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Beautiful, but sad as well to think that many will never see the night sky in all its beauty or care to.
 
An amazing new time-lapse video shows the Milky Way, dancing auroras and skies full of stars above stunning locations in areas free of light pollution.
An amazing new time-lapse video shows the Milky Way, dancing auroras and skies full of stars above stunning locations in areas free of light pollution.
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Amazing, will be very interesting once they can read the whole scroll.
 
"For the first time, words have been read from a burnt, rolled-up scroll buried by Mount Vesuvius in AD79.
The scrolls of Herculaneum, the only classical library still in existence, were blasted by volcanic gas hotter than 300C and are desperately fragile.
Deep inside one scroll, physicists distinguished the ink from the paper using a 3D X-ray imaging technique sometimes used in breast scans.
They believe that other scrolls could also be deciphered without unrolling.
The work appears in the journal Nature Communications.
The resort town of Herculaneum, sometimes called "the other Pompeii", was similarly buried in ash by Vesuvius. A remarkable library of scrolls was excavated from one of its villas in the 18th century.
Previous efforts to read them, over many centuries, involved special strategies for unravelling the scrolls as delicately as possible.
Although some unrolled fragments have been read successfully, particularly in recent years with the help of infra-red cameras, such unwinding efforts were eventually abandoned because of how much of the scrolls they destroyed.
Some other efforts to peer inside the rolled-up scrolls using CT scans have revealed the shape of the ancient, coiled layers - but never successfully deciphered their contents.
Now, a team led by Dr Vito Mocella from the National Research Council's Institute for Microelectronics and Microsystems (CNR-IMM) in Naples, Italy, has identified a handful of Greek letters within a rolled-up scroll for the very first time".
An X-ray scanning technique allows physicists to read letters from a fragile, burnt scroll dug from beneath Mount Vesuvius - without unrolling it.
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Really neat idea. I want to ride in one of these through a tornado. :-)  
These watertight, steel and aluminum capsules keep you and up to nine other people safe during the post-disaster period.
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Great read, like to get the book.
The psychology of how we use frames, categories, and storytelling to make sense of the world. "It’s insulting to imply that only a syst
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I miss my Range Rover. :-(
 
Auction paddles at the ready. A restored 1990 #RangeRover commemorating the 25th anniversary of our Great Divide Expedition could soon be yours: http://givingworks.ebay.com/tread-lightly/

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Diaphonization - Dyeing the Dead
First developed in 1977 by the scientists G. Dingerkus and L.D. Uhler, the process of diaphonization has also been known as "clearing and staining." The animals are rendered transparent (the "clearing") by bathing in a soup of trypsin, a digestive enzyme that slowly breaks down their flesh. They also soak in several batches of bone, muscle, or cartilage dyes (the "staining"), with alizarin red and alcian blue the most commonly used.

The technique is most often used with specimens that measure less than a foot in length. Thin-skinned amphibians, fish, and reptiles are especially well-suited to diaphonization, because their tissues are often too delicate for dissection and require preservation in fluids. Young mammals and birds are also suitable for this reason. By avoiding invasive measures, diaphonization helps scientists identify bones and cartilage structures as they exist in the body without any displacement. The technique is also especially useful for studying fetal organisms in the laboratory.

Image: Alizarin red staining of mouse embryos
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http://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/dyeing-the-dead-the-artful-science-of-diaphonization

#diaphonization   #biology  
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Great read.
 
#packerbacker   #12thman  -- Class exemplified.  A Must Read

Life is always present and here two young people 10 and 12 show us the correct side of life - congrats to both families for teaching their children well.    

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SEATTLE -- It was an incredible comeback win for Seahawks fans Sunday in the NFC Championship. And a heartbreaking loss for Green Bay Packers fans. One of those Packers fans wrote a heartwarming "t...
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This is pretty cool, if not a little creepy.
 
Love or hate David Bowie, you've gotta see this GIF depicting all of his hairstyles from 1964-2014. See it in motion on Colossal!

http://www.thisiscolossal.com/2015/01/50-years-of-david-bowies-hairstyles-in-a-single-gif/
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"You got your Climate Change Denial in my Creationism."
"You got your Creationism in my Climate Change Denial!"
"Two great stupidities rolled up into one curriculum!"
The Heartland Institute, a prominent, Chicago-based organization opposing climate science, has teamed up with the creationist Discovery Institute to launch a smear campaign against a group promoting the nationwide adoption of updated science education guidelines.
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Craft it or someone else will. Jalopnik: Honda Just Won April Fools' Day With This Hilarious Ad. http://google.com/newsstand/s/CBIw77OyqQk
We've been deluged with silly press releases today, but we've ignored most of them because they've elicited a tight smile, at most. But this ad from Honda, ostensibly promoting a DIY car kit, but really skewering insufferable hipsters from Brooklyn (definitely not me), is genuinely funny.
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Another death because of pseudoscience. Does science based medicine need better marketing or should there be tougher laws or is it poor education not teaching critical thinking?
Scientific American Reader: Woman's Death Linked to Alternative Cancer Treatment. http://google.com/producer/s/CBIw4Ju57g8
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