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Sea Sparkle bloom lights up Hong Kong shores

Sea Sparkle bloom lights up Hong Kong shores | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it
Eerie fluorescent blue patches of water glimmering off Hong Kong's seashore are magnificent, disturbing and potentially harmful to marine life, biologists say.
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Amazing...and I would not think of Hong Kong as having a lot of nitrogen run-off from farming....what what else might cause it.

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New X-ray method may help decipher ancient scrolls

New X-ray method may help decipher ancient scrolls | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it
In A.D. 79, Mount Vesuvius erupted and buried the cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum. New tech may allow researchers to read scrolls.
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Being able to read damaged unwrapped scrolls is pretty awesome.

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5 Best Rescue Disks For A Windows System Restore

5 Best Rescue Disks For A Windows System Restore | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it
Every Windows user should be aware of at least one bacon-saving, data-recovering system restore disk. If your computer starts behaving strangely, won't boot, produces error messages or straight-up BSODs, then you'll need access to one of these rescue discs. They help isolate and identify errors and ultimately can be the difference between managing your system…
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Hiren FTW. Also good for data rescue, but not mentioned here, is a little program called Testdisk, which is free.

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NASA Designs Travel Posters for Exoplanets

NASA Designs Travel Posters for Exoplanets | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it
NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory has designed a series of alluring 1920s style posters advertising real exoplanets that may one day be a humanly accessible as advancements in technology slowly creep t...
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Will anyone even remember what the "med" in Club Med stood for?

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NASA's Kepler Spacecraft Discovers New Batch of Earthlike Planets

NASA's Kepler Spacecraft Discovers New Batch of Earthlike Planets | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it
NASA's Kepler spacecraft turns up 554 possible worlds, and confirms eight more, including some that may be suitable for life.
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Possible new worlds numbering in the hundreds...it just sparks my imagination, and yes, optimism.

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Why Your Brain Loves Good Storytelling

Why Your Brain Loves Good Storytelling | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it
Studying the neuroscience of compelling communication.

Via Danny Devriendt
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I can see it now: "The War on Oxytocin Synthesis"

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Orangutan granted controlled freedom by Argentine court

Orangutan granted controlled freedom by Argentine court | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it
An Argentine court issued an unprecedented ruling that favors the rights of an orangutan held in captivity.
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Who would have thunk it?

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Young Red Dwarfs Stars could Host Habitable Worlds

Young Red Dwarfs Stars could Host Habitable Worlds | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it
A study adds new targets to the hunt for habitable worlds beyond Earth—but also calls into question the habitability of many previous candidates.
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Unlike Hollywood, these young hot stars may harbor more than meets the eye.

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Northern white rhino dies; 5 left worldwide

Northern white rhino dies; 5 left worldwide | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it
A northern white rhino has died at a San Diego zoo, leaving only five worldwide and bringing the species closer to extinction.
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Where can it go from only 5?

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Mountain-sized asteroid is heading towards Earth, says scientist

Mountain-sized asteroid is heading towards Earth, says scientist | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it
A Russian scientist has discovered a huge asteroid '2014 UR116' passes Earth every three years
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Still seems kinda close to me...

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Orion 'Mars ship' set for test flight

Orion 'Mars ship' set for test flight | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it
Orion, the US space capsule that could one day help get humans to Mars, is about to make its maiden flight from Cape Canaveral.
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Making some good progress.

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Museum builds dinosaur in 30 seconds

Museum builds dinosaur in 30 seconds | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it
It's a giant jigsaw puzzle: 300 bones, 19 plates, four spikes. The world's most complete Stegosaurus skeleton has gone on display at the Natural History Museum in London.
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...and 18 months to excavate the stegosaurus!

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DNA Can Survive Reentry from Space

DNA Can Survive Reentry from Space | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it
Genetic blueprints attached to a rocket survived a short spaceflight and later passed on their biological instructions
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Very important test results with hopeful indications for the future.

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Is proton therapy the 'magic bullet' for cancer?

Is proton therapy the 'magic bullet' for cancer? | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it
A Belgian nuclear physicist is pioneering a new treatment for cancer that offers more precision and less side effects: proton radiation.
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Never heard of proton therapy...does Voyager's doctor approve?

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Elon Musk releases video of Falcon 9 landing attempt

Elon Musk releases video of Falcon 9 landing attempt | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it
Elon Musk has released video and details of the crash of the Falcon 9 booster as it attempted to make an historic powered landing after the launch of the CRS-5 mission.

Via Chuck Sherwood, Senior Associate, TeleDimensions, Inc
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So a ten percent margin in hydraulic fluid caused it.

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How to Convert a Mac-Formatted Drive to a Windows Drive

How to Convert a Mac-Formatted Drive to a Windows Drive | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it
Macs format drives with Apple’s HFS+ file system, which Windows won’t recognize or access without third-party software. Macs may also create a protected EFI partition on these drives that you can’t delete with the usual disk-partitioning tools.
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A useful bit of knowledge to tuck away. I was looking at a 1tb Apple drive today, and wondered what the big bugaboo was about it "only being for a Macbook".   Ha!

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Can You Run It On Linux? 10 Vital Apps You’ll Want When You Switch

Can You Run It On Linux? 10 Vital Apps You’ll Want When You Switch | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it
Now has never been a better time to switch to Linux, but you may still be hesitant about it because you're not sure whether your favorite applications from Windows will work on it. To help answer your questions, we'll take a look at 10 popular Windows applications and whether you have options for them in…
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Go with OpenShot for video editing on Linux.

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How Eel Drones Will Turn The Tide On Underwater Warfare

How Eel Drones Will Turn The Tide On Underwater Warfare | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it
Stealth has long been a staple of the U.S. Navy's most important national security operations. As such, many of these operations take place underwater, where submariners can discreetly eavesdrop on enemy forces and carry out missile strikes if necessary. But things are changing, and crewed submarines are being replaced by drones. Technology has disrupted just…
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Da, comrade, that snake in your trousers may not be your own.

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Science Reveals People Who Spend Friday Night at Home Have an Advantage Over the Rest of Us

Science Reveals People Who Spend Friday Night at Home Have an Advantage Over the Rest of Us | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it
The next time your friends call you a homebody, show them this.
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This could have verged dangerously close to being a mattress ad.

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The Hendo: The World’s First Real Hoverboard

The Hendo: The World’s First Real Hoverboard | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it
Marty McFly-style hoverboards have been a dream of science fiction geeks for quite some time, and the innovative duo behind Hendo Hover might be the first to make that dream a reality. About two months ago, husband and wife design team Greg and Jill Henderson launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund the Hendo Hoverboard, a levitating…
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A good start, but if Tony Hawk has a tough time making it look easy, there's some more R&D to go methinks.

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Why Kids Won't Quit Technology

Why Kids Won't Quit Technology | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it
Even though they admit their devices distract them from class. Now, some educators are incorporating the digital tools into their teaching.
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It seems to be based on pretty solid research that the brain's executive function is impaired when experiencing mindless electronic stimuli. 

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Geminid meteor shower to light up the weekend sky

Geminid meteor shower to light up the weekend sky | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it
The Geminid meteor shower has been visible in the night sky this week, with the best opportunities for viewing to come on Saturday night.
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Some folks may want to look up in the pre-dawn hours of Dec. 14th.

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NASA's New Horizons wakes up for close-up with Pluto

NASA's New Horizons wakes up for close-up with Pluto | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it
The New Horizons space probe is shaking off a deep sleep and getting ready to become the first spacecraft to visit Pluto.
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Cool.

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Britain's 'year of weird weather' on course to be named warmest for almost 250

Britain's 'year of weird weather' on course to be named warmest for almost 250 | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it
The world's oldest temperature record suggests that the 11 months from January to November were the warmest period since records began in 1772.
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Nobody needs to tell Arthur or Jim about the results of warmer temps, as the gardens speak for themselves.

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Why Jane Goodall's famous chimps still surprise us

Why Jane Goodall's famous chimps still surprise us | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it
In the dense forests of Gombe, in the Tanzanian jungle, researchers are continuing the work of Jane Goodall to learn the ways of a famous group of chimps.
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Good to hear the groundbreaking research continues.

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