Surveillance from up there
May06

Surveillance from up there

Surveillance from up there And, it would seem, sponsored by all levels of government. You’ll remember the issue of media overflights during the Michael Brown protests in Ferguson. Overflights involving the FBI have been seen during the protests in Baltimore and are now the subject of inquiry… Discovery of the flights — which involved at least two airplanes and the assistance of the FBI — has prompted the American Civil...

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NASA Bill ‘Threatens’ Climate Studies
May05

NASA Bill ‘Threatens’ Climate Studies

Scientists denounced the Republican-controlled U.S. House of Representatives’ NASA budget proposal that would take money away from Earth studies, including those of climate change, and funnel it toward space exploration, a move critics say could hinder the space agency’s ability to better understand global-warming trends. Passed by the House Science, Space and Technology Committee Thursday,...

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Can You Inoculate Against Science Denial?
May04

Can You Inoculate Against Science Denial?

Science denial has real, societal consequences. Denial of the link between HIV and AIDS led to more than 330,000 premature deaths in South Africa. Denial of the link between smoking and cancer has caused millions of premature deaths. Thanks to vaccination denial, preventable diseases are making a comeback. Denial is not something we can ignore...

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The science behind a great breakfast
May03

The science behind a great breakfast

John Hopton for redOrbit.com – @Johnfinitum They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but most of us don’t realize just how important it is – or how to get it right. Our friend Dave Asprey, author of New York Times bestseller The Bulletproof Diet, previously informed us on the science behind...

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A weekend picture and some random thoughts
May02

A weekend picture and some random thoughts

I have been absent lately.  I like to blame it on health issues but it runs deeper than that.  I see a dysfunctional political environment that makes it impossible to deal with the major issues of our time.  So here are some random thoughts. 1. First some good news – after 6 years in Texas my brother is moving back to Oregon.  It will be nice to have a sibling close by again.  My sister has lived in Texas most of her life  as an...

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What’s it like to use a jetpack?
Apr30

What’s it like to use a jetpack?

What’s it like to use a jetpack? What’s it like to fly using only a jetpack? Swiss pilot Yves Rossy, known as Jetman, has flown around Mount Fuji, over the Grand Canyon and in formation with jets. According to his website, he became the first man in the history of aviation to fly with a jet-propelled wing in 2006. Rossy developed and...

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Peak Tablet
Apr30

Peak Tablet

Over at Moneybox at Slate Will Oremus says the prediction of the death of the PC was premature. Two or three years ago, all the pundits were predicting the tablet would soon kill the personal computer. I’ve always been skeptical of that narrative, although it has become something of a self-fulfilling prophecy in the PC world, where trend-chasing hardware manufacturers have largely given up on making great laptops. Apple has not, and...

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Apple Watch Tattoo Gate: Your Mom’s Not The Only One Who Hates Your Tattoos …
Apr30

Apple Watch Tattoo Gate: Your Mom’s Not The Only One Who Hates Your Tattoos …

What do Apple Watch and your mother have in common? Neither is very fond of guys with tattoos, apparently. On Tuesday, reports began circling around social media that if you had some skin art positioned where your Apple Watch was strapped, you were probably experiencing a few technical difficulties with the new smartwatch, starting with...

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Ghost sightings may be caused by mind-altering mold
Apr26

Ghost sightings may be caused by mind-altering mold

Most of us know someone, or know someone who knows someone, who has ‘seen a ghost.’ Most of them are reasonably down-to-earth, level-headed people. And yet, despite all the movies, the stories and the checking the closet every night and sleeping with the light on (what? Just me?), it is difficult for the scientific mind...

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Bruce Jenner to ABC News: “I’m a Woman”
Apr25

Bruce Jenner to ABC News: “I’m a Woman”

It’s one for the book: and a history making interview that’ll be played for many years to come: in an exclusive interview with ABC’s Diane Sawyer on ABC’s “20/20,” legendary athlete Bruce Jenner announced: “I am a woman.” Bruce Jenner was once hailed as the greatest athlete in the world and later became a reality television star with one of the world’s most famous families. Now, the...

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8.3 Quake, Tsunami Possible in Southern California
Apr22

8.3 Quake, Tsunami Possible in Southern California

8.3 Quake, Tsunami Possible in Southern California by Miriam Rafferty SAN DIEGO, Ca (SDONA) –Scientists studying the Ventura fault north of Los Angeles have concluded the fault line is more dangerous than previously thought. Now, seismologists have concluded the Ventura fault could produce a quake measuring 8.0 on the Richter scale – along with a tsuami capable of inundating coastal areas of Southern California, affecting...

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Twitter Could Predict Emergency Room Rush Hours
Apr21

Twitter Could Predict Emergency Room Rush Hours

Just about everyone follows someone on social media who likes to complain about aches and pains, illnesses and maladies. While it can be tiresome, researchers at the University of Arizona say there is potentially life-saving value to people’s tweeting about their gripes. Research that will be published in the IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health...

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A Dog’s Gaze Strengthens Its Bond With Humans
Apr20

A Dog’s Gaze Strengthens Its Bond With Humans

They say the eyes are the window the the soul. Cliché, yes, but if that saying was to apply to one thing, it’s arguable there’s nothing more fitting than the stare a dog owner and his companion share. That’s because each time it happens, triggers in both brains are being fired, and the love hormone...

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‘Love hormone’ helps pet bonding
Apr18

‘Love hormone’ helps pet bonding

The “love hormone” that secures the bond between a woman and her newborn baby is also involved in bonding between dogs and their owners, scientists have found. Researchers in Japan have found that oxytocin, the hormone released into the bloodstream by women after childbirth and babies during breast-feeding, also increases in dogs and their owners after… graphic via...

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Alcohol Use In Movies Really Does Get Teenagers Drinking
Apr15

Alcohol Use In Movies Really Does Get Teenagers Drinking

Commonly, parents worry about their teens being exposed to violence and sex while watching movies, yet no one even considers the effects of passively watching good-looking actors booze their way to a Hollywood Ending. No one, that is, but Dr. Andrea Waylen, a senior lecturer in social science at University of Bristol. She and her...

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Would Lincoln have survived being shot today?
Apr13

Would Lincoln have survived being shot today?

Will Hadden for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online The assassin ascends the stairs to the private balcony where his unsuspecting prey is waiting. The prey watches the performance below him, oblivious to his own approaching doom. He knows nothing until he hears the firing of a derringer, and by then it’s too late. The shot...

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A vampire bat’s favorite food is bacon, study says
Apr12

A vampire bat’s favorite food is bacon, study says

Chuck Bednar for redOrbit.com – @BednarChuck People love bacon. It’s widely consumed, it gets added to things like ice cream and pizza crust (praise the gods), it’s inspired a long line of Internet memes, and was even given its very own holiday. But as it turns out, humans aren’t the only ones with a taste...

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Meet The First Human Head Transplant Volunteer [VIDEO]
Apr09

Meet The First Human Head Transplant Volunteer [VIDEO]

This guy can’t have a good head on his shoulders, right? Italian surgeon Dr. Sergio Canavero has garnered a lot of attention in the medical community thanks to an idea that seems like it jumped right off the page of some science-fiction novel. Canavero’s plan to perform a successful human head transplant may sound like...

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Tesla’s Stalled Nationwide Rollout: A Case Study in Political Conflicts of Interest
Apr06

Tesla’s Stalled Nationwide Rollout: A Case Study in Political Conflicts of Interest

While it’s possible you haven’t yet heard of Tesla, the company best known for their mold-breaking automobiles, that probably won’t be true for much longer. With famed billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk at the helm, Tesla is looking to disrupt a number of major industries, including electric automobiles, home energy, and even privatized space travel. In 2013, Tesla’s Model S was named by Consumer Reports as the best car they’ve ever...

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How a Mandatory IAEA Mechanism Saved the Iran Nuclear Talks (Le Monde, France)
Apr02

How a Mandatory IAEA Mechanism Saved the Iran Nuclear Talks (Le Monde, France)

What was it that saved the Iran nuclear talks from what seemed imminent collapse just over 24 hours ago? For Le Monde, special correspondent Yves-Michel Riols writes that when the deadlock over lifting sanctions on Iran seemed insurmountable, it dawned on negotiators that even if an immediate lifting of sanctions were agreed to, the IAEA will first have to confirm that Iran’s nuclear program is entirely non-military – a...

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