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The Maniq have at least 12 different words that are explicitly and abstractly related to odors. They're impossible to translate into English because these concepts are completely absent in English.
Common wisdom holds that smell is the least important sense for our species. But that conclusion may be flawed because we've ignored non-Western cultures. New research on a small tribe in southern Thailand challenges that assumption.
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Created entirely out of concrete using a gigantic 3D printer, and each costs only 30,000 RMB ($4,800).
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“Invasivore” is a term used to describe a person who incorporates invasive species into their regular diet. In North America, there are plenty of exotic invaders to choose from.
Fancy some kudzu, python, wild boar, bullfrog, or Asian carp? You might be an "invasivore" already!
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The only problem is if enough money is to be made hunting these species, then there becomes an incentive to specifically cultivate them, which creates the opposite effect.

The british learned this lesson the hard way in india when they put a bounty on cobras. People started farming them to collect the bounty and they ended up with more cobras instead of less.
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"Men today find themselves bombarded with un-retouched images, and with that comes the considerable mental burden of trying to reconcile what they see in these ads and magazines with their personal perceptions of beauty.”
NEW YORK—Confronted on a regular basis with images of women who represent a diverse array of body types, a growing number of American men are reportedly feeling pressured to accept the increasingly realistic standards of female beauty now depicted i...
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Old King Coal is aging, and it's time to retire. That's the view of many electric utilities across the US, as 5.4 GW of coal-fired capacity retirements have been announced since November 2013. Between 2012 and 2020, about 60 GW of coal-fired capacity is projected to retire. Here's hoping it's replaced with renewables!
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The Starshade is NASA’s latest design in a cutting-edge effort to take pictures of planets orbiting stars far from the sun.

The flower-shaped spacecraft's goal is to make detecting and imaging exoplanets much, much easier. Despite the fact that astronomers have been indirectly detecting exoplanets for more than 15 years, actually taking a picture of one has been an incredibly difficult task thanks to the often-blinding lights of their parent stars. 

In conjunction with a space-based telescope, NASA's starshade will position itself precisely between the telescope and the star that’s being observed, blocking the starlight before it even reaches the telescope’s mirrors. Light coming from exoplanets orbiting the star would be visible and astronomers would finally be able to take actual pictures of them. 

These images could provide clues as to whether or not such distant worlds could support life as we know it.

Dr. Stuart Shaklan, JPL’s lead engineer on the starshade project, says "The flower-shaped petals are part of what makes the starshade so effective. The shape of the petals, when seen from far away, creates a softer edge that causes less bending of light waves. Less light bending means that the starshade shadow is very dark, so the telescope can take images of the planets without being overwhelmed by starlight.”

Princeton researcher and principal investigator of the starshade project Professor Jeremy Kasdin has assembled a team that will create a smaller scale starshade at Princeton to verify that the design blocks the light as predicted by the computer simulations. Also, to measure its accuracy, a team at JPL will test the deployment of a near-full scale starshade system in the lab.

Tell Congress that you support doubling NASA's funding so that they can bring these projects to light faster and without budget worries.

Take action now: http://penny4nasa.org/take-action

Read more: http://planetquest.jpl.nasa.gov/video/15

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It's no more complicated than blocking out the sun with your thumb so you can see an aircraft flying near it. It's just in space and involves two vehicles flying in formation with tolerances of a billionth of a metre.
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Grow whole organs and tissues from stem cells.
(Phys.org) —Scientists at the University of Virginia School of Medicine have overcome one of the greatest challenges in biology and taken a major step toward being able to grow whole organs and tissues from stem cells. By manipulating the appropriate signaling, the U.Va. researchers have turned embryonic ...
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Could make the sun almost a 'one-stop shop' that produces both the materials for solar devices and the eternal energy to power them.
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"I think the importance of doing activist work is precisely because it allows you to give back and to consider yourself not as a single individual who may have achieved whatever but to be a part of an ongoing historical movement".
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I couldn't agree more! Thx 4 sharing dear :)
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I believe nothing. My only identity is what my enemies use as a smear. The only "ist" I am is a scientist, a knowledge-person. Belief isn't relevant to the knowledgeable mind. We can live better with data, facts, and theories. Superstitions, fallacies, and simian biases are easy to find and reject using the knowledge method, including the superstition of identity politics. An atheist who believes in property rights isn't going to have their myth taken seriously by me, and a Catholic who rejects property rights isn't going to have their conclusion mocked by me. Either would be an example of the simian bias called "the halo effect." I am biologically an ape, specifically homo sapien sapiens, a species universally insane but with the promise of the rarest thing in the universe, mind. I embrace knowledge because it offers the only known way for my species to experience lucidity. Everything else - atheist, communist, feminist, militant, heretic - is a label that has been applied to me by others that I have co-opted as a banner of war.
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Escaped Christian fundamentalism. Published poet at 15. 11.0-second 100-metre run at 18. Distinguished Expert (rifle) at 20. Commissioned officer at 22. World-traveller. Worked with the NSA. Medal for valour. Helped save Indonesia. Kicked out by DADT. 90kg 3x10 bench press. Triathlete. Warrior-poet.
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