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When science and art collaborate, we all benefit. Fire up your imagination with these creative presentations of science.
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Carl Zimmer discusses some fascinating research on aphantasia, a previously unnamed disorder that can perhaps only be described as mind's eye blindness. Since rarely are people who have it aware that they have it, we don't yet know how common it is. The barriers to research here are legion, one would imagine.
Aphantasia, the inability to summon up mental images, is a little-known condition on the verge of wider study.
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"Our nation was founded on a bedrock principle: we are all created equal. The project of each generation is to bridge the meaning of those founding words with the realities of changing times...Progress on this journey often comes in small increments, impelled by the persistent effort by dedicated citizens. And then sometimes, there are days like this, when that slow, steady effort is rewarded with justice that arrives like a thunderbolt." [B. Obama]
The US is the largest country in the world to have nationwide marriage equality. By a long shot.
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The NH's summer solstice kicked off this week. Described here are some of the open questions still surrounding our home star.

"The extreme differences throughout the star are not easy to explain. Why, astronomers ask, does the sun's surface burn at a relatively cool tens of thousands of degrees Fahrenheit, while the corona surrounding it burns millions of degrees hotter?"
Each year on the summer solstice people flock to Stonehenge, England, to photograph the sun's rays as they dramatically peek through the stones. But some of the most intriguing solar snapshots captured on Sunday will come from a spacecraft flying a million miles away.The Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) is a satellite roughly the size of a pickup truck, operated by NASA and the European Space Agency, that orbits the sun and beams back cl...
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"The results are significant because they constitute the first time that researchers have shown that both marine and terrestrial animals require roughly the same amount of oxygen availability to survive, according to Deutsch. “It means there’s something universal about the amount of energy organisms need."
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Fantastic data visualization. You can either believe that the global scientific community is corrupt to the point of falsifying data for generations, or you can trust the numbers.
Climate deniers blame natural factors; NASA data proves otherwise
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I open my eyes; you are watching me.

Almost over this room
the sun is gliding.
Look at your face, you say,
holding your own close to me
to make a mirror.

How calm you are.
And the burning wheel
passes gently over us.

["Happiness" by Louise Gluck]
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"Hundreds of people gathered to observe and photograph the unexpected illumination. The White House's Facebook page posted a time lapse video of the lights as the day turned to night, and changed its profile picture to commemorate the decision."
On Friday night, the White House was lit up with rainbow lights to celebrate the Supreme Court's landmark ruling bringing marriage equality to every state in America. Hundreds of people gathered to observe and photograph the unexpected illumination. The White House's Facebook page posted a time lapse video of the...
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"While these words of warning have proved especially prescient in the wake of our current crisis, we are not entirely to blame. Bacteria, fungi and algae have been locked in a campaign of chemical warfare for more than a billion years. Like Darwinian selection itself, antibiotics and resistant genes long predate humanity. Microbes, moreover, outnumber us billions to one, with much greater genetic diversity and shorter reproductive cycles. This allows mutations to spread through populations quickly and gain the upper hand before new pharmaceutical trials can even get off the ground. Lastly, bacteria also are fond of passing helpful genes around to their neighbors through a process called horizontal gene transfer, and the immense diversity of the microbial jungle means there will always be resistant DNA close at hand."
A new study proposes a mathematical model for reversing drug resistance in bacteria.
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Premiering tonight on PBS is "First Peoples", a series about how humans spread across the world, looking at a different continent in each episode.
First Peoples will air on Wednesdays, 9/8c, beginning June 24 on PBS. 200,000 years ago we took our first steps on the African savanna. Today there are 7 billion of us living across planet earth. How did our ancestors beat the odds and spread from continent to continent? What was the secret to their success?
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In terms of total cell count in the human body, previous estimates have shot from 5 billion to more than 200 trillion cells. In 2013, an international team came up with 37.2 trillion (3.72 x 10^13) by taking into account the relative volume and density of different cell types. Such research is at once curiosity-motivated and medically practical. Better estimates of cell counts and other constituent elements improve our models of internal organs, which map the deep web of human physiology.
The counting does not come easily, or exactly, but there are estimates for the number of cells in the human body and galaxies in the observable universe.
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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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