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Jennifer Ouellette
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These pendants replicate spider webs spun under the influence of psychoactive drugs. http://io9.com/this-beautiful-jewelry-is-a-secret-drug-science-joke-1564815161/
Much as we love the present trend of sticking drug-molecules on everything from coffee mugs to t-shirts, we crave something new. Fortunately, science-themed artist Delftia has a novel take on subtle drug jewelry: pendants that replicate spider webs spun under the influence of psychoactive drugs.
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Why Were There So Many Giant Insects in the 1950s? "Sometimes a giant mutant insect is just a giant mutant insect." http://io9.com/why-were-there-so-many-giant-insects-in-the-1950s-1564706465/
Hollywood produced some 500 science fiction movies during the 1950s, and the stars of many of them were colossal mutant insects. Why were people in the mid-twentieth century obsessed with giant bugs? One economist sums up the dominant theories.
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they were symbolic of the Red Threat. 
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LOVE! 'Game of Thrones' Pop-Up Book That Folds Out to Create a Giant 3D Map of Westeros http://laughingsquid.com/amazing-game-of-thrones-pop-up-book-that-folds-out-to-create-a-giant-3d-map-of-westeros/ 
Author and illustrator Matthew Reinhart and artist Michael Komarck have teamed up with Insight Editions publishing to create the Game of Thrones: A Pop-Up Guide to Westeros, an amazing pop-up book ...
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The Problem of Now: "The origin of the problem is not in the mathematics, but in the failure to distinguish subjective experience of physical existence from objective truth." http://backreaction.blogspot.com/2014/04/the-problem-of-now.html
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Absurd Creature of the Week: An Ant That Skydives and Uses Its Head as a Shield  http://www.wired.com/2014/04/absurd-creature-of-the-week-the-amazing-skydiving-ant/
With a range stretching from Argentina all the way up into the southern U.S., this incredible genus of ants has also mastered the art of rainforest skydiving, leaping from the canopy to avoid predators, only to steer themselves mid-flight right back onto the trunk of their home tree. And they do it with remarkable agility.
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The Trouble With Rice: As a plant, rice is particularly prone to absorbing certain toxic metals from the soil. http://nyti.ms/1eIVSyN
The rice plant is one of nature’s great metal scavengers, with potential health consequences for consumers.
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"Pyro-Board" is a mesmerizing, planar take on the Rubens' tube – a perforated tube of gas – hooked up to a gas jet and a speaker – that can turn music into beautifully patterned, leaping flicks of fire. Pyro Board: 2D Rubens' Tube!
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Check this pyro board out +Lindsey Stirling
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xkcd nails free speech: "The first amendment doesn't shield you from criticism or consequences." http://xkcd.com/1357/
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Sorry but I don't think that this is appropriate... It's too easy to fall prey to the trolls out there who only pop their heads up to get the next person fired. Boycotts almost never achieve their goal but threats of them seem to be capable of far more. The first amendment may have been designed to protect us from the government but we have gotten to the point where ignorance is just as potent a force (if not more so since the amount of it seems to be rising exponentially) as the truth. Maybe people should not have to worry quite so much that a tweet or a forum post will get them fired simply because others dislike the content. It has a chilling effect on free speech as a whole. I am pretty sure that it's still perfectly legal to fire someone for having different political beliefs. What's to stop a news organization from firing their editorial chief because he disagrees with a candidate endorsed by the company (in fact what on earth ever made us think that it was ok for "News Organizations" to endorse candidates in the first place?) 

I guess the bottom line is that I am worried about the impact of a pure democratic internet with no repercussions for frivolous attacks against people with unpopular views and where all of the onus is on the individual speaking his mind.
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New precise measurements of the mass of the top quark bring back the question: Is our universe inherently unstable? http://www.symmetrymagazine.org/article/april-2014/is-the-universe-balanced-on-a-pinhead
New precise measurements of the mass of the top quark bring back the question: Is our universe inherently unstable?
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What Gillette’s new FlexBall razor and duck genitalia have in common http://qz.com/200559 
Evolution can sometimes produce some rather weird results. Gillette is releasing a new razor at the end of this month called the ProGlide FlexBall, reports the Wall Street Journal (paywall). The blade itself is mounted on a large, ball-like armature that swivels to let it follow the curves of a face ever so slightly more accurately, capturing more...
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Science writer, cocktail physics
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I'm a science writer, author of several popular science books for general readers. I also have my own blog at Scientific American, Cocktail Party Physics. Most recent books: "Me, Myself and Why: Searching for the Science of Self," coming out January 28, 2014, and "The Calculus Diaries: How Math Can Help You Lose Weight, Win in Vegas, and Survive a Zombie Apocalypse" (2010).
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Married to +Sean Carroll (affectionately known as the Time Lord). Black belt in jujitsu (although I no longer practice). Ran a program for two years matching scientists with writers, producers and directors in Hollywood, for the National Academy of Sciences. Dedicated to stamping out the notion of "two cultures": science is as much a part of creative human endeavor as the arts. I make a mean pad thai. Also orange/cranberry scones. Quite possibly first and only person to utter the phrase "negative index of refraction" on late-night TV (Craig Ferguson).
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