Monsanto withdraws bids to grow GMO crops in Europe | Semiotic Adventures with Genetic Algorithms | Scoop.it
Monsanto Co. said Thursday it will largely drop its bid to grow some of its genetically modified crops in Europe.
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"The company said it plans to renew its approval request to cultivate MON810, the only genetically modified corn variety allowed to be commercially grown in Europe. That corn was first approved in 1998. No other application has been approved since then, Mitchener said."

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I Fucking Love Science - Elise Andrew - interview

I Fucking Love Science - Elise Andrew - interview | Semiotic Adventures with Genetic Algorithms | Scoop.it
I Fucking Love Science: Elise Andrew - Time Out Melbourne
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"Science, it’s fair to say, is pretty great – indeed, pretty fucking great. And one person who understands this more than most is Elise Andrew, the British-born/Canadian-dwelling genius behind the website I Fucking Love Science which is responsible for most of the best pictures (and nerd jokes) appearing in your Facebook feed."

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Alan Turing's Patterns in Nature, and Beyond - Wired Science

Alan Turing's Patterns in Nature, and Beyond - Wired Science | Semiotic Adventures with Genetic Algorithms | Scoop.it
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"First found in chemicals in dishes, then in the stripes and spirals and whorls of animals, so-called Turing patterns abounded. Some think that Turing patterns may actually extend to ecosystems, even to galaxies. That's still speculation — but a proof published Feb. 11 in Science of Turing patterns in a controlled three-dimensional chemical system are even more suggestion of just how complex the patterns can be.

On the following pages, Wired.com takes you on a Turing pattern tour."

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Biggest Virus Yet Found, May Be Fourth Domain of Life?

Biggest Virus Yet Found, May Be Fourth Domain of Life? | Semiotic Adventures with Genetic Algorithms | Scoop.it
Newfound pandoraviruses have opened up entirely new questions about microbial life as we know it, a new study says.
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"Scientists have found the biggest viruses known, and these pandoraviruses have opened up entirely new questions in science—even suggesting a fourth domain of life, a new study says.

Each about one micron—a thousandth of a millimeter—in length, the newfound genus Pandoravirus dwarfs other viruses, which range in size from about 50 nanometers up to 100 nanometers. A genus is a taxonomic ranking between species and family.

In addition to being huge, pandoraviruses have supersize DNA: 2,500 genes as compared with 10 genes in many viruses."

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World’s First Anti-Shark Wetsuits Protect Surfers and Divers From Deadly Attacks

World’s First Anti-Shark Wetsuits Protect Surfers and Divers From Deadly Attacks | Semiotic Adventures with Genetic Algorithms | Scoop.it
The “Anti-Shark” Wetsuit is the world’s first design that renders divers and surfers invisible to sharks!
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RDFRS: Shutting Down the Extra Chromosome in Down’s Syndrome Cells

RDFRS: Shutting Down the Extra Chromosome in Down’s Syndrome Cells | Semiotic Adventures with Genetic Algorithms | Scoop.it
Our mission is to support scientific education and critical thinking to overcome religious fundamentalism, superstition, intolerance and suffering
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100 Diagrams That Changed the World

100 Diagrams That Changed the World | Semiotic Adventures with Genetic Algorithms | Scoop.it
A visual history of human sensemaking, from cave paintings to the world wide web.

Since the dawn of recorded history, we've been using vi
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Queen Elizabeth Makes History, Legalizes Same-Sex Marriages in the UK

Queen Elizabeth Makes History, Legalizes Same-Sex Marriages in the UK | Semiotic Adventures with Genetic Algorithms | Scoop.it
With little fanfare or controversy, Britain announced Wednesday that Queen Elizabeth II — hardly a social radical — had signed into law a bill legalizing same-sex marriages in England and Wales. O
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The public seemed to take it for granted that gay marriage should be a part of British life. It was perhaps a sign of how Britain has evolved in past decades into a much more cosmopolitan nation than its starchy, traditionalist image would suggest. - See more at: http://thecontributor.com/elizabeth-ii-makes-history-legalizes-same-sex-marriages-uk#sthash.UDOZpOxn.dpufThe public seemed to take it for granted that gay marriage should be a part of British life. It was perhaps a sign of how Britain has evolved in past decades into a much more cosmopolitan nation than its starchy, traditionalist image would suggest. - See more at: http://thecontributor.com/elizabeth-ii-makes-history-legalizes-same-sex-marriages-uk#sthash.UDOZpOxn.dpuf
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Everyday People: Astoria vanilla specialist offers some flavorful surprises

Everyday People: Astoria vanilla specialist offers some flavorful surprises | Semiotic Adventures with Genetic Algorithms | Scoop.it
There’s nothing bland about the vanilla that Amy Bugbee makes in her Astoria home.
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"“People really don’t know about vanilla. I didn’t really know about vanilla but I found out that when you buy a vanilla yogurt in the store that says ‘natural vanilla flavorings,’ that has absolutely nothing to do with a vanilla bean,” Bugbee said. “That has to do with other substances that the (Food and Drug Administration) has approved to be used as a vanilla flavoring, which includes wastewater pulp from paper mills, and beaver sacs.

 

“I know a ton of vegans who are probably using this natural vanilla flavoring, not realizing they’re ingesting animal products. So I think people are really surprised by that.”

 

Castoreum is is the yellowish secretion of the castor sac of the beaver that, in combination with the beaver's urine, is used to mark territory. It is used in both perfumes and as a food additive.

 

A vanilla bean, however, left in a jar for 26 weeks with liquor and water can be reused for a year, she said."

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Neuroscientist Daniela Schiller is Researching Ways that Bad Memories Can be Made Less Fearsome | MIT Technology Review

Neuroscientist Daniela Schiller is Researching Ways that Bad Memories Can be Made Less Fearsome | MIT Technology Review | Semiotic Adventures with Genetic Algorithms | Scoop.it
A scientist who has anguished over terrors in her family’s history explores how people might erase the trauma from memories.
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"It changes how we think about the permanence of memory and identity, and it suggests radical nonpharmacological approaches to treating pathologies like post-traumatic stress disorder, other fear-based anxiety disorders, and even addictive behaviors."

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Topless Women in Public Not Breaking the Law, Says NYPD

Topless Women in Public Not Breaking the Law, Says NYPD | Semiotic Adventures with Genetic Algorithms | Scoop.it
The NYPD has reminded its officers that women are constitutionally allowed to be bare breasted in public.
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Haste and waste on neuronal pathways

Haste and waste on neuronal pathways | Semiotic Adventures with Genetic Algorithms | Scoop.it

"For a long time, scientists assumed that axonal signal conduction is by and large digital: either there is a signal, “1”, or there is no signal, “0”.

Now, a team of researchers under Douglas Bakkum and Andreas Hierlemann at the Department BSSE of ETH Zurich in Basel presents evidence that there may be more to axons than only digital signal conduction."

 

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Think that's snapper? Rampant seafood mislabeling in U.S., study says

Think that's snapper? Rampant seafood mislabeling in U.S., study says | Semiotic Adventures with Genetic Algorithms | Scoop.it
A two-year study of more than 1,200 seafood samples by Oceana, an environmental advocacy group, found that a third of seafood sold in grocery stores and restaurants is mislabeled, the group announced Thursday.
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Reflections: Portraits of the Elderly as They Once Were

Reflections: Portraits of the Elderly as They Once Were | Semiotic Adventures with Genetic Algorithms | Scoop.it
My eye recently got pulled towards "Reflections". A photo series by Tom Hussey, where he portrays the elderly as they reflect on their younger selves in the mirror. This is a wonderfully done ser...
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Gold rush-era discards could fuel cellphones, TVs

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"The USGS and Department of Energy are on a nationwide scramble for deposits of the elements that make magnets lighter, bring balanced hues to fluorescent lighting and color to the touch screens of smartphones in order to break the Chinese stranglehold on those supplies.

The 15 rare earth elements were discovered long after the gold rush began to wane, but demand for them only took off over the past 10 years as electronics became smaller and more sophisticated. They begin with number 57 Lanthanum and end with 71 Lutetium, a group of metallic chemical elements that are not rare as much as they are just difficult to mine because they occur in tiny amounts and are often stuck to each other."

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The Hallucinogenic Origins of Art

The Hallucinogenic Origins of Art | Semiotic Adventures with Genetic Algorithms | Scoop.it
A paper published in the most recent issue of Adaptive Behavior significantly updates the long-standing thesis that the global prevalence in prehistoric art of "certain types of geometric visual pa...
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"They return to Turing’s idea of natural cell assemblies forming certain geometries to explain the “selective bias” of the first artists throughout the world for certain types of shapes, suggesting a common neurobiological state. In other words, the authors remain convinced that hallucinogenic altered states, shamanic or otherwise, likely played a significant role in mediating the transition from “here and now” basic motor functions to refined visual practices — the first geometric art — by “decoupling” the mind from the survival-oriented mentality driven by the immediate environment."

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Jimmy Carter Comes Out In Support Of Edward Snowden, Against NSA Spying

Jimmy Carter Comes Out In Support Of Edward Snowden, Against NSA Spying | Semiotic Adventures with Genetic Algorithms | Scoop.it
Former President Jimmy Carter announced support for NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden this week, saying that his uncovering of the agency's massive surveillance programs had proven "beneficial." Speaking at a closed-door event in Atlanta covered by...
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"Former President Jimmy Carter announced support for NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden this week, saying that his uncovering of the agency's massive surveillance programs had proven "beneficial."

Speaking at a closed-door event in Atlanta covered by German newspaper Der Spiegel, Carter also criticized the NSA's domestic spying as damaging to the core of the nation's principles.

"America does not have a functioning democracy at this point in time," Carter said, according to a translation by Inquisitr."

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Implications to Oregon Residents on Washington's New Marijuana Law

Washington voters have passed Initiative 502 and beginning on Thursday December 6, 2012, it is not a violation of Washington state law for adults over 21 yea...
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New Surgical Knife Can Instantly Detect Cancer

New Surgical Knife Can Instantly Detect Cancer | Semiotic Adventures with Genetic Algorithms | Scoop.it
LONDON — Surgeons may have a new way to smoke out cancer. An experimental surgical knife can help surgeons make sure they've removed all the cancerous tissue, doctors reported Wednesday.
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"Scientists tested the new knife at three hospitals between 2010 and 2012. Tissue samples were taken from 302 patients to create a database of which kinds of smoke contained cancers, including those of the brain, breast, colon, liver, lung and stomach.

That was then used to analyze tumors from 91 patients; the smart knife correctly spotted cancer in every case. The study was published Wednesday in the journal Science Translational Medicine. The research was paid for by groups including Imperial College London and the Hungarian government."

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Vancouver Becomes First City to Pave Its Streets With Recycled Plastic

Vancouver Becomes First City to Pave Its Streets With Recycled Plastic | Semiotic Adventures with Genetic Algorithms | Scoop.it
The City of Vancouver is testing recycled plastic asphalt to create city streets. The move will reduce greenhouse gases by 20% in the city.
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6 Mind Hacks That Keep Stress In Check (Really!)

6 Mind Hacks That Keep Stress In Check (Really!) | Semiotic Adventures with Genetic Algorithms | Scoop.it
"Stress is our perception of what's happening outside of us and the power we give it," says Lauren E. Miller, author and stress expert.
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The Beck's Edison Bottle – Shine Limited

The Beck's Edison Bottle – Shine Limited | Semiotic Adventures with Genetic Algorithms | Scoop.it
We are an agency designed for the modern era, meaning that we are fast moving, technology literate and results focused. Our goal is very simple - to make our clients' brands a more valuable part of peoples' lives.
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