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The 10 Totally Awesome Rules of Evolution in Science Fiction

The 10 Totally Awesome Rules of Evolution in Science Fiction | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it
Evolution may be one of the most controversial scientific ideas in recent history, but it sure is boring to watch it happen in real life.
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Maybe it takes a little time for the full awesome power of these rules to be absorbed...but its a fun light read.

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Wrangling a thousand-strong robot swarm

By itself, one tiny robot called a Kilobot is not very smart. But 1,000 can follow simple instructions to assemble into multiple shapes without human interve...
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The idea was there, and now the beginning stages of execution. Given time, little things like this could do meaningful work.

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How serious is California drought? Check out these before and after pictures, taken only three years apart

The most viral images on the internet, curated in real time by a dedicated community through commenting, voting and sharing.
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Thanks to Raven for posting this.

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History 2.0: Civil War Journals & Historic Letters Go Digital

History 2.0: Civil War Journals & Historic Letters Go Digital | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it
Armchair historians with a knack for reading scratchy handwriting can now help the Smithsonian Institution with a huge effort to preserve thousands of historical letters and journals online.
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One of the good things about technology!

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NASA Is Building a Tiny Mothership to Explore Distant Lunar Oceans

NASA Is Building a Tiny Mothership to Explore Distant Lunar Oceans | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it

Suppose you’re a planetary scientist. You operate an unmanned spacecraft, surveying a distant moon in our solar system. Years of funding, engineering work, and long-distance space travel have all come together, and at last this machine—to which you have devoted so much of your life—is in place. And it’s just made an incredible discovery.

 

Maybe it’s a new kind of crater. Or an odd, unexpected mineral. Or the holy grail: liquid water.

 

It’s thrilling news—years of your career, vindicated! Now you have to wait. And lobby. And hope for the funding to come through. And wait for the next craft to get there...


Via Stratocumulus
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Very cool.

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This Object Isn't Actually Real. In Fact, It's Not Even Really There

This Object Isn't Actually Real. In Fact, It's Not Even Really There | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it
Woah. Groovy.
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Best justification for geometry, etc. I've come across in a while.

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14 Surprising Causes of Dehydration

14 Surprising Causes of Dehydration | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it
Staying hydrated and preventing dehydration is about more than just drinking eight glasses of water a day. (Stay hydrated!
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Learned something new: Your body's sensation of thirst declines with age.

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Same Genes, Different Fates

Same Genes, Different Fates | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it
Eppie Lederer and Pauline Phillips were one of the most famous pairs of identical twins in the United States during the 20th century.
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Just asking the parents would have also produced the result that identical twins aren't really identical.  :)

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Young Scientists Say They're Sexually Abused In The Field

Young Scientists Say They're Sexually Abused In The Field | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it
Heading off to exotic locales to conduct research is one of the great joys of science. But many young scientists say they have been sexually harassed or assaulted by superiors while out there.
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Parents, keep in touch with your kids who want to be archaeologists and anthropologists. Know where they are if overseas and have a plan to get them out if need be.

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Reminder: Ubuntu One to close at end of July

Reminder: Ubuntu One to close at end of July | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it
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If you're familiar with Linux Ubuntu, you may know that they had a free file upload and storage service called Ubuntu One. I recently got this email about the closure of this service. If anyone has used it, remember to retrieve your files.

 

As previously announced, the file services for Ubuntu One have been discontinued.  Your data is available for download until the end of July - if you haven't taken action already, you need to do so now in order to ensure you have a copy of all your data.

In order to make it easy for you to retrieve all of your content, we have released a new feature that lets you download all your content at once. Our website (https://one.ubuntu.com/) has been updated with instructions on how to conveniently download all your files.

In addition, you still can use Mover.io's offer to transfer your data to another cloud provider for free. And the Ubuntu One web interface is available for you to download individual files.

The previously announced option of downloading your files as a zip file is producing unreliable results for a small number of users and therefore we have removed that option. If you already retrieved your files as a zip file, we encourage you to check for the validity of the zip file contents. If there are problems with that file, please use one of the options above to retrieve a complete copy of your data.

Remember that you will have until 31st July 2014 to collect all of your content. After that date, all remaining content will be deleted.

We know you have come to rely on Ubuntu One, and we apologise for the inconvenience this closure may cause.  We've always been inspired by the support, feedback and enthusiasm of our users and want to thank you for the support you've shown for Ubuntu One.

The Ubuntu One team

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California gets creative to supply farmers with water

Amid record drought, one California county wants to reverse the flow of the state's main aqueduct to get more water to farmers. Linda So reports. Subscribe: http://smarturl.it/reuterssubscribe...
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Some well levels down thirty percent in a year...reversing the aqueduct will help, but for how long?

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Science is open to error, misinterpretation and even fraud -

Science is open to error, misinterpretation and even fraud - | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it


Since science is a human enterprise, it is open to error, misinterpretation and, rarely but notoriously, fraud and fakery.

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This makes for a good, engaging read and a humbling reminder of how little we truly know.

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First quantum transmission sent through space

First quantum transmission sent through space | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it

The first quantum transmission to go via space paves the way for ultra-secure communications satellites. Secret encryption keys transmitted via quantum links provide the ultimate way to communicate securely. That's because any attempt to intercept the key will be revealed thanks to the laws of quantum mechanics, which say that interception will introduce changes that give away eavesdroppers.

 

The technology is already available for fibre-optic cables, but a truly global network would need satellites to beam quantum data between distant locations. To test how these might work, Paolo Villoresi at the University of Padua in Italy and his colleagues turned to satellites covered in ultra-reflective mirrors. These are normally used to bounce laser beams back to Earth. The time they take to return shows up any shifts in gravity.


Via Dr. Stefan Gruenwald
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Very cool indeed.

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With Prizes Like This, Who Needs a Nobel? - Scientific American

With Prizes Like This, Who Needs a Nobel? - Scientific American | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it
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Bright young geniuses getting paid to keep on working without having to get under the wing of some sugar daddy corporation is a good thing.

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Advanced hypersonic weapon destroyed during US test

Advanced hypersonic weapon destroyed during US test | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it


The weapon was developed by Sandia National Laboratory and the U.S.

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Gotta wonder exactly what happened that made them detonate it.

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Neanderthals and Humans May Have Had Sex for Millennia

Neanderthals and Humans May Have Had Sex for Millennia | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it
Neanderthals went extinct in Europe about 40,000 years ago, giving them millennia to coexist with modern humans culturally and sexually, new findings suggest...
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Millennia? They should have called their doctors if it lasted longer than four hours.

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The Loneliness of Illness and Pain

The Loneliness of Illness and Pain | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it
“You’re lucky you don’t have to work!” “You’re just giving up!” “You need to get out more!” When we break a leg, are we better off hopping on it or using crutches?
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In light of Robin Williams' apparent suicide, articles like this should gain more focus. 

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Expedition to cross four major ice caps - Radio New Zealand

Expedition to cross four major ice caps - Radio New Zealand | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it


An expedition by two young Waikato University students to conquer the world's four largest ice caps has been launched in Hamilton.

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Good luck to them!

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The Six Companies Taking on YouTube

The Six Companies Taking on YouTube | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it

Everyone is building a YouTube competitor. Right?

Not exactly — though it’s easy to see why a well-resourced company would want to.

 

Why? Because, quite frankly, there is nothing else quite like YouTube. Sure, there are some competitors in the video space that are open platforms with video embed functionality like Dailymotion and Vimeo. But neither have the competitive scale.

 

But as we’ve learned repeatedly over the past year, YouTube is not exactly the best for building a profitable business if you rely solely on it for revenue. And where there’s weakness, there’s opportunity.

 

And there’s a handful of companies gunning to take a bite out of YouTube’s business.

 


Via Chuck Sherwood, Senior Associate, TeleDimensions, Inc
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The Fullscreen one seems rather interesting indeed.

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All systems "go" as control restored to beleagured sex gecko satellite

All systems "go" as control restored to beleagured sex gecko satellite | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it


That 90 percent includes Foton-M4's most famous residents: the zero-g sex geckos.

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Sex geckos in space!  This sounded too funny to be true. Figures it was Russian.

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Verizon boosts FiOS uploads to match downloads

Verizon boosts FiOS uploads to match downloads | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it
NEW YORK (AP) — Verizon is boosting the upload speeds of nearly all its FiOS connections to match the download speeds, vastly shortening the time it takes for subscribers to send videos and back up th
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If you're looking for a reason to leave Comcast...

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If we show you how to back up your PC for free, will you finally do it?

If we show you how to back up your PC for free, will you finally do it? | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it
What's it gonna take? These free backup tools are a good start.
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Good article and solid basic advice and instructions. Create a system image as well as backing-up files and folders!

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Found! Seven Dwarfs Surround The 'Pinwheel Galaxy' Field Of View

Found! Seven Dwarfs Surround The 'Pinwheel Galaxy' Field Of View | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it

 “The previously unseen galaxies may yield important insights into dark matter and galaxy evolution, while possibly signaling the discovery of a new...

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And the Pinwheel itself as Snow White.

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Top 8 Fastest Ways To Lose Fat

Top 8 Fastest Ways To Lose Fat | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it

Via Troy Mccomas (troy48)
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8 solid tips.

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Experience the White House Kitchen Garden!

Experience the White House Kitchen Garden! | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it

Apply now: @WhiteHouse Kitchen Garden tours are back! Find out how your school or community can come visit

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I hadn't heard about this. Sounds like a good thing for school groups and other visitors. Wonder if they would accept small homeschool groups...

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Distant Triple Monster Black Hole Discovered

Distant Triple Monster Black Hole Discovered | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it
Astronomers have witnessed a triplet of monster black holes swirling in the center of a distant galaxy, a new study says.

 

Astronomers have learned over the past decade or two that virtually every full-size galaxy such as our own Milky Way has a giant black hole lurking in its core. These monsters weigh in with a mass equal to millions or even billions of stars.


The new observations, however, described in the journal Nature, suggest that many galaxies have not one, but two or more giant black holes in their centers, orbiting each other in a tight gravitational dance that will ultimately lead the objects to merge together into something even more gigantic.


Watching these mergers will offer insight into how gravity behaves when stretched to its limits, astronomers predict, with clues revealed by monster black hole mash-ups such as the just-discovered triplet.


"We were quite surprised to find it," says Roger Deane, of the University of Cape Town in South Africa, lead author of the report. In one sense, Deane and his colleagues shouldn't have been surprised. It's widely accepted that when galaxies come close together, their gravity can force them to form a single agglomeration of stars. In fact, the Milky Way and the (relatively) nearby Andromeda galaxy will probably experience such a merger in about four billion years. Since each galaxy hosts a single massive black hole, the resulting single galaxy should end up with two.


Deane and his group originally became interested in this particular galaxy, known by the unwieldy name SDSS J150243.091111557.3, because it had been flagged by the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (thus the "SDSS" in the name) as having what looked like two sources of bright light in its core.


That indicated the possibility of two black holes there, with the light coming not from the invisible objects themselves but from the whirlpools of gas heated to incandescence as they spiral in under the black holes' intense gravity. Jets emitted by the black holes pinpointed their location.


Via Dr. Stefan Gruenwald
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Whoa...!

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