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This weird chicken egg is blue because it has a virus

This weird chicken egg is blue because it has a virus | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it
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That egg looks just as green as it does blue to me. Now all that's needed is the ham.

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Dangerous Depths: Divers to Explore Secret Underwater Cave

Dangerous Depths: Divers to Explore Secret Underwater Cave | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it


In 1976, two students died while exploring the "Blue Hole," an underwater cave connected to a deep lake in Santa Rosa, N.M.

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This is the kind of story I wish I could turn on the news and see. Or a live tv science event, instead of canned "reality".

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Technology Sheds Light on 6 Great Art Mysteries

Technology Sheds Light on 6 Great Art Mysteries | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it
 Beneath the familiar faces of hundreds of paintings lining the walls of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., a host of secrets sit, waiting to be...
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Nice article, and the kind of interesting process of discovery that technology makes possible.

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'Walking' Bamboo Shark Discovered In Eastern Indonesia (VIDEO)

'Walking' Bamboo Shark Discovered In Eastern Indonesia (VIDEO) | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it

A new species of shark that "walks" along the seabed using its fins as tiny legs has been discovered in eastern Indonesia, an environmental group said Friday.

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Your ankles are unsafe in these waters!

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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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NASA’s mission improbable

NASA’s mission improbable | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it
A space agency with a proud past faces a rocky road ahead.
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That will be one expensive rock to gather!

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Mars rover Opportunity working at edge of 'Solander'

Mars rover Opportunity working at edge of 'Solander' | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it
Opportunity shows symptoms of aging, such as loss of motion in some joints, but continues to accomplish groundbreaking exploration and science. Explore further: Mars rover Opportunity trekking toward more layers.
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Man, to me "The Burns Formation" sounds like some kind of tricky football sneak play formation.  "Oh, they're lining up in the Burns Formation...get ready for anything!"

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Scientific Feud: Does Global Warming Make Us More Violent?

Scientific Feud: Does Global Warming Make Us More Violent? | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it
A group of scientists recently released a paper claiming that global warming makes violent conflict more likely. Others, though, have sharply criticized the study, leading to a widening scientific tiff.
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At first glance the idea seems a no-brainer.  Don't we all have a greater tendency to get cranky when we're hot and uncomfortable?  Many are the computers that would have been riddled with rounds if I had been armed while in the full flush of trying to fix them in summer. And I'm a fairly peaceful monkey by nature.

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New Rembrandt Tooth Whitening System Labeled Dangerous by FDA

New Rembrandt Tooth Whitening System Labeled Dangerous by FDA | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it
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"It's got frigging caesium and iridium in it!" exclaimed FDA inspector Blake Gatreau. "The real Rembrant is crapping himself and spinning in his grave..."

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North of Nowhere

North of Nowhere | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it
The cold, perfect slabs north of Tofino aren't easy to get to, even when you know where they are.
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Yeah, it's an article about surfing, but it's well-written, and that photo above is just awesome.

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10 Worst Design Failures of All Time

10 Worst Design Failures of All Time | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it

Via Mario K. Sakata
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Most of these products were a flash in the pan, but a couple I actually recall.  It seems 2004 was a great year for bad designs!

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Mario K. Sakata's comment, July 19, 2013 10:14 AM
So as 2013. Flashback in decades complaining about how 'flat' it was.
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Worms regrow their decapitated heads, along with the memories inside

Worms regrow their decapitated heads, along with the memories inside | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it

Some memories just won't die — and some can even be transferred to a whole new brain. Researchers at Tufts University have determined that a small, yellow worm known as a planarian, which has long been studied for its regenerative properties, is able to grow back a lot more than just its body parts: after the worm's small, snake-like head and neck are removed, its body will even regrow a brain that's capable of quickly relearning its lost skills.


Via Dr. Stefan Gruenwald
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This university study was done just up the street from me.  Jeez...worms regrowing heads and brains and memories right in my own neighborhood.  But can they remember what they did when they were drunk?

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Voyager 1 leaves solar system

Voyager 1 leaves solar system | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it
Nasa scientists say they believe the spacecraft has now reached interstellar space, beyond the influence of the sun (It's nice to know that Nazareth and Three Dog Night will probably be the first things ET gets to hear from earth
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Was in grade school when this was launched.

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20 Ways to Speed Up Your Metabolism

20 Ways to Speed Up Your Metabolism | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it
Whether you're trying to shed some lbs or just stay fit, these tricks to increase your metabolism will help you reach the finish line even faster. (Vitamin B, green tea, interval training and much more could speed up your metabolism!
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Kombucha tea is now the big thing...just when I had stocked-up on Yerba Mate (which tastes like dumping the lawnmower clippings bag in your cup).  Basic health reminders like drinking lots of water and getting enough sleep...good magazine filler, I suppose.
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These People Want to Go to Mars (and Never Come Back)

These People Want to Go to Mars (and Never Come Back) | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it
Tens of thousands of people are prepared to leave their families, jobs and lives behind for a one-way trip to Mars. But what sort of person would go?
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165k applicants?  And who says science fiction doesn't have a huge impact on our culture!

 

Seemingly normal people would take a one in twenty chance of surviving only a few years...for the ultimate camping trip?

 

I agree we need pioneers, and in the old days there were tons of risks too...but there was also a limitless supply of oxygen. Still, if they pass psych tests, I'll salute them.

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2 bull sharks caught in Potomac River

2 bull sharks caught in Potomac River | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it
For the second time in three years, fishermen in southern Maryland have pulled in a shark from the most unlikely place -- the Potomac River. Actually they caught two sharks. They got caught in fi...
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More sharks every year off the coast of Chatham MA too.  Seal population increases, and it's a lure.

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Printed Atlas of the World Wide Web Will Wow You

Printed Atlas of the World Wide Web Will Wow You | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it
Humans have been practicing cartography — or, mapmaking — since ancient times, but much has changed since the digital revolution
It may be hard to remember at this point, but before there was Google Maps, there was Rand McNally.

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The US does not rank in the top 10 of the world's most technically advanced countries?  Did I hear that incorrectly?  Wow.

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Colonial Shipwrecks of Colombia: Exploring an Unknown Wreck

Colonial Shipwrecks of Colombia: Exploring an Unknown Wreck | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it
National Geographic Grantee and Texas State University Research Faculty Frederick “Fritz” Hanselmann and a top-notch team of archaeologists from Colombia and the United States are leading an expedition to locate and document historic shipwrecks off...
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The Cartagena region has long been a place of intrigue, and I wonder how many more unknown ships mkight be down there.

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Windows 8 still struggles to crack the top 100 apps

Windows 8 still struggles to crack the top 100 apps | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it
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After briefly trying both the developer preview of 8.0 and the consumer preview of 8.1, I can say I'm very happy with Win7.

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Incurable Disease Threatens US Citrus Crop

Incurable Disease Threatens US Citrus Crop | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it
'Citrus greening' is wiping out Florida's orange industry.
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Lauri just told me about this tonight.  From the article: "All 32 of Florida's citrus-growing counties have reported the disease..."

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Contextualising the Hobbits

Contextualising the Hobbits | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it
18,000 years ago, the remote Indonesian island of Flores was home to a population of tiny humans. They stood only about 3.5 feet tall on their large feet, and their skulls housed unusually small brains approximately the size of a grapefruit.
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I'd be a little bummed to think that these ancient Flores people, these "Hobbits," actually had endemic hypothyroidism. 

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Samsung Introduces Successor to Galaxy: The UNIVERSE

Samsung Introduces Successor to Galaxy: The UNIVERSE | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it
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In a bold move away from portability, Samsung has announced that their popular line of Galaxy handheld devices will be upgraded to a new format called Universe.

 

"Universe is the first hinged-screen device on the market," explained director of development Joel Blatsky. "It can fold in half, and then fold in half again, and be carried like a briefcase. Then when you get to your destination, you can unfold it and have your own jumbo screen media entertainment center!"

 

Projected to sell at a competitive price to a quality 40" LED tv, the Universe will have several integrated features including Roku, Skype, and Xhamster. 

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Marooned at the end of the world

Marooned at the end of the world | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it

Capt. Robert Bartlett was awakened by a sharp crack, like a gunshot. His ship was sinking.

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A harrowing story, and one I don't think I've heard.  I like Arctic and Antarctic exploration stories (Byrd's book "Alone" being one of my favorites, and more recently a bio of a female doctor at McMurdo who had to operate on herself) and this year-long tale of endurance is a good one.

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