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11:59:60 - Look For An Extra Tick Of The Clock Tonight

"The extra second is called a 'leap second.' At the very end of the day, the clock will read 11:59:60 Universal Time. Leap seconds are added to keep those atomic clocks in sync with a time standard tied to the rotation of the Earth." Read more from NPR.
"Leap seconds" are added from time to time to keep atomic clocks in sync with a time standard tied to the rotation of the Earth. This will be the 26th time it's been done.
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This 'Smart Pen' Could Revolutionize Diabetes Treatment

Graduate students at UC San Diego have developed "a glucose sensor you draw onto your skin, using a regular ballpoint pen. The pen makes testing blood sugar as easy as signing your name, and has the potential to revolutionize a multibillion dollar industry." Find out more from our #digitalhealth  blog, #FutureofYou .
Graduate students at UC San Diego developed a 'bio ink-pen,' which makes testing blood sugar as easy as signing your name.
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SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Breaks Up On Liftoff

"An unmanned SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket experienced what the private space launch company calls 'some type of anomaly in first-stage flight' about two and a half minutes into its flight." Read more from NPR.
The unmanned resupply mission had been intended to deliver much-needed supplies to the International Space Station.
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These Apps Bring Doctors and Nurses to Your Doctor

"The era of physician house calls may be returning. Several smartphone apps have emerged in the past 18 months that bring doctors and other medical professionals directly to your home." Find out more from our #digitalhealth blog, #FutureofYou.
New apps aim to cut emergency room visits and improve care by bringing doctors and nurses to your home.
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Parched California Farmers Hope to Tap Wastewater From Cities

"Facing record-low water supplies and a dry summer ahead, some California farmers are getting creative in looking for new sources of water. In one community, they’re planning to buy water from cities — after it’s already been used." Read more from +KQED SCIENCE's Lauren Sommer. 
Farmers are turning to a new drought-proof water supply--tapping what goes down the drain in nearby cities.
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I'm just glad most if not all the food we eat is produced locally. Where it still rains. Growing crops in the desert, where a lot of west coast farms are is just wasteful and in my mind just stupid
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UCSF to Use Apple’s ResearchKit for LGBT Health Study

"Mitchell Lunn and Juno Obedin-Maliver, both clinical fellows at the University of California, San Francisco, have spent the past decade studying the health problems that many lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer identified people face.

Their biggest challenge is the lack of population health data about LGBTQ people. The researchers hope that an iPhone app can change that." Find out more via our #digitalhealth  blog #FutureofYou . 
The research team behind PRIDE, a new iPhone app, say this is the first national public health study focused on the gay and lesbian community.
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Babbler Bird Calls 'Convey Meaning'

"A study of the chestnut-crowned babbler bird from Australia revealed a method of communicating that has never before been observed in animals. The bird combines sounds in different combinations to convey meaning. The findings could help in the understanding of how language evolved in humans." Read more from BBC.
A bird can communicate by rearranging sounds into calls that convey meaning in the same way that humans use language, say scientists.
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Iconic National Parks Move to Eliminate Landfill Trash

"Now, as the National Park Service approaches its centennial anniversary, three iconic parks—Yosemite, Denali and Grand Teton—are pursuing the ambitious goal of eliminating virtually all their landfill trash. The parks will try to recycle, reuse or compost their waste instead of throwing it away." Read more from National Geographic.
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Been doing it here for many years - and not just National Parks, the whole country
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Puerto Rico's Monkey Island Lures Scientists For Generations

"Imagine you're on a tropical island in the Caribbean. But now, imagine there are hundreds of monkeys on this island. And, these monkeys have a disease that could kill you, if you're not careful. What you're picturing is a real-life island off the coast of Puerto Rico." Read more from NPR.
The isle of Cayo Santiago has been home to at least nine generations of rhesus monkeys since the colony's founding in 1938. Primatologists here seek clues to primate kinship, cognition and ecology.
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Supreme Court Blocks Obama Administration Plan On Power Plant Emissions

"The Supreme court has ruled against an Obama administration effort to limit toxic mercury emissions from power plants, saying the costs of compliance with regulation should be taken into account." Read more from KQED Science and NPR.
In a 5-4 ruling, the court says the Environmental Protection Agency should have taken into account the costs of complying with regulation.
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I should imagine they have their own fingers in a few of those pies, and they're afraid of the real power.  People like the Koch Bothers.
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Europe’s Comet-Chasing Rosetta Mission Extended Until 2016

"In June, the European Space Agency’s Rosetta mission operators received a welcome surprise. Rosetta’s landing probe Philae has been silent since November when it set down awkwardly on the surface of comet 67p/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. But this month, Philae sent signals to its mothership Rosetta." Find out more from our community contributor +Ben Burress. 
In June, the European Space Agency's (ESA) Rosetta mission operators received a welcome surprise. The landing probe Philae, which set down awkwardly on the surface of comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko last November and soon after was lost from contact, transmitted signals to its orbiting mothership, Rosetta.
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These 'Resurrection Plants' Spring Back to Life in Seconds | Deep Look 

Rain falls and within seconds dried-up moss that's been virtually dead for decades unfurls in an explosion of green. The microscopic creatures living in the moss come out to feed. Scientists say the genes in these “resurrection plants” might one day protect crops from drought.

#DeepLook:  a new ultra-HD (4K) short video series created by KQED San Francisco and presented by PBS Digital Studios. See the unseen at the very edge of our visible world. Get a new perspective on our place in the universe and meet extraordinary new friends. Explore big scientific mysteries by going incredibly small.
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