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The Most Incredible Scientific Visualizations Of 2013

The Most Incredible Scientific Visualizations Of 2013 | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it
The NSF and Science magazine created the annual International Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge. Here are this year's 18 winners.
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Beautiful images.

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Following disease into our dreams

Following disease into our dreams | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it
There are places doctors can go where they couldn’t go before. In less than a day, a human being can have his DNA entirely sequenced. Colonoscopies collect bacterial samples from deep within the gut.
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Paging Dr. Zarkov. Dr. Hans Zarkov. To the viewing room please.

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Arthro-Anthro-Cinco-Screwo from Frank Di on Vimeo

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I made this song then had a little fun incorporating some classic sci-fi cartoon images into the video. Super robots...what's not to like?  :)

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Dog cancer 'dates back 11,000 years'

Dog cancer 'dates back 11,000 years' | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it
The world's oldest-known living cancer dates back 11,000 years and arose in a single dog, say scientists.
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No shaggy dog story here.

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Look At How Gross The Water Is After The Chemical Spill In West Virginia

Look At How Gross The Water Is After The Chemical Spill In West Virginia | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it
Over 300,000 West Virginians were left without water last week when a storage facility leaked several thousand gallons of a coal-processing chemical upstream from a water treatment plant.
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What a mess.

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Nuts caused dental woes for ancestors

Nuts caused dental woes for ancestors | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it
Eating nuts and acorns may have helped hunter-gatherers survive 15 000 years ago in northern Africa but the practice wreaked havoc on their teeth.
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And livestock farming cultures had long gotten the rap for the origin of dental woes.

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Kepler-62e: Super-Earth and Possible Water World

Kepler-62e: Super-Earth and Possible Water World | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it
Kepler-62e is one of thousands of exoplanet candidates discovered by the Kepler space telescope, whose primary mission between 2009 and 2013 was to seek out exoplanets (especially...
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The habitable zone of red dwarf areas has planetary and other variables that make me wonder, with a sigh of optimism, what else we may be missing.

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Weird! Strangest Science Stories of 2013

Weird! Strangest Science Stories of 2013 | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it

2013 was a year with major scientific breakthroughs — the Higgs boson was finally caught, and scientists managed to coax human DNA from 400,000-year-old fossil bones in Spain.

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Penis theft in Africa...who knew?

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Bizarre Silk Structures in the Amazon: Is it the Work of a Spider?

Bizarre Silk Structures in the Amazon: Is it the Work of a Spider? | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it

After six months of speculation, we finally know what’s building these bizarre silk structures in the Amazon: a spider! But its precise identity is still a mystery that scientists are scrambling to solve.


Via Chuck Sherwood, Senior Associate, TeleDimensions, Inc, Dr. Stefan Gruenwald
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It takes an unusual critter to fashion those!

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Google buys Boston Dynamics, one of the most well-known robotics companies in the world

Google buys Boston Dynamics, one of the most well-known robotics companies in the world | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it

Google has confirmed it's buying Boston Dynamics -- one of the most well-known robotics companies in the world -- but isn't saying much about why.


Via Dr. Stefan Gruenwald
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Pretty soon that mechanical ox chasing your car will be Google's new IRL tracking cookie.

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Tapping Medical Marijuana’s Potential

Tapping Medical Marijuana’s Potential | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it
A Gallup poll conducted last month found that 58 percent of Americans support the legalization of marijuana.
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Silly article. Given the medium of induction carries drawbacks, there are no additional substantive dangers in smoking properly handled marijuana.

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First ever comet material found originating from a comet that struck Earth 28 million years ago

First ever comet material found originating from a comet that struck Earth 28 million years ago | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it

A team in South Africa has discovered the first definitive evidence of a comet strike on Earth some 28 million years ago.


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Quantum "Rainbow" Universe Where Time May Have No Beginning and the Big Bang Never Happened

Quantum "Rainbow" Universe Where Time May Have No Beginning and the Big Bang Never Happened | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it

What if the universe had no beginning, and time stretched back infinitely without a big bang to start things off? That's one possible consequence of an idea called "rainbow gravity," so-named because it posits that gravity's effects on spacetime are felt differently by different wavelengths of light, aka different colors in the rainbow.


Via Dr. Stefan Gruenwald
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Fun stuff to ponder!

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Senate report: Agencies are ill-prepared for cyberattacks

Senate report: Agencies are ill-prepared for cyberattacks | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it
A study by GOP Senate staffers finds that federal officials repeatedly fail to take basic preventive actions.
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from the article: "The message broadcast in several states last winter was equal parts alarming and absurd: “Civil authorities in your area have reported that the bodies of the dead are rising from their graves and attacking the living. . . . Do not attempt to approach or apprehend these bodies, as they are considered extremely dangerous.” The reported zombie invasion was not something out of the “The Walking Dead.” It was the federal Emergency Alert System under control of hackers — who exploited weaknesses that are disturbingly common in many critical systems throughout government..."

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Wow! The Most Amazing Images in Science This Week

Wow! The Most Amazing Images in Science This Week | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it
the International Space Station happened to be passing over the Sarychev Volcano just as it was beginning to erupt.
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Gotta love the overhead pic of the volcano.

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The man who lives in Russia of 1100

The man who lives in Russia of 1100 | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it
The 24 year old Pavel Sapozhnikov tries to reproduce the lifestyle of the Russian ancestors in the year 1100 and lives an ascetic life with very little human contact by participating in one of the most extreme sociopsychological experiments in...

Via F. Thunus
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An 8 month experiment, with only one day of outside contact with researchers per month. Would you be willing to do an experiment like this?

 

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We Just Lost Net Neutrality.

We Just Lost Net Neutrality. | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it
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A petition for the FCC to reclassify broadband as a telecommunications service, preserve a freer internet, and quell a recent court ruling in favor of big business.

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Y chromosome is not doomed to shrivel away to nothing, say researchers

Y chromosome is not doomed to shrivel away to nothing, say researchers | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it

Despite concerns it may be shrinking, male sex chromosome is likely to remain in rude health for many millions of years to come

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Psst...it only shrinks with age, not genetics.

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Nanoparticle injection blocks breast cancer growth in mice

Nanoparticle injection blocks breast cancer growth in mice | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it
A nanoparticle-based therapy delivered directly to the mammary ducts could potentially stop pre-cancerous cells from becoming full-blown breast cancer, scientists say.
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Strange New Worlds: The Amazing Alien Planet Discoveries of 2013

Strange New Worlds: The Amazing Alien Planet Discoveries of 2013 | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it
Check out this list of amazing alien planet discoveries of 2013.
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The inside of a neutron star is superconducting as well as superfluid

The inside of a neutron star is superconducting as well as superfluid | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it

The Crab Nebula and the pulsar at its center are endlessly fascinating. The pulsar is a neutron star, with the same mass as our Sun but only the size of a city. It rotates 30 times per second, flashing like a lighthouse as it does so. It is very nearly, but not quite, an ideal clock, without any outside influence to disturb it. At Jodrell Bank Observatory, astronomers have been watching the pulsar for over 40 years, timing it without missing a beat while it rotated more than 30 billion times. Putting together the results from our radio observations with data from the opposite end of the electromagnetic spectrum has proved remarkably rewarding.


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Worlds Around Other Worlds: First Possible Exomoon Spotted

Worlds Around Other Worlds: First Possible Exomoon Spotted | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it

Worlds around other worlds may be habitable. Even as the number of planets known beyond the Solar System climbs above 1,000, the discovery of an accompanying exomoon has remained elusive — until, perhaps, now.


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Iconic Apollo 8 "Earthrise" Photo Re-created 45 Years Later [Video]

Iconic  Apollo 8  "Earthrise" Photo Re-created 45 Years Later [Video] | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it
It is one of the most famous photos ever taken -- the Earth rising over the moon's horizon as seen firsthand by the 1968 Apollo 8 crew. And yet, more than four decades later, details about how the photo was captured are still being uncovered.

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The Scientific Reason Super-Villains Always Lose

The Scientific Reason Super-Villains Always Lose | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it

Why does good so often triumph over evil?

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Astrophysicist suggests a very brief habitable epoch of the early Universe just after big bang

Astrophysicist suggests a very brief habitable epoch of the early Universe just after big bang | Vloasis sci-tech | Scoop.it

Theoretical astrophysicist Abraham Loeb of Harvard University has uploaded a paper he's written to the preprint server arXiv, in which he suggests that conditions shortly after the Big Bang may have been just right for life to appear in some parts of the universe—for just a short time.


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