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Researcher discovers how to recycle nuclear fuel with radioactive element

Apr 21, 15 Researcher discovers how to recycle nuclear fuel with radioactive element

Posted by in Science

We’re all familiar with the lighter elements of the periodic table—the noble gases and mainstay transition metals, such as iron and copper. The real fun, however, is down at the bottom, among the heavy elements with strange names (einsteinium?) and dangerous radioactivity.

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Animal species we have lost since 2000

Apr 21, 15 Animal species we have lost since 2000

Posted by in Juxtaposed In Japan, Science

The sad fact of species extinction reared its head again recently with two stories. The first is that the last male northern white rhino on earth is being protected 24/7 by armed guards in Kenya, and the second was a viral story that the last western black rhino has just been declared extinct.

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FBI lab overstated hair analysis evidence for decades

Apr 21, 15 FBI lab overstated hair analysis evidence for decades

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The Justice Department and the FBI have formally acknowledged that almost all of the examiners working in the FBI Laboratory's microscopic hair comparison unit gave fundamentally flawed testimony in almost every trial they testified in, during a more than two-decade-long period before 2000.

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‘No greater threat’ than climate change

Apr 20, 15 ‘No greater threat’ than climate change

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President Barack Obama used his weekly address on Saturday to put the reality of climate change in particularly stark terms. “Today, there’s no greater threat to our planet than climate change,” Obama said. “Climate change can no longer be denied, or ignored.”

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Building a better mosquito

Apr 20, 15 Building a better mosquito

Posted by in Health, Science

Mosquito-borne ailments are among the most devastatingly successful diseases on earth. Right now, the threat posed by mosquito-borne illnesses—malaria, dengue fever, yellow fever, West Nile virus—is growing at alarming rates.

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Sensory speed dating is now a thing

Apr 20, 15 Sensory speed dating is now a thing

Posted by in Lifestyle, Science

Guerilla Science creates events and installations for its partners, collaborating on each one with practicing scientists in order to connect with people in new, inspiring ways. Its latest project is an interactive form of speed dating dubbed “sensory speed dating.”

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Could this be the key to a cleaner, greener future?

Apr 19, 15 Could this be the key to a cleaner, greener future?

Posted by in Science

In a move that could potentially herald an era of clean, sustainable energy, scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the University of California, Berkeley, have developed a nanosystem that successfully mimics the natural process of photosynthesis.

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Beer made from sewage water? In Oregon, that might soon be a reality

Apr 19, 15 Beer made from sewage water? In Oregon, that might soon be a reality

Posted by in Science, WTF???

On Wednesday, the Oregon Environmental Quality Commission voted to let one brewery use water recycled from sewage to brew its beer. Oregon Brew Crew would be supplied by Clean Water Services, a utility with a highly sophisticated treatment process that turns sewage into drinking-quality water.

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The science behind being ticklish, and how to overcome it

Apr 19, 15 The science behind being ticklish, and how to overcome it

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The human touch is a powerful sense we’re exposed to as soon as we’re born. We respond to touch, both physically and emotionally, with some areas on our bodies being more sensitive than others. Tickling especially can elicit both vocal and emotional reactions, but what exactly happens to our body when we’re tickled?

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The science behind ‘use it or lose it’

Apr 18, 15 The science behind ‘use it or lose it’

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Regardless of our age, we would all love to have a thriving sex life. Men and women reach their sexual peaks between their late teens and early 20s, before it slowly starts to decline with age. Typically, sex is a sign of health, but if we stop having it on the regular, can we really lose it if we don’t use it?

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