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~ Interstellar Vitamins Hitch Ride on Meteorites ~ [LiveScience] :: [Excerpt:] An essential nutrient for life on Earth also cooks up in space, a new study finds. While scientists aren't yet sure of the exact recipe, they think radiation-blasted ice powered the chemical reactions that produced vitamin B3, or niacin, early in the solar system's history. [.] Smith and her co-authors discovered vitamin B3 in eight carbon-rich meteorites. The meteorites are all CM-2 carbonaceous chondrites, one of the most common meteorite types found on Earth. [More at the link.] :: #astrobiology
An essential nutrient for life on Earth also cooks up in space, a new study finds.
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What the hell. This is awesome! LOL
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~ Cloning breakthrough: Scientists create patient-specific stem cells from adults’ skin tissue ~ [The Raw Story/Reuters] :: [Excerpt:] Scientists have moved a step closer to the goal of creating stem cells perfectly matched to a patient’s DNA in order to treat diseases, they announced on Thursday, creating patient-specific cell lines out of the skin cells of two adult men. The advance, described online in the journal Cell Stem Cell, is the first time researchers have achieved “therapeutic cloning” of adults. Technically called somatic-cell nuclear transfer, therapeutic cloning means producing embryonic cells genetically identical to a donor, usually for the purpose of using those cells to treat disease. [More at the link.] :: #medicine #stemcell
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~ Kepler Astronomers Discover New Rocky Planet that may have Liquid Water ~ [SayPeople] :: [Excerpt:] San Francisco State University astronomer Stephen Kane and an international team of researchers have announced the discovery of a new rocky planet that could potentially have liquid water on its surface. The new planet, dubbed Kepler-186f, was discovered using NASA’s Kepler telescope, launched in March 2009 to search for habitable zone, Earth-sized planets in our corner of the Milky Way Galaxy. A habitable zone planet orbits its star at a distance where any water on the planet’s surface is likely to stay liquid. Since liquid water is critical to life on Earth, many astronomers believe the search for extraterrestrial life should focus on planets where liquid water occurs. “Some people call these habitable planets, which of course we have no idea if they are,” said Kane, an assistant professor of physics and astronomy. “We simply know that they are in the habitable zone, and that is the best place to start looking for habitable planets.” [More at the link.] ::  #astronomy
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~ NASA Will Unveil New Discovery from Planet-Hunting Kepler Telescope Today @ 2pm ET ~ [] | | #astronomy
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~ What It’s Like to Spend 20 Years Listening to Psychopaths for Science ~ [Wired] :: [Excerpt:] Psychopaths are way more common than people believe. About one in 150 people will meet the stringent clinical criteria for the disorder. That means hundreds of thousands of them are out and about in the population. The majority of them don’t commit violent crimes, but they lead this sort of disorganized, nomadic life, and they tend to eventually end up in some sort of trouble. Hollywood hasn’t done a good job of portraying the average psychopath. For the most part, they’ve taken the extreme view, with the Hannibal Lecters and more sensationalized people like that. It’s actually far more common and banal. [More at the link.] :: #psychology
Kent Kiehl has been interviewing psychopaths for more than 20 years. More recently he's acquired a mobile MRI scanner and permission to scan the brains of New Mexico state prison inmates. He talked with WIRED about what's different in the brains of psychopaths and why he views psychopathy as a preventable mental disorder.
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~ Philippines: Devotees nail themselves to crosses in recreation of Christ's crucifixion ~ [LiveLeak] :: [Excerpt:] Men in the Philippines barangay of San Pedro Cutud recreated the crucifixion of Jesus Christ Friday, an annual tradition that drew thousands of onlookers. Men volunteered to be whipped and nailed to crosses while wearing a crown of thorns, in order to experience the pain Jesus Christ is said to have gone through and to ask forgiveness for their sins. Among the participants was 53-year-old Ruben Enaje, a mason and plumber who was crucified for the 28th time since 1986. He said that he is usually afraid before the event, but when he finally had to carry a cross and had nails driven through his hands and feet the fear vanishes. The New Testament of the Bible says that Jesus was crucified in Jerusalem the day after the Jewish Passover, in fulfillment of a prophecy in the Old Testament book of Isaiah. Christians believe he then returned to life that Sunday. :: #atheism
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~ Novel Open Source Seed Pledge aims to keep new vegetable and grain varieties free for all ~ [UW-Madison] :: [Excerpt:] This week, scientists, farmers and sustainable food systems advocates will gather on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus to celebrate an unusual group of honored guests: 29 new varieties of broccoli, celery, kale, quinoa and other vegetables and grains that are being publicly released using a novel form of ownership agreement known as the Open Source Seed Pledge. The pledge, which was developed through a UW-Madison-led effort known as the Open Source Seed Initiative, is designed to keep the new seeds free for all people to grow, breed and share for perpetuity, with the goal of protecting the plants from patents and other restrictions down the line. [More at the link.] ::
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~ 36 Unexpected Origins Of Everyday British Phrases ~ [BuzzFeed] :: [Excerpt:] Etymology, my dear Watson. [More at the link.] :: #language #idiom
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I agree with +Hugh Tauerner. Under "Dickens to pay":

...having ‘the devilkin to pay’ meant a passage straight to Hell for one’s crimes.

According to the history I've read, the full phrase is "Half a bucket of pitch and the devil to pay". This phrase come from British shipbuilding, where planks were laid on the sides and deck with a wide gap between them for expansion and contraction of the wood. These gaps were "payed", i.e., filled with either hot pitch for the deck or oakum combined with a putty-like substance for the sides. The "devil" was a particular gap to pay. It has nothing to do with paying a debt, criminal or otherwise.

Edit: After posting, I went off to do some Google-ry and found the link below. Now I'm not sure what the phrase's origin is.
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~ Roman Catholic flagellation during Easter in Philippines ~ [Telegraph] #atheism
Roman Catholic penitents flagellate themselves at Easter in Philippines
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Let this be a lesson for you, children - this is what runaway religion will do to you and your brain.
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Read my full profile ('About') before you decide to circle me! Dutch, FreeBSD Geek/Forums Mod, a(nti)theist, science lover, and stable male person.
Topics I post about include: atheism, political activism, progressive politicsphysics, maths, cosmology, astronomy, biology, evolution, genetics, philosophy, sociology, neuroscience

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I'm informed, educated, and old enough by now to know what view of society I feel most comfortable with. You will need empirical evidence and solid reasoning to convince me of the contrary. I'm a typical European secular and rational left-winger. I don't hide that. I tend to share a lot of information and ideas about the "Circle Me" topics, and I welcome constructive comments. 



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  • Leiden University
    Political Science, 1988 - 1995
  • Universiteit van Amsterdam
    Communication Science, 1989 - 1993
  • Erasmus University
    Politics & Business, 1992 - 1995
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