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Daniel Bastian
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My (very) comprehensive take on Making A Murderer. For obsessives only.
My comprehensive analysis of the Avery-Halbach case based on the evidence included and excluded from Making A Murderer.
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Apparently Cruz's other half is every ounce the dominionist he is. Here we are graced with a counterfactual rant bookended by thick theocratic pretensions. Nine out of 10 Teapublicans will agree that 'secular' is a dirty word; Mrs. Cruz has the diatribes to prove it. She describes Ted as a "constitutionalist"--the meaning of which is left for listeners to decide--but actually I think the Constitution does more or less assume you have a human heart and soul, and I believe Cruz will certainly have to present documentation proving that.
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Do mutation rates increase as an organism ages?

"Mutation rates increase over the lifetime of an organism. Why? Because each error that goes unchecked increases the chance of future mutations...All of this means that over the lifetime of the organism, genomic control over DNA weakens, and thus mutations become more frequent."
Suzanne Sadedin's answer: Mutations happen all the time, but we have internal selection mechanisms that (mostly) prevent them from spreading. At the genetic level, these mechanisms include genes that repair DNA, genes that detect mutated DNA and methylate it (preventing it from being transcribed)...
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Excellent Q&A with UK space scientist Monica Grady.
For much of the 20th century, mainstream scientists have considered the search for alien life to be the realm of dreamers, conspiracy theorists and quacks. But recent discoveries forced the scientific community to reevaluate the circumstances in which life can exist and, with that, reconsider the once nearly unthinkable possibility that there might be alien life in our own planetary backyard. In this Aeon interview, the UK space scientist Monica ...
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Gravitational waves are not rare. Elusive, yes, but not rare. In fact, they are all around us. Every time something with mass releases energy (e.g., you, me, a collision between two black holes), it alters the curvature of space in its immediate vicinity.

So why haven't we found them, these key predictions of Einstein's unrivaled general relativity theory? Because the scale on which most GWs are created stubbornly resides below our detection threshold. The gravitational effect of my kicking a soccer ball is miniscule; gravity is a relatively very weak force.

Given current limitations, we require the most violent of cataclysms in which enough energy is released in order to stand a chance of detection. These are the events studied by LIGO and the upcoming Einstein Telescope, in contrast to the BICEP2 detector, which sought imprints of Gws left by inflation in the CMB. The former looks for the generic variety, the latter a specific signature from a specific event during the very early universe.
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"The prediction that there's a beginning, or the understanding that there's a beginning, is based on general relativity. And we know general relativity is not right... So basically we have a prediction that the universe began based on a theory we have no right to trust. So the right answer is, 'we don't know yet'."
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Noooooo

"The chances for Philae to contact our team at our lander control centre are unfortunately getting close to zero,” says Stephan Ulamec, Philae project manager at the German Aerospace Center, DLR. “We are not sending commands any more and it would be very surprising if we were to receive a signal again.”
Silent since its last call to mothership Rosetta seven months ago, the Philae lander is facing conditions on Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko from which it is unlikely to recover.
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"Gravitational-wave astrophysics has just begun; asking us what we will find is like walking up to Galileo and asking him what else you could discover with telescopes other than moons around Jupiter."
ONCE upon a time, there lived a man who was fascinated by the phenomenon of gravity. In his mind he imagined experiments in rocket ships and elevators, eventually concluding that gravity isn’…
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Using shorter and less mutation-prone DNA segments as biomarkers can increase the efficacy and efficiency of DNA profiling.
The geneticist Kenneth Kidd started his career studying the family trees of purebred cows through their blood types A, B and O, each marked by a unique substance on the surface of red blood cells. By the 1980s, scientists had found genes coding fo...
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That Van Allen radiation tho
Some say it was a giant leap for humanity, some say it was fake, some even say Stanely Kubrick directed it. However,
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"When you look around the world, at how we live our daily lives, how everything is organised and managed, do you see that need for care reflected in all our choices and actions? For strength, power, can do wonderful things, it can also do terrible things; power is neutral. It is the care we take in our choices that determines what happens."

Fantastic post.
The little Ape that Could (with apologies to Arnold Munk)
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"Today, words such as 'Islam' and 'Europe' appear to have all the consistency of oil and water," Almond writes. But, he goes on, "the fact remains that in the history of Europe, for hundreds of years, Muslims and Christians shared common cultures, spoke common languages, and did not necessarily see one another as 'strange' or 'other'...Strategically choosing when to talk about religious differences and when to keep quiet is the oldest trick in history." It's a pretty useful tactic in politics, too."
History undermines talk of a "clash of civilizations."
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Science Writer | Passionate Thinker | Serial Informer | Eternal Student
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Informed Citizen. Savvy Conversationalist. Knowledge Hound. Autodidact. Information Distiller. Fluent in science, technology and religion. Vanguard of truth. I like to debunk 'bunk'. Videophile. Audiophile. Purist.

I am an active Google+ user who contributes a good amount of original content. You'll also find I am not a fan simply resharing articles and will typically preface with additional insight to add value for my followers.

You can stay connected with me here and through my website, where science, technology, the web and a relentless artillery of thoughts collide in a fury of cerebral pyrotechnics: Waiving Entropy


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    2004 - 2009
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