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Who among these deserves to be crowned the Ugliest Animal on Earth?

Who among these deserves to be crowned the Ugliest Animal on Earth? | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it
The World's Ugliest Animal will soon be named, and you can vote on which creature gets honored. (Who among these deserves to be crowned the Ugliest Animal on Earth?
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If the blobfish doesn't win, it's rigged!

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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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The universe as you've never seen it before: Incredible 360 degree panoramic

The universe as you've never seen it before: Incredible 360 degree panoramic | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it


The universe as you've never seen it before: Incredible 360 degree panoramic timelapses show stunning star trails and ALL the night sky.

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Kinda reminds me of "The Scream"

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The Milky Way's magnetic fingerprint could help reveal the history of the universe

The Milky Way's magnetic fingerprint could help reveal the history of the universe | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it
The European Space Agency (ESA) has released a new image from the Planck telescope, which at first glance could easily be mistaken for a frothy swirl in a coffee cup, but in fact depicts the Milky Way’s magnetic field lines, and could help...
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Planck telescope FTW!

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Calling Back a Zombie Ship From the Graveyard of Space

Calling Back a Zombie Ship From the Graveyard of Space | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it


For 17 years, it has been drifting on a lonely course through space.

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This is just a fantastic story. Best science story I've read all month. It reads like a movie plot.

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Crustaceans experience 'anxiety'

Crustaceans experience 'anxiety' | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it
Crayfish, once thought too primitive to experience emotion, may feel anxious, a study suggests.
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Well they certainly make me a little nervous.

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Space Smells and 4 Other Things We Learned From Astronaut Mike Hopkins

Space Smells and 4 Other Things We Learned From Astronaut Mike Hopkins | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it

 After spending 166 days as a resident of the International Space Station, astronaut Mike Hopkins is back on Earth and sharing his insights into the quirks of...

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Care for a cool glass of sweat?

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NASA's Using Space Laser to Download Video From Orbit at Gigabit Speeds

NASA's Using Space Laser to Download Video From Orbit at Gigabit Speeds | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it
NASA's latest data download just covered way more distance, and contained way more awesome, than any earthbound file transfer: the agency beamed a high-def video down from the International Space Station this week using a high-powered laser.
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"NASA says the boost in data transmission capabilities is like going from dial-up to DSL."

 

Very cool. The ability to get more data across is a good step for the future in general and mission potential in specific.

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'Cosmic Zombie' Star Triggered This Explosion In Nearby Galaxy

'Cosmic Zombie' Star Triggered This Explosion In Nearby Galaxy | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it

 An infrared image of N103B, the remainders of a supernova that exploded about 1,000 years ago in the Large Magellanic Cloud, which is one of the closest galaxies to the...

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It kinda makes you wonder what the far distant future of our own star might be.

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Astronomers Find "Mega-Earth," Most Massive Rocky Planet Yet

Astronomers Find "Mega-Earth," Most Massive Rocky Planet Yet | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it
Massive rocky planet could signal an increase in the number of places potentially suitable for life.
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So Kepler-10c would be only the second rocky planet discovered outside our solar system. But it establishes better odds of finding more.

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Scientists Studied What Psychedelics Do to the Brain, and It's Not What You've Been Told

Scientists Studied What Psychedelics Do to the Brain, and It's Not What You've Been Told | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it
New research debunks years of government myths. (@joerogan Clinical studies proving the positive effects of psilocybin: http://t.co/GVKp6G1Rxk)
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From the article: "Fourteen months later, 94% said their trip on magic mushrooms was one of the five most important moments of their lives. Thirty-nine percent said it was the most important thing that had ever happened to them. Their colleagues, friends, and family members said the participants were kinder and happier; the volunteers had positive experiences ranging from more empathy and improved marriages to less drinking."

 

Right-on.

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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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NASA Wants To Study The Universe's Dark Energy Using An Infrared Probe

NASA Wants To Study The Universe's Dark Energy Using An Infrared Probe | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it

NASA says it will send a new probe meant to understand the nature of mysterious dark energy, which makes up of about three-quarters of the universe...

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The ability to spot planets that are further away from their home star than what Kepler can normally see sounds very worthwhile.

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Close-Up Bee Portraits Are A Glimpse Into A Gorgeously Weird World

Close-Up Bee Portraits Are A Glimpse Into A Gorgeously Weird World | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it


It's not very often that you get a chance to take a very, very close look at a bee.

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Great photography!

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The Best Free Video Editors For Windows

The Best Free Video Editors For Windows | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it
Video has become an incredibly common part of everyday life. People take videos on smartphones, upload them via YouTube, and share them on Facebook. You'd think, then, that free video editors would be common, but it turns out the selection is limited for anyone not blessed with Mac OS X (and, as a result, access to…
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Also, if you can, check out Cyberlink Power Director (my favorite, though usually not free).  ;-) 

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Observatory Identifies "Weird" Ring in Cloud of Pre-star Dust

Observatory Identifies "Weird" Ring in Cloud of Pre-star Dust | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it

 "In addition, we have found a gigantic ring structure and the weird thing is, we're not at all sure what created it," lead investigator Cassandra...

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You had me at "Fast-moving O-type galaxy..."  ;-)

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Neighboring Dwarf Galaxies Refuse To Fit The Standard Model Of The Universe

Neighboring Dwarf Galaxies Refuse To Fit The Standard Model Of The Universe | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it

 These observations don't just poke holes in the current understanding of how galaxies form – that in turn questions the theory behind the origin and...

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Kinda cool.

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The Curious Passions of Mr. Cosmos

The Curious Passions of Mr. Cosmos | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it
Neil deGrasse Tyson On Space, Climate, and Why Curiosity Wins Every Time
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He's a very worthy successor to Carl Sagan and for everyone who hasn't seen the new Cosmos yet, check it out!

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Giant Argentinian storm: International Space Station snags view

Giant Argentinian storm: International Space Station snags view | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it

Astronaut snaps photo of massive storm near Argentina

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In the beginning, we marveled at the weather, our knowledge not extending much past the horizon. Now that we're in space, able to see cloud formations across the planet, we're feeling the same kind of awe and inspiration.

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NASA lays out its plan for Kennedy Space Center

NASA lays out its plan for Kennedy Space Center | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it
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from the article: "The plan seeks to advance the agency's post-shuttle goal of transforming the space center into the go-to launch site for not only NASA missions but also those by emerging commercial ventures that would drive any new development."

 

Yep, being mindful of where space funding could be in the future.

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Microsoft emulates Star Trek

Microsoft emulates Star Trek | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it
Skype conversations will have the option of near real-time translations before the end of 2014.
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Microsoft Sam's great grandson...will he know when a cabbie is swearing at you in Turkish?

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